Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baby Wearing {giveaway}

I remember people asking me after I had Ford how the heck I kept my house so clean. My answer was always the same... well the only place Ford would nap is while I was wearing him and moving so I took advantage of having to bounce around and kept my house spic and span. Dishes were done, the floors were mopped, and laundry was folded. The things we do to get our babies to sleep! I loved wearing Ford throughout the first year of his life to grocery shop, walk around the mall, and just to get stuff done at home. Now that I am a mama of two (still unbelievable!), baby wearing is not just convenient but necessary! We've spent most of Lucy's life at home but know that we can't hibernate forever and before I know it we'll be at the pool most days. I hate the thought of Lucy being in her car seat while we are out and about with big brother and I want to ensure she stays cool in the Texas heat so I was excited to explore baby wearing options for her. We just got the Baby More Co. Baby Wrap and are loving it! The fabric is stretchy, pretty light weight, and easy to use. I previously had a Moby wrap and man was that difficult to use, way too much fabric! The Baby More comes in 4 pretty colors too! Baby wearing is a God send and I know Lucy will be spending lots of time strapped to my chest!

Lucy's first Target trip, 17 days old!

Remind me not to look at swimsuits 2 weeks postpartum...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lucy's Newborn Photos

At just 6 days old, we had Lucy's newborn photos taken in our home. Once again, Mallorie Owens blew our socks off with capturing these sweet (and fleeting!) moments between our family. Ford was snotty and being pretty cranky but I could not love these photos any more! Even 2 weeks later, Lucy is already changing so much. She's more awake and alert during the days and a lot fiestier! I think all newborn parents at times spend the long nights wishing for their babies to get older (as much as I am trying not to with my 2nd, I do), and these pictures are the perfect reminder of the sweet and innocent phase that flies by in the blink of an eye. Mallorie came to show us our photos when they were done and I was sad because this whole process is over. She photographed my big ole' belly back in March, was there to capture Ford meeting Lucy for the first time, and our newborn photos. If you are looking for someone to capture your maternity, birth, or newborn stories, I can't recommend Mallorie Owens enough. Now for the picture overload. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Little Elle Boutique

Glitter, sparkles, bows. Never did I think I would have this much fun accessorizing my baby girl. It's funny how excited I was when I found out I was having a girl because dressing little ladies is so much more fun than boys! Sure they make boy clothes ridiculously cute these days (I love that I can dress Ford exactly like Jon!) but girl clothes take the cake. And the accessories! I told Jon the weekend before Lucy was born that he couldn't send pictures of her to people unless she was wearing a cute bow or headband. When they are so teeny, newborns all look the same and I wanted to give Lucy a feminine touch. So now that Lucy is a few weeks old, Jon knows the drill. An outfit, even if it is a sleeper or gown, isn't complete without hair accessories! I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with Lucy's Little Elle Boutique headbands. The shop owner Alli, is mama to the sweetest baby girl who hand makes each of these headbands and sells in local salons and now on Etsy. It's easy to find a million options of the same bows and headbands online but Little Elle Boutique's are different. Sparkly and glittery and each with unique and adorable elastics. Lucy has got to stand out! Okay enough talk, look at these headbands! They are definitely Lucy's most worn hair accessory.

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