Pregnancy Style

Style: May ’09

I put together my May style post a bit early, frankly because I could use the distraction. No, the baby has not arrived yet. Looks like I’ll be going from overdue to truly post-term. I’m scheduled to be induced tomorrow morning.

So for now… fashion! Glorious frivolity!

Style: May '09

I’m eager to wear normal clothes again, though I’m sure it will take me a while to get back to my pre-pregnancy size. Plus I know babies do lovely things like spit-up, so I’m trying to be practical and choose easy wash and wear clothing. A comfy stretchy skirt and a ruffled henley should fit the bill. And how awesome would Moop’s Fraulein Tote be as a diaper bag? I think it would work exceedingly well.

I saw the red t-strap shoes in the Urban Outfitters catalog about a month ago and I’ve been pining for them ever since. They’re pretty much perfect— the low heel looks like a good height to add some style but still be a very walking-friendly shoe. A kicky striped bangle would pick up the red nicely, and gold hoop earrings would be a nice touch too.

OK, that was fun. Didn’t really take my mind off things since I’m basing my wardrobe choices around my upcoming new lifestyle as a mom (!), but it was fun nonetheless. Now I’m off to worry about tomorrow…

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  • Tracy
    April 27, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Good luck! I’ve been through that (birth induction) before, it’s not so bad…:)
    You’ll do fine! Early Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Tracy
    April 27, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Whoops I meant inducement…anyway, LOVE the red t-strap shoes. :D

  • Anna
    April 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Yay! You will have your baby in your arms soon! I still have 3 weeks to go but I am very excited to meet my little girl. I hope everything goes well tomorrow-I am sure it will go perfectly! I am so excited for you! Blessings! :)

  • Anna @ D16
    April 27, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Clothes, shmlothes! I’ve checked your blog 58685 times this weekend to see if the baby had arrived yet (you know, since I’m sure you’ll be blogging from the delivery room). :)

  • Gràcia
    April 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Best wishes for tomorrow!

  • Elisabeth
    April 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Ok, so I don’t think I’ve ever posted before even after over a year of reading. I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK!!!

    And I have to agree with the poster above who has been checking your site for baby news. Same here! Have you noticed a giant increase in hits? LOL

  • Brenda
    April 27, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Wishing you all the best for easy delivery tomorrow, and a healthy baby girl!

  • alivicwil
    April 27, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Much love to you, Brandon and Baby!

  • Manda
    April 27, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for the baby post too – I can’t even imagine how you must feel! Wishing you sooo much luck for tomorrow! I’m so excited for you!


  • jo
    April 27, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Hi there,

    Good luck for will be in the will be a day that changes your life.
    well done you!

  • Lillian
    April 27, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Never posted before – but GOOD LUCK!! I bet you´ll do fine. Can´t wait to see pics of your little girl!

  • Viv
    April 27, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Good luck Nicole! How exciting – you’re a mum tomorrow!

    Both you and Brendan will make wonderful parents. She’s a lucky girl :)

    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow xxxx

  • Viv
    April 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Oh I’m so sorry I spelt Brandon’s name wrong. I did it on my blog too. How embarrassing. I blame baby brain still :)

  • Tilda B. Hervé
    April 27, 2009 at 5:51 am

    big big hugs from switzerland!!

  • Sandra
    April 27, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I love your blog and been checking it everyday for some news. Good luck can”t wait to see some baby photos xx

  • NancyV908
    April 27, 2009 at 6:30 am

    I, too, have been checking in for baby news. You will do fine! My daughter had to be induced as well (for different reasons) & it really wasn’t bad. And even if it had been,it would have been worth it! You are on the verge of meeting your baby–how exciting!

  • Robin
    April 27, 2009 at 6:57 am

    What a great outfit, Nicole. That is perfect as a nice, but casual new Mom outfit. I may have to head over to Old Navy later, love that skirt. Good Luck tomorrow, keep us posted.

  • Jill
    April 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

    That foldover skirt is SUPER cute and great for post-pregnancy… or any day! Good luck and congrats!~

  • Allison
    April 27, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I hope bringing the little miss into the world goes as smoothly as can be. Good luck and congratulations-in-advance!

  • alicia
    April 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Those shoes are amazing! Best wishes for tomorrow! Or maybe sooner if she decides to come out on her own ;-)

  • amy
    April 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Aw! I can’t imagine your anticipation since I’ve been checking your blog non-stop to see if the baby came yet!
    Good Luck tomorrow!

    Love those red shoes too!

  • Beth
    April 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I was induced with my second son. I was so-o sick of being pregnant and my dr. allowed me to be induced on my due date, and I jumped at the chance. It was actually really nice, compared to being startled awake at midnight with my first one when my water broke. When you’re induced everyone’s prepared. Soon this will all be a distant memory and you’ll be lovin’ having a darling child, this time a someONE you can make lovely! :-) Best wishes. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

  • bungalowbliss
    April 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I love that bangle!

    I’m soso excited for you. You’re truly almost there! We’ll all be thinking of you and anxiously awaiting updates. :-)

  • Bethany
    April 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

    That outfit is perfect! I am totally buying it right now. Good luck with the birth!

  • Heather
    April 27, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Best of luck to you! The porch looks great, and the outfit would be perfect post baby (spit up and everything)…just get the Dreft spray (it does wonders). Comfy t-shirt clothes are perfect!

  • Ali
    April 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I am using that Moop tote as a diaper bag + I love it :). Have fun tomorrow – will be thinking about you!

  • Ann
    April 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Hi Nichole!
    I am carrying my Moop Organic Market bag today. I bought it via Supermarkethq…
    I absolutely love the bag you posted and think it would make a PERFECT diaper bag! :)

  • megan
    April 27, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the updates – we are all so excited to hear the good news!

    You will do just fine tomorrow. Just remember, your body knows what to do. Not knowing how it will all play out is truly the hardest part of delivery.

    Hugs from MN.

  • Stacey
    April 27, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Good luck with tomorrow! It’s funny, now that you are scheduled to be induced and the stress of “when” is over…I bet you go into labor naturally sometime today. It’s happened to me twice! I’ll be thinking about you.

  • Enyasi
    April 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I am so happy for you… and the outfit looks great you will certainly be styling the new mom look!

  • Terri
    April 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Love the outfit you put together…your daughter is so lucky to have a mom with such a great sense of style! Best of luck to you (and your hubby) tomorrow.

  • pearllinds
    April 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I love the red, white and blue combo – sounds corny when you say the colors out loud, but it’s not like you’re dressing for the 4th of July!! :) And yes, a button down neck henley will be perfect for nursing – and the white is good for spit up, ha! Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood, Nicole!

  • Sweet Bait
    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I love your blog and I’ve been checking constantly to see if you’ve had the baby yet. Good Luck tomorrow! I’m sure it will be amazing!!!

  • Sweet Bait
    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    OH and one more thing…yesterday my boyfriend came home with a Star Wars “snow walker” and I had NO CLUE where this thing was going to go…I just by chance happened to look at your link to Apartment Therapy and was shocked to see the snow walker! (It made me feel much better):-)

  • Averill
    April 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow — I’m sure it’ll all go smoothly but best of luck!

  • Dara
    April 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Oh…if you are scheduled for an induction tomorrow then you will definitely go into labor tonight…that’s how it always seems to go! lol Hope everything goes super-well and that you meet your lovely daughter very soon!

  • Nina
    April 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Good luck tomorrow! It’s the fruition of nine months of waiting!

  • Jennifer
    April 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Don’t worry – I was induced too. The bottom line is by tomorrow you’ll have your lovely little girl in your arms, so focus on that! Also, don’t know if you’re planning to nurse, but if so, not sure that top will work :) These tanks are great for the summer

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Andrea
    April 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Good luck. I was induced too and it wasn’t so bad. Just try and eat some complex carbs. You’ll need it. congrats to all of you.

  • kate
    April 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I have the ON foldover skirt in two colors. I love it!

  • Jess
    April 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Good luck! You will be a wonderful mom.

  • Nuit
    April 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I am LOVING the skirt, I have several skirts and pants like that and I feel like I am in my PJ’s!!! Nothing beats comfort+style… Anyway good luck tomorrow, receive my very BEST wishes from Puerto Vallarta Mexico :)

    Congratulations to you and Brandon!!!

  • Heather in Washington State, USA
    April 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Tank up on water now, because they’ll want some nice plump veins for the IV. You’ll also get dehydrated quick with all the heavy breathing, and some hospitals restrict your water intake, letting you have only ice chips, so my advice for you is to drink now, while you can!

    You might feel alone while you’re going through it, but just remember that millions of women give birth each year, a majority of them in huts and hovels without the benefit of modern medicine to smooth the way. You can do it!

  • kellyt
    April 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I bought two of those stretchy skirts when I was pregnant after my friend bought a few and by the end I was wearing them every day (mine are in black and brown). I loved wearing them and even though they say you want to burn your maternity clothes by the end, I am actually sitting in one right now (and my little one is 18 mos old). Still love ’em. I’ll have to mosey on over and look at the new colors. good luck tomorrow. so exciting, yet so so so nerve racking. It’ll all come out great!

  • Travelingmama
    April 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Yeah! Baby time! You cannot believe how amazing it is to hold that little person in your arms for the first time. It is truly life altering and yet perfectly wonderful all in the same moment! I wish you a speedy labor and delivery and the sweetest times for you and your family! (Oh, and that fold down skirt would be perfect for postpartum- comfy but still cute!)

  • desiree fawn
    April 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hi! Every time I see a new post of yours in my google reader I cross my fingers that it’s announcing the little one ^_^

    You must be so excited!!
    Best wishes!

  • christy
    April 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Good luck tomorrow! It’s not that bad. I was induced with my son, lathough it still took the little bug 17 hours to evict. :)

  • jaime
    April 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    oi! I hope everythin goes well with your induction. I planned a very busy day to keep my mind off of being over due (a date with the husband for thai food, a day out visiting the sugar houses in my county… and I swear it was the fresh maple syrup that helped things along!).

    I have several of the fold over skirts from summers past and I LOVE them. So much in fact that sometimes I forget that I have a skirt on.

    Again, good luck and I hope for a speedy, healthy delivery.

  • Kristen
    April 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    That outfit is super cute. I also wanted to wish you the best of luck tomorrow. I was 11 days past due and I asked to be induced. I guess our little ones just want(ed) to stay in their comfy wombs. Even though I was induced, my labor never really progressed. Twenty-four hours after I was admitted to the hospital, I had a c-section. It was wonderful. I had absolutely no pain and I finally got to see my beautiful daughter. It will be one of the best moments of your life!

  • JLR
    April 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Much luck for a speedy and safe delivery – I cannot wait to see the new little one here!

  • Emily
    April 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Well done for making it to 42 weeks- WOW! I was induced a little after 41 weeks- my son was way toooo comfy in there. My doctor said it would have been 42-43 weeks if they didn’t induce..But you are lucky to have the 42 weeks- good for you and baby! You are a trooper….
    Have a wonderful day today, Nicole, you and Brandon deserve it!

  • Monica
    April 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    It seems that you have built such a nice and sweet home for your baby girl inside you that she doesn’t want to come out!!! I hope everything goes fine and you have an easy delivery. I’m sure you cannot wait to see your little girl’s face at last!! Congrats to you and Brandon. My very best wishes from Spain…

  • grace
    April 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    good luck!!

  • Centsational Girl
    April 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I wore Target and Old Navy stretchy clothes for 3 months after babies were born due to spit up and stretchy skin. But I wore glam slippers just to keep one part of me feeling pretty.

    Can’t wait to hear the news… good luck with the birth, and Happy Birthday to your little one !

  • Lili
    April 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I have never been in your position Nicole, but maybe try do something to keep your mind off tomorrow and hoping you go into labor. The stress of the situation stops your body from going ahead I think. So maybe go shopping, or for a walk, or like others suggested, treating yourself to a pedicure.

    That bangle is great!

  • Elizabeth
    April 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what “lovely” name you choose. Early Congrats!!

  • Jasmine @ Experiment in Poverty Blogspot
    April 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    i’m loving those shoes and that bangle! all great choices, i’d say!

    good luck tomorrow!!! you’ll do great!

  • Kelly S.
    April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! Hope your induction “takes” & baby gets on the move. I don’t know the situation of your feet & ankles, but mine never swelled or got puffy until right after baby was born — all those IV fluids. So take a pair of flip-flops or open-back shoes, or you might have to leave the hospital in your slippers, like I did!

    (Love those red shoes!!)

  • nelaru
    April 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Everything will be fine.
    Btw: love the porch rug.

  • Juliana
    April 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I say take the opportunity to get busy with your hubby today…hey, it might even bring on labor! And if not, at least you get one last hurrah before parenthood. Good luck, breathe, let go, and enjoy your new sweet bundle….

  • My First Kitchen
    April 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love that bangle. And I’m so excited for you to get that baby out! Hope everything goes really well!!

  • Miss B.
    April 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats Nicole! Can’t wait to your return and thanks for the last minute fashion fix…

  • Jessibee
    April 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Good luck Nicole! She’ll be “lovely” and so will you and Brandon. Thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us. I’m sending you all my best wishes!

  • sciencegeek
    April 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I have no kids so I have no great pieces of advice, so I’ll just wish you and your guy and your little girl the best for tomorrow and for all the days that come after.

  • Tessa
    April 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Everything will be fine! Keep us posted!! I can’t believe you’re going to be a mother! How strange :)

  • Sarah
    April 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Good luck & lovely blog.

  • Gina
    April 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Best wishes, Nicole! You and you’re little one will be just fine! So excited for you!

  • Marti
    April 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    You will rock during labor, Nicole! I just know it!!!!!

  • Corie
    April 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    This is one of my fave style posts yet! I love the color combination!

    I was induced with both of my babies, and it’s not so bad (of course, I have nothing to compare it to!). It’s not always the most preferred route but by tomorrow night, when you’re holding your sweet baby girl, you won’t care how she got here! :)

    Good luck to you guys tomorrow!

  • liz benz
    April 27, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Congrats Nicole! I’m being induced tomorrow morn at 7am too! Good Luck and your designs are amazing.

  • Nancy
    April 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!!! I am so exited for you!! I only know you through your blog, but I seriously feel like one of my girlfriends is about to have a baby. Best wishes for a great delivery. Enjoy your beautiful baby!
    Don’t forget to have your husband post for you!!!!

  • Gillian
    April 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Your (large) but largely silent fan-base here in Australia is barracking for you!

    But don’t go the hoop earrings – dangly earrings plus baby = pain.

  • maya
    April 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Good luck to you guys tomorrow!

  • Zoe
    April 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Good luck for the birth!! How exciting! :D

  • Jesselyn
    April 27, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Good luck tomorrow, I have been following you since before the big announcement and it was so exciting, wishing you the best!

    P.S. as a long-time baby sitter who knows from experience, you should avoid those earrings unless you want them ripped out

  • Joi
    April 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    A gorgeous look…as always! : )

    Good luck tomorrow! I cannot wait to “meet” your little one!

  • Fiona
    April 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait. You will be stunned and sleep-deprived for a while, but you will totally get that it was worth it as you see the personality emerge.

    BTW, don’t be horrified by the post-pregnancy body. I lost all my weight in two weeks, but still looked horribly misshapen! (If you get a c-section, you will be swollen for a while, too.) It slowly begins to look normal again, I swear.

  • Barbara Wagner
    April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    From far away Brazil I wish you all the best for tomorrow. Soon you’re gonna have your bebay in your arms and live will never be the same anymore. Just better! Good Luck!

  • Christy
    April 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Delurking from down state IL to wish you the best on your induction (been there twice) and to say that the Old Navy skirt is fabulously comfortable! I have already bought two and plan to buy a couple more. They are my new summer go-to piece. Wish they had been around for my last post-baby tummy! Blessings to you and your coming little one!

  • luuvely
    April 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    hey little momma…ive been in your situation..and i had to be induced with an overdue baby boy..and like some other poster said..its not that bad…i did want to have my “water break” but i soon realized after a bit of crying that no matter how he actually got here…HE WAS HERE!! and i loved and still love my baby boy :) he’s 5 now!

    and all the posters saying..”relax..take a chill pill…get a pedicure” lol its really laughable…they are only saying it because they’ve been were you are..and they NOW know that chilling would’ve been the better option..but while youa re actually going through it…NOT CHILLING IS ALL YOU CAN DO! …lol..

    yeah so dont chill out…keep thinking how awesome its going to be to hold your baby girl..keep pacing..and wondering exactly when she will be here..because by the time she actually graces you with her little prissy presence…you will be totally exhausted and wished you’d done alll the tings everyone has said!!! lol..

    she will be awesome..and there isnt a doubt you guys will be great parents…congrats again..and have a sleepless night :) she will be here before you know it…

  • robin
    April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    oh, girl! what a lovely style you put together when you’re so obviously distracted. i can’t wait to see the photo of you on wednesday with your beautiful baby in your arms!!! and the photo a little later this month, of you in this lovely ensemble you put together for us, with your little girl in your arms. good luck!!

    love, robin

  • michelle
    April 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    get organized so you can sit back and enjoy the next few hours. try to get some sleep tonight and know that you will be in safe hands tomorrow. enjoy the ride, it will be the best day of your life and more.

  • msmezzo
    April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I have read your blog for a while now, but never commented. Like many others, I have checked in several times during the past week to hear the news, and I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF YOU ALL DAY. By now, your little sweetling will be in your arms. Happy Birth Day! Sending you much love from the Big Apple.

  • Jen J
    April 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    The whole experience will be well-worth it tomorrow when your little girl is placed in your arms. Everything will go perfect! I wish you and your husband the best! Good-luck Nicole!

    When I had my son I felt guilt sending him to the nursery so I kept him in my room. I learned now that you should take advantage of the chance to sleep don’t feel guilty! Rest while you can…

  • mrs.lee
    April 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    So exciting!! Can’t wait to read the post-baby post!!

  • this humble abode
    April 28, 2009 at 12:16 am

    My very good friend is going in for a c-section tomorrow. Your little ones will have the same b-day!
    As far as the outfit goes, I’m so loving those red shoes.

  • Tarnya
    April 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Good Luck Nicole. Once you have your baby in your arms it is all worth it just remember that when you feel like giving up…which you will!!

  • Ashley
    April 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

    You’re going to be comfy and stylin’ once baby arrives :)

  • Nina
    April 28, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Love your new mom look! Might copy it with my limited options here in germany without any of the stores you named – I’m due in a week and a half and then I’ll need a new mommy style, too.

    Wish you all the best!!!

  • Mary
    April 28, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Good luck! You will be a fantastic mama, for sure.

  • amyrks
    April 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Thinking of you today and wishing you all the best…can’t wait to see a picture of your baby. :)

  • Keren @ ChicTip
    April 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

    It’s funny, I don’t really know you – but still checking on you everyday to see if the baby is here. Goodluck today. The best tip people gave me and I wish I took advantage of it more is..Sleep when the baby sleeps.

  • Monica
    April 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Wishing you the best! Hope everything goes well and Baby is here soon! :)

  • Anna @ D16
    April 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Good luck today, Nicole & Brandon! x

  • Alissa
    April 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

    God bless as you deliver! I said a prayer for you.

  • AC
    April 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

    good luck; hope all is going well. that outfit is beautiful but as the mom of 2 with #3 coming soon, those earrings look very very graspable by baby fingers. I’ve been wearing studs only for the past 4 years after some painful earring grabs…
    best wishes for an easy delivery and a healthy mom and baby.

  • Brandi H.
    April 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    You should be in labor right now!!! ouch! Good luck. Wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS, this is the best day of your life :) Give thanks, get rest, and enjoy the wonderful little blessing. Can’t wait to see pictures and read of your experience.

  • Boston Bachelorette Parties
    April 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Thanks. I am going out to buy that skirt now!

  • creative*type
    April 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

    thinking of you.

  • wrymommy
    April 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I too have been obsessively checking the blog for news of the birth. Good call on the May style guide…that will be awesome hot mommy garb! Wishing you a smooth, calm birth!

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