There is nothing that can prepare you for the long days to come for you and baby other than making the best of it.
I read a few articles about returning to work and I thought to myself. There really isn't any tips that make it any easier. You will still feel like you forgot something after dropping your baby off with Grandma or at daycare.
What I did a few days prior to returning to work is make sure we had taken everything grandma might need for baby. We took her swing, an extra bassinet we had, her portable bassinet that she likes to sleep in. Baby's stuff for feedings. I breastfeed & also supplement.
Ariella, has a schedule that varies but I have learned her cues the last 11 weeks.
Typically, our day would start by getting ready to drop off my oldest (Albert,8) at school. We would get up, get changed, I'd feed her, burp her then put her in the car seat to go.
At first, she did NOT like being in the car.
It took a few weeks for me to get a routine in place to avoid her being cranky in the car.
I did learn that if she was already crying it was going to be a long car ride.
As long as she was content I knew we could get to the car and possibly our destination without baby screams. We're still learning about each other. She, of course, knows mama & dad's voice and face.
I think the most important thing a mom can do is give their caregiver a letter about baby and give some insight about their day. What baby likes and doesn't like.
I wrote a letter to grandma from Ariella so she can have an idea of what baby's schedule is like. I didn't do it by the hour but typically how our day would go cause in our home we go with the flow!
Usually, once she wakes up I will change her, feed her, then she will hang out, watch some cartoons, or I’ll talk to her and show her toys to entertain her. After awhile she’ll start to fuss cause she wants to take a nap so I'll swaddle her and breastfeed her or rock her with a pacifier. This pattern continues throughout the day.
Anyways, our first week wasn't as bad as I thought. I have had a lot of changes to learn about at work so it has kept my mind busy.
Ariella on the other hand struggled a little with the changes. I'm proud of her for hanging in there but this weekend we got our snuggles in and made sure to comfort her needs. As time goes on I'll share more on this topic because it takes time for babies to get adjusted to new changes.
With lots of love we'll get through it!
Since October, my body has naturally adjusted my weight.
After having Ariella, I was weighing more than I ever have before in my life, I was weighing 228.
I knew this would happen because I was already overweight when I found out I was pregnant. Josh and I were actually trying to lose weight together at the time.
Anyways, I have since then lost 21 pounds & counting. We have lost 1-2 pounds daily.
Josh joined me in this weight loss journey on New Year's day and has already lost 8 lbs. He also quit smoking!
When you decide as a family to change your eating habits it's easier for EVERYONE to stick with it because there's no temptation and you encourage one another to not give in for that favorite snack, pop, or sweets. Last year, I was following Keto and it was the best fit for me.
Josh also tried it but once we found out I was pregnant he stopped following it because it was hard for me to not include carbs in my diet (carbs helped with nausea) and here is where temptation takes place making it hard for the other to continue their journey. There's no separate meals. Now, I can make one meal for the whole family!
We were sitting in our living room talking about the different options we have for snacks and meals. What we have to eliminate, what we should eliminate but won't (fruits), and also how it has kept his mind off of wanting or craving cigarettes. Changing our way of eating has distracted him by making sure he's aware of what he's putting in his body and staying on track with his weight loss.
At this time, we haven't used any supplements just naturally detoxing and eating whole foods. Once we begin adding supplements I will update and share what we use.
We look forward to sharing more about our weight loss journey and staying fit as we go along.
Do you have any health goals?!
Alright, I'm going to admit. I did a parenting FAIL this Christmas.
Our kids usually read their letters to Santa to us every year so we get an idea of what they want.
Well, we didn't get them a single thing on their list BUT I'm satisfied to say they loved what they received.
They were happy and appreciative.
Another fail, I put out the gifts that were supposed to be from Santa, lol.
WHO DOES THAT?! This mom!
Obviously, I had to clean up the mess I made by writing them a letter from Santa.
This is actually part of our tradition..a letter from Santa. I use a calligraphy pen to disguise my handwriting.
In the letter, I stated that I had my elves drop off their gifts early to fix my mistake.
My son has been talking about the infamous elf on the shelf, a tradition, I haven't dared to adopt. Well, Santa states in his letter that "he just might send them their personal elf".
Setting myself up for failure again I'm sure..unless I go shopping for this thing before I forget.
On another note, I'm proud of myself for doing my Christmas shopping early this year. I started in September before I had the baby (she turns 2 months today!!).
It kept me within my budget and it kept me from overspending due to buying at the last minute. Plus, it made it easy to hide gifts since they're not looking for them around that time. Once we put up the tree I started to wrap gifts while my son was at school and the girls were napping or watching TV. Easy peasy!
I will be repeating this next year and make sure I don't put ALL of the gifts out so Santa has some work left to do.
Tell me about your Christmas fails in the comments!! (I know I can't be the ONLY one who made silly mistakes)
On Dec. 8th Solana had her First Christmas Recital.
For a few years we have been wanting to get her into dance or gymnastics cause the girl can groove and has amazing balance.
We didn't think she would be performing this year. We just wanted her to have some interaction with other kids her age, have fun, and her own outlet other than just being home with mom and her newborn sister. When they mentioned they would be performing for Christmas we were excited! Obviously, this was my first year of being a dance mom so I had a few extras on my to do list. Shopping for dresses, tutus, dance shoes, hair accessories, you name it. Although, It was so easy to find her a beautiful dress without having to go anywhere. This is the beauty of shopping online!! amzn.to/2V4K69h
The only thing I worried about was will it look the same and will it fit?! I got it several days earlier in case I had to run out and look for a new dress. Some of the other moms asked what her dressed looked like and where I got it. So, I showed them and they loved it just as much as I did. I had to share this cute dress with you guys because it can be for any occasion not just Christmas since it's white.
I can't wait for future recitals to choose and share another beautiful dress.
This recital was very special to her and I cant wait for her to continue making memories as she grows and blossoms in her dance journey.
I wanted to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas!! This time of year can be very stressful, emotional, but especially joyful. Thankfully, this year I started my christmas shopping in September before our daughter Ariella was born (Oct. 25th, 2018). I knew I wouldn’t have the time or patience to wait in long lines with a newborn baby.
One of the places I enjoy shopping at is Kohl’s they usually always have something for everyone. Yes, I did have some items on my list that I couldn’t get there but for the most part. Kohl’s was my go to and had the best deal for everything I wanted to get.
This weekend, we will relax and spend time with our children. Solana, our middle child, has some bad allergies so we’ve been using Wink Naturals immune & cough syrup to help alleviate her cough and runny nose. Our favorite product is the bum balm. After using lots of tissue from a runny nose it can get pretty red and raw. We smear some bum balm on her face or ours whenever we have a runny nose and the redness is gone overnight.
This made me think we could dress her up and make her our own personal Rudolph!!
This is the season of giving!! You know the kettle bell ringers you see outside stores every holiday season? My son, Albert, always likes to donate to them. I think we have made it a tradition every year to make sure we give back.
Another tradition we started a few years ago is getting everyone an ornament for the tree. The first two years I picked out everyone’s ornament but this year we went up to Bronner’s Winter Wonderland. We let the kids pick their own, I picked two for myself and Josh, then picked one for his parents. The kids love this new tradition and it’s my favorite because it’s simple, easy, and memorable! What traditions do you all have? Comment with your favorite or all of them!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & enjoy the company of your loved ones!
Stay warm & most importantly stay safe!!
From Our Family to Yours, Merry Christmas!