Friday, March 25, 2016

The Joy of Easter








play mat c /o: Gathre// teething toys c /o: Otherware// tag toy c /o: Munchkin Lane Boutique
on hudson- green lounge pants c /o: June and January// Bow tie and suspenders c /o: Sweet N Swag// moccasins c /o: Freshly Picked
on me- dress :Roolee// shoes: similar// hat: similar


When you think of Easter what do you think of? A bunny? Jelly beans? Maybe some chocolate? Easter is kind of like Christmas in that way, where the real meaning can get kind of lost in all the madness. Now, as a new mom, I know exactly how exciting it can be to get your children treats and toys and watch their faces light up with joy!! However, I also want Hudson's face to light up with joy as we teach him about his older brother and our Savior. I want him to know that #Becauseof Him we are together as a family for all eternity. Because of Him, we will see our sweet baby C again. Because of Him any pain we suffer here is not for nothing and we are never alone in it. Most importantly to me… #BecauseofHim I have my sweet baby boy and I have the opportunity to be a mother on this Earth. 

I want Hudson to never feel alone. To always know that he has a mama who loves him, a dad dad that loves him, SO many people who love and support him. However, I know that there will be times in his life where he faces disappointment or even sorrow and he will feel alone. I find comfort in knowing that in those times, he will have someone else he can turn to in confidence and with complete trust. And that is all Because of Him…. #Hallelujah 

To find out more about the true meaning of Easter head over HERE. 

Have a wonderful and happy Easter!

xo

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teething Tips and Tricks







Photography : Jill Collier Photography
Teething necklace & toy c /o: Chewable Charm
Hudson's romper : Avenue G Kids // beanie : Beau Hudson

You guuuuuuys. Teething is NO joke. No one is laughing about it over here. Hudson already has his two bottom centrals and is now working on his two top ones. Poor baby. Poor mommy. It is not fun business. So today I am sharing with you my best tips for teething that have worked so far for little H.

1. Teething toys and jewelry. EVERYTHING goes into Hudson's mouth these days. He even had an allergic reaction to a cheap plastic toy and when that happened I knew I needed to find some awesome and safe options for our little teething monster. He is also always chewing on my shoulder or my clothes when I am holding him. So this chewable jewelry is awesome too! H will play with it while he is nursing which is great to keep him focused on the task at hand and not on everything else surrounding him. This teether and necklace pictured above are BPA free and safe for baby to chew away on! Which is exactly what your little one needs!

2. Hylands teething tablets. They will be your VERY best friend when those little teeth are starting to make their way up and out. You can find them at target in the baby section OR HERE. Hudson doesn't take a bottle so we just went our finger and rub one or two onto his gums where they are bothering him. This helps so so much when Hudson is struggling to fall asleep. I always feel better about this option than loading him up with tylenol.

3. Alright, so I just started my journey with essential oils and holy smokes you guys this stuff honestly is making all the difference in our home right now. Their is a Young Living essential oil called Copaiba that has really been helping Hudson through his teething the last few nights. We have also been diffusing certain calming oils to help him with his sleep. If you want to learn more about this feel free to contact me with questions!

4. Frozen breastmilk pops ( or frozen fruit pops ) I had a friend suggest this to me and it is genius!! You can just freeze in an ice cube tray and then put that in a wash cloth for them to chew on or in one of those mesh chew bags.

5. LOADS and LOADS of snuggles and loves. I know how exhausting it can be to have to keep getting up with your baby in the night, or rock your little one to sleep again for the millionth time. It is so taxing. We have had it rough the last few weeks with teething, vaccinations and colds and it has not been pretty over here. But what always makes me feel better when I am feeling crummy is hugs and cuddles and comforting words and so that exactly what I have been doing for Hudson. 

Teething will pass and you will make it through! (No you will not die from lack of sleep…and yes I did actually ask my husband if I  would.) haha. You will all make it through and then you will get the cutest and funniest little toothy grin from your sweet little babe as a HUGE thank you for helping them through. Then…a few weeks later it will all start over again.

It's a real good thing they are so darn cute.

Happy everyone…!

xo

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Baby Wearing: How To Wrap


I have received a few messages and read a few comments having people ask HOW to use a baby wrap. It can be confusing and there is A LOT of fabric to mess around with so I totally get it! The first time I used a wrap Hudson was about a week old. I had to wrap that thing over and over until I finally got it! Now it only takes a few seconds to wrap it up and have Hudson comfy inside. Practice makes perfect! SO I have decided to do a post with step by step photos and instructions. Hopefully this can help! Like I said just try and try and try again. You won't regret it because this is SO SO cozy for mama and for baby. Hudson STILL loves being in his wrap at six months old. Here we go!


 Step #1: Center the fabric along your belly making sure there are even amounts hanging down on either side of you and begin to wrap it across your belly.
 Step #2: bring the pieces of fabric along and up your back in a criss cross.
 It should look like this.
 Step #3: Bring the fabric up and over your shoulders criss crossing again over your chest and tuck the underneath piece in first and then the over top piece in second.

 It should look like this!
 Step #4: Fan the fabric out along your back and shoulders and then fan out the fabric strip across your belly.
 Step #5: Then take any extra fabric and wrap it around your waist and hips as many times as is comfortable.
 It should end up looking like this!
 Step #6: Scoop up your sweet babe and hold them up against you. You are going to take the underneath piece of fabric and slip your babies leg into it. Then wrap it around their cute little tooth.
 Step #7: Do the same on the opposite side with the other piece of shoulder fabric.
 Step #8: This step is where your baby attacks you with sweet kisses because they love being so close to you!
 Step #9: Now take the piece of fabric from step #1 and bring it up over your babies bum and back. Hudson likes to have his arms out if he is awake and when he falls asleep I simply tuck his little arms into the should strap fabric and his little head in and he is safe a secure to sleep.
Step #10: Wear that baby like a rock star!! I have been asked so many times if wearing Hudson hurts my back. Surprisingly the fabric takes ALL of his weight and I am never left sore at all. Another fun tip is to attach a binki or a teething toy to your wrap! It helps them have their comfort object close or also something to play with! 

And…. That's a wrap! ;)

xo

Baby Wrap c /o: Happy Baby Wrap// H's Pants c /o:Fancy Frogz// H's Moccs c /o: Freshly Picked// 
Teething Toy c /o: Otherware