Pics for Mom, Say Cheese! Week 13

I’ve seen a few Mom, Say Cheese! photographs on Instagram, which makes me so excited! I’ve enjoyed looking at the photos that have been posted there and in other bloggers’ posts. The link-up is up and running through Sunday, but you can use #MomSayCheese any time you post a picture of you and your little(s) online :)

This week’s pictures are from last week and today. Last week was a bit rough so I didn’t have as much time to blog as I would have liked — but I’m taking pictures!

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It’s rare I get a decent picture of the three of us


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I’m still not awake, but he won’t let me nap. Also? His hair!!

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He’s awake. I’m not.

 

 

 

 

Mom, Say Cheese! Week 13

Mom Say Cheese Blog Link UpIf you’re anything like me, you’re constantly taking pictures of your kids and possibly your kids with your partner, but the number of pictures of your kids and you are few and far between.

I started the Mom, Say Cheese! Photo Challenge in hopes that mothers would get out from behind the camera and into pictures with their children more often. I’d love for moms everywhere to challenge themselves to at least one picture a week that includes them and their children.

If you’re a blogger and happen to include said picture(s) in a blog post, feel free to link up below by using the linky form or pasting your link in the comment sections. I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

And don’t forget, you can always post your pictures on other forms of social media using hashtag #MomSayCheese!

The Mom, Say Cheese! Photo Challenge is pretty simple:

  • Have fun!
  • Take a picture of yourself and your kid(s). Or get someone else to do it for you.
  • Be creative. Your faces don’t have to be in the pictures.
  • Link up below (Link-up will be open every Thursday thru Saturday). I’d love for you to link back to this post to help spread the word, though it’s not necessary
  • Share your pictures on other social media with #MomSayCheese throughout the week!

My Favorite Toddler Products

Finding products for my boys that I can consider “favorites” can be a challenge. There are SO! MANY! baby/child products on the market. It makes my head spin (and hurt) trying to find products that work best for us. I cringe at the money I’ve spent trying to find the perfect bottle, cup, diaper for my boys. Added to the stress is that I want products that will last through multiple kids. These are my favorite toddler products thus far. Hopefully it will help someone out, if anything to give them a starting point.

Tommee Tippee – Explora Truly Spill Proof Drinking Cup

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Like many parents before me, I was on a quest to find the perfect spill-proof cup for G to carry around so he’d always have water available. This quest took months and ended while I was standing in front of a very large variety of sippy cups at a store. Another mother pointed these out to me and raved about them. I bought a set and haven’t looked back. They’ve even added more colors and patterns since I bought the first set (I’m digging the dino theme on the one in this picture).

The only time they’ve leaked on us has been 1) we haven’t closed the lid properly or 2) G throws the cup against something hard and the lid (somehow) gets knocked out of place. This doesn’t happen on a regular basis though. We’ve probably had about 5 leaks since we started using them a year ago.

These are truly my favorite sippy cup — the first set we bought a year ago still work good as new. I love being able to throw them in a bag and not worry about our stuff getting wet.

Tommee Tippee – Explora Truly Spill Proof Drinking Cup 9oz - $21.99, 5.48 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Nuby 10 Ounce Flip-And-Tip Hard Straw Cup

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These are my second favorite sippy cups. Since they can leak when the mouth piece isn’t in the closed position and the cup tips over, we use them for milk and juice — liquids that G usually gets at meal or snack times when we keep a closer eye on him and his drinks. That, and I don’t want to clean up out of rugs or carpet if there is leakage!

I love that there aren’t lots of little parts to this. It’s just a cup, lid, and straw. They can all go into the dish washer for easy cleaning.

Nuby 10 Ounce Flip-And-Tip Hard Straw Cup – 2 Pack (Purple/Orange) – $6.99, Free shipping – Available at Babyhaven.com

 

Gerber Training Pants

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These are my favorite non-disposable potty training underwear. They’re a bit thicker in the middle, which has been a pant-saver (when G has an accident in regular underwear he usually pees through his pants too). Since I’m doing cloth diapers with L, I can toss any soiled underwear into the wet bag with the diapers and wash them all at the same time (the plus to this is that I don’t have soiled underpants waiting a week to be washed).

I’m still on the search for a good reusable potty training pant that can be used at nap/bed time so we don’t have to continue using diapers/pull ups during those times. I cringe every time I have to spend money on those.

Gerber – 3-Pk Training Pant – $12.99, 5.48 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Onaroo Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock

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G recently figured out how to open doors, despite the child-poof knob covers we have on them. It was bound to happen eventually, but he’s not old enough to come out of his room and wander the house alone. Plus, he thinks it’s time for everybody to be up when he wakes up, some days as early as 5:30am.

I had heard a few friends mention having one of these types of clocks, so I decided to get one to see if we could keep G in his room until 7am. I don’t care if he is awake and playing in his room; I just don’t want him waking me up so early.

It took a couple weeks, but now he seems to have the hang of it! When the light turns green he can come out of his room. If he needs us sooner (like to change a poopy diaper) then he needs to knock on his door.

I also like that it doubles as a night light. G likes to sleep with his curtains drawn back a little so it isn’t so dark in his room. This gives off a nice orange glow so I can leave the curtains closed.

This one also tells you what time it is when you press one of the buttons and has a game to teach kids how to read time (we haven’t tried the game, but G had a great time hearing the time once he got over being scared of the clock talking to him!).

American Exchange – Innovative – Onaroo Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock – $35.76, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Thinkfun Roll And Play

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This was one of G’s “Big Brother” presents. I saw it at a friend’s house and thought it was a great idea for a child who was not quite old enough for most of the children’s games on the market. He could have cared less about it until said friend came to visit and her daughter wanted to play it. Since then, G wants to dump the cards out and do what each one says nearly every day.

He’s learned about emotions, colors, numbers since he started playing it.

The fact that it’s a game that doesn’t involve flashing lights or sounds is a plus. As is the fact that it can get the parents involved too!

4KIDS – Toy / Game Thinkfun Roll And Play Board Games W/ Plush Cube & 48 Game Cards – For Endless Learning Opportunity – $25.95, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

There you go! My favorite toddler products. What products for your toddler have you fallen in love with?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.

Breastfeeding the Second Time Around

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“I know you’re thinking about leaving because I fell asleep, but I’m not done yet!”

Breastfeeding was something I always knew I wanted to do. My mom did it and for a long time I thought it was something every mother did with their baby (I know better now).

I managed to breastfeed G for 12.5 months. My original goal was six months, and then I upped my goal to nine months and then 12.When I got pregnant with L, one of the things I wondered about was how easy it would be breastfeeding the second time around. It was my number one question for friends who had nursed more than one child. What kind of learning curve would there be? Would I enjoy it more? Would my boobs know what to do like the uterus seems to with subsequent pregnancies?

I feel I am doing a good job of being mindful that G and L are two different people and what worked with G may not be what works with L, breastfeeding included.

Here is a rundown of how things went with G:

  • It took about 10 weeks for me to feel like G and I had the hang of breast feeding.
  • Nursing was stressful. I stressed over whether or not he wasn’t getting enough milk. I stressed over his latch. It was hard for me to see that he was growing. This continued through his first year.
  • My let down water boarded him and he’d choke a lot in the beginning.
  • I considered exclusively pumping.
  • OMGoodness the engorgement. It took several days for my boobs to readjust to G’s nursing habits.
  • It wasn’t until I went back to work that I appreciated breastfeeding. It was our way of bonding when we got home after being away from each other during the day.
  • I avoided nursing in public at all costs.
  • I couldn’t wait to have my boobs back to myself.
  • Appreciated. I did not love it as some moms do.

Here is a rundown of how things have gone so far with L:

  • It took about 10-11 weeks for us to get the hang of breastfeeding.
  • Nursing was stressful for the first couple of weeks as we worked on latch. He still doesn’t always have the best latch, but my nipples are no longer blistered and bleeding!
  • At first, my let down water boarded him and he choked. I knew this should get better as the year goes on, and it has already started to improve.
  • I haven’t considered exclusivley pumping.
  • Engorgement hasn’t been a big issue. My boobs seem to get the hint after one day, instead of several, when L’s nursing habits change.
  • I’ve actually seen the growth L has done while only nursing. Maybe because he was so tiny at birth? It makes me proud and gives me a sense of accomplishment.
  • My biggest worry is not being able to breastfeed for the entire year.
  • I’ve nursed a few times in public. Still not my favorite thing to do, but since I’m home most of the time I don’t want a nursing baby stopping me from venturing out into the world.
  • I still can’t wait to have my boobs to myself.
  • I still appreciate breastfeeding.
  • I still don’t love it. I do it because I saw some of the health benefits of it offers when G was a baby.

One thing that I’ve realized recently is that breastfeeding gives me an escape. Since both boys have had a hard time nursing with distractions (TV, other people, me playing on my phone) it’s been easier to go to their rooms to nurse, just the two of us. They can concentrate on eating and I can concentrate on relaxing mentally. With G, this escape was welcome when we visited family since those visits gave me a lot of anxiety. With L, it’s an escape from the craziness of taking care of a toddler and infant mostly by myself. Unfortunately, I don’t get to escape with L unless I have someone around to watch G, so it’s one more reason why I live for the weekend when Hubby is home or the days that  grandparents come to visit.

Have you breastfed more than once? Did anything surprise you about breastfeeding the second (or more) time around?

 

Mom, Say Cheese! Week 12

Mom Say Cheese Photo ChallengeIf you’re anything like me, you’re constantly taking pictures of your kids and possibly your kids with your partner, but the number of pictures of your kids and you are few and far between.

I started the Mom, Say Cheese! Photo Challenge in hopes that mothers would get out from behind the camera and into pictures with their children more often. I’d love for moms everywhere to challenge themselves to at least one picture a week that includes them and their children.

If you’re a blogger and happen to include said picture(s) in a blog post, feel free to link up below. I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

And don’t forget, you can always post your pictures on other forms of social media using hashtag #MomSayCheese!

The Mom, Say Cheese! Photo Challenge is pretty simple:

  1. Have fun!
  2. Take a picture of yourself and your kid(s). Or get someone else to do it for you.
  3. Be creative. Your faces don’t have to be in the pictures.
  4. Link up below (Link-up will be open every Thursday thru Saturday). I’d love for you to link back to this post to help spread the word, though it’s not necessary
  5. Share your pictures on other social media with #MomSayCheese throughout the week!