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5 Qs with Micaela

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5 Qs with Micaela
Name: Micaela Savoldelli Neighborhood: Florence, Italy Occupation: Mom, cofounder of a digital concierge solution for hotels and blogger on www.likemiljian.com Baby’s Gender: it’s a girl! How would you describe your pregnant style? I think that a pregnant body is the most wonderful and natural thing in the world, and that’s why I love to bring it in light. I’ve never considered my belly to be an obstacle but rather a side to be proud of. I love showing off my bump! I like that my style when I’m pregnant looks like what I am without a bump. Every day, I try to mix pieces of clothes that I have always had in my wardrobe with more comfortable clothes that fit a pregnant woman (and mama of a little boy of 18 months who loves running!) Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during pregnancy? This is my second pregnancy, but the first one that I live in summer, so I can't really wear the maternity clothes that I bought for my first pregnancy. I tried to find solutions with loose dresses and skirts with crop tops. I pay attention to materials, giving priority to what fits and espouses my bump. Everything I’ve worn during my pregnancy isn't maternity clothes, therefore reusable. So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? How completely different two pregnancies can be, even if they are close (I got pregnant when my first baby was 10 months). For this second pregnancy, though the first three months were a bit hard because of morning sickness, I did not even realize I was pregnant. But the feeling of wonder to have a life growing inside me is always the same. I really love being pregnant. What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? Everything. Everyday life. From breakfast in the morning to goodnight kisses. I look forward to living the life of a family of 4, to seeing my two children together and playing with both of them. What’s your 5 registry essentials? - Diapers - Cocoonababy ergonomic cocoon for newborn - Ergobaby baby carrier and beautiful and colorful baby wraps - All Petit Bateau newborn collection , especially the sleep sack - Stokke Baby Bath with newborn support Micaela is wearing: Asos hat (similar here) Zara jumpsuit (not maternity but so comfortable!) (here's a maternity version!) Vintage vest, bought at my favorite flea market in Florence! (similar here) Asos shoes (similar here)

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

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