Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday {Flamingo}

A trend I never thought I would be "obsessed" with would be flamingos! I have been seeing this in prints, as logos and I don't think it could be more cute!! 

Here are a few of my favorite picks:

Flamingo



This week's guest host is Kelly


She is a super sweet mama and the owner of Slightly Sophisticated boutique! You HAVE to check out how cute her kiddos are, I love the coordinating outfits!! Check out her blog and shop!! :)

  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid's style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid's line at the Gap - anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now  
  • This is a hop-style link up - please follow your hosts (Myself & Kelly)- we are in spots 1 & 2.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link up and finds some fabulous new blogs!

  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our Trendy Tot Tuesday badge if you'd like.  If you're a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in co-hosting?  Please let me know if you think you'd like to be a  co-host!! You can leave me a comment or email me!! :)
  • Interested in sponsoring or hosting a giveaway? You can leave me a comment or email me! 




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pumping: Why I do it & am not wishing it away...

*Written on June 24th, 2014*

If you are a pumping mom like me, you probably find yourself saying too often "I hate pumping" or something along the lines of "I can't wait until I don't have to pump any more!"

I was one of those moms up until today. I pump at least 3 times a day M-F at work and sometimes before work if Ava doesn't wake up to eat before I leave. On the weekends I hardly pump unless I am too full and will nurse instead, obviously my and Ava's preference. 

When I pump at work I usually look through pictures or watch videos of the girls while I try to "drown out" the sound of my pump. My employer tried to help with a less then ideal situation by making a "lactation room" that has privacy and a comfortable chair. I made sure before returning back to work that they understood the importance of my now "routine" and that I needed to pump three times a day (for now) to keep up my supply needs for Ava. Most days it can be difficult to "slip away" since my job keeps me very busy, but they have been more then willing to accomodate me, which I greatly appreciate. 

Now back to why I have changed my tune about pumping. Most mothers set a nursing/pumping goal for them selves... One month, six months, one year, etc. My first goal was 3 months, I reached that goal and was SO proud of myself! I know nursing should be "natural" but some days were definitely more tough then others! Now I am taking it month by month and week by week. Every mother is different and should do what feels best for them and baby. 

Today as I sat down for another dreaded session with my pump I started to think, I can't wait for the day I don't have to do this anymore! Then as I looked at pictures of my 14 week daughter I started realizing how quickly these past 3 months have gone and before I know it she will be 3, like my oldest Olivia!

I no longer "wish away" my pumping days. Yes, pumping sucks (no pun intended) but it is also truly a miracle I can provide this kind of nutrition for my daughter. When Liv was in the NICU I had wanted to nurse SO SO badly. By the time I could try to nurse her, my supply was barely anything. I didn't know enough about pumping and wasn't well educated on the topic. With the stress of being a NICU parent I barely ate and tried to drink lots of water but in reality I wasn't giving my body enough nutrition which then led to not being able to pump enough milk. Most sessions seemed like a "waste" and I felt like it wasn't worth the effort for as little as I got. By the time Olivia had come home, I had pretty much packed away all of my pumping supplies and had given up. I had no idea that if I had stuck with it MAYBE I could have gotten my supply up and could have tried nursing her at home. Olivia received my milk for 4 months, luckily at the beginning my supply was pretty good that we were able to feed her the milk that we had put in our deep freezer.

This time around I have educated myself more and surrounded myself with a great support system. I have friends who currently pump/nurse and friends who previously did. I have family who know how important my goals are. I have a husband who most night will wash all of the bottles and pumping parts for me knowing how much I hate it but does it because he wants to help and support me.

I am not saying formula is bad, clearly it is not. Liv used it from 4 months until we were allowed to wean her around 14-15 months. We also added it to her breast milk to give her more calories. I don't believe that she would have been less "sick" during cold season, but again, I do not know and can't go back to find out. At the time I did what was best for her. Now this time I am doing what I feel is best for Ava.

Ava is SUCH a happy baby. You can just look at her and she smiles from ear to ear. I didn't think I would enjoy nursing her, but I seriously love it. I love that she needs me in this way. If you haven't nursed you may not understand. While pumping is not ideal, I do it because she will only "need" me for so long. With formula, a baby can get that from anyone, but my "liquid gold" THAT she can ONLY get from me! I can't say when I plan to wean or how long I plan to do it for, but for now I plan to just take it week by week, day by day.

One day I will pack away that pump and all of its parts again, but for now I am not wishing these days away. not yet.

*This post is my opinion on nursing/pumping. Please do not post any hateful comments. I am not talking negatively about formula fed babies. Olivia was a formula fed baby. I am choosing to speak on this topic as a mother who had wanted to nurse but couldn't. I want other moms to know it is OKAY to feed your baby however YOU feel comfortable. I also want moms to know that every experience is different and it is OKAY to change your mind/opinion or change what you feel is "Best." *

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday {Red, White, and Blue}

I'm so excited for our #trendytot link-up to be back in action! I've missed posting and going through all of your link-up entries!! 

Today I am so happy to share what my girls will be wearing this weekend to sport their "red, white & blue!" We have actually gotten a lot of use out of these outfit options below! :)

For Ava:



For Liv:
Headband & Sunglasses - Target Dollar Spot


(To see Ava & Liv in their cute little outfits this weekend you can follow me on Instagram @meganlawless!)

What will your little ones be wearing this weekend? 
Make sure to Link-up below! :)
  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid's style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid's line at the Gap - anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now  
  • This is a hop-style link up - please follow your hosts (Myself & Kelly)- we are in spots 1 & 2.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link up and finds some fabulous new blogs!

  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our Trendy Tot Tuesday badge if you'd like.  If you're a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in co-hosting?  Please let me know if you think you'd like to be a  co-host!! You can leave me a comment or email me!! :)
  • Interested in sponsoring or hosting a giveaway? You can leave me a comment or email me! 




Monday, June 30, 2014

Ava's Newborn Photos

Hi everyone! Remember me? 

Sorry it has been so quiet around here! I went back to work a few weeks ago (full-time) so between that, keeping up with the house and the girls (and I guess my hubby too!) this blog has taken a back seat, which in my opinion if there is something that has to "wait" it will always be social media and the "extras" in life. ...But, I am back! I have missed this little space and have been working more"behind the scenes" when I have had a few minutes here and there so be expecting some exciting things! :)

I figured I should start the week off by posting Ava's newborn photos! They were taken when she was almost 3 weeks old! Can't believe this week she turns FIFTEEN weeks old! I swear, this time is going by 3 times as fast then it did with Olivia!

As you will see Ava pretty much cried the WHOLE time Lisa our photographer was there so the pacifier was our friend! haha Also, Liv really wanted NOTHING to do with having her picture taken so there were few shots with her in them, but the ones she was in I L-O-V-E! :)






























...and in case you missed them, here is the link for our maternity photos :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Liv's 3rd Birthday Party {Princess Ballerina}

I had a BLAST working with Olivia on creating her a party fit for a {ballerina} Princess! We chose pink, purple and gold and kind of ran with it! I did find a LOT of inspiration on pinterest and had fun with a few DIYs!



DETAILS:
Liv's Tutu: Target
Ava's Tutu: Target (old)
All gift bag contents: Target & Walmart
Gift bags: Dollar Tree
Pink, Purple & White Balloons: Walmart
Clear Balloons: : Local party supply store
Gold & Metallic Ribbon: Target (old, after holidays)
Tulle Scraps: Joann's
Plates: Walmart
Napkins: Walmart
Table cloths: Walmart
Plastic cups: Walmart (Hefty brand)
Silverware: Target
Pink & Purple tongs: Walmart
Candle: Walmart
Princess Straws: Dollar Tree
Metallic cupcake wrappers: Walmart
Silver Tiered tray: Marshall's (old)
Cupcake holder: Target (bought on clearance after valentine's day and spray painted white)
Colored frosting: Target
Confetti: Joann's (inside clear balloons)
Flag food picks: Target
Metallic food picks: Local party supply store
Crown cupcake toppers: Walmart
Sprinkles: Walmart & Joann's
Mason Jars: Bought at Meijer, spray painted gold by me (spray paint)
Tutu "Print": Made by Me
Birthday Banner: Made by Me
Tutu, Crown & 3 centerpieces: Made by Me
Flowers: Meijer
Invitation: Etsy

If I missed anything, please ask me in the comments! :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

#Livturnsthree

I can't believe our big girl turned three today!! I made this video last night with photos and videos I had on my phone from the past year. I know there are so many videos and photos missing so I might edit it and remake it but I love having these videos from each year to look back on! I can't get over the little lady this girl has become! Gosh she has us wrapped around each one of those very sassy fingers! Love that girl so much!! 


We spent the day celebrating! It was SUCH a fun day!!

Last night (3:30am this morning to be exact) We blew up balloons and covered her door with crepe paper to wake up to and Jer put her birthday present together and hid it in the basement...


When Liv woke up at 6:30am (yes I got three hours of sleep...) she called to us letting us know there were balloons in her room haha 



She held on to those suckers ALLLLL morning!


Jer & Liv had leftover donuts and watermelon for breakfast and then we got ready. We did a pink glow stick bubble bath for Liv. She thought it was cool.



Then we went to lunch at bdubs. Liv loved it and she got  free birthday dessert too!




When we got home we gave Liv her gift. 







She ended up falling down and got a few scrapes but asked to get right back on which Jer & I loved!

When we got back inside the girls were exhausted, 6:30am is pretty early for Liv to wake up! So we laid on the couch and took a nap.


When we woke up we ran some errands, grabbed starbucks, visited Jer at work and then Liv and I got Qdoba, her fav, for dinner. She ate every last bite! haha

We spent the night doing a little bit of birthday party crafting, mostly me doing and her "helping" and then we cuddled on the couch and she almost fell asleep on me a few times, I was REALLY hoping she would fall asleep on me. That hasn't happened in forever!!

All in all SUCH a great day! Beautiful weather and lots of Quality time with our girls!! Can't wait to celebrate more on sunday!