The Best Baby Socks

Baby socks may seem like an odd thing to blog about, but these socks are gold. Would you believe me if I said we have NEVER lost a sock?! Would you believe Mark has been wearing the same pairs of socks since he was born and they still fit great?! Well it’s true everyone! I think I have found THE best (and only) baby socks you’ll ever need and everyone should know about them! 

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Mark’s 7 Month Update

SEVEN MONTHS.  For some reason, Mark turning seven months has me freaking out more then his half birthday did! I basically need to start planning his first birthday because it will be here in no time, right?! It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating our first week and month together and pretty soon Mark will be walking, talking, and turning one! This past month has been filled with lots of travel, more milestones & first moments! Here is a recap of life with our 7 month old! 

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Favorite Fall Finds for Baby

We’ve returned to Belgium and oh boy, it is chilly! We had our first glimpse of Fall last week in New Jersey, but Belgium is on a whole other level. I spent yesterday unpacking and formally swapping Mark’s wardrobe. Bye bye shorts & summer coveralls, hello pullovers, comfy joggers, and sweater rompers.

While back in the US, I spent some time picking up a few more fall essentials for Mark. While there are a number of UK and Belgium stores we adore, there are a few US brands I miss too much not to stock up on when we are stateside. Looking at all of Mark’s fall clothing from Europe & the US, I find myself a bit jealous of his adorable wardrobe 🙂 So, I’ve decided to share my top ten favorite pieces in Mark’s fall closet!

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Fall Days at the Pumpkin Patch

Hello Fall! After our week in the Houston heat, it has been great getting to experience some cooler weather and getting to dress Mark up in his adorable fall attire. Of course being October, it has also meant we were able to partake in some harvest festivities. I’ve never been one to love Halloween, but with a baby I am so excited to get him dressed up! Since I’m not sure if Halloween is celebrated in Belgium (anyone know?!), I made sure we had time to pop over to a pumpkin patch in New Jersey to celebrate Mark’s first Halloween!

We headed to Barlow’s in Sea Girt and had the most wonderful time on Mark’s first Fall Harvest experience. Barlow’s was perfect for a young baby and I suspect it would be ideal for children 4 and under. It had an adorable games like pumpkin bowling & tic tac toe, a mini hay path for kids to wander around, a higher corn maze, an adorable corn sandbox, and of course a small pumpkin patch!

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Splish Splash: Our Bath Time Routine

Bath time is one of our favorite parts of the day. Mark loves all forms of water so it isn’t surprising he is a big fan of bath time. He loves getting to splash about and kick kick kick. Recently, he has really been packing a punch with his kicks and we find ourself soaked 🙂 Since starting Baby Led Weaning, bath time follows Mark’s dinner as he is typically a hot mess from feeding himself. We do our best to bathe him daily but admittedly have the occasional “skip day”. We’ve been following the same bath time routine since the day Mark was born and make sure we use the same products whether we are at home or on the road.

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Baby’s Baptism

This little cutie was baptized today. Our families gathered in Texas to celebrate the day as Mark was baptized. As we are still out of the country, we choose Brett’s parents church to baptize Mark. Munchkin did great during his actual baptism but was his usual fiesty self and wasn’t the most patient waiting his turn lol. We picked Brett’s brother & my sister to be Mark’s godparents and he was surrounded by his grandparents and extended family. One of my favorite parts of the day was dressing mister Mark in his heirloom attire for the day.  

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Swim Essentials for Water Babies

It may officially be fall, but we are still pretending it is summertime and sneaking in all the summer activities we can. Granted, it isn’t difficult considering we are currently in Houston where it has been in the nineties everyday! With all the heat, we are spending tons of time in the pool. We are so lucky that Mark seems to loves the water as much as we do. He’s gone swimming a bunch and he seem to love it more each time!

It took us some time to figure out what pool products worked best for Mark.  went through a number of products before finding our favorite pool essentials for Mark. We needed things that worked for his first pool outing around 16 weeks old but as we had a number of swim sessions planned, wanted things that would last a few months. We’ve been thrilled with our items so I’m sharing our checklist below! Be sure to check it out if you are planning any pool time with your little one. 

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A Day at the Beach

I’m so happy my parents decided to live at the beach. It is one of my favorite places and I’m thrilled I get to share it with my own littles. Growing up, my family always loved the sea & sand and most of our holidays were spent in warm destinations (skiers we are not!). There is something about having your toes in the sand and listening to the sound of the waves that is so calming to me.

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Nugget’s Nursery Tour

Our nugget’s nursery is definitely my favorite room in our little apartment. I love its clean design with subtle hints of blue. Not to mention it has the best natural light with those oversized windows looking into the courtyard. It is such a bright happy space 🙂

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Packing Prep with our Tiny Traveler

We have quite the tiny traveller on our hands over here. Mark has been to seven countries, on nine flights (including three transatlantic ones!), on a few train rides, and even a boat ride! He got his passport at 2 weeks old and even has Global Entry. We are currently heading on Mark’s fifth big trip! Needless to say, we’ve had some practice in prepping for trips with our little one. Brett and I take notes from each trip regarding what worked & what didn’t and it helps us better prep for our next adventure. Today I’m sharing some of our tips for how we prepare for traveling with our little one. 

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