Motherhood

Ten Ideas for Baby Gifts

10/19/2017

I’ve been adding and removing items from my baby registry for the past couple of weeks. To be honest, I copied a few registries of momma friends of mine and then tailored them to what I think we will need or swapped out a few items to make it more gender neutral once we officially decided we were going to be surprised.

Here are a few items that I think would make thoughtful and fun baby gifts that that fall under the ‘wish’ category vs. ‘need.’

  1. Highchair Mat – Gathre is known for their beautiful and functional leather mats. They create leather, wipeable/washable mats in a range of sizes. I’m partial to the highchair mat because I’ve registered for some play mats and we have a Keekaroo changing pad. I think this would be great to keep in our dining room area where Baby M’s future high chair will live.
  2. Brown Bear Baby Soothie – This 100% organic cotton knitted bear from Estella NYC is the sweetest lovey. I had a few soothie type items growing up (a monkey and a blanket, specifically), so there’s a good chance that Baby M will gravitate to something, and I could only hope it could be something as sweet as this baby bear.
  3. Heart Keepsake Blanket – This Peruvian 100% cotton blanket by Estella NYC is not only cross functional but something that we could keep for years to come. I could see us using it for monthly photos to document Baby M’s first year of life, bringing it along to Grandma’s house, and snuggling on the couch with our little family.
  4. Ollie World Swaddle – There are hundreds of swaddles to pick from but I’m drawn to these Ollie World swaddles because they are made from a custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating. It also allows easier access with an opening at the bottom for quick diaper changes. Not only does it allow a custom fit, it’s one size will accommodate Baby M as they continue to grow!
  5. Organic Knitted Rattles – Need I explain more? How adorable are these knitted rattles? If cute animals aren’t your thing, try sports, or my favorite, NYC themed rattles!
  6. Ring Sling – While I’ve registered for another baby carrier, I’ve seen tons of other moms post on Instagram and their blogs how much they love wearing their babies. It not only strengthens a greater bond with your babe, but to help free up your hands so you can multitask if need be! At this point, I think I’d prefer a ring sling, like this one from Lille Baby, to a wrap (which they also sell, carriers too!) as it seems less complicated, but I feel like it’s something to master. Practice, practice, practice (or watch how-to videos)! This wrap is 100% linen and even comes with a detachable pouch so you can easily access your essentials (keys, phone, chapstick).
  7. Dock A Tot – This may be the number one newborn item on my wish list. We have a crib and have registered for a portable bassinet, I know from a lot of my mom friends that the Dock A Tot is a must have around the house and for traveling. You can use it for tummy time, cuddling, playtime, diaper changes, lounging, you name it! It comes in two sizes, Deluxe for 0-8 months and Grand for 9-36 months. My nephew used both the Deluxe and now lounges in the Grand and I know he loves it!
  8. Moses Basket – I mentioned above, I’ve already registered for a portable/packable bassinet. While I’m trying to be practical with our registry, this is something I would love to have to move around our house for Baby M to nap in, photograph (they are just so beautiful), and get the rocker stand to go with it so we can use it to its full potential. It’s not a practical add to my registry, but why not add it!
  9. Shopping Cart Hammock – This shopping cart hammock from Binxy Baby is GENIUS. To be honest, a fear of mine is taking Baby M to the store for the first time on our own. From the car transfer (do you take the stroller, the sling, the car seat??) to how to handle a newborn if you need to use a cart. This hammock dissolves all my fears. It rolls up so it easily to fit in the diaper bag and can secure to most shopping carts. Not only can your baby be safe and secure from newborn size to until they can sit up, it also can hold your car seat, up to 50lb.
  10. The Story of You – Baby Book – There are so many options for baby books, but this book from Artifact Uprising would be quite the investment. After our wedding, I got some prints and made a few photo albums for each set of parents. They have amazing quality in their books and prints so I know this would be just as high quality. It would also force me to print more photos that I will inevitably take of Baby M.

I teamed up with Estella NYC to offer 15% off your order when you use ‘Motherhood15’ at checkout!

Let me know, do you prefer to shop for fun, one of a kind items, or do you stick to people’s registries when shopping for baby gifts?!

This post is sponsored by Estella NYC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting content that makes this blog possible!

Fashion

Bump Style: Cozy Layers

10/17/2017

Ingrid & Isabel for Target T-Shirt | Madewell Sweater | Old Navy Maternity Jeans | Nanette Lepore Slides | Rarest Rainbow Earrings, Necklace, Bracelets (c/o)

October is simply my favorite month of the year and I know I’m not alone in stating this. Bring on all the fall things. Pumpkin patches, apple cider, falling leaves, the list goes on and on. Football is in full force, the weather tends to be on the cooler side, but still pretty perfect (60s, sunny, and no humidity!), trick or treaters, Halloween candy, the best movies come back into rotation (Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, etc.), and it brings the promise of the holiday season to come (though I only really appreciate the upcoming holidays, not the less than stellar weather that comes along with winter in the Midwest). Though, we do get to meet our little one in just a few short months, so I’m hoping Mother Nature can hold off on any snow storms until after Baby Mack is here! :)

Fashion / Life

26 Weeks

10/11/2017

Old Navy Swing Dress (non-maternity) | Steve Madden Booties (old, similar here) | Rarest Rainbow Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings (c/o)

I wish I could be more timely with these updates, but thus is life. I’m officially in my 26th week and officially past the sixth month mark. I feel like my second trimester has really flown by, unlike my first (which could be because you are keeping a secret for the majority of your first trimester).

We had our twenty week appointment and got to see the little one up close for the first time with all ten fingers, toes, and even their sweet little profile. There’s one image that they printed for us that shows Baby Mack’s little button nose and lips. I melt every time I look at the sonogram. As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t finding out the gender, but that didn’t stop me from trying to figure it out during the ultrasound. Don’t worry, I wasn’t able to see anything. They gave the envelope to Cody and he has it hidden somewhere in our house. I’d like to say that it’s sheer willpower that I haven’t searched for it, but I honestly don’t mind not knowing.

I have to have a third ultrasound in two weeks to follow up on a few things they noted on the 20 week ultrasound, so while I’m trying to keep my nerves at bay (the doctors aren’t too concerned, just taking some precautions) and we get to see Baby Mack at least one more time before their arrival.

At my 24 week appointment, I had to take the the dreaded glucola test. I thought it was going to be this horrible drink, but it was more like a shot of fruit punch. The horrible part was the waiting..did you pass (a letter in the mail) or did you fail (phone call the next day)? Thank goodness I passed!

Here’s a quick update on my pregnancy right now:

What I’m Wearing

I’m strictly wearing maternity clothes at this point. I feel like I’m carrying a little lower which makes wearing anything tight under the belly really uncomfortable, so I’m gravitating to leggings and the jeans that I have that offer a full panel support. The temperatures are starting to drop so you soon will see me living in leggings and cozy sweaters. I picked up the dress you see me wearing in this post in multiple colors, it’s so soft and comfortable and won’t dig into my stomach at all.

What I’m Loving

Baby Kicks: Kicks (or punches) are happening with full force. Within the last few days the kicks have become even more frequent and it still catches me off guard, especially when it feels like they are rolling around vs. just a kick or a punch. I love it, but it’s still so crazy to think about Baby Mack trying to find a comfortable position within such a ‘small’ space.

Cravings & Aversions: I’m finally able to eat all my favorite foods again – I even had steak at the wedding I was at this past weekend. I’ve recently swapped out my love for peaches for anything apple related – applesauce, apple cider, sliced apples, I’m here for it all.

A Growing Bump: I’ve fully embraced my bump and love showing it off. I’ve started to experience people coming up to me and touching the bump. So far, it’s been people I know, no strangers yet. I love looking at pictures from even two weeks ago and see how much my bump is growing. It just shows that Baby Mack is getting bigger and stronger week by week!

 

Prepping for Baby

What I’m Reading: Still only a little ways through Brining Up Bébé, but staying up-to-date on what to expect each week with my bump apps on my phone. I’ve been following a few more mom bloggers, I love following along with their journeys including both the ups and downs!

Nursery: Slowly but surely coming together. The room has been painted (both walls and trim), dresser and crib have been built. Now it’s onto the accessories and decor. The rug should be in within the next few weeks and then it’s just waiting on the chair (which for some reason had a 9-12 week lead time). I’m working on a blog post filled with before photos and progress photos. Hopeful to do a full reveal post in November!

Registry: I ended up registering at Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. I think I have the big things covered, but keeping everything is neutral and have registered for zero clothes. I would say this has been the HARDEST part of not finding out the gender. Stores don’t make it easy to shop for gender neutral baby clothes!

What I’m Struggling With

Breakouts: I ended up adding a few charcoal products to my arsenal and have started to notice a difference in my skin. If you are struggling – try the charcoal bar from beautycounter. My friend recommended it to me and I feel like it’s helped clear up my skin.

Heartburn: I’ve had a little bit of heartburn over the past two weeks. I’ve never experienced it before, so just trying to keep an eye on it. It doesn’t last very long and hasn’t gotten in the way of anything like sleep.

Sleep: Speaking of sleep, I’m sleeping through the night again. Some nights Lola has gotten me up, I think she knows something is up, but while I’m up I use the restroom. I suppose it’s just practice for the little one’s late night wake up calls. We had a wedding this past weekend and I made it to 11pm (dinner, one slow song, and hitting up the photo booth), it’s all I could do not to fall asleep at the table. I’m normally on the dance floor until the last song, but I had no shame walking back to our hotel room and watching HGTV until I fell asleep.

Lola: Lola has become my shadow, even more so than before I got pregnant. I’m nervous for the transition once baby arrives, but seeing how she interacts with my nieces and nephews, I’m sure she will be fine. However; it still is on my radar to read up on how to best introduce and transition Lola to our newest addition.

Emotional: I feel like I’ve been less easily irritated in the last few weeks, but still emotional. Everything makes me weepy these days, especially a lot of the videos that pop up on Facebook.

As I round out my second trimester, I’m anxious for the months to turn into weeks as we get closer and closer to meeting our little one. Stay tuned for another update in a couple of weeks!