Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Hi there, it's been too long I admit that somewhere in the last 9 months I've taken a little bit of, what we can call, an "extended baby leave". While I went back to work after week 13 my life suddenly happened in FAST forward, and I lost track of all time. I savored the moments of my break and all those tiny moments, I literally had to tell myself to I'm ready to be back!
So here's the deal, I promised to still enjoy my baby's little years, so a new post 1-2 times a week. Of course one post being a DIY. Man, I've been dying to get my hands on some projects!
I'm planning my baby's playroom, 1st birthday, and we've got lots of FUN DIY's we can't wait to share.
So I'm coming back! This week I have a cute DIY felt flower headband to share. In the meantime, I rounded up my baby must have's. Right, like there's a million of these, I'm fully aware. But these were my "Go-to" for the first 9 months! In fact I've recently packed away some of these as those months have closed, and now she's in a "crawling-pulling everything out of the cabinet-beat it against the wood floor phase." But seriously, this is my thing, The snuggly swaddle baby phase is priceless, but these new stages are fun, everyday is a new adventure!
I'll also be sharing baby sales, deals, and essentials for each season. Stay tune!
All of these products are honestly tested by me, they were and some still are my go-to, hands down they worked the absolute best for us - I could probably talk about each item and how great it is for several minutes.
Ubbi Pail- No smell + you can use your own trash bags, need I say more?
Orbit Infant Car Seat- Sadly our 23+ lb baby outgrew this, but this is a breeze to get in and out of the car, it swivels making post c-section super easy to just lift high enough to get it on the base, than just click and swivel it into place, and it has its own stretchy cover that is build into the shade.
Dock-a-tot- Next baby I swear, I'm starting with this, they sleep like little angels in this, snug as a bug. but this made transitioning over to crib sleeping a breeze!
Joovy Glass Bottles- The only bottle our baby would take, I still have over 5 different brand of bottles in our basement. No worries about BPA, + these warm up quickly!
Beaba Spoons- Great for transitioning into solids-plus their silicon so baby loves to chew on this. toy + utensil, best of both worlds.
Angel Care- SIDS is scary. This mat detects moment + video so you can watch your baby sleep. If baby doesn't move for a certain period of time the alarm goes off.
Swaddle- Lifesaver during the first months of sleeping at night.
Ikea High Chair- While I love all the cute fancy high chairs, this one is lightweight making moving around the house easy + has a big tray for when baby starts eating solids. Functional at a great price
Britax Affinity- If you're planning a second baby get the B-ready. But this stroller rides so smoothly + it's semi-compact. downside no cup holder.
Kickeepants- Softest jammies every, all I every buy. A great going home outfit from the hospital!
Baby Bum Brush- aka the mini butt spatula- No mess. MUST HAVE
Solly Baby Wrap - Ah, lifesaver many, many times, I could do the dishes while she slept. At 5+ months she still loved this!
Burts Bee Diaper Ointment- The best. Maximum strength by morning no more red bum!
Owlet Baby Monitor- Just trust me buy this. You wont regret it. Monitors baby oxygen + heart rate. Goes off if the levels elevate or drop, plays a lullaby when this happens + the base station turn a color to notify you which level has dropped. This is linked to your iphone so you can check babies heart rate all the time. Infact one late night I had to run to the store while my hubby + baby were asleep and I could check on her at the store. This is worth the peace of mind.
Boon Grass- We are still using this. Best drying rack. Get the little white trees- good for holding binkies + bottle pieces. Get the big one.
Boon Silicon Feeder- A great into to self feeding- we started with this then moved toward small bites of food. Great for hand-to-mouth coordination. Great for teething babies.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Ombre donuts, because the last 3 1/2 months have vanish before my eyes! But for absolutely good reasons, like our little Charlie go who we just can't seem to get enough of! Thursday is St. Patrick's day! No better day to kick off the day than with donuts + frosted green donuts, at that!
Cake donuts, add more green food coloring for darker donuts, frost, then add some more food coloring, than stack, voila, ombre donuts. Easiest & yummiest treat for everyone.
Go treat yourself!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Meet our Miss Charlotte Ann
On December 1st we welcomed this sweet baby girl into the world,
Did I say sweet, I mean heavily opinionated! This babe came out screaming, and I do mean screaming, she was 8 lbs 13 ounces of squishy loveliness! Since this sweet pea was taking her time getting here I went in for an induction, things seemed to be going, slowly, but going, 23 hours later, I was left with a tough decision, I could keep laboring for a few more hours & push for up to 5 hours, or I could go in for a c-section. After lots of tears, lots. I decided to opt for a c-section. Boy, was I glad I did, this sweet bundle was stuck, there was no way she was going to make it out. After my sweet doctor, seriously, having a great OB makes a world of difference, we are so thankful for her, got me all fixed up & out of the operating room, I got to hold my girl. In my drugged state, I think I just kept saying, is she okay? Is she healthy? Like everything is fine? Oh it was, and ever since this tiny almost 9 lbs has changed my world.
Since delivery went a little differently than I expected, I think so did the rest of my recovery was a little rough, mostly emotionally, postpartum blues are all too REAL. I remember standing in the shower, keep in mind barely getting myself there, just sobbing, like not being able to control myself, I couldn't shut-it-off-sobbing. The rawness of all the emotions I felt just HIT me, like a brick wall. I just had this baby and I kept thinking HOW am I ever suppose to take care of her, nurse her, when I cant even get myself out of this hospital bed? But we made it, so thankful for a husband who was able to take off 2 weeks to be at home with us. Charlie girl was born with a bump on her head which resulted in jaundice, so at home nurses came & she wore a blue light with a vacuum thing attached to it for a few days until her levels went down, we tracked every wet diaper, when she nursed, if we fed her a bottle with breast milk, ect., we were so glad when that was over & she resumed a normal color again.
Than around the 2 week mark she would cry NON-stop, like uncontrollable crying, mixed with screaming for 20 out of the 24 hours a day, well except for when she nursed, than 10 minutes after just cry for hourrrsss. I would wait for my husband to get home just so I could stand in the shower & sob, not knowing what I was doing, I second guessed myself, because every new mom feeling in me doubted myself, I questioned everything... Am I nursing too long, is she getting enough, is she tired, is she colic? I mean I just ran through everything in my head a million times. So I packed her up in her car seat, in the middle of a blizzard, & headed to the pediatricians office. We found out after a few days that she was dairy & soy intolerant. Things got better, a lot better, but at night she would still scream for HOURS. So back I went... this time I went for this noisy & high-pitched breathing she had & the screaming at night. So it was stridors & reflux. We were referred to an ENT which diagnosed her with laryngomalacia. Sounds scary... but you should hear her breathing sometimes, its even scarier.... but finally I had this baby who was finally feeling better, smiling at us, and being happy when she was awake. Finally at week 6, it took me this long, I regained my sanity, I could control my feelings, I felt like myself, well I'll get to that in a second... and almost 8 weeks later we have a happy baby, who loves her dad, being swaddled, bathtime, car rides, and playing.
Here's what I can sum motherhood up to. It's scary, it's raw, it's overwhelming, it's self-doubting, it's hard, but it's also joyful, it's happy, it's new, it's overwhelming love, it's nothing like I've felt before. There are days that all I do is rock my baby, fed her, love her, play with her, and nothing gets done. I felt like on days like this I was a failure, the world outside passed me by & all I did was sit here and take care of my baby, but trust me, it's in these moments that I realized.. it's about the snuggles, its about her needing me, because one day I'll be driving her to college and missing the time I got to rock her in her room & stare out the window watch the snow fall. She is our everything, she turned our world completely upside down but looking back we wouldn't have changed it for the world, even with the weeks of the uncontrollable conflicted emotions, mixed with weeks of uncontrollable screaming, she is worth it.
There are good days, there are rough days but when she discovers something new in her world we completely fall in love all over again.
Today I am thankful for the divine gift of motherhood. It wasn't easy in the beginning, in fact there were days I was terrified of being alone with her, when she cried I cried, but that's in the past, and oh my, we LOVE her.
We love her....square mouth, her strong-willed personality, & most of all her happy baby coo's & smiles.
The many faces of our Charlotte Ann, all the short span of 4 minutes!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Rounding up a list of my favorite babe first Christmas gift post!
Some of these items I bought for the baby for her christmas, even though she would be like 23 days old, at this point, I just can't help myself! These babe items are just too good to pass up, so be sure to check them all out! Have you guys started shopping, I'm going to be honest a majority of mine has been at target or online. I'm keeping it easy this year, target, amazon prime + shopping, but be sure to sign up for your favorite store emails because tons of them are offering free shipping + additional % off! Happy Christmas List Shopping!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
So if you're doubting yourself this year, just mix it, that's my solution, who cares if you aren't suppose to mix gold and silver, that's like brown and black right?, but do what you want, never know how it will turn out! String some ornament in a clump hang them & call it good!
Happy decorating, even if you're one of those people, like my mom, who has her pumpkins mixed in with her christmas decor, totally acceptable, just go for it!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Today I'm sharing a super fun box! I mean who doesn't love a good acrylic box filled with goodies + the most adorable greeting cards from Karen Adams Design definitely the best! Since Christmas is only 6 weeks away, I mean seriously can that be right? But it is! This box is geared towards the holidays, filled some items to give to your neighbor or just a good friend!
Karen's darling greeting box comes with some adorable cards, which if you're like me, you need an extra stash of cards laying around for all the occasions. But that box was just too hard to pass up, it was screaming fill me with more fun goodies, so.... why not! This box is filled with cute cards, little ornaments, cupcake, some sweet treats, little cupcake toppers, and a few bottle brush trees to complete the christmas-y feel! If you're needing inspiration for gifts this year try this!
And guess what one lucky mama will win a box, because Karen Adams Design is giving one reader a box! Follow me on instagram to learn how to enter + get your chance to win your own!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
We're counting down the days, literally counting, perhaps we should have made a paper chain and remove a strip of paper every time we pass a day. Seriously, I feel like it's so fast but so slow at the same time. Sometimes days drag out, others pass by so quickly I barely know when the weekend is here yet. But we're finishing up projects, checklists, and most importantly naping while we can. My sweet, sweet husband decided to completely renovate our basement bathroom, I mean trenching plumping, new stud walls, the whole works, so I'm hoping we can have some drywall framed walls up before she gets here but just in case she doesn't we have her bookcase ready to go!
Yes, the bookcase, filled with fun books, cars, cat statues, wiener dog bookends, dollhouse selves, & glittered fox garlands. You can shop all the details right down here...
p.s. this babe still doesn't have a name but we do know her last name, haha that's a given, so if you're wondering about the "M" that's her last name.