When I first started creating our baby registry, I had zero clue what to add to it beyond recommendations that friends and family gave me. Even with the recommendations, I now realize that a lot of the things I put on there serve the same or a similar purpose and almost felt like repeats of each other once Brady arrived. For example, Jonny and I bought the Happiest Baby Snoo to act as our bassinet because of all the rave reviews we read about it (more on this below). The Snoo comes with it’s own special swaddle that attaches to the bassinet to keep baby in place while he sleeps but I also registered for other swaddles/sleep suits (specifically the Magic Merlin Sleep Suit and the newborn swaddle that syncs with our Nanit baby monitor in Brady’s nursery) in the 0-3 month sizes that I will probably not use because he sleeps in the Snoo 99.9% of the time. I realize now that I was trying to cover our baby bases in case Brady didn’t like some of the things that we got for him, but hey, we ARE new parents over here.
When we first started envisioning Brady’s nursery room, we knew one thing for sure. We wanted it to be a gender neutral space. Even before we found out we were having a boy, we would’ve created the same type of space for a girl because we both really love a gender neutral feel for a baby’s room. We also knew that we didn’t want it to feel too “baby” and look more like another room in our home with a similar mid century modern vibe.
Brady, Brady, Brady. He came into our world on February 26th, weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring at 19 inches. We fell in love immediately and Jonny and I are living in a newborn dream. Jonny and I talked a lot about what we wanted our birth experience to be. We decided that we didn’t want to hire someone to take hospital photos because we wanted to be 100% in the moment as Brady entered our world. To be honest, I am so glad that we went this route because Jonny and I were able to experience every single second of Brady’s birth and we will never forget how special it felt. With that said, I wanted to break down Brady’s birth story because I found reading birth stories before our own birth to be very comforting and therapeutic, especially since I had never experienced something as profound and life changing as birth. I wanted to share ours with you, especially since our birth story was not exactly what I had envisioned.
Since I entered adulthood (no, not the “I just turned 18 and now I’m adult adulthood. I mean the adulthood when you can actually begin to afford the luxury skincare items you want instead of finding whatever is available at Target), I always thought that they more expensive the skincare item, the better it would work. I would actually scoff at lower priced skincare because how could they work just as well as the super expensive brands that I was spending hundreds of dollars on? I mean, weren’t those products expensive or inexpensive for a reason? Well, I was oh so wrong.
I think anyone that has been pregnant would agree that pregnancy is weiiiiiird. Like, weird things happen to your body and many of them I had not heard of before experiencing them myself. I wonder if women just forget about them or brush them off as “hey, that’s pregnancy for ya!” However, I always think it’s humbling to share honest experiences in this space and decided I would open up about some of the weirdness I have personally endured throughout this pregnancy.