Baby Mama Drama :: Lindsay of Little One Love

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This week, I'm excited to have Lindsay dishing out some real moments of motherhood to us all. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was following along with her every week of her pregnancy, and now, she's a baby mama to Miss Ruthie, whom I've loved getting to watch grow over the past couple of months. Seriously, have you seen Ruthie's big gorgeous eyes? Little boys everywhere.... watch out! Lindsay does an amazing job of photographing 'Ru', as she's so sweetly called, and sharing tid-bits of their life as she navagates motherhood, on top of, being one of the co-founders of The City Flea. You can see her amazing eye for furniture and design in the photo of Ruthie's nursery below. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Lindsay! 

NAME :: Lindsay Dewald

BLOG :: Little One Love

TWITTER :: @littleoneove

CHILDREN + AGES :: Ruthie 2 1/2 months

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Honest first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant?

Ecstatic. We were just beyond excited - my husband too, seriously. When you try for months to have a baby and take a handful of failed pregnancy tests then read that one (or three) that say positive, it's impossible to be anything but over the moon. We wanted our baby girl so badly and that afternoon we found out, we sat in her empty bedroom dreaming of what it would be like in nine months with her in it. Turns out it's pretty fantastic.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently and what would you do the same?

I've only been mothering now for a little over two months, so I can't offer much up in the 'if I had to raise my kids again this is what I'd do', but I will say that as far as labor and delivery goes- be open minded! I was certainly not open to a c-section and guess what happened? I was induced, labored, and ended with a c-section. That's pretty far from the 'let's try the natural thing' as you can get, but you know what? I got my baby girl safely in the end, and for that reason alone, I'd do it all again the exact same way.

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You can’t possibly raise a child without ….

My Moby Wrap and ErgoBaby carrier. I knew I would like wearing my baby, but I didn't realize how much she would like it too. You put her in that wrap and bam, lights out. The closeness and warmth you both feel is so special and unique.

Favorite mom blog?

I think I have to say Bleubird on this one. I feel like our parenting styles are similar, that we share the same opinion on a lot of things and James has been around the block as far as child rearing goes, so I always take her advice and tips to heart. Plus, she takes some pretty amazing photos of her children and their family adventures.

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Lifesaving beauty products during pregnancy?

Palmer's Stretch Mark Cream- I'm not sure if I've just got great genes (thank you, mom!) or if this stuff actually works, but I am happy to report I have not one stretch mark- I think that cream really works, guys.

Epic fashion emergency/meltdown during either pre or post pregnancy?

Leggings are not pants but they certainly are when you're in the third trimester and can't find a pair of maternity jeans that fit right to save your life. I had many mornings staring into the closet shouting, I DON'T WANT TO WEAR LEGGINGS AGAIN! But then, 5 minutes later, I was wearing leggings. (Thank goodness for me, it was not summer).

Funniest first-week of being a new mom moment? (because I'm all about the brutal honesty here people!)

Do you have any idea what it is like when your milk comes in? You think when you're pregnant, 'oh yeah, after I have the baby I'll just put her right on up here and she'll just start feeding and things will be hunky-dory.' That is, until you realize you don't have any milk until about day 4 or 5, and then kaboom.... all of a sudden your husband looks at you and goes, "holy sh*t Dolly Parton!".... it's actually kinda funny.

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Photos via :: Lindsay

Baby Mama Essentials :: First Trimester

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In recent weeks, I've had to learn to be more confident answering the 'how have you been feeling' questions with the honest response. That answer is 'freaking amazing'! Somewhere along the way, I got the idea that I didn't want to mislead other gals or have them think pregnancy is a walk in the park, cause it's not, so I would give the luke warm answer of 'oh, you know how the first months are'..... when that hasn't actually been the truth. I was suffering from guilt. I've honestly felt the same as I did before I was pregnant. Just add a belly bump that sometimes simply resembles a food baby more than an actual pregnant stomach.... and my ability to fall into a narcoleptic sleep at 7pm sharp. I need to not feel guilty about how easy these months have been, mostly because I want to be fully present for every moment. There is only one first-time around at this.... and I realize pregnancy is not easy for some women.... but I've been overwhelmingly thankful that it has been such a smooth ride for me.... so far. I say this all because I'm dry humored by nature (news flash), but that doesn't mean I take this experience for granted. 

Sappy stuff aside, I wanted to share my go-to products from the past five months. And really, why are these months referred to as 'trimesters'.... they should just be called 'stages of survivial'. Your body is changing, your daily hypoglycemic rants are at an all time high and I've memorized the number of steps it takes me to get from my desk to the bathroom. 

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MY BABY MAMA ESSENTIALS :: 

one // KIND bars - The perfect cure to the snack attacks that hit nearly every three hours. Simple ingredients, simple packaging and tasty as can be. 

two // Vitamins - Why wasn't I taking these even before I was pregnant? Who knew they basically transformed your hair into the mane of a goddess and gave you nails of steel? I'm kind of expecting them to turn me into Beyonce.

three // Uniqlo Jeggings - Now, stop right there. I know the word 'jeggings' invokes a lot of mixed feelings in people. The word usually makes me cringe. Frankly, it's just a poor choice in product naming if you ask me. But.... I have been able to dodge the maternity jeans thus far thanks to these stretchy fellas. High five! 

four // Snuggle Body Pillow - Yep, that's right. One person classified it as 'the Cadillac of body pillows' and I was SOLD. That.... and one look at how comfy that pregnant lady in the advertising photo looks and I couldn't wait to spoon up to my very own Snuggle. One effect pregnancy has had on me is the discomfort of sleeping. Your body is achy and all you desire is hours of uninterrupted sleep. Especially since those precious hours disappear once the baby is born. (Disclaimer :: your husband may get jealous of the Snuggle, cause let's face it, it's just a body pillow on steroids.) 

five // Chimes Ginger Chews - Aside from a maniac taxi ride one evening, I haven't really experienced any nausea during these months. I did however, have a few encounters with the common acid reflex that occurs during pregnancy. Ginger is a pretty big natural cure-all for a lot of ailments, and this is no exception. I keep a stash on my bedside table. Plus, they're just kindof yummy regardless. 

six // Unsweetened Almond Milk - Almonds are packed full of iron, calcium and protein. All good things your body needs during these months. I've been a fan of this box of deliciousness for a while, but had only used it when making fresh juices. Now a days, I'll just chug it straight from the container while standing with the fridge door wide open. No shame. 

seven // Orbit Fruity Gum - If there's ever been something I've been known to get die hard about, it has always been my choice of gum. For years, I've been a loyal Trident 'Minty Sweet Twist' chewer and never cheated on it. One of my only food aversions has been to this gum. Gasp! It was a sad day when that was realized. 

eight // Cycling - Believe the hype. Not only is it great for your general fitness routine, it's the perfect form of low impact cardio during pregnancy and will assist in keeping your energy levels high. With the help of my co-worker and trainer, we've got a kick butt fitness routine down to keep all my body curves where they should be during and after this pregnancy. Don't want things moving south anytime soon. 

nine // Straight Up H20 - It would do some good to just hook a sister up to a good old-fashioned IV. You would think I wandered the Saharan desert every day for hours. I just can't seem to quench my thirst, ever. Around my desk, at home and in every purse I own.... you'll find massive liter sized water bottles scattered. 

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We can end with an awesome action shot of me enjoying the most delicious Vietnamese sandwich. After which, I felt Baby A move for the first time while riding the F train. Took a few hours to decide if it was, in fact, the baby or the sandwiches. But, we concluded it was the baby. 

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