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Dr., Dr.

Today I had to take Alice to the pediatrician for her one-month check-up.  It’s crazy to think that it’s been a whole month– it seems like 5 days!  Everyone says that it goes by in a flash and they aren’t kidding.  Honestly, everyday is sort of a blur.  I live my life in 2-3 hour blocks of time– that’s approximately how long it is between feedings and pumping sessions.  And, somewhere in those blocks of time we try to fit in tummy time, skin to skin, story time and play, feeding myself, and if we’re really lucky: a nap.

I’ve mentioned this before but because it’s Wintertime and the flu has been very prevalent we don’t go on many adventures.  In fact, this morning we got snow dumped on us and all the local school districts were closed.  Even the college where I teach cancelled classes due to the weather.  But, our Dr. is only a few miles away and our appointment was late morning so it gave the road crews time to plow and treat the roads.  Since we don’t often leave the house, Mom doesn’t always put on an “outfit” and/or do her hair and makeup.

Today’s outfit features this bright pink maternity nursing top.  I’ve posted a photo of me wearing this top before but not in an outfit post.  I’ve worn it a few times and I really like it.  The first time I wore it I had on my light wash jeans, silver hoop earrings, and silver watch.  This time around I went with gold accessories: an oversized gold watch and bronze-gold feather earrings.  I’ve also switched things up and paired it dark wash boot cut jeans.  Because the top is thin I’ve added a leopard print cardigan and my knee-high flat riding boots.

The shirt is great for nursing– there’s an under layer that has vertical slits to allow you access for nursing.  Then, there’s the two panels of fabric that drape across the top and help to keep everything covered while you are nursing.  The top is mostly flattering.  The material doesn’t cling but sometimes because it is thin it doesn’t do much to disguise the post-partum belly.  Also, because it’s thin and it defeats the purpose to layer things underneath it isn’t the best on a blustery Winter day.  Of course, nursing and/or pumping in the Winter in and of itself is often a bit chilly.

My daughter’s check-up went well.  She is at 9.2 lbs. and 21.5 inches.  The Dr. was pleased with her growth and where she falls on the percentile.  She did warn me that our next appointment– the two-month check-up would involve shots.  Our biggest goal right now is to get Alice to nap regularly.  Many times in the morning she fights sleep and then she becomes overtired and very cranky.  This, in turn, can make Mom very cranky.  So, we are working on establishing routine and structure.  (Easier said than done!)

-Carla

Wear Red

Today I am wearing red to help bring awareness to heart disease– the #1 killer among women.  Now that I am a mom and I have a daughter I find myself paying much more attention to things like this.  I would have dressed Alice in red but she has a limited closet with only two red outfits– both Disney and she wore one yesterday and the other one she will be wearing Saturday when my sister comes to town to meet Alice for the first time.  So I went with the next best thing to red for a little girl and that’s pink!  Plus, there is no shortage of pink in her closet.

I am wearing a red v-neck sweater that I’ve had for a long time.  It’s from New York and Co. and is incredibly soft and comfortable.  I’ve layered it over a nursing top from Old Navy.  It has a black shelf bra and then over that is the black and white striped shirt.  You can’t tell in this picture but it’s ruched on the sides.  It’s quite long and stretchy.  It’s very comfortable but not very flattering to my post-pregnancy body.  I have to admit that I am a little self-conscious.  I’m carrying most of my baby weight around my middle and it looks as if I am in the first trimester of a pregnancy.  In fact, the poor young lady checking me out at the grocery store made the mistake of thinking that I am currently pregnant.  To save her from embarrassment I didn’t bother to correct her.  Anyway.

I have paired my striped top and red sweater with my skinny dark wash maternity jeans.  They don’t fit as well without the bump– they are constantly sliding down and I’m always yanking them up but they are slightly more comfortable than my non-maternity pants are.  I’ve gone with my flat black riding boots, a silver watch, silver and black earrings, minimal eye make-up and a matte red lip to complete the look.

Alice is wearing a fleece sleep sack that is a pink with white polka dots and features a butterfly on the chest.  Underneath, she is wearing a short-sleeved pink onesie with a flowered bow.

What do you think?  This is my first post-pregnancy outfit post.  I’m trying to get back in the swing of things but right now it’s hard to find time to get hair, makeup, and outfit all coordinated on the same day.  Oh, and with the Winter weather and rampant flu we don’t really go anywhere to warrant getting all dolled up.

-Carla

Real Pants

Monday, January 1st, was my husbands birthday.  We didn’t have any big mind-boggling plans given the fact that we are fast approaching my due date (Jan. 8) and basically on Baby Watch.  Also, his birthday does tend to get overlooked since it is also a “holiday.”  I do everything that I can to make sure that we celebrate him and his birthday but that’s the bad part about having a birthday on or near a holiday.

We rang in the New Year with champagne (for him) and sparkling white grape juice (for me) while toggling back and forth between the Ryan Seacrest and Steve Harvey celebrations on t.v.  After we rang in the new year I gave him his birthday presents.  He had asked for some new workout gear so I got him a new pair of running shorts, t-shirt, and some athletic pants in size tall that aren’t floods.  Also, I bought him a Bob Ross chia pet and some other little things.

We went to bed around 2am and then had a lazy day.  We did need to go grocery shopping and he has been talking about wanting wings so I suggested that we go out to dinner to celebrate his birthday and then go grocery shopping after.  He agreed and I got showered and dressed.  I was quite proud of myself for putting on real pants to go out to dinner.  I paired my khaki maternity pants with a navy and white striped maternity t-shirt and added a brown grandpa style cardigan for warmth.  Lastly, I slid my feet into my knock-off Sperry’s and called it good to go.

After dinner we went to the grocery store but they had closed early for the holiday which we were not aware of.  It wasn’t too heartbreaking though since neither one of us really wanted to go grocery shopping.  LOL.  So, we came back home and just hung out the rest of the night.

I am 39 weeks pregnant and ready to get this show on the road.  I am just trying to take one day at a time and not be too whiny or complain-y.  I’m not sure I’m doing too good of a job but I am trying.

-Carla