Life Lately

posted on: 5.24.2016

One of these days I swear I will sit down and write a thoughtful and witty narrative describing life with my little man. However, I am still figuring out how to balance motherly duties, a pug, my husband and my art. Also squeezing in a work out to shed that baby weight. So please forgive me as this blog is (for the time being) rather low on my priority list.

Do know, there is so much I want to tell you! I want to tell you about his birth (a c-section, which I widely underestimated), I want to tell you how he smiles and it's probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, I also want to update you on my new painting project, and of course life with the pug (interesting nonetheless). However, seeing as said pug is ready for a walk and this baby (who is 2 months on Friday!) is getting restless, I must sign off. I promise, in due time we will catch up, but for now here's little Marli looking oh so dapper in his overalls and baby Clarks.

With love, a doting new mom

The Love of my Life

posted on: 4.19.2016

Hi everyone, I only have a few minutes before our next feeding, but I wanted to quickly introduce you to the love of my life...Marlin Erik Upp! He was born on April 1st at 1:27am weighing a perfect 7 lbs 10 oz. I'll post more on his birth story and the beginning of my journey into motherhood soon, but for now you can follow us on snapchat <michaelamoore> or Instagram, as that's about as much as I can manage. We've only been a team for 2 1/2 weeks after all. xoxo

Pregnancy Questionnaire

posted on: 2.15.2016

When I became pregnant I had intended on writing blog updates with those ever popular pregnancy questionnaires. Clearly that never happened. With my baby shower this week I figured I probably should document at least one blip in my 40 week journey, so here we go!

How far along? 32 weeks and 3 days

How big is baby? Around 19 in and 3 lbs, although I bet this little one is closer to 4 or 5 :)

Total weight gain/loss: I told the nurse to quit telling me over a month ago haha.

Maternity clothes? Oh yeah, not sure how I will ever go back to generic button down pants.

Sleep: Tiredness and pregnancy are best friends. This trimester I do not sleep through the night. Between potty breaks and sore hips I wake up every few hours. I also forgot what sleeping in felt like.

Best moment this week: When the baby chose my belly button as a point of contact and I watched it as it rose and descended into an inverted state.

Movement: For a while it felt like someone was doing jumping jacks non-stop. Now the baby moves in intervals, but still a lot.

Food cravings: Sugar! My most constant pregnancy craving has been tart fruit (still is), but these days my sweet tooth is appalling.

Food Aversions: Not really. However, during the first trimester I had a really hard time with dairy.

Gender: Great question! We are waiting to find out, although I think we're having a boy :).

Pregnancy Symptoms: Do you really want me to start whining? Better question: what symptom don't I have?

Belly Button in or out? Out, that thing popped around month 4.

What I miss: My body! I miss being in shape and real exercise. I never thought I'd say this but I can't wait to diet and run again!

What I am looking forward to: Lots. Meeting my baby, finding out its gender, introducing my baby to the ocean, so many things... oh and dieting haha.

Upcoming appointments/events:  I am now visiting the doctor every 2 weeks, I will see her on Wednesday. And as I mentioned my baby shower is this weekend!

Wedding Rings: We parted ways mid-January.

Mood: Tired, excited, irritable.

Wisdom: Pregnancy is a very personal experience. Do you.

PS: Excuse my dirty mirror, I blame the bump. My catch all for all oversights.

Waddle On

posted on: 2.08.2016

T-Shirt Dress: c/o Zaful (Click here for Valentines Day Sale!), Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke

With this February heat wave in full effect, dresses like this green beaut have been life savers for the Big Kahuna captured above. I am deep into my third trimester, and I swear my belly constantly surprises my with its ability to continuously expand. Look, I'd like to tell you all that I am digging my pregnant body, but in truth it's heavy, wiggly and all around uncomfortable. Beside that little being growing inside me and his/her impressive back flips and full-downs that seem to appear after I eat any form of sugar (I wonder where he/she gets it from), humor is what keeps me positive. I am my own walking comedy show and audience, finding as many ridiculously accurate ways to describe my figure. The Big Kahuna, the Walking Potato, the Venus of Willendorf are just a few of the fun nicknames I've assigned myself. I am utterly positive my husband and mother are tired of listening to what seems to be self-deprecation, but I think humor is a healer. And trust me this child of mine is getting a kick out of forcing its mother to waddle on like a penguin in a green dress. They say pregnancy is beautiful, but I'd argue that it is a bit entertaining too :). 

PS: Check my Instagram today to see if you won the PinkBlush giveaway!

Maternity Clothing Giveaway!

posted on: 1.26.2016

Jacket: Vintage, Top: c/o PinkBlush Maternity, Bag: Etienne Aigner

Look, we all know that horizontal stripes are the pattern to avoid when wanting to give the illusion of a slimmer figure. However, at almost 30 weeks pregnant, there is no color or pattern in the world that could minimize my obvious mid section orb. There is only one true option, and that is to simply embrace the extra poundage and strut those stripes. 

Stripes and I are old friends, and thanks to the fabulous online maternity boutique that is PinkBlush Maternity, I was able to find a top that utilizes my beloved pattern while also making room for that mountain which was once a bump. PinkBlush caters to moms to be and the typical shopper with a regular wear shop too! Although I must say I am quite partial to their maternity clothes, I had to stop myself from going nuts in the maternity dresses section. Any who, my fellow pregnant peeps and bumpless babes- I highly recommend this brand if not only for their vast selection of cute maternity clothes, but at the very least for their insanely affordable prices! 

But guys, the good news doesn't stop there! The wonderful team at PinkBlush has decided to offer one lucky reader a $75 gift card! All I need you to do is the following:

Comment with your email address below!

That's it! I'll announce the winner on February 8th, good luck!

Hobo Chic

posted on: 1.20.2016

Jewelry: c/o Rocksbox (Use code IDRAWSKIESXOXO to get your first month free!)

I'll be the first to admit that since I became a full-time painter my "office" attire quickly turned into hobo chic. OK fine, chic has no place in that description. Hobo and hobo alone has become my daily style, but hear me out. First and foremost, the only individual available to pass judgment on my studio look is my pug and he should talk. Secondly, when I paint I move. I switch from standing up to sitting down constantly, sometimes I even lie on the floor and work. Flexibility and wearability in my outfits are essential. Thirdly, most importantly, is the fact that I have ruined one to many pieces of nicer clothing for the sake of fashion that no one sees. I am that girl that eats and has crumbs surrounding her plate or that girl that needs a tide pen with her at all times, so you can be sure that when I paint it's a mess. I've even found paint in my ear once...explain that one.

What I am getting to is for the sake of still feeling like a person with a job, and a feminine person at that, sometimes I need to do something that adds the chic to my hobo. Thus I have found that even a little bit of dainty jewelry and some make-up can go a long way. Just putting on earrings and the slightest bit of sparkle can suddenly make me feel presentable, even in my husband's old shirt and ripped pajama pants. What do you do to transform drab into fab? I'd love to hear your ideas!

The Battle of the Bump and Overcoat

posted on: 1.12.2016

Sweater: c/o Dresslink, Pants: Pea in the Pod, Boots: Minnetonka

I know I whine a lot about dressing the bump, but guys it's wayyyy harder than I thought it would be! Current dilemma: how to wear jackets and cardigans without them looking child size. I mean it, contrast is everything. Take any normal sized jacket and put it against my beach ball of a belly and suddenly said jacket becomes miniature. Solution: oversize it! Thanks to this cardigan from Dresslink, and styles like this and this the bump and the coat settle in balance. Thank goodness I live in Southern California where two layers suffice. I don't think I would leave the house if down jackets had to be factored into my daily attire.

PS: This week marks my entry into the third trimester! As my mother says, "It's the final countdown!"