Monday, December 2, 2013
Mama's get your coffee ready because your sleeping babe will most likely wake up several times at night because he/she cannot breathe. Here are our best tips for getting through it. I know every mama will go through it, so hopefully this helps anyone when that time comes.
It was nice to give this to Scarlett each night to help with any sinus pressure and alleviate pains from the cold. She ran a low grade fever one night and this was our go to medicine to get it back down. Always follow the recommended dosage from your pediatrician. Ours told us to give 1.25 every 8 hours. But, check with yours first.
I know no parent wants to use one of these on their baby, but it IS the most accurate and you will worry less wondering if the thermometer was accurate.
You may want to consult your doctor if your baby's temp is:
103 for 6 months
101 for 3-6 months
100 for 0-3 months
These are great for all times of the year, but are SO helpful when baby is sick and congested. The best environment for a baby with a cold is warm and humid. We even have an electric heater we put in her room to keep her warm as well.
These wipes are wonderful. They are super soft and have saline in them. I never wanted to wipe her runny nose with anything else knowing how sensitive her little nose was. These wipes not only were gentle on her nose, but helpful in keeping it moist and non irritated.
The wipes are fairly large, so I suggest halving them to get more use out of them.
Little Noses Saline Mist
Whenever baby's nose was dry, this was our go to stuff. Scarlett hated it, but it really helped clear up any dryness. Every night during her peak sick days we irrigated her nose so that she was comfortable longer.
A MUST for any new mom. Even if baby isn't sick, we've used this thing many times. But, when baby is sick, it works wonders. We used a regular suction at times when we were on the go, but the nosefrida works the best. You never get any in your mouth, so no worries. You can actually see what you are getting out and can suck harder to pull out the snot. I know, this is so gross to think about, but when your baby can't breathe you will do everything to help them.
I applied this stuff to Scarlett's nose every night before bed and randomly throughout the day to prevent hit from getting red and irritated. I know how much my nose hurts when I am sick, so I just wanted her to have one less pain to worry about.
I hope no mama has to go through this, but it really is something we all go through, so I hope my little list helps any of you who are wondering what else you can do to help out your baby during this vulnerable time when they need you most. But, most importantly, snuggle that baby and love on them as much as you can because they just want you for comfort.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Weight: Scarlett is 14 lbs and .43 ounces! She has definitely grown in length!
! She nurses 5-6 times per day and then will get solids 1-2 times per day (usually twice). So far she has eaten: Pears, Bananas, Apples, Mangos, Carrots, Peas, Green Beans, and Sweet Potatoes. We still need to try a lot, but I forget when the three day 'watch' is over and usually forget to give her new foods. I have some broccoli and squash pouches I've been wanting to give her. I've been making a lot of her food, but we go back and forth with the pouches, too, since they are easier for travel.
All we do is grow grow grow! Which I just love :) Just wish time wouldn't go by so quickly. I enjoy these moments so much, and feel like I can't keep up with her. Maybe that is because she is maturing too quickly, ha. At our 6m appointment her pediatrician was amazed at how well she could even sit up. I kid you not, I am scared as to how mobile she is getting and how quickly it's happening. As I type this, she is standing up holding onto something and attempting to walk since I guess crawling is yesterdays news. Thanks for reading her update, I love sharing this part of her life and am happy to have a place to document all of her growth so that one day she can look back and treasure these moments, too. This is all about her now :)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Scarlett and I were super excited a few weeks back when Boden contacted us to review some of their british style clothing. I've always loved Boden, and their children's line (Mini Boden) does not disappoint. There are so many adorable outfits that it was so hard to narrow down what to choose. I'll let Scarlett do the modeling, because she sure does do a wonderful job :)
Another piece we picked out was the Folk Bunny Striped Shirt- look for that style next week!
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Friday, November 15, 2013
A little picture from a shoot I finished editing, one of my favorites from the session. These two girls are just beautiful! More of the session…here
Oh Friday, you are here! Although I've had a mixed week (a good one, but just different), I'll explain more about that next week. I am just glad it is the weekend. Our family session is tomorrow and I get to spend family time with Joel and Scarlett! I'm excited like always. We have nothing planned, and will just enjoy relaxation and being spontaneous!
I am thinking about bringing Friday's Love List back, would you join? I feel like I've got a hold of balance now and can keep up with it. Let me know what you think. Would love to have you join!
My blog bestie, Lindsay, wrote a post that re-capped our visit in Knoxville a few weekends back. This girl makes me so happy! Great conversationalist and listener. She's truly a gem, and I am so sad we don't live closer. Lindsay is one of those people I just 'clicked' with. No awkwards moments and we talked till the wee hours about everything under the sun. You need to get to know her if you haven't already :) Love you Lindsay!
I am loving the pillows by Goods by Grinn! I ordered some gold and white striped ones to change up our couches a little bit. Maybe that will motivate me to finish the gallery wall and get some pics snapped for a home tour post!
Loving all things Typography related! I created a board, too! I'm glad to have a little place to store my ideas and styles I like. I emailed my calligraphy teacher and she was impressed that I already started practicing! Am I a teachers pet…? haha
Loving everything country these days. And I mean from the music, to a country farm life, to rubber shoes, and cottage feeling decor. I could move out to a farm right now if we could. I'm ready to have my ducks, chicks, pigs, lambs, goats, and horsies. This is a big part of me, and it is my goal to teach my children responsibility in this area. As soon as we have the means to live with more pets, I want my children to help raise our animals and to care for them. I had 13 pets at one time in my life and I am so thankful for each one of them. I learned how to care for another living thing and to not be selfish. That is really important that my children learn those same values. That was a rant, but it has just been on my mind lately :)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Below are our 3-6 month favorites, hope you enjoy our picks!
1. Lamaze Plush Animal Toys: These were some of the first toys we bought. She absolutely loves them. Love just doesn't even cover it. The bright colors, squeaky moist, crinkly noise, and soft plush feel entertain all of her senses. These are our favorite to hook on car seats, strollers, and grocery cart covers. We have a family of animals, and I love that they all have names!
2. Bumbo Floor Seat and Play Tray Set : This thing was a lifesaver. I brought it everywhere around the house and sat her in it while I tried to get things done around the house. When she was too little we shoved blankets in the sides to keep her balanced.
3. Exersaucer : A Lifesaver. If your little one is too short, you can always put a pillow under their feet so you can use yours sooner. We broke ours out and never looked back. It was a great source of entrainment for Scarlett and I am able to do things around the house without having to have a hawk eye on her every second. I know she is safe and occupied in there, which is so nice.
4. Foam Play Mat : We outgrew our activity mat , and Scarlett no longer stayed put on it (thank you rolling), so we took out the foam play mat so she could move around more. I love how I can just wipe it clean, too.
5. Fisher-Price Glow Seahorse : One day I was laying on the couch with Scarlett and I put this seahorse next to her belly and she literally went to sleep after a few minutes of listening to it. It is very calming to babies and I love that it has a glow light on it for nighttime, too.
We found ours at consignment for $7 and gave him/her a good wash :)
6. Baby Einstein Toys: These toys have always been a favorite with Scarlett. I love the music, colors, and educational aspect of them. The sing along tunes has been the best $8 investment I've ever made. I don't go places without it. This is THAT distraction toy that can prevent a melt down.
7. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother : Another favorite for when Scarlett isn't ready to go to sleep, but needs some calming tunes/colors to get her there. I've traveled with this thing because it has worked wonders for her. I love how it automatically gets softer tones and light every 10 minutes so it helps baby go to sleep.
A few other favorites not pictured:
Grocery cart/High Chair Cover: This one turned into a play mat as well. Super great to leave in the car for any occasion. Scarlett loves to sit in the basket at the grocery, but I'd rather her not be around the nasty germs that surround those things. Call me a paranoid mom, but I just can't even put my own hands on those things without feeling like I caught a cold. Plus, this thing is easy to wipe down and I don't have to put it through the wash as often thanks to the material.
Portable High Chair : We love this thing. It's convenient for eating out because Scarlett isn't always happy in a high chair. Most times she wants to be right next to us. Literally touching elbows. So, we put this thing on and we can eat meals without worrying about her.
I hope you enjoyed our favorites! I've already started putting together our 6-9 month list, because it is crazy how much changes in a few months and how Scarlett loves/needs things at different stages.