Did You Know? Your Heart Will Really Grow

SHAPEThe love you feel for your unborn baby grows each day, but did you know that your heart actually grows too? The organ works harder and at a more rapid pace during pregnancy. Your blood flow also increases by a whopping 50%, and due to all of the extra workload your body goes through, organs like your heart and liver actually enlarge! Growing a baby is hard work, but so worth it, right ladies?  -Olivia

 

The Glitter Guide’s Caitlin Kruse on Her Pregnancy Essentials + Becoming a Mother

Guest Editor: Caitin Kruse Editorial Director at The Glitter Guide

It sounds corny to say but I’ve always dreamed about becoming a mother and knew it was going to be the most important part of my life from a young age — so I honestly have a hard time believing it’s actually happening, and in 9 weeks! I know it will be the most challenging and fulfilling role of my life and I can’t wait to experience life through the eyes of a child and explore the world with her.
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I’m pregnant with my first baby girl and couldn’t be more excited. Here I’m wearing an Isabella Oliver dress from A Pea in the Pod that I absolutely love! Photo by Lucy Cuneo Photography for Style Within Reach IMG_9625I try to start my day by 6:30am since I’ve found myself to be most productive before 3pm in my third trimester — this allows me to get through the most difficult and time consuming tasks before my energy gets zapped!IMG_9567I try to always keep our house full of fresh blooms and sneak out to Whole Foods for a lunch break at least once a week to pick them up. OOTDI’m always planning outfits for upcoming shoots for my blog. These Joe’s Jeans from A Pea in the Pod are my favorite maternity jeans and I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to wear this eyelet top! IMG_9565Our nursery is almost ready for our little lady but we still have some work to do! The gallery wall is my favorite! I’ll be sharing the full tour soon on The Glitter GuideflmcmLiNQMC8rO56fPGzjWnX4pPHMjbpyQPNFKcgbCk

Tip: Since becoming pregnant I’ve been living with a capsule wardrobe and love how easy it makes getting dressed in the morning. Easy basics that can be mixed and matched like this chambray tunic from Motherhood Maternity, white jeans, jersey dresses, simple blouses and cardigans fill my closet. Photo by Lucy Cuneo Photography for Style Within ReachIMG_9626

Here’s a few of my pregnancy nightime essentials; This Zoe Organics belly butter is so great and I also love Mustela USA ‘s oil. The Glow also inspires me daily and I’ve had such a sweet tooth throughout my pregnancy, nightly ice cream is my treat.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all and don’t forget to share your own photos on Instagram and Twitter showing your excitement about becoming a mother too using the hashtag #happinessisontheway! -Caitlin

A Letter to My Mom

IMG_7257 Have you read Lisa Erspamer’s book A Letter to My Mom yet? It’s a must read and actually inspired me to write a letter to my own mom that I thought I’d share with all of you!

Dear Mom,

Motherhood is often a topic of conversation at the office as you would imagine at a maternity fashion company. We talk about raising children and it always inevitably comes up how having two under two is a challenge. That’s when I love to remind people that I am actually a twin and the doctors didn’t know you were having twins, until, well we showed up.  When people ask, “How did your mother do it?” I always laugh and tell them, “You don’t know my mother.”

I’ve heard you tell people, when they ask the same of you, that you didn’t know any different; an extremely humble take on raising two children without any preparation. You rolled with the punches from the very beginning! Your love of life and confident attitude taught me to enjoy life and live in the moment. Whether it was a bad grade, a heartbreak or a lost opportunity, you were and still are my soft place to fall. You are always optimistic and remind me even today that tomorrow is another day and to always keep forging ahead. The best of friends, a wonderful wife and grandmother, I continue to learn from your example.

I will be all this for my son because you showed me how.

Love, Olivia

If you’d like to meet Lisa, head to our NYC Destination Maternity store tonight from 5-7pm to purchase a signed copy of the book, as well as my favorite picks for Mother’s Day, in case you still have some shopping to do!

A LETTER TO MY MOM BOOK SIGNING

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Celebrate Mother’s Day this Thursday May 7th at our Destination Maternity store in New York City! I’ll be joined by author Lisa Erspamer, who will be signing copies of her book A Letter to My Mom in honor of the holiday. Lisa’s newest book is a funny and heartwarming compilation of letters written by people all over the world to express gratitude for their mom. Contributors also include celebrities such as Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Rivers, Josh Groban, Molly Sims, will.i.am, and more.

The emotional (and often humorous!) personal and inspiring stories about the bond between a mother and her child make this book a great read and gift for Mother’s Day. So if you are in the NYC area, stop by the store to meet Lisa, enjoy some sweet treats and shop my favorite gifts including this fabulous book! –Olivia

5-7pm at Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

RSVP to events@destinationmaternity.com.

 

Did You Know? You’ll Really Glow

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Although many people think that the glow a pregnant woman’s face gets is from her being happy, it’s actually from hormones, body heat and the expansion of blood flow. Very scientific, I know! According to American Pregnancy, “During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood by approximately 50%.” This flush is what causes that pretty and natural blush. You glow girl! -Olivia

 

 

What I Wish I’d Known During My 1st Month of Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner. 

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1.Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.

2.Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!

3.Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.

4.Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.

5.Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!

6.Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!

I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia

You’ll Love This Elegant Outdoor Baby Shower

Elegant BabyShower MIDDLE v3Elegant BabyShower v3BOTTOMSpring is the perfect time of year for an elegant outdoor baby shower! I love the idea of a garden party complete with beautiful blooms and vintage place settings! An outdoor space can be totally transformed with just a few simple touches like clean linens, abundant flowers and shades of pink. Opt for stationary and place cards with a delicate aesthetic and arrange them throughout the space. Mismatched vintage plates and glasses can be found at your local flea market or thrift store and wooden easels at a craft store. So simple yet so elegant! -Olivia

 

 

 

Support Baby Buggy + Families in Need

JessicaSimpsonMaternity_Soul_Mates_TeeWe’ve teamed up with Jessica Simpson and Baby Buggy® to launch an exclusive teeshirt for the Jessica Simpson Maternity collection at our Destination Maternity® stores. In celebration of Mothers Day, five dollars of every tee shirt sold, up to $50,000,  will be donated directly to the nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which provides families in need with essential gear, clothing, and educational services for infants and children up to age 14 across the country.

“Being a mom is the most meaningful life experience I have ever had.  I share a common need with all mothers – to make life as happy and comfortable as possible for my kids,” says Jessica Simpson.  “Baby Buggy is an incredible organization that helps so many mothers fulfill that need.  I am honored to have created this adorable tee to help support Baby Buggy and all of the moms out there who are working hard to be the best they can be for their kids.”

“We are extremely thankful for the continued support of Jessica Simpson and are excited to embark on a new partnership with Destination Maternity to raise even more awareness about our work,” says Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld. “The funds raised will greatly help our organization’s efforts to support parents across the country as they work to raise their families in a safe and healthy environment.”

The super soft, heather grey tee shirt is adorable and is currently available online and in our Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores. If you purchase the tee we encourage you to help raise even more awareness for Baby Buggy and its network of moms and their families nationwide by sharing across social media using the hashtag #JSxBabyBuggy. -Olivia

Get the Look // Hilaria Baldwin

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Hilaria Baldwin, yogi, TV correspondent, and mom to daughter Carmen, is currently expecting her second child with husband Alec! Check out her Instagram feed to catch a glimpse of her coast-to-coast travels, healthy recipes (for adults, kids and pets!), adorable pictures of Carmen and her fabulous maternity style! A Pea in the Pod has been a favorite of Hilaria’s throughout both pregnancies; she’s opted for chic dresses like our Isabella Oliver Dress, AG Jeans and sported a fun Statement Tee, taking us along with her everywhere from her family vacations to the red carpet! Her style is definitely one to watch! -Olivia

 

Did You Know? I love Lucy was the First Real TV Pregnancy

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If you have ever seen an episode of the classic show, I Love Lucy, than you know Lucy and Ricky apparently slept in two separate twin beds. However, real life Lucille Ball, the biggest female TV star back in 1952, got pregnant with her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, aka Ricky Ricardo. She insisted that they write her pregnancy into the script, but CBS executives thought that showing her as pregnant, but especially using the word pregnant would be considered too vulgar! Lucille Ball won the battle and they actually coincided her real-life pregnancy to that of her second child, a son Desi Arnaz Jr. and in the show, Little Ricky. Gotta love Lucy! -Olivia

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    My little guy doesn't love his veggies, but there's a few I know I can always get him to eat, so I make them often! Roasted asparagus is one of them. I trim the asparagus and toss it with a little olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon and roast it in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. You can also throw it on the grill! #babybump #DMtakeover #againstallgrain @againstallgrain We're visiting family in the mountains and our outdoor plans are being postponed by a thunder and hail storm! So puzzles, coloring, board games, and Lego building are in order. Do any of you other pregnant mommas welcome lazy days like this? I know I do! The weather won't keep us from barbecuing the tri-tip that's been marinating later though!  @againstallgrain #DMtakeover All finished! For those of you that are unfamiliar with me, I eat a #paleo diet due to an autoimmune condition I was diagnosed with in 2007. I've been able to maintain the way of eating, and my health, during this pregnancy by recreating old favorites in a healthy way instead of giving into the major cravings. We just puréed some strawberries and raspberries with a little lime juice and a couple of tablespoons of honey then strained the mixture to remove the seeds. Have you guys ever tried these awesome reusable Popsicle pouches? We love them! I have a recipe for Watermelon Pineapple pops on my blog Againstallgrain.com as well for more inspiration! #againstallgrain #popsicles @againstallgrain #DMtakeover I don't know why, but I can't resist fruit when it has the stem and cute leaves still on! 🍓These raspberries were in such perfect shape and we picked up some strawberries at the market so my little guy and I are going to make some healthy Popsicles to enjoy. I've been craving so much fruit during this pregnancy and frozen fruit is irresistible and so satisfying! #daniellescravings @againstallgrain #DMtakeover
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