Santa Barbara

Lewis Bennett

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3 weeks ago we welcomed Lewis Bennett into this world and within an instant of meeting our little guy, I immediately etched in my heart the greatest love I could share for another.  #Awww.  His birth story is one that went smoothly thanks to my dream team of doctors, nurses, and a Bradley Cooper look-a-like anesthesiologist to execute my c-section.

While we are still working out the kinks in our new way of life; I’m happy to report that I’ve continued my “mamarazzi” obsession with snapping away close to a thousand photos of him, my limbs have finally returned back to normal after being pumped with gallons of IV, and I’ve attempted  a handful of outings with two kids in tow (albeit with someone’s assistance…but still an accomplishment).  This new way of life is a bit chaotic and my “down time” is rare, but I LOVE it.

So as much as I miss keeping up with the daily happenings of my social media accounts, getting my morning dosage of watching the Today Show, or responding to texts messages in a timely fashion;  I’m absolutely okay that those things are taking a back seat.  Because top priority for me is relishing in spending time with my boys.  Followed by sleeping when they are sleeping…

In case you missed the video I shared on Facebook or Instagram, here’s a quick video we took to celebrate the birth of Lewis:

 

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Pregnancy Update: 8 months

thegreatromance-8 months pregnant1.  What were the highlights from your 8th month?

Originally I didn’t plan to take maternity pictures at the tail end of my 8th month of being pregnant because I knew I was going to be at my largest; but looking back at the finish product, I’m so glad I waited.  Not only did the shoot go as planned, but the pictures turned out top notch.  Plus, rockin’ a fuller belly is sexy on a whole new level ;).  

Secondly, scheduling my delivery :).  

2.  Any “ugh” moments?

I’m notorious for being a mamarazzi- always filling up my phone of pictures of Harrison and our daily excursions, but sadly I only took a handful this past month because my household spent 3/4th of the month sick :(.  Being sequestered at home didn’t call for many good photo ops.  The flu rotated amongst us all and I still have a lingering sinus infection that just won’t let up.  I kid you not, we went thru a Costco pack of Kleenex this month.  

3.  What’s on rotation in your wardobe?

Our coastal town is now feeling the warm spring-like weather,  so I’ve taken the liberty of cutting a couple of my maternity jeans and created cut-offs.  How’s that for saving on maternity shorts? 🙂

4.  How has your body changed?

I can absolutely tell my belly is fuller and that baby is without a doubt larger even if my weight only went up 2 pounds.  Despite the low weight gain this month, I’m in line with what my weight gain should be which is a total of 32 pounds.  

5.  With less than a month left, how are you feeling?

Two words: excited and curious.  Excited knowing a new member of our family will be here soon.  I’ve gone from saying I’m “x amount of ” weeks to now saying “x amount of”  days.  FYI: I’m at 20 something days….aghhhhhh!!!!!

I’m equally curious in regards to how it will change our family dynamic.  I’ve spent the last 2.6 years with it being just the 3 of us that it’s only natural things will change.  All for the good I’m sure, but it doesn’t make me less curious to see the change unfold.

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

A Black Tie Maternity Shoot

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Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Nursery Design: style meets function

pottery barn nursery grey, white, woodI’ll let you in on a little secret, I am WAAAAYYYY more excited about my second baby’s nursery than I was for Harrison’s.  Much has to do with trial and error. Looking back EVERYTHING about motherhood was so new and my brain was constantly being overloaded with information, products, and advice of what to do and what to buy, that I made some mistakes in my purchases.  This time around I’ve applied what I’ve learned and will be making baby #2’s nursery functional without sacrificing style.

I’m a big fan of the Pottery Barn aesthetic of a classic and clean design, that it’s played a large factor in inspiration for our baby’s room.  I’ve mentioned before that his nursery will remain along the same color scheme as the rest of our home: grey, white, wood, and blue.  I find these colors to be calming for me.  When I know I’ll be spending hours on end in our baby’s room, I want to find some serenity when I’m in the thick of caring for a newborn.

I’ve paired all of these essentials with items from Pottery Barn to make your one-stop shopping needs easy.  But I do love me a bargain, so for a few of the items, I’m sharing alternatives that are light on your wallet.  Big YAY for savings!

Also keep in mind that this design board is of a neutral color palate, but the functionality remains the same for any color scheme you choose!  Here’s a round-up of the bare essentials you’ll need in a nursery:

Safe Crib

Dresser and Changing table combination

Rugs: one and two  (alternatively IKEA’s faux sheepskin rug is a steal at $12.99)

Design tip- by taking an oversized rug and layering it with a smaller rug on top you create dimension and warmth.  Layering rugs is especially key when you are dealing with a neutral palate in order to prevent a plain and texture-less space.  Added bonus- you’ll have plenty of cushion when doing tummy time and during those crawling months.

Nursing nook to include somewhere comfy to sit, comfy blanket for you (and a swaddle for baby), plus a side table to rest your nursing knickknacks.

Design tip- if you decide to purchase a glider or rocker, opt for a white fabric because there’s almost a guaranteed chance your little one will end up spitting up on it.  Believe it or not, cleaning up breast milk on a light-colored chair is much easier and tends to not show remaining residue.

I’m opting to keep our guest bed in the nursery as the bedding is already inline with the nursery look and I find it comfortable nursing/soothing baby while I’m sprawled out on a bed.  But if I do decide to make the last-minute decision to get a glider, I’ve eyed this affordable option as my go-to choice.

Lighting is essential because you’ll be awake and then sleeping at all hours of day.  So consider having blackout shades to counter the day and a lamp for night (I’m obsessed with this particular lamp since there’s a quick on/off switch on the bottom.  Genius.)

Storage to hide and keep clutter at bay.  Wicker baskets for the changing table are great to keep an organized changing table and woven baskets for toys and books are sturdy enough to overcome daily abuse.

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

 

2014 Year in Review

family selfiefamily of threeBefore the year ends, I’m going to take a minute or 10 (if you read slowly) to reflect at how 2014 unfolded.

(P.S. there is absolutely nothing wrong if you read slow.  It just let’s me know you are totally  letting    each.   and.  every.  single.  word.  I.  write.  sink.  in.  – so for that, thank you!)

How should I summarize 2014?  Hmm, how about I break it down in accordance to the core of my blog: “A California wife and mom inspired by fashion, family adventures, and coastal living.”

Fashion:  is still very much a part of my life and since getting pregnant in June, I’ve had to become a bit more creative in styling myself.  But hey, it’s  a challenge I welcomed :).

Although my blog has greatly evolved from its initiation in 2011, where it was heavily fashion driven, I still include stylish posts.  This year I incorporated a new series, “Where to?  Where this?” and although I haven’t written one of them lately (been too busy sharing my personal family adventures), the WTWT posts are still one of my favorites to create.

Family Adventures:  With our feet firmly planted in Santa Barbara, we enjoyed exploring our town at length.  Living within eye sight of the water, we often ventured to the beach for walks and to search for shells.  I’ve since built a pretty extensive collection of seashells totally worth a pat on the back for.  Looking back at the year, we are also fortunate to have made many friends whom we shared weekly playdates with.  Over the summer I invited our friends to celebrate our son’s 2nd birthday.   When family came into town to visit, we made sure to introduce them to some of our favorite Santa Barbara hiking spots: a Monarch Butterfly preserve and a local Harbor Seal sanctuary.

Just a short drive away, we explored the famous Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo and continued to take trips to our old stomping grounds of Orange County– one specific trip being to Disneyland; a first for Harrison.

Several trips outside of California included  Colorado for a ski trip.   I honestly find great irony in wanting to travel to see snow.  I clearly forgot that snow=cold.  Then in the summer we ventured to Moab, Utah to  celebrate my sister’s wedding and to clock in some major hiking mileage per my Strava app.  We capped off our fall with a two-week East Coast trip that left us loving the New England lifestyle.

Coastal Living:  after years of being admirers of sailing, my husband and I became certified sailors (see Instagram pics here).  About the same time we signed up for our course, we found out we were pregnant which made it all the more difficult since I suffered from horrible morning sickness.  With the help of anti-vomitting medicine, I stuck through the course and I’ve gotta say, I do love sailing.  We have even made it a family affair;  and our young Harrison has ventured the open waters with us on several occasions.

As my final post of the year, I have to say thank you to my friends, family, bloggers, and brands that have supported Sincerely Kymberly.  It absolutely brings a smile to my face having followers, receive comments, likes, shares, and emails from supportive people.  My blog will always be a fun place for me to share my life; and any recognition I get is only topping on the cake :).

Okay, okay; enough sentimental stuff.  2014- you rocked.  Over and out.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Pregnancy Update: 6 months

28 weeks pregnant

1.  Let’s recap how your 6 month of pregnancy went, shall we?

This month has been a whirlwind.  With the focus of getting ready to host Christmas and all the holiday festivities I’ve been attending;  I’ve kind of, sort of,  haven’t had a minute to remind myself that I’m…well, pregnant.  

…and now, with a blink of an eye, I’m starting my 28th week.  A.K.A.: I’m in my last trimester.  Did you hear that, MY LAST TRIMESTER!  Let’s just take a moment to let that one sink in…

2.  Your thoughts now that you know it’s a boy?

I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned in my gender reveal  that it took me a month to come to grips that I was having a boy.  With a pregnancy that is completely opposite than my first, coupled with testing out every old wives tale;  it seemed clear as day that I was having a girl.  I mean, who goes out and starts buying girl clothes, shoes, and accessories?  Oh wait, me…  

Good thing I’ve got friends with baby girls that I’ve been gifting my adorable girl collection to.  

3.  What’s on your baby to-do list?

I’m feeling the pressure…(and I’m not talking the baby lying low on the belly)…I’m talking about the pressure to do two things: 

(1) I’ve got to get the nursery down, stat.  A white nursery is what I’ve coordinated thus far, but that’s about it.  I’m working on finding unique art to hang on the wall.  Got any leads, friends?

(2)  To sort through Harrison’s baby boxes to pull out all of our “first year” necessities.  Plus, the task of re-washing all of his newborn and 0-3 month clothes.  I took a sneak peek at my son’s old clothes and I’m giddy with excitement of how cute I once dressed my little man :).

4.  What are you wearing as of lately?

The chill in the air finally arrived in our coastal town, so I’ve been rocking my maternity jeans paired with my regular tops.  On foggy mornings I’ve also been throwing over a vest to complete my look;  just like I’d say I would in my Maternity Style Hacks post.  In fact, I’ve been incorporating all those looks into my wardrobe.  It has saved me some precious money on maternity clothes and my wallet likes that ;).

I’m pretty happy to report my foot has remained the same size (unlike my last pregnancy).  Good thing because I’ve been living in these new kicks…they are what I call “Holiday-preppy meets California-street.”  (P.S. they are on sale now at Madewell…if you fancy them too!)

I’ve also been accessorizing my look with this engravable necklace from Stella & Dot.  I’ve basically become obsessed with their gold-plated jewelry line.  So much so, I’m currently hosting an online trunk show you can visit here.  

5.  What was your 6th month highlight?

Getting this baby bump into a fitted black dress for my hubby’s work party.  It was a proud moment and HAD to be shared on Instagram.

6.  Lastly, the dreaded weight gain question?  Spill the beans…

I’m up 20 pounds now, but catch me on a scale after a meal and let’s call it 22 lbs.  

Sincerely, Kymberly