Janelle In Real Life: feeling pretty + 18 weeks!


feeling pretty + 18 weeks!

As you may have been able to tell from my last post, the fact that this is an outfit post is a big deal. It turns out that all I needed was a good maternity dress to lift my spirits!

dress- zulily (find it here) // vest- jc penney (similar) // necklace- j. crew factory // shoes- target

Basically, this dress was the first thing that's made me feel pretty and put together in a while. It's also a great bump-accentuator! It makes me look pregnant rather than making me look like I've eaten too many donuts. Pregnant or not, a good body con dress like this is so perfect for making you feel like you look good!
And can I just mention that this dress was a steal? It's normally $98 which I would not probably ever have spent on a maternity dress that will only be worn for a short while. But I found it on Zulily for less than half the price and I'm soooo glad I got it (it was the last one available so basically it was fate)!

And for those who are interested in things like pregnancy updates... here you go.

How far along: 18 weeks

Total weight gain: I think I'm at 9 lbs from pre-pregnancy? I'm honestly trying to not obsess about my weight because watching the numbers on the scale climb is sort of hard for me (even though I know it's supposed to be happening).

Maternity clothes: this dress + a pair of skinnies (that I loooove) and a couple maternity tops scored from Gap on sale. I probs need to invest in another pair of maternity jeans though because I really can't fit into normal jeans.

Stretch marks: nothing new, just some from my last pregnancy. I'm using cocoa butter at night & bio oil in the mornings, so hopefully all this moisturizing will help prevent more!

Miss anything: Not too much... I'm just starting to get back to normal life after that horrible nausea & vomiting that comes along with pregnancy so we'll see if things are starting to be missed.

Movement: I've definitely felt the baby move by this point, but it's pretty subtle right now, and I don't even feel it everyday.

Food craving: peach rings (of course I'm craving candy), steak (we've had it twice this week), green veggies like brussels sprouts, yogurt.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not too much anymore! I'm still sensitive to strong smells though.

Have you started to show yet: It's obvious enough that people at church will tell me congrats on the pregnancy!

Gender: still a few more weeks until we find out! I'm still thinking girl, but I'm trying not to feel too definitive about that.

Labor signs: nothing yet, just some round ligament pain... so fun

Belly button in or out: still in!

Wedding rings on or off: on for now

Happy or moody most of the time: I'd say mostly happy but I get reeeeeally emotional about things. Ask my husband :)

Looking forward to: finding out the gender and coming up with some names!


  1. New to your site. Love the olive vest that adds shape and style to the pretty striped dress. also love the pointed black flats.
    from the link up

    please stop by, jess


  2. That's a great dress!
    Peach rings sound sooo good right now

  3. Congrats on your second pregnancy Janelle. You are looking gorgeous and I always love an olive military vest or jacket over a classic B+W Dress. Do you know if it's a boy or a girl yet?

    Have a great Holiday Weekend. Ada. =)

  4. You look so cute! I love those flats :).


  5. You look amazing! Xo -Madeleine Maternity