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Fall Fashion from Seraphine Maternity

Well, my long-awaited vacation week is over, and I head back to the office tomorrow. I’m not too excited about it.

It’s a little easier, however, with some new fall maternity wear from Seraphine Maternity! Finding office-appropriate maternity clothes has been a real thorn in my big, round belly, and I am so excited to have found a place to get some really great quality clothing that will carry me right through to the end of my pregnancy. Seraphine’s clothing is inspired by the best European fashion, and is a favorite of celebrities and fashion-forward moms-to-be worldwide.

I wanted to take a moment to show you the Blossom Print dress I’ll be wearing this fall from Seraphine’s new fall line…but I tried to take my own photo, and, well, I ended up with one of those cheesy blogger-in-the-bathroom-mirror photos…

So, I enlisted my mom to help me out and we got one that shows you the whole outfit (along with a bunch of silly ones for a future “bloopers” post!) I think the patent taupe shoes are a must with this dress!

This dress really is the nicest piece of maternity wear I’ve ever owned, and wearing it made me realize that having good, quality clothing that fits is just so important. In my pregnant opinion, comfort and fit are absolutely paramount to everything else – and this one is a winner. It’s SO comfortable, I feel good in it, and the fabric feels like it’s going to stand up to a lot of wear. I’m just trying to decide if I need to hem it a little. It cuts off at a not-so-flattering length for me, but that’s at no fault of the dress. It’s just me, being short…

Features:

See that “knot” up there above the belly area? That is by far the best feature of this dress. That knot provides a nicely draped, delicate gather in the middle that not only complements your belly, but accommodates it as it gets bigger. The whole dress fits well without being oversized, and with the knot, it fits great without feeling like a tent. Seraphine has several dresses in this style, and I highly recommend them!

Now, I’ll admit, I layered a light tank under this dress because the neckline was just a tad low, however, it’s made to be easy to breastfeed in, which is a huge plus. I didn’t wear a dress for the first 2 years I nursed because they’re usually just too hard to nurse in. This one will be perfect!

Finally, I love the bold print. (The floral print is dark blue with black outlines.) It’s contemporary and on trend, and doesn’t scream “MATERNITY!” I usually find myself having to settle for the least ugly maternity dress on a small rack, and with Seraphine, I couldn’t stop finding things to love…and I would love them even if I wasn’t pregnant!

My Wish List:

I would love to head to Seraphine to pick up a few more things during this pregnancy, because key wardrobe pieces are just SO worth the investment. Last time, I delivered in November, so I didn’t need many cold weather clothes. This time, we’re due in February, so jeans and cozy sweaters are sounding really inviting. Here are some of my top picks from Seraphine:

Seraphine Wish List

Why those items?

Since my only pair of maternity jeans are pretty unattractive and give me a droopy, stretched-out butt after about 2 hours of wear, I’d get these straight-leg, over the bump jeans. I just think they’re so cute and flattering, and would be an everyday staple. (They also carry lots of below the bump jeans, too.)

And in the sweater department, I am head-over-heels for the two pictured above. Both are unique and stylish, while being soft, comfortable and flattering. And they both have great breastfeeding access, which means they can be worn for a long time! The gorgeous plum knitted cowl-neck nursing top has a double layer that lifts for easy nursing (and plum is THE color for fall this year!), and the ivory and blue striped nursing top not only has a popper opening that allows for convenient access, but it’s also made of an innovative fabric that helps regulate body temperature during the postpartum phase. (I had no idea before I had my son that this could even be an issue, but it definitely is!)

So, if you’re looking for great maternity wear that will really make you feel great about how you look, check out Seraphine. They’ve got you covered through pregnancy and beyond with everything from maternity pants, skirts, tops and tights, to nursing bras and sleepwear. You’ll even find maternity wedding dresses and swimwear (wedding and beach honeymoon, anyone? :) ) Check out their Pinterest board, featuring photos of real moms like me and you wearing their designs.

Now, I’m going to go pack lunch for work tomorrow. Boo. But at least I’m going back in style!

Have you ever shopped at Seraphine Maternity?

What is your top MUST-HAVE piece of maternity or nursing apparel?

*Disclosure: I received the Blossom Print dress above at no cost from Seraphine Maternity to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own, honest thoughts based on my experience with the product. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

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Breastfeeding: If there’s one thing I know for sure…

Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning – Your Stories

This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship.

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Right from day one, I set goals for my breastfeeding journey. First, I just wanted to do it. Then, six months. Then I set my sights on a year. After that, my vision for the road ahead got kind of blurry. I figured I’d keep going as long as he wanted to. As the months went by, I continued to swell with pride and milk as my baby continued to nurse…and thrive. I looked at each day as a gift, and continued to nurse my baby.

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I will not bash a fellow mother today.

Yesterday.

Sigh.

Yesterday, I had a crappy day at work. But that’s not why yesterday made me tired.

Yesterday was the day Time Magazine released their Attachment Parenting article. You know, the one with The Cover.

The cover depicted a quite lovely young woman nursing a quite mature-looking toddler, under the headline, “Are you mom enough?” You can see it here.

At first glance, the cover just pissed me off. I found it to be so obviously shocktastic, which, of course, sells magazines and creates a buzz (cha-ching!) But for those of us who fight the good fight every day in the face of people telling us how “disgusting” or “inappropriate” we are, it’s a buzz we don’t need.

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Breastfeeding Blog Hop: A Dear Jen Letter

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop, founded by Jen at Life with Levi. Check out the archives hereLast week, the reigns were handed over to a new host, Erin at The Slacker Mom. (Hi, Erin!)  This week’s topic is “Celebrating One Year of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop! We did it!”

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Should we stop celebrating the practice of breastfeeding?

The topic of this week’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop is Breastfeeding Celebrations – a real headscratcher of an issue, if you ask me.

I definitely celebrate breastfeeding. I celebrate it every day. In fact, I’d shout the praises of breastfeeding from the rooftops if I thought it would do any good. I can just picture myself, leading the Breastfeeding Parade in a huge boob-shaped float, waving to the crowds as I throw out handfuls of Mother’s Milk tea bags…

But, seriously, what is there to really celebrate? World Breastfeeding Week, mothering groups meeting across the country, blogs devoted to breastfeeding, BF-pride bumper stickers, a blog hop!? Do we really need all this affirmation?Aren’t we breastfeeding moms just doing what we should do? What we’re supposed to do? Many of us make the effort not to espouse the “benefits” of breastfeeding, as if it’s nothing but gravy–a helpful “extra”–but instead focus on the risks of not breastfeeding. We choose our words carefully (like using “full-term” instead of “extended”) in order to add to the normalization of the art and practice of breastfeeding, so why should we celebrate it as if it’s something sooo special?   By doing so, aren’t we adding to the misconception that it’s a lofty goal that only a choice few super-achievers can manage to accomplish for any length of time?

Well, in my eyes, we celebrate breastfeeding because “it” needs us, and it is just. that. special. As nice as it would be to live in a society where nursing your child was the expected norm and there was no need to celebrate, that’s just not the case. Some people still see it as weird, uncomfortable, even wrong – so, those of us who believe that all babies deserve the optimal nutrition biologically meant for them, we celebrate. We celebrate the mamas. We celebrate their babies. We celebrate the benefits, the bonding, the beauty. I, for one, celebrate to show the new moms and moms-to-be who might be scared or struggling that the rewards are worth the effort a million times over. Maybe someday nursing moms will be an everyday, boring, barely-noticed phenomenon. Maybe someday, moms using their breasts to feed their babies will be more commonplace than breasts being used to sell junk on TV, and then we can save the celebrations for other things (like simply waking up to a smiley baby face each day.)

But for now,  I DO celebrate the almighty boob, it’s purpose, and the fact that my child will enjoy the “benefits”  loooong after our nursing days are over. I celebrate myself, and my sticktoitiveness even in the midst of being kicked in the face and having my nose twisted off by a 21-month-old acrobatic nursling. And if even one mom looks at me and says, “Wow…it makes her so happy! Maybe I should try that,” well then, I have even more reason to celebrate. :)

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Speaking of celebrating, we’re closing in on the 22-month mark here at our house, and I’m definitely taking the opportunity to celebrate with some of my favorite breastfeeding products! I’m participating in A Blogtastic Extravaganza with a self-sponsored Breastfeeding Support prize package featuring Earth Mama Angel Baby, My Brest Friend, and more. It’s just my way of celebrating YOU. Be sure to stop by and enter to win! (And tell your friends!)

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. This week’s topic is Breastfeeding Celebrations. Check other posts below and link up your own.

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