Friday, June 21, 2013

First Word!

On Wednesday our daughter said her FIRST WORD! I was changing her on the change table and she clear as day said " Dadda " I was so happy! She kept saying it, then of course when I got my phone to record her saying it to send to my husband ( he was at work ) she stopped. So later on Wednesday she kept saying it, I taped it and sent it to him. My husband is over the moon happy! I can't believe it, our 5 and a half month old baby girl said her first word. I am one very proud mama. To top it off, she slept from 5pm Wednesday night to 5am Thursday morning! It was so nice getting that extra sleep. She must have tired herself out.
Last night she only woke up once at 2:30am, then again for the day at 6am, and wait for it..... she had a two hour nap this afternoon. Great week! She has been talking up a storm since saying "dadda", which we love. Father's Day was a success. I ended up getting my husband a card, and mug ( which I put our daughter's hand print and foot print on with glittery paint, and "Dad" across it, with the year on the bottom, plus the new Dan Brown book Inferno. He loved it. By the way Happy Belated Father's Day to all you father's out there and moms who are pulling double duty.
My husbands 28th birthday is on Tuesday. I have ordered him something, but it hasn't come in the mail yet :/.  Hopefully it gets here soon. I will post pictures of everything after.
Other than that, I just wanted to brag a little bit. Our daughter said her FIRST WORD!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Last minute running around.

This weekend is my husbands first Father's Day, so I want to make it special, like he did for my Mother's Day. So today I have a bunch of last minute shopping to do, to finish his gift that I'm making. ( I will post pictures after I give him his surprise on Sunday. :) ) I also had a friend crochet my daughter, husband and I Monster beanies, and Horde beanies. ( those of you who know WoW, will understand, lol ) Like I've said a couple of times, I am a geek at heart. <3. I also ordered Little Caesar's pizza and breadstick kits, I'm excited to try those out tomorrow afternoon for lunch.
Those of you who read my previous entry, know that our daughter is teething. She has been started on baby food as well.  We are now on fruits, but because she is so independent and gets mad when she can't do things on her own, and she has also jumped right to doing the chewing motion, and holding things on her own, my husband and I discussed LED weaning. We have decided that, that's the route we are going to take with our daughter. What is LED weaning?   Baby-led weaning allows babies to control their solid food consumption by "self-feeding" from the very beginning of their experiences with food. The term weaning should not be taken to imply giving up formula or breastmilk, but simply the introduction of foods other than formula or breastmilk.
( Basically instead of mushy baby food, we will be giving her normal food. ( cooked so it's soft enough to be edible and not a choking hazard  obviously.) Zoey seems to thrive when she does things on her own. She gets annoyed with us when we do stuff for her, almost like we're doing it too slow for her liking or something. There are a couple of LED weaning books/cookbooks that I'm going to purchase for meal ideas. We're excited. Hopefully our little one  is too. :)
She is fully rolling over now, and sleeping in her crib, which is awesome, and the past week she has been pushing herself up. Over this weekend she has pretty much sat up on her own as well and has been making "GG," and "da" sounds. I swear our kid is going to start talking soon * fingers crossed*. Wouldn't it be perfect if she said "dadda" for Father's Day?
Being as our little munchkin wakes up more throughout the night now, I have been feeling like a zombie. I have little to NO energy, and can't concentrate on anything. I stumbled across a blog last week and the woman described something that I completely related to. She calls it:
MUDD- Motherhood Unintentional Distraction Disorder. Feeling 'scatter brained', 'zoning out', etc. I can  relate 100%. I completely zone out on things that don't really interest me, or if I'm just too tired to listen I'm guilty of tuning stuff out,  I can't super multi-task like I used to be able to. I feel like I'm losing my mind or going crazy.  I can't wait until the day that she will sit in her crib and play with her toys. It will be super nice to be able to do some laundry or take out the garbage. Lately because I've been so exhausted, I just leave everything until the weekend, and my husband being the amazing man that he is, will take care of it. I feel like I'm losing my mind, but if it wasn't for him I would have lost it a long time ago.I'm not trying to complain, it's just how I've felt lately.... it will pass. On the rare occasion I get a burst of energy, which I love.
I think today I may touch up my hair, I did last month, but my roots are showing terribly and it may be the little pick me up that I need.
For all you moms out there that can do everything and still have energy to spare, I salute you! Share some tips please lol, they would be greatly appreciated.What do you do for a pick me up/ mommy time?
What are your plans for Father's Day this weekend?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teething little one.

It's official our 5 month old little girl is teething. She is extremely irritable randomly throughout the day, and is waking up 3-4 times a night when usually she only wakes up once. It's been a long two weeks and I've felt like pulling my hair out on numerous occasions. I've been looking up remedies for teething. This is what I've found.:
Teething Tips for soothing sore gums:
1. Rub your baby's gums. Use a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp washcloth to massage your baby's gums. The pressure can ease your baby's discomfort.

2. Offer a teething ring. Try one made of firm rubber. The liquid-filled variety might break under the pressure of your baby's chewing. If a bottle seems to do the trick, fill it with water. Prolonged contact with sugar from formula, milk or juice contributes to tooth decay.

3. Keep it cool. A cold washcloth or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums. Don't give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.

4. Try hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot, frozen bagel, frozen banana. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.

5. Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby's chin.

6. Try an over-the-counter remedy. If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) might help. Avoid teething medications that contain the pain reliever benzocaine. Benzocaine products have been associated with methemoglobinemia — a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.

7. I've also heard that Gripe Water can help with teething.

8. You might find success with the variety of available homeopathic options. Melt away teething tablets, Camilia, Chamomilla, or Aconite drops help reduce swelling and relieve irritability.

9. If you want natural : There are countless, safe and effective home treatments you can employ. For example, you can soothe those nerve endings by rubbing a slice of peeled ginger root on your baby’s gums. Other natural remedies include: ground cloves or allspice mixed with water to form into a paste, clove oil, or natural vanilla or almond extracts applied to gums with a cotton swab.

If anyone else has any tips or tricks that you've used, feel free to comment.Any suggestions are more than welcome :).

My husband knows I've been having a hard time, especially last night, so he sent me these :

It made my morning that much better seeing these. I'm a geek at heart. <3

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May's Glossybox

The second box I signed up for was the Glossybox. When I received it they had a card in there since it's their 1 year anniversary in the States.

This is my first Glossybox. I'm still getting used to doing some type of reviews, so bare with me please. I'll post the picture then the price, and underneath I'll post my thoughts, likes, dislikes, etc about the product.
 The first product I pulled out is the Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil along with the sharpener that goes with it. Full size: $29.00/ .04OZ. I don't usually like pencil type eyeliners; however this eyeliner literally glided on. It wasn't sharp, I didn't have to go over certain spots, it went on smooth and lasted the whole day. I really like this eyeliner, and even though it's a bit pricier I will be purchasing it once I use this one all up. Very happy with this product.

 This is Epionce Intense Defense Anti-Aging + Repair Serum. Full  size: $136.00/ 30ML. I just turned 25 on Sunday, and I was already having a slight panic attack thinking "OMG I'm old." Then I got this in my Glossybox. I'm not one for anti aging products, not saying I don't like them, I just don't prefer using them at this time. I have to honestly say that I would never buy this, I'm a mom, if I'm going to spend that type of money on a product it will be a product for my child.
 The next product was this Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray. Full Size: $19.95/ 5.07 FL OZ. I tried it, and I do like it; however I find the smell is more like a hairspray smell. It's supposed to add volume to your hair, I liked the feel of it. It was light and didn't make my hair feel greasy or anything. Glossybox also included a coupon in the box for a Sebastian Professional product, I may use it.
I was excited when I saw this. It's Nicka K New York Absolute! Perfume Stick. Full Size: $14.99/ .29OZ
I loved the packaging and was super excited to try it. It's basically a perfume stick type. I put it on and wasn't that impressed with the scent. The one I received smells like laundry soap. :/ I will purchase this in the future, but it will be a different scent for sure.
 European Wax Center Body Wash Full Size :$20.00/ 8OZ and Slow It Body Lotion Full Size: $20.00/ 8OZ. I haven't tried them yet, but I will soon and I enjoy trying new body washes and lotion and finding favourites to buy.
The last thing I got was the Etre Belle Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask. Full Size: $39.50/ 10 Masks.
I don't usually use mask type beauty products. So I'm on the fence about this. In the packet it feels gooey for a lack of better terms.

Overall I'm happy with my Glossybox. I liked the packaging and the timely manner it was sent out in. I'm just late writing about it and uploading the pictures lol. Glossybox is $21 a month, and once you save up 1000 GlossyDots you earn a FREE Glossybox.
Sign up for Glossybox if you're interested. June's doing a special Beauty Box, which I'm excited for :).

Monday, June 3, 2013

May Bluum Baby Box

Last week we were pleasantly surprised when our Bluum Baby Box for May arrived. We were impressed with the contents of the box. For those of you who don't know what Bluum box is, it's a monthly subscription box for your little one. You sign up and receive and invite, ( I got mine within a couple of days. ) you fill in your profile with information about your child's name and age. Each month you will get a box which has age appropriate items. They sometimes include items for mommies too. I believe it is usually around $21 a month, I found a coupon online though and we only paid $16.95 . Also you earn points for your reviews and for referring friends, once you hit 500 points, you get a FREE Bluum box. ( each person who subscribes with your link, gets you 500 points= free box ). So far we think that this baby box is completely worth it.
Let's get to it, sorry for the pic heavy post, and I apologize for the quality. Box Theme this month is : Solids.

 I love the idea of the Nurturme Plump Peas, we got two packets of this. We have started our little one on baby food, and she's in love with peas and carrots.I like the fact that these are mix as much or as little as you need. With jarred baby food, it says to only keep for up to 3 days in the fridge once opened. I don't have to worry about that with these.
 The mOmma Soft Spoon, we love as well. It's soft and dishwasher safe. You can attach the lid to the bottom and it becomes a handle and makes the spoon handle longer. It's easy for our daughter to grip and doesn't slip out of her hand like other baby spoons we've been using. I would definitely buy this spoon. The only small issue I have with this spoon is that the actual spoon part is still a bit too big for our daughter's mouth, but she is only 5 months so I'm sure as she gets older it will be easier for her to eat off this spoon.
 Next was this Bobo Buddy. It's a pacifier holder. I like it, but we really don't use pacifiers that much with our daughter, ( not enough to have one attached to her clothing anyways ). I do like how soft the bobo buddy is though, and it's big enough that our daughter has been using it as a toy.
 Next is the B Kids - Sandfish Rattle. Description for this one is :
  • Rattling sea fish with multi-colour beads
  • Baby's can twist the tail fin handle into different positions
  • Great auditory, kinesthetic and tactile
Our daughter LOVES the Sandfish Rattle. The bright colours really catch her attention and same as the sounds when you twist the tail fin. We would definitely purchase this one for her in the future or for future children.
 The Angel Dear Monster Blankie we absolutely love! It's soft and machine washable. It's a good size and they also included a 20% off coupon in the box for the Angel Dear website. I went onto their site and they have teething blankies. The prices aren't too bad either. I'm planning on using the coupon on one of the teething buddies ( probably the giraffe one for $15.00 ) She loves the giraffe pattern on things, and instantly attaches to them.
The last product that was in the Bluum Box was the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, in the colour Rhubarb. I love Burt's Bees products, but don't always buy them because they can be pricey. However after receiving this I may have to go out and purchase some anyways. I love the minty fresh smell of the Lip Shimmer and the colour is just enough to look like a tint but isn't overpowering.
Overall, the Bluum box impressed us. This was our first box subscription so we weren't sure what to expect, but I'm happy to say that we are very satisfied with the products that came in the box. Our little one loves them and so do we. Also all the products are ones that we will actually use.

Here is my link if anyone is interested in signing up for the Bluum box, .