Gingham & Lemon

Gingham Dress

Ok if anyone actually believes that this is what motherhood really looks like, you’re insane! I had been wanting to get dressed for my first post-partum outfit post for a few days, and finally found a window between feedings where the baby was sleeping, the weather was good, and I had enough energy to stay upright for a while. It took two full days to find that window.

If we’re being totally honest, this outfit lasted for the duration of the shoot and not a second longer! While it was cute, it wasn’t realistic for my life as of late, which consists of feeding the baby every three hours and trying to rest and get things done (like seemingly endless piles of laundry) in between.

Amalia is two weeks old today and I feel like I’ve been living in a blur the whole time. From everything I’d read and stories from all of my friends, I knew the first few weeks would be tough, but had no idea what the exhaustion could feel like. Besides being tired, I’ve actually felt pretty good. I have recovered physically pretty quickly, and honestly the hardest part has been nursing. She latches like a little champ, but my body had to get used to all the sucking which was incredibly painful for the first week or so.

We’re on a roll now though!

Things seem to be evening out, and we’re getting the hang of her schedule, despite the fact that something changes or we learn something new every single day.

Every day my belly shrinks a little more, and it feels good to look (and feel) more like myself. Granted, I have a way to go (I still can’t pull any of my jeans up over my hips) but it’s amazing how quickly your body can bounce back when breastfeeding.

I got this dress while I was pregnant, thinking it would fit shortly after. I didn’t anticipate the size of my chest though… Holy moly, I feel like Dolly Parton! I had to wear it with the buttons open, but I’m hoping by next summer when we’re done breastfeeding, I can wear it the way it was intended.

Dress c/o (Similar in more sizes, and more affordable option) / Stroller / Similar Bag / EarringsLemon Swaddle


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  1. Ellen said:

    You look amazing! Motherhood looks so good on you!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  2. Sydnee B. said:

    The gingham dress is so pretty and it’s perfect for concealing spit-up. 😉

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    • Hahah nothing conceals the spit up. That stuff is serious!

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  3. Joan Brodhead said:

    The outfit is adorbs. And count yourself lucky, not all breastfeeding moms BOUNCE BACK quickly

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  4. Taylor Cannon said:

    That dress is so cute and perfect for the end of summer! Love that lemon print blanket!
    Taylor |

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  5. Love the honesty and beauty in this post.

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  6. Alyssa Thomas said:

    I love that dress on you, open buttons or not! I’m glad things are going well for you and that you’re taking the time you need to heal!

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  7. Mary Scott Mercer said:

    Just want you to know that you are looking so amazing post baby!! Be proud of yourself! Happy Monday <3

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  8. Caroline Nelson said:

    Beautiful post! Love the lemon & gingham mix up! Where did you find your shoes?

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    • Thanks! They are old from Brooks Brothers and one of my fave pairs of all time.

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  9. Dana Mannarino said:

    You look GREAT, Julia! This dress was made for you…even if you had to wear it unbuttoned up top;)

    Pink Champagne Problems

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    • Haha thanks! Hoping to wear it the “right” way soon.

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  10. Looking gorgeous mamma! VERY impressed that you were able to pull this look off two weeks after giving birth! The exhaustion is real but Amalia will be sleeping through the night before you know it! xoxo

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  11. You look amazing! Congratulations on your little girl!


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  12. Congratulations!!! You’re looking amazing, can’t believe you just had a baby!!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  13. Erica said:

    You look fabulous! I don’t think I put real clothes on after my daughter was born for a solid 6 weeks. 🙂 Those first few weeks are so exhausting and emotional. As everyone says, it all goes so fast though.

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  14. Mary Fremeau said:

    you look so great!!! “Like Dolly Parton” made me lol! It looks awesome even unbuttoned! You look beautiful even if you’re exhausted! You certainly cannot tell!

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  15. Lindsy Hamilton said:

    You look amazing!!! Congratulations on that little bundle and your soon to be new bundle of a brother or sister (spoiler)!!


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