One month has come and gone and our little Ella is growing faster than we could ever imagine. Ella is over 8lbs. now and it amazes me that she is exactly how I expected she would be from the way she was in my tummy. She was always moving around, especially during the night, and all her kicks and movements are still the way she settles herself. I knew she would be strong, and she is. Owen is getting into the routine of having a baby sister who needs a lot of his Mom’s attention. He loves his little sister but he has also enjoyed having time with me for our Mom and son date nights together.
We have also found getting out of the house as a family to be much easier than the first couple weeks. We have been able to enjoy seeing our friends at several Christmas parties where, besides my little ones, my Oemi bag was the topic of conversation. I’ve received so many compliments on it and when I tell them “it’s actually a diaper bag” … “you’re kidding!” is typically the answer. The Parkside Bag goes from diaper bag, to work bag, to out-with-the-girls bag, its perfect! I showed my Mom the other day, and she went on about how great this would be for her work and I swear if I wasn’t watching her close enough she would have run off with it! I might have to get her one before she does 🙂
Oemi Baby also makes adorable blankets and baby clothing. If you are searching for the perfect gift for Mom this holiday season, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites. Click on the photos below and happy shopping!
Thanks Oemi Baby for sponsoring this post!
Think of it as having the same great flare and functionality of the original Oemi Baby Bag, but with a few special touches for an extra hint of luxury.
Stylish and functional, the Oemi Baby Bag has been crafted with the needs of fashion-conscious parents in mind. It is the perfect alternative to the traditional diaper bag. In fact, the only person who will know it’s a diaper bag is you!
The Oemi Parkside Diaper Bagis made from 100% leather and is the perfect alternative to the traditional diaper bag. Beautifully crafted and are made for the fashion conscious parent on the go.
Strolling through Victoria Park with my beautiful baby girl in arms, I could not have been more excited to snap some photos of the Holiday looks Marcelle Cosmetics and I put together. It was a chance to have some family time outside of the house.
For those of you that don’t know me well, I have always loved getting “dolled up”. I enjoy doing my hair and makeup and if I didn’t live in a country where it is cold for half of the year you would always find me wearing a dress. This partnership with Marcelle Cosmetics was right up my alley!
My First Look: RED HOT LIPS
- Rouge Xpression in Rouge en Folie
- Forever Sharp Lipliner in Red
- Ultimate Volume Mascara in Black
- Blush in Pink Mademoiselle
- BB Cream Matte
You can’t go wrong with a red lip especially around the holidays! You can dress up any outfit in the matter of minutes and save time by keeping the rest of your look subtle. BB cream (which is amazing! Light weight and covers so nicely), a little blush, and a great mascara really is all you need to finish this look.
My Second Look: Metallic Smokey
- Lux Gloss in Spicy Nude
- Forever Sharp Lipliner in Nude Pink
- Xtension Plus Curl Macsara – Black
- Flawless Foundation
- Blush in Coral
- Quad Eyeshadow in Mona Lisa
- Lux Cream Eye-Shadow + Liner in Vanilla Ice
The second look I love because it really brings out my eyes which happen to be my futures hubby’s favorite feature of mine. The Lux Cream Eye-Shadow + Liner in Vanilla Ice really accentuates the green in my eyes and brings out the colours I used in the Mona Lisa Eyeshadow Quad . The Xtension Plus Curl Mascara is absolutely amazing and you don’t need to reapply over and over to get those thick, full looking lashes.
Whether you’re kicking back with friends and family this Holiday season or heading out for a night on the town, don’t forget to take some ”me time” of your own and share your Holiday looks by Marcelle with me using hashtag #mymarcellelook. I’d love to see what you come up with!
To shop the products featured visit www.marcelle.com.
Thank you Marcelle Cosmetics for sponsoring this post.
Two weeks in and I feel that I’ve become a Mother again in a new way. Some things are easier this time around, the sleepless nights are more manageable, the basic care of a newborn isn’t new to me and not eating before she eats is my normal. With Owen, all of those things were very much overwhelming. I remember I would cry at how tired I was, and at meal time I would stare at my food while it got cold because for some reason the baby always wants to eat when you do. This time I have a new set of challenges, like fussiness after family and friends visit. Ella starts to “stress feed” and will feed for hours after they leave which makes for a tired mommy.
Another challenge is getting out the door. The first two times that I left the house were to go to our follow-up Doctors appointments, I was late arriving to both. Its crazy that as soon as you plan to leave the house, your baby doesn’t just poop she has a diaper blow out, pees on the new outfit you were just about to put her in, then as soon as you leave the house you almost forget you haven’t changed out of your pajamas or brushed your hair. I almost left the house without a bra the other day and laughed at myself because wouldn’t that have been something!
What about giving your partner the time and love that they need? When we first got home I was sleeping on the couch in the living room as I didn’t want to wake Rick or Owen in the middle of the night. I thought I was doing the right thing by doing this but Rick quickly put an end to that when he told me he wanted me back in our bed even if Ella was going to fuss throughout the night, and it was simple as that, communication is key! We are also going to pick up our date nights where they left off before little Ella came along. It may be a quick dinner out while our little one hangs out with grandma but some time alone where our attention is focused only on each other is so important to a healthy relationship. The most challenging aspect has been to watch my son Owen go from being so happy about his little sister to having some jealously towards her and hard feelings towards me, it completely breaks my heart. We’ve definitely had more than a few tears around the house but I’ve been constantly reassured by those around me that it’s an adjustment not only for him but for everyone and that in time it will get better.
With all the new little challenges, I wouldn’t change this feeling or this new life we have for anything in the world. When Ella was born and placed on my chest, tears of joy immediately came over me “Hi, Ella, I’m your Mom. You are my Daughter” is a moment I will never forget. She calms when she hears my voice and when she stares up at me even if it’s with a stern little face, I can see it in her eyes that she trusts me, she feels safe with me and it’s an amazing feeling! With Owen, I’m confident that things will get better. We’ve continued to read books every night together and even if Ella is screaming I say to him “she can wait while I tuck you in”. Owen and I will continue to have our date nights together starting tonight! This evening we are seeing a movie and I may be even more excited than he is to get that one on one time.
My best advice for the new Mommas out there is to try to think of all the good when you have some frustrations or moments of “how the heck am I going to get through this”. Never be embarrassed to ask for help from family, a friend, your care provider or your partner. Every few months there may be some new challenges you face but those will come with some unforgettable moments like your baby’s first smile or giggle. Cherish every bit because the time goes by all too fast.