April 13, 2015


This weekend, the husband and I attended some baby classes (Saturday and Sunday) to help us feel better prepared to greet our baby into the world. Since we spent half the day indoors, I opted for the basics - jeans and a t-shirt. It's always a winning (and easy) combination.

We've actually attended a couple of other classes already but this one was the big overview that included a hospital tour (which was great to see!). 
I didn't grow up with a bunch of other kids, or seeing babies all the time, so being responsible for the life of another human being is awfully intimidating. I never considered myself "naturally maternal" in the sense that I could scoop up a crying child and instinctively know what to do. I know attending these classes isn't going to change me overnight but they did empower me with knowledge. At the very least, I feel more informed.

I realize the role of parents are ever changing and the idea of what is "right" is entirely subjective and constantly evolving but, for a novice like myself, having classes to attend makes me feel like I'm doing what I can while I can to make the most informed decisions. I'll never really feel prepared. My whole life has been that way. But, I feel reassured there is a support system of people who understand what this experience is going to be like. So I'm incredibly grateful for that. 


  1. Wow, you so perfectly described the feeling of never being ready! That's how I felt before getting married - there's never a right time but with the love and support of those around you, there's a great chance for success. I'm sure you're ready in that way :)


  2. you look lovely! and i'm sure no-one ever really feels prepared, but i'm also sure that you'll be ready and do just fine once the baby's here:-) and taking classes and getting knowledge seems like a good way to feel more prepared or empowered! xx

  3. I can't imagine how you'd ever feel "ready" to be a parent. I don't have kids of my own (hopefully someday though), but I know I'd feel completely unsure until it just...happens! It sounds like you have support, so that must feel good :)

    Something About That

  4. I took those classes for my first child but after that I realized that there really isn't any preparing for a baby. LOL You and your husband will do great! This is a great casual outfit perfect for a class and hospital tour!

  5. Love your laid back look! Before we had our little boy back in November, we attended some classes to help us feel more prepared too. It made me feel so much better! I never even changed a diaper until our son was born. You'll be great!

  6. I love your sandals! Great simple outfit!


  7. You guys are really good about being prepared. Caring for another human being is a huge responsibility and it sounds like you and your husband are definitely up for the challenge :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  8. Even in jeans and a white tee you still look amazing. And you know I love a good hat. Glad to hear that the classes are making you feel a bit better about the entire experience. I'm certain you'll do a wonderful job. I'm also not instinctively maternal, so I get how you're feeling. But you're going to be awesome! I mean...look at you!

  9. Love the simple white tee that is now pretty much all baby!
    Also adore the bag and two toned shoes..
    it is so hard to project the reality of what it means to actually be a mother..
    It will come, it is an organic process ! You will be great, baby steps! :)
    xx, Elle

  10. Love your jeans and a tee! Also, thanks for sharing. I don't feel naturally maternal and find the whole parenting thing a little scary myself. As my husband and I approach this same stage, I always appreciate someone saying that out loud. Sounds like you are going to be a great mom!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  11. nancy, that is one stylish baby bump! :D you (and baby) look totally adorable. i am not sure it's possible to be completely ready and prepared for a baby but you will be so amazed at your natural ability to adapt to motherhood. i hope you are enjoying this special time! :)
    love, liz

  12. I know what you mean about "naturally maternal." Some women are truly like that, and I marvel at them! I don't know what I'd do if I was in charge of another's life like that...aha, probably attend all the classes I could get to as well!
    Love your classy, simple look. Nothing beats neutrals :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  13. I have never been one that was or is crazy about babies. I think they are cute to look at but don't really have the urge to hold one. Some of the classes were really helpful for hubby & I since we were absolutely clueless.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  14. You are so cute even in the simplest of outfits. Plus blue jeans and a white t-shirt are always stylish. Love your bag and fedora. =)

  15. Love that bag and your panama hat! I practically live in my panama hat in the spring and summer.

  16. I really love the simple looks! Also, that bag is really cute!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  17. I'm sure you'll be a great mom! My Ex-Husband and I took parenting classes in preparation for our first child and it helped him immensely. He had never been around children, he was the only child in his entire family! You'll both do great.

  18. As I get older, I appreciate the minimal days - jeans, a nice soft tee, and a great bag is all I need to feel pretty and polished :)

    And I hear you on being intimidated to raise a child. I'm an only child, so newborns actually terrify me! I know that sounds awful, but I've barely even held one before. Such a big responsibility! I'm 30, and my husband is 33 so we are thinking of starting a family late next year. I'm scared, but also excited. You will be a wonderful mother I'm sure :)

  19. oh what a great outfit! and i feel as though i'm never fully prepared for anything and sometimes i just dive right in.. sometimes it's harder that way but sometimes so much more enlightening. i hope your motherhood journey is full of joys and expected and unexpected surprises!

  20. Such a perfect, adorable weekend look! I'm not a crazy baby person, nor do I feel I'm super maternal, but when I held my niece for the first time recently, I was instantly smitten. I think it's totally normal for first-time moms to feel somewhat clueless, but you'll do great! xo



  21. What a cute and casual outfit. Don't feel bad about taking those classes! I think they are a great learning experience for everyone! <3


  22. You're going to be a great mom Nancy! Don't worry :) I love the classes you guys are taking. That always helps. Great outfit! I purchased similar sandals.


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