My Postpartum Weight-loss Journey With Blanqi

Tuesday, April 24, 2018




After I had Baylee, it took me a long time (seriously until her first birthday) to finally lose all the baby weight. I knew I would probably have the same struggle this time around, especially since I started out this pregnancy 10 pounds heavier thanks to fertility drugs. Sure enough, I’m 2.5 months postpartum and having a lot of trouble losing those last 8-10 pounds. I’m not one of the lucky ones who melts far off through breastfeeding; my body clings to those extra fat stores for milk production and yet I’m still starving All. The. Time! I know once I’m done breastfeeding (my goal is 6 months) I will be able to focus on losing the weight, but for now I’m very appreciative of clothes that help flatter and flatten my postpartum belly. This is where Blanqi Supportwear comes in handy! I got one of their postpartum + nursing support tanks and it is my favorite thing to wear these days! It’s made from a super soft, stretchy, and very comfortable fabric that hugs me in all the right places. It’s also made so that the front can be easily yanked down for breastfeeding access which is super important to me when choosing clothes these days.


Right now, Blanqi is offering 50% off their nursing/postpartum tanks as well as their maternity shapewear tanks using the code MOTHER, which is an absolutely amazing deal! Make sure you check out their super comfortable leggings and bellybands also! :)

For now, I'm cutting myself some slack. After all, it took me 9 months to gain the weight, so it could easily take that long or longer for me to lose it. Until I feel ready to really diet (thinking of doing keto after breastfeeding!) I'm just going to try to make as many healthy choices as I can and move my body every day! In the end, my little peanut was worth every extra pound. ;)


Until next time! XoXoXo

Tiny Tags For Mama

Thursday, April 12, 2018




In searching for Mother's Day gift ideas for the blog, I recently found the company Tiny Tags, and immediately fell in love with their jewelry. I knew I needed one of their personalized mother's necklaces to proudly wear the names of my two sweet girls around my neck! :)


When my necklace came in, I couldn't have been more excited! It is absolutely dreamy! The quality is amazing, and I love the unique style. It is a necklace I can wear every day no matter my outfit choice, which is perfect for someone like me who frequents yoga pants and tees. ;)


With Mother's Day a little over 4 weeks away, right now is the perfect time to start dropping hints about which piece of jewelry you want from Tiny Tags. They also make great gifts for Grandmas...I know a few who would proudly wear the names of their grandbabies around their necks! :) Along with the name bar necklace that I chose, there are also nameplate necklaces, circle pendants, charm necklaces, bracelets, and more! And, if you order your Mother's Day jewelry by April 29th you will get free shipping on a guaranteed delivery before May 13th!


This company is so wonderful, that they teamed up with me to giveaway a bar necklace just like mine to one of my amazing readers! Just go to my instagram to enter to win! The contest ends Sunday, April 15th at 9:00 PM PST and I will announce the winner Monday the 16th! :)

Until next time! XoXoXo

Two Months With Natalie

Monday, April 9, 2018






I'm not sure where time has gone, but my tiny little miracle is already 2 months old! She's starting to be so much fun with her little gummy grin and coos. Her last appointment was two weeks ago and she was 9 lbs 12 oz and 20.75 inches, so she's probably grown a little more since then! I packed away all her preemie and newborn clothes (tears!) and she is officially rocking the 3 month wardrobe. I can't remember life without this little munchie...there's no way it was as sweet! :)

We started off Natalie's second month of life with her bellybutton finally healing, so she got to have her first real bath!


She also had her 1 month pictures taken with sissy at her first photo shoot which she, of course, cried through most of. ;)



A week later, Natalie got to go on her first road trip to San Diego to attend her Auntie Nicole's wedding which she, of course, slept through most of! (Gotta love 5 week olds!) 


A couple weeks after that, she got all dressed up for Daddy's graduation from the Firefighter Academy! We are all so excited for this new crazy change to our family...it's going to be quite the amazing adventure! 


Then, a couple days later, Natalie got to celebrate her second first holiday...Easter! Baylee had the best time opening her basket for her, and they wore matching Easter dresses to dinner that evening.


I love this little babe more than I could ever explain! It's been so much fun to watch her personality start to shine through. I can already tell she's more quiet and reserved than big sis, and that she's going to take her time with milestones. By this age, Baylee was already rolling from belly to back and could prop herself on her forearms during tummy time. Natalie has shown no desire to roll and is perfectly content during tummy time just lifting her head slightly and kicking her legs while she coos quietly. I don't mind one bit though, and I kind of hope she takes her time growing up. :)  


Until next time! XoXoXo


 
 
 
 

Friday Favorites: Bathing Beauties

Friday, April 6, 2018


My girls got new bathing suits in their Easter baskets this year, and we are so excited for warmer weather so we can finally go for a swim! I thought I would round up a few of my favorites for toddler and baby girls this season! :) 
Clockwise from top left:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Now if only I could find a suit I love on my still very post partum bod! 😉

Where are your favorite places to shop for girls' and mamas' swim suits? 


Until next time! XoXoXo


 

Easter 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018


Easter this year was so much fun! One of my favorite things is to watch Baylee gain more understanding and get more excited for each holiday every year, and this Easter was no exception! Baylee went right to sleep the night before when I told her that the Easter Bunny couldn't come until she was sleeping. The next morning, she came in my room before sunrise wanting to see if the Bunny came. I had her get in my bed so I could finish my coffee before we started our morning. While we were sitting there her and I talked about Jesus and the true reason we celebrate Easter and we thanked Jesus for dying for our sins so that we could join Him in Heaven one day. :)

Once I was caffeinated enough, the girls and I headed to our living room, and sure enough, the Bunny had come! Baylee was so excited that he left baskets for both her and baby sissy. Natalie was less than thrilled and slept through most of the morning, but it was really cute to see Baylee include her sister in the festivities.





Once we finished baskets, the hunt was on! Baylee ran around like crazy searching for her eggs, and she found all 18 of them without any help from me! She opened them up and was super excited to find that most of them contained Shopkins. We always have sooo much leftover candy, so this year we did Shopkins instead, and I have to say they were an even bigger hit than candy would have been!



 





After the egg hunt, my dad came up to visit and joined us for breakfast. I made the cutest "bunny booty" pancakes and scrambled eggs. Just as we were finishing up, the neighbors came over and gave Baylee about 50 eggs filled with candy and money, and then Brian finally got home from work and our morning got even better! :)



In the afternoon, we did some grocery shopping (because adulting lol) and we got to try out Natalie's shopping cart hammock for the first time! It was so awesome, I'm definitely going to have to do a post soon about how much and why I love this little contraption!


Once we got home, we got dressed in our Easter best and went out to dinner because this mommy dropped the ball on prepping for an Easter dinner at home. It turned out to be so much fun though, and it was pretty great to not have to cook or clean up!







It was definitely one of the best and most relaxing Easters we have ever had, which was perfect for how crazy life has been lately! Now, we are so ready for warm weather and to get some use out of the girls' bathing suits that they got in their baskets! 

Hope you all had a very wonderful Easter, friends!


Until next time! XoXoXo





Only Love For The Owlet

Thursday, March 29, 2018




I'm almost 7 weeks in to my second go around with a newborn, and although I’m definitely exhausted from night feeds, I have to say that the second time has been significantly easier. I’m sure a big part of it is that I “know what I’m doing” now so there aren’t very many surprises, but I also think I prepared better this time. One of the biggest differences has been having the Owlet Smart Sock monitor for night time.

When Baylee was a baby, my husband and I used to find ourselves waking up not only when she made noise, but also when she was super quiet to make sure she was still breathing. SIDS is so scary, so we would stand over her or touch her chest looking for the up/down of her breathing. I know we definitely would have gotten a lot more sleep if it weren’t for us being so worried about her all night long.

This time, with Natalie, my Dad gifted us with the Owlet monitor. My sister had been using it for about 5 months with my niece after she got out of the NICU and she completely swore by it, so I was convinced! Sure enough, the first couple of nights at home that I started using the monitor we had a couple of red alerts that Natalie’s oxygen level was dipping below 80. It was terrifying, but I was so glad that we had the monitor to alert me to check on her. Both times that it went off, she ended up being just fine (she was born 3 weeks early so maybe a little sleep apnea, which can happen with newborns who are a little premature) but what a relief to know that we didn’t have to constantly wake up to make sure she was breathing!

Since then, I have put the Owlet monitor on Natalie every night, and so far we have had no more scary alerts! It’s so easy to use, and I sleep so much better with the reassurance that it is tracking her heart rate and oxygen level all night long. In the end, I would definitely recommend new parents invest in an Owlet. The better sleep and peace of mind is worth every penny! :)


Until next time! XoXoXo

One Month With Natalie

Friday, March 9, 2018


And just like that, my little peanut is already a month old! How did it go so fast?! We had a wonderful first month, and I already miss those first few precious days with her and her tiny self! Newborns are so addicting. :)

As of her last doctors appointment, Natalie is now 7 lbs 9 oz and 18 inches long. She's finally fitting in her newborn clothes, and is a complete snuggle bunny happiest on Mama's chest.

We started off our first days at home with lots of nursing and lots of "sunshine time" to help move her jaundice out. She still is a little yellow in her face and eyes, but we are finally doing much better!


At 5 days old, Natalie had her first holiday...Valentine's Day! I happened to have bought her an outfit just in case she made an early debut and was around for the day, so she looked completely festive and adorable! 



A few days later, we did our first Target trip together (big milestone of course!) and Natalie slept through the whole thing!  


Baylee and baby sis had their first "mama photo shoot" together (of many I'm sure) and it was so much fun putting them in their little double trouble outfits.  


Really, I've just been having a blast and looking for any excuse to take pictures of this sweet babe. So nice that she doesn't move yet. ;) 



It's been so amazing getting to watch her come out of her "newborn fog" and get more alert every day. Even though she is my second baby, I'm still in awe of how much babies change in their first year. I feel so blessed that I get to experience this all over again! 


Happy 1 Month, sweet girl! I love being your Mama, and I'm so happy you're here!

Until next time! XoXoXo