The Day Baby Weaver Came Home Plus 3 Baby Items I Never Knew I Needed

Today I am partnering up with Walmart to share a little more about the first day that baby Weaver came home and also a few baby items that I instantly fell in love with and never even knew I needed!

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Earlier this week I shared some info about Walmart’s new baby registry. If you missed that post you can read it here. When you are a new mama there are so many things people tell you that you need to add to your registry. Like so many. Thankfully Walmart’s new baby registry helps you by populating the top things mom’s need for their new babies and then you can add and delete from there. And as you grow into your new role of being a mother, you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Today I am sharing 3 baby items that were must haves for me as a new mama!

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The First Day That Baby Weaver Came Home

If you have been following along for some time now, you know it was a few months until we got our first call from our adoption agency. You also may remember we got 2 phone calls, 2 Monday’s in a row telling us that we had a possible placement. Just minutes after both of those calls we received a second call letting us know that those children were actually placed with another family.

Heartbreaking? Yes. But looking back, it was all part of the preparation plan and I am not sure there would have been any baby more perfectly matched for us than baby Weaver.

It was Monday, November 6th. It was my first day back in the office after Hurricane Harvey. Our office building had flooded and it took months for them to rebuild the lower floors that got damaged. As I was getting ready that morning I joked to Brandon “today is the day”. I literally had no idea but I did know that both Monday’s before November 6th we had received a phone call from our adoption agency.

I went to work, caught up with everyone I hadn’t seen for months. Had my normal Monday morning meetings, went to the gym, ate lunch at my desk, all the normal Monday things.

At around 1:30pm my husband called and said “he’s 7 months old, half Asian, half African American”. “If we say yes they are going to bring him over around 6 tonight”. I am laughing thinking about this moment because my husband was so sweet acting like he was asking me what I thought but really had already told the agency yes. I mean duh, I was going to say yes LOL.

My emotions were all over the place!

I screamed with excitement and then frantically started asking my husband all the things. Of course, he didn’t have many of the answers. If you are familiar with the adoption process than you know they don’t give you a lot of information on the first call. Literally all we knew was just what my husband said when I first picked up the phone, “he’s 7 months old, half Asian, half African American”.

As soon as we hung up the phone, I ran to everyone’s desk at work that had been awaiting this moment as much as we were! There were tears of happiness and excitement. My boss came out of his office to see what all the noise was about and I told him the news. Right after he congratulated me he asked what I was still doing in the office. LOL.

I packed up and as I sped home I called my brothers, my sisters and my closest friends. As I pulled into our driveway I quickly realized we literally had NOTHING and I mean NOTHING for our new baby who was just hours away from arriving.

From the beginning of the adoption process, we told our agency we were open to the ages from newborn to 2 years old. Since we had no idea what age child we would be placed with, we didn’t buy anything. I immediately text my girlfriends “omg heading to the store tell me what I need for a 7 month old”. Let me tell you, there were a lot of things being text back that day.

We had not done a registry at that point, just prayers. When our prayers were answered we were definitely ready emotionally but our love wasn’t going to magically make diapers, a crib and a car seat appear LOL so we headed to the store. Still crying, still excited :).

We were talking to one of the employees about a bassinet and a swing. He asked “how much does your baby weight” and me and Brandon looked at each other and laughed…we literally had no idea. “Ummm, he’s a boy and he’s 7 months old”. LOL, that’s all I knew at that point.

Thankfully the employee was super helpful and got us in and out of the store quickly. We headed home and set up everything as quickly as we could.

Around 6pm that night, the door bell rang. Brandon and I just looked at each other. Literally no words but I know what we were both thinking…”he’s here”.

We opened the door and the CPS worker had her hands full with paperwork, a bag and our baby. OUR baby ya’ll.

Within seconds she handed him to me and introduced us. I think baby Weaver and I just stared at each other the whole time Brandon was talking to the CPS worker and signing paper work. The case worker was only there for about 10 minutes and left.

There we were with our baby boy after a whirlwind of a day. O…M.GGGeeee…it was real.

I face timed my Mom and Dad. I hadn’t called them earlier that day because I wanted the moment to be just like this….as soon as my Mom answered the face time call, the screen popped up and it was just on baby Weaver’s face. She asked “is that our baby?” and the rest was history!!

Ahhhh, what a day, what a story and most of all what a blessing!

Since that day, we have been so fortunate to be surrounded by such great friends and family that threw us multiple baby showers. All of my experienced mom friends gifted us things I never knew I needed.

3 Baby Items I Never Knew I Needed

  1. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – this stuff is literally magic! Any sign of a diaper rash and I put a tiny bit on baby Weaver and it has disappeared the same day!
  2. Nose Friday Snot Sucker – Sounds gross and looks gross too, lol, but really this thing works so great! Way better than the old school thingy that our parents had to use on us!
  3. Cool Mist Humidier – Baby Weaver had major congestion the first few weeks. His pediatrician gave us some cough syrup to help but after a week or so I felt bad just giving him medicine everyday when it didn’t seem like it was helping all that much. I kept reading about how a cool mist humidifier like this one could help ease coughing and congestion. After about a day or two we could already tell it was helping! The cool mist option is a great one because unlike the steam humidifier, there is no chance of a slight burn or anything if your child gets too close to it.

Obviously things like diapers, lavender bath soap, a good stroller were definitely must haves in my book as a new mom but the 3 items above are just random items that I had no idea I needed but now don’t know how I can live without!

In case any of you mama’s are still wondering what items to add to your baby registry, I am linking some other favorites of mine below!

I hope this list is helpful and I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about our first day with baby Weaver!

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post.

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Entertaining Made Easy With Cracker Barrel

This post was sponsored by Kroger. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Kroger.

Do you ever receive a last minute call from your husband and he tells you that he forgot guests were coming over tonight? Or maybe you committed to hosting wine night at your house a few weeks ago and it totally slipped your mind until you are on your way home from work and your girlfriend texts you “see you soon!” You have about 20 minutes to get home and have little to no time to throw something together to welcome your guests! What do you do?

I’ll tell you what I do!

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If you have been to my house for a birthday party, small dinner party or are in my husbands fantasy football league πŸ™‚ than you already know there will be a cheese platter waiting for you! I love cheese, my husband loves cheese, I mean who doesn’t love cheese?!

A cheese platter is always my go to when we have people coming over. Now as a mama, I really try to find ways to shorten all of my tasks. That is why I am loving that Cracker Barrel recently came out with these new cheese cubes for entertaining!

These Cracker Barrel cheese cubes save me so much time since they are already cut up into cubes for me. I literally just open the bag and toss them onto a pretty tray with crackers and fruit. Voila, just like that it looks like I spent so much time on this cheese tray and we are ready for guests. Our favorite flavors are the vermont sharp white with gouda mix and the extra sharp yellow cheese. Yum!

The resealable bags are great in case you don’t need to use the whole bag and we always have the 2 oz bag on hand for easy snacking. Baby Weaver gets so happy when I let him hold this bag himself. But, like the label warning says to do, we always keep an eye on him and cut each cube in half to make it easier and safer for him to eat!

If baby Weaver and our guests approve this cheese, that’s a win in my book!

If you haven’t tried them yet, make sure to pick them up at Kroger to try out at your next dinner party and let me know what you all think!

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Fun Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

Fun Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

I’m going to be honest. When I graduated high school and college all I really wanted was cash. Well, let me rephrase that. All I needed was cash LOL. Cash to eat, cash to buy some books, cash to put gas in my car to get to class and work.

Thankfully my parents, aunties, uncles and older brothers were able to provide your girl with some moola to put in the bank but of course if you are just graduating yourself you don’t have all the monies to gift your friends so today I am rounding up some great grad gift ideas that are fun, meaningful and all under $100!

Single Serve Coffee Maker | For all the late nights studying | There are $70 name brand ones but this $15 single serve coffee maker had over 1,100 5 star reviews and it’s cute too πŸ™‚

Funny and Inspirational Coffee Mugs | One Degree Hotter | I Can & I Will | The Best Is Yet To Come | College Survival Mug | We Can Do This

Piggy Bank | Maybe throw some change in there while you are at it | We all know every penny counts. Especially if you are living that laundry mat life.

Books | Such an inexpensive but helpful gifts in any person’s life | The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook is actually something I would still want in this phase of my life, haha | Oh, The Shit You Don’t Know sounds like such a great book | Adulting 101 #wisdom4life

Portable Charging Bank | Because thinking back on that college life, my phone and laptop were always on low battery. Help your new college student out by giving them a powerful portable charging bank. Even now I love my portable charger. Especially when traveling for work.

A Nice Duffel Bag | If they have landed a job where they will be traveling a nice luggage set would be a good idea but if your high school graduate is headed off to college a few hours away the duffel bag is a great option for them to throw in their trunk for their weekend trips home

Fujifilm Instax | Such a cute gift idea to help the capture those memories!

Echo Dot | “Alexa, Do I have to finish college” or “Alexa, how do I cook Top Ramen noodles” | This $40 gift can help answer all of your grad’s questions when you are not there

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Baby Weaver’s Carnival Themed Birthday Party

Baby Weaver’s Carnival Themed Birthday Party

I cannot believe our baby boy is already 2 years old! Like HOW?! Sometimes I wish time would just slow down for a bit because I am seriously loving this age SO much.

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Our hearts are so full after being able to celebrate another birthday with our sweet friends and family but this year was extra special because baby Weaver’s Papa & Lola (my Mom and Dad) were in town for his actual birthday and his birthday party. My Dad being the amazing cook he is, made 90% of the food and my Mom was up late with me the night before the birthday party setting up all the decorations. Having them in town from California along with our closest friends and family is what really made this birthday so special. I am so grateful.

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Seriously Dad of the year coming out in this outfit!! He did that all on his own you guys! He honestly wasn’t even into my theme at first but clearly it rubbed off on him! πŸ™‚

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This year we decided to do a carnival theme and I when I say we, I mean me πŸ™‚ but I am so glad we did πŸ™‚ It was actually super easy to find the carnival decorations and my friends at Sky High Party Rentals really helped bring the party together with the perfect carousel bounce house and backyard carnival games!

Bounce House, Carnival Games & Balloon Artist

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So many of our friends asked if I based the theme of the party around the carousel bounce house and the answer is no! Haha! But I am thankful that Sky High Party Rentals has the most amazing, unique bounce houses that really helped take our carnival party theme to the next level! Last year, we did a Candy Shop party theme and Sky High Rentals ended up having a candy land bounce house! I mean how perfect! You can check that post out here.

This year I had my mind set on the carnival theme but I figured any color bounce house would go with my theme and when I started searching the Sky High Party Rentals website I saw the carousel one and almost fell out of my chair, it was so perfect! Not only do they do bounce houses but we also were able to rent the carnival games, balloon artist, table and chairs through them too! It is a one stop shop for all you busy party planning mama’s out there! They also rent out popcorn, snow cone and cotton candy machines which also would have been perfect with our carnival theme but I told Brandon I didn’t want to go overboard. After boxes and boxes of decor he asked “your definition of overboard is 5 times beyond a normal person’s overboard, just saying”.. LOL I guess I can’t disagree..but anyway I cannot say enough good things about Sky High Rentals. They have such a great variety of party rentals and they also have really great service which is the most important. We have used them for 2 years now and they always deliver earlier than planned which is awesome because I hate setting up last minute and feeling frazzled as guests arrive.

Decorations

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Carnival Banner | Directional Sign Cardboard Stand Up (super easy to assemble) | Plates | Napkins | Prize Wheel Game (this was such a cute decoration item but if you are going to truly use it as a game I would not recommend it. All of the tiny yellow pieces broke off by the end of the afternoon) | Treat Stand Holder | Tablecloth (both them in stripes and teal) | Table Skirt | Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder (also another cute decor item but I wouldn’t recommend putting anything heavy on them.) Maybe I just didn’t put it together correctly but mine could not withstand holding cupcakes lol. I ended up putting small bags of cotton candy in the caddy’s and that worked fine. |Hats (that I forgot to pass out lol) Popcorn Containers (filled them with fresh flowers) | Cupcake Stand | Birthday Banner

Food

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To me, food is basically the most important thing about a gathering aside from the birthday celebrant! I’m so happy the chef of the family, my Dad, wanted to cook everything for the party! We had all of our favorite Filipino dishes; fried rice, chicken pancit, lumpia and my personal fave chicken tocino. We also had chips, Chic-fil-A nuggets and cheese and crackers. After the party my Dad told me he ended up frying 500 lumpia’s and there were only like 7 left so needless to say I think that was a crowd favorite!

Dessert

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Well, let’s just say we had a sweet treat about everywhere you turned. Our mama friends were thanking me all week for the candy that their kids left with LOL. I also bought sprinkle covered donut holes from the grocery store and plain cupcakes and topped them off with animal crackers. Getting them store bought and adding the animal crackers for the custom touch was such a great, less expensive option to stay on theme with the cupcakes. You could also get inexpensive carnival themes cupcake toppers like these.

Birthday Cake

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I know technically this should fall under the dessert section of the blog post but this beauty of a cake deserves a section of its own. Ummm….HELLO how cute is it?! Gali’s Goodies is local to Pasadena residents and pastry chefs are Cindy’s aunt and cousin . I sent over my Pinterest inspiration and her aunt killed it! I mean look at that marshmellow popcorn detail! But wait, the inside of the cake ya’ll! NEAPOLITAN! What?! It was as delicious as it was cute! I would highly recommend her. I know i will be ordering from her again. Like I’m really trying to find any reason to get another cake made, haha! She’s also reasonably priced! Check out her Facebook page here and their Instagram page here.

Thank you all for letting me share our sweet boy’s special day with you. And a trillion thank you’s to our sweet friends and family who came to celebrate our sweet 2 year old!!

I know a few of you were wanting to do a carnival theme party too and had some questions about where we got everything so I hope I covered it all in today’s post. If I missed anything please feel free to comment below or email me, info@roselynweaver.com.

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Polka Dot Romper + Life Update

Hey loves! It’s so crazy because I feel like January was moving so slowly and then bam! here we are in the month of April! We have had a lot of things happening over here and although I feel like I chat with you guys daily over social media I haven’t gotten to share many life updates with you in a while so I figured I’d take some time to share with you all today!

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