outfit: it’s geting bigger all the time!

maternity skirt: Target | cardigan: thrifted and refashioned | maternity top: NEX | shoes: Madden Girl | belt: thrifted | bracelet: vintage | scarf: H&M

Somehow I slipped into the third trimester without realizing it… Mostly because my official departure point from the second to third happened about a week before Christmas, so I was preoccupied with gift wrapping and cookie baking! Then New Year’s came along, as well as a make-up Christmas with my inlaws. Now we’re nearly done with January and this little lady doesn’t have much longer before she arrives (we’re well into the single digits of weeks left!), and both SH and I are starting to realize that time is ticking to get some baby things done!


The bump is also getting bigger in leaps and bounds. My handy little pregnancy tracking application for my phone tells me she’s almost 4lbs. now (my OB confirmed that she is measuring right on track), which I can believe by the jarring movements she makes at all times of day (and night). They are no longer little “flutters”–they’re full on eruptions of a baby in an ever-shrinking space. I swear I wake up some mornings and it seems like she’s grown!

Stylewise, I feel like my options are also shrinking my leaps and bounds! While I may be able to fit into a handful of pre-pregnancy separates, that’s mostly relegated to modern-cut jeans and cardigans. Even some of my formerly loose button up shirts are getting a bit tight across my belly! lol. I admit: I have had zero inclination to sew maternity clothes. I admire gals who whip up gorgeous outfits! I think though, this being my first pregnancy and not being able to anticipate how my figure would change, it scared me off a bit from devoting a lot of time to sewing clothes. Maybe the next one I’ll do better? So I have a fairly limited wardrobe at the moment of odd Target and thrift stores finds, and a few things people have given me that work. Next up: stealing SH’s button down shirts to wear over my jeans! hehe! One thing I’ve found is that integrating “vintage style” into a pregnancy wardrobe is a bit of a challenge. I can’t just pull a 1950s shirtwaist dress out of my closet and call it done. Now I have to actually plan things out a bit more, and rely heavily on the overall effect of makeup, hair and accessories. It’s a fun challenge though!


Spot the new background? I decided to move things up to the nursery for picture taking! We get some lovely, soft morning light in that room, and I don’t get the weird shadows I did in the living room. Everything is very much a work in progress right now; we just got the crib put together last week and finalized the furniture placement while SH was off on Monday (it was a Federal holiday here in the US). So now it’s time for me to work some magic with artwork, sew a few things from vintage sheets, and generally add a little dash of whimsy to the space.

I hope you all are having a lovely January thus far! I know I’ve been terribly absent here; there have been a few things afoot that have taken me away from blogging. These past months have not been how I envisioned my blogging would go. And yet, I’ve been learning to give myself a little more grace and realizing that perhaps the way I did things for years just isn’t working quite as well anymore. I’ll figure it out one of these days! :)

The photo-bombing dog, who decided he didn’t want to be part of the photoshoot after all! He also just celebrated his first birthday earlier in the month. Yet, you would never know it by the way he acts…

January 23, 2013 · 55 lovely thoughts
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Rebecca Wagner January 23, 2013 at 07:21

For someone with not many maternity clothes you look adorable:)
Nursery looks cute too!

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Jennifer January 23, 2013 at 07:42

You look amazing! Uh, I wish I’d looked that good during my two pregnancies. :)

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simone January 23, 2013 at 07:44

You look charming as always Casey & this post has made my day. I’m afraid the vintage wardrobe challenged just keep coming I’m afraid. Next you’ll be trying to find dressed you can nurse in! I am sure you will cope with these challenges v.stylishly as always. X

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:00

I have already been on the hunt for some good, post-baby and nursing friendly vintage pieces! :) I have a few shirtwaist dresses that will work beautifully, and am beefing up my button down top collection. ;) Hopefully I can figure something out! hehe.

♥ Casey

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simone January 23, 2013 at 07:46

Oh dear above is what happens whilst you type with a 2yr old in tow – sorry for all the errors!

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Hannah Lenichek January 23, 2013 at 07:49

You look adorable! My first son turned 1 year old 2 days before Christmas. I had the same problem with trying to find cute, stylish clothes and although my mother in law lent me several maternity patterns, none were stylish or represented ‘me’. I was also afraid of how my shape was gonna change too. Now that I now, I’m gonna plan to get started on some maternity clothes a few months before I conceive the next child. Lol best wishes and sincere prayers on your journey to parenthood! :)

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:01

I think that’s been my biggest problem: very few patterns really fit my style (and I admit: I got a bit lazy about sewing anything for a while too! lol.). Like you, I’m planning on beefing up on some self-made maternity clothes for the next one! :)

♥ Casey

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Corinne January 23, 2013 at 08:11

Imagine my surprise when this post came across my reader. Just this morning after walking dogs in only 5 degrees of temperature I was thinking about you and hoping you were well. Since you haven’t posted in a while I was going to tick off a quick little email just to say hello. I am glad to see you and the little bump are doing so well. What a special time in your lives. Take care and cherish this time because after the blessed event you will never have a purse without a child related implement, most of your blouses/shirts will have odd stains here and there, even down your back and sleep will be something that other people do. It will be wonderful!!!!

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:03

Aw… Serendipity! :) I am so looking forward to having a baby in the house–despite all the challenges it’ll bring into our lives as we figure out what being parents is. ;)

I had to chuckle about the odd stains–because I already have those! ;) It’s mostly from Maverick jumping up on me when he has something on his paws. lol. A baby will just add to the mix! ;)

♥ Casey

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Sew Little Time January 23, 2013 at 08:25

aaww, you look gorgeous! great to hear how you are doing.

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Charlotte January 23, 2013 at 08:31

Hey, great to see you! And looking gorgeous as ever – clearly pregnancy agrees with you. I can understand your difficulties trying to create a vintage look around your growing belly though – the ‘vintage’ way with maternity wear was basically to wear loose smock tops with expanding-waist skirts and pants – not so glamorous.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:04

I ever-so-hopefully tried a smock style top I have (late 30s–it’s a hilariously loud cotton print, but I love it!), but it just wasn’t cutting it. ;) lol. I think maybe if I were to make and tailor some things in that style I might have better luck though…

♥ Casey

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Gina January 23, 2013 at 08:48

What a joy to have a baby coming soon. You look as pretty as ever! You will get back to sewing again I am sure, but I think your daughter maybe the one who benefits from it. I am sure you have some little dresses you want to make for her. I love vintage clothing on children, nothing sweeter than that.

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:05

I’m already sneakily working on a few little things for her! ;) Have a dress from a length of vintage fabric and a vintage pattern in the works (so does that make it a “new-vintage” dress? ;) ), and have been whipping out baby pants! :D

♥ Casey

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Sarah January 23, 2013 at 09:12

Oh Casey you look so cute and sophisticated with the your baby bump!! Adorable even. I can’t believe how fast your pregnancy is going it doesn’t seem that long ago that you were announcing you we’re pregnant :)

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:06

I know–it’s going too fast for me too! :D I can’t believe it’s already been 7 months…

♥ Casey

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Marjorie January 23, 2013 at 09:24

Oh you look so very lovely and happy! : ) And the nursery is elegant, indeed!! I just purchased the exact rug for my newly painted work room….I love that sea blue green zig zag to bits!! I’m so excited for you, what a magical time…I can remember those last weeks of being pregnant like they were yesterday….now over two years later! eek! (Of course I was no where near as put together as you….your outfit is so pretty)! Oh how time flies!! You never forget what those kicks and squirms feel like…it’s so wonderful!! My wee one had her feet planted firmly in my right side for the last while…..ouch! tee hee Wishing you and your husband a joyous time with your soon to come bundle of joy!! & Happy New Year, too!!

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:09

I keep sneaking in the nursery just to admire the rug! hehe! I was torn between the yellow and blue-green, but I’m glad I went with the latter since it could be used elsewhere in the house later on. :)

Baby Girl has been digging her shoulder into my left hip lately–it’s been really hilarious how strong she is already! (Because I am awfully sore… lol.) Babies, even in the womb, are such characters! This one does not like that her quarters have shrunk so much in the past month–and lets me know regularly! ;)

Happy New Year to you too!!!!

♥ Casey

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Molly January 23, 2013 at 09:26

I know exactly what you mean about trying to do the vintage look while pregnant. I was so upset by the lack of retro style during my pregnancy. I had 2 dresses made from vintage patterns and only wore one because I absolutely had to for an event in the middle of summer! And, I finished it just barely with all the tired. (If you’re interested in seeing the finished result: http://s471.photobucket.com/albums/rr71/ladymalai/Baby%20Maka/?action=view&current=36w0d.jpg)

You look great though and I wish you the best of luck in your last weeks. They will go by so fast and before you know it Little Miss Blueberry will be here!

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:11

You looked so beautiful throughout your pregnancy, Molly!!! :) I have to admit: I’m a bit jealous of gals who are pregnant when it’s warm outside and the cute summer dresses you can get. ;) Layering up has not been fun (it’s been hovering around 30 degrees here the past few days!). lol. Or is it just a case of “the grass is greener”? lol.

♥ Casey

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Molly January 31, 2013 at 09:19

Thank you so much! I am so happy that I am back to my normal vintage, though the biggest of what I own since the baby weight has been slow to fall off. I’m very excited to introduce the little princeling to vintage and the 1940′s. He’ll dress up for the first time on Saturday! And I already have a handful of vintage patterns for him for when he’s a little older including a sailor suit romper and a pea coat! :)

Can’t wait to see pictures from your baby shower.

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Jenna January 23, 2013 at 09:44

You look adorable and the nursery is so sweet! Question — is that rug from urban outfitters? (if not, I’ve been thinking of buying one that looks just like it). Do you like it? Does it lay flat or does it crumple up easily? It’s so adorable!

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:14

Yes it is! :) I have to say, right now with rug-to-carpet it is wrinkling a bit. But I need to get a rug/carpet pad for it, which should take care of the worst of it (and if the dog didn’t take running slides into it, I think that would help too! lol.).

♥ Casey

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Melissa B January 23, 2013 at 10:38

You look really, really pretty. Love your outfit.

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Lauren January 23, 2013 at 11:04

Still looking glowy and radiant, I see! ;) And your bump gets cuter every day (well, every time I see it haha). I love how pretty and stylish you still are, even in the third trimester. And holy crap, I can’t believe Maverick is a full year old!

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Casey January 23, 2013 at 12:15

Aw, thank you! I know–I can’t believe he’s no longer a puppy either! lol. Although he definitely still acts like one. ;) haha. Somehow the past year (we got him late February) has gone by way too fast…

♥ Casey

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Katrina Blanchalle January 23, 2013 at 11:27

You probably hear this all the time, but with your smile, you look beautiful no matter what. I love how you belted the cardigan over your belly. It’s very cute.
That’s going to be a very nice nursery, it’s got beautiful light. Pretty little chevron rug too – I like the color.

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Tasha January 23, 2013 at 12:10

You look lovely! I can imagine it must be a challenge trying to put together an outfit with your changing shape!I can’t believe how close you are. Good luck with all the preparations in the final weeks before you get to see Miss Blueberry!!

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Debi January 23, 2013 at 12:49

OH! I am SO EXCITED!! You look absolutely stunning!!

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Diane @ Vintage Zest January 23, 2013 at 14:56

I don’t think you need to name the series “Maternity Style.” It’s just style, plain and simple! The scarf is so me-ow!

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Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns January 23, 2013 at 15:13

So exciting, Casey! The nursery is so much fun to see, and I think you still have a definite vintage look going with the vinyl belt.

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Deanna January 23, 2013 at 15:22

You look great! I’ve been wondering how you were. The nursery looks cute, I really like that rug, and the color tie-in of some of the items on the shelves. And Maverick is so big! How are he and your bunny getting along?

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Marie January 23, 2013 at 15:32

Oh Casey, you look breathtaking!

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lou January 23, 2013 at 18:45

Congratulations. You look amazing. You must be getting very excited : )

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Hotsy Malone January 23, 2013 at 18:52

You look so adorable and wow you really have popped! Love those side photos! This baby is going to be the coolest dressed ever!

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Rachel January 23, 2013 at 23:49

Wow- Maverick has gotten so big! Not to mention Bump :) You are most certainly going to be busy for quite a while to come- just blog when you can, don’t pressure yourself!
I can’t wait to see baby when she arrives.

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Melanie January 24, 2013 at 00:00

Great to see you looking lovely and well Casey. I was kinda hoping for some more vintage maternity ideas from you – if anyone could rock a kangaroo pouch skirt I’m sure it would be you! I’ve always thought 50s/60s maternity wear wasn’t too bad, smock-like but still nicely fitted around the arms and bust in a swing shape. No good? The 80s did some very bad things for maternity wear – poor Princess Diana in those huge smocks with enormous pussy bows. It was not a forgiving decade for expectant mums. You’re doing just fine :-)

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Galatina January 24, 2013 at 02:43

You look great. So glad it’s all going well. Enjoy! (I’m just a few weeks behind you and completely understand the clothes problem already – it changes so quickly!)

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Jessica Cangiano January 24, 2013 at 09:10

Sweet Casey, you look so radiantly beautiful and stylish! I love that you took these snaps in the nursery your setting up, that makes them all the more endearingly sweet.

Happy birthday wishes to your precious pup – hard to believe he’s a year old already. It’s so wonderful that your child will get to grow up with a beloved family dog. My parents got a golden retriever (Champ) when I was two or three, and I love that he was with us for so many of my formative years. One never forgets their first dog and the special bond you shared with them.

♥ Jessica

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Pansy Lane January 24, 2013 at 09:20

Oooh you look lovely!!

The UO rug! We were so close to getting that one instead of the black and white. I love those for nurseries (or for anywhere really!).

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Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 12:27

You look amazing! I’m currently 34 weeks and the wardrobe is certainly getting more limited, forces some creativity doesn’t it! Too close to the end to bother buying anything new however, I’ve also taken to raiding my husband’s closet. :)

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Nika Chick January 24, 2013 at 15:23

I love your look. That is absolutely happy pregnant woman :)

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Jill January 24, 2013 at 16:45

Your baby bump is just adorable!!!! I love this outfit!!! So excited your little lady is well on her way towards her debut :)

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Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 17:27

You look great! I can’t wait to see pictures of the nursery when it is all finished! (That is if you plan on taking pictures ;) .

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liza jane January 24, 2013 at 20:24

You look fantastic. I’ve not had much luck with maternity patterns. They are all pretty blah. I’ve had better luck with altering regular patterns to accommodate a full belly. And I totally get the lack of clothing issue. I have five outfits I can wear to work. I just rotate the same five things every week- lol! Good luck with everything! I’m just a couple of weeks behind you.

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Rosina Lee January 24, 2013 at 20:55

Yay! exciting time for you now the final stage will fly for you and hubby, I am currenty over due and waiting :) . I agree I found it a struggle to incorporate my vintage in at the 3rd trimester and now settle for the make up and a do rag and purchsing post baby friendly vintage dresses/ blouses that button down for breast feeding.

xxxxx

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Renee January 25, 2013 at 00:47

You look adorable. I know you are getting so excited.

Hope your mother is doing okay.

Today when I was in Cracker Barrel with my friend I saw the most adorable little girl dresses and it finally hit me I can buy those sweet little dresses again.

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Alli January 25, 2013 at 05:54

You look AMAZING Casey!!!!! Such a gorgeous baby bump! You look so well. Not long to go now chicky! Can’t wait to see your little girl when she arrives :)

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Maggie January 26, 2013 at 09:42

Like all the others said, you look great! Pregnancy suits you well! I can’t wait to see what you have in store with your sewing machine for the new baby! Good luck the next couple of weeks if we don’t see you, and don’t worry about us (your readers) we will be here whenever you post! :)

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Jamie "ChatterBlossom" January 27, 2013 at 14:01

You look just lovely! I wouldn’t be sewing my own maternity clothes either. There is already enough to do!

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Deborah January 27, 2013 at 22:14

You look so beautiful! I have to give you major kudos for being able to still look that good while that pregnant. I remember when I was pregnant with my son I barely got out of my pajama pants, but I just didn’t know what to do with my blown up self. I am definitely using you as my inspiration for my next baby. Thank you!

Deborah
Hellcat Vintage

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Victoria / Justice Pirate January 28, 2013 at 10:19

You look great for how far along you are. I was so chubby at this point (with the first at least, I was better with the second). You look GORGEOUS and wear your baby girl with such grace! hehe. That is amazing that you have only a few weeks left to go! I’m so excited for you and long to see the cute things you must be making for her too. What love she will have! May she learn about Christ and love Him as you do!

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Max January 29, 2013 at 06:05

I was totally the same with my first pregnancy. Even sewing baby clothes didn’t happen because, like, how big is a small human? How do their limbs work? But then once he got a bit bigger it was easier to sew for him, so by the time I fell pregnant with Eddie I sewed some things for myself {it was EXHAUSTING attempting to sew!} and made a winter collection for her when she was born!

You’re look great mama! Don’t worry about having everything perfect & in place because when the little babe arrives you find you don’t need half the stuff you thought you did! ahha.

All the best!! Hope you’re not getting an braxton hicks or anything. They *say* they are painless but oh my goodness mine were full on!

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LC February 28, 2013 at 22:14

Got here because of the blog schedule you posted some time before, wich i thank you. You are a beautiful full of joy pregnant woman! Wish you all the best :)

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Sew Ducky March 10, 2013 at 05:43

I wouldn’t worry about sewing maternity clothes. My first I didn’t get into maternity until 6 weeks before he was born, and this last one I was on bed rest for so much of it I didn’t get out of my SO’s jammie pants often, wore my mom’s tops (she’s fluffy) and was so sick with her that sewing went out the window.

She’s 16 months old now and I am finding I am just now able to really get back into sewing regularly. With modifications, a lot more time involved and extra help from her. Take it as it comes, they’re not little forever and there’s a lot of fun to be had with them.

Just be careful on the baby patterns! I have quite a few I didn’t get around to with her because my ambition over extended my actual time. Now I get them a size or 3 larger so when I CAN get them done, she can wear them.

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