Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Maternity

Guest Blogger @amyepeters

Amy Peters, mom of two boys Avery 2.5 and Archer 6 months.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

My decision to breastfeed my babies was a bit of a no brainer, it’s free, no bottles to clean/sanitize, you don’t need space to prepare a bottle, and breast milk is the perfect temperature, the right balance of everything a baby needs, and it is ready in a moments notice.

I breastfed my first, Avery, until 16 months. It was bittersweet when our breastfeeding journey came to an end. Part of me was happy to get my body back but the bigger part of me was sad that this special time we we had together was going to change. No one else shared what we did during our nursing sessions. It makes my heart full when I think about our ups and downs of exclusively breastfeeding. From a boy who only wanted his mom to sooth or feed him, to sore nipples, to infections. And here I am joyfully doing it all over again with my 6 month old son Archer.

Every woman’s journey through breastfeeding is different and I can say that I thought the second time round was going to be easier. I was quite surprised one week in. Even as a second time mom, I felt sore nipples, engorged breasts and an extremely painful letdown. There was a voice in my head that said -‘it’s no wonder some moms give up or decide not to breastfeed.’ It really does not come easily for all us. I was determined and stubbron. Fortunately by around the time Archer was 2 weeks old, things seemed to regulate themselves. No more sore nipples, engorged breasts and that painful letdown had disappeared {thank goodness!} I can wholeheartedly say it wasn’t easy. Most days I consider myself to be a pretty tough chick but I really did have a hard couple weeks with those feedings.

For me I value and cherish my time spent breastfeeding. This is one thing that only I can provide to my babies. It’s so special. There is something so tender, loving, and venerable about breastfeeding. This bond I’ve shared with my boys is pretty incredible. Skin to skin, eye to eye, and lots of hand holding. These are the days I always want to remember.

 

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*Love Amy’s Nursing Robe? Find your print here! – PinkBlush*

Beauty, Fashion Inspiration, Inspiration, Maternity

Sharing The News In New Ways!

Thanks to social media, milestones are now being shared more creatively and unique than ever. So of course announcing you’re expecting has become a fun way new moms excitedly plan to shout to the world that they are pregnant. From apps that include weekly graphics and cute sayings, to balloons announcing your baby’s gender to adorable sibling photos revealing they’ve received a promotion, the possibilities are endless on how you and your family can introduce your pregnancy to friends and family. These can be personal, creative or simple it’s completely up to you and your personal style! Share your announcements with us by using the hashtag #pinkblushmaternity! We can’t wait to see them.

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Couples are sharing with family and friends in the cutest ways, whether it’s your first or your fourth sharing you news will never get less exciting!

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Gender Reveal

Team Pink or Blue, which will it be? Finding the perfect Maternity dress for your general announcement is all a part of the perfect reveal! Your dress can say as much or as little but will allow you to look the part for your big news!

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Pregnancy is one of the biggest things that could possibly happen in a couple’s or family’s life, so if you’re going to tell the world, why not do it in an adorable, silly or creative way!

Fashion, Lifestyle, Maternity

Well Here We Go…

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Knock, Knock… Just a second! Heart races, Knock, Knock… Almost done! Story of my life every time I try to use the restroom as my 2 year old son impatiently waits outside. However, this bathroom break was a bit different, as I walked out of the bathroom our little family’s life changed. My pregnancy test revealed we were expecting, SURPRISE!

I could barely stop crying long enough to facetime my husband, who was currently at work and now hiding in a bathroom stall as I turned the camera around to show a positive pregnancy test! With our son, I was able to wait long enough for him to come home but this time I just couldn’t contain myself, I had to tell him we’d been blessed with another baby!

It’s been almost three years since I was last pregnant and they say you forget about labor but to be honest I forgot how much the first trimester honestly sucks and I guess that is why at first I didn’t think I was pregnant. I remember feeling tired with my son and I had so much ache it was insane! But so far, I can barely keep my eyes open and when I say I feel bloated, let me clarify, I feel like a massive whale. I’ve also have been incredibly hungry, not naturally I thought I was PMSing, wrong!

So now that my nerves have calmed down, I’ve made my doctor’s appointment, which has been quite an adventure in itself, we recently relocated from California to Illinois and having to find a OBGYN out here is so different.  A lot of the practices out here will have you see multiple doctors as they want you to be familiar with each doctor in case your doctor is not on call at the time of your delivery. Which I get but me personally I really felt more comfortable when I knew my doctor that I saw my whole pregnancy was going to deliver my son, so we will see how that goes. When you first find out your expecting the doctor will wait until you are around your 8th week for your first appointment and ultra sound. So I cannot wait to see actually how far along we are and when our due date will be. My son was a summer baby and this time around baby #2 will most likely be a winter baby!

At this stage, even though I am still pretty early along, nothing is fitting like normal. Like I said previously, I am extremely bloated, I feel like I am already showing which is not the case but with this pregnancy I am ready to wear maternity clothes earlier on! So of course, I have already been making purchases from PinkBlush, my go to for everything maternity and beyond! Right now anything flowly to hide the bloating and sleeveless and light weight has been my go to since it’s so humid and hot here in Illinois. I am obsessed with our entire line of summer maternity dresses! I feel like this time around I will be able to dress cuter because I know exactly what works for me and what doesn’t and I know everything will also work for after baby as well! I am currently living in our Yellow Floral Fitted Maternity Dress, such a cute print for summer and I love how the rouche hides my bloated tummy and the length is perfect. Other first trimester must haves that I plan on purchasing soon are Our Basic Hi-Low Dresses and our Solid Cross Back Dresses, they are perfect for that is she or isn’t she stage, you know when you’re not showing yet but hey I am not fat, just pregnant phase!

Stay tuned for my next bump update, I truly feel pregnancy is such an incredible experience and cannot wait to share our journey with you. Follow and shop along as I share my trimester by trimester style tips and maternity favorites from PinkBlush! Remember you can still be stylish and trendy during pregnancy so glow on mamas!

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Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Maternity

Second Time Style

On my blog, The Modern Tulip, I am all about showcasing you don’t have to sacrifice style just because you are a mom. BUT I do realize things do change a bit once you have kiddos to chase around. I have a 14 month old son and I am 6 months pregnant with a little girl. The way I dress my bump this time around is different… for sure. But have no fear if you are in a similar situation, you don’t have to hide behind a t-shirt and yoga pants. PinkBlush makes it easy to find practical, stylish clothing to dress your bump.

How Pregnancy Style Changes From your 1st Pregnancy to Your 2nd:

1. Comfort wins… always.

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This mama needs fabric to stretch and move in since my life is no longer all about casually strolling through Target, Starbucks in hand with my cute preggo belly. No, now I’m chasing a toddler and watching with caution that I don’t get the shopping cart too close to the aisle so he can easily rip everything right off. This mama needs room to move at a moments notice in her clothing. Case and point: I was just recently shopping at Kroger and somehow Maddox leaned into the cart from the top seat and grabbed a package of raspberries. He then proceeded to chuck that container of raspberries (with quite a good arm I might add) directly over my shoulder. The floor was a sea of red and so was my face. Being the kind-hearted person I am, I got on my hands and knees and began picking up the fruit off the floor dodging the looks from those around me pitying this poor pregnant woman on the grocery store floor.

This is why I wear flowy tops such as this one. For fear I will be found bent over in a store cleaning up after my toddler.

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

2. Versatility is a mothers dream.

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Being able to go from a play date to a date night without having to take the time to change clothes completely is a mothers dream. #timesaver. At least once a week I am running from a play date at the park to Maddox’s MiMi’s house to quickly drop him off and rush back to town to meet my husband after work for a date night. I try to always wear something on these particular days that I can swap a few accessories and go from day to night appropriately. This dress for example is fabulous! And it comes in 5 different colors. By styling it with a jean jacket and sandals I am making it look super casual. Once date night roles around I ditch the jacket and add a cute clutch plus swap the sandals for wedges and BAM – I’m ready for a night out! Oh and don’t forget your lipstick!

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

3. Durability.

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I need clothing that can handle #momlife. I have to dress practically to play in the dirt, crawl, chase my son, etc. What better than distressed denim? You can’t tell if there is wear and tear on your jeans and they are comfortable to move in. These jeans have become my favorite! I love the light wash and the way they cuff at the ankle. (They do roll down, but I typically wear mine with flats so I keep them rolled up). You’d never know they are maternity! I’ve always been a die hard fan of Pink Blush maternity jeans. They are the only jeans I will purchase because I’m that invested in them.

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

The way you dress definitely does change from one baby to the next, but it doesn’t mean you have to loose your style in the midst of it. There are practical, stylish and affordable pieces out there and if I’ve ever found a company that encompasses all of that it’s PinkBlush. I’ve never been disappointed.

If you are looking for more mom friendly outfits and style inspiration make sure to check out my blog or find me socially @themoderntulip!

 

Fashion, Maternity

Keep It Simple: Your Real Essentials From a First Time Mom

Pregnancy can be a world of unknowns especially for a first time mother. I know for me it was. Sometimes to be prepared we over prepare, especially when it’s your first child. I had no idea how much my body would change as well as my style. I am here to share with you what worked for me and what styles I still wear now that my son is two.

Basic Tee’s

I was pregnant the majority of summer, so my go-to’s were basic tops. So easy to style with jeans, shorts or maxi skirts they were my saving grace. At times when getting dressed was the last thing I wanted to do, I would throw on a basic tee with cute wedges, add a statement necklace and evening chic here I came!

Leggings

To this day I still wear my PinkBlush maternity leggings! Probably the most comfortable thing I have ever owned, they allowed me to dress up or down at my own convenience. So transitional!

 

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Maxi Dresses

These will most definitely be your bestie while pregnant. They will never fail when everything else doesn’t fit. The reason I still wear my favorite maternity maxi dress is because it allows me to hide areas that make me feel insecure but also maximize my comfort and still feel beautiful. I have maxi’s that I wore while pregnant that transitioned with me while breastfeeding my son and even now three years later I still wear them.

 

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A Supportive bra

Key word SUPPORT, I was so taken aback at how much my bra cup changed while pregnant. I think as a first time mom you expect your body to change but it’s astonishing how much it does. Embrace the changes as your body is beautiful and the outcome is a beautiful healthy baby! My last essential that saved me was my supportive bra.  Comfortable, supportive, and soft. The perfect bra will help with soreness, back aches and sensitivity. I purchased one that was also was made for nursing so I wore it after baby too. Complete game changer!

 

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Believe me dressing while expecting can sometimes be overwhelming but if you purchase staple styles and utilize them throughout your pregnancy, staying stylish is easy to achieve. These essentials ended up being on constant rotation for me. So my advice: Keep it simple and work it, you preggonista!

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