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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Baby’s First Bite Essentials

Our food journey has just begun and I am already so happy with the supplies we gathered for our baby’s first bite! Before we picked up our feeding essentials. Brett and I spent time deciding on our solid food approach. We decided to give Baby-Led Weaning a go but remained completely open to switching to spoon feeding if Mark didn’t take to it. Thankfully he has – with great success – and I am so happy we gave this feeding style a go!

For those of you unfamiliar with Baby-Led Weaning, it involves allowing your child to feed themselves the same “real” food you eat around 6 months old. You skip the pureed spoon feeding entirely and jump straight into real “finger” food. Needless to say, letting a 6 month old feed themselves is messy, VERY messy. Typically we have Mark eat naked (unless it is a “non-messy” snack) and dinner time is followed immediately with bath time. Below I’ve rounded up our must have gear essentials for BLW with a 6 month old! 

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The Belgium Baby Spa

A spa exclusively for babies under 6 months old seemed rather crazy the first time I heard about it. But being up for new experiences, I knew we had to give it a try & I am so happy we did. We took Mark for the first time around 12 weeks old and just snuck in another visit before he is “too old”. Can someone please explain to me how my 6 month old is “too old” for anything?!

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Mark’s 6 Month Update!

SIX MONTHS.  Mark is half a year old. How did this happen?! I can’t believe we are now closer to his first birthday than we are his birth. It feels like just days ago that he could fit in our hands. Now, our hands can barely contain him as he throws himself around wanting to get into everything! This past month has been filled with tons of milestones & a much more mobile munchkin, so let me recap life with our 6 month old!

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Looking Back: Mark’s Newborn Photoshoot

I had hoped to start blogging before Mark was born but between pregnancy related exhaustion & his slightly early arrival, needless to say, it never happened. Little did I know in the coming months I would be just as busy. Who knew taking care of such a tiny human required so much time :). Fast forward five months and with a bit of “mommying” under my belt, I finally found the energy & time to start Mama to Mark. As there were a few precious memories from those early weeks, in honor of “Throwback Thursday” I’m sharing Mark’s newborn pictures!

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