4 posts categorized "Baby"

Holiday Traditions and Travelling with a babe


Do you have holiday traditions? We have been making Christmas tree decorating videos since we first started dating. Now that we've got our little babe, we're so looking forward to doing one with the three of us! Despite the fact that she won't remember her first Thanksgiving or Christmas, I feel like it's my responsibility to make it nothing short of amazing. I want to do ALL of the things. Dress her as a turkey, make her a book of gratitude, show her the parade on TV, then immediately get into the Christmas spirit and watch Elf and decorate and oh ALL of the things. Christmas cookie decorating...meeting Santa. I'm just so excited! I have so much to do... Ha!


One small thing is that Will and I have decided to take a 17 day trip right smack dab in the meat of December. Leona will get to experience all of the Christmas fun in 3 new cities with wonderful people we hardly get to see. So while it will be hectic, it will be amazing. Orlando, Savannah, and NYC here we come!
We're not afraid of travelling with our baby, in fact it's one of our top goals as parents. We think it's necessary for our family to keep going the way we always have, and that's everywhere. Leona deserves to experience as much of he world as we can possibly show her. If she's not reading about it I want her to live it. With that said we totally don't know everything and know it will be a challenge so...

We could use any tips for making all of this holiday magic happen while traveling with a 7 month old. I'll keep you guys posted if we find out something amazing too :)

Here are a few of my favorite guides to baby travel I've collected over the years




Happy Fall! Leona is 6 months old!

Not everything people tell you about raising a baby will apply to you. Honestly most of it may be completely opposite of what you're experiencing or what someone else said. One thing everyone told us, I mean everyone, is that at 6 months, things get really really good. The baby chub is rollin. They start having giggle fests and playing. I mean this girl pulls the blanket up on her own for peek a boo now. Leona has developed such a personality, she brightens every moment, even when she's melting down you can see her two new pearly whites gleaming and you can't help but hide a little smile while handling the code red.


While I have loads of photos from this fabulous month, we had the pleasure of getting a pro to document us. ALL of us. Pretty exciting to be able to not only have pictures of Leo but also of our family of THREE! 6 months in and we're smiling more each day :)


Also, is it just me or does it feel like when you have baby that there was never a time they weren't a part of your life? I feel like, 6 months? Only 6 months? I like it.

So here is picture overload, I tried to just pick a few but I love them all so much! Even a couple of the blurry ones made the cut, because they just feel so real to how life is right now :)




















































































Tidbits about Leona at 6 months

  • You weigh almost 19lbs
  • You are SO giggly and chatty (beaming with pride over here with your decision to start off talking with MAMA!)
  • You've been working very hard to get mobile. Currently you can go backwards.
  • At the beginning of 6 months you were still not into rolling over from your back but now you're rolling all over the place.
  • Teeth! Oh the teeth! They were tiny numbs at your 6 month appointment and then bam! Sharp little guys too.
  • Speaking of teeth you're totally into food now. Well avacado mainly but you give other foods a fair shot. And you still nurse like a champ, in fact... So well that you completely won't drink stored breastmilk from a bottle anymore. That's a challenge.
  • Sleeping, still a battle but it's getting better. We have accepted that you will want to be swaddled until it's simply impossible and that's helped. And you like a lot of noise, if it's quiet you're not sleeping except if we're sleeping next to you, then none of the above apply.
  • So many rolls.
  • Squealing and clapping!
  • Spit bubble blowing is your fav trick thus far in life.
  • You're feet are still one of your favorite toys! You've started noticing the screens in the house though so we're about to go on lock down. Sorry little mama, we're the parents who aren't allowing you to play with touch screens until you're much much older. We just don't feel it's appropriate or the right way for you to learn the basics of life.
  • You feel so grown up but when you're sleeping you're still like our teeny tiny infant. You smile in your sleep and suck your bottom lip in and it's difficult not to eat you up.
  • You get well over 500 kisses a day.


Thankful Thursday


"Start each day with a grateful heart." Life can get oh so, you know, just oh so much. Lately I've been learning to focus on the little things (the important ones) and when you take a moment and really think about how many parts of it are really special, you should take note of it. Not that there is any special reason you should listen to me, but it's what I've found to be true. And...I have an anxiety disorder (heyo OCD) and it seems to help. So yeah, start your day with a grateful heart. I promise you have a lot to be grateful for! And tell other people how grateful you are for them. These are good things. Ok?

I am loving this way to display thanks! 



Also, in the spirit of this thankful month of November, here are 5 things I'm thankful for that make life with a 6 month old babe much easier. 

1.Ergo Baby Organic 2. Summer Swaddle Wrap 3. Graco Bumper Jumper

4. White Noise App 5. Infantino Teether

What helps everyone else get through this crazy awesome stage?



On the move but holding steady


One thing our lives are not lacking is movement. Though I must say I should probably be moving my body a little more for my healths sake. Hopefully soon we will be able to stop moving cities all of ther time, but luckily, that does involve some excercise. Truly though, we have been through the ringer this past year. Thus, I have fallen behind on my documenting so expect a few catch up posts on Leona's milestones and some lovely flashback posts, which have already made me teary eyed just from looking through the photos for them.

Our little Leona is growing so fast. Everyone told us this would happen, but oh my, sometimes you wake up and look over at the sweet sleeping baby next you and realize you missed her growing up in just hours. They literally change by the hour sometimes, its unreal. It's completely magical. Despite all of the things that have gone amiss, I look at her and feel full and not broken. Now add in Will holding her and bam, heart melted, filled up, perfection. It's the sort of happiness you want to wrap yourself up in. It's the best part of the movie. In all honesty, it's terrifying sometimes. You never want it to go away so you spend all of your time trying to keep it and fix tiny problems, stay healthy, keep it together. By you, I obviously mean, me. So that's what I'm working on. Learning to just accept it and savor it. Not to let the rest of the fears and what ifs break this good thing down. I could give a list of a bunch of things that have gone wrong, things that are lingering abd scaring me about my body and health after such a hard pregnancy, the fact that we keep having to move, but you know what, I'm not going to. Postpartum anxiety and all of that mumbo jumbo, I'm not letting you win. 

I am happy and so madly in love with this family we have created. I'm not letting go of it. 



*magic moments from her first days earthside* 

More recent photos to come :)



I'm here for joy. Straight up joy. I'm going to fill my life to the brim with it and hope it overflows. I'm a little bit sassy and a little bit shy. Also a bit messy. I am a wife and momma to a sweet little lady Leona, 2 crazy cats and a pup. I make things and style things, like parties, treats, pictures, houses and…babies! Thanks for stopping in. I can't wait to meet you!

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