|Welcome to the Nursery Tour!
Nursery Tour: 20 Baby Essentials, Things I’m Learning as a New Mom and an End-of-Year Sales Shopping Guide
|Our family Christmas picture…Johannah Elle is already 5 months old and Jethro is the most incredible big brother.
// NEW MOM MUSINGS //
The lack of sleep that a new baby brings is next-level.
I had a high tolerance for not sleeping before Johannah came. Being a full-time college professor and full-time beauty writer meant pulling a lot of bed at 3AM/up at 7AM days and somehow I managed to energetically maintain my responsibilities. Slumber while having a newborn is another story because consecutive hours of sleep (even just 4) are rare in the early months and even now, my husband and I take turns with 3AM feedings.
There is a certain zombie-like quality that comes over one who wakes up all night for months on end…I definitely have said characteristic (as does my husband…we truly are a team) yet somehow continue to survive and get things done. It’s a miracle really! We’re working on sleep training Johannah but it’s a process that takes time…in the meanwhile, we’ll keep doing the best we can with the sleep we get.
I can do SO much with just one arm/hand.
Johannah has gotten sturdy enough for me to hold her with one arm while doing things in the house with the other. From taking vitamins and making a smoothie to doing laundry and even typing a blog post (slow and steady wins the race), I marvel at (and am grateful for) how much I can accomplish with a single limb.
When something doesn’t work, keep trying things until something does.
Thankfully, Johannah is an exceptionally happy baby, but even with the wealth of smiles comes tears and figuring out why she is crying and how to help her stop is a series of trial and error. I find myself running through a mental checklist…does she need to be changed? Is it time for feeding? Will a pacifier suffice? Does she just need to be held and bounced? If so, in my arms standing up or on my knees/lap?
Will a swaddle calm her down? Is she too hot? Too cold? Will some music or a toy change her mood? Is this teething or gas pain? Try the pacifier again? Seriously, it’s just trying things calmly (I’m a big believer in emotional contagion…stress and anxiety is transmittable, even to a baby) until one of them works. This is a good lesson for life in general, too, no?
Accept help…being capable and allowing others to assist are not mutually exclusive.
I have always done my best to be independent and self-sufficient; however, when you try to do everything yourself, you run the risk of overextending and getting mightily burned out. Even though it is a challenge for me, I am learning to take help–from my parents, my husband, a friend–when appropriate because a burned out mom (or person in general, for that matter!) is not an effective one. Just because I can do something, doesn’t always mean I should.
It’s OK to adjust your life pacing because baby comes first and grows quickly.
I’ve lived by a planner for as long as I can remember. There is a profound joy in “getting things done” and I’ve sought to be as productive as possible with the tasks and responsibilities in my life. Having a baby has helped me to mellow out on the to-do lists…yes, there is still much (if not more!) to do, but I’ve had to grow more comfortable with not getting it done within the timeline I originally envisioned.
Blog posts and shoots may take longer (but they’ll always be from my heart and the best of my mind) and laundry may sit on the chair beckoning to be sorted for more than a day or two, but this little baby life I’ve been vested to take care of is my top priority and I don’t want to miss moments with her, just to have the peace of mind that comes with checking things off a massive (and never-ending, I might add) list. Thank you for loyally hanging in there with me with me as my pacing continues to evolve!
|The Larkin Gold Metal Crib with lamb quilt bedding.
|The Cosmos Floor Lamp.
|Johannah peacefully rocking the afternoon away in her Fisher Price Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper
|The Doona Stroller in action.
|Johannah in her Doona Stroller.
|We also added the Doona Snap-on Storage bag for times when we’re out all day. The bag is compact but holds a ton…multiple bottles, outfits, blankets, toys and even my jacket/keys without adding bulk to the stroller. Highly recommended!
|The Halo Innovations Bassinest
|Dock-a-Tot Stage 1
(6) Dock-a-Tot Stage 1:
|Crate & Barrel Kids White Campaign 3 Drawer Dresser/Changing Table.
|Johannah in her Evenflo ExerSaucer 2-in-1 Activity Center and Table
|Mary Meyer Bestever Lamb Baby Mat
|Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths.
(10) Swaddling Cloths:
|Boppy Luxe Feeding & Infant Support Pillow
|The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier in action while husband and Johannah make cupcakes. What a team!
|Skincare in the formative months…Mustela No-Rinse Micellar Water
|Bumbo Floor Seat (in Duck Egg)
|The Babyletto Tally Storage Bookshelf
(16) Water Wipes:
|Johannah using her Comotomo Bottle.
(17) Comotomo Bottles:
|Baby Knee-high Stocking Socks
(19) Dresser accoutrements:
(20) Mia’s Moccasins:
|Getting ready to walk into 2019 but taking advantage of the plethora of sales in the meanwhile.
// End of the Year Sales I’m Shopping //
Up to 75% off (additional 40% off sale items) and I am picking up these Loeffler Randall sandals (for when it gets warmer) and swingy Ulla Johnson Adena Dress, which will work for all seasons.
Save up to 50% during the Half Yearly Sale…I’m loving this Vince alpaca coat in the prettiest shade of nude, Maje jeans (bought a size 38 for a looser fit) and Aquatalia Water Resistant booties. While your at it, I implore you to take a look at the brilliant Spanx Faux Leather Leggings; I’ve mentioned them countless times on the blog and, though they are not on sale, they are well worth the investment. I cannot recommend them enough for their comfort, durability and extreme slimming effect.
I recently placed an order (not on sale but new to me) and am awaiting the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lipstick in Juicy Date and Peach & Quiet and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mini in Mood Exposure.
|Last look, featuring the Baby Knee-high Stocking Socks. Fluffette slippers on my feet by UGG.