Thursday, April 10, 2014

thursday threads [1 month update]

Thursday, April 10, 2014

so i'm not sure when this happened, but i have a 1 month old already [well technically she's 5 weeks today]!

i know i kind of went into hibernation here this past month, but i gotta tell you, c-section recovery plus a newborn is no joke. i'm so incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and family [especially my wonderful husband] to help out. kudos, props, and much respect for single moms. seriously. 

but good news - i'm feeling much better these days! i've started walking beau after jason gets home from work, i've actually put on real clothes [like twice, but every little bit counts], and the other day i single-handedly walked beau and lily at the same time. without her screaming bloody murder. big win! 

with miss lily o being 1 month, i thought i'd fill you in on her stats, likes and dislikes:
  • at 1 month, the little lady weighs in at a whopping 9lbs 6oz [all that good boob milk]
  • likes: boobs, pooping, being clothed [that's my girl], baths, peeing on daddy, escaping the swaddle, making little goat noises [anyone else's baby do this? it's adorable], napping in someone's arms, grandma [my mom is an animal/baby whisperer], and her new pacifier
  • dislikes: car seats [although we're working on this], being swaddled, being naked

also, here are some products i've found helpful in this first month:
  • aiden & anais swaddles. we have like 15. they're so versatile. get them.
  • mam pacifier. i was super against "the paci" because i'm breastfeeding but after weeks of raw nipples [tmi?] and some sleepless nights, i happened to grab these during a target run and haven't looked back since.
  • pampers swaddlers. after a not-so-fun blow-out diaper with the huggies, we've decided that we're a pampers family. they're lovely.
  • pampers baby dry. she wakes up when wet/dirty. these keep her dry longer. thus, she sleeps more at night. everyone wins!
  • amazon prime. since i haven't been out with baby to an actual store yet, this is how i get my diapers delivered super quick. the ups/fedex guys basically stop at our house on the daily.
  • skip hop activity gym. she likes to hang out on her back and look at the dangly animals. and beau likes to take anything not secured as his own personal toy. [sorry little sheep].
  • old navy footie one-piece. this is basically what she wears at home. easy on, easy off. keeps her warm. and allllways on sale. they run big!
there's also a turtle that plays "you are my sunshine" that jason's mom got her. it's the little things.

i'll be getting my act together one of these days and actually getting dressed. in the meantime, find me [and lots-o-pictures of lily] on instagram: @natalie_hodak!

Friday, March 21, 2014

friday favs [post-partum favorites]

Friday, March 21, 2014
friday favs [post-partum favorites]


you're looking at my uniform of sorts for the past 2 weeks. and boy, oh boy, comfort is key.

i ended up getting a c-section so it was important to not put any undue irritant [i.e. pants] on and or around the incision area. these gap body drawstring lounge pants are amazingly soft and i can wear them as loose as i want. 

you'll also want to invest in some "granny panties". just get them in cute prints - target always has some sweet hanes on sale. so while you may feel like you're back in middle school on your first period, your undies will at least be slightly adorable. [it's the little things!]

get a soft, cotton nursing bra if you're nursing. again, target for the win on inexpensive, yet cute options.

lastly, a soft tank and a zip-front hoodie [easy access to the goods for the baby] that you can whip on and off while feeding or going through simultaneous "omg it's so hot in here" and "i'm freezing, has the polar vortex made it inside our house?" waffling.

i'm hoping to start wearing real clothes again, but until then, you can find me in the rocker, wearing my lounge wear, and the baby firmly planted on one boob. 

happy friday!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

thursday tales [life with lily]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

somehow we have a 2 week old already.

the past 2 weeks have been challenging, sleepless, and well, frankly, my boobs hurt [i'm breastfeeding, and she's a shark].

we've had some sweet visitors, lily's wardrobe has grown exponentially, and beau is really coming around to this little hairless puppy that suddenly appeared in our lives. 

i haven't worn anything more than pjs/soft t-shirts/lounge wear [check out my 2 week post-partum outfit recommendations tomorrow!] and no makeup has touched this face since i left the hospital [when i insisted on putting on some mascara to keep from looking completely terrifying].  

we had newborn pictures taken by the uber talented danielle soloff of danielle soloff photography [i highly recommend her!] and as you can tell, the night before, lily decided to cluster feed every hour and my big plans of getting dressed or heck, brushing my hair, for some of the family photos flew right out the window [i still love how the picture turned out].

and i wouldn't change a single second.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

thursday tales [my little lily]

Thursday, March 13, 2014

tomorrow is my due date. and if life worked based on a schedule, i would be giving birth tomorrow. 

but life doesn't work on a schedule. it throws you surprises. wonderful surprises. last thursday, march 6th at 8:31pm, weighing in at 7lbs 7oz, my husband and i welcomed our daughter into this world.

after months of speculation and hearing "you're definitely having a boy", getting to hear "it's a girl!" when she was born was one of the sweetest surprises ever. 

lily olivia is 1 week old today. she looks just like my husband, with my dark hair [for now], and is already the boss of the house.

as i adjust to my role as new mama and getting my body back, i'll be posting a little less regularly but be sure that i'll be back! 

[and you know what, you guys, we're in so much trouble - lily loves wearing clothes. just like her mama. uh-oh!]

Friday, March 7, 2014

friday favs [hatch collection spring/summer 2014]

Friday, March 7, 2014

you guys, i just can't. i need everything pictured above. i've been bitten by the hatch bug and now want to live in all of their pieces. since they transition seamlessly from maternity to post-partum, i don't see why i can't!

my favorites from their spring/summer 2014 collection are as follows:

1. the sophie sweatshirt. this may be my absolute favorite. i just love how light and comfy it looks!
2. the pocket tee. wide scoop neckline and softness for days? who could say no? [not me!]
3. the sunday pant. i'd wear these bad boys on sunday. and monday. and tuesday. and wed - well you get the drift!
4. the bateau dress. stripey, has pockets, flattering fit. yes, please!
5. the blazer. so stylish and that salmon color is perfection. you know, i don't have a salmon blazer yet...

be still my heart [and wallet].

happy friday!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

wear it wednesday [sweatpant chic]

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
don't panic, you are looking at the second best blog and this is an actual outfit post. you forgot i did those, right? me too, me too.

i just haven't worn anything "blogworthy" in like 2 weeks, but i wanted to show off how you can dress up sweatpants to the office. [yes, i went there].

my workplace has clearly given up on me wearing anything remotely work appropriate, but i thought i'd jazz up these old navy skinny sweats [suuuuuper comfy, btw] with my sweet theory blazer [a marshall's #fabfound from late 2013], a nice leopard scarf, and [of course] my new vince d'orsay flats i picked up at the shop bop sale event [couldn't help it]!


[theory blazer (via marshall's), old navy maternity long sleeve tee (similar), old navy skinny sweatpants, vince d'orsay nina flats, express leopard print infinity scarf]



pleated poppy 
[linking up!]

p.s. while i'm done buying maternity clothes and will be spending the rest of my pregnancy in these sweatpants, asos is having a 2 day maternity sale with some great deals to be had, so for all you newly or still pregnant mamas, go check it out!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

tuesday treats [the nursery]

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
we've been in our house for almost a year and there's approximately 1 room completely done - and that's the baby's room.

i've never really been one for home decor, but the nesting bug hit me hard at about 6 months pregnant and i've been torturing jason with things he had to hang decorating the baby's room ever since.

i think it's finally done. until i change something else [sorry, babe!].

[mesh bumper, aiden & anais crib sheet & blanket, handmade blanket]


[the animal print shop baby animal prints (they're not really crooked, i just can't take pictures, obviously), ikea frames (these are a bitch to hang, but they were $2 each)]

[naomi deluxe sleigh glider & ottoman, manayunk arts fest bunny pillow, ikea map pillow (in stores), ikea blanket (in stores), ikea fur throw (in stores), target curtains (in stores), home goods "eat play sleep" canvas bin]

[ikea shelves (in stores), alphabet wall decor, target lamp (in stores), old navy booties (old), home goods tray, candles, and random lime green elephant, gifted frame & custom made card (thanks ali!)]

[childcraft shoal creek dresser (in jamocha wood)]

[tissue pom pom wall (i ordered these off of etsy, but you can easily just cut these out from tissue paper. also, hint, use blue wall putty and thumb tacks to hang)]

[reading nook! books: gifts (thanks meg!) & various stores, "your birthday is the happiest day of my life" print, "you are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars" print, baby shower card heart print pinterest diy (that's right, i diy'd something)]

[childcraft shoal creek changing table (in jamocha wood), home goods baskets, target mirror (in stores), map garland, ikea elephant]

it's a tiny room, and i was afraid that nothing would fit, but i love it. it's my favorite place in the house.

now we're just waiting for it's occupant. waiting for you, little one.