Bye Bye Babies

My days of pregnancy and birth have ended. It's hard to imagine going into this next stage of my life knowing I won't ever be pregnant again. There are some things I'll miss and others I'm relieved not to have to deal with again.

Large and in charge at 38 weeks pregnant with R

Five things I'll miss about pregnancy and birth:
  1. Baby movements. It's a feeling like no other. The kicks, rolls, and hiccups were so special to me with both pregnancies. I loved being able to elicit a response from baby.
  2. The belly. I felt truly beautiful while I was pregnant. It's the only time in my life where I was proud of my belly and even flaunted it.
  3. The glow and the hair. My skin and hair were amazing during pregnancy. My hair has never been longer or thicker or shinier. 
  4. Birth. I know this one isn't on everyone's list, but I loved birthing. I was even good at it! We chose not to find out the sex of either baby, and that added extra excitement to the birthing process.
  5. Dressing the bump. I didn't get to do enough of this the last pregnancy due to months on bed rest, but I had grand plans. And I was going to document all of it.
And five things I won't:
  1. TTC. Trying to conceive is fun at first, but after a few months things got very clinical for us. All the charting, OPKs, BFNs, and tears got old fast. I didn't realize how tough trying to have a baby could be until we started trying to conceive.
  2. Morning sickness. What a misnomer! More like all day sickness that lasted well into my second trimester. The food aversion was nuts, too. I still give chicken and beef the side eye.
  3. Mood swings. It was an emotional roller coaster. One minute I was up, the next I was sobbing, and the minute after that I was full of rage. No thank you.
  4. Peeing every 5 minutes. That gets old fast. And don't even get me started on sneezing, coughing, or laughing when you have to pee. Ugh.
  5. Postpartum recovery. No matter how your baby is born, you will be recovering from a major event. The aches, the pains, the leaking, the lochia. I will not miss that! 
I'm thankful for the two beautiful, happy, and healthy boys I have, and can't wait to see what comes next for our family of four.

My Mom Uniform: the Multitasker

This week's breastfeeding style post features an item that serves a dual purpose. A scarf can be an accessory, or you can use it to cover while breastfeeding. Many of the styles I share feature clothes that allow a woman to breastfeed over the top of the shirt or dress. Some moms prefer to cover. I go back and forth. Some days I want to stay covered, other days I give no... well, you know.

Scarves can be tricky. I have no less than six pins on tying a scarf. An infinity scarf does all the work for you. If you don't care for the orange shown below, the scarf featured comes in a variety of colors. The bag is large enough to hold a changing pad and other diaper bag necessities.  The gold accents on the sandals give it a luxe look for less. The dress features a peekaboo cutout in the back.

All items in this week's set are $50 or below; in fact you can buy the entire outfit for under $150! Please note that some items are on sale. Prices may change as promotions end. As always, click below to shop.

Summer Scarf

My Mom Uniform: Is It Fall Yet?

Growing up in the north east, I prefer the colder, snowier winter weather to the Texas heat, but since I've been in Texas for almost a decade, I've gotten soft. My blood's thinned out a bit. I do love the fall. Give me boots, dark muted colors, scarves, and rich jewel tones. I couldn't help but drool over this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale when it went live for cardholders.

After doing a little browsing and wiping my laptop keyboard, I came across this sweater. In addition to being budget friendly, the zippered front makes it breastfeeding friendly. It's available in several colors and loose enough to hide a postpartum belly, if that's your preference. On the other hand, it's long enough to half tuck if you would rather definite your figure a bit more. Fitted but not tight boyfriend jeans and a killer pair of booties add to the casual look. Finishing it off are a neutral diaper bag, turquoise and black nursing necklace, and edgy (but baby friendly) earrings.

Did I mention that all items are $100 or less? Click below to shop.

Is It Fall Yet?

My Mom Uniform: the Weekend Outfit (Summer Edition 2)

The hot summer weather has definitely started here in Texas. Most days it's too hot to layer tanks to breastfeeding using the sandwich method. Whether it's the heat or my laziness, I've started wearing flowing chiffon cardigans over a nursing tank and shorts. I add sandals, some interesting earrings, and voila, suddenly I'm on trend, staying cool, and able to breastfeed in public.

I recently shared a photo on Instagram of me wearing one with a nursing camisole. You have the option to use the extra fabric to cover your breast if you prefer. They're lightweight to keep you cool in the heat. They're a great piece to wear in pregnancy that can easily transition to your postpartum wardrobe.

Easy Breezy

Additional places that carry similar cardigans in straight and plus sizes include Forever 21JC Penney, Asos, and ModCloth. Many major brands and retailers market them as kimonos. I have thoughts on this that are best reserved for a different post. Other than the wide sleeve and occasional nature print, they don't resemble traditional Japanese kimonos.

My Summer Beauty Must Haves

Summer Beauty List

Summer Beauty List by lactivistinloubs 
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The warmer weather is a great time to try new trends. I'm a fan of bright colors and a dewy glow.

Skin: Since my skin tone isn't very even (I have red areas and dark spots), I use a bit of BB cream to correct it. Of the three items listed, I prefer the Maybelline BB cream. It provides light coverage and does not feel heavy on my face. The Smashbox cream provides medium coverage, while Jane Iredale is full coverage.

Lips and Eyeliner: A quick swipe of bright lipstick is my go-to, but I'll swap it out for pigmented eyeliner if I have a few extra minutes. The first lipstick shown (Nars Audacious in Grace) is the perfect coral pink on my medium tan complexion. The first eyeliner shown (Nyx Cosmetics Retractable Eyeliner in Aqua Green) is more sheer, so I put on a few layers to make my brown eyes pop.

Glow: Using an illuminator is a great way to work a summer glow at night. While the products shown may be too dark for some complexions, each brand makes lighter and cooler shades. I like to mix it in with my face lotion for a subtle all over glow. Alternately, you can use your fingers to highlight brow bones, cheekbones, and your collar bone.

Nails: Since I wash my hands about 17,000 times a day, I've stopped getting manicures at the nail salon. The colors chip quickly. Instead, I've started doing my own nails at home. It's a great form of self care and saves money, too. The first polish shown (Essie's "Sunset Sneaks") is one I've been wearing over and over again. It's supposed to be a bright crimson, but appears bright coral on my complexion.

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