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Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!

It's been a week since my last post and since then, i've been trying to figure out a posting schedule that works, as well as finding the time to respond to comments and just carve out time for blogging in general; it's felt nearly impossible. I've decided to breastfeed and it was going great initially, but after the first week, things started to get super overwhelming; I'm producing a lot. Now, this is certainly a great thing and one I'm very thankful for, but it's so much that Aviah gets overwhelmed and finds it hard to feed because it just is too much for her to manage, making feeding all together stressful. I'm not going to give up and have been seeking advice from lactation specialist and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them my way on how to manage over production. I've heard pumping can make it worse, so anything other than that, lol. Since I've been having this challenge, I haven't been able to sleep much. Not only is breastfeeding itself very time consuming, but having this issue makes it even more. Right now, introducing a bottle can cause what they say nipple confusion, which would make her feeding on me challenging, so I can't have Eddie help me. Yeah, it's been stressful to say the least, but this too shall pass. 

I'm not going to lie, on days that I would get extremely stressed and overwhelmed, I considered giving up on the blog altogether, but then I would read your comments filled with so much love and support and it would encourage me to get started again when I found the time. That said, if I haven't or didn't respond to any of your comments or visited your blog, if you're a fellow blogger, please bear with me. I know I keep saying this, but interacting with all of you in the comments is something I truly enjoy and I feel that's how we truly connect, so when I'm not able to do so, it just feels weird, ya know?! 

Anyway, I'm off to go feed Aviah and then hopefully get some rest, haha. She has a doctor's appointment at 9am and I'd like to think I can get some sleep between now and then. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and having so much patience, it really means so much to me and just shows how much support and friendship I have in all of you :) 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Jul 12, 2017 under

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Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet because well, I've been pretty much sleep deprived these days, haha. I will say that I love this dress, which I purchased over the fall when I was pregnant, which I wore here with the bump. I also have it in black and I'm thinking about getting it in pretty much all the colors it comes in, it's so comfy and perfect for everyday, as it can be easily dressed up or down. What I love most, aside from that, is that it has ruching details all along the waist, which is super flattering, especially since I just had a baby and I have a little pooch. I also love the v-hem, which creates the illusion of curvier hips and longer legs! 

Thanks so much for stopping my dear friends and thanks again for your patience as I ease back into blogging and responding to comments and messages. I hope you're having the best week so far and let me know, what's YOUR favorite everyday piece you can always count on?

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Jul 10, 2017

 

Happy Monday my dear friends!

It seems like forever since my last post, which was over a week ago and you can say a lot has happened since then, haha, like finally giving birth! I delivered on Sunday, July 2 at 9:06 pm on my 40th week to the day to a healthy baby girl, Aviah (pronounced Ah-vee-ah) Liora! Leading up to this day, which is the most amazing and beautiful day of my life, I had an intense weekend, here's how it went...

MY LABOR

On Friday, I was sent to the hospital, once again for high blood pressure. If you've been following along my pregnancy, then you'd know that I've been dealing with this for about half my pregnancy, which my doctor later explained it's a result of me being thin prior to pertinency and gaining the 26lbs I gained throughout the 9mths. After being sent home the same day, the following Saturday, I started spotting red. I, of course, freaked out and yelled to my mom, who was staying with me at the time, and we headed to the hospital. It was explained to us that this was a normal sign of the beginning stages of labor; I hadn't had any contractions up to this point, so to me this was odd. They, of course, sent me home. 

Later that night, I was in excruciating pain, with contractions that felt nearly unbearable as the day and night progressed, so we headed back to the hospital. This time, it was somewhere around 10 pm. I was told that since my contractions weren't at least 2-3 minutes apart and I was only dilated 2cm that I can either go home and wait until my contractions were about 1 minute apart to come back or induce my labor; I chose to go home. Guess what? Yup, we went back to the hospital at around 8 am Sunday morning because I felt like I was dying! My contractions felt extremely sharp and were about 2 minutes apart. I couldn't even lay or sit down. Eddie and I moved from our bed upstairs to our living room downstairs in hopes of me getting a better sleep, which didn't happen. Could you imagine my emotions as I stared at him knocked out enjoying his sleep while I was in labor and sleep deprived, let's just say I wasn't happy, haha. When we headed back to the hospital that morning, I hadn't dilated since the night before (you deliver at 10cm). I was given the option, once again, to induce my labor and this time I agreed because I just couldn't go another day with those contractions. I had an amazing nurse who was heaven sent because she had patience that only an angel could have because I'm not going to lie, I was a bit of a drama queen, lol. With that, I made her laugh her entire shift because apparently the comments and suggestions I was making were comical according to my family, who were in the room with me the entire time. 

MY DELIVERY

My labor lasted at total of 15hrs. Yup, 15 excruciating hours that were all so worth it. For my first 6hrs at the hospital, I toughed it out and dealt with the pain as best as I could because my birth plan was to go all natural (no epidural and vaginal delivery). The more I dilated, the more I just couldn't take no matter the exercises I did to help with the pain, so I went with the epidural. When it finally kicked in, I felt so relaxed and was surprised when the nurse came in an said, "okay, we're having a baby!" I was like, "what? how?" as if that wasn't the reason I was in the hospital to begin with, lol. 20 minutes later, I gave birth to Aviah Liora and from that moment on my life changed forever. 

 

 

I've heard many mothers say that all the pain that comes along with labor and delivery all vanishes after you lay eyes on your child and to be honest, I never really considered it true. I felt it was a bit of cliché, until I experienced that moment myself. The moment they laid her on my chest, my world transformed. From that moment on, my priorities sifted and to see Eddie by my side and share this moment of welcoming our daughter into the world is something that's so unexplainable. I've never gone a week of not blogging or sharing on social media. Her very existence is teaching me to slow down and keep things in perspective and so, I enjoyed every single minute and second of last week getting familiar with my new life as a mom, which I absolutely adore even though I'm changing diapers every other second and I'm also breast feeding, so I hardly sleep, since she eats every 2-3hrs around the clock, but again, it's so worth it. 

I want to thank all of you who've reached out to me personally to check in and see how I was doing, since I didn't announce I had given birth until a few days later, it mean more to me than you'd ever know. Thank you to those of you who've been leaving me comments both here and Instagram wishing me and my pregnancy well, it really touched me. 

As of now, I'll continue to post Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays until I form a set schedule that will allow me more time to create more content. In the meantime, I'll be doing my best to catch up on comments in a timely matter; I appreciate your understanding and patience in advance. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 

 

XO, 

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