Casual Holiday Party

Work has been rather full the last two weeks with several full days of meetings and needing to hit some deadlines.  As a behind-the-scenes FYI…since Addie is still not taking a bottle, I bring her along to all day meetings.  I can work from home for the majority of the time, or be away for just a few hours for a meeting, but on the days I have all-day meetings away from home we hire childcare to watch her in the next room, and I nurse her during breaks.  And if we can’t get someone who’s available all day, Benson comes along since he works from home too, and works in another room, separate from me and from Addie + childcare person, and takes over watching Addie once our sitter has to leave.  That has been our lives for many days over the last couple of weeks.  It’s a little complicated, but we are grateful that Benson works from home and that my job is understanding of the nursing situation and accommodating.  (Much better than having her starve all day and having to be up all night feeding!)
Anyway!  My org had a Christmas party last night, so I basically took the outfit from Monday’s post and did the skirt version.  This top has been great for casual outfits that look a little more dressed up.  It’s so easy to throw on, but it looks pretty put together even when paired with jeans.  For the party I was glad for an opportunity to bust out the leather skirt again as an easy way to dress up the look a bit, but tried to keep it in the realm of casual with booties.  And thank goodness for fleece lined tights!
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Shop for the Look:
Top: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Skirt: Le Tote (exactsimilarsimilar)
Tights (Fleece Lined): Bare Necessities (similar, similar)
Boots: Kohl’s (similar, similar Target–but, sold out online)

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    Meghan Hayes
    December 11, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Your work sounds like a great place to let you do all that. My mom was fortunate to have a job where she was able to take my sister after returning from maternity leave before my (much) older cousin started to watch both of us. Addie will be better adjusted for it!

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    December 11, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Whew, hope this feeding situation works itself out! The little peanut needs to eat, so it's great you can all be flexible to accommodate, but hopefully it's not too exhausting for you!

    In the meantime, this is so so so cute. The skirt looks fab on you – what a fun and flirty silhouette! Plus pockets?! Awesome. Love how the leather makes it a little something different without being way out there.

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    December 11, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I love this outfit on you! Something about a full leather skirt – I love it!! I hope Addie will learn to adjust to the bottle, I can't imagine how tough that can be.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion linkup.

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    December 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    That is awesome that you can bring Addie along on your job 🙂 You look adorable, love your skirt!

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    December 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I happened upon your blog several weeks ago. I'm nearing 60 and have decided to quit coloring my hair so I had to make some changes to my wardrobe. I went through every piece in my closet and bureau. I'm down to about 40 items. I did add some basics during Black Friday but made sure I could mix and match with tops and bottoms. Even bought a LBD at Target that I can dress up or down. Thank you for all your help as I revamp my wardrobe. You've made this a simple process for me!

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    Currently Wearing
    December 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I think it is amazing that you can bring her to work with you! Our office is not as understanding. You are very lucky! 😉

    I love this outfit. The skirt is stunning!



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    December 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Oh boy, the not the taking the bottle, I remember that those days. Wish I could remember what helped. All I can think now, is keep trying the bottle. And just think, she'll have alternates soon so that'll let you off the hook a little:) As for the outfit, I really like the full skirt and fleece lined tights for the win!

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    December 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This is such a pretty look. 🙂

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    December 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I love this color! I s this the color of the year for 2015? If not, it should be! I sympathize with your feeding situation. My husband and I were both in grad school when our daughter was born. With no money and no child care, she came with me everywhere. I am a labor nurse, so she fit in quite well at my job(: Do what you need to do for your baby as this time will pass way to quickly(: Susan

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    Sarah Dufries
    December 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    So cute!

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    December 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I can totally empathize about the nursing thing. My youngest, now almost 4 1/2 years old, wouldn't take a bottle till he was 13-14 months. Then, a couple months after he finally took a bottle, the pediatrician said to start switching to a sippy cup.

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    Caroline @ Tasteful Style
    December 12, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Goodness, that does sound complicated, but it seems like you're handling it like a champ. I love this skirt more and more every time you feature it here on the blog! I'm hoping "Santa" brings me something similar 🙂

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    J Nip
    December 12, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Hey Audrey, fellow Babywise mama here and trying to get my LO to take a bottle too. She used to do great, but at about 8 weeks, she started hating it. We kept trying to get her onto a bottle, but it was the saddest thinf ever to watch her fight it :*(. Anyways, she's 13 weeks now and I'm still considering putting her on a bottle in the new year. Have you heard of bottle boot camp?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 12, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Baby Wise has been a key piece to our sanity! (Even though I only read that one chapter on the schedule and sleep/feeds haha.) Addie was taking a bottle once a day for a whole month, and then around 6-8 weeks, for my first all day meeting away, she refused the bottle. Argh! What's bottle boot camp?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 12, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I just Googled bottle boot camp. We tried it when she first stopped with the bottle, but maybe we didn't do the full thing. She went for 12 hours without eating. We even squirted milk into her mouth with a syringe and she spit it out. It was already in her mouth–why spit it out?!?!? We caved and fed her since she didn't have a wed diaper that whole time and we were worried about dehydration.

    But I read just now that you're supposed to do it for 36 hours? Like, go until they have no diaper for long enough, give the breast, and then start over, continuing for 36 hours. We only went for the 12 because Benson was too emotionally exhausted to go longer. But perhaps we could try again if Benson's up for a 36 hour round. Ahhhh!

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    December 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Mom of three little ones with #4 due soon… 12+ hours is too long for an infant to go without nursing or a bottle. It is tough to figure out baby's routine but it sounds like you have a generous situation at work, try to keep going til her feedings are further apart and/or she accepts a bottle. One idea — sometimes a baby can accept a bottle from a new person (not mom). Please be careful with the BabyWise method and research it, a nurse cautioned me on BabyWise after my first baby was born, otherwise I wouldn't have been aware… the American Academy of Pediatrics has linked the BabyWise methods with failure to thrive. Couldn't let this one go, sorry to "sound like a mom" but it's really important. Just trying to be helpful for all the nursing mothers who read here.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Yes, I know 12 hours is too long. That's why we stopped and fed her. We ran everything by our pediatrician first. I don't know what Baby Wise says about bottles–like I said, I only do the one chapter about feeding and sleep schedules and whenever we've changed anything like dropping a feed we have checked with out ped first.

    On the bottle note,thanks for the tip, but I was never the one to give her the bottle.

    After we did the bottle boot camp we just resolved that she wouldn't take one. We recognize our work situations are generous which is why we haven't gone hardcore with trying a bottle for the last couple of months since the boot camp. Now that she's older we will try again, but nothing drastic.

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    December 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Wow, you are SO lucky to work for a company that lets you be so flexible!


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    December 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I can't believe she still won't take a bottle! Good thing she's so adorable 🙂 I love this look and your hair!! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

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    December 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    My son never took a bottle, but I didn't work, so it wasn't as stressful. I hope you find a solution that works for you and baby.

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    Style Bits & Bobs of ME
    December 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Cute skirt!

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    J Nip
    December 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Audrey,
    Sorry, I didn't follow up with the comments here (babybrain excuse? Heh heh). Anyways, sorry to hear that she just wouldn't take anything besides breast. I completely understand Benson's emotional "drainage"… Even after 2-3 tough feedings, I put her back on the breast too 'cus I couldn't deal with the crying. Anyways, sorry too for putting this on such a public forum; parenting and esp CIO/ baby feeding (!) is such a personal parenting decision and I didn't mean to talk about it so publicly on your blog.

    Like you said, if your work situation has been lenient enough to accommodate, then that's great! One thing I'm trying now is introducing a paci (14 weeks and no paci yet, am I crazy haha? And she started WW14-19 already!) to get her used to a silicone nipple. I guess one of the reasons why I'm looking to transition to bottle etc is eventually she'll have to transition to a sippy cup which is also silicone to mouth and thought the bottle to sippy cup transition might be easier. Also with the holidays coming up, it would be an extremely amazing Christmas present to have grandparents watch her for a bit while hubby and I enjoy a date out. Haha, maybe these are just pipe dreams at this point ;).

    Just wanted to add – I follow you on instagram as well and your baby looks super healthy, super chubs with the squishiest cheeks so there is not even a bit of failure to thrive etc.

    If you ever wanted to talk more about baby stuff, feel free to connect with me via Twitter or Instagram (@j_eie). If not, no worries either – work, Christmas and new baby life is busy! God bless!

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    December 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I'm so happy to hear your organization is flexible with your nursing situation – and that Benson works from home and can help out as well! I always get so disappointed when employers cannot accommodate a working parent… This outfit is so great, though! I really like that top (I love anything maroon!!), and it looks so fun with your leather skirt!!

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    mark a.
    December 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    sorry to hear that your daughter is not taking to the bottle. makes life all the more interesting. you look gorgeous, though!

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    Liz Tea Bee
    January 4, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I have a friend whose daughter refused to take bottles but when she was 5 or 6 months she decided she would take milk from a sippy cup. If Addie is still refusing at that point it's worth a shot.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 5, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Hi J, thanks for the follow up. No worries. Good luck with everything!

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