When we started PurseBlog and PurseForum 11 years ago, we decided I’d write, Vlad would focus on tech and the majority of our content would be about designer bags. I’d share my thoughts on a bag with you and I’d chat with the ladies on our PurseForum, but I didn’t want to go overboard in sharing myself or my personal life. I’d sprinkle it in here and there–enough that I do think I’ve shared quite a bit of my life–but recently Vlad and I’ve been thinking we’d like to share more.

This isn’t turning into a personal blog or a style blog; this site will remain about accessories and the fashion items you love, but weekly, I’ll get a little more personal with you. After 11 years, we are more than a blog and I feel like I’ve built relationships with so many of our readers. I want there to be less of a disconnect there, and more of an open dialogue that goes past bags at times. Every week, I’ll be sharing a bit about my week or life, and this way talking about my pregnancy or other happenings won’t have to be tied to a post about a bag. I’m so happy to have so many of you that come back every day and chat with us, and I want to do the same in a new way. So let’s get started!

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I talked about it in a random post, but since I’m pregnant and the situation in South Florida was getting a little scary with Zika, Vlad and I decided to head to NYC and out of harm’s way about a month ago. When Zika started to be transmitted in the Miami area, I took it very seriously. There are so many unknowns about the disease, and when the CDC showed the area of active transmission, both Vlad and I realized we had been there quite a few times in the active time frame. So of course I flipped out and called my doctor’s office, and my OBGYN said both Vlad and I should be tested. Our tests came back negative, but a few days after that, we packed up and decided to come to NYC. At first we didn’t know how long we’d stay, but ultimately we decided to stay in NYC and deliver our baby girl here. Although I am sure I’d probably be okay even if I had stayed in Florida (I was hyper vigilant and wore long sleeves, long pants and bug spray daily), it was scary thinking that any time I opened the door or walked outside, there was potential to be bitten by a mosquito that could really harm our baby. So here we are, in NYC, trying to figure out the logistics of it all!

I’ve been adjusting back to life in NYC, and the only problem I’ve had the past month is the heat! It has been so warm, and any of you who have been pregnant know how warm you get during pregnancy. I’m always hot here, to the point where I looked like a crazy lady taking off every layer possible in a meeting last week. Actually, just yesterday I got so overheated and dehydrated that I had to leave mid manicure because I seriously felt ill. But the heat is supposedly past us now, and I’m looking forward to fall! Plus, I have quite the story to tell our baby girl when she’s old enough to hear about where she was born. Today I actually had to wear a light jacket when we were out (taking these pics and going for a walk), so the weather change is beyond welcomed.

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Speaking of our baby, I haven’t even shared one of her ultrasound photos on my Facebook page, but I want to share with you! Though every ultrasound scan has been really amazing to watch her grow, I never got an idea of what her face looked like. We haven’t done a 3D ultrasound scan yet (Should we? I’m undecided), but this past round gave us a great look at her sweet little face. She was opening her eyes and opening her mouth, and when the tech hit the right angle we got a look at her face, I melted. It was amazing, and I stare at the picture often.

Next week is a big week for us because I’m having my baby shower, so my friends and family are traveling to join us, and many of my NYC friends are able to be there as well. I’ll be sure to share it with you all, and I’m really excited, but I’m still trying to find the right baby shower dress–if you have suggestions, let me know below! Hope you all had a great week!

❤ Megs

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