Eloise Year 1

April 2, 2018

I know, I became absolutely horrible about keeping up with the months on my blog. Instagram, however, I made it all the way through the year so I wanted to share a quick round up of her monthly photos, now that she is nearing month 13 and I don’t have any plans for any floral photos. SAD DAY!

Should a scramble to do something today? Bah! Likely not gonna happen. I’ll have to think of a way to make up for it though.

 

What an honor it is to share your three month birthday, little one. The past few weeks have been amazing, watching your personality shine through. You are so loving and cuddly but perfectly content being on your own. You sleep through the night on special occasions and only wake up once on regular days. I have loved watching you watch your hands for hours, –there's some high quality entertainment for ya! You are getting close to rolling from your back to your stomach, are super talkative and getting better daily at using your hands. I even got to hear you full out giggle twice. Still waiting to get proof for everyone else though! Love you to the moon and back my sweet Eloise! 💞👶🏻🌸🌼🌿#littlesthelms #babybloomproject

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Holy seven months! I blab everyday about how wonderful you are and today is no exception. Here are some of your achievements this month: •Crawling around the house, pulling up on everything and helping me discover what I need to to baby proof. •Sleeping through the night on a regular basis, but I miss you so. •Feeding yourself, and feeding others; your pincer grasp is getting there! 👌🏼 •Playing ball. It’s your favorite, oh it makes you giggle nonstop each time. •Saying mama and dada; with or without meaning to, but it’s good enough for me 👍🏼 •Understanding "no" and actually listening to it… sometimes •Popping your first tooth. Good work! ✔️ •Being cute AF and refining your cuddling skills. You’ve had a busy month and have been working hard. I give you straight A’s sugar muffin #Eloisecandonowrong #humblebrag #littlesthelms #babybloomproject

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A congratulations is in order for you little Miss. You have made to nine months today, and have achieved substantially more than I ever have in that period of time, at least in the past 28 years. (I’m 29) This is the best age so far. Everyday a little more personality shines through and you zoom around the house a little faster. You wave at everyone and give them your huge toothy grin, while making really deep eye contact. You play the xylophone with the end of your hammer, you can put balls in holes, you figure out how things work and operate them, contemplating further about the mechanics of it all. You stand up and put your arms in the air so excited to be letting go even though you’re often still leaning against something a teensy bit. You’re climbing up on everything, you’ve become a pro traveler and have countless other achievements. So congratulations little one! You are an inspiration to me and I’ve never been happier. #babybloomproject #Eloiseonthegrow #WHPinspired

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10 month achievements: • Being cute AF • Standing for a few moments, walking basically, but being a bit cautious to do it without some back up (aka a finger to hold) • Knowing the hand motions to your favorite songs, clapping, opening and closing your hands etc. • Climbing the dog stairs to get on the bed – SKETCH • Using fingers to point out things like the fish or dog • Stacking blocks and reading books • Attempting to put on your own bows and comb your hair – a girl after my own heart. • Helping with chores like ironing, organizing the cupboards and vacuuming • Being super cooperative during your 10 month photo #10monthsold #babybloomproject #enchantingeloise Romper: @zarakidsofficial Onesie: @jamiekaystore Bow: @billy_bibs Shoes: @starryknightdesign

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Accomplishments this month: •Throwing my emotions off and proving me wrong that I don’t want you to grow up by being sweeter and more fun every month I know you •Calling everything “baby and mama” •Climbing up and down everything in your own •Perfecting your balance •Taking about six steps before closing your eyes and nose diving into our arms •Doing a head bob every time you get excited •Putting yourself to sleep •Recognizing facial features like nose and eyes and feeding others •Losing interest in toys and exploring everything else •Dancing en pointe and sailing the vast seas 🌊 You have us wrapped around your little fingers and I have never believed more strongly that I could have two soul mates. 💞#enchantingeloise #babymagicproject ——- • • • • • #runwildmychild #pocket_sweetness #uniteinmotherhood #throughachildseyes #thesearethedays #kids_of_our_world #documentingmotherhood #makeitblissful #thedarlingweekend #awanderfulchildhood #aheadofthecurve #takemyheartdear #humansofjoy #hurrayforplay #babiesdontkeep #kindredmemories #thesugarjar #celebratechildhood #motherhoodunplugged #inspiremothers #snapgrowlove #joyfulmamas #bestofmom #ourwhimsicaldays #parenthood_unveiled #seekinspirecreate #elevenmonthsold

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My baby! Today you are one year old! How it has been the best year of our lives, ours because of you and yours because it’s the only one you’ve had. Who knew that I got to win the lottery with you in this life? 💗 As a round up here are your achievements from this past month: • Mastering the walk • Becoming more agile in general, dancing, climbing faster etc. • Developing a sense of humor • Learning new words • Using a pen and paper • Bringing is things that you want to do, bubbles, books, shoes… Happiest of Birthdays sweetheart! Excited to celebrate you and the joy you bring. #cuteafofcourse #happybirthday! #enchantingeloise —————— #runwildmychild #pocket_sweetness #uniteinmotherhood #throughachildseyes #thesearethedays #kids_of_our_world #documentingmotherhood #ig_motherhood #thedarlingweekend #awanderfulchildhood #aheadofthecurve #takemyheartdear #humansofjoy #hurrayforplay #babiesdontkeep #kindredmemories #thesugarjar #celebratechildhood #motherhoodunplugged #inspiremothers #snapgrowlove #joyfulmamas #bestofmom #ourwhimsicaldays #parenthood_unveiled #seekinspirecreate #twelvemonthsold

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Setting Boundaries for Children

March 7, 2018

I want to talk about the boundaries we draw for our children when it comes to exploring. I want Eloise to grow up to respect things around her. Conversely, my head always comes back to the adage of Sleeping Beauty: If the king had just let her know what a spindle was, she may have never pricked her finger because she wouldn’t have been so curious. I’d love to hear your two cents, where do YOU draw the line? Do you think you should teach them everything right off the bat? (ie we don’t pull things out of cupboards.) Or allow them a little harmless exploration? Or somewhere along the scale? How does teaching them one way or another affect their development? I want to know what you think! #keywordharmless #illeatyouupiloveyouso • #motherhoodthroughinstagram #unitedinmotherhood #uniteinmotherhood #throughachildseyes #thesearethedays #realmomtogs #documentingmotherhood #ig_motherhood #thedarlingweekend #awanderfulchildhood #aheadofthecurve #dailyparenting #mom_hub #hurrayforplay #babiesdontkeep #featuremama #thesugarjar #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #inspiremothers #ohheymama #cutebebee #bestofmom #UMH_kids #parenthood_unveiled #our_everyday_moments #oneyearold #12monthsold

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I want to talk about setting boundaries for children when it comes to exploring and where we draw the lines.

I want Eloise to grow up to respect things around her. Conversely, my head always comes back to the adage of Sleeping Beauty:
If the king had just let her know what a spindle was, she may have never pricked her finger because she wouldn’t have been so curious.
I’d love to hear your two cents, where do YOU draw the line? Do you think you should teach them everything right off the bat? (ie we don’t pull things out of cupboards.) Or allow them a little harmless exploration? Or somewhere along the scale? How does teaching them one way or another affect their development? I want to know what you think!

Yesterday I posted about setting boundaries to your little one’s safe exploration around the home and wanted to what I gathered from some of my favorite responses here:

ashemerson518  We allow lots of exploration (certain cabinets and drawers are ok, others are locked). With a 10 month old it’s still hard to convey why a No is sometimes necessary (like not eating dog food😂), but I know it will get easier with time.

jenniferatkinson  I always let Aiden do harmless exploration, but if he could hurt himself I either put baby locks on the cupboard or told him NO when he got too close to something he could pull down or climb on. It gets easier! Usually we would only have to tell Aiden “no” a handful of times before he got the message. My nephews were a lot trickier though – they would constantly push boundaries. One time my sister-in-law saw one of them literally climbing the fridge. Like, scaling it 🤦🏼‍♀️

hug_a_booboo Nothing teaches better than experience. But as parents, our first priority is to keep them safe. Too safe will handicap them so let them explore and learn, but always under the watchful distant eye if love.

brittsbabes I like to let them explore when they’re as little as Eloise, but obviously not if she can hurt herself… they are little sponges so they pick so much info up!!

ahelms Flexibility and boundaries are both equally important! I don’t have to say much…you’ve seen my parenting style plenty of times 😉 I will say, they understand more than you think, even though they can’t quite verbalize things yet! So I think creating boundaries and saying “no” or whatever version of “no” you want to use, is super important in raising a child that everyone will enjoy being around…you know what I mean…pretty sure we’ve talked about it.

karinamtz6 I believe it’s a matter of balance and just common sense. Letting them explore in their own terms but at the same time always keeping an eye to avoid any dangerous situation… At least that’s how I always do it with my students(10monthsold-2yolds) and that’s how I’m doing it with my boy (it’s a lot more difficult when it’s your own child tho😂). I think we sometimes underestimate babies and their ability to learn things on their own, so Id say let them explore in a supervised way🤗

shastawho I try to divert her attention away from certain precarious things. Like, I don’t want her to open the cabinet that is full of ceramic plates, but I do want her to learn how to open cabinets and what they’re for…so she gets to open the cabinet with special “baby” things inside (kitchen towels, toys and pots and pans that I don’t care about!).

beemarieeeeeeee doing a mixture of both. I think being adventurous is a great quality so I want to encourage that while being safe and keeping boundaries. We went to Hawaii when she was seven weeks old I was worried about the seven hour flight out San Francisco, but she was an angel. Just had to remind myself that despite having a new bundle of joy I couldn’t allow myself to lose my sense of adventure 😉

larisa_cheban I definitely want them to explore, learn something new everyday but of course if I know it’s something that may hurt them I tell them to stay away!

davisjimenezfam I’m here for the comments because my little one is 5 months old and I’m sacred that I’ll be too *dont do that , don’t touch that* 😭 but at the same time I want her to explore and learn on her own you know?

_michelleawilliamsI too am very curious about this! I try to judge every situation based on if it’s dangerous/physically harmful. I try to keep a safe place for her to explore and not say “no” as much when she’s there!

laurenandbearsI’ve definitely learned to pick and choose my battles with Isla. If it’s really dangerous I stop her but if I tell her a piece of food is spicy or hot and she still grabs it and takes a bite, well, lesson learned for her. That being said I still have to say no and don’t do that dozens of times a day since Isla likes to test her limits

alifesetfreeI honestly think it’s a balance. And I think it changes with time. I used to be way uptight when my oldest was younger and am much more relaxed now. And I think its different per family 🤷‍♀️

themilkandmoscatoI want my daughter to learn that there are consequences to actions whether they be good or bad, but that she be the light in the world and to see things as good and positive, even in the world today. To hold her close enough, that if something truly harmful comes in her reach I can protect her, but letting her learn and understand the world around her. Such a tough question! But kind of learning as we go along… she’s definitely curious! {so scary!} lol

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BEST BABY PRODUCTS FROM A FIRST TIME MOM SERIES: Lorena Canals Rug

December 12, 2017

We recently received a machine washable Lorena Canals rug and it’s been a real game changer for us as far as utility and home decor. Each rug is individually handmade with a loop technique. They are 100% cotton and completely non-toxic.

We have never had the opportunity to have rugs since we have a dog. For some reason, while Sophie is potty trained, I could never break her of the habit of thinking that rugs are not the same thing as grass. With the colder season and having a crawling baby in the house, not having a soft play area was out of the question.

You may have noticed we used to have a play mat in our living room but I quickly became tired of our living room looking like a children play area all the time. When you think about it, if we have three kids two years apart (theoretically), and they play on the play mat until they are four, that’s eight years of a foam mat on my floor. No thanks!

I love aesthetics and the play mat just wasn’t cutting it. I’d like to be able to put away the toys at the end of the day and when having guests over and have my living room look like a polished, stress free and nice space. Putting away a play mat at the end of everyday and pulling it out in the morning is unreasonable.

On the other hand Lorena Canals has so many beautiful options. Each one is more beautiful than than the last and there are options that are much more nursery specific and others that would look great in your living room too! My favorite detail are the braided tassels.

For the record, our Lorena Canals rug fit the bill perfectly. A gorgeous rug that I can put down without concern for Sophie. In fact I have already thrown it in the washing machine and have had no problem with the wear and tear and have experienced no shedding.

I would recommend getting the lining that goes with it just to add a little extra padding and prevent any slipping around. Our Lorena Canals rug is a little more pliable than your average rug, in order to fit into the machine, so it has a higher chance of movement. The padding remedies this easily.

Bonus: They actually also sent me a pompon blanket in nude and it is easily one of my favorite throws.  Please get yourself one! It’s a super stylish very high quality.

 

BEST BABY PRODUCTS FROM A FIRST TIME MOM SERIES: DockATot Grand

December 1, 2017

If you hadn’t heard me rave enough about the DockaTot I wanted to give an update including my experience with the DockaTot Grand.

The DockaTot Grand was gifted to us but all of the following opinions are my own.  The DockaTot Grand is good for babies and tots that are 9-36 months of age and is a co-sleeper or multi-functional lounger.

Dockatot New Collection Fairytale

Let me start off by saying we love our DockATots.

A little back story: The DockaTot Deluxe worked perfectly for us. Eloise slept in between us for the first few months of her life. We all slept really well together with one, occasionally two, feedings a night.

We eventually transitioned her to the Pack’nPlay in our room so that we could train her to sleep through the night before she became mobile. This too worked really well for us and she was often sleeping through the night without any mishaps.

All of this changed when she started to crawl and pull up. I really believe that she would be thinking about it so much that she would start to crawl in her sleep and wake herself up, and I don’t need tell to you it’s much harder to cry yourself to sleep while standing than it is to cry yourself to sleep while laying down. Our night sleeps were broken and our naps were about 15 minutes, and they were mostly in my arms.

Enter the DockATot Grand. When it arrived I put it in the living room where I could be with Eloise in it and we could lounge in it. It’s so big that you better believe both Andrew and I have laid down in it, and hey! I could totally nap in there! It’s so cozy. I sleep surrounded by pillows anyway and the DockaTot provides a similar concept.

The first nap that I put her in the DockATot Grand lasted a full two hours. My guess is that it feels like she is still being held and she tosses and turns less. Additionally, this creates a more restful sleep environment. Every time I have put her down in the lounger her sleep seems to be longer and less interrupted.

Guys, I know it seems crazy but I swear these things have magic powers. If you haven’t already purchased a DockATot and you’re having sleep troubles I recommend checking them out now! And have sweet dreams. xx

 

How to Take Milk Bath Photos

October 12, 2017

Milk bath photos are easily one of my favorite things to do. It is super easy once you get into the grove of it, and for obvious reasons they are Instagram GOLD. People are always asking tips on how to do them and I figured I would write a quick post about my process of how to take milk bath photos so that you can add to the Instagram goodness.

Ingredients:

Powdered milk

Fresh cut flowers

A bathtub, but hey a galvanized bucket etc. can absolutely do the trick!

Directions:

  1. Run your bath water at the desired temperature. If you are working with a little babe and you want them to look like they are floating in the water, only fill the tub a couple inches and, of course, watch them to ensure they don’t roll over in the water. I know they can be squirmy little ones!
  2. Pour in a little of the powdered milk. I am not giving a specific amount because of course it varies how large your tub is and how much water you have used. Honestly, you don’t need much! The less you use now the more milk baths you can create (until you get sick of them! LOL).
    1. Note: I just want to point out that the milk comes second. If you do it first your bath might foam and that’s probably not the look you are going for.
    2. Another note: Some people say the milk smells? I personally haven’t noticed it in my experience but you can absolutely use some essential oils to spice it up for your little cherub (or yourself, cause hey, us mamas need milk baths too!)
  3. Cut up your flowers. This is the hard part. I think a lot of us have a hard time cutting up perfectly good flowers. I’ll tell you now that they just don’t quite look the same with the stems. This is what I always tell myself, say it with me: “The flowers in the pictures that I will take I will remember A LOT longer than those that I leave in our vase for a week.”
    1. You can be creative here too, I have been thinking about doing a wintery photo or using citrus slices and palms, can’t tell you how they will turn out yet though.
  4. Put your babe in and shoot away.
  5. Crop and brighten. Not all of us are so lucky to have amazing bathtubs. I know, just ask Andrew, I keep asking him when we are going to get our oversized clawfoot tub ;-). You would be amazed what a little crop and brightening can do.

If your little one is anything like Eloise, they may try to stick all the flowers in their mouth. Just make sure you aren’t using anything poisonous haha and be quick. I know all of your running around after your cutie has been preparing you for this moment!

After you take your own milk bath photos let me know. I love seeing what you come up with!

No milk in this photo but still wanted to include it! haha

The Color Factory: For Babies

October 6, 2017

We went to The Color Factory in San Francisco on Tuesday. It was the perfect museum to take an infant to because the colors and lights are very stimulating even at a very young age. If you are looking for engaging activities to do that will keep both your infant as well as your baby’s I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Each of the rooms provided household items like to look at that you see on a day to day basis but all in that single color.

The color in many of the rooms was composed by lights or disco balls, or things like confetti or thousands of receipt paper selfies that you could pick up, scrunch and throw.

The ribbon room had thousands of ribbons hung in close proximity and I believe that Eloise’s new found mobility made it even more enjoyable for her to crawl through them, although they were so dense that even I bumped into a stranger when trying to navigate my way through… Whoops!

By far, however, Eloise’s favorite room was the ginormous ball pit. Not only did the yellow color have a happy vibe but our favorite game lately has been “throwing” a ball back and forth. What is better than hundreds of thousands of yellow balls?

We have our trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Seven Months Old

October 4, 2017

Holy seven months! I blab everyday about how wonderful you are and today is no exception. Here are some of your achievements this month:
•Crawling around the house, pulling up on things and helping me discover things to baby proof.
•Sleeping through the night on a regular basis, but I miss you so.
•Feeding yourself, and feeding others; your pincer grasp is getting there! •Playing ball. It’s your favorite, oh it makes you giggle nonstop each time.
•Saying mama and dada; with or without meaning to, but it’s good enough for me
•Understanding “no” and actually listening to it… sometimes
•Being cute AF and refining your cuddling skills.
You’ve had a busy month and have been working hard. I give you straight A’s sugar muffin

Eloise has been making her way around the house. She has realized she is no longer confined to the foam mat in the living room and has been finding all sort of trouble to get into. It’s definitely worth it however, because I love watching the world through her eyes as she discovers things around the house.

Eloise had her first cold, which she recovered quickly from, I attribute it to nursing. She went apple picking and to the county fair. 

 

Six Months Old

September 20, 2017

I can’t believe it’s your half birthday already! You are such a pleasant natured, curious, determined little girl. You’re constantly babbling, and doing crazy yoga positions that put me to shame. You’ve been working so hard to crawl and you are actually starting to figure it out! You insist on spoon feeding yourself and have been eating pretty much everything we eat. Oh, and I’m fairly confident you say “hi!” Maybe you’re an extrovert like your daddy. You’re growing so fast my heart can’t keep up.

I’ve gotten bibs that go down to her sleeves, fabric bibs, plastic bibs that are so stiff she can’t get both arms out in front of her. These ones are actually really pliable so I love them ☝. What I really need are secrets for getting out stains lol.
#savetheclothes #eatlikealadyEloise #littlesthelms

Sophie and Eloise are becoming quite the pair. I often wake up to the three of us snuggled up. They are currently napping together on the couch. ✨ #ishernameSophieorGentle? #EloiseandSophie #littlesthelms

Magic at grandma’s house ✨ #lookmabothhands #everythingshedoesismagic #littlesthelms

This is how my life has changed:
Pre-Eloise, when Andrew was gone for the weekend I would think of how best to pull my bed sheets up to my neck and lie really still in my bed hoping that any intruders that may come into the house would not notice me.
Post-Eloise, when Andrew is gone for the weekend I think of how best I would cover Eloise with my body so any intruder that may come into the house would not notice her. ✨#imherprotectivesheet #alsothereisacopnextdoor #littlesthelms

Hey mah I know about those. They are called flow-ars and when I put them in my hand they go C R U N C H! ✨
“Gentle” is going be up being her first word. #gentleEloise #IsaidgentleEloise #littlesthelms

Eloise lounges hard. Her leg is always hanging off the edge of something, stroller, dockatot you name it. ✨ #nofearoftheboogeyman #scaredoffacialhairthough #littlesthelms

Eloise is pretty bummed we don’t get to spend this weekend with Avery and Maeanna.
I am so thankful to my parents for doing the impossible and raising me and my sister on their own in a foreign place. I really can’t imagine how difficult it would be to do it without family around.
We are lucky that Eloise will grow up seeing her cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents on a regular basis. Family is such a powerful and important part of our lives. ‍‍✨#gonnaeatthemall #whysosurprisedEloise? #littlesthelms

“Hi mama! Now if you’ll excuse me, I want to get back to learning about world travel, the numbers 1-10, quantum physics, and aerospace engineering.” ✨#Eloiseyouresosmart #allthebooks #littlesthelms

 

Learning to Crawl: The Struggle is Real

September 12, 2017

Eloise is on the move… well not technically but she is really yearning to crawl.

I’ve been so preoccupied writing month posts from memory that I haven’t had the opportunity to write about what is CURRENTLY going on for us.

Perhaps all babies are like this but Eloise certainly isn’t happy with sitting in one place and just observing. This is particularly because she has hit the mark where she realizes that we can walk away and she can’t follow us.

The biggest problem with this is that she starts blubbering and crying out of frustration thus I end up helping her up which prevents her from learning for herself.

Something I have noticed is that she knows all the bones to sitting up but hasn’t actually done it yet. She can get on all fours from her belly, she can push back from all fours, and she can go from sitting over to a crawling position and end up on her belly. What she doesn’t know is how to tie them all together. I’m guessing it’s just a matter of days before this clicks for her.

Moreover, she can rock on all fours and move her hands forward and back but usually ends up sitting or on her belly.

Every one says she will, of course, learn this in her own time and not to force it too much. However, being that she is our first child and our attention is not yet divided, I love to watch her succeed and can’t help but urge her on.

One of the tips I came across to helping babies learn to move into a sitting position is sitting on the ground with them over your thigh, baby on his or her knees. Then slowly lifting your leg up so they end up moving back onto their bums. I think it helped Eloise explore her body being in new positions she may not have been able to get to on her own at that point in her mobility. 

Five Months Old

September 12, 2017

What a easy going happy baby you are. This was literally the first picture I took and it embodies who you are perfectly. You are a great traveler. You have pretty much mastered sitting and rolling every way and you are starting to scoot around. You’re never quite where I put you down.
You have been experimenting with all kinds of food and are soaking in everything like a cute little sponge. (Who knew you could describe a sponge as cute?) How lucky I am to be your mama. Simply saying “I love you” is an understatement. 

By five months Eloise started to eat all sorts of food since her four month check up. She got her passport for our upcoming trip, went into Lake Tahoe for the first time, and we spent two evenings apart but she was a champ for Grandma! She has been sucking her toes and giggling more and more.

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