Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home Again, Home Again

Well we made it back from our trip up to Maine! It was great visiting with family (all 16 of us!) and exploring someplace new. Plus it was Oliver's first airplane ride (success!)

The funniest parts to me were that 1.
These are not, I repeat, not Christmas stores. 
Think more of like a Hobby Lobby/Craft Store.
I was quite disappointed.

and 2.
Lobster. Everywhere.
Walgreens, the gas station.... everywhere!

But all in all it was a great time with gorgeous views AND weather to boot! (Although we did meet up with Hurricane Arthur on our way in, but that's another story!)

We stopped in Bangor, Maine to see Stephen King's house & Paul Bunyan!

Visiting Baxter State Park & the view from our hotel.

Ollie's first Backpacking Adventure!

Visiting gorgeous Lubec, Maine

When I get another chance, I'll be sure to post about the food that we ate as well!

Take Care and hope you're having a great week!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wishlist: Mama & Me Edition

There are some seriously cute things floating around the internet lately. The hardest part about staying home this summer is NOT spending my entire bank account online! Here are some things I've had my eye on for Ollie and myself.


(Enter Code: SUMMER for 20% off at Little Urban Apparel)




(And J. Crew is having a sale ya'll!)

What have you had your eye on lately?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Family Photos

Now that I've got more time on my hands, I wanted to share some family photos a friend took back in February. Little Ollie was only 5 weeks old! A lot has changed since then but it's amazing that he has already grown so much! (Today he turned 20 weeks!)






Love that little man! It's been so great getting to spend the whole summer with him!


Monday, June 2, 2014

4 months already?

Ya'll..... going back to work and spending time with my little one has been no easy task. Thankfully I am officially on SUMMER VACATION! And first things first, I must update you on how much little Ollie has grown!







So clearly you can see why I've been away... it's pretty hard to be away from this little guy!

We'll be heading to the East Coast in a few weeks up to Boston and then driving up to Maine. Let me know if you have any suggestions on things to do! I already know I will be dining at Shake Shack and checking out some of these gorgeous views!



And apparently I'll be needing to eat here as well

Take care! I'm hoping to make the rounds to visit the rest of your blogs soon!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Meet Oliver!

Well it's about time I posted about this little guy!
(I can't believe a month has flown by already!)

After 24 hours of labor, which unfortunately turned into a C-section, Oliver was finally born! But regardless of how he got here, we're certainly happy he's here. He's been the sweetest, cutest and cuddliest baby I've ever met (and that's not me being biased, it's a FACT!)




I hope everything has been going well for all of you as well. I'm regrettably headed back to work next week but hopefully I'll find time to make my blog rounds soon!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baby?

No sign of a baby yet! But at least that gives me time to update you all one last time before his arrival!

I've been meaning to share pictures of his nursery which is finally finished!






And even though I'll be 40 weeks on Friday.... Here I am at 39 weeks! Yikes!


Hope to see you all and meet this little man "soon"!!!!!

Until then, how adorable is this video? I admit I watched it a few times....




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Motherly Advice


With just 6 weeks left, I thought it would be fun to hear from some of my fellow Mommy Bloggers to see what experiences and advice they had on being a mom. I love that all three of these mama's had great insight as well as different experiences and viewpoints to draw from. Hope you enjoy!

First up is Sandee @ Style Spoon
  
On becoming a mum:
I guess the thing to remember is, every baby is different, from their temperament to how they were born or the current situation you and your baby are in, just don't compare! I read various parenting/mum books and every book had their own style and way of caring and bringing up your baby etc. It's sometimes difficult knowing what will work until you give it a go - what might work for one baby might not work for yours so be prepared for that.

In a way I felt I was fairly prepared for the unexpected, but when I think about it now, 5 months on, I still remember googling 'why my newborn grunts and makes lots of noises in their sleep', to 'my newborn is only nursing for 5-10 minutes at a go' and whether it was normal or should I have been worried-various parenting books will say nurse from one side then switch to the other side after x amount of time etc - I didn't do that by the way as bubs would get too much foremillk and not enough hind milk - I always started him on the same side I finished before switching sides. If you need advice and if your baby is not thriving then speak to your health visitor/pediatrician.

It really helps if you and the Mr. work as a team (don't scream at him for being useless, it doesn't help) when the wee one arrives, so make sure you've got plenty of food you've cooked up in advance and frozen - you're not going to have much time to get stuff done around the house (just let housework slide a little) or eat if the bubba needs you! Somehow though, most newborns sleep lots, so make some time to do stuff - they're pretty portable y'know.

Finally every five minutes someone will probably criticize your parenting technique/decisions... just ignore it, I occasionally get it now!

I also wanted to add that if people (friends/other new mums) are saying their baby is sleeping through the night or is this or that, take it with a pinch of salt (it's sometimes BS) because you'll only drive yourself insane if you think your baby is a problem child, when in fact they are perfectly healthy/normal! In regards to other peoples advice, just say thanks for sharing, usually helps shut them up.

Next, is Lani @ Mon Petite Chou mom to 3-month-old Daphne


No matter how many books you read, how many classes you take, how many people you ask for advice there is always, I mean always, something that you are thoroughly unprepared for when it comes to your first baby.

I prepared for the worst when it came to child birth. I was ready for elective c-section, rather than endure natural delivery. My friends shared horror stories. And you know what? I had an easy time of it once my doctor convinced me. I started mild labor around midnight, went to the hospital with steady but not unbearable contractions at 9 AM, and was ready for an epidural by 12. By 4:00 I had a baby. No screaming. No mess. No tearing (a word I hate and.... gives me shivers). No one prepared me for the fact that I was born to make babies. Literally, my doctor told me, you are born to make babies. Yikes. Who knew?

Someone else's sh*t won't stink. As in your baby. They will be doing a lot of it. Probably on you. On your walls, your furniture, your clothes. And you won't mind. Seriously, you love the darn thing so much that it doesn't even phase you.

The item you are most hesitant to buy will probably turn out to be what you needed the most. I hated swings. Did not want baby clutter around my house. Sure enough, the only way we got our little one to sleep those early days was with motion. So I caved, bought a swing and it was the best 160 bucks I HAVE EVER SPENT. Sleep is precious those few weeks and you just need to do what ever it takes to get some. Clutter and all.

Conversely, the item you paid the most for and seemed so damn cool (in my case, the Mamaroo) may turn out to be the gadget your baby hates the most. Try though we might, when ever we put babe in the Mamaroo and turn it on, she cries. And cries. Doesn't matter that it looks like it is about to launch into space, she hates it. C'est la vie!

Live, learn, return (the items that you still can;).

And last, but not least:


Hi everyone! I'm Meagan from Mo Pie, Please, a blog I used to tend to daily until I became mama to my 8-month-old baby boy, Wyatt.  Life is chaotic and messy (literally messy, I'm always covered in sweet potato-tinted drool) but I wouldn't change it for the world.  

Becoming a mom has thrown me many surprises but it also feels similar to what I thought it would be.  I love that boy more than words can express but it is the toughest (and most gratifying) role I've ever had.  

Some things I couldn't have prepared for :

1) waking up every 3 hours to feed the baby is easier than it sounds but going back to sleep is tougher than I could ever imagine. The more tired you are, the harder it is to fall back asleep. My mind starts racing or I get super anxious over the baby waking back up that sometimes I just end up laying there for what feels like hours upon hours. You wind up jealous over your fur babies for being able to sleep all the time and not have any problems getting there.

2) this one may be obvious to some but you don't always get what you plan for. I imagined Wyatt to be born on time, to nurse for at least 6 months and to be attached to me via solly baby wrap all the time. I got to wear him in the wrap for a few weeks, then he started hating it. Thankfully he prefers the other carriers we have but still...that wrap was so pretty and snuggly. Wyatt was also born 6 weeks premature and as a result, we had mega nursing issues. No book could have prepared me for that - a week in the nicu, hardly any kangaroo care, and his inability to latch on and suction. Little did I know I'd be a slave to my breast pump instead of the easy way of doing things. And might I add...thank heavens for formula. I never wanted to use it, but you know what? It's not the worst thing that could happen, he is a healthy, happy and content baby who eats both formula and breast milk among all his solids and I am forever grateful for that.

3) The hardest part for me has been making sure he gets enough milk in the day so he doesn't need it at night, or making sure you don't overstimulate them or making sure you get them down for a nap before they become overtired.  It's SO HARD! If you don't stimulate a baby, it's bad.  If you overstimulate them, it's bad.  If you don't put them down for a nap the moment their eyes turn red or they rub them, they can wind up not sleeping at all! There's a really fine line so every day I find myself kind of stressing over it a little too much instead of just taking it all with stride.  

4) Last...your sense of fashion can change pretty rapidly after becoming a mom. I'm addicted to shopping and clothes and all the awesome things about being a woman. After having Wyatt, I suddenly felt lost when it came to my wardrobe. Where was I supposed to shop?! What was I supposed to wear? I found myself wearing mostly shirts and jeans, for fear of spit up ruining anything nice I owned. Plus my wardrobe wasn't up to date considering the maternity clothes I wore the season before. I still feel a little lost, I'm 30 (eeps) and a new mom who doesn't love her body. I certainly won't be stepping into a Chicos anytime soon but it's taking me awhile a to build a wardrobe that makes me feel put together and age appropriate at the same time! 


After having said all this, I really do love being a mom and having this baby boy was the best decision we've ever made! Watching him grow these past 8 months has been so amazing!