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Travelling With Little Ones

Now I am not expert, so take this blog post with that in mind!

Adam and I have always loved travelling, it has always been a big part of our relationship, so it’s of course something we still want to continue with little Grey. The first time we flew with Greyson I was NERVOUS, what if he screams the whole flight, what if has an accident if you know what I mean…

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what if other people on the flight get mad at me because he’s crying. I have a seriously bad case of wanting to please everyone, so the thought of making anyone mad even people I don’t know terrifies me. Now he’s only 6 months old (almost) but tomorrow we will be going on our 7th flight with him, so we are gaining a little experience! I thought I’d share with you all my tips (so far) on flying with little ones, and also leave the comments open for you to share your advice with us!

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Baby wearing! Is amazing. The first time we flew we used our Solly Baby Wrap, and this last time we used a carrier that a friend lent us. It makes it soooo much nicer to have your hands free to carry your bag, passport, ticket, and starbucks…duh 😉

Make sure you have an extra outfit, as always!

Tell the airline company before hand that you are coming with a baby, it is free to fly with them until they are 2 however, they do still need their own boarding passes. It’s also nice to ask any questions about rules regarding stuff like bringing bottles on the plane etc.

Bring a variety of things to entertain them on the plane. We always have brought 3 or 4 different toys so if one seems to not be doing the trick anymore you can switch it up!

Try to feed your baby as you are taking off and landing. Whether that’s nursing or bottles, the sucking motion helps their little ears from hurting too bad!

If you are travelling with another adult, make sure you take turns holding your baby so they get to move around a little, and you can have a small break if things aren’t going so well. Lean on one another!

Try not to get too stressed if they do cry a little. I know, it is really annoying to others around you, especially people who aren’t really crazy about babies! Which is totally fine, it’s not for everyone! But, if you get stressed it can make everything feel way worse, and babies pick up on your stress! Our last flight Grey did really well, but there was about five-ten minutes where he was fussing pretty bad, and the woman in front was giving me all the death glares and I got so stressed! However it wasn’t until I relaxed that I was able to comfort him. So, just do your best! A crying baby does not equal bad parenting. Sometimes babies cry.

Be at your gate as early as you can, they usually let you board the plane first if you have a baby so you have the extra time to set up! Take that time!

What are your guys thoughts on travelling with your baby? What have your found that works, and doesn’t work? Lets chat in the comments, us moms need to be here for each other!

Also, sorry to any non-baby people that get annoyed on these flights. I totally feel you, and I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I think we are all just trying to do our best while still doing fun things like travelling with our little guys!

Thanks for reading as always!

 

Another New Years Resolution Post

Hello my lovely readers. I hope you are well! I wanted to use my last blog post of 2016 to reflect on all that this past year has been, as well as share some of my goals for 2017.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset2016 is being talked about by everyone as one of the worst years ever. While there’s no denying some crappy things have been going on in the world, 2016 did personally bring a lot of good for me. Having Greyson is obviously the highlight of my year, he has brought so much joy and light into our lives and I just can’t even explain how much I love that little guy. I celebrated two years of marriage to my best friend Adam, he rocks. We were fortunate enough to get to travel this year, the best trip being to England to visit some of our favourite cousins. While we were there we also went  to Brighton for the first time and fell head over heels IN LOVE, must go back there as soon as possible! Since I had a baby, clearly I also got to experience pregnancy for the first time this year, that was interesting! I actually really loved it… in the beginning. Near the end I felt much too big, and much too hot in the summer months, but it brought me my baby boy so I would of course do it over and over again. I made some new friends this year, some who have quickly became so dear to my heart and I don’t know what I was ever doing without them before?! Annnnnd, I started my blog in 2016! Which means I get to talk to all you awesome people on here, and I love love love that. I seriously want to thank those of you who do take the time to read these posts, or follow along on instagram, or whatever. I know I don’t have the huge following some bloggers have, but that doesn’t matter to me. I post everything I post because it’s something I love, and anyone who takes the time to engage in what I share is amazing to me!

Now lets talk about those #GOALS for next year. (that hashtag always makes me laugh/roll my eyes)

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI like setting New Years Resolutions, I don’t always keep them, but I like the excitement of setting new challenges for yourself in a new year. Who doesn’t love a fresh start, am I right? So, here are a list of mine! Please tell me yours in the comments, it might inspire me to add it to my list, or someone else reading this! (these are in no order of importance)

  1. CONFIDENCE. This one is huge for me. I have struggled with my self esteem my whole life, and while I feel like lately my confidence has been improving it definitely isn’t where I want it to be, so 2017 is the year to get on top of that!
  2. Spend less time on my phone and more time investing in real people. We all know the feeling of hanging out with someone and they seem more interested in there phone, it doesn’t feel good. I don’t want to be the one making someone not feel good.
  3. Read my bible more often and more intentionally. 
  4. Continue to invest and work on my marriage, and not let having a baby take away from the relationship between Adam and I.
  5. Be more spontaneous and adventurous.
  6. Eat a balanced diet. Meaning eat more things that are healthy for my body, but also treating myself at times and not feeling guilty afterwards. 
  7. Soaking up every moment with Greyson that I can, and keep learning and striving to be the best mom I can be for him. (but not a perfect one, because there is no such thing)
  8. Spend less time worrying what others think about me, it’s a waste of time and none of my business!
  9. Cook more!
  10. Take pictures all the time (not just for instagram) and actually do things with them…like put them in an album not just store them on my phone.
  11. Show love to all the people in my life, and new people that I meet.

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her: second skin overalls | marshalls turtle neck | larsson and jennings watch

babies: minted method shop tee | hux baby pants

thanks Elishya for snapping these pics 

Cozy Christmas Day At Home

Happy December! (well almost I am writing this at 10:00pm on November 30…so we are basically there) Time if flying! In the summer I felt like time was on a complete stand still, probably because I was HUGE and anxiously awaiting Greyson’s arrival…but still. Now though it is going so fast! I felt like it was just yesterday I was celebrating the fact that it was finally fall, and now we are well into winter and it’s almost Christmas! Good grief.

September-December is definitely my favourite time of year, and of those months December is best of all! As soon as Adam and I returned from Arizona I have began feeling the Christmas spirit, and on Tuesday it got kicked into high gear. My friend Bianka had me over for the day, and we had the cutest festive day ever. So, I thought I would share with you what we did to give you and your bestie some inspo to have your own festive day!

This time of year you’ll probably be seeing tons of instagram posts of people going to cool Christmas parties, and while those are all amazing and fun, don’t feel bad if you don’t have anything that elaborate planned. Chill days at home can be just as fun, or even more fun if you’re a true grandma like me.😉

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How we spent our Christmassy Tuesday:

-Wearing matching pjs all day…duh

-Drinking giant peppermint mochas

-“Baking” pillsbury Christmas cookies

-Watching The Grinch

-Cuddling babies, and puppy

-Eating Turkey, Brie, and cranberry sauce sandwiches (yum!)

-Taking lots of selfies and having lots of good girl talk

I absolutely live for days like these, spending quality time with my girlfriends is so so important to me. How do you and your bestie like to spend your days together, and what are some ways you get yourself into the holiday spirit?

Thanks for reading guys, love you!

Thoughts On Turning 23

It’s my birthday today, another year older. I have officially passed my “Taylor Swift birthday”. To be honest I don’t love my birthday, I always feel this pressure to do something crazy fun and then feel disappointed if it doesn’t seem as fun as I pictured it in my head. It’s silly all these expectations you can put to just one day! Because of this I don’t really like to plan anything major for my birthdays anymore, just like to keep it casual, it’s more who I am anyway! Or who I am now. We were looking at old photo’s today and it is crazy how different of a person you can change into over time. When I turned 18 the only thing I really cared about was that I was legal age to go to a bar…now I am married and have little Greyson laying next to me in his bassinet as I write this! Oh how things change!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIt’s funny though how everything you do goes into becoming who you are. Even though I feel so different from that 18 year old girl standing in line to get into every bar in Edmonton, I don’t regret those times at all. If it weren’t for those times I wouldn’t have some of the friends I do, and I wouldn’t have met the love of my life. Regret is a funny thing, you hear people say it so often but I truly believe we shouldn’t have regrets. (Okay, well there is obviously different situations… I am not talking about really horrible and tragic things that happen) I am talking on a smaller scale, day to day stuff. Or regretting being a different person in your past. I think it’s good to see where you have come from, and where you have grown in certain area’s. As my fav Miley Cyrus has said  😉 “we should celebrate progress, not perfection!”

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI want to take that mindset into this next year of my life. Looking back at this last year, there are things that I am happy with and things I am not as much. One thing I really want to improve is my confidence in myself. My whole life I have struggled with my self-esteem. And honestly that is what held me back from starting my blog/youtube channel sooner. I am so afraid of what other people think, or accidentally hurting someones feelings that I often back out of doing things I want to do. Or just trying anything new! I really don’t want to continue that, I want to be who I am, and I want to encourage Greyson to be who he is by example. I also don’t want to regret that I haven’t been that way before, it’s all part of the journey.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSo, that’s that. I am 23 now, I am going to continue working on my confidence, working on being the best wife to Adam and best mom to Greyson, and working on my blog/channel! I appreciate so much the support I have received so far, and also to the people in my life who challenge me and push me to be the best version of myself! I love you all. Thank you and Happy Halloween!

her: aritzia sweater | zara jeans | call it spring booties

his: urband outfitters hoodie | zamboree joggers | timberland hightops

babies: carters halloween outfit | mymila toque | converse sneakers

Grey Pants 3 Ways W/ Greyson

Greyson is one stylish dude, if I do say so myself😉 Dressing him is so much fun for us! I always get mixed emotions when he fits into something new, part of me is all stop growing and the other part is yay you fit in this now and you look so dang CUTE.

I love sharing some of my ootd’s with you guys, so I thought I would also start sharing some of Grey’s as well. If you follow me on Instagram (you should be!) then you get a peak at these all the time! I am definitely guilty of the “baby spam”.

I really enjoy reading posts that are all about styling one item in a few different ways. So, I thought it would be cute and kind of funny to do that but baby version! Our little guy is growing like crazy, however he seems to be growing taller, or longer, but is still pretty skinny! That means he is wearing some stuff in size 0-3 month, but his pants are still size NB for the time being. I didn’t purchase too much stuff in NB size because I didn’t expect him to be in it that long, so what we did buy has been put to very good use! Greyson has a little pair of grey sweats from Carters that he wears all the time…like most days (we have two pairs of the same so he usually has at least one pair clean at all times, if I am on top of laundry that is) So today lets look at 3 different ways Grey has styled these little grey pants. Grey on grey, I can’t even.

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grid long sleeve: mymila.ca

toque: mymila.ca

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panda sweatshirt: minted method shop

toque: mymila.ca

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grey tee: huxbaby (purchased from max and maude)

I hope you enjoyed this post, I want to do this again with my style! To be honest it’s been hard to photograph what I am wearing lately because this guy steals the show and my photography attention. However I am full back into blogging mode now, so expect lots more posts coming your way.


What’s In My Diaper Bag

One thing about going out and about with a baby is you come with a lot more stuff! Gone are the days where just grabbing your keys and wallet was totally acceptable when leaving the house. Diapers, wipes, bottles etc… your little babe needs lots of supplies when heading out on the town!

Today I am giving you a peak into my diaper bag and the things I have so far found necessary to pack, it’s a delicate balance between over packing and under packing. You don’t want to cram your bag so full with things you will never need, it’s a waste and hard on your shoulder! But, you don’t want to leave something important behind because of course that will be the time when you need it most. Greyson is only a month old, but I have already suffered the consequence of under packing. Lets just say never forget to pack that extra outfit!

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Things to bring: Diapers, wipes, and vaseline or whatever you prefer to use on babies little bum. An extra outfit, or two depending where you are going and for how long. Swaddle blanket, bib, hand sanitizer. Bottle and formula, if you are bottle feeding, you can obviously skip this if you are breast feeding. And for you mama your wallet, car keys, lip chap, and cell phone! I have found this to be an appropriate amount at this point, I know when he’s older this will change when I need snacks and toys and whatever else comes with that age!

Processed with VSCO with s2 presetAt first I found it so stressful taking Grey out, it just felt like so much work and I worried about changing him or him having a melt down. However like most things in life, the more you do it the more comfortable you become with it! I enjoy our little outings with him so much now, and look forward to more. Getting out of the house has done wonders for my mental health too, I really struggled with baby blues the first couple of weeks, I also really struggled and was unable to nurse Greyson. I was so overwhelmed and sad that leaving the house seemed like it was impossible! Here we are just two weeks later though and we are leaving the house like pro’s. (well, maybe not pro’s but we are doing it) The difference this has made for all of us has been huge, I actually am starting to feel like myself again!

Let me know in the comments what your go to diaper bag items are!

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Newborn Photos With Els Photography

I can’t believe Greyson is already 2 weeks old! In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday he was born, and in other ways it feels like we have always had him. Maybe that’s just because we can’t really picture life without him anymore, he is pretty awesome. We really wanted to get some newborn photos taken of him to remember him being this little, because sadly I know it isn’t going to last very long. Meg with Els Photography is Adam and I’s favourite photographer. (as I mentioned in our Bump Photo’s Post) She has taken our engagement, wedding, maternity, and now newborn photos. Pretty sure we just don’t want anyone else taking our pictures ever. Meg always knows exactly what we are looking for, every photo session we have done with her has been above and beyond what we were hoping for! So, today I want to share some of the magical shots of Greyson she got last weekend. Hope you all enjoy!

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We love this little guy so much! Thank you so much Meg for capturing these moments for us.


A Birth Story

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On September 8, 2016 at 4:43 am we welcomed out little bean into this world. Greyson John O’Brien, and we had no idea how deeply in love we were about to fall…

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while, I am sure you noticed I was getting a little bit (a lot) antsy for this baby to arrive as he was running late! I ended up being induced on September 7, 2016 at 7:00 am, and today I am going to share the story of what all went down after that.

**Side note: I am going to just go ahead and share all the details of our birth story as I truly love reading them on others blogs. If you aren’t interested in reading this kind of post please stop now**

So we’ll start with the day before my induction, Adam and I knew they would be phoning us at some point to let us know what time to come into the hospital the next day. This was the weirdest feeling to me, waiting to have someone call you and say okay come in at this time and have your baby. In a way it was kind of nice because it felt like we could prepare in some sense, but also just so so strange at the same time. We tried to distract ourself all day and have a date day because who can just sit around and wait on that kind of call? So we went to ikea and bought a few new things, had a lunch date, did a few other errands, and then came home and enjoyed a quiet evening just the two of us. Then around 7:30 pmthe hospital phoned and asked if we could come in at 6:45 am the next day to start the “induction process” this meaning I would come in and they would give me a dose of cervidil and then send me home for 24 hours. I was honestly crushed when I heard this because in my head going in to get induced meant you don’t leave until you’re leaving with your baby. Now we had to wait a whole day more! I cried for a little while and Adam comforted me, we prayed about it, and I was able to think more positively, really it was just one day more.

September 7 we woke up bright n early, or dark n early to be honest. Around 4:30 am. Since I thought we were just going into to get the cervidil and then leaving I thought I might as well get ready a little bit because maybe we would go out for breakfast or something after the appointment. So, I got ready, made a small breakfast, and we were on route to the Royal Alexander Hospital! When we got there we went up to the induction and assessment area, a.k.a. pregnant women everywhere area! They checked me into a room and I got all dressed in my hospital gown and waited on the doctor. A few nurses came and saw me in the mean time, hooked me and baby up to monitors and explained to me how they would be giving me the cervidil monitoring me for two hours then, if nothing happened, sending me home for 24 hours and I would come back at the same time the next  morning to start on an IV of oxytocin. However, when we saw the doctor and she checked my cervix I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I was further along and that they would actually just be starting me on oxytocin right away and that I in fact would be at the hospital until our baby was born!

Now let me just say I was a little too optimistic/naive about what would happen after they induced me. I have several women in my life who had been induced into labour and they all were in labour for about a total of 4-8 hours. So in my head I was like oh it’s 7:00 am and they’re starting me we are going to have this baby before dinner! Lol. So wrong.

The nurse got me all hooked up on the drip of oxytocin as well as penicillin (I was GBS positive) and the process had begun! It took quite a while before I started to feel anything, I’d say it was about noon when I started feeling very minor contractions. The pain was super manageable and afterwards Adam told me I was even getting a little bit cocky with how easy I thought this was all going. We chatted, we watched the Apple Keynote (husbands choice obviously), we ate a little bit of lunch and just hung around. I started to get slightly more uncomfortable with the contractions but it was still not so bad, honestly the baby monitors were what were making me the most uncomfortable because I had to stay laying on my back with them and my tailbone was killing me.

Take us to 3:00 pm still nothing to report, except I really had to pee. I asked the nurse if she could take me off the monitors so I could run to the bathroom, which is tricky while dragging your IV and trying to keep yourself covered in your hospital gown! When I got back to my bed we had a new nurse and she was there to put the monitor back on, I could see a distressed look come upon her as she was listening to the babies heart rate, then she called someone else to come in and check. His heart rate dropped. Way down. It went from 140 to 60 all of a sudden. Before I really had time to process what was going on I was having an oxygen mask strapped on my face and being pushed out of the room and into the labour and delivery area. They were talking about me possibly needing an emergency c-section at this point. I was brought into a delivery room where a different doctor came in to examine me, she found his heart rate had spiked back up but decided I would just stay in this room now so they could watch me closer. I was taken off of the oxytocin for a little while, so we essentially had to start all over again once they decided everything was safe to continue.

So at this point I am only 3 cm dilated, back on the oxytocin, and being watched in a delivery room. I was feeling still good, the scare was over, and my pain was still hardly there. They told me I was no longer allowed to eat or drink just in case it happened again and I did have to have surgery, but I insisted Adam still eat dinner so he ordered Panago pizza to the room, classic Adam.😉

7:00 pm rolls around and still 3 cm. The doctor asked me if I would be okay with them breaking my water to get things going, I was totally down for that! I wanted this baby out! She checked my cervix again, and broke my water with what looks like a giant knitting needle. It didn’t hurt at all, but having the water pour out of me felt disgusting. I had no idea how much fluid came out, it is not like what you see on tv folks. I basically felt like I was peeing the bed and it wouldn’t stop!

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I took this selfie right before the real labour began, was still feeling great! This was in the bathroom attached to the delivery room.

7:30 pm, oh that’s what a contraction feels like. Okay, not so cocky anymore. The contractions came and they did not go away. I was having one about every 45 seconds and I was very overwhelmed by just how painful I was finding them. I found I couldn’t handle them in bed, so I needed to stand. My poor husband with his broken femur tried his best to support me through them but whenever I would grab onto him his wheelchair moved and it just wasn’t working. I ended up dealing with them by standing next to the bed and  once one came on I would lean over the bed and do my best to breathe through it. About an hour in I was still going every 45 seconds and I was finding it harder and harder to think logically. I went into this unsure if I wanted an epidural or not, but to be honest I had really been leaning towards not. However I didn’t know if I could actually do this anymore. They were too close together and my legs were beginning to get so shaky from standing. I decided to keep trying to continue naturally, but after a second hour I didn’t think it was possible anymore. We asked the nurse to check how dilated I was, we were thinking  with 2 hours of contractions so close together surely I must have gotten up to 7 or 8 cm. At least. She checked and said I was 4… Adam said the look on my face was pure defeat. She informed me that I would probably only be dilating a half a cm an hour at this rate, and that was it for me. I don’t know if I am just a baby, but there was no way I could keep doing this pain med free. So I asked her to please give me and epidural. I was answered with the news that the  anesthesiologist was in surgery so I was going to have to wait an hour before they could give it to me. To be honest I don’t really remember that last hour, again I don’t know whats normal labour pains, but to me this was unbearable.

At 10:30 pm he came in and gave me the epidural, and let me tell you how sweet that was! It kicked in about 10-20 minutes later and by 11:00 pm I was asleep. Much needed sleep.

1:00 am I woke up, we had a new nurse again as we kept being there longer then their shifts. She asked me how I was feeling and I told her I really felt like I needed to go to the bathroom…like really badly. She asked if the pressure was constant or just sometimes there, it was constant. She checked my cervix, I was 10 cm and ready to push! I woke Adam up and he came and got ready sitting by my side. at 1:50 am we began pushing. Even with the epidural I was still able to feel a lot of pressure and a little bit of pain with each push, but it was starting out okay.

3:50 am…two hours of pushing still no baby. It was hurting now, my contractions were so close together there really wasn’t much time to take a break in between. At this time the delivery doctor on shift came in to talk with me, she said I needed to keep trying until 4:30 am and if he still wasn’t out she would “help me out”. I didn’t really know what that meant, but just kept pushing. I was absolutely exhausted but so ready to meet him. 4:30 am came around, turns out we needed the help. Help meant forceps. They did not feel good going in, even with the drugs. They basically look like two giant salad tongs/spoons. I pushed she pulled, so hard she was moving me down the bed with her. I kept asking if they were seeing anything and it was no no no, then all of a sudden yes and he was fully out! 4:43 am. 8 pounds 3 ounces. It felt like it went from 0 to baby in less then a second.

I saw him, and my first thought… he’s HUGE. I couldn’t see what was happening but there were a lot of doctors around. I expected them to turn to Adam to see if he wanted to cut the cord, but they didn’t they just grabbed him and took him away. Turns out the cord was around his neck (that’s why his heart rate had dropped) so they quickly got it off and went to examine him. Luckily he was okay, they handed him to me, he was ours. I had so many emotions running through me, it’s hard to remember what I was even thinking then.

After a few moments of us each holding Greyson they did have to take him away again, because of the forceps to make sure he was alright. I was in such a fog, I ended up falling asleep again. When I woke up it was about 7:00 am and they told me they were going to move us to our recovery room and that Greyson would be meeting us down there. At some point Adam had sent a message out to our friends and family of his arrival, but I don’t remember that. The nurses helped me out of bed and into a wheelchair as my legs were still really numb from the epidural. Adam and I were both a little traumatized from what happened, it was way more intense then either of us had ever imagined. I remember telling him that maybe one baby was enough, and we could just get a lot of dogs. He laughed and agreed. I was nervous about seeing Grey again, but also excited.

When we got to the room they brought him to us, for me this is the moment I truly feel like we met for this first time. He was perfect. The love I instantly felt for Greyson in that moment is unexplainable.

A little while later our families arrived, and they were all instantly over the moon in love too. It’s amazing how much joy this little guy has brought all of us.

So, that’s that. I hope this didn’t come across in anyway like I a pity party. Labour was hard, but I know lot’s of other women have had harder experiences then me. This is just what we went through personally! And I am already over the one baby lot’s of dog scenario, so you do forget the pains.😉 This week has been crazy and full of every emotion possible. But this week God blessed us with Greyson, so with everything said and done it’s the best week.

This post was a lot more personal then I am use to, so thank you for reading if you did.


Welcome Home Greyson

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Long time no talk! Sorry for the silence, but our baby boy (finally) arrived last week! Greyson O’Brien was born September 8, 2016 at 4:43 am 8 pound 3 ounces, big guy! This week has been the most amazing, happiest, hardest, emotional of my life and I wouldn’t change it for a thing! Adam and I are over the moon to have Grey home with us, and each day we are learning more and more about this parenting thing.

I just wanted to put this post up as a quick update, and will be back to regular posts very soon. Now getting to include Greyson! Looking forward to sharing some fall style posts, more beauty product reviews, and little stories about me trying to figure out being a mom. Also, considering sharing my birth story as it was a very intense 22 hours (yes 22 hours…) so let me know in the comments if that’s something any of you would be interested in reading about.

Thank you for all the love and support on my last blog post collaboration with Pink Blush, and congratulations to Bianka on winning the giveaway! So excited to get back to blogging and keep the fall posts coming.

xo, Kristina

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Thank you @natassjayorkephotography for snapping these moments from the hospital!


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Hospital Bag Checklist

Happy Friday lovelies! Today I’d like to share what I have packed to bring to the hospital with me for when the baby is born, whenever that happens to be…

Full disclosure I kind of had no clue what I would and wouldn’t need, so not too sure if this is overpacking or under packing! (most likely over, because I tend to overpack) but, who knows! I did look at a few online lists for idea’s, but mostly I just tried to think of what would be the most comfortable items for me, and what I wanted to pack for Baby Obie.

I thought about taking photo’s of all the items, but I crammed it pretty full and thought it might be too much to see everything… So instead, here are some photo’s of the two bags (one for me, one for baby) and the nursing pillow I am planning to bring along on delivery day! Inserted below will be a list of all the things I have packed, let me know in the comments if I’m missing something important.

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Her: LuluLemon Yin Time Bag

Baby: Jujube Better Be Diaper Bag – The First Lady

What’s Inside Yin Time Bag:

  • Calvin Klein sports bra, and matching boy short set to wear under hospital robe
  • All the granny panties
  • Hair ties, head band, and bobby pins
  • Philosophy facial cleansing wipes
  • Philosophy “Hope in a Jar” facial mist
  • Gentle face cleanser and moisturizer
  • Very basic make up bag (not sure if I’m kidding myself thinking I’ll be putting make up on before we leave, but thought I’d toss it in there just in case)
  • Lip chap
  • Lush “Dirty” shower gel and a loofah
  • Deodorant
  • Swell water bottle
  • PJ set for over night
  • Nursing bra and breast pads
  • Pads
  • Socks
  • Leggings/Looser fitting joggers to wear home (not sure which will be more appealing)
  • Comfy tee shirt and sweat shirt
  • Belly band

What’s Inside Better Be Bag:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Vaseline
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Two outfit choices for going home… because I have a problem
  • Swaddle blanket
  • We ordered a blanket from jenniferannstyle.com that has our babies name printed all over it, we have somehow managed to keep the name a secret!
  • Softest grey stuffed animal bunny (just for the picture)
  • Car seat cover (native wilds nest)
  • Newborn toque

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Then besides these items in the bags, we have our car seat ready to go, and as you saw from the photo’s I’m planning to bring our striped breast feeding pillow as well. Pretty sure that’s all I have in there! Like I said might be way too much, or I’m missing something important so please let me know if I am. All packed up and no where to go… just yet😉 We are getting more and more excited each day to meet this little guy!

Hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you!


Shopping Addiction, Baby Addition

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Shopping for this future Little Obie has been WAAAY too fun for me these past 9 months. (my husband would agree, haha) It’s so hard to resist when everything is baby sized, because in my opinion anything in baby size is the cutest thing in the world. And now with all these Instagram store pages and amazing blogs to read I have become slightly baby clothes obsessed! …blanket obsessed too, which if you click here you can read about.

Now, I don’t really want to share too much of his wardrobe until he is actually here to model it all for you😉 but I did want to share this post about some of my favourite places I have found incase any of you are interested for your little babes, or buying for friends and family with babies. I have a variety of online stores, as well as stores located here in Edmonton for you to check out and enjoy!

West Coast Kids

mintedmethodshop.com

plumkidscouture.com

mymila.ca

Baby Gap

beauhudson.co

shopluluandroo.com

Max and Maude

All these stores are amazing, especially if you are into neutral modern baby clothes as you can see I am from the photo above.

Bump update: We are at 38 weeks today, and it is hot hot outside. Hoping he maybe surprises us and comes a week early? Maybe? Please. For now, keeping my swollen feet elevated and convincing Adam to take me swimming tonight.

Thank you for reading!


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Bump Photo’s

Hey everyone! Adam and I are both so excited to share our maternity photo’s with you, our favourite photographer Meg (els photography) takes amazing pictures so we were very lucky to have her take these ones of our little (or not so little anymore) bump.

To be honest throughout my pregnancy I have really struggled with my appearance, which is not something I expected at all! Before I always found pregnant women the most adorable, I loved seeing ladies embrace their bumps and I was always so excited to experience it for myself. However, I have found my changing body and the comments people make to me about it really hard to handle some days. I hope this doesn’t come across as too much of a complaint, I just wanted you girls to know that if you have felt this way also, I feel ya. It’s very strange to have people comment on your body at all times, sometimes it feels nice, but sometimes hearing “you’re huge” doesn’t feel the greatest even when you know you’re growing a baby so it’s only natural that your body looks different!

When Meg sent us over these photo’s I was a little nervous if all I was going to see was my body not looking the way I am use to, and that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy these snaps from this amazing time in our lives. I was pleasantly surprised, I absolutely love these images! They make my heart so happy and so excited for this little bean who is about to be joining our family! It was one of the first times I didn’t feel the need to pick apart myself, I just saw myself and my husband for who we are, and what we are growing into. Adam is going to make an amazing father, and I feel truly lucky for all the support and constant positive reminders he has been giving me these past 9 months. I feel like these photo’s represent that feeling, so I am going to remember that whenever I look through them. I also think we could all use a little reminder to not be so hard on ourselves! All body shapes are beautiful, and we would all be much healthier and happier if we could embrace that for ourselves. (and yes Kristina, I am talking to you here…)

Thank you Meg for taking these pictures we will treasure them always, and I hope you guys enjoy taking a peak at them!

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her: Aritzia dress

his: Riley and Co. tee

Thank you for reading, and letting me get a little honest about my insecurities.


“Non-Maternity” Maternity Style | Gap

As I mentioned in my previous maternity style post, I have been a big fan of finding clothes in regular stores that work with this bump of mine over these past 9 months, instead of shopping in actual maternity stores. (side note can’t believe I am 9 months pregnant…crazy)

This Gap dress shown below was another great find for me! I love the shape, and it is sooo comfortable to wear. Last Monday we went to celebrate my husbands birthday at the horse races so I paired the dress with a red hat I purchased when we were in England on our honeymoon a couple years ago, and my classic black converse.

I have had some ups and downs this summer when it came to how I’ve looked throughout my pregnancy, but overall it has been fun finding cute items like this that work with my newly shaped bod! I am itching for this little guy to arrive, but for now you will still find me in dresses like these enjoying the summer.

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Modern Burlap Obsession

Shopping for all baby things is truly the most fun, and the most addicting! Everything is so cute, and so tiny, and so tempting… For me I have found over these past 9 months baby blankets being the thing most difficult to resist!

If you know me, you know I have an obsession for all things black and white, so the fact that Modern Burlap has the most adorable black and white printed swaddle blankets is good (BAD) news.

I have collected quite a few of these swaddling blankets from this collection, as well as a couple black and white hooded bath towels. I just love them all too much! However, I think the three I am sharing below are my all time favourites. There is the disney print, the cactus print, and the coffee love print. I don’t think it gets better then these three as Adam and I both have a huge love for disney, we spend a lot of time in Arizona, and well we all know I am the coffee addict.

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Hope you enjoy this baby post, as it is now August my due date is officially this month (!!!) So, hopefully not till long until there is actually a little O’Brien to share in these as well.

Thank you for reading!

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“Non-Maternity” Maternity Style

“Non-Maternity” Maternity Style

Well I am almost 36 weeks pregnant, and I have to say getting dressed this summer has been interesting for me! For some reason in my head whenever I imagined being pregnant I imagined it being in the winter time (I have no idea why) so I pictured being able to wear leggings and big cozy sweaters over this bump! However, the weather is really quite the opposite of sweater weather right now! It’s been at least +23 or over everyday, hot hot hot!

While I did purchase a couple pairs of maternity jeans and shorts, and as well a lovely friend of mine did lend me a few of her maternity items, there really wasn’t that much maternity clothing I truly loved or felt good in. I didn’t want to go out and spend money on a whole new wardrobe just to wear while being pregnant, but I also did want to have a small selection of clothes that I felt confident in, and felt myself in. So I have just chosen to shop regular clothing for the most part, and just choosing pieces in a size that me and this baby boy can both fit in together.

One of my favourite purchases is this striped dress I recently bought from Old Navy. It’s super comfy and loose fitting, so it feels AMAZING on these hot summer days. I did find this in the regular section of Old Navy, although I do know they do have a maternity section as well. This dress is awesome, super affordable, and is going to be one of my “OOTD’s” on repeat for the next 4 weeks or so till our little guy arrives!


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Hey Baby: A Look Into Our Nursery

Adam and I were so excited to decorate this little guys room, and we have finally got it all completed! We decided not to really go for any specific theme, we just selected a bunch of items that we loved and decided to see what would happen. We are really pleased with the finished result, the room feels really cosy and happy. Can’t wait till next month when there is a little baby in there! I hope you enjoy this little sneak peak.

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