December 2017 | Balancing in High Heels

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Balancing in High Heels is a fashion + lifestyle blog written by Ryann Donahoe. This blog is a source for everyday, affordable style, the latest beauty finds and all things lifesyle with a touch on motherhood.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Pregnancy

Pink Blush Top: here
Lipstick: here, Cardigan: here, Leggings: here 

Hey Y'all! Merry Christmas! I hope you all had the best time spending time with family and loved ones. We have had such a magical time with our three babies. Now we are spending time relaxing, playing with all of our new toys and resting up before our trip to Nashville in a few days!

My First Go Round

We are officially 25 weeks with babe number four. That honestly just blows my mind. I can't believe in 14 short weeks we will be growing our sweet family again. Gearing up for baby has my mind thinking back to my first pregnancy and delivery with Addie Rivers. My twenty one year old self had no clue what I was in for. I gained forty pounds, was so swollen at nine months pregnant and not feeling like myself at all. At the beginning I had no clue things would change as much as they did. The number one thing I wish I knew more about was labor and delivery. 

My Labor + Delivery 

Barrett and I moved to a new town when I was about six months pregnant. As a first time mom  I panicked and had no desire to change my doctor. So I was driving three hours to my doctors visit. Which weren't so bad until I got into the third trimester when I was going once a week. Barrett's work schedule didn't allow him to go with me so that was hard, Driving three hours before 8-9 months pregnant. My due date was mid August which is right at the beginning of Barrett's football season. So I went in to my 38 week visit and my doctor agreed it would be best to go ahead and induce at 39 weeks. Being three hours away, he was nervous I would go into labor. Let me just say I LOVED my doctor. That was the main reason I was never able to switch. He delivered my sister baby and we had a great relationship with him. As a soon to be mother that is huge. It's not easy to just say "Sure i'll find a new doctor to use with only a few weeks left to go." Barrett made the drive down on Monday night and we induced that tuesday morning. After laboring all day we ended up delivering via c-section.

What I Wish I Had Known 

If I could go back I would educate myself a little more on induction and c-sections. Never in a million years did I think I wouldn't be able to deliver her naturally. So third baby, Third c-section and the same thoughts go through my mind every time. I know everything happens for a reason and God has a plan. We are always just so thankful for healthy babies! 

Thanks you to Pink Blush for Sponsoring Today's Post! 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Favorite Ingrid and Isabell Sweaters/Tops

Hey y'all! I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent the weekend home with two sick babies. I'm so excited for Christmas break next week. We are all ready to have a couple of weeks home to spend time getting well. We have a few fun things planned! I'm most excited about sleeping in, wearing cozy clothes and watching tons of Christmas movies!


A few days ago I ordered a few pregnancy necessities. Tanks and leggings for the win! Winter pregnancies are my favorite. I love all of the over sized sweaters and cardigans. I went in Target a couple of weeks ago and found this particular Ingrid and Isabel sweater. It was in my pile of things to buy but I changed my mind right as I was getting ready to walk out of the dressing room. As soon as I left I knew I should have gotten it! So today I went back online and ordered it and this is one I can for sure wear after baby. I found a few other maternity sweaters and tops that I LOVED and will probably have to add them to my cart soon. I've linked them all below! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Transitional Pieces from Pregnancy to Motherhood + 22 Bump Update

22 weeks already!? I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going by. How is it already December? 
I skipped a few weeks of bump updates. We were out of town and this time of year has kept us crazy busy. Instead of going backwards I thought I would just start at 22 weeks. Honestly nothing major happened over the last few weeks. We went to our OB appointment and everything was great. We were also able to find out the gender but we are STILL going to wait until the birth! 

So far things are going pretty normal and this pregnancy is still identical to my one before. I'm craving all the spicy and sour things.  My craziest craving yet has to be Apple Cider Vinegar. My husband can't even be in the same room with me when I drink it! I just put it in a mug of warm water, a little ACV, some lemon. 

I am feeling this baby kick all day every day and it is so sweet. No matter how many times you have been pregnant it is just as special to feel those little kicks. Most days I still have my energy but I know once the third trimester hits that will probably end! 

Now on to the clothes. I really can't stand buying true maternity clothes. I always tend to just size up in shirts and sweats. I will say that maternity jeans and tanks are a must though. You already know where this post is going! I get a TON of my clothes from Pink Blush these days. Pregnant or not. 

These two pieces I'm sharing today are perfect transitional pieces. They are great for pregnancy and motherhood! I've shared this white dress before but this past weekend was SO warm that I had to pull it back out and to be honest I love the way it made the bump pop. I'm officially looking pregnant and I've even had people ask if I'm having twins. Wait what!? No just one baby. I Paired  this dress with some of my favorite Jessica Simpson shoes, and one of my go to bags. Of course the weather is back to freezing! It feels perfect for Christmas though! 

This white top from Pink Blush is my far my favorite thing this pregnancy. It is SO soft and cozy, I could wear it everyday. It's perfect for wearing with tennis

shoes or yoga pants. But also for dressing up. Last week I wore it with my favorite maternity jeans, steve madden booties and coat. 

Everything from this post is linked below. 
Merry almost Christmas!

Dress: Pink Blush Dress
White Top: Pink Blush Top