The best baby carrier

Happy new year! 2017 really flew by for me, but I think that’s what a newborn does — makes time go by really fast! I grew so much this year and I feel like my husband and I are really getting into a good rhythm with our family. I learned how to juggle life with two kids while having a full time job, keeping up with my running/racing and growing my blog. There were definitely times when I felt completely overwhelmed, so in the new year I plan to be more patient with myself, to relax more and to slow down. I’m looking forward to a year of good health, fun with family and success in my career, in running, with my blog and in my marriage.

On another note, I borrowed this baby carrier from my good friend for our Christmas vacation. It is absolutely fantastic and I wish I had it from the very beginning. Zach is 25 pounds and not necessarily easy to carry for long periods of time. This carrier is so comfortable because of the back support. If you’re in the market for a carrier, I highly recommend this one. You can wear it 6 different ways!

I hope you all had a great start to your year and I wish you health and happiness!

Life lately

For the most part, I stick with all things fashion on this blog. Every now and then I’ll talk about my favorite recipes or my workouts, but I never dive in to the real day to day things. Mostly because I’m not sure if my readers are interested, but I do love it when my fellow bloggers give me a peek into their personal lives. After all, I always love to hear how people manage their lives: work, babies, relationships, meal prep…etc.

Zach is 6.5 months old now and he is the sweetest, most mellow and smiley little boy who is always laughing. Kendall is turning 4 in late September and is the most tender and caring big sister. Zach looks at her with so much love and admiration, it makes me heart burst! Life with two kids is very rewarding, but it’s also a lot of work. Here’s my life lately…

Sleeping: I’m so thankful that Zach is a great sleeper. He takes two naps during the day and sometimes an evening cat nap. Lately he’s dropped that because he’s too excited to see everyone when we all get home. He goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up at 7am (he still takes a dream feed, which we are slowly starting to wean). In the morning I hear him “talking” in his crib and I’ll let Kendall go in there and play in there with him for a few minutes before I get them ready for the day. It’s so sweet to hear her talking to him, telling him secrets (yes, she totally whispers in his ear) and to hear him giggling. Kendall is in bed between 7:30-8 at night and up around 7-7:30. She still takes an afternoon nap (about 1-2 hours) but I can tell she might drop that completely in the next 6 months or so. Putting both the kids on a sleep schedule was an absolute must for me. Research shows that instilling good sleep habits in babies helps them with successful sleep patterns later in life. I followed this book by Tracy Hogg to sleep train both Kendall and Zach and it worked beautifully.

Breastfeeding: I nursed Kendall for 6 months and I had the same goal with Zach. Unfortunately, I only made it to 5.5 months with Zach. He always took a bottle really well, but out of no where he stopped nursing. I continued to pump, only to pump less and less each time. I became really frustrated and sad and finally decided to wean. It was actually a really hard decision for me and I felt really sad and constantly questioned if I was doing the right thing. I didn’t experience this with Kendall so it surprised me. The process seemed a lot harder, too. I was extremely uncomfortable and my hormones seemed completely out of control. To be honest, my hormones still aren’t at homeostasis, but I can tell each week I’m feeling more like myself and I’m trying to be really patient while my body as it continues to recover from pregnancy.

Navigating nap schedules: Weekends are carefully orchestrated to revolve around both kid’s nap schedules. I’m OK with Kendall skipping her nap every once in a while (it’s starting to become a power struggle to get her to take one anyway) but I will not sacrifice Zach’s naps. This means we have small windows of time to get out and do things as a family, but I know this will only be for a few more months until Zach transitions to just one nap a day. Keeping Zach on his schedule is so important to me because I know it’s best for him and it ensures I don’t have to deal with a cranky baby. A win-win for both of us!

Going from one to two babies: Maybe I could write a book about my experience, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. The experience with Zach is so different. When we just had Kendall as a baby, it was so much easier! But I had NO idea during that time. When she was asleep at 7pm, my husband and I had the evening to ourselves which was so amazing and necessary. When Zach was born, the nighttime routine was stressful. But that was short lived and now we’re in a really good groove and routine. That being said, the routine still seems to take a long time. As soon as we’re all home, we eat dinner together, then bath time (usually the kids take it together which is awesome and a huge time saver), Zach has his bottle and goes down quickly by 7pm, then Kendall has two books read to her and goes to sleep. Sounds simple on paper, but let’s be real, Kendall is the queen of stalling her routine. By 8pm, my husband and I have some time to ourselves to clean up the kitchen, prep for the next day, and watch a little TV. I’m in bed by 9:30 and lights out by 10!

Postpartum stuff: 

  • My hair just stopped falling out in huge chunks. Little baby hairs are growing in and my hair seems to be a little more manageable.
  • My rib cage is still really wide, but I expected this. It took over a year for it to go back after having Kendall.
  • My clothes still don’t fit like they used to. I expected this also, but it’s still super frustrating! It was around 9 months postpartum with Kendall that I actually started recognizing my body again. Patience is key!
  • My skin is finally back to normal. It got really dry when I was pregnant and for a while postpartum. In fact, I think it’s the best it’s been in a while!
  • I have no desire to drink alcohol yet. I’m not sure why! I had a glass of wine the other night and just didn’t feel good from it. I’m hopeful I’ll be in the mood for it soon because it’s kind of nice to have a drink with my husband at the end of the day.
  • I’m usually pretty tired. I think this is a given. Between working full time, keeping up with two kids, blogging, and waking up early in the morning to run, I’m tired! On top of all this, I have to remember that I’m only 6.5 months postpartum and I need to be patient with my body as it recovers from pregnancy.

This is my life in a nutshell! It’s so easy to fill in the gaps of my life from my social media. But there’s so much more that goes on around the pictures I post. If you’re interested in peeking into more personal parts of my life, leave a comment and let me know what you want to hear more about!