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Month: February 2017

the one with a tulip shirt

3 weeks ago, I started a small series of outfits that have been heavy repeats in real life lately. They all have one thing in common. They are all great for nursing. I’ve mentioned before that breastfeeding has gone delightfully drama free for us. But the one thing that was really frustrating at the beginning was nursing in public. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I try to keep the nipple under wraps, but that proves difficult with a wiggly baby on your lap. The key is an outfit with easy access and a little extra fabric.

All 3 outfits that I’ve shared so far have had something to use as a cover. The dress had the button up part, then the cardigan, then the top worn over the nursing cami. But this one does not have anything to use as a cover. I linked a few of my favorites below for my fellow mamas. Even with a cover tho, you still need that easy access and extra fabric. Wiggly babies knock covers to the side or completely off no matter how hard it appears to be to do so. This tulip top has easy access and the bottom petal is that extra fabric you need.

top . jeans . pumps . clutch . earrings via . lipstick . sunglasses c/o . trend lab nursing cover . eddie bauer nursing cover . infinity nursing cover

 

the one with parmesan salmon mason jar salad

The husband and I are trying to cut back on carbs for the new year. Not eliminate – just cut back. Which for me as the cook means no more sandwiches at lunch. So I finally decided to go ahead and jump on the mason jar salad train. The first one we tried was a simple version of a salad I make for us to have at dinner quite often. I like to call it the Parmesan Salmon Mason Jar Salad. The mason jar is newly added, obviously.

On our first attempt, which is when I took these pictures, I put the greens right next to the dressing. I learned that’s not recommended. But my greens weren’t soggy this time. My favorite way to cook salmon is actually with these dressing and some bread crumbs covering it. To make it I simply, rub some flour on, dip both sides in the dressing, dip both sides in bread crumbs and cook for 20 min at 350. But you can make yours anyway you prefer. You just a simple salmon recipe that won’t take away from the flavor of the dressing.

For the dressing:
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese,grated
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Teaspoon sugar
* Place all the ingredients except the olive oil into a small bowl. Whisk the olive oil into the ingredients in the bowl in a slow steady stream until well incorporated. Then place any leftover dressing in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Salad Ingredients:

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce – or 1 bag of salad mix
1 cup almonds
12 ounces cooked, diced salmon cooked to your liking.
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 (16 ounce/pint-size) wide-mouth jars

How to:

  1. Start by placing an equal amount of dressing at the bottom of each jar.
  2. Then divide remaining ingredients among the jars, layering in the following order: almonds, raisins, cheese, fish, lettuce. Next, twist on the top to seal your salads and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. When you’re ready to eat, just dump the jar onto a large plate or bowl.
  4. Finally, enjoy!

the one with rosie pope nursing camisoles

2 weeks ago, I started a small series of outfits that have been heavy repeats in real life lately. They all have one thing in common. They are all great for nursing. I’ve mentioned before that breastfeeding has gone delightfully drama free for us. But the one thing that was really frustrating at the beginning was nursing in public. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I try to keep the nipple under wraps, but that proves difficult with a wiggly baby on your lap. The key is an outfit with easy access and a little extra fabric.

I think the way most women breastfeed in public is to have a nursing cami underneath their clothes. The nursing cami is for shirts that are easier to pull up than to pull down so you tummy is still covered by something. It’s very convenient and incredibly comfortable. But not all nursing cami’s are good ones. These Rosie Pope ones are my personal faves. The biggest annoyance I have with others is if the clips stay up and are still easy to get down quickly. These do just that, and the fabric is thick and soft! So the perfect nursing cami!

booties . jeans . earrings via . jacket c/o . similar jacket . beanie c/o . tee . sunglasses c/o . camisoles c/o . necklace

 

5 pieces 1 outfit: fancy valentines day

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a outfit for a fancy valentines day!

 

I’ve always thought myself to be a little curvy for a jumpsuit especially in the tummy area. But lately I’ve really been wanting to try one out, and I figured cupcakes and cashmere is a great brand to start with. Especially on valentines day in a sleek black color. Black thins you out so it must be perfect for something that might accentuate your tummy troubles, right!? Pair it with some red accessories along with a bright red lip, and it’s perfect for a fancy valentines day dinner out with your boo or your ladies.

jumpsuit . pumps . earrings . clutchlipstick

the one about breastfeeding

30 minutes after delivering my son I started the biggest and ,in my opinion, most important undertaking of my life – breastfeeding. 17 weeks later, and it’s also the most rewarding undertaking of my life. I think of myself and my body more positively as well as the obvious – getting to nourish my boy. I am absolutely not an expert, but with the help of my friend Sandy, my mom, our pediatrician, and our lactation consultant Linda it is going incredibly well for us. We’ve had some downs, but no major problems. I by no means think that moms who can’t or choose not to breastfeed are worse than those who do. We all have to work with what we have and what we’re able. But with my research and experience I do think breast is best  – if you can. So I want all moms to be as ready as possible.

There are 3 things I’ve focused on that I think are the key (along with the grace of God), and I wanted to share with new moms who are struggling or moms to be who want to be prepared.

 

  • Latch – Everybody told me that if it’s working it doesn’t hurt. That’s true, but just because it hurts doesn’t mean it’s not working. You’re having someone suck on your nipples several times a day with a mighty force that will rub them raw. It’s not going to feel great. Eventually the hurt will go away. If it hurts so bad that you’re crying or your nipples are bleeding – then first check your latch  and I’d recommend finding a lactation consultant to help fix it. Here’s the tips that worked for Jack and I to get a good latch . . .

Try the Breast Sandwich – pinch your breast behind the areola to form a longer version of your nipple, match the shape of your breast to baby’s mouth. Make your hand like a ‘c’ around your breast.

Focus on a wider mouth opening – push your nipple on the top of your babies mouth, and he’ll open wider. You want your full nipple in there so they’ll need a wide opening.

Pull out those lips:  While latched, if your baby’s lips are not flared out, you will get sore.  It is okay to pull the lips out while baby nurses, this little difference will make you more comfortable and will provide baby with more milk.

  • Sore Nipples – Your nipples will get sore even if you have a good latch. But it won’t hurt so bad you’ll cry.  If it’s hurting or you’re bleeding, and you’re sure that the latch is correct then you need to take some steps to fix up your sore nipples. Here’s what worked for me . . .

Rub a terry cloth washcloth on them twice a day for two weeks BEFORE delivery. This will get them started on the raw feeling so you’ll be used to it and they’ll start healing before the baby is even here. This is an old school tip, and some of you I’m sure are like ‘whaaaaa’. But in the ’80’s a doctor told my mom to do this when she had me, and she swore by it. I did it, and it helped. Your nipples are already super sensitive with pregnancy so might as well take advantage, right?!

Nipple cream and gel pads – I started putting nipple cream on after every terry cloth rub. Then when Jack was here every meal for the first 8 weeks I would put nipple cream all over my nipples. ALL OVER! The pain went away for a day or two when he was about 6 weeks old. But it started to hurt every time he would latch, and then I started to bleed. So I started back up with the nipple cream, and got some gel pads. the gel pads cooled me off after every feeding and took the hurt away quickly. The nipple cream got me back on track so the pain went away eventually for good.

Breast Milk – Now that he’s 4 months old (16 weeks) I rarely use nipple cream anymore. I don’t use gel pads anymore, and I’m not in pain at all. My nipples are still sensitive, and at the first latch there is sometimes a bit of uncomfort. I rub some breast milk over the entire nipple to soothe the area and we’re good. No more nipple cream! No more pain!

Vary positions – check out different positions and different accessories to help position the baby. If you do the same position every time, you’ll start to bruise in that area. It’s obvious when it happens. So just change up positions – use the boppy once, then do football next time, then repeat – it’s that simple.

  • Mindset – I know this one sounds a little silly, but your mind is a pretty crazy place after you give birth. So for me there were a few key things I kept reminding myself of to get me through when breastfeeding was starting to seem like too much.

Just get through the first 6 weeks. My friend Sandy told me this, and I repeated it to myself many times. I really wanted breast feeding to work and I knew my husband felt the same. So when Sandy told me it gets a lot better after 6 weeks that’s what I promised to do. There were many times my nipples were so sensitive a t shirt was too much or there was once that my nipples were bleeding. There were even times when I said ‘once I get to 6 weeks I’ll have kept my promise and then i’ll stop’  But Sandy was right. Once 6 weeks rolled around it didn’t hurt anymore. Even better I found what worked for us. We have our routine now. Like to have water and a snack ready, and how to comfortably feed him in public.

Feed him on demand for less stress. This was highly recommended by my pediatrician, and by my lactation consultant. From day one Jack has 4 main problems, he’s hungry, he’s sleepy,  he wants attention, or he has a dirty diaper. So if I knew he was clean, not sleepy, was getting attention and was still fussy – we fed him.That resulted in him eating every 2ish hours, and me getting comfortable feeding him in public very quickly so we weren’t stuck at home. Now he eats every 3 to 4 hours. What does this have to do with mindset? In the end it was less stress because he was never colicky. I never worried about if he was eating enough or if i was producing enough. Sometimes it feels like we were always breastfeeding, but I was never worried about if he was hungry or healthy.

It’s a full time job. I don’t look at raising my child as a job. But breastfeeding takes as much time as a job. This is the part that got to me more than the uncomfort. No matter how much I kept repeating  ‘just get through the first 6 weeks’; 6 weeks wasn’t going to change how much time it took. Like I said above, I often felt stuck at home since he wanted to eat every 2 hours. My mom mentioned this is a full time job, and it stuck with me. When I started to think of it that way – I’m a SAHM/blogger, and my 2nd job is to breastfeed. I even started to put it on my to do lists. It feels great to mark that off. It helps me visualize the progress and good we’re doing.