Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beach baby

This past weekend we had a mini adventure and decided to take Ashby to the beach! It's something we felt we couldn't pass up since we're so close to the coast and Ashby is now mobile. We drove to Ocean View beach in Norfolk along the Chesapeak Bay. We had a blast! It was a very quick trip and was back in Richmond by 2:30pm. Ashby loved the sand and even the water some. She barely even ate any sand!

We had a hand me down water swim diaper that luckily fit her. We stuck her in a long sleeve tee shirt and loaded up on sun block. I got to pack a family picnic since she eats bread and peanut butter now - how fun! Also she likes to 'eat' apples whole now. She'll suck the juice out (her only exposure to juice) and try and get bits of the fruit. She still has no teeth so it's a challenge.

After a baby size beach time in the sun we got cleaned up and ate our lunch before heading home. Ashby was completly exhausted! Complelty wiped out! She could barely hold her eyes open while getting her strapped in her carseat. This is after napping on the car ride down and only an hour or so playing. Being a beach baby is hard work apparently!

I loved Ocean View beach. No crowds, free open parking feet from the water, clean bathrooms, clean beach, gentle waves, shopping/restaurants across the street if you need anything, and it's right off the highway. I would definitely go back and recommend it!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

House color scheme

First house. First opportunity to paint. First time to make holes in the walls with nobody to patch them but us. Lots of responsibilities! 

To help keep us on track and not go paint or design crazy I created this little mood board. Our color these for the house is... grey. Grey with touches of color like blue, teal and white. We seriously have so much grey in the house, and I'm still excited to add more! We have dark grey walls on the main floor - which is the living room, kitchen, dining room and powder room. That's already a lot of grey. Then we have grey bottom kitchen cabinets and some grey in the master bath.

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I'm excited to add more decor pieces and paint more room in the house. I'd like to paint the master bath, master closet, nursery, hall bath & guest room eventually. Maybe someone will google 'grey girl nursery' one day and find our Ashby's room... because how many people have little girl nurseries that are grey? Maybe we will that's who.

This house it twice the size of our last house so there is a lot to decorate! I used to think we had a lot of photo frames and things on the wall. Now I'm eager to drive up to IKEA to get some more.

Once a patch gets fixed we plan on taking nice photos. For a brand new house it sure has had its share of broken things #storyforanotherday. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

house, baby, & food update

So. Behind. On. Blogging.

I've been MIA lately. We've been busy bees (parents) with a 9 month baby (wow!!), the new house and everything that comes with that. Summer is flying by and life is good.

In updates...


We built a house. We bought the house. We moved into the house. Here are some 'before' shots. These are the squeaky clean professional shots. I can go into details later.

The move went well. Very smooth and decently cheap. I highly recommend Moxie Movers for locals! Closing on our first house also went well. The lawyer said I looked nervous when we were signing the papers but I really wasn't. We got the keys and were super excited!

You can see in the photos we chose a dark paint color (we saw it in the model/show home) and just went with that. So far the AC has broken (twice!), the dryer vent broke, and currently the microwave is dead. Fun times, but we LOVE the house! It's so spacious and the flow with the layout works so well for us. Ashby has room to crawl around and play with all of her (accumulating) toys. We bought some new furniture and most of it has been delivered... more photos soon.


We bought this fan and installed it ourselves! Nobody got electrocuted or sliced!

We have a nice sunset view most nights. 


Ashby is growing. She's a whopping 9 months now. Her achievements include crawling, standing, walking with assistance, walking while holding on to furniture. She eats lots of food now including chicken, yogurt, beets, squash, toast, peanut butter, waffles, berries, pasta, avocado, and lots of puree mixes. We do a combo of baby led weaning and purees since she seems to love both ways of eating. Sometimes she's a 'give it to me and I'll do it myself' type of girl, and other times she's content with 'baby bird style open my mouth and fill it please'.

She can point her finger now and lick her lips (not at the same time). She's hilarious. Some favorite games include 'pretending to chase her' and 'the multi pacifier game' (where she just takes one pacifier out of her mouth, then inserts the 2nd, then inserts the 1st, then repeats over and over). She loves finding the cat and attempts to grab fist fulls of his furr. She still likes to suck her toes, take baths, and ride in the car. She hates diaper changes. We still are rocking the BumGenius Freetime cloth diapers at home (disposables at daycare) - she's almost in the largest snap size!

https://instagram.com/p/4SyuHElYO5/ (we got the baby gates up just in time!)

Food update

We've been really enjoying cooking in our new kitchen. It's so nice having a gas stove! We love all the space, the nice counters and more!

My in-laws came to town and they made us this great english muffin recipe (I think this is the one): http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-english-muffins-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchen-106360

Last night I made these as a gift for a coworker (if you've got a cake mix and brownie mix in your pantry and want a quick dessert give it a try: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2013/06/cake-batter-brownies.html.

I've been loving reading this baby food site: http://www.babyfoode.com/. I make a lot of the purees and food for Ashby. She likes most of what I make :/ 

A friend gave us their hand me down baby food maker (this babycook classic) which works great for steaming (not for pureeing), and just yesterday I bought these little green pouches online so I'll see how well they work since Ashby is on a food pouch kick (and they are expensive!). 

Now that we're moved in we can make more Jeni's ice cream! I got her 2nd book last year and we made a batch of the new base recipe - with coffee last week. It's delish!

A family dinner!

Yummy homemade summer spring rolls (on our new countertops)

That's all for now!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Baby products - first 6 months

The first 6 months of your first baby only come once. Here's a summary for anyone interested.

Gear. We love mam bottles, mam pacifiers (yes I have a breastfed baby that uses pacifiers without the world coming to an end, even when she was just a few weeks old), the boogin head pacifier clip (others have huge adult finger pinching clips), the mamaroo (a lifesaver when she was a newborn), sophie the giraffe, cheap IKEA baby mat & mobile. We love them all.

I found that having baby in long sleeve onsies and footed pants is the absolutely easiest clothing choice I could make. I had a September baby so she was tiny during the cold months. Now that she's a little older baby and it's spring I can finally feel comfortable not putting her in many layers. I highly recommend any sleeper sack with velcro, and pj's with zippers (not snaps!), and bibs with snaps not velcro. Velcro sticks to everything in the wash and is a huge hassle. Not all babies are huge droolers but mine was big time from about 2-5 months. We go through a lot of bibs. Now that she eats food we use the bigger bibs with plastic backing.

For cloth diapers we went with BumGenius Freetime. I absolutely love them. Highly. Highly recommend them. We didn't spring for the organic versions (elementals). They were $5 more each and heard they have drying time issues. I got a kitchen trash can with flip lid and bought 2 of the planet wise liners and they work amazing. Don't bother with the wet bags, go straight for the can liners. 

When not cloth diapering (travel, daycare etc) I usually buy whatever's on sale, but as a tiny newborn I loved pampers swaddlers. Yes I tried many of the organic/natural versions but ultimately came back to the swaddlers since they worked the best. Also their wet strip worked the best. Other brands have wet indicator strips but they seemed to only work so-so.

We got Ashby a play mat from IKEA as her Christmas gift when she was 3 months. She loved it even though it as the most random toys you could combine. It has a sun, and a cloud (okay... weather themed), then a goose (what?!), and finally on top attached by velcro is a cat. Totally. Random. But she loved it. Her favorite was the cloud. It was so much cheaper than the fancy models of this at Target so everyone in the household was happy. We also grabbed the $5 IKEA mobile for over her changing table. It was awesome to hang it there! Bug theme sorta went with our nursery theme so again... happy mom.

Those swaddle blankets. I may be the only mom on the internet but seriously one aden & anais blanket is plenty. We really didn't use ours very much. We ended up with 5 and that was excessive. I have some that are still barely touched. We used the velcro swaddle blankets for night time and used warmer blankets over her body while in the car seat (again September baby). They are nice so I wouldn't say pass on them, but a 4 pack may be too much. I'm not sure they come in one packs however.

Hope that's all!


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