Shopping for Melia at BuyBuy Baby!

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Shopping Spree!!

I had so much fun the other day at buybuy Baby shopping for so many new things for Melia! If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my Story, because I documented the whole thing!

Melia is growing up soooo fast! It's amazing how quickly they change into new little versions of themselves. I feel like it was just yesterday I brought her home from the hospital, and with the blink of an eye, she’s now almost 4 months old!

I remember when she only first started to really open her eyes and look around, and observe the world around her. Now she's not only making the cutest little sounds all day every day, but she’s kicking, reaching for things, putting everything in her mouth, smiling, and playing… it's amazing! She’s so aware! Every morning when she wakes up and it's like she has learnt something new in her sleep!

All this to say… I HAD to go and buy her some new cute toys and clothes since she’s growing so fast and needs to stimulate her mind!

Kelsey helped me out while I was there, and showed me around the store. I was able to ask her all my 101 questions I had about Melia, and a growing baby, and she not only recommended so many amazing sensory toys, but also helped me choose so many fun little outfits and other baby essentials that I never even realize I would need!

Out of everything, I think the sensory toys that I bought for her were seriously Melia’s favourite! She loves the sounds the toys make, and they keep her entertained for a long time (long enough for me to do something else around the house in the meantime!)

The Munch Baby Mitt is a total life saver! She loves it! It's so cute, because right now she’s at a point where she puts everything in her mouth, so the mitts go right on her hand and make a crinkly sound which makes her soooo happy and excited! She loves it so much that I actually went back and bought her a second one, that way if one gets dirty, I have a back up!

Same with the book and other toys I got her that have so many beautiful bright colours that grab her attention, and make sounds that gets her little curious mind working!

I finally got her a mobile for her crib. Which you guys (on Instagram) helped me choose! I ended up getting the Just Born Dream Music Mobile in Pink/White. She isn't in her crib yet, but I am starting to get her used to her new room by putting her in her crib and playing the mobile while I do things like laundry or make the bed. She gets so happy when the mobile starts playing music and the little animals start spinning around, it's just so precious!

I also got her the cuuutesssstttttt little Baby Girl Outfits! She’s wearing size 3-6 month, but I got her some sizes even bigger so she can use them for a longer time. Melia is pretty tall for her “age” (lol is 4 months considered an age? Adorable!) so I have to put her in bigger clothes if not they are too tight! Isn’t everything so cute???

I have a Boppy which stays upstairs in my bedroom for when I feed her before bed and at night - but whenever I am downstairs I always try to get comfy on the couch with pillows to feed and sometimes it becomes difficult, so I got a second Boppy® Luxe Pillow with Reversible Slipcover in Giraffe to make life a little easier! Also, it's great because when I go to my parents or out of the house, I can bring this one and not worry about forgetting it anywhere, because I know I at least have the original one in my room.

And lastly, I got some cookies that help me make milk! They are called Milkmakers® 10-Count Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies and they actually taste so good! The box comes in a pack of 10 bags, and you can have one bag a day to help you produce milk and help in lactation.

Honestly thank you so much to everyone at buybuy BABY, especially Kelsey! She is amazing, and helped me out so much! Anyone who is in the Ottawa area should definitely check them out at the Train Yards location and ask for Kelsey. And even if you are not in Ottawa, they have a website online with everything!

PS: Let me know if you guys have any questions about any of the products I got, I can totally help you pick out some cute things for your baby! Just send me a DM on Instagram!

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Feeling WONDERFUL on Christmas Morning!!

This post was sponsored by WonderBra, but all opinions are my own.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! 

Girls! Take out your long fuzz socks, warm blankets and comfy pjs because Winter is finally here! Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for laying out hours in the sun, swimming in the pool, and driving around town with my windows down (cause I’m a cool mom!), but for some reason I am really looking forward to this year’s Winter!

I’m sure it has everything to do with the fact that it’s going to be Melia’s first Winter, and we are going to be able to celebrate Christmas and New Years together! My eyes are watering up just thinking about it, and my heart just exploded (joking not joking). 

So I have been getting everything ready for Christmas, and I still need to find a tree, and some cute pjs for us to wear (any suggestions?), but I DO have the house partially decorated, gifts partially wrapped, and some comfy bras to wear because lets face it, Christmas just isn’t the same without feeling 100% comfortable, and wonderful… especially as a mom! 

Comfort is the utmost important for me, so I have recently stocked up on some of my favourite WonderBra bras, since they are not only cozy, but also provide flexibility, stretch, and beautiful designs to choose from! What better way to feel and look beautiful then with a WonderBra that has the best combination of quality, comfort, and fashion! I also love that they offer a selection of underwire & wirefree bras, plus size bras, and more. There’s so much to choose from!

Here is a list of the WonderBras I got for Christmas:

I am so excited to wear these for the holiday season, and forever to be honest! As a mom, I am always running around the house picking up socks, Kleenex, changing diapers, doing laundry, making food, changing more diapers, tidying up, making the bed, giving Melia a bath, (lol what DON’T we do?).. But this Christmas morning, I know that I will look and feel wonderful, wearing my beautiful and comfortable WonderBras!

So if you are looking for the perfect bra, I highly recommend them. I wish I would have discovered them sooner!

By the way, I’ll definitely be sharing photos of our Christmas celebrations on Instagram, so if you’d like to check them out follow me: @carlamariabruno and Melia: @meliazeineddine

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CeraVe Baby Products

This post was sponsored by CeraVe, but all opinions are my own.

I have been on the hunt for the perfect baby products for Melia, especially since the cold and dry weather is coming up! Melia has been so good so far without any skin problems, but who knows what this winter will have in store for us!

I have been reading a lot about CeraVe Baby Products, and after a lot of careful research I decided to purchase some - and I am SO HAPPY I did.

I started with their Bebe Lotion, Wash & Shampoo, and Ointment, and I honestly love everything so far! I feel safe using their products on Melia, not only because the reviews speak so highly about them (especially for dry, oily, and eczema skin) but also because the ingredient list is not questionable at all.

CeraVe Bebe does more then just clean and moisturize, as it’s made to protect and maintain our babies sensitive skin without any harsh ingredients. Actually, adults and kids can use it too - not just babies!

I wash Melia’s bum with water after almost every diaper change, and when it’s really messy, I try to use some baby wash too. However, since I am washing so often, I had to find a body wash that would be safe and soft for her. The CeraVe Bebe Wash & Shampoo has been amazing for that. It is formulated with 3 essential ceramides and vitamins, which makes it so gentle and kind to her sensitive skin, that I have been able to use it as often as I’d like without being worried that her skin might get irritated.

Their Baby Lotion works wonders as well! Our bedtime routine always starts with a nice gentle message for Melia to soothe her skin, and get her relaxed and ready for bed time. The CeraVe Bebe Lotion keeps her skin soft and hydrated without being greasy. It’s light, fragrance-free and very gentle. I also love to use it after her bath, as it helps to protect, replenish and maintain her delicate skin moisture barrier. It quickly absorbs into the skin, and leaves her feeling smooth and healthy.

Now, the CeraVe Bebe Healing Ointment is my favourite product so far. I truly feel it needs to be in every store. It is AMAZING! I have been lucky with no diaper rash yet, nevertheless I have been reading so many reviews about how it works wonders when it comes to diaper rashes - so I am using it to help prevent them. After I wash her body or bum with water and CeraVe Bebe Wash & Shampoo, I use the ointment within minutes after drying her up, to really help protect her from dry skin and seal out wetness. It has a unique, lanolin free formula with a non-greasy feel, which I love!

I am so happy I came across their line of baby products, and I know you will be too. I highly recommend them as they are affordable, gentle, and fragrance free! CeraVe Baby Products are super safe for our babies delicate skin, and thats why I always turn to them when it comes to using only the the best products for Melia.

It is totally worth it!

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My MOVO Photo SmartCine!

Hey guys! It has been a while since my last blog post, and to be honest it hasn’t been easy trying to find time to sit down to write, now that I have a newborn baby basically hanging off of me 24/7 lol. She’s the cutest thing ever though! I am literally so obsessed! Like, where did she come from? Does anyone even know where babies ACTUALLY come from? lol Somewhere in the universe I’m sure…

Ok, but seriously philosophical questions aside, I have been attempting to catch every single family moment (as you can probably tell from all the daily photos I post on my Instagram Account and her Instagram Account). I have been trying to film and take photos of everything when it comes to Melia. But honestly it’s not easy trying to capture high-quality REAL moments, without having to set up a whole day for “photoshoots”.

So, I came across the MOVO Photo SmartCine Video Kit, and it’s a total game changer! I fell in love with it and I wanted to share it with you because I know you will love it too! I got myself one just now and let me tell you, it is the BEST!

The Video Kit works with any smartphone, and it’s super easy to put together (I posted a photo and video on my Instagram if you want to check it out for more info).

The Kit comes with two high quality lenses (one fish eye and one wide angle), an LED Ring Light (I know all the girls out there are going to LOVE that, makes for a flawless selfie!), a professional microphone, a portable rig for easy movement, a security grip and so much more!

They’re currently on Kickstarter, so go check them out and give them some support with a pledge! You can help back them and in return get a MOVO Photo SmartCine yourself! I have been having so much fun with mine, taking photos around the house and taking it out with me on the road, or to my parents house. It’s so easy to use that even they have been joining in on the fun and taking professional family photos and videos on a daily basis!

Here are some selfie photos I took using the SmartCine with the Wide Angel and Fish Eyed Lenses!

I am so happy, now I can capture all of life’s moments easily and in high-quality, thanks to the SmartCine!

My Breastfeeding & Pumping Journey

Its official! I am a mommy to my beautiful little girl - Melia Zeineddine <3

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I have been getting a lot of questions about my experience with breastfeeding and pumping so I wanted to share my journey with all of you! I have been using the Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric Breast Pump, and I wanted to write about some of the things I loved about it, and how it has helped me along the way.

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I am so grateful to say that I got lucky with breastfeeding. Melia latched on right away with no issues at all, and my colostrum came in right away. I think it took about 5 days or so for my milk to come in, but Melia was great at feeding every 2-3 hours which really helped my body learn to keep producing milk.

The first two weeks she slept a lot, so I would wake her to feed about every 3 hours, and in between feedings I would pump. The reason why I did this is because I wanted to train my body to make as much milk as possible!

The Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric Breast Pump was so easy to use right from the beginning. It is very user friendly and very easy to put together and take a apart (which is very advantageous when you have a baby who needs you 24/7 now!) Also, the Lansinoh Pump has different speed and suction settings, so I can easily choose between different levels to make it as similar to how Melia feeds as possible. I also love that it has a close system design to hygienically keep breastmilk from backing up into the tubing system.

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At the beginning, my breastfeeding and pumping routine was roughly feeding every 3-4 hours, and pumping every 1.5-2 hours. Now, my routine has changed since Melia is feeding more often. She is cluster feeding which basically means she feeds every hour or so during the day (sometimes more). At night is when she sleeps a good 6-7 hours straight , so instead of pumping during the day, I pump right before bed and store it in the fridge.

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Once Melia goes back to feeding everything 2-4 hours, Ill introduce pumping into my daily routine again, and not just my nightly routine. But for now this is what seems to work for us! I also love that I can either use both electric pumps, or one electric pump at a time. Some nights I have enough to pump from both sides and I use the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra (HIGHLY recommend!!), and other nights I have the option to pump only on one side if need be.

The pump itself is very easy to use, and the suction cups are very comfortable and pain free! Its also very easy to clean and put together / take apart which I love because I need as much time-saving products as possible in my life right now!

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I never really knew what to expect with my breastfeeding and pumping journey, I wasn’t sure if I would have a lot or a little, or anything at all. I can honestly say though, that using the Lansinoh Breast Pump helped me bring in milk, and now helps me safely and comfortably pump my milk so that I can store it for the days when we leave Melia with family. It’s also wonderful that my husband can take part in feedings as well!

I also never pump without the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra! I have so much to do around the house, with the newborn baby, my work, blogging, Instagram, etc., that I always need my hands for something! So this bra saved my life because before I had it I would have to stop everything I was doing in order to pump. Now, I don’t have to feel stuck, and I can get other things done while I pump. Multitasking is something that all moms know how to do all too well!

If you have any questions about either product, send me a DM on my Instagram. I would be happy to help however I can, or answer any further questions you may have about breastfeeding, pumping, or the products! I hope this blog post helps you with feeding your baby and choosing a breast pump (if you choose to pump)!

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Until next time! xo

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