POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS.


Where do I even start from? Is it the struggle of growing my hair or the baldness? I have heard about the hair loss after birth but never thought it is this bad. With my first child, I did experience some breakages but nothing serious. But with my second child, I just had the worst experience. I thought I was going to keep all the hair I grew while pregnant only to find out I am actually going to lose it.

Over the months, my edges has been thining, hair always falling out and the final moment I couldn’t take it any more was that chunk of hair in the bath tub, infact I was SHOOK. Honestly, I find it hard to cater for my hair, I am the last person passionate about hair. Left with me, I will be rocking short hair for life just like my paternal Grandma. And to think I have two girls, oh Lord. I was managing what I had on my hair until I was left with a bald patch. I remember going into a panick mode thinking I was going bald and also wondaring what I was going to tell my husband. I am known to be cutting my hair randomly and I promised him I will not do that any more but this time around, I had no choice. I did my little research and found out, it is just a temporary phase. Girl, was I relieved. The things our body goes through as a woman is just unimaginable.

What really causes it?
During pregnancy, your estrogen freezes your hair from growing. Majority of the hair on your head is actively growing, while the other is in a resting stage. The ones that you shed on a normal base, won’t and that is how you get that thick beautiful hair when pregnant. After birth your estrogen levels decline and all the hair that was resting starts to fall out.
As I said, my edges was thining out but I noticed the chunk during my 7month postpartum.

How do you prevent it?
Apparently you won’t be able to prevent the hair from falling out, but what you can do is keep letting your hair look good.
• Get a cut; With me, I just chopped it all off so I can start it all over.
• Wear wigs. What I did a lot during this transition was to wear wigs. Very easy
• This is the time to try something new like coloring your hair. The coloring helps in hiding the spots.
• Part your hair differently, wear hair bands, brush your hair backwards.

Always remember to seek advice from your doctor if you think you are loosing too much hair.

Love, Whitney.

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BREASTFEEDING ESSENTIALS


The first time I breastfed my first daughter was a struggle. It was not as easy as I thought it would be. Breastfeeding didn’t come naturally for me but thank God for the home nurses that helped me.  It can be frustrating and painful but the most beautiful thing.

If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, these essentials are helpful.

  • Nursing pillow

  • Nursing pads

  • Nursing bra(day and night)

  • Nipple cream

  • Burp cloth

  • Breast pump(electric or manual)

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  • Breastmilk storage bag

  • Nipple shield

  • Bottle warmer

  

 

THE LIEBSTER AWARD


I am excited to announce that Lovelywhitney has been nominated for a Liebster award! What is this award about? It is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is also to give exposure to bloggers who have 200 readers or less.

Before I continue, I will like to thank pinkandproperish for nominating me.

RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD: 

  1.  Thank the person who nominated you.
  2.  Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3.  Nominate 11 blogs.
  4.  Give them 11 questions to answer.

QUESTIONS FROM PINKANDPROPERISH:

  1. Tell us about yourself in 5 words?

Mother, wife, loving, hardworking and persistent.

  1. What made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging because I feel like I have a lot to share and also because I love writing.

  1. Who has inspired you the most in your life?

I will say, my children. My children have inspired me to be a better person in life. I want to be a mum they can look up to, a mum they are proud of and that mum who does what is right for her children.

  1. What is your favorite pastime?

Watching my favorite tv series.

  1. Do you have any hidden talents?

Unfortunately, I don’t.

  1. Name 3 goals for your blog this year that you hope to accomplish?

Keep up with my weekly blogging, get more followers and increase in traffic.

  1. What’s the most difficult part of blogging for you?

Timing. I have a 2-year-old and an infant; hence, I am always busy with them. But when you love something, you will always find the time.

  1. Do you have a favorite blog?

There is a lot of blogs out there that have good content.

  1. What is your favorite topic to blog about?

I love blogging about motivational/inspirational topics.

  1. What impact do you want to live in the world?

I hope the way I live my life can impact someone positively. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

  1. If you could pick any job in the world, money aside, what would you choose?Writer.

MY NOMINEES: 

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Lawrifel Perges

Vnod Adhikari

Callie Anne Hollis

Myriam Trannet

Shivi Vats

 A crunchy peach Kendra

Okpaloafe Rawlings

Astrid H Vlahakis

Fiona Fassi

Matthew Evans

QUESTIONS FOR MY:

please don’t forget to link back to this website once you’ve answered on your blog.

  1. What is your favorite country?
  1. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
  1. What is your dream job?
  1. Ship or Plane?
  1. What/Who inspires you?
  1. What is one item on your bucket list?
  1. If you get stranded on the island, what two items will you like to have with you?
  1. From 1 to 5 how hard is it to leave without your cell phone?
  1. What is your pet peeve?
  1. Fall or Summer?
  1. When do you find time to blog?

 

 

 

WHAT’S IN MY DIAPER BAG?


Recently I am all about minimalist approach when it comes to my girls and other things. Literally, I am done with packing the whole house when I am going out with the girls. I remember when I first had Abby, my diaper bag was huge. I will pack a whole lot and truth be told, I didn’t really need all the junk I did pack.
This time around, I know better and one improvement I can testify about is my packing skills.I go out with what I need and also depending on where I am going is how I pack the items. At the moment I am using a Zara office city bag as my diaper bag. I got this bag for the office but it has been converted into a diaper bag. The reason why I love this bag is the compartments and the size. Let’s take a look at what’s in my diaper bag…

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I like to pack snacks for my toddler and carry an extra bottle of milk(either breast milk or formular) for the baby. At the end of the day, it depends on where we are going with the baby. Sometimes, I just end up breast feeding her instead of bottle feeding. I always take a sippy cup for my toddler because she is always thirsty. Also, she hasn’t  mastered  using the cup so I prefer to pour all her drinks in the sippy cup.

 

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In the bigger compartment, I have hair brush in case of messy hair, scented diaper trash bags, nail clipper, hand sanitizer, pacifier, tylenol, band aid, rattle and the nursing cover. I also use the nursing cover to shield her in the car seat.

What I have in the gray bag: change of clothes for the girls, drool bip and burp cloth.  I  pack the clothes according to the weather as well.

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The third compartment is where I keep the diapers(I pack 2 diapers for each child), changing pad(washable), baby wipes and Vaseline.

The reason why I did not add any of my items in the diaper bag is beacause, I use a small crossbody bag for my wallet, keys and makeup bag. It is easier and faster for me whenever I want to take out my wallet.

These are the things I always bring with me in the diaper bag.  What do you keep in your diaper bag that you can’t live without? Thank you for reading.

Love, Whitney

 

BABY MUST HAVES


It can be quite overwhelming for a first time mum. You will make certain purchases that you will come to realize, it was not worth it. Trust me, I have been there and I know it. By the time I had my second child, I knew for a fact what I needed. If you plan on having more than one child, make sure to  buy items that will last. Most of the items on this  list was bought when I had my first baby. I want to make life a bit easier for you by sharing some of the items that I absolutely love and you will need.(I purchased all the items by myself.It was not sponsored)

Car seat and stroller

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Baby carrier: There are some days that your baby will not like to be put down. They just want you to hold them and you may be busy. The carrier will allow you carry your baby and have your hands free. It makes my life a whole lot easier during those days.

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Bassinet: I didn’t buy a bassinet for my first girl because I honestly thought it was a waste of money. I wish I had back then. My first girl never liked her crib because I think it felt so big for her.  I didn’t want the same thing to happen to my second girl therefore,I decided to buy the bassinet. The bassinet is smaller in size. I am glad I did because she sleeps in it perfectly. We have transitioned her from the bassinet to the crib so far so good. What I love about it is the fact that I can move it from one room to the other.

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Baby bouncer or swing: The vibration and the bouncer soothes my baby to sleep.  The toys grabs her attention. It is either she is sleeping or busy with the toys.

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Bottle warmer : I love this bottle warmer! Its easy to use and works on different sizes of bottles.It heats up bottles very quickly and that is what you need for a hungry baby.

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Humidifier: The starry night sky creates a comforting surrounding. My first girl just love the stars and every time she looks at it, she likes to sing “twinkle twinkle little star”. Our favorite song.

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Nose aspirator : We all know babies or some toddlers can not blow their nose. This will do the job for you. With my first girl, I used to suck the “stuff” from her nose with my mouth. Boy was I glad when I bought this.

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Saline drops: Recently my baby got a cold from her big Sis. She was congested. The poor child couldn’t breathe well but every time I sprayed this into her nostrils, it gave her the relief she needed.

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Thermometer

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Breast pump :  With my first baby, I used to use the manual pump and it was hard work. I breast fed her exclusively. I am glad I invested in the electric pump because it is way better. What I like is this pump can run off of batteries as well as be plugged in, so you can use it pretty much anywhere.

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Play mat: Perfect for tummy time and keeps baby busy with so many activities.

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Nail clipper : Their nails grow so fast. You have to make sure you keep trimming it or else they will scratch their face.

Baby monitor

 

Gripe water : I use it mostly when my baby has a stomach discomfort.

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Pacifier

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There you have it, my must haves that I love. As they grow, it will change. What are some items you would have put on your newborn must have list, do share!

 

 

 

CRADLE CAP


Both o f my girls suffered from cradle cap. I was hoping the second child wouldn’t but unfortunately she did. My first girl had a severe cradle cap and it took a while for it to be cured.  I remember how I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why and trying to treat it. Since she was my first child, I was really worried and to make matters worst, she had rashes on her face which wouldn’t go. Every mom I spoke to told me it wasn’t a big deal but to me it was. Trust me, as a first time mom there will be so many things you will worry about.

What it is Cradle cap?

It is a crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby’s scalp, the eyebrow or eyelid.  Cradle cap is also called dandruff in older kids and adults.It is normally not painful or itchy but it can get uncomfortable for the baby. It usually happens within the first 3 months when the baby is born.

Causes

It’s not clear what causes cradle cap, although it may be linked to high levels of an oily substance called sebum on affected area and also a reaction to a yeast called malassezia on the skin. One thing I can assure you which doesn’t cause cradle cap is getting it from another person(not contagious) but what I noticed is that, it can cause rashes on the baby’s face if the scales keeps falling on the baby’s face.

Symptoms

Cradle cap differs on every baby. Some  will group together in bunches(like my girls) or it can be spread far apart on the body. With my girls, it had the thick plaques and flakes like dandruff and also had hair loss due to it. Don’t worry about the hair loss because it will grow back as they grow.

How to cure it

What I normally do is put almond oil or olive oil in their hair,wait for about 10-20 minutes, I combed through their hair with a fine-tooth comb or soft brush and the flakes falls off,  then go wash it out. You can also leave it overnight then wash it the next day. I don’t like washing their hair daily because I feel like it will dry their scalp. So I do this every other day. I wash their scalp with mild shampoo as it can help to loosen and remove the scales. And days that I don’t wash the hair, I just wet a towel and clean their scalp.

Try not to use the same towel you use on the scalp for her face or body. That was what I did wrong. I was using the same towel, hence, the rash on the face. I will recommend you go see her pediatrician if you try curing it at home and it doesn’t work.

They say experience is the best teacher,so I thought I should share my two cents.

Love, Whitney.

PACKING LIST FOR TRAVELLING WITH A BABY


Recently, I went on a trip with my daughter and it was my first time travelling with an infant. I was a bit worried because, based on my travelling experience, I have noticed how some of the children behave. Let’s just say, It is not easy at all.
It was going to be the two of us, therefore,  I didn’t want to carry heavy hand luggage and diaper bag. I made sure I downsized  everything in my diaper bag(backpack) to make it easier and I was really glad I did. I was fortunate enough to get my hand luggage checked in for free. If you can get your hand luggage checked in for free, take advantage of it. Trust me, it makes life easier.
I decided to share my packing list with my fellow lovely mothers or fathers travelling with an infant.

PACKING LISTS.
1. Diapers
2. Changing pad
You can get disposable ones. It is really not hygienic to place them directly on the changing table. 
3. Vaseline
To prevent diaper rash.
4. Fruit puree( depending on what they are in to).
5. Mum mum biscuit
I was advised to give her something to chew on to prevent discomfort in the ear.
6. Sippy cup
She needs water, milk or juice for hydration.
7. Toys or pacifier cleaner
Babies tend to drop items and you can not always get up to go to the bathroom. This saves you time.
8. Hand sanitiser
9. Baby wipes
10. Favorite toy
11. Extra clothes/socks/bibs
You never know when an accident can occur. Mess up their clothes with food or poo. You have to be ready.
12. Plastic bag for diaper dispose
13. Tablet
Watch nursery rhymes to keep her occupied. It is not all the planes that have tv on board.
14. Feeding cloth
It is all about privacy.
15. Medicine
16. Blanket
To cover her when she sleeps or even when the plane is too cold.
Tutu…