Tuesday, September 16, 2014

tuesday threads [spend/save]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
spend/save

are these mules? are these open-toe booties? who even cares when you can save over $64 by getting the totally comfortable target mossimo brand [in stores!] over the steve madden nonstp.

i have them in brown and they're the perfect ease-back-into-wearing-heels-after-wearing-flats-for-a-year shoes.

go get 'em tiger.

Monday, September 15, 2014

mama monday [6 month update]

Monday, September 15, 2014

[this face! i just can't]

i was a bad mama and neglected to post a 6 month update last week but i'm making up for it now.

lily-bean turned 6 months on saturday, september 6th and oh, man what a fun month this has been! she:

  • developed quite the bossy personality
  • insists on putting everything in her mouth
  • really started loving baby food [we're giving her peas, green beans, butternut squash from beechnut]
  • demands attention
  • started sleep training [we're working on gradual ferberizing and i completely cut out her night-time feedings. so far, so good]
  • "talks" non-stop
  • tries to crawl [she's on all fours bouncing back & forth]
lily likes: eating [no change there!], the bouncer seat at day care, day care, walks with mama & beau, smiling [it's her favorite, other than eating]

lily dislikes: sleep training, being left alone, and when something is out of her reach

this stage is so much fun. she's really getting a little personality and i love watching her discover new things. we're still doing mostly breastmilk plus the baby food from beechnut but i'm barely hanging on with pumping for the bottles she gets at day care [i'm basically pumping for the next day and can't go anywhere without serious pre-planning] - but no formula yet!

you are my sunshine, baby girl!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

thursday thoughts [29]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

it's my birthday and i'll blog if i want to, blog if i want to.

[which i apparently do today].

i'm 29 today! can you believe it? and the blog turns 2 tomorrow. i was going to do this big post with number balloons and all but that would totally go against this little lack of consistent blogging record i have going on here.

so you may have noticed the lack of birthday wishlist post this year. it's funny, but however many times i've sat down to put one together, i couldn't bring myself to ask for a single material thing [and i'm not shy when it comes to wishlists, believe me. remember my holiday list from last year? that's right, there's a chanel in there]. 

it's probably because no material thing comes close to what i do have - i get to spend my birthday with my wonderful husband, our beautiful baby girl, and our wrinkly pup-dog. and on the weekend i get to hang out with my parents and amazeballs sister for our annual close-the-pool/celebrate-natalie's-birthday get together.

and that's better than chanel.

[but if anyone actually got me chanel, i mean i wouldn't turn it down. what kind of a person would i be to not accept a gift?]

happy thursday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

friday favs [dressed to distress]

Friday, August 29, 2014
friday favs [dressed to distress]

i've been gravitating to distressed denim lately. whether it's these rag & bone shorts or my new pair of perfectly ripped up gap boyfriend jeans, i just can't get enough. [which, by the way, prompts my husband to ask "did you buy them this way?" every. single. time!]

here are some sweet picks that'll have you dressed to distress in no time:

  1. gap sexy boyfriend
  2. old navy rockstar
  3. j brand mid rise crop
  4. citizens of humanity boyfriend
  5. paige white skinny jean
happy friday [and more importantly, happy long weekend]!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tuesday thoughts [a fashion funk]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
[oh, hi. i cut my hair. it only does straight or straight now. awesome.]

i've been really bad at blogging lately. i'm sure you've noticed. what with the complete lack of posting for a week at a time. the thing is, i haven't been really very inspired with my outfits lately and the thought of taking pictures of what i threw on last minute before running out of the house to get the baby to daycare and still make it to work at a semi-reasonable hour isn't really how i imagined sharing my style with you.

why the fashion funk?

well for starters, really none of my work pants fit. and a lot of my dress hems have somehow jumped a couple of inches [showing a little too much leg than i care to]. there. i said it. all-in-all, i'm about 10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and it's all in my stomach, an area i was proud to showcase "in the time before baby" and i don't quite know how to dress this new mama body of mine.

my immediate solution is to buy all new clothes! but, being that that's incredibly unrealistic [but oh, one can wish] and i have perfectly good clothes [and lots of them] that still fit, i just need to take the time to go through everything. which brings me to my next point.

i don't have time to go through all my clothes. i see lily roughly 2.5-3 hours a day during the work week. it kills me to type that but that's the rough reality of us working moms. i get home at 5:30 and she goes to bed at 7:30. and the brief half hour to hour in the morning before work doesn't add much to my lily time. i've even started looking forward to her 3am wailing wake-ups just so i can cuddle her while she eats. so after work and on the weekends, i'm maximizing my time with my daughter, not going through my clothes.

but there are brief glimpses of the productivity that i'm capable of, like that saturday morning a couple weekends back when lily took a 3 hour nap and i organized all of my day-to-day jewelry and underwear/bra [none of them a-cups fit anymore, remember?] drawers and let me tell you what a task that was.

so with the knowledge that i can, in fact, get my act together without decreasing the amount of time i spend with my daughter, i'm putting it out there on the interwebs that i resolve to:
  1. exercise regularly so i can lose the pooch and fit into my pants. lily loves the stroller now so we've already started walking a lot more
  2. organize my clothes, put away stuff that really doesn't fit and donate items i haven't worn in a year [and probably won't wear again]
  3. outfit plan! i actually like to go with the flow when i get dressed in the morning and put on whatever i feel like wearing, but with my new morning routine, ain't nobody got time for that
i welcome any tips from the seasoned mamas out there. oh and, wish me luck!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

thursday threads [spend/save]

Thursday, August 14, 2014
thursday threads [spend/save]

sure these sweet splendid denim jogger pants are 40% off at nordstroms for a cool $82.80.

BUT you can get literally the same thing for $58 less over at trusty forever 21!

and who doesn't need a sweet pair of denim joggers?

Monday, August 11, 2014

mama monday [beer & cookies]

Monday, August 11, 2014

i am now on a strict beer and cookie diet [yes, you read that right].

let me explain.

i mentioned at the end of last week's 5 month lily update that we may have to start supplementing with formula because my supply isn't quite meeting miss thing's appetite [and that i'm pretty bummed about that].

after some initial hiccups [that we fixed by meeting with a lactation consultant], breastfeeding has become something i really enjoy. i'm not going to get into the whole drama about breast vs. bottle - this is solely my opinion and what works best for me and my family - but i do want lily to continue to get all the benefits of breast milk as her primary food source without having to supplement.

so why am i worried about my supply? let's do some math [ew, math]. currently, she's eating 4.5 to 5oz at day care... every two hours. that means for the length of time she's there, she gets 5 bottles. so let's be conservative and say that's 25oz, just for day care, every day. [my boobs hurt just thinking about it ]. i typically pump 2-3 times at work and have seemed to have maxed out at 20oz. that 5oz difference has almost depleted [my now organized] stockpile to being barely a day ahead. i try to pump i get home from work, but my supply is a little low then and after breastfeeding all evening, she's been consistently waking up at 11pm and 3am to eat so i want to make sure i'm not all empty-boobed and stuff.

how does that tie back to beer and cookies? here's how:

  • beer: i did some research about alcohol and breastfeeding* as well as beer and breastfeeding and decided to give it a try. the polysaccharide in the barley used to make the beer seem to stimulate prolactin, which helps make more milk. it's actually not the alcohol - so you can use non-alcoholic beer!
  • cookies: lactation cookies to be exact. they're almost all oatmeal chocolate chip and it's the brewer's yeast, oatmeal, and flax seed used in the recipe that help with milk production. i first tried milkmakers lactation cookies but they weren't the tastiest, nor did i notice a huge difference. then i had a girlfriend tell me about this recipe. jason [being the best hubby that he is] made them for me and i'm on my second 48-cookie batch this week. i eat at least 2 [or ahem, 4] a day and they're delicious!
these not the only way to stimulate supply. the more your baby feeds, the more you're supposed to produce. then there's also fenugreek supplement/teas you can take [but they're so gross].

i've been doing both beer and cookies together for a couple of weeks i have actually noticed a difference in my supply - i'm able to pump more throughout the day and even got to pump over the weekend when i exclusive breastfeed lily.

we've also started introducing her to rice cereal, applesauce, bananas, and sweet potato - but she's not really interested. so i'm hoping to have this little setup of mine last me through her 5th month and into the 6th when i want to introduce baby-led weaning. i think she'll do better with picking up a [baby safe] chunk of banana and putting it in her mouth rather than eating it all mushed up from a spoon.

i'd love to hear any mamas out there that are going through or have gone through a decrease in supply and what you did for it!

*before i get any judge-y-ness, i never ever breastfeed my daughter if i feel the least bit tipsy. i only have my beer after she's gone to bed and know that she won't be getting up for another 4 hours. i don't drink 17 beers and get loaded, i have 1. i do, however, eat about 4 cookies a day - so sue me.