22.5 weeks (I’m 5’3″ and started out a size 4-6)
Storq Maternity Caftan (size 3) | Gift from Storq
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals | I purchased these secondhand from Slowre last summer
This is THE MOST wonderful dress. I wore it all day yesterday to work at home, and I was in heaven. Also, pockets.
It is 100% cotton, which I appreciate, but because of that it isn’t stretchy at all, so you have to choose your size accordingly. I believe this will fit me until the end of my pregnancy but it might be a little tight in the last days? The cotton is brushed, so it’s a bit like flannel, but not as heavy. It’s just very soft and cozy, while not being too warm.
And how do you like the blue? 😉 I would have certainly purchased the grey (predictable), but I love the blue on me, and am even tempted by the coral/pink color that’s also available.
This will be a great piece for after also, since the front buttons allow for easy breastfeeding, or so it seems. I know nothing about breastfeeding, but I hope we will be able to do it…
Happy Wednesday!! (don’t forget to check Slowre today for new arrivals including quite a few Ace & Jig pieces and the Babaa cardigans!!)
I really like the blue on you! I think it pairs nicely with your blonde hair. That dress should be great for after the baby comes.
As for breastfeeding – I like the Kellymom.com website for breastfeeding info that is in an organized, accessible format that is easy to search. I read a lot of that with my first baby. More practically speaking…breastmilk can be very fatty and that fat is hard to get out of fabric. When you get milk on your clothes (which will be like 99% of the time), rinsing it out immediately will usually take care of it, but if it sits, the oils get really tricky to remove. I recommend setting aside some things to designate as your “milk clothes” that you don’t mind getting ruined, that you can wear around the house for the majority of the time. They will feel gross and unglamorous, but it will save you from having to constantly wash your other clothes.
Also I found “nursing” clothing to be expensive, cumbersome, and extremely cheaply made and not that comfortable, so I just used old stuff that had a lot of stretch in it that I could pull down the neckline. If I was out in public in something nicer, I’d wear a good nursing bra that I could pull down (I don’t care for clip bras), and just lift up my shirt and cover up with a gauze swaddle blanket. Basically anything marketed as “nursing” just didn’t work for me because it was usually some kind of weird stretchy poly blend that was hot and felt gross.
Wore this dress during pregnancy and post, and have since given it to another soon-to-be mama. But I loved it. Washes up well too. A litttttle tricky on the buttons for nursing but you get the hang of them soon enough. Love the blue on you!
I second rincat’s comnent about nursing apparel and her suggestions. My best advice? After nursing each of my daughters for 2 years, give it time – there’s a learning curve. Plus, I quickly learned that you just go for it when baby is hungry. My motto: We all eat in public, so baby does, too!
Susan Cavalieri says
This looks amazing on you! I love the color. Just out of curiosity (because I’m waaaaaayyy past maternity age, lol, I went to the website. They show a drab denim looking blue – but the one you are wearing is a gorgeous saturated blue..are they supposed to be the same “Marine” color do you think? Anyway, you look so beautiful! I am so very happy for you. xo
Grechen Reiter says
hi susan! it’s definitely not as bright as it looks in this photo, it is quite a bit more “muted,” but i wouldn’t necessarily say it’s as drab as it looks on storq’s site, if that makes sense? they are definitely the same color, just so much depends on the lighting to get the color just right, and probably the quality of the photography – and i will say, mine isn’t the best 😉