• Baby - Family - Vacation

    11 Tips for Surviving Disneyland with a Baby or Toddler

    Disneyland! Every kids dream! But what about parents? Are you the type of parent that gets excited too or do you dread Disneyland with younger kids in tow? The crowds, the expense, the wrangling of children, the waiting in line. It can be a lot when you’re trying to care for younger children who you can’t expect to patiently stand in the sun for 25 minutes while waiting in line for It’s a Small World. Try catching a toddler who can easily run under the chains as you awkwardly attempt to weave through people who think you’re cutting in line.…

  • Baby - Natural

    Cloth Diapering for Beginners: What I learned in our first year

    Cloth diapering for beginners – what we learned in our first year. How to start, what it costs, what you need and what to do about the poop. Now that we have officially been cloth diapering our son, Atlas, for over a year I wanted to share everything that I’ve learned. When you first start doing research on cloth diapering it’s just SO OVERWHELMING. I remember getting frustrated/confused and giving up several times. There are just so many types, styles, price points and opinions. The first thing you want to do is just figure out WHY you’re cloth diapering. It’s…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Vacation

    How to Survive International Travel with a Toddler

    Before I start I have to admit that I had major anxiety about traveling abroad with my 1 year old son, Atlas. All you hear are the horror stories about planes with babies and we were supposed to take SIX flights over the course of two weeks? Not to mention three back to back flights in a 24 hour period. I had a feeling we were absolutely insane. Tack on the fact that I am terrified of planes and I was having some major anxiety about the trip we took last month, but I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t that…

  • Baby - Food

    What I Fed My 1 Year Old Toddler in a Week

    Balancing getting everything done in your life and feeding your toddler good food isn’t an easy task! Luckily I start making strides toward eating better several years ago so transitioning into making little bit sized versions of healthy food wasn’t too hard. But still, I get stumped sometimes. Especially when Atlas is in a picky phase where he suddenly hates everything he used to love. For a week I did my best to record everything I fed him, with the exception of going out to eat a couple of times. Of course, this varies a ton week to week. I…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    When my baby cries, I hold him.

    We all have this image of what kind of parents we will be before we have kids. Me? I was sure that I’d be a hard ass. My baby would be well trained (can you tell I’m a dog person?) and I would be strict about what was and wasn’t allowed from the very beginning. They’d learn quick. If my baby cried all the time I would let him or her cry it out to teach them to self soothe. And then I actually became a mom and somehow, without me noticing, everything I thought I would be completely changed.…

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    Atlas | One Year

    It’s blowing my mind that Atlas is officially a year old. The last week has been jam packed between my sister coming into town, a day at Disneyland and then his first birthday party at our house. I was so busy at his party I took zero pictures! But I’ve been able to collect a few from friends and family. Dear Atlas, Somehow you made it to one year old and I feel like you were a tiny little boy rocking in my arms just a few weeks ago. You’re entering a stage I’ve decided to call “the wiggly stage”…

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    Atlas | 9 months

    Dear Atlas, This is a little late this month because the holidays have been so busy! You had your first Christmas AND your first New Years! You continue to be a happy, healthy, easy-going little boy. We haven’t been able to go on walks lately because it’s been too cold so mommy and daddy recently cleaned out your room a bit and now we get to play on the floor. We were playing downstairs, but between the dogs wanting to love on you (lick your face) and having to put down 5 blankets in fear of you falling over and…

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    Atlas | 8 Months

    Dear Atlas, Please SLOW DOWN. I’m begging! I’m so happy to see you growing and changing. You’re learning new things everyday and becoming more and more playful and active. But, as I think I ask in every monthly update, please chill out a little bit. I feel like even when I do my best to savor each moment, I can’t get enough and you’re going and changing on me again. Right now you absolutely love jumping in your jumparoo and you are just barely starting to seem a bit clingy with your dad and I. In fact, this evening you…

  • Baby - Motherhood

    Mama & Baby Favorites | 4 Months

    It’s time to share our mama and baby favorites for Atlas’ 4th month and I hope this helps other moms figure out what they might need for their own babes. A lot of the favorites I’ve talked about in the past such as the Merlin Magic Suit and the Aden and Anis Blankets continue to be our favorites, but we also have a few new ones I’m excited to share! Zip Up Fleece Sleepers Atlas basically lives in these sleepers these days. It’s less about it being a thing we’re obsessed with at 4 months and more an “It’s cold!”…

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    Atlas | 7 Months

    Dear Atlas, Seriously, how are you 7 months old already? You continue to change and grow every single day and part of me is so excited for each new step while the other part is sad to say bye to the “old you”. The past month has been a little bit stressful. In September it turns out you only gained 3oz. I had guessed you were 12 lbs for you 6 month post since it had been a while since we saw your pediatrician, but I was so wrong! You’re now 11.5 pounds and we’re working to get you to…