Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months

Hooray!  I’ve officially made it through the first six months of being a mother of two.  I do not consider myself an expert on this topic by any means, but I wanted to share the items that got me through those deliciously adorable but sometimes impossibly challenging months. Continue reading “Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months”

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Safe Winter Skincare

This cold weather is really drying out my skin.  To top it all off, I am still breastfeeding C and trying to avoid any harmful ingredients in my skincare.  I am looking at you retinoids, salicylic acid and parabens.

For all of you pregnant or breastfeeding mamas out there (or for anyone who wants to avoid all of the icky stuff), these three products are amazing.  They are the last things I put on my face at night and the first things I put on my face in the morning.

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My Postpartum Momiform

Postpartum clothes should be a category all to themselves.  Maternity clothes just don’t cut it in the postpartum period – mostly because you are no longer pregnant but also because they are made to emphasize the one thing you are ready to disguise — the bump (except now it is a pooch), and regular clothes (at least for most of us mortals) just don’t fit right away.  And to top it all off, if you are breastfeeding, your postpartum wardrobe must provide easy access.  This is a tall order for a category of clothes that doesn’t even exist.

So what are we left with?  Well, for most of us, it is some hybrid of the maternity clothes that don’t make us feel pregnant, stretchy work-out clothes even though we aren’t doing much working out in the first few weeks (does pushing the double stroller around at a 3.0 pace count?), and maybe some regular clothes that don’t emphasize said regions in a size or two up from our pre-pregnancy size.

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Breastfeeding Essentials

I had some reservations about this post.  At first I wondered if this was a little too personal or if I would end up offending anyone.  I also worried I, like a lot of bloggers on this subject, would come off preachy.  Then I remembered how clueless I was about breastfeeding and how much a post like this would’ve helped me.  So here it is.  Read on for some helpful hints and product suggestions if this topic is of any interest to you.  If it isn’t – please stay tuned for less kiddo posts.  I plan on making up for all of these maternity/baby/toddler posts with many a happy-hour cocktail recipe post. 

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Mocktails (that also make great cocktails)

Happy Hump Day!  Cocktail hour does not have to end just because you are pregnant!  Here are some great mocktails my husband has dreamt up for me.  I promise, you won’t even miss the real thing.  And — bonus — any non-pregnant drinking companions can easily add booze to any of these recipes.

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What’s in My Hospital Bag

 

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Now that I am expecting baby #2, I can pack for the hospital without the blind optimism I had when I was packing for my stay with baby #1.  Function, with a little luxury, is the name of my game this time  — not the reverse.  Here is what I plan on packing. Continue reading “What’s in My Hospital Bag”

Maternity Must-Haves

Oh maternity clothes.  I have such a love-hate relationship with them. With my first daughter, I was pregnant from August – April.  With my second daughter, I have been pregnant since November and am currently bracing for the summer.  As you can see, I will have been pregnant in every month of the year and dealt with dressing the bump during every season!

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