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Blogger, Family, Maternity, Lookbook, Motherhood, Photography, StyleOlivia NicoleComment

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It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to. Tears of wild and crazy pregnancy hormones, that is.

Today marks my 27th birthday and I have a week and a half until the due date of my little dude. I've been so blessed to have a pleasant pregnancy thus far, and seriously haven't had much to complain about in this journey. That's not saying that I haven't complained a time or two about my ever expanding feet and the inability to sleep comfortably at night, but who's counting those, really? Haha! As I am in the final weeks before my son is due, I must say, there are a mixture of emotions in preparing for the approaching big day. As most mothers I'm sure can relate, I am completely attached to my baby bump. Not just because I am having a great time styling looks that show off my bump, but because my baby boy and I have this incredibly special bond that we have built during the nine months that he's been cooking in there. There's emotions that stem from the truth that I am beyond READY to see him, hold him, kiss him, and just anxiously awaiting his arrival. Our little nest is ready, mama and papa are ready, and we just know that he will be with us any day now.

My advice to the expectant mothers reading, when you get down to the final weeks, be patient and try not to get discouraged if your baby decides to stay in there a bit longer. You WILL be ready and eager when you have two weeks to go, but baby may not be quite ready, just yet.

Funny enough, for my birthday dinner last night, we went out to a local Italian restaurant to try out the "Eggplant Parmesan method". You may ask, what is this method? Well, apparently Eggplant Parmesan is known to induce labor within 48 hours after enjoying the dish. Last night, my determined plan was to give it a try. It was certainly not meant to be for this soon-to-be mama, as the first thing the waiter announces to our table upon arrival was "the one and only dish that we are out of for this evening is...the EGGPLANT PARMESAN!!!!" As disappointed as I was to receive this news, I came to the realization that my baby boy will come when he wants to, simple as that!

Whether he decides to make his debut on my birthday (today), or tomorrow, or on his due date of August 4th, it will be the best birthday present that this mama could ever receive. My little LEO sidekick will be cradled in my arms in no time! Yipee!

FP ONE Angel Lace Dress - Free People | Spiked Moto Jacket - Gypsy Warrior |
Silver 3-Buckle Pointed Boots - T.U.K Original Footwear | Kitti Shades - Quay Australia |
Pure Red Matte Lipstick - NYX Cosmetics

Ready. Set. GO!

Blogger, Family, Motherhood, Photography, Maternity, StyleOlivia NicoleComment

Ready. Set. GO! I'm just a mama on the go, getting everything ready for the upcoming arrival of my baby boy. It's down to the wire and he'll be making his debut any week now. What a wild thought that is! Time truly flies when you're carrying around your little blessing!

Nursery set-up, check! Prepared essentials, check! Packed hospital bags, check! Installed car seat, check! My to-do list is dwindling down to the last few items and as excited as I am to meet my little guy, I'm also a little nervous for the labor itself, if I'm being totally honest. No one can fully prepare, but one can try.

The best thing that makes me feel ultra prepared, is this perfect diaper bag from Fawn Design, that holds all of the things that I could possibly need, even before I'll need them! Right now, it's being used as my hospital/delivery bag, but soon enough and it will serve its purpose as an actual diaper bag! Not only is it super chic and modern, but it's oh so functional as well.

With four exterior pockets and five interior pockets, there is multiple slots, appropriate for all of those on-the-go diaper changes and mid-day feedings. No mama wants an extra large diaper bag to lug around all day, when they already have a car seat on one arm or a baby on their hip. But then again, no mama wants a teeny tiny bag that barely holds their essentials to get them through the day, well prepared. The Fawn Deisgn bag is the perfect size, and did I mention that it has two carrying styles?! Wear it as a backpack to keep your hands free for the other important mama tasks, or wear it on or across your shoulder, with the easy ability to clip onto your stroller (with the Think King Mighty Buggy Hooks accessory). Want a different color, other than black? Don't worry, there are multiple colors to choose from (blush, brown, navy, gray) as well.

Mama or not, this bag is perfect for anyone who appreciates quality, functionality and design. If you're anything like me, who carries around pretty much everything in your life, wherever you go, this bag is for you!  You'll have all of the room for everything you definitely need, those items that you may possibly need, and also those items that you most likely won't need but want to have, just in case!

Also featuring: Dress by Free People | Calhoun Boots by Jeffrey Campbell | Necklace by Barbara C. Pellegrino | Hair Color by Arctic Fox