Saturday, May 20, 2017

picnic & wine in striped cotton dress

wine tasting picnic

Bridget & her Aunt Kelly

It's been a bit of a hectic week for us, sorry for the very delayed post.

I hope everyone had a lovely mother's day last Sunday. I for one, had a great day. I couldn't of imagined a better way of spending my first Mother's Day with my little girl.

We went to a local winery for a picnic and wine tasting, and we had a great time! I was a little apprehensive going because I wasn't 100% sure what to expect (and now I'm more prepared for next year) but it was so nice to just relax and appreciate little things like the sun shining down on your face while listening to "My Girl" play in the background.
Reminded me of simpler times.
espadrille wedges, striped t shirt dress
espadrille wedges, striped t shirt dress

I love this Gap shift dress, I picked it up at the Gap Outlet a few weeks ago. Wasn't able to find the exact same one but here are some similar ones that I love
This crossback dress is so sweet and I love the simplicity of it. I'm also loving this twist back dress!
Nothing is easier than throwing on a nice cotton dress and some espadrilles to go to a picnic.

These espadrilles have been with me since my pregnancy, they are so incredibly comfortable and low enough that you won't worry about twisting an ankle. I picked them up at TJ Maxx, it's some obscure brand called Calzados Picon. They're made in Spain and they have held up extremely well. I wear them pretty frequently at work. The height is awesome, I feel extremely comfortable juggling a wiggling baby and carrying a car seat in the other hand. These J. Crew wedges are extremely similar in look and height.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thoughts on my first Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the momma's out there, old, new and soon to be.
I think Mother's Day and my daughters birthday will be my two new favorite holidays.
I earned both of them of them afterall.

thoughts on my first mother's day, mother's day celebrations

I have a fun wine tasting picnic planned for today and can't wait for it. We will be going to Ste. Chapelle's annual Mother's Day concert with my mom, Mr. Pepper's mom and my sister in law. I can't think of a more perfect way to spend today.

Since it's my first official Mother's Day, I am a tiny bit anxious about it.
I know how to celebrate as a daughter, but as a mother....
I know it's a day to enjoy being with your children and celebrate motherhood. Silly as it may seem some days I think I just am not the best mom I can be. I at times feel as though I don't spend enough quality time with my daughter, at least not as much as I'd like. I hope Bridget knows how much I love her and worry about how happy she is, how her day goes when I'm at work all day.
I don't feel brave enough or good enough at times to be the kind of mom my mom was and still is, to me and my brother. 

Growing up my mom was fearless, a tiny bit embarrassing (as all moms usually are), but most of all she was a miracle worker. She got the impossible done. 
Need to get dinner done in 30 minutes, and oh yeah, the cousins and tias are coming over, she'd get it done and it'd be fantastic.
Going on road trips we had a tiny Datsun that barely held the 4 of us and our luggage but somehow my mom would get that car packed. And whats more astounding is she'd know where everything was!
When my grandpa was in the ICU and we knew the end was near, my mom jumped to action and had him baptized by our priest.
My grandma still marvels at how my mom just knew that it had to be done and it brought her and my grandpa some peace. 

As a mom myself I can now begin to appreciate my mom more. She can still drive me crazy (but I think that's just nature)
She's always known what needed to be done and then did it. 
she's an incredible lady.
She's the person I aspire to be, the person that I hope Bridget has in her life for a very long time.
She may drive me crazy, make me lose my temper but she's the greatest person in my life.

mother's day celebrations
my mother in law and my mom at my baby shower #wonderwomen

I'd love to hear about all the incredible mother's in your life.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

tips for a successful first haircut experience

simple tips for babys first haircut

simple tips for baby's first haircut
simple tips for baby's first haircut
She really wasn't upset about the hair cut, more upset that I'd woken her from her nap
simple tips for baby's first haircut
simple tips for baby's first haircut
See! Happy baby!
simple tips for baby's first haircut
simple tips for baby's first haircut
simple tips for baby's first haircut
I forgot to get an after pic while we were at the salon, but she does love having the bangs out of her face

Let me preface this by saying this is not Bridget's first hair cut, this is actually her 4th cut, I think? It's hard to keep track, her hair grows crazy fast. We had to trim her bangs when she was about 4 months old. 
My friend Dalene has been cutting my hair for years now so we usually go see her. It's also a great opportunity to catch up with her. 
I'd been putting her hair cut off for a week now since Dalene's schedule and mine just weren't working. Annnnnd it just couldn't wait any longer. I had to get Bridget's hair cut ASAP. 
Bridget's bangs kept getting in her face and pissing her off so we went to see my good friend Kendra at her salon. 
I had text Kendra the day before asking if she had time to squeeze Bridget in for a quick bang trim and she told me to come on in the following day.
When we arrived we saw that the salon had put Bridget's name on their "new clients" chalkboard.
It was so sweet, even though Bridget had no idea she was getting the "new client treatment" I really appreciated it!
Bridget did so great this time, well I think she did, Kendra may have a different opinion. She was probably one of her more "difficult clients" of the day but in my opinion, Bridget wasn't as squirmy as she usually is.

Now that I've done this hair cut thing a couple of times I have some tricks I'd like to share!

I know it seems silly, but let your baby know what's about to happen before you go and be reassuring. Maybe even let them see you get a haircut first. 
Since this was a salon and not somewhere that I could let her crawl around, as I usually do at Dalene's, Kendra let us sit in the chair and play around a little to help her relax.

I luckily have many friends that do hair and therefore Bridget is familiar and comfortable with them. I don't think she'd do as well if a stranger came for her face with shears. If you don't have any friends that do hair, go with a salon that is kid friendly and has experience working with squirmy babes.

If they let you, it helps to hold your little one and you can help hold their chin and whisper reassuring words to them. 

And lastly, timing, make sure your little one is fed and well rested. Nothing turns a haircut into a traumatizing experience than a cry fest. 

These are simple tips, the only real way to get your little one used to hair trims is to do them frequently. Let me know if there are any other tips you use!

Friday, May 12, 2017

dealing with a grumpy baby

baby girl at the park
little girl with a flower
park swing set and my little girl
daddy and baby girl on the swing set
baby girl with a tennis ball
daddy and baby girl at the park

The last few days my little girl has been in a grumpy mood. I'm so used to seeing her smile and giggling first thing in the morning, that seeing her in a bad mood the last few days makes me sad.
It could be related to teething, or maybe just like the rest of us, shes just been having a couple of bad days. 
Whatever the reason we've been trying to get her out of "the grumps". She's gotten into the habit of tossing anything we hand her.
At 11 months old she has such a personality on her and attitude, no idea where the 'tude came from 󠀡𛲢𛲠😛, is this foreshadowing the terrible 2s?!

Mr. Pepper and I took a long walk to a nearby park to see if we could get her out of her grumpy mood. She had more fun playing w the grass and flowers than she did on the swing and slide. 
At the park she made a friend with a 2 year old girl. Bridget recently learned how to throw a ball so they threw the ball a few times which seemed to perk her up a bit. 
I think Bridget gets bored at home, my friend has her little one in daycare and he gets a lot of interaction there with other kids. He's learned how to do things, such as wave and say bye, waaaay before Bridget. Socializing is so important!
So we try to set up play dates and I try to get her out as much as I possibly can to avoid the boredom which can lead to her grumpiness. 
Thankfully her grumpiness is gone today and she woke up so much happier.
What do you guys do when you're little one gets grumpy?
Let me know!

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