Thirty-eight weeks - The waiting game ...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Here I am over thirty-eight weeks now! A mere two months ago I wouldn't have placed any bets we would see this number. From the time I was deemed a high risk pregnancy and the cerclage was placed we kept beating the odds and gained weeks like a normal pregnancy. It was everything I prayed for! This is where the mixed feelings and confusion has hit me lately. At thirty-six plus weeks I was scheduled for my cerclage removal and was told it will be go time within the week. The doctors I had feel a "rescue" stitch holding baby in differs from a preventive one. Well... here I am typing this blog post with baby girl tucked cozy inside still. My thoughts and feelings are a mess lately. I know should be jumping for joy that she won't be an early arrival anymore but I'm not. I have transitioned into the normal pregnancy thoughts of wanting to hold my sweet baby. As I share my excitement to get labour going and when I am honest to saying I want her NOW! I know what is crossing many people's minds and some have said it out loud "But you were just praying for her to stay??" and they are right, I was praying for her to stay as long as possible. However, this doesn't mean at the end of my pregnancy journey I can't feel like others.

 I personally have had one of the biggest years of change and hiccups ever! In all honesty I feel tired and often like I'm stuck in a dream. My family has been scattered around, I've been stuck in the tiny rental condo with a rambunctious four year old for four months now, I've had the adjustment to not working this year, ups and downs of pregnancy issues and I'm just ready to wake up and start living normally. I used to cook amazing meals, craft, sew, redecorate our home, host guests, and work full time. I was always busy and loved it! I am ready to have baby girl and go home to our actual house and have my normal life back. (Or as close to what we had, since I gave up working and our move, hubs work, house, life is all new.) Every day is Groundhog Day lately. I wake up, tend to King, go for long walks and wait for the so called labour that was supposed to start. The only difference is the amount of rain Vancouver is pouring down on us that morning. This isn't my home or my city and my chipper "make the best of it" is running out. I have a journey ahead that includes flying with a newborn myself, organizing the balance of our items to be transported to California and the biggest desire to have my family in one solid home that requires no more plane trips between us. I will continue to do my best for everyone around; but when I wake up and shed a tear in the morning because Groundhog Day is on repeat and I'm desperately ready to write that next chapter, I hope you understand that if you prayed or sent positive thoughts to keep Apple in, I'm still so very thankful. And truthfully for the most part I'm savouring the kicks, wiggles and beautiful belly I've enjoyed. I promise I'm really not complaining .... Much.

So this post comes down to the fact parenting and pregnancy isn't easy, there are good days and bad days. We never know what that mommy is keeping inside. Maybe your friend, coworker or family member is going through more than they want to tell you. Their aches may be real, sleepless nights uncomfortable and current situation harder than you know. Before we judge or tell them pregnancy is beautiful and they shouldn't want it to end, or to suck it up when they are overwhelmed with baby duties step back and consider there could be something more going on.

XO


The waiting game with my Nespresso 


Nursing set by You! Lingerie


Nursing/Maternity Bra by Bravado Designs






Safe sleep and the Owlet Monitor

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I would like to address safe sleep and peace of mind for a new baby in the house. This is something close to my heart. 

Many years ago, seventeen to be exact, I had my beautiful first born son. He was incredibly easy and peaceful. Within weeks of being born he started to sleep long stints almost through the night. I had read many books on parenting and practiced most of the recommendations to reduce SIDS. (Many of these have advanced over my time of being a mom.) One afternoon...yes, an afternoon... I placed my easy going little angel for a nap at my mothers house. Not worrying too much but still having the mother instinct I had him properly on his back and walked away. As time passed something told me to go check up on him and it was then when I was walking toward him, I saw his colour was not right. He was a shade of gray. I remember this moment so vividly yet it was such a blur of emergency. I as a young mother found my child almost lifeless! I picked up Braedy screaming and running upstairs to where my mother was, all the while shaking him to please breathe. I felt like my life was over at that moment and even today typing this story it makes me cry with the fear of losing a child. By the time I had made it upstairs he was starting to breathe normally and started to cry. We had called in to the hospital and he was admitted for monitoring, brain scans, and sleep tests...I was also counseled in how to deal with this situation. We went over all I could do to best prevent situations and how to live normal but my normal wasn't anywhere near normal again. After a few days we learned that he had infant sleep apnea. He would go into very shallow breathing and have long pauses. After being released from the hospital he slept by my side in his bassinet and for more than half the night on my chest because I couldn't fall asleep. There were more scary moments that came when he was too peaceful and the sounds would stop. I would wake out of my barely there sleep and scream to my then husband he's not breathing again! Lamps would be knocked off in panic to get the lights on, heads would be banged, and fear would stay close. It was the longest first year of motherhood.

By the time I had my second child a new invention came out called the Angel Care monitor. This was a purchase I made right away hoping it would help get me through the first year. It did not work well for us at all! It would false alarm or not work and it became a bother. I eventually co-slept with a mix of baby beside my bed or beside me. We managed much better since this baby was my hardest... my feistiest son was a cryer! Like aaaallllll night crying! He had no time to fall into a deep sleep like his brother. Eventually, years later Mr. King came along and my shattered nerves had healed a bit more. I made it through much better again but still wished I had something to ease my mind. Thankfully, I recently discovered the Owlet Monitoring system. I can not wait to try this out with Apple. I know that in the 80's and 90's the baby monitoring systems that came out were not quite that great. But advancements on technology has been huge (did we ever think we would video chat?) and this monitor was a must have for me. I do believe with any technology used by humans there can be fails but for me it will be used as an added assurance. Nothing yet is the be-all end-all for preventing SIDS but anything that can help reduce risk and help me get a little more peace is worth it to me. 

Tips for Safe Sleep ::

ALWAYS Place baby on their back to sleep
Use a sleep sack or swaddle instead of bedding
Remove all stuffed toys and excess bedding from crib
Do not allow smoke near baby
Do not use bumpers on your crib
Keep the room cool (the Gro Egg is perfect to help you know right temperature)
Use a firm mattress and proper fitted sheets (I recommend Nook Sleep Mattresses)
Breastfeed as long as you can
When possible introduce a pacifier to baby
Do not rely on just one thing or device as SIDS is to be taken seriously and there is currently nothing that will prevent crib death guaranteed


About the Owlet ::

The wireless Smart Sock fits snug on your baby’s foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. Owlet is designed to sound an alert if your child’s heart rate dips too low, rises too high, or if their oxygen level drops below a preset threshold. This alert strategy was determined by a team of pulse oximetry specialists, pediatricians, neonatologists and pulmonologists. Owlet is not a medical device. If your child has an irregular heart rate or irregular oxygen levels, you should not use Owlet as your primary monitoring system.






Disclosure :: This is under no way medical advice or a prevention for SIDS. All stories and opinions are those of Carmen the Modern Mom exclusively. Talk to your doctor for medical needs and requirements.







Thirty- five weeks pregnant...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thirty-five weeks! Wow! 

We are coming so close to the end of the bump and beginning of our life as a family of six. Time has been passing by quickly and that's so unusual for the end of a pregnancy. I know it has to do with the planning and setting up our house. Since we just moved and then I had moved to Vancouver to have Apple, I didn't get a chance to do anything or get settled into our place. It's been a lot of furniture ordering, deal searching, nagging Kurt on what colour he likes (not that he gets to pick but more about moral support. Lol), and figuring out baby gear still needed, all with perfect timing to arrive when Kurt is at our California house. Basically, many things to help keep me occupied while waiting for baby.

When I'm not online shopping, dealing with homeschool stuff for Middle or being a mom that's needed, I am dreaming about this baby girl. What will she look like and how different will it be for us to have a girl? I had a surreal moment in Pottery Barn the other day. I escaped out of the house alone to do a little browsing boutiques and pick up a few things I had wanted ahead. While buying extra crib sheets and it hit me hard, I was on the girl side. I don't know what it was because I've purchased so many girl clothes (although online mostly) but I had felt like it was a dream! My head was overwhelmed and I felt like crying this is true and real life. I might always get this feeling or life may become normal for us with three boys and a girl. But having overcome the odds in the pregnancy, paired with a girl arriving, it can still make my head spin. 

Now that little Apple is head down and my cerclage removal is booked it's not much longer. I have heard many stories of babies not coming on time after cerclage removal and others going into labour right after. I'm hoping for soon after the cerclage comes out but not the next day. The day after the removal will be the date my dad passed away. It was a bit of an overwhelming time that has some hard memories attached... I was away myself with my boys for Christmas in Cali and got called by my grandparents. Even though life wasn't perfect between my father and I, the fact he passed away in a fire was hard to take. I'd like to leave this behind me and let Apple have her own special date. A celebratory day of new life. In the end only God knows what's in the plan for us and I am going to trust everything is meant to be.

Notes ::

My cerclage comes out in under two weeks.

Food cravings are minimal as I'm sticking to a Paleo plan. (I did a whole30 in November)

Kingsley is obsessed with Apple kisses, tummy rubs and being a big brother.

She has a name that is not Apple. The initials are L.N.A.

Weight gain to date is twenty one pounds.


The perfect maternity photoshoot dress...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

If you're looking for a great dress for a maternity photoshoot check out Rachel Pally. Her dresses flow beautifully over the bump and best of all are wearable after pregnancy! I love a good piece that can continue to work in your closet.

My dress is the Isa dress. A classic that has been seen on Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. I have been eyeing the Anya dress, Noemie dress and Kaftan dress for spring! As shown below. 

Stroller by Stokke Baby - Trailz Model
Diaper bag by Mia Bossi





The Kaftan (like that this is nursing friendly!)

The Anya dress

The Noemie dress (This can hide my post baby weight and is nursing friendly!)







Packing for baby delivery day ...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

As the end of this pregnancy starts to near, it's time to prepare for the hospital trip!

So many emotions flowed as I started to sort and decide what little outfits to bring, checking off the required list of items I need for the hospital stay and leaving home. As many of you know my last baby was a home birth and I have said how that was so much easier. My meaning for easier is not having to worrying about being without my personal belongings and no worries about what to bring for baby. Since I like things to be planned and preferably perfect (this is a fault) having a baby doesn't really fit this unless you are scheduled for a C-section.

Through the pregnancy we had been told at so many appointments I am surpassing anything they thought I would. The latest updates being that my body is back to normal. I now have no clue if baby Apple will even arrive by her due date! I truly can not believe I am typing this sentence.. not arriving early?? How can that be? I guess it was all those prayers and best wishes sent that helped us achieve such big goals after the scariest times and emergency cerclage to save her life.

So, you are here wondering what I am packing? This is what made the cut and also a few must haves in my bag. I have a mommy bag and a baby bag ready to go. This will make it easier than putting everything together in one oversize bag for my husband. He tries his best but if I ask that man to grab something out of my purse I swear he messes it all to heck! Packing two bag will help me be able to direct him easier to the items I may need.

Little miss Apple's bag includes ::

Leather Bag by OiOi Diaper Bags

•Diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer by Honest Company
•Three sleepers by Next and L'Oved Baby
•Three bamboo gowns by Westcoast baby (These open at the front to achieve skin to skin while nursing baby)
•Baby hats by Westcoast Baby and Blu Taylor (Blu Taylor has an amazing preemie program you should check out)
•Soother by Natursutten (we have many back ups bought since we lose them like socks in our house)
•Soother clip by Loved By Sophie
•Muslin blanket by Buttermilk Babies
•Lace trimmed blanket by Nomilumi
•Bamboo swaddles by Westcoast Baby (they are super soft and the perfect stretch)
•Take me home outfit by Noppies
•Socks, Hair Bands for pictures and her first bunny.
•I have also packed maxi pads - yes, the hospital provides them but I need some for going home and dislike the HUGE bulky ones they give!

To note :: The hospital will provide gowns, sleepers, hats as needed for duration of stay but I prefer my babies in outfits that are soft, special and that I can keep to pull out years later to cry over. Since seeing your baby's first ever hat or sleeper so small is incredibly special when they are grown.




It all fits into my OiOi Diaper bag perfectly! This size bag is not big and bulky, perfect for day trips out. 





What is in my bag? Lots! Just kidding.. But honestly some items I know I want available right away.

Knowing how I was the last births I have packed a bra for labour and 2 nursing bra's for after. I have this thing will feeling restricted during labour and birth so I prefer pretty much just my bra on. Yup, this does makes my nurses want to offer me a gown or whatever. Everyone is different and for me I need to feel free and I have the tendency to reach down and pull out my babies when it's push time. So no hospital gown works perfect.  (yes, all three I grabbed out myself!) This is probably part of my need to control everything around me. LOL!

•Three nursing bra's by Bravado Designs and Belabumbum
•Nursing tank by Glamourmom (I wear these a lot when nursing after)
•Three pair undies. (I will use the hospital ones at first)
•Three pair socks
•Nipple cream by Honest Company
•Lara bars for snacks for after birth (I will go crazy on their apple juice provided!)
•Laundry bag for items that may by soiled from Freshly Picked bundle
•Soft robe by Freshly Picked bundle
•Nursing pads (sorry not shown) 
•Makeup wipes, dry shampoo, hair spray, under eye cream for puffy (to help me look semi OK in photos) by Sephora
•Toothbrush, toothpaste, lipchap, maxi pads, hair elastics
•My super important after baby wrap by Belly Bandit (this helps reducing the swollen belly and takes care of the jiggly feeling. I will continue to wear a wrap for 6-8 weeks minimum. I'll follow up in another post after baby comes to show progress and talk about the wraps.)
•Clothing for leaving the hospital including a cardigan for my duration there and slip on shoes

•Not shown but sooo important! My Nikon Camera. Some things require more than an Iphone. AND my Nook Niche nursing pillow.

All packed in the stunning Mia Bossi Maria bag. A new colour just released in pink leather.

Some items I have at home to be prepared is Advil and Tylenol for after birth pains. These get worse with each delivery. Extra apple juice because we are usually a juice free house. I also pre-made a few soups for the freezer. We are travelling to our house in California within a few days of being released otherwise my home prep would have been more. Last three kids I made a month worth meals so I could eat well without the hassle. I will probably take a day once I arrive at our home to prep for the freezer so I can go on enjoying my newborn. 




The Bjorn Bouncer ...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Some baby things stand out more than others on my MUST HAVE list.
The Baby Bjorn bouncer is one that fits this.

The original reason I purchased the Bjorn bouncer with my last son was because of style. I wanted a bouncer to fit our home decor, something without little characters on it. This fit beautifully into our home. Once Kingsley was born we started to use the bouncer on the lowest recline. It was the perfect cradle for his tiny body and the big boys would gently bounce him. As he started to grow I noticed this was our go to item.... Where baby King was the bouncer followed. 

We went away on our first trip when Kingsley was a few weeks old and if anyone knows travelling with babies; they take up the most space! Thankfully, the fold flat design allowed us to pack the Bjorn seat. As Kingsley grew we were able to change positions on the seat to being more upright and his own weight and movements started to bounce the chair himself. Cleaning the seat wasn't a problem since the cover slips off like a dream and washes up easily. This was handy since we travelled everywhere with our seat. Literally across USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and even packed this onto a cruise! It made life so much easier having our favourite chair always available.

I chose the beige fabric for Apple's bouncer. They do have options like airflow fabric and soft jersey cottons in a variety of colours.

The seat is battery free and once baby starts moving it will move on without the parents help.

Can be used newborn to two years. 

Strap to hold baby is soft and wide for baby's comfort. Strap is also easy to work for new parents!










Pretty little accessories...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Aren't girl accessories fun? Here is a look at some of Apple's little things. There Is no doubt I am enjoying pinks, polkadots, and hair accessories.




Bonnets by :: Rain People (find her on Etsy - RainPeopleBC)

Moccs by :: Freshly Picked

Classic (from the baby bundle) , Cashmere, Blush




Knit bonnet by Maruma Kids (find her on Etsy - Marumakids)

Sweaters by :: Zara

Metal rattle :: brand unknown (bought at a home wares gift shop)




                      Stunning blanket, teether toy, paci clip by :: Nomilu (find her on Etsy - Nomilu)

                                                Moccs by :: Freshly Picked in colour Let It Go




                                                     Bunny themed outfits by :: Baby Gap

                                      Leather bow headbands by :: Loved by Sophie Claire 
(www.lovedbysophieclaire.com) These are some of my faves and I got the matching soother clips I LOVE! 

Label by Legoe Maternity...

Monday, November 16, 2015

When I received my package from Label by Legoe, I knew it would be something I had to blog about. I love the simple style and basic colour palette that will easily fit into any existing wardrobe. Most items have a slim flattering fit, not too tight, showing off your growing bump. If you are like me and want value with your clothing purchases, this is a brand that works after baby too. The white boyfriend shirtdress is sure to become my go to item after Apple arrives! I love anything with easy nursing access and simple throw on and go style. The cottons are soft and have enough stretch to be forgiving in places we need when pregnant. I can't wait to wear my white tshirt dress when I'm back in the Cali warmth!

Label by Legoe offers world wide shipping at a flat rate price making ordering easy. 

www.labelbylegoe.com






Boobie bars for breastfeeding...

Monday, November 9, 2015

You read the title right! Yes, there is such a thing!

I had to share with all of you these wonderful little creations. I know from years of working with new moms one of the biggest worries is milk supply. (My store specialized in breastfeeding attire and support for new moms.) Sometimes even the most seasoned moms would come in and ask if there was anything easy to consume to help their supply. This could be due to many things like going back to work and pumping, introducing solids so baby isn't on the breast as much, natural drop, or they may have started a new fitness routine and eating habit trying to get back to pre-baby. Whatever the reasons were, some moms felt they needed milk boosting. We sold teas for this and I would suggest the over the counter boosters that you can take like fenugreek. But pills and tea all day are not easy to consume, and some moms just flat out didn't like these options and wanted something easier. 

This is where my excitement comes to introduce you to Boobie Bar, the original lactation bar. This tasty little treat was created by nurse Wendy, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Nurse Wendy spent hours creating the perfect recipe that both works great and tastes wonderful. It's tricky to hide those pesky herbs! The bars are convenient to grab and go and are packaged individually. I recommend popping one or two into your diaper bag.
These are definitely going in my hospital bag because no harm in helping my milk!

About Boobie Bar :: 

Recommend one a day to help the boobie milk stay. 

Helpful ingredients include Moringa (the tree of life), Shatavari root, Coconut oil, Flaxseed, Brewers Yeast, Fenugreek, Turmeric, Oatmeal.  (There is a Gluten-free option) 

Come in three yummy flavours. 

Most moms see results in an increase in milk within a few days. 

Boobie Bars contain no dairy, no corn, and are 100% vegan and kosher.

Please see frequently asked questions on the Boobie Bar site. www.getboobiebars.com


                  


                  




Sorry I have to fine print this! *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Please discuss use of this product, and any other lactation products or concerns with your lactation consultant, midwife, or other healthcare practitioner. 
















My favourite pregnancy pillow...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

If you're having a hard time getting comfortable while pregnant (or not!) you must try the Bumpnest! I got mine at twenty weeks pregnant and it's been a dream! Literally! They come in fun prints and have removable/washable covers. Best part there is no seam inside that digs into your neck! They also help prevent me from rolling on to my back during the night, keeping the weight of the my uterus and baby Apple off the vena cava for optimum blood circulation. (Vena Cava- The main vein that carries blood back to the heart from your lower body.)

Bumpnest believes that with a good night’s sleep, mommies-to-be are better able to handle anything that pregnancy (and life) throws their way. I can't agree more, since I know myself with what life has thrown me this year, if I wasn't sleeping I would be a ball of stress!

So go ahead and spoil yourself! Order one of these great pillows! No worries if it's not for you because Bumpnest offers a thirty day guarantee. I highly recommend. They are also doing direct shipments to Canada for my fellow Canadian friends!

Tip: By simply placing the long slide in between you and your partner it works as a great blocker if you are "too tired" with a headache , upset with them, or wanting extra space on your side of the bed. Lol





Giveaway for a free pillow will be closing 7pm EST. (Nov. 1/15) Good luck! 

Choosing an infant car seat...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I made a car seat post on my social media last week. This raised some questions about car seats. What do I recommend? Why did I choose the one I'm using? What are things to look for in a seat? Is used ok?

I decided to write up a post that should hopefully help your choice on one of the biggest baby gear purchases. I'm going to focus this on infant seats but many reference points will be the same for convertible or next stage seats. 

The car seat world is quite big! It is always a wonder to why some seats are so expensive compared to others.Aren't all seats that are sold approved for safety and equal? No. Car seats go through rigorous testing to be approved and while any seat that hits the retail market has to pass this test, it doesn't mean the crash dummy did as good as another branded seat. It also doesn't mean that a seat that costs more is safer. Car seat price does usually tend to reflect materials used in the car seat. But there is more to safety than adding the best foams or non toxic covers.

So how do you select the one to purchase? Well, this gets tricky... as a blogger (even though I know the field of car seats due to my history of working the business many years and could probably spew off info on all brands) I feel it's not my place to say what to use. There are many factors that come to play and trying the seat in your car is a huge one. If the seat doesn't fit my recommendation is potentially dangerous. Also the seat needs to fit your lifestyle and you need to be able to use it correctly with ease. I suggest visiting sites like 
these sites give amazing up to date information and can help guide you with what works for your car, lifestyle and overall needs. This will be the only item I will not unequivocally recommend. Sorry guys! But I'm being a responsible blogger. 

What I will give in my car seat tips are ::

Pull back the cover and look for the white foam. There is only a minimal amount needed to pass testing and the inexpensive seats tend to use the true minimum. This foam helps the seat perform by absorbing shock during a crash. You want as much as possible! As you'll see in my photo below my Orbit car seat is fully lined. There are different types of white foam, EPS and EPP. My seat is lined with the better EPP foam. It has more elasticity to it and doesn't break as easily which results in your car seat holding up better during everyday use.

Ask the store if you can try the car seat in your car before you buy. Many businesses mark car seats final sale once you leave the building with them. Fit and ease of installation are important. Also can you get it on the base properly so it is locked tight every time? Does it fit with other car seats if you have older children?

Read your manual FULLY and if you are using a car seat tech for install ask them to teach you. You don't want to be traveling with baby and not know how to get your seat installed! Also, make sure you know how to install your seat without the base. We traveled often with our kids and we never brought our base so the load is lighter to pack.

Don't add anything to your car seat. This includes bunting bags! I know you see them advertised and they look oh so cozy... But don't! They change the way your baby sits in the seat, changes the function of the straps (often slots don't match up) and you can not properly tighten baby in. On this note - don't buckle baby in a big padded jacket or snowsuit either. You can't not tighten the straps properly to get maximum safely.

Used? New? What to do? I personally recommend buying new, always. That way you have the latest advancements in safety and you know the seats history. There are so many items you can cut back on to save money; car seats shouldn't be one of them. If you do choose to go the used route make sure you know the history of the seat, pull back the cover to check for damage or white stress marks on plastics, check manufacture date and expiry yourself (sellers are often in it for themselves) and call in to the manufacture to make sure there are no outstanding recalls on the seat. Also check your area laws. In Canada you can not sell or buy a used seat that isn't up to the latest labeling change. There are seats that check off all requirements of the used recommendations but can't be traded because the new standard label is not attached. It is actually illegal!

Check your harness height to make sure in rear facing mode the straps are AT or BELOW shoulders of baby. These help keep your baby from ejection and secure them into the seat. 

Chest clips are for the chest. (armpit height) A very common mistake is it too low. And don't forget to tighten those straps! A super tight installed car seat doesn't work if the harness on baby isn't right and chest clip isn't used properly.

Please!! Keep babies off the top of the shopping cart. Haven't we heard enough sad stories from falls. If you plan pick up so many groceries that your car seat can't go in the actual basket - carry your baby. It's better for bonding, flat heads, and you get to snuggle while doing one of the annoying household chores. My kids all lived in slings and carrier until age four. Yes, I packed these big boys on my back that big! I always knew where they were and it prevented store theft from sneaky little hands grabbing treats and pocketing them.

You must use a car seat that is approved for your country. This means NO importing USA seats to Canada or vise versa. Even though you see the same seat sold in both USA and Canada they are not cross border friendly. Countries have different labels. Bringing a car seat cross border can result in a traffic ticket or your car insurance company can decline any claims involving the use of a seat. This is not included for traveling with your seat. You can bring your seat on holiday with you and use it.

Travel with your child's own car seat. Do not rely on rental car seats. They are often misused and you will not have proper installation instructions handy. However that said some destination hot spots for families have quality rental agencies and car seat techs that can help you install. Check before you go. Never go anywhere without using a car seat! You do not know the driver and often times places like Mexico or similar countries have fast drivers and crazy roads. We had a couple close calls and experienced a crash in front of us that nearly could have involved our airport transport shuttle in Mexico. Our kids were buckled properly thankfully! Down to cruising in the Caribbean and getting off at ports of call we took our car seat always for tours on the islands. The pain on the butt far outweighs the dangers and risks for my children.

Once you find a car seat you love did you know many brands of strollers will accept them? This is great to get everything you want without compromise. Often seats are perfect but the matching stroller won't work for your lifestyle or trunk. Good quality brand strollers make kits to accept competitors car seats. My Orbit is one of the exceptions to this as it just fits Orbit products.  






Interior of the Orbit infant car seat I am using. As you can see it is fully lined.



What the white EPP/EPS foam you will watch for looks like.



Twenty nine week bumpdate...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Twenty-nine weeks is already here! I've surpassed my goal of twenty-eight with flying colours! Latest ultrasounds on the cerclage and cervix show its holding up great still! It's getting so close to taking out the cerclage, under eight weeks left. It has been rubbing and irritating so bad but I'm told this is common. If you're reading this and have a healthy pregnancy please be thankful! So many women complain and while I'm not here to be bossy I want you to be reminded - you are lucky to be growing a beautiful, healthy blessing. Nine months is not that long to pay for the gift of life. 

I'm starting to think about all the required things I need for the hospital and baby. I'm planning to have my hospital bag ready to go at thirty-two weeks. I'll be sure to do a blog about what's in my bag then. I received my Orbit baby system this week. I had a lot of questions about car seats and I plan to follow up this week with my thoughts and recommendations on buying car seats. 

No real changes or big news but I did have some fun outfits I wore on the last two weeks! I'll share those below.

Notes ::

Pregnancy cravings - black licorice and twizzlers! Been on track for overall healthy consumption otherwise. 

I've started to plan the nursery out and can't wait to share what I'll be doing in the future. 

Weight gain to date :: 15 pounds




Dress by :: Tiffany Rose UK 


Overalls :: non maternity from Urban Outfitters


Dress by :: Au Fait Mama (designed for all stages pregnant, nursing, beyond)


Tee by :: Anna Bee (the soft fit is amazing!) 



Boob Design Nursing Wear...

Friday, October 16, 2015

When you name your nursing wear line BOOB Design you must have confidence in your clothes!  Genius I'd say! 

I discovered Boob Design when I had my last baby over four years ago. I loved that you could wear most items through pregnancy and then for nursing after. I usually don't like maternity/nursing clothing with showing flaps or clips because I hate them to scream "I'm in mom wear!". The items I first purchased were such a pleasant surprise, the flap stayed perfectly hidden under my bust! It was great you couldn't even these were for nursing on most items I bought, even up close. The fit on the dresses and tops were nice compared to many brands I tried; almost an hour glass shape to the tops and dresses instead of tent style. This helped flatter my smallest part (rib cage) after baby and made me feel great wearing the pieces!

Boob Design is also an eco friendly fashion line. Who would have guessed you can get such cute items without comprimising your baby's future world? They use 
sustainable materials such as organic cotton, lyocell and fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. Clothing is manufactured in Europe, are 100% OEKO-TEX certified, and eighty percent of the line uses sustainable materials.

Here are a few of my current items I have from the fall collection. I'm wearing them pregnant with the interior elastic under bust to give extra fabric room for my bump. I'll pull the elastic over my bust after I have the baby to take care of the bulk and go back to a fitted look. 

I highly recommend splurging on a few key pieces for nursing baby! It really makes a difference having easy access and something cute to wear. I am sure I'll end up with a good collection again for baby Apple since we do extended breastfeeding - my hubby and I agree formula money saved goes to nursing wear. :)

Note :: For those moms who love yoga or activewear check out their b-warmer hoody!! I didn't get one yet but plan to for baby fitness walks after Apple arrives. It was a good piece in my wardrobe for chilly nights and evening walks when I was nursing Kingsley.  

Check out :: www.boobdesign.com for more great styles!

















 

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