Mothers Day with Hallmark

Losing my mom four years ago to cancer makes Mothers Day a bittersweet day. It is a day of remembrance and a day of looking forward. I have my beautiful son that I get to share memories with. Hallmark is a household name when it comes to cards. What I didn’t know was all the gifts they have. This mothers day is a one stop shop at Hallmark.


I love this little “mommy prayers” books. Sometimes when I am out of words this book gives me the words I need. You know those times when you’re at your wits end with your little one? Or to exhausted to put two words together. Or maybe thats just me 😉

 

 

 

This was a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Lets be honest mamas : All about sleep

Lets be honest mamas is back! So thankful my blogger friend Hannah over at Hannah Renee Blog started this all.  This month is I think every mamas favorite and worst topic to talk about. Sleep. We all want it, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I feel extremely thankful for the amount of sleep I am getting these days because it wasn’t always this way.

Now if I’m not getting sleep I have no one but myself to blame 😉

 

How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉

I have to say I feel so incredibly blessed with how much little man LOVES sleep. In the beginning it took some getting use to how much he needed to eat to be able to sleep longer stretches but we’ve got it down now. He has been sleeping through the night since 7 months old. Once he started sleeping through the night I am pretty sure every angel in heaven rejoiced. I personally do not operate well on no sleep and was doubting my capabilities of ever wanting to ever bring another baby into the world because if this lack of sleep thing was going to be a recurring theme there was no way. haha. At 11 months old he currently takes 2 two hour naps. He is teething (top two teeth) and when he is teething he typically naps longer. So some naps have been 2.5-3hrs.

Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?

I did a very baby led sleep training. I don’t believe that every baby is the same. Every baby needs are different. I didn’t want to put him in the same category as any other baby. So I loosely followed suggested guidelines and let him lead and show us what he needed. I am a firm believer that he knows what he needs better than we do. So I trust him to show/tell us what he needs.  I am apart of the Respectful Sleep Training Facebook group and that helped me SO MUCH! (I highly recommend joining, they only accept new members on wednesday) I followed the baby wake times. Little guy has always been on the lower end of wake times. So if he needs to sleep longer than they suggest thats fine. Or if he needs to go to bed sooner than most babies do thats okay.

This is the wake time chart I used. 

Little man is currently 11 months old and typically does 3 hour wake times. Occasionally we do 4 hour wake times but thats rare.

Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

He LOVES bedtime/naptime routine. On the weekends I put little man to bed, on the weekdays daddy does. Its his time with little guy since daddy works all day. Some nights we do bath (typically 2-3xs a week). While one of us is bathing him in his Duck Inflatable tub the other one starts his bottle. After bath time we lotion him up (baby lotion or coconut oil depending on how dry or soft his skin is), put nighttime diaper, and pajamas. By this point he is so beyond ready for his bottle. We give him his last bottle of the night and hold him with his lovey while he drinks.

Once he chugs his bottle (no joke!) we put him in his crib. This is his favorite part. He LOVES his crib and loves sleep. haha. We zip him up in his sleeping bag (we’ve been using sleep sack for the last 7 months and its the BEST thing ever. Especially at this age. It prevents him from trying to climb out of the crib and indicates its time to sleep. My favorite thing about the aden +anais sleeping bag is how long it is. I have little man in their Large Sleep Sack and there is soooooo much extra. I won’t buy any other sleeping bag. Seriously. This sleeping bag is super light weight so he can wear it all summer.

I put 2-3 pacifiers in his crib along with his favorite blanket and loves. He has had that little lovey since he was born. He has always had to have something touching/over his face to sleep.

We also use a white noise machine. We have used this from day one. I’m sure we could take it away, but it definitely helps him know its sleep time.

For nap times we always sing a little song that I made up as we bounce along on my hip to his nursery “Its time to go to bed. It’s time to go to bed. Its time, its time, its time. Its time to go to bed” By this time he is giggling, bouncing and SO EXCITED to get thrown into his crib. We turn on his white noise, close the windows. I sing the song again while zipping him up in sleeping bag + give him his paci and “teddy” (lovey) We play a couple games of peek a boo while he’s flailing his legs in excitement and then I say goodnight and walk out.

We leave him in his crib until nap time or bedtime is done. That is the one thing I am very strict about. He must be in his crib for one hour for naps, and in the morning he isn’t taken out of crib until 7am.

Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

At 11 months old he takes a 1-2 hour nap at 9:30am and 1:30pm. We are pretty strict with this cause he loves his sleep and he is like mama and NEEDS his sleep. He is a great sleeper so even if we aren’t home he will still sleep. I just make sure we have his blanket, lovey, sleep sack and white noise and he is good.

How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

 We choose not to co-sleep. We had him in a bassinet next to our bed the first six weeks. We put him in his crib though for naps so he was use to it right away and never had any issues transitioning him to the crib (well except me checking on him five millions times to make sure he was breathing)
ALSO we are doing a HUGE giveaway on Instagram for a $100 gift card to aden + anais! Go HERE to check it out! (Giveaway post will be live by noon today)
 
Make sure you check out all these other amazing mamas in the Lets Be Honest Mamas group:
 Amber Hill amberlately.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com //Mary Salas honeywild.co // Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com //  Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com//

 

 

Ring Review

Being a work from home mama I find myself alone with my little guy and safety can be an issue. I’m pretty sure we get 2-5 knocks on our door daily. No joke. I’m not always able to jump up and answer the door now being a mom. Especially if I’m in the middle of a diaper change I also don’t want to miss a package that needs my signature.

Enter Ring, they have created a video doorbell system that is a mom’s dream come true because, let’s be honest, those little peepholes in doors are pretty much impossible to see anything.


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But a video camera? Clear as day picture of who is at my door. And when daddy’s away sometimes, I get a little paranoid, so this is an answer to my prayers. My husband installed it in–just as they promised–5 minutes flat. He even admitted it was way easier than anticipated to install. We downloaded the app, and we’re good to go.

Thanks to technology, I can check who is at the door and talk to them from the touch of a button on my phone. Best part is, even if you don’t have a doorbell, Ring will work. With Ring, I am always home. When my little guy is napping, I try to work on blogging so I am not close to the door, and sometimes I don’t hear it (especially if they just knock). With Ring’s motion sensor, I know right away the moment someone is at my door.

Did I mention the video is crystal clear? It seriously is. Now when we’re playing, I don’t have to stop and worry about leaving my little guy alone to jump up and see who is at the door. Even better, I don’t have to stop playing games with my little guy. I can simply answer the door and little man thinks it’s great!

 

 

 

 

 

Ring. It means that no matter where you are, you’re always home.

 

 

 

Whether you’re a mom, or a working single, Ring is for you, and for a limited time, Ring is sharing a $25 discount code with me that’s good for the purchase of any Ring device, valid from now until May 14th. If you have a mama in your life, this would make a great gift for her for Mother’s Day! Simply make your purchase through this link or use the code “THANKSMOM” at checkout

This was a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own.

 

Mommy + Me Style

Anytime we can coordinate, we do 😉 I always wanted a little boy so when we found out thats what we were having I was ecstatic! I am not huge on pink so bring on alllll the neutrals and blues for little man.

This blue cold shoulder T-shirt dress is SO LIGHTWEIGHT and comfy.  It is definitely going to be a go to dress when I am out photographing this summer.  I honestly don’t even feel like I’m wearing anything its that comfy. You can get it yourself from Shop Pink Blush HERE. They are one of my favorite trendy online boutique. IMG_1402IMG_1403IMG_1405IMG_1407IMG_1409IMG_1414IMG_1415IMG_1416IMG_1417

His little romper is from Finn +Emma  . Use my link to get 15% off of your purchase of $50 can be purchased HERE .

I am wearing small. I suggest buying your size, or a size small with Pink Blush there clothing typically runs large.

Who he is at 11 months

He’s different than I imagined. Yet when I stop and really think about it who he is, his personality, his likes and dislikes it all makes sense.

He is not fooled by fake happiness. He doesn’t laugh easily but when he does its deep belly laughs that fuel my heart. He is weary of strangers and seems to almost read them before deciding if they’re okay to be around. When he loves you, he stays attached to you. Stroking your hair and arm latched around your arm.  He is definitely our little baby. He is deeply introspective like daddy, introvert like mama, and the perfect blend of our personalities.

 

I had ideas of what he would be like but honestly my husband and I are so polar opposite when it comes to personality I knew it would be an interesting mash up. He really is a beautiful, perfect combination of the two of us.

 

Of course I had to put him in one of our favorite local Kansas City Brands SANDLOT GOODS. Cause well, he was made in KC 😉 This adorable onesie is available HERE online or in stores. (They’re currently having a sale on the gray onesie for only $11!!)