Thursday, August 6, 2020

Isabella's first birthday party!

     We're here!!! Our Isabella Mae has turned the big 1!!! Well less than two months ago she did! It literally flew by! Yeah Yeah all parents say that but it did! Who knew our little toddler gal would change our lives so much, I mean literally! I remember finding out I was pregnant with her and literally not believing it. We had tried for 11 months, with 3 rounds of chlomid. It was morning time and I had gone and given mason his breakfast and I thought I was late by one day lol, and so I decided to take a pregnancy test and after several negatives it's sometimes hard to be optimistic on having a positive. After those 3 grueling minutes I saw that faint line! I immediately started to cry, we were pregnant with our 2nd baby, mason was going to have a sibling and I was beyond excited! I told mason first and he was happy too! He couldn't stop talking about his having a baby brother or sister! Then when daddy got home we surprised him too and he couldn't believe it and we were all filled with so much happiness! Who knew that pregnancy would be hard no matter what gender I had. I was more sick with Isabella and couldn't hold down water either. I remember being told her due date was June 9th but then later she was measuring small and was showing June 15th. I remember hoping that she would come after mason's birthday. I ended up being a week over and scheduling an induction, something I never did with Mason. After 10 hours we met our little miracle girl and she came out screaming and crying lol and hasn't stopped a whole lot haha. We knew immediately she would change our lives so much.

     She's our tiny little girl and she has learned so much in this first year! From the endless baby snuggles in my arms or on my chest,  Sitting up on her own, rolling over, crawling, her first tooth; to learning how to clap, to wave hi, to blow kisses , to giving kisses when you say "beso" kisses in Spanish, learning to sign all done and thank you. She's started as a total momma's girl which is only natural I believe but now loves her dad so much and can stand other people as well , especially if there's food! She also gets very shy with people she doesn't know and barries her head into my shoulder/neck. She loves rice,beans, yogurt, bread, graham crackers, blue berries and when we give it to her sweets like ice cream. She has a million bows, loves sleeping with her lambie and kitten, she hasn't the prettiest eyes and chunkiest cheeks. She loves the water (at first she didn't at all), she can say ah oh, shake her head yes and no, has 4 teeth total, sometimes when she smiles a little line forms above her nose and it's so stinkin cute, she loves her brother so much and think's he's hilarious, she can grrr and can walk among stuff and close to walking. She has 4 teeth and a couple more on it's way! We love all that our baby girl has learned!

    Now to our little sassy adorable precious 1st birthday party! It was such a fun day celebrating our Isabella's big day, I had her theme planned out for as long as I could remember. It was pink and gold and swans as well. It turned out perfectly and I found the perfect shop to buy all her decorations! We just had our family over and had a bbq outside. I had made a floral crown for her, especially since I love DIY and it was also very expensive to buy it online. She luckily kept it on all day. I also made her high chair banner, in which I just bought the banner and flowers at Michael's and had the vinyl cut myself, it turned out so cute! She got some cute fun gifts with the help from her brother . She wasn't a big fan of her cake smash, as in she liked the taste of it but did not want anything to do with touching it haha; guess she is going to be a clean girly haha. 

She loved especially her now favorite lambie and her walker! We are so grateful for all our family and friends who show so much love to our little Isabella Mae and we love our her little birthday party came together! Here are some photos from that day and more info about the cute decor shop that you definitely need to shop for all your parties!

 We bought all her decorations from Stesha Party They truly have basically every themed party decoration items you could ever want! I'm pretty all the kids birthdays and regular celebration events are covered for! Their decorations are incredibly affordable and you get your items very quickly! Plus the owner Stephanie is so sweet and will answer any questions you have. I have always loved how friendly and so personable owner and businesses are ! I would definitely rate this cute shop 5 stars and highly recommend you check her cute shop out!  If you purchase some items use code: "FRIENDSOFSTESHA”  for a discount!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Isabella's Nursery Reveal

It's finally done!!!! Yay I had a blast putting together Isabella's nursery! Since I found out I was having a girl I started planning our little girl's room even though she would be in our room for the first 6 months. To be honest I do miss having her in our room just because I loved waking up and seeing her adorable smiling face already looking at me. But she was starting to outgrow it and I hated waking her when Rex and I would go into the room; and since transferring rooms she has done great and love it!

I first started off with choosing the color palette. I went to pinterest of course and went from there. I wanted something girly but add a fun modern touch to it. PINK, GOLD, WHITE and small hints of grey were my color palette. I first painted the room right before she was born and chose my color from home depot from behr paint. Target, Amazon, and Etsy is mostly where I got all of her decor. I feel like with Isabella's nursery I was more artistic and went with some unique items than I did with Masons (but I of course love how his turned out as well!) I don't know if I have a favorite part of the room, the whole room itself is my favorite. I love the vintage floral gold mirror, the swan features, the gold, the flowers ..EVERYTHING! So without further a due here is Isabella's Nursery Reveal (Links to everything will be at the end)

Swan Piggy Bank , Swan Piggy Bank (2) , Flower Vase and monthly block Target Dollar Spot, Frame Home Goods.  

Let me know if I didn't tag something or have any questions! and for more little details like her closet, two other smaller essentials, and her dresser organization go to my  Instagram page at @vallyriches. Again this was a blast! I truly love the decorating process and so in love with Isabella's Nursery!! Until next time when I show you Mason's New Big Boy Room!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Newborn essentials (#2)

Hi there! Sorry I've been not consistent in blogging, but I'm making it a goal to blog twice a month and go up from there sometimes. So even though Isabella is now 7 months old, I've finally compiled my newborn must haves..well round 2 haha.

I went ahead and made my own mittens since I love sewing and it was super easy to make! I followed this mittens pattern! Mittens are so good to have when you have a newborn (even to infant if they can keep them on) because its so sad to see them scratch their faces! Target,Walmart, and pretty much any store that sells baby items have them!

Burp cloth
You'll always need a burp cloth especially if you have a baby that spits up a lot! Mason didn't have this problem but Isabella did and so glad it's slowed down, nevertheless I still carry around a burp cloth with me! I especially love my Little Birdie Ink burp cloths because how soft/durable/ and cute they are! They have several patterns and the owner is such a sweetheart! Here's a code "Birdie30" for your next purchase!

Tubby Todd
You probably heard me rave about this company, and it's only because of how much I stand by their products! I've used their product since mason was little with their shampoo, lotion, and bubble bath! I also have their baby fresh spray that I literally put on everything because it smells SOOOO GOOD and also purchased their all over ointment that I love using for Mason's and Isabella's sensitive skin! It has helped our skin so much and love how safe and clean they are for our family!
Tubby Todd Website

Saline drops and booger sucker
These two items go hand in hand because unfortunately sometimes babies get stuffy noses and it's so hard to remove those pesky little boogies. Heck I've even used these two items when mason was past one! I get my saline drops from Little Remedies and get a booger sucker from Target.. some hospitals even give you on or let you take one home, so don't forget to ask about that before leaving the hospital! Baby won't like it much but it will definitely make a difference!

Rafe and moose swaddle
Want to know how many of these amazingly soft blankets I have?? Let's just say my collection is growing and it ain't stoppin! Not only are the buttery soft but also work for either summer or winter and the biggest swaddle I have ever seen so it grows with your kid! My toddler even loves still using his haha. The shop owner is amazing and they have multiple colors to choose from!

A good diaper bag
Going to keep this short and sweet because in my opinion it worth investing in a good diaper bag. I had a shoulder purse like diaper bag for mason and it was so inconvenient and my shoulder was always usually sore. So I found the Freshly Picked Diaper bag and so happy about my purchase. I needed a diaper bag that allowed me to be hands free, since I got two kids.. had several pockets, had a much of space but not making it overall huge! If you want to see a review / what's in my diaper bag then check out the video below

What's in my Diaper Bag video feat. Freshly Picked

Milk catcher 
I don't remember this being around when I had mason but sure am happy I found out about before having Isabella because I love this item when Isabella was newborn and even used it past that! Behold the milk catcher as I like to call it, but officially called HaaKaa breast pump. This genius item not only is for hand expressing but also for catching your let down!! I hated how much milk I lost when I began nursing and how I wish I could save that milk, so when I was told about this item from UnderCover Mama I immediately had to get it. Right as my milk production was coming in and after I love using the HaaKaa because I was able to save and store milk. Even though it was a couple ounces, it quickly added up! Do yourself a favor and get this item!
Buy Haakaa Breast Pump

Wrap / Sling
I had a wrap with mason but never could figure it out I don't know if it was the brand or I wasn't doing it right; but I was gifted a sling for Isabella from WildBird and love it soo much! It's incredibly easy to use and perfect when you have a newborn because they love being close to you! A wrap or sling allows you to be hands free while cleaning the house, going on a walk, or even getting grocery shopping done! So happy I got one and tried again because wow was it a game changer! I even still use my sling now and Isabella still loves it!
Baby Wraps
WildBird Ring Slings

Knotted gown
This is an item that I wished I had gotten when mason was a newborn because of how useful this clothing item was! I love knotted gown and Isabella has several of them because a newborn sleeping with a blanket is a safe hazard, knotted gown allow your little ones feet to be covered acting like they have a blanket! Some knotted Gown even have mittens attached to it so you can cover their hands as well! Did I mention how easier it is to change them!

Portable Sleeper/Dockatot
Whether you travel much or want to have a mini bed for your baby, I highly recommend getting a portable sleeper like the Dockatot. Yes it may be a little expensive but it really comes in handy! Your baby will love sleeping in this, perfect for on the go without dragging along heavy bulky port-a-crib , easy to wash, comfy, and worth every dollar!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids-2019

With Christmas a month away, I thought why not quickly share a list of what I recommend giving your kids for Christmas! Some of these items I have shared before (and that's only because I really love them, haha!)
So without further a due, here it is!

1) Bookroo

They are a monthly subscription kids book club company that empowers parents to create a collection of books for your kids that are curated for your child's age and growth! Mason  has loved these books so much where you can see how well they are loved haha and Isabella loves looking at the big pictures in her books that are perfect for her age! Mason has always loved reading and so glad that Bookroo agrees that it is never too early to start reading to your children! The more books the better, right!? They have board books, picture books and chapter books! It truly is a great gift for your kids that they are even wrapped, so you don't have to!! We love our new favorites and know you will love this company as much as we do!
  USE CODE: "MERRYRICHES" for 15% off , code expires Dec.25
 See More options and information on their website Bookroo Website

2) Little Wedgies
I just recently purchased our first little set of little wedgies outfits for both my kids and love how soft and adorable they are! The are perfect for Christmas presents for your little one and love how affordable they are as well! The owners are also so friendly and sweet.
Little Wedgies Website

3) Mary Meyers Stuffed Toys

You can never go wrong with a stuffed toy as a gift and especially these adorable soft toys from Mary Meyer! That have every animal you could ever think of and not only have the cutest toys but also have swaddles, teething toys , bibs, little soft books and more! I cant wait to give her these little gifts from them on Christmas! Isabella just loves her stuffed toys because their perfect to cuddle and play with! I got her these swan items and a kitty as well! USE CODE “VALENTINA15” for 15% off

Mary Meyer Stuffed Toy website

4) Freshly Picked
I have loved Freshly picked shoes ever since I found I was pregnant with Mason and they have been our favorite brand to go to when it comes to picking out the perfect shoes for my kids! We even just bought Isabella her first pair and will buy the kids another pair for Christmas! They are so affordable, comfortable, easy to put on, and come in several styles and designs (even cute characters that your kids may be into!)  Ps: They will have a great Black Friday Sale of 30% off site wide and other amazing deals! So stay tuned
Freshly Picked Website

5) Saranoni Luxury Blanket
These blankets are ultra soft! I already have it as a must buy for the little ones and the great thing about them is that you can also get them for anyone in the family! I have heard such great reviews and that you'll immediately love them because of how soft and cuddly they are! Also they are having a Black friday sale with 25% off site wide (45% off with doorbusters)
Saranoni Website

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Isabella's Birth Story

I'm finally getting to it everyone, haha finally made the time to post Isabella's birth story! Isabella is now 4 months and growing bigger and bigger everyday!

Introducing Isabella Mae Riches

She was born on June 14th at 10:30 at night and the most darling little girl I had ever seen! She immediately stole our hearts when she entered this world and can't imagine life without her! Mason is obsessed with her and loves telling people that she's his sister!

So let me tell you a little bit about that special day! I was induced (unlike my birth with mason) .. I had family coming in on a certain date and didn't want to be in the hospital when they were here, and I was also a week overdue and my doctor didn't want me to go more over. It was a Friday at 11am when we finally got the call from the hospital that we could come in. I remember that day so well. I had already anticipated the day before that friday was going to be the day and so we made sure we had everything set for the next day. We ate our last family of 3 breakfast and decided to go on a walk to the park. We were also about to head out to another park to meet rex's family for a little family gathering...right then at the first park just us three I got the call. We walked back home and loaded up the car and drove to rex's parent's house where mason would be spending his time at while we were in the hospital.

As we drove to the hospital I couldn't help but tear up thinking about this change our family would have and how it would affect mason. I was so nervous and I really had nothing to be worried about because mason loved talking about her and would even talk to my stomach asking bella to come out haha. But I was nervous. I was nervous mason would think I replaced him.. that he would become jealous because after 3 years of just him, I would be sharing my attention with someone else. Ah the nerves were real and I suppose that other mother's also have these thoughts. Even though I was nervous I was also excited for what was going to happen. Mason was going to gain a new best friend, someone to play with, a new member to join our family!

What's silly is that prior to being induced I never really felt real contractions. I just had braxton hick contraction which I never experienced with mason, I had lost my mucus plug but that was it! So when we arrived at the hospital I was ready to get things started! We arrived at almost noon and were settled into our room. I was given pitocin to start the labor process and those contractions happen fast. Not so much in pain but I started at almost a 2 (dilated) and my contraction started coming in quick. I wasn't really feel them pain wise but could feel my stomach tightening. Every two hours the nurse would check me and let me tell you how that first check it was very brutally uncomfortable!! Bella started moving up high and so it was hard to check how effaced I was and it was like this heat overcame my body as she was checking because I literally thought her whole arm was inside of me .. haha sorry for that image, but It really felt like that.

A couple of hours had past and I was lucky enough to get some yummy graham crackers and apple juice before the epidural. I wish I would of known to eat before arriving at the hospital because man was I HUNGRY!! Then it was time to break my water and insert the catheter . When they broke my water it felt warm and felt like something had popped which is exactly what happened.  More hours had past and 9 came around and I started to notice that my contraction were getting stronger. When I had been checked last I was dilated to a 4. As 10 pm was approaching I was able to start really moving my legs and even could lift them up! The contraction were 1/2 minutes apart and I was pushing the epidural button and felt like it wasn't working. The pain (like birth is) was getting more intense. I started breathing techniques with the help of my husband and the nurse. I kept asking the nurse why the epidural wasn't working and they really didn't know why. She said would call the anesthesiologist so they could give me a higher dose to see if that would help. As we were waiting for the anesthesiologist the nurse decided to check me again and as I looked at the nurses face I saw the look of shock.. she said I dilated at a ten and I just start laughing! I mean I know that birth is a pain (but beautiful) experience but I laughed that I felt like I wasn't crying for nothing haha, I mean I was at a 10 and my epidural and worn off completely! I was feeling every little bit of my contractions! Rex and I and the nurse were so shocked at how progressed I was. And then that's when things got even more real... the nurse said she's coming and all these nurses start coming in and prepping the room. The nurse called my obgyn and told him that it was time! I kept telling Rex how I hoped that she would get here safely.

The anesthesiologist quickly came into the room as they were just starting to get the room together and gave me another dose, just enough to not focus on the pain but on me pushing and my labor. We started out practice pushing, my obgyn came in and we started actually pushing.  I said a prayer out loud that I hope she got here safely and everything went okay. We rex's and the my whole team of nurses and doctor I was very supported, felt so much help, strength and felt incredibly focused. I pushed for about ten minutes and she was out. I kept saying "my angel, my angel".  Here was this little angel sent down from heaven that we yearned to have and she was so beautiful, innocent, and the most precious thing in this world. We fell in love all over again with another miracle in our lives! I also truly felt like I had also just given birth to mason again! She looked so much like her brother! She had dark hair, cute little cheeks, and the tiniest of fingers!

 After a couple of hours of a immediate skin to skin , cuddling with daddy and mommy , we were all moved to the recovery room. We were still obsessing (and it never stopped) over our little girl and I immediately felt so hungry! It was around 1 am and luckily the hospital cafeteria was still open and I ate the most delicious bacon hamburger ever!! The bacon was the best part because it was perfectly crispy and tasted soooo good!

Then after we were able to get as much rest as you can expect with nurses popping in every couple of hours and honestly I didn't was to sleep because I was just in love with our Isabella! Once morning came we got the call that mason had woken up and we were all ready for him to come meet his little sister! Our photographer at @cieraleavittphotography  was on her way and Isabella was getting her first bath!

I must say that I could have not envisioned a better moment that when mason met his baby sister for the first time! He immediately saw her and was so happy, he looked in her hospital basket and said bella with such a big smile on his face! I immediately started tearing up because it was truly a beautiful special moment that stood still that I would always remember. I loved looking at mason's face as he stared in aw at his sister and him just become a big brother! He looked at her with so much love, it melted all of our hearts! He got to hold her several times and would point to her and say bella my sister!! I just love my boy so much and again the meeting between these two couldn't be more perfect!

Once everyone left we just continued for another day to relax and make sure Isabella and I were clear to go. Going home felt so nice but I also loved my hospital stay! My recovery was good and so thankful for the family and friends who helped out, brought meals, and even picked up mason so he get out of the house. She is such a healthy girl and has some similar qualities and some very different ones haha. She loves to sleep and only wakes mommy up once a night, likes bath time now, was a little colicy in the beginning and breastfeeding is going very well , is not not as calm as her brother lol. But she's our perfect little beautiful girl and we are so in love with our Isabella Mae and so blessed to have her in our family!

Hospital gown from Lates by Kate
Isabella's Swaddle from Lou Lou and Company