Baby Essentials

As I’m entering my third trimester (which I am still trying to wrap my head around because wow, this pregnancy has flown by), I find myself obsessed with nesting. My mind has been swirling with ideas on how to redecorate our home, diy furniture projects for my husband to carry out, and all of the necessary baby items that we need to purchase. Since my brain is all over the place, I’ve decided to start my ever-growing project list by singling out my five favorite and necessary baby items…

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First up, a place to sleep. We co-slept with Holden for almost 3 years, so although we had bought a crib for him before he was born, we never ended up using it.  It wasn’t what we had originally planned to do, but it’s what worked for Holden and our family (whatever gets you the most sleep, right?). For this next little bebe, I would still like to have a place for him to sleep (even if it’s just for naps) and I like the idea of something that can be close to our bed, but also  moved around the house to different rooms. I think that I may have found the perfect solution with this gorgeous hanging cradle.

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Next up, a ride. I have been obsessing over this stroller for years. Soon after we were married, the husband and I spent some time in Copenhagen (a city that we both fell completely head over heels for) and the city was filled with gorgeous mamas pushing their little ones in these modern-day prams. I vowed that when we had children, this would be the stroller. Unfortunately, when Holden was born I discovered that they don’t sell or ship to the U.S. which actually worked out since Holden never like riding in strollers anyways. So unless I plan another trip to Copenhagen in the next month or so, baby #2 also won’t be riding in this beauty, but  I just still can’t seem to get this gorgeousness out of my mind.

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And don’t forget a wrap. I can’t mention a baby’s first ride without including a wrap. Babywearing was a lifesaver for us when Holden was born. I probably own about five to ten different types of baby carriers and Holden lived in them until I got pregnant this year and could no longer carry him. From the time he was born, Holden never enjoyed riding in the stroller, always preferring to be close to me and being a first-time mom, I found myself rarely wanting to put him down. Wraps are my favorite way to carry a newborn and I believe will be essential as a mama to a newborn and a toddler. Holden and I are constantly out and about and I know that baby brother will be living in the wrap by Solly Baby so that he can easily join our everyday adventures.

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The coming home outfit. I don’t know why baby’s coming home outfit is such a big deal (or maybe that’s just me), but I remember stressing about finding the perfect outfit for Holden for that day we left the hospital until I stumbled across Paige Lauren. Holden wore a  Paige Lauren romper on his way home from the hospital and I think our next little guy will as well. I always found their clothing to be one of the softest-to-the-touch out there and when you have a newborn baby, you only want the softest and most comfortable clothing touching their skin. All of the designs are simple and classic so you won’t look back at photos and wonder what you were thinking with your outfit choice. I think this little romper and matching hat is the perfect outfit for a newborn baby.

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And lastly, the toy. I think that a baby’s first toy should be a keepsake, something beautifully made and designed, and an item we don’t mind being put into our baby’s mouth. I’ve always leaned towards knit or wooden toys rather than plastic ones (yes, I am one of those moms) and try to find toys that are simple, well-crafted, and last for years. We were gifted this gorgeous hand-knit taxi rattle by Estella NYC, the first item to be baby #2′s very own, and this rattle is everything I look for in a toy. Made from 100% cotton and BPA free, the rattle is soft to the touch and is perfect for little hands (although I must admit that Holden enjoys playing “taxi” with it as well….shhh, don’t tell brother!). I can’t wait to introduce this gorgeous item to our baby boy. You can check out the whole collection of Estella hand-knit baby rattles here, and right now, Estella is offering Bel & Beau readers 15% off a purchase of $50 or more using the code EST15OFF29 now through December 15th.


A Second Pregnancy

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Bel wears :: Isabella Oliver Roliston Maternity Jumpsuit

Beau wears :: Moi Black Raven Jumpsuit

I’m currently heading into my third trimester and to be honest, this whole pregnancy still feels quite surreal.  I keep waiting for it to “hit” me that I am pregnant, but it still hasn’t seemed to happen. With Holden’s pregnancy, I was so attuned to the fact that I was pregnant, completely engrossed in pregnancy blogs and baby books, the thought that I was pregnant completely engrossing my every moment of every day. I spent an hour of everyday at a prenatal yoga class and  three hours a week in the Bradley Method class.  Life at that point was all about pregnancy.

Yet, this pregnancy is completely different. My everyday is spent as a mama to a sweet and energetic boy and we are on-the-go adventuring 24/7. I am almost constantly on the go so it’s not until those small moments of quiet in the day that I get my one-on-one time with bebe – when I am still for the first time that day and bebe knows it, kicking to acknowledge the quiet and let me know he is ready for our conversations to begin.

It’s interesting what a stark contrast this pregnancy has been from the last, but one thing that has been true for both pregnancies is how much I love being pregnant. Watching my body change to accommodate this little human growing inside me fascinates me and almost nothing can compare to feeling your baby kick in response to your voice.

We seriously just can’t wait for the day that we get to meet him.  Valentine’s Day can’t come soon enough.


Soon To Be Four

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On Bel :: Rachel Pally dress, Forever21 hat

On Beau :: So Little So Hip Suspenders, H&M t-shirt and shorts, Puma shoes

It’s been a while since I’ve been to this space, but with this new chapter in our lives closing as a family of three, I’m finding myself wanting to document more of our lives together.  There is something about putting words with photographs that helps to engrave that memory deeper into your mind or just simply spark a memory that you thought was completely forgotten.  Looking back at the beginning of this blog, reading my entries and looking through the photographs of Holden as an infant, I find myself back in that place, reliving all of Holden’s idiosyncrasies, my thoughts as a new mother, and our life back then.  And I find myself missing that – missing putting words down on “paper” to forever etch into memory these times in our lives. And while I do keep a private journal for Holden, there is something about adding pictures to words that makes everything that much more real and tangible. So I’m back…to sharing our adventures as a family of three, soon-to-be-four!!!, and everything that entails.



Free People Shoot

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 I am lucky to have found an amazing group of women and mothers here in Southern California that I consider not only friends, but a collective team of creativeness that can make magic happen when we all put our heads together.  The above shoot was one such experience.  We teamed up with Free People to create a Mother’s Day Inspiration shoot for the Free People blog.  We got to work with camels and wild zebras and it is an experience that I will truly never forget.

MOTHERS ARE WEARING CLOTHING FROM Free People & JEWELRY FROM 31bits
CHILDREN ARE WEARNG Rock Your Baby, Tutu du Monde, Aristocrat Kids, Shan and Toad, Bobo Choses, Little Miss Galia 
 
MODELS ::
 
Isobel Benesch from Bel & Beau (@belandbeau)
Kelli Murray from Kelli Murray (@kelli_murray
Cassidy June from O My Darlings Blog (@omydarlingsblog) 
Nikki from Jeadore Blogger (@jeadoreblogger
 
CREATIVE DIRECTION ::  Isobel Benesch  (@belandbeau)
 
 
SET DESIGN :: Amber Thrane (@amberthrane)
 
 
HAIR & MAKEUP :: 1011makeup (@1011makeup)
 
LOCATION :: Zebrasrus