Monday, October 31, 2016

Meet Teddy (See Jane's Baby)

Having a second child is a familiar experience--it's like déjà vu.  My pregnancy was uneventful and very similar to the one I experienced with Harry: a tired first trimester, followed by an energetic second trimester and being over it by the end of the third trimester.  I gained the same amount of weight in the same places.  Plus, Teddy was in the breech position, just like his big brother.  And like his stubborn Aries brother, I tried various methods to turn him (yes, I tried spinning babies, acupuncture and the chiropractor--all nope).  Yes, Teddy also decided to take a page from big brother Harry's book and also come BEFORE his scheduled c-section date.  C-sections aren't fun; I'm grateful to modern medicine for the safe delivery of my children, but the recovery flat out sucks--it's major surgery after all.  So, if you're going to have a scheduled c-section, the one advantage could be that you miss the pains of labor.  I went into labor with Harry (made it to 5 cm by the time I arrived to the hospital) and my water broke at home with Teddy (I was 7 cm by the time I arrived to the hospital).  With both boys, I convinced myself I was just having pre-labor pains as my contractions would get closer together only to get farther apart again.  Nope again--I was in full blown labor.  Luckily, the hospital got me up to the operating room quickly and Teddy arrived within the hour of me getting to the hospital.  Although it was the middle of the night, I was calm and much more alert than I had been with Harry; it's nice knowing what to expect.

Theodore "Teddy" Stewart Wisniewski was born at 2:33AM on September 14, 2016.  He was 7 lb 5 oz and 21 inches long.  Stewart was my dad's middle name, who passed away shortly after Harry was born.  Stewart was also my Grandpa's middle name and his mom's maiden name--I'm excited to keep the tradition going since it was the middle name of so many important people in my life.

I never worried about how Harry would react until we came home from the hospital.  Suddenly, I had all that parental guilt people talk about when the second kid arrives.  Well, Harry is a special kid and incredibly astute.  He has definitely has his toddler moments but I feel pretty lucky that the transition has been seamless.  He loves his brother--probably a little too hard sometimes and we have to remind him, "be gentle and no, don't touch his head.  No, Harry, Harry--no head."  (Serious question: why do kids always go for the soft spot?)  As for Teddy, he's definitely taking advantage of the fourth trimester.  He loves his mom, loves to breastfeed and cuddle all day long.  Thank goodness for baby carriers or else I would be chained to the couch all day long.  Harry was a pretty good sleeper early on--Teddy is not.  And Harry has already offered to let Teddy sleep with him, so there's that.  Don't tempt me, Harry..

*Photos are by my talented friend at Marena Beck Photography, who was just voted as one of the best family photographers in Chicago!  Be sure to check out her photos if you're in the area.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Bomber Jacket (See Jane Wear)

jacket (less expensive versions here and here), top, scarf (similar), loafers (look for less here),
  jeans, bag (similar here and here)

When it comes to fall, I can't resist an olive tone (case in point: this time last year).  It's moody yet subtle and looks good with just about any neutral.  When I saw this Vince quilted bomber at Nordstrom, I knew I had to have it; great with jeans, yet would look great with a flirty black dress (right?!).  This is the safe styling of the little bomber that could from Nordstrom--I promise you that I will come back with something a little more progressive next time you see it on me.  In fact, how good would this jacket look with a fur stole on top and some wide leg black pants?  I'm onto something here...and am off to Nordstrom to find the missing pieces.

*Thanks to Nordstrom for partnering with this post!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Nordstrom Last Chance (See Jane Save)

surrounded by my loot (ALC top, Brandy Melville sweater that was $5, various kids stuff, Gucci loafers)
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: there's a new store called Nordstrom Rack Last Chance in the Chicago suburb of Lombard.  There are only two in the country and I had the opportunity to go before the store officially opened last week; I have to tell you--I had a great time.  I'm an avid Nordstrom shopper, but if you're like me and love the thrill of a sale, you will LOVE Nordstrom Last Chance; there were so many items by my favorite brands there (think ALC, Moncler, Jimmy Choo--even Saint Laurent!),  I couldn't get over all the deals to be had.  Here is an example of what I walked away with: $8 Hunter boots for Harry (see the photos above and below--they're navy and in perfect condition), a $10 baby North Face fleece for Teddy and my favorite purchase--$100 Gucci loafers (yes, the pair that's currently in stores).  My sister-in-law tagged along with me and was in awe of all the awesome stuff at ridiculously low prices.  I'd recommend making a day of it; there's tons of great stuff to sift through and I personally wish I would've spent more time there.  All sales are final at Nordstrom Last Chance, so make sure you inspect everything closely and try it on for size, as there are no returns.  If you follow me on snapchat (seeannajane) or instagram stories (@seeannajane), hopefully you caught some of my trip last week.  Be sure to catch up with me there!

Nordstrom Rack Last Chance is open for business now!  (The grand opening was October 20, 2016.)  The address is: 100 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL.  

*Thanks to Nordstrom Rack Last Chance for partnering with this post!

Gucci loafers, toddler Nike, toddler Hunter boots, Nike flyknit shoes

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bordeaux Sweater (See Jane Wear)

sweater (look for less here), jeans (similar)boots (similar), old bag (similar here and here), 
Fall is overrated.  JUST KIDDING.  Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year.  It's the perfect temperature, the food comforts you, the clothes are cozy and it feels like a new beginning (out with the old leaves as they fall from the trees--there's a metaphor and life lesson in there somewhere).  Sure, society may mock us for freaking out about fall, but I think it's pretty wonderful and it's probably due to the fact that it comes and goes so quickly.  We both appreciate and love it so hard because it's so short-lived.  Plus, shopping for a new season is a thrill.  When I saw this sweater at Nordstrom, I thought, 'yep."  It's cashmere, a beautiful bordeaux color and a turtleneck; that's basically the holy trinity for me.  

It's so easy to mix tones in the fall--not everything has to match perfectly.  I had no qualms about wearing these Halogen boots (yes, Halogen--Nordstrom's brand--don't they look like a Stuart Weitzman pair?!) with various shades of tan.  I love black and brown together; not everyone does, but to me, it works.  So take some chances this fall.  Check things off your bucket list.  And don't be afraid to invest in pieces from Nordstrom that you'll wear for the next nine months.

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering with this post!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Stroll with Bugaboo (See Jane Stroll)

Holy moly. We all know that having a baby really turns your life upside down.  However, when you already have a toddler at home, adding a newborn to the mix REALLY throws a fast one at you.  I was a bit cocky before I had Teddy.  We had a great routine with Harry; although he's a full-blown toddler now (complete with full-on toddler sassiness), at least Eric and I could tag team when needed.  I think there's a life lesson to be learned here, right?  When you think you've actually got a handle on something, life decides to say, "lol, no."  Anyway, Harry is quite fond of his brother and is extremely cute with him (seriously, it's adorable, but sometimes his kisses are too hard, if you get my drift), but I appreciate and recognize that this is a big change for him AND us--we're all acclimating, to say the least.  Because of all these life changes, simplicity only need apply at the moment.  Enter: the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Elements; it transforms a bassinet (perfect for Teddy) into a toddler seat (perfect for Teddy in a few months or Harry currently).  I took her (the stroller--I decided it's a she) for a stroll in our fair urban jungle this past weekend and was so surprised by how smooth the ride was.  The shock absorption system can't even be compared to other strollers I have or have used--it's incredible.  Teddy didn't wake from the many sidewalk cracks and potholes we encountered and if you live in Chicago, you understand how rough our roads and sidewalks can be.  The black faux leather handlebar and carry handle was actually easy to push and turn (you'd be surprised with how hard it is to maneuver big strollers)--easy enough for big brother Harry to help push it!  I’ve done some pretty intense stroller shopping seeing as I have two kids now and always was intrigued by Bugaboo strollers but never took the plunge.  I was really excited to get the  Cameleon3 Elements and I must say, I’m really impressed by both the design and functionality.  I understand why they have such a cult following.

The Bugaboo  Cameleon3 Elements is inspired by nature and I actually think the pretty, ombré design is the perfect foil to the concrete nature of city living.  Sometimes I'm envious of those who are constantly surrounded by the natural elements--rivers, mountains, rolling hills--but I know I'd have a hard time giving up life in the big city.  I guess you could say the  Cameleon3 is my compromise; it's color and design is unique and stands out in a good away...especially in the sea of all black strollers that everyone pushes around my neighborhood (I'm guilty as I have another all-black stroller, as well).  The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Elements is truly a breath of fresh air--the colors are one of a kind (a river-stone-shade - a mélange) and when it comes down to the brass tacks as a stroller, it totally fits all of my family's needs for our urban lifestyle.

Visit the Bugaboo website to learn more about this stroller and join The Endless Stroll.  And follow along with Bugaboo on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.