It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner.
1.Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.
2.Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!
3.Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.
4.Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.
5.Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!
6.Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!
I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 24, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 22, 2015
Spring is the perfect time of year for an elegant outdoor baby shower! I love the idea of a garden party complete with beautiful blooms and vintage place settings! An outdoor space can be totally transformed with just a few simple touches like clean linens, abundant flowers and shades of pink. Opt for stationary and place cards with a delicate aesthetic and arrange them throughout the space. Mismatched vintage plates and glasses can be found at your local flea market or thrift store and wooden easels at a craft store. So simple yet so elegant! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 21, 2015
While searching for safe, chemical-free beauty options and tirelessly scanning ingredient labels during her first pregnancy, Nine Naturals founder Grace Lee, who is currently pregnant with her second!, noticed that many products presented as “natural” actually weren’t, and those that were didn’t match the high-performance standards that she valued. Wanting to fill this void in the market, she created Nine Naturals on the principle that beauty should be simple, smart, and safe for moms and moms-to-be.
All Nine Naturals product formulations use 100% naturally-derived ingredients that are pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy and nursing. They are free of dangerous toxins including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic fragrances, and artificial preservatives. I am so excited that we’ve partnered with Grace to bring this amazing line of products to expecting women and new moms!
The Nine Naturals collection includes Replenishing Belly Butter, Natural Sunscreen, Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner and Soothing Body Wash.Often times, a harsh fragrance will deter me from a product, especially when I was pregnant. However, these products have a soft scent. I love the gentle formulas and can see why so many expecting women are fans! PLUS the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are a must before during and after pregnancy, to keep your tresses soft and glossy. They are my new favorites! I think you’ll love the whole line so head to our stores or over to www.destinationmaternity.com to shop them. -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 19, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 18, 2015
We’ve teamed up with Jessica Simpson and Baby Buggy® to launch an exclusive teeshirt for the Jessica Simpson Maternity collection at our Destination Maternity® stores. In celebration of Mothers Day, five dollars of every tee shirt sold, up to $50,000, will be donated directly to the nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which provides families in need with essential gear, clothing, and educational services for infants and children up to age 14 across the country.
“Being a mom is the most meaningful life experience I have ever had. I share a common need with all mothers – to make life as happy and comfortable as possible for my kids,” says Jessica Simpson. “Baby Buggy is an incredible organization that helps so many mothers fulfill that need. I am honored to have created this adorable tee to help support Baby Buggy and all of the moms out there who are working hard to be the best they can be for their kids.”
“We are extremely thankful for the continued support of Jessica Simpson and are excited to embark on a new partnership with Destination Maternity to raise even more awareness about our work,” says Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld. “The funds raised will greatly help our organization’s efforts to support parents across the country as they work to raise their families in a safe and healthy environment.”
The super soft, heather grey tee shirt is adorable and is currently available online and in our Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores. If you purchase the tee we encourage you to help raise even more awareness for Baby Buggy and its network of moms and their families nationwide by sharing across social media using the hashtag #JSxBabyBuggy. -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 16, 2015
Is your baby shower approaching? Don’t panic! I’ve got you covered with some totally chic options that are perfect for a spring shower.
Coral is trending right now and I love it for a baby shower, especially if you’re expecting a girl! The pleating on this dress is feminine without being too frilly which works perfectly with a bump. Pair with metallic accessories for a fresh modern finish. And I suggest going with a wedge since it gives you some height without being too high! Head over www.destinationmaternity.com for the full assortment of shower-perfect dresses! Congrats! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 15, 2015
Shades of indigo from breezy blues to chambray are in for spring. The denim on denim look truly ushered in this trend, but jeans look equally good when paired with a soft or even bright blue. In a maternity maxi, silk top or a fun accessory, we love this color for moms-to-be for spring! -Olivia
1 Daniel Rainn Blouse / 2 Isabella Oliver Maxi Dress / 3 Destructed Maternity Jeans / 4 Iphone Case / 5 Blue Cuff / 6 Jessica Simpson Denim Jacket / 7 Blue Leather Bucket Bag / 8 Rachel Zoe Collection Top
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 11, 2015
Hilaria Baldwin, yogi, TV correspondent, and mom to daughter Carmen, is currently expecting her second child with husband Alec! Check out her Instagram feed to catch a glimpse of her coast-to-coast travels, healthy recipes (for adults, kids and pets!), adorable pictures of Carmen and her fabulous maternity style! A Pea in the Pod has been a favorite of Hilaria’s throughout both pregnancies; she’s opted for chic dresses like our Isabella Oliver Dress, AG Jeans and sported a fun Statement Tee, taking us along with her everywhere from her family vacations to the red carpet! Her style is definitely one to watch! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 10, 2015
If you have ever seen an episode of the classic show, I Love Lucy, than you know Lucy and Ricky apparently slept in two separate twin beds. However, real life Lucille Ball, the biggest female TV star back in 1952, got pregnant with her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, aka Ricky Ricardo. She insisted that they write her pregnancy into the script, but CBS executives thought that showing her as pregnant, but especially using the word pregnant would be considered too vulgar! Lucille Ball won the battle and they actually coincided her real-life pregnancy to that of her second child, a son Desi Arnaz Jr. and in the show, Little Ricky. Gotta love Lucy! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on April 7, 2015