Well, folks, we are six weeks out. I’m not sure why 6 weeks seems like such a milestone but it just does – I guess because it’s closer to 1 month than 2 months, and 1 month feels like no time at all – especially because Charlie came 10 days early. I’m getting so insanely excited. Well, excited and uncomfortable. She feels way heavier, lower and just more constrictive. But of course I could just be forgetting how it was before as we women are extremely good at not remembering the bad and focusing on the good when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and our entire lives. Maybe I was this uncomfortable with Charlie, I don’t know, but even sitting in a chair at the office sucks. With Charlie I was working physically so hard ’til the end – installing so many design jobs, on my feet a ton and really not asking for help. And going on walks like a mother. With this one I’m milking it. Instead of working hard and schlepping everything everywhere I’m taking it easier. Or maybe not. Maybe I’m just so exhausted by the toddler situation that it feels like I’m laying around more.
But lets chat about this dress. This dress is NOT maternity. It’s Ted Baker and its one of my favorite dresses ever. I bought it for a shoot this year and its super stretchy so it’s form fitting but its thick enough that it doesn’t show too much of a bra strap line, underwear lines or anything – which tends to be the downfall of really form fitting outfits. I wore it as early as 3 months pregnant (when I got it) and I can still wear it at 8 months (these photos were taken two weeks ago at 31 weeks). It definitely minimizes the belly but I still look pregnant – not like a muu muu.
It’s not AS cute from the side, but lets face it, nothing really is these days. If it were tighter in the thighs I think it would be better but basically I’m just asking for a lycra dress at that point (we purposefully didn’t photoshop out all those wrinkles so you get a real idea of how it looks/bunches, which is a little bit but not enough to deter me).
My favorite part is this adorable little detail in the collar. The cut is just so good. It comes in black and with some other embellishments which I’m tempted to hoard as well. I think there is even one that has a garden growing on it, too.
You might wonder if its going to be too stretched out to wear post-baby and I’m hoping not, but if so then it was still the best maternity dress ever, as I’ve worn it so much. I feel so pulled together in it. It’s really fitted through the shoulders and armpits, and the shoulders have a lot of structure so it makes them look all perfectly squared off and straight (thus making your rib cage and waist look smaller). Anyway, I can’t gush enough about this dress – I love it. But it’s also good for my particular body type – the type that doesn’t wear tiny, adorable strappy dresses and instead prefers to show off the legs.
The shoes are vintage gold Italian something that I’ve had forever and should probably replace. So we found a similar pair for you.
Happy Friday y’all. 34 weeks down, 6 to go.
* Photos by Jessican Isaac for EHD. Want more maternity fashion? Check out my Muu Muu style, my‘Play Outfit’, ‘The One Where I Hold A Piano‘, ‘The Work Outfit’, ‘The One With Bearcat’, ‘The Denim Dress, ‘ and ‘My Crop Top Round Up’. Also last time I was pregnant I wrote this ‘Maternity Must-Haves‘ post which I need to update, but it’s still pretty relevant. Lastly if you want to watch the birth of Charlie (yes, you read that correctly) go HERE.