I took a long, long break from showcasing my daily outfits when I found out I was pregnant. And there were a lot of reasons why, but mainly? I never got dressed. I can’t think of one ensemble that I took the time to put together, partly because nothing looks great when you feel miserable, but also? I think that part of my brain completely shut down.
I’d heard of pregnancy brain before, but to be honest (and yes, moms, you can judge me for saying this), I thought it was a myth (it’s not!). I thought for sure that it was connected to a tired, overworked mind and that if I could just “sleep it off”, I’d be fine. But the truth is? My memory flew right out the window during those first three months – and along with it? My creativity.
Ken jokes that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation with me because I would blank out on words, phrases and even names. But the kicker? I was totally surprised when I completely forgot how to put together an outfit that reflected me. It was bizarre, really. I chalked it up to not feeling confident with the extra dough around my belly, but to be honest, I think it was part of my brain that was being used to, I don’t know, make a baby. Maybe I’m crazy.
Anyway, I mentioned before that I relied on skinny jeans, long tunics and quirky flats because that seemed to be the easiest alternative (and most nap-friendly!). Yet now that I’m in my second trimester, I’ve got a big boost of energy – and my desire to wear out my closet is back with a vengeance. After all, gotta wear those non-breast-feeding-friendly tops and dresses while I can, right?
So, over the next few months I’ll be sharing what I’ve been wearing as this baby bump grows. It’s semi-hidden today, but believe me – it’s gaining steam and I happen to think it’s the cutest thing in the world (as well as its contents, of course!).
Now – onward with photos, which were snapped by my sweet friend (and oh-so-talented photographer) Betsy King in her studio!:
Here’s what’s perfectly second trimester friendly about this outfit: the dress is form-fitting, so when you want to showcase that tiny bump, it’s good to go. But if your bump isn’t feeling especially curvy that day (and it still just looks like you ate a large cheeseburger – or three!), you can cover up with a knitted vest that hides virtually everything.
Throw in some leggings for comfort (because chances are, you’ve far surpassed the ability to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans), knee socks for style and flat boots for function and you’ve got a recipe for second trimester style success!
And yep, there’s that bump photo. I’ll give you a peek of the side shot next week – it’s a cutie. ;)
PHOTO CREDIT: BETSY KING
EDIT: Reader Jen sent a link to this article re: pregnancy brain, and OMG! Genius. If you’re feeling down about pregnancy brain, mommy brain or the like, please read. It’s a goodie. (Thanks, Jen!)