A 36 WEEK BUMP AND MATERNITY PORTRAITS

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Maternity shots are tricky business. I find that I am most drawn to images that are natural and not over done. Too fussy and overly thought out bump photos make me nervous! When the lovely and talented Belle offered to take maternity portraits I jumped at the chance. I am drawn to her style and beautiful creativity and I felt confident she would capture my growing belly and I just how I envisioned.

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30:52 30:52(1) 30:52(bebe)“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Lucas: Your dad and I bought you a turtle blimp as a “big brother” gift and I can’t wait to see your reaction when you open it. I’m keep imaging  how it will be when you meet your sister for the first time and it’s just going to be so surreal seeing the two of you together. Soon my love!

Bebe: We are about to enter the one week countdown and we just can’t wait to have you in our arms. Braxton hicks are in full effect as is heart burn and back pain. You are getting ready for your debut and with each practice contraction I feel one step closer to you.

nightie c/o belabumbum 

JAMES FOX CO.

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I recently posted what I am including in my hospital bag and one of the items is this beautiful hospital gown. I wanted to share a bit more about it because it is designed and created with love by one of my very best friends and I couldn’t be more proud or honored to wear it! James Fox Co. officially launched 2 weeks ago and the mama/designer behind it is my lady love, Karla Quiz, and it is named after her two beautiful daughters.  A few details about the gowns:

+ they are designed to replace those frumpy hospital gowns and make you feel beautiful during a time that is highly emotional and you should be feeling your very best.

+ they are nursing friendly.

+ the fabric is soft and is perfection against your skin especially after birthing a baby (!!).

+ the back has snaps and the gown acts just a regular hospital gown would so that doctors (and machines, cords, etc.) can have easy access.

A big congratulations to my dear Karla on quite literally birthing this amazing idea, seeing it come to life, and helping to make those first moments with your new precious bebe extra special.

You can shop the entire collection here

LEÓN WEARS | SUMMER TIME THREADS WITH H&M

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When H&M contacted me and asked if I would like to style Lucas in some pieces from their Summer collection it was a no brainer. I love H&M for classic staples in simple styles – no fuss, adorable, and they transition from season to season so well.

These looks were so easy to put together and were just wins all around. Lucas looked adorable, he was comfy, and we were ready for whatever the day had in store. Playground? Check! Play date? Check! A nice dinner with daddy? Check! A big thank you to H&M for thinking of us and collaborating!

Outfit #1: sweater | shorts

Outfit #2: tee (smilar) | jeans 

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29:52 29:52(lillie) 29:52(lillie1)“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Lucas: You’ve been calling me “mamaaaaaaa” instead of “mommyyyyy” lately in the sweetest, most adorable voice and well…what can I say except you know how to make me melt.

Bebe: 2 weeks and 4 days left until your due date my sweet little one! There’s a full moon at the end of the month and I’m wondering whether you will make an early appearance.

CONEY ISLAND

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I haven’t been to Coney Island in yearssss. Our niece is visiting from Canada and exploring Coney was on her NYC bucket list so off we went on the N train with our bags packed with sunscreen, shovels, and snacks. First thing. THE CROWDS. Wow! I can’t remember the last time we were around so many people. Second thing. The colors. The people. Talk about intense yet awesome stimulation. We parked ourselves by  the kiddie sand park and spent about 2 hours on the beach before heading to the boardwalk. Lucas had a blast – especially when he joined in what seemed to be a day time trance/techno party going on by Luna Park. We finished off the day at the Smorgasbord with amazing french fries and mofongo (smashed plantain). We probably won’t be back this summer..with less than 4 weeks to go until baby makes her appearance it just does’t seem doable..but we will definitely be back during the fall and next summer with two little ones in tow.

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28:5228:52  (lillie)“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Lucas: You are asking when the baby is coming. Sometimes you announce “in 3 hours mama!” (which freaks me out!) and other times you are right on the ball with “3 weeks!”.

Bebe: Your movements are becoming more wave like rather than vigorous kicking and the doctor assured me all is well..you just don’t have as much room anymore in your comfy, temporary home. 36 weeks and counting!

 

MY HOSPITAL BAG

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We’re in the home stretch and I truly can’t believe it. It’s funny how the pregnant mind works because in the last week my energy levels have shifted from 0 to 100 and I have officially entered the nesting zone. Cleaning every nook, making lists, crossing things off, making new lists, and packing. We have four weeks left but quite a few mamas have been telling me the second baby sometimes likes to make an early appearance and well, its better to be prepared than scrambling to throw things in a bag at the last minute. Right? Right.

One of my main priorities (after having a safe birth and delivering my healthy baby of course) is having appropriate nursing gear and comfortable clothing options that still make me feel put together as visitors and family come to see the baby and I. I’m so in love with this nursing bra from Destination Maternity - I adore the color and the fit is perfect and insanely comfortable. It’s pretty enough that I don’t mind having it show under a robe (like this one shown above! also, the dark color will hide any stains.) as well as keeping it on through the night. I also love this nursing bra for when we leave the hospital. It’s a bit more structured and I feel more dressed when wearing it.

I will also be packing these black leggings, comfy white tees (preferably with a deep v-neck – I’m using my hubby’s), and a light sweater/kimono for walking the halls.

A few other essentials:

+ My bag!

+ Honest nipple balm for soothing the boobies. I’m hoping for a quick latch and a little baby girl who loves her mamas milk!

+ Witch hazel (for my lady bits..). Applying this was such a relief after my labor and recovery with Lucas. You can also get astringent pads and chill them in the fridge.

+ Bag of toiletries: body wash (I’ve been using this one and love it), toothbrush, toothpaste, unscented lotion, face wash, dry shampoo, hair brush, bobby pins, a few hair ties, and deodorant.

+ Speaking of lady bits – undies. I am purchasing a pack  (these are so comfy) that I don’t mind tossing.

+ This beautiful delivery gown from James Fox Co.

+ A small make-up bag with just the essentials in case I have the energy to spruce up for visitors and photos. I’m packing powder, blush, concealer, and chap-stick. Just the basics.

+ Rubber flip flops/2 pairs of socks.

+ Camera and camera charger.

+ Cell phone charger.

I’ll be leaving the bag ready to go in our bedroom along with a written list for my hubby or my mama – depending on when baby girl decides it’s show time. I hope this list is helpful and if you think I’m missing anything please let me know! Good luck to all my expecting mamas!

LEÓN WEARS

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Classic pieces that are timeless will always have my heart. Does it get any better than beautiful knits lovingly made in Spain? I think not. La Coqeuta has become one of my very favorite brands and they have such an amazing selection for both Lucas and my little princess on the way.

You can see more photos of my handsome dude and outfit details over on Babiekins.

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