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March 2014 was all about baby! From the last weeks of pregnancy, to baby’s birth and the first few days with a newborn.

37 Weeks

On March 3, I was 37 weeks pregnant! The next day, was my 27th birthday. We celebrated simply – we had planned to go out to dinner but both boys had runny noses and didn’t feel well so we decided to cancel our babysitter plans and celebrate at home. John David brought home ice cream and we enjoyed that after the boys were in bed.

Belly Coloring

One lazy Sunday afternoon, we took some belly pictures and then let the boys color my belly. They both had fun creating a masterpiece.

Belly Comparison

We took a 38 week picture of my belly wearing the same dress I wore in my 38 week pictures with both boys. Based on the shape of my belly alone, I was pretty convinced that baby #3 was a boy.

Cecilia

On March 20 (the first day of spring), we welcomed our baby GIRL, Cecilia into our family! We were so surprised to find out baby was a girl!

Big Brothers

Our boys are completely enamored with their baby sister! They both kiss her every chance they get. It has been fun watching them in their new roles of big brothers to a baby sister.

Family

We’re slowly settling into life as a family of 5 – Cecilia is a very laid back baby and has made the adjustment pretty easy so far.

We’ve also been blessed with family and friends taking care of us. Both sets of our parents have visited and helped out with laundry, meal preparation, kitchen clean up and have taken care of the boys, allowing us to rest. Friends from church have blessed us with several meals which we’re so thankful for.

Baby K'Tan

I’m soaking up these fleeting moments with a teeny newborn. After having 2 babies already, I know how fast these days pass and I’m trying to just savor it all. There really is nothing quite as sweet as a newborn baby.

Baby Girl Clothes

My sister visited for a few days and brought a huge box of clothes from her girls! It was fun sorting through all the adorable baby girl clothes. We now have a storage tote full of clothes for Cecilia to grow into over the next 2 years. Between hand-me-downs and clothing gifts from family and friends, she needs very little!

Mama and Daughter

I was pretty certain we were going to have another boy and I was completely content being a mama to only boys. When I was younger I dreamed of having a daughter but once I had the boys, it was hard to picture our family with a little girl. However, once she was born, I realized that dream of having a daughter still was there – I am excited about our mother-daughter relationship.

And, those brothers of hers love her and their mama! We’ve both been receiving flowers from them now that flowers (and weeds) are blooming!

Sweet Big Brothers

This sweet picture was taken on March 31, Cecilia’s due date!

I hope to get back to posting weekly here soon and am excited to share Cecilia’s birth story!

Cecilia Rae

We welcomed our daughter, Cecilia Rae, on March 20 at 5:21 am.

She was born at home, weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20.25 inches long.

Cecilia’s Birth Story

Minimal Maternity WardrobeI prefer to have a minimal wardrobe. It costs less, makes getting dressed easier and I love only wearing clothes that I feel great in.

When it comes to building a maternity wardrobe, it really makes sense to have a minimal wardrobe since you wear most of the items only 6 months or so.

At the end of my second pregnancy, I purged my maternity wardrobe, getting rid of things that were ill fitting, non-flattering and pieces I never wore. (I look back at some pictures from my previous two pregnancies and cringe at some of the ill fitting clothes I wore. I had a much larger wardrobe for those two pregnancies but it would have been better to have a smaller wardrobe with flattering clothes!)

At the beginning of this pregnancy, I once again went through the box of maternity clothes and donated a few things that I didn’t love, didn’t think I’d wear and weren’t my style (tastes change over the course of 2 years!)

I was able to wear most of my regular tops until I was 25 weeks – with maternity jeans (I embraced those around 10 weeks!). Once those shirts were getting too small, I evaluated my maternity clothing and saw there were a few gaps – mainly I needed shirts.

I purchased one pair of maternity jeans for $6, a purple tee for $5 and a maroon tee for $5. (All of these were purchased at a local resale store!) And, I was given a black tee. These 4 pieces, mainly the comfy shirts, really helped expand my maternity wardrobe.

Here’s my maternity wardrobe:

Maternity Shirts

Tops:

1. Grey Sweater (long sleeve)

2. Purple Tee (long sleeve)

3. Black Shirt (long sleeve)

4. Pink Shirt (3/4 sleeve)

5. Maroon Tee (long sleeve)

6. Black Tee (long sleeve)

These 6 tops are worn just about every time I leave the house. I also will wear the tees on days I stay home.

Since all of these tops are solids, the look of them can easily be changed with a scarf or a chunky necklace which makes me feel like I have more options than just 6 shirts!

Maternity Dresses

Dresses:

1. Red Polka Dot Dress

2. Blue Paisley Dress

3. Purple Dress

4. Pink/Black/White Dress

5. Black Sleeveless Dress *

6. Black/Grey Sweater Dress

*A few days after this photo was taken, I tried the black sleeveless dress on and it was way too small! So, it was decommissioned at 32 weeks!

**Only two of these dresses (the two in the middle) are actual maternity dresses, the rest are regular dresses that have enough room for a growing belly.

I typically wear dresses to church on Sundays with leggings and a black cardigan. I also will occasionally wear a dress with leggings at home because honestly, it’s just about as comfortable as being in pajamas except I look like I put forth effort in my appearance!
Maternity Pants

Pants:

3 Pair Jeans

1 Pair Black Dress pants

Comfortable jeans are a must! All 3 of these are very comfortable. In my past 2 pregnancies, I had a few pair of jeans that I hated to wear because they were so uncomfortable – I passed those on and am much happier with these – especially my new pair (in the middle – that belly panel is so comfy!)

I don’t wear the black dress pants too often because I prefer to wear a dress and leggings to church and on the rare occasion I need to dress up. I’ve worn them with my grey sweater a few times with this pregnancy. I also think they’d look cute with my maroon or purple tees and scarves.
Maternity Pieces

Other:

1. Black Yoga Pants

2. Grey Yoga Pants

3. Black/Grey Flannel Shirts

4. Black T-shirt

5. Black Tights

6. Grey Tights

7. Black Cardigan

**The only maternity items in this photo are the black and grey yoga pants, the rest are staples in my non-maternity wardrobe that work during pregnancy too!

These are essential pieces in my wardrobe. Most days I’m home, you’ll find me in the yoga pants – being comfortable while pregnant is a priority of mine! I wear the black t-shirt and flannel shirt quite often on days spent at home. (I also have a couple short sleeve t-shirts that I’ll wear if I’m not caught up on laundry!)

With 7 weeks to go, I’m hoping that I won’t outgrow too many more clothes. If I do outgrow pieces, I suppose my wardrobe will become even more minimal and I’ll fully embrace wearing my husband’s shirts at home. Honestly, I don’t want to buy anymore maternity clothes – I’d much rather spend my money on a few flattering pieces for my postpartum body.

Other posts on my Minimal (non-maternity) Wardrobes:

The 33 Items in My Wardrobe

Small Fall and Winter Wardrobe

A Minimal Wardrobe

 

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Pregnancy Announcement with Boots