Mom Style: A Flattering Wrap Dress + Postpartum Weight-loss

Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors

Blame it on Hormones

When I first launched this blog, earlier this year - I had just given birth to my second daughter Lola, and did NOT think I would be sharing "street style" outfit type post's . . As at that time, and still  - months later , I'm FAR from my goal bod. 

Not only am I heavier than I would like to be, but I am also a completely different shape! Granted, growing and birthing healthy babies is a miracle - and I would gladly do it all over again . . . but, the postpartum struggle is REAL!

Hormones are responsible for much of our physical appearance - and the amount a women's changes; before, during, and after pregnancy - is astonishing . Everything from hair growth, skin clarity/texture, and of course - weight, is affected by these hormones.  

"They" say it takes up to a year to fully recover after giving birth - and I totally agree .  . Yet life moves so quickly, and we have places to go , and things to see . . So finding pieces like this linen wrap dress that make you feel good, in the NOW - are so important!

Mother and daughter sitting on steps underneath a large tree in Encinitas California
Mother and daughter sitting on steps underneath a large tree in Encinitas California

Some Math

I tend to gain a lot during pregnancy, and gained between 60-70lbs with both Stella and Lola's pregnancies. I'll let that sink in for a minute . . . . yes, 30lbs shy from a whopping 100lbs! 

Thankfully, I've had uncomplicated pregnancies - with no blood pressure, or glucose issues - and my Dr has never suggested reason to be concerned with the weight gain. I assume the majority of it is water related - because at my final weigh in I was super duper pregnant at 40+ weeks (I've gone over with both girls).

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty . .
Goal weight: 115 (I'm about 5'4)
Pre Pregnancy weight: 120-125
Current Weight(4 months PP) : 136

I'm not mad at 136, It's not horrible considering the only thing implemented so far has been intermittent fasting, which to be honest - I haven't been been 100% consistent with.  . Yet the scale is definetely stuck, and despite exclusively breastfeeding - it doesn't seem like these last 16lbs are going to "melt" away.

Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors

Less Talk, More Action

I'm at the point where I know I have to put in that sweat equity, and be proactive in getting my bod back. Right now I'm focusing on merely loosing the weight gained during pregnancy, but I eventually would like to get to my goal weight.

Lately I've been feeling very lightheaded, and off balance - so before I can start a work out routine, I have to take care of this. I've already gone to my naturopath - and had multiple vials of blood drawn, and I'm hoping it is just a vitamin deficiency and nothing sinister. I seriously love naturopathic medicine, and plan to do an entire post dedicated to the exact test's I got done, and why!

So until I figure out the above, I'm just going to be as consistent as I can with intermittent fasting - and to try my best to get out of the house and go for a walk with the girls.  

Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors
Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors and macrame purse

Comfort over everything

I seriously love this dress, and even more so paired with converse. It look's like I put effort into my outfit, when in reality - I just threw it on! I'm sure this dress would look as equally cute with dainty sandals, or heels - but you know I'm all about comfort, and kinda have a thing for my white chucks (see here )

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Girl Sitting On Steps Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress a

Did you lose your pregnancy weight quickly? Did you rush to get back into the gym - or did you give yourself ample time to recuperate? Tell me in the comments!

Mom Style: The Diaper Bag - What's in Mine , and Why

Milleniall Mom looking in her Fawn Design Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag lady

 I feel like I've been shlepping stuff around with me, my entire life!
 From the schoolyard knapsacks loaded with back breaking heavy textbooks - to the oversized high-school totes, filled with non uniform clothes, and ALL the make-up I'd pile on throughout the day. . Oh man! I've always had a lot of stuff, that I just couldn't seem to leave home without. 

So naturally, I was always THAT girl who probably had something when you most needed it.
Gum? A Snack? Nail File? Scarf? If you could think it, I could probably dig it out.

Flash forward to now, and I'm still the girl saving the day with my miscellaneous treasure trove. Yet those once friends in need, are now replaced by a forever hungry toddler - and a perpetually drooling infant.

There isn't a a trip out of the house, that doesn't involve me constantly reaching into my bag of tricks, looking for something to keep Stella from having a melt-down, or frantically digging for a clean spare outfit,  post an epic diaper blowout courtesy of Lola.

In those moment's the last thing I want to deal with is unorganized chaos - so I make sure to keep everything in it's place, ready for easy access. It's all about quality over quantity - and having multi functional pieces.

Keep reading below to see exactly what I keep in mine.  

Fawn Design Diaper Bag Backpack in flowers

Not Your Mama's Diaper Bag

I love this bag for many reasons. One, it's a backpack - so I can have my hand's free to tend to the girls. Two, it's faux leather inside & out - meaning the entire surface is wipeable. Three, it's very spacious. Four, it's stylish - and doesnt look like a diaper bag.  

The side pockets are my favorite, because I can access my phone & hand sanitizer, without taking it off my back .

Flat Lay of Fawn Design Diaper Bag with Newborn Essentials

Packing Light

If I'm gong out for a few hours, or running some errands - this is typically what my bag looks like. I also use this diaper bag as my purse. So considering this serves Lola + Stella, and I - we definitely are on the minimalistic end of the spectrum.

Streetstyle fashion of a millenial mama wearing yellow Zara motto jacket, dwell & slumber dress, brixton hat, and fawn design backpack

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Flat lay of newborn diaper bag essentials

My "Never Leave Home Without" Newborn Essentials

The most import thing in my diaper bag, is of course - diapers! Which I try to have a constant healthy stack of.  Also, wipes - which I can never have enough of! Seriously, those 'to-go' wipe container's don't fit nearly as much as I need - so the whole package goes with! The third most important, a spare outfit (or two) ! Blow out's (and spit up) are going to happen - and it will be everywhere! A spare outfit has saved both Lola & Stella from rockin a diaper after soiling their outfit's completely. Also, a light weight blanket can serve many purposes; nursing cover, car seat cover, place to lay baby, or a back-up outfit incase all your other's get ruined. . lol!

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of a millenial mama wearing yellow Zara motto jacket, dwell & slumber dress, brixton hat, and fawn design backpack
Mama & toddler diaper bag essentials

Mama & Toddler Essentials 

Now, I will say toddler's require much less than a newborn. Mainly, I just have to make sure to have a constant supply of snacks and refreshment's on hand for Stella. I really love this bento box I scored from Amazon. It came with another one (pastel pink) - and they are leakproof.  Of course, I always have to have lots of hand sanitizer - because, toddler's love touching germy things. Other miscellaneous item's ; Sip canteen (keeps my tea warm!), hand salve, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, and an extra t-shirt - because, spit up!

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Flat Lay of Fawn Design Diaper Bag with Diaper Bag Essentials

Are you a minimalist, or a hoarder?

 What is your must have item that you carry in your diaper bag - or purse? Do you always seem to need something you don't have? Or can you not find anything you need - because you have way too much stuff in your bag?

Let's talk in the comments!

Mom Style : Oversized Sweaters + My favorite 'Keep it all In" Jeans

Girl in Oversized HM Sweater and Brixton Field Worker Hat

Can I nurse In this?

Getting dressed these day's isn't as fun as it once was - say, 30 pounds ago . . 
Once upon a time, I'd be faced with the burden of endless options when walking into a clothing store - nowadays, every potential garment must make it through a vigorous line of questioning;

"Can I nurse in this"
"Is this fabric breathable"
"Will this print conceal leaked milk?" "
Will this hide my postpartum pooch?"
"Will this be soft against Lola while she's in the carrier"
. . Blah, blah, blah

Than, once I find pieces that pass the line of questioning above - putting them together in an outfit, is like solving a nearly impossible mathematical equation . . Some things have to lift, other's hide - and the final few - highlight. . This is why most day's I can be found in my Dwell and Slumber dresses, because they swath me in an oversized bellowing jersey fabric .  .just how I like it!

Girl in Oversized HM Sweater and Brixton Field Worker Hat in Front of Fireplace Urban Outfitters

I Can't Eat Like a Teenaged Boy Anymore (duh!)

In all seriousness, I know a Mom complaining about her postpartum bod isn't something any of us haven't heard of before - it happens! I just recently came to the realization, that I need to do less complaining about it - and more DOING (something) about it . .

I know, I know - Lola's barley even two months , but I'm talking baby steps here . . You know, like changing my diet from a hormone driven pregnant lady's (aka, Teenaged boy diet - basically everything sweet & salty) - to that of a grown women's diet. .

Oversized Knit H&M Sweater & Old Navy Straight Fit Jeans and Brixton Women's Hat Draped Against Vintage Ladder
Girl in Oversized HM Sweater and Brixton Field Worker Hat in Front of Fireplace Urban Outfitters

Intermittent Fasting: The Effortless Way to Lose Weight (. . apparently!) 

Step One in my, "Get My Bod Back" plan is actually the easiest - with huge fat burning potential, meet: intermittent fasting! Basically, you stop eating for periods of time to allow your digestive system to stop digesting, and start cleaning things up. . Yet not only does this help your body rid toxin's, but actually reset's your body's metabolism to burn fat for fuel. 

I'm choosing not to eat from 8pm-8am , which is a total of 12 hours - but basically I'd be asleep for most of it, and only missing out on a late night snack (which is kinda the point). Most recommend 12-18 hours of fasting periods, but since I'm breastfeeding - I want to stay on the novice end of the spectrum.

Aside from weightloss, there are claims of many other health benefits such as;
-improved cardiovascular health
-reduced cancer risk
-repaired genes
-increased longevity

Obviously, nothing replaces eating healthy & exercise - which I am also incorporating into my plan , but I'm sure we're all very familiar with those ol' methods!

To read more about Intermittent Fasting visit Dr.Mercola's site - he's how I first discovered this method - and he's kinda my heath guru!

Girl in Oversized HM Sweater and Brixton Field Worker Hat in Front of Fireplace Urban Outfitters

Fake It Till You Make It

In the meantime, I will be living in clothes that are both comfortable - and functional, while also camouflaging my problem areas . .  because - I just had a baby people! 

Que this outfit; Super comfortable oversized sweater in a beautiful pink nude + these amazing Old Navy jeans that I think would flatter anyBODY. They are straight and relaxed in the legs, and have a mid rise fit - concealing both hippy hips, and poochy tummies. Plus they are a super soft denim, that feel like you've had them forever. . Just how I like my denim!

Shop the look below, and let me know your secrets to hiding the postpartum pooch - or even better, how you lost yours!


Lola Ivy Is Here : A Baby, and Epidural for Christmas ; Lola's Birth Story

Newborn Christmas Baby in L'oved Baby Footed Overall in Eggplant

Our Christmas cherub!

Here she is, miss Lola Ivy Banuelos
 Born Christmas Day, at 4:22am weighing 7lbs 8oz, measuring 20 inches long.

She is such a sweet, observant little girl.
She has such big, dark brown eyes - with an intense gaze, that seems to steep into your soul.

Newborn Baby in Handmade Sweet As April Bonnet

Lola's Birth Story

Lola was officially due on December 17th, so with each passing day - I was keyed into every symptom, thinking "Is this labor?" . . You'd think after experiencing it once already, I'd be able to decipher the difference between gas - and a contraction, but they actually feel quite similar! Lol.

Anyways, I wasn't experiencing ANY symptoms that would suggest labor was impending (no contractions, no loss of mucus plus, no water breaking, nothing!) . . and was becoming anxious, thinking my Dr would have to induce me if labor didn't naturally start soon.

First off, I have to explain that my Dr is special, and kind of like a local celebrity around North County San Diego . . He's the medium between natural home birth's, and hospital births (check him out here). Doula's, Midwives, and most importantly - expectant Mama's, love and revere him! He is a supporter of natural birth - and let's women's body's do their thing, and does not like to interfere with the process. . That being said, I had never been checked by him - and I had no idea at this time, if I was even dilated. 

So I was, very much - in the dark, and only Lola knew - when Lola was coming!

Also, side note; I happened to come down with a nasty cold - which caused lot's of mucus, and coughing . . I heard a rumor that you don't labor while sick, and I was still battling this pesky cold well past her due date, and was thinking Lola was waiting until I fought it off to come . .

Flash to; Christmas Eve - Eve . .
I was up watching The Office on Netflix (it's like comfort tv) - and I felt the urge to pee, so I got up. Yet on my way to the toilet, I felt a small gush of liquid . . Just a tiny amount, but I knew I didn't pee myself (trust me, coughing + sneezing while 40+ weeks pregnant will require you to become very acquainted with loss of bladder control .  . and FYI "Peezing" is real, and it's the WORST! ) , so I contacted my Doula and let her know I "think" my water maybe broke? My water broke right before pushing with Stella, and the only reason I knew - was because the midwife told me so . . So I didn't know what the sensation felt like. . My doula Konnie (who is also amazing, and was with me for Stella's birth as well) said it very well could have been my water, and to hydrate and get some rest . . 

Of course, rest sounded optimal - but at this stage of pregnancy, I was getting probably 3-4 hours of sleep each night, because - well, I was the size of a whale, and had the bladder of a mouse. . 

Yet despite the above, I somehow managed to fall asleep - and actually slept peacefully and soundly. . . I didn't experience any contractions, and thought once my water broke things were supposed to get moving, leading me to believe maybe it wasn't my water(s)?

Christmas Eve day came, we took it easy - and hung out around the house watching Christmas movies, and snacking on Christmas goodies. . It was about 1 in the afternoon, and I was walking back from the bathroom when I felt that familiar involuntarily 'gush" of liquid, so I went back to the bathroom thinking "okay, maybe I'm loosing my mind and am actually just peeing myself"  . . I came back from the bathroom , and the gush happened AGAIN - in the exact same spot! This happened twice more, until I announced jokingly to James  . . "Okay, I think my water OFFICIALLY just broke! " 

I text Konnie again, to where she reminds me to rest & hydrate - and to monitor my contractions . . 

The rule of thumb, is that most doctors would like you to labor within 12 hours of your water breaking, to reduce the risk of infection. . Yet, because my water broke, didn't mean I had to rush to the hospital - we were sticking to the plan of laboring at home as long as we could (just like we did with Stella). 

The day turns into early evening, and still no contractions. .
I must have had some sort of 6th sense kicking in, because I told everyone to sit by the tree and have a mini Christmas "just in case" . . So we let Stella open a few presents, eat some Christmas cookies - and listened to Christmas music, it was perfect! 

Since I still wasn't contracting, and the clock was ticking on how long since my water broke - I thought we needed to get out of the house, and walk this baby out! Stella loved looking at the lights in our neighborhood - so the plan was to bundle up, and go for our last walk as a family of 3.

I went upstairs to grab some warm clothes for Stella, and for myself - and was just about to go back downstairs when I thought, "I should probably go pee first" (things that get ingrained into your mind when pregnant, lol) . . That's when things got interesting. 

Just as I sat on the toilet, I looked in my underwear and saw brown discharge - and immediately my heart sunk, because I knew exactly what it was . . Meconium (we have a history). Right than, I started gushing more brown liquid . . I yell downstairs to James "Umm, me might have a problem" - to which I tried to not alarm him, but needed him to swiftly come upstairs. . Of course, he was trying not to freak out - but once he saw , he too immediately knew what it was, and because of what happened with Stella's birth - he grew concerned (I still have to write Stella's birth story, but she was also overdue - and passed meconium as she was exiting the birth canal, and inhaled some - causing her to have a chest X-ray, breathing tubes, heart monitors, and being transferred to a different NICU entirely where she stayed for 7 days)

You see, within the 12 hour rule of your water breaking - you usually can labor at home despite some exceptions, and having water that isn't clear is one of them.

I contacted Konnie again, to where she calmly called me - and let me know that it was common, and to not freak out - but to head to hospital. . I contacted Dr. Cap as well, I sent a text to his emergency pager explaining what happened to which he calmly replied "okay" .

Honestly, the hardest part was what came next - and even writing about it stirs the feelings again.  it was leaving Stella.

Last she saw me, we had just finished opening presents - and we were about to go for a walk, now I had to sneak past her, and head to the hospital - having major anxiety about leaving her and not saying bye, and also having major anxiety about the health of Lola and what would ensue at the hospital. .

I seriously didn't know what to do - I wanted so badly to kiss, and hug Stella goodbye. . But she was happily playing with her Grandma, and the new toys she'd just opened . . I didn't want to cause her any anxiety, but I also didn't want her to feel abandoned . It was seriously the worst feeling ever!! 
I bawled my eyes out the minute we quietly escaped out the front door - I kept thinking of the possibility of something happening to me (worst case scenario),  and never getting to say goodbye  to her (I purposely never let a loved one leave before saying "I Love You" because of this fear) . . . 

Than, the minute we were in the truck, my focus shifted - I knew I had to focus on Lola, and getting to the hospital to make sure she was okay. . Thankfully we live a quick 5 minute-ish drive away, but of course hit every single red light on the way there! My nerves were blasting! I was still gushing periodically, and didn't know what was coming next. . When we finally got to hospital, I was SO relieved! I basically left Jame's to park, and waddled my butt as fast as I could to L&D where they so comedically asked me "Hi, what can I help you with?" - to which I casually responded, "Hi, just having a baby!" Har har har - labor humor. . .

We arrive at the hospital around 7pm, we fill out paper work - I'm dancing around the admitting desk feeling like I have to majorally pee. . They ask if my water broke, I explain to them the situation - and they tell me Cap has already called and let them know I was coming in . . Perf!

As we head to the room,  a sense of relief washed over me!
Before Stella, I dispised hospitals - and the thought of being in one made me tremble with anxiety! They represented everything icky, and morbid - and I didn't want to be at one if I could avoid it . . Yet since pregnancy - it's been my "I can finally relax, and let them take care of me and baby" place. So I was all smiles when we were in that old school hospital room - which we think may have been the same one Stella was delivered in.

Konnie arrives - we hand the nurse my Birth Plan, she checks me - I'm only a 2 (still not experiencing timetable contractions, so not shocking), and she hooks me up to the monitors to check on Lola. . She doesn't like how "flatlined" Lola's heart is looking, so she has me lay down for a bit - and hooks me up to an IV to see if that changes anything. Thankfully, it does the trick! 

It's now about 9pm and I'm given the okay to get up and move around! I was feeling super positive, and excited to finally meet Lola! The contractions started coming on regularly and I was doing everything I could to try and speed up labor . . I was using all of the techniques I learnt from the "hypno birthing" book I read for Stella's labor. . I was breathing through the contractions and allowing them to wash over me, versus fight against them. I was squatting, sitting on the toilet, and at one point even sprinting down the halls of the L&D unit . . No, seriously! Konnie claims she got a lot of steps in that night because I was doing marathon laps! 

Contractions now are setting into full gear, and are stopping me in my tracks. . With Stella I had painful back labor, and these contractions felt all in my front - so I become comforted at the thought of this being less painful than with Stella. . Meanwhile, because of the length and duration of the contractions Konnie suggests the Nurse checks me again. I become excited, thinking that Konnie must think I'm close! I happily hop up on the bed, fighting through the contractions coming on ever 3 minutes . The nurse checks me, and with disappointment in her voice - reports that I am still only a two . . . . That was honestly, so devastating!!! I hadn't progressed at ALL! All of this work, for the past few hours - and all of these contractions, did nothing! 

Just as I received the devastating news, the contractions were becoming unbearable! They were now being felt all over my body - in an indescribable, wave of pain that washed over every inch of me. 

I was trying to do my breathing, and work through them - but it wasn't happening. Every 3 minutes I was met with the most painful force, that made me cling to the side of the bed - and cry for help. . My goal was to deliver drug free as I did with Stella, but this felt way more intense and debilitating than it did with her . . and I was only a two. I remember thinking I couldn't muscle through anymore with Stella's labor, but I was at least a 6 at that point - not a measly 2!

After the next contraction, where James & Konnie reminded me to "breath" through it - I told them that I could not do it anymore, and I wanted an epidural! I looked to Konnie, my women of reason -  the same one who talked me out of it during Stella's birth . . Yet this time, she said I looked as though I was "white knuckling" through the contractions, and perhaps an epidural would help me relax . . That was all I needed to hear! Sign me up! 

For the next 20 minutes I obsessively asked the nurse where the "epidural guy" was at! He was paged and on his way, but every 3 minutes that past - was another gut wrenchingly painful contraction.

Finally, at about 12am he entered the room. . It was as if the sea had parted, and he was my glimmer of hope! All of my fears about complications due to epidurals had faded, and I was embracing my decision to go for the pain meds! Merry Christmas to me! It was slightly nerve racking at first, as despite being in excruciating pain - I had to remain very still and aware of my spine while he placed the catheter. 

Minutes pass, I'm told to sit up in the bed and let gravity do its job disbursing the medicine. . My next contractions felt slightly less painful, but still very uncomfortable -  so the anesthesiologist upped my dose. . About 15 minutes after he placed the catheter, I was feeling amazing! I didn't feel my contractions anymore, and was more entertained by the feeling of the tingly numbess in my legs. . Best decision ever! I went from excruciating pain, to being able to joke and relax in my bed . . Even better, just after 30 minutes of having the epidural - I progressed to a 6!!!!! Insane!

I spent the next 2.5 hours relaxing in an almost meditative (drugged?) state in my bed. I felt so at peace, and relaxed! I was joking with the Nurse, Konnie, and even told the anesthisiolist that he was a "magical unicorn" when he came in to check on me . . lol

At about 3:30 I started feeling contractions again. They weren't painful like before, but I felt the sensation of pressure. . The nurse checked me, and I was a 10!!! I had no idea! The next thing I knew, they were wheeling in all of the supplies for delivery - and paging Dr Cap. . It was SO exciting! They told me I could start pushing, and it was almost comical because it seemed to have happen so quickly - and out of no where. . ! Since I had an epidural, there was one person holding up each of my legs - and I was crunching my stomach in and using the force of my  inhaled breath to bear down and push. . At one point they hooked me up to an oxygen mask, because they didn't like the way Lola's heart was looking - the room wasn't frantic, so I assumed it wasn't an emergency situation, yet I was 100% focused on getting her out . 

It was nearly 30 minutes of power pushing when I could sense the room get excited from the appearance of her head - she was crowning! I remembered how important these next pushes were, and used every ounce of my strength to get her out. Mid push, Cap calmly told me to stop pushing  . . I had no idea why, but I both respect & trust him, and did as he asked. Less than a few second later, Lola was out & being placed on my chest. I found out after the fact, that her cord was wrapped both around her neck, and her body . . which was probably why her heart rate was "flat lining" in both the beginning and towards the end. 

The first thing I said when I saw her, "OMG SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE STELLA" - and Dr Cap agreed.

She looked up at me, with her sweet eyes - and was all warm and squishy against my chest. . In that moment  I forgot all about the meconium, and what had happened immedietly after her sister Stella was born (a frantic room of staff suctioning her, and a trachea being placed ) - and thankfully, after the nurses doing a brief check, Lola passed her APGAR with flying colors. . a huge sigh of relief!

We spent the next few hours staring at her in amazement that we created yet another perfect little human. . I had never experienced having my baby with me in the recovery room, and spending those immediate hours together. . It was so sweet having that time alone, just her and I. I truly felt like we connected immediately, and formed a unique bond because of it. 

& well, as they say -  the rest is history!
She is here, and apart of our little tribe forever! We love her so much, and are so blessed to have such a precious Christmas gift. 

Newborn Baby and Big Sister Hospital Shoot

Meeting Big Sister For the First Time

The moment of truth . .
I was holding Lola in my arms - the baby I'd been talking about extensively with Stella for the past few months, and here she finally was, In the flesh - outside of mommies tummy. 

To be honest, Stella's reaction was very much like following;
"Oh, there's that baby you've been talking about . .Cool - now let me play with some new toys, Oh - but first can you move that baby out of my way, she's kinda sitting where I normally sit . . K thanks"

Obviously Stella didn't say those exact words, but it amazing what you'd pick up from the body language of a two year old with limited vocabulary  . . Lol

So, in short - Stella's immediate reaction was "meh" 

Which looking back, could have very well been her inability to fully process all of the emotions she'd experienced in those first 24 hours.

Yet I have a feeling, these two will not only learn to tolerate & like each other - but love, and depend on one another! 

Newborn Baby and Toddler Sister Meeting For First Time
Mom and Newborn Baby with Toddler Sister in Hospital Photo Shoot
Family of Four At Hospital first Time with Newborn