Being Brickner : March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

From this little bunny to yours. :)
 



 
We hope you enjoy this special day. 


Friday, March 29, 2013

It's All About the Bunny

I have officially decided that there is nothing better in life than celebrating holidays through your children's eyes.  I know that Waverly Maye won't remember this Easter, but I'm convinced that she knows that this is a special week.  She's just had an extra little sparkle in those bright blues that seriously melts my heart.
It could also have to do with the fact that she knows I am home ALL NEXT WEEK for spring break?  That means we will be attached at the hip and besties with no interruptions. :)

We have been bracing for the bunny's arrival for a few weeks now.  As previously posted, we actually met our first official Easter bunny before St. Patty's Day even hit.  Now since, we have met two more and are planning on our last this Saturday.  Over the top?  Yes, yet I can't think of a good reason not to embrace each Easter opportunity we get.  She really does like a bunny, and looks pretty darn cute sitting on his lap.

Waverly before meeting her second bunny.  Outfit is Rare Collections from Dillards.
  
Easter Bunny #2

And then there was our third trip to the Easter bunny.  For some crazy reason, my husband wasn't SO excited for Round Three.  So to talk him into it, we went to Brass Pro Shops.  

Some light, child-friendly reading?  The line was long, so I had to what I could.  Those little hands will play with anything.

Outfit from TJ Maxx & Shoes from Baby Gap

This week has been ALL bunny.  To get in the mood, we have been dying eggs, baking goodies, and of course, dressing in theme.



We finished off a week of celebrations with an Easter Egg Hunt with family.  My little crawler is not yet walking (though I already think it may be happen anyday) ... but she couldn't have been more excited for the event.
  
Onsie from H&M and Skinny Jeans from Zara 


 Waverly Maye & Her Cousins

Happy Easter weekend, friends.  Enjoy every minute! :)






 



Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Basket Breakdown

I have always loved Easter, mostly because of the bright colors & prints, blooming flowers, and the start to warmer weather.   Even before we were married, I was creating Easter baskets for my husband complete with all of his favorites inside (Bud Light & Parmesean Goldfish).  So it goes without saying that I am super excited about this Sunday, and for my first official role as the Easter bunny.  Even though I know that Waverly Maye won't remember this year's basket, I have been working on it for weeks now.  It obviously has to be just right.
And who am I kidding?  An Easter basket is really the perfect opportunity to buy Waverly all of the cute products that I most likely would have anyways, but without the guilt.  Yet another reason to love this holiday.

And for the basket to keep all these goodies in?  Pottery Barn Kids, of course.

Pottery Barn Kids Tulle Liner
(Sold Out - Similar Here)
 
So with Easter less than 5 days away, this week has been all about the bunny.  We've been dressing like a bunny, eating bunny-shapes, and even met a few bunnies.  Post to follow.  In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of my little bunny.
 
Onsie from Old Navy & Sippy Cup from Target.
   

 

 






Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Eight Month Update



Age:  Eight Months

Height:  25 Inches

Weight:  16 Pounds 9 Ounces

Milestones:  OK, so I know I said it last month, but my baby girl really is about to be mobile.  I seriously think that any moment now, I am going to set her down and she is going to book it across the room.  And although she isn't officially crawling, she can go from sitting to laying down and the other way around, and this keeps her anything but stationary.  She also can pull up really well now, on the side of her crib or really anything that she can get those little hands on.  Waverly Maye is making really clear sounds, and it really is the cutest thing I have ever heard.  Ever.  I could listen to it all day and night, and sometimes really do.  And as previously posted, Waverly now gives kisses, which seriously melts my heart.  Although as of now, she has only done so to Mommy.  Which obviously makes Mommy feel pretty special.

*UPDATE!  Being the Type-A, over-prepared person that I am, I wrote this past last Friday.  And since then, she is now a crawling little cutie.  It happened, my girl is crawling. :)

Sleep:  This month, we have had both highs and lows in our sleeping situation.  Some nights, she sleeps without a peep and we never even so much as walk into her nursery.  Others, she is up every hour, refusing to go back to sleep without a little comforting, consoling, & feeding.  The girl is anything but predictable and definitely keeps us on our toes. 

Eating:  Waverly Maye likes to eat.  She is still eating three meals a day with two snacks in between, and still has only had breastmilk and no formula (I'm really proud of that one.)  She LOVES puffs and a current favorite, Mum-Mums.  We have also given her Gerber Yogurt and Ella's Organic Pouches.  And every now and then, I will sneak a bite of my frozen yogurt, jello, and bits of bread or pancakes.  So yes, my mini-me still has a major sweet tooth and will not take another veggie (on its own) besides sweet potatoes.  We are slowly mixing them in though, and are hoping to find another veggie soon that she will take.

Favorite Moments:  Like every other month, moments with her just keep getting better & better.  Our favorite things to do are very similar to what they have been ... My Gym classes, pool dates, trips to Target or the mall, and runs in the jogging stroller.  But as she gets older and more alert, those weekly actitivites are more exciting and fun.  She truly wakes up each day with wide eyes, so anxious to start a new day and experience all life has to offer.  This month marked Waverly's first St. Patrick's Day, first visit with the Easter bunny, a family hike, and lots of time outside since the weather is finally starting to warm up.

Worst Moments:  This month has been a great one, but a low point was definitely Mommy & Daddy getting the flu.  As a mom, I've quickly learned that you can't afford to get sick.  But luckily, Waverly Maye stayed well through the epidemic and was the ray of sunshine that made us feel better.  This month also brought Mommy's first trip away from Waverly.  It was so hard to leave my girl, but I did lots of baby girl shopping to ease the pain.

Extra Comments:  It's official.  I am obsessed with Waverly Maye and with being a mom,  It's not that I haven't been since her birth this past July, but with each passing month, my connection with her grows stronger.  Just when I think my heart couldn't get any bigger, it does.  I don't remember life before her and feel so fortunate that I never have to again.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Floral Fever

It's Tuesday, and more importantly, Waverly's 8 Month Birthday!  Yet since Tuesdays are my link-up with Kelly, Megan, and Lindsay - my sweet little 8 month old's update will wait for tomorrow.
(But of course, we will do a little celebrating today!)

It seems that this year, I am more ready for spring than ever.  The thought of Waverly & I in matching spring ensembles and gladiator sandals seriously makes me giddy.  I was hoping that we would be frolicking in the grass a little sooner, but with this winter weather, it seems we will have to wait.  Lucky for us though, spring fashion is out in full effect.  And we are taking advantage.

I have always loved florals.  I am definitely a girl's girl, and dressing feminine is undoubtably my go-to look.  Waverly Maye's closet is no different - it is full of floral prints in many shades & styles.  And with even more varieties in all of our favorite stores, it's safe to say that we've got the fever.  Both the spring & the floral fever, that is. 
1:  Floral Bikini, 2:  Floral Shoes, 3: Floral Onsie, 4: Floral Jacket, 5: Floral Denim Dress, 6: Floral Sundress


We love floral so much that Waverly's first outfit EVER was adorned in floral.


And we've had a few floral moments since then.




And most recently ...


Yeah, we like floral.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

New York City News

So I did it. I made it through my annual fashion field trip to New York City ... the one I had quite honestly been dreading for the last couple of months.  As previously posted, the thought of leaving Waverly Maye for the first time was anything but pleasant.  And as I expected, I missed her terribly. 
In fact, on the second day of the trip, I texted my husband to let him know that I would never leave my baby girl again. Like ever in my entire life.
It was hard.  Really hard.  But some major baby girl retail therapy did help pass the time, and ease a little bit of the pain.  With all the cuteness that the stores in NYC had to offer, I just couldn't resist bringing my girl back some additions to her ever-expanding wardrobe.
 
Waverly in one of her gifts (Baby Gap Blazer) & surrounded by the rest of them.  At her young age of 8 months old, I'm not sure that she appreciated the fashion, but definitely had some fun playing with the purchases.

Other than fun with fashion, the other highlight of my trip was obviously the moment I reunited with my baby girl.  I'm not sure there is anything better than seeing your favorite person in the world shrieking with excitement at the sight of you.  And guess what that favorite person can now do?  Crawl.  That's right, friends.  My baby girl is now mobile, and it officially happened while I was in NYC.  She had been almost crawling for the past week, but took a first trip across the floor with her dad while I was gone.  I was a little sad to miss it, but am convinced it did because she was trying to get to me.  She had to find some way to find her momma.



 I have spent the past two days since my return watching this girl crawl across the floor.  And it definitely hasn't gotten old yet.  Yet I think I need to spend my time to babyproofing the house.

 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NYC Bound

Since Waverly's birth almost 8 months ago, I haven't left her longer than a seven-hour stretch.  And those stretches are on work days.  While I definitely know I need to have me-time and a life outside of being a mom, I just can't bring myself to miss these special baby moments.  She is my sidekick.  My mini-me.  And there really is not much these days I want to do that doesn't involve her.

Today begins my annual Fashion Marketing field trip to New York City.  I love the city, and all the excitement (and shopping) that comes with it ... but the thought of three entire days without my girl is a little gut-wrenching.  Especially since I had that sidekick with me for the duration of this same trip last year.

Dress & Jacket from H&M
 
It's time for mommy to put her big girl pants on.  I know Waverly will be more than fine with her Daddy, and it will actually be good for them both.  Although, I may just attempt to see if anyone would notice if I went ahead and packed an extra 16 pounds in my luggage?  I'm thinking I could could pull it off.


I'll miss you, baby girl.  But don't worry, Mommy will do lots of shopping for you while she is gone.  And I mean LOTS. :)


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Me & My Munchkin

It's Trendy Tot Tuesday, friends!  Once again, I am excited to be linking up with Kelly, Lindsey, and Megan!  Thanks again, girls. :)

I really didn't think I would be one of those moms who dressed to match her baby.
Or the other way around.
But something happened after giving birth to my baby girl in July.  I don't know if it was the immediate connection to Waverly Maye that I felt or what, but I just have not been able to help myself.  So I am obviously fully admitting it.  There are days that I completely, 100% plan our coordinating outfits.  I have bought (on more than one occasion) an outfit or scarf simply because Waverly Maye had one that matched it.
Or again, the other way around.
My husband totally thinks I'm crazy.  I don't think so.  Crazy would be trying to do this when she is in middle school, right?  And I must point out that there are occasions that I don't plan it at all, and it's by complete accident that we look coordinated.  I love those days.  Who am I kidding?  I just love looking like my girl.   
Waverly's Onesie: Osh-Kosh, Leggings: Carters, Headband: Gap
My Shirt & Jeans: Forever 21
Waverly's Sweater:  Baby Gap
My Jacket:  Express
 
Waverly's Hat:  Old Navy
My Scarf:  Express

 Waverly's One-Piece, Hat & Boots:  Old Navy
My Vest:  Forever 21, Sweater:  Gap
 Waverly's Outfit:  Gigglemoon
My Shirt:  Forever 21

Waverly's Onsie: H&M, Shoes: Old Navy
My Sweater:  Macy's
Waverly's Onesie:  Zulily, Pants: Baby Gap, Shoes: Old Navy, Headband: Little Hip Squeaks
My Shirt: H&M, Vest: Forever 21




Monday, March 18, 2013

Our Green Weekend

Don't let the red hair fool you.  We are not Irish.  Yet as previously posted, we aren't going to let anything stop us from celebrating a holiday.  And we redheads especially love St. Patrick's Day because green is one of our best colors to wear.  So for that reason, and again, because we love some festive fun ... we decided to rock green on both Friday, Saturday, & Sunday of this holiday weekend.

Onsie from Old Navy
 
Onsie from Zulily, Hat & Jeans from BabyGap, and Shoes from Old Navy.

For St. Patrick's Day Eve, we made some festive chocolate-covered pretzels for our family & friends.  Waverly's favorite part?  Sucking on them, of course.
Recipe Here

                         On the official holiday, we figured our shamrock covered tutu was only appropriate.
Waverly's Onsie: H&M, Jeans: Macy's, Tutu: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Old Navy
My Shirt: Forever 21, Blazer: H&M
For breakfast, we decided to give our lovely leprechaun an extra something special  Her first pancake!  I have to give credit to my husband for making these yummy, green shamrock pancakes that Waverly Maye devoured.  Yep, the girl has a sweet tooth for sure.

Made with green food coloring & a cookie cutter from Amazon.

To make sure she felt as lucky as she makes us feel everyday, Waverly's special surprise was the bib she is wearing above.  I ordered it from Etsy in honor of the Irish. 

Unwrapping her shamrock surprise.

And to end our special day, I pulled back out the coins.  She was super excited.  I'm thinking these coins may extend past the holiday.




I hope everyone had a lucky little day like we did.  It's time to get Easter ready, as it's less than 2 weeks until that bunny arrives ... who was on the planning commitee for that one?


 




Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patricks Day Weekend

As previously posted, we love a holiday.  I honestly can't think of one I don't like, and have always celebrated each one to the fullest.  These days, we are certainly celebrating in different ways, but the "festive" factor has only gone up.  I can't help but want Waverly Maye to love holidays just as much as I do, and want to make each one just as special as she is.

So obviously, it goes without saying that I would want nothing else but spend the entire St. Patty's Day weekend with my little leprechaun.  Details of our days to come, but in the meantime - we certainly can't let a holiday go by without a little photo shoot.
OK - so the amount of pictures here is not little.  But I couldn't choose.  Green is totally my little redhead's color.  And the coins?  They completely entertained her and therefore I was able to extend my photo-taking window greatly. 





She LOVED those coins.  She really did.  But yet there was still that point that Waverly made it very clear that she was done with the flashes and my camera. 
(I'm sure you mommas can relate.  Even when I'm sure I've gotten enough pictures, I just can't seem to let myself put the camera down.  It's a weird obsession.)
This was that moment.


Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends.  Enjoy a day full of green!  I know we will.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Random Registry Recommendations

I originally wasn't going to do a "Registry Essentials" post.  I know there are a ton out there, and I didn't want to be repetitive.  I recently changed my mind.  Expecting a baby can be rather overwhelming, so I know how much I appreciated any baby product tips I could get while pregnant.  I wanted help from anyone and everyone who had experienced what I was about to, and especially those who had recently.  Now that I have been a mom for over half a year, I definitely feel like I have learned a lot and would register completely differently.  My list of 9 recommendations obviously doesn't include all of what a first-time mom needs to register for, but instead I wanted to share what I definitely couldn't have made it without.  These products may seem random, but are truly all ones that I would 100% recommend.

1:  Boppy Bare Naked Pillow - I remember looking at this weird shaped pillow while registering, completely confused as to why I would ever need it.  UM ... I couldn't have lived without it.  We loved it for SO many reasons, but mostly for how much easier it made positioning Waverly while breastfeeding those first couple of months. 
2:  Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers - Thanks to my Type-A personality, I pride myself in always being prepared in life.  If anything, overprepared.  I was totally, completely unprepared for breastfeeding.  Both mentally and physically.  The first few weeks were extremely painful and I came close to calling the whole thing off and switching to formula multiple times.  I didn't (thank goodness ... since I now love it!) - and I'm pretty sure I have the lanolin to thank.  Stock up, mommas!
3:  Angelcare Baby Movement and Sound Monitor - This was actually the second monitor we got.  We purchased it about two months in, right around the time that my husband insisted that it was time to move Waverly to her own room.  I was so paranoid about SIDS that having a sensor to detect movement was the only way I was going to get any sleep at night.  We love it, and although I enjoyed having the video on the first monitor we had, the sensor ended up being more important in the end.   
4:  Sophie the Giraffe Teether - I've posted about Sophie before and could go on and on about how much we love her.  At one point we lost her and just about lost our minds until she was replaced, so to me ... the more Sophies, the better!  For whatever reason, babies just love her and therefore, so do the mommas!
5:  Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack - This was not on our registry, but we recieved it as a gift from friends who had just had a baby of their own!  We LOVE it and it is probably our favorite gift that we recieved.  I honestly wasn't even sure what to do with it when we first pulled it out of the box, but it is great for storing bottles, nipples, tops, pacifiers ... all that "stuff" that comes with your sweet baby.  And I love that it is modern looking, too.
6:  Cloud B Sleep Sheep - Another favorite gift ... one that we really could not live without!  We have used this sheep to get Waverly to sleep from day one and my only complaint is that now she really won't sleep without it.  We joke that she is going to be 16 sleeping with her sheep.  :)
7:  Aden & Anais Blankets - We registered and got TONS of swaddle blankets, magic blankets, sleep suits ... and really, these blankets were all we needed.  They are soft, lightweight, incredibly cute, and definitely worth the price.  I wish they came in adult size, too.
8:  Crane Drop Humidifier - My mom told me to buy a humidifier before Waverly was born, but I didn't understand the importance and therefore opted out.  Like they say ... mommas know best.  My husband ended up on a midnight run to Walgreens when Waverly was about two months old because she was so congested.  We have used it multiple time since.  I totally should have listened.
9:  Pampers Swaddlers - Without a doubt, swaddlers are the favorite diaper brand in our house.  We were appreciative to get lots of diapers as gifts before Waverly was born, and therefore we have tried them all.  The difference in quality and fit with the swaddlers and all the others is significant.  I can't say enough good things about them.

So there you have it.  The 9 Products that I HIGHLY recommend.  I obviously, in no way, included anywhere near everything that you would need on a registry for your little bundle of joy.  That list could go on and on ... and on.  These are the just the ones that we couldn't do without out, and that completely worked for us.  Hope they help!  Additionally, we have MANY other favorite items that we have found along the way.  Here are links to those posts:

And of course, a photo of my bundle of joy - swaddled in her Aden & Anais blanket @ 1 month old.





Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Her Hats

YAY for Trendy Tot Tuesday!  I am linking up with Kelly, Megan, and Lindsey again and just love this opportunity to talk fashion each week. 

I am pretty sure that visions of precious, tiny little accesories were dancing in my head the night that I found out that I was pregnant.  Boy or girl, I knew that the little baby growing in my belly was going to be adorned.  Lucky for me, our baby-to-be was confirmed a girl by the time I hit 20 weeks.  I was obviously overjoyed, exhilerated, and ridiculously excited for many reasons.  But in terms of fashion, I knew having a girl meant that I wouldn't have to spend hours upon end convincing my husband that our baby just needed to be accesorized.
On a side note, if we do have a boy one day, that little man will also wear hats.  Straw hats, fedoras, trucker hats, beanies ... you name it.  It's certainly going to be harder to get my husband on board, but I'm hoping to find a way.

It's rare that Waverly Maye is without some sort of accesory.  Although I love her cute little head, I just can't help but embellish it with a headband, hat, or bow.  She just looks too darn cute, and additionally, I know that someday she won't let me have complete say in whatever she wears.

1:  Zulily, 2:  Old Navy, 3:  Old Navy, 4:  Zulily, 5:  Kiosk at the Mall, 6:  Gap, 7:  Zulily, 8:  Gigglemoon, 9:  Zulily
*The hats are no longer available, but I linked to the websites where they were initially purchased.