Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!


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We hope your Halloween was bananas!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baby's Nursery: Round Two

Putting a nursery together is one of my favorite, favorite things about having a baby, and I enjoyed putting this room together just as much as I did Henry's nursery

Let's take a peek around William's room, shall we? (Click any image to enlarge)




And now for some details...


1. Curtains- Target
2. Changing Table, Baskets, Basket Liners, Changing Pad Cover- Pottery Barn Kids
3. Rug- Ikea


1. Frames- Michael's
2. Prints- Etsy, Almost Sunday Designs (My favorite part of the room!)
3. Lamp- Target
4. Clown Stacker- Amazon


1. Clock- Target
2. Shelves- Ikea (spice racks that we spray painted)
3. "Big Brother's Chair"- Ikea
4. Side Table- Ikea (only $12!)


1. Lamp- Target
2. Itzbeen-Amazon
3. Green Basket (all of them in the room)- Home Goods
4. The Little Prince Pop-Up Book- Barnes & Noble


1. Crib- Pottery Barn Kids
2. Classic Pooh and Piglet- Amazon
3. Crib Sheet- Pottery Barn Kids

What do you think? What was your favorite part of planning for your little one?

Special shout-out to my hubby for all of his labor during this process :)

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dear William

Dear William,

I can't believe you are here. I know that sounds crazy, as impatient as I was for you to make your appearance. But on Sunday I had just made peace with the fact that you'd come when you were ready.

So naturally, that night things got rolling, and Monday morning you made your grand entrance.

We had the most amazing birth experience, and it was over before I had time to take it all in. More on that later.

I just wanted to take a minute to welcome you to the world. It's an amazing place filled with wonderful people and so many things to learn. I can't wait to be with you, teaching you to laugh and love, every step of the way...

All my love,
Mama






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Monday, October 7, 2013

Tips for Registering for Baby

Can you tell I'm in baby mode lately? It seems like so many people I know are pregnant (which I LOVE!) Including one of my very best friends who is due this January (yay!) After texting back and forth a gazillion times she was said, "Why don't you just do the registering for me!?"

The point is-- knowing what you need can be overwhelming. And you won't really know what's right for you until you experience baby for yourself. Not to mention, everyone's different. But, since you asked... here's my advice.

Oh you didn't ask? You're getting it anyways.

DO Register for a lot of Aden + Anais Swaddling Blankets (2-3 packs of 4.) You don't need any others. These are great for swaddling, covering up to breastfeed, or just to lay on the ground. Any other "receiving blankets" or "swaddling cloths" that weren't Aiden & Anais brand just ended up as burp clothes in our house.

DON'T Register for clothes. If you think something is cute, just buy it for your baby. People will buy you the clothes they think are cute anyways, so don't clutter up your registry. Let them focus on the items you really need. (Yes, of course baby really needs clothes-- trust me he will get them!)

DO Register for at 3-4 crib sheets and 2 mattress pads. Because there will be nights where you find yourself changing the bedding more than once...

DON'T worry about getting the expensive bedding set (bumper, quilt, crib skirt, etc.) You can't use a lot of it for a long time anyways... One cute quilt as an accent in the nursery is enough.

DO register for diapers and wipes, the discount helps!

DON'T register for baby towels and washcloths.This may be my opinion, but using a regular sized towel was always so much easy for me, and those dinky baby washcloths never held up (most ended up in my cleaning stash.)

DO get a Boppy. And an extra cover. They are great.

DON'T go crazy with pacifiers. Chances are you will need a lot, but babies can be picky in the department, so figure out what he likes before you stock up.

DO get an Itzbeen. You can time contractions while waiting for baby, and time everything else once baby arrives (sometimes its hard to remember how long its been since the last feeding when you are averaging 4 hours of sleep...)

DON'T worry about bibs. You will wind up with so. many. bibs.

DO fall in love with the BabyGanics line of cleaners. It is all great.

DON'T worry about getting a big, expensive diaper bag. Just find a great bag, with lots of pockets and room-- in your budget! Skip-Hop and Adelina Madelina have some cute stuff, but also remember it doesn't have to be branded as a diaper bag to work!

DO get an Amazon Prime membership. And if you're really organized you can sign up for the Amazon Mom program. It's just so convenient to say "Oh, I need diapers!" and there they are two days later and you didn't even have to leave the house. Or shower.

Of course you'll do your own research and decide whats right for you in all of this and in the bigger categories (stroller, car seats, high chair, bouncer, swings, etc!) But these are my thoughts! If you have a question, feel free to comment!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Baby Business

Babies have a way of very quickly letting you know that they are in charge. And this baby is letting me know before he even arrives.
40 weeks. Baby watch commences.
With Henry I was induced a week early, so I really didn't have to wait on him at all. But baby number two is a whole different ballgame, and here I am closing out on my due date. Of course I realize a due date is an estimate, and a baby is ready when he is ready... but patience has never really been a virtue of mine. Which is why I really thought the baby would have made his arrival by now...

But he hasn't. Because he's in charge.

It's still up in the air who he's taking after. He's either:

A. Stubborn like his Mama.

or

B. Taking his sweet time like Daddy.

But I've had a lot of fun with my Facebook friends and family lately asking the following questions:
How do you get labor going?
When did your little one arrive in relation to your due date?
What one word would you use to describe your labor?

Here's a little infographic with all the answers...



What oh-so-scientific conclusions can I draw from this? Everyone may be different, but every baby sure is in charge!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Favorite Things Round Up- September

I've recently started posting one product and one book every week or so in the top left of the sidebar. These are products that I've tried myself and since I love them, I thought I'd share them with you. Every month or so I plan on a post like this, a product round-up to describe just why I love them! And with the holidays around the corner, you can get a head start on your shopping! You can find an ongoing list of my favorite things Books and Products I Love tab at the top of the page.

Now lets get to the fun part.

Books:


The Little Prince An all-time favorite of mine. It was the first book I read to Henry, and will be the first one I read to this little prince! 5/5 STARS
Midwives Probably not something I should have read while I was nearing birth, but this will make you appreciate modern medicine, while also showing just how amazing the human body is on its own. 3.5/5 STARS
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel An easy, magical read. Like a quick, grown-up Harry Potter. 4/5 STARS

Children:


Steam Train, Dream Train I LOVE reading imaginative, rhyming books with beautiful pictures... the cadence is perfect for bedtime. Henry loves "choo-choos" so this has become a fast favorite.

Critter Hoodies (not shown, but you can see my son in his here) from Old Navy are adorable! I'm obsessed with them, and have to say, my son sure does make one darling raccoon.

Housewares:


Bella Cucina 12-Piece Rocket Blender-A friend recently asked for a recommendation on a bullet-type blender. This one is cheaper than the bullet. I've had mine going on three years, and I use it all the time!
Twirl-a-Tie Tie Holder I think the nesting instinct has kicked in. Two weeks ago I organized my husband's side of the closet, and these little babies are cheap and so perfect. They hold 20 ties each and look great!

Fair warning: I've recently become a member of Amazon Prime. And I highly recommend it! Need diapers? Wipes? Dog Food? It's on your doorstep in two days, with free shipping and no minimum order. Super convenient if you have your hands full. They also offer free movies and TV shows to stream and you can borrow selected books for free from the Kindle Library, and they always have something good! You can join Amazon Prime here. So you'll notice I often link to Amazon, because chances are-- I just ordered it from there!

Note: I've also become an Amazon Associate, so anytime something links to Amazon, if you click through to purchase it I make a small commission. Any products that were sent to me to review, I will make note of, but I promise to show off only the things I truly love.

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