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if i had a boy... 8 Jul 2014

Baby Boy Clothes

Before we found out if we were having a boy or a girl, I had a lot of readers mention they were hoping I'd have to a boy so that I'd post more ideas about clothing and decor for boys. Unfortunately for the mothers of boys reading, I won't get to live out that for you in real life, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I'd use if I were having a baby boy ;)

Clothing: Zara denim sneakers, Polarn O. Pyret stripe tank, Whistle & Flute cloud tank, Noe and Zoe star onesie, Splendid striped set, Target gingham romper, Little Hip Squeaks onesie, and Wolfchilde mechanics suit.

Baby Boy Decor

I'm not much into the pink for girls and blue for boys thing so some of the pieces I'd buy for a boy are still things I'd get for a girl, too. But it's more about playing up a fun neutral palette with pops of pattern and some subtle colors. 

Decor: Oh Joy for Nod striped lamp, Naked Lunge house pillow, Roxy Marj bear blanket, Land of Nod car print, Little Auggie striped sheets, Jonathan Adler lion pillow.

Oh, and if you guys haven't seen this Instagram account, this cutie must be one of the best dressed little boys I've ever seen...!

the name game... 1 Jul 2014

Mama Baby Bump

Now that we're preparing for another little girl in our family, it's time to figure out what her name will be! I never thought about having to think of another girl's name. I loved the name "Ruby" for so long and got to use it the first time around, so we're a little stumped this time. Bob and I have a couple names we've tossed around but nothing that's 100% yet. 

Do you guys have any suggestions for us that would be a good name for Ruby's little sister? I'm all ears! We're open to hearing any ideas! 

P.S. This photo is from last night when Ruby decided she wanted a baby in her belly and spent the whole night during dinner keeping "the baby" safe in her dress.

{Photo by Oh Bob. Ruby at 2.5 years, baby bump at 22 weeks. My top is Liz Lange for Target, shorts are from ASOS}

dressing the bump / 20 weeks + it's a... 24 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump video series

We're at 20 weeks, and I'm excited to share the third episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about skirts and dresses—both maternity and non-maternity—and how fun they can be to wear during pregnancy. Also, at the end of this episode, I'll be revealing the gender of our second baby (Ruby was very excited to share the news)!

Feel free to leave any questions or requests for future episodes in the comments below.

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy. 

P.S. 16 weeks!

You can see all sources for the pieces worn in the video below... 

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pregnancy cravings... 19 Jun 2014

Sprinkles Ice Cream

Half and Half Tea House

I'm so glad to finally have my appetite back (that first trimester nausea knocks me out, and I don't want to eat anything for the first four months!). Similarly to my pregnancy with Ruby, I have been craving the most random things. Right now (usually at 9pm at night), I want:

-shaved ice

-boba milk tea

-spicy cheetos

-mint chocolate chip ice cream

-french fries (specifically steak fries)

-a frosty

-a slurpee

-vinegar

-hot sauce

...pretty healthy stuff, hunh? It's like a teenager took over my body. I always find it funny to see what hormones do to your taste buds. Why can't I crave carrots or an avocado? What have you guys craved if/when you've been pregnant? Have you ever sent your partner out to get you something really crazy?

All I have to say is...the baby made me do it.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy from our past food adventures at Sprinkles Ice Cream and Half & Half.}

um, this is amazing... 16 Jun 2014

Girls with Glasses / I'm Not Fancy

...just watch this and you'll thank me later...

{Video by Girls with Glasses}

dressing the bump / 16 weeks! 29 May 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump - 16 Weeks

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump - 16 Weeks

My belly is growing, and I'm excited to share with you the second episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm sharing some maternity essentials that are perfect for bringing in around 16 weeks—including jeans, shorts, and tees—and how they can be incorporated with your non-maternity clothing. I hope this inspires you pregnant mamas to get creative with your current wardrobe while also letting a few of those maternity staples in.

Feel free to leave any questions or requests for future episodes in the comments below!

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy. 

P.S. 12 weeks!

You can see all sources for the pieces worn below... 

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how'd that baby get in your belly? 23 May 2014

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Lately, Ruby's been asking us, "How'd that baby get in your belly?" Umm...we were kind of shocked she asked but I can appreciate her curiosity.

A friend of ours said that Ruby might not be asking about the actual process of it, but more like how did the baby get in my belly versus another part of my body? So we've been telling her that mama's belly is a nice, safe place for the baby to grow until the baby is ready to come out. That answer seems to buy us some more time for now...

Now, the question is...how do you answer that question? I'm all about telling kids the truth about stuff, but I don't think a two year old really needs to know how that baby really got in my belly. What have you guys told younger kids when they ask this question? I am all ears!

Have a great holiday weekend!

{Photos by Bob Cho. My outfit: dRA jacket, Isabella Oliver tee, Target pants. Ruby's outfit: Zara romper and shoes.}

dressing the bump / 12 weeks! 13 May 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

I'm excited to share a new little video series with you today called "Dressing the Bump". During my first pregnancy with Ruby, I shared bump updates along the way and got lots of questions about what to wear during each stage. So this time, I thought it would be fun to chronicle it through video and give you more specific tips this time for what I like to wear along the way.

We recorded this first one a few weeks ago at 12 weeks, and I'll be sharing a new one every month (16 weeks, 20 weeks, etc.) For those of you currently expecting currently or who plan to in the future, I hope to inspire you to embrace that beautiful belly! You can see all sources for the pieces worn below...

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party of 4! 5 May 2014

Oh Joy / Party of 4!

Oh Joy / Baby #2

Dear friends, we're excited to share the news with you that we're pregnant with our 2nd baby! We have been wanting to grow our family and give Ruby a sibling, so we're thrilled to be blessed with a new baby on the way. I am 14 weeks along and due November 3rd.

Ruby is super excited to be a big sister. Here's a video we recorded last month when we first told her the news. She definitely had a lot to say...

P.S. Thank you SO much for your sweet notes, comments, and emails! I am reading every single one, and we are beyond grateful for your kindness and support.

{Family photo by Casey Brodley. Party hats are from the Oh Joy for Target fall collection coming in August!}

tiny... 11 Dec 2013

Oh Joy | Ruby's Gold Shoes

The other day as I was putting away Ruby's old clothes, I came across some of the old shoes she's outgrown. I had to share this sight with you as my ovaries literally just jumped out of my body...

{Photos by Oh Joy. Shoes are (smallest to biggest):tiny gold shoes by FilamentSaltwater sandals, Pons sandals, boots from Tip Toey Joey. }

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