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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s day!

I have never felt more blessed to be a woman! Carrying life and being responsible for every facet of another human being has really changed my perspective on everything I thought I knew.

It has been a learning experience already, for sure and I know that I will embrace every part of this journey that I prayed for.

Every day is women’s day when you spend every waking minute thinking about helping women to take charge of their health and lives. I created Simplistic Chic 7 years ago as a place to document my journey with PCOS and it has turned into fueling my desire to see other women push for optimal health and mental wellness.  When these areas are thriving, you are much more capable of living the life God desires for you.  Let me tell you, there’s no better feeling than knowing you can and will live your best life!

My wish is that every woman knows their power and is not afraid to live their lives with intention.

“You are more than eye candy and male intentions.  You are a temple, a home, a sacred dwelling and you should carry yourself like that.” – unknown

happy international women's day

happy international women's day


Baby

8 Month Update

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Baby boy is 8 months old now.  It’s hard to believe just how much life has changed in the past few months!

I expected to be a big crybaby right about now watching him crawl, pull up on everything, and get teeth but, I feel more grateful than anything.  Most of you know my journey with PCOS and getting pregnant naturally.  It is surreal  looking at his little face and thinking of all the years I wondered when and if I would have a little one of my own. He is more than I could have ever envisioned.

I’m still trying to find my footing when it comes to this whole mom-wife-work-home-life thing.  Some days are better than others but, I’m learning it’s okay to set boundaries and protect my peace (something I wish I stuck to shortly after having Benjamin).

Milestones this month

-crawls everywhere

-pulls up and stands

-says ‘Dada’ and ‘Mama’

-has 1 tooth and another one coming in

favorite foods: sweet potato, banana, oatmeal, avocado, applesauce

– still does not sleep straight through the night (5 hours at a time… tops)

 

 

 

 


Baby, PCOS

One and Done?

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Any moms on the “one and done” committee?  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when you have had one baby or child and make the choice to close up shop for good.

I find myself tip-toeing in and out of it every few weeks. Growing up and throughout college, I always envisioned myself with the husband, great career, gorgeous home, and two kids.  I’m also the oldest of four kids and it was fun growing up with siblings so, I wanted the same thing for my future babies.

Fast forward to last year when I peed on a stick and found out I was pregnant two weeks before my wedding day!  We were beyond excited (and a teeny bit nervous).  My journey with PCOS had been long and trying on and off for over ten years.  While one of my prayers was to find healing and be in optimal health, I really, really wanted to have a healthy baby naturally.  For it to have actually happened, was very surreal!

About 7 weeks into the pregnancy, the slight stomach bug feeling I had initially turned into full-fledged all day sickness.  I’m talking about throwing up, gagging at different smells, unable to drink water, or even swallow my own spit.  I had to hold my breath when going into the kitchen because I could smell the metal in the sink and the toaster oven, and it would send me into the bathroom dry heaving…..the worst!! I tried every remedy you could think of.  Some worked for a short time while others seemed to make me feel ten times worse.

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This went on for the entire 8 months of my pregnancy on top of working full-time.  I tried to remain grateful because I really was but, it really was rough physically and emotionally.  I thank God for my beautiful little boy and when I look at him how could I not want another one! He really is a miracle and what I needed at this time.  When I think about getting pregnant again though and potentially experiencing the same thing, I don’t know if I have it in me.

Maybe if I do not have to work full-time and I could comfortably afford to stay home longer than the four months I had with Benjamin, I might entertain the idea. Other days, visions of a cute, little girl run around in my head. Ultimately, if it’s God’s will then it will happen.  Only time will tell.

Are you a part of the “one and done crew”? If it was a conscious decision, what made you decide to stop at one? 


Baby, Eats

Choosing an Organic Baby Formula

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Along with all of the unbelievably joyful moments that being a new parent brings, also comes the worrisome, guilt-filled ones.  As someone who knows firsthand the benefits that eating the right foods can bring, I get consumed with what I am feeding Benjamin. With all that’s out here, I know I should be but it can be seriously overwhelming.

A recent dilemma I had was choosing a baby formula. It really should not bring this much anxiety to pick one, should it?

I have been giving Benjamin formula since birth, at the suggestion of the nurses at the hospital, and also breastfeeding.  He had digestive issues along with some constipation that was painful to even watch. We tried lots of different ones and finally settled on a Soy formula by Gerber Good Start.  After a few months though, I did not feel comfortable keeping him on the soy.

Then the hunt for a regular formula began.

Although very exhausting, breastfeeding was going pretty well so, I began to pump more hoping that I could have enough milk for him during the day while I’m at work.  Between working, nursing, and pumping I was getting really burned out, and I just wasn’t making enough milk.

I did some online research and reached out to family and friends who worked in the pediatric nursing field for some help.  Can I say I’m really surprised that there are no formulas without soy or dairy– ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

Based on conversations I had with others and everything I read, I decided to go with Plum Organics and Earth’s Best Organic formulas.  They were both listed in the top three formulas online and recommended by almost everyone I spoke with.  What stood out to me was:

  • no corn syrup solids added
  • non-GMO ingredients
  • no added sweetners
  • organic lactose

I used Plum Organics organic formula for the past few weeks and I have no complaints! Benjamin drank it without frowning or spitting up (an issue he had when on soy sometimes).  The price point though ($42 for 32 oz), was hitting our pockets pretty hard especially since we were buying it every week.  I can definitely vouch for the great reviews though.

This week, I picked up Earth’s Best Organic instead.  It’s a little less expensive (about $41 for 35 oz) and has the same ingredients. We’re just a few days in but so far, so good.

I never expected this to give me so much angst but, I’m glad there are great options out there for moms like me who are very particular about what their babies put in their bodies.

I also make all of Benjamin’s pureed foods at home but, I have supplemented a few times with the Plum Organics  and Earth’s Best baby foods.  They are the only two brands of baby foods I trust to give my baby outside of what I make at home.

Which brands of organic baby formula and foods are your favorites?