Sharing some of the brands and things that we used and loved when Baby Henri was born (which is only 12 weeks ago!).Read More
This is one of the greatest time to raise girls - to tell our stories to them, to inspire them, to not be afraid to stand up for them, to know how to help them remove road blocks. I went through a decade of people telling me I needed to stay in a (unhappy) marriage, I wouldn't survive on my own with a child, don't leave a 9-5 job, not going to make it having my own business... I proved every single one of those non-believers wrong. I want my daughters to know that last night we didn't lose, it only meant that we haven't gotten to all of them. In fact, we won last night because she was THAT close. We shouldn't hate, we should have patience and not give up on those who are afraid of change, afraid to believe and keep on educating them and inspiring them. Be that first person holding the candle passing the light and one by one we'll light the way. ✨
It's now been 10 weeks since I've given birth and there are things that I tried and tested throughout pregnancy and postpartum that I HAVE to share with other (new) moms.
1. This prenatal multivitamin from Goddess Health is vegan and gluten free. Not that I'm a vegan or allergic to gluten, but I found that this vitamin is easy on my digestion and doesn't cause a lot of gas. *Note: Be sure to consult with your doctor before using.
2 and 7. I didn't buy a lot of maternity clothes since I could only wear them for several months. Fortunately, I was pregnant during the summer, so I bought some loose and flowy summer dresses that I can still wear after few years. The few pieces of maternity clothes that I did get are designs that I know I can still wear after baby's born. Hatch is a great brand if you are looking for maternity wear that is chic and can fit through all 3 trimesters AND postpartum (and years after). Jeans wise, I highly recommend the ones from J.Crew. I love that they don't scream "maternity jeans", which means I can wear them for a long time. In fact, I'm wearing them right now!
3. I had such bad restless legs during my pregnancy and this cream from MyoMed saved me from many sleepless nights. It worked so well that I even used it on my aching back. *Note: Be sure to consult with your doctor before using.
4. Ate this granola for breakfast and even added it to my ice cream at night - it's THAT good.
5. Jemima diaper bag by Jem + Bea is my absolute favorite, it's so stylish that it doesn't look like a diaper bag. It comes with a vanity pouch, changing pad, bottle holder, and more than enough compartments and pockets.
6, 10 and 12. Had a pretty bad vaginal tear, which took me little longer to heal (compare to my first pregnancy). The hospital provided squirt bottle to clean the bottom, but this Fridet by FridaBaby worked WAY better with an angled neck. Dermoplast was given by my hospital and it worked great as a pain reliever. Tucks cooling pads were recommended by the moms on Instagram (so grateful for such a great moms community) and, wow, worked like magic together with the Dermoplast.
8. This high-waist disposable undies are amazing, possibly the most comforting thing during postpartum. My hospital provided some really good ones too, so check with yours to see if they offer something similar.
9. Glow Nurture app is a great tool to keep track of your pregnancy. I like that your partner or spouse can link his/her account with yours. And after you give birth, be sure to check out their Glow Baby app, which my husband and I are using now to record all of baby's data.
11. I learned about this delivery gown just in time and was able to wear mine at the hospital. Love that I can still wear it now for skin-to-skin and feeding time.
Blurb Books reached out to me few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in creating a photobook with them. They didn't know this, but I've been their (loyal) customer since I started became a professional photographer years ago - I'd use their book printing service for my clients as well as my own portfolio. So, without hesitation, I said "yes!"
What I love most about Blurb Books is that their software is extremely easy to use. With the wide range of templates I can finish designing one book in less than an hour. That is real important to me because as a working mom I have very little time to figure out and learn a new software. My only time spent was choosing the images and that's the fun part which I like!
Another reason why I'd recommend this company is their printing quality - from colors to paper, I've never been disappointed. This recent book I made, with my film photos, I didn't need to do any color correction; just drag and drop photos and that's it!
(Get a preview of what my photobook looks like!)
Little bit about the book I made. For years, I've traveled to many cities for work and majority of the time I was alone. Being away from my daughter was difficult enough, but I was also going through some personal healing process and transformation. Work helped take my attention off of some hard things, but when I was off work I would walk around alone with a film camera in hand (usually a half frame toy camera that doesn't require much thinking) and I just observed and snapped pictures. So this book is a collection of some of my favorite images during that meaningful time.
*Many thanks to Blurb Books for sponsoring this project. It was such a treat to work with them again!
Being pregnant drains you out, especially when I'm over 40 years old (42 to be exact). At 17 weeks, my energy level is back to near normal and happy to be out and about once again.