Oooh Baby!

Insta-Lucy... at Five Months

Little Legs

Lucy is growing up SO fast! Her legs seem to grow an inch each day, and while she still fits in the 3 month size onesies, she is well into the 6 month size pants. 

The easy and adorable fix for those fast growing stems...
leg warmers!

They look so adorable with onesies, they are ultra affordable, and you can't really outgrow them... 
they just go from being full length to knee high to arm warmers.

Here are some great options.

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Puppy Love

Lucy + Goalie = Puppy Love

Working Momma Must Haves

Being a working mom is certainly not the easiest thing I've ever done. 

I am lucky enough that I work mostly from home and get to spend so much time with Lucy. I split my work day into a morning and afternoon shift (and most days, a late night shift, as well). 

Lucy almost always sleeps right through the morning which is wonderful for me from a working standpoint.  Then we play, and take walks, and read stories, and snuggle for a few hours until it is time for me to get back to work. 

In the afternoons, Lucy naps a little but more often than not these days, she is bright eyed and bushy tailed. 

That's where these terrific items come in to make Lucy and I a happy and productive pair.

I can't say enough about how great these things are... most of which we received as gifts from wonderful family members and friends.

Little Tikes® 5-in-1 Adjustable Gym
Tiny Love Musical Nature Stroll Toy Bar

Jungle ExerSaucer / Move and Crawl Ball / Activity Center / Crib Soother Aquarium / Bottle Sling (this is a MUST have... you can velcro it on to your baby's carseat, swing, boucy seat, etc... essential!) / Playmat / Big Bird Stacking Nest / Shapes Blocks / Doorway Jumper / Musical Play and Stroll Clip on Bar

As you can see... they are all Lucy endorsed!


Stop and Smell the Flowers

Lucy has what can only be described as a truly fabulous collection of hair accessories. Some are a little over the top, but what is more adorable than a flower topped baby?

Click on the photos below to get the baby girl in your life her own fabulous headband.

Toddler Hair Accessories - Turquoise Blue Layered Boutique Silk Flower Blossom With Sequin CenterPlum Felt Peony (Medium)

Balding Baby

It's happening. 

Lucy is going bald. 

Sweet little white patches of skin showing through from under her beautiful fiery hair. 

I am so sad. 

I know it will grow back (hopefully in the same gorgeous color), and I know it happens to all babies, but I just thought that Lucy is so magical that she would get to skip this awkward phase.

Luckily, the internet is FULL of completely adorable baby hats!

Circo® Newborn Halloween Hat Circo® Newborn Halloween Hat Circo® Newborn Halloween Hat Baby Girl Crochet Owl Hat with Flower- Made to Order- Newborn-5T-  Teal, Purple, PinkHippo Hat- Newborn- Photography PropMonkey Hat, Crochet Baby Hat, Photography Prop, 3 to 6 Months, Baby Girls Baby Boys Hats, Chocolate Brown Baby Monkey Hat, Photographer PropBunny Beanie-Pink 0-3Tadbit's Croak CapSkipit's Bucket Hat

Hoo .... Me?

Soooo much cute owl stuff for babies out there. 

Here are some goodies for your little hootie!

Personalized Owl Onesie,  Monogram Baby Romper Custom OnesiesGirl Kooky Owl Snuggle Buddy Personalized

Insta-Lucy... at Four Months

Pretty Kitty


A Girl's Best Friend

Lucy and Goalie are becoming total besties. She is always reaching out to pet him now and he spends as long as I will let him licking her little face. They are so gentle and sweet with each other it melts my heart.

Lucy and Lambie

Doc McStuffins and the gang

My Mom (Lucy's Mumsie) came across the most adorable show when she was looking after Lucy one morning while I worked. Doc McStuffins is this really sweet and entertaining cartoon on Disney Jr. about a really nice little girl who is a toy doctor. The characters are cute and funny without being too sappy, the storylines have a moral but are still really amusing,  and I think I enjoy the show (and the catchy songs) almost as much as Lucy does. 

Her eyes completely light up whenever Lambie, one of Doc's little friends, comes on the screen. I am not sure if it is because Lambie is so cute and cuddly, or because she is more or less Lucy's animated TV twin, but Lucy is a huge fan. 



A Very Mini Mini Skirt

Lucy FINALLY fits into her completely adorable and VERY tiny denim mini skirt that has been hanging up in her nursery for the past half year. It looks even more adorable on her sweet little bod than it did on the hanger!

She rocks it ever so fashionably with a bow print onesie, oversize flower headband, these patent leather ballet shoes, and a smile. I could just eat her up.

Rubber Ducky, You're the One!

Lucy is such a water baby and really loves her bath time. My mom got this amazing inflatable rubber ducky bath which is not only adorable, but totally practical. It is so easy to store (just deflate it and fold it up and you can stick it in a drawer) and it even has a temperature indicator... the word "Hot" shows up if the water is too toasty for a baby. Very cool for just $12!

And no baby bath is complete without some delicious smelling suds and soaps. Lucy's wonderful Aunt Katie works for Johnson & Johnson so we get all kinds of baby bath goodies. These are Lucy's current faves:

They make her smell like a dreamy little lavender meadow when she gets done with her bath!

Insta-Lucy ... at Three Months

Budget Baby

It is SO easy to spend a fortune on your baby, but I really love a bargain. Here is the budget-friendly baby necessity list... some of these are Lucy tried and approved!

Evenflo Journey 300 Travel System in Marianna (48111234)Infantino Swift Baby Carrier.Opens in a new windowBright Starts Door JumperInfantino Travel GymSNIGLAR Crib IKEA The bed base can be placed at two different heights.

Party at Lucy's

Lucy still sleeps in the pack and play next to our bed (I am not quite ready to not have her right next all night just yet.. maybe in another week or so), but I like to give her a little crib time every day. She gets so transfixed staring up at the disco ball mobile I made for her. Clearly, when it is time to move her into her crib at night, I am going to have to find another place to store her dozens of fuzzy friends.

Luckily my mom got Lucy this adorable toy bag... personalized with "Lucy's Toys," of course! 

Born This Way

Lucy has been graceful since the moment she was born... she even sleeps like a little ballerina ... so adorably girly.

The Nappers

Side by Side

Clever Little Fox

Fox Child

Lucy's locks have begun to take on a lovely coppery glow as the days go by, and so Patton and I have been calling her our clever little fox.

Here are some fantastically foxy nursery items that make me wish I had a second home so I could decorate another nursery for my little fox:

Kids Nursery Art Baby Red Fox Cub Print on Recycled Paper Picture 8x10 boys or girls orange teal brownVANDRING RÄV Duvet cover and pillowcase(s) IKEA Cotton is soft and feels nice against your child's skin.VANDRING SPÅR Rug, low pile IKEAFox Dress - Little girls character play dress 6m to 6yBaby Aspen Fox in a Box Plush Fox and Lovie Gift Set
Fantastic Mr. Fox [Book]

Find Foxes:

if you are the crafty type, you can

Double Panda

Take It or Leave It

Here are three pieces of advice to new moms based on the not-so-expert opinion of this new mom.

1. If someone wants to help you, let them. I am so grateful to my wonderful Mom who took care of Lucy and me while I recovered from my c-section and I am not sure what Patton, Lucy and I would have done without her, especially in those first couple weeks. Because of her round the clock love and care, I got plenty of sleep which I am sure speeded up my recovery considerably.

2. Don't let anyone bully you into breastfeeding or not breastfeeding. Do what works for you and keeps your baby happy and healthy, and if that means you supplement with formula, or exclusively breast feed, or do a combo of pumping, nursing and formula then that is your business and no one else should pressure you one way or another. For some mothers and babies, breastfeeding is difficult for a variety of reasons and you aren't a bad mom if you choose to go the formula route. I do a combo of breastfeeding, pumping/bottle feeding, and supplementing with formula and Lucy has been a very healthy, content, easy going baby girl who gets plenty of sleep (which means I get plenty of sleep!!!). Also, incorporating bottle feeding lets Patton share in the fun. We have a nice Saturday morning tradition where I wake up and pump for a few minutes, hand Patton Lucy and the bottle and I go back to sleep for a few hours. So wonderful.

3. It's okay to take some time for yourself. I LOVE holding Lucy almost constantly, but every couple of days it's nice to take a few minutes or a couple hours to do something on my own. I love Lucy's swing almost as much as she does. I set it up in the bathroom and she coos happily in it while I enjoy a nice long shower and can see her safely swinging just outside the shower door. Plus the model we have has a fantastic set of songs. I also am so lucky that my Mom comes and stays with us midweek (and my fantastic Dad often drives her down from West Chester so he can get a little Lucy time himself) so I can go into the office a couple of mornings. And Patton is wonderful about making sure I get a chance to head to yoga class or run out for a little bit of shopping on the weekends. At the end of each of these little moments for myself I am always so ready to come back and snuggle my baby girl.

And these are the products that have become absolute-can't-live-without'em-essentials:

Larger ImageMedela FreestyleBright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swingbaby cakes burpy bib3-Piece Pull-On Pant SetPampers Swaddlers Pampers Giant Pack Newborn Diapersup & up™ Unscented Baby Wipes Refill Pack - 792 Count .Opens in a new windowNight At The Opera #1White & Pink Headband Set (0-12m)

Seriously Sweet

Insta-Lucy at Two Months


Stripey Lucy

A Quiet Moment

Baby Big Eyes

Insta-Lucy... at One Month

Teddy and Lucy

Yawning Flower

Yawning FlowerLounging Lucy

The Usual Suspects

Tales from the Maternity Ward

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

So, something a little CRAZY happened while I was in labor with Lucy. 

Patton and I checked into the hospital on a Sunday night to begin inducing labor (which was a very, very slow process for me). After I had been sitting unproductively in the labor and delivery room for around 30 hours I heard some fairly loud and very offensive screeching coming from the room next door. I was already exhausted and frustrated from my painful, long and sloooow labor so hearing some poor woman in the room next door going through such agony was a little terrifying. 

Then as I strained to listen I realized she was screaming horrible insults and threats in a very clear and unpained voice. There were loud crashes and the sound of shuffling feet, a series of "ouches!" and still more screaming from this woman. At this point I had already had my epidural for about 3 hours so I was confined to my bed and unable to go to the door to see what in the world was going on. I called over to Patton, who could sleep soundly through a chainsaw cutting through metal, and after about 5 minutes of whisper-yelling his name, he finally woke up.

Together we listened to the craziness on the other side of the wall... obscenities being hurled, threats of violence, the whole nine yards. Patton parked himself between my bed and the door in case whatever was going on out there spilled into our room somehow. Finally some nurses and doctors came by to apologize for the incredible racket, and from what Patton and I could decipher from what we heard through the walls, this woman was brought to the hospital from a nearby prison after she faked being in labor. I guess anything beats a night in the slammer.

At some point, this wild woman assaulted a nurse or two and had to be restrained to her bed until she could be processed out of the hospital and back into police custody, which, entertainingly for Patton and I, took a few hours, and this lady screamed and yelled (some very funny stuff that I don't want to print here) for most of that time. 

My parents were a bit surprised when they showed up at the hospital that morning and saw security posted outside each occupied delivery room door... like we're Beyonce and Jay-Z or something. 

No wonder with all that crazy yelling, Lucy was more than happy to stay comfortably in my tummy for almost another entire day before making her appearance. 

Sweet Dreamer

"I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night." - from Calvin and Hobbes

Lucy Loves ...

This is Lucy's favorite stuff so far... only 12 days old an already so many opinions!
twinkle pink swaddleBright Starts Comfort & Harmony Bouncer
Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set, 8 oz

Lamb Wubbanub / Swaddle Blanket (Aden + Anais blankets are nice big squares of muslin that make swaddling so much easier) / Bouncy Seat / Carter's Newborn Sleepers / Madela Bottles / Boppy (she loves this for feeding and to sleep cuddled in) / Musical Seahorse / Wee Will Winkie Hat

Sleepy Pie

I Love Lucy!

Lucy May Holliday
May 23, 2012, 12:34 am
Washington, DC
8 lbs 14 oz
Unbelievably sweet and cuddly!

Fresh Face Fast

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From what EVERYONE tells me, I am not going to have a moment to do anything but feed my baby,  burp her, put her to sleep and change her diapers very soon.

With that in mind, I have been trying to figure out how to get my beauty routine down to a minimum and still (hopefully) look pretty. 

With amazing timing, I was just sent a fabulous box of samples from Neutrogena Cosmetics

Revitalizing Lip BalmNourishing Eye LinerHealthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector
I opened a package to find Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in 3 colors (Healthy Blush, Sunny Berry, and, my favorite, Petal Glow), Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner (the kind with a nice fine point and the cool smudgy tool at the opposite end... great for smokey eyes), and the completely awesome Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, which can be used to diminish under eyes circles or to highlight the inner eye corners and brow bones. 

Since I soon won't have that pregnant glow, I am pretty sure these great gifts from Neutrogena will do the trick in recreating it AND protecting my skin... The Lip Balm is SPF 20 and the Healthy Skin Eye Perfector is SPF 25!

My Plan for a Minute-or-Less Make Up Application

I really love the lip balms because they make my lips nice and moist and have the right hint of color but still look very natural. The shape of the tube, which is sort of an oblong oval rather that a circle, makes it easy to apply neatly, and is wonderful for me since I have a thinner upper lip than I would like.

2. Dab Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector to the inside corners of my eyes, along my brown bone, and if needed (with all the stories of completely sleepless nights and days I am hearing from everyone, this product is going to be my new best friend) below my eyes to cover any dark circles.

3. Add a little color to my eyelids... I find creme shadows to be quickest and like the hint of sparkle.

4. Line my upper and lower lids with Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black smudging the outer corners of my upper lid and top my lashes with some mascara

5. Sweep some blush or bronzer across my cheeks 

6. Go change Lucy's Diaper 

(Almost) Ready to Go

The nursery is all set, we have every baby item imaginable, Lucy has a wardrobe that even Suri Cruise would approve of, and I have my hospital "Go Bag" packed and ready (Patton is still working on his). 

We've got our list of who to call/text and when, I wrapped things up at work (as best as I could) for the next two months, and later today I am taking the car to the DMV to have the car seat inspected/installed.  So now it is just a waiting game.

 I am hoping to have at least a few days to sort of relax but you never know when Lucy will be ready to make her debut. Could be any day, or maybe even weeks away. I have had a very predictable pregnancy so far, things happening when and how they are supposed to without any complications so I am hoping the delivery will go the same way. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

As for some of the things I packed in my bag:

Adorable outfit for Lucy to wear home
twinkle pink swaddlePhilips AVENT BPA Free Contemporary Freeflow Pacifier, 0-6 Months, 2-Count, Colors and Designs May Vary

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Phone Charger and Samsung Galaxy Tab & Charger (So I can post pictures of Lucy as soon as she is all cleaned up)

Men's pjs (I can't stand those hospital tops... always make people look so washed out, so I am hoping to look somewhat cute and still be able to feed Lucy easily at the hospital) and Ballet Slippers
product imageBenefit Cosmetics sun beam

Gilligan & OMalley® Womens Nursing Sleep Bra - Assorted ColorsGilligan & OMalley® Womens Side Sling Nursing Tank - Assorted Colors

Nursing Bra Comfy lounge pantstank top and wrap to wear home
Gardenia Elizabeth Taylors By Elizabeth Taylor For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 BottleGardenia by Elizabeth Taylor, 3.3 oz Body Lotion for women
Gardenia  Perfume (or room spray) and Lotion

A Little Break


My maternity leave starts now! So excited to be a Momma very soon!

Bunnies By the Bay

I had the incredible good fortune to work at a wonderful company called Bunnies By the Bay when Patton and I were living in beautiful Anacortes, Washington. If you aren't familiar with Bunnies, they make the most adorable and the absolute softest baby clothes and gifts I have ever seen.

Cuddle Coat
Rutabaga Bunny

The company has a truly amazing story and is made up of some of the sweetest, extremely creative and most unique people I will probably ever meet.

In addition to learning a ton about how a successful small business works, managing a retail store, working with a group of creative people to come up with terrific designs and having those designs manufactured, Bunnies By the Bay gave me something even more.

Buddy Blanket
Chaseball Blanket

I moved from my home in West Chester, PA all the way to a little island north of Seattle after I got married. I didn't know a single person there and my husband spent a lot of time travelling (he was a Naval aviator at the time and gone for months and months at a time).  The lovely folks at Bunnies gave me a great series of different jobs during my four years there (they even welcomed Goalie as a member of the team and he loved running around the beautiful old barn of a workshop on Fidalgo Bay). They made my life so much easier, less lonely, and more fun than it otherwise would have been living so far from family and friends. It meant so much more to me than I think any of my Bunny friends will ever know.

Bundle Set
Lulla Bug A Bye Binkie

I am so excited for Lucy to arrive and can't wait to get her all dolled up in adorable creations from Bunnies By the Bay, each of them made with lots of love and glad dreams.


Cuddle Toe Slippers

Next time you are in New York City stop by Bunnies By the Bay's "store within a store" at the legendary FAO Schwarz!

 Check out what the amazingly talented Bunnies are up to today

Push Present

Rachel Zoe

As if having a beautiful new baby isn't enough of a gift, lots of us spoiled Momma's today get a push present. I have friends who have gotten expensive watches, diamond tennis bracelets... even know someone who got a new Mercedes.

tennis bracelet diamond

Aside from finally getting to hold Lucy in my arms, there is one thing I have been obsessing over for the past 37 weeks. So much so that I have thoroughly coached Patton so he knows exactly what I want and will be able to deliver it to me in the hospital bed within an hour or so of giving birth in just a couple more weeks.

The PERFECT Salami Sandwich!

I have been dying for one since late August and I am just a dozen or so days away from finally getting it.

After taking a (medicated!!!) childbirth class a few months ago,  Patton and I took a little research trip to the Whole Foods next to the hospital where we are having Lucy and I pointed out the type of rye bread I want with yellow mustard (spread coast to coast... a sandwich must for me), american cheese and a great big heap of salami. 

A sweet little baby girl to love and a delicious sandwich from my gorgeous husband... sounds like HEAVEN!

What did you get for your push present?

Maternity Must Haves

Being pregnant is completely amazing and wonderful and strange and exciting and has moments of being awful. I've been extremely lucky and have had a very happy and very healthy pregnancy with lots of support from family, friends, coworkers and sometimes even really nice strangers in the metro who offer me their seat during a crowded commute.

This was my bump at 33 weeks. ------------------------------------------->
I am at 35 weeks now! Not too long til I get to see Lucy's face!

Here are some of my favorite maternity items that have made the few tough times a little bit easier and the happy times, that much happier.

For out and about:

Everyday Pocket Tunic | Dresses | Isabella OliverG by GUESS Matte Liquid Leggings3/4 Sleeve Maternity DressSleeveless Scoop Neck Embellished Maternity Tank TopLong Sleeve Cascade Maternity SweaterBe Maternity BeBand - Assorted Colors

Shopping Sources:

Black Pocket Tunic / Liquid Leggings / Ruched Dress / Ankle Booties (I've got these in black and brown) / Skinny Jeans / Sparkly Tank Top / Cascade Cardigan / Minnetonkas /  Coca Cola (I know caffeine is a no no, but I had to have half a can a day during my first trimester to ease my nausea and keep me awake at the office / Ciabatta Bread (to help keep down my prenatal vitamins) /  Belly Band / Afternoon Snack

For Lounging Around (I got to do a LOT of this during my pregnancy):

Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maternity T ShirtWomens Cobra Ballet SlipperSleeveless Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity Tank TopBodymate® Body Pillow 

Shopping Sources:

Long Sleeve Maternity Tees / Yoga Pants / Ballet Slippers / Tank Tops / Phish Food / Friday Night Lights / Body Pillows (I strategically position 2 or 3 around me to stay comfortable) / Fuzzy Throw / Ice Water (I drink tons of it all day and night)

For Taking Extra Care of Yourself:
 Relache Spa Lobby

Shopping Sources:
Maternity Massages and Spa Days (my brother spoiled me with an amazing gift certificate to the Relache Spa at the Gaylord Hotel)/ Cocoa Butter (for the ever stretching tummy and nightly foot rubs from my hubby) / Macadamia Oil (makes shiny pregnancy hair even more lustrous

Something Around Here is a Little Fishy...

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Some friends are having a baby this fall and have decided not to find out the baby's gender. Patton and I couldn't WAIT to find out if we were having a boy or a girl, and I started shopping for pink ruffly things the second we found out we had a daughter on the way.

In fact, my parents came along to our ultrasound where we found out the gender and after the appointment my Mom pulled out this pink gingham gift bag containing an adorable pink and white stuffed puppy. So sweet! I asked her if she had a blue version  of the same and she said "Of course," all matter of a fact (my Mom is the best, by the way).

So when my friends told us their great news and their decision to be suprised on the big day, I started thinking... how would I have prepared the baby's nursery without knowing the gender? 

To stay away from the very lovely, but oft used, pale yellows and greens, I think a nursery full of sunny orange goldfish would make a adorable and cheerful theme for a boy or a girl. Orange is such a happy color and it looks great with blue and pink so it will be easy to add classic gender specific details once the baby arrives.

Here are some absolutely adorable goldfish from around the web for a lively baby boy/girl nursery.

mod about baby - fish cozy swaddleThomas Paul Goldfish PillowCrocheted Goldfish GarlandWINTER SALE Goldfish and Lily Pad Mobile
Fish Wall Decal Stickers Ocean Big Fish Baby Nursery Kids Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym -  Kids II - Toys"R"Us

Go Fish:

If you have had a baby, or hope to have babies someday, did you or will you find out the gender ahead of delivery?  Please tell us why.

Lucky Lucy

My little girl already has soooo many wonderful people who love her!  Last weekend, my amazing Mom's three terrific friends threw me a fantastic baby shower. 

It was such a fun afternoon and I was so touched that so many people are happy and excited to meet my baby girl when she arrives. I feel so lucky and loved and am hoping Lucy feels the same way from the minute she is born.

To all the ladies who attended (and to the men who spent the afternoon with my hubby at Duffer's), thanks for all the amazing gifts and for celebrating with me.

A special thanks to Kathy, Mrs. Fisher and Aunt Rosemary for being such wonderful and generous women and amazing party planners! And, of course, to my Mom, who is the sweetest, most loving person I will ever know. 

Here's just a sampling of some of the fabulous gifts we received... this doesn't even touch on the stroller, swing, pack and play, exersaucer, high chair, bouncy seat, baby bath, car seat, etc. etc. etc. etc!!!! that Patton and I'll be putting together in the coming weeks.

How lucky is Lucy?


Compiling a Registry


Over the weekend, my Mom's incredible besties threw me a fantastic baby shower (more on that in an upcoming post). 

Like lots of moms-to-be, I prepared a registry. This was my first time registering for gifts.

Patton and I got married in Mendenhall, Pennsylvania but moved immediately after the wedding across the country to Anacortes, Washington and asked our guests for gift certificates instead of actual gifts in order to make our move a little less bulky. 

For the baby shower, at first I felt awkward asking people to get me (and my baby girl) things, but a friend said, "Everyone wants to get something great for your baby so it might as well be something you want and need." 

With that in mind, I emailed all my wonderful mommy friends to get their advice on which products their babies love, which items the moms & dads couldn't live without, and which things seem so necessary when you are wandering the aisles of Buy Buy Baby or Babies R Us but then end up just taking up space in a closet somewhere. 

My girls came through in  a huge way. I got recommendations from EVERY friend I asked, even those who just gave birth within the month and were settling into their new and exciting life. One friend even provided me with an incredible spreadsheet which included the opinions of several of her mommy friends on popular and not so well known baby products. I loved getting all these great opinions from such a varied group of women... some who were brand new moms, some with kids of varying ages, and some grandmothers.

Armed with their fantastic advice, I came up with my own registry using (which is great because you can register at a wide range of stores and your registry is all centralized on one website).

Check out my  registry here and hopefully this can be useful to some of you in the future!

I will definitely be providing updates on products as we start to put them into use. I hope Lucy loves everything when she arrives!

Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony BouncerERGObaby Original Baby CarrierBumbo Baby SeatNap Nanny Chill Infant ReclinerAngelCare Deluxe Movement & Sound Monitor (2 units)pyara bamboo swaddlesBunnies by the Bay Buddy BlanketWubbaNub Lamb Infant Pacifier

Gear up for Baby:

Happy Weekend!

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Sooo excited for my baby shower tomorrow! Can't wait to celebrate with some of my favorite ladies!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Design Fun at

How cool is this website and why can't there be more like it?

You can use the amazing "design your own" nursery tool at to plan every detail of your baby's crib bedding.

 I recommend starting by using the "nursery options" button to modify the wall color and trim, crib type, and floor choice to reflect what you have in your own home.  From there you can click the "bedding options" to select bumper type and trim and skirt length and type.  Then you can have a design field day selecting fabrics for each detail of the bedding (don't forget the little things like the bumper ribbons).

They also have a wonderful selection of bedding sets that you can choose from (like the one below) but I think designing something custom is more fun.

Harbor Baby!

Anxiously awaiting the birth of my baby girl this May!  Shopped obsessively for weeks and weeks to pull together a fun and girly nursery (at a bargain) that would still be a comfy place for our family and friends when they come and visit us at National Harbor. You should have seen the pile of boxes sitting outside my doorstep every day ... insanity. Have a few more finishing touches and then we just need to add a baby! (now if ONLY we could decide on a name...)

PS... that furry gentleman on the bed is my wonderful Havanese/Papillon pup, Goalie. The sheepskin in front of the crib has become his new favorite spot to hang out.

I ordered my baby girl's bedding from this website and I HIGHLY recommend The fabric is excellent quality, the prices are comparable to off-the-shelf sets from most baby specialty retailers, the customer service is super friendly and extremely prompt in responding to all questions, and the production,  which is done in their Atlanta headquarters, is completed so quickly and so precisely that I got my gorgeous, one of a kind set within a week of designing it on their website.

Only two more months til Lucy is dreaming, happily surrounded by her beautiful custom baby bedding!

If anyone knows of any websites where you can design custom bedding (like for grown ups) please send me a link! I would love to have some one of a kind bedding.

Source list:
• Crib: Babies R Us
• Crib Bedding:
• Dresser: IKEA
• Bookshelves: IKEA
• Rugs (chevron and sheepskin):
• Eames Style Rocker:
• Morrocan Pouf:
• Lamps: HomeGoods
• Curtains - JCPenney ( with some homemade magic to get the curtains to the 108" length)
• Guest Bed Bedding and Pillows - JCPenney
• Floor Mirror - Ikea
• Wall Mirror: Pier One Imports
• Pig Photo on Canvas:
• Animal Artwork - Etsy (Trafalgars Square)
• Alphabet Artwork - Etsy (Loxly Hollow)
• French Typography Print - Etsy (Nutmegaroo)
• Dresser Runner - Etsy (ExclusiveElements)
• Stuffed Animals: almost all are by JellyCat
• Tassel Garland: Confetti System
• Mirrored Hook Shelves: PB Teen
• Disco Ball Mobile - Homemade Pin It Now!


  1. Hey You. It is great...looks like you which is what a blog is suppose to be.
    Congratulations on baby, when are you due? I have 22 month old grandson Sam and another on the way, (August). Best, coolest, thing in my whole life. Your mom will go CRAZY!!!! With love that is. Check out my blog... And you need to do is amazing you will love it. I will send you an invite. So glad to hear from you! k

    1. Hi Krys!
      thanks for the kind words! I am due to have a baby girl on May 15... Patton and I are so thrilled and my Mom and Dad are absolutely over the moon!
      I LOVE seeing photos of Sam (could he be ANY cuter???) on your wonderful blog which i visit EVERY day. I've posted a link to your blog on my side. You are such an inspiration ... love seeing all your creative projects and reading about your adventures. So cool.

      I am already a pinterest addict and need to get it linked up to my blog but still figuring out how to do everything!

      Miss you and the Bunny girls so much and look forward to your next post on


  2. Where are you going to put all the new stuff?...Lucy's room looks spectacular!

    1. Trying to figure that out this week... She got so much wonderful stuff over the weekend! Very lucky girl!

  3. I hope we are the crazies you mention who did not find out the gender...your fish are very inspiring. So sad to miss our brunch on Sunday but very glad that I didn't share any germs with you. I would have felt terrible!! Love, love your blog.

    1. You and Sean are totally who I had in mind for that post but not crazies at all! Thanks for the kind words and hope to see you soon!

  4. Congratulations Mandy and Patton,

    Lucy is beautiful, you are going to be so happy and tired and happy...
    Lots of love.

  5. i love how u have the baby crib and a bed so its an easy trans. when she gets older

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