Baby #2 Bumpdate | 28 Weeks

Cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

I am officially in the 3rd trimester! Hallelujah! I am already feeling finished with this pregnancy. Here, at 28 weeks, I am already as big as I was with Rhys during full-term! I am 3 pounds away from the weight I was right before I gave birth to him. I feel heavy, I look heavy, and I don’t like it. Mainly, I’m tired of the lower back pain and the round ligament pain. And the exhaustion. But, I absolutely cannot wait to hold a baby girl in my arms! I am so ready for those newborn cuddles and babbles and gassy smiles.

By the way, if you don’t care about the bumpdate stuff, go to the very end of the post…there is an option to get some adorable discounted jewelry!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Gender and Name | Girl: Evelyn Morgan Morrell (I’m fighting for Evie as a nickname pronounced “eevee”)

Size of Baby | Eggplant! And, a sideways one, too! She is transverse! Hopefully she’ll change positions in the next 10 weeks!

Due Date | January 2nd. Please oh please don’t come anywhere between the 24th-26th!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Weight Gain | 175 with clothes on. I was 178 when I gave birth to Rhys, so I’m almost at the heaviest I’ve ever been…and I still have 90 or so days! Most of the weight gain has gone to my thighs…which are huge! And, I’m actually getting stretch marks on them! Yuck! I can’t wait to start losing weight and vigorously working out once Evelyn is here!

Clothing | All maternity now, or maxi skirts and oversized shirts. My mom definitely spoiled me last week while she was here and got me some good, casual maternity clothes. Last time, I was teaching full-time and depended heavily on maxi skirts and dresses. But, that meant, I didn’t have any leisure maternity clothes this time. So, thanks, mom! I never knew you could be this comfy and confident while wearing clothing pregnant!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Sleep | Sometimes it takes forever for me to fall asleep because 1) I have to pee so many times as I’m just laying down, 2) my mind is still going 1000 mph, and 3) I can’t get comfortable with round ligament pain and baby girl kicks and kicks and kicks. I still wake up once or twice to go pee in the middle of the night.

Symptoms | Round ligament pain and back pain every day! I’m told it’s because of the transverse position that my baby girl is in. Sigh. I have energy again, but I just don’t want to move because of the pain. I love walking around the mall, but one lap just about does me in now. I’m also peeing all the time. When I let Rhys know that I have to go pee again, he laughs and says, “Mama!”, like, “again, mom? come on!”

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Food Cravings | None really.

Food Aversions | Greasy food, like fast-food, doesn’t sound super appetizing.

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Rhys | He knows where Baby Evelyn is, but he thinks she is just in “a” tummy. Sometimes I’ll ask him if she is in my tummy, and he’ll so “no, Rhys tummy” and point to his belly. It’s cute. He likes looking at her clothing. He’s peed in his training potty twice the past two weeks and we are going to officially seriously start training him in November.

Here is Evelyn’s 24 week update

Here is Rhys’s 25 week update and 28 week update

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

I received this necklace from the Happiness Boutique in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I love everything about this outfit…the maxi skirt is not maternity, and it’s super long, which I like (although it keeps snagging on my boot heels!). I also absolutely love this amethyst necklace! Amethyst is my birthstone, and I think it happens to be the prettiest stone, too (not biased at all). I love getting amethyst jewelry and decorations, and when I saw this long necklace, I knew I needed to have it. I love having long necklaces, and I feel that when they have a pop of color, like this stone, they are their own kind of statement necklaces. Sometimes, I even decide my outfits based on what piece of “statement” jewelry I want to wear. It’s the perfect way to accessorize a limited wardrobe–which is why I typically buy solid colored tops and staples of a closet and neutral colors at that.

Amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

When I saw this necklace from The Happiness Boutique, I had have it! I love how long it is and how big the stone is! And the best part, they have a billion (well, not literally) necklaces to chose from, all different lengths and styles. They also have necklaces, rings, scarves, bracelets, and even some clothing. A lot are a bit more bohemian, which I absolutely love.

Right now, if you order, you could save 10% by using the coupon code themorrelltale on all orders over 19 Euros or $21 US dollars (they are European based, but honestly, the shipping is FAST–faster than some shops ship in the US!). until November 5th.

Also, they offer free shipping when you join their customer reward program, and you can currently enter their bi-monthly giveaway–I’m definitely entering…I’m definitely hooked on this boutique now and already have some earrings in my “shopping cart”!

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Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Brandy Burke

    love the baby bump photos – 90 days isn’t too far away! Congrats!

    • Thanks, Brandy! We are definitely counting down!

  • Vicky Perreault

    I don’t know where you have gained the weight because you look fabulous! Keep rocking those great looks and January will be here in no time!

    • Thighs!! Haha! They are as wide as my face when I sit!!!!!!

  • Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life

    You look fantastic, beautiful and happy. Congratulations on your pregnancy and all in the best with your new little one. Wishing your family lots of love.

    • Thank you, Sheri! This is my favorite “fancy” outfit right now!

  • Debra Hawkins

    What a cute baby bump – that is such a wonderful thing and you look great! Wishing you lots of happiness with your growing family!

    • Thanks, Debra! We’re super excited!

  • Theresa

    Wow, congrats at your new milestone! The weeks in the late 20s are particularly exciting because the big day will be here so soon!

  • TheMummyToolbox

    looking fantastic! my little guy was due on the 24th too haha but he wasn’t actually born until the 10th Jan so fingers crossed 🙂

    • Thank goodness! Haha! I don’t know how families do Christmas babies! It would seem so difficult to separate Xmas from birthday!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    Congrats on baby #2. i lvoe the outfit and how fun to keep track of the pregnancy to show the kids when they get older.

    • Thanks! I don’t do baby books, but I love keeping track on the blog!

  • Rachel Zampanti Langer

    You don’t look ‘heavy’ at all. You are all baby and you wear that bump well! Here’s to a speedy 10 weeks for you!

    • Thanks…but I definitely feel it…Most of my adult life, I’ve been around 135pounds, so being 175 and not done growing yet definitely is a change!

  • You look fabulous! Don’t worry about the other stuff – enjoy your growing baby! You’re almost there!

    • My favorite part of pregnancy is feeling the baby kicks!

  • Carolyn Fennell

    You look great. I know you can’t wait to meet your new little one. I love the purple stone on the necklace.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Tayler, you look great! You are truly glowing!!
    You’re on the downhill now. The third trimester will be over before you know it, and you’ll be holding that little lady of yours. Hang in there!!

    • Thanks! I can’t wait! Thankfully holiday season typically goes by fast!

  • Amanda Love

    You look so good, it’s nice that everything is going well with the pregnancy. I hope the baby arrives exactly on her due date, it could be quite stressful if she arrives during the holidays with everyone busy and all.

    • Thanks! I definitely hope she’s either a month early (beginning of Dec) or doesn’t come until after Jan 1st!

  • I think you look amazing! Each baby is different while you carry them. I love your name and am cheering you on for. Eevee!!

    • There has definitely been many differences carrying Evelyn vs carrying Rhys!

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    Can’t wait to see your little girl, I like her name Evelyn and yes if her nick name will be Evie, it would be pronounce as evee.

    • Thanks, Nicole! I can’t wait either!! Wish New Year’s was already here!!

  • You look amazing. I love that maxi dress and those boots. Here’s hoping the next 90 days go by quickly so you can meet your sweet little Evie soon.

    • Thanks! I love the combo, but it definitely is annoying that the heels always get caught! haha

  • You look fabulous. That maxi dress is so pretty. I can’t wait to see little Evelyn.

    • Thanks! It’s actually a maxi skirt and maternity shirt! Haha!

  • Stephanie Lee

    Yay 3rd trimester! You look fantastic. Hope the final weeks go by smoothly. Thanks for sharing the boutique. That’s a fantastic necklace. I’ll definitely check them out!

    • Thanks Stephanie! Definitely be sure to check out their jewelry and scarves!

  • Yay well done for getting to the 3rd trimester you are glowing! Beautiful photos and good luck with the rest of the pregnancy xx

    • Thank you so much, Ana

  • Congratulations! So exciting. I hope the end of your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible. 1 kiddo to 2 was a big transition for us, but it has been so much fun!

    • That’s what I ‘ve heard! We’ll see how it goes, but I’m super excited! I love baby cuddles and adorableness and I also absolutely love the 2-3 year old stage…they’re so cute and funny!

  • Taylor Smith

    That necklace is SO beautiful. I love stone jewelry. And I LOVE the name Evelyn. That is my grandmothers name, so I am biased. but everyone calls her Evie (eevee) 🙂

    • Stone jewelry is just sooooo gorgeous! I’m so happy to here it’s pronounced eevee not, evy

  • Krystel Seijo

    I love this thanks for sharing! The pictures also look great

    • Thank you so much! I had to convince my husband to do them for me rather than mess with my tripod!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    There are definite things I miss about being pregnant, but the sleep and how often you have to pee! Oh man. I’ll never forget how crazy those were!

    • Thankfully, I still have a son who naps 2-2.5 hours a day and I nap right along with him!

  • Kimberly Stroh

    I’m 34 weeks! I feel like I need a few more maternity pieces to hold me over. I’m looking for ones that work for BF now. But husband’s shirts are amazing!

    • Check out Old Navy! It’s been my saving grace!

  • Jena Proctor

    You look adorable! I loved being pregnant and would do it again if my body could handle it. I wish you the best of luck with your growing family! Enjoy every moment!

    • Thanks! I definitely love the result of being pregnant, but I don’t love being pregnant at all.

  • Kori

    You look great and when I was pregnant with my last, someone had said to me that little girls suck your soul when you’re pregnant. It’s so true, lol.

    • Hahaha! It’s true that they take all the beauty…crappy nails, no growing hair, acne, all my energy….whereas, with my boy, I had beautiful long strong nails, super fast growing hair, flawless skin, and energy (which helped a lot cuz I was teaching full time!!)

  • Jessica

    You look amazing!!! Feel confident in that! And your wardrobe is gorgeous! I remember those feelings all to well toward the end of the pregnancy, especially that third trimester, but it’s just mental. You are beautiful!

    • Thank you, I do feel confident now that I have clothes that properly fit my ever growing belly!

  • You look great! That necklace is so pretty!

    • Thank you so much! It’s now my favorite necklace!

  • MOMentous Mom; Perfectionist

    You look wonderful! 28 weeks is when the anxiety of waiting for me always kicked in. Comfy maternity clothes are a MUST in the third trimester, gotta love moms. I also love that necklace. I love big stones and this one is beautiful. Feel good!

    • Thank you so much! I also love stone earrings!

  • yanique

    Pregnancy agrees with you. You look beautiful! That necklace is lovely and can be paired with so many different outfits which makes me love ot even more!

  • You are glowing! So beautiful! Congrats on your 3rd trimester! And the necklace you found…it’s stellar! Love it too!

  • I love that skirt! And that jewelry!

    And you look so great! Congratulations on making it to the home stretch!

  • Megan McCoig

    It’s been great reading your story and journey. You are so glowy and look absolutely stunning!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg looking fabulous girl!!!! So
    Cute with that baby bump!!! Can’t believe it’s already 28 weeks!

    • Thanks, CourtneyLynne!

  • Robin Rue

    Your bump looks absolutely adorable in that dress. The necklace is the perfect accessory to your outfit too.

    • Thank you so much, Robin!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    You look amazing for being due in January! I am loving your whole look. You’re absolutely glowing.