July 27, 2020

Lifestyle

Since Beau was born, I have had to do things a little differently for the time being. Pre-baby I was very Barefoot Contessa. These days, I’m relying on very simple recipes including these 5 Pinterest Recipes Worth Trying and a whole lot of take out. Each day we are getting things more, and more, under control but until then, we are keeping it simple!

Whenever I am looking for recipe inspiration, I head to Pinterest! I have definitely found a lot of fails over the years, but every now and then you can come across a few good recipes!

I thought I would share some of my favorite Pinterest recipes worth trying with you!

30-Minute Sesame Mango Chicken Teriyaki

This recipe was quick and delicious. I usually don’t make too many recipes like this, so it was a nice change. Next time, I would probably add in some vegetables! I also used regular soy sauce, instead of low sodium, and it was just fine. Just use a little less than the recipe calls for.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, especially when it comes to pasta! I love a lemon-y pasta and was craving something a little creamier than what I usually make. So, I searched Pinterest for a creamy lemon chicken recipe. This one was a little more time consuming than what I have time for right now, and it could probably be simplified, but it was really good!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake sounds so familiar, but honestly I think this one is the first banana cake I have ever had. A month, or so, ago, I had some overly ripe bananas and was looking for something different to make, other than banana bread or muffins, when I stumbled across this recipe. Banana cake with cream cheese frosting? It sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try! Oh man, this was incredible. So moist and delicious. An absolute MUST TRY. Seriously, if you love bananas give this recipe a try.

Fajita Chicken Casserole

Like I said before, I love a good casserole but have always tried to push my cooking and try to learn how to cook more than just casseroles. Not saying they aren’t perfect delicious, but I didn’t want to that person that could only make casseroles. For the sake of time and simplification, post-baby, I thought I would look up a few casserole recipes and thought this one looked good. It was amazing! If you are looking for an easy way to switch on Mexican Food night, and like me aren’t great with those types of dishes, give this recipe a try! It serves great with Spanish Rice!

Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Cheese

I read somewhere that this recipe was the most pinned comfort food on Pinterest. Who knows if that’s really true, but they are definitely worthy of that title! I made these before Beau was born and they were so good. It made a ton of food and we divided the recipe up between two small casserole dishes. It feeds a family perfectly or you could make one for now and one for later. Another plus is that you can make this dish ahead of time and freeze some for later! #winwin

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Shameless plug for one of my favorite recipes, that you can find here on my blog. Because I was sharing recipes, I wanted to mention this Peach Cobbler that is one of my favorite summer recipes and is the most delicious dessert. Serve this warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream and I promise you will love it!

Find more of my favorite recipes here.

5 Pinterest Recipes Worth Trying

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Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

July 24, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe we have had our little Beau here with us for over three months already! I always planned on sharing his birth story, but after his birth I have felt quite unsure about sharing. Becoming a mother makes you rethink anything and everything that you do and say. But, if there is one thing I am for certain about our little Beau, it is his strength and that is something worth sharing.

Right after he was born, I shared an overview of his birth story and my labor and delivery experience on my Instagram stories. I never got around to saving it and so I definitely wanted to share it here, on my blog. Beau, if you are reading this down the road and don’t approve, I’m so sorry. However, you are my little fighter and I want the world to know your strength and God’s Glory!

This post is my longest post ever. So, if you plan on sticking around until the end, I would go ahead and grab a coffee or a glass of wine, and settle in. I’m sorry for the length, but I’m long winded and this is a long story! Also, I have written and rewritten this post. I have put it off and put it off, not knowing if it was something I wanted to share. It’s so personal and also very emotional for me, but I’m grateful that after almost three months I feel that I have healed so much emotionally. Becoming a mother has made me feel more vulnerable at times than I think I probably ever have. I wanted to share this with you and really save these raw feelings for myself.

The Early Labor Moments

Throughout my entire pregnancy we were completely blessed. Everything was on track and we were expecting to have a pretty generic labor and delivery experience. I was fortunate enough to have a healthy blood pressure and not have gestational diabetes. As I mentioned before, those were both two big concerns for me as my mom developed high blood pressure during her pregnancy with me and diabetes runs in my family. I tested negative for Group B Strep and with Covid 19, we were aiming to spend as little time as possible in the hospital. Having never given birth before, I was hoping to be in and out. Kind of like a drive through experience I kept saying. How naive was I?

My due date was April 15th, Tax Day, and it was looking like we would be pretty close to that date or maybe even go a bit over. I always felt like he would come early but never dilated really much over a centimeter in the weeks leading up to his birth.

If you know anyone who is a volunteer firefighter, you are probably quite familiar with their fire pager. I didn’t know much about that lifestyle prior to meeting Jay, but these days, it’s a huge portion of my life. Anyways, I’m used to his pager going off at all hours of the night and it just so happened to go off around 3:30am on Easter morning. I laid in bed listening to the page and all of the sudden I felt a pain that was much different than anything I have ever felt. Was this it? Was it really happening?

I sat in bed for a bit longer and they continued coming every several minutes, or so. I thought for sure this might be it, so I decided to make my way to the bathroom. I spent most of my time there during my third trimester anyway, especially at night! For the sake of this being on the internet, I will spare you all of the details, but there was proof that labor had begun however my water had not broken yet. I tried to lay back down for a bit, and encouraged Jay to get some rest, but I was so excited I couldn’t sleep.

Around 5am I decided to take a shower and start getting ready so that I could take my time and also kill some time, as I knew this was going to be a long process. The contractions were quite intense as I stood up in the shower, but it’s safe to say I have a pretty low pain tolerance.

After I got out of the shower, I decided to sit on my birthing ball for comfort while doing my hair and makeup. Around 6-6:30am I called my parents because they wanted to know when I went into labor. Of course, they came right down to be with us and Diesel. We all sat around the house for a few hours, talking and hanging out.

Around 9am, the contractions started to taper off, or so it felt like it, so we all went for a walk down the street to encourage them to come back. Walking definitely brought them back on so every little bit I would walk around the house, yard, or driveway.

A little bit later, Jay’s parents joined us to hang out for a bit and spend some time together. It was so nice having our parents there with us before we went into the hospital, especially since they couldn’t actually be there with us or visit during our hospital stay.

I wanted to hold out as long as I could and did my best to stay at home as long as I could, however our hospital is about a 30 minute drive and we decided around noon that it would be best to start heading that way. I knew when the contractions were bringing tears and I could barely stand through them, I needed to get closer to a hospital!

There were lot’s of tears on my part, as we left to go to the hospital. I felt some type of way about leaving Diesel. I was heartbroken, emotional and scared, too. I had to leave my sweetest boy at home and also go give birth without my mom by my side. I had no idea what the next hours or days would hold and I’m so glad I didn’t or I would have probably had an even bigger breakdown!

We hopped in the car and were on our way…

Beau's Birth Story

The Hospital Labor Moments

We arrived at the hospital around 12:30pm, got checked in and went to triage for a bit to get examined. They let me know that I was about 4cm dilated and my water was “bulging,” which I assumed meant it would probably break pretty soon. They spoke with the doctor and I was admitted. I wanted to move things along as quick as possible, so I decide to hold out on getting an epidural for as long as I possibly could. The pain was pretty intense and hearing that I was only 4cm was a bit discouraging, but we completed our paperwork and got settled into our labor and delivery room.

As the hours passed, the pain increased. I spent the first couple of hours on the birthing ball working my way through each contraction. They were coming every 3 minutes or so and lasting for about a minute. Being hooked up to an IV meant there were several bathroom breaks and walking or standing up during labor significantly increased the intensity of my contractions. After being examined by the doctor around 6pm and finding out I was still only, in his words *generously* 6cm dilated, he decided to go ahead and break my water. Some say that having your water broken is not that painful, but for me, it was pretty uncomfortable to say the least. After he broke my water, I felt great for 20 minutes or so and then the contractions started getting intense again. I was hungry, exhausted and decided to go ahead and get the epidural. It took a little bit for them to get everything ready and I got my epidural around 7pm.

Everything was smooth sailing for probably an hour to an hour and a half. I was laying upright in the bed and even got in a little nap for a few minutes. They came in to examine me again and wanted to move things along a bit so they had me lay on my side with a peanut ball in between my legs. Pretty common, no big deal.

Holy Moly, I have not idea what this did, but before I could grab the button to push for more epidural, I was crying and screaming in pain. Something about me laying on my side made me feel like I had no epidural at all.

We went through this process from about 8:30/9pm to around 1am. The anesthesiaologist had to visit our room 3 times or so to adjust my dosage. Not to mention, I was hitting the little button every time I could and even in between trying to get relief. They kept encouraging me to lay on my side, as one side of my cervix was not fully effaced, before I could push. However, the pain was unbearable. I begged to lay on my back and sit up and they were nice enough to give me a break every so often and the contractions would ease up a little bit during that time.

After hours off excruciating pain, gripping the side of my hospital bed, screaming and crying, (poor Jay, I know) my sweet nurse decided to place me on all fours to help me cope with the back labor pain and see if it would ease the pressure on my back. She pushed on my back through each contraction and showed Jay how to help me work through the pain. Eventually I got to the point that I could not longer not push and pretty much told them that I had to, there was no other option for me.

Beau’s Birth

Because I was on all fours, they decided to let me push that way. When they broke my water there was evidence that meconium was present. So, when it was time tp push, my midwife called up to the NICU and had the NICU doctor come down for Beau’s arrival, just to check him over and make sure everything was ok. At the time, meconium in the water seemed like such a big deal to me, but little did I know that it helped make post delivery much safer for him.

I wasn’t really aware of much at the time other than the pain. Gripping the head of the bed and pushing my way through each contraction, which were coming so fast. I could feel his head come so close to coming out and then slip back in when I stopped pushing. I think that really kept me going and pushing hard.

Finally, I could feel that intense pressure breakthrough. All of the sudden there were several people screaming at me and flipping me over onto my back. I assumed this was probably normal procedure for a birth. His head was out and they were yelling at me to push and keep pushing and to push and not to stop. It becomes obvious that I had to push him out right then. I just kept thinking that this was a part of a normal birth experience. I’ve seen the movies, haha.

We pushed for about 20 minutes and our little Beau was born at 1:36am on Monday April 13th, 2020. This was the best and the scariest moment of my life. He was here, he was out and he wasn’t crying. I knew that wasn’t good. I was expecting them to bring him to me and place him on my chest, but instead, they cut the cord and ran him away to his little bed on the other side of the room. When I looked up there were all of at least ten people in the room. At the beginning of my pushing process there were only two, with the NICU doctor was on his way. In that moment, all I could say was, “My baby!” and the tears came.

I couldn’t see him or hear him. The only evidence that he existed was the rush of people around his little hospital bed. When I looked up into Jay’s eyes, and saw the tears, I knew something wasn’t right. He looked at Beau and looked at me. I begged him to go be with Beau. Of course, he ran straight over as I watched from a far.

Jay returned to my bed side and the NICU doctor followed. He told us that they were going to take Beau up to the NICU to examine him and he should be back down with us within an hour. He said if he returned before then, it probably wasn’t good. They allowed me to kiss him and then took him to the NICU.

The Moments After Beau’s Birth

My midwife and nurse cleaned me, stitched me up, and explained what had happened to Beau for me to better understand. Jay, bless his heart, witnessed the entire thing. It’s hard to see between your legs or really focus on anything when you are pushing a baby out, so I needed someone to help fill in the gaps for me.

During birth, both of Beau’s shoulders got stuck inside of my pelvis and would not come through. Shoulder dystocia is more common than I knew and since his birth I have done a little research to help me come to terms with those scary moments. We were both extremely blessed to have very few complications. I have had none so far and he recovered so quickly from his traumatic entrance into this world. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

Remember the part where I shared that the NICU doctor said, “We are going to take Beau up to the NICU to examine him and he should be back down with you within an hour. If I returned before then, it probably isn’t good.” Well, about 30 minutes later he returned. The look on his face said it all. In that moment we knew that it wasn’t good. Thankfully, since this moment Beau has continuously gotten stronger, and even more advanced than most babies, each day. However, at that moment, things weren’t good.

He shared that on the way up to the NICU, one floor up, Beau stopped breathing. They bagged him (breathed for him) and placed him on a ventilator. He was also started on an IV and antibiotics for the meconium in the amniotic fluid. At that time, the doctor didn’t know a lot but he knew that things weren’t good and he informed us that we would be discharged from the hospital before Beau was ready to leave the NICU. I was, as any mother would be, pretty much hysterical. The doctor asked us if we were Christians and reached out a hand to us both. He said he would like to pray for Beau with us, if that was ok. That moment, along with so many other moments, is one I will never forget and will always be grateful for. As the tears rolled down our faces, this amazing man prayed for our little boy and he did everything in his power to help him.

A few minutes later they said that Beau was stable and we could go and see him. I know this probably isn’t the best response, but I was completely terrified. In that moment, I didn’t feel strong enough to meet my baby boy when he was hooked up to these machines. I told Jay and the doctors that I didn’t want to go. I just couldn’t do it. I felt like a baby myself without my parents and here I was faced with my baby fighting to breathe. They all promised me that I needed to go and that it would be good for me to see him, despite my fear of his condition. They were so incredibly right.

Beau's Birth Story
This was one of the hardest moments of my life but also the most rewarding. Out baby boy was finally here with us.
Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story

We got to see him and kiss his little fingers and toes. Every time I see these pictures I cry all over again and question sharing this. But, the reality is it’s ok. It was scary, but not every birth goes smoothly and that’s ok. I wasn’t prepared for this, no one is. But, some birth stories look like this. You don’t always read about births like this on online publications. You see professional images of mothers with mascara on or a powerful image of a mom pulling her baby out herself in some inflatable pool. But, what about the parents who are exhausted and terrified. That don’t get to hold their babies for hours, days or weeks. My intention is to never make anyone else feel sad or scared but instead to show that you can have a rocky beginning and also a healthy baby and the strongest bond you will ever feel.

Our sweet boy is such a fighter. By the time we were able to get to the NICU, he was already fighting to try to pull the ventilator tube out of his throat. A few short hours later, by 6am, the doctors were able to remove the tube and take him off of the ventilator. That afternoon these were able to remove some of the other lines, his nose cannula and by Tuesday morning he was free of all cords and lines. Tuesday afternoon around 3pm he was able to come and stay with us in our room.

Beau's Birth Story
This is one of my favorite pictures of his. So soft, sweet and squishy. I just wanted to hold him so badly!

Finally, after almost two days, we could all three be together. Due to Covid 19, the NICU would only allow one visiter to come in a 24 hr period. The amazing doctors and nurses were kind enough to let us both come to see Beau right after he was born for a few moments together. But, after we left, only one parent could come for the first 24hrs and then another could come during the next. I spent Monday with Beau and Jay couldn’t see him until Tuesday. Those were some of the hardest moments focus. How were we supposed to take turns seeing our baby in this condition? Why couldn’t we all three be together? We already were in this situation without the support of our families and now this?

Beau's Birth Story
Our first times holding Beau.
Beau's Birth Story

Looking back, I’m grateful that we endure that time without the presence of others. These excruciating moments were growing moments for our marriage and for us as a family. While not ideal, there are things to be taken from even the hardest experiences. I just wish we could have spent that first day together snuggling and bonding. Instead, I spent the first day staring at our sweet little boy, unable to hold him for the first time 15+ hours after he was born. Jay had to wait an additional 29 hours to finally see him again and have the opportunity to hold him.

Wednesday evening, April 15th 2020, we all loaded up in the car to head home and meet Beau’s big brother and spend our first night together as a family in our home.

Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story

This is probably the longest birth story you have ever read. I hope you made it this far and I hope it wasn’t too much for you. Sharing this was difficult. I know there are mothers, babies, and families who endure so much more than what we did. But, this was hard for us.

I have sat down on numerous occasions and wrote a few sentences, cried, closed my computer, returned, edited and completed this cycle over and over. Whether it’s the right choice or not to share this personal story, I’m not sure. But, I do know that this little fella has changed our lives and he continues to grow and thrive each day.

We are so grateful to God for healing our baby, keeping him safe and watching over him, us, and the doctors who treated him during this scary time. Thank you to our friends and family for your continued prayers and support. We have never felt more loved, grateful or blessed.

On April 13, 2020 at 1:36am, James Beauregard Parlett changed our lives.

We love you more, and more, each day, Beau.

Love, Mommy, Daddy, and Bubby (Diesel)

Cover image: Tiffany Sigmon

Beau’s Birth Story

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Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

July 22, 2020

Fashion

Adding this Covid mess on top of having a baby and not being able to leave the house very often has put me into a little bit of a slump lately. I have being dreaming of a Summer beach vacation, something we haven’t done in years and we finally pulled the trigger on a rental house. Let me tell you what, everyone and their mother has booked Summer beach rental houses. They are hard to find, y’all!

Either way, the idea of getting takeout or grilling out, spending the days on the beach and in the pool and just relaxing, are giving me real inspiration and something to look forward to. Naturally, we wouldn’t be going to any hotels or flying on any airplanes, so a nice rental house and road trip sound pretty fun to me! I’m already looking forward to it and planning a packing list! If you have any tips for road tripping with a baby, please let me know! We are bringing the whole #quadsquad on this trip. 6.5 hours with a baby and a pup!

Instead of just sharing one image roundup, I decided to add all of my favorites to this list so that I can update it as I find more and more beach finds! I can say that from the few things I do own on this list, this swimsuit is a dream! I bought it a few weeks ago for the Fourth of July and love it so much. It’s now on sale! It’s very soft and stretchy, I would say size down.

I received this several years ago as a gift and love it so much. You can fill it with water, but it holds an entire bottle of wine! #winwin

This dress has been one of my go to pieces this summer. It’s beautiful and comfortable and perfect for postpartum! I know I will be adding more beach finds to my closet, so I will add them here too. For fun, I added a few of our favorite summer baby items as well!

Summer Beach Wish List

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Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

July 20, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe I’m here to talk to you about spending our first three months with Beau! Everyone tells you that time flies, but seriously, why does it have to go so fast? I just want to bottle up these feelings, and this time. I just wish it would slow down a bit.

Our little boy is growing so fast, we just can’t keep up! We have been enjoying our time as a family of four, #quadsquad, and are all learning our new roles and routines. This sweet baby changes everyday and each stage is even more exciting than the last.

I wrote a two month update and never got around to posting it, so I will include my thoughts from month two here as well!

Three Months with Beau
Outfit | Blocks

Two Months with Beau

We are getting lot’s of cute smiles and coos throughout the day. Beau loves to lay in his bassinet, chat and smile in the mornings and at night. There is nothing quite like those sweet baby noises and smiles. Words don’t describe the way they make me feel on the inside. It truly is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD.

Month two brought about growth and changes! For a few different reasons, I made the terribly difficult decision to stop nursing. With that said, we introduced bottles and needed several additional things. Because Beau is more active and alert now, we have been spending more time in his room and he just loves his play-mat. Whenever I have a few moments I try to update his baby book which we absolutely love!

Three Months with Beau

This little fella is movin’ and shakin’ these days. He is very talkative and will probably be more like his mama when it comes to talking. Meaning, once he starts he might not ever stop! (haha) We love this sweet boy so much and it is truly difficult for me to come to terms with how quickly life is flying by. Each day he learns something new and is chaining a little bit.

He loves his toy bar on his Baby Bjorn Bouncer seat. He talks to all of the little animals and grabs them and hits them. He is moving around his playmat and trying out the different stations. He loves to kick the black and white ball now and just talks away whenever we lay him down on it. He sits up in his boppy a lot in the bed when we are watching tv and has moved up to sleeping in a pack n play in our bedroom as he outgrew his bassinet.

Beau loves to hear himself talk and sometimes just kind of just yells at us, instead of crying, to get our attention. LOL! We are starting to see even more of his personality shining through and we love it so much.

On week 13, just a couple of days after he turned three months old, Beau rolled over for the first time! Mommy is very proud of him, Daddy too! We love you so much, Baby Beau!

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Two

Feeding: these bottles, bibs, Baby Brezza (life saver if formula feeding, just make sure you have the correct powder setting), Bottle Brush, Soap, Drying Rack and Accessories.

Play: Play Mat and Mamaroo Mobile

Sleep: Ollie Swaddle and Sound Machine

Baby Book

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Three:

Monogrammed Weezie Towels

Play: Bumbo, Baby Bjorn Bouncer with Toy Bar, and these books (1,2,3) he loves so much, the bug book is his favorite these days!

Nuna Travel Crib for Sleep

Clothing

I thought I would mention clothing as a small aside. We absolutely LOVE Kissy Kissy outfits for Beau. He has onesies, pants, pajamas, shortsleeved outfits and tanks tops. We love everything! Also, blankets, bibs, mitts and booties. Really, everything is just the best from them. It’s hard to go back to anything after you have had that soft pima cotton!

A few more things…

Now that I am writing all of this out, I feel like it would just be better to make a more organized post on everything we loved and would recommend for months 0-3. If that is something you are interested in, just let me know!

I mentioned these items in my first month post, but we have really loved pampers swaddlers for his diapers. I personally believe using Water Wipes has made a difference too. For some reason, the smell of pampers wipes just don’t agree with me and I feel like Water Wipes are a much cleaner option. We love them. This diaper pail is a life saver. It’s chic and does the job. Other options out there might be more affordable at the beginning, but this one I think is the best option and the best investment. It’s built to last. You don’t need to buy any cartridges or special bags and it keeps all of the smells locked away!

Three months has gone by way too fast. My little baby is growing into a bigger and bigger baby everyday, right before my eyes. He is so beautiful and perfect and being a mother is the best thing ever. I really do hope to get back to posting more regularly on this space. These days it makes me so happy and gives me a little bit of freedom, that I really love and crave! If you have nay content requests, just leave them in a comment or send me an email and it will give me something fun to look forward to!

Three Months with Beau

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Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

May 16, 2020

Lifestyle

I honestly can’t believe we have already spent an entire month with our little Beau. It has been the best month of my life and also so challenging at time. Parenting is a whole new level of learning and I have to say that although it can be difficult, it is the best and most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced. I’m so grateful for this sweet little boy and life with the quad squad is the best!

During my entire pregnancy, and these early days of motherhood, I have spent so much time reading and researching baby and mama essentials! So many other mamas who have shared their favorite things have helped me so much. I wanted to share with you the baby products we have loved during the first month with Beau. Of course, every baby and parent is different, but these are the things that have really been working for us.

I know as time goes by, things will change but I want to share some of our favorites thus far!

Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau

Pampers Swaddlers and Water Wipes

After reading several reviews, we decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers for our little guy and so far we have no complaints! I also knew that I wanted to try Water Wipes because I have heard great things about them and really like that they are water based. The hospital provided us with Pampers Sensitive Wipes and we used those up during his first week and then switched to Water Wipes. So far, we really love them. I love that they don’t have any fragrance and I can wipe down really anything with them. I use them to wipe his face and hands and love them. Some people complain that they are too wet, which they are definitely very moist, but we haven’t had any trouble with them so far!

Pehr Changing Pad

Because Beau is sleeping in our room we have been using this portable chaining pad which we love for him! We also use this on the go, which is why I purchased it, but now we use it basically all day, everyday! He has a full size changing pad and these covers, but that just got to be a bit too much for our bedroom, so we switched to using this full time and moved his changing pad back up to his room. I love how this changing pad has a little compartment for diapers and wipes. It’s beautiful and functional!

Bibs Pacifier

When Beau went to the NICU, after birth, they gave him a pacifier shortly after his arrival. We aren’t against pacifiers in the least, I loved my Binki for many years! However, he is highly addicted, LOL, and loves his Paci! We have found that these are so beautiful and he loves them. They are also really lightweight so they stay in his mouth better than the Avent pacifiers. We are nursing and haven’t had any trouble with him refusing to nurse. He does really well taking to a bottle, a paci and nursing.

Kissy Kissy Everything

Mittens, booties and outfits, you name it, we love it! Seriously though, I fell in love with Kissy Kissy before I was even pregnant and knew that I would love dressing our little one in their outfits very often! I know they are only in one size for so long, but for me, investing in high quality, soft fabric clothing is important. Also, Beau was on the bigger side and he is just now, almost five weeks, growing out of his Kissy Kissy newborn outfits. When we came home from the hospital he wasn’t able to fit in barely any of the newborn outfits from other companies (Target, Carters, Etc.,) I was even more grateful for our Kissy Kissy outfits then!

He loves scratching his face which I absolutely hate to see, so he lives in these mittens. Most of the Kissy Kissy onesies come with fold over sleeves which is amazing! We also have really loved the converter gowns at nighttime. They make diaper changes so easy and are even easier than those zip up outfits! These gowns can be buttoned into a onesie too, which is so versatile!

Lastly, these booties! I love them so much. Socks fall right off of him, usually with his help, but these will stay on for hours! A huge win in my book!

Also, this bib which matches most o this outfits and is soft for newborns.

Pehr Swaddles

One of my favorite things to do is swaddle our little baby up at night and for naps! He is a pro at wiggling his way out, but I have found these Pehr Swaddles to be the absolute best! They stretch so that I can swaddle him tight, but are also big enough that he can’t squirm his way out of. So many of the other swaddles we have purchased shrink up in the dryer and then barely wrap around him. These are great for the early days or if you have a smaller baby, but overall the Pehr swaddles are 100% worst the splurge in my opinion.

I just ordered the Ollie Swaddle, now that he is getting bigger and more squirmy, and can’t wait to try it on him tonight! I will report back and let you know my thoughts soon!

Burp Cloths

I always forget to grab these, whenever I go to feed him, but they are amazing! I use them for everything, not just burping. They are a soft, all purpose cloth, that I would recommend having a stash of. They have been so handy for!

Mamaroo and BabyBjorn Bouncer

We have the MamaRoo and we all love it! However, this BabyBjorn bouncer is so portable that I would consider it, or something similar, a must have! We carry it to our parents houses when we go for dinner, put it between us when we are eating and I always set him in this bouncer outside of the shower so I can keep an eye on him and also clean myself! lol. This is so versatile and chic too! I also love it because it’s a little bit bigger than most newborn seats. At first, it was a little bit big for him but now he loves it and it will continue to grow with him for much longer than other seats!

Caddy for Diapers, Etc.

You already know that I love this collection of baskets, caddy’s and more. However, these little bins have been so handy in the early days. We have a pile of them in our bedroom linen closet and they store all of Beau’s things perfectly! We keep backup diapers in them, have one for personal hygiene and one devoted specifically to his diapers, wipes and Aquaphor. All I have to do is grab it, and the changing pad, and we are ready for a diaper change!

Sterilizer

I found this sterilizer through Taylor-Rae, from Style Soufflé, and it has been such a great addition to our baby collection! We added it to our registry and use it everyday! From pump parts, to bottles, pacifiers and more, we loved using this sterilizer. It’s beautiful and effective. I love that it has a drying feature so I just move everything for the dishwasher to this, most of the time, and everything gets sterilized and dried which I love!

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Feeding Beau has been something I have loved and also very challenging for me at times. I can share more, if your are interested or would find it helpful, however being in the NICU Beau was given formula on his first day of life. I knew that breastfeeding was something that I wanted to try, however it wasn’t easy, especially being separated from my baby at birth. However, we have all worked really hard at making it work and he hasn’t had formula for a few weeks now.

I always knew that if I was able to breastfeed, I definitely wanted Jay or any of our family to give him a bottle if they wanted too. It would also make date nights easier, if this virus ever goes away! This set has been so helpful for feeding him breastmilk from a bottle. I love that it has a slow flow for him right now and that they are easy to travel with. I have beautiful glass bottles that we will use when we can use a faster flow, too. However, these have been so helpful in preventing gas, whenever he has a bottle.

Diaper Pail

There are a few diaper pail options out there and some that are definitely less expensive than this option, however I loved the way this one looks compare to the other options. This is really handy to have! It keeps all smells locked away and is user friendly! I also love that it doesn’t require special bags, although they are great to have. So in the long run, probably actually save money by being able to use regular trash bags with this diaper pail!

Also, this is probably TMI but this is especially great during the first few weeks! We put this in our bathroom for both of our diapers. Yes, my diapers went in this too! (lol)

A Few Other Favorites Worth Mentioning

Dreft Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, Pacifier Clips, Aquaphor, Baby Bath, Hair Brush (if your baby has hair, this set comes with the softest brush!) Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo/Nuna Turtle Car Seat (these are truly amazing!)

Of course, there are so many products we have loved during this first month these are just some of our top favorites! Obviously, the best part of it all is soaking in time with your sweet little baby boy! I hope to share our month recap and his birth story soon! I am spending all of my time with him, and only take small bits to write for my blog. But, I want to take this time to write and share my feelings and thoughts during this time.

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

Third Trimester Recap

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

All beautiful photos are from Tiffany Sigmon.

Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau

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May 2, 2020

Lifestyle

Well, I definitely had planned to share this BEFORE Beau was born, but here we are. I wanted to follow through with my trimester recaps (see those here), even though I have already given birth and my third trimester feels so far away. I will do my best to remember how I felt before our little guy came into this world and hopefully will be able to share his birth story soon with you.

I asked about a month ago, or more, for your third trimester questions on Instagram, but I managed to let those get erased. So, I’m just going to do my best to follow my previous formats and include any relevant details!

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

My dress, here.

How are you feeling?

Tired and uncomfortable. Whoah, the third trimester is no joke. My weight hit an all time high of at least 180lbs. Yes, you heard that right. 180 lbs. The week before I gave birth I was 179.6 lbs at my doctors appointment so I know I was well over 180 lbs. by the time Beau was born. Surprisingly enough, as tired as I was, I had more energy and motivation during my last trimester than I did in my first two. Maybe it was the spring weather or just the anticipation and not knowing when baby would come. Either way, I was gardening, cleaning and resting too!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

No specific cravings or aversions, but I was pretty hungry! I always heard that you wouldn’t be as hungry during the third trimester and that was true towards the very end. But, for the most of my third trimester, I was pretty hungry. (lol) Hence the 180lbs!

Best Part of the Third Trimester

The anticipation and excitement for Beau to make his debut was the best and the worst. I was pretty antsy and anxious to meet him. The best part was feeling all of his kicks and movements. He became pretty active and seeing him move, and Jay being able to feel him really well, was probably there best part!

Worst Part of the Third Trimester

I would have to say probably just being uncomfortable. Nonstop bathroom visits and getting in and out of bed was awful. I pretty much dreaded bedtime everyday because I didn’t sleep much and was constantly needing to get up to use the bathroom, which required rolling out of bed. That was not easy. Sometimes I felt like I wouldn’t make it to the bathroom because of the pressure on my bladder, sorry TMI.

Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Favorites

Anything maternity, which I didn’t buy much of. Thankfully, my sweet friend gave me some maternity pieces which were so amazing and essential! Also, warm baths were so great at the end of my third trimester. I started taking them even more than I usually did. Probably 2-3 times per week. It felt so nice to just float in the water. I definitely don’t think I could take the heat of being extremely pregnant during the summer, but being able to swim and float in a pool would have been really great on my back and ribs and well, just about everything!

I started living for my pregnancy pillow again and basically just built a fort around myself every night, which also made it harder to get out of bed. I used this oil and I’m still using it postpartum, even though I got stretch marks anyway. Honestly, I think some people get them and others don’t. I’m someone who got them for sure!

Overall, I feel like pregnancy was much harder than I had expected. It was so rewarding and worth it in the end. I am so in love with our little Beau that I would be pregnant a million times over for him. However, it definitely has it’s moments and some make it look far more glamorous than others.

Covid 19 made the end of my pregnancy quite stressful and uncertain. During my last month, Jay wasn’t allowed to come with me to any of my appointments anymore, which was hard. He had been by my side for every single appointment and it just didn’t feel right not having him there with me. He continued to support me and waited in the car for every appointment. We FaceTimed almost every single appointment and figured it out. Overall, that was a huge bummer.

Giving birth was also completely different than I had expected, but I will save that for another post. If you are a mama out there and are scared during this time, I feel for you. I am praying for you. It is a very difficult and scary time. But, I PROMISE YOU, you are so much stronger and braver than you know. You can do anything and you are so loved!

I know this recap was a little bit different than most, given that I have already given birth and I’m not still in the thick of pregnancy. I’m sorry about that, but if it gives you any comfort in your third trimester, the discomfort you are feeling will soon be almost too difficult to remember!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Third Trimester Recap

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July 24, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe we have had our little Beau here with us for over three months already! I always planned on sharing his birth story, but after his birth I have felt quite unsure about sharing. Becoming a mother makes you rethink anything and everything that you do and say. But, if there is one thing I am for certain about our little Beau, it is his strength and that is something worth sharing.

Right after he was born, I shared an overview of his birth story and my labor and delivery experience on my Instagram stories. I never got around to saving it and so I definitely wanted to share it here, on my blog. Beau, if you are reading this down the road and don’t approve, I’m so sorry. However, you are my little fighter and I want the world to know your strength and God’s Glory!

This post is my longest post ever. So, if you plan on sticking around until the end, I would go ahead and grab a coffee or a glass of wine, and settle in. I’m sorry for the length, but I’m long winded and this is a long story! Also, I have written and rewritten this post. I have put it off and put it off, not knowing if it was something I wanted to share. It’s so personal and also very emotional for me, but I’m grateful that after almost three months I feel that I have healed so much emotionally. Becoming a mother has made me feel more vulnerable at times than I think I probably ever have. I wanted to share this with you and really save these raw feelings for myself.

The Early Labor Moments

Throughout my entire pregnancy we were completely blessed. Everything was on track and we were expecting to have a pretty generic labor and delivery experience. I was fortunate enough to have a healthy blood pressure and not have gestational diabetes. As I mentioned before, those were both two big concerns for me as my mom developed high blood pressure during her pregnancy with me and diabetes runs in my family. I tested negative for Group B Strep and with Covid 19, we were aiming to spend as little time as possible in the hospital. Having never given birth before, I was hoping to be in and out. Kind of like a drive through experience I kept saying. How naive was I?

My due date was April 15th, Tax Day, and it was looking like we would be pretty close to that date or maybe even go a bit over. I always felt like he would come early but never dilated really much over a centimeter in the weeks leading up to his birth.

If you know anyone who is a volunteer firefighter, you are probably quite familiar with their fire pager. I didn’t know much about that lifestyle prior to meeting Jay, but these days, it’s a huge portion of my life. Anyways, I’m used to his pager going off at all hours of the night and it just so happened to go off around 3:30am on Easter morning. I laid in bed listening to the page and all of the sudden I felt a pain that was much different than anything I have ever felt. Was this it? Was it really happening?

I sat in bed for a bit longer and they continued coming every several minutes, or so. I thought for sure this might be it, so I decided to make my way to the bathroom. I spent most of my time there during my third trimester anyway, especially at night! For the sake of this being on the internet, I will spare you all of the details, but there was proof that labor had begun however my water had not broken yet. I tried to lay back down for a bit, and encouraged Jay to get some rest, but I was so excited I couldn’t sleep.

Around 5am I decided to take a shower and start getting ready so that I could take my time and also kill some time, as I knew this was going to be a long process. The contractions were quite intense as I stood up in the shower, but it’s safe to say I have a pretty low pain tolerance.

After I got out of the shower, I decided to sit on my birthing ball for comfort while doing my hair and makeup. Around 6-6:30am I called my parents because they wanted to know when I went into labor. Of course, they came right down to be with us and Diesel. We all sat around the house for a few hours, talking and hanging out.

Around 9am, the contractions started to taper off, or so it felt like it, so we all went for a walk down the street to encourage them to come back. Walking definitely brought them back on so every little bit I would walk around the house, yard, or driveway.

A little bit later, Jay’s parents joined us to hang out for a bit and spend some time together. It was so nice having our parents there with us before we went into the hospital, especially since they couldn’t actually be there with us or visit during our hospital stay.

I wanted to hold out as long as I could and did my best to stay at home as long as I could, however our hospital is about a 30 minute drive and we decided around noon that it would be best to start heading that way. I knew when the contractions were bringing tears and I could barely stand through them, I needed to get closer to a hospital!

There were lot’s of tears on my part, as we left to go to the hospital. I felt some type of way about leaving Diesel. I was heartbroken, emotional and scared, too. I had to leave my sweetest boy at home and also go give birth without my mom by my side. I had no idea what the next hours or days would hold and I’m so glad I didn’t or I would have probably had an even bigger breakdown!

We hopped in the car and were on our way…

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The Hospital Labor Moments

We arrived at the hospital around 12:30pm, got checked in and went to triage for a bit to get examined. They let me know that I was about 4cm dilated and my water was “bulging,” which I assumed meant it would probably break pretty soon. They spoke with the doctor and I was admitted. I wanted to move things along as quick as possible, so I decide to hold out on getting an epidural for as long as I possibly could. The pain was pretty intense and hearing that I was only 4cm was a bit discouraging, but we completed our paperwork and got settled into our labor and delivery room.

As the hours passed, the pain increased. I spent the first couple of hours on the birthing ball working my way through each contraction. They were coming every 3 minutes or so and lasting for about a minute. Being hooked up to an IV meant there were several bathroom breaks and walking or standing up during labor significantly increased the intensity of my contractions. After being examined by the doctor around 6pm and finding out I was still only, in his words *generously* 6cm dilated, he decided to go ahead and break my water. Some say that having your water broken is not that painful, but for me, it was pretty uncomfortable to say the least. After he broke my water, I felt great for 20 minutes or so and then the contractions started getting intense again. I was hungry, exhausted and decided to go ahead and get the epidural. It took a little bit for them to get everything ready and I got my epidural around 7pm.

Everything was smooth sailing for probably an hour to an hour and a half. I was laying upright in the bed and even got in a little nap for a few minutes. They came in to examine me again and wanted to move things along a bit so they had me lay on my side with a peanut ball in between my legs. Pretty common, no big deal.

Holy Moly, I have not idea what this did, but before I could grab the button to push for more epidural, I was crying and screaming in pain. Something about me laying on my side made me feel like I had no epidural at all.

We went through this process from about 8:30/9pm to around 1am. The anesthesiaologist had to visit our room 3 times or so to adjust my dosage. Not to mention, I was hitting the little button every time I could and even in between trying to get relief. They kept encouraging me to lay on my side, as one side of my cervix was not fully effaced, before I could push. However, the pain was unbearable. I begged to lay on my back and sit up and they were nice enough to give me a break every so often and the contractions would ease up a little bit during that time.

After hours off excruciating pain, gripping the side of my hospital bed, screaming and crying, (poor Jay, I know) my sweet nurse decided to place me on all fours to help me cope with the back labor pain and see if it would ease the pressure on my back. She pushed on my back through each contraction and showed Jay how to help me work through the pain. Eventually I got to the point that I could not longer not push and pretty much told them that I had to, there was no other option for me.

Beau’s Birth

Because I was on all fours, they decided to let me push that way. When they broke my water there was evidence that meconium was present. So, when it was time tp push, my midwife called up to the NICU and had the NICU doctor come down for Beau’s arrival, just to check him over and make sure everything was ok. At the time, meconium in the water seemed like such a big deal to me, but little did I know that it helped make post delivery much safer for him.

I wasn’t really aware of much at the time other than the pain. Gripping the head of the bed and pushing my way through each contraction, which were coming so fast. I could feel his head come so close to coming out and then slip back in when I stopped pushing. I think that really kept me going and pushing hard.

Finally, I could feel that intense pressure breakthrough. All of the sudden there were several people screaming at me and flipping me over onto my back. I assumed this was probably normal procedure for a birth. His head was out and they were yelling at me to push and keep pushing and to push and not to stop. It becomes obvious that I had to push him out right then. I just kept thinking that this was a part of a normal birth experience. I’ve seen the movies, haha.

We pushed for about 20 minutes and our little Beau was born at 1:36am on Monday April 13th, 2020. This was the best and the scariest moment of my life. He was here, he was out and he wasn’t crying. I knew that wasn’t good. I was expecting them to bring him to me and place him on my chest, but instead, they cut the cord and ran him away to his little bed on the other side of the room. When I looked up there were all of at least ten people in the room. At the beginning of my pushing process there were only two, with the NICU doctor was on his way. In that moment, all I could say was, “My baby!” and the tears came.

I couldn’t see him or hear him. The only evidence that he existed was the rush of people around his little hospital bed. When I looked up into Jay’s eyes, and saw the tears, I knew something wasn’t right. He looked at Beau and looked at me. I begged him to go be with Beau. Of course, he ran straight over as I watched from a far.

Jay returned to my bed side and the NICU doctor followed. He told us that they were going to take Beau up to the NICU to examine him and he should be back down with us within an hour. He said if he returned before then, it probably wasn’t good. They allowed me to kiss him and then took him to the NICU.

The Moments After Beau’s Birth

My midwife and nurse cleaned me, stitched me up, and explained what had happened to Beau for me to better understand. Jay, bless his heart, witnessed the entire thing. It’s hard to see between your legs or really focus on anything when you are pushing a baby out, so I needed someone to help fill in the gaps for me.

During birth, both of Beau’s shoulders got stuck inside of my pelvis and would not come through. Shoulder dystocia is more common than I knew and since his birth I have done a little research to help me come to terms with those scary moments. We were both extremely blessed to have very few complications. I have had none so far and he recovered so quickly from his traumatic entrance into this world. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

Remember the part where I shared that the NICU doctor said, “We are going to take Beau up to the NICU to examine him and he should be back down with you within an hour. If I returned before then, it probably isn’t good.” Well, about 30 minutes later he returned. The look on his face said it all. In that moment we knew that it wasn’t good. Thankfully, since this moment Beau has continuously gotten stronger, and even more advanced than most babies, each day. However, at that moment, things weren’t good.

He shared that on the way up to the NICU, one floor up, Beau stopped breathing. They bagged him (breathed for him) and placed him on a ventilator. He was also started on an IV and antibiotics for the meconium in the amniotic fluid. At that time, the doctor didn’t know a lot but he knew that things weren’t good and he informed us that we would be discharged from the hospital before Beau was ready to leave the NICU. I was, as any mother would be, pretty much hysterical. The doctor asked us if we were Christians and reached out a hand to us both. He said he would like to pray for Beau with us, if that was ok. That moment, along with so many other moments, is one I will never forget and will always be grateful for. As the tears rolled down our faces, this amazing man prayed for our little boy and he did everything in his power to help him.

A few minutes later they said that Beau was stable and we could go and see him. I know this probably isn’t the best response, but I was completely terrified. In that moment, I didn’t feel strong enough to meet my baby boy when he was hooked up to these machines. I told Jay and the doctors that I didn’t want to go. I just couldn’t do it. I felt like a baby myself without my parents and here I was faced with my baby fighting to breathe. They all promised me that I needed to go and that it would be good for me to see him, despite my fear of his condition. They were so incredibly right.

Beau's Birth Story
This was one of the hardest moments of my life but also the most rewarding. Out baby boy was finally here with us.
Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story

We got to see him and kiss his little fingers and toes. Every time I see these pictures I cry all over again and question sharing this. But, the reality is it’s ok. It was scary, but not every birth goes smoothly and that’s ok. I wasn’t prepared for this, no one is. But, some birth stories look like this. You don’t always read about births like this on online publications. You see professional images of mothers with mascara on or a powerful image of a mom pulling her baby out herself in some inflatable pool. But, what about the parents who are exhausted and terrified. That don’t get to hold their babies for hours, days or weeks. My intention is to never make anyone else feel sad or scared but instead to show that you can have a rocky beginning and also a healthy baby and the strongest bond you will ever feel.

Our sweet boy is such a fighter. By the time we were able to get to the NICU, he was already fighting to try to pull the ventilator tube out of his throat. A few short hours later, by 6am, the doctors were able to remove the tube and take him off of the ventilator. That afternoon these were able to remove some of the other lines, his nose cannula and by Tuesday morning he was free of all cords and lines. Tuesday afternoon around 3pm he was able to come and stay with us in our room.

Beau's Birth Story
This is one of my favorite pictures of his. So soft, sweet and squishy. I just wanted to hold him so badly!

Finally, after almost two days, we could all three be together. Due to Covid 19, the NICU would only allow one visiter to come in a 24 hr period. The amazing doctors and nurses were kind enough to let us both come to see Beau right after he was born for a few moments together. But, after we left, only one parent could come for the first 24hrs and then another could come during the next. I spent Monday with Beau and Jay couldn’t see him until Tuesday. Those were some of the hardest moments focus. How were we supposed to take turns seeing our baby in this condition? Why couldn’t we all three be together? We already were in this situation without the support of our families and now this?

Beau's Birth Story
Our first times holding Beau.
Beau's Birth Story

Looking back, I’m grateful that we endure that time without the presence of others. These excruciating moments were growing moments for our marriage and for us as a family. While not ideal, there are things to be taken from even the hardest experiences. I just wish we could have spent that first day together snuggling and bonding. Instead, I spent the first day staring at our sweet little boy, unable to hold him for the first time 15+ hours after he was born. Jay had to wait an additional 29 hours to finally see him again and have the opportunity to hold him.

Wednesday evening, April 15th 2020, we all loaded up in the car to head home and meet Beau’s big brother and spend our first night together as a family in our home.

Beau's Birth Story
Beau's Birth Story

This is probably the longest birth story you have ever read. I hope you made it this far and I hope it wasn’t too much for you. Sharing this was difficult. I know there are mothers, babies, and families who endure so much more than what we did. But, this was hard for us.

I have sat down on numerous occasions and wrote a few sentences, cried, closed my computer, returned, edited and completed this cycle over and over. Whether it’s the right choice or not to share this personal story, I’m not sure. But, I do know that this little fella has changed our lives and he continues to grow and thrive each day.

We are so grateful to God for healing our baby, keeping him safe and watching over him, us, and the doctors who treated him during this scary time. Thank you to our friends and family for your continued prayers and support. We have never felt more loved, grateful or blessed.

On April 13, 2020 at 1:36am, James Beauregard Parlett changed our lives.

We love you more, and more, each day, Beau.

Love, Mommy, Daddy, and Bubby (Diesel)

Cover image: Tiffany Sigmon

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I can’t believe we have had our little Beau here with us for over three months already! I always planned on sharing his birth story, but after his birth I have felt quite unsure about sharing. Becoming a mother makes you rethink anything and everything that you do and say. But, if there is one […]

July 22, 2020

Fashion

Adding this Covid mess on top of having a baby and not being able to leave the house very often has put me into a little bit of a slump lately. I have being dreaming of a Summer beach vacation, something we haven’t done in years and we finally pulled the trigger on a rental house. Let me tell you what, everyone and their mother has booked Summer beach rental houses. They are hard to find, y’all!

Either way, the idea of getting takeout or grilling out, spending the days on the beach and in the pool and just relaxing, are giving me real inspiration and something to look forward to. Naturally, we wouldn’t be going to any hotels or flying on any airplanes, so a nice rental house and road trip sound pretty fun to me! I’m already looking forward to it and planning a packing list! If you have any tips for road tripping with a baby, please let me know! We are bringing the whole #quadsquad on this trip. 6.5 hours with a baby and a pup!

Instead of just sharing one image roundup, I decided to add all of my favorites to this list so that I can update it as I find more and more beach finds! I can say that from the few things I do own on this list, this swimsuit is a dream! I bought it a few weeks ago for the Fourth of July and love it so much. It’s now on sale! It’s very soft and stretchy, I would say size down.

I received this several years ago as a gift and love it so much. You can fill it with water, but it holds an entire bottle of wine! #winwin

This dress has been one of my go to pieces this summer. It’s beautiful and comfortable and perfect for postpartum! I know I will be adding more beach finds to my closet, so I will add them here too. For fun, I added a few of our favorite summer baby items as well!

Summer Beach Wish List

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July 20, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe I’m here to talk to you about spending our first three months with Beau! Everyone tells you that time flies, but seriously, why does it have to go so fast? I just want to bottle up these feelings, and this time. I just wish it would slow down a bit.

Our little boy is growing so fast, we just can’t keep up! We have been enjoying our time as a family of four, #quadsquad, and are all learning our new roles and routines. This sweet baby changes everyday and each stage is even more exciting than the last.

I wrote a two month update and never got around to posting it, so I will include my thoughts from month two here as well!

Three Months with Beau
Outfit | Blocks

Two Months with Beau

We are getting lot’s of cute smiles and coos throughout the day. Beau loves to lay in his bassinet, chat and smile in the mornings and at night. There is nothing quite like those sweet baby noises and smiles. Words don’t describe the way they make me feel on the inside. It truly is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD.

Month two brought about growth and changes! For a few different reasons, I made the terribly difficult decision to stop nursing. With that said, we introduced bottles and needed several additional things. Because Beau is more active and alert now, we have been spending more time in his room and he just loves his play-mat. Whenever I have a few moments I try to update his baby book which we absolutely love!

Three Months with Beau

This little fella is movin’ and shakin’ these days. He is very talkative and will probably be more like his mama when it comes to talking. Meaning, once he starts he might not ever stop! (haha) We love this sweet boy so much and it is truly difficult for me to come to terms with how quickly life is flying by. Each day he learns something new and is chaining a little bit.

He loves his toy bar on his Baby Bjorn Bouncer seat. He talks to all of the little animals and grabs them and hits them. He is moving around his playmat and trying out the different stations. He loves to kick the black and white ball now and just talks away whenever we lay him down on it. He sits up in his boppy a lot in the bed when we are watching tv and has moved up to sleeping in a pack n play in our bedroom as he outgrew his bassinet.

Beau loves to hear himself talk and sometimes just kind of just yells at us, instead of crying, to get our attention. LOL! We are starting to see even more of his personality shining through and we love it so much.

On week 13, just a couple of days after he turned three months old, Beau rolled over for the first time! Mommy is very proud of him, Daddy too! We love you so much, Baby Beau!

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Two

Feeding: these bottles, bibs, Baby Brezza (life saver if formula feeding, just make sure you have the correct powder setting), Bottle Brush, Soap, Drying Rack and Accessories.

Play: Play Mat and Mamaroo Mobile

Sleep: Ollie Swaddle and Sound Machine

Baby Book

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Three:

Monogrammed Weezie Towels

Play: Bumbo, Baby Bjorn Bouncer with Toy Bar, and these books (1,2,3) he loves so much, the bug book is his favorite these days!

Nuna Travel Crib for Sleep

Clothing

I thought I would mention clothing as a small aside. We absolutely LOVE Kissy Kissy outfits for Beau. He has onesies, pants, pajamas, shortsleeved outfits and tanks tops. We love everything! Also, blankets, bibs, mitts and booties. Really, everything is just the best from them. It’s hard to go back to anything after you have had that soft pima cotton!

A few more things…

Now that I am writing all of this out, I feel like it would just be better to make a more organized post on everything we loved and would recommend for months 0-3. If that is something you are interested in, just let me know!

I mentioned these items in my first month post, but we have really loved pampers swaddlers for his diapers. I personally believe using Water Wipes has made a difference too. For some reason, the smell of pampers wipes just don’t agree with me and I feel like Water Wipes are a much cleaner option. We love them. This diaper pail is a life saver. It’s chic and does the job. Other options out there might be more affordable at the beginning, but this one I think is the best option and the best investment. It’s built to last. You don’t need to buy any cartridges or special bags and it keeps all of the smells locked away!

Three months has gone by way too fast. My little baby is growing into a bigger and bigger baby everyday, right before my eyes. He is so beautiful and perfect and being a mother is the best thing ever. I really do hope to get back to posting more regularly on this space. These days it makes me so happy and gives me a little bit of freedom, that I really love and crave! If you have nay content requests, just leave them in a comment or send me an email and it will give me something fun to look forward to!

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May 16, 2020

Lifestyle

I honestly can’t believe we have already spent an entire month with our little Beau. It has been the best month of my life and also so challenging at time. Parenting is a whole new level of learning and I have to say that although it can be difficult, it is the best and most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced. I’m so grateful for this sweet little boy and life with the quad squad is the best!

During my entire pregnancy, and these early days of motherhood, I have spent so much time reading and researching baby and mama essentials! So many other mamas who have shared their favorite things have helped me so much. I wanted to share with you the baby products we have loved during the first month with Beau. Of course, every baby and parent is different, but these are the things that have really been working for us.

I know as time goes by, things will change but I want to share some of our favorites thus far!

Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau

Pampers Swaddlers and Water Wipes

After reading several reviews, we decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers for our little guy and so far we have no complaints! I also knew that I wanted to try Water Wipes because I have heard great things about them and really like that they are water based. The hospital provided us with Pampers Sensitive Wipes and we used those up during his first week and then switched to Water Wipes. So far, we really love them. I love that they don’t have any fragrance and I can wipe down really anything with them. I use them to wipe his face and hands and love them. Some people complain that they are too wet, which they are definitely very moist, but we haven’t had any trouble with them so far!

Pehr Changing Pad

Because Beau is sleeping in our room we have been using this portable chaining pad which we love for him! We also use this on the go, which is why I purchased it, but now we use it basically all day, everyday! He has a full size changing pad and these covers, but that just got to be a bit too much for our bedroom, so we switched to using this full time and moved his changing pad back up to his room. I love how this changing pad has a little compartment for diapers and wipes. It’s beautiful and functional!

Bibs Pacifier

When Beau went to the NICU, after birth, they gave him a pacifier shortly after his arrival. We aren’t against pacifiers in the least, I loved my Binki for many years! However, he is highly addicted, LOL, and loves his Paci! We have found that these are so beautiful and he loves them. They are also really lightweight so they stay in his mouth better than the Avent pacifiers. We are nursing and haven’t had any trouble with him refusing to nurse. He does really well taking to a bottle, a paci and nursing.

Kissy Kissy Everything

Mittens, booties and outfits, you name it, we love it! Seriously though, I fell in love with Kissy Kissy before I was even pregnant and knew that I would love dressing our little one in their outfits very often! I know they are only in one size for so long, but for me, investing in high quality, soft fabric clothing is important. Also, Beau was on the bigger side and he is just now, almost five weeks, growing out of his Kissy Kissy newborn outfits. When we came home from the hospital he wasn’t able to fit in barely any of the newborn outfits from other companies (Target, Carters, Etc.,) I was even more grateful for our Kissy Kissy outfits then!

He loves scratching his face which I absolutely hate to see, so he lives in these mittens. Most of the Kissy Kissy onesies come with fold over sleeves which is amazing! We also have really loved the converter gowns at nighttime. They make diaper changes so easy and are even easier than those zip up outfits! These gowns can be buttoned into a onesie too, which is so versatile!

Lastly, these booties! I love them so much. Socks fall right off of him, usually with his help, but these will stay on for hours! A huge win in my book!

Also, this bib which matches most o this outfits and is soft for newborns.

Pehr Swaddles

One of my favorite things to do is swaddle our little baby up at night and for naps! He is a pro at wiggling his way out, but I have found these Pehr Swaddles to be the absolute best! They stretch so that I can swaddle him tight, but are also big enough that he can’t squirm his way out of. So many of the other swaddles we have purchased shrink up in the dryer and then barely wrap around him. These are great for the early days or if you have a smaller baby, but overall the Pehr swaddles are 100% worst the splurge in my opinion.

I just ordered the Ollie Swaddle, now that he is getting bigger and more squirmy, and can’t wait to try it on him tonight! I will report back and let you know my thoughts soon!

Burp Cloths

I always forget to grab these, whenever I go to feed him, but they are amazing! I use them for everything, not just burping. They are a soft, all purpose cloth, that I would recommend having a stash of. They have been so handy for!

Mamaroo and BabyBjorn Bouncer

We have the MamaRoo and we all love it! However, this BabyBjorn bouncer is so portable that I would consider it, or something similar, a must have! We carry it to our parents houses when we go for dinner, put it between us when we are eating and I always set him in this bouncer outside of the shower so I can keep an eye on him and also clean myself! lol. This is so versatile and chic too! I also love it because it’s a little bit bigger than most newborn seats. At first, it was a little bit big for him but now he loves it and it will continue to grow with him for much longer than other seats!

Caddy for Diapers, Etc.

You already know that I love this collection of baskets, caddy’s and more. However, these little bins have been so handy in the early days. We have a pile of them in our bedroom linen closet and they store all of Beau’s things perfectly! We keep backup diapers in them, have one for personal hygiene and one devoted specifically to his diapers, wipes and Aquaphor. All I have to do is grab it, and the changing pad, and we are ready for a diaper change!

Sterilizer

I found this sterilizer through Taylor-Rae, from Style Soufflé, and it has been such a great addition to our baby collection! We added it to our registry and use it everyday! From pump parts, to bottles, pacifiers and more, we loved using this sterilizer. It’s beautiful and effective. I love that it has a drying feature so I just move everything for the dishwasher to this, most of the time, and everything gets sterilized and dried which I love!

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Feeding Beau has been something I have loved and also very challenging for me at times. I can share more, if your are interested or would find it helpful, however being in the NICU Beau was given formula on his first day of life. I knew that breastfeeding was something that I wanted to try, however it wasn’t easy, especially being separated from my baby at birth. However, we have all worked really hard at making it work and he hasn’t had formula for a few weeks now.

I always knew that if I was able to breastfeed, I definitely wanted Jay or any of our family to give him a bottle if they wanted too. It would also make date nights easier, if this virus ever goes away! This set has been so helpful for feeding him breastmilk from a bottle. I love that it has a slow flow for him right now and that they are easy to travel with. I have beautiful glass bottles that we will use when we can use a faster flow, too. However, these have been so helpful in preventing gas, whenever he has a bottle.

Diaper Pail

There are a few diaper pail options out there and some that are definitely less expensive than this option, however I loved the way this one looks compare to the other options. This is really handy to have! It keeps all smells locked away and is user friendly! I also love that it doesn’t require special bags, although they are great to have. So in the long run, probably actually save money by being able to use regular trash bags with this diaper pail!

Also, this is probably TMI but this is especially great during the first few weeks! We put this in our bathroom for both of our diapers. Yes, my diapers went in this too! (lol)

A Few Other Favorites Worth Mentioning

Dreft Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, Pacifier Clips, Aquaphor, Baby Bath, Hair Brush (if your baby has hair, this set comes with the softest brush!) Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo/Nuna Turtle Car Seat (these are truly amazing!)

Of course, there are so many products we have loved during this first month these are just some of our top favorites! Obviously, the best part of it all is soaking in time with your sweet little baby boy! I hope to share our month recap and his birth story soon! I am spending all of my time with him, and only take small bits to write for my blog. But, I want to take this time to write and share my feelings and thoughts during this time.

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

Third Trimester Recap

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

All beautiful photos are from Tiffany Sigmon.

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May 2, 2020

Lifestyle

Well, I definitely had planned to share this BEFORE Beau was born, but here we are. I wanted to follow through with my trimester recaps (see those here), even though I have already given birth and my third trimester feels so far away. I will do my best to remember how I felt before our little guy came into this world and hopefully will be able to share his birth story soon with you.

I asked about a month ago, or more, for your third trimester questions on Instagram, but I managed to let those get erased. So, I’m just going to do my best to follow my previous formats and include any relevant details!

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

My dress, here.

How are you feeling?

Tired and uncomfortable. Whoah, the third trimester is no joke. My weight hit an all time high of at least 180lbs. Yes, you heard that right. 180 lbs. The week before I gave birth I was 179.6 lbs at my doctors appointment so I know I was well over 180 lbs. by the time Beau was born. Surprisingly enough, as tired as I was, I had more energy and motivation during my last trimester than I did in my first two. Maybe it was the spring weather or just the anticipation and not knowing when baby would come. Either way, I was gardening, cleaning and resting too!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

No specific cravings or aversions, but I was pretty hungry! I always heard that you wouldn’t be as hungry during the third trimester and that was true towards the very end. But, for the most of my third trimester, I was pretty hungry. (lol) Hence the 180lbs!

Best Part of the Third Trimester

The anticipation and excitement for Beau to make his debut was the best and the worst. I was pretty antsy and anxious to meet him. The best part was feeling all of his kicks and movements. He became pretty active and seeing him move, and Jay being able to feel him really well, was probably there best part!

Worst Part of the Third Trimester

I would have to say probably just being uncomfortable. Nonstop bathroom visits and getting in and out of bed was awful. I pretty much dreaded bedtime everyday because I didn’t sleep much and was constantly needing to get up to use the bathroom, which required rolling out of bed. That was not easy. Sometimes I felt like I wouldn’t make it to the bathroom because of the pressure on my bladder, sorry TMI.

Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Favorites

Anything maternity, which I didn’t buy much of. Thankfully, my sweet friend gave me some maternity pieces which were so amazing and essential! Also, warm baths were so great at the end of my third trimester. I started taking them even more than I usually did. Probably 2-3 times per week. It felt so nice to just float in the water. I definitely don’t think I could take the heat of being extremely pregnant during the summer, but being able to swim and float in a pool would have been really great on my back and ribs and well, just about everything!

I started living for my pregnancy pillow again and basically just built a fort around myself every night, which also made it harder to get out of bed. I used this oil and I’m still using it postpartum, even though I got stretch marks anyway. Honestly, I think some people get them and others don’t. I’m someone who got them for sure!

Overall, I feel like pregnancy was much harder than I had expected. It was so rewarding and worth it in the end. I am so in love with our little Beau that I would be pregnant a million times over for him. However, it definitely has it’s moments and some make it look far more glamorous than others.

Covid 19 made the end of my pregnancy quite stressful and uncertain. During my last month, Jay wasn’t allowed to come with me to any of my appointments anymore, which was hard. He had been by my side for every single appointment and it just didn’t feel right not having him there with me. He continued to support me and waited in the car for every appointment. We FaceTimed almost every single appointment and figured it out. Overall, that was a huge bummer.

Giving birth was also completely different than I had expected, but I will save that for another post. If you are a mama out there and are scared during this time, I feel for you. I am praying for you. It is a very difficult and scary time. But, I PROMISE YOU, you are so much stronger and braver than you know. You can do anything and you are so loved!

I know this recap was a little bit different than most, given that I have already given birth and I’m not still in the thick of pregnancy. I’m sorry about that, but if it gives you any comfort in your third trimester, the discomfort you are feeling will soon be almost too difficult to remember!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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April 27, 2020

Beauty

This wasn’t the post I had planned for my first blog post post birth, but I had just placed a Sephora order before giving birth and with the sale going on, I wanted to share some of my favorites! I didn’t have time to create a cute little collage, because we are taking care of a 2 week old baby. How is that even possible? He is already two weeks old! But, I wanted to share my Sephora sale picks with you and some of my new beauty favorites!

I was inspired by Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, to try out some products form Ilia and have been so impressed with them! I have been using the mascara, foundation and concealer and have this eyeshadow quad and this lip/cheek stain in my cart! More than ever, I want to try more clean beauty products, since my face is often brushing Beau’s little head. I have become so much more conscious of what I’m using since giving birth and even during my pregnancy.

Also, I’m often asked about the Summer Friday’s products I use and I have to say, I have been SO impressed with all of their products. They are clean, effective and so much more affordable than a lot of brands. Their new lip balm is the only lip balm that rivals my beloved La Mer lip balm and I actually think that I like the SF’s one better! That is saying A LOT! I also use their Cleanser, CC Serum, and Overtime Mask on a regular basis. When my skin is drier, or I have a sunburn, I love the Jet Lag mask!

I have included some of my other favorites as well as my favorite blow dryer, curling iron and the hair products that I use. If you are looking for clean haircare, definitely check into Rahua! Their products are amazing and clean.

New Beauty Favorites and Sephora Sale Picks

I hope to be back soon with lot’s of baby updates! If you have any baby post requests, or anything else, be sure to leave them in a comment! I am trying to balance sharing, blogging, and also soaking in every moment with our little guy. These moments are so special and I don’t want to miss a thing! Each day we learn more and become more efficient. I’m typing at such a quick speed and hopefully, I will be more on top of blogging now too! We shall see!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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July 22, 2020

Fashion

Adding this Covid mess on top of having a baby and not being able to leave the house very often has put me into a little bit of a slump lately. I have being dreaming of a Summer beach vacation, something we haven’t done in years and we finally pulled the trigger on a rental house. Let me tell you what, everyone and their mother has booked Summer beach rental houses. They are hard to find, y’all!

Either way, the idea of getting takeout or grilling out, spending the days on the beach and in the pool and just relaxing, are giving me real inspiration and something to look forward to. Naturally, we wouldn’t be going to any hotels or flying on any airplanes, so a nice rental house and road trip sound pretty fun to me! I’m already looking forward to it and planning a packing list! If you have any tips for road tripping with a baby, please let me know! We are bringing the whole #quadsquad on this trip. 6.5 hours with a baby and a pup!

Instead of just sharing one image roundup, I decided to add all of my favorites to this list so that I can update it as I find more and more beach finds! I can say that from the few things I do own on this list, this swimsuit is a dream! I bought it a few weeks ago for the Fourth of July and love it so much. It’s now on sale! It’s very soft and stretchy, I would say size down.

I received this several years ago as a gift and love it so much. You can fill it with water, but it holds an entire bottle of wine! #winwin

This dress has been one of my go to pieces this summer. It’s beautiful and comfortable and perfect for postpartum! I know I will be adding more beach finds to my closet, so I will add them here too. For fun, I added a few of our favorite summer baby items as well!

Summer Beach Wish List

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July 20, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe I’m here to talk to you about spending our first three months with Beau! Everyone tells you that time flies, but seriously, why does it have to go so fast? I just want to bottle up these feelings, and this time. I just wish it would slow down a bit.

Our little boy is growing so fast, we just can’t keep up! We have been enjoying our time as a family of four, #quadsquad, and are all learning our new roles and routines. This sweet baby changes everyday and each stage is even more exciting than the last.

I wrote a two month update and never got around to posting it, so I will include my thoughts from month two here as well!

Three Months with Beau
Outfit | Blocks

Two Months with Beau

We are getting lot’s of cute smiles and coos throughout the day. Beau loves to lay in his bassinet, chat and smile in the mornings and at night. There is nothing quite like those sweet baby noises and smiles. Words don’t describe the way they make me feel on the inside. It truly is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD.

Month two brought about growth and changes! For a few different reasons, I made the terribly difficult decision to stop nursing. With that said, we introduced bottles and needed several additional things. Because Beau is more active and alert now, we have been spending more time in his room and he just loves his play-mat. Whenever I have a few moments I try to update his baby book which we absolutely love!

Three Months with Beau

This little fella is movin’ and shakin’ these days. He is very talkative and will probably be more like his mama when it comes to talking. Meaning, once he starts he might not ever stop! (haha) We love this sweet boy so much and it is truly difficult for me to come to terms with how quickly life is flying by. Each day he learns something new and is chaining a little bit.

He loves his toy bar on his Baby Bjorn Bouncer seat. He talks to all of the little animals and grabs them and hits them. He is moving around his playmat and trying out the different stations. He loves to kick the black and white ball now and just talks away whenever we lay him down on it. He sits up in his boppy a lot in the bed when we are watching tv and has moved up to sleeping in a pack n play in our bedroom as he outgrew his bassinet.

Beau loves to hear himself talk and sometimes just kind of just yells at us, instead of crying, to get our attention. LOL! We are starting to see even more of his personality shining through and we love it so much.

On week 13, just a couple of days after he turned three months old, Beau rolled over for the first time! Mommy is very proud of him, Daddy too! We love you so much, Baby Beau!

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Two

Feeding: these bottles, bibs, Baby Brezza (life saver if formula feeding, just make sure you have the correct powder setting), Bottle Brush, Soap, Drying Rack and Accessories.

Play: Play Mat and Mamaroo Mobile

Sleep: Ollie Swaddle and Sound Machine

Baby Book

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Three:

Monogrammed Weezie Towels

Play: Bumbo, Baby Bjorn Bouncer with Toy Bar, and these books (1,2,3) he loves so much, the bug book is his favorite these days!

Nuna Travel Crib for Sleep

Clothing

I thought I would mention clothing as a small aside. We absolutely LOVE Kissy Kissy outfits for Beau. He has onesies, pants, pajamas, shortsleeved outfits and tanks tops. We love everything! Also, blankets, bibs, mitts and booties. Really, everything is just the best from them. It’s hard to go back to anything after you have had that soft pima cotton!

A few more things…

Now that I am writing all of this out, I feel like it would just be better to make a more organized post on everything we loved and would recommend for months 0-3. If that is something you are interested in, just let me know!

I mentioned these items in my first month post, but we have really loved pampers swaddlers for his diapers. I personally believe using Water Wipes has made a difference too. For some reason, the smell of pampers wipes just don’t agree with me and I feel like Water Wipes are a much cleaner option. We love them. This diaper pail is a life saver. It’s chic and does the job. Other options out there might be more affordable at the beginning, but this one I think is the best option and the best investment. It’s built to last. You don’t need to buy any cartridges or special bags and it keeps all of the smells locked away!

Three months has gone by way too fast. My little baby is growing into a bigger and bigger baby everyday, right before my eyes. He is so beautiful and perfect and being a mother is the best thing ever. I really do hope to get back to posting more regularly on this space. These days it makes me so happy and gives me a little bit of freedom, that I really love and crave! If you have nay content requests, just leave them in a comment or send me an email and it will give me something fun to look forward to!

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May 16, 2020

Lifestyle

I honestly can’t believe we have already spent an entire month with our little Beau. It has been the best month of my life and also so challenging at time. Parenting is a whole new level of learning and I have to say that although it can be difficult, it is the best and most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced. I’m so grateful for this sweet little boy and life with the quad squad is the best!

During my entire pregnancy, and these early days of motherhood, I have spent so much time reading and researching baby and mama essentials! So many other mamas who have shared their favorite things have helped me so much. I wanted to share with you the baby products we have loved during the first month with Beau. Of course, every baby and parent is different, but these are the things that have really been working for us.

I know as time goes by, things will change but I want to share some of our favorites thus far!

Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau

Pampers Swaddlers and Water Wipes

After reading several reviews, we decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers for our little guy and so far we have no complaints! I also knew that I wanted to try Water Wipes because I have heard great things about them and really like that they are water based. The hospital provided us with Pampers Sensitive Wipes and we used those up during his first week and then switched to Water Wipes. So far, we really love them. I love that they don’t have any fragrance and I can wipe down really anything with them. I use them to wipe his face and hands and love them. Some people complain that they are too wet, which they are definitely very moist, but we haven’t had any trouble with them so far!

Pehr Changing Pad

Because Beau is sleeping in our room we have been using this portable chaining pad which we love for him! We also use this on the go, which is why I purchased it, but now we use it basically all day, everyday! He has a full size changing pad and these covers, but that just got to be a bit too much for our bedroom, so we switched to using this full time and moved his changing pad back up to his room. I love how this changing pad has a little compartment for diapers and wipes. It’s beautiful and functional!

Bibs Pacifier

When Beau went to the NICU, after birth, they gave him a pacifier shortly after his arrival. We aren’t against pacifiers in the least, I loved my Binki for many years! However, he is highly addicted, LOL, and loves his Paci! We have found that these are so beautiful and he loves them. They are also really lightweight so they stay in his mouth better than the Avent pacifiers. We are nursing and haven’t had any trouble with him refusing to nurse. He does really well taking to a bottle, a paci and nursing.

Kissy Kissy Everything

Mittens, booties and outfits, you name it, we love it! Seriously though, I fell in love with Kissy Kissy before I was even pregnant and knew that I would love dressing our little one in their outfits very often! I know they are only in one size for so long, but for me, investing in high quality, soft fabric clothing is important. Also, Beau was on the bigger side and he is just now, almost five weeks, growing out of his Kissy Kissy newborn outfits. When we came home from the hospital he wasn’t able to fit in barely any of the newborn outfits from other companies (Target, Carters, Etc.,) I was even more grateful for our Kissy Kissy outfits then!

He loves scratching his face which I absolutely hate to see, so he lives in these mittens. Most of the Kissy Kissy onesies come with fold over sleeves which is amazing! We also have really loved the converter gowns at nighttime. They make diaper changes so easy and are even easier than those zip up outfits! These gowns can be buttoned into a onesie too, which is so versatile!

Lastly, these booties! I love them so much. Socks fall right off of him, usually with his help, but these will stay on for hours! A huge win in my book!

Also, this bib which matches most o this outfits and is soft for newborns.

Pehr Swaddles

One of my favorite things to do is swaddle our little baby up at night and for naps! He is a pro at wiggling his way out, but I have found these Pehr Swaddles to be the absolute best! They stretch so that I can swaddle him tight, but are also big enough that he can’t squirm his way out of. So many of the other swaddles we have purchased shrink up in the dryer and then barely wrap around him. These are great for the early days or if you have a smaller baby, but overall the Pehr swaddles are 100% worst the splurge in my opinion.

I just ordered the Ollie Swaddle, now that he is getting bigger and more squirmy, and can’t wait to try it on him tonight! I will report back and let you know my thoughts soon!

Burp Cloths

I always forget to grab these, whenever I go to feed him, but they are amazing! I use them for everything, not just burping. They are a soft, all purpose cloth, that I would recommend having a stash of. They have been so handy for!

Mamaroo and BabyBjorn Bouncer

We have the MamaRoo and we all love it! However, this BabyBjorn bouncer is so portable that I would consider it, or something similar, a must have! We carry it to our parents houses when we go for dinner, put it between us when we are eating and I always set him in this bouncer outside of the shower so I can keep an eye on him and also clean myself! lol. This is so versatile and chic too! I also love it because it’s a little bit bigger than most newborn seats. At first, it was a little bit big for him but now he loves it and it will continue to grow with him for much longer than other seats!

Caddy for Diapers, Etc.

You already know that I love this collection of baskets, caddy’s and more. However, these little bins have been so handy in the early days. We have a pile of them in our bedroom linen closet and they store all of Beau’s things perfectly! We keep backup diapers in them, have one for personal hygiene and one devoted specifically to his diapers, wipes and Aquaphor. All I have to do is grab it, and the changing pad, and we are ready for a diaper change!

Sterilizer

I found this sterilizer through Taylor-Rae, from Style Soufflé, and it has been such a great addition to our baby collection! We added it to our registry and use it everyday! From pump parts, to bottles, pacifiers and more, we loved using this sterilizer. It’s beautiful and effective. I love that it has a drying feature so I just move everything for the dishwasher to this, most of the time, and everything gets sterilized and dried which I love!

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Feeding Beau has been something I have loved and also very challenging for me at times. I can share more, if your are interested or would find it helpful, however being in the NICU Beau was given formula on his first day of life. I knew that breastfeeding was something that I wanted to try, however it wasn’t easy, especially being separated from my baby at birth. However, we have all worked really hard at making it work and he hasn’t had formula for a few weeks now.

I always knew that if I was able to breastfeed, I definitely wanted Jay or any of our family to give him a bottle if they wanted too. It would also make date nights easier, if this virus ever goes away! This set has been so helpful for feeding him breastmilk from a bottle. I love that it has a slow flow for him right now and that they are easy to travel with. I have beautiful glass bottles that we will use when we can use a faster flow, too. However, these have been so helpful in preventing gas, whenever he has a bottle.

Diaper Pail

There are a few diaper pail options out there and some that are definitely less expensive than this option, however I loved the way this one looks compare to the other options. This is really handy to have! It keeps all smells locked away and is user friendly! I also love that it doesn’t require special bags, although they are great to have. So in the long run, probably actually save money by being able to use regular trash bags with this diaper pail!

Also, this is probably TMI but this is especially great during the first few weeks! We put this in our bathroom for both of our diapers. Yes, my diapers went in this too! (lol)

A Few Other Favorites Worth Mentioning

Dreft Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, Pacifier Clips, Aquaphor, Baby Bath, Hair Brush (if your baby has hair, this set comes with the softest brush!) Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo/Nuna Turtle Car Seat (these are truly amazing!)

Of course, there are so many products we have loved during this first month these are just some of our top favorites! Obviously, the best part of it all is soaking in time with your sweet little baby boy! I hope to share our month recap and his birth story soon! I am spending all of my time with him, and only take small bits to write for my blog. But, I want to take this time to write and share my feelings and thoughts during this time.

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

Third Trimester Recap

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

All beautiful photos are from Tiffany Sigmon.

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May 2, 2020

Lifestyle

Well, I definitely had planned to share this BEFORE Beau was born, but here we are. I wanted to follow through with my trimester recaps (see those here), even though I have already given birth and my third trimester feels so far away. I will do my best to remember how I felt before our little guy came into this world and hopefully will be able to share his birth story soon with you.

I asked about a month ago, or more, for your third trimester questions on Instagram, but I managed to let those get erased. So, I’m just going to do my best to follow my previous formats and include any relevant details!

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

My dress, here.

How are you feeling?

Tired and uncomfortable. Whoah, the third trimester is no joke. My weight hit an all time high of at least 180lbs. Yes, you heard that right. 180 lbs. The week before I gave birth I was 179.6 lbs at my doctors appointment so I know I was well over 180 lbs. by the time Beau was born. Surprisingly enough, as tired as I was, I had more energy and motivation during my last trimester than I did in my first two. Maybe it was the spring weather or just the anticipation and not knowing when baby would come. Either way, I was gardening, cleaning and resting too!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

No specific cravings or aversions, but I was pretty hungry! I always heard that you wouldn’t be as hungry during the third trimester and that was true towards the very end. But, for the most of my third trimester, I was pretty hungry. (lol) Hence the 180lbs!

Best Part of the Third Trimester

The anticipation and excitement for Beau to make his debut was the best and the worst. I was pretty antsy and anxious to meet him. The best part was feeling all of his kicks and movements. He became pretty active and seeing him move, and Jay being able to feel him really well, was probably there best part!

Worst Part of the Third Trimester

I would have to say probably just being uncomfortable. Nonstop bathroom visits and getting in and out of bed was awful. I pretty much dreaded bedtime everyday because I didn’t sleep much and was constantly needing to get up to use the bathroom, which required rolling out of bed. That was not easy. Sometimes I felt like I wouldn’t make it to the bathroom because of the pressure on my bladder, sorry TMI.

Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Favorites

Anything maternity, which I didn’t buy much of. Thankfully, my sweet friend gave me some maternity pieces which were so amazing and essential! Also, warm baths were so great at the end of my third trimester. I started taking them even more than I usually did. Probably 2-3 times per week. It felt so nice to just float in the water. I definitely don’t think I could take the heat of being extremely pregnant during the summer, but being able to swim and float in a pool would have been really great on my back and ribs and well, just about everything!

I started living for my pregnancy pillow again and basically just built a fort around myself every night, which also made it harder to get out of bed. I used this oil and I’m still using it postpartum, even though I got stretch marks anyway. Honestly, I think some people get them and others don’t. I’m someone who got them for sure!

Overall, I feel like pregnancy was much harder than I had expected. It was so rewarding and worth it in the end. I am so in love with our little Beau that I would be pregnant a million times over for him. However, it definitely has it’s moments and some make it look far more glamorous than others.

Covid 19 made the end of my pregnancy quite stressful and uncertain. During my last month, Jay wasn’t allowed to come with me to any of my appointments anymore, which was hard. He had been by my side for every single appointment and it just didn’t feel right not having him there with me. He continued to support me and waited in the car for every appointment. We FaceTimed almost every single appointment and figured it out. Overall, that was a huge bummer.

Giving birth was also completely different than I had expected, but I will save that for another post. If you are a mama out there and are scared during this time, I feel for you. I am praying for you. It is a very difficult and scary time. But, I PROMISE YOU, you are so much stronger and braver than you know. You can do anything and you are so loved!

I know this recap was a little bit different than most, given that I have already given birth and I’m not still in the thick of pregnancy. I’m sorry about that, but if it gives you any comfort in your third trimester, the discomfort you are feeling will soon be almost too difficult to remember!

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April 27, 2020

Beauty

This wasn’t the post I had planned for my first blog post post birth, but I had just placed a Sephora order before giving birth and with the sale going on, I wanted to share some of my favorites! I didn’t have time to create a cute little collage, because we are taking care of a 2 week old baby. How is that even possible? He is already two weeks old! But, I wanted to share my Sephora sale picks with you and some of my new beauty favorites!

I was inspired by Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, to try out some products form Ilia and have been so impressed with them! I have been using the mascara, foundation and concealer and have this eyeshadow quad and this lip/cheek stain in my cart! More than ever, I want to try more clean beauty products, since my face is often brushing Beau’s little head. I have become so much more conscious of what I’m using since giving birth and even during my pregnancy.

Also, I’m often asked about the Summer Friday’s products I use and I have to say, I have been SO impressed with all of their products. They are clean, effective and so much more affordable than a lot of brands. Their new lip balm is the only lip balm that rivals my beloved La Mer lip balm and I actually think that I like the SF’s one better! That is saying A LOT! I also use their Cleanser, CC Serum, and Overtime Mask on a regular basis. When my skin is drier, or I have a sunburn, I love the Jet Lag mask!

I have included some of my other favorites as well as my favorite blow dryer, curling iron and the hair products that I use. If you are looking for clean haircare, definitely check into Rahua! Their products are amazing and clean.

New Beauty Favorites and Sephora Sale Picks

I hope to be back soon with lot’s of baby updates! If you have any baby post requests, or anything else, be sure to leave them in a comment! I am trying to balance sharing, blogging, and also soaking in every moment with our little guy. These moments are so special and I don’t want to miss a thing! Each day we learn more and become more efficient. I’m typing at such a quick speed and hopefully, I will be more on top of blogging now too! We shall see!

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April 1, 2020

The Home

Easter is one of my favorite holiday’s to celebrate for several reasons. I remember dying Easter eggs with my dad growing up, hunting for the eggs in the yard, enjoying food with family and in all reality, who doesn’t love a little bunny? This year, Easter looks and feels so much different for us and for many people around the world. Despite the state of things, I wanted to bring a little joy to you and share All Things Easter to inspire you to enjoy the season despite the challenges we might be facing.

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In years past, my mom has hosted a Ladies Easter Luncheon, for all the women in the family. This lunch something I look forward to every year and I miss my family so much. Snacking on our favorite foods, drinking wine and laughing together is something I love so much.

This year, Jay and I are prepping for the arrival of our little Baby Parlett. What a time to bring a new baby into the world?! I won’t harp on all the things I’m missing this Easter, but instead share a few cute finds with you that have inspired me! After making my way through Baby Shower gifts, I have cleared off our dining room table and I’m going to set it with my Easter tableware this afternoon. I can’t help but wonder if we will have a baby on Easter this year or if he will arrive after his due date (April 15th).

What are you doing to make Easter special with your family this year?

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July 20, 2020

Lifestyle

I can’t believe I’m here to talk to you about spending our first three months with Beau! Everyone tells you that time flies, but seriously, why does it have to go so fast? I just want to bottle up these feelings, and this time. I just wish it would slow down a bit.

Our little boy is growing so fast, we just can’t keep up! We have been enjoying our time as a family of four, #quadsquad, and are all learning our new roles and routines. This sweet baby changes everyday and each stage is even more exciting than the last.

I wrote a two month update and never got around to posting it, so I will include my thoughts from month two here as well!

Three Months with Beau
Outfit | Blocks

Two Months with Beau

We are getting lot’s of cute smiles and coos throughout the day. Beau loves to lay in his bassinet, chat and smile in the mornings and at night. There is nothing quite like those sweet baby noises and smiles. Words don’t describe the way they make me feel on the inside. It truly is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD.

Month two brought about growth and changes! For a few different reasons, I made the terribly difficult decision to stop nursing. With that said, we introduced bottles and needed several additional things. Because Beau is more active and alert now, we have been spending more time in his room and he just loves his play-mat. Whenever I have a few moments I try to update his baby book which we absolutely love!

Three Months with Beau

This little fella is movin’ and shakin’ these days. He is very talkative and will probably be more like his mama when it comes to talking. Meaning, once he starts he might not ever stop! (haha) We love this sweet boy so much and it is truly difficult for me to come to terms with how quickly life is flying by. Each day he learns something new and is chaining a little bit.

He loves his toy bar on his Baby Bjorn Bouncer seat. He talks to all of the little animals and grabs them and hits them. He is moving around his playmat and trying out the different stations. He loves to kick the black and white ball now and just talks away whenever we lay him down on it. He sits up in his boppy a lot in the bed when we are watching tv and has moved up to sleeping in a pack n play in our bedroom as he outgrew his bassinet.

Beau loves to hear himself talk and sometimes just kind of just yells at us, instead of crying, to get our attention. LOL! We are starting to see even more of his personality shining through and we love it so much.

On week 13, just a couple of days after he turned three months old, Beau rolled over for the first time! Mommy is very proud of him, Daddy too! We love you so much, Baby Beau!

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Two

Feeding: these bottles, bibs, Baby Brezza (life saver if formula feeding, just make sure you have the correct powder setting), Bottle Brush, Soap, Drying Rack and Accessories.

Play: Play Mat and Mamaroo Mobile

Sleep: Ollie Swaddle and Sound Machine

Baby Book

Some of our favorite Beau things from Month Three:

Monogrammed Weezie Towels

Play: Bumbo, Baby Bjorn Bouncer with Toy Bar, and these books (1,2,3) he loves so much, the bug book is his favorite these days!

Nuna Travel Crib for Sleep

Clothing

I thought I would mention clothing as a small aside. We absolutely LOVE Kissy Kissy outfits for Beau. He has onesies, pants, pajamas, shortsleeved outfits and tanks tops. We love everything! Also, blankets, bibs, mitts and booties. Really, everything is just the best from them. It’s hard to go back to anything after you have had that soft pima cotton!

A few more things…

Now that I am writing all of this out, I feel like it would just be better to make a more organized post on everything we loved and would recommend for months 0-3. If that is something you are interested in, just let me know!

I mentioned these items in my first month post, but we have really loved pampers swaddlers for his diapers. I personally believe using Water Wipes has made a difference too. For some reason, the smell of pampers wipes just don’t agree with me and I feel like Water Wipes are a much cleaner option. We love them. This diaper pail is a life saver. It’s chic and does the job. Other options out there might be more affordable at the beginning, but this one I think is the best option and the best investment. It’s built to last. You don’t need to buy any cartridges or special bags and it keeps all of the smells locked away!

Three months has gone by way too fast. My little baby is growing into a bigger and bigger baby everyday, right before my eyes. He is so beautiful and perfect and being a mother is the best thing ever. I really do hope to get back to posting more regularly on this space. These days it makes me so happy and gives me a little bit of freedom, that I really love and crave! If you have nay content requests, just leave them in a comment or send me an email and it will give me something fun to look forward to!

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May 16, 2020

Lifestyle

I honestly can’t believe we have already spent an entire month with our little Beau. It has been the best month of my life and also so challenging at time. Parenting is a whole new level of learning and I have to say that although it can be difficult, it is the best and most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced. I’m so grateful for this sweet little boy and life with the quad squad is the best!

During my entire pregnancy, and these early days of motherhood, I have spent so much time reading and researching baby and mama essentials! So many other mamas who have shared their favorite things have helped me so much. I wanted to share with you the baby products we have loved during the first month with Beau. Of course, every baby and parent is different, but these are the things that have really been working for us.

I know as time goes by, things will change but I want to share some of our favorites thus far!

Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau
Baby Products We Have Loved During The First Month With Beau

Pampers Swaddlers and Water Wipes

After reading several reviews, we decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers for our little guy and so far we have no complaints! I also knew that I wanted to try Water Wipes because I have heard great things about them and really like that they are water based. The hospital provided us with Pampers Sensitive Wipes and we used those up during his first week and then switched to Water Wipes. So far, we really love them. I love that they don’t have any fragrance and I can wipe down really anything with them. I use them to wipe his face and hands and love them. Some people complain that they are too wet, which they are definitely very moist, but we haven’t had any trouble with them so far!

Pehr Changing Pad

Because Beau is sleeping in our room we have been using this portable chaining pad which we love for him! We also use this on the go, which is why I purchased it, but now we use it basically all day, everyday! He has a full size changing pad and these covers, but that just got to be a bit too much for our bedroom, so we switched to using this full time and moved his changing pad back up to his room. I love how this changing pad has a little compartment for diapers and wipes. It’s beautiful and functional!

Bibs Pacifier

When Beau went to the NICU, after birth, they gave him a pacifier shortly after his arrival. We aren’t against pacifiers in the least, I loved my Binki for many years! However, he is highly addicted, LOL, and loves his Paci! We have found that these are so beautiful and he loves them. They are also really lightweight so they stay in his mouth better than the Avent pacifiers. We are nursing and haven’t had any trouble with him refusing to nurse. He does really well taking to a bottle, a paci and nursing.

Kissy Kissy Everything

Mittens, booties and outfits, you name it, we love it! Seriously though, I fell in love with Kissy Kissy before I was even pregnant and knew that I would love dressing our little one in their outfits very often! I know they are only in one size for so long, but for me, investing in high quality, soft fabric clothing is important. Also, Beau was on the bigger side and he is just now, almost five weeks, growing out of his Kissy Kissy newborn outfits. When we came home from the hospital he wasn’t able to fit in barely any of the newborn outfits from other companies (Target, Carters, Etc.,) I was even more grateful for our Kissy Kissy outfits then!

He loves scratching his face which I absolutely hate to see, so he lives in these mittens. Most of the Kissy Kissy onesies come with fold over sleeves which is amazing! We also have really loved the converter gowns at nighttime. They make diaper changes so easy and are even easier than those zip up outfits! These gowns can be buttoned into a onesie too, which is so versatile!

Lastly, these booties! I love them so much. Socks fall right off of him, usually with his help, but these will stay on for hours! A huge win in my book!

Also, this bib which matches most o this outfits and is soft for newborns.

Pehr Swaddles

One of my favorite things to do is swaddle our little baby up at night and for naps! He is a pro at wiggling his way out, but I have found these Pehr Swaddles to be the absolute best! They stretch so that I can swaddle him tight, but are also big enough that he can’t squirm his way out of. So many of the other swaddles we have purchased shrink up in the dryer and then barely wrap around him. These are great for the early days or if you have a smaller baby, but overall the Pehr swaddles are 100% worst the splurge in my opinion.

I just ordered the Ollie Swaddle, now that he is getting bigger and more squirmy, and can’t wait to try it on him tonight! I will report back and let you know my thoughts soon!

Burp Cloths

I always forget to grab these, whenever I go to feed him, but they are amazing! I use them for everything, not just burping. They are a soft, all purpose cloth, that I would recommend having a stash of. They have been so handy for!

Mamaroo and BabyBjorn Bouncer

We have the MamaRoo and we all love it! However, this BabyBjorn bouncer is so portable that I would consider it, or something similar, a must have! We carry it to our parents houses when we go for dinner, put it between us when we are eating and I always set him in this bouncer outside of the shower so I can keep an eye on him and also clean myself! lol. This is so versatile and chic too! I also love it because it’s a little bit bigger than most newborn seats. At first, it was a little bit big for him but now he loves it and it will continue to grow with him for much longer than other seats!

Caddy for Diapers, Etc.

You already know that I love this collection of baskets, caddy’s and more. However, these little bins have been so handy in the early days. We have a pile of them in our bedroom linen closet and they store all of Beau’s things perfectly! We keep backup diapers in them, have one for personal hygiene and one devoted specifically to his diapers, wipes and Aquaphor. All I have to do is grab it, and the changing pad, and we are ready for a diaper change!

Sterilizer

I found this sterilizer through Taylor-Rae, from Style Soufflé, and it has been such a great addition to our baby collection! We added it to our registry and use it everyday! From pump parts, to bottles, pacifiers and more, we loved using this sterilizer. It’s beautiful and effective. I love that it has a drying feature so I just move everything for the dishwasher to this, most of the time, and everything gets sterilized and dried which I love!

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Feeding Beau has been something I have loved and also very challenging for me at times. I can share more, if your are interested or would find it helpful, however being in the NICU Beau was given formula on his first day of life. I knew that breastfeeding was something that I wanted to try, however it wasn’t easy, especially being separated from my baby at birth. However, we have all worked really hard at making it work and he hasn’t had formula for a few weeks now.

I always knew that if I was able to breastfeed, I definitely wanted Jay or any of our family to give him a bottle if they wanted too. It would also make date nights easier, if this virus ever goes away! This set has been so helpful for feeding him breastmilk from a bottle. I love that it has a slow flow for him right now and that they are easy to travel with. I have beautiful glass bottles that we will use when we can use a faster flow, too. However, these have been so helpful in preventing gas, whenever he has a bottle.

Diaper Pail

There are a few diaper pail options out there and some that are definitely less expensive than this option, however I loved the way this one looks compare to the other options. This is really handy to have! It keeps all smells locked away and is user friendly! I also love that it doesn’t require special bags, although they are great to have. So in the long run, probably actually save money by being able to use regular trash bags with this diaper pail!

Also, this is probably TMI but this is especially great during the first few weeks! We put this in our bathroom for both of our diapers. Yes, my diapers went in this too! (lol)

A Few Other Favorites Worth Mentioning

Dreft Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, Pacifier Clips, Aquaphor, Baby Bath, Hair Brush (if your baby has hair, this set comes with the softest brush!) Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo/Nuna Turtle Car Seat (these are truly amazing!)

Of course, there are so many products we have loved during this first month these are just some of our top favorites! Obviously, the best part of it all is soaking in time with your sweet little baby boy! I hope to share our month recap and his birth story soon! I am spending all of my time with him, and only take small bits to write for my blog. But, I want to take this time to write and share my feelings and thoughts during this time.

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

Third Trimester Recap

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

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May 2, 2020

Lifestyle

Well, I definitely had planned to share this BEFORE Beau was born, but here we are. I wanted to follow through with my trimester recaps (see those here), even though I have already given birth and my third trimester feels so far away. I will do my best to remember how I felt before our little guy came into this world and hopefully will be able to share his birth story soon with you.

I asked about a month ago, or more, for your third trimester questions on Instagram, but I managed to let those get erased. So, I’m just going to do my best to follow my previous formats and include any relevant details!

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

My dress, here.

How are you feeling?

Tired and uncomfortable. Whoah, the third trimester is no joke. My weight hit an all time high of at least 180lbs. Yes, you heard that right. 180 lbs. The week before I gave birth I was 179.6 lbs at my doctors appointment so I know I was well over 180 lbs. by the time Beau was born. Surprisingly enough, as tired as I was, I had more energy and motivation during my last trimester than I did in my first two. Maybe it was the spring weather or just the anticipation and not knowing when baby would come. Either way, I was gardening, cleaning and resting too!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

No specific cravings or aversions, but I was pretty hungry! I always heard that you wouldn’t be as hungry during the third trimester and that was true towards the very end. But, for the most of my third trimester, I was pretty hungry. (lol) Hence the 180lbs!

Best Part of the Third Trimester

The anticipation and excitement for Beau to make his debut was the best and the worst. I was pretty antsy and anxious to meet him. The best part was feeling all of his kicks and movements. He became pretty active and seeing him move, and Jay being able to feel him really well, was probably there best part!

Worst Part of the Third Trimester

I would have to say probably just being uncomfortable. Nonstop bathroom visits and getting in and out of bed was awful. I pretty much dreaded bedtime everyday because I didn’t sleep much and was constantly needing to get up to use the bathroom, which required rolling out of bed. That was not easy. Sometimes I felt like I wouldn’t make it to the bathroom because of the pressure on my bladder, sorry TMI.

Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap
Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Favorites

Anything maternity, which I didn’t buy much of. Thankfully, my sweet friend gave me some maternity pieces which were so amazing and essential! Also, warm baths were so great at the end of my third trimester. I started taking them even more than I usually did. Probably 2-3 times per week. It felt so nice to just float in the water. I definitely don’t think I could take the heat of being extremely pregnant during the summer, but being able to swim and float in a pool would have been really great on my back and ribs and well, just about everything!

I started living for my pregnancy pillow again and basically just built a fort around myself every night, which also made it harder to get out of bed. I used this oil and I’m still using it postpartum, even though I got stretch marks anyway. Honestly, I think some people get them and others don’t. I’m someone who got them for sure!

Overall, I feel like pregnancy was much harder than I had expected. It was so rewarding and worth it in the end. I am so in love with our little Beau that I would be pregnant a million times over for him. However, it definitely has it’s moments and some make it look far more glamorous than others.

Covid 19 made the end of my pregnancy quite stressful and uncertain. During my last month, Jay wasn’t allowed to come with me to any of my appointments anymore, which was hard. He had been by my side for every single appointment and it just didn’t feel right not having him there with me. He continued to support me and waited in the car for every appointment. We FaceTimed almost every single appointment and figured it out. Overall, that was a huge bummer.

Giving birth was also completely different than I had expected, but I will save that for another post. If you are a mama out there and are scared during this time, I feel for you. I am praying for you. It is a very difficult and scary time. But, I PROMISE YOU, you are so much stronger and braver than you know. You can do anything and you are so loved!

I know this recap was a little bit different than most, given that I have already given birth and I’m not still in the thick of pregnancy. I’m sorry about that, but if it gives you any comfort in your third trimester, the discomfort you are feeling will soon be almost too difficult to remember!

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April 27, 2020

Beauty

This wasn’t the post I had planned for my first blog post post birth, but I had just placed a Sephora order before giving birth and with the sale going on, I wanted to share some of my favorites! I didn’t have time to create a cute little collage, because we are taking care of a 2 week old baby. How is that even possible? He is already two weeks old! But, I wanted to share my Sephora sale picks with you and some of my new beauty favorites!

I was inspired by Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, to try out some products form Ilia and have been so impressed with them! I have been using the mascara, foundation and concealer and have this eyeshadow quad and this lip/cheek stain in my cart! More than ever, I want to try more clean beauty products, since my face is often brushing Beau’s little head. I have become so much more conscious of what I’m using since giving birth and even during my pregnancy.

Also, I’m often asked about the Summer Friday’s products I use and I have to say, I have been SO impressed with all of their products. They are clean, effective and so much more affordable than a lot of brands. Their new lip balm is the only lip balm that rivals my beloved La Mer lip balm and I actually think that I like the SF’s one better! That is saying A LOT! I also use their Cleanser, CC Serum, and Overtime Mask on a regular basis. When my skin is drier, or I have a sunburn, I love the Jet Lag mask!

I have included some of my other favorites as well as my favorite blow dryer, curling iron and the hair products that I use. If you are looking for clean haircare, definitely check into Rahua! Their products are amazing and clean.

New Beauty Favorites and Sephora Sale Picks

I hope to be back soon with lot’s of baby updates! If you have any baby post requests, or anything else, be sure to leave them in a comment! I am trying to balance sharing, blogging, and also soaking in every moment with our little guy. These moments are so special and I don’t want to miss a thing! Each day we learn more and become more efficient. I’m typing at such a quick speed and hopefully, I will be more on top of blogging now too! We shall see!

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April 1, 2020

The Home

Easter is one of my favorite holiday’s to celebrate for several reasons. I remember dying Easter eggs with my dad growing up, hunting for the eggs in the yard, enjoying food with family and in all reality, who doesn’t love a little bunny? This year, Easter looks and feels so much different for us and for many people around the world. Despite the state of things, I wanted to bring a little joy to you and share All Things Easter to inspire you to enjoy the season despite the challenges we might be facing.

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In years past, my mom has hosted a Ladies Easter Luncheon, for all the women in the family. This lunch something I look forward to every year and I miss my family so much. Snacking on our favorite foods, drinking wine and laughing together is something I love so much.

This year, Jay and I are prepping for the arrival of our little Baby Parlett. What a time to bring a new baby into the world?! I won’t harp on all the things I’m missing this Easter, but instead share a few cute finds with you that have inspired me! After making my way through Baby Shower gifts, I have cleared off our dining room table and I’m going to set it with my Easter tableware this afternoon. I can’t help but wonder if we will have a baby on Easter this year or if he will arrive after his due date (April 15th).

What are you doing to make Easter special with your family this year?

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March 25, 2020

Lifestyle

It’s crazy that we are only 3 short weeks, give or take, away from meeting our little Baby Parlett! I have been dreaming of meeting him for so long now, but I long to snuggle him and see what his sweet little face will look like. A few weeks ago, my mom hosted me the sweetest baby shower and it really made everything feel real!

For the past few weeks, our dining room table has housed baby clothes, bottles and things. After working hard on it, everything is almost complete sorted and ready for our little one’s arrival, whenever that might be! I wanted to share a glimpse into my baby shower and all of the details with you. I have so many wonderful photos, but I like to respect the privacy of my family and friends as much as possible. It was such as special day and one that I will always remember and cherish.

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My mama <3
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
The beautiful lady who is always behind the camera! @tiffanysigmonphotography
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

My Dress (also available here)

Food: The White Dog Bistro

Florist: Seasons of Williamsburg

Cake: Three Sweets to the Wind

Invitations: Dixie Design

Favors: Napkins, Seeds in these envelopes with custom printing

Photography: Tiffany Sigmon

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