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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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Wednesday Wish List: Post Pregnancy Additions

ONE || TWO || THREE || FOUR || FIVE || SIX || SEVEN || EIGHT || NINE

With the holiday weekend coming up it’s hard to believe summer is fast approaching.  For our little family that also means only a few more weeks until our newest addition arrives and our worlds are changed for the better.  Officially, I have just over two months left, but since I am already being induced early, and baby girl is measuring between two and three weeks ahead, it’s looking like I have somewhere between six and seven weeks left to go, but if this baby girl is anything like her sister she will probably take her sweet ol’ time no matter what my doctor and I decide.

 As far as I’m concerned I have hit the stage in my pregnancy where the bump is just getting out of control and some days I feel like I just want to wear an oversized shirt and my husbands sweatpants and call it a day.  So, while finding outfits for right now is not so fun, looking for some new summer additions to my wardrobe for post baby has been one of my go to ways to pass the time (my life is so exciting…i know).  From what I remember with Addison, post pregnancy I just wanted to be in all the lose fitting,  outfits I could find.  So dresses like this have been high on my wish list.  I have also had my eye on this striped number and a few days ago I preordered it and can’t wait to try it on post baby.   Since my family also spends a lot of time at our beach house in the summer not wearing a bathing suit is probably not an option, so a cute colorful one piece is a must.  What items are on your summer wish list?  Leave your recommendations below I can’t wait to check them out!

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
Pops Of Blue With Islefield

Scarf: c/o IsleField || Jacket: BB Dakota || T-Shirt: Old Navy || Jeans : J.Crew (old, similar maternity style here) || Bag: Celine (another similar option here) || Sunglasses: Le Specs || Shoes: Joie (Heeled version here)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We are getting back into the swing of things after spending a few days away watching one of my best friends marry her best friend.  It was a beautiful weekend and I cannot believe it is already over.  Now it’s time to get back to reality right?

I feel like a broken record saying this again but the weather promises to actually warm up and I am really hoping this time it’s true. We’ve had a few nice days here and there but then the rain and chilly weather returns, ugh.  Even though the temperature has only been reaching 50 degrees or so that hasn’t stopped me from wearing all of my favorite spring clothes, including these white jeans and this new scarf from Islefield.  I was introduced to the Islefield brand recently, but since receiving this scarf I have gone out of my way to pair it with some of my favorite outfits, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching it would definitely make a great gift for your mom, wife or special women in your life as a way to say thank you for everything they do. It comes in a few different colors and there a few different styles so you definitely need to head over to the Islefield site and while there definitly browse the rest of the site, because there are few items I can see myself wearing well into the summer months.

Don’t forget, since this is also #MommyMonday head over to see how my other favorite, and fashionable, mammas have styled their scarves:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 

And, as a little treat for our readers use code JUST4MOM to get $100 off any purchase of $250 or more.  Happy shopping!

 

xo Ali

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Wednesday Wishlist: Outdoor Oasis

 

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Since it looks like the cold weather is behind us, I can finally start to focus on finishing up what I like to call “phase two” of our home renovation, the exterior.  When we purchased the house we  had to take out every single tree and shrub in the front, along the back fence and along the side of the driveway because they were all dead.  It was a little overwhelming to see the house completely “bare” but it means we have a clean slate when it comes to what trees and flowers we plant.  After seeing the entirely exposed house we also realized we wanted to re-side, add white trim and replace every window (we also had to replace the roof but that was something we expected).

I am in love with how the front exterior turned out, but along with spring planting we will also be focusing on replacing the rails on our two tier deck in the back, since they are brown, to match the new white trim in the front.  We are hoping to create a cozy lounge area under the covered lanai so we can spend evenings out there enjoying time with family and friends.  With that in mind, I have been searching all over the internet and in every store I can think of to find the perfect setup that won’t cost us an arm and a leg.

So far, this comfortable looking sectional from Joss & Main is total front runner and after seeing this rug on a picture I found on Pinterest, I was so excited when I found out it was out major sale on Anne Selke.  I have settled on the light blue and rustic wood color palette and I hope to have the same look and feel on the upper level of our deck where our BBQ is.  There,  we plan on putting a large outdoor dining table and maybe a few more chairs to lounge in.  I have been looking forward to finishing up this part of our renovation for awhile now and it is making me so excited for the warmer months ahead.  If anyone has any suggestions on easy to maintain outdoor plants send them my way I know nothing about flowers and trees, other than what I think looks pretty!

xo Ali

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Pregnancy Workout

Top (old similar here) || Leggings || Sneakers (older similar here) || Backpack || Sunglasses 

We made it to Friday everyone!  While that might not seem like a big deal to some of you, lately, I’ve been really feeling this pregnancy on my body.  This time around it seems like everything is amplified and starting a few weeks earlier then it did when I was pregnant with Addison. I’m actually a few pounds less than I was with Addison at almost 24 weeks, (probably due to extreme morning sickness up until around 18 weeks ugh…), but running after a toddler, getting down on the floor to play with her, and picking her up into bed or the car is starting to seem like a bit of a struggle.

Prior to getting pregnant I was one of those people that would go through spurts of working out.  I had my bikrim yoga phase during and post college, then I thought I could really get into distance running, and most recently Pure Barre and yoga were my workouts choice but, I could never really find a workout that I stuck with.  Needless to say, headed into this pregnancy my fitness routine was pretty much non existent.  While I am not going to start training for a marathon or anything, I have been making a conscience effort to keep active and give my body the attention it deserves when it comes to a workout.

Lately, I’ve been all about searching the internet for prenatal YouTube videos that I usually do while Addison is taking her afternoon nap.  I am also very much looking forward to the weather warming up so we can take walks into the town close by, because sometimes just being out in the fresh air for an hour or so does wonders for your body and your day.  If anyone has any suggestions on some great yoga videos or people I should be following feel free the leave them in the comments, you guys most likely way more knowledgable than I am!  Happy Friday!

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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Casual Friday

My Outfit:  Vest (sold out similar style here) || Leggings || T-Shirt || Sunglasses || Shoes (old love this style!) || Bag (old similar style here)

I am currently almost 19 weeks pregnant and I cannot believe how this pregnancy is just flying by.  I remember when I was pregnant with Addison I was patiently waiting for my baby belly to appear. What I wasn’t expecting was about 22 weeks to pass before my bump was finally apparent in clothes.  This time around, while I have only noticed a “real” belly in the last week or so, I definitely felt pregnant very early on.

I’ll be writing a post next week about how my first trimester went, but in the meantime I had to share a little pregnancy secret.  Something that not only got me through the first few postpartum months last time around, but has also gotten me through that awkward phase where you just feel bigger than you normally are and nothing really fits.  These  leggings have become a fast favorite.  I have them in a few colors including black, blue and a few fun patterns. They sit high up on the waist and hug around my growing tummy without falling down.  But, if you are thinking the price tag is a bit high, I found a budget friendly alternative that just as amazing. I’ve been living in variations of this outfit for the past month or two and the long vest helps me feel a little more put together than just throwing on a t-shirt and stretchy pants.  I hope everyone has a great Friday and enjoys the start to their weekend!

xo Ali

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