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5 Qs with Karri

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5 Qs with Karri

Name: Karri Wells Wane

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Occupation: Supervisor, Digital Communities at 360i

Baby’s Sex: Surprise!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Comfortable

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

My biggest challenge was that I didn't want to invest in a lot of new pieces that I would only wear for a few months. I regularly use StitchFix, so I requested that they start including items that could be worn during or after pregnancy. I've ended up with a lot of separates consisting of flowy tops, skinny jeans and leggings. They have transitioned with me throughout my pregnancy, and I know I will continue to get some mileage out of these pieces after the baby comes.

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So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How fun being pregnant is! I've been surprised by how good I've felt, and how much I've enjoyed this big belly. Don't get me wrong, I've had my moments... but all in all this has been a pleasant ride.

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

It's actually a coat that I'd purchased on sale at Old Navy a few years back. It was bright blue with an empire waist. I received so many compliments on it, plus because of the shape of the coat, it accentuated my bump. Definitely has helped get me get a seat on the subway a few times :).

What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

I'm excited to rediscover the city together as a family. Throughout our pregnancy this whole new side of the city has opened up to us. I didn't realize just how family friendly it is, and how much there is to do. I'm looking forward to experiencing it all together.

Karri is wearing:

Top: Daniel Rainn

Bottom: James Jeans

Shoes: Uggs

Jewelry: leighelena

Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids Photography

Shoot Location: Babesta

Note: Karri gave birth to a baby girl on April 11th. Congrats!

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It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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