baby list

I feel like I am living in the thick of all things baby.  A lot of my friends have kids, some friends are pregnant with their first or second or third, I have 2, and I’m hosting a couple of baby showers this summer, etc.

I love it.

One of the showers I am co-hosting is for my cousin, Ashley.  I think I highlighted the bridal luncheon we had for her a few years ago but having her baby shower has me a whole new level of excited.

{Side note: she also has an incredible blog you have to check out.  Find it HERE.}

That’s why I was SO beyond excited when she asked my advice on her registry.  I can honestly say that if she would have asked me last year, everything with Bea would have been a blur and right now, I am finally experiencing having a baby the way most moms do.

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So, I’m sure the list I sent to her was overkill but I wanted to share with you guys some of the ideas I had and things I could NOT live without.

Chekoh baby wrap.  These body wraps looked so intimidating to me my first go around but I have to say they are a MUST with your second.  Baby wearing is the only way to multitask with two kids.  People also love the Solly Wrap and they have the best tutorial videos on how to maneuver these things!

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Mamas & Papas seat. A lot of people register for the Bumbo seat but I love the M&P much better because it comes with a colored insert that can be removed as your child grows.  It also comes with a tray where you can feed the baby, put toys with suction cups, etc.  It’s a must have.

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Phil&Teds lobster chair.  As your babe grows out of the M&P seat, this is the next best thing – especially if you have an island in your kitchen.  It is VERY sturdy and Bea loved this until she moved to the high chair!

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Innobaby stackable.  After 4 weeks, both of my girls moved to formula which means I always have to be prepared when I am out and about with Poppy.  These stackable formula storage pods are perfect for when you are on the move.  You put in each section however many scoops you need/bottle and they detach so you can easily shake them into the bottle.

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Totesavvy.  When Bea was born I carried a separate diaper bag.  When Poppy was born, I hated the idea of just carrying that around so I started looking around for a solution where I could use my every day bag but more efficiently.  Enter this bag insert.  It is genius.  You just put it right inside and it automatically converts your nice purse into a non-recognizable diaper bag.

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Milk Snob. Our nanny gave us this gift when we had Poppy and it is, without a doubt, the thing I get asked about most.  It is a cover for your carseat to keep your baby protected from germs, cold weather and too much sun.  You can also use it as a nursing wrap, highchair cover, and grocery cart seat cover as well.  It is stretchy and washes really really well.  Super easy to put on and take off.  Jordan misplaced it when taking both girls to Childrens for doc appointments the other day and looked so defeated when he told me he lost it (because he knows how much I love this thing!)  Luckily, I had another at my doorstep just a couple of days later 🙂

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Any questions or additional advice – leave a comment!

xo

Hillary

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What do you guys think of the new layout?!  I have had my website on Tumblr for 6 years and over the last 3 years I have been wanting to switch over to WordPress.  MUCH more flexible platform, better opportunity to grow, and an overall better user experience.

I hope 🙂

I made the transfer over myself.  And I am so proud of that!  I work at a digital agency and have the best of the best at my fingertips but I did this all myself!  I transferred over 1,000 posts from my old website, updated the pages, the look, and since hosting is free with Tumblr, figured out how to set up my own hosting and Google Analytics.  Ah.  I feel so accomplished!

SO – if you haven’t already, click the subscribe button on the right hand side so you can get my posts in your email inbox.  It’ll be so much easier than having to remember to check back 🙂

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Thanks for following!

xo

Hillary

 

 

weekly wears

Happy Monday 🙂

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had one of the best!  Spent it with friends and our girls – can’t ask for anything better.  Here is a highlight and a fun new idea I’m working on! 🙂

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[Eating at Skyline as least 1/week these days….]

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[And this one is ALWAYS a ticking time bomb]

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[I think it is so funny the way she sleeps at Miss Emily’s….]

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[My shadow]

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[Our really fun and creative friends hosted a St Paddle’s party in honor of St Patrick’s day!  Great idea and such a fun night.]

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[Lover of breakfast….]

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[And we were SO lucky to get front row tickets to the circus this weekend!  One of my close friends asked us to go with her family and I was SO excited!  For Bea but also because it is the last circus and I really debated getting tickets!  We used SaferSit for Poppy and went just the 3 of us and we ALL were mesmerized!  AND we never hang JUST with Bea so that was special too 🙂 ] 

[Fell asleep on the way there 🙂 ] 

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[And normally we do Sunday night dinner but I had everyone over for Sunday morning breakfast this week instead!  SO fun having the kids play together and run around – they LOVE spending time together 🙂 ] 

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[So I thought of a new idea that I need to noodle over further and see if it’s even possible to scale and service a bigger group of patients.  There is a little girl that I don’t personally know ( but know through a coworker and friend) who has spent a lot of time at Cincinnati Children’s and will continue to for awhile.  When I was there with Bea, they put the kids in these hospital gowns during their stay and, to me, they just don’t feel bright and happy.  Probably because they’ve been worn by so many other patients, etc.

SO – I thought about what I could do for the family to brighten this little 7 year old’s spirits AND her parent’s spirits. 

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I picked out some fabric that is bright, fun, and meaningful to her (from what I know).  She has a dog at home so I incorporated some fabric that will make her think of him!  Alterations by Toni (who altered my wedding dress and did a great job!) is going to have her team make this fabric into bright and cheery hospital gowns.  Hopefully it’ll make the little girl feel good being in something that is her own and pink and bright and it will hopefully make the parents feel good to see her in something that is a little more fun than the average hospital gown that is provided.  A little less “hospital-y”.  

Bea and I had matching hospital gowns made out of fabric I picked and while I can’t speak for her, it made me feel good heading into surgery with what felt like my own bright clothing.  It made me feel good that I felt like I looked good 🙂

So, as I work some things out and dig deeper on options, I will update you all. I would love to do this for a 1-2 families/month and eventually grow it further.  Even possibly partner with a local dry cleaner to pick them up once a week and launder them so they don’t get lost in the shuffle of the laundry at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.

Any ideas, suggestions, etc – are WELCOME!  

makestatements513@gmail.com 

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[Picture taken the day before our surgery!]

xo

Hillary