Category: Baby/Motherhood

PUT A NAME ON IT

posted by Elshane on Sep 1 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I always used to see mamas running around town wearing their children's initials around their neck, drawn onto their nails, and pierced in their ears. I questioned why they chose to sport their kiddo's names before their own? {Says the chick who rocks her ELSHANE necklace to the grave!}

I wondered if I would ever replace the ELSHANE necklace with that of another name... the name of my very own littles running around one day.

I'm slowly stepping into that territory and not looking back. The name you chose for your child has so much meaning (or no meaning at all, which is cool, too!), and I think that you have the right to shout it from the inner threads of your soul! Or the inner threads of your shirt, whichever you prefer. I chose the latter.

I was at an embroidery party (yup, they exist now), and I chose to embroider Sunday's name on my shirt. It's so special looking down at my chest and seeing that sunny, happy name starring back at me. It makes me think of her, and think of me, and think of who I want to continue to be. 

I love rocking Sunday's name and I suggest all of you mamas out there try it, too!

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THIS IS 4 MONTHS

posted by Elshane on Jul 25 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I'm not sure why I didn't think of this sooner. 

This matching mommy- daughter moment is something I will never forget (oh, I know why... because I've repeated this outfit four times already...in different states... with different friends... at different parties).

I can't wait to continue to find ways to match my little one. Do you think my husband will ever get on board? That's a big, fat, NO! But I'm up for the challenge...

This entire matching lewk is available online! The baby romper is from GAP and my top is currently breaking the internet with coolness overload.

What do you think of the momma and baby matching moment? Would you do it? How about with your son? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

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WITH MY MINI

posted by Elshane on Jul 11 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

The ease of convenience dressing is as necessary for a new mama as ever. Like the boxer's satin shorts, the soccer player's shin guards, and the gymnasts leotard, easily washable and wipeable jersey fabrics are our tribe's uniform. 

Part of me misses my silk blouses, silk dresses, silk blazers... silk everything, I guess... but there's no turning back now. Trips to the dry cleaner for every little spit up and drool is just not the best way to spend my free time these days. So cotton or jersey it is. 

This DVF romper is the perfect compromise for me since it's flashy and sassy and fine, just the way I love to dress {dress UP all day, errrday!} and functions as an easy to clean fabric. It's the VIP dress code for every VIP fashion mama!

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MY NEWBORN ESSENTIALS

posted by Elshane on Jun 22 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

They say 12 weeks is that threshold of pain... (sorry, I mean pleasure...) or whatever that sweet spot is that you call life with a newborn! It's the time when it all just starts making sense. It's the time when you can breathe a little more, sleep a little more, and shed a little more advice on your newfound territory of expertise. Oh, and become utterly obsessed with your baby! Hi Sunday! Mommy loves you!

As a blogger and influencer, I'm fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas nearly every single day, as a new box of something shiny gets delivered at my doorstep on the regular. The theme over the past few months has been baby products, and I have accepted all with open arms. That does not mean, however, that all baby products are created equal.

As someone who has received an arm and a leg of products, I feel I have an extra advantage on advising what is best and most necessary for you, your tot, and your wallet!

Here's my round up of my daily go-to's, and why...

The Pout Pout Fish Book.  This is my favorite book to read to Sunday. It's the story of a fish with a pout, or as the 2016 urban dictionary so appropriately calls it, a "resting bitch face." Disclaimer: at the end of the book, it's required that you shower your little tot with kisses... a win, win!

Lulujo Swaddling Blankets. These perfectly printed blankets are so much more than just a swaddle (considering I don't even use these to swaddle-- scroll down the page to see why). But, they're a must! I keep 2-3 on hand at all times. They turn into over the shoulder burp cloths, over the legs vomit protectors, spit up cloths, stroller blankets, stroller sun protectors, and rug protectors. Oh, and about 10 other things, as well. 

MUV Baby Stroller + Car Seat Package. MUV is a European company and this click-on, click-off contraption has proved "European" in every way possible.

The car seat is smaller than other car seats, which means it's lighter, easier to carry, and more handy to fit inbetween small restaurant booths. The stroller is as easy to fold as 1-2-3, and it drives like a European car. Oh, and it has a built in cooler... which I may or may not use for wine. I mean milk bottles! I mean wine.

Babyganics Stain Remover Spray. Babyganics baby products in general are my go-to's. (Shout out to the hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and bath shampoo and body wash!) But in particular, I find myself using their stain remover every.single.day. Whoever told me to buy beautiful furniture and rugs for a baby room obviously has never had a baby!

Babies spit up, throw up, projectile vomit, and pee all over the place at all hours of the day. Main targets? Your beautiful rug and glider chair. I keep a bottle of stain remover spray hidden behind our glider chair for easy spray access on impact. Baby in one arm, spray bottle in the other.

And guess what wipes up the mess (with my remaining 3rd arm)? Whatever handy Lulujo swaddle blanket is in near vicinity. Truth. 

Baby Brezza Formula Pro formula mixer. My greatest accomplishment in life is discovering this Baby Brezza Formula Pro. I can shout it from the rooftops! I stopped breastfeeding after 2 months and making formula on the fly leaves bottles filled with gas bubbles and babies filled with extra, extra, extra (as if there's not already enough) vomit and spit up. Houston, we had a problem. 

Sunday's belly was getting so upset from my DIY formula shaking... until I discovered this formula maker. My husband and I call it the "coffee Keurig" for babies. With the press of one button, this gem of technology perfectly mixes the powder formula and filtered water ratio into a bottle with NO gas bubbles left behind.

It was a game-changer for Sunday's belly problems. Doctor approved!!

SwaddleMe Velcro swaddles. Do not go into labor without owning a package of these. You'll thank me later.

Ok, fine, I'll tell you why now. At the hospital, swaddling looks so easy. The nurses wrap your little tot in the tightest, smallest burrito that lasts for hours. They teach you to make the perfect swaddle-- and you're confident that you'll get the hang of it when you're on your own, until...

You get home from the hospital and realize that no normal human alive can make a swaddle as good as those nurses. In comes the SwaddleMe, a swaddle with Velcro that secures your tot into the perfectly spicy burrito that s/he is destined to be.

 

Aquaphor. It's the special sauce. My baby nurse turned me on to this magical item. It's an "everything" cream for babies. Literally. Everything. Daily uses include: 

Cover her bum bum in it between diaper changes. (Replaces the need for diaper rash cream.)

Massage her body with it after nightly bath time. (Replaces the need for baby body lotion.)

Lather her neck in it between feeds to avoid rashes from milk dribble. (Replaces the need for constant washing and explaining a sudden neck pimple breakout to your husband.)

Spike up her perfect Mohawk hair with it in the mornings. (Replaces her need for daily salon appointments...hehe)

Spread a dabble on my lips when I'm reminded that my lips have been chapped all day. (Hey, mom's need love, too!)

It's an everything lotion! I go through one huge tub every two weeks... 

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light. Weighing in at 13 lbs, this pop-up tent-like contraption is perfect for naps or playtime on the run. Starting at just a few weeks old, we were toting Sunday around town on the weekends from friend's BBQs to pool parties with our travel crib in tow. It allows us to be mobile with her, while respecting all of her needs. 

Fridababy Windi gas and colic reliever. There are those dreaded moments when your baby is crying and you've gone through the entire "why babies cry" checklist so many times, to no success.

My Windi is one of those items I keep handy on my changing table for when Sunday is a little fussy and I know gas is to blame. Instead of dosing her up with tummy-soothing medicine, I prefer this natural route of "stickin' it to her"... ummm... literally.

It's a disposable, toxin-free plastic contraption that naturally relieves gas from a baby by sticking a (super safe) mini tube in your tot's bum bum to expedite the gas release. It makes you feel like a true hero when you hear that whistle blow! (You'll know what I mean when it happens to you...)

Boppy Tummy Time Pillow. Tummy time is a daily necessity for little tots. This handy Boppy pillow makes tummy time a lot more fun for Sunday because it provides her with a natural prop to propel the tummy time activity.

Bonus uses? I lay this pillow against my legs and have Sunday sit against it. I also use it to prop up her upper body on my changing table mid-feed if there's a diaper situation, instead of laying her flat, so that her milk stays down in her belly. 

Oh hey... I spy another Lulujo swaddle blanket. This time used as a floor cover. :)

Please leave a comment if you've tried any of these products, if you plan on trying something, or if you suggest a new product! Would love to hear your feedback!

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LOUNGING WITH LADY

posted by Elshane on Jun 15 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I'm a total minimalist when it comes to baby products. We live in a small, but perfectly curated house in Los Angeles, so the idea of our decor being compromised by brightly colored plastic baby objects is an all-out nightmare to me.

Along came the BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini, my new favorite "third arm" for my 'lil Sunday. Its sleek and chic shape is not even remotely the reason why I love it so much! It's coined the #EatSleepPlay chair, as it ergonomically sits on two adjustable legs that allow for both a lounge position (that Sunday is shown in, here), and also a more vertical position to eat in for when she's a few months older!

But for now, we spend our time in our living room...me on my uncluttered couch (with my labradoodle Homer), and Sunday in her bouncy chair. The chair enables a natural, no batteries required bounce whenever Sunday moves-- almost like a mini trampoline effect. As the days go by, she has learned that the more she moves in the chair, the more fun she has (bounce, bounce, bounce)! Otherwise, if she sits still...she doses off... {Check plus!}

The overhead toy contraption (sold separately) is easily removable, and the chair is super safe and light as a feather.  Happy baby AND happy mama!

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BABY ON BOARD

posted by Elshane on May 24 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Isn't one of the best parts of having a baby being able to tote them around like the hottest new accessory in town? I couldn't WAIT to bust out my Tokidoki Lillebaby carrier once my lil Sunday was born!

I will admit, when it arrived in the mail at first, my husband was like, "Really Elshane? You had to get this one? You couldn't just get a black one like everyone else?"

I mean... does that question even require a response? NO!

The truth is, he's grown to love it just as much as me. He used it last weekend as we walked around Beverly Hills and got "mad props" from other dads and chic women everywhere. But what else did he expect? When you're toting the coolest baby carrier around with the hottest tot in town, you just gotta give that good ol' nod and smile every time. ;)

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OUR BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS

posted by Elshane on May 9 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Take a peak at Sunday's baby announcement cards that I sent out to my family and friends this month!

I enlisted the help of stationery powerhouse Minted for the challenge. Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists from 48 countries who are able to share and sell their designs (photography, paintings, stationery, party decorations, wedding invitations, and more) through one trusted outlet. It allows you, the buyer, to find something unique from a creative artist whom you would otherwise never cross paths with. Basically, it's the future of sourcing artwork!

For their stationery component, their mega friendly and hands on staff personally helped me align, position, and create these gold foil stamped birth announcements, all with zero stress on my end. With a 3 week old at home, there was really no other way I could have had these made in time!

In the past, I've used Minted artwork to decorate the walls of my home and Minted stationery to send personalized thank you notes. If you haven't yet snooped around on their site, I'm so happy to be the one to introduce you to it!

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TRUTH BEHIND MY 3 WEEK POSTPARTUM BODY

posted by Elshane on Apr 28 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Says the girl who always worked hard on maintaining her fitness...

If my body can't be where I want it to be right now, at least my workout lewk can be on fire! Grab this Alo Yoga lewk here.

The human body is pretty amazing. It's been 3 weeks since I delivered my little baby chica and I'm still under doctor's orders to refrain from working out (mega tear). I wanted to take these "before" photos to remember a few things, 1- how important it was that I worked out throughout my pregnancy, ultimately allowing my body to bounce back after birth to a fairly good state, and 2- to see how I can transform back into my good ol' self once I get the nod from the doc to hit the gym again (hopefully around 6 weeks postpartum). 

Most women can start working out two weeks after delivery, but I got diagnosed with something called Diastasis Recti during my pregnancy which means my ab muscles basically split down the center and broke in half as the baby started growing inside. It was a huge bummer and source of depression for me throughout my pregnancy because I knew getting back my pre-baby six pack would be a very difficult endeavor. So what does this mean for my postpartum fitness routine?

2/3 of pregnancies end in Diastasis Recti, but most women don't know it happens until after birth. Mine was pretty severe during pregnancy so it was very obvious that I had it. How'd I know?

When I would lay down and then lift my upper torso in a crunch position, my abs from belly button upward towards my chest would form the shape of a Mohawk in the center, "tenting" as they call it technically. The tenting is a result of the abdominal muscles splitting in half and sort of just floating on each side of your belly. And what's underneath that belly Mohawk? My non-doctor approved guess is your skin, your baby, your belly, etc... all just chilling there with no connected core tying it all together.

Before I go back into abdominal workouts, I need my core to reconnect so I don't continue to separate the muscles even worse. I'm hopeful that I can work around this issue and get my pre-baby body back in no time by working all of the other areas of my body instead. Maybe by the time that happens, this not-so-cute linea nigra pregnancy line on my belly will disappear! At least my very obnoxious pregnancy outtie belly button has RIP'd already. ;)

Only time will tell! 

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