So since my husband works every Saturday I’ve made it my mission to try to get out of the house with Little Bear. Especially since its winter I feel like having a getting myself dressed and out the door at least once a weekend is good for the soul. Our first outing was the Cleveland Children’s Museum. They have a cute baby area called the Big Red Barn. Desmond had a pretty good time as he kept trying to put every germ infested thing in his mouth. It’s amazing how something so simple can make you feel accomplished. It’s not easy timing plans around naps, getting packed up and out the door. But even when it’s just an hour of doing SOMETHING, it feels AMAZING. I’m definitely keeping this up. Plus, it’s fun to get out there and explore what this great city has to offer!
Better late than never. Halloween just isn’t what it was in college anymore. Getting crazy means cracking open a Pumpking and answering the door for 10 Trick-or-Treaters we got. What is with our street?! Buuuuuut, getting to dress Desmond up as a fat little elephant kinda made up for it.
This post is so late, I know. Balancing work and a baby makes it so hard to blog in a timely manner. Wah Wah Wah. I know, I’m whining. So…Labor Day weekend. We had all sorts of grand plans and then the whole family got sick causing us to cancel a cook-out we had all the food for already. There were lots of babies coming that I just couldn’t risk getting sick. And Desmond was a congested little crabby monster. We still tried to make the best of it with some quality relaxation time. We even forced ourselves out of the house for Labor Day brunch at Lucky’s café in Tremont. Food is amazeballs, but whaaaaat the heck with the service there. Slow, slow, slow! Oh and there was also a milestone. Desmond tried cereal for the first time and he’s been eating it like a champ ever since. I mean look at him. Was there ever a question he’d be a good eater?
The world today is so fast paced and our babies grow up so fast. I’m finding that I constantly remind myself to “stop and take in this moment right here because it’ll never happen again.” There are so many distractions in our day-to-day lives that I relish in the chance to get away for a moment and focus on the people who mean the most to me in this world. We’ve been making it a weekend ritual to head over to Rocky River Park – a hidden West side gem – for a few hours of quality family time. We lay out a blanket, eat some snacks and just enjoy each other and the view. Those few hours have become so sacred to me. And it makes me feel a little less guilty for all those hours I spend away from him at work.
This is so overdue, but Charlie and I are proud to introduce the newest member of our family Desmond Michael Eisenstat. I have been out of blogging commission the last few months to enjoy and adjust to life as a new mom. And what an adjustment it is. But more on that later. I’ll start at the beginning with Des’ birth story. His due date was April 25th and on April 17th I had to stop working because I was so literally bed ridden with back pain it’s not even funny. Plus, there had been some low fetal movement and increased amniotic fluid going on so I had to go to the Dr’s office every other day for a fetal stress test. I wanted nothing more than for this kid to make his appearance and I was convinced he would be two weeks late in true first baby fashion. It just so happened that two people had given me the advice to get a pedicure, so I thought maybe there’s something to this. On Monday the 22nd I got a pedicure at 2 in the afternoon and I was in labor by midnight! It works ladies. Except when I went into labor I was in labor denial. A week prior I had woke with the same exact pain in my lower abdomen that felt like an excruciating cramp that never went away. Unlike contractions that supposedly come and go. When I went to the hospital it was nothing, nada, zip. Turns out it was a Braxton Hicks episode because real labor felt exactly the same. But I didn’t know it at the time so I roamed around the house in the wee hours of the morning trying to wait for this cramp to pass. It didn’t and eventually my moaning woke up Charlie and my mother in law. A few hours later they convinced me we should probably go to the hospital. I thought I was going to die in the car and I guess that makes sense because when we got to the hospital I was 9 centimeters dilated people. Nine centimeters! Both relief and fear came over me. I had done it all on my own and we were practically at the finish line. But OMG is this baby about to come out right now? No he wasn’t because it took another 5 hours for the last centimeter. When the Dr. warned me it could still be a while because his head was still rather high up, I had to give in and get the epidural. What was I so afraid of? It didn’t hurt at all. And I was still super proud of myself for making it so far with out one. After an hour and 45 mins of pushing my little miracle entered the world – a little blue because the cord was around his neck – but still absolutely perfect! Seven lbs 5 oz and 21 inches of pure perfection. It’s an indescribable feeling to meet the tiny little human you’ve been growing for nine months. To love someone so much when you’ve just only met them. Special thanks to my husband who was such a rock star through all of it. Yes, I know how lucky I am. We’ve been so blessed and its only just begun!
So one of the things that worried me most about being pregnant was the thought of maybe having to give up my sense of style for a good 6 months or so. MYTH. Dressing a preggo body isn’t as hard as you may think. Even though it can be challenging sometimes, especially when are shopping for something really specific and end up crying in the dressing room, it’s actually fun most of the time. I’ve learned quite a few things along the way and since I have so many friends that are expecting, I thought I would share my tips for dressing the bump.
1) LAYER: This was especially relevant to me in the winter, but I think it applies to any season. Having a handful of key pieces that you can layer, mix and match is a life saver. A few good pairs of maternity pants/jeans, lots of black leggings (I’ve been able to wear H&Ms black leggings in a Medium through my whole pregnancy) and some stretchy long camis are all things that have made pulling together outfits so much easier!
2) ACCESSORIZE: You can stay on trend and look cute with out having to invest in pricey trendy pieces from the maternity store. Keep your outfits simple and classic then jazz them up with fun scarves, statement jewelry or shoes. You are going to have to wear the same thing a lot (unless you have an endless clothing budget). Mixing up accessories is a great way to make it look like a completely different outfit.
3) THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to shop at a maternity store. I only have 6 weeks left to go and the only things I’ve bought that are maternity are a pair of jeans, a few pairs of pants, a skirt and one sweater. Seriously places like H&M and Forever 21 are great for finding inexpensive pieces that you can buy a size up. Shirts and sweater come in much longer styles these days and they can cover pretty big bumps. I just bought a size M sweater at the Gap yesterday! H&M is great for basic pieces like stretchy dresses that grow with you. And remember that things like cardigans, blazers and jackets, that don’t have to be buttoned, can be layered over basic pieces even if they are the normal size you wear.
4) ROCK THE BUMP: I have found that fitted clothes actually look better. Loose baggy clothes that are typically associated with pregnancy actually make you look way bigger than you are. Your bump is adorable so show it off. People are more likely to identify you as being preggo this way too rather than assuming you’ve hit the donuts a little too hard.
Here are some examples of how I’ve applied all these tips. Please exscuse the fact that they are kinda awful self-portraits!: