Jeans: J. Brand 10″ Skinny Jeans via Gilt (buy)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Astor Slingbacks (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors “Small Runway” MK5430 (buy)
Purse: Chanel replica m/l flap (similar)
Our amazing nanny
For any new parents out there, did you decide to go back to work? How did you decide on childcare?
John Marine says
Even in your absence from the blogosphere, your sense of style remains sweet. Stylish peplum top along with the sweet open-toe pumps. Looking wonderful here, Kileen.
Frannie Pantz says
Oh how I remember this struggle! I ended up using a daycare, but it was one that I really loved and my daughter (the youngest of my three) just "graduated" from there because she is going into first grade–she was there since she was a toddler! It is so important to have that piece of mind. I used an in home daycare with my oldest and found out years later that she had abused my son actually. Nothing is more unsettling. I am so glad to see you posting again Kileen. As I said, I'd been thinking about you a lot. I had a miscarriage last month 🙁 and I really thought of you because I hadn't heard how things were going with you and I was kind of scared to ask. I am so glad to see your healthy, happy smiling baby boy!
Definitely a tough situation, especially when the cost care is so high, but I'm glad things worked out!
Love your cute peplum, the jeweled collar is great.
A good nanny is worth all the money in the world. Her (or his) job is to care for your most beloved possession. I'm so glad you found a good one!
Your bubs is so cute! Welcome back to the blogsphere 😉
Faith J. says
Wow, fab post! You have found the PERFECT nanny, and I am so excited for you. I returned to work part-time after 10 weeks of maternity leave, and with no family in-town, our baby went to daycare. Now that he is almost 1 year old, I am going to be working in the office full-time. We have a Montessori daycare that we really like and trust. Yes, our baby got many illnesses in his first year (including dreaded, terrible RSV).
Faith J. says
Would love to hear if you are back into pre-pregancy clothes or if you've had to buy all new stuff. 🙂
My husband and I hired a nanny, too. I realize that some do judge me for not staying home and taking care of my baby, but I strongly believe that my God given role is a woman, which includes a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, career woman, and many more!
With some many horror stories about nannies, we installed CCTV at home, and so far, so good. The nanny takes a good care of Baby Michael, and eventhough he spends a lot of time with the sitter, he still knows who his mommy is! My husband is happy too, because I still have the time and energy for him at the end of working days. So it's a win win solution for everyone! ^__^
LeeAnne, Style N Season
oh goodness, i'm so terribly sorry to hear about your miscarriage. i was actually really scared of miscarrying during my last pregnancy too as my bleeding was pretty bad, but i was really lucky and made it until the end.
and i can't believe they were abusing children at the in-home daycare! hopefully it's been reported? i just can't even imagine something like that.
Oh your baby is coming up on the 1-year mark too? Our babies must have birthdays that are close to each other! When was your little one born?
And I'm so glad you were able to find a good daycare. I had a co-worker who's baby also had RSV after doing in-home daycare. I think it's just one of those really hard-to-avoid illnesses in that first year. We've really lucked out so far and Dylan's only had an ear infection and a mild case of roseola. It's scary when your baby gets sick. I know that we'll be transitioning into daycare as well in a couple years so we'll see how that goes. I'm looking into Montessori options as well.
I am back in pre-pregnancy clothes actually! I was actually lucky enough that I was able to fit into my jeans through my entire pregnancy and just use a belly band to help keep things up. I did invest in a few maternity tops and dresses that I rotated through while pregnant — they
were indispensable during those last few weeks when my belly was huge!
My weight loss after pregnancy has been an interesting journey. I am back in pre-pregnancy clothes but they just don't fit me the same. I'm still nursing so fitting my enormous boobs into my previous shirts just don't look right. I also started doing crossfit to get back into shape and my arms are a bit more muscular now so previous shirts also just fit differently. In the end, I'm still wearing about half of my previous wardrobe and have invested in a few new things here and there to accommodate the changes in my body.
LeeAnne, it sounds like you have a great system in place! I also think that going to work and coming home to my husband and baby is a better balance for me as well. I know there is so much judgment when it comes to childcare, but like everything else with parenting, it's just about finding what works for you.
I also don't have CCTV installed at my place but I've thought about adding it. What system did you buy and was it hard to install?
Faith J. says
He was born July 19. Yes, now that he's had RSV I want to have future kids born in the spring, so when RSV season hits, they're older. I have learned to trust my instincts. We caught the RSV early because his "cold" felt more serious than other colds he had.
Faith J says
I'm in about half of my pre-pregnancy clothes, but pants and shorts are difficult, I'm carrying the last 6 pounds all in my waist. I'm nursing too, so anything button-up does not fit! I used to wear very fitted clothes, now I look for looser styles. 🙂
July 19 is my birthday!! 🙂
And good thing you trusted your mommy instincts and caught the RSV early.
I've definitely got extra "fluff" around my waist too. For me, that's been the most stubborn part of my body to get back to pre-pregnancy. And yes to looser styles. 🙂
Angie @ pandaphilia.com says
welcome back kileen! you have been missed and i'm glad that you and baby dylan and nanny are all doing well 🙂