My 3 Life-Saving Tips for a Baby Who Hates the Car

baby hates the car seat - diono

One thing I didn’t expect as a new mom was having a baby who hated the car seat. Not just whined back there, but literally screamed the entire car ride until I took him out.

Actually, the first time Griffin lost it after being born was when we put him in his car seat in the hospital. Ha!

You might remember that Griffin and I had a rough start to motherhood. But one of the things that magnified my PPD was that it was very difficult for us to leave the house alone. Griffin’s crying was a trigger for me, so I didn’t really have the energy or willpower to take a car ride alone with him.

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5 Things I Learned from My First Year of Motherhood

Today, my sweet Griffin turns 1 year old. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a full year since I gave birth to Griffin. In many ways, I feel like an entirely different person. I’ve learned sooo much about life, love, grace, and stepping into this new world-of-mom. I’ve shared a couple updates along the way: an honest (and raw) look at 3 months postpartum as well as an update at 6 months postpartum. But today, at one full year postpartum, I want to share 5 things I learned from my first year of motherhood.

First Year of Motherhood - San Diego Beach
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A Life Update & A New Direction for R&R

Hi there, friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve popped on here and I apologize for that. My life has been rocked since becoming a parent which has been both joyful and exhausting, so I want to take a few minutes to get you up to speed and talk about what’s ahead for Rise & Renovate.

Mom Life

If you read about my birth story and postpartum experience, you’ll remember that the first few months of motherhood were pretty hard on me. I’m happy to report that at 7 months postpartum, we are doing worlds better. Though he has his fussy times, Griffin is an incredibly happy baby who is just so darn excited about life. He loves getting into things, eating solid foods, and smiling at as many strangers as possible. He is my little social butterfly and I love getting to see his smile first thing every morning.

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An Honest Look at My First 3 Months of Motherhood

Hiya, friends! Long time, no talk. A couple days after my last post in November, we welcomed Griffin into our family! In some ways it feels like that was just yesterday, but in other ways, it feels like a different lifetime. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I wanted to write this ” life update.” I’ve contemplated making it an easy-to-read list and keeping it relatively optimistic, but that just didn’t feel right. The last 3 months have been the hardest months of my life, so I’ve decided to simply share my story and shed light on what postpartum life has been like for me. I’m slowly learning that life is similar for millions of other women after birth, too.

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The Completed Nursery Reveal!!!

Well, my peeps, it’s officially less than one month until my due date! I’m trying to hold the phrase “due date” loosely, as I know Baby Rissler will come on his own time. At 36 weeks, I am MORE than ready to meet this lil dude! I’m probably one of the few women in the world who is actually excited for labor. LOL! Bring it on!!

It’s a CRAZY EXCITING day over here…. it’s REVEAL DAY!! Now, I know I shared a nursery sneak peek in August, but now everything is finally ready for its newest inhabitant. Weeeeee!!

Before we dive in, can I just share a picture of this room from when we moved in?? This was possibly my least favorite room in the whole house – there was cat litter and cat urine everywhere in the carpet and drips of who-knows-what on the wall. Seriously, nast. No worries though, we have new carpet and new paint and disinfected everything!

Nursery Before

Nursery After!!!

Adventure Nursery - After

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Our Woodsy, Adventure-Themed Baby Shower!

The countdown is getting REAL, friends! In just 6 short weeks, Baby Rissler will be earth-side. I can hardly wait! Last weekend my wonderful family threw me a woodsy, adventure-themed baby shower – it matched my nursery! I wanted to share a few pictures from the event because it was SO cute and they really pulled it off!

Adventure Themed Baby Shower Decor & Food

My mom stenciled “Life’s an Adventure” on the burlap banner. I might see if I can re-use it in my nursery!

adventure-themed baby shower decor

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Adventure Nursery Sneak Peek!

Happy FRIDAY, peeps! I think Friday is a great day for a…. MINI REVEAL!!! Now listen here, our nursery isn’t 100% done, but we have tons of decor up, lots of furniture in place, and I think it’s a good time for a little sneak peek!

We’ve made a ton of progress on our adventure nursery over the last 6 weeks, including…

  • Installing crown molding
  • DIY-ing lots of decor AND hanging it on the wall
  • Ordering the rocker and super-soft, plush rug
  • Sewing our own valences

K, ya ready??

Adventure Nursery(check out the bottom of this post for links to all decor!)

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How to Make Colorful DIY Chevron Arrows

We’re almost through July, peeps! It’s funny living in Arizona – this is the time of year where we stay inside most of the time because it’s SO. HOT. outside! I’m not opposed to that, since I’ve been busy, ya know, growing a human!

I’m now on Week 22 and Baby R is the size of a coconut! Time is FLYING by!! As I mentioned in our nursery planning post, I decided on an adventure theme for our little boy’s room. I think this theme will be easy to play around with if we have a girl in the future.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been making huuugggeee strides in our nursery! One fun (and impactful!) project I want to share with you is a set of DIY chevron arrows, inspired by this pin. They add a fun pop of color and are pretty simple to make! Plus, the set of arrows cost us less than $20!

DIY Chevron Arrows in Nursery

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Throwing a Gender Reveal Party! It’s a…

The day FINALLLYYYY arrived!!! On Saturday we had our gender reveal party for Baby R, and I seriously felt like I’d been waiting YEARS! Okay, not quite, but since the beginning of June I’ve been Pinterest-ing like crazy, planning the decor, menu, and activities for the big day. I even made an Excel spreadsheet to stay organized – LOL! Anyway, the day finally arrived and I was oh-so pleased with how it all turned out! Oh, and beyond ready to find out whether I’m carrying a little girly or a little boy!

Gender Reveal Dessert Table

Gender Reveal Decor & Voting

I wanted to have a few activities planned for the party so our guests were entertained. When they arrived, I brought them over to the voting table to cast their vote! I created a poster with gender predictions based on old wives tales and let them cast their vote on a chalkboard. Which, PSST, I bought a few of those chalkboards for my wedding and I LOVE reusing them!!

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Planning Our First Nursery!

In case you missed it, last month we announced we’re expecting our first babe at the end of November! And guys… I didn’t think planning our nursery would be THIS much fun!! It’s an excuse to put together a whole new room for the best reason ever. Eek!

Pregnancy Announcement in the Woods - Nursery Planning

We hadn’t thought much about our nursery during my first trimester, but now that I’m feeling semi-back-to-normal we’re checking things off our list! Even though we don’t know baby’s gender yet, we’re starting to work on the big-ticket items – like picking a room and finding furniture!

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