Stripes + Introspection

Pregnancy does interesting things to the way we view ourselves. Some days I look at my 1000 times more curvy body and I cringe at myself, and others I am proud of it and I want to wear a dress like this to show the world. I (of course) knew that my body would grow, and part of that is SO exciting. Every morning matt feels my growing bump, and we say “that’s SO crazy,” but then when it’s time to get dressed I feel so defeated. There’s no class or book that can prepare you for the dramatic shift in how you look, and how you’re going to feel about it.

It’s exciting, exhilarating and scary all at once. Some days I wonder if I’ll ever feel like “me” again, if I’ll ever be able to return to my running speed or if my bras will ever fit again. Then other days when I think about going for walks with my new little guy and getting to snuggle him and feed him, I don’t even care about any of those things at all. It’s this constant mental battle between “being his mom is enough for me,” and “no, but I still need to be me and feel like me!” which I know all of us do need for our own self-confidence. I am sure I’ll go back and forth between the two probably for the rest of my life now… I am sure this is just the beginning. 🙂


6 comments so far.
  • You look great and the style of dress really suits you!

  • you are super sexy with this bellyyyyy

  • You look great! You've got the perfect curvy body – be proud to show it off! 🙂

  • You are so cute! I love this outfit, the bag is my favorite part <3 I hope you are doing well!

  • I'm not a mom yet…but I see the moms around me who are amazing. And they are amazing because they are moms who remember to also be themselves and take care of themselves. Do you have a running baby carriage on your baby registry? It's good idea to put one down so that you can go running with your little one too! I love seeing parents running past me with their little ones in toe. I think once he's here and you have your routine you'll find you perfect balance.

    BTW you are an adorable pregnant lady. LOVE this dress.


  • Your striped dress looks so cute on you