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‘Dark is Green’ with this Posh Mommy and Me Emo Aesthetic Organic Vegan Couture Brand

This post was sponsored by Infantium Victoria

Halloween is next week and it’s a perfect time to experiment with a family or a mommy and me costume. There are tons of famous pairs in pop culture, literature, television and film and history that you could consider going as.

Everyday is Halloween for  Belgian kids’ couture luxe vegan clothing brand Infantium Victoria.

Founded in 2014 by designers Julia Gaydina and Dinie van den Heuvel, IV specializes in high-end organic and vegan fashion for kids.

The aesthetic of the clothing reflects the creators’ stated fascination with the nostalgia and feel of dark, goth-like romantic themes. The styling  along with the cut, color and design of  the exquisite and almost artistic-looking pieces in this brand reflect that fact that it is the precise opposite of the fast fashion trend.

It takes time and care to produce each offering in this collection and that’s because each is  made of ethically sourced fabrics and manufactured at plants that consider the environment, ecology and the quality of life of the  humans that make them.

Indeed, Infantium Victoria turns black green as each avante-garde garment is 100% organic and PETA-approved vegan

The label is the opposite of fast fashion  and the price point, 200 Euros for Black Dress with Trail my niece Aubrey models in the photos on this post, for example, is not without reason.

You really should expect to pay for quality craftsmanship and the detailing and extra effort that go into making each garment, from the carefully selection materials, to the ethical ways each is produced.

For example, the  textured cotton-polyethylene mash in this dress, and in IV’s bibs, pants, and hats, is produced by the French Bugis Group, a company that has  banned all chemical coloring agents such as chlorite, sulphur and benzene, and is steadily working to decrease its water and energy consumption as well as air emissions.

Dutch distributor Ecological Textiles creates the tulle in IV’s for skirts and sleeves and is known for being environmentally-sound and for sourcing fair trade textiles.

The Egyptian cotton in many of IV’s designs is cultivated from farms in Egypt, Africa and the linen fabric in its pieces made of Linen is 100% biodegradable and recyclable, and made in a way that minimizes the environmental impact  via spinning and weaving flax.

Buttons are custom made out of coconut shells and embossed with the Infantium Victoria logo by the German button maker Knopf&Knopf.

The dress generously gifted to Bellyitch to review is well constructed and features a pleated skirt, an asymmetric front panel with a raw hemline you may be able to notice in the photo below.

I love the collar ribbon and the piece itself can be worn as part of any costume that has a dark theme or as a base for another costume. Add a bat, cat, Minnie Mouse (see above and below) headband or some other ears for Halloween. You can easily repurpose this dress after Halloween and have your little one wear it for a performance dress  or for a Holiday recital around Christmas time.

Designed in Belgium, and handcrafted in Portugal, this dress is a classic statement piece and comes in sizes to accommodate 6 months to 10 years old .

It can also be worn by an adult in a similar style or color and convert it into a Mommy and Me or an Auntie and Me  pairing as in the case of me and my Godbaby, Aubrey.

Below is a model from the company’s website so you can get a sense of how it would look on an older girl. It’s quite captivating and eye catching! I love it.

 

Order this dress for 200 Euros ($222 US) here or check out the other options from its Halloween collection but really, any of the pieces can be worn any time of the year and for all sorts of occasions.

Shay Mitchell’s Labor and Delivery Video Is The Realest

Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell gave birth to her first child recently and filmed her entire birth story for her YouTube pregnancy journey channel.

From the point her water broke at home, to the frantic ride to the hospital, to the administering of Pictocin to hurry along the stages of labor to a fight with her Canadian actor boyfriend Matte Babel over when to insert a pain relieving epidural in the base of her spine, it was all captured and displayed in a well edited captivating video posted on Monday, October 21.

Her Doula is the Bomb, by the way.

By the end of the 33 hour journey, Mitchell welcomed a healthy baby girl and the captivating content did not stop there.

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While spending two days postpartum in the hospital, Mitchell took questions and answered them via Instagram story. Wowza! We think that may be a new social media record for most engaging celebrity birthing experience.

You can watch the 11-minute video here:

 

 

Mental Health Check Ins to Make During and After Pregnancy

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mental health

Giving birth to your little one signals a new chapter in your parenthood journey. But in many ways, it’s also a return to getting to know yourself again — this time, through the lens of motherhood.

However, a lot of mothers find it difficult to jump back into their old life, and it’s not just because of the bodily changes (although that does play a huge role). The past nine months have been all about preparing for your baby’s arrival, which means that moments of genuine self-care — where you were only thinking about yourself — were probably few and far between.

Read on below for some tips on how to get yourself back on track after giving birth:

Check in with your mental health

Perhaps the first and most vital tip on this list is to take stock of your mental health. The Office on Women’s Health notes that mood swings are common after giving birth, listing symptoms like irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Having these symptoms last for two weeks or longer may be a sign of postpartum depression, which can make your post-pregnancy adjustment even more difficult. Take a moment to ask yourself how you’re doing, and do yourself a favor and don’t try to shove any negativeness under the rug.

Instead, acknowledge what you’re feeling so you can take actionable steps.

After all, our bodies undergo so much change during pregnancy, but you only really notice the effects after giving birth. And while it’s normal to feel a little insecure about these changes, you should also take the time to celebrate the amazing miracle that your body was able to do.

Pick up a creative hobby

On the subject of celebrating your body’s accomplishments, why not pick up a creative hobby? Whether it’s sketching or collaging baby photos, it’s good to remind yourself that your body can also help you make beautiful artistic pieces. The Spruce’s list of decorative painting techniques shows that painting your wall is not only a creative booster but also a good way to get your body moving.

Sketching or journaling is another way to exercise your creative faculties and reflect on your journey thus far. You can use this time to chronicle how you’re feeling; a good practice could be taking at least five minutes of sketching or journaling time to write down things about yourself that you’re thankful for.

Find your own personal style

The rise of body-positive retailers does away with traditional sizing in order to embrace women’s bodies in all forms, which is great for post-pregnancy moms who are acquainting themselves with their new physical forms. The button-down shirt on Woman Within is made from breathable cotton – in fact, the inclusive brand’s entire range is built around basics that suit any body type. Universal Standard is another brand whose ranges focus on the basics, making it easy to create a capsule wardrobe.

You may have relied on a rotating set of old tees and sweatpants during your pregnancy, but it’s worth taking the time to dress up. Model Ashley Graham has been spotted donning her baby bump in everything from Vex Clothing’s latex dress to a dotted Tommy Hilfiger number, proving that style and mom bodies are a match made in heaven.

Slowly get back into exercise

Whether you’re a seasoned fitness buff or an exercise newbie, postpartum fitness is all about taking it slow and rediscovering how your body likes to move. Going hard right away makes you very susceptible to injuries, and you may also get discouraged if you find that your fitness level has dropped in those nine months. Good Housekeeping suggests swimming as an easy exercise to get into, as you can slowly raise your heart rate by varying up your tempo (but taking it slow provides a good workout, too).

If water sports aren’t your thing, Pilates is another option which can be done anywhere with minimal equipment. There are lots of fitness diagrams and videos built around Pilates and bodyweight exercises, allowing you to take 15-minutes of your day for a quick sweat session.

Meditate

Parenting expert Nancy Bardacke has developed the concept of mindful baby holding. This practice is akin to meditation, where you really zone in and focus on how you and your baby are feeling. Not only does this practice put you in touch with your body, it also helps you form a stronger emotional connection with your baby.

Bardacke emphasizes the importance of your breathing; focusing on slowly inhaling and exhaling to calm your body down. This also makes it easier to tune in with your body and see how it feels to carry your baby, whether you’re sitting down or standing up.

Taking care of yourself after a pregnancy is key to becoming a good parent for your child, as it gives you clear headspace and a positive sense of self-esteem. Being patient with yourself and understanding the changes your body goes through is important, and is something to always keep in mind throughout your post-pregnancy journey.

Sofia Vergara To Pay $80K in Unwanted Frozen Embryos Battle with Ex

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara


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’s Sofia Vergara and her ex fiancé Nicholas Loeb are still embattled over the state of two fertilized and viable embryos the two created while together but recently a judge ordered the Colombian beauty to pay Loeb close to $80,000 in his legal fees and costs.

That amount is a 35 percent reduction of the amount Loeb sought. The judge reduced it after finding the legal fees records Loeb produced to the court don’t match the request.

As fans may recall, before Vergara and Loeb broke up in 2014, the two discussed plans of having a baby together using in-vitro fertilization and a third-party surrogate.

In 2013, they visited the ART Reproductive Center to undergo the IVF process and entered into a signed agreement that stated, among other things, that one person could not use the cryopreserved material to create a child without the explicit written consent of the other.

However, since the breakup, Loeb sued for full custody rights over their two pre-embryos that are in cryogenic storage at ART’s facilities today.

Vergara pointed out that would violate their agreement because she didn’t want them.

Loeb eventually withdrew his claim but outstanding elements of the case remain.

Vergara has a 27-year old son, Manolo, from her pervious relationship with Joe Gonzalez and has been married to actor Joe Manganiello since 2015.

How to Dress Your Bump for Halloween {Ideas}

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Halloween is right around the corner.

If you are expecting and plan to celebrate the day and dress up, there are loads of fun costumes you can dress you bump up as. You can just paint your pregnant belly or wear a costume of a famous pregnant person from pop culture like Juno from the movie.

Here are a few other ideas from the adventurous to the fun and cute from Deavita.net:

Witches Brew

The Solar System

A Ninja Turtle

An Octopus

WNBA’s Skylar Diggins-Smith Played Pregnant All Season

Dallas Wings Skylar

Dallas Wings Skylar Diggins-Smith

Another professional female athlete who recently had a baby is speaking out about maternity leave treatment they received from the sports industry.

This time, Women’s National Basketball Association  star of the Dallas Wings team, Skylar Diggins-Smith revealed Saturday that she played an entire season while pregnant but was called a “quitter” for taking two months off to cope with postpartum depression after giving birth to her son.

Diggins-Smith, 29, said she played while pregnant throughout the entire five-month 2018 season and “didn’t tell a soul” adding that she was the leading player in the league and averaged 17.9 points and 6.2 assists. She also earned her fourth All-Star slot.

But Diggins-Smith said when she took two months off early this season to spend time with her newborn son and handle postpartum depression, she was slammed as a “quitter” who was giving up on her team.

 

 

Diggins-Smith first announced her pregnancy close to two months following the end of the Wings’ ended its 2018 season back in August.

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HuffPo reports that even though she was scheduled to play in the 2019 season, she never did and it looks like her PPD has some reason to do with it.

 

 

“Under the WNBA collective bargaining agreement, players who become pregnant under contract are to receive half their salary, and their medical expenses are to be covered by insurance, ” according to Yahoo Sports.

It’s unclear if she will return. Diggins-Smith is the latest of several female athletes to speak up. Earlier,  marathoner Alysia Montano complained Nike lessened her pay while on maternity leave, then Allyson Felix co-signed and

Study Links Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy to Schizophrenia

Children of mothers who had bacterial infections during pregnancy are more likely to develop mental health conditions like schizophreniaand bipolar disorder.

We already knew that exposure to viruses in the womb increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia, but the effects of bacterial infections have been less clear.

Younga Lee at Brown University in Rhode Island and her colleagues studied 15,000 US adults whose mothers had regular health checks during pregnancy in the 1950s and 60s.

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RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp Gets Ready for Baby #3

Teddi Mellencamp

Teddi Mellencamp

Another housewife from Bravo TV The Real Housewives franchise is expecting a baby; this time Teddi Mellencamp from the Beveryly Hills franchise.

It’s baby number three for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her husband Edwin Arroyave.

Teddi, whose famous dad is 80s rock star John Cougar Mellencamp, shared a recent bump progression photo with her kids. The fitness pro posted a bump progression photo of herself in a bump revealing LBD body con dress while posing with her two kids, 6-year old Slate and 5-year old Cruz this week.

“When I first had Slate, I was driving myself crazy going to every ‘Mommy & Me’ class I could find online! If you know me, you know I can barely stand driving down the street, but I was determined to meet other likeminded moms,” she wrote in a post promoting the Peanut app and website in a sponsored post. “Luckily, I was eventually able to find my ‘mom tribe.’ And then when I got pregnant with Cruz, most of those mamas were expecting as well.”

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When I first had Slate, I was driving myself crazy going to every “Mommy & Me” class I could find online! If you know me, you know I can barely stand driving down the street, but I was determined to meet other likeminded moms. Luckily, I was eventually able to find my “mom tribe.” And then when I got pregnant with Cruz, most of those mamas were expecting as well. But now, five years later, here I am pregnant again and on the lookout for some new expecting moms to share and bond with. And with a busier than ever schedule, I am so blessed to have discovered @peanut. It's an app to meet other women in your area who the same similar interests and are at a similar stage in life. You can arrange meetups, share experiences, ask questions and get answers from real women. I've been able to easily connect with new moms and moms-to-be nearby, as well as join in discussions without any judgment. Favorite maternity workout wear? How to stay fit? Weird pregnancy cravings? There are so many conversations happening on there! I seriously don’t know how we did it before @peanut! To all moms and moms-to-be out there, I recommend you sign up. I promise you, it’s worth it 💕 #peanutapp #ad

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The Cutest Halloween Baby Costume Ideas

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Are you looking for a cute costume for your baby?

There are tons of creative ideas on the Internet. You can go with traditional like pumpkin, a store-bought costume or you could go brave and try a DIY costume based on pop culture.

POPSUGAR assembled a list of 60+ of the most searched costume ideas and among them are baby ideas like Starbucks employee, Harry Potter, Chuckie from the horror flick, Child’s Play, and Boss Baby!

See the entire post HERE!

 

 

The Celeb Baby News We Scooped ‘PEOPLE’ and ‘US Weekly’ On

Photo of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with infant daughter

Photo of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with infant daughter

Even though Bellyitch has been in the celeb bumpwatch biz for over a decade, it’s not often that this site scoops major gossip press like PEOPLE and US Weekly but alas it did on this recent celeb baby news.

This week, Ryan Reynolds confirmed what we’ve shared on this blog since September: that he and his beautiful actress wife Blake Lively are proud parents of another baby girl, their third.

The Deadpool star posted on his Twitter account a sweet photo of himself, his wife Blake Lively and their 2 month old infant being toted in a baby carrier to promote the upcoming Canadian elections and climate change on his account and confirmed he has three girls.

“I want my daughters to experience the same natural playground I grew up in,” he said in the tweet revealing the sex of his baby. “On Oct. 21, the candidate you vote for will SHAPE CLIMATE POLICY. I’m proud of the climate progress made the last 4 years. Click http://Elections.ca for voting info. #Capilano

PEOPLE and US Weekly magazines published their “exclusive” confirmation about the baby’s birth a whole three months after the baby news was the subject of a blind item  you can check here!

And apparently, according to Yahoo!, Reynolds is getting his wish to have a home full of girls.

Back in 2016, he told Entertainment Weekly Radio in 2016 “if I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. Really, like I genuinely would be.”

It’s all because he grew up in a house with four boys, including himself, who tore up his parents home and he just was not interested in the rough and tumble life.

“My brothers and I, there’s four of us, we would destroy the house,” he recalled to EW Radio. “I was eight and I could patch and drywall at eight. We could actually repair an entire hole in the wall in our house within 15 minutes.”

He added: “That’s part of the reason I don’t want boys, because I don’t want a wiffle house. I just want the house to be normal.”

  • There you go! Dreams do come true!