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    Calvin’s Newborn Family Photos

    Calvin's Newborn Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day; Photos by Jennifer Roper

    In case any of you wondered why I’ve been a bit absent from the blog, I wanted to share our newest family member. Calvin Michael was born on August 14th, after 8 hours of much easier labor than his brother. He was a bit bigger, at 7 lbs 5 oz and 20.5 inches long, and looks pretty much the opposite of Charlie. He’s now a month old, has already rolled over three times, and has such a funny little personality. He and big brother Charlie already have such a sweet and special bond, and it’s so magical to watch their interactions.

    I’m sharing a few of Calvin’s newborn photos over on 100 Layer Cakelett today (along with some of my maternity photos and peeks into the nursery), but thought I’d share the rest of the family photos here as well. And next week I’ll be sharing more of Calvin’s nursery, along with a giveaway of some of my favorite things that I included in his room.

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    Many many thanks to Jennifer for taking these beautiful photos of our family. And don’t forget to come back next week for more of Calvin’s nursery + a giveaway of some of my favorite things in his room!

    And you can see all of our family photos that Jennifer has taken for us here :)

    Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Styling & Room Design, Chandra Fredrick of Oh Lovely Day / Wave sheets, dip dyed stools, belly baskets, whale pillow: Serena & Lily / Crib, bookshelf, whale, cloud garland, cloud storage basket & rattle: The Land of Nod / Tie dye throw & curtains: Urban Outfitters / Rug: Lulu & Georgia / Mirror, ottoman, toy storage baskets, bedside table & tie dye pillows: Target (from Threshold Nautical line – most no longer available) / Personalized “Calvin” blanket & hat: Simply Boco Baby / Calvin blocks & California rattle: Bannor Toys / Gallery Wall prints: Most from Minted, California print from Truth & Beauty Design, / Cloud mobile: Baby Jives / Crib Sheet: Little Slumber / Cloud Decals: Decal Lab / Marquee Sun Light: Saddle Shoe Designs / pennant bunting: Graham Keegan (bought from Reform School in Silverlake) / Lamp: Lamps Plus / Sun & Cloud bookends: Moose & Bee / Let’s Adventure Wood Hanging: Grace & Salt

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    These are a few of my favorite postpartum things + A giveaway

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    Hey y’all! I’m taking a quick break from babyland (who am I kidding, I’m literally nursing while I type this!) to share a few of my favorite things that are making life easier or more comfortable in this new postpartum stage. I thought it might help some of you who are there too, or will be soon! Plus, I’m giving away some of my favorite goodies – wahoo!

    My Postpartum Favorites:

    1. Sleep bras & nursing bras – nursing boobies need support, but a comfy bra is a must. I’ve been living in sleep bras from Target and nursing bras from Bravado Designs (especially love the confetti bra and the sweet pea bra). The ones from Bravado are still pretty while being functional and comfortable too.

    2. Belabumbum pjs – you spend most of your time resting, changing diapers, nursing, nursing, and nursing some more. I don’t leave the house much. So cute and comfy pjs are a must and my favorites have been these Colette pjs from Belabumbum.

    3. Water in a BIG travel cup – if you’re nursing you need to drink lots of water. Plus, it’s ridiculously hot where I am so staying hydrated is key for milk production. I love my mason jar travel drink cup – I fill it up and guzzle it down. It doesn’t sweat, spill, and makes drinking a ton of water easy.

    4. Nipple balm – if you’re nursing, a nipple balm is a must. I have fallen in love with this one from Zoe Organics. It is all natural, smells great, and works wonders. I’ve even been using it on my baby’s raw booty – it has healed his dry and bleeding bum better than anything else I’ve tried.

    5. Starbucks Via Instant Coffee/Latte – A friend brought me these and I now can’t live without them. Brewed coffee takes time, and in the morning when you have a baby screaming to be fed, you don’t have time to make it. These little packets of Starbucks Via are instant – just add a mug of hot water. And they are tastier than brewed coffee too!

    6. Saint Grace pants & tanks – my postpartum body is, well, not awesome. I still look prego, my hips are still wide and my tummy is flabby. I can’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but don’t feel good about myself wearing maternity clothes everyday. I wore the flowy pants and tanks from Saint Grace during my pregnancy and they are the perfect chic and comfy uniform for postpartum mamas. And they flatter postpartum bodies too.

    7. Bamboobies – leaky boobs aren’t my fave. You finally get a shower and fresh clothes on, then your boobs leak all over you and said clothes. Bamboobies are washable and reusable nursing pads, they are soft and comfy, and they do the trick. You can also find them here.

    8. A massage and/or heating pad – I was retaining a ton of water after I delivered, and I had a lymphatic draining massage which really helped. Plus your body is sore from delivery, your neck and shoulders kill from nursing, and you need a nap. It can help carpal tunnel too. If you can’t get a massage, having a heating pad for your shoulders is helpful. I love mine – I can throw it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then drape it on my shoulders before and after I nurse to ease my muscles.

    9. Doie Lounge Robe – I took my Doie Lounge robe to the hospital and it made me feel like a new, somewhat put together person. It’s great to wear around over my undies and nursing bras, because you never know when you’ll have 5 minutes for a quick shower, or when one of those dreaded hormonal hot flashes will appear. One of these robes on top of your dirty, sweaty, aching body just makes you feel good.

    10. Nature Valley Protein Bars – I eat one of these during nursing sessions for a quick snack. I even keep one on my bedside table for late night feedings. They help keep me going when finding time to eat can be hard.

    11. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow – a good nursing pillow is a must. I was struggling during my first 10 days postpartum using my boppy – it wasn’t working for me and my baby and my neck and shoulders were killing me. I ordered a My Brest Friend and have never looked back. It has made nursing so much more pleasant and easier on my body. I hear boppys work better when nursing older babies.

    12. Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray – if you have a vaginal delivery, you’re gonna have some issues “down there” afterwards. Without sharing too much, let me just say that this spray helps a multitude of issues. And it sprays while held upside down, which is key. Also helpful/necessary in the “down there” issue department: wipes with witch hazel, tucks pads, Prep H cream, pads (I prefer thick ones with the hospital’s mesh underwear as long as bleeding is heavy, then very thin Always pads with wings when it gets lighter).

    13. Warm baths – another must for vaginal deliveries are sitz baths. But I didn’t have time for 3 of these a day so I would just indulge in one longer bath each evening, with lavender epsom salt. So helpful!

    14. Solly Baby Wrap – Sometimes baby just wants to be held, and as much as you love holding him or her, your arm needs a break, your older child needs attention, or you need to get something done. I’ve found using my Solly Baby Wrap has made life easier in those situations. I also love putting Calvin in it if we’re going around people – less touching and getting in his face when he’s wrapped up on me.

    15. Mother’s Milk Tea – I had supply issues with my first baby (due to an undiagnosed thyroid disorder – more on that here), so I had a low supply and also had to pump a lot. This time, I’m trying to build my supply while avoiding my pump when possible. I’ve found drinking a couple of cups of this tea everyday has helped. I also eat oatmeal for breakfast, drink lots of water, and nurse on demand when I can.

    Oh Lovely Day postpartum favorite things giveaway

    And now for our giveaway. I’m giving away my favorite things to wear postpartum to one lucky winner. You’ll get 1. The two Bravado Designs nursing bras listed above, 2. a tank and pants from Saint Grace (style and color based on winner’s size and availability), 3. The Doie Lounge Elena robe (pictured), 4. A set of black pjs from Belabumbum (pictured), and 5. A Solly Baby Wrap (color choice based on in stock availability) so you can wear your baby!

    The giveaway will end on 9/13/14 and the winner will be announced below on 9/14. Only one comment below will count as an entry, and be sure to follow instructions in the giveaway widget below. Good luck!

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    Mother + Son Maternity Photos

    mother & son maternith photos | Jennifer Roper Photography on Oh Lovely Day

    A few weeks ago I had some photos taken with my boys (at 3 1/2 and 34 weeks pregnant). While I find pregnant women and their bodies to be especially beautiful and inspiring, I never really wanted maternity photos of myself (and didn’t do any during my first pregnancy). But this time around I wanted to document this special time with my first born and before my second was born. Both because it was so hot (July, heat wave, and 34 weeks pregnant) and because I wanted to actually see my body rather than cover it up in a big tent dress, we did some photos in our undies. I never intended to share them here, but Jennifer Roper did such a beautiful job that I thought I would share a few of my favorites.  Read More »

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    Nursery Peek + Lulu & Georgia Giveaway

    Nursery Peek and a Lulu & Georgia Giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend. I finished baby #2’s nursery over the weekend and am so in love with the finished room that I keep finding myself in there, just hanging out. So I thought I’d share a little peek (an official room tour post with source links for everything you see will come after baby is here) and celebrate with a giveaway from Lulu & Georgia, one of my favorite home decor brands and the maker of our nursery rug.

    Nursery Peek and a Lulu & Georgia Giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    The photos (and my photography) don’t do this rug justice – it has such vibrant ombré shades of blue and it is so soft and cozy. Charlie likes to lay on it and says he is swimming in the ocean. It really pulls the ‘cali-cool nautical nursery’ together.

    I’ve got so many goodies from Lulu & Georgia on my dream wish list (like this rug for my office). If you do too, today is your lucky day because we’re giving away $100 credit to Lulu & Georgia! Enter below through 8/1/14 and the winner will be announced in the entry box below on 8/2/14, so be sure to check back.

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    *Don’t forget to read the instructions and terms and conditions carefully. Only one comment on this post will count towards an entry.

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    Getting Ready for a Second Baby

    second baby maternity photos | Jennifer Roper Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    If you don’t follow me on social media but have noticed a lack of posts lately, I should probably mention that I’m about ready to have a second baby in the next 2-4 weeks (feels like 2-4 days!) My second pregnancy has been the complete opposite of my first, aside from the fact that I’m bringing another baby boy into our family. My first pregnancy came so easy –  I felt great, worked as a lawyer full time, and blogged in my free time. This time has been so much harder. It was way harder to get pregnant, I was terribly sick for the first 18-20 weeks, had about 4 good weeks, and then have been sick and uncomfortable the rest of the time. Now I work as a blogger full time (though I can barely manage 2 posts a week) and a full time momma to a very active 3 year old. During my first pregnancy I wrote a blog for my unborn baby, sharing love letters and updates and funny stories along the way. Like a typical second child, this baby has gotten none of that. Sometimes I feel like he’s only heard me say “Boy, am I tired. I am so ready to be done.” And then I feel guilty for complaining and feeling that way.

    I am also anxious about adding another person to our family and changing our dynamic forever. I’m a little sad that it won’t just be us and Charlie, even though I’m super excited about meeting this new little guy too. I hope Charlie remembers at least a little bit about his first 3 1/2 years of life where it was just him, his daddy, and me. We spent so much time together, more than most families get. And I feel so lucky for that. I know it will be wonderful once the new baby is here and that I will love him as much as I love Charlie, but right now it is hard to think of anything but how the new baby will change things with my first baby. And then I feel guilty for feeling that way too.

    In the coming weeks I may post a little less. I may not respond to emails. And then I’ll share some guest posts from some sweet friends who have been kind enough to write something to help me take a little time off once baby is here. And I hope you’ll understand that I’m just one person, who is trying to balance being a momma with running a business alone, and also making a little time for my husband and myself. Actual balance is impossible, but if anything in that list is going to take a hit, it has to be this blog. And I hope you understand that I can’t feel guilty about that. Even though I do.

    And if you are curious as to what I’m up to during any silence on this blog, you can find me on instagram where I’ll still be posting as much as I can.

    I’d love to hear thoughts from my fellow parents on welcoming a second baby to the family. Any tips for preparing your older kiddo or on making that first introduction? Or about anything at all really – I’d love to hear what worked (or didn’t work) for you. Any encouragement and advice is welcomed :)

    Above photo is of me and my boys by Jennifer Roper Photography. Jennifer Roper is a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you would like to be considered for our guide, apply here.

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