Hello Baby Ep 16: Airplane Travel Tips
As a new parent, there are a ton of things that intimidate me. Top of that intimidation list? Traveling with baby… On an airplane. Hands down, this was stressing me out more than just about everything else I knew I had to experience as a new mom. Check out today’s podcast episode to hear all about our first flight with MacKenlee. We’re recapping the whole experience plus giving you a list of the things you simply can’t leave home without.
Check out our list of airplane must-haves below and listen to this week’s Hello Baby podcast episode here:
Travel Anti-Bacterial Wipes (for plane)
Thieves Essential Oil
Hello Baby Ep 15: Shenae Grimes-Beech & Josh Beech
Where my 90210 fans at?! This week’s episode is just for YOU! Matt and I are interviewing his former co-star, Shenae Grimes-Beech, or as you may know her, Annie Wilson, and he real-life hubby, Josh Beech.
We had so much fun just chatting about all things pregnancy and baby. MacKenlee even makes her presence known in this episode as she hangs out with us while we record.
Listen in as we compare pregnancy symptoms, chat about traveling with baby and even things we want to incorporate into our parenting. Shenae and Josh also tell us their pregnancy story as well as how Shenae told Josh she was pregnant. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!
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Hello Baby Ep 14: The Royal Kids
With Royal Wedding news being everywhere, and I do mean EVERYWHERE… We thought it’d be fun to chat about all things royal babies and children on the podcast. Join us this episode as we take a deeper look into what life may be really like as a royal baby and kid. Some of these points may be true, and some not even close, but it’s all in good fun.
This episode covers 15 “Royal Rules” that Megan will have to follow to raise her Royal kids right.
Leave a comment below and let us know any of the rules or even rumors that we may have missed this episode.
HELLO BABY EP 13: Sleep Training 101
I’ve gotten so many messages and emails from other new mamas out there wanting all of my tips and tricks for sleep training. Moms, I heard your cry! There’s nothing that new parents need more than sleep. So if you have a new parent in your life, skip the meal delivery (don’t get me wrong, that’s great too!) and just offer to go hold that sweet little one of theirs while they sneak off and catch a nap. I can feel the collective “Amen” that all my sweet mamas all saying right now.
More on the sleep topic… I read books, I tested out every hack, method, secret and tip and guess what? We found our baby bedtime “secret sauce” which is exactly what we’re sharing in this podcast episode. We’re breaking down our entire bedtime routine, which products we love and use, and what exactly has worked for us.
Let’s chat about bath time real quick. MacKenlee’s favorite time of the day is 100% bath time. A warm bath settles her down and gets her ready for a good night’s sleep. We’ve been through three different baby bathtubs already and this is the one that works best for us right now
Moms On Call book
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HELLO BABY EP 12: LISTENER Q & A
On this week’s episode, Matt and Angela are spending the whole episode hearing from YOU!
We love hearing from y’all and we want to interact with our Hello Baby listeners, so we filtered through our social media and picked out a handful of questions. Listen close… Your question might be one of them!
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Hello Baby Ep 09: The Women Tell All; Matt’s Family
On this week’s episode, Matt and Angela have a couple of very special guests on in Matt’s mom and aunt! They share stories from Matt’s past and give some great advice on do’s and don’ts of parenting.
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Life and Bump Update – Third Trimester
I have less than a month until my due date. My head is spinning y’all. How did the time fly by this fast?! I’ve had about a million (not really) people ask me if I’m so ready to have this baby… Here’s the thing, I’m not. I’m perfectly content with where she’s at. It’s the one time in life that I know without a doubt where she’s at, at all times lol. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more excited to meet her, but I want to meet her in God’s perfect timing, so she can stay cooking as long as she needs to.
My apologies for the lack of blog posts lately, life has been more than a little crazy. I’ve been updating my Instagram every day and keeping you up to speed about what’s happening in my life there. I also uploaded a new YouTube video this past week, so if you missed it, head over and check out my winter morning skincare routine.
This past week’s episode of Hello Bump went live: Episode 25: Week 31. We Teach Breech. Matt and I find out that baby girl is officially in breech position and what that means for our birth plan. I gotta be honest, I was so disappointed when I realized that she was breech. I always envisioned a vaginal delivery and never dreamt I’d have to be a candidate for a c-section. I don’t fear a c-section because of the surgery involved, I fear it because my doctor and I want to avoid the additional scar tissue to my abdomen. If you’ve read my endometriosis story, then you know I’ve already had two laparoscopies. Now that I’ve had a couple different ultrasounds, tried every homeopathic breech remedy out there and talked to tons of people, I’ve come to accept this has my birth plan. If she turns, I’m going to have to reprogram my brain again, lol.
This morning, Episode 26: Week 32. The Dreams went live. In this week’s episode, we chat about our maternity photo shoot and prep for Thanksgiving.
We’ve had a busy past couple of weeks with Matt’s Timeless schedule, family visiting, my LA baby shower, Christmas cards and Christmas prep. As we get closer to Christmas, life is starting to slow down… Thank goodness. I need some quiet time with my feet propped up by the fire while we watch Christmas movies.
Now for the nursery… I’m still trying to finalize my decisions. Y’all, I still haven’t made a decision on that dang wall! We did paint it a gorgeous shade of grey that looks so nice with the white trim. Matt painted the floor lamp and installed the chandelier. We have the crib and dresser/changing table in place. The first rug I ordered just wasn’t the right fit, so we sent it back. I ordered a second rug and it’s on backorder until the beginning of January, and so I also ordered a third rug option. Our glider and ottoman are scheduled to arrive this week from Monte Design and I can’t wait to see them! Our crib bedding and drapes are being finalized hopefully early this week. It’s so exciting to see it all come together.
I’ll be posting a full nursery tour once the room finally is finished. Leave a comment below and let me know if you’d rather see a tour on my YouTube Channel or on the blog.
Hello Bump-Date | My Life Lately
Today’s post is a hodge podge/hybrid of an outfit post, life update post and podcast review. Basically, you’re getting a three-for-one today, lol. We’ve got a whole lotta catching up to do with Hello Bump. I didn’t realize that I haven’t posted on the blog since Episode 12, probably because I have so much going on in my life lately. Feel free to skip ahead and scroll to the bottom of this post for the podcast episode guide.
Here’s a quick update of all that’s been going on in my life…
- We traveled home to Ohio for our first baby shower, then to Georgia and Tennessee. Now there’s no more travel until Miss Lanter gets here!
- My kitchen counter stools and master bedroom sofa finally arrived. It feels so good to have big pieces in place because it’s starting to make our house really come together.
- Speaking of kitchen stools, I’m now on my third set of stools and we finally got it right this time lol! I can’t wait to do a full reveal for you guys to see.
- I finally got our closet completely organized, finished the switch to all velvet hangers and the nursery closet entirely cleaned out. Now, I’m just waiting for two shelves to be installed in the closet before I do a full reveal for the blog.
- I packed away all of my non-maternity clothes that I can’t wear until I’m back to my normal size. This made such a difference in closet space for me. I also took that time to purge my closet and donate a bunch of clothes.
- I’ve been an organizing fool lately. I showed all the acrylic organizing trays I purchased from Homegoods a month or so ago on Insta-Stories and I’m still working on converting all of our drawers over to this system. I’m finally done with the bathroom drawers, and I found a new solution for the under sink space in the nursery that I’m super excited to share with y’all. I also showed my kitchen sink organization on Insta-stories this weekend and it made such a difference.
- Our baby crib and dresser/changing table have arrived and we think we found the prefect rug! It feels so good to be making all of these big nursery decisions. We’re working with someone to create the perfect nursery for Little Miss and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see an inspo post for the nursery here on the blog.
- I reorganized my pantry and labeled my containers. Let me know if you guys want a pantry post in the comments below also. I’m ordering new labels for my baskets, so those need to arrive before I share the finished product.
- In case you missed it, I posted a pregnancy announcement video on YouTube as well as a first trimester must-haves video.
All in all, I’ve been spending as much of my time as possible getting the house in shape before the holidays. I really want the nursery to be completely done before Christmas. We also broke out the Christmas decorations for the front room, so I’m working on getting the mantel fully decorated. I’m also running around today to get everything I need for my Thanksgiving tablescape. My current centerpiece is lacking life, so I’m heading to the craft store to pick up some greenery. I’m looking for the perfect buffet for our dining room and I feel like I’ve exhausted all my options. If you have a furniture store suggestion that I probably don’t know about, please let me know in the comments. I’m not 100% in love with anything I’ve found so far.
Hello Bump Podcast Episodes:
Episode 13: Week 18. Pop Goes the Belly:
Bonus Episode: Sazan and Stevie Hendrix Interview:
Episode 14: Week 19. Breastfeeding in Public:
Episode 15: Week 20. We Got Robbed:
Episode 16: Week 21. We Got a New Car!:
Episode 17: Week 22. Kinfolk to Dolly:
Episode 18: Week 23. Lady of the Night:
Bonus Episode: Jason Kennedy & Lauren Scruggs-Kennedy Interview:
Episode 19: Week 24. Cramps & Cravings.
Episode 20: Week 25. Toilet Naps.
Hello Bump: Episode 12 + Bonus with Melissa & Justin Gaston
On Monday, Episode 12, which covered week 17 was released. During our 17th week of pregnancy, we returned home to LA after over two weeks of vacation. I was so sad to leave my favorite place on earth, 30A, but happy to see our sweet fur baby.
Speaking of fur babies, I’ve had so many mothers tell me that before pregnancy their dogs were their babies, but they just basically forgot them after the baby came along. Matt and I love Soka so much, that I can’t imagine us forgetting her… Or her letting us forget her. She’s a demanding little diva and she makes sure that you give her attention when she wants it. I’m looking for a little feedback here from y’all. Leave a comment below and let me know how your relationship with your pet was affected by baby’s arrival.
Also in this episode, Matt expresses his disdain (yet again) for my beloved pregnancy pillow. My snoogle has helped so much with my hip and lower back pain, and he gets that part of it. It’s just that the pillow literally is the great divide in our bed, lol. I also chatted about the compression socks I wore for flying and have had some requests for the link, so click here to see the socks I’m talking about.
I’ve also had multiple women reach out to me about Natural Calm this week and I chatted about it in detail in this episode. I take 1.5 teaspoons every night mixed in water at bedtime, which my OB has approved. I have experienced so many benefits from taking magnesium, that I can tell a difference on the days I forget to take it.
Listen to Episode 12 on iTunes, Stitcher or here:
Also, we released a special bonus episode with two of our dearest friends, Justin Gaston and Melissa Ordway-Gaston. They’re also pregnant and due THE DAY AFTER us! So crazy!! It’s so fun having a girlfriend to experience everything right along with. We text each other every couple of days with new symptoms, cravings and just pregnancy thoughts in general.
If you were a 90210 fan, then you will probably remember her as Sydney, Liam’s love interest from the last season. She has also been on Young & the Restless for the past +5 years. We met Justin and Melissa right before she booked 90210 and we chat about her being on the show. Justin & I also chat about watching our spouses’ sex scenes and how we made light of the situation and ended up becoming great friends. As a matter of fact, both Justin and Melissa were in our wedding. 🙂
Be sure to listen to their episode because their parenting journey is so special. They have one 15 month old daughter, Olivia, who is adopted and they dive into their story about how this sweet little girl became a part of their little family. For anyone that has been touched by adoption or is thinking about adoption, this episode is so special because of their openness to discuss their experience.
Listen to Justin and Melissa Gaston on Hello Bump:
Hello Bump: Baby Lanter Gender Reveal
The wait is OVER! We’re finally revealing Baby Lanter’s gender today on Hello Bump Podcast. Honestly, I’m just really proud of myself for keeping this secret as long as I have, lol. I’ve slipped to so many people when talking in person, so I had to try REALLY hard to watch my words when talking on Insta-stories.
You can listen to the episode now on iTunes, Stitcher or just click below and listen directly from this post:
I have so much adorable baby stuff I can’t wait to show y’all! Be sure to follow me on Instagram here and also Hello Bump Podcast on Instagram here, because I post videos and photos to our stories to show the new baby products as they come in.
While we’re on the topic of baby products, since a lot of you miss my Insta-stories (they expire in 24 hours) would it be something you would be interested in if I kept a page of my incoming products I talk about on Insta-stories here on my blog? I talk about a lot of different beauty products, baby items, recipes, etc. on my Insta-stories and I’m wondering how many of you would like to see me figure out a way to include that info here on the blog? That way it’s easily accessible after the story expires on Instagram. If this is something you’d like to see me do, please leave a comment below and let me know. I want to be sure that I’m making everything as easy as possible for my Gorgeous Girls.
I posted these photos last night to take a poll about what y’all thought I was having. I personally love the gender guessing game based on the way the mama is carrying, so I thought I’d let my Gorgeous Girls in on the fun.
I just wanted to say one more time, thank you again for joining us on this journey. We’re having so much fun creating our weekly podcasts and sharing them with each of you. If you’re also enjoying the podcast, please take a moment to rate and review us on iTunes, so we can continue to climb the charts. ?