Monday, November 23, 2015

stitch fix: postpartum experiene

My obsession with Stitch Fix continues...
So there I was, nothing but maternity clothes and pre-baby clothes. Living in sweats, tanks and still looking about 5 months pregnant with my postpartum pooch. If it wasn't for requesting postpartum and nursing friendly tops from Stitch Fix my last month of pregnancy I'd of not had much in the way of flattering. And by flattering postpartum outfits I mean my trusty sleeveless rayon nursing/mat tops that I wore out for months and months after T's birth. Not that there's anything wrong with that, they're just wore slick out from years (yes years) of use.
My stylist Traci pulled through like a champ for me! Sending slouchy a sweater to pair with leggings (or maternity) pants to wear to her doctor appointments. Comfortable and loose wrap dresses, one casual and one kinda dressy (worn to baby showers pp and a wedding reception). With my 25% off because I bought all 5 pieces each item was around 35$ a piece. I think they do their best when you say "The cheaper, the better" on your style quiz. 
Since pregnancy I've gotten a couple fixes, here are some of my faves below!

If you decide to try stitch fix, I'd so appreciate it if you used my referral link. It doesn't cost you anything and it gives me a little credit. Also you can cancel stitch fix anytime if you don't think it's right for you. Their customer service is awesome!



Friday, October 9, 2015

Stitch Fix. My Maternity Experience

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you all about my Maternity Stitch Fix experience! I decided to go for fixes in my second trimester, and it took about a month to receive my first fix.
A bit of a back story on why I decided to do Stitch Fix, 99% of my clothes were from my pregnancy with Truman, they were all rayon, clingy nursing tops. Between working full time and having a 2 year old, I didn't exactly lack for things to do in. I decided to give Stitch Fix a try since going shopping on the weekends wasn't in the cards, and shopping at the mall made me an angry person. What can I say, the style bus didn't stop at my house and hasn't for several years! ... college and a style savvy roommate was the last time, to be exact. 
Anyways so RAYON, yes. Tired of my worn slick out rayon shirts from my beloved Target. I just asked for a basic first Maternity fix and I got some of the cutest well made items!


this shirt and necklace. bet i wear this necklace once a week still! 

I still wear this ensemble, postpartum!
 Here are some pics, towards the end of my pregnancy. Little did I know there was an almost 9 lb baby of sweetness in there! The floral print shirt has buttons down the front making it easy for me to nurse in, and the blue dress is easy to access as well. Just keeping it real, because if you nurse or plan to nurse, you gotta have access.
 
Here are some of my postpartum Stitch Fix items, I asked for things that would be comfortable, hide my postpartum pooch and be easy to nurse in. Since I started requesting more specific things I've been super happy with my fixes. I think it's important to be specific with your stylist to achieve good communication. I even set up a pinterest board per the websites suggestion of things I liked.



I have kept all five of my items since I started requesting postpartum clothes. When you keep five of the items you get a 25% off discount, making them much more affordable in my opinion. I did have a shirt that I liked and I kept and then after wearing it one time I decided it wasn't the right shirt for me. So luckily there are stitch fix buy sell trade Facebook groups and I sold it to a girl who had been wanting it for a while! Talk about a win-win. 

I just wanted to share my experience through maternity and these past few weeks of being a postpartum mom. Believe it or not this gave me confidence, just by helping me look put together, and that made me feel better, simple as that.

If you decide to do stitch fix, let me know I want to see your fixes! Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome, Willa!

*there are intimate pictures here, so reader beware.

 
Willa’s Birth Story.


I’m not sure where to begin! Her birth was so different than Truman’s. Truman’s was organized and planned. He was post dates induced, broke water at 6AM, born before 2PM for Tman. We laughed with the doctor and nurses between contractions and pushing. Willa’s was almost polar opposite! And I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Sunday before her birth we were all lying in bed and I felt my stomach tighten up, thought it was her balling up. Then it happened again and again. So finally we started timing them and then they just stopped, same thing for the next night.  

Wednesday I’d been to my weekly check, it was 4CM and 60% effaced, almost double what I’d been the week before. She said “You’ll be in like Flynn” and she was right. I asked her if there was anything I could do to help things along and she said “Just enjoy your evening” so we did just that. James and I met up with T and we had Mexican food on our favorite patio in town, complete with good music. I got home and the contractions started again. I could tell it was coming! We decided to go to sleep and see what happens. I woke up at 2:15 Thursday morning, and pain was radiating in my back and around to my abdomen. By 2:30 we were out the door with a sound asleep Truman, headed to the triage of the women’s hospital. * And I cussed every stop light we hit and timed contractions all the way there. Mollie my SIL met us there and took Truman home with them (life savers).
 We got there and I was still at four (what!?) they monitored me in the triage for an hour (something I didn’t know they’d do) and within an hour I was at a 6 and being admitted. I shivered and shook from the moment I laid on that table, it was awful. She asked if I wanted an epidural and I answered yes faster than you could blink an eye. I’d not planned for a natural birth, and honestly I couldn’t remember the breaths, I asked the nurse “okay give me some breathing tips” and my dad’s probably ONLY health advice he ever gave me came flowing from her lips “breathe in your nose and out your mouth”. So I did just that and with every contraction dad’s words of wisdom came into my mind. 
I’d gone from a four to a six within an hour, and by the time the anesthesiologist got to the room I was at an eight, and excited to see him. I was scared of the pain; I have no problem in admitting that. I was scared. He left our room at 5:30 with the epidural about ½ ass set up. By Six AM I was complete and felt ready to push. The nurse assured me that the pressure was just her moving down and that she’d really like to see me at a positive station before they break water and start pushing.  I could tell the epidural wasn’t a total success, the pain had dimmed a bit but the pressure and oh I don’t know, 75% of the pain was still there. We rested between contractions and I did my best to breathe through them. Finally our doctor walks in the room at 7:20, breaks my water, gives me one practice push and then suits up in her delivery attire (IDK the proper name) the nursery crew comes in and by 7:31, and three intense pushes and the most pressure I’d ever felt in my entire life later my doctor says “April, open your eyes” and I get to see my precious girl for the very first time. We locked eyes and I began to cry. They let me put her on me skin to skin immediately and I just sat there quietly relishing the moment with tears of pure joy. I watched James cut the cord and he snapped some pictures. James did an amazing job considering everything that was going on. I have to say he had to go lay on the couch twice thanks to the intensity of the situation. (That’s love friends!)

A little side by side comparison of how much our babies look alike! Tru was 7#11oz and 21", Willa was 8#14oz and 21" too.
Truman is a super, duper big brother. He's very proud of her and loves to touch and be near her. Makes my heart just soar. It's incredible how much he's taken to her. 
Welcome to the world little Willa Dawn! 

Dilations
3:10 – 4
4:00- 6
5:10- 8
5:30 – 9.5
6:00- complete

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

EDD

Yesterday was my estimated due date... TMI but it was that "first day of your last period due date" I also I have a cranial measurement due date we took when she was 20ish weeks of 7/30. I don't give due dates too much merit because well, they're estimates. :)
Feeling really good, feeling positive and a little antsy to be honest. But physically I feel really good.
Gave my body some majorly due credit and love today and thanked it for being so strong and powerful through not only this pregnancy but the last one as well. I feel that I'm incredibly critical and hard on my body and I've not gave it near enough credit that it's due. I'm going to try to be gentler to myself during establishing a nursing relationship again and healing postpartum. I owe me that much. Do you think you're too hard on yourself too? I have to remind myself often that I am a soul, I have a body, and this body is flawed but it's capable and good.
Over share, but I even drive past my dads grave site and think angry thoughts of his body failing him, but that's not where he is, just the shell of what carried his larger than life soul.
Guess that's all I really have to say about that.

Moral of the story, love your body! Or keep trying really, really hard to like in my case.
It's the only one you've got.  XO

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Those last, long weeks of pregnancy.

I'm in my thirty-eighth week of pregnancy with this sweet lady!
I'm humbled and delighted to say it's been a very smooth pregnancy. Nothing that can't be fixed with EATING BETTER and a trip to my chiropractor.
If I'm thinking right we've got 2-3 weeks left should she decide to go over. I'm kinda notsosecretly hoping that she's born on T's birthday, or my BFF's birthday, or on my cousin Kaye's birthday, or JDillys birthday, or in my 41st week, Mommom's birthday. :-D I can see Mommom and my dad in heaven laughing at me for entertaining the idea of plans like this.  Regardless, there are a lot of nice days ahead.

Idk how the quality of these pics will be but here's some of the haps around here lately. 

These two are wrestle mania!
We've been on a swimming and play date binge! It's been a lot of fun! Not going to lie though I'm way tired the next day! 
37 weeks here and she's in no hurry, just like her brother was! 
General cuteness 😍

Last week, finding humor in the large things ;) 



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crock Pot Ribs (one crock pot, two meals)

These meals were absolutely delicious! My pictures (below) don't do them justice, It's just a proven fact that I suck at food photography, and also more relevant, I'm addicted to cilantro. :) I hope you cook these and enjoy! The pizzas were the bomb and I definitely recommend getting the Monterrey jack over mozzarella, it really compliments the pizza well.

Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean-Pineapple Salad


Recipe selected from the eMeals Slow Cooker Clean Eating Family Plan.


Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs

Slow Cooker
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3½ lb pork spare ribs
  • 1½ tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (or use flat-leaf parsley)

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle pork with chile powder, salt and pepper. Place in a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add oil, mango, broth, garlic and onion.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours. (Shred 2 cups pork, and reserve for Hawaiian Pork Pizzas recipe.) Sprinkle remaining pork with cilantro.

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean-Pineapple Salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp salt, 1½ tsp pepper, divided
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (or use flat-leaf parsley)
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss together potatoes, oil, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper in a large bowl; arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, turning once. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Stir together beans, pineapple, bell pepper, 1 Tbsp lime juice, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper.




Hawaiian Pork Pizzas Fruit Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Recipe selected from the eMeals Slow Cooker Clean Eating Family Plan.

Hawaiian Pork Pizzas

Prep Ahead
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-lb) balls bakery whole-wheat pizza dough
  • ¾ cup organic barbecue sauce
  • 1 (8-oz) block Monterey Jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • Reserved 2 cups shredded pork (from Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs recipe)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Let dough stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out each dough ball into a 12- to 16-inch circle; place each on a large baking sheet. Spread barbecue sauce over dough, and sprinkle with cheese. Top with pork, pineapple, bell pepper, and onion.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crusts are browned and cheese is melted.

Fruit Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lb store-bought deli fruit salad

Instructions

  1. Whisk together orange juice, honey and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add fruit salad, tossing to coat.

Time

Clock
20mPrep
15mCook
35mTotal





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Little Man+Little Miss : {Double digits have arrived!}

Our sweet baby girl should make her appearance within the next 13-15 weeks! I'm allowing myself to go post estimated delivery date, of course. The heat and weight may change my attitude between now and then but I want her to come when she's ready, and on her own, (ideally) even if that means going past the EDD.

 Over our vacation I hurt my hip(s) and have since then been seeing a chiropractor whose really helped me get back to feeling great! He's given me great tips to help keep my hips in better shape and he and his wife are going to be there in the later weeks of pregnancy to keep me comfortable and ready for birth! Between them and my doula I feel really prepared physically and mentally.
I'm still in a complacent place in this pregnancy. A lot of thinking "What will we do if X? What will we do if Y?" A lot of thinking about how our son is going to adjust, and how we are going to adjust into a family of four (five if you'd like to count our fur child). Just a lot of preparedness that I didn't even know about before our first born.
You honestly just don't know until you know... you know.

One thing I do know, I'll be cutting out dairy, and going back to paleo here in the next couple weeks,and for quite awhile after pregnancy. I know that I'll have her checked for lip and tongue ties, I know that reflux (even silent) can be a culprit, and I know about these growth spurts and how she'll be on me like a chubster at an all you can eat buffet. I know that I need to give myself and my house some slack. I know that I need to rely on James and anyone that is brave enough to come over for help. And I know that our boy is going to go through some major adjustments that may not be easy.

 Speaking of the boy, he started preschool! We are so proud of him. I really think he'll enjoy himself and he's in good hands. He's such an independent one and I feel like this approach is the best for him. He's very sensory, hands on, manipulate material kinda guy that I feel like this is right up his alley. He's also began speech therapy a couple months ago for being expressive-delayed. I think he's really starting to like his speech path, and I really like her too! What a neat and rewarding job to have!

Over the weekend we went to a mini-derby at Equestrian Bridges, it was a fundraiser for autistic children to receive equine therapy. Such a neat place! I want to go there every weekend and ride! Little man was in LOVE with the miniature horses, he rode twice and in between "races" he wanted to be by the corral where the "race horses" were. He's got a lot of his momma's "Ellie Mae-ness" in him with huge compassion and love for animals.

And last for you, another selfie of yours truly. I started getting a Maternity Stitch-Fix from Stitchfix.com. Stitch Fix does women's (maternity and non-maternity) clothing. It's a monthly clothing service where a professional, personal stylist helps "style" you. I hate shopping and I hate the mall and I only ever wear things I find at Target or at Sam's Club, so I really needed some help. I really liked my first fix she sent the shirt and the necklace you see in the picture above, as well as some black maternity crops, a high-low shirt that'd be perfect postpartum too and a sweet faux-leather moto-jacket that I'm having major remorse that I sent back. The quality of all the items was really nice and the prices around the 40$ mark. I get my next fix later this month, I can't wait!