Fay’s First Wedding

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Last October, my sister, Kim, got married (!!) to her wonderful (now-) husband, John. It’s hard to express the joy I feel to see her so truly happy.

She received her wedding photos a bit before Christmas, and although she has yet to reveal all of them to me (grrrr), she did send me the ones her photographer took of Fay with my mom and her before the ceremony.

Would you like to see?

Mother and Child

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Browsing the Internet last week, I ran across these beautiful photographs of a young Tasha Tudor with her family and children, taken by Nell Dorr in the 1940’s for the latter’s book Mother and Child (which is sadly no longer in print). We just purchased Pumpkin Moonshine for Fay to honor autumn and Halloween, so I’m reveling in the sweet coincidence of running into these pictures of the illustrator so soon after being introduced to her work.

I saved a few of my favorites to share with you, if you’d like to take a look…

Fay

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Thrilled to officially introduce our daughter — Fay Colleen Hyatt.

She arrived a week ago on Tuesday, after 21 hours of labor (and just 12 minutes of pushing!!)… 7 lbs. 11 ounces., 19 inches long, and perfect.

It’s been a blur and whirlwind of a first week, but we are completely, head-over-heels in love with this wrinkly, tiny human. Writing here consistently has been a challenge in and of itself over the past several years, and I anticipate things to be even quieter for a while as we let New Parenthood envelope us and devote every second we can to getting to know Fay.

You can keep up with me on Instagram, if you want to catch a glimpse of more baby pictures. :)

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(Psst… that house swaddle wrapped around Fay is from Little Unicorn and we officially want a dozen more in different patterns. They are so useful! Remember our discussion on baby swaddles? It’s coming in handy.)

So Close and Yet So Far

I’m not sure this phrase could be more appropriately placed than when in reference to a woman awaiting the birth of her child.

As Baby Hyatt has grown bigger (and me with her), and her movements are more and more fluidly human, I’m astounded at how literally close we are. For all intents and purposes, we couldn’t be any closer…

My Baby Shower

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A few weeks ago, my sister, Kim, and dear friend Heather hosted and designed the sweetest baby shower for me and Baby Hyatt at my Aunt Lynn’s ranch in Livermore. Despite intensely swollen everything (it’s so bad, I can wear nothing but these sandals on my feet!), it felt wonderful to be showered with so much love and kindness.

Kim and Heather were a great team. I was blown away by how beautiful everything was. Between Kim’s planning/ideas and Heather’s artistic touch, I can’t imagine a lovelier celebration for Baby Hyatt.

Heather was also the photographer for the day (and she is true hero for photo-shopping out my blotchy skin and swollen triple chin, ha!)… Would you like to take a look?

Product Poll: Baby Swaddles

TSP - aden and anais cotton muslin swaddleAs Jonathan and I get closer to welcoming Wee Baby Hyatt into the mix, I’m gathering insights from my parent and frequent babysitter friends regarding products that worked particularly well for them with their newborns/infants.

The consensus from various resources and friends is that we will likely have to go through a few types of similar products to find what works best, since every baby is different. And what works for your first baby may not work for your second, or for my baby. This is all fine, of course, logically, but since we are in a small apartment on a tight budget, we are hoping to keep things as minimal as possible when it comes to baby gear. Essentially: avoid obtaining 10 products when one or two will do.

Right now, the product I am thinking about the most is SWADDLES.

My current plan is to register for a few cotton muslin swaddling blankets (since they are multi-use and take up very little space), but I am also considering a Miracle Blanket swaddle which is well-reviewed. But maybe there’s something better? Maybe I should ignore my desire for minimalism, suck it up, and get a few things? Maybe swaddling is over-rated and I am silly and overthinking this?

What are your thoughts?

I’d like to avoid getting one of *every* type of swaddle or sleep sack or what-have-you. Generally I am fairly decisive but the number of choices truly overwhelms me. I want to keep it simple and being that I thrive on recommendations, your input may be just what I need to feel even a wee bit more confident.

Thanks, friends!

UPDATE:

Since this post was all about asking for advice, I am adding on the thoughts and suggestions I received from friends who commented on my Facebook about this post. Perhaps others may find it valuable, because it got me thinking about some swaddling products I hadn’t considered and ones I clearly didn’t give enough thought to. (Newly-mentioned products linked below!)

Thoughts on Baby Naming

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This week marks the start of my 3rd trimester of pregnancy. 28 weeks. I can’t believe it’s come this fast. Despite being more than ready to meet this little girl and embrace the challenges of new motherhood, I am still woefully unprepared to bring her home and step away from my job for 3+ months. Still so much to buy and prep and do!

Preparing for baby in all the big and little ways that one prepares for such things has been both fun and stressful. Jonathan is hyper-involved in everything, but most of the research on baby gear and essentials has fallen to me—mostly because I’ve embraced it like it’s a full time job. But one area where we’ve both been particularly attentive is to the issue of baby names.