Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shop Small - My Faves!



If you follow along with me on any type of social media, you would know that I'm obsessed with dressing my little dude in all things trendy and grown. A year or so ago when we found out we were pregnant with a little boy - I vowed to not dress him in planes, trains, dogs or dinosaurs UNLESS it was uber modern. 

I love (some people might say obsessively)  dressing Kingston in handmade goodies from shops on Instagram and Etsy. The ladies behind these shops dedicate hours to their craft and it really shows. All the pieces I have received are of great quality and come at a really decent price. But if $15-$25 is a little more then you would pay for a piece of baby clothing ... just wait till the next holiday and you'll find that these shops do sales galore! I'm sure for St. Patties Day there will be lots of 15% off around the web. Follow along and be sure to snag something the next time they offer a deal! 



Below I've rounded up a bunch of goodies from some of my favorite brands/shops that are on Kingston's must have list. A few might even be under the sewing machine and on their way to me in a few weeks!  





Tops

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(This is going to be Kingston's Easter shirt!)


(Part of Kingston's first birthday outfit -- and YES I'm that mom who thinks about these things 6 months out)


(We have some multi-colored cassette tape harems coming that would work perfect with this!)


Bottoms 

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(These pants are purchased and will be arriving for Kingston to wear for Easter with his Jesus saves bro shirt!)




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(2 for $14 leggings - we have 9&11 on the way!) 


Shoes


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(All her booties are so amazing but they are always sold out. If you want some of these bad boys you have to be quick and snag them as soon as she restocks!) 



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Accessories 



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(Kingston has 8 of these slouchy's - I would love to add this one to the collection!) 


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Aren't all these lovelies just ... lovely? These days I'm obsessed with harems and leggings because they go over our cloth diapers so easy. I'm sure daycare loves them too because when I send him in jeans they literally have to throw him over their shoulders and have to 'jump up and down just to put 'em on'. 
And I've always been on to add accessories - whether its bibs, bow ties or hats. 

Can you see any of your littles rocking any of these pieces? If so - head on over to these shops and show them some love! 


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Homemade Valentines - Baby Style


Back in the day before early mornings, long work hours and loads of laundry and dishes - I had extra time to do fun creative DIY crafts. Because I want to be that mom that's involved and creative and messy and most importantly FUN, I'm making time with my baby to do these things! 

Last weekend after breakfast, Kingston and I started on some DIY Valentine's. 



Supplies Needed
Card Stock
 (because it's thin and not super sticky which makes it easy to remove at the end)
 (because this will be all over your baby, the highchair and yourself)



1. Use your washi tape to draw your design on the card stock 






2. Dab on paint sporadically across the card stock




3. Tape the card stock to the highchair and let your little one go to town 





4. Let dry, remove tape and give away!! 





We plan on folding these in half and sticking them in the mail to send to all our loved ones far away. This DIY was super simple, super inexpensive and the boy LOVED playing in the wet/messy paint. Sensory play is beneficial at any age - but I'd say 6 months is the perfect time to start! 



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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kingston: 6 months


















As of 2.3.15
18lbs 2oz - 60%
27.5" - 85%
Surprisingly his eyes are still blue for the most part but depending on what he wears sometimes they look green.
His strawberry birthmarks are still visible and haven't changed much.
His dark brown hair is coming in more but he's still a baldie.
He still has the chubbiest of cheeks and a double chin if you catch him at the right angle. 
I'd say he's the perfect mix of CT and me. 

Clothes: 9 -12 months. 9 months fit best.
Diapers: This past month we transitioned to size 3 disposable diapers and we went up a 'rise' snap on cloth diapers. 
Shoes: Kingston's go-to grey moccs are becoming too tight on his chubby feet. Time to size up! 

  

Eating
Kingston still loves to eat - imagine that! He usually nurses first thing in the morning around 530am,  (cereal and a fruit) + 6oz bottle around 830a, veggie + 6oz around noon, 6oz at 300p, veggie or fruit + nurse at 530p, nurse at bedtime.    



So far he's  tried 'real' foods in this order:
oatmeal cereal, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, turnips, avocados, bananas, apples, peaches, pears, squash. He is so happy to get any type of flavor that he will eat anything we feed him expect the frozen avocados that turned bad and tasted like soap. 
I would say he LOVES: turnips, carrots, apples, and pears. He also loves to chomp on whole bananas in his mesh food holder.

This past month we also introduced water in a sippy cup with straw. We tried two different types of tommy tippee sippy cups but he only wanted to chew on the hard tip. CT gave him some drinks out of his cup while we were out a restaurant one day and since then he's been hooked. Now that he's able to 'suck' out of a straw he's also able to successfully eat out of those baby food pouches which makes it easy to feed him while we are out and about. 

I'm still pumping at work - always 2 times a day but I try and make it 3 times a day. I average about 12oz a day which is enough - but I'm always wishing it was more. 


Sleeping 
This past month Kingston had a rocky month sleep wise. He still is sleeping a solid 8/9 hours - usually 800p-500a - but he will wake up with random bouts of crying (which he never did before) and needs his paci. He wakes up almost always at 430am. So weird. Interal alarm clocks are real people. There were also a few nights that he was waking himself up every 2-3 hours so we decided to put him back in his swaddle which helped tremendously. We will continue to swaddle him until he really shows interest in rolling over a bunch. 

He still is sleeping awful at daycare - maybe a 20-40 min nap in the morning and a 30-rarely 1.5hr nap after lunch. When he naps at homes on the weekend it's pitch black, he's swaddled with the blanket by his face and the fan is on. While at day care it's bright, there are a bunch of kids around, he's not swaddled and there's no fan. What can I say - the kid just likes his routine. 


Because of this lack of sleep at school, I think he is overly tired when he goes to bed at night. It's crazy how I had him on such an awesome nap/sleep schedule before daycare and he was sleeping 830p-645a, eating and then going back to bed for another 2 hours while never waking up. And bow that he naps horribly at daycare he sleeps worse at night. I'm hoping that putting him to bed earlier these days will help him catch up on his sleep.  


Milestones
He can roll over but chooses not to. He's really only done it a couple of times from tummy to back and never back to tummy. 
He has much more control sitting up and this is his most preferred position. 

He studies his hands and what they do. We are working on teaching him how to wave. He's got the motion down but doesn't know appropriate time to do it.
He straight belly laughs.
He turns in circles during his rare minutes of tummy time.
He can feed himself but would prefer if we did it. 



Likes
All sports - in person or on tv. 
Bath time. 
Chewing on his pointer finger.
His toes. 
People watching. He is such the awesome shopping partner. He will just sit in the cart and stare at people. 
Mama & daddy's bed.
Watching Bentley - wherever he is. 
Books & balls. 
The colors black and white.
Any STL cardinals logo. 
Watching me in the kitchen from the high chair.


Dislikes
Tummy time - unless it's in the bath.


Getting his snot sucked. He is a professional snot sucking blocker. He holds his breath and closes off the back of his throat so nothing can get out. He's too smart. 
People with glasses. He cries every time. 


Sounds/Words
ah-goo
grr
He gargles his spit in the back of his throat and blows spit bubbles by vibrating his lips.
Da-Da (doesn't know that CT is his dada but LOVES to say it)
Something that sounds like hi.
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Whoaaa
Ba-Ba
Lots of jibber jabber.


Activities
He loves music and his daddy rapping and singing to him.
If he's on his back and has his toes he can be entertained for minutes on end. 
Hanging out with his daddy at the gym. 
Who needs toys when hangers and crinkled water bottles are around?


Misc.
Kingston has been around for 6 months and Bentley still stays away. Kingston loves him and gets the biggest smile when Bentley comes close, but that's hardly ever. We started working on soft touches so hopefully some rubs will entice Bent. 

Kingston is still be battling the good ol winter cold. During the weekend we get him cleared up just in time for Monday and daycare to come around. It's mostly snot that drains and causes him to cough. Right now we are using the nose frieda, a cool mist humidifier and Zarbee's cough syrup with lots of lovin'.  

Kingston also had to be on his first dose of antibiotic this past month. Something nibbled his pointer finger the same one that you can find ALWAYS in his mouth  causing a big bite that didn't want to heal. We waited a good week and a half before taking him in because I figured it was going to go away on it's own and I didn't want to be 'that mom' for taking your kid to Dr. for a bug bite. Thankfully 7 days of Cephalexin cleared it right up. 

This little boy is such a little man already. He's officially found his boy parts and reaches for them whenever he can. He tries to undo the velcro on his diapers and put his hand in his pants whenever possible. It must be engrained in them from birth! He also is so active - whether it be kicking and grabbing while he's nursing or jumping up and down in his exersaucer. He's also way vocal and has his daddies temper. There's no doubt that he's 100% boy and I'm going to have my hands full soon enough!

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I love Kingston's personality and it is so fun/rewarding to watch him grow and learn. He's a giggle box and loves to laugh - but only at his mama and daddy. I love when he tries his hardest to keep his giggles in but CT knows right where to get him (on his ribs and back.) He isn't afraid of strangers but he doesn't give out his smiles out to just anyone. He really makes you earn them! I love how he will lay still for minutes if I'm kissing his chin and how he loves skin to skin snuggles on the weekends in the morning. His daddy is his best friend but he shows me so much love. He's also fascinated with Anyslee - his first friend and girl friend (until her sissy comes in the picture) He lets Ayns do whatever she wants to him and then always gives her a kiss on her cheek. 

These truly are the best days of my life! 






Friday, January 30, 2015

Kingston's Closet - 6 Month/Valentine's Pictures


I've said it once and I'll say it over and over and over again ... I LOVE dressing a boy! Styling my little boy into a little hipster man is one of my favorite things to do. It all started during those first few months during those middle of the night nursing sessions. My bloodshot/sleep crusted eyes would spend so many minutes looking on Instagram and Etsy for inspiration. From the beginning, I was never going to be one of those moms who dressed their boy in dogs or lions (unless its modern/graphic etc.). As of today I'm following 783 'people' on Instagram and if I was to guess - 400 of them are handmade business's tailor to the little people. Needless to say, I'm as obsessed with online small business shopping as Olivia Pope is with drinking her fine wine. 
{Did you catch the returning episode of Scandal last night!? It was a good one!}



Harems // BeliefWear
Moccs // Similar by Feather&Filly
Tie/Bowtie // Random Facebook Co-Ops 
Slouchy // Sugarlime Lane


I plan to do some shots in the shirt/pants/shoes and then some topless with the hat and tie/bowtie. Hopefully I can also get some of him with mamas smooches too! 

I can't wait to see how this outfit turns out in photos. People probably think I'm a little crazy/eclectic with Kingston's style but my goal is to start some trends! 


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