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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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The Perfect Carryall

Bag: c/o Birdling Bags || Top: PinkBlush (similar option here) || Cutoff Shorts: H&M || Shoes: Soludos (old, similar option here)

Addi’s Outfit: Jacket: Gap || Top: Genuine Kids || Shoes: Gap

Happy Monday everyone! I’m sorry the past week or so has been a bit silent around here, but I have to say the end of this pregnancy is really kicking my butt!  I honestly don’t remember being this uncomfortable with Addison, but luckily I have only a few more weeks to go (six at the very most…happy dance!) until we meet our new baby girl.

Anyway, we’ve been trying to pass our time by spending as much time outside as possible.  The weather has been a bit unpredictable with all the rain we have been getting, but when we see a break in the clouds Addi and I have been taking full advantage of the close proximity to our town, which means restaurants, coffee shops and frozen yogurt…yum. Lately my little girl has had a mind of her own which means she wants to walk everywhere herself without her stroller, this also means I feel like I need to pack a larger bag than usual, mostly because I can’t throw things like sippy cups, water bottles, sunglasses and jackets in the bottom of her stroller.  At first I was carrying my bag and a smaller backpack for Addi, but I soon realized that left no free hands for anything else.  So, I decided to consolidate it all into this one larger “Day Tripper Bag” by Birdling Bags and it has been the perfect catch all bag for our afternoon outings.  The large inside and canvas exterior will also make it an ideal bag to pack for a picnic or a beach bag for later this summer with more than enough room for towels, sunscreen and beach toys.  It also comes in a smaller version and they have weekender bag that would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift.

Don’t forget, since today is #MommyMonday  head over to see how my other favorite and fashionable mammas are using their Birdling bags.  You can find there posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great week, with lots of outdoor time and of course frozen yogurt 😉

xo Ali

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Mother’s Day Celebrations With Janie and Jack

My Dress: ASOS || My Shoes: Madewell

Addison’s Dress, shoes, bow and sunglasses: c/o Janie and Jack 

 

I cannot believe it is almost the middle of May let alone almost Mother’s Day.  What is even more unbelievable is that tomorrow my baby girl will be turning TWO.  At this time two years ago I was already laying in a hospital bed thinking our newest family member would be arriving soon.  Well, she had her own plans decided to make us wait just a bit longer, but knowing how she is now I am no longer surprised by this.

The year Addison was born Mother’s Day was the weekend before she actually arrived, and I remember it still feeling very surreal that I was actually going to be a mom.  We celebrated the day like we had many times before, with both my family and my husbands, but this time I was included in the gift and card exchanges.  It was even more strange because she wasn’t even here yet but everyone kept telling me that you are a mom from the moment you find out you are pregnant not just when the baby arrives and looking back now I cannot agree more.

I’ve always thought it was a little odd to just celebrate moms one day of the year.  I mean, most of us can agree that without your mom life would just not happen as smoothly as it does.  As a kid you never really understand exactly what your mom does, but now that I am older, and a mom myself, I realize a mom is not only “mom” but she’s so much more.  In one day she can accomplish what others might take a week to accomplish and she does it because she loves her family and would do anything for them.  This year I hope you take the time to tell your mom, grandmother, aunt, or special person in your life that has filled the role of mom, exactly how you feel.  You’d be surprised how much a little “thank you” or “I love you” can really mean to someone.

Since this weekend is filled with special celebrations that is as good of an excuse as any to get a little more dressed up than usual…right?  Addison tends to give me a bit of a hard time when it comes to “dressing up”, but when she saw this dress from Janie and Jack she ran over to it and said “Mama pretty!” So, using the excitement to my advantage I changed her into it and to my surprise she even stood still when I was clipping the bow in her hair and I know there are other moms and can relate to a squirmy kid when trying to comb or put up their hair!  Once we put on the shoes I could not believe how grown up she looked.  There is no more baby in her and she is all energetic toddler, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.   I’m pretty sure we will be recreating this look at some point this weekend because it is just so darn cute.

  So, to all the moms out there make sure you get a day of extra kiddo hugs and snuggles and even a little bit of pampering (think breakfast in bed?!).  In my opinion life as a mom is pretty much as good as it gets.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

xo Ali

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Pregnancy Thus Far…

I’ve been on the fence about writing this type of post for a while, but the more I thought about it, I shared my sorrow with you all when I miscarried last year and then shared the joy of finding out we were pregnant again earlier this year, so it only seemed appropriate I share with you my thoughts about not only this pregnancy, but what it has been like for me to get pregnant again after a miscarriage and finally what it’s like being a high risk pregnancy due to being a Type 1 diabetic since I was six. This is probably one of the longest posts you will ever read on here, but my hope is that someone can relate, some mom or mom to be will know that they aren’t alone in all the crazy feelings and emotions that are wrapped up when you are doing one of the most important and nerve-wracking things one can do in their lifetime.

Let me start by talking a little bit about being a diabetic.  I’ve been a diabetic for over 20 years and over the past few years I have found myself talking about it more than I ever have.  Growing up my friends just knew about my diabetes, there was no need to explain what low blood sugar was, or why I couldn’t have that Halloween candy, because they just knew.  As I have gotten older and I have met new people, whether it be in Addison’s mommy and me class, or from working on various projects for work, I feel like I am constantly sharing that I wear an insulin pump, or another device called a continuous glucose monitor that helps me keep track of my blood sugars.  Sometimes people feel a little sorry for me because they cannot imagine what it’s like to constantly carb count, or prick your finger multiple times a day, or worry that unpredicted high blood sugar can send you to the hospital, but I have never felt sorry for myself.  This is a part of who I am and learning about dealing with my illness has made me who I am today and in a weird way it has made me more confident and independent.

Currently I am very controlled when it comes to my diabetes.  My levels rivaling those that doesn’t have diabetes, but it hasn’t always been that way.  It really wasn’t until I was trying to get pregnant the first time around that I realized I needed to get my act together and really start to take care of myself.  All of a sudden it wasn’t just about my health, but it was about the health of someone else and I would never forgive myself if it didn’t do everything in my power to make sure my baby was born happy and healthy.

Being pregnant takes a toll on your body even if you are the healthiest, fittest person there is and the moment you get a positive pregnancy test there is enough uncertainty to make anyone start to worry just a little bit and when you have a chronic disease that adds a whole new level of stress and worry to the equation.  When I was pregnant with Addison I was doing everything right, and preparing by monitoring my blood sugars even more closely than before and heading to my endocrinologist on a more regular basis.  Once I actually became pregnant I had even more doctor’s visits (once a month instead of once every 4-6) and I would test my blood sugar obsessively just to make sure things were going as they should.  In the end it all paid off our baby girl was born happy and healthy with no issues and I knew I did everything I could to keep her safe.

After my miscarriage in June, I couldn’t help but think it had something to do with higher glucose levels or that we weren’t planning that pregnancy and if we were I would have been monitoring things more closely.  In the end I know it was none of those things but just part of God’s greater plan.  So, when about five months later I found out I was pregnant with our rainbow baby you can imagine my mix of emotions.  I was incredibly happy and incredibly scared all at the same time. I know that anyone that has suffered a loss of a child, whether it be at 6 weeks or 40 weeks knows exactly what I am talking about.   After having a miscarriage, as crazy as it might sound, I literally thought that any little thing could make me lose this baby and that wasn’t going to happen.  This time things were going to go smoothly and I was going to make sure I did everything right.  But, as usual, life had a different plan for me because this time around my morning sickness hit an all time high, which is only more dangerous when you are a diabetic.  Keeping any kind of food down was pretty impossible from about week six to week 14, but luckily with the help of amazing doctors I got through it and I’m sure I would do it all again if it meant in the end i would get a baby.  This also taught me that not everything is your fault.  Some things just happen and the only thing you can do is work through them and hope and pray tomorrow is better, because more often than not it usually is.

Ok, now on to how this pregnancy has actually been going.  All in all I really have no huge complaints.  The morning sickness in the first trimester was definitely unpleasant and not without it scary moments, but that seems like a lifetime ago now!  Since about week 14 or 15 I really have felt great. This time around I feel like things are happening sooner than than before.  My belly popped earlier, this baby is hanging out a little lower in my belly, and this little girl better be a gymnast because there is not 15 minutes that go by that I don’t feel a kick, jab or what I can only assume is a  summersault.   Being a high risk pregnancy isn’t all terrible.  Yes, I have to get induced at 39 weeks if not before, and yes I have to get a ton of extra blood draws and have probably 3x if not more doctor’s appointment than the regular person, but that also means I get to check in on my little nugget more often.  I get to hear her heartbeat and see her on sonograms on a pretty regular basis.  Starting next week I’ll go in 1-2 times a week for a sonogram which definitely puts my mind at ease as we head down the home stretch.   At almost 30 weeks pregnant I am now just getting anxious for our little girl to arrive.  I find myself thinking about what life is going to be like in a few short months as we transition from a family of three to a family of four.  Sometimes it makes me sad that Addison won’t be my “baby” anymore, but then my husband kindly reminds me that even at 25 she will still be my baby, and it’s so true.  I’m excited to have these two girls grow up together and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Like I said before I wanted to share all these crazy thoughts because I hope someone can relate.  Every new mom or mom to be has a million crazy, irrational, highly emotional thoughts that run through their brain all day everyday, it’s hard not to.  I also realize that there are many more women out there whose journey has been longer and tougher than mine, and I have to say all of you have helped to give me hope and strength to move forward with my journey.  Being a mom definitely isn’t what I expected and I you asked me 10 years ago what my life would be like today I would have painted you a very different picture, but today, at this moment I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world :).  xoxoxo

xo Ali
Our Bath Time Routine With Mustela

Mustela Products : c/o Mustela || Addi’s Robe: Land Of Nod

Since the day we brought Addison home from the hospital I have been on the hunt for skin and bath products that work well with her skin.  She has always had combination skin (like her mama), sometimes dry and definitely on the more sensitive side.  I ways always afraid to try something new in fear that it would cause some kind of crazy reaction.   And, from talking to other new moms I know I wasn’t the only one with this concern.

At my baby shower I received a basket of Mustela products so it was one of the first brands I tried on my little babe.  I was immediately in love with the way it made her skin feel and as an extra bonus it has a smell that just reminds of “clean and fresh.”  Now that Addison is almost two, we still use the 2 – in – 1 wash and the hydra bebe body cream on a regular basis.  My little lady is just in love with baths and showers, she is definitely my water baby and doesn’t care if the water comes in the form of a tub, shower head or pool.  Each night after dinner we ask her “are you ready for your bath?” She usually screams “yesssss batthhhhhh!”  We head upstairs and get all her rubber ducks and bath toys out and start the process.  Sometimes, if my husband cooked dinner I’ll let him take charge of bath time while I clean up, but most nights we are up there together watching her splash around and play.  It’s too adorable to miss.

 While I’ve tried other skin products on Addison, I always find myself coming back to the brand we love.  I also know that when baby #2 arrives later this summer, her changing table will be filled with little blue and white bottles because once you find something you love why mess with a  good thing?

xo Ali

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We’re Having A….

Dress: Rachel Pally (old, but I love this version here) || Addi’s Dress: Gap

….GIRL! We shared the news with close family and friends a few weeks ago, but for everyone else we have been keeping this secret for a while now and I thought it was time we finally shared the exciting news that we will be welcoming a baby girl to our family this July!  To be honest, I was pretty sure all along that we would be having another little girl.  When I first found out I was pregnant there was maybe a total of a week where I thought boy, but my gut (as well as the nausea and complete blah feeling that everyone says comes along with girls ) told me girl.  I was afraid Brian would be a little disappointed when he found out we were having another girl but I actually think he was relieved, his exact words were “we know girls…this is a really good thing!” It made me chuckle because he is 100% right.

While I am over the moon excited, there is also a very large part of me that is very nervous. Nervous because two little girls about two years apart could be a recipe for trouble, but mostly nervous because I only have a brother, and my husband is one of three boys, so the relationship between sisters is so foreign to me.  Everyone I have talked to said the bond between sisters is incredible and it doesn’t matter if there is two years or 20 years between them it is a best friend for life.  The thought of Addison having a forever best friend brings tears to my eyes and I know she is going to be an amazing big sister. I’m sure there will be fights and tears between them, but I can only hope these two stand up for each other always. So anyone with more than one little lady or a sister I’m all ears and ready for some good advice!

Hurry up and get here baby girl you have three (well five if you count our pup and kitty) very exited people who can’t wait to meet you!

xo Ali

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Strollin’

Overalls (maternity style, non maternity favorite here) || Striped Shirt (old, similar here) || Sneakers || Sunglasses || Bag || Stroller

With the way the weather has been lately we never know when we are going to get a chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine and when you have a very active toddler outside time or time spent being able to run around is essential to keeping us both sane.  So, when the rain cleared yesterday morning and the sun appeared we jumped at the chance for a quick walk outside to get some fresh air. Our new home is in walking distance to town so it makes it really easy to strap Addison into her stroller and head into town for a coffee or a “onut” (aka donut in Addison terms).  I have to say it was just what we needed to turn ur crazy morning into a really great day.

I am also officially 20 weeks which absolutely blows my mind! Each time I feel our little baby move it makes me want it to be July already and it melts my heart how each morning Addison has to say “good morning” to her baby and kiss my belly.    There is also no hiding this baby bump, so I am fully embracing maternity fashion.  Even when not pregnant I love overalls, so when I cam across this maternity pair for under $50 I was hoping they would be as amazing as they looked in the photo online.  They have been everything I could have asked for and more.  The denim is pretty soft and the cut is just right for a growing belly.  I can see myself wearing these well into the summer with tie up sandals and a cute striped tank.  Hope you are all having an amazing week and I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful it is almost Friday!

xo Ali

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New Addition!

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Addi’s Shirt || My Shirt

It looks like Addison is going to be a big sister in July! This picture doesn’t even begin to describe how incredibly excited we all are for our family to expand.  We all prayed hoped and wished for this little one and what makes it even more special is that I get to see my first baby as a big sister.

These past few months have been a roller coaster of emotions to say the least and now that we are finally getting settled into our new home it feels like everything is falling into place.  Some of you may have also noticed that I have been pretty silent on the blog since the holidays but I am really ready to get back to posting on here regularly.  I cannot wait to keep you updated on how things are progressing in our new home and keep you updated on baby #2! With that being said, be on the lookout for some new posts very soon and in the meantime we are going to continue dancing around our living room because we can’t contain our excitement!

xo Ali

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Mommy Monday: Fall Vibes With Sail To Sable

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My Outfit: Dress: c/o Sail To Sable || Booties: Vince Camuto || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Bag: Celine

Addi’s Outfit: Romper: Hanna Andersson || Shirt: Hanna Andersson || Shoes: Toms

Last week we were given a short glimpse into the beautiful fall weather that I know is just right around the corner. With mornings cool enough to leave your windows open and the humidity at almost zero, Addison and I were trying to spend a much time outdoors as possible before the weather started to heat up again.

Even though this break in the awful summer heat was short lived, it did give me a chance to try out this Sail to Sable striped sweater dress that did not disappoint.  While I have never considered myself a dress person, lately, the ease of pulling on a simple dress and walking out the door feeling put together has been very attractive. This striped dress flatters in all the right places, is super soft (no scratchy sweater material for this girl!), and can easily be paired with cute ankle booties like these (on major sale!), or as the weather really cools down I can definitely see myself pairing the this dress with a pair of over the knee boots.

If you haven’t already you need to head over to the Sail to Sable website to check out the many beautiful pieces they have in their new fall collection and don’t forget to check out these other fabulous fashionable mamas to see how they styled their favorite Sail To Sable pieces:

Mirielle, City Peach

Katie, Life With A Dash Of Whimsey 

Nina, HSS Feed

Tiffany, Tiffany Style Blog

Happy Monday!

xo Ali

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