Non-Maternity Maternity Style

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Is it weird that this is a maternity dress? I just really wanted to wear it and decided that nothing was really stopping me from wearing it to church last Sunday. It’s a lot baggier than this in reality, but I did the safety pin trick to improve the fit a little bit. It was definitely a Tim Gunn make it work moment. And I think it works, right? Just go with me on this one, okay? Okay! The last time I actually wore this dress was to attend the 2nd Annual Arizona Blogger Conference last year. I realized it was still hanging in my closet, not packed away with my other maternity clothes, and wanted to challenge myself to sport it without a bump. And there you have it - my non-maternity maternity style!

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Get the Look:

Dress - ASOS | Shoes - Matisse via DSW [exact: in black] | Necklace - Peacock Plum [cute alternative] | Aviators - F21 [identical]

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Real Talk: Blogger Envy

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It’s a sad day at the FabAve headquarters when the writer/creator/CEO is experiencing her bout of blogger envy, and lately I’ve been down in the dumps. If you follow me on Twitter than you might have noticed some not-so-nice tweets about the blogging community. Recently I’ve had to reflect on my place in the blogging world and what I bring to the table. Is my content fresh enough to gain the exposure that others are gaining? Am I pretty enough/witty enough to be backed by the ‘top brands’? Am I portraying my life as perfectly as possible? 

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I almost deactivate my site on a weekly basis and a couple weeks back the deactivate button look pretty prime in my green, envious eyes. I had to step away, breathe and regroup for a couple minutes. I sat back at my work desk, where my old, not state-of-the-line laptop sat, opened up a Microsoft Word document and just started typing.

Within my first few months of blogging I had to decide what the purpose of Fabulously Average was. Back then it was to become a professional blogger and be the next Kendi. HA. #YEAHFUCKINGRIGHT!? A year and a half into blogging I had to reevaluate the purpose of FabAve once more. At that time it was to have my voice and point of view heard and supported by others. Now, with almost three years of blogging under my belt (still a baby in the blogging world) I need to reexamine my purpose and the purpose of this blog once more.

And this is what I want:

  • I want to be a life line for new moms. Give beneficial advice and recount my adventures as a new mom as well as become a resource for mothers in general.
  • I want to be a positive motivator to those who are also on a quest to become healthier individuals. Build a community where we can support each other through the good and the bad and cheer each other on.
  • I want to show that the everyday average girl next door can still have style, even without spending tons of money. While it’s nice to read those Fancy Nancy blogs, it’s also nice to connect with bloggers that have a budget in mind.
  • I want this blog to be a visual journey of my life, where I can look back and remember moments fondly.

But with that little manifesto in mind, I also have to ask myself if this blog is for business or for pleasure. I’ve come to the realization that it is more for pleasure than anything else. Yes, there are times that I’m contacted for sponsored content or product reviews, and if they are right for the blog then I’m all for it! But that is no longer my main objective.

Unfortunately I think it is a natural thing for a blogger to experience envy but one that personally I am not fond of having. That feeling of resentment is an ugly feeling to have and one that is unbecoming. I hate projecting my perceived shortcomings on blogs that are thriving when mine is not. So I’m going to take my own advice and do my own thing. Because this is my space and I shouldn’t forget that.

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Doin’ MY Thang

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Truth Time: I’ve never felt as comfortable or as confident in my own skin as much as I do now. It seems that since having Remy, I’ve found an inner peace and self-assurance that I’ve never had before. I think mothers learn quickly, after the birth of their first child, that you just can’t please everyone. In life you can’t care what everyone thinks. Everyone will always have an opinion, whether it’s about your life, your style, or the way you parent. With this new found confidence, I’ve learned to not care (as much) and just do, wear, and parent the way that comes naturally to me. That’s what truly feels right. Because really, fuck ‘em*. Do your thang and I promise you’ll be a much happier person!

*pardon my French. 

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Get the Look:

Boyfriend Jeans - Gap [want to get these] | Peplum - Forever21 [cute similar] | Cardigan - Target | Booties - Matisse via DSW [exact:in black] | Jewelry - Old Navy (in store)

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Remy - Nine Months Old

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Reading back at these updates it’s like she’s changed yet has stayed the same these last nine months. There are days where I look her in the eyes and see the person she’ll grow up to be: curious, strong-willed, and cautious, yet full of courageous spirit. I may be wrong but I guess we’ll see. 

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Routine: Nothing has really changed as far as our routine goes. She did battle her second ear infection and an upper respiratory infection, complete with a runny nose, wet cough and pretty high fever. This caused a bit of a sleep regression, but she’s recovering like a champ. There were nights where she had to cuddle with either me or Kevin in order to fall asleep. However since she’s feeling better things have gotten back to normal. 

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Napping/Sleeping: I was jumping for joy when months went by and Remy was favoring sleeping on her side but then she got sick and BAM, Remy’s now a tummy sleeper. You are advised against allowing this as a parent (until the age of 2 for the fear of SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) so I was nervous and reluctant to let Remy sleep on her stomach, but after advising with mommies on Instagram many said it was okay since she’s able to flip from her tummy to her back without assistance. It still freaks me out a little bit but home girl likes it and I probably can’t stop it so why fight it. Oh, and with the exception of her sick nights, Remy has successfully slept in her crib for 2 months! Bye bye, bassinet! 

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Eating: During those few days she was miserably sick, Remy barely had an appetite. She would hardly finish her baby food and we were lucky if she took 4oz of her bottle (she typically takes 6oz with each meal). Now that she’s feeling better her appetite is back and better than ever!

We are working on eating solids but girlfriend isn’t a big fan of chunky foods. She enjoyed some avocado but was hesitant to keep it in her mouth for the first few bites. I had to watch her like a hawk and make sure she didn’t spit it out. I really should keep trying to introduce more solids into her diet but it’s hard and messy!? She does enjoy freeze-dried yogurt fruit snacks and it has really been a great help with practicing with solids. 

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Growth: Home girl is in the 80th percentile on the growth charts for 9 months olds! She weighs 20.19 pounds, is 28.7 inches long (88th %), and has a head circumference of 17.75! She’s getting so heavy for me to carry her comfortably but hey, it’s a workout for my biceps! 

She currently has three bottom teeth and is working on cutting her two top ones. You could see them almost break through. Let’s hope this happens without much trouble.

She is still wearing size 3 diapers comfortably for now. I’m wondering when we’ll have to size up. She is still wearing some of her 6 months clothing, but she’s starting look like the Incredible Hulk, so I’m guessing those are going into storage soon. The rest of her clothe are 9+ and she is wearing size 2 shoes.

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Social:

  • She blows kisses. Well technically she doesn’t blow them but she will make a kissing noise from across the room and expect one back. And you always send one back;)
  • She is SO CLOSE to crawling!?! I just need to relax and let her figure it out on her own. I think I’m pushing her too much. Great, I’m going to be that mom.
  • While she may not be crawling, she definitely knows how to get around. She can easily get from one side of the room to the other all while scooting. She uses on leg to lead and the other scoots underneath her. Sadly she has a rug burn on the stabilizing leg.
  • Remy enjoyed the girls weekend we had a couple weeks back and loved meeting her auntie Natalie!
  • Kevin taught her how to high-five. It’s pretty cute. We are now working on fist bumps;).
  • If you lead her (hold her hands while standing) she’ll walk with you. She looks so accomplished when she takes steps with you.
  • We think she’s figured out hi. If you wave to her and say hi she’ll do the same. But it doesn’t happen every time.
  • Remy enjoyed her first time at the park, compete with her first swing ride and a trip down the slide (I accompanied her). She loved the swings and had the biggest smile on her face the entire time!

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I wonder what her 10th month will have in store for us? Will she finally crawl within the next month? Eat solids? Only time will tell;)

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Phoenix-based life and personal style blog that chronicles the story book life of Joanne Mason and her growing family. Lets embrace all that is fabulous in our everyday, average lives, shall we?


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