August 29, 2013

The Duck Pond


Leaving the house has not been easy and, in fact, I think I've only been out two or three times since I had Lucas in July.  I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and the hospital I go to has a duck pond that my mom would take me and my sisters to when we were little.  I left the house in a rush but as soon as I saw the duck pond, I immediately thought to take Lucas to see the duckies.  Well, he's only 6 weeks old so he was more interested in sleeping but I couldn't help but think of the times my sisters and I would run around the pond, feeding duckies, getting messy and, now, I can bring my own child here.  Hopefully, when he's older, he'll enjoy the pond more and create his own memories.




Dress: J Crew  /  Sweater: The Limited  /  Shoes: Target  /  Jewelry: David Yurman, Alex & Ani


August 26, 2013

Final Bump{less} Update


So this will be my final update in my pregnancy series and it makes me so sad.  I felt like I was pregnant for eternity so I don't remember what it's like not being pregnant.  I wrote my birth story here, and I have to admit that I was completely clueless when it came to pregnancy, labor, and, now, motherhood.  I had this naive image in my mind that my body and life would bounce back but truth is, it didn't.  I admittedly have a lot of baby weight to lose but I am in no hurry to lose it.  I'm exhausted, yes, but life feels richer.  I have daily hormonal breakdowns thinking about having to go back to work in two weeks and leaving Lucas at home.  I just love my boy so much.

Here are some facts about the new man in my life, Lucas Jose:

1. He has blue eyes and a lot of dark hair.  Such a stud muffin.
2. He hates being naked but loves taking baths.
3. He likes to shoot pee all over me when I change him.
4. He never had a problem with his latch, eating, etc - he's a piglet and he's a piglet because he snorts when he eats.
5. He smiles all the time.  It's adorable.
6. He loves being held and taking naps on people.
7. He looks just like my husband and nothing like me.  The nurses in the NICU said Lucas had a spunky personality so that must have come from me ;-)
8. He loves his mom the most and dad.



Check out my other bump updates here:
39 Weeks
36 Weeks
27 Weeks
21 Weeks
17 Weeks
13 Weeks
Finding Out 



August 23, 2013

Chillaxin'


Yeah, that's the picture I came home to after leaving Lucas with sister to babysit him while I was away for two hours...a boob guy onesie and Superman cap...the picture of a gentleman-in-training.  If he ever decides to run for office, this picture will haunt him.


So this is what we've been doing a lot of lately which is why I don't have a real post today.  Lucas was really into watching ESPN!  I wish he was this calm when I tried to watch Honey Boo Boo...I'll keep working on that.

I had my first outing on Thursday by going to the spa and getting a pedicure and facial.  It was glorious.  However, I did find myself a little anxious to get home.  To make it up to Lucas for leaving him for two hours, I plan to smother him with lots of kisses for two (or twenty-four) hours straight.  Have a great weekend!

August 21, 2013

Lunch Break


Who is this person and why isn't she dressed in her husband's gym clothes or pajamas?  Yep, I managed to wear real clothes and out of my husband's pajamas on Saturday and I felt incredibly guilty for it.  My mother-in-law watched Lucas for me and my husband on Saturday so that we could go out for lunch and basically get me out of the house.  It is ridiculous how emotional I get thinking about being apart from my baby.  I've only been away from him two times and for only an hour each time.  The first time I left the house, I cried.  And you would have thought I was going on vacation for how much I cried.  We literally went to eat ONE mile down from our home and at a restaurant that is in our neighborhood.  I cried nonetheless.  Don't even get me started on thinking about going back to work.  I cry at least once a day thinking about it.  Thankfully, I will be working from home one day  out of the week and my husband a different day then the days we're both at the office, my mom will be watching him.  I'm so blessed that my mom has offered to watch Lucas.  I know he will be in great hands and when he gets older, he'll be eating all her great Puerto Rican cooking that I grew up on.

Despite feeling guilty about going out to eat lunch, it eventually felt good to be outside and in real clothes.  Later this week, I made an appointment to use the spa gift card my husband gave me for our anniversary.  I'll be gone for two hours and will need to mentally prepare myself starting now.  I know...I'm going to the spa  not the dentist's office but not even the spa tops spending time with my little guy.  Motherhood is a crazy thing...an amazingly crazy thing.

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Dress: H&M  /  Shoes: Target  /  Jewelry: Ebay, Alex and Ani, David Yurman


August 19, 2013

One Month Old


My baby turned one month old yesterday!  It feels like only two weeks that he's been here.  I tried to take a monthly picture but I believe the above picture is definitely one of those "nailed it" moments!  He screamed in the basket and in the chair so the idea in my head to have a cute pinterest-like monthly photo quickly vanished.  But that's my baby that I love so much!  In a month, my life has changed dramatically but for the best.  It's amazing how much has changed but crazy still that I have a baby in my life.  He has so much personality-always smiling, sleeps a lot, and pees constantly!  He currently sleeps in five hour stretches which is awesome.  Lucas is our little sunshine.  Happy one month birthday, sweet boy!


August 16, 2013

Family Visitors


Since I'm still on maternity leave, my outfits lately have consisted on baggy gym shorts and humongous t-shirts...not so dainty and decadent.  BUT, call me biased but I think my little Lucas is just the daintiest and most decadent cutie so why not share these adorable photos of him with my family?  Have a great weekend!




How cute are these Ralph Lauren outfits that my cousin, Liz Marie, sent Lucas?!


August 14, 2013

My Newborn Must Haves

1. Snugabunny Swing: We only just started using this swing because we were waiting for Lucas to have better neck control.  Although Lucas is an easy sleeper, now that he's waking up more during the day, I have him swinging for a bit if I need to clean up or pump.  He loves it!
2. Nuk Pacifier: We bought all different kinds of pacifiers but these are the only ones he likes.  My uncle, an orthodontist, bought these for him because they are orthodontic and Lucas loves them.  
3. Hooded Towel:  Lucas hates being naked (we call him our little 'nevernude') so wrapping him up immediately after a bath is necessary.  Necessary or else his crying makes me cry...I'm a wimp.
4. Britax Chaperone Car Seat:  As soon as we put Lucas in his car seat, he falls asleep and will stay asleep until we take him out.  Either we have a lazy baby or he loves his car seat!
5. Huggies:  We originally bought all pampers diapers however we were having lots of leaking problems.  I don't know if it is a "boy" thing or just a Lucas issue but after switching to Huggies we haven't had leaking since.
6. Dr. Browns Newborn Bottle Feeding Set:  We've used these bottles from the get go and Lucas has not had any colic nor gas issues.  He takes to the bottle easily and heard great things about Dr. Browns.
7. Simmons Kids Slumber Elite Bassinet:  Lucas sleeps in this bassinet at night and in our bedroom.  We're really happy with it especially because he loves it and will sleep for awhile.  Last night he slept for 5 hour stretches!  Woot woot!
8. Bob Revolution Stroller: Ugh, LOOOOOVE this stroller!  Seriously, this is the lightest and best stroller.  It's so easy to maneuver around in.  I can't wait to take it out on jogs too.
9. Summer Infant Bather:  We just started giving Lucas real baths and I love how this bather does not slip around.
10. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets:  These are just the cutest blankets.  I use them for everything from swaddling, wrapping, burping, car seat cover, etc.  I keep some in my diaper bag and pretty much every room.  If it's good enough for Prince George then it's perfect for my Prince Lucas!
1. Diaper Genie: What can I say?  Poopy diapers stink and this stops the stink.
2. JJ Cole Nursing and Feeding Pillow:  I cannot give enough positive reviews for this pillow!  My mom bought me this pillow after seeing how uncomfortable I was nursing due to the c-section.  The pillow has helped tremendously!  Not only do we use it for feedings but also to prop our arms on when we're cradling him.  I highly highly recommend this over other pillows that I also own.
3. Snoogle Pillow:  Most women use the snoogle during pregnancy but I just couldn't get used to it.  Now, it has been necessary in order for me to sleep.  The first week home, due to the c-section, I could not lay on my side.  I used the snoogle to prop myself up against and finally get a little bit of sleep.
4. Medella Pump In Style Advanced: I pump now and will continue to do so at work so I love how portable this pump is and that it's not too loud.
5. Bottle Warmer: My husband and I were at first were trying to warm the bottle from the faucet but we quickly got lazy.  Lucas is a really good sleeper but when he's hungry, he's hungry and will let the entire town know so we needed to have his bottles ready pronto.
6, Boon Lawn Drying Mat:  I wash a lot of bottles and parts a day and I really like the look of this mat.  It gets the drying job done while looking great in my kitchen!
 
1. Mittens:  My little guy likes to scratch his face and poke his eyes whenever his mittens aren't on so we keep these on most of the time.
2. Socks:  We love socks that look like shoes...it completes the outfit! Ha!
3. Gowns:  Before Lucas was here I thought I would never use a gown.  They looked uncomfortable and baggy to sleep in.  Now, they are my favorite sleepers!  At 3 a.m., you want the easiest thing to change your baby in and for me, gowns are the best.
4. Onesies:  I had an imagine of me dressing my baby every day in the perfect outfit - shirt, pants, shoes, the whole complete outfit.  That quickly got thrown out the window after having three blowouts in a row.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I still try my best to pick out the cutest outfits for him but he's rarely ever in pants.  I must admit that I am a Baby Gap addict.  I always wait for Baby Gap to have a promotion and then try to just shop clearance.  They have just the cutest clothes and it's the perfect style for Lucas.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but these are my must haves so far.  I'd love to hear any recommendations though!

August 9, 2013

Current Beauty Favorites: Before and After Pregnancy

Throughout my pregnancy, clothes shopping for myself just didn't appeal to me.  However, clothes shopping for Lucas and beauty products for myself was my vice.  At nine months pregnant, I just felt so incredibly yucky so pampering with new beauty products did the trick.  Now that I'm on maternity leave, I'm not using a whole lot of makeup but when I do, it feels nice to use products that I really like.  Here's what I'm loving lately:

1.  Macadamia Deep Repair Masque:  For the first time in my life, my hair is full!  Pregnancy hormones can be pretty awesome in this area.  With fullness came the tangles so I started looking into deep conditioners to keep my hair soft and smooth.  I love this masque!  Not only does it smell great but it makes my hair so soft without feeling heavy.

2.  Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler:  I've never owned a nice eyelash curler until I bought this curler and I now get the hype!  I have long lashes but they grow straight out.  This is the only curler that has sufficiently curled my lashes and lasts all day.  Totally recommend it!

3.  Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette:  I own both of the naked palettes and love them so I knew this palette would not disappoint.  Lately, I've been using the dark brown shadow as an eyeliner and the lightest shade in my inner eye to make me look semi awake.  This is also such a good palette for office makeup.

4.  Dior Creme de Rose Plumping Lip Balm:  This lip balm smells sooooooooo good!  I have really sensitive lips and this does not irritate them.  In fact, it makes them super soft.  I apply this before I apply any other beauty products to give it time to set.  Love love!

5.  Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer:  I have the darkest of the darkest under eye circles.  Now that I'm only getting a couple hours of sleep at night, they're even darker so I need extra coverage.  I love applying this concealer over my Bobbi Brown color correcting concealer.  It lightens my under eye area and is long lasting.  For the price, it's a great product and I will repurchase once I run out.

6.  Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon:  The lip butter line is so fun.  I picked up Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya and I really like the brightness without looking too teen boppy.

7.  Yes to Cucumbers Cleansing Towelettes:  I'm very particular about removing my makeup and cleaning my face two times a day.  When I don't deep cleanse my skin using my clarisonic mia, I use these towelettes to remove my makeup before washing using a face soap.  It's not irritating on my skin and feels and smells nice.

What are you loving lately?



August 7, 2013

Life Lately Through My Iphone

It's been an eye opening couple of weeks (literally, I haven't I slept in days).  Lucas will be three weeks old on Thursday and I can't believe that even three weeks have gone by!  I've been obsessed with him.  I love spending this time with him and learning his personality.  I'm torn going back to work because I will miss him but there's a small part of me that looks forward to dressing up again...a very small part.  Here's a little snippet of my life as of lately.


My sister, Adri, got Lucas this Yankee cap and a baby Jeter tee.  He's still too small to wear it but I just had to snap a picture of him swimming in the cap - too cute!


My other sister, Melisa, came to visit and assisted in Lucas' newborn photo shoot that she so sweetly gifted us.  I'm so excited to see the photos!  Lucas is probably not going to be thrilled that I posted his little baby buns on the internet but this was too cute not to post.  He was such a trooper that day and the photographer was amazing with him!


Lucas had his first shot and the doctor removed his cord stump.  He could not stop making this face!  Needless to say, he was in shock...


My husband and I celebrated three years of marriage together this past week.  My mother in law watched Lucas while my husband and I went out to dinner and I manage to not cry leaving him.  Yes, I am one of those moms!  It surprises me more than anyone.  The first week out of the hospital, I was a crying hormonal mess so my husband took me out to lunch just to get out of the house - I end up crying because I was sad leaving Lucas behind - hormones, whoa.


The best way to take a nap.  I love when he falls asleep with me.  I'm spoiling him...I know.  You know I'm sleep deprived if I'm posting a makeup free face on the internet.


When we're not napping, I'm lightly working so that I don't fall behind.  My office has been awesome letting me have this time with Lucas but every once in awhile I do a little bit of work here and there.  Lucas has been such a helpful assistant.


Consoling him at the doctor's office.  He hates being naked so swaddling him is necessary.  Spoiled I tell ya.

 My love.


August 2, 2013

Our Little Family


Just a few pictures we took last weekend of us and Lucas.  Lucas was 9 days old here.  Have a great weekend!












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