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5Qs with Anna

Name: Anna Sommers Treece

Neighborhood: Montclair, NJ #suburbs (via DUMBO, BK)

Occupation: Momma, Consultant and Postpartum Doula

Baby’s Gender: It’s a boy! (again) #momofboys

How would you describe your pregnant style?

I always focus on comfortable since I have a 2.5-year-old toddler at home with me most of the time - and keeping up with him is key. That being said, I try to find fun and edgy pieces that I can pair with comfort so that I feel “like myself” while I’m pregnant. I like to mix ripped jeans with fitted sweaters and ballet flats, or boyfriend jeans with a bulkier sweater and clogs and I feel like I’m not too far off from what I would have worn pre-pregnancy.

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Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during pregnancy?

One of the first things I noticed when I was pregnant with my first son is that I had a hard time identifying with a lot of maternity styles, so I would get maternity leggings and jeans and then more flowy tops from stores like Calypso St. Barth. Doing that made me feel like I wasn’t losing myself for 9 months plus I had some great postpartum pieces once baby arrived.

With this pregnancy one of my must-haves was finding ripped boyfriend jeans that were similar to a rag & bone pair that I wore all the time pre-pregnancy. I lucked out with a pair from ASOS maternity and they are definitely a go-to. I also find myself focusing more on shoes and bags. Clogs from Hanna Andersson this time around make me feel chic and are a comfy choice to chase a toddler.

 

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How different this pregnancy is compared to my first. I was convinced I was having a girl it was so different! I had a relatively easy pregnancy with my son and I have been battling hypermesis gravidarum (still at 19 weeks!) and am really thankful for diclegis. Without anti-nausea medication there is no way I would be able to exist at home with a toddler. This pregnancy also got off to a rough start and I was monitored closely the first 10 weeks as I battled low progesterone and bleeding. I was so fearful of losing someone that we were so hopeful for.

I am also surprised at how tired I am (even in my second trimester!). My husband has been a total lifesaver for helping ensure I get to sleep in on weekends and rest when I need to. Week days can be a bear if Sullivan decides to skip his daily nap or takes a few hours to get to sleep at night. Toddlers! Supportive husband is my hero.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

I am so excited to welcome him into our zoo! He has a big brother who is so excited to meet him, a father who is waiting to welcome him into our #gingersnap clan and two fur-siblings who will love him as much as they love his big brother. Our family has so much love to give this little boy once he hits earthside.

What’s your 5 registry essentials?

  1. Nose Frida (it’s gross, but it helped us so much — even now)
  2. Baby Nest’s Snuggle Nest Surround. We are a co-sleeping family and this is key for helping set boundaries in the bed.
  3. Ring Sling or Wrap. Ring slings and Stretchy Wraps are great for newborns and we love Sakura Bloom and Solly Baby. They help keep baby close and give you freedom throughout your days.
  4. Organic Cotton bodysuits. Softest bodysuits are a wonderful gift for expectant momma’s.
  5. Dutailer Verona Glider in Gray. Never underestimate the value of a comfortable (and chic) glider. We still use this to ready stories to our son.

Anna is wearing:

A Pea in the Pod Elbow Sleeve Rouched T-Shirt

Hanna Anderssson Maternity Midi Skirt

Maguba Swedish Clogs

This post was brought to you by Hanna Andersson. Check out Hanna Andersson’s brand new maternity collection and organic pima layette then treat yourself to 25% off both collections using the code BUMPENVY until April 10, 2016.

Original photography by Lori Berkowitz.

Shot on location at Burson & Reynolds.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

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Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



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