Jennifer Blake

Curated Closet: Cake Maternity

June 22, 2017

I am starting a new series on the blog, called the curated closet. Where I will feature different brands, styles, and general fashion posts! By no means am I a fashion blogger, but I recently started realizing that my dress from Target doesn't stand a chance against my favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress, but why having both is important! I also have found so many small brands that I absolutely love and want to share!

Cake Maternity designs supportive and comfortable pregnancy and nursing wear to compliment your lifestyle. "Motherhood can be a wild ride and not all women find the pregnancy and breastfeeding journey easy. At Cake we understand you are a woman first! With an extensive assortment of maternity and nursing bras, Cake has your every need covered – from t-shirt, contour to lace, soft-cup to moulded, sports, comfort to sleep nursing bras. Highly engineered and produced in a wide range of colors, we design for every stage of your journey."

I have been on the hunt for a good maternity/nursing bra for a few weeks, the ones I have are starting to get to small and the wire is getting uncomfortable. Well, I stumbled across Cake Maternity and loved what I saw, I did get nervous about ordering online, but it worked out well! I am in love with the Mousse Padded Plunge Nursing Bra, it has subtle dots on it for a cute touch and fits extremely comfortable, no rubbing or any digging into places that a typical wire bra does. Pair it with the Mousse Boy Shorts for a total comfort and cute look! It is my go to bra!

bra and boy shorts c/o

The bra unlatches from the top, a super simple snap in and snap out mechanism, which makes it
easy and convenient for when the little one is here! I plan to order a few more before she gets here, and hope this whole breastfeeding journey goes somewhat smoothly! 

Any tips or recommendations are welcome! Did you have a favorite maternity or nursing bra when you were pregnant?!

a baby shower for baby girl

June 20, 2017

I have not had my baby shower yet, but we have registered for the necessities and talk to those planning about what we do and do not want. We are having a more non-traditional style, I want Aaron there, I want it to be relaxed and I want to just be around all the people I love. We decided we are going to just have one giant cookout with friends and family! Besides planning what type of shower we wanted, I also wanted to help with invitations. I love good design and cute prints, so I knew exactly who I would turn to for invitations, Tiny Prints. We use them for holiday cards, thank you cards, business cards and more! I absolutely love the design options and the quality. Aside from the overall idea of the shower and the invitations, I didn't want to be involved in any of the planning so I passed the reigns over to my mom, mother in-law, and sister. One of my really close friends also offered to help!

I searched through a ton of designs on Tiny Prints but I knew in my heart I wanted simple, floral and a little rustic. I found the perfect match...

Are those not the cutest!? Simple yet adorable. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. I am so happy they are finally mailed out and showing up in peoples mailboxes! Tiny Prints is getting a new home, but will still be offering the same adorable designs and amazing quality.

Did you plan a lot of your own shower or have a theme!?  

bumpdate: week 27, 28 & 29

June 19, 2017

size of the baby: 27 weeks, size of a yellow turnip, 14.4 inches and 1.93 pounds.
total weight gain: 14 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: The warm weather is here to stay, I have about 3 dresses and 1 pair of shorts in rotation. I need to add a few more pieces to get through summer!
movement: I think she has had the hiccups a few times, the twitches are different than kicks! She is also kicking a lot harder now.
Aaron is: Still as calm as ever. He is definitely the calm to my crazy.
craving: Citrus, any fruits, water, and lately old fashioned donuts have been delicious!
looking forward to: Getting through the next few busy weekends and then some down time. We have been so busy lately and I could use a weekend to do nothing!
best moment: hearing her heartbeat more frequently since we are now going to the doctor every 2 weeks! Also knowing I passed my glucose test!
sleep: Getting harder and harder. I wake up a lot now to go to the bathroom and she kicks me so hard when I lay on my side.  
symptoms: She is starting to feel heavier and heavier, lots of pelvic pain walking around. I have been getting so many leg cramps at night, they hurt so bad. All of it is so worth it though!

size of the baby: 28 weeks, size of an eggplant, 14.8 inches and 2.20 pounds.
total weight gain: 16 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: Still rotating the same few pieces. As soon as I get home from work though I throw on gym shorts and one of Aaron's t-shirts or a sports bra, comfier and cooler with all this heat!
movement: Hard and frequent kicks. I have been carrying really low, but this past week she moved up a lot and found my ribs!
Aaron is: the best. He has been a peach dealing with my frequent emotional changes!
craving: We went out for waffles and I had the most amazing cinnamon roll one, now its all I can think about!
looking forward to: Our doctors appointment next week. I love hearing her heartbeat.
best moment: Playing in our first family golf outing! I mean she obviously doesn't know what we are doing but getting to bring her along for the ride with Aaron was fun and I found out 18 holes is too much at 28 weeks! She brought me some good luck thought! We also sent out baby shower invitations which makes it feel so real!
sleep: I sleep a few hours at a time, between leg cramps, having to go to the bathroom and her kicking me whenever I lay on my side, sleep is getting harder!   
symptoms: I welcomed the third trimester this week which brought more acid reflux, leg cramps and pelvic pain. I also get full really fast so smaller meals have settled a little better. Swollen feet and hands from the heat has also started! 

size of the baby: 29 weeks, size of an acorn squash, 15.2 inches and 2.54 pounds.
total weight gain: 16.5 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: Still rotating the same outfits, but I did finally get a maternity bra and it has been wonderful!
movement: She is very active, especially after a cold drink of when I lay down to go to sleep. She is moving all over my stomach and it feels like she is doing flips.
Aaron is: calm as ever. He came with me to my 29 week appointment so we both got to hear the heartbeat.
craving: Anything cold, ice water, popsicles, ice cream, Italian ice...
looking forward to: Our next appointment and our baby shower!
best moment: hearing her heartbeat
sleep: On and off! If I force myself to stay up late, then sleep tends to go better.
symptoms: Just feeling heavy and achy. Some nausea if I eat too much or if my stomach is empty and heart burn!

I try to post these weekly, but between weddings and just being busy I keep putting it off! So if you survived three weeks of updates in a row, hooray!