Preparing for a Baby in a Small Space

One bedroom apartment nursery

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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Dressing with Happiness

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Happiness Boutique Jewelry

I gained a total of 35 pounds during my pregnancy with Phoenix. Plus or minus five pounds, I have remained the same weight my entire adult life. So, it was interesting to watch the scale tip higher and higher with each passing month. I continued to wear maternity clothes for the first few weeks after delivery. Loose dresses allowed Phoenix easy nursing access and were gentle over my c-section scar.

There comes a day though when you don’t want to wear maternity clothes anymore! You want to start feeling more yourself.

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On Motherhood and Comparison

comparison

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?

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Weekend Links / / Skipped a Weekend

Perfect Weekend

I unintentionally skipped posting a Weekend Links last Friday. My week was rather taxing and is just now on the up-swing. Phoenix was fussy and irritable (I blame the six-week growth spurt/developmental leap) and to top it all off I had a three-day sinus headache. Of course not everyday was difficult. We had a great weekend visiting with friends — both in town and out-of-town guests!

My six-week follow-up postpartum appointment was last week and my doctor gave me the all-clear to lift more than 10 pounds. And to work out. HAHA. Who has time for working out? I carry a baby around all day that must count for something. 😉

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Phoenix David | A Birth Story 

Birth Story Phoenix David

While pregnant, I wasn’t sure I would share the birth story of Phoenix. I wanted to allow myself privacy if necessary as the postpartum emotional state isn’t predictable. Phoenix’s birth involved a couple twists and turns but overall I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

This story is a little long, so let’s get comfortable!

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This is 30

Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday. I am 30 years old. It feels odd typing that sentence out. I thought I would have something profound to say about entering a new decade. But honestly, Phoenix turning six weeks today is far more interesting!

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On Being One Month Old

newborn one month

Last Saturday, my baby turned one month old. I stare at Phoenix daily and recognize how much he’s grown while reminding myself he’s still my little baby. He’ll always be my baby. On the eve of him turning one month, I thought about the baggage an entire month used to carry. When trying to conceive, for nearly three years, hope and pain continued to cycle through each month.

Now months are filled with milestones, both big and small!

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Weekend Links / / Frosé Rosé

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Car seat Cover

My week was fairly low-key. I left the house with Phoenix by myself twice! The second time was far more successful. The trickiest part about leaving the house right now is assessing the window before Phoenix needs to eat again. It’s funny how a no-cry coffee run sets the tone for the rest of my day.

In other news, after a rather fussy Sunday, I spent the rest of the week working on keeping Phoenix’s wake time periods short. He consistently naps in the morning but as the day progresses, into the evening, it’s hit or miss. Tuesday evening we had a sad puppy but he ended up sleeping from 8pm – 1am, so we’re making progress.

What are your weekend plans? We haven’t brought Phoenix out much at night (mostly because we are exhausted and the Olympics!), but we have a house party to attend on Saturday. I’m hoping Phoenix will settle in his wrap. Wish us luck!

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The First Two Weeks of Newborn Life

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first two weeks newborn

Many friends told me the first two weeks of a baby’s life involve the biggest transition. As a parent you just have to resolutely march through them. I’m sure this is due to the combination of sleep deprivation, a mother’s own need to recover (and dad having to step in to pick up the extra slack while also working) and learning your baby’s preferences. Now that I’m in week three (so experienced here, HA!) I thought I’d share some thoughts on the first two weeks of newborn life.

Prior to Phoenix’s delivery, I read posts like this in hopes of gleaning tips. All babies personalities are different but there are developmental similarities.

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For When You Get Pregnant

get pregnant

Since the fateful weekend where I took five pregnancy tests and discovered I could get pregnant, I’ve wondered how I would address moving from the camp of “infertility” to the camp of “mom.”

There is a solidarity in finding others who are struggling the same way you are struggling. I found my journey to be much more bearable once I discovered I wasn’t alone. And while we are all hoping for our miracle baby, when someone leaves the camp, those still in the camp rejoice but a little bit of sadness still remains.

Most nights I think of all the women (that followed my journey or vice-versa) who are still waiting for their positive pregnancy test and I wonder, “Why me?”

It’s overwhelming to think about, and I want you to know I haven’t forgotten.

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