Lash Extensions

I am OBSESSED with lash extensions. I had them last year but when I was 3 months pregnant my eyes had some kind of reaction to them (insert sad face) so I stopped getting them. Yesterday though I went back and got them on and I feel like a whole new woman!! It’s seriously amazing what a difference lashes make. Here is a quick before + after. I took before picture moments before getting lashes on. Nothing else was done in the after picture except for the lashes.

Have you ever had lash extensions? Do you love them too?

 

If you’re in KC area looking to get your lashes done I HIGHLY suggest Danielle at Midwest Anti-Aging KC. Make sure and let her know I sent you!!

 

Newborn Pictures

Here is a quick little sneak peek into our newborn session.

Thank you so much to Allison Marie Photography. She is an absolute gem and was so incredibly patient with our little guy who just a tad fussy😉

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SHOP OUR SESSION:

Blue Arrow Swaddle Blanket: Sweetheart-n-Sunshine

White Swaddle Blanket: Swaddle Designs

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity

Newborn Outfit: Onesie: H&M Baby // Leggings: Old Navy // Shoes: Old Navy

Husbands Outfit: Shorts: H&M // Shirt: Old Navy

Couch: Nebraska Furniture Mart // Pillow Covers: H&M Home

Black & White Blanket: Target

Bedding: Ikea  Pillow Covers: H&M Home

Honor thy father | Fathers Day Edition

photo credit:KJP

(re-post from 2012)

Today is fathers day. One of the Fathers Day traditions in my house is to make dad breakfast. I have always done this task. This year he choose Belgian Waffles with fresh strawberries. So 45 mintutes before breakfast I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, got in my car and drove to the store. I walked into the store, grabbed my organic strawberries and got into line. All seemingly mundane tasks. Until I began talking with the clerk and the man behind me.

The clerk asked a typical question. “Do you have any plans for today?”

“Yep, I am making my dad belgian waffles with strawberries” I replied.

The man behind me grumbled “I wanna come to your house, all my kids are asleep.”

“Oh no” I told him.

He continued “I gotta make my own d*mn coffee. I asked them if they wanted to go out to eat for breakfast, but I am gonna have to go to breakfast myself…to h*ll with them” He said. Obviously upset.

It was in that moment of talking with this once stranger that I realized the simple task of making my dad breakfast was much more than that. It really is a way to honor my father. To take time out of my morning to say thank you.

[Food is the way to a mans heart after all right ;]

The seemingly small things can mean the world to another. Don’t underestimate taking time out of your day for someone.

So today I want to challenge you to take 5 minutes out of your day and honor your father. Whether that be in words, in action. Take time to say THANK YOU. No father is perfect, no father has it all together. I know that. Not sure what to say to dad? Ask God for His heart towards your father, and speak that life over him. Today I learned that the little things really do mean something to dads. Maybe you haven’t talked to your dad for years, maybe you haven’t said I love you for awhile. Why not start today?

Today my hope is you choose not to be the child of the upset father that I encountered at the store, but choose to be the child of God who desires to honor and love their father in there imperfections and weakness.

The hour that it took to wake up, go to the store, and make breakfast meant more to my dad than even I know. Choose to honor your father today ladies. Would love to hear what you are doing today to honor Him.

Must have items for first week of having newborn

FOR MAMA:

Meal Train: You are not going to have energy to make meals for yourself let alone your spouse and you’re certainly not going to have energy to coordinate who is bringing what, when. Meal train takes care of it all for you and emails you when someone signs up. We signed up for meals to be made for us and we’ve only had to make dinner once in the first 7 days of him being here.

SHOWER: I made sure the morning we got home I took a quick shower and washed my hair cause lemme tell you I looked like a hot mess. Then again I had been in labor for 30 hours. But really though, go take a quick shower the next morning after you get home. You’ll feel refreshed and well you just had a baby come out of you so a shower may be a good idea😉

PADS: You will bleed. A lot for awhile after baby. Talk to your midwife or doctor about what is normal bleeding. This is a whole other ball game, nothing like that time of the month bleeding. Frozen pads are the best btw.

PERI-BOTTLE: This little bottle will help when its time to go the bathroom. The birth center I delivered at provided ours. I suggest buying one in case the place you’re giving birth doesn’t have one. WAY easier than the spray bottle I originally bought.

FOR BABY:

WIPE WARMER:I didn’t actually think this would have been such a big deal but it was, at least for our little guy. If you wanted to hear him cry just put a cold wipe on his bum and the cries would begin. So thank you to whoever invented this. It’s one of the few baby gadgets I fully support.  We personally have the Prince Lionhearted  which you can find at Target for $21.99

BURP CLOTHS: You’ll need them, and you’ll need lots of them. We personally use the Gerber Pre-fold diapers. They are super absorbent and way cheaper than any other burp cloths you’re going to find. We personally have two “stations” besides the changing table station with burp cloths, diapers, and wipes so we don’t have to go running for what we need. I suggest having at least 8-10. You can find them at Target: Gerber Cloth Diaper Pre-fold: $12.59

Breastfeeding MUST HAVES

NURSING BRAS: I highly suggest buying several sizes. I went from an A to C during pregnancy and then a C to a DD within two days of birth. I personally found some lace non underwire Medium, Large type nursing bras at Target to be the most comfortable to wear. Remember to avoid nursing bras with underwire. This is especially important when your breasts are engorged.

DISPOSABLE NURSING PADS: They are a must. Enough said. I have the Target up & up brand and they work great. Only thing is there is wrapping on each one (which I get is for sanitary reasons but sometimes I wish I could just grab one and go. Maybe thats just me ;) Target Up & Up brand Nursing Pads (100 ct): $11.50

LARGE WATERBOTTLE: I had no idea just how thirsty I would be all the time from breastfeeding. So I adapted a subconscious rule. When baby drinks, mama drinks. I have water bottles all over the house for me to chug. My “rule” is drink 1/2-1 water bottle per feeding. It’s way easier to just have my large water bottle filled though. Make sure it has an easy straw you don’t have to flip. One hand for baby, one hand for water bottle.

LANOLIN CREAM: Best money you will spend keeping your nipples comfortable. I don’t use it all the time but there are times I need. Here is what I use (found at Target): Medela 2oz Tender Care Lanolin: $8.19

Tips to surviving the first week of having a newborn

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I am not quite sure where the time has gone but our little guy is ONE WEEK OLD. Today I woke up and looked and him and he just looks bigger. Which I love because it means he is growing and healthy and a reminder that time flies and to soak up every moment with him because there will be a day he doesn’t wanna be with mama 12 hours a day.

I have loved the transition to being a momma but there are definitely some key things that have helped me transition to the role of momma that I wanted to share with you.

Give yourself grace: There will be minutes, hours, days that seem effortless other times they will seem almost impossible and the tears will flow. That is okay. What you’re doing is incredible. The life that you are giving to this little one is so commendable. Baby may be crying like the world is ending but I can assure you mama it’s not. You’ve got this. Take a deep breath and keep going.

Breastfeeding will be uncomfortable at first: IT GETS BETTER. This is the main phrase that mamas would tell me. It’s what I hold onto when little guy is cluster feeding.  While I was fortunate enough to have our little guy latch right away I can tell you a bad latch DOES HURT! So watch for their latch. Take time to get a good latch so feedings are easier. Now a week in, breastfeeding does not hurt. Remember, breastfeeding should not hurt. Good latch is everything. I owe a good latch mainly due to our nursing pillow. It puts him at the perfect height and he is able to get that latch himself without any nudging from me and I am completely hands free. Please do take time to read up on good vs. bad latches. You will feel the difference!  I personally took a breastfeeding class and it helped me so much cause lets be real the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding book is so insanely huge. I think I got a couple pages it and gave up. haha.

DON’T compare your newborn to another one: Yes, there is a general rule of thumb of how newborns will be. However your little baby is not your friends baby.

Listen to your baby: He/she will tell you what they need. Just listen. Now that he is a week old I have down his three basic need cries. Hunger: This one is fairly straight forward for us- look for his mouth rummaging for your breast, turning his head looking for breast, opening his mouth almost licking his lips😉  Gassy: Back arched and fussy. Just burp them. They will get it out. And yes, they will probably spit up so have a burp cloth ready. Diaper Change: Our little guy kicks his legs around and gets fussy, not crying like he may for being gassy just an uncomfortable fussiness.

Get outside: This has been key for me so I don’t feel like I am completely missing out on summer. I try and sit outside 5-10 minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it helps me get my dose of Vitamin D which in turn helps with my mood.

Sleep when baby sleeps: It’s true. For the first couple days I couldn’t sleep without knowing someone was watching him for fear of him spitting up. So I would hand him off to daddy or whoever was there and take a nap. There WILL be sleep deprevation its just apart of the newborn phase there is no way around it. However you have the ability to make it somewhat do-able (I did not say easy!) by napping when the baby naps. If anything just rest. Yes, dishes need to be done. Laundry needs to be folded but your body just did the most incredible thing by creating this little one and delivering them. Give your body and self a break and rest mama.

You WILL cry. Possibly everyday: Know that you will be tired, there will be days that are EXHAUSTING that you are pushed to the brink of tears. Its okay mama. Let those tears flow. Holding them in will only create a massive breakdown later down the line. It is normal to cry, what you’re going through is a lot. When he was first born I would cry anytime he got fussy it broke my heart to see this little guy cry and not be able to fix it instantly. Again, give yourself grace. This baby is not expecting perfection- he is expecting love.

Ask for help: Whether it be a meal delivered, or someone to hold baby. I learned I needed my sleep (duh!) so when family came over I would hand baby off and go take a nap. Keeping yourself ‘charged’ is so important.

Use the resources available to you: I am so thankful for the amazing breastfeeding Facebook group I am apart of. They women on there are so encouraging and quick to build up other women (this is a local group- so sorry I cannot add you). Take a look around though. Search for mommy groups that are in your area, look on Facebook, read books. There are SO MANY ways to find the information you need whether it be from books, small groups, or online.

Take a shower: Seriously though, its so easy to put the little one first but mama unless you’re feeling good no one is going to feel good. Take five minutes to take a shower, wash your hair and take a deep breath. I try and do this in the morning when little man is taking his first morning nap.

Put on some makeup/do your hair: Doesn’t matter if you’re going out or not. Put on some makeup and/or do your hair. It can get mundane at home, but thats no reason to not put yourself first and keep feeling good. I find I do one or the other. Curling wands are perfect for this. Curls hair so quick and the heat is so hot my hair will stay curled for days to come. What more could a busy mama ask for?