At 7 months pregnant I finally broke down and bought maternity clothes.  The rubber band method or sagging my pants, just wasn’t working anymore.  But I didn’t want to spend for clothes I was going to wear just for just a few months, especially ugly clothes.  Because you really do need to feel good about your clothes as you waddle down the street. So here is where I shopped and went for inspiration:

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These ladies are super-stylish and are both currently pregnant! Go check out their blogs for some inspiration…I promise it will get you excited about styling your baby bump body. As I read through their posts, I found that I didn’t have to wear the plain tops that ruched up the side and gathered underneath my chest with the pregnancy pants that could almost be a strapless jumpsuit (almost :) These two moms shattered my concept of what to wear during pregnancy.

The Day Book Blog

Love Taza

Cara Loren

And here are two stores you may not know about as you go shopping-

Asos.com 

The Hatch Collection

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P.S. And sometimes you can find stretchy or oversized steals from forever 21 or hm.

So have fun, because you should feel so sooo special as you show off your coming new family member!

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Her two little feet could’t carry her fast enough.  There were so many things to explore and see- white petaled flowers, tree trunk roots that crawled in and out of the dirt, maple seeds that had twirled down to the grass.  The adventure just kept getting better and better as we walked down the path and through the grass.  I absolutely adored her curiosity that stopped occasionally for a picture with mommy and daddy and then was off to explore.  You, little girl are going to have so much to teach and show your coming baby sister!brookline-spring-family-photographer-maternitybrookline-spring-family-photographer-2maternity-photographer-arnold-aroboretum-brooklinebrookline-spring-family-photographer-maternity-2brookline-spring-family-photographer-maternitbrookline-spring-family-photographer-daddy-and-daughtermaternity-brookline-family-sessionbrookline-spring-family-photographer-daddy-and-little-girlfamily-maternity-photographer-brookline-arnold-arboretumbrookline-spring-family-photographer-3

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boston-4th-of-july-babyboston-baby-4ht-of-julybboston-baby-4th-of-july-2boston-splash-padSammy is soaked…and I am definitely not dry ( as you can tell we weren’t planning on getting wet! No that is not a swim my diaper. I had no idea they swelled up that big!!! It was huge!boston-splash-pad-2boston-4th-of-july

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She likes flavor. If Sammy could talk she would say, “Mommy please don’t give me plain broccoli.  Put some spice on top-maybe some oregano and you can sautee it in some garlic and onion.  And for dessert please top my sautéed fruit with cinnamon.”

*And I think it would come out in a french accent as well.

French-Kids-Eat-everything-rulesWhen we started her on plane oatmeal cereal, she took a few bites and then refused it.  When it came to bland purees she tolerated them.  But as soon as she tasted her first bites of butternut squash and leek chicken soup she couldn’t swallow it fast enough.

So we switched up our plan.  Reading the books French Kids Eat Everything and Brining up Bebe (both of which I loved reading) we started using the logic of Baby Led Weaning combined with the French Rules. And now, I believe…I think,  we are on a journey to teach our little girl to love good and healthy food…with Flavor.

Here are a few of the rules that we have used to expand her pallet and create an adventurous little eater.  (I write that last line with hesitation…I mean she is only 10 months old…we have months and years ahead of us which will provide us with wisdom.  But so far the rules from the books have really worked.)

 

Rule #1 We are in charge of meal time.  We are in charge of her food education…not Sammy (she is only 10 months old, of course she wants fruit (dessert) all day long…I mean so do I).

Rule#2 Sammy eats what we eat 

So we eat healthy, organic, meals loaded with veggies, fruit, whole grains and protein… very little to no processed food.  And we have found that when we eat the same things along side of her, she is more motivated to give it a try.

Rule #3 We eat together

Rule #4 You don’t have to Like it but you DO have to Taste it

This may ruffle a few of your feathers, but if Sammy doesn’t swallow 1 bite she doesn’t get anything else (eek! I know!).  At first, this was hard…but I noticed that at the next meal or one after she was not only open to that new food (maybe beets) but many times changed her mind and devoured the entire serving, because she was more hungry, not starving…just a little more motivated.

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Rule #5 No Snacking

Sammy gets one afternoon snack and that is it.  I don’t carry around in-between meals, puffs, crackers or emergency snacks to bribe her with in tough situations.  I want her to be hungry at meals, so she eats good-sized portions and is hungry enough (once again not starving) to try new things.

Rule #6 We eat in courses and the “worst” or the newest food comes first, when she is the hungriest

This was HUGE for us.  Because of course, who wants veggies after a taste of soufflé or mango with yogurt and cinnamon?

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And here are 2 Rules I am working on…so I can model them fully when she is older:

Rule #7 No emotional eating

no rewards, bribes..etc   Oh this is so hard! Because sometimes I just “need” that little taste of chocolate when my day isn’t going well at 2:00pm

Rule #8

Schedule meals and menus..I just think this French Rule would make things much more organized and add more variety.

And as they say in France…Bon Appetit!

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Placed in the nook of your daddy’s arm, all it took was a little bit of a sway and shush in the ear and you, baby Sahana, were sound asleep. As I captured your tiny toes and full head of hair, I could actually hear and feel the warmth of your mommy’s smile. It had only been days, yet I could tell that a moment without you in her arms felt like forever.  Your warmth, your smell had become a part of them..a part that was loved ever so dearly.
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