Hey friends! I’m back! I cannot believe it’s been over 2 months since I last posted. The weeks leading up to the holiday season were basically non-stop busy for me. If you don’t know, I am a part-time portrait photographer! And I had sessions scheduled every single weekend from the end of October til the second weekend of December. So I was shooting every weekend and then editing all week long, and I had pretty much zero desire to sit down at my computer once editing was done. It was crazy and fun, and I loved all the families I was able to work with. But I’m thankful for a break! If you’re interested, I did a post on my photo blog last month with a recap of the season! Lots of beautiful families! Check it out here. I also did about 10 commissioned paintings in November and December. It was the most wonderful/most busy time of year for sure.

So now I’m back to full-time mom mode. I am currently 2.5 weeks away from my due date with baby number 3 (insert panic/excitement face).

Physically we are ready. The baby clothes are washed. The crib mattress is raised back up. The diapers are stacked. The rocking chair has been scotch-guarded (both of my boys had ALL THE SPIT UP. So I am preparing for that again. Yay). My hospital bag is packed. The room is even mostly decorated (planning to share photos soon)! But mentally??? Are you ever really ready for a new baby?? Will I ever feel ready for THREE BOYS?

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that we didn’t initially plan on a third baby. I am so thankful that we changed our minds about that. But I’ve been in the “these are our only two kids” mindset for so long now that it’s so hard to picture what adding a new family member looks like! I’m just so caught up into doing day-to-day life with two young kids that it’s so hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we will have three kids in just a few short weeks. I think that’s part of why we haven’t been able to settle on a name. I just can’t picture him yet! I need to see his little face before I can officially give him a name.

Right now I feel like we are just in waiting mode. For some reason babies don’t like to tell you the exact moment they’re going to be born. So rude, I know. My list-making, schedule following brain does not cope with this too well. We don’t have much on our calendars for the next few weeks. I am doing my best to stay on top of house-cleaning and laundry, especially since I’m not working right now. Y’all, I even organized the tupperware cabinet today. Surely that means we are getting close to baby time! I find myself sitting around trying to come up with something to do. Because there is this major thing I’m about to have to do and there’s not really anything left to do to “get ready”. And I’m trying to remind myself that very soon I will not feel bored, and I’ll probably be wishing I could be bored, right? So for now I will just binge watch some Netflix shows, watch my robot vacuum clean my floors for me (my most favorite Christmas gift from my Mother-in-law), and bounce on my exercise ball. And pray that when this baby decides it’s time, we will be ready! I’m not on-board with an unplanned home birth or giving birth in the van as we drive to the hospital, ok Lord? Good deal.

As far as pregnancy goes, this one has been pretty enjoyable!

I was so uncomfortable and had constant back pain during my pregnancy with Porter, so I was scared that was going to happen again. But I really feel pretty good. I am just now starting to do some exercise again now that I’m full-term. I had to stop working out around 30 weeks because I was having contractions and cramping every time I did – even just going for a walk. So I’ve been missing that! I think exercising up to that point really benefited me a lot though, and I’m glad I stuck with it. Hoping it will make getting back in shape a little bit easier this time, too.

The boys are getting more excited as we get closer to my due date. Especially Evan, since he can grasp the concept a little bit better than Porter. I’ll get Porter to talk to the baby and say “I am ready to meet you”, which he has interpreted to “I’m gonna eat you!”. So that should be interesting! HA! I think they will both be sweet big brothers, but I think Porter will struggle with jealousy a bit because he is a snuggly mama’s boy. I’m praying for a smooth adjustment for us all. Also praying for the many many questions that I’m sure will be asked about how the baby came out, and all about breastfeeding. It will be very entertaining to say the least. Bless it.

I know this probably hasn’t been a very exciting to read post, but things have been really quiet over the last few weeks. I promise I will be back with regular content from here on out. It’s been about a year since I committed to this little blog of mine, and it has brought me a lot of joy. I love connecting with such an encouraging community of moms who are walking out this life just like me. If you have any content you’d like to see in the near future let me know! I have fun just word-vomitting what’s going on in my life, but I also had fun doing a few reviews the past few months, too. So let me know what you like!

Hopefully my next post will be with a sleeping baby next to me. Although I know I should probably just settle in for 3+ more weeks of pregnancy. He’ll come when he’s ready.

*family photos are courtesy of Terri Lynn Photography

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Happy Friday! We survived the week, y’all! And I am SO looking forward to the weekend, especially with cooler temperatures on the horizon. These sneak peeks of fall weather are not enough to satisfy. I want the real deal. Especially with this growing baby bump. I’m ready for all the leggings, sweaters, and comfy dresses.

Today I want to share with y’all one of my new favorite maternity dresses. I have partnered up with PinkBlush Maternity, who so generously sent me this fabulous dress to tell y’all about!

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From the moment I found out I was pregnant with this little babe, I have been drooling over PinkBlush’s maternity dresses. I love their super feminine style and knew I would need a few of their items in my closet.

One of the things I love most about their clothes is that they are not overtly “maternity”. I hate having to spend money on all these new maternity clothes that I won’t be able to wear again once this bump is gone. But there are so many of their tops and dresses that will easily transition to my post-baby body.

They even have some great options for nursing moms, as well as a whole section of non-maternity clothes. Sounds like a good enough reason to go and click “add to cart” ASAP.

I also love that the prices aren’t going to break the bank. With all of the expenses of a new baby, the thought of spending even more money on clothes is frustrating. Their clothes are great quality and reasonably priced! And if you know me, you know I like any clothing item that can be worn multiple ways. I like how easy it is to change up the look of this dress by changing out a few accessories that I already have in my closet. It also comes in a gorgeous rust and teal color. All 3 color options are perfect for fall, and can even transition into the cooler months of spring.

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PinkBlush Maternity Lugimom Blog

I think this dress will be perfect to go from date night, to holiday party, to lunch with the girls. And it’s so soft that I’ll probably end up with it still on when I plop on the couch with some Netflix at the end of the night.

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Clearly I’m a fan, and I have already been scoping out their site for a few more things I want to purchase. Here’s a few things I have my eye on (click the pictures to take you directly to their page to see more details).

They also have the cutest robes that would be perfect for my hospital stay in a few months, and for lounging around the house when baby boy comes home. These would make such a sweet gift for an expecting mama, too.

There are also items for baby and cute accessories, as well as non-maternity clothing. Perfect for any stage of life. So go check them out!

If you see something that catches your eye, you can use the promo code BUNDLEUP to save 20%! That promotion ends today. I’ll try to keep my eye out for another one to share with y’all.

This dress was sent to me to review, and all opinions are my own! I haven’t and won’t receive any compensation for this post. Just want to share with you the things I’m loving as usual:)

I also want to give a huge thank you to my friend Katie of Vivid Dream Photography for taking these gorgeous photos for me. She’s amazing!

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  • Courtney - Love the way you styled your dress!! I definitely support you getting the grey floral dress and those robes look super comfy!!ReplyCancel

    • Hannah // Lugimom - Thanks girl! A robe is definitely going on my Christmas wish list!ReplyCancel

It’s only Tuesday and I already feel like it’s been the longest week. I’m already wondering how much longer til I can have a break. I’m not quite sure what I need a break from or what purpose it will serve, but I just feel worn out. I suppose mothering a four and two year old can do that to you. Add being 25 weeks pregnant to that combination, and surely it’s justifiable to just feel permanently tired.

When your alarm clock is not a nice pleasant sound effect from your phone, but a crying two year old or a four year old six inches from your face asking for breakfast. And then the stream of questions, requests, and demands starts and feels like it never ends.

When I stop and put that in perspective, I realize there are lots of long pauses between the questions and requests, but some days there are just so many that I feel like I’m drowning in them. I already feel aggravated from the last string of questions when the next string starts. I start thinking there’s no way I will be able to handle three children. And then that bumps my anxiety up another notch. And then someone asks for a snack and I feel like I can’t possibly get anything accomplished ever again.

Can you relate?

Sometimes life just feels heavy.

I can’t handle the weight of it. I’m going to topple over or explode. I want to go lock myself in my room and let someone else take over. Is this normal? Is it supposed to feel this hard?

Wait, did you hear that?

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

So it is going to feel hard sometimes? But I don’t have to do it by myself?

He says to come to Him. But what does that even look like?

For me, this morning, it looked like standing in the driveway with my face turned upward and my hands outstretched saying, “God, I can’t keep doing this. I feel like my patience has run out. I feel like I’m going to lose it, and I’m permanently aggravated. Remind me of your truth. That You are patient and You are in me. That I can choose to trust You and not in this flesh. That you are the source of my life. Help me remember.”

I would love to say that our drive to school this morning was full of enlightening, pleasant conversation and praise music.

But, you know, God doesn’t generally just change our circumstances to make life easier for us.

He changes us.

He wants us to trust and lean into Him no matter what the circumstances may be.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

Renewing your mind means replacing the lies (I can’t do this) and grumblings with the truth.

The truth is that God gives us rest when we come to Him.

The truth is that He has equipped us with everything we need, and He will do the work for us as we trust Him.

“Now may the God of peace…equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.”  (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Renew your mind.

Remember what the truth is.

Remember who and whose you are.

Cry out to Him in the driveway, in the carpool line, in the locked closet with your kids crying for snacks outside the door.

Yes, sometimes life can feel heavy.

But it’s not yours to carry.

cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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Hey friends! Today I have something a little different for you.

Disclaimer…I am FAR from a fashion blogger. But I am a girl who likes and has to wear clothes, and I figured that most of you were too 😉

I recently bit the bullet and decided to try out Stitch Fix. What finally made me do it is when my friend Mandy mentioned that they had maternity clothes! Who knew?! (Ok maybe y’all all knew, but I was out of the loop.) This may cause me to lose my girly-girl card, but I really don’t like going shopping. I much prefer ordering clothes online versus digging through racks at a store. I think this is a habit born from necessity, as there are practically zero stores that carry pants and dresses long enough for me (I’m 5’11” with a 36 inch inseam). Sometimes it’s hard to even find long sleeves that are long enough. And one-piece swim suits? Forget it. I thought I was going to pee on myself laughing when I tried one of those on in the Target dressing room last year. Picture the boob portion of the suit a few inches north of my belly button basically. Not cute. Not acceptable for public viewing.

All that to say…I don’t like shopping. And trying on clothes in a tiny dressing room with the fluorescent light and all the mirrors just isn’t my idea of fun. Add being pregnant on top of that. No thank you.

So I headed to the Stitch Fix website to check it out. You start by filling out your sizes, and then they ask you about your style and what type of clothes you are looking for (casual, work wear, dressy, etc.) It was easy, and actually kind of fun. They also ask you what your budget is like. I hesitated for a second, but chose “the cheaper the better”. Because that’s just where I’m at, y’all. Especially with maternity clothes.

There’s a $20 styling fee for each box, but if you keep any of the clothes that amount is applied to your order.

A week later I got my shipping notification…and a few days after that…

Happy mail day! Everything was packaged really nicely with the directions right there on the box.

It came with instructions, a price sheet, and a pre-paid return envelope. It also had this print out of all the items in the box and suggestions on how to style them. And look how sweet the personal note in there is!

It was fun trying everything on. Part of me was hoping I’d hate it all or none of it would fit, because I knew it was going to be pricier than my normal clothing budget.

Sadly (or I guess not…) that was not the case! Check out how cute everything is!!

Liverpool Mira Maternity Skinny Jeans

I was seriously doubting that they would send me jeans long enough. But they did! These are super soft and good material. But after walking around in them for a few minutes I was already having to pull them up and re-adjust. And they hit my ankle a little funny and about an inch shorter than I would like. I decided to send these back. I may have kept them if the price point had been a little lower, but $78 is a bit higher than I’d like to spend on maternity jeans. Especially ones that I didn’t LOVE.

Loveappella Shenol Maternity Knit Top

This top was cute, but I didn’t really love the style. And the sleeves weren’t quite long enough. So this one got sent back too. It was $54.

Laila Jayde Macki Space Dye Maternity Knit Top

I think I will probably wear this shirt multiple times a week when the weather is a bit cooler. It’s so soft and comfortable. And not overtly “maternity” so I think it will stay in my closet post-pregnancy too. At $54, it’s a keeper!

Daniel Rainn Pistachia Split Neck Maternity Blouse

How cute is this top?! I think it will transition well from early fall to cooler temperatures. It’s super soft and flowy. I think it will be great for postpartum wear in the spring as well. The price was higher than I really wanted to spend ($68), but I just couldn’t send it back! So in the closet it goes.

Loveappella Great Knit Maternity Dress

Last but not least is this super cute dress! I was a little unsure about it at first, because I don’t normally wear super fitted things. But I feel like during pregnancy is one of those times where you can get away with it. Plus the material is amazing. And it’s double lined, so you aren’t seeing any lines from undergarments or super adorable cellulite showing through like some other bodycon dresses I’ve tried. I was on the fence about this one until I tried it on with some accessories.

Love this casual look for fall! Chambray makes everything cute!

And I think this could work for any upcoming Christmas parties or nicer date nights. Any sweater or vest would pair well with it. I may try it with tights when the weather is cool enough too. The dress was $72. I think the amount of wear I’ll get out of this versatile dress the next 4 months will pay it off!

Overall I’d say the experience was better than I expected. I was planning on just keeping one thing, but I couldn’t say no to the 3 I kept. I don’t know if I will do another maternity “fix” just because I have less than 4 months to go, and I already have some things in my closet. And honestly, as a stay at home mama, I don’t have to get dressed in nice clothes too often, ya know? I think when I get back in shape after this baby I will try it again! And I definitely recommend giving it a try yourself. If you hate it all, you’re only out $20. Not too bad! And if you keep everything you get, you’ll get 25% off the entire order!

Here’s my affiliate link to give it a try if you’re interested!

Also…I paid for everything with my own money. I was not sent anything or given any incentive to review, so my opinions are totally my own!

Have you tried Stitch Fix before? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments!

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On the 25th of September I celebrated my 29th birthday.

Yeah yeah, I know…I’m still a baby. I’ve been told 😉 Jonathan and I got married when I was 20 (WHAT?!) and had Evan when I was 24. On the flip side of that, my children will be out of my house before I’m 50. So HOLLA!

Anyway, back to the point…

Growing a year older generally causes me to be a little bit introspective, much like the beginning of the New Year. I’d like to take the time to sit and think back on year 28 and think about what I want year 29 to bring. There are always things to learn about ourselves and things we could do better. And hey, there may be some things we are actually doing well and that is ok to celebrate!

Throughout the last few years I have become more comfortable with being myself. I’ve naturally kind of been the oddball most of my life. Mainly due to the fact that I’m always a good 6+ inches taller than everyone else. I know to some that may sound silly, but it is something that makes you stand out, and as a kid and teenager that’s not necessarily the way I wanted to stand out. Add into that a bad overbite that led to 3.5 years of braces, acne, and glasses. I was clearly set up for middle school and high school success. Somewhere along the way I let the lie creep in that I was not as good as, or less than…not good enough. I let that squash a lot of my personality I think. So now I’m in the ongoing process of letting God reveal where those lies have really affected me and shaped things for me. It’s crazy and ridiculous how we can let 5th grade bullies alter how we see our adult selves, right?!

Every year…every day, really I let go of those lies a little bit more and let His truth speak over my life. And I settle into who I truly am, and let that show to the people around me. I’ve let the fear or not being good enough lead me to be passive about a lot of things come my way…the fear of being wrong, or saying something stupid, or not quite funny enough, or insightful enough, etc. etc. It can take the life right out of you if you let it.

So one thing I want to do is make sure I am always honest. Honest about who I am, how I feel, my opinions, my weirdness, my sensitivities…etc. etc. I don’t like confrontation, but mainly I am scared of being wrong or “too different”, so I tend to go with the flow…which is basically just conforming. That’s seems like it will be easier.

In the moment it may make things easier, but it is hard on the soul, friends.

Once you let yourself start doing that, it becomes more and more likely that you will do it again. And before you know it, that pathway in your brain is deep and you’re left wondering who the hell you really are. I have had to dig myself out of that trench, and I don’t want to jump back in it. I want to just be me…I don’t want to be passive because it just feels too overwhelming to care deeply about things sometimes. I generally feel like there are people out there who know WAY more than I do, and I’d rather just let them discuss and “do” rather than try to step in and mess it all up, ya know? But what good is that doing? For others and myself?

God created ME. He created my personality with intention and purpose. The Hannah expression of Jesus. What a disservice to squash that down and not fully embrace it and live it.

There are things that I do care deeply about. And I want to be more pro-active on those things. Sometimes my scope feels so limited as a stay at home mom…and now a pregnant stay at home mom. But this is the season I am in, and God doesn’t say “hey just take these few years off from loving Me and loving people.” There is always an opportunity no matter the season we are in. It looks different for different people at different times, but I want to be open to Him using me where He has me.

Part of this season of life also means naturally being disconnected from people. I am in the thick of it with these babies. Every single thing I do and nearly every conversation I have gets interrupted by a cute little person needing something from me. I don’t think I realized until recently how much this has affected my adult relationships.

Y’all…I get into a social setting and I feel like I don’t know how to have a conversation with an adult! I mean…eventually I get into the swing of it when it’s with my friends, but small talk with strangers? Nope. I’ve forgotten how to do it. It’s like I’ve gotten so used to mainly talking to my children or having every conversation with Jonathan or friends who come hang out with their kids interrupted that I just can’t anymore. Can anyone relate to that? The struggle is SO real. Now that I’m aware of it, I really want to not let that be my norm. I need adult people and adult conversations…because dammit I am an adult! I don’t want every conversation I have to include the phrase “use your words!” or “do you need to go potty?” Can I get an Amen?

Another thing that puts a strain on my adult friendships is that I am by nature an introvert. I recharge by being by myself. And as a stay at home mom, I am rarely by myself. So when my kids are gone, or are in bed for the night I am VERY content to sit on my couch with a TV show or a book. It is well and good to know this about myself, and it’s ok to acknowledge that I need alone time. But when I let this take over and put people and relationships on the back-burner, that’s not cool, dude. One day my kids will have their own lives and I don’t want to be left with no friends because I was too busy “introverting” to maintain and form relationships. Basically this just means I need to be more intentional with my time and efforts with my friends. Because it is SO worth it to have people who you can do life with.

Overall, this year I just want to be authentic. Authentic with who I am and in my relationships. I want to be intentional with the things and people that matter to me. I want to be honest about my feelings and my heart. I want to be open to what God is showing me. I want to not be scared about my big ideas, but just jump head first into the things God puts on my heart without worrying about not being good enough or messing it all up.

It’s ok to fail.

It’s ok to not be the best.

It’s not ok to just sit back and watch the world go by and miss out on all of the wonderful things God has done and is doing.

All of these things are things I hope and pray for my boys, so I need to hope and pray them for myself too. I am still a person. A person of value. Not “just a mom” or “just a wife”. My life is not on hold while I stay home and raise babies. I don’t want to miss out on what this season has to offer…what this year of my life has to offer.

Bring it on, 29.

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  • Kymber Janes - Hi beautiful girl! Hope you had an awesome bday! I just love reading your posts because i always so relate with them and am encouraged by them as well. PLUS they are filled with so much wisdom. As i have said before – you are an inspiration and wonderful to me. Thank you for helping me become more courageous to be more authentic no matter how nerdy…lol
    Congrats again on your new little one. 💜 you!ReplyCancel

    • Hannah // Lugimom - Thanks for always encouraging me, girl!! Thankful to have you in my life.ReplyCancel