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Natalie Thomas' Pregnancy Style

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Name: Natalie Thomas

Neighborhood: TriBeCa

Occupation: Writer, Blogger

Baby’s Sex: Male

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Casual, comfortable, effortless, as non-maternity as possible. I tend to wear things I did before and just adapt them. Blousy and stretchy non-maternity shirts with maternity jeans, regular printed or elastic waist pants with a good, roomy T, a V-neck with an open (plaid) button down...

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

Some of my maternity clothes I wore 4 years ago don't fit my body this time. I'm carrying differently than I was with my daughter.

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

How much bigger (and quicker!) I've gotten in my second pregnancy versus my first.

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

Mostly, I'm looking forward to getting the chance to do it again, one last time, after four years and a loss. But I also can't wait for the new baby smell, the sleeping on my chest, all the firsts... And to see my daughter with her baby brother. I really can't wait for that!

What’s your top 5 registry essentials?

1. Swaddle or receiving blankets that are multi-purpose.

2. A good baby carrier.

3. A sound machine (game-changing so you don't have to be those parents "shhh").

4. Plenty of cheap, soft onesies.

5. Diapers/wipes/actual essentials that you really need, you go through so quickly and add up!

Natalie is wearing:

Mom’s the Word Cutout Blouse

Paige Premium White Jeans, available at Mom’s the Word

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Photography by Ana Gambuto for Well Rounded.

*This post was sponsored by Mom’s the Word. Thank you to our Bump Envy Bundle sponsors dapple and Bravado.

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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.

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