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5 Ways to Battle the Baby Blues

weight-someecardsI couldn’t help but laugh when I came across this image on Pinterest.  Because let’s be real…we care about our weight with or without a baby.  Weight (amongst other things) is what led me to this weeks post.  With the arrival of baby comes a whole new world that often times Mom’s don’t prep themselves for.  The Baby Blues affect almost every mom to a certain degree.  The perk of having gone thru pregnancy already;  I was familiar with the low’s I faced last time around, and I’ve made it a point to karate-chop the Baby Blues away from me using these tips.  With that said, I’m sharing 5 ways to battle the Baby Blues.

5.  Talk it out.  Seems simple enough, but any and all emotions you are feeling post birth should be addressed.  Talk to your partner, friends, mother’s group; shoot– anyone whose willing to let you vent.  Chances are they will be able to resolve issues, give advice, or just say something to make you smile.  If you are on Facebook, message your mama friend’s who are going thru birth and babies with you.  I’m sure they’d love to have someone to talk to during those early morning nursing sessions ;).

4.  Get help.  As much as you totally believe you are superwoman (red cape and all) it’s important to trust that delegating help is more effective than doing it all by yourself.  In the early weeks of getting used to life with a newborn, consider hiring a housekeeper, have a meal service delivered, and have visiting guests lend a helpful hand around the house; all in the hopes you’ll focus on baby and shut-eye.

3.  Waist train.  That belly doesn’t go back automatically and to help get your stomach back to normal, throw on a corset and wear it day and night.  It’s almost impossible to find time to workout with a newborn and if you have a c-section (like myself) you are restricted to working out after 6 weeks.  So turning to a compression band allows for your abs and your internal organs to return back to normal.  After all, if Jessica Alba can wear two at a time (yes, two corsets) post partum;  you and I can at least stomach wearing a waist-sincher around the clock.  I’ve been rotating between Maidenform and Bellefit.  Currently at 5 weeks post partum, I’m  very happy with my results.

2.  Eat your placenta.  Crazy sounding I know.  I was on the fence with it the first time around.  This time, I jumped in feet first and hired a Doula to make my magic placenta pills happen.  New to the placenta eating game, read this to get a run down.

1.  Perfection is unattainable…for now.  Used to your routine?  We all are and trust that you’ll get all your ducks sorted out…eventually.  For now, be cool with the fact that you’re taking a few weeks to bond with baby and wear yoga pants 24/7 ;).

Oh, and enjoy being part of the mama club :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Pregnancy Update: 5 months

5 months pregnant

1.  How has this month been treating you?

Very well!  I’ve got that pregnancy glow…finally :).  

2.  Do I see a baby bump?

That is correct!  Baby bump has made its appearance as of week 18.  I went from having a frumpy front; to a hard and round belly overnight.  

3.  How’s baby doing?

Baby is a movin’ and a shakin’!  I feel consistent kicks come 9pm when I finally get to kick up my feet and have some “me” time.  (Go figures… if it’s not HB or my husband; now it’s my other baby wanting my attention 😉 ).  

4.  What are you wearing as of lately?

Thanks to our east coast vacation, I finally got to break out my maternity pants which I coupled with my regular tops.  Being back in California, I’m still wearing my regular shift dresses.  Although (and this is a good although) I’m feeling a chill in the air, so I’ll be wearing my pants soon enough.

5.  What’s the highlight from this 5th month?

Hubby feeling the kicks for himself :).  We say, that the little one is a ninja ;).  

6.  Give up the details on weight gain, will ya?

I’m now midway thru my 22nd week and I’ve gain an additional 5 lbs since my last update.  For a total of 12lbs.  Its looking like a consistent one-pound gain per week (I hope!)

Sincerely, Kymberly

Maternity Style Hacks

maternity style

I’m in the East Coast for the next two weeks and packing for this trip really got me excited for fall weather since my California days are still spent in summer-like wardrobe.  Would you mind falling in line with the cold-weather movement, California?  Thanks, much appreciated.

With fall and winter weather just around the corner, I’m not only looking forward to the season of holidays, but the chance to dress this bump in accordance.  For my last pregnancy, my second and third trimester was spent during the spring-summer months which called for lots of dresses and dips in the pool to keep me from overheating.  However, I can finally get my chance to dress my bump in what is my favorite time of the year to be fashionable.

In order to stay stylish while intermingling my pre-pregnancy clothes with my newly purchased maternity clothes, I’ve rounded up 5 maternity style hacks  to help me look fashionable for fall thru winter:

1.  Wear loose fitting dresses.  For colder days throw on pregnancy leggings underneath.

2.  Take a button up shirt and knot it above the belly.  Looks super cute with a knotted t-shirt too.

3.  I’m totally loving a cape and every since I saw Burberry’s monogrammed poncho, I’ve been counting down the days till I can recreate this look.  There’s no denying the cuteness when you’ve a bump peeking out.

4.  When you’re pregnant you tend to get overheated easily, so layering is a must.  Especially paired with a vest.

5.  I’m the biggest advocate for hats all year round.  Whether it’s a baseball cap or a fedora, I usually have one donned upon my head.  The right hat can turn a plain or relaxed outfit,  into a chic Instagram-worthy outfit.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Pregnancy Update: 4 months

4 months pregnant

{recently attended a local polo game}

1.  Overall, how did your 4th month of pregnancy go?

I think I am the worst for admitting this, but the first word that comes to mind is “alright.”  Don’t get me wrong, I continue to feel blessed to be pregnant, but having to suffer HORRIBLE morning and all day sickness while caring for a 2 year old, made our daily activities of play dates, afternoon’s swimming, and errands more difficult to accomplish.

2.  How is this pregnancy different than the last one?

With Harrison, I immediately had food cravings.  I wanted to eat meat.  In fact, I used to not eat pork, but started eating it again with HB just because my body craved pork chops and bacon.  

So far, I’m not craving anything.  The extent of my cravings is eating lots of fruits and drinking smoothies daily, but I believe a lot of this has to do with the heat wave California is still in (and let me remind you, it’s October!  #wheresfall?)

3.  What are you doing this week?

Trying to determine nicknames for our already picked out boy and girl names.  So far, no luck and it’s making me (slightly) question our names.

4.  As of lately, what are you wearing?

Shift dresses continue to be my go-to wardrobe.  (the plus side to living in year-long warm weather).

5.  What was the highlight of your 4th month of pregnancy?

During week 16, I felt baby kick for the first time.  That new feeling feels just as amazing as it did the last time.  

6.  Shell out some honest thoughts, will ya?

I’m now in week 17 and I’ve gained 7 pounds already.  I’d have to say it’s not noticeable where one would automatically speculate I have a baby bump.  My weight gain has spread out evenly throughout my belly making me still look like I’ve overeaten or frontal muffin-toppin’ it.   

7.  What do you think you are having, a boy or girl?

A girl because every old wise tale points to me carrying a girl.  

8.  Still planning on not finding out the gender?

That is correct :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Making Room

making room // pregnancy announcementpregnancy annoucement // displaying family clothespregnancy announcement // onesieTurning our all-purpose guest room into a nursery has got me lit up with excitement!  The idea of defining a space for our second child has my mind racing.  One thing I do know is that when my nesting instincts kick up into high gear, I’ll be planning an all-white nursery to welcome Baby home to.

Making the decision to expand our family was an easy one.  In fact, it was one the Hubby and I decided on a few months after the birth of our first-born, Harrison.  We joked to each other that we wanted “Irish twins,” but in reality it wasn’t until an amazing (and our first family) trip to Hawaii that we truly felt ready.

Now, if you’re doing a little math here,  you’ll be able to determine our wait-for-another-baby didn’t come as quickly as expected.  I did my best to remain positive, not “think about it,” and just let things happen when they happen.  But when months, and even a year passes, it’s easy to re-evaluate the whole “glass half full” mentality.

My self-pity parties didn’t last long.  I’d continue to remind myself to believe in Faith, Hope, and Love.  Eventually He would give us a positive response.

With the added help from our fertility doctor,  we indeed got the response we had prayed 14 months for.  As much as I’m a bit weirded out by mentioning this,  I feel it’s important to recognize that even though I’m in my young 30’s, live a fairly stress-free lifestyle, and I’m part of an outstanding marriage; sometimes things seem beyond your control, and getting a helping hand from modern medicine can make your dreams come true.  Turning a dream into a reality isn’t something to be ashamed of and is why I’m sharing this particular paragraph.

I admit our road could have been more difficult to overcome.  Looking back, it was a minor bump compared to those who have infertility doctor bills thousands of dollars more than ours, or even those who have to go through the long process of adoption.  My heart goes out to those families.

With my first trimester past, the next question to face is finding out the gender.  This is where the all-white nursery comes into play.  We have chosen not to find out whether we are blessed with a boy or a girl.  What waiting-on-a-baby has taught us, is to be truly thankful for your fortunes.  To put focus on preparing on the necessities: stocking up on diapers, wet wipes, buying a double stroller, editing our 529 plan, and I say this last part in all seriousness,– finding the perfect diaper bag.

Being the planner than I am, I’ll be sure to pick up a couple of those adorable bows (just in case) to match the white, cream and grey newborn onesies I’ll have washed and ready for when baby arrives.  Who knows, I’ll probably also pick up one or two of those undeniably cute pink dresses (again, just in case) and new blue outfits Baby Gap has on constant rotation.

Or maybe there will be a day when I’ll look over at my Husband, tell him how nuts we are for waiting 6 months, and analyze the heck out of our latest ultrasound.

In either case, stay tuned :).

Sincerely, Kymberly 

 

Growing News

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It’s exciting to reveal my big, no wait, huge, umm, better yet…growing news.

Coming March 2015 we will be expecting our second baby to the family and I’m blessed beyond words :).

{Hence the short blog post…although something tells me I’ll be sharing much more once I catch a break from my horrible case of morning sickness.}

Sincerely, Kymberly