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Monday, June 25, 2012

Baby Girl Shoes

baby girl shoes
I never really thought this would be the case, but since the little is on the brink of walking any day now (she is toddling around behind her little push cart all the time) I've been looking for soft soled shoes.  And honestly? Most of the little girl options are pretty "meh" for me.  They either have butterflies or princesses or ribbons all over them, or look like they're fashioned for the geriatric set.  So after some online searching...admittedly, there are worse things than spending my evenings on the hunt for baby shoes...I found these four options that are definitely my favorites.  In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I would share!

1. See Kai Run   2.  See Kai Run    3.  Toms (dying over these)   4.  Saltwaters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Favorite Baby Products - First Three Months

When I was pregnant I loved reading about other Mom's favorite baby products.  When a momma who has been in the trenches sincerely says they can't live without something, I always take that to heart!  We didn't register for anything revolutionary, and I am happy to say we used almost all of what we thought we would need (the one exception really being the bumbo chair, but baby girl sat up by herself pretty early).  My registry gurus were the ever fabulous My Life in Transition and Oh! Apostrophe...I am not sure I have much to add to their lists because I copied them pretty closely.  So instead of reiterating what they've already said so well, I thought I would share a list of the things I wouldn't have wanted to live without those first three months.  And oh what a glamorous three months they were!

1. Em had a pretty serious reflux situation when she was smaller, so bibs and burp cloths were staples of our first few months...I am pretty sure there was one thrown over about every surface of our house at any given moment.  The Aden + Anais burpy bib combined both of those things into one, and honestly it looked cute to use when we were out of the house.

2.  The boppy lounger graces probably 80% of the pictures from our first couple months at home.  It was such a great place to lay her down when we wanted to sit on the couch (she would just hang out in between us) and for the rougher nights we would also put it in between our heads in bed.  She spent so much time in that bad boy there is worn spot from her little booty!

3.  We're still nursing, and this is still the only bottle baby girl will take.  They're designed to make the transition easier for breastfed babies and even though a lot of the Amazon reviews talk about them leaking, we've never had a problem. 

4.  Our little wiggle worm had to be swaddled until she was around three months old, so we tried a lot of different blankets.  We did love the aden + anais swaddles (the regular ones are great and the bamboo are so soft I could cry about it) but when she got a little older and could bust out of those pretty easily we needed something more substantial.  I am not sure why these worked, but the swaddle we both reached for in the later months was this one from giggle.  It's cute, not quite as soft as the others but worked well for a really tight hold.

5.  If I had to pick one product I absolutely couldn't have lived without those first few months, it would be the moby wrap.  It's not an exaggeration to say that Em spent the majority of her time cuddled up in there her first few months (daddy even got in on the action).  Maybe it was her colic/reflux situation, but when we couldn't make her happy that worked every time.  Plus, it meant I had my hands free...I brushed crumbs off her head more times than I care to admit.

6.  As previously mentioned, we used a LOT of burp cloths.  We had the standard Gerber cloth diapers, but these Bumkins prefolds were our favorite...much more absorbent than the others.

7.  I read The Happiest Baby on the Block while I was pregnant, but had no idea how much I would use it or how those techniques would improve our overall existence.  I think I read it around 6-7 months pregnant, so by the time I needed the info at 4AM on our second night in the hospital I couldn't remember a damn thing I read.  Enter the DVD!  I have a vivid memory of Brad and I sitting on the couch watching it and thinking "yeah right, there is no way this is working" and nearly falling out of our seats when it did work.  We're pretty sure people should be sent home from the hospital with this thing and will definitely be investing in the toddler version when the time comes!

8.  This seems gross, but those nose aspirators they give you in the hospital are worthless.  The snot doesn't actually get in your mouth (there are filters) and when you need to clean out some nostrils in the middle of the night you'll be glad you have this around!

9.  The Rock 'n Play Sleeper was another staple that I wouldn't have wanted to do without.  Again, the reflux might have been the reason Em liked this so much (it's an incline vs. lying flat) but she also logged a lot of hours sleeping in this.  It's super easy to travel with and move from room to room because it folds flat.  As she got older it was also the perfect place to sit her while we were having dinner.

I think that about sums it up!  The only other thing I can think to mention is an iPhone app to track eating, sleeping and diaper changes.  I know a lot of people like the Itzbeen, but I pretty much always have my phone with me (and used it to entertain myself during marathon nursing sessions) so it made more sense for me to just use that.  I heard great things about the Baby Connect app, but honestly that was a little too much for me - I wanted something simple and easy, and didn't like using a timer/stopwatch to record her meals because I could never remember to start or stop the thing.  I just needed to write down when and how long she nursed, so the Eat Sleep app worked perfectly for us (and it's free).  I am still using it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Savannah Beach House

The husband and I dream of our own beach house one day, and this one designed by Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio is perfection. The white walls throughout with the pops of color make the space looks so relaxing and inviting without a lot of kitsch. I love that it quietly says "beach" without screaming it through giant anchors on the walls and tiny sailboats in every corner. And the practicality of the outdoor shower with the washer & dryer right off the entrance? I would like to move in tomorrow, please!

{Found on houzz via Stephmodo. PS - have you seen Stephanie's recent posts on using Pinterest and about comparison? Love them.}

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Life, Lately...

Everything is in full bloom in the Carolinas, which means our daily walks are now prettier and filled with a lot of colors to admire. We celebrated a quiet Easter with just my parents and the little one thoroughly enjoyed her first Easter basket. She is teething, so that is a whole new level of exhaustion and sleep deprivation for us all that (once again) I severely underestimated. I think she is cutting at least three at one time...yikes. But despite the crankiness we had some new family photos taken with the fabulous Whitebox Photography last week. It was a gorgeous day and I can hardly wait to see them! Also, baby sunglasses? Priceless.

PS - I am addicted to Instagram! Do you have an account? My username is: withthisnest

Monday, March 5, 2012

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Artist Rebekka Seale is designing the most gorgeous desktop wallpapers each month, and offering them for free on her blog! I am loving each month more than the next and her blog has quickly become one of my favorite new reads. She is such a talent! You can download the March wallpaper here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Literature for the Littles

Have you seen these adorable new "baby lit" board books? Some are for learning colors, others for practicing counting, but they showcase famous characters and scenes from the classics. There is Jane Eyre (pictured above), Alice in Wonderland, Romeo & Juliet and Pride and Prejudice (below). A tiny drawing of Mr. Darcy - love! The fabulous illustrations were created by Alison Oliver of Sugar Design Studio. It looks like some of them haven't been released yet, but Pride & Prejudice is in my amazon cart!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Canvas Clutch

I've been coveting a new clutch lately, something that can work for everyday use. Since I frequently switch back and forth between my purse and a diaper bag (depending on when the little is in tow) it's easiest to keep my essentials in one small bag for easy transfers. Right now I am using an old cosmetics bag from a Clinique bonus freebie....which, let's face it, is just a little sad. This clutch from Death & Taxes is definitely on my radar. So cute!

{Found via Urban Grace}

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Life, Lately...

Well, hello there! I've been away from this space for entirely too long, and it's good to be back. It turns out, life pretty much turns upside down when you have a baby (especially one with colic...more on that later). 2011 went out with quite a bang in our house - the aforementioned colic, a schnauzer who decided to get fleas at the worst possible time, and a gallbladder that quit working entirely approximately six weeks after I had the babe. That was fun. But we're finally starting to get our feet back underneath us and I have so much to tell you all!

Baby girl is now six months old (which seems entirely impossible) and in the picture above she is modeling her very first bathing suit, that we hope to put to use very soon. We just started introducing solid foods and are having a fabulous time watching her explore new textures and tastes...she has a flare for the dramatic, this one. I am back to work and trying to survive on one giant mug of coffee a day, as a certain little someone still isn't sleeping through the night. Oh yeah, you read that right. I've read more about infant sleep than I ever imagined and will certainly share some of our adventures here.

I also completely redesigned the blog, so if you are reading this via RSS pop on over and check it out! Oh, and those baby moccasins above? I snagged them on Gilt a couple of weeks ago and can hardly wait until the munchkin fits into them!