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I Miss You!!!!!! Yep, can you believe I had the nerve to peek my head in on you guys after all this time? I will be back soon lovelies, just been giving 100% of my time to my sweet son while also being a Full Time working woman and wife. Yep, I’m SUPERWOMAN! hahahaha
Can you believe my sweet baby boy is 1? Well he is over 1 now, but time flew by so fast. I remember when he was just a “jellybean” in my tummy! Now he is in school and walking, running, jumping, climbing…all of the above. LOL
We celebrated 1 year back in June and I must say it was a blast… There was a jump house, a kiddie pool, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and FUN! It was an absolute great time.
Photography by The Snappy Diva
Be sure to follow on INSTAGRAM, if you’re not already. I frequently post, pictures of Baby M (he is 14.5 months old now), outfit pictures and just day to day things that I can’t find the time to blog about.
I have quite a few favorite things that have been total life savers to me since having Baby M. The most important thing to me when it comes to products is Health & Safety. Lavanila Laboratories THE HEALTHY BABY COLLECTION is amazing. I have been using the Healthy Baby Wash and the Healthy Baby Butter for the past week. Baby M has a few spots of dry skin patches on his arm and back (it isn’t eczema, just some small dry patches). I bathed him in the Healthy Baby Wash, which is also a shampoo for his hair. I love it, but I must say the only thing that I didn’t like about the wash is it doesn’t get really sudsy. The wash comes out as a foam and I had to use a little more than I usually would to get those extra suds. The wash moisturizes his skin so well.
I use the Healthy Baby Butter over his entire body. This stuff is Ahhhhhhh Mazing! It has the softest baby scent and it is very light and not too oily. I love that this product is oily but it is so light that it doesn’t leave Baby M’s skin extra oily!!
What I love the most about The Healthy Baby Collection is that it’s 100% natural, chemical-free (which is extremly important to Mommy’s), and it delivers 30 essential vitamins and minerals specifically formulated to support the health and development of delicate baby skin. This product is Certified Organic. Which is great since Baby M only eats organic. These products have NO sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicone, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, mineral oil, formaldehyde, or synthetic fragrance or dyes. That is so very important to me and I’m sure to most of you Mommies too! Def MOMMY APPROVED!!!! hahahha You can purchase this product online at Lavanila.*A sample product was gifted from Lavanila Laboratories. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
How important is 100% Natural & Baby Safe products to you and your little one?
I Love You…those three little words mean a lot EVERYDAY to everyone important to you in your life. Especially our babies!! Happy Thursday!!!!
Have a LOVELY day!!!
Hi loves!!! I hope you had a great weekend!! I had a BLAST this weekend! I had family in town and events that I’ll fill you in on this week. I’m going to go a little off topic today and going to share my story about Breastfeeding…
ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere), MomsRising and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) are working together to publish “Blk BFing: Making HERstory”, a blog carnival focusing on breastfeeding and African American mothers in honor of Black History Month. I am an African American woman breastfeeding currently, so I wanted to share my story and why it is so important to Breast Feed, if you are able!
Breastfeeding is the best thing that you can do for your baby and at the same time it is the biggest sacrifice you will EVER make in your life. When I was pregnant with my son, I knew I wanted to give Breastfeeding a chance. I knew I wanted to do it. I did tons of research and read all about it. One of the things in my birthing plan, was to immediately have skin on skin contact. In doing my research, it was best to do this, it helped the baby but also helped in promoting breastfeeding. When Baby M was born, I was able to immediately have skin on skin contact and he immediately began to nurse. It was like he already knew what to do. I already had this amazing bond with him, but once he began Nursing it was an indescribable bond IMMEDIATELY.
How Your Partner Can Get Involved
Now don’t get me wrong, those first couple months were extremely HARD!! My main concern was, “Oh Boy, I’m going to be up all night feeding the baby while the Hubs snoozes away”… LOL LOL But you know what, the Hubs was so involved. When Baby M would wake up for a feeding, he was there to go get him from his bassinet, change his diaper and hand him to me for feedings. Once I was finished Nursing, the Hubs would burp him and lay him back down to sleep. The cycle would start all over again when baby woke up again. It was awesome!! It was a great way to get the Hubs involved in those night feedings every 2 hours. The Hubs also got involved with helping to massage my breasts to help with milk let down. He was so supportive to me and helped every way that he could. The first month was so hard because of the sore nipples, trying to get him to latch on correctly, and just pure exhaustion! But you know what… Baby M is 7 months old now, still breastfeeding, and I would so go through the beginning months all over again.
I plan to Nurse Baby M up until he is 12 months, and maybe a little bit more if he wants to, but my goal now is for the 1st year. It has been smooth sailing and I love Nursing my son. I know he is getting the best nourishment from me and it helps me to eat healthy!! He has only had 1 cold since birth and it was just a slight cold. It only lasted a few days. Other than that he hasn’t been sick at all. I totally believe that breastfeeding had 100% to do with that.
He has 2 teeth now and I was so concerned Nursing would be an issue , but I can tell you, it doesn’t even matter!!!! It is no different just because he has teeth. Although breastfeeding is a HUGE sacrifice, If you are able to, Please Do It!! It is the best thing you can do for your little one!!
Are you currently Breastfeeding, Plan to Breastfeed, or Have Breastfed your baby? How did your partner help?
A few weeks ago Baby M had his 6 month photo shoot by the amazing Snappy Diva. As y’all know she is my family photographer and she has captured all those precious moments from maternity pictures to baby shower to Baby M’s 2 week shoot and 3 month shoot… I’ve been getting his pictures taken every 3 months. His next shoot will be at 9 months and lastly at 12 months. I’ll then do them every year. It is so amazing to see how much he has grown. I’ve also been taking his pictures every month with my own personal camera. I can’t wait until his 1st Birthday when I will do a collage of each month… I am surely to cry!!! These past 6 months have been nothing but pure JOY!
Photo Credit: Snappy Diva Photo Credit: Snappy Diva
It wasn’t planned for me to be a SAHM after Baby M was born, but things just worked out that way and I am forever grateful for such a loving, hard-working and so supportive hubby. He is the greatest!!!
Did you take tons of pictures of your child(ren)?
Hi loves!!! 2012 was BIG for me in many ways. My husband and I found out at the end of 2011 that we would be starting the next chapter in our lives. I shared my good news with you all here. I must say that going into the year 2012, was THE BEST thing that happened, this year. Nothing else can quite top what God has blessed us with!!! Baby M is such a JOY and is truly a gift from God!!! It was my pleasure to share with you my pregnancy updates and to introduce him to you all.
When I announced my pregnancy, I recieved so many Congrats and Well Wishes from all of you, which I appreciated so very much! I tried to stay up on maternity outfit posts but I was so exhausted I only was able to upload a few… Sorry about that! hahahaha So here is a walk down memory lane.
My mom gave me the BEST Baby Shower…
And of course my son was born and he is one little boy that totally has my heart…
Thank you so much for being patient with me when I go A.W.O.L and still be so supportive!! I love you ALL and my family and I are hoping you and yours have a HAPPY, PEACEFUL, JOYOUS 2013!!!!!
Hi lovelies! Remember here when I said I’d show you what was in my diaper bag? Well, here we go… Since having Baby M, I am always looking to find what is the best products out there for him. I mean, I want him to have the best, as every mother does for her child, right? This is my take on the best things I have found to be the best for me and some things I think are some must have items if you have a little one. The older he gets, I am sure I will discover new things that I most def will share with you also. I’m just going to give you my top 5 items because otherwise, we’d be here all day! haha I have EVERYTHING in my diaper bag! hahahaha
1. Diapers! I love love love Huggies Pure and Natural. I’ve still been using Pampers brand, that were given to me as gifts before Baby M was born, but I will only purchase the Huggies. I just like the Huggies better. I also have some Target brand, but I haven’t used those yet, but I do plan on comparing them (I’ll let you know what I think). Baby M is still in size 1, he was 13 lbs at his 4 month appt. he’ll be in size 2 soon, but he is still in the 1’s for now.
2. Wubba Nub! I Love This Thing & Baby M does too! Why do I like it so much? For one, I think its the cutest thing ever. That counts for something, right? LOL I actually really like how it stays in his mouth. The paci is attached to a small stuffed animal that allows the paci to stay put when he is sleeping or awake. Baby M holds the giraffe in his tiny hands and rubs it. It is just the best thing ever, if you ask me.
3. Aden and Anais swaddles and burpie bibs! These things are amazing! They are 100% cotton and every time you wash, the softer they get. My girlfriend asked me about these and I had no idea what they were. Once I started going through unopened baby gifts, I had a few. Ever since I used them, I swear by them and they are all I use. They are great for swaddling. Baby M doesn’t like to be swaddled, so I use them as a stroller cover up for his privacy, a blanket, and I use it for Tummy Time sometimes too. Every time I go to the the baby store to get something, I make it a point to go ahead and grab a pack. You can never have too many!
4. BabyGanics Hand Sanitizing Wipes! I like this product because it is all natural. Since having Baby M, I am such a germaphobe. He is 20 weeks old and has NEVER been sick with a cold or anything (KNOCK ON WOOD). I am constantly washing my hands and his too. I use these wipes on his hands because small children will come up to him and grab his hands. He is at that stage now where he is constantly putting his hands in his mouth. I wipe his hands off before he gets the chance to do it.
5. Gumdrop Pacifier Wipes! I love these because I can wipe Baby M’s paci if it happens to fall on the floor. I’m not always near a restroom where I can wash it off so these are awesome to carry in the diaper bag for convenience.
So there you have it!!! These are my TOP 5 faves to carry in the diaper bag.
What are some of your favorite items?
Happy Friday!! The week is finally at its end. Did you have a great week? So, I told you I had a busy weekend this past weekend. Saturday, I attended Shop A Blogger’s Closet hosted by Lexi With The Curls. 9 Atlanta blogger’s participated and set up shop with some of their gently used items for a HUGE Blogger’s closet sale. I had to go, to support my girls Eboni, Trina and Kristen. I didn’t get a chance to meet some of the other blogger’s, I wish I would have! I brought along my daughter and Baby M. He was flirting with Trina! He loved her! hahaha I had to stop in and out because I had another event to attend at Babies R Us (I’ll talk more about that later). The location was so nice. Everything was set up so nicely. It reminded of a little boutique. I found a CUTE vintage dress from Kristen’s shop Lily Kai Vintage and a cute Rachel Roy spring/summer dress from Trina‘s closet. I can’t wait to rock it! I may just try to transition it into a Fall/Winter look!!! Hmmmmm, I think I will!!!! If I had more time, I know I would have racked up on Eboni’s items. I had every intention of getting there right at 11am (when they opened) so I could get 1st dibs on the good stuff, but when you have a baby, everything is all on baby time & not mommy time! hahaha All you mommy’s out there understand me!!! I only got one photo of me getting my shop on, but be sure to head over here to see more! I might just have to get with Lexi, so I can get in on the next one.
I dressed very comfortable since I knew I was going to be running around all day… literally! I didn’t get home that day until like 9pm! I purchased these polka dot pants from Target. They are so comfy and CUTE, all in one! hahaha And I threw on the Chuck Taylor’s. Can never go wrong with those, right? And lets talk about the carrier. I LOVE THIS CARRIER! I must say it was the best gift ever!!! It is the BABYBJÖRN Carrier Miracle. I have used this carrier ever since Baby M was 6 weeks old. I use it mostly when going out to the grocery store or just into a store where I don’t want to pull out the stroller. It’s just so easy to strap on the carrier. I can even breastfeed him while he is in the carrier, and no one even knows! If you are expecting or if you have a little one and you DO NOT have a carrier, you MUST go get one! You won’t regret it!!!Similar or Similar) ● sweatshirt – old (Similar or Similar or VERY Similar) ● shoes – Converse ● leather belt – Thrifted (Similar) ● watch – Michael Kors Mason wore: Converse baby shoes (Similar) ● Polo Ralph Lauren layette (Similar)
Have a great weekend. We’re supposed to be taking Baby M to the pumpkin patch… we’ll see how that goes!
What are your plans for the weekend?
Hi loves. It’s almost Friday!!! That gives you a little bit of motivation that this week is nearing an end. LOL I’m so sorry this is going to be a quick post. Baby M turned 4 months old yesterday and today we have to go get shots! I am so not looking forward to it either!! Uggghhh
So last week baby M got his 3 month pictures taken by The Snappy Diva. As you know, she also photographed my maternity pictures, my babyshower, and Baby M’s newborn pictures. I love her photography so much because she loves doing natural posing. She loves natural lighting and natural settings. Here are a few of my favorite shots from his 3 month shoot.Images by The Snappy Diva Images by The Snappy Diva Images by The Snappy Diva
I can’t wait for his 6 month shoot. It is going to be so fun to share these pictures with Baby M when he gets older. if your looking for photography in the Atlanta area, be sure to contact The Snappy Diva for all of your photography needs. She even comes to your home!!! A major plus when you have an infant!