Bebe Season

bebe essentials

While most of you darlings are claiming “wedding season” …. I am declaring this Bebe Season!! I have gotten so much wonderful news from family and friends alike about little bundles of joy that are on the way for them. It such an exciting time for all of them and you know who you are =)

With all the recent baby news, Ive been getting asked about what some of my fave baby products are since Myles is now well into his toddler-hood (which I will save for another post)…more specifically, what were the items we couldnt live without. I realized that I never really got a chance to share that with all of you so I thought it would make a fun post to celebrate all the exciting news.

With that said, Myles is our first baby and with that came the stereotypical…”buy everything in the baby store syndrome”…we definitely did that! But hubby and I were very particular with some of the items we got for him and I of course was more particular on the style of many of those items lol. But out of all the knick knacks, doo-dads, random crap we got. Here are my picks for our favorite items. These things we definitely could not live without when we finally had the little nugget. Enjoy!!

Left to Right
1. Baby Bjorn Bouncer – Myles lived in this for like 6 months. He had silent reflux and this was the only position we could get him to eat in because he was so comfy.
2. Bringing Up Bebe – A fun read to add humor to your new journey of mama hood. also gives a different perspective
3. Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller – Glides so smoothly!
4. Freshly Picked Mocassins – one word “obsessed” Pefect first baby shoes but I still buy them for Myles.
5. Skip Hop Diaper bag – Lets be honest, I have a lot of “diaper bags” but this one is great because its classic and practical at the same time without looking too much like a diaper bag. The subtle Gold accents make it look a bit more special
6. Becco Gemini Carier – So comfy and you can wear it inward facing, outward facing, side hip and on the back. Myles still loves it.
7. 4Moms Breeze playpen – This to me is the play pen of playpends, its modular simple design lives up to its name because it is a breeze to open and close and move around. It also has an infant inset which myles slept in for the first 7 months of his life
8. Ubi Diaper Pail – No Stink and practical. It uses any trash bag and is barely even there.
9. Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles– A classic Swaddle. To us these were the best swaddle blankets, Large enough to do different swaddles, Thin enough so that bebe wont be sweating up a storm and very versatile for othe uses.

Our Sunday Morning

Every year, my husband and I make it a point to take anniversary photos to document and celebrate another year together. With being married now a “whopping” two years, this year was a little bit more special since we do have our little nugget baking in the oven. We used this years shoot as our Maternity shoot as well. I wanted this year to document our “Sunday Mornings.” We have two cute spoiled pups and we’ve really taken the time to grow into our little home (2 bedroom condo). With the baby coming, things will change immensely in a good way but I wanted to make sure to be able to remember what things were like with just the two of us and our fur-balls.

Our photographer was none other than our dear and talented friend Vivian Sachs of Vivian Sachs Photography. She really is the only person that I would’ve been comfortable with coming into our home and really shooting us during an intimate time hat we hold privately and call “our own.” She is the one that also did our one year anniversary shoot .

I hope you enjoy the shots and the little sneak peak of humble abode.

We had to keep with tradition and blow out a few candles for our anniversary. The pups were very interested in the cupcake as well.

To my wonderful husband:  I love the life that we have lived, the time we’ve spent with just you and me, and the home that we have built. Things wont be the same in a couple of months…but it only gets better from here!!

xoxo

Annaliese

special thanks to:

photographer: Vivian Sachs {all image rights and credits to Vivian Sachs}

Makeup and Hair: Kat Paule

Getting back into it

Why Hello Luvlies!! Its good to be back. Hubby and I got back from our Italian Getaway/babymoon a week and a half ago.

The trip was nothing short of Amazing and everything we experienced was pure divine. More on the trip later when I can post some pictures…dont fret, it’s coming soon =)

Meanwhile, trying to get back into the swing of things was rough. Coming back is never fun, but its the catching up on emails, battling jet lag, work, laundry, unpacking…you name it that really gets you!! Well, I think I have finally gotten my groove back for the daily grind. At the top of my list was to start eating appropriately for baby, and start exercising again. Stuffing my face with pasta, bread, pastries, gelato and seafood in Italy for a week and a half hasn’t been the ideal daily meal for me. And its been a good 4 weeks since I hit the gym or did my Bar Method Class because of the two weeks of gearing up for the trip and the actual two weeks on the trip and coming back and adjusting. Im hoping that all the walking we did counts as something.

Anyways, I wanted to share my go to boosters with you that get me back in the game.

1. Almond Milk & Kale Smoothie

Trust me! It is so good!! If you haven’t discovered Almond milk…do it now! It taste great and of course has great health benefits. You may have read about me drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie, which is fantastic as well but since being pregnant, I found that it makes me sick probably b/c of the chunks and stuff and it takes a little longer to make. I still make the juice version when I have the time but this momma needs something quick! I tasted the Almond Milk & Kale smoothie first at a local farmers market and I was hooked. Here is the super easy recipe. Totally adjustable to fit your taste buds

2 cups almond milk

6 leaves of Kale take out the middle stalk

2 bananas (frozen is my fave but not necessary)

2 tablespoons of honey or stevia…whatever your like

Throw it in the blender and you’re done!

There are a lot of Almond milk smoothies out there that you can make so go ahead and experiment.

2. Mixed Green Salad with dried Cranberries and Almonds

I seriously love this super easy to make salad. I’ve been having it as part of my lunch since getting back and sometimes its all I eat b/c it tastes so good. There is a fancy martha steward version here which is good for when I have time but again, from day to day I just throw some mixed spring green salad in my bowl, a handful of dried cranberries, a half handful of sliced almonds and some cut up strawberries if I have them and take some balsamic or olive oil dressing with me in a little ziplock bag and I’m good to go.

3. Prenatal Bar Method

I swear by this workout. If I ever get into a workout slump, I pop in one of my Bar Method DVDs or head to a class and I instantly feel “back in the game” although also feeling like my legs and arms are jello. Since being pregnant, I’ve tried to make it a point to fit their prenatal workout in because it really targets muscles that you need to keep active and in shape while your pregnant, not just for looking great but feeling great and carrying that extra weight. If you are not the exercise studio, lululemon loving type of exerciser, their dvds are just as effective and you can do them on your own schedule, at home, in whatever gritty sweatpants your heart desires. They have beginner, intermediate and advanced Classes and DVDS and ones that target sculpting certain areas… BTW a ballet bar is not require if you do the DVD.

Well I hope you try out some of my go to daily boosters. Im about to enter trimester 3 so cheers to that!!

Coming up, we are in full baby shower planning mode, baby room design mode and this weekend we are doing our maternity shoot!! More on all that soon!!

Roman Holiday… with a bump

Roman Holiday with a baby bump

Our Roman Getaway is a week away. This will be the last time we travel abroad before our little man makes an appearance…..so technically this is our babymoon! We planned it before we knew we were pregnant and when we found out, it was literally God’s grace that it ended up being in my second trimester when I could still travel. We had to tweak our itinerary a bit so the trip could be more “pregnant lady friendly”.  Instead of trotting all over the country, we picked two places we just had to go to in order to cut down on travel/transfer time giving us a chance to relax and settle down in each place rather than being… go go go all the time.

We will be settling in the hustle and bustle of Rome and all its Romance and then jetting out to the Italian Riviera for some R&R in Cinque Terre….Im looking for coastal views, hot sun, and some water time for this pregnant lady.

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