The One Food Prep Secret I Wish I Knew Before My First Baby Arrived

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Cheese and crackers. Cereal. That's pretty much what my meals consisted of the first time I arrived home with a newborn. Although I was lucky enough to have my mom in town for two weeks to cook and clean prior to that, once she had to go and the hubby was working all day, I needed to figure out a way to nourish myself (quickly!) so I could return to baby duties or (ahem) nap time!  So these "meals" were all I had to resort to. But I wish I had known about an ingenious food prep secret that would have made my life much easier (not to mention … [Read more...]

8 Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Products Every Expectant Mother Needs

If you're newly pregnant and asking yourself whether there are any products or toiletries in your everyday beauty regimen to avoid, the answer is a resounding YES. Well, at least in the first trimester. But if you search online or ask the experts, you will find an overwhelming amount of differing opinions on this topic.  Some look at their own parents or family members with kids and say that all turned out fine despite the use of every product out there. Others point to new research that links various household chemicals and products to birth defects, and stress the importance of going … [Read more...]

DHA & Helping Baby Develop a Healthy Brain

As an expectant mother, one of the most important ways to care for yourself and unborn baby is to simply eat healthy.  Most people know this means eating nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, avoiding raw or undercooked meats and going the organic route when possible.  But few really give much thought to the prenatal vitamins needed to supplement mommy's diet...before, during and after pregnancy.  And yes, taking a supplement before pregnancy officially begins is just as important because a baby's neural tube development which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first … [Read more...]

8 Week Progress Report

So I've officially reached the 8-week postpartum mark in my birth recovery.  It's a bit of a milestone for a number of reasons.  For starters, it's the time I can resume a number of activities, including exercising lightly -- something I'm thrilled to hear! I've been incredibly eager to shed some fat off of my belly and thighs -- an issue I've never really had to worry about too much in my life until pregnancy happened (thankfully!).  But, I just haven't had the time to get into it...that with caring for a newborn and all.  I barely have time to blog these days.  I'm trying to start working … [Read more...]

Baby Chili Is Here! — My Labor and Delivery Story

Over the past two weeks, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging…to finally welcome into the world my baby boy “Chili!  So many emotions have filled my heart upon meeting this amazingly angelic creature – beginning with immense love.  I never imagined how much I could love someone until I met him.  He is truly a blessing in my life and I can’t believe that it all happened so fast. My Labor and Delivery Story It was about 1 am Friday night, when after just falling asleep, I felt a gush of water down my legs – yeah not quite what I expected considering the statistic cited by experts … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Sweepstakes

By now I'm sure that most people have seen the  movie trailer for one of the most renowned pregnancy resources out there -- the "What to Expect When Your Expecting" #1 best-selling pregnancy book. Unlike the book, which takes a more informational tone, the movie is a romantic comedy that follows the journey of five couples into parenthood -- featuring a star-studded cast.  And...I have to admit, I'm a bit excited to know that the movie hits theaters in just a few weeks on May 18th, a week before my due date!  Makes things that much more real for me! :) Many brands are even piggy-backing … [Read more...]

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

With the final stretch before my due date approaching, reality is beginning to hit me.  In just two short weeks, I will be full-term and know that now, baby can actually come at any moment. What worries me most, is that there is still so much left to be done before then.  The nursery needs a few finishing touches in place, including curtains, a rug, fresh crib sheets and a final clean-up.  All new clothes and blankets that baby will be using in first few weeks need to be washed and stored away.  And, I still need to make some final baby registry returns/purchases. But the one thing that … [Read more...]

Baby Shower Weekend Part II

What a great weekend! Not only did it feel like early summer weather-wise, but I was lucky enough to have a second baby shower, courtesy of my mother and sisters, for the other half of my family unable to make the first shower.  I was thrilled to finally spend some quality time with everyone and unwind with a day full of games, food and gifts. Everyone got a chance to guess how big my belly was by simply measuring out how much tape it would take to wrap around my bump.  Of course the majority of guests over-estimated, but it was fun to see everyone take a stab at it.  Although I feel like … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Pregnancy Photo Shoot

This past weekend I had my very first pregnancy photo shoot!!! My husband's friend offered to capture this very special time in our lives, and simultaneously build her portfolio.  So, like any excited momma-to-be, I dolled myself up with a new haircut/color, dress, shoes and accessories to complete the look. Although we'll have to wait 2-4 weeks to see the entire shoot results, we did get a little peek into what's to come.  Check the photos out below and let me know which are your favorites :)! … [Read more...]

Baby Shower Weekend

What a great weekend!  Both my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law hosted a baby shower for Charlie and I to help us gather some very necessary items for baby Chili.  We received tons of adorable outfits, bouncers, car seat, high chair, stroller, glider and crib!  Everything looked beautiful and I'm lucky to say that another one isn't too far away, since the rest of my family (my mom and sisters) are throwing a second shower for the other half on Long Island. Below are a few pictures I wanted to share. Enjoy :). … [Read more...]