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Is there a sexy side to pregnancy?

Maybe it’s just me, but pregnancy is not one of those times in my life when I’ve felt my most attractive. I’m sure there are women (and men) out there who find pregnancy to be very natural and sexy, but for the most part, I feel…. frumpy. To me, there is nothing seductive about elastic waistband pants and shirts embellished with stretchy seams to accommodate my ever-growing belly.

I find maternity clothes (and all clothes, really) to be constraining and uncomfortable during pregnancy, which means I typically end up sporting my bathrobe or the baggiest sweatpants I can find the minute I get back from work each day. Since I arrive home about an hour before my husband, he usually finds me lounging in my comfiest clothing while cooking dinner by the time he pulls in from work around 6:00. The other night, for some strange reason, I happened to actually be wearing jeans and a cute sweater. He commented on how nice I looked – and it totally hit me that he probably hasn’t seen me in anything but elastic for at least a month.

There are plenty of other problems beyond the issue of finding cute and comfortable clothing to accommodate the 20 extra pounds of weight around my middle. It’s pretty difficult to paint your toe nails when you haven’t been able to reach your feet in weeks. I mean, just getting socks and shoes on in the morning while a tiny human kicks me in ribs is challenging enough. And attempting to shave my legs is like an acrobatic routine that I’d just rather not endure on a regular basis.

I’ve seen some women sharing maternity photos on social media of themselves dressed in nearly nothing – showing off their gorgeous figures and their precious pregnancy “glow.” Check out this photo Vanessa Lachey shared on Twitter during her pregnancy in 2012.

Vanessa Lachey - Photo courtesy of http://blog.thebump.com/2012/06/21/its-a-boy-for-vanessa-nick-lachey/

Vanessa Lachey – Photo courtesy of http://blog.thebump.com/2012/06/21/its-a-boy-for-vanessa-nick-lachey/

I’m all for attempting to embrace my changing shape, but it feels like the only glow I’m sporting these days is due to the beads of sweating forming on my face from lugging around baby weight while dealing with constant back pain. And speaking of back pain – it doesn’t get sexier than the maternity support belt. Strapping four pieces of fabric and Velcro over my expandable pants definitely makes me feel desirable. While I’d love to attempt some sensual preggo photos, I feel this type of photo more honestly captures my experience with pregnancy:

 Doesn't get more seductive than a support belt. Am I right?

Doesn’t get more seductive than a support belt. Am I right?

After all is said and done, I know I’m fortunate to be able to experience pregnancy and to be carrying a healthy baby. I know the nine months of lending my body to baby will be totally worth it when we reach the end. Not to mention, I also know the first few months post-partum is probably even less sexy than the pregnancy itself (picture leaking breast milk, constant pumping, spit-up covered clothing, etc). So for now, I’ll continue to sport my support belt underneath my stretchy shirts and pray to god I get my sexy back somewhere in the near future.

The Nursery

As an expecting mother, one of most exciting things for me during both my pregnancies has been planning a nursery. For the most part, I’m not talented in interior design, nor do I thoroughly enjoy it, but let me just tell you that the nesting rumors are true. Pregnant women love to get shit ready for their babies to arrive. And considering the nursery is where I will be spending the majority of my sleepless nights during the next several months, I might as well put some time and effort into making it a cozy place to be.

During my first pregnancy, I felt the same desire to do some serious nursery decorating/nesting, but my interior design efforts consisted mostly of walking into Babies R Us and scanning a ton of shit to put in the nursery. The nursery décor at Babies R Us is pretty much a bedroom in a box – they have an entire wall of themed décor that you can literally stand and scan in a matter of minutes. Not only do they offer everything you need, such as bedding, lamps, wall decals, hampers, window treatments, etc, but it all matches the same color scheme and cliché theme of your choice. I’m not knocking this kind of decorating, since it is clearly what we chose the first time around, but it does feel kind of generic when I look back at pictures of the nursery. But who can blame me? Grey was born before I knew Pinterest existed. Who the hell could complete any kind of creative DIY/decorating project without first pinning hundreds of pictures to your Pinterest boards??

I attempted to make up for my sad lack of design skills when Grey moved into his new bedroom at age two. Rather than stepping foot into Babies R Us, or any other baby supply store, I searched the internet for some inspiration and created a pretty cool little kid’s room (in my opinion, anyway). Check out of some photos of Grey’s current bedroom below.

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So when it came time to turn our guest room into a baby’s bedroom, I was determined to do something more creative than the first nursery I nested in. I found an awesome photo on Pinterest of a room I loved – I’d share the link here but unfortunately the webpage no longer exists. So, I used this one photo as a model for finding some cool wall art and modern patterns. I had my heart set on painting stripes on one wall in the bedroom and thus begged my husband to hire a painter to avoid having to take on this task. The thought of trying to work out precise measurements, make sure the stripes were level, and hope to God that the painter’s tape would prevent the paint from seeping out was a little overwhelming. But since we weren’t able to find an affordable painter who was available and my husband was begging me to have a little faith in his abilities, we decided to go ahead and attempt to do the painting ourselves. Now that the room is finally finished, I have to say, I think we did a damn good job. The stripes came out perfect and the wall décor is exactly what I was picturing. Check out some photos below!

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Baby B’s Bedroom – The Stripes

 

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I had such a hard time finding a rug, but I totally fell in love with this Safavieh Amherst Navy and Ivory print – and they had it in a seven foot round, which was perfect for the space! And after purchasing and returning several different window treatments, I finally settled on a teal geometric print from Target.

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I’m SO thrilled with how the wall art came out! I wanted a quote from the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love,” so I found an artist on Etsy who paints quotes on wooden pallets and purchased it in navy blue. I purchased the “Be Brave Today” digital file on Etsy as well, then printed and framed it. I found a cheap wooden letter “G” at Hobby Lobby and used acrylics to paint it teal and white. I purchased three bow ties from Children’s Place, then glued them into a shadow box frame. My favorite piece in the nursery is definitely the digitized print of our family dog, created by my very-talented-graphic designer sister. Check out her business Facebook page here.

My Pinterest Inspired DIY Mobile!

My Pinterest Inspired DIY Mobile!

I saw a homemade mobile on Pinterest and fell in love! It looked easy enough to create…. and it wasn’t too bad…. however it was far more time consuming than I would have liked. Check out the tutorial I used online here.

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Even though trying to create a unique room was a lot of work, I so happy with the final result. So when I’m spending half the night feeding, changing, and rocking a newborn, at least we’ll have a cozy space to get comfortable in.

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From Trendy to Kid Friendly

Before my husband and I had our first child, we enjoyed a lot of perks that we totally took for granted. Our routine during the week consisted of going to work, meeting up at the gym for a workout, and eating a late dinner around 8:00pm. And on the weekends? Well, on Fridays, we went out. We drank lots of alcohol. We slept in late. And then we did it again on Saturday. Just living the dream.

At some point, we got a puppy, which totally threw off our lackadaisical lifestyle. We couldn’t go to the gym together after work because someone had to get home to let the dog out. We had to get up in the middle of the night and early in the morning to let him out to pee. And we thought that was rough. (We were naïve sons of bitches, by the way).

Anyways, besides hitting up happy hours and having drinks with friends, our favorite “date night” thing to do was to spend our evenings trying the latest trendy restaurants downtown. Our favorite restaurant offers homemade pastas and decadent cheesecakes for dessert. We spent every special occasional at this awesome wine bar that serves the best steak and most delicious variety of wine a girl could ask for – and even features a few semi-circle round booths so that you can sit close to your hubby (which sounds super cheesy, but it was cozy). One of the newer restaurants we checked out a few times describes itself as “South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine & craft cocktails in a rustic-chic setting with chandeliers.” Sounds awesome, right? From what I remember, it is; sadly, it’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to stop in some of these places. Not exactly toddler friendly, if you know what I mean.

When our son was born, we didn’t go out to eat nearly as often as we had in the past. Even though a newborn is pretty portable, I felt weird breastfeeding in public and often found myself sitting in the backseat of the car feeding my baby while my husband was inside waiting for our dinner to arrive. And as he got older, I was terrified of taking him to restaurants for the sheer fact that he might throw a shit fit or blow out a diaper while waiting for our check to be delivered. But I eventually got over that new mommy fear and surprisingly, our kid is pretty well-behaved in public. He turned three recently and just like his mommy and daddy, one of his favorite things to do on the weekends is to eat out, which is awesome. The only difference these days is the type of place we find ourselves having dinner. You know, “rustic-chic with chandeliers” is not really his style…. Nevertheless, I think it’s important for him to learn how to sit through dinner (not to mention eating out means I don’t have to cook), so we’ve been taking him to restaurants a few times a month.

Last Friday, my husband and I planned to pick him up from daycare together after work and grab a bite to eat before heading home. We were trying to figure out where to go when I got this awesome text from Matt.

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That’s right. He asked me if I wanted to go to Macaroni Grill BECAUSE THEY GIVE YOU CRAYONS TO DRAW ON THE TABLE.

We used to pick restaurants based on the level of trendiness and the whether or not they served cool cocktails. And now?? We choose where to go based on whether or not you can draw on the damn table (since our child will most likely draw on the table whether or not it’s allowed).

Some nights, I miss the freedom of pre-parenthood life when we were able to do whatever we wanted on the weekends. But the honest truth is I’d choose eating at TGI Fridays, Applebee’s – and yes, even Macaroni Grill – any day. As long as it means I get to spend the evening with two (soon to be three!) of the cutest boys I know.

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