Gavin LOVES Halloween... Obsessively. I put up my Halloween decorations in early September so he could enjoy them longer. He can spot a pumpkin, ghost, skeleton or a spider decoration from a mile away. The spookier the house, the better.
We like to spend our money on experiences rather than gifts for our anniversaries, so back in May, to celebrate our 6 year anniversary, we took the boys to the beach!
On April 13th, (which, Ironically, was a Friday... So Friday the 13th!), Gavin was playing with the above steamer dish. He was pretending it was a plate and that he was eating something imaginary off of it. I thought nothing of it except that it was cute he was using his imagination and engaging in pretend play, and how excited I am for this stage in his development.
When it came to family planning I used to always say “I don’t want a summer baby and I don’t want a December/Christmas baby.” Well, joke is on me because our oldest, Gavin, was born in the middle of summer in August, and Gentry was born not only in December, but on Christmas morning! Having a “Christmas Baby” doesn’t get any more literal than that...
Only 4 more days until Christmas 2017 is here! I know I have been talking a lot about how pregnant and hormonal I am, but I swear that’s not the only reason I am feeling so sentimental about this year’s Christmas. It will be the last Christmas we spend in our Gilbert home, but at the same time it is also kind of our first!
Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post. Here we are a year later and I am 2-3 weeks away from delivering our second child! Where has the time gone?? You’ll have to forgive me as I desperately attempt to catch up on this past year with a few “better late than never” posts! Brace yourselves!
There has been so much on my mind this past year, but especially this past month. So many changes ahead of us! A few weeks ago Eric was offered a job up in the mountains in Payson, Arizona. So we are relocating in the Spring next year. I am so excited about the move, but also sad about what we will leave behind. I have so much to say about it all but it will have to wait until my next blog post because first and foremost I can’t get off my mind the fact that I only have a few weeks left with just my firstborn son! My sweet, precious baby, Gavin!
We love the great outdoors. It is one of the reasons we love living in Arizona so much. Great weather 9 months out of the year, and the other 3 you're just an hour or two drive away from some gorgeous pines and 20-degree cooler weather. We practically have everything in this great state but the ocean. Fun Fact: Did you know that, pertaining to plants and wildlife, Arizona is the 3rd most diverse state in the country?
When our baby boy was born last summer, I was anxious to get back up in the mountains but equally terrified about how to go about doing it. I would lose sleep at night with questions haunting me like: "Where will he sleep?", "How do I ensure he's warm enough at night?", "What do I need to bring?"
When the weather warmed up enough, we finally bit the bullet, (over)packed as many things as our little SUV would hold, and headed up north. We have since gone camping several times with our baby through practically all the developmental stages of his first year: Sitting, crawling, scaling furniture, and early walking.
Like most things, real-life experience will bring you way more knowledge than just reading articles online or talking about it with friends. But it definitely doesn't hurt to utilize a good resource guide that will help you get started and set you up for success on your first trip. That's why below you will find some of my biggest tips from our experience camping with our baby over the past year...
I love coconut oil. I am sure you too have discovered reasons why you love it. Cooking, beauty remedies, medicinal... But did you know how many ways you can use it for your baby? I am certain we have all stumbled across some past article somewhere listing the hundreds of uses of coconut oil; but not all of them mention the many ways it can benefit babies. I am a new mom and have personally made some amazing discoveries for different ways coconut oil has helped me and my child, so I am going to narrow them down for you so perhaps you too can add them to your own 'mom arsenal'.
My husband and I LOVE camping and we finally got to take our little 9 month old with us for his first camping trip this past weekend. I'll be honest, I was extremely nervous leading up to the trip. I had literally lost sleep stressing over questions in my mind like: WHERE does the baby sleep? What should he WEAR to sleep? How will we know he is warm enough at night? How do you keep them clean? Where do you PUT them? I did tons of research before we left and all I really learned was you just have to go with the flow and everything will be fine - babies are resilient. No matter how many blogs I read, probably the best piece of advice I got was from a personal friend who recommended the use of a tent heater at night. That was lifesaving advice for me because it gave me piece of mind about keeping him warm at night. I will be blogging later with my own tips and must-haves for camping with a baby in another post later this week, but for now, I just want to reminisce on our little weekend getaway in the mountains...
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