our diaper bag must haves

IMG_1744I’m a little bit of an over packer [a lot a bit if you ask my wife] so it wasn’t surprising that for the first few weeks of Carters life our diaper bag was filled to the brim. However, after traveling the past few weeks I feel like I’ve really got a grip on what we do and don’t need in our diaper bag.

The bag [Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Backpack Diaper Tote]: I love our diaper bag. Not only is it super modern and cute but it has plenty of pockets and is just the right size. The material is great and super easy to wipe off if [when] it gets dirty.

Diapers + wipes: We use Parascol diapers and wipes. The diapers are really soft and it’s a plus that they have cute little designs on them. The wipes smell delicious and are easy on the babes bum. We try to keep at least six diapers and two travel size wipes with us at all times.

Toiletries: Two words, coconut oil. We use it for diaper rashes and it works wonders! [we melted coconut oil + a few drops of lavender into an empty deodorant stick for easy application] Other things we like to keep on hand are hand sanitizer, baby soap, nipple cream, and diaper disposable bags.

Burp cloths: We registered for Burts Bees burp cloths and I was a little disappointed, they didn’t soak up anything. My favorite are the Gerber cloth diapers, they work great as burp rags!

Pacifier: We always have one or two pacifiers with us. Carter doesn’t take them all the time but it’s nice to have them on hand for car rides or when she’s just super fussy.

Slumberkin: At this stage Carter can’t really play with toys but she does love when we move them in front of her and make noises so we make sure to have our slumberkin sloth with us at all times. It definitely helps to keep her happy!

Milk Snob: Probably my favorite baby item! It’s great as a car seat cover to keep people’s hands away and also as a nursing cover. It’s made my life so easy and made nursing in public since day one a breeze.

Solly Baby Wrap: Another one of my favorites. It’s such a lightweight wrap that can easily be stashed in our diaper bag. I love to wear Carter at home so I can be hands free and also when we’re out n about so I don’t have to lug around the stroller.

What are your diaper bag must haves?

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her second month

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How have eight whole weeks passed by so quickly? Our little nugget is two months old today and I really wish time would slow down. This time next month I’ll be preparing to return back to work which scares the hell out of me. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a mess for days maybe even weeks or months after returning.

Carter Kate has changed so much in the past month. She now has the cutest chunky little rolls on her thighs, I just want to eat them up. Her hair is growing a ton and still sticks straight up no matter what we do. [people have started to stop me in stores to comment on it] She has started sleeping through the night and on a good day we get a few two-hour naps out of her. When she wakes up in the mornings she is so happy and chatty [baby coos make me melt].

She has started smiling, like really smiling. The first real smile we noticed was when she realized that A was home from traveling for work. She loves her mama! She also loves her tongue [it’s always sticking out] and kicking her feet [mama thinks she’s going to be a dancer]. She hates her car seat which makes car rides really fun, hates being held like a baby [she thinks she’s getting fed if you hold her this way] and absolutely loves bath time.

Baby girl had lots of firsts this month. First airplane ride to California to meet the fam, first trip to the beach, first pool day and unfortunately her first cold. I’m hoping she starts feeling better soon!

All newborn clothes have been put away and after a handful of blowouts we’ve moved onto size two diapers. Next week we’ll go to her two month appointment. I’m excited to see how much she’s grown but I’m not excited for the vaccines, hopefully it goes well.

We love our little babe so much and are having so much fun being mamas. I think we both are still in awe that she’s ours. Will that ever go away?

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her first flight

Flying with a baby, the thought of it always scared the crap out of me! It sounded complicated and stressful but I knew we’d have to do it and probably pretty frequently since both of our families are in California. We booked our first flight for six weeks after Carter was born, the three of us would go for the weekend and hang with the family and then head back on Monday. Well as they can, plans changed. Ariel had to head off to New York for work the day we left to California which left Carter and I to fly alone. Her first flight, our first flight with her, and I’m doing it alone. [panic] Luckily, Ariel was able to fly out at the same time as us so she could help get everything packed, to the airport and checked.

The flying process was fairly easy which was surprising to me. I was imagining sheer chaos and one hot mess of a mama but it ended up great! Carter slept until we boarded, woke up and ate as we took off, hung out and swooned everyone around us, ate as we landed and fell back asleep. She hadn’t slept a wink the night before so she was exhausted, as was I however only one of us got to take a nap. [this mom runs off of coffees, yes more than one] Oh! We did have a near blow out situation but I caught it before it made its way out of the diaper!

All in all it was an easy flight [see my tips for traveling below] and now that we’re in California we’re excited to spend some time with family and show off our sweet crazy haired girl.

I’m not an expert at all since this was our first flight however these are some things that really made traveling with a baby easy for me!

Flying with baby on the lap: Bring a birth certificate or shot record with you, the airline will want to verify age.

Baggage: Check everything you can. You’re carrying a heavy child, you have mom brain, the likely hood of you forgetting the luggage in line at Starbucks is high.

Car seat: If you’re bringing a car seat, bring a bag to put it in so that when it’s being thrown under the plane it doesn’t get broken or ruined!

Wear baby: We have both an ergo and a solly baby wrap. The Ergo was my choice because you have to unbuckle or unwrap the babe during take off and landing, unbuckling was much easier than unwrapping would have been.

Changing baby: I’ve heard some planes don’t have changing tables. [not sure if that’s true] Take the little one to the bathroom and lay them on your lap. Sure changing them at your seat would be way easier but I doubt the person sitting next to you or in front of you want to see or smell what your babe brewed in there.

Breastfeeding baby: MILKSNOB. I’m obsessed with mine. It has made breastfeeding in public so easy!

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carters nursery

crib | chair | wallpaper | shelves | elephant head | mirror

Photos by our friends over at Honeysuckle Photography

When we got pregnant I immediately got excited about decorating a nursery. Of course I had to wait to get started since we didn’t know the gender but once we found out we were having a girl my mind went crazy with room ideas.

Carters nursery has easily become one of my favorite rooms in our house.  room that I spent a lot of time on from sitting down and designing it on the computer to going out and searching for all of the furniture and little details.

We kept her room light and bright and used pops of gold and blush to give it a more feminine feel. It was really important to us that each piece in the room [with the exception of her crib] could grow with her so we decided against the traditional changing table and used a contemporary modern dresser instead.

I really love how her room turned out and look forward to the countless memories that we’ll make in there.

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world breastfeeding week

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Before I got pregnant, scratch that. Before fertility treatments shook our world, I swore that I’d never breastfeed. The idea of having a little one attached to me, not being able to have a drink, whipping it out in public, and being the only source of food for my child gave me anxiety and scared me away from the idea of breastfeeding.

After becoming pregnant via IVF my mind changed and I became determined to breastfeed our little nugget. Since I hadn’t planned on breastfeeding and really didn’t know much about it other than you pop the babe on your boob, they suck and the milk comes out, A + I thought it was best that we took a class.

The class we took had a lot of great information but also at one point made me feel like a terrible mom and our little one wasn’t even born yet! The lactation consultant that taught the class basically said that you shouldn’t wear a shirt, feed on demand, never go back to work, never pump, and absolutely do not bottle feed EVER. [Insert sheer panic here! Was I a terrible mom already because I eventually would have to go back to work which meant pumping and bottle feeding?] Luckily, the consultant who taught the second half of the class had a completely different outlook on breastfeeding. She talked about pumping, going back to work, when to introduce a bottle and even came over to A + I to talk about the option of inducing lactation so that we could both breastfeed. [The idea of having two leaky hormonal women in our house scared us so inducing lactation wasn’t for us] Between the two consultants we learned more about the correct latch, different positions, infections, clogged ducts, etc. After the class I was excited about breastfeeding and felt like I had the knowledge I needed to succeed.

When Carter was she latched just a few hours after coming into the world and my milk came in shortly after. Since then we’ve had some hiccups [lets just say the first two weeks of breastfeeding I thought my nips were going to fall off] but with the help our awesome lactation consultant we made it through and things are so much better now!

Although our breastfeeding journey has been short thus far but the one thing that I’ve learned is that everyones journey is different, some can’t wait to breastfeed, some can’t breastfeed, and some plain just don’t want to but at the end of the day fed is best and no one should be judged on how they feed their little one. I’m so happy that I changed my mind on breastfeeding and truly feel lucky that I’ve been able to do so. It’s an amazing experience and one that I’m looking forward to continuing for the next year if able.

PS: Carter is attached to me most of the day rather she’s feeding or not, I can have a drink and still nurse safely, and whipping it out in public doesn’t scare me at all thanks to my milksnob cover!

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her first month

IMG_1133Our little bug is already a month old. Where did time go? People tell you time flies when you have a little one and oh my gosh they weren’t lying. It seems like just yesterday we were crying our eyes out talking about how we couldn’t believe we finally had our little girl as we drove home from the hospital.

Carters first month of life was busy. She had lots of visitors and adventured out of the house quite a bit to breweries, wineries, Nike, a bridal shower, and to Nordstrom more times than one should.

At her last checkup she weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. We’re not sure how she’s gaining weight because the little girl poops SO much. She’s a good sleeper [as long as moms boob is near by for snacks] and she’s always pretty smiley and alert when she’s awake. She loves bath time, likes getting her diapers changed and hates when they’re dirty. [shes only pooped on us a few times] Her hair has lightened so much since birth and is brown with a red tint. Her eyes are blue and her mommas hope they stay that way.

Being this little girls mom is so much fun. We both feel that nothing has ever come so naturally to us than being moms. The journey we had to take to finally have our little girl was long and hard but we’re so glad that it lead us to her.

One thing I never want to forget from this month:
H – The way she snorts when she’s trying to latch on. [i call her princess piglet]
A – How strong her neck is and how she slams her head into you when she’s hungry.

our first [half] day without mom

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I don’t like that time is flying by. After three amazing weeks off together with our little nugget, A went back to work today.

So it was only for half a day + only two days this week, it still counts!

I’ve been pretty spoiled since A has been home. She changes all diapers, gets CK dressed, makes sure I have food/water, hangs out and snuggles while I get ready for the day etc. so this morning when we had to get up and go to a weight check appointment without A, it was ROUGH. Let’s just say, I looked a hot mess, CK looked adorable, [I mean that’s normal right? Kids look more presentable than mom?] we were fifteen minutes late to the appointment, my iced coffee that I bought on the way home didn’t get touched + I didn’t eat anything until after 12pm. However, little miss gained weight, took a nice long nap + I was able to get some laundry done, so even though the morning was rough and we missed mom terribly, we made it through our [half] day.

Oh + CK woke up from her nap just as A got home. She welcomed her home by pooping and peeing E V E R Y W H E R E as A changed her diaper. I think it was just her way of telling her that she missed her.

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