Monthly Archives: February 2016

Visiting Great Grandparents

Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

This past weekend, Gracie took her biggest road trip yet! We went to visit Gracie’s GREAT grandparents who live about 5 hours away. Well… with Gracie, it took us 7 hours to get there. LOL! She requires lots of stops (to stretch, to eat, to clean her dirty diaper, to eat again). Actually, she did pretty good in the car. I think her best yet.

Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

Can we just stop and look at how cute those shoes are on Gracie. Also, we couldn’t find an “I love my great grandparents” shirt, so this was the closest. {P.S. Grandpa Phil, this shirt applies to you, too!}
Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

We all had such a nice visit. We relaxed, talked, laughed, ate, watched golf, took naps, and just enjoyed each others company. All the things you do at great grandparents’ houses. Gracie loved it too. She has been loving jumping. She can jump + jump for hours. If you watch the video below, you’ll see a lot of jumping. Yes… our arms hurt.
Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie loved Great Grandma Karen’s ring. It was so sweet to watch her look and play with it. She also loves playing with her shoes. So precious! Visiting Gracie's Great Grandparents! Gracefulmommy.com

Check out some highlights from our trip in the video below:

 

Baby’s First Beach Day!

Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com

Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie has finally made it to the beach! My parents live right near the beach, so we’ve taken her close to the beach, but never on the sand and near the water. We went on an extremely windy day, so we didn’t get too many pictures. Gracie loved the wind in her face, though. She finally got to stick her little toes in the water. Please don’t make fun of how white I am. LOL! Having a baby means no more laying out for 2+ hours in the sun.

Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com

We didn’t stay too long. And it was so windy I didn’t get to take any videos :(. But, Gracie took an amazing nap after. She actually fell asleep on the car ride home which she NEVER does. YAY!
Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie loved the toys at Grandma + Grandpas! Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com Baby's first beach day! Gracefulmommy.com

We had fun at the beach with Grandma + Grandpa! Can’t wait to take her again!

Some tips for taking baby to the beach:

1//Be flexible- Because it was so windy, we ended up not staying too long. Sometimes you gotta change your plans up. Beach day turned into “beach 10 minutes”.

2//Bring sunscreen!

3//Pack a huge towel or blanket

4//Put a hat on baby

5//Don’t go during peak hours. Next time I want to bring Gracie around 4ish. Or maybe in the morning around 9.

What are your great beach tips with baby?!

Month Six Favorites

Favorite baby products for month 6! Great list + ideas | gracefulmommy.com

Gracie has been in our lives for 7 months now. Oh my gosh! Seriously, what did we do without her? She brings so much joy to our lives, it’s crazy. Anyways, last month I shared our 5 month favorites. And these are our must haves for the 6th month.
Favorite baby products for month 6! Great list + ideas | gracefulmommy.com

1-Sit to Stand// This has been such a fun toy for Gracie and I to play with (yes- fun for me too LOL!). I seriously memorized all the songs + phrases in a day. Gracie does not seem to get sick of it. I’m also convinced this toy has helped Gracie to sit up on her own. She used this to balance herself as she sits. I also love it because it’s not a toy that will only be used for a short time. This toy will be useful when Gracie starts walking, too!

2-Baby Brezza// Ah, I love this thing. It’s a baby food maker that steams the food + then blends it all in one step. I’m working on a separate blog post to show how it works in more detail. But yeah, basically it has been a lifesaver for making Gracie’s food. I’ve been making all of her food in here. I know you can make baby food by just steaming on the stove, but this is way more fun. I love it because I don’t have to be constantly watching the food and stirring it and checking on it. I cut up the food, throw it in the machine, and then listen for the beep that tells me it’s done. It’s awesome.

3-Animal book// I’ve been reading to Gracie since she was a newborn. She has always loved books. But now, she is even more engaged when I read to her. She stares at the pictures and even tries to flip the pages. I love this animal book because the pages have awesome photographs of animals. They really stand out against the solid colored backgrounds. It’s just a simple book with a picture of an animal and the name of the animal, but for some reason Gracie LOVES it. It’s the perfect size for her to hold, and the cover seems tasty (according to Gracie).

4-Shopping Cart Cover// Now that Gracie is sitting up, she can hang out with mommy in the shopping cart! I love having a cover, not only because it helps keep Gracie away from the nasty germs on the cart, but more so because it’s more comfy for her. She still needs a little extra padding and support in the cart, and this cover is perfect for that! We’ve also used this in restaurants to cover the high chair. Another cool thing is that you can clip toys on it. There’s also a little pouch to keep toys in or her pacifier.

5-Nose Frida// Okay, yes this thing is kind of disgusting. You literally suck the snot out of your baby’s nose. But it’s actually the best baby invention ever. In the hospital after having a baby, they give you this bulb thingy that is supposed to get boogies out- except it doesn’t. It doesn’t work. The Nose Frida works every single time. In this last month, Gracie got her first cold :(. So sad. She was all stuffed up. Luckily, we had the Nose Frida. It’s not actually that gross because there’s a long tube so you don’t actually get snot in your mouth, but it also comes with a filter so you really don’t get snot in your mouth. Just stop thinking about what your actually doing, and just buy one.

6-Munchin Mesh Feeders// I talked a little bit about my love for these in my teething post. These are so fun for Gracie. She loves when I put frozen foods inside, but we’ve also done regular banana slices and she loves that, too! I love that it teachers her to feed herself (in a way) without the risk of choking. It’s also been great for when her bottom teeth were cutting through. I put a little breastmilk ice cube in one of these, and she was content for so long just sucking on it. They are kind of difficult to clean, so I recommend rinsing them out immediately after using them.

What are your favorites for the sixth month?

Favorite baby products for month 6! Great list + ideas | gracefulmommy.com

Read our month five favorites here.