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It seems like I just can’t get enough of hats these days.  Maybe it’s because I only have time (am allowed to) shower like every 3 days or maybe because it’s I don’t really have to do my hair that well since the hat will disguise any imperfections, but hats must be like my new favorite accessory.  This dress is a maternity dress but also can be used for nursing as it has snap buttons at the top for easy access.  I feel like nursing, sleeping, eating and taking pictures is all my life consists of right now and all the days are blending together and going by way too fast!  Another little detail I wanted to point out in this outfit is my new A and V necklace… I love it because it’s the initials of my two kid’s first names and I can always wear them close to my heart.  :)  And just wanted to give my Mom props for taking these photos for me so Marvin could catch a break! ;)

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Outfit Details:
Dress c/o Belly Dance Maternity
Vest: JustFab
Hat c/o Riffraff {similar}
Shoes: Prada
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Necklace: Bip & Bop

If you like the hat, remember you can take 10% off at Riffraff with code “SANDYALAMODE”!

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Today, a bunch of ladies and I are bringing you all an awesome giveaway! Nordstrom has been and always will be one of my favorite stores to shop at!  They are one of those department stores that I consider in between high end and affordable.  They carry lots of great brands, have items for the whole family (cute kid stuff too) and there’s lots of physical stores across the country in case you aren’t an online shopping fanatic like I am!  I’ve created a collage of some of the items that I am loving right now in two different looks.  The left look I consider kind of edgy chic while the right look I consider a bit more romantic.  Both looks I could see myself rocking once I get back to a pre-pregnancy body! You can click on the plus signs by any item to be sent to the Nordstrom website to buy it!

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// Dressing Dallas (Host) // Autumn Klair (Host) //

// Kiss Me Darling // Red Closet Diary // Hunters of Happiness // Looks For Lovelies //

// Sandy a la Mode // Arrows and Apricots // Haircut and General Attitude // Fancy Things Blog //

// Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins // The Southern Statement // Dreaming About Someday // aBree Fashion //

// Salt Style // Southern Accents Blog // Fashions on the Fly // Cassidy Lou //

// Middle of Somewhere // Rachel Laukat Photography // Wild One Forever // For the Love of Leopard //

// Rachael Jade // Izzy Jacqueline // Kelli France //

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Good luck!

 

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Thanks to my Mom, we finally got some proper pictures (non hospital ones) of our little family of four!  :)  And we may have just happened to be coordinating with our outfits too, sorry, I can’t help it!  Every day, I love seeing my son grow more caring and loving and sweet towards his baby sister.  Every morning he has to come in and see her and say goodbye to her as he goes off to school.  Then after school, first thing he does when he comes home is he says “Where’s Mei Mei?”  (Mei Mei is little sister in Chinese.)  He likes to pat her and say “It’s OK” when she is crying and he likes to play with her feet too.  He’ll also give her little kisses before he goes up to bed for the night.  It’s the cutest thing ever and makes me a heart melting Mama.

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My Outfit
Top: H&M
Skirt: Clad & Cloth
Necklace c/o Belly Dance Maternity
Shoes: Forever 21

Little Man’s Outfit
Button Down c/o Nautica
Pants c/o Nautica
Hat: Janie and Jack
Shoes: GAP

Little Lady’s Outfit
Onesie c/o Nautica
Headband: Raine Monet

Special thanks to Nautica for providing much of the kid’s outfits!  They’ve got a great selection of back to school outfits that are durable and in style.

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It’s kind of sad not to be able to accentuate my bump and hold my hand around my belly anymore in these photos.  I was really embracing it as part of my body, but now Vivian is here and it’s even better.  However, my “bump” after I gave birth still looked like a 6 month baby bump and even Austin asked me “is there a baby inside there?” while Vivian was in plain view… oh kids!  My body was super swollen all over after I gave birth but I really really hope my feet go back to normal so I can wear all my size 7.5 shoes that I have… cuz boy do I have a lot of shoes.

I talked about this a bit on the blog when I had last time, but pretty much for the 1st month after you give birth, it’s a Chinese tradition to stay in the house, not shower, not open the fridge/freezer, eat certain foods and get lots of rest.  My mom is staying with us and helping to make all the foods and care for Austin and Vivian and we are so grateful for that!  Oh but don’t worry, I am still showering and leaving the house occasionally for doctor’s appointments and for fresh air once in awhile.

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Outfit Details:
Chambray: J.Crew Factory
Sweater c/o Conversation Pieces
Leggings: ASOS
Necklace: Le Tote
Bag c/o Lily Jade

P.S. Winner of the Lee Jeans Denim Giveaway is Christy P. D.!  Congrats, I will contact you to let you know what to do next!

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My due date with our baby #2 was set for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  But in talking with the doctor and the way I was progressing (3-4cm by the 38th week), we decided to schedule an induction for Monday, September 15, 2014.  However, scheduling an induction at this hospital wasn’t as simple as saying be here on a certain day at a certain time, but I had to be put on a waitlist and it really depended on how busy the hospital was at the time.  So even though I knew of this “date”, it wasn’t certain.  I got a call Sunday night saying I was still on the waitlist and be ready anytime from 7AM to the afternoon to come in at a moment’s notice.

So on the morning of September 15, 2014, my parents, husband, son and I went about our day getting ready, preparing breakfast, etc.  We were in the middle of eating breakfast when I got the call, the call that said to come in for the induction pretty much right away.  Marvin and I scrambled to get everything ready, said goodbye to Austin as his grandparents took him to daycare and were on our way to the hospital.

We checked in around 9:30AM, they checked my vitals at 10:00AM and were going to get an IV going for pitocin.  Apparently I am a hard stick because the first nurse couldn’t find my vein (the same thing happened with Austin too!) and the second nurse came in and got it in around 10:30AM.  The doctor came in and decided to break my water at 10:35AM (I was 4cm dilated / 80% effaced at that point).  I started to feel some very minor contractions and asked for an epidural immediately.  :)  The anesthesiologist came in around 11:00AM and gave it to me and my body legs and bottom half of body slowly started to go numb.  The doctor came back in at 12:15AM to check on me and I had progressed to 10cm and he goes, we’re ready to have a baby!  Let me stop and say that with Austin, this process of getting to a 10cm took many many hours and we were in total shock how quick this one went.  I gave 4 good pushes and at 12:47PM, our little princess Vivian was born!  :)

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When she came out, she gave out a little cry (not as loud as Austin) and she was just perfect.  Marvin got to cut the umbilical cord again and she was cleaned off a bit and then put in my arms to hold.  She weighed 6 lbs and 9 oz and was 19 inches long, a little smaller than Austin but that’s to be expected with a girl and her gestational age.

After an hour we were moved to our new room, they put me on a stretcher instead of having me get up because with Austin I had fainted when I got up, so we didn’t want to risk any fainting this time around.  We let all our family and friends know about the good news and then immediately the feedings and naps started.

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That evening my parents brought big brother Austin to come visit us and that was the best!  Austin was a little shy at first and wouldn’t really go close to Vivian but eventually he warmed up to her and was trying to give her the blankie “Flora” that he had gotten for her.  Vivian also gave Austin a few gifts as well as people were telling me that gift exchange between siblings is very important!

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The next couple of the days in the hospital were spent healing, getting to know our baby girl Vivian, and trying to get that breastfeeding going.

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I am so happy to now be a mother of a son and a daughter!  I can’t wait for them to grow up and for their sibling bond to really form and develop.  I am excited to create amazing memories with these two beautiful children of mine and for now, we’ll just say our family is complete.  :)  As for recovery, I am quite swollen in the feet and all over really and my belly is still huge, hope it goes down soon though.  And now, really, I need to go take a nap before Vivian wakes up again for another feeding!  I’ll may be a little sporadic on the blog during these next few weeks but I hope you understand why!  You can find me on Instagram for often updates as well!