Lifestyle Changes: My New & Improved Morning Routine

I’ve been talking a lot about my recent lifestyle changes, so I thought I’d go ahead and film a video showing you what a typical morning looks like these days. I also wanted to share the recent change I’ve made to my kitchen: OUR COFFEE BAR! I love this new addition for so many reasons: 1. I love my morning coffee, 2. It has freed up a lot of counter space, making my kitchen look so much less cluttered and clean, & 3. The framed printable is so cute. It’s nothing glamorous, but it’s functional. I’m just really into it. See the pictures below! Excuse the cords that are showing, but hey, this is real life. I’m not a professional Instagrammer! The baker’s rack was purchased on Facebook Marketplace!  Also, check out my morning routine video below! Hope you enjoy! What are some things that YOU like to do every morning? Comment down below!

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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep All Night | Sleep Training Tips

I debated whether or not I wanted to discuss this hot topic, as it has a tendency to rile people up. I’m not an expert on babies or sleep, this is simply what worked (and continues to work) for my son. I consulted with his pediatrician, and did ample research on my own, before making any decisions regarding sleep training methods. Since I’ve found a lot of tips and tricks that have helped us along the way, I thought I’d share what I did with Wyatt and how it’s worked out for us. Of course, always consult with your pediatrician, do your own research, and do whatever YOU (& baby) are comfortable with. Our Sleep Journey For the majority of my pregnancy, I did not give much thought to babies and their sleeping. Of course, I heard the normal bits of advice from well-meaning people. You know, the “you’ll never sleep again”, “enjoy sleeping while you can”, and “get lots of sleep before baby comes” comments. I assumed they were right, that I’d never sleep again and that nighttime would be miserable until my kids were 18 (or whatever). At some point, I realized that doesn’t have to be the […]

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A little different – Life as a SAHM

I’ve been an avid vlog (video blog) watcher for years now. I’ve always been super intrigued by the thought of being able to not only document memories to watch back later in life but also to share bits of my life with others. I’ve been playing with the idea of starting to make my own videos for a while, now that Wyatt is here and it’s even more important to me that I document things. Well, I finally did it… So, here’s a link to my first official YouTube video. There’s not much talking this time, but I thought this would be a fun way to get started. Let me know if you liked it by commenting, liking & sharing this post!

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Breastfeeding Survival Tips + Our Journey

Breastfeeding is one of those things that mothers-to-be often assume that because it’s natural that it also will come naturally. That’s so not the case. Even if you are one of those women who nurse their newborn baby for the first time and it’s an amazing experience where angels are singing, that doesn’t mean it isn’t work (hard work). I definitely had my struggles and times where I wanted to throw in the towel. I feel like I had fairly realistic ideas about breastfeeding going into it. I had done the research and knew some of the things that could go wrong (& how to overcome them). Most of all, I was absolutely determined to make it work. I wanted to exclusively nurse Wyatt for a minimum of six months, with my ultimate goal being to stop around his first birthday. There were about a hundred reasons why it was so important to me to do this, but ultimately, I just wanted to be able to have that special experience with my son. After he was born, they had a lactation consultant come in to help me get him latched for the first time and assess…the “situation”. I was pretty much […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Baby Led Weaning and WHY?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I/we introduced Wyatt to solids, usually as a response to Instagram posts showing Wyatt tearing into some food. I chose a somewhat less common approach, at least here in the US, and decided to dive into the world of baby led weaning (BLW) after hearing about it all throughout my pregnancy + doing a lot of research. I’m all for however you choose to introduce your little one to solids (you do you!), but since this isn’t as “common” of an approach, I felt it definitely needed its own post. I’ve also made a quick video montage that captures our journey from 5 1/2 months to now (9 months!). First off, what the heck is baby led weaning? Basically a fancy term for skipping purees and giving baby solid finger foods to explore and figure out for themselves. Despite its name, it doesn’t actually wean them off of nursing/formula any more than traditional baby food. Instead of airplanes and Choo Choo trains, we simply handed Wyatt large chunks, or whole pieces, of various fruits, veggies, meats, breads, etc. and let him go to town. The idea behind this is that babies are […]

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How to Survive Life With a Newborn: Top 10 Items for Baby!

Full disclosure: I am an obsessive researcher. My pregnancy was essentially a nine month long Google search. Most of my extensive preparation paid off and I ended up with some items that were complete game changers for me and our new life with baby Wyatt. I narrowed my list of must haves down to 10, because I wanted to keep it concise and only share items that, in my opinion, were true necessities. I’ll also share a few things that were just ‘nice to have’ at the end of the post. 1. Summer Infant SwaddleMe Original Swaddle, Fox friends print. These were amazing once Wyatt was about 3-4 weeks old and no matter what I did, he managed to get un-swaddled when I used traditional swaddle blankets. I started using this and was able to velcro him in snugly so that he couldn’t wiggle his little arms out, but not too tightly that he wasn’t comfortable. They also have a zip-up version that can be used when baby is brand new, which I’ll definitely be purchasing next time. I used the small size until Wyatt was about 4 months old, then I switched to the transitional swaddle by the same brand. 2. Cat […]

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Labor & Delivery Story | IVF Pregnancy

Finally here to share one of the most amazing, exhausting & emotional days of my life. After experiencing such an intense final few weeks of pregnancy (you can read about that here, if you missed it), my induction was scheduled for October 8th, which was exactly 1 week from my original due date (October 15th). I was already dilating and thinning out on my own, just slowly, so my OB wanted me to check in to the hospital the night before to start the induction slowly. She was confident my body would respond quickly, but it is hard to tell how you’ll respond with your first delivery. She knew that I was aiming for a vaginal delivery and that I wanted to avoid a c-section if at all possible. The entire day before seemed to creep by. I tried to enjoy my last day of this pregnancy, but it was hard to do anything else. I knew that I would not be able to eat once I checked into the hospital until after I delivered, so we went to Chili’s and I tried to eat but basically failed. We arrived at the hospital at 10pm on Friday (10/07), had to wait […]

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Overdue Update: The End of My Pregancy and Prodromal Labor

Obviously, an embarrassingly long amount of time has passed since I last posted. I’ve actually attempted to write something several times, but I forgot to save the draft so they all disappeared. I also lacked motivation to do much of anything other than my number one priority: motherhood. I have so many things to say about my labor & delivery, life with a newborn, product reviews, and on and on. But first, let’s catch up on the end of my pregnancy. When I last posted, I was around 35 weeks pregnant, and my body was just starting to prepare for labor. At my 36 week appointment, I had progressed a little more, and that day I had started feeling more regular contractions. They continued throughout my OBGYN visit and my doctor let me know that if they continued and I wanted to be checked out, just to go to L&D at the hospital. The contractions stuck around for several more hours, increasing in intensity and consistency, eventually getting to 4-5 minutes apart. They weren’t Braxton Hicks, since they were consistent, became closer together, and grew in intensity. I ended up going to L&D, getting monitored for a few hours, and sent […]

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Absentee

Well, clearly I went MIA again. So many things have happened and this third trimester has just been flying by! I want to do a proper post on my beautiful baby shower(s), so hopefully I get around to doing that soon. For now, here is a much needed pregnancy update!How far along: 35 weeks, 2 days. So close! Gender: Boy! Weight gain: Somewhere around 13 lbs. I don’t know how it’s happened, since I feel so big, but I’m just counting it as a blessing! Maternity clothes: Most definitely. Nothing else fits! Stretch marks: Only a few on my left thigh, nothing too bad and I’m not too worried about it. I’ve been using stretch mark cream about 4-5 times a week (sometimes I forget and sometimes I just don’t feel like applying it), but I’m convinced it’s just genetic. No big deal! Belly button in or out: In, but it is so weird looking! Don’t think it’ll pop out at all. Sleep: I wake up about every hour to reposition myself and/or go to the bathroom. I’m used to it by now! I also feel very sore all over when I wake up in the morning. I’m sure some […]

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Finally Updating!

It’s crazy how fast the last few weeks have flown by. I cannot believe I’m almost in my 3rd trimester and that this little guy will be here in less than 100 days. What in the world? Where does the time go? I’ve been flaky and distracted with the billion other things going on, but finally forced myself to sit down and update. How far along: Twenty-six weeks and 5 days. Gender: Boy! Weight gain: About 8-9 lbs. Maternity clothes: Yes! Stretch marks: So far none that I can see. Belly button in or out: In. Sleep: Finally found a system that sort of works, but requires a lot of setup. I basically have two pregnancy wedges, one under my belly and one under my back. I’ve also added a pillow between my legs, which helps with some of the more recent pains I’ve been dealing with. Even with this, I’m getting up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, and waking up almost every hour to switch sides. I guess this is just my body preparing me for the future! Best moment this week: Even though it was an impromptu visit, getting to see the baby on […]

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