I am totally guilty, like every other first time mom, of overpacking my hospital bag when I went in to deliver Henry. Some lessons we just need to learn for ourselves the hard way.. ya know? I read the countless blog posts, Pinterest infographics & app articles about what to bring, but for some reason thought I’d have way more time on my hands and be in the right frame of mind in the hospital to do leisurely activities like read a novel and accomplish work on my laptop (I’m LOL’ing at myself!). So, with some seasoned experience, I have just packed my bag for round TWO and am here to share what you actually need when you’re finally ready to meet your baby!
Motherhood + Baby
I get asked this question A LOT. More than a lot, really. When I post a food snap to my Instagram stories, I always, without fail, get asked how I make it happen when I have a wild toddler at home. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always easy (Henry doesn’t always cooperate aka allow me to cook without crying at my feet, 🙄) and I definitely don’t cook every night, but cooking is a passion of mine, and the reward is always worth it. So, today I’m sharing some of my tips AND some of my foodie bestie, Dani’s, tips on how we get dinner on the table with kids in the house. Dani has TWO kiddos, a two year old boy (Henry’s partner in crime) and the cutest baby girl.
This is one of the most common questions that I get and I receive so much positive feedback when I post Henry’s meals & snacks on my Instagram. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen and whipping up stuff for Henry was something I always dreamed of even before he was born. While I do try to make most of his meals, his snacks are a mix of homemade and healthy pre-made items. AND, to clarify, I say “OUR” favorite toddler snacks because these are snacks that Henry likes and snacks that I like and feel good about giving him. So, here’s a list of some of our favorites in hopes that it gives you a few ideas for your own little ones (or for yourself, no judgement here):
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As it’s pretty apparent by now, food is a huge passion of mine. Making it, studying it, planning it and of course, eating it are all some of my favorite pastimes. I couldn’t wait to move into our new home mostly just so I could finally entertain. Nothing gets me going quite like planning a food-centered event. And not to pat my own back, but I think I’m pretty good at it. So when one of my nearest & dearest mama friends, Daniela, approached me about opening a “side hustle” food & entertaining business, I thought it was the best idea I’d ever heard.
I HAVE A 1 YEAR OLD?! NO! I know, I know.. every mom says this. But it’s hard not to be in utter disbelief that you no longer have a tiny baby, but a walking and talking toddler! Time is such a thief. Before Henry was born, I had the best memory. So good that I could tell you what you wore to so and so’s birthday party in 2007. Now, I can’t even remember what newborn life was like (#motherhood, right?). It’s really crazy the transformation that we’ve all gone through in this past year.
While it’s true that no two days are ever the same, the bones of my day as a “stay at home toddler mom/lifestyle blogger” are generally similar on a day-to-day basis. As you may know, I’m ALL about a schedule and somewhat of a routine (while some days that just has to go out the window), so having an outline of what our day needs to be helps me keep my sanity. With a new month upon us, I thought it was a great idea to jump in with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to share what a typical, REAL, unfiltered day in our lives looks like – and sometimes it just ain’t pretty or really all that exciting. But I always promised to keep it real, right? So keep on scrolling if you wanna see what my days look like – as well as seven other gorgeous moms who I’m lucky to call my friends! PS – all photos for this project were captured on my iPhone – as real as it gets.
I’ve been wanting to take Henry to the pumpkin patch for what feels like forever! He was born last year about a week before Halloween, so it really wasn’t possible until this year. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait – he LOVED it. Henry’s new favorite word is “ball,” so of course he pointed to every pumpkin yelling “BALL! BALL! BALL!” Beyond cute.
Just like I was always curious what everyone toted around in their purse when I was younger, I’m now always wondering what all the moms keep in their diaper bags! I figured it was a great time to share what I carry around, now that I have almost a year of motherhood experience under my belt. In the beginning, you couldn’t be too overly prepared – 5 blankets, 10 burp cloths, 16 changes of clothes for both baby and mama..the list goes on and my shoulders ache just thinking about it. Now, I know what I’ll need at what times of the day (thank you, schedule) – and I keep all that spare “just in case” stuff in the car instead of overflowing out of my bag. Here’s what’s in my diaper bag with an 11 month old:
Everyone tells you that the time seems to fly by at double speed when you become a parent. I never believed it.. but now I realize just how true it is. I can’t believe my baby is already 11 months old and that I’m planning his first birthday party. This was quite an eventful month in our world. Henry is definitely such a “mama’s boy” right now and his separation anxiety is at an all time high! If anyone has any experience with that, I’d love to hear your advice. I can’t believe next month will be our last “monthly update!” My baby boy will soon be a toddler and I’m full of ALLL the feels. Here’s what’s been going on in the past month:
If there’s one thing I can take away from motherhood, it’s that everything is temporary – and that includes your baby’s interests and needs. For better or for worse. With that being said, I’m sure most moms can relate when I say that I feel like I’ve purchased every baby toy and product under the sun to try to keep my kid entertained and happy for longer than 3.5 seconds. So today I figured I would share some of the things that have worked for our very curious and active baby from 9ish months until now (11 months). The items I’m sharing (everything is linked) are things he has always gone back to and aren’t some of the toys and baby products already collecting dust in the garage while waiting for the next child or sitting at the bottom of the toy bin. These are all actual TRIED & TRUE products that I’ve found useful as a busy mama to a baby who loves to explore.
Two months away from a whole year old – I just can’t even believe it! As much as I hate time for being SUCH a thief, I’m truly loving each new month with my sweet boy as his personality develops and blossoms. This last month has been full of firsts and SO MUCH FUN. Henry has definitely become my little sidekick and I’m so excited for what’s to come – especially his first birthday party! Keep reading to learn more about this last month with Henry Jax.
Hey guys! I’m a little late on Henry’s 9 month update because we were on vacation & I purposely left my laptop at home for some quality fam time. Better late than never, right? And since it’s a little late, I figured this was a good opportunity to share what our daily life is like here at home with Henry’s schedule.
And just like that.. it’s time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! WOO-FREAKIN-HOO! On a regular basis, I can spend HOURS browsing Nordstrom (even the coffee shop!) – it really is one of my “happy places.” So when the sale comes around, LOOK OUT WORLD. While it’s just “early access” right now, the sale opens to the public on July 21st. I’ve rounded up some of my faves from the sale for both myself & some baby items. Happy shopping!
I’ve gone back & forth about writing about this topic since it’s a touchy one — but, I feel strongly about it so I’m just going to go for it! If you’re a super judgy mom-shamer, this post is not for you.
“Ain’t no ‘hood like motherhood.” While motherhood is so very beautiful & unlike any other experience, it can (but mostly likely will) also be the scariest & hardest job you’ll ever have. While, of course, having a baby is rewarding and gives you all the feels you never knew were possible, a lot of people just don’t talk about “the other stuff.” The toll of a poor night’s sleep, the constant anxiety of wondering if you’re doing it “right,” and the ever-present mental battles of all the controversial topics that lead to mom-guilt one way or the other: breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, co-sleeping or letting your kid cry it out and all the way down to how big or small you cut your baby’s first solid foods, etc etc etc. So why do we, as new moms thrown into a 24/7 role that nothing could ever possibly prepare you for, have to also feel guilty and ashamed about needing/wanting a smidge of time to ourselves to do whatever we please? Calling total BS over that one and I think it’s even crazy that we have to call this “self-care.”