My lofty, pre-baby goal was to write an update every month, but then she was born and I realized that definitely wouldn’t happen without hiring 3 sitters. In fact, I can barely find the time to give you an update every 6 months! I am struggling to find the delicate work-mom balance these days. Miss Avery Elizabeth King keeps us crazy busy! She is mellow like her dad with a little bit of Latin spice from her mama.
Life with a 6 month old truly is an absolute joy. Avery recognizes our faces, laughs at everything, and wants to be included in everything we do. It can be challenging, but I’ve learned to cook, clean, and get ready all with one hand – major mom skills!
When I am not kissing her delicious cheeks, you can find us reading books; something about hearing the sound of a voice going into “reading mode” stops her in her tracks and she examines each page. She’ll definitely be a reader!
We are constantly keeping an eye on her to see what she’s grabbing. She flips from belly to back and back to belly. I try to capture every moment because I know the next day she could be doing something completely different.
I started putting away her 3 month clothes and could not believe how many outfits still had the tags on them! Every time I go shopping, I feel like I have approximately 2 days to put her in the clothes I bought, otherwise they will be too small. If baby number two is a girl, she will have a brand new wardrobe with zero effort on our part!
I could not stand when my mom would say stuff like “time flies,” “it goes quick,” or my favorite, “they grow so fast”. Like, I know. I’ve only heard that from 10,000 other people. I hate to say my mom was right, but time is flying by! It was a little over 6 months ago that I was in the hospital marveling at her little face. TEAR.
My latest obsession is oversized head bows! I never thought I would be a girl mom. I grew up a tom boy and wanted to get dirty every day. I was the kid who was always in a gym, playing in a field, or running around the track. I am very competitive and when it comes to girly things, it’s just wasn’t my thing. Thankfully there are many fashionable mommies out there that I look to for inspiration. Head over to Obnoxiously Adorable Designs and swoon over the oversized head bows like the one Avery is flaunting in these pics – you will fall in love.
I am already planning Avery’s first birthday (yes, 6 months early) and can’t wait to share some of my ideas. It’s going to be BIG. My baby only turns 1 once, right?
I’m absolutely thrilled that Inspired By This featured Avery’s nursery on their site! I’ve been a hardcore fan for so many years. And by fan, I mean a stalker who checks their website 3-4 times a day. In fact, a lot of Avery’s nursery inspiration came from their site.
Here is what I wrote to Inspired by This when asked about the inspiration for the nursery…
“I wanted my daughter’s nursery to have a “Midsummer’s Night” inspired, dreamy and bohemian feel.
I had been researching and visualizing bohemian nurseries since I can remember, so I had plenty of idealistic pictures in my head. My husband and I had a long road to pregnancy, which made this process that much more special for us. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”
Avery’s room was absolutely spotless the day of the shoot. I wish I could say it stayed this clean, but that lasted for about 1 day. Now the usual is toys on the floor, laundry on her chair (because I’m too lazy to hang anything), and random socks lying everywhere. I’m glad I was able to capture at least one day of perfection! Creating a beautiful space for Avery to grow up in has been incredibly rewarding, and the recognition was a fantastic bonus!
Leave it to my mom to create a baby shower favor in less than an hour. The night before her friend’s baby shower, she got a phone call and was asked to create a small baby shower favor. I asked, “Mom, are you sure you have time? You don’t even have any supplies!” She calmly responded, “I have clear bags and paper; that’s all I need.”
She rummaged through her things and found twine, black and white paper, and clear bags. She printed these simple bow tie thank you tags and cut them out with her circle punch. Fast forward an hour and – voila!
Who doesn’t love to eat kettle corn? I deeefinitely never shovel handfuls of it into my mouth. These are the perfect little treat for your guests to take home. You simply need the following supplies:
Hopefully these adorable little favors give you some inspiration for your next event!
A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Insta feed and saw THE most adorable pumpkin patch photos on Hello Fashion. Her family looked exceptionally cozy in their fall scarves and tall winter boots. I immediately started looking for the perfect outfits for Avery’s first visit to the pumpkin patch.
Thennnn I remembered some crucial information – I live in southern California and the weather forecast called for a high of 90 degrees for the weekend. How was I supposed to pull off fall vibes with these temperatures? I thought if we went early enough we could beat the heat and the cool ocean breeze would magically make us feel like we were back East, watching the orange leaves fall and enjoying those brisk autumnal breezes with pumpkin-y drinks in hand. Great idea, right? WRONG. It was 80 degrees by 10am and I felt a little ridiculous wearing a long sleeved shirt and booties but hey, I really, reeeally wanted an enviable fall picture.
I may have been able to trick my daughter into dressing warmly; however, my husband wasn’t buying it. He woke up, put on his shorts and ball cap, and said, “I’m ready.” I didn’t see any purpose in arguing or attempting to explain my vision so I just went with it.
I’m totally obsessed with the color burgundy so I was pleased when I found Avery’s fall outfit at Carters. There was one left in her size, so clearly it was meant to be. I hope the pictures are deceitful enough to make you think we are an adorable, pumpkin patch enjoying, fall loving family!
If you’re planning to take family pumpkin patch photos next year, check out my photography tips below!
I love all of the plaid in this photo!
My husband and his mini-me.
R.I.P. two of my favorite necklaces, Avery’s “new thing” is holding on to objects with her death grip like in the photo above. Goodbye jewelry!
A little advice for those of you wanting to achieve great pumpkin patch photos:
Stick to neutral colors, the orange of the pumpkins and bright colored clothes creates a high contrast.
Be patient. It make take several photos to get that perfect shot.
Don’t “pose”. In the first photo, I just wanted to kiss her delicious cheeks and it ended up being my favorite shot. How can anyone resist those cheeks?!?!?
The newborn stage is officially behind us. I blinked and I suddenly have a baby girl who is talking, recognizing my face, and laughing daily. But let me tell you, I’m absolutely adoring every second of it!
Capturing these moments is important to me, so when Avery was just three weeks old, I couldn’t wait for Christian from Kaysen Photography to photograph her. The day and night before the scheduled shoot were utterly horrendous, though. I think I was running off of two hours of sleep when I called Christian and asked to reschedule. He was kind enough to push our shoot back a week.
The day finally came and, honestly, it felt a bit like the twilight zone. Avery was feeling mellow and photogenic bright and early in the morning. Christian is incredible at what he does; he knew exactly how to get the perfect shots. I am so grateful that he was able to capture this special time in our lives and I look forward to utilizing his talent in the future as well! The Little Umbrella featured Avery’s full shoot on their site but here are a few teasers below. For those of you that are interested, you can purchase the floral wreath HERE.
I was selected to attend the Ellen Degeneres Mother’s Day show and Thursday, May 5th was THEE day! The entire crowd was made up of expectant mothers. I had no idea that I would be surrounded by so many women whose stories are similar to mine. I met incredible women who didn’t allow infertility to hinder them or take away their joy. They were dedicated, unrelenting women who never let fear or insecurity hold them back in fulfilling their dreams. It was such an honor to celebrate together with them..
We cried, laughed, and jumped for joy. And the cherry on top was being able to cross off some big ticket items from my registry. OH, and seeing the sexy Mila Kunis and Kristin Bell wasn’t bad either (sorry, babe). It was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity!
Ellen totally hooked us up, and you know she is all about the newest and greatest products! Here are some of the items that have been life savers!
2. Evolur Fairbanks 5-in-1 Convertible Crib, Winter White – This is by far the single best thing we received at the show. This crib transitions from a standardized crib to a toddler bed to a day bed and can even become a full-sized bed. We had several options to choose from and it was easy to assemble!
3. Munchkin LATCH BPA-Free Newborn Baby Bottle Gift Set, 12 Piece – Avery had some serious gas the first few weeks and this newborn set from Munchkin seriously helped with combating it. The bottles prevent colic with their anti-colic valve located at the bottom on the bottle that prevents air bubbles from moving through the bottle.
4. 4moms, High Chair, White, Grey – The 4moms high chair comes with bowls and accessories that are magnetic, which means no more spaghetti bowls flying across the room! I won’t need this high chair until Avery gets older, but what a great concept! I can’t wait to use it.
This whole motherhood thing has been an amazing experience. Thank God for supportive family and friends that are willing to answer my paranoid “mom questions” in the middle of the night…I can’t even attempt to guess how many text messages I’ve sent out in the past few weeks. I’m not sure I would have all my hair or any remaining sanity if it weren’t for these products and our fantastic support network!