Bloody Diapers… and other tidbits the hospital failed to warn us about.

When Amelia was born, we were in the hospital for 4 days (we had a planned cesarian).  That’s typically 3 days more than if you have a vaginal delivery.  That’s 3 days more to ask the nurses, doctors and lactation specialists questions before you are unleashed into the cruel world (not really) of parenthood.  There are so many questions when you are a new parent, its hard to fit them all in.

Of course, there are several items that the hospital staff would never let you leave without knowing… such as how to feed your kid, burp them and maybe even how to swaddle.  One thing you’d think they’d warn you about would be that there might be a slight chance that you will find blood in your baby’s diaper.  Right?  Well, we had to learn this the hard way.  First night home.  Three AM diaper change…. BLOOD?  Needless to say, we were on the phone to the hospital within seconds.  I was practically running to get the carseat to dash to the emergency room when the nurse told us to relax.  She said that it was urate crystals (not blood) that show up frequently with newborns and that it was totally normal.  I will spare you the gore of a photo and you can google it if you feel you must.

Amelia is now three months old and that was the only diaper that was ever red (thank God)!  But I think that I’d like to start a petition to get this information on a check list that hospitals are required to hand out upon discharge.  Who’s with me?


The Grand Canyon

Canyon selfie ;)

Canyon selfie 😉

My husband and I both decided that from now until the time that Amelia starts school, that we should take every opportunity available to travel and explore with her… Even if she is too young to remember any of it.  Easier said than done, no?

No. I always seem to have some excuse as to why this weekend won’t work, but guess what? Who cares.  Just go.

The Grand Canyon was on the list, so that was it!  My mom decided to join us at the last minute so we picked her up along the way.  It was a tight squeeze with all the baby gear, but we made it work, and we are on the road (pardon the pun) to learning how to travel with an infant.

The view was unreal.

The view was unreal.

We had dinner at El Tovar which is on the ridge of the canyon.  It reminded me of Disneyland… It was packed with families and kids everywhere. I was worried that Amelia would start to cry at dinner, but there were so many other kids there, it didn’t matter.

The next morning, Giampiero went on a hike into the canyon while my mom, Amelia and I checked out the gift shops. We met up later and started the trek home. Amelia has decided this week that she’s not too fond of the car seat so sitting in the car for more than an hour is hard. She’s happy for a small 10 minute window and then she either wants to eat or sleep. We’re wondering if this is a phase. It’s hard to hear her cry in the car and not be able to really comfort her.  She’s 13 weeks old this week and changing dramatically every week.  Here’s a family photo where she’s crying 😦


Crafting for my Kid

I’ve had this board on Pinterest since before I was pregnant.  It’s a collection of things that I’d either love to make for my kid or with my kid.  Funny, that I haven’t quite had the time to make anything, what with this kid eating every 2 hours.  I think I was a better mom BEFORE I had a child 😉

So here’s a few photos of things I’d still like to make.  Maybe someday soon.  If I do end up making anything, I’ll post it here for sure.

Click on any of the images to see the rest of my board on Pinterest…

Fish Backpack dolly

fish kite sad cloud

our lives lately (according to my iPhone)…

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I think she’s going to be able to pull off hats like her momma 😉


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We went to see her Dad’s soccer game, but she slept through the whole thing 😉


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We saw via Instagram, that our favorite Gather Girls recommended this restaurant, so we had to give it a try. It was WELL worth it!


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We’ve been trying to get a daily walk in with the baby and this time it was at Point Dume… BEAUTIFUL!


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Chiquita Banana!


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Our first road trip and first hotel… The Back Bay Inn in Los Osos, CA.

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

I’ve been obsessed with shoes since I was a little girl. It’s totally my mom’s fault (THANK YOU MOM)! So it’s only natural that Amelia will most likely suffer the same affliction. For now, her feet are really too small for shoes and even if they weren’t, it would be pointless. Until she’s running around, I’ll just have to window shop. Here’s my latest obsessions from Pinterest…


Check out the complete board here.


and I thought I had baggage…

I would be the perfect contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal”, because I always carry so much crap in my bag.

Hungry?  I have a snack.

Cranky?  I’ve got some Midol.

Cold?  I’m sure I have an extra pair of socks.

Well, now that I have a baby, I’ve got so much more to consider.  Diapers, wipes, an extra outfit for when they poop all over the one they’re wearing…

Ok, picture this…. Newbie mom, struggling with an oversized stroller (that I was told I HAD to have), screaming child, carrying a diaper bag AND a purse… I knew that I needed to pare down, but all of the diaper bags that were cute enough to double as a purse were super expensive.  Here’s my solution (that seems to be working out for at least the last week):

Tote Bag

I got this tote bag at Target for $19.99 and it fits everything and has tons of pockets and compartments.  I’d love to have a fancier option, but for now, this will do.  I’d love to hear other suggestions if you’ve got some…

The Philippines

My husband and I (boyfriend at the time) had been dating for about a year when he asked me to join him on a trip to the Philippines.  He was going to visit some friends and attend a meeting for work and I was lucky enough to tag along.  We spent several days in Boracay and then about a week in Bacolod.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from that trip…