Friday, September 19, 2014

#SnotSuk, really sucks!


All opinions are 100% our own
 

We were hesitant about reviewing this product. There is a certain amount of  icky factor, since it is essentially a tube connecting your mouth to your infants nose. That being said, this product is way better than a bulb syringe. Being about to control the suction by how hard you suck on the mouth piece is great. The business end of the SnotSuk is sized so you cant cram it up your infants nose, which is the opposite of the bulb syringe. It can be aimed quite easily, to get the stubborn boogy. The whole SnotSuk system can be completely taken apart and washed, which is a huge bonus. There is a replaceable filter, for when things get really icky. It comes with the SnotSuk with filter installed, and 9 more replacement filters.

We would totally recommend this product to all parents out there. It may turn your stomach to think of using but when it comes down to relieving your babies stuffy nose or a queasy stomach I will guarantee that you will grab this product! Or make your partner use it.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Liam: Two Months

Everyone says I am growing so FAST!


2 month Appointment 
Weight: 13 lbs 5.5 oz
Length: 24 inches
Head Circumference: 16.13 inches
 I mostly am in 3-6 month clothing. Some of my 0-3 months stuff fits.

Mommy went back to work when I was 6 weeks old. I stay with Grandma P. and Great Aunt Janis on days she works during the week. On the weekends I spend the day Mommy has to work with Daddy. I am truly fascinated by my friend the ceiling fan, I carry on lengthy conversations with it and smile at it. I also experienced sitting in the grass for the first time over the past weekend. 

Milestones:

Likes
I smile like there is no tomorrow.

I am trying to laugh but right now it kinda sounds like a cough.

I am "talking" up a storm, I can carry on quite the conversation.

I also love  mommy's interpretation of Donald Duck, clicking sounds, being mimicked by others.

I can hold my head up, most of the time.

I love taking tubby time.

I love being read stories and looking at all the colorful pictures. I also love watching tv.

I love batting at the items hanging off my gym.

Dislikes
I dislike getting shots. They are no FUN! (for Mommy or I)

I am not the biggest fan of tummy time. 

being held when I want to be.


 Past Months
One Month

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Accountability

I joined Jasmine's end of the summer challenge.
She is hosting the #Fleurtysummerchallenge, this challenge is all about accountability.

I came up with 5 goals that I thought were important to get me healthy.

Goals:
1. EAT Healthy (No Junk Food: Candy, Soda, Ice Cream, Cake...)
2. Go for a Walk 5x a week
3. No Scale (I won't be weighing myself at home)
4.Drink at least 120 oz of water a day 
5. Walk at least 8,000 steps a day / 5x a week

So for the next five weeks I will be looking at eating healthy and walking more. When I first thought about joining this challenge all I could think about for goals was to calorie count.... As a breastfeeding mother I didn't want to count calories and get obsessed with that and end up hurting my milk supply.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Liam: One Month

 I am One Month Old!


I can't believe that it has already been a month since we welcomed our Little Man into the world. 
I have been soaking up my time with him before I head back to work next week :(
When I head back to work my mom and aunt will be watching him for Dan and I.

This is what Liam has to say:
There have been so many things that I have experienced in my first month of life.
I had a slight case of jaundice my first week of life, and had to have my blood drawn twice for that and then more blood taken to retest my thyroid! (This was upsetting for Mommy and Daddy, seeings as they squeeze their poor little heels 1 drop at a time)

I can now lift my head and hold for a few seconds.
I grunt and coo a lot.
I kick my legs and arms all the time, and I am very fascinated by my hands and feet.

I loves playing with my "gym", swing my arms and kicking my feet at the octopus and whale.
I visited the beach. I did not like my feet being dipped into the lake...
I have also gone out to restaurants, gone shopping, and to the county fair.

Born on July 11th, 2014
Birth:
Weight: 8lbs 8oz
Length: 21 inches
Head Circumference: 14.2 inches
Mommy and I

One Month (Doctor Appointment @ 3 Weeks)
Weight: 8lbs 14.5oz
Length: 23 inches
Head Circumference: 15 inches

**Update: 1 month Appointment @ 5 Week**
Weight: 11 lbs 4oz
Length: 23 inches
Head Circumference: 15-5/8 inches

Smiling at Grandma P
One of Mommy's Favorite pictures of me.







Monday, July 14, 2014

Liam Mason

Kayla and I would like to announce to the world the birth of our son Liam Mason.

Liam was born July 11th 2014 at 2:20 am, after 31 hours of labor. He weighs 8lbs 8oz, and is 21 inches long. 

Liam, Kayla and I are all at home and doing well. Everything about him is absolutely perfect and there were no complications. 


Monday, July 7, 2014

40 Week Bumpdate

So I have been meaning to do a bumpdate for like the past several weeks. But I have been slacking. So my Best and Worst Moments cover several weeks..... 
The best part is today is Liam's Due Date!
Our little man should be here within the next week. The doctors have told us they will only let us go over by a week. We have a doctors appointment tonight and hopefully they may tell us we are staying to have our little man.

How Far Along:40 Weeks 
Due Date: 7.7.14
Gender: BOY!
Names: Liam Mason 
 
Movement:  Liam move CONSTANTLY now! I think he may only not move for a few hours in total for a 24 hour period.


Size: Small Pumpkin
 
Weight Gain: I have gained about 15lbs on my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: I have been in maternity pants for awhile now, basically since the start of  2nd trimester. I have actually found that I can wear some Capri pants that were given to me a size bigger than my pre-pregancy size.
 
Symptoms: Well we have been to the hospital a whopping 4 times since June 13th (and yes that was a Friday) I started having contractions around 1:30-2 in the morning that were coming on pretty strong. We went to the hospital about 6 am (where I got us lost on our way to labor and delivery, I am not sure why Dan believed the pregnant woman in pain about directions). Anyway after having contractions for about 12 hours (from when they started) we were released from the hospital to go home because we weren't progressing. Oh and I don;t suggest visiting the hospital if the computer systems are down. It took about 1.5 hours for me to get a bowl of soup and crackers.

Our second trip to the hospital was the morning of Saturday the 19th because on Friday I decided to be clumsy and fall flat on my face and belly (well more hands and knees than complete belly). We went in because I had a freak out moment, and wanted the baby monitored to make sure he was alright.  

We went to the hospital on Saturday the 28th because I started having really bad contractions again, and I wasn't sure if my water had broken. Needless to say we came home once again to await this little ones arrival because my labor stopped progressing. 

Lastly we went to the hospital on July 3rd because I thought I had my water break and was having contractions so bad that I couldn't talk through them. Needless to say little Liam is still not here.

Other symptoms would be my hips feeling like they are me ripped from my body and stabbing pain down there. Dan keeps telling me he is going to remind me of the last month the next time I want to get pregnant. 
Cravings: Salads and Fruits
And as Dan would tell you Ice Cream for breakfast or brunch!

Sleep: It is taking me a little longer to fall back to sleep after I get up in the middle of the night for a bathroom visit.  I also am finding that I want to sleep in more and more in the morning. I have also been going out to sleep on the couch in the middle of the night.
 
Stretch Marks: Already had them 
 
My Overall Health: I have been fine. Trying to beat the heat by drinking TONS of water and staying cool. I have become utterly grateful that we live right next to the river. I have been loving just walking back and forth in the water and feeling weightless.

What I miss:  I miss being able to sleep through the whole night without having to get up to go to the bathroom or to trying and find a more comfortable way to sleep. I also miss being able to tie my own shoes from a standing position. 

Wedding Rings On or Off?:  Off but slightly tight.

Belly Button: In

 Best Moment:  

~I showed Dan the wonders of Goodwill shopping, not only for Liam but for us as well. We spent about $28 on 5 baby clothes items and 5 shirts for Dan. Dan is very proud of 1 item we got for him, it was a long sleeved (for winter) L.L Bean button down shirt for $5 which normally sell at about  $50.

~Dan and I have also been setting up everything for Liam, that we got for the baby shower or in general to get Alice (the Puppy Dog) used to it. Alice tends to get nervous and bark when new items brought into the house. (For instance if I don't put my purse in the same spot everyday she gets upset and barks at it until it is moved.)

I am glad to report though that she has  only had a minor incident with the mobile , the first night we played it, she has now excepted it as part of her domain. We have also walked her around our yard next to the stroller and she has done a FANTASTIC job of behaving herself.

~Swimming! Cooling down and feeling weightless at this point are both godsends...


Worst Moment: 
~Our male cat tucker has decided that Liam's crib and baby bouncer is his for the taking. We are discouraging his being in both items when ever we catch him and are hoping that he will think they are not so nice once Liam arrives. From the research we have done, most cats will avoid the crib and baby items once the "crying machine" has arrived and they have associated the item with the baby.

~My falling flat on my face probably would fall under this category too.  Along with all of our many false alarms....

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dr. Carey's Baby Care Guide & Receiving Blankets Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
100% Our own opinions.
I received Dr. Carey's First Year Baby Guide and 2 receiving blankets to review from Tomonson.com
The book has a TON of useful information for first-time parents! I have a feeling that Dan and I will be referring to this book quite often through out Liam's 1st year of life. The book covers things from development over the 1st year, rashes, baby care, messy diapers, inor medical problems, sick baby, and more...



 Obviously you can't learn everything from a book but it will be a great reference besides Dr. Google.

The receiving blankets are lightweight and will be of great use throughout the summer months into fall but I wouldn't necessarily recommend them for winter use.

BIO
Dr. Carey is a respected practicing pediatrician in Ventura, California. He hosts Dr.
Carey’s Baby Care on CAPS-TV in Ventura and other public broadcasting stations
nationwide. Keeping up with technology and user friendly access, he has a website, a
YouTube Channel, and a weekly newsletter. Socially you can find him on Facebook,
Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Carey
possesses an extensive publishing background.
He self-published a comprehensive review series for medical students and has written
articles for Ventura Parent Magazine. He serves as a guest speaker for numerous
expectant parent classes. Dr. Carey is known for his relaxed and fun attitude, good
bedside manner and for always taking his patient’s concerns seriously. He has a deep
love for the children he cares for. The creation of his first book will help you get through
all the hiccups of your baby’s first year.

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