Our Top 10 Baby Essentials for the First Two Months

Top 10 Baby Essentials

I can’t believe our little lady is two months old. I know it’s so cliché, but it truly is incredible how fast babies grow. She’s already 3.5″ longer, almost four pounds heavier, and infinitely cuter than when we brought her home in November. We get lots of smiles and coos every day and are generally delighted by her presence in our life.

There are a lot of things that have made living with a newborn a little easier and prettier. This list comprises our absolute favorites.

1. Forget the bulb syringes you get at the hospital, the NoseFrida snot sucker is the boss when it comes to clearing congestion from a little nose.

2. Homedics SoundSpa On-The-Go is great for soothing at home and as the name suggests on the go. I like it because it has a timer that shuts the machine down after 15 minutes.

3. These diapers from Honest.com are the jam. They are biodegradable, chemical free, affordable, and most importantly fantastically absorbent. We love that they are delivered to us every month and that they come in such fun patterns.

4. Coming up with ways to play with a newborn is tough. We really like this rattle because it grabs Matilda’s attention long enough for us to work on her vision and focus and the textured handle is fun for her to hold.

5. All hail the bouncy seat, creator of Tilly’s most comfortable naps.

6. While there are a lot of ways you could jerry-rig a similar set up, this mat is fantastic, mostly because of the froggy pillow that has made tummy-time much more enjoyable for the lady baby.

7. For nighttime warmth and swaddling, we’ve found Halo sleep sacks to be pretty darn easy. They used them at the hospital and we like how there is the option for both a full swaddle as well as just swaddling her trunk. The Miracle Blanket is also awesome.

8. If you want a blanket that is literally made of soft, fluffy clouds, Little Giraffe has what you need. I love wrapping Matilda up in her Luxe blanket because it’s such a cozy snuggle for both of us.

9. I bought a bunch of Jennifer Ann head wraps pretty much right after I found out we were having a girl. They have proven to be a great investment as they are not only adorable, but also comfier and less cumbersome than some of her other hair accessories.

10. Little kicking feet are hard to keep socks on and thus, hard to keep warm. These booties are adorable and have an adjustable snap around the ankle so they can’t be kicked off.

Some other clutch gear we use is the Puj tub, Mustela foam shampoo, the Moby and Ergo baby carriers,and the JJ Cole Bundleme.

Other mamas out there, what other products, gear, etc. can’t you live without? What do I need for the next two months?

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What I Wore Last Weekend: To The National Aviary

What I Wore Last Weekend: To The AviaryThis weekend, Justin, Matilda, our friend Gina, and I went to the National Aviary on the North Side. For those who aren’t familiar, the place is basically a bird zoo. However, we did see a sloth and a few mice.

If you know me, you know that this activity was quite a stretch from my comfort zone, especially the immersive exhibits where birds swooped not far overhead. I definitely kept my hat on the whole time. I enjoy animals, but from a healthy distance. That being said, I’ve decided my motto this year is “Feel the fear and go for it anyway,” and this was an early and pretty easy test of my mettle.

It was pretty cold out so I kept things cozy in terms of apparel. It’s a good thing sweatshirts are in style. I got this one from Old Navy pre-Tater. Also, platform booties. Boo-ya!

Sea Eagle at the National Aviary
This is an actual Sea Eagle. Pretty darn majestic, no? And so statuesque.

We also saw bats and penguins and all sort of other winged species. Can’t say I’ll be back in the near term, but it was a pretty cool trip.


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Dark Chocolate Rosemary Pecan Bark

Dark Chocolate Rosemary Pecan Bark

So, now that I’m a mom, complicated things have become even more complicated. While I would love to spend an entire day making a cake, for now, life with Matilda makes that impossible. Thus I have embraced my inner-Ina Garten and have decided to make really simple recipes that look fancy.

Enter this dark chocolate rosemary pecan bark. It can be made during one infant sleep cycle, for those of you living in the adult world, that’s about 25 minutes. This treat looks pretty and is a surprisingly delicious combination of flavors. The recipe’s one limitation, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s pretty seasonal—I would never bring it to a Fourth of July party, however, from November through March it’s perfection.

As Ina would tell you, the better the ingredients in this simple recipe, the better the bark will taste.

Dark Chocolate Rosemary Pecan Bark (adapted from this recipe on CamilleStyles.com)


  • 16 oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened 100 Percent Cocoa Baking Bar
  • 1 Cup Toasted Pecan Halves
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and the baking bar in a double boiler.
  3. Pour the chocolate onto the baking sheet, until the layer is about 1/4″ thick.
  4. Sprinkle the pecans, rosemary, and sea salt edge to edge. Use the back of a spoon to gently press the pecans into the chocolate layer.
  5. Put the baking sheet into the freezer for about 20 minutes or until firm.
  6. Use a meat tenderizer or the back of a heavy spoon to break the bark into pieces.
  7. Enjoy!

Bon Appetit!

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What I Wore Last Weekend: To Livermore

What I Wore Last Weekend: LivermoreYinz—I went out last weekend. Success! Thanks to some great friends, we managed to coordinate babysitting and a night out and it was fabulous. Justin and I and our buddies Ron and Cristina went to Livermore in East Liberty and I drank not one, not two, but three cocktails between 6:45 and 11 PM.

Let me tell you, wearing a dress, heels, and carrying a purse that does not also have ample room for diapers and burp cloths felt good. That first sip of a Manhattan in 10 months wasn’t too bad either. Though cocktails are not required, I have a greater appreciation for adult time as a new mommy, both by myself and with the hubster. On Friday, I left the house for about two and a half hours to take a Bikram yoga class and even though I missed my lil tater, taking care of my body and my spirit is something I need to remember to prioritize.

What I Wore Last Weekend: Cold Snap

Back to Saturday night. It’s cold! When you’re a lifelong Midwesterner, cultivating a healthy love of outerwear is a good idea. Seriously, I have way more coats than necessary, but when winter lasts for over half the year, looking fly is not limited to just your outfit. I was excited to wear my buffalo check trench with my new (thanks Dr. J) long black leather gloves. I was feeling toasty and stylish.

I hope everyone is in a safe and warm place to hole up during the snowy/crazy-freezing cold weather.

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