Happy Weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy weekend, dolls. Enjoy it!

See you soon, xoxo.

What your body is telling you right now.

Why we can't stop talking about ...

Have you ever found a natural deodorant that worked?

This made me laugh.

A BIG YES to this.

Reality TV is getting weirder and weirder.

The real Jane Austin.

How spacing in the mise-en-scène of When Harry Met Sally tells the love story.

Behind the scenes of iconic photos.

Do you have a BFF?

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Third Trimester

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Before I completely forget about pregnancy in the haze of new mommy-hood, I thought I'd better share my third trimester must haves. (See first trimester and second trimester must haves as well.) I enjoyed my third trimester, yes you're a big as a boat, and yes, super worn out, but ... you're baby's almost here! What's more exciting than that?

By the time your third trimester rolls around you'll probably already have all the pregnancy products you need, aside from maybe buying bigger maternity pants, and will be beginning to shift your buying focus to baby products (a different post entirely) and nesting, but there are still a few pregnancy related activities to tackle.

Your bump should be super obvious by now - so cute! To care for it I continued the body scrub + vitamin E combo until the bitter end (actually, post pregnancy this continues to be a part of my grooming routine) and got though pregnancy stretch mark free. I also kept up with my Tracy Anderson workouts (when I had the energy) and did a ton of walking. I actually walked to and from dinner just a few hours before starting labor. Staying active really helps get your body ready for labor and makes "bouncing back" to your pre-pregnancy shape SO much easier. Not that you can't indulge a craving or two as well - I totally ate my fair share of cookies, ice cream, and pizza.

This is also a good time to take maternity photos. The 7th or 8th month are ideal - you want an obvious bump but don't want to feel too huge. I'd also recommend taking sometime to pamper yourself before the baby arrives - get your hair and nails did, get a massage (or five, seriously they are the best when you're knocked up), and hire someone to come and clean your home (yes, I consider that pampering yourself). Anything you need to do to relax and recharge, get your "me time" in now.

This is also the time to start preparing for the birth. If this is your first baby, definitely take a birthing class with your partner. No doubt your doctor's office will offer classes, but I think it's also good to take a class from an independent instructor as well, like a midwife, to get a well rounded perspective. If you're in San Francisco, the classes at Carmel Blue are fantastic. After your classes, talk with your partner and put together your birth plan. Make sure you give a copy to your doctor, put a copy in your hospital bag, and give copies to anyone who is planing to be present at the birth (like your mom). You want to make sure your wishes are widely know and that you have people to advocate for you if you are unable to advocate for yourself.

You'll also want to pack your hospital bag when you're getting closer to d-day. I packed mine a few weeks before the due date and was so glad I did when I went into labor early. The hospital will have basically everything you need, but it is nice to have cute socks and a robe to change into after your baby has arrived, your toiletries, phone chargers and/or camera, an outfit to wear home (for you and the baby), and anything else your birth plan calls for (music, massage oils, etc). But don't stress too much about it, your partner or a family member can always run out and grab anything you need.

Mostly just remember to be patient and forgiving of yourself, your life is changing in some really hard and beautiful ways. Savor this moment.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

so. very. true.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Weekend dolls - Happy 4th! Are you celebrating this year? We are planning to stay close to home and keep it a bit more low key than we have on the past (no speed boats and boxes of wine this year). If the weather cooperates, I'm hoping to get in some quality park time with baby girl, maybe we'll take a long walk or two, and stop into a BBQ as well. We shall see. :-)

In any case, I hope you have a very happy (and safe) holiday weekend. xoxo.

Is this the key to a good marriage?

Behind the scenes of your favorite movies.

Photos to remind us what "cool" really looks like.

Is your news feed an experiment?

I can't wait to see this movie.

I might need this for the kitties.

Ever wonder what your favorite writers snacked on?

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Breastfeeding (In Public)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For the moment, nursing little Livy is my primary activity. She is insatiable and growing like a weed (which is good because she was/is a tiny baby (6th percentile) so she certainly needs to).  At home my boobs are basically always out -- to all those considering stopping by, you've been warned. Our pad isn't huge, so when she's hungry I just hunker down on the sofa despite who might be visiting. I've nursed her in front of all of our parents (including dads), and basically all of our friends. C'est la vie. 

Even though she is basically tethered to my breast, I still need to go out into the world and keep up with some of my normal life. This inevitably means that at some point she is going to be hungry while we're out and about. As you may have guessed from the above, I don't really have qualms about feeding her in public. You can't really ask a hungry baby to please be patient and wait. I have breastfed this baby while getting a pedicure, while getting a manicure, in doctors offices, in Anthropologie, in GAP, in Urban Outfitters, at a BBQ, at a wedding reception, in cafes, and while getting a brazilian bikini wax. This list is only growing. Again, c'est la vie. 

Since it's not so common place for a nursing mother to just feed her baby publicly without covering up, I've been using a Bébé au Lait Nursing Cover. It's a great product -- it's pretty, covers you up comfortably, and Livy doesn't seem to mind it at all. Plus they have a patented open neckline that holds the cover away from you just enough to maintain eye contact with your little one so you don't have to miss out on any sweet moments. I'm happy to have this option, but I still wish it wasn't taboo to feed my baby in public. Even with the cover up, I get shocked and embarrassed looks from people when they figure out what's going on. Not that I really care. In my opinion, breastfeeding is one of the most natural and non-sexual things a woman can do -- it's the whole reason we even have boobs! 

What do you dolls think? Breastfeeding in public, a do or don't? 

(Whether or not you breastfeed your baby is a very personal choice - there are a myriad of cultural and health factors at play. We are (or rather I am) only breastfeeding Livy for now, but I would not presume that what works for us works for everyone.) 

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Tips & Tricks

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The weather is finally heating up, which means ... it's iced coffee time!

This is one of those genius-so-simple-why-didn't-I-think-of-it ideas. Freeze coffee to make ice cubes for iced coffee. Chill your coffee for a warm day treat with out watering it down-- so smart, right?

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Firefly Educational Consulting

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's amazing how fast your priorities shift as soon as you become a parent. Less "Do you want to go out tonight?" and more "Our baby is six weeks old, do we need to put her on the preschool waiting list?"

If you're also struggling with the latter, and happen to live in Southern California, you're in luck. One of my dearest friends is launching an educational consulting firm to help parents navigate the private school application process, from choosing the school best for your child to receiving that acceptance letter. She even offers a preschool package to help parents with their littlest learners. Read more about her and her company, Firefly Educational Consultinghere.

I'm so proud of you, C!

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