MamaHood Monday Vol 8

If you are anything like my husband and I our two dogs were our children before we had our daughter, and they still are so I consider myself a mother of three, not one 🤪 Also like us, if you are a dog parent and also expecting or have a little one you probably also have fears regarding your fur children and your human children. I have to say my husband was a lot more concerned than I was, not for any reason in particular, but just like people each dog has a dog different personality and can react different to each situation. (Our younger dog in most the pictures above was Jerrod’s main concern because he is my dog (jealousy issues), but he has become Ro’s main protector and buddy) So all this being said we went in search of some tips to help our pups cope with the big change.

First things first all the baby stuff you get before the little one arrives is very exciting for your pup! We let the dogs go crazy sniffing all the stuff (and washed everything afterwards of course) this gets them somewhat accustomed to the new smells and gear that comes with a new baby. We never discouraged them from being curious, only if they tried to steal things 😅

Some people said to play recording of crying newborns before you deliver too but we never did this. I personally didn’t want to because I thought it would cause more confusion for the dogs rather than prepare them.

This is the big one that I recommend to a lot of people – if possible before the baby is brought home have your spouse or someone take something that has been on the baby (a hat, a blanket, booties, etc.) home and rub it on the dogs beds, and leave it there. this can help your dogs associate the smell of a new baby with something positive and comforting – like their bed!

Last but not least, never discourage your dog from being curious about baby, and never leave them unattended. In the beginning we would carefully watch our dogs with the baby and after a good interaction we would praise them (treats, or just lots of love) This being said, also never force an interaction between your dog and your baby, sometimes it takes a while for everyone to get used to the new dynamic even the dogs might need time and space.

I would love to hear about the positive interactions your little ones have with your dogs; hope you are having a great day wherever you are 🙂
-Allison

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MamaHood Monday Vol 7

I am all about recycling that also means that I don’t get rid of a lot of things that I should; case in point, baby food jars. I have all sorts of these cute little jars that I can’t bear to get rid of and I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out ways to reuse them. I decided to look on Pinterest and found some really awesome ideas. Read on to hear my favorites…

  1. Outdoor Chandelier – you can find the original post here. Such an awesome idea to not only reuse jars, but also make some really cool decor for your outdoor spaces.
  2. Mini Jack-o-lantern jars – Halloween is my favorite so you better belive that this will be happening this year! so simple and fun, and if you have older kids they can help too. Find the full directions here 
  3. Chic Storage Containers – This is an obvious option, but you can follow this post and do a water marble effect on them (super fancy! 🙂 ) then store beauty items in them
  4. Mini Succulent Planters (hanging or not) – I would personally not use real succulents in this craft, but depending on where you live it might work for you. I love having plants in every room of the house and this is a simple and affordable way to do that. Directions found here 
  5. Wall hanging vases – Tutorial found here. I love this for inside or outside. such a fun way to use up several at a time, and if you don’t have flowers would could use frameless candles too!

What are some of the things you use your left over jars for? Or even if you don’t have kids I would love to hear any other ideas you have!

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are

-Allison

 

Everyone definitely has different ways of dealing with mornings, even if you love mornings they can sometimes be a struggle! I definitely used to think of myself as a morning person, but after having a baby I really am just a whenever-the-baby-is-up person! 😉 I do have a few things I try to do each morning to start my day of right, read on to hear what they are.

  1. Water – Going to sleep at night I always have a huge glass of water with me so I can have it before bed, during the night, whenever, but I also try to drink a lot of water in the mornings any throughout the day. Sometimes I love just ice water, other times I will add fresh lemons, limes or mint. It really makes a huge difference for me and how I feel throughout the day.
  2. Getting Ready – I make an effort to be fully ready before my daughter is up. I am a huge makeup lover and I also really enjoy trying new products so that time in the morning I consider my “me time” I always use a primer for my makeup so it will last all day as I am a full-time employee, mom and wife! I recently got this in my ipsy bag and it is great!
  3. Puppie Time – I feed our dogs and give them lots of love. With a 8 months old in the house our dogs are not given as much attention as they used to  so I do make it a point to give them lots of love in the mornings. They have both been so great with Ro and I truly cannot imagine our family without them so I take advantage of our time together.
  4. Tidy Up – If I have time I try to clean up. You always hear people say “there are never enough hours in the day” and that is so true, but you multiply that by 1,000  that is basically how I feel all the time 😉 Because of that I do try to manage my time and be focused on the baby when she is awake, but while she is asleep to be productive with my time. If she is able to sleep until I wake her up in the mornings I will try to wipe down the counters, unload the dishwasher, all those fun things! just less that I have to do later.
  5. Get Baby Girl Ready for the Day – This one is my favorite! Wake my daughter up, play a little and get her ready for the day. We are so lucky that our daughter is happy when she wakes up, even if she is woken up! (Don’t take this to mean that she never cries, she is a baby, they all cry) She is definitely a morning person and is usually just happy to get up and dressed. She and my husband are really what makes my day start off on the right foot!

What are some things you do every morning to make sure you have a good day?

thanks for reading!
-Allison

MamaHood Monday Vol 6

MamaHood Monday Vol 6

Baby showers can be a really great time, and we were VERY fortunate to have one and receive many things from all of our loved ones, but, and this is a big but, there are things that no one talks about when it comes to planning and having the baby shower that you might want to know if you are a first time mama.

  1. hardly anyone follows the registry – so sad, a little frustrating, but 100% true. As a first time parent you do count on some gifts being necessary items for your little one, but the truth is that 99% of your guests want to buy baby clothes instead. Now don’t take this the wrong way, receiving anything for your baby is a huge blessing as your friends and family are not required to do this; but it can be frustrating when you spent hours creating the registry and researching products.
  2. You might be disappointed by the people who do / do not show up – I know this sounds odd, but I had several people that were not able to make it to my shower and it really bummed me out. On the other hand you might have people that you have to invite, but do not want too (luckily I did not experience this one!)
  3. If you play games you need a cheerleader – A lot of people are not comfortable going up to a stranger and starting a conversation so if you have games that require people to interact have a cheerleader to encourage guests, break the ice and keep the games going.
  4. Showers can be expensive and time-consuming – This is totally obvious and I am sure that if you are ready this you are saying “i already knew that” Well as with many things that involve emotions (example: weddings) people can get totally carried away spending time and money. I always say the same thing to people who are getting married or having a baby, this is about you and your spouse / baby(ies) so do not do anything you don’t want to; and also, the dollar tree is your best friend 🙂
  5. You might want to return things and that is okay – I will admit that I did not return a single thing from my baby shower and I did regret it. Once again I appreciated everything that we received, but I do wish that the clothes I was not in love with, or what-have-you I would have returned and put the money towards bigger items that we really needed. (bottles, formula, newborn clothing, breastfeeding pillows) the list is long…Even after our baby shower and the larger gifts we received from close family (crib, rocker, etc.) we still spent around $600 on other random items. (Please do not feel like you need to spend the same, there are things that I bought that we never used, but as a new parent you have no idea what you need until that baby arrives)

I would love to hear about your thoughts, mom or not. hope you are having a great day wherever you are

-Allison

 

MamaHood Monday Vol 5

As a new mom you really have no idea what things will be a saving grace in certain situations, nighttime included! For this weeks MamaHood Monday I thought I would share five of my favorite night-time items for baby.

Wearable Blankets Being a new mom means that you also get overloaded with information and advice, part of this being how baby should be sleeping and in what, with or without a blanket. The blanket/swaddled thing always really freaked me out so a wearable blanket was where it was at for me, and Ro is still sleeping in them every night! I love these, but if you want  a more affordable option I always suggest checking out the thrift store first!

Sleep Sacks – These are so great! Since we live in Colorado the winter nights can get really cold, so one of these with long socks, or with a wearable blanket over is perfect. Ro stays cozy, but never gets too hot. I love the long-sleeved ones found here (I also see these at the thrift store a lot as well)

Oil Diffuser – I have talked about oil diffusers before, and they really are so wonderful! At night putting lavender oil in them; it really makes all the difference in how not only the baby sleeps, but also my husband and I. We ordered this one and I love that is lasts so long and the colors change 🙂

Night light – I know this one seems pretty obvious, but when we brought baby home, we did not even have one night-light! now we have them all over! We bought this exact one and I love it because it has sensors and turns on and off automatically based on the surrounding light.

Crib Mobile – This also may be something that a lot people buy right away, but we did not as my thought was it is cute, but not necessary. Well, I will admit that it is not required, it does really help calm the baby and almost hypnotize her to sleep. (this goes back to my nighttime routine post about putting baby down drowsy but not asleep found here) We bought one similar to this and it looks so cute in her room (nursery photos coming soon)

I hope you liked this Top 5, I would love to hear any holy grail items you have for baby – have a great day wherever you are!

-Allison

Favorites for Babies Skin (and Mine)

Most new parents aren’t sure what to use for baby’s skin and there are so many options. I know that when we had our daughter we received many different bath and body items and still were not sure what to use! I am super conscious about the things that I use on myself, and it only got worse once I have our little one.

Our daughter is almost 8 months old now and for the entire time I was pregnant, and since she was born her and I both use Burt’s Bees products along with coconut oil. I loved the Mama Bees lotion for my belly during pregnancy, I felt good using it because it was almost all natural, affordable and super hydrating. The only thing I did not like was the scent, but I was overly sensitive to smells – as most women are when pregnant! My nightly routine was cover my entire body with coconut oil, let it soak in for a few minutes, then cover my entire body with Mama Bees lotion. I do think that part of the battle against stretch marks is keeping your skin moisturized, but it is also genetic! That being said, if you get them (I have them, just not from pregnancy) be proud of them, you created a human. 🙂

For my little one, we do essentially the same thing, coconut oil, then Burt’s Bees Baby. If you are in warmer climates this may seem like over kill, but we are in Colorado with 0% humidity so we all need it! I also wanted to mention that I have eczema and the combination of Burt’s Bees and coconut oil really helps.

Find Mama Bee here

Baby Bees Shampoo and Wash here

Baby Bees Lotion here

and Virgin coconut oil here  (love this brand as well! I will have a blog post soon about all the things I use coconut oil for.)

I would love to her your favorite lotions and bath time products for you and baby – hope you are having a great day wherever you are!

-Allison

 

Mama-Hood Monday Vol 4

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During this time of year it is everyone’s priority to try to not get sick, but when you are a new parent even more so! not only do you have this little person depending on you, but what if they get sick? Well in that case, you are in for a lot of learning experiences! (trying to keep it positive here! 🙂 )

Our daughter got her first cold when she was around 3 months and it was really hard. The most difficult part for me was not being able to communicate and tell her she is okay and will feel better soon – but fear not, like all unpleasant things, this too shall pass! In order to help all parents out there with a sick little one I thought I would share the things that helped our family feel better and get over being sick.

(please keep in mind these are things that helped us and I am no doctor, please don’t hesitate to contact yours with questions. There are no dumb questions, especially when it is regarding the health of your children!)

 

  1. Oil Defuser – We own two of these and they are wonderful! they also have a light that goes through all the colors and is super relaxing
  2. Eucalyptus oil to defuse – I purchased this set of oils as a stocking stuffer for my husband. Super affordable and includes the most popular oils, great for someone who is starting out with defusing.
  3. Vick’s VapoRub – We bought this as an obvious choice, but it honestly does help.  I will actually put it on the bottom of my feet as well as my daughters and put socks on before going to bed. I think this works even better than putting it on your chest.
  4. Dr Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer – Ordered a two pack of these and I LOVE them! I am not a fan of regular hand sanitizer as I hate how dry it makes my hands, but this stuff does not have that effect of my skin and it smells so good.
  5. Teething Toy Cow – Found this little lady on super clearance at the grocery store and Ro loves it! Sometimes toys can be a great distraction for sick babies, especially when they squeak like this one!
  6. Nasal aspirator – You can find them here, at the grocery store or even at the dollar store. Babies can’t blow their noses so as a parent you get the wonderful task of sucking it out. (I know you are jumping for joy after reading that…) As gross as it can be, it is much-needed relief for your little one.
  7. Car Ride – This might sound a little crazy, but when our daughter first got sick she would sleep of an hour or so then wake up screaming because she felt so bad. My amazing husband had a wonderful idea of taking her for a car ride to see if she would sleep longer and she did! A little over 3 hours (this does not sound like much but belive me when I say that 3 hours is a gift from the gods when you have been up all night with a screaming child.)

I would love to hear your tips and tricks for comforting baby when sick in the comments below. I hope you are having a great day wherever you are.

-Allison