What I Wore :: Stroller Style _ 02

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Y'all..... I think we're starting to get this thing called 'parenting' down. Now, I don't want to jump to any large dramatic statements that will burst into flames the minute we forget her at the grocery store or something..... but I think little P is starting to see eye-to-eye with us. (I do realize that by the shear fact of saying that statement, she will now become the devil child!)The other day I swear little P looked at me and, with her baby eye glare, she said to me.... "I'm with ya sista". And us women..... if we understand anything, it's the meaning behind eye glares.  

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Dress (similiar) // Shoes // Scarf (vintage) // Stroller // Blanket (my grandmother's)

I've been soaking up the last days of warm(ish) weather with her at the park. Cause, let's face it, babies are pretty darn cute at the park. And aside from Parker's eye glares, I've noticed the other ones come from unsuspecting bystanders who are using their glares to say 'nanny or mommy, nanny or mommy?' to anyone who walks by with a stroller. I get it, I'm young by New York standards to be pushing a stroller, but I'm old by Texas standards to only have one child in said stroller. So if you've been wondering where I've been, it is safe to assume I've been having stare-off contests while in the park with my baby on a grassy knoll and soaking in the simple joy that is just hanging out with your favorite mini person. Because one of the biggest things motherhood has taught me thus far, is just how insignificant everything else is in the world compared to that of just being with your family. Can I get an Amen! 

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Mainly, I also feel like I'm learning a new definition to a successful day. Previously, I would attribute that to a day full of errands, knocking out my 'To-Do' list and finishing some DIY project just for fun. I always live by the notion of - "There are twenty-four usable hours in a day" (see: Empire Records). Nowadays, the definition of a successful day can't come from the things I can see on paper that I've accomplished, cause those days aren't going to be as frequent..... and that's ok. A successful day for me is one in which I've shared new experiences with Lil' P. A day where we went on a five mile walk around the neighborhood. A day where she rolled over for the first time. A day where we just hung out inside while it rained and read books and we may or may not have watched a couple of Ryan Reynolds movies. A day where I know everything we did, cause we did it together. I like those days. 

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Baby Mama Drama :: Alyssa of I Like Nice Things

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We're getting back on track y'all! This week I've got Alyssa of I Like Nice Things chatting us up on motherhood. She's a massively creative graphic designer and founder of We Like We Love. Talk about meeting a soul sister..... when we first hung out in person, I felt like we had known each other for years. We share a lot of the same values on faith, family and have huge hearts for the cities we live in. Plus, I love a fellow mama rocking the nose hoop post baby. I go back and forth with taking it out.... like, do parents have nose hoops outside of the hippie moms of the Northwest?! But, rockstar moms like Alyssa remind me it's still ok..... plus maybe it will give me street cred with Parker when she's older.... or completely negate any argument I may throw at her to not pierce her face. I'm setting myself up to fail at that conversation, aren't I?! Anyways, back to Alyssa! She's also a new mama to sweet Sasha and her words have been so reassuring to me now that I'm on the otherside of motherhood. Sometimes you just need to know someone else thinks the same thing as you..... like a 'you're not crazy' reminder.... love those, we all need it sometimes. Her son has the most animated facial expressions and I love how great they have captured them. Be sure to follow her on Instagram as well to keep up with all her precious photos of baby Sasha. 

NAME :: Alyssa Yuhas

BLOG :: ilikenicethingsblog.com

TWITTER :: @welikewelove

CHILDREN + AGES :: Sasha, 20 weeks

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Honest first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant?

Really excited, because my husband, Shane, and I were planning but we had been told that it could take a long time for us to fall pregnant and it only took a few months. And really scared, because although I always knew we would have children, I never pictured myself as a mother. Plus when we found out, we were leaving (the next day!) on a month long trip through Europe, so I was a bit sad I wasn't going to get to indulge in European wine and cheese.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently and what would you do the same?

I don't think I would do anything different. I had an amazing pregnancy (fingers crossed that happens again!) and we decided to have a midwife (which we will definitely do again!). Our timing was ideal (& hopefully we can time it that way next time!): I was the largest in the coldest months, and when I was ready to leave the house with Sasha it was perfect walking and exploring weather!

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Things all your previously pregnant friends conveniently forgot to tell you to expect about pregnancy or motherhood in general?

How hard the first few weeks are! Honestly, the labor/delivery was a breeze compared to the emotional and physical hurdles I went through in the first few weeks. Not only was I healing from passing a child through a small hole (ha!), but I was now responsible for this innocent, perfect little person. Incredibly overwhelming in every way. However, even as Sasha and I were figuring it all out (took us about 6 weeks for life to feel less chaotic & get into a groove), it was the most amazing time. I look back and actually wish for those moments again! Crazy!

Golden ticket piece of wisdom for a first-time mom?

In the first few months: Say YES when friends and family offer to help. If a friend wants to bring you food, say YES. If a friend wants to come over to hold the baby so you can nap, say YES. If a friend wants to come over and clean your kitchen, say YES. Focus on you and your baby, the rest other people can help with.

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You can’t possibly raise a child without …

At this point, an infant rocker (like a mamaRoo, or a vibrating bouncy chair). This simple chair allows me to have a shower. Hallelujah.

Does the feeling of ‘I’m not prepared for this’ ever go away?

I'd love to know this question too! I'm super new at this, and it can be very overwhelming. Shane and I are totally responsible for this beautiful little boy. We definitely have moments of thinking we are inadequate, but every single day is a gift with Sasha. He is the best thing that ever happened to us. The best thing I've ever done, ever created. Honestly, life was good before Sasha but it's WAY better now. He makes everything more beautiful, exciting and fun. So even in the moments of feeling unprepared and unsure, it's all washed away when I look at him.

Today has been declared ‘Mommy’s Day Off’.... what’s your ideal day?

A whole day?! I'd probably sleep in (!!!), go for brunch with my girls, bounce around the city shopping, exploring and thrifting, and end it with dinner & drinks with my husband at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then catch the sunset down by the water!

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Images via :: Alyssa 

Baby Mama Drama :: Lindsay of Little One Love

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This week, I'm excited to have Lindsay dishing out some real moments of motherhood to us all. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was following along with her every week of her pregnancy, and now, she's a baby mama to Miss Ruthie, whom I've loved getting to watch grow over the past couple of months. Seriously, have you seen Ruthie's big gorgeous eyes? Little boys everywhere.... watch out! Lindsay does an amazing job of photographing 'Ru', as she's so sweetly called, and sharing tid-bits of their life as she navagates motherhood, on top of, being one of the co-founders of The City Flea. You can see her amazing eye for furniture and design in the photo of Ruthie's nursery below. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Lindsay! 

NAME :: Lindsay Dewald

BLOG :: Little One Love

TWITTER :: @littleoneove

CHILDREN + AGES :: Ruthie 2 1/2 months

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Honest first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant?

Ecstatic. We were just beyond excited - my husband too, seriously. When you try for months to have a baby and take a handful of failed pregnancy tests then read that one (or three) that say positive, it's impossible to be anything but over the moon. We wanted our baby girl so badly and that afternoon we found out, we sat in her empty bedroom dreaming of what it would be like in nine months with her in it. Turns out it's pretty fantastic.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently and what would you do the same?

I've only been mothering now for a little over two months, so I can't offer much up in the 'if I had to raise my kids again this is what I'd do', but I will say that as far as labor and delivery goes- be open minded! I was certainly not open to a c-section and guess what happened? I was induced, labored, and ended with a c-section. That's pretty far from the 'let's try the natural thing' as you can get, but you know what? I got my baby girl safely in the end, and for that reason alone, I'd do it all again the exact same way.

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You can’t possibly raise a child without ….

My Moby Wrap and ErgoBaby carrier. I knew I would like wearing my baby, but I didn't realize how much she would like it too. You put her in that wrap and bam, lights out. The closeness and warmth you both feel is so special and unique.

Favorite mom blog?

I think I have to say Bleubird on this one. I feel like our parenting styles are similar, that we share the same opinion on a lot of things and James has been around the block as far as child rearing goes, so I always take her advice and tips to heart. Plus, she takes some pretty amazing photos of her children and their family adventures.

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Lifesaving beauty products during pregnancy?

Palmer's Stretch Mark Cream- I'm not sure if I've just got great genes (thank you, mom!) or if this stuff actually works, but I am happy to report I have not one stretch mark- I think that cream really works, guys.

Epic fashion emergency/meltdown during either pre or post pregnancy?

Leggings are not pants but they certainly are when you're in the third trimester and can't find a pair of maternity jeans that fit right to save your life. I had many mornings staring into the closet shouting, I DON'T WANT TO WEAR LEGGINGS AGAIN! But then, 5 minutes later, I was wearing leggings. (Thank goodness for me, it was not summer).

Funniest first-week of being a new mom moment? (because I'm all about the brutal honesty here people!)

Do you have any idea what it is like when your milk comes in? You think when you're pregnant, 'oh yeah, after I have the baby I'll just put her right on up here and she'll just start feeding and things will be hunky-dory.' That is, until you realize you don't have any milk until about day 4 or 5, and then kaboom.... all of a sudden your husband looks at you and goes, "holy sh*t Dolly Parton!".... it's actually kinda funny.

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Photos via :: Lindsay