Update : {Two Months Old}

Here we are baby girl, you and me in a little coffee shop while your big sister is burning off some energy at preschool. You are all wrapped up in the Solly, sleeping peaceful on my chest. What are you dreaming about little one? Are you dreaming about climbing the highest mountain? Are you flying high above the clouds, heading straight for a shooting star? Oh little one, how I wonder what your dreaming about.

As I still here, quietly tucked away in a corner, I can hear the soft sound of conversations buzzing all around us. Whenever I come here with you baby girl, you steal the show. So many compliments on your adorable little self. Your adorable little two month old self! Time is so bittersweet! You are constantly growing and changing. I just want to bottle it all up and keep it forever, but unfortunately, thats not how it works. Luckily, I can at least capture those memories through photographs, video, and writing.

So my sweet little babe, here is a

Baby Girl – {Two Month Update}

  • Friday night, September 16, you slept from 12:30am until 5:30am. This was the longest stretch you have ever slept! I woke up Saturday feeling great!
  • Sunday evening, September 18th was your first time in the 4moms infant tub. You loved it much more than the sponge baths!
  • Wednesday evening, September 28th you slept from about 11:30pm until I woke you about 8am the next morning. Since then, you have been sleeping long stretches through the night.
  • You often rustle in your bassinet throughout the evening. Its usually because your pacifier fell out.
  • Sunday evening, Oct 2nd was your first time on the play mat. You loved kicking the piano!
  • Tuesday evening, Oct 4th was your first tummy time experience! You have great head/neck strength!
  • I love when you get those little bubbles on your lips!
  • I love when your eyes widen and you give the big smiles when I pick you up!

{Monthly Stickers} : AppleEyeBabyShop

{Personalized Swaddle Blanket} : Audrey’s Bear


Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

{Evenflo Feeding} : Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

dsc_0509*This is a sponsored post by Evenflo Feeding. All opinions are my own.

A girl and her breast pump go together like peanut butter and jelly! When your a breastfeeding mama on the go, who needs to pump, its important to find the right one. With so many options available it can be hard to know what to look for.

Luckily this isn’t my first rodeo. 

That is not to say I am an expert. Far from it. The truth is breastfeeding is hard! Real hard! So I am always trying to read and watch as much as I can. When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I happened upon a Facebook Live Q & A Breastfeeding session with TheBabyGuyNYC (Jamie) and Shari Criso.

Knowledge is power!

I gained some helpful insight into the world of breastfeeding just from that first session. Especially as it pertained to pumping. Jamie and Shari were discussing the Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump. Immediately I was impressed by some of the features. So, I was pleased to learn I would have the opportunity to review one.

Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Pump : My favorite features…

1. Battery Operated

The Evenflo Breast Pump arrived just a few days before our week of road trips. So, with the busyness of packing, I opted to open the pump after our trips. Mistake. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the Evenflo pump has the ability to run on batteries. This would have saved me the headache of trying to figure out how and when I was going to be able to pump. During our trips I was at the mercy of the outlet. Bringing a pump with battery capabilities would have allowed me the freedom to pump whenever, wherever I needed.

2.  Bottle Holders

The pump unit has two cut outs to hold the bottles. This may seem insignificant, but trust me when I say it’s not. I don’t know how many times I have lost that precious liquid gold I worked so hard to pump because the bottles tipped over while I was attempting to unhook everything. Evenflo makes it so easy! Once I finish pumping they go right in the bottle holders!


3. Flanges

My midwife explained the use of flanges and how they might make my pumping journey more successful this time.  Breast pumps are not a one size fits all. Using the correct size flanges while pumping can maximize the amount of milk extracted from the breast, while making it a more comfortable experience. Evenflo created this pump with nursing mothers in mind, as they include two sets of flanges with their pump.

4. Closed Pump

Evenflo is a closed pump. A closed pump means there is a barrier between the pumps motor and milk. Thus decreasing the risk of mold and bacteria within your pump, making it more hygiene friendly.

5. Suction and Speed 

Before using the Evenflo pump, I was only able to adjust both settings using one dial. Evenflo makes it better. While pumping I am able to control the speed and suction separately, customizing my pump experience each time.

6. Free Breastfeeding Class

Included with your pump is the option to watch two videos – “Simply Breastfeeding” and “Breast Pumps and Briefcases.” As a mom, the more I can learn the better. So, I find it wonderful that Evenflo has included some helpful videos to make the process easier.

What features do you look for in a breast pump?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You


{Audrey’s Bear} : Personalized Swaddle Blanket

dsc_0445  *This is a sponsored post by Audrey’s Bear. All opinions are my own.

When I found out I was expecting another girl, I was elated to say the least! Being blessed with the opportunity to pull out all those tubs of adorable, frilly clothes again, made me want to burst at the seams! I was just that excited!

There was one thing weighing on my mind… Individuality.

As silly as it may sound, I didn’t want baby girl #2 to feel she was constantly living in her big sisters shadow. Only being given what her sister once used. Instead, I wanted her to know and feel we saw her as an individual right from the beginning.

So, I began my search for a few practical and reasonably priced baby items that she would be able to call her own.

{Audrey’s Bear}

When I learned I would have the opportunity to collaborate with this company I was beyond excited! Audrey’s Bear gifted my newborn babe one of their beautiful, personalized swaddle blankets.


Audrey’s Bear gives customers an array of customizable options. Once I chose my design (Multicolored Arrows), I was literally able to custom every. single. aspect. Something I have yet to find anywhere else!  I was able to select the color of the swaddle, two different colors for her name, the font style, and a different color for each of the four arrows. The company then sends a proof via email for you to approve before your swaddle is printed. This company has excellent customer service and they make the process so easy!


Magical Sleeping Powers!

I cannot get enough of this swaddle! Seriously, I wish I had a dozen of these! Audrey’s Bear designed this light-weight, soft, stretchy fabric with baby’s in mind! The first time I used it, she was tired and cranky. I thought I would never get her to sleep. Then I remembered the swaddle and thought, why not!? So I wrapped up my sweet babe and WALA! She fell fast asleep! So, now I use it all the time and I don’t leave home without it!


I love how this is not only a great, practical baby item for parents to purchase, but also a lovely keepsake!

Giving Back

I love working with companies that give back and Audrey’s Bear is no exception! They created a program called, {swaddle4swaddle}. Each time a customer purchases one of their lovely swaddles they will donate one to a baby in either the NICU or Pediatric Cancer Center. As a mom, it warms my heart to see companies like Audrey’s Bear giving back in order to make someones day a little brighter!

What are your go-to keepsake items for baby? Do you have a few for each child, showcasing their individuality?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You


Bump To Baby : One Month Old

I am still in awww every time I look at you and realize one whole month has gone by since your birth! It’s true, time really does move quickly.

This past weekend I spent some time packing away all of your newborn clothes. Clothes that your big sister wore for at least a few more months. Yet there I was, packing it all away just days after turning one month old… Today, in fact, you are wearing an outfit your sister wore at 4 months.

But this post isn’t about today, it’s about your first month of life. While I wrote about your first 12 days here, there are still so many other adorable things to touch upon.

Baby Girl – One Month Old

  • 12 Days Old – I wrapped you in a Solly Baby Wrap for the first time and wore you during family night through the Apple Orchard. You slept peaceful on my chest the whole time.
  • 13 Days Old – When I rub the base of your neck it puts you to sleep and you give the biggest smiles in your sleep like state.
  • You have such trouble with bottles. For some reason, half always seems to pour out of your mouth and down your neck.
  • Those stretching noises you make sound like a baby Elephant.
  • You dislike your sponge baths. {I promise we will pull out your tub this week.}
  • You love your Mamaroo! It’s been our saving grace!
  • Daddy can get you to sleep 3-4 hour stretches in the bassinet.
  • You are mesmerized by the ceiling fan.
  • You like to be awake during big sisters nap and bed time. I hold you so you won’t wake her up. Sometimes I wear you in the afternoon. That way I can cuddle you and get some things accomplished.
  • Your big sister loves to says, “I see her eyes!” “She is so cute!” “I love her so much!” “I sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ to her.”

I have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to Karina from AppleEyeBabyShop! As my baby girl was quickly approaching one month I realized I had forgotten to order her Monthly Stickers. So I jumped on Etsy less than a week out from her one month. I fell in love with the purple and gray stickers from Karina’s shop, as they matched her nursery colors well! I quickly emailed Karina to see if they would arrive in time. Although she could not guarantee such a quick delivery, I decided to purchase them anyway. It was my fault for waiting until the last minute anyway. So I just told myself if I was a few days late photographing her that it was no big deal. But if you know me, you would know that wouldn’t be so easy for me. But to my SURPRISE, they arrived the day before her One Month and I couldn’t be happier!

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Freshly Picked + Milestones

*This is a sponsored post by Freshly Picked. All opinions are my own.


The last few weeks have been pretty busy around our house lately, as we count down these last few days of summer…

First, we had two road trips planned that were practically back to back with only a few days rest in-between. Which really didn’t provide much rest with a newborn in the house.

It’s amazing how such a tiny human can accumulate so much stuff! I mean packing for two children plus yourself is hard enough, but when one of those children is a newborn, it’s pure exhaustion. You practically have to pack up your entire house! Or at least that’s how it feels anyway, especially when your toddler is running laps around you. At one point I felt like I was in the scene from “Home Alone” where the McCallister family overslept and were running around like crazy trying to get ready and leave.

The following week was filled with so much emotion for this mama, that although there was no packing involved it felt equally as taxing. Our oldest began her first year of preschool and our baby turned one month old… I am the sappy mama who struggles with these beautiful changes. It hit me like a ton of bricks, especially as we were working on changing our daily schedule/routine to fit these new milestones. Somehow I blinked and I became a Mom of a preschooler… Somehow I blinked and a month has gone by since our baby girl was born…

Time never stops moving

Between the road trips and milestones, I feel like we are constantly on the move. It’s as though I am in a constant battle with “time”, trying to slow it down and soak it up all at once. Half the time I feel as though I am just trying to stay caught up and not let everything pass me by.

So, as a busy mama of two little girls, I am always looking for stylish products that make my life a little easier. Insert {Freshly Picked}. When I learned I would have the opportunity to work with this amazing company created by Susan Petersen, I practically fell out of my chair! I was thrilled to review their carefully hand crafted moccs for my girls!


I love companies created by moms for moms! Susan Petersen, the mastermind behind {Freshly Picked}, is one of those amazing moms. She literally built her business from the ground up with her own two hands. Spending an entire summer banging the glass out of windows, so she could take the aluminum window frames to the scrap yard. Earning $200 to begin her business venture, making quality, stylish moccasins for babies everywhere!


A {Freshly Picked} Love Affair

Why do I love Freshly Picked?

1. These moccasins stay on my newborns feet! With our oldest daughter, nothing drove me crazier than socks and shoes constantly falling off her feet! It was for this reason that I quit putting shoes on her all together. My own mother constantly voiced her concern that my daughter might become ill because I stopped putting shoes on her. So during the winter months we had to stick with footy pajamas and thick blankets. For a mama who enjoys styling her baby, this was so difficult for me! This time around I don’t have to worry about any of that! These moccs stay securely on her little feet without me having to constantly fuss with them! So come winter, her feet will stay nice and warm and I won’t have to pack away all those stylish outfits in place of footy pajamas.

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2. My toddler can put these on herself! In the current phase of, “I can do it myself!”, these moccs make my life so much easier. My girl loves shoes and putting them on by herself. Which, as any mom can tell you, can slow down the process of getting out the door on time. Especially when my girl is still learning left from right. Luckily, Freshly Picked moccasins do not have a designated right and left shoe. So she can’t go wrong no matter how she puts them on!


3. Style! One of the most enjoyable aspects of having two little girls is getting to dress them! As my friends can tell you, I love to make sure they are decked out from head to toe, with outfits that match their shoes and hair accessories. With all the nostalgia I have been feeling from these current milestones, I knew I had to pair my toddlers Heirloom in Blush and Gold moccs with this “Never Grow Up” t-shirt and gold dot leggings. For my newborn, I love a cute one piece outfit that captures these ever fleeting days of summer with her Heirloom Cream and Gold moccs.



4. Quality! These beautiful moccasins were handcrafted with quality in mind! Not only do these moccasins stay on my girls feet, but they also withstand my energetic toddler. They are truly a perfect addition for her busy feet!


5. My toddler loves them and so does this mama!


Can’t find a pair of shoes to stay on your newborns feet? Need a pair of shoes to foster your toddlers “can do” attitude, while making it out the door on time? Then I definitely recommend Freshly Picked Moccasins!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You