Baby Registry (Pre-Baby)

Since before getting pregnant, I knew I didn’t want my life and house to become a rainbow circus full of baby crap and toys when having kids and wanted to be very minimal (I may eat these words later down the road lol). Here are some of the baby items we’ve registered or purchased for baby boy’s upcoming arrival!

Karyssa Coasta Photography (14 weeks pregnant)

Karyssa Coasta Photography (14 weeks pregnant)

Let me just preface this post saying when we got pregnant, I had NO idea about anything baby related. We’re talking like never-held-a-baby-or-changed-a-diaper in my life…. starting from scratch. Babies sleep in this?? And they need that?? I honestly didn’t even think about what a baby needs or what we needed to get to bring a human into the world and into our home until the second trimester, but after research and figuring out my ‘baby style’ I’m pretty happy with what we decided to register for and purchase. Obviously a baby-rookie here so please take this blog post with a grain of salt haha.

The Nuna Tavo stroller and car seat travel system was the only baby thing I completely fell head-over-heels love with and had to have. It was definitely a pricer item but it includes both the car seat and convertible stroller which we can use for years. The PIPA lite car seat is actually the lightest car seat on the market and has the highest safety reviews - chic and efficient. I may or may not push this stroller around the house in anticipation :D

I’ve seen this highly recommended by other mamas so we will see! I like that you don’t have to un-swaddle the baby for a diaper change if needed.

If you know, then you KNOW. Barefoot Dreams material is the softest material everrrrrrrr. Still have the robe on my wishlist. I’m obsessed with this baby blanket and can’t wait to cuddle him up in this :) Literally a dream.

I wasn’t sold on needing a baby swing in the house until hanging out with friends who had babies and seeing how much their babies loved it. This one is super cool because it comes with an app that you can control the motion, speed, sounds, and on/off right from your phone. These are pricey compared to other swings, but I actually found one for half the price on my local Facebook Marketplace from a mama who’s baby simply didn’t like it and was only used a few times. HIGHLY recommend Facebook Marketplace if you live in a quality area and use your best judgement when buying anything online.

We are currently in a 2-bedroom home and didn’t want to give up the guest room, so we will have a guest room/ nursery set up and keep the baby in our room for the first few months of his life. It was so hard for me to find a baby bassinet that was not the rainbow-unicorn-football print that makes me want to vomit until I stumbled upon this beauty. Another pricey item I fell in love with (why are you like this Rachel). However, again I hit the Facebook Marketplace jackpot and found one of these locally from a mama who just had her baby and they decided to co-sleep and didn’t need it anymore. It is basically brand new and I took it home for $100! Everything is machine washable so yeah… chalking that one up for a win.

I found this faux leather diaper bag on Amazon for like $40 and so far love it! Saying this without actually using it yet lol but the size, pockets, potential, etc.. amazing. There are pockets, zippers, and handles everywhere for everything and I’m actually really excited to use this diaper bag! Who am I…

I knew I wanted to be a baby-carrying-mama so I registered for this adorable cream linen sling and a black Boba Baby Wrap for outfit options. Can’t wait to strap him on and enjoy the ride!

These black and white flash card things are supposed to be great for baby brain and visual development and I’ve seen multiple mamas recommend them. The sweet new mama who gifted us these from our registry said her little one LOVED them and looked at them the whole time during diaper changes and tummy time.

There are SO many gadgets for babies that I had absolutely no idea about which can definitely get overwhelming. Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to go minimal, but still will get the gear if I think it will best suit our lifestyle. I know I didn’t want to put everything in the dishwasher or wash never ending bottles manually, so this seemed like our best option. It is an automatic steamer, sterilizer, drier, milk warmer, and food heater all in one and about the size of a blender on the countertop. Sounds great to me so we’ll see if this was the best option after all.

Yep - salivating just thinking of a glass of red wine.

Going to try to stick with glass bottles for as long as possible. I know this won’t last forever when he starts holding (and throwing) them himself haha. I’ve heard good things about Dr. Brown’s, Phillips Advent, and Comotomo baby bottles so I’m sure we will have to go through a little experimenting until we find the best match!

Love the texture and feel of the 100% cotton muslin blankets - so soft! I went with this material for all the swaddle blankets, burp cloths, and wash cloths.

I definitely like the look of the Sunggle Me vs. the Dock-a-tot and it’s SO soft. I feel like this will come in handy when we’re spending a lazy Saturday morning in bed or hanging out on the couch :) If I was a baby I would love to lay in this thing!

Karyssa Coasta Photography

Karyssa Coasta Photography

I’ve loved looking at what other Mamas have used and loved so I hope you’ve found this helpful! I definitely have it on my radar to make a post-baby item blog with all the items we actually used and loved.. can’t believe how soon that will be! :)


Any other must-haves from my experienced Mamas out there?

Everything Second Trimester

H O W A R E Y O U F E E L I N G - -

Not going to lie, the second trimester was hard. Not physically, but emotionally. I went through a lot of ups and downs that I never thought I’d have to think about at this time in my life. The one constant has been how strong my love for Ryan, our family, and this little baby is and how they’ve kept me from falling apart.

On a lighter note.. the second trimester is where it’s at! All the little bits of nausea and body aches felt in the first trimester went away for me. I could still fit into some of my regular clothes and honestly I would forget I was carrying this guy inside me most days! the beginning at least. My taste buds for the regular (healthy) foods I usually ate came back, which was refreshing to know I wasn’t going to be limited to meals of scrambled egg sandwiches and burgers for the rest of my life.

I went through a crazy nesting phase already - lets call it mid-pregnancy-crisis?? - and sold both of our sofas and all of our guest bedroom furniture, ordered a new sectional and dresser, and got our second bedroom more set up to be a guest room/nursery. I’ve found myself googling how to remove stains from the stove top and figuring out how to bleach my bathtub? Things I’ve never thought or cared about before. Bless Ryan’s heart for just going along with it and helping move all the furniture where I wanted it lol love you Ry. We actually sold his truck too!! We loved that thing and would sleep in the back bed where he had built a custom queen size platform for our camping trips. It was a sad day, but it only had one row of seats aka not the best for fitting a baby car seat, and there are better things coming. ;)

Some beautiful things that happened during the second trimester were: our babymoon to Italy along the Amalfi Coast!! my baby shower!! (both blog post coming soon) and going through confirmation! I had been going to classes with Ryan as my sponsor the past year and was finally confirmed Catholic on Easter weekend! His mom and dad came out to be with us for the weekend since my mother-in-law was also one of my sponsors. Such a beautiful weekend and I’m so thankful to be able to bring this baby into a loving, supportive, Christian family as well as strengthen my relationship with God.

We found out around 24 weeks that baby boy was measuring big (already over 2 lbs!) so they moved up my due date by 8 days!! I didn’t know that was a thing this late in the game, but that would explain all the kicks and wiggles I’ve felt since about 14 weeks that have been getting stronger and stronger. Can’t wait to put a little face to all that movement :)

W O R K O U T S - -

I’m definitely more of a cautious pregnant person in terms of working out - listening to my body and cutting down the frequency/intensity of my previous workouts. I haven’t ran or jumped since being pregnant and I know that is totally a mental thing, but I prefer the stair master (said no one ever), the elliptical, and just walking outside on beautiful days for cardio. I’m rounding the second trimester out at gaining around 19 lbs so far. My weight gain has been very strange, just like the first trimester, I gained like 10 lbs in a matter of two weeks and then just kind of hung out there. The best thing about pregnancy so far.. letting the belly hang out with no cares.

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

C R A V I N G S - -

  • Gummy worms + gummy bears

  • Peanut butter + bananas

  • Fried rice + orange chicken

F A V O R I T E P R O D U C T S - -

I bit the bullet and started ordering maternity wear and let me tell you.. life changing. I thought I was going to be one of those mamas who would try to postpone the maternity clothes for as long as possible, but it just feel so much better with a few maternity staples. I’m also the type of person who can be in paradise and a little chilly, making me completely uncomfortable and miserable, so I should have known any inconvenience would annoy me. With that being said, I am only buying the bare minimum on a budget… leggings, one pair of jeans, a few dresses. Here are some of my favorite things that have gotten me through the growing bump so far:

Pregnant Mamas - what have been your favorite items during your pregnancy??

Thanks for checking in and looking forward to sharing more in the future.. can’t believe baby countdown is under 10 WEEKS!



Where Do We Put a Baby?

Hi friends! As you know I’m preggo with our first baby (!!) arriving this July :)

Not going to lie, I’m kind of starting to panic a little bit thinking of all the stuff we need and where we are going to put it all. We are living in a 2-bedroom home right now in Monterey, which we love! I really don’t want to give up the guest room because we are going to be having so many guests when the baby arrives, visitors in Monterey, for Christmas, and then will be moving again come the end of the year/next January. Soooo yeah we need to find places in our current house for the baby, which I’m trying to tell myself won’t be too hard since it will just be from 0-6 months until we move to a new house.

With all this new stuff, I realized some parts of the house and our current set-up just isn’t going to work.. our sofa situation for example. As much as I love the blue velvet sofa (Home Reveal Here) it just is NOT comfortable at all and I miss our L-couch situation and how amazing they are. I should have listened to Ryan, but insisted on getting this beautiful (but terribly uncomfortable) velvet sofa. Don’t tell him I said that.


So I’m starting now to rearrange places and utilize the space we do have a little bit better in the house. Let’s call it a little Spring Cleaning, shall we? I was introduced to a cool new website, called Reel. The basic idea of the website is that you can find what you are looking for - anything from designer items to crate and barrel wine glasses - and start a “reel” where you pay a certain amount of money each day to save up for the item, aka you never have to charge a purchase to a credit card and go into debt. I love this idea because I’ve always been taught to not buy what you can’t afford and these days, credit cards make it very easy to do just that. With Reel, you can find the item you are looking to purchase, choose how many days and how much you want to pay each day to work towards owning the item. This is also a great opportunity to add in a little motivation for all those long days working.

Your “reels” may look something like this:


Honestly this idea was brilliant to help people stay out of debt and work towards something they are wanting. More FAQ about Reel can be found here.

As far as finding a new couch.. who knew it would be so hard?? Our room is kind of an awkward size, so finding a good sectional is not easy. Then add in the color scheme, dog-friendly and baby-friendly capabilities, and trying to spend less than it costs for a car. At least we have a little bit of time to try and find the perfect fit until baby comes I suppose. I can just picture it now all snuggled up in the corner of the sectional holding him while he naps :)

Thank you to Reel for sponsoring this post.