For the Birds

bird top: old navy (shop), cardigan: target, jeans: h&m maternity, belt: cozy, shoes: payless (shop), wrists: gifts and c/o sira and mara
Today I’m 33 1/2 weeks pregnant, and I’ve suddenly entered this awkward phase where I hardly feel pregnant. I’ve been doing pilates the last two weeks and we recently got an incredibly comfortable new mattress, both of which are making feeling better than ever (especially my back, even though I’ve been on my feet a ton lately), so sometimes I wake up in the mornings and honestly forget that I’m pregnant.

Yes, this little dude still moves around a ton and I’m constantly getting kicked in the ribs, but besides that, my basketball sized stomach hardly bothers me at all and I often forget that it’s even there (until I try to squeeze through a small space and get stuck…).

Along with this weird phase comes some shopping troubles. I’ve been wanting to pick up a few new things for fall, but do I buy maternity clothes? Or non maternity clothes? I’m gravitating toward the non-maternity sections because in my mind I will totally fit into them, and even once I remember that I won’t, I tell myself, “in another 6 1/2 weeks I won’t be pregnant anymore, so better to think ahead.” But 6 1/2 weeks is still quite a ways away, and these last few weeks are probably the most important time to have maternity clothes as I get bigger by the moment.

So to compromise, I pick the flowiest top I can find and buy a size up — which is exactly what I did with this bird print top from Old Navy that I’m wearing. It’ll probably become a tight squeeze through these last six weeks, and then I’ll probably be drowning in it once that pregnant belly is gone, but it seemed like a good idea at the time, and at least I have something to fit into right this moment as my closet possibilites shrink ever smaller.

See? These are the problems that I’m dealing with. High stress and urgently important, obviously.

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Next Tuesday is Round 2 of my sisters and my new blog series, Sister’s Share It All. We are featuring our favorite item in our closet and then showing a few different ways that we wear it. We’ll be having a link up again and we’d love for you to join! So get your posts ready for next Tuesday, September 18th. We’re excited to see your favorite item in your closet and at least one way that you style it! 


  1. I really like this outfit in all its simplicity. It doesn't overemphasize your baby bump and i think expectant mothers could really borrow a leaf from your style.
    Buying clothes when going through a transition can be tricky!! I think buying for the moment is good. Buying for the future can be uncertain because it's a bit difficult knowing what size you'll be.

  2. I follow you on Bloglovin' and I'll be honest…I've been skipping a lot of your posts recently just because I'm neither a mother nor very crafty (not on a regular basis anyway). But I still love your outfit posts because I can always see myself wearing a non-maternity version of whatever you're wearing! This is super cute.

    Sarah's Real Life

  3. Grace Marie says:

    LOVE that shirt. You look amazing. You and Janssen inspire me to not look like a total frump for 9 months.

    We totally need to start a swap of "maternity friendly but will swim in when not pregnant" clothing.

    Loving your new series too.

  4. Those shoes are super cute! Well of course all of it is. πŸ˜‰

  5. Emily says:

    Hey Merrick! Are those shoes really comfortable? I've been thinking about getting them during Payless's BOGO event, but I have a hard time with heels. Thanks!

    emilyattaway at gmail dot com

  6. totally loving this look on you! you are like the cutest little pregnant girl ever. and I'm thinking of getting that bird top for myself now! : )

  7. Ahhh I love that belt! Cute outfit! And good thing you're a whiz at refashioning–maybe you can do something later if the top is too big?

  8. DaNelle says:

    It still looks like pregnancy does you well!

    DaNelle recently posted…How to stick to ANY diet plan

  9. sarah s. says:

    I love this shirt …
    Heck, I love anything that has a cute Bird Print!
    The Link up sounds fun, can't wait to see what you guys post.

  10. Ash says:

    So pretty… And you give style hope to pregnant women everywhere! That top is adorable! πŸ™‚

  11. Love it and holy tiny belly batwoman! You look perfectly adorable. I have that top in the white with blue polkadots and it is one of my faves πŸ™‚

  12. Mrs. A says:

    Adorable! You are the tiniest, cutest little pregnant woman!

  13. Brittany says:

    But just think; it'll be a tight squeeze for a little while, and then when you're no longer preggo and are swimming in it, you can refashion it! πŸ˜€

  14. Jamie says:

    Regardless of the future, this top looks adorable here! I just love the way you wore it with the skinny jeans and belt.

    The Blue Hour

  15. Kacie says:

    You look great! I hope I look like you when I'm prego. Still super tiny with a cute belly πŸ™‚ Love your top!

  16. newpetite says:

    Right now you look good in that top. when it dosent fit im sure you'll whip up some fun DIY and have something new πŸ™‚

  17. Daveana says:

    I was just going to comment the same thing. I'm sure in a few months, you'll have that shirt all altered to fit the new you! You're so creative like that! Happy days!

  18. Danielle says:

    I may not be preggo but I love your style and would totally wear your outfits, even without the cute baby bump! Love your style!

  19. Jessica says:

    Are you doing pilates at home with a video? If so, could you tell me the name of the dvd? I am also pregnant and am looking for good workout videos to take me through the whole pregnancy.


    PS You look fantastic!

  20. Katie says:

    K you are teeny! I can't believe you're that far along already!

  21. I have this same top and recently posted about it on my blog. You look WAY cuter in it!!

  22. Jessica:

    Yes, I am doing pilates at home with a knocked-up fitness dvd ( They're not the most rigorous exercises, but at this point I'm more interested in exercises that stretch and tone (which is exactly what these do). I'd highly recommend her videos — they're great!

  23. Jennifer says:

    Hi new reader! Congrats on your pregnancy! You look beautiful, love your outfit too!

  24. Hi Merrick! I found your blog via Pinterest a while ago and love it! I've used a few of your sewing and re-fashioning lessons to make and fix clothes. The shoes you found are so cute, I went to Payless today and bought them! I never would have thought to look there for work shoes. Thank you!

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