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Tres Chic Mama Diaries: Pernille at 36 weeks

by TRESCHICMAMA on July 27, 2012 · 6,939 comments

Hello everyone, Pernille from poorogrich here and it is good to be back!  It may have seemed I fell off the planet and in a sense I did.  At my 32 week appointment my doctor realized I was in pre-term labor and I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days to slow things down.  Needless to say, this was a less than exciting time fashion-wise for me.  The great news though was that they were able to stop things from progressing, the bad news was that I was put on bedrest once I got home.  Anyone who has ever been around a 3 year old can attest to the difficulty of keeping one entertained from your bed!

So what is bedrest like?  Super amazing the first two days where you just lie in bed and read and watch TV and don’t have to do anything.  And then you start to look out the window and see the world go by.  Then you start to pine for being in that world and then you realize just how much you still have to do before these babies get here and that’s when you really need to focus on why you are on bedrest.  Clothing-wise there are only so many things you can do with shorts and a tank top so I will spare you pictures from that time.

With great support from family and friends, I am now off of bed rest and at more than 36 weeks these babies are set to show up any day now.  However, with a 36 week belly with two massive babies in it, fashion choices are very limited to put it mildly.  Shirts are too short, pants are too tight, and this insane heat wave has made any kind of long dress nearly impossible to survive in.  And yet, on this particular day, where all we had to do was go to breakfast and bum around the house, this outfit made complete sense.

With my long non-maternity dress from Gap (similar here), my super trusty brown leather belt from Anthropologie (similar here) and some old vintage jewelry, it couldn’t get much simpler.

I had never really thought to sling a belt low until the end stage of my pregnancy and now I do it all of the time.  Not only is there absolutely no room to belt my stomach above it; the feet of the twins are so far up in my ribs, but it also makes you feel just a tad more pulled together.  So now whenever I wear a dress, which now really look more like shirts, I sling a belt on it and you should too.

With the news that I will be induced July 30th when the babies have reached full-term, you will only see one more pregnancy post from me and who knows after then?  This body has changed so much, it will be a whole new challenge to dress it. But until then; sling a belt on it and give yourself some cool.

Hej, hej



Hejsa, Pernille from poorogrich now 33 weeks pregnant and slightly embarrassed over, but fully embracing this week’s diary entry.  See this week is the week my husband and I traded in our dearly beloved Jetta diesel wagon and instead became the proud owners of a pre-owned Toyota Sienna minivan.  Yes, minivan.  Those most dreaded of all vehicles.  Those vehicles that no matter how smooth the ride is, no matter how roomy the vehicle is, there’s just no way to make it cool.  There is no way…

So what prompted the massive change after dismissing everybody that told us that with three kids, minivans were the only way to go?  Car seats.  After valiantly trying to get our three year old daughter, Thea, to climb over the infant seats to get to her own booster seat and then realizing that there is no way I would be able to buckle her in anyway, we had to face reality.  3 kids still in car seats, yup, that meant minivan.  At least when you add a double stroller for the twins and perhaps a grocery bag or two, the room is simply needed to maintain some level of sanity.  So after some deep research, too many hours spent at car dealers, we are proud to present our swagger wagon, the beast as I prefer to call it, the newest addition to our family….our van.

Boasting more than 14 cup holders, 4 of them right by the driver, power sliding doors, huge cushy seats that Thea have so far claimed for all of her teddy bears and even a kid watching mirror, this baby will be our main ride for the next 3 to 4 years at least.  Or so we think, no more than that we hope.  So I am just going to smile and pretend it is cool, in fact, if I squint a little bit right when I go to our garage I think it is still our Jetta.  Reality is all about perception, right?

Being a proud minivan driver now means I pay even more attention to what I wear.  No sweats, no sneakers, no khakis.  There are just certain cliches I have to refrain from while I am in this vehicle.  So simple does it with my favorite men’s Gap denim button down (similar here), my new gold miniskirt from H&M (similar here), green tank from Benetton (similar here ) and even a vintage necklace.  And that Hello Kitty clip, yup, courtesy of Thea and a little bit of playing hairdresser.

So until next I would love to hear your stories about your van and when you realized that was the way you had to go.  Or what other things have you had to do that you swore you just would never do?  I cannot be the only uncool driver out there.

Hej hej