Just wanted to share some outfit deets before heading out for a little Sunday funday with the family! I spent the earlier part of the weekend at Disneyland with Sunglass Hut celebrating the launch of the new #DisneyxSunglasshut Raybans. One thing i especially love about Disney parks is looking at everyone’s cute outfits, especially all the little ones *heart eyes*. My polkadot dress is so fun and such perfect Minnie-style — I got so many compliements on it all day! Iya’s onesie is one my favorite pieces on her, what a little hype beast baby! It’s currently on SALE!
Like practically every other new parent on Earth.. my biggest worry, stress, and tear-inducing frustration was sleep! No surprise there! It wasn’t just about me getting enough (err.. *any) sleep or when Iya would finally sleep through the night, it was everything about it. From the length & quality of sleep, safety, encouraging breastfeeding, being able to pull my half-asleep self out of bed to breastfeed… the list was and sometimes still is endless.
Also like a lot of new parents, we played a bit of trial and error. When we brought Iya home from the hospital we had a Halo Bassinest and Dockatot ready for her. I kid you not I can count on one hand how many times she slept in that Halo. Not only was it not working for her, it wasn’t working for me either! I had such a hard time pulling myself up to check on her when I was so exhausted, sleep deprived, & healing. And actually lifting her out of it every two hours to nurse??? That felt like a Herculean task. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for cesarean mamas <3
My goal is to room-share until she’s a year old so moving her to her crib across the hall wasn’t an option. Our temporary solution was to safely but very uncomfortably co-sleep lol. Despite the Halo being a fail for us, Iya did sleep very comfortably in her Dockatot. We kept her above our heads so we’d never bump her Dockatot off the bed or accidentally throw our blanket over her – God forbid both. Our feet dangled off the bed for a couple months while I was on the hunt for the perfect bedside sleeper. All the ones I saw on the market were, simply put, ugly!! I wanted something that was chic and functional for our baby and our bedroom. In comes babybay!
I was visiting a friend whose youngest is just a little younger than Iya and I was noticing his beautiful bed that I’ve never seen before. Babybay is a German company and they have a bunch of different models overseas but are brand new here in the US currently in one model that comes in several different finishes – all of which are gorgeous! It was exactly to the T what I was looking for so I quickly got Iya one in pure white. It’s so beautiful and beyond functional. It sits flush against the bed and the height is adjustable – I dropped her a couple inches below our mattress level so I can easily glance right down at her, soothe her with a quick touch, & smoothly lift her into our bed for feedings. Our babybay Bedside Co-Sleeper gives us all the benefits of co-sleeping while still keeping Iya in her own safe little space. I also love sneaking in snuggles!
I wanted a mattress that was both organic and breathable so we went with the Organic Mattress Pad. Its made from coconut fibers and is completely free of hazardous chemicals. Eventually when she graduates to her big girl crib she has a coconut fiber core mattress waiting for her there too (Nook)! How long before then? It’s a personal choice but as I mentioned earlier, my goal is to room-share until she’s a year old; which means she’ll be in her babybay co-sleeper until then too! The standard overseas is up to a year but due to stricter US regulations, it’s recommended up until 6 months or when they begin pushing themselves up. Iya isn’t quite mobile yet but she’s just about there so I’m ordering the guardrail & will drop the level a little lower this week to be on the safe side. Please talk to your pediatrician before choosing to do anything outside of your country’s safety guidelines!
I never quite agreed with the whole It Takes a Village philosophy with raising children; but I wholeheartedly believe in the tribe. The bonds we form throughout different stages of our lives are so special and they don’t usually form overnight.. until now. Motherhood has been such a magic potion for practically instantaneous, incredible friendships. It truly is a sisterhood.
Nothing can prepare you for those first few months: healing from a major medical event, sleep deprivation, hormones, night sweats, frustration, worry, self-doubt, and sheer joy. Luckily, the long list before the silver lining was bearable and worth it, Iya is worth it. My local mom friends are absolutely amazing and so supportive but their babies were walking talking toddlers. I’d lay awake at night feeling like I was the only one never sleeping and spend my days talking to one little human who couldn’t respond yet, not even with a smile. The feeling of isolation was defeating (but that eventual first smile for mommy was EVERYTHING :) ).
I’ve known Saira & Zaineb via Instagram for some time but not on a personal level. Their babies are a few months older than Iya so I found myself connecting with each of them individually for advice (& just some company!), while they were doing the same with each other. We had quite the mom love-triangle goin’ on.. until one of us started a group chat and the rest is history! <3
These girls helped me through so many new trials, e-wiped my tears, sent me in fits of belly laughs, and always encouraged me to be the very best ME! We’d turn to each other on our low days and share the joys of even the tiniest of milestones. A great support system and a little bit of self-care is so so important. A good mommy needs to be a well cared for mommy! Back in September we stayed up late one night sending each other TBTs reminiscing over our pre-mom days (& bodies LOL) and began planning a girls-trip to just get away and get a break. We very quickly realized that it wasn’t our babies or our responsibilities that we needed a break from, but rather the monotony of daily life…
I can’t believe my tiny little baby is eating food already & boy does she love to eat! Just like her mommy ;)
Iya’s pediatrician gave her the green light to start solids during her 4 month appointment since she was able to sit supported with good head control. I personally didn’t want to start until 6 months because of AAP guidelines so I asked if it would be alright to wait until after her 6 month appointment (she said no problem!) Iya didn’t seem interested in food anyways. She never watched us eat or eyed our food – so I figured why force it when food is just for fun at this age anyways. A few weeks later I woke up one morning and just had a gut feeling that she was ready for food. All my mom friends told me that would happen, I would just know when Iya is ready. Nobody knows a baby like their mommy! I spent the day researching baby cereals, talking to mom friends, and we were off to Target to buy her first food – oatmeal!
I decided on Happy Baby Probiotic Baby Cereal, but please talk to your pediatrician because every baby is different. I hand expressed some milk (OUCH! I pumped every time since then lol) and mixed her up some oatmeal! SHE. LOVED. IT!! Man, the level of satisfaction when your kid eats lol!
I’m a work-from-home mom so as of now, I really want to make her baby food myself. I say as of now because my sentiments or situation may change, who knows? Five months in, I’m happy to say I still love exclusively breastfeeding and now that I’m beginning to ween, I enjoy making her food myself. Both may change and that is perfectly okay! Don’t let mommy blogs or forums make you feel inadequate about things like formula or pre-packaged food… fed is best and every situation is different. Mom’s well-being is just as important as baby’s. I work from home and have a singleton, who knows what my situation will allow next week or with baby #2. That was my roundabout way of saying every mom needs to be and feel supported. I know how much pressure this all is, I support you. <3
I’ve tried a few first foods with her and so far she loves apples & sweet potato; she even loves them mixed together! She didn’t love avocado or banana but I think its a texture thing since those are mashed raw not puréed, I’ll try introducing them again soon. After she successfully ate her oatmeal, I made a huge Amazon order to get all the new things she’ll need as well as supplies for me to make and store baby food. Let’s get to it…
Strollers are not what they used to be when we were tiny tots. Baby products in general have come such a long way on every front: function, safety, convenience, and as a bonus.. style!
I’ve always been in love with the Silver Cross brand. The royal family has been loyal to them for over a century and Its been a dream of mine to own their Balmoral pram; but lets be real… I don’t have a princess’ bank account nor do I have the space in my tiny LA apartment.
In comes the Wave, Silver Cross’ new family friendly, full travel system stroller. Silver Cross introduced the Wave to the US earlier this year, Iya and I were lucky enough to be gifted one from them with a ton of accessories in tow! We own a few different strollers and I just have to say that the Wave is in a class of its own, it moves like butter and is so beautiful and luxurious. Iya is just shy of 5 months old so she is still using the bassinet or carseat attachment. The bassinet is too gorgeous not to use though so we rarely use our Wave with her carseat. We love it especially for longer outings and events because she can comfortably sleep in her cushy bassinet which is one of the only in the stroller market approved for overnight sleep — great for a weekend at grandma’s! It’s quilted, made from natural bamboo fabrics, and has tons of ventilation. For a baby that loves to be held (who doesn’t?), Iya stays very content and comfortable in her bassinet.
While the Wave might not be priced like Silver Cross’ Balmoral pram, its definitely a premium stroller and worth every penny. The biggest selling point for me is that it grows with your family. When investing in baby items, I try to always plan for the future — bigger items being able to be handed down or expanded, and always in gender neutral colors is very important for us. The Wave is future-proofed and can easily be converted into a tandem double stroller with the footprint of a single — could you even imagine navigating a store with a wide double!? A second bassinet, seat, or car seat can be attached to the chassis in 16 different configurations making the Wave absolutely perfect for siblings or twins. I honestly think I’ll enjoy this beast even more when we add on for baby #2!
Putting the Wave together was so simple, I thought there would be a lot of installation necessary but all I had to do was pop the wheels on. It came with mosquito nets and rain covers for both the seat and bassinet, as well as a cupholder. Silver Cross was so generous in including a parasol, which is so necessary in this California sun, and a stylish backpack diaper bag which my husband has already swiped lol! I’ll give you guys a look at the bag when Iya switches from the bassinet to the seat next month (where is the time going?!)