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First Birthday Gift Ideas

I am in shock that it’s almost Ford’s first birthday. It just doesn’t seem possible that he is going to be one! I’ve done a LOT of research and have been pulling together all the ideas of gifts for this milestone birthday. I am not sure what your traditions are, but we go big for milestone birthdays and this one will be no exception. I wanted to also ask the experts on what toys would be worth investing in for a first birthday gift. SO, I enlisted my friends at Learning Tree Toys, a local children’s toy company that I support and trust to share advice with me. Their ideas were so helpful, I thought I would share with you!

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11 Months with Ford

Ford is 11-months. My little baby looks (and acts) more like a toddler by the day. He no longer crawls and prefers to walk. He’s gotten quite good at it! He has a little personality including telling me “no” by shaking his head. He loves to point out animals like, birds and dogs. He is starting to say “ba” for bird and “da” for dog.

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Gifts to Give a New Mama

Now that I am almost 1-year into my motherhood journey, I have such a different perspective on what I would give to a new mama. When I was prepping for Ford to arrive, I was focused on folding his cute baby onesies and curating the perfect nursery. I tried my best to research baby items we would need and actually use, but it’s really hard to know…until you know.

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9 Months with Ford

Things are starting to move fast. Like, really fast! Ford is getting close to walking, which doesn’t even seem real. And is growing so much both mentally and physically. Time seems to be going by quickly. Sharing a quick update on 9 months with Ford.

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The Baby Products We Still Use & Love

Now that Ford is 8-months-old (how is that possible?) I thought it would be fun to share the baby products we still are using to this day. When we created our registry, I was completely overwhelmed with how many baby gadgets there are. I think I spent HOURS researching everything, comparing prices and looking for cute options. It’s crazy to think that only a few of the things we purchased or received lasted more than a few weeks or months. If I were to have another baby (not anytime soon), I would definitely pare down my list to the essentials. These are the few items we are still using to this day and would buy again and again…

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Easter Basket Essentials

I am SO excited to celebrate Easter with Ford this year. Even though he won’t remember it, I want to start our family traditions now.  I decided to plan our Easter Basket for Ford early knowing that stores often get cleared of inventory quickly. I went into my Target with a goal to not spend more than $60 and to stick to items that Ford really needs. I would call myself a ‘minimalist mama’ and don’t like having lots of stuff, so really was trying to avoid buying anything that he wouldn’t need, want or use.

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8 Months with Ford

The last month has been one of the most challenging, but also so fun. After dealing with an entire month of sickness and then teething, we are so thankful that Ford is finally back to his playful self. Here are a few updates on Ford.

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You're Invited! Mommy & Me Meet-up at Monica & Andy

I am SO excited to host a Mommy & Me meet-up this Wednesday, March 27 from 11:00am - noon at Monica & Andy on the Country Club Plaza.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I hosted a Coffee Meet-up last month…it was so fun to get together with women, many of which are moms, and chat about life, business and chasing after passion projects. That meet-up was so inspiring, I have decided to attempt to host a new networking event each month with a specific theme. Since I love connecting with moms on social media, I thought it would be fun to take our conversations offline for this month’s meet-up!

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7-months with Ford

The last month or so has been full of change. I am loving this age so, so much and seeing him change & develop in many ways. Here are a few updates on Ford from what he’s eating to his favorite activities (standing + crawling) and how daycare is going for us!

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How to find a part-time nanny

I have received a lot of questions regarding the nanny that helps with Ford. Everything from “How did we find her?” and “what was the interview process like?” So, I’m sharing the process we went through and questions asked during the interviews. 

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6 Months with Ford

It feels so weird to say that. Part of me feels like he was just born, but I also feel like he’s been a part of my life forever. It’s weird how time flies when your family grows and how different everything is. I honestly struggle to remember what life was like without this sweet boy. I mean, I definitely miss the days of sleeping in, but overall can’t complain. He has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Here are a few updates on Ford.

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My Breastfeeding Journey

The one thing I wanted going into my pregnancy was to be able to breastfeed. I guess I always pictured it being such a beautiful part of the mother and baby journey. And it really is! What I didn’t realize was that it would be SO hard.  I don’t think anything could have prepared  me for learning how to breastfeed until my baby was here. I thought breastfeeding come naturally - it seems like it would be instinctual, and while part of the process is, it really is something that you and you baby have to learn, together. Here is my story and what worked for me...

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Favorite Toys & Activities (3-6 Months)

Once Ford started to become active, right around 3.5 months, I knew I couldn’t just let him bounce in his MamaRoo anymore. I wanted to engage him with fun toys and activities to boost his development. I also think it’s much more fun to have things to do when I am at home with him, so that neither of us gets bored. Here are a few ideas I compiled and tested with the help of my amazing community!

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