Gift Guide for New Moms

If you’re not in that stage of life it can be hard to guess what a new mother will appreciate as a gift or what she needs. As a mom you usually think of everyone else first, your own kids, the husband, and other family members so it will be a special surprise to gift her something useful. I assembled a few items I know I will appreciate once baby girl is here, and don’t think of buying for myself. I hope that will be helpful for a special friend, sister, or daughter/ daughter in-law who just or will in the near future join the mom club 🙂

1. Mom Life Sweatshirt 2. Diaper Backpack 3.Mommy & Me Matching Pom Pom Beanies 4. Lush Dry Shampoo 5. Lush Brightening Face Mask 6. Minnetonka Slippers 7. Starbucks Gift Card 8. Eyelashes Mug 9. Marble Makeup Bag  10. Blush Sneakers 11. Initial Necklace  12. Bad Hair Day Cap 13. Fleece Joggers 14. Baby Book 15. Pajama Set

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Super cute and soft sweatshirt – must for every mom and also comes as a t-shirt!

Backpacks are super practical and chic for all the busy moms

Match your little one in these comfy beanies while they still let you!

Love the smell and volume this dry shampoo gives your hair – because washing your hair every day is in the past! Tried and new mom approved 🙂

Give your tired skin a chance to revitalize and glow with this mask

Cozy slippers and super soft joggers to enjoy all the baby snuggles if you make it out of your pj’s

And if not this set is still cute and nursing friendly

Provide her with some free coffee and a cute mug – she’ll need it!

Wear your little one close to your heart with a personalized necklace

A makeup bag to keep all your essentials in and switch from diaper bag to purse

Help her bring all the new memories to paper with this adorable baby album – we have the same one in blue for Luca

Last but not least a cute hat for all the bad hair days and some comfy sneakers when your out running errands

 

Wishing you all happy holidays!

xoxo,

Lisa

 

18 Months Old Toddler Update

It’s been a while since my last update on Luca and I swear I turn around and he’s like a whole different child each week, leaning so many new things in such little time! I can’t believe he’s officially 1 1/2 years old and will be a big brother and not our baby boy anymore in just 3 short months! We’ve been trying to prepare him for the arrival of his new baby sister, which honestly I’m not sure how much he’s realizing it. We keep asking him “where’s the baby?” and then point to my belly which he gets more less and then every time we’re out and about and see an actual baby we point it out to him as well.

Latest tricks: If you’re following us on Instagram I’m sure you’ve witnessed his obsession with his scooter and in my professional mom opinion (which might be slightly biased) he’s doing an amazing job and has gotten so comfortable that he’s even trying to stand on it with no hands. He goes so fast when we’re out on the sidewalk but knows to stop before we cross the street. Other than the scooter he loves to dance, wrestle with his daddy, feed his pup Henry, go to our mommy and me gymnastics class, play with and stack up blocks, read books and play any game associated with balls (golf, soccer, ping pong, or just throwing them).

He’s become so crazy active it’s like a full time job running after him these days so we’ve been enjoying spending a lot of time outside now that it’s cooled down, again with the scooter, going to the park, the zoo, or the botanical garden. We went on a short weekend trip to visit my sister in law in Miami and went to a science museum there which he actually enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to exploring our local children museum here in Dallas soon.

The word count keeps on growing with some German and English words (I primarily speak German with him when it’s just the two of us but we live in the states). Another fun thing he’s started is to recognize my husband and I on pictures and of course his dog Henry and says all of our names.

Oh and almost forgot his ability to say cheese when taking pictures, it’s the cutest!!!

Daily routine: Wake up call is usually between 7 and 7.30 am and unfortunately Luca strongly dislikes hanging out in bed with us in the morning and is ready to go right when he wakes up. So we’ll do breakfast, go on a walk with the dog and then I usually try to get ready while he plays or I will put on a short 20 minute recorded show (yes, I’ve officially caved to the strict no TV rule but for sure try to keep it to a minimum of an hour a day).. then we will usually be busy in the morning with running errands, playing outside, go to the library for story time or meeting up for playdates until lunch time around 11.30 am. I will put him for his nap by 12.30- 1 pm which is where I try to get my cleaning, resting and also napping in while I still have only have one little one. The transition from two to one naps took him quite he while but he’s now napping pretty consistently for 1 1/2-2 hours in the afternoon. We’ll do more outings in the afternoon or just play in the house, take Henry on a walk again and then have dinner by 6.30 pm and then bed time by 7.30 pm.

Foods: Breakfast is for sure our best meal where he’ll eat like a champ things like cereal, oatmeal, egg and banana pancakes, bread with cream cheese and jam and fruit and yoghurt. The problem with lunch and dinner are the snacks in between. He’s always so hungry before the actual meal that it’s sometimes hard to feed him a full meal for those times and on top of that he’s become a little picky with his foods and just thinks it’s such a fun game to start throwing food once he decides he’s done eating. We’re still sticking to a strictly vegetarian diet which has worked out well for us and I’m thankful my husband is on board with it since I value this way of living so much for myself and my children (preferably for my husband as well but he’ll still get his meats in outside of my cooked meals).

Another update will be that Luca is starting two days of pre-school this January, which will be a huge relief once our baby girl arrives in late February. I’ve magically found a German school (called German International School of Dallas) less than 15 minutes away from our home and I couldn’t be happier with their ways of teaching and keeping up with my language and traditions away from my home country. I’m a little nervous to actually see him go and him being a big boy that goes to school but I know I’ll be thankful to have more time to myself and then to spend with the new baby. I will definitely keep you guys updated once he’s started in the beginning of January.

Here are some pictures from the Miami family trip. Luca definitely enjoyed having both of mommy and daddy’s full attention not to mention his aunt’s.

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For now we’re trying to enjoy all the fun end of year activities with family and friends and snap some pictures along the way to share with you guys!

Let me know if you have any question to add here or to include in our next post!

Happy early thanksgiving and holidays from our growing family to yours!

xoxo, Lisa

12 Month Update

The day of Luca’s 1st birthday has come and went by so quickly and now it has already been a week that we have a one-year-old! I’m still a little in denial but he’s proving me every day that instead of my little baby boy I am a mom to a sweet toddler now! It’s so crazy to me how fast this year went by.

Luca’s actual birthday was last Thursday which we ended up at the doctor’s office with his second ear infection 😦 Luckily we got rid of it just in time for his birthday party on Sunday which I will put a blog post together hopefully this weekend. The hubby has officially left the house for a bachelor weekend and I’m hoping to get all things crossed off my to-do list – we will see how much I can actually accomplish. Stay tuned!

Latest tricks: Walking like a champ but still need a finger or something/ someone to hold onto for security (I’m blaming it on being sick twice in the last month which somewhat caused a setback); he does really well when he is unaware that he is actually walking and has done 8 steps all by himself so far, not that I’m counting and have my camera in my hand at all times… He also manages to feed himself with a fork when food is on it.

Daily routine: For just two days last week got a major scare thinking he was done with his morning nap but thankfully he is back on track with his sleeping schedule. waking up around 7 am, morning nap around 9-9.30 am, afternoon nap between 1 and 2 pm and bedtime at 7.30 pm. We still love going to our Mommy and me class, run errands, take Henry to the park or to the lake.

Foods: We have started giving him probiotics to build up his immune system again after getting sick twice and having to take antibiotics for 10 whole days and I just mike it in his pancakes or eggs for breakfast. It has only been a week though so I am not quite sure there has been a difference. For lunch and dinner, we always try to give him fruit first like cut grapes (current favorite!), strawberries, bananas, pear, or kiwi. then usually follow with bread with cream cheese, noodles, veggies, soy in form of vegan hot dogs, sausage or tofurky (all available at trader joes), and sometimes add apple sauce or yogurt at the end.

Favorites: Along with his birthday he was showered with new toys and the ones he’s been playing with the most are his Lego Duplo sets, a little tikes guitar (similar one here), a school bus, and still Mr. Bear (his giant stuffed teddy bear).

We’ve been enjoying having my mom in town from Germany, but we will take her back to the airport tomorrow. And then in just less than a week, we will start Luca and I will start our journey back to the homeland as well. I’ve been really nervous about this flight for several reasons. For one I am once again flying by myself and have Luca on my lap during the whole 10-hour flight, and additionally, he has become so active, he can never sit still or will fall asleep on my without being extremely tired or nursed. Planning on writing a post about our flight experience no matter the outcome.

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Day at the Zoo with Omi (German Grandma)

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Loved watching the chimps

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New Hippo compound

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Such a happy boy!

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Up close with the Giraffs
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So mermerized by the cheetah!

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Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo, Lisa

Luca’s outfit: -shoes: Converse, jeans: Old Navy, t-shirt: Zara, striped long sleeve: GAP, fedora: Target

My outfit: jeans: Current & Elliot, tassel t-shirt: SheIn, sunnies: Betsey Johnson

11 Month Update

It feels like I just sat down to write last month’s update on Luca and once again I’m asking myself where time has gone!? We’re officially in his birthday month (April 1st) and I’m silently freaking out because I have like not even started with the party planning besides pinning a million unrelated things on Pinterest – oops.

Latest tricks: now only wants to walk everywhere either being held with one or two hands and my husband is convinced he’s taking steps with him (I’m more thinking he’s just stumbled and fell forward because I wasn’t present). He is finally showing interest in books and will pull them out of his shelf and just sit there and try to flip through it its adorable! Luca also has mastered feeding himself more less and does not want to have anything to do with mommy’s homemade purees anymore, pouches are ok though lol.

Daily routine: He still wakes up at around 7.30ish and I immediately nurse him and follow up with breakfast (see at foods). Afterwards we usually play until around 9 am and I will put him down for his nap (usually about 1 hour). The time before lunch we spend by going to the park, going on walks, playing with Henry or running errands. Lunch time is usually around 12.30 and then he goes down for another nap between 1 and 2 pm, even though we have been struggling the past few days to stay down and been all cranky and tired in the afternoon (another growth spurt?), who knows. About three times a week we go to a mommy and me class at the Little Gym which he loves going to and play with other kiddos. We nurse again around 4 pm and after more play time or errand running we put dinner on the high chair tray by 6.30 pm. Bath, story time and bed by 7.30 pm.

Foods: As mentioned we’re done with the purees, even though he still loves pouches and little organic apple sauce cups from Trader Joe’s. In the morning, we almost always do little pancakes (1 banana 2 eggs fried in coconut oil), and I’ll give him some blueberries until they are done. Blueberries are his favorite for sure! Also, loves blackberries, kiwi, bread wither lightly buttered or vegan cream cheese spread, tofu, pear, zucchini, rice, carrots, peas, butternut squash, yoghurt with fruit puree, eggs, bananas.

Favorites: His new obsession is this same sized stuffed bear that as always been in his nursery but just now caught his attention and he LOVES throwing himself on him and hugging the bear it seriously is the cutest thing! Still loves petting Henry and Lilly (our dog and cat), playing with blocks, enjoys Lego Duplo, books (especially the ones where you and open things and are interactive), looking out the window and playing hide-and-seek/ peek-a-boo under his crib.

We had my sister visit from Germany last week and he had such a great time with her and we’re so excited to be seeing her again the beginning of May! First my mom will come for his birthday the end of the month and we can’t wait for her to be here! It’s hard for me to have them so far away but the makes the reunions so much sweeter.

Thank you for stopping by and checking in on the blog!

xoxo, Lisa

5 Tips on Being Confident in Your Skin Post Baby

I cannot believe Luca’s 1st birthday is creeping up so much faster than I can handle it and with that it’s been almost a year for my body to recover from carrying an 8lbs 2oz baby plus placenta, extra water etc etc… I had gained a total 34 lbs. before giving birth and even though I’m still young I knew it would take some work to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. First and foremost, I have to say I am blessed with my momma’s great genes and basically didn’t get any stretchmarks during pregnancy. I also rubbed a lot of oil all over my belly trying to trick my skin into thinking massaging it will help. Additionally, I tried to stay active throughout even if it was just walks with my dog, anything that got my heart going. SO, with all that said here are a few of my tips on how to get back where you can feel like yourself again no matter if it’s your old self or a new and improved self, anything where you are comfortable AND confident!

  1. “The weight takes 9 months to go on, it’s OK if it takes 9 months to lose it” this amazing advice was of course given by my mother and when she told me that, I was thinking oh mother I will be back in shape in a hot second… right. You get really excited in the first week losing about half of your weight because, duh the baby is out, together with all the blood and water weight but then there’s still the uterus trying to go back to its original size and you remember the weekly ice cream runs to your neighborhood super market. And after a while I was coming around thinking it might be a while longer to get to where I wanted to be. So, give yourself TIME!
  2. Supportive partner: I am one of the lucky individuals that married a guy who continually told me that I looked great even when I really felt otherwise. It helped me so much knowing my spouse loves me no matter what and appreciates my body for hosting and growing a tiny human. Even though no partner would hopefully body shame you, but not hearing anything positive can hurt just the same. So, to all the baby daddies out there show your spouse/ baby mama how much you respect and love her for giving you the best gift in life.
  3. Fashion: fake it ‘til you make it! Wearing the right clothes for your postpartum body will do wonders! Everyone knows there are different styles for different bodies when it comes to fashion but you may not know it when you’re left with what feels like a stranger’s body after birth. My usual somewhat smaller self didn’t know how to dress a 20 lbs. heavier body and it took quite some trial and error to figure out what looked flattering and what didn’t. I felt really stressed out when I couldn’t fit back into my old clothes anymore. But until you do choose some loose fitted tops, re-wear some of your maternity items in the beginning and above all be patient with yourself.
  4. Active lifestyle: Just the way it helps to stay active during pregnancy, it obviously helps when you’re trying to lose your baby weight. And I’m not saying go run 5 miles and spent an hour a day in the gym, because who has the time and the energy? But for me it helped tremendously to go on walks. Even just 30 minutes every day made me feel refreshed and brightened up my mood and my spirits. I was never much of a jogger but incorporating some light jogging and ab training at home (YouTube to the rescue) worked wonders. Having a fellow mom-friend or girlfriend is a bonus (dogs count too 😉)
  5. Breastfeeding: I can’t stress this last and most important point enough. I hear about so many women who either are unaware of all the amazing benefits, not just for baby but also for you, or choose not to breastfeed because of aesthetic reasons (according to Dallas Child magazine only 6% of Texas moms report to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months). But let’s be honest: I too would like for my boobs to be small and perky again but that is just a small sacrifice for me to give the best nature can offer for my baby. I know it is a hot topic but which mother wouldn’t want the best for her child? And I am not talking about women who can’t produce enough milk. And I know there have been so many times in particular in the beginning where it felt incredibly weird and stressful, after all it’s something you’ve never done before. But despite a clogged duct, and returning to work part-time after 8 weeks, there was never a moment where I didn’t think it wasn’t worth it (I am still nursing now at 10 ½ months and working three times a week). Besides the advantages for the baby, it’s been the most helpful to losing those last stubborn pounds. I even have to be careful now to eat enough to not go under my original weight. And again, it is not all about the weight but about how you feel, but the closeness, the special bond to my son and my body confidence wouldn’t be the same without breastfeeding.

I hope after reading this some soon-to be moms and new moms will at least inform themselves about the incredibly positive things nursing does and I hope no matter what size you are post baby you are able to love the body that has brought new life to this world!

xoxo, Lisa

10 Month Update

Every month I think the same thing but time is running you guys! It is March 1st and just two days ago our not so little baby turned 10 months old and I thought it would be fun to do a little update about Luca:

Latest tricks: standing by himself for a few seconds without holding onto anything, supported walking with mama and daddy, waving (sort of), high-fiving, crawling stairs, lots of babbling, and feeding Henry his snacks

Teeth: eight (4 top, 4 bottom)

Weight: 19.5 lbs

Foods: banana and blueberry puffs, lots of bananas, plums, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, peas, pears, mango, quinoa, brown rice, butternut squash, and breast milk

Bed time: night time routine starts with dinner around 6.30 pm, then bath, book, nursing and bed by 7.30. He usually sleeps until 7 am sometimes he wakes up earlier but after nursing him goes back down for 2 hours.

Favorites: Our dog Henry and Lilly the cat still get him the most excited, but he loves playing with balls, wooden blocks, wooden hungry caterpillar, stuffed bunny from his aunty, and all the non-baby friendly toys -.-

It seems like his first birthday is just around the corner and I’ve starting thinking about themes and location with Pinterest as my best friend. On the one hand I’m really excited because it is such a big milestone and my mom is coming to town from Germany to celebrate, but on the other it means he’s growing up and is basically off to College. Just kidding, but seriously time is running!

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Loves our walks and just look at his little crossed feet 🙂

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Besties!
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xoxo, Lisa