Sharing my breastfeeding journey ...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I wanted to write this post because it has been something on my mind ever since I had Apple. When I was pregnant, I imagined the change in what I show and post on my social media to go from fashion and fun flatlays to a cute dressed baby and breastfeeding/babywearing photos. I had this big intention on sharing my journey as a mom and supporting all the breastfeeding moms out there! I thought I would share my new nursing tops, bra's I love wearing and pictures of us using our nursing pillows and more. 

What I quickly came to realize, my posts and photos may come across as breastfeeding is the best and only thing I support. I feel like this can be hurtful to moms who choose not to b-feed or had struggles and stopped. I never want to be that person, so I have been shying away from over sharing my own passion. I know that breastfeeding is a highly debated subject so where do I draw the line? Do I post my new Ergo nursing pillow excited to use it? Do I post my newest nursing top because I think it is uber flattering? Or do I keep these to a minimum to stay neutral on the subject? 

It has been with great debate that I am going to continue sharing. I hope not to offend people because I truly think all parents have the rights to raise their kids the way they want to. I don't stand on either side of the fence, I stand for parenting the way you want to. So, if you follow my journey and I tell you I nurse my littles for two years don't worry, I am not judging, I am sharing what I do. 

Since this little post comes down to equality for moms breastfeeding or not let me finally share our newest nursing pillow by Ergo Baby. Whether you are nursing or bottle feeding, pillows are great to have! 
(Now that we got the air clear and you know I love you all, no matter the way your baby gets dinner!)

 Here is the Ergo pillow. 

The Ergo Baby design is quite different than the regular "U" type pillows. It is quite firm and has a scooping spot baby falls into when you feed. This slope actually allows you to be slightly more hands free if you wanted. (cough* cough* texting/instgramming cough*) It also allows different body shapes to hold baby, as my husband is larger than I am it works well for him. My teenager has also discovered this shape works well as a back rest! LOL! We have already experienced some spit ups on our pillow and it just wiped clean. I personally hate laundry so that is a total bonus!




Clip holding my top is by IG -GetNurselet (www.nurselet.com)











Day out with baby and learning how to balance yourself...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Recently was invited to be a modelling mom for Belly Bandit (a very very brief segment on the news) Of course, I said I'd love to go to the city and make it a fun day adventure in LA. 

The morning of our trip to LA we woke up early. Wearing baby Apple in the Ergo I curled my hair and loaded on the makeup. I felt excited to really get out. I had big plans to do some shopping, eat at one of my favourite places and even possibly hit the beach for a stroll by the ocean. 

Hubs had everything I needed packed in the car including the O2 for that beach stroll, G3 for shopping and I had baby ready to go in her car seat. We got on the road with coffee in hand, baby sleeping peacefully and excitement we were our old selves! Traffic was non existent, we made the drive to LA the fastest ever. It was clearly a sign it was time for me to get out and about 

The news segment went off without a hitch! (Well that is until I couldn't remember my own website - but I wasn't supposed to have a talking spot! And I'm also sleep deprived!) We decided to roll out our plans of strolling the streets for some fun shopping, get a bite to eat and maybe get down to the beach area for more cute shops and a stroll at that beach I had planned.

Smiling, shopping, picture taking we were having fun. We chatted about everything including how great it was to be such cool active parents. I splurged on my food and I even chowed down a sugar filled cake for dessert... It was then things changed. Our bill came for our meal and it hit me. Exhaustion! I was so tired and realized I had slept no more than four hours last night. It was time to go home, now!! Looking down at my perfectly behaved sleeping baby my heart sank and I wanted to cry. Why had I thought I could do so much? Sure the actual part of going out is easy. I had everything I needed to travel flawlessly. My car seat could transport my sleeping baby if I needed or I could lay her in the bassinet and proudly push her knowing people would check out my sweet baby. But what I forgot was the fact I am running off little steam and hormones are surging through me. I forgot how fast little emotions get big when you just had a baby. 

This has to be the hardest balance a mother faces. How to manage your life as a new mom while your old self is asking to come out. Even after baby number four I am still learning. I'm not sure I'm ready to do big trips yet, so I'll stick to having fun close to home. That way I get the perfect balance I need at this moment. 

Here are some snaps from our day in LA. We obviously ditched the beach!! Lol












Nursery Reveal ...

Monday, February 8, 2016

One of my favourite pastimes is redecorating our home. I love an eclectic cozy feel in my rooms, typically showcasing items that caught my eye or feel special to me. I don't follow the rules in design and this makes my spaces unique. 

When planning Apple's nursery I knew I wanted white as the main colour and peachy blush was a must. With a newborn in hand, a new family move and a desire to create a whimsical space I worked away the last couple weeks and here is the result. 

Hope you enjoy the space. 

With love, 
                                                  Carmen & London Navy Adelaide


























Product details ::

Crib + Dresser by Franklin & Ben
Nursery Glider by Monte Design
Daybed by Ikea
Crib Mattress by Nook Sleep
Large wool throw by Nora Jane Knits
Wood/Bead mobile over crib by Sproutling Co
Goose mobile over dresser by Blabla 
Washable carpet by Lorena Canels Rugs
Paper Flowers by Tania Fisher Design
Hare Wall Bust by Fiona Walker
Bassinet by Baby Bjorn
Down Filled Sleepsack by Kangapouch
Love Marquee by J.G. Mercantile
White Ottoman by Cross Design
Hare Wall Print is Custom

Wall Colour Behr Pure White




New goodies and fun mail ..

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I've decided to start posting a few snaps of some of my favourite items I get delivered. I'm going to call them "mail day" and share every few weeks. Since having a new baby I find I sometimes forget to share the cuteness! Some will be baby goods others will be for me or the family.

These are a few recent deliveries. 


Top to bottom ::
Beaded stroller toy by Sproutling Co (Etsy)
Printed booties by MomKbaby (these have great little elastics to help stay on inside)
Swaddle and hat set by KB Cute Designs
The sweetest gray knit booties by Lily Mae (Instagram)
Baby scarves by Grey & Gingham



Headbands by Hello Hadley Girl
Black outfit by Infantium Victoria
Water colour print booties by MomKbaby
Swaddle set by KB Cute designs


Baby mobile by Sproutling


Outfit by Londin Lux


Crib Sheet by KB Cute Designs


Fun mommy treats by Pampered Mommy Box (a fun surprise of goodies each month by subscription)
Swaddle by Riser




 

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