11/09/2017

The Last Year of My 20’s

Tomorrow I will turn 29 years old. The last year of my 20’s. How can this be?

Age 29 - Birthday Post

There was a time when I would have thought 29 sounded so old, but now I just feel so… young. Yes, I have an incredible amount of very adult responsibilities – a husband, two babies, multiple jobs, bills, etc. – but I honestly still feel as if I have my whole life ahead of me. I am excited for the future and believe that the best is yet to come. There is so much I want to accomplish, so many goals and hopes even in just this next year of life before I turn 30. With each year I think I get a little smarter, and a little more ambitious than the one before. And not only do I get to go after these dreams, but I get to do so with a beautiful family by my side.

Age 29 - Birthday Post

As I welcome a new age, I like to look back on the previous year and reflect. I also like to sum up the year in one or two words. When I looked back on year 25, I chose perspective-changing, and year 26 was humbling. If I had to choose a word to describe year 27, it would be unplanned. When I turned 27, I had no idea that before I celebrated another birthday I would be a mom to two beautiful babies. I also didn’t know that my Beautycounter business would take off like it has, or that we would sell our home and be in the process of building. There were so many unplanned events and blessing this year that were not realized a year ago.

Age 29 - Birthday Post

My point is that life can dramatically change in a year. You have no idea what the next month or even week will bring, so if you feel down or stuck today – make a change. Take a chance. Put the work into it and just keep moving forward, with loads of grace, prayers, and help along the way.

I usually don’t choose a focus word before beginning a new age, but I really hope that I’ll look back a year from now and see 29 as the year of family. This year I want to truly focus on my family and the stage of life we’re in. Having two kids age two and under is really hard. It’s been a big transition, and one that often falls in line with the ‘days are long, but the years are short’ saying. I absolutely don’t want to wish these days with my babies away, and I’m going to do my best to really be present when I’m with them. To let Jack get a little messy and dirty. To hold Savannah as long as she wants to be held. To go on more dates with my husband. To say I love you more. And to savor these sweet memories with my family.

Age 29 - Birthday Post

Cheers to the last day of being 28, and looking forward to year 29! There’s so much to celebrate.

11/07/2017

Savannah’s One and Two Month Update

I had every intention of sharing an update for Savannah’s first month, but I blinked and suddenly here we are at the two month mark.

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

I shared Jack’s two year update a few weeks back, and it reminded me once again just how quickly the time goes. We are still working hard to find our routine, but I recognize that takes awhile. I am glad to say that we are all happy and healthy over here – a little sleep deprived, but getting enough to keep us functional and get us by – and enjoying our time as a new family of four.

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

You guys,I have to be honest, going from one to two children has been really challenging. It can feel very defeating when both kids need my attention, but there is only one of me to go around. It can also create a lot of mom guilt when you feel as if one isn’t getting as much attention as the other, but just know that you are not alone. We will get through this phase and I am confident it won’t scar either child! I try to cover the kids in hugs and kisses, shed a few tears sometimes when I hit my breaking point, and just do the next thing.

My Savannah is an absolute angel baby! I’ve been so incredibly grateful for her sweet nature and go-with-the-flow spirit (she is a lot like Jack was as a newborn), and I’m in awe as to how much joy she has already brought to our family. She eats like a champ, sleeps through most of the night, and gives us plenty of gummy smiles and coos throughout the day.

Eat

I plan to do a whole post on breastfeeding next month and will share more of my thoughts on the subject then, but I wanted to give an overview on how Savannah is doing with nursing. As many of you may remember, breastfeeding was quite the challenge with Jack, but I’m ecstatic to report that after two months we have had ZERO cases of mastitis. I can’t tell you enough how happy this has made me!

Savannah eats really well and has done so from the first feed. I remember being in the post-op room not even thirty minutes after having her and she was already nuzzled up next to me searching for food. The first week was trying with super short feeds 10-12 times a day, but after a couple weeks the cluster feeding slowed and we started to find more of a rhythm. During month one she was eating anywhere from 8-10 times a day for 10-20 minutes at a time. During month two she ate 7-8 times a day for 15-25 minutes. Typically she nurses a couple times pretty quickly during the morning – about two hours a part – an other times of the day it’s usually about a 2 1/2 – 4 hour window.

At our second check-up when she was about five weeks old, she weighed 10 lb. 1 oz., which was two pound up from her birth weight of 8 lb. 1 oz. I think it’s safe to say that she was getting enough food and growing like crazy! She has another appointment today, so we should find out what her current measurements are.

Also, I have gotten a few questions about pacifiers and Savannah prefers these ones. They are so hard to find (I ordered hers on Amazon), but they’re the only ones both of my kids would use. I think it has to do with the shape of the pacifier. My babies tend to prefer the ones that are flatter and more tongue shaped than tubular. I gave her a pacifier the first night she was born, which I recognize is a no-no in the breastfeeding world. However, she needed to soothe herself with the suck reflex and it was the same with Jack. He had no problem transitioning from pacifier to nursing to bottle so I was hopeful the same will be with Savannah. We haven’t tried a bottle with her yet, but I am pretty confident she will take one okay.

Sleep

Savannah is not just a champion eater, but she is also a really good sleeper. Typically I tend to feed her one last time at night somewhere between 9:30-10:30pm, and then she will typically sleep until 4:30-5:30am. She gets fussy during the night sometimes, but usually if I put her pacifier back in she will drift back to sleep. If I start feeding her closer to 5:00am, I usually just get up for the day and start working on some blog posts or Beautycounter work. This is really the only time of the day I have to work, besides 9:00pm at night, so I try to take advantage of the time when I can. Sometimes it is actually easier to just get up then it is to try and fall back asleep at 5:30!

We are currently using this co-sleeper because for us, it’s just easier when they’re this little to not have to get up to soothe, feed and pacify. Jack slept in the bassinet of his pack-n-play until he was about four months old, and we’re thinking will probably try to transition Savannah to her own room around this time as well. We aren’t really worried about it though and just taking it day-by-day, or night-by-night! We do like this co-sleeper since it has mesh sides and the price is right, but I do wish the mat part was a little more comfortable. She doesn’t really seem to mind it though! We also use these swaddles with her arms free since she seems to prefer it that way. Early on we swaddled her arms in as well, but we let them out when she was close to a month old.

She takes naps throughout the day, but honestly, she doesn’t like to be put down to do so. I can get short bursts of sleep for her in the swing, but unless she’s in a wrap with mommy, she can get a little fussy and wakes up easily. Thankfully she loves the Solly Baby Wrap, so I have her wrapped in it at least 4 – 6 hours a day so that I can be hands-free for Jack, while still cuddling and helping her to get the sleep she needs.

Play

Savannah’s wake time has really taken off during month two. She is alert and truly loves her swing a lot, which helps give me a break when I need to put her down for a few. She’s always watching the puppies on the mobile and cooing at herself in the mirror. It’s so sweet! 

I also try to include her in story time with Jack as much as possible. I really didn’t read to Jack at this age, so it’s nice to read out loud to Jack and know that she’s hearing the verbal language as well. Jack absolutely loves to read and I can’t get enough of that time together, so I am hoping to create a strong tradition of book time with both kids. I remember reading together with my mom every night before bed and looking forward to that time. I would love to do the same with my kiddos as well.

Along with story time, I also sing a lot of songs with Jack and Savannah seems to like music as well. I will lay down a comfy play blanket in the living room and she loves to lay on her back and look up to the ceiling. She also really enjoys being outside and is typically alert and happy while laying back and looking at the sky.

 

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Likes:

Being held and cuddled

Being in the Solly Baby Wrap or the Ergo Carrier w/ Newborn Insert

Being outside

Her swing

Getting baths

Dislikes:

Being hungry

Getting a diaper change while hungry

Being put down when she wants to be held

Trying to be given her pacifier when she doesn’t want it

When her tummy hurts after eating

Being too warm

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Our daughter has truly been such a joy to our family, and these last eight weeks have simply flown by! I already feel teary-eyed looking back on her birth story and the very first days, but I know how fast it all goes and I think I’ve been able to enjoy the newborn stage and soak it in more than I did with my first baby. This is such a precious time and I couldn’t be more grateful to have such a healthy and happy baby.

10/31/2017

Leggings for Postpartum Wear

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I shop from and love. All opinions are my own.

The weeks following my delivery with Jack, I fell in love with the postpartum support belt they give you in the hospital. It felt so nice to have everything nice and tight after almost ten months of your stomach being stretched to the max! Unfortunately, those medical grade girdles that you receive in the hospital are typically pretty flimsy and don’t last too long – especially with all the tightening and adjusting that takes place during that first week.

buybuyBaby Blanqui Postpartum Leggings

I knew I would need to keep that support going for awhile after this pregnancy, so I was willing to invest in something that was both comfortable and supportive. Enter the Blanqui Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings.

buybuyBaby Blanqui Postpartum Leggings

I had heard a lot about this brand during pregnancy, but never took the plunge by ordering a pair of maternity leggings. The cost held me back time-and-time again. However, I kept hearing so many good things about the leggings that I decided it would be 100% worth it to try them postpartum. I knew with certainty I would need the extra support so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. Plus, I have spent way more on a pair of Lululemon leggings, so I figured why not spend the money on something that could help me physically as well.

buybuyBaby Blanqui Postpartum Leggings

These leggings are marketed as having built-in, seamless support that also create more of a comfortable compression than most shape wear. The leggings are also moisture wicking so exercise is encouraged while wearing these (…after you get the go ahead from your doctor of course!).

buybuyBaby Blanqui Postpartum Leggings

Pros: Super comfortable! I found that I could wear these all day and they didn’t roll down or pinch my skin. I loved how thick the waistband was, and how I could still breathe while receiving support. It was neither too tight or too loose, which was a huge bonus! These leggings are also extremely versatile. I wore them dressed up with a sweater, as leggings under a dress paired with boots, as loungewear around the house paired with tunics, and for long walks after I felt up for it.

Cons: The leggings run at $64, which seems a little high. However, I chose these leggings every time I saw them in my closet because they are that comfortable and you will crave that tightness in the first weeks postpartum. (Fellow moms – I am sure many of you can relate!) The leggings do need to be handled with care as the material can pick easily, and you absolutely want to wash them on gentle and hang them to dry. Do not place in the dryer or you could probably share these leggings with your newborn!

Tips: If you’re debating between which size to order, I would recommend ordering down. The pants stretch a bit and if they were any larger I don’t think I would get the same support I was looking for. Also, be on the lookout for those buybuyBaby 20% coupons! I used my 20% coupon and had free shipping, so the cost of the leggings wasn’t too crazy. These would make a great baby shower gift if you are wanting to treat a mom-to-be. We all know that moms are busy buying all the things for their baby and typically skip the splurges for themselves. This is a simple way for a new mom to practice a little self-care without even realizing they’re doing so.

All the Moms: Any favorite postpartum clothes or gear you would recommend to those who are expecting? What were your must-haves for yourself after having a baby?