Casey Burry-Joseph's Pregnancy Style

Name: Casey Burry-Joseph

Neighborhood: Brooklyn

Occupation: Art Consultant

Baby’s Gender: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

In my first two trimesters, I got to use much of my existing wardrobe, for example a boxy top/dress paired with leggings or a stretch knit jumpsuit paired with a drapey cape. By the end of the second, comfort became priority. I found maternity clothes overpriced and not sustainable, so I bought a few key pieces to mix and match -- a large gray cashmere dress and gray cashmere leggings (both from Century21), a super comfy and cute jumper and fur-pocket cardigan (both from Asos), and another few oversized sweater dresses with tights from Zara and H&M. For shoes, I mainly chose from my selection of Nike Blazers, but they've started feeling too flat for my growing, aching feet, so a bootie with a short heel has become easier, believe it or not.

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

Yes, definitely. I was looking forward to wearing things that 'showed off' my belly, but I suspect winter is a tougher time than summer to be free with fashion. I ended up wearing lots of medium - large sized long dresses with tights.

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

How happy I am! There were certainly ebbs and flows of hormone challenges throughout, but overall, I was pretty calm, chill, pleasant and happy.

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

There's so much. My husband and I are excited to share everything with her: stories, lessons, time out on the beach where we have a home, travel, art, our bed...

What’s your 5 registry essentials? I'll have a better answer to what is essential in a few weeks. What I love that we got are:

1. The 7am Enfant Bunting Bag and matching muffs,

2. The coolest clothes and accessories from the one and only Alex Gisela of Cabbages and Kings,

3. Honest diaper backpack,

4. Oeuf Rhea Crib,

5. Land of Nod Activity Gym and Animal Rattles (also love and have already started using Ikea LED night light)

Casey is wearing:

1) Kimchi Blue dress; H&M Maternity Tights

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

2) Electric Feathers Dress

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

3) Vintage Leopard dress

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

4) c21 Pink Bodysuit; Barney's cashmere pants (similar style); Gray Wool Cape (similar style); Nike Blazers

Photography by Adam Joseph in a Chelsea gallery.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

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May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3


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