The Blondielocks | Life + Style Curate a life that is just right. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 13:33:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 56757262 Morning After Hospital Photos With Our Little Love + Edwin’s 3-Week Update Sat, 23 Mar 2019 13:30:25 +0000 Yet again, I meant to get this post up 3 days ago and that didn’t happen, haha! I’m officially…

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Yet again, I meant to get this post up 3 days ago and that didn’t happen, haha! I’m officially taking all of the pressure off of myself to get consistent blogs posts up, as holly molly newborn babies keep you BUSY and TIRED!!!

Last week, I shared Edwin’s birth story which was probably the most personal and emotional blog post I’ve ever shared. I received soooo many amazing comments over on my Instagram that had me tearing up over and over. Many women commented on how brave I was for being so honest and thanked me for doing so, but honestly, I just felt it important to share my truth. I never expected to be met with such warmth and it filled my heart. I felt such a strong sense of community too, when so many mothers shared that they felt the same way I did during pregnancy or struggled mentally postpartum. I feel like I’ve unintentionally created this incredible family full of moms by being raw with my journey and I could not be happier about it. I’m definitely going to keep sharing as long as you all want to keep reading and sharing with me too!

Now on to these photos! I don’t have nearly as much to say as I did in Edwin’s birth story as I shared every.little.detail there, but I REALLY wanted to share these pictures nonetheless. Candace, our birth photographer, was a champ in her own right when it came to capturing our birth story. She stayed at the hospital for hours while I was in labour, shot photos immediately after Edwin’s birth around 6am, went home, and then came back a few hours later to capture our first (well, second) official family photos.

These photos were taken after we had a chance to rest (though, we didn’t actually sleep) and shower in our hospital room. I’m not quite sure how Candace managed to make our tiny hospital room look so light and airy but dang, she did such a great job! I just love how calm and serene these photos are. I am simply in love with the shots of Edwin and I and our family of 3 photos, but I particularly LOVE the photos Candace captured of Jamie and Edwin…my heart just melts! I also can’t believe how alert and open his eyes are in some of the photos just hours after entering the world. These are definitely more photos that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Now, onto Edwin’s 3-week update. Edwin Fox turned 3 weeks old on Tuesday and I literally can’t believe that in just 3 short days, he will be 1 month old…time truly does fly! Our little guy has been so amazing and I can see such a difference in him in just the few short weeks that he’s been with us. For the first couple of weeks, Edwin slept a lot and barely cried. He let anyone hold him and everyone who did could not get over how content he was. Edwin has also been an amazing eater! As I mentioned in our birth story, he latched on immediately and to be honest, he hasn’t really left my boobs since! I am sooooo thrilled that our nursing journey has been such a positive one so far, and I hope that it keeps up this way. Edwin now weighs 10 pounds, 4oz which is incredible to me since his birth weight was 8 pounds, 2oz and he dipped down to 7 pounds 8oz after we brought him home. The kid likes to eat! 

While everything with our little love has been mostly positive and we are soooooo in love, the last I’d say 5 days have been a bit more of a struggle with the crying and gas. I read that colic can start around 3 weeks of age and so I am terrified that is the road we’re headed down but we are trying to be proactive. There is a lot of debate as to whether certain foods a mother eats can affect breast milk, therefore causing gassiness. I’m not 100% sure where I stand on that yet but for now I’ve decided to significantly reduce my intake of onions and garlic and cut out dairy to see if that helps. I’ve also been feeding Edwin in more of an upright position and elevated him in his basinet with a folded blanket under the mattress to help with reflux. He’s been better the last couple of days than he’s been but we will see how things progress in the following weeks. I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Other than that, Edwin still sleeps lots and while he awake we try to stimulate him with tummy time, black and white cards from his Love Every play gym, singing lullabies and I’ve just started reading to him. 

A special thanks to Candace Berry Photography for capturing these photos

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Me and My Sprout Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:58:04 +0000 A little over a month ago, I shared a blog post in partnership with Joe Fresh to promote their…

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A little over a month ago, I shared a blog post in partnership with Joe Fresh to promote their new line of newborn clothing, Joe Fresh Sprout. I was so excited to share this collection because, as you likely know, I am a huge fan of Joe Fresh myself. I literally couldn’t wait to dress my little in Joe Fresh once he arrived! Well my friends, the day is finally here, and I am thrilled to be sharing a few mama and baby photos of Edwin and I in our Joe Fresh outfits. Edwin is wearing the cutest green onsie paired with matching pants and hat (naturally, with a little sprout on it) and he could not look cuter in my opinion. I love the entire spring Joe Fresh Sprout collection because it is so soft, bright and bold, and the price can’t be beat.

Personally, I have worn Joe Fresh almost exclusively postpartum as, of course, my body has changed a bit since having baby. So, while I am in this in-between stage, I have been so happy that there is an affordable brand that is oh’ so stylish and makes me feel comfortable and GOOD post-baby. It isn’t the easiest to go from being a size 24 to 28 in Joe Fresh specifically, but I am trying to take it in stride. I also do realize I just had a baby 3 weeks ago and this is completely normal. Thankfully, I am in love with pretty much the entirety of the Joe Fresh spring collection and it truly has made me feel more like myself. Plus, I don’t feel guilty that I’m over spending on clothing that might not fit me in a few months time. Jamie even told me I look like a cool New York City mama in my outfit which was pretty much the sweetest compliment he could have given me. 

I hope you guys like my first postpartum outfit post! I’m excited to start sharing more looks when the weather warms up soon!

What I’m Wearing: Shirt (here) // Jeans (here) // Belt (here) // Heels (here) c/o Joe Fresh
What Edwin is Wearing: Pant + hat set (here) // Onesie (here)  c/o Joe Fresh

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Edwin Fox’s Nursery Reveal Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:31:09 +0000 Whoa, you guys the day is finally here! I swear I have never dragged out a blog post longer…

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Whoa, you guys the day is finally here! I swear I have never dragged out a blog post longer than I have this nursery reveal. There were so many elements that went into this room that ended up taking so much time and many weekends of Jamie and his dad working away from morning until night. From painting the walls to the wainscoting, putting up the wallpaper, sanding and staining the floors, this project was entirely DIY and I could not be prouder of my husband and every.single.person that helped bring this nursery to life.  The nursery has been completed for a couple of weeks now, but life with a newborn is hectic and so I am only now just getting around writing this post…sorry! Back in January, I shared a peek into what Little Logan’s nursery was going to look like, and now that it is finally complete, I am thrilled with the end result…it looks EXACTLY how I pictured it in my head but better! This is my favourite (it’s also the only complete) room in the house and I just find it to be so calming and serene. I wanted a gender neutral nursery that wasn’t to bold yet still felt child appropriate. I think that idea was achieved through the use of a light, neutral colour palette, lots of texture, subtle mixing of prints and finally, pops of colour through the artwork and floating bookshelves. We worked with some amazing brands to create Edwin’s nursery. Most notably buybuy BABY, who sponsored the glider, ottoman, crib and dresser, Wayfair who provided the wallpaper, light fixture and floating shelves, and Etsy who gifted us many unique decor pieces (I’ll share more of my fave baby Etsy shops and details next week on the blog).I am thrilled to be sharing Edwin Fox’s nursery with you today so please keep reading to take a tour and see how this all came together.

The before and after of the nursery is pretty drastic if I do say so myself. As you can see, the room needed a total facelift and facelift it certainly received. First, the walls were prepped for painting by Jamie’s mom who covered all of the preexisting cracks and holes and sanded the walls down. Next, the nursery was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly lace. This white is crisp and clean and really brightened up the room and made for the perfect starting point. The wainscoting and chair rail came next and thankfully, my cousin knew all about putting this type of trim up and he helped us out immensely. Finally, the awful floor that was covered in 3 layers of paint was sanded, stained and sealed. The stain colour we chose for the floor is “Minwax Early American”.While I love every piece in the nursery, the glider and ottoman are my favourite. We visited buybuy BABY in store to custom order this glider and I could not be happier with 1. the service we received and 2. the end result of the glider. buybuy BABY has in-store experts who offer free one-on-one personal shopping appointments which was ideal for an afternoon of trying out gliders. Melissa, who helped us out at the Bayers Lake buybuy BABY location, was so helpful, kind and knowledgeable. She knew literally everything there is to know about the gliders offered at buybuy BABY so we felt very confident in our final decision. After trying out mostly every glider, we landed on the “Roni Swivel Glider” in “linen” which is a custom glider only available to order in store but there is a similar glider online here and here. The Roni Swivel Glider is so comfortable and ideal for nursing Edwin. Both the glider and the ottoman rock and swivel back and forth and the glider is so supportive which ensures good posture while nursing. While I know a lot of people would protest going for a light linen colour (don’t worry you can choose from multiple different colours), I simply couldn’t say no to this gorgeous creamy shade in the linen texture. I just put a blanket over the glider when I’m nursing to ensure it stays spotless.My sweet friend, Mallory from The Lady Slipper Blog, painted and framed this trio of woodland animals as a surprise. It was the kindest, most unexpected gift. Mallory actually didn’t know that Edwin’s middle name was going to be Fox at the time and so when she found out she was so excited she’d decided to paint a fox. 
I love this little fox stuffie from another one of my girlfriends. This toy was actually what got me thinking about the name Fox.
We already had this wooden stump from our house in Toronto. I knew I wanted some sort of end table in the nursery and thought that this stump would work perfectly as such. It was originally a dark brown wood and so we decided to sand it and white wash it. The wooden blocks are custom name blocks from “The Tot”, succulent is Ikea and the frame is also from Ikea. In the frame, is a card from my sisters (Edwin’s Aunt’s) and a Instax selfie we took in the hospital. Even though we did professional photos in the hospital, I think this instant photo is my most treasured picture.
Books were a very important element in the nursery and I’ve always been a fan of floating book shelves to display them. Edwin has so many books but I chose to display some of my personal faves / went for a green/blue/orange theme to style the shelves. Some of my personal favourite books on the shelf are Everybody’s Different on Everybody Street, Maritime ABC & 123, I Love You Forever, My First Book of Feminism for Boys and Oh, The Places You’ll Go. On the shelf, I also incorporated a few wooden toys like a little plane, wooden fox and bunny.
The dresser, also from buybuy BABY is called the DaVinci Jayden Dresser and is perfect for storing all of Edwin’s clothes, swaddles and other items. It has sleek, clean lines and will easily grow as our little guy does. The dresser also doubles as a change table which is ideal. We bought the Keekaroo peanut changer because it’s safe, soft, bacteria resistant and easy to clean.The large stuffed dog toy was the first item we ever bought for our baby. We found the dog at Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont and had to buy it because it reminded us so much of Milo. I can’t wait until Edwin is old enough to play with it!

The fox toy basket was also an item I stalked online for months and am so glad when I finally saw it available to order on the Pottery Barn Canada website.
This woodland mobile matches the wallpaper perfectly and is simply adorable!
Another one of my favourite items in the nursery is of course, the crib. It is by Million Dollar Baby from buybuy Baby and I think it is just such a classic looking crib, especially because of the spindles. buybuy BABY offers an amazing assortment of items from top brands, for every style and budget. This crib is a great example of that. It is great quality, oh so stylish and under $500. As well, for those that need a little extra help in the nursery design department, buybuy BABY offers decorating services! As well, Registering with buybuy BABY gives you easy access to in-store registry consultants, referral awards, price match promise, decorating service, completion discount and registry announcement cards.This knot pillow was a gift from a friend and matches the crib so perfectly! The stuffed deer is from the brand Eparpillee. This particular stuffie is no longer available but they have a similar lamb stuffie here.I absolutely love toting Edwin around in this basket bassinet from Mmabia Baskets. I use it all throughout the day when Edwin is napping.

Nursery Details:
Crib-buybuy Baby (here) c/o
Dresser-buybuy Baby (here) c/o
Glider & Ottoman-buybuy Baby (custom only available in store but similar here) c/o
Rug-Bed Bath & Beyond (here)
Crib Sheet– Flower Child Halifax (here)
Crib Skirt-buybuy Baby (here)
Pillows– c/o Cloth & Main pompom pillow and tassel pillow, c/o pilosale ABC pilow, c/o Rainsford Company Dot Pillow, Juju and Jake knotted pillow

Wallpaper– Wayfair (here) c/o
Flushmount Light– Wayfair (sold out, similar here) c/o
Floating Bookshelves– Wayfair (here) c/o

Basket bassinet– Mmabia Baskets (here) c/o
Bunny stuffed animal– Pompon Designs (here) c/o
Deer stuffed animal– Eparpillees (similar) c/o
Large Dog Stuffed Animal-Farmhouse Pottery (here)
Fox Toy Basket-Pottery Barn Kids (here)
Change pad– Keekaroo (here)
Woodland Mobile– Hello Birdie Birdie (here) c/o
You Are My Sunshine Wall Hanging– Happy Sunday Studio (here)
Woodland Artwork– Custom by The Lady Slipper (Instagram here)
Custom Name Blocks– The Tot (here)
Wooden Camera Toy– Little Rose & Co (here)

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