This has been the hardest time of our lives for me and Joe. After losing our daughter, I've enlisted a team of experts to try to help me survive. Every breath hurts. I can't begin to describe the pain. Throughout the past few weeks, I've been grasping at anything or anyone that might help – my therapist, acupuncturist, doulas who specialize in grief, spiritual counseling, books and journaling. There was one piece of advice, "tend to something," that led me to begin fostering kittens. Taking care of my first foster kitten, who was seven weeks when I got him, had a cold and was very weak, has been a reason to get out of bed and is looking for a forever home.
During this time of incredible heartbreak and grief, Joe and I are beyond grateful to have our families, friends, colleagues and community to help hold us up. Helpless and hopeless, there is one thing we’d like to do in honor of our daughter, Ava Lombardi. While at the hospital in the beginning of this nightmare, we learned of Griffin’s Giving Fund, which helps families through the grief associated with losing a child. They were there for us and we’d like to make sure they’re there for others in need as well. If you’d like to donate in honor of Ava, please follow the link and instructions below. We are forever grateful. It’s all we can do. Keep reading to find out how.
Devastated. Numb. Angry. Hopeless. Lifeless.
Words can’t begin to describe how Joe and I have been feeling. At 8 months pregnant, we lost our baby girl. Our second loss. No answers as to why. Just a week ago, after being forced into labor and having to give birth to her, we left the hospital empty handed. She was already gone. No words. Just heartbreak. Taking time away from all of this... unplugged.
This morning on NBC's New York Live, I had the pleasure of working with Sara Gore and Lauren Scala. I originally pitched a general "New Beauty Gadgets" piece, but the producer (my friend Jess) gave me the challenge of finding new beauty gadgets that were all under $100. A hard task, but I was super impressed by all I found. Check out the segment here.
At 18 weeks, I went to book a massage and then realized I could no longer lay flat on my stomach and that it was time to book the prenatal. I immediately got nervous and began Googling how prenatal massages are done. I was intimidated to feel uncomfortable on the table with my changing body and didn't want to put myself in an awkward position. Here's everything I learned from my first prenatal massage.
Each time I go to Trader Joe's I find new thing I must try. As a gluten-free, vegan, they have so many options for me at great prices. I've been posting my hauls on InstaStories and have many of you asking about my shopping list so here's info on what I buy every single time.
As I go through new product mailings, I keep products that intrigue or impress me to the side and begin creating categories for round ups like these. Lately, I've received a ton of cool tech-y skincare gadgets that range from $20 - $160 and promise to help reduce the appearance of crows feet, keep your tweezers in check and even act as well as a derma-planing facial.
Back when I was 20 weeks pregnant, I had to supply The Bar Method Hoboken with a doctors note stating that I was able to keep up the work out. I didn't announce the news publicly yet and was still able to hide my little bump, but according to studio rules, I needed to start modifying certain exercises. I wasn't ready for that!