I've been meaning to put together this post for a while, since I'm out of the newborn stage (I can't believe I'm already in the 'infant' stage!) and now can vouch for registry must-haves. there are so many things I registered for that I didn't need to, because Luca didn't need them right away, things I registered for too many of and wish I had waited until the baby was here, and also, of course, things I registered for that I use everyday and am so thankful for.
I've gotten so much questions about our very first trip with the baby, so I figured I'share some of my tips! from what I've heard, traveling with babies is easy, because they don't run around (they can't, haha!) and they pretty much sleep, if you time it correctly.
when I became pregnant and started talking to other mamas for advice and mental preparation (ha!), the #1 "warning" or "heads up" I got was this: breastfeeding is hard and doesn't come "naturally", although it's "natural." I heard stories of tongue ties, latch issues, milk supply troubles, and crippling pain.
playing with a newborn is somewhat limited. in the first few days and weeks, they don't really see much, so it seems like they can't be entertained. plus, they're usually sleeping (ah, I miss those days!) as the babies grow and they start to see patterns and engage more with the world, it gets a lot more fun!
every day, I truly feel blessed to wake up to this precious little baby boy. nothing can truly prepare you for the emotional roller coaster of motherhood (especially in the first couple of days/weeks), but in the end, once you find your stride, it is truly a beautiful feeling and something I'll never take for granted.
I'm sitting here on the couch next to baby Luca sleeping soundly in his Dock-a-Tot. the Today Show is on and I'm organizing my Inbox a bit, taking advantage of this quiet time before he stirs and wakes up.
I'm not a big freezer meal prep kinda gal. it's just Lu and I and neither of us travel too much for work, so there's never a reason to really have an arsenal of freezer meals. I love to cook fresh foods and I hate eating the same thing twice in a week. having said that, there have been a few times I've been just too exhausted to cook and I haven't wanted to order something unhealthy and I've found myself thinking, "I wish I had frozen leftovers I could defrost!"
I'll be doing monthly pregnancy recaps to document the progress of this pregnancy and hopefully relate to some of you who are pregnant as well or interested in becoming pregnant! in this week's recap, I'll be recapping week 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37.
around 35 weeks, my hospital bag was packed. the last remaining item were some scratch mitts for the baby, which I was waiting to arrive in the mail. once they arrived, I zipped the bag up and put it in the corner of the nursery, by the door, ready to be grabbed at a moment's notice! just like in the movies, right?
I have been really excited to write this blog post, because I have discovered so many baby brands over these past 8+ months, and I've wanted a place to share them. I've been trying to showcase everything over on Instagram stories as I go, but those obviously disappear, so that's not very helpful for all of you.
when I was first putting together our baby registry, I only saw very baby-like diaper bags. you know, diaper bags that were super kid-friendly with animal shapes or bright colors. I wanted something functional AND chic.
I plan on breastfeeding once the baby arrives. of course, I'm aware that it doesn't happen as easily as we'd like it to happen, so I'm prepared for whatever situation necessary - pumping or breast-feeding, a combo, or whatever. regardless, I'm going into this hoping I'll be breastfeeding!
I'll be doing monthly pregnancy recaps to document the progress of this pregnancy and hopefully relate to some of you who are pregnant as well or interested in becoming pregnant! in this week's recap, I'll be recapping week 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
when I first got pregnant, I was torn about reading baby books. I thought I would just ask my friends who had babies what they did and what worked, instead of spending time ready books. quickly, I realized, that every single baby is different (and thus, my friends' opinions and what they did with their children were very different.) and eventually, my baby would be different.
I've been totally embracing the bump lately. it seems that every day, it grows a bit bigger, a bit firmer. and as someone who has a larger bust, if I don't wear form-fitting clothing, I end up looking three times as large as I actually am. to flatter my shape, I need fitted tops and dresses that cinch the waist. thus, I've been embracing the bump!
I'll be doing monthly pregnancy recaps to document the progress of this pregnancy and hopefully relate to some of you who are pregnant as well or interested in becoming pregnant! in this week's recap, I'll be recapping week 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.
Lu and I are HUGE beach people. when we were deciding where to go on our babymoon, we had limited beach options due to the ZIKA virus risk. it was either Florida, Bermuda, or Hawaii. since we always go to Florida to visit my family, that didn't seem special enough. Bermuda seemed special, but we wanted to take a long-haul trip to somewhere we may not get to go to for a very long time (who wants to take a baby on a 20 hour door-to-door trip?!)
I have been Pinning like crazy lately. Pinning for the NURSERY!
at first, I was Pinning everything. I realized that that was getting me nowhere, and I was having a hard time nailing down a theme/style. I loved everything - I think the general excitement of getting to decorate your future baby's space is overwhelming, and it causes you to love EVERYTHING.