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the one with Jack’s 7 month update

time for Jack’s 7 month update . . .


Height: 29 inches  – 98th %

Head: 17.5 inches – 75th %

Weight:  18.1 lbs – 56th %

Nicknames: Dumplin, buster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleep: I don’t even want to talk about it to be honest. Introducing solids has not gone well especially with the constipation issues – which keeps us up at night. On top of that he’s teething like cray. So we went from waking up once a night with half a nursing session to soothe us back to sleep to waking up 2 or 3 times a night. This has been going on for almost 6 weeks. He’s still a great napper at least. It does seem to be slowly getting better.

Feeding: He’s nursing 4 times a day and having 2 meals a day. The eating is going really well. He likes strawberries, blueberries, apples, avocado, carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, broccoli, and prunes. There was a week where he refused to eat any solids. But since then we’ve slowly incorporated up to 2 meals a day. So far he refuses lunch and sometimes breakfast. We always get a good dinner in tho. He still prefers nursing over food and that’s fine with me for now. The problem is that he’s not pooping consistently. His pediatrician is not worried since the poop itself is ok. Jacks little body just has to catch up to the new foods and it’ll work itself out. I think his tummy is upset and that’s whats waking him up at night though. So I’m working hard to get the poop consistent.

Fun Stuff: He’s sitting up on his own a lot. He’s very good at it, and very proud of himself. Army crawling and rolling around is still our favorite thing followed closely by jumping in his jumper. Prunes and that jumper are sometimes the only thing that will get him to poop. He talks all the time and is a very happy baby. very. happy. Unless he’s hungry.  Cloth diapering is going really well even with the solids poop. He’s also got major stranger anxiety recently. Mama is by far his favorite person. Fine by me 🙂

the one with a day in the life with Evian facial mist

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I love day in the life posts! I love them because I love schedules and routines. Also, I love seeing how people keep up with their discipline and motivation. Most importantly though – I’m nosy. Keepin it real, ya’ll. I share these about once a year, and in the past 6 months our daily routine has been shook. S o it was time for an update!

You’ll notice we use Evian Facial mist often. This spray is pure and gentle on Jack and me. It has a leak proof canister so we can take it anywhere! Evian Facial Spray gently cleanses and helps refresh baby’s skin. It has a unique balance of minerals, a neutral 7.2 pH, and is free from any chemicals so it won’t irritate your baby’s delicate skin. It is also propelled by nitrogen, so it’s safe for babies and for the environment. Moms can use the spray to rinse off sticky fingers, to help with kid’s hair brushing or styling, and many more.  Here’s our day in the life and many of the ways we use the spray! Look for the giveaway at the end!

630: Wakey wakey! We’re sleep training Jack so I’m very tired and full of breastmilk. While I pump, I drink my first cup of coffee and have a lactation muffin. Once I’m done I hurry to brush my teeth, get myself some water, get dressed for a workout, and wake up my face with a spritz of Evian facial spray, eye cream, and a hydrating bb cream.  Usually, Scott wakes up Jack and changes his diaper about 7.

730: Jack and I hit up the boardwalk for a walk/jog after dropping daddy off at work. We usually listen to some praise music while we do it. If there’s a place to sit I nurse him while adding the blog to link ups, commenting on my favorite posts, posting to instagram, commenting on my favorite instagram posts, and checking my email. I’ve got that down since I’ve done it for 4 years so that it takes me about half an hour. We always end our time by putting our feet in the water and prayer journaling. I always keep an extra Evian spray in the diaper bag to clean up our feet. Babies don’t like sand on their feet 🙂

9: I’m starving by the time we get home at 9. So I put  Jack in his jumper while I eat, have more coffee, and finish my blogging tasks from before. Then it’s time for Jack’s first nap!  Today we went a little late and he takes about 10 minutes to fuss before giving in .

945: This is my time to get everything done I can’t with a baby. It’s what my husband calls the tornado. I have certain chores I do each day – today those are to clean the kitchen, prep more breakfast, and wash a load of laundry. I’m a neat freak so I go through the house to pick up everything and take the trash out as well. I can always find something to clean at my house.  I write or do a blog post each weekday so today I start writing a post including editing the pictures. Tomorrow I won’t write one I’ll have a shoot instead.

12: Jack slept a little longer than usual, and it’s been 4 hours since he ate. Time to wake him up for lunch! Today I’m really hungry so I make myself a sandwich and grab some veggie chips to eat while I nurse him. While he eats, I play around on pinterest, check instagram, see if there are any sponsored posts I want to apply for, respond to emails etc. Phones are great things.

1230: For the next two and a half hours while he’s awake I engage with him. He’s at a really fun age, and he’s finds everything I do super interesting. Today we read a couple pages of peter pan, played with colored ice cubes and then some fuzzy puppets (sensory skills are big right now) , sang some songs, and I wore him in his wrap while we checked the mail and got stuck talking to a neighbor. I try to give him some time on his play mat as well so he can work on crawling and other motor skills. We finish up with that outside while I finish writing the blog post from earlier. So I put some sunscreen on Jack’s legs – evian helps me get it blended quickly on his fidgety legs.

230: Time for Jackers second nap 🙂 He goes down easily this time

245: Usually, I’m trying to finish my to do list from earlier. But Jack took a long morning nap so I have no more chores for the day. I try and have something creative for me to do each day whether it be playing the piano for 30 minutes, a craft, baking, reading, whatever. Today I made a raspberry pie and practiced a new piano song.

345: His 2nd nap is always short! He had a big poop and he’s hungry! Guess what comes back out – yup the evian mist. It really helps clean up his booty so I don’t have to use 20 wipes. I’ll spare you from that picture 😉

415: Once the boy is full I let him play with his teethers and watch some animals on the tv. He loves animals! With the tv time this morning and now it’s only an hour a day. He’s also only 7 months old so if it interests him I don’t feel bad about it. I start dinner so we can eat as soon as daddy is home, and talk with Jack about the animals. I read to make lots of noises and talk to him at this age. So chatting and cooing at each other is our favorite game right now. He’s very good at it.

440: We go get daddy from work, and Jack cat naps in the car 🙂

530: Daddy entertains Jack while I finish dinner. Then everybody has dinner together! Family dinners was part of my dream life so the fact that it’s here is the best part of my day. I meal prep so we can eat at home as much as possible, but we always eat out on Friday’s. Friday’s are my favorite days, ha!

630: The facial mist comes out one more time to help us clean the boys face up 🙂 Once dinner and the dishes are over, Jack and Daddy play and relax. I call my mom and start getting ready for the next day – laying out clothes, prepping breakfast and lunch, picking up the house one last time. Then I relax with them a little.

745: Jack gets his last nursing session, a bath, and then his bedtime routine.

830: Jack is fast asleep and it’s time for mama to chill now. Honestly, if he’s not sleeping well i go ahead and go to bed. But usually I’m spending some time with Scott, listening to my music or watching my tv shows, or read.

10: goodnight!

3 lucky winners will receive a Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag, in Heather Grey filled with a 10oz, 5oz, and a trio of travel sized evian facial sprays! Just go here to enter!

Shopbop Spring Sale 2017

It’s time for the shopbop spring sale 2017.  You guys should know by now I love shopbop. My favorite thing about them is that it’s not all clothes there. So today I wanted to share my favorites for home decor and entertaining.

watermelon candle . be amazing tray . kate spade bowl . bottle opener . ice cube trays

kate spade plates . ice cream maker . champagne flutes . chips and salsa set . coral jewelry tree

decanter . cheese board . dreamcatcher . decor boxes . elephant bowl

the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with lactation muffins

My lactation consultant says that there are no foods which will help with milk production. However, a friend gave me some of her leftover brewers yeast so I decided to try one of the tons of recipes on pinterest. Since I’m so hungry all the time, I start my day with a big breakfast. So these banana lactation muffins were the best recipe to start with.

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 cup flour

2 tbsp brewers yeast

1 egg

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 cup of your extras – chocolate chips, raisins, nuts

How to

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put muffin papers in muffin pan – you can just spray it, but muffin papers make it easier
  3. Start by mashing up bananas with a fork.
  4. Then mix bananas and oil in a large bowl.
  5. Add vanilla, egg. Then the sugar. 
  6. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, brewers yeast, salt, and flax seed until well blended.
  7. Then add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Once it’s well blended add the oats and your extras.
  8. Once the oats and your extras are well combined, fill each muffin wrapper 3/4 full.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

 

the one with Jack’s 6 month update

Jack is 6 months old. He’s changing almost daily, but still is my little baby boy. My favorite thing in the world is watching him learn. So here’s his 6 month update . . .

 

Height:28in

Head: 17 3/4″ inches 

Weight:  18.4lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, babycakes, jackster, jackoby, munchkin, sweet pea

Sleep: 4-5 months was a hard time for sleep, but it got better for about 4 weeks. Then all of a sudden it’s back again. I think he’s going through a growth spurt plus his belly is a little upset from introducing solids. We’re working on it. At least it’s not every day that he sleeps crazy.

Feeding: We introduced solids at dinner time. I am making all of his food myself. It’s much easier than I thought it was. We’ve had zucchini, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Jack LOVES to eat. We’re still mostly breastfeeding, and it’s still going really well. His little body is working on processing all of his new foods so he’s constipated a lot of the time (which is why I think he’s not sleeping well). Our pediatrician said to use mommy’s ease constipation (like gripe water). We’ve used that for a few days and we did have 2 nights of regular sleep!!

Fun Stuff: We are officially on the move- army crawling and rolling every which way all around the house. He’s teething like crazy, but his amber necklace and sophie the giraffe are helping. We’re over hating being on our belly. He spends plenty of time there now 🙂 Jack thinks his voice is the coolest thing ever. He’s cooing, squealing, and blabbing all day long – even in his sleep. He’s sitting up on his own which makes grocery shopping and eating out so much easier on mom and dad. It also puts him in a great position to flirt with everyone which he does constantly. The TV is the coolest thing in the world especially when animals are on it.

 

the one with a whalecome sign

Today I have another easy, but still super cute craft for your front door. Front door decor is very important to me. This year taking down the Christmas wreath made me a little sadder than usual. So I knew I needed to make something new to decorate the front door with to get me excited!

Living in Florida, there’s lots of beach decor in all the stores. I’ve recently seen whalecome on plenty of decor recently. Being a lover of puns, I instantly fell in love. So I decided to make my own whalecome sign!

wooden whale – I found mine here, but I did see smaller ones in the Target craft section.

acrylic paint

paint brush

sand paper

metallic permanent marker

2ft of thin rope

pencil with eraser

stapler

If your whale is not painted then you’ll want to start by sanding it smooth and painting it.

Once it’s fully dry, take your pencil and slowly trace out your wording. This way there won’t be any mistakes when you go in with the permanent marker.

Trace over your pencil markings with the permanent marker slowly and carefully.

Fold your rope in half. Then staple the loop on the left side of the whale belly. As long as you do it near the top there’s no need to measure.

Tie a small knot at the end of the unstapled side of the rope then staple it on the right side of the whale belly. Again do it near the top.

Hang up your whale and enjoy!

 

the one with an updated diy coffee table

For 3 years now, my husband and I have had a wonderful coffee table. We LOVE our coffee table, and we made it ourselves. But it has lots of sharp edges. Sharp edges and babies don’t mix. So we decided to keep with a coffee table we love, and made. The original diy coffee table had hair pin legs, and we wanted to keep those. I pinned a few hair pin tables that we liked, and we combined those tutorials to come up with our own! You can find those here.

 

Stuff you’ll need:

Pine wood round

Hairpin steel legs

Denatured alcohol

Steel wool

Spray paint clear coat enamel

Wood stain of choice

polyurethane

paint brush

80 and 120 grit sand paper

3/4 inch machine screws

Power screwdriver/drill

Measuring tape

Pencil

Instructions:

1. If you got raw steel legs, then you’ll need to clean them. Just wipe them down with some steel wool and denatured alcohol. Then clean and dry like you usually would.

2. Next sand the table really well. The sides especially will be tough. Use 80 then 120.

3. Then it’s time to stain! I used minwax’s dark walnut with one heavy coat. I like it dark. Once it was completely covered I wiped it off with an old rag using similar motions in the same direction. I let it dry completely before switching to the next side.

4. Once it’s stained and completely dry, sand it down with 120 again and apply your clear coat. I use minwax’s polycrylic  just because I always have and it’s what I have on hand.

5. When your clear coat has fully cured, measure out a square on the bottom of the table top for leg placement. I went 5 inches in on all sides for the corners of the legs. Be sure to measure from all angles and measure lots of times – more than twice 🙂

6. Then mark your leg holes and screw the legs in. Go slow and carefully since you only get one chance!

7. Decorate and enjoy!

In a few weeks, I’ll show you what we did with the top of the old coffee table! Yup, we loved it too much to give it up! Of course I’m aware of the booger thing in the basket – this is real life, folks!

the one with my birthday list

Happy birthday month! It is the 3rd best month of the year! September and December are better, but March is a very close third. This year my birthday list is easy. Things for me, but will specifically make life as a mom easier. So here it goes . . .

  1. Keurig – I’m pretty sure our keurig is 6 years old. But Scott tells me it’s only 3. But two cups of coffee a day makes me want a new one.
  2. Teething necklace – the drooling and the wining is already in abundance. anything to help is welcome.
  3. Target gift card – but only if you’re also willing to give two hours of babysitting.
  4. Bed frame and rug – I’m ready for a look in the bedroom. It has become my sanctuary. The only place in the house which is mine.
  5. Beauty and beast tickets – and again some babysitting hours, please.
  6. Massage – breast milk is heavy, ya’ll
  7. sugarboo bag – just something cute to make me happy 🙂

keurig . sugarboo bag . teething necklace . bed . rug

Links and Loves

Target’s got some new, cute Sugarfix earrings. I need them in my life.

It’s extremely important to save for retirement. All of us know that, but do you do it?

I’ve been jonesing this old navy ruffled off shoulder dress for months. I need it in my life.

I’m 31 and I haven’t taken a trip since I Was 28. It’s time.

It’s almost spring which means I need a new beach bag. I did that for you . . . I actually need one now because I live in Florida.