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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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Four Months Old

September 12, 2017

Four months young! Your personality is starting to shine. You’re a serious, curious little girl who is always contemplating something. Luckily you are willing to share your smiles with us. You are very loquacious, you’re mastering your roll and are practicing your sitting skills. You got a blister toe from all your bouncing this month and are getting good at soothing yourself to sleep. I couldn’t have asked for anything more my little one.

In her fourth month Eloise went camping for the first time. Thanks to the Dock-a-Tot I’m confident she slept better than anyone there. She got to spend long days on the beach and started bouncing in her Jump-a-roo. She started to be more aware of her surrounding and was really taking everything in. She started rolling both ways and sitting up with a little help. Here are some pictures because it was in the past and you forget WAY too quickly:

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Three Months Old

September 9, 2017

“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!”

Three months was the best. It was about the time that she stopped being a little blob and started being so much more aware of her surroundings. Eloise started to lose hair on the sides on her head and we had no idea what color it was going to grow out to be. Actually we still don’t REALLY know….

Eloise decided not to take a pacifier, despite what it may seem like in the pictures below. I did try really hard to get her to take it though! Maybe for baby #2.

BEST BABY PRODUCTS FROM A FIRST TIME MOM SERIES: Stuff for your Boobs

August 19, 2017

Being flat chested I have never been quite so aware of my boobs as I have become as a mother. They grow, they hurt, they leak, they give your baby sustenance. So what have been my go to products for the care and keeping of all things boobs?

Soothies: I don’t know about other women but those first couple weeks of breastfeeding hurt like a MOTHER, ironic because now you are one. Soothies make it just a little it easier to deal. They quickly cool down while you feed your babe and give you some relief when you stick them on after you are done feeding. I survived on one pair but maybe having a couple would be best.

Lanisoh Nursing Pads:  I specify Lanisoh because I have tried multiple other brands and have woken up many a time soaked in milk especially in those early days when I was particularly engorged or the days that you are just not quite in sync with your baby’s feeding schedule. This has never been the case with the Lanisoh Pads. I literally live in these bad boys.

Haakaa Pump: I have only recently discovered this pump and it has been amazing. I have the Medela automatic pump as well but I don’t find myself using it often because it throws my body out of sync. I start producing more than I need, and then I end up feeding Eloise the bottle I just pumped. The Haakaa works great because it is just one piece and you can use it easily without a bunch of accessories. Even better than that though, you can attach it to your other breast while you feed your little one and it catches anything that is leaking when you let down. PERFECT way of not wasting the milk that is going into your Lansioh pad lol. I have also considered just wringing the pad into a bottle but eh… not quite that desperate lol!

Two Months Old

August 17, 2017

“I blinked and two months flew by. What a treasure you are; our little fluffy haired smiler. You’re a great sleeper at night and have been rolling over since week one. You’re bearing weight on your feet and I swear you get more beautiful everyday. You bring me more joy and fulfillment than anything in the world. ✨”

Eloise started smiling for us within her second month and it was the best thing ever. It is still my favorite thing in the world. Every morning when she wakes up she looks around contently until she sees us and gives us the biggest smile ever. OHMYGAAHHH so heart melting!

She was sleeping wonderfully, waking up at most once a night and even then it was mild fussing. I would just pick her up, feed her and put her back in the DockaTot and she would doze off until an acceptable hour. We spent many hours with her on the couch just practicing core strength and napping.

Our biggest struggle was the witching hour –about 6-8pm. She would be particularly fussy and make it really difficult to prep and eat dinner etc. This was the time that Andrew would be getting home but she would still just want me specifically to hold her. He didn’t get to see the bright side of her until after that 8pm time. She would have an hour of being back to normal before bedtime.

There were also quite a few times where she threw up everything in her stomach. I would attempt to catch her puke in my hand, which is what I have always done with Sophie. It is much easier to wash your hands than trying to clean up all the bed sheets etc. but she obviously consumes much more than Sophie does so I would just end up with a dirty hand and having to clean everything anyway. This is why she is naked in her carseat a few pictures down. (Don’t worry we were only a few minutes from home.)

The Easter rain may have ruined our outfit plans but it sure is making our garden green!

So excited to rediscover our planet Earth through our baby girl’s eyes. -Starting with it’s beaches, of course. ✨Happy Earth Day everyone!

Our ceiling isn’t short, my husband is just really tall, like our little babe. I love watching them together.

Sweet happy Eloise

My little dolly with her little dollies. -I’m so excited to play make-believe with her. ✨

Baby doll, how I love you so.

My, how quickly you’ve grown, little girl. Time surely is a thief, but if it’s possible, I love you more each day than I did the last.