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Hello, I'm Jordan Brantley, and I'm a recovering perfectionist.

I'm craving the real real, sick of the perfectly polished.
But I can't quit! I'm a total perfectionist.

This is my first step towards recovery. 

Jordan Brantley and the flying coffee cups!

In an effort to practice "shipping" content before it's my idea of perfect, I'm going to start sharing more here + an audio blog (can't bring myself to call it a podcast) on Anchor. More of the mess, the real, and what's actually happening in our day-to-day.

This is scary! The pretty, curated grid is safe. You don't have to hear me fumble as I figure things out. I have as many takes at editing as I want before publishing.

I'm pushing past the thoughts of "why would anyone care to listen?" and "is this even worth my time, let alone anyone else's?" because if another mama was in my shoes – trying to build up a strong business and a strong little girl; finding her way in a new city, across the country from what was comfortable for so long; on top of all the other pieces of "real life" – I would want to hear her thoughts. I would want to know what she's trying, what's working, and what is just totally not working. 

So – if that's you, you can find those real thoughts here.

Even though I want to type "I'm going to try to..." so badly right now, I'm not! I'm going to commit to sharing the real real, right here (and on Anchor), every week. 

*Going to feel all the vulnerability regret now – and then get over it and keep going.*

Listen to my first (awkward) audibly documented entry on Anchor or via the player below. (including two options – tell me which one you like!)

Baby Essentials – Registry Checklist

There is only one reason I didn't have a full panic attack in BuyBuyBaby the day I started June's baby registry: a good (very kind and patient) friend who had recently had a baby came with me and told me exactly what I would actually need for my baby. Now I can be that friend for you.

These are not all items that I registered for, or a review of every baby item in every brand – these are all items I actually used for June ...a lot.

Baby Registry Essentials Checklist


June slept in a bassinet in our room for the first few months before sleeping in the crib in her room, but I still used our glider in her room every single day since she came home!


I remember stressing over how many diapers to buy. My recommendation – buy a small box of newborn diapers in a couple different brands so you can try them out. Once you know which kind you like best, sign up for Amazon mom and get those babes on subscription!



The clothes listed here are minimal because June really only wore onesies for the first few months of her life. (Probably important to note - we were in Florida and it was summer.) 


June was breastfed, but a lot of these items will still apply if you're bottle feeding!


Even though newborns don't really play with toys for a while, you'll need a safe place to put them and keep them entertained while you shower/pee/take a break!


going out

When you are brave enough to venture outside of your house, having a travel system (car seat + stroller) that is easy to open/close/move around really makes all the difference. 

Diaper Bag:

Feel free to contact me or comment on this post if you have any questions – or call out anything missing from this list! I'd love for it to be a really thorough resource for new mamas-to-be.

Follow up post sharing the things we used after the newborn phase coming soon!