Chasing Davies: December 2011

December 31, 2011

2011 Year in Review

2011 was quite the year for me!  You can see what I was up to very clearly in these photos:


 And all this growing culminated in one beautiful blessing...

 I still promise to provide the complete birth story!  Coming soon, I promise!

Happy New Year, may 2012 be as wonderful as 2011 or better.  Be safe celebrating tonight!

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December 30, 2011

How Motherhood Effected Anna

I'm so honored to have Anna from In Honor of Design here today to share her perspective on becoming a mama!  I can totally relate to her story...

Meggy, thank you so much for having me on Chasing Davies, and allowing me to share on motherhood. I am so happy to be a guest!

What I never could have prepared myself for when I actually became a mom?

I grew up the second oldest of eleven children, so I thought I had the baby thing down. Growing up, I loved playing mommy with my little brothers and sisters. I was pretty sure I knew everything I needed to know about how to make babies laugh, change a diaper quick, and rock them to sleep.

Well, of course when my first son was born, I found myself wondering why I had never been informed about things like how warm the water should be when giving him a bath, how to make sure they are breathing okay at night, or even how to plan your day around breastfeeding. I was calling my mother (a pro in my books) on a daily basis.
However, luckily being around babies growing up did give me a pretty calm and laid back approach when I became a parent. However, I was not prepared for how emotional of a person I would become! Suddenly I found myself becoming one of those parents...

You know, the kind that cry when their child grows into a new onesie size, or sees their baby crawl for the first time. I also became a commercial crier (aka someone who cries at random commercials), and a cronic movie crier. It seems as though when your heart grows, your sensitivity to life does also. I often joke about how annoying it is to be so emotional now, but the truth of the matter is, I am so thankful that I have been given the chance in this life to know love in the depths that you experience with motherhood, and if sensitivity is a side effect, so be it;)

Thank you so much, Anna!

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December 29, 2011

2 Weeks

Popping in to say hi and a little update.  My lil man is already over 2 weeks - time sure flies.  And I think I'm starting to look a little less pregnant, though I have a long way to go. 

{Target (Gift) Black Coat, J.Crew Vest, J.Crew Outlet Shirt, Gap Black Denim Pants, Urban Outfitter Heels}

We also took the little one on his first outing that didn't revolve around a pediatrics appointment.  We went to dinner with a bunch of friends that are all in town - and he did great.  The car ride put him to sleep and the sounds of the restaurant kept him sleeping the whole dinner.  I didn't even have to dip into my bottle of pumped milk I brought.

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December 28, 2011

Staying Real, New Mama Advice from Terra

Hi everyone! My name is Terra from Stylish White Female. I have the honor of guest posting for Meggy while she spends time with her precious little guy. 

Meggy asked me to offer up a little perspective on my experience as a new mom {I had my little one in September}. Pardon me if I am a little too honest.

There are lots of things that I learned as a new mom. Mostly, I learned that all of the things that people told me would happen, didn't. You know why? Every pregnancy is different. I have found that, if I want to inquire about a woman's life as a new mom, I ask her a very general and open-ended question. Something like, How's it going as a new mom? When you say things like, you must be exhausted, huh?, you're making an assumption about what her unique experience is like. Plus, you are kind of insinuating that the woman to whom you are speaking looks haggard, which is probably the last thing you want to do.  

There's something else I want to address. I have heard so many times about how a woman gives birth and the moment the baby was placed in her arms she never felt love so powerful. And while I don't necessarily doubt that is true, I am here to say that is not what I felt. I immediately felt a crushing sense of responsibility. Being pregnant was a cake walk. Now this wiggly little creature is out in the open and it is my job to ensure nothing bad happens to her. That's really intense. As my little one started developing her own personality, I started feeling that powerful love everyone talked about. But I think it's important for women to know that it's okay if love isn't the first sensation you have when you have a baby. 

I will leave you with just one more little nugget that I have learned since having my babe. It has been imperative to my sanity to spend a little time every day taking care of myself. I try to eat well, workout when there is time, and above all, I put on a little makeup, do my hair and put on clothes that make me feel human. Now, I might not always wash my hair. But I do something with it. I personally really love this incredibly easy up-do

Meggy, congratulations on your bubbly little boy! Welcome to the mommy club. It has just gotten a little more fabulous. ;)

Thank you Terra for your amazing post on being a new mom.  I couldn't agree more about your stand point! xox, Meggy

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December 27, 2011

New Mama Diaper Bag Tips by Gigi

One of my very first favorite bloggers, Gigi of Gig's Gone Shopping and more recently with her new bundle of joy, Gigi's Gone Parental, has a great guest post today all about what is in her diaper bag!  Great tips for a new mama!  Thank you Gigi for guest posting!

Congratulations, Meggy D! I'm so so very happy for you. I wish you radiant joy and immeasurable happiness w/ your new bundle!!

I'm a first time mom of a 3 month old. We are past the rougher part of sleepless nights (crosses fingers) and getting out into the world. Of course we cannot leave the house without gear. What's in your diaper bag? That query doesn't have the ring of a certain credit card issuer's slogan, but it's an important question I ask myself every day. I try to do a diaper bag check when arrive home from an outing. That's because I've usually neglected to put something in the bag and find out only when we're out and I need it. My number one piece of advice is to clean out your bag when you get home and replenish it right away. Don't wait to do it in the moments before you leave because there's a higher chance of forgetting something -- at least in my experience. I don't care how perfect & organized you are. If you are a new mom, you're just trying to get by on whatever sleep you've cobbled together and that lack of sleep affects your skills to a certain degree.

I though about getting a chi-chi diaper bag, but went with a plain one like this one by Fisher Price. What attracted me to it was the various compartments and the ability to be able to pop open the front of a case of wipes without unzipping the entire bag or evening opening it. The top part of the wipes case is exposed on on one side of the bag and it's oh so handy. I'm very happy w/my plain black bag.

This is my bag, pretending to be organized.

I didn't like the diaper pad that came w/the bag. I have textural issues and would get that nails on chalkboard feeling every time I touched it. I donated that one and stole my husband's diaper bag pad. He has a Skip Hop and the pad that comes with is one of the thicker ones I've felt. And it's not very thick. The Skip Hop bag is very, very cool, btw, but not enough room for me. I need to carry my breast pump around at times.

One day I'm gonna order some diaper bag dispensers. For now I fold Target bags up and put a rubber band around the pack. I like the aesthetic of the bags on a roll, but they're not a necessity at all. Plus, I am recycling the Target bags by using them, which is good. I've learned that I need bags for dirty diapers and for dirty clothing. I've also learned that some bags need to be doubled!

Spare clothes! I always have a spare outfit for my Mini G. After my experience yesterday, I'm thinking that I need to have more than one outfit. Perhaps there are fancier inserts to hold the clothing, but a plastic Ziploc is working just fine. I like that I can see what's in the bag very easily. I have a onesie, pants, sweater and a bib in this particular plastic bag. I also have a beanie hat/cap tucked in the side of the diaper bag. It's nice to have that in an easy-to-reach place.

Cleansing stuff! Wipes, wipes, wipes. I always feel that I am leaving the house with enough wipes and it seems I deplete the hard case (not pictured) each time I am out. I have a couple packs inside the bag as backup to the main set of wipes. I like to wipe my hands and also the baby's hands, esp if someone has touched her. I don't know why people do that. Babies put their hands in their mouths. Anyway, a maxi pad is also handy. Multiple ones if you're in your first month post-partum. And breast pads. I always have two sets in the bag. Sometimes you leak thru them and the ones I have are not reusable. I also have a small canister of disinfecting spray, which I haven't felt the need to use yet. It's from the travel section @ Target. I'm sure it'll come in handy one day. Oh and stain removal wipes. There will be spitup and drooling. Shout Wipes are awesome.

Chow! I've been breastfeeding, but I also supplement with formula. Sometimes it's not convenient to find a place to feed bf Mini. Also, I once gave her a bottle from the front seat while waiting in traffic. We were about to cross a bridge and it would've been a long, tearful ride if I wasn't able to do that. I was able to reach back w/one arm and hold the bottle, while navigating the slow, bumper-to-bumper traffic. Little victories, I tell ya. I used to use Avent bottles, but switched to Dr. Browns. I do feel they've helped w/gas & digestion issues. I don't know how others do it, but I put water in the bottles and later add the formula when I'm out and about and ready to feed her. I recently bought the blue formula dispenser by Munchkin. Reviewers are right about the compartment issues and formula bouncing from one section to another, so I'll be looking to replace it. The Gerber formula (far left) is something I bought while out. I didn't realize it's for kids who can drink out of a straw. When the baby is screaming and you're tired, it's hard to think straight. I don't know what was going on that day to cause me to make a special run into the store for formula. This is why you prepare and pack the nite before! The other day I put the formula in a different bag than my diaper bag. Having the spare Gerber formula came in handy. Thankfully, Mini G is flexible and has taken the boob, Enfamil, Similac, and now Gerber.

Toys! Mini is 3 months and acutely aware of her surroundings. She's starting to swat at things and reach for them. Also, trying to put everything in her mouth. She loves the Oball. I like it because it's thin enough for her to put her fingers around. She can keep a good grip on it for awhile. Some of the other teething rings are thicker and don't work as well. The cloth star is a teething blanket by Learning Curve. The red point has a squeaker, which she can't squeeze yet. She likes it when I squeeze it. The zebra point has material inside of it that makes a crinkly noise. She likes that as well. The white plastic thing holds a pacifier. Mini rarely wants to take one, but that doesn't stop me from carrying at least two of them in the bag. And I always try to have a cloth diaper for burping, spit up and drooling.

Ummm...diapers! I almost forgot the diapers. I put those in a Ziploc as well. Again, nice and clear so I can easily see the number I have in the bag. I remember when one of my ocd friends said, 'You're gonna use the Swaddlers. Write that down.'  The friend kept looking at me till I wrote it down, so I obliged. I was thinking that I might like to try Huggies vs. Pampers and choose for myself. The hospital gave us Swaddlers and we loved them. My brother got us Huggies, which we tried for a whole, huge, big ole box. Friend was right. We're Pampers peeps.

That's what's in my bag. I've added a 2nd outfit to the bag since drafting this post. Thank goodness because we had an active day ofmovement, including a blow out. I definitely needed 2 extra onesies. One thing I want to add is a small book. If you have any book recommendations or anything else I'm missing from my bag...

...please share...

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December 26, 2011

My Christmas Goods!

I really scored this Christmas.  Besides my favorite Christmas gift of all...I also picked up:

Kindle Fire (+ case) - Which I'm already loving!  This reader + tablet is perfect for me.  I have been using a ton while feeding the baby, in bed, or for following a recipe already!

Tracy Anderson Post-Pregnancy workout DVD - when I get the workout all clear, I'm doing this baby!

My first pair of TOMS - my next pair will be the ballet flats coming this Spring.

A nice black coat.  Can you believe I only had 1 black coat, my sporty-warm North Face, so wanted a nicer one and love this ruffle wool coat from Target.

Kate Spade gift card to use at Kansas City's new Kate Spade store!

Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Integrated-Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player - Which all that means, a super cool  Blu-ray/DVD player that is connected to the internet and I can watch streaming Netflix at the push of a button (hello Vampire Diaries), Skype & Tweet + more.  Husband got this for me for our bedroom TV for those late baby nights or lazy baby mornings.  He gave it to me early and I'm already through 9 episodes of the first season of Vampire Diaries.  Love it!

West Elm Rectangle Silver Tray for our new family room (in the being-decorated-phase).

These are just a few things I was lucky to get.  What did you get for the Holiday??

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December 25, 2011

My Christmas Snapshots

  Hope your holiday was lovely and Santa was good to you!

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