March 5, 2016

I mean, really at this point I'm not even sure that I qualify as a blogger since it's been THAT long since my last post but hey, still here trying to do my thing! I don't know how you other Mama Bloggers do it and do it looking so good too.  I'd love to know what your secret is ladies.

 I seriously can't believe my babygirl is 8 weeks old today. Where has the time gone and how is it that I can't remember my life without her??? I'm obviously a little biased here but she's SO damn cute and such a sweet girl that it makes my uterus hurt ♡

Onesie | Cotton On

My Birth Story
(The short version)

We went in for a check up at 40 weeks and 6 days with no sign of babygirl's arrival so our doctor decided to induce me that morning. It took us a while to get the party started but at around 3am (the next morning) I woke up to a contraction and noticed they were coming about 8 mins apart. 

Fast forward 13 hours of labor (with an epidural that didn't seem to be working), 10cm dilation and 3 hours of pushing to find out my pelvis was too narrow and babygirl wasn't coming down. 

I ended up having an emergency c-section (it took about an hour start to finish) and our Aila Jae Rose Vaka was born on January 9th at 10:41pm.  She was 3854 grams and 52 cm tall. 

The nurses let me see her for a few seconds and whisked her away to get her cleaned up while they closed me up. I felt pretty drowsy and taking pictures was the last thing on my mind. Unfortunately it wasn't on Hubby's mind either so I have no pictures with my babygirl and I's first moments together :(
After that, I didn't get to see my babygirl until the next evening and even then I couldn't hold her yet because I was in so much pain.

I was in excruciating pain for the first 4 days and still in a whole lot of pain for another week after that. I think I finally started to feel a touch normal and human at around the 2-week mark....I'm SO lucky to have had my mom (and Hubby) around to help with everything. Now when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.

Apart from numbness and occasional stinging feeling (kind of like a burn) on and around the incision, I'm almost feeling as good as new.

As far as breastfeeding goes, it's been rough but we're finally getting the hang of it and my milk supply is growing (YAY)!! So we're now on a formula/boob regime and we've noticed that she's started to favor Le Boob.....most likely because it's more of a pacifier as opposed to food. 

I'd love to read about your experiences and/or advice from all of you new and not-so-new Mamas out there ♡

Simmy xo

I'm a #BendelGirl ♥︎

November 24, 2015

I recently had the amazing opportunity to team up with Henri Bendel to share my top picks from their current Holiday Catalog & some exciting news!  

Although I had seen Henri Bendel's bags & accessories online before, I didn't realize they carried such a wide selection of products including jewelry and hadn't had a chance to see them in person because they were difficult to find/purchase here in Japan. 

Well the exciting news is, they are now offering international shipping!!
Now we can all be Bendel Girls ♥︎

Coat: ZARA  (shop similar here + here)  / /  Tank Top: Old Navy / /  Skirt: H&M  (similar here + here) / /  Handbag: ℅ Henri Bendel  / /  Shoes: Aldo (shop similar here + here)

With all odds working against us (heavy rain, crazy wind, Hubby's sore knees, my cankles and a few hormonal tears -the works), we managed to attempt an outfit shoot.
As a mommy-to-be, I was instantly drawn to this 3-in-1 style handbag/crossbody/backpack!  I love the versatility and functionality.  Today I decided to use this bag as a handbag since Babygirl is still "handsfree" at the moment (less than 6 weeks to go!!).

I've shared some of my favorite pieces from the Holiday Collection below but feel free to visit the website and find your own personal favorites.  They truly have something for everyone and if you're looking to make your purchase even more special, many of the available handbags and accessories can be personalized via monogramming or embroidery.

- Shop My Henri Bendel Faves -

I'd love to see/hear what your favorites are below whether you are already a #BendelGirl or about to become one!! Along with my faves I also have my eyes on this bracelet and ANY of the gorgeous Uptown Satchels ♥︎

A special thank you to Henri Bendel for collaborating x sponsoring this post!

Simmy x

Strollers. The Struggle is Real.

October 6, 2015

Ok, so many of you may know from following my instagram, facebook page or my last post, we're expecting.  It's been a long road to get to where we are but we are so thankful for all of the love and support we've received throughout our journey.  We are truly blessed.

As excited as we've been, it's also been extremely overwhelming.  There are just so many choices (of everything) out there and a bottomless pit of decisions to make!  Trying to figure out and decide what brand baby bottles, breast pumps, wet wipes etc. has been really stressful.  

One of the biggest decisions that I've been struggling with is the stroller.  Because I don't drive, I know I'll be using it to get around especially when Hubby's not around to give us a ride!  I've been looking for an all black stroller with a sleek, simple look that will work with our lifestyle here in Japan and I finally narrowed it down to 3 beautiful strollers: Bugaboo Buffalo, Nuna IVVI & Stokke Crusi.

If any of you own/have owned any of these strollers, I'd love to know your thoughts!

For those of you who are interested, the very first purchase I made was our baby's carseat.  After reading/watching 3,572,916 blog reviews and youtube reviews, I finally decided on the Nuna PIPA carseat & base.  Safety was obviously our number one concern but another major deciding factor was the amazing extendable canopy/hood on this carseat.  

Also, in case you're wondering, this carseat works with any of the three stroller mentioned above as well as any stroller that works with a Maxi Cosi adapter.

I told myself I'd decide on the stroller by Monday. It's now Tuesday going on Wednesday and I'm no where near making up my mind.  Again, any moms (and dads) out there that have any experience with these strollers, your advice and thoughts are VERY welcome..ok, more like NEEDED!!

In the meantime, how cute is our little babe?

Simmy xo