BUMP STYLE | 28 WEEKS

IMG_0098 IMG_0122 IMG_0127 IMG_0160 IMG_0166These photos were snapped when I was 28 weeks and basking in the tropical island sun. I miss it so! This caftan from Tart Collections was a vacation staple for me. It’s not part of their maternity collection but it fit my growing bump perfectly and it made me feel both comfortable and beautiful – not an easy feat while pregnant! You can check out more of their beachwear here as well as their entire maternity collection.

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Lucas: Lately your favorite activity is puzzles. We even call you the puzzle prince because we swear nobody is as good as puzzles as you are!

Bebe: 29 weeks and you are as big as a small cabbage. Most days my belly is shaped into a point and I can’t tell if you’re jamming your head, a foot, or an elbow into me.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PART I – SANTIAGO!

IMG_9636 We just arrived back home to NYC from our family holiday to The Dominican Republic and this pregnant mama is achy, exhausted, and deliriously happy. My heart is content and I have a tan to boot. I mean, what could be better than that?

Ivan’s father retired to the DR about two years ago after working for over 40 years in New York. This trip was a special one because he was turning 70 and we wanted to share in the festivities. Not only that but Ivan’s birthday falls on the exact same day with his brother’s happening only days before. It was a Vargas birthday extravaganza if you will.

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Lucas: Living that farm life in the Dominican Republic.

Bebe: Growing big and strong on the Island (and loving all of the food ;).

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Lucas: Quiet moments with you are just so sweet (though very rare). Here you are taking a moment to relax and eat your favorite cereal – fruit loops.

Bebe: When I checked my pregnancy app this week I couldn’t believe that it said you are approximately 15 inches! Lucas was 19.5 inches when he was born and it hit me just how soon you will actually be here.

MY MOGLI

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A few weeks ago a friend looked at Lucas and dubbed him “Mogli”.  In that exact moment he was climbing a wall, jumping, and bouncing around. With his his new summer tan, sweet round face, and black, messy hair I thought the nickname was perfection and it’s kind of stuck around since then. My little Mogli bear!

SUGAR AND SPICE

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Oh my..PINK! The sweetest packages have started to arrive for bebe girl and seriously, how adorable are these teeny teeny beauties? Although I love color and brights, I just think a little babe is scrumptious in creams and whites. Throw in a touch of the perfect pink and now I’m swooning. That gorgeous baby bracelet is from the amazing Scosha jewelry collection – her baby collection just launched and it’s absolutely divine. The bracelet even has her birthstone and it’s incredible – a gift I will always treasure.

Hugo Loves Tiki onesie | Paige Lauren top & bottom | American Apparel dress | Vintage Bonnet  | Freshly Picked moccs | Scosha bracelet 

THOUGHTS ON LOVING YOUR BODY

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With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been reflecting on not just mama-hood but how I feel about myself as woman. Everything happened faster this pregnancy and I have found myself on more than one occasion complaining about my body more than I care to admit. I’ve finally realized how freaking amazing my body is. I get to nurture and carry a beautiful being for a second time and how amazing is THAT? My breasts are growing, I have a little more junk in the trunk, and there’s certainly more of me to love and that’s OKAY. We are women. We are mamas. We are miraculous. There’s nothing more freeing than learning to love our bodies and feeling proud, beautiful, and even sensual (yep!) during this time in our lives that only we were built to do.

Thank you Calvin Klein for creating a scent that empowers me as a woman. This post is in partnership with Refinery 29 and Calvin Klein, two companies I love. All opinions are my own. 

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Lucas: We had a busy week – park dates, events, and lots of one on one time. Seriously kid, I couldn’t have asked for a better side kick. You make everything louder, sillier, and just plain better.

Bebe: 26 weeks..26 WEEKS! We are exactly three months away from having you in our arms. We all love you so very much already.

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Baby girl will be here in 3 months. We are still working on a middle name and Lucas is still asking for a brother. I know his world is going to be rocked when she arrives and everyone assures me he will be head over heels for his little sister. I get all giddy and emotional when I think of how protective he will be over her and the bond they will share. We are leaving to the Dominican Republic for a family vacation/baby moon and when we get back we will start to get the crib and all her essentials ready. My mama friends weren’t kidding me – the time really does fly the second time around.

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