Introducing Grace Cali

On September 17th, 2016 at 8:00 am on the dot our beautiful baby girl, Grace Cali made her debut into the world.

After a very fast delivery (like…5 cm to 10 cm in 6 minutes fast), but an extra long hospital stay- we are so blessed and proud to be the parents of such an amazing little girl!

Thankfully Grace decided to come a couple weeks earlier than expected in order to spend some extra time with her Daddy before he has to leave for 7 months!

We couldn’t be happier! xo

Mommy Monday’s: Take Home Outfit

I have been asked by about 5 different people “What are you going to take baby Grace home from the hospital in?!”, “Do you have a take home outfit yet?” etc.

I hadn’t obviously given it much thought but I figured, I probably should…she needs to come home in something right?!

Here are my tips for finding the perfect take home outfit:

  1. Remember, not many people are probably going to see this outfit.
  2. You have a newborn…put them in something comfortable. I.E.: Probably not a frilly tutu. They’re a little baby with sensitive skin, be fair!
  3. This is just a personal preference but I like classic pieces and less…tacky pieces. I am not a huge fan of take home outfits that say things like “Here I am world!” or “I’ve arrived!”
  4. Gender appropriate. Now, I know everybody thinks they have the cutest newborn in the world. Am I right? But more times than not…in the first month or so it’s hard for others to immediately identify whether or not your bouncing baby is a girl or boy. So, put them in something that’s either adorably feminine or boyishly cute! If you’re not a pink person, no worries, you don’t have to put your little girl in something that you don’t like! There are a million different colours and patterns out there that scream girl! Or, how about a precious ribbon headband?! So many options.
  5. Have them match. If you have more than one piece of your take home outfit like I do…onesie, hat and blanket, make them cohesive so that when you’re snapping pictures, your baby looks even more adorable than he or she already is!

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In Between Nursery Themes

As I anxiously await the arrival of my daughter, I have been keeping myself busy registering for fun things and planning how I will decorate her nursery!

Right now I seem to find myself in a dilemma between two nursery themes. Now, when I say theme I don’t mean a full out theme. I am really not one of those people who are into overdoing themes because lets face it, a kids mind changes in seconds and they have a new favourite thing every week. In terms of babies, you don’t even know if how you decorate their nursery will even match their style and personality.

So, when it comes to decorating I am a firm believer in subtle themes. Keep it classy.

I thought it would be fun to post my two competing themes and let y’all decide which one you like best!

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Mommy Monday’s: What WON’T Be On My Baby Registry

In October I will be a new mom so of course I have been exploring the world of all things baby. Let me tell you… there are too many things in that world. I was and still a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of things people tell you that you need to buy.

I have decided to make a list of the things that people have suggested I buy, that I think I just don’t need. Hey, in a few months I could be eating my words with this list. The baby is not here yet and truthfully, I don’t know what I’ll need or she’ll need or what I won’t be caught dead without. But for now, here is my list of items that I have decided to keep OFF my registry:

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Gender Reveal Ideas

I was inspired by the great gender reveal party we had to come up with some other ideas. So I thought of some fresh ideas for the traditionalist that loves the baby pink and blue, the gender neutral colour fanatic and team boy or girl party planners!

I am a firm believer that tacky does not have a place in this world. So even if you’re doing a theme that can sometimes come off as tacky, do it with a little bit of elegance and it will just come across as beautiful.

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Gender Reveal!

Living in another city, let alone another country is not the easiest of things to do. Luckily, Tyler and I have some of the best friends here in San Diego that have become our second family. Such good friends that they threw us a gender reveal party! How sweet is that?!

Our friends Danielle and Erich took on this task literally the moment I told them we were expecting, and they did not disappoint. They went above and beyond our expectations and it was such a heart warming day to be surrounded by our friends when we found out if we were having a boy or a girl. Calm down people, I’ll get to the reveal…but not until I force you to read my entire post. Muahaha.

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