ELOISE IS THREE MONTHS OLD!

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These months are flying by, and I love watching Ellie grow every single day. This stage is beginning to excite me more & more. Eloise is cooing & smiling a lot more. She shrieks with excitement, loves to look at mommy & daddy, is very good at tummy time (but won’t roll over yet), and will have long conversations with herself. It seems like her little personality is already developing and I cannot believe how interactive she is already! She has given us a few chuckles, but no belly-laughs… yet. I cannot wait for that!

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Ellie likes to touch my face, watch Sesame Street with daddy, and does so amazing in the car! She had her second road trip to visit family in Southern California, and got to hang out with her auntie, uncle, and cousin Addie! Eloise also went to Griffith Park for the first time (somewhere I went all the time as a child), went to her first brewery, and more park visits with her puppy sister, Lola.

Elle is 12 lbs, fits in size 1 diapers, but will be transitioning in size 2 very soon! She still fits in 0-3 mo. clothing, but I have a feeling she’ll be fitting in 3-6 mo. in a few weeks. ūüôĀ She’s growing so quickly! She celebrated her first Valentine’s Day, and daddy’s 32nd birthday!

Here are some pictures of my girl:

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Can’t wait to see what March brings!

BASIC INVITE: INVITATIONS FOR GRADUATION PARTY

Graduation season is coming up quickly, and what better way to highlight a huge milestone in your life, than to celebrate with family & friends? I’ve partnered with¬†BASIC INVITE¬†to show you all the amazing options to create the perfect¬†invitations for a graduation party. Now that I’m getting closer to graduating college myself, its never too early to plan for¬†graduation commencement invitations. I am loving these beautiful designs.

Have a little one graduating from pre-school, kindergarten, or elementary? These princess graduation invitations would be perfect!

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Basic Invite doesn’t only do invitations or announcements, but also stationery, business cards, stickers, and so much more! Their website is so straight-forward and easy to use. It’s the one stop shop for custom invitations!

Here are some amazing services you can get with using Basic Invite:

Almost Unlimited Colors РBasic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Custom Samples РBasic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of an actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes РBasic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

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Address Capturing Service РBasic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Foil¬†– Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite‚Äôs foil designs. (I’m obsessed with rose gold! It’s gorgeous!)

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I’m so excited to use this service to create my daughter’s first birthday invitations, family holiday cards, and for my college graduation next Spring! I’m obsessed!

*This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Postpartum Wish List

We have 8 days left of February, can you believe it? It went by so quickly, but that’s not surprising since it’s the shortest month of the year. At the end of the month, I’ll be 3 months postpartum. I have lost a total of 38 pounds since giving birth, and I cannot believe how my weight has just melted away! Sure I need to tighten up my stomach, and tone my legs, but I’m being patient & kind with myself. My body is still healing, and I would rather focus on more important things than my belly fat.

I thought it would be fun to post some clothes I’ve been eyeing & what’s on my wish list for the new season coming up!

 

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Lou & Grey Chambray Tie Front Shirt.

 

 

 

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Floral Wrap Blouse.

 

 

 

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Chambray Puff Shoulder Blouse.

 

 

 

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Knit Pull On A-Line Skirt.

 

 

 

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Striped Tie Hem Utility Blouse.

 

 

 

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Leggings in Heathered Seamed Ponte.

 

 

 

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Vine Ruffle Henley Shell.

 

I’m loving Loft & all their new arrivals! I find myself shopping here a lot because they always have great deals and cute clothes. Online window shopping just motivates me & gets me excited! Anyhow, I’m off to bed! We are driving to Los Angeles to visit family this weekend, so that means 6 long hours in the car. Hope you guys have a great weekend! xo

Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is 4 days away, and I wanted to share some gift ideas for a baby girl. Some of the items I even got E for her 1st Valentine’s Day!¬†I want to make holidays extra special for my Ellie girl!

 

Lola & Stella Bubble Romper .

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Flora and the Flamingo book.

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Cat & Jack romper.

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Cat &Jack sweater.

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Empire-Waist dress.

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I also love these adorable  tights & pacifier clips.

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POSTPARTUM & NEWBORN MUST-HAVES.

HAPPY FEBRUARY! It’s been a little over two months since I’ve given birth to Eloise and I thought it would be helpful to share with you my postpartum & newborn must haves! There are so many products out there to choose from, that it can be a little overwhelming.

POSTPARTUM MUST-HAVES:

Get yourself some good vitamins! Your body needs to replenish itself and get the needed vitamins and nutrients, especially if you’re breastfeeding/pumping. My little sister got me these vitamins from Whole Foods & I love them. Side note: I have read some reviews of people having a decrease in their milk supply- but it hasn’t happened to me. So just be aware of that!

Right after giving birth? Get perineal spray! Your lady bits will thank you. Although I had a really GOOD recovery (mind you, I didn’t tear at ALL), some others have a harder time healing- so I highly recommend this perineal spray. I used mine for about a 3-4 weeks & didn’t need it anymore. Some things I love about this brand? It doesn’t have any parabens or artificial fragrance + made with organic herbs.

Next up: NIPPLE CREAM! The first two weeks of trying to breastfeed I had cracked nipples. No joke, they were so messed up & I was in SO MUCH PAIN. This organic nipple butter did wonders! It healed my nipples right up (also, I had to stop breastfeeding to help the healing process, but that’s for another blog post altogether!) This is the same Earth Mama brand that I love.

Something that I’m using every single day- breast pads. You don’t need to get any specific brand, as I think Target’s breast pads work great! Leaking is so annoying!

NEWBORN MUST-HAVES:

There had been many times where Ellie was gassy/uncomfortable & gas drops were such an important part of helping her feel better. We got her these gas drops (you can get from Target or Walmart) & they worked wonders! I highly recommend gas drops or gripe water to relieve them of any discomfort! A screaming baby is NOT fun to deal with ūüôĀ

Next up: infant probiotics. Not everyone will agree with this, but I think giving your baby probiotics is important. It’s good for their digestive system & gut. This particular brand I linked is from Amazon, but I buy mine from Whole Foods. Ellie got really bad baby acne when she was 2-3 weeks old, and I really think this contributed to help clear it up.

My next product for baby is a game changer. I heard about this product from my sister, and once I used this product for just 3 days, it made Eloise’s skin perfect! Like I mentioned above, Eloise got baby acne, and once I started her on probiotics it started to get better! But once I put on Tubby Todd All Over Ointment, it went away completely! I love this stuff & can’t rave more about it! You can literally use it everywhere: for cradle cap, diaper rashes, baby acne, rough patches, cuts & scrapes, etc. I HIGHLY recommend! 5/5 stars.

These items are my top picks & I hope at least one person can find these helpful/useful. Of course there are other items like the mamaroo, snuggle me organic infant lounger, a really good pump (I use this Medela one that I got through my insurance), bottles (if you’re exclusively pumping/giving formula- I love these ones!), and lastly a nice baby carrier (this one is so easy to use & inexpensive!).

I hope you all have an amazing month ahead! Valentine’s day is right around the corner… would you all like to see what I’m getting my daughter for her 1st Valentine’s Day? I could do a fun “gift” idea post!

xo

*** All reviews/thoughts are my own. This is not a sponsored post, I bought all items with my own money.

ELOISE IS TWO MONTHS OLD!

I’ve been so busy being a new mom, blogging has taken the backseat. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my time! Since Eloise is still so small, she isn’t on a set “schedule” yet, so she sleeps when she sleeps! I try and get housework done, eat or catch up on some of my favorite shows when I have some downtime .

Anyhow, Eloise is officially TWO MONTHS OLD! Holy moly. She’s 10lbs 6oz, and is getting her first set of shots tomorrow! I’m so not looking forward to my baby girl crying & being in pain! It’s going to be the saddest thing ever.

Ellie went on her first road trip to Southern California & did amazing! I’m so proud of her! She didn’t cry at all, and slept most of the way. She met her great-grandma for the first time, and it was so special. I am so grateful that my grandma is around for this chapter in my life.

Ellie also got to spend time with her cousin, Adelaide! I love seeing my niece. She is 5 months old, and is smiling so much. She reaches and grabs for Eloise, and it’s the cutest thing ever. I can’t believe our babies are growing up so fast!

Here are some pictures of Eloise Audrey Colette:

It’s been a fun and tiring month, and we just love watching this little girl grow! I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing her smile more & hopefully laugh very soon!

SOME GOALS FOR 2019

Happy 2019 everyone! I’m really excited for the new year. Now that Eloise is with us, I’m thinking of all the memories we are going to make this year! There will be a lot of “firsts”, and I just want to make sure I soak it all in.

2019 GOALS:

read more books (my goal is 5-8 books this year)

go back to school in the fall (juggle being a full-time student & mommy)

practice gratitude/ be more positive

pay off debt & save more money

go on one family vacation

blog more & write more

go on more walks & be outdoors more

I really wanted to make goals that were attainable to reach… how many times have you made goals that were just unrealistic? I have, and it’s a waste of time. So, this year I’m focusing on things that matter: my family, hobbies, finances, etc. What are some goals you have for 2019?

ELOISE IS ONE MONTH OLD!

As of the 30th, Eloise is officially 1 month old! As I sit and type this, I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown by. I won’t lie and say this month has been rainbows and sunshine… because it hasn’t. This month has been extremely hard, exhausting, and at times frustrating.

My biggest struggle this month has been breastfeeding. Not only was I in so much pain because her latch wasn’t good, but I developed mastitis and needed to get on antibiotics. It is FINALLY getting better, and I’m able to breastfeed Eloise more. Thank goodness. Breastfeeding is NO joke, and I always thought it was something that was going to come easy and natural… that isn’t the case at all. I’m glad I didn’t give up, and I was able to get help from my lactation consultant and have endless support from Dexter.

Eloise is gaining weight perfectly, and is a healthy girl. She is 8lbs 12oz. Eloise loves to sleep, loves to be held by her daddy, and loves drinking her milk. She is small (that’s why I call her my fairy girl) but she is feisty & so strong. She has amazing neck strength, and can hold her head up by herself. We are so in love with this little girl— she is going to be a daddy’s girl for sure. I’m pretty much chopped liver over here, and I GAVE BIRTH TO HER! HA!

I’m looking forward to watching her grow, and making memories as a family. The first month was HARD, and exhausting! But I wouldn’t have done it without having such an amazing partner. Dexter has been the one to get up with Eloise, while I’m pumping every 3 hours. Dex will let me sleep in a few more hours, and makes sure I’m eating. Having Dexter be on baby bonding leave has been truly incredible! I will be so sad when he has to go back to work.

ONE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS: Ellie has gone to Target, the park, and on her first long car ride to Marshall & Bodega Bay. She celebrated her first holiday- CHRISTMAS! Eloise has been to three restaurants with us already (and did SO GOOD)! She still fits in Newborn clothing.

I can’t wait to see what milestones month two brings! I hope you all have a Happy New Year! I’m so excited for 2019!

ELOISE AUDREY COLETTE: BIRTH STORY

Hi everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, a lot has happened! It’s been 15 days since Eloise was born, and I need to write her birth story down before I forget it all. But lets be honest, a lot of it’s blurry already. So weird how the brain basically wipes away such a painful experience.¬†

So, starting from the beginning…

On Thursday morning, November 29th, I woke up randomly around 4-5 am (which is so strange because I am not an early riser) and I just felt wide awake. I started to text my twin sister because she’s awake early for work. Dexter was getting ready for work, and when I got up to use the restroom I noticed my pantyliners were soaked. I knew that wasn’t normal, because that never happened before (and it was clear liquid). I made a mental note, and told Dexter, “Hey, my pantyliners were soaked! I wonder if my water broke! Make sure to keep your phone on you at all times, just incase it’s time.” Eeeeek! By now, I was EXACTLY 39 week pregnant, mind you. I told my twin sister and mom about my soaked pantyliner and told them I’d call if anything else happened. Dexter left for work, and I went about my normal day. I was having inconsistent contractions, but not really sure if it was the real deal.¬†

Fast forward to around 6:30pm, Dex came home from work. I was sitting on our living room couch, and we were all talking when all of a sudden I stood up and felt a small gush. Dex said, “Your sweatpants are wet!” I’m not sure why, but I instantly freaked out and ran to the bathroom. Sure enough, my underwear and sweatpants were soaked! But for some reason I was still unsure if my water broke… I think I was in total denial! (this was around 7pm) I called Kaiser to see if I should come in, and they told me to lay down for 30 minutes and if I stand up and I’m leaking to come in. So, I did just that.

It was clear that I was leaking, so we decided to pack the rest of our hospital bags, get the baby’s carseat, and drive to the hospital.¬† Now, if you were wondering if I was having horrible contractions… I wasn’t. I was definitely timing them, and they were around 5-6 minutes apart, but VERY tolerable. We arrived at the hospital around 8:30-9:00pm.¬†

Once we got to the hospital, I went into the triage room to get monitored and to test the liquid to see if my water broke. It tested back: POSITIVE! My waters did indeed break. I was so shocked! Looking back, I’m not sure why I was in such shock, clearly it was my water that broke! Haha! I think a lot of it had to do with not knowing what to expect since this was my first time being pregnant, and going into labor. The Midwife decided to admit me, not only because my water broke, but also because my heart rate, and baby’s heart rate were elevated. They brought us to our room, and started an IV and gave me fluids. (around 10pm)

This is when things get blurry for me! At around 11:30pm my contractions really started to come on strong and HURT LIKE A BITCH. A doctor came in and wanted to start me on Pitocin because I wasn’t even a full centimeter dilated yet. So, they started the Pitocin at 1:20am (November 30th). So from 11:30pm to 1:20am I was having the WORST back labor pains. Once they gave me the Pitocin at 1:20am, I asked for some type of pain relief. They ended up giving me two doses of Fentanyl. Honestly, it helped only a little bit. The pain was all in my back, and it was by far the worst pain I ever experienced in my LIFE. I had Dexter rub my back, I used heating pads, and plus the two doses of Fentanyl, but it wasn’t enough relief. I finally got an epidural at around 5am.¬†

Getting the epidural was the best decision, personally. I admire women who do without it, but mentally I couldn’t. The pain was so excruciating! My nurses and anesthesiologist were AMAZING. I was so scared of getting the epidural, I started crying before getting it. They were kind and talked me through the entire process. They were angels. They kept me calm, and let me feel the emotions I was feeling! Also, getting the epidural, wasn’t horrible at all. I had this image in my head, and it wasn’t at all what I expected. So if you’re terrified to get the epidural, the first initial prick (to numb you) is only the worst part & it lasts a whole 3 seconds.¬†

So, from here on out, was a lot of waiting until I was 10cm dilated. I don’t really remember sleeping that much, or even at all! My sisters and mom finally arrived at the hospital around noon. I was so happy my twin and mom were able to make it on time, since they had to drive up from Southern California! I really wanted them all in the room with me when I delivered Eloise. Finally, after a lot of waiting, around 5pm I was 10cm dilated. It was time to push.

To help me feel the contractions, they had to turn down my epidural (UGH, hello horrible back labor pains) and adjust the Pitocin (since my contractions were a little far apart). I had the most AMAZING nurse coaching me, and helping me mentally. I was terrified and so emotional, so before pushing I broke down again. (You guys, I cried so much during my labor) Her name was D.L. and I will never forget her kind and encouraging words to help me get through the hardest experience of my life. I pushed for two whole hours before Eloise was born. And it was the most exhausting two hours of my life. During pushing, I had the WORST acid reflux/heartburn, and it was really fucking up the way I was trying to focus pushing. So the nurse brought me tums to try and help with the acid reflux. I also could feel so much of my back labor pains, so when a contraction came… it was not fun. Dexter held one leg, and my mom was able to hold my other leg while I pushed. Once Eloise’s head was poking out, Dexter was able to touch her, and I could see her in a mirror, and I also touched her head.¬†

Then at 7:52pm, on November 30th, Eloise Audrey Colette was born. But the final pushes were the hardest, since the Midwife was having a hard time getting her out. The cord was wrapped around her neck two times, so when they placed her on my chest she was purple and not crying. I was so out of it at this point, everything was so blurry. A nurse came, and whisked Eloise away, I only had about 5 seconds with her on my chest. The amazing nurse took Eloise and started working on her to breathe. She also cleared out all the fluid from her lungs. Then I heard my daughter cry for the first time. I cried. My mom cried. Dex, and my sisters were crying. She is healthy, she is perfect. 

She was finally placed in my arms and Dexter and I fell in love with her in that moment. It was a moment I had been anxiously waiting for, for nine months. I was in shock that she was actually here, finally. Let’s be honest, I’m still in shock two weeks later. I’ll look at her and just can’t believe Dexter and I made her. Half of me, half of her daddy. We are blessed.¬†

She weighed 6lbs 5oz, 19 3/4 inches long. Born Friday, November 30th at 7:52pm. 6 days early from her due date. She decided she wanted to be a little November baby! 

Also, a funny story: my family and I placed bets of when Eloise would be born, and I was the one who guessed it right. Mother’s intuition?! Lucky guess?! Who knows! But I thought that would be so funny and cool to tell Ellie when she’s older! I guessed her birthday.¬†¬†

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed her birth story. These last two weeks have been overwhelming, stressful, beyond difficult, but so joyful with this perfect little human. I hope to do a one-month update, in two weeks. Dexter is an amazing father. He has been such a great partner, so supportive and loving. Eloise is so lucky to have him as her daddy. 

BIG ITEMS PURCHASED FOR BABY GIRL

There are so many baby products to choose from, it can be really overwhelming deciding what you actually need and what you can do without. I love to do research, but Dexter is for sure the researcher in our relationship. He will read endless reviews and compare products. Here are the main expensive & big purchases we decided on:

 

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My parents were kind enough to buy us this amazing rocker! I’m so excited because I knew I wanted this rocker from the moment I got pregnant. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, my twin sister has one for her baby and she loves it. They purchased it from BUYBUYBABY and here is the¬†link if you’re interested.

 

 

NUNA PIPA LITE LX

Trying to find the perfect car seat was a challenge! At first we were dead set on the uppaBABY Mesa car seat, but after months of research we decided on the Nuna Pipa Lite LX! Not only is it beautiful, but it is the lightest car seat ever (5.7lbs)! This will really come in handy when I am by myself & have to lug the baby around. We also got to see it in person, and we love the Aspen blue color! The thing that “sold” Dexter is the true lock base installation, which is 50% stronger than the typical belt latch. We are excited to install it in the car, and see our little girl snug in it for the first time. We are getting ours from a local baby store:¬†here is the link if interested.

 

NUNA 2019 TAVO STROLLER IN ASPEN

Since we are getting the Nuna car seat, it was a no brainer to get the matching stroller! It is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love the way it looks, and how easy it is to fold & unfold.¬†(watch this video to see the stroller)¬†I’m looking forward to using it, and maybe I can make a blog post with my honest review, in 6 months or so! Here is the link¬†to the stroller.¬†But if you’re like me, and buying them TOGETHER, you can see it from¬†this link.

 

SNUGGLE ME ORGANIC IN BLOOM

I wanted to get Eloise a lounger that she could use for naps + sleeping in, but also to lay her on to relax. This snuggle me is super soft, and is made from organic fabric. It is machine washable, and hypoallergenic. There are a few other baby loungers on the market, but this one seemed to be the most comfortable for baby. I also got it on sale, which was a huge PLUS! If you are interested here is the link. I purchased the bloom color (so pretty) but also love it in Ember. I might pick up this shade after she is born, so I have a backup cover when one is dirty. My twin sister also has one for baby Adelaide & she loves it!

 

NUNA X PBK SENA AIRE PLAYARD IN BROKEN ARROW

So, technically I haven’t purchased this yet… but I definitely am going to. I think it’s important to have a travel-ready playard for when we visit family in Southern California or take weekend trips. It’s also good for her to take naps in or to play in when she’s a toddler (she can use this until she’s 3 years old). I love the color & design– it’s very clean and simple. Here is the link¬†if you’re interested.

 

These are some of the big items we have decided on! I hope this was helpful for some of you, if you’re expecting or getting ready to start trying to have a baby! I am happy with the choices we have made. Some items aren’t on here like a crib or changing table because 1) she’s not getting a crib until she’s 6 months old, she will be sleeping in a small bassinet and 2) we didn’t purchase a changing table, instead we have a changing pad on top of her dresser!

If you have some big items that I didn’t mention, I would love to know. ūüôā I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

 

 

 

*I do not own any of these photos, I got them from their websites

*I am not affiliated with any of these links, and do not get paid for linking these items. These are all purchased with my own money, or gifted from family.