Maxwell monthly (The first 6 months!)

I had big plans to do a monthly Maxwell update. Yea, that big plan went right out the window oh… about 6 months ago when I realized being a new mom was insanity! Alas, I bring you 6 months of Maxwell updates all in one little post. My sweet baby is a curious, smiley, determined little munchkin who is on the move, all of the time! And getting bigger way, way too fast. Oh and if you are new here, here’s the pregnancy announcement, gender reveal party, natural birth story, and his black and white nursery!

0-1 Month:

  • We gave Maxwell his first bath at home on 3-28-14, 5 days after he was born. We were scared!
  • Maxwell took his newborn pictures on 4-4-14, so stinkin’ cute!
  • We left Max at home with Grammy and had a sushi dinner date.
  • He took his passport picture!
  • Dyed his first Easter egg (with a lot of help!)
  • Started smiling and loves celling fans!

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1-2 Months

  • Went to his first baseball game!
  • And museum!
  • Maxwell starting blowing tons of spit bubbles and smiles all of the time!
  • He loves rocking on the front porch and staring at celling fans!

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2-3 months

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3-4 months

  • Max giggled for the first time at 3 months and 1 day old!
  • Maxwell went on a boat ride for mom’s surprise party. Not a huge fan of life jackets!
  • He went to 2 blog conferences in Utah and Georgia via plane with mom!
  • On 7-12-23, you started doing multiple rolls and moving all over the place!

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 4-5 months

  • Maxwell is up on all 4’s!
  • He can sit up for a few seconds by himself.
  • Traveled to New England to visit mom’s bff! (Free things to do with kids in Rhode Island and NYC)
  • Started sticking out his tongue all of the time!
  • Maxwell had his first sleepover with his great aunt while we mom and dad went to a wedding!

 

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 5-6 months

  • Pulled up in his crib for the firs time!
  • We had to lower the crib all of the way and remove the bumpers because he was using them as a ladder!
  • Started for real crawling on 8-31-14, 5 months and 8 days old… He’s officially on the move and into everything!
  • Loves turning the pages of books, playing with his soccer ball piggy bank, putting tags in his mouth, playing with his sound machine, pulling up on anything, and taking walks in the stroller!
  • Tried his first real food, sweet potatoes! Not a huge fan.
  • Maxwell sits up very well now.
  • Discovers something new everyday! (Fireplace, vents, lamp cords, shoes, his closet, the printer, opening cabinets) We have to get this house baby proof!

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I love looking at how he’s grown over time, his hair has gotten so thick! And he’s just so stinkin’ cute!

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And here his is super cute 7 month picture, we took last week! He’s pulling up on everything, says “dadadada” all of the time. And stands on his own for a few seconds at a time! Oh and all of these pictures are taken on random quilts, rugs, pieces of fabric, and blankets we have at home. The blocks are from CB2, but I think they are discontinued. Boo. My friend got them to use as decor for one of our baby showers and I love them! Anyone else have a fun way to docuemnt their little ones? Do you take monthyl or weekly pictures? Have any advice for teaching a 7 month old not to pull on lamp cords? I’d love to hear…

 

Alt Summit {& what do you think about Martha Stewart?}

Oh Alt Summit, how I heart you! Alt Summit is a blog conference for creatives that happens twice a year in Salt Lake City (January and June). Let’s just put this out there… I spoke at a conference (about Google +) where Martha Stewart was the keynote, ahh! That makes this girl freakin’ excited. I kind of love Martha. I’m fully aware of the not so nice comment she made about bloggers (1:47 in video). But honestly, there are some not so great bloggers out there who steal people’s content and claim it as there own. Luckily, the vast majority of bloggers are very talented, real people who share their genius with us fo’ free! I love blog world! Maybe Martha said something she didn’t mean? I’ve certainly never done that, ha! And for the record, I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m just a mom who likes to make really awesome free things. Anyone can do it.  Clearly Martha is a genius entrepreneur, and has some mad baking/crafting/party planning skills or she never would have made it as far as she has today! Moving on…

This was Max baby’s second plane trip of his life (we took him to the Dominican Republic). But, this was the first plane trip that I took him on by myself. I was oh so nervous, but honestly all went well! (Coming soon: my tips for traveling with a baby via airplane.)

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Max and I took 2 planes and a train to the hotel (no car seat or stroller needed!), we stayed at Little America, the cheaper little sister of the Grand America where the conference was held.

TIP #1: The Little America is way cheaper than the Grand, super nice, and a super short walk across the street!

This is a baby friendly conference y’all! And honestly he was such a good little conversation starter. Everyone wanted to grab his little toes and tell him how cute he was, and he would give them a big smile back!

TIP #2: If you have a little one, bring him to the conference! 

Alt sets things up so that everyone gets to attend a sponsored dinner the night before the conference actually beings. I love the Honest company products and was lucky to attend this dinner at Pago. I got a baby sitter for the Max man and had a seriously delicious (baby free) dinner.

TIP #3: Bring that baby, but get a sitter for a few hours here or there. Ask around or e-mail me, I’ve got a good one in Salt Lake City!

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He loves his baby backpack, so he just hung out on my chest while we learned and chatted at the conference. This was the first nights food truck party. We hung out on picnic blanket and ate yummy Salt Lake City food truck treats! Maxbaby fell asleep.

TIP #4: If you bring a baby, baby wear! It’s so much easier than a stroller!

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I spy me at the Lewis Brothers food truck waiting for my falafel salad. I need more falafel in my life, y’all!
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I did not get to attend all of the sessions, Max baby needed naps and nursing. I went with that expectation, and all was well. I actually only missed one session! I certainly stood in the back of a few and had to sneak out when sweet Max started crying. For the most part, he was content just hanging out on my chest and talking to all of the ladies and gents! This was the photo styling session…

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TIP #5: Alt has professional photographs, so don’t worry about taking pictures! Just soak up the info and meet new peeps! They upload all of the pictures to a Flickr stream and you are allowed to use them!
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Max and I even had some fun at the Bing photo booth! Oh wait, he slept through the fun in this one…

TIP #6: Interact with everything there is to offer at Alt! Even if it means grabbing the sweet girl next to you to snap a picture in the photo booth!

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Max and I attended a round table about starting a podcast!

TIP #7: Check out the schedule before hand. Circle the sessions you don’t want to miss! It’s easy to get carried away and forget about the time!

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And then I did my Google + presentation with these talented ladies (Meg and Kris)! Our session was called: Media You’re Not Using, But Should Be: TV, Radio, and Google+. If you’re interested in learning more about Google +, here is a little Google + guide I put together for getting started! 

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So, have you ever been to a blog conference? How do you feel about Martha Stewart? Do you love falafel? Are you on Google +?

(All photos by Justin Hackworth or Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit)

Earth shattering family vacation, literally! {Punta Cana}

I have lots of crafty stuff to post about it. Really, I do! But, for some reason I’m being a mega procrastinator lately. And well, pictures of our cute Max are way more fun to edit and stare at then pictures of painted pots! (Although my painted pot turned out cute too!) So, we went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with a 2 month old. And 8 of our friends last week! Here’s the back story, this trip was planned before I even found out I was prego! It was my 30th birthday celebration (I turn 30 on 6-29!), but Memorial Day weekend worked well for everyone and I’m all about dragging out the birthday celebrations for as long as possible! (Anyone like to celebrate a birthday month?)

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We made the executive decision to get Max baby a passport and make his first flight an international adventure! Getting an infant to take a passport picture is very tricky, I’m going to post about that situation soon. Max did very well on his plane rides. We nursed a ton and he only screamed bloody murder for about 10 minutes on the very last flight home. I think his ears hurt, and he had depleted his milk supply by that point, ha! Plus it was late and we had been traveling all day long. All in all, Max was a rock star traveler!

So, here’s the earth shattering part of our family vacation… we were in an Earthquake, y’all. True! We were actaully at the beach when it happened. We left immediately. I’m seriously scared of tsunamis! I’m way more scrared of a tsunami than sharks or jelly fish, silly? Maybe? But, I’ve watched home videos of tsunamis and it is terrifying! This site claims it was a 5.8 quake! That sounds huge, huh?! Apparently, it was a very deep earthquake. We definitely felt it in our little beach hut, but nothing fell over or anything. International travel and an earthquake… pretty exciting 2 months Max has had here on Earth!
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Max loves the water! The pool, ocean, baths, showers… he doesn’t discriminate. I love infinity pools. And I especially love infinity pools with views of the ocean!

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Here’s me and my bestie, Tina doing what we do best… drinking wine poolside after a day in the ocean!

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Maxwell got nice and spoiled on the trip since everyone wanted to hold him! I must say it was pretty nice having 8 adults who want to hold your baby all day long! I really get that whole “It takes a tribe to raise a baby” thing!  Maxwell loves being held and swayed and bounced and talked too. I mean who doesn’t?! I wish someone would hold me all day long!
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Max and I did lots of photo shoots! We started with a nice cozy towel for this floor photo shoot…

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Oh and did I mention he really prefers skinny dipping!

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Here’s my yummy cake to celebrate the 30th! I love cake. And cookies. And cupcakes. And candy. And icing. Oh I really love icing. 
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One day, we put on some real clothes and snapped tons of pictures of all of the couples/ families. I’m pretty impressed with our out takes! Max wasn’t feeling the camera that day, he was too sleepy from all of his swimming.

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Love me a good Max- wich.

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Nursing at the beach is greatness. Just find a shady lounge chair and voila… the bathing suit has instant access! I get to stare at sweet Max baby and the ocean for nursing sessions… perfectness!

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Have you ever been to the Dominican Republic? Punta Cana? When did you travel with your babies? Have you ever tried to take an infants passport picture? Anyone else born on 6-29? Or turning 30 soon? Cheers to a wonderful summer and being 30!

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Psst… All of the pics were taken with my new Samsung camera! My very favorite thing about this camera is that it connects to wifi and you can email anyone, any picture instantly! Perfect for when you’re on vay-cay friends! Oh plus the cam is white, which just looks cool! But, the super fun news is that I will be giving one of these camera’s away to one of you at the end of the month!