Category: baby

A Nap Time Prayer

Father God,
Thank you for this sweet baby that you’ve entrusted into my care.  Help him to sleep well and wake up refreshed and rested.  Protect him as he sleeps and give me peace of mind to know he is safe.  Help me to be the mom you have designed me to be.  Give me wisdom as I raise him and help him to see you.  
In Your Son’s Name I pray, 

Frugal Friday- Halloween Costumes

Halloween has come and gone, but I had to share my cute little bear with y’all.  Fisher was asleep before the first trick-or-treaters hit our house, so we had to do a little photo shoot earlier in the evening.  We set him up on a vintage quilt with pumpkins in his little bear suit.  Here are the best things about his costume, besides the obvious cute factor.  
It was free.  
My mama and her bff bought it for Fisher from the Carter’s outlet.  Thanks Mom and Tricia!  
It is a legitimate piece of clothing.  
It is a full suit with feet and a hood, made for real wear, instead of a cheap-o costume made for one time use.  It will be his winter coat until he grows out of it (which may be sooner than I’d hoped).  
It is warm and comfy.  
He loves wearing it.  
I’m hoping we can go this route in the future, wearing real clothes that can useful in daily life as a Halloween costume.  I’ve seen so many DIY costumes that use this kind of practicality across the internet and I think it is genius.  With a few handmade accessories, you can turn an outfit into a costume for a day, then wear it for the rest of the season.  I’ve also heard about great finds at consignment stores and garage sales, since most costumes are worn only once.  
How do you save money on costumes?  

Fisher at Four Months

Today our boy is five months old, so I’m officially a month behind.  Here he is at four months.  Don’t you just want to squeeze him?  A random lady at the Texas State Fair asked how many tickets it would cost to take a bite of those baby thighs.  I was a bit creeped out, but still flattered.

Fisher is growing and changing and doing new things every day.  He is laughing and really responding to us now.  He discovered his feet and likes to chew on his toes.  He has started soothing himself by sucking on his thumbs and sometimes his whole hand.

At his four month check up he weighed 18.2 pounds, putting him in the 95 percentile for weight.  We’ve come a long way since our breastfeeding crisis at 2 weeks old.  He is still exclusively breastfeeding and I would say it is working pretty well.

His eyes are still blue with hints of grey and green.  As a brown eyed girl married to a blue eyed boy, I hope his eyes stay blue like his daddy’s.

He is losing his soft baby hair and has a wicked mullet developing in the back.  It is still super cute.  New hair is starting to come in on top and I think it looks a lot lighter.  His daddy and I were both blonde as kids (Jed still is) so I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns a lot lighter.

At his check up he measured at 25 1/4 inches long, in the 75 percentile.  He also measured off the charts for cuteness.

He has started really grabbing things this month, so we are having to be more careful.  He likes holding on to his toys and then putting them straight in his mouth.  I bought him an exersaucer (we call it his office) at a consignment sale, and he loves it.  I bring it into the kitchen while I’m cooking and he plays happily.  He is also loving his Bumbo chair right now.  

But mostly he just loves his toes.

My Favorite Baby Products – The Woombie Review

I’ve written about swaddling before, and how it worked wonders for Fisher’s sleep habits.  By the time he was about 11 weeks old he could fight his way out of every swaddle blanket and velcro swaddle we could find.  I was visiting a semi-local cloth diaper shop (our closest one at 30 minutes away), The Nappy Shoppe, when I spied the Woombie.  I asked an employee about the product and she raved about it.  I purchased an original Woombie in the orange “paprika” color in the Big Baby size (14-19 lbs) for about $27.  It was wonderful.  The original Woombie zips right up the front and swaddles baby in a comfy cotton sleep sack that even our little Houdini couldn’t escape.

We loved the Woombie so much that I wrote to the company and asked to do a review of the Convertible Woombie.  They kindly sent us a Convertible Woombie to try, and we love it even more.  It is light enough for Dallas weather, but adds a layer of light warmth for our sweet boy.  

We used it with his arms tucked in until he started rolling on his sides in the crib.  To help him sleep safely we unsnapped the arm holes and released his little arms to freedom.  We were nervous that transitioning to arms out sleeping would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.  He self soothes by sucking on his little fingers and naps like a champ.  

Why do we love it so much?  It is easy to use, you just zip it up. If your babe falls asleep you can even get him/her in without waking them up.  Amazing.  They can’t fight their way out of it, and the soft cocoon soothes their startle reflexes and helps them sleep longer and better.

 Even though the Woombie keeps him snug, there is still room for movement.  

Woombie has a ton of great products, for babes from 3 pounds and up.  Next on my shopping list are the Ultra Sleeper, the Eco Baby Donut, and the brand new Mod’Sleeper.  The only negatives I’ve found with Woombie products are the prices.  As a frugal girl and consignment/garage sale addict I have trouble shelling out close to $30 bucks for a baby item.  I know, I’m cheap.  However, when you find a product that really is above and beyond the competition, it is worth the money.  Obviously I think Woombie products are worth it, or I wouldn’t be sharing them with you.  

Woombies are available online at the Woombie website, Amazon, lots of mom and pop baby stores, and right now on Zulily for only $17.99 instead of the normal $27.99.  Woohoo!  Just search “Woombie” on Zulily and all the options left will pop up.  I’m thinking about stocking up for baby showers and future wee ones.

**All opinions are strictly my own.  I am in no way affiliated with the Woombie company, and was not compensated for my opinions other than being given a product to review.

Saturday Sweetness

Our boy is changing so much, doing new things daily. We have both been sick this week, and I had 2 big YL events that totally overwhelmed me. It was a beautiful afternoon and we are both feeling better, so we spent sweet time on a blanket in the yard.

My Postpartum Fashion Crisis

I am in the midst of a postpartum fashion crisis.  I’ve lost 2/3 of the baby weight, but as I was 20 lbs overweight when I got pregnant I still have a long way to go.  In the mean time I need some clothes that actually fit.  Maternity clothes hang off me like a tent, but pre-baby clothes are tight and ill-fitting.  I’m living in wardrobe limbo.  My body has changed a lot because of the pregnancy, c-section, and breastfeeding.  Holler if ya hear me, mamas.

I was watching Stacy and Clinton regulate on “What Not to Wear” and came to the realization that they would be horrified by my current wardrobe.  I am shocked at how quickly I fallen into bad mom clothes.  To add insult to injury, I haven’t had a hair cut in over a year.  Yikes.  Please send help.  I’m trying to see this as an opportunity to start over and buy classic pieces that will last.  Stacy and Clinton gave their pupil a list of basics, so I went to the TLC site to check it out.

The “What Not to Wear” Basics List

  • 1 cocktail dress
  • 4 day dresses – I have 3 summery ones, but nothing for fall.  
  • 1 walking short    I don’t wear shorts.  Yuck.
  • 6 blouses – bought a few cute nursing tops from Gap
  • 2 cardigans – just bought one, a lovely dark teal for fall
  • 1 denim jacket
  • 4-5 assorted camisoles
  • 1 trench coat
  • 2 blazers
  • 1 black peep toe heel
  • 1 red heel
  • 1 ballet flat – got it
  • 1 wedge – I had some rockin’ Toms wedges, but my feet seem to have grown during pregnancy.  Will the injustice never end?
  • 1 sandal – got it 
  • 5 bangles 
  • 5 earrings – got em
  • 5 necklaces – got em, but could use a few new ones
  • 1 clutch – got it
  • 1 everyday bag – got it

I would add a pair of dark, stretchy jeans, a pair of black pants, and a few a line skirts.  What are your fashion basics?  How did you deal with the postpartum body change?  How did you lose the baby weight?

Fisher at Three Months

 Look at that chub.  Don’t you just want to squeeze him?  Our boy is growing so fast.  At three months he is wearing 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes.  He weighs over 15 pounds and had amazing rolls everywhere.  He is cooing and making the sweetest noises when awake.  He loves looking in the mirror and at pictures in books.

 He is probably the only person in the world who appreciates my singing voice.  Jed and I are both totally tone deaf, yet Fisher can’t get enough of our singing.  He even smiles through diaper changes if we are singing.  We are doing mostly cloth diapers at home now, and trying to transition to using them all the time.

  Breastfeeding is finally going well, but know he won’t take a bottle of pumped milk.  We are trying some different brands of bottles to see if that will help.  Fisher can now sit up and hold his head up when assisted.  He loves lifting his feet up and putting them together, and grabbing his hands together.  Outside is his favorite place to be, even though we are still in triple digits.

   He is on a pretty good 3-4 hour routine with a long 8-9 hour stretch of sleep at night.  He is happy most of the time, except for when I haul him too many places or forget when naptime should start.  I went back to work last week, and it has been a challenge working from home with him, but I love getting to be with him.  He is the sweetest boy in the world and we fall more in love every day.

Beach Therapy

I miss the beach.
I have been amazingly blessed in this life in so many ways, not the least of which is an almost annual trip to the beach.  The ocean waves and sand in between my toes are like therapy for me.  Summer has come to an end, as it always does, and the craziness of our fall schedule is back in full force.  Jed and I are both back at work after 12 weeks of hanging out with our sweet baby.  After 2 days back I am overwhelmed with my to-do list and our harried existence.  I want to slow down and enjoy each day, but the pace of life here in Dallas doesn’t allow it.  I need another dose of beach therapy.  
Do you have any tips for slowing down and simplifying? 
Share them in the comments so I can use them for a future post on the subject.      

On Swaddling

We are in love with swaddling at our house.  Sometimes it works better than others, as may be observed in the photo above.  That was taken as a nap came abruptly to an end after a total swaddle fail.  We have used swaddle blankets in flannel, cotton, and muslin, swaddle wraps like the one above, and a zip up thing called the woombie.  The others worked well at first, but our boy is so big now (around 15 pounds) that he can beast his way out of any blanket.  One of the staff at The Nappy Shoppe, our local cloth diaper store, suggested the zippered number, and we really like it.  He can move his hands around and even suck on them through the cloth, but he doesn’t hit himself in the face.  We know his swaddling days are numbered as he gets more mobile, but we are enjoying them while they last.  My mama thought it was mean at first when she saw my bro and sister-in-law swaddling our niece.  She even referred to it as the “baby straight jacket”.  Then she saw how much Caroline loved it and started calling it the more friendly “baby burrito”.  
Do you/did you swaddle your kiddos?
How long?  When did you stop?
How was the transition?
Do you have a favorite swaddling apparatus?