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    Prayer… It Works

    So anyone that knows me knows that complaining is not my thing. In fact when someone asks how I am my response is “Can’t complain and no one would want to listen if I did.” My aunt came back with the perfect response, sometimes if you don’t vocalize what is going on, God can’t put people in a place to pray for you and it is okay to express what is going on. That made me think a bit because while life happens and it is frustrating when things don’t go your way someone else always has it harder/ worse so who am I to complain? I follow a family…

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    Home Is Where The Heart Is

    Well we did it! Moved cross country with a 19 month old baby and a 14 year old Labrador! Oh and we survived our first week back with work and the humidity! All in all the fact I can smile still and have hair is astonishing! Coop and Abby did really well on the trip. The first day was better than the second but due to rain we couldn’t get out of the car as much for breaks. I want to thank Sesame Street for keeping him entertained for 22 hours! I loaded a season of Sesame Street from Amazon Prime Video to his iPad and let me tell you…

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    Wildlife Sanctuary

    Last week we had the pleasure of visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary. The Wild Animal Sanctuary currently operates with more than 9,793 acres of beautiful and natural habitat for its rescued animals to enjoy. Their animals come from horrific captive situations and are rescued and also rehabilitated so they can live and roam freely in large natural habitats with others of their own kind. It was a one of a kind experience and while tears were shed from reading their stories, I am very grateful for the work this organization is doing. If you are in Colorado I highly recommend you visit and if you can donate please do. They…

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    Breast Milk Diaries Part II

    Well the day happened, I used the last of my frozen supply. I am now substituting formula along with breast-milk and let me tell ya it was not easy! I made him his first formula bottle and he hated it! Made me smile a bit but I knew he had to develop a taste for it. The next try I gave it to him in the morning when he was good and hungry and he drank six ounces no problem. That night I made him another bottle. It was tough giving it to him and of course I cried. I am still able to pump around nine ounces a day…

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    Held

    Today I held him a little longer, a little tighter. I know he is tiny yet but the recent events of this world have made my instincts to protect him that much greater. I used to think “Tragedy doesn’t strike small towns, especially at church”. Yesterday’s events completely shattered that apparent delusion that I had. This week I have learned that a simple trip to the store to pick up rubber bands or gathering in the house of the Lord is not safe. While I know that getting in your car daily can be a risk, I don’t correlate the other two with the potential of losing your life. I…

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    Teething Nightmare! It Really Is A Thing!

    So I am going to go ahead and poo poo on the naysayers that say teething stories are made out to be worse than they are! They have no clue and it isn’t just hype! My lil man started teething what seemed to be around four months. His first tooth erupted at seven months and now his second is coming in a month later. I have been bit, dealt with swollen gums and flushed cheeks, him not sleeping and severe irritability due to discomfort of his mouth. He is normally a super happy baby but when the teeth are flaring he lets it be known! So things I have done…

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    DIY Sensory Play Ideas

        Sensory Bottles: These do not need to be complicated. They can contain colored water, sand, beans or popcorn kernels. Think about the different sounds, weights and visual stimulation the  bottle is when making.   Spaghetti Noodles: Cooked and cooled of course but set baby on a towel or in a tub and let the messy fun begin!  Good ole Pots & Pans: Set baby in the middle and put pots & pans around her. Be prepared for lots of noise!  Bubbles: We have an awesome bubble maker with a fan that generates hundreds of bubbles!  Ice: A container filled with water and ice. Summer months of course. Can also make…

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    Recall

    Yes it is one of my hubby’s favorite movies and he loves to quote it often, but that is not what this post is about. As a new mama I have made decisions why I do the things I do and many of those decisions are because of constant recalls of items. I have found simplicity helps keep my sanity and less worry about what he is eating or playing with. It was almost nine at night and I am still standing in the kitchen making homemade baby food. While I would have loved to be relaxing and enjoying my nightly tea with my hubby, lil man is a priority.…

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    Eat, Play & Sleep Schedule

    While we are not “sleep training” per say we are on a schedule. As I mentioned previously a routine is paramount! He is still not sleeping well in his crib but I have hopes this will change soon! This schedule is very flexible and can be modified to your baby. Mama’s if you have any advice and tips you would like to share please do!