Foxy and Pregnant: Lessons from Friends Number 1, Addie
i've had the pleasure of knowing quite a few pregnant women in my life as of late. i know people always say this, but i really have noticed that these lady friends of mine always seem especially radiant, in possession of some special verve that seems to glow through their very blood and skin.
but boy do i know now more than ever how hard it can be to maintain your feeling of style, energy, and vivaciousness when your body is growing and changing quickly, not to mention you're pretty darn tired all the time. so i thought i'd so a little inspirational series for myself to remind myself of some of my chic and lovely pregnancy role models over the next couple weeks. all these gals of mine know how to do it up right, how to keep their own unique style while also focusing with grace on growing that baby inside.
i want to start with my brave and amazing sister adrienne, who was pregnant last year of course. she recently began posting on her blog again and tells the whole honest story of her harrowing birth and later struggles with post partum issues, as well as giving a happier glimpse into what her life is like now. i remember her just so vibrant a year ago on her birthday trip to the eastern sierra (so insanely hard to believe that was just one year ago). she was over halfway through her pregnancy and compared to me now, barely showing! looking at the photos reminded me that she gave me back this cute 90's rayon sundress and i need to be wearing it. everyday. look how she is comfortable, cute, and a little bit sassy all at once. brave and proud and ready to tackle those desert mountains she loves so much.
my lesson, for both wardrobe and life, one must keep a spirit of adventure when one is with child.
a few weeks later on a trip to apple hill. yes, this is what our "fall" often looks like. tank top weather all the way still over here folks. she was good natured about the late dry heat and rocked those white maternity shorts like nobody's business, here and on many other occasions.
at her dia de los muertos (she called it dia de los vives) themed baby shower she wore black, fittingly on the day after halloween, and boots which became her signature late pregnancy look. i cannot WAIT to start wearing boots again. they balance out a round belly perfectly and look much more supportive than my current daily flipflops.
thanksgiving she wore an adorable 1970's vintage dress with a piece of white yarn tied around as a belt, how cute is that? again with the boots. nice thing about a pregnant belly, you just let it all hang out even when you eat waaaayyyy too much.
and december, her boy would be born about a month later. all through the holidays she was spry, festive and cheery. i plan to be like that this year. we are on very similar seasonal pregnancy schedules, she was due January 9 and I am due on January 4. so watch for some of her same maternity clothes on me come winter. can't wait! the idea of wearing long sleeves right now seems positively otherwordly.
seeing as how it was more than likely the only time she'll be pregnant, i am so glad she had a wonderful experience with it despite the difficulties she endured later with her transition into motherhood. but most of all i am glad that she is feeling so much better now and i am so in love with that amazing little child she created! you can check him out over at her blog. he's a dreamer and a wonderer indeed.
thanks for reading, and if you have tips or ideas for staying snazzy and feeling great during pregnancy or any other time in life, let me know!