renee nicole says

hi! i'm renee.

blogger, wine enthusiast, amateur photographer, long distance runner, book reader, music appreciator.

chicago born and raised.

my husband and i welcomed our baby girl to the world in february.

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my belly is now protruding and there’s no stopping or denying it. also, my belly button is stretching out and that is a strange phenomenon. 

here’s what’s going on in my pregnant life this week:

pregnancy fashions… i’ve been coping with the belly band for the past couples months, which has worked out great. in this pic i’m wearing the band with a long tank over it and these shorts are seeing me through the end of summer. now that the temps have cooled, jeans and pants have been a bit more of a challenge.  i picked up my first maternity items yesterday at preggers - a pair of DL1961 jeans and a pair of black skinny pants.  i wore the pants yesterday and the relief i felt was palpable! 

pregnancy fitness… aka pregnancy weight gain. full disclosure: it’s not easy to gain weight and feel super duper excited about it… even though you get the best and biggest most amazing reward ever at the end of it all.  i thought i would be the fittest pregnant mama out there, and that really is just not the case.  i also thought i would only gain weight in my belly (LOL) but my arms, back and face beg to differ. the first trimester basically laid me out because i felt so horrible, and the only cure to my ails was CARBS - hence early weight gain and loss of fitness. now that i’m 18 weeks in, i’m doing yoga, pilates, and lots of walking, but it just doesn’t feel like enough. i was positive i’d be running 3 miles a few times a week up until my third trimester, but this pregnancy has laughed in my face at the mere thought of it. i’m trying to focus on doing what feels best, listening to my body and accepting the changes that come along… but i suppose the gist of this rambling is that it’s tough

pregnancy feelings… it’s interesting to watch your priorities change right before your own eyes, so unexpectedly. i’m finding myself making decisions solely based on what is best for my family, rather than what i want or think i need. when you get married, this of course happens naturally as you take your partner into everyday considerations… but the change now feels much more profound. jason and i are team, building the best life we can for this baby, and it’s very very cool.

one other thing i can’t live without this week… WATER!!! plain water, ice water, lemon water and coconut water are my lifelines. feeling dehydrated is about 20 times worse while pregnant and i’ve woke up more than once feeling like i’m dying in the desert.  i’m working on drinking a coconut water every morning and at least 2 liters throughout the day, and it has helped immensely.  

that concludes my pregnancy story for this week… stay tuned for the next bump. :)

  1. relovingit said: You are adorable! Don’t worry one tiny bit about weight! You’re the cutest!
  2. emilyposts said: omg! did you write the pregnancy fitness section or did i? i feel EXACTLY the same way. i thought i would be running. no chance. a brisk walk is my best effort.
  3. kellykovetskouture said: Same feelings on so many levels! Also bought DL1961 black skinny jeans and liking them. Looking fab!
  4. binspired said: Same!!! I’m only 14 weeks and thought only my belly would get big and i’d be so fit. So glad to know I am not the only one with growing arms, back and face! You look great to me though! And yes…CARBS! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and CONGRATS!
  5. itsohkayt said: looking great! Happy to hear you’re doing well.