Prey Swim has been a long-time passion project for me, and I couldn’t be happier to share what we’ve been working on. The first Resort 2017 collection is currently available at www.preyswim.com, and it is inspired by my love for the beach, exotic travels around the globe, and Southern California, of course!
We recently celebrated with a Moroccan-themed party to kick off the launch! The space was beautifully decorated to complement the collection with Bohemian accents from Witty Rentals and oversized palm leaves and sleek succulents provided by Florist Petals LA! Guests enjoyed specialty Ciroq Mango cocktails, custom desserts by Cake Studio, and wine minis by Electric Sky Wine while listening to music by DJ Lindsay Luv.
If you haven’t already checked out the Prey Swim collection, you’re missing out! All of the suits are reversible and made with high quality fabrics, so they cater to all body types and busts ranging from Size A – DD. I am so happy to present to you the Prey Swim Resort 2017 collection!!
I feel so lucky to have a well-behaved and easy-going baby, BUT I would be lying if I didn’t say that I could use some beauty rest… Because who doesn’t love sleep?!
Before Kirra was even born, Corey and I did research on everything we could possibly need to know about feedings, naps, and caring for an infant. Still, nothing quite prepares you for the lack of sleep a newborn brings on, which is why I have been seeking out advice from anyone willing to help!
One of the best (and most helpful!) reads I’ve come across was Ashley Fultz’s advice on how to get your baby to sleep. Ashley’s blog, The Style Editrix, tackles a wide range of motherhood topics and offers beneficial information for moms of all ages, so be sure to check it out! Here are Ashley’s 5 tips to help get your baby (and you!) more sleep:
1. Get On A Routine/Schedule: In the very beginning I was desperate for some sort of a routine or schedule. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing with my newborn all day, so I am thankful for the book Cherish The First Six Weeks because it gave me ideas for a routine including times for feedings, nap time, playtime and nighttime. You are obviously at your baby’s command at first, so sometimes you can’t really control the schedule, but the sooner you get your brain on board the sooner your baby will love and crave the routine and THIS is the key factor in my opinion for a strong sleeper. Smith started sleeping long stretches (6 hours at a time) at 6 weeks and this was no accident! Also in terms of a routine make sure your baby gets to know his days from nights from the get go. Babies are sometimes nocturnal when they are born so making it loud and bright during the day is super important, just as making it quiet, calm and dark in the evening is. Believe me, this is setting you up for success.
2. Stretch Your Feedings Once You Get Approval: So in the beginning you are told you need to feed your baby on demand, which I completely did, but then after a few weeks when your baby get’s to a certain weight, your doctor will tell you you can go to feedings every two hours if your baby will let you stretch it to that. If it’s tough in the beginning, that’s normal, but both my doctor and baby class teacher said even distracting and stretching the in between time for 15 minutes to get closer to the two hour mark, the better and then eventually when the baby starts eating more you can stretch to the three hour mark! My BIGGEST tip is to wake the baby every two hours so that they get in all of their feedings (or three if that’s where you are) – the saying never wake a sleeping baby is NOT true. I learned that you want to feed your baby as much as you can during the day so at night they are not starving and waking up to eat. I also will say I had it easier once I switched to formula because I was very aware of the number of ounces he was eating and always staying ahead of the curve in terms of if he eats all of the formula, fill the bottle up more next time in case he wants more – he won’t overeat from what I was told by my pediatrician.
3. Swaddle and Crib: According to my pediatrician, the hospital where I delivered, along with both the books BabyWise and Cherish the First Six Weeks, they all agree that swaddling in the first few months is super important to helping your baby sleep. They just came from a tight cozy place in your belly and need this to feel safe and comfortable and it keeps them from waking from their startle reflex or just hitting themselves in the face when they have no control over their movements. Even if they fight it and try to get out of the swaddle, supposedly they all love it and need it. We have tried all swaddles with Smith from just regular blankets where we made the swaddles, which is hard, to easier ones that have velcro like the Swaddle Me or buttons from Aden and Anais, and then once he started breaking out of those we moved to the Love To Swaddle that zips until just recently when he started rolling over (don’t swaddle when they can roll over on their belly – very dangerous!). Now we have moved on to the Zipadee-Zip, which isn’t really a swaddle, but he loves being zipped up and and it’s better with his hards covered so they aren’t all over his face at night. One quick thing about the crib – we moved Smith out of our room and the bassinet at six or seven weeks and that is when he started sleeping for longer stretches at night right away. I honestly think we were waking him up by rolling around or just him smelling me.
4. The DREAM Feed: The Dream Feed is an actual dream for me! I was really confused as to what it was in the beginning, but I swear it made our life! This is a HUGE reason why Smith started sleeping through the night from nine weeks and on. Basically what happens is we treated the 7pm feed as the last feed of the night before we put him to bed, but then got him up and woke him as little as possible at 10 or 10:30 for the “dream feed”. The concept is getting in another feed for the night while you are still awake (hahah in the beginning you are dead asleep at this time) but it’s better than being woken up at 1 or 2 am to him crying because he is hungry. This really set him up to sleep all night. We first got him to sleep until 2 or 3am, and then 5am until finally 7am – which basically meant he was sleeping 12 hours, minus the dream feed. We eventually figured out Smith didn’t want to get up for the dream feed around three months or so, which led to us giving him smaller and smaller amounts of formula to wean him off until he slept through the night without it. Otherwise, the doctor said your baby can definitely sleep through the night without a feeding at 4 months or 14 pounds. They are big enough then to sleep train them if you need to. We didn’t have to because Smith was already on such a great pattern.
5. Sleep Begets Sleep: Don’t be afraid that if you let your baby take too many naps during the day that he won’t sleep at night. Smith has always taken 3-4 naps per day and sleeps great at night. I know when he is getting super fussy and not happy with anything, that it’s time for a nap. I am told there is a direct correlation between good daytime sleeping and good nighttime sleep. This also means that in the first few months we really scaled back our daytime schedule and didn’t make a ton of plans because we wanted him to get good long naps in his bed and where it was quiet. It’s not fun in the beginning, but once you sleep it is well worth it.
Hope you enjoy these tips from Ashley! Every baby is different, everyone has their own tricks, and your doctor might advise you differently, but this advice has been SO helpful in getting Kirra to sleep and on a routine. Now, onto the next challenge!
If you couldn’t already tell by my Decorist Boho bedroom makeover, I love everything Bohemian. So, I was thrilled to learn that my mom had plans to throw me a Bohemian-themed bridal shower brunch! The brunch took place at a restaurant in Newport Beach that had the most beautiful view of the harbor. All my closest friends and family joined us in celebrating this special (and different!) time in my life with delicious cake, lovely décor, and great company — All thanks to my amazing mom!:)
I had an incredible time catching up with everyone, talking about the wedding, and getting excited for everything that is to come for our little family! It’s crazy to think how much has changed for me in this past year! A new baby, a wedding on the way… what’s next?! See below for outfit details and pictures of my Bohemian Bridal Brunch
To align with the theme, my mom made these adorable flower crowns for everyone to wear — even Kirra had one! (For those of you who aren’t as crafty as she is, I included flower headband options below that are available for purchase!)
Alright… It’s time! Everyone is asking to see baby Kirra, and I can’t hold back any longer! We are so beyond in love with her!! I never imagined I could love someone with all that I have, but my love for her grows each and every day. And since everyone has been so patient, I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you all:)
We are so incredibly lucky! Kirra is the happiest, most beautiful baby with a constant smile and lots of goo-ing and gaa-ing! She loves giving Corey and I the biggest smiles, but I can’t wait until she giggles for the first time — right now she gives lots of expressions but no noise. She sleeps 6-7 hours a night (only waking up once or twice) and is pretty laid back (unless of course she’s hungry, has to burp, needs a diaper change, or gets restless!).
I absolutely love being a mom — Kirra is my number one priority. If I’m being completely honest, the first month of no sleep, C-Section recovery, unpacking, and getting back into the swing of things was pretty grueling. But, at the end of the day, all I had to do was take one look at Kirra and none of that mattered anymore. Plus, we had tons of help from our amazing friends and family! My new in-laws came out from Australia to stay with us for a bit, so we’ve had a few extra hands around the house.
Kirra is 8-weeks old now, and our lives are starting to settle down to normal. I’m no longer experiencing pregnancy brain, a roller coaster of emotions, or a lack of energy — In fact, I am officially back on my Pilates grind! But let me tell you, my core does NOT work out the way it used to… but I will get there! Once I have my routine in place, I’ll do a post on post-baby workout tips:)
I know these pictures were a long time coming, so I want to thank you all for your patience. I guess this new parenting thing has made us a little overprotective of our baby, but now that we have had time to soak it all in and adjust to our newest addition, I can’t wait to begin this journey as a new mother and share everything I learn along the way!
A lot of you have asked about my birth experience… So here it is!:)
I originally wanted to have a natural birth, but when I found out at 34 weeks that Kirra was still breech, I decided to seek out other options. Not only would it have been painful, but there are many risks — baby going into shock, umbilical cord wrapping around the neck, etc. — that could result in an emergency C-Section, and the cons were far scarier than the pros. So, we put everything in God’s hands and began researching other options.
Last pregnant selfie.
Before I was pregnant, I went to acupuncture every other week and continued to go throughout the pregnancy. I truly believe it helped with my aches, pains, and balance. I tried pre-natal yoga (wasn’t a fan), pre-natal Pilates (liked it, but didn’t stick with it), and was in my third trimester before I knew it! And for anyone who has been there, you can probably relate when I say that the LAST thing I wanted to do was work out. I went on a lot of walks and stayed fairly active during my third trimester, which definitely helped me a lot. I knew I wasn’t going to be pregnant forever, so why not enjoy it?!
Although we were initially bummed about Kirra’s positioning, Corey and I ended up having a blast trying different things to get her to flip! This hilarious photo below of Corey and I is proof — we did this everyday for 10 minutes! This technique is called Moxibustion, but we also tried all of the spinning baby suggestions, I went to my chiropractor (which really helped with my alignment, sciatic nerve, and hip flexors that KILLED toward the end of my pregnancy), and the swimming pool basically became my second home. I was floating on my belly, practicing hand stands, doing front flips (in the water, of course!), and anything else we could think of to take the pressure off.
I had to go on all fours for 10-15 minutes everyday while Corey lit the moxibustion tip and put it near a pressure point on my pinky toe. Then we switched feet!
My sister-in-law’s Greek family even suggested I put ouzo on my belly because it had worked on family members in the past, so I did this three nights in a row with no luck. As you can tell, we gave Kirra a fair chance to flip! I eventually accepted the facts and knew that flipping wasn’t part of God’s plans for this little Beauty.
The night before our C-Section I was beyond nervous! Corey and I could barely sleep with all the anticipation — we were finally going to meet her. We got up early and I immediately thought, “what if she flips last minute!!!” Haha, now THAT would have been a miracle. Thankfully I have an amazing doctor, so I knew I was in good hands no matter the situation.
After I received the shot and anesthesia in the operating room, I started getting teary-eyed! Corey held my hand and talked to me to try and take my mind off of what was really happening. I asked the nurse to play Jack Johnson during the surgery, which was so relaxing for me. I’m a super visual person and my imagination was running wild because I couldn’t see anything, so they held a mirror up above and I watched as they pulled one of Kirra’s legs out! She immediately yanked it back and everyone laughed (she’s been such a kicker!). Then, all I remember is the doctor saying, “Wow! She’s a lot bigger than we thought.”
Kirra Max Bohan June 24th, 2016 Weight: 8 pounds, 4 ounces Length: 20.5 inches
… No wonder she couldn’t flip!! As I watched them pull her entire body out of my belly, I was in awe and felt so blessed. Hearing her cry for the first time was the most beautiful sound ever! The nurses cleaned her and got the fluid out of her lungs, then she went straight to Corey’s arms. He was ecstatic! And Kirra definitely knew her daddy:)
While all of this was going on, I was laying there trying not to focus on the pressure and movement happening on my stomach. There was so much going on behind the blue curtain… That’s when the anesthesia REALLY hit me and, well, let’s just say my upchuck reflexes are working great:)
Luckily, I felt better once I was in the recovery room and able to hold Kirra for the first time. She instantly tried to latch onto my arm (which is a good sign!) so I began breastfeeding her immediately. I got really lucky that it was so easy for us — my milk didn’t even come for a couple of days, it was only colostrum at first. I do have to be honest, though… I’m still struggling with the pain of breastfeeding. After a while, it can be really painful! It still is at times…but it is so worth it!
Day 1: The day after Kirra’s birth was a blur. I was going back and forth from being sick from the medicine to feeling fine, but as long as I had Kirra I felt fine. It was nice to see all our family afterwards, too. Everyone was so excited to finally meet our baby girl!
Day 2: Mom, dad, and Kirra bonding. I finally felt recovered and back to normal — all thanks to the nurses for helping us with everything!
Day 3: Kirra goes home! We made the journey home on day 3 after they took the staples and made sure Kirra and I were healthy enough to go home. Milestone: I felt good enough to walk:)
Exhausted in zombie mode …the first week is all about bonding with the baby. Every time she falls asleep on me I just can’t move!
C-Section Afterthoughts: It really wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. Everyone has such a different experience, but my scar is right at my bikini line, the staples didn’t hurt when they were removed, I was walking by day 3, and off all pain meds by day 4 (except Motrin). I believe pain is your body letting you know something’s wrong and to slow down, so as soon as my incision starts burning or feeling achy I take it easy.
Corey: Corey reports for diaper and burp patrol on a regular basis. He usually let’s her lay on his chest around 4am so I can sleep for a few hours. He’s an amazing daddy already and Kirra knows his voice!
Sleep: Welllllll, that’s a different story! Corey and I have been in zombie mode! I’m up every 2-4 hours (like clock work) feeding her. She cries when she is hungry, she cries when she has a wet diaper, and she will even cry when she needs to burp! As exhausting as it is, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Lady: As far as Lady (our little Yorkie) is concerned, she hasn’t quite adjusted to Kirra being around. She thinks she’s a toy and runs in circles, barks, and stares at her with the cutest puppy dog face! She’s used to getting all of the attention but is slowly learning that she’s not the only baby in the house anymore.
We have passed the 2 week mark, and I still feel like I can fall in love over and over and over again. Corey and I can’t stop staring at her in awe! We can’t believe we made this precious little angel.