Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This day seems to stir up conflicting emotions for many people. I’ve always looked at the day as an excuse to bake treats and exchange meaningful words with friends and family.
I started thinking about why I don’t struggle with this day (and it’s not because I am married). It’s because my mom made it fun not at all about significant other’s. I wrote a blog post for Red Tricycle about why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children. My mother taught my brother’s and I life is too short to be cynical about a day where you have an extra reason to spread love around.
“My mother loves Valentine’s Day. In the midwest, February is cold and gloomy with spring still several months away. Valentine’s Day happens at the exact moment when everyone needs a pick me-up in the form of a heart-shaped cookie.”
You can read the rest of the article here!
“Is he always so happy and content?”
“Does he ever cry?”
When Phoenix and I are out and about running errands, I am often asked the above questions. I laugh and reply, “Oh no, he cries!”. Thankfully, he cries far less often than he used to as a newborn. He does have his whine cry down just like his mama! HA! Phoenix loves to flirt and smile when friends and strangers talk to him.
We have entered the fun phase of parenting a baby. Phoenix is curious and sensitive. He laughs at our silly interactions and brings joy to those around him. I love being his mama.
Continue reading “Phoenix at Six Months”
Phoenix turned five months old on December 27th! The fog really started to lift for me this month. Despite being busier than ever, Phoenix was never easier. Partly, due to the fact that we are all sleeping more!
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^ My squirmy sidekick.
I love reading day-in-the-life posts. As a new mom, it’s interesting to glimpse into how people spend their days. I mentioned in my last #Reverb16 post I wasn’t great at writing down daily intentions. Ironically I almost forgot to chronicle my day! Whoops! Thankfully, I only had to backtrack a few hours.
Phoenix is starting to respond and settle into a daily schedule and routine. Month five has been good for the both of us! Everyday is a little different but this is an accurate representation of a day when I’m home with him full-time.
So, let’s dive into how my Monday went.
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Organizing my baby registry was stressful. It was a challenge to know both what I would need and what my baby would like. Once I narrowed in on the specific items, I then had to decide on brands. Do I go with the basic and practical baby bathtub or the one with lots of bells and, probably unnecessary, whistles?
Having options is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve teamed up with the Baby Cubby today to share five essential items to add to your registry or holiday wish list. I wish I would have known about Baby Cubby when I was first purchasing baby items!
“The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent.
[Baby Cubby finds] the best and safest baby gear and provides it to parents in a fun shopping experience where they do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday – even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.”
Continue reading “Five Essentials | A Holiday Wish List for Baby”
Phoenix is four months old as of November 27th! I wrote a two and three-month update, but never posted it. To be quite honest, those were hard months. Phoenix was F U S S Y with a capital F. He slept poorly and generally was a challenge, despite being perfectly healthy. On top of juggling my fussy baby, I was packing for our move! I am very glad that season is behind me.
Here is a peak into month four of Phoenix’s life!
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Jordan and I were living in a one bedroom apartment when I got pregnant. Purchasing a home has always been a goal, but the time was never right. I spent my nesting period researching how to manage living in a small space. I had no idea we’d end up purchasing a home so soon after Phoenix was born!
Adding another human to a humble abode requires a lot of rearranging. Even though we now live in a three-bedroom home, I wanted to share how I nested without an actual nest. I hope this gives you ideas for creating a one bedroom apartment nursery!
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Prior to Phoenix’s delivery, I drafted a post on how I was preparing myself for postpartum recovery. After delivery my needs completely changed since I didn’t have a vaginal delivery. Instead, I’m sharing my cesarean section recovery experience and tips I found helpful. First, I’d love to address the stigma surrounding cesarean sections. Is that ok?
It’s scary to hear you’ll need an emergency cesarean section. The hormones and adrenaline pumping through a mother is intense. This is why it’s so important to trust your medical team! The stigma surrounding needing medical birth intervention baffles me. A mother isn’t inhibiting her entire parenting experiencing by not delivering “naturally”. I’m here to say, if you need a cesarean section, you haven’t failed!
Continue reading “So, You’re Having a Cesarean Section”
^ A grainy photo I love from last weekend.
Fall has arrived in Nashville and it’s glorious! After Phoenix’s first nap of the day, we always grab coffee. Usually on our way back he starts to fall asleep in the car. This week, instead of rushing home, I’ve taken a walk while he naps. I think Phoenix enjoys the chance to be outside as much I do.
I mentioned it briefly but Jordan and I went out without Phoenix for the first time on Saturday! It was a strange feeling, being away from one another. Phoenix slept almost the entire time we were gone (about 4 hours!). He didn’t mind at all. 😉
This weekend is the first in awhile that we don’t have any formal plans. I’m hoping to work on a few projects while Jordan hangs out with Phoenix. What are your plans?
Onto the links!
Continue reading “Weekend Links / / The Arrival of Fall”
I’ve been thinking a lot about mothering in the age of social media. There are benefits to having a vast pool of practical advice and opinion available at the quick stroke of the keyboard.
Even though there are helpful elements, I often feel that too much information can be debilitating, especially when it leads to comparison. When my mother was raising my brothers and I in the 80s and 90s she didn’t have sleep-training websites or smart phone apps. She relied on instinct and her pediatrician. She also didn’t worry about creating a Pinterest worthy home.
While researching feeding and sleep schedules, I started to feel pressure. Pressure to magically have Phoenix assimilate into our lives without a fuss. And of course the pressure for him to sleep through the night. What happens when our babies don’t adhere to a certain philosophy? Have we failed? What happens when we don’t meet societal expectations?
Continue reading “On Motherhood and Comparison”