Ladies & Gents, It’s Arrived

It’s official: I’m pregnant. Not that I wasn’t before, it’s just that I didn’t look pregnant. They say you just “pop” one week, and that’s exactly what happened with me. All of a sudden, there it was, a cute little baby bump. Let me rephrase: An actual baby bump, and not a bump that most could easily mistake for me eating a really big meal.

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I remember at my 16 week check up, I asked my doctor why I wasn’t showing as much as other women that were as far along as I am. After a laugh and a “Trust me, it will come,” my doctor told me that, since I’m tall, I simply am not built to show as much, and though I’ll get a bump, it may not be as big as others. Hmmph.

I know it sounds odd to want to be bigger, but when you’re pregnant, a baby bump is like a rite of passage. It’s fun to show off, to hold, to talk to, to have others notice. I won’t admit to pouting about my lack of a bump, but I’ll definitely admit to eating a few extra slices of pizza at mealtime.

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And then, seemingly over night, it came! It was about a week ago, and all of a sudden there it was, this magical little bump that makes me smile when I look at it. After a well deserved pat and, “Way to go!” said loudly for the baby to hear, I turned my efforts toward dressing it.

What to do with no maternity clothes and a sudden inability to button your jeans? Well, I’ll tell you. You leave those jeans unbuttoned (Whatever, you’re pregnant), wear a comfortable t-shirt (Only in hindsight am I realizing the irony in my chosen shirt saying “Brooklyn Brewery”), throw on a men’s jacket just because you can, and jazz it all up with some statement earrings. The result is a casual look that’s as comfortable as it’s adorable.

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Shop the picks below!

Photos by Maya of Charmingly Styled

 

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9 thoughts on “Ladies & Gents, It’s Arrived

  1. jillian

    hoooray for baby bumps 🙂 it took me til about week 18 to start showing… before that it was part food/real baby. try the hair tie trick on your pants! i did that for quite a few weeks and it worked like a charm! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  2. Karly

    Hooray for the arrival of the bump! It looks SO cute on you. 🙂 I’m absolutely loving this outfit, too – I’m all about the menswear lately. P.S. – you look the happiest that I’ve ever seen you in photos, it’s just too adorable. xo

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