Prepping For Hudson’s 1st Birthday Party (A Checklist For Mamas!)

*This post was sponsored by Uber, but all opinions are my own. So planning a first birthday party felt a lot like planning my wedding. I had some friends who opted out of having one, because babies are not going to remember it anyway, but I felt like it was more of a party for Matt and I to celebrate the fact that we did this…

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Personal: My Baby Turns One

I didn’t write this post ahead of time, because I wanted to write exactly how I feel in this moment on this big day, my baby’s first birthday. I never realized how meaningful birthdays were to the moms until I became one. He has no idea what today is, or what it means and I have been an emo lunatic leading up to it. Exactly…

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Pumpkin Patch With Hudson (His First Year!!)

If I am being totally honest, we probably went to three pumpkin patches! haha! But Hudson was usually in the stroller, and we sometimes feel bad making this guy pose for photos. I remember how annoyed I was growing up when my parents would make me be in pictures, sooo I always have that in mind! But it was obligatory to snap some of him…

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Hudson’s 11 Month Update

We (almost) did it! Mom & dad almost made it to the big one year mark, which imo is a huge accomplishment on our part. haha! It has not been even close to easy, and we still have days where we’re like omg. it’s always something. does it get any easier??? But we’re so proud of our dude for suffering through all of the lousy…

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Hudson’s 10 Month Update!

This month FLEW by, and I cannot believe I am starting to pin ideas for Hudson’s 1st birthday party. How did this happen? How do I have an almost 1-year-old? What is it even like being a mom to a toddler?   BABY UPDATE: At the end of nine months, Hudson changed SO much, I can hardly keep up! First, he is finally scooching!! I am…

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6 Toys We Added To Our Playroom This Week!

I was chatting with my momma friend Kira the other day about how Hudson seems bored during playtime, and she mentioned adding some new toys to his collection. I realized that I hadn’t really upgraded his toys in a while, and maybe he had outgrown them mentally (and physically too!). It’s hard because I know I want to be a minimalist ( and I am…

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Hudson’s 9 Month Update / Why We Shouldn’t Compare As Moms

From months eight to nine, Hudson’s personality has begun to shine through so much more! He laughs along with conversations now, like he’s a part of them, and is just generally more of a human being! He’s fun to hangout with and see the world with, and his fascination with tiny little things makes me wish I could see the world through his eyes, even…

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Having Kids Didn’t Stop Me From Seeing The World (And It Shouldn’t Stop You!)

I am sure all of you (whether you have kids, plan to have kids or are currently pregnant) have heard the same thing over and over again – Kids stop you. They stop you from partying, they stop you from going to the movies or on dates and they stop you from being spontaneous and traveling. I’ll admit, some of it is true – it’s been…

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What We’ve Learned From Traveling Internationally (Twice!) With Hudson @ 8 Months Old

Phew, so some of you may have read this post a few months back about our tips for traveling with a baby. We thought we were such pros, and then suddenly Hudson because a human and not a blob, and it was a whole new ball game! Let me preface this post by saying we are still not perfect AT ALL, and there’s definitely trips where…

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10 Things Suggested By You For The 8 Month Sleep Regression

8 Month Sleep Regression

Being a baby is tough, and being an 8 month old is impossible. These poor guys are teething, learning how their bodies work AND they’re learning to speak our language all at the same time. To top it off, they’re also not sleeping well – Which just hit us here in casa Degreff this week. The 8 month sleep regression. Yikes.   When I needed…

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Hudson’s Play Area

When I began staying home with Hudson, I quickly realized that it was a pain to constantly be setting up his toys and then putting them away every day. It felt like wasted time and energy, but I also don’t like a mess all over the house. I rearranged some furniture, and ended up creating this simple little corner for him to hang out in…

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Hudson’s 8 Month Update!

I know a lot of parents say they love these months with their baby, but I found month 7 to be extremely trying. Hudson is in the midst of teething and dealing with separation anxiety, and it has felt like I can’t get in a breath some days. Last month he was very relaxed, and all of a sudden he is super needy again, like…

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How We Travel Light With A 7 Month Old

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Traveling with a baby isn’t easy. It’s more of a “trip” than a vacation these days, but after tons of research I think we’ve finally figured out how to travel the lightest way possible. On this trip to Italy, we only brought 2 carry ons and 1 checked bag along with an umbrella stroller. We don’t feel weighed down by our stuff at all, yet…

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Pressures of Turning 30

In less than a month I turn 30. It feels almost fake saying it out loud, because of how quickly my twenties flew by. Entering my twenties I felt a lot of pressure to figure things all out. It felt like a decade of self discovery – Where do I want to work? Who do I want to be within the real-world? Who do I…

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Hudson’s 7 Month Update + Unpublished Photos

I know I say this every month, but this month was my favorite month with my baby! He’s turning into such a little person, and he’s sharp as a tack. I also was able to spend every day with him this month since leaving my job, which is incredible. I will never ever forget this time with him. Thank you all so much for pushing…

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9 Things New Moms Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of

This post is sponsored by Vagisil® & SheKnows Media. Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending a panel called “Wine & Gyn” in NYC. Tbh, an event like this would have never made me excited before having Hudson, but now after having gone through childbirth, I absolutely love to hear other women candidly speak about their own experiences in a judgement-free room. It was…

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1 Must-Have When Roadtripping With A Baby

We’re quickly becoming pretty good at roadtripping with a baby, and bringing the car on trips makes bringing baby gear much easier! We were excited to test out the CYBEX Cloud Q carseat in this beautiful Autumn Gold color that I’ve chosen as “Hudson’s color” since he was born. I always see the Cloud Q out and about, and they look so sleek! There’s a few really…

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My 1st Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was a day of few pictures, but here’s the only ones we snapped! I woke up to Matt making me breakfast (a yogurt parfait) and Hudson’s cute smile! We fed him pineapple for the first time and then I played with him until he took a full two hour nap (usually he only naps for an hour in the morning!) While he…

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A Note To My Mom on Mother’s Day / The Gift of Chocolate!

This year, after becoming a mom, I can truly connect with and understand my own mom, and all of the sacrifices she made for me. She always used to say “You’ll understand when you become a mom,” and those words COULD NOT BE MORE TRUE.   So this Mother’s Day, Hudson and I are sending over an “e-card” via this blog post, filled with merci…

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Hudson’s 6 Month Update + Unpublished Pictures!

This month was the hardest month yet, because I felt like I had no time with Hudson. But it was also incredible, because Hudson had so many firsts! BABY UPDATE:  Hudson started to [easily] roll front to back, sit up on his own, say “bababa” and “dadada,” laugh even louder, grunt and just become waaay more of a human being! Sometimes, he just laughs at…

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