Friday, November 21, 2014

When I Have Nothing To Blog About, You Get a Cute Baby Picture

It's Friday (yay) which means my parents arrive tomorrow! DLW and I are working hard around the house today to clean, organize, and finish up work so we can have a stress-free week while they are here. I am hoping to have more ideas and time blog with a few extra arms to hold the babe this coming week. Until then, I leave you with this adorable picture of Collins. 
  • Do you have family coming in town for the holiday?
  • What household chores do you do before company comes over?
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Only Baby Gadget You Need

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

What is the one baby gadget every blogger loves? You see it on every new mom's Instagram, blog, and Newborn Must-Have guide. The Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play.

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Rock n' Play before Collins was born. 875 other mamas didn't steer me wrong and I loved it. However, I did not love the fact I had to rock it myself. The name kind of leads you to believe it will rock without you sitting next to it, rocking it with your foot, begging your baby to fall asleep. It doesn't.

Until now.

Fisher-Price has introduced the Automatic Rock 'n Play and it is the only baby gadget you need. It is life changing, I tell ya.

The Automatic Rock 'n Play is built just like the standard model but with all the bells and whistles. Not only does it rock itself but it has varying speeds and rock for thirty minutes or six hours. It also has a built in white noise machine with music and adjustable volume. The rocker plugs in to the wall and has cord storage so there is no more changing the battery while trying to not wake up the baby.

The Automatic Rock 'n Play does not have the vibrating soother attachment that the standard model has but I can feel a little vibration throughout the frame from the rocking motor. It does make a little bit of noise but that is true for all baby gadgets that move. The noise doesn't seem to bother Collins at all; she takes fantastic, long naps with no problem.
Fisher-Price took their very best baby gadget and made it even better. The Rock 'n Play is the one baby item that we use every day. It has given me more freedom around the house and we can now eat dinner without getting up to rock the baby between bites.

If you're in the market for baby gadgets or simply want to upgrade your standard model, it is worth the extra money for the Automatic Rock 'n Play.
  • Do you swear by the Rock 'n Play too?!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No More Dairy For This Mama

One of the most common breastfeeding problems I've heard about is babies who don't respond well to dairy. This was a concern of mine when I started breastfeeding Collins and tried not to over-do it on cheese and ice cream. Well wouldn't you know that I end up with a baby who has milk protein problems!

According to Dr. Google, milk protein allergies tend to show up around 2-3 months of age and most babies will grow out of it by 12 months. There are multiple symptoms of a milk protein allergy but Collins is only showing one- blood in her diaper (TMI?) She is otherwise a happy baby; no excessive fussiness or spit up at all.

I first noticed the change in her diaper on Sunday night and after a quick consultation with Dr. Google, I decided to see how Monday went. There were no surprises in her diaper until Monday night and I decided to call our pediatrician first thing Tuesday morning. The diaper I brought to the doctor's office tested negative for blood but I was able to show them pictures of her dirty diapers from the days before (you know you're a mom when you have picture of dirty diapers on your phone). Our pediatrician said there could be a few causes for blood in her stool but suggested I remove dairy from my diet for one month.


One month with no cheese.

Luckily, I have never been a big dairy lover. I decided milk was gross when I was little and yogurt is probably the most disgusting thing ever. I can give up butter and ice cream pretty easily but cheese will be the most challenging. I am lucky that I do not have to cut out sources of "hidden" dairy like some mamas I know. There is hidden, secret dairy in pretty much everything. Sneaky little bugger.

It is our hope that her symptom clears up completely within the month and then I will be able to slowly bring dairy back in to my diet. 

As a bonus, I am hoping to lose a few pounds and maybe even find I don't miss cheese after all. There are plenty of non-dairy cheese products available to get my through the month. The pediatrician did mention that I need to be eating "good fats" to replace the nutrients from dairy in my breastmilk; lots of avocados, peanut butter, and olive oil are in my new meal plan. It will be an interesting month but I am always up for a challenge and know it's worth it to make Collins' tummy happy.
  • Have you ever had to give up dairy?
  • What dairy product would you miss the most?
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Collins' Baby Room Tour

My mom and I (mostly my mom) worked hard to make Collins' room perfect and I'm excited to share it with you today. It is exactly what I wanted and there are lots of little details that make my heart happy. Welcome to Collins' Baby Room!
The cutest door hanger sewn by my grandpa's wife, Linda.
View from the doorway
Wall color is Aqua Glow by Valspar
Ikea dresser turned changing table. Lamp from Target. Hamper & diaper box from TJ Maxx
Wall monogram from Etsy- it did not want to stick to a textured wall.
Crib from Wal-Mart. Crib skirt sewn by my mom.
Ikea cart for blankets and stuffies
Target shelf for baby monitor. Finnegan the Frog sewn by my mom. XOXO print from Hobby Lobby.
Target bookcase for Collins' library & Ikea flower pots for storing little things like toys and pacifiers
The giraffe and pig were also sewn by my mom. Monogrammed bow jar was a baby shower gift.
Our little giraffe with her giraffe from Grandma Khaki
Collins' Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair with a monogrammed pillow sewn by my grandpa's wife, Linda.
Black out curtains sewn by my mom- isn't she amazing?
Custom slipcover for Ikea rocker sewn by my mom. White side table from Ross. 
Gallery wall- shelves from Target
Eiffel Tower painting I bought in Paris and a piggy bank I painted in 1997.
Chevron frame and XOXO from Hobby Lobby.
I adore Collins' baby room and I'm so happy sitting in the rocking chair, admiring the little details. It was made perfect with lots of love from our family.
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