Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wrapping Up 2015

Tomorrow is January 1, 2016... WHAT?!

I can't believe 2015 has come to an end. 2015 was a HUGE year for Landon and I. We found out we were pregnant, moved into our house, got our sweet puppy, and had a beautiful, healthy baby.

2015 is going to be a tough year to beat. Here's a recap!!

JANUARY:
 In the beginning of the year, we were living in Landon's grandparents' granny flat. No kids, No pets. Lots of sleep and lots of freedom. Little did we know, this month was going to change our lives forever!


FEBRUARY:
WE'RE PREGNANT!! We found out we were pregnant on February 3, and it was such a big surprise for us!


Also, Kimber was born! We put a deposit on her back in August 2014, so we had been waiting awhile for her arrival.


We had our first ultrasound this month. It was the coolest thing ever to see my little baby. Lincoln, I loved you so much already!



MARCH:
We started remodeling our new house. My dad and Landon were there almost every night after work and my dad did EVERYTHING. He's amazing! We cut an opening in one of the walls, replaced all the flooring and countertops, painted, and got all new furniture. I was pregnant, so I wasn't able to help too much. But I appreciate all the work they put into it!




APRIL:
We picked out the puppy we wanted from our breeder. (We had first pick of the females) We went multiple times to look at the pups, but we knew Kimber was ours on April 7. As soon as we walked up, Kimber ran over to us so we knew she was the one.



And on April 17, we brought her home!





MAY:
We completely moved into the house this month. We also found out we were having a baby BOY.


I was finally starting to show, so that was exciting. #somanystripes


JUNE:
We celebrated our three year wedding anniversary. We also went to Catalina at the end of the month.



JULY:
Kimber hurt her paw and was put on pain medication that caused her to drool like crazy. Poor little thing... it was a week or so before she was back to normal.


AUGUST:
We took our maternity pictures this month. I also had my baby shower, which was SO MUCH FUN. It was "baby safari" themed!






SEPTEMBER:
I had my baby shower at work, which was SO cute thanks to my adorable friend, Kailie. We spent most of the month preparing the nursery, washing baby clothes, and getting ready for our new addition.


OCTOBER:
On October 2, we welcomed our PERFECT little boy into the world. Definitely the highlight of my year. He is the best thing that has happened to me (besides Landon) and I just can't believe how blessed we are!! You can read his birth story HERE and HERE.


NOVEMBER:
We just loved on our little boy this month, and took a trip to Hawaii. Read about the trip HERE.


DECEMBER:
We had such a blast celebrating Christmas with our little guy... Picking out a Christmas tree, listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies on Hallmark, looking at lights... we did it ALL. I think the holidays are going to be 100x more fun with this little cutie.




2015 was the BEST. I'm looking forward to what 2016 has in store. Thank you God for all of our blessings this year. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Simply, Chelsea

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tips For Traveling With A Newborn

Oh my goodness! I can't believe how quick Christmas came and went this year!

I hope each and every one of you had a great holiday with your family and friends.

It was Lincoln's first Christmas, and we had a blast! Unfortunately, he caught his first cold while were were celebrating Jesus' birth over the past few days. So, we have just been relaxing at home and taking it easy.

On a COMPLETELY different note, I am going to share my top tips for traveling with a newborn. We went to Hawaii with Landon's family about a month ago and we brought our little 8 week old. Since I am a new mom, I was pretty nervous to travel with such a small baby. So, I thought I would share some tips I learned from the experience!


Traveling with a newborn definitely takes a lot of planning (and flexibility). AND, my biggest piece of advice would be to RELAX.

I tend to get super uptight and stressed over stuff like this. What if he starts screaming on the plane? What if I can't get him to stop crying and everyone stares at me? But, you really can't worry about all of that! You can only do your best to be prepared and just enjoy the time with your precious baby.

So here are my tips. If any of you have traveled with a little one, I would love to hear what you found helpful!

1. RESEARCH YOUR AIRLINE
Before we left, I went on the airline's website to get as much information as possible. I learned a lot, and it helped me feel more comfortable. For example, I learned that you can check the stroller and carseat in for FREE. You can also bring multiple bottles of pumped breast milk on the plane. And on that note...

2. HAVE PUMPED BOTTLES READY
When I was little, I remember my mom always stuffing Bubblicious gum in my mouth before takeoff and landing. Even to this day, I always make sure I have gum or something to chew on when I fly.  So, I wanted to make sure I had something for Lincoln to suck on to avoid his ears from popping! Since he is too little for Bubblicious gum (what a shame!), I had to come up with a different plan. He loves bottles, so I made sure I brought some pumped ones so that they were ready to go.

3. ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF LUGGAGE
When I started packing, I laid everything out in our living room and immediately got super overwhelmed! Then, I came to the realization that I was going to have quite a bit of luggage and I didn't let it stress me out. I ended up packing two bags for Lincoln. I packed a suitcase with everything we would need once we got there, and then I packed his diaper bag with all of the essentials. Which brings me to my next point...

4. MAKE SURE YOUR DIAPER BAG/CARRY ON BAG HAS ALL OF THE ESSENTIALS
Besides, all of the normal items (diapers, wipes, extra clothes, etc)...  I found the following things helpful to have on hand:
PEE PADS - Weird, I know. We have a puppy, so I brought a few of her disposable potty training pads to place on the plane changing table. Yes, I realize that they have disposable changing pads out there, but I already had these on hand and they worked perfectly.
EXTRA SHIRT FOR MYSELF - I threw this in my bag at the last minute, and I'm SO glad I did. He pooped on me during the flight, and I was thankful for that fresh shirt.
PACIFIER CLIP - I mean, who wants their pacifier to fall on the ground in a plane. GROSS. 
BLANKET - Airplanes are COLD.
LITTLE DISPOSABLE DIAPER BAGS - These are meant for dirty diapers, but I put his dirty outfits in them (and my dirty shirt). They are scented, so I was able to just tie the little bag up and keep it in my diaper bag until we arrived at our destination.
NURSING COVER - I love the Covered Goods cover because it provides full coverage and is lightweight and easy to throw on.

5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PRE-BOARDING
Our airline let families with small children under 2 board the plane early. It was nice to ensure that we got space in the overhead bin and to take our time getting situated.

6. SANITIZE
Self explanatory. Use LOTS of hand sanitizer. I also made sure I had a fresh pack of pacifier wipes. 

7. BRING HELP (IF POSSIBLE)
I can't even TELL YOU how helpful it was to have my amazing husband and his family on the plane. There was always someone to hold him if I needed a little break, and it was so nice to be surrounded by my support group.

That's it for now. Hopefully, some of you will find these tips helpful if you are traveling with your new baby! Like I stated earlier, I would LOVE to hear any of your tips! We are headed to Big Bear in a few weeks (which will be Lincoln's first time in the snow AND his first road trip) So, any advice would be appreciated!

Have an amazing day! 
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Simply, Chelsea




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hawaii: Trip Recap

We just spent 8 days in Kauai over Thanksgiving with Landon's family, and it was AMAZING.
 
It was a TRUE vacation. We slept. We ate. We went to the beach. We napped. We ate some more.

Sure, it was a lot of work taking a 8 week old baby on a trip, but it was worth every second. I also learned a lot about traveling with a newborn, and I plan to do a post on that soon.
 
For now, prepare yourselves for some selfies, a lot of pictures of Lincoln, and some snapshots of beautiful Hawaiian scenery/wildlife. Enjoy!

We left on Thursday, November 26, and the trip started with a five hour delay at our home airport. Haha. Nevertheless, we were excited and anxious to get to Hawaii! (Our plane had a crack in one of the windows, so I am glad they realized it before we took off.)


Lincoln did GREAT on the plane. He slept most of the time. There were a TON of children on our flight, and there was even a 3 week old flying with us in the back of the plane.

 
After our delay and our 6.5 hour flight from San Diego to Kauai, we arrived in Hawaii late Thursday night. We headed straight to our rental home to unload the luggage. Then, we went to Brennecke's, a restaurant right down the street, for a late dinner. We were all STARVING.
 
Our rental house was only a block or two away from the beach, and oh my goodness it was the PERFECT location! We were close to a surf shop (where we all got a lot of great deals on Black Friday), a restaurant, and a place to get shave ice. It doesn't get better than that!
 
Friday, we woke up and went for a walk on the beach. 



We saw a sea turtle up on the shore.. it was really cool! (That's my nephew, Ryder. Isn't he a cutie?!)



After our walk, we came back to the house and just hung out for a bit.  Then, Landon and I decided to meet everyone else at the beach.

FUNNY STORY. Once we made the decision to go down to the beach, Landon and I got ready really quick. We got our bathing suits on and put Lincoln in the baby carrier. As we were walking, all I could think about was how excited I was to get my tan on. Once we got there, Landon and I looked at Lincoln in the Ergo baby, then at each other, and both said "CRAP. What the heck do we do with Lincoln?" haha! We didn't bring chairs, an umbrella, his carseat, a tent, or anything for him to sit on.

Right at that moment, I think we both realized that a simple trip to the beach takes a lot more preparation with a baby! 
#firsttimeparents #clueless
 
That night we barbequed steaks, and just relaxed.

 
Most of our days were spent cruising around Kauai and spending time at the beach. I will just highlight a few more memorable things from the trip so I don't bore everyone with a daily play by play! :)

On Friday night, we went to a Luau.. it was awesome!



Unfortunately, it was raining, but they were so sweet and provided umbrellas to all the guests. We took a tram tour around the grounds, ate a lot of great food, and watched the show. The show was ...interesting... haha. It was very long, and I think most of us were dozing off until the fire dancer came out!



Here we are heading to the beach... so fun!





Landon and I even got away a few times to spend some quality time together.



On our last day, we went paddle boarding and snorkeling. These seals were hanging up on the shore with us. They were so fun to watch.



Overall, it was such a relaxing vacation and we had a blast! I can't wait for the next one.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Simply, Chelsea
 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Two Month Baby Update

ALOHA!
We just got back from our Hawaiian vacation, and it was WONDERFUL!
 
I can't wait to share more about the trip, but Lincoln turned two months old last week so I wanted to give a quick baby update.
He had his big check-up appointment with his pediatrician on November 20 (one week early) so he could get all of his shots before we got on the plane. He did really well! He screamed during the vaccinations, was fussy for a little bit after, then slept the rest of the night. I was so proud of him.
Sleeping while waiting for his appointment
Weight on 11/20/15:
11 lbs, 5 oz (46th percentile)
Height on 11/20/15:
24.5 inches (99th percentile, he is very long!)
Hair/eyes:
He still has a good amount of brown hair. He lost a little in the front, but it seems to be growing back. His eyes are still deep blue.
Sleep:
We get a five hour stretch of sleep on most nights. He still sleeps in our room, and we just transitioned from his sleeper to his flat bassinet.
Last week, I tried to put him in his crib for the first time for a nap. He put himself to sleep (which was great), but only slept for about 20 minutes. Oh well... baby steps right?!
Lincoln likes...
  • Looking at lights. He LOVES to look at anything bright.
  • Smiling. Over the past week or two, he has been smiling so much.
  • Blowing bubbles... spit bubbles everywhere! They are all over his face, drip down on his shirt, etc.
  • Standing up on your lap (with assistance, of course)
  • Sleeping. He is still the sleepiest baby. I think he slept through 90% of our vacation. 
Lincoln does NOT like...
  • Waiting to eat. He wants to eat right away when he gets hungry.
  • Tummy time. He is getting better, but still doesn't enjoy it.
  • Being ignored. He wants our attention all of the time. But, I don't mind one bit :)
Other fun facts:
  • He has discovered his hands, and loves to chew/suck on them.
  • Landon sang to him in an opera voice the other day when he was crying, and Lincoln LOVED it. He stopped fussing instantly and gave us a HUGE smile. It was hilarious!
  • His neck is getting super strong. He likes to try and hold his head up by himself for awhile, but it always ends up falling over.
Overall, he is such a sweet little baby and it has been a great month! He seems so happy, and I am lucky to be his mom! 
You can find last month's update here:



Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Friends!
I'm back! Sorry for abandoning my blog for the past week. We had a rough couple of days, but we are doing much better now!
 
Lincoln has been going through a developmental leap, but we made it through the storm! (For all you new moms out there, you should check out the Wonder Weeks app. It describes all of the mental "leaps" your baby goes through so you know what to expect. This was our first leap... but it was spot on. I have a few friends who swear by it as well.)
 
AND, on top of that, Lincoln had to have a frenectomy last Tuesday. He was only using the back of his tongue to swallow, which was making nursing a little difficult and frustrating for both of us. Normally, the doctor likes to do this procedure within the first two weeks of life. Since he is a little older, the recovery was more painful. He also bled a lot, which meant they had to put a lot of extra pressure on the area. It was REALLY hard to watch my little baby go through that (I may have cried more than he did!), but he is completely healed now and nursing is going great.
 
So, I am back today with a new Friday Favorites post! Here are my favorites this week! Also, I apologize for any spelling/grammar errors! I am currently typing this while feeding Lincoln.
#bloggingwithanewborn #keepingitreal :)
 
 
 
ONE. MY NEW NORTH FACE JACKET
This beauty is at the top of my list because my amazing husband surprised me with it last night!  I've been eyeing this jacket for awhile, but I never bought it because it was a little pricey. So, when he came home and gave it to me, I was THRILLED. 
You can find it here on amazon. I have the black/curry gold. 

  
TWO. BYE BYE UNDER EYE FULL COVERAGE CONCEALER
I went to Ulta the other day to get some stuff for Hawaii, and I saw this little tube while I was waiting in line. I really like It Cosmetics (I wear their CC cream), so I thought I would give this a try. ITS AMAZING, and it stayed on ALL DAY (which is great when you are a new mom and have constant dark circles under your eyes) The only issue I had is that they are NOT kidding when they say a little goes a long way. I learned the hard way. Literally, you need the SMALLEST dot ever. I think this tiny tube will last me like 10 years.
 
  
THREE. TARACHANDER
I got my annual progress report from the child I sponsor through World Vision! His name is Tarachander and I love getting his updates! I have only been sponsoring him for a few years now, but I love it. I pay a monthly amount to help him get school books and other supplies. Also, a few times a year, I send him little gifts (stickers, coloring books, etc..)
  
 
FOUR. USING A BOPPY FOR TUMMY TIME
As I've mentioned before, Lincoln HATES tummy time. At my friend Nicole's baby shower last weekend, I was talking to another new mom about my issue. She asked if I tried using the boppy, and a lightbulb went off. What a great idea! I never even thought about trying the boppy, but it worked!  He actually likes his tummy time now.
  
 
FIVE. EXERCISE DVD
I had my six week postpartum appointment last Friday, and I got cleared by my doctor to exercise. Yay! I ordered this DVD from Amazon and I am really enjoying it. I didn't realize how out of shape I got over the past nine months, and I feel like I lost ALL of my muscle definition while I was pregnant. Up until now, I have only been walking... so it feels good to get my heart rate up and get a good workout in!
 
 
SIX. BABY SMILES
Lincoln has been smiling more and more and it is the cutest thing ever. For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, here's a smile for you!
 
 
That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to those who checked in while I disappeared for a few days. 
 
Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Simply, Chelsea


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BRB

Good evening everyone! Hope your week is going great.


 The past few days have been rough over here.
 
Lincoln had a frenectomy done yesterday to help with feeding and he is going through a little developmental leap, so I decided to take the week off to take care of my baby boy!
See you all next week! I will be back on Monday!

Monday, November 2, 2015

One Month Baby Update

How is my little baby one month old already?
*insert tears here*
 
  
It's been such a blessing having Lincoln join our family. He has added so much joy and fun to our lives already, and I know it is just going to get better and better as he grows and as his personality starts to show.
 
Although Landon and I have had a fun month with our new little guy, life with a newborn has definitely taken some getting used to.  Luckily, Lincoln has been a really great baby, and he is sleepy and content most of the time. He randomly smiles and laughs at times, and it is seriously my favorite thing ever.
 
Here is an update of our first month together...
 
Lincoln usually gives us two 3-4 hour stretches of sleep during the night. Landon and I have a pretty good routine going... I feed Lincoln around 9:00PM, then I go to bed for a few hours while Landon watches him out in the living room. At around 12:00/1:00AM, I wake up and feed him again.  Then, we all go to bed in our room. (He sleeps in his sleeper next to our bed. He doesn't always fall asleep right away. Sometimes, I am up for an hour or so trying to get him down)

 He usually wakes up to eat again around 4:30/5:30AM, and after that, its kind of a gamble. Sometimes he will sleep more, and sometimes he's awake and ready to party. This routine is working out really well for us because I can get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep in the beginning of the night, and Landon can still get a nice long stretch of sleep since he has work during the day.

The other night he slept for FIVE HOURS in a row. I felt like a new person the next morning. I am hoping we see more of these five hour stretches, but you never know.
 
Lincoln Likes...
  • Eating - Obviously. He eats every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night.
  • Being outside - He always opens his eyes really big and stares up at the sky.
  • Getting his eyebrows rubbed - Weird, I know. But this calms him down instantly. It's like magic.
  • Sleeping on dad's chest - He can sleep like this for HOURS.
  • Peeing on anyone who holds him - It's so fun... not. :)
  • Sitting in his boppy - He loves to be propped up so he can get a good view of everything.
  • Riding in the car - He falls asleep every time we go for a ride.
  • Being worn - This is the only way I can get things done around the house during the day! As you can tell, he loves it too.
 
Lincoln does NOT like...
  • Tummy time - I am hoping he will get better at this eventually. Right now, he hates it.
  • Being gassy - I mean, does anyone actually like this? I don't blame him.
  • Kimber - They don't hate each other, but they don't love each other like I wish they would. One time, Kimber came up to him and starting sniffing his face. I got so excited and thought that they were finally bonding and becoming best friends... until I realized Kimber was just trying to take the pacifier out of his mouth. And now that Kimber has her cone on, he REALLY doesn't want to be around her.
  
Overall, it has been wonderful first month. I can't wait to continue to watch him grow, but at the same time, I wish I could stop time and stay in this tiny newborn stage with him forever.
 
I LOVE YOU LINCOLN!

Simply,
Chelsea
 
P.S. How was everyone's Halloween? Ours was so fun! Lincoln had a blast, but being a beanie baby was EXHAUSTING.