One Month


 I love how confused she is by the camera in this shot! Oh and her dinosaur hands as I like to call them. haha

I have been a little MIA this past month, for obvious reasons. I have finally realized when people have babies why all you see are pictures of their baby all over social media... because she is literally my entire day! haha I don't have much of a life right now besides spending every waking moment taking care of every need of my child... which is amazing and exhausting! I know this stage will pass quickly, so I am trying not to wish any of it away. I can't believe Ella is already one month old today! She has blessed our lives so much.

I figured it would be fun to continue on with my updates like I did throughout my pregnancy with her, and do monthly check ins to have documented. So here we go... Ella really is a great baby! I have been around enough babies to know I have a good one. She is happy and content unless she is hungry, and even then her cry is the sweetest, softest, sound! haha It's adorable. She sleeps amazingly well, and usually only has a problem going down right after being woken up for a late night feeding. But even that isn't too hard to do deal with because as long as someone is holding her she is a happy girl. She LOVES to be held, and she loves a little movement and music as well. In fact one night while she was having a hard time going down Trevor played some of his pretty intense music and she fell asleep instantly. It wasn't just a fluke either, apparently she has a preference to Trevor's music because it always works to calm her down. Must have been hearing it every night in the womb! haha Trevor thinks it is the coolest. 

Ella has been strong from the very beginning. The second they put her on my stomach after she was born she lifted her head right up! We also have to be careful because she has been able to roll over on her side for weeks now. She is always trying to bear weight on her legs, and kicks up on them when you burp her, or put her down in her bassinet. Basically if there is something under her feet, she will put the pressure to try and use her legs! haha She is also very expressive! She makes lots of facial expressions in response to us and we love it. She is also starting to get more vocal making cute coos and sounds. The first few weeks of life she would snort a lot and it was the cutest thing ever. Because she was so little, and pink, every time she snorted we called her our little piggy! haha I think my all time favorite thing she does is the way she stretches when she wakes up. It is a production let me tell you! Head back, arms up, her whole spine curls... this girl likes a good stretch. She loves to have her hands free and will fall asleep often with them up above her head like she is cheering or something. Speaking of her hands her finger nails grow so fast and we have to keep little mittens on her because she claws her face off if we don't. She loves a little hang out tummy time and kicks her legs a mile a minute and makes all kinds of sounds. I call this our exercise for the day! She also has the cutest sneezes that I have ever heard that are always followed with a big sigh/cry of relief after. We are starting to have a routine and while we had some issues with breastfeeding and weight gain in the beginning things are much better now. At her last weight check she had put on 11 ounces in one week!

I could go on and on really with a ton of details but I will leave it at that for now. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that I have a baby! It's pretty incredible! 

Ella's Birth Story


Some people think birth is such a personal thing to share, or that it is "too much information." Everyone is entitled to their thoughts and beliefs on the subject, but I personally think it is one of the most important stories I could share. There are so many reasons why, but one big reason being is that it is hard to find a lot of positive birth stories out there. Being raised in a culture that never hesitates to share the horrors, the pain, or the scary sides of giving birth, you start to believe it is something you should fear. I was no exception to this, and one of my biggest fears in life was to give birth. Just like anything, if you are told something enough times you will start to believe it, and studies show what you believe affects everything, even the experience itself. The same goes towards child birth.

Thankfully even though the overwhelming presence of the culture around me had seeped in over the years, I had someone in my life that was always trying to combat those thoughts and feelings. Having birthed six children unmedicated, my mother has always talked about her birthing experiences in such a positive light. She would share how amazing they were, spiritual even. She never hesitated to share her experiences with us, and let us know how amazing carrying and delivering a child is.

I have decided to share my birthing experience because I feel that as women it is something so empowering to give one another. I think it is important to talk about what a wonderful and empowering experience giving birth can be, and that the important thing is you don't have to be afraid of it...

Tubby Todd Bath Co & The Baby Cubby



Remember back in July when I talked about the awesome Baby Cubby event I went to? Well they are at it again, and this time they have teamed up with a brand I am obsessed with, Tubby Todd Bath Co. I may be biased because the mom behind the brand is from my hometown of San Diego! But that aside, I have been wanting to snatch up some more bath products from their line for Ella and since they are co-hosting the event, everything in the store will be 10% OFF - perfect! There will be giveaways, and even more deals, food etc. And besides all the great discounts, there will be plenty of fun for your littles as well. Read below for more details! I am going to try my best to get me and Ella out to this, hope to see you there!

Event Details
The Baby Cubby is having a Pop-Up Shop & After Hours Party on September 22nd from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m with Tubby Todd!  This won't be your average "meet & shop" event.  They'll have fun kids activities like making moose masks, a bounce house, a fun photo booth + lots of great giveaways, food, & of course sales & storewide discount from The Baby Cubby.  

Below are a few highlights & you can see all the event information on our website HERE.

What: Pop-Up Shop & After Hours Kickoff Party with Tubby Todd Bath co. 
Where: The Baby Cubby Store at 71 S. 1380 W. Lindon, UT 84042 Suite #2 - (801) 770-0584
When: September 22nd from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

- Free Activities For the Kids (free kids crafts like making moose masks + a bounce house!)
- Enjoy Some Treats (cotton candy, popcorn, refreshments, & drinks)
- Lots of Great Giveaways (100's in gift cards + Tubby Todd products)
- Event exclusive sales from The Baby Cubby (storewide 10% discount and more!)