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Mommy Must Haves!

So now that I've shared all that I can about our pregnancy, the day we found out & our induction. It's time to share some of my absolute FAVORITE mommy-must-haves!

1. The Nose Frida

I've never been a big fan of the bulb. It freaks me out, you can't clean it. You can't see what's inside. Some of them can't even be opened up. So you really don't know what has grown in there in the few months you've been using it to clean out your LO's tiny little stuffed up nose. The Nose Frida is my personal favorite. Alexander might not be a big fan and people look at me like I'm crazy for using a contraption that is, essentially, like sucking boogers out. But you will NOT be disappointed!




2. Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers

I want to note that this is also SUPER beneficial to pumping mothers. I am a Pumping/Breastfeeding/Formula feeding mommy so you can imagine how uncomfortable some sessions might be! This is a S A V I O R. Talk about keeping away sensitivity when wearing clothing,  in the shower (trust me, those first few weeks you WILL want to apply this any chance you get) & after feedings/pumping.



3. Medela Contact Nipple Shield

Aka. The Holy Grail of Breastfeeding. Tiny one and I had issues latching & LET ME TELL YOU .. this came in such handy. Especially during my "I MUST ONLY BREASTFEED, NO BOTTLES, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT" stint I had. The nipple shield helped/helps so much! Especially when your LO is cluster feeding. This creates a barrier so you're not cracking more than you already have, so you don't have the extreme sensitivity/pain/discomfort while nursing your tiny littleness of love.



4. Medela Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap

*Disclaimer* I am in no way, shape, or form advising you to not clean your supplies. For your health & your LO's health you should ALWAYS clean your bottles, pumps and nipple shields as advised on the packaging as frequently as it states. 

These come in handy for those - ' let me clean this up really quickly before I walk away and forget' .. as well as those "crap, I didn't clean this sucker out and I am in DIRE NEED of pumping. Let's face it - you forget. You're tired, hungry, exhausted, in a rush, or just plain and simple OVER IT. It happens. These help ;)




5.  Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus Version

There's always those very few items that you don't realize you need until late. Nick and I realized well after that boiling bottles was not the thing to do. We put ourselves in danger with that task. A few days later * THANK YOU AMAZON PRIME GODS * - This has been a life saver. Rinse them out, add some water, press the buttons & bam - clean bottles. 



This is, of course, until your LO decides putting their hands in their mouth is great & then you don't really need to sanitize. But if you're crazy like me about cleanliness, then you won't have any worries about adding this to your cart & keeping it moving. 

6. Udder Covers

Alrighty, so anyone who personally knows me knows I had a blast with this title. I absolutely love cows & the fact that I was nursing brought my likeness to a cow that much closer. Anyways. This comes in severe handy. You never realize how shy you might be about breastfeeding in public or even in your own home in front of company. When I first started breastfeeding I couldn't see what I was doing so I'd end up sitting under a blanket, in front of company, just to make sure my LO was eating. This product has a rigid neckline that allows you to see in without having to cover your head or expose your breast, should you not want to. It's perfect & you can shop around for your favorite style. I have one in the name of Norah. 





7. The MamaRoo Bouncer 

We received this as a gift from a treasured friend of ours. Holy Grail of Rockers. With 5 motion settings, 4 sound settings as well as the option to play your own songs, adjustable seat recline, iPhone compatibility to control through an app, washable cover .. It's a surprise I had never seen it until we actually received it. Little One loves to sit in it and usually knocks right out after a while. Pricy, but worth the investment if you ask me! 


8. Summer Infant SwaddlePod, 2-Pack 

Another gem hidden in a baby store. I was NOT the perfect candidate for Swaddling until recently. My husband perfected it well before I did. Go figure ;) These came in handy when I just couldn't get it. Quick and Easy, they came in handy in the first few weeks home when baby needed to be swaddled to sleep. Now, he just finds a way to get out of any kind of swaddle (Ninjababy? I think so). 



9. aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets 

We have these and, yet again, another Holy Grail of Baby Land product. While it says that they are swaddle blankets these are perfect for just about anything. Alexander lays on & in them, we use them for clean ups, wrapping them around him and his towel after a bath, quick trips to the car & those odd moments when mommy drops her coffee. Easy to clean, beautiful material and just perfect for on-the-go! 



10. AMAZON PRIME 

Remember I said you never know what you might need til you actually need it. Amazon Prime comes in holy handy. Kid you not. Nick and I have purchased quite a few things we needed and have received it quickly because of Amazon Prime. We are so lucky to have been able to find anything and everything and have it shipped to us so quickly because of Amazon Prime. 

If you don't have it, but aren't ready to commit to the $99/year charge - try Amazon Prime for 30-days  until you're ready. =) 




What are some of your favorite, absolute Must Have Mommy Products? What could you have done without? 


If you have any blog suggestions, questions or inquiries - shoot me an email at sasha.ticali@gmail.com

xo Sash





INDUCTION

October 27, 2015 

I spent the entire day calling family and close friends. Letting them know baby Alexander would be here sooner than anticipated. 

I also spent the remainder of my day cleaning things that didn't need to be cleaned, trying not to get flustered and taking pictures of my belly. Constantly saying "Shit, I'll miss this."

6pm : Nick and I are late, as usual. We're usually never on time to anything.  
No seriously, we were BOTH late to our own wedding. 

7:30 - 1.5 centimeters. They prep the induction, Cervidol is ready and we're in full gear. Nick and I spend a few moments together.  Our really good friends stop by and, for those few moments, I forgot it all. See. I don't do hospitals. I don't do the unknown. I don't not have control. It's not me. It's not how I roll, function or live. 

I LABORED ALL NIGHT. 
Back labor. Straight back labor. I danced a small rain dance while breathing through my contractions. Those suckers came every 2-3 minutes at the highest threshold they could. Nick complained about his thumb hurting.. I love the guy but at that moment.. all bets were off. Seriously. 

7AM. They came in. Took out the medicine from hell. Let me shower & told me to eat. 

8AM. With no birth plan & contractions happening ALL THE TIME. I did the drugs. First I did the one where they stick your ass with needle & put something in your IV. I just needed to sleep. I'd decide on the epidural, should I want it, later. 

11AM. E P I D U R A L. The medicine of the Gods. I said things like "Everyone should have an epidural at least once in their life. It's magical" & "Do you think the baby will make the *lip smacking sound* like I do?" 

Disclaimer: My intentions were to not have an epidural. It didn't work out that way. Medicine or no medicine we are all equal. I am no less selfish than any other mother and I am doing my job as a mother. My son came out fine, no repercussions to my choosing to medicate. If you medicate, by all means I applaud you. You did it. Please DO NOT judge -We all birthed children in one way or another. Thanks. 

Between 12p and 2p the nurses kept coming in and checking the baby, moving my positioning and re-moving me. See, because we had the NST done - I was constantly hooked up to machines to ensure the safety of the baby. Alexander was strong, something I kept reminding them, but it was just a precaution. 

2:15pm. My OB finally comes in to check. SURPRISE. BLOODY SHOW. MUCOUS PLUG. HOLY 10 CENTIMETERS. 

3:45 - Let's start pushing.  

At 4:07pm on October 28, 2015
Alexander Alcides Ticali 
4lbs, 14 ounces
19 inches long 

No tears. 
Eyes Wide Open. 

I'm A MOMMY

I MADE THIS. 

Our Pregnancy

Geesh. Where do I begin?

We scheduled our first appointment just to confirm that I was pregnant. At that appointment we got the congratulations and the go ahead for Prenatals & healthy eating, blood tests and blah blah.

It was Wednesday and by that time I had slight spotting. Just for reassurance I was scheduled for an ultrasound because, even at 4 weeks pregnant, implantation bleeding could be the reason.

Thursday: I spent the entire day worried as everything. Granted, I didn't expect to be pregnant but I wasn't unhappy about it. I always dreamed of being a mom. Nick picked me up and off we went to our appointment. Woohoo, a tiny .. little.. microscopic .. blur. That's all we saw but it confirmed a little soul. :) We were definitely pregnant. YASS.
Nothing was said about any bleeding or any of that. 

Friday: At this point, excited, confirmed and all that. I let my co-teacher know. By that afternoon I had been to the bathroom a number of times letting Nick know I had increased in how much I was bleeding.

We were supposed to go to NYC that weekend. Cancelled.  We wound up in Urgent Care, after lots of back and forth about it, we were told to head to the hospital because they didn't have the necessary equipment. I thought, for sure, I was miscarrying. No. I didn't have pain but that unsightly amount of blood was not normal by any means. 

We got home, Facetimed our families, called others & let them know what was going on. 

Saturday: Woke up and headed to the hospital I hoped to deliver in. After much deliberation, lots of scaring and shitty sleep - baby was good, 'it' was okay & the bleeding was because of a subchorionic hemorrhage. S C A R Y. Ultimately it ate itself and we didn't deal with it after a good week or two passed. 

Friday before Fathers Day 2015. Anatomy Scan.  We found out we'd be having a boy. Men are always excited, Nick was ECSTATIC.  I started crying. It had a penis - that's enough to make anyone cry.. right? * Curtsy, I made a funny* 

When the doctor came in, she let us know we had a condition called "Marginal Cord Insertion" which basically meant the umbilical cord had placed itself in an odd spot in the placenta and it could cause some underlying issues during the remainder of our pregnancy.  So I had to come back in August. 

Aug'15 - Still tiny. He, our little dude, was only in the 26th percentile. All 10 fingers and 10 toes. A Nose. Two eyes and  was still very much a boy ( He liked to flaunt it).  So, we had to come back. 

September'15.  Back again, by this time they kinda loved me ;) Still tiny. 2.7lbs tiny to be exact. Most kiddos at 32 weeks are much heavier than that. So now we do our NST tests, weekly scans & such. Our next big scan would be October 26 at our 37 week scan. 

October 26, 2015.  I only gained 20lbs during the pregnancy, didn't really have many pains or discomforts that weren't typical to a pregnancy, didn't really mind being pregnant. I absolutely loved it. I loved feeling his fingers and toes punch & kick at me. I loved reading books and listening to songs.  Our favorite song was sung by the Hawaiian singer IZ "Over the Rainbow" - it was an every day for us!  

I walked in pretty confident, hoping for the best. But something told me I would be giving birth at 37 weeks anyways. Something told me I wouldn't make it past Halloween, as much as I had wanted to. That morning I saw my OB - love her by the way, she explained that given the fact that we had an SGA/IUGR (Small for Gestational Age/ Intrauterine Growth Retardation) baby I would have to be induced. Naturally, I freaked out. God knows I didn't want that. But God knows what he is doing. She goes to look at dates and I call Nick. She comes back in and says "Tuesday looks like the day. You'll give birth with the OnCall Dr there on Tuesday or with me on Wednesday." Surprised, I said "Next week is good." She laughs and tells me that it isn't next week, it's tomorrow. October 27. Cue the tears. 

Scheduled. K. Cool. I call Nick, call my parents, call my job. I head to my next appointment where it will be the end all. If he was fine, had he grown and been well - they'd cancel the induction. 

4th percentile. 

You never know how much percentages mean unless it's how much is being taken out of your paycheck, your interest rate on a loan, credit card or home or your doctor appointments. 

They couldn't tell us how much he weighed just that he could be in the 5-pound range. We were still getting induced. 

I'm so glad I packed my hospital bag this passed weekend.

A Family of Three

Us? A family ? THREE ?


Everyone has these wonderful stories about their pregnancy, how they told their spouses, their families, their friends. Ours was a little different.
After having a few drinks the night before and talking outside on our deck till the early hours of Saturday, I went out to get my hair done. I'm usually pretty indecisive anyways so I decided that I should just go for it.

When I got there it was absolutely packed. Go figure, it's 11 am & everyone is getting their hair done. I walk back to my car and contemplate whether or not I should. I was getting ready to do something drastically different. Something told me not to. Instead I decided to sit in my car and google where there were Ping-pong clubs nearby. See, my husband LOVES ping-pong and, for the sake of getting him to do something, I looked it up. Seeing that I was getting nowhere I decided the best thing to do would be to just purchase a damn table. And so, I did. Three hundred dollars later I would be surprising my husband by taking him to Dick's Sporting Goods to show him his new toy.

I drove back home, happy as can be, and called him to let him know I'd be outside and waiting in 10 minutes. We drove around aimlessly and I spoke and rambled about what's-it's and why's-it's. We needed a few things from Target so we stopped. This is when I realized I was supposed to have gotten my oh-so-wonderful-go-ahead-and-wither-and-die-already friend yesterday and didn't. Nick and I had decided for my well being that being on birth control just wasn't for me. I needed a break.

* CUE DANGER MUSIC *
I kid. I kid.


I grab a test for the sake of sanity (I really didn't think I was pregnant) & go about my merry little way. At the register, she giggles and says "Are we hoping yes or no?." I look at her with a blank stare because I didn't even know, then I reply - "Who knows? Either way we're happy". Right? Right.

I walk over to Nick, give him a kiss and go take the entire box of pregnancy tests into the bathroom with me. I had an entire Large Iced Coffee and it ran through my like water runs through pipes so pee-stick issues were none.

I read the directions. I pee on the stick. I wait.
Facebook feed.
Twitter feed.
OKay, time to look. Two lines.
Fuck. * Takes out second test*
I pee on stick. This time I'm waiting, piss test is upside down till I'm ready.
Did I mention that I freak out the minute I see the word test? It's like an innate fear. I blame the New York City Public School system and some shitty teachers I'd had through the years.
I flip the test over. YES.
ALRIGHTY THEN.
Last test confirms a yes & that's that.
I walk outside, look at Nick and the conversation is as follows:
Him: So?
Me: So.. yeah.
Him: Yeah?
* cue huge, gorgeous smile he has that melts my heart every single time.
I think "Gosh.. I LOVE HIM"
Me: YEAH. * Smiling as hard as can be..
& then we high-five.
Shout out to being a family of three!
How did you tell your significant other?

Ohh Sash ..

I used to write. Mostly out of angst, pain and being distraught. 
Usually angry, hurt and brought on by sadness. 
Today - December 1, 2015, I write because of happiness, fulfillment, experiences... 
I write because of love. 

Hi there! I'm Sasha. 

Energetic, Food Loving, Pinterest Addict, Coffee Addicted little old Sasha. 

Mommy of a little heartbeat, Wife of a U.S. Navy Sailor. Fur Mom to two Min-Pins. 
Daughter. Sister. Friend. Cousin. Niece. Granddaughter. 


 I met my husband, Nick, on Facebook! Mutual friends. He added me, I accepted. He randomly contacted me one day and said he'd be in the area & the rest is history. We hit it off well on NYE of 2010, we started dating in January of2011and soon after fell in love! Nick proposed that following December and we married in October of 2013. We've been happily married and enjoying our togetherness since! 


October 28, 2015 I became a mom. 
Me. A mommy to a little someone. 
There he is, right above.. He's kind of a big deal. 
I love him a lot & he doesn't even know it yet. 

I write because of love. 
The love I have for the two souls above. 
The love I have for food, recipes, life, dings and things. 

I write to share what most have already shared but also to share what won't be said. 
I write so that someone out there can learn from me just as I learned from someone else. 

So let's enjoy this, shall we? :) 

If you have any topic suggestions, feel free to let me know! 
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