Let Them Pick

This entire post is brought to you by my family. My husband picked out my outfit, and Lyla picked out the poses we did for the pictures. How do you think they did?

This is what I wore out to celebrate my last day of working during the day with the husband. That night was also known as our last date night in a VERY LONG TIME! We went to see X-Men: First Class, and I must say I was very happy with it. My comic book, geek husband says they strayed from the story line a bit, but did a good job setting up for the movies that have already been made. For someone like me, who just likes the movies, it was a great movie. Have you seen this X-Men yet? If so, what did you think?

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Top-Target, Jeans- William Rast for Target, Shoes-Steve Madden

When asked what to do next

Maxed Out Flowers

I bought this as a maxi dress to wear to a wedding two summers ago. Let’s just say after having Lyla, and now especially being pregnant with the little guy, the top part just doesn’t fit right anymore. However, I loved the print and maxi dresses and skirts are still in style. I took my scissors and chopped off the top I’ve worn it before with a shirt tucked in and belted. That way works much better, but is way too uncomfortable for me at the moment. Thankfully, the bump is big enough that my Bella Band was all I needed to keep it up for the most part.

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Shirt-NY and Co., Skirt-Forever21, Shoes-Steve Madden

Pregnancy Myth #1 = Busted

You must wear maternity clothes as soon as you can’t button your jeans.

I went shopping a few weekends ago. I was looking for shorts that I could wear this summer during this pregnancy. I started off looking at the maternity section, because, well it’s obvious I’m pregnant and will be all summer. However, I was really unhappy with any of my options. They all fit horribly, and I wasn’t going to sacrifice being comfortable in them for a chance to cool off.

I decided to play all my cards and try out the juniors department. I found several pairs I liked including a pair of fun salmon colored shorts. Sadly, they didn’t have a pair in my new size. I did find a pair that sits low enough to be worn under my baby belly. With my Bella Band, they should fit during the hottest parts of the summer based on my last pregnancy.

What do you think? Should pregnant women be restricted to elastic waist bands, and floaty, shapeless shirts? I think not, and hope to prove how wrong those ideas are this summer. I would love to have you along for the journey.

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Vest-Walmart, Cami-Gap, Belt-Charlotte Russe, Shorts-Target

It’s OFFICIAL!!!

Guess what people?!?! I’m now officially a part-time stay at home mom. I’m still working at the studio in the afternoon/evenings, but during the day Lyla and I get to stay home and enjoy each other’s company. This week, however, it is just me at home. As I mentioned before the studio’s big dance recital is this Saturday. I’m keeping Lyla in daycare part time this week, so I can get things finished up and make all of the final rehearsals.

Next week the real tough stuff starts. Adjusting to our new schedule together, and finding ways to keep everybody happy. I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.

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Cami-Old Navy, Shorts-Thrifted, Shoes-TJ Maxx

P.S. I’ve got a doctors appointment today that should let me know what is swimming around inside of me. Boy or Girl? Any guesses?

What They Wore Wednesday: Sunday Best

Sunday, Lyla and I were both dressed up so we decided to snap pictures together for this weeks What They Wore. I continued my trend of wearing pieces other than the were intended they were intended for. My “skirt” is the dress I wore way back here. Lyla looks just adorable in her purple, polka dot dress. I thought is was really cute that the sucker Pop-Pop got her seemed to match her dress so well.

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Mom: Tank-Target, “skirt”- Target. Shoes-TJ Maxx Lyla: Dress- J.C. Penny’s

If the shoe fits…

Sadly, this pregnancy I’ve had to put away several pair of heels. They are just causing me too much pain. I hope that after the baby is born I can wear them again. I’m not holding my breath. After Lyla was born I had to semi-retire several pairs of designer shoes. Meaning, I was able to wear them if I was planning on being carried everywhere like a true princess deserves. Since life never turns out quite how we think it should I could only wear them when I was willing enough, or would be drinking enough, to endure the pain. On a side note I could wear one of the pairs quite easily without feeling pain, or much of anything else from my ankles down.

Since, several frequently worn pairs are missing from my shoe wardrobe adjustments must be made. I don’t have many pairs of flats or sandals, so I added a two pairs. One pair of silver flats and a pair of black wedges were welcomed into the family. I hadn’t planned on adding heels of any kind, but I needed a comfortable pair of dressy shoes I could wear to recital. Both of these purchases were made at TJ Maxx. I like purchasing shoes from TJ Maxx. They usually are decently priced, and hold up nicely under normal wear and tear.

I planned on wearing the silver Lucky Brand flats pretty regularly. However, after the first day I realized a few changes needed to be made. I’ve had pointe shoes that caused less discomfort during a two hour class. They would dig into my heel, and the round heel had zero padding. The thin rubberized, plastic sole doesn’t bother me. I like that they are lite and flexible. I just wasn’t happy that I could feel the heel more and more with each step.

Since, I had some purchases to be made to make these shoes a happy mate for my feet I thought I would share my finds with you. These are things that I’ve found make some shoes, including a few semi-retired shoes, comfy or at least tolerable. Dr. Scholl’s massaging gel heel cushions helped with the pain underneath my heel, and the Dr. Scholl’s for her heel liners made it so my shoes didn’t dig into my skin. The only issue I had with them is that they also made the shoes just a tad tight on my bigger foot. Things I’ve gotten that worked well in other shoes are the Dr. Scholl’s for her ball of the foot cushions and the comfort insoles. I’m comfortable recommending these cushions to make the little fixes that some shoes need.

Are You Sure?

My baby bump is playing hide and seek. Now you see it…now you don’t! I actually had someone tell me today they wanted to call my bluff. “There is no way you are pregnant, let alone half way done!” I tell you, it is true! I am almost to the half way mark.

Ok, enough about my pregnancy. Do you know what other important dates are coming up? To you they mean  nothing, but next Friday is my last day at my day job. After that I have one more week left before the studio I work at has their dance recital. I’m really excited about both days! However, I think the dance recital wins for me. I get to dance in it this year. My adult tap class decided they wanted to participate in the production this year, so to help them out I’m dancing with them. I’m sure I’ll post pics of that too.

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Shirt-Target, Skirt-Target, Shoes-Target