MOTHERHOOD

exploring baby food

I want to jump back again. I feel like that’s the story of my life, wanting to do something, waiting too long, so having to rewind. Before I share all of our fun baby meals we’ve been doing- I want to share how we started the world of solids, Chester’s favorites, and other items we loved using as we navigated those first few months. You can read my post on our favorite baby cooker here.

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chester at 11 months

I had planned to do a blog post for every month which kind of breaks my heart that this is the first- but when’s better than the month before the BIG ONE? Here’s a little update on our little C boy!

 

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what’s in our diaper bag?

How in the world is my sweet baby almost ONE!?! When I was heading towards his due date, I had been working on so much new content all about nurseries, pregnancy, labor, and so on. I have been blogging now for what seems like a lifetime. Never being good at it, just posting for fun, but I am going on I think 6ish years maybe even more of having a blog? I really dove in around 2014 after Chase proposed and I feel like I’m finally in a place where I absolutely love my space, can think of content that is true to me and also beneficial to you, AND hopefully gives people a space of freedom, hope, and love.

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a little bit of hurt

I’m not one to really feel anything spectacular when the New Year comes around- sure I like to reflect and think about all the amazing things that have happened and even the hard- but I don’t set new goals, I don’t start working out if I wasn’t already, and really I just kind of move on.

This year feels different. It feels quiet, it feels painful, it feels heavy. Assuming you’ve been here before- we welcomed our sweetest little baby into the world and I don’t want anyone to mistake our hurt for not seeing how amazing and incredible this year was- trust me, it trumps it all. But truthfully we are ready to put this year behind us.

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CHRISTMAS 2017

Oh how I wish I was posting pictures of Chester opening gifts surrounded by family, eating amazing make ahead breakfasts, and showing off his cutest Christmas outfit but instead we spent our holidays home alone bouncing between our bed and couch. Our sweet little babe came down with a stomach bug, then a cold, and finally ended with croup.

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christmas books

I can’t believe Christmas is in 7 days. We’ve been trying to mark off all of our seasons bucket list activities and live it up every chance we get. I wanted to slow down for a bit this morning and share some of our favorite christmas books as well as a tip on getting your books for super cheap.

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FRIDAY FAVORITES: BABY CLOTHES

So when I launched my new design for the blog earlier this year, I had planned to do a load of old posts I had saved that had to do with all things newborn. But in great Kaylee fashion, I can’t find the folders- BUT some of them are SO good, I am going to redo it all because it’s so worth it and every new mama needs these things! So first off- our obsession for lovedbaby.

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COLORADO

Traveling is a huge part of Chase & I. Looking back we didn’t really travel all that often before we were married, so we thought. But as we flip through travel journals and add pins to boards of locations we’ve visited, we are reminded that we have and maybe at the time took it for granted. Now, everytime we pack our bags we feel so fortunate to be sharing such memorable moments with our son. Because in our home, we believe he knows and it impacts him, even at his age.

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MUST HAVE BABY EQUIPMENT

Now that we are out of the newborn stage and we have a mighty active 6 month old on our hands, I wanted to backtrack and talk about our newborn equipment must haves.

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BABY FOOD WITH BEABA

Let me throw something back for you.. .ten years ago if you would have asked me what I hoped my life looked like in ten years.. I probably would have said, standing in the kitchen that my husband and I live in, with a baby on my hip, in my barefeet. WHAT. Fastforward, ten years, here I am… While it mostly still looks different, it truly is a dream.

 

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WEEKEND PACKING

Although we haven’t mastered the art of packing for trips yet, we are still learning, I do feel like we have somewhat of a grasp on weekend packing. Whether we are running off to my in-laws or to the family farm, we try to be very light and organized, so we want to share some tips we have learned along the way.

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FRIDAY FAVORITE//BREASTFEEDING EDITION

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week- I thought I could center this Friday around all of our favorite + must have nursing stuff.

I wish I could say that our journey with breastfeeding has been a breeze but we have had plenty of ups and downs. Although we seem to be on the rise now that he is 5 months, I take every feed as a blessing that my body is still allowing for me to nurture my baby. There are some things I have learned + also appreciate that have helped us along the way.

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THE BIRTH OF CHESTER LEE

I am almost at a loss of words but yet have so much to say. It was important to me to take the time to write his birth story on paper before sharing it here. And while I kept it more raw + detailed over there, I still want to share the majority of his story here. So grab a cup of coffee (or wine) and read about the biggest miracle I’ve ever witnessed.

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THIEF OF TIME

If there’s one thing that i’ve had a hard time with adjusting to being a mom, it’s definitely time. i’m non-stop worried about what time it is, how long has he went in between feedings, when was his last diaper change, has he been sleeping too long?

This was really odd for me in the beginning, i was keeping track with an app (which was great since i was nursing and wanted to keep track of his feedings) but after time, it was wearing me out and made me addicted to the time.

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EASTER BASKET IDEAS FOR BABIES

Before kids: “Oh, I’ll never be a cheesy mom. I’ll still keep things low key on decorating for holidays, I won’t spend a bunch of money on Easter baskets, AND I DEFINITELY will not have all those bright colors around my house for the holidays.”

After Chester: “I need to buy him this bunny, this book because, DUH he belongs here andddd it has a bunny on the front. Oh and that colorful banner, need that, yep”.

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WELCOME TO EARTH

 

Over joyed to announce the arrival of our son, Chester Lee Crane, born March 8th, 2017 at 5:04pm, weighing 7lb3ozs and measuring 20 1/4”. The last few days have been more than blissful and exhausting. We are looking forward to soaking in this time as a family before Chase heads back to work. We will share his birth story hopefully really soon, but first, putting pen to paper. Thank you so much for your well wishes + love!

LIFE AS OF LATE

A few weeks ago I posted to Instagram + added a little caption about how I had been working way harder to keep up with blog posts and partnerships. Literally within a few days, the unexpected happen and here we are a few weeks without any new posts.

Before we catch back up with the Nesting Series, home updates, and some new brands we’ve been loving, I wanted to share what we’ve been up to.

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRANES

 

 

I seriously can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come and gone this year. Actually, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! I guess this is a little glimpse into parenthood, if I’m taking advice from my mom. (Hey, mom!)

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THE BEST JOURNEY YET

There’s some peace of contentment that writing brings me. I don’t know if it’s the thought of putting a memory to paper and knowing you can cherish it forever or the thought of my future great great grandkids having pieces of me.

I think writing has been lost in the pastime. It breaks my heart knowing that most of my generations kids won’t have notes, journals, letters, etc. from there parents, grandparents, and great grandparents! Something so dear and meaningful.

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Oh our sweet baby, how badly you were prayed for! Read more on that here. It was late June, a hot summer day. We were planning a weekend away in Colorado the following weekend and I was about to sign a lease on a studio. After your daddy and I talked and talked about the finances, the lifestyle change, and YOU-we made the decision,  if we were still waiting for you, I would go ahead and sign a 6 month lease.

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