Since having another baby, our lives have naturally gotten even busier and while I’m absolutely loving this new “chaos” I have begun to feel a tad overwhelmed when trying to get other things done aside for caring and playing with my littles. August was particularly hard with Vid travelling non-stop for three weeks straight and it was getting difficult for me to keep the house in order. Toys everywhere, laundry that needs to be done, folded and then redone, bathrooms that need cleaning, constant vacuuming etc. The clutter of everything just sort of began to wear me down and I needed something that would kind of put me in control of things again. So I turned to my wardrobe…. duh!
Inspired by this blog (amazing, right???) I’ve decided to experiment with a seasonal wardrobe capsule and limit my wardrobe for the next couple of months to 45 pieces. I wanted to go with 40 initially, but I have a fully breastfed almost 3 month old baby and I tend to go through a lot of tops. At first I couldn’t manage to go below 50 but I’ve ultimately narrowed it down to 45 and given myself some leeway in case I need switch something around etc.
Now 45 might seems like a lot to some (and very little to others) but once I got to it… oh boy. As I was choosing and counting Vid was eyeing me skeptically saying: “You don’t have to go for an exact number,” or “it’s the thought that counts…”, basically insinuating that there is no way in hell I can do this.
Anyhow, 45 pieces it is (I’m not counting shoes or accessories here) and the rest has been put in an Ikea storage box for next season. The storage part eased my anxiety a little about the whole process, since I just can’t bear to part with things easily. This way if I really miss or need something I can still get it back. Plus, I’m hoping that 2-3 months down the line, I’ll be super excited about the clothes I haven’t seen in a while. Either way I’ve decided not to put too much pressure on the whole thing, if I can get it done great, if not that’s OK too. See how zen I am about everything now that I have two kids ?
But the most important part of all this has been, the DECLUTTERING EFFECT. For the past few days getting dressed has been a breeze, fewer options make everything so simple and since I’m not limiting myself in terms of shoes and accessories I can still get creative with that. I feel a little lighter and a little more in control of things already.
Would you or have you already tried a seasonal wardrobe capsule? Like Vid, my friends were quite skeptical of the entire endeavor!
Since having another baby, I’ve pretty much foregone all jewelry during the day. Necklaces get pulled on, dangly earrings are much too risky because they too get pulled on, rings are out of the question (unless they’re real gold or silver) because I wash my hands about 50 times a day, and I only have a few easy bracelets on that are just too much of a hassle to take off. That doesn’t mean though that I wouldn’t want to wear a fun necklace to spice up the regular uniform of jeans and a tee, shorts and a tee, or some sort of easy pant and a tee.
Enter Mama & Little teething jewelry. That’s right, TEETHING JEWELRY! I mean this stuff is genius and exactly what I’ve been wanting to wear, without the fear of it getting pulled on, tangled in sweet chubby arms and eventually, chewed on. Because if any of the above happens, no big deal, it’s totally safe. The silicone jewelry is made out of 100% safe food-grade silicone, it’s FDA approved, non-toxic, latex, lead, phthalate, BPA, and PVC free. So basically you’re home free in the safety department.
And in the stylish department? Yeah, you’re good there too because these are so fun and gorgeous! Have I mentioned affordable?
Shipping to France is $9, but you can calculate your rate easily before checkout.
Another school year began for miss Lara yesterday and while it wasn’t made into as huge as an occasion by the school as last year, we obviously did, photos and all! Vid and I spent the night before talking and reminiscing about the time when our little girl was still so very little.We watched videos of her when she just learned how to walk, her first words among which “kakadu” (cockatoo) was extremely popular, and how much she LOOOOVED sticking stickers on every single piece of furniture. Basically we just kept asking ourselves where in the world did the past four and a half years go and how is it possible that she’s already starting her last year of école maternelle!
Quite honestly, I haven’t given much thought to just how quickly time goes before we had another baby. Seeing Lev so small now and Lara so big has made me realize just how fast it all went by. When you have your first child you celebrate each milestone with such glee screaming at the top of your lungs: “Yay, good job, you’re getting so big wohoooo!” not really thinking that each time you do so, your little baby just got a little bigger and a certain period has just ended. Don’t get me wrong, it’s how it’s supposed and I couldn’t be happier to see my little ones growing up and reaching those milestones, but since Lev arrived I can’t help but find it all a little bittersweet as well.
Every single moment is so, so precious. I’m trying so hard to soak them all in in hope that I never ever forget even the smallest details of my two tiny humans as they get bigger and grow up. I hope you never grow out of mama’s cuddles, you hear me you two?!?
I’ve set out to write this post soooo many times in the course of the past two months but with a baby that nurses every two hours or so, an energetic four year old and a boyfriend who just started his pre-season training, I haven’t had much time left for blogging. Truthfully I didn’t mind as much either because I really wanted to fully enjoy these first few weeks and just snuggle with my baby and my family. And it’s been soooo amazing but I’ve kind of been missing my virtual home as well, so here I am. I can’t promise to be back full time until Lara starts school again in September but I’ll try to stop by with a few post until then.
And the post I want to start with is my birth story.
So this baby boy of mine already has a penchant for adventure I think. For some reason he decided to flip in the 37th week and turned back up with his tushy down. After he was head down for most of my pregnancy, I was sort of hoping to have a similar delivery as I had with Lara but once we found out he was breech, a C-section naturally became a big possibility. After discussing it with my doctor and since Lev is my second baby we decided we would still try and deliver him naturally and avoid the C-section if possible. I was sincerely hoping that was going to be the case and I tried to mentally prepare myself so I would be able to give a 100% once the time came. When delivering a breech baby, the whole process needs to be very quick since the head is the last to come out. However, after having contractions every night for almost two weeks without them progressing to labor, I sort of figured we were going to just have to do a scheduled C-section. And then finally, on June 20th, our little baby boy decided it was time to get moving. The contractions got stronger and it seemed that we were going to be able to deliver according to plan. However, on June 21st after a full night of labor, lots of breathing, walking, playing Candy Crush (Vid) and figuring out, which position would make the contractions hurt less, and then ultimately an epidural, it became clear that a natural delivery just won’t be possible. By 10 AM or so labor stagnated completely as I wasn’t dilating anymore and the baby even climbed back up instead of dropping. And so, in the end, little Lev was born at 10.32 AM on June 21st via a Caesarean section.
Having a C-section is obviously an entirely different experience than a regular delivery and I admit I was quite afraid when it came down to it. Fortunately, thanks to my amazing doctor, everything went smoothly both for the baby and ultimately myself as well. I did, however, have a hard time immediately after. I was exhausted and in pain and I found it hard not to be able to hold the baby immediately and the fact that I couldn’t carry or change him for two days after that. On the other hand I was really happy that Vid got to do all of that first this time around so he was able to get that special experience that I had with Lara.
I will never forget the first moment they showed him to me though, so that I could give him a kiss before they took him to be with his daddy. He was and continues to be the most beautiful baby boy and at that moment I couldn’t have been more excited. I was so anxious to get to him and hold him. I almost forgot how just emotional giving birth is but at that moment it all came running right back. The elation, love and pure joy – it’s unlike anything else and I’m so grateful I was able to experience it all again.
We then spent, what seemed like hours in the recovery room before we were able to get to where Lev and I would be staying for the next few days. I still couldn’t really feel anything from below the waist but at this point I could already hold and breastfeed the little one so I was a bit calmer. I still remember thinking a lot about Lara as well in those moments. For some reason I was missing her like crazy, although it’s been less than a day since we told her we were going to the hospital.
Vid brought her in for a visit later that day so she could meet her baby brother for the first time. She was very cautious with him and kept saying how little he was but she still wanted to see if she could hold him immediately. I can’t say that Vid and I we were ever happier than to see our little family so complete at that moment.
The next few weeks were a bit touch and go and we’re still adjusting to our new life as a family of four with our good days and our “less good” days but I have to say one of the most beautiful parts for me is to see just how sweet Lara is with Lev and how he smiles back at her. The exhaustion, piles of laundry and an even more chaotic house than before – all that is temporary (I hope), but I’m hoping we’ll always feel as connected to each other and as loved as we do now.
Here are a few pictures from that day (and night), and just in case you feel like it, here is my first birth story of baby Lara. Yeah, that one was a lot easier!
Happy 2 months baby boy! You’re amazing <3
Hi everyone! I apologize for the long absence but I have the sweetest excuse in the world for it. A week ago Lara became a big sister and we became parents to a beautiful baby boy named Lev. It’s a little hard to explain just how happy and blessed I am feeling right now to have this little family of mine but let’s just say it’s absolutely amazing.
Little boy we love you so, so very much!
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