Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting cozy for the holidays

What's better than getting cozy with your family?!  My favorite.  Especially when it cools down... that's when hot cocoa comes out, fire comes on, new Christmas cozies are worn, and flannel sheets go down.  This year has me so very excited, even more than usual, I guess a toddler + a baby in your belly does that to you!! We've been reading Song of Stars every night which is a beautiful book but I'd love to hear what you do to share that joy of Christmas with your family.  What books do you read?  Do you do an advent calendar (I just got ours!)?  Don't you love the candelight service at church?  Do you bake Christmas cookies?  I want to hear your traditions.  Plus get some ideas to add to our holiday family tradition (:    




What's better than getting cozy with your family?!  My favorite.  Especially when it cools down... that's when hot cocoa comes out, fire comes on, new Christmas cozies are worn, and flannel sheets go down.  This year has me so very excited, even more than usual, I guess a toddler + a baby in your belly does that to you!! We've been reading Song of Stars every night which is a beautiful book but I'd love to hear what you do to share that joy of Christmas with your family.  What books do you read?  Do you do an advent calendar (I just got ours!)?  Don't you love the candelight service at church?  Do you bake Christmas cookies?  I want to hear your traditions.  Plus get some ideas to add to our holiday family tradition (:    

Friday, November 14, 2014

Second time Mama & Baby Wish List

While I definitely plan on reusing a ton of our things.  ++  I also think my mama and grandma thrived with their babies with nothing but their boobs + a swaddling cloth.  (; I couldn't help but have my eyes on a few things for baby number two.  So here's what I've been pining for.. for me, and Wesley James.


1.  Mamaroo:  We have the snugabunny which was great but it is huge and certainly not portable!  I would love to have something that I could take from room to room with us.  I also hear nothing but amazing things about this little cozy, safe, bouncer.

2.  Ergobaby 360:  I probably won't purchase this until he's two months or so - depending on what he's like.  If he's anything like Tuck he wants to face out - all. of. the. time.  I bought an infantino on a desperate whim at target for $15.  But it's not super safe like this ergo 360.  Of course we still have the regular ergo  and we used that until probably around 16 months regularly.

3.  Halo Baby Bassinet:  So this isn't a necessity but love that my baby can be right next to me on the bed with no fear of squishing him.  This would have been a game changer for Tuck and I.  He did like the rock n play, and if he did have reflux issues this is likely the way to go - but lazy-new-mama-me didn't love how I had to get out of bed every time he needed to be fed.  It also comes with a couple lullabies, a nursing timer, it vibrates, soothing sounds, and a nightlight!

4.  Kiinde breastfeeding set:  As soon as I heard about this breastfeeding kit I knew this had to be a purchase.  It's actually already hanging out in my kitchen cabinet.  So excited, I couldn't wait.  As any mama who has cried over spilled {pumped} milk knows.  So what's so great about it?  Well it works with any breast pump, puts it in these little baggies.  Then just store them in the fridge and/or freezer.  Pop them in the little warmer that thaws it to the perfect temp.  No pouring, just pop on a nipple (different flow speeds too!).  Voila!  No worry about reflux due to bottles.  No air bubbles.  No waste.  I've never been so excited to meet with my pump again.

5.  Another dohm:  We have one in Tucks room and it's worked so great we have no need to switch.  I just think these little guys are amazing.  I want one in our room!

6.  Duo Diaper bag:  This one is just so cute!

7.  A soft cup nursing bra:  This one is a splurge but looks super cozy, has soft cups (perfect for that first month when your boobs are figuring out how big they want to be) and it's cosabella - they can do no wrong.

8.  joovy caboose stand on:  this is only $124!  I think I'll get it and take it with us to Rome to test it out.    Unless y'all have another idea!  It has a part you can stand on, and a part you can sit on.  I'm not totally sold on getting another nicer stroller as Tuck has never been crazy about sitting in his stroller.  I know everyone loves the uppa baby but spending that much money on a stroller physically hurts me. ha.  

9.  motorola Baby monitor:  We'll need another one and I wasn't totally crazy about Tucks - this one has great reviews both online and via friends.  Any other recs out there?

10.  monogrammed goodies:   So I have a ton of clothes Wesley James is getting as hand me downs.  But can't resist a few special items from my favorite stop for monogrammed gifts for others and for my boys - Beaufort Bonnet company - Diaper covers, bow swaddlesbowties

Have any experience with any of these?  Warnings?  Thumbs up?

xxs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Letters to Wesley James // Volume 1

{big brother tee // the first rule of little brother's // circle k feet c/o our backyard}

Sweet angel boy - Wesley James,

We prayed for you.  Now here you are!  Hanging out in my belly, you little dream come true.  I can't wait to know you.  What are you like- who do you look like?  Another tow head?  Dark eyes this time?  I'll love all and every bit of you.  

I ask your brother at least twenty times a day if he'll kiss you, the baby.  He lifts my shirt up, points at you, says "baby", gives you a big smooch or two, then puts my shirt back, and says "bye!".   He's also a little convinced he has a baby in his belly... ha.   Baby he's gonna love you.  We all are.

Every night Tuck gets real quiet and still when we say prayers before bed.  You are at the top of our list.  We pray you grow healthy little one and grow into a man that loves God.

I can't wait for you to be here, and I have a long way to go!  But! I can't wait!  feeling all the exclamations more than usual, baby!  you do that to us.

I still cry every time I get to hear your heart beat or see your little self bouncing around on ultrasound.  You are a miracle and that's never lost on me.

love you sweet baby boy,
mama


Monday, November 10, 2014

Florida Travels: Safety Harbor

This past weekend we had an opportunity to stay at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in adorable little Safety Harbor, FL (courtesy of the Ascend Hotel Collection).  Safety Harbor is close to Tampa Bay but feels like a world apart.  The whole city is just super cute, old florida, and totally walkable.  We loved spending the weekend at Florida's only Natural Mineral Springs spa.  It was such a nice staycation - under an hour away from our home.  And after a busy October it was lovely to get to spend quality time with my best boys.  So here's a rundown of the weekend in case you'd like a little Safety Harbor getaway yourself (; 
{view from our room - that's Tampa Bay in the background!}
{there was a little old school diner that I just fell in love with - Athen's.  
A group of older men were all meeting there for breakfast.  Of course Tuck was hamming it up with them and making them all laugh. Per usual.  }
{pretty oaks on main}
{going in for a smooch // sweater is F21 not listed online // maternity pixie pants via jcrew // earrings are Kendra Scott via Gilt // jcrew baseball cap old but lots of others to choose from // Smartphone wristlet -from last year but lots of other cute ones) via Tory Burch}
{favorites.}
{these boots.  can't handle them on him!  both days he wore babygap jeans //  both sweaters are from H&M}
{someone loved his smoked chicken wings from Southern Fresh}
{both nights we finished it up with a little room service - capped us off with a yummy cheese plate.  Burrata, Humboldt Fog, and Manchego.  three of the best cheeses!}
{loved eating at The Sandwich on Main- and picking up a few treats to savor for later.  I had the best cuban sandwich!  A must when you are in the tampa bay area.}
{phillippe park.  so gorgeous!}
{has a super cute park for kids too}
Definitely a weekend we will all treasure.  

{Big thanks to Ascend Hotel Collection / Choice hotel for the free stay and stipend.  Though I was paid, all opinions are my own.  I actually stayed at Safety Harbor in high school with my mama - and it's where I got my first ever facial (: }


ps:  big happy birthday to Lilly!  love all the content that's been getting unlocked everyday to celebrate.  xxs

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuck: King of All the Wild Things


Tucks favorite book at the moment is Where the Wild Things Are which was his dads favorite too!  JB is so great at reading it - he really gets into the voices - and the book (and JB's sound effects) taught Tuck how to roar.  Ever since he's made this rawring discovery he has gotten the biggest kick out of rawring at every person and if they act scared?  He can't catch his breath from laughing so hard.  It's the best.  
When his costume came in we just had to take it on a few pre-halloween scare trips - to aunt molly's office, to my parents, and then to go see daddy at work.  He loved it.  These pictures are of him rawring at Lola.  Right after this wild rumpus with Lola he walked up to a couple on their morning walk, rawred at them, laughed, then felt bad and brought them a little pumpkin.  
Kids are the bessssst!   
Happy Halloween!!!