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February 28, 2017

Nursing Friendly Clothing

Hi all! A lot of you have been asking about the transition from 2 to 3, and so far it's been pretty good! I did a full post about the transition from 1 to 2, you can read it here. While this post isn't dedicated to that transition, it is about something that has made the transition easier (same for going from 1 to 2) and that is 1) babywearing (duh), and more specifically, being able to nurse while babywearing. In the so-called fourth trimester (the first 3 months as a newborn), babies, like Liv so eloquently puts it, "just like to sleep and drink milk and poop." During my short time off for maternity leave I've had the 3 girls by myself all day (well, I drop Liv off at pre-school in the morning and then pick her up in the evening, so most of the day it's just 2) - but in this short crash-course on having 3 littles I've solidified my belief that babywearing is pretty much the best thing ever. Seriously mamas of multiples, you need to figure it out if you haven't yet (actually yesterday at the playground I helped teach a new mama how to use a sling and it felt so great)! I can actually confidently go out with Elli and Ro and know that I can handle it (I think a part of this confidence also comes with just not giving a f*** about others the way I did as a new mom, but I still care a little so we can't attribute it all to that)! ;)

Anywho, all that rambling to say one of the things that's most convenient wearing nursing friendly tops. For many this can simply mean a low V-neck/stretchy top if they aren't scared of showing some skin (super easy to just pull down the neck and nurse whenever - this is my go-to at home). But when out some people like to be a little bit more discreet (and this is just pure preference - I am all for nursing wherever the heck you want and not having to cover it up at all! But I digress...)

The thing about fancy nursing tops, though, is that they're usually super expensive. I've gotten lucky and had a few up and coming companies send me their tops to try out - and I've loved them all, but most of them are at pretty steep price points. Today I'm sharing some tops that are all incredibly budget friendly, and make nursing a breeze. I also love them because I can wear them at work and easily pump - I'll only have so much time to pump during little breaks here and there, so streamlining things as much as possible is critical!

All of these pieces are $30 or less!!
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February 26, 2017

Instagram Lately

Happy Sunday! Today just sharing a roundup of some of my recent IG posts including answers to a couple of the most common questions I got this week!

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Tee  (mens, I'm wearing an XS) //  Joggers (I'm wearing the sweet macaron color - they're currently buy one get one 50% off) //  Slip Ons (seriously wearing these almost daily on maternity leave)

Car seat info: I got a lot of questions on Snapchat after I share snaps of all the girls in my backseat when I'm taking Liv to daycare - we fit all three carseats in our backseat! Liv and Elli both sit in these car seats, and Ro sits in this seat I talked about in my last post). For reference I drive a Ford Escape. 

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Tee (wearing an XS) //  Jeans (similar for less than half the price here)  //  Glasses
Chair  (MUCH cheaper at Ikea if you have one near you) //  Mirror  //  Kids Chairs (so many of you wanted the info on these - they're currently on sale for $20 off the normal price!)  //  Kids Bookshelf/Bench (white is available but honestly a little overpriced compared to what I paid, but after searching around it looks like it's out of stock most places, so that explains why! It's also available in grey for a cheaper price)  //  Couch (all the covers come off so I can just throw them all in the washing machine and dryer)!

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Top  //  Jacket (less than $20)  //  Jeans (less than $20, run small, I'm wearing a M) //  Heels  //  Purse

I got my full length floor mirror here and absolutely love it! Hope to do a home post soon and I can share some better shots of it!   

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Tee (nursing friendly!) //  Shorts (less than $20, run small, I'm wearing M) //  Sling  //  Slip Ons

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I've been getting asked a ton about how I got back in shape so quickly after three babies - I haven't done anything yet except breastfeed and pump, but I was also a size 0-2 pre-baby. Everyone's uterus gets toned back down at its own pace but I do think it gets stronger each time - but who knows! I did a full post after having Elli on postpartum fitness you can read it here!

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PS - so many of you ask pre-med/med/studying/balance related questions - make sure to check out the FAQ and Medicine sections of the blog!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

February 21, 2017

Out and About with Three



Hey y'all! Hope you're having a great start to your week! Today I wanted to share some shots from our first few times out with all three girls! Liv is now 3 and a half, and Elli is 15 months, and now we have a one week old in the mix! For the most part Liv is old and (thinks she's) independent enough to walk on her own all the time - she of course does get tired though, and then one of us (ahem, N, cough, cough) always gets stuck carrying her or giving her a piggy back ride! And Elli enjoys riding in a stroller, but hates being strapped/restricted. So in come the folks over at Evenflo to save the day - they sent me their Sibby Travel System to review - and I think everyone in the family is happy with it! We have other double strollers, but like I mentioned, it's hard to convince Liv to take a seat in any now! So the ride-along board on this stroller was perfect - it has a little clasp that allows it to easily fold up when not in use (but still easily get to the storage basket) and just as easily unclasp it to bring it back down again. 

T shirt (it's a nursing top and under $20!)  //  Mesh leggings  //  Sneakers  //  Sunglasses  //  Sling (currently sold out, similar here at under $100)

Elli loves that she can pull herself forward or recline back (while still being strapped in) or even kick her feet up on the handlebar (see above lol). Which is nice because we don't have to fight her getting in the stroller - she really does love riding in it! And not to sound shallow, but we like products that look pretty, and I love the Sibby system's minimalist style and gorgeous color options (mine is the color Mineral Grey).

Baseball cap  //  T shirt (on sale for $9!) //  Jeans  //  Slip ons (similar here)

At under $200 this stroller really does pack a ton - it even comes with a carseat which is perfect for Ro and what I use in the car. It's light weight and has a great canopy, and easily snaps in and out of the car base. Obviously when I have all three I can't actually use the carseat with the stroller (it snaps in easily though), I just keep her in my sling! As an added bonus Evenflo is currently having an offer to get a free soft infant carrier with purchase of a travel system! 


I'd say the only annoying part thus far was that I found myself kicking the board sometimes when I pushed the stroller - but that only took some easy readjusting of my step and I didn't do it anymore after the second or third time using it! N says it's not the smoothest ride - but this is the guy who almost exclusively uses our double jogger when he's out with the girls that has the shock absorption of a BMW (exaggerating but you get my point - that thing is smooth as butter, and is also over three times the cost). 

Lace up hoodie (less than $20!) //  Leggings  //  Slip ons  //  Glasses

PS - got asked a ton about this bag I've been carrying - it was a steal from Payless! Unfortunately it's not available online, but check in your local store! I snagged it maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago and it's been my favorite go-to! I love the mix of (faux) leather and suede, the 2 different strap lengths, and all the pockets! I searched online and found a few similar options if you don't have luck in-store - here, here, and here!

February 17, 2017

Rowen's Birth Story

Happy Friday everyone!! And happy almost 1 week to my new baby girl - Rowen Elena! For those who may not follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (you can find me @lauralacquer there on both) - on Saturday we welcomed our third incredible blessing - and baby was A GIRL!! I can't tell you how ecstatic we both were - secretly N and I wanted a girl - the thought of three sisters was just the best to us, I think Liv is the only one who thought she was going to have get a brother this time lol! Obviously a brother would have been loved just as much, but you get the point!

I thought today it would be fun to share Rowen's birth story! It's pretty sweet that this blog has been around since well before the days of me having a family of my own, so both Liv's and Elli's birth stories are documented on the blog too - feel free to give those a read if you haven't already! Liv's was the one that really gave me a run for my money and showed me how hard it could be (especially the recovery process), Elli's was much nicer but I delivered with Liv in the room - so that was fun lol, and sweet Rowen's, well hers was the first I did without an epidural, and what an empowering experience it was. With all that said let's get to it!


My due date for this babe was today actually, but I had been having pretty strong Braxton-Hicks contractions since late January, so every day I went to work I always felt like it could potentially be the day I went into labor! Let's just say my hospital bag permanently stayed in my car so that if I did N could just grab it from the garage (I was delivering at my own hospital). This was my first pregnancy like this - with Liv I barely remember any Braxton-Hicks, and with Elli I had a few pretty intense ones, but all within the week of actually going into labor. With Rowen these lasted for almost a month! For the last two weeks I had seen my OB I was about 2cm dilated as well, which again, didn't mean a ton. Friday I went to work like any other day - I was on inpatient so I rounded with our attending in the morning (we always joked when we met up in the morning that I guess I'd still work today) and took care of orders and discharges. At lunch we had journal club so I waddled up to the podium and gave my talk on this interesting vitiligo trial (and joking with my co-residents that I really hoped my water wouldn't break up there), and then quickly ate lunch while listening to the other residents present their papers. After lunch I was working in our public health clinic (our busiest but my favorite clinic - in this hospital most of our patients have no insurance either because they can't afford it, don't have their papers, etc. so we really get to take care of an underserved population. And I pretty much get to use my Spanish 90% of the time). Anywho, I waddled around clinic (the nurses betting what the gender was and everyone laughing that I was still coming to work) and my sweet patients all sharing their blessings with every goodbye. All day I had plenty of contractions, but everyday was pretty much like that at this point so I really gave up on trying to predict when it would happen.

Nathan and I finished the day around the same time so we drove home together (seriously love working at the same hospital system!) and had a quiet lazy Friday night just relaxing with the girls and looking forward to the weekend off (I was on call the previous weekend so this was my first weekend off in almost 2 weeks)! Of course, Saturday morning I woke up at about 5:30 to contractions - and sure enough - these weren't just the dull pain of the Braxton Hicks, these were a sharper force you on hand and knees contractions and I immediately knew it was going down that morning. I hopped in the shower asap, woke N up as I was getting dressed (when he saw me getting my sneakers on he was like - "oh - NOW now!?!?") - I think he sensed the urgency. And we were at the hospital by 6:30. We parked in my normal parking garage and laughed in between breath-stopping contractions at my choice to park that far and walk to where OB triage was, but I like my parking garage lol! When we got to the building the security guard stopped us to ask for ID - I was very much obviously in super duper labor - I threw my work badge at his desk and kept hobbling over to the elevators because I know how slow they are - as I waited for it to get to our floor I apologized to him for throwing it haha - I think N picked it up for me but by this point I honestly couldn't even see straight or hear everything the contractions were so bad! We got up to OB triage and I walked right in - they were so cute asking "how can we help you mama?" and I was like "oh you know, just about to have this baby!" They were like - "ok sweetie slow down, is this your first baby?" I was like "nope, third!" and they told me to skip registration and go straight to the room and get my clothes off. I hollered I was Doctor X's patient and they knew to call him immediately - he delivers all his ladies as he proudly proclaims and in the last few visits would always remind me to not wait until the last minute to call him! Within minutes an entire team was in the room trying to check my cervix and get my information and draw blood in between contractions - they checked me and I was completely dilated - "only thing keeping this baby in is the bag" - my water hadn't broken yet. I asked for an epidural but I was beyond the point of that - and all at once I felt terrified but sort of empowered at the challenge - a challenge I had yet to take on but now was forced to. And then decided to announce "this is bullshit!" And then apologized. And then felt empowered.

We held off on pushing for as long as possible, N feeding me ice chips and the nurse giving counter-pressure on my back (ugh I always have horrible back labor thanks to everyone of my babies being faced OP) so I labored on my side while we waited for my doctor. Thankfully he got there in incredible time (he's the cutest old guy who later told us "you kids made me run this time!") and checked me and with a whirlwind of blue drapes and sterile gloves I got into position to push and started pushing! The pain was intense, but quite honestly the pain of the contractions was more intense than the pain with pushing and what you can actually feel from below. And I loved (well didn't love at the time but you know what I mean) that I could really feel where all the efforts of my pushing were going, so I really knew what I good push was. Within three pushes the head was out, and in two more we had our baby girl. It was incredible having her on my chest and hearing her powerful cry - having N be there to tell me it was a girl (seriously I said it last time with Elli, but it really is the best surprise) and sitting in awe of what I had just done. We delivered the placenta quickly and then my OB repaired one tiny lac I had (thankfully only first degree). This was one thing I was worried about with such a fast delivery, but thankfully it was super minor and he repaired it after just putting in a few shots of local anesthetic. Other than that all was good! I later noticed all the little petechiae on my lower cheeks and upper neck from pushing so hard! Thankfully those have all mostly faded already!

Within an hour I was up on my own walking and peeing (something I still appreciate so much - if you read Liv's birth story you know why) and hungry - N went and got us food and also came up with the sweetest flowers and card with the sweetest message. It was the best. Then we got taken down to our actual maternity suite and set up camp for the next 2 days! I hated being in the hospital, especially when you feel well, but it was nice to at least have a sweet room and get the chance to rest. N brought the girls to visit that night and they were just so sweet! Well Elli could care less, she was just excited to have a new place to explore and new buttons to push, but Livi immediately walked in and said "is the new baby here, is that my sister, can I see her?" She was so excited and sat up in bed with me touching her head and gazing at her face and as soon as she opened her eyes Liv squealed with excitement - and then burst into singing "Happy Birthday Rowen"! Definitely the cherry on top.

Alright, that's pretty much it! We're all adjusting pretty well to life as 5, I'm really looking forward to this weekend and having N home since he didn't have any time off. Make sure to follow along on snapchat for how we're all doing!

And thank you SO much to all of your sweet wishes and congratulations - I read through all of them and am so thankful that we have this community to share with. Have a beautiful weekend guys!

February 6, 2017

Baby Necessities - Third Times a Charm!

With the arrival of baby #3 getting closer and closer (my due date is in less than 2 weeks now!) one question I get a lot is what baby products I recommend for the first few months - and now that I've been through this a couple of times before I think I can definitely weigh in on the must haves! There are plenty of things you can pass on (wipe warmers and bottle sanitizers come to mind, but some people like them) - but there are others that really make life with a little one easier or serve multiple purposes. Here are 10 of my picks below!

DOCKATOT DELUXE   //   ERGOBABY 360*   //   DIAPER PAIL   //   SLEEPSACK   //   BURP CLOTHS   //   PUJ TUB   //   NOSEFRIDA   //   PACIFIER CLIPS**   //   BOTTLES   //   SWADDLE BLANKETS

*I love all kinds of baby wearing - so own not only an Ergo (ahem, 2 Ergos), but also many slings and wraps - read my review here for the pros/cons of each kinds of carrier!

**Elli also loved her Wubbanub and I know I got many questions about it whenever it was photo'd!

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