What I Love–Tummy Wraps!

*Disclaimer: Any products I’m reviewing here are my opinions only and I am not certified in any way. Also, I do not and have not received a discount or any product from these companies. All have been purchased on my own. Although…I’m certainly not opposed to trying any product for review, but it will be an honest review!


While I was pregnant with my first baby, I began researching how to shrink back after baby.      I noticed a common theme kept coming up….tummy wraps. IMG_1267Now there’s all kinds, but I chose a few that I thought would get me going in the right direction. A large part of me was pretty sure this was just another gimmick. There’s so many products on the market to buy whether

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I like to make silly faces–so just ignore. The wrap is what you’re supposed to be looking at anyway! This is the hook one I use for casual wear. This pic shows how it stands out under my clothes

for yourself, your baby, etc. I can’t believe the pregnancy and baby market now…it’s cray cray! How can we ever choose between all these products. Well, you have to so you choose based on celebrity endorsement, color, style or whatever your reason.

I purchased two as I had NO idea what would work and what size I’d be after delivery. I know what size I want to be, but……we all know how that goes. After delivery you still feel 5-6 months pregnant for a while after. So, I bought a Velcro and a hook style from 2 different companies. 

Thank goodness I bought 2 different ones. I soon realized that one was great for everyday use and the other for working out.

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The hook one used for every day wear. There’s 2 sizes on this wrap

The hook closure was best for everyday use and has 2 sizes, which is helpful. The larger size for right after delivery and as you shrink the smaller size. I found the velcro one to be best for working out. I can never get them lined up perfectly, so the velcro looks more bulky and

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This is the Velcro one I use for working out and right after delivery

more frustrating. I could never use this as my everyday go to. 

 

You are supposed to start wearing them soon after delivery and wear all day every day for at least 40 days. I have to be honest that I am NOT the best at wearing them I don’t find them 100% comfortable and they always show under my clothes. Therefore, I only use them from time to time. I do wear the Velcro to work out every time I work out, but take it off right when done and only some days do I switch to the hook closure. 

Do they work? For me…yes they do! I also do not wear these in PLACE of working out I use them in addition to, in order to help achieve the results I want. Now, I don’t wear them as often as I should and they aren’t something I will continue to wear. I like to wear for the first 6 months after delivery until I get back to close to my regular, pre-baby self. I had to have an emergency c-section with my first and because my 2nd was only 17 months later, they suggested another c-section. I found these wraps to be uber beneficial for this. It helped take the pressure off my incision and also helped that extra skin that feels so wiggly right after. I also notice that when I wear them for working out and for casual wear that my stomach DOES show signs of flattening out. Now, this is a lot of excess water that we retain around our tummy’s at this time, but for me I feel they do work and even when I haven’t worn in a couple days I see the difference. 

Please feel free to join me and comment below if you’d any further specifics answered. I hope to connect with many of you and hear your thoughts, comments, questions, pros and cons of tummy wraps. Any suggestions of other products to try, I’d love to hear from you!

 

👱‍♀️👶🐶Come explore this journey with me!✌️

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You earned it Mama…throw your hands in the air and be Proud!

 

Life with 2 Babies Under 2 yrs old….

Well, I’m 3 months in to being a mom of 2 under 2. I have to say I love it. It’s so strange that until 6 years ago I never wanted to have children. This was just not something that ever interested me. I never followed the norm of wanting to be married and have children. Now, don’t mistake this as not enjoying my relationship thoroughly. I do and always have. I love my relationship, but I just never thought I needed a piece of paper (marriage license) to prove my relationship or happiness.

My grandmother really pushed for us to get married, as she felt we were already living as a married couple. So, as she was getting sick and we knew her time with us earthside was shortening….we decided to get married. We planned our first wedding in NC in just 9 days and we had a blast! So many family and friends and it was just as we wanted it. Just perfect. Our Canadaian family couln’t make it on such short notice, so we married again in October in Canada. Completely different than the NC wedding, but just as amazing. So, here’s the girl that never wanted to get married having 2 weddings to the same man. Funny isn’t it?

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Wedding in NC

 

 

 

Well, here I am again….never wanted children, now have 2. I guess I’m not the best at always knowing what’s best for me. Gotta say…. I love being married and I LOVE being a mom. To my surprise, I’d love to have 6 babies. We won’t have 6, but I seriously could. That’s how much I love being a mom. Not to say I don’t want to have 3, but that has be agreed on by both parties.

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Wedding in Ontario, Canada

Either way, I’m ecstatic to have the 2 babies I have and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

This has got me thinking. How much you can change your whole thought process on life. How life can take you in a total different direction. This is can be things that are happy or not. Sometimes we’re thrown curveballs. They can happen in an instant, so we have to be willing to change. Willing to see other ways. Willing to adjust and adapt. It may not always be what we wanted or dreamed of, but it may just be….just be what is inteded for us. Roll with the good and the bad. Not always easy, but sometimes we don’t have choice. We have to learn to grow. We have to learn to help one another. Not stay so bottled up and worried about what others think of us. Just reach a helping hand, a listening ear and help.

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My 2 under 2!

Help others. Doesn’t matter if you agree with what they think/feel. Just help. You never know what others are going through. Be patient and try to have sympath and openness. You never know what can change you and your path. 

 

Lots to Learn–Come Journey with Me! 👱‍♀️👶🐶

 

 

Oh My! 2 Babies under 2 Years Old!

 It’s been almost a year since my last entry on here. I always want to write more often, but seems to get away from me. I write because I like to. I also like to look back at what was going on as you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. I do this blog to help others. I’ve been through some wild rides and if anything, even one word, can help someone else…I want to.

I was just looking back at what I wrote last Jan 26, 2016. I had mislead people that I was pregnant as I was talking about my first born. Little did I know at that time I was actually pregnant. In this entry I was mentioning that I was NOT pregnant, but was just feeling comfortable writing about my first pregnancy. My son was around 8 mos old at the time of that writing. Well, life is a funny thing b/c I found out about a month after  that I WAS pregnant. Probably was newly pregnant while writing that. 

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Our first born starting solids

Well, I’m here writing now with 2 wonderful babies that are 17mos apart. Baby born in May 2015 and my 2nd Oct 2016. Oddly enough we were married in those 2 months. Yes, I married the same man twice in one year. We were married in May 2013 in North Carolina (my hometown), but then married again in his hometown in Oct 2013. Wild ride!

img_1207Boy have I changed though. I went from never wanting children of my own, to having a molar pregnancy, to wanting a whole litter of children. Once I saw the positive pregnancy stick years ago (Molar pregnancy), I knew I desperately wanted to be a mom. After having my first, I knew I wanted more babies. I just didn’t know if it would be possible. WE went through A LOT to have our first. I felt so blessed to have him. Then, our 2nd was quite a surprise. We had no idea. I was terrified at first of having 2 babies under 2 years old, but was elated as well. I look forward to sharing the drama and excitement of finding out about baby #2 next week. Hope you join in to read!

 

Lots to Learn–Come Journey with Me!

Pick Up Where We Left Off!

Another wonderful day in North Carolina. Getting very hot–about 92F. MG and I got to go for a 2.5mile hike through the hills and forest. Afterwards we met up w/ my mother and took her dogs to the dog park. There were a lot of people and dogs there. It is so nice b/c everyone there has a smile on their face. Somehow dog owners get a smile just watching their dogs run and have tons of fun. Loads of great conversations occur at the dog park. We met a couple that had a few huskies. All of their dogs (3 of them) were from the shelter or the husky rescue. One of the dogs was going to be put to sleep as a puppy b/c it had a crooked tail and a broken back. This couple took on the challenge, got the back surgery and fully rehabbed the pup. Today I watched this dog run, play & have so much fun. Barely notice that anything was wrong. I find something special w/ people who can take in dogs and give them amazing lives when moments before they were on the brink of being put to sleep. Not getting to experience the wonderful life they are leading at their new home. Thank you to all of you w/ gigantic hearts, open minds and caring patience to help these beautiful creatures who only deserve the best.

Then, off to have a delicious breakfast and coffee on our normal patio. Everyone that works here knows us very well and every time we come for a visit we always catch up. I couldn’t even tell you any of their names, but I know each of them. MG and I went to the Ice House for an hour skate. This is great exercise and free coaching from one of the best. I’m very lucky for his patience and teachings.

Finally, we showed up to a cookout at my best friend’s house. I was so excited. Looking at all the pics–we are quite the colorful bunch, eh? Her little boy is almost 3yrs, full of energy and personality and she just got a new boxer (10mos old) who I can’t wait to meet. She also rescued this dog from a guy that was moving and couldn’t take the dog. He was going to turn him in to the shelter. She really missed having a dog while she was doing the heart and stroke walk/run here.

Boy, did we all have an amazing time. Veggie burgers, zucchini, asparagus, fruit and dip, just a whole lotta yumminess! It was nice of her to have us all to her house and super nice for MG to grill up all this delicious food. He did an awesome job!  I kept thinking to myself how phenomenal it is that I have such fantastic friends that we just pick up where we left off. I talk to all them in between visits, but some we don’t call each other as much. Either way, it is like I live here every day and we never left each other. How is this? It just blows my mind. Thank you b/c I am lucky to have you in my life and you make every day so special!

There is one big lesson I took from all of this. In the search of something new, don’t forget the old. What I mean is that I am always looking for friends and people that I connect w/ in Canada. What I can never forget is that I have the most amazing people already in my life in NC. We tend to take for granted what we know will always be there  and focus our attention on building the new relationships. We have to spend as much if not more time on the relationships we already have. Never assume they will alwyas be there. Work just as hard at your older friendships as you do on making your new ones. Nothing in life is a given. Every day is a gift, that is why it is called the present. Please don’t take anyone or anything for granted, we are not guaranteed anything in life. Thanks for listening.

“Make It A Great Day–Go Inspire!”

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