The boys and I snuck out of the house early on this weekend morning so that we could surprise Mr.B with an extra hour (or two) of sleep. It was overcast, a thick layer of dreary gray hanging over our heads. Sometimes I like beach days better this way, bereft of the harsh sun beating down on our heads. The crispness of the salt air that enveloped us was almost tangible. The beach remained desolate outside of a few other early birds walking their dogs. Holden insisted on wearing his Max costume from the book, Where the Wild Things Are, something warm and cozy he said, despite the fact that we were going to the beach, and I didn’t mind. Watching a child’s imagination come alive, from the simple act of putting on a costume, is one of my favorite things about motherhood. Holden’s vivid and colorful thoughts were a stark contrast to the drab and bleak horizon that morning and I couldn’t help but document it.
^^^Always, always running.
^^^Do you see that smile?
^^^A few iphone shots…not nearly as magical…but I couldn’t help but include them.
I’ll eat you up I love you so
Before children, the end of daylight savings was an occasion to be celebrated. “Falling back” meant an extra hour of daytime that you could spend doing whatever you very well pleased. But as a parent, daylight savings means earlier mornings, thrown-off nap times, and later bedtimes.
Last week, Chronicle Books and Pottery Barn Kids sent us the most thoughtful Daylight Savings Survival Kit for both parents and children. Some beautiful books and stuffed characters for the boys and speciality coffee and Advil for the parents.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train are two favorite bedtime stories in our household. I don’t think my boys will ever tire of reading about construction vehicles or trains, and the gorgeous writing and illustrations make these enjoyable books to read as a parent. Holden was overjoyed to find the stuffed character from the book in the package and couldn’t wait to read the books to his new friend.
In the past with Holden, we just winged it. However, Gray’s internal clock seems to be more sensitive than Holden’s. By 6 PM, Gray lets us know that he is ready for bed and proceeds to fall asleep at 6:30 PM every night like clockwork. Holden, on the other hand, is like the Energizer Bunny…it doesn’t matter what time it is or how much or little sleep he got the night before, Holden has never gone to sleep (for bedtimes or naps) unless he forcibly made to do so. I’m pretty sure he would stay awake the entire night if we let him! This time around, we think a little preparation might be necessary for Gray who is not going to be happy with us messing with his bed time. So how are we going to survive the time change?
Plan – Instead of springing the time change on the boys all at once, we are going to start shifting their schedules at the beginning of this week, 15 minutes at a time, to help their bodies slowly adjust to the time change.
Keep the same routine – I’ll be extra diligent when the time change happens not to stray from our usual routine. Rather than looking at a clock, mealtimes, playtimes, outings, etc. are all cues to Holden and Grayson about what is happening next in their day. By sticking to our usual routine, it will help them anticipate the daily flow.
Earlier Bedtimes – Knowing that the boys are waking up earlier, I will be sure to put them down for naps and bed earlier than usual to compensate for the early wake time and (hopefully) avoid overtired kiddos.
Do you guys have any other tips or tricks for daylight savings? Do you plan ahead or just wing it?
The boys and I were asked by our friends Cassidy and Riley to share some Mom + Me Halloween costume ideas in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids because really is there anything cuter than a coordinating family costume concept for Halloween?
I mean, as parents we obviously can’t participate in the trick-or-treating, so why not be one of the fun parents and dress up with your little one. After four years of coordinating costumes (super heroes, pumpkins, Curious George characters, Mickey Mouse and friends), I would consider us to be almost pros at family-coordinating Halloween costumes by now, but I think this year might just take the cake since it’s not only a kid concept, but something adults can totally get as well.
Mother of Dragons and Dragon Entourage…
So in all honesty, when Cassidy told me what she wanted me to be, my first thought was “oh cute” a mom and baby dragons. My mind did not immediately go to the Emmy-winning television show Game of Thrones (gasp! I know…let’s blame it on the sleepless nights or mommy brain or something like that). And then, I realized that I was Khaleesi with my own little entourage of dragons and I decided it was the coolest “mommy” costume for the moment because it’s relevant for the adults, but a concept kids love as well for an entirely different reason.
If you can’t tell from the images, Holden LOVES his dragon costume. Since this photoshoot Holden has basically lived in it, wearing it the grocery store, the playground, museums…everywhere….despite the heat wave we have been experiencing in Southern California. He even won a costume contest with it! And it’s not even Halloween yet.
Mother of Dragons Costume: A Little Bundle t-shirt (you can also find a bunch of options here) // Bel & Beau skirt
Toddler Dragon Costume // Baby Dragon Costume
I’ve mentioned this on instagram, but these past seven months of Baby Gray’s life have really flown by. When Holden was a baby, I was constantly pleading for time to slow down, to give me even more moments with my baby before he became a boy. But life with a second baby moves as if in fast forward and it seems as if those momentous steps that propel babies into boyhood keep coming sooner than I expect.
^^^The bassinest swiveled out which allowed me to easily get out of the bed
^^^A little nook of our room that we turned into Gray’s changing station and brand new baby Gray.
^^^See how close I could turn the bassinest into my bed here. Gray was always snuggled in as close as possible
^^^Checking out the light.
Last month, we officially moved Gray out of the bassinet that was nestled closely into my bedside and into his big brother’s room which they now share. I love having my boys near me during the night and moving them into a room of their own is always a little bittersweet (bitter because I miss and worry about them during the night when they are in their own room, but sweet because I’m hoping it will help everyone sleep better). There’s something about keeping them close that allows me to sleep more soundly and peacefully knowing that they are nearby. Not to mention, the fact that it is imperative for a baby to be within arms reach when I am waking up every other hour or so to nurse.
We co-slept with Holden until he was three. It is what worked for our family at the time and enabled everyone to get the most and best sleep. Around Holden’s third birthday, we went out and bought him a big boy bed, a bunk bed per his request, and he decided on his own from that point on that he wanted to sleep in his own room in his own bed. Before that point, Holden had a toddler bed, but it wasn’t until we purchased that bunk bed that he decided he wanted to sleep on his own.
I was kind of hoping that same co-sleeping arrangement would work for baby Gray, but from the very beginning Gray liked sleeping in his own space. The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper was the best of both worlds for me. Gray had his own bed and plenty of space, but was still at my bedside. I could reach him or peek over the side to check on him at a moment’s notice which I did often throughout the nightto make sure he was breathing because I tend to be paranoid about those types of things. The Halo Bassinest has a swivel base so it’s easy to move around (I wasn’t trapped in the bed or having to climb to the end of the bed in order to just get out and use the bathroom in the middle of the night) and it has a retractable wall where the side actually bends down when you put pressure on it (and pops right back up when you remove your arms) so that I could easily take Gray out without having to lift him up and over. I think my favorite part of the Halo Bassinest is the fact that it has a light, breastfeeding timer, noise machine, music, and vibration settings all built into the side. I honestly think that this bassinet is such a genius invention. So, if you happen to be looking for baby bassinet to keep your newborn by your bedside, I can’t recommend the Halo Bassinest enough.
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Halo Bassinest // All Modern Headboard // Ourlieu Lover Dreamer Pillow Slips // Kassatex Verona Bedding
Chasing Paper Removable Wallpaper in Wild // Land of Nod Dresser// Lil’ Fox Shoppe Triangle Knit Blanket // Floor Lamp // Naps Fix Everything Print // Art Cards for Baby // Knit Taxi // Changing Pad // Sheepskin // Munchkin Diaper Pail // Rug
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Here is the second half of our day that we spent with Jessica Davis that runs from mid afternoon until the boys went to sleep. If you didn’t see the previous post, we spent an entire day with Jessica who followed us around with a camera from the time the boys woke up in the morning around 8 AM until the time they went to sleep around 8 PM. Jessica just recently launched the Honest Hours project and we were lucky enough to be one of her first clients for the project. The Honest Hours project documents the daily life of a family from sun up to sun down and all of the familiar moments in between.
^^^After the beach, we usually change and then head to the grass area that sits directly above the ocean for a picnic, painting, and coloring for a little bit of down time after all of the running around and splashing down at the beach.
^^^I usually bring a tent for Grayson to play in since there isn’t any shade.
^^^After we’ve finished our picnic and played on the grass and at the playground for a little while, we walk over to get smoothies.
^^^Finally, we are back home around dinnertime and taking a few minutes to unwind from the day.
^^^Gray fell asleep for a mini nap when we got home so Holden had the bath to himself tonight.
^^^He’s totally ready for bed, right 😉 Not energetic at all….
^^^He loves board games. We are playing Bingo before stories and bedtime.