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August 1, 2014

{Friday Favorites}

I have never really done a Friday Favorites post on my blog so here goes! Here are some of the things I have been loving lately:

1. Blog showcase: The Londoner
If you know me, you know I am obsessed with all things London/UK. I have never traveled there but it is #1 on my list of places to visit. Until then, I have this blog to follow. Rose Thomas is a lifestyle blogger based in London. She spends time immersing herself in the culture of the world but mainly London. She has impeccable taste in clothing, travel and FOOD! I especially love her anti-diet outlook. Everything in moderation. :) She captures the city of London so well with her neighborhood features where she tries new restaurants and showcases different areas. It is basically an online life journal of her travels, what she eats, what she wears, what she cooks and where she shops. Hop on over if you are looking for some cultural inspiration. Sometimes I just go look at all the food images she posts. The cheeseburgers, Oh the cheeseburgers! #drool

image via The Londoner
Bleecker St. Burger Truck located in Southbank
image via The Londoner
Blog feature of Portobello Road in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London

 2. Millie's Baptism Invitations
Look how cute these are! This was an iPhone pic from her professional newborn pics. My mom zoomed in on the image and added it to the invite she designed on Tiny Prints . We didn't do any sort of birth announcements because she made such a dramatic entrance into this world and duh, everyone knew she was here. It was nice to be able to put these together for her special baptism day. I am especially excited because her daddy gets to perform the sacrament. I edited out address information so the internet world doesn't show up on our doorstep for the brunch. :)

3. Two words: Glam Glow
Holy cow, this face mask is awesome and really lives up to the hype. I tried it for the first time last night and wasn't amazed right after I washed it off. However, I woke up this morning and my face was so smooth, like a baby's butt. This is a good thing. :)

4. The fact that West Elm is coming to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
We purchased some of Millie's nursery furniture and rug here on sale. I love their Mid-Centrury Style line. Which reminds me, I have yet to feature Millie's nursery on this blog. I am getting to that, but am just waiting on one last thing that will complete her room. 

and finally,
5. The awesome response from my last blog post.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words regarding Millie and her colic. I am happy to report that she has improved leaps and bounds in the past week. She has been seeing  Dr. Jake 'the chiropractor'  who is AWESOME with her and we have really seen a difference just in the 2 weeks we have been going. As I mentioned before, I gave up dairy completely and her tummy and digestive issues are getting better by the day. She is only waking 1 time a night and I haven't been having any problems getting her back to sleep during that feeding. Sometimes, on a rare occasion, she is even sleeping 7-7.5 hours straight. Her eyes are so big, beautiful and blue.

As always, thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and enjoys this beautiful weather!


July 29, 2014

{Top 10 Confessions for a Tuesday Morning}

1. I confess that my life has completely turned upside down since Millie came home. You think that just because I write about happy things in this blog and post cute little staged photos that it's all cupcakes and ice cream. Well, it's not. I have two weeks worth of laundry that I haven't even touched. I've resorted to wearing the hospital mesh underwear they gave me in a plastic package. 
TMI? Sorry...I'm being real here. 
Our master bathroom hadn't been cleaned for 3 weeks until my mom graciously cleaned it for me yesterday. FYI- my husband is a hairy beast and there was a furry animal starting to form on the tile floor. 
TMI? Sorry. 
We opened a jar of cheese sauce for taco night last night and there was a lot of green mold. Like, a lot. Gag me.
TMI? Sorry.
I haven't plucked my eyebrows since before my C-Section. That's almost 4 months. Just call me caterpillar face from now on.
We moved in our house 4 months ago...and we still have no furniture in our front living room, nor do we have plans to get any. 
Medical bills > Furniture

2. I confess that when I do get to take a shower, sometimes I cry through the whole thing...not because I am sad, but because I am completely overwhelmed. Millie has terrible colic and screams 80% of the day. The only time she isn't screaming is if she is eating or laying in your arms with a Wubbanub in her mouth. 

Our view 80% of the time. Love you, Mills.

I am somewhat regretting typing in a past blog that I look forward to getting up with Millie in the middle of the night. I looked forward to it for like the first two weeks...then when she got to the point where she wasn't sleeping at all, I started to question what the heck I was thinking typing that. I love her so stinkin' much...but I'm exhausted. 

3. I confess that when we do finally get her to sleep and put her in the Mamaroo (because she can't lay flat from acid reflux), we are too scared to strap her in for fear of waking her. So, 30 minutes later she ends up in this not too safe position because she has ADHD and can't even sit still while sleeping. Then, I have to sit and stare at her to make sure she doesn't move any further down which means I don't get a nap. 

4. I confess that I totally watched the Bachelorette for the first time this season last night, don't know either of the people involved, and yet got so teary eyed over their proposal and engagement. It was so sweet and I discovered I am just a huge sap for love stories in general. 

5. I confess that I have become completely obsessed with my Erin Condren Life Planner I recently purchased. I have color coded everything, jotted down everyone and their dog's birthdays, planned out 2 months worth of future blog posts (now let's see if I have the time to post them), planned my menus for each week, jotted down a cleaning schedule, laundry schedule, doctor's appointments, etc. I wholeheartedly believe this is the only way I will stay afloat these days. 

6. I confess that I purchased a dress for Millie's newborn pictures/family pictures, wore it, left the tags on and returned it the following day. I was going for a specific look and knew I would never wear it again. Sue me. I broke the law. 

7. I confess that I would give my right AND left arm for a Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza or a box of Kraft character shaped mac' n cheese right now. I gave up dairy for Millie and it is seriously one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Dairy is in EVERYTHING and you don't realize it until you no longer have the luxury of eating it. 

8. I confess that I get some sick satisfaction from removing the sock lint from in between Millie's toes. I am like a mama ape always picking and perfecting my baby. 

9. I confess that I went the better part of yesterday at work with my nursing bra straps not hooked under my shirt. 

10. I confess and finally admit that I literally can't survive without my husband. He is out of town this week on a mission trip and won't be back until Saturday. Life with a newborn baby is exhausting. I am seriously thanking the Lord right now for my mom's help. Love you, mama.

July 25, 2014

The First Month: My Must Haves

One Month Favorites

Millie is 15 weeks old. However, all of her growth and development is tracked as her "adjusted age" which should only be just over 4 weeks. Since we brought her home, she hasn't needed much. Babies this age don't do a whole lot as you all probably know. They sleep, pee, poop, cry, eat and cry some more. What I am trying to say is you really only need the necessities...diapers, wipes, onesies, etc. However, there have been a few things that have really made our lives easier as new parents.

4Moms Mamaroo- As I have mentioned before, Millie has really bad acid reflux therefore, she cannot lay flat without feeling uncomfortable. The only way she has been able to sleep is in this "spaceship" looking device. We don't turn it on because we've found she doesn't really love the movement. She just likes the fact that it is elevated. It has been a lifesaver and has allowed us to get the sleep we need as well.
4Moms Mamaroo

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets- These are probably on every mom's favorite's list and I am no different. They really are as good as they say they are. Because it is summer, we haven't wanted to put her in a thick swaddle. These are lightweight and sooo soft. My husband can swaddle Millie and make her look like one big, bad burrito. We've also used it as a little blanket when we take her out or we drape it over her stroller so no one will be tempted touch her. (Because germs though...I'm overprotective.)
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets

Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge- I received the 4moms Infant Tub for my baby shower from my friend Sarah. We absolutely love it because it has a color coded digital thermometer that makes it really easy to set the perfect temperature for Millie's bath. It also drains the dirty water while fresh water constantly flows in. However, Millie is just way too small for it to be comfortable for her during bath time. My mother-in-law and father-in-law watched us give her a bath over Skype (they live in Florida) and noticed how difficult it was to hold her in place while bathing her at the same time. Not even 4 days later, we received a package in the mail from them with this foam bath insert. IT IS A LIFESAVER and for the first time ever, Millie didn't cry during her bath. We place it in the 4moms tub and it fits perfectly. And the best part...it's only $7.00. Go get one of these! It is worth it.
Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge

Nosefrida- Unfortunately, both Tyler and I were blessed with summer colds after we brought Millie home from the hospital. It was bound to happen with the exhaustion associated with having a NICU baby. We wore masks and did everything we could to keep Millie from getting sick but we failed. She ended up coming down with a cold and was congested and snotty for a good week. This was the only thing that gave her some relief. Once a day, usually in the morning, we would drop some saline in her nostrils to break everything up and then just suck it right out. The concept is gross but those hospital bulbs just do not work. Don't worry...no snot was inhaled on our end. :)
Nosefrida Snot Sucker

Boudreaux's Butt Paste- I had a coupon for a free tube of this from Target. I think I received it in a goody bag I got from Destination Maternity when I purchased a pair of jeans. I am all about trying free stuff. I ordered the Honest Company healing balm and diaper rash cream and also received some Desitin for a shower. To be honest, I have tried all of them and nothing works better than the Boudreaux's. Millie started to get a little diaper rash around 9 weeks and this literally cleared it up within a day. Now, we skip everything else and go straight to this. I use it about every other diaper change to avoid it happening again. Smooth as a baby's butt. She is happy. If she's happy, I'm happy. Plus, it smells good too.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags- Pumping bags are expensive! When Millie was in the hospital, they gave me all the Snappies I needed. But when she came home, that free stuff ended. :) I was spending a lot of money on the Medela bags and to be honest, they didn't really hold a lot of milk. My supply is quite large because I pumped every three hours for a solid three months. These bags are great because they hold over 240ml which amounts to about 8 ounces. I joined Amazon Prime and am able to get 100 of these bad girls for only $17.00 which beats the $19.00 I was spending on 50 bags of Medela at Buy Buy Baby.
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

Honest Dryer Cloths- This is probably my favorite product from the Honest Company and that is saying a lot because I really do love them all. These leave Millie's clothes so soft and you can re-use each sheet more than once. These are the best baby safe dryer sheets you can buy.
"That's really all there is to say about that."-Forrest Gump
Honest Dryer Cloths

WubbaNub Pacifier- If you see Millie out and about, chances are this is in her mouth. She loves this thing. This unique design helps the pacifier stay in her mouth because the giraffe rests in the laying down position on her chest holding it in place. Genius. Why couldn't I have thought about this? I'd be rich. We've also never lost it because it is so cute and hard to miss. Now, to keep the dog from thinking it is his toy to play with.
WubbaNub Pacifier

Hopefully our list of must haves for month one helps any expectant parent prepare for their baby. While every child is different and prefers various things, these have made our past couple of months with Millie a little easier. What are some of your favorites? Am I missing anything?

Thanks for reading!

June 24, 2014

#MillieMonday {40 Gestational Weeks, 11 Weeks Old}

I cannot believe Millie's due date was this week. It seems hard to believe that she has been here 11 weeks today. In fact, I think we are truly starting to realize just how seriously early she was.

Millie is doing great. She had no trouble with the few immunizations we decided to give her (which was a huge concern of mine based on my experiences) and she is off her heart rate/apnea monitor. This is a big milestone as she is completely cordless! Also, she went for her final NICU follow up appointment and they took her off the fortifier she was getting by bottle three times a day in addition to me breast feeding. We added 2 packets of human breast milk fortifier powder to the milk I pumped in a bottle three times a day and that was for the extra calories to help her gain weight. When we went to her follow up appointment, she had such a great looking growth chart, they decided to try her off it for a while. In fact, she has been off for about 10 days and her home health nurse came today and she went from 6 pounds 13 ounces 10 days ago to 7 pounds 6 ounces! Holy growth spurt! She has always been a big eater. Thank goodness because that allowed us to avoid many hurdles.

Millie continues to have acid reflux and gas pains, however, it is much more manageable than it was a month ago. The next step we are going to look into now that her medicine has taken full effect is to visit a chiropractor. We pray that this will provide complete healing.

This will be my last #MillieMonday update. Now that she is completely full term and healthy, there will not be much to report on other than usual baby antics. I will continue to talk about Millie and her growth and development in this blog and will continue to post pictures of or sweet girl if you would like to follow along. Tyler and I have been so overwhelmed with the amount of people that have followed her story and prayed for strength, growth and overall health for our baby. People from across the world have found this blog and sent such sweet comments in various outlets. Our family, friends and acquaintances have been a huge support system for us as well. Just knowing that so many people were rooting for her brought us so much HOPE. Imagine the scariest thing in your entire life happening, and then imagine having to go through it alone. We are so thankful that was not the case for us. So, thank you all so much. Seriously, from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn't have done this without you.

Now, as if this post hasn't been sappy enough, we've put together a video of the past 11 weeks that have captured the beautiful moments of Millie's life thus far. We hope you enjoy. Love you all so much.

Tyler, Taylor and Millie