Favorite Baby Apps

We live in a digital age, sadly I would be fairly lost without my iPhone. It holds the keys to my sanity, my families shared calendar, ALL of my pictures, music, email, heck I even have an app to remind me when I’ll have my period. It only seem natural that there would be a million and 52 baby apps out there. Surely we need to keep track of every single thing about our babies. I’ll admit that when Baby D first got here I really did keep track of every feeding. I was so worried that I wasn’t feeding him enough or that he’d gone too long between nursing that I was trying to find a trend. That lasted about 6 weeks, about the time we started sneaking a feeding in while sitting in the back seat of the car after a morning walk.favorite baby apps

I try not to get too caught up in the baby apps, but I do have a few that I really love. Some are just for fun, others for education and one just for sanity!

The educational baby app would be The Wonder Weeks, I’ll warn you in advanced that the app only gives tidbits of information, they really want you to buy their book. However it was enough information for me to be happy and I am very pleased with the app as it is. It helps you to see when your baby will start and end their developmental milestones. Often there are a lot of behavioral and dare I say it, sleep changes that take place as well during theses “leaps”.

Record keeping baby app would have to be Baby Nursing, brought to you by American Baby. This one is free and allows you to tracking, pumping, bottles, nursing, vaccines, medications, dr. appointments and growth charting. Most of the options come with the free version, however for $1.99 you can unlock all of the apps usage/

Sanity= Sleep Sounds. We don’t use a sound machine for Baby D at home (mainly because I can’t find the one we were gifted, its in a closet somewhere I’m sure). He does however love to sleep in his swing with the music playing. Fast forward to our first big out-of-town trip. we flew with grandparents to Colorado to visit Baby D’s Uncle Jack & Aunt Rachel. New place, new adventures, new noises means no sleep for baby! This baby app (free) allows you to play lullabies, white noise, nature noise (like our swing) and you can set it to a timer.

My all time favorite app, which I feel is my most used baby app as well, Instagram. I love snapping pictures of our family adventures, Baby D being silly and life. This app as I am sure you know allows you to share with friends, family and the world via your photo stream as well as allowing followers to comment on pictures. We use this one every day for sure, to follow along with us click {HERE}.

 What is your must have kid apps, games, videos, cameras?

Adventures to The Thinkery ATX

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Yesterday we went on our first official play date. We met our friend Max and his mommy, Jamie, at The Thinkery. Word on the street is that this is where all the cool kids hang out. After our play date today, I would have to agree! We had so much fun. Our first stop was story time. The Thinkery offers story time 3 times a day and integrate songs, activity and sign language into each of the stories. It was challenging but Baby D managed to do a little sign language with my help and he’s almost a pro at the hokey pokey.

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After story time we headed over to the garden area, which is perfect for the littles. Baby D isn’t crawling yet so we played in the big pillows and did a little baby yoga. Then we had some sitting up time to see what all the bigger kids were up to. The garden themed area is full of soft, plush noise makers and mirrors. What little person wouldn’t love it! Baby D really enjoyed the mirror triangle and we know it’s a favorite for his buddy Max as well.

thinkery light room

The light room was really fun with a giant lite brite. I’ll admit I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to make a 6 foot tall lite brite for Baby D’s big boy room when its time.  We did play with our shadows for a few minutes and checked out a few of the other fun light activities.

We had a great day at The Thinkery and I know that we will be headed back soon. There are tons of activities for children and adults of all ages. Baby D also tried out the water wall, but wasn’t real sure what to think of it. He loves playing in the water so next we’ll spend more time in this area for sure.

How to Trim Baby Nails

trim baby nailsThe first time you have to trim baby nails its scary business. For the first few months Baby D’s nails would start to peel off and it was easy and painless to trim back. Well last week I got a note home from his school that said he had scratched his face and to please trim his nails. I’d heard horror stories about the first time someone had trimmed baby nails and struggle that often results in clipped skin.

I was truly dreading this moment and came home with a look of terror on my face. The Mister asked me what was wrong and I said we had to trim baby nails! Surly I am not the first mom to be fearful of this. It’s like a right of passage, you know its right up there with sleepless nights and blow out diapers, learning how to trim baby nails.

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#1 Gather your equipment: We weren’t entirely sure what to use, so we got everything out. emery boards, baby clips and nail trimming scissors. We ended up using the clippers.

#2 Give baby a bath: This will help soften the nails as well as calm baby and mommy down before the big event.

#3 Enlist a helper: This is really a two person job. Someone to hold baby and someone to focus on the clipping.

#4 Place baby in your lap facing outward and try to gently unclench that tiny fist for prime nail exposure.

#5 Using your index finger gentley pull back the skin under the nail to expose nail length. This really helps the person clipping.

#6 Gently trim baby’s nails. Carefully not to go too close to the skin, Boo Boos will happen.

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We made it successfully through 9 nails! On the last nail the skin got clipped. I’m not sure which of the 3 of us was more upset. After some snuggles and nursing all was okay.

trim baby nailsUpdate: Just last night I found that if you will clip one side of the nail you can easily peel the remained off. Half the clips!

 

Easy Date Night for Under $10

Thank you to the makers of the HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try the Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls!

Date night, oh how I miss you. Gone are the times of late night pizza dates and fancy dinners, we haven’t been to the movies in who knows how long. Eating out with a newborn is kinda like working with the monkeys at the zoo. I say that in the most loving way possible. There is a lot of bouncing, swinging, rocking, feeding and crying involved. I needed to find a solution that The Mister and I could enjoy, and not be stressed out the entire time. We needed an easy date night, something we could even enjoy at home. It’s time to get creative. If you hang out with us regularly you know I’ve been learning to cook and while that is going great, with cooking comes cleaning. I needed to find a yummy food to make for an easy date night dinner with little clean up.

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We love Mexican food. I was born and raised in Texas, it’s pretty much in my blood. We decided to try Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls by Hormel. They had tons of variety so I was able to get a few option that we would both like for us to share.

Just because you cooked dinner in the microwave, doesn’t mean you have to eat it in a plastic bowl. I set the table with our normal dishes and even used a few candles.

Since Baby D went to bed before dinner we paired our easy date night with a dvd rental, since movies are a thing of the past. I grabbed my favorite theater candy and relaxed on the couch to enjoy.

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What is your favorite easy date night combo?

Losing the Baby Weight: Mommy Workout Gear

It’s one of the biggest mommy stresses out there, losing the baby weight. I know that I thought about it during my pregnancy. Everytime I went into the doctors office first thing I did was weigh and I immediately thought, that’s two more pounds I’m going to have to work hard to loose. I had a lot, I mean a lot of swelling starting in my 3rd trimester, this was a complication we had to deal with during delivery.  I had a healthy weight gain up to that point, by the time I went in for delivery I had gained 55 lbs. I’m only 5’5″ and this really took a toll on my body. I started having knee pain, something I hadn’t experienced in years. My back of course suffered too.

For the past few years I have been a regular exerciser and knew that I would start working on losing the baby weight as soon as the doctor cleared me back to regular activities. With an unplanned C-section that took a little longer than anticipated. When we got the all clear I was excited to get to it! Here are some of my favorite things to help make losing the baby weight comfortable and fun.

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LuLuLemon Yoga Pants- these pants are truely amazing. I wore them through out my entire pregnancy, they had just the right amount of stretch and now that I am losing the baby weight you would never know they’ve been stretched!

Pretty Yoga Mat- There is something about sitting on my pretty yoga mat that calms me down. I love the colors and patterns.

Bob Jogging Stroller- I could not live without this thing! We have not used any other stroller yet. Ours is a hand me down and was in great shape when we got it. Check out craigslist or local consignment shops for a great deal on jogging strollers.

Work out tank/nursing top (gillian o’malley)- Since I am doing more walking than jogging I am able to wear a top that offers a minimal amount of support and A LOT of comfort. I wish I had a million of these nursing tanks. I wear them to workout in, around the house, and even when we travel.

Camelbak Eddy Waterbottle- Best water bottle ever. I feel that I drink way more water when I am drinking through a straw. It fits perfectly in the holder on the stroller and I don’t have to unscrew the lid everytime I need a drink.

Make an Impression with Mommy Calling Cards

Just 3 months ago I was handing out business cards when I met new customers or made a contact. Since Baby D arrived I decided to take a break from my business and now I’m ready to hand out mommy calling cards. I am absolutely in love with the concept of mommy calling cards. They are perfect for making playdate, meeting parents at school/daycare and really anytime you want to make an impression. I’ve been searching the web for the perfect mommy calling card and I think I hit the jackpot. Minted just introduced their new foil pressed line and it is all gorgeous! The cards are classy and not too childish. If you are a stationary lover like myself you you probably feel the same way I do when you see pressed foil, swoon much? I think I have narrowed it down to one of these 3 and need your help deciding which one to order.

MOMMY CALLING CARDS

Along with these amazing cards, Minted has also introduced Foil Pressed Stationary and you know I need some of that as well. I think this will be perfect for corresponding with friends, bloggers, brands and pretty much anyone. I know I will be ordering some as gifts for the upcoming holidays as well.

Foil Press Stationary Minted

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Nursing Station

I have two places that I nurse Baby D, on the living room couch and in his nursery. I’ve put together a little nursing station that I can take from one place to the other with me. It helps me have everything I need on hand as well as keeps me a little entertained. To all those soon to be moms out there, I know you think you will want to spend this time staring at your sweet new buddle of joy. You can and you will for the first week or so and then you are going to realize that you can get something accomplished during this time that your sweetie is calm and quiet.

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#1 A Basket- Choose something that will obviously hold everything but is also easy to move from place to place. A handle would be most ideal since you really need both hands carrying your little around (my basket was one I already had on hand).

#2 Reading Materials – I love to read and when Baby D got here I actually told me mom, “I may never get to read another book again.” We laugh about this now. I’ve found that the perfect time to read is while we nurse, at night time I use my ipad with low light.

#3 Snacks- I try and keep a few healthy snack options in my basket at all times, some of my favorites are almonds, trail mix and yogart covered pretzels.

#4 Water Bottle- This is probably the most important part of your nursing station. Staying hydrated is so important to your breastfeeding success. Becoming dehydrated can lead to decreased milk production, clogged milk ducts (you do not want to go here) and constipation in your little one. I find that a bottle with a straw works best when you have your arms full.

#5 Journal- I come up with tons of blog post ideas when we are just sitting and being calm. I keep a marker and notebook in my basket for jotting down those ideas for later elaboration. My pretty gold letterpress journal is from this local handmade etsy shop.

#6 Breast Wipes- I am loving these breast wipes, during the night I don’t always want to get up after nursing and not wiping your breast off is a fast way to get yeast on them. The wipes are food safe which means they are safe for baby too. I keep these in my Nursing Station and diaper bag for when I am on the go.

#7 Ear Buds- I keep these in my ipad at all times. Sometimes a book just isn’t what want and I catch up on my favorite shows but don’t want to disturb Baby D with the noise.

Do you juggle other tasks while nursing? What would you put in your Nursing Station?

 

5 Minutes to a Cleaner Kitchen

cleaner kitchen 2I need a cleaner kitchen, and I need it yesterday. For years I have used dish towels for all of my kitchen needs. It was easy to throw them all in the wash and go about my day. Fast forward a few months and I am busy chasing after my new little guy, well not literally chasing as he’s pretty stationary, but you know what I mean. Life is hectic and we’ve made a lot of changes around our house this Summer.

Aside from my new adventure of motherhood I am also learning to cook. Yes, you heard that right. I am 32 years old and know how to cook about a handful of meals. Don’t worry, we aren’t wasting away over here, The Mister is am excellent cook and has been feeding me healthy meals for 11 years now. He’s getting busier with school finishing and returning to work from his paternity leave so I decided that I would give it a shot. You know with Pinterest and all, how hard can it be.

Well there is a dark side of cooking that no one likes to talk about….cleaning! You make this amazing dinner and everyone loves it, but there is a messy kitchen and a sink full of dishes left behind. Enters my new friend, the paper towel. I started using  paper towels for quick spills and clean ups, but find they are great for lots of around the house cleaning, I prefer the Viva Vantage brand.

cleaner kitchen

After all of the dishes are done, a quick wipe down with a damp paper towel is all the cleaning that my counters need.  Then I like to hit a few more places since I’m already at it. The stove can always use a wiping as well as the microwave. Lets not forget the handles of the fridge, mine is stainless steal and always has finger prints lingering. This paper towels are crazy thick and perfect for those nasty messes. I had The Mister do a little stretch test for me and the paper towels held up awesome!

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My kitchen looks better in just 5 minutes and there is no laundry to do when its over.

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Little Man Style by Tink & Key

What’s more fun that picking our a new outfit for yourself? Picking out tiny stylish clothes for your little man! No one ever told me that little man style would be so fun. There are no bows or frilly dresses in our house, just tiny blue jeans and adorable tees for our little guy. This month I am having too much fun trolling etsy and instagram looking for cuteness. I was hanging out on Instagram when I happened upon the most adorable shirt ever! Tink and Key is a Etsy shop specializing in faith bases tee’s and I am in love with all of their shirts.

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Returning to Work: Pumping Kit to Go

This week I headed back to work and you know what that means, pumping, lots of pumping (I think I need a pumping kit). It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Even though Baby D was staying home with The Mister while he gets over a slight cough, it was heart wrenching to walk out that door and get in my car. Now Baby D loves being with his daddy and I know they are having fun together, but I wish I was there with them.

A big part of getting out of the house in the morning for me is making sure I have everything ready the night before. Diaper bag is packed, lunches are made, and my pumping kit is all set up. Since I’m not at home with all the conveniences I normally have, I needed to make sure I have it all together.

Medela makes some of the best products and I truly love all of them. I had several awesome friends introduce these items to me, even the nurse at the hospital told me about a few of them.

pumping kit

 Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
– I don’t have a great area in the lunch room to lay my pump out to dry after washing. These quick clean bags hold all of my pump parts (minus tubing) and sterilize them in just 3 minutes!

Medela Breastmilk Cooler
– A must have in every pumping kit. This small container comes with 4 5oz bottles for milk storage and a freezer pack that fits around the bottles perfectly.

Quick Clean Breastpump Accessory Wipes
– Great for wiping off my pump pieces if I don’t have access to a microwave for the steralizing bags.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump
– No Pumping Kit is complete without a pump. I chose the Medela Pump in Style Advance because is was a name that was trusted, was a double pump and covered by my Insurance provider. Most insurances now cover a breast pump for breast feeding mothers, so contact your provider to see what options you have.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Breastpump Bra
– My nursery nurse told me about this in the hospital and it is currently one of my favorite things. I get to pump and have my hands free at the same time. The back is adjustable with velcro, so you can wear the same bra as you loose all that baby weight.

How did you handle returning to work? Did you continue to breastfeed and pump or was this a transitional time for your little one to a new routine?

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