• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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me: 
stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
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  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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February 15, 2015

Newborn Favorites

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I have been going through all of my notes (Yes! I kept notes in my phone from every week since Blaire has been born) to get Blaire’s baby book up to date. Going back through these notes, I am rounding up all of our must-haves from my pre-blogging days. I’m so excited to share them with you! First up… I’m sharing our Newborn Baby Must-Haves.

Obviously I have to share some pictures of Blaire when she was a newborn…
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Registering for our baby showers was so overwhelming! I Pinterested for months before we officially started our registries. There are so many items that aren’t exactly “necessities,” but they make having a newborn a little easier. As a first-time mom I thought I had an idea of what I was in for (I have friends with kids, I thought!) but I had no clue. Now that I’ve been through it, I know that any advice helps. I’m so excited to share the items I found to be the best for those newborn days.

Newborn Favorites
Rock and Play // Burp Cloths // Swaddler // Lawn // Bottle Warmer //Binkys //Swing // Wipe Warmer

Rock and Play: The Rock and Play… the single item that I suggest to every new mom, yet didn’t have myself. I didn’t know about the magic of the rock and play when we were registering. We have this bouncer, and it worked… but Blaire didn’t really like the bouncer for too long. The Rock and Play is something that she still loves to lay in when she’s at daycare. 
(Added 4/13/19: As of April 12, 2019 all Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers have been recalled. The recall states, “Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.” You can read the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper recall report here.)

Burp Cloths: I underestimated how many burp clothes we would need. I know all babies are different, but Blaire spit up all the time! Some of my favorites were hand-made by one of my best friends. But these Carters ones are awesome!

Swaddler: These swaddlers are the best! They make anyone a pro swaddler. And most babies just happen to sleep better when they’re in a little baby burrito.

Lawn: The Lawn drying rack was one of the first things I added to our registry. DO NOT GET THE GRASS. You NEED the lawn! It’s bigger. Get some Twigs, too! They’re perfect to hang nipples, rings and binkys on.

Bottle Warmer: I read so many reviews online before we finally settled on this bottle warmer. I exclusively pumped for the first month, so we had to heat up any breastmilk that we had stored. This one always worked great for us.

Binkys: Blaire wasn’t too picky about her binkys. She really seemed to love these, plus they’re adorable!

Swing: The swing was a lifesaver! It has still been a lifesaver for us up until a few months ago. It was amazing at soothing a fussy baby, and a saving grace when we just couldn’t seem to get her to fall asleep any other way.

Wipe Warmer: A wipe warmer was one of those things that we registered for, knowing it wasn’t a “necessity”. With Blaire being born in February, it’s SO cold here in February. She HATED having her diaper changed, as I assume most newborns do. This wipe warmer seemed to make changing her a little easier to handle, and the wipes seemed even softer once they’d been in the warmer.

One of the best things about this blog is having something so organized to reference back to in the future. I love that I’m able to go back and fill in the blanks from before I started this blog. I’d love to know what your favorite newborn must-haves were/are. Happy Friday! xo

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    Tiffany
    February 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Love our Boon Lawn and Grass (yes, we have both) lol! I do a lot of hand washing (you know since our dishwasher is still not working the way it should – I need your dad to come fix it). haha. I’ve never had a bottle warmer and didn’t feel the need to since I was planning to do the “one and done” with breastfeeding, but after cutting Huntley short, a few months shy of one year, I can imagine how nice it would’ve been to have a bottle warmer (maybe it will be on my Sprinkle shower registry). And yes, I agree with you, the SWING is a lifesaver!!!

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    Tiffany
    February 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Oh and the SwaddleME swaddles work amazingly!!! I always give them as gifts to new moms and pops, so much easier than really having to swaddle in the middle of the night, only wish the velcros were a tad quieter..

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