Favorite Etsy Finds~ Seersucker

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I'm such an Etsy addict...I admit it. I love the idea of supporting small businesses, which the majority of these sellers are, so I thought I'd post about a couple of my favorite Etsy finds from the last few weeks in seersucker, which I'm also a little obsessed with. Hope y'all enjoy :)

Seersucker Bubble: The uptown Baby on Etsy
This is on my list of favorites to order for Caroline. If it's monogrammed and seersucker, you better believe I'll have it, that's two of my favorite things!

Seersucker Pants: Nattie Mack on Etsy
Just got these in the mail this week. Ship time was about 2-3 weeks from the time I ordered, but they are so cute and comfy and perfect for lounging around the house.
Seersucker Bow: Devon Alana on Etsy
This I ordered in yellow for one of my nieces and I can't wait to get it! 

And last but not least, a little family seersucker action courtesy of The Laughing Giraffe...
For Daddy

For Mama

For Baby

Juston would never go for all the matchy-matchy, but I can dream of how cute we'd all look :) At least Caroline and I can match!

On the Hunt~ Diaper Bag

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am currently lusting over this Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag. I want it like yesterday. I love the diaper bag I currently have as far as the features it offers, but it is just so big and bulky and tough to tote hanging off my shoulder all the time. I love that this one can be carried as a back pack which is what I'm looking for.

   This one's a pretty big investment, so as with anything else I buy, I'll be searching Ebay for awhile and hopefully come across one there instead of paying retail. But as much as I carry this bag, it's worth it's weight in gold. I really love this pattern for spring too since it's so bright and cheery. 

If anyone knows where to find these puppies cheaper hit me up! Until then, I'll be searching Ebay. 

Easter Baby

I absolutely love this time of year! The beginning of Lent always seems to re-focus me spiritually which is something I'm desperately in need of this year especially. As anyone who has a little one certainly knows, it just leaves you plum exhausted and it's hard to make time for basic things like brushing your hair, let alone making the time to ensure that you take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. So with the beginning of Lent, I've tried to carve out the time for all three of those things, reading a chapter from Psalms each day, doing the 20 minutes or less Crossfit Mama's workouts and catching up on my issues of Southern Living that I've fallen behind on reading. Putting Caroline to bed earlier has really helped me to make more time for myself at night since I literally hardly ever get to sit that child down all day. Everyone tells me to just sit her down and let her cry, but what they fail to understand is that she.doesn't.stop. That little tidbit of advice is nice for babies that it works on, but Miss Caroline is ruined. My bad. Anyway, the beginning of Lent also makes me think of spring being right around the corner and obviously Easter! I've stocked up on some Easter season cuties for Caroline, including her Easter dress that I got in last week!

My Mom actually found my book set of these Beatrix Potter books from when I was little :) But they're also available for purchase here and would be perfect for your little one's Easter basket.

I got Caroline's basket liner in the mail this week from PB kids. They have so many cute ones, but the pink gingham is my favorite. I actually found the basket on Ebay for cheaper than PB Kids has it right now and I'm waiting on it to ship. In the meantime, I'm searching for some goodies for the Easter bunny to add to her basket.

Caroline's Easter Dress by Lilly Pulitzer (can be found cheaper on Amazon). And naturally, I ordered mine to sort-of-but-not-really match. It's the pink Eryn Dress that I found on Ebay for a steal.

And finally a cute little festive everyday outfit by Mud Pie. I ordered ours from Southern Tots on Facebook, but they do also have it on the Mud Pie website.

I'll leave you with this little cutie posing in her bunny hat :) I think she likes it!

Six Months

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Age: 6 months
Birthday: August 7, 2012
Weight: 16 pounds 12 ounces
Length: 25 (ish) inches
Sleep: Pretty consistent from 8-6 in the morning. I have moved her bedtime feeding up to around 7:30 now because I read that babies would sleep longer but it hasn't had an affect on her. Still takes between 3-4 naps a day.
My Bedtime: 7:30-7:45
Favorite Toy: Baby Einstein take-along music toy, Sophie, Exersaucer.
Clothes Size: 3-6 month or 6 month and I've started putting some of her baby Gap 6-12 month stuff as well. 
Diaper Size: Size 3 in Pampers Swaddlers which are by far my favorite of the ones we've tried.
Milestones Reached: Rolling over, sitting up, reaching for people, blowing raspberries and eating oatmeal. I still have yet to move her into her own room though.
Firsts: Non-breastmilk meal
Best Mood: Still my little morning baby, but her demeanor is gradually improving through the whole day. Caroline is a very temperamental, high-maintenance baby, but in the afternoons she kicks into over-drive and at her best could be described as whiny, especially when I have to leave for work, but she seems to be coming out of it. At least I hope so.

Hope y'all have a very happy Valentine's Day!

Daddy-Proof Your Baby

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Okay, I figure this is not uncommon for a lot of new parents; I leave Caroline, fully dressed for the day with her daddy so I can go run a few errands, come back and half her clothes are MIA, including one sock which has yet to be found. The photo on the left id what she looked like when I left and the photo on the right is when I got home an hour later.
My fault, really. I got fancy with the bow and socks and all. So, I give you The Daddy-Proofing Check List.

Let's start at the top. Forget the cute little bows and hats, they don't stand a chance.
The Bib is necessary for us because Caroline is a drooler and will get soaked to the bone.
This little pink top is a wrap top, so if it gets dirty, it doesn't have to go over the head to come off. Juston has yet to dress or undress Caroline from the waist up. He only does pants and not well. 
Pants with feet. Socks are hard enough for me to keep on her, let alone Daddy. We can't wait for short weather.

In other news, we headed off Sunday to have Caroline's 6 month photos made with the girl who did her newborns and she was giving some 'tude on the way there. She still just hates riding in the car. The second I put her in her seat it's meltdown mode. Hopefully she'll outgrow it one day. But she was an absolute HAM for the photoshoot! We got one photo as a sneak peek and it's going to be a long few weeks waiting to see the rest of these!

One more thing to share with y'all...I've been wanting one of those gold and crystal link bracelets you see all over Pinterest forever now but they're so expensive, I just couldn't make myself do it, but J Crew factory just put them up for only $27 so I snatched one up right quick! Better get one quick, they're sure to go quick at this price!

First time Feeding

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another bittersweet milestone reached today...Miss Priss had her first non-breastfeeding meal! It was my goal to breastfeed exclusively for six months before introducing anything else into Caroline's diet and today was her six month birthday! I wanted to put a candle in her oatmeal, but Juston thought it was overkill. 

Juston was video taping with one hand and snapping pictures on his phone with the other while I fed her and took breaks to snap some photo ops with our good camera. I'm sure Caroline thought we were nuts. I decided to go with Gerber brand single grain oatmeal mixed with breastmilk as the first thing to introduce. I did about a tablespoon of oatmeal and probably 2-3 tablespoons of milk mixed in. Maybe 1/4 of that actually stayed in her mouth.

It was pretty comical to watch this process unfold. At first, she really didn't know what to do and just chewed on the spoon. Then she decided it would be fun to blow as soon as the spoon was in her mouth and finally, she'd take the oatmeal from the spoon, but then open her mouth and let it all run out onto her bib. And as you can see, our dog Dixie is extremely excited for Caroline to be starting foods that could potentially find their way onto the floor.

I'm just starting with about that tablespoon of oatmeal for about a week for her nighttime feeding, and then plan to introduce avocados next. Momtastic is a great website for some general guidelines and suggestions on what to feed your baby and when. 

This high chair was mine when I was a little babe :) I do love my family heirlooms!

This next phase of baby is bound to be a fun one...just this week, she's starting reaching (for my dad first and now me!!), we're starting new foods (though I do still plan to breastfeed for a few more months) and I'm thinking teeth and talking will be happening before we know it. 
I hemmed and hawed around debating over what to feed her first and ultimately, I went with the oatmeal because the rice just doesn't offer much nutritionally. The oatmeal seemed to me the best option as far as something that would be easily digestible, not a choking hazard and easily diluted at first. I didn't even try doing it out of the bottle because I have a hard enough time getting her to take bottles when I leave her with other people so I just spoon-fed her. I don't really have any clue what I'm doing, but we'll figure it out as we go. I am excited to see how she'll react to trying fruits and veggies since they'll be so drastically different for her. 

The one that got away...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

I have been trolling the internet for over a year now in search of an antique Lineberry Cart, most of which originally come out of North Carolina. They're not that hard to find if you want one already restored...for $800...plus $200 more to ship. Turns out, restoration Hardware featured them in a catalog recently and now it's difficult to find them unfinished at a decent price, and I want one unfinished so that I can restore it myself and use it in our basement as a coffee table. And it has to be Lineberry with the original writing still visible and I really want the daisy wheel feature. I blame Restoration Hardware for my challenge finding what I want.

Last night, yet another Ebay search returned these beautiful babies...
Only twelve hours left on the auction and they were only at $170 for both, yes BOTH of these carts. I was over the moon. And get this, they were local pick-up only out of North Carolina just a few miles away from some really close friends who'd agreed to pick them up and hold onto them for us until we could make it that way. It was clearly meant to be. So I got up this morning, willing to pay up to $300 and decided a last minute bid was the best strategy; except it wasn't. I made the ultimate rookie mistake. I waited until the countdown clock was at ten seconds, then typed and entered my bid, forgetting that I'd have to confirm it and I ran out of time. NOOOOO!! I was literally almost in tears over this one. But life goes on so I'm back on the hunt for my antique Lineberry Cart in the hopes that one day a deal as perfect as this one will pop up.Until then, I'll keep sulking over the one that got away. 

Fit Friday~ Blog Recommendation

Friday, February 1, 2013

I officially have a new favorite fitness blog...Crossfit Mamas!!!

I discovered Crossfit workouts a few years ago when my husband was doing them for Adventure Racing preparation and I fell in love. The format of most workouts is relatively fast, but super effective. So imagine my delight when I came across Crossfit Mamas via Pinterest, where all good things are found.
Caroline is a super clingy baby, as I've mentioned and rarely lets me sit her down for more than a few minutes at a time. These workouts on Crossfit Mamas mostly take 10-15 minutes or less and are no brainers since everything is updated for you everyday with a new workout, most of which require little or no equipment. I can put Caroline in her Exersaucer and get to work! Today is only my second workout from the sight, and I haven't been able to get through a whole one yet due to baby complaints, but I am already feeling it! Y'all be sure to check this site out, you will love it! You can also always check out the original Crossfit .http://crossfit.com/

In big kid news, we officially have an independent sitter!
and a happy one at that :) 
She can only do it for a few minutes before she topples over, but it's soooo cute! I feel like developmentally, six months is leading us up to some seriously big milestones. I'm excited, but a little blue, too. Time flies. 

And a new year update. I managed to stick with the two goals (I don't do resolutions, just goals) I set for the month of January. I read one chapter of Proverbs each day to finish the book and I'm on track with my Christmas $ savings plan pictured below. Both were ideas from FB friends.

So now it's on to my February goals of doing at least 4 Crossfit mama workouts a week, continuing the savings plan and doing one random act of kindness a week. First on the list is making hot chocolate for our sanitation workers on this cold, snowy day. It's worth noting that it was 72 degrees here three days ago and today it's 7. Anyone with any good random acts, feel free to send them my way :) Have a great weekend!