Monthly Archives: January 2016

Friday Finds


Back at it! I’m pretty pumped about this line-up – each of these things I’ve either purchased, or currently have in my shopping cart 🙂 TGIF

  1. Gray Malin Art: I love this one, mainly because it was shot in St. Barths (where we honeymooned), and duh, Adele. Isn’t Valentine’s Day around the corner? Cough Cough.
  2. Floral Zimmerman dress: SWOON. I’m trying to justify the cost by counting how many weddings I could wear this to this spring/summer (basically every one). I love the cutout detail and full skirt.
  3. J.Crew Jill Aviators: So J.Crew just started carrying their own in-house sunnies, and naturally I’m obsessed – I’m a sucker for sunglasses. Classic styles in fresh colors, like these rose gold, are the perfect update my favorite style, the aviator.
  4. Gap + Aden Anais Sleep Sack: We recently started putting Jack in these sleeveless swaddles to sleep in, and he LOVES them. When I found out Gap was doing a collaboration with Aden Anais (one of my favorite baby brands), I was thrilled to see this cute little striped number, perfect for a growing boy’s slumber!
  5. Sephora Airbrush Foundation: This foundation is essentially the Dior Airbrush for half the cost. The other day, as I was trolling Sephora for a good foundation (I just couldn’t get myself to splurge on the Dior), I came across this beauty. After reading the reviews, I decided to try it out and WOW so glad I did – I’m hooked.
  6. New Balance for J.Crew: Shocker, another J.Crew find. Tennis are my weakness. Especially a fun colored one like this pair. Especially ones I can wear with jeans. #imacoolmom

 

Baby’s here, now get dressed

When I was about 30 weeks pregnant, I started buying non-maternity clothes by the handful (sorry Nick), in anticipation of having my normal body back. I was definitely looking forward to fitting into the other 95% of my closet  (and not waddling everywhere). I bought fitted dresses, jeans, heeled booties – all with the mind set of “this is perfect for when I’m out with the baby”, figuring our lifestyle would more or less stay the same.

While it’s fun to think I’d be some trendy mom chasing the little in leather pants and a cashmere sweater…someone should have told me to slow.my.roll. (and LOL you will not be wearing heels, leather pants or anything dry-cleanable any time soon). Little did I know our lives would change in a BIG way, and that lounge pants would become my new uniform.

Now, I’m not saying I rolled over and dove head first into mom-core gear, but being a little more realistic about my new lifestyle wouldn’t have hurt. My days now (especially being in and out of the hospital) are much more quiet, and what I wear needs to be comfortable, casual, and machine-washable. What I needed were pieces that would take me 2 minutes to throw on, and 20 minutes to wash.

An on top of all of that – no one prepared me for the DRASTIC changes your body goes through post baby. If you’re a male and reading this post, stop here. The first two weeks home were crazy – your body has just gone through war, literally, and the result is what I like to refer to as “aftershock”. I felt like my body was changing by the hour, and pajamas were the only things I was comfortable in for those first few days (not so fast, spandex leggings). Luckily, the human body is nuts, and you will get back to yourself again.

So  if you’re pregnant, be realistic about those first few months with your nugget. Buy cute loungewear that you’ll feel presentable in for visitors, but comfortable enough to sleep in – I especially love these pants and this top. Below I’ve included a few things I bought after Jack was born, when I realized what I really needed. Also, if you like something, go ahead and buy it in every color, like I did with this sweater. It’s honestly the softest shirt in my closet, and having multiples cuts down on laundry time. Do you have any favorite loungewear pieces? Let me know!

 

The C Word

I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to hear they or someone they love has cancer. Even less so, hearing it’s your newborn son. 

On October 31st, we discovered Jack had a tumor behind his heart, about the size of a clementine. 72 hours and a biopsy later, he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and receiving his first round of chemotherapy. If you’d like to read up on the details on our 32 day hospital stay and follow along as we navigate his recovery, you can subscribe to our Facebook page: Jackson Mesec Updates. For the sake of brevity, I’ll leave the details to that outlet.

Needless to say, the blog has taken the back seat for the time being. Really, our entire lives have taken the back seat. My outlook on life has drastically shifted, as we’ve found ourselves living in a state of survival limbo – day to day, hour by hour.

His prognosis is good, but the road to recovery is a long. We are grateful that the only scars he will have are the physical ones, and have no recollection of what he’s had to endure for the majority of his life thus far.

I ask for your patience as we focus on getting Jack well. Posts will be few and far between, but as soon as we’re through this storm I hope to go back to business as usual – with an added baby flare :). 

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