baby on a plane, a summary.

You wake up early and pack every snack you own into the diaper bag. Pack plastic bags for the messy diaper you know is going to happen on the flight and jump in the car. Your car ride is full of screams because you booked your trip to be a little after naptime because you dont want to be that mom on the plane with the crying child. You get to the airport and the Southwest lady wants to see proof of age for your child who clearly is under 1 years old and you search through all of the snacks for a immunization record or something for proof that your diaper-wearing, babbling, and non-walking child is not a toddler. You go cheap on the flight and choose to have a lap baby and need to put their car seat under with baggage but forget to tell your husband to get a palstic bag to protect the car seat with. $15 later Southwest helps you out and gives you a nice big blue cheap cover to ensure the "safety" of the car seat. 

You're doing good on time and you feel like you got this in the bag. Here comes security checks. You smile at the lady who puts her germ-infested hands all over your babies sippy cup  top and then hollers for you to "move along lady, there is a line here". You listen and hurry up  with your baby in tow in the carrier to get checked for possible bomb powder on your hands. Now it is time to get all of your carry-ons and infected sippy cup all the while trying to help your husband from getting his brand new laptop smashed by on-coming luggages. 

The end is in sight. You see your gate and head on over and do a quick diaper change.You would go to the bathroom yourself but it's almost impossible to pee with a baby strapped to your chest. Good thing you get to go with family boarding because you checked in way too late and are in C class. Your baby is getting wrestless due to it being way past naptime, but you planned this all out perfectly so don't fret. Family boarding is a breeze minus the two families who purposefully cut you off because they clearly coudln't see or hear you in line before them. You let it pass because as a fellow parent you kow you are all just trying to survive at this point. 

Your baby gets a cold perfectly in time to meet family which sucks but on the upside you get a whole row to just you and your family. Thank you runny nose. Thank goodness for the carrier also because baby is just starting to fall asleep. Good thing you planned out the nap this way. Captain is on the loud speaker now and boy is it loud. His 9am coffee must be kicking in. You figure you are in the clear because your baby should sleep for the entire 45 min quick trip up north.

Here comes the stewardess who kindly tells you that you need to unstrap your baby from your carrier for departure. Wait! You mean the baby you just go to sleep for the flight? Yes, that baby. It obviously makes perfect sense and safer to unstrap the baby from your carrier so that in case of turbulence your baby while now have literally no way of being restrained and safe. Too bad they make flights so expensive or you could have had baby in their car seat on the flight. 

Thankfully, your baby doesn't wake up despite the unnecessary carrier needing to be removed. All is well and you are soon to nana's house. Oh wait, you hear sceaming. This is a loud scream but it's not your baby. Nope, it is another mom who's two year old wants something. The screaming does not stop. And now there are more than 5 babies screaming. Good thing your baby is exhausted and passed out. But the anxiety of a screaming baby fills up inside of you. Why didn't you pack lollipops? If only you brought the older boys bag with you then you would have had a lollipop to give the mom who won't give her child the snack they are begging for. Why can't that mom just give her child the snack? Think of all of us who's hears are figuartively and literally popping. Too late now, your baby is awake. Thankfully, the screaming helped the time pass and soon you are landing. Time to wake up your husband who had a nice nap on the flight, good thing he can sleep through anything. 

Thank you for choosing Southwest and welcome to Sacramento!

(jokes aside, we had a great trip up north to see family. My mom kindly kept the older two boys for us so the trip went smoother than normal but gosh travelling takes a whole lot of patience.)

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Dry Spells.

For quite a few months I have not written or shared much on motherhood and as a result there has been a dry spell here on the blog. The problem is that I have not had much to say. I am at a point in motherhood where I am trying to figure a lot out. Whenever I think " I got it" in regards to child-rearing my kids throw me a curve-ball and change in some way. I suppose it will be like this for a while since my kids are always changing and are each growing in their own individual ways.

Many days I am at a loss as to what to do and how to best raise my boys. Despite all the books, blogs, and advice I receive I still I feel like I am a referee, chef, house cleaner, doctor, coach, teacher, disciplinarian, and babysitter all at one time. Each boy has their own needs and whether it be a meal, a sickness, or a change in clothing size my days are starting to blur together. The OCD/ schedule-lover likes the monotonous life I live where I can to some degree expect what each day will look like. I am a control freak (and will be the first to admit that) at times and being able to decide what we do each day keeps my nerves at ease. At the same time, I sometimes stare outside or look on Instagram and long to have some spontaneity in my life. I wonder what it would be like to throw our normal routine out the window and just drive somewhere because we can. The struggle is real and as much as I try not to fantasize what my life could be life it is so easy to wonder what it could be like if I was more of a free spirit. I  am content with life right now (and have much to be thankful for) but at the same time I am up for a change in our day to day routine.

There is a quote from the show The Crown (a series on Netflix) where Queen Elizabeth II states " That's the thing about unhappiness. All it takes is for something worse to come along and you realize it  was happiness afterall. " After dealing with PPD for the second time I now know what it is to be happy. I have had days that were very low and now I can embrace and love the days that are no longer filled with the worries, fear, and anxiety that can come with postpartum depression. 2017 was full of change. Change and me don't mesh well. But I can see how God has used all of the change in our lives this past year to cause me to trust more in Him and to see more clearly how my ways are not my own. 

If you would like to share a little bit about your journey through motherhood, a birth story, reflection, book review, and/or want a space to share what is going on in your life please contact me @ ginazdavis@gmail.com and submit a post. This space has been very instrumental for my own life and I hope it can be a place for you to have a voice too. Thank you so much for listening to my ramblings and for sticking around. 

***If you did not know already, there is a private mom Facebook group for the blog called Baby Blue Mom Group. This group of moms are some of the most encouraging, kind, and loving women I know. If you would like to join please find us.

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December was filled with sickness at our house. 

December was filled with sickness at our house. 

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personalizing our home with minted.

*I received this amazing print in exchange for my honest review. All content and opinions are my own. This post also may contain affiliate links which helps make this blog possible. Thanks for supporting the companies we love. 

One of the things I am quickly learning about being a home owner is that personalizing your home takes time. Nick and I have similar tastes when it comes to decorating but we do have to make compromises here and there. I have been focusing on our main living area first since that is where we spend most of our times with our family and friends. 

Although neither of us are San Diego natives, our kids are and we have also decided to plant roots here in this beautiful place we call home. We still had a lot of decorations from our previous home but after looking at what we had I could tell that we needed some new updated conversation pieces for our new place. A few months ago we purchased a new coffee table, couch, and pillows but other than that our living room has not received much love. My best friend is an interior decorator and she brought it to my attention that some artwork would really do well in the space. I really want to save for some long white linen curtains, new flooring (think a white washed hardwood), stain the fireplace, and new fixtures, especially the entryway chandalier. With Christmas and my birthday coming up I am hoping to find some good sales on items that will be timeless and update our 1983 home. 

When it came time to finally decide on some art work for our living room  I knew I wanted something that was 1. artistic 2. supported an artist and 3. represented who we are. I didn't just want anything thrown on our walls and like most of the decor in our home everything usually has meaning and a story behind it. Thankfully our friends at Minted had so many options that both Nick and I loved, it made deciding hard, but in a good way. 

I was so impressed with the variety of art work that Minted had and honestly before a few months ago I had never even thought of using Minted for decorating and art. I knew we wanted something neutral colored so that if we ever want to change up the living room a little bit we can still keep most of our wall pieces. Minted had 15 different frames to choose from and we went with the white washed chevron which perfectly complimented the foil pressed look of San Diego.  Our living room only has two windows so I wanted a piece of art that was bright and unique. This picture of San Diego is perfect for entry way because it is one of the first pieces our guests will see when they enter our doors. I love how it is a conversation piece and friends or family  who are not from San Diego may ask us what the Picture is and it gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about the places we love. 

Since I have 3 boys who keep me busy I only order things online now a days. My Minted order came in within days and the boys were equally excited as I to see our package on our door step. We need to make sure we leave some Gatorade and cookies out for our UPS guy because i rarely ever shop for anything and get most things delivered (plus it’s always cheaper buying online). Have you ever bought artwork online? What do you look for when buying decorative pieces for your home? I look forward to using Minted again as we continue to decorate our new space and give it our own personal touches. 

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If you are in the market for some art from independent artists than check out the selection at Minted. I love how I can support an artist, decorate my home from couch, and have a unique piece from my home all at one time. The artist who made our beautiful San Diego foil pressed artwork also does other cities so be sure to find yours and share it with me. I am also taking open to any design tips you may have since I have lots left to do on our new home. After we finish the living room I would like to work next on the dining room and kitchen. Our home will be a never-ending project but I consider it all fun stuff to put on my to-do list.