Knit cowl (that I finished up as we were pulling into the Christmas tree farm to meet Alicia): pattern: Cole Cowlette; Yarn: Anzula’s For Better Or Worsted in Candied Apple via Fuzzy Goat. Perfect plain pico dress from Bella’s Boutique in Bainbridge. #shoplocal this Holiday, y’all. ;)
Adella Grace was baptized into the Methodist Church on Sunday, and I also transferred my membership from the church I grew up in. Wheat and I, along with many of our family and friends and our Church family, vowed to raise her to walk in the faith and to do everything in our power to uphold her faith as she grows. She is such a blessed, fortunate baby girl, and it was a beautiful day spent with family and friends who are family. We are so grateful for it all, and most especially, for her and the sacrament of infant baptism.
I think Doc surprised her messing with her bonnet!
Love my girls! And my niece Elah loves her “Gray Gray.” We wondered what she would call Adella Grace… we didn’t expect Gray Gray, but it’s awfully cute!
This one kills me every time I look at it. My two favorite little girls love each other so much already!
Adella Grace’s dress and bonnet were hand crocheted by her Pops’ (my father-in-law Bruce’s) first cousin years ago in anticipation of a little girl to wear it. They sent it to us a few weeks after Adella Grace arrived, and on Sunday it looked like it had been made especially for her. It couldn’t have been more perfect or more beautiful (in so many ways).
We returned home to have lunch with our families, which was perfect. And I didn’t make a THING! Which was unlike me, and also amazing.
Seeing my home filled with so many I love so much, and who love Adella Grace so much, fills me with SUCH joy. We are so very, very blessed, and I’m so grateful to have shared the day with each one of these people. We love you all!
I keep working on a draft post about our favorite baby items, but it’s too massive and daunting for me to get around to finishing, apparently. It dawned on me that breaking it into smaller pieces would help me actually finish a post, so here goes: our favorite baby bathtime essentials!
Well, for starters, a rubber ducky isn’t essential… but it’s real cute!
We love the munchkin flexible cup with a handle. It won’t hurt baby if you drop it on them (not saying anyone would do that…) and it isn’t slippery when wet. And it has a handle, which just makes it easier. You can do without it, obviously, but it does make bathtime easier and it’s a cheap addition to your routine at $4.99 from Target.
I use a brush in the tub to scrub Adella’s little noggin to prevent cradle cap (or “the cradle crap,” as we call it). It’s $17.30 for a two-pack of Ambassador baby brushes on Amazon (I leave one at my parents’ house for when we visit there). The bristles are stiff and so far it seems to be high quality.
A recent addition to our bathtub was this Pottery Barn Kids kneeler pad. I love that it’s really thick and it SAVES my knees, it has a velcro loop for hanging on a hook or towel bar, and that it isn’t crazy colors like most kids things are. Unfortunately though, this gray Pottery Barn one is no longer available, but the blue Whale kneeler is still available on Amazon for $15.99, and I like it too.
And speaking of hanging, I hang it from these Puj nubs. I got them originally to hold our Puj tub (more on that next) but since it’s a 3-pack, I saved them for other things. One of those things is our whale kneeler. It holds on strong and is white to match the tub. I love them!
Now that AG is bigger, we use this Summer Infant bath seat that I actually got used and just scrubbed the heck out of it. But it’s only $12.84 on Amazon! It’s simple and folds up small to store away once they outgrow it, which I’m all about.
We keep this Munchkin Dots non-slip bath mat in the bottom of the tub to keep the seat from slipping and sliding around. I will say that it’s actually not really a favorite – it doesn’t actually suction to the bottom of the tub, and you have to pick it up and let it dry after each bath time because otherwise it will mildew under there. It’s not a good long-term solution, but it was cheap and it’s cute and it works for what we use it for now. Once we outgrow the bath seat, I plan to order these Puj adhesives, which will hopefully eliminate the mildew issues as well as will actually stick to the bottom of the tub. Any other favorite non-slip products you mamas and daddies out there can recommend?
And Burt’s Bees bath wash is a favorite, but we also like Aveeno lightly scented baby wash. It’s REALLY hard to find unscented baby products, but AG has very sensitive skin like her mama and we have to try to find them. Any recommendations?
We used the Puj tub in the sink for the first 2 months of Adella Grace’s life, and LOVED it. However, our little bitty baby grew into a pretty big baby really quickly, so we moved her to the tub about a month ago. For newborns, I cannot recommend the Puj enough. We loved it for travel, too. So lightweight and easy to pack up! And so comfortable, AG fell asleep in it a couple of times. :)
In the future, I also plan to order the Puj Snug faucet cover. Can you tell I’m a fan of the brand? I love their modern, clean aesthetic without all the wild and crazy colors.
I love a good bath and so far, so does Adella Grace. I know bath time will only get more fun as she learns to play…. so parents: What are your bathtime essentials and favorites?