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Dream Nursing Dresses

June 18, 2015
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cute nursing dress, boob design, petite fashion, style by alina

cute nursing dress, boob design, petite fashion, style by alina

cute nursing dress, boob design, petite fashion, style by alina

Horray, it’s Thursday! I’m so excited for the weekend ahead. What plans do you have?

A few months back when I was eight months pregnant, I wore my first BoobDesign nursing dress. Obviously, I wasn’t nursing at the time but wearing it made me look forward to it. It was one of my favorite maternity/nursing dresses, and I absolutely love it. So much that I decided to get all the colors! Best decision ever.

These BoobDesign nursing dresses not only fulfill the functional need for comfortable and discreet nursing, they are also super stylish. My favorite feature of the dress is the overlap. It is well integrated into the design of the dress, that it’s almost impossible to tell there is an opening for nursing. What a clever and beautiful design.

These dresses actually come slightly longer (about 3 inches) than pictured in the photos. I actually had the hem taken up. If you like yours at the knee length then you’ll be happy with the length as is.

What do you think of these dresses? Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a fab weekend!

Boob Design Dresses | Doll Memories Scarf

Sweet Dreams With HALO Bassinest

April 26, 2015
halo bassinest review, halo bassinest 2015

halo bassinest review, halo bassinest 2015

halo bassinest review, halo bassinest 2015

halo bassinest review, halo bassinest 2015

As a new mom, I’m always on the lookout for products that make our lives easier with a newborn. Even though we had prepared a beautiful nursery for our son, we knew for the first few months we wanted him to sleep in our room, and that’s where the HALO Bassinest came in. Unlike most other bassinets which are stationary, the HALO Bassinest swivels 360 degrees, making it easy for us to access our son in the middle night without ever leaving the bed. This makes taking care of him much easier throughout the night. Since I had a C-section, I can’t tell you enough how important and helpful this feature has been. I love that the HALO Bassinest is literally right next to our bed, yet our son can still sleep safely in his own separate space.

For the Premier Series, which is the one I own, the HALO Bassinest also comes with a Soothing Center. This includes 3 lullabies, 3 soothing sounds, 2 levels of vibrations, nightlight and nursing timer. Our son particular loves the lullabies and vibration. I know this because he sleeps so well and consistently (sometimes for a 4-5 hour stretch at night) when the features are activated. As soon as he becomes fussy, I just turn one of these features and he goes right back to sleep.

If you would like you see the HALO Bassinest in action, check out the 30-second video below or visit HaloBassinest.com for more details.

This post was brought to you by HALO Innovations. All opinions are my own.

Meet Our Angel & Birth Story

April 14, 2015
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Hello everyone! After all the anticipation, our little prince Christian Tân was finally born on Easter Eve, weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and 20.5 inches tall. He’s half Vietnamese, 1/4 Filipino and 1/4 Italian. Since his arrival he has changed our lives in every possible way and it feels so wonderful to finally be able to hold him. We’re still in awe every time we look at him. I seriously don’t know how my 4’11 frame was able to fit him. I have to say that after experiencing pregnancy and especially labor, I have a new-found appreciation for all mothers. It’s incredible and amazing what a woman goes through to create these little life miracles.

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I remember when the due date came and nothing happened, I was really sad. Although the due date was just an estimation, I was hoping to deliver sooner rather than later. I know I made it look seemingly easy, but carrying around an extra 40 lbs had started to take a toll on my body. I’m not sure why but as soon as I hit the 40th week mark, everything just hurt significantly more. Since we already missed the due date, our doctor scheduled an induction the week after.

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As fate would have it, 3 days after my original due date I woke up with the most painful contractions that literally shook me right out of my dreams. At first we thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions, so I tried my best to bear the pain and went back to sleep. An hour later the contractions were getting stronger and occurring closer together, about 5 minutes apart. Although my water hadn’t broken yet and I had no other physical signs of an impending labor beside the contractions, we decided to head to the hospital anyway.

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As soon as I was admitted, things started to roll pretty fast. The nurse confirmed that I was going into labor, although she warned me I still had a ways to go since I had only dilated 1 cm (I needed to dilate 10 cm). To speed up dilation, I was giving medication to increase the contractions. At one point, the contractions were so strong and happening so closely together that they caused my baby heart rate to slow down significantly. I remember I was just talking to my husband when an army of nurses and doctors rushed in and started working on the IV and changing my body position. At first I was confused but when I realized what was happening I started to cry uncontrollably. I was so scared for our baby. With God’s blessing and nurses’ and doctors’ quick actions, his heart rate recovered and the wait continued.

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After 24 hours had passed since we checked in, I was ready to deliver…naturally. I had been waiting for this moment while at the same time dreading it. We all know delivery isn’t sexy. It’s an inevitable hurdle and I was looking forward it to be over as soon as it started. Going into delivery, I felt confident because I had an epidural. Unfortunately, the epidural had slowly wore off and I could feel every bit of pain in my neck, back and legs with every push. It was so incredibly painful and ironically, nothing about it was unexpected to me.

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After almost three hours of pushing and we still couldn’t get his head pass my pelvic bone, I was told I needed to have a C-section. At first I quickly turned it down and insisted on pushing some more, even though my body had already given up. Throughout the entire pregnancy I had anticipated a natural delivery. Knowing how long it’d take to recover from a C-section, I knew it was not an option for me. I was very disappointed and upset. In fact, I felt like a failure. Was it because I didn’t push hard enough? Or because I didn’t push correctly? As hard as I tried each time, I just remembered the nurse telling me she needed more from me. I already gave everything I had. I had a million reasons why I felt bad for myself, but knowing that a C-section was the best option for my baby, I decided to move forward with it.

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Within minutes of making that decision, I could hear my baby’s cries. Hearing him for the first time was the most beautiful thing I’ve heard. It no longer mattered at that point how he arrived. The fact that he arrived and was healthy, nothing else seemed to matter to me.

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It’s been a week and I’m making good progress in my recovery. I’m not gonna lie though, the incision hurts a lot! I have so much water pumped into me during labor that my feet still look like rising loafs of bread. LOL! My husband has been such a rock throughout this entire process and he’s been absolutely amazing with our son. Thanks to him, I have been able to sleep through the night.

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Thank you everyone for your gifts, emails and messages of warm wishes. We truly appreciate it and we’re so blessed to have your support.

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