Summer Stripes

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We’re down in Florida celebrating a few family birthdays and Fathers’ Day – soaking up the sun and eating way too many calories.  It was Cora’s first time in the ocean (did not love) and first time in the pool (did love). My maternity leave from work will be up soon and this trip has been a wonderful cap to my time off with the baby.  Any suggestions on how to cope with separation anxiety (mine, not hers of course – I’m sure she will not even notice that I’m gone haha).

This dress is easy to wear – a wrap dress is always good for nearly every body type.  Plus this one is so lightweight that it’s perfect for super hot, summer days.

Headed back to the pool to escape the humid, 90-degree weather down here.

XOXO – Em

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| Wayf Wrap dress | Steve Madden heels (ON SALE) | Illesteva sunglasses | Lack of Colour boater | ASOS choker | Sephora lipstick |

Postpartum Musings and a Dressed Up Romper

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| Anthropologie romper | heels via Nordstrom (ON SALE!) | Ray Bans | Gigi New York monogrammed clutch |

Here I sit, 7 weeks postpartum, wondering why my body didn’t jump immediately back into the exact shape it was the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember so desperately waiting for the bump to appear, and now every morning I wake up wishing it to be magically gone.

I had my postpartum check up and was given the green light to start working out again.  I’ve been to the gym twice so far, and while I felt really good afterwards, I was surprised at how exhausted I felt, and how completely out of shape I am.  And I worked out the vast majority of this pregnancy…it’s not like I sat on the couch for 9 months.  But the last month of the pregnancy I was not able to work out, and post c-section I had to wait 6 weeks to start being super active again.  Apparently those 10 weeks were just enough for my body to say…mehhhhhh no more pushups, let’s eat Oreos instead….

I know that it’s wishful thinking that my body would be back to normal so fast – my gosh, it took nearly 10 months to get into the shape that it was just 7 short weeks ago. I grew a human inside me and that is a freaking miracle. So, why am I expecting another miracle – losing 30 pounds in 7 weeks? I struggle with comparisons sometimes.  Comparing myself to celebrities and their post-baby bodies.  Comparing myself to moms I know, who somehow keep a perfectly clean house, post regular blog posts, have babies who sleep through the night and seemingly have everything together.  This is not something I am proud of. I am very grateful for so much in my life.  I know how fortunate I am. So, why then, do I still make these comparisons and feel inadequate when I should run around the house naked, bragging about how I just gave birth to a miracle…

It’s something I’m working on.  In the meantime….back to the gym, back to sugar in moderation, back to bathing suit season.  But, in an attempt to show myself how far I have come in 7 weeks, I bought this romper with the teeny shorts, donned a pair of sexy heels and got a little dolled up. My body may not be back to the way I want it, but damn girl I just did something amazing with my body!

I’d love to hear about your advice about dealing with postpartum body issues/image. Or, if you have any great post-baby work out tips, I’m all ears…and thigh dimples. 🙂

XOXO – Em

Tiny Moments

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I love the tiny moments that Cora and I share throughout the day. I love the way she looks out the window during her baths. She could be screaming bloody murder but the minute she hears the water run, she perks right up and coos the entire time.  We bathe her in the kitchen sink and she spends her bath time looking out the window at the light coming in through the trees.

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I love the way she holds so tight onto my fingers whenever she eats. I love the sweet little smiles she gives us, (even if they’re actually gas-related and not because her mama is making funny faces at her). I love that she has started making sweet little noises already, like she is trying to talk to us.  It makes me so excited for the many conversations that she and I will share in the future.

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I love the snuggles that happen post bath even more – holding a clean, naked baby is one of the sweetest joys, I swear! Her skin is oh so soft, and oh so sensitive, so we always look for products that are designed to soothe and protect her skin.  Aveeno baby skin products are pediatrician recommended which gives us extra peace of mind. Plus, she smells baby sweet afterwards!!! You can check out their full line at Aveeno.com.

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These tiny moments with her are fleeting, so I want to take the time to appreciate each and every one of them.

Don’t forget to share your #TinyMoments on Instagram and tag @AveenoUS to show off your #AveenoBaby!!

XOXO – Em

ps – I partnered with AVEENO on this post. All opinions are 100% my own.