Soon to Come: Mommy Must Have’s of 2018

At the end 2017 I was lucky enough to give birth to the sweetest baby girl in the world, Layla Grace.

For all those who know me, I am not the ‘mom’ type. I never had intentions of becoming a mother. Before I became a mom, ambivalent would be the best word to describe how I felt about motherhood. It wasn’t something that was in my future. I hate commitments and finalities. I like the unknown, it keeps me curious and although stressful, it is also exciting. With all of that said, here I am at 6:21AM on a Friday morning laying in bed typing away, two months into the finality that is motherhood, as the littlest baby lies in a bassinet next to me asleep. (What am I doing?!) 

Although I am still just Jessie, I am also now a mother. (Weird!) In the making of this mother, I wanted nothing more than to continue to live my normal life. I wanted to be able to do all of the same things and not clutter my home with a bunch of baby items. I have been fairly successful in all of this, aside from being unable to ride certain rides at Disneyland while pregnant. (Major bummer!) And believe it or not I actually do have some baby items in my home!

Even though I have been flexible with this little one and allowed her baby items to invade my home, we have managed to limit the amount of clutter we own. So to help other hesitant parents who will need to slowly incorporate baby products into their lives, I am going to begin to post Mommy Must Have’s throughout the year. These will be products that I have tried, used and begun to rely on. I welcome questions, so please ask, as I will try to be as helpful to others as I possibly can. Becoming a parent can be overwhelming but as one very wise male friend told me, “It is the hardest job you will love”. I have never heard a more true statement.

Keep look out for what is to come. I am hoping to be able to help as many others as I can!


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