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Saturday, May 28, 2016

I'm not part of the "natural hair community"

Yes I am natural.

With that being said, I am clueless about abbreviations and special hair tricks that the natural hair community praise. 
I look at my curls as a way out of straightening it because I didn't have time or just wanted to give my hair a break.

I don't attend networking events for the natural hair community because simply put....there are some people that take this thing to heart.
Sometimes when I'm out in public I get stares of people trying to figure out my "hair type" I'm guessing.
Who cares? Rock what makes you comfortable and keep it moving. 

I'm natural whether I decide to rock straight or curly hair, it makes no difference.
I'm not new to this whole natural thing,  I've been natural before natural became a "thing".

Skip Hop Diaper Bag Review

A few blog posts ago I was searching for a diaper bag that was modern, trendy & also easy to carry.
I must say that the backpack diaper bag idea is genius.
I scooped up the Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Backpack from Babies R Us just a few weeks ago.
I AM IN LOVE.
In the mist of carrying a carseat or carrying Savannah this backpack is perfect for any mom. 
The only problem I have with the backpack is the bottle holders on the side.

Yes, the bottle holders are insulated but the top portion is open which makes me question if it really keeps the bottles cold. 

Other than that I love this backpack. The cost of it is a bit pricey but the material used to create this backpack I know I'll have it for years to come with Savannah.


What I've Been Up To?

I've been enjoying being a mother. From doctor visits, late night feeds, littlesmiles and   grins.... I've just been soaking it all in.
Everytime I attempt to blog from my laptop I get distracted or little Savannah wants all my attention.

I honestly feel guilty about going back to work. I really don't care for daycare and all the germs it carry but it's something that has to be done at the moment. 

I've been trying to get the hang of things but it's kind of hard with everything going on. So for now I may just pop up every now & then on the blog lol


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Six Things I Wish Someone Would've Told Me About Caring for a Newborn

Our little sunshine has been a being in this world for exactly 5 weeks now! 

YAYYYYY!!

Basically everything we've done until this point has been trial and error. I understand that all babies are different and what may work for some may not work for others.

With that being said, here's a list of things I wish someone would've atleast warned me about caring for a newborn

1. Cradle cap -- What is it?! And why didn't anyone tell me steps to prevent it.
2. Crying -- She has different cries for different reasons
3. Diapers -- Newborn diapers last for about 1.5 weeks then she continues to grow out the other sizes just as fast.
4. Breastfeeding-- The weight gain is serious lol! She is steady growing & there's no stopping her.
5. Choose your pediatrician wisely -- As a first time mom, this whole "motherhood" "newborn" thing is all new to me & I'm clueless. Well I definitely don't need nurses or a pediatrician looking at me crazy as if I'm overreacting.
Like I said I'm clueless and Google can only tell me so much.
6. Google at your own risk -- Even before giving birth I would self diagnose lol! So with a newborn I'm constantly Googling daily occurrences

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Breastfeeding Chronicles: Philips Avent Breast Pump Manual vs Medela Pump In Style


Before giving birth, I had already decided on the choice of breastfeeding. I wasn't too sold on the whole "milk out of a can" formula so the decision was pretty simple and of course Q agreed.
My health insurance provides free electric pumps so I placed my order for the Medela Pump In Style after doing extensive research and hearing from other moms that this was THE PUMP to go with.

Well let me just tell you.... do your own research and reviewing before deciding to actually buy this electric Medela pump.
I have larger breasts so the breast shields in the Medela Pump In Style box that are provided did not fit. Q took a trip to Walmart and found the 27mm which fit perfectly for me.

I bought the Avent Breast Pump Manual right before going in to labor and it was the best decision I made. I wanted to have the option of doing manual or electric. The end result of that was.... MANUAL all the way.
I love that I can take this little hand held pump on the go with me and pump in the car under my shirt without any hassle.
On the other hand, the Medela Pump In Style has to be plugged into the wall and I have to sit there and maneuver myself to be able to hold both pumps at one time. This leaves me sitting in one position for at least 30 minutes which is unrealistic with a newborn.

My choice: Philips Avent Breast Pump Manual -- 1. For Travel 2. For Late night pumping 3. For bigger boobs lol! (the plastic suction cup helps tremendously)  

First Three Weeks of Motherhood

I've finally pushed myself to type another blog post. In my first few weeks of motherhood.... I must say all of these motherly duties make me appreciate my mom so much more. I'm not sure how she found the time to take care of 4 kids and still find time to work a full time job.

Basically in 3 short weeks I've found out a lot about myself and also my husband (that still feels weird to say lol). I've cried, laughed, argued, cried some more and laughed even more. This is only the beginning and the journey is so worth it.

To sum up everything that's been going on..... Savannah has grown so much in only 3 weeks and the breastfeeding journey has been going GREAT. I worried so much about being able to breastfeed or if I was doing things right.
In the hospital I requested a lactation consultant all 3 days of my hospital stay lol! I wanted to make sure I was holding the baby the "proper way"... make sure she was getting enough milk... make sure she was having enough dirty diapers.
Then once I got home I quickly realized that I just needed to do what was comfortable for myself and the baby. It's that simple. No books or Breastfeeding classes or Youtube videos can teach me that.

The support from Q and my family has driven me to be the best I can be and also allowed me to slow down and just take my time instead of rushing.

With Mother's Day quickly approaching I must say... to all the Mothers out there. You are appreciated. Hopefully there is some type of support system in your household because I couldn't imagine raising Savannah alone.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Yes I'm Married, No I Didn't Share with Social Media

This blog post has kind of been a long awaited topic that I've been meaning to write but life happened per usual lol.

So by the title you can tell that yes I am MARRIED lol!
The engagement process was short & to the point like majority of my life has been. I did not feel the need to share that moment on social media simply because I don't center my life or my choices on "likes" and followers on social networks.

Let me explain.....
I've always prayed to God for a family of my own after seeing how my sibilings interact with their families it inspired me to want my own. 
With that being said, I met Q that started off as just friends but God had plans for something much bigger. 

After finding out about the pregnancy we decided to kick things up a notch & make a commitment to each other. We bought a house & began doing all the things that a married couple would do.

Well as you can see the problem with all of that is we were doing martial things without actually standing in front of God and correcting our sin of all of these premartial things. Eventually we both agreed that we wanted to be blameless and submit ourselves to Christ not just as a couple but also as individuals. We had no intentions on falling so hard...so fast.. but we both allowed God to intervene.
I really think my invitation to church is really what got him lol! 

In March, we had a little private ceremony with just family, by the pond in my sister's backyard. It was the perfect setup & straight to the point just like I like it. We showed ourselves to the Lord & embarked on a new journey in life as ONE.

---In life you have to make decisions that will make you happy not the others around you.---

Thursday, March 31, 2016

First week of Motherhood.

Let me start off by saying that I have a new found appreciation for my mom on a whole new level.
Being pregnant for 9 months(10 months to be exact) definitely didn't prepare me mentally for almost a completely full day in labor(23 hours), exciting moments, a sleepless week, and oh yeah.....breastfeeding.

Obviously I was completely clueless to all of this & it really just comes with the territory & there's nothing to prepare you except actually experiencing it.

Yes Savannah has finally arrived! 
---signed a tired mommy @ 3:45AM

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