Dressing the Fourth Trimester

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Having a baby does a number on our bodies. Its amazing what we can do and in such a short amount of time. Some women struggle with watching their body change through pregnancy. For me – I have always been fine with the pregnant body but the struggle for me is always the fourth trimester. When the baby is out but some of that baby weight remains, not to mention larger boobs which can sometimes make you look or feel heavy as well. They always say “it took 9 months to put that weight on, so don’t expect it to disappear overnight.” This makes aperfect sense, except that my hormonl post partum brain doesn’t care what is logical. I look in the mirror and while my logical side says  I may “look good for someone who had a baby one month ago”- the hormonal side says “Who’s body is this?! When will it go back to looking like MY body?! and what’s with this pooch?” and that’s just the truth of it.

So I thought I would share some tips for dressing the fourth trimester. So you can go back to feeling like yourself even if you still aren’t quite looking like yourself.

First step is to try on everything in your closet – and that includes your maternity clothes! Remember when I told you to invest in some good maternity jeans? Like these.
The thing about a good looking maternity jean is that you cant tell its maternity. So you can continue to wear them after baby and everyone will think you are a miracle worker who magically fits back into her old jeans! Also, you would be surprised what a little rouching of a maternity tee and/or a flowey top can help disguise. So try it all on – you may find that some of it is worth holding on to a little longer.

Secondly, try on the rest of the crap in your closet. Because what you looked great in before baby may no longer fit over your boobs. So find out what works best for the current state of you body  so that when you approach your closet each morning you don’t feel overwhelmed and defeated. This way you already have an idea of what works today and you can reassess as you go.

If you can afford to, buy yourself a few cheap cute new items to pad out your wardrobe that make you feel good. My mom recently sent me some money for my birthday with specific instruction to “spend this on something for YOURSELF!” and so I did just that. Here are a few things that I recently picked up at Old Navy to help me get my groove back. They are currently having an additional 35% off with online code “BEST” through tonight.

 

All of the pieces I picked up are loose yet flattering. There is no emphasis on the tummy and they are easy to pull up and down for nursing (if you are nursing). Yet they all have enough structure and style that you don’t feel frumpy and they should continue to work as you loose the weight.

Dressing The Fourth Trimester

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Dressing The Fourth Trimester

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Dressing The Fourth Trimester

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Dressing The Fourth Trimester

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Dressing The Fourth Trimester

And even a dress! Buttons make it nursing friendly- it has a loose shape and waist and dresses can be great because you don’t have to worry about fitting anything over your hips!

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A couple other not so noteworthy tidbits: Forever 21 spaghetti strap camis are super cheap and stretchy, great for layering under anything and everything for nursing coverage. And also, don’t forget about accessories! Nothing un-frumps an outfit more than a fedora, a great pair of shoes or even a good lipstick!

What are your tips and tricks for the fourth trimester?

Well Rounded NY feature

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Hello friends, I’m happy to report, that if you didn’t see the news on Instagram, we welcomed our second son on May 20th: Elliot Floyd Jenkins.

My Corner View

A few days before giving birth to Elliot I did a little interview with WellRoundedNY.com where I talk about my maternity style, nursery inspiration,  being a working mama and more. Hop on over and check it out! Keeping this entry short and sweet because I’m currently nursing Elliot and typing with one hand. haha.

xo

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Final Stretch

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I’m in the final stretch now! I’m finishing out my last week in the office. Next week I will work from home for one week. Then after that I start maternity leave whether baby shows up or not! With Oliver, I planned on spending all of my leave with him so I didn’t plan on leaving work until 39 weeks. I figured, hey its a desk job, its not like I’m on my feet all day. My leave is not paid (aside from California state partial pay for a few weeks) and as a first time mom I knew that I wanted to spend as much time as possible with the baby. But little did I know he would show up at 38 weeks on the dot! Luckily for me, he waited until Friday night after work to start labor. So this time around, I decided I should be working at home starting at 37 weeks just in case I have another early arrival. I’d really rather not go into labor at work. But who knows, every pregnancy is different. Maybe baby number two will decide to be stubborn and wait till 41 weeks (dear god, please don’t haha). We shall see. But I’m excited about potentially having a little down time- a little me time- this time around. Maybe I’ll get my nails done. Maybe papa and I can catch a mid day movie date while Oliver’s at daycare! It’s the little things guys. I might never see a movie again.

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

As my mother said when shes saw these photos “Yeowza! He’s looking ready to arrive!” or my mother in law when she saw this photo titled “final stretch”  said “Literally- Stretch!” Haha.

Baby is measuring exactly as he should be. But Oliver didn’t measure large either so…we shall see, I’m a tiny lady.

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

Always with that damn tongue Peeps!

My Corner View - 36 weeks- Maternity Style

Pregnancy Status: 36 weeks and some change

Dress: NOM maternity (nursing friendly for post baby!!) Similar (non nursing friendly version) here
Headscarf: Levi’s
Denim Vest: another one from the Target little girls section
Shoes: not converse, in fact, these shoes were literally $3 at RiteAid pharmacy! haha

Produce Peeps Pup

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We are having electrical work done at the house and Kujo.. er… Peeps hates unexpected, unknown visitors so she has been with me at the office all week. As a rescue she can be anxious and unsure and not all too social sometimes. But I have to say she has done a great job all week. Sleeping peacefully under my desk and being pretty open to making new friends. So, good girl Peeps! At the end of my last pregnancy I tried bringing her into the office and she was so weird. I think she was just being overly protective of me or something but I’m so happy with how adjusted she has been all week at work! We went out to lunch recently and snapped a few pic here, pretending we were on Mexican holiday (if only.)

My Corner View- Maternity Style- almost 36 weeks

Wearing that dreamy Ingrid & Isabel LBD from Chloe Rose Maternity again- here with more of a casual look. See, I told you it could easily be dressed up or down!

My Corner View- Maternity Style- almost 36 weeks

My Corner View- Maternity Style- almost 36 weeks

My Corner View- Maternity Style- almost 36 weeks

My Corner View- Maternity Style- almost 36 weeks

Pregnancy status: 35 weeks 6 days

Dress: Ingrid & Isabel via Chloe Rose Maternity  –  a serious maternity staple!
Denim Vest: Target little girls section. Thats right. sorry, I’m petite and kids clothes are cheaper.
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Kate Spade (thanks John!)
and…although my silver/turquoise jewelry is barely visible I can’t wear it and not mention that it was my grandmothers. It was handmade by her brother. She wore them daily and I remember her veiny olive wrinkled wrists in them as a child and I cherish them dearly.

Sleepy Grump

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Poor me. Woe is me. Pregnancy is tiring. Pregnancy with a toddler is tiring. Pregnancy while working is tiring. Woe is me. Pity Party. Hahaha. But really though, the general sentiment today was ” is it bedtime yet?” But I imagine you don’t have to be nearly 9 months pregnant to agree with that sentiment.

My Corner View - 35 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 35 weeks- Maternity Style

My Corner View - 35 weeks- Maternity Style

Pregnancy Status: 35 weeks

Top Knot Hair courtesy of “mama aint got time to wash that hair”

Top: Old Navy Maternity

Jeans: Target Jeggings (non maternity- fully buttoned and comfy! No Maternity price tag…..so…basically…. they are magic!) More info and link in this post

Flannel: Uniqlo

SHoes: Birkenstocks (via Nordstrom)