The Everyday Mother

As any mother knows, those first few weeks and months can be a total blur of feedings, diaper changes, and very, very, very little sleep. When my first daughter, Sophie, was born four and a half years ago, I remember feeling totally overwhelmed by all the questions from nurses and doctors. How many times did she eat last night? How much did we think she ate? How many diapers did we change? Sophie was born three weeks early and didn’t have all of the extra baby fat of a full term baby, which made it even more important to track her details and make sure she was eating enough. But the only tools that we had to keep track of her details were phone apps and an ugly workbook provided by our hospital. Today I’m super excited to introduce you to a brand new notebook designed to help moms and dads keep track of all the baby essentials – The Everyday Mother!

The Everyday Mother: a beautiful notebook for keeping track of newborn feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns

The Everyday Mother is actually a side project from one of our beloved Designer Rolodex members, Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely, Jackie. While pregnant with her son Richard, Jackie developed HELLP Syndrome, an extremely rare, potentially fatal pregnancy complication that can only be cured by delivery. Jackie welcomed her beautiful baby boy in May 2016 – 14 weeks early. The Mangiolino family spent 99 days in the NICU, and during that time Jackie came up with the idea for The Everyday Mother.

The Everyday Mother: a beautiful notebook for keeping track of newborn feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns

During Richard’s stay in the NICU, Jackie had to keep meticulous notes on her pumping, so she decided to create a template for herself that she could also share with other NICU mothers. After Richard left the NICU, Jackie had to track even more baby details, so she expanded the original template to make it into a beautiful, spiral bound notebook that ALL families could use. And not only is The Everyday Mother more beautiful than an app on your phone, but it can be used by anyone helping with the baby during those early months – grandparents, nannies and sitters, friends, etc. There’s even a space at the bottom of each page for notes, so The Everyday Mother can double as a quasi-baby book for those bleary first few months.

The Everyday Mother: a beautiful notebook for keeping track of newborn feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns

The Everyday Mother is a spiral bound notebook designed for tracking daily essentials: feeding (breast, pumping, bottle, or all three), diaper changes, and sleep patterns. It even has reminders for mom so they remember to take a shower and drink plenty of water! The hard cover features gold foil printing and gold corner protectors, so it’s durable enough to be tossed in a diaper bag regularly. And the petite size – 8.5″ x 5.5″ and about .75″ thick – means it won’t take up a lot of precious diaper bag space. The Everyday Mother includes 180 template pages, covering the first six months of life (or about until when solids are introduced), along with an emergency contacts page and Jackie’s favorite lactation cookie recipe.

The Everyday Mother: a beautiful notebook for keeping track of newborn feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns

Check out The Everyday Mother right here!

Sophie Style: Toddler Bedding

We’re getting ready to make some big changes to the nursery: preparation both for a shared nursery after baby no. 2 arrives in September and for Sophie to move to a toddler bed! Sophie isn’t quite ready just yet, but we’re pretty sure she’ll be there in a couple of months so I’ve been keeping an eye on cute toddler bedding in anticipation. Today I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite finds!

Cute Toddler Girl Bedding Round Up by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Bonjour! pillow by Erin Jang for Land of Nod (absolutely loving this new capsule collection!); 2. Auggie Pretty with Pink Collection bedding; 3. Farmer’s Market Bedding by Erin Jang for Land of Nod; 4. Colette Bream toddler bedding; 5. + 6. Sundae Best duvet cover and ice cream pillow by Oh Joy for Land of Nod; 7. Ferm Living neon raindrop pillow; 8. Land of Nod Surprise Party Bedding; 9. Dwell Studio galaxy pillow; 10. Ko-ko-ko shop knit cloud pillow

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Sophie Style: Summer 2014

Thanks to the Longest Winter Ever, we pretty much skipped straight from winter layers into summer clothes, which means lots of short sleeves, dresses, and light fabrics. And Sophie is growing like a weed these days – particularly when it comes to shoes – so it’s time for a wardrobe update! Here are a few summer pieces that I have my eye on for Sophie these days:

Toddler Girl Style Post by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. dress + espadrilles from Baby Gap; 2. shirt from Carter’s, pineapple shorts from Target; 3. shirt from Baby Gap, leggings from Theif + Bandit; 4. straw hat from Baby Gap, pineapple shirt dress from Egg Baby, and Saltwater sandals; 5. cotton bow tank + skirt from Carter’s

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Toddler Essentials: Toys!

These days, Sophie really wants to play with toys that she can interact with or manipulate in some way. It’s the era of blocks and water tables! The great news is that most these toys are actually a lot of fun for us parents as well, so today I thought I’d share a few of Sophie’s current favorites in case any of you are hunting for gift ideas for your favorite toddler!

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1. Little Sapling Wood Blocks; 2. Marble Run; 3. Moulin Roty Pull Along Truck; 4. Duplo Block Set; 5. Water Table; 6. Crayon Pencils

1. We’ve had this set of wood alphabet blocks since Sophie was born, and we’re so excited that she’s finally interested in them! We’re still working on teaching her the ABCs, but in the meantime she loves stacking the blocks almost as much as she enjoys knocking over towering stacks built by her parents.

2. Have you ever heard of marble run sets? This was one of my own absolute favorite childhood toys, and we actually have the exact same set that I used as a kid in the 1980s! I set up a course on a whim one rainy afternoon, and to my delight Sophie absolutely LOVES it! This toy requires close supervision, but it keeps her occupied for an eternity in toddler time. She loves picking her favorite marbles out of a bag, watching them all go noisily down the track, and even enjoys putting the marbles away! You can find original marble run sets on ebay or modern versions on Amazon and local toy stores.

3. We’ve been fortunate to inherit lots of hand-me-down toys from Sophie’s cousins, and one of her favorites is a little pull toy that can hold some of her dolls and plush friends. This pull along garden truck is similar and would also appeal to toddler sorting instincts.

4. Duplo blocks. ‘Nuff said.

5. Like most (all??) toddlers, Sophie is fascinated with running water – we have a hard time keeping her hands out of our cats’ water fountain! Now that the warm weather is here to stay, we’re looking forward to playing with a water table while enjoying our backyard patio.

6. Sophie recently graduated from her Magna Doodle to crayons and colored pencils! These crayon pencils from How We Montessori are perfect for tiny toddler artists.

Baby Essentials: Growth Charts

This feels like a big milestone: but now that Sophie is fully mobile, we’re finally ready to get a growth chart! I always knew that I wanted something that we’d be able to take with us if we move, so I’m leaning towards a wooden growth chart that we can hang on the wall. Here are a few options that I currently have my eye on!

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1. Rob Ryan; 2. Land of Nod; 3. Petit Collage; 4. I Make Stuff at Home; 5. Land of Nod; 6. Wee Gallery

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