White Eyelet

Hi Loves!
Happy Monday and cheers to the first day of Spring! 

Stepped out with hubby for a day date for the first time since having Emmanuel. It definitely felt good being out alone without the babies. Almost forgot what that feels like. 
I opted for this beautiful eyelet top that I can't wait to wear over and over again and a pair of jeans for a casual afternoon. I think I'm finally putting my love for eyelets into action as I am slowly racking up quiet a few pieces with eyelet details. 
 Dressed the look up but still on a casual note by adding a pair of block heels. 

Top: Target
Jeans: Old
Bag: Nordstrom ( similar here & here)
Shoes: Target, old (try this here & here)

Burgundy Stripes

Hi Loves!

Happy Friday!

Sharing this look from some few weeks ago.
I originally bought the skirt which is currently on sale here , then I saw the matching top which is also on sale here and thought, why not.
A crisp white shirt can add a touch of class to any outfit, so I opted for  one under this matching piece which is the perfect combination for weather. 
Looking forward to styling this set as separates and getting some summer wear out of the top.

Have a great weekend!

White Shirt: Express
Top: Asos
Skirt: Asos
Shoes: VS  

Life Working From Home

Hi Loves!

Pardon the silence on here, still figuring life as I transition back to work.

So, I  mentioned in a previous post that I worked from home before physically returning to the office. It was definitely a different experience for me. I've had to work from home numerous times before for one reason or the other but never for this long.
Today, I'm sharing how it went down and what I took away from it.

First of all, what I quickly realized it that every single day is not going to go as planned or be the same, routine wise.  What I learned from that is to be able to adapt and welcome change and set reasonable timeline or deadline for work because sometimes, I just couldn't get everything done during regular business hours which meant working extended hours late at night.

At the beginning I would promise to have some things done by the end of the day which is 5pm if you’re in the office but I quickly realized that may not always be feasible.

For the most part our days starts out the same with loading both kids in the car and dropping Eliana off at daycare. Then I hurry back home with Emmanuel to get on my laptop to get started on work for the day.

From there on, it’s just the two of us until 5pm when I have to leave to pick up Eliana.
Some days are structured around the baby and his needs and others are structured around work and what needs to get done.

Somewhere in between and while working, I have to get Emmanuel showered, call into meetings, if any, nurse on demand, pretty much every 2.5 to 3 hours, pump, make something to eat and sometime towards the end of the day, think about/start dinner prep.

One other thing I learned is that it takes patient and honestly being good at multi-tasking to do this.
I remember my first conference call I led from home, everything that could go wrong did. I lost connection just a few minutes before the meeting so I had to reboot my computer, which meant I was scrambling to get back online and have everything set up and ready to go remotely with no time to spare. Thankfully presentation was all done, finished last minute. 

Some people were at the house fixing some minor stuff so they were making noise with their equipment’s in the background, bad planning on my part. Emmanuel woke up just at the beginning of the meeting hungry and was about to start crying. I thought he would sleep through it. The only way to avoid that was to nurse him.

So, in the end, I had my phone with headphones in my ear talking to a room full of people, construction background noise going on, and a baby latch on nursing while I was trying to talk and flip through slides of presentation. Not exactly how I had planned it, but we survived, barely.  

I don’t think it’s impossible to work from home with a baby, but my take away is that it definitely will not be based on a pre defined regular work hours of 8-5. There has to be some flexibility in there because it is impossible to pack a whole day's worth of work and juggling all these other stuff in the background in that pre-set time.

Overall, flexibility and setting reasonable deadline for projects and such when needed is the key!

Emmanuel :: Three Months Letter

So, we are combining month One, Two and Three because for the first month, you pretty much did nothing but sleep, pop and eat. By month two, you started developing your little funky personality which includes  my favorite, a big wide smile and sometimes you throw in some giggles. And by month 3, well, here we are and you my boy are going to be one funny, playful, heart warming little dude.

My dear baby boy, you have brought a new found joy and completion to our family. Your entrance into this world was a wonderful and an exciting experience.

As a newborn, you were very peaceful and you still are but you don't play with your food at all. I think that is about the only thing that will make you cranky and cry. Which is good, because otherwise, we may never know when you're hungry because you stay chilling majority of the time.

So at Three month old, you: 

Obviously love food
Love sleep. one more thing that makes you cry mostly at night. Its like you love afternoon naps and go down quietly without any fuss, but going to sleep at night, let's just say once in a while, you have your moment.

You like to see someone around you, if left alone for a period of time with no face or voice around you, that makes you very unhappy.

You love playing with your big sister. Even though sometimes I feel like she's been too hard on you, I think you love it. When she screams, you scream right back, throwing your hands and legs.

You voice is getting louder by the day, which means the days of your cute little undertone cry are long gone.

With your new found voice you love to babble and giggle, especially right before you go to sleep. Almost like your telling yourself a story (talking yourself to sleep).

Just like your sister, you can stretch for days. It's a process you go through each time you wake up, not even food will make you skip your stretching session.

At your 2 months well visit, you weighed a whopping 11.11lbs, won't say I'll be surprised at your next weigh in at 4 months.
Talking about well check up, you got a few shots at your two months check up and you took it like a champ. It was like nothing happened. I think I was more distressed about it than you were.

You like being held, I mean what baby doesn't. But, you have no problem laying down by yourself either.

You, my love are a true source of joy to our family and we couldn't be more thankful to have you in our lives.

Looking forward to the adventures ahead!

Love Always,