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Well hello again…remember me?! My last post was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my baby girl, and now she’s here!! And she’s been here for 3 weeks (well a little over 3 weeks). And technically, she wasn’t even supposed to be here yet – so as promised, here is little Miss B’s birth story 🙂

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy, thankfully. I didn’t have any morning sickness, gained an average amount of weight (although it felt like I gained a thousand pounds) and went about my pregnancy completely normal. Until I made it to 34 weeks…and this intense itching hit on the bottom of my feet.  After two days of itching myself crazy and Joe telling me he thought I had athlete’s foot – I called my doctor. And if I’m being honest, I only called because all the meds for athlete’s foot were off limits during pregnancy. Little did I know, I did not have athlete’s foot. Fast forward two more weeks, lots of blood tests, a ton of additional appointments for myself and the baby, and my doctor diagnosed me with cholestasis of pregnancy.

What is cholestasis of pregnancy? Yea, that’s what I asked too. I can’t honestly tell you that much about it, despite having read enough on google that I should be an expert, but I do know it has something to do with the pregnancy hormones and my liver, and too much bile backing up into my bloodstream. This causes an intense itch to me. To the baby however; it can be extremely dangerous. And there’s no cure other than birth. So at exactly 36 weeks, I walked into the hospital to be induced, having only found out I was being induced 2 days prior.

After over 48 hours, and trying every trick in the book to get my labor going (literally – they tried everything and I was at risk of a c-section), I finally hit 10 centimeters and was ready to push – yay! After about an hour of pushing (giving birth is nothing like what I thought it would be, nor was it as quick), Miss Beckett Sara Ventimiglia entered the world. She’s a tiny little peanut, weighing only 5 pounds and 9 ounces and perfectly healthy…mom however (that’s me) was not. I started hemorrhaging after I had her and the rest was kinda a blur. They took the baby to the NICU because I couldn’t take care of her, but I do remember a lot of blood (TMI), a lot of doctors, a lot of meds and several hours before they could get the bleeding under control. I stayed in the delivery room for about 6 more hours before they moved me to the mother and baby unit and allowed me to have Beckett in the room with me.

The next two days were completely normal and right before we were supposed to be discharged they confirmed that Beckett had high bilirubin levels (meaning she had jaundice) and they would be taking her to the NICU for phototherapy. She stayed in the NICU for 3 days before we could bring her home, so our vision of her birth and us taking her home was completely different than how we pictured it during the pregnancy. Nevertheless, she and I were happy and healthy and that’s all that matters.

And now she’s home and Joe and I could not be any happier if we tried. Sleep deprived? Yes. Completely in love with everything about her? Yes! She’s the epitome of perfect, even when she cries or keeps us up at night. And as we’ve gotten used to her and are finally getting into a rhythm, I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging! So be on the lookout for some new posts soon…not only for my fashion, but for a whole new avenue for the blog – baby stuff!! I’m talking adorable baby girl clothes, baby products, baby gear – the whole works!

Now, to get in a little nap before she wakes up! #priorities

 

xoxo, Jessica

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And then there were 5…

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Well aside from being 5 weeks away from meeting our little baby, we are 5 weeks away from being a family of 5! I’ve recently been getting really emotional at the thought that my dogs might not get as much attention as they normally do, or might not feel as loved once the new baby arrives, so I’ve been spending as much quality time with them as I can.

So rather than type some long blog post, I’ll make this one short so I can go spend more time with my fur babies!

But before I go, I’ll give you one guess where this adorable dress is from..if you’ve been reading my past few blog posts, you know how infatuated I am with Tobi and their dresses, so it should come as no surprise that this dress is from there too 🙂 And it’s only $20!! That should brighten up this gloomy Sunday!

Outfit Details
Dress; c/o Tobi
Shoes; Chinese Laundry (old) – similar here
Watch; Michele
Wallet; Kate Spade

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Derby Day

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For those of you who haven’t been following along since the beginning of this blog (not that I could blame you!), you might not know that I was born and raised in the great state of Kentucky. I spent the first 22 years of my life there, and as such will always have a very special place in my heart for all things Kentucky, except maybe Kentucky Football lol.

Anyway, it’s that time of year…time for horse racing!! April and October is Keeneland (if you haven’t been to Keeneland – I highly recommend it!) and May is the good ole’ Kentucky Derby! Joe and I are big fans of horse racing in general, and we try to make it out to Arlington Race Track right outside of Chicago as often as we can. It’s kind of like my little piece of Kentucky here in the city (and frankly – there isn’t a lot of that around here lol).

So with the Derby in just a couple of weeks, how could I pass up on this cute little hat?! I love wearing hats…baseball caps, sun hats, fedoras, beanies – you name it and I’ll wear it. Not only do they make bad hair days a thing of the past, but you can wear less makeup (because I can’t put on a full face of makeup every single day ladies – and you shouldn’t either!! Give that skin a break!), plus sometimes hats can really pull an outfit together, you know what I mean?!

Aside from wearing this derby sporting hat, something about this dress reminds me of the derby as well. Maybe it’s the lovely shade of pink (perfectly bright and fun – it doesn’t get more derby than that!), but it kind of reminds me of a sports jersey or a jockey silk so for me it was a no brainer to pair these two together. Add in my little suede heels (I’m really running low on shoes that still fit these little porker feet) and I’m ready to place my bets on the horse with the best name…just kidding!

Outfit Details

Dress; c/o Tobi

Hat; Vineyard Vines

Heels; Steve Madden

Handbag; Tory Burch

Sunnies; Gucci

Watch; Apple

Watch Band; Amazon

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Vitamin Sea

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This past weekend, Joe and I drove up to my in-laws’ cottage on Lake Huron for some much needed R&R. Given we never really had a honeymoon because our wedding was practically planned in 30 days and everywhere we wanted to travel isn’t recommended for pregnant women due to Zika, we’ve just been playing it safe and have only traveled to places that aren’t really warm. Trust me on this one – my skin hasn’t seen warm weather or sun since last summer! Talk about pasty legs!

Well turns out, our drive up north ended up being absolutely beautiful, with lots of sunshine and temps hitting almost 80, which was just what the doctor ordered! We ended up getting to sit on the ‘beach’ (as a southern gal, I’ll never understand why northerners call the lake the ‘beach’) and I even got to stick my swollen cankles in the water!

Side Note: Just because it is warm outside does not mean that a massive body of water is also warm…almost immediately after I put my toes in the water, my feet went numb from the FREEZING cold water. But seriously, I have never in my life felt water that cold – and I even went to a titanic exhibit which allowed you to feel the temperature of the water from the night the ship sank. Nevertheless, the water was so cold, my cankles (ohh pregnancy swelling!!!) were long gone and I could tell the difference between my toes and the top of my foot again…frankly, it’s been a while since I saw my normal size feet, so I guess I shouldn’t complain lol.

Anyway, I’ve been wearing as many dresses as I can as of lately – dresses are just so much more simple for me to put on and style right now. Bonus: Maxi dresses are hiding a lot of my feet and ankle swelling and this little purple maxi is no exception! Plus, with the back cut out, it makes it a fun alternative to most maternity wear. Truthfully, it would make such a fun gender reveal dress (since blue (boy) and pink (girl) make purple! Read that post here). This isn’t actually a maternity dress, but with the flowing fabric, I knew it wouldn’t be an issue with fit as long as I sized up. I’m telling y’all, you need to check out Tobi. Especially with festival season going on. There are so many perfect dresses for this spring/summer season!

Life is just better with pretty dresses, warm weather and the beach. Am I right?!

Outfit Details

Maxi Dress; c/o Tobi

Bracelets; Alex and Ani

Earrings; Jules Smith (sold out) – similar here

 

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I love outfits that are not only effortless, but still chic and comfortable all wrapped into one. It never fails (at least in my closet) that those outfits are far and few between unless you count the classic white tee and jeans look, which will always be a favorite of mine.

Anyway, this dress is the perfect trifecta of apparel.

It’s slouchy, but put together.

It’s comfortable, but looks expensive.

It’s effortless, but looks well thought out.

And stop it right now, but it’s offered in this gorgeous blush tone which let’s face it – is the most perfect color put on earth! But if you aren’t a fan of the pink hues, this dusty blue shade is practically just as perfect.

I told y’all…it only took pretty much my whole pregnancy, but I’m really starting to get the hang of dressing this baby bump now!

Outfit Details

Dress; c/o Bae

Oversized Cardigan; Target

Shoes; Steve Madden

Earrings; Marshalls (old) – similar here

Handbag; Tory Burch

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