Life as a New Mom: My Must Haves!

Friday, June 18, 2010
Being a mom is an indescribable feeling. The amount of love I feel for my little man is something I have ever experienced before, it literally bring tears to my eyes.
The first couple of weeks, I will admit I didn’t know what to do with him, being a first time mom it was a big adjustment. Having lots of children in the family I really thought it would be easier, but when it’s yours and you are with that baby 24/7 it is a whole different ball game!
Aaron is now 7 weeks old and while I am still a novice, I still call family and friends for advice and still get nervous at the new things I am getting the hang of being a mommy more and more each day! There have been several items that have helped me and I am listing them to help others and to have this list handy for when we prepare for number 2! ☺

1. The Boppy!
I use the boppy for everything! For breastfeeding, propping aaron, tummy time, and sometimes for one of his little 10 min cat naps. (My boy doesn't really like to sleep)
-here's a pic of my munchkin on his-

2. Swadler!
We made the mistake in the early days of thinking aaron hated being swaddled - boy were we wrong, even though he still wakes every 2-3 hours most nights, we sometimes get a good 4-5 hour stretch when he cluster eats and get's a good tight swaddle.

3. The Happiest Baby on the Block!
Don't need to describe - just go buy it!

4. Breastfeeding Essentials!
Though I supplement with formula for various reasons, I also breastfeed and my goal is to continue to do until at least 6 months. I could not live without the following:
Lanolin Cream:

Breast pads:

Breast Pump: Prep for when I return to work. I love my Madela PISA - I have to say it treats me better than the hospital grade rental I had (I won't name the brand).

Don't forget your nursing bra's and tops!

5. Baby Sling
aaron is long but skinny and I feel that he is still too little for his carrier but this sling makes him feel so snug that it puts him to sleep every time he's in it. My personal preference is the Balboa sling.

6. Sound Sleeper
Babies need white noise, I forgot to turn this on one night and aaron was waking up every hour! not fun!

7. Snuggle Nest
oh how things change when you become a parent. I used to say I would never co-sleep and then aaron came along and there are just some days that he is cranky and nothing soothes him other than being near mommy and daddy. To safely co-sleep this is a definite must have on our list.

8.and of course a Camera! I swear aaron will hate to see all the pics I have taken of him DAILY when he is a teen but I can't help it! :)

and there you have it!

Aaron is here!

Monday, May 31, 2010
Which is why I have not updated my blog in forever! He arrived on 4.27.10 weighing 6 lbs 3 oz.

Aaron Christian

Birth Story coming soon!

A week in the life

Friday, April 16, 2010
I got this idea reading this awesome blog! This is a project about documenting a week in your life! It's basically another way of memory keeping, another type of diary or keeping photo album.

I will be starting this project with the birth of my first baby (time permitting, of course) and wanted to share the first week from birth to going home and the first few days as parents. I thought the best way to share would be through my blog.

If you are interested in documenting a week in your life, the same blog has great ideas and samples of past participants


Press by Real Simple Magazine:

"I love that anyone can do this project. Anyone can commit to one week of personal storytelling, of capturing what their life is all about at a particular moment in time...and then let the rest go."


Stay Tuned! :)

Spring Cleaning: Bedroom

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Cleaning has started in our house today as we make room for baby who is due May 1st!!

We started with our bedroom and den and here's is what I tackled today.

1. Washed all comforters & sheets.

2. I purchased a new comforter set to welcome spring :) and bought a few Febreze Closet Renewables under bed storage containers to store comforters and sheets we're not using.

3. Went to the container store and bought several sizes of their multi-boxes plastic storage boxes, they are reasonably priced and I used them to store our winter clothes and set a aside a couple to store maternity clothes when I am done with them.

4. I also got rid of a lot clothes, shoes and accessories that I plan to donate.

5. Then I dusted, wiped and vacuumed.

There are several useful checklists online, my favorite I came across is from Martha Stewart.

I have to give credit to my hubby, who did the majority of the work since he wanted me rested :) - I can really get used to this! :)

Next, we'll tackle Living Room, Kitchen and Bathroom.

Nursery Inspiration

Monday, March 8, 2010
The Crib is here!!!! We'll start putting it together next week but in the meantime, I am thinking of how do I want to decorate!

Hubby loves starwars and would love a star wars theme. PB kids (My favorite store right now) has an awesome star wars collection but it's for toddlers and up not babies and it's quite pricey. I came across this DIY nursery:
This couple also had a Star Wars themed baby shower, you can see more here.
Though I love Star Wars too I could go in another direction. I am not really interested in a certain theme! Though I love trains for a sweet baby boy, like this one from PB Kids:

I am also an animal lover so a cute jungle theme might be nice. But I am really looking for something modern that he can grow with. Here a couple random images I plan to use for inspiration.

I really love their use of Shelving:
More details here.

Ikea is a great place for modern looking pieces at affordable prices:
If we go this route we (meaning hubby) will def. have to paint to match the espresso crib. I really love thier matching wall shelf also.

Here are some great designs for small places:

Very Cute design by Madelyn Ridgeway - I love the wall decals! CLICK HERE
Since we're renters, we will def. be looking at the wall decals route.


I really like the simplicy of this look:

I'd also love to see what you've done with your nurseries!

Getting Ready For Baby

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Haven't posted in a while since prepping for baby and working has really consumed my life. :)

I am now 31 weeks pregnant and can feel the baby moving and kicking like crazy. It's so funny how I feel like he actually responds to me at times. Anytime I whistle, I feel a couple kicks :) - I love it!

We now have a name! But we will wait until we actually see him before revealing just in case we change our minds.

Now we are just consumed with preparing his nursery. We just got the crib which I am soooo excited about. After debating between PBkids & RhBaby, we ended up going with the Catalina 3-in-1 Crib from Pottery Barn Kids:

I was sold on the fact that it not only converts from a crib to a toddler bed but also can be used as a full size headboard as the child grows. They also offer free assembly with shipping but hubby decided he wants to put this crib together so we will be picking it up from our local store in about 2 weeks! WOO HOO!

So now it's time to look for the dresser, glider, bedding and accesories. I'll be posting my progess so stay tuned.

23 Weeks

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Which of course we suspected all along, already had his name picked out and everything. I feel like things have been going by so quickly now and I feel Baby A move and kick more and more everyday.

Here's a pic of Baby A at 20 weeks, sucking his thumbs. :)

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