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Tipsy Tuesday :)

Hey all! Happy Tuesday! I thought I would use Tuesdays as a great day to give some tips on anything and everything and vice versa if anyone has any tips for me, I’d love to hear them! And since I have a little baby, I will most likely be posting tips on baby 🙂 So….here we go!

Bathtime and Bedtime – When should you give your little one a bath and how does that fit in with bedtime? Well our amazing pediatrician gave us a great tip that has worked like a charm for us regarding the two. We never did this with Ben and she (our Dr) suggested it with Harper and I have to say what a difference!! So here’s the tip:

LATE NIGHT BATH 🙂 Our Dr recommended do your normal feeding throughout the day and then around 4-5 start cluster feeding, meaning every 2 hours or so. We usually do a 4:30 feed, 6:30 feed, and 8:30 feed. At the 8:30 feed we usually swaddle her after and she will fall asleep in the swing until around 9:30/9:45. From there, at around 9:30/9:45 we will give her a late bath and give her one last top off before bed. I have to say this little routine works amazingly for us. With Ben, we always dreaded bath time because he’d always be screaming his head off. With Harper, since doing this routine, she has literally not cried once during her baths. We usually just unswaddle her, change her diaper and give her a quick bath right at the kitchen sink. She is usually just so calm and smiles throughout the entire bath. From there, we put on lotion (we did no lotion the first month as recommended by our pediatrician), put on her diaper and bring her upstairs where I feed her with just the diaper on. The we put the velcro swaddle on her and she sleeps like a champ. For the last month or so, she has slept an average of 7 to 7 1/2 hours a night. Some longer some shorter. But I really think the late night bath has helped immensely. The velcro swaddle has helped a lot too. Along with the Dohm white noise machine.

I do know that this little routine won’t last forever and soon we will need to switch to an earlier bath time and bedtime. But for now this is what we do and what works. Once we switch (which will be very soon – I think around 4 months), we will mix it up and see what works best for us and I’l share with you all! Hope this helps any struggling mamas out there whether your baby is crying during bath or having trouble sleeping at night. And if anyone has any tips that work for them for earlier bath and bed time, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

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Breastfeeding, Supplementing and Baby Weight Gain

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a good week 🙂 I haven’t gotten around to writing about yet, but I thought I’d talk a little about breastfeeding…or lack thereof. I know a lot of mamas deal with this. Having trouble getting enough for your little one.

Currently, my daughter (who will be 3 months tomorrow) is in the 25% of weight. Month one she was in the 50% and then month 2 went down to 25% which is a significant drop. We are doing a 3 month follow up with our pediatrician next week to see if she’s made any progress.

With my son (who is now 3 1/2 years old and eats like there’s no tomorrow) he was also in the 25% of weight as well and I think still is. My husband is on the thinner side and I’m pretty petite so I feel it makes sense that they would be on the lower end of the spectrum. But, as mamas, we feel this pressure from people and our drs that we’re not doing a good enough job. And it’s so frustrating and emotionally hard when you feel that you can’t produce enough for your child. I know I’m making enough because I can pump a good 5 oz no problem. So, for me, I feel like I am producing enough but she just doesn’t want that much. And I think it’s just because it’s our genes. I’ve actually tried feeding her more (every two hours instead of every 2 1/2 to 3) and she doesn’t want it. I’ve even tried supplementing right after giving her a 2oz bottle because maybe she isn’t getting enough but she doesn’t want it. Ever since I had my gallstones I do give her one bottle of formula per day since I was not really able to eat sufficiently while having my attacks. So we do 8 feeds per day (she sleeps though the night now) with 1 being a formula feed. Hopefully when we got to the pediatrician on Monday she will have gained a bit more weight. But honestly, as emotionally hard as it can be, I’m telling myself not to worry. A fed baby is best. And if our pediatrician says I need to stop and switch to formula then I guess I need to come to terms with that and know that all will be ok. I was formula fed and I think I turned out all right! I just want my little girl to be happy and healthy. And for me to not get so beat up if I’m the one with the milk problem! 🙂 Anyway, I’ll jeep you all posted on how it goes. Happy Tuesday everybody!

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Post Baby Craziness

Hey everybody! Yup, I haven’t written in a very long time, but for very good reason. There has been way too many unfortunate things that have happened to me since baby Harper arrived. But, alas, we are getting back into the swing of things and I’m finally starting to know what normal is like again.

First, I had my c-section which everyone knows takes a while to recover from. My c-section recovery has been very smooth sailing. No problems whatsoever (knock on wood!). Second, at about two weeks post baby, I had just gotten to sleep one night and around 11pm I all of the sudden started to get these awful pains in my chest. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. The pain lasted for about 45 minutes and then all of the sudden disappeared. A few days later it reappeared same time but for a few hours. I had no idea what was going on. The next day I called my OBGYN thinking it may be due to the c-section and he told me to make an appointment with my GP dr and he thought maybe I had an ulcer. The day after that I went to the GP and they ran a bunch of tests on me. Did an EKG (which with my luck turned out abnormal – eventually got an echocardiogram and everything was fine), drew blood, and got an x-ray. Everything else came back perfectly fine and they just thought my digestive system was slow at trying to get back on track post c-section. More on this story in a minute…

A few days after that (baby Harper had just turned three weeks old), I noticed she was starting to feel a little warm. I took her temperature and it read 100.5. Now I had read that any temp over 100.4 call your pediatrician right away. I did and they saw us at 5pm that evening. The dr took her temp and it read 100.8. Of course I’m starting to freak out because it’s going up. She said I’m sorry but I have to send you over to Valley Children’s ED. Luckily, my mom had just come in town that afternoon. So we dropped her and Ben off at the house and packed a couple of items not knowing how long we’d have to wait. Once we got there the line was practically out the door. It was so busy that they were only allowing the patient and one other person to be in the waiting room. So Jay had to go wait in the cafeteria. I had to wait in line for 45 minutes just to be checked in and once we did that there was only one seat left in the entire waiting area. I again am freaking out because I’m by myself with her, she was still warm, and I had no idea how long we were going to be waiting for. I only waited roughly 5 minutes before they called us up. Apparently they don’t mess around with newborns. Her temp was still 100.8 so we were rushed immediately to a room and three drs came in with us along with about 4-5 nurses. She was instantly swarmed with people poking and prodding her and she was crying nonstop. One nurse was yelling that her heart rate was way too high. The head ER dr even came in. It was all very overwhelming and Jay hadn’t even gotten to the room yet! All in all, she had to get a catheter for urine analysis, an IV put in, blood drawn, and lastly a spinal lumbar puncture which tests spinal fluid for meningitis. At that point we were told that we were going to be admitted and had to stay for at least 48 hours. The reason being she had labs done (which turned out fine btw) and they had to grow cultures on all the labs because the initial results are not 100% accurate. It was a very long two days and one of the worst of my life, but it turned out she just had a viral infection. Thank God!!!! Valley Children’s was just amazing though and made our time there the best that it could be. Here’s some pictures of her at the hospital…my poor little girl 😦

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Once we were cleared to leave, we now had to address my lovely heart attack pains. I actually got an attack while we were at the hospital with her which sucked. The attacks started progressing to every other day and the pain was right in the middle of the chest. Fast forward to a week later, I got the pains so bad one morning and they lasted for at least 8 hours and I started to throw up from them. At that point I decided to go to the ER. Turns out I had gallstones and was having gallstone attacks. My liver levels were so high that they almost decided to do surgery that day but eventually decided I should schedule in an outpatient clinic. Apparently getting gallstones and attacks after you are pregnant is very common. A week later I had a consult with my surgeon and three days later I had my surgery. Turns out I had more than 30 stones in there!!! They even think I could’ve had this for a long time (think as far back as my first pregnancy) and that I just never had any symptoms until Harper was born. It’s been two weeks now since I’ve had my surgery and things are finally starting to look up and life feels normal again. The first week I was on a very low fat diet. Since then I’ve been slowly introducing foods again. Jay and I actually had our first date night since Harper was born last weekend 🙂 And of course, my luck, my surgeon was at the same restaurant as us and spotted me!!! haha oh well! Here’s some pics from our date night…

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From now on, I will do my best to post more often on here! For now, here’s a picture of my smiling girl and another of my two kiddos together 🙂

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Welcome Harper!

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I’m finally posting! Only took me two and a half weeks after her birth to finally post 🙂

Introducing Harper Kinney. She was born on Tuesday, 3/14/17, at 8:10am. She weighed 7lb 13oz and was 19 inches long. We are soooo in love with her! She has been such a good baby the last 2 1/2 weeks. We are tired but not so so tired. Ben is just loving having her home and being big brother to her.

We had a scheduled c-section so really not much of a birth story to tell. haha. I had to check into the hospital at 5am. Then filled out some paperwork. From there, Jay and I were sent to triage where I changed into my lovely hospital gown, got blood drawn, and IV put in. From there we had to just wait for the anesthesiologist and my OB to get there. Around 7:30 they finally wheeled me into the OR. Jay couldn’t go in just yet which was standard. From there I was prepped and they put in the spinal block. Then finally Jay came in and they started a couple minutes later. They probably started around 7:55 and she was out by 8:10. I guess she was in a weird position in my belly so they had to use the “mighty” vacuum to get her out. I was a little worried but she came out crying and looking great! Around 8:45 they wheeled me into the recovery room and we stayed in there for about two hours while they took my vitals and I nursed her. Finally we were sent up to the postpartum room where we spent the next two days. For some reason, my muscles had a harder time with healing than when I had a c-section with my son. So, my first walk and all the walks while I was there were a lot more painful. But other than that, she’s been great! She’s an eating champ and we have had no problems with nursing. Thank God! We finally left Thursday afternoon and everything has been great and gone by so fast since then. When we got home, Ben was so excited to meet his sister. I guess when she was first born, he was at school and told one of his teachers, “My baby sister came out of mommy’s tummy and she’s not a dinasour!!” Haha. Here is the first picture of the two of them: IMG_3287

And the next day was St. Patrick’s Day (her actual due date). So of course I had to take a photo of them dressed up!   IMG_3293

And lastly here’s a photo of the two of them again a few days ago. Ben is beyond happy to be a big brother and finally have another sibling 🙂

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And that’s that! Can’t wait to start trying for baby no.3!!! hahahahaha jk!….at least not anytime soon 😉

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Baby girl’s nursery

Morning everyone! And happy weekend! Today is such a beautiful today today. The sun is out and it’s going to be an amazing 74 degrees here today! Yay for spring coming 🙂 This is our last weekend before baby girl arrives so I’m trying to soak up every little moment with my family of three before we become a family four.

We actually had a little scare yesterday afternoon and almost had the baby last night! I was sent to the hospital and the doctor basically said he thought I should be ok until Tuesday (my scheduled c-section date)  but he was more than happy to deliver the baby last night if I felt like it. And as much as I can’t wait to meet baby girl, I just want/need a teeny bit more time. I want to be with my son and husband and soak in our last weekend together. Especially since it’s such a beautiful weekend! Plus, I want to plant our garden this weekend too! 🙂

Before baby girl arrives (and the room becomes a complete disaster) I thought I’d show you some pictures of her room. I have to admit, I am NOT a fan of pink. (You’re going to laugh when you see the pics because the room has a lot of pink. haha) I actually told a lot of family and friends “Don’t get me pink!” But after really looking at all the gender neutral and girly colors out there, I realized there are a TON of different shades of pink and the pink that I was thinking of in my head was more of a hot pink. No hot pink and leopard for this lady! Just isn’t my thing. I did, however, settle for more of a dainty type of pink. I really wanted to go with a peach and grey, but for some reason, there is hardly any peach baby stuff out there! But, they do have some super soft pinks that came as close to a peach as I could get. I paired it with grey and white and little pops of green (kind of like a sage green).  Here’s the pics and I’ll post links to where I got everything underneath 🙂

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Crib – Potterybarn kids. They no longer have this model as it was passed down from my sister-in-law.  Something similar is this
Crib sheet and crib skirt
Initials on wall
Wall flowers – these flowers I found at Hobby Lobby. They are actually meant for scrapbooking. They do have a little stick to them already. However, I didn’t want to ruin the walls. I found that they have command strips for posters. So I bought those and cut them into small enough pieces and stuck them to flowers and then to the wall. Worked really well!
Baskets under crib
Basket in corner – using this as her hamper
White shelving
Flower on shelf
Bird on shelf
Green frame – Home Goods
Paint – Benjamin Moore – Sea Salt

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Bookrack
Mirror – Home Goods
Rocker/Glider
Pillow
Flower prints
Frames and ribbon – Michaels
Knobs for frames – Hobby Lobby

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Dresser/changing table
Changing pad cover
Lamp – Home Goods
Curtains
Flower tie back on curtains- Hobby Lobby – These I just bought as flowers with the stems. Then cut off the stems and hot glued them to ribbon. I promise I’m not that crafty and this was easy!

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And that’s her room! It took a lot of time to put together, but I’m happy with it 🙂

I have a feeling this is going to be my last post before baby girl arrives on Tuesday. So, next time I’m on here, I’ll be introducing the newest member of our family. Can’t wait to show her to you all! Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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Freezer Meals

Happy Monday everybody!! Well I am officially one week away from meeting my baby girl! Woohoo! We have seriously done so much to prepare for this little ones arrival. Her room is all ready, bottles are washed and sanitized, clothes are all cleaned, diapers in drawers, swing is out, nursing outfits ready, car seat ready, stroller set up and finally freezer meals are made!

I can’t tell you how much having freezer meals was such a big help when we had Ben. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law made some amazing meals and it was just the biggest life saver! And since it was probably the biggest life saver with having a newborn, I knew that this was a must for new baby girl. Since I didn’t make them last time, I turned to trusty old Pinterest to help me out. There are endless amounts of recipes and ideas to choose from. So if you are making the meals, Pinterest is the way to go. Here is the list of meals that we decided on:

I actually took a few photos from making the lasagna roll ups… 🙂

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I forgot to add a pic of making the meat sauce (forgive me, I’m pregnant and still new to this blog stuff!). But, Ree Drummond has it all taken care of!

All of these freezer meals are awesome because they make about three to four meals worth  with each recipe. Most of them only take about 45 minutes to bake and you’re done! Jay and I usually just buy a big tub of salad greens and have a salad on the side to go with the meal. We have to throw in the healthy somehow! Anyway, Jay and I only spent about 2 hours over the course of three weekends preparing these. It didn’t take too much time. But the time it did, we know it’ll be worth it!

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Ben’s Big Boy Room

Ben just turned 3 last November and so we decided it was finally time to move him into a big boy room. We had a crib from Potterybarn that is amazing because it’s convertible. So we obviously had him in the crib. Then moved to toddler rail (which you have to buy separately). And then finally you can turn it into a headboard and footboard for a big boy bed. We decided not to do a footboard since his room is on the smaller side. But it still looks great!

His big boy room is airplane themed because pilot’s are in my family…my dad is a pilot and my brother is a pilot. So here ya go! I’ll put links to the items at the bottom if anything pops out at ya 🙂

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Headboard (4-1 convertible crib) Potterybarn Larkin Crib
Dresser – looks like they don’t carry it anymore but here’s something similar PB dresser
Bookshelf – they don’t have the color (sun valley espresso) but they do have other colors PB bookshelf
Sheets and throw pillow – PB airplane sheets and throw pillow looks like they just ran out (from Potterybarn Kids)
BBB duvet and shams
FLY letters
lamp is from Target. Navy is gone but have other colors touch on/off lamp – btw, the touch on/off lamp is amazing! Ben thinks it’s the coolest thing 🙂

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World map

Red and white airplane above closet

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Airplane decals

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And there you have it! Ben sure loves his big boy room and his big boy bed. Hope you all have a great weekend!