Monday, June 13, 2016

Top Five Essential Newborn Baby Items

It happened so quickly, my sweet little one is no longer a newborn. These past three months have been amazing, exhausting, overwhelming and filled with more love than I can imagine. When it came to our baby registry I tried to be as minimal as possible. It was interesting to see what we actually had vs what we really needed. There have been a few items I have used over and over again these past few months. I would recommend these items in an instant to any parent to be.



Boppy Newborn Lounger- This pillow comes in handy for safely hanging with a newborn on the couch or the floor. It keeps them from rolling and provides a comfy space for baby to lay. It is machine washable which helps when it eventually gets covered in spit up or poop.

Baby Wrap- I never thought I would be much of a baby wearer. However, if you have a newborn that does not like to be put down at times this was a lifesaver. I would often wear Caroline when she became fussy during the evening "witching hour". I also wore her a lot when we first went out to prevent unwelcomed hands in the stroller. It is great have your hands free to do housework, go on walks or enjoy dinner out. I loved my wrap so much in the first few weeks that I actually have two of them. The Happy Wrap is my favorite for summer as it is lightweight and much more breathable than a thick cotton wrap.

Rock n Play Sleeper - This one impulse purchase after a long night of no sleep changed Caroline's sleep during the first month. When we brought Caroline home she was so restless in her bassinet and would wake easily. Many nights she would end up sleeping in my arms. One day during that first week home we picked this up praying it would help her get a good night's sleep. Well, it is not a miracle worker but it did help us go from one hour stretches to three hour stretches at night.

Sound Machine- Most baby books recommend white noise to help sooth a baby to sleep. I could not agree more. We use this for naps and bedtime. It helps calm her down when she gets upset and drowns out noise that may startle her awake.

Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle- These convertible sleep swaddles have been a lifesaver. The velcro keeps her arms snug and secure and muffles the startle reflex. We have been swaddling Caroline before bed until last week when we transitioned her to the crib.


Other Favorites- A honorable mention goes to these three phone apps: The Wonder Weeks, Sound Sleeper and Baby Nursing. Wonder Weeks lists developmental milestones based on due date and describes what to expect for each developmental leap. Sound Sleeper is the perfect white noise on the go. We use the fan setting for when she gets upset and it helps distract her just enough to calm down. Baby Nursing is a tracking app for feedings, diaper changes and sleep. I started using this in the hospital when the doctors come in to ask how often she eats or needs a diaper change. I continued to use this app when we got home to monitor her growth and keep up with my pumping schedule.



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Five

Fridays are always my favorite. Being home with Caroline the days tend to blur together. However, Friday signifies two jam packed days spent enjoying time as a family of three. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing Joe play and love on Caroline.  Since it is Friday, I am sharing five favorite things from this week. 

{One} Newborn Essentials. Feel like this blog is becoming baby centered? Well honestly, it is! This little space is a refection of my life and right now it is all about my sweet baby girl. We have officially passed the newborn phase and I thought it was time to share the essentials that got us through these past three months. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you next week!  This white noise app is one of the most used on my phone. 






{Two} Currently Munching. This Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is delicious. It is the perfect summer, on the go snack. I make them in single serving portions and can grab one when I have a free moment. I have made a few tweaks which I'll share next week. 







{Three} New Sneaks. Since returning to exercise I quickly realized that my tennis shoes have seen better days. I put way too many miles on my sneakers with countless miles training for a marathon as well as several half marathons. I don't plan on running any marathons anytime soon so I wanted to get a fun but still functional pair of shoes. I have always loved Nikes but they were not great for my running needs. So I took a chance and gave Nike Free Run Distance a try. They are so much lighter than typical running shoes but still have some padding so you don't feel like your running barefoot. 




{Four} Shopping List. I have been spending way too much time trying to figutre out what to do with this post baby body on the beach. I have a one piece but it doesn't fit quite right. I think a tankini may be a good fit but don't want to look like an middle aged mom. Of course all the swimsuits I love are $100+ dollars and we are on a one person salary. Does anyone have a favorite swim suit to share? 




{Five} Produce Delivery. I am so excited to start getting fresh fruits and veggies delivered to our door. The produce box is a local company that works with vendors to deliver seasonal produce to you each month. Having fresh produce on hand will force me to get creative with our meal plans!

  


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Five

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! This week has been quite a long one as Caroline has hit a major sleep regression. We had mastered 5 hour stretches of sleep at night until this week when Caroline has been waking every 2-3 hours and not wanting to settle back down. Sleep deprivation does a number on your emotions after a few days. Thankfully, the weekend means extra help and support with Joe home and my parents visiting. Anyway... since it is Friday, I am sharing five things I am loving this week.

{One} Stay At Home Mom. This week marks the end of my maternity leave and the time that I should be headed back to work. However, I will not be returning to work until August. The timing worked out perfectly with summer break so I will only be missing less than a month of work. I don't know what to expect over these next three months staying home. I hope to learn how to adapt to my new role as I stay home with Caroline. Any tips on how to make the most of my time at home these next three months?


{Two} Gym Time. I have been going to a new gym Burn Bootcamp for the past month. It is an all women gym featuring 45 minute intense workouts. I am loving the variety since the workouts are never the same. I have been taking classes 5 days a week and love having 45 minutes of "me time" each day. 





{Three} Currently Sipping. Caffeine please! I have become quite dependent on my morning coffee buzz. My go to is a basic iced vanilla latte. It is so simple to make at home if you have the ingredients. Starbucks iced vanilla latte: 3 - 4 pumps (teaspoons) vanilla syrup, 1 1/3 cup of milk, Coffee, 3 to 4 ice cubes. 

{Four} Currently Loving. Old Navy Sales. I have never been a huge Old Navy fan. Their clothes always seemed to fit a bit off. But these days, I am always looking for a good deal and could not pass trying them again when a sale popped up.  I snagged a few items for myself and mini me this past week during a 50% off sale. I truly hope they work out as you can't beat the prices! I mean how cute are these matching prints?






{Five} A Look Inside.   One of my favorite posts to write are personal ones that give a little insight into my life. This post last week was so much fun to write and document my daily life with sweet baby girl. You can always follow along with my daily ramblings and lots of baby pictures on Instagram (@ashley_carole) or Snapchat (anm0616).



What are your weekend plans? Any sleep training tips for a tired mom? 


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