Sometimes it's embarrassing how much I look forward to these weekly photo sessions. I guess it's just a fun break from the day-to-day routine. A few weeks ago I took Amelia to JCPenney for a professional photo sitting and I swear she laughed for the first 10 minutes. She's a ham for the camera. And I love that.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
books. Because kids can never have enough books, right? Rarely do I give baby clothes because 1. everyone gives clothes and 2. babies grow out of clothes overnight. But now that I'm a mama my baby shower supply drawer has expanded to include several of these items. The great thing about these gifts is that they work for either a boy or girl and are all reasonably priced.
From left to right, top to bottom:1. Big Oball. These little orbs are perfect for tiny fingers and helps babies develop fine motor skills. I found mine at Nordstrom Rack for about $6.
2. Auto Mirror. The first few weeks of driving with a newborn are totally intimidating. I remember when we left the hospital I wanted Ken to drive as if we were balancing an uncooked egg on the roof. Luckily this mirror lets you see baby as you drive and since babies are rear-facing for up to 18 months this is a practical gift that will last a while.
3. Swaddle Blankets. You simply can not have enough swaddle blankets. Not only are they great for providing a womb-like environment for baby, they do double duty as car seat/nursing/stroller covers.
4. NoseFrida. A few days into Amelia's first cold I realized the squeeze bulb was the worst! Leave it to the Swedes to come up with a better solution. Seriously, you need to start giving this as a gift. (Yup, I just high fived a snot sucker. I'm officially a parent now.)
5. Cup & Spoon. It seems impossible when you hold a helpless infant to believe that they'll be eating anything other than milk in just a few short months. These spoons are the perfect fit for tiny mouths and babies as young as five-months can start practicing their hold on a sippy cup.
6. Teething Ring. Babies love sound and color. This teething ring also functions as a rattle so it gets several months of well-loved use.
7. Handprint Keepsake. Okay, this isn't really a necessity but it's such a fun unexpected gift that gives parents a way to create a physical keepsake of when their baby is still so little.
8. Bibs. Like the swaddle blankets you simply can't have enough bibs. Bibs for eating. Bibs for drooling. And bibs for fashion. I have at least a dozen bibs.
9. Mama hand cream. So often we forget to give the mother-to-be a gift. This hand cream, made right here in St. Louis, is a dream. With a subtle scent that heals dry cracked hands and fits great in a diaper bag this gift is extra thoughtful.
Friday, February 13, 2015
A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2015.
This sweet girl is six-months-old on Sunday. Holy toledo! Considering how rough the first six weeks were I'm a little floored at how quickly six whole months have passed. This was the week she decided to roll from her tummy to back with an audience. It takes her awhile to commit to, but I think this is the beginning of unstoppable mobility. (Maybe we should baby-proof soon?) Several times a week she puts on a rollicking laugh-fest. Like she's slap-happy drunk and I'm doing a one-woman, one word stand-up bit. Boo. Her laugh is like bright confetti.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Goodnight Moon and wanted to give something a little more original. At the time I only had a handful of clever baby books that I loved—namely these. Since then Amelia and I have made library outings part of our weekly agenda. Which is the perfect way to preview board books before investing in them. Some of my new favorites include clever design and impeccable turnability (yup that's a word) for little fingers.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
READING: This novel, this cookbook, and this collection of poetry.
WATCHING: The five hour A&E version of Pride and Prejudice in weekly installments with three other ladies. Suddenly my Wednesday evenings are something to look forward to.
EATING: This incredible twice-baked spaghetti squash entree followed up with these addicting no-bake cookies
ENJOYING: Keeping track of my weekly to-do list. Sometimes it's easy to let the days pass in a blur, but having a visual reminder keeps me on task.
MAKING: Valentine's goodies to put in the mail. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Valentine's Day is my favorite. Just another excuse to make crafts and cookies.
SAVING FOR: One helluva Ikea run this fall —St. Louis is finally getting it's very own blue and yellow cube.
REMEMBERING: How much I use to look at myself in the mirror every day. Now I'm lucky if I even glance in the mirror once a day. Oh how things change.
EXCITED FOR: Upcoming vacation plans to our Nation's Capital. Beyond excited.