March 20, 2017

White Eyelet

Hi Loves!
Happy Monday and cheers to the first day of Spring! 

Stepped out with hubby for a day date for the first time since having Emmanuel. It definitely felt good being out alone without the babies. Almost forgot what that feels like. 
I opted for this beautiful eyelet top that I can't wait to wear over and over again and a pair of jeans for a casual afternoon. I think I'm finally putting my love for eyelets into action as I am slowly racking up quiet a few pieces with eyelet details. 
 Dressed the look up but still on a casual note by adding a pair of block heels. 

Top: Target
Jeans: Old
Bag: Nordstrom ( similar here & here)
Shoes: Target, old (try this here & here)

Xx
Christiana

March 16, 2017

Burgundy Stripes

Hi Loves!

Happy Friday!

Sharing this look from some few weeks ago.
I originally bought the skirt which is currently on sale here , then I saw the matching top which is also on sale here and thought, why not.
A crisp white shirt can add a touch of class to any outfit, so I opted for  one under this matching piece which is the perfect combination for weather. 
Looking forward to styling this set as separates and getting some summer wear out of the top.

Have a great weekend!

White Shirt: Express
Top: Asos
Skirt: Asos
Shoes: VS  



Xx
Christiana

Life Working From Home


 
Hi Loves!

Pardon the silence on here, still figuring life as I transition back to work.

So, I  mentioned in a previous post that I worked from home before physically returning to the office. It was definitely a different experience for me. I've had to work from home numerous times before for one reason or the other but never for this long.
Today, I'm sharing how it went down and what I took away from it.

First of all, what I quickly realized it that every single day is not going to go as planned or be the same, routine wise.  What I learned from that is to be able to adapt and welcome change and set reasonable timeline or deadline for work because sometimes, I just couldn't get everything done during regular business hours which meant working extended hours late at night.

At the beginning I would promise to have some things done by the end of the day which is 5pm if you’re in the office but I quickly realized that may not always be feasible.

For the most part our days starts out the same with loading both kids in the car and dropping Eliana off at daycare. Then I hurry back home with Emmanuel to get on my laptop to get started on work for the day.

From there on, it’s just the two of us until 5pm when I have to leave to pick up Eliana.
Some days are structured around the baby and his needs and others are structured around work and what needs to get done.

Somewhere in between and while working, I have to get Emmanuel showered, call into meetings, if any, nurse on demand, pretty much every 2.5 to 3 hours, pump, make something to eat and sometime towards the end of the day, think about/start dinner prep.

One other thing I learned is that it takes patient and honestly being good at multi-tasking to do this.
I remember my first conference call I led from home, everything that could go wrong did. I lost connection just a few minutes before the meeting so I had to reboot my computer, which meant I was scrambling to get back online and have everything set up and ready to go remotely with no time to spare. Thankfully presentation was all done, finished last minute. 

Some people were at the house fixing some minor stuff so they were making noise with their equipment’s in the background, bad planning on my part. Emmanuel woke up just at the beginning of the meeting hungry and was about to start crying. I thought he would sleep through it. The only way to avoid that was to nurse him.


So, in the end, I had my phone with headphones in my ear talking to a room full of people, construction background noise going on, and a baby latch on nursing while I was trying to talk and flip through slides of presentation. Not exactly how I had planned it, but we survived, barely.  

I don’t think it’s impossible to work from home with a baby, but my take away is that it definitely will not be based on a pre defined regular work hours of 8-5. There has to be some flexibility in there because it is impossible to pack a whole day's worth of work and juggling all these other stuff in the background in that pre-set time.


Overall, flexibility and setting reasonable deadline for projects and such when needed is the key!


Xx
Christiana

March 8, 2017

Emmanuel :: Three Months Letter

So, we are combining month One, Two and Three because for the first month, you pretty much did nothing but sleep, pop and eat. By month two, you started developing your little funky personality which includes  my favorite, a big wide smile and sometimes you throw in some giggles. And by month 3, well, here we are and you my boy are going to be one funny, playful, heart warming little dude.

My dear baby boy, you have brought a new found joy and completion to our family. Your entrance into this world was a wonderful and an exciting experience.

As a newborn, you were very peaceful and you still are but you don't play with your food at all. I think that is about the only thing that will make you cranky and cry. Which is good, because otherwise, we may never know when you're hungry because you stay chilling majority of the time.

So at Three month old, you: 

Obviously love food
Love sleep. one more thing that makes you cry mostly at night. Its like you love afternoon naps and go down quietly without any fuss, but going to sleep at night, let's just say once in a while, you have your moment.

You like to see someone around you, if left alone for a period of time with no face or voice around you, that makes you very unhappy.

You love playing with your big sister. Even though sometimes I feel like she's been too hard on you, I think you love it. When she screams, you scream right back, throwing your hands and legs.

You voice is getting louder by the day, which means the days of your cute little undertone cry are long gone.

With your new found voice you love to babble and giggle, especially right before you go to sleep. Almost like your telling yourself a story (talking yourself to sleep).

Just like your sister, you can stretch for days. It's a process you go through each time you wake up, not even food will make you skip your stretching session.

At your 2 months well visit, you weighed a whopping 11.11lbs, won't say I'll be surprised at your next weigh in at 4 months.
Talking about well check up, you got a few shots at your two months check up and you took it like a champ. It was like nothing happened. I think I was more distressed about it than you were.

You like being held, I mean what baby doesn't. But, you have no problem laying down by yourself either.

You, my love are a true source of joy to our family and we couldn't be more thankful to have you in our lives.

Looking forward to the adventures ahead!

Love Always,
Mom


Xx
Christiana

February 24, 2017

Black-White-Polka-dot

Hi Loves!
Happy Friday!
I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been filled with highs and lows as I returned to work.
Although, I officially returned to work 6 weeks postpartum, I was able to work from home. I physically returned to the office on Wednesday and it has been a long week for me.  Between the emotional drain and guilt of leaving my baby and all the extra stuff that has to be done both the night before and the morning off, let's just say it is not easy and I'm still finding footing.

I'm having withdrawal symptoms from my little buddy. I forgot how hard this part is, because being through it before doesn't help at all. If anything,  I think it is harder on me this time than the first time with Eliana. I know it will get easier, so for now, I'm taking it one day at a time and glad the weekend is here!

Cheers to the weekend and have a great day!

Top: Zara
Pants: Zara (old)  
Coat: Zara (old)
Shoes: VS 

P.S: This all Zara ensemble wasn't planned. Funny I just realized it while writing the post.


Xx
Christiana

February 21, 2017

Pregnancy & The Changing Body :: Likes & Dislikes

Hi Loves!
It is no news that the woman's body goes through a lot of changes during that very crucial 9 months of carrying and growing a baby. I'm sure everyone has a few things they love about being pregnant and even a few not so lovable ones, at least for me.

 Today, I'll be sharing my favorites and not so favorites things about the physical body changes during and post pregnancy. After going through this twice, these things that have really held true with both experiences.

5 Favorite Body Changes During and Post Pregnancy
Hair: When I'm pregnant, it's like my hair is on steroids. It grows fast and full, very full. Gone are the days when I used to want and like my hair to lay as flat and straightened as possible on my head, but now, I appreciate some fullness and bounce in hair, especially during pregnancy. Thanks to the pre-natal vitamins and all those hormones.

Bigger Burst: Ok, I know I'm calling attention to my burst here, but it's hard not to notice and acknowledge the difference. Some people can make it through pregnancy and stay their regular bra size, not me. With my first pregnancy, I changed bra sizes twice before I delivered and started nursing. Something I didn't appreciate then, but now, I do. Knowing and seeing the tremendous work (lol) they are doing, it is worth appreciating. Having my clothes either not fit or fit a little too tightly around the burst is a slight price to pay for the tons of free milk we get.

Food: Ok, I must admit, this is one of the few times I feel like I can eat unapologetically. Going for that second round or having the last of something. I love food, so not feeling bad about eating because I have a good excuse is a win for me. The first few weeks postpartum is when I feel like I eat the most actually. I guess I can attribute that to all that milk production. I feel like I was always hungry hence I was eating nonstop. I finally feel like I'm getting a handle on it.

Nails: Ah, it's funny this happened the first time as well. All I've ever wanted was strong, natural long nails but a soon as it grows a tiny bit now and they do grow fast, I cut them off. I tried keeping them  a decent length, but I'm that mom that pokes her kids even with the slightest bit of nail when getting them ready. So, the only way to avoid poking my children and accidentally scratching them is to keep them really short. I do still love that even though I keep them short, they are strong and healthy and not constantly chipping or peeling like they used to.

Clear and glowing skin: My skin is at its best when I'm pregnant even without doing much, and my routine really doesn't consist of much. But, just having clean, clear, radiant skin without even trying is a definite plus

On to the flip side

5 Non- Favorite Body Changes During and Post Pregnancy
Weight gain/losing the weight: The weight gain is not so much a dislike as much as trying to lose it afterwards. Maybe if I was a work-out type of person, this wouldn't be a big deal for me but since I survive on as little work out as possible, well you can see my dilemma.

Not being able to fit in my clothes: Kind of goes along with my first point. But, I think I took it harder this time. Apart from working in a industry that doesn't allow me to fully utilize my closet now, pregnancy limited my options even further. I really don't know how I made it through 9 months of pregnancy buying only one or two maternity items.

Strength mark: No one wants stretch marks, but once you have them, you learn to love them as they are part of you and your new body. On the bright side, it's a beautiful reminder of the wonderful work your body did and the beautiful lives it created. When Eliana asks about the ones I know have on my belly, I tell her it's a gift ('birth mark') she and her brother gave me and she loves that explanation/fact. She'll even sometimes point to each line and say this is Emmanuel and this is Eliana.

Sleep deprivation: This hold true for both during pregnancy and post. I mean how much sleep can you really get when you're waking up every 2 hours to use the bathroom as you enter those final months, which turns into feeding every 2 hours once baby arrives.

Hair lose: Well, the luscious full hair gained during pregnancy doesn't last forever. This is my least favorite of all. The amount of hair I shed and see on the floor in the morning and pretty much all around the house months following delivery is insane. Very soon my hair will be back to its regular old flat self.

Ok, I hope you've enjoyed reading about my honest like and dislike of pregnancy and beyond.


Xx
Christiana

February 17, 2017

Maternity Shoot

Hi Loves!
 Happy Friday!

Long overdue but finally getting around to sharing some of my favorite shots from my maternity shoot with Emmanuel.
You can see my maternity shoot with Eliana here.

One thing that I did notice is the contrast in style from when I was pregnant with Eliana compared to Emmanuel (side not - Is it me or is it normal to almost always want to compare experiences with both children when you have the second one?) .
With the shoot with Eliana, it was all dressed up in heels but this time with Emmanuel, a causal look with some comfy shoes sounded was very ideal.

Embracing the beautiful fall scenery as the backdrop, I opted for this white lace with cut out details dress paired with my gold Toms and a gold halo headband. Eliana was was dressed to match as usual in white and gold ensemble :)

Enjoy!









White Dress: Loft (similar here, love this here)
Purple Dress: Asos (try this here & here )
Headbands: EliFab 
 


Xx
Christiana

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