Little Baker

Nutrition

I am a mommy, and most of the time being a mom comes naturally. I love my babies, I feed my babies, I buy cute and adorable clothes. But sometimes I have to stop and make sure I am not missing anything. Growing up my sisters and I loved baking! My mom never really had sweets in the pantry so if we wanted cookies, we would pull out our measuring cups and spatulas. I loved looking through the Betty Crocker cookbook we had and find yummy recipes that I wanted to create. Cookbooks are basically Pinterest right? Last week I was browsing the baking aisle, thinking about how I rarely bake sweets because I know how easy it is to eat an entire batch to cinnamon rolls by myself! (Why put myself through that right) but I know Ariana would love if I took the time to show her the steps of baking. And I can foster my secret dream of having a child prodigy and in two years she can be on Master Chef Jr! :p So I grabbed the ingredients we would need to make cinnamon coffee cake and gave Ariana the introductory into the world of sugar mixing, cinnamon crusts and spoon licking.

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Summer Vibes in Pink Blush

Fashion

I am so excited about these dresses, talk about princess pretty! Summer is about color and florals and these dresses have both. When I put on the first dress, a flowing maxi flower print, my daughter Ariana ran up and touched the fabric and said “whoa” in her cute little baby voice. It is also made for nursing and the soft stretchy material accommodates baby bumps. The second dress is beige crochet maxi that is perfect for warm summer days, the soft linen is feminine but simple. I already have two events I want to wear it to! The last dress is a peach overlay maxi dress and just cute for church or dates with your guy. To shop these summer looks click your way over to the online boutique Pink Blush. They have SO many beautiful dresses that are nursing and pregnancy friendly, and dresses that I can easily nurse in are a must!

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Dress: Pink Blush

Photographer: ShinyBox Photo


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Summer Makeup Favorites

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Hello Summer, its time for tans and of course new summer makeup! Here are a few products from my makeup bag that are in constant use. I’m in love with Neutrogen’s healthy skin glow sheers, illuminating  tinted moisturizer in the shade light to medium 30.  The coverage is perfect for summer and I love the glowing shimmer it gives me! The color also blends with my natural skin tone SO well and my skin feels so soft and non-oily! My second summer favorite is from NYX and is their new soft matte lip creme in the color Tokyo, the matte cream is smooth as silk and looks so pretty. And the best part is it for serious smells like vanilla cake. I combo the creme with the NYX pencil in the color beige/rose. Last of all its all about big full lashes, I have pretty fine blonde lashes so I have been loving Rimels Scandaleyes show off mascara. It just helps define and lift my lashes and make them visible and full.

XOxo Do Summer beautifully.

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Six weeks postpartum

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Hey everyone! Last Thursday I was six weeks postpartum! I am feeling great, “almost” back to how I felt pre-pregnancy. I still have the Linea Negra, it is slowly fading but still visible. Apparently not everyone gets this but I definitely do! I didn’t get any stretch marks on my belly, and due to good genes, moderate weight gain and steady exercise throughout my pregnancy my abdomen is almost fully healed and the bump is long gone. I seriously cannot believe there was a little girl in there 6 short weeks ago. So for now its all’bout dat base and the boobs 😉  I am still about 7-8lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight but that is slowly going down each week and once I get back in to my workout routine that will help tighten up all the muscles that got a vacation the last 6 months or so. I was able to get in my first real work out last week and I was sore for about three days, but it was the best feeling I could imagine!

I wanted to talk a little bit about nursing, I love feeding my baby and have had a great experience “so far” in nursing both of my babies. In the first ten days I had a huge oversupply but after a week and half I normalized and have enough to feed Sofia without any sort of discomfort or being engorged. [happy dancing] Nursing definitely feels easier the second time around and I would say I am almost a pro at it, or rather Sofia is! 😉 We nurse on demand, no schedules for this little one. At nighttime we nurse every 3-4 hours and during the day it ranges from every 30 mins to every other hour. Sofia is good at sleeping during the night and getting lots of milk during the day.

If anyone is looking for a cute nursing cover I highly recommend your click your way over to Covered Goods! I am a huge advocate of nursing your baby and feeling free to feed your baby in any setting, but the only person I want seeing my boobs is the guy I married. This cover is designed with 360* coverage as well super comfortable and easy to use! And did I say pretty?!

Last of all I am still seeing my chiropractor about once a week and after having a baby inside me for 9 months its nice to have all my bones back in the right place, I feel a little better everyday! I have had some back aches from nursing but some simple exercise as well as supported nursing positions has made a world of difference.

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This comfy T is from Target and the workout pants are from Reebok.

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And this dress, because I felt gorgeous in it.

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Sofía Quinn | Newborn Session

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I took a few pictures of our little Sofía when she was seven days old, she was a little doll after she finally fell asleep! Sofía still spends most of her time sleeping, snuggling, and nursing. I love how content and happy she is. It definitely helps while I adjust to life with two little people. Happy Friday to all you mommmies! I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to the weekend so I can have a tiny chance at sleeping in.

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My Birth Story

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Our beautiful daughter Sofia Quinn was born May 27th, at 5:59pm. She was 7.15lbs and 21.5 inches long! My labor started early Wednesday morning, I woke up around 3am when my water broke. It was a slow leak and like every pregnant woman who has their water break, I wasn’t sure if this was the infamous “umm thats only pee”  or hope to goodness my water had really broken. But over the next hour there was no question, it was definitely my water. I was so excited and also relieved that my baby was finally on her way!

May 27th seemed like a great day to welcome my baby girl into the world. My contractions started soon after but they were about 20-25 mins apart and felt more like braxton hicks than anything you would associate with real labor. I laid in bed and tried to rest but there was no going back to sleep for me, how can you when you know you the baby is on her way?! Around 6:30 my daughter Ariana woke up and we snuggled in bed, enjoying the morning and relishing the last morning before she would become a big sister.  We finally got up around seven and got ready for the day, we planned to drop Ariana off  with a friend around 9am. Beto “My husband”  took the day off of work and our first stop was breakfast at the Donut shop, I was still feeling great and in the mood to celebrate little Sofi’s birthday.

After dropping our daughter off we called my midwife to let her know I was in labor, next we stopped at my amazing chiropractor for one last adjustment before the big push. I credit my chiropractor in helping give me an amazing labor and delivery. (although I may have got her table “slightly” wet after getting adjusted.) But to all your pregnant mommies I think having everything aligned and in correct placement makes a huge difference in easing labor and making contractions as productive as possible.  Around 10am my contractions were a little closer at 15 mins apart but they still were not any more painful than a braxton hicks. We decided to go to the mall and walk around for a couple hours, we need to be in active labor by 24 hours so I really wanted to get things going.

We got to the mall and started walking and I began having contractions every 4 mins that last about 45 seconds, they became  painful but not unbearable.  We spent two hours roaming the mall, and drinking lots of lemonade. Around noon we left the mall and stopped over at our birthing center to check in and see how we were progressing.  I was dilated to 4cm. I was so happy to hear that I was progressing and just had 6cm. to go! It was lunch time and since we had lots of time we decided to visit one of our favorite pizza shops for lunch, I wasn’t actually hungry but it seemed like a nice way to pass the time. This was when my water really started leaking, it had been a slow leak all morning but after changing pants twice we decided to head home for a bit so we could relax and and have not worry about leaking all over public floors. I spend the next two hours walking around the house and bouncing on my birth ball, I am not sure how much the birth ball helped but they say its great for labor and it was a nice place to sit. At 3:30 we felt rested and decided to go walk at a plaza near our birthing center. I still felt like we had lots of time but wanted to closer and not worry about 25 mins of traffic, it was a pretty hot day so we ended up going to walk in Whole Foods. It was at this point when I finally started to feel some pretty real contractions, my husband was happy about that. (My first labor was so much harder, so in comparison all my contractions had felt easy) after 15 minutes of leaning on the cart and trying to keep my face relaxed so I wouldn’t scare the busy shoppers around me we decided to head over to the birthing center. I still didn’t feel like the baby was coming but I just wanted to sit down and let my body do the work.

I texted my midwife to let her know we were on our way! We arrived to the center around 4:30pm and they had a tub of warm water all ready for me, I had decided early on in my pregnancy that I wanted a natural water birth. And let me tell you, warm water is heaven on earth. It was so comforting and helped ease the pressure of my contractions. At this point I was about 6cm dilated so we were definitely making progress! Thirty minutes in the warm water and I could definitely feel my contractions getting stronger and moving the baby down, the contractions were lasting about 60 seconds and were about 2 minutes apart. (I think, it could have been a little less. We were not timing them at this point but I had a nice break between each one) Around 5:30 I was (an hour after we arrived) I  started feeling the pressure of the baby coming down and actually started pushing. I am not sure how many pushes it took but this was the hardest and most amazing part of my labor, once little Sofia’s head and shoulders were born the midwife let me reach down and deliver her the rest of the way. It was so beautiful to be the first one to hold my baby! Sofia was born at 5:59pm and received a 9/10 Apgar score.

I want to give a huge thanks to my husband for being there and cheering me through the whole process! Also to my amazing midwife Jualeah Early and all the accommodating staff at Baby+Co, together you all made it possible for me to have the best birth experience possible.

 

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38 Weeks

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Its been about four weeks since I posted an update, in the space of the third trimester this has been the slowest and fastest month for me. I have been more tired this last month and having a whole extra (cute) little human to carry around is exhausting. I might try and squeeze in one more bump update but at this point I wake up each day hoping I’ll go into labor. I have just 12 days until my due date and we are seriously so excited  and can hardly stand the wait!

THE STATS

How far along? 38 weeks – Baby is about 7lbs – the size of a pumpkin. My first baby was 8lbs 3oz and this girl feels the same, if not bigger.

Stretch Marks? Nope, but I have a few days left.

Fun fact: 12 days to go!!!

Best moment this week? Getting a foot massage from my man. 😉

Anything making me sick still? My stomach has been having a hard time these past few days, I’m not sure if its the NC heat or the baby taking up all the space but either way I have not felt my best these past couple days. I have mostly eating things like chicken soup and toast. (Limiting if not totally skipping coffee/caffeine.)

Symptoms? Upset stomach, mild rib pain.

Cravings – popsicles, and labor. I really really would love to go into labor. 😛

Weight gain? 30 lbs.

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34 Weeks

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It’s almost the weekend! Days are so full but soo very long these days! Just over 5 weeks until baby Bautista will be here and I can hardly wait.  I am still seeing the chiropractor twice a week and am feeling a lot better than even a few weeks ago. Baby is in a better position ( not resting on my pelvis) and I feel like she moves from side to side every so often, whereas before she was mainly always on one side. It is also getting little harder to breathe, this little baby just loves to take up all the space that my lungs like to use. I try and avoid sitting up for too long or staying in the car for more than a few minutes at a time. Sleep is getting more challenging, I sleep but I wake up feeling exhausted. Naps have helped me most with that. :S  We started birthing classes last week at Baby & Co. {link below} its always fun to learn about baby and planning for her birth. I have a baby shower this weekend, PARTY! And I have started collecting all the things I will need for when baby arrives, I purchased a pretty diaper bag and started filling it with tiny newborn diapers and made a list of all the other things I need to pack for birth. I will try and make a post on “What’s in my diaper bag/birth bag”  this coming week and hopefully I will post my 35 week update a bit more promptly next week!

THE STATS

How far along? 34 weeks – Baby is about 5lbs the size of a..well a five pound person!

Stretch Marks? I’ll have to check once I have the baby…Seriously I looked hard yesterday but I think I am still in the clear.

Fun fact: 1. I am actually starting to look forward to labour and delivery. 2. I am still seeing the Chiro 2x a week and it makes all the difference in the world.

Best moment this week? We started classes last week at the birthing center  Baby & Co where we will be having our daughter. I really do love learning all about birth and babies,  I am so excited about having a more neutral environment this time around.

Anything making me sick still? Feeling pretty good these days. Besides BIG 😛

Symptoms? Starting to get some sleepless night, pregnancy boredom and achy legs.

Cravings – I like all things yummy, nothing special this week.

Weight gain? 25 lbs.

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33 weeks

Baby

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Hey there! Happy 33 weeks, I am so late posting this  but I am going to blame pregnancy for being a slacker! It has been a great week, we potty trained Ariana over the weekend so baby #2 can have diapers. Ok, just kidding but seriously I only want one baby at a time.  But Ariana caught on SO fast and after one day she had the hang of using the potty. #proudmommy. This week I have visited the chiropractor two times, after talking to my midwife at last weeks appointment she recommended a family chiropractor. The baby was basically resting on my bones in the front and my hips were popping all the time, so I was more than happy to comply! Seriously every pregnant mom should go and get adjusted, it made a world of difference and I feel like I can make it the last 1.5 months without going crazy! The other new thing is we finally started attending our birthing classes, which I really enjoy learning about baby and all getting ready for having this little princess.

THE STATS

How far along? 33 weeks – Baby is about 4lbs the size of a pineapple!

Stretch Marks? Nope, nada.

Fun fact: Every pregnant mama should see a chiropracter! Why did it take me a 1.75 pregnancies to find out how awesome/helpful they are!

Best moment this week? After getting my hips adjusted I could actually stand up without any pain!

Anything making me sick still? It has been a great week, I am all about naps these days. Seriously lots and lots of naps.

Symptoms? Tiredness. Also if I am sitting upright for too long I start getting a little anxiety and feeling as if I cant breathe. Idk if its just the position of the baby, or if I really cant breathe but I just try and avoid sitting for too long. 😛

Cravings – Oatmeal, apples and Chic-files frozen lemonade frosties.

Weight gain? 24 lbs pounds.

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32 Weeks

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I hope everyone had a very happy Easter! I took these shots Sunday with little Ariana, we had about 3.5 minutes worth of smiles and kisses before she checked out and wanted to play. Thankfully we got some cute shots and were able to enjoy the rest of the day! I am so happy to be at 32 weeks, baby is growing healthy and strong with just 52 days left of this pregnancy I feel like I am in the final stretch. (haha, literally)

THE STATS

How far along? 32 weeks – Baby is about 3.75 lbs.

Stretch Marks? Not yet.

Fun fact – legs cramps are the worst. Why would that even be a pregnancy problem? #pregnancyproblems

Best moment this week? Making it to 32 weeks! 😛

Anything making me sick still? Tiredness, anytime I get over tired I start feeling sick. Also I was super busy over the holiday weekend so that also made me feel pretty old and tired.

Symptoms? Leg cramps, not even kidding I woke up with double leg cramps in both of my calfs. I got out of bed to stand up and try and get them out but { my muscles wouldn’t work } so I just fell over in a heap. Thankfully my husband was right there and while I laid like a helpless human he massaged my calfs until the cramps went away. They kept coming back over and over…worst feeling ever. My muscles stiffened up and were super sore for two days after that, I told my midwife and she recommended a powdered magnesium supplement called Natural Calm, I have been taking it for two days so hopefully I will not have any more cramps after this! Anything to stop the pain of have your leg muscles all jacked up. 😦 It is the worst!

Cravings – Nothing to crazy lately. Just normal food and lots of popsicles.

Weight gain? 23.5 lbs pounds.