Cover Me Ponchos - Pregnancy Style

Do you remember this post?  The post where I wished and hoped for some sweet and wonderful gifts for this pregnancy?  Well, that sweet Baby Registry Fairy came through!!

A few months ago, Cover Me Ponchos put out a call on Instagram for bloggers.  In exchange for an honest review, CMP would send me a poncho of my choice.  I emailed them so fast your head would spin.  I picked a beautifully hued blue poncho.  A little gift for me for now and then such a help once Annika is here.

So, I should probably explain something.  I had such a hard time breastfeeding with Miah and Lucas.  I never knew that it would be so hard to cover up, let alone breastfeed in public.  Think layered receiving blankets when I was out and about and having to breastfeed in public.  Ten years ago it wasn't as acceptable as it is now.  Ten years ago, I became defeated and stopped breastfeeding altogether after a short six weeks.  Not my finest moment.  Not at all...

But last May, during Elevate, I spent time with Kristine and Ernie Zeno.  She was exclusively breastfeeding (and still is - you go girl!) and made it look so easy.  She wore a Cover Me Poncho and I asked her if it was worth investing in one.  She, hands down, said I had to get one.  It would make my life so much easier.  My CMP is getting me excited to breastfeed.  I really want to do it this time...make a real effort.

What I love about this poncho is not only that I can use it for breastfeeding, but I'll be able to use it for so many other things.  I can use it as a really cute poncho, as you can see with these pics, and I could use it as an infinity scarf.  I've used it as a bathing suit cover up already, as well.  Trust me, no one needs to see those pics, lol.  

Once Miss Annika is here, I'll of course use it as a cover-up during breastfeeding times, but I can also use it as a baby carrier cover.  So versatile...I wish they had stuff like this when Miah and Lucas were babies.

Well, now I get to experience pregnancy and my newest baby in a whole new way.  I can't wait to show you more once she is here!

Here's some more info on Cover Me Ponchos, too.  Expecting?  Check them out.  Not expecting?  I'd still get one - cutest accessory to any outfit!

Functionality style easy to use

We Cover Everything.

Our nursing ponchos are made with light weight, breathable, jersey knit fabric that cover the front, sides, and back of you. No nursing clothing needed.

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Maternity Leave has begun

I've been on maternity leave for a little under two weeks. I had all these plans.  I would have this routine.  I would write.  I would start preparing for baby girl to get here.  Good plans, good effort, but sometimes life has other plans for you.

My last Friday at the office I came down with some type of head cold.  To be pregnant and sick is definitely not a fun experience, let me tell you.  You can't really take anything that would help at all.  I had body aches, a slight fever, and a cough that wouldn't quit.  That was how my first week of maternity leave went.  Fun, huh?

I wasn't the only one sick either.  My Lucas got bronchitis that first week I was home.  So we stayed in bed together and ached together.  Weird, I know, but it was nice to just sleep and cuddle with him.  That was the first week.

This week is looking up, though.  I only cough half of the time now and Lucas is pretty much recovered.  Lucky boy had a 5-day regimen of antibiotics that helped so much.  I got a bit lucky this week, too.  Little Miss Annika Ryan graced us with a photo this week.

See, Annika has been pretty stubborn each month.  I've had to see a perinatologist every month since I'm high-risk.  Every month, I've had the chance to see her beautiful little developing face.  But oh no, not my daughter.  Little girl would turn around or cover her face with her arm...each and every month.

But, this month, our last time seeing the specialist, she gave me a sweet surprise.  I have a glimpse of my daughter who will be be here in a little over two weeks.  Such a wonderful gift.  That little nose and her you see it?!  I can't wait to meet her.  The time can't go fast enough!

It was the best way to start the week.  On top of that, Miah and Lucas started their new school yesterday.  Everything went so well.  So perfectly.  I moved so much when I was in elementary school, so I knew what it was like for my kids to start a new school.  It can be hard and nerve-wracking....and that was just how I felt.  But, hey did awesome.  They made some new friends, loved their teachers, and couldn't get them to stop talking about to school after picking them up.

My babies.  They, all three of them, make me so proud.  So, sometimes plans don't come out just the way you want and I had to learn that it was okay.

Because sometimes, life makes it even better.  Such a sweet maternity leave so far.