Deal Alert: Head over to Hutch for 20% OFF
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HUTCH IS GIVING YOU 20% OFF!!!!

You know what I love? A good deal! Head over to the Hutch website and use CODE: CHANTELLE20 for shopping anything. You will receive 20% OFF until the end of the month!

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Shopping Guide


Shopping Guide:

Check out the guide below to recreate my look.

FAMILY TRIP PART 1
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FAMILY TRIP PART 1

We took our first family trip! We went to Arizona to meet up with the LaBrants aka my little sis, Savannah, and her family. We planned for a fun weekend getaway lounging by the pool, which meant that Senna was about to have her first flight and her first time in a swimming pool all in the same day! Exciting!

FLYING WITH A NEWBORN

I’ve heard stories from both sides of the spectrum: babies who slept the whole flight and babies who cried the whole flight. I was nervous. Personally, I get sick on almost every flight. I’ve had horrible motion sickness my whole life (but I loveeeeee traveling so I just don’t let it control my life). With that being said, I was terrified that I might be passing this “wonderful” motion sickness on to my daughter. 

*insert nervous mom boarding a plane here*

TAKE OFF

I read that feeding for take off and landing helps, so as we started to taxi I put Senna on my boob. Of course, five minutes later they told us there is now a line of airplanes waiting for takeoff and it’ll be a 30 minute delay.

cool, cool, cool.

TO TAKE HER OFF THE BOOB TO CRY OR LET HER FINISH AND CRY FOR TAKE OFF?

The great debate of which might be worse!? She finishes eating and we’re still waiting and I’m of course in panic mode trying to figure out how to make her want to eat again in 10mins when we do take off!
“Flight attendants, please prepare for take off” comes over the loudspeaker with "loud" being the keyword. Senna is startled awake and looks at me like someone has just yelled directly at her & starts bawling.

cool, cool, cool.

I bounce her and put her back on my boob and thankfully she soothingly sucks for 30 seconds and passes back out... right as we take off! SUCCESS!!!

SIDE NOTE: a cozy blanket for the cold flight is a must! Also, the Moby wrap or Solly Baby Wrap is incredibly helpful so your arm doesn’t burn out holding your sleepy infant as you try desperately not to wake them ;) I’ve also heard amazingggggg things about this Doona stroller cause it folds into a carseat and is small and easy to travel with. Didn’t purchase in time, but i’m going to before our August flight to NYC!

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TOUCHDOWN AZ

Coulter, Senna, and I head down to baggage claim where we find Savannah, Cole (her hubby), and their girls Posie & Everleigh.

Senna needs a diaper change, but I’ve still never changed her diaper in a public restroom! Haha... I guess I’m nervous to? Plus, I always just go to my car... more on that in a future post though. Suffice it to say, I decided to wait 15 minutes until we reached our destination.

HAIR BY CHRISSY

Oh, did I not mention that my sis and I cleverly tied in a salon appointment into this trip ;p

*cue pretty hair pics cause Chrissy is the best* 

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Hair by Chrissy Instagram

Habit Salon

Makeup by Nina Gashi

Swimming and flight home to come in Part 2! 

Chantelle Paige-Mulligan
What I put in Senna's Easter Basket!

Happy Easter!!!

It's Senna's first Easter!!!! YAY! I bought all the candy I personally wanted to eat and put it in an Easter basket for her. I’d call that a #momhack…


Head over to my Instagram to see how I put together her basket! 

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Here's a list of all the cute things I included:

  1. CUDDLE + KIND lamby (in photo

  2. Sleep Sheep from Pottery Barn Kids (Senna loves this and it makes for a cute noise machine!)

  3. Minna Parikka bunny shoes, and mommy got matching ones! YAY

  4.  The most lifelike knit bunny! I’m OBSESSED

  5.  Slumberkins baby chickens

  6. ...and all the candy I wanted ;) AKA a lot of Reese's eggs.

Happy Easter everyone!


With Love,

Chantelle

P.S.

Senna's bunny hat is from Ginger PIckles Knits

Senna's top is from Ponponia


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Shopping Guide:

Mommy and Me Style: Graphic Tees and Printed Skirts
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I’m spellbound… to this brand of course…

You know what I love? Easy uniforms that make the perfect #OOTD. Here’s the breakdown: 1 vintage graphic tee + 1 printed midi skirt + 1 pair of metallic espadrilles = effortless summer style.

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I’m dying for these matching mommy and me outfits as well as Senna tolerating my hundreds of daily kisses. Why are these little ones just so incredibly Smooch-worthy?

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What do you think? I absolutely loved this look. Want to recreate it? On a bit of a budget? No worries, just check out my shopping guide below.

With love,

Chantelle


Shopping Guide


Shopping Guide:

Check out the guide below for similar favorite items. STYLIST TIP: Check out these budget friendly look-alikes to re-create this WHOLE look for under $120 (skirt here $29.97, tee here $43.99, and sandals here $44.97)

SHOPBOP SALE ALERT PART 2! Mom Style Must Haves

So you’ve heard all about the ShopBop sale by now…

You still have a day to shop so I’ve put together my dream wishlist of pieces currently on ShopBop in for those soon-to-be mamas and those busy moms on-the-go. Enjoy!


For the stylish expecting mama:

  1. Bodycon Layering Dresses by Ingrid & Isabel (Image 1 here, Image 2 here)

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I was obsessed with knit bodycon dresses all throughout my pregnancy. It is just too easy to layer a printed kimono, long line jacket or cozy sweater and constantly change up the look.

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2. The Maternity Jumpsuit by Hatch (here)

1st Trimest

1st Trimest

2nd Trimester

2nd Trimester

Whether you are 3 months or 6 months, jumpsuits were my most unexpected pregnancy style find. They give that extra room around the middle while still allowing you to be comfortable and on-trend. Check out some of my favorites below.

3. That Knot Life (Knotted Sweater here)

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1st Trimester

4th Trimester- 1.5 Month Post-partum

4th Trimester- 1.5 Month Post-partum

Not quite ready to let the cat out of the bag? Knot front details are an easy way to hide a growing baby bump. I used this trick well into my 2nd trimester.

STYLIST TIP: You can continue to wear these styles throughout your 4th trimester as you let your waistline discretely shrink back to it’s pre-baby size.

For the new mama with little time but a whole lotta style game:

1. Trend watch! Fashionable slippers (These beauties here)

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You know what wasn’t hard to find? Examples of me rockin’ my fashionable slippers. Even before baby, these were a staple in my wardrobe. They are trendy, comfy and oh so easy. Clearly they make me pretty happy as well considering the laughter in each of these photos. :) See some of my favorites below with some budget friendly alternatives as well.

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Speaking of things in all my photos…

2. Belt Bags are back in style and I’m IN LOVE. (especially this one by Anine Bing)

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What could be a better trend for mamas than the belt bag trend. Hands free, stylish and a throwback to our youth. I think all of our mothers owned a fanny pack or two in their day.

3. #GIRLPOWER (this Tee here)

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Alright, here’s the deal. We are busy, sometimes breastfeeding, we are a little bit (okay a lotta bit) tired and we just grew a human inside of us for over 9 months. We could use a daily reminder that we are superheroes. Why not indulge in some #FEMALE themed gear for that extra reminder that “You got this Mama!”

So what is this sale anyways?

Here’s the deal. ShopBop is currently having a sale from now until tomorrow, April 12th. You take 20% off orders under $500 or 25% off orders of $500 or more with code EVENT19.


Alright, one for the road. I just couldn’t help myself If you still haven’t found anything I’ve included my wishlist Spring items in the widget below. Happy shopping!

With love,

Chantelle

SHOPBOP SALE ALERT! Our favorites in every trend

ShopBop is having an awesome sale this week and guess what?

I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and found some of my favorite pieces on sale over at the ShopBop site from my IG looks. Don’t you worry, there is a little something for every one here. So let’s get started.

From my recent looks:

  1. For Love and Lemons one-piece bathing suit.

Remember this amazing For Love and Lemons one piece I rocked with the fam this weekend? Well, head over to ShopBop here to get your own (on sale!) And check out a few of my other Spring getaway recommedations in the widget below.

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Throwing it back to my pre-pregnancy days with this amazing dress by Cleobella. You can get the same one here.

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This 3D hearts Chaser sweater is comfy, casual, cute AND on sale! These are a few of my favorite things….

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Every time I rock these silver glitter ankle boots Rachel asks me where they are from. Clearly, they are quickly becoming a staple in my wardrobe. Get your own pair here.

Remember these joggers from my coffee date with Senna and 5oclocksunday. Well they are by David Lerner and you can find them here. You are welcome, you officially will live in these because unlike your lazy day sweats these are acceptable for day to day life ;)

So what is this sale anyways?

Here’s the deal. ShopBop is currently having a sale from now until April 12th. You take 20% off orders under $500 or 25% off orders of $500 or more with code EVENT19.

Better get to shopping! Oh, and stay tuned to tomorrow’s post about my current ShopBop obsessions to help you stylishly conquer your mom style and up your pregnancy OOTD game.

With love,

Chantelle

ANIMAL STYLE, COACHELLA INSPIRATION (3)

SHE’S A WILD ONE…. COACHELLA EDITION

To continue my week of FOMO while I wait to see all of the festival looks pop up on Instagram, here are two more of my “if I was going to Coachella this is what I’d wear” looks!

Let’s stop by In-N-Out on the way, cause I’m in the mood for some fries… ANIMAL STYLE!

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Photos by Haley Jacobsen

LOOK 1

I’ve really started to come around to animal prints, especially when it’s a bright and colorful twist on the traditional leopard print. I love the combination between a casual cotton t-shirt and a silky printed skirt. I also love the fact that I could dance the night away, ride the ferris wheel, AND lounge around in this skirt length without losing the comfort factor. It’s an unexpected hem length to find at Coachella, which makes it even more fashionable in my opinion.

  1. Hutch Leopard Skirt exact item (similar)

  2. Minnie Mouse Lauren Moshi Tee exact item (similar inexpensive)

  3. Kendal & Kylie boot exact (inexpensive Kendal & Kylie)

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Look 2: Oh, Miss Marilyn

I’m feeling some major Monroe vibes in this photo. I don’t know if it’s the hair, the car, or the animal prints, but this look feels super flirty. I love the heart shaped belt bag from weat and modern take on side swept waves. This stack of bobby pins by Sincerely Jules adds just the right amount of bling. Oh, and I finally found the right outfit to pair with these glittering ankle boots. It’s funny how they almost become a neutral piece in this busy combination. This look just feels fresh for Coachella right now. It really brings back those 50s screen siren inspiration. Any one have a mic?

  1. Leopard dress (exact by Lucy Paris)

  2. Glitter booties exact (similar inexpensive)

  3. Heart purse (exact by weat)

  4. Sincerely Jules bobby pins

Hair and Make-up

Aren’t these hair styles amazing? Want to learn more about how to recreate these easy festival hair styles? Check out my latest Festival Hair post here.

EASY FESTIVAL HAIR #COACHELLA

Easy Festival Hair with Bobby Pins

Festival season is the perfect opportunity to experiment, especially with your hair and makeup. That said, not everyone has a beauty squad with them to help them get Coachella ready. You all already packing tons of amazing festival looks so I’m going to make your life a little easier, and your carry-on a little lighter. Here are two beautiful and simple festival inspired looks that you can quickly recreate on your own. The best part? All you need to pack is a case of bobby pins.

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Look 1: More is More

You know that quote about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Well, ignore that for this look. Pile on a row of decorative bobby pins to create a look that’s one part retro and one part bubble gum pop star. Start with loose textured waves created with a barrel curling iron or softly braid your hair the night before for low maintenence texture. Next, add a side part and pile on the pins. Expert tip: Be sure to flip the bobby pins, randomly in both directly to create an effortlessly cool vibe.

What you need:

  1. Textured Waves

  2. Salt Spray

  3. A handful of decorative bobby pins

Look 2: Geometry Class

All this look requires is a friend (or a hand mirror) to help you see the back of your head. Just slide a few colorful bobby pins into waved and teased hair to create a beautiful geometric design along your crown.

What you need:

  1. Textured Waves

  2. Salt Spray

  3. A handful of colorful bobby pins

LAID BACK COACHELLA LOOKS (2)

LAID BACK COACHELLA LOOKS

Who says Coachella outfits have to be limited to fringe, cut-offs, and bikini tops? Sometimes a girl just wants to feel effortless, quirky, and comfortable. Here are my Coachella inspired laid-back looks to help you plan for this upcoming festival weekend.

Look 1: Retro Sorbet Colored Corduroys

Cropped, cute and colorful. Do you need anything else in a perfect pair of over-alls? I think not. The high-waist makes these flattering and I love the retro racing stripes down the side. Pairing this look with a simple tee and white sneakers keeps it feeling fresh and minimal. I nice contrast from your typical over-the-top festival inspired looks. Best part? I would totally rewear these in day to day mom life.

What you need:

  1. Corduroy Overalls - EXACT from Camp (similar in pink here and here)

  2. Creative Sneakers - Exact here (similar and my other fav tennis shoe here and in pink here)

  3. A Simple Simple White Tee here and here

  4. A scrunchy for when you’ve danced too much and need to throw your hair up! My cousin’s brand Lemonelle!

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Look 2: All White Everything

Because why not? You already know your outfit will be covered in dust when the festival is finished, so why not take the opportunity to rock head to toe white? I’ll say one thing, you will stay cool and stand out in a very casual way! Add a bandana to cover up your mouth if the dust starts to go crazy ;) There is no better time than a festival to pull up your hair and not worry about it, which is why I rocked a half up with this look. Want to recreate it? Check out my tips below.

What you need:

  1. Sporty White Shirt (exact from ASTARS)

  2. Drop Crotch White Joggers (exact from ASTARS)

  3. Creative Sneakers (exact from Andrew Stevens)

  4. Amazing Earrings

  5. Scrunchy (exact from Lemonelle)

COACHELLA INSPIRATION (1)

ALL THOSE WHO WANDER…. TO COACHELLA

So incredibly sad I won’t be attending Coachella (just wasn’t sure how I’d be doing at this point with a 2.5 month old baby and didn’t want to be away quite yet). BUT I love all the Coachella looks and wanted to dedicate a week to all my “if I was going to Coachella this is what I’d wear” looks!

“If I was going to Coachella this is what I’d wear”

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I live for these Clergerie booties, they have a silver heel that is to die!

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Get Lost in the Music

I can just imagine myself dancing around swinging the skirt and getting lost in the music.

  1. Lost in Lunar skirt sold out so… (similar here) (inexpensive here)

  2. Lost in Lunar Shirt (similar here)

  3. Robert Clergerie boots (similar Clergerie shoes here, here, and here)

  4. Jewelry - Cocktail Bling (similar here)



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MAKEUP

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LET'S CHAT BOOBS - BREASTFEEDING + PUMPING + KEEPING IT REAL.

LET'S CHAT BOOBS - BREASTFEEDING + PUMPING + KEEPING IT REAL.

Let’s be real, every women is terrified of breastfeeding. Leading up to having the baby it was genuinely my my biggest post-childbirth worry! WHAT IF I CAN’T? Well, I’ve since learned there are SO many options if you can’t, if you have trouble doing so, or if you just need to up the supply! Today I’ll be focusing on what products I love for upping the supply + chatting about pumping! BUT I will also give a few tips and tricks I’ve heard in Mommy + Me from my new mom friends who struggled a bit, or weren’t able to at all.

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FROM THE BEGINNING

If possible, and you haven’t yet had your baby, talk to your doctor about their thoughts on this.

I had my baby at CPMC in San Francisco, my doctor (and the doctors at this hospital) are firm believers that putting the baby directly on mom once he/she is born greatly increases the chances of successful breastfeeding/latching. I’m no pro, clearly, but there are SO many benefits to having baby directly on mom before they get weighed/washed/etc… Just look into it for yourself ;) It was the sweetest moment, and within 20 minutes Senna was looking for “the boob”.

** PS I am in NO WAY a doctor and everything written here i just my opinions based on my own personal experience, so please always talk to your doctor before taking my (or anyones) advice! ***

MY FAVORITE BREASTFEEDING MOMENTS

I’ll do another post about the magic of breastfeeding. It seriously is such a sweet moment that I will cherish and miss dearly when we are done! BUT here’s a few favorites…

The FUNNIEST is when she will stop and smile up at me in the middle of eating, and my boob (usually in mid letdown) will start spraying all over! I’m stuck between looking at her cute happy little face and frantically trying to get her to eat again so I don’t get milk all over her and my bed or couch or wherever I’m sitting!!! haha… It’s the best.

The other favorite is post feeding snuggles! When she is just so milk drunk and has the funniest little half sleepy faces that she makes, and we just snuggle up together every morning after her first feeding and cuddle and/or take a little nap together. She’s a close tie with Coulter for my favorite thing to snuggle (she might be beating him currently, just don’t tell him ;p)

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my fav third love bra to sleep in!

PUMP PUMP PUMP IT UP

Pumping. THERE ARE SOOOO MANY OPTIONS! I’ve tried 3 pumps this far. My go to pump is The Medela Sonata. It’s quiet and gets the job done, QUICKLY! Which lets be honest, is very important. My sister, Savannah Labrant, has this Medela pump (here) which is less expensive and equally as amazing, it just makes the classic breast pump noise VS the quiet sonata… BUT full disclosure, when Savannah and I were pumping together she was sad she didn’t get my version.


OK! The PersonalFit Flex Shield = Obsessed! It’s their newest edition that removes 11.8% more milk per minute! THE FASTER THE BETTER AMMMM I RIGHT!?!?! It’s the top reason I’m so obsessed with the Medela pump. It’s comfier than the other shields + works more effectively.

For cleaning the pump this is amazing (BUY HERE) and then for cleaning bottles that have had milk in them for awhile THIS!



  1. THE MEDELA SONATA

  2. Savannah’s less expensive Medela pump

  3. The MUST HAVE PersonalFit Flex Shield

  4. Cleaning the pump wipes

  5. Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal soap

  6. MUST HAVE FOR TRAVELING AND KEEPING MILK CHILLED! 

MY FAVORITE LACTATION UPPERS

  1. Lactation Cookies… I’ve tried and few and THESE are by far my favorite!!!

  2. Making your own! I made lactation protein balls, SO YUMMY.

  3. Honest Lactation Plus

Lactation Consultant!

I had a few friends who had trouble latching! A few came to find that their baby was either tongue tied or lip tied (apparently very common and an easy fix, if you decide you want to). Others just had trouble latching and hired a lactation consultant. Ask your mom friends in your area if they used one they liked, or call the nearest mommy + me class and I’m sure the teacher will have a few amazing recommendations!

Alternatively, Medela has a 24/7 on hand lactation service as well. I have been very lucky so far not having any major issues (knocking on wood as I type, literally!) but they were amazing at talking me through how often to pump and when to do so. I called, it’s a face to face call similar to Facetime or Skype, and spoke to Priscilla the lactation consultant who answered within 30 seconds!!! She was incredibly helpful and walked me through pumping at night vs in the morning, and the difference between doing it after a feeding and an hour between. Then helped me figure out which option was best for me, considering my back to work timeline and how much milk I’d need how quickly. Basically, she was amazing! I can completely see how if I was ever having an off day feeding and needed help this would be INCREDIBLE for easing my new-mom-breastfeeding mind, and answering any and all of my questions!

Medela 24/7 LC

Formula

This section will be short and sweet since I’ve yet to use formula!

BUT, one mom friend whose milk supply was too low/ran out early swears by this formula HERE. She said that Hipp Formula is a little expensive but was the only thing her little man would take! Other’s use and love Enfamil cause it’s easy and ready to use and there’s no water/powder mixing mess. Again, I haven’t used either yet to give my own personal opinion, but formula can be a great tool!!! I won’t be afraid to utilize it whenever I might need to,

GOOD LUCK !!!

Whether it’s boob or bottle, milk or formula, mommy feeding daddy feeding or both….. I wish you the best of luck! And the main point is, everyone is unique and feeds their baby in their own way! There is no right or wrong way to do it!!! So don’t stress over something you can’t control, and just remember that no matter what your baby will be fed and loved!! :)

With love,

Chantelle

Soft hair, do care ;) PANTENE PROV INTENSE RESCUE SHOTS
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Soft hair, do care ;)

PANTENE PRO-V INTENSE RESCUE SHOTS

My little sister, Savannah, and I are HUGE fans of Pantene! I have since done a few campaigns with them, and I was so incredibly excited to try out their new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots.

It really did live up to the hype. My hair truly does have that soft smooth feel that you get from the salon, and it was the perfect hair rescue ;) You apply it from root to tip, leave it in for 30 seconds, wash it out for 30 seconds (as to not over rinse). It doesn’t weigh down your hair, but just gives it a nice smooth feel. Highly recommend and just wanted to let you all know that I LOVE it!! The Pantene Pro-V Rescue Shots were imported from Brazil and just hit shelves in the US in January. You can get your hands on them now at Target. ENjOY!


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MY FAVORITES:

Thank you for sponsoring this post, Pantene! …and for the amazing and affordable products!

Purchase The Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots

HERE!

With love,

Chantelle

Labor and Delivery - Mommy Monday

Labor and Delivery - Mommy Monday

My doctors had been saying, “she’s going to be a big baby” for awhile. I guess my body knew best, because 2 weeks and 3 days before my original due date (Feb 5th) my water broke.

“I hope my water doesn’t break in public” 

“I hope my water doesn’t break in public”, I remember saying to my friends. I would then google and see that more often than not women’s water doesn’t break until they’re already in labor. It’s an 8-10% chance it breaks beforehand... making the chances of it happening in public very low! 

Well, at approximately 12:55pm on Saturday January 19th, after eating breakfast at Marina Deli with Coulter and his sister, I stood up and thought I peed a little. I rushed to the nearest bathroom and realized, “this seems different."

I walked out to Coulter and said, “Can you pick up the pig so we can walk to the car faster? I think my water might have broke...” His sister started to cry, he kissed me and we started to almost cry, and he picked the pig up as I uncomfortably rushed to the car, raced home to drop off the animals, and headed off to triage to see what was going on! 

WALKING MILES DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

(FOR ME) 

Triage said I was in labor, but it was just the very beginning so they sent me back home until I was further along. Fast forward to being back home for hours and being antsy with excitement. We walked, and counted contractions, and walked some more. At 11pm, the contractions were close enough together and we headed back in, but I kept having peaks for a while, then it would die off. Not active labor. 

SUPER WOLF BLOOD MOON

It was the night of the eclipse that only happens every 18 years, and apparently a lot of babies decided they wanted to be born that morning. We stayed in triage all night and didn’t get moved into a room until 7am. Triage beds are not all that comfy, and poor 6’5” Coulter slept on the floor using his sweatshirt as a pillow (for part of the night until I realized that’s what he was using and asked for a pillow for him haha). 

PITOCIN

The other thing I hoped wouldn’t have to happen during labor was Pitocin. I read it makes contractions more intense and frequent, and basically to avoid it if possible. 

Side note: when your water breaks they like you to go into labor within 24 hours to avoid chances of infection. 

So, at 7am what happened? Yup. Pitocin. 

And we were off and running, from 8-10ish I felt contractions. Decided, these aren’t for me. And asked, “so when can I get an epidural?” Pitocin contractions are horrible, plus it gave me the shakes so between contractions my whole body would shiver violently.  It was exhausting. 

10am - epidural 
I was terrified of getting one. I saw my sister, Savannah, get hers when I was in the delivery room while she was having Everleigh. It’s a huge needle and it’s very very scary looking! 

Honestly, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. The numbing is the part that hurts, not the mega-massive needle. Go figure. But my anesthesiologist was incredible and after injecting the numbing cream said, “welp, that will be the worst part of your entire day”.  Haha... he was honestly right. 

I went from my insides being squeezed to death with every contraction (and the shakes!) to that feeling you get when your arm goes dead, from my waist down. 

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I LITERALLY CAN’T MOVE MY LEGS

We said hi to Coulter’s mom and sister & then my mom and sister arrived at the hospital and they came in, then we took a nap. All four of them came back in and I remember Coulter sitting and rubbing my feet as we all chatted. He sat my foot down at the edge of the bed and it just completely slid off the bed! “Babe, I literally cannot move my legs at all” I said cracking up, as he quickly heaved my dead leg back onto the bed. 

TIME TO PUSH

At around 3:45pm we realized I was at over 9cm dilated. We kicked everyone out and my amazing nurse started talking me through what would happen next. 

From 4-4:30 I started to push and then the nurses had to switch shifts. I was frustrated because I was in love with our nurse. Also, I was getting in the zone and had to sort of break while they switched and got the new nurse up-to-date. 

Then it was back on! Baby girl had a few times where her heart rate would drop and we’d take little breaks. Coulter counted to 10 more times than I care to recall. All of my family decided it would be appropriate to stand outside the door giggling and chatting.... Coulter took a counting break and told them all to go back to the waiting room (haha)... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Three times with every contraction. She kept coming and then sinking back down. The third time she was almost out I decided I wasn’t letting her sink back again and continued pushing after the 3rd set of counting.... 

SHE’S HERE!

I laid back, happy and exhausted, but poor Coulter saw her head with the umbilical cord wrapped around it. Twice. The doctor unwound it, all while I laid there thinking all is well and I was done. “Push” I hear from my doctor, “you have to get the shoulders out”. I just remember thinking, “but? What? Ugh... I thought I was done!” Haha. 

AND THEN…

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The best moment happened. They laid her on my chest! It really is as magical as people say. I had had it explained to me so many times without any justice being done. So, I won’t even really try. All I will say is that I truly hope you get to experience that moment sometime in your life. It’s beautiful. 

At our hospital they put the baby right on you before weighing her, washing her, or anything. It helps the baby with nursing and bonding. Nurse she did. About 20mins of snuggling later she started nursing! Then it was Coulter’s turn for skin on skin time. The nurse said, “I bet you’ve been dying to see this cute little butt!?!?” As she took Senna off my chest and turned her around so I could see that cute little tushy. Yep. It was a cute little thing! Then she passed her over to Coulter. Lying there watching them together for the first time made me cry all over again, and I just started crying again now as I typed that. I felt so insanely lucky to have such a loving sweet husband, and watching him as he became a father was the sweetest moment imaginable. I still feel so lucky, and I still adore watching him stare lovingly at her every time she’s on his chest. Thanks for talking me into having a baby the second we got married, Coulter :)

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WE DID IT

About an hour and a half after we had Senna, our family finally all came in to celebrate with us! I held little Posie, my sister’s new little girl, while Savannah, Everleigh, and my mom went to meet my little girl (who was now being measured and weighed). I am so blessed to have such an amazing family, and I can’t believe I have my own little family of 3 now as well (Well 5, can’t forget Smooch and Prosciutto)! 

Holding my niece, Posie, after giving birth.

Holding my niece, Posie, after giving birth.

My sister, Savannah Labrant, and neice, Everleigh, with Senna!

My sister, Savannah Labrant, and neice, Everleigh, with Senna!

THE END

I absolutely loved the experience. Yes, there is pain, but there is also a reason mom’s usually do it more than once. It’s not THAT bad, and the rewards far out weigh everything else. 

Love you, Coulter for being such an amazing support! Love you, Senna for being such an angelic sleepy little nugget. 

With love, 
Chantelle Paige-Mulligan

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Let the (poop) games begin! Mommy Monday Week 7

Mommy Monday Week 7

Let the (poop) games begin!

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Let the (poop) games begin!

There I was: fresh out of the shower sitting on my bed, staring down at Senna’s sweet little face as she ate (for the second time in 3 hours!). Then, I felt something warm trickling down onto me. Yup, the poop strikes again! Did I mention I hadn't gotten fully dressed yet and was just in my bra and underwear?

My poor sheets…

Luckily this happened yesterday, on a Sunday, so my husband was home. I yelped and he came running in to take care of her diaper situation. I had tried a new diaper that a company sent me (the same diaper that had leaked pee all over me previously), and let’s just say I’m going back to Honest diapers from now on! Coulter took care of the explosion that had leaked everywhere, and I hopped back into the shower and then sprayed Oxiclean ALL over my poor sheets. A friend had told me about Oxiclean and it’s magical ways of getting rid of the yellow-y stains (sorry for the lovely picture I just painted!), but it really, really works (not an ad, just love this product!).

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Smiling While Eating :)

On the upside, she is smiling SO much more and she’s very alert! I just took a mid-blog breastfeeding break and she locked eyes and smiled at me while in the middle of eating. I sat there with the biggest grin on my face for a solid 5 minutes. Similarly, my husband got his first direct smile the other day. He walked in the room to grab her from me and she looked at him and lit up with the biggest grin, he literally got teary eyed. It was precious!!!!

Going Through a Leap

All the smiles and alertness came during a leap, of course! For those of you wondering about leaps and when they happen, this app was recommended by a few friends to me and I am OBSESSED: The Wonder Weeks. With this leap came a lot of snuggling time because she didn’t want to be set down! Also, a new thing happened where instead of subtly letting me know she’s hungry and warming up to a cry, she now just burst into a full blown, panic cry. This happens the second she realizes she’s hungry and decides that she needs to eat RIGHT NOW! This is incredibly fun while in public ;)

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This Swing is My Everything!!!

The only thing that has kept her occupied for longer than 20mins is this swing. Savannah, my little sister, told me about it and it’s seriously been saving our life. We just bought a second one for Coulter’s den so we didn’t have to move it around the house (Savannah got these exact two swings as well). Needless to say, we are in love with these swings, and hopefully your baby will love them too!!!

The other thing that she is in love with is the arch that goes over the Dockatot. She sat smiling and cooing at it forever the other night. It was the sweetest thing, I just sat there and watched her stare at it in awe as my heart completely melted!!! :D

Next week I’m going to try and tell my Labor and Delivery story!!! Stay tuned!

With love,

Chantelle





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Fashionable Mom Style: How to rock your pajama pants to coffee

How to wear your pajama pants… to coffee…

Let’s be real for a minute. Every new mama knows that we spend most days in yoga clothes or realistically our pajama pants. It’s not for a lack of desire to put on clothes with actual zippers but we are just running around like crazy people and don’t have time to dress our kids AND ourselves. That said, I feel like I’m about to share a total life hack with you all. Read on to learn more about how I’m conquering my mom style game.

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So there I was, in my pajama pants and I figured out the perfect compromise all thanks to a current street style trend. — Never thought I’d be referencing fashion week for my mom style game, but it was time to get my fashion mojo back. The solution? Silk pajamas pants, dressed up and oh so comfy.

As seen on the streets:

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Styled my way:

I love the creative ways these ladies styled their silk pants but I need something that was a little more practical and nursing-friendly. Translation: I need a top that opens down the front for easy access and comfy shoes built to tote around this little nugget. I decided to pair my comfy silk pants by The Knot Sisters with a statement button down top by Storets. The giant bow scarf added a little bit of drama. Add my favorite run-around-town slippers by Birdies and this outfit was just as comfortable and convenient as throwing on my yoga gear. So there you have it, my life hack for new mom’s when you don’t have a lot of time (or energy) to get changed to go out. Don’t worry, pajama pants are absolutely acceptable day wear!

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With love,

Chantelle


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Mommy Monday ... on a Wednesday

Mommy Monday Week 6

Is on a Wednesday… because #MomLife

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How have 6 weeks flown by!?

This post will be short and sweet, but fun :) Week 6!! I cannot believe baby girl is already six weeks old now! TIME. STOP. PLEASE! I’m already missing the tiny newborn… mainly cause this hungry hippo is already bigger than her cousin, Posie, who is 2 months old!!! 22inches long, 11lbs… basically in the 85th percentile range and fully out of the newborn clothes [Pause as I wipe a tear].


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We had our first road trip! We took off from SF to OC on Friday, nervous as could be, but her sleepy nature stuck and we stopped twice to wake her up and feed her. Feeling lucky!

Made it to OC and met my sister, Savannah Labrant, for a bday dinner!

Saturday we had a wedding in Palm Springs and left baby girl with my sister in the morning (she’s a saint for helping watch Senna on her own bday), and then my mom took over a.k.a. Gigi. We went from the wedding over to my sisters birthday party!

I WAS GONE ALL DAY FROM MY BABY!!!!

…but I have to say, I was far more at ease than I expected to be. I think it’s incredibly helpful that she was with my mom, who raised me and my siblings, and my sister, who has two little ones… so I know they probably know more than I do about babies! Although I did miss her SO much!


Sunday was dedicated to doing nothing! Baby snuggles x 2!

Onto how cute two babies are together!

I am obsessed with my nieces! So having my little one + my two nieces together was joy overload. I walked in on Everleigh, my six year old niece, bent over Senna cooing at her and giving her kisses. My heart exploded.

As for Posie…

For the most part they were just two babies simultaneously doing things next to each other… BUT THEN…. We put Posie and Senna face to face sitting on our laps and Posie started “talking” to Senna. Cooing away! Senna just stared at me the entire time, hah! But still, so cute!

Let’s just say I’m now seeing the appeal of multiple babies more than ever!

More in depth updates next week!!!

With love,

Chantelle

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Pregnancy Style: Leggings + Oversized Sweaters
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PREGNANCY STYLE: Leggings and Oversized Sweaters...

It's what I lived in towards the end of my pregnancy, and let's be honest... it's what I'm still living in now! Here are some of my favorites that will take you through your pregnancy and beyond.

With love,

Chantelle


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Wearing my heart on my sleeves
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Casual and comfy, but with a fashionable flair…

Now that this little one is in my life I’m carrying my heart around in my arms but why not wear it on my sleeves - literally- as well! I love the color and texture of this sweater by Breath of Youth and they even make it in a cardigan version here. Senna’s adorable heart outfit is from Cozy and Mini Prep Boutique, I’ve included some other adorable alternatives below. I’m really enjoying just taking in each day with this little one and the simple things — like walks through the park to grab a coffee with Smooch.

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Chantelle


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Snuggle Me Baby
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My Current Obsession: Baby Loungers

Senna loves to cozy up in her lounger and this lovely version from Snuggle Me Organic comes in so many beautiful colors (like this Rosewood Linen cover pictured above.) These are great for couches or beds to give me a free hand and keeps my mind at ease while still having this sweet baby nearby. Also, how adorable is the floral matching set? If you are going to live in loungewear it might as well be perfectly feminine.


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Boho Mommy and Me Newborn Style
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So, how has my style changed post pregnancy?

To be honest, not much. I still love my activewear and a great wrap dress - which is the perfect nursing option. Cute diaper bags (like this convertible backpack from Luli Bebe) have replaced my purses and I’m living in Birdie flats (which are great for carrying baby and all this gear up and down my front stairs.)

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Chantelle


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