Monday, April 23, 2012

Fail: Lamaze Cotton Spandex Sleep Bra

I think many pregnant women get to a point where sleeping without a sleep bra or some other sort of support is way too uncomfortable. Having my increasingly larger and more sensitive parts unrestrained while I sleep definitely has become intolerable for me--but its so dang hard to find a well-designed maternity/nursing sleep bra for larger busts (D+)!

Lamaze's Cotton Spandex Sleep Bra ($18) is definitely not the solution to my problem. While it is soft and comfortable and supportive enough while sitting upright, sleeping in the bra is a whole different situation.

The deep v-neck crossover design--which is designed to make for easy nursing--actually makes is such that when you lay in bed your boobs simply fall out one side or another. Aggravating! Now, if you have super perky boobs (real or constructed) that stay put no matter what, I assume you won't have a problem. But, this mama is just not that lucky.

I've run into this problem before, though, with crossover/wrap-style sleep bras. The only solution, perhaps, for women with larger busts like me is to go for a different style of sleep support and maybe sew up the v-neck opening of your wrap-style bras so they don't go to waste.

My favorite sleep solution so far has to be Bravado's Essential Nursing Tank. No, its not a bra, and it can run up to $60 depending on the size and color you want/need, but your boobs aren't going anywhere in this baby thanks to the comfy built-in wireless bra and the adjustable shoulder straps. If you're lucky, you can find the tanks for sale on discount sites like Zulily or Baby Steals, and Amazon has some of the less popular colors on sale for lower prices.

I'll most likely be living in my Bravado Nursing Tanks once the baby arrives in the next couple of weeks, but I will still be on the hunt for good sleep bras and nursing bras that I can wear outside the house. Please feel free to post your suggestions below!

Friday, April 20, 2012

One(ish) Week to Go!

Hello, I am huge -- and my husband has way
too many toiletries. 
Yes, I'm still around my friends, even though my blog has been sorely neglected! Getting our home in order has been no easy task these last few weeks--especially since my darling Andrew has discovered the world of "no" where clothes and cooperation are frowned upon!

Regardless, I've been slowly but surely getting things accomplished and making sure I'm prepared with baby supplies for little one number two due to make his appearance in the next week or two. I'm actually feeling pretty calm right now--a feeling I'm sure will be shattered once little Liam arrives and the tornado that is two little boys consumes me!

I'm super excited and ready, though, for Liam to be born. My belly is stretched to the max, the lower half of my body feels like it is detaching, my heartburn is at an all-time high, and I can't wait to regain the power to outrun Andrew again! But, mostly, I just can't wait to kiss my sweet new baby and have Andrew meet his (hopefully) future best friend.

I've also got some really great products I can't wait to try out and report back to you! I was able to sell the too-small Valco Ion double stroller and get an amazing Joovy Ergo Caboose (it fits Andrew perfectly and he thinks it is so cool!) I bought a Snuggin Go Infant Positioner to replace our lost infant insert for our Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat. And we just set up our new Arms Reach Co-Sleeper mini bassinet.

Please send labor dust my way, bloggerverse, and lots of sleep-through-the-night wishes for me and my two little boys! I'll be sure to post more frequently if I can get Andrew and Liam to agree to a reasonable sleep schedule! :)