Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Breastfeeding Journey with Sophia

Before a few years ago, I never gave much thought into breastfeeding. I was so accustomed to seeing my family use formula that I didn't really understand that there was another option. In my entire life before pregnancy (so about 20+ years), I have only seen breastfeeding twice. The first time I witnessed it was from the movie "Me, Myself and I" and of course they perverted the act of breastfeeding and the second time I witnessed breastfeeding was when a family friend breastfed her baby boy when I was in high school. 

As Motherhood came in my mind more and more (before I was pregnant), I decided I would breastfeed just because of the simple fact that it was free and formula is expensive. I had no other knowledge about breastfeeding besides it being free and that sometimes you don't make enough (this is actually a common misconception of breastfeeding as only 2% of women in the ENTIRE WORLD actually cannot produce enough milk, if you are struggling with breastfeeding, it is highly suggested you seek help from a LICENSED lactation consultant as they can troubleshoot what is really going on)


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Year Update | Little Love


I have written this post many times in my head and I guess it's time I finally put it into actual writing (typing?). I guess I just have been holding on and not wanting to do a yearly update because then I'd have to admit my baby is a one year old. To be exact she is now 14 months old and has grown so much in the two months since turning one. 




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ten Month Update | Little Love







My sweet baby, how time keeps flying. I wish I had more time but instead, I will do the best I can to make the time we do have truly count. I love you more than you could ever know or I could ever express.

Ten Month Stats
Weight: ???
Height: ???
 Head Circumference: ???

Firsts
Standing for a few seconds at a time
Shows understanding of colors & shpaes
Can sort through pairs
Opening and closes hand
Opens cabinets
First Christmas
First New Years
Tooth

First Foods
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Words
Possibly saying "baba" for Babcia
Possibly saying "moe" for more food

Loves
Red Shark and Blue Dolphin Bath toys
Wooden blocks
blue cyclinders
Giraffe and alligator puzzle pieces

Words
Bo for bye
Mimics tone of "thank you"


What I Want to Remember
How she pats Mommy in the morning to play
Her giggles
Wakes up in good moods in the Morning

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remembering Milestones with Milestone World

Hey guys! It's been a while since we last chatted. Let me explain my absence a bit. If you remember from this post I gave extra income ideas as I was playing with ways to make money since our family was downsizing to one income. Obviously when Sophia was born that happened. 

At the beginning of this year, I started babysitting at home and it has been a challenge as I'm use to Sophia's independence and when I finally have a breather I just want to curl up on the couch with a good book which is what I have been doing (many book reviews to come). However this has gotten me behind on my monthly updates of Sophia.

My little girl is 11 months old and I need to type up her 10 month post for last month and her 11 month post for this month and take her 11 month photo update.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Loving Freshly Picked


I have been a customer and window shopper/lover of Freshly Picked since I became pregnant with Sophia last year. I was so excited when we purchased her first pair earlier this year (we chose the newborn ivory pair) as they were super easy to put on and stay on.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What No One Tells You When Your Expecting + Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY


1. Car seat safety
No one tells you how to install the car seat, let alone how to put the baby in the car seat safely. Of course all car seats come with a manual, unless you buy it used but be VERY CAUTION when buying used. Make sure the car seat hasn't been recalled and only buy from someone you trust and will tell you truthfully if the car seat has been an accident. However, I highly recommend buying a brand new car seat, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nine Month Update | Little Love


 Time obviously hasn't stood still or frozen and Sophia is growing more and more each day. She is exploring the world around her and constantly studying new things and what seems like she is wanting to figure out how things work. If she is anything like her daddy, she will get to the point in taking things apart but hopefully she'll know how to put it back together, haha.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eight Month Update | Little Love

Time is moving way too fast, as I say every month. Babygirl is already eight months old and I have started the planning process of her first birthday party, just the details such as what I want to serve, decorations I want to make, pricing for cake, etc. I get overwhelmed thinking how in a few short months my baby will be a year old and it is certainly bittersweet.


Although, this month in particular has been very difficult (as you can tell from our photoshoot, haha). Since coming back home from our first family vacation to New York, Sophia has digressed tremendously. She has been back in the bed with us and waking up multiple times through out the night. It has been tough but I wouldn't change it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Seven Month Update | Little Love


My baby girl is getting so big and so fast, I need time to slow down like for real. Can someone enact the same curse that the Evil Queen did for Storybrooke?


Everyday Sophia is learning something new and once she learns something, its stuck in her head and she knows she can do it and there is no stopping her! She is one determined little baby and, boy, does she get frustrated when things don't go her way or if she can't get something done fast enough (I wonder where she learned that from?).

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Six Month Update | Little Love

I am super late in posting Sophia's 6 month update, she is actually 7 months today but with daddy starting school and mommy being his tutor and editor I haven't had the chance to finish her update although it has been drafted since she was 6 months.

It's been 6 months or 26 weeks or 184 days since I have had this beautiful little girl. That's half a year and if this half has speed by I can't even imagine how fast this next half will flash before our eyes. Before I know it you will be a walking and talking full functioning human. The days seem long but the weeks are speeding by. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Five Month Update | Little Love


Lord have mercy on me! My baby is five months old which means she is almost 6 months old which is half a year so she is basically almost one years old! I want and need time to slow down because my baby is growing way too fast right before my eyes. I love seeing her take in this world around her with those sweet round eyes but I want her to remain my baby.



My best friend's daughter just turned 5 and it feels like she was just a baby yesterday so I am taking this month even more so harder because one day my baby will not be such a baby anymore so I am soaking up everything to another level which is gonna take me on a five second mommy rant so bear with me guys..

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Four Month Update | Little Love


Wow. Time is flying and it really is true. Motherhood gets better with each passing month. Sophia has grown so much this past month and her cute little personality comes through more and more. I get so much joy just watching her take in this world around us, it's amazing. Yes it is hard but it is so so worth it. Being in the childcare field I already know how amazing children are but it's a whole other level when you watch your own child grow and learn. I catch myself daydreaming of the day she'll crawl or take her first step to running around the house laughing. Ah I can and can't wait for those days. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nursery | Dresser & Shelves

Back in January I shared a small update of Little Love's nursery showcasing her crib and bedding and a few weeks ago, I shared a tutorial for the fabric kites hanging above Sophia's crib. I decided it was time for another update so today I am sharing all about the craigslist dresser I've talked about a few times and the pros and cons of our corner shelves.


Most bloggers rave how they were able to find a French provincial dresser for such a low price in a thrift store or on craigslist. While I would love to say I was able to do the same and only spend $50 or so on such a great vintage piece, I can't. I've read all types of Craigslist tips and tricks and most of them come down to being patient and persistent and you'll eventually come across a great piece for a great price. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What to Pack for the Hospital during a Maternity Stay

A few weeks ago, I shared what I took from the hospital after giving birth to Little Love and before that I suggested some questions to consider asking while on a Maternity Tour so I figured it was time I talked about what I packed (and what we didn't think to pack so family members had to go scrambling through our house to find the items).

If you have read Little's Loves birth story than you know nothing went as planned (when does it ever really though?) and we were not prepared. Our hospital bag was half way packed sitting in the nursery while we were considering what we really needed to take with us.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Three Month Update | Little Love


How is it that I have a three month old?? I know I say this every single time but it was just yesterday Anthony and I wear daydreaming about children choosing names (and yes Sophia was on that list all those years ago).




Even then little one, you were constantly on our minds, before we knew you, before we knew your heartbeat was beating within me. We thought about you, we prayed for you, we dreamed about you, and here you are. If there was only one thing you could ever know, I want it to be how much you are loved and thought about. Everything we do is for you and I pray there is never a day in your life that you ever doubt how much you are loved.



Three Months Stats
Weight: approx. 13 pounds
Height: approx. 22.5 inches
 Head Circumference: approx. 15.5 inches

Firsts
Being away from mommy
Grabs things behind her
Sad bottom lip
Fake cry
Aquarium Visit

Loves
Nursing
Mommy singing Psalms 118:24 every morning
Hearing "HI!"
Being held
Co-sleeping
Talking

Hates
Bathtime (but getting better)
Waiting to eat
Not being apart of any activity
Dirty diapers
Hiccuping

What I Want to Remember
The way she lights up and smiles when she
sees us first thing in the morning.
Her little giggles.
Her sweet smile when she sees daddy come home.
Her sleepy stretches.

Sharing at: Seven Graces

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review | The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

Hey guys! How was your Memorial Day weekend? I hope yall didn't miss me too much (or maybe I do) with my odd blog post schedule last week and taking the three day weekend off to enjoy with my little family. We were a little busy enjoying dinner Friday night with our besties, clothing/gaming thrifting on Saturday (but had no luck), surprise visit to the in-laws on Sunday since they couldn't make it to us due to back road flooding (they're country folk and don't do freeways) and lastly taking Little Love to the Downtown Houston Aquarium on Memorial Day. Although it was mostly for our enjoyment, there were a few moments where she just stared and followed the little fishies swim around in their tanks. And lets not talk about how the white tiger jumped on the glass wall and growled right in front of someone's face.

Now about today's post, after doing a book review last week on The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, I decided to do a more thorough book review on The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. If you been around you will remember me briefly discussing this book as one of my pregnancy must haves.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review | The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Hey everybody! How was ya'lls weekend? Anything new or exciting? We decided to surprise Anthony's parents with a visit and I finally finished up one of the books I have been reading which bring us to today's post, a book to review. 

Now I don't know when I made the decision to breastfeed but whenever I did, I knew I wanted to give it all I had to be successful. I heard from multiple people about how hard and challenging and uncomfortable (even painful) it could be so I began researching and researching once I found out we were pregnant. I was so terrified of not being able to produce enough milk (which is a common misconception of breastfeeding as only 2% of women in the ENTIRE WORLD actually cannot produce enough milk, if you are struggling with breastfeeding, it is highly suggested you seek help from a LICENSED lactation consultant as they can troubleshoot what is really going on) or being uncomfortable. Honestly, it wasn't that hard or as bad as everyone kept making it seem. Yes, the first few days were a struggle waiting for my milk to come in and having to supplement because Little Love had low blood sugar those first few days but more so emotionally because of that fear of not being able to produce enough for her BUT once my milk came in, everything else just came naturally. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

What to Take From the Hospital After a Maternity Stay

I have been following Chelsea from Two Twenty One for a few years now. After she had her son Owen, she posted a lot more about baby products, tips and tricks and what to take from the hospital after popping out a kid. I'll be honest, I loved her blog for the home improvement and DIY tutorials and her famous peonies. So when she started sharing more baby talk, I was like "great this is turning into a mom blog. I just want to see pretty pictures of her house and crafts I can create for my house." Well lo and behold, I got pregnant I needed to know what the heck to pack in my hospital bag so I asked my friend and she sent me Chelsea's link. Well well well, here we are again and I needed her help so I'm glad she shared her advice. And here I am sharing what I took from the hospital. 



Monday, May 9, 2016

Two Month Update | Little Love


It seems so unreal that our babygirl is now two months old. There we were all those years dreaming and wishing we could have children and here we are with a beautiful babygirl in our arms and she is already two months old! How can this be?! I feel like I'm living in a dream. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Savoring this Season

Since before Anthony and I got married, we wanted children and we tried for years with countless negative pregnancy tests. Many sleepless nights of conversations wondering what our future children will be like and if we would even be able to have children. Starting a family seemed so far away with each negative test until that one turned positive. 

We really started imagining what this little person would be like, what parenthood would entail. But I never realized how hard it would be in these first few months. I knew about the frequent feeding, the loss of sleep, the endless diaper changes but I wasn't warned about the endless crying, at least it seems like it's endless. 

However, that crying means she's here. This child we dreamed of, we talked about, we planned and tried to have for years is here. Yes, she is needy and I am having to sacrifice more of myself then I ever realized but before I know it, she won't need me. 

There will be a time when she no longer needs to hear my heartbeat to calm her.


There will be a time when she no longer needs to feel me (and smell me) laying next to her.


There will be a time when she no longer needs me to hold her.



There will come a time when she is so interested in exploring the world around her that I can't keep her still long enough to hold and hug her.

There will come a time when she leaves the nest to start her own family.

So in this tough season of being a new mom to a newborn, I want to savor every little moment including the hard ones because there will come a time when she will no longer need me.

I love you sweet girl.
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