Rookie Mom Challenge #2: Join a Mom’s Group

A new week, a new Rookie Mom challenge complete! If you’re a new follower, then take a quick look here why I’m completing 52 weeks of Rookie Mom Challenges thanks to the Rookie Mom’s and their fabulous (and fun) suggestions.

This week Blake and I completed our second challenge – joining a Mom’s Group. Based on the helpful tip from the Rookie Moms I searched for Mom groups on Meetup.com. After typing in my location, one group caught my eye: New Moms with Babies Born in Late 2013/Early 2014. Check and check!

The First Meet Up….almost

I happily signed Blake and I up for their next meet up which consisted of lunch at Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen (one of my favorite lunch spots which confirmed that I was truly in the right group here).

When last Thursday rolled around, I dressed Blake up in a cute little outfit, packed her diaper bag, brushed my hair (I know…crazy!) strapped her in her car seat and was about to load us into the car when I thought – let me just check to make sure it’s at 12 noon. Much to my terror, the meetup was at 12 noon – but on the following Thursday! Woopsies – I’ll chalk this one up to lack of sleep!

And with Blake in a cute outfit (and not crying) and mommy with makeup on (say what!) we called Daddy and met him for lunch instead – so not all was lost!

Baby Girl Outfit

The Real First Meet Up: The Sky is Falling!

Alrighty, flash forward to this week and the ACTUAL first meet up date with our group. Again, Blake=cute outfit, Mommy=makeup. Just as I was about to put Blake in her car seat to leave, she spit up all over my sweater and hair. For a good 5 seconds I contemplated changing my shirt and rinsing my hair but then quickly decided that if these other women DIDN’T smell like baby spit up, I would question their parenting – and with that, we got into the car and were on our way.

About half way there it started raining and my initial reaction was sheer panic. (Before you roll your eyes, please note: we live in San Diego where rain or any other type of “weather” is extremely rare). Thoughts running through my head: Blake’s never been in the rain, I don’t have an umbrella, she doesn’t have a rain coat, can my stroller go in the rain? After a very-hurried unload process, I had successfully locked Blake’s car seat into the stroller, covered it all with a blanket and began running through the rain to the restaurant. When we got into the restaurant I frantically peeled back the blanket to look at her and then smiled in triumph – dry as a whistle!

The Real First Meet Up: Stroller Chaos

We had all originally planned to sit out on the back patio of Tin Leaf where we could easily fit all of our strollers near a table, but, again – the rain surprised everyone so we were stuck inside, which was quite cramped. After about 30 minutes of trying to find a table that would fit the 4 of us and our (huge) strollers with babies inside – the manager came over and asked us to put our strollers outside because of fire code and something about us blocking the exit of the restaurant. Another 15 minutes and we all managed to unload our car seats, place them in upside down high chairs (this was a first for me) and wheel our strollers outside. Phew, what an ordeal.

The Real First Meet Up: First Time Moms

Everything was smooth and wonderful from that point forward. I so enjoyed the conversation with these other women (all first time moms too) and it was great to hear that they were all going through the same ups, downs, confusion and triumphs as I was. We all went around the table and told our birth stories, compared notes on baby development, the struggles and solutions with breastfeeding,  sleeping strategies and recommended baby gear brands. We even had time to talk non-baby for a few minutes – what colleges we attended, about our careers and where we go to get our hair done (you know – the important stuff). 😉 Best part of all – 3 of the 4 babies slept through the lunch (Blake included). I’ll take those odds any day.

I was very happy that I had a lot in common with these women, even past the fact that we were all first time moms. And with a new meet up date in our calendars (next Tuesday at the park), Blake and I headed sprinted back to the car through the rain – me all smiles and B still fast asleep. :)

Mommy Playdate
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Fit and Fab February

It’s hard to believe that February is just a few days away! I’m personally declaring this month Fit and Fab February because, (a.) I love alliteration and (b.) I need to kick my butt into gear and start working out to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. I’m very thankful that breastfeeding has helped me speedily shed the pounds, but now it’s time to TONE IT UP, sister! (Not to be confused with “turn it up”…shudder). I must admit it’s quite hard to muster up enough energy to exercise after pregnancy, especially when you’re sleep deprived! But in these desperate times, I always look to Britney Spears for motivation:

Exercise after pregnancy

Because I don’t have a nanny to watch the babe while I go spend time at an actual gym, this workout plan is going to have to happen in my own home. So, with that, I took to Pinterest and found numerous circuits that I can easily do in the comfort of my own home (and with baby girl watching me like I’ve lost my mind from her monkey bouncer).

I’ve made myself a calendar of workouts because, (a.) I come from the corporate world where if it’s not on my calendar then it doesn’t exist and (b.) to help further motivate and keep me on track. I’ll be posting my circuits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with hashtag: #FitFabFeb if you’d like to follow along.

Here’s the first Circuit of the month to kick it off on February 1st:

Postpartum workout

And here’s the recommended song to play with this circuit: Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive featuring Kendrick Lamar (still obsessing over this performance from the Grammy’s).

Happy sweating! :)

My Top 9 Valentine’s Day Looks for Baby

Now that I have a beautiful daughter, I look forward to dressing her up in adorable outfits for each holiday. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I began searching Pinterest for the cutest outfits to help celebrate this love-filled holiday. Here are my top 9 faves (for boys and girls):

Valentine's Day Baby Outfits

1. Heart Graphic Jersey Fleece Hoodie for Baby from Old Navy

2. LOVE Sequin Headband from SHOP by Monika

3. Cherokee Newborn Girls’ Heart Striped Coverall – Pink from Target

4. Intarsia Love Hat & Mitten Set from Gap

5. Jersey Top – Gold & Leopard from H&M

6. Intarsia Heart Sweater Dress from Gap

7. Valentine’s Day Bows from Posies Handmade Pretties on Etsy

8.  Valentine’s Boy Tie and Suspenders Bodysuit with Heart Applique and Red Heart Leg Warmers by Chic Couture Boutique on Etsy

9. Feather Pixie Crown “Seashell” by A Tiny Arrow on Etsy

Rookie Mom Challenge #1: Pretend You’re in Europe

I’m excited to announce that I am partnering with the site Rookie Moms and will be documenting some of the “52 Weekly Challenges for Rookie Moms”. I must say I’ve been a little hesitant terrified to leave the house and go out into the world on my own with Blake. What if she started screaming in public and everyone started looking, judging (look at the baby, look at the baby)?! When I came across Rookie Mom’s 52 Weekly Challenges for new moms to complete, I thought what better way to get Blake and me out of the house and push me out of my comfort zone just a bit. Plus, I always love a good challenge. :)

So, my lovely partner in crime, Miss Blake, and I will be completing some of these weekly challenges and I will be sure to share the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m happy to report that we’re starting out on the right foot because this first challenge was a great one!

Rookie Mom Challenge #1: Pretend You’re in Europe

Getting out of the house…

This first activity challenged Blake and I to go to a local cafe and leisurely drink coffee and people watch, as if we were in Europe. Sounds simple enough, so we began our excursion. As with any outing, I have to mentally plan out how I’m going to get Blake in her car seat and into the car, pack the diaper bag, fold up the stroller and put it in the trunk of the car, and lure the dog out into the backyard (with a bone of course), all within a 2 minute time frame before Blake starts crying and realizes she is in her car seat. (If only there was a hidden camera watching this debacle every time). Thankfully, today’s execution was smooth and we successfully left the house all in tact. Blake only cried for a few minutes before the movement of the car put her to sleep: success!

Rookie Mom

Vanilla Latte, s’il vous plaît…

I chose Cafe Ipe to act as our “European Cafe” since they have tables outside and a great breakfast and lunch menu. I was also extremely happy to learn that they offer almond milk in their lattes – this fact alone will keep me coming back here on a weekly basis! I successfully ordered my latte and a turkey sandwich (in a to-go container and cup just in case Blake stared wailing and we had to abort the mission FAST) and we sat outside on the patio with Blake in her stroller.  Miss Blake slept through the entire thing, leaving me time to people watch and enjoy my almond milk vanilla latte and the best turkey sandwich I’ve had in a long time.

Mommy Project San Diego   Mommy Project San Diego

Ocean Views…

Half way through my sandwich I had a great idea to push my luck a little further and walk up the hill behind the coffee shop to take in some views of the ocean that just happened to be about 2 blocks away.

Luck was on my side today because she slept through the little walk as well and we hung out at the lookout point enjoying the views of the beautiful Pacific. It was one of those moments I’ll always remember – the first day I successfully took Blake to see the ocean, just the two of us.

Rookie Moms

Thank you, Rookie Moms for getting us out of the house – if it hadn’t been for you, we might have missed this view today…

Rookie Moms

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Two Golden Nuggets for Today

The old General Manager at my hotel use to come in my office almost every day and ask “do you have any golden nuggets for me today?” He wanted me to tell him any piece of good news as it related to marketing our hotel, so I’d always make sure I had something great to report to him.

Well, today I have TWO great “golden nuggets” of my own to share (not related to marketing a hotel, but more geared towards my current situation – Mommyhood)!

#1 – Blake slept for four hours straight last night! FOUR. HOURS. Now, before you conclude that I’ve completely lost my mind and that four hours is not something to brag about – let me tell YOU that she has previously only been sleeping for two hours at a time – sometimes only one hour! So she has doubled her sleep time, which means that I have doubled my sleep time, literally overnight! My four hours of sleep felt like 12 hours to my sleep-deprived body and I awoke feeling fresh as a daisy! (I also frantically checked to make sure she was still breathing because I couldn’t believe it had been 4 hours of uninterrupted snoozing)!
Sometimes it’s the little things that can change your life! 😉

#2 – I came across an awesome blog post on Dear Brynlee’s Blog that really resonated with me. Find it here.

In summary, she writes about how she previously thought that stay at home moms were lazy and that she could never be a stay at home mom – all until she had her first born and realized just how much work goes into raising a child.

This really hit home because I too have always been very skeptical of stay at home moms “living the good life” while we worker bees have to live day in and day out at our actual jobs. I also thought that while I was on maternity leave with baby I’d have dinner ready every night when my husband got home, house cleaned, and laundry done – I thought I’d just be twiddling my thumbs in boredom. Welp, I just want to go back in time and slap myself silly for thinking such absurd thoughts.

Being a mom is hard work! And when you’ve reached your wits end you can’t just pack up for the day and head home…you are home…and being a mom is a 24/7 job. And forget about doing anything else productive with your day like cooking and cleaning – all of your time is consumed with your precious little babe (at least when they are so small – I’ll have to report back once she gets a little older). To put it simply, being a mom is like getting hired for the most important job of your life and then living at that job 24/7. And a huge shout out to the Moms who have more than one child – I don’t know how you do it ladies but BRA-VO (slow clap standing ovation)! You are my idols!

The great part about all of this is that I absolutely love being a mom and being on maternity leave with my little babe. There’s no other place I’d rather be than here with Blake experiencing the world again for the first time through her eyes. Every moment is precious and I never want it to end!

Posies (Handmade Pretties)

One of the BEST things about having a daughter is the adorable outfits and accessories you get to dress her up in every day. That’s why I’m OBSESSED with the online etsy shop, Posies (Handmade Pretties). The owner is also a friend with an adorable little girl and another baby on the way (congrats again Danielle)!

When Danielle sent me a package for little Miss Blake, I was so excited because everything in her shop is to die for! Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Check out these adorable “pretties”:

Red Shabby Flower in Christmas Chevron Elastic

This was the perfect complement to Blake’s little Christmas outfits that I had picked out for her – and fit her perfectly! I love the red and green chevron strap.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Ivory Flower Headband with Rhinestone Center Newborn Headband

This is my favorite! I love the shabby chic flowers with the bling rhinestone in the middle and the GLITTER band – does this come in my size?

Posies Handmade Pretties

Mini Flower Cluster Headband 

I love this piece because it literally goes with any outfit and adds just the right amount of cuteness.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

 Mini Chevron Baby Knot Hat

Such a cute chevron beanie with the spunky knot at the top.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Light Pink Jersey Knit Knot Headband

So cute and simple and perfect for every day dress up! This one is a staple.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Diaper Keeper

I have to admit, I didn’t know what this was at first (being new to this whole “mom” thing and all), but now I use it all the time! This Diaper Keeper is so convenient to carry a couple diapers, and wipes for a quick change. I always have it in the bottom of my stroller or in my purse.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Burp Cloths with Blake’s Embroidered Initials

These are my absolute favorite burp cloths because they’re thick and durable yet girly and pretty. And I love that they have her initials embroidered on the backside – so adorable.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies (Handmade Pretties) also offers some adorable accessories for baby boys (I’m obsessed with the bow ties)!

Check out these items and more “pretties” on Etsy here, and on Facebook here.

Blake Michelle

Holy hiatus! I can’t believe it’s been almost 7 weeks since I’ve posted anything new on my blog but I have a really good reason: my baby girl has arrived! On November 29, Blake Michelle graced us with her beautiful presence! I know this is cliché, but I can’t imagine life without her now. She is beyond words THE cutest little nugget I’ve ever layed eyes on and watching her grow, even just over these past few weeks, has been the most amazing experience of my life. Every day she becomes more and more alert and it has been so surreal witnessing her little personality form before my eyes. She is a little spitfire with big, curious eyes and a smile that will melt you. She’s perfect.

Here are the top 5 things you should know about Blake right now:

1. This is her favorite song. If she’s crying I play this song, sing along and she LOVES it!

2. Forget all of the million toys we have for her – she loves ceiling fans and can be entertained for hours watching one go round and round.

3. She HATES bottles and pacifiers (any tips on how to make her LOVE bottles and pacifiers are much appreciated).

4. She thinks I’m the funniest person in the world and always seems to be laughing at me. Her toothless smile melts me to my core every time.

5. She has already rolled over twice, which I think is quite impressive for her age!

Blake Michelle

Here are the top 5 things Mommy has learned so far:

1. Never let your guard down – projectile poop and vomit are always just a split second away.

2. Don’t let her sit on the changing table without a diaper for too long…she WILL pee…it’s not just in the movies, this is real life.

3. A day when I have enough time to shower AND eat a full lunch and/or dinner is considered a WIN.

4. Bath time is a fun time as long as we keep the water warm and the total time emerged under 3 minutes. After the 3 minute mark, bath time is the worst time.

5. Leaving the house with a baby takes 30 minutes of mental preparation, 30 minutes of actual packing, loading, etc. and enough gear to fill up a SUV – plan accordingly.

Mother/Daughter

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