WIW 9/28-10/4: Week 18 (on call)

These are all work outfits--I was on call this week at the hospital so I had to work every day this week. Still wearing my regular outfits but I am starting to run into a few minor road blocks due to my "speed bump".

1. Maggy London wrap dress and black Stuart Weitzman Giveable ballet flats. I am wearing flats a lot more now for comfort, especially when I am on my feet all day at the hospital.

2-3. Anthro green and white kimono sleeve top. I bought this tunic top early in pregnancy thinking it would be a great "maternity" top, but now I realize that I'm going to be limited by the length. The bump is making it too short, so I won't be able to wear it as long as I thought. I still squeezed into my Paige Hidden Hills white jeans though--they ride under the bump so I've been getting away with it (getting tight but I can still button them up and they stretch a bit with wearing). I thought this outfit gave off kind of a 70's vibe with the Alexis Bittar orange pendant, cognac leather jacket, yellow D&B purse, flared white jeans and wedge sandals.

4. TJ Maxx print dress and black Cole Haan wedge sandals and yellow D&B bag. I was able to get out early enough to meet up with DH and the kids while they were at a birthday party. The dress was only $20 and I bought it a couple months ago knowing it was stretchy so I could wear it during pregnancy. DH has been losing weight and I've been gaining weight...it's like a fat transfer, LOL!

5. Classiques Entier teal ruffle tank, Halogen red pencil skirt, Tahari black leather jacket, Fossil red satchel, SW leopard ballet flats.

6. Tory Burch navy heart print dress, red bow belt, Fossil red satchel, SW red ballet flats.

7. Jason Wu for Target mustard sleeveless blouse, ASOS black and yellow chevron stripe skirt, black skinny belt, D&B yellow satchel, Cole Haan black sandals, Kate Spade Japanese floral laptop case. The button down blouse was a disaster! Either my bust has gotten bigger, or the tummy is causing problems. The blouse kept gaping at the bust and even popped completely open a couple times! OMG I cringe wondering if I was talking to other doctors or patients with my bra showing...I think I caught it pretty quickly though. OK, I am thinking it may be time to switch over to maternity clothes soon...

8. Alberto Makali peacock tunic, Gap Maternity Always Skinny jeans, Le Sak black purse, Born bronze ballet flats. I wanted to wear my black Gap Real Skinny pants but I couldn't find them--I turned my closet upside down this morning but it was nowhere to be found. I thought black leggings would be too revealing, as the top doesn't completely cover my butt. And my Blue Essence black skinny jeans were way too tight...they wouldn't even go up past my thighs! So I had to settle for these maternity jeans, which are not exactly work wear (for some reason I don't mind wearing black or white or red denim to work, but blue seems too casual to me), but it was all I could find. But everyone loved the tunic...even one homeless alcoholic guy (who I wouldn't think cared about fashion) said, "I really love that top on you...the peacock print is so cool!" That made my day!

It may be a combination of being on call the whole week (and having to come in in the middle of the night last weekend), but I am really tired this week! I'm starting to get a little winded going up the stairs and my heart started pounding after a long morning doing procedures standing up (I also didn't drink enough water that morning). I hope I'm not getting anemic (I was mildly anemic last pregnancy and I was very very tired near the end). At least if I get through the day tomorrow, I'm off work next week (going to my sister's wedding). I really hope I have the energy to last the rest of this pregnancy, because I'm planning to work right up until the end! Still a long way to go, not even halfway there!

Funny story for the week: everyone I see--coworkers, patients, etc. are STARING at my abdomen and asking me point blank if I'm pregnant (all my regular coworkers know but we only go to the hospital one week in six, so not everyone there has seen me in a while). One male anesthesiologist said, "I know I shouldn't ask, but you're looking rather..." and I said, "...fat?" LOL! People have no qualms! I know now NEVER to say anything first, because I made that mistake once (and only once). I hadn't seen a coworker in several months and she had a new cute tummy bulge and I asked (while looking at her tummy), "So, is anything new with you?" and she said, "No, I've just been gaining weight." Arrggh! Now I feel embarrassed every time I see her, and that was years ago! Another male coworker told me about the time he went up to a female coworker and congratulated her and rubbed her belly. She was not pregnant. And not amused. ;) I don't mind people asking me though, because I am obviously pregnant (though I wouldn't find it very funny if I wasn't!).

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    The Maggy London dress looks wonderful on you Natalie and I'm surprised how much I like it with the flats. And that Makali tunic is simply spectacular!

  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    I know Shannon, I too was surprised at how well the flats are working out. I always thought dresses looked better with pumps, but I'm realizing they still look fine with flats! Which is good for my tired feet!

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Gosh, you're looking fab. And still not in real maternity clothes for the most part!

    People can be complete idiots. I had a friend who had a woman ARGUE with her about whether the friend was pregnant. As in, "Oh, you're pregnant!" "Er, no, I'm not." "Oh, don't be shy - how far along are you?" "I'm NOT pregnant." "Oh, I get it - still keeping quiet about it...". Needless to say, her self-esteem was shot.

    I could think of all kinds of unseemly retorts to people asking nosy questions, but I know you are much more of a lady! (Okay, just one. You could freak people out by saying, "You know, BEER GUT.")

  • Kiwichik replied 8 years ago

    You look very stylsh in all these outfits. I really like the peacock tunic.

  • Scarlet replied 8 years ago

    You just look so polished and perfect, what can I say? I think 6 is my favorite.
    I read that after giving birth some women still look 6 months pregnant for awhile, so my policy personally is to say nothing. Also there have been times where I thought someone must be pregnant but then it never progressed, so I think in retrospect she must have been having a bloaty day. Personally, I was first "outed" in our apartment building when a neighbor asked my husband (in a whisper) after I left a party early to go to bed. I thought that was kind of funny. Of course now strangers freely make reference to it, like I went out to dinner last night with a girlfriend, and the waiter suggested maybe I will come back soon with a baby stroller. Well at least I can assume they are child-friendly there. When I bought new shoes the other day the sales lady asked me whether I can manage, but just went ahead and helped me put them on and tied them for me, and I was so grateful for the help.
    By the way H&M maternity is selling a black lace pencil skirt and an autumnal brown tweed skirt that looks pretty nice in case you need anything.

    I am glad to hear you have a week off now. I hope it is relaxing and not too much stress with traveling and the big event and all.

    ETA: just want to add that the peacock top is AMAZING.

  • ElleH replied 8 years ago

    I especially love 1, 2, 6 & 8 & of course number 4 the family pic.

  • ramya replied 8 years ago

    GP I love all the outfits but that dress in 1 and peacock print tunic is something else!!!

  • fashionista replied 8 years ago

    I must say you are one fashionable mum and to-be-mum. I love your bump, its so cute. And your kids are adorable, cutie pies.

    I am so in love with all your outfit in this post. Hard to pick on fav. Looking gorgeous and glowing as always. Beautiful and chic.

  • fashionista replied 8 years ago

    And that was a funny story. How did that girl feel to be rubbed in tummy when not pregnent. hehehehehe

  • lyn67 replied 8 years ago

    Gosh, what a bautiful Mommy you are:-), all are PERFECT!

  • pastrygirl replied 8 years ago

    I love that peacock top! You look great in everything -- seriously, the most stylish "maternity" wardrobe I've ever seen!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Natalie, you are finally starting to look pregnant here, and so cute! Once you switch to real maternity clothes you might look not-pregnant again because they are so much roomier. But your secret is out! The tunic tops in 2 and 8 are really fabulous on you. And you're still wearing your dresses really well. My hat is off to you for being so stylish during a time when it's so hard to dress!

  • Ariadne replied 8 years ago

    What a wonderful set of outfits. Every one is full of color, personality, and verve. I am in awe!

  • DonnaF replied 8 years ago

    Wow! So stylish! I am impressed that you can still wear non-maternity clothes. Your husband looks noticeably trimmer with a thinner face. Is he going to need a wardrobe replacement, too?

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