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Sure the big belly is great for housing a growing human… But it’s also awesome for holding my daily donuts. #NoTableNeeded #ShelfBelly #stylethebump

Sure the big belly is great for housing a growing human… But it’s also awesome for holding my daily donuts. #NoTableNeeded #ShelfBelly #stylethebump

Yay! My new @belabumbum lotus chemises have arrived (a staple I raved about in my How To Dress While Nursing post last week)

Yay! My new @belabumbum lotus chemises have arrived (a staple I raved about in my How To Dress While Nursing post last week)

Sometimes black is boring;
but in a sea of gold & silver jewelry…
it’s black that makes the statement!
I’m head-over-hoofs in love with our new hematite-lacquered cuff.
So chic for fall, but lightweight enough for summer.
Flash-discounted from $59 to $33. 

Sometimes black is boring;

but in a sea of gold & silver jewelry…

it’s black that makes the statement!

I’m head-over-hoofs in love with our new hematite-lacquered cuff.

So chic for fall, but lightweight enough for summer.

Flash-discounted from $59 to $33

The Perfect Summer Nursing Blouse.

Following up on this week’s gargantuan nursing post,

here’s a fantastic summer top:

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  • Made of cheap polyester (skip the gorgey silks)
  • Buttons up for easy boob access
  • Long enough to cover the postpartum, er “baggage” in the belly & behind
  • Versatile enough for the office or playdates

And the best part???

It’s $5.  

H&M Sleeveless Blouse

World Map by Scott Coppersmith

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World Map Marquee Light

Some couples cook together.

Husby and I? We explore.

(OK, and eat. Moopigs of a feather flock together).

But more than anything, it’s travel that makes our world go ‘round.

Over the past 7 years, we’ve hit almost 30 countries… 

We’ve battled sandstorms in Uzbekistan

fed catfish to crocodiles in Vietnam

snowmobiled ‘cross glaciers in Iceland

ridden camels in Egypt, elephants in Thailand, horses in Ireland

and lounged like sunning seals on secret beaches in the Seychelles and the Maldives.

As such, 

maps are huge in our house!

They inspire and provoke, luring us to plan our next big travels.

For the next foreseeable months we will be home caring for a newborn, but that’s hardly squelched our wanderlust.

This gorgeous map by Scott Coppersmith is everything: it takes the expansive, neverending world…

and somehow makes it homey.

I’m obsessed.

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While I’m partial to the world, his other pieces are equally gorgeous:

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Heart Marquee Light

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Letter Marquee Lights

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California Marquee Light

How To Dress When You’re Leaking, Er… Breastfeeding

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When pregnant with Baby Girl, I was totally open to breastfeeding or formula or any manageable combo. I figured I’d try to attach Baby to Boob, and if it worked? Brilliant.

If not - I was raised on formula, and Mama’s standards are good enough (OK, mostly a reach) for me.

Fast forward to D - Day! 

My first feeding choice… wasn’t even a choice.

In light of a couple scares post-22-hour failed labor + emergency C, I snuggled with Baby Girl for a glorious 15 minutes before the nurses whisked her away to the nursery. 

I mumbled acquiescence (or maybe Husby did), and off she went for formula. Seven hours later and two? maybe three? feeds later, my darling Baby Girl returned to my arms.

And then I felt it.  

A totally foreign but utterly primal desire to feed her.

Not from a bottle, but from me.  

… So I did.  I just stuck her mouth on my boob, and shocking no one more than me - it worked. There was immediate latching, no pain, and a stunning release of oxytocin that I’d missed by failing to deliver vaginally.

I know that women’s nursing experiences are all over the map; so I share this story not with smugness, but with shock. I was so noncommittal in my preferences (and maybe even looked forward to sharing bottle responsibility with Husby), but I fell so bonkers-in-love with nursing that I couldn’t stop… finally weaning her 13 months later - well into my 2nd pregnancy - and only upon my OB’s urging.

I was so addicted to nursing that I rarely pumped, even when returning to the office after 4 months. I nursed @ 8am before running out the door, sprinted home (literally) @ noon to feed her from the comfort of my couch (while inhaling lunch myself), and then my phenomenal nanny strolled her to my office for a 4pm feed. Dinners & drinks I planned either before or after her 8/8:30pm feed.

In retrospect, those were crazy(!!) days filled with wild hyperscheduling and master planning. Trying to coordinate feedings, naptimes & meetings while committing to inconvenience my colleagues not one bit…  was just nuts.  Throw in a particularly snowy winter and a once-in-a-lifetime institutional overhaul @ my office, and I pretty much lost my mind.

But this isn’t a complaint. Like the crazy hippie-dippie-earthy-mama I never-ever-not-in-a-million-years thought I’d be… I adored every single minute of it.

It was my choice, it was my fortune, and it was my blessing. I felt honored by the role of Mama, of co-worker, employee & boss, and blessed by the resources to handle the experience as I wished.

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As I gear up for Round 2 in a couple weeks, I’m trying to keep a similarly open mind. Will Baby Boy thrive on le boob like Baby Girl did? Will I still adore being a feeding machine this time around?

I’m not sure.  We’ll see.

Either way, I’ve entered full-blown nesting mode, and find myself picking through my old nursing ‘drobe to replenish my favorites.  Here’s my list of the indispensable:

  • Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras: These soft, comfy bras survived a million washes, looked seamless under clothing and felt luxurious against the udders.
  • Boob Design HoodieMaybe not the sexiest wardrobe piece on the block, but certainly one of the comfiest. I lived in this during my mat leave, as did my girlfriends (I gifted them, and they loved me for it)!  You might think that zippered hoodies provide easy access, but one pull on your newborn’s petal-soft skin, and the new-mama-guilt is just too much.
  • Belabumbum sleepwearPretty enough to make me feel a little more womanly, a little less mammal-y, but soft enough when I sacrificed no comfort for aesthetics. The jersey gets softer with each wash and the one-handed pull-down tab is simple to maneuver @ 3am.
  • Zip-up Robe: You might thing you want a gorgeous silk robe to luxuriate in… but for the first few weeks, a soft, cheap zip-up robe is a must.  You will be leaking, you will live in your pajamas, and if your friends & family are like mine - people will be in and out of your house non-stop. A tie robe does not cover all those newly acquired lady lumps, and a zipper makes sure everything is covered when it needs to be.  
  • Nursing Tanks - Glamourmom Extra-LongMajor staple!! I wore these almost daily under blazers to work or cute moto vests & sweaters casually. The built-in-bra is key, as undoing both a nursing bra & a nursing tank is just too much. (I found that cheaper tanks from Target & A Pea In The Pod were much thinner, creating some unfortunate headlights).
  • Vests: Nursing tanks + cardigans get so boring; vests add a little style while providing easy access.  For warmer months, vests like these are weekend perfection; for winter - I love fur vests atop long sleeve nursing tops
  • Polyester / Rayon / Not-Silk Button downs: Over the years, I’ve developed an expansive wardrobe of gorgeous button-downs in crisp white cotton and creamy silks - key for the office. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that these are not friends with baby spitup & drool. Cheaper button-downs in polyester, viscose or rayon (and preferably prints) hide remnants of Baby Feeding much easier.
  • Jersey Wrap Dresses - These abound @ every price level, but my absolute favorite is the Rachel Pally Rocio Dress. I can’t find it available online, but it pops up frequently on flash-discount sites like RueLaLa & Hautelook. I own these in every print & color imaginable, and they were perfect under a chic black blazer to work, then with some crazy jewelry for drinks.  

 OK Mamas, what did I miss?

Little chubby hands found my @clinique_us chubby stick!!! I knew she was too quiet. #lookslikeabloodbath

Little chubby hands found my @clinique_us chubby stick!!! I knew she was too quiet. #lookslikeabloodbath

Our Silver Claw sold out so fast 
that we whipped up another batch
and recreated it in gold.
Beautifully creepy… this cuff is totally one-of-a-kind!
(Click through to see how I pair with leather & spikes.)

Our Silver Claw sold out so fast 

that we whipped up another batch

and recreated it in gold.

Beautifully creepy… this cuff is totally one-of-a-kind!

(Click through to see how I pair with leather & spikes.)

I just. Can’t. Handle. I’ve got peanut butter-banana-bacon, salted caramel, s’mores, fresh strawberry creme, caramel apple, hot fritters in apple & blueberry… And this is just our first of two boxes! (@beilersdonuts)

I just. Can’t. Handle. I’ve got peanut butter-banana-bacon, salted caramel, s’mores, fresh strawberry creme, caramel apple, hot fritters in apple & blueberry… And this is just our first of two boxes! (@beilersdonuts)

A donut a day keeps the thigh gap away 🍩

A donut a day keeps the thigh gap away 🍩

Have to be a fancy preggo pants for only 20 more minutes before I can fling these Choos off & bury my face in the most delicious Oreo cheesecake waiting for me @ home… #foodislove #jimmychoo

Have to be a fancy preggo pants for only 20 more minutes before I can fling these Choos off & bury my face in the most delicious Oreo cheesecake waiting for me @ home… #foodislove #jimmychoo

a few dreamy photos from Elie Saab’s couture show last week (via Elie Saab)

I don’t know if I’m in heaven or hell… in the middle of a 17 course tasting menu @ Han Dynasty that’s just so orgasmically delicious but obvi moopigs can’t pace themselves and I can no longer breathe I can’t move I can barely even swallow but you guys there’s still more coming #moopigproblems

I don’t know if I’m in heaven or hell… in the middle of a 17 course tasting menu @ Han Dynasty that’s just so orgasmically delicious but obvi moopigs can’t pace themselves and I can no longer breathe I can’t move I can barely even swallow but you guys there’s still more coming #moopigproblems

i never thought i’d aspire to look like

an ombre-d yak,

but i’m kind of digging the Superfug in this.

CeliaB Tina Fringed Jacket @ Net-a-porter

You guys, I’m starting a new trend: #donuts as rings. Think it’ll catch on? (The ring pop was soooo last year)

You guys, I’m starting a new trend: #donuts as rings. Think it’ll catch on? (The ring pop was soooo last year)

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