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Some of Mom’s & baby’s favorites.

We all know that when we become moms that we acquire a ton of stuff thinking that your baby might be happy with it or that it might work for well with your baby, spending a ton of money when most of the time, your baby is happy with the simple stupidest things.

Here are some of my all time favorite “baby” things that I think are worth the cost. (some don’t cost anything.)

1. This play mat is definitely one of hers and my favorites.
It keeps her well entertained for a while.
2. This Winnie the pooh teething toy/blanket. Unfortunately,
my 4 month old is already teething but this toy seems to really help her.
3. Ceiling fans..Yup. She loves them.
These will stop her from crying.
4. Baby carriers are a life saver. She always wants
me to hold her or be near her and this allows
me to get things done around the house while
still holding her and it makes her fall asleep
every time I put her in it.
5. Our dog Oreo is by far the best “baby” item ever.
She will watch him for the longest time.
He loves her just as much as she loves him.

 

6. She LOVES her rocking chair. She likes to sit up
and watch everyone and everything.

7. Dr. Browns bottles are a miracle worker!
She use to get tummy aches from the other bottles
I use to use but after i switched to these,
she rarely gets tummy aches anymore!
I highly recommend these bottles!!
I have a ton of other favorites but these are my absolute favorites and have helped me out a lot!
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Something on my mind lately.

Lately everyone is having or just recently had a baby.
(Must be something in the air)
“I can feel it coming in the air tonight..”
Too much caffeine and not enough sleep for sure.
HAHAHAHAHA
Okay, back to the main topic here.
I have heard a million different things from a million different people about how to raise a baby, what not to do, whats “best” for the baby, yada yada yada.
Most of what I hear is just that preference of the person telling me.
The one topic I hear about most is about breast feeding.
I think breastfeeding is absolutely the best way to go.
[Fun fact: Did you know that breast milk can change according to what baby needs? for example, when it’s hot, your breast milk will have more water in it to keep your baby hydrated!]
 
Anyways, Yes breast is best because it is a living substances and can adapt to individual needs of your baby but, some women have a hard time breast feeding, some don’t produce enough or fast enough or even at all sometimes and that’s nothing to be ashamed about.
With breast feeding, mother and baby get that special bonding time when nursing which is great but, what about dad?
Which is why I also think formula is great too. It is the best alternative to breast milk and dad is able to get that special bonding time by feeding baby and not to mention it’s sometimes easier and it’s alright to take the easier route every now and then.
There definitely major pros for both feeding methods.
My daughter is both breast and bottle fed and that’s okay! She is healthy and happy and that is all that matters.
I don’t produce enough fast enough for her so I sometimes supplement with formula. Sometimes she’ll be just fine with only breast feeding and sometimes she needs a little extra. I use to only breast feed until I found out that I don’t produce enough fast enough for her. I would be nursing her all day long. Literally. It got very tiring. It’s okay to need a break. Besides, being as tired and frustrated as I was because she wasn’t getting all that she wanted, isn’t good for her. She could sense my frustration and would become frustrated too. Sometimes I was just too exhausted to pump so Erich would give her a bottle while I slept. Pumping was hard for me. I was never able to pump after nursing her and by the time I was able to pump, she would be hungry again. The few times I actually got to pump and save what I pumped, it took me over an hour to pump 2 oz. So I would have either been nursing all day or pumping all day.
[If I were ever able to pump extra and save, I would love to give it to a mom who wants her baby to have breast milk but can’t breast feed.]
To all the mom’s who strictly breast feed, kudos to you! If I could and not feel like a walking emotionally wrecked zombie, I most certainly would. I don’t think it is okay to make someone else feel uncomfortable or bad about not breast feeding. You have no idea how that person deals with situations. It may be a lot different that how you deal with situations.
To all the mom’s who breast and bottle feed, That’s great. I know how you feel. You are not alone in this and it is okay to give your baby formula as well as breast milk. It’s better to know that your baby is full instead of wondering.
To all the mom’s who strictly bottle feed, You are doing great. If you feel that formula is best for your baby for whatever reason, that’s perfectly alright. Baby is still being fed and getting nutrients that baby needs. Like I said, formula is the next best thing to breast milk.
That being said, I am so over mom’s telling other mom’s how to raise their babies or how they should be fed.
Don’t just assume that because someone chooses to bottle feed instead of breast feeding that they are being selfish to their baby. You have NO idea what they might be dealing with. I have friends that would of loved to breastfeed but just couldn’t.
As long as babies are being fed,
That is all that matters.
 She Likes to hide her face now when she’s nursing. <3
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"Pregnancy Glow"

Before I was pregnant, I’ve heard everyone talk about this “pregnancy glow“.. Where your skin is flawless and your hair and nails are super model long… Well, either they lied or “pregnancy glow” has no effect on me! HA!!

I am taking prenatal vitamins, drink a lot of water daily, use the coco butter stretch mark cream and still no pregnancy glow. In fact I feel some of these had the opposite effect.

I have never really gotten bad acne, just the occasional mark here and there but after a few months of taking the prenatal vitamins, I’ve gotten more marks than normal and not just on my face. :/
The prenatals did however make my nails grow a bit, not for very long.

I can’t really say much about the stretch mark cream. Sometimes I’m too lazy to use it.. Okay, the majority of the time but, I do not have any stretch marks on my stomach, just everywhere else. LOL

I have gained a total of 55 lbs  so far during this pregnancy. My doctor likes to comment on that fact at every doctors appointment. My doctor gives me an amount of weight I should gain between appointments and I usually gain double of the amount he says.
Something that comes along with gaining so much weight is swollen ankles. yup, those suck. Not only does your WHOLE body already hurt, having to walk around on sore swollen ankles just puts the cherry on the top 😀
OH and varicose veins, yeah I have those too. They already aren’t attractive but they’re more unattractive when your white as a ghost and have these huge purple spider looking bruises on your body! But hey, your pregnant, why do you need to look attractive anyways right?
(It’s funny though, I have more of a figure now than I ever did before I was pregnant. LOL)

So there you have it, Pregnancy glow is a myth. (well for me anyways.)

Pregnancy isn’t all bad though. In fact, It’s the most interesting and beautiful experience I’ve ever had.
Knowing you have a tiny human being growing inside you (as creepy as that sounds), is just such an amazing feeling, especially when your baby moves for the first time! I remember when My daughter first moved! I was so excited and happy and I’m pretty sure I cried (could of been hormones).

I use to just sit and wait for for like 45 minutes after she moved a little, to move again and when she did, excitement all over again. Now she moves all. the, time, nonstop. from morning till night. and, she has discovered my rib cage and bladder!!!! hahahahaha Still amazing though.
I guess that’s what I consider pregnancy glow; the fact that I can feel My daughter move. The fact that I am going to be a mom. The fact that I get the privilege of raising a baby!

I don’t need long nails or flawless skin, knowing I am going to be a mom to a baby girl is good enough for me!

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Pregnancy: a love/hate relationship

I’ve heard from a few mom’s that their pregnancies were just so amazing and and so beautiful the whole 9 months… they are definitely lying…
Don’t get me wrong, I think being pregnant is such an amazing experience, and I absolutely love it (well, most of it), but it’s also not all sugar and rainbows!  Let’s be honest,  pregnancy can suck.

What I necessarily don’t like about being pregnant:

1. Morning sickness! I honestly don’t know why they call it morning sickness. I was sick at all hours of the day for the first 3 months!! Anything i ate right before I got sick,  I couldn’t eat for months!  Unfortunately,  bacon was one of the things.  Such a sad day for me.

2. Crazy hormones!  Oh lord! Crying for no reason. Getting angry because someone put a fork where the spoons go.  Yeahhh. Thank goodness my hormones aren’t as bad as they were.  (I’m sure if you ask my husband,  he’d say otherwise,  so we’re just going to keep him out of this one!)

4. Not fitting into your clothes!! For the first like 4 months of my pregnancy,  I was still able to wear my size 3 jeans,  with a rubber band of course but ever since I hit 6 months,  I literally cannot fit into ANY of my clothing! I guess I’m finally going to have to buy maternity clothes or should I just wear pajamas the rest of my pregnancy?

5. Not being able to put on your socks!  Oh my goodness,  this has become such a challenge for me.  If I’m going somewhere that requires me to wear socks (such as work), I have to get ready an extra 10 minutes early just because it takes time to put them on.  Luckily, the shoes I wear are slip on shoes.

6. The comments!!! I’ve heard them all. I don’t know why everyone feels they need to share their opinion about my pregnancy to me but it annoys the living daylights out of me!
“You’re Pregnant?! You don’t look pregnant! “, “you’ve gained a lot of weight. It looks better on you!” (So, I looked disgusting before I was pregnant…? Cool.)

Oh! I also hate it when people I don’t know try and touch my belly! It’s weird and creepy.

Now, with that being said,  I don’t want anyone to think that I hate being pregnant,  I love it actually!

1. Knowing that there is a tiny human being inside you and you are  going to be their mother. Best.feeling.Ever.

2. The first kick.  Once you feel that,  you know it’s a for sure thing that there is a baby in there!  First time I felt my daughter kick,  I was laying on my bed and my dog had his head on my stomach and she kicked him right in the face!

3. BABY CLOTHES!  Aren’t they just the cutest things ever?! The best thing about it is that you can dress your kid in anything you think is adorable and there is nothing they can do about it!

4. Prenatles. These are awesome.  Longer hair & nails.  What all women want right?

5. The fact that you can use the excuse “I’m eating for  2” when eating like a pig! I love food.

6. Your husband telling you how cute you look with a waddle and a huge belly. Lol. They are probably the only ones who genuinely mean it!

Even though pregnancy comes with a lot of grossness and challenges,  I would never in a million years give any of it up. 💜💜💜

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Pregnant before marriage.

So, this past Saturday I got married (to my babies daddy of course) and being 6 months pregnant at your own wedding is hilarious.

Even though I’m 6 months pregnant and was drinking sprite during the toasts with the under age crowd,  it was the absolute most perfect day (besides the constant pee trips).

The morning of was busy.  As soon as I got up which was around 8:30am, I went right to getting my nails done,  then my hair (lucky for me, my maid of honor is a cosmetologist)and then a good friend came to do my makeup. Needless to say, I didn’t have time to eat. By the time my makeup was done, it was time for me to get married.
By the time the ceremony was finished, you could imagine,  I was starving and our reception food wasn’t ready yet.  Then before I could go find anything to eat, I was bombarded with pictures and hugs and congratulations, you know all normal wedding crap.
I was finally able to sneak away to the fridge remembering the left over fried chicken from last nights dinner!
At last,  preggo was at ease.

I walked out of the house with a huge piece of fried chicken and again was bombarded with more photos, especially cause I was stuffing my face.
Most women think about looking good and their breath smelling good on their wedding day and, pregnant women getting married think about food. If I were able to,  I would of eaten the chicken before I walked down the isle but I literally had like 30 seconds to spare after my make up was all done.

Basically everything is a challenge when your pregnant at your own wedding.
1. Trying not to feel like a whale in your dress.
2. Peeing constantly. I’m just glad I didn’t have to pee when I was standing at the alter.
3. Sitting & standing.
4. First dance.  My belly is just to big to dance comfortably.  I had to dance with my belly sideways.
5. Not eating food right when you see it!
6. Not getting food on yourself.  (Since I’ve gotten pregnant,  I haven’t been the prettiest eater)

Even though there were multiple challenges,  I overcame all of them. LOL!