A Few of Her Favorite Things

So who else has Julie Andrews’ voice in their head now?  “These are a few of my favorite thiiiiiiings…”  (for those of you raised in a house that didn’t want musicals, that is from “The Sound of Music”). Okay, enough blog karaoke.  I thought I’d do a little round-up of some of Eleanor’s favorite things, which–of course–are not special baby toys at all, but random items she has found around …continue…

Honestly about the Honest Company

We were not paid or perked by The Honest Company to write this review–I came across this company, decided to try some of their products and then write about them. (Facebook ad for The Honest Company) So a few months ago, I saw a little ad on the side of Facebook for The Honest Company.  Normally I do not click on these, but I vaguely remembered hearing of their diapers, …continue…

Baby Transport

(E on a borrowed car) Living in the city, I am mostly out with baby sans car.  Because of this, I declined on the baby bucket/infant car seat so our options when out and about are stroller and baby wearing/carrying.  Here is what we have found works best: For 0-6 weeks (ish): the Moby wrap.  I love the Moby for the coziness.  It allowed Eleanor to maintain her most comfortable …continue…

Our Travels, Part II

Next up I’d like to tackle the airplane and how we dealt with that.  I’ll start out by saying our return flight was much more pleasant/successful than our trip out to Chicago. First off, on our way to Chicago we had to leave for the airport right during Eleanor’s morning nap which mean no morning nap.  We were mid-flight when her afternoon nap was supposed to begin.  This meant we …continue…

Our Travels, Part I

(yes those are my knees, yes I’m wearing pants/shorts, and she was actually a lot happier than she looks here) Alright, so I posted before we left that I was stressed out over what to bring/what not to bring, etc. for our first extended trip with Eleanor.  I’m here to report back on what we brought and how it worked out (despite Brandon’s best efforts at reminding me, I didn’t …continue…

Flat Zoo

How sweet is this little “flat zoo” by Yang:Ripol?  Super compact, I can see this would be a great toy for times on-the-go.  This very likely could fall into the category of “toys that mom and dad like better than baby,” but it would look awfully cute just sitting on a shelf if your kid won’t play with it (or if it’s too fragile for him or her). The pieces …continue…

Travel with Baby

So, generally I’m not the worrying type when it comes to toting Eleanor around.  We go out and about all the time in all sorts of places no sweat.  Our approaching trip, however (which will be Eleanor’s first plane ride), does have me a little a little stressed, although it may not be for the reasons you might think.  Right now I’m not too worried about how she’ll do on …continue…

Katrina and Jerome: A Birth Story, Part I

My good friend Katrina (who wrote this post for us) was kind enough to share her birth story.  I delivered my sweet baby boy Monday morning, October 10, 2011 at 7:33am in Los Angeles, California at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my husband and mother present. He was 7lbs 13oz and 20 inches long. I first set eyes on my boy when his head was in the hands of …continue…

Affordable Portraits with Chalk + Dot!

As moms ourselves, Erica and I feel strongly that it shouldn’t break the bank to have high quality portraits of your growing family.  Because of this, we are hosting our first mini portrait session Saturday!  This Saturday, July 28 Erica and I will be spending our day at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek photographing YOU. For $90, you will get a 45 minute session with 2 photographers with 10 complimentary …continue…

And Then It All Fell Apart: A Sleep Story Continues. Again.

(picture from my sister, Eleanor and I at Half Moon Bay) So I’ve been blogging about sleep a lot lately.  You thought this blog was supposed to be about baby products and nursery design? Me too!  But for now it’s about sleep because that is what is consuming our little family right now.  I first wrote about sleep here.  Then I wrote updates here and here. Things were going alright.  …continue…

Apartment Living, Part II

Yesterday I posted pictures of my apartment and talked about my advice for living in a smaller space with a baby (Reader’s Digest version: keep the baby gear to an absolute minimum).  Today I’ll be rambling a little more about the ins and outs of apartment living. First off, flexibility is key.  We started out sharing a room with Eleanor.  It was great and I loved being able to lift …continue…

A Baby in a One Bedroom

Recently one of Erica’s friends asked me about living in a one bedroom with a baby, so after writing her a lengthy email I thought I’d share my ideas here and see if any of you readers out there have thoughts/advice. One of the main concerns that I’ve encountered is the baby gear issue.  When you have limited space, the thought of all the equipment that can come along with …continue…