Postpartum and Adjusting to My New Body

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The Postpartum Body

Taytem: “Mommy, your tummy is still a little bit big!” Me: Thanks Tay… (Sigh). Maybe my moms out there can relate to this… you know that feeling after you have your baby–you justThe Postpartum Body | Mom Blog | don’t feel like you. In fact, pregnancy looked a bit more like you than this current you. The positives? Well, you can breathe again, instant heartburn relief, and maybe you can even see your toes! The negatives? This new body of yours is smaller, but also distorted. During postpartum, your body continues to change, and what fit you one week, won’t necessarily fit you the next. Even if you were given the pass from your doctor to workout (after the 6-8 weeks) you’re too sleep deprived and tired to even think of such a thing.

The Transition

During this postpartum transition, I try to wear pieces that won’t break the bank–especially because I know my body will change. Oh and did I mention the whole breastfeeding thing? Since I’m breastfeeding, my chest is huge–and for me, this is not a good thing. I’m the type of gal who is totally good with being a B cup. Transitioning from a B to a D is quite alarming when you’re used to being a small size–especially because these new assets suddenly change how everything fits you!

SheIn to the Rescue

Now that I’m looking for transitional clothes (preferably dresses because they’re easy) I want to find pieces that are affordable since I won’t be wearing them too long–well, I hope so at least. Today’s dress is a beautiful summer ready piece–super lightweight and flowy. This off the shoulder/hi-low dress also has an adjustable belt tie making it very easy to adapt to your changing body. Check out more from SheIn here! I promise you’ll fall in love with their summer pieces andThe Postpartum Body | Mom Blog | amazing prices.

And how cute is Tay’s adorable off the shoulder dress? The same transition rule applies to toddlers as well, which is why I love affordable clothes for my kids too! See below for her adorable dress!

Well, we will see what my body looks like next week! Hey maybe I can actually get a pair of my old jeans on? I highly doubt that though–ha!

Have a wonderful long weekend my friends!

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Chicco NaturalFit Bottles: The Next Breast Thing

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All moms know that breastfeeding is the best for your little one, but this isn’t always so realistic for all moms. My question is, what’s the best back up to your breast, when your breast can’t always be with your baby? I know… sounds kind of funny.

I breastfed all of my girls–Sianna for 8 months, Taytem 14 months, and currently with Jaelyn, my goal is to keep her on breast milk for a year. With each baby, I had to still work after my maternity leave. And just like before, I will have to report back to work in the fall–so I definitely need to find a back up bottle that will be a great temporary replacement for me. 

The Next Breast Thing

Recently, I left home for the first time without the baby and had to pump my first bottle. My biggest concern was my little one experiencing some type of bottle rejection. Would the milk Sasha Agent Blog | Bottle Breast Feeding Baby | Chicco NatualFitcome out too quickly? Would she not like the feeling of it in her mouth? Luckily my husband sent me a lovely video to reassure that everyone was just fine. And I should’ve known… The company known as Chicco, (also known as the company I’ve trusted since my first time as a mama in 2007) asked me to try out their NaturalFit bottle system which mimics breastfeeding. This BPA free bottle system is available for every baby stage. The bottle that I have is the blue system, which is the slowest flowing bottle–perfect for newborns. This bottle also comes with an angled and straight nipple; the angled for more of a newborn style latch, and the straight nipple for the more experienced and customized latch for mom andSasha Agent Blog | Bottle Breast Feeding Baby | Chicco NatualFit baby. The nipple has a skin like texture, and is also wide enough to mimic breastfeeding–helping baby achieve that perfect latch. Another feature that allows me to feel a lot better is the anti-colic valves which prevents air from passing through the bottle. I also love that they brought back the old school glass bottles. Even though their plastic bottles are BPA free, I know some moms are against all plastic. To help with their new glass bottles, they also have an optional silicone sleeve to help with gripping and heat transfer. 

Back to Work Worry Free

Once I start working again in the fall, I’ll feel so much better knowing my baby girl won’t experience any frustration with nipple confusion or colic because of Chicco’s brilliant and perfected bottle system. I plan on purchasing even more of their bottle pieces as my Sasha Agent Blog | Bottle Breast Feeding Baby | Chicco NatualFitlittle girl matures throughout her first year.

See below for the links that will direct you to the Chicco products I’ve tested out. They also sent us a brilliant pacifier set with an adorable pacifier holder that is meant to entertain baby and keep the pacifier clean.

Check it all out for yourself!

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Mom Life: Perfect Timing for a Mother’s Day

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A couple of weeks ago, my third daughter Jaelyn was born. Since her birth, I have felt this sense of completeness and wholeness with my family. It’s funny how you can become caught off guard with something unplanned or unexpected, and then in the end, understand how everything was perfectly orchestrated by God. 

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Mother’s Day: Three’s A Charm

Rather than allowing the hubs to surprise me with a gift for Mother’s Day, I went ahead and took matters into my own hands–ha! I found an heirloom brass necklace sold on Restoration Hardware’s website. You can customize your necklace the way you want with the option of three different circular sizes. I selected the large circle for my oldest daughter Sianna, an oval for my middleMother's Day Heirloom Necklace daughter Taytem, and the small circle for our newest addition, Jaelyn. Each circle is engraved with their name and birthday–it’s the perfect keepsake piece that I can hold onto and even pass down to each of my girls. I plan on wearing this beautiful piece daily, and it will make its first appearance this Mother’s Day–my first Mother’s Day with all of my babies!

Sale Alert

If you’re looking for the perfect affordable accessory, or a way to spoil a mom in your world, check out Target’s new line, SUGARFIX By BaubleBar. Target is currently holding a Mother’s Day sale on the entire SUGARFIX By BaubleBar line until the 13th of May.

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Speaking of this special day, take a look at this touching video by Chicco expressing the power of the working mom. 

Chicco “Performance Review” | Never Stop Growing

by ChiccoUSA

Take a look at the links below for each timeless piece! Each charm and chain is available in both brass and silver. 

To all my mamas out there, happy Mother’s Day! 

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Mother's Day Heirloom Necklace

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Welcome Home Baby Jae and My Hospital Must Haves

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What a Week!

Last week was a whirlwind… not only did my older girls have just about everything going on in their lives, our little baby Jaelyn also made her debut! Of course right. And now that she’s here, I cannot imagine my world without her. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with this sweet baby girl, so much that I find myself gazing into her eyes while feeding her, or just watching her sleep and dream. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I know she’s my last, or what.  All I know is that I’m embracing each and every moment.

Unsure Times Three

This entire pregnancy has been a blur. At first I just felt unsure and even stressed out at times trying to figure out how my husband and I would  make all of this work–both financially and physically. I always pictured myself with two kids and felt confident that on two teacher salaries, we could offer the girls a descent quality of life. For the next two years (minus teacher vacations) we will be paying double daycare and trying to maintain keeping the older girls involved in extra curricular activities. Not only is this a beat down financially, but it’s also a beat down as far a time. The thought of all this stresses me out, especially knowing I’ve got a new baby to tote around.

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Staying Positive

I do also know that, regardless of how much I stress out, God always seems to work things out. Rather than obsessing over finances and stressing over things that are out of our control, I know it’s best to simply pray about it and trust in the Lord. So, with knowing this… life is wonderful! We’ve got three healthy, beautiful girls, I made it through my surgery without any major problems, and I have an amazing husband here to support me and my girls along the way. Life is great!

Baby Jae

Our baby girl weighed in at 7 pounds 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She’s pretty much Newborn baby hospital essentials the mini me to her sister Taytem–and is absolutely perfect. Thank you again for all of the supportive messages, DMs, and for welcoming our sweet baby Jaelyn!

See the ‘Shop the Post’ links below for my favorite hospital must haves for your newborn! You’ll notice that Etsy especially has been my jam, however, Amazon and Pottery Barn Kids have also been key.

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Not Prepared and The Perfect Pink Bomber

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Motherhood| Pink bomber jacketWhy Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?!

Okay, so here I was thinking that I’ve been experiencing the typical life as a mom of two, but I was absolutely wrong! After day two in the hospital, things got real–and when it rains, it pours right? Day two in the hospital was a bit brutal. The pain and recovery after a c-section is already rough in itself, however, both of my girls had school, which was great, plus I figured they’d be better off continuing their normal activities. My mom was also wonderful with keeping them overnight so we didn’t have this crazy family of five setting’ up shop in a hospital room. Over the weekend, however, was when things got real. First, my oldest had to get ready for a dance competition we had been anticipating for months. There are certain things that only mothers know how to handle, so I had to find a way to get her hair and makeup done before the big show. Luckily, IKids fashion | Motherhood  had her teammate’s mom to help with more makeup details. While I was getting her makeup together, I picked up on something different from my three year old, Taytem. She seemed louder than usual, whiny, irritable, and just down right cray cray! In the midst of the stress, I sort of overlooked it and continued on with getting my oldest ready.
Motherhood| Pink bomber jacket| Kids fashionThe next morning we had another obstacle; recital pictures at Taytem’s dance studio. My
hubby picked Tay up from my moms’ house and brought her to me for hair and makeup. Not only were things crazy, but Taytem was for sure acting differently again. She was singing really loud, not listening, and again–just a mess! Haha! My question is, why didn’t anyone tell me about this transition? I didn’t realize the jealousy thing kicked in pretty much immediately.  I assumed there would be some type of honeymoon period at least. Also since we’ve been home, it’s been even worse.

Motherhood| Pink bomber jacketPrior to Jaelyn’s birth, I took Tay out to shoot her in a dress that was way over due for blog pics. I think I’ll forever cherish these photos, knowing it was the last time we captured our last moment as life before her little sis.

The Perfect Bomber

This week I’m all about this pink blush colored bomber jacket from SheIn. I’ve been looking for the perfect spring lightweight jacket–preferably a bomber, to wear casually around town. What I love about this bomber is that it’s very well made and it is the perfect shade of pink–still a neutral. I managed to squeeze my 39 week pregnant self into a basic SheIn tank dress with both sneakers and blush heels–and yes, I immediately removed the heels after the shoot. As you can see, Tay and I were all about the street style look this week. She sported her black hand made tulle dress from the amazing bumpNbeyond via Etsy with Converse high top sneakers.

So, if you’re a first time mama and thinking about having another little one in the future, let me be the one to tell you that having two little ones, even as far as three years apart, will be adventurous–but of course, not impossible. Just be prepared for things to change a bit, but eventually, for the better in the long run. As for me and baby Jae, we’ll be catching up on our beauty sleep and prepare for our first adventures together!

Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes!

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