Tiny Style Tuesday: Red, White, and Blue

Yes. Tiny Style Tuesday is a thing now.

… and, the first addition is a patriotic one.

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To be clear, I only changed her clothes twice on the 4th of July – the rest she wore in the week leading up to it. On the 4th, she wore her star dress in the morning, we changed her into that little swimsuit for the pool, and we put on this firework romper post swim… Trust me, my little peanut is not the “play” dress up type. We do not change clothes unless we have a good reason. Here’s to “Tiny Style Tuesday” and me actually keeping up with something for once… You’ll most likely just get a couple of pictures each week. Admittedly, I went a little crazy for the red, white, and blue on this little stinker’s first 4th of July… :)

counting it down.

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This image does not belong to me. I would credit someone, but I’m not sure who it belongs to. Let’s give it up for that guy.

 

5 …Work days standing between me & summer vacation.

4 …Months before our little peanut’s first birthday.

3 …My goal for number of posts per week (starting now…)

2 …Number of days a week I plan to spend at the pool loving every second of my chubby thighed baby in a swimsuit.

1 …The quantity of swimsuits said chubby thighed baby actually needs. [this mama needs to exercise some self-control in terms of tiny human summer apparel purchases. hey - maybe I could blog about it.]

Getting My Stitch Fix…

So, if you’ve been following me in the blog world since 2011… you’ll know that I once had a self diagnosed shopping addiction.  An addiction I punched square in the face when I swore off shopping for a year [nailed it]. But, here in 2014, I almost never shop (unless it’s for baby girl clothes because tiny ponchos, small Frye boots, and overalls are actual things you can purchase for baby girls… it’s out of control. I may not be shopping practical for my daughter, but the point is… holy cute tiny human clothes).  A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a little something called Stitch Fix, and I said to myself, “Self, this is like shopping without leaving your house - no packing up the baby, no changing out of your sweatpants – clothes delivered to your door without purchasing until you try them on in your own bedroom.”  Here’s how it works:

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I figured I’d try it out.  I actually had a lot of fun filling out the style profile, and I received my first stitch fix in March. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s not posted here because it was not awesome. Partially because they sent me boring winter clothes and partially because I overestimated my size. The fact that the clothes were too big, however, was a welcome realization that I had returned to my pre-pregnancy size (mostly). I sent all but two items back, purchased them online, and revamped my style profile…

Today, I received Stitch Fix #2 – I took advantage of spring break and nap time to take pictures of my items today (sans accessories, and obviously without brushing my hair). The fact that I actually used to do this outfit picture taking thing daily blows my mind. Anyway, without further adieu – here’s a little glimpse into my Stitch Fix…

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JOSEFINA LAYERED MINI STONES PENDANT NECKLACE

picstitch-7Cute. I don’t have anything like it… and I can think of a lot of things to wear it with.

SAVILLE MIXED MATERIAL CREW NECK SWEATER

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FLORENCE COLORBLOCKED DRESS

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ESTEN BUTTON-UP SLEEVELESS BLOUSE

picstitch-8This blouse is perfect for work year round, and I think it could be really fun to style for spring and summer.  I’m also testing out the boyfriend jean trend (these are from old navy)… I’m still undecided, but they’re so freakin’ comfortable.

JORDANNE A-LINE SKIRT

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So there you have it…  I’m actually a fairly big fan this time around (thank you Stitch Fix, Samantha!) The only thing I debated about was the skirt (it’s pretty basic and on the pricey end), BUT if you buy all five items you save 25%, so when I did the math (who am I kidding, when the computer did the math), I realized the difference in price without the skirt was literally 1$… I decided I might as well  just keep it. I’ll get good use out of it for work.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Oh, AND if you’d like to give it a shot… here’s my little referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3457311

Stitch Fix is worth trying in my opinion…  like I said, the style profile was fun to fill out, and the other great thing is that when you sign up, you can provide a link to your pinterest style board. Your stylist will look at it when picking out your items!  My only tip is to be VERY specific when you are completing your profile… use the comment sections, and be completely honest about what you like and don’t. It’s a fun little style adventure… sweatpants optional.

return to normal (kinda).

So, since my last post… I’ve gone back to work, MJ has started giggling, she sleeps through the night like a champ and says “Mama” when she cries. Nugget remains terrified of garbage trucks, and I have started counting down the days until summer…

My apologies for this little 2 month hiatus, but MY GOODNESS let’s take a second to give it up for working Mom’s, as well as stay at home Mom’s…  I’ve dabbled in both – You think you know, but you have no idea.

I have absolutely no clue where the past 2 months have gone, but I know I have loved every single second with more love drunk heart moments than I knew I was capable of feeling pre-ladywithababy. This week, I started thinking about the blog again, so MJ and I took a couple selfies. We will display them here for your viewing pleasure:

Fact: Taking pictures before work is always a better idea than taking them after.  Clearly, I’ve forgotten that. This little peanut is just like her Mama… don’t you dare try to take a picture of her if she’s not in the mood. Nugget is feeling shy, but he wanted to let you know he’s still awesome.

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And this is us pretending to be morning people. Her face in this picture makes me laugh… She’s clearly already figured out how to fake a smile, even when she doesn’t mean it.  Just as I am doing on a morning when I’ve spent the night before grading community college student essays until 2am.  Her pretend smile is a whole lot cuter than mine in her little green cargo pants, and trumpette socks that look like yellow flats.  Today’s lesson: Embrace Messy Hair

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We out.

Post Pregnancy Style

There is a whole lot of inspiration out there for maternity fashion…  even I was one of those preggos brave enough to contribute to it.  I have realized, however, that there is not nearly enough about post-pregnancy style.  This is a situation I have taken upon myself to rectify as it was one of life’s, “I wish someone would have told me” moments for me…  All of the outfit pictures below were taken between 4-7 weeks postpartum. (Miraculously, I didn’t completely neglect my blog to enjoy every possible moment of my maternity leave with my baby… I was still thinking about you, little reader.)

LESSON 1: plan to wear sweatpants for AT LEAST the first 2 weeks  (but probably the first month… maybe 2).  I spent way more time than I should have (10 whole minutes) trying to decide what I would wear home from the hospital… I packed several options, and went with the sweatpant – zip up hoodie combo for my departure from the hospital because it was the most comfortable. I promise you… you won’t care what you’re wearing. at all.

bebeIn addition… tell yourself right now you’re also not going to care who sees you in your sweatpants (or don’t let anyone see you at all).  If you’ve never had a baby, you may not be able to fathom the idea of not getting dressed for two months – I didn’t initially either, but I spent my second week postpartum trying to stuff myself into clothes I hated because my inlaws were staying with us. The physical act of moving in any way made me want to cry (though that would have been the case no matter what I wore, it was just way worse a result of my stupidity). I longed for the days a week earlier where I could just stay in my pajamas all day and not worry about what anyone would think… As a matter of fact, I’m amending lesson 1 – stay in your pajamas for a month, and then maybe upgrade to sweatpants after that. If you HAVE to go somewhere (i.e. your babies first check up, a quick run to target), then let me present lesson #2:

LESSON 2: buy a poncho. If you’re pregnant, or you know someone who is. Go buy a poncho. And not an ugly one. A cute one. One you, or the one you love enough to purchase a poncho for will feel good about.  I wore this guy every time I left the house for the first month… it worked with leggings as well as with the jeans I wasn’t able to zip because I could easily hide the fact that they weren’t fully zipped.  This was four weeks after giving birth. Unzippable denim in all its glory.

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LESSON 3: go into your closet and collect all of the baggiest sweaters and sweatshirts you own. You will be most comfortable in these for the first 6 weeks, and probably into the third month.  It’s similar to the poncho theory, only it’s a nice gradual step toward dressing like a grown up again (because you can accessorize with a scarf. I know right? real mature). This was also about four weeks postpartum… I wore it to MJ’s one month check up.

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LESSON 3: if you have to get dressed up for any reason, don’t wait until two hours before to find an outfit to wear thinking you have at least something in your closet that will fit… I had to attend a baby shower about 5 weeks after giving birth, and not a single dress in my closet fit me… I was able to find one skirt I could squeeze into, but to this day, I still don’t think there is a single pre-pregnancy dress or dress shirt I’m able to wear (I guess this is good news if you were unhappy with your chest size prior to getting pregnant). That day, I made a quick run to Target, found a shirt that kind of went with the skirt I had, and this was the result:

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LESSON 4: it takes time, and you’re probably gonna be squishy for a while. This picture was taken 7 weeks postpartum, and I won’t lie to you… my leggings are pulled up so high.  If they were jeans, they’d require a 6 inch zipper… I call them “mom leggings”, or “meggings”.

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LESSON 5: so worth it. I’ll be totally honest because I’ve got nothing to lose (metaphorically speaking). I lost 30 pounds between the day I went into labor and my six week postpartum doctor appointment. By some standards that might be considered a weight loss miracle for someone who didn’t exercise, ate a ton of cookies, and barely slept for six weeks, but it’s really not when you consider what a pregnant woman is carrying around in the final weeks. It’s been three months since I gave birth, and while I’m only 5 or 6 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m still not able to fit into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes. My wardrobe is made up of a whole lot of extra smalls, 2′s, and 4′s… I am not any of those sizes right now, and I’ve never been more okay with that in my life. Who wears an extra small anyway? Honestly. Yes, working out and eating healthy is still a priority (starting now – it is a new year after all…) Maybe I’ll get back down to those sizes, or maybe I’ll continue to stay a size above. My current shape and size are the result of carrying the most beautiful human I’ve ever laid eyes on. The squishy-ness of my stomach gives her a place to stand her little feet up on, it provides a comfy cushion when I hold her, and the clothes I used to care so much about are just clothes. Do I still love fashion? Of course. Will I keep posting outfits? Probably. But for now, I’m just going to continue to focus on breathing in every little adorable thing she does…

In my pajamas whenever possible.

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Insta-Maddie Monday

picstitch-3My little peanut is already two months old!

She had her two month check up today… No one warned me about shots – okay – maybe someone did (I was dreading it from the moment I made the appointment), but even so, I wasn’t prepared to watch her scream through that whole ordeal… poor little thing.  Afterward, we spent the afternoon snuggling… She slept in my arms while I took advantage of some Cyber Monday deals and did some Christmas shopping.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to point out the fact that I kept my promise about posting at least monthly.  I actually have an idea for another blog post regarding post pregnancy fashion, so stay tuned for that… Maybe being a super mom blogger is in the cards after-all.

Insta-Maddie Monday

So I had this idea…

Insta-Maddie Monday. It could be a weekly thing, but as of right now… it’s a monthly thing.  I believe I have potential to be one of those super mom bloggers, and getting back into regular posts is a good goal for the future, but I wouldn’t trade the last 5 weeks of no blogging and straight Maddie time for anything. I’m a pretty big fan of this mom thing… :)

Anyway, without further adieu… here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to this past month:

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And finally, our little one month old…

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