First Trimester Recap

Hi! I just realized I haven’t posted to my site yet that I’m expecting. So, if you don’t follow along on Instagram or Facebook, surprise! I’m due in April, and couldn’t be more excited ūüôā

I thought I would just fill you in on how the first trimester went, since I kept the pregnancy a secret through it. ¬†I know everyone has unique experiences, and I always love hearing about them! ¬†For me personally, the first trimester is always a bit rough. ¬†This time was not as bad as my first, but tougher than my second. ¬†I had a hard time keeping food down, and it was almost impossible¬†to find foods that sounded appealing. ¬†I was super tired, and very emotional haha. ¬†Basically, a dream to be around! My poor family ūüôā I couldn’t make it through the day without at least a little nap. ¬†That part hasn’t gone away, but I’m feeling much better now! ¬†My favorite part of the first trimester is the excitement of finding out, and having your first ultrasound. ¬†It’s such a miracle! ¬†I am now feeling the babe kick, definitely showing, and I can finally eat again. ¬†We will find out the gender in a few weeks. ¬†I can’t wait! Fall style black and white outfit with thigh high black boots! Maternity friendly fashion. Dressing the bump. 1st trimester clothes!

For the next few months I will be sharing some maternity friendly looks, including this one from PinkBlush.  This top can be worn without a bump too!  It is the perfect length to pair with comfy leggings and boots this winter.
Maternity friendly outfit! Casual blouse with leggings and a sweater!

This is my first time being pregnant during winter, so I have been on the hunt for cute maternity clothes.  There are SO many on PinkBlush, I have been shopping them a lot!

I’d love to hear your pregnancy experiences, and any recommendations you might have for maternity clothes! Thanks for all your love and support so far XO

 

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Girl Maker

Being a “girl maker,” or mom of girls, is one of my favorite parts of my life. ¬†No doubt, I would love boys too, but so far I’ve been dealt the girl card, and I’m pretty happy about it! ¬†View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

There are SO many things I have learned from raising my babes so far, and it’s clear to me everyday that I have so much more to learn. ¬†I’m ok with that, though! ¬†There are some important things I want my girls to glean. Being kind and compassionate, including to yourself, is a big one! ¬†View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

I loved this GIRL MAKER tee from Revol Roots because it connected to my heart.  It is made of the most comfortable material and I love how simple it is!  I wear it all the time!

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I’m going to get real here. ¬†I’ve had to learn a few things the hard way, and as a result, my parenting style has changed quite a bit these last couple years. ¬†I used to parent a lot out of fear. ¬†Mainly fear that I wouldn’t teach them something they needed to know, or that they would grow up lacking some major component of life I hadn’t given them. I put so much unnecessary stress into my life everyday, even though my intentions were pure. ¬†My stress, of course, was not helping my children to be carefree, happy, and confident like I wanted them to be. ¬†Haha like I had been stressing to teach them to be! Thankfully, I hit my knees in prayer and was guided to some books that helped me come to a pretty clear realization…The only way for me to truly teach them, is for me to be what I want them to be. ¬†It was daunting and overwhelming at first. ¬†I was in a place where I knew I had a lot to work on, in many ways. ¬†Being kind to myself was not even something I was comfortable with. ¬†Looking back on it now, it’s hard to wrap my head around the daily thoughts and conversations I allowed to roll around in my brain, and even vocalize to myself. ¬†No wonder I was feeling inadequate as a wife, mother, homemaker, daughter, sister, friend, etc. ¬†Sadly, I was telling myself I was inadequate in almost every way with the hope that it would somehow motivate me to do better. ¬†Hence the fear of not raising my girls “right.”View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

It has taken daily prayer, and intentional action every single day for the last couple years, but I’m finally in a place where I am kind to myself. ¬†I’m not perfect by any means, and I catch myself slipping all the time. ¬†All it takes, though, is one look in my daughter’s eyes to bring me back. (Or my sweet husband not letting us leave until I appologize to myslef for the self-depreciating comment I made ūüôā ) ¬†The best and most effective way to teach, in my opinion, is by example. ¬†I feel like one of the greatest gifts I, as a mother, can give my daughters is to embody the things I am trying to teach them. ¬†At first it seemed selfish to me to put so much effort in my improvement, but it has made such a difference!

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Our home has become so much more relaxed and encouraging, the more confident I become in my imperfection.  I want my girls to know how beautiful and special they are, be confident, and the rest will come! I love being a GIRL MAKER!Girl maker t shirt- gray v neck! Girl mom shirt!

Have a wonderful week! XO

Photos by Stayc Smart

Flybird Tees on Repeat

An amazing tee is hard to beat!  I have had my eye on a few at Flybird for a long time, and I finally got my hands on this one and this one!  They are just as great as I imagined they would be.  The designs are so unique, and easily dressed  up or down.  I have been wearing mine on repeat since I got them!

Flybird T-shirt! Women's stripped tee with floral sleeves. Comfy casual mom life style!

This “Alive” tee is so soft! It is light and easy to wear. ¬†Not to mention the detail on the sleeve is my favorite!

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The “In the Clouds” tee is definitely my go-to! I can’t resist anything black, white, or grey. ¬†I love how simple it is, yet still completely original!

Flybird t shirt with contrasting sleeves! Super cute t shirt for spring. Mom style, casual comfy clothes

I love the detail on the bottom, as well as the contrast of the fabric on the sleeves.

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These tees from Flybird are my new favorites. They are perfect for everyday! Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day! We had a wonderful time celebrating with family XO

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