Monday, July 16, 2018

Baby Beach Necessities

We are up to our necks in sand and salt water pretty consistently this month as we have been at Hutchinson Island.  This is Addison's first beach trip and I have been anxiously awaiting this month since she was born! I am a huge beach lover, grew up going to Hutchinson Island my entire life,  and I hoped more than anything that Addison would love it too.  I am overjoyed that she is definitely a beach baby! She loves the sand (and eating it), the ocean waves running up on her feet, and swimming in the pool. She has exceeded my expectations for how much she loves it. 

One of the biggest challenges of bringing a baby to the beach is how much JUNK they require that you have lug down to the beach. I have no advice for limiting the amount of stuff (it's inevitable), but I think I have mastered how to transport everything the easiest  I have compiled a list of our beach must haves for a baby, and ruled out the unnecessary items.

  1. Baby Pool: This has been the best! We start out the day by using it as a playpen and letting her play with her toys in it, and when she gets bored with that, we add fresh water and it becomes a whole new experience!
  2. Beach Toys: Addison obviously doesn't understand how to use a bucket and shovel correctly, but they are new toys that she doesn't normally get to play with at home so she loves them! Add in a few water squirters and that's all you need. We love these because they are BPA, Phthalate, and Lead Free! 
  3. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen: I can't stress this enough and I think it's pretty obvious why.  Find a good mineral sunscreen that is good for the whole family. I love Beautycounter's Countersun Sunscreen.  It comes in stick, lotion, and spray form and is gentle enough to use on both adults and babies. 
  4. Food, Snacks, and Water: Babies need to stay hydrated, so water is a must.  We used baby food pouches to make things easier and less messy for lunch, and brought fruit down for snacks. 
  5. These Towels: They are my favorite! If you are the mom of a baby, skip the baby size and go straight for the kids size.  Your little one will be able to use them longer!
  6. This Wagon: This was a game changer in terms of transport.  We threw everything in it (including Addison) and wheeled everything to the beach.  The large wheels made it easy to pull through the sand, and when it's not in use, it folds up easily.
  7. If you will have multiple babies on the beach, I would recommend this playpen.  It shakes clean, folds up easily, and has a little shade for sunny days.  It was very helpful for two mobile best friends that wanted to venture to the hot sand  every minute!
This is a pretty comprehensive list of everything we have been using for our beach trip! Happy beachin'!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Addison's 6 Month Schedule

Hey guys! I hope you all are having a fabulous week.   I am battling vacation mode as the end of this school year is already on the horizon! How did that happen so fast?? I am looking forward to summer beach days, time spent with my little family on vacations, and no daily agendas! This summer will be much different than those in the past with little Miss Addison joining me this year.  I'm sure I will be up much earlier and definitely to bed much earlier, but I am looking forward to this summer more than any other before!

Addison has always been a schedule kind of girl. When she was a newborn, I let her ease into life and create her own schedule and just stuck to it so that she began to know what to expect on a daily basis.  When it came to sleeping through the night, Addison slept through the night by 4 months old, which made this mama very happy! I always followed the same bed time routine, no matter what.  That way, Addison knew exactly what to expect and became accustomed to her bedtime routine and was able to wind down and fall asleep easily and peacefully. Today I am sharing our bedtime routine for all of my new moms out there who are struggling to get their babies to sleep.  I was there just a few months ago, and I was constantly searching the internet and asking other moms how to beat the bed time battle.

Our bedtime routine typically begins at 5:00pm, when Addison eats her supper. She eats and talks my ear off while I coordinate some sort of meal for Josh and I.  Soon afterwards, she gets to have some time to play with Daddy when he gets home! While they are playing, that gives me time to finish up supper for Josh and I. While we eat, Addison sits with us at the table in her high chair and plays with toys. One of the most important things to me is our time together as a family at the table during this time.

After supper, bath time commences. Our house slows down quite a bit during this time and we try to make it a relaxing place so that Addison is able to wind down in time for bed. I usually give the bath and Josh does her baby massage with our favorite lotion, a new diaper, and puts on her jammies and her HALO SleepSack. He then gives her a nighttime bottle around 7:00pm and I read her a story in her room afterwards.  By this time she is usually fighting to keep her eyes open so we give her a kiss goodnight and place her in her crib for the night, where she usually sleeps peacefully until I wake her up the next morning.

One of my favorite aspects of her sleep routine is the HALO SleepSack.  As a new mom, I have so much I worry about, and safe sleep (thankfully) is not one of them.  With the HALO SleepSack, I never have to worry about a blanket that could end up covering her face at night, or getting kicked off, causing her to be cold.  I love the dual zipper design on the platinum edition because it makes diaper changes so easy without the need to take the entire blanket off.  Just unzip from the bottom, change, and back to bed!

You can also check out this video for more information!

Thank you HALO Innovations for sponsoring today's post. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Addison Lee Six Month Update

I can't believe we have a six month old baby on our hands! She has grown so much and I love to see how her personality has come out.  She is quite the chatterbox and has never met a stranger. She has such a sweet heart and wants to give everyone kisses. She waves "buh bye," is obsessed with animals, and loves every food she's tried except for peas!

Some things I have learned in the past 3 months:
  1. Germs are inevitable, especially when babies put EVERYTHING in their mouths. 
  2. Teething is the worst.  Some babies have no reaction to it; mine is not one of them.
  3. Baby's first cold is awful.  They don't understand why they can't breathe and they wake up every hour stuffy and frustrated.  It's like the newborn days all over again! Saline spray, boogie wipes, and the snotsucker makes everything better.
  4. Addison picks up on everything and tries so hard to mimic you.  It's fun and frightening all at the same time. 
  5. The love of your child is unlike any other kind of love.
Some things Addison has learned in the past 3 months:
  1. She is rolling all over the place. 
  2. She is sleeping twelve hours through the night! Thank you Jesus!!
  3. She loves sitting up and playing with toys, but she's a little top heavy and falls over some times!
  4. She is reaching for people she wants to go to.
  5. She is waving buh bye
  6. She is blowing raspberries
  7. She is talking up a storm!
Our top ten baby products for 3-6 months:
  1. Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle 2-in-1: we use them as a sleep sacks these days
  2. Boppy Pillow: for sitting support
  3. Little People Farm Animals: her favorite little handheld toys
  4. Little Einstein Saucer: she will play in this thing forever!
  5. Nuby Teether
  6. Munchkin White Hot Baby Spoons: since we are eating food now
  7. Door Jumper: so much fun to see her jump around in this thing!
  8. Dr. Brown's Bottles: we still use these every single day
  9. Boogie Wipes: These things are amazing for colds. They keep baby's nose from getting raw from tissues
  10. NoseFrida: so gross, but so necessary!
Proverbs 31:28-30

Monday, March 5, 2018

Date Night Digs

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was a dream, a quiet one running errands and spending days with my little family. The best weekends are those spent with nothing to do!
Date nights are few and far between these days with a baby, but Josh and I do our best to make time for each other, even if that means getting Nanny or Mimi to babysit so we can have a few hours to ourself. When we do get the opportunity to go on a date, we love keeping it simple by usually heading to dinner or some sort of sporting event; we like to do things that allow us to talk with each other since it feels like we are so busy during the week to sit down and talk together. Josh is a huge sports guy so if we can find inexpensive tickets to a game nearby, we take advantage of it! There are so many professional teams in Miami that always have events going on. 
This white mixed media top is perfect for a casual night out to dinner. It is flattering on all body types and it's on sale! I love the bell sleeve detail. These Articles of Society jeans are a recent find and I am obsessed! They are so soft and stretchy without losing their shape, which is hard to find! And they are less than $70! My wedges are not in stock anymore so I linked similar ones that are the same brand.  They are so comfortable, so I can wear them without looking like a penguin (ladies who can't walk in heels, you know what I'm talking about!).
I hope you all have a wonderful and productive week! I'm starting another grad course this week, so I'll be plenty busy with getting that up and running.


Matthew 11:28-29

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Establishing a Newborn Wardrobe

As an expectant new mom, you think you need EVERYTHING for your baby.  I was beyond guilty of this and to be honest, I still am.  I think it comes from the innate desire to provide for your child combined with the millennial thinking that "stuff" makes a person happy, and we want our babies to be happy. Happiness does not come from material possessions, but that's a post for another day.  Babies have to be clothed, so we might as well have fun doing it!
Baby outfits are by far the most fun thing to shop for in life.  Everything is so adorable, and fit doesn't matter since all they do is lay around.  It can be easy to go overboard buying baby clothes.  Knowing what I know after being a mom for 5 months, I have passed the newborn phase and I have compiled a list of clothing items needed for a newborn wardrobe. This is not one of those bare bones lists that includes only essentials, but a good solid list that leaves you with a few options to choose from when picking out your little one's daily outfit, and gives you time between washes so that you don't have to wash clothes every 3 days (even though you probably will be anyway). I will say that Addison only wore the newborn size for 3 weeks, so stocking up of 0-3 and 3-6 month sizes is a better idea if you are on a budget.
  • 5 Infant Gowns: I like these because they have the built in hand mitts to keep baby from scratching herself. Gowns are the best for the early days because trying to unbutton the buttons on a screaming baby's pajamas in the middle of the night is a huge pain.
  • 3 Footed Pajamas: These are my favorite because they zip up.  No buttons! 
  • 5 One-piece complete outfits: These are easy to put on and don't require a lot of fuss when changing a diaper, but don't look like pajamas when you are getting out of the house. I love this one and this one, and I linked a few other options below.
  • 3 "Going Out" Outfits: These are those super cute outfits that include the matching socks, bows, bibs, etc. for when you take baby out to see family and friends. Gap and Gymboree have adorable outfits with all the matching accessories.
  • Bibs: Addison has always been an expert at spitting up, so bibs have always been a part of her outfit.  I would say at least 2 per day if you have a baby who spits up a lot or has reflux, or for a teether, because the amount of drool is unreal!  These Aden and Anais ones are my favorite.
  • Socks: a few good packs of solid color socks will do the trick.  These are my favorite because they stay on baby's feet and last from 0-6 months.
And that's about all they need as far as wardrobe goes! I never used hand mitts or hats on Addison because she never needed them, but if you live somewhere cold or if your little one is a scratcher you may want some of those too.  Thanks for reading!

Proverbs 22:6

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Mixed Media Top // Bermuda Shorts // Initial Necklace // Jack Rogers Sandals
Baby Eyelet Set // Eyelet Headband // Ruffle Socks
Hi everyone! I am so excited that spring is finally approaching! Here in Florida the weather is back to being hot again which means the light sweaters and jeans we were wearing (one day a week) for the past few months are moving to the back of the closet to make room for shorts, tanks, and swimsuits. On second thought, maybe the swimsuits can still be in the back until this baby weight comes off! If you are a BBG girl, let me know and we can keep each other accountable! I'm on week 6 and Kayla continues to kick my hiney every day!
This fun shorts outfit is from LOFT, which is one of my absolute favorite places to shop! Everything they carry is easy to wear and looks great on everyone. Addison's outfit comes from one of my favorite baby retailers, Gymboree.  I wore Gymboree when I was a kid, and to me their clothing is amazing quality and lasts through the hundreds of loads of laundry I do these days. They have adorable styles at good prices and all the accessories to match, which is very important for my girly moms out there.  How cute is this adorable eyelet outfit? I wish they had this top in my size!  This color is currently sold out, but they have a beautiful mint color available (which Addison may have in her closet since her mommy is obsessed with eyelet).  It's also on sale right now, so click on the link to shop! This outfit would be perfect for Easter egg hunts!
In other news, my blog is starting to take a turn for the better! Now that I am a mom, I have become obsessed with all things Addison (as I'm sure every new mom does with their child).  My blog will start to focus on mommyhood and family life, which is my world. I can't wait to get more posts up and share what we are up to!  I love you guys!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Addison Lee 3 Month Update

Our little baby is three months old already! How can this be?? It seems like just yesterday I was holding her for the first time. These three months have brought a lot of learning moments as a new mom.  Here are a few things I have learned:

  1. A baby can cry for hours for absolutely no reason.  It's heartbreaking and mind numbing.
  2. You will hurt more than your baby will when she gets shots at the doctor.
  3. How on earth a baby can poop outside of her diaper and all over her clothes but not have anything inside of her diaper, I will never know.
  4. Baby's fingernails grow faster than anything else in life.  I swear I give manicures daily. 
  5. The mom bun is life!
  6. The two minute shower is real.
  7. If you are a mom to young children and can wash your hair everyday, then you are a miracle worker.
  8. I will never sleep again.
  9. My heart has never been more full.
By growing for three months, a baby learns a lot too! Here are some things Addison has learned:
  1. She can recognize her Mommy and Daddy and gives us a big smile!
  2. She knows that a bib = time to eat!
  3. She rocks her tummy time and has been rolling over from tummy to back.
  4. She loves sitting up in her bumbo seat like a big girl.
  5. She has recently discovered her voice and babbles to us all the time.  I know she is going to be a chatter box!
Because I know I am going to get asked about it, I have tried out a TON of baby products over the past 3 months. and these are the top ten for 0-3 months!
  1. FisherPrice Rock N Play: This is really great for the newborn stage because it keeps them at an incline (for those reflux babies) and makes them feel snuggled and secure.  Plus it rocks and plays music.  We attached a hanging toy to ours and it keeps Addison's attention long enough for me to wash bottles or throw a load of laundry in.
  2. Halo SleepSack Swaddle: Addison got her arms out of every swaddle blanket, no matter how secure I thought it was! This sleepsack swaddle 2-in-1 saved us and got Addison to sleep longer stretches at night without being awaken by her Moro Reflex.
  3. Halo Bassinest: This thing is a lifesaver! After giving birth, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed during those night feedings.  The Halo Bassinest swivels right up next to the bed and has a flexible side that allows you to easily get baby in and out.  It also vibrates and has a night light that is wonderful to use in the middle of the night.
  4. Baby Bling Baby Headbands: I really love these soft headbands.  They come in hundreds of colors and they are the only ones I have found that don't leave marks on baby's head.  Plus they are super stretchy and will still fit as baby grows.
  5. Boon Lawn Drying Rack: I didn't know how much I loved this thing until we went away for the weekend and didn't bring it with us! It keeps bottles and their parts upright so they dry out completely.  There's lots of adorable accessories that you can add too!
  6. Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush: Because diaper rash cream under your fingernails is not a fashion statement.
  7. Dr. Brown's Bottles: I love these bottles! They do have a lot of pieces, but the vent inside that keeps the gas away is amazing! This set comes with a bottle brush and a bottle warmer too, which are both helpful. 
  8. Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat: A carseat should be chosen based on safety, and I personally loved the safety reviews on this one.  An added bonus is that it comes in tons of colors and it is the only carseat on the market that allows you to throw all the padding in the washer and dryer to clean!  Even with using a wet liner, I've had to wash the padding twice already due to baby blowouts!
  9. Baby Jogger City Premier Stroller: I use my stroller daily and this one is light and super easy to open close. It has a super smooth ride, has adapters available for most carseat brands, and doesn't break the bank like some strollers do!
  10. PB Kids Soothing Sounds Elephant: This sound machine is super soft and can attach to anything.  Addison loves to listen to white noise and it helps her fall asleep at home and when we are out and about.
Mamas, what other baby and toddler products are your favorite? I am always on the lookout for new fun products to try out!