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 🙂
Can you believe we are halfway there to welcoming our second child!? Time once again is flying by and I’m so happy we’re officially sharing the sex of the baby (please don’t scroll down…)
With my first pregnancy we waited to find out the sex on the half-way sonogram until we were able to see the little guy on the screen, but this time around our doctor offered us a little non-invasive test (called NIPT) that screens for genetic disorders and will also tell you your baby’s gender which is a nice bonus. I had some blood drawn around 11 weeks into the pregnancy and we were told to expect the results 7-10 days later. I called my doctors office exactly 8 days later and was happy to hear that they had received results the previous day (asking myself why no one had called me yet!?). Tommy and I were both so excited to find out the gender so early on and it makes the whole pregnancy and preparation so much more real!
And now without further ado… we are having a BABY GIRL!!! I cannot tell you guys how excited I am and how blessed I feel to be a mommy to a daughter. Growing up with a sister and no cousins I’ve only ever known a family dynamic with girls and just always saw myself having a girl. So even before we had Luca my wish for a daughter had been very strong and now that this dream is becoming reality soon still gives me the most joyous feeling. I even had to ask again at our following check-up after the nurse told me the good news over the phone to make sure it was a girl, I really could’t believe it!
I’m so excited to see Tommy being a daddy to our sweet baby girl and for me to finally buy all the cute clothes and accessories ( I may have already bought like a few things, just a few though lol). Not to say you can’t dress your boy cute but let’s be honest about the boys selection in any children’s store and they sure don’t “need” as many things as girls.
I’m officially 20 weeks today and I can’t wait to see how baby girl will look like. In my opinion Luca is a very good blend between the both of us with my blonde hair and my husband’s dark eyes.
I terms of names we had already picked one out in my first pregnancy and we still love it, so we are going to get to use it now!
Stay updated about my second trimester post as I get closer and closer!
Here’s a little throwback to some old pictures of Tommy and I!
I have to say I’ve been very spoiled by experiencing an amazing first pregnancy with Luca, so the struggle with my first trimester in this pregnancy, which has been completely different, has been real! I am now 16 weeks pregnant and looking back it’s almost like with the birth, you know it was horrible but you really don’t remember how bad it actually was.
We found out pretty early on around 5 weeks probably and almost a week later my tiredness, exhaustion, and “morning” sickness that lasted on and off all day kicked it with some throwing up. All that is probably manageable but trying to run after your crazy active toddler, going to work and traveling out of the country twice had been harder than expected. I was also still nursing through week 9 of this pregnancy which I think made me even more exhausted. What helped me was snacking when the first hint of nausea hit and trying to lay down. Whenever Luca took his naps I would try to also rest or nap and leave the household for later when I was feeling better. Eating was sometimes hard for me though because I got some random food aversion and after a few bites of my food would have to stop. So I just tried to munch on small portions throughout the day.
1st OB visits:
Our first visit was basically just to confirm the pregnancy, to measure the baby, estimate our due date, and take some blood tests. We also got to hear the heart beat and see the tiny little thing. The next appointment we were offered and informed about some tests like the NIPT (Noninvasive prenatal testing) which we ended up doing. This is a blood test to screen for Down Syndrome and other gene defects and will also tell you the gender, which got me very excited. And yes, we already know but will keep it our secret just for a little longer. Other than that I had a full physical and pap smear and so far all is looking good and healthy.
While I didn’t show until about 20 weeks in my first pregnancy this muscle memory thing is real! I’ve started showing way early and around week 13 the bump has made its appearance. I’m lucky to live in Texas where it’s still basically summer and will keep on wearing my loose fitted dresses until it’s sweater weather. Many tight or skinny jeans or even high-waisted shorts I’ve had to retire and I’m making full use out of my belly band, which is a lifesaver during 1st and 2nd trimester when you just won’t fit in your old pants but are not big enough to fill out those maternity ones just yet. We recently moved and it gave me the perfect opportunity to go through all my old maternity clothes and so far I’ve been really good about not buying anything for myself except one pair of basic black bump friendly leggings. Which I cant say for baby clothes, but I promise it’s under 10 items so far!
To be completely honest I’ve been the laziest those first three months but when you’re not feeling well it’s almost impossible to get moving. Even though I haven’t been working out in a traditional way, I use the opportunity to take Henry (our dog) and Luca on walks, go to the park, chase this crazy toddler of mine, or ride the bike in our neighborhood. I already feel out of breath though when there’s the smallest little rise in height. For my weight I started with the same as with my first pregnancy and up to week 13 had gained about 6 lbs.
All in all it it is true about different baby different pregnancy! Especially now that it’s my second one and I’m so busy with our 16 month old most if the time I don’t even know which week we’re in or what is going on with the baby (you know how you check which fruit or vegetable your baby is week to week and what new developments have been happening). That doesn’t mean I’m any less excited, time once again is just going by so fast and I already know that February 27th will be here in no time! Also fun fact Baby Schober #2 will arrive exactly 2 months before Luca turns 2! I’m getting very excited to reach our half way milestone here in a month and then get to see the baby on the screen finally. Also started to feel the first little flutters in my belly which make me smile so big.
More in our 2nd trimester update in a few months. Trying to enjoy this amazing journey of becoming a family of four early next year and soaking up every moment with my sweet boy while he is still an only child.
Sounds scary, I know and now imagine flying with your one year-old by yourself! I can’t tell you how many nights before our departure I had been laying in bed thinking how I was going to survive those 10 hours stuck on a plane with my quite active baby. I had spent time reading other posts and with great relief I can now share my own successful story about our international travel with my toddler and hope you can find my tips and tricks useful if you have an upcoming trip!
The reason for another trip by myself to Germany from Dallas, TX was a family reunion/ trip for my grandparents 80th birthday last year and I’m so glad my husband encouraged me to go. The first time I took Luca was when he was only 5 months old and he slept a whole lot more than now. But honestly it went better than back in October! Here are seven tips that made the traveling so much easier for me, Luca and everyone else on the plane 🙂
Snacks: The power of food is incredible! At the time of the flight some of his favorite foods were (cut) grapes, strawberries, pouches, and puffs. I found it helpful to place snacks in this Munchkin snack cup which make it more interesting getting food out and helps with food spillage! Anything that would occupy Luca for even 5 minutes is a win!
Fly over night: I know, some flights are set for day or night but if possible choose a flight in the late afternoon! We departed a little after 4 pm and spend about 2 1/2 hours playing, snacking, eating dinner, getting “bed-ready” and going to sleep at the usual bed time. We got very lucky with having two extra seats next to use so Luca slept for a good 5 hours and only woke up an hour before landing. I actually got to eat dinner in peace and watch a movie!
Window seat: We actually didn’t get to sit by the window but I know he was so interested in seeing what was going on outside the plane. It worked out well for us sitting in the middle with two extra seats but that’s not the norm. I had booked his ticket as a “lap child” which you are able to do until your child is two years old and was worried I’d be stuck with him on my lap for the whole ride (which did happen on the way back home). But if you are on a full plane having the window and the view as a distraction can be helpful!
Blanket fort: As mentioned before on the plane ride home we didn’t get so lucky and were stuck in the middle row in the very center seat, and I thought this is never going to work out! Luca is usually very active and loves crawling, scooting around and can’t get enough from walking alongside me. But when it was time for his nap and everything around us was still bright, noisy and cramped it was a good option to hold a blanket over us to create a calmer and darker environment. And lucky enough we had two successful naps on my lap during a 10 hour flight that left at 11 am.
Night time routine: Another trick that worked out really well for our over night flight was keeping our regular bed routine. Leaving at 4.15 pm left us with exactly 3 hours before bedtime. We played, snacked, and had dinner, and then “got ready for bed”. We went to the lavatory, changed into Pj’s, brushed teeth and back in our seat I nursed him and he fell right asleep. I held him a little longer than usually to make sure he was deep asleep and moved him on the empty seats next to us.
Favorite lovey/ stuffed animal: That’s probably a no-brainer but being in a new environment with lots of new noises, people and smells can be difficult for the little ones, so bringing something familiar like a stuffed animal, favorite toys, or loveys can comfort them.
Child friendly music, TV show or game on iPad/iPhone: This is my last point because I only wanted to have that option as “if nothing else helps” and emergency. We don’t allow any screen time on the TV or phone but I was willing to make an exception if there were to be a meltdown. Luckily we didn’t even use my phone at all on the way to Europe, only going back to the States he watched the first part of a Curious George and sort of played with the apps. What was helpful were these LilGadgets headphones for children and the following apps: Little Fox, Bloom Tunes, and My First Words available in the App Store.
I hope you find this post helpful for an upcoming trip! Let me know if you have anymore tips and tricks we have another trip coming up in July with my husband’s family. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
As I’m trying to get my life together post vaca (it always takes me days to finish laundry, putting things back and emptying the suitcases with the little one jumping around – not easy) I wanted to share one look I wore in Italy that’s just perfect for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! I’m looking forward to some much needed family time as my husband couldn’t join us for our trip to Europe.
This dress is super comfy and perfect for barbecuing, sipping drinks, and chasing after your kids! It’s labeled as a ‘mini’ dress but being 5’4 ft it’s the perfect length for me. The dress has a round neck, tiers and the cutest frilled elbow-length sleeves. I’m wearing the white and red, but it’s also available in white and blue!
Happy Monday, everyone!! Hope you guys had a great weekend and have been enjoying these gorgeous sunny days. I’m always on the hunt for cute but also functional outfits, and rompers are honestly sometimes tricky with their fit. But I have found an amazing one and wanted to share with you a new brand I’ve discovered and I am absolutely in love with! It’s a great quality, an amazing price and the romper has intricate details like the lace up top and on the bottom trim. The texture and material are so soft! Tanapama has the cutest Spring and Summer pieces that will elevate your style guaranteed. Go and check them and enjoy 20% off with my exclusive code “lisaschober”. I’d love to hear what your favorite item is!
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.
Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and happy Cinco de Mayo!
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
So excited to share two of my favorite outfits for this season with you! I had the pleasure to team up with a local DFW photographer and it was so much fun to shoot these. Unfortunately, we picked the windiest day to take pictures and a lot of them looked all crazy with all my hair in my face. But take a look! I’ll try my best to include links for my outfit details!
My blouse was from Zara but is already sold out, but here are some similar ones from SheIn and Zara’s, and another one from SheIn.
Road Trip to Spring at the Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco
Its already been one and a half weeks now that my friend Caitlin and I took Luca to a super spontaneous, in our definition “crazy” day trip to Waco to join in on the fun at the Spring Festival at Magnolia Market. On a weekend. With an almost one year old. Yes, fun! But knowing the obsession people (us included) have with the Gaines family and the Fixer Upper show on HGTV we thought we’d come prepared – without any too concrete ideas or expectations just wanting to have fun.
We left Dallas around 10.30 after a morning nap and without any traffic we made it to Waco around noon. First setting eyes on the Silos we couldn’t believe our eyes already seeing special enforcement by the police directing people for parking. We parked a few streets away from the market and after glancing over the crowd decided to start off with street market and vendors before trying our luck inside the actual market area and shop. There was no entry fee and the vendor fair featured artisans from all across the country with jewelry, leather goods, flowers, pottery, baby goods and much more. The most amazing part about it all was supporting all either local or ‘brick-and-mortar” type of shops highlighting craftsmanship and work with people in less fortunate circumstances. After shopping the stands, we went to grab our favorite treat – Crepes from a food truck called Co-Town who has a permanent spot inside the market. After talking to our table neighbors, we were encouraged to get in line to go into the magnolia store. The line moved quick and in 25 minutes we had made it inside and staff was incredibly friendly and made it a great experience with a tired little baby boy. After another round through the vendor fair and deciding not even try get anything from the bakery (line was supposed to take 45 min to an hour!) we headed back to our car and after a quick stop at Taco Bell we were on the road back to D-town.
Here are a few of my favorite vendors who all have a website or an etsy shop. Go check them out! (The full vendor list is on the Magnolia Market website:
So overall it was worth it for us going since we’re only a short 1 ½ hours away from Waco and we didn’t come with any expectations. We timed it really great so Luca napped most of the car ride back and forth which made the whole trip so much better! We’ve told us next time we do want to go during the week, no extra event and NO Spring Break lol.
Hope everyone who went had a great time as well and my post will give you some insight if you couldn’t make it. Have a great day!
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!
“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!
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.
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.
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 😉)
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!