Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Autumn Bucket List

Toddler Shoes /// See Kai Run

Does your family have any fall traditions? We currently don't have any! Before this year, fall has been a sign of the end of the baseball season. Therefore it was filled with excitement that we were finally back home and done with the unexpected, different hotel rooms, and long road trips.

This year we are a family of four, and excited for the summer to fall transition. I want to make sure we make the most of it, and that it doesn't go by too fast. So here are some things I want to make sure we do.

1.) First things first - I want to get a pumpkin spice latte. You'll find me at Pines, for their Pumpkin Habanero Latte, made with their house made coconut cashew milk! I'm normally coffee with some cream type of girl, but I only splurge at Pines, since they make their drinks with the best ingredients, I can't help myself.

2.) Visit the Pumpkin Patch - Graydon is at such a fun age, I cannot wait to take him! It will be great to start this tradition with both of the boys.

3.) A family getaway - Not sure if it will be a short weekend getaway, or more adventurous, but I want us to getaway together for a bit.

4.) Take family photos - I'd really love some professional pictures taken, but I will settle for some of my DSLR timer pics.

5.) Get fresh Apple Cider & find some Honey Crisp apples

6.) Carve our pumpkins & roast the seeds

7.) Take a fall hike, or maybe just a long walk. Either way I want to get outside and enjoy the beauty of fall!

8.) Family Halloween Costumes!

9.)  Crochet the boys winter hats.

10.) Spend a fall day shopping in downtown Portland, with a trip to Pips Donuts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lillebaby Complete Organic | Giveaway

This post contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Lillebaby Complete Organic

Some of my favorite bloggers, and myself have teamed up to giveaway a Lillebaby Complete Organic to celebrate their launch of these beautiful carriers!

If you've been following my blog, or know much about me, you know that babywearing is a huge part of my everyday life. Lillebaby has helped me survive crazy amounts of travel, a baby with colic and so much more. I am so excited about their new line of organic carriers.

Now, I don't have one on hand yet, but I've heard that they are buttery soft, incredibly beautiful, and basically the best carrier ever!

Colors Available: Sea Glass || Blushing Pink || Blue Moonlight || Green Meadow || Powder Blue

Which color is your favorite? I think I am partial to the Green Meadow.

Carrier Shown: Embossed LUXE in Pewter

Lillebaby is such an amazing carrier. I could go on and on about why I love this carrier, but I'll try to keep it short...

  • 6 positions - including parent facing and forward facing
  • No infant insert needed
  • 7LBS- 45LBS (long lasting)
  • Head Support - great for sleeping babies or supporting tall toddlers
  • Back Lumbar Support - keeps you nice and comfortable!
  • Pocket - keeping keys/phone/credit card/ extra diaper and so much more
  • Ability to cross the straps

Head on over to their website to learn more and find your perfect carrier, enter to win one for yourself below!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Master Bedroom Makeover || Part 2: Lorena Canal

Disclaimer: I was given products featured in this post in exchange for a feature and review. All opinions are my own.

With a new baby on the way, I decided to update our Master Bedroom (instead of doing a nursery). You can see from my first post - Master Bedroom Makeover || Part 1: Beddy's, the first thing we did was update our bedding.

One thing I learned with my first child, you never know where a child will prefer to sleep. My first boy is still co-sleeping most of the time, and his nursery was never really needed. This time around I planned on making our bedroom baby/toddler friendly, and make adjustments as we get to know him.

I still have a crib and a room with nursery potential, but I'm waiting to see on whether or not it's worth setting up. For now, he is in our room in his Rock'n'play, or in the Dockatot.

For part two, I'm sharing some great products that make our bedroom baby and toddler friendly.

Lorena Canal Rugs

Lorena Canal rugs are machine washable, made with the best raw materials, and they are high quality.

"12 years ago we decide to specialize on children rugs, offering our customers all the essentials to enjoy elegant and cozy spaces with all requirements a mother needs for their kids"

As a mom, the ability to wash our rugs is amazing. This rug not only added style to our room, but it's functional. Being able to wash our rug allows me to know my children are crawling, rolling, and playing on a clean space. It also allows me to relax knowing any messes can easily be thrown in the wash.

Lorena Canal has helped me create a space I love, and for my babies to safely play.

Our Dockatot has been an essential in our co-sleeping lives for a while now. Graydon got a lot of use out of it, and now we have the option for Beckett to sleep in the bed.

I love that it gives me a comfortable, safe place to keep our son whenever and wherever.

Our two Saranoni Blankets are the boys favorites! They're not only beautiful blankets that fit the style of our master bedroom, but they're also incredibly soft for the kids.

"As your child grows, we believe the things they love most should grow along with them. Luxury blankets from a lovie size to adult sizes. "

Saranoni blankets come in all sizes, so you can choose the one that best fits our child, or even for you or someone you love!

These blankets are comfort, warmth and style - they are definitely a luxurious blanket.

My favorite thing about them is probably the quality. No amounts of accidents, spit up, or times in the wash has made a difference in the quality. They are still just as soft and - NO SHEDDING (amazing I know). These are the only blankets I have had that stand up against anything.

These products make my life as a mom so much easier! They're not only great for co-sleeping families, but great for children general!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Postpartum Style || Featuring Ruby Claire

Disclaimer: I received items in this post free of charge. All opinions are my own.

This pregnancy I gained 37 pounds, and by the end my maternity clothes were even feeling a little too snug. It's such a difficult time of feeling blessed and excited about having a baby, but just not myself. Getting dressed has been a difficult task, and I've felt very insecure about my body.

By 38 weeks I was not only ready to hold my baby, but ready to have my body back. Well, I forgot the little piece about it being a process. A process to recover, to get used to having a newborn, and to get the weight off.

Although I am still not back into my pre-pregnancy clothes, I am completely over my maternity clothes. Luckily, I 've found some great clothes that are both stylish and flexible on fit from Ruby Claire Boutique!

Featured Items

This outfit is nursing friendly, has a comfortable fit for a new mom, and its forgiving for a postpartum body. I ordered my pre-pregnancy size and it fit wonderfully! Since the pants have a stretchy waste band, I was able to fit into them. Most importantly, I feel beautiful in this outfit! So, thanks Ruby Claire - this mom needed a confidence boost.

Lillebaby Baby Carrier

Ruby Claire has so many great clothing options, as well as shoes and accessories. The quality is amazing, and the clothes look even better in person. I love the style and how unique each item is!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My Experience with Colic

As a first time mom, I didn't know what to expect. When my newborn son spent hours of the day crying, I assumed it was just what babies did. When nothing I did could possibly soothe him, I thought it was me. 

On one hand, he was eating fine, healthy as can be, and growing like a champ. On the other, he was miserable at sleeping, impossible to soothe and leaving me so incredibly exhausted. 

Months later, after spending time around other babies, I realized that my son was definitely a colicky baby. It took a while for me to actually admit it, to admit that my perfect little boy, was really a difficult baby. 

Here is what I wish everyone knew about dealing with colic.

• The sound of my son crying hurts me way more than it could possibly be affecting you. Trust me, if there was something I could do, anything, I would do it.

• I've tried everything. He's fed, he has a clean diaper, he burped, and I've tried getting him to sleep.

• The looks you give me aren't going to make him stop crying, and they aren't going to make me a better mom.

• Yes, I could have just stayed home, but I have stuff I have to get done. I've also been in the house for far too long, and I can't let colic take over my life. 

• I'm doing okay. I'm so thrilled to be a mom and I love this kid so much - no amount of crying could possibly change that. I may look stressed in the moment, I may even look like a hot mess, but I'm happy. 

& here is what having a child with colic has taught me.

• I really don't need all that much sleep, if any.

• I can eat really really fast. Chances are once I lay him down, I might have five minutes to eat.

• Everything that needs to be done can be done with one hand, or while wearing a baby. 

• As hard and long as these months might seem, they go by quick, and they'll soon be a distant memory.

• Before you know it, you'll have an incredibly amazing, intelligent, well behaved toddler standing by your side. 

So here's to all the moms who almost never put down their baby, who live with a carrier strapped on at all times, who spend hours of their evenings desperately trying to soothe their baby, who don't get any sleep and to all those moms scarfing down their dinners knowing their baby will be up any second. 

Although, the chances are these probably won't work - here are some tips for dealing with Colic.

1.) Wear that baby 
2.) Skin to skin
3.) Bounce, Rock, Walk, swaddle, burp - basically anything you can think of that might make them feel better or like they're back in the womb
4.) Take them outside, or near a window
5.) Call in extra help if you can. My mom was my savior when my husband was gone and I just needed a shower and to eat a good meal! 

Have you had a baby with colic? What were some things that helped you survive those months?

(Luckily my second son has no signs of Colic yet!)

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Motherhood 101 • Blogging Moms

Summer 2013, the summer I found out I was going to be a mom. I had nine months to prepare for this thing called motherhood, but I had no idea where to even begin, not a clue what to expect. So there I was, 23 years old, couldn't remember the last baby I held, let alone diaper I changed - downloading the "What to Expect" app on my phone.

As the months went by, I had decided on very few things about my parenting style. I knew I wanted a natural birth, that I wanted to breastfeed until he was at least one, and that he would probably sleep in his crib (haha, he never did). 

Fast-forward to March 17th and my beautiful baby boy was here and I was a hot-mess! I don't know if it was the colic or my inexperience, but those first few months were far from easy. I knew nothing, and although my mom extinct  was definitely there, I wasn't really sure about anything.

When Graydon was a couple of months old, I went to an event called Gearapalooza. I spent an evening listening to Jamie - "The Baby Guy" talk about baby stuff and learned about who Jessica "The Leaky Boob" was. This was my entrance into the blogging world. 

So what's my Motherhood 101? It's all the mommy bloggers out there that I've connected with since becoming a mom.

I've learned so much from other moms through my blogging connections. It's made me a better mom, and better person. These ladies I follow, they are so smart, so hard working and all amazing mamas!

& here are some things they've helped me through....

• When I wasn't sure what to expect for breastfeeding. When my baby wanted to nurse to sleep, and constantly wake to nurse - The Leaky Boob posts ensured me that it was normal and okay. It felt so good reading about others who were going through or had went through the same thing as myself.

• So many times I've felt inadequate as a stay at home mom. I've felt pressure to go back to work. My connections with other stay at home moms and even working moms makes me feel like I've made the right decision. I see that we all have our differences and different personalities. That everyone makes they're decision off of what's best for their family - and you can't let anyone make you feel like you've made the wrong choice. 

• Taking care of myself and taking time for myself - this is a huge one. The mommy bloggers out there who also blog on fashion - they encourage me to take time for myself. That even though I'm "just a mom" - to get dressed and make myself feel good, to do my hair, put some makeup on. It doesn't have to be everyday, but at least every once in a while. 

• I've learned that it's okay to not be perfect. The house is going to be messy, you can't always be the perfect mom. Mom guilt is real you guys! Sometimes I don't feel like I give my toddler enough attention, that my house isn't clean enough, or that I'm not cooking the healthiest meals. The mommy bloggers I follow always keep it real though. They share the ups and downs of motherhood. 

• I've learned about the correct way to baby wear, how to potty train in three days, how to build milk supply, car seat safety, the best way to cloth diaper, where to get the best and safest baby products and so much more from bloggers.

As a second time mom, two weeks into this whole gig - I feel so much more confident. I know part of it is just being a second time mom, but I'm certain that a lot of is from all I've learned from my fellow blogging mamas!

& that is my "Motherhood 101" - reading about experiences from real moms. The mommy bloggers I follow have so much great information & amazing things to share. I wouldn't be the mom I am without them! They help me get through this so called mother "hood".

Here is just a short list of some of my favorite mommy bloggers, and when I say short, I mean short because there are SO many others that I love!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Becoming a Big Brother • Featuring Finn & Emma

Disclaimer: I received the pictured outfits in exchange for featured posts. All opinions are my own. Also, my toddler still has his moments, and is far from perfect (but perfect to me). 

Pajamas// Finn & Emma
Stickers// Sticky Bellies

The boys are pictured in their super soft Finn and Emma Pajamas! Finn and Emma features the most comfortable organic wear for babies and toddlers. 

"Here we live in the balance of stylish and sustainable, classic and contemporary, whimsical and sophisticated. Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant."

Bringing Home Baby....

One of my biggest fears of bringing a new baby into this world was splitting time and love with my two year old. My bond with Graydon is extremely strong and before I went into labor, he had never woken up without me by his side in his entire life.

When I got pregnant with baby number two, one of our biggest priorities was making sure Graydon was ready to be a big brother.

Here are ten things we did to help prepare Graydon.

1.) He came to every appointment and the ultrasound with us. He was as much as part of this pregnancy as Greg and I.

2.) Graydon naturally picked up on loving my belly after seeing Greg talking to and caring for baby brother.  It really showed him something special was happening.

3.) We talked to him about baby brother a lot. We explained to him what baby brother would be like and what a big helper he could be.

4.) Family and friends were all involved in talking to him about baby brother.

5.) We read him books about bringing home a new sibling.

6.)  We involved him in setting up baby brothers room and organizing his things. 

7.) We took him to the store to pick out some presents to give to baby brother. He has been in charge of getting his toys for him.

8.) We bought Graydon some new things to spoil him after baby brother was born too. He even had a gift from baby brother!

9.) We had conversations about everyday scenarios that would happen with baby brother. We talked about baby sitting next to him in the car and maybe even the double shopping cart at Costco!

10.) We made sure Graydon was the first person to meet baby brother in the hospital. He got a lot of time visiting us and he felt really special!

Every toddler is different, and of course will respond differently. It's most important to just know your child and have conversations with him or her.

Graydon has adjusted so well and is such an amazing big brother! A lot has changed, but at the same time so much has stayed the same for him.

Have you brought home a new baby with a toddler at home? What worked for your family when making the transition?