I automatically love this outfit because my husband gave me some positive feedback by saying, "I like how you mixed the lady-like top with..." he didn't know how to finish the sentence, but hey, I know what he was saying.
Top-JcPenny (I got it on clearance for like $7 last year!)
Jeans-Gap DIY bleached tie dye
Earrings-Icing by Claire's
I bought this awesome button-down while I was pregnant, because I loved it so much I was willing to do the whole buy now/wear later thing. Sadly, it couldn't button properly over my early porn-star nursing boobs, but now that things have calmed down a bit in that department I can finally rock it out. On another good note, this is the first week I have been able to comfortably fit into these shorts! I am finally losing some of those final ten pounds, but it's pretty slow-going. My biggest strategy is running up and down our long hill of a driveway 4-5 times a day, which I estimate to be about a half a mile, maybe a little more. For me, that's a lot-especially since we've been in the 90s or higher as far as temperature for over TWO WEEKS now.
I love the vibrancy of the coral/red color and I really wish I had bought it in blue and white as well! It's a plus that it is easy to nurse in as well, which is unfortunately how I have to plan most of my outfits these days. So far I haven't had to nurse out in public, except for in my car on our last trip to the mountains, but you just never know when you might have a hungry baby princess emergency on your hands!
Shorts-New York and Company
I have been dying to buy a fedora for practically forever, especially since it seems like maybe I am the only blogger out there to be lacking in the hat department. I just...can't rock a hat. I don't know what it is, but they generally just don't work with my face shape or something. I finally convinced myself to try it out, but decided to just buy a cheapie at Wal-mart in case I hated it. I actually really love it...I wore it on the way home, my husband was like, 'really? you're really excited about that hat, huh?' although he might have said that because I told him we needed to go to Wal-mart and then made a beeline for the hat department and that was the only thing I bought. hehe! The downside is, it's really cheaply made and the shape is, 'not the best'. Probably a good thing though, so I won't be heartbroken when the G baby destroys it at some point in the probable near future.
Shorts-DIY Gap Jeans cutoffs
Shoes-Burlington Coat Factory
Chain link necklace-Target
Charm necklace-Kiss boutique in Wilmington, NC
I made it no secret to my friends and family how concerned I was that G baby would absolutely 'hate' the new baby. Not truly hate, of course-but react badly and show disdain for her due to a three-year-old's jealousy over having to share mom and inability to understand all the changes taking place in our household. He is extremely smart, kind-hearted, and hilarious, but the G baby is a very hard-headed little guy, and I'm not going to lie-he has a mean streak.
I held no high hopes that there would be big brother/little sister cuddles or that he would be one of those kids that rushes to help mom with changing the baby's diaper or giving her a bath. I even joked (kind of joking) to my husband that we could never EVER leave the two in a room unattended, not even for ten seconds to check on dinner or answer the phone. This guy was used to being the center of our universe and there was no way he was going to want to share the spotlight.
Those who know and love G baby didn't really try to convince me otherwise. I think they thought I was probably right. My mom offered up that it was normal, and reminded me that when I was 4 and she brought my baby brother home, one day shortly thereafter I yelled, 'WHY DID YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS STUPID BABY ANYWAY?!?'
So there was that to look forward to.
My mother-in-law watched after Gabriel during my delivery, and when we called to tell her and Gabriel that Ari had finally arrived, he was so excited he started putting his shoes on before she even got off the phone. It was right before his naptime, and she wanted to know if we wanted her to bring him then or wait until after his nap. I told her to wait until after he napped...it didn't seem like the best idea to meet such an adjustment with nap-skipping crankiness, and plus, as much as I wanted to see the G baby and be together as a family, I was still dreading his reaction.
But I was wrong.
You see, Gabriel has given me a great gift-a front seat view of a sibling's great and instant love. I was worried that he would be freaked out by her beaten-up newborn face and wrinkled peeling hands. But all he could say over and over, 'she so cute! look at her nose! it so 'mall!! she so cute! look!!'. He was in love.
It's not like since Ari's birth, things in our household have been perfect. As expected, the G baby has had a hard time adjusting to the shift of 'mommy time' and has been way more sensitive and angry/whiny than usual (though he's getting better). But never has he been nasty to his baby sister, never has really even acted in jealousy. He's been proud to show her to all his relatives.
He is, however, an extreme pacifier advocate. In the car, "MOM! she lost her paci! Get her her paci back!" He just can't deal with the crying.
He's not overly affectionate, and when he asks to hold her, after literally 2 seconds, he says, "that's enough."
But he finds quiet moments for a quick kiss or head pat.
I'm not going to tell you that he is the perfect helper-he can't quite get the hang of 'being quieter' when she naps, and he would much rather play with his dump truck in the comfort of his own room than help me fetch clean diapers or run a bath. But he's deeply loved his baby sister since the moment he saw her. And that's all I can ask.
I totally die for a jeweled tunic. If it's long enough to wear as a dress, even better! I had been eyeing this tunic in all my Boden catalogs for months when it went on super-clearance (from like $98 to around $20) around Christmas. Even though I was already pretty pregnant and wouldn't be able to wear it, I knew I couldn't let it pass me by! I love the 60s vibe that the bright floral pattern gives off, so I accessorized accordingly.