How to adjust your style while nursing

Posted on: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anabelle just recently stopped nursing. On the one hand, it’s kind of nice in the sense that it takes half as long to put her to bed at night. But on the other, WHEN DID SHE GET SO BIG?! She was only nursing at night for the last few weeks and one night she decided she was done, sat up, hugged me, and fell asleep with her head on my shoulder (which she never did before!). I’m not going to lie… my eyes welled up a little. I love her so much and she is growing so fast.

Now that this period has passed, I thought I’d do a little wrap up of my nursing style. When Anabelle was born, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed her, but I never connected the dots to realize that this would affect my closet. All of the sudden, my dresses were out of the question and I had thick nursing bra straps connected to my very sexy (Not!) nursing bra that I needed to cover. These were some of my favorites to include in my style throughout the past year.

Loose Sweaters

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Loose sweaters are the best! That way when you are lifting your shirt up, you still have something hanging down to your hip. The more like a blanket they are, the better!

Loose shirts

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Loose shirts are kind of like receiving blankets! In the beginning I still used a blanket, but the loose shirt helped me as I adjusted everything. Later on, as I got better, the loose shirt was enough.

Scarves

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Loose shirts are good, scarves make it better! Every once in a while I’d get annoyed because they were in my way and I couldn’t see Anabelle during her sweetest moment of the day, but when this wasn’t the case, scarves were the best! It adds a little bit of distraction to what I was actually doing and almost served as a little receiving blanket hanging over the baby’s face. More than once, I even had someone come up to me having absolutely no idea what I was doing and asking to see the baby. I took it as a compliment that I was being so subtle, but unfortunately they walked away a little awkward.

High-Waisted Skirts

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When I had to cut my dresses out of my wardrobe, I realized that I really didn’t have many skirts. A problem that I quickly remedied! And high waisted skirts only made it better… Didn’t have to show much midriff.

Hats

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For the moments when my wardrobe just seemed boring. Hats made it better and more interesting.

An afternoon in the park!

Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014

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It’s official! Ault Park is my favorite! I love the landscaping, the open fields, the flowers, the pavilion area, I think it’s all so gorgeous almost any time of the year. After going there a week ago for a little date with Kevin, all I wanted to do this Sunday was take little Anabelle! She loved it! She ran around the fields and was just obsessed with all the flowers and bushes! You would think that I sat her down for some of these photos in the middle of these Black-Eyed-Susans, but no…. She knew where she looked pretty! That was all her!

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Both of them were mean-mugging me! Apparently I was taking to long to adjust the camera settings…

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Hands free and full of trust! That’s how this little girl likes to be held! She just lounges when she’s on our hip completely trusting us not to drop her. And evidently she has the same trust when she is high on Kevin’s shoulders!

An anniversary picnic

Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Since our anniversary fell on a Monday this year, Kevin and I decided to celebrate on the previous Saturday instead! My sister babysat Anabelle and Kevin and I took off for an afternoon and evening together! We packed a blanket, our current books (I know… Nerd status!), our playing cards (which we didn’t end up using) and a picnic basket complete with snacks and a bottle of fruity sweet wine to mix with tonic water and fresh raspberries (fantastic afternoon drink!). I kept wondering if it was going to rain, but that actually made the day perfect! It was cool and cloudy, which made the park a bit empty and our book pages not too bright.

We aren’t too ceremonious and love doing laid back activities together, but it’s not often that we get time together just the two of us… So this was extra special. We wrapped up our evening with sushi and a night at the drive in! And that drive in is going to have to make it into our routine more often! I hadn’t been since I crashed a date in high school, and we had never been together, but we had such a blast!

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Bacon-wrapped, Cheese-stuffed Jalapeños

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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I got in a mood and decided to cook something new. And this… This was the best random recipe I’ve ever decided to try! The smell was amazing and the taste was absolutely mouth watering! I mean, my mouth is already watering again as I write this!

This recipe was actually super easy to make. The only time consuming part was pitting all the jalapenos. But I can definitely imagine it as the perfect hit for Sunday night football.

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Ingredients:

bacon
cheddar cheese
cream cheese (softened)
jalapenos

I didn’t write down quantities, because this was a recipe that I pretty much just used ingredients I mostly already had in my fridge. I used about a 50/50 cheddar to cream cheese ratio. And I divided the amount of bacon that I had among the jalapeno halves. Some bacon slices I had to cut length wise down the middle so that every treat was wrapped, while others had the full slice.

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Directions:

Pit the jalapenos. Mix the softened cream cheese and the cheddar together. Scoop into the jalapeno halves. Wrap the halves in bacon and secure both ends of the bacon with tooth picks. Bake at 450 degrees until bacon is cooked to your liking.

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Two-Year Anniversary

Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014

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Today is our second anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been two years! These past two years have been absolutely amazing and I couldn’t imagine celebrating them with anyone else but my dear husband!

Kevin, I love you. You really do complete me! I love the way you make me laugh, the way you play with your daughter, the way you get excited when Anabelle starts doing something new, the way you hug me when I am having a rough day, the way you call me out when I have a double standard (although I’d never admit that in the moment, but I think we are better for that),the way you take care of me when I am sick, the way you laugh over a really funny story, the way you imitate our little girl, the way you look at me when you say I love you. I am so happy that you are the one that I get to start a family with.

The more time that passes, the more the memories start to fade away. As a fun little feature today, I wanted to share my top favorite moments and memories of the day!

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Getting dressed. The excitement of finally putting on my dress. The moment was almost here!

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This man! Just staring at him for the walk down the aisle and through our vows calmed my nerves! And then finally we had this smooch!

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These girls! These dresses! Every single one of these girls, plus my mom, was there for me the whole way through the planning and wedding day with nothing but support and love! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to be by my side!

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This photo! It’s just kind of funny getting down on the floor in a wedding gown to do the hundred!

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This boat. I now see the River Queen almost every time we venture into the city and it immediately causes this rush of happy emotions and fun memories to overwhelm me. I hope it never goes away!

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Our toasts. I know I’m a way partial, but we really had the best toasts at our wedding! I am just so happy that we have friends and family in our lives that know us so well!

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Cutting the cake! This was by far the funniest memory of the day. I got to Kevin’s finger and thought it was some of the cardboard the cake was sitting on. I didn’t want to ruin the picture so I kept biting. Totally chomped his finger! So now we have a series of photos of me biting his finger and then the two of us bursting into laughter!

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Our first dance. This was my #1 favorite moment! Everything was such a whirlwind the whole day and I was really trying hard to be in the moment for every single step. But since our alone time before the reception got cut out due to a time crunch, this was the first moment where it was just the two of us… At least it felt like it for a brief few minutes!

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The father daughter dance. Don’t let this fool you. We danced and laughed in the beginning. But it turned into a sob fest by the end and we were hugging, swaying and crying!

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A tearful embrace. I think amidst the excitement of the day, things really didn’t soak in till the dances. For all of us…

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Happy anniversary, Kevin :) I love you!

To view our full wedding, head over to to Heart Love Weddings, where we shared everything about our special day and even how he popped the question!

All photos by Lucky Heart Photography

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