Hannah Bauman

a blog dedicated to my journey into motherhood

An introduction to LuLaRoe

Hey there! I see that it’s been quite a long time since I posted anything new… whoops! Life has been busy to say the least! I currently have 3 jobs (which I wasn’t exactly expecting) while being a stay-at-home mom. That’s my favorite occupation πŸ™‚

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In September I re-discovered LuLaRoe clothing. While I was pregnant I wore whatever I could find on-sale, but afterwards I was craving something unique and flattering to my new postpartum body. About a year ago I had started following LuLaRoe groups on Facebook and was excited when I re-discovered them.

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What is LuLaRoe? LuLaRoe is a clothing brand sold exclusively by in-home consultants. Styles include their ever popular leggings, dresses, shirts and skirts for men, women and children. They create the most adorable prints and only release a certain number of each print, thus creating “unicorns,” or super desirable prints! I love their clothing because of the fun prints, but even more so for the modest, yet cute styles. As a new mom, I want to be comfortable in my clothes while taking care of Summit. That means I need to be able to bend over or get down on the floor in a moment’s notice. These clothes are made for that lifestyle! They are comfy, but still cute so you feel good wearing them.

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After a lot of thinking and praying (and A LOT of women asking me where I had gotten these cute clothes), I decided to sell LuLaRoe! Luckily I have the support of my husband and family as I embark on this new adventure. I’m about three weeks away from having my initial inventory and I cannot wait! If you’d like to learn more or join my online sales group, visit this page:Β https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoeHannahBauman/. I will have online sales weekly as well as announce my in-home parties. Everyone is welcome to stop by my house and try on some LuLaRoe. I hope you fall in love with these clothes just like I did πŸ™‚

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The Amelia is one of my favorites… it has pockets! #gamechanger

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The Carly is perfect for my post-body body. I love belting it to provide some shape!

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Of course the leggings are amazing! Perfect for days at home with the babe or while traveling… or while doing anything!

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Family spam! I just had to share this recent picture of Matt, Summit and I. I’m so grateful to have them in my life and excited that LuLaRoe gives me the opportunity to stay home.

Every mom needs a quick meal idea…

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Every (new) mom needs a quick meal idea- am I right?! I’m working on building a list of recipes that I can make anytime. Here are my criteria: quick, easy, few ingredients, mostly healthy and delicious! I’ve fallen in love with slow cooker meals. I know that’s weird since it’s the middle of summer- but they are quick and easy. Especially when you have only a few minutes before your newborn is hungry or wants to be held again πŸ™‚ Added bonus- your house won’t get super hot with a slow cooker like it does with an oven!

One of my favorite slow cooker recipes is Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. It’s a recipe I found on Twin Cities Mom Blog– which is a great local resource for recipes, mom groups and more! If you’re a new mom, or looking for something fun to read- check it out πŸ™‚ I won’t reprint the recipe word for word here, but take my word for it- this recipe is easy and it will turn out delicious with plenty of leftovers that freeze perfectly! Add some coleslaw and BBQ sauce- it will soon become your favorite home cooked meal. It’s definitely a favorite at my house!

p.s. Summit is really missing the Olympics! Can you tell by this adorable pic? He is just learning how to smile and it melts my heart every.single.time.

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Better late than never…

Ok so it has been a while… but having a newborn makes things like writing go right out the window πŸ™‚ All things besides the baby MUST wait!

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Summit Thomas Bauman was born on July 7th at 1:58pm weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 22 inches. After 4 days of induction and labor, we went into an emergency c-section. Luckily both of us were ok after an additional 4 day stay in the hospital. When the release date came, we were thrilled to break out of there! My experience with induction was less than perfect and I intend to write about it soon. I feel as though not enough people talk about what can and what will happen when a woman is induced.

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Anyway onto a more happy topic- yesterday was my husband Matt’s birthday and Summit’s one month! It’s hard to believe that a month has already flown by since we had our little guy. He has changed our life for the better and also makes sure we have much less sleep than before πŸ™‚ Matt is an awesome dad and helps so much! I think I’ve healed so well from the c-section because of his willingness to step up and give me some rest. Before I had a baby, I would hear people say “it takes a village to raise a child.” Now, I know that is true. Of course you could go it alone, but I couldn’t imagine trying to raise Summit without the help of our family and friends! The visits and texts from people I know help me through those rough moments throughout the day. Summit is a really good baby (I MIGHT be biased in saying that) so we have been blessed with some sleep and not too much crying (knock on wood).

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When we first brought him home there were so many unknowns… what was he like? what did he like? What would help him stop crying? How would he sleep? Matt and I were just learning and so was Summit. I can tell you a few things we cannot live without:

The Baby Shusher

So, I wasn’t really sold on this thing at first… it’s basically a little sound machine that rhythmically shushes at your baby. It has saved our sleep so many times! This sound mimics the womb and truly puts Summit to sleep almost immediately. If he’s crabby or feeling upset- we use this, and in combination with other techniques, it works! I’d highly recommend one to any new parent. It runs about $35, but it’s seriously worth it! Big thanks to my friend Elise who bought this for our baby shower- you were right and we owe you one πŸ™‚

The Happiest Baby on the Block

Have you ever heard of the 5 S’s? Dr. Harvey Karp discovered this technique (or lifesaver, as we would call it) when he was studying in theΒ Kalahari Desert. Basically the idea is that human babies are born too early and for the first 3 months of their lives we need to re-create those feelings they had in the womb. The 5 S’s are swaddle, side, shush, swing and suck. I would highly recommend watching his DVD or reading his book. Matt and I watched the DVD (well, I feel asleep, but that’s nothing against you, Harvey- I was just super tired). Matt has perfected the 5 S’s and I swear to you- it calms Summit and both of us down every single time.

Halo Sleep Sacks

Summit does not like getting dressed. Seriously this kid would rather be naked than anything else! Well, except that he gets cold… so what do we do? Put him in a sleep sack of course! The Halo Sleep Sacks has been another lifesaver for us. They are super easy to use, and if you ever forget how to swaddle a baby, there are instructions sewn in a panel! πŸ™‚ We use these at night and during the day when we are at home. Since babies need to sleep on their backs and not have any blankets over them- these sleep sacks are the perfect option. They are also very user friendly with a zipper and velcro. Perfect for those sleepy middle of the night diaper changes πŸ™‚

Ok that’s all the time I have for writing now… have to change a diaper πŸ™‚ until next time!

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First post ever… and 3 days overdue!

Hey there everyone! It’s my first post πŸ™‚ If you want to get to know me a bit more, check out my About page of the blog. Otherwise, if you’re already a family member or friend- you probably know this stuff, so you can skip it πŸ™‚

Currently I am 3 days over my due date with my first baby. I know what you’re all thinking: how can she even manage?! due dates are estimates, Hannah. This is your first baby- he will probably be late! Ok- I wish someone would have told me that sooner. I have never been very patient (ask my mom she’s always had to deal with it) so waiting to have this child is literally like watching paint dry. I’m so excited/anxious/overwhelmed with emotions to meet this little guy- I really can’t even stand it! I hope that’s a normal feeling.

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While I’m still pregnant, I wanted to take a moment to remember some of the things I will miss about having this baby in my belly. Right now I want to move forward but I bet I’ll really miss many things once I’m not pregnant anymore…here are just a few:

Feeling the baby move! Isn’t is amazing when you feel your baby move for the first time? For me it was like having nervous butterflies without actually performing on stage. I loved knowing that I was the only one feeling this little creation move inside of me. Now though everyone can tell when he moves because there isn’t much room in my belly!

Getting away with almost anything! I feel like everyone gives you the benefit of the doubt when you’re pregnant. People open doors for you, they ask if you need anything, deadlines seem not so stressful at work. It’s almost like everyone is looking out for you while you are making a tiny human being. That’s pretty cool- thanks, Universe!

Wearing comfortable clothes. This is kind of a double edge sword- while I absolutely love wearing my maxi dresses and bump-start sweatpants, I am getting antsy to wear my old clothes again. What I would give for some normal jeans. Guess I’ll still have to wait a little bit longer yet!

Preparing to bring a new life into your family, your home and this world. It’s really been fun creating the nursery with my husband and dreaming about our new life with the baby. I’m constantly thinking about things we are going to do as a family of three- like visiting the state fair, trips up north, weekends in our backyard, getting a puppy (eventually, Matt says…) and more. Taking this time to visualize and mediate about our life has been wonderful and probably will not happen as much once we bring a newborn home. I hope I can remember all of our dreams once we are sleep-deprived.

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I’ve really been blessed with this pregnancy and cannot wait (LITERALLY) to meet the new addition to our family!

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