you can read about my breastfeeding journey and my first breastfeeding update here. and of course, you should consult your doctor if you have any medically related questions about breastfeeding, as I am not a doctor and this is just my personal experience.
world breastfeeding week is august 1-7, so in celebration of that, let's give a breastfeeding update!
as we approach one year of nursing, I'm having all the feels. mostly, "I can't believe it!" when I first started nursing and it was tough, I remember thinking, "just stick it out for 6 months!" and then at 4 months, we finally hit our groove and nursing became, for the most part, easy. my confidence nursing in public grew, Luca's latch was strong,...
If you follow me on Instagram, you may notice that when I take a photo of my food, there's a lot of baby "stuff" in the background. You can see our baby playmat and lots of toys scattered around. That's because the area I take my food photos for the blog in is also the area Luca plays in, in our living room. It's where all of his toys are stored and the area that we've designated "the baby's space."
For us, we were always concerned that our apartment home would explode into one big baby's room. We're happy that we have a little nook in our living room that we could build into a safe space for Luca. Of course,...
since Luca is almost a toddler (just two more months to go!), and I get a lot of questions on how we eat out at restaurants with an infant and actually enjoy ourselves, I figured it was time to write the post.
plus, everyone loves my #restaurantluca hashtag on the weekends when we're out and about with him! we take him out for about 3 meals a weekend.
to preface this, we are choosing to introduce food to Luca with baby led weaning (BLW). you can read all about our decisions in this post. with this, there are a couple key points to keep in mind when I'm sharing my tips:
the main idea behind BLW is that it starts table manners...
Here are my picks for Amazon Prime Day! These are only products that I have used (and Luca, of course!) that we love and I highly recommend:
The baby wash we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e5vbqbvf
The drying rack we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e6ybqbvf
Luca's favorite bouncer: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e7nbqbvf
Life-saving gripe water - still use it: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e8hbqbvf
Baby walker style we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e9mbqbvf
The take along mobile we used: https://rstyle.me/n/c65facbqbvf
Our stroller arch: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fa2bqbvf
Our mobile: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fcfbqbvf
The boppy nursing bowl: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fc6bqbvf
Babyganics essentials gift set: https://rstyle.me/n/c65feebqbvf
The feeding mat we use and love (EZPZ): https://rstyle.me/n/c65ffibqbvf
The feeding mat for older babies - Happy Mat (EZPZ): https://rstyle.me/n/c65fgwbqbvf
His favorite maracas - great for diaper bag: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fsvbqbvf
Hope you snag some great deals today!...
if you missed my first post on why we decided to finally get a nanny, you can read that here. in that post, I mention that I was torn on what to do - get a part-time nanny, wing it myself and not get a nanny, or get a full-time nanny.
ultimately (you can read more in the post), I decided to go with a full-time nanny, since I run a business and I just knew I wouldn't be able to grow and build my brand if I was doing it "part-time."
it was one of the best decisions I've made, and I couldn't be happier with our current childcare situation.
we are absolutely blessed. she loves Luca just like we do...
it's ironic that I'm writing an update on Luca and his 'schedule' because this baby has never been on a schedule. from the moment he was born, I've been feeding him on demand and listening to his sleepy cues. he runs the show and we're fine with that - he's happiest when he eats when he wants to eat and sleeps when he's tired. if we force anything, it throws him off and he's cranky.
there was a period in time when he was young (younger than 2-3 months) where I didn't take him out much because it was freezing cold outside, I was adjusting to newborn life, and frankly, I preferred to be at home with all the comforts around...
when I first got pregnant and Lu and I started talking about the future, we knew all along that we'd want to get a nanny once I had to go back to work. and by work, of course, I mean working on Inspiralized (some people think when I say "go back to work" that that means I'd go back to corporate America - no, NEVER! fingers crossed!)
when I was in Florida in January, I hit my pre-baby weight, the weight I was when I got weighed at my first official sonogram appointment. I weighed 144 pounds!
in mid January (about a month ago) I was being extra healthy and doing high-intensity, hour-long workouts almost everyday, in preparation for my little sister's wedding. I wanted to look my best, but most importantly, feel my best. about 3-4 weeks of that helped me shed the extra 5 pounds that I had leftover from my pregnancy.
I've been sharing lots of pumping selfies over on my Instagram accounts, which has led to many questions regarding my pumping and breastfeeding routine. so, here's an update, including some of my favorite products lately!
I've been getting a lot of questions lately about Luca's "schedule." I put schedule in quotation marks because he has no schedule and has really never had a schedule. maybe he has a rough schedule, but it's day-by-day.