This week’s post features a very interesting outfit on Isobel, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. She was sick last week and the day I took the photo was the first day she had been feeling better but not quite up to snuff yet. We let her lounge around in her pajamas all day as is her prerogative while sick but when I told her I was going to go outside to take photos she wanted to dress up. As me.
After rummaging around in my closet for a minute she came out with my new white thrifted hat (it makes her feel like a frost fairy), my hot pink tank top that she pretends is a dress, and the mauve polyester belt from a thrifted dress that I just rediscovered in my closet. I wish I had found it in time for my birthday party because it’s pretty much the best maternity dress ever and so stinkin’ cute. I need to think of an excuse to wear it.
Isobel hasn’t let me choose clothes for her in a long, long time. I knew when she was an infant this time would come and I miss being able to just throw whatever on her without a fuss. Now dressing can be such a struggle. She has always been opinionated about her clothes and I try to give her leeway in this area since as parents we control pretty much everything else in her life. But it can be frustrating waiting for her to make up her mind.
It’s starting to get cold over here and I was genuinely uncomfortable without my jacket. Of course I have been pretty constantly cold since I’ve been pregnant, as if the baby is absorbing all my warmth, so I’m not the best judge. The jacket is a thrift store find and, although it’s hard to tell in photos, it’s not black but a deep dark forest green velvet corduroy. When I was younger crushed velvet blazers were quite easy to find in maroon or forest green and less often in midnight blue. I think I even found a black one once. They used to be everywhere and when I saw this jacket I was immediately reminded of them. This jacket is more modern and was made by Forever21. The nice thing about this jacket as opposed to the classic ones I’d find in the nineties is that the body is more cropped and fitted and the arms are roomy enough to accommodate layers worn underneath. It makes a decent maternity jacket, for the moment at least, as long as I only button the top button.
I used the basic DIY cowl technique to transform this thrifted handmade scarf into an infinity scarf. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately because it’s really warm and actually smaller than some of my other cowls and thus more snuggly.
I found this white top just the other day while thrifting and although it doesn’t look like maternity based on the tag it’s certainly one of the more perfect maternity shirts I’ve come across. I’m telling you, I have a clone somewhere who regularly donates to the Catholic thrift store and I really hope they never stop.
I’m wearing a simple yellow top underneath the white shirt for warmth and also because this shirt would be really revealing without it. After the baby’s here it will make a great nursing top.
My back has been bothering me quite a bit during this pregnancy and so I’ve been trying to do some exercises to strengthen my core muscles. Fortunately for me Anthony knows about 15 different kinds of exercises for every situation in life and he’s been coaching me through them. I’ve also been trying to do a modest amount of time on the elliptical each day when I can handle it. I think it’s helping.
I’m pretty sure we’ll be announcing the Smalls’ name soon because we are really bad at keeping a lid on our excitement. I’m thinking maybe Thursday or Friday. We’ll let you know.