What My Toddler Is Getting For Christmas


Eli is 16 months old now! Running around, starting to say a LOT of words, climbing on everything, chasing the pets. We are so looking forward to the holiday season with him this year! I can’t believe it’s already here! I filmed a look at what we’re getting him for Christmas, click HERE to watch.



One Month Baby Update


Weight & Length: At Eli’s one month check-up he weighted 11.1 pounds and was 23.5 inches long! I’m so happy he’s growing big and strong!

Feeding: Breastfeeding is going amazing! He sure does love his mama milk. I feel so blessed that we have had no problems at all and that he loves to eat – as evidenced my his weight gain, around 3 pounds the first month! He eats when he’s hungry or wants comfort – we are not on a schedule for eating and won’t be for quite some time.

Sleeping: Eli is a great sleeper, thank goodness! His naps vary throughout the day and each day is different. His nighttime sleeping is quite routine. He’ll sleep for a 3-4 hours (although last night was 5, maybe they’re getting longer!) then wake to eat for just a few minutes then he’ll go back down for another 2-3 hours. Sometimes he’ll go back to sleep after waking the second time, sometimes he’s ready to be up for a few minutes, but either way I’m thankful for the chunks of sleep I get through the night!

Development: Eli has had a strong neck since birth and it has gotten a lot stronger over the month. He’s also a very strong baby! He does really well at tummy time and likes lying on his play gym mat to just hang out and look around. He has a lot more awake time now. He’s very alert and has started to follow our faces and voices. He has cracked a couple of smiles (a ton if you count when he’s eating or pooping, ha) on purpose, but isn’t doing it regularly yet – I can’t wait until he does! He does really well at bath time. I give him baths with me in the tub with him. I’ll hold his head up and let him float around and he loves it! He doesn’t love to get out of the tub though! That’s when he cries the most and loudest!

Temperament: Eli is such a good baby. It is rare that he gets really upset and he’s never been inconsolable – hopefully that will last! He’s easy to calm when he does get fussy and I can usually tell what he’s needing now. He like to just chill during his awake time now and (I think) he enjoys me singing to him.

Favorites: Eli enjoys his mamaRoo to nap in or just lying on a blanket on the couch. He loves to be carried in my K’tan wrap and usually falls asleep in it. He also like to lay on his play gym mat and look at the toys above and listen to the music. Of course his favorite thing of all is his mama milk! 🙂

Update Video: You can watch his one month update here – https://youtu.be/PcBSA1JlGho




Gender Reveal Party!

Back in March Miguel and I invited our family and friends over to reveal the gender of our sweet baby – which we all now know is a BOY! I thought I would share some details from that day. My friend Mary Helen, who happens to own Nunn Photography, was there to capture our day!

I made the invitations myself using picmonkey.com. I use this site a lot for my YouTube or blog banners and it’s very simple to do so – Photoshop is just too advanced for me! I decided to go with navy and fuchsia as our colors with pops of gold for the party. I didn’t go with a specific “this or that” type theme that is so popular right now. I stuck with the classic “frogs and snails or sugar and spice” nursery rhyme.


This was the welcome table as you enter our home. I handmade the hanging banners by just cutting out shapes and either threading through each to hold them together or taping them to ribbon. Taping was MUCH easier. I also made all the signs used during the party using the same site. We hand painted the mason jars and dipped them in gold glitter. I found the white flowers at the Dollar Tree and used those throughout as decor.

The welcome table housed our “wear your guess” clothespins, our old wives tale predictions, a chalkboard for guests to mark their guess (although we forgot to tell most to do that), and some paper and a tin so guests could give us name suggestions.


We kept it simple with the food and drinks. Since we were doing everything ourselves we wanted it to be as easy as possible, yet yummy. We ordered the cake from HomeStyle Bakery here in Nashville and it was delicious.

We started with chips and French onion dip (which was absolutely delicious to me that day), a simple fruit salad, and I hand-dipped some store-bought Rice Crispy treats into white chocolate then sprinkled with pink sprinkles. What’s not pictured are the chicken salad croissant sandwiches (chicken salad and croissants purchased at Kroger and put together by my husband) or the ham and cheese bake – which was SO good – everyone loved them! We had sodas and the punches pictured here – a “pretty in pink champagne” and a “little boy blue margarita” (based on that recipe, but Miguel made changes). I made sure to label the alcoholic drink since not everyone drinks alcohol plus we had kids attending.


I used small chalkboards from the Dollar Tree and a chalk maker to make prediction signs for our guests (and pets) to take pictures with. That photo of Shelby (our cat) will forever crack me up!


We chose the corner of our living room as the reveal spot. Again using the handmade banners and some pom poms from Target. I got the gold balloons from The Party Dialect on Etsy. For the reveal box we just covered a cardboard box with shipping paper. I handmade the question mark by cutting it out of cardboard then hot gluing flowers from the Dollar Tree on it.


“It’s a BOY!” We used a banner of the same gold balloons for our reveal. It was so fun to see everyone’s reactions!

What a fun day! We take every chance we get to celebrate this blessing and time in our lives. We love sharing moments like this with those close to us. I wouldn’t change a thing about this day!


We had a chance before guests arrived to take a few maternity shots – I will share more in another post.

You can watch my gender reveal video here – https://youtu.be/XUWqNDUamR4

And our reaction to finding out the gender here – https://youtu.be/IiK4t2lJkBY

My dress was a gift from PinkBlush Maternity.



That Snow Though

A lot of states don’t get worked up about snowfall – but Tennessee does, especially in Nashville. It’s rare that we get snow and when we do, there’s usually not a lot of accumulation. So, you can imagine our excitement – as in Miguel and I, not all of Nashville – when we received around 7 inches of snow at our house on Friday!

Although beautiful, the snow and wind were almost too much for me Friday so we stepped out for only a few minutes to snap these photos.

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The snowed stopped Friday night and the wind died down, so Saturday we were able to get out and enjoy the snow with friends!



I feel very blessed that neither Miguel or I have to be out on the roads in weather like this. We get large amounts of snow, or just snow in general, so rarely that Nashville just isn’t equipped to prepare the roadways.  Since most travel is done on interstates, they basically shutdown. Some people were stranded for hours and there were over 200 reported accidents in Nashville alone. Thankfully we were able to stay home and enjoy!