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I´M PREGNANT!!

 

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and we are freaking thrilled about it.

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I have never been the maternal kind. I am the first to admit. I am very caring, don´t get me wrong. I guess I just have never been…broody. While all my friends dreamt about weddings and the perfect family I was planning my next trip and writing my next business plan.  I was that cold hearted bitch that hated crying babies on planes and rolled my eyes at parents with toddlers in restaurants. Yes. Karma is a bitch too and I know this little one is going to be a hyperactive, irreverent, ball of energy. Just like his/her mom. And I can´t WAIT to meet baby. Although, secretly, I hope it is more like its dad.

I don´t know. Life changes dramatically over night. This pregnancy comes very welcome but it wasn’t really trully planned. Everything  just sort of  fell into place and if it isn´t the perfect timing, we are going to have to make it so!

As you may know, about two years ago I became tragically allergic to birth control. I just couldn’t tolerate the hormones and began to get ill with migraines and nausea. I broke out with hives and cystic acne and went into depression. After many tests I decided to stop taking birth control all together. I detoxed for a year and went full-out natural. I stopped taking all sorts of medication and processed food. Substituted pills for superfoods and a vitamin rich diet and we monitored birth control with the rythm method. Yes, that old wives trick works like magic.

Matthew, on the other hand, has been wanting babies for the last year. Between you and I, I don´t think he was truly ready but he knew it would take a long time to get me there. He began lobbying persistently about 10 months ago. During my Vietnam trip, I realized I was finally ready.  “OK. Lets give it a go. I´m ready to start trying.”. He picked me up from the airport and took me to the St Regis instead of going home. We did it on the right day. I wasn’t expecting anything to happen but to my surprise, I got pregnant that night.

Ladies, timing is EVERYTHING. That, lots of exercise and taking a green shot with maca every morning. And quite honestly, I also think that a bit of luck and being truly OPEN to the possibility helped a lot.

So here we are. 2.5 months into a beautiful pregnancy. One filled with Love, lots of naps and a all-day morning sickness.

Which is why I have not been posting. I also wanted to take a moment to take it all in. To give this baby the energy and attention it deserved so it could grab on properly to my uterus.  It just felt like it was too good to be true. To easy. To be honest after what I had been through I was expecting to struggle getting pregnant and even possibly try IVF. So I got scared and took all the precautionary measures. And although the riskiest part is not over, I couldn´t resist and wanted to share as much as my pregnancy with you as I could. So I am back and we cannot wait to make you part of this CREATIVE PROCESS.

You will see this creation infused all over the blog. Because that is what this blessing is to me. My gorgeous first born will be a reminder that we can make something from nothing and use what is around us to create something exceptional. So, no. I will not become a diaper mommy blogger. Most of what you will see here won´t be ABOUT the baby, or my pregnancy (although I will give you updates often). What you will see is a surge of creativity and honesty on this blog. My life is about to change and I hope we can grow something beautiful around it.

Oh – and PS. We am planning to wait until the day I give birth to find if its a boy or girl. Do you think we can wait until then? Would you be able to?. . .

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See our Exclusive announcement and our interview at THE NUWA!! and find out more about us!

Special thanks to Summer and Rachel for the great coverage and photos!

 

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I AM PREGNANT – AGAIN! Francesca is now almost 9 months, and I am half way through my second pregnancy. With such a harsh winter, the bump is not quite as evident under all the layers, sweaters and coats. So I usually end up telling people – or they find out when I refuse a glass of wine or sushi (which never happens). The reaction I get when I tell people is shocking:

“SHUT UP!”

“WAS THAT AN ACCIDENT?”

“WHAT!? LIKE, HOW FERTILE ARE YOU GUYS?”

“OMG. WHY? WASN’T IT YOU WHO DID NOT WANT TO HAVE KIDS, LIKE EVER?”

It gives me a kick every time and I have to say that if this pregnancy weren’t planned, people’s responses would be super discouraging. But the truth is that, after 25hrs of unmedicated labor, 5 hours of pushing, a broken tailbone and a failed attempt to breastfeed, I was ready for the second baby STAT.

Why? There is an emotional and a rational reason behind this.

Rationally, we were sure we wanted more than one baby – and I am not sure that if we waited two years, I would have gone through with it at all – or would have ben able to! My life has been full of “interruptions”. Every time we move to another country I have to start from scratch. New friends, new location, new place, and often – new work situation. It is definitely not that I am craving stability per se but I do crave some sort of professional continuity. I am exhausted of this stop and go roulette and have so many ideas I want to materialize – but have not been able to make the investment (emotional, time and financial) because it simply would not make sense to do so when I don’t know where I will be 2 years from now – or if I will have the availability. Also, after seeing other couples have kids, we fell in love with the dynamic of siblings who are so close together. How they share so much in life. It just made sense to us.

The next thing people ask me is why we took such a drastic turn? From NEVER wanting kids, to going all in. That is the emotional reason behind it. First of all, Matthew always wanted us to have a family. I slowly caved in – he would have been a waste of a great potential dad. Secondly, secretly I think I did always want kids but had protected myself from the possibility of NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE THEM.

Confession: At 20 I was diagnosed with a strong case of Polycystic Ovaries (POCS). My doctor treated me for a year and got me on the pill. He advised me to be mentally prepared for infertility. At the time, motherhood was not even in my plans. I was never the broody type. I never had even imagined myself as a mom. So it was easy to say, ok, fine; If I can’t have them – then I will plan a life where I don’t want them.

Life went on. A few years laters I became severely allergic to the birth control pills. I think switching brands and doses as often as I moved countries and doctors eventually got to me. I began getting huge cystic acne on my face and blotches all over my body. I lost most of my hair and went off the pill.

I actually wanted to start a blog before this happened but I felt like such a monster that I would have never dared to sit infront of a camera or share an image of my face. I hid from the world. My husband was amazing through it all (we were already together by then). His confident, sexy, outgoing, party-girl fianceé became a shy, insecure, moody hermit.

I refused to meet new people or old friends. I limited my outings to yoga class and got REALLY into it because it was the ONLY thing that made me feel good. Nobody knew me there. They all accepted me. I began to take health courses. Ayurveda courses. Nutrition courses and went fully organic and working out twice a day, eating superfoods and taking supplements like Spirulina, Zink and Maca every morning. I was living in Costa Rica and fully embraced the eco life.

Slowly, over what was basically a DETOX period of 11 months, the hives disappeared and I resurfaced. I began a new business that thrived. Started this blog and took art, beaches and yoga to the extremes as personal therapy.

To this date, I am incredibly grateful to Costa Rica and the people who welcomed me in Krama, the Yoga school that reminded me who I was.

I tell you all this because, from the point when I began the detox to the day I became pregnant about 5 years went by. I was not on birth control. I was not aiming to get pregnant and used the “rythm method” but for all I know I may not have been fertile for all that time. Maybe I always was. Matthew waited patiently for me. Years later I decided to have babies on a trip with two girls I met in Yoga class. Call me crazy but it came to me after meditating on the top of the fire Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. It had already been cruising my mind, but I made the final decision then. I was READY. I called Matt when we got to the hotel and told him I was ready. A week later, he picked me up from the airport, took me to the Ritz in NYC and well, got me pregnant that same night!

Being able to have kids has been a fairytale for me. One that happened after a lot of hardship -and something that I am incredibly humbled and grateful for.

I am having a second baby back to back because, honestly it feels like such a gift to be able to do this and because deep inside I have a secret fear of loosing the power of being able to make a little humans with this body of mine. Life is so unpredictable.

Today I hope to be out of the diaper era in about two years and crack on with all the plans I have on hold. (But, like I said, life is unpredictable. I don’t know for sure where I will be in two years (physically). But today, I can make long term plans with full confidence for, what feels like the first time.

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I have often been asked why non toxic nail polish is important, even for  girls who don’t always have their nails done. I mean, I totally get how inconvenient it is to have to think about one more non toxic thing when buying beauty products – and how HARD it is to find good quality, non toxic polish that looks good and doesn’t chip fast. Sometimes it is easier to go for a fast, lux looking fix and forget about it.

Honestly the reason why non toxic nail polish is not an immediate concern. It’s use is going to bring mostly long-term consequences. For example the exposure to nail polish chemical fumes for prolonged periods of time include interference with reproductive hormones (which can lead to infertility and/or miscarriages), kidney and liver damage, and on a more immediate level, eye and throat irritation, dizziness, migraines, and dry, cracked skin, according to  beauty expert Sable Yong. And even if those are extreme results, and you don’t always wear nail polish, the matter of fact is that the damage these strong products give you, in conjunction with the many other beauty products you do use on a daily basis, adds up.

I mean, it is not cheap for beauty companies to “switch to clean”. They are doing it not as a marketing stunt but as a response to strong pressure from health organizations. And Most brands get as far as being “3-free” or “5-Free” which means they eliminate the 3, or 5, most harmful chemicals in nail polish. They don’t go further because their folumaes loose quality without these ingredients. Unfortunately that isn’t enough. 

In comes brands like LondonTown. One of the very few 9-free brands I know that lasts for more than a week. And trust me – I have tried MANY. Ever since I became pregnant over a year ago, I decided to make the switch to everything clean (or as clean as possible without affecting style) and babes, when it comes to nails, I found “the one”. 

This is why I want to give you $100usd worth for free of these beautiful polishes. Consider this not a beauty gift, but a little nudge to cleaner, stylish living.  

To get the prize all you have to do is head over to the Londontown instagram, follow them, and then to my INSTAGRAM and follow me, and leave a comment on my Latest London Town photo. Thats it. The winner will be selected at random and announced on my Gram. 

And for my super smart beauty geeks that have asked what the 9-Free ingredients are (and should NEVER be in y our nail polish) here it is:

  1. Formaldehyde (also used to embalm dead bodies. carcinogen.)
  2. Formaldehyde Resin (usually makes polish harder. carcinogen)
  3. TPHP (flame retardant. Also a potential endocrine disruptor (“it could make you fat!”)
  4. Acetone (where do I start? read this)
  5. Ethyl Tosylamide (Plasticizer. increases your antibiotic resistance, which means meds won’t have the same effect on you when you get sick.)
  6. Xylene (avoids polish getting gloppy. Strong carcinogen.)
  7. DBP (linked to reproductive issues. This makes your polish chip free).
  8. Toulene (Basically Petrol/tar – linked to anemia, liver, and kidney damage, decreased blood cell count, and it can affect a developing fetus. Used for smoothness in polish. )
  9. Camphor (neurotoxin, which can cause seizures if ingested (biting your nails?) and liver damage when absorbed into the skin.)
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🎁 It’s time for that Holiday Gift Guide!! Can you believe how fast this year has flown by? I feel like I spent most of it pregnant of breastfeeding – and just when things were getting back into a usual flow – the year is over! This means the holidays are here and if you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet and used all the fall discounts, then I am here to guide you. We all need some help getting a great gift for our loved ones, trust me I know! So, The team and I spend many hours combing the internet to find the perfect gifts for everyone you could possibly need to get gifts for this year. So click away and let us do all the hard work!  I can guarantee they will LOVE these!🎁

holiday gift guide 2018

 

Also – stay tuned on my Instagram account because this year I am partnering with some of my favorite brands and I am GIVING THE LOVE BACK by giving my most loyal followers a GIFT – stuff that I actually swear by! So stick around, darling!

 

Now, let’s get A-shopping!

(Guides below:

  BFF, Man in your life, Mom, Dad, Cool Dude, Luxury Queen, Beauty Junkie, Fitness Babe, Co Worker, New momma.)

 

 

The perfect GIFT for your BFF

Because you are my sister and always there.

…and if she was extra nice: A W Britt bracelet or a Uno de 50 Pendant

Wbritt bracelet gift guide holidays 2018
Wbritt bracelet gift guide holidays 2018
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Uno de 50 gifts holiday 2018-01

 

 

 

The ideal ” I LOVE YOU” for that man in your life

You complete me – and I still get butterflies.

 

 

 

Gifts for your Queen Momma

Mom, thanks for the genes and Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts for the first man in your life – (aka) Dad

Daddy, you’ll always be number one.

 

 

 

The one thing that cool dude doesn’t have

You get me into all the cool places.

 

 

 

Gifts for the Luxury Queen (that fit your budget)

You icon. Style guru.

And if you want something made specially for them, try M. Gemi.

MGemi Gift Guide Holiday 2018-01
MGemi Gift Guide Holiday 2018-01

Or a Vegan leather Jacket by Karen Thomas

and stick around because we will be giving away one of her Suade Jackets this Christmas on my Instagram account!

NY holiday gift guide 2018
NY holiday gift guide 2018
NY holiday gift guide 2018

 

 

 

The perfect present for the (CLEAN) Beauty Junkie in your life!

Beautiful but so ECO.

For the Beauty Geek defying time

Forever Young. No needles.

 

 

 

 

 

Presents for that Fitness Babe that always motivates you.

You make me get out of bed on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Co-Worker`s perfect present

Family from 9 to 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts for the babies in your life

The sweetest little thing. Ever.

 

 

 

Gifts for New Mommas (& Mommas to be!)

Because only other moms know what you are going though.

A Special Gift for that new momma in your life
Mia Medak Pegasus pendant - jewelry gift guide holidays 2018-01
If you are looking for a special gift for a new mom, give her the Mia Medak Pegasus pendant. A talisman and reminder that they are the north star and guide to their little ones. A piece created to inspire strength in the toughest of days. As a new mom, I can tell you it is little things like this that make you feel special.
Mia Medak also has lots of other beautifully crafted pieces that can make fantastic gifts for moms and special women in your life.
If you like her designs stay tuned for the Holiday giveaways as the designer will be giving one of her favorite pendants away to my readers!!! Follow @dicarolina on Instagram  for more
Mia Medak jewelry gift guide holiday 2018

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Traveling has been an important part of my life. Hell, to be honest, it has been the CORE of my life forever. I went to school abroad, I met my husband traveling. My jobs always have required I move around. I simply cannot imagine living in one place or staying in one place for ever. . . but lately I have had no choice. I  had no idea how to How to Travel with a Baby.

Being pregnant prevented me from traveling long distances, later, when Frankie came, she was too small to move around without vaccines  – and I hurt my tailbone delivering her, so I could not really sit still for too long without suffering excruciating pain. . .but now I feel “the non-traveling curse” has been lifted. This week we took our first flight as a family.

And to be fully honest I was DREADING IT.

Have you EVER been single and / or childless and sat next to a baby on a plane? I swear I think that it was exactly those experiences that made me not want to have kids for SO long. I dreaded this day with all my might. I mean, who knows how to travel with a Baby? Would Frankie be a flying baby or not? How would we cope if she wasn’t? Would that mean the end of our traveling days?

I wasn´t taking any chances and began to prepare months in advance.

THE ROUTINE

We put Frankie on a schedule from week 3, and yes, some say it is too young, but it is not as harsh as it sounds. More than a schedule it is more like a pattern. A routine. I have been told there are several books about this, but I relied entirely on a professional´s advice. Rocio Flores, sleep consultant, mother of 2 and baby behavior expert, recommended we set a simple pattern:

Eat, Play, Sleep. The minute she wakes up, it starts again. Eat, Play, Sleep. All day. And in between and during these “blocks”, there are certain “cues” that help us condition her behavior. Just like you would have a sleeping ritual for your baby at night, we do this with every cycle. So, she knows what is coming – and it keeps us from guessing what is wrong if she cries.

What is even better -it helps us PREVENT tears and screams by having her food ready before she wakes up, or her toys ready for entertaining before she gets fuzzy. We know she likes cuddles and dancing before naps and we know she needs a diaper change after every meal.

Knowing what to expect and being prepared is EVERYTHING when traveling with an infant. Having a team of two was also invaluable. Matthew and I have always worked great together and this time we took turns dancing and entertaining her – which allowed both of us to get some rest on the way there.

On the way back we travelled during her night sleep (she usually sleeps about5-7  hrs straight) so we kept her awake and skiped a “cycle” to adjust her to  the time difference between NY & LA. She slept through the plane ride no problem. . .  well, with a slight problem: she slept on top of me, which meant I could not move to go to the bathroom or have my airplane meal… but its not like I was missing much (eww, plane food). So it was totally worth it. A bit older she will need her own seat.

THE GADGETS

Since my last trimester of pregnancy, I have been a member of the JetBlack consierge services. This is a shopping and delivery consierge tailored specially for Manhattan mommas. Basically you TEXT them what you need and they send you options. Options chosen by other mommas in the area, who, like me, have similar needs and probably need the things as urgently as I do.

As a first time mom, with no family around and NO baby experience, this service has been paramount.A conversation with them usually goes like this.

ME: Baby has diaper rash. What do I need. Recommend only organic / non toxic products.

JET BLACK: Looking into it now.

Sending recommendations.

  1. Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm Calendula Cream, 2-Fluid Ounce $8.30
  2. Era Organics Diaper Rash Cream 2oz $13.00
  3. Honest Diaper Rash Cream 2oz $8.00

ME: Send Number 3.  RUSH.

Jetblack delivers within 24-48 hrs. to my door, in a luxurious black bag. LIFE saving. I tell you. (Oh and they also help me shop for my clothes. I just send screenshots of what I am after).

So, for traveling they recommended a few things that made the trip MUCH smoother. Among them are:

  1. The Sound bub Owl. We taught Frankie to sleep to that anywhere. Worked like a charm on the plane.
  2. Woolino Sleep Blanket. Its like a swaddle but no sleeves and zips up. Perfect for airplane AC.
  3. Joovy Boob formula dispenser. Because my milk supply is low. (Ive told the story on Instagram many times. If you follow me, you know how PISSED off I am with that IBCLC that miss-diagnosed us.)
  4. Jj Cole Changing Clutch. No diaper bag needed,.
  5. blüv – Üvi 4-in-1 Portable UV Sterilizer.

 

MY ADVISE

Do not stop traveling when you become a mother. Never stop trravelling

When it comes to traveling with a little one, I think the preparation comes way before the trip. And I will not lie to you –  it is absolutely exhausting. It requires being on your toes and preventing the drama. It means being ready, bouncing, entertaining and sleeping more uncomfortably than usual on a plane. But it CAN be done.

I feel that knowing her cues and having a schedule (and working with it before the flight) made all the difference. But I what do I know, it has only been one flight! Lets see how our next trip goes. Like I said on Instagram, the aim is to keep traveling as a family, as much as possible . . .  but ask me again when she starts walking. That may be a whole different strategy and story all together.

 

Mommas, any advice?

Also – Looking for ways to wear nice clothes around my little koala. Insights welcome and much appreciated!!!

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