Dreaming of a Romantic Cuban Vacation

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I have a passion for travel.  I almost obsess about it. Right before I got married I took off for 6 weeks on a study abroad around London, Paris, Barcelona, and all over Italy. It use to be my goal to visit 2 countries at least every year.  But of course I grew up, got married, bought a house and now have 2 children.  Traveling to 2 countries a year isn’t as easy as it once was but I can still dream about it right.  Now I’ve heard that the anticipation & planning of a vacation is more beneficial to you than the actual vacation.  There is something about having that exciting adventure to look forward to that does your body some good.

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One of the Queen’s swans in Hyde Park

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The architecture blew me away in London

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Duomo di Firenze in Florence Italy

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The Collesseum in Rome

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Now I not only haven’t been feeding this travel bug of mine but I also haven’t taken a break from my kids not once- EVER! The only time I have been apart from Olivia was when I had Ryan & was at the hospital.  This mama needs a small break from parenting to recharge my batteries.  Since the last vacation out of the country I went on was my babymoon to Turks & Caicos I thought it would be fun to plan a romantic vacation to a destination I’ve been dying to go to– CUBA!!

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Now everyone knows that if you truly want to experience a place you can’t just go and stay in a resort and never leave. I mean those vacations are nice and needed at times but when you are in a location as exciting as Cuba you want to dive into the culture.  That’s what I love about anywhere.com– it connects you with locals to help plan your trip for FREE.  Seriously head over to anywhere.com– pick a location on their list that you desire- let them know how much you want to spend, time frame, things you want to do while there & they will have locals give tips and help plan your dream vacation with you.

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How perfect does Cuba already look?  The pastel buildings, the old cars, tobacco fields, beaches- you’ll be able to plan exactly what fancies you.

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I already know my husband will want to relax on this beach, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and warmth of the sun.  I can feel my body relaxing just thinking about it.  We will also get to explore amazing locations like this waterfall below- I feel like it belongs in a fairytale.

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This almost gives you the best of both worlds- a relaxing beach setting with the amazon feeling right across to look at.

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What I love about Anywhere.com is how easy it was to use.  I went to the website, picked a location and described what I had in mind.  I put a budget, time limit, and a few activites we would be interested in.  Within 24 hours they had a local on their team draw up a plan of our ideal vacation and emailed the itinerary over to us.  We got to look it over and either agree with what they drew up or give some suggestions.  At the bottom of the email it even had a photo of the person that put the trip together and listed what hours he would be available if I had any questions about the trip.  I love the idea that this trip was perfectly planned for what we wanted to do rather than following the crowds around like a herd of cattle like some vacations can feel like.

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They have lots of other locations to choose from

CUBA

BELIZE

PERU

COSTA RICA

and more to come in the near future.

Vietnam, Bali, Myanmar, Tanzania & Chile

Remember that when booking with Anywhere.com you are getting advice and tips from locals on things that you are interested in.  You set the budget, time frame, activities of interest & get help planning your dream vacation all for FREE.

How Huggies & Family Dollar Empower Me to #HugTheMess

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Huggies at Family Dollar, Huggies Snug & dry, Huggies One & Done Wipes

Huggies at Family Dollar, Huggies Snug & dry, Huggies One & Done Wipes

Olivia is loving being a big sister- almost too often at times.  Any of you with two kids probably know that they often want to help out which is amazing but sometimes their help isn’t very helpful at all.  But one thing that I love having help with from big sister is diaper changing.  No I don’t make her change diapers- yet- hehe but she helps me change diapers by getting me a new diaper for Ryan and grabbing the wipes.

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Huggies at Family Dollar, Huggies Snug & dry, Huggies One & Done Wipes

What cracks me up is while changing a poopy diaper she always goes yuck, ewhh- it totally cracks me up every time.  I always reminder her that her poopy diapers are yuck too.  She always sticks it out though and will still help me out which I appreciate.

Now having two kids in diapers can sure add up at times but what helps to lower those costs is shopping at Family Dollar and using the Family Dollar Smart Coupon for $2 off Huggies.  Family Dollar even carries Huggies Snug & Dry which comes with new FOUR layers for reliable, long-lasting protection for up to 12 hours.  What else helps to cut some costs is the Huggies one & done refreshing wipes.  They are designed for only one wipe to come out at a time & they are also thicker.

We all know those wipes come in handy for more things than just wiping our babies cute little bums.  I am always pulling out wipes to clean Olivia after getting sticky or dirty.  She is such a girlie girl in not wanting her hands to be dirty, so being able to wipe her completely down with just one wipe is saving me money or should I say is adding towards the cute baby clothes fund.

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Now what I like about the Family Dollar Smart Coupon is it’s so easy to use.  I will go through and pick coupons I want to use either ahead of time or while in the store- once I’ve clipped them into my account by just clicking the add button- they are all together- every coupon I have clipped. Once at check out you will just enter your phone number that you used with your account and it will automatically work at the register.  No more searching your purse for coupons and holding up the line at the register.

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Huggies One & Done wipes

So if you are a Huggies fan and want to pick up a $2 off coupon click here.  Family Dollar has a Family Dollar Smart Coupon that can save you all year long and they have the products for the everyday low price as well. Click here to find the nearest Family Dollar Store near you.

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Rocking Bench

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Who hates putting furniture together? Most people do right, it is very frustrating & time consuming.

I am kind of weird and I often find it enjoyable but the last few pieces I had to put together I was really frustrated with and my hands were killing me afterwards.  Thats why I was thrilled when I heard about this local small business “A Perfect Playhouse” that makes the cutest rocking benches and playhouses that requires NO screws & tools.  Everything interlocks together.

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When my rocking chair arrived it came in 5 pieces total.  It took me a total of 1 minute-maybe 2 tops to put together.  Which honestly was a good thing because once Olivia realized what it was she wasn’t being patient with me.  She literally clapped with joy when I finished and sat in it instantly.

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I find her often lining her stuffed animals on this bench or reading books.  It has honestly been a great addition to our home.  My mom noticed it instantly when coming over to visit and commented how beautiful it was.

If you like to support small businesses and you hate to assemble furniture than A Perfect Playhouse is perfect for you.

 

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Rocking Bench: A Perfect Playhouse c/o :: Top: Target :: Jeans: Gap :: Socks: Old Navy :: Jelly Sandals: Old Navy :: Books: Amazon :: Bunny: Jellycat from Peekawho c/o

This post was sponsored by A Perfect Playhouse. Above is my honest opinion and thoughts.

PinkBlush Maternity Robe

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Maternity Robe

I have been searching for the perfect maternity clothes during this pregnancy because last time I really didn’t want to waste the money- I tried really hard to extend my normal wardrobe as far as possible.  Honestly it was the worst thing I could have done.  It made it so much more uncomfortable, I never wanted to go out because I felt fat & would rather stay home in sweats that fit my growing belly.  I don’t know if I was in denial about how big I was really stretching or if I just didn’t think it was worth the money but this time around I knew it was worth the money.  Especially since my belly already knew how to stretch and popped almost instantly.

Do you know what else I didn’t expect- the belly and hips to stay bigger once the baby was born.  I honestly thought that I would be able to fit in my fat pants.  I knew I wasn’t going to be instantly back to my original size but I thought that for sure I could fit into my fat pants.  Ya that was not happening.  I was so much harder on myself.  My husband was the one that said to me one day “It took 9 months to grow that baby inside you, why are you expecting your body to bounce back instantly.”  Thank you wise husband for reminding me and for being such a huge support.

This site I have found has amazing deals all the time, great prices to begin with, and great maternity clothes too.  One thing that I knew I wanted for sure was a great maternity robe though.  I live in a robe at home- pssst I actually call them housecoats and it dives my husband  crazy-  anyways I knew I wanted a great maternity robe not only for at home but to use and wear around the hospital.  My last pregnancy that is all I wore at the hospital but mine wasn’t cute and since you know family is going to be taking lots of photos a cute robe was a must.maternity robe, shop pinkblush, maternity clothing

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I saw this one and I was instantly in love, not only with the print and color but the length.  It was a great deal too.  My husband asked me since it’s a maternity robe am I only going to wear it during my pregnancy- Heck No- this robe is way to gorgeous and honestly it can be used during anytime.  A robe has lots of fabric naturally so any robe would have worked.  I am so happy with this product and know that it is getting lots of use during this pregnancy but will continue to get lots of use even afterwards as well.

Maternity Robe: Shop PinkBlush c/o :: Bed Sheets: Cariloha c/o

This post was sponsored by Shop PinkBlush.  This review is my honest opinion.

Small Shop Saturday:: Little and Mighty

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I love to support small shops & started to realize a lot of other people do to. So I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite small shops with you all.

Little & Mighty

One thing that I love about this small shop is they not sell clothing but they want to be apart of the parenting community.  They have a great blog expanded off of their shop where they bring the community together with advice, other parents stories and even feature little and mighty children.  I love being apart of something and that is one thing I love about social media. I don’t have a lot of friends that are in the same spot of life as me– as in starting a family and sometimes you have to turn to people for advice and support. I have found that with social media and small shops just like this.

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Olivia’s Outfit:: Hair Bow: Little Poppy Co :: Pear Onesie: Little & Mighty c/o :: Shorts: Babygap :: Soother: Natursutten :: Pacifier Clip: Templeton Silver c/o

Top: Charlotte and Ezra c/o :: Jeans: Anthropologie (similar) :: Socks: Woven Pear c/o

How To.. Heatless Curls with Savvy Curls

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How to curl your hair easily without heat. These are all things I love to hear.

If you know me at all you know I am hair & makeup challenged. I have always been somewhat of a Tomboy growing up, having 3 older brothers right above me.  My mom was never into hair and makeup so my sister and I weren’t really taught much in that department.  When I use to curl my hair it would honestly take me hours and it still didn’t look good. I don’t know why it has always been so difficult for me. I’m thinking I must not be the only one though with so many curling hair tutorials and how to’s on youtube. (let’s hope I’m not the only one).

Since I am beauty challenged and a new mom the top knot has been my hairstyle for more than a year now.  I’ve been wanting to change this so I have attempted tying socks on my head (flashbacks to pink curlers at night), the sock bun, twisting my hair & braids.  Nothing was working and then I found Savvy Curls.

So what is Savvy Curls?

It’s a “heat insulating material & curl forming material” that uses the heat from our scalp to produce beautiful curls.

How to use Savvy Curls:

They have instructions inside the package but I am more of a visual person so I watched their tutorials on their website.

I washed my hair & let it air dry for a couple of hours, my hair is pretty thick. After it was dry I applied mouse all over my head.  I put the savvy curls on top of my hair.

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^BEFORE^

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^AFTER^

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I then wrapped my hair in about 1 inch sections around the Savvy Curl and pulled through.  Once pulled through I combined that piece with about an inch more of hair and continued to wrap about the Savvy Curl.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

 Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Once you get to the end you leave out the last piece after wrapped once.  You move onto the other side and repeat.  Once you reach the end of that side you will combined the two ends and wrap until all wrapped around the Savvy Curler. You will then  hold the ends with bobby pins.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

After a few hours of wearing, sleeping, or a whole day of wearing for a night out you will untwist your curls.

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This is what it looked like after several hours of wearing around and taking a nap in it. Hey a mamas got to rest when the baby does.

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Easy curls without damaging my hair.  One bonus of never being able to do my hair growing up is my stylists always compliment me on my gorgeous healthy hair. Now I can style my hair and still keep the healthy locks.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls is easy to use, you get great results and its healthy for your hair as well.

Receive $2 off with code: savvyc1

What do you guys think??

Storybrook Cafe Playdate

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I feel like the worst mom ever. I never attended mommy and me classes.  Olivia isn’t in gymnastics, swim, discovery classes, ect. According to standards now a days I have failed as a mother.  That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with some mamas at a new adorable play cafe. If you guys aren’t following Sandy @sandyalamode Blakely @eloiseandme or Makelle @makelleahlin on instagram you need to. They have beautiful pictures & are beautiful themselves inside & out.

Storybrook cafe has so much character and charm the moment you walk in.  They have an adorable set up with playhouses, puppet show, ball pit, the cutest little car for kids to ride, and that’s just the first level.  You walk upstairs and there is a cafe set up there.  I was able to check a few emails while Olivia was occupied by her lemon poppyseed muffin.

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While upstairs we wanted a little bit more privacy so we escaped into a room with plenty more toys to play with and a comfy couch to lounge on. Olivia was very sick the week before and lets just say she was a little too attached to mommy so we had to have some alone time to warm up to the place.  It didn’t take long though with all the fun stuff to keep her occupied.  We ended up staying way longer than I thought we would. After grabbing some food we headed back downstairs & Olivia explored while I browsed through their little shop/boutique. They have the cutest baby clothes & accessories from small shops. I love supporting small handmade businesses & love places that support them as well.  While hanging out we met one of the owners. She told us her story of being a stay at home mom and wanting to work at a place where she could bring her child with her.  She and her business partner decided to open up this cute cafe for parents to be able to escape to and let their kids explore at the same time.  I love how places are being more kid friendly now.  With both parents working or bringing in an income we need places like this that we are able to catch up on a few emails while letting our children play.

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Before packing up we headed outside to get some fresh air on the patio. I can’t wait for summertime but how nice will it be to sit back with a snack & drink, catch up on some work while Olivia gets to play.  I can honestly say that I will be returning back to Storybrook Cafe. Not only on a regular day but they have lots of fun activities on their schedule as well.  Reptile day, princess day, brunch with the Easter Bunny, and lots more.  Go check out their website and see what fun things they have planned for the future and if you’ve been thinking about visiting this place, stop hesitating because you wont regret it.

All photos taken by: Jill Collier

Olivias outfit details below…

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Photos taken by: Jill Collier

Olivia: Jumpsuit: Everly B // Socks: Love Winnie James // Shoes: Love Winnie James // Pacifier Clip: Templeton Silver // Pacifier: Natursutten // Headband: Little Poppy Co

Michelle: Tee: Nordstroms // Jeans: Levi // Diaper Bag: Fawn Design // Socks: J Crew // Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar) // Necklace: Tiffany & Co // Ring: David Yurman

Why Hire a Birth Photographer

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I had written all about Olivia’s birth story about a year ago. It was a beautiful story but it was very personal to me. There might have been a few people that were interested in reading it but the more I read it the more I realized how important it was to me & pretty person. I am so glad I wrote it, it was a journal piece that I will treasure forever. But a whole year later and restarting up a blog I decided to talk about why you should hire a birth photographer.

I love photographs. To me nothing is better than a frozen piece of time Yes a lot of photos are staged but when you look at a photo it brings you right back to that very moment. People hire a photographer for huge moments in their lives. Since I am still under 5 years of this stage I will mention a moment that everyone thinks is the most important day of their lives, your wedding day. You take engagements, bridals, and the actual wedding by a professional photographer, this is a huge day and you want beautiful photos. You think this is the most important day of your life. Trust me up to this point it is, unless you have already become a parent. Becoming a parent trumps becoming a spouse any day, at least it did for me. So I looked at this moment as why not have a professional come in and capture moments of this special day that I can cherish forever.

This takes me to the first reason on my top 5 list why to hire a professional.

1. Biggest day of your life
 Becoming a parent is a huge day in anyones life. Nothing will ever be the same after you become a parent. You hire a professional photographer for huge events happening in your life. You also hire a professional usually once a year to take photos for christmas/New Years cards and just so you have a photo of your entire family every year. Why wouldn’t you hire a professional to capture moments that change your life so drastically.

2. Moments you never saw

 My photographer captured things that I never got to see with my own eyes.  My husband was next to me when we heard our beautiful little girls first cries.  I was focused on myself at the time, what I was feeling, what I was doing. I wasn’t caring to look around and see what my husband was experiencing.  But my photographer did.  She took several pictures of his reaction which was beautiful.  I have only seen my husband cry once before. I guess I technically didn’t see this one either but while looking at all the photos and seeing him wipe away tears was so beautiful to me. I didn’t know his reaction until the photographer told and showed me. I am so glad she captured it and I will forever cherish that photo. I think if I saw a photo of my father reacting the same way when I was born that photo would be cherished by me as well.

3. Moments you don’t want to forget

 I’ve got complete mom brain. I thought it was bad when I was pregnant but a year after O’s birth and I realize this mom brain might be here to stay.  I have forgotten small things about that day that I thought I never would. How could you ever forget the best day of your life. Well you can and you do.  I love looking back at photos of that day and reliving it.  You don’t relive the painful stuff either ladies. Nature has a wonderful way of making you forget any of the pain so we want to redo this whole process over again.

4. Takes pressure off everyone

I take the photos in this family, not my husband. I know all families aren’t this way and there are a lot of you lucky ladies that have wonderful husbands that are amazing with the camera. We aren’t one of those families.  There was no way I was going to trust my husband to take beautiful photos of what was going on. Plus I wanted him in a lot of the photos as well.  I’ll refer back to reason #2–getting his reaction to the birth.  I also didn’t want a whole audience in the room while delivering.  Even if you do want a lot of people in there, how great is it to have someone there to capture everyone participating.  It took the pressure off family, my husband and me.  I just delivered a baby, I would have wanted to be up there taking photos of her getting weighed & measured.  There was no way I would have been able too. I was still in surgery myself. Yes I got stitches, yeah me. So there was no pressure for anyone to man up and take beautiful photos because I knew the photographer was already doing that.

5. Relax

All the reasons listed above will help you relax on this big day.  You don’t want to feel even more stressed than you already will be and maybe you wouldn’t. I personally would feel stressed if I didn’t capture certain moments. I’m already kicking myself about certain photos I didn’t take throughout her first year. Having a professional there to capture this beautiful moment helped me to relax.

Now lets show you some photos

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Photos taken by April at New Elements Films

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First Days Home

Is it just me or did anyone else miss being in the hospital after having a baby?

I was so ready to be home, or so I thought. Once getting home, alone with O and my husband I realized how much I missed having someone take care of me.  I had prepared a lot of frozen meals towards the end of my pregnancy so that I was more prepared for dinnertime. I don’t think my husband knew I had done that and since we left to the hospital in such a hurry the night she was born there wasn’t a meal defrosted enough to cook. We thought that we had a meal set up for us but it ended up falling through so my husband had to head out last minute to grab stuff.

I was starving and missed having options for my meals as well as having them bring it to me. I missed having someone coming in and checking on O and I. I also felt like I had to start doing things around the house.

Why is it that we can’t relax sometimes and just enjoy the moment? We always feel like we need to be doing more.

I am embarrassed to admit this part but the only benefit was I finally had a shower and felt so much more like myself. Ya I know, I am gross, but I didn’t want to shower at the hospital and that first day I was on bed rest anyways.  The shower did make me feel more human and helped some of the swelling of my body.

The part that scared me the most was that night my milk started to really come in.  Now I had heard that when your milk comes in it is really sore and hurts. But I had also heard that if you have extreme pain and heat radiating off your breasts that something might be wrong, infection, ect and you should get checked.

Well my breasts were radiating heat, they tripled in size, and I couldn’t even touch them. These descriptions only got worse over the next couple of days. I kept on telling myself, we are going to O’s appointment soon for her check up and I will ask then. I seriously thought that something was wrong though.  I am a pretty small breasted girl and these new boobies looked like porn star status.

I was nervous to take anything other then the medication the doctor had me taking already so I resorted to other things. Lets just say that ice packs, hot showers and these lansinoh soothie gel pads were my best friend. I would pop them in the fridge and let them cool and place them on.

Seriously no one can explain to you how much pain your boobs will be in once the milk comes in and there are times that your nipples hurt from the baby latching on. But once you get past it its the most rewarding experience. I love having my little bundle of joy cuddled up so close to me all the time, I love the convenience of having food on us at all times, and I love knowing that I’m giving her the best food I can, plus the money we saved from not having to buy formula was always a plus as well. I am not judging anyone that doesn’t breastfeed their babies. I know every mother does what is best for their baby and everyone has different circumstances and opinions. This is just my opinion and experience. What was your first few days like being home from the hospital? Did you miss being at the hospital at all?

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Rose To Life, Michelle Moehle, Baby Photos, 4 days old photo

Rose To life, Michelle Moehle, 4 days old, Baby photos

 

Miss O was so tiny at her first pediatrician appointment, she was 6 lbs 2 oz & didn’t fit into any of her clothes. I didn’t fit into any of my clothes either. I had a very unrealistic view of what my body would look like afterwards. My husband was the one that had to remind me often that I just had a baby.