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Bath Time Fun With Summer Infant

One of my favorite and least favorite parts of the day is bath time.  As a mom this part of the day can get really hectic and there are times when I think, “how do people keep their kids clean?” That might be a bit dramatic, but I know other moms can relate. This dislike of bath time started when Addison was little.  I loved that she loved the water. and there are few things cuter than a freshly bathed baby in footie pajamas, but the whole process of getting her in and out of the bath seemed to overshadow the fun parts.  I disliked it that much more because it is one of those things that has to happen pretty much every evening.    But mostly, I disliked it because I could never find a bath seat that actually worked, or one that seemed comfortable for her to sit in.  So when Ellie came along, I was stuck in the same bath loathing rut.  That’s a thing right?

When I was introduced to the new My Bath Seat by Summer Infant, I was a bit skeptical of how useful it would be, but since Ellie was getting too large for a sink bath I thought I should at least give it a try.  As you can see by these adorable photos the seat was a big hit with my little girl.  Right away I knew there were things I really like about this seat, the first being that after installing it in our tub it was so sturdy.  Once I tightened and locked the sides in place it is really hard to move.  This is exactly what I wanted to see and in a seat that I would be putting my little girl in.  Second, I like that the actual seat part was big enough for her to grow into.  As Ellie gets older I know she will become more stable sitting up on her own in the tub, but the last thing I would want is her falling back hitting her head, so I can definitely see myself using this for a while.  Finally, taking it in and out of the tub if I need to is also really easy and the compact size makes it easy to tuck away in a closet when you don’t want it out in the bathroom.

Like most moms, I’m a huge fan of any products that make daily tasks much easier and more manageable and this bath seat definitely checks both of those boxes.  I am slowly coming around to bath time each night and while it may never be my favorite time of day, but I have to say it is growing on me.  Finally, don’t forget, to ALWAYS keep baby within an adult’s reach when using this seat.

(Thank you to Summer Infant for sponsoring this post and providing me with the My Bath Seat.  All opinions are my own!)

xo Ali
Eleanor’s Nursery Reveal


Wallpaper || Crib || Rocking Chair || Dresser || Lamp || Rug || Ottoman || Throw Blanket || Picture Frames || XO Prints ||Wood Shelf || Wall Mirror

There are few things I love more than a cute little nursery. While the space needs to be functional I always love adding a touch of whimsy to a nursery, and it’s always so sweet to think of all the memories the future little inhabitant of the room will make there.  If I had to pick I would say that nurseries are my favorite room to design for clients, so it’s no surprise that when it came to Ellie’s nursery it turned is one of my favorite rooms in the house. You have probably seen bits and pieces of her room featured on my Instagram page, but it is about time I shared the complete space with you and told you a little bit about the overall design.

When I found out we were having another girl we knew we wanted to use Addison’s old crib for her new baby sister but I also wanted to make sure the room was completely different from Addison’s old nursery.  When I was designing Addison’s nursery I was very much into minimalist decor and was  against making the room feel too girly.  This time around, I loved the idea of a statement wall and adding a bit more “frill” to the design. A few weeks later I came across this wallpaper on Etsy and I knew I had to have it in our new nursery and from there the rest of the design fell into place.

When designing a kids space, whether it’s in my home or someone else’s home, I try to look for budget friendly items because, well,  kids will be kids.  My two investment pieces in this room where the  rocking chair (which was also used from Addison) and this gorgeous lacquer dresser.  I splurged on the dresser because it is a piece that can grow with Ellie as we transitioned her to a big kids room and beyond.  The other items in her room were very budget friendly that way in a few years when we change the room around I won’t feel too bad about moving them to a different space or getting rid of them all together.

One of the last items I found for the space were these XO prints and they are probably two of my favorite art prints in our home.  They were also found on Etsy and I made them a little extra special by having them framed by Framebridge, an online retailer that custom frames your art pieces.

I hope you love Ellie’s sweet nursery as much as I do and I hope these few decorating tips give you something to think about the next time you tackle designing a space in your home.

xo Ali

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The Truth About The Fourth Trimester

Hi everyone! Moving forward I’ve decided to dedicate Monday posts to all things mom related and I hope you are excited as I am to see these new posts go up! While I know, I know today is Tuesday, but yesterday got away from me and I really wanted to hit publish on this post so here it is going up a date late..oops!  I’ve been trying to think of topics that I know I was interested in as a new mom (and still am interested in), or topics that I don’t see a lot of people talking about but I know most moms are probably interested in reading about.  So, today I’ve decided to open up about my experience  surviving the “fourth trimester” or those first few months after baby arrives home.

While I know everyone’s experience is different what I do know is those initial weeks and months seem to all blur together. Whether this is your first baby or your forth baby  those first few days and nights are hardly distinguishable, most of your time spent in sweatpants and showers are rare.  It may not sound great, but I know I wouldn’t trade any of these moments for the world. Ok, enough about how awesome it is lets talk  acknowledge how hard those first few weeks are.

 

Life With A Newborn…

I don’t even know where to begin.  Life with a newborn definitely has its ups and downs and this  second time around gave us a run for our money.  I’m pretty sure Addison was what they call a “trick baby.”  She was so easy going, such a good sleeper, and such a good eater, that when Eleanor arrived it was almost like we had never done this before.  Ellie was, well, hard.  After that first week where all they seem to do is sleep, she would eat, maybe sleep for a few minutes and then just cry.  I also decided to exclusively breastfeed this time around (with Addison we almost exclusively formula fed), so the daily routine  with her was, and is, so different then it was with her sister. I could write a whole post about my experience breastfeeding so far, and I hopefully will, but let me just tell you that I felt very overwhelmed.  It didn’t matter that I had such a  supportive husband or more family around to help then most people do,  it was very hard to wrap my head around the fact that I was my baby’s sole food source.  I was everything she needed to survive and it was a big burden to bare.  Breastfeeding also meant that there was only so much others could do to help me because at the end of the day all she really wanted was me.  I began to feel very protective of her and a  All of this sounds horrible right? But, just when you think you can’t take another moment of crying or another failed attempt at feeding, your baby falls asleep in your arms or gives you a tiny little smile and you know it is all worth it.

You Need To Heal Too…

This time is hard because you are exhausted, hard because your life and schedule now revolves around another tiny human, and hard because you just pushed something the size of a small watermelon out of your body and you need time to heal as well.  Personally, this part  was something I was so unprepared for the first time around, that with my second I over prepared. I stocked up on all the Tucks Pads and Dermaplast (the blue bottle not the red!) and oversized maxi pads I could find.   Addison’s birth was long and hard ( was induced and it took her over a day to arrive) and I was not prepared for the physical toll that it would take on my body. While birth with Eleanor was definitely easier, neither birth was a walk in the park. I know this varies from person to person and some of you moms out there might be thinking, “what is this crazy girl talking about? I was up and walking and felt like a million bucks after birth!” I guess what I am trying to say is that time for me to heal was the last thing on my mind. Sure, I knew that I would be tired, and that I would probably want to eat enough for five people, but what I didn’t know is that once the epidural wore off feeling every tear and stitch would hurt so much.  Keeping that in mind after Ellie was born I tried not to push myself to be superwoman.  If I needed to keep my feet up in bed I let others help me and tried to remember that I cannot do it all.

Oh, The Hormones…

As if sleep deprivation wasn’t enough to make me  cry add those crazy hormones to the mix and I was a hot mess.  I wouldn’t spontaneously cry but anytime I thought about my kids, or any kids really, or even saw something about kids on T.V. my eyes would well up with water.  I also had a very very short fuse with others and it seemed like everything annoyed me.  Luckily I realized this and tried to check myself when I felt any of these feelings but I also realized that I just needed to let these things out.  Bottling up anything I was feeling, happy, sad or indifferent, would only make me more upset.

I Promise I Love My Kids…

Ok, this seems like a lot of complaining and I want to make sure you all know how much I love my children and how lucky I feel to have been able to bring two happy and healthy kids into this world.  But, like i said before being a parent is hard!  Anyone who says it isn’t is for sure lying.  The happy moments definitely outweigh the sad or bad ones, but they are definitely there.  Especially in those first 12 weeks that your new little one is at home you don’t know which way is up and you are just trying to figure it all out.  Now that Ellie is almost six months old we are finally settling into a good routine and those sleepless nights seem like they happened a million years ago.  Then again, ask me how I’m feeling tomorrow and my answer might be different :).

Now, on can I take a minute to gush about these photos? We had the amazing Cadence from Cadence Kennedy Photography come over to some family photos a few weeks after Ellie was born and I can’t believe I never shared them with you.  These are just a few of my favorites but each and every photo came out more beautiful than the next. I also cannot believe how different Ellie and Addison look only a few months later but I am so happy I have these sweet photos to look back on and remember this special time.

xo Ali

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Becoming A Family Of Four


Jeans || Top || Hat (similar here) || Boots || Sunglasses || Addison’s Shirt (similar here) || Addison’s Bow 

 Happy Monday everyone!  I know everyone says they love this time of year because of the weather, or pumpkin spice everything, or because they are just ready for a change of pace and a new routine, and while all of those things are pretty awesome, ever since having kids this time of year has been particularly fun because of all the activities we can do together as a family.  One of my favorites is pumpkin picking and a few weeks ago we headed out to the East End of Long Island to the cutest pumpkin patch called Hank’s Pumpkintown.  We got there around 4pm on a Friday evening and had the place almost all to ourselves, which with a toddler that likes space to run, was pretty awesome. Addison had free reign of all the fun jungle gyms and her pick of any pumpkin she wanted. Since becoming a family of four we have made it a point to do activities that might be more fun for her than her baby sister, because lets face, it babies take up a lot of mom and dad’s time and attention so we want her to know that we have time for special activities that are just for her.

While I wouldn’t trade my little family of four for the world, it definitely has been a big adjustment over here, and honestly, anyone that says adding a new kiddo to the family was a breeze is probably full of it.  Addison has been doing really well, but she definitely has her moments, and those moments tend to come just when I am sitting down to feed Ellie, or put Ellie down for a nap, or really when I am doing anything where my focus is just on baby Ellie.  I get it, for over two years she was the center of our world, and she still is, but now she has to share the spotlight with someone else.  Her favorite phrases are “put Ellie in the swing” or “don’t feed baby Ellie mommy,” and I know it’s just because she wants me to sit and play with her, but each time she says those things it breaks my heart a little.

In the first few weeks we had Ellie home I thought I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t be a mom to two because my focus was constantly being divided, and I didn’t think I could give each of my girls the attention they deserved.  I kept thinking that I would never get the quiet moments with Eleanor that I had with Addison, or that I would never again be able to sit and snuggle with Addison by myself without having to cut it short to feed her sister or change a poop explosion.  And, for the first few weeks that was definitely true, but over time a new “normal” started to develop.  I am able to sneak in an uninterrupted breastfeeding and snuggle session or two in the afternoon while Addison is taking a nap and I have made it a point to keep Eleanor home with our babysitter or drop Eleanor at my moms’ so I can Addison out of the house by herself, just her and I, at least once or twice a week.  We go to a kids gym class with friends, or take a solo trip to the park, or if the weather is bad we snuggle on the couch and read a few books without her baby sister around.

There are also things that Addison does as a big sister that seem so natural.  She has become a master of putting baby Ellie’s “fire” back in her mouth (what she calls the pacifier), and cannot go to bed a night or wake up in the morning without giving her sister a kiss and hug.  I also love that now that Ellie is recognizing our faces and the sound of our voice she literally lights up and smiles when her sister enters the room.  At just three months old it’s like she knows exactly who she is and their bond is so strong already. To all the moms out there who are worried about how they are going to handle going from one kid to two kids or even more, let me first say, “you got this!”, and then let me tell  you it just kind of happens.  I don’t know how to explain it, and for me it wasn’t a walk in the park and I still have a lot to learn, but one day you just wake up and it just all makes sense, and you know you can handle it. Eleanor will be three months tomorrow and I know I have said it before but it’s hard to remember what it was like as a family of three because life is definitely better as a family of four.

xo Ali

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9 Essentials For The Postpartum Mom

 

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Eleanor is just about three months old, so I thought it was about time I get this post up on the blog and share some of the items that helped during my recovery the first few weeks home.  I know, some of you are thinking none of these items look like necessities, and you are right, they aren’t really, but any new mom can back me up on this when you feel “put together” it makes your day go so much smoother, especially when you are trying to settle in to a new normal.

If you have been following along with me on the blog or on Instagram, you know I am giving breastfeeding a go  this time around.  I was sent this tank top from Bun Maternity along with another sweatshirt and they are both two of my favorite nursing pieces.  I actually packed the sweatshirt in my hospital bag, and have warn the tank top both around the house and out.  I like their products because you really cannot tell they are actual “nursing” items, which is a huge plus for me.

After I got home from the hospital I made a real effort to make sure I got showered “dressed” each day, even if that only meant changing into a pair of comfortable sweats and an oversized cardigan.  It also helped me feel like I was ready for visitors, which I very much embraced in the first few weeks and days after brining Eleanor home.

Once I felt comfortable enough to venture out of the house I was constantly looking for items in my closet that were nursing friendly.  Button front dresses were, and still are, my go to pick.   With the weather getting a bit colder wear these dresses with high boots or booties and layer it with a light jacket or cardigan.

Finally, my two secret weapons, if you will, were a good pair of high waisted jeans, and a baseball cap.  They sound simple enough but seriously, when I didn’t have time to wash my hair, and wanted to hide the post baby belly these were just what I needed.

Now that I am three months post baby I feel like I am starting to feel like my old “new” self again, but let me tell you those first few weeks were literally chaos, so anything that helped me feel more human, even just a little, I was all for it.  Now excuse me, while I go cry a little and snuggle up with Eleanor, because I cannot believe I have a three month old already!

xo Ali

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Baby Eleanor’s Birth Story

(photo by Cadence Kennedy) 

Monday marked seven sweet weeks with baby Eleanor.  In some ways it seems like it went by in a flash and in other ways it seems like the days and nights have been moving at a snail’s pace.  Someone once told me during the baby and toddler stage the days are long but the years are short, and that sums it up perfectly.  I have been wanting to share Ellie’s birth story with you all for a few weeks now, but each time I sat down to write it I would, without fail, get interrupted by a toddler needing to use the potty or wanting me to read her a book, or a newborn crying to be fed or changed.  So, while both kids are down for the night (for now…) it seems like the perfect time type this all up.

Just a little background, from the first doctor’s appointment where we found out we were expecting baby number two Brian and I had it in our heads that I would be induced just like I was with Addison.  I was not allowed to go much past 39 weeks due to being a type I diabetic and so I just assumed that I would not go into labor naturally before then.  With Addison I was in the hospital a full 24 hours before she was born, and I  actively pushed for about four hours.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done.  The first time around my whole body was already exhausted even before I had to start pushing, and at some point a c-section was off the table due to her being too far down, so Addison was pulled out with the help of forceps.  The doctor on call was absolutely amazing and in the end Addison was the most perfect baby I had ever seen.

Flash forward to this pregnancy I was pretty much dreading delivery.  I was dreading a recovery that would be painful and  wouldn’t allow me to sit on anything but pillow for over a month (I had an episiotomy with Addison that was no walk in the park). I tried to stay positive and just hoped my body would have another plan and this baby would decide to arrive on her own without medical intervention.

I started weekly appointments at 30 weeks and each weekly appointment everything stayed pretty status quo.  While she was always measuring two or so weeks ahead nothing else was out of the ordinary. By the time 36 weeks rolled around I was feeling as if every time I stood up the baby was going to fall out.  I’m pretty sure everyone, including my doctor thought I was just being dramatic, but I honestly didn’t ever remember that feeling with Addison.  Things were progressing very slowly and I was even told by my doctor he would feel OK waiting until 40 weeks to discuss induction.  While I was happy for the good report I could not imagine another four weeks feeling like this.

At just over 38 weeks I woke up on a Sunday morning a decided to start timing my contractions for what felt like the hundredth time.  They were erratic, some 5 minutes apart, some 20.  We had a pretty packed Sunday which included an early birthday celebration for my dad so we went on our day as usual.  It wasn’t until I was at my parents and we were in the middle of my dad’s birthday dinner that the pain picked up.  I tried to play it cool with my family but they convinced me I should call the OB’s service line and see what they say.  By the time my  OB called back I had crawled into bed and turned on Netflix ready to wait it out for the night and head into my doctor’s appointment the following afternoon.   However, she said that I should take a ride into labor and delivery because of all the pressure I was feeling.  She told me that if I was any more dilated than I was last Monday (a little more than 3cm) they would keep me, and if not, I could go home and follow-up at my regular weekly appointment.  The pain had lessened  bit but I was still feeling a ton of contractions.  So, we got dressed and I called my mother in law to have her come sit with Addison, but I was pretty positive that I would home in an hour or two.

After arriving at the hospital and getting settled into a triage room I was actually feeling a little silly that I was there.  When the on call resident walked in gave me an exam I was in complete shock that she said I was 5cm along and that our baby girl was on her way!  The rush of emotion at 11:30 at night was pretty crazy.  I was in such shock that it was actually happening and that I was not being induced.  Finally after 9 months of waiting to meet our baby girl it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that she would be here soon.

The rest of the evening and birth was pretty uneventful.  I didn’t have the fastest labor int he world but it only took about five hours from the time they broke my water until she arrived.  I did get an epidural (any mammas who go without pain meds are my heroes!), and I started pushing at around 6am and Eleanor arrived at 6:36am.  What I was not expecting was a 10lbs 4oz baby!  Prior to being admitted my mom and I talked about how big we thought she would be.  Since I was about 10 days early I was guessing high 7’s low 8’s, so boy were we off.  When they took Eleanor over to the scale to get weighed I remember my OB laughing and coming back to the table asking “how big was your first daughter again?”  The next thing I knew I saw the anesthesiologist walk into the room and heard him loudly say, “wow that’s a 10lber!”  Then I heard Brian chuckle and say, “wow, 10lbs 4oz…man.”  I really couldn’t believe it.  I know 10lb babies are born all the time, but I was just convinced she was going to be smaller.  (Also, if any of you are wondering it likely had very little to do with my diabetes.  My A1C, which is a three-month average off your blood glucose levels, was 5.6 which is about  what it would be if you were not a diabetic at all.  So Eleanor was just a big girl and really long).

I was also thrilled because while I knew Eleanor would be taken directly to the NICU for observation purposes, the NICU pediatrician  allowed her to stay with me for a full hour.  With Addison I only had about 10 minutes.  The rest of the hospital stay is kind of blur and while all of the labor and delivery staff as well as the staff on the recovery floor was absolutely amazing it is very hard to be comfortable while in the hospital.   I was really just looking forward to getting home and starting life as a family of four.

While I won’t go into full detail about my recovery process I have to say it was a million times easier the second time around.  Maybe it was because I knew what to expect but it also probably had to do with the length of my labor.  If anyone has particular questions about this feel free to email me or shoot me a Facebook or Instagram message.  I am more than happy to answer anything you want to know.  I really wish I was more prepared for the recovery process the first time around but you live you learn, right?

Just like Brian and I went from having one beautiful daughter to having two beautiful daughters.  As a first time mom it was exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time because I had no idea what to expect.  With every new phase you learn something new about yourself as a parent and about your child as a little human.  The second time around it is just as exciting and nerve wracking, but not because you feel unprepared, but because you wonder if you can parent two at the same time, or love two the same amount.   I’m sure along the way I will learn how to navigate all these emotions, and as far as loving them, your heart seems to grow a million times larger once you bring another child into the world.  Even with all of these what ifs I’m so thankful that I get to figure it all out while watching two of the most beautiful, funny and inspiring baby girls grow up.

xo Ali

Our Maternity + Family Photos

(photos by Cadence Kennedy)

My Dress 

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by so fast but I am happy that the weekend has arrived and we are getting ready to spend the last bit of summer with our family at our beach house on the east end of Long Island.  The weather already has the crispness in the air, but we are going to enjoy the last few days of sun, sand and the pool while we can.  Anyway, I thought it was about time I shared some of my most favorite photos with you, our maternity photos.  When I look at the photos now it’s hard to believe that the baby that was curled up cooking inside my belly has been in our lives for over six weeks now. I also feel incredibly justified in the fact that my belly was the size of an overinflated beach ball, because Eleanor was over 10bs!

When we took these photos I was still wondering how my labor would go, how it would be t bring another sweet girl into our family and how our life would have to adjust and change as we started on our journey as a family of four.  Now that much of that is behind us (although we are still adjusting and learning everyday), I think to myself that all that anxiety and worry was for nothing because now that Eleanor is home it seems like she has been here all along.

The day we were scheduled to take the photos I had been feeling contractions on and off all day and I was hoping I could make it through an hour long photo session on my feet.  As we were getting ready to leave the house to meet the photographer I was feeling so swollen and unattractive that I wasn’t too optimistic about how these would turn out and I was also hoping that Addison would be on her best behavior, which with a toddler is always hit or miss.   Despite a few tantrums on Addison’s end, and the fact that it was like 100 degrees out, the end result were these beautiful photos.  Our photographer Cadence knew just how to capture these special moments for us and I wish I could share the whole gallery with you because it was so hard to pick only a few favorites.

I am so glad that we have this moment in time documented to look back on.  When the girls are too old to want to be held, or too old for me to be calling them my “babies”, I can look back on these photos and remember how this was such an exciting time in our lives and remember how we felt as we watched our family grow.

I didn’t want to end this post without acknowledging the devastating events that have happened in Texas over the past week.  Hurricane Harvey has taken so much from so many and I wanted to leave you with a link to a list of resources where you can help with the recovery efforts.  If you watched my insta stories earlier this week you know the Texas Diaper Bank is accepting donations.  They also have a wish list on Amazon where you can send diapers and other items directly.  You can find a bunch of other places to donate here.  Sending prayers to all the families effected by Harvey as we head into the weekend.

xo Ali

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Newborn Necessities

 

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It’s hard to believe we celebrated one month with our sweet Eleanor last week.  At times it’s hard to remember life without her as if she has been part of the family forever, but at times I look at her and I cannot believe we have another perfect baby girl.

We are definitely still settling into a “routine” as much as we can.  It has only been two years since Addison was born but I feel like every time I go online or talk to another new mom I find a new product that will make life “so much easier” with a newborn.  Sometimes it’s hard to not get sucked into the idea that one product will change the way your baby sleeps or will help save time when it comes to giving a bath or changing a diaper. With so many amazing products out there, I thought I would round up my top 10 baby products that have made this first month a bit easier.

If I had to pick one item that I would recommend over and over again for any new mom it has to be this baby bouncer.  My sister in law recommended it to us when Addison was born, and at first it was hard to swallow the over $100 price tag for something that that have many bells and whistles, but honestly it is worth every penny and more!  It folds flat for storage and travel and is lightweight to carry around the house.  Lately it has been camping out in our upstairs bathroom as we are potty training Addison and I can easily set Eleanor down and lightly bounce her with my foot as we wait for her older sister to finish on the potty.

If you watch my Insta-Stories or follow me on Instagram you may knew we are trying to get Eleanor to take a bottle (she has been breastfed since day one).  I assumed the bottles we used for Addison would just work for Eleanor too.  Well, that wasn’t he case.  After some research I found these Baby Brezza bottles that look very similar to a breast.  Eleanor as been taking to these nicely.  Another nice feature is that the bottle comes in two pieces and if you have used baby bottles before you know there can sometimes be four, five or more pieces the have to be washed and put back together.

Some other items that you maybe wouldn’t consider “essentials” are items like these oh so soft baby swaddles, or this knotted dress that I received as a gift and have since ordered two more.  If you have any questions about any of the items I have featured above feel free to shoot me an email or comment below.  I plan on doing a similar post later this week on Mom Must Haves when it comes to a newborn so if there is anything specific you want me to touch upon let me know as well.

xo Ali

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Blush, Blue + A Pregnancy Update

Maxi Dress (non maternity!) || Hat || Sandals || Jean Jacket (old, similar here)

Here on Long Island the weather has abruptly made the change from somewhat warm to hot, humid and sticky… ugh.  While I am so ready for summer I was not prepared for the toll the warm weather would take on my body while pregnant.  I feel like no matter how much water I drink I am swollen and sweating all the time and all I want to do is sit on the couch in the air conditioning.  But, with some work to finish up before baby girl arrives, and toddler that only sits for about five minutes at a time, we are trying everything we can to stay active and cool at the same time. I really don’t remember feeling this sluggish when I was pregnant with Addison.  I also don’t remember being this big, though I am sure I was! The hardest part of this point in my pregnancy is trying to explain to a toddler that I can’t pick her up.  Instead, we are doing a lot of extra hugs, kisses and hand holding, but I know sometimes she just wants to be in mommy’s arms.

 If I were allowed to go to my 40 week due date I’d have just under six weeks lift, but since I have to be induced I most likely have anywhere from three to five weeks left, and something tells me it’s going to be on the shorter end of that timeline.  I am also saying a little prayer each day that this baby comes on her own so I don’t have to go through the induction process again, but in the end whatever I have to do I will.   When I went in for my last weekly appointment baby C was measuring in the 87th percentile and is already over 6lbs!  While it’s pretty cool to get to track her progress week by week I always get a bit of anxiety when I go in to the doctor’s office.  With Addison, I was sent back and forth to the hospital more than a few times for extra monitoring so I never know if that is going to be the case this time around.  I have  also reached  full on nesting mode and have sterilized all the baby bottles and pump parts, picked up a few new tiny outfits for baby girl and done a bunch baby laundry, as well as packed our hospital bags.

Finally, I am trying to  finish up a few projects around the house including our outdoor deck (I can’t wait to share it!), the nursery, and our master bedroom.  I am really hoping I have these things done before baby arrives so I can enjoy our new life as a family of four without distractions.

Oh, and as for this dress I am wearing it is a non maternity style and around $60.  It’s lined and a great option whether you are pregnant or not.  I am not usually a pink person but I just love the color and paired with a jean jacket it made the perfect outfit for dinner out with the family last week.  If you have any questions about sizing feel free to ask!

xo Ali

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Baby Prep With The Cybex Cloud Q Car Seat


Cybex Cloud Q Car Seat: c/o CYBEX || Jeans: Asos Maternity || Top: Free People || Diaper Bag:Fawn Design || Swaddles: Little Unicorn

Crib: Serena & Lily || Rug: Joss & Main || Rocker: Wayfair

I cannot believe it is June already and in a few short weeks our little baby girl will actually be here!  With a few very busy weeks ahead of us,and jam packed weekends, I feel like her due date is going to sneak up on me before I know it.  And, after my most recent appointment with my OBGYN it looks like my end of July baby will most likely be a beginning of July baby…crazy!  Anyway, lately I have been going through all of Addison’s old baby things and making a list of things we still have left to do before our little girl’s arrival.  So far on my list I have: sterilize bottles, order some new parts for my pump, wash the remaining baby clothes and blankets, pack our hospital bags (I’ll have a whole post on what I’m packing coming soon!), add the final touches on her nursery, and of course install the car seat in our car.  I’m sure there are a ton of things I am forgetting, but that’s all I’ve got for now.

Until I had Addison I just assumed a car seat was a car seat right?  Well, boy was I wrong!  There are so many choices, and you really have to think about ease of use and how it will work for your lifestyle when choosing the right option.  I was so excited to be asked to try out the new CYBEX Cloud Q car seat after reading about the many unique features the car seat had to offer.  The sleek design and extended canopy are probably two of my favorite things about the seat.  I know it’s kind of silly, but I definitely don’t think you have to sacrifice style by any means when it comes to baby gear.  Just like how I dress or how I decorate our home, I like things with cleaner lines, and this car seat is not bulky by any means.  Another thing that I love is that the leg base that comes with the car seat makes it easy to snap in and out of the car and also significantly reduces the risk of a head or neck injury if you were in an accident.  I know whether you are a new mom, or a fifth time around mom, the last thing you want to be worrying about is if your baby is safe in your own car, and this feature definitely helps put my mind at ease.

One of the most unique things about this car seat is that is is the only seat on the market that will actually recline for you when baby is out of the car.  So, if you put it in your travel system you can recline baby to make them more comfortable while you are out and about.  While I’m sure this time around getting two kids out of the house will be harder I am not one to stay put, so any feature that makes it more convenient us to be out with family and friends is a major plus for me.  While it also comes in a variety of fun colors, I opted for black sea option and love it!

If you have any other questions about the seat, feel free to email me or leave a comment below!  Happy Wednesday!

(**Thank you CYBEX for the beautiful seat and sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own**) 

xo Ali

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