Two Months of Caroline Claire

I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.  It feels like just yesterday that I sat down to write Caroline’s one month post and here we are again.  Caroline continues to amaze me every day with her continued growth.  She has DOUBLED in size from four and a half pounds at birth to nearly nine pounds at two months old (8lbs15oz to be exact).  We don’t know her exact length but it does seem as though she’s tall for her size.  She always seems to outgrow her footed pajamas in length well before they’re snug.

Honestly, the world feels like an entirely new and different place than it did a month ago.  I had heard of coronavirus or COVID-19 all the way back in January when I heard doctors talking about it at the hospital when Caroline was in the NICU.  I had been keeping an eye on things from afar and then a few weeks ago things started to get serious here in the US.  Much of the country is on lockdown and people are being encouraged to stay at home in order to slow the spread of the disease.

Given that Caroline was premature, we were on self-imposed quarantine before all of this began and had hoped and planned to be able to start taking her into public settings mid-April.  She only had a couple visitors because of this and now we’re not sure when we’ll be able to be around family and friends again.  I’m really sad that she’s missing out on time with family right now, but I’m comforted that she doesn’t understand what’s going on.

It’s a bit of a scary time in the world, but like almost everyone,  I’m doing everything I can to protect my and community by staying home.  I hope you and yours are feeling safe and healthy.

Hospital Bag Checklist: What I Packed (And Actually Used) For Mom and Baby!

As someone who is pretty Type A and always wants to be overly prepared for any situation, I was OBSESSED with researching what to pack in my hospital bag.  I watched countless YouTube videos and read a ton of blog posts and articles to get my ideas.

My daughter arrived seven weeks early, so while my bag was mostly packed I definitely didn’t have every single thing on my list ready to go.  We also went into the hospital for monitoring “just in case” the night before she was born and neither my doctor or I actually thought I was in labor so we didn’t even bring everything with us – just the basics.

One Month of Caroline Claire

I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write about spending an ENTIRE MONTH with our new baby girl, Caroline Claire Schultz.  It feels like it took us a lifetime to get her and now our time with her is flying by already.

I’m sitting at my dining room table writing this in the early morning with her in her bassinet in the living room.  It’s snowing outside and I’m working solely from the light of my laptop as to not wake her.  It’s so good to be home with her after spending nearly her entire first month of life in the NICU.

There’s honestly so much to say about this girl, her story, OUR story… a blog post won’t ever be enough – I could truly write a book – but we’ll start here.

Reflection: A Look Back On 2019

There’s just something so exciting about the fresh start of a new year and in this case… a new decade!

One of my favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve each year is to reflect back on the year past and then set intentions/goals/resolutions (whatever you want to call them!) for the year ahead.

For me, 2019 was a year of extremes.  I have experienced some of the highest of high moments and some of the lowest of lows.  I walk into 2020 still walking a fine line between grief/sorrow and incredible joy as we expect our daughter in February after losing our son in December.

Our journey to parenthood will likely be what defines 2019 in my mind forever because it was by far the most significant story of our year.  There was much more to the journey, though, and I’ve enjoyed looking back on the many blessings of the year and sharing them with you here.

Best Plus Size Jackets & Coats For Winter

Winter coats and jackets can be one of the most difficult things to find for plus size women, and I’m no exception.  I spent YEARS wearing inadequate coats that either didn’t fit well or weren’t warm enough in the coldest winter months.

When I moved to New York and spent a LOT more time outside during one winter working in Manhattan, I knew I had to figure out the coat situation… and I really started diving in and researching exactly what I needed to round out my winter wardrobe.

Now, living back in Kentucky and working from home instead of traipsing around NYC every day, I don’t require as much long-term cold weather protection, but it’s still important to have a variety of coats for different temperatures and occasions.

Today’s post features my absolute favorite coat styles that I wear on a daily basis when the temperatures drop.  I think these styles will work great for any plus size person looking to stay warm and look cute this winter.

The best deals in plus size fashion, home, beauty, and lifestyle

The Best Deals Available This Week! 12/6/19

You love deals.  I love deals.  We all love deals! One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is obsessively tracking the best deals available and letting you know about them.

As part of this blog series, I’ll be rounding up the best deals on plus size fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle products.  If you like having nice things but also care about spending your money wisely, this series is for you.  Be sure to check back often as I’ll be updating the deals regularly!

The best deals in plus size fashion, home, beauty, and lifestyle

The Best Deals Available This Week! 11/15/19

You love deals.  I love deals.  We all love deals! One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is obsessively tracking the best deals available and letting you know about them.

As part of this blog series, I’ll be rounding up the best deals on plus size fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle products.  If you like having nice things but also care about spending your money wisely, this series is for you.  Be sure to check back often as I’ll be updating the deals regularly!

The best deals in plus size fashion, home, beauty, and lifestyle

The Best Deals Available This Week! 11/8/2019

You love deals.  I love deals.  We all love deals! One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is obsessively tracking the best deals available and letting you know about them.

As part of this blog series, I’ll be rounding up the best deals on plus size fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle products.  If you like having nice things but also care about spending your money wisely, this series is for you.  Be sure to check back often as I’ll be updating the deals regularly!

The best deals in plus size fashion, home, beauty, and lifestyle

The Best Deals Available This Week! 11/1/2019

You love deals.  I love deals.  We all love deals! One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is obsessively tracking the best deals available and letting you know about them.

As part of this new blog series, I’ll be rounding up the best deals on plus size fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle products.  If you like having nice things but also care about being frugal, this series is for you.  Be sure to check back often as I’ll be updating the deals regularly!

Our Fertility Story: The Journey To Becoming Twin Parents

If you haven’t read my recent pregnancy announcement post, you may want to start there first… but long story short, my husband and I are overjoyed that we are expecting twins!  I had referenced our fertility journey briefly and since sharing our news and mentioning our fertility struggle again, I’ve since received countless emails and DMs requesting the specifics or asking questions, so I wanted to prioritize sharing our story with you.

Over on my Instagram, I asked what specific questions you have and I’ll try my best to answer them all here.  If you do have any additional questions after reading the post, please feel free to post a comment below.  I’ll be monitoring the comments closely and will reply and/or update the post accordingly.  I’d love to have the discussions here vs. my DMs or email if possible so that everyone can benefit from the conversation.