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Dressing the Bump: Second Trimester

Here we are, 7 months and 20 pounds later with outfit photos! Finally.. I know I’ve dropped the ball in documenting this pregnancy, but holding down two jobs and preparing for a baby is no joke. Also, it’s a little hard taking outfit photos when your body looks different than before. But alas, here they are!

These photos were taken last week during the last official days of my second trimester. My outfits mainly consist of Sotela (what a surprise!) with a few thrifted pieces that I either bought or received from a gracious friend. Stay tuned for a maternity wardrobe post in the near future 😉

Special Occasions/Events Outfit: Lyla Crop Top with a high-waisted black skirt and clogs

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When I designed the Lyla crop top, I imagined wearing it differently this summer. I pictured high-waisted shorts and jeans, but pregnancy has a way of changing plans. I now wear the Lyla crop with a high-waisted skirt that goes over the bump to my boobs. It’s super comfortable and highlights the baby bump. I’ve worn this outfit several times and will continue to wear it when I want to look spiffy.

The Weekend Outfit: Magnolia Shift Dress with Cuyana Panama Hat and clogs

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To be honest, I usually wear the Magnolia shift with Birkenstocks, but when I’m trying to dress it up I wear clogs. The deep pockets have been so convenient this season because I don’t really like carrying a purse, especially when I already feel like I’m going to tip over. My phone and keys are all I need, which fit nicely. Even with a growing belly, the shift dress is still long and wide enough to fit comfortably. For reference, pre-pregnancy I was a size 2/4 and now I’m probably a 6 or even 8. 

The Lunch Date Outfit: Mara Jumpsuit with thrifted Superga tennis shoes

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I call this my lunch date outfit because I usually don’t wear it when I know I’m going to be out all day.. Why you ask? Because going to the bathroom 100 times a day in a jumpsuit isn’t fun. Especially when you have the bladder size of a lentil. Jumpsuits are great outfits when you aren’t drinking and not 7 months pregnant. However, since it is beyond comfortable and makes me feel good, I wear it on short outings. I’m actually surprised it still fits because I thought it would’ve been too tight by now. Obviously, I don’t cinch the waist as much as I did pre-pregnancy, but I still have a little tie action there. I also loosen up the waist after a big ole meal 🙂

The Everyday Outfit: Black Pocket Shift, thrifted chambray shirt, thrifted leggings and Birkenstocks

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This is the outfit you will most likely see me in 99% of the time. It is my work and errands outfit. I’ve been wearing the Pocket Shift with leggings and a chambray shirt because it has been a tad chilly with June gloom. I have a feeling I may need to retire the leggings and shirt soon because there is a heat wave rolling in today. I’ve preferred wearing the Shift dress for the first 7 months because I like how the length looks with a belly (it’s a’ll about proportions). However, yesterday I wore the Cocoon dress and I forgot how much I loved a long dress. I may look a little stubbier with a baby bump, Cocoon dress and Birkenstocks, but not having to worry about flashing people is an added plus. Have you seen a pregnant woman try to bend down? It isn’t pretty.

Having a wardrobe that makes you feel beautiful and like yourself during pregnancy is huge. It’s already hard enough going through so many changes that you don’t want to add feeling insecure to the list. It’s been such a relief to not worry about my wardrobe because I know I will always have something that fits.

Now that you’ve seen what I’ve been wearing, here’s how I’ve been feeling…

I’ve been fortunate that the second trimester has been really good to me. I’ve gotten my appetite back, had more energy, and felt happier with all of the upcoming changes. The first trimester was a doozy and I just felt so nasueas, tired, and sad.  Overall, I’ve felt like myself again these past three months albeit the growing belly.

In terms of food, I’m still eating more junk food than before (hello donuts, In-n-out and pizza), but I’m now eating a lot more greens and veggies as well. You can only use the “I’m pregnant” excuse for so long so I’ve been milking it 🙂 During those first three months, I couldn’t even stand the smell of vegetables and hated the sight of broccoli and sweet potatoes. However, we are friends again and I’m happy to announce I don’t have any food aversions.

I started feeling baby kick at around week 18 and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing and surreal it feels. The first time I realized it was baby and not gas (haha) was when my hubs and I were lying on the couch watching tv. He didn’t feel baby that night, but he definitely did several days later.

Today, I’m officially 29 weeks, which means I’m in my third trimester and only have 11 more weeks to go! I honestly can’t believe how quickly it has gone by..

Some highlights from the second trimester include feeling baby kick for the first time, going to New Orleans for my sister’s bachelorette party, going to Hawaii for our baby moon, and finding out baby is a GIRL! Can’t wait to raise a little Sotela Everyday Woman 😉

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