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SOPHIA’S BIRTH STORY

Baby, Uncategorized / By / June 29, 2017 /   No Comments

Hey Girls,

This is a very overdue post, as Sophia is already almost three months old!! Hoooow did that happen so quickly?! Anyway, I wanted to share her birth story with you guys, so here it goes! Sorry, it’s a bit long, but I want to remember every detail 🙂

I had Elle at 37 weeks so I always just figured this babe would come early like her sister. I finished work and as week 38 passed, I was starting to get bored and anxious. I worried that I may have to be induced and I could see my first ever tiny little stretch mark starting at my belly button. If we are being honest, I think that was the real panic at the disco, this child MUST evacuate, moment :). At my doctors appointment that week I measured 2cm dilated but she was quick to inform me that I could be 2cm for weeks. She did a membrane sweep, but mentioned it may not do much the first time. I started walking a lot, drinking raspberry tea, you name it. Still no action. I relegated myself to the fact that babies come when they are ready and tried to relax..and not check the status of that stretch mark 20 times a day..

On March 27, I woke up after a great sleep, feeling really rested. As Brad left to work, I joked that I would call him if I had a baby, he laughed and gave me a thumbs up. Since there were absolutely no signs of labour, neither of us thought it was coming any time soon. Around noon I started to feel a bit of tightening that I thought were some light Braxton Hicks and kept going about my day. Over the next hour, things picked up a bit and started to be more predictable at 10 minutes apart. I was very comfortable and thought baby may arrive in the next few days. I called my parents and told them it may be a false alarm and that I wasn’t sure it was even real labour but to maybe think about how it would work to come up from Lethbridge to watch Ella over the next day or so. I told Brad to not schedule any meetings for the next day.  No rush, no panic. By 2:30, things were getting a bit more intense and frequency had picked up to 6 minutes apart. I called my aunt and put her on standby for Ella duty just in case baby arrived that evening. I called Brad but told him that I was running a bath and was pretty sure that contractions would stop once I got off my feet and relaxed. He asked if he should come home and I said no. I made some calls and texted a few girlfriends, and was feeling good but things weren’t slowing down. I mentioned how close my contractions were to my friend who is a nurse and she told me I needed to call Brad home and go to the hospital. Denial ended. haha. I called Brad and told him we were having a baby that day for sure and to come home fairly soon, though I still didn’t really think there was a huge rush. He finished up a few things at the office and by the time he came home, my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart. He took one look at me, rolled up the sleeves to his dress shirt and asked me what he had to do!  I laughed, told him he wasn’t delivering the baby and to roll his sleeves back down lol. I got dressed, we grabbed our bags and headed out around 4pm. Traffic wasn’t great so it took a while to arrive at the Hospital. Brad offered to drop me off at the front doors but I opted to just walk with him from the parking lot. I didn’t really feel like waiting solo at the entrance for him to park.  I had a few contractions on the short walk, and had to keep stopping to breathe. My always chivalrous husband kept looking over his shoulder, embarrassed that he was “that guy” who made his wife walk as people stared haha. We made it upstairs to Labour and Delivery and I was still feeling quite good. We checked into triage and I wasn’t entirely sure that they wouldn’t send me home. A very exuberant medical student came in to greet me. He announced that he had some questions for me to get stared. All of a sudden the contractions started to come hard and fast. He told me he had “all the time in the world and didn’t mind waiting” (which at that point I found slightly annoying)  but the time between contractions was so short that I refused to talk and he started to get nervous and told me he was going to get his boss which made Brad and I chuckle. Poor guy. The OB resident came in, checked me at 8cm and I was whisked away to a delivery suite. You guys, I was STILL convinced that we had a while to go and told everyone not to panic. I did also tell them to page anesthesia. STAT. Like, I wanted that epidural yesterday! After that, I basically asked for anesthesia updates every 30 seconds until he came. Halfway through getting the epidural, I announced that I needed to push. 15 minutes later, at 5:54pm, the most beautiful baby girl, with a head full of dark brown hair and olive skin arrived. She had the cord wrapped around her neck but it wasn’t long before I heard her sweet cry. I think that might be the best sound in the world after labour.

They gave the baby to me right away and we spent the next hour just snuggling, skin to skin. We requested delayed umbilical cord clamping after which Brad cut the cord. I nursed and the nurse didn’t take her to weigh or measure her until much later. I absolutely loved it. I think those few hours after the birth of a baby are so incredibly, incredibly special. You get handed your very own living, breathing miracle. Our sweet Sophia Rose, 7 lbs, 4 oz, 19.5″ of pure joy and true love.

We were lucky enough to get a private room after I had Ella, and we requested one and got it this time around as well (such good luck). That evening my parents brought Ella up to visit and I don’t have words for how special the moment was when she met her sister for the first time. She came marching in with her “Sister” bracelet from the Hospital, in Paw Patrol pyjamas, wearing a toy stethoscope and carrying a puppy purse full of goodies. She was so excited that they had stopped to get me a bouquet of flowers and she had chosen a special balloon for the arrangement. My heart burst 100 times over with pure gratitude for this wonderful little family that Brad and I have been given. She gave Sophia a gentle kiss, climbed into bed next to me, ate all my post delivery snacks off my bedside table and left my sheets full of crumbs. I loved every minute. The next day, Brad brought Sophia and I home and we were greeted by one VERY excited and proud big sister. It was pretty adorable and a moment I will never forget.

I feel so lucky to have had such a fast, easy labour and a healthy baby girl. We are also so grateful to all of our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who have showered our family with love, support and generosity as we raise our little family. It really DOES take a village, and we have the most amazing tribe surrounding us.

Thank you to Ladidalane Photography for these beautiful photos we had done a few weeks after Sophia was born 🙂

I hope you all have an amazing long weekend and a Happy Canada Day!

ps – my dress is from Anthropologie and on MEGA sale right now and the girls are both wearing dresses from Zara 🙂

XO Lesley

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POSH MOMMY

Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / May 11, 2017 /   No Comments

| Matt & Nat Dean Backpack w/Change Pad | Isabella Oliver Eldon Midi Dress | Isabella Oliver Anaise Maternity Print Dress | Matt & Nat Raylan Diaper Bag | Paige Adria Destructed Denim | Isabella Oliver Tailored Pant | Seraphine India Maternity Dress | Ripe Ultimate Express Nursing Tank | Bella Maternity Sexy T-Shirt Nursing Bra |

Hi Girls!

Now that Sophia has arrived and we are settled into a schedule, I am happy to be back at the blog! Life has certainly gotten busier with another baby but I am really excited to use this time away from my career to give this other passion of mine a little extra love!

One of the questions I got a lot while I was pregnant was where to find cute maternity wear. After having gone through it twice now, I would definitely recommend investing in a handful of good quality pieces that you love and feel great in. I lived in my favourite pair of maternity jeans (and still do!) for most of my pregnancy. Totally worth the price tag. I also found a few dressier items like a one piece jumpsuit and some tailored pants for work, were so nice to have in my closet for the office or a date night. You girls that are pregnant during the summer months are lucky and can pop on a cute dress!

In honour of us Mama’s and Moms to be, Posh Mommy here in Calgary is having a HUGE sale this weekend. You guys, the ENTIRE store is 25% off but they are giving my readers an extra 5%, so 30% off when you mention the code MOMDAY. The sale also applies to everything online (use the MOMDAY code at checkout), and shipping is FREE in Canada when you spend $75 or more. This is a really, really good sale. For those of you that have never been, Posh Mommy carries maternity wear from some of my favourite brands – Isabella Oliver, Ripe, Seraphine, Paige and Citizens of Humanity and they have THE cutest diaper bags by Matt & Nat and So Young (that Matt & Nat backpack diaper bag is amazing). They also carry a ton of nursing bras and tanks and have one of the biggest selections in western Canada, so for you girls struggling to find your size, you need to check this out! I’m finding that with a toddler running around wreaking havoc or escaping in public while I nurse, a nursing tank is super efficient..ahhh the days of sipping tea and online shopping with my feet up while nursing. Those days are gone lol.

Posh Mommy is located at 2120 Kensington Rd NW #102, Calgary, AB and you can also check them out online at www.poshmommy.ca. Remember, this sale is only this weekend, so head down Today from 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 12-4pm and stock up!! If you follow me on Instagram (@mamabydesign) I will be popping into the store Saturday morning, so check out my Stories!

Stay tuned for Sophia’s birth story and our newborn photos coming to the blog next week. I can’t wait to share it with you. Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day mama’s! Even though this is the best job in the world, its not easy being a Mom and I hope your families spoil you!

XO Lesley

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MATERNITY SHOOT AND 38 WEEK UPDATE

Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / March 16, 2017 /   No Comments

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories  Flower Crowns: Amborella Floral Studio

Hi Guys!!

So, according to my calendar and my obstetrician, I am 38 weeks pregnant and babe could arrive any time! For some reason, this time around it all feels a bit surreal. Maybe I’m just not in a huge hurry to jump back into labour (cringe) or enter into months and months of sleepless nights or maybe I am absorbing the transition from one child to TWO (we are going to be a family of 4 people.. wasn’t I a single, career girl like 5 minutes ago?!). Don’t get me wrong, I am over the moon excited and feel unbelievably blessed, I just get a bit anxious about everything going ok..and lack of sleep..did I mention that one? haha. I want to meet this new little person so badly, and I am especially dying to know if it is a boy or a girl!

Here is a little Q & A about this pregnancy since my last update!

Cravings: None, although I’m really using this as an excuse to allow my sweet tooth to run a bit wild. Did you know that a “Royal” blizzard, the one with all the best toppings like brownie and carmel and liquid marshmallow comes with a gold spoon?! It’s like being a platinum AMEX card holder..kind of.

Sleeping: Like a rock (big shout out to my toddler on this one)

Nesting: WAY more than I did with Ella. I want closets cleaned out, freezers filled, and taxes done before babe arrives! This is especially ironic since I used to file my taxes in like November 😳

Movement: I kid you not, this baby is a Ninja Warrior. I spent so much time worrying about Ella when she was in my belly because she hardly moved (or at least I couldn’t feel it with an anterior placenta). This babe? Running Man, 24/7. I actually really love it, although now that he or she has gotten bigger, my ribs may never recover.

Maternity Clothes: I bought a handful of really great maternity pieces and everything else has been regular clothes sized up or versatile pieces that I already had in my closet, repurposed. My absolute go to’s: Leather (pleather) maternity leggings and a winter coat from Seraphine Maternity, a great pair of Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans (which will be perfect post partum), Isabella Oliver Black one piece jumpsuit and a grey knit maternity dress by HATCH. That’s it. I was way happier spending a little more on fewer pieces that made me feel great this time around.

Skin and Hair: I am really lucky that pregnancy clears my skin right up and I never have to deal with the usual blemishes that I battle when not pregnant. The downside? I have noticed a bit more pigment (melasma) this time. I hope that it fades after I deliver! I have made some major changes to my skincare regime, which I will share with you soon, so maybe this good skin trend will continue! My hair is growing insanely fast, and my roots are getting DARK! Lastly, and I really hope that I am not jinxing myself by even typing this, but…so far, zero stretch marks. I was really lucky that I didn’t get any with Ella, but she was already here by this point last pregnancy, so I am a bit afraid for the next few weeks!

Energy: I have to say, I have been feeling really, really good. I do indulge in the occasional afternoon nap with Ella and its been so nice to sleep in now that Im officially on maternity leave, so overall, I can’t complain! I also don’t have any back pain, which I struggled with with Ella. I credit regular visits to the chiropractor and osteopath. I was a big non believer before, but my mind has been changed!

Ella: She is honestly the most gentle and sweet toddler and is SO excited to be a big sister. I think that she is going to adjust well and will be the best helper to me. She is officially potty trained and sleeping in her big girl bed and new room, so we are ready!

To celebrate Babe’s arrival nearing, we did a beautiful outdoor maternity session near Banff a few weeks ago with the incredibly talented Genevieve from Genevieve Renee Photographie, the pics are above! I wore a dress from Sew Trendy Accessories and I had flower crowns for Ella and I made by Amborella Floral Studio. Also, a big shout out to Megan from Vanity Vault for my beautiful makeup! I really debated if I needed or wanted maternity photos, but I am so glad I did it.  They are a snapshot into such a special and fleeting time in our lives.  I absolutely love them.

Stay tuned to see what I am packing in my Hospital bag!!

XO Lesley

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BLACK FRIDAY CHEAT SHEET!

Baby, Decor, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 24, 2016 /   No Comments


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Hi All!

I hope that you are having a great week, and for everyone in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s a great one with family and friends and that you can take some time to relax and enjoy what’s important.

I love sale shopping, especially at this time of year when I want to start knocking items off my Christmas gift giving list. There are so many great sales on Black Friday but the thought of standing in line ups and battling aggressive shoppers actually gives me anxiety as I type this. Seriously, my upper lip is sweating right now. How much better does it sound to stay in your PJ’s, with a hot cup of coffee and shop from bed? Yes pleassssse! I know that online shopping can be overwhelming, and sorting through which brands have the best deals and how to get them can be tedious, so I did it for you guys! Here is my Black Friday Cheat Sheet! I have included both the “big box” stores as well as some local picks!

Good luck and happy shopping! Let me know what deals you scored!

XO Lesley

Anthropologie – 30% off regular and sale priced items.Code: LETSGO *remember with Anthro, you will be charged shipping and duty charges in Canada

J. Crew – 40% off purchase. Code: HOLIDAY *flat rate shipping of $12 CAD, no duty

Banana Republic – 50% off five regular priced items, no exclusions. Code: BRFIVE *free shipping over $50

GAP – 50% entire purchase. Code: TGIF50 *free shipping over $50

Old Navy – 50% off entire purchase. Code: none needed *free shipping over $25 use code SHIPFREE

Steve Madden – 20% off purchase. Code: BLACK *free shipping

Zara: 30% off storewide on website *free shipping over $50

Aritzia: 50% off select fall and winter styles

Also, check out these AMAZING local brands that I love!

Posh Panda: will be running limited coupon codes on Friday. Code: THANKS25, THANKS20, THANKS15 for 25, 20 or 15% off your order! www.poshpanda.ca

The Polka Dot Fox: everything will be marked down manually 20% off and $25 standard shipping. If you are able to do local pickup in either Spruce Grove or Lethbridge, use code LOCAL to eliminate shipping cost! www.thepolkadotfox.ca

Dear Freya: 30% off the entire online store. Code: BLACKFRIDAY www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DearFreya

Eli & Dex: 30% off online store. Code: BF30 www.elianddex.com

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BABY #2!!

Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 14, 2016 /   No Comments

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My Dress: Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, Ella’s Dress and boots: Zara

Hi All,

Since I am already over halfway there, I thought I would do a pregnancy update on baby Wanchulak #2!

Brad and I couldn’t be more excited and we are so grateful to all of you for your kind words, sweet messages and overwhelming support! I truly think Ella will be the best big sister and she already loves to kiss my belly and give baby “hugs” (melt my heart). I wanted to share the incredible photos that Genevieve from Genevieve Renee Photographie took for us and I thought it might be fun to do a little Q & A about my pregnancy so far!

My Due Date: March 31 (20 weeks along right now!)

Symptoms: I was pretty nauseous during the first trimester, although if I made sure I ate often and was well rested (a bit tougher with a toddler this time around 🙈) it was manageable. I was also SO tired during weeks 7-12. Like fall asleep standing up, at work, in the middle of the day, insane narcoleptic tired. Let’s say I’m glad that stage is over and I’m so thankful for a patient and understanding husband who was on toddler, dinner, and basically everything duty as soon as he arrived home from work every day for two months.  He is seriously the best. Now that the magical second trimester is here, I feel great! My energy is back, quesiesness is gone and I feel like the usual “me”, plus a few lbs and a growing bump 😉

Bump: growing way faster this time around! Could it be my complete lack of attention to rebuilding abs between pregnancies? Lol. Whoops. Also, my boobs apparently remember too because.. Wow 😬 I’m not buying many maternity clothes, I find it’s pretty easy (and a lot more affordable) to just size up where needed. EXCEPT.. I LOVE a great pair of maternity jeans. I live in them. They are more my style than leggings but just as comfortable. Completely worth the splurge.

Gender: we aren’t going to find out!! We were surprised with Ella, and it was so much fun, we decided to do it again! I find it way easier this time around since I bought all neutral baby gear for my first pregnancy. And let’s be honest…I’m a cream and gray kind of gal anyway. We are just hoping for a safe and healthy pregnancy and babe.

Cravings: none really! I just realllly like food right now haha! I have a bit of an aversion to red meat and salmon and I have cut out caffeine, so some days I miss that (again, cue mom of toddler). No real complaints in the food department. The only thing I really miss is a good glass of red wine here and there.

Doctor or Midwife: we are going to go the Obstetrician route, as I had some blood pressure issues at the end of my pregnancy with Ella and a tough delivery. I am on the hunt for a great Doula though, so send me your recommendations!

Again, thank you all for sharing in our excitement and for the wonderful response to our news! We are so lucky to be able to share this with all of you and I can’t wait to blog about this journey! I would love to answer any questions you have, so ask away!!

XO Lesley

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DEVIN GEM

Baby, Fashion / By / August 2, 2016 /   1 Comment

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| Ella’s Dress: Zara Baby | Ella’s Sandals: Baby Gap | Ella’s Bow: Posh Panda | My Romper: OLD (purchased in Hong Kong) | My Hat: Winners |

Hey Guys!

Eeeek! I’m SO excited to share this “Mommy and Me” post with you! I’m just going to start by saying it is SO fun to have a girl! I am loving this stage where she is my little sidekick and always wants to be like her mama. These precious moments where she adores tea parties and picnics in the park wont last forever, so I am going to make time and have as many as we can, as long as she will let me! As soon as I received these matching bracelets from Felicia at Devin Gem (local to Calgary!) I knew they were perfect for Ella and I and I couldn’t wait to get them on and twin with my little mini! Ella, the textbook girly-girl was possibly more excited haha. She is obsessed with dressing up in my clothes and shoes and loves to pretend she is wearing makeup 😂, so when she got a piece of jewelry of her own, she was quite pleased and wouldn’t take it off!  The bracelets are made of 12-24 Kt gold plated wire and clasp with glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Each gem on the bracelet is meaningful and represents things like peace, courage, confidence etc. Such a cool idea! I chose the “Baby S” because I am obsessed with pearls (they are the ultimate neutral and match everything!) and they are really so pretty.  Head over to the Devin Gem website www.devingem.com or her Insta @devin.gem to check out all the cute choices!

Does anyone know how to freeze time so I can keep E little forever? Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly challenges to having a two year old, but I actually find her sass and determination quite adorable and when she is sweet, there is nothing in the world that melts my heart faster. These little moments make the tough days of mamahood all worth it.

We are headed for vacation in a couple days and I can’t WAIT! Check my Instagram @mamabydesign and snapchat (username lesleywanch) for updates from our trip!

Have a great week!

Lesley

ps – I finally have Pinterst (Search Mama By Design) I just have to figure out what I’m doing 🙈. So let’s Pin! (Is that what you say? Lol)

 

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4 FOLD THREADS

Baby, Uncategorized / By / April 24, 2016 /   2 Comments

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Hey Guys!

One of the things I get asked all the time is about recommendations for baby/toddler products. I am working on a review of my absolute fav’s from Ella’s first two years but I wanted to dedicate a post to one product/company in particular. I discovered 4Fold Threads about 6 months ago on Instagram. It is an online shop, run by a sweet mama of FOUR (don’t ask me how she does it) located in Southern Alberta. She handmakes the most adorable car seat covers (ALL4One Covers) and slouchy beanies. I had been searching for a lightweight, tight fitting, CUTE cover for Ella’s bucket seat for so long but couldn’t really swallow the steep exchange rates and shipping costs to get the one I wanted out of Australia 😂. I love that this cover fits snug on the seat and won’t slide down the handles or blow up in the wind. They are adjustable, so you can cover babe completely, or leave a window to peek in. The covers don’t line the seat or interfere with the buckles so all the safety boxes remain checked too. Best part? They double as a 360 degree nursing cover as well! I just bought one for my sister in law and brand new baby niece and I can’t wait to give it to her. Oh, and they are very affordable at $30-35!!

A quick blurb about the slouchy beanies..I ordered the grey buck for my nephew who is already the cutest kid on the planet (ok tied with Ella haha) and he is going to melt hearts. I am so impressed with the quality of fabric and construction. I decided that I need to get a couple for Ella too!

Add 4Fold Threads on Facebook and/or Instagram @4foldthreads and  take a look at all the cute things!

Have a great week!

Lesley

 

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EASTER AT GRANDMAS

Baby, Decor, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / March 31, 2016 /   2 Comments

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|My Top|My Watch|Ella’s Dress|Ella’s Shoes|

Hey Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Easter. We did!

Family has always been important to me. Growing up, “Grandma’s house” was the equivalent of the best play place/gourmet kitchen/sleepover central ever. My cousins were some of my best friends (and they still are!). One of the things I love most about Brad is how special his family is to him too. There is never a discussion or disagreement about spending time with our families. It’s what we do. But life gets busy and geography gets further and further away and sometimes it’s hard to get in as many visits as we would like. For Easter we decided we would make the trek to Mediciane Hat to see my Grandma and many uncles, aunts, cousins and my immediate family too (yes, it is a “trek” when there is a 1.5 year old involved haha). It was so nice to see everyone and catch up. Ella adores her “Gate Gamma” (Great Grandma) and has talked about our visit non stop since coming home. My Grandma’s backyard is the size of a small city park (seriously) and it was so nice to just turn her loose and let her enjoy. She loved exploring the garden and trees and as usual, pointed out every flower, bird and insect along the way.

We also visited the Windmill Garden Center which was so cute!! They had a little petting zoo with goats, chickens, ducks and bunnies for the kids.  Ella was in heaven. We have heard about the “silly goats” over and over this week haha. They also have a Butterfly House that was FULL of gorgeous butterfly’s, moth’s, turtles, quail and fish. It was seriously better than the butterflies at the Calgary zoo. We were so impressed.

Easter morning was lots of fun, and Ella is now obsessed with hopping around like a bunny 😂Other than going on a total nap strike for 2 days, she was such a good girl and even survived a long church service on Easter morning (mama was a bit worried about that one). It was a simple weekend spent with some of my favorite people. I hope Ella grows up to value her family as much as we do. We use weekends like this to try teach her that it really doesn’t matter where you are, it’s who you are with.

I was sad that we didn’t get many family pictures, especially when we were dressed up on Easter, but we were all too busy having fun 🙂 I have been wearing this white Anthropologie shirt on repeat and it made an appearance this past weekend too. It’s so versatile and is the perfect classy, casual look with all the lace detail.

I would also like to point out that I really channeled my inner Martha Stewart with these Easter cookies. It’s not often that this happens so I had to document it lol

XO

Lesley

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MAUI WRAP UP

Baby, Fashion / By / October 29, 2015 /   No Comments

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My Suit: Swimco, Sunnies: Prada (Similar), Ella’s Suit: Coolibar

Rompers: Old Navy & Baby Gap (Not available), Bow: Baby Wisp

Dress: Baby BonBon Boutique Shoe: Micheal Kors

My Dress: The Bay   Ella’s Dress: similar here & here, Shoes: Teepee Tots & Co

Back to real life today and missing beach days with my little bestie #hawaii #snorklife #sunfordays Ella's hat is @theposhplum and Suit is #babygap. Ps - loved the @honest swim diapers this trip!

Suit: Old, similar here, Hat: ThePoshPlum (Seasonal)

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Dress: The Bay  Sandals: Similar Here

We recently returned from a beautiful family vacation to Maui.  It was so nice to get away from the hustle of everyday life and take in precious memories with Brad and Ella.  We were there for a family wedding and were fortunate to have a few babysitters (thank goodness for Nana’s!), so Brad and I snuck away for a couple evenings out, just the two of us!  We celebrated our second Anniversary by going on a sunset dinner cruise with Sail Trilogy.  It was a beautiful evening on the water, the food was delicious and it was so nice to spend time together, away from all our usual distractions.  The day after the wedding, the bride and groom treated us all to a catamaran sailing trip, again on Sail Trilogy. I LOVE being out on the open water.  There is something so relaxing about ocean air, I swear it is good for the soul.

Now that we are travelling with a babe, luggage space is limited!  Hawaii is amazing because the weather is so dependable and it never really gets cold, so light dresses and rompers filled my bag.  I planned my outfits for the week in advance and didn’t bring much extra.  I found a couple great pieces (black swimsuit in pic) from Swimco before we left.  When visiting the beach, a suit that makes you feel good is a must.  The other suit pictured was a random find in a shop next door to our resort in Maui!  Resort/beach vacations are really fun because colours and prints look great and are so fun to wear.  I find myself departing from my usual monochromatic tendancy and and going for bolder items.  For the Catamaran trip, I thought the black dress with the cutouts worked great.  It is a very lightweight knit, comfortable, easy to move in and it was CHEAP.  Like under $20 at Winners.  I love finds like that!

Ella was honored to be a flower girl in the wedding.  The bride ordered her dress off Etsy and it was adorable.  The lace detail was gorgeous and the champagne colour looked so good with the rest of the wedding decor.  I splurged on the Micheal Kors shoes and I don’t regret it 🙂  They have hard soles, good support, are super comfy and are adorable.  She wears them a ton and they looked great.  I have about 10000 photos of Ella on the wedding day, but didn’t snap any of my dress 🙁

I struggle a bit with swimwear for babies.  There are such cute little bikinis and suits but I hate the constant sunscreen struggle/sunburn worry!  So I trend toward rash-guard type styles.  The floral print suit with the hood has been a lifesaver and I LOVE it.  I found it online at Coolibar, and even though it was pricey, the stretchy fabric makes it last a long time and it is so worth it.  Ella went through a “I hate hats” stage, and this was helpful haha

I have linked as many pieces as I could find for you.  My closet is a mix of new and old, investment pieces and really affordable finds.  I hope you enjoy!

Lesley

 

 

 

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