Summer gets hot here in Texas. Like really hot. Like unbearably hot. Like I want to sit naked on my bed with the AC blasting and the ceiling fan whirring hot. But, that’s not possible. Especially not for a mom of a preschooler and a mobile infant. Add into the fact that I’m Mormon and have to wear special Mormon underwear that covers my entire shoulders, belly, and go above my knee! So, I can’t wear short-shorts or tank tops. And, it’s like having another layer of clothing on. But, I’ve finally found my go-to modest summer mom outfit that works for the hot Texan summers!
I was always uncomfortable when I was pregnant with Rhys. There were numerous reasons: I was teaching full-time and had to be in dresses or slacks and dressy clothes the entire week, I was always tired because of the stress of teaching a new subject at a new school, and I was getting too big for my regular clothes, but too small for real maternity clothing. Oh, and my third trimester was the last semester of school and my classroom’s AC unit didn’t work. Yeah. Joy. By the last few weeks of school, my wardrobe was super limited. At home, I was mostly wearing my pajama pants and Justin’s shirts. I didn’t really feel confident in my looks.
However, this summer, when we learned we were moving to Texas, I immediately started looking for more maternity clothing. I didn’t really have any leisure maternity clothes. I bought some maternity shorts and some boyfriend tees from Old Navy. But, as I got bigger, my non-maternity “maternity” clothing that I wore all the time last pregnancy, wasn’t really cutting it anymore. I could still fit in, but my underwear was tight, my shirts showed every roll. No.
My mom came and visited and I was stressing over what to wear out that didn’t make me look huge: wide and fat. She spoiled me by buying me a lot of maternity clothes. I was also convinced by my friend Danica (an Old Navy die hard) to get some maternity leggings.
With my new wardrobe or maternity pants, shorts, leggings, shirts, tanks, and dresses (and bigger underwear), I feel comfortable. I didn’t think you could be this comfortable while pregnant and still look super cute! I am so happy that my mother and I both spent money on a real maternity wardrobe for me. I feel confident. I can’t wait to mix and max my new clothes, put on makeup, do my hair, and go somewhere to show off my bump. And that has really made a big difference the past few weeks for me.
I’m not wanting to sit or lay down all the time. I’m not adjusting the lines on my underwear against the lines of my maternity pants. I don’t feel like I’m exploding out of my shirts. But, I’m not wearing baggy clothing, like pajamas and Justin’s shirts. Sure, I look at my photos from my bumpdates and think to myself: I sure look really wide in that photo. But, I have to remember the camera puts on 10 pounds. And, I don’t look wide in front of my mirror. People give me compliments on my outfits, especially at church. That’s what I need to focus on–the positive. How do I feel in what I wear? Right now, I feel good about my looks, therefore, I look good.
So seriously, invest in some bigger underwear, cute maternity pants of different fabrics and lengths, and adorable maternity shirts or tunics. Check out Old Navy and Target–they always have maternity stuff on sale–that’s where I was lead to!
I am so lucky to have friends who have been pregnant both times I have! So, I have teamed up with some of these ladies to showcase our favorite maternity outfits as well as talk about how they are confident as well. Make sure you check them out.
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!
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!
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!
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!”
Food Cravings | None really.
Food Aversions | Greasy food, like fast-food, doesn’t sound super appetizing.
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
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.
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”!
Spring has finally arrived here in Utah! True, we had a crazy wind storm of 60+ mph winds and 40* weather, but the sun is back and it is in the 70s*! Hallelujah says both me and Rhys. He absolutely loves playing outside, and could spend the whole day in the backyard if allowed. I am just happy to be busting out the sunglasses, short sleeves, and capris! By the way, Mormon friends…anyone know of some good, inexpensive modest shorts that don’t go half-way down my shins?
I immediately knew what outfit to wear for this…looking at the skirt reminded me of my bridesmaid’s dress. It is the same color, texture, pattern! However, that’s for my sister’s wedding in mid-June!
So, instead, I went with the only pastel pink (I have one dark pink cardigan) I own! I’ve absolutely loved owning this skirt, but it’s getting really tight around my waist…it hasn’t really fit comfortably since before I gave birth to Rhys. It might be time to retire it…
Currently, I am…
Celebrating | My first blog design! I have been working as a virtual assistant for Run Pink Run Happy‘s owner for a few months, and she wanted me to help her redesign her blog, as well as switch hosts and switch from a WordPress Multisite to an independent WP self-hosted site! I’m so proud of my work! Check it out!
Reading | The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel and Born to Treason by E. B. Wheeler. They are both historical fictions. The first one is about two friends who were split because one was a Jew and the other was forced into Hitler’s Youth by her family. The other is about a Welsh Catholic during the religious turmoils in England during the beginning of the Protestant regime.
Pondering | How to balance life: blogging, virtual assisting, reading, wifery, mothering. The scriptures and the Gospel of our Savior and how I fit into it…I’ve been having trouble again lately…it’s hard. Why Rhys’s oral language skills aren’t developing more.
Sipping | a whole heck of a lot of water!
Going | Nowhere….yet…But, in two weeks, I’ll be going on a girl’s weekend to St. George! I’m super excited about it because it is the first time I have ever done that!
Make sure you check these other wonderful girls who collaborated with How We Wore It! And make sure to visit Deidre’s blog to sign up for next month!
Brooke at Silver Lining
Suerra at Sierra’s View
Justine at Little Dove
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Amber at amber nicole blogs
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Patricia at haifisch
Kelsi at Lovestrong
Emma at Ever Emma
Bekah at These Are The Days
Jenn at GiveThisGirlCoffee
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Nellwyn at The Cardinal Press
Ruth at My Little Nest
I don’t wear lipstick. I don’t like the waxy feel. Blech! But, I do occasionally wear a cranberry-ish or passion fruit-ish color of lip gloss or matte. Typically, I’ll wear it on Sunday or when I get dressed up. But, I’ve started wearing it a bit more often–I really like the way my pale skin looks with it.
It’s very subtle, but it does a wonderful job of highlighting my lips.