This Valentine’s Day, my motto is – why wait for someone to buy you flowers, when you can wear them instead? I mean, c’mon, think about it. Flowers are nice for what, three days, and let’s be honest – they end up just withering away in the back of a cubicle or lone countertop. But a floral dress on the other hand, lasts for seasons and you get to show if off everywhere you go. Sold. So whether it’s a much needed date night out with the hubs, or a fun day with the gal pals (Um, can you say “Galentine’s Day Waffle Bar Brunch??” Cuz I can.), I’ve got a floral frock for you.
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Well moms, we did it. The fall school semester is behind us, and we made it out alive. My son only managed to bring home two colds, no ear infections, and no fevers – so I’m calling it a win. This time last year, we’d experienced our first of many reoccurring ear infections which I’m guessing was a combo of moving to a new city and starting preschool for the first time – the perfect recipe for a germ disaster. Now with a new baby, we are extra cognizant of needing to protect our family from the dreaded cold season among us. I’ve listed the “Top Ten Ways to Ward off Germs” when you have a new baby in the home, plus some fun things to do with the kiddos on those dreaded sick days. We love having a Kroger Signature store just around the corner to swing by and snag all our sick day must-haves.
What does it mean to be a born-again breastfeeder, you might ask? Well, after the struggles I had with my first pregnancy, I was a skeptic when it came to breastfeeding Charlotte. Would this baby be able to latch, or would she have the same issues with it that Garrett had? Would she take to it right away, or would I be up strategizing with a lactation consultant in the wee hours of the night again? Would I produce enough milk, or would I need to be prepared to supplement like I did with Garrett? Would the pain be so unbearable those first few weeks (I still physically cringe just thinking about it), and would I be able to get through it? Would she be colicky like her big bro and send me into a spiral of anxiety and guilt over it?…All of these questions swirled around in my mind on and off for the better part of 9 months (ok, ok, 10 months if we’re being technical), and a funny thing happened. She was born, and mama was born-again.
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than with my new favorite post. Charlotte turned 5 months old just before Christmas, and it’s as if she bloomed overnight. In fact, I’m starting to regret I limited myself to only 10 things I love about her, cuz this little lady has me smitten. She’s babbling up a storm, standing up and practically walking off my lap, and just as sweet as she can be to everyone she meets. Oh but don’t worry, she makes up for all that sweetness with her apparent sudden onset of insomnia. It’s like that old college roomie you used to have who doesn’t like to study alone and insists on you staying up and pulling an all nighter with her…every night. I know, because I was totally that roommate ;). I honestly think God makes babies so stinkin cute because who else would we put up with that stuff for?
Anyway, here’s the rundown on her latest “cuteness” and I can’t wait to see what amazing new things she learns in the coming months. Happy New Year!
I don’t know about you, but nobody did holidays like my mom growing up. She lived for them. From the decor, to the food – she made every holiday worth celebrating. On Easter, my friends would come from near and far, just to color Easter eggs at my house. Even to this day, she still makes us sit around the table – as we all try to pretend like we’re too cool for school, but secretly we love it. She’s living proof that you are never too old for holiday traditions. It’s something that truly has stuck with me all these years, and something I was so excited to do with my own kids.
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Let’s be honest, being a new mom of two takes a lot out of you. If you ask any mom (well, any mom who isn’t lying to you), they’ll say that the transition from one to two kids is brutal. What’s more surprising, is that they say it’s even harder than going from two to three – but, I’m just gonna take their word for that one 😉
As wonderful of a blessing it is to finally have that second baby we’d been wishing for – you always have in the back of your mind, that it also means your world is about to be upturned yet again. It’s true that those first few months are the toughest, but I’ve come to find that sticking to a routine can really help everyone adjust to the new baby in town. Oh, but p.s., when I say “sticking”, I mean more like Elmer’s, not Gorilla glue. Because life happens, and if there’s one major thing I’ve learned that has saved my rear this time around – is that sometimes you’re better off just going with the flow. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was wound tighter than a Swiss clock with my first kid. But hey, you live and learn right? Here are the few bits of our routine below that I’m happy to pass along to you “soon to be two-time mamas” 🙂 Now if only I could help you with the lack of sleep and overall loss of consciousness – that would be something!
Excited to share some fun Cyber Monday deals with all my mamas out there! You know you spent the whole weekend shopping for everyone else on your list – so I’m here to dedicate this Cyber Monday to you. Whether it’s jewelry, makeup/skincare, or a cute outfit for that next date night – I’m here to give you permission to treat yourself for once!
Of course, I’ve also included a few awesome steals for that baby of yours. I see you – and because I’m the worst to blame for ending up in the baby/kids section when I should be shopping for myself 😉 Hope you score some awesome deals!
One would think feeding a baby is cake. Speaking from experience – it’s not always that easy. With your first baby, if you were like me, you had this fairy tale vision in your head of holding your baby in your arms nursing them safe and sound until the wee hours of the night. Or maybe you knew from the get go that breastfeeding wasn’t for you, and you couldn’t wait to bond with them while bottle-feeding. Either way, something that’s rarely discussed – is making the decision to supplement with formula. To tell you the truth, I was completely clueless when it came time to make any type of decision around my feeding options with Garrett. I remember being 8 months pregnant, visiting a friend of mine in the hospital who had just had a baby, and seeing for the first time just how truly difficult it can be breastfeeding. I kinda had a panic attack. Maybe I should have signed up for that breastfeeding class instead of watching some 2 min “breastfeeding 101” video on YouTube.
I’m not kidding you when I say, for moms – bedtime is like the Holy Grail. We know it exists (or does it?), but we are constantly tormented by its elusiveness. Not only for ourselves, but for our babies too. Sure, there are published sleep experts promising to lull your baby into 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep by 6 weeks old. But, I guess I’ve just never been one for stringent routines. No, I prefer to set out like so many moms before me into the great unknown, searching for that Holy Grail formerly known as sleep.
ICYMI, I’m now a regular blog contributor for Westyn Baby (meet the team)! Since Halloween’s just around the corner – we’ve got you covered on the last minute family costume ideas 😉 Check out my little ewok below, and read the full post here!
Ok, I realize not everyone has been bitten with the “Halloween bug,” and figuring out a costume for the whole family, let alone yourself, might feel daunting. Not to worry, because I’ve gathered a stellar roundup of fellow bloggers and friends who will give you major inspo for those last-minute Halloween party invites. I even have a few ideas for the expecting mama. So get out there and have a ghoul ol’ time!