Baby Announcement!

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Baby #2 finally arrived via a scheduled inducement. In all honesty, I couldn’t take being pregnant anymore. My doctor told me that it was safe and healthy for me to be induced at 39 weeks. So I wasted no time and scheduled the inducement at 39+1.

Please no judgement! Though I was having a safe and healthy pregnancy, I was having so much pelvic pain that I just couldn’t stand the thought of staying pregnant while I waited for my little man to come out naturally.

Since this is my second child I had a pretty good idea on how my body would feel and how labor was gonna go but let me tell ya, it was a bit different! First, since I got induced the amount of fluids my body was taking in meant extremely swollen legs for over a week! I think the swelling in my feet was more painful than my postpartum recovery! Second, my contractions were surprisingly not more painful because of the pitocin which I heard would make them worst. I opted for the epidural and got that put in place before the contractions got too strong so maybe that’s why? Epidural for the win! Lastly, labor was actually shorter than my first child! My water broke naturally with my first child so I figured this labor was going to be much longer but it was actually the opposite.

All in all, my inducement was a very pleasant experience and if we decide to go for a third child I would consider another inducement if I get to the 39 week mark again!

Sunflower, Butterfly Onesie

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A little while back I shared how I edited a sunflower, butterfly design in my Silhouette Studio software. I wanted to share the finished product.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video, click here.

If you’re interested in purchasing this onesie for a baby in your life, head over to Mariesah Mina Design!

Isn’t this the cutest?! I just love how it turned out.

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump | Review

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So I love this thing! I didn’t think something so simple could be so powerful.

The Haakaa Breast Pump is literally this silicone suction cup that captures your milk when nursing from the opposite breast.

Let me explain a little further. No this doesn’t act like a regular breast pump. When your baby is nursing from one breast, the stimulation may make your other breast leak milk. Instead of letting your milk absorb into a nursing pad or just leak through your garments, the Haakaa applies a slight suction therefore capturing the excess milk.

How to use it:

  1. Basically your just squeeze the bottom of the Haakaa and place it onto your breast then let go and you should feel that it’s secure enough that it won’t fall off (it should be suctioned onto you pretty tight).
  2. Nurse the opposite breast and watch the magic happen. I get anywhere from 2oz-4oz in the mornings when I’m the most full. Throughout the day I’ll get 1-2oz.

It may not seem like much but it’s better than letting your milk go to waste. You could save enough over time for that girls night you’ve been wanting to have, even if it’s a Zoom-Night-Out!

Did I mention that it’s extremely affordable?! I got mine through my Amazon Baby Registry and it was only $13

So if you’re debating if the reviews actually speak for themselves… they really do. It’s amazing!

*also not posting pictures because that could get weird*

4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat | Review

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Here’s another review for all the pregnant mamas and new parents out there in search for a baby swing/rocker.

I purchased the 4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat in Black from BuyBuyBaby. Now it’s a bit on the pricey side ($219.99) which was why I didn’t purchase it with my first son, but since I had pretty much everything I needed for my second son I figure it was my one “splurge” product for this child. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this as some baby’s love it and others hate it.

I’m going my share my pros and cons list with you and let you all decide what you think is best. I’ll give my opinion at the end.

Pros:
– Easy setup
– Lightweight
– Bluetooth compatible
– Sleek and modern looking
– Various speeds/sounds/movements
– Capability to plug in your own device for different music options (adapter included)
– Easy to place child in inclined/reclined position

Cons:
– Price! It’s $219.99 at BuyBuyBaby. I felt like it was a risk purchasing this because I worried my child wouldn’t like it
– It doesn’t swing: it rocks and sways. Though I knew that when I purchased it, I still figured the “sway” would be more similar to a “swinging” motion.
– Didn’t fit my newborn properly: his head would slouch forward making it look difficult to breath. I’m not sure if he was having a hard time breathing but I wasn’t about to risk it so I waited until he was a bit older before putting him in it.
– Doesn’t lay completely flat: I was say it reclines a little lower than a carseat.

So my overall opinion:
I unfortunately regret getting this. I love the concept and I love all the features, it’s easy to move around because it’s so lightweight but MY.CHILD.HATES.IT! Within 2 minutes of having him in it he starts crying. I try leaving him in it for a few extra minutes thinking he’ll self soothe because he’s just tired but no. He literally won’t stop. He’s more of a “lay me in my bassinet and I’ll put myself to sleep” kind of baby which is great but now I’m $220 (plus tax) down the drain.

My suggestion is maybe borrowing someone’s and seeing if you baby likes it or maybe purchase a used one off of Facebook Marketplace. That way you’re not wasting a lot of money for something your child might dislike. If you can afford the price of this product then I would say why not try it out! But for those who are being more financially conscious when it comes to swings/rockers this might not be the product for you.

Maybe as my son gets older he’ll learn to like it but currently as a 3 month old he hates it. I really want him to like it since it seems like a wonderful product but we’ll see.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section!

Top 20 Mom & Baby Products

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With baby #2 arriving soon I am in complete nesting mode. I’ve organized all the baby stuff and rearranged furniture twice already, all of which are “reorganized” in their original location.

While unpacking and organizing I wanted to share my personal favorite go to products that make parenting (in my opinion) a little easier.

1. OsoCozy Cloth Diapers: used as burp clothes! They’re super absorbent and you can order larger sizes since diapers come in many sizes.

2. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Cream: soothe and moisturize without having to wipe clean before breastfeeding since it’s lanolin free. Seriously a nipple saver!

3. Earth Mama Organic Perineal Balm: another Earth Mama product saving your private parts! The perfect balm for postpartum that makes me think I’m recovering faster since I’m not in as much pain.

4. Nose Frida: though the concept still grosses me out, I find relief knowing that I can help my child breath just a little bit easier when they have colds. It’s also safer because you can clean and sanitize this product.

5. WubbaNub Pacifier: my first child was a pacifier baby. The stuffy attached the pacifier makes it less likely to be lost and also kept in place. And they’re adorable!

7. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags: save all that precious milk for those “mama nights out”. I love the double zip sealer and how easy it is to pour into a bottle when it comes time to use.

8. Zip up pajamas (not buttons!): I love anything with zippers! No buttons ever in this household!

9. Zutano Baby Booties: I never have to worry about losing and finding baby socks. These are fashionable, warm, and never slip off!

10. Cotton Swaddle Blanket: I hate swaddling with any other blanket. This is the only swaddle that keeps arms from escaping (maybe I’m just a bad swaddler?). I only swaddle my baby in blankets during the day when I’m awake or someone is watching baby.

11. Halo Sleepsack Swaddles: At night I swaddle my newborn in these. I never have to worry about arms breaking free of a swaddle blanket and the blanket going over baby’s face.

12. Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper: I like how baby can be a little further from the bed and can be swiveled closer when I need to take baby out for feedings at night.

13. Convertible stroller: I use the Uppababy Vista stroller. It converts to a double stroller with adapters. I use the bassinet portion for the newborn and the regular seat for my toddler.

14. Comotomo Baby Bottle: I honestly don’t bottle feed often but when I do I use these bottles. I children seem to take to this bottle more than others. I think it’s because it mimics a breast best compared to other bottle nipples I’ve used.

15. NailFrida: I absolutely love the viewing window so I don’t accidentally cut the nail to short.

16. My Brest Friend Feeding Pillow: nursing is already a challenging process. This pillow makes nursing more comfortable for both mom and baby.

17. Kick n’ Play Piano Gym: great for tummy time!

18. Hatch Baby Rest: not sure if this works better on baby or mommy but I like the bluetooth connectivity, customization, and presets so you can create a routine throughout the day.

19. Boba Wrap: I use this primarily during the newborn stage. Baby feels secure and you can multitask like the boss you are. Its comfortable to wear and the material is soft and stretchy. Lots of cute patterns too!

20. Ergobaby Carrier: when baby gets bigger I like to use this carrier. Baby can face in or out once they have head control.

There you have it, my top 20 mom and baby products!

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Newborn Pants

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Here’s another diy project created using my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this time I used newborn pants instead of a onsie. Not sure how I feel about them but once my little one is in them I’m sure they’ll be adorable.

I chose my favorite cursive font and used the simple text, “Baby Caleb” and “Caleb”.

In the design studio for Silhouette, I then sized them according to the size of the pants (in this case newborn size). “Baby Caleb” was approximately 2 inches wide and 5.5 inches long. “Caleb” was 2 inches wide and 4 inches long (I’ll have to double check the exact sizing. These are approximations).

Once you have the sizing you like, flip your design so it’s mirrored or backwards and then you’re finished creating the design.

For the cut settings I used “Heat Transfer: Smooth” and changed it to number 3 instead of the original setting because my blade is dull. Normally I would keep it on the preset setting.

Then send your design to cut and watch the magic happen!

Weed your design, place your design on your clothing of choice and iron. I am still using a regular iron which I feel doesn’t give the smoothest application and takes a bit longer to actually adhere to the clothing. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but haven’t gotten around to making the purchase.

If anyone has a review on the Cricut Easy press please let me know!

Happy crafting!

Also, please don’t mind the stained navy pant, these are hand me downs from my first son. I’ve never used vinyl on infant pants so these were also kind of a trial run that seemed very successful.

Update | Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onesie

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Remember that baby girl onesie “Bows and Big Brows” that I made for my niece? If not, check out my post here for a step-by-step guide on how to create this onesie yourself with a cutting machine.

Well my niece arrived about a month ago and look who finally fits into it! Isn’t she precious?!

This is the first onesie I’ve made with a baby actually wearing it. It definitely looks more adorable when there’s an adorable baby wearing it!

Do-It-Yourself | Newborn Photoshoot

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When I was pregnant with my first son I started researching newborn photographers in my local area and it was decided very early on that we would not be getting professional photos taken simply due to the cost. It wasn’t an expense that my husband and I were willing to pay. So I decided to do my own. When my son was 10 days old, in the morning I made some props with his boppy and a few blankets my mom had crocheted and took a gazillion photos. Here are some of the results:

Though they are not nearly as cute as a professional with all the extra props and wraps but I was able to get a few photos that I was happy to print and put in his nursery.

For those who don’t want to spend a mini fortune on professional photos, all you need is a few simple items:

  1. Boppy or baby lounger
  2. Different colored textured blankets
  3. Camera – I used my Sony mirrorless camera but I’m sure a phone camera like an iphone will do
  4. Natural sunlight!

If you can spare the expense, I’m sure getting newborn photos taken is a fun experience but for those who either don’t want to spend the money or for those who just want to take photos of your newborn baby, I had a lot of fun interacting with my newborn during our photoshoot so this is a good experience to bond with that precious newborn of yours.

Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onsie

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My sister is expecting baby #3 and she recently found out the gender. After having two boys she was convinced that she was having another boy. She felt like she was “born to be a boy mom” and “the universe wants her to have boys”. Well we’re so happy to find out that she’s having a girl!

So naturally, I started thinking of all the cute Silhouette Cameo projects I could make for this little princess. Typically I don’t feel like I’m super creative to come up with my own designs when it comes to adding cute characters or symbols (I’m only creative with fonts/words) but I felt like this design was worth sharing.

First, I’m using my Silhouette Studio to create this design and my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut out my finished work.

Step-By-Step

  1. Create your design. Since this little girl is going to have two big brothers I wanted to do something incorporating bows and brothers, so I decided on “Bows and Big Bros” using font Astereiska.
    NOTE: this font is extremely thin which will make weeding the vinyl very difficult. To make the font thicker I create a slight offset (0.03). Once you’ve applied the offset, click and drag out the original font and now you have a thicker version of your original font.
  2. Format the words in a way that pleases you.
  3. Now that the Bows and Big Bros was been created it’s time to girly it up. I decided to put a bow and some stars/shapes. Because it’s too hard to explain in writing, I found this awesome video on youtube by The Rhinestone World that illustrates how to layer two different colored vinyls without the vinyls overlapping. Follow this method to layer a bow of your choice over the letter B.
  4. Then take some stars and varying shapes and place them around your design until you’re happy with the design.
  5. Once you’re design is complete, flip the design so it looks backwards.
  6. Send to cut and let your machine do the work. Once complete, weed the excess vinyl, place design on your onsie and iron. Than your work is complete!

I can’t wait to see my sweet little niece in this onsie!