Like practically every other new parent on Earth.. my biggest worry, stress, and tear-inducing frustration was sleep! No surprise there! It wasn’t just about me getting enough (err.. *any) sleep or when Iya would finally sleep through the night, it was everything about it. From the length & quality of sleep, safety, encouraging breastfeeding, being able to pull my half-asleep self out of bed to breastfeed… the list was and sometimes still is endless.
Also like a lot of new parents, we played a bit of trial and error. When we brought Iya home from the hospital we had a Halo Bassinest and Dockatot ready for her. I kid you not I can count on one hand how many times she slept in that Halo. Not only was it not working for her, it wasn’t working for me either! I had such a hard time pulling myself up to check on her when I was so exhausted, sleep deprived, & healing. And actually lifting her out of it every two hours to nurse??? That felt like a Herculean task. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for cesarean mamas <3
My goal is to room-share until she’s a year old so moving her to her crib across the hall wasn’t an option. Our temporary solution was to safely but very uncomfortably co-sleep lol. Despite the Halo being a fail for us, Iya did sleep very comfortably in her Dockatot. We kept her above our heads so we’d never bump her Dockatot off the bed or accidentally throw our blanket over her – God forbid both. Our feet dangled off the bed for a couple months while I was on the hunt for the perfect bedside sleeper. All the ones I saw on the market were, simply put, ugly!! I wanted something that was chic and functional for our baby and our bedroom. In comes babybay!
I was visiting a friend whose youngest is just a little younger than Iya and I was noticing his beautiful bed that I’ve never seen before. Babybay is a German company and they have a bunch of different models overseas but are brand new here in the US currently in one model that comes in several different finishes – all of which are gorgeous! It was exactly to the T what I was looking for so I quickly got Iya one in pure white. It’s so beautiful and beyond functional. It sits flush against the bed and the height is adjustable – I dropped her a couple inches below our mattress level so I can easily glance right down at her, soothe her with a quick touch, & smoothly lift her into our bed for feedings. Our babybay Bedside Co-Sleeper gives us all the benefits of co-sleeping while still keeping Iya in her own safe little space. I also love sneaking in snuggles!
I wanted a mattress that was both organic and breathable so we went with the Organic Mattress Pad. Its made from coconut fibers and is completely free of hazardous chemicals. Eventually when she graduates to her big girl crib she has a coconut fiber core mattress waiting for her there too (Nook)! How long before then? It’s a personal choice but as I mentioned earlier, my goal is to room-share until she’s a year old; which means she’ll be in her babybay co-sleeper until then too! The standard overseas is up to a year but due to stricter US regulations, it’s recommended up until 6 months or when they begin pushing themselves up. Iya isn’t quite mobile yet but she’s just about there so I’m ordering the guardrail & will drop the level a little lower this week to be on the safe side. Please talk to your pediatrician before choosing to do anything outside of your country’s safety guidelines!
Ha! If you follow me on Instagram & caught my stories these past couple weeks, I’m sure you saw I was stuck editing this video for what felt like forever! This was my first time filming in 4k, & I do have to say that the quality of the footage looked incredible, but I just can’t do that again before updating my iMac’s RAM. Holy Moly!
I created this romantic glam look and was planning on getting it up before Valentine’s Day to give y’all some inspo but alas… its late! I’m a heavy glam girl no matter the season or occasion so I’d wear this look year-round anyways. If you’re into my makeup looks, I’m gonna guess that we’re on the same wave length! Enjoy the look & let me know what you think!
I never quite agreed with the whole It Takes a Village philosophy with raising children; but I wholeheartedly believe in the tribe. The bonds we form throughout different stages of our lives are so special and they don’t usually form overnight.. until now. Motherhood has been such a magic potion for practically instantaneous, incredible friendships. It truly is a sisterhood.
Nothing can prepare you for those first few months: healing from a major medical event, sleep deprivation, hormones, night sweats, frustration, worry, self-doubt, and sheer joy. Luckily, the long list before the silver lining was bearable and worth it, Iya is worth it. My local mom friends are absolutely amazing and so supportive but their babies were walking talking toddlers. I’d lay awake at night feeling like I was the only one never sleeping and spend my days talking to one little human who couldn’t respond yet, not even with a smile. The feeling of isolation was defeating (but that eventual first smile for mommy was EVERYTHING :) ).
I’ve known Saira & Zaineb via Instagram for some time but not on a personal level. Their babies are a few months older than Iya so I found myself connecting with each of them individually for advice (& just some company!), while they were doing the same with each other. We had quite the mom love-triangle goin’ on.. until one of us started a group chat and the rest is history! <3
These girls helped me through so many new trials, e-wiped my tears, sent me in fits of belly laughs, and always encouraged me to be the very best ME! We’d turn to each other on our low days and share the joys of even the tiniest of milestones. A great support system and a little bit of self-care is so so important. A good mommy needs to be a well cared for mommy! Back in September we stayed up late one night sending each other TBTs reminiscing over our pre-mom days (& bodies LOL) and began planning a girls-trip to just get away and get a break. We very quickly realized that it wasn’t our babies or our responsibilities that we needed a break from, but rather the monotony of daily life…
My little family & I just got back from spending Christmas & New Years in Japan! This was one of our favorite trips & destinations to date and I can’t wait to share my travel diary soon. In the meantime I wanted to post my lookbook here on the blog – you’ve seen these on Instagram already but everything looks better when bigger on the blog! :)
I’ve always had trouble dressing my body-type so I’m definitely no fashionista but I loved how these looks came together! Japan has such cool style so I was really able to experiment and take a few risks. I knew it would be cold around the holidays so I ordered a BUNCH of sweaters and planned my outfits around them. To be more specific, I ordered a bunch of pink sweaters lol. While I was packing I was convinced that it’d look like the same outfit over and over but I think it all came together nicely as one cohesive lookbook!
TGIF!!! Is it just me or was this the longest week ever? I can’t believe there’s one week left until the Holidays and 2018 will be here in a blink, ahh!
As we make the official transition from fall to winter next week, I wanted to squeeze in one more cozy fall look. Y’all know I love my browns! I used the new-ish Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Palette and it’s giving me all the hot chocolate vibes. I loveee all of their neutral palettes & as always you can use coupon code IRENE for a discount on anythingMorphe!