It’s no secret that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a HUGE hit with bloggers. The fact that Edmonton doesn’t have a Nordstrom store is probably saving us a ton of money throughout the year, but when I do purchase anything from Nordstrom it’s during the Anniversary sale.
Here’s what was in my cart and on my wishlist! I spend the most amount of money on two things (which are super important while living in Canada): 1. Shoes and 2. Outerwear. Those two categories are the ones I want to last the longest and so I always buy high quality shoes and coats.
What items do you spend the most on?
The silhouette depends on your personal style and lifestyle. I like wearing flowy dresses, because they give me the range of motion I need to wrangle my other two girls. During my first pregnancy I had many, many more fitted dresses because I felt gorgeous in them (and didn’t have two wild monkeys to chase), so there’s no wrong and no right way to choose dresses.
Length – I’m 5′ 9″ so any short dresses become tunics (I need to wear bottoms under) when I hit the 3rd trimester. To save money I invested in 4-5 maxi and midi dresses this pregnancy, and I’m so glad I did because they were well worn! So depending on your height you will need to gauge how long you’ll be able to wear the dresses you purchase.
I also have a secret…
I barely wore any “maternity” dresses (the PinkBlush, Gray Monroe, Poppy & Dot dresses I wore are also for non-pregnant ladies, so it’s a win-win). I bought a couple plus size dresses from Forever21 and sized up for my Old Navy dresses but the rest were regular dresses that I will be able to wear postpartum. Woo!
I can’t wait to start the mini adventures we have planned this summer before our baby girl arrives in August. Strangely, we have no weddings this summer. Every summer there seems to be 1-2 weddings we’re invited to, but this year the summer invites have been zilch.
Our non-existent wedding plans do not phase Annaliese (and in turn Abigail, she wants to do everything her big sister does) at all, she wants to dress up daily in her “party” dresses.
I love supporting handmade businesses! Our summer toddler fashion favourites this year are our bows from A Little Lady Shop, A’s dress from Ele Story, and the girl’s moccs from Freshly Picked (Abigail’s wearing Platinum and Annaliese is wearing Ivory). These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding!
As the weeks dwindle down (can you believe only 10 more weeks until this baby girl arrives?) I am taking advantage of date nights and girl’s night (P.S almost none of my clothes fit me anymore, it feels like I’m wearing the same outfits weekly at this point…).
It is isolating that first year as a mom to a newborn because there are plenty of invites to attend parties, dinners, or events but your baby needs you constantly (especially when you’re breastfeeding).
I’m also in uncharted territory – I’ve enjoyed giving birth to October babies because the following months that I needed to take to re-adjust back to the 24/7 needs of a newborn – it’s usually freezing outside (at least in Edmonton) and it did not feel like I was missing out on much.
I can feel my anxieties and worries start to build as the due date draws closer (having 3 kids under 4, labour, postpartum healing, the usual pregnancy worries), but when I feel that tightness in my chest or my jaw or my shoulders from carrying around those anxieties all day, I remember to pray and read my bible.
During my second pregnancy, I book marked my favourite verses for anxiety, and I continued to read them after giving birth. My anxiety mixed with the flood of postpartum hormones had me in tears the first week after having my babies but I also find crying as an excellent stress reliever.
So I would read these bible verses and pray (for strength, courage, direction, health for my baby and myself, and giving thanks for the beautiful baby He knit inside me for the past 40 weeks) and doing this helped remind me I needed to trust and lean on God:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:17
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 2:21
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:10,13
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:19
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 12:1
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 15:12
He know you by name, He knows the struggles you face, but He wants to hear it from you.
I often forget that I don’t need to face my problems alone. I figure I’m doing a fine job smoothing everything out, and then the weight of fighting my battles alone come crashing down on me and I have a good cry (typically during that cry I am reminded of what I forgot to do) – I forgot to tell God my problems and ask for help.
Learn from my experience and go straight to asking God for help. It’s much easier than burning out and then asking for help.
Feeling comfy & gorgeous while in your 3rd trimester is kind of difficult. Pants and I are not on good terms – dresses are my friends these days.
Annaliese says the cutest things when I wear dresses, she automatically thinks I’m going out or getting ready for an event. Though she thinks the same thing when I put a hat on… it always makes me chuckle.
This pregnancy is flying by, and before I know it this baby girl will be here!
We’re still making a short list of names for when she arrives (2-3 names) so when she arrives we’ll know by looking and being with her what name we’ll choose. We’ve decided on keeping this baby girl’s middle name to be a family name, it’s a very uncommon name, but I like using family names as middle names (A&A have their Nama and Grandmother’s names).
Did your parents give you an uncommon or humorous middle name?