Friday, July 21, 2017

Fri-Yay! Random Favorites!

Happy Friday, friends! It's been a little while since I've sat down and shared some of my current favorites!! So here's a quick little round up from this week!

This week has been much better than some of the previous weeks we've been having. (Spoiler: I have some exciting news to share next week!!) Sometimes I feel like I can never catch a break, but for the first time in a while, I felt some sort of relief. We are officially working on sleep training and potty training in our house (send me ALL your tips)! Plus, this Mama is putting forth some serious effort to shed off the last of this baby weight that's still hanging on! Needless to say, it's been a busy + productive week!

++ This top from Walmart! (which I can't find on their website, sorry) The pretty detail and material is perfect for summertime! Not to mention the less than $20 price tag! Maybe next time your in the store, pop into their woman's clothing section and have a quick look!

++ The #1 Audio Fitness app on iTunes! Aaptiv gave me 2 free weeks use of their app and I've been loving it! I just started using it this week and I love all of the options it has! 7 Minute Workouts, Stroller workouts, maternity, marathon training, etc! Basically, it's like having a personal trainer at your own convenience. This is not sponsored. However, they are offering a free 1 week trial if you'd like to try it for yourself! 

++ I have been trying to put forth more effort to use my DSLR camera which means I rarely take the pictures off of it. I decided to use a gift card from my birthday to buy myself a Wireless SD Card! Why the heck didn't I do that sooner?! Now I can access the pictures off my camera from my phone! Seriously, so easy!

++ Also with my birthday gift card, I bought myself This Apple watch band. I really love it! It's easy to put on and the magnetic clasp is really strong so I don't have to worry about it coming off. Plus, it's a lot more breathable for summertime than the original band was.

++ Food pouches are an easy go to snack for ML when we're on the go. Which also means things can get a bit messy if I'm not able to help him eat it. (The backseat of my pickup has seen it's fair share of them!) These ChooMee food pouch toppers really help keep the mess to a minimum! (Thank you April for sharing them!)

++ If you've been following along on my posts/IG/Snapchat you've heard all about the allergy issues we've had with ML. I'm extremely relieved to say that this week his allergy testing came back NEGATIVE! Here's to hoping that we will be able to reintroduce foods that contain gluten, corn, rye, and egg without any issues! Thank the Lord!

++ Also, whether your a SeneGence/LipSense addict or you've been debating on taking the plunge to try some new products, I'm offering some great sales for this months "Shop My Stock" sale! Head on over to my facebook page to check out the sale! 🎉💋

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

11 Months with ML

This is not your average monthly update about a sweet baby... and I hope if your reading this you aren't here to judge me nor pitty me. I like to be open and honest and I like to talk about real life and sometimes real life is not sunshine and rainbows, right?! Especially real life with babies... because unfortunately... they don't come with a handbook! With that being said, not all babies are angels. Not all babies sleep. Not all motherhood journey's are a cakewalk! Maybe you can relate?!

In contrary to all the happy posts I share on social media, I'll be the first to tell you the reality of my experiences with babies and motherhood. The struggle is reaaaal.  My life is far from perfect and my child is rarely as happy as he appears. #truestory 

So yeah, about this guy. He's adorable most of the time (at this moment because I just fed him a snack and I was singing silly songs). He's 11 months old already. I can't really say "already" because I admit, it's been the longest 11 months of my life.

Mason's face in this next pic... 😂 "oooh.... she's talking about me 😒 ..." Yeah, Bubba... I'm talking about you! Little stinker. 

In his 9 month update, I talked about his diagnosis and some of our struggles up to that point. To sum it up, ML has some severe food allergies that have caused him some serious discomfort and inability to eat or sleep like most babies do. Once we learned of his allergies and adjusted his diet accordingly, he improved 110%. However, he still struggles to be consistently happy. He cries for what seems like 75% of the day and this Mama has been riding the struggle bus for what feels like an eternity!

Sleep: He is a very restless sleeper. Between naptime(s) and bedtimes, it's a never ending battle. I am up with him several times a night. I often get so frustrated that I just bring him to my bed which doesn't get me any more sleep because all he does is cry and flop around like a fish out of water. He doesn't nap well either. Since he doesn't get much sleep he takes 3 naps a day. Each time he needs a nap it takes me a good 30-60 minutes to get him to sleep. He screams, throws himself on the ground, rolls around on the ground, and flops around like a fish out of water. Half the time, I'm not sure who is more exhausted - him or I. 

Eating: Due to his allergies, he can only eat fruits, veggies, and meats. He pretty much eats 100% organic and I've made all of his baby food up until 2 months ago to ensure he was getting pure organic foods. He never sits in his chair to eat for longer than 5 minutes. Absolutely refuses. Screams bloody murder. Which means you know damn well his belly is not full. So is he miserable all day because he's always hungry? Or is he miserable because he ate something that makes his belly upset?? Beats me. The biggest struggle is that he always wants what big sister has. Which is not gluten or corn free. But let's be honest, when we're driving in the pickup and he's screaming for an hour, I just tell Remi to give him a piece of the damn snack. #sanity 

Car rides: I loathe putting the kids in the pickup. Since my anxiety has gotten better, I do leave the house much more often... however I still dread it. ML screams the entire time. High pitch bloody murder screaming! I'm not sure if it's because he's uncomfortable or if vehicle rides make him not feel good or if he's just high maintenance?! I try to arrange all trips out of the house around his nap schedule and quite often that only makes the situation worse. Sometimes I wonder if all kids are like this and then I think, ha, yeah right! 

Personality: He's very timid. He doesn't like crowds, loud noises, or strangers. Take him from his Mama and his scream will pierce your ears. The holistic doctor said that due to his discomfort and complications for so long, that it may have caused him some anxiety which is why he is scared so easily and so timid. 

Mama's Feelings: I feel completely defeated in this journey of motherhood. Don't get me wrong, I am beyond thankful for my babies and I could never ever imagine life without them. However, I feel that the experience that I've had with this little guy is far from the normal that we hear/see other Mom's talk about. I'll be honest, I've been one of those Mom's that has wished for time to pass. I'm always looking forward to the future with hopes that the future will be better. It probably doesn't help that I am a single Mom except for 4-8 days a month when Michael is home. I don't get a daily break. I don't get a weekly break for that matter. I don't have a husband that takes turns waking up with the screaming child. Needless to say, I've worn myself down to a thin wire and some days I'm barely getting by. Just when I think the days have got to start getting better, they get worse. Send help. And wine. 😏  

In all seriousness, I've longed to be a Mom for as long as I can remember. I want to be the best Mom I possibly can for my kids. I love my kids beyond measure and it breaks my heart to see Mason so unhappy so often. Not only does it upset me to see him so uphappy, but it also makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. Like I said before, I'm not sharing my story for pitty, I just like to be honest! Maybe another Mom is reading this that can relate on some level?! Maybe another Mom is reading this that has been through something similar and can give me some advice?! Or maybe another Mom is reading this and counting her blessings because her child(ren) is an angel! 😜

Stats: 22lbs + 30" (according to home measurements a few weeks ago)

Doing: Waves, points at things/people he wants, claps, and climbs everything.

Says: Bubba, Dada, Ball, Woof, and for the first time just this week he now says Mama!

Nicknames: Bubba, Chub Chub Boy, Hungry Hippo, Bubba Chubba

Loves: Mama, Sissy, Blankie

Teeth: 6th one on it's way through!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fourth of July | 2017

That feeling when the four day holiday weekend is over... 😂 🎉 

Clearly, fun was had by all! Michael took Saturday and Monday off of work so that he was home for 4 days. The last time we spent 4 somewhat relaxing days together was in February... 😳 Needless to say, we needed it! 

Friday I took the kids to the petting zoo at the "fair". ML was not interested in anything but having dinner and Remi was a little overwhelmed. Therefore, I barely got a couple pictures and we didn't stay longer than 10 minutes. We had a showing on our house (3rd day in a row - more on that to come) so the kids and I went to the campground to hang out with my family that was in town. 

Saturday morning we went to the farmer's market and the park (zero pictures = fail). Later that evening we went to a BBQ. The town fireworks are always on a Saturday but we opted out of them (bedtime nazi over here). 

Sunday afternoon we headed to town for the parade and then went to a BBQ at my MIL's afterwards. We skipped naptime (which I never do because I'm a nazi about their sleep schedules) and it slightly made me insane. But, we all survived. 

Monday we hung out around the house and then had dinner with my family at the campground. It was actually pretty chilly so the kids didn't get to show off their day 3 festive outfits. Ha!

Tuesday was a little catch up day before Michael headed back to work in the evening! My family stopped over before they headed out of town and we wrapped the weekend up with an ice cream cone! 

Overall, it was a busy + festive (yet relaxing) weekend celebrating America! Having kids definitely makes holidays much more fun! 

I got brave and sported "strawberry shortcake" red lipsense a few times and got a lot of compliments on it! I felt extra festive with red-ish lips! 😉 

How does your family celebrate the fourth of July?!