Soothing A Teething Baby

In my most recent article I talked about teething very briefly. Let’s be honest watching your kids be hurt, sad, or upset really tugs on you as a parent. Teething can cause temperatures and irritability in your baby. Moriah now has most all of her teeth and has been done teething for a few months. It was tough with her though because unlike a lot of her one year old counterparts her teeth didn’t start coming until after her first birthday. She experienced several teeth coming in at the same time. Honestly, it seems like she woke up with all of her teeth one day! During the process I was all over the internet trying to find natural ways outside of medicine to help her. Sometimes her mouth would swell and she would run a temperature. The first few times it scared me and she seemed to be so miserable. She would cry and cry some nights and sometimes all night because she was in so much pain. This piece was inspired by Moriah’s teething blues! Below I have listed a few simple tricks to help relieve and soothe your teething baby. Enjoy!

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1- Baby Orajel – Extra Strength

Baby orajel helps because it is a numbing agent. I bought two kinds: one for daytime and one for nightime. Both were extra strength and if you get the twin pack at target it’s around $4 or $5. Moriah would cry and hold her cheeks until I would put orajel on her gums. It seemed to help her deal with the pain.

The active ingredient in both is called Benzocaine. It is a stronger dose in the night time at 10% whereas the daytime strength is 7.5%.

Note: According to drugs.com Benzocaine is a topical local anesthetic (numbing medication) that works by blocking nerve signals. It goes on to say that it can be used for several things including but not limited to reduce pain and discomfort caused by minor skin irritations and our topic today, teething!

22- Crushed Ice/Popsicles

The good thing is that ice melts. I used it to help numb Moriah’s mouth. I gave her crushed up pieces of ice that melted a few seconds after hitting her tongue. If you want to avoid using any type of medication ice helps
a lot. Be sure to crush the ice into tiny enough pieces that will melt on contact and not get stuck in your baby’s throat. This is definitely a choking hazard if you don’t pay close attention by doing those things first and then watching them while they eat it.

3- Frozen face towel

Another natural way to relieve your baby is to use a frozen face towel. You can use an average size face towel but I used one of my baby’s bath towels. That was a little more of a better fit for her because her mouth is small. I found this hack online but had used it before during breastfeeding. I’ll tell that story another day though!

Quick Guide:

Wet a small face towel, place it inside a ziplock bag, let it freeze, and when it’s ready take it out and let your baby suck on it. Natural and safe!

***Note: I wouldn’t do this with a color towel just because of the dye that they could suck out of it.

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4- Teething rings

You can pick up a teething ring virtually anywhere! Grocery stores, Dollar stores, and Superstores. So the point with the teething rings are that they have this gel or liquid in them. These go into the freezer until the liquid hardens or freezes. Try to look for the non-BPA products. BPA was discovered in the 60’s. MayoClinic.org says that BPA stands for bisphenol A. There are conflicted views of whether BPA is harmful or not. The article I found says that typically, BPA is found in plastics, food cans, and containers for food. Check out the Mayo Clinic BPA article for yourself and do a little research on the subject.

Bonus: Frozen Carrots 

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Avoid breaking the bank with your 1st baby

Recently, I was a source to a reporter writing a book about first time mom budgeting tips. Trying to avoid breaking the bank can be tricky when you don’t know entirely what to expect when you are expecting! (I have all of those books!!) Below is my submission that I sent in. Check it out and give me feedback and some of your suggestions to save bank on Twitter! (@BrittneyIwegbu)

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Hi my name is Brittney. I am a mother of 3 children and a lifestyle blogger who lives in Dallas, Texas. In my blog I speak a lot to first time mothers, parents with several children, parents of children under the ages of 5, and moms with experience in multiple births. Every Monday, I feature first time moms and also to moms with more tenure in the mom game. They tell us the advice that they would give to other first time moms. Added bonuses include weekly DIY projects and parent hacks.

Baby Budget Tip #1

One piece of advice that I would give a first time mom is that all the gadgets and cutsie baby clothes are not necessary. Reason being that newborns grow so fast, meaning that they will miss some clothes if you have too many. I would advise them not to get a lot of clothes for their baby until at least the 6-9 and 9-12 months sizes. (These are the sizes that they will be in for a while.) Until then just keep them in simple onesies or sleepers because typically doctors orders are that babies don’t go out around large crowds for at least 6-8 weeks. This is due to baby’s lack of immunity to diseases.
My daughter missed so many 0-3 and 3-6 month outfits because everyone bought so much of those sizes. Ultimately, I ended up having to give away a lot of things.

Baby Budget Tip #2

Cheap Places totravel on your-3Second, push through the pain of breastfeeding and just do it. It will save you so much money! I was able to breast feed my daughter until she was 11 months old. Part of the time she used formula because it started as a real struggle for me. The happy part is that I just kept trying and ended up being able to do it. I can only imagine how much more that I could have saved if I would have solely done breastfeeding. FYI: This tip can save you money just in the aspect of the cost of formula, which is $18-$25 per can.

BONUS!!

*Save Your Money For What You Need!

Things you actually need…

Here I would like to mention a few things that first time parents actually need. Just because fevers, diaper rash, and sickness are inevitable!
(Now, remember I am not a doctor or medical professional and therefore I cannot provide medical advice. This information is based on my own experiences and cannot be used to outline anyone else’s medical diagnosis.)

1-Thermometer

Note: If your baby runs a temperature, call a doctor! They will tell you what to do.
Babies can run temperatures and you want to make sure you have one! It doesn’t have to be fancy but working. Temperatures are typically due to teething or a vaccination recently given. It is important to be able to keep track of their temperature if it gets too high. This is to let the doctor know if you need to go to the hospital in an emergency.

2-A&D Ointment, Desitin, or Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

There are various different creams and diaper rash ointment on the market. Personally, we use A&D Ointment and Destin. I have never used the Butt Paste but have heard good things. Diaper rash happens all the time. It helps moisturize their bums and normally when I use either one it clears up within a day or so.

3-Children’s Motrin or Children’s Tylenol

As I mentioned before, baby’s get fevers from teething often (well at least my baby did.) Children’s Motrin and Tylenol are fever reducers. I was not a big fan of using medication on my baby and tried a lot of alternatives to soothe her. When I did use the fever reducer it wasn’t until I contacted my doctor. On that note, please contact your doctor for dosage information and recommendations.

 

Mom Feature of The Week – Jasmine A.

“She’s just such a happy baby!”

This weeks mom is Jasmine, a stay at home mom and wife to 9 month old, Skyler. Jasmine and her husband Grady have a photography business that often features their daughter in several of their marketing materials. She comes to us this week to encourage mothers to try again after an unsuccessful first pregnancy. While juggling the feat of motherhood she is also currently attending school to be a pediatric nurse. Jasmine offers us a great example of trial after great defeat! She talks to us about being about her philosophies of motherhood and views of success as a mom. Welcome Jasmine to the mom party! Enjoy.

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Q: What is unique about your mothering experience that you would like to share and how can it help others?

I had an abortion at the age of 16 years old. It filled me with regret and depression. My advice is to consider adoption because that is life in your hands. It will help you to avoid the negative impacts on your life. It is important to remember that if you have gone down this road already that you can try again. What helped me was to talk to others about it but at times it is still a little difficult to discuss. 

Q: What phase is she in currently and what is your method of tracking milestones?

I use an app called Baby Center, that tells me what she should be doing. There is also a program for first time mothers that I am apart of called Nurse Family Partnership. I also take pictures and videos. The app is typically right, I just watch to see how accurate it will be and if she will do those things. It’s been pretty spot on. 

Skyler has a few recent milestones: teething and getting her first tooth, standing up on her own, and saying “mama!” 

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Jasmine, her busband Grady, and their daughter Skyler (9 months old)

 

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Skyler, 9 months

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

I love being a mom because I get to love on her with kisses and hugs. She has a very playful spirit, it energizes me! 

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Q: What makes you feel like a success as a mom?

It makes me to feel successful as a mom just to be able to be there for her. There to teach her and play with her. I want to be there to give her advice on what to do. Just being there makes me a success.

Q: Do you have any last advice to other 1st time moms?

Always, always, always ask for help because its easy to say you don’t want the help so that you can do it yourself, but others can help you. Listening to people that have kids or more life experience can give you a broader perspective on how to make the best decisions for you. My advice, get all the help you can!

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Want More From Jasmine???

Check out her family’s business website or catch up with them on social media!

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When Toddlers Attack!! Funny Mom Stories

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My toddler, Moriah is always doing something hilarious. She keeps me laughing and on my toes. The thing is that when things are happening at the time, it may not seem too funny or maybe it is. Either way it ends up being something you look back on and smile. Recently, one of our funny moments inspired me to write about the experience. I also decided to put out a call for all of my mom friends to tell me funny stories and antidotes about being a mom or things that their kids did! There were some really funny ones. The one that took that cake was one about a toddler who ate his own poo! This got me thinking that there are always endless moments that kids will have as they continue to grow. Today, I will feature my very own funny mom story and how we got through it.

First, let me just say that I love lip color. I am experimenting with purples and browns at the moment and typically I keep my colors out of easily accessible reach of Moriah. She has gotten her hands on my lipsticks and glosses before and so to avoid lipstick being everywhere they are tucked up up and away! The stage that Moriah is currently in is a stage I call “tipping”. This is where she stands on her tip toes and pulls things that are high up down or out of their nested location. This could be from the counter, the table, or dresser drawers. So, everyday she is growing and getting taller, meaning things have to go back farther until she is no longer interested in experimenting with everyday items. Being a parent has made me very mindful of what is where and how far back it has to be for her NOT to reach it. It’s actually very cool, almost like a sixth sense or spidey senses.

Motherhood is a different world all its own.

One day she decided that she wanted to wear lipstick too with a permanent marker that she pulled off of my desk. As I mentioned, the marker was dark bluish purple and was very much so permanent. So, FYI my toddler is like a super ninja baby spy that’s like a puma or cheetah quick in grabbing stuff to experiment with it. This was one of those situations because I looked up, there she was (marker in hand) and her lips were blue. Literally! What do you say? OMG your lips are blue?!? Why did you do this?!? How will we get this off?!? All questions that were asked.

1st try – Warm washcloth, no soap. So, my mom suggests we use a warm washcloth. Why? Well we could have tried something harsher but for the possibility of her sensitive skin having a negative impact water was just the first thought. What was surprising was that the marker was non-toxic and rubbed off super easily and with no irritation to her skin. Okay, so what did we learn ladies and gentlemen?? Permanent markers are no exception for things that little kids will stay away from. Oh yeah and keep a readily available supply of water handy! Luckily she didn’t eat it so we’re good. She is out of that stage and I don’t have to police the floor anymore for random objects lying around! All I can say is that day by day, motherhood is always an adventure all its own.

Do you have a funny story about your kids?? Share it with me and keep the convo going! Multiplesandatoddler @BrittneyIwegbu on Twitter

How to Organize a Closet for Multiples and a Toddler

Incase you didn’t notice I have three children. I talk a lot about the village and well that consists of many key people in my life. My mom taught me this system to use that helps me keep things moving smoothly around the house. Today, I am going to teach you a few of those tools! Enjoy.

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1-6-Drawer Organizers

These can be found anywhere from your local Dollar Store or Wal-Mart. I ordered mine from Wal-Mart during my time on bed rest and got them set up before the twins arrived. Setup is literally removing the tape from the drawers and placing wheels on the bottom for them to be portable. Since my floors are vinyl (which makes clean up easier than having carpet with a lot of kids) I prefer not to use the wheels making for stationary organizers because I didn’t want them rolling around everywhere. You can get 3, 5, or 6 drawer organizers. The one with 6 drawers gives me space for little things that may not take up a lot of space.

Personally, I also have a stationary changing table with three drawers and an open area for storage. Here is where I keep extra blankets, wipes, and diapers. This was an investment and mainly for storage but is not necessary for everyone. We just needed tons of storage so this has worked well for us.

2-Labels

Labels seem so cliche and honestly they may be. For our family they are the staples that keep our household running. It gives us time to keep our attention on what really matters, the babies. We don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to find things to help us take care of them but rather to rely on the labels to just tell us where everything is straight away. Moriah and the twins have separate organizers and so when I go in to grab something for any of them I check the label. I use labels for the things that I use often or that I have a lot of. For instance, onesies, washcloths, burp cloths, bibs, socks etc.

3-Spring Rods

Spring rods are good for more than just hanging your shower curtain! These you can get from any Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, Big Lots. Anywhere. So, the closet in our girls’ room is long but width wise its a bit dense. Here is where the rods come in. I ordered two or three and put them up in the closet in the opposite direction of the actual racks in the closet. On these racks are larger clothes that hang and they are organized by sizes from smallest to largest. These are mostly my toddler, Moriah’s clothes but also some of the larger clothes that the twins can’t where yet.

Mom Feature of the Week – Jordan K.

“Motherhood is not for the faint of heart!”

Jordan, classically trained vocalist and Oklahoma native has been performing on the poetry circuit in Dallas for years. Often lending background vocals to professional artists in the DFW area, she also frequents the Balcony Club in Dallas. She recently moved back to Oklahoma to have her baby and stopped by during her visit back to Dallas. She comes to us as our first guest to ever Go Live, while doing her interview! This cool cat is the first time mommy to Jahki, a handsome 12 week old baby boy. Jordan shares her philosophies as a mom, tells us how to integrate a new baby into the life you currently live, and how not to lose yourself in motherhood. She is the perfect example of a mommy who began as a professional creative, who now immerses her baby her craft. She sings, writes, and teaches in the community and brought some cool baby gear along!

Coming Soon!

Check out Jordan’s interview clips on our You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRXzwt59k5s2mAaud2Mn4A

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Jordan, Jahki’s mom, singer, poet, and vocal instructor

Q: Favorite things about being a mom

One of my favorite things about being a mom is that to him I am absolutely perfect. I have no flaws and he doesn’t care if my rent was late this month or that we don’t have enough gas in the car. All he cares about is that his needs are met within me.

Q: How did your baby change your life?

I am a true believer that we choose our parents and when he chose me to be his mom, he knew that everything was going to be okay. I had him when I was 29, it totally changed my life for the better. I know what unconditional love is now!

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Jahki, 12 weeks old

Q: Give us some of your mothering philosophies?

One thing that I am on the look out for because I believe that baby’s are our pure portals to the angels, God, and all things sacred and holy. When his energy says mama I don’t think we should be here then I am definitely going to take heed to that because they are sensitive to those things. I allow his actions and feelings to guide my own.

Q: How did things change for you when you became a mom?

As far as people, places, and things. I can’t do things that I used to do. Im a doer and a goer. Going to open mics has been one of the major things that I couldn’t do. I remember he was probably about 7 weeks old and mom encouraged me to get out and do something. I put on a skirt, earrings, and bracelets and I was like yeeeees, Jordan is back! I actually feel like Jordan again! That is the most that it has changed for me. But we got Baby Banz headphones now and he can go with me.

Last week we were at the Balcony Club in Dallas. It’s an open mic with live music. They have a live band and I sang for the first time with my baby wearing (his Baby Banz). He was so chill on stage. 

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Q: What are Baby Banz?

Baby Banz are noise blockers. 

I am a singer, poet, and vocal instructor. We are getting back into the swing of things and these allow us to do that. We can go into poetry venues and mommy can spit and we can go into song venues and mommy can sing and still feel like mommy. When mommy can do her thing baby can eat.

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Baby Banz, Noise Blocking headphones for babies! Jordan uses these when she sings onstage in public venues with her baby in tow!!
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Jahki, looking cool in his baby sunglasses! Baby Banz!!

Q: Tell us about your baby’s personality

He is the chillest kid ever! The only time he cries is when he is hungry or wet. He’s an observer. I know that he is an old soul because he just watches and studies people.

Patience, I used to say is a virtue that I don’t fully possess yet but he’s taught me that. 

Q: How are you tracking your baby’s milestones?

There is a group called “Wonder Weeks” on Facebook. There is also an app for Wonder Weeks that tells you different leaps that your baby will make.

The app tells you about different leaps that your baby goes through. I also have a notebook for him that tells him about our discoveries. Like discovering his tongue or the day he found his hands. It tells you why baby might be expereincing certain things and explains in milestones they are making.

Jahki, is currently in the events leap, where we are he is learning different events like: bath time, bedtime

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Milestone photo: Jahki, featured in Sewn Legacy Baby Apparel! Check out that bow tie!!

 

Q: Do you have any general advice for moms?

One of the best pieces of advice was to incorporate the baby into my life not to make your life all about the baby because often times as mothers we lose ourselves in being with the baby. You know you’re at the house and its been 6 days since you had a shower or put makeup on and haven’t felt like yourself. Stay being yourself as much as possible. The same way you grow, evolve, and change daily so does your baby. Adapting to that and making it cohesive for your own life to make it gel is crucial.

Want more from Jordan and Jahki???

Check out her full interview this week on our You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRXzwt59k5s2mAaud2Mn4A

Jordan tells us about the origin of Jahki’s name, “Baby Light”, and how Jahki has become the live in model of baby apparel to Sewn Legacy, a family owned custom quilting company. The brand features custom onesies,  reversible burp clothes, portable changing pad pouches and more!!

Company Website – Sewnlegacy.com

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sewnlegacy/ 

Facebook Business Page – https://www.facebook.com/sewnlegacy/hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

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“Cultivating Life” at the Farmers Market! Part I

I use a lot of products daily in my life with multiples and a toddler. Occasionally I review those products and get paid for my review. Rest assured, all thoughts are my true and honest opinion.

Last week I visited the Dallas Farmers Market for the first time. My friend and I had worked up an appetite after we moved some of her last things into her new place. What is interesting about the Farmers Market is that each day is different from the last. This is just because Farmers bring their produce and products to the Market daily. All of these products are organic and fresh from the farm.

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Frequently called Market 2, The Market, or The Market Shops, we visited a majority of the restaurants at the Farmers Market to sample what they had to offer before everything closed. Believe me, we will be back to explore the rest soon!

One of the things that I am currently interested in is finding recipes and preparing tasteful, healthy meal choices for my family. This became something that I wanted to do shortly after having my first daughter because I was breastfeeding. I knew that everything I was eating would affect her and I wanted to make good choices. The need to do this has grown even stronger especially after having a brief brush with gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy. But hey, that’s another story for another day. The point is that seeking out healthy activities and recipes helps them to stay healthy and me to stay healthy enough to keep up!

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Dallas Farmers Market – Having some fun!

Short rant: There are so many foods that we consume every day that are processed because either we have convenient access to them and/or they cost less. Personally, my thing is to incorporate healthy choices to teach good eating habits for my own kids. This is for their health, the longevity of their life, and to feel good while they are living it.

In my opinion, continuing to eat unhealthy 24/7 and 365 days a year, makes you an easy target for developing health conditions. Again, I am not a doctor so I cannot provide medical observations or advice. I can only speak from my own experiences and encounters. I understand that everyone has different circumstances so please do what works best for you and your family.

So, don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that eating some of these things is bad. It just becomes bad when that is all we eat and there is little to no nutritional value. I know we all know what the bad foods are but how Farmers Market is making a change in the community is by their motto of “Cultivating Life!” Giving us choices that could prolong our existence. Everything that I tried was both delicious and fresh. The Dallas Farmers Market is open 7 days a week! Check out Pt. I of my Farmers Market trip!

Food & Treats

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Cool Haus

Ice cream. My choice: Salted Caramel Yummmmmmm! This was organic and hand mixed. The clerk also told us that the flavors are switched weekly. So, they seem to have  a good variety of flavors but I tried the salted caramel ice cream. Sweet with a hint of salt and was an awesome marriage between salty and sweet. The combination was very creamy and softer than the typical ice creams at traditional creameries. This seemed to make it savory for just a little longer. Great flavor!

 

Chelle’s 

Traditional French cookie sandwiches. Macorons at Chelles were light, fluffy, with a hint of sweetness not to overbearing. Made with coconut flour opposed to enriched white flour, making them gluten free!! Monday is “Mac Monday” to buy 3 and get 1 free. So we sampled: Cappuccino, this was pretty good and enough to make me buy the other flavors. Note: I am not a huge coffee fan. On occasion a frappacino girl but definitely not a regular coffee drinker. We Bought – Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, Lemon, Vanilla, and Fruity Pebbles. Lemon and Red Velvet are classic favorites for me but I was pleasantly surprised with Fruity Pebbles! If you need a quick sweet fix this is it, without the heavy sugar presence.

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Doc Popcorn

Popcorn. Doc’s popcorn is popped and flavors are mixed right in front of you by hand at the Farmers Market. I sampled: “Denver mix” White Cheddar and Caramel together! It melted instantly. Definitely a strong competitor to the last great popcorn I tried from Chicago’s best popcorn company, Garrett’s.

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Bella Trino’s Neapolitan Pizzeria at the Market

Pizzeria. One of my favorite things to eat is pizza. The cheese and the ingredients were so fresh that they were sliding off the pizza! It came hot and straight out of the oven. My choice: The Inferno (personal pizza). Similar to your traditional meat lovers pizza, with a variation of meats The Inferno was very juicy and the meat was very flavorful. This is not the kind of pizza you reheat and if you did it would have to be done in the stove. Otherwise you are doing yourself a disservice.

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Nammi

Vietnamese Fusion Food Truck. My friend, Shianne ate here. Here is what she thought. Her choice: Lemongrass chicken Rice bowl – Steamed white rice underneath chicken marinated in lemongrass and various other vietnamese seasonings. Red cabbage pickled carrots, daikon, and fresh cucumbers.

Q: How did it taste Shi??

It was a combo of sweet and savory and Umami flavor. The chicken was very tender and cooked to perfection. My pickled carrots were surprisingly one of the flavor highlights because it was sweet with a kick and a crunch.

Apparel and Shops

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Bullzerk

Dallas stand up! If you were never proud to be a Texan or a Dallas Native this little store will get you there! It features baby apparel, hats, unisex t-shirts and more! Our clerk @iamhonorj mentioned that their t-shirts don’t shrink. Why Brittney? Well, she explained that this is because the shirts are pre-shrunk. So, wash them as much as you want!

This is a great place to stop for a gift or souvenir  on your way in/out of town or just because you love your city! The shop offers a service to print labels on whatever scented candle you want to buy, including business printed labels! Great service and overall cool shop to visit. Hopefully, they get more baby stuff in soon but the fact that they already have kids apparel is pretty cool! Great service and overall experience!

 

 

 

Milestones: Tracking Your Baby’s Firsts

One of the things that I can say that I pride myself on is documenting my childrens’ milestones. It started with my oldest baby, Moriah. At my baby shower someone gave me a large pink wicker basket to keep all of her first things inside of. She also gave me a journal and told me to write down all of her first encounters in life. I think that this was the best piece of advice that I could have received, just because it made me really pay attention when she had new things happening. What’s funny is that there are things happening every second and if I don’t write them down they seem to slip my mind. Then again that’s why you have so many moments to cherish.

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Easter Photoshoot – Moriah, April 2016

Write It Down

My suggestion for keeping track of milestones is to write things down. One reason is because I like to write (insert smile here) in real life. The other reason is because I wanted to make sure that Moriah would know me even if something were to happen to me. Definitely, a great decision! 

How to Journal for your babies

I was so obsessed about how I would write to her and if she would like what I said. Eventually, every time I thought of an idea I would try it and things just began to flow. Plus, the more that I wrote the more confident I became in my ability to be myself with my child. It showed me that this would be enough for her. So, how do you journal to your kids you ask? What do I say? Is there anything that I could say that my kids would be embarrassed about??

Let me just say that as parents, it’s in our DNA to embarrass our kids just on the love we show them in public alone, no matter how big they get. All in all they will get over it! Love them like parents should unapologetically because moments last exactly that long. 

General Milestones

One thing to remember is that all children are different. Keeping track of general milestones like first smile or the first time they crawl, walk, or babble out the words “mama” (hopefully, if dada hasn’t already won that battle!) is the main focus.  Basically, you want to write down things that have never happened to your child in his or her lifetime.

Extra entries: Dr. Appointments and Holidays

Appointments are extra entries to journal (Include the doctors notes of how much that they have grown or doctor suggestions in milestone progress.) This helped me see how much growth made since the last visit and it creates more memories. 

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Photoshoots

Photoshoots sometimes depend on weather conditions, kids temperament/attitude, your time spent, and your patience level. NOTE: Be sure to feed and change your baby before subjecting them to taking pictures for what could possibly be an hour or more.

One thing that I decided to do before Moriah was born was to buy a camera to capture her moments. Another great decision. Now I know that today’s technology on phones can offer the same quality and options but this was a decision I made. This is because personally photography is something that I have always been intrigued by. Again, you do not have to buy a camera to capture your baby’s milestones, do what works best for you and your family.

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My first mommy DIY photoshoot was for Easter. Moriah had just gotten a new romper from her aunt “TT” and we had recently come back from Chicago where she had gotten a ton of clothes, an easter basket, and some really cute bunny ears! That did it for me, it was time for pictures!! At the time we had a huge tree in the front yard that was there since I was a kid and a wooden deck in the back yard. It was a pretty day outside so we took one of her blankets, her basket, and her bunny ears outside. Be conscious of the background but for the most part you just have to capture kids in their element because they are unpredictable. Cuteness will happen just keep shooting. We took a couple in the front near the trees and then some in back on the deck before she was tired and over it.

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Final Notes

1-Trees are great props! 

Really anything is a good background as long as it does not have a lot of noise with it that will take away from your subject: (your muffin). 

2-Stay out of the shadows

Be aware of how the lighting is complimenting your baby. Moriah was facing the sun so that the shadows didn’t take away from her beautiful creamy hazelnut complexion. 

3-Use your child’s actual toys or belongings

Like I said, we used her blanket, the bunny ears, her easter basket with a few plastic eggs, and the clothes she got from her aunt. It makes the picture more of a real association with the milestone memories. 

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Mom Feature of The Week – Jeanette M.

“I love my country life!”

Our mother of the week is Jeanette, a young housewife, mom to four kiddos, and business owner. She talks to us about a few of her favorite things in motherhood, transitioning from working to being a stay at home mom, and her mothering philosophies. Her children are (12) year old Nicholas, (9) year old Neveah, (3) year old Nia’mya, and (11) month old Avion. She is a great example of mothering children of separate age groups, integrating new little ones, and balancing a household all at the same time! Check out what she has to say! Enjoy. end ofseasonsale!-6

Q: How did you transition from being a working mom to a stay at home mom?

It was a challenge at first because I was still working. After my husband became the sole provider it was a little weird and adjusting was tough at first but eventually it grew on me. I actually began to love it because I was learning things about my younger kids that I didn’t get the chance to with my older kids because I was working. 

Q: How do you make it all work?

I get the older kids help me by helping the younger kids. For instance our oldest son Nick helps out a lot with all of the younger kids. He helps me by playing with his sisters and brother and sometimes even helps me put them to sleep. 

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Jeanette and her husband Jerome with two of their children Avion and Nia’mya.

Q: What were your expectations for your other kids acceptance of the new bab(ies)?

Nia’mya (3) year old 

When Nia’mya was born, I knew that my older children would take a new baby well because they had been asking for a sister. In fact they asked for her for Christmas. I think since they were older and could understand it helped when I explained that they were actually getting a sister, it just wasn’t for Christmas.

Avion (11 month old) 

When my youngest was born, I wasn’t sure about Niamya because she was younger and I didnt know how to explain that there would be another baby on the way. The way that I helped her was to help her form a bond with him through her bonding with my belly. This way she could talk to him and feel him move. She was not able to fully grasp the understanding of a new baby though. The older kids just hoped for a boy because we already had a baby girl. 

Q: What makes you feel like a success as a mom?

I feel like a success when my older kids are bringing home A’s and B’s. I also feel like a success when my younger children reach milestones and show developmentally that they are learning new things for the first time with their letters, colors, or motor skills. When I see them growing smarter and showing their intelligence I am proud as a mom. 

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Q: What are some of your mothering philosophies?

My husband and I are teaching our kids about manners and to respect others. Take it with you is what we tell them. We want them to be a reflection of their learning when they encounter people in public. So its important to us because if people see kids have home training then it shows that we as parents are doing something right at home. we teach them to treat respect others the same way that they would respect us. To be leaders and not followers but to be themselves.

Q: What advice would you give a first time mom?

Be brave! Every pregnancy is different. You have to learn on your own by reading and watching your own baby. Keep track of what your baby is doing in comparison to what books ands your doctor tell you based on their continuos development. Read more than just what you are told. 

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My Inspirational IKEA Trip

I use a lot of products daily in my life with multiples and a toddler. Occasionally I review those products and get paid for my review. Rest assured, all thoughts are my true and honest opinion.

A few weeks ago, I went to IKEA to accompany one of my friends in buying a bed for her son. We arrived at 9 in the morning with both her kids and husband in tow. I tagged along because recently, I purchased my mama van (mini-van) and she was not sure that their car would be able to accomplish the task of picking up a bed for their son and avoid a pricey delivery charge. What’s funny is that I had no idea that this paradise home center was well mapped out like an amusement park of a sort. It was for the grown ups to come and find inspiration for their everyday lives at home. Each piece seemed like it had found a home in IKEA and set up shop to be chosen by or inspire its perfect buyer.

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This was quite the experience personally, just because I had never been inside. It also seemed that the designs of each piece were well mastered for people who were going through everyday life needed good aesthetics to add to the home. My friends decided to pick up the bed because the delivery fee was a little on the steep side, especially for it to be being shipped within the same city, but hey I get it. People were coming from near and far to come shop here. So I started out by looking at the “Kids” section. This is really what I think sealed the deal for me but there was so much stuff here. I found educational toys, home decor, storage solutions, kitchen aids, cookware/utensils, furniture, and home essentials. Everything also seemed to be very reasonably priced, which for a parent is never a bad idea. Check out some of the things I found and things I bought on my IKEA safari trip! Some of the links are included. Enjoy!

Purchases

 

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Abacus

Kids counting toy. It has 10 of the same color bulbs on each metal line, totaling 100. Things don’t always have to be expensive or technology enriched for a kid to learn problem solving and motor skills. So, I bought one of these for my daughter because we think it is important for her to always be learning, even when she is playing. This is something we are using to aid her in learning how to count. What better way to do it while she gets to play. She likes it so far, hopefully it will be a favorite for a little while.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10311290/

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Ice pop maker

Summertime is right around the corner! This popsicle mold is perfect for making your own natural sweet treats for your kids. My babies are all around the teething stages and this is something that makes it fun and it can also be healthy, depending on what you put in it. I have done this before with low fat yogurt. So whether you have teething babies or want to offer an alternative to overly sugary snacking, this is a cool utensil.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80208478/

Finds

Children’s Potty

I liked the sleek design, color, and versatility of this children’s potty. It can be separated into two parts and purchased that way if you already have one or the other part at home. The price seemed very reasonable considering that the average potty chair can run $15-$25.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60193128/

Play Kitchen

This is a cute little replica of mommy’s kitchen. Your toddler could work in their kitchen while you work in yours! The kitchen costs about $100. While there are all types of play kitchens available everywhere this seems to be the median range in price. When checking around I noticed that the more real that the kitchen looks it also seems to cost more. There were also a variety in the number of pieces. The kitchens with less food items and kitchenware were as low as $30-$55. Other kitchens went for as much as $165 and had more kitchenware and food items.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60319972/

Hanging Organizer/Storage Containers

Organization in a kids world seems like a moot point to try and make but it’s worth it. This is especially important when you have more kids because it keeps toys from being everywhere. Moriah loves to help and is in the stage of “helping.” When she sees something on the floor or  us cleaning up she will bring it to you, throw it away, or put it where it belongs. Now, keep in mind she is still a baby and so some things end up in mommies purse or a hamper somewhere but hey, she likes to help.

These containers and organizers were all attractive and very colorful, this is great for kids and again the prices didn’t make me cringe. The hanging organizer pictured above had 18-20 pouches and large digital numbers on the front of each pouch. Awesome solution for toys, artwork, game pieces, and books. Priced at $7.99 this is a great organization solution for kids and in helping parents keep things off of the floor. Check out IKEA’s children’s toy storage for more organization combos and solutions.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/childrens_ikea/

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Furniture

The chalkboard or easel at IKEA is something that I saw and considered for Moriah since she loves drawing and coloring. It has a matching stool for an additional $18. 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50021076/

The bed that my friends ended up getting for their son was about $160 for the whole set. Overall, it seems that IKEA inspires some cool, conventional home solutions for the whole family. I will be back!

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/childrens_ikea/