Posts in LIFESTYLE
PEARL JO'S BIRTH STORY // hospital newborn photos

PJ is here, and our hearts are SO FULL! As I mentioned in the previous post, my fluid levels were severely high towards the end of this pregnancy and so at 37 weeks they decided to induce me (Friday, October 26th). At the time, PJ was head down and my doctor was confident we could deliver her naturally.

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CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU, PJ // family maternity photos

Oh my goodness, baby girl! I don’t even know where to start. You have made your presence known during this pregnancy! Starting at Week 4, I thought I had the stomach flu… but nope, that was just you, letting me know you were here! I stayed nauseous 24-7 until about week 18, and then I finally came out of the fog, so to speak.

In the beginning, before our first ultrasound, I was so filled with anxiety. I remember not being able to sleep one night,

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FIRST-BORN:

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Dear Emaline, E, Em, Emmie, etc…

You’re about to be a big sister and I am in complete denial. None of it feels real, and I honestly have no idea what to expect in the coming weeks.

I’m writing you this letter because maybe one day, you’ll read this and it will mean something.

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OH, BTW WE ARE HAVING A BABY! I guess it’s time for a bumpdate?

Although I have referenced the fact that I am pregnant on here, I realized the other day that I never made the “official announcement” on the blog that we are having our second baby girl… so, better late than never!

I haven’t been big on doing “bumpdates” - but I thought I would update you all on how I actually am doing, despite the pics and videos you see on Instagram.

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"YOU AREN'T PLUS SIZE ENOUGH"

“What happens when you finally lose all the baby weight, what will you call yourself then?”

“What size are you REALLY, though?”

“Are you calling yourself plus size just because you’re pregnant?”

“What size were you before you got pregnant?”

These are just a few examples of questions I get ALL of the time. From real life friends and family, to people I don’t know on the internet.

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YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS

I've been hearing this quote several times in the past week - almost like it's the universe SHOUTING IT AT ME. It's been a really good reminder. Life is full of seasons, things can be challenging but hard doesn't have to be a bad thing. 

If you've been following along with me, you know I've been working my butt off before this baby comes to make some extra cash and secure more hours towards our healthcare benefits. 

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MY HEART BABY...IS STILL A HEART BABY

Heart baby. Also known as: a child with a congenital heart disease or heart defect. You'll see all kinds of heart babies out there; some of them are barely holding on, some of them have had several surgeries and are thriving, and some of them got extremely fortunate in being able thrive after only one major surgery, and seemingly like nothing ever happened to their heart.

The latter is what we have prayed and hoped for.

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GRATITUDE ON A MONDAY, with some style on the side

I can’t sleep, and all I can seem to think about right now is gratitude. Like, out of nowhere, I was just overcome with an extreme amount of thankfulness for everything great in my life right now. Funny how that happens.

I’ve had a rough couple of days. Between lack of sleep, anxiety, hormones, and emotions... it’s just been hard on my soul.

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THE TRIMESTER THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT

If you've been following me for awhile, you may have noticed that back in January/February, I was pumpin' out content for the blog on the regular. My Instagram posts were consistent and I was starting to work with some big brands. Cut to - early March, and suddenly I went MIA. I started resurfacing in April/May, but let me assure you - that was all a front. It wasn't until June that I felt normal again. Here's what was really going on during that time.

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE SUMMER WITHOUT A THIGH GAP (VIDEO)

Ok, ladies. This might be a topic that makes you uncomfortable but I’m here to tell you that it’s a problem WE ALL HAVE. Well, most of us. 

It’s Summer. For most of us, it’s hot as balls. Sorry, but, I really can’t think of a better way to explain it. Literally the other day I was standing outside and could feel streams of sweat dripping down the back of my leg. Beautiful.

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THE BEST BABY SHOWER GIFT // Incredibundles Review

I'm happy to report that this little nugget is officially potty trained - HALLELUJAH!! That being said, we are only a few short months away from needing diapers again on the daily with baby number two! When I heard about this service, I thought HOW AMAZING would it be to receive this gift?!

Today I'm partnering with Incredibundles - the CUTEST gift subscription service for the mom or dad in your life!

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WHO TOOK MY BODY AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?!

Doesn’t matter what size you are, but if you’ve ever been pregnant than you’ve probably felt what I’ve been feeling all week. You guys know that I always want to be transparent with you, especially when it comes to my real life. Read about what I've been feeling like today, and also the 4 things I'm doing to try and overcome it. 

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WHAT'S IN MY TODDLER BAG

As much as it pains me to say this, I no longer have a little baby - I have a full blown toddler and that means the game has officially changed. The things I need for her when we leave the house are much different than they used to be.

Most of the time, I only need a few things but it depends on how long we will be gone, where we are going, etc. But for this purpose, I'm going to show you what I pack for a long afternoon out and about.

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WHY I BROKE UP WITH THE TANNING BED

Some people like botox, fake nails, lip injections, or blowouts every so often to make them feel good. For me? It's a tan. I'm not sure why but ever since I was in middle school I always wanted to be tan. I'll never forget in 9th grade, when self tanner had just become a "thing"...

and somehow I got my hands on some. I was in drama class and looked down at my legs (I was totally sporting my denim dress that day because I was hoping I had achieved tan legs the night before). 

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