Category: "Baby"

Fresh Lemon Hummus Recipe

July 19th, 2018 | no comments

Hummus is a staple in our house. It’s a convenient little super food that adds protein and substance to any meal. 

I love to put out a raw vegetable and hummus spread when guests are coming over or bring it to the park with crackers for a quick snack. Emerson LOVES hummus too and calls it “hum” which is pretty darn cute. 

There are lots of delicious store bought options and when I’m purchasing from the store I try to always buy organic. I strive for organic with any store bought, plant-based items to avoid any unnecessary toxins from pesticides and other chemicals. 

And while store bought options are super convenient in a pinch or on-the-go, I really LOVE a good homemade variety and having been making my own hummus for years. It’s the Greek in me! ;) 

This recipe can be made using a Vitamix or traditional food processor. I have both but tend to use my Vitamix since it gets used regularly and is already plugged in on the counter for easy access.

 Lemon Garlic Hummus


You’ll Need

  • 1 Can Organic Garbanzo Beans or 8 oz of dried beans soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp aquafaba (which is the liquid from the can of beans) 
  • 1 tbsp good quality olive oil (more for drizzling at the end) 
  • 1/4 cup tahini 
  • 1 tsp organic dried cumin
  • 2 gloves fresh garlic 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • Sprinkle of organic paprika to garnish


To Make: 

In a high speed blender like a Vitamix or a food processor add your ingredients and pulse. With the tamper push down the ingredients and then blend on high. Add an extra tablespoon of aquafaba if you prefer your hummus a bit thinner. Taste before adding salt and pepper, then add, and taste again (adjusting to your liking). The same with the lemon, if you like it very lemon-y you can add the juice of half of a lemon extra, at a time. 



Plate in a bowl and sprinkle with paprika and garnish with a slice of lemon. Enjoy as a dip for raw vegetables, seed crackers or pita chips. I like to add this to a brown rice tortilla for a hummus wrap for lunch. 


My Favorite Clean Diapering Products

April 2nd, 2018 | no comments
None of the product links below are sponsored or paid ads. Just products I truly use and love.

Hi Mom Friends! 

I’d really love this blog to evolve with me into motherhood, so today I thought I would share all of my “clean diapering” favorites. These are tried and tested products that we absolutely LOVE. 

As a first time mom, I remember navigating the aisles or Target, BuyBuy Baby and Whole Foods in complete confusion as to why there were so many darn products to choose from. At my local CVS alone there are probably 10 different diaper brands. All of this had my head spinning!

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When it came to nurturing my baby I wanted to make sure she had safe, effective and chemical-free products for anything that touched her skin, especially her delicate areas. 

It wasn’t until Emerson arrived that I actually started to understand what it all meant and quickly found products that were right for our family. Keep in mind that I only have experience with my little girl and moms of boys might have a different experience. What’s nice is that for baby #2, we’ve got this all sorted out already! :)

Since there are endless options out there I thought I’d give you my quick run down of the products that we use on a daily basis and why we love them. Hope this helps you navigate the sea of choices!


When we first came home from the hospital, Ems was in Pampers newborn diapers because that’s what they had at the hospital. I have to admit, the little wetness indicator was super helpful in the beginning because we quickly learned that she did not want to sit in a diaper for more than a few minutes. I had a ton of different diapers on hand… Bamboo, Earth’s Best and Honest were among my stock. In hindsight, I should have just chosen one and stuck to it because Ems has sensitive skin and the switching/trying wasn’t great. We quickly found our two favorite brands and we’ve never looked back!  



  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear - We love these cozy, chlorine-free, unbleached diapers and they are certainly our favorite. Of the “clean” diaper variety, we order ours in bulk from Target and they come out to about 36cents each. 
  • The Honest Company Diapers - Depending on what’s in stock or my mood, we’ll pick up these chlorine-free and no harsh chemicals added diaper favorite. I love Honest in the summer because they’re designs are so darn cute and sometimes baby just wants to hang in their diaper. We order these from Target as well and they come out to about 44cents each (Ems wears size 4 now). I have heard great things about their diaper bundle but have not tried it! Have you?
  • The Honest Company Overnight Diapers - At around 5 months old, we started to incorporate these night diapers and we have never looked back. Ems was always a solid sleeper and these just ensured that she did not wake due to a full diaper. These diapers are SO absorbent, one will last the whole night and she is always comfortable in them. Plus, for something she is in for (a lot of times) 12 hours straight, I like that the ingredients are super clean. 


Coming home from the hospital we used wet washcloths with water for diapering and soon switched the Water Wipes. At around two months old, we incorporated a still-gentle yet more textured wipe and we’ve been hooked on the combination of the two ever since.



  • WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes - 99.9% Water with a drop of grapefruit extract these wipes are sooooo gentle. They were perfect for newborn skin and later on became a favorite hand/face wipe because of how soft and gentle they are. The drop of fruit extract is naturally antimicrobial and helps clean hands and face. 
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear Wipes – These gentle and textured wipes get the job done well into toddlerhood. We love that they are made for sensitive skin yet super effective. They are free of alcohol, fragrances and parabans so you will not be transferring any chemicals to baby’s delicate skin. 

Diapering Products

Coming home from the hospital we learned that you want to keep the diaper area as dry as possible (may seem obvious to you but we were SO NEW to this!). So, we would clean Emmy’s bottom, let it air dry a minute and then put the diaper on… no creams or powder. This method ensured minimal diaper rash AND helped the products below be more effective when we actually used them. TIP 1: If your baby has a rash, stick to one product for a few days to allow it to work. TIP 2: Let baby go diaper free for some part of the day to “air out” the area. :) 



  • Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil - Coconut oil naturally clears mild yeast infections due to the properties in the coconut oil. 
  • California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream  – When Emmy is teething hard she gets a bad diaper rash and we love the clean ingredients in California Baby products. This product is a holy grail for us!
  • Weleda White Mallow Diaper Cream – We were gifted this item and I love it. Very gentle and similar to the product above. 
  • The Honest Company Organic Talc-Free Powder – Occasionally baby will develop a “wet rash” that will be better suited for a powder to dry it up. The talc-free powder by Honest is perfect for that. I also use this for wiping off sand when we are at the beach
  • Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly - I loooooove this product so much. It is a great alternative to vasoline or Aquafor. If either of those products are in your rotation, this UnJelly is a petroleum-free option that works perfectly. I end up using this on Emmy’s hands, chin and cheeks in the dry New York winters to keep her sensitive skin moisturized. 

A few more not necessary but much LOVED products:


  • Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser & Bags – These bags are not necessary but they soon became a staple in my car and diaper bag. You just never know where you’ll be when a BIG stinky diaper strikes…ahem, the car! These odor-absorbing bags are great for blocking that stinky diaper smell until you can get to a trash. 


Remember to engage your baby during diaper activities, tell them what you’re about to do, invite them to join the process, make it a special time for you and your baby to connect. <3 

Let me know which products are your favorites too or if there are any I need to try. Help a mama out! 


January 31st, 2018 | no comments

You guys…



We recently returned from a nice long family vacation to HAWAII. We visited Oahu and The Big Island and had a really wonderful time!

Several people had messaged, texted and DM’d while we were there and now that we’ve returned with questions about traveling that long and far with our 10 month old, Emerson Ava. To make it easier and share links (none of which are paid ads), I figured I would put together some of my “BEYOND THE BASICS” travel essentials for you. Gear or gadgets that helped us throughout our trip with a teething, on-the-go crawling, climbing, curious, chatty infant!


And, the reality of traveling with an infant is that there just IS a lot of “stuff.” Even when you try to pare it down, like we did. Of course a lot of this stuff isn’t absolutely necessary but some of it made our travels go a lot smoother, so I hope this post helps you if you’re planning for your next trip with baby. Because it IS possible and now that we’ve done it I can say it is SO worth it! 


I say “beyond the basics” because I don’t mean diapers, wipes, baby sunscreen, swaddles, lovey, clothes, PJs, sunglasses, sun hats, swim diapers, overnight diapers….you get it… we had all of the stuff! However, one of my tips, not included below, is to scout out your location for a store to stock up on diapers and wipes (especially for extended stays) and/or send some of those essentials to your destination ahead of time. We knew there was a Target in Waikiki, Oahu that would be easy to get to. We only packed enough diapers for about a day and a half and then made a quick trip to Target to stock up on our beloved Seventh Generation Diapers and Wipes and Honest Overnight Diapers (not necessary but we love these) for the week! That saved us a lot of room in our luggage too. 

I also knew that our villa had a washer and dryer so I brought a few easy-to-pack Seventh Generation Free & Clear laundry detergent pods in my toiletry bag and packed accordingly, knowing we would be able to wash clothes halfway through our trip. So think ahead if you’re going somewhere that you’ll have access to a washer and dryer – many hotels have options, so definitely ask! This helped us keep packing to a carry-on sized bags each plus Karl had a backpack and I had a diaper bag. Not bad for 12 days in Hawaii with a 10 month old! 


Other BABY GEAR we traveled with(that isn’t mentioned below):

  • Uppababy Mesa Carseat – Ems is on the cusp of growing out of this but still fits comfortably. We did rent a car while in Hawaii so we could have saved space here and rented through the car rental company but it was easier to have it to/from the airports and she slept in it on the plane. Since she is within the safety limits and is still comfortable, we figured we’d get one more trip out of this carseat and it worked out really well. If you do bring your carseat and end up gate checking, a Gate Check bag will keep the carseat protected while under the plane. 
  • Uppababy G-Luxe Stroller - depending on where you are going assess whether you really need a stroller. We packed pretty light so opted for the stroller because Ems still naps well in the stroller and we knew it would give us some freedom, which was really nice on a vacation. Uppababy makes a similar stroller that is a tad lighter but we opted for this model because of the recline feature and I can’t say enough good things. It does not have a lot of storage so we added the SkipHop Traveler organizer which we love and it has a zip-off pouch for keeping cards and valuables with you. Lots of people love to Babyzen Yo-Yo because you can fold it for the overhead bin. We gate checked our stroller in the stroller bag and it was super easy, no fuss at all!

Now let’s get into some of the non-obvious travel essentials that were either shared with me by friends or other local moms, or that we found online. All of these items below aren’t absolutely necessary but they were VERY MUCH nice to have (if you know what I mean). I hope you find some new goodies to help ease your mind for upcoming travel!


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  1. Disposable Placemats- We absolutely LOVE these and have a bunch in our diaper bag, car and in the stroller. They are GREAT to pull out and cover the surface in a pinch. We brought them in our carryon and covered the tray tables on the plane, it made it a lot easier for “meal times” on our 11 hour flight. We get them on Amazon
  2. Pacifier clip Hack - at this stage and in the thick of teething, we use pacifier clips to keep teethers connected to her/us/stroller while on-the-go. Worked great on the plane! Can use for pacifiers or teethers alike. 
  3. Sippy Cup Holder Straps - much like a pacifier clip that keeps your baby’s pacifier from falling on the floor, this is a clip for your baby’s sippy cup. A local mom in Brooklyn shared this with me and we love this item. It comes in a 2-pack and we have one clipped to our high chair and bring 1 on-the-go to restaurants to clip to the high chair. At 10 months old Emmy is in the “I can THROW things?” phase and even thinks its funny. This item keeps her sippy straw cup from smashing on the floor and nice and clean! Since I know folks will ask, we love the Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups and Lollaland Toddler Straw Cup(our current favorite!).  
  4. FizzWizz Cleaning Tablets – made with 100% food grade all natural ingredients, these easy-to-use effervescent tablets let you quickly clean a sippy cup, bottle or water bottle on-the-go with just a tablet and water. These are easy to pack and nice to have in a pinch rather than carrying around soap and sponge, etc., and especially if you won’t have a dishwasher (like in a hotel room). I got a sample from a baby event and was quickly hooked! Also on Amazon here, woo-hoo.
  5. Pack-n-Play Memory Foam Mattress Insert - we started using a Pack-n-Play while traveling at around 4 months old. I had a hard time understanding how Emmy would be comfortable sleeping on that super board hard insert that comes with the Pack-n-Play so we quickly looked for other options. Another mom told us about this Milliard Memory Foam Topper that fits perfectly in a pack-n-play and we’ve never looked back. Emmy will nap or sleep overnight VERY soundly with this inset and for us this is a must-have item. Another Amazon purchase, link here.
  6. Travel White Noise Machine – I picked this up as an impulse buy at BuyBuyBaby and it soon became one of our essentials that I always pack while traveling. Ems is a great sleeper and I attribute some of that to keeping things consistent for her. White noise being one of those things…it is truly Pavlovian for her! This affordable travel white noise machine is light and can easily be thrown into your diaper bag. We…take…this…thing…EVERYWHERE! Purchased at BuyBuyBaby (bring your 20% Off coupon!) and also see it on Amazon.
  7. Small Bag of Toys and Mini Board Books - I saved a few toys from the holidays that she had not seen before and threw in a few of her favorites (think one gallon sized ziplock full – so not a ton!). She loved to take the toys out of the bag, see familiar toys and books and enjoy a few new ones. Emmy is really into the Touch-and-Feel series, we LOVE the Wild Animals book and Colors and Shapes book and they’re small enough to pack in your travel bag.
  8. Baby Banz – Infant Hearing Protection Earmuffs - I’ve heard some people use these for the plane but our little Brooklyn gal can sleep through a bit of noise. However, you never know when you’ll need these. Our resort had a huge firework display one night and we got to enjoy them as a family due to these safety headphones. Amazon or BuyBuyBaby
  9. Baby Carrier – for this trip we were gone about 12 days so we did bring an umbrella stroller (UppaBaby G-Luxe – cannot say enough good things about this!) which was helpful but we also brought two baby carriers. It doesn’t much matter which carrier you use as long as you and baby are comfortable. I’ve used this ip for several airport trips and have got to say that carrying your baby through security is the way to go – trust me that you will need both of your arms! We used our Beco Baby Carrier for longer carries and a deliciously broken in WildBird Ring Sling for short carries throughout the day on our way out at night. 
  10. A positive attitude - this one may seem obvious (?) but you have to know that when you’re traveling outside of your home you WON’T be able to control all of the elements. It helps to go into the experience with those expectations. Depending on what stage your baby is in it’s best to know that even when you’re traveling without a baby there are elements out of your control. If nothing else, will make for some good memories and funny stories down the line! 



Safe travels – it will be great! 

Emerson Ava’s Library {Part 1} Books we Love!

September 16th, 2017 | no comments


Before sweet Emmy Ava was born I spent countless hours in the nursery nesting. I imagined what kind of mother I would be, what kind of baby she would be and what our life together would be like. I thought about her fresh little mind that would be open, inquisitive and moldable. I also thought about what kind of rituals we would create as a family. I dreamt of reading books together before bed, getting lost in stories when she became old enough, learning about life and taking adventures on and off the page. 


Before baby!

Before I knew what kind of nursery decor we would be inspired by, I knew I wanted to make a mini Library the focal point. This Babyletto Tree bookshelf was one of my first purchases and to this day remains one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the apartment.  


You can see how this library has grown!

You can see how this library has grown! AKA we need another book shelf stat.

For our Baby Celebration we asked that guests bring books for baby instead of a card and write well wishes in there. So E’s library started growing well before she arrived. One of the last activities Karl and I did while waiting for Emmy Ava to join us was visiting Books of Wonder in NYC, the largest independent bookstore in the city. It was so much fun and we took home a huge bounty!


Books of Wonder haul

 Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of our favorite books from time to time and hear about your favorites too. Let me know if your little one loves any of these. Tweet me @DeeLynn or follow along on InstaStories @DeeLynn78 as I share a lot of our days in realtime.

Some of my favorites!

Some of my favorites!

of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama

An inspirational story about some amazing Americans

I love the message in this book!

I love the message in this book!


This one hits home living in a city and teaching Emmy how to say hello in various languages!

This one hits home living in a city and teaching Emmy how to say hello in various languages!


A beautiful and visually stimulating books about babies being babies <3

A beautiful and visually stimulating books about babies being babies <3


One of my favorites form childhood, a beautiful story with a morale of lifting up everyone around you.

One of my favorites form childhood, a beautiful story with a morale of lifting up everyone around you.


These are just a few of our favorites right now. I plan to share more every so often! Do you like posts like these? What are your favorite stories to enjoy with your little one?  

My Top 10 Newborn Essentials

September 9th, 2017 | no comments

Hi Friends, 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Well…I’ve been in what I call the NEWBORN VORTEX! That delicious baby bubble that consists of long days, longer nights, mom brain and navigating the first few months with a brand new HUMAN. :)


Sweet Little Pink Baby, Day 1


Time truly ticks away differently when you have a newborn and I have been meaning to get this post up for SO LONG and I just haven’t gotten around to it. I feel terrible for going RADIO SILENT these last few months since little Miss Emerson Ava was born and I am excited to share what life has been like since her arrival and keep you all in the know.

Coming home from the hospital <3

Coming home from the hospital <3

Here are some of the posts I have planned:

  • Emmy’s Birth Story
  • My Most Loved Baby Gear List 
  • Lessons in New Mommyhood and Postpartum Feelings
  • Recipes for Energy, Breastfeeding and Emotional Well Being
  • How I fit in Self-Care as a New Mom and Why It’s Extra Important

Those are just a few of the posts I have in the works but tell me…what do you want to see on the blog? Tweet me @DeeLynn, comment on an Instagram @DeeLynn78 post (watch my story for daily pics of my CUTIE PIE) or comment below. 

Snug as a Bug after her first  bath

Snug as a Bug after her first bath

Like most new moms it has taken me A WHILE to get on my feet and find my stride in this new role and life. I had a difficult delivery (more on that later) and have been taking off any pressure to jump back into things. First and foremost I am enjoying every precious moment, snuggle, milestone and I’m grateful to have a beautiful, healthy child. 

Sleepy Sweet Cheeks

Sleepy Sweet Cheeks

Since I’ve never done this new mom thing before, I did A LOT of research in those last few weeks of my pregnancy. Today I thought I would jump back into posts with my NEWBORN ESSENTIALS and what “stuff” really helped us adjust in those very early days. These are a few of the items that we absolutely loved or used endlessly in those first weeks home or things that I was really glad I did or documented early on. 

First Visit to the Pediatrician - Day 5

First Visit to the Pediatrician – Day 5


  1. Water Wipes and Organic Cotton Washcloths – Newborn skin is sooo delicate and we loved to using a lightly dampened cloth to clean baby’s diaper. In those early days that is all you need. Eventually we graduated to Water Wipes which I loved because they were 99.9% water with a hint of grapefruit seed extract which is perfect to keep things nice and clean “down there” which helps avoid diaper rash. 
  2. Newborn Sized Clothes and Diapers – Typically newborn size is up to 7 lbs and many babies leave the hospital within a wide range of that size. A lot of people I knew had babies leave the hospital over 7 lbs and their children were never in newborn size, so with that in mind I had mostly 0-3 sized clothing on hand. However, little Miss Emerson Ava left the hospital 6 lbs 9 oz and was in newborn sized clothing for a few weeks so I was glad to have some on hand 
  3. Baby Connect App – As a probably neurotic first-time mom I wanted to document EVERYTHING in those early days…every diaper change, nursing session and even sleep. It really helped me get to know Emmy’s preferences and natural patterns in those early days when I was too sleep deprived to remember anything. I found this app super easy to use. I especially loved the nursing and sleep timers because it allowed me to see when the last activity took place. Now I know not everyone will need to be that meticulous but it worked really well for us early on.
  4. Bassinet (or somewhere for baby to sleep) – We co-slept from Day 1 which means we had Emmy in our room from the start. Since I was nursing, and it felt right for Karl and I, we had Emmy right next to my side of the bed (sometimes IN the bed, although we didn’t bed share until she was a little older). I loved the UPPAbaby Bassinet with the UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand because it was a portable bassinet and we could move in around the house with us during the day and next to me within arms reach at night. Sleep is one of those controversial parenting topics and you HAVE to do whatever works for you, your babe and your family. Emmy got great overnight sleep in the bassinet from the start and we used it until she transitioned to her crib. 
  5. Muslin Swaddles – Is there anything better than a cozy, swaddled newborn? Emmy LOVED to be swaddled to bed right from the start and these swaddles were a go-to. After she outgrown the sleep swaddle we continue to use muslin swaddles for EVERYTHING. I always have 2 – 3 on me at all times…in my diaper bag, in the car, in every room in the house. They’re great as a park blanket or to clean up a quick mess. 
  6. Milestone Documenters: My bestie made us personalized milestone cards (SIMILAR HERE) to take pictures of Emerson week to week and it was so fun to see how much she changed so early on. On DAY 5, we also took hand and foot imprints using THESE FRAMES that are in her nursery and also made a hand and foot stamp for her BABY BOOK
  7. Baby Sleep Gowns – You guys…newborns are SOOO tiny and delicate. It really made me nervous to change her clothes at first (new mom confession!). I love these sleep gowns for middle of the night diaper changes that were minimally disruptive. To this day I am in LOVE with the Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Cotton pajamas for Ems now that she’s graduated from the gowns.
  8. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow – For a nursing mama this was a go-to of mine for getting my nursing flow on . I love how supportive this pillow is and it made it comfortable to nurse around the clock! Eventually I weaned myself off the pillow but in those early days at home this was something I used a ton.
  9. BOPPY Lounger – I loved having a snuggly place to put Emmy in those early days. Karl and I would make an Emmy centerpiece at the table while we ate dinner and stare at her. I love how easy this was to move around the house. 
  10. TinyBeans App - We have family all over the country and in those first few weeks it was a bit overwhelming to keep up with social media. We also did not want to spam everyone with tons of baby pictures online, but wanted a way to document and share pictures with our loved ones frequently. Instead of texting or emailing pictures everyday we turned to this online photo journal. Its SO easy to use and you can upload one or multiple pictures, milestones or videos each day and your loved ones can follow along by invite-only. Almost 5 months later and we still update our calendar daily for friends and family to enjoy. 
Lovely Little Newborn

Lovely Little Newborn

While I’m sure there were many more items we were using and LOVING these were some of my go-tos in those first few weeks home with Emmy girl. What about you?? What were some of your newborn essentials?

Next up more BABY GEAR we love in detail. Stay tuned! 


What No One Told Me About Going Past Your Due Date! {Pregnancy Update Weeks 40+}

March 6th, 2017 | no comments

Hi Again! 

You know how I said in my last post that it would be my last pregnancy update? Well… that’s because I had this totally off base idea that once I hit my “due date” then *poof* baby would be here. What I’ve learned(or been reminded of)? A few things…like…

  • First time moms rarely deliver first babies ON their due date
  • Due dates aren’t an exact science
  • Babies are on their OWN time! #patience

Soo… with all of the prepartion we did for peanut leading up to our due date {you can read ALL ABOUT THAT here} what I failed to think about was, what if we went past our due date? I wasn’t prepared for the myriad of new tests (like the Nonstress Test), more frequent prenatal appointments (2x a week post-date) and bombarding of questions like “Where is baby??” “No baby yet??” and “Any contractions?!” from loving family and friends and even perfect strangers. Couple that with the comments full of opinions on how long I should wait to be medically induced and what I should/shouldn’t be doing to bring on labor (like this is somehow in my control)and there were a few moments I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders.

Of course I was doing everything humanely possible to help my body move things along… was this really in my control or something I was somehow doing wrong? These thoughts crossed my mind. It wasn’t until Karl said to me after one of our prenatal appointments “you have to relieve yourself of the duty to make this happen. The baby WILL come when she’s ready.” Ahhhh…big sigh of relief. It’s hard at this stage not to let thoughts of worry and self-doubt creep in but what baby girl needs from me is what she has needed all along…me feeling physically and emotionally well. To do that, I needed to do was to reframe the situation and put trust back in myself, my body, the baby and the universe that all of this is part of a perfect plan. It sounds silly but I also needed the reminder that baby girl IS on her way and NO I wouldn’t be pregnant forever (ohhh the hormones!). 

What no one told me about going past you due date was just how emotional it would be. 


Let me also say, most importantly, I am healthy and baby girl is healthy (and yet still on the inside). At this point, we are being very closely monitored by our midwives/Dr at our practice and I am physically feeling very well.

While this last week has brought A LOT of external “noise” we’ve have found ways to drown it out because we know in our hearts that nothing is wrong, we have just chosen to let baby girl grow and develop uninterrupted a bit longer without medical intervention because that is what feels right for us… at this time. It’s been interesting to see how uncomfortable other people are with some of our choices (that we feel calm and confident about), and yet a great lesson in parenting which will likely provide the same type of opinions, judgements and questions in our style or choices and that’s okay

What matters the most is that we continue to make decisions that feel great FOR US and feel right for OUR FAMILY. 

I wanted to share some of these very vulnerable thoughts as emotions have been high and low throughout the last week. My goal is always to be helpful and hopefully inspire other people who might be finding challenges in a similar situations. There ARE ways to cope with the difficultly of this waiting period and unknown…two things that just don’t come that natural to a Type A mama like myself…so I wanted to share that if I can, you can. Here are some of the ways we are spending our time and energy as we wait for our daughter to tell us “it’s GO time!”



The silver lining to all of the preparation we did prior to our due date was that after it passed we had nothing pressing to do. So, we’ve used this time to indulge in activities as a twosome (threesome with Harlow Girl) and soak up the quality time together. We’ve pretty much eaten our way through our neighborhood at all of our favorite restaurants, taken lots of walks, caught up on Oscar nominated movies and played games to pass the time. It has honestly been really special for us and I consider this the biggest perk of the extra time so far. 



For me the way I channel positivity is through creativity such as making a VISION BOARD. All you need is a few magazines, scissors, glue and a canvas or poster board in the size of your choosing. I decided to make a smaller sized one that was very portable so that I could bring it around with me throughout the house and bring it to the Birth Center/Hospital with us. Without judgement, scan the pages of the magazine and pull images and words that inspire you. Then, assemble the board with your images and watch the messages you need to hear reveal themselves. Try not to set out with any expectation for what you will create and let your inner guide inspire you. 



A fellow new mom and childhood friend Angela brought me these mom-to-be Mantra Cards to help release some fear, doubt and encourage confidence and calm. They have been very inspiring and came just when I needed them — thank you A!



At first I wanted to throw my hands in the air and say “I’m done!” and its understandable since pregnancy is a loooong time. I had to re-center and remember that little girl who needs me healthy and strong and this reminded me to continue to nourish myself with LOTS of sleep, healthy foods and staying active. With that, we’ve been enjoying daily walks in our favorite park and lots of homemade meals (a double win since cooking is also one of the ways I de-stress). 




Above all, this is truly vital for mom’s well being while the dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions that come with going past your due date (and throughout your entire pregnancy in my opinion). Some of the activities that I’ve been indulging in are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Journaling
  • Bubble Baths
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Naps and rest and early bed times
  • Reading and listening to books on audio
  • Meal prepping and baking
  • Time with Karl and Harlow 
  • Catching up with friends 


We know that this time won’t last forever so we’ve been finding ways to stay busy and have fun with the extra time. The other day we visited NYC’s largest independent book store, Books of Wonder, to add some book’s to peanut’s library and it was SUCH a fun experience. We poured through the aisles and pages and picked out sweet stories that we’ll read our girl soon. It was fun to see our childhood favorites and loads of new stories about everything under the sun!


A few more thoughts…

 So with that, we’re still waiting…just a few more days…for mother nature to continue to amaze us and bring our little girl into the world. We trust that this is all a part of our journey and we are learning great lessons in parenting, such as PATIENCE, while we enjoy the last few moments before baby. 

Thank you to everyone who has called, texted, emailed, messaged and sent thoughts and prayers our way. We are SO appreciative for your thoughts and can’t wait to introduce you to our daughter very soon. 

If you’re pregnant and past your due date… HANG IN THERE! You’re doing GREAT! 

With so much love…from this soon-to-be mama..

Xx, D



Big News: We’re Expecting!!  {Update Weeks 1 – 18}

10 Pregnancy Essentials {Weeks 1 – 19}

It’s a…….!!! Gender Reveal + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 19 – 22}

Hello, Third Trimester! PREGNANCY UPDATE {Weeks 23 – 28}

Baby Celebration + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 29-35}

What’s in my Hospital/Birth Center Bag? + LAST Pregnancy Update {Weeks 35-39}

What’s in my Hospital/Birth Center Bag? + LAST Pregnancy Update {Weeks 35-39}

February 17th, 2017 | no comments

 Hi Friends!

Here we are at 39 weeks pregnant and I decided to write this post as my last pre-baby update. Aside from the regular pregnancy questions, a lot of people are asking how we are preparing for “the big delivery day” and “what’s in my hospital bag?” So… as to hopefully be helpful, I thought I would document it all here. Partially to keep myself organized but also to help if you’re preparing for your big day and wanted to see what we’ve done to pack and prepare.

DISCLAIMER: I am a first-time-mama-to-be who has NEVER been through this before and so you’ll soon see that we DID and PREPPED alot. Probably more than is actually necessary and I admit that I know some of the preparation we did will be in vain but I am OK with that because I’m a pregnant lady with a lot on my mind and it has eased my mind to focus on preparing in this way. So please know that this isn’t the END ALL BE ALL of lists and I also hope to post an update after baby with what I actually used or found really helpful in hindsight. So, there’s that. 

But first, let’s do a little update from the last few weeks…


Weeks 35-39: These last few weeks have brought about a lot of preparation, which you will soon get a glimpse of. My energy level has ebbed and flowed (Enter: NAPS) and the baby growth spurts have brought about some new aches and pains, mainly in my lower back and hips. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor who specializes in obstetrics, going for weekly prenatal massages and wearing this belly belt and I have to say the combination is definitely helping. [Please consult your physician if you are experiencing any aches and pains, all of this treatment was pre-approved by ours for my specific needs]. Right around week 37 I came down with a horrrrrrrible cold and was on bed rest for about a week = NOT FUN. Luckily I made a full recovery and baby girl decided to STAY IN and I could not be more thankful to have that in the past and these days of getting healthy again accruing before the ‘big day’.  

In terms of cravings I am still on a FRUIT kick but have definitely been craving sweets in these last few weeks which is new. I’ve been indulging in all of the old wives tales about “what to eat” to prepare your body for labor…like dates, pineapple, spicy foods and supplementing with evening primrose oil… and not that I can tell you anything’s working or not working but it’s fun to pay more attention in this way (again, please consult your care provider before adding in any supplements or anything new to your regime).  I am still able to go to SoulCycle and do the elliptical a few times a week and always feel good and sleep better on the days I workout. Oh, sleep. This one is pretty rough as I’m getting bigger and more uncomfortable by the day, but all for a good cause! :) Other than that our weekly appointments have been mostly uneventful in the best way possible and we are getting more and more eager to meet our sweet daughter very soon! 

Self-care has been tremendously important for allowing me to feel good as my body, mind and soul continue to change everyday. For me that looks like exercise, good nutrition, early nights in bed, manicures, baths and scrapbooking the Baby Book which has been a really fun experience (thank you to my sweet friend Kelly for giving us this book!). I also snuck in a haircut since I knew I wouldn’t have a chance for some time postpartum

 A fresh cut/color pre-baby sure makes a mama feel good! 


The NESTING instinct has picked up HARD and we’ve really spent the last few weeks preparing the nursery, our home, our work and our minds for what’s to come soon. You’ll soon see as you keep reading just HOW MUCH we have actually done to prepare but now, at 39 weeks pregnant I really don’t have much to do but “feel well“, get lots of rest, eat well, enjoy prenatal massage, visit my chiropractor, enjoy the last few days as a twosome (threesome if you’re counting Harlow) and stay comfortable. Which is exactly the place I wanted to be at. I know that so much of labor and delivery and having a newborn will be unpredictable and chaotic (and beautiful) so it has helped me to relax by getting all of these ducks in a row. 

 So, I warn you. Super long post. Lots of products, packing and preparations (mostly necessary but surely some unnecessary). But, I feel great about it all and that’s all that matters.

Read at your leisure, use this as a reference if you find it helpful, skim, bounce around and if you’re a mom and I am completely missing something obvious — help a sista out and let me know! :) We are giving birth at a Birth Center so some of what we did/prepared for is geared towards that experience which may be slightly different than a traditional labor & delivery situation at a hospital. So just keep that in mind if you’re thinking “wow, that’s a lot!” If you have any questions about why we did something or packed a certain item, let me know. Happy to share my thought process it reasoning with you if it will be helpful.

Otherwise, know that you don’t really neeeeed most of this “stuff” or to prepare like we did. It’s SUCH a personal thing and whatever fits your personality and preferences. So…please please please listen to your body, your heart and connect with your partner about what will work best for you. What you’ll read below works best for us but may be too much (or too little) for someone else and I can totally respect and appreciate that. 

“Prepping for baby is exhausting!” -Harlow 


For my Hospital/Birth Center bag I chose this one from Vera Bradley that I had on hand because it’s a large duffel that will fit a ton, it’s very light as a bag so won’t add extra weight or bulk (for Karl who will be handling) and most importantly it can easily be tossed in the washing machine afterwards. I didn’t want to bring a nicer bag or our diaper bag for that last reason specifically. I’m happy with this choice because it sure is big enough for everything you’re about to see on my list below! 


I’ll start with what we packed….

For Baby:

• (2) newborn outfits (with feeties and mitts) • (2)  newborn white onesies • (3)  0-3 outfits • (4)  pairs of socks • Headbands (because…pictures ) • (2)  cotton hats + (1)  cozy going home hat • Going home outfit + puffer onesie (because it will still be winter here) • Burp clothes (disposable + cotton) • Swaddles (so we can use our own) • Organic coconut oil (for baby’s bum before meconium) • Newborn pacifiers for car ride home • Cozy receiving blanket


For Me (mom):

• Labor outfit ((2) super soft robes — one old that we can chuck and one new for postpartum, cotton bras, cozy tanks, loose boxers + maternity leggings) • Extra Cotton Bras + Nursing Bras • Comfy hipster style undies (for postpartum) • Grippy socks • Slippers • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, face wash, face cream, comb, deodorant, etc.) • Nursing pads, nipple cream, bottom spray (I am already a lover of Earth Mama Angel Baby) • Fridet Mom Washer • Maternity Belly Band (for postpartum support) • Extra socks • (2)  comfy outfits (Gap Body Maternity leggings, maternity tanks, cozy zip-ups and open front sweaters) • Going home clothes • Pillow with colored pillow case • A roll of my own soft toilet paper • Phone chargers • Digital camera with extra battery • Polaroid Instapix camera with extra film


For Hospital/Birth Center:

• Pre-registration Confirmation paperwork • Copies of license and insurance cards • Copy of medical records that we go at out last prenatal appointment• Copies of birth “preferences” + Who to Call/Text list • Snacks • Drinks • Nursing Pillow (My Brest Friend) • Bluetooth speakers • Toxic-free ink pad + Baby Book


For At-Home Labor:

(Since we are going to a Birth Center, at-home labor will be a longer than tradition L&D)

• Birth ball • Essential oils (lavender, peppermint + lemon) • Massage oil • Bendy straws (for easy hydration) • Baseball cap for ride to birth center • Headphones • Snacks + Beverages (hydration!!!) • Copies of different labor positions + contraction management techniques

 For Karl:

• Extra clothes • Bathing suit • Toiletries • Pillow • Snacks for hospital

This should say 38.5 weeks or “Just shy of 39″ ;) But, who’s counting??


Now let’s talk about HOW we prepared…

Aside from packing our bags and the car for the delivery day, we’ve been busy in the weeks leading up to our due date. We wanted to be mindful of other life responsibilities and take as much off of our plates for those first few weeks/months in the “newborn vortex” as possible. It was a great opportunity to go through our lives and think ahead to what might be needed/due and handle as much as we could now as to minimize any distractions later on.

Of course with delivery services like InstaCart (for groceries), / / for baby and household essentials and for pet supplies, it’s really VERY easy to get most of our needs met without more than the push of a button (which is very comforting). But there was more on our list as we took inventory of our life and apartment and it feels good to know that this is all taken care of and that our baby will get our full attention when she arrives. Also because the nesting instinct is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and it kept me calm to focus on some of these things the last few weeks without just sitting around and waiting.

Other things we did to prepare our lives (and create mental capacity) for this new life change and the inevitable beautiful chaos that’s about to ensue:

• Karl got the car’s oil changed, checked and filled up car with gas (checked insurance coverage and inspection dates so nothing falls through the cracks) • Put car seat in car beforehand with base, seat cover and rear-facing mirror • One word: “padsicles” (Google if curious) • Arranged Harlow (pet) Care “on call” basis / stocked pup with food and treats (checked with vet for any upcoming vaccines that are due) • Meetings with our Doula • Completed Bradley Method Childbirth Ed classes • Completed birth center orientation • Talked extensively about our birth preferences + views on newborn procedures + postpartum preferences • Books, documentaries + positive stores • meditations + YouTube • Stocked fridge + freezer with healthy meals / options for postpartum • Picked our pediatrician • Set expectations with family/visitors • Prepped the nursery / washed all baby clothes and blankets and swaddles, prepped diapering station at changing table and one “to-go” for our bedroom • Stocked the apartment with essentials and cleaning products so we wouldn’t have to think about it for a while • Paid bills / filed taxes (since our baby is due during tax season!)

Reflecting on what’s to come…

Now that I’m 39 weeks I’ve been doing a ton of reflection about this whole pregnancy and what’s to come. I love to sit in the nursery which is so filled with love already. I look around and see all of the beauty, love, support and generosity from everyone in our lives and the positive energy is truly remarkable. It’s been an emotional week. It feels like it’s 24/7 that I think about how she’ll arrive any day, whenever she’s ready, however is meant to be and what it means to let go of control, expectation and put full trust in something greater than myself.



I’m learning new lessons in patience, unpredictability, unconditional love and acceptance of the unknown. I know that the journey is only beginning and that I have A LOT to learn but I find comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in any of this. Which is absolutely a mindset shift as I reflect back to discovering we were pregnant and having all of these anxious and isolating feelings appear. I’m proud of the growth I can see in myself, in Karl, and in US, throughout this journey that was FULL of a spectrum of emotions and experiences. Now more than ever I know that there is a reason pregnancy is approx 40 weeks. It really has taken all of that time to feel all the feels, prepare mentally and physically and fully embrace the life changes that are coming.

One more thing before I wrap up this VERY LONG post which is my final pregnancy update(next up a baby update!)! I need to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this entire journey. The love and support we continue to receive in abundance has allowed us to truly welcome this new chapter in our lives with open arms and hearts, and know that this journey will be amazing, real and one where we are never alone. Because I really do believe that it takes a village, and I am sooooo thankful for our village! 

It’s been so much fun to share this journey with you and to connect with all of the new-mamas to be that I’ve met along the way. I’m looking forward to more updates, baby updates, sharing new mama struggles and successes and OF COURSE getting back to some regularly scheduled “GREAT LIFE” programming like clean eating recipes, wellness tips, and much more, here soon. With LOVE + gratitude… Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 And now… we wait. ♥


In case you’ve missed any of the other PREGNANCY UPDATES, here are links to all of those posts! 

Big News: We’re Expecting!!  {Update Weeks 1 – 18}

10 Pregnancy Essentials {Weeks 1 – 19}

It’s a…….!!! Gender Reveal + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 19 – 22}

Hello, Third Trimester! PREGNANCY UPDATE {Weeks 23 – 28}

Baby Celebration + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 29-35}

Baby Celebration + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 29-35}

January 19th, 2017 | no comments


Here we are again, another pregnancy update and this time I am excited because of the amazing weekend we are coming off of. This weekend we had our BABY CELEBRATION (in lieu of a shower) and I have lots of pictures to share, plus some from our “its-coming-together” baby nursery. Let’s get into it…


Weeks 29-31: Nesting is REAL! No corner of the apartment has been left untouched, organized, sifted through. I’ve done more organizing, decluttering and dusting then I’m proud to admit. Not only making space for baby stuff but making it easier on us when inevitable “stuff” is going to pile up with a newborn. The less of the other “stuff” the better, AMIRIGHT?! 

Harlow being an “only child” — just few more weeks… ;) 


Mid December started our Bradley Method childbirth classes led by the amazing, compassionate and knowledgable Mary Ester Malloy of Mindful Birth NYC. I am the type of person that truly lives by the mantra “the best way through is through” so this pregnancy/childbirth/newborn care class is right up our alley. The Bradley Method focuses on partner-coached childbirth and various natural labor techniques and it has been really informative and amazing for us to learn together as a couple about what’s ahead. It’s great to have a community to talk to during this very important time. Our midwives have been incredibly helpful and supportive, especially about normalizing pregnancy, labor and delivery, but as first-timers sometimes we don’t know what questions to ask – can you relate? So it’s helpful to hear other people’s questions in a safe and supportive setting like our weekly classes and learn about the research behind certain practices, procedures and alternatives. I truly look forward to these classes every week. Did you find taking a class helpful during pregnancy?

Somewhere in between it all we had a low key holiday and New Year’s with family and rung in 2017 with an amazing firework display in Brooklyn. Ohhh the symbolism! ;) 

Look how cute! Baby girl is getting stocked already ~ Thank you Auntie Lexie!


Cuteness overload!


Weeks 32-34:  Going to complain for 2 seconds here…everything they say about pregnancy is TRUE! Ha ha.  New aches, symptoms, Braxton Hicks contractions and changes in my body every single day. While its beautiful and amazing, hey mamas… it can be tough too. Feels like the first trimester fatigue has returned some, so I’ve been doing my best to combat with extra rest, lots of good nutrition (I’m craving fresh orange, lemon and grapefruit) and drinking lots of water. I’ve incorporated more coconut water into my diet too and feel like that’s been helping to keep my energy up. Exercise, stretching and massage help though I could always be better about stretching. Oh, and, eating bananas regularly has helped combat some of those painful leg cramps, do you know which ones I’m talking about? Ouch! 

Preparing the nursery has been so special and we’ve definitely made progress in the last month…


Still have a lot of decorating and organizing to do in this room but it’s coming along!

(Next up: paint the walls, hanging shelves/pictures/drapes and decorating!)


My little laundry helper…


Karl built the baby’s dresser and we MADE a changing table frame off of a Pinterest-inspired DIY project we found and I just love how it came out. Our glider, rug, lamp and ottoman came this week too so that’s been a real treat! Next up, the crib delivery, drapes and hanging shelves and pictures. This is such a special moment and I love being in the nursery. We went for a very fresh, cozy and clean decor of layered white textures and small feminine pops of metallic accents. I love how’s it’s coming out and we’ll post some pictures when it all comes together. 

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  Week 34: OUR BABY CELEBRATION (!!!!!!!)


In lieu of a traditional baby shower, my parents hosted a co-ed baby celebration. Karl and I are truly partners in this journey and it made more sense for us to incorporate the men in our lives who will help love and raise our baby girl and most of all support us through this journey as well. So guys and gals it was!


The night was PERFECT! Surrounded by all of our family and friends, loved ones flew in from around the country and drove in from all over to shower us and our baby girl with love. We feel so blessed and honored by the LOVE in that room. 



Friends for 15- 20+ years…




Two Mamas-to-be with Gals in the Oven! ;)

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Four generations of Female Power – including baby in belly!

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We wanted there to be a truly celebratory vibe so it was more cocktail party then buttoned up brunch. BIG BIG GI-NORMOUS THANKS to my mom and best friends for coming together to create the most special, personal and beautiful atmosphere filled with participate-at-your-leisure party activities like… 

Baby Date/Weight Betting + Advice for the New Parents (which was equal parts endearing and hilarious to read the next day!)



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A Newborn Essentials Craft Station – we loooved sifting through these DIY creations the next day and seeing everyone’s creativity come alive and what will surely keep us entertained during late nights ahead!


 Look how cute! 


 And my most favorite, a Polaroid Scrapbook for Baby to know all the people who love her already! Guests took pictures and posted them in a book with a message to baby. Every single page is loved on and shows the fun memories of the night! 


We adored pouring through the Photo Scrap Book the next day to see all the sweet notes from our loved ones and can’t wait to share it with the baby love one day!!





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Best of all, the delicious Spiked Hot Chocolate Bar to go with our theme and the most beautiful Pretty-in-Pink Dessert Bar I’ve ever seen! 




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Complete with a gorgeous cake made by my incredibly talented cousin Missy – not only was this the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen but it was also insanely delicious (thannnnk you cuz!)!! 



We chose to forego opening gifts at the party so that we could spend the most time possible with our guests and it really was such a magical evening.  




Guests brought books in lieu of cards to stock baby girl’s library and I can’t tell you how special this detail turned out to be! To imagine reading to our little girl, her coming up with favorites and getting to read the personalized notes inside each one from everyone we love – TRULY PRICELESS.

Magic moments we can’t wait to create! 

 Extra(Thank you to Etsy Shop: Roseberry Prints for our invite inserts) 

And last but not least a special ENGAGEMENT corner with the sweetest childhood facts about both Karl + I and adorable baby photos to bring everything full circle!

My mom thought of EV-ER-Y-THING!


Our hearts exploded with gratitude looking around that room and seeing all of the incredible people who will make their mark on our daughter’s life and support us through the inevitable trials and trails of the journey we are able to embark on. 


Thank you to everyone who was there, who sent gifts and cards and love and thoughts and who has provided a shoulder to cry on (even tears of joy), laugh with, love on and a strong embrace throughout this pregnancy journey and as we prepare for parenthood. We can’t believe there are only a few weeks to go and we couldn’t feel more supported or loved! 

34+ Weeks + FULL of Gratitude! 


One more super special and BIG shoutout to my talented and amazing mom for her vision and execution of the perfection baby celebration party a gal (and guy) could ask for! Every detail was filled with love and thought and it added to the feeling in the room to make it one of the most special nights we could ask for.

I’m sure we’ll learn soon that kids don’t thank their parents enough, so THANK YOU Mom + Dad (Grammie + Popou) for hosting the most special BABY CELEBRATION of all time…we (THREE) love you to the MOON and BACK! 


Only 5+ weeks to go with this pregnancy, my friends, will do my best to give another update before this little peanut makes her arrival. Thanks for following along! xo

Hello, Third Trimester! PREGNANCY UPDATE {Weeks 23 – 28}

December 6th, 2016 | no comments

Hi friends,

So…I’ve officially entered the THIRD trimester! WHAT THE WHAT? Time is truly flying and so many things happened this month that I want to fill you in on. I feel like from the 6 MONTH mark to the 7 MONTH mark there has been a huge change physically and emotionally in this pregnancy. I can feel an emotional shift taking place and between the belly POPPIN’ and lots of baby girl movements, the whole thing is more REAL. Do you know what I mean?

We’re bumpin’ and rollin’ now… 7 MONTHS!


As each day passes I learn more, feel more and connect more with this entire experience. Each day also brings me one step closer to meeting our baby girl and that is still a surreal feeling. I don’t know that you get used to that…

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to the past few weeks…let’s journey back. Just to warn you ahead of time, this is a LONG post. :) 

Week 22 we were hot off our GENDER REVEAL and emotions were high. It was such an amazing experience to learn our baby’s gender – G.I.R.L – in front of some of our closest family and friends. What a special moment, full post here in case you missed it.


That very next weekend, week 23, we went up to the Hudson Valley, NY, for a weekend in the woods full of hiking, cozy fires and good friends. It has become our fall tradition to do a weekend away with friends and it was so nice to get out of the concrete jungle for a few days in the fresh air.

My favorite part was cozying up by the fireplace…is there anything better?


We also ordered some more baby books  and I have since DEVOURED them The Sleep Solution, The Happiest Baby on the Block and Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way, as well as watched the very informative documentary, The Business of Being Born. Regardless of your birth preferences or plan it can be helpful and comforting to learn about others experiences…at least it is for me so I have been a sponge for information and stories lately. I also enjoy watching positive birth stories on YouTube (a sentence I NEVER thought I would say!!!). I’m learning that there is this phenomenon that happens when you’re pregnant where people want to tell you horrific birth stories so it can be helpful to immerse yourself in positive and empowering information to combat those NON-HELPFUL, SCARY and OVERWHELMING stories that people like to tell. 


This week, the weather started to change and I could feel the changes in my body…with more aches, sore throat and extra tired. Baby girl  is moving A TON, all day and all night especially after meals or right when I lay down to bed. People have started to feel kicks through my belly, SO STRANGE(!!) but beautiful and a fun way to connect others with the pregnancy, especially Karl. I love sharing this part, and these little reassuring kicks make all the difference to an over-thinker like me. Can you relate?

Me and my beautiful mom celebrating Lisa + Ian in Montauk!


Week 24 flew by as I prepared to spend the weekend in Montauk for my very best friend’s wedding. I’m not going to sugar coat it…this was the first time I had to “dress” the bump and it was really overwhelming. With a surge of hormones, starting to feel a bit swollen and just generally not being used to my current size, I had a tough time feeling “good” getting dressed for the weekend. What saved me was OPTIONS and excercise to balance my hormones as well as self-care. I increased my water consumption and added in hydrating foods such as fruit and celery to help combat the swelling. I had to remind myself a few times that GROWING is not only normal and necessary but beautiful and that there is a sweet angel inside of me of needs me to feel well both mentally and physically – this shift in perspective has helped! Most importantly, the wedding was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT and my bestie got to marry her bestie and it was so special to be a part of it. 

6 MONTH BUMP on the dance floor!


Going into week 25 I noticed a lot of skin breakouts on my chin and forehead – THANK YOU HORMONES. Even though the breakouts are likely caused by surges in hormones I took extra care in eating clean, drinking lots of water and making sure to disinfect my make-up brushes (I always notice breakouts when I don’t clean my make-up brushes often). After two weekends away and being 6.5 months pregnant I noticed that my body was craving SLEEP and SELF-CARE for which I turned to lavender epsom salt baths and early nights. During pregnancy I’ve noticed that my bounce back time takes a bit longer, so I really need to build in rest and self-care after long weekends or strenuous weeks. Anyone else?


This week I also attended the BIG CITY MOM’s Biggest Baby Shower in NYC courtesy of my friend Katie (thank you!!) and it was such a fun experience. I got to try out all of the items I had picked out for our registry and hear Dr. Harvey Karp lecture on the 5 S’s — sooo enlightening! I also left with MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE in samples that will definitely go to good use. 



Week 26 was a bit challenging as my routine 1-hour glucose test came back abnormal (which I hear is pretty common). I was sent back for the much longer and more intense 3-hour test…to which I PASSED with flying colors… but this was a challenging week for me. I’m not good with needles, I don’t generally jive with medical settings and ingesting glucose 2x in one week was awful. It taught me many lessons in surrendering, trusting the process and believing in my body. I was so glad when we finally got the results call – ALL GOOD – and I was ready to fully move on!



 My Mantra: Everything is worth it for a healthy baby!


Week 27 we flew out to San Francisco to spend Thanksgiving with Karl’s family and our 4-month old nephew who I could just EAT UP, he’s so sweet! My brother flew up from LA and it was really nice to spend the holiday with everyone especially as my last official trip before baby. Being around our nephew got us into BABY MODE and it really has us feeling (more) ready and SO excited for what’s to come. We also soaked up alllllll the baby knowledge from everyone which was great since Karl’s brother and a few cousins had recently been through the experience!

Practicing “swaddling” on Harlow girl…she wasn’t amused LOL!


Other than that…

Workouts: 1x a week Soulcycle class, 2x a week cardio with strength training (usually treadmill) and trying for 1x a week PureBarre or prenatal yoga. My focus in the coming weeks will be to incorporate more prenatal yoga!

Cravings: Lots of fruit and greens and hearty root vegetables like sweet potatoes. I guess these are good cravings to have! 

Sleep: Still a big challenge but adding in more of a nighttime ritual such as reading some of the baby books, a lavender infused bath and an Expectful meditation is helping. And, lots and LOTS of pillows!

Skin finally clearing up!


Oh, and we’ve started to pick out names! How do people do this?! Such a fun process but overwhelming and hormones do not make it an easier process. We’ve had a shortlist for a while and one that seems to keep emerging as a frontrunner that we love but we aren’t 100% settled yet. What do you think about this? What helped you pick out a name? 

We’ve also started planning our baby shower and finally finished up our registry… two activities that make this process even MORE real, considering that some of our baby gear has started to arrive! Picking out a registry was hard but ultimately we went with BuyBuy Baby, and Pottery Barn Kids. I’d love to know if there were any MUST-HAVES on your list that we’re missing!

Ahhh… no wonder I can feel SO much movement… an EGGPLANT?!


That brings us to MONTH 7…well into my 28th week of pregnancy..WOW! This month I am focused on decluttering and getting the apartment ready for baby. I guess they call this NESTING!? :)

As always, thanks for being apart of my journey. I love sharing these details with you and bringing you into the process. Can’t believe we are in the “home stretch” already. Xx, D. 

If you’ve missed any of my other pregnancy updates, here they are:

Our Gender Reveal + Weeks 19-22 Update

 My 10 Pregnancy Essentials (so far)

We’re Expecting + Weeks 1-18 Update

It’s a…….!!! Gender Reveal + Pregnancy Update {Weeks 19 – 22}

October 25th, 2016 | no comments

It feels like 3 days since my last update, really it’s been about a month. The last 4 weeks have absolutely flown by. I’m SUPER excited to fill you in and also to share with you our baby’s gender (finally!). We decided on a reveal party with family and close friends this past weekend — and WOW are we still on CLOUD 9 with that entire experience. My mom had this gorgeous cake made with a ‘pink or blue‘ colored center which would reveal the gender. More on that a little later in the post…


Let’s start a few weeks back. By weeks 18 and 19 I started to feel more like myself again – HOORAY! With my energy up and appetite back I found myself in the mood for exercise again and also getting back in the kitchen. One to two Pure Barre classes a week, once a week Soulcycle and a visit to the gym here and there have me feeling sooo much better these days. On the meal front, it had been months since I felt like cooking or preparing food as lack of energy and the smell of, well, everything really bothered me in the beginning. I was happy to be back in the kitchen meal-prepping, taking in LOTs of greens again (yay!) and whipping up homemade dinners (I’m sure this made Karl happy to)! First up…these delicious Flour-less Pumpkin Walnut Muffins inspired by this recipe


We got to hear the sweetest sound of the baby’s heartbeat at our 19 week prenatal visit and it is just the happiest sound — getting stronger and louder each visit. Our doctor now knows that it’s the first thing I want to do at our monthly visits so she gets right down to business – letting us hear the heartbeat before anything else!

For all my mamas-to-be who are following, I will share that sleep is still a challenge for me. I’m either tossing and turning, or can’t regulate my temperature — sleep is my biggest complaint these days but maybe my body is just preparing for what’s ahead? I’m thinking of getting one of those sleep pillows or a cushioned mattress cover. What worked for you? Besides sleep, my skin has been breaking out a lot too. Oh, lovely hormones, I blame you! ;) It’s okay though, I’ll take anything for a healthy baby.

‘Movements’ started to be more distinct right around weeks 19 and 20. With ‘pokes and jabs’ first occuring in the morning, sporadically and when I laid down at night. Such a foreign and amazing feeling to experience the baby being more active. The movements have gotten stronger by the day…and now at 22.5 weeks they are there ALL day and I love them! In a way, those tiny little movement help ease my anxiety about everything being OK and I started to have this calm wash over me that has lasted the past 4 weeks. Can you relate??


During week 20, me and baby flew to California to visit my brother James, some friends and family on the West Coast. Flying was easy except for getting up a TON to pee as the altitude did NOT help with that one — but it was mostly smooth sailing! It felt great to spend a few days in the 80 degree sun of Southern California and get out for hikes and just relax. Karl flew to Colorado this same week to spend time with family too. We have another trip on the books for Thanksgiving to visit with Karl’s family and our 3 month old nephew, which will be the last time I plan to travel before baby and I can’t wait!


The very next week — week 21 —  we had our second trimester ultrasound or “level two” or “anatomy scan” — I’ve heard it referred to in all of those ways. Our appointment was about an hour and 15 minutes long. It was MIND BLOWING to see every tiny finger, toe, vertebrae and baby’s little arms and long legs flailing about. My parents and sister joined Karl and I and it was an unforgettable experience. We even caught the tiniest baby yawn — my eyes filled with tears and I burst into laughter at the same time. The doctor said everything looked great and healthy, and a warm calm washed over my body again — healthy baby is all that matters.

We chose to keep the gender a secret, even from us (!!),  so that we could reveal with friends and family later in the week — eeee, the suspense! Right around this week is when my belly started to “pop” a bit more and it really is a day-to-day thing. Sometimes it looks rounder and bigger (after meals of course) and sometimes its still fairly concealable, though not for much longer I’m sure. I’m still in my regular clothes and swear by these Ingrid & Isabel Bellaband’s that I wrote about last month. Its fun to be showing a bit more! 


Which leads me to…our REVEAL party… 


At 22 weeks we hosted a gender reveal party and this day will truly go down in history!! Normally not one to make a big fuss over things I wanted to keep the party low key and casual but in hindsight I’m really glad that we chose to have fun with the theme and truly focus on celebrating…healthy baby AND finding out the baby’s gender. I was pretty confident in one gender for a few months and had shared that opinion with a lot of people that I almost didn’t feel I needed to reveal at all – haha! Anyone else experience this? Did you have a deep knowing one way or another?? Were your instincts right??



We decorated with streamers, this adorable BOY OR GIRL sign I found on Etsy, and then lots of ways people could cast their “gender vote” — colored straws, TEAM PINK OR TEAM BLUE stickers, colored necklaces and little decorative touches like pink and blue cupcake liners, napkins and plates. The decor came out REALLY cute and it was fun to have everyone share in our excitement. 

 Baseballs + Bows…what will it be!?!img_3075

  Getting ready for the reveal. We knew we’d be THRILLED either way…



And the proud grandparents-to-be! 


Time to reveal…

I was cool as a cucumber leading up to the reveal but in the few moments before we cut the cake my adrenaline started to race. Our future lay inside that cake and we were about to know. Even though I was pretty confident in one gender, we would now know for sure and our world would change forever. At this point everyone had “voted” with party swag and we were ready to find out. We looked around, counted to three, and both cut down on two sides of a triangle into the cake revealing the HOT PINK CAKE inside. I jumped back and gasped in SURPRISE (my prediction had been wrong – haha!) and Karl lifted the vibrant pink piece of cake to show everyone the center. I couldn’t speak, all I could do was laugh/cry(happy tears) and try to pick my jaw up off the floor!  What a wonderful surprise! 

It’s a GIRL!  





The most perfect surprise! That is surely the face of surprise…! 


Celebrating baby girl with mom and sister…pink cake for me and pink champagne for them!


The rest of the evening was a joyous blur and even the last 48 hours we’ve been in a girl-filled haze. It’s a total game changer to know the gender and now picture what our life will be like with our daughter. Our hearts are overflowing with love and gratitude and this information added a whole new dimension to my pregnancy experience. Wow. 


Truth be told the news is STILL sinking in (48 hours later) and I keep relieving the exact moment where the hot pink filling revealed our future and a HUGE smile (and outburst of laughter) comes over me at the thought of our little girl, our daughter. Thanks for following along my pregnancy journey with me! If you’re interested, check out my first pregnancy update or my pregnancy essentials post. It is so fun to share these milestones and experiences and hear about yours too.

 Will continue to share BABY GIRL updates with about 4.5 months to go! 

With love + gratitude, 

Xx, D.