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Go ahead, call me crazy. Come early May we’ll be expending our family to five and Jack and I will officially be outnumbered! This wasn’t a complete shock, but regardless I’m not sure I was really ready for this. To be quite honest, I do not love being pregnant. At all. I envy the women who glow and feel fantastic as they carry their babes those 9+ months and then are saddened by the fact that their bump is suddenly gone. No, I would much rather skip some of the unpleasant side effects my body endures and just place that beautiful baby in my arms. And for those of you that have been pregnant more than once, you can surely relate to the way your body acts after that first pregnancy. I swear from the moment I found out I was pregnant my body jumped into action as if to say “oh here we go again, I know exactly what to do”. At 15 weeks with this child I look as I did at 20+ weeks with my first. Not one to enjoy squeezing into my regular clothes leaving some buttons undone, I’ve begun breaking out some maternity clothes (pants at least) which feel absolutely heavenly with room to breath. Since I wasn’t blogging during either of my other pregnancies, this will be a true test for me as I work through the upcoming months, but I’m going to do my best for you guys!

Just to catch you up to speed, I’m now into my second trimester and I’m looking forward to it. The first few months I have dealt with nausea from morning through night and my energy level dropped dramatically. I’m starting to feel a bit better during the day now and I don’t seem to need a daily nap anymore ;) Our baby is now the size of an apple and we plan on finding out the sex next month. My husband and I are not great at waiting and I am anxious to begin getting rid of some of the extra clothes I have been holding on to! I know life doesn’t always go my way, but as far as my plans are concerned this will likely be our last child. I’ll be savoring every moment once this baby arrives, but until then I’ll be praying each week passes quickly ;)

I know the outfit isn’t nearly as exciting as that news, but for those interested, read on. Although three-quarter length sleeves may not always seem practical, especially when it comes to a coat, boy do I love it regardless. This coat was a bargain Elie Tahari from TJMaxx last year (seen here, here, here and here) and I find it to be a refreshing change from my other wool coats. Plus, I always wear long sleeves underneath which completes the look of the outfit. One other note, I finally splurged on knee-high boots. Well, not technically a splurge when I got them on sale and was able to apply credit earned from my GapCard (yay!) but that’s my idea of a smart splurge. PS, check out the price now! I love the dramatic look they add to an outfit and since it’s not practical to be investing in much clothing at this point, shoes and boots are where my purchases will be ;)








Details: Elie Tahari coat via TJMaxx (love this option, see others below) / JCrew shirt (similar) / Gap Maternity pants (similar non-maternity) / Dolce Vita boots (on sale!) / Cookie Lee necklace c/o / Michael Kors watch


  • Whitney says:

    Aww!!!! Congratulations, Jack and Marisa! Thanks for sharing your fun news. :)

  • Cyndi Meyers says:

    Congrats to you all! And I feel you on the pregnancy thing. I am due with my first at the end of March and was wondering what all my friends had told me about just how wonderful being pregnant is. Don’t get me wrong, We are so excited for this baby, but my body sure doesn’t really love being pregnant! Glad to hear that your feeling better :)

    • marisa says:

      Oh Cyndi CONGRATS to you!! That first child changes everything in such an amazing way, I’m so happy for you! Wish you were feeling well, but I promise, it won’t last forever, that’s the good part ;)

  • Yeah! Congratulations. We can’t wait to see what gorgeous baby awaits us!

  • Auntie Anne says:

    Congratulations to you and yours….the kids are going to be so excited. Glad that you are feeling better! I felt the same way that you do about pregnancy, it’s no picinic :) Take good care of yourself Marisa!
    xoxo Auntie Anne

  • Amanda says:

    For some reason I tried to hold off on maternity pants for as long as possible. Now I know how glorious they are once regular clothes start becoming uncomfortable! I can’t wait to see how you style your pregnancy! So excited for you and the fam!

    • marisa says:

      Hideous but glorious is right :) Your pregnancy went fast for me (of course, haha), hopefully this one does the same!

  • Kimberly says:

    Congratulations Marisa – I’m so excited for you & your growing family…this is wonderful news! I will be praying that your pregnancy goes smoothly!! xoxo

  • Judy says:

    First, congratulations on your wonderful news. My question is in regards to the your coat. I have searched the internet high and low and cannot find, do you have any other suggestions. Although I like the other examples I would really prefer a closer match to the Elie Tahari.

    • marisa says:

      Thank you Judy! I was doing my best to search as well and wasn’t able to find a closer match to this coat. If I come across anything I’ll be sure to pass along!

  • Cutest. Pregnant Person. EVER! So thrilled for you and can’t wait to see your maternity style!

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