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Something I didn't really consider during any point of my pregnancy was the aftermath. I have been pretty open about how hard it has been, and it's only recently getting easier. While I know everyone loses weight differently, for me accepting my new body has been a struggle. I haven't felt the same and have been feeling really down with the body I've been left with post pregnancy. I am now below my previous weight, but I have a mom pooch and zero booty. It's so weird how much our bodies change when carrying a child, so you can only anticipate how much they will change afterwards. Embracing your postpartum body is easier said than done and your body does not go back to normal overnight (or within 2 months as I'm learning). I've voiced before how much wearing my maternity clothes and loose clothing in general has helped me cope, which is still my method to staying positive.
This dress, that you can check out here, allows me to stay on trend with the collar cut out and still feel comfortable with this new body I have. I love that it is loose around my waist, giving me comfort and confidence. I'm not saying you need to always hide your new figure with loose clothing, but give yourself time to adjust! If you want to rock whatever clothes you want, go for it! We are moms now and our bodies have gone through an amazing experience and we have the marks, flab, and squishiness to prove it.
I have found embracing your body will come at your own speed, but it will come. Baby blues, and postpartum depression, are very real and adding in this to the mix is tough. We are all so beautiful and while our weight or body shape may not be the same as before, we should all embrace this new chapter in motherhood.
So embrace your mom bod and wear clothes that make you happy! I love this dress from Shop Pink Blush and how they have trendy woman’s clothing. Y’all know how much I love rocking floral, and I love the cool tones in this dress. I also wore this for my baby’s blessing if you were wondering where it was from! It was a hit and was the perfect dress for the occasion.
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Before the birth of our baby, J and I went on dates just about every week. We'd go out and grab dinner, a movie, walk around town and shop, we loved being out and about together! Now that we have our little one, date nights are far and few in between. That is, until we discovered the joys of date nights at home! We can do all of those things at home, here is to the continuation of date nights!
We are both introverts anyways, so finding out our love for just staying at home was kind of a no brainer. While it may sound like a downer to spend your time at home, here is how you can spice up your night and enjoy time with your loved one!
Coming from Texas and being part Mexican, mexican cuisine is pretty much my comfort food! For our date nights, we have discovered that we love cooking together. Lately we stumbled upon Frontera® Frozen Skillets at Target that make date night delicious, and allow us more quality time! We cooked up the Frontera® Chicken Taco Skillet and y'all... This dish is delicious! I am very ingredient conscious now after having our baby, and this meal has quality ingredients that you can read in plain English. Our home was immediately filled with the delicious smell of chicken, roasted tomatoes, and peppers. I can't wait to also try out the other recipes they carry. While cooking we talk about our day and share the highlights. With us both working, and adding a baby to the mix, our days are filled with stories! This is our quiet time just us to work together, I love every bit of it!
Continuing with our date night, we head down to our living room and pick a movie for the night! We love comedy so that's normally what we lean towards. Date nights wouldn't be complete without playing games and we love mexican train, five crowns, or rummy. I love being able to spend date nights at home for so many reasons. It's a whole lot cheaper, we get to spend quality time together without a bunch of outside noise, and we get to do fun things like prepare our dinner together as a team. After a long day sometimes we don't have the time or energy to make an extravagant meal, but we also don't want to sacrifice flavor! I'm so happy we found these meals and can't wait to incorporate them into future date nights.
What is your favorite thing to do for date night? I'd love to hear what you and your significant other do!
We loved the Chicken Taco Skillet meal so much, that we can't wait to try out the other recipes, and even use this enchilada sauce the next time I make enchiladas! (Which is literally every week, I got my husband obsessed with Mexican food y'all!) The skillets have allowed us to branch out and try new foods, and are just packed with flavor. Seriously, once these start cooking the aroma of deliciousness will soon take over your home. Having this new go to date night meal, allows us to spend less time fretting over what to eat, and more time enjoying each other's company!
I never thought I'd be a breast pumping mom, but here we are! I am 90% breast pumping and have realized a lot of mamas struggle with pumping and have reached out to me for advice. I'm such a newbie at all of this but I hope I can help those who want to either build up their supply or start exclusively breast pumping.
I personally have a Spectra pump but I rented a Medela from the hospital while waiting for it to arrive. I love them both in their own ways, but I feel my Spectra has more controls and settings. Nonetheless, they all do the same job and have most of the same parts. Spectra consists of the flanges (what you put your girls in), a three part membrane with cases, a filter, the connecting tubes, and the machine. I personally have a plug in one, but it does come in a battery version. There are different settings for speed, vacuum, and also a let down mode option. While pumping, I usually keep it at 50-54 speed and at L03 or L04. I massage my breasts during if I feel lumps, but the massage setting is great as well. This blog post explains it all very well!
I recommend finding a pumping schedule for you and trying to pump for at least 20 minutes every time. In the beginning your baby will eat a lot closer together in time, so you want to always try and stay ahead. So say your baby is taking a nap, pump during that time and keep a bottle out and store anything you have left over. It's a lot easier in the beginning when they are only eating a few ounces, so your oversupply can go into freezer storage. Milk is good at room temperature for about four or five hours so this gives your babe a perfect timeline for when they wake up to eat next. Now at almost two months old she eats four ounces every four to five hours. So every four hours I'm pumping and have a bottle ready and anything over the four ounces goes in another bottle or milk storage bag. I filmed a typical day in my life with my pumping routine. It works great for us, but will soon change as I go back to work ha ha!
With your breast pump, it comes pretty standard, but make sure you get the correct nipple size for your comfort and for the best breast pumping experience. You can get help from a Lactation Consultant while in the hospital to determine what size you are. If you find yourself not getting a good suction, which can result to not getting a lot of milk out, it could be the size isn't right. Also, check and make sure all of your parts are intact, I know the white filter can sometimes be off and it all makes a huge difference!
So I've already touched on the electric machines, but let's be real we don't always get 20-30 minutes to be strapped to a machine ha ha! My Medela hand pump is a life saver. If she let's me, I will lay her down to nap and hand pump both sides for about 15 minutes each. I am able to get 2 ounces on each side during that time which is a full bottle for her. I find myself using my handpump throughout the day more than my electric pump because I can pump while doing other tasks in the home. I strive to pump with my Spectra three times a day, once early morning, one during her bigger afternoon nap, and again in the evening when my husband gets home. All of the time in between I use my handy dandy hand pump!
Other equipment you should look into is a Haakaa pump. These are great if you have a let down and usually leak throughout the day. Most moms will breastfeed one side and attach the haakaa pump to the other to catch all of that let down. For us pumping moms, this would be convenient if you find yourself hand pumping, you can attach this to the other side and then combine all of it together so nothing goes to waste. A Haakaa pump is basically a silicone pump that suctions on to your breast and catches any let down.You can search them on Amazon, or here.
Another great thing to consider is your nursing pads. I am wearing my washable Medela nursing pads all day, but after pumping I try and put my Medela soft shell shields on to protect my nipples. These are amazing and allow for airflow. The pumps pull out your nipples, so afterwards we are normally just squishing them again when we put our bras back on, which can be painful. These soft shell shields keep them out and let them slowly go back to their normal shape, and also has a sponge that catches any leakage. I will warn you though if you have a good let down, do not bend over because it will spill out of your shirt! I've learned this a few times ha ha. Other equipment you should consider investing in is nipple cream, gel packs, a pumping bra to hold your bottles in place, and good nursing pads. I linked all of the brands I use!
Build Your Supply
Now, when I was fresh out of the hospital and trying to get my milk in, I was pumping every two hours for about 30 minutes. This helped build up my supply and tell my body to produce milk quickly. I slowly started to space it out over the month to two and a half hours, three hours, and now I go four to six hours. You don't get much sleep the first few weeks so be prepared! It seems like a lot, but the more often you pump, the more your body will signal to produce milk to keep up. So, if you find yourself still barely producing, keep at the every two hours for a longer period of time before spacing it out more.
Also, you can power pump! Power pumping is pumping for 20 minutes (if your milk stops flowing before the 20 minute mark stop then), rest for 10 minutes. Then, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, and pump for 10 minutes. Attempt this once a day, but you can do it three times a day for three days to really boost your supply. Also, listen to your body. Your breasts will become engorged and harden when they are full. You want to take care of yourself and prevent things like clogged milk ducts that can turn into mastitis.
While the routine I wrote above is a great way to build your supply, here are other things mamas swear by! Note, I am not a health professional and these are just ideas I or other mamas have tried out. Talk to your provider about taking certain things, as things like Fenugreek have been reported to boosting some mom's supply while completely delpleting others.
-oatmeal, garlic, carrots, nuts, ginger
-drinking lots of water
-Mother's milk tea
-upspring milk flow
Finding Your Routine
I think this is the most challenging part for moms wanting to breastfeed, when do you find the time? First, see how often your baby eats. I'll use mine for example and she eats every 4-5 hours. She typically wakes up at 4 am so I will feed her, change her and then lay her back down. I pump for 30 minutes in the morning and make a bottle out of it, saving any extra in the fridge or freezer. I rinse off my pump parts and put the second bottle in a bowl to be washed. I go back to bed, and at 8 am I pump again for 15-20 and feed her that first bottle I had left out. This time afterwards washing all the parts and the bottles.
If you can get really good you can pump right before your baby wakes up, but most of the time she ends up laying on me because she doesn't like to lay down by herself very long ha ha. I only wash my pump parts every other time I use them, because I'm using it again within a 5 hour time span and I figured if milk can sit out, my rinsed pump parts can too. I also read recently that moms will put the entire piece in a ziploc bag without rinsing off any milk and it can stay good for a full day; but I haven't tried that method. Find what works for you and don't feel too overwhelmed with having to figure out a schedule. It will be hard at first, but now I feel like it's second nature and pumping and washing is just a part of our day!
I hope this helps those of y'all who have come to me for advice. It's been a lot of trial and error for us, and hasn't been an easy road. It is very draining mentally and physically, but I am just so happy to still provide for her even if breastfeeding isn't working out for us! I am still striving to breast feed more and will just replace a pumping time with feeding her, and then pump the opposite side she doesn't eat off of. If you have any additional questions feel free to reach out to me in the comments or on my social media, I'd be happy to help!
This post is in collaboration with LilHappyMoments. I was sent product to review and not only was our experience magical, but all of my opinions are my own.
Sooo I am one of those moms that is a perfectionist. We went a few weeks ago to check out Walmart's halloween selection for babies and I was very disappointed. I also checked out Target and Amazon and everything was lame, weird, or worse: sold out. I was just at my whit's end and just wanted Sav to have a unique costume that was also super cute. Thankfully, a special gem of a person reached out to me that next day and wanted to collaborate! Lil Happy Moments definitely has created a happy moment for us and curated the best unicorn outfit ever.
If you are a mama needing to fulfill your want for a custom costume that is unique to your babe and style, I highly suggest this shop! She allows you to fully customize everything and I received the outfit at lightning speed. Seriously, like Amazon Prime fast ha ha! So you have time if you order quickly. I wanted her to be a unicorn so badly, and was afraid I'd have to just settle on something else. Thankfully we had a fairy godmother who could make this Halloween a magical one. The link to her shop and Instagram will be below. I love that it's not like the typical costume that they just wear once and it sits in the closet. The custom onesie will pair nicely with cute pants and every girl needs a tutu in her closet. This headband is to. die. for. Seriously I've never seen something so cute!
Happy Halloween y'all!
Top: Momzellesimilar here | Scarf: thrifted, similar here | Jeans: Shop Pink Blush Maternitysimilar here | Boots: Target | Sunglasses: Coach | Lipstick: "Russian Red" by MAC
Moms!!! If you are breastfeeding, these type of tops will change your life. Literally. While I look oh so trendy and ready for fall, my top has a panel that lifts up and allows for easy nursing. I will have several pieces linked below that you can go through and see if one fits your style! I love the convenience of this because I am so not a pro breastfeeding mama like some, and struggle big time. Especially when she's screaming, I'm in the back seat of the car, and struggle enough to get the nipple shield on! This makes it so much easier and you just lift the top panel and boom! Honestly this top could probably even be used as a nursing cover, which is great too if you aren't in to carrying a nursing cover around. The pastor from my old church gave me this top and a few others and I need to go and buy more because of how amazing they are.
I absolutely love the fall time and here in Colorado it's the perfect weather. My little family and I went to the park and enjoyed a nice little stroll. This past weekend we enjoyed some yummy chili (which my husband swears is the best but it's so dang simple!) and the recipe I use is linkedhere.
Lately I have been embracing this whole new mom life and I feel so happy to finally have this role. I feel like it's changed me, I've even been talking to J about chopping all of my hair off! ha ha I think it's almost time to cave in and embrace the mom cut because oh my word my hair takes forever to do. And, not to mention, is constantly getting tangled in someone's little fingers. I have always loved my hair really long and had a personal goal of growing it to my stomach, but I don't know how much longer I can hang. It is constantly in a braid or a bun and postpartum has not been very good to my hair! Y'all, talk me down because I am so close to just chopping it all!
I go back to work soon which is exciting, and sad at the same time, but I am lucky to have had these 8 weeks with her. Also, my work is sending me and a few coworkers to Ohio in November which is going to be so much fun! I'm having J and the baby come too, so Lord pray for us as we navigate the airport and a long airplane ride with a baby ha ha. I have some exciting blog posts in the works and am so glad to have finally found my niche here on the internet. I hope you guys have enjoyed these last few month's of blog posts that are more motherhood based. I've enjoyed writing them and have so many ideas which has given me life again! Y'all have an amazing week! ♥
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