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13 Sep

Babyproofing Our Apartment: The Living Room

I distinctly remember going over to friends' houses who had little children and thinking, "This looks like a daycare center!" The place was overflowing with multi-colored toys, big clunky soft furniture, playmats, plastic bins and stuffed animals. I also remember thinking, "Our place will never look like this! We're going to get all wooden toys and neutral colored baby gear."Welp, that lasted about 1 day. You soon realize that babies love colorful things, especially once their eyesight develops and they see more clearly. From books to mobiles to newborn activity centers, we were (and still are) in total color mode.However, we've still maintained our space so that all of Luca's toys are in a dedicated spot, there are some neutral...
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30 Aug

why I refuse to feel bad about co-sleeping

first off, before I say anything, let me say this: DO YOU. whatever works for you, mama. please don't let any book, online article, other mother, parent, mother-in-law, or Instagrammer influence you. do what works best for YOU and your family, always. we're all mamas just trying to survive through this motherhood journey. I'm simply sharing my thoughts and my experiences with my baby. that's it. take it for what it's worth. hopefully, some can relate. when I became a mother, I became a mother at a time when I was ready to accept that my life would never be the same. in fact, I didn't want it to be this same. I wanted to start a family, I wanted a baby to...
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31 Jul

breastfeeding update and luca’s solids and breastmilk schedule

you can read about my breastfeeding journey and my first breastfeeding update here. and of course, you should consult your doctor if you have any medically related questions about breastfeeding, as I am not a doctor and this is just my personal breastfeeding week is august 1-7, so in celebration of that, let's give a breastfeeding update!as we approach one year of nursing, I'm having all the feels. mostly, "I can't believe it!" when I first started nursing and it was tough, I remember thinking, "just stick it out for 6 months!" and then at 4 months, we finally hit our groove and nursing became, for the most part, easy. my confidence nursing in public grew, Luca's latch was strong,...
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29 Jul

When your workspace is also your baby’s space

If you follow me on Instagram, you may notice that when I take a photo of my food, there's a lot of baby "stuff" in the background. You can see our baby playmat and lots of toys scattered around. That's because the area I take my food photos for the blog in is also the area Luca plays in, in our living room. It's where all of his toys are stored and the area that we've designated "the baby's space."For us, we were always concerned that our apartment home would explode into one big baby's room. We're happy that we have a little nook in our living room that we could build into a safe space for Luca. Of course,...
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20 Jul

tips for eating at restaurants with an infant

since Luca is almost a toddler (just two more months to go!), and I get a lot of questions on how we eat out at restaurants with an infant and actually enjoy ourselves, I figured it was time to write the, everyone loves my #restaurantluca hashtag on the weekends when we're out and about with him! we take him out for about 3 meals a preface this, we are choosing to introduce food to Luca with baby led weaning (BLW). you can read all about our decisions in this post. with this, there are a couple key points to keep in mind when I'm sharing my tips:the main idea behind BLW is that it starts table manners...
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17 Jul

Amazon Prime Day Deals: Baby

Here are my picks for Amazon Prime Day! These are only products that I have used (and Luca, of course!) that we love and I highly recommend:The baby wash we use: The drying rack we use: Luca's favorite bouncer: Life-saving gripe water - still use it: Baby walker style we use: The take along mobile we used: Our stroller arch: Our mobile: The boppy nursing bowl: Babyganics essentials gift set: The feeding mat we use and love (EZPZ): The feeding mat for older babies - Happy Mat (EZPZ): His favorite maracas - great for diaper bag: you snag some great deals today!...
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30 May

the nanny update: 3 months later

if you missed my first post on why we decided to finally get a nanny, you can read that here. in that post, I mention that I was torn on what to do - get a part-time nanny, wing it myself and not get a nanny, or get a full-time nanny.ultimately (you can read more in the post), I decided to go with a full-time nanny, since I run a business and I just knew I wouldn't be able to grow and build my brand if I was doing it "part-time."it was one of the best decisions I've made, and I couldn't be happier with our current childcare situation. the nanny we are absolutely blessed. she loves Luca just like we do...
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15 May

an update on Luca and his schedule

it's ironic that I'm writing an update on Luca and his 'schedule' because this baby has never been on a schedule. from the moment he was born, I've been feeding him on demand and listening to his sleepy cues. he runs the show and we're fine with that - he's happiest when he eats when he wants to eat and sleeps when he's tired. if we force anything, it throws him off and he's cranky.there was a period in time when he was young (younger than 2-3 months) where I didn't take him out much because it was freezing cold outside, I was adjusting to newborn life, and frankly, I preferred to be at home with all the comforts around...
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11 Feb

getting back into shape postpartum: how I’m doing it

when I was in Florida in January, I hit my pre-baby weight, the weight I was when I got weighed at my first official sonogram appointment. I weighed 144 pounds! 

in mid January (about a month ago) I was being extra healthy and doing high-intensity, hour-long workouts almost everyday, in preparation for my little sister's wedding. I wanted to look my best, but most importantly, feel my best. about 3-4 weeks of that helped me shed the extra 5 pounds that I had leftover from my pregnancy. 

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