Well Rounded in LA: Junia Montaño

West-coaster Junia Montaño of 100 Layer Cake is all parts excitement and no parts fear. Well, almost no fear.

If you’re anything like us, you were super excited when you found out that chic wedding blog 100 Layer Cake was launching a family blog, 100 Layer Cakelet. And when we found out one of their editors, Junia Montaño, was pregnant, we had to know more about her turning her beautiful family from two into three. Junia, due July 24th, also just so happens to be a friend of my fiancé’s from back in their San Francisco days. While we have only met through the powers that are social media, she’s one of those people I wish lived close enough to set up playdates with. You’ll feel the same after reading more about her.

How has pregnancy been treating you?LA5

It’s been really great. Now that my nine months is almost up, I’ve made sure to slow down and enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant. Random strangers have actually helped me with this. It seems like everywhere I go now, people want to chat with me, ask me when I’m due, if we have names picked out, etc. It’s nice!

Are you finding out the sex of your baby?

Yes. It’s a girl! We actually didn’t want to find out for the longest time, but as the months went by we needed it to sink in that yes, we were actually going to have a baby. Finding out made it more real for us.

LA3How does being in your field inspire baby purchasing or nursery decisions?

My husband is a graphic designer, and I look at pretty weddings all day, so we both have an eye for modern decor and colors. We know for sure that we didn’t want to buy things that were baby pastel pink or had cheesy images, words and phrases like “princess,” “daddy’s little girl,” etc. on them. We’re more attracted to the organic, cleanly designed, muted or neutral-colored products that we feel also complement what we already have in our apartment. We’re also not into having a lot of baby stuff around (who knows, that could change), so we’re going to try to keep things minimal. That being said, we decided not to dedicate our second room, which I use as my office, as the nursery.

So where will the little one sleep?

We want to keep her close to us, so she’ll be sleeping in our bedroom. Plus, I work from home, so keeping the second room as an office is key for the time being.

How are you approaching maternity style?LA4

I told myself I didn’t want to buy maternity clothes so that I could wear anything new that I bought well after the pregnancy. So far it’s worked! I use the pregnancy as an excuse to buy and wear more dresses, which is something I didn’t really wear before but quickly found out was so much more comfortable than wearing jeans with the belly band.

How is being pregnant in L.A. unique?

The heat is definitely the unique (and challenging) part of being pregnant in Los Angeles. Even before becoming pregnant, I’d swell up when the temps got high, and now my fingers and toes balloon up to plump little sausages even quicker. Sadly, the warmer temps and being pregnant at the same time has made it so I no longer fit into any of my cute shoes and sandals. I’ve had to resort to flip flops and a comfy pair of Nike’s.

Any fears of becoming a mama?

You know, I don’t really have any fears (yet). My husband and I have talked about having kids for so long that all I’m feeling is pure excitement to meet this little one. I should also thank the childbirth prep classes we’ve taken. They’ve helped me prepare mentally for different situations and I am hoping to enter the labor and birth of our little one feeling empowered. If I did have to pick one thing though, I’m worried about how our two cats will take to our new family member. Any tips to make the transition easy, please share!

LA2What are you most excited about?

New adventures! My husband and I have known each other for 17 years and have done practically everything together. We’re both ecstatic to become a team of three and experience life all over again through her eyes. Even the most mundane activity, like staying at home to veg and watch TV, will be that much more exciting, and we can’t wait. We imagine we’ll spend a lot of time just staring at her in amazement that we created her.

Photo of Junia in polk-a-dot jumper by Scott Clark. All other photos provided by Junia.

Kaity Velez

Kaity Velez

KAITY VELEZ is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Well Rounded. Kaity is a former menswear editor who cannot believe she was ever scared of being a mom. Currently residing with her toddler and fiancé in her beloved Brooklyn, she is kept in a constant state of awe by her two little guys. You can often track her down at her local pie shop working on anything pregnancy and new mom-related. And trying to not to eat pie. At least not too much of it.

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