November 18, 2016

mama fave: OXO tot

OXO is easily one of my favorite brands out there, we use most of their stuff in our house already & when I found out they have a Tot line for the littles I was instantly drawn towards it.  I love the simple sleek look of their products, that they are gender neutral, & that they are toddler approved.
Our first purchase from OXO was their high chair, I read reviews for ALL the high chairs, I wanted something that was functional, but wasn't going to scream WE HAVE A BABY! High chairs are just.. not that appealing to the eye, well so I thought.  I saw this high chair & thought it was actually pretty cute.  My favorite part of the high chair is how easy it is to clean, you can rip the seats off to wash in the sink, the high chair has minimal places for crumbs & the tray is super easy to wipe down!
I wish I had known about the OXO roll up bib sooner.. it would have saved a few shirt casualties along the way.  It is wide and a little heavier than the average bib so it catches anything and everything that their drop out of their mouths.  So great!
I found a little high chair hack a while back that has helped a lot, attach a command hook to the back of the high chair so you can hang bibs from it for quick easy access!
The sippy cup struggle is so rough. We probably own one from every brand, they all have their flaws & I don't think I am 100% satisfied with any one of them truthfully.  The OXO tot sippy cups are the ones I'm probably most happy with most of the time.  They both come with lids which is huge for me, there is nothing worse then finding out a sippy cup leaked all over your diaper bag..and your back while you're at the mall. They have handles so mom is off duty & they are easy to clean!
This 4 piece feeding set is so great! The plate is my favorite because it has a little lip on it for less messes, Benson's favorite part are the fork & spoon..even though he doesn't know how to use either he loves trying it out.  And as you can tell, eating is for sure Benson's favorite time of the day haha!

All the views & opinions are purely my own.
xoxo

October 26, 2016

autumn.

There is a harmony in Autumn & a luster in it's sky.








We loved having our fall pictures done by Victoria of My Story is Art! She was so amazing with Benson & took us to the most magical spot in the mountains full of all red & yellow leaves.  As soon as Benson saw the leaves there was nothing we could do to steer his attention away.  I love all of his cheeseball smiles in these pictures, this is exactly how he is all of the time right now! Cheesy, silly & busy!

Photography: My Story Is Art
M clothing: dress- Cotton On//sweater- Forever 21 //shoes- Forever Young Shoes
K clothing: shirt- thrifted//pants Target//shoes- Nordstrom Rack
B clothing: sweater- Gap//pants- Target//Shoes- Freshly Picked

September 25, 2016

Party Animal Bash

Well we did it! We survived our first kids birthday party! It was wonderful, completely chaotic & hot, really really hot!  All the kids had a blast & Benson had the time of his life, i'm sure he would chalk this in as the best day ever.  It doesn't get much better than friends, cake & balloons for this guy.

I had such a hard time narrowing down a theme for this party.  I have a billion ideas & I LOVE parties so it was really hard to choose from the thousands of Pinterest ideas I have pinned.  But in the end I decided to stick to a PARTY ANIMAL theme, mostly because Benson really is a party animal & he LOVES animals so much!  It fit him perfectly.


We sent all Benson's little friends these cute invites, designed by me.
This doll walked me over to the bounce house & posed for this adorable picture haha!
 I only invite famous instagram models to my parties. ;)
My amazing friend had a blow up bounce house on hand & brought it with her to the party.  Bless her soul because the kids LOVED it!  I think bounce house will now be a staple at all of our birthday parties!  Kept the kids entertained the entire time!
We also purchased some balls & blew up a whole bunch of balloons to keep the babies entertained.  Really all they wanted the whole party were balls & balloons.

Party Animals Only.
Yes, we're keeping this sign up from now on.  & the flamingo.  She was here before Benson.

I made these signs to show how Benson grew over the past year, because why the heck else was I taking those monthly pictures every month other than to make a collage of them all?
& as I glued the pictures all on, I just sobbed! He was so tiny & now he's so big!
Also, note: panda present. panda present!

The last thing I care about at the party is the food.  I put so much more thought into balloons & party hats on animals & table placement that the food is always something cheap & suuuuper easy.  But the table that the food sits on, now THAT is a big deal.

I chose to spend most of my budget on cake & macarons.  Priorities.  They were both worth every penny!  Then I just grabbed some animal crackers & whipped up some banana pudding cups the morning of the party!  The babies loved it!


Party hats on the animals!  Pretty much what this entire party was built around.  They lasted on that table for a whopping 5 minutes but they turned out soooo cute!  The little party blowers were by far the best purchase I made for the party.  The kids LOVED them.  The hats on the other hand.. were mainly for me & a few pictures haha!  Still cute though!

Benson really got into the whole cake eating thing.  He's never really had cake, not because I don't believe in giving babies cake, but because I purposley avoid cake & head right to the donuts!  He loved it!  & he really loved that all his friends were just standing there watching him eat a giant cake!


Like really though, he loved it!

& of course, no party is complete without a photo booth. Even a one year old's birthday party.  It wasn't easy but we got a bunch of pictures of most of the kids in front of it!  & we got one picture of us all together in front of it. Win!

Sources:
Cake: No. 1 // Sweet Tooth Fairy
Macarons: Meri Macs
Balloons: Party Land
Lion Cups: Zurchers
Animals: Hobby Lobby
Party Blowers: $ store!
Benson's bow tie: Little Love Leighs

September 19, 2016

twelve months

Our little newborn baby suddenly is this big one year old who walks (almost) & talks (jibberish)! He is the funniest little thing with the biggest personality.  That was for sure the fastest year of our lives & the craziest! This guy keeps us on our toes with all his daily new tricks & keeps us laughing!  Love him so much!

Age: ONE YEAR!
Height: 31 inches
Weight: 23.8 lbs
Likes:
- Saying "uh oh" or "achoo" or faking coughing
- Eating. He is suuuch a good eater! Meal ptime is by far his favorite time of the day!
-Dancing & singing! The music flows right thru him! He's recently picked up singing too now! Its so adorable! He's loving everything Justin Bieber, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Einsteins, really anything with a beat he'll start dancing to.
-Tickling!  He loooooves when we tickle him & has started saying "kickow" & tickles us randomly.
-Waking up & Bedtime.  He is probably the most happy when we are going to bed, he rolls around our whole bed & laughs & laughs & laughs! & every morning he wakes up with the biggest smile on his face as he crawls around in between us to see if we're ever going to open our eyes haha
-"Dad".  He lives for when Kevin gets home.  Periodically he'll just look at me throughout the day & say "DAD".  Like he's letting me know he misses him & would rather hang out with him. haha but I don't blame him, he really is funner than me.

Dislikes:
- Wearing anything. Clothes, shoes, diapers. He wants to be naked & free all day long.
- Getting in trouble.  He has begun to throw some awesome fits, full body throw, pouty lip, instant tears.  He's already a pro at the tantrum life. Heaven help us all.
- The word no or uh uh.  He'll turn back at me and shake his head or pull out the pouty lip.
- Kitty scratches.  Although he should be able to sit on her, drag her, pull her hair, poke out her eyes & throw her, if she scratches him he loses it haha

Big Moments:
- 8/18: took a few first steps!
- 9/1: Learned how to turn around & get off! A blessing & a curse.
- 9/9: started sleeping in his new big boy bed!
- 9/12: did his first summersalt (on accident) haha! still counts.
- 9/17: had his first birthday party! & had his first cake! Loved every second of it!
- Words: yeah, look, poop, hi, dad, mama, baba, diddy, ooo!, woo!, yaya, & uh uh!
-Eating: Oh everything & anything! He loves quesadillas like nothing else! Tried PB&J for the first time & loved it! Likes peaches & cucumbers.  Hates broccoli & corn haha! Dove into some mashed potatoes & sweet potatoes! Messy eater!
- Has 7 teeth now!

Other:
-Benson has so many tricks now! I think my favorite is that he refuses to wave hi/bye, but he does the cutest little waving motion when you we say "get outta here bee" haha! Its adorable.
He also has started going "ahhh" after he drinks out of his sippy! My favorite trick of all!
-This boy is an animal lover!  We took him to the aquarium for his birthday & he loved looking at all the animals & fish!  He got the cutest kitty stuffed animal for his birthday & immediately gave it the biggest hug when he pulled it out! SO dang cute!  He loves his two kitties so much, he is a little bit scared of Henry (for good reasons) but him & Penelope are inseparable.  He is (mostly) so soft with them & always is saying "hi diddy!" whenever they are nearby.  Its the cutest thing!
- We made the switch from a crib to a toddler bed.  Psych! He's still sleeping in our bed, but we're putting him in his bed for naptime which is like HALLELUJAH! He doesn't scream anytime he goes near this bed!  Naptime is so so much better than it used to be, he pretty much puts himself to sleep as long as you are sitting by him & he takes 2 two hour naps which has been SO NICE! We've come a long way from literally never sleeping, to sleeping if mom is holding him, to 30 min naps, to this! It's been a slow struggle..one year actually but we all feel a little more sane with all this sleep!

August 15, 2016

eleven months

This cute little guy is already eleven months! Like how does that even happen! He's almost ONE!  He is such a funny cute baby with such a big personality.  He's just always up for a good time & always ready to go party at Target with his mom.  He's a little snuggle bug & gives us kisses on occasion but that's probably because we kisses his cute cheeks & fuzzy head all day long.  We love him so much & all his craziness.

Age: 11 months
Height: 29 inches
Weight: 22.2 pounds

Likes:
- Playtime.  He looooves to play 24/7.  He always is getting into everything & has to dump everything out so he can play with ALL the things.  He loves to pass the ball, throw things..., & loves stacking things.
- Music.  This boy is always grooving to some beat, he pats to the rhythm, sings, mouths the words (or his version..dadadada), & is ALWAYS dancing! I love how much he loves music! His favorite songs right now are Sia, Justin Bieber,  The Wonder Pets song, & Don't let me down.
- Being crazy.  He does the cutest thing where he shakes his head and yells really loud, it's our faaavorite. Also his new "spitting" trick is too funny!
- When daddy comes home!
- Playing with the kitties & feeding the kitties the food he doesn't want.
- His favorite foods right now are bananas, blueberries, grapes & tomatoes!

Dislikes:
- Being told NO or Uh Uh.  He has started shaking his head when we tell him no, but if we tell him no sternly he BURSTS into tears & gets the biggest pouty lip.  It's pretty hilarious & really hard not to laugh at him!
- He really hates getting dressed though, like he tries to escape everytime!
- Being put in time out in his crib.. somedays are hard & mama needs a break..
- When daddy goes to work. :(
- Sitting still.

Big Moments:
July 19- Learned to point
July 25- Took his first trip down the stairs & got a nice shiner for a few days..
Aug 2- Flew on his first airpline! To Florida!
Aug 7- Went to Disneyworld!

Other:
-We 100% weaned Benson from breast feeding this last month & it wasn't easy.  We both shed some tears & he has had a hard time adjusting to the baba life, but it was totally time with 6 teeth & a busy busy baby breast feeding was becoming a chore instead of a bonding moment.  Breast feeding has been such a great experience for us & i'm so glad we were able to do it for 10 whole months!  Be careful though, if Benson sees your boobies he will probably try to eat them hahaha he tests out Kevin's everytime they are out. ;)
-Benson is made for a life of travel! He loved our vacation to Florida so much!  He was such a breeze on the airplane & loved Disneyworld sooooo much.  He only cried on one ride, that was completely terrifying but every other ride he just laughed & stared at everything soaking it all up! He was completely heart broken when we came home, the whole next day he threw tantrums alllll day long & missed his daddy A LOT!
-We have such a social little baby, he loves to go on play dates & play with other little kids/babies!  It's so cute watching him try to keep up and talk & play with all the kids.  He wants to be big so bad & just walk and talk with everyone!

July 23, 2016

ten months

Somehow my sweet tiny newborn baby is a huge 10 month old all of the sudden! In TWO months he'll be ONE! (ALL the tear emojis!)  He is hilarious & goes through just about every emotion possible in a day haha!  90% crazy happy though. He's so fast, like so so fast.  Getting into everything & constantly on the move!  We manage to keep up with him most of the time & squeeze him every minute of every day.
Age: Ten months!
Weight: 21 lbs
Height: 28.5 in.

Likes:
- Music! He is always bobbing his head or waving his little chubby finger to some kind of beat!  He also loves wearing headphones! We put them on him for the 4th & ever since he's hooked, plus cheeks + headphones is perfection! His favorite jams are Bieber anything, Can't stop the feelin, Cake by the Ocean, Old school Hip Hop & Rap.
- Swimming! All summer we've been at the pool at least twice a week! He's such a fish!
- Being outside! He races for the door as soon as it opens! He loooves being outside.
- His "diddys" aka Kitty!
- FOOD anything & everything.

Dislikes:
- wearing shoes or clothes or diapers.
- falling down, which happens a lot now haha
- waking up to not being snuggled with mommy & daddy.. darn those naps haha
- being told no or stop. He flips out haha ..already.

Big Moments:
- July 4th: First fireworks!
- July 7th: First time standing up by himself! 
- July 18th: Took one step! Just one, phew!
- Words: dada, baba, yaya, hiya, hey, oh, lala, diddy, dad, mama, mom, nana & YELLS REALLY LOUD! :)
- Eating: anything & everything!  We found that he LOVES tomatoes & pickles!  He really will eat anything you give him, he just might not take a second bite if he hates it haha! He much rather would feed himself & LOVES desserts.

Other:
- This boy is so close to walking!  He barely holds onto furniture now when he is cruising around the room & sometimes just lets go to see how long he can stand by himself! He has stood up completely by himself a few times & took one unassisted walk the other day! We got him a little walker toy & he gets the biggest grin when he gets going! I can't believe my baby will be walking soon! WHAT THE!
-We got a sister kitty named Penelope at the end of June & Benson they both just adore each other!  They play together, sleep together, lick each other, share their food & bottles.. haha seriously she is so patient with him & he has the cutest tiny voice he uses with her.  He started saying "diddy" when referring to his kitties!
- He's still in a size 4 diaper, wears a size 4 shoe, is wearing 12-18 month clothes & is working on teeth 6 & 7!  He is just growing so dang fast my heart can't handle it!
-We got this boy on an amazing schedule & I can finally say he TAKES FREAKING NAPS LIKE A BOSS! Caps were necessary.  It's been a loooong sleeping journey but he is pretty pro at naps, as long as someone cuddles him to sleep. I'll take it, I love the cuddles!  & yes, he does still sleep in our bed :)


June 20, 2016

nine months

Wow! Nine months! Benson has officially been out as long as I cooked him!  He is a busy busy boy, always on the go & he crawls so dang fast now.  He is cruising around town holding onto stuff & has lately been pulling himself up & then letting go to see how long he can stand on his own (TERRIFYING) but he is still as happy as can be! Although he does throw some pretty hilarious mini tantrums & collapses on the floor in the moment of drama. haha he's too cute to get mad at though.
Age: Nine months!
Weight: 21 pounds
Height: 27.5 inches
Likes:
- pinching & biting..
- getting into mischief
- climbing up the stairs as fast as he possibly can, he laughs like crazy the whole time!
- being tickled
- DANCING.  He is always bobbing his head & shaking his booty.
- Playing pass the ball with daddy.

Dislikes:
- being told NO for pinching & biting..
- getting his diaper changed/getting dressed at all
- teething (he got his top 2 teeth in a couple weeks from each other & it was ROUGH)
- getting his face wiped is literally the worst!

Big Moments:
- May 21st: First time at the ocean! (Laguna Beach, California)
-  May 30th: Started shaking & nodding his head.
- Words: dada, baba, yaya, hiya, hey, oh, some cute sound that sounds like he's saying kitty.
- Eating: anything & everything. This month we gave him a donut for national donut day & he LOVED it, he really only ate a couple bites but was so excited!  He loves pickles & edamame.  But nothing gets him as excited as bananas & mangos!

Other:
- He is such a chunker this guy, he has 4 teeth, wears a size 4 diaper & size 4 shoes.  It's like he skipped a few months & was like yeah, I think I feel like i'm one? I love buying him clothes though so it's fine with me.
- He is currently going through the "stranger" phase & just gets shy & clings to mom whenever anyone says hi or tries to hold him haha it's tender though, after a few minutes he goes back to his crazy happy self giving laughs & smiles.
- We've had a ROUGH nap & sleep journey, yes, he is still sleeping in our bed & most nights we absolutely love it.  Mostly teething has made me rethink it, but I love my little cuddly baby & he sleeps so dang good when he's not pushing teeth through his gums.  His naps are another story, while he is on a pretty good schedule he refuses to sleep in his crib now at all.  So he is currently rockin it on the couch, floor, our bed, wherever I can set him down haha it's working for the moment.
- Benson is such a cheeseball, he is always pulling the cutest faces & has now developed a "fake smile" which kills me.  He does it at the store & when he gets awkward. haha!
-We've made it nine months on this breast feeding journey & Benson has loved every minute of it.  We're slowly weaning him off & feeding him bottles with breast milk until he's a year but it hasn't been easy to wean him he loves breast feeding but is a little bit of a distracted eater & it's made breastfeeding such a struggle for us.
One night he was having a super rough night so I drew us a bubble bath & thought that would fix him, we got in the bath with his binky & a few toys & he immediately crawled over to me & climbed up on me crying & started breastfeeding.  I just burst into tears, I know that over time he will be fine with bottle feeding & we can bond in other ways but this tender moment I will grasp onto forever.  I just love that we have been able to bond through breastfeeding & for the most part it has been smooth sailing.