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At Home with the Miniellos

It was, a sunny weekday morning where I met Meghann Miniello for the 1st time at Peets coffee to chat about working with her. We had a love for rose gold hair and wine, and it was instant friends from there. This lady is crazy talented, beautiful, and she has so much love for her friends and family, and you can see that in the way she is with her little mini, Franki James and her cool hubby, Matt. They are the coolest family around, and they are expecting another mini in a matter of days. I can’t get enough of this family and want them to be my parents! She is sharing her feelings on becoming a family of four, and how her world will change with another mini on the way. Meg, Matt, and Miss Frankie did a little photo session in their cute Santa Cruz bungalow to capture moments of the last day as a family of three. There is so much love with this family, and I’m so excited to share with you!  I hope you fall in love with this family as much as I have. 

 Meg, you have the biggest heart in the world, and I’m so honored to not only work with you all the time but call you a friend. I can’t wait to see what this little mini will be. 

Pictures by BFF, Natalie Dressed 

Baby #2, nervous, scared, not real yet, how are you feeling?

 Not so much nervous or scared, but it’s starting to feel real as the due date approaches (July 12th).  I’m not anxious quite yet because I am still finishing up projects- but I know the nesting bug is coming!  I’ve got a LONG list of house DIYs and Daddy-dos.
 
 
  I know you guys are waiting to find out the gender of this little mini, do you find it hard not knowing?
 
I LOVE not knowing.  The anticipation and lead up to finding out the best news ever is the best part. We waited with our daughter too, although we totally knew she was a girl.  It was so much fun to drive our family and friends nuts guessing!
 
We know you have something up your sleeve for the baby’s room, you gonna let us in on the deets?
 
We’ve created a little spot in our room for babe while he/she is tiny and we are still in the continuous feeding phase.  But after a few months, if we are ready to transition, Mini 2 will be sharing a room with Frankie girl.  So, if the baby is a girl, we are good to go, but if mini is a boy I am definitely going to have to remove some of the pink. Luckily I started with a neutral palette of whites, tans, natural textiles and woods so it shouldn’t be too hard.  I would like to stay with the California, eclectic, artsy and sentimental vibe with pops of fun color.  Frankie will be getting a big girl bed soon and baby will move into the crib when we’re ready.  I shared a room as a kid, so I am ok with having my kiddos develop that same bonding time while they are little.  Just a little terrified about how bedtime will work… open to any and all suggestions or advice!!
 
How does Frankie feel about all this?
 
Frankie seems to be excited about having a new baby sister or brother.  We read “The New Baby,” a book given to me as a kid when my little sister was added to our family, and she loves it!  She loves babies but is not a fan of when I hold the other babies… so that should be interesting.  I think there will be a major transition period, but ultimately I think she’ll love having a built in playmate!  She gives my belly kisses and talks about “baby seeser” so I think that’s her prediction!
 
 
Do you have reservations about being a family of 4 and still being able to juggle family and work?
 
I have reservations about having even more on my plate, but I know it will all work out, and things will naturally align and prioritize themselves!  Somehow, more time always surfaces, and I can keep up the juggle. It’s not always pretty and clean, but people get fed, dogs get walked, and work gets done. The house is not always clean though, but you win some, and you lose some!  I had a little break down the other day about losing my alone buddy time with Frankie girl because I cherish it so so much, but everyone tells me your heart just grows and it works.  So I am trying to spend as much time with her now and make really special memories while I can.
 
 Any names picked out yet, any hints?
 
We THINK we’ve decided.  The middle name is still up in the air, but we are close!  Ok, so the one hint I’ll share is that we have ONE name that works if the baby is a boy or girl!
 
How has this pregnancy been different than with Frankie?
 
Chasing a toddler has made this pregnancy a little harder. I don’t have the luxury of all the naps I took when I was pregnant the first time.  Physically it’s about the same though.  I don’t experience morning sickness but I have heartburn like woah.  Pineapple is my ultimate nemesis!!  Frankie girl is a good eater, so she has some junk in her trunk and its getting really hard to lift her and of course she wants to be held all the time right now. Funny how those things work like that.

I can’t wait to meet mini #2! Thanks for sharing these special moments with us Meg!

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By on July 3, 2017 in PREGNANCY, REAL TALK, SPOTLIGHT

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Real Talk – Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has become a hot topic, and today we are doing some real talk on it.  As a mother you hear many different opinions on many different things but breastfeeding is always one of them.  Every mama has their own experience and way of doing things and Leah and I are perfect examples of that.  We each have had completely different experiences with breastfeeding and we wanted to share them with you.

 The funny thing is, we both have felt pressured or ridiculed for our experiences.  This is something that moms face day in and day out.  Leah and I wanted to share our own experience and say that no matter what you do, as long as you’re trying your best, you’re doing ok!  Us moms need to stick together and support each other because let’s face it, our job isn’t easy and it’s probably the most scrutinized.

So here are each of our stories and some great breastfeeding products we recommend along the way!  We’d love to keep this conversation going and hear what you have to say on the subject and your experience.

Photos of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker


Jacquelyn

I remember being pregnant with Court and being nervous if I would be able to breastfeed.  I already felt the pressure then with my first baby on the way.  My friends had varied experiences and I remember thinking, I just want to try and get to 6 months!  That was my goal!!  Some of my friends had to supplement and I had a few friends of friends who nursed for a really long time. At the time I thought, ok, that’s weird…  I remember another friend saying “if they can ask for it, then you’ve gotta stop”, haha…  Little did I know how my breastfeeding experience would go.

– Jacquelyn is wearing a nursing sweater by BOOB

When I had Court I found that I sort of had a gift for this breastfeeding thing!  I produced A LOT of milk, like a lot a lot!!  I was able to pump and store a good amount of milk, and was even able to donate it to a friend who couldn’t nurse her baby and to my local hospital.  But best of all, I was able to nurse Court and feed him without having to supplement.  Court grew and grew, and I still find it amazing that he was completely nourished by me!

Another fun fact… I loved to breastfeed!  That was something I had always heard mixed feelings on from other friends.  But I personally loved it.  It was my special time with my baby and the time I felt the most connected with him.  When we had company over I loved sneaking away for some quiet time with Court.  And the way your baby touches your face while you breastfeed them, is there really anything better?!

– Jacquelyn’ favorite nursing bra is by Bravado Designs and you can find it here

Time passed and I surpassed my 6 month goal.  Then a year hit, my doctor was so proud of me for continuing to breastfeed for that long.  I thought I would stop then, but Court still wanted to nurse!  Who was I to deny my son this amazing super food if I had the capability to give it to him?  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t always easy.  As many of you know breastfeeding can be hard and it’s a selfless act.  We give up our bodies for 9 long months being pregnant and continue to do so when we breastfeed.  But in a completely selfish way, I still loved having this connection so we kept it up.

– Jacquelyn is using a nursing pillow cover by Woolf with Me

I breastfed Court till I became pregnant with Cruz.  So for 21 long months I fed that little guy and don’t regret it one bit.  There were good times; like how he barely ever got sick and still hardly ever gets sick which I credit to breastfeeding and our amazing bonding time.  And there were bad times; don’t get me started on the biting phase, and weaning wasn’t easy and broke my heart.  My dad even joked sometimes “are you going to be breastfeeding him at his high school graduation” haha!

Speaking of the jokes, I heard a lot different opinions about my breastfeeding… Some positive but a lot negative.  Luckily I can say that I’m the type of person that doesn’t really care what others think… Don’t get me wrong, I definitely can be sensitive, but in this case I was so confident in my decision that it didn’t matter.  But I did get my fair share of eye rolls and looks of complete shock.  Lots of jokes were made about it from family, friends and strangers.

But in the end I’m really proud of myself for nursing Court that long.  Yes, he was almost 2, and yes he could ask for it, yes he would even pick which boob he wanted, but in my heart and my mind he needed it.

– Jacquelyn is wearing a nursing tank and leggings by BOOB

When I became pregnant with Cruz I again worried, would it be as easy this time?  Would Cruz latch quickly and feed as well?  Would I produce as much?  Did Court suck me dry?  Haha… Lots of questions popped into my mind.  Luckily we haven’t had any hiccups and Cruz is nursing well and my milk is still coming in strong again.  Ultimately I did what worked for me and what was best for my situation.  I have no judgements if someone can’t nurse as long or can’t nurse at all!  Everyone has to do what is best for them, their family and their baby.

Breastfeeding is such a personal part of being a mom and it’s such a short part of it too.  Why set judgement or have stress on something that in the long run only defines such a short time of your journey as a mom?  My advice is to see how it goes and make any adjustments as needed but don’t stress yourself out over not having enough or having too much.  As long as you give that baby love and nourish them however you need to it will all work out!


Leah Carriger

When I first got prego with my first Edie back in 2011, I knew I wanted to breastfeed…hands down that’s what was happening.  I never really thought about the struggles that came with it for some reason.  She was born almost 6 weeks early and that’s when the ball dropped on me.  Her birth was traumatic and very stressful.  I had her at 10:15 in the evening and was so sick after I had her.  I remember them wheeling me back up to my room and her staying in her little incubator down in the NICU.  The next thing I remember is waking up in my room and telling my hubby we needed to go down so I could breastfeed her!!  I was frantic.  When I got down there the nurses had already fed her formula and I was upset that they didn’t ask me first. I get it… there was a lot going on and at the moment they were doing what was best for her, but again, it wasn’t part of the plan.  I nursed her as much as could the next 10 days, but it was so difficult because she was in the NICU and I had to pump, which was also depressing.  I could see the amount of milk I was producing and it was such a little amount.  Now I look back I think about how hard I was on myself.  I was a brand new mom, learning it all for the very first time and super stressed that my new little babe was in the NICU.  Stressed I wasn’t producing enough milk for her, and pumping never helped the situation.  After about 2 months of what seemed like killing myself over it, breast feeding her for so long and then supplementing because she was still hungry, I literally felt like I was feeding her 24/7!!  I finally threw in the towel, and after I did I felt so much better.  I was harboring so much guilt for not being able to feed her, I felt like I failed.  But I finally felt like it was ok…I was still a good mommy and I was doing the best I could.

– Leah’s pajamas are by BOOB

Fast forward to my second and It was a little better since I knew what I was getting into, although I still had high hopes for myself.  A similar situation happened with Isla and she had to be in the NICU as well, but only for 3 days. This time around I was a little better prepared with the pumping and making sure I woke up every 3 hours to make a trip down to the NICU so I could feed her.  This time I also got a lactation nurse, which was a good refresher.  Then we got home and that night she wouldn’t stop screaming.  My husband suggested that she was probably hungry and I didn’t even think about that because I had been feeding her a lot!  But sure enough, I made her a bottle and she calmed down.  Cue the mom guilt again, but this time it wasn’t as intense.  I was still determined to go longer than I did with Edie.  I was definitely more relaxed and not as hard on myself.

– Leah’s nursing essential is this nursing tank by Bravado Designs you can layer under anything –

Then my experience with this little guy was different because fortunately he didn’t have to be in the NICU and it made a world of difference having him in my room with me.  He nursed for the first four days and we bonded perfectly.  On the 4th day though, the nurse suggested I give him formula because he was losing so much weight.  It was definitely disheartening, but it was ok.  Supplementing was all I knew.  I was still going to breastfeed him as much as I could and I was ok with that and so was he.

– Leah is wearing leggings by BOOB

For me it wasn’t so much the judgement, as it was me being hard on myself.  I couldn’t help it at first.  I needed to experience the struggle for me to be able to look back and see the bigger picture.  I did the best that I could and I was proud of myself.  I still bonded beautifully with each of my littles even though it was more through bottle feeding than breastfeeding.

My advise it just to relax.  It’s so hard when you have a baby and the pressure is intense, but just slow down and take in the moment of the miracle that was just created.  That is by far one of the best things life can offer.

Hope you got something out of this personal post… As parents we are all trying to do our best and none of us want to feel stressed or judged at such a special time.  Breastfeeding or feeding your baby can be amazing no matter what.  We wish all of you mamas and mamas to be the best experience that is perfect for you.

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 16, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, MATERNITY, PREGNANCY, REAL TALK

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Baby Spotlight – James Fox

Being a new mom – and we mean a BRAND new mom – in the hospital can be full of all kinds of emotions.  You are completely exhausted yet you have this insane amount of joy and excitement within you.  It’s a feeling truly like no other!  But for some new moms there are other circumstances that arise that make you feel helpless, like having your child in the NICU or struggling with breast-feeding.  All of us Beijos ladies have been through different experiences, we’ve had all of the above!  Something we can all agree on is that during this extremely emotional time the last thing you want to feel is uncomfortable and lucky us Karla, the owner of James Fox feels the same way.  James Fox is an amazing company that creates beautiful gowns for new mamas to wear in the delivery room and beyond.  They are comfortable, accessible for baby and come in a variety of beautiful prints we know you will love!  They are also kind enough to offer our readers 20% off your purchase with the code Beijospreggers , even if you aren’t pregnant your self, they make for excellent baby shower gifts as well!

Photos by Megan Welker

unspecified Leah and I were lucky enough to test them out with our new babes in the hospital and we couldn’t help but feel that much better in them… I mean those regular hospital gowns can seriously suck it after we put these on! Haha…  Even the nurses at our hospital were in awe of how amazing these gowns were, they loved them!  Plus, a portion of your purchase goes towards providing “mama kits” to expectant mothers in need.

Leah is wearing 003 in blue with her little Henry Grant…

Here’s what Leah had to say about her James Fox experience…

I was super excited to wear my James Fox gown at the hospital when we welcomed our son Henry a couple weeks back.  Mainly because I didn’t have to wear the unflattering gown the hospital provides.  When I put it on my nurse and doctor were so impressed, haha. They were telling me how stylish I looked, which made me feel good since we all know how we feel right after we just have a baby.  I love the print, and the fabric and how easy it was to feed him.  I even wore it the first couple weeks I was home with him.  So easy to throw on after showering, you can jump right into cuddling your new baby, which is the best part! Plus not a lot of my clothes fit me just yet, and with having to keep the area of my incision from my c-section free, the James Fox gown was really the perfect item to have on hand!

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Here’s what Jacquelyn had to say about her James Fox experience…

Being at the hospital with your brand new babe is such an experience!  During my time with Cruz I went from being beyond nauseous due to the anesthesia and extremely tired from the anti-nausea medicine, then suffering from pain with my c-seciton incision.  But I also went through the emotions of indescribable joy being with my new little guy and wanting to cuddle him every chance I got!  I was so grateful to have my James Fox gown with me, not only is the material super comfy but it’s easily accessible for me to feed Cruz when I need to and anything else I need to do while in the hospital.  It made me feel comfortable when I was feeling ill and helped Cruz feel comfy as well with it’s soft material for our cuddle sessions.  Plus, the prints are much cuter than those old hospital gowns and perfect for the photos you want to take to capture those first few days of you and your new baby.  You don’t always feel or look your best right after giving birth, but it’s half the battle by dressing cute and luckily James Fox does just that!

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Jacquelyn

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By on September 7, 2016 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, MATERNITY, PREGNANCY, VENDORS WE LOVE

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