23 May, 2016

Thoughts for Monday

I have intentions every Friday to take lots of pictures over the weekend to do a weekend post but then real life happens and I end up snapchatting (@aah72386) the whole time and then never save the pictures!


Oliver started swim lessons recently and he's doing so well! I'm really glad we started his lessons so young before he has any idea whats's going on haha. The older babies are much more aware and realize that the pool=being dunked under water and aren't handling it as well.  Whereas Oliver gets dunked, and freaks out for a minute then just keeps going. So if you're debating to do swim lessons with a baby around 6-7 months old, do it!





I picked up the Babyganics Wool Dryer Balls from Target this week. Norwex makes some that I was going to buy but when I saw Babyganics made them and I could buy them from Target, well that was much more convenient. So the balls are used in place of nasty dryer sheets. Did you know that dryer sheets are made from animal fat? When they get heated up from the dryer the fat gets on your clothes and prevents them from getting staticky. There's also lots of toxic chemicals in them, I mean there's a reason they say don't use them on baby clothes. The wool balls are a great alternative that you can reuse and they are totally nontoxic. The one downfall, if this matters to you, is they don't leave a nice scent on your clothes.  I have heard of people putting a drop of lavender oil on the balls to make their clothes smell good.



I finally got Cravings and flipped through it this weekend. There are some really good recipes I can't wait to try. The Cauliflower, Orzo, Feta Salad and the Brussels Sprouts with grapes and almonds are on our menu this week!




We watched Zoolander 2 Saturday night and it was so stupid I loved it. Not as funny as the first one though!




My skin looks like a war zone right now, it's localized to my chin and cheeks which is totally hormonal. All of my normal products that I use to get rid of acne aren't cutting it so I started trying new stuff and it doesn't seem to be helping much either! I have zero patience and want immediate results so I came across this Shea Moisture African Black Soap and bought it for $3.99 and figured if it doesn't work, like everything else, I haven't wasted anymore money. Well the cheap soap is working! When I wake up every morning I can tell such a difference. The soap is literally black and is made with all organic/natural ingredients. Evidently it's been used in Africa for years for all types of skin issues, eczema, acne, rosacea, dry skin, poison ivy, I mean everything. It got a 2 EWG's website which is awesome. 





I've been trying to dry brush my body again everyday which I used to do before I got pregnant. It's supposed to help the lymphatic system remove toxins from your body, reduce cellulite, and unclog pores. It's recommended you do it before you shower since it helps to get rid of dead skin cells. Here's a good guide on how to dry brush:






I'm trying to get Theo to take me to NYC for my 30th birthday. I turn 30 in July but I want to go to in December for Christmas. I've never been before so tell me where we should go and stay that won't leave us bankrupt!




16 May, 2016

Oliver at 6 and 7 months

I was a slack mommy and didn't do a 6 month update last month, so I'm doing month 6 and 7 together!

And each month picture continues to get harder and harder! He's been teething so everything must go in his mouth!




Oh, and the facial expressions this kid makes. 





6 months

Weight: 17 lbs 5oz
Height: 27 inches


He had his 6 month checkup and handled his shots like a champ! Didn't even need Tylenol unlike months 2 and 4! We celebrated his first Easter this month!





Clothing
Can still wear 3-6 month in Janie and Jack, because they run big but otherwise wearing 6 and 6-9 months and 9 month footed pajamas because he's long! Wearing size 3 diapers.

Eating
Drinks formula 5 times a day, 6 oz in each and 8 oz in his bedtime bottle. He drank his last bottle of breast milk right before he turned 6 months and now he's only drinking formula. We use Baby's Only and LOVE it!  He eats solids once a day, 1-1.5 oz. He loves sweet potatoes, apples, and butternut squash.

Schedule
Eats at 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 6:30 pm. Then he's in bed by 6:45-7 pm. As for naps, they're about 1 hour 45 minutes-2 hours from when he woke up. So they usually end up being at 8 am, 11-11:30 am, 2 pm, and then takes a catnap in the car on the way home from my mom's at 5 pm. 

Sleep
Literally the day he turned 6 months, he dropped his middle of the night feed and started sleeping 11-12 hours at night now. I started giving him his lovey to sleep with and I really do think that has helped him to learn to self soothe. Whatever it was, I am SO thankful he's sleeping through the night now. He still sleeps in his Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit. 


Likes
He loves his Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby Entertainer I can put him in it and it'll keep him busy for awhile.




Dislikes
He's been teething pretty bad this month and has two bottom teeth coming in. That can make for a fussy baby at bedtime!








7 months


This may be my favorite month yet! He's become such a happy, easy going baby and has the biggest squeals and laughs. He's easy to take out to restaurants because he can sit in a highchair now. He's just so much fun!




Clothes
Oliver can still fit into some 6 months clothes but they're getting tight. So he's pretty much wearing 6-9 month and 9 months now. We also started size 4 diapers this month.

Eating
Still eating 5 times a day, same times as 6 months. We started feeding him solid food twice a day this month. I gave him sweet peas for the first time and he loved it.




Schedule
Schedule is pretty much the same as month 6 but he did drop his 4th nap. 


Sleep
Still sleeping 11-12 hours at night with no middle of the night wake ups. I put him down to sleep around 6:45-7 pm and he plays with his bunny lovey for a little while then falls sleep. He's usually up for the day around 6:30-7 am. His naps are can be hit or miss. He sleeps anywhere from 45 minutes-2 hours.


Likes
He loves his Skwish toy and going for rides in the shopping cart!






Dislikes
Being in the same spot for too long. He gets bored!




13 May, 2016

Favorite Non Toxic Products

For the past 2 years or so I've been slowly switching all of my household cleaning products, skincare, and makeup to non toxic brands. We now know so much about what's really in our day to day products, and unfortunately it isn't always safe. Products are full of harsh chemicals that are known to be hormone disruptors, cause cancer, and birth defects. They can also irritate our skin and cause allergies. Luckily a lot of brands are on board with making safe, non toxic products, and you can pretty much buy them anywhere now. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has an awesome website where they rate products on how safe they are. I have the app on my phone and pull it out all the time before I buy something. The FDA doesn't do a good job of regulating if something is really "All Natural" so I use the EWG app to see for myself how natural they really are.

One of the first items I switched over to when I first started doing research on non toxic products was deodorant. I've used a couple of different brands but I really like the Tom's of Maine Aluminum Free Deodorant. It got a 1 on EWG which is awesome and you can buy it at Target. Even without the antiperspirant, I find it keeps me dry and non smelling by the end of the day. And that's saying a lot because I'm on my feet for 10 hours a day at work






I buy the Alaffia brand for shampoo, conditioner and body wash. They each come in a huge 32 oz bottle for around $15. You could easily spend a fortune on non toxic shampoo and conditioner but I really like Alaffia. It smells good, does the job, and it's a great price. They make a baby body wash that I plan on trying on Oliver once we run out of what I'm using now.





I love the Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap to wash dishes, fruits/vegetables, hands, you can even wash your hair with it. It has so many uses and it's very concentrated so you only need a small amount. I actually took a small bottle of this to work when I was pregnant and only used this to wash my hands. The hospital soaps have triclosan in them which is known to cause birth defects. I know I'm a bit extreme! They now sell this soap at Target and it's seriously only $7!



I'm a bit obsessed with Beautycounter for makeup and skincare. Every single thing I use by them, I love. All of their products are very safe and non toxic and they really work. You seriously can't go wrong with any of their products. I'm dealing with a pretty bad breakout right now on my chin and I just bought the Lustro Oil #3 and after only one day of using it, my skin already looks better and less angry.





I alternate between Babyganics and The Honest Company for diapers, wipes, and baby skincare for Oliver. He has very sensitive skin so I have to use the mildest products on him. My mom had a Huggies diaper at her house and used it on him because it's all she had one day. When I went to pick him up his poor little bottom was so red! So I have to be careful with what I use on him and Babyganics and Honest are very gentle and non irritating. I use the Honest Organic Healing Balm on Oliver's bottom after I change his diaper to prevent diaper rash but you can also use it for eczema, cuts, and scrapes. I found a 5 pack at Costco and keep a tube in the diaper bag and all over the house. Babyganics makes the best wipes in my opinion. They're very soft and can be used on hands and face too so they're great to carry on the go. 






I buy the Green Shield Organic Detergent from Costco and it's free and clear of any fragrances and harmful chemicals. Because it is free and clear, I can wash Oliver's clothes with this as well. 






My most recent non toxic buy that I can't stop talking about is the Norwex Envirocloth. It's a micro fiber cloth that removes dust, dirt, and grease from all surfaces with just water. No chemicals at all. It has silver in which is naturally antibacterial so the cloth never gets moldy and smells. I hate cleaning my house but this cloth actually makes me want to clean, Theo has never been more happy! I went to a Norwex party and the sales rep did an experiment where she smeared raw chicken on a hard surface and used the Norwex cloth to clean it up. She then swabbed the surface to see if any bacteria was left over, and there was none! I was sold and was even more sold when I saw that the cloth only cost $16! I use it to clean windows and glass surfaces, and they look clear and smudge free. It cuts cleaning time in half, if not more, and saves you money because you don't have to keep buying cleaning products. I can't recommend this magical cloth enough!


02 May, 2016

What's In My Diaper Bag

I don't know about you, but to me picking out a diaper bag was a big deal. It's something you have to carry around for years and it basically takes the place of your purse. I also knew that Theo would be carrying it around so it would be pretty cruel of me to pick out one with polka dots. Lucky for him I wanted a gender neutral one just in case I have a girl next time. 



I picked out this bag because it didn't scream diaper bag and it has a ton of storage. The exterior is an antibacterial nylon so it wipes away easily and it has a water-resistant leather trim. The antibacterial nylon was an added plus because purses and bags are the filthiest things so I liked knowing that I wasn't bringing nasty germs into my house. The bag also came with a bottle warmer, a changing bag, and a zip pouch.






Munchkin Diaper Change Kit My diaper bag came with a changing pad but my mom uses it at her house so I picked up this one at Target. I like that it holds diapers and wipes so if I need to change Oliver while we're out, I can grab it out of the bag and it's has everything I need to change his diaper. 

Covered Goods This cover is a must in a diaper bag. It works as a nursing cover, a car seat cover, and a high chair cover. Now that Oliver is sitting up on his own, we put him in a high chair when we go to restaurants and I always put this cover down before he sits. I've worked in restaurants before, I know that high chairs never get cleaned off like they should so I don't even want to think about all the germs he could catch from them. 

Simba Formula Dispenser This is great for carrying formula on the go. It comes with four stackable containers.

Bottle I always take a bottle filled with water so I can mix Oliver's formula while we're out. If we're at a restaurant I'll ask for some hot water and mix that with my water from home so he has warm milk.

Pediatrician Book I carry this book in the diaper bag because it important numbers in it and proper dosages for baby Tylenol and Motrin.


Spare clothes, hat, and sweater I made a rookie mom move at Oliver's first pediatricians appointment and forgot to bring a spare change of clothes. As soon as we took that diaper off to weigh him, out came yellow breast milk poop all over him. So never again! I keep a hat in the bag in case it's sunny out and a sweater if it gets cold.

Toys Oliver is at the age now where he needs to be entertained so I try to carry a few toys in the bag at all times. He's also teething so Sophie is a must! Also in the bag: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, Jellycat Pet Tails Book, Moonflower Toys Bunny Teether




I just started carrying some baby sunscreen and sunglasses now that summer is almost here. Also not pictured is my wallet, keys, sunglasses and a burp cloth. 



What do you carry in your diaper bag? Anything I should add to mine?

29 April, 2016

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Two posts in one week, how'd y'all get so lucky? ;) This has been one of those weeks I couldn't wait for it to end. And I hate that because that means I'm wishing my life away and I already feel like this is the fastest year ever. I really just wish weekdays and weekends could switch. Is that too much to ask? 

One.


Mommy and Daddy had a little too much fun last weekend at a wedding. Definitely felt it the next day but it was all worth it. It was really good for us to get dressed up and go out for the night. Although it's a little different now than it was pre Oliver. He doesn't care that I went to bed at midnight after scarfing down Mickey D's biscuit and gravy. Nope he's up 6:30 am! 


Two.


Oliver has been sitting up so well lately! And starting to crab walk/crawl backwards on his back. He does it mainly in his crib but he'll push himself up to the top of the crib rails and then cry because he can't go any further. I'm sure the wooden rails hurt his head too! All I know is I'm not ready to start baby proofing yet! Wasn't he just born?!



Three.


I can not wait for Me Before You to come out in June! The book may have been one of my favorites and had me bawling at the end and the trailer definitely had me in tears! 



Four.


Obsessed with this dress at Loft. And it's currently 40% off. Casual shift dresses are my favorite for summer.



Five.


How yummy does this salad look? I have everything on hand so I may be trying it this weekend. I bet the salty feta and the earthy kale taste delicious together!




Have a great weekend!