Disclosure: Items were provided to me by courtesy of PinkBlush Maternity for my styling and review. All opinions are my own.
I have a lot of thoughts about becoming a mom and to be honest they are hard to put into words. This week is my 8 month mark and I am facing the reality that our little man could be here before I know it – and I don’t feel ready. Physically I can only prepare so much. Every labor is different and we won’t know what his sleep and eating patterns will be like until he is here so we will just have to take that as it comes. Mentally I don’t feel prepared but think I am more prepared than I will give myself credit for. I haven’t read a lot of books about pregnancy or babies, I haven’t taken any classes, and I ask my mom questions every single day. I do know that I can’t prepare myself for everything and that I could read every book in the world and still have questions though and that keeps me mentally strong. Emotionally – to be honest I have no idea where I am at. I feel like I am more afraid than anything. People ask me every day if I am excited and of course I am but I also feel kind of numb.
The world is in a fragile state right now and we are responsible for raising a child with good strong values while the world continues to be challenged. We are responsible for teaching our child to talk, walk, play, share, be confident, be independent, and so much more and that is terrifying. I love our son so much already and want the best for him already so I am putting a lot of pressure on myself. I also don’t have a ton of experience with babies in general and am afraid that I will be too dependent of others when they can’t really help that much. I’m nervous to see how this will change mine and Dakota’s relationship as well. We have had opposite work schedules and lived apart for 6 months while still maintaining a great relationship but babies require a lot of attention and time. I don’t want us to lose focus on each other during this new adventure.
Thankfully I have an amazing support system. My husband and I have already been through a lot of challenges in our relationship that have helped us be mindful of each others needs and keep that spark alive. Plus I know he is going to be the most amazing, selfless, supportive dad and I can’t wait to see the relationship grow between them. Our families are close and more than willing to help when we need but also not challenge our parenting style. Friends and neighbors have already expressed their support to us as well and I know that we are surrounded by people who love us and will be a welcoming and safe environment for our family to grow in.
I know that all of these thoughts are just some of my own insecurities and that they will go away with time. There are so many perks of being pregnant and starting a family and I truly am excited to meet our little boy and to learn and grow with him. I love being able to feel him move so much, watching Dakota talk to my belly, decorating the nursery, and wearing cute maternity clothes! I know it’s a little weird but I was nervous about my changing body. Yes, I know I am tiny, but the last couple of weeks my belly has grown so much and I can barely walk to the bathroom without losing my breath and you don’t exactly feel beautiful all the time. Every body is different and I have certainly been blessed with my size throughout my pregnancy but that doesn’t mean I still have insecurities. I work in a corporate office where you can’t exactly wear leggings or sweat pants every day so trying to find cute, comfy, professional clothes is hard!
So when I found PinkBlush maternity I was in heaven! Their maternity clothes are so stylish and so comfy – exactly what I needed to feel and look good. When I first came across their website I spent hours going through their maternity clothes trying to narrow down my purchases to just a couple items. I knew we were taking photos soon so I wanted to find a dress for that occasion specifically while still getting something I could wear to the office. After getting opinions from Dakota and my best girl friends I decided on this beautiful lace dress.
Something else that really impressed me about PinkBlush was my overall experience. There is such a large inventory for every body type and stage of pregnancy. They also have everything from casual to very formal events, shoes, pjs, etc. I loved the variety! Their website is very easy to navigate and their customer service was top notch! I had a couple of questions about sizing and shipping and they got back to me very fast and the entire experience, even though it was brief, was personal and pleasant. Their prices are a little bit higher than your average Target but the quality is well worth it and I will definitely be shopping their again.
Since my experience was so great I decided to team up with PinkBlush to give one lucky lady a $75 gift card to their store! To enter simply:
1. Follow @lifeasalarsen on Instagram
2. Follow @pinkblushmaternity on Instagram
3. Like the giveaway photo on @lifeasalarsen Instagram page
4. Tag at least one friend who you think would love this gift card! **Additional tags are additional entries, one tag per comment please**