Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Three Years & Three Months

I thought it might be fun to share an update of the girls with you today.  I love going back and reading their updates throughout the last few years and weeks (for Charlotte). They're both growing so much and I love the stages they are in right now. 

Olivia - Three Years Old

Height: 3.5'
Weight: 28lbs.

Three is such a fun, crazy age.  The things she says literally crack me up, she's the funniest little thing!  It also has it's crazy moments where one second she's fine and the next it's a the-world-is-ending-because-my-milk-isn't-the-right-temperature kind of day.  She has such a great personality and she's so sweet.  Her favorite things are bunnies, chapstick, and playing with play dough.  She loves her baby dolls and packs their diaper bag just like mommy whenever we're going somewhere. She loves books and the library and loves to sing!  Her favorite foods are bacon, pepperoni, pasta, all kinds of fruit and anything with ranch.  We're working on the sodium intake ;).  Her favorite show is Daniel Tiger, which I love too - such great messages for them.  Not a great sleeper, but improving most days.  She loves to help me clean - dusting, mopping the floors, cleaning the tub, emptying the dishwasher.  I've started giving her a quarter for an allowance for chores and she loves it.  You go right ahead and save that money for the ice cream man, girlfriend.  She's a girlie girl through and through.  Loves lip gloss, nail polish, and sugar scrubs.  Her favorite color is purple and she loves to pick out her own outfits.  

Charlotte - Three Months Old

Height: 1' 9.5"
Weight: 10lbs 8oz

When the newborn stage is ending, it's so bittersweet.  Teeny, tiny baby clothes and that newborn smell, can't get any sweeter, but then you start seeing smiles and hearing those first giggles and its so fun!  She rolls over onto her belly...bye bye swaddle...mommy is mourning sleep...which I wasn't prepared for because she had been sleeping SO good. For weeks now, she'd sleep from 7:30/8pm until 7:30/8am, uninterrupted.  The past two nights has been the worst since unswaddling her so hoping to figure out a solution soon so we can all rest better.  She's full of gummy smiles - my favorite! She loves to go on her jungle activity mat and prefers naps on mommy.  She loves her mamaroo and talks to the colored balls hanging above.  Her bunny lovey soothes her and she loves to cover her face with it when she's tired.  I watch her carefully to make sure she can breath correctly and have gotten some looks, but she loves it so whatever works! She loves to watch Olivia and is definitely becoming more interested in what she's doing.  Such a delicate little flower - has full stranger danger and prefers only Mommy - we're working on that.  Really enjoys being outside and loves to nap on a blanket while Olivia runs through the sprinkler.  Sweet little peanut!

That last one makes me laugh!! As always, follow along on Instagram to see more, @thebirdsnestblog. XOXO 

Monday, July 25, 2016


Happy Monday!  Is it really only Monday?! We've had a busy few weeks and this summer is just flying by.  Both girls are doing so well and I'm currently writing a 3 year and 3 month update to share soon.  For now, I wanted to share some things I've been loving lately and think you will enjoy them too! 

This bed - loooove it!  It's part of the Threshold collection at Target and I love how it looks Restoration Hardware-ish for a fraction of the price.  We currently have a queen size bed and we're both feeling the need for a king.  This is going on my list for future bedroom redo plans.

{Image via Target}

This is my new favorite Instagram feed.  Drool worthy!! Such pretty spaces and I'm obsessed with pretty much every room she has designed.  Those kitchens & bathrooms - amazing!  And herringbone tiled backsplash - dying.  

{via Home Bunch

This kitchen pictured above is my dream.  White cabinets, shiplap, subway tiles...those beams!!!  One day, my friends, one day.  

This frosting is to die for.  Literally, I could eat the entire bowl. By myself.  It's cooked - totally weird, right?!  So, so good!  You must try it.  My sister found it on Pinterest and it's such a light consistency and will quickly become a new favorite.  

What are some things you're loving lately? I'd love to hear! XO

P.S. - Follow along on Instagram @thebirdsnestblog to see our daily shenanigans ;) 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our New Must Have for Hotel Stays with an Infant: Featuring DockATot

We had a quick trip to the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut and both girls did great!  We've went a few times in past years and this year, Olivia was so much more interested!  She loved to touch the stingrays (shocked when it actually touched her), see all of the fish, and loved the sea lion show.  I wasn't sure how it would go with two kids - let's be honest mamas, it's a trip now, not a vacation.  Basically, pack your whole house up, drive a few hours, unpack your entire lives and then head home a day or two later ;) I was so pleasantly surprised by how well it went and we all had a great time! 

We stayed overnight and I think Olivia had the most fun in the hotel pool.  She would have stayed in for hours if it wasn't almost bedtime.  Bedtime was literally the one thing I was dreading about this trip.  A different place, no cribs, same room = disaster possibility.  Here's where our DockATot saved the night.  We requested two double beds (gone are the days of a king all to ourselves) and decided that Olivia would sleep with Rob and Charlotte would sleep next to me for feeding purposes...and because I secretly didn't want to share a bed with an three foot tall octopus who wrestles in her sleep half the night.  We have the Deluxe DockATot in Mod Pod and it's the best!  It was so perfect to put on the bed next to me, just like a little crib for her.  She was safe and secure and it was so much more comfortable for her than a pack 'n play.  

DockATot™ is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. Every material and detail is carefully micro-managed to ensure the highest quality of breathability, non-toxicity, comfort and convenience.

The Deluxe size is perfect for newborns up until about 36 months, although Olivia loves to lounge in it, as well!  DockATot is also offered in a size up for toddlers, the Grand, which would also be perfect for little ones who need a safe, comfortable place to nap or sleep overnight.  There are so many designs that I love, especially the dream weaver and silver lining.  The DockATot is also great if you are a co-sleeping family.  It's definitely one of those must-have items that you wish you had earlier but didn't realize it until you had it!  There are so many uses for it, I would recommend it 100% for your child. 

Thank you so much, DockATot , for providing us with our own DockATot. As always, all opinions are my own and I love to share my favorite finds with you! XO

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Milestones // Featuring Milestone Baby

Hi friends! Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  Charlotte was ten weeks on Sunday. TEN! Time is literally flying by and my sweet newborn is moving right along to hitting all of her infant milestones. It's such a bittersweet time, where you desperately seek more sleep and a schedule, yet you know how fast that sweet newborn phase is gone.  

I was not great keeping up with Olivia's baby book, which I regret, so I knew I wanted to be sure to keep track of all of Charlotte's updates and milestones to remember when she's older.  

Milestone baby cards are the perfect way to keep track of all of your little peanut's big moments. We chose the baby's first year cards and I'm in love with them! First weeks, months, and special moments are all included.  I love that you can write the date too.  I often find myself trying to remember when Olivia did certain things and wish I had used the date when taking pictures of her, so this is a great way to keep track.  Each card has a unique design and they are all so adorable.  

Along with the baby's first year cards, I love the pregnancy and newborn cards, first words and quotes (brilliant for those toddler one-liners!), and how cute are the wedding cards?  There are also free printables, how nice is that?! 

If you're looking for a cute gift for an engagement party or baby shower, Milestone cards are the perfect, unique way to save those special memories.  Thank you to Milestone for providing us with the cutest cards! 

Follow along on Instagram @milestonebaby and @thebirdsnestblog XO 

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