Fashion,  Pregnancy

This is real life

9Dressember Days


Yesterday was the first day of my pregnancy that I have thought “Yeah, I’m done.”  I’ve been feeling less-than great, and I think it’s all the tempting holiday food. But it could also be that I am now 21 days from my due date, and almost full term! The misery had to set in sometime!

So I thought I would share real life with you. I didn’t leave the house yesterday, I didn’t wash my face, I didn’t put on makeup, I didn’t brush my hair, and I didn’t edit these pictures other than cropping. And, to be honest, I’m fine with that! I might look less glamorous in these shots, but I don’t feel less beautiful. I think motherhood (or pending, rather) has very positively affected how I feel about myself.

Plus, when you have a fabulous dress like this one, it makes it easier to deal with not feeling good. I don’t know if I’m the only one affected by the clothes I wear, but wearing something pretty DOES help!


There was a day when I would never have posted side, back, or makeup-less shots of myself on the blog, but now I just look at these and think “My hair is finally getting long!” And also realizing I still don’t look pregnant from the back. I was nicely surprised by the fact that I’ve only gained 28 pounds so far– for some reason my brain was telling me I was 10 pounds lighter when I got pregnant.

So now it makes sense to me that I don’t look like I’ve gained much weight, because… I haven’t. Typcially you gain 23-25 pounds of baby, extra blood, water, breast tissue, amniotic fluid, placenta, and etc while pregnant, which means anything over that is personal weight.


I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m always bragging about how great pregnancy is! I wish every woman had such a pleasant experience. Obviously, there have been bad days; I had morning sickness, I can’t sleep through the night any more, my skin has gotten ceaselessly itchy which is annoying… but those are all such small things compared to how great pregnancy has gone. I love being pregnant, and you know how it is: when you love something, you want to talk about it!

Makes me wonder what labor and delivery will be like! I’m starting to get a little bit nervous, mostly because I started to do research on tips and that was not helpful. Pregnancy horror stories via the internet are never good.


Tomorrow is Christmas! Tomorrow is also when I reach full-term in pregnancy and this little owl could just pop out anytime. I’m praying that he waits until January 4th or later, so that we don’t miss the big family vacation… and also, not a Christmas baby… but other than that, I’m okay with him coming  early. I feel pretty prepared. I think.

Depends on the day, really.

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But back to the whole tomorrow is Christmas thing… TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS! That’s how excited I am. I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight. It’s too exciting! I hope you all have a good Christmas! I love Christmas; I love spending time with my family, I love giving presents, I love getting presents, I love the food, I love celebrating Jesus… it’s just… the best holiday of the year.

If only it would snow, then it would be perfect!


Target dress (currently still there on clearance, in several patterns!) and flats | thrifted belt.

Secret: I was falling over in this picture. Well… I was losing my balance. So I am pretty sure that not wearing heels has not made a difference. I am topsy-turvy no matter what sometimes! Haha!

Merry almost Christmas!!!


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  • Mom

    Merry Christmas! I am excited this year, too. It will be nice and relaxing, I think. Daddy is helping out a lot and we are planning things together. It is a fun time. Just look up Lamaze (sp?) techniques for birth. Maybe you won’t get horror stories there. : ) I know you will do well and if you remember to breathe and relax, you’ll be fine. Love you!

  • Salazar

    That dress is pretty damned fabulous, your hair looks gorgeous as always (even if you didn’t brush it), your face looks great, so I agree, you don’t need to be dolled up every day to feel pretty!

  • Emma

    Don’t worry about giving birth, it does hurt (a lot) but you soon forget about it when they give you your baby. I have a really low pain tolerance and I had a natural birth, so I kind of think, if I can, anyone can, haha. If you are comfortable and able I HIGHLY recommend using a pool or bath! I sat in on almost throughout my whole labour and because of that had stretchy skin and didn’t need any stitches or anything, plus it really does help with the pain. Just be prepared for anything, and don’t be afraid to try any techniques given to you to help with the pain (i’m sure i read you wanted a natural birth..) if you think it could help at the time. 🙂

  • christen

    you look fabulous as always. love the dress on you! and I can’t believe your little one is almost here!!!


  • Jamie Rose

    That’s awesome that you haven’t gained much weight. It definitely looks like you’re all belly! I’ve heard stories about women in my family gaining a ton of water weight toward the end of their pregnancy – like swollen up everywhere. It terrifies me.
    But anyway, you really do look pretty in this dress even if you weren’t feeling that great. Don’t worry. It’ll all be done soon and you’ll have your baby!