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MATERNITY PHOTOS WITH AUTUMN HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

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A few weeks ago Ben and I had the opportunity to shoot with the lovely and talented Autumn Harrison of Autumn Harrison Photography. Let's just say I am completely BLOWN away by the images and will treasure them forever. It's such a special time in our lives, and I am so happy with the way these turned out. 

Autumn is seriously amazing and makes you feel incredibly comfortable. Ben and I both agreed that it was the best experience we have ever had shooting with a photographer. She gave us such great direction and encouraged us the whole time. We picked quite possibly the most humid day of the entire year and were literally dripping sweat the entire time, but she still somehow managed to make us look good.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer/ portrait photographer, she is AMAZING. Autumn is based in Raleigh but loves to travel:)

I am officially in the third trimester and our little girl will be here before we know it!

 
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ASOS SALE

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DRESS: ASOS (20% OFF) | SHOES: SEYCHELLES (C/O)

Happy Monday, friends! It's a BIG week in the Perdue household for lots of reasons, and I promise I will share all the details with you all on Wednesday. Let's just say it's been a long time coming.

More good news, ASOS is having a huge sale and is offering 20% off of everything! Make sure and use code SUNNYDAYS at checkout for the discount. ASOS has been my go-to for many years but cute and affordable clothing. I love that they carry a great selection of maternity clothes, and I have been buying a lot of what you see me wearing from there. My cute polkadot dress is non maternity and currently on sale for $23! It comes in a bunch of colors and is the perfect lightweight dress to throw on for a hot day.

I have rounded up a few of my favorite pieces from the sale below (maternity and non maternity)! Happy shopping friends, the sale won't last long!

 
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MATERNITY STRIPED MAXI DRESS

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STRIPED MAXI DRESS: PINK BLUSH (C/O) | BLUSH WEDGES: MARC FISHER (C/O) | STRAW BAG: KAYU DESIGN (C/O) | BLACK HAT: BRIXTON WOMENS

I have been waiting for the bump to make an appearance, and it has finally decided to arrive. Small, but we are getting there! Since none of my regular clothes fit, I have been trying to be creative with what I wear. I obviously always want to look cute, but comfort has become my new must-have. Flowy maxi dresses like this one from Pink Blush are PERFECT for this time of year. They are breezy, comfortable and so easy to dress up or down.

Pink Blush has been my go-to for cute and affordable maternity clothes. They have a HUGE selection of clothing and even offer super cute maternity swimsuits. I love that they don't feel TOO maternity but still fit my style. They also offer super cute outfits for girls who aren't pregnant as well. 

SHOP MY LOOK:

 
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WE'RE HAVING A BABY + 1ST TRIMESTER BUMPDATE

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Still feels surreal to type this, but WE'RE HAVING A BABY! I guess the best place to start would be back at the beginning (FYI, I am currently 16 weeks). We were living in Seattle and getting ready to move home to NC. A lot of people think we moved home due to the baby, but we were actually already planning on returning to NC. Seattle was always temporary for us, and we knew we wanted to raise our family in NC.

Back to the story. I actually flew back out to Seattle after being home in NC for Christmas to help Ben finish packing (he had returned home a few days earlier).  Ben and his Dad were making the drive with all of our stuff across country to NC, so I wanted to be there to at least help pack. We ended up finding out we were pregnant my first day in Seattle and it was such a special moment for the two of us. I started feeling super nauseous on the pane ride after not eating a good breakfast. I just knew something felt off. The moment we landed I told Ben he had to take me straight to eat and that I thought I was pregnant (you can imagine his shock). We ate a quick lunch and walked over to CVS to grab a few pregnancy tests. I immediately took the test when I got home but set it down to wait before looking at it. I decided I would quickly call my mom to let her know I arrived safely which you can imagine turned into a 10 minute conversation. Ben, impatient as he is, decided to look at the test while I was on the phone and was practically pacing the apartment waiting for me to get off. I finally got off the phone and was like "well what does it say?" I looked at the test and saw the words "PREGNANT" clear as day. We were both so overwhelmed with excitement and happiness and also fear! It seemed like the perfect way to end an amazing chapter and an even better start to a new chapter.

Let's just say that pregnancy is definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be. Not because I've been super sick or have had morning sickness or anything (so lucky to have missed that), but mostly because I just havent felt like myself. I experienced so much change all at once that it was slightly overwhelming. I am a girl who thrives on routine and when you're pregnant, routine just doesn't happen. I would wake up every day telling myself that I was going to accomplish all of these different things, but then I would get SO tired and end up spending most of the day on the couch. Also, every thing that I used to enjoy food wise( mainly healthy things...meat and vegetables), I despised! I only wanted to eat carbs and more carbs. I attempted to workout but just did not have the energy and my boobs tripled in size. Yes, you read that right! This might be the worst thing for me at the moment because they are just SO uncomfortable, and I am not sure how they could possibly get any bigger (although I know they will once I start breastfeeding). 

I quickly learned all about being pregnant and that the first trimester is just hard! I finally accepted that I was growing a baby, and I was going to be tired so I just needed to rest. For once in my life, I ate what I wanted to without worrying about it and just enjoyed being pregnant. I will say that I had to definitely cut back a little after learning about my quick weight gain, but I now try and just do everything in moderation. The second trimester has been SO much better and I want to start doing more updates with you guys about that.

You guys are such a big part of my life and it was so fun to finally share the big news on social media. Each and every one of your sweet comments means the world to me!

AVERSIONS: Meat(mostly chicken), vegetables (basically anything healthy), coffee

CRAVINGS: Egg and cheese biscuits and Velveeta mac n cheese are my weaknesses right now! 

WEIGHT GAIN: 7 lbs

CLOTHING: Basically none of my shirts fit due to my large boobs, So i tend to wear flowy and comfortable dresses. I finally bit the bullet and bough a cheap pair of maternity jeans from Target because the unbutton thing was just annoying to me. The pants don't fit right and always fall down but its better than being squeezed into my old jeans. I also wear the Lulu Lemon Align pants when I am at home. They are SO comfy!

We find out the gender of our sweet little babe in just over a week, and I cannot wait!!! Stay tuned for the announcement.

A couple of outtakes because pregnancy ain't always so pretty, y'all!

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