Lace and Locks is a fashion, home and lifestyle blog By Kim Le. It is a personal style blog where Kim shares her love for being newly married, girly goodies and fashionable finds. Normally behind the camera, she is now trying out being in front of the camera.
It’s amazing how quickly one month has flown by! I can’t believe I’m actually a MOM and a mom to the sweetest, most adorable lil’ boy. It’s also amazing how one lil’ human can change your life completely. Our lives have been consumed with taking care of him but I wanted to carve out some time to share our birth story and give a lil’ update on these past few weeks. Jordan is currently sleeping which he does a lot of right now so here’s hoping he doesn’t wake up so Mommy can finish this post!
BIRTH STORY Our lil’ guy was breeched almost the whole time I carried him so at 39 weeks, the doctor had a scheduled C-section for me on April 10, 2019. I was indifferent on our birth plan – in the end having a healthy baby was all that mattered to me. We tried many things to get him to naturally turn including playing music at my feet and figure 8’s but I think he ran out of room and simply had no where to turn! It was a lil’ weird because I didn’t have the anticipation of when he was going to arrive. I woke up the morning of April 10th and had a chance to shower, get ready and it kind of felt like any other day. Even driving to the hospital – it still felt so surreal. I took this photo the morning of:
Once we arrived at the hospital, they began prepping me for surgery. I was a little nervous but I think I was more anxious to meet him and see what/who he looks like! Even in the prep room and with the nurses and doctors speaking to me, it still hadn’t hit me that I was about to have major surgery and give birth to my baby boy in 2 hours! Truth be told I was on phone, checking emails and responding to work messages!
At 1pm, the nurse told me that she was going to bring me into the operating room first and Jason would come in a little later. I was still pretty chill until I got inside the operating room. I know it’s an operating room but I didn’t expect it to be so sterile and cold looking. There were about 8 people inside all prepping for my surgery and just lil’ me in this big room with all this equipment and surgical tools. I started to panic and cry. The nurse quickly tried to calm me down and mentioned that I didn’t want to ruin my eyelash extensions did I? I couldn’t help it – I was crying because I didn’t want anything to go wrong. So many negative thoughts entered my head and all I wanted to do was get it over as quickly as possible. But now the anticipation of the moment was getting the best of me. Then they brought Jason in and I felt a little better. I couldn’t wait to meet our baby and just tried to focus on that. Then the C-section started and all I remember was there was sooo much pressure and I couldn’t stop uncontrollably shaking. It didn’t hurt necessarily but there was so much pulling and tugging that I did feel extremely uncomfortable and kept groaning in discomfort. So the anesthesiologist gave me a bit more meds to calm me down. It worked and worked so well that the rest of the birth was a blur.
I am sad that I can’t remember the moment he was introduced to this world or the cutting his umbilical cord but I am just so happy he is healthy and the surgery went well. I do remember catching glimpses of Jason and seeing tears in his eyes. I was still shaking and so out of it that I didn’t realize he was really here until an hour later in the recovery room and I looked over and saw my baby boy for the first time. And the first thing I said was “wow, he’s so big!” And he was! I can’t believe this guy at 7lbs 10oz, 20 inches ever fit inside me! And once I realized he was here and he was mine, I didn’t want to stop holding and kissing him. He already became my whole world.
Since I had a C-section, I spent the next 3 nights/4 days in the hospital. It was nice to be under the care of the nurses who helped show us how to care for our newborn as well as check on my recovery and give me some useful breastfeeding techniques. Since I had major surgery, I was told to rest as much as possible and simple things like getting in and out of bed was a struggle at first. Also it was painful to laugh, cough or sneeze. Jason became super dad right away and helped me with diaper changes, soothing Jordan and bringing him to me for feedings. He has been the most amazing father and seeing him as a dad has made me fall in love with him even more.
The hardest part of our hospital stay was when Jordan was diagnosed with jaundice (yellowing of the skin) which is common in Asian male babies (Jason had it as a newborn too). For 24 hours, they had Jordan under this blue light therapy to treat the jaundice. While under the light, he was only allowed to wear a diaper and this eye mask. He could only be taken out for feedings and at 30 min max at one time. When I first saw him unclothed and under the light, I cried. I was worried he would be so cold and uncomfortable. But he did amazing and showed he was stronger than his mama! Being an IVF baby, we always knew how strong he was. He was our embryo that could.
I’ve been asked a lot about what I packed in my hospital bag. I did a lot of research and packed so much but honestly the hospital had just about everything we needed and I rarely took anything out of my bag! The must-haves for me were:
(1) sweater (hospitals are cold)
(2) robe (to wear when visitors come and you don’t want to be in your gown)
(3) hands free pumping bra – the nurses had me start pumping on day 2 so that my milk would come sooner. I didn’t bring my hands free pumping bra but I wished I did!
(4) chapstick – lips do get dry after birth!
(5) computer/ipad for dad – there is a lot of downtime when the baby is sleeping and mom is napping!
(6) a comfy outfit for me and baby to go home in. This maxi dress was loose enough that it didn’t rub against my c-section incision.
We were excited to finally leave the hospital and introduce Jordan to his new home. We were sad the nurses couldn’t come with us though. I actually cried (I know, I cried a lot) when they wheelchaired me out as it was so real that he was ours and coming home with us. I waited so long for our Jordan Chase and he was finally here.
NEWBORN LIFE Jordan has been since a good baby so far (hoping he stays this way)! He sleeps 16-18 hours a day and then eats, looks around and poops the rest of the time. I’ve become one of those moms who is already sad that he will leave me one day for college lol. He has already changed and grown so much and although I love seeing all the developments, I’m sad because I love this newborn stage so much! Jason has been incredible and has helped me with late night feedings, diaper duties and just about everything. Jordan looks so much like his daddy and I already know they will be the best of friends.
We’ve slowly been getting back into work related items with emails, a few meetings and visits to the cafe. We are thankful for Jason’s mom who has been staying with us and helping out with cooking and cleaning! Grandma also did a few babysitting sessions so we could have a sushi date night and watch the Avengers!
As mentioned above, I’ve had so much help from Jason, our families and our friends. This has really helped me recover quickly and also focus on feeding and bonding with Jordan. The incision has healed nicely and I have minimal pain right now. I’m almost at my pre-pregnancy weight thanks to breastfeeding/pumping. Since he only wakes up for 2 feedings at night and Jason helps me with those, I am able to sleep in 3-4 hour blocks and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I feel well rested and am just trying to soak in all of the newborn time I can. I love that he recognizes my voice now and talking to him, reading to him and bathing him are some of our favorite activities together. This bond is something I have always wanted to experience and it’s more incredible than I could ever have imagined. I feel so fortunate for my support system and that I haven’t had to deal with any postpartum issues so far.
I will be sharing a post soon with some of my newborn must haves!
I’ve been wanting to share this post for so long now. With the baby almost here, we have been finally organizing and completing many parts of the house in anticipation of the fact that we might not have as much time once he arrives. I finally carved out some time to photograph our home kitchen renovation and share it with you all!
Our kitchen was definitely our biggest project after we bought our home in 2017. I can’t believe we have been living here for almost 2 years! When we saw the home, we loved the single story style, large backyard and minimal feel of the entire home. The home was move-in ready and was very well-maintained by the previous owners. The only parts of the home that we felt needed some updating was the kitchen and master bathroom (see previous post on our master bathroom remodel). The kitchen was small compared to the rest of the house and it had weird cutouts in the walls to connect the dining room and living room. Plus the cabinets and floor were just not my style. I knew immediately that we had to renovate the kitchen if we bought this house. We saw so much potential in the house and soon after, made it our home!
Let me backtrack a bit and give you a little history of my living spaces. I lived in apartments almost my whole life – growing up with my family and most of my adult life. No joke, I’ve probably moved 15 times in my life. So when Jason and I were searching for our “forever” home – our home where we would hopefully start and grow our family, having a big kitchen was on the top of my list and having a big yard was on Jason’s list (he’s from Texas y’all). I always dreamed of having a big kitchen island where our family would gather around. And guess what – we built two big kitchen islands! I know, for two people that never really cook, we ended up with a huge kitchen. But I am so happy how it turned it out and it’s definitely my favorite place in the house. Every time I walk in the front door, I see our kitchen immediately and it always makes me smile.
The whole renovation process was actually very fun for me (Jason probably did not feel the same way lol). I got to get my Joanna Gaines on and it was challenging but so fun. We designed the whole kitchen ourselves and hired our friend’s dad as our contractor. We didn’t hire a designer because I felt like I already knew what I wanted so I didn’t see the need for one at the time. In hindsight, I can see how having a designer is extremely valuable and there were a lot of details that I didn’t think about but eventually figured out via google and pinterest. Having a designer would probably have made the process faster and smoother but I think we did a great job nevertheless! I still can’t believe we lived in the house during the whole remodel AND it was during the same time Morning Lavender Cafe was under construction.
So here is the before photo of our kitchen. Again not bad and definitely liveable, but not my style. You an also see the walls with the cutouts. Behind the kitchen on the left side was the living room and behind the right side was the fireplace and dining room.
After watching a lot of Fixer Upper in the past few years, one of the first things I said to Jason after seeing the house was “we need to take down the walls”. So that’s what we did:
Our contractor had to end up putting one beam in after taking down one of the walls. Once the walls were removed, we had this large blank space and deciding what to do with it was the hardest decision. It’s almost harder when you have such a blank canvas! I finally decided on bright and white as I love having an airy home with a lot of natural light. I’m going to use “I” a lot in this post because Jason only had a few requests (1) not too girly, (2) soft closing cabinets, (3) lots of storage and (4) not too much gold. We left the fireplace and instead of removing all the stone, we put up drywall and mounted our TV to it. With the wall down, we now had this big opening from the living room into the kitchen which I love.
The home originally had the living room and a small family room right next to the kitchen. I found this photo from the real estate listing:
I didn’t see much purpose in having these two distinct spaces once the walls were taken down. So I decided to make the small family room the new dining room and make the whole new kitchen the size of the original kitchen and dining room. This allowed for a lot of cabinets and my large kitchen island! What really happened is that we ended up with soooo much kitchen! So I debated adding a wall to make a small butler’s pantry (I know we just took down a wall) or making a small breakfast nook. But then again why did we need two places to dine plus the island? In the end, I finally decided on having a double island to fill the space and also provide extra surface and storage. I’m soooo happy with this decision and when we have guests over, we surprisingly use a lot of the surface and space!
Now I didn’t realize having two kitchen islands would be double the costs, especially when you are doing waterfall countertops. But we saw this kitchen as an investment and we hope that what we were doing would increase the value of the home if we ever wanted to sell it, which after moving 15+ times, I’m hoping would be never. Having a big kitchen also meant the costs of custom cabinets would add up. So like our master bathroom, we used an online cabinet site called Cliq Studios. You save by using Cliq Studios because you buy factory direct and we liked that the service also included a an online kitchen designer! Our designer was awesome, especially since Jason and I were so indecisive about where to put our sink and major appliances. Now I don’t usually go all crazy on the feng shui but I hear it’s bad luck to have your sink (water) and stove (fire) directly across from each other and since we had this blank canvas, I thought why not try to avoid this??? So we ended up putting the sink on one island and the stove across from the other island. Oh yeah and the biggest splurge was our Wolf Range. Again for two people that don’t really cook, this was also a bit of a ridiculous purchase. But we had this huge white kitchen and it just complimented the whole space so well :). Since the range was such a statement piece, I wanted it to be the focal point of the kitchen and the center of the opening from the living room and when you walked into the house. Because of this, we ended up removing the existing large window so we could put up a wall and backsplash for the range and added two smaller windows on each side. I know – I’m crazy! My contractor surely thought I was (and Jason is pretty use to my crazy ideas).
After we decided on these big elements, the rest was just in the details. As you can see in the before images, the flooring were these stone tiles which were not my style nor were they easy on the feet. Changing the flooring dramatically changed the entire look of the space. We continued the floor throughout the living room as well.
We opted for subway tiles to continue the clean, bright white look and quartz countertops that had the beautiful marble look but were lower maintenance. I balanced gold hardware with matte black finishes in the black faucet hardware and pendant lighting so Jason would be happy :). I added some floating natural wood shelves to warm up the space a bit as we already had a ton of cabinet space. And what about small appliances? We hid them in the pantry cabinets to reduce clutter on the countertops. And yes Jason got his soft closing cabinets :). He let me get away with one girlie detail which were the pink stools. I was actually surprised he was okay with them! Marriage is all about compromise right? =P
I can’t believe I’m 37 weeks pregnant! Only 3 more weeks to go!!! I know I say it every post, but this pregnancy has gone by so quickly and I can’t believe he’s almost here! I wanted to give y’all a little third trimester update so here goes!
He’s growing and going strong! We are having weekly visits to the doctor now and everything is checking out well. Baby boy is quite stubborn though and as of right now, he’s breeched (head won’t turn down) so there’s a chance I might have to have a C-section if he doesn’t turn in the next few weeks. I’m not opposed to having a C-section if necessary – I just want what’s best for the baby. So I will let him decide! For now, we play music at my feet when I sleep hoping that will entice him to turn that way. He does love music like his daddy does!
MY PHYSICAL HEALTH
Overall I feel great still. I’m still working (yes I know) and pretty mobile and agile. I just started to feel tired during the day so I have been taking one nap in the afternoon. I haven’t had too much trouble sleeping at night except for the inconvenient 3-4 trips to the bathroom every night. I continue to monitor my glucose levels, although not as diligently since my levels have not been high at all. I think I just might have had too much sugar around Christmas and right before my glucose test =P.
MY WORK PLAN
This has been the toughest thus far. I wanted to stop working on April 1st so I would have about 2 weeks to nest but man, there’s so much to do when you own your own business! We’ve spent the past few months training our team and getting prepared but there’s always so many decisions to be made and details to consider on a daily basis. Plus we are constantly innovating and creating so it’s hard to prepare for new and unpredictable things that come our way. I would like to work for as long as I can but I’m trying to not push it too hard either, at least not physically. When I tell people I plan on taking 4-6 weeks off, they look at me like I’m crazy and tell me that’s not enough time. I’m not sure how I will feel once he comes and how long it will take me to recover but I’d like to ease back into work slowly. I trust that we will figure it out when the time comes!
MY EMOTIONAL STATE
I’m definitely anxious to meet him. I’ve waited so long to be a mother that I can’t wait for that moment when I hold him in my arms. I’ve been getting emotional just folding his clothes! I am nervous for the birth but I just hope that he arrives healthy. I think I’m more anxious about getting everything done in time so I can be the best mother I can be when he’s finally here.
Here are some maternity photos the hubs took of me this past weekend. I’m really treasuring everyday of this pregnancy and it’s gone by so quickly that I wanted to take some more photos, especially at this stage. I’m blessed I have a husband with amazing photography skills!
Maxi Dress – ASOS size 4 (non-maternity so I sized up)
With my bump clearly visible now, the Morning Lavender team and I wanted to share some maternity-friendly pieces from our boutique. It’s hard to believe but I did not buy one single maternity item through my pregnancy. I basically found items in my closet (or at our warehouse) that was bump friendly – looking for items that had stretch and overall just comfortable to wear. I tried on a ton of “maternity” items from other shops but I found maternity wear to be too big on me even with my bump. I also love the fact that I can wear these pieces again after I give birth.
Maternity Friendly Looks from Morning Lavender Try On Video - YouTube
We showed an assortment of items from dressy to casual to work. I know just by looking at these photos that I’m going to miss my bump so much! I can’t wait to meet baby boy though!
Here are some tips when looking for bump friendly non-maternity items:
1. Everyday – I look for loose fitting, free flowing dresses like the Kayla Striped Dress or the Brooklyn Maxi Dress. Both have a lot of stretch and it’s been fun to see how my bump has grown in them!
2. Work/Office – For the office, shift dresses are great – you can still look professional and be comfortable at the same time!
3. Dressy – Wrap dresses are amazing whether you are pregnant or not because the waist is adjustable. I also love that you can breastfeed easily in these dresses after the baby is born! I’ve also worn dresses with back zippers where I just go one size up than I normally wear which is what I did for my baby shower. It really depends on the dress but it worked in this lace dress because the straps were adjustable so the bust area one size up fit for me as well. The Angelina Maxi Dress we both wore here comes in 3 colors (perfect if you are having a boy or girl) and has no zippers which makes it so easy to wear. I didn’t have to size up!
I’ll be honest – I lived in leggings since I was pregnant during the colder months. I tried the maternity band thing but it wasn’t very comfortable for me and I still couldn’t zip my pants up all the way. I also tried maternity leggings but they felt too thick for me. I just stuck with my Uniqlo Heattech Leggings because they were thick enough and also had a higher, stretchy waist. I would pair the leggings with longer pullover sweaters or tunics. For dressier occasions, I would wear maxi skirts and if they had a side zipper like our popular Amelia Maxi Skirt, I would go one size up and have the waist start above/on top of the bump like I did on our babymoon. Britney and I also tried on tulle skirts for y’all and these are super easy to wear and perfect for maternity shoots or baby showers. I’m wear the Eloise Dusty Rose Tulle Skirt which has an elastic waist so I didn’t need to size up.
Scroll through to shop the items from the photos above as well as all of the items in the video:
Last weekend our family & close friends threw us the most beautiful baby shower! It meant even more to us that the shower was at our home – a home we have been building for our growing family. As you know, it has been quite a journey to get to this point and it was exactly 1 year ago that we had our first IVF transfer that didn’t end up working out. I have dreamed of celebrating this moment with my family & close friends for so long. I still can’t believe I’m pregnant, not to mention 33 weeks along! The love & support we have received by so many people throughout this journey has been incredible and our baby boy is already so loved.
Our wedding 5 years ago was in France so we wanted to carry on the French theme to our shower. My sister and my girlfriends did the most amazing job in putting every detail together and I couldn’t feel more grateful for such amazing, strong women by my side!
I was scrolling through photos on my iPhone the other day and it’s amazing how much has happened in the past 12 months! It has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, but mostly ups as today we celebrate our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Morning Lavender Cafe & Boutique in Orange County! It’s hard to believe we went through our IVF journey during this first year of running Morning Lavender OC. Life isn’t always perfect but I’d like to think our story of hard work and determination will inspire others going through tough times whether it’s personal or business related.
I often get asked how I came up with the concept of the cafe & boutique in one spot. Jason and I love to travel and we came across many multi-concept spaces in Asia and Europe. I loved spending hours at these places and admired all of the details that went into each space. I came home from a trip in 2017 and said to Jason “lets open one” and so I pursued a concept that would combine my experience in retail and weddings and my passion for fashion and food. I started our online boutique Morning Lavender almost 5 years ago and wanted to continue to open more retail locations after the success of our first brick-and-mortar in San Francisco. As for weddings, I use to be a wedding photographer and saw a need for a charming spot in Orange County where people could host bridal showers and other celebratory events. So came about the idea of Morning Lavender Cafe & Boutique and in this past year, we have served over 25,000 lavender lattes and over 12,000 Afternoon Lavender Tea experiences! Plus we have built a growing community inspired by fashion, food and supporting small businesses!
Doing food & beverage was a totally new experience for us and you know the shrugging shoulders emoji, that happened a lot this first year. Honestly, we weren’t always sure about what we were doing, but we knew we only wanted to offer items we were truly passionate about and give our customers the best service possible. We were met with many trials during this process but we learned from each mistake and continue to grow and improve.
One of my favorite parts about creating Morning Lavender OC was the design process. We hired a contractor and architect but I got the opportunity to make all the design decisions and really bring my feminine vision to life. When we found this building in my hometown of Tustin, CA, it really needed a lot of love and care, not to mention new roofing, plumbing, and just about everything! We saw so much potential in the space and our vendors and the City of Tustin really put faith in our vision and allowed us to build our amazing patio which now hosts so many private parties!
Just like our clothing, everything you see at Morning Lavender OC has been hand curated by myself! I spent months looking for the chairs, plates and every little detail! It was so much fun to come up with our wallpaper design with Samantha Santana and then see this same design on our fun floral cups!
Another process we loved is building our amazing team!!! We are really proud of our young staff and feel blessed that everyone has felt invested in the growth of the business. Our Morning Lavender family has grown so much and we wouldn’t have gotten this far without each member!
And finally what I love most about our spot is everyone who comes in and enjoys our space! We have our regulars who come and spend mornings here, mommies who come in and take photos with their adorable kids, groups of women who come in to meet and get inspired by each other and large groups who come in to celebrate special memories here in our space. It’s such a treat to see people really love our space and our drinks and clothing!!! It’s everything I wanted it to be and more. I can’t fully put into words how blessed I feel to be sitting here, 31 weeks pregnant, writing this post and watching customers come in and enjoy themselves! These past 12 months have been absolutely crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I can’t wait for what’s next! We will be focusing on our lil’ miracle but I’d love to bring this concept to more cities once we get a handle on parenthood! Thankfully I have the most supportive husband and baby daddy!
It’s hard to believe I am already in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy! I remember just a year ago I was preparing for our 1st IVF transfer (which failed) and here I am just 9 weeks away from meeting our baby boy! A couple of weeks ago we decided to do our babymoon in beautiful Hawaii. We love the weather, vibe and food of the islands and since I’m pregnant in the winter, Hawaii was an easy choice for our babymoon. We have been several times to Oahu but this would be our first time to Kauai. My agenda for our babymoon was just to RELAX. The holidays were definitely the busiest for us working in retail and we still have so much to do before the baby comes! So we used this opportunity to take in the beauty of the islands and just enjoy some husband & wifey time before we become a family of 3! I can’t wait to take our son here one day and see him experience the ocean for the first time!
Almost all of the photos were taken with our iphones as I didn’t want to take away from our trip. The hubs always brings the drone of course as he needs some creativity even on vacation. I made him take a bunch of bump photos because honestly, it was so hard to get pregnant for the 1st time that I want to make sure I remember and enjoy every moment of this. It’s amazing what a woman’s body goes through to prepare for motherhood and I already know I’m going to miss this bump of mine! I’m always in awe of this lil’ miracle growing (and kicking) inside of me!
Around 24 weeks, I failed my glucose test and was recommended to monitor my glucose levels 4x a day. This involves pricking my finger and testing my levels one hour after each meal. I was pretty diligent prior to our trip and passed every time! I felt reassured that I could maintain healthy levels as long as I did smaller portions and became more active. So, truth be told, I indulged quite a bit on our trip as one of my weaknesses is Hawaiian shaved iced :). I recommend Island Vintage Shaved Iced (and also their cafe) the next time you are in Waikiki for their shaved iced and acai bowls!
We traveled to the island of Kauai next which is known for being slower paced and full of amazing greenery. We stayed at the Westin Princeville in the North Shore which is where the hubs got these stunning drone shots. And yes I don’t travel anywhere without one of my Morning Lavender maxi skirts. These skirts just are picture perfect and a great way to remember the moment!
One of the highlights of the trip was renting a convertible and driving around the lush island. I wished I had visited Kauai when I wasn’t pregnant so we could have done a helicopter tour and really got to see more of the waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Still we visited most of the gorgeous beaches and popular eateries and found so many cute spots!
We visited the South Shore as well and one of our favorite beaches, although very busy was PoiPu Beach. We caught the beautiful sunset and saw seals on the sand. It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip!
Thank you for following along on our babymoon and also our pregnancy journey! Overall I feel great and the pregnancy has been a blessing. I haven’t had many cravings or symptoms. I’ve been sick twice which has sucked but I still have so much energy at 31 weeks. My bump has grown so much and baby boy is so strong! He’s been kicking a lot lately and one of my favorite moments each day is watching the hubs talk to him. I know’s he’s going to be the most amazing father. We are praying for a healthy baby and we can’t wait to meet him! Until then we have a lot of work to do to get the home and business ready! Thank you everyone for your love and support!
At 23 weeks pregnant, slip dresses are a pregnant gal’s best friend and I love this champagne slip dress I’m wearing here. I dressed it up for the holidays with a faux leather jacket and some strappy black heels. It’s amazing how much my tiny bump has grown and I love finding styles that accentuate it.
Today I’m mixing up some of my favorite styles – camel, stripes and tulle :). If you follow me, you know my history and love of tulle skirts. I love that you can wear a tulle skirt with just about anything and get a different look every time. I call today’s look preppy feminine. I paired my skirt with this gorgeous camel blazer and here’s the result:
I can’t believe I’m 21 weeks pregnant – more than halfway there! Today I’m sharing a classic, feminine look that you can wear for the holidays or anytime of the year really. And you can also wear this style if you are pregnant or not! This pleated maxi skirt from Morning Lavender was recently restocked in both regular and petite sizes. It comes in the perfect nude beige shade and has just the right amount of flow.
I love that I can still wear my maxi skirts while still pregnant – the trick is to wear it above the bump! With the pregnancy, I went one size up from normal (I usually wear an XS) since the skirt is a side zipper versus elastic. I paired it here with this cozy, cropped sweater. This is also a trick for petite gals – pairing longer skirts with cropped tops to give the illusion of longer legs ;).