little tin soldier

Sep 11

dearest thursday: new mama lifesavers

before henry arrived, i read about “must-have” baby items in parenting magazines, baby books, and other blogs. they ranged from sensible things like diapers and wipes (duh) to $1000 strollers. we bought the basics and i ordered a few more things after we got home.

as a new mom, i found the following items extremely helpful, and we use them every day, multiple times a day. every baby is different, but i couldn’t imagine taking care of henry without these things!

what are your product suggestions for new moms?

the picks | nose frida | zebi blanket | hand soap | tee | pillow

Sep 05

babymoon: maternity style recap

while i spend time with henry, i’ll recap a few maternity outfit posts. i spent most of my pregnancy in paige maternity jeans and loose dresses. check out the outfits if you missed them the first time. enjoy and see you soon!

outfits | polka dot dress | overalls | jeans | linen dress

Sep 03

babymoon: crafts recap

while i spend time with henry, i’ll recap a few make + take posts. the paper dogs are probably my favorite— all you need are cardboard rolls and paint! check out the crafts if you missed them the first time. enjoy and see you soon!

crafts | paper dogs | clipboard | bangles

Sep 01

babymoon: recipe recap

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while i spend time with henry, i’ll recap a few delicious monday posts. four of my favorite recipes from this year are caesar salad, posole, seafood strata, and southeast asian sprouts. yum! check out the recipes if you missed them the first time. enjoy and see you soon!

recipes | salad | posole | strata | sprouts

p.s. tumblr continues to block bloglovin’ from having access to blog feeds (read more here) and they haven’t reached an agreement. as always you may visit littletinsoldier.com directly or watch for post updates via twitter.

Aug 23

2014. my son. 
on wednesday michael and i welcomed our son into the world! HENRY is perfect— he looks so much like his daddy with mama’s eyes. thank you for all of your kind words, advice, and prayers over the last forty weeks. we are blessed to be his parents.

2014. my son. 

on wednesday michael and i welcomed our son into the world! HENRY is perfect— he looks so much like his daddy with mama’s eyes. thank you for all of your kind words, advice, and prayers over the last forty weeks. we are blessed to be his parents.

Aug 19

lovely tuesday: 39 weeks

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guess what? our child has proven the doctor wrong— i’m still pregnant! we’re ready, the house is ready, my body is ready, but he’s not ready. i think he wants to surprise us at any given moment. hopefully it will be a drawn-out surprise and not a quick one! his official due date is tomorrow. maybe we should buy one of those “over the hill” or “happy 40th” balloons to encourage him.

michael and i are very excited along with our friends and family but honestly there are moments where i have felt extremely irritated. fielding the same questions over and over, every day (how are you feeling? when are you due again? what did the doctor say? do you feel different from yesterday? are you having contractions? is the baby here yet?) annoy me! i know that these inquiries come out of care or curiosity toward the end, and it’s comforting to have a good network. at the same time i just want everyone to be calm and let us relax.

the weather was overcast during the week and i took advantage of it by wearing skirts and breezy peasant blouses. i packed some short sleeve onesies and a red elf cap for him to sport home. i kind of hope he’ll be born on a rainy day but they are few and far between. he’ll be born on a special day nonetheless. here’s to life, changing forever.

Aug 13

2014. make + take: felt camp flag. 
materials: dowel rod, assorted felt, burlap, sharp scissors, leather cord, needle, thread
we chose a camping theme for our son’s room because we wanted a room that would grow with him from infancy to boyhood. inspired by vintage campsite badges, i made three felt flags to hang above his bookcase. the fox ended up being my favorite flag— that’s why i’m sharing it with you today!
camp or merit badges usually have an animal or object in the middle and a few words. i used burlap as a background for the badge and sewed a red heart in the center. then i carefully cut a fox out of felt pieces. you definitely need sharp scissors! i embellished him with puffy paint and attached him to the center.
the baby’s flags have three mottos: be kind, be brave, and be true. i cut the letters out of leftover felt and stitched them to each badge. i posted a picture of the trio on my instagram.
find a dowel rod and choose a color for your flag. fold the felt over the rod and sew it at the top. align the badge in the center and pin it down so it doesn’t move while you sew. you can add shapes or lines to the top and bottom of the flag; i cut triangles out of different sizes.
hang your flag with leather cord, twine, or string in your happy camper’s room.

2014. make + take: felt camp flag. 

materials: dowel rod, assorted felt, burlap, sharp scissors, leather cord, needle, thread

we chose a camping theme for our son’s room because we wanted a room that would grow with him from infancy to boyhood. inspired by vintage campsite badges, i made three felt flags to hang above his bookcase. the fox ended up being my favorite flag— that’s why i’m sharing it with you today!

camp or merit badges usually have an animal or object in the middle and a few words. i used burlap as a background for the badge and sewed a red heart in the center. then i carefully cut a fox out of felt pieces. you definitely need sharp scissors! i embellished him with puffy paint and attached him to the center.

the baby’s flags have three mottos: be kind, be brave, and be true. i cut the letters out of leftover felt and stitched them to each badge. i posted a picture of the trio on my instagram.

find a dowel rod and choose a color for your flag. fold the felt over the rod and sew it at the top. align the badge in the center and pin it down so it doesn’t move while you sew. you can add shapes or lines to the top and bottom of the flag; i cut triangles out of different sizes.

hang your flag with leather cord, twine, or string in your happy camper’s room.

Aug 12

lovely tuesday: 38 weeks

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the baby’s cooking! tomorrow will bring me a week closer to our official due date. my doctor still predicts an early appearance, so we’re on baby watch. i haven’t had any labor pains (maybe they’ve been too mild to notice) but she gave me permission to hightail it to the hospital when i feel consistent contractions. we’re nervous and excited; michael is probably more nervous because he’ll be the one rushing home from work to pick me up!

we had a busy week. on saturday we attended a car seat safety class and learned that we chose wisely with our britax system. the instructors helped us install the seat in my car. on the way home i kept looking back at it and michael said, “he’s not there yet, silly!”

on sunday i assembled our mamaRoo and breeze playard, both gifts from the 4moms team. let me tell you— they were incredibly easy to put together, so easy a pregnant woman at nine months can do it! i understand why jen and indiana love their breezes. we also bought more newborn diapers; they smell so nice. i think we’re ready for this boy. i hope we see his face sometime soon!

Aug 08

2014. baby boom. 
lush maxidress. braided sightseer sandals by madewell.
wow, look at that bump! i feel like he has grown over the past two weeks, and it’s very apparent from a side view. lately i’ve been wearing sundresses and maxi dresses; they’re the most comfortable things in the texas heat. this basic black dress is one of my favorites because it’s pleated in the front at the waist and it has a cute crisscross detail in the back.
i hope y’all have a great weekend! we’re installing our car seat and running errands as usual. no labor pains… yet!
p.s. last friday tumblr blocked bloglovin’ from having access to blog feeds (read more here) and they haven’t reached an agreement. as always you may visit littletinsoldier.com directly or watch for post updates via twitter.
the look | similar dress | shoes

2014. baby boom. 

lush maxidress. braided sightseer sandals by madewell.

wow, look at that bump! i feel like he has grown over the past two weeks, and it’s very apparent from a side view. lately i’ve been wearing sundresses and maxi dresses; they’re the most comfortable things in the texas heat. this basic black dress is one of my favorites because it’s pleated in the front at the waist and it has a cute crisscross detail in the back.

i hope y’all have a great weekend! we’re installing our car seat and running errands as usual. no labor pains… yet!

p.s. last friday tumblr blocked bloglovin’ from having access to blog feeds (read more here) and they haven’t reached an agreement. as always you may visit littletinsoldier.com directly or watch for post updates via twitter.

the look | similar dress | shoes

Aug 05

lovely tuesday: 37 weeks

this week was very relaxing with a few tiny hiccups. the baby’s nursery is almost done except for the twin/guest bed. the headboard won’t connect to the frame, and the mattress needs wooden slats. so we’ll be making a trip to lowes for different hardware and wood. i was hoping to share some photos of his room with you today— c’est la vie!

on saturday and sunday we went swimming. i was more nervous about getting in and out of the water than putting on a bathing suit; i’m not embarrassed to wear a two-piece with a big belly (though i did receive a questionable look or two). the water wasn’t too cold and we had a lot of fun swimming with super noodles. it amazes me how noodles keep people afloat. i wish we had gone to the pool more often this summer.

maybe it was all that swimming— i had a check-up today and the doctor thinks the baby will be here in a week and a half (or less). A WEEK AND A HALF! she told me to look out for contractions or water breaking. oh my goodness. we are extremely excited and nervous. my hospital bag is ready to go and i promise it’s not half-full of gummy bears (i wish it was).

in other news, i haven’t dreamt much lately. a couple of weeks ago i had a dream i left my purse in the rain, and last night the carters asked me to illustrate them. of course i said yes. who turns down beyoncé?

Jul 31

dearest thursday: double duty

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although diaper bags come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, the majority tend to be black nylon. why black and why nylon? black is a popular clothing color and nylon is easy to clean. unfortunately black is not one of my favorite colors.

for our little one, i plan to use my rebecca minkoff original MAB bag with a polka dot pocket insert. it’s a huge red leather bag that’s been sitting in my closet for the last two years, and now it will get a second life as a baby bag. i recommend buying an insert if you have a large purse (or if you’re like me, you own several of them). you can pull the insert out and switch bags with no problem.

if you don’t have a giant handbag, a plus to buying a “real” diaper bag is that it comes with built-in compartments. check out these four darling options— i love these bags because they are wonderful for mamas who like prints and colors. to the undiscerning eye, they resemble regular purses.  i won’t tell anyone you have a nose frida inside yours if you won’t tell anyone i have one in mine.

  1. rebecca minkoff marissa bag: this cute tote flips to a blue and yellow pattern on the back, making it a perfect present for mamas who will be surprised by baby’s gender. if i didn’t reuse my own purse, i’d get this one in a heartbeat.
  2. kate spade francis bag: put a bird on it! the toucans give the purse a whimsical touch. the print reminds me of a fun beach bag and it would also work for boys and girls.
  3. timi & leslie charlie bag: the charlie style resembles a posh italian handbag, and it’s totally wipeable. i like the blue and grey combination; it comes in other colors, too.
  4. lesportsac zoo bag: the little animals may garner as many oohs and aaahs as your baby! the navy blue color and messenger bag style also anchor it as a good “daddy” bag.

collage by me. images via nordstrom, shopbop, and amazon.

Jul 29

lovely tuesday: 36 weeks

the next month will be a waiting game! many doctors consider 37 weeks a “safe” time for a baby’s arrival; of course reaching full-term is preferred. i had a check-up today and he’s not ready to say hello yet. grow, baby, grow! the doctor was concerned about his fast heartbeat and they hooked me up to a non-stress test monitor (which probably made my heart go crazy). but he was just moving around and his heartbeat slowed down as he calmed down.

we took a childbirth class at the hospital. i expected it to be a lamaze kind of class, but the nurse thoroughly covered labor, relaxation and pain management techniques, delivery, and postpartum care. we watched five families’ birth stories and i realized that everyone’s experience is astonishingly different. sometimes you go in with a birth plan and it can fly out the window; sometimes everything happens just as you imagined. i learned that the most important thing about labor is meeting your little one in the safest manner for both of you, but his or her needs always come first.

today a huge box arrived at our house with a car seat and stroller. i’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for michael to get home and unpack them. we bought the britax travel system; it had good reviews and several coworkers recommended britax. i also found out jesse (of jesse coulter and austin moms blog) has the same system for her son turner, so if turner approves, our boy will be just fine. our wishlist continues to dwindle, and baby’s room is almost done. here’s to the last few weeks!

p.s. thanks to all of you who shared kind words or advice last week. i appreciate you ladies!

Jul 24

2014. a boy, a girl, a dog. 
cotton sundress from forever 21. vintage coach belt (thrifted). braided sightseer sandals by madewell.
i wore the dress back in june for the first time and i didn’t belt it, going for a carefree and bohemian attitude (in my head anyway). it’s a tent dress i.e. i could probably cover an armchair with it. i styled the dress the other day with a belt and realized it was so much better! i look like a pregnant woman versus someone who is shoplifting the entire potato chip aisle.
in pre-baby times i could wear the belt with jeans. now it fits just under my ribcage. how things have changed for the bigger… and better. soon sophie will transition from being our dog to being a little boy’s dog. she’ll sniff him and love him, i’m sure of it.
the look | dress | similar belt | shoes

2014. a boy, a girl, a dog. 

cotton sundress from forever 21. vintage coach belt (thrifted). braided sightseer sandals by madewell.

i wore the dress back in june for the first time and i didn’t belt it, going for a carefree and bohemian attitude (in my head anyway). it’s a tent dress i.e. i could probably cover an armchair with it. i styled the dress the other day with a belt and realized it was so much better! i look like a pregnant woman versus someone who is shoplifting the entire potato chip aisle.

in pre-baby times i could wear the belt with jeans. now it fits just under my ribcage. how things have changed for the bigger… and better. soon sophie will transition from being our dog to being a little boy’s dog. she’ll sniff him and love him, i’m sure of it.

the look | dress | similar belt | shoes