Favorites {battling the baby bug}

Favorites {battling the baby bug}
since Friday, Aubrey has been fighting her first cold…so so sad for my mama heart! she has been surprisingly happy but overall a little more tired and clingy. I’ve been trying to stay away from any medicines right off the bat and have found a few must haves to get her through these snotty days!
one. {humidifier} I’ve basically had this going in her room every time I put her in there to sleep. I definitely noticed a difference when we were out yesterday and she napped without it twice! I think it just overall helps with her congestion.
two. {essential oil diffuser} yup, I jumped on that train! I didn’t go all in, but I borrowed my sister’s diffuser to see what it was all about and I’m definitely going to invest in my own! she recommended the breathe and lavender oils and I really think they’re doing the trick!
three. {NoseFrida} definitely not Aubrey’s favorite item and maybe one of the grosser things I can add to the “things I do as a mom” list, but I swear this snotsucker is easily just as addictive as it is disgusting! the satisfaction that comes from clearing out that goop from her poor little nose is disturbing. it truly pulls out so much and helps her breathe so much better!
along with these few items, I’ve done a few other things to hopefully help.
four. we put a few magazines under one side of her crib to elevate it a bit to hopefully keep any fluid out of her ears!
five. {extra sleep} we are definitely not on any type of regimented schedule around here, but I have noticed she’s been wanting to sleep much more. some days more often and some days for longer periods of time, but its definitely taken a toll on her energy levels.
six. {mama time} just in case she wasn’t clingy enough, we’ve spent lots of time nursing, cuddling, standing in the steamy bathroom, and sleeping {well she is sleeping while I awkwardly try not to let my arms fall asleep}. I’m soaking in the extra squeezes and kisses but hope she get a little bit of independence back soon!
it has been so hard to see her not feeling well, but I’m also kind of glad to get our first germ session out of the way {I’ve been overly protective and worried about it since she was born!}.
do you have any tried and true products or tips to help heal a sick baby?

Home Design: Master Bedroom

happy Friday! this week has just flown by {when do they not?} and I’m so excited for a weekend with the hubby home! although I’ve primarily documented my pregnancy and little one on this blog, I wanted to expand a bit into the realm of home renovation and decor over the next few months since we will be starting a complete renovation of our house! with a project this big, the design and decor aspects are both exciting and intimidating! since the project is still in planning mode {we are about 4-6 weeks out}, I’m excited to take you with me through the process of brainstorming, construction and final design! I’m sure a lot of the decor will be a slow process transitioning from our current furniture to new pieces once the house is finished, but a girl can dream! Am I right?!
first up, is our master bedroom. I really want to create a unified feeling throughout the whole house using mostly neutrals but I’ve also been obsessing over blues lately, especially navy so I want to incorporate that! I found this article on Pinterest about how to create a “whole home color palette” so I’ve been exploring that idea and using these inspiration boards that I’m creating as my plan! Stephanie, over on Olive & Tate just went through a huge home project {with a one year old and an amazing sense of humor} and I’ve been so excited for her “after” reveals and cannot wait for our own!
Master Bedroom
although I haven’t purchased any of this new furniture, I’ll link it all below just in case you love it as much as I do! clearly I’m obsessed with Pottery Barn, who isn’t?!
hope everyone enjoys FRIYAY and your weekend is full of sunshine and laughter!

Newborn Favorites

now that Aubrey is past the newborn stage and we are finally getting into a groove, I wanted to share some of the things that we {mostly I} loved when she was a bitty {and still do}!

Newborn Favorites
nipple balm. it took me over a month to try this cream.  I had been using ‘boobease’, and lanolin in the beginning and they were no match for the not so good latch that Aubrey had. this stuff was a lifesaver!
maternity tank. I totally have a mom uniform, and these are apart of it! these Liz Lange tanks from Target are awesome! so soft, long and stretchy! perfect for nursing {I always like to pull the neck down instead of the whole shirt up}, can be worn on their own or under a sweater or button up.
leggings. also apart of the uniform! I’ve been wearing these Gap leggings throughout by pregnancy.  they’re super soft, don’t fall down and I just love them!
bassinet. up until last night, literally, Aubrey has slept in the Halo Bassinest.  I originally planned on using the rock n’ play for night time, but I was nervous about her preferring sleeping so cozy in there and on an incline. the bassinest has been great! I loved that I could roll over and see her right there, even reach over and touch her 100 times a night without getting up! #lazymomproblems one of the big things they advertise about this is the side that lowers so you can easily get out the baby from bed. I felt that it was a little awkward/difficult to push down, but I guess it helped out nonetheless! also, it has a wide base that sits on the floor. super stable, but for people with itty bitty bedrooms like me, it BARELY fit on the side of my bed!
nursing pillow. I have loved having the My Breast Friend pillow. I didn’t realize how much I took it for granted until I got a Boppy as a back up.  the MBF pillow latches on, so it doesn’t scoot away from your stomach when the baby is laying there and it is also ridiculous looking but awesome that I could walk around the house and it would just help support her enough that I didn’t have to put her full weight on my arms! again… #lazymomproblems I do wish it wasn’t so difficult to get the cover on and off and that the pillow itself could be washed, but its foam so you can’t. also, the pocket is super convenient…phone, nursing bra pads, etc.
rock n play. even though I didn’t use the rock n play for bedtime, in the early weeks Aubrey napped in this all the time with me out in the living room! now, we use it for her to play in while I’m in the kitchen, when we are eating dinner, when I’m doing laundry and want to move her around the house! basically anytime she is over being on the floor and I can’t hold her that moment, this will buy us some extra time! I’ve always wished it had an attaching bar so she could have toys overhead! then when I bought one for our friends for their baby shower, the one they registered for had it!! its a bit late now, but I wish they had sold it separately!
swaddle. after one of our prep classes at Kaiser where they talked about the Halo Sleepsack, I had it in my head that it was the only one we should use because it was ‘Kaiser approved’.  it ended up being great {even though I’ve tried other ones and am not so neurotic about it anymore}! she can still get her arms out sometimes, even when she was a few weeks she could, but I really like it!
water bottle. just like pregnancy, I am eating and drinking ALL. THE. TIME! a water bottle you love to carry around from room to room, or multiple to keep around the house, was essential. I noticed myself not having enough hands to carefully carry a cup, so a bottle has been perfect!
pacifier. even though Aubrey only used a pacifier correctly for like 2 weeks around 2.5 months, she still loves her Wubbanub pacifier! she chews on the side of it and cuddles geoffrey the giraffe all the time!
netflix. this is totally just for mom, but I’ve spent countless hours on the couch feeding, burping, and napping with the baby! I don’t think I could have made it through if I didn’t have 11 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy to get me to that 3 month mark!

I’m sure there are many more favorites, some being super obvious {what would I have done with out Scary Mommy and mom.me articles on Facebook at 1, 3 and 5 am}, but those are the ones that stood out in my forgetful mind! Aubrey is already approaching the 6 month mark and there are SO many new things about to happen and I’m so excited! eating, crawling, more interest in toys…anyone have any good recommendations for this stage? happy Monday friends!

{Mama} Confessions

I’m slowly getting back into this blog, hopefully in a more regular routine! This morning has been awesome! The babe slept for 8.5 hours straight, has been totally happy and taken 2 good naps! It’s still before noon {well it was when I started this…then baby life happened} and I’m thinking back to all of the things I’ve done this morning that {I really hope} I’m not alone in! I thought it would make for a silly/quick post that will reach all those mama’s at home!

one. I confess I desperately needed a shower this morning and instead of doing so during Aubrey’s awesome 1.5 hour nap, I caught up on the bachelorette and ate breakfast. {don’t worry, I did shower…just played ‘rush while baby is playing outside the bathroom door’ after I fed her}

bachelorette ecard

{just replace WINE with COFFEE because a. I can’t stay up late enough to watch it live b. it was like 8am and c. even if I would drink wine that early, I have a child at home}

two. speaking of breakfast, the hubby and I decided to start Whole 30 after his sister’s wedding this weekend. I confess it is my mission to eat all of the sugar, carbs and dairy in this house before Monday! {maybe I’ll attempt a check in series to keep me accountable…clearly I need something!}

three. I’m in my sister in law’s wedding this weekend and never realized how much work it is to be a girl {now that I’m about to type this, I realize I’m a bit excessive}! BB {before baby} I confess I would spend days primping…manicure & pedicure, hair appointment, waxing, eyebrows threaded and worked on a tan for weeks! Ridiculous!  Now, it’s all about the essentials! Pick and chose which areas of grooming are totally necessary and get a spray tan {a months work of relaxing sunshine in a bottle}! the other catch, make all of those “essential” appointments in a 2 hour period when you have a babysitter!

four. I confess, I cleaned the bathroom with wipes this morning! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a clever ecard about this… yup!

five. my cousin in law {totally a thing…even though I’ll just say cousin from now on} tagged me in this video on FB this week and I confess, I think I need to do this…maybe it will be apart of my sugar binge before Monday!😉 #eatallthesugar

hope everyone has a great week! have you done any confession worthy things this week?

Aubrey {4 months}

I know everyone says it, but for good reason…time is speeding by! just like that a third of her first year is gone and Aubrey is becoming not only the cutest little thing, but inquisitive, silly and expressive!


{Alexandra Kayy Photography}

{4 months} June 17, 2015

measurements. 14 pounds, 10 ounces {53%ile}. 25 3/4 inches long {85%ile}. 17 inch head circumference {95%ile}!

wearing. at the beginning of this month she started wearing size 2 diapers.  I’ve been contemplating moving up to size 3 since she has so many blowouts, but haven’t committed to changing my Honest Co. order! Aubrey is still wearing 3-6 or 6 month clothes.  anything with footies has to be 6 months…apparently she is tall! she could finally wear her size 1 Freshly Picked Moccasins without them falling off!

sleeping. at night time, I definitely can’t complain about her sleeping routine.  Aubrey typically goes down for the night (in the Halo Bassinest in our room) around 10-10:30 and wakes up for the day between 6:30 & 7:30. sometimes I get lucky and she goes through the night, but most nights we get up once ranging in time from 2-4. daytime is another story.  she loves her 25-30 minute power naps! occasionally she will go 1-1.5 hours, but its definitely rare (unless she is being held!).  I try to put her in her crib most naps, but sometimes she ends up sleeping in her car seat if we are out and about or the rock n’ play. right before she turned 4 months I tried putting her in her crib at night for a couple nights but she was up every 2-3 hours.  I couldn’t hang – so we will try again soon!

talking. Aubrey looooves to talk and tell stories! we have regular conversations – exchanging high pitches squeals, sigs and oooh’s & aaaah’s.  her latest trick is sticking out her tongue! she sticks it out, blows bubbles, makes sucking noises with it out and spits – it is adorable and I cannot get enough {for now}!

moving. she is getting better at tummy time, doesn’t quite protest it like she did the last few months. she will pick up her head every once in a while, but mostly just likes to rub her face into the ground…crazy girl! on her back, she is lifting her legs and rolling to the side a lot! she loves kicking in the bath, at her toys above her on the playmat and when she gets excited while we hold her! she still LOVES to be held up over our shoulder, has always been her favorite!

playing. Aubrey loves her Kick n Play piano! I can usually set it up in my room and she will play long enough for me to take a shower and get ready! she likes her SkipHop play mat, Geoffrey {her giraffe WubbaNub}, O’Ball rattle, our “Sophie equivalent” – Fanny the Fawn, and reading books {especially ones with sound}! more often than not she wants us to be playing with her rather than independently, obvi!

eating. she is still exclusively breastfeeding.  I would definitely say this month has been by far the best for us both! I’ve been pumping occasionally to give her a bottle now and then, but I think its something I need to do more often…she doesn’t love it! but it is definitely a relief that I have that option if necessary!

teeth. no teeth yet…but they’ve got to be coming soon! we call her the drool monster, drool machine, or drooly baby and Daddy came up with the tune, “we built this city on drooooool” {instead of rock n’ roll}, haha. she puts all her toys in her mouth, my shoulder, our arms/fingers…basically anything! she gets crazy sometimes biting down and shakes her head. her Daddy and I call it “the shark attack!”

loves. being held, singing the ABC’s or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and chewing on everything! bathtime is getting more and more fun! she has always enjoyed it (I think), but now she is smiling and splashing all the time!

hates. the car seat! I’m not sure what to do.  unless she has already had some play time and she is ready for a nap, or just in an exceptionally good mood, she cries…sometimes screams! she is just getting tall enough that I can move the shoulder straps up, so maybe I will try that next month! she is also not a fan of not being able to stretch out {hence, the car seat}, the sun in her eyes, being left on her own in the mamaRoo {she wants me to spin the mobile and talk to her}, or being cradle held unless she is about to go to sleep!

fun stuff. this month Aubrey got to celebrate her aunties! my sister in law had her bridal shower at the beginning of May and my sister graduated from CSUN! she did great in our Solly Baby Wrap! just looked around and napped the whole time! we also got to go to her cousin’s first birthday party! it was a bit difficult with the longer drive to HB, but she did very well for the short time we were at the party, considering! I got to experience my first Mother’s Day! we went camping on the beach and had a wonderful time! so lucky to be this beautiful girl’s mama!

and because I can never chose just 1…or 5…here are Aubrey’s photos from her 4 month shoot!

{Alexandra Kayy Photography}

Birth story + Newborn Pictures

February 14th was a special day. Valentine’s and the due date of our baby girl! since I didn’t feel like we would be spending it in the hospital, Todd and I went on one last date! Andria’s in the Ventura Harbor Village is our favorite place, so it seemed fitting!

we spent the rest of the weekend relaxing…just the 2 of us!

on Monday, February 16 {president’s day!} I woke up around 5:30am feeling a bit uncomfortable.  nothing to be alarmed about, just some tightening here and there.  I woke up Todd by accident and we decided he wouldn’t rush to work and we were able to go back to sleep.  when we got up a few hours later, I was still having the same feelings! my contractions were very inconsistent…but enough to decide today was the day! I showered and got ready {who knew when I was going to be able to do that again!} and we tried to relax.  around 10:30 we contemplated going to the hospital, but I was so inconsistent {6 min to like 15 minutes} that I wanted to wait so they didn’t turn me away! finally around 3:00 Todd put his foot down…and thank goodness he did! we left around 3:30, and the 40 minute ride to the hospital was difficult! I was definitely feeling more pain and the red lights did not help!

I was admitted upon arrival {around 4:30} and everything was so different than I imagined after that! everyone was calm and moving slowly. I was put into a triage room, given a gown and hooked up to the monitors for me and the baby. when I was checked at 5:30pm, I was only 3.5-4 cm! such a let down since I was 2.5-3 the week before at my appointment and I already felt like I was dealing with a lot of pain! by 7:30 I got my epidural {I definitely didn’t need to be the hero that day!} and it was AMAZING!! it was like night and day! I could have a conversation, relax and was definitely not as worried! at 8:30 pm I was STILL only 4 cm…

fast forward to 12:15…I was 6 cm and my water broke. and apparently that kick started our little girl! we were moved into the delivery room and by 2:15 am {now February 17th} I was 10 cm! I think started pushing around 2:45 and after about an hour and a half, our beautiful Aubrey was born!

my experience was so wonderful at Kaiser! I think I had crazy thoughts about how horrible it could be, so it ended up seeming very pleasant! since we were up early Monday and had no sleep that night, her first day was difficult! we spent one night in the hospital and were home in the early afternoon on Wednesday! although we were only there for less than 48 hours, being in the hospital was the hardest part. I never really felt comfortable and I just couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed and take a good shower!

the first week at home is definitely a blur of breastfeeding, restless nights, and naps and pajamas all day. we got through though! on her 5th and 12th days {because I’m that crazy} we had pictures taken and they are ones I will cherish forever!

5 days new

{Kim Harvey Photography}

Introducing {Aubrey Brooke}

on February 17, 2015 at 4:25am, 6 pounds 15 ounces and 19 inches of joy changed our world forever!

we were so lucky to have this special time in the hospital captured by Alexandra Kayy Photography! she has already changed SO much and I will cherish these photos forever!

its been the most amazing, fulfilling and tiring 3 weeks, but I can’t wait to share her birth story and newborn photos!

{Aubrey’s hat is from Infanteenie Beenie on Etsy}