My Mom’s Wedding Dress Into My Son’s Christening Gown

Today I wanted to share with you a little fun fact about Brooks’ christening gown from his Baptism this past weekend.

It was once my mom’s wedding gown!
Coming out of the church

When I first got engaged, I tried on my mom’s wedding dress. Sadly I am about 3 inches taller than my mom, so the dress was a little short for me. Also, while she had the dress preserved after her wedding, 35+ years in a box had turned it a bit more ivory than I wanted to wear on my wedding day - but my mom & I both knew we wanted to do something special with her dress one day.

Mom- Wedding

Luckily for me, this isn’t my first time making over a wedding gown into something new! I previously altered my wedding dress into a new little black dress I can wear again & again! It was fun to turn my mom’s dress from her big day into something new as well!

Mr & Mrs

We did a little research and worked with the same dress designer who reworked my wedding dress to transform my mom’s wedding dress into my son’s christening gown. I’m so happy with how it turned out – it’s so nice to think about her dress from 1978 being a part of Brooks’ baptism today – almost 36 years later!

Wedding Dress Then & Now

The seamstress we worked with did an amazing job. The gown turned out beautifully and she even included a matching bib & bonnet. We didn’t end up using the bonnet during the ceremony, because it was a little too girly for my taste but it’s so nice to have all three matching pieces.

Front Back Baptism Gown

I love how traditional it turned out, and obviously we gave it a little manly spin to it with the suit & baby converse underneath! Brooks seemed to enjoy it too, it was like a big tent over his body, he just kept kicking & squirming in it, I’m sure he liked how the silk felt on his body too!

Baptismal GownBaptism Gown Up Close

We definitely plan on keeping this christening gown in the family  - it’s such a beautiful piece with a great story behind it – I can’t wait to see who else gets to be baptized in it!

Christening Gown


What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen done with a wedding dress?



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Brooks’ Baptism

This past weekend you may have seen on Instagram we celebrated Brooks’ baptism with family here in Philadelphia. Both Charles’ & my families were there to enjoy the ceremony and have a little party afterwards – needless to say, it was a very busy weekend but the weather was beautiful and it turned out to be a perfect day to celebrate our little man.

Here are some photos from the ceremony in the church:

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For the local Philly readers, we had the ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Church in Fairmount – such a beautiful church!

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More on the story behind the christening dress in another post, but since Brooks would be wearing a dress for the ceremony, we had to add a little manliness to the outfit with some baby converse kicks!

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After the ceremony, it was back to our house to celebrate with a luncheon.

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I can’t even handle the cuteness in his party outfit – such a little stud!

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In other news, Brooks has recently found his hands!

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I think it goes without saying that Brooks was all partied out by the end of the day! It was a fun-filled beautiful day that we spent with family – I’m glad we got to share Brooks’ baptism with the ones we love!


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Brooks’ Favorite Things: Two Months Old


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I had so much fun sharing with you Brooks’ Favorite things at One Month Old, I thought it would be cool to share with you his new favorite things at Two Months Old. Brooks isn’t really into playing with toys or anything at this point, but these are the things he has been getting the most use out of this month! He still is using pretty much everything from his One Month Favorites too, but these are some more fun baby products that we really enjoy having!

Check them out and let me know what you think!


Two Months Old - Favorite Things

1- We borrowed this Boppy Bouncy seat {in geo blue} from a neighbor and B just started using and loving it this past month. It has a mini mobile that adjusts above his head, neck & side support, plays music and vibrates. It also folds up nicely. He likes it so we like it too!

2- This Slumber Buddy was borrowed from a friend {to continue my elephant obsession} and I’m not sure how effective it actually is at this point, since Brooks is still so young, but when I turn it on at night 1) it acts like a nightlight for me to be able to see him & the room, if I need to get up and 2) I swear he looks up at the stars on the ceiling and seems to like it. It could potentially also be overstimulating him a bit and keeping him awake, but when he’s awake & looking at it he just seems to be chilling, and I swear it calms him too. I like it & can’t wait for him to interact with it a bit more as he gets older!

3- This Bundleme carseat cover has been an absolute necessity during the past few weeks – ever since Brooks was born really. It’s been permanently attached to his carseat {borrowed from a friend, again, to continue my elephant obsession}  & does an amazing job of keeping him super warm and toasty – any Fall/Winter baby needs one of these in their lives for sure!

4- Since I have been pumping one bottle a day for Charles to give to Brooks, it’s taken a few bottles to find the right one. The Calma has been our favorite by far – it enables Brooks to feed most similarly to breastfeeding, with a nipple that allows him to control the flow, giving him the option to drink, breathe and pause as he needs it. It’s a really cool little bottle! For more information on the Calma, check out the Medela page.

5- I can’t say enough good things about the Absorba brand of baby clothes – We have gotten a few different pieces from a few different places and Brooks loves them! They are adorable, so comfortable, wash and wear really well. They also don’t get super soaked when he does drool or spit up on himself.

6- This Baby Bather Seat was the best $16 we spent – I knew from the start I didn’t want a bulky bath tub device taking over our bathroom, and B would only be in it for a short period of time so I didn’t want to spend the $$ on something pricey we wouldn’t use for long. This thing is perfect – it was cheap, does its job, B loves it as it adjusts to 3 different reclining positions and it folds up saving tons of space. I took it to Va with me to my parents last week & it was so easy to fold up and toss in the car.

7- I am in love with this carrier - in the summer weight fabric, we have organic moss – it’s so nice and light and feels so comfortable because it’s made from organic cotton. I know we are going to get a ton of use out of this as the weather begins to heat up a bit!

8- This is another baby item we borrowed from a friend – and I didn’t think I would need a Rock N Play at first, but now I am so glad I have it! It’s awesome to have another place to put Brooks down when I need to & he really loves being in it.

9 – It’s been so fun to watch Brooks move and play on this activity gym over the past month. He went from just sort of laying there to now batting & kicking at the objects above him, he also loves listening to the rattles of the toys too. We borrowed this from a friend, but it’s been a great thing to have – it’s been awesome for tummy time as well!

What are your favorite baby things OR your baby’s favorite things at the moment? 
Please share!


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The Clorox Ick Awards

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox.


As a new mom to a two month old, I think it goes without saying that things have gotten a little messy. Between the dirty diapers, the constant spit up and the never-ending laundry – I’ve been on a bit of a cleaning spree!

For me, one of the most important things I’ve been worrying about since bringing Brooks home from the hospital is keeping the house as clean as possible so anyone that touches anything and then touches my baby wouldn’t put him at risk to get sick. The weeks leading up to my due date {and then the week after, while we waited} were spent cleaning the house from top to bottom – with the help of my mom, we wanted everything to be spick and span for Baby B!


Since coming home with Brooks, I’ve been doing my best {the best I can do with an two month old!} to really keep the surface areas in the house clean – and making sure that everyone who comes in contact with Brooks is constantly washing their hands! But I’ve learned there are lots of different ways to clean different things, all the while making sure everything is always safe for the babe.

Aside from keeping everyone clean, I’ve been doing my best to learn the best ways to care for & clean any and everything baby! I’ve found that Clorox has an great web page dedicated to showing how to keep your little one’s space spotless – it features the best ways to keep the changing table, feeding items and toys safe for baby.


Being a new mom to a little boy, I think our ickiest moments together have been when I can’t get to the Pee pee Teepee fast enough & Brooks takes the opportunity to pee all over himself {straight in the face!}, all over the wall behind him and our comforter as well. The boy has some serious force when it comes to peeing!  The best part about this is he finds it hilarious & laughs & smiles immediately after. Needless to say a bath, laundry & some scrubbing down the wall follow immediately after! I do love the icky moments that come along with having a happy & healthy baby, I just sometimes wish the messes would clean themselves!


For more Icky moments – don’t forget to check out the Clorox Ick Awards Twitter Event on April 9 from 6-10 p.m. ET, during which Clorox will be giving away $2,500 in prizes! The famed Chicago improv troupe The Second City Communications will be featuring real-time comedy inspired by your real-life moments! They will be turning tweets into #ickies video skits throughout the awards show. You can help pick the winners by voting for your favorites.

 For more information about the upcoming event,  follow @Clorox on Twitter and share your own “icky moment” using the hashtag #ickies to be entered to win.


What’s your ickiest moment as a new mom? Please share!


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