Mama Monday #1

If there's one thing I can say all moms have in common, is that their children are constantly changing what they love. With Grayson, it's safe to say he officially hates his bouncer after 4 months. The dread because it used to be his and my favorite toy! That little bouncer was my saving grace when I wanted to start dinner or fold the laundry. With that, I compiled a few items that won't break the bank and will keep your baby busy and happy.

Playmat- Minimal and the perfect price. (they sold out in this style, but 2 other great choices)
Toy Remote- This is a MUST buy if you're baby loves your remote.
Teething Biscuits- These are the perfect snack for in between feedings. He loves all the flavors. 
Whale Bath Toy- Grayson loves that the whales mouth opens and fits his hand. 
Squeeze & Teethe- This is Grayson's favorite teether, we take it everywhere!
Suction Toy- Perfect toy to take to restaurants or put on their high chairs. 
Wooden Shape & Color Sorter- I gravitate towards wood toys because they're a natural material and Grayson loves to put everything in his mouth. 
Banana Teether- Great to start breaking the skin for new teeth and Grayson just loves to chew on it. 

Let me know your babies favorites in the comments.




Tuesday Tip #1

How many times have you said that you can't wait to have your own place so you can host gatherings? Me, a million times over but the number of times I actually have is less than 10. But now that Grayson’s a little older and in a routine, I plan to host more guests. With that said, I found the perfect website to help me out creating invites, Paperless Post

I can tell you right now I've been slacking in the details department of events since becoming a mom; thanks, Gray. Example, our Christmas Eve invite was sent over a group chat with the details on what time, and what to bring; but hello Paperless Post, where was it when I needed it?! The pros are endless because the number one thing that I love is those days of having to mail out invites are long gone! I love memorabilia just as much as the next person, but sometimes it starts to become junk and the guilt of having to keep is just too heavy. Do you know what I mean? I bet you still have your friends holiday cards up on your fridge. I know I do!  

I always go off tangent, sorry! So, back to Paperless Post. I am seriously just obsessed, and possibly spending a little too much time creating future invites. They have so many witty, cute, and unique options, and it lets you take any invite and customize it to your liking. The invite I'm creating for Grayson's 1st birthday is coming from a save the date template! How cool is that? Also, pricing is pretty affordable and the App is free. They use a “coins” system for paying and you can easily gain them by linking to your Facebook and just liking their page. The App also lets you manage which of your guest are attending or not, which helps with a headcount. It really can't get any easier than this. 

Let me know if you end up using Paperless Post or have used it yourself. 

Hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Tip! 

Xo Adrianna 


2 months of motherhood


Becoming a mother has changed my views on everything! It's made me aware that society doesn't keep mothers in mind. I say that, because the moment I decided to leave the house with Grayson, I realized a lot of places are not equipped for mothers. For example, I'm not able to fit my cart everywhere, so I can't imagine how the disabled feel. Not every restroom has a changing table, so where am I expected to change his diaper? And why is public breastfeeding not a norm yet? Everyone should be kept in mind when creating an establishment and people should be rooting for mothers who breastfeed because it isn't easy! I just feel as though society is still holding on to the notion that mothers should stay at home.

Continuing on being real here, let me share my time so far as a new mom. Being a mother is like studying for a test, but the material is completely different once you got it down pact. What I mean is, each day is completely different and makes caring for a newborn that much harder. The first week was easy. I kept telling people how lucky I was because he was sleeping so much. But that was a facade! Between being fussy for a reason I couldn't figure out and getting peed on every day, the days felt long. But, like any mother, you overcome and conquer with patience.

I chose to exclusively breastfeed and went in completely nonchalant about it. I knew it was the only form of milk I wanted to provide and was going to do it no matter what. But with that, I didn't know the first thing about breastfeeding. I was lucky that Grayson took to my breast, but only by wearing a nipple shield. You ask what's that? It's a tool for those who have small nipples. Who knew they made such a thing? I'm grateful for the nipple shield as I am resentful. First, I hate that I need it and secondly, when it comes to feeding a HANGRY Grayson, his arms go crazy that he knocks it off. Imagine trying to feed him at night! I need to turn on the lights to guide him and hold his arms down. Breastfeeding is hard as it is. 

My real tough days are when Grayson has gas and can't poop. I seriously pray for poops because seeing him miserable is the worst. When he has gas, that means a very fussy baby, late nights and no real sleep. Another thing, that might seem minuscule, is having to cut his nails. I haven't been able to successfully file or cut them. The second time I went to cut his nails I made him bleed! It scared the crap out of me and was a total mom fail. Now I just file them. Even though, at this moment only one of his hands has been successfully filed down. The other hand I'm just hoping his nails don't grow. Not a real solution, but it's better than bleeding.

Overall I think trying to be the best mom, wife, and employee is what makes motherhood hard. Finding balance and time to do everything has been hard for me. I had to start working from home a week after giving birth. I had no real time to adjust with a newborn, let alone how I was going to manage to clean the house and get any work done. I have managed to breastfeed while doing Photoshop, which I find pretty impressive ; ) What I do know, is that I want to do everything I can for Grayson. What I'm still learning is to give myself some slack. I'm a type A person and strive for perfection, so I can't live in a chaos. But, a little chaos can't kill me, right?


Maternity Uniform

During this pregnancy, my wardrobe has felt very much like being back in high school and having to wear a uniform. This time, I've traded in my khakis and polos for oversized dresses and shirts and over-belly bottoms. The majority of my maternity basics come from Madewell and Forever 21 and I did buy a few maternity jeans. My favorite jeans have to be the Jessica Simpson ones I added to my collage below. With the Courier Madewell shirts, they've been a God sent! I can totally wear them after the pregnancy and I've been able to use the ones I already owned.

The way I spruced up my basics were through accessorizing, which is the most cost effective way to change a look. Statement earrings are an easy go to for me and J.crew and Madewell always have great options. Overall, I just didn't want to go overboard on maternity clothes because I like to invest in pieces I can wear multiple times.

Coincidently, this collage came out very 4th of July themed, so my fellow preggo's here are some pieces for you to wear!
Maternity UniformSHOP THESE


Grayson's Nursery

We are finally tackling Grayson's room this weekend! I'm so excited to get his room ready for his arrival. We decided, well more like I decided for a safari theme ; ) The idea sprung from the sheets we got him at pottery barn and the rest is history. I can't wait to show you how this inspiration board becomes his room!