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Pregnancy Roundup: My Journey to Motherhood

How are we here?! It’s still surreal to me that my pregnancy is nearing an end. In days (or weeks), my heart will grow to new lengths and my sanity will be stretched! My journey to motherhood will grow and evolve in ways I cannot prepare for. For now… I wait.

The really special part about having this site is that it oftentimes serves as a life ‘diary’ of sorts. I started looking back at all things bumps and babies, and happily realized how much we’ve shared together here. From first announcing the news, to styling the bump, to skincare secrets and wellness routines… to emotional BUMPdates, a babymoon, and a letter to a my baby… it’s all here.

Thank you for continuing to follow along on this life journey. I hope other mamas-to-be feel connected. I hope future mamas-to-be feel the happiness. And I hope every one of you feels the beautiful miracle that is life…

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I feel all the feels… grateful, excited, scared, ready, prepared (and unprepared) all at once.”

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Read our pregnancy announcement here!

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At the start, billowy tops, maxi dresses + a-line silhouettes were my bestie because they gave me extra room, while masking a little bump I wasn’t sharing with the world yet.”

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Later in pregnancy, I have really enjoyed wearing fitted jersey dresses and off-the-shoulder tops that show off the little babe cooking inside me.”

DRESSING UP THE BUMP | BEST MATERNITY JEANS | ALL-BLACK OUTFITS1 JERSEY DRESS 5 WAYS | BEST STORES TO SHOP MATERNITY | BABY SHOWER DRESS | MAXI DRESSES | STREET STYLING THE BUMP

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Admittedly, it’s a little tough to find natural skincare products that actually work. But I’ve found a few gems during my pregnancy that I’ll continue using even after the baby comes.”

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SKINCARE ROUTINE | DIY BODY BUTTER | DIY LAVENDER + SEA SALT MASK | DIY LIP SCRUB

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What makes any nursery so magical is the LOVE. That, of course, will overwhelm the space once our sweet one arrives.”

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NURSERY INSPIRATION | DIY BABY MOBILE | WHAT’S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG

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I’m grateful for this moment, this life, this experience, and I don’t take any of it for granted…I feel calmly unprepared for both the love and chaos that’s to come…”

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See my whole Maui babymoon diary!

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My body has stretched, and grown, and evolved in ways I didn’t know were possible. I have the curves of creating life.”

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See my full maternity photoshoot here!

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Being pregnant has proved to be both beautiful and terrifying; euphoric yet painful.”

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FIVE MONTHS | SIX MONTHS | SEVEN MONTHS | EIGHT MONTHS | NINE MONTHS

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This pregnancy has shown me the beauty behind more lumps, bumps, lines and a rising scale.”

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PRE-NATAL YOGA | BUMP WORKOUT ROUTINE

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You have always been a part of me. Part of my hopes, my dreams, my plans. Part of every journal I’ve kept, every discussion I’ve had with God, every glance I’ve shared with your father.”

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I am grateful, happy and ready. I am scared, tired, and unprepared. But mostly, I am sure. Sure of you, of us, and of all the purpose you are already filling.”

See the full letter to my baby here!

Photos by Annie Shak + Elizabeth Messina + Stefanie Villers + Cibelle Levi