23 weeks + a giveaway

12 January 2014


dress - c/o PinkBlush Maternity
boots - Hunter via eBay
cardigan - thredUP (similar)
hat - Amazon (Simon still has a lot to say about that and he aaaalmost shamed me into taking it off in the top photo but nope)
scarf - c/o Surfdome 
diaper bag - c/o Lily Jade

aaaaaaaaaaaand she's off.
talking all about her pregnancy.
somebody stop her.

Well, it's worse than that. I'm actually going to focus on the stomach flu during pregnancy. Feel loved and blessed. I had it pretty bad at 36 weeks with Theo but had it really really bad this time around at 22 weeks and flew my baby white flag high and proud and went into the hospital for fluids after the 5th sip of water over the course of 8 hours just would not stay put. Of course you know me well enough to know that I had a straight up novel typed out that gave Tolstoy a run for his brevity but deleted because .... I don't hate you. Let's just sum up that distant memory of a Sunday to say  ...

God Bless Zofran.
God Bless Simon who got sick on the way to pick me up from the hospital ... with the kids in the car.
God Bless Sebastian's shoddy memory for FINALLY forgetting his new favorite, "what the fack?!" parroted phrase after being in said car with sick Simon who went through the slowest pharmacy drive-thru line known to all of mankind to pick up some magical dissolving Zofran.
And God Bless the nurse on duty that asked Simon if I was going to blog about my brush with the plague because .... YEP.

The end.

Of those paragraphs.

Remember Kris? She's getting ready to temporarily close her shop chock full of gorgeous jewelry as she gets ready to have her second lady baby but kindly let me know that she's offering free shipping with the code: FREESH ... her stuff is the bomb and you really can't beat her prices and I want it all. Maybe I'll chat with Simon about the concept of a "push present" .... if you hear him laugh all the way around the world ... you'll know why.

Okay. Back to me me me me my my my my pregnancy. I thought I'd turned a corner around 20 weeks with the wretched morning sickness but I really and truly turned a corner after my brush with the plague a couple weeks ago. I'm finally feeling that oh so fleeting, "burst of energy" and still feeling large but I know the largest is yet to come so I'm just enjoying the fact that the kids seem to think the baby is housed in the more northern chestal regions of my thorax and I have to be verrrrrry careful when to ask Sebastian about the baby because he'll pull the collar of my shirt down to my "belly butt" in about .000004 seconds flat and proudly show off his erroneous geographical smarts.

I have a follow-up ultrasound tomorrow because of a "placental lake" .... hopefully it's resolved itself but from my not so extensive Googling and extensive reassurance a la Simon ... I don't think it's a huge deal. Or even a big deal. The baby was in the 62nd percentile (which, according to Simon, is "huge") at 20 weeks so .... I don't think we're having annnnny issues with growth like we thought we did with Theo (and he was fine too).

Is this boring you? I thought so. I've been trying to type this post all week and now all of a sudden I'm 24 weeks along (which is not 6 months pregnant - does that drive anyone else insane?) so there's probably a reason I keep losing interest. Sniggedy snore.

Let's talk about my dress. If you're in the market for a maternity dress that is not going to make you feel like a slooze in the length department, is stretchy but not clingy, and is light enough to wear in the summer and awesome for layering in the winter .... get all up on this one from PinkBlush Maternity. They even have a tunic version and you know how I feel about tunics. And really - all of their stuff is great without breaking the bank and staying right on trend. A word to the pregs - if you're in between sizes I would size UP ... their stuff fits a little on the small side. But just a little so don't go crazy with the overestimations.

Want to win a $25 credit to PinkBlush? You should. Get down on it .... via the old Rafflecopter. Best of luck.

AND - cheaters never prosper. I'll find you, fear not.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

131 comments:

  1. a. you look wonderful
    b. so very glad your feeling better
    c. Theo is going to be an adult by next month if he keeps growing so fast
    d. I pray you are surviving night float hell with all this new energy you have found.
    e. hope the upcoming week is the best one yet.
    Happy Sunday!

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  2. So sorry you got the horrible stomach bug! And glad you're feeling better. And you look adorable.

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  3. I am so sorry you went through the flu. I cannot even imagine. I am 21 weeks with #4 as well and dying for new maternity clothes. Thanks!

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  4. In LOVE with that dress! You look adorable, per usual. :)

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  5. I'm so sorry morning sickness hung in there so long and SO SORRY about the flu. Gross gross gross. But you look adorable. Like honestly so cute. Has Simon warmed up to that hat? And the 4 weeks does not equal a month issue. OMG! It drives me NUTS. I remember one seemingly intelligent person soapboxing on facebook about how pregnancy actually last 10 months because 40 weeks blah blah and I wanted to correct her very meanly but then I didn't because she was uber pregnant and I'm only mean on the inside...and I'm trying to work on that, but whatever. Point is. YES. Annoying.

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  7. I love your hat! I can't see why anyone would want you to take it off!

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  8. I cannot imagine having a stomach flu while pregnant. Throwing up is not my forte. I've done it 3 times in the past... 3 years? Pregnancy included (or excluded because it doesn't happen, just a whole lot of nausea) and 2 of those 3 times were in labor sooo doesn't count? ANYWAY. I like the blue and white striped tunic. I'm seriously lacking in the cold weather maternity clothes department so anything long sleeve is a plus!

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  9. You look ADORBS. Sorry you all got sick, hope the plague is gone!

    And even though I'm not preg (yet....hoping to convince my hubs to go for #3 this summer), I would pick a maxi dress that I can rock whether I'm gestating or not! Everything on that site is super cute and I want it all. Thank you.

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  10. http://www.pinkblushmaternity.com/p-4506-navy-beige-stripe-maternity-maxi-dress.aspx

    I like this one.

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  11. You look awesome. I love that dress!

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  12. Aww, the flu is the worst!

    I'm loving the aqua lace maternity dress, although I'd probably get more wear out of something not-lace. :)

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  13. I quite enjoy the pregnancy updates so don't apologize for sharing! Sounds like you had a miserable time there - and Simon too. Hope that's past. As a testament to your marketing savvy, I actually followed the link to Pink Blush Maternity even thought I'm single, celibate and sterile and not about to be wearing maternity clothes. I can't buy for my daughter-in-law (who isn't pregnant and doesn't want to be until she has her Masters) because she hates my taste in clothes. Anyways... cute stuff.

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  14. I like the Mocha tie dress. So pretty! But I'd really pass on the gift certificate to my sis who is Oregon with number 9!

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  15. I like the Mocha tie dress. So pretty! But I'd really pass on the gift certificate to my sis who is Oregon with number 9!

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  16. Woops! She is *preggo with number 9!

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  17. Hmmm, I wouldn't mind that credit ;) sssssshhhhhhh

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  18. Okay, seriously, I'm so glad the 24 weeks = 6 months pregnant thing annoys someone else :) I had a FB friend post a belly pic at 36 weeks and in parentheses she put "9 months." Ummmm, no you cannot divide 36 by 4 and say you're 9 months pregnant. Ahhhhh. (Yes, it's a pet peeve of mine)

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  19. UGH the counting thing between weeks/months drives me BONKERS when it comes to pregnancy. I'm only on my first wee one so I'm sure I'll get more used to it but I have a feeling it'll still bug me. Also, the dress is fab and I'm now also going to tell my husband about the concept of push presents...teehee.

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  20. I like the Burgundy Button Sash Maternity Dress. And I hope you all are better now!

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  21. Not currently pregnant, but entering anyway in the hopes that I can beef up my maternity wardrobe for next time... I'm a little shy on comfy dresses, so I'm loving this. Hope your house is done with all the sickness!!

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  22. I see it! I can finally see it! Your bump is so cute!

    .Love that dress and I'm glad you are finally feeling less pukey. (And why does spell check not like pukey? Isn't that a word???)

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  23. I love the dress, but the scarf is really really adorable too.

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  24. Just at the beginning of my pregnancy and would love this credit (dress looks great on you!). I love the Ivory Lace Chevron top. Glad you're feeling better - looking forward to those days...
    (majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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  25. You look great, loved that hat in the babble post!! You do not look 24 weeks pregnant in the slightest. And the stomach flu while pregnant is like death. I had it during my last pregnancy at about 28 weeks and was pretty positive that was just going to throw up the baby the next time I hugged the toilet. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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  26. Love your dress! You make everything look great! I love their 3/4 length top/tunics!

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  27. Love the dress! I think their maxis are great, too!

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  28. You look so cute, but eww on the whole sick front!! That sounds really...special.

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  29. Bring on the Blue Bohemian Maxi

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  30. I don't know if I could pull off the Red Lace Dress, but it looks tempting.

    You look fabulous, Grace! I love pregnancy blog posts.

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  31. I love the Navy Blue Tie Maternity/Nursing Dress! I am still nursing my daughter & hoping for baby number 2 soon :)

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  32. I love the aqua tribal printed top!

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  33. I love the lace chevron top! All their tops look like tunics and I'm tall, so I love it!

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  34. Theo and my girl are 10 days apart, she was the 20th. I'm 21 weeks now so we'll have May babies close too. At least I'm consistent at something, even if it is baby making trends with strangers. ;)
    Congratulations!!!

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  35. love the Navy Blue White Chevron Printed Long Sleeve Maternity Top! And I didn't realize we were so close-I'm 23 weeks tomorrow.

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  36. Love that dress! I love clothing that is comfy AND cute.

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  37. Not pregnant anymore but would love to surprise a friend with that dress, it's so cute!

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  38. I love the Mocha Crochet Back Maternity Cardigan

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  39. I love the dresses but I would love to get the one you are wearing....whenever they re-stock the sizes!

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  40. I LOVE the Grey White Printed Long Sleeve Maternity Top! sooo cute.

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  41. I'm glad that you are feeling better! The store has some super cute clothes!

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  42. I got stomach bug/ food poisoning the last time I was preggo and I felt like death for a more than a few hours and I had not told anyone except for Lee I was pregnant and I lost 5 lbs in like 5 minutes… I was FREAKING out. And then I ended up having the biggest bebe of the bunch. because I know you are SUPER interested in my my my my my pregnancy woes! : )

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  43. Such a cute dress! There's so many cute things on their site, but the Knit Button Shoulder tops look really comfortable. :)

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  44. I love this maternity/nursing maxi dress:
    http://www.pinkblushmaternity.com/p-6536-black-mocha-chevron-top-maternitynursing-maxi-dress.aspx

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  45. Ughhhh-so sorry to hear you guys have been so sick! You look great though! I've pretty much sworn off shopping for maternity wears this time around because at 32 weeks I'm already over it and just want some real clothes (gonna be a loooong 8ish weeks haha) but I think I will make an exception and see if I can find something that doesn't make me look like teen mom. Seriously-why are all the dresses so short!?
    On another note-did you get your Juan pablo fix yet???

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  46. I'm praying to get pregnant this cycle and would love one of the dresses or skirts for weddings this summer.

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  47. Oh and just so I play by the rules-one of those embroidered tops or aztec tunics may be headed to my house whether or not I win the $$$. Investing for next time? lol

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  48. Love the red lace dress. And the one you're wearing. Pretty.

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  49. the olive version of the dress is SO cute!

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  50. The way you carry your pregnancies never ceases to amaze me! You are always so perfect and tiny. I think you get smaller each time ;) anyway - I love that dress you have on (and scarf!) but I also love the aqua tribal top on their site. Too cute!

    And yay for not being sick anymore! Zofran is truly sent from above.

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  51. I like their tops and cardigans as well as their belted maternity dress! Super cute.

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  52. When I'm pregnant I attempt to wear as many dresses as possible since I always find myself never wearing dresses once I have a newborn. Loving the Button Sash dress you're sporting actually BUT I think I'd personally go for Burgundy or Brown. =)

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  53. Grace! I have many things to say. First, um, you are way cuter in that dress than the model on their website. Also, oh my gosh, I am so sorry about your stomach virus! Throwing up that much is crazy scary, and I am so glad you went to the hospital. I am 12 weeks with my first (yayyyy!!) and I am still waiting for the morning sickness (hahahaha, all day sickness) to pass and popping Zofrans like candy. You can rest assured that if that stomach virus thing happened to me, I would have alerted the media and composed a tragic opera about it immediately. So basically, what I'm saying is that you're the pregnant lady's hero!

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  54. WOOHOO! I am pregnant with #3, and hating maternity clothes. A little nudge in the cute direction would be fab!

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  55. Ugh I had the stomach flu at 28 weeks last year and was sure I was dying. My baby boy reassured me of his good health by kicking me as usual, though. Thanks kid. Glad you're feeling better!

    -Elise Layton (Buddy is my dog...with a blog. Don't judge.)

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  56. Having a bug while preggo is the WORST. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that one :(. So I'm not currently pregnant but you never know... so I'm gonna go ahead and enter this here giveaway. I'm loving the fuchsia banded yoga pants. Baby bellies and yoga pants just go so nicely together...

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  57. Geez, I'm already placing an order ... Teal maxi skirt to get me through the spring, and all of the shirts look long enough to be tunics. I'm likin' this one: http://www.pinkblushmaternity.com/p-6876-navy-blue-beige-striped-34-sleeve-maternity-top.aspx

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  58. I loooove the dress. And I keep forgetting we're so close in pregnancy dates! (I'm 26 weeks.)

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  59. I'm really going to have to check out pink blush, i'm getting to the point where things that fit yesterday don't fit today...

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  60. Oooh, you poor thing. I had the stomach flu the day after my due date with my first daughter, and around 26 weeks with my third. I had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night the second time for fluids and medicine. I'm so glad you're feeling better. And you look great!

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  61. you're my favorite preggo. I hope maybe one day I'll look like you in a maternity dress!

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  62. I really like the Green Rhinestone Neckline Maternity Top

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  63. I can't decide between the beige and the mint but I like the Floral Chiffon Maternity Dress. Although I always get dresses (including when not pregnant - gotta stock up on maternity wear, you know) so maybe a shirt would be more useful.

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  64. I had the stomach flu last week at 29 weeks, and I definitely could go without doing that again. Fortunately it was a Friday evening, so the husband was around to pick up toddler duty, and two hours in when I couldn't hold down fluid, got some Zofran called in. THANK GOODNESS FOR ZOFRAN! Anyway, love the tribal & geometric tees, but maybe I'd go for something more practical like a nursing dress since I'm almost-ish done with the pregnancy?

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  65. I'm in love with your dress! It's so versatile so I think I would definitely get a lot of use out of it!

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  66. what a dress! all seasonable. and since pregnancy never ends, score!!

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  67. Loving the belted maternity/nursing dresses. Which I could totally use these days

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  68. I could totally use a new maternity dress! And this one is super cute!

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    1. Also love the mocha nursing dress, that would definitely come in handy for the rest of this pregnancy and once the baby comes!

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  69. Grace - I love following your story, you crack me up. I'm preggers as well (15wks w/a 3yr at home) & you amaze me juggling your 3 munchkins. High five sister!!!

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  71. Skirts! I just love to wear skirts when i'm preggo. They can go with anything and dress up or down Love the Chevrons!

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  72. Well, stripes I mistook for chevrons. Sorry, not trying to cheat!

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  73. I could REALLY use a maternity dress; Sundays are THE hardest day to get dressed when I'm pregnant, and I whine about it every week. I like the red tribal print maternity dress.

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  74. Love the grey white printed long sleeve top!!

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  75. Keep the hat, it is the awesome! PINK!

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  76. I love the length of all the tops! I especially like the striped ones! You look amazing! Good to hear you are feeling better 😊

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  77. For some reason... I can't find any maternity tank tops at Goodwill. The Pink Blush ones look fantastic! Boo to the flu and hope your whole family escapes it soon...

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  78. oooh la la, I love the ivory lace chevron top!

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  79. I love that button sash dress!

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  80. I really love all the dresses, but in particular the maxi dresses. I've been looking for some decent ones, and these are the best I've seen!

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  81. I'm not entering to win but only had to say stomach flu….Oh the worst. It's my main phobia in life, (puking that is,) and while prego--SO not cool. I am also a huge zofran fan, and actually keep it on hand at all times because of my irrational fear of vomitting. Glad you're better and you are lovely always!!!! aloha!

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  82. haha this post made me laugh. I had the flu when I was like 37 weeks pregnant with my daughter...tool a z pack to find out I was allergic to the z pack...good times. good times.

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  83. Mocha nursing dress, since I only have ten weeks to go!!

    And "belly butt" is pretty much the best thing I ever read. Oh lawdy.

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  84. Mint green and lace in one sentence... with a sale tag. Sold sold soldy-sold.

    Feel better my dear! I felt like poop all throughout my last pregnancy. You know it's bad when you are post partum and you're like, "I feel SO much better!" I hope you feel like a million preggo bucks for the next 16 weeks (although I'm pulling for you for 15 weeks. One week early!)

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  85. Whoa wait, when did I miss your "I'm pregnant!" announcement! Congrats! And you look stunning as always, that dress is a winner!

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  86. Oh and ps on pink blush I love the Mocha Knit Short Sleeve Maternity Cardigan

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  87. I like the brown button sash dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. I love your outfit. Specifically the beanie. No forced winterized human should ever turn down a cute and warm hat.

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  89. Shameful lurker here, but big fan and longtime reader. You also helped me start my blog. Wanted you to know I gave you a Sunshine award if you're interested in participating. Not necessary to; just expressing my appreciation for these years of hilarious reading material. :)

    http://amycakeandthedude.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunshine-for-you-spillage-and-video.html

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  90. You poor thing!! I had no idea you were that sick last week! I've had a few days like that where every sip of water (and everything else) I throw up, and it's hell! Also, we're only a week apart I think...I thought it was more :) Hoping this week is waaaay better for you. I'm with you on thanking God for Zofran!

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  91. You look fabulous as always!

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  92. Such a cute dress! Hope you feel better soon.

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  93. Cute stuff! I love the dress you are wearing in Navy and black. great staples!

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  94. Your dress is amazing! I would wear that baby every day if I won it!

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  95. I love most of their tops! They are long enough not to show that extra belly there at the end!! I also love a good maternity dress that I can nurse in after!

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  96. I'm new(ish) to the blog and absolutely hooked! Love that dress and would love to wear it.

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  97. I am pregnant with my first!! So excited to buy some fabulous maternity clothes!

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  98. I can't wait to shop for new maternity clothes!

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  99. Love your blog and love the dress! I would love to blue lace maternity dress or the mocha basic maxi maternity skirt for my second pregnancy!

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  100. Not currently pregnant, but in anticipation of future pregnancies (God willing!)...

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  101. Definitely in need of maternity clothes! I like the white stripe skirts.

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  102. My favorite dress is the Navy Beige Stripe Maternity Maxi Dress!

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  103. love the burgundy lace dress!

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  104. Just had my second baby...wish I known about the dress...who am I kidding..I might still get it..to hide the post baby bulge.

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  105. Just had my second baby...wish I known about the dress...who am I kidding..I might still get it..to hide the post baby bulge.

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  106. Just had my second baby...wish I known about the dress...who am I kidding..I might still get it..to hide the post baby bulge.

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  107. Just had my second baby...wish I known about the dress...who am I kidding..I might still get it..to hide the post baby bulge.

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  108. Just had my second baby...wish I known about the dress...who am I kidding..I might still get it..to hide the post baby bulge.

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  109. I like the White Knit Button Shoulder Maternity Top.

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  110. I just stumbled upon your blog and am soooo grateful I did. I'll have 3 under 3 by April and have enjoyed reading about some of your survival tips, etc. I may even pick up blogging during the big kids' naps. :)

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  111. I love the Blue Flowy Chiffon Maternity Blouse!
    I also love your blog...you crack me up and tell it like it is!

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  112. I really love the blue button dress you are wearing and the blue layered tunic...looks perfect for a summer pregnancy!

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  113. I like the tunic you posted from pink blush maternity! Haven't heard of them before, great stuff :)

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  114. I like the burgundy button sash maternity dress!

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  115. The maternity clothes are cute, but I really just need to chime in to agree with your "24 weeks is not 6 months" statement. Also count me in the "Pregnancies do not last 10 months" club.

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  116. Love the ivory lace chevron maternity top with the rust skinny jeans!

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  117. Love the navy and beige striped maxi!

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  118. I like the striped 3/4 sleeve tops!

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  119. I like the Pink Blue Printed long sleeve top...

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  120. I love the Navy Blue print maternity/nursing maxi dress!! Such a fun print for a summer baby :-)

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  121. Love the dress. Just now starting to shop maternity clothes thanks for sharing.

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  122. I am loving the belted nursing dresses.

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  123. I love the Mint Green Lace Maternity Tank Top and the Navy Blue Polka Dot Chiffon Belted Maternity Blouse.

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