I mentioned in this post how I found and refurbished Avery’s dresser/changing table. After my first baby shower, I had to go through and sort all the adorable onesies she received from family and friends. I knew I wouldn’t have to shop for her for months, which was fantastic, but then came the challenge: how to organize everything so I could find it and actually use it. There is nothing worse than finding an adorable shirt that you were looking forward to her wearing, only to discover that it’s too late. One time I tried to force these cute little jeans on her and her poor thighs looked like they were screaming for air. If baby #2 is a girl she will have the cutest pants waiting for her.
I found these adorable storage bins at Target that fit perfectly into her dresser drawers. Three bins fit in each drawer and they allow me to separate the onesies by size. As she grows out of the clothes, I remove the onesies from the first drawer and shift everything to the left. I’ve done the same thing with her pants, however, I’ve noticed she grows out of the onesies muuuch faster than the pants. This technique has helped me so much, as I always know exactly what she has and I am able to dress her quickly.
As for her closet, all I needed were some dividers to separate by month. When she grows out of the size, I just pack the divider with the clothes I’m putting in storage. It’s an easy way to keep things organized – and any parent knows that organization is a key to sanity!
I will keep it real with you, though, and let you know that Avery’s drawers only look like this when I’ve actually picked up all the dirty laundry around her room, washed it, folded it neatly, and then proceeded to put it away IMMEDIATELY. If I don’t do it perfectly, in that order, and all in one day it never actually makes it in the drawer. Sometimes I leave it in the laundry basket folded and never actually put it away. That laundry basket becomes a mixture of clean and dirty clothes and then I find myself smelling each item to figure out what she can wear. The struggle is real!
I hope this post helps give you some ideas to stay organized.
Creating an Easter basket for a baby is a fantastic way to make yourself think outside the box. You can’t throw in candy, chocolate bunnies, or bubbles in it, but you can fill it with items that are both cute and practical. I shopped during the week and assembled the basket the day before Easter. A whole day earlier than necessary! I brought it outside to snap a quick photo and Mr. King came out and placed his basket next to mine. How cute is it that he went shopping for her?!
I thought the basket I created would come from both of us, but it turns out dad had his own plans (tear).
I know some people think it’s a bit ridiculous to create an Easter basket for a baby since they won’t remember it, but we did it anyways! Check it out below and see what we included:
Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants that are her parents! She examined his every move, couldn’t stop touching his hand, and was mesmerized by his hair. I couldn’t even get her to look up at the camera for a picture! Can you say “boy crazy”? Lord help me one day.
I wish these two would stay this small forever. This picture was taken over a month ago and it seems like Avery has doubled in size. She is now able to sit up on her own (with the occasional fall), hold her bottle by herself, and she loves meeting new people. I will continue to capture every single moment with Avery and her new friends. I know it seems obnoxious when you’re not a parent, but what they say is true – it goes so fast!
I wanted to create a table that would have a vintage feel but include deep purple, lavender, pale pink and lots of greenery. I was hosting about 30 family members at our house and it was Avery’s first big event! I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of prep time the morning of because we would be in church, so I wanted to make sure all of the little details were handled the day before.
Thankfully, I had the best team anyone could ask for: my mom and Avery’s godmother, Lani. My mom handled the table decor and flowers and Lani handled all the sweet treats. I had been collecting vintage pieces for the past few months and it was finally time to bring her dessert table together! Hopefully the pictures below give you some inspiration for your next event!
Don’t mind us, we’re just dreaming about a California summer over here. It’s 62 degrees, so I can’t complain, but when you have cute clothes and the weather is not cooperating, what do you do? You have a photo shoot, of course! We couldn’t leave this romper stranded, unused, and miserable in the closet! Aaaand since it definitely required the perfect accessories, I pulled out her itty bitty tan sandals, pink sunglasses, and this adorable tote bag that screams “take me to the beach!!”
I’ve been busy planning our first family vacation and this outfit MUST come with us (if she still fits in it, of course). We are using our Ellen’s Mother’s Day Giveaway gift and heading to the beautiful Coronado Island in San Diego, California. Thank you, Ellen! I think it will be a good first trial vacay with a little one since it’s not too far from home, but far enough to make us feel like we are on vacation, not “staycation.” Plus, we can figure out all the “what not to do’s” before the big trip in the summer.
We’re new at this parenting thing, so traveling will be an adventure! What do I pack? How many blankets do I need? How many bags should I bring? What safety items do I need? Should we rent a U-haul for all of her toys? The questions are endless. In the meantime, we will be putting Avery in seasonally inappropriate (but INCREDIBLY adorable) clothing and dreaming of waves crashing on the shore.