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Pregnancy Profile: I Still Love You NYC

Talking bumps & babies with jewelry designer Carrie Morrissey.

Pregnancy Profile: I Still Love You NYC

There is no time like pregnancy to get accessorizing. No matter how many jeans or dresses (or bras) you outgrow, that gorgeous statement necklace always seems to fit perfectly. Nobody knows that better than Carrie Morrissey, CEO and creative director of I Still Love You NYC. Her laser-cut acrylic jewelry line is the best accent to a growing bump...including her own!

This Brooklyn mama-to-be recently invited us into her colorful workshop to talk about feeling strong and sexy during pregnancy, how she’s adjusting her biz style, and what she’s most looking forward to with her baby girl on the way.

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How have you balanced pregnancy and your job? Have you had to make changes?

The first trimester was so hard because I was exhausted. Constantly. Since I first found out I was pregnant, we’ve made quite a few changes in the day-to-day running of my business. I had been teaching my assistant the craft for about a year, so once we found out, a lot more of the sampling and production went to her. I still control the brand voice, design responsibilities and run the day to day social media and PR, but once the baby comes I will be teaching her more of that as well so we can work side by side on projects.

How has pregnancy or the idea of a baby influenced you creatively?

It’s fascinating, becoming pregnant has really changed my priorities. ISLYNYC has always been a very joyful brand, generally I design things that make me happy or laugh. But as I’ve become pregnant, I’ve started thinking about things that are bold but a little easy to wear and understand. Our most recent collection is much less conceptual than past collections, it feels more mature, more womanly.

Tell us about your pregnancy style.

Since I’ve become pregnant, I’ve been wearing more tight clothing than any other time in my life! Generally I wear larger, loose clothing, but since my chest and stomach have grown those styles feel really unflattering. My best friend actually told me “If there is any time to show off your stomach it’s now!” and I couldn’t agree more. I feel sexy and strong in a totally new way!

I’ve got a small collection of pieces that are really easy to switch in and out, that are easy to wear and feel really classic. I have a navy body con from American Apparel that looks awesome with denim or layered under a sweater, a few grey bodycon dresses, one from Need Supply and one from Pinkyotto. An amazing long grey vest from Myths of Creation that looks fantastically chic over any of them, and a few pair of cute boots that are comfortable and easy to walk in but still look very cool. My favorite pair are from Surface to Air. The only actual maternity clothes I’ve bought — which I love and am so glad that I have, are a pair of maternity leggings from Pea in a Pod, and a few staples from H&M -- a super cute/comfy sweat suit in chambray, and several pair of opaque black maternity tights.

What creative moms out there inspire you and why?

I am super fortunate to have a few really inspiring creative moms in my friend group. My BFF since college is a business owner with a 5-year-old — she slays both parenting and operating a successful company with grace and composure and I’ve been taking notes since day one of her parenting. She’s not afraid to say no to her son, which I think is really important, and he is madly in love with her, because he feels secure in himself, taken care of and supported.

Another friend of mine who’s just had a baby girl has been really inspiring to me. She’s a teacher so she has a lot of experience with kids, but beyond that, her pragmatic take on pregnancy is so refreshing and comforting. We obviously want to make sure everything is as perfect as it can be, but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed or overzealous, it’s amazing to chat with a girlfriend who’s going through the same things candidly.

Another friend of mine just gave birth in November and she and I both have small jewelry businesses — she worked right up to the end, and is figuring out how to juggle keeping a business going while spending as much time as possible with her new baby girl. Talk about inspiring!

NYC is obviously such an important part of your brand's identity. What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby about the city you "still" love?

I am beyond excited to bring a child up in New York City. From culture and art to different types of foods, communities and people, I am so happy to show my girl a world full of differences! The best way to find out how similar we all are is to be on top of each other, and that is totally this city. We are not homogenized, we are dirty and gritty and real. I truly feel this is one of the most exceptional places in the world, it is a place where dreams happen and are realized, where inspiration is everywhere. I am excited to share this with her — and I can’t wait for her to share her perspective and inspiration with me!

Has your work in Brooklyn's creative community helped you uncover some cool brands for baby's nursery or wardrobe?

Honestly, the best part of being in BK surrounded by other cool moms are the rad hand-me-downs! On my block alone there are tons of moms, and adding in all of the friends having babies, we are swapping things like mad! We are planning on doing as much gender-neutral things as possible so I’m not terribly concerned with what gender the last owner was, besides the fact that it’s all in the styling -- and between puking and potty-ing there will be plenty of opportunity for outfit changes!

Tell us about some cool baby or pregnancy brands you've discovered in the BK creative community.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say my husband and I are “crunchy” but we are absolutely interested in giving her good quality pieces made by small brands rather than all the disposable plastic sold at big box stores. A really good friend has started making plush toys and selling them on her etsy site Bangarang Club, they are beautifully sweet and gorgeously made. We also really like a lot of the smaller brands sold at Mini Jake in Williamsburg and LAB Brooklyn, they have a lot of wooden toys that we love and sweet home decor, although as of yet we haven’t bought a ton because we don’t have a ton of space in our apartment. At the end of the day, we are more interested in second-hand pieces than purchasing too many new things that are only going to last a few months to a few years. We create so much waste already anything we can reuse is our favorite. And of course, ISLY’s jewelry has been great since I’ve been pregnant — brooches fit ANY size, and they cover the inevitable food spots that fall on my ever-growing chest!

Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids for Well Rounded NY.

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With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

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Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

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When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

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For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

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When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

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KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

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Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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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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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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