Posted at 10:00 am , on October 11, 2017
Becoming a mom has been such a humbling experience. When I was modeling, I found it hard to make friends with people outside of the industry. Most people didn’t understand the industry and what I did, so it was just easier to stick with the people who did. Although I’ve always been outgoing and easy to get along with, I found myself becoming more and more of an introvert as the years went on. I always enjoyed my alone time and traveling alone, and it just got worse as time went on.
Posted at 10:00 am , on September 13, 2017
It’s important to always have enough “you” time, otherwise even the best of us can loose it. No one in your family benefits from a tired, worn out, frustrated mother. Sometimes it can be hard to let go and take some time for yourself (at least it is for me), but it’s so important for our well being and our family. There is nothing selfish about leaving the kids with dad for a couple hours to go get a mani/pedi or go to the gym. So many of us feel guilty when it comes to “me time”, but that should never be the case!
Posted at 5:00 pm , on July 19, 2017
Everyone’s always asking me what our diaper bag necessities are, so I figured I’d write up a list and share all my favorites! Being a new mom, I’ve learned that having a fully stocked diaper bag can turn a potential disaster into a small hurdle. And every mom can use a little win from time to time, am I right?
Posted at 5:00 pm , on July 12, 2017
I’ve had a lot of requests to share my birth story, so I finally took some time to write it all down and share with all of you the story of how little Lucy was born.
Lucy Toyoko Zvanut was born on October 13, 2016 at 4:43am at San Francisco General Hospital. She weighed in at 6.2oz and was 19 1/4 inches long. She was born a beautiful, healthy baby girl. Here’s the story of how we got there…
Posted at 5:00 pm , on June 28, 2017
When I found I was pregnant, my whole life got turned upside down. All of a sudden, I found myself cancelling all my travel plans and photo shoots for the future. I still did a lot of shooting in the early couple months, but due to my morning sickness and being on high risk, I wasn’t able to travel full-time anymore. (I give mad props to those girls who still model and travel during pregnancy! It can be long, hard days for a regular person, let alone a pregnant woman! You go girl!)
Posted at 5:00 pm , on June 14, 2017
Most people would think San Francisco isn’t really a place for a baby, but I would have to disagree!! Just over the course of a few months, I have found SO many fun things to do with little Lucy! This city is so diverse and offers so much culture and so many different fun experiences. Where do I even begin?!
Posted at 5:00 pm , on May 31, 2017
For something that’s suppose to be so natural and instinctive, breastfeeding is fricken hard! I struggled from the beginning when it came to nursing. From day one, Lucy totally rejected my right side, for reasons still unknown, which quickly led to engorgement and multiple trips to lactation consultants.
Posted at 5:00 pm , on May 3, 2017
Whatever the transition may be, becoming a stay at home mom (SAHM) can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. I had a hard time finding my place and figuring out what needed to be done on my end, but slowly and surly, I am figuring it out. And I’m sure we all know someone who thinks being a SAHM is an easy job. I won’t lie, before coming one, I thought half your day was spent watching reruns and singing nursery rhymes. But boy was I wrong. I now spend my days running around doing the laundry, cooking, pureeing baby food, getting stains out of things and trying to get Lucy to sleep for more than 10 minutes at a time. It is NOT easy. At the end of the day, I am exhausted! And I just have one kid. Can you imagine, let’s say, 3 or 4? Those woman are saints, that’s for sure! But whatever you may think about SAHM’s, just take into account everything we do, every day.
Posted at 5:00 pm , on March 22, 2017
This is an important one. It is super important to like your doctor or midwife and be on the same page with everything. When I got pregnant, I was on new insurance and in a new network, so I hadn’t found my specific doctors yet. I struggled from day one with my OB and couldn’t ever find a way to truly communicate and be 100% comfortable with everything. Luckily, we had a couple nurses who we became close with, which really helped the situation, but not liking my doctor the entire pregnancy was tough on me.
Posted at 6:00 pm , on March 8, 2017
I use amazon for almost everything. The one exception: baby stuff. For some reason, amazon loves to rip of moms. The price difference in certain items is INSANE! I’m talking $30-$40 differences. Most the time, amazon is great for competitive prices but not this time! I’ve found that most items (60% or more!) is way overpriced. amazon is usually really good about showing price comparisons, except when it comes to baby stuff. They never show it. Shady?!