September 13, 2016

The Baby Cubby + Maxi Cosi

If you know me you know two things about my baby gear preferences. Black and comfy. The Maxi Cosi Mico AP is all of that plus safe, easy to clean and install. 
If you are in the market for an infant (or convertible) carseat for your little head over to http://www.babycubby.comthey are SO much more than a baby store! They seek to engage with parents, they do all the research for you and are an amazing resource through your whole parenthood journey!
See below for more information on the Baby Cubby's mission.

"what makes The Baby Cubby different"
The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Our Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, we know what it’s like and we are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
The way we do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where we do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday - even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.
You can read a little bit more about what we're passionate about and why we do what we do on our about us page here -

May 21, 2016

Lennon Allen 5|16|16

Lennon was born Monday May 16th at 8:08pm; that normal monday became something special so swiftly!

Parker and I had invited his parents over to eat dinner. We were all sitting around the table chatting around 6:15pm when I started to feel some super light contractions; I kept them to myself and we went about eating. After dinner I mentioned that it may be tonight or tomorrow morning that we had our babe and the excitement spread quickly; Parker's mom suggested we start timing the contractions and I brushed it off.

About 5 minutes later I felt like they were pretty consistent so she began to time them at 1.5 - 2 minutes apart; though close they weren't intense. We kept chatting and after about 20 minutes I noticed I had to stop and brace myself when one would set in at that point I decided we should get Cohen ready for bed and I called Parker inside.

It was hysterical getting Co down with contractions in between! I would drop to all fours and he thought I was playing horsey (which I clearly was not lol). He is the sweetest thing and could sense my distress even when we laid him down; I was so happy that we would get to sleep through everything and wake up to a new baby!

When we left Co's room Parker said "one more contraction and we are in the car", I sort of laughed at him because they didn't seem THAT urgent but he could sense it! I gathered my bags and Parker was at my heels hurrying me to the car, and man I am glad he was!
LUCKILY the hospital is only 2 exits from our house, it took us probably 4 minutes to arrive and they were so long.

In the car I turned to Parker and said "I'm scared that I am going to push him out in here!". I could feel the shift in intensity and little babe was so ready to come!

We arrived at the hospital around 7:45pm, Parker said he was going to go park the car and I said no way! We left it sitting in the unloading area and rushed in. The volunteer checking people in was very nervous that I was SO in labor and as my water broke in the lobby you could tell she was in a semi panic; finally they showed us the way up to labor and delivery.

I had one more contraction in the elevator and as they wheeled me what seemed like to miles into our room I knew the baby was so close! In the room they asked me to get up on to the bed, what seemed like an impossible task as I knelt on the floor sure he would be born there! With Parkers help I climbed up and could feel so much pressure and his little head, I could feel his head! It brings tears to my eyes thinking of that moment that gave me so much strength, 3 pushes later Lennon came into the world! He was perfect and calm, even his cry was so so small and the rush I felt feeling his whole body leave me is something I will never forget. He was born at 8:08pm 6 lbs 2oz and 19 inches long. He has a tiny scuff of a birthmark on his forehead and amazing dark dark hair. He is so comfortable, calm and has completed our family!

We love you Lennon Cox Allen.

November 30, 2015

its back

wow. it has been ages since i have opened a blog page to write! what a shame that our world has become so fast that a social media post is sometimes too much for our attention spans. 

i used to write a lot. i felt like thoughts/opinions were constantly flowing and ebbing at the edge of my brain just begging to spill out. then about a year ago they ceased. 

the world became a blur of diapers and sleep schedules and writing wasn't even on my radar. my energy and creativity had been sucked into the keeping alive of a tiny perfect human being; and it was bliss. 
some weeks ago i thought, where have all of my thoughts gone?! not that my brain was empty but those extra thoughts that creep in the deep untapped corners of your brain. those intense, odd thoughts that most of us have but dare say to anyone but ourselves. so i began to dig, flip, shake; anything to awaken them because they are me; and something i have always vowed is that i would be me for my children. that i would be odd, quirky and question everything in order to foster that difference in them. i believe that being strange, being yourself will lead you to your perfect life. 

so today as i went about a normal monday laying cohen down for his morning nap those thoughts, after being rattled for a few weeks, began to emerge like a slow, low fog to to the front of my mind. swirling and conjuring up the bubbly need to type that i long for. 

and it was all especially ordinary. but, it made me realize the perfect calm that you have as a mother each day. the soft glug of the morning bath draining and the scent of baby lotion on your hands. the cozy mess of toy trucks and tiny shoes. the assurance that you are needed, wanted, loved in a way that cannot be replicated and will never cease. 

the silent promise of a sleeping baby that when he wakes he will know you exactly as you are and love you for it. 

there is no other feeling in the world that can foster a perfect understanding of yourself like being a mother. and though for a year my thoughts were trapped deep inside me i know they were only multiplying and growing because of him; and i cannot wait to share them. 

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