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Swim Essentials

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My mother-in-law lives just two doors down (it’s a good thing, in case you’re wondering!) and in the summertime, you can often spot at least one of us in her pool at any given hour. I won’t tell you which of us is the pool noodle hoarder (hint), but I will share a few of Bee’s poolside essentials we rely on all summer long…

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Diaper Bags

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I received a request to share my favorite diaper bags, so poof: here they are. I’ll first note that – being a total baby novice – I had no idea that diaper bags were essentially just glorified totes. Sure, they come with bottle insulators or changing pads or special zipped pouches, but necessities they are not. So listen: if you’re a new mama and are stressing over finding the perfect diaper bag, don’t fret. You’ve got bigger fish to fry, like breathing in and breathing out during those crazy newborn baby scream fests.

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The Bu! Blanket

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If you’ve read this site for more than four minutes, you’ll know that there’s a very special place in my heart (and Bee’s toy chest) for multi-purpose products that can grow from the baby stage to todderdom and beyond. So of course, I was pleased to receive a note from Elisabeth announcing a shop update were I spotted the cleverest blanket of all: Bu! Blankets.

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Oh, Babyproofing.

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Ever since I covered Lenka Clayton’s amazing Motherhood in Residency project, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how I view the relationship between work and parenting and creativity and all things good and perfect, Amen. Although I’m a big believer of compartmentalizing my work and home life (which is increasingly difficult as it’s a work-from-home life), I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t concede that Bee is endlessly inspiring to me. So it only makes sense that her play area and my office be one in the same, yes?

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Registry Update: Health & Safety

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Yay – it’s the last installment of my registry update! Today I’m sharing which healthy & safety products I loved, hated and have purchased in multiples over the past nine months. I hope this series has been helpful for you, and for those of you embarking on your own registry experience – I wish you the best! I’m sure you’ll have your own list of must-haves and regrets, but know that no list of products can ever top a parent’s love! Now on to the list…

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Registry Update: Baby Gear

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Oh, man. I failed this section in the biggest of ways, mostly because I refused to purchase a swing until Bee was eight weeks old and still hadn’t napped in an area that wasn’t attached to my chest or lap or hip and I needed to accomplish things that people accomplish during the day, like answering emails or cooking dinner or, you know, going to the bathroom alone. So. After a particularly rough morning of fussing (Bee, not me. But yes, me also.), my mother-in-law dragged me to the store and placed Bee in the store model swing and she fell asleep in less than twenty-two seconds. Sold! Here’s the rest of the list of baby gear I loved (and hated!):

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Registry Update: Bath & Potty

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These updates have been so fun to share, and I love hearing I’m not alone in some of the registry mistakes I’ve made. Here’s hoping this series is helpful for a few of you first time mamas! Today’s installment offers a few new recommendations for bath and potty time!:

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Registry Update: Feeding Time

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You guys. I didn’t even include bibs in my registry, if that gives you any idea as to how desperately need to revise this section of my recommended registry. Here we go!:

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Registry Update: The Clothing

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I absolutely missed the mark in choosing what I’d dress our baby in, so today I’m sharing with you what I’d change about this section of our registry. (Don’t worry – I’m making fun of myself, too. I must have the kindest readers for not virtually rolling their eyes at some of these choices a year ago…)

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Registry Update: The Nursery

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Now that Bee’s eight months, I’m slowly updating my registry guide to share which products made our lives easier and which fell flat. Today’s update is the nursery, where I totally missed the mark in SO many ways (but fared surprisingly well in a few departments!):

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