April 27, 2017

Nate is One!

first birthday

Our boy turned one this past Monday and to echo what I wrote on instagram, there are not enough words in the world to describe the love for this little guy. Out of everything I’ve ever done in this world, becoming a mother has equally been the BEST, yet most challenging thing. I’ve never slept so little, even with having an incredible sleeper! I’ve never worried so much, even though I like to consider myself to be an easy-going person. I’ve never had to turn down so many jobs, events, trips and outtings with friends, yet been completely okay with it. The most surprising of them all, I’ve never been one that dreamed of becoming a mother my entire life, never went gaga over babies and to be honest, never really LOVED children, but it’s true what they say “it’s different when it’s your own!” The love is overwhelming. Sometimes TOO overwhelming, if that makes any sense at all.

A Few Updates:

He’s still coasting around, but not fully walking.  Yes, I’ve been warned that once he starts, it’s non-stop action. That makes me nervous since it’s already kind of like that.

We feed him pretty much everything we eat (within reason), but his favorite foods include: waffles, sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, toast (and basically, any kind of bread), broccoli and oatmeal with cinnamon.

He loves smoothies! When I make them for us, I whip a little up for him and it consists of simple ingredients such as berries, a little baby spinach, banana and some almond milk or water.

He’s still an amazing sleeper, sleeping from 7PM to 6:30/7AM on most occasions, but because he’s teething again, we’ve had a few rough nights. And speaking of teeth, right now he has four on top and two on the bottom, with two more coming in.

He’s still napping two times a day. Typically he naps from 9:30-11 and from 2-3:30.

He’s in a size 5 diaper and we get the Kirkland brand from Costco. Not only are they the best bang for you buck, but price aside, they’re really our favorite.

We’re still feeding him Lebensworth formula, but slowly making the transition to almond milk. For the mamas out there that chose not to go with cows milk, what route did you go?

When it comes to toys, he really has little interest. He’d much rather explore every corner of our home or play with a jar.

This Saturday, we’re throwing a party with some of our closest friends and family to celebrate this big milestone!

Thank you all so much for following along on the first year of my motherhood journey.





  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Awww, hoe adorable … Happy Borthday Nate! 🙂
    Cute photo of Mother and Son.

    ?LA BIJOUX BELLA ?| By Mia |A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Lauren m

    He’s such a sweet, stylish boy! Where do you typically shop for him?

    • Helena

      Hey Lauren,

      Typically H&M, Zara, Nordstrom, Boden Baby and Ralph Lauren. I’ll work on a more detailed post!

  • nicole Sioui

    Beautiful pictures Helena! He exudes health and happiness and you radiate tremendous pride. Was wondering if you keep a (physical) baby album or store them all in an electronic album?

    • Helena

      Hey Nicole,

      Ugh – I have one physical album and everything else is electronic, but I’m not happy about it!! My next goal is to get all of his photos into physical albums!

  • sasa

    He is so adorable:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Liz - Shopping My Closet

    What a great milestone. It’s amazing how quickly you blink and they’ve already turned one!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • Ewa Macherowska


  • Tiffany

    You may or may not have one yet, but I SWEAR by amber teething necklaces. We never knew our daughter was teething and she kept her 7:30PM-6:30AM sleep schedule through each bout. She hardly drooled either. Each little is different, but it could be worth a shot, if you haven’t tried!

    • Helena

      Hey Tiffany,

      So great to know! Def going to give them a shot. Thank you!

  • Mireia

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Natali

    Happiest of birthdays to the little man, he’s such an angel and you can be one super proud mommy for making it so greatly through the first year! Much love to your little family!


  • Alyssa Amato

    Oh my gosh! How adorable is this?! Looks like he enjoyed his birthday cake! xx


  • Cecilia boateng

    Awww! He is so adorable and I’m so happy for you and your love for motherhood! I hope I get to experience that love you talked about one day! Happy birthday Nate!

  • Claire

    Just the cutest! Happy bday Nate!

  • Casaundra

    Our pediatrician told us the transition to milk was unnecessary and focus on healthy, vitamin, protein and fat filled meals. So when I was done nursing both of my girls, we just went to sippy cups of water with snacks and meals and it has been great!


    A Baby is an Angel Sent from Heaven to give us the True Meaning of Life! Very Beautiful Mother and Son Photo 🙂

  • Marthine J Angrand

    Happy Birthday Nate! What a cute little fellow. Motherhood is the best reward. I have a 15 year son and a 10 year old daughter. Can you believe that the love for your child grows even more? Well, it does. I am happy for you and your husband. I’ve been reading your blog for at least a year and love it! Many Blessings!

  • Kerrie summers

    Hope Nate had a great birthday! I can’t believe how fast his first year has gone. He looks such a happy little boy x x x

  • Sel

    Such a cutie. Happy Birthday little Nate.
    Helena, his hair is getting longer and I can see little waves. Will you let his hair grow long or will you take him to have his first haircut?

  • Suzanne

    Happy Birthday gorgeous boy!! ??

  • Nikky priddy

    Happy birthday Nate! You are beautiful ?????

  • Carmel

    As for milk alternatives, we went with goats milk once I weaned him off the breast. But now he prefers rice or almond milk, which is what we drink. Xxx

  • Madeline C

    Happy Birthday, Nate! That second photo is gorgeous, I hope you have it printed and framed – too cute not to be!

  • Margo

    So adorable! Time seriously flies.

    My daughter is allergic to cow’s milk and while I still have her on a toddler version of soy formula, I also like hemp milk. It has a TON of calcium and lots of fats which they need at this point (she’s really tiny, tall, but tiny so she needs the fat). She’s going to be 2 in June and is just now in a size 4 diaper – ha!

  • KDM

    He is so precious!!! How time flies!

  • Sasha

    Beautiful Photos!!! Happy Belated Birthday Nate!! Wow! the big 1. I’m a mother of two boys, only advise is to live in the moment, because it goes by so fast when you are not looking. Enjoy him every day!! God bless.

  • Gina Eagan

    He’s so adorable. I love seeing him in your Insta snaps. He seems like a happy baby and its nice to see you creating balance.

  • Danielle Bentley

    OMG, it’s been a year since I stumbled across your blog online. Lol.


  • Mary

    god, bless! He’s soon cute…wow 1 yrs old….love to see how yr world has grown …from singleton to married & now mommy……stylish as ever …take care…

  • Moncy

    Happy belated birthday Nate! ?
    Ps my question is, why did you chose almond milk?


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