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Nursing in Public

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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When I gave birth to my first son, I wasn’t comfortable nursing in public, even more so if there were a lot of people around me (especially men). I felt self-conscious and nervous, but I learned to overcome these feelings with some help from my friends, who are fellow moms. I saw how they did it and followed some of their tips about nursing in public. Today, I want to share some of these tips that I’ve learned.

Prepare ahead of time.

If I go out and I know that I will need to nurse my baby, I prepare everything inside my diaper bag beforehand. This includes my nursing cover and burping cloth. That way, when I nurse him I can just grab my bag beside me and get the things I need during feeding time.

Wear something easy to breastfeed in.

This is very helpful and makes breastfeeding sessions easy. There are a few styles you can wear which include: v-necklines, loose shirts, or shirts with built-in bras. I mostly love wearing a wrap front v-neckline with stretchy fabric, like this black wrap dress from Pink Blush. It can be worn as a maternity dress too. It makes it easy for me and my baby because I can just drag down the front cover when I need to breastfeed.

Wear an easy-access bra.

I like to use either a bra with removable cups with a hook, or sports bras. It depends on what kind of outfit I’m wearing for the day.

Use a nursing cover.

I’ve been using a multi-purpose nursing cover for my newborn this time around. I mentioned it here in a previous blog post. I like to use this cover often, but if I’m outdoors in the Texan weather, I try not to cover my baby’s whole body.

Pick a spot.

All babies are different. My eldest son didn’t want to feed when there was noise around him. On the other hand, my other two sons were fine with it. Finding a place to sit and support your back is also important while nursing a baby. If I’m at church, I use my nursing cover, but if my little one starts to fuss, I bring him to the nursing room. It’s more comfortable and easy to feed there for me.

 

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Do you have any tips that make nursing in public easier, especially for first time moms?

Dress sponsored by Pink Blush, but all opinions are honest and my own.

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Road trip with toddlers and newborn

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Comfy pregnancy look + life being a mom of all boys

Friday, July 28, 2017

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It’s FRIDAY!! Happy mom here! Today, I want to share a glimpse of life being a mom of all boys. I think I’ve heard, “Oh boy! (with pity face..)” a hundred times after I started to share that my third baby is another boy. 😉 When people were asking me about what I’m having, most of them were supportive. Although, a few people were giving me weird comments like, “Why is it not a girl? It should be a girl!” These were coming from strangers in the grocery store. 😉 Being a mom of all boys can sound tiring, crazy, you name it, but I always believe it is how you discipline them. It is important to have a good relationship with your children because in the end, their gender will not matter. What will matter is how you mold them, so that they grow to be good people and followers of Christ.

After my second child was born, I thought my husband and I were done having children. However, after seeing my boys and how much they love to play and laugh together (And yes, arguing with each other, and then playing and laughing again… Oh boy…), I felt that I was not yet done. I told my husband I wanted another child, not just because I wanted to try for a girl, but because I really wanted to have at least 3 kids. Even though I would love to have a girl, I’m very thankful to God that he gave me another chance to get pregnant. It took a long time for me to convince my husband, which I totally understand, since we had a hard time with our son’s reflux before (and I’ve experienced depression which I think it was “D-MER“). However, I realized that I was missing the most important tool in my life. That’s why I stopped telling my husband that I wanted another child, and instead, I began to pray for it. And then it happened! God blessed us with another child!

So what’s the life of being a mom to 2 boys like so far? Let me tell you, they are rough, active, loud, you name it. They can also be the sweetest and greatest helpers as well! Here are a few other things about them!

  • They like heroes and dress-up, wearing capes, putting shirts around their faces to be like ninjas (their Tito Nicoy taught about it)
  • They love to jump everywhere, which is why it’s a good thing we have an indoor trampoline!
  • Creating mess is the most fun thing for them to do, but thankfully my husband and I trained them to clean up their own mess.
  • They are sweet to girls!
  • They like to pretend being a hero or a policeman chasing “bad people.”
  • They love books that show giant bears, heroes, construction trucks, and fire trucks
  • They are fascinated with garbage trucks.
  • They eat A LOT and always say they are hungry. People might think I’m starving them…

 

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I’m wearing a size XL top for my baby bump (when I was around 35 weeks) Similar top and maternity denim shorts from a good friend of mine. (Similar shorts). SHOP for these comfy sneakers.

Anyone else here the  mom/dad to all boys? What do you love about it?

Don’t forget to check my BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!! Read here!

 

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37-week maternity looks featuring Pink Blush

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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(dress and skirt are sponsored by Pink Blush)

This has been a time where I’ve been experiencing lots of braxton hicks, especially at night. The tiring part is when I wake up around 3AM because of it. After waking up, it’s hard to go back to sleep. This is probably a good thing that may be an advantage for me. In a way, it’s helping me get ready for the newborn, and having to wake up to feed him. My doctor told me to drink lots of water whenever I experience frequent braxton hicks. My husband also told me to rest and stop making myself tired by doing things like cleaning… But who doesn’t like to have a clean house right? 😉

Over the weekend, we brought the kids around the neighborhood to let them run around before bedtime. I also got some beautiful baby bump shots, while wearing this pretty dress and fitted maternity floral skirt, from Pink Blush. I love how you can wear their clothes even when you’re not pregnant. They have sizes in maternity plus too. If you check out their site, you can see that there are plenty of selections from tops, to dresses, robes, and even accessories. They have a variety of choices to wear, whether it’s for a baby shower look, maternity shoot, or for your daily outfit. You can wear them outside and they make it easy to nurse your baby. Here’s the link to shop for their great clothes!

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Have a blessed week!

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:13-14

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My Summer Maternity Shoot

Friday, July 21, 2017

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First of all, I want to thank my husband, Brent for taking these images. I think he’s now accepting that his life married to me involves pictures and photoshoots. 😉 It’s good to have someone to take pictures of you outside. It allows you to have different backgrounds, but if you like the indoors, and the husband is not available, check out my post: “Taking photos of your own baby bump.” I have some tips there on how I take pictures of myself inside, using a tripod.
As I turned 36 weeks pregnant, I feel that I’m getting close to the finale! Things have been busy preparing for my new son’s arrival. We’ve been washing new clothes that we received from my baby shower, preparing a bassinet, and washing breast pump bottles and extra bottles (so Brent can also feed the baby so I can sleep). I also started to prepare a hospital bag and started to put the things I need for my little one and myself. I’d love to hear what you need in a hospital bag. I feel like I’m missing something!

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Similar Maxi Dress / Similar summer hat

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You can pair this outfit with ethnic sandals like these  / Similar wooden hoop earrings

SHOP MAXI DRESS

SHOP WEDGE SANDALS

SHOP FLAT SANDALS

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Baby Bump Style: Blue & White Summer Stripe Finds

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Summer stripes like blue and white, are often my favorites to wear this time of season. I’ve been wearing stripes recently on my tops and dresses, which I like to pair with comfy sneakers or sandals. They help to keep me more comfortable in my pregnancy. You can also style these kinds of stripes in wearing wedges if you’re into dressing up especially in date night or weekend style. I wanted to share some of the blue and white summer stripes that caught my attention. They are more of a casual style and will make your outfit look comfy and cool this summer.

1 Ruffled seesucker stripe shorts  (On SALE!)

2 Off-Shoulder ¾ Sleeve Stripe Peasant Top

3 Off Shoulder Shift Dress (On SALE)

4 Blue Stripe Linen Pant  (ON SALE)

5 Shirt Dress

6 Maternity Striped Sheath Dress (BUY 1, GET 2ND 50% OFF)

7 Fitted Jersey Maxi Skirt (ON SALE!)

8 Striped Linen-Blend Shorts

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I’m wearing my DIY Sling Sandals but here’s something similar. stripes-baby-bump-style-2

SIMILAR DRESS /  SIMILAR POUCH CLUTCH / NAIL POLISH

 

Have a great weekend friends!

 

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Summer Swimsuit Favorites

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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After a long week of bed rest since being sick, my husband and I decided to head to the beach with the kids and enjoy the beautiful weather. It’s nice to live in Houston where we can take a quick trip to the beach and relax before another busy week!. Today I wanted to  share some one-piece swimsuits that caught my eye. I think they are all lovely to wear at the beach! They also look classy without  showing a lot of skin – which I like since I’m getting old 😉

Click the links below to see more details about these swimsuits!

1) One-piece Ruffle Swimsuit Polka Dots

2) Ballet One-Piece Swimsuit

3) Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

4) Floral Print One-Piece Swimsuit

5) Beach Striped Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

6) Pink Off-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

7) Laser Cut Black One-Piece Swimsuit  

8) Tropical Leaf Print One-Piece Swimsuit

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Good thing my almost 7-month baby bump can still fit into a normal one-piece swimsuit! Here’s a laser-cut halter one-piece swimsuit I got from Target. They are on SALE, so better check this deal out soon!

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Which swimsuit do you like above? How are you enjoying the long weekend?

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Baby Bump Style + Favorite SALE Picks!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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(Beach bag from Abejas Boutique, similar here / Thin belt similar here)

I am soon reaching the end of my second trimester, and my baby bump has been showing a lot these past few weeks. I love this time in my pregnancy as I can still wear clothes that aren’t maternity clothes. Lately, I’ve been choosing dresses over tops and pants because I’ve been easily feeling warm. I know it’s only spring in Texas, but it feels like summer to me. That’s the pregnant life, along with chasing two toddlers around.

When choosing clothes while I’m pregnant, I like to get one size bigger than my usual and try to style it with a belt or other accessories.  I’m wearing an off-shoulder dress (in the images above) that I got from T.J. Maxx. It’s not a maternity dress, but it has a flowy style, so I thought it would be perfect to wear while I’m pregnant. It’s cute for springtime too! Here’s similar piece!

Don’t you think it’s cute to dress up with a baby bump? Here are a few of my favorite picks of dresses and accessories that are on sale! These are great, regular, non-maternity clothes that preggies like me can wear.

Reverse Flowy Dress

Mango Flowy Striped Dress

Mango Off-shoulder Dress

Old Navy Striped Dress

Steve Madden Thin Belt

Straw Beach Bag

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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