The Baked Bear

On Saturday we went to the Baked Bear, which was on my summer bucket list, and it was a fun and yummy trip! For those who live in the Montgomery County area in Maryland, this one is located in Rockville/Bethesda on Rose Ave. The whole center where it’s located is really nice, and new- ish, if I’m not mistaking. The Baked Bear is a custom ice cream sandwich shop, and I looooove ice cream sandwiches lol I didn’t go crazy because I shared mine with Gio, but next time I go I’m definitely going all out!! That child eats anything sweet, so I don’t really know why I shied away from yummy options.

My order was a sprinkle cookie, a m&m cookie, vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles! I’m not huge on sprinkles but I felt like I had to get them lol I forgot to ask to get the cookies warmed up which I’m really upset about because that would have made my sandwich 100x more delicious!

I get overwhelmed sometimes ordering food but this was like a Chipotle type of setup so seeing everything laid out was nice .

Everything in the shop is freshly made and homemade, and you can definitely tell! The shop isn’t big, but there really isn’t a need for it to be. There’s a “beach” (really just a decent size sand area) right outside and tons of seating! Plus, with this summer weather, it’s perfect to have your ice cream outdoors!

Below I’ll insert and image of their site where they shared images of what people have gotten, and you’ll see what I mean about crazy and creative! This is definitely a fun stop to make in the summer. Even if it’s just once! My total was $6.30 which wasn’t too bad- I really thought I’d spend a minimum of $10. Of course the more you add to your ice cream, the more expensive.

If you have one near by, definitely try and make the trip! You won’t regret it! Thanks for reading! -Aura xoxo

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Baby Gio!

Gio is HUGE! I’m really sorry for not being on here and giving monthly updates on my little guy. Honestly, for a while I wasn’t sure anymore if I wanted to blog, if I didn’t want to, but I love it so here we are!

Last time we went to the doctor’s office, Gio weighed approximately 20lbs and measured 30in. He’s definitely taller now! Possibly heavier too? Maybe. This kid is getting so big and outgrowing everything!

Little fun facts about Gio:

-He stands! Supporting onto something/ someone. I feel like he can stand on his own, but when he realizes that you’re not holding him, he’ll let himself fall.

-He walks with support! With one of us, with a walker or one of those walkers he has to push himself

-He has 4 teeth! Let me tell ya, when those top two were coming out… He was something else, lol

-He LOVES his bath. He loves water in general

-He’s not much of a crier. He does get fussy, even cranky, but he doesn’t really cry

-He will look for something when you hide it

-He waves hi and bye, and kind of says hola

-He babbles A LOT

-He claps! Finally! One of his favorite things is clapping. Especially with his dad- his dad will clap and he becomes so amazed, then he puts his head in-between his hands and has his dad clap on his head, its the funniest thing. Now that he learned to clap he’s so amazed with himself, he even stares at his hands after lol

-He can feed  himself with his hands, sometimes he’ll get the hang of the spoon but only for a handful of tries

-He is now only formula fed (had to stop around 8 months). He can use the bottle and sippy cup perfectly on his owns

-He eats purees and pieces of food. He doesn’t really care what puree he eats. He’s always accepted them all. Actual pieces of food isn’t the same story, though. Sometimes he’ll love one food one day, but not the next.

-He likes a few shows like Bubble Guppies, Little Einsteins, Paw Patrol, Team Umizoomi, Super Why, etc., but doesn’t watch as much of it. I try my best to keep him active, but the shows do help me honestly

-He goes to a gym class and LOVES it

Gio’s Arrival 


My baby, GioVanni DeAngelo, was born on April 4th at 3:37 pm. He weighed 6lbs 10oz and measured 20 inches. He’s everything we could ever wish for, and so much more.

He has seriously become the light of my life. I’ve never felt such a greater love than the one I have for him. It’s just crazy how such a little person can impact your life in such a way.  ( and crazy how he grew inside me! I still can’t fathom that, lol)

 On Sunday at around 4am I started having contractions that were around 30-60 minutes apart. They weren’t strong enough for me to go to the hospital so I went about my day- I even went bowling and had a trip to Chuck E. Cheese! Then around 10 or 11 my contractions started to get stronger and closer to one another.

At around 1 I couldn’t hold it anymore so I woke up my boyfriend and off we went to the hospital. When I was finally checked by the doctor, I was 2cm dilated and had contractions 5-6 minutes apart. I was told to walk for 2 hours around the floor we were on, so we did- I even threw some squats in there! When I went back to the “room” I was between 4-5cm dilated and contractions had gotten much closer so I was transferred into a delivery room.

 Once we were there and they set me up, I gave in and got the epidural. I really was aiming to not get it, but I couldn’t anymore. I made it for hours and up to being 6cm dilated, at least, and honestly, I’m very proud of myself either way. Even though it really didn’t hold on my left side and towards the end I started to feel my contractions again on that side. As for my right side, it was dead asleep haha.
Thankfully my parents made it from New Jersey before Gio’s arrival. They weren’t in the delivery but it was just so nice to have them there and know they were there. My water was broken for me and after that things moved along a little quicker. Once it was time to push I felt more than ready and got filled with such nerves, but also excitement. When the nurse told me some new moms can take hours I had a mini heart attack, but I only pushed for around 20-30 minutes, and those minutes flew by.

 And suddenly my baby was with me. I was taken over by so many emotions, it was all taken out with tears and giving him millions of kisses. They took him to get weighed and everything, and when they brought him back for the skin-to-skin and breastfeeding, he latched on quick and on his own! I was so happy because I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed and thankfully it all worked out!
Jeremy went to meet his little brother the next day and it went great! He was shy at first since my parents were there but after that faded off, he carried and rocked Gio. He was so happy and that made everything 110x better.  They’re going to be great together.

  We got to come home on Wednesday and everything has been great. He had his first check up on Friday and didn’t even cry. He’s not really a crier, so far, so we’ve definitely been lucky!

I’m so happy to start this new adventure with my boyfriend and the boys. I’ve been anticipating it for so long and now that it’s here I just want to take advantage of every single moment. Being pregnant, giving birth, and now having Gio really has been such an eye opening, life changing, rewarding experience. I’d do it all again because it really is worth it all. My life feels so complete and I couldn’t be anymore in love or happier.

Cherry Blossoms

 My boyfriend and I made a trip to D.C. to see the cherry blossom trees and let me tell you- they’re beautiful! Unfortunately they haven’t fully blossomed yet, but they’re on their way and already so stunning. If you’re in the area, live close by, or can make a trip to visit I recommend you definitely do so. I’m positive the Cherry Blossom festival started this past weekend and goes until the 9th of April so you guys should definitely try and find your way there- you won’t regret it!


Now, I read there are trees spread around the district, but my boyfriend and I spent time walking around the Tidal Bassin (where the festival is located). There was a pretty decent crowd of people so I can only imagine on the weekend and really nice days.

Here’s a little background for you guys: the trees are beautiful to admire and go take pictures with, but for many who may not know, they also have a true significance to them. In the Japenese culture they represent the fragility and beauty of life, but also how sadly short life can be.


Being around such beauty reminded me how to appreciate every single moment to the fullest because in a second everything can be gone. It might have been one of the first times these past few months I didn’t complain about walking a lot, lol.

A Baby at 22

 As far as I know, age doesn’t make you a good mother or father, but what does make you a good one is doing what it takes to make sure your child feels loved, happy, and making sure your child is well taken care of.
I’ve gotten the whole don’t you think you’re too young to have a baby?, ugh, poor you!, you’re expecting?!, you’re how old having a baby?. I get the constant stares, finger pointing, and whispers that I can very much hear- thanks to my blessed hearing! And yes, some of it comes from children which is fine, but a lot of it comes from adults.
I might be 22, look 17, but what does that matter? Personally, I’m very comfortable with myself, except for my moments when I feel huge haha, and I’ve never been happier. Besides all the dreams and goals I have lined up, my ultimate dream has always been to have a baby with the person I love, and I’m living that dream right now and I feel so lucky. To some of you it might be too soon, but to me it’s at a perfect time and I’m enjoying every single moment of it.
Not everyone is as lucky as me, not everyone is as comfortable, in some cases ‘stuff happens’ but those of us having our baby know how much of a blessing our angel baby is to us, so don’t try and ruin this for us.
You say, We’re too young? We’re not ready? We have a lot more to live for? Ok. Things happen, so we’re having a baby younger than you! We might not necessarily be as financially ready as you are, but when it comes to everything else, you’re just as ready as we are. And yes, we have a lot more to live for and a lot more to accomplish, but now I have an even bigger reason to work harder and fight harder. I get to wake up to this baby everyday, feel that motivation, and study and work harder than ever thanks to him.
You see, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 15, 19, 22, 27, 30, 45, a baby is a baby and will always be a blessing. We’re all going to be lost at first. We’re all learning and experiencing the most beautiful job in the world at a different age, but that age isn’t going to determine whether some of us are better than the others.
As far as I’ve learned and seen there are a lot of moms and dads who can’t handle it, saying it’s too much and too crazy and that they just find ways to runaway from home and this is them talking about their ‘planned’ baby they had at 30. But then they turn around and point a finger at a 20 year old parent – simply pointing because they’re young and in their mind they were crazy, while in some cases they’re probably holding it down a whole lot better than they are. They might be going crazy too, but aren’t finding ways to runway. Instead they’re finding ways to constantly make their child proud, constantly finding ways to provide more and better to their baby, constantly finding ways to improve on themselves for their baby, constantly studying harder to offer more to their baby, but here are adults who think otherwise because in their books these parents are too young, too naïve, too inexperienced to understand what it’s like to have a child because that’s not how life is supposed to work, apparently. Because what do we know about having kids? Well, I’m pretty sure you didn’t know much either once you had one.
My family is pretty much all young moms and dads, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of them. I am who I am today because of them. I couldn’t be prouder of how hardworking, dedicated, committed, but most importantly, loving they are. I wish and dream to be as good of a parent as they are.
Congratulations if your moving up high in life, getting a great career, a huge promotion. I’m genuinely happy for you, but don’t stand there judging me or pitying me because I can do the same exact thing as you, just with a baby now. I’m not here saying to you, you’re kind of old to have a baby, right?
At the end of the day, all moms and dads should have one goal and that is to love our child endlessly and unconditionally, and to face everything that is thrown our way with the best poise.
Do I wonder what it’d be like if I waited? Rarely, and at those rare moments it just doesn’t feel right. I can’t imagine not expecting my baby and anticipating his arrival. I’m more than prepared to spoil my baby boy with love. I already love my sweet angel unconditionally and my age and someone’s judgment isn’t going to determine, ever, how good of a mother I am to my baby or how much I love my baby.
Thanks.