How to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night by Three Months

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Let me start this post by just saying that we are by no means sleep wizards over here. One of the heaviest challenges of parenthood, in my opinion, is sleep…

How to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night by Three Months

Let me start this post by just saying that we are by no means sleep wizards over here. One of the heaviest challenges of parenthood, in my opinion, is sleep and all of the drama that comes along with it. And we are not without those challenges, to be sure! But somehow, we figured out more or less what worked for our kids and got baby sleeping through the night by three months old. We’ve had so many questions about how we did it (and I spent many wee hours googling about baby sleep patterns in the kids’ early weeks), so I thought I’d break it down in a detailed way.

So probably this isn’t for you, 20-or-30-something-gal-with-no-kids-in-sight. But trust me when I say that if kids are anywhere in your future, you’re gonna want to bookmark this. Because there is no more desperate time than 3 in the morning when the kid won’t sleep and all you want are a few consecutive hours of z’s for yourself. Now let’s get down to business. Click to read the breakdown of how we got our kids to sleep through the night!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

DIY Photo Album with Instax Film

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and…

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and print them out and put them in a baby book for the kid to enjoy for years to come. And then you have a baby and thanks to your smartphone maybe you realize to snap some photos, but they pretty much just sit there in your camera roll collecting dust, never to be seen again. I can’t tell you how many adorable photos I have of my babes that have never seen the light of day. I don’t even really remember I have them. BUT! I just fixed the Fail. I discovered that Fujifilm has a printer that will print instax film using any photo you’ve got in your phone. So like any mother obsessed with her adorable kids, I decided to finally get a book together of Henry’s monthly photos from his first couple of years.

Materials

  • smartphone with photos
  • Instax SHARE Printer SP-2
  • FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film
  • spiral bound book or album
  • patterned paper
  • washi tape
  • double stick tape
  • scissors

The printer is super easy to use (I didn’t even need Ryan to show me how to set it up, ha!) and I had Henry’s prints in my hands in about 10 minutes. You just download the app that connects with the printer, jump on the printer’s wifi, and select the photos you want to print. You can even edit them, make them into collages, or add little templates for holidays. So because I had all of these photos on my phone, I was able to just choose and print one from each month. They print on FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film, which is so fun!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Once you’ve got your photos all printed, find a blank spiral bound notebook. Grab some washi tape and fun paper to decorate your book. We added a background paper to each page with double stick tape and taped the images onto the background with patterned washi tape. If you like, label each month.

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

I love that I finally have a really simple way to get our daily snapshots off of my camera and into my life! We’ve already got these plastered all over our fridge, too. Even though we take posed monthly photos of both of the kids, this is a chance to print some of the photos that we take while we’re just doing our normal day-to-day stuff. I will always love holding a photo in my hands better than looking at it on my phone, especially the little moments we catch that aren’t part of some photo shoot. And by the way, you could make a book like this for anyone! It would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart or your bestie, a fun birthday gift, or a great idea for a teacher gift from the whole class.

I showed Henry his album and he wants to flip through it every day and have me tell him where we took each photo. That kid loves a story. He also wants us to make one for Maggie (hello, melt my heart), so I’ve been letting him pick photos and press the Print button which totally floats his boat. I’m thinking we’re gonna need to get some more film. 😉 xoxo

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

This post is sponsored by Fujifilm. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Self-Care for New Moms

Adventures in Parenthood // Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one,…

Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one, guys. So I decided to just pretend I’m talking to you instead, and tell you why this one is so hard for me to figure out.

I’m having a tough time getting it right because what I want to say is that being a mom is hard. But not just hard. Like, harder than anything you’ll ever do, hard. (And that it’s also the best thing that you could imagine. But describing that dichotomy without cliche is nearly impossible.) Not only hard mentally, but physically — nobody warns a new mom about the toll giving birth takes on your body. Then that beautiful baby shows up and you are the go-to gal around the clock, especially if you’re breastfeeding. So it’s no wonder we see mothers of newborns roaming around in sweatpants, with wild hair and exhausted stares. You can spot a newborn mom a mile away. I know. I am one, for the second time.

But what if we, as moms, could convince ourselves that the kids are okay for just long enough to practice a little self-care? What would happen? I tried it the other day and guess what — the world didn’t stop spinning. My family was fine. And when I came back to them, I felt like a better version of myself, which meant I was a better mom for my babies.

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

Maggie is a tricky eater. We’ve been nursing since she was born but I can’t quite figure her out. Some days she eats nonstop, some days she won’t eat a thing, and some days she eats and then just throws it all back up on me. My natural reaction? Worry. I worry about my milk production, I worry she’s getting the food she needs, I worry if it’s something that I’m doing wrong. And all that worry just compounds itself to make nursing a stressful, exhausting experience (as if it wasn’t a tall order already). So recently I decided to just… relax about it. I made myself a cup of Mother’s Milk tea, gave the kids to Ryan, and just sat down for a minute. I hadn’t had a cup of tea by myself in years, and even just that small, simple, 5-minute ritual was enough to settle my brain and my heart. I chose the Mother’s Milk tea because it’s full of herbs that promote healthy lactation and support breastmilk production – another bit of self-care that brought me peace of mind. I finished my tea, and then next time I fed Maggie we were both so much more relaxed. All I could think while I was feeding her was how I’m so much better for my family when I take time to care for myself.

So I’ve been doing that more than I did with Henry, and it’s amazing how I feel more like myself this time around. Less stressed. More engaged. Able to enjoy my babies more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running off to the spa every day (although doesn’t that sound amazing?!). But I am taking time to get to the gym, or to do a little yoga, or to take a hot shower, or to make healthy choices. It’s all too easy as a mom to put those things aside and spend every waking moment on your kids. But the reality is that when we are caring for ourselves, we are the best mothers we can be. And if that means sitting down for a cup of tea now and then, so be it. xoxo

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

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Marguerite Elaine

Maggie // Three Months

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities…

Marguerite Elaine

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities peek through, and even more surprising how two siblings can be so different.

Maggie is so thoughtful. She’ll look at you or a toy or a book for a good long while, thinking her thoughts. If you sit down with her one on one she’ll have a conversation with you, and will literally talk back and forth with ooh’s and aah’s. Sometimes during a conversation, she’ll get fussy and just want to be left alone to play on her playmat for a bit. I keep seeing these flashes of myself in her — she’s watchful, patient, maybe a bit introverted. But always sweet and genuine, and very confused by her brother’s tantrums. 😉

She’s thisclose to rolling over, and sleeps through the night sometimes. She’s close to a permanent sleep-through situation, but still suffers from reflux and has had a cold for the last few weeks so those things wake her up a bit. But when she wakes up she can almost always get herself back to sleep, or just needs a quick check-in to settle back down.

Every day I am more grateful for these two babies of mine. Marguerite Elaine has been such a sweet addition for us, and I always say she feels like she belongs to the three of us, Ryan, Henry, and me. xoxo

P.S. Henry’s months are right here. And Maggie’s are here.

Marguerite Elaine

The Middle of the Night

I’m toying with the idea of going back to the old-school-style blog post every now and again, from waaaaay back in the day when I was on Blogger, just sharing thoughts…

I’m toying with the idea of going back to the old-school-style blog post every now and again, from waaaaay back in the day when I was on Blogger, just sharing thoughts as I had them. No photos, nothing fancy, just dispatches from my life or my brain whenever they come along. This one came in the middle of the night a couple of weeks back, and I wanted the thoughts to be recorded somewhere before they escaped. If you like the idea or just the post, shoot me a comment and let me know. xoxo

Sometimes it seems like a good idea to write in the middle of the night. When nobody else is awake, not. even the little newborn girl who’s nursing in my arms. When it’s quiet and my mind is both blurry and entirely clear, when I can hear myself think without the sounds of doorbells or toy car crashes or washing machines.

Sometimes in the middle of the night the words come easier. They fly out of me while my thumbs tap tap tap them out on my phone with the brightness turned all the way down so I don’t wake her. In the day I search for them endlessly, with feelings caught inside that are begging to be let out but are shy about being found during the light of day. During the night can finally say what I mean to say, which right now is this: Babies don’t keep.

I can feel it already, these sweet days slipping away. Every day my toddler strings more words together. Now he walks into dark rooms by himself. Now he wants to put on his own shoes. Now he pulls his own chair up to the kitchen counter to help me wash dishes, and slides them over to me one by one. Tomorrow he will be in college.

My newborn is barely a newborn any more, and looks at me with wide eyes and bright smiles like she already knows the world. How do you grow three inches in 10 weeks, little one? And I appreciate you sleeping at night but just sometimes, if you needed me to hold you a little extra, I wouldn’t be mad about it.

Stop, time.

In the night, when it’s quiet and the only motion in the house is me in the rocking chair with Maggie in my arms, every middle-of-the-night moment is worth it. Worth the bags under my eyes, the bone-tired days, the running to catch up with life. And even though my eyes almost won’t stay open I will them to do just that, to stay awake long enough to snatch another moment holding my girl or hearing my boy laugh in his sleep in the next room. These moments. These moments make us. They fill a heart enough to keep it going, swirl around our house and make it home, duck in and out of our days and make us family. xoxo

Mom and Baby

Things Not to Be Scared of for the First Time Mom

I don’t necessarily think I’ve earned my OG-Mom badge yet, but I’m also happy to say that this is no longer my first rodeo! Being a second time mom is…

Mom and Baby

I don’t necessarily think I’ve earned my OG-Mom badge yet, but I’m also happy to say that this is no longer my first rodeo! Being a second time mom is surreal, because you’ve been here before but it’s still all new again. But the beauty of the second time is that you’re way less scared. The little things that freaked you out the first time seem like child’s play, and you just feel more confident. I’m so thankful for that confidence, because momming is scary enough in and of itself. So! For you first time moms, here are a few things that you can take off your list of scary things.

Breaking the Baby With Hanky, I didn’t know how to hold the poor kid. He seemed so tiny and fragile and I was so uncomfortable handling him for the first few weeks. After he got a little more sturdy I felt so much more comfortable, like I wouldn’t break him if I held him wrong. But when Maggie came along, I realized that babies are much resilient and strong than we give them credit for. (Just watch the nurses in the hospital while they’re tossing your kid around like a softball if you need reassuring.)

The Belly Button Ah, the belly button stump. So weird. So gross. So in-the-way for the first week or two. Don’t be scared of it. It’ll either be there or not. Maybe it gets knocked around a little bit, but the kid will be fine. Keep an eye on it for signs of infection, keep it dry, and you’re good. Side note: when Hank lost his we didn’t know where it went and it showed up in one of my socks a week later. NOT OKAY.

Spitup My kids are spitters,  y’all. It’s unfortunate but true. Hank was a little dribbler and Maggie just barfs all over me all the time. I do laundry more often than I care to mention. But initially with Baby #1, I was so freaked any time he would spit up. I thought it meant that something was dramatically wrong and that my baby was broken. But guys, babies just spit up. Their little bodies don’t always have it together to keep food down and so it just… comes back up. Early on I learned the term “happy spitter” — a baby who spits up or vomits with no apparent discomfort or anguish. That’s my kids. Obviously if your little one seems to be in pain associated with the spitting, that’s a different story. But 9 times out of 10, it’s normal. Just ask your doctor.

Nighttime After Henry’s first night at home, I was convinced we had made a horrible mistake. It was torturous. Crying for hours, nursing nonstop, and approximately zero sleep. For every night after that for about 6 weeks I would dread what was coming. I hated the nighttimes because I was so worried I couldn’t help him or give him what he wanted, especially when I was so sleep deprived. But as the nights got better and better, a switch flipped and suddenly I looked forward to those quiet moments in the middle of the night, with just me and him. I have the clearest memories of walking him back and forth in our bedroom, getting him back to sleep, feeling his little breath on my neck. With Maggie, the nighttimes are equally hard but this time I’m relaxed enough about it to know it will soon pass, and that I just want to use the time to be near that sweet little baby.

Letting the Kid Cry I know, the sound of your baby crying is simultaneously like nails on a chalkboard and a knife in your heart. But sometimes, dang it, you just need to take a shower. Or go pee. Or, I dunno, eat a bite of food without a baby in your arms. So if the kid is fed, clothed, clean, and safe, don’t be afraid to let him cry for a couple of minutes.

Spoiling Your Baby On the other hand, if you want to snuggle that kid, snuggle away. We have done sleep training with both kiddos, and in that world there’s a lot of talk about not letting a baby get used to being held or rocked to sleep. And I understand that. But sometimes a baby needs to be held or rocked or snuggled, especially in the early weeks and months. I was afraid with Hank if we held him too much he’d always need us to hold him to get him to sleep, but no such thing happened. In fact, he was falling asleep by himself and sleeping for 12 hours at night by 3 months old. So with Maggie, I’ve let go of that fear and we just enjoy these days when she still needs some extra holding. Because those days are gone so fast. It’s all I can do to keep Hank still for 10 seconds to give me a hug these days!

All in all mamas, there are so many things that you could worry about or be scared of, but the bottom line is that you’re gonna be just fine. If you’re a mom I would LOVE to know some of the things that totally freaked you out when you brought home your babies! Or if you’re a mom-to-be, what are you scared of? xoxo

Two month old baby girl

Maggie // Two Months

Sweet Marguerite is two big months old! I’m sure I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how time flies. And, it seems, time flies even faster with…

Two month old baby girl

Sweet Marguerite is two big months old! I’m sure I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how time flies. And, it seems, time flies even faster with a second baby. We are deep into life over here, passing milestones like crazy between our two little nuggets and trying our best to sit in every moment and enjoy it before it passes. Maggie is just a little doll and she wanted to swing by and tell you what’s what with her these days.

She’s an observer. She’ll sit quietly and watch people/toys/fans/whatever is in front of her forever. Until you get in front of her and encourage her to talk and then she’ll give you an earful of cooing and ahhhh’s and she’ll smile for you as long as you like. I’m wondering if she’ll stay like that, because that’s kind of how I am — an introverted extrovert who just needs a little coaxing. She’s on a rockstar schedule during the day, eating every 3 hours and napping in between. At night we’re still… working out the kinks. 😉 She goes to sleep at 8 and  wakes around 3 am and 6 am to eat. Which I guess could be a lot worse! She isn’t the best of friends with her carseat and just doesn’t understand why she has to be strapped in there. Until she falls asleep, then she’ll sleep in it for a good 2 hours. She loves it when Daddy whistles, and when Mama blows raspberries. Bath time is like her own personal little spa day. She’s super into it. And that, friends, is our Maggie. xoxo

P.S. Maggie at one month! And Henry at two months!

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

A Simple Two Year Birthday Party

Surely there’s no way in the world that I have a two year old. Henry turned two on Tuesday and over the weekend we celebrated with friends and family. Thought…

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Surely there’s no way in the world that I have a two year old. Henry turned two on Tuesday and over the weekend we celebrated with friends and family. Thought I’d share some snaps from his party setup and a little update on this two year old dude!

These are the days, guys. These are the good old days. We’re in them right now, watching Henry grow up and become a person with his own quirks and idiosyncrasies. I was taking pictures while everyone was singing him Happy Birthday, and to watch his sweet little face just broke my mama heart apart. He was part proud that it was his birthday, part bashful that everyone was singing and looking at him, part happy to be with all of his friends and family, and part just ready to stuff a cupcake in his mouth. And when we told him to blow out the candles and he did it, actually blew them out by himself without any help, I was totally taken aback. This tiny person whose entire body used to fit in my two hands is a little boy now. And there’s no going back — he’s only going to get older and bigger and more independent. If there’s anything that’ll stop you in your tracks as a parent, it’s watching your baby sit in a chair all by himself and blow out his own candles.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Before his birthday when we asked him what kind of party he wanted, his answer was always, “Cupcakes.” No Mickey Mouse, no Paw Patrol, no trucks or cars or any sort of theme — just… cupcakes. So there were cupcakes. And other than that, just a few balloons and some blue and gold touches here and there. We invited all of his little buddies over and let them run loose in the backyard and play with toys, and they all seemed pretty much content. I’m sure in the future we’ll have lots of party games and organized fun, but for now we’re still in those sweet days where you can just let a roomful of toddlers do their thing. We had some awesome cookies made by Bird Treats and sent them home with our guests. It was such a sweet, simple morning, and we wrapped up the party feeling so grateful for all of the people who surround Henry and are helping shape him into a little boy.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

And if you’re wondering what makes ol’ Hank tick these days, here’s a little rundown. He loves to play. He wakes up and says, “Play all day?” After which he promptly tells you whether he’s wet or dry, and then asks where Maggie is. His best friend is his Mimi, and when she’s in the room there’s pretty much no use in trying to talk to him. He’ll read books with you all day. He gets upset with a change of pace — if we’re at home and need to go to Target, he’ll cry. Then when we’re at Target and have to go home, he’ll cry again. He asks questions about everything, and isn’t satisfied unless you give him a grownup answer. It’s like he knows if you’re making something up to placate him. We learned a long time ago that he’s a logical dude, and he likes to have things explained to him. Reasons for why things happen, and all that. He loves being outside and doing yard work with dad. He’ll bring his stool and stand by me at the kitchen sink and “help” me do dishes. He’s pretty easygoing with a side helping of strong-willed. And he’s a total jokester. This kid loves to laugh and be happy, which makes my heart swell.

So that’s him. And now I have a two year old and I have no idea how we got here so fast. I’m thankful every day for the ways in which this little boy is making me a better person, and I almost don’t remember our lives without him. What an honor it is to be a mama, you guys. xoxo

P.S. Henry’s 1st birthday party!

SOURCES: Large round balloon. Gold letter balloons. Large gold number balloon. Gold stripe paper plates. Mint paper plates. Turquoise honeycomb balls.

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

Simple Two Year Old Birthday Party

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

I’m about to get super real and I hope I don’t tick anybody off. I’ve breastfed both of my babes — Henry until 11 months and Maggie exclusively thus far….

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

I’m about to get super real and I hope I don’t tick anybody off. I’ve breastfed both of my babes — Henry until 11 months and Maggie exclusively thus far. But the reason we chose to breastfeed? Because it’s free. Breast milk is free, guys, and formula is spendy. Yes, obviously I love the health benefits and everything that nursing does for a baby. I love the bonding and all of that jazz. But I also believe that formula fed babies turn out just as great as breastfed babies. This just happened to work well for us. That being said, breastfeeding is truly hard work. Both physically and mentally, it’s a major challenge. Just the fact that your body is singlehandedly sustaining another body is incredible, and enough to blow your mind/totally exhaust you.

Nursing has gone relatively well with both of my little ones, but this time around I did have some knowledge going into it that has made it easier on my body and better for our family. Read on for a few tips and how they’ve been working for us.

Stock Your Supplies  Right from the get-go, make it easy on yourself. There are so many tools available to address breastfeeding issues, and using them can make the time so much more enjoyable. When we brought Maggie home I identified a few places around the house where I’d most likely be feeding her and stocked them each with burp rags, lanolin (so helpful if you’re in some pain while nursing early on!), water bottles, and snacks. Breastfeeding makes you hungry, yo!

Use a Support Pillow I can’t tell you how much easier a nursing pillow has made all of the hours that I’ve fed our little ones (which, at the end of feeding Henry, I calculated to be around a thousand hours). If you’re at home and breastfeeding, these are true lifesavers. They help position and hold the baby in the right spot for you so that you can relax and get comfy; they also save you lots of strain on your back and neck. Added bonus: you can nurse hands free. True story — I’m currently writing this post sitting at my desk while I’m nursing Maggie, which is only possible because I’m using a nursing pillow. I love this one for newer babies and this one when they get a little older and more sturdy.
How to Breastfeed without Burnout
Location, Location When we had Henry, I wasn’t quite sure where to nurse at night. He stayed in our room for the first 8 weeks and I never really found a good routine. With Maggie, I knew I wanted to make it as easy as possible. So we put my favorite chair in our room (because I fall asleep too easily nursing in bed!), made sure all my supplies were in reach, and also set up a diaper changing station nearby. This way we never have to leave the room at night, feedings are super comfortable and fast, and Henry isn’t disturbed at all.

Let Dad Help With Henry I had this weird notion that I had to do it all myself if I wanted him to be exclusively breastfed. Henry had plenty of bottles but I didn’t really get into the swing of that until he was a few months old. This time around, the plan is to let Ryan help with bottles much more frequently. We started Maggie at one month with Munchkin’s Latch bottles and she took to them right away. Lots of moms worry about whether bottles will confuse the baby and hurt their ability to nurse, but these particular bottles are perfect for going back and forth because they’re so similar to the breastfeeding experience. The baby is really in control of the flow because of the bottle nipple, which moves and reacts just like the breast. I also love the little valve on the bottom that eliminates air bubbles — Maggie’s reflux sometimes means we deal with lots of spit up and barf but there hasn’t been one bit with these bottles. (They’ve even got their own special bottle brush, which makes cleaning way easy.)

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

How to Breastfeed without Burnout

So we’ve been letting Ryan do more bottles, which not only helps me avoid burning out, but gives dad a chance to get some good baby time in. I love watching him give her bottles — there’s something special that happens at feeding time and I want him to experience that too. And whenever she comes back for the next nursing session, it’s been a super easy transition thanks to the Latch bottles.

Dress for Success Do yourself a favor, ya’ll, and get a few killer nursing bras. Ugh, there’s nothing less comfortable than a bad nursing bra. I prefer them without underwire (this one still has a nice structure to it and doesn’t give you the uniboob look), with a little padding.

One Day at a Time When in doubt, take a step back. Breastfeeding is hard, gang. It’s not a sprint, it’s definitely a marathon. So if you’re having a tough day or even a tough single feeding, take heart and know that the next one will be totally different. Give yourself and your baby some grace and understand that it’s a huge learning curve for the both of you, even if you’ve done it before. Maggie is definitely a different animal than Henry was, and we’re still figuring it out. But don’t beat yourself up if you hit some bumps.

If you are a breastfeeding mom and have any other tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments! Or if you’re new to the game and have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We moms have to stick together! 😉 xoxo
How to Breastfeed without Burnout
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DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Bibs

I had this dip dye project in my head when I was pregnant with our little girl, and I knew it could look cool but I didn’t want to use…

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

I had this dip dye project in my head when I was pregnant with our little girl, and I knew it could look cool but I didn’t want to use the usual fabric dye, in case her baby skin was sensitive to it. That, and it was going to be a big mess to make. Luckily, the team at method has been encouraging me this year to #fearnomess and DIY boldly. So I decided to find the right dye and go for it! We ended up finding this nontoxic dye that’s actually meant to be sprayed on, but it turns out that it works perfectly as a dip dye as well. Being deep in baby land, we made these pretty dip dyed bibs — but you could use this technique on just about anything! Napkins, shirts, tablecloths, backpacks, you name it. If you can dip it, it’s doable.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

Step 1: Empty the fabric dye into mixing bowls, each bowl with its own color. We mixed and matched a little bit to create some custom colors, too! Use the spoons to thoroughly mix and blend colors, being sure to leave no chunks of color at the bottom of the bowl.

Step 2: Take your scissors and cut open one side & the bottom of a clean trash bag. Lay the trash bag out somewhere flat; this is where you’ll place your dyed objects to dry.

Step 3: Put on your gloves so your hands don’t get stained. Take your fabric, and slowly lower one end into the dye bowl. Agitate the fabric very slightly to ensure that the dye saturates the fabric completely in the area that’s submerged.

Step 4: Remove the fabric and gently squeeze out any major excess of dye back into the bowl. Place the fabric down to dry on the trash bag.

Step 5: Allow the fabric to air dry completely. Once dry, heat set it by putting it in the dryer on hot for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Launder as you normally would. I found the method detergent to be the perfect thing to use — it kept the color true and the Spring Garden scent is so fresh. (We use the method detergent on all of our kids’ clothes now!)

So! What are you gonna dip dye?! I’m thinking matching dip dyed socks for everybody at Christmas. Stocking stuffers, here we come. 😉 xoxo

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

This post is sponsored by method. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

One month old baby girl

Maggie // One Month

I love having these posts to look back on and see how Henry grew. And I can’t believe that it’s already time to make Maggie’s first one! Girlfriend hit one month old…

One month old baby girl

love having these posts to look back on and see how Henry grew. And I can’t believe that it’s already time to make Maggie’s first one! Girlfriend hit one month old over the weekend and we commemorated the occasion with some photos and taking stock of the last few weeks with this new nugget.

Mags is still just a freshie, but she definitely has likes and dislikes. She loves falling asleep with her head kind of hanging all floppy, and bonus points if you bounce her around so her head jiggles a little bit. Weirdo. More likes — staring blankly at Henry. For reals. She’s not super expressive in the face yet (although we had our first smiles over the weekend!) but she would just stare at him in fascination forever. Or at least until she got tired. Staring at the ceiling fan, and sleeping on daddy’s chest in the early morning hours are big hits too.

Dislikes? Wet diapers (but dirty seem to be just fine, thank you very much). Having her clothes changed. She really doesn’t like sticking her arms through the arm holes. Other than that she’s not too fussy. If you keep this girl fed she’s pretty much cool with everything else. Although she does have a not-so-cute case of reflux, which keeps me on my toes. She skipped the simple baby spit-up and went straight to vomiting all over the place, tossing up entire feedings every now and again, usually all over me and herself. The first time it happened I freaked because Henry had never done that, and I was sure she was dying. So I started Googling things which as we all know is the WORST thing a parent can do, because there is way too much scary information and way too many alarmists on the internet. Doctor says she’s fine, though, so for now it just means we are very aware of her feedings, hunger cues, and try to keep her at an upright angle as much as we can. (It also means we do a lot of laundry.)

We’re slowly figuring things out and I feel like every day we make a little progress toward having a routine with the two kids. Maggie very naturally fell into a feeding and napping schedule within her first couple of weeks (thank goodness!), so we’re working with that to find our new rhythm. Over the weekend I was able to squeeze in my first workout since having her and it felt incredible to get back to doing these things that I love little by little. I can see how eventually we’ll settle into this new normal, although I’m sure it’ll take some doing. I’m loving being on maternity leave right now and focusing mainly on this little family of mine (although it does feel good to dip my toe back into work every now and then!).

Thanks all so much for your well wishes and fun messages! We’re having a ball over here, vomit-covered sweaters and all. 😉 xoxo