How To prep for baby: My "must haves"...

When I found out I was pregnant with Lo I was super overwhelmed. I think a lot of that stemmed from just knowing how much we needed to buy for the baby, but not knowing WHAT we needed. I didn't want to get things that we really didn't absolutely need...so I remember reaching out to friends with kiddos for help! I have compiled a few things above that I think are absolute must haves. Ok, maybe you don't NEED a piggy bank (hehe!) ... but trust me, grandparents love it! At least Lo's grandparents do ;) I love this one!

I will say that the Skip Hop "Chelsea" Diaper Bag is an absolute dream. I love it because it looks chic but also has a million compartments for everything you need. I also love this backpack from Skip Hop... there's something about a backpack that seems super practical, and this one is very cute! 

The Rock n Play was also a LIFE SAVER. We had a bassinet ready to go next to our bed, but Lo just wouldn't sleep well in it. We quickly switched to the rock n play, and she gave us some nice long stretches. It kept her somewhat upright, and we were able to lay her slightly on her side, which she seemed to love. Highly recommend! 

We have a small city apartment, so when it came to a baby bathtub, we didn't have room for anything crazy. I love the Boon Naked tub because it's collapsible and has a hook so you can hang it right on the back of your bathroom door! 

Now, for the Ergo. Man oh man, that thing was attached to me for basically 6 months straight! Thank GOD it's comfortable, and has a strap that goes around your lower back to give you some support! I loved baby wearing and it's necessary when your babies are little and they just want to be close to you 24/7! The Ergo 360 is perfect because when your baby gets older, you can wear her facing front so she can take in the world ... Lo loves it! 

You can shop other favorites above like the cute pacifier, Wubbanub ... and the Baby Banana or Sophie the Giraffe (which are both perfect for teething babes!) Enjoy, mamas!

xx,

Ashley

 

Easter With The Markwood's!

Yesterday was a great day ... busy & hectic ... but GREAT! We loved celebrating London's first Easter right here at our little Massachusetts apartment. It was nice not to have to travel anywhere, but to wake up in our own beds and lounge. We did a little food prep the night before, so we could enjoy Sunday for the most part. We got London all dolled up for Easter service and had a little pre-church photo shoot (which was totally my husband's idea) Haha! We hosted Chris's mom and stepdad for dinner which included: Ham w/a brown sugar glaze, green bean casserole, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade rolls, and deviled eggs! For dessert I made carrot cake cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting ... I must say - these were a big hit! London sat at the table with us, tried ham for the first time, and absolutely loved it! By "loved it" I mean, she wouldn't eat anything else but ham...probably should have given her veggies beforehand, but ehh - it was a holiday so I let it slide :)

 

We're Having A Baby!

It was an extra special Christmas for us this year, as we got to share some REALLY exciting news with family and friends! We are expecting our first child...'Baby M' coming July 2015! It's been a wild year for us...engaged, married, and now baby on the way! We are so thrilled to be parents and can't wait to share this adventure with all of you! I am almost 14 weeks along...starting to have more energy and feel better overall; so far, the second trimester is amazing! 

Please share with me your favorite brands for all things 'baby'! We are first-timers, so we'll take all the help and advice we can get :) I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are going into 2015 feeling fulfilled, happy, and eager for the new year ahead!

xx,

Ashley