Monday, December 17, 2012

DIY Christmas Card Organizer

Thank you, Pinterest for the easy-peasy, no fail Christmas card organizer idea!  (Andddddd to all of our friends and family who have wished us Happy Holidays this year!)

Ribbon + Binder Clips or Clothes Pins = No mess and no hassle!

Keep 'em coming!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Two months, two loves and two pictures...

James' crazy hair 2 Month Photo

I cannot believe my baby is already 2 months old.  TWO MONTHS OLD!!!

Everyone tells you how quickly they grow, but never in my life did I envision it went this fast! 

I mean, James is already nearly double his size in weight than he was when he was born, he's drinking 5x the amount at each feeding, and he's so long (tall?) I think he may put holes through all of his footie pajamas!! 

Although I'm definitely from the school of thought that wishes they would stay this little (and precious) forever, it is truly incredible to literally watch this human being grow before my very eyes.  Every day his eyes open just a little bit wider, and as he begins to see more of the fascinating world going on around him, I myself have begun to see things from an entirely new perspective. 

Each smile, each coo leaves me wondering...even dreaming...about James' future.  And as much as I want to know what his voice will sound like, what his interests will be, what he'll be when he grows up...I've never been so happy to just enjoy the present! 

Motherhood has truly been the most defining and life changing experience of my has given me a whole new appreciation for my own mom and dad...and I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful partner to share it with.  Two months ago I fell in love with not one but two little boys - my son and husband, who overnight turned in to the most wonderful daddy.

When I fall in will be forever...

I am the luckiest <3

Thursday, December 6, 2012


I've been on Instagram for a while, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered you actually "follow" and "share" photos with friends.  I honestly just thought it was a app to make your pictures look prettier!  Oops! 

Anyways, since I've gone public it's been fun (and funny) to see what other people are taking pictures of - pets, food, hair, feet, houses, scenery, etc.  And I just learned you can follow celebrities! 

My favorite subject?  You guessed it - James!  I take so many pictures of him on my phone its embarrassing!  Even worse, I don't remember the last time I actually used our nice, expensive camera! 

So when my sister sent me this video yesterday, it sent me into hysterics!

Totally nailed it! 

Are you on Instagram?  What are you taking pictures of?  And has your phone taken the place of your point-and-shoot digital camera?

P.S. I'm the one right at the end of the song..."so many pictures of my kid you'll want to murder me" :)  Consider yourself warned!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Emergency Contact Info

Up until last week when my husband watched James alone overnight (!!!), I had only been apart from my sweet baby for less than three total hours since he was born since he was conceived. 

The first one hour period was when he was 10 days old and I had a 103 degree fever (mastitis) and needed to go to the doctors.  Needless to say I was so exhausted and delirious I hardly remembered the baby free outing.

The second time I left him was to do a quick run to the drug store for more diapers.  And I say quick because when you compare it to the extra time needed to get a baby into his car seat, into car, out of car, into stroller and finally into the store - it truly was a breeze.

And the third time was to go to the gym 2 blocks away for the first time post partum. 

All three outings were local and my husband LOVED the extra one-on-one time he got to spend with James!  I had zero concerns leaving our baby with him, it was me that I was concerned about!!!  I didn't want to be away from my baby for a minute!

But when my bi-annual Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse sale shopping trip with my sisters (a tradition that started with my Mom) / Nate's first overnight with James was approaching, I realized that I should start putting an emergency contact list together.  Not just for him, but I really should have these numbers readily available in case something were to happen when I am home alone with the baby...which is pretty much every day!  And once we're comfortable enough to have a babysitter, this is a must have for the house! 

Well, good old Pinhole Press just wouldn't let me type up a list and tape it to the fridge...they had to make this adorable photo magnet...and I just couldn't resist!

Emergency Contact Info Magnet Portrait - $4.99

I used another cute shot from James' newborn photo shoot and customized it to include his birth date so a caretaker and / or medical responder would know EXACTLY how old (or should I say young) he is.  This would also be a great place to indicate other important information like food or drug allergies!!

I think this would make a cute stocking stuffer for new parents, don't ya think?

Just another one of my recent Pinhole Press creations...and yes, there are more to come!

P.S. Did I mention how much fun Nate and James had when Mommy was away?!  :)  I love my boys!