Being Brickner : November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Four Month Faves

So Waverly's first four months have literally flown by, and I am really starting to understand what people mean when they ALWAYS tell to cherish each moment (Top comment I have gotten ever since my expanding belly was obvious enough to be a baby bump, and still get at least once daily!).  I  have definitely taken the advice and am cherishing each second with my baby girl.  And as much as I want all ths growing to slow down so she stays my snugly little baby bean forever ... I can't help but love each milestone and watching her grow & develop each day. 

With all these changes that my budding little baby has had lately, we are constantly in need of new products and adapting our daily routine (It still amazes me how much "stuff" a tiny human can require ... But I admit I love all that "stuff!").  Here are our FOUR MONTH FAVORITES!

1 - Taggies Blanket ($9.99; Bed, Bath & Beyond). Waverly is officially a curious, active ball of energy these days ... So in other words, we have officially entered the toy stage.  The taggies blanket has loops completely around it so that you can hook a variety of toys on each one.  That way, when she gets bored with one (short attention span), I can turn the blanket and give her another.  It also helps keep her toys in one place. And it's super soft & comfy!

2 - Bright Starts Lots of Links ($ 4.04; Target).   In keeping with the toy theme, these links are perfect.  They allow you to hook all of those toys around the taggie, and you can also use them to hang toys from your stroller, bassinet, or crib (if she was actually willing to lay in that crib, they would be even better.  But that's another blog post ... ).

3 - Sophie the Giraffe ($21.99; Babies'R'Us).  Ok, so I know I've posted about Sophie once before, but we love her so much that she completely deserves a second shout-out.  I don't know what it is about that little giraffe, but Waverly just loves her .... Loves to eat her, squeeze her, and just hold on to her.  Thank goodness for Sophie.

4 - Wub Nub Pacifier ($13; Amazon).  I admit it ... We have given Waverly a pacifier pretty much since she was a week old.  (I realize some don't agree, but my pediatrician gave me the go and it has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion; I'm definitely not turning back now!).  Since she has gotten older, and is able to grasp on better, she likes it more and more. The Wub Nub combines the pacifier with a soft, cuddly stuffed animal that gives her something to play with and snuggle up to.  She LOVES it, and looks so cute with it, too!

5 - Fenugreek Pills ($9.98; Amazon).  Random, I know, but this one has been a life-changer. Since going back to work, my milk supply has slowly been dwindling ... Almost to the point that we had to supplement with formula. But after my doctor suggested these pills, my supply has gone up considerably with each pumping session.  I take two pills each morning and night, and have noticed a significant difference.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Beloved Black Friday

Anyone who knows me would probably agree that to say I am a shopaholic is a bit of an understatement.  It's not my best trait, but I most likely do have a slight shopping addiction.  Ever seen the movie, "Confessions of a Shopaholic?" - the main character is eerily similar to me, complete with the red hair & all.  And of course, since having my daughter this past July, my love of shopping at Forever 21 for printed sweaters & skinny jeans is now shared with one for bows & striped onsies at Old Navy or Baby Gap.

So for those reasons, among many others, Black Friday definitely ranks in one of my favorite days of the year.  Along with my mom and sister, I have been attending the festivities for at least four years now.  Other than the obvious bargains, doorbusters and more ... I thoroughly enjoy the excitement of the day, including the running through stores, hunting for special finds, and even the people watching everywhere we go.  We have been known to start our adventure just past midnight Thanksgiving evening and last until late that night.

This year brought a challenge as sleep is currently at quite the premium for me, yet with Waverly's fashion needs and my own ... It wasn't an option to sit this one out (And obviously, I didn't want to!). So we set our alarms for midnight once again, and set out for Kohl's, Macy's, and Old Navy.  Waverly even joined in for the fun, during Round Two at Target, TJ Maxx, and Micheals.  Here are the best deals we scored throughout the day .......

Baby Gap!!!  Well actually, the sale at Baby Gap started on Tuesday, so we knocked this one out before we even started cooking the Thanksgiving turkey.  Tons of deals on baby girl clothes I drool over but would never pay full price!


Kohls!!!  Always our first stop; this year, I went straight to the baby department.  Waverly is definitely at that age that she is getting more curious with her toys by the day, so Santa will be bringing lots of Fisher Price - at a discount.

http://www.kohls.com/catalog/toys-baby-toys.jsp?CN=3000001496

Micheals!  So this one was for me ... in an effort to deck the halls in my home and create the festive Christmas atmosphere.  Like usual, Micheals is my go-to for anything decorative, and with amazing deals that continue past Black Friday, I always end up with something.

http://www.michaels.com/Seasons-Celebrations/departments-seasonsandcelebrations,default,sc.html


And one picture of Waverly from the day ... a memorable day for any budding shopper.  It was also the first day Waverly went out in her PJs & and she looked quite cute in them!

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful.

Without a doubt, I am thankful this year.  My entire life has changed and been given new meaning by the birth of my healthy, beautiful baby girl, and now looking back ... I don't think I even understand what thankful was before this past July.  So needless to say, I could certainly write an entire post on how blessed I am because of her, and all the reasons why, but it would most likely turn into a small novel rather than simply a blog post.

So for the sake of time, sanity, and my realization that no one wants to read the million reasons why I am thankful for my Waverly Maye ... I will instead write on the superficial reasons why I am thankful.  In other words, my current obsessions, favorite things, products I love, esc. - especially because they are definitely always changing.  Here goes ...
  1. I am thankful for Pinterest.  Really, who isn't?  I have found more baby ideas, craft projects, products that I never knew existed and never thought I needed, recipes, fashion inspiration ... and then some.  We (Pinterest & I) actually have a love/hate relationship as it sometimes can uncessarily stress me out when I realize how much more organization I could have in my home, how much creativity I lack in my gift-wrapping, or generally how many hours of life I lose to searching endless ideas.  But at the end of the day, I am forever grateful for its presence in my life, and would be even more grateful if Virginia Beach City Schools would allow me to use it at school and unblock it from its server.
  2. I am thankful for my Camera.  Speaking of lost time in life, I am embarrased to admit how many hours of my day are devoted to taking pictures of my baby girl.  To say I am obsessed would be an understatement.  I seriously get nervous and don't feel complete when I am without it.  The chances of missing a candid moment, new facial expression, or stand-out outfit are too high.  (Specifially, I am thankful for the new, upgraded camera that I currently purchased ... which takes perfectly clear, high-quality shots.  It is the Sony Powershot.  More to come later.)
  3. I am thankful for Gap.  Specifically, Baby Gap.  This is one of those current obsessions of mine that I wish I hadn't discovered.  Baby Gap has seriously the cutest baby girl clothes EVER!  I have spent more hours drooling over their website than I am willing to admit, and although I have had the will-power to not buy anything full price as of yet ... I am not sure how long that can last.  My GAP fashion tip ... wait for the sales!  Like them on Facebook & sign up to recieve coupons online!
  4. I am thankful for Etsy.  OK, so I realize most of these are technology-driven, but so is my life.  My love of Etsy began when I was planning my wedding, and as a result, the majority of the details on my special day were purchased there.  The amount of absolutely adorable baby items on Etsy.com can be overwhelming, and like many of the latter, I spend many of hours searching through them a day.  Many of Waverly's headbands, blankets, and bloomers are a result of a special Etsy find.
  5. I am thankful for a Thanksgiving break; thus, time off with my baby girl.  So I realize this one is sentimental ... but I had to at least have one.  I have been back at work for a little over a month now, and while I still enjoy my career, I miss my baby girl like crazy.  I realize I should not complain, as I am lucky enough to be able to be home by 3 everyday ... but simply, sometimes that is just not enough.  So the opportunity to spend an entire four dayuninterrupted with my little family just overjoys me.
Our Thanksgiving celebration will consist of a "double-header," as we will be visiting with both sides of our family throughout the day.  I can hardly wait ... love, love a celebration and love one even more when it involves Miss Waverly Maye (and is her first!).

Waverly Maye's Most Recent Picture ...





Monday, November 19, 2012

Our Festive Friendsgiving

It's less than one week until Thanksgiving, and my house is starting to feel more festive by the minute.  This is definitely the earliest I have had Christmas decorations out, but I love the season so much that I figure the longer they are out, the better.  And furthermore, (1) now that I am a mom, I feel more of a sense of urgency to create the entire holiday experience (even though I know she won't remember it this year) and (2) now that I am a mom, I am entirely more busy and have found that I have to take an opportunity when I have it.    

In addition to beginning to deck the halls in our home, we have also started the first of many celebrations.  I love a tradition, as well as any excuse for a friendly gathering ... so I always look forward to our *Friendsgiving each year.  This year marked our third, and Waverly's first.  And for us,  this year was extra special as it was during this same gathering last year that we shared the news that we were expecting.  In fact, we told them specifically during a photo - we set the timer and just as the flash went off, my husband shouted that I was pregnant.  What a difference a year makes.

Last year's Photo - We're Pregnant! 
(I don't think anyone ... except my sister ... really got it!)

This year's photo (with Waverly Maye!). 

Waverly is wearing a Onsie from Carter's, Shorts/leggings Set from Gymboree, and a Headband from Etsy. The polka dot bow was added to the headband.


*Friendsgiving = A Pre-Thanksgiving celebration with friends, in which each person brings a dish to share.











Friday, November 16, 2012

Four Months @ the Pediatrician

Is anyone else slowly getting more & more excited for the upcoming holiday season? 
Other than Thanksgiving being one of the best holidays ever (who doesn't like a day of eating?), today marks officially one week until BLACK FRIDAY.  My mother, sister, and I have been celebrating this monumental holiday (it is a holiday, right?) for the past four years now.  And that certainly won't change this year.  We have been finalizing our plans and overall strategy for the last few days, and I look forward to posting more about this significant American celebration soon. :)

Other than the obvious anticipation of one of my favorite times of the year, the other big news in our house this week is Waverly Maye's four month birthday.   After much discussion over whether our calculations were right (Side Note:  Are you supposed to go by weeks or months?  We still aren't sure.), we decided to go with it and therefore conduct her monthly photo shoot, schedule her four month check-up, and of course, sing her Happy Birthday that morning. 

Waverly hadn't seen our pediatrician since her two month check-up, which felt like a lifetime after we had been there so often early on.  I was really looking forward to getting an update on her height & weight, and even made a bet with my husband over what the final results would be.  Of course (Mommy Know's Best!), I was right, and our little peanut is still right at 23 inches (5%) and under 13lbs. (30%).  We were given the green light to start with rice cereal, and I admit that it's weird ... but I am ridiculously excited to watch her facial reactions when we give it to her this weekend.  

The obvious downside to the appointment were the shots.  We opted to have only half, and are going back next week for the rest.  Other than the "no sound" cry (you know the one ... ) immediatly after the two sticks, Waverly was perfectly fine and reacted better than I did.  We gave her a dose of Baby Tylenol one hour before the appointment, as recommended by the doctor.  And of course, I put her straight to breastfeeding immediately after the shots and she calmed down so quickly I think she forgot about the whole thing. (I swear, that child can be calmed down from anything by breastfeeding!!  Love it!).


BEFORE shots ...

After shots ... (And after being fed & forgetting about the shots!) ...

And after the shots, being fed, getting dressed again ... and totally ready for home & a nap!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Waverly Maye's Four Month Report



Age:  Four months.

Height:  (Chalkboard is wrong!) ... 23 1/2 inches, 5th Percentile

Weight:  (Wrong again!) ... 12.11 lbs., 30th Percentile

Milestones:  SO many this month.  I seriously feel like Waverly hits a new milestone every day.  Her smiles have become bigger and brighter than ever, and have gradually turned into laughs (that make my heart melt each time).  She continues to squeal,  but even louder!  She gets so excited when her daddy gets home from work that it almost sounds like she is shrieking from joy!  Waverly is now really into her toys.  She grabbed her first toy, her Sophie, and also likes any toy with music.  Her favorite of the baby gear is definitely her Jumparoo, as it is the first apparatus that she will sit in longer than 15 minutes (She does still love to be held!).  But in her defense, she does much better in her car seat now and has even kept herself happy in it while Mommy drives on several occasions. And she has also been known to ride in that nice Uppababy stroller on a few separate trips to the mall.

Sleep:  Waverly Maye is still our good sleeper.  Although naps are still not scheduled during the day, she continues to go to bed without a bit of a fight each night.  She only wakes once a night, and is now up for a shorter amount of time before she goes back down in the swing.  Yes, I admit it.  She still sleeps in the swing next to our bed ... Although I have every intention of transitioning her to her crib soon.  Really, I even ordered a new monitor to help ME adjust. The goal is for her to be in the crib by her 5 month report.  During the day, it is definitely harder to get Waverly to sleep (I don't think she wants to miss anything - she is quite the social butterfly).  She likes to be held while she naps and we likevto hold her, so this has pretty much been her routine.  I will sometimes hold her in the carrier while she sleeps.  We are going to try to be better about this, too!  We just love being around her so much!

Eating:  Waverly has no problems breastfeeding, and our breastfeeding dates on the recliner remain one of my favorite times of the day.  She has gotten faster during the day and the middle of the night feeding, but we still have our "cuddle" feeding each night before she goes to bed.  She is definitely way better at taking the bottle, but knows just how she likes it.  It has to be the perfect temperature, and after about two hours after her last feeding.

Favorite Moments:  I am pretty sure I said this last month, but each day continues to get better and better. It is so rewarding to watch her grow, become more interested in her surroundings, and to learn how to do new things.  I am still amazed each time she grabs onto a toy, even though she has been able to for a couple of weeks now.  I love, love her smile and how it is turning into a screeching laugh!  She is cuter each day!

Worst Moments:  I can't think of anything negative, except having to leave her every morning for work.  I miss her like crazy each day, and hate missing special moments ... But feel lucky to be home by three everyday.

Extra Comments:  The holidays are right around the corner, and with Waverly Maye, I am definitely looking forward to them more than ever.  I know she won't understand or remember them this year, but I will obviously take lots of pictures to share with her one day.  And for my husband and I, this special time of year that we have always enjoyed will be that much more special ... and definitely has a new meaning. Can't wait.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One Year Later ...

And we have a little lady.  And she is full of laughter.


Today is somewhat of a sentimental day in our house.  It was on this Tuesday, one year ago, that my husband and I found out that we were expecting a baby.  I still remember this start to our journey well.  I had been on a vacation with my parents, and hadn't been feeling quite right. I just had a feeling (one that made me cautiously excited), so I returned home late that night to take a pregnancy test all on my own.  After seeing the two lines almost immediately, I paced the house while waiting to share the news with my other half.  While we were both overjoyed at this life-altering news, I don't think either of us really believed it or realized the magnitude of all that was to come.  We weren't even sure if it was a confirmed pregnancy, if it would be viable, and if so, if the baby would be ultimately healthy for delivery.  And if we were lucky enough for all of the latter to be  true, we didn't know if we would have a boy or girl or what his or her name would be.

Tonight, exactly one year later, I am holding my healthy, thriving, beautiful baby girl as I write this post.  Waverly Maye has become our entire world.  While it hasn't been more than 15 weeks since I gave birth to her, I can't even begin to imagine what life was like before she was born, much less on that night as we both first started to anticipate what our future could hold.

Today, on this sentimental day, Waverly laughed out loud for the first time.  She must have known today was an important day, and wanted to make it that much more special.  Sweet girl.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Joy to the Jumparoo

I have previously posted of my realization on the importance of baby swings, toys, and pretty much any of the other baby gear that now cover the floors of my home.  (Really, to say our house has as many baby products as the local daycare would be an understatement).  We are completely stocked, locked & loaded ... although getting to that point was certainly an adjustment.  I admit that I am OCD, crave organization, and despise clutter.  These are all qualities that have made it slightly difficult to make way for all that has come with our baby girl, but I have quickly learned that I must learn to cope.  Each product has its own purpose, and is certainly worth it when crunch time comes and Waverly Maye is a little fussy.  (Yes, our perfect girl does have her moments, believe it or not!!!).

The latest baby apparatus to adorn our living room floor is the Jumparoo.  I was lucky to have been given ours by a friend of a family member, although I didn't realize how lucky I was at the time.  In fact, if I'm 100% honest ... I wasn't too keen on the bright, rather large piece of equipment that didn't match the rest of our home decor.  However, after seeing Waverly's huge smile as she jumped up and down when placed in it - the Jumparoo hasn't moved since.  And it definitely won't be anytime soon.  It's funny how quickly things can change.





Fisher- Price Jumparoo - Available at Babies'R'Us for $99.99.  Yes, not the most fashionable decor for your home ... but TOTALLY worth it.  I was actually able to completely unload the dishwasher last night while Waverly played in this apparatus.  Not sure when I was able to do this (at one time) last. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

She Loves Sophie

After catching up on the latest chapter of my "What to Expect The First Year" book, I recently realized that by month three, my baby girl should be smiling back at family members, turning towards bright colors, and reaching and grasping for objects.  The first of the two definitely get a check, and in fact, our Waverly Maye is so animated that I am fairly sure she has been smiling at us since two weeks of age.  And while she has also been reaching at objects (most notably my long hair) for quite a while now, it wasn't until this past week that she officially grabbed on to her first toy.

Yes, for me it was one of those big moments ... moments that I have come to realize are beginning to happen more everyday.  I can't believe how much she has developed in just three short months, or how proud I could actually be to see my daughter grab onto something for the first time.

I guess I have "Sophie the Giraffe" to thank for Waverly's monumental development, or maybe the Message Boards at Baby Center for telling me of her greatness.  It was this 7-inch rubber giraffe that Waverly has grown quite fond of that she grabbed onto for the first time.  And although I questioned it's $19.00 price upon initially hearing of the product, and really didn't understand the wonder of Sophie, I would buy it over again after seeing how much she loves it.  Actually, I just might have to as our dog seems to love Sophie just as much as she does ... especially when she squeaks when squeezed.


Waverly & (Part of) Sophie on the first day she grabbed on!

Sophie the Giraffe - Can be purchased at Babies-R-Us for $19.00.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bananas Over Baby Boots ...

I have previously posted about my love for stylish socks on Waverly's feet, specifically socks that are printed, colored, or are created to look like a little shoe.  Today, I must share my current obession with baby boots.  Each and every fall, I look forward to the change of season and opportunity to wear boots & jeans again.  And, admittedly, I indulge in a purchase of at least one pair of boots to commemorate the start of colder weather.  This fall, I was able to adorn four feet with fashionable fall footwear (2 feet of my own, and 2 of Little Miss Waverly's.)  Hers are obviously more fun than mine.

Waverly Maye has quite the collection of boots already, even though most of the pairs don't stay on her feet for long (Due to her current habit of kicking those short, chunky little legs).  
Here are some of my favorite pairs:

She is officially obsessed with her feet ... Wouldn't you be if you were wearing those shoes?  These are from Zulily, and are adorable when paired with skinny jeans tucked in.

We LOVE leopard!!!!  These are from Carter's, and fit the best of all of the shoes she has.

Another pair from Zulily.  Obsessed with Zulily.  Paired with leggings & a shirt from Carter's.

I had to include a picture of our shoes together - because I love everything that has to do wth us together.  My pair is from DSW, just like 99% of my shoes.  My suggestion is to shop online, as they have the absolute best options (endless shoes!!).  And once you are a rewards member, you will get coupons sent all the time, and once you are a PREMIER rewards member, you get free next-day shipping ... and officially buy too many shoes.
Waverly's fuzzy white boots are from Carter's and match practically everything she has!
 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Waverly Maye VOTES MITT!

Election day 2012 has been long-awaited in our family.  It would be an understatement to say that Waverly's grandparents, Papa G. & Li-Li, are Republicans and passed on their political views to me.  And while my husband has declared himself an Independent, would rather not vote for either of the two, and has informed me that I will not pass on my political views on to Waverly Maye ... this year, her vote belongs to Mitt (See below!).

Waverly is wearing a Onsie from Carters, Striped Leggings from Old Navy, and Boots from Old Navy.  Her Headband was bought online.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Waverly's First Outfit

As soon as I saw the two red lines and officially knew I was pregnant, I was dreaming about the wardrobe I would create for my baby-to-be. Obviously, deep down inside, I hoped for a little girl that I could adorn in tutus, headbands, and mini-me outfits of the hottest trends & styles. Lucky for me, that dream came true and I was blessed with our miracle, Waverly Maye, this past July.
It took months of debate, research, and conversation before deciding on Waverly's name, and although it was not quite as monumental of a decision ... there was much consideration as to her first outfit as well. Apparently I was confused by movies and previous trips to the nursery at the hospital, because I wasn't aware that I could dress my baby girl in the outfit of her choice until late in my pregnancy. But once I did, I had to find just the perfect one. Waverly was to make her intitial debut in this look, so it definitely had to be just right.
My Mom (Waverly's Li-Li), discovered Zulily - a fashionista's dream. It is a website with daily deals on clothing, accesories, and home goods. Waverly's first outfit, a bright colored, floral-print gown with a matching hat, was one of the deals that we scored on the website.



Take-Home Fashion

After giving birth to Waverly Maye, our hospital stay was quite enjoyable (seriously, we had a "celebration dinner for two," my own personal waitress, and obviously a 24 hour nursing staff & lactation consultant.) But when it came time to leave, we were more than prepared with the required car seat, Petunia Picklebottom diaper bag, and Waverly's all-important take-home outfit.
More on the baby equipment and my essentials later, as the importance of today's blog lies with the first outfit that Waverly wore outside of the confines of the Princess Anne Hospital, the one that she first arrived at her new home in, and lastly, the outfit that she debuted in the millions of pictures that we took that day.
The take-home outfit is most likely one that many parents put much thought and consideration into, as I had heard about it pre-pregnancy and there were more than several posts about it on my "July 2012" baby message board. So as a style-obsessed mommy-to-be, I wanted it to be the PEFECT choice for such an important event in my little girl's life. It needed to be feminine, timeless, and of course, fashion-forward without being over-the-top.
Waverly's take-home outfit was given to me at my first baby shower by my mom. It was bought online, and the pink flower on the gown is detachable with velcro. We had a leopard blanket to match, but didn't need it in the July heat.



 
 
 

A Stylish Stroller

Before becoming a mommy-to-be, I certainly didn't understand the importance of "baby gear." And by "baby gear," I am referring to the incredible, vast amount of baby equipment that must come with that six - ten pound bundle of joy. In our case, we probably went overboard, as our home has so many baby items it could probably be mistaken for a small (stylish) daycare. But to my point, there is no baby gear more critical than the stroller.

Just as a pair of shoes can either make or break an outfit, the stroller is the ultimate accesory for both baby and mom. It is seen often, usually even before that precious baby, and therefore makes a statement of style. Prior to pregnancy, I would gaze at other women's purses or sunglasses. Afterwards, I checked out strollers.
 
My stroller could not make me happier. (we are still working on creating that sense of happiness for our sweet Waverly). It is easy to use, comes with three separate attachments, and is exactly my style. It is trendy without being over the top, classy yet with a twist, and feminine with a touch of an edge. It's greatness comes with a price higher than most at Babies'R'Us, but the quality makes it worth it.
 
 
 

They Warm My Heart

I have every intention on blogging about Waverly's many outfits that she adorned during her first couple months of life, but today had to share details on the precious accessories she wore during her ninth week since birth. As a woman in my 20s, I understand the importance of an accesory. The perfect bracelet or statement necklace can certainly make an outfit stand out. Unfortunately, my belief on this has led me to purchase enough accessories to cover a large armoire, several jewelry boxes/holders, and a few drawers.

My daughter's wardrobe is already no different, as at two months old, her accesory collection already dwarfs mine (pictures to follow ... ). Many of her hats, headbands, bows, bloomers, esc. do not fit her newborn body yet, but luckily, yesterday we were able to pull some rather adorable legwarmers up those sweet little legs. And they transformed a classic, grey onsie into a stand-out baby outfit.

The legwarmers she wore are sized 0-3 months and were given to me at my baby shower. There are a wide variety of legwarmers sized baby-toddler available online. My recommendation is to wear printed legwarmers with a plain onsie in order to minimize any distractions from the star of the outfit (other than the baby!).

*Waverly is also wearing a her first raincoat, purchased at H&M.



Socks on Her Toes

To say I love shoes would be an understatement. I have created quite the collection of my own, and and have them neatly displayed in the walk-in closet I have taken over in our master bedroom. Additionally, I must admit that I am a DSW PREMIER rewards member (the highest status that can be achieved at DSW), as a result of my slight shoe obsession.
Therefore, it is not surprising that my daughter has a few pairs of shoes of her own. In fact, as I suspect other fashion-loving moms have done, I purchased more than several prior to her July birthdate. However, just like many other lessons I learned through experience since that July date ... I quickly found out that newborns & shoes don't really mix.
My baby fashion tip of the day? Save your dollars for shoes to fit your darling a little later on. In the meantime, socks are your best friend. Carters, Target, TJ Maxx, and Old Navy have some great finds, in all different colors, styles, and even ones that look like actual shoes. That is the way to go those first couple of months. Those little toes will appreciate it.



These were purchased at a childens consignment store, but are Mudpie and can be found online.


Target!
 

Carters!


Some Fashionable Moments

Our baby girl just turned three months, and we certainly celebrated her special day as we have every other Thursday since the one she was born. And since that July evening that she was born (and finally made her fashionable debut) ... Waverly has adorned a variety of looks that any baby girl would clamor for. Of course, it is her precious face that makes any outfit a standout, but here are a few of our favorite looks (she agreed that these were some of the best, I could just tell ... )


Waverly's First Pair of (Skinny) Jeans - a monumental moment. Entire outfit, headband included, is from Carters. The onsie is special because of the striped long-sleeve attached underneath.


Waverly has worn a lot of leopard in her short three months of life, and this is one of my favorite leopard outfits. This entire outfit is also from Carters, including the bow on the headband. The Carters store where we live is an outlet and there are ALWAYS discounts ... I don't think we have ever bought anything full price. You can also always search online for a 20% off coupon.


Another outfit from Carters and another animal print. I can't help it! I think the socks make this outfit, and they are made by MudPie, which can be found online.


Although she doesn't fit in most of them yet, Waverly has a lot of gowns with matching hats. This one is classic with a twist! It was purchased from Zulily.com.


Another Zulily purchase! I love the ribbon edges, they are the perfect feminine touch and make the outfit feel extra special. It was a little big on her, so she will be able to wear this one for a while.

This dress was actually purchased the day after I found out that we were having a girl! I thought it was such a fashionable choice for our baby girl to-be. It is from Babies'R'Us (their expensive line), but we scored it on sale ... which they have a lot of.

I had to choose an outfit with a tutu! This bee outfit was a gift - and is just too cute! The pants are attached to the tutu, making it wearable and comfortable for baby!

Bundled Up Baby

It is officially the fall season, and although it hasn't felt like it everyday ... this day had that fall chill in the air (that I love!). Each fall, I clamor over boots & jeans, tights, and, a current favorite, a leather crop jacket. And while I do watch the weather each morning, I admit to dressing more for fashion than the projected temperature. But one the many lessons I have learned as a new mom is to always bundle that baby up, since her little 11 pound body gets colder faster than mine does. So we had to prepare Waverly for bracing the cold with a array of fashionable jackets, and that we did.

On this day, we attended Waverly's cousin Abbey's soccer game (congrats Abs!). Waverly wore a jacket and boots purchased from Zulily, a pair of jeans from Marshalls, and a long-sleeve onsie from Babies'r'Us. The matching hat was too big, so she wore another one we happened to have on hand ... Also from Zulily.


 

Our New Normal

It's safe to say that since married life began a little over a year ago, our social scene hasn't been quite the same as it once was. It's not that we have lost touch with our friends, as I have mentioned before that I can get "cabin fever" rather quickly and therefore have to keep busy and get out of the house.  But it has definitely been different.  Where we once spent our weekend nights lined up ordering drinks at a local bar, we began having dinners at friends or meeting for happy hour.  And now, since welcoming Waverly Maye, we have spent less time doing much of anything else besides showering our attention on her.  It's hard not to, as time away from that little face seems like the last thing we want to do.  She has really become our world. 
 
And tonight, this new world of ours seemed to involve Walmart, light bulbs, and Cracker Barrel.  With a busy week ahead for this working mom, I needed to get my errands done while I could.  (Errands aren't so bad when they are with your hubby & little girl).  And after, Cracker Barrel seemed like a kid-friendly option for Miss Waverly ... who was getting a little fussy as it was past her bedtime.  Our new life - can't help but love it.  :)
 
My little family!

Waverly is wearing a shirt and leggings from Carters.  Her headband is from Target and her boots are from Zulily.

Picking up our lighbulbs on a Saturday night.  Funny how things change ...
   

Halloween @ Our House

Although I am hesitant to admit this, Halloween has never ranked in one of my favorite holidays throughout the year. While I certainly love a festive gathering, and pretty much any excuse to celebrate, I have never been one of those people who count down the days to the end of October. I assume my aversion to the Halloween holiday could be due to my extreme fashion obsession, as I would rather wear a cute outfit from Forever 21 than dress up as Dorothy or a sexy bumblebee (although I have been known to have a few creative costumes in my 28 years ... ).
However, after becoming a mom to my sweet Waverly Maye, my feelings towards October 31st have quickly changed. This year, I couldn't wait to take my sweet girl to the pumpkin patch, to carve a pumpkin that represented her, and to dress her up in what would be the first costume of many to come (I am pretty sure I have been dreaming about it since the second trimester of my pregnancy). And although she won't remember this first official holiday since she was born, I am obviously fully it so she can look back and see exactly all it entailed.
Waverly's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch (Previously Posted).
Waverly's Outfit to Carve Pumpkins for the first time!!  Onsie, leggings, and hat are Carters;  Socks are Mudpie!
A "W" for Waverly Maye!
Waverly's First Halloween Costume:  A Candy Corn!  Waverly's grandmother, Bella, made it for her.  The yarn for the entire outfit & hat were purchased at Micheal's for under $10.00.  I added a white long-sleeve onsie from Carters. a white pair of tights from Target, and of course, created a bow with ribbon.

Mommy & Her Candy Corn!


Waverly's Diaper Cover is from Mudpie - purchased at a cosignment shop in Virginia Beach.