Thursday, November 29, 2012

Month 2 Favorites

Lucy is 2 months old! We can't believe it's already been 2 months. The time really does start to fly by as Lucy gets more squirmy, smiley, and has begun sleeping longer stretches through the night. 

Here are our 2 month favorites that we couldn't have lived without over the past month!

1. Bamboobies: super soft washable nursing pads. These are awesome leak proof nursing pads that stay soft against your skin. Bonus ** if you leave one lying around while nursing you will be less embarrassed by bystandars because they are cute little heart shaped pieces of fabric and not weird circle maxi pad looking things (like disposable nursing pads). My sister has renamed these "hooter hearts."

2. Passy's. As I mentioned in my original post, Lucy wasn't interested in passy's the first month. We kept "plugging" away {har har} and finally found her favorite from the Dollar Tree. She now has a new favorite: MAM Pacifiers. These seem to stay in her mouth better while she's taking her naps than the Dollar Tree passy's do. My advice, try them all until you find the one your baby likes! They are a lifesaver in stores, car rides, during immunizations, and general times of fussiness.

3. Play Gym. This is what we spend most of our awake time during the day on. (And by we I mean Lucy.) She loves to swat at the little dangly toys that play music, and there is a mirror and lots of colors for her to look at when she is on her tummy for tummy time!

4. Undercover Mama Nursing Tank.  This tank top clips onto your nursing bra and can be worn under any normal shirts to create a nursing shirt! Let's be honest, nursing tops are frumpy. And terrible. This tank top turns most of your clothes into nursing clothes without your belly getting exposed while nursing in public! (Any stretchy tank top will work too, you just have to be willing to stretch it out and may not be able to wear it again in your post-nursing future.)

5. Costco Kirkland Diapers. My sis-in-law swears by these diapers. And at $31.99 for 216 diapers at Costco {that's $0.15 each} the price is awesome. Plus they come in bulk, because lets be honest, you go through a ridiculous quantity of diapers every week. They work just as well as Huggies or Pampers, and even have the little yellow line that turns blue when they pee for itty bittys.

6. Nursing cover. Cute and awesome for nursing little ones while you are out and about.

7. Passy clip. This was a sweet gift from one of my husbands cousins and it is absolutely adorable. It's personalized and great for traveling and getting out and about with baby. It forever answers the question, "where's her passy?"

8. Swing. I've heard some babies don't like these. But for us, it is a registry must! When Lucy starts to get sleepy and wants us to snuggle/rock/cuddle her and we are cooking or cleaning or trying to be hands-free, we plunk her in the swing and she loves it. She coos and talks to the little birdies in the mobile as they dance around above her head and we use it just about every day. She's only fallen asleep in it about 2 times; however, I have friends who used it exclusively for getting their little one to sleep.

9. Video Monitor. We are just now trying to get little Lucy to take naps in her crib, so that we can eventually get her to sleep in her crib through the night as well. This monitor is awesome because it has a video with night vision where you can keep an eye and ear on baby while she sleeps. You can also spy on your husband when he is up giving a diaper change too, because the controls are on the handheld device. This pose shown in the monitor above is what we call "Roller Coaster Ride." She makes the most awesome poses with her arms while sleeping-and we love being able to catch them on the monitor.

What items could you not live without at two months with your little one?

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving from our little indian!  

    "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Roasted Green Bean Not-so-casserole

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! That means its time for menu planning and recipe choosing.

Every Thanksgiving I was in charge of green bean casserole--in all of its creamy, cheesy goodness.

Ever since having a baby and breastfeeding, I have had to start watching what I eat. I am still working on losing some baby weight, and we discovered Lucy has trouble digesting any dairy products through my milk.

Cows milk products can cause some babies to be extremely fussy and gassy. So gassy in fact, that they have trouble actually burping or getting the gas out. So I cut dairy out of my diet. {Which is sad. Very sad.} But when you have a screaming baby who you can tell has a terrible little tummy ache, you will eat only cardboard for the rest of your breastfeeding life if it will make them happy!

So I have had "fun" trying to find dairy-free but delicious substitutes for my favorite meals.

If you are going low fat or dairy-free this Thanksgiving, these roasted Green Beans with bacon and caramelized onions will not disappoint. They are roasty and delicious with flavors of roasted garlic, nutmeg and mushrooms {which are missing from the pics, because the husband detests mushrooms and I have to cook them on the side}. This is true love people.

Roasted Green bean Bacon and Garlic Not-so-casserole
1 lb snipped and cleaned green beans
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 slices of crispy cooked bacon, diced
4 cloves of garlic, thickly diced
1 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 cremeni mushrooms, thinly sliced (not shown)

Preheat oven to 425. Toss green beans, bacon onions, garlic and mushrooms in olive oil, nutmeg, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until onions are caramelized and green beans are soft (but not mushy) and not longer crisp.

What is your family's go-to veggie for Thanksgiving?

How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.  Psalm 31:19

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful for...


Everyone told me that you can try every passy on the market and your baby will end up picking the one they like.

Well, we were beginning to think Lucy was just NOT a passy kind of gal. Every one we tried she scrunched up her face and spit out or gagged on.

We were okay with life without a passy because that meant we wouldn't have to break her of it in the future. But, passys come in handy when driving or shopping and when you have a fussy baby who is having trouble settling down for her nap. So we kept trying...

Then, I remembered a passy we had in this adorable corsage my aunt made me for my baby shower, full of baby socks and a passy and ribbon. (Seriously adorable-my friends suggested she sell them.)

And lo and behold...its her absolute favorite. When I asked where it was from so I could grab some more, my mom told me it was from the dollar store.

So at 2/$1 little Lucy is in love with her fashionable but thrifty binkys.

And she feels glad. And thankful.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful for...

The holidays are approaching, the holidays are approaching!!

And there is nothing that could make this new mom and little baby happier.

With Thanksgiving next week, I plan on sharing some recipes {if I can ever find time to cook.}

In the meantime, I will share what I am thankful for.

Today, I am thankful for Aden & Anis Swaddle blankets. We seriously use these every day. Get them for your prego friends. They will want to hug your neck.

 They are thin and soft, and stylish, so they keep baby warm and swaddled up cozy.

Plus they make great car seat blankets.

I'm also thankful for skinny trees {which are SO in this year.} And sisters. And decorating skinny trees on November 12th.