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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STYLE HAS NO SIZE // denim on denim with Madewell

Thank you to Madewell for sponsoring this month’s Style Has No Size look!

Mireille from City Peach and I are at it again! This time with a super fun way to style a casual look for the Fall.

Striped color-blocked sweaters are ALL THE RAGE right now. So are denim jackets. And guess what? We jumped on the socks + mary janes bandwagon and I AM OBSESSED.

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what types of shoes to wear these “demi-boot” jeans with, as well as how to style them. I figured I’d just throw it all together in a blog post for you to make it easy!

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Thank you, Sesame Street Live, for sponsoring this blog post. Scroll down for an exciting giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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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Pregnant and overwhelmed with all of the different maternity options out there (or lack thereof, in some cases)?! GIRL, I GOT YOU. This time - I decided to try something different. I decided to buy JUST the basics, and all the other clothes I need I will size up. And guess what? After I have this baby… I will have an AWESOME POSTPARTUM WARDROBE of regular clothing that isn’t skin tight while I’m getting back to my regular mom-bod.

Here's what you actually need to have when it comes to maternity clothes - for everything else, just try to be INTENTIONAL about what you’re buying and how long it will grow with your belly and whether or not you’ll be able to wear it after baby.

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JCrew has extended their sizing and I am SO excited to show you the things I love! WARNING: there are… a lot. There are so many more things I wanted to include as well, but the list was getting a little out of hand. ;)

If I were you, I’d shop NOW because most of these items (and more on the site) are 40% OFF with code BIGSALE !!!!

Scroll down to see all of my picks - click on each picture to see the item. Note that MOST of these items come in several colors. All items start as XXS/00 and go up to a 3X or 24. All jeans go from a size 23 to a size 37!

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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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STYLE HAS NO SIZE // boyfriend jeans + kimono

One of my biggest requests has been to style boyfriend jeans as a plus size woman. Here's how I did it, using the same exact kimono as my girl Mireille from City Peach! This is the second feature in our series, STYLE HAS NO SIZE, and we LOVE THIS LOOK! I hope you do too!

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“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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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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Happy Friday!! Here's another PLUS SIZE AND PREGNANT LOOK with NON-MATERNITY clothing! Minus the jeans. ;) I wanted to share this look because 1, THE SWEATER AND SHOES ARE 40% OFF. I REPEAT. This is not a drill. But 2, I wanted to show you how to amp up a simple tee-shirt look, in classic Dorough fashion. You know I can't help myself - I love mixing prints every chance I get!

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FALL HAUL FOR EMALINE // how to get high end kids' clothes on the cheap!

One of my favorite ways to shop is thrift and consignment because not only can you get really cute, barely worn stuff - but you can also find cool and unique things that aren't in the stores anymore!

I am THRILLED to share with you this amazing online consignment store called BAGSY! They have ALL KIDS sizes and the cutest stuff. An amazing selection, I am blown away... I could literally sit on their website for hours.

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Layering and mixing patterns is my JAM, you know this! I really don't like playing by the rules... so here I am, throwing on a plaid trench coat over a camo shirt jacket and calling it a day. If you've been following along with my life updates, than you probably know I've been working a little bit...

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FTC DISCLAIMER: I have partnered with Macy's & NY Collection to showcase their latest plus size collection. Thank you for the support for House of Dorough, I only work with brands I love and believe in! #NYCollection #macyssponsored

You guys KNOW that I am all about wearing leggings year-round, especially while I'm pregnant. I do appreciate a good pair of jeans, don't get me wrong. But these days - I need the most comfortable option out there! 

And, as I've said before: Leggings are hard to style - I totally get it.

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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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FTC Disclosure: I've partnered with Natori, a brand I truly believe in, to write this post. Thank you for supporting House of Dorough. 

I have something I need to admit to you guys - ever since I had my first baby, and my bust size grew dramatically, I have not spent the time, money or energy on finding myself a new bra that fits me properly. Funny, because it is actually SUCH an important foundation garment and will make or break all of your outfits and confidence. 

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