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oh pregnancy... 27 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Pregnancy

I'm not gonna lie guys, being pregnant can be really unfun. I do like being pregnant most of the time...I love the feeling of a growing baby inside your belly, people are really extra nice to you, Bob will never say no to my request for a back massage, and of course, the prize you get at the end is awesome. I like being pregnant maybe 75% of the time, but the other 25% of the time, it just kind of sucks. I run out of breath really quickly, I have trouble sleeping, I've peed in my pants more times than I'd like to admit, and my body eventually just can't keep up.

When I was pregnant with Ruby, I developed gallstones and had to have my gallbladder removed soon after she was born. And yesterday, I found out that I have gestational diabetes. Which means little to no carbs and no sugar until this baby comes out. To a person whose day is based around what I'll have for dessert, it was a pretty sad thing to hear.

So, here I am all-of-a-sudden having to go on a diet, while pregnant—the one time your body wants just a little bit more to eat and needs a little bit more energy to get you through the day. Yes, I am super bummed. But I know it's for my own health and the health of our baby and that I have to get on track with this new plan even if it wasn't part of the old plan.

So, friends, if you have any amazing protein-based, veggie-based food or recipe suggestions for me, I am all ears. Or if you've had gestational diabetes before and have any tips for me, I need all the help I can get!

{Photo by Bob Cho. I tried to find a photo of me with a "thumbs down" but had no luck.}

organic pregnancy beauty essentials... 20 Aug 2014

Organic Pregnancy Beauty Essentials

I'm usually super low key when it comes to a beauty routine and get most of my daily staples from the drug store. But while pregnant, I really just want to take extra good care of my skin and pamper myself a little bit with some items I might not ordinarily buy. Here are a few of my favorite beauty items right now that are also all organic, too...

01. I love the fresh scent of Nine Naturals shampoo and conditioner...the mint seriously wakes me up!

02. During this hot summer, I've loved Pacific Mist by True Nature as a moisturizer instead of my usual face lotion.

03. To help prevent any additional stretch marks, I've been using Honest's belly balm.

04. For a pop of lip color, Tata Harper's lip tint is easy to throw in my bag and use at a moment's notice.

05. At the end of the day, Tata Harper's cleanser takes off my daily makeup and feels light and fresh afterwards.

What are some of your favorites right now?

dressing the bump / 28 weeks! 19 Aug 2014

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

We're at 28 weeks, and I'm excited to share the fifth episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about how to buy and wear vintage while pregnant. I love incorporating vintage into my wardrobe, but it can be tricky—pregnant or not. So, we're taking a look at some of the best vintage cuts and pieces to flatter a belly that can also we worn post-baby as well.

We have just a couple pre-baby episodes left, so if there's anything you'd like to see me cover in the last two, feel free to leave any requests for future episodes in the comment section below! And see all sources for the clothing worn below...

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy.

You can see all sources for the pieces worn in the video below... 

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our two girls... 6 Aug 2014

Oh Joy / Matching Dresses!

When we found out we we're having another girl, I have to admit, I was surprised. This pregnancy felt so different (and easier) in the beginning. I dreamt the baby was a boy, and I grew up having a little brother. There was no real science behind my feelings other than I just assumed I'd have one of each some day, and I wanted the experience of knowing what it was like to raise both a girl and a boy. When we found out that our newest baby would be a girl, I immediately felt so excited for Ruby to experience that sisterly bond that I never knew about. But I was worried that Bob would be disappointed. We've always planned to have two kids and said no matter what, we'd be happy with just two. I thought that in the back of his head, he'd feel like he was missing out by not having a son. This was his response when I asked him, truly, if he was okay with not having a baby boy...

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happy friday + beach days... 1 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Beach

Oh Joy Baby

Happy Friday friends! I don't know about you, but it's sweltering here this week! All I want to do is go hang out by the beach or pool and drink iced cold lemonade all day. I came across this old photo (on the left) from our babymoon a few years ago. So much has changed since then, and I'm excited to what this next chapter holds. Have a great, relaxing weekend guys!

P.S. Thanks so much for all your kind words on this post. It's so nice to know we're all in this together...

{Photos by Oh Bob}

let's all have less mom guilt, shall we? 29 Jul 2014

Oh Joy for Target - Behind the Scenes

I've recently spoken at a few conferences, and I always get asked about how to deal with feeling guilty about being away from your child as a working mom. Now, let me preface this by saying that "mom guilt" is an epidemic that every mother I know seems to feel often—whether they're stay-at-home-moms, working moms, or any kind of mom—we (unfortunately) feel bad for something. While I certainly struggle with it too, here's something that recently helped me feel a little less guilty...

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dressing the bump / 24 weeks! 24 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump


We're at 24 weeks, and I'm excited to share the fourth episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about swimwear—both maternity and non-maternity—and how to rock that belly at the beach, the pool, or for summer lounging. I was a little nervous to wear a swimsuit for you all in this video, but I wanted to show you how much I think that baby belly deserves to be embraced no matter what time of year!

Feel free to leave any questions or requests for future episodes in the comments below.

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy. 

P.S. 20 weeks!

You can see all sources for the pieces worn in the video below... 

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if i had a boy... 8 Jul 2014

Baby Boy Clothes

Before we found out if we were having a boy or a girl, I had a lot of readers mention they were hoping I'd have to a boy so that I'd post more ideas about clothing and decor for boys. Unfortunately for the mothers of boys reading, I won't get to live out that for you in real life, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I'd use if I were having a baby boy ;)

Clothing: Zara denim sneakers, Polarn O. Pyret stripe tank, Whistle & Flute cloud tank, Noe and Zoe star onesie, Splendid striped set, Target gingham romper, Little Hip Squeaks onesie, and Wolfchilde mechanics suit.

Baby Boy Decor

I'm not much into the pink for girls and blue for boys thing so some of the pieces I'd buy for a boy are still things I'd get for a girl, too. But it's more about playing up a fun neutral palette with pops of pattern and some subtle colors. 

Decor: Oh Joy for Nod striped lamp, Naked Lunge house pillow, Roxy Marj bear blanket, Land of Nod car print, Little Auggie striped sheets, Jonathan Adler lion pillow.

Oh, and if you guys haven't seen this Instagram account, this cutie must be one of the best dressed little boys I've ever seen...!

the name game... 1 Jul 2014

Mama Baby Bump

Now that we're preparing for another little girl in our family, it's time to figure out what her name will be! I never thought about having to think of another girl's name. I loved the name "Ruby" for so long and got to use it the first time around, so we're a little stumped this time. Bob and I have a couple names we've tossed around but nothing that's 100% yet. 

Do you guys have any suggestions for us that would be a good name for Ruby's little sister? I'm all ears! We're open to hearing any ideas! 

P.S. This photo is from last night when Ruby decided she wanted a baby in her belly and spent the whole night during dinner keeping "the baby" safe in her dress.

{Photo by Oh Bob. Ruby at 2.5 years, baby bump at 22 weeks. My top is Liz Lange for Target, shorts are from ASOS}

dressing the bump / 20 weeks + it's a... 24 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

We're at 20 weeks, and I'm excited to share the third episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about skirts and dresses—both maternity and non-maternity—and how fun they can be to wear during pregnancy. Also, at the end of this episode, I'll be revealing the gender of our second baby (Ruby was very excited to share the news)!

Feel free to leave any questions or requests for future episodes in the comments below.

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy. 

P.S. 16 weeks!

You can see all sources for the pieces worn in the video below... 

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