Baby Led Weaning (aka: whatever, we’re trying solid foods)

baby led weaningI feel like I need to start a Clueless Mom series, because I swear to you, I would have never thought that I’d have to Google shit like how to feed a baby.  But alas, here we are.

I hate using terms like “baby led weaning” or “cry it out method” because I feel like I’m bound to eight million rules and guidelines. Like, we’re Team Cry It Out, but that doesn’t mean I’m never going to rock my baby to sleep, and if I feel like I need to pick him up before the allotted time has passed, I’m going freakin’ pick him up. Sorry, Ferber.

So, now that Jack is almost 6 months old (WHAT?!) it’s come time for us to start introducing solid foods. While this totally makes me feel like we might as well start submitting college applications this week, I’m excited – and so is my nineteen pound chunk of a baby.

baby led weaning bananaEnter: Baby Led Weaning. In case you’re as clueless as I am: “Weaning” in this sense is a British term that means ‘adding complimentary foods’ rather than my American understanding that made me think it meant I’d be withdrawing or replacing nursing. Whew. 

Anyway, with Baby Led Weaning, you’re basically just giving your baby normal foods. It’s as simple as that. You can skip the purees, (which sounds great to me, only because it’s one less thing I’d have to add to my to-do list) and simply make sure you’re not handing over a choking hazard. Duh.

avocadoTo my surprise, my little piggy was quite uninterested in both the banana and the avocado. Our pediatrician warned us that eating doesn’t come naturally like nursing (or bottle feeding) does, so introducing solids will certainly take practice. Who knew?!

Will BLW work for us? Who the hell knows. All I know is that I’m giving it a shot, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll move on to the next! Like I said, I’m not trying to follow any rigid rules or regulations with this feeding thing. Case in point, I mashed up some banana (a BLW no-no) and my kid tried to eat the glass bowl…




Focusing on Health + Wellness with LARABAR

This post is sponsored by LARABAR.


I know everyone and their mother is all like,  summer, wait! Don’t go! While I’m over here like,  fall, you’re finally here!

I love the summertime, but no season makes me happier than fall. The crisp air, the crunchy leaves, my favorite jeans-and-sweater attire, and the calm before the craziness that is The Holidays. I also feel like our life is at it’s most normal during this season. Our schedule isn’t dominated by travel or weekend cookouts, and we’re able to fall into a more sustainable routine. While I adore late nights and BBQs, they start to take a toll.

So this fall, with the help of LARABAR, I’m taking the time to focus on my health and wellness. Honestly? I’m tired of feeling tired. While having a 5-month-old plays a major role in that exhaustion, I know that so do some of my lifestyle choices. 

So for both you and myself, here are few tips for how I’m planning on getting my health and wellness on track.


I’m putting this on the list because, like any good to-do list, you put something on there that you know you can cross off. Right? I’m in a good groove with Jack and our daily walks. I love being outside and I swear to you, that hour saves my sanity. It also makes me feel good. I’m not doing anything strenuous like running 10 miles or lifting heavy weights, but I’m moving my body and it feels right. On the days when my schedule doesn’t allow a walk, I notice that I’m more irritable and my energy level clocks in at an all time low.


Eat well, and eat often

You guys know that I’m breastfeeding, but what you don’t know is that it’s a struggle for me to eat as often as I should. I eat breakfast and then before I know it, it’s past lunchtime and I haven’t made the time to make myself snacks or lunch (because, baby.) As a result, I end up with headaches or I end up eating chips straight from the bag because I’m so ravenous that I can’t even begin to think of finding something healthy. I’ve made sure to stock up on my favorite LARABAR flavors because they’re easy to grab and go, and they’re HEALTHY. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on a LARABAR? It’s comforting that I can read and identify all 3 – 4 ingredients. And they’re delish.


Drink Water

My water intake ebbs and flows. Some weeks I drink ALL THE WATER, and some weeks I’m dehydrated. That’s not good for any person, but it’s especially bad for a breastfeeding woman. My goal is to be more consistent with drinking water every day.

Water and LARABARs

Make ME Time

Health and wellness isn’t about just eating and exercising, it’s about the whole person. I’ve done a terrible job at taking guilt free time for myself since Jack was born, and it’s not good for anyone! When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, AMIRIGHT?! It’s my goal to loosen up a bit and hopefully relax every now and then. I have a strong feeling this will be the most difficult goal to achieve!

At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat – and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.

Thank you to LARABAR to sponsoring this post.

A Baby Blues Check In

It’s no secret that I struggled for the first month or so of Jack’s life. The transition into motherhood was not a smooth one for me, and during that time, I felt like I’d never have it all under control. I felt like I’d always be fighting simply to keep my head above water.

I mean, during those first 6 weeks, it was a good day if Cory came home from work I wasn’t in the same spot on the couch where he’d left me 10 hours prior. (It was a super good day if I wasn’t crying when he got home.)

(Super good days were few and far between.)

But yesterday, while Cory went to play golf, I casually went to the grocery store, prepped lunches and dinners for the week, and got Jack to nap, it dawned on me. I’m doing the damn thing.

And not only am I doing the damn thing, I’m doing it well.

Doing it well doesn’t imply that I’m spectacular. It doesn’t mean that I have things figured out, or that I don’t make mistakes, or that my house is immaculate, or that I don’t have days where I literally throw my hands up in frustration; but it does imply that I’m no longer just keeping my head above water.

The solo grocery store trip? The prepping meals? The getting Jack to nap? (All while alone?) Four or five months ago, those were all things I never thought I’d be able to do.

I don’t have a funny story or a witty way to end this post, but because my postpartum story resonated with so many women, I felt like it was necessary to check in to let other moms know that it absolutely gets better.

And easier. And more exciting. And much happier.

potoPhotographic evidence of me relaxing on the couch. With a napping baby upstairs. CAN I GET AN AMEN!?



8 Things I Literally Can’t Even

Watching the news. I literally can’t even because the news is way too full of anxiety-producing material. I’m a professional at conjuring up the most terrifying situations in my mind, I don’t need anyone else’s help thankyouverymuch.

You being late. I literally can’t even. I just can’t.

The doorbell. I literally can’t even because it sends Penny into a fit, therefore it sends Jack into a fit, therefore therefore it’s a major meltdown in my house. If you ring the door bell just to alert me that you left a package on my doorstep and you WALK AWAY, I will hunt you down.

Parenting brags on Facebook. Sally slept through the night? John poo-pooed in the potty? You pumped 10 ounces in one sitting? Your husband gets 6 weeks of paternity leave? I literally can’t even.

Packing away Jack’s clothes. I literally can’t even because he’s still a baby – how does he not fit into half his wardrobe anymore?!? I can’t. I literally can’t even.

The fact that Jack will be SIX MONTHS OLD this month. That’s half a year. I literally.can’t.even.

Mommy wars. I literally can’t even because COME ON, isn’t every woman just doing the absolute best that she can?

Golf. I literally can’t even because why does it take one thousand hours to play a round of golf?

Now That I’m a Mom, I Believe…

In giving people the benefit of the doubt.

I am a bedtime Nazi.

All parties (especially ones including alcohol) should start at noon and end by 5pm.

Now that my body has gown (and is currently sustaining) a human life, I adore it.

Every restaurant should have a drive thru and/or delivery option.

My husband is even more amazing than I had originally believed.

Working out is critical for my own sanity (not vanity.)

Sleep is a form of currency.

I need more support than I could have ever possibly imagined.

Dating your spouse is so important.

Everyone is making it up as they go along.

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8 Tips for the Mistake-Prone Mom

It’s the Friday of a holiday weekend, and I won’t sleep if I don’t give you some very serious, unsolicited advice. In the past few months, I’ve learned a few things. Brace yourself for my astounding wisdom.

1. Don’t walk around the house in just your bra for too long. You run the risk of forgetting…and taking the dog out. In the daylight.

2. Don’t be a hero: drink the wine, your breastmilk will be fine. You don’t have to walk this road of motherhood alone. Wine is here for you. Always.

3. Driving long distances with your baby is more difficult than it sounds. Road trip + Google Maps’ estimated time of arrival + baby = two additional hours.

4. Need a quick panic attack? Fall asleep in bed with your infant.

5. Don’t ever say, he’s finally sleeping through the night! #jinx

6. No one thinks your baby is as cute as you do. Maybe your mother does, but that’s it. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s the honest truth.

7. If you plan a conference call during nap time, nap time will not happen that day. Babies have a sixth sense and know when you have important plans that don’t include them. When that happens, they go HAM and obliterate any and all routine.

8. Don’t lick the mustard off your hand unless you’re sure it’s mustard. I’ll just leave this here.

Rodan + Fields Mini Review

Can I be honest for a second? I love breastfeeding, but I hate the toll that it’s taking on my hormones. Dude, my skin is all kinds of messed up, and I’m terribly self-conscious about it. I’ve tried almost everything, and nothing seems to help. I feel like a broken record, as I’ve had hit-or-miss skin for a few years now.

When Sara so kindly offered to send me some Rodan + Fields samples, I quickly obliged. It seems like R+F is all over my Facebook newsfeed these days, and I’ve be seeing some of my friends make amazing claims about the products. Needless to say, I was super interested in these products.


I took this quick (like, 30 seconds) test that determined the REDEFINE regimen would be best for me. Sara quickly reached out to me to explain what she’d be sending me and why, which I greatly appreciated!

Guys, the MACRO Exfoliating scrub that she sent me is (not pictured because I used it immediately. Sorry!) It made my skin feel so smooth. After using the products for a few days, I noticed that my skin appeared less irritated, which totally got me hooked. The only thing that’s keeping me from purchasing these products RIGHT NOW is my budget. Such is life.

If you’re struggling with your skin (like I always seem to be) and you have a budget to invest in quality skincare products, you need to reach out to Sara (or check out her Facebook page.) She’s always posting amazing stuff and she’s extremely helpful!

Video Blog Day 2

Can I be honest? I have no idea how Lindsay did this every day – it’s so difficult to find the time to sit down in front of the camera. But that’s why I look up to her – she’s awesome. Here’s my video blog for the day where I’m talking about the challenges, surprises, and most rewarding aspects of new motherhood. I’m looking real attractive, per the usual.*


Life With a Baby and a Great Dane

People have been wildly interested in Penny since the day we brought her home, but more recently, people are interested in how she’s been adjusting to life with a baby.

Since my post about things to consider before owning a Great Dane has been one of my most popular, I figured I’d follow up with some expectations to have when adding a baby to your Great Dane’s life. And really, who doesn’t love pictures of big dogs and tiny humans?

baby and great dane

1. Expect initial disinterest. Danes are known to be giant scaredy cats, but Penny takes in to a whole ‘nother level. I fully expected her to freak out over a new baby in the house, but she was more disinterested than anything. She absolutely ran away when we first got home from the hospital, but I’m certain she was spooked by the car seat…not the baby.

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2. Expect rebellion. Oh my dear sweet Jesus. Once we brought Jack home, it was like Penny was replaced with a brand new puppy. She was eating off the counter, going to the bathroom in the house, and acting like a crazed Tasmanian Devil (she actually put a hole in a wall from running around the house and taking a corner too quickly…) For a month or two, she completely regressed from all the training and progress we’d made over the previous two years. It was frustrating and exhausting to say the least. Many tears were shed.

3. Carve out quality time. I’ve said it before, but Danes are velcro dogs and highly sensitive. They crave attention and physical contact; both of which can seem like limited resources when you spend your entire day caring for a new baby. (Don’t worry, a Dane will be sure to let you know when she’s in need of some TLC.)

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Obviously, Penny got bumped down the totem pole when Jack was born, but we could have absolutely done a better job of easing that transition. I think we could have avoided most of our problems in #2 if we had been more mindful of Penny’s needs (other than the basic food, water, bathroom bit.)

4. They really are gentle giants. Penny stands at over 3 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds, but she is beyond delicate with Jack. Clearly, I would never leave them together unsupervised, but those two babes cuddle and nuzzle each other as if Jack was Penny’s own puppy. It’s the most precious thing.

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5. Go on as many walks as possible. Great Danes are dogs who need 20 – 30 minutes of activity every day in order to be wiped out. On days when we get in walks with Penny, she’s much more content, well behaved, and patient with Jack. It’s well worth the extra effort!

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While I’m sure most of these tips can apply to most dog breeds, I can only speak to my experiences with a Great Dane. As always, I have to say that Great Danes are such a special (dare I say, delicate?) breed, so please do your research before owning one!