Friday, May 19, 2017

Lace, Ruffles, & Confidence

Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Babymoon
Beach Essentials
 Pompano Beach
 Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
 Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
This pregnancy has been completely different from my first in so many ways. Although my body had gone through all these "changes" before, it was as if it was all happening for the very first time. Going into it I figured it would be a walk in the park because after all, my body had been through all this before, but that wasn't the case. I have felt more tired and more sick this time around than I had before, to the point where I even had to modify my work load and schedule a lot earlier in my pregnancy. 

It may sound weird, and I'm not sure if anyone else can relate, but I think all that contributed to how I viewed myself and body this time around. During my first pregnancy I was extremely self conscious about the drastic changes and growth my body was going through. I remember going to the pool and beach and feeling like I had to have extra coverage because I thought everyone was looking at how big I was getting (soooo crazy, right?). I would admire pregnant mamas who would happily display their bumps and wish I possessed the confidence to do the same. 

This time around all that changed. I felt like so many things were out of my control this time that I wasn't going to let my self confidence suffer as a result. Although it was a challenge at times, I was resolved to at least make an effort to embrace my new body (again). 

One of my biggest confidence challenges: convincing myself it was ok to wear a two-piece suit out in public. Soooo many mamas can pull it off, why couldn't I? One of the many things I am grateful for is the boldness and inspiration of mamas on social media. After seeing so many beautiful mamas of all shapes and sizes bear their bumps, I was convinced, I too could do the same. So here we are. 

Sun's out, bump's out! Complete with stretch marks and lumps ;)

I definitely got some looks, but honestly, I could not care one bit. I felt way more comfortable than I had even anticipated and the bump and I finally got some much needed vitamin D. It felt soooo good to let go of my insecurities and embrace this new feeling, stretch marks and all. Side note: this was shot during our babymoon in Ft. Lauderdale. The beach was beautiful, but the company was by far my favorite ;) My cover-up and hat are currently sold out, but I've linked similar options below. 

Moral of the story: no matter what your size, how vulnerable you're feeling, or what you think others will think, embrace your body, curves, and imperfections. It's never easy, but trust me, you'll be surprised at how great it feels to let it all go and just simply love yourself.


"You are altogether beautiful, my darling;

    there is no flaw in you."
- Song of Solomon 4:7

Stay sweet & happy weekend,

Alexandra

p.s. Don't forget the sunscreen! I wore plenty of SPF 70, but somehow managed to miss a spot on my shoulder and the resulting sunburn was no good :(


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Resort Lounging


Beach Resort Maternity Pregnant Style
Tropical Beach Resort Style
Tropical Resort Style
Tropical Beach Resort Maternity Pregnant Style
Tropical Beach Resort Style
Tropical Beach Resort Maternity Pregnant Style
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to take some much needed R&R time for ourselves in south Florida and I am still reminiscing over our time spent there. We were only gone for a couple days and kept it really low key while lounging at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa. The grounds were beautiful and had direct access to the beach, which we absolutely loved. I'm not sure what the hubs has planned for this Mother's Day weekend, but it will be hard to top after this little getaway ;)
On a side note, I was thrilled to find a super affordable version of this off the shoulder dress that usually retails for two to three times as much--major score! And do not even get me started on this straw tote... it's the perfect size and super functional. I had been hunting for the perfect beach tote for a while now and this one far exceeded my expectations. 
Before I forget, I'd like to wish a Happy Nurse's Week to all my fellow nurses! I am so honored to work alongside some of the most amazing nurses I've ever met! Not only do you make a huge impact in our patient's lives every day, but also in that of your peers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lastly, happy Mother's Day weekend!

Stay sweet,

Alexandra



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