Our weather lately has been all over the place. Most of the month was chilly and rainy but this past weekend we got a burst of warm weather that has me craving spring. In the meantime I’ve been living in my comfiest pieces because #8monthspregnant.
It’s so hard to believe it’s the last week of January! I feel like I’ve been all over the place this month from the Golden Globes to baby showers and lots in between. And now that there’s not much time left before baby I’ll be busy making sure everything is ready for her arrival in March. Here are some highlights from my instagram this past month. Our weather was all over the place but this past weekend was so nice I was able to wear this dress to host my best friend’s baby shower. Here’s to hoping the warm weather sticks around for a bit!
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I never thought I’d find my baby shower dress at Forever 21.
I spent a lot of time looking, ordered a few rounds online and wasn’t really finding anything I loved. One day I decided to browse the F21 website and fell in love with this one. I took a chance, ordered it and was so surprised it fit perfectly. The quality is amazing too, it looks so much nicer than a $35 dress. I was definitely getting For Love and Lemons vibes with it. I’m wearing a size small for reference.
I think this neutral dress is perfect for a baby shower no matter if you’re having a boy or a girl… or you’re team green – which I recently learned means not finding out. It even works for a bridal shower or bachelorette. So if you find yourself stumped, like I did, sometimes it’s good to look outside the box. 🙂
Now I need to find something for my other shower next weekend…
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I’ve been all about the color pink lately… with a baby girl due soon and Valentine’s Day on the horizon I just can’t help it! Valentine’s Day is such a fun little day. Even if you don’t celebrate it in a romantic way, it’s still nice to buy a little something for yourself or a friend. Years ago I went to a fun anti-Valentine’s Day party at a bar in LA with a group of girlfriends and it was honestly one of my favorite memories of the holiday. That and back in elementary school when we’d get dressed up, pass out Valentine’s and have parties in our classrooms.
Now that I’m old and married I wanted to share a fun little gift guide I put together.
I also wanted to share some gift ideas for the guys…
And of course, I can’t forget the babies. Here are my favorites…
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I know I’ve said this a few times, but I can’t believe how fast my pregnancy has flown by. The next month or so might really drag but so far it’s been lightening speed. Last weekend we took our maternity photos with Taylor Cole. It was really special because I’ve shot with her times before… first for my blog, then our rehearsal dinner and now these. I know we’ll love these pictures forever and can’t wait to show them to our baby girl.
I also wanted to share a bump-date because a lot has been happening in the past few months. Things that are more personal than I normally share, but feel like I should because I know others go through similar things as well.
A few months ago after we had our 20 week anatomy scan we learned I have something called Marginal Cord Insertion. This means the umbilical cord attached to the side of the placenta instead of where it normally does in the middle. Because of this growth later in the pregnancy may be slowed down and I’ll start going to my doctor for monitoring twice a week in just a couple of weeks. This is pretty rare, only in something like 7% of pregnancies, most of those being pregnancies with multiples.
There’s nothing I can do about it now, but I’ve been told to take it easy and not to work out. It was actually funny, I thought she was going to lecture me on my lack of exercise but she told me to keep doing what I’m doing.
A few weeks later I went in for my one hour glucose test and failed. I didn’t think too much of it because a lot of my friends failed their one hour as well but went on to pass the three-hour. So I made an appointment and went to a lab for the three-hour test. The day after I took it I got a call that I failed that too and have Gestational Diabetes. I was so shocked and didn’t really know what to do with myself. I eat pretty healthy and haven’t gained much weight this pregnancy, I just didn’t know how it could happen. Since then I’ve met with a specialist and nutritionist, have cut down on my carb and sugar intake, write down every single thing I eat and started testing my blood sugar several times a day. It’s far from fun but it’s a good sacrifice for a healthy baby.
The funny thing about the two is they completely contradict one another. With Marginal Cord a concern is I could have a very small baby and with Gestational Diabetes that I could have a large baby. We’ve been joking that maybe they’ll cancel each other out and we’ll have an average size baby.
All that aside I still can’t really complain, the first half of my pregnancy was a breeze. I’m hoping the next eight weeks continue to fly by so we can meet this baby!
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I'm Ashley, a professional stylist, wife, and (almost) mom, sharing my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and life in sunny Southern California!