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Nov01 Guest Blogger: Kelly- Almost 6 months old 2013
It’s strange to think of life before this. The routine is so completely altered from its previous state.
I used to sleep soundly throughout the night until at least 8am if I didn’t set an alarm and now I feel like a champ if I get to sleep past 5:30am.
I used to wear a top for a whole day and if I didn’t do too much that day, might hang it back in the closet for a second wearing. These days if I make it more than 3 hours without being spit, drooled or pooped on, I see it as the stars aligning in my favor.
I used to think of myself as a highly efficient person who could pack just about anything into just about any increment of time if I willed it. Lately, I believe I deserve a medal if I manage to shower, get dressed and put on my makeup before 1pm.
It’s unfathomable until you’re living it to comprehend how much time a baby takes.
I work in increments of 3-5 minutes now.
And I group any task that can be grouped.
Meaning, if I’m carrying a glass to the kitchen, I’ll maximize that trip to its fullest potential.
Flip the switch to boil water, throw the laundry in the dryer, pull out the watering can to remind myself to water the plants later… pull the chicken out to thaw.
Because there’s no knowing when I’ll get that many seconds in a row in that particular part of the house.
I never thought I’d be so indebted to these objects, but they have given me my hands back.
If Selah could create the perfect day, it would be spending her waking state either strapped to me, facing out to see, taste and feel the whole world from 4 feet off the ground, or hanging from a doorway bouncing her little heart out.
That would be it. Pretty simple.
So how do we spend our days? Pretty much alternating between sleeping, eating, bouncing and strapped to mom’s chest.
Some days I wonder why we aren’t able to remember the bliss of babyhood because seriously… she’s living the good life right now.
As soon as I laid eyes on this vintage map collage print of California by Green Nest I knew it was perfect for this post. I love the earthy colors and the surfer vibe, it strikes the perfect balance of being sooo California without being over the top. I decided it would make the perfect backdrop for a little girl’s outfit and came up with this inspiration board. What do you think? Are you in love as much as I am? Baby girls are just SO fun to dress!
1. Glasses Jumper; 2. Wooden California Teether; 3. Gap Ombre Sunhat; 4. Fawn Top; 5. California Print; 6. H&M Paradise Shirt; 7. Crew Cuts Tumbler Short; 8. Mini Rodini Palm Leggings; 9. Organic Baby Shoes; 10. Striped Bikini; 11. Ugg Button Boots
I have a love/hate relationship with baby registries.
I love the thought of a roster of dreamy items you hand-pick for your special occasion.
I hate the work of researching every single object to figure out which is best.
And then… when it all comes down to it, you tell people where you registered and maybe 20 percent of them ever even look at it???
I can’t blame ‘em. Who wants to buy someone a humidifier when you have all those miniature clothes and tiny shoes tempting you from the racks?
Humidifiers lose 9 times out of 10.
Still, I did my research and sifted through the many options to declare my faves.
Because even if you don’t get these items at your shower, you WILL get gift cards, and then you’ll be thankful you already did the hard work of selecting among the 40 varieties of thermometers ahead of time instead of standing there in Target trying to make all these decisions.
Here are a just a few of my top picks after reading reviews, posting questions to friends on Facebook, talking with new moms and now, having the opportunity to try it out for myself.
1. City Mini GT stroller
2. Maxi Cosi Prezi car seat
3. SOFT BUMS cloth diapers
4. Summer Infant Swaddles
5. Fischer Price Snugabunny cradle swing
We live in a neighborhood where everyone walks & rides bikes around town, so we knew we needed something sidewalk-worthy. The City Mini GT stroller is by far the best decision we made when registering. It looks great, it’s compact, smooth to push, easy on bumps, ok for short jogs even though it’s not technically a ‘jogger’ and best of all, it LITERALLY folds in half with the pull of a strap. I cannot sing its’ praises highly enough. If you’re on the hunt for a stroller, do yourself a favor and at least check it out. [quick tip: be sure to select a car seat that is compatible with this stroller. It comes with a converter kit that allows you to attach any number of car seats but some of them work better than others. We chose the Maxi Cosi Prezi which attaches to the stroller by just clicking it into these little side clips. Other carriers require an additional strap which can be kinda cumbersome.]
No onto the subject of diapers… I had NO idea what to do when first starting to navigate the abyss of cloth diapering. I mean, the lingo alone is enough to send you over the edge when trying to figure out whether you want an AIO [All In One] for your DD [Darling Daughter]… Not kidding. It’s a little weird. To see what I mean, check out a glossary of terms. Needless to say, I was determined to save money and the planet by attempting to cloth diaper. Fortunately, there’s a great little shop nearby called Granola Babies and the kind woman didn’t even laugh at me when I asked her to explain the differences to me like I was a third grader. No offense to third graders…
Why I love Soft Bums? They’re easy to use and easy to clean. You snap in a cloth liner and put the diaper on almost the same way you would a disposable one. Plus, the outer shell has this elastic/toggle feature that grows with your baby so that you don’t have to purchase additional sizes. Brill [as in, Brilliant- not listed in the glossary of terms above].
What I wish I had registered for:
Summer swaddles. My child doesn’t go to sleep at night without them. I was certain I’d use those beautiful gauzy Aiden & Anais swaddle blankets… and I do! Just not for swaddling… They keep her snuggly in her swing, cover her carrier on bright days, and serve as backdrops for my daily photo shoots, but I just don’t swaddle her in them.
I will be eternally grateful to my friend Drea who gave me one at a shower. It’s basically a little snuggly sleeping bag with Velcro that keeps her arms tucked in.
Why it’s genius? Because you don’t have to flip a sleeping babe over to get it wrapped around her. That reason alone makes it worth it, but they’re also affordable and come in darling prints.
A swing. We chose the Fischer Price Snuggabunny. If you recall, I was going for minimal contraptions in the house so I just didn’t think a swing needed to take up space in my house. Our friends Aaron and Lauren were just a few months behind us on their pregnancy journey and let us try out their brand new swing [how nice are they?!?] to see how it worked on Selah. Let’s just say if it weren’t for this swing, I wouldn’t have been able to eat or shower until about 5pm when CJ got home each day. This swing gives me up to a couple of hours a day to do stuff around the house, plus it plugs in so you don’t need batteries.
Needless to say, we ended up with our own after we gave back their swing.
What I didn’t register for and am glad I didn’t?
A baby bath.
We just fill up our sink with water, lay the inflatable doughnut they gave me to sit on at the hospital and throw a towel over everything so she can sit in a warm little terry cloth pool and this seems to do the trick.
Bottom line, there are SO many incredible baby items out there and none of us need ALL of them. But all of us need SOME of them and figuring out which ones is a full-time job all by itself. If you’re in the midst of registering for your own baby on the way, Godspeed and save your gift receipts.
Aug06 A little peach baby shower 2013
One of our guest blogger’s Jenny was lucky enough to have a stylish friend Kayla to throw her a perfectly peach baby shower. I have a special love for the polka dot and sparkly chevron table clothes and the food title flags…oh and the flowers and the ombre balloons…oh and the color popping flowers and peach hand pies…oh and the stationary. I could go on. I LOVE this shower.
I am a huge Lindsey Letters fan. Have you seen her darling new line of prints and cards for baby? In. Love. I especially like the “You Are My Sunshine” canvas because it is bright and cheery and makes me think of spring (something that hasn’t quite arrived yet here in Chicago!) I crafted a mini inspiration board for baby girls based on this print. I had so much fun “shopping” and collecting pieces that reflect the same springy, happy, floral, and handwritten charm as the canvas. Do you ever find inspiration for your children’s clothing in unusual places? It can be so fun to look at things not only for what they are, but what they can be!
1.Spring Cape; 2. Nellystella Chloe Dress; 3. Zara Embroidered Shirt; 4. Lindsey Letters Sunshine Canvas; 5. Rikshaw Design Baby Bloomers; 6. Jennifer Ann Personalized Name Leggings; 7. Mini Rodini Frill Swimsuit