Boho Baby

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Hat: Brixton, Kimono: old, similar here, here and so obsessed with this one here,
Tank: Loft, Jeans: Jcrew, Boots: Talbots (old) similar here, Tote: Cuyana
Necklace: Made by Me, Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth, Ring: Margaret Elizabeth

As with most things in life, I’ve learned that the key to dressing while pregnant is to stick to your guns.

When I first started sharing that I was expecting, I had lots of women tell me, “Just wait… you’ll want to wear clothes that show off your belly,”… “OMG stock up on tighter dresses! As soon as you start showing you’ll LOVE them.”

Now, FYI, I’ve never been the kind of person that loves super tight tops or body con dresses. But as a first time pregnant woman, I diligently took the advice. I  started purchasing tighter tops and dresses that could “grow with me” to display THE BELLY.

HA. Hahahhahahaha.  Let me just say, hindsight is always 20/20.

During times of immense stress some women resort to eating, some resort to working out, some resort to changing their hair, and some – guilty as charged – resort to updating their “look”.

#facepalm and repeat after me: stupid, stupid, stupid.

It may have been the millionth online shopping order that arrived at our home, only to be returned unworn. Or it may have been the millionth meltdown in my closet — my poor husband asking,”Hey honey, how does the dress look?” only to be snapped at, “It’s horrible!” Or it may have been the millionth time I went to shoot an outfit for this blog, only to realize it wasn’t quite “me”.

Finally, whatever it was, somewhere in  the middle of my second trimester, I figured it out. And now, my pregnancy style is very much what it was when I wasn’t pregnant. Lots of layers — think jackets and cardigans over tanks and tees. Longer tops with snug bottoms — think skinny jeans and leggings. Dresses — where the fabric and the cut can do the talking instead of THE BELLY — think caftan and tunic styles. And lastly, kimonos, like the one I’m wearing above. Don’t get me wrong, I commend women who love showing off their pregnant bellies with tighter clothes, I’m just not one of them.

To me, personal style is all about feeling confident and beautiful in what you’re wearing – not about what is currently “in” or what other people think you should be wearing. Overly tight everyday clothing has always made me uncomfortable, and I wish I hadn’t spent half my pregnancy wondering why I didn’t love it. Wearing shirts and dresses that showcase my bodacious belly, just isn’t “me”. It never will be, and that is OK.

Oh the money I would have saved on shipping had I realized this earlier. 🙂 

Pregnant or not, it’s important to know what your personal style is. Like I said before, stick to your guns and you’ll never go wrong! 

Blue – For a Baby Boy!

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Coat: Old Navy, Button Up: Gap (old) similar here, Tank: Ingrid and Isabel also love this one here
Jeans: JCrew, but sizes are limited – also loving these and these non maternity, 
Boots: Sam Edelman, Clutch: Salvatore Ferragamo (vintage) similar here, Sunnies: Karen Walker,
Necklace: JCrew, Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth, Rings: Gorjana
For a brief pregnancy update: I am almost 30 weeks pregnant. Hoooooooo-rayyyyy!

For those of you who didn’t know, you’re pregnant for 40 weeks. In normal people terms, that’s 10 months. Right? 40 weeks equals 10 months, and 36 weeks equals 9 months… simple mental math. Right? Right?

Hahahaahaha – WRONG!!! We’re doing magical pregnancy math over here, and somehow, miraculously 40 weeks now equals 9 months because you forgot to carry the .33 weeks per month… blah… blah… blah…. my pregnancy brain hurts.

Any way you look at it, 9 months is absolute crap, crap, crap. As you can tell, I’m annoyed by this farce – this hideous, misleading “lie” of pregnancy. For a time that is arguably one of the most uncomfortable in a woman’s life, I just think we should get credit for the full thing.* Just saaayyiinnn—

I am really fired up about this – if you can’t tell.

Anyhow, last week we were making dinner, and The Discovery Channel was on in the background. I was chopping away, and my husband, engrossed in what was on TV goes, “Honey… I know how mad you are about being pregnant for (air quotations) 10 months, but —did you seeeeee that???—- elephants are pregnant for almost 2 years… 2 yeeeaarrsssssss…. can you belieeeeeve that?”

In my head I’m thinking, “At 29 weeks pregnant, I am going to resist the urge to smack you upside the head, AND I am going to ignore the fact you may or may not have just compared me to an elephantAN ELEPHANT!!!!! I am however, going to see the silver lining here. Somehow, somewhere, I will find it.  Thank goodness I am not going to be pregnant for two years, and now, someone please nominate me for sainthood.”

Hey thanks babe – and God bless female elephants.

Anyhow, 30 out of 40 weeks feels like a huge milestone to me. In Ashley’s language, “It’s the beginning of the fourth quarter.” 🙂 Our little dude is almost 16 inches long now, and is the size of a butternut squash. I haven’t been super into the fruit/vegetable comparisons, but my girlfriend Lauren is so sweet and sends me updates as to his current fruit/vegetable size. This week’s seemed SO CRAZY to me; butternut squashes are hugggeeee – so naturally I had to share.  

Moving on – we started our small nursery remodel last week (before and after pictures to come), and we finally decided on a name for our little bundle of joy. We’re naming him William. It’s not a family name, and it doesn’t have an extraordinarily special meaning to us. It just sounded strong, and we agreed that we loved it – that was most important.

*Full disclosure- we do not have a middle name yet, but suggestions are welcome!

It’s funny looking back, but I was convinced that we were having a girl. So when we found out we were having a sweet baby boy, it really threw both of us for a loop. Back to the name drawing board we went, and as promised here, this is how we finally arrived at William. 
We were looking for a name that:
1.) fell under the “classic” names category. I have strong feelings about names that could be considered trendy, or names that are oddly spelled. Any names that fell under those categories were automatically out.
2.) sounded strong. Interestingly enough we have had numerous people exclaim, “William, what a strong name,” so I think we definitely hit the mark with this one. 
3.) worked for a baby as well as a man. We wanted a name that would allow him to walk into a board room one day – shake hands, kick a**, and take names. 
4.) hadn’t been used yet in our circle of friends. It seems that the majority of my girlfriends have baby boys right now. We joke that we’re “building a football team”, but really, these kids are going to have the most amazing village to help raise them. We do have a handful of beautiful baby girls in the mix, but most of the little ones in our social circle are boys, so we definitely didn’t want to have a repeat.
5.) went well with our last name – it is kind of a doozy. We decided we liked names that had similar consonant sounds to the letters in our last name – “W” names, sss names, and names starting with a hard C or K.
6.) didn’t  have any personally negative connotations for either of us. 
7.) couldn’t be shortened. This criteria went out the window when we decided on William. To my chagrin, when we tell people his name, inevitably everyone exclaims, “BILLY BOY!!!” or “BIG WILL!!!” or the one that truly makes my skin crawl, “Little LIAM!!!”. Uggghh.  *** Sassy side-note: nicknames are lovely, but our child’s name is William, and that is what we’d like him to be called. If he chooses to go with a nickname later in life, so be it, but we’ll let that be his choice. 
8.) sounded cohesive with our names – Joseph, Emily, Henry, William and {the name of our future baby girl}.  
So there you have it. William. We love it, we are soooo excited, and it has been awesome being able to talk to him like he’s a real person.

As I said last week, here, I’ve decided to open up a little more about my pregnancy. That being said, if you liked this post, future pregnancy posts will include: pregnancy products I love, how to dress for pregnancy, and my personal favorite – things not to say to pregnant women. 🙂 We’ll save those for another day loves! XooX

*Even if you count it the “correct way”, carrying the .33weeks per month, you’re still pregnant for approximately 9.5 months. FYI see here and here for more horrible and confusing explanations. 

Another Pea in the Prada

Hi Everyone!

We have some very exciting news to share today – The Two Peas in a Prada family is expanding! I (Emily) am 13 weeks pregnant, and Baby W is due April 7th 2015. While I have been busy trying to find the best remedies for morning sickness, Auntie Ashley has taken the reins on the important things, and has been busy curating Nieman Marcus shopping lists for the little one. 🙂 This is such a special time, and we are so thrilled that you will be there, experiencing everything with us. Over the weekend, my mom  took some “Baby Reveal” photos of my husband and I, and we’ve shared our favorites below.

But first… We are also excited to announce that TPIAP is now 3 months old! We want to thank all of you for reading, and for supporting us through the “start up” process of our blog. We have received such wonderful feedback from you, and we want you to know that we appreciate all of it. In light of some of this feedback, and after much discussion, we have decided to make a couple of changes around here. Although we are primarily a fashion blog, we will be featuring more lifestyle and personal posts on  the blog going forward.  We have realized that people connect to people – not things – and we are excited to let our readers get to know us better.

We hope you enjoy the changes we are making at TPIAP, and again, thank you for reading!