Our Sleep Training Experience- Part 1: mistakes

1/14/2019
I mean, there was nothing more delicious than waking up to that smile. But it was time to sleep train!!

Hi everyone! First I want to thank you for all the love in the breastfeeding post. It hasn't been easy to share our struggles; but motherhood isn't always perfect and I like sharing the good, the bad, and the "ugly". Remember that I am not an expert, this is from our experience and our point of view.

Today I want to start talking about SLEEP + SLEEP DEPRAVATION + SLEEP TRAINING and all that. I decided to split the posts into "little chapters" so this one is about our first few months and how we got to the point it was necessary to sleep train.

 Please let me know if you have any questions after reading this post and I'll do my best to do an Q&A post answering them all.

Ok, so let's rewind to May 17th, 2018- when Nico was born...because you know I like long stories!

I always say that the first month isn't the hardest; newborn babies sleep so much- at least Nico did! I had time to wash my hair (and get criticized for it LOL), write blogposts (I wrote his delivery story and shared photos of his nursery), pump, and we got to sleep as much as we could.  Of course, he would wake up every 3 hours but we would go right back to sleep after eating and changing his diaper. The first few weeks, he slept in the SNOO (an overpriced basinet that swings all night). I'll share a full review soon but I didn't want him to get used to the swinging so we ended co-sleeping with him inside the dock-a-tot.

From 2-3 months, he was still a great sleeper in my eyes. Of course, he would spend time awake but he would sleep mostly through the night. Our pediatrician told us that if he was sleeping longer stretches, to let him since he was gaining weight steadily. I remember the first time he slept around 6 hours, we stared at him in total disbelief (and it was at a total random time like from 4-10pm).

I don't remember how or why but some people recommended me the book "12 hours by 12 weeks" via Instagram stories- a book that claims how to teach your baby to self-soothe and sleep through the night. Of course, I bought it and read it in one afternoon. It sounded promising but let's say it was very strict and I didn't feel ready to let my baby cry or to not feed him for 12 hours. A lot of people swear by it, and it truly works for people that love schedules. So it might not be a bad idea to get it. Again, I felt like 3 months was too early to sleep train and I stand by my decision.

And then the 4 MONTH SLEEP REGRESSION HIT. I always thought "oh Nico might not go through it"- we are all guilty of thinking the hard times won't happen to us.  However I understood that instead of looking at it as a regression, it's important to look at it as a development. Your baby waking up more frequently during the night at this age means his brain is more "awake" and having a hard time going back to sleep by himself (hey this is me putting it in super simple terms!).

For him to be able to go to sleep (for naps or night-time), we had to rock him, swing him, and do baby squats- which it's completely normal and common. I absolutely loved rocking by baby to sleep. BUT, if you don't teach your baby to self-soothe....rocking a tiny 2 month old WILL turn in rocking a heavy 2 year old.

Also, we started bringing him on the bed with us when we would wake around 5am (this is a mistake!!). I didn't mind it at all because I loved waking up to his tiny little smile. However, I'm saying this is a mistake because you are teaching your baby that if he wakes up at X time, he'll be with you. So just as expected, the 5am waking turned into 4am, then 3am, then 2am, then 12pm- well, basically he was co-sleeping with us by 5 months.

At 5 months we also started to travel with him. First we went to Mexico, we even packed the Dock-A-Tot and our hotel bedroom had another bed for him. But yeah, you guessed it? He ended sleeping with us. Later that month, we headed to New York and we stayed at a hotel that 1. didn't offer cribs and 2. it wouldn't even fit a crib because the room was tiny. Result? More co-sleep! After that, there was absolutely NO WAY he would even get on the crib. The screaming and crying was out of this world.

At 6 months, the rocking and swing became PAINFUL- not only physically since my back hurt a lot but also mentally because he hated going to sleep. He would fight it and wake up as soon as I laid him in the bed. So I'm sure you guessed it too. I ended up holding him until we all went to sleep or during the whole nap. It was draining. I didn't have time to do much, and I definitely spent more time helping him fall asleep than him actually sleeping. Another problem, since he is a mama's boy, we wanted ME to hold him...me and only me. This was hurting our couple time, my work time, my me-time!

I don't have a lot of friends with babies- with my dear pre-school friend Daya from Daya Fitness (who had the cutest little girl 4 months ago), recommended me an IG page about sleep training. And well, in a moment of desperation, I purchased it immediately.

And this is when I'm going to sound like an infomercial but this online course called TAKING CARA BABIES  completely changed our approach to sleeping. And this is not sponsored in any way, I purchased the course myself and I have no affiliation to the the company. Just wanted to make it clear.


I'll get more in detail but here is a little summary. This sleep training method, developed by a neonatal nurse and her husband, a pediatrician,  lasts 14 days. It teaches your baby to self soothe and fall asleep alone without feeling abandonment from YOU and with minimal crying. Yes, there will be crying because this is the way babies express anything and everything and in this case the crying is just confusion.

It felt like the right time to start. Nico had started "baby led weaning" so I knew he shouldn't be waking up midnight due hunger.  I also felt like at 7 months, he could easily understand the process instead of crying of desperation and/or needing mommy.

In the next post, I'll share our 14 days with the program. So stay tuned!





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¡Hola! ¡Hola! Primero les quiero agradecer por el cariño en el artículo de la lactancia- no es fácil mostrar al mundo la parte difícil de la maternidad. Pero me gusta compartir con ustedes lo lindo y lo no tan perfecto. Recuerden que les hablo como una amiga y no como una experta. Soy mamá primera y no me considero "mom blogger".

Hoy quiero empezar a hablar sobre DORMIR DORMIR DORMIR. Decidí dividir los artículos en capítulos porque saben que me encanta hablar mucho. En este les voy a contar todo sobre nuestros primeros meses con Nico y como llegamos al punto de "NECESITAMOS ENSENARLO A DORMIR SOLO".

Así que empecemos retrocediendo al 17 de mayo del 2018- el día que Nico nació.

Cuando me preguntan del primer mes, yo digo que no necesariamente es el más difícil. Los bebés recién nacidos duermen mucho- bueno Nico dormía muchísimo. Se despertaba, comía, le cambiábamos el pañal y a dormir otra vez.  Ese primer mes sentí que tenía bastante tiempo; me bañaba con calma (y me peinaba con calma, lo que llevó a que me criticaran en las redes pero bueno), les pude escribir varios posts con calma (como la historia de parto y su cuarto de bebé),  podía sacarme leche, tener visita, y DORMIR.  Nico empezó durmiendo en el SNOO (una cunita que se mueve toda la noche y ayuda a los bebés a dormir- pronto les hago una reseña completa). Pero hubo un momento que me asusté y dije, si no se aprende a dormir sin movimiento....jamás dormirá en su cuna normal. Así que lo pasamos al dock-a-tot y... a la cama con nosotros (el adentro del Dock-A-Tot).

En el 2-4 mes, yo sentía que dormía bastante bien- no me sentía agotada y tenía momentos que dormía hasta 6-7 horas. Hablamos con la pediatra y nos dijo que si no se despertaba, no lo despertaremos, que el estaba bien de peso y del azúcar.

En algún momento, en IG me empezaron a recomendar el libro "12 horas a las 12 semanas". Este libro habla de como con ciertas rutinas puedes enseñarle a tu bebé a dormir 12 horas. Obviamente salí corriendo a comprarlo, ¿qué mamá no quiere que su bebé duerma solito bien?. Pero honestamente al leerlo sentí que no estaba lista, sentí a Nico muy chiquito y que el me necesitaba de noche todavía. Tengo amigas que AMARON este método y es una opción, yo personalmente no me arrepiento de haber esperado un poco más para "entrenarlo".

Pero llegamos a los benditos 4 meses, donde todo el mundo habla de la "regresión de sueño". Y yo pensaba, y deseaba, que Nico no iba a pasar por ella. Creo que todas somos culpables de pensar que lo difícil no nos va a pasar. Pero leí algo que me marcó y es que en vez de verlo como una "regresión", veas que eso significa que hay grandes avances en el cerebro de tu bebé.  Esto significa que ya está más alerta y que simplemente le cuesta conectar los ciclos de sueño y por eso se despierta (ok esto es en términos super sencillos a la Nany).

Para que Nico se pudiese dormir (así fuese para una siesta o en la noche), teníamos que mecerlo, hacer sentadillas chiquiticas,  y moverlo de un lado  a otro- lo cuál es completamente normal. Yo amaba dormir a mi bebé meciéndolo. PERO, si no le enseñas a tu bebé a dormirse solo, vas a pasar de mecer a un chiquitín de 2 meses a un gigantón pesado de 2 años.

Otro error que cometimos fue empezar a meterlo en la cama cuando se despertaba a media noche. A mi no me importaba porque despertar con su sonrisa me parecía lo más rico del mundo. Y digo que es un error porque con esto le enseñas a tu bebé que si se despierta a CUALQUIER hora,  va a estar contigo. Y como era de. esperar, pasó de despertarse a las 5 am a las 4am, luego a las 2am, y finalmente terminó básicamente durmiendo 100% con nosotros alrededor de los 5 meses.

Justo en ese momento empezamos a viajar con él. Primero fuimos a México, y hasta nos llevamos el Dock-A-Tot ya que nuestra habitación tenía otra cama y el plan era ponerlo ahí adentro de su Docka. Pero como pueden adivinar, ya estaba acostumbrado a dormir con nosotros. Luego nos fuimos a NYC y en el hotel donde nos estábamos quedando 1. no ofrecían cunas y 2. ni que las ofrecieran cabía, porque la habitación era MINIMA (como todo en NY). Al llegar a Miami, no había ninguna manera que el se quedase en su cuna sin armar un show y un escándalo de otro mundo.

No les voy a mentir, a los 6 meses no podía con mi espalda de tanto mecerlo. Pero mentalmente se estaba haciendo muy difícil también. Siento que el no quería pederse el mundo y nunca quería dormir. Se despertaba apenas lo acostaba y llegó un momento que yo tenía que estar con él de brazos por horas de horas.  Ahora extraño tenerlo en brazos pero que aprendan a dormir solos es una habilidad importantísima que necesitan. Y tu como mamá, esposa, amiga e hija necesitas tiempo para ti. Yo quería poder ver una película con mi esposo, hacer ejercicio, lo que fuese- y siento que no podía porque pasaba más tiempo intentando que se durmiese que lo que realmente dormía.

Yo no tengo muchas amigas con bebés- pero mi querida Daya de DayaFitness que aparte conozco desde que éramos unas chiquitinas en primer grado, me recomendó una página en IG donde daban muchos tips sobre este tema. Y bueno, en un momento de desesperación, lo compré inmediatamente.

Ok y no quiero sonar como un infomercial, pero el curso de la página que recomendó Daya "TAKING CARA BABIES" nos cambió los días y los noches. Y esto no es patrocinado de ninguna manera, yo compré el curso y no tengo ningún contacto con la compañía.

En el próximo post les contaré más pero aquí va un pequeño resumen. Este método, desarrollado por una enfermera neonatal y su esposo, un pediatra, dura 14 días (que son bastante intensos). Y le enseña a tu bebé como dormirse solito sin sentirse abandonado y sin tanto llanto. Sí, claro que va a llorar. Los bebés lloran para expresar absolutamente todo y en este caso el llanto es de confusión.

Finalmente sentí que era el momento indicado para empezar. Ya habíamos empezado el "Baby Led Weaning" y sabía que no se iba a despertar por hambre. También a sus 7 meses, lo sentí preparado para entender el proceso.

¡En el próximo post les voy a contar de esos 14 días!! Así que estén pendientes.

The first few weeks in his SNOO. 

Sleeping with Chiki and me while inside the Dock-A-Tot

Napping on top of daddy!

Co-sleeping with mom!

Big boy crib!



My Breastfeeding Experience - Part 2

1/11/2019
For the first part of my breastfeeding experience, please click here.


In July, when Nico was under two months, I wrote the first part of my breastfeeding struggles. I shared how my plan was always to breastfeed,  how he wouldn't latch, and how I decided to start pumping.

After that first post,  I contacted a doula/lactation consultant in Miami (@DoulaRenata if anyone is interested, she is absolutely amazing). She spent a whole afternoon with me. We talked about my birth experience, about the first few months, about the pumping, and more...all of this while trying to make him latch. We tried a nipple shield in many different ways and positions...and well,  it didn't happen. For at least another month, I continued trying...and it was fail after fail after fail.


Now, months alter, I'm able to look back and these were the problems we had:
- The hospital gave him formula right when he was born. In theory, because his sugar levels were low; but Renata was so upset about the fact that it's like nurses don't even give us the opportunity to feed them ourselves before giving them formula. If I could turn back time, I wouldn't let them take him until he latched.
- Also, at the hospital, there were always family members in the room. Even though, it is family; for something so new (that also involves taking your boobs out), I would have preferred to be alone and somehow I was afraid to speak up and request privacy.
- Nico is tongue-tied. The pediatrician said it wasn't anything major, so he didn't do anything about it. Renata said that she would have fix it as soon as he was born.
- I took too long to reach out to a specialist. Again, looking back I would have called Renata within the first week. At two months, Nico was very used to the bottle.

But I cannot live in the past thinking about the "what ifs".

So I continued pumping several times a day and as much as I could. I tried every tea, every cookie, every lactation supplement (especially the Legendairy Milk pills). I never saw a dramatic difference in my supply. I started getting more and more frustrated.

The first few months it was easy to pump since he was always sleeping.  Gabe and I are self employed but he has to leave frequently for shoots and it started getting more and more difficult to pump when I was alone and Nico demanded attention and love. All of this lead me to skip pump sessions, and we all know that milk production is a demand/supply situation, so my milk supply continued to drop (and he continued to eat more!). Yes, I shouldn't have skipped pumping sessions, but if Nico needed me in any way...he was the priority.

By the 3rd month, he was drinking 75% of my milk/25% formula.
By the 4th month, he was drinking 50/50.

Right around the 4.5 month mark, I decided to give it my all one more time. I asked my husband for his support (and extra help since Nico was extremely active). I reopened an app where you can track everything and I started logging absolutely everything in. I also increased my pumping sessions in terms of minutes and times a day.  I had OK days ( I say OK because I was still not producing enough to feed him exclusively), and some were definitely not OK.

I really gave it my all, but this "last try" made me notice I was not enjoying my baby because I was glued to a machine several hours per day- and it didn't even really worked because I still had to supplement with formula.

I really wanted to experience breastfeeding.  I really wanted to have that connection with my baby. I really disliked the pump. I really felt like I wasn't enjoying my baby to the fullest.

I decided to slowly stop pumping at 5 months. I was scared of mastitis since I got a few clogged ducts throughout those 5 months that hurt like CRAY.  I'm not going to lie, I cried SEVERAL times feeling like I was failing him.

Then, I had a moment of clarity:
- I'm proud of myself for pumping for over 5 months, for giving him the best nutrients all that time.
- I felt FREE. I finally had time to play with Nico without looking at the clock and thinking when to pump. I finally could visit my friends without carrying a pump around.  I finally could plan things without doing it around the pump schedule.
- And most importantly, I realized that my baby LOVES me- that he is absolute mama's boy and it has absolutely nothing to do with having a boob in between us. He loves me FOR ME, not because I'm a food source...he just LOVES me. He needed a happy mom more than anything.

I still wish I would have breastfed him, but I know, deeply in my heart, that there is nothing stronger than the connection we have. 





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Para leer la primera parte de este artículo, haz click aquí.

En julio, cuando Nico tenía menos de dos meses, les escribí la primera parte de mi experiencia dando pecho (o "no dando pecho" mejor dicho). Les conté como mi plan siempre fue darle pecho, como nunca se me pegó, y como decidí usar el extractor.

Después de ese primer post, contacté a una dula/especialista en lactancia en Miami (su nombre es @DoulaRenata por si les interesa, es INCREIBLE). Ella pasó toda la tarde conmigo. Estuvimos hablando sobre como fue mi parto, como nos había ido esos dos primeros meses, como me iba con el extractor (básicamente todo lo que les he contado). Todo esto mientras intentábamos que se me pegara, cosa que no pasó.  También intentamos una pezonera.  Me dijo que siguiera intentando, que lo convirtiera en un juego...eso hice, pero todos fueron "solo intentos".

Ahora que me puedo sentar y analizar un poco todo, siento que estos fueron los problemas que tuvimos:
- Según el hospital nació con los niveles de azúcar bajos, por eso le dieron fórmula casi instantáneamente. Renata dice que escucha esto mucho, y que le parece muy injusto porque deberían dejar al bebe´más tiempo con la mamá en vez de darle el biberón tan rápido.
- En el hospital siempre había familia en el cuarto. Aunque sí, son familia, cuando es algo nuevo (que aparte requiere andar semi desnuda), hubiese preferido estar sola. Y mi error fue no pedir algo de privacidad.
- Nico tiene un pequeño frenillo. Según el pediatra, no era necesario arreglar ese detallito. Según Renata, ¡SI!. Eso hubiese ayudado mucho con el tema de la lactancia.
- Me tardé mucho en pedir ayuda. Debí haber llamado a una especialista mucho antes. A los dos meses, ya Nico estaba acostumbrado a tomar del biberón.

Pero no se puede vivir pensando en "que hubiese pasado si...".

Por eso seguí usando el extractor lo más que pudiese. También probé todo té, cada galleta, cada recomendación que me dieron para subir la producción. Honestamente nunca ví un cambio dramático...y todo esto me llevaba a un estado de frustración.

Los primero meses eran sencillo sacarme la leche mientras el dormía (por que era lo único que hacía).  Mi esposo y yo trabajamos desde casa pero el tiene que salir mucho a las sesiones de fotos. Por esto se me empezó a hacer más difícil usar el extractor con tanta frecuencia. Si Nico me necesitaba, me necesitaba. Y no iba a dejarlo llorando por sacarme leche. Por supuesto, como sabemos, el tema de la leche es a demanda- y  por supuesto, mi producción comenzó a bajar.

Antes del mes, Nico estaba tomando 100% mi leche.
A los 3 meses, el estaba tomando 75% de mi leche/ 25% formula.
A los 4 meses, estábamos mas o menos en 50/50.

A los 4 meses y medio, decidí intentar una vez más CON TODAS LAS GANAS. Le pedí ayuda a mi esposo para que él atendiese a Nico mientras yo intentaba con todo. Volví a abrir una aplicación donde puedes monitorear todo. Escribía cuantas veces, cuanta leche salió, etc. Tuve días mas o menos y días no tan buenos.

Pero este último intento me hizo darme cuenta que no estaba disfrutando a mi bebé por estar conectada a una máquina tanta horas al día. Y al final, ni funcionó porque no me salía suficiente.

De todo corazón, yo quería darle pecho. Quería esa conexión de la que tanto hablan. 
De todo corazón, odiaba el extractor. Me dolía pensar que Nico me necesitaba y yo no estaba para él.

Así que con el corazón roto, decidí dejar de sacarme leche ...poco a poco por miedo a la mastitis. Tuve varios ductos tapados durante esos 5+ meses y dolieron demasiado como para arriesgarme a algo peor. Lloré tantas veces...le lloraba a Nico pidiéndole perdón. Le hablaba y le pedía que me disculpara porque esto "no funcionó".

Luego tuve un momento de claridad:
- Estoy orgullosa de mí misma por haber usado el extractor por más de 5 meses; por darle lo más que pudiese de mi leche.
- Me sentí LIBRE. Libre de poder jugar con Nico sin mirar al reloj- libre de rezarle a todos los santos mientras me sacaba leche para que el no se despertara. Libre de poder hacer planes en familia sin tener que llevarme la máquina o sin planear que fuese solo en ciertas horas.
- Pero lo más importante es que me dí cuenta que mi bebé me AMA A MI- que no tiene nada que ver con tener una teta de por medio. Mi bebé me ama por ese amor que nos tenemos, y no porque me ve como una fuente de comida.  Nico necesitaba a una mamá feliz, una mamá que jugara con él, que lo abrazara... y eso es más importante que la leche. Así de simple.

Claro que me hubiese gustado poder darle pecho, pero si hay algo que estoy segura es de esta conexión tan hermosa que tenemos- y eso no lo cambio por nada.





Hair Rescue- anytime anywhere!

12/20/2018




We absolutely love traveling and I feel I’ve learned to pack what I really need. I’m all about minimalism….but I’m bringing my haircare products with me!

I’ve realized that the products at hotels are simply horrible They don’t cater to my hair’s needs; and when I use them, my hair feels dry and extra frizzy.

So..YES, I bring my Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo with me ( I make sure to add tape to the lid because we all know that airlines don’t take much care of luggage). And now, I’m even more excited to take the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots anywhere with me!

So let me tell you all about them because I am obsessed!
The Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots come in a single-dose tube and they contain a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids, and natural glycerin to repair damaged hair and give it the resilience it needs to endure all the styling we do to it. Unlike other hair masks that weigh down hair, the lipids absorb into the hair instead of heavy coating it! 

In simpler words, this is the secret to great hair imported from BRAZIL!

HOW-TO-USE
-Start with a shampoo that works for your hair type and needs. My hair is very dry; so, the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo helps lock in moisture from root to tip.
- Use the Intense Rescue Shots instead of your normal conditioner once a week. 
- While in-shower, apply the single-dose tube generously from root to tip. Focus on any areas that might need extra love! 
-Leave in for 30 seconds.
- Rinse for 30 seconds. Make sure not to over-rinse!





And that’s it! It doesn’t get any simpler than this. You don’t have to get out of the shower to put the hair-mask, wait 15 minutes and get back in the shower!  It saves time while feeling like a salon-like treatment. My hair felt instantly softer and shiny.


The new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots will hit shelves in the U.S in January 2019! However, you can get your hands on this exclusive product at Walmart.com right now – see here! Get ready and tag me showing off your beautiful hair as soon as you try them!!








*Sponsored by Pantene. All opinions are my own.

Exploring Miami Art Week…with Uber

12/15/2018


Sponsored by Uber. All opinions are m y own.



We have been traveling a bit the past few months, but we came back just in time for Miami Art Week.

So let’s start with this:


WHAT’S MIAMI ART WEEK?
Every December, Miami becomes the center of attention in the art world. The city hosts over 20 art fairs, 1,200 galleries and thousands of artists.  This means the city attracts art collectors, buyers, art lovers, tourists, celebrities, and more.

I’ve been living in Miami for over 12 years and it’s amazing to see how this event continues to grow and grow. It really shows that Miami is more than beautiful beaches and 80s movies.

During this week, the city is absolutely packed- and everyone. There are so many events going that it can be absolutely hectic to head to one gallery to the other. There’s also no parking ANYWHERE. So enter: Uber to the rescue.

This year, Uber set up sculptures by Emil Alzalmora not only as convenient pick-up and drop-off points around the city but also at the right, popular, chic spots. This made extremely easy to get around thanks to Uber’s flexible options.




But since we are talking art, let’s also talk about these sculptures. Emil shared that the sculptures not just reference the literal act of movement but represent motion as a metaphor relating to human progress and growth.

Since we were riding with the carseat/stroller (it’s a two-in-one, stay tune for the review fellow mommies) , we requested an uberXL (give me all the extra space with a baby!)….and we got ready to explore a few exhibitions around Wynwood.

Wynwood is one of my favorite places in Miami. It’s a bit of our backyard, so Miami Art Week is very exciting because it’s the time where a lot of walls change and the vibe is even more special. Walking around,  we found an interactive gallery with a ball pit and artsy swings - perfect for Nico (and the artist was there SO excited to see people enjoying his art). See? It can be very kid-friendly too. There’s absolutely something for everybody.













#DoorsAreAlwaysOpening


Have you been to Miami Art Week?

10 MATERNITY CLOTHES ESSENTIALS

12/13/2018


My baby is over 6 months and this post has been in my drafts for...well, over 6 months haha.
But no more excuses, let's do this!

I don't believe you should get a lot of maternity clothes. But  at the same time, I know you want to look cute and show off your growing bump while feeling comfortable.

My main issue with maternity clothes is that they fit RIGHT by the third trimester.  I personally love dressing in flowy things, so I had a lot of dresses and tees that worked until the end.  So let me share a few of the pieces I got that I loved and wore throughout my pregnancy.




1) Maternity jeans
Ok, I recommend getting two styles of maternity jeans depending on your style. It can be a pair of black skinny jeans + a pair of boyfriend jeans. I also ended up getting a pair of flared maternity jeans that I loved. You will find pairs with the elastic waistband and some without it. I think it's a personal choice, try them on and see what feels more comfortable.
Maternity jeans styles: Flared, skinny and boyfriend (from left to right).





2) Maternity leggings
I don't seem to have pictures of me wearing my maternity black leggings but they were a lifesaver for every day wear- like at home doing jigsaw puzzles while waiting for baby.  However, I also got this fun pair of plaid leggings that were as comfortable as regular leggings but they also made me feel chic and fashionable.






3)Maternity LBD
Oh YES! A little black dress is just a must-have in regular clothes as in maternity life.  You can dress it up and down. Wear it with a hat during the summer; or add tights and a jacket for the colder days. You can add a statement necklace and cute heels for a date night or a jean jacket to do errands. I wore this dress like crazy, specially when I didn't know what to wear.




4) Fun floral dress
I love a good floral dress, specially because I was in my third trimester during Spring. This dress was also one of my favorites. I wore it with leather jackets, jean jackets, by itself. It was such a fun dress and I always got compliments.




5) Another fun print dress
I've always love polka dots and they were a huge hit the season I was pregnant. Go for your favorite print: plaid, stripes, dots... With this dress, you are definitely building a cute maternity capsule wardrobe. And same, wear it with jackets, with sneakers, boots, heels...it works with anything!






6) Cute message tee
I love rocker tees and tees with messages. I saw a lot of "preggers" that were adorable but this one that said "Le Bump" stole  my heart. I also got a few tees in the plus size section of department stores...or even men's shirts work!


7) Swimsuit
I guess this is more for summer babies...but if you live in a warm-weather city like Miami it is a must. I wore a few of my bathing suits until the third trimester, but I loved sporting one that showed off my belly as it was designed for it!


8) Stretchy body-con dresses
I'm not a big fan of body-con dresses- not pregnant and not when I was super "fit". I just don't feel comfortable BUT they are the best way to show off your bump. This is the only body con stretchy dress I had and I wore it a few times. For these types of dresses to be very flattering, you should add another layer ( a jacket or a cardigan)...it ends up a classic "Kardashian pregnancy style" but I get why they do it: it's sexy, shows off the bump, and fun.

I chose this dress for our maternity shot because I felt it was the piece in my closet that REALLY showed the bump. Now looking back, I wish I would have worn more dresses like this one. It's true that it's nice to look back and be reminiscent.




9) Comfy Pjs
If there is anything I used like crazy during my pregnancy was a pair of PJs I got that said "Preggasaurius" and they had little dinosaurs on it. It was the PJ that I used in so many of my bump selfies.  You'll spend a lot of time in PJs napping (well, I did and you should too)



10) A dressier dress
This could be the dress for your BABY SHOWER or for any special event. But definitely plan to get one beforehand so you are not running around trying to find a cute maternity dress for an unexpected dressy event.


 WHAT DID I MISS? Let me know in the comments.

HOLIDAY PJS: MATCHING WITH THE FAMILY

12/12/2018
This Holiday is more special than ever, it's Nico's first Christmas!!!! 

..and it was finally time to decorate the apartment in MATCHING PJs while listening to our favorite Christmas music. These Holiday PJs from HappyHannas are adorable, and I love that Chiki has one too...because he’ll always be a big part of this little family.

 Can't wait to make this a Holiday tradition and make my boys dress up with me every year!

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Esta Navidad va a ser más especial que nunca porque es la primera de Nico. 
...finalmente nos pusimos a decorar el apartamento combinados con las mismas pijamas mientras escuchábamos canciones navideñas. Estas PJ son de @HappyHannas, y me encantaron😍😍 (aparte que también tienen para perritos...y ustedes saben que sin Chiki, la familia no está completa). Definitivamente de ahora en adelante esta va a ser parte de nuestra tradición, y obligar a mis boys a combinarse conmigo todos los años!🤣🤣😍😍

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