New Necessities

baby necessities
 Before having our second little bean I had a list of things that I wanted to “do over” or try for the first time since having our first son. For example, I wanted to really try hard to breast feed Baby E, I wanted to do more baby wearing, or I wanted to be more aware of the products I used on baby and look for alternative solutions to certain ailments…The list goes on. I’ve been successful at meeting some of these wants, others I’ve found just don’t fit my lifestyle or are just over-ambitious for the time being with two littles. In the process of figuring all of this out, I’ve found some new favorite go to baby items that Im finding I couldn’t live without this time around. A couple post back, I posted my baby essentials (HERE) having gone through round one. Here are some of my new found favorites that I highly recommend:
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1. Solly Baby Wrap in Grey Stripe: These carriers are so soft with the perfect amount of stretch. I’ve tried a few wraps and this one is the one he liked the best. It took me and Baby E a few times to get the hang of wearing in general but he loves this wrap and so do I. It doesn’t hurt that they have a wide array of pretty colors.
2. Doterra Essential Oils: Baby E has acid reflux, just like his brother did. I wanted to try an alternative to just giving him medicine since that didn’t help his brother a whole lot by itself. I remember looking into Essential oils when Myles was little and found a good baby blend for acid reflux (lavender+Roman Chamomille+Fractionated Coconut oil). From them on, I kind of got hooked on EOs and have found them helpful for other ailments.
3. Summer Infant SwaddleMe: We came upon the swaddle me by accident. We never thought we needed these because our swaddle game is pretty solid since our first born. However my mom and dad bought us a set and they tried it one day when they were babysitting. They said he loved it and his sleep improved…those were the magic words and we’ve never turned back.
4. The Happy Sleeper: I’ve read my fair share of baby sleep books. This was a big topic that I was very skeptical on trying to learn more about because frankly, it drove me insane trying to sleep train my first son and in the end, it was touch and go so my approach to sleep with Baby E was going to be different. I saw this book recommended and reviewed on the Oh Joy! blog so I thought I’d give it a try. Im so glad I did. The approach of this book is more realistic to me and they set attainable expectations for the different ages of your little ones. I’ve been experimenting with their processes with Baby E these bast month and a half, and he is doing really well! He’s not sleeping through the night yet, but I believe we are laying down the proper building blocks to help him self soothe and most importantly, Im still calm about the whole process!!
5. Wee Gallery Art Cards: The cute cards are Baby E’s favorite. My cousin introduced me to them and Im so glad I got a set for Baby E. He starts flailing his arms and legs and squeals once I start showing them to him. The high contrast art is so appealing to babies and they would make great nursery artwork!!
6. Honest Company bottom spray & body oil: My same cousin recommended the body oil as a safe alternative to the J&J baby oil. It smells so good and leaves his skin so smooth. When I bought the oil I also thought I’d give the diaper bottom spray a try too. Baby E really likes it when I use the spray on him. He feels so fresh and content after those changings.
7. Baby Gap Canvas Emoji Book:  How Cut is this book. I always have it in my bag for a little emergency entertaining when I tote along Baby E. The bright colors of all the faces always grab his attention. I can’t wait until he’s older and I can see him grab and tug on the book when he plays.
What are some of your unexpected baby faves?
xoxo
Anna

“Oh Baby!” Shower


{all images by Vivian Sachs Photography}


Last weekend was our Baby Shower for the “Little Man.” I was so excited to finally celebrate his arrival with all our friends and family. To top it off, our friend and “go to” photographer, Vivian Sachs was there to capture everything.

Hubby and I started planning for the shower months in advance due to the fact that we had two big families and space would be an issue. I immediately went into design mode and for the past three months, it has been my little project on the side that gets my creative juices flowing. With Pintrest and numerous blogs for inspiration, and my handy/crafty familia at my side…I was really excited to put everything together.

Instead of going for a theme, I picked colors as my base and made a list of all the little details I wanted to add. I then started to think of how to make it all fit together.

Our Venue: Historic Adobe Building, Mountain View, CA

Base Colors: Navy Blue, White, Lime Green, Orange

Motif: Stripes, Chevron, Pops of Color, Playful


The sweets table was probably my favorite to put together since I just love eating sweets and treats right now =) On the table:

  • Chevron Cake made by my cousin Celine
  • Coordinating cupcakes also made by my cousin
  • SF Giants sugar cookies from Sweet Keiras to include mine and my husband’s vast enthusiasm for our bay area sports teams
  • Navy Blue M&Ms
  • Popcorn Cones filled with White Cheddar or Kettle Corn flavored popcorn. I made these using a simple template found here and bought some mini clothes pins from Michael’s and used a scallop punch out to cut out the tags. Double sided tape was the best at sealing the cones
  • Orange and Green swirl mini Lollipops with our custom Thank you sticker
  • Chevron treat bags from Shopsweetlulu.com which also had our custom Thank you sticker we ordered from Etsy’s The Preppy Lady Bug
  • specialty napkins we found at target and were on sale!

The streamer background was made by my family and myself. We were cutting and frilling crepe paper while watching all the torturous SF Giants playoff games. Since we had the shower at a historical building, we couldnt nail or hang anything from the walls or beams, so my dad and I constructed a simple pipe and drape using PVC piping. We actually made two backdrops. One for the sweets table and one for the Self Photo Booth. Want to make these cute frilly streamers? Here is the How to that we used!

The banners were made by mom using cream burlap and simple navy card stock. She drew and cut out the letters herself.


I really wanted a lot of stripes at the event and I tried to incorporate that into mini details like the straws and napkins. I was so excited to find this green and white strip overlay at a linen rental company so I paired it with a standard navy blue tablecloth for half of the guest tables.

I am currently obsessed with Geronimo balloons or anything that uses weather balloons…Just take a look at my pintrest page…I mean who isnt? So of course I used them as inspiration for our shower decor. I decided to do simple balloons for some of the centerpieces using a white weather balloon, Blue hanging tissue paper balls that I found at a typical party store and used more of the frilly streamers that my family had cut out for me. I just used glue dots (Zots) to assemble everything onto the balloon string and it worked like a charm

The second half of tables, we decided to do simple spray painted bottles with a single bloom. My Mom, Dad and Sister collected all the bottles I needed and my Dad spray painted them. The day before the shower, hubby and I picked up some coordinating blooms from the local farmers market and that was that.


My mom and I thought about doing a onesies table but not just with messy puff paints, I really wanted to try and make this activity practical and fun for the guests to make….mostly I really wanted the onesies to come out “wearable” for the baby boy. The result?? Remnant fabrics! we collected a bunch of remnant fabrics, threw in some fabric paints (the kids love those) and lots of scissors and a couple tubes of fabric glue and asked people to go to town. Above you can see only some of the numerous creative creations by our guests….Baby boy will definitely be wearing these. By the end of the event, the clothes lines were full of cute onesies.


Out of everything that resulted from the shower, the design, the presents, the food…everything, the guest book tree was my absolute favorite thing about the whole event. I ordered a digital graphic of a tree guest book (usually for weddings) from etsy seller little forests. and I printed out a 16×20 print at my local printers. We displayed it in a wood frame and had different shades of green ink pads next to it along with some sharpie markers. My sister used a little chalkboard to show the “How To” and everyone that came, made a little leaf print on the tree using their finger and wrote their name next to it. All the kids (baby’s cousins) did this as well and by the end of the day, the tree was covered in leaves. This piece of art will hang over the baby’s crib in his room. I absolutely love it.


Where there is a baby shower, there are games…more specifically, where there is a baby shower that my family is throwing, there will be games. My family loves games to a point where if there are no games at our party, some one will think something is wrong or we are not feeling well. With that said, we chose a few games play and with the weather being gorgeous outside, it made for a great setting. My sister thought of the game “Bobbing for nipples” for a set of guys to play which in itself was hilarious and gross. We also had teams of two play “feed the baby” blindfolded and for the kids, we played “Pin the baby on the Mommy”. It was so great to have a lot of kids there. They had a place to run around and play and I couldn’t help but think that soon enough, our little guy will be running around there with them.


Thanks to everyone that helped Daniel and I in throwing this baby shower…and most importantly to all our true friends and family who celebrated with us. It means the world to us that our baby boy is surrounded by such wonderful people

xoxo

Anna & Daniel


*All Image Credits to: Vivian Sachs Photography*

Our Little Man

 
{Image and design by Mypartydesign on easy}

Well it is official! we can announce it…Our little family is growing by two feet!

My husband and I are expecting our first child and we are thrilled! By the picture above, hopefully you can tell that yes…it will be a little baby boy or as my husband likes to call it, “a little future SF Giants player” (if you’re not a fan, dont hate!)

Hopefully that explains my extreme absence. these last 4 months. My first trimester was super hard on me. Morning sickness really kicked my butt and any leftover ounce of energy I had went to my job and to the hubby/family. I had to keep taking sick days and work from home days, just to make it through without slacking at my job and when I got home, I would just crash…or run to the bathroom. Yeah, not so flattering. That went on for about 3.5 months. This last month, I’ve been spending getting back up to speed with just Life and feeling like my self again. I was able to start cooking, taking care of the house, actually shop for clothes that would fit and just in general enjoying the pregnancy and time with the hubs and pups. It feels good to be back.

Thus far, pregnancy has treated me ok. Now I just get the occasional bouts of headaches and nausea but nothing compared to the first trimester. We found out it was a boy two weeks ago. We are so excited to finally know and to get prepared for the little man to come.

Things are gearing up fast for us. We are preparing the baby room (Inspiration boards in full effect), coming up with concepts for the baby shower,  oh and you can’t forget our Roman Holiday / Baby-moon trip coming up in two weeks!! Thats right!! me and the hubs are going to Italia….our last time abroad before the baby comes. I am so excited to go but even more excited knowing that next time we step into international land, we will be able to experience it with our child. So of course, I am busy planning away our itinerary (this usually would be done by know but with a rough first trimester, that was definitely not going to happen)

More on Trip and Baby boy soon!… I promise!

xoxo

Annaliese