Mental Snapshots, Vol. 1

I’m the first one to admit that I take way too many photos of my daughter. When I start to think that I should print them all out and make some sort of photo album, I begin to hyperventilate because there are just SO.MANY.PHOTOS! For now, I have them safely stored on my computer. But even with all of the photos, I miss capturing most of the good stuff…the stuff that melts you to your core and happens when you least expect it. It’s these moments that are the most dear to my heart, so I’ve started taking “mental snapshots” – hoping I can call on these memories after Blake is grown.

Here are 10 of my favorite “Mental Snapshots” so far:

  1. The moment the doctor put Blake on my chest after she was born. I have one image in my mind where she turned her little cone-head upwards and looked right into my eyes. At that moment, the last 19 hours of labor were forgotten, everyone else in the room faded away and I just saw her perfect little face. The first thought that ran through my mind when she looked at me? Worth it.
  2. The moment I picked Blake up from her crib and I felt like she really saw me  – the newborn “fog” had lifted and she just studied my face.
  3. The time I walked into our family room and saw Mike fast asleep with his mouth wide open, with Blake sleeping on his chest and her mouth wide open too – they had never looked more alike.
  4. The first time Blake smiled at me because she thought I was funny (not because of gas or an accidental smile) and that moment when I realized, I can make her smile! Oh, the triumph I felt.
  5. The first time Blake giggled which was really the first time I heard her little voice – precious and surprisingly loud! At this moment I began to look at Blake in a new light – she wasn’t really a newborn anymore – she was a bouncing, laughing baby girl!
  6. The moment when Blake was crying in her monkey bouncer and Tucker beat me to her, licked her face then laid down right beside her – the first time I realized he loves her.
  7. The first time Blake watched Tucker walk into the room and smiled so big – the first time I realized she loves him.
  8. The moment Blake discovered her hands – she stared at them so intensely, opening and shutting her little fists, that her eyes turned cross-eyed.
  9. The first time Blake rolled over – she scared me, her Auntie Jaclyn (who was also in the room), and herself – it was hilarious.
  10. The moment when Blake began her jibber-jabber. I was changing her diaper when all of a sudden, she just couldn’t hold it in any longer – she had things to say! We must have had a 30 minute conversation back and forth that first time on the changing table.

What mental snapshots do you have stored away? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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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.

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