Wednesday, January 31, 2018

on wednesdays we wear pink

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...and white denim apparently. Do you follow the "no white after Labor Day rule?" I can't say I'm much of a rule break, so traditionally, I'm not down for white jeans in January, or really before Memorial Day. But I loved the idea of pink with white and leopard that I decided to go for it anyway. And you know what, breaking the rules feels good. If white denim in January is wrong, I don't want to be right. :) I already have plans to pair it with so many other colors, so don't be surprised to see more of these bad boys on here in the days to come.

While I've worn white jeans on the blog in the past, I decided to invest in a fresh pair this year. My previous pair is on the thinner side and I wanted something that was thicker and more forgiving for lumps and bumps (thanks postpartum weight gain :) and I think this pair from J. Crew Factory hits the mark nicely.

Also new is this fun bubblegum pink sweater. I love that it comes down a little longer in the back and it's nice and soft. The only con is that the sleeves are super wide in the forearms. What is it with J. Crew assuming that women in larger sizes have freakishly large Popeye arms? Annoying. But I love the color and feel so much I decided I could deal with that one flaw.

I love me some teal, but pink might just be my new favorite color for pre-spring. It's so bright and cheerful! I don't know about you, but I'm the worst about pushing seasons. In August, I'm ready to break out all the fall clothes, and in January I'm ready for spring colors. But not shorts, I'm never ready for shorts. Bleh.

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sweater: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  shoes: Madewell (similar)  |  necklace: Loft (fun alternative)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

in the swing of things

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As I mentioned last week, it's taking a little while to get back into the swing of things with work and the new baby. But thankfully, we're starting to get into a good routine and settling into our new normal. One thing I haven't quite mastered yet is dressing post baby. Nothing fits the way it used to, and I'm packing some extra pounds post baby. More to love, I suppose, but it's been making dressing a bit challenging. I was tempted not to post this outfit, honestly, it's not one of my favorites, but it's what I wore in real life and I figure it's only fair to share the failures as well as the successes.

I've been struggling with the temptation to hate on my appearance recently. The tired eye bags, the extra pounds, the fact that everything is just sort of soft and squishy at the moment. But I keep reminding myself to be kind to my body and remember the amazing thing it just did - creating a human is no joke. I've been bad about comparing myself to other women who have a baby and a few weeks later look like they haven't given birth at all. And then I stress about the fact that feel like I still look six months pregnant. No hate for those fabulous mommas, but it's okay that it takes some of us bit longer than others to "bounce back." Things are going to be a bit different post baby and there's nothing wrong with that. :)

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jacket: GAP (exact)  |  dress: Old Navy (exact)  |  booties:Vince Camuto (exact in black, similar)  |  necklace: J. Crew Factory (cute alternative)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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Though I'm not sold on this outfit, I do love this swing dress...it's so cozy and comfy and I like that it hits right at the knee. I could see wearing it with a long cardi or even with a denim jacket and sandals this spring. If winter wasn't pretty much done for in Florida, I think it'd look cute with a puffer vest and blanket scarf. C'est la vie, I'll have to file that idea away for next year.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

welcome to the world baby oliver

8 edits Though it's been a few months since Oliver was born - goodness how time flies - I still wanted to introduce him to you and share his birth story. 

Oliver Matthew came 10 days early on Monday, October 2. Though originally due on the 12th, we scheduled an induction for the 9th since he was tracking large and there was concern whether or not I would be able to deliver him if I waited to term. Instead, he surprised us all with an early appearance. I had gone to bed the night before thinking it was going to be days until we saw our little man. I woke up in the middle of the night to pee and *thought* maybe my water had broken, but I wasn't sure. With my daughter it was a definite, just like in the movies with a whoosh, but not so much this time around. More like a steady trickle. TMI moment, I actually thought I'd just peed myself a little (oh the joys of late pregnancy). So I waited. Took a shower, packed the hospital bag and by about 3 a.m. decided it was really happening. Woke my husband and daughter up and by the time we got in the car to go to the hospital I knew it was happening. No question, full-on labor pains.

We arrived at the hospital around 4 a.m. and I was wheeled into the observation room while my husband waited with our daughter for my parents to arrive so they could watch her for us. After about a half and hour in the observation room, everyone agreed that yes, indeed I was in labor and I was wheeled into the labor and delivery suite. A half and hour or so after being in the room, my parents arrived and my husband was able to join me.

After having my daughter, I knew I wanted the epidural, but this time around they waited a little longer and holy, freaking, cow delivery is no joke. I have all the respect in the world for the mommas who do this business all-natural. There was so much snot, sweat and tears by the time the blessed epidural arrived.

My doctor - whom we had seen all though the pregnancy - was scheduled for noon, but he checked on us not long after I was admitted to tell me he'd see my in a few hours. Well, little man couldn't wait, because at around 10:45 a.m., about six and half hours after we'd been admitted to the hospital - it was time to push. The midwife on duty was absolutely lovely. I pushed for about 15 minutes and he burst forth with a good pop - all 9 lbs. 10.6 ounces of him. They immediately laid him on my chest, and it was love. He was perfect, a head full of dark hair and rolls upon rolls of sweet squishiness. I had some complications with my daughter, so we didn't get much initial skin-to-skin time, but with Oliver, we got to spend a good chunk of time together. My husband was even able to do some skin-to-skin time, which I thought was pretty neat. I was so blessed with a smooth labor and delivery (with both my kiddos) and I'm still in awe of how quickly it all happened.

A lot of the time after that was a blur. My parents came by with our daughter so she could meet her brother - who she was less than sure about at first. My mom and stepdad and my in-laws also visited. We were only in the hospital for one night before being discharged and able to go home. 



My husband and I came up with the name for our daughter pretty quickly, but debated almost to the very end on a first name for this little guy. One thing we knew for certain was that we wanted his middle name to be Matthew. On my side of the family, it's tradition for the oldest boy to take their father's first name as a middle name. My grandpa is Edward. My dad is Scott Edward and my brother is Matthew Scott. Since my brother has Down Syndrome, my husband and I decided to keep the tradition alive with our son.

We both loved the name Oliver from early on, which is also my husband's middle name. What tripped us up was if we went with Oliver, we'd have a Matthew Oliver (dad) and an Oliver Matthew (son). Sort of a junior in reverse situation I suppose. We worried it would be weird or confusing, but though we went round and round with other names, we kept circling back to Oliver. So we decided to embrace it!



Oliver is a happy, chill baby who loves to eat and has lots of big grins. He's a momma's boy through and through, though his big sister is a close second favorite. We already have loads of pet names for him like. "Little Man," "Buddy," and "Baby Oliver." Big sis is in love with him, trying to soothe him when he cries by bringing him all her favorite toes and constantly telling him that "he's soooo cute." And he's equally enamored with her. He tracks her wherever she goes and always with a ready smile.

Seriously, he's the best. I can't imagine our family without him. :)



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

working girl

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Whew, let me just tell you, I wasn't prepared for how crazy things would be once I returned to work. My job *used* to be cyclical, with periods of very busy and periods of downtime. While it's usually quite for my this time of year - my big projects are in the summer and fall - it's been go, go, go with no end in sight the past couple of weeks. While I don't mind being busy, by the time I done with work all I want to do is unwind and spend time with my babies. So I've had grand plans for all these blog posts, and so far I've only managed to post about once a week. Guess that's better than no times a week, right?

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sweater blazer: J. Crew Factory (exact in other colors)  |  tee: Loft (exact)  |  pants: Loft (exact) last worn hereshoes: J. Crew Factory (exact in limited sizes)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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So I'm pretty much wearing the exact same outfit I wore two weeks ago - identical loafers, same sweater blazer but in a different color, white top, identical necklace. What can I say, I'm a creature of habit. Plus post baby, a lot of things in my closet don't fit me right now, so once I find something that works, I just wear it on repeat. :)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ring a ding

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I've been on the fence about this sweater. I want to love it - the bell sleeves are so darn fun! - but I kinda also think it makes me look a bit like the stay puft marshmallow man. Still, I got enough compliments in real-life to make me feel decent about wearing it, and it's INSANELY soft and cozy. I scored it during Loft's 70% off sale - so ring a ding dong - bring on those bells (sleeves)! As an FYI, it runs large, like really large. I normally wear an extra large at Loft, got this in a large and *almost* could have sized down to a medium.

I might not be sure about the cardigan, but I'm 100% super excited to finally get to wear these pretty velvet flats. I bought them in the summer while still pregnant and have patiently (okay not so patiently) waited for months for the right season (and less swollen feet) to wear them. I was worried they might not fit post-pregnancy, but thankfully they'll feel great! Right now all my shoes are about a half size too tight - boo - so it's been interesting trying to find appropriate shoes for work that don't kill me feet. The same thing happened to me after I had my daughter three years ago, but they went back down after I lost a bit of weight. So I either need to cut the calories or buy more shoes...I know which of those two plans is more fun anyway. :) 

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 cardigan: Loft (exact - runs large)  |  shirt: Loft (exact)  |  pants: Loft (exact)  |  shoes: Target (exact)  |  necklace: Stella & Dot  (exact, more than 50% off on eBay)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (cute alternative)

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How gorgeous is this Stella & Dot necklace?  It's currently on sale on their website, but I found it for almost 60% off retail on eBay. It can be worn a bunch of different ways by adding and removing chains. It can be worn short or long, and you can't tell well in these photos but is gold with hints of silver and rose gold.

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I feel like I'm a walking ad in this post - my apologies - but it's been so long since I've gotten to wear anything fun, I want to wear - and share - all the fun things!

Friday, January 12, 2018

i'm back!

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I'm back! A bit chubbier, a little darker haired and a lot more tired, but very happy to be here. 
The past three months I have been concentrating on our new baby boy, spending time with family and enjoying the holidays. I'm still a little in awe of how quickly the time as gone. Over three months - craziness. Since it's been awhile, I thought I'd give a little life update.

The biggest news...I created a human! Oliver Matthew was born October 2 at 11:04 a.m. weighing a whooping 9 lbs, 10.6 ounces. I plan on doing a "welcome Oliver" post in the near future with all the details. But basically, we're all in love with him. He's my happy, smiling boy.

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sweater cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exact in other colors)  |  top: The Limited (exact)  |  jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact in limited sizes)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

My maternity leave was mostly spent cuddling with Oliver and watching A LOT of Netflix while breastfeeding. It probably sounds naive, but I had no idea what a time commitment breastfeeding is. ESPECIALLY in the early days. I thought I was going to get so much stuff done during this time off from work. Yeah, not so much.

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We celebrated all the holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. From September on the house was all fun and festive, but now that all the decor has been packed away I've been slowly figuring out how I want things to look like for the rest of the year. We've got some reno plans in the future (hello white kitchen cabinets) which I plan on sharing on here as well as posting bedroom reveals for the nursery and Aubrey's big girl room.

So that was my break from blogging. Taking care of tiny humans, binge watching Netflix, making the house look like it threw up holiday decor (then packing it all away again), online shopping and spending time with family.

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I was originally supposed to go back to work the Tuesday after New Years, but decided to take the rest of the week off. That way Oliver had a week to get settled into daycare and I had a few days to sleep, put the house back together and enjoy some child-free time. I initially felt super guilty about it, but realized it's just as important to take care of myself. If I had gone back to work as planned I would have started out exhausted, frazzled and sad (putting the kids in daycare as never been an easy decision). But having a few days to ease into our new routine and some time for myself was wonderful. I even managed to squeeze in a hair appointment - somehow six months had slipped by without getting it done - and I feel much more human. The extra sleep probably helped with that. :)
 
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