{Flashback} Petite Bateau

2 04 2012

Before Ben was born, the company I was working for showered me with a bunch of baby gifts from a local boutique. One of the items was a Petite Bateau onesie. I had never heard of the brand before, and I instantly fell in love with this outfit. I went back to the boutique with Dan and we bought three more cute outfits (it was hard to resist buying out the entire line!)

When Ben was born, he was tall and thin (and has stayed that way!) Many American brands seem to cater to chunkier babies, and so many outfits I would get Ben would look ridiculous. He was swimming in them! The Petite Bateau clothes always fit perfectly. I would recommend them for any long and lean baby. This is going to be a picture-heavy post, since once I start going back into old pictures, I cannot help myself. Ben was such a cute guy, going through a couple rough patches (baby acne and baldness). But still adorable (at least his mother thinks so!)

Going home from the hospital! 4 days old.

Ben’s going home outfit was probably my favorite of his Petite Bateau bodysuits. He looked like a little jailbird.

Sleeping on Daddy

Notice the Aden & Anais burpy bib. Those are THE BEST. Not kidding. If you are having a baby, get a few and you won’t be sorry.

Photo shoot gone bad

3 weeks was a rough age for Ben. This picture cracks me up for obvious reasons. 1) Ben’s chicken legs 2) He had fallen over and his head was now resting on a block. No control 3) His hair 4) His unfazed facial expression.

4 weeks and an adorable sneeze

Outfit change #2 on the same day:

San Diego balcony

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of Dan and Ben. I love the expression on his cute little smirky face. Plus, it was a really nice balcony overlooking the East Village. I love this little tank top. Here is a similar one currently for sale.

There's that balcony again!

Here is Ben at about 5 weeks old. This picture was taking when Laura & Jeff were visiting us for a long weekend to meet Ben. They still sell this bodysuit on the website. I miss him being that small. Look how still he is in my arms. I can’t hold him for more than 5 seconds now!

The outfit that started it all from my co-workers.

Here is Ben in his 6 week picture wearing the bodysuit that started the Petite Bateau craze. It has a picture of a little fish on the front. Too cute. And Ben is also too cute. Notice how much bigger he is than his 3 week photo in the same outfit.

I can’t believe how much Ben has changed. It is amazing to look back on these pictures. Feels like a lifetime ago, not only a year and a half. We were living in a different state, living a totally different life. I am so happy I have these pictures to remember every little bit of Ben’s life.





Happiness is a New Slide

29 03 2012

Laura and I made a Target run today to pick up a few things. Dan and I have wanted to get Ben a slide for awhile now. I didn’t really feel like spending $50 on one, and anytime I email about one on craigslist the person never gets back to me. I guess slides are a hot commodity! Anyway, we saw the one I wanted for $30 at Target today! Wow, so cheap! Laura and I checked the #’s and it was the right item, so I put it in my cart, very excited. When we went to pay, it (of course) rang up at $50. Bummer. The manager said the price was right….boo. After we paid, my super detective sister ran back to the toy aisle and did a double check and took a picture of the price & #…we brought it back to the manager and he gave me the slide for $29.99! SCORE! They totally mis-marked the slide, but that is not my fault!

I put the slide together (Ok, basically just opened the box) and Ben was very excited. He just kept walking up the stairs, standing at the top and yelling, like he was King of the Mountain. No clue how to actually get down the slide (meanwhile, he goes down slides all the time…not sure what was throwing him off). This went on for about a half hour, until I tried to show him how to go down himself. Finally he got the hang of it and has become a sliding maniac. He LOVES it. Let’s hope he doesn’t get bored of the slide in a week.

Ben is wearing a Carter’s zip-up, Children’s Place t-shirt, Gap jeans, and Trumpette socks.

King of the world! / Landing on Lucy / Singing at the top o' the mountain / A little help from my blankie

The funny part was the biggest lure for him to get down the slide on his own, was when I put his blankie at the bottom. He was on a mission to get it! It was cute. Those Aden & Anais blankies are basically crack for Ben.

Making sure I put the slide together correctly (Pretty sure Ben thinks I am out to get him)

The weather has been gorgeous in NJ lately. I am loving it, and so is Ben. Nicer weather means more time outside, which means a more tired child.

Me & Ben at the harbor on a gorgeous Boston evening

Here is a quick peek at Ben from Boston. He is very into “mooing” right now. And it even sounds like a MOO! (Unlike his previous moo, which was more like a “baaaa”) So proud of my little man! He is even starting to say “ba ba” for bottle.

Ben is wearing his Boston “Cheers” shirt (such tourists), Gap jeans, and H&M sneakers.

Mooin' / Shufflin'

While Ben is napping, time for this momma to work out! Not many more sleeps before it’s bathing suit season, and at this rate I will be scaring people off the beach!





Monkeying Around. And…Spring has officially sprung!

20 03 2012

Spring is here. It’s REALLY HERE! Not only is it officially the first day of Spring, but it actually seems like Spring too! Last week I spent most days outside. Either walking to Maplewood or taking Ben to the park. It’s just been wonderful. I wake up happier, my days are happier, everyone is happier.

Ben got a pair of new kicks last week. They are SO CUTE. H&M really has the best stuff for kids.

Tommy Hilfiger button-down, Children's Place T-shirt, Gap jeans, H&M sneakers

This past weekend we went to LBI for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. It was great! So happy to be back. We all went to our favorite happy hour to celebrate Mom & Dad’s 35th anniversary. THIRTY FIVE YEARS! So impressive. Here are pictures of Ben in his new hoodie from H&M looking adorable.

Blankie stroll / Bay / Backyard fun / Tuckers - H&M hoodie, Gap orange shirt, Gap jeans, H&M shoes.

This weekend we head to Boston, then to Baltimore a few weekends later, then Amsterdam/Paris. I am thinking I should not unpack my suitcase this entire month! Ben’s passport came in the mail today…I guess it means we’re really going!!





{Steppin’ In Saturday} Pajama Party

13 02 2012

This weekend was all about staying in, staying in pajamas, and staying warm. We were at the beach, and it was freezing. Ben never even got out of his pajamas on Saturday. It was one of those perfect days that include takeout pizza and a fire. And playing around on the iPad and taking silly pictures.

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Post no-heat curls / PUZZLES / Circus tent with Daddy / Family thermal camera fun

Linking up to Steppin’ Out Saturdays, where other people probably went out and had a life! And in case anyone is curious about what no-heat curls are, see tutorial here.

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The iPad camera really is crap

Today we had a fun playdate, and as usual the day is ending with Ben pant-less. Here’s a few pictures of a tired Ben rolling around with paper towels and his blankie.

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Paper towel love affair / Sleepy baby / Rolling around / Outfit: Gap onesie, Trumpette socks & Aden + Anais star swaddle blanket

Tomorrow is Ben’s 18 month birthday. What a perfect way to celebrate…on Valentine’s Day! Especially since he’s the love of our life.

Happy V-day!





{Flashback} Aden + Anais

13 01 2012

I had never even heard of Aden + Anais swaddles until I was in the audience of the Mother’s Day Ellen Show in 2010. Just for being in the audience we got 4 Aden + Anais swaddles and 2 burp clothes (along with a plethora of other gifts including a Teutonia stroller, a 6 month supply of diapersĀ and a video monitor!)

We began using these swaddles from day 1 in the hospital. I loved how HUGE they were, especially for beginner swaddlers like Dan and myself, and how soft and breathable they were. I also used them to cover Ben’s carseat when on walks, or on a picnic at the park (it was August and we lived in a small 1-bedroom apartment…I was outside as much as possible!) And now, Ben uses them as his security blankie…he can’t sleep without them. He also loves to wrap them around his neck and walk around the house; he looks like a mini-Hugh Hefner (I mean that in the cutest possible way!!) The burp cloths are also amazing…they are thick and absorbent, and when they get older you can use them as bibs! They snap around their neck, and cover almost their whole body…genius.

To sum up this post, Aden + Anais blankets and burp cloths were the best baby purchase we made (I use that term loosely, since we got them for free) and put this at the top of the Mommy Must-Have list!

Day 2 - Baby Burrito

Ben in Balboa Park

Ben enjoying the NYC skyline

Rough Day

And just for fun, here is a picture of me & Laura right before the Ellen Show…good memories! What an amazing sister I have to fly 3,000 miles for 1 night to come with me to a show full of pregnant woman and hear us scream over baby stuff!

Me (7 months pregnant) and Laura before Ellen








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