Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

They Don't Stay Babies Forever

Baby Wells (this is his official name) is seeming less like a newborn now. It's bittersweet. The newborn stage is a little exhausting but it's such a sweet time. I'm not sure if there is a more magical time in life than those first two weeks with your new baby. Every time I'm in that stage it makes me want to have a dozen more babies so I can experience that feeling over and over and over.
Unfortunately I didn't feel that way with my first baby. Going from 0-1 kid has without question been the hardest transition for me. Nothing and no one can prepare you for becoming a parent. I really struggled to give up my freedom and the reality that my needs, wants and desires would no longer take precedent was daunting. I also had an incredibly fussy baby on my hands which I'm certain added to the challenge of becoming a new mom. It wasn't rainbows and butterflies that's for sure.
I so often wish I could go back in time and be the mom to that fussy baby that I am today. I wish I could give him my 3rd time mom confidence and patience. My patience surprises me and I'm not sure if it's my age or my experience but regardless, I'm actually quite thankful that it is what it is. I prayed for patience almost daily when Campbell was a baby and I think the Lord waited to give it to me until I had my second and third babies and he seemed to have given me an abundance of it! I think it's just because once you have your second baby, you realize how fleeting time is. You look at your firstborn and wonder how it's even possible they could be an older sibling because it seems like you found out you were just pregnant with them. I'm not one to wish for time to stand still because I love watching my babies grow but I do try my best to savor every moment while I'm in that moment. So today when I looked at Baby Wells and realized "wow, you're not a newborn anymore" it kind of stung because that sure did go by fast and I'll never get it back.
So if there's any wisdom this third time mom could impart onto my first time mom self, it would be exactly these words that I read on Facebook yesterday. Because I find it all to be so true. Some days are harder than others. On those days when it seems like my baby won't stop crying, my heart feels for him, instead of getting frustrated with him. And on our easy days where everything is perfect, I treasure it and I'm thankful for it! You kind of have to take each day at a time when you're a parent. Say so long at the end of a bad day and thank you Jesus for the good ones! They do go by fast, even when it sometimes doesn't feel like they do. 

"I remember wishing the newborn phase would end. It was hard to believe it would ever get better. When life felt like a blur of sleepless nights, cluster feeding and witching hours. So on a particularly rough day, when someone sighed at me and said "don't worry---they don't stay babies forever" I rolled my eyes and thought well, good! I knew the newborn phase was beautiful but it was also hard. I was tired of being needed so much. I was longing to fast forward to the next phase. I was counting the days to a little more freedom. But as time has passed I've come to realize the cliché is so true: they don't stay babies forever. It hit me when I least expected it. One day I looked at my child and thought "where did my baby go?" I realized then I was already in the next phase. First breaths had turned into first steps. My kids were off and running. Changing each day in little and huge ways. I know now that I can't rush or stop time. So I just try to breath through the hard moments and celebrate the good ones. And hold on to that simple, eye-opening truth. They don't stay babies forever. You've got this." --Alicia Hughes

Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Basket Ideas

It's time to start getting those Easter baskets ready and today I want to share with you some of my favorite picks for the Easter basket. I love filling up my kids Easter baskets full of fun goodies. I try to be theme-y and choose bunny toys because I think that makes it extra fun. Here's a few of my favorite Easter items this year that will hopefully give you some ideas on what to put in your kiddos Easter basket!

Cuddle + Kind Dolls - I love these sweet hand knit dolls. For every doll you purchase, you will feed 10 children in need. So not only do you get a sweet, heirloom quality lovie for your kiddos, you're also helping feed children. Such a great company!

Days of Creation Blocks - I love these stacking and nesting blocks. They feature scenes from the creation story. Seven blocks, for the seven days of creation. They're fun to play with and a great Biblical teaching tool as well!

TBBC Art Apron - These The Beaufort Bonnet Company bunny art aprons are absolutely adorable! Perfect for your little budding artist.

Batman Bunny - For your superhero obsessed boy!

Barbie Picnic Swing & Bunny - I LOVED Barbies when I was a little girl and this cute set is a perfect gift from the Easter Bunny!

Carrot Teether - For the littlest bunnies who need something to gnaw on while those little teeth are coming through!

Baby Bunny Sleep Sack - This adorable little bunny sleep sack for your baby's baby. This will make your Baby Stella doll even more adorable than it already is!

Critter Baby Bath Wrap - Bundle up your baby after bath time with these adorable critter bath towels!

Bible Stories Water Wow - You can never have too many Water Wow's and this one features Bible stories.

Wooden Bowling Game Set - So cute and spring-like! Perfect for an indoor or outdoor game of bowling with the whole family!

Jellycat Bunny Puzzle - Jellycats are known for their adorable, soft lovies and not only do they have books to match but now they have puzzles! This bunny puzzle is too sweet!

Rabbit Stacking Toy - I'm partial to stacking toys because my boys love to stack! This bunny stacking toy is so cute! A must add-on for the littlest bunnies in your life!

Fizzy Magic Bath Bombs - Bath bombs with a surprise toy inside! Bonus? These bath bombs are clean and free of harsh chemicals.

Play-Doh Easter Eggs - Bennett would consider this to be an Easter basket must. Good thing the Easter bunny has already gotten some for him!

Hunny Bunny Tape Measure - Anyone else's kids obsessed with tape measures? This bunny tape measure is adorable!!

Wooden Eggs - You can never go wrong with Melissa and Doug toys and these slice and sort eggs are perfect for your little one's play kitchen! My kids love "slicing" their play food.

Playmobil Bunny Barn - Campbell loves these Playmobil sets and this bunny barn is so perfect for Easter!

Carrot Cottage - I can't even handle how cute this little plush toy is!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Favorite Postpartum Clothing Items

Let's talk about some of my favorite postpartum clothing items shall we? There have been a few things I have lived in and loved so I wanted to share.
First, are THESE leggings. They are so flattering (postpartum or not) and I have extra appreciated them during this postpartum period. They are high waisted and suck my tummy in but aren't uncomfortable at all. They seriously make me look like I have a super flat stomach which I have definitely appreciated!! Now that it's warmer I'm not really wearing pants/leggings anymore but if you're expecting a baby in the fall/winter just go ahead and get yourself a pair of these! Or even if you aren't expecting, get these leggings. They're fantastic.
After nursing 3 babies I think I've been through about a dozen different nursing bras. I'm always trying new ones. I have really loved the ones I have this time around. I had THESE when I was nursing Bennett and they were super comfy and I still wear them. However, I just wanted something new and pretty so I went on the hunt and found THIS pretty lace bra.
It's technically considered a sleeping bra but I wear it during the day. There are no clasps, you just pull it to the side which I have actually quite enjoyed. It comes in several different colors and I have really loved having this bra this time around. When I purchased this one I also bought THIS as well and I really love it too.
Finally, I've shared before how much I love THESE pajamas and they have been great for those middle of the night feedings. The fabric is stretchy and soft (like Kickee Pants!) and the V-neck makes them easy to nurse in. I just love these pajamas in general and refuse to sleep in anything but these because they're so comfy. Bonus that they're easy to nurse in!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

B/S/T

I am currently VERY into shopping on Facebook B/S/T groups. I'm also very into selling stuff on them too. I've been on a few BST groups for a while but I never really shopped or sold much. However, I'm swimming in boy clothes and decided this past fall that I had to start clearing stuff out. As soon as Wells grows out of stuff I'm selling it. Or if there are things that Campbell and Bennett wore but Wells won't (he's off a tiny bit on seasons) I'm selling. It's been awesome because I'm able to sell and then use that money to purchase our new clothes for the season! At first I was super intimidated at the thought of selling but it is SO easy to do and I'm able to get quite a bit of my money back from my items.
I purchased this outfit Bennett is wearing off one of my favorite BST groups -- Snips & Snails Upscale Boys Resale. The clothes on this particular resale page can only be boutique brands and I find myself getting excited when I win (I call it winning, lol) an outfit!! Most of the clothes are brand new or gently used. Or sometimes people who own boutiques will purge items at a discount. I bought this precious Lullaby Set, used, and it's one of my favorite little outfits ever and I got it for such a good deal!
I recently scored a new with tags Johnnie-O button down for Campbell for $15. I've gotten a super hard to find smocked Toy Story shirt for Bennett (new, without tags) that I've been searching for over a year for, and some precious TBBC sunsuits for Wells. Most of the stuff is really discounted but some stuff is hard to find and it sells for almost double the original cost, even if it's been used! I've never splurged on those items but my fingers have been tempted several times to claim them!
My favorite Facebook BST groups are the Snips & Snails I mentioned above, Kickee Pants B/S/T, The Beaufort Bonnet Co. Resale, and Little English BST. I'm members of some others but those four are my favorites. They're terrible though because I find myself on Facebook way too much these days because I want to see everything that gets posted.
So if you're not a member of any of those groups and you're obsessed with classic children's clothing like I am, you need to get on them!! Apologies in advance for the addiction it will most likely cause you.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wordless Wednesday