Beginner’s Guide to Baby Led Weaning and WHY?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I/we introduced Wyatt to solids, usually as a response to Instagram posts showing Wyatt tearing into some food. I chose a somewhat less common approach, at least here in the US, and decided to dive into the world of baby led weaning (BLW) after hearing about it all throughout my pregnancy + doing a lot of research. I’m all for however you choose to introduce your little one to solids (you do you!), but since this isn’t as “common” of an approach, I felt it definitely needed its own post. I’ve also made a quick video montage that captures our journey from 5 1/2 months to now (9 months!). First off, what the heck is baby led weaning? Basically a fancy term for skipping purees and giving baby solid finger foods to explore and figure out for themselves. Despite its name, it doesn’t actually wean them off of nursing/formula any more than traditional baby food. Instead of airplanes and Choo Choo trains, we simply handed Wyatt large chunks, or whole pieces, of various fruits, veggies, meats, breads, etc. and let him go to town. The idea behind this is that babies are […]

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How to Survive Life With a Newborn: Top 10 Items for Baby!

Full disclosure: I am an obsessive researcher. My pregnancy was essentially a nine month long Google search. Most of my extensive preparation paid off and I ended up with some items that were complete game changers for me and our new life with baby Wyatt. I narrowed my list of must haves down to 10, because I wanted to keep it concise and only share items that, in my opinion, were true necessities. I’ll also share a few things that were just ‘nice to have’ at the end of the post. 1. Summer Infant SwaddleMe Original Swaddle, Fox friends print. These were amazing once Wyatt was about 3-4 weeks old and no matter what I did, he managed to get un-swaddled when I used traditional swaddle blankets. I started using this and was able to velcro him in snugly so that he couldn’t wiggle his little arms out, but not too tightly that he wasn’t comfortable. They also have a zip-up version that can be used when baby is brand new, which I’ll definitely be purchasing next time. I used the small size until Wyatt was about 4 months old, then I switched to the transitional swaddle by the same brand. 2. Cat […]

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Labor & Delivery Story | IVF Pregnancy

Finally here to share one of the most amazing, exhausting & emotional days of my life. After experiencing such an intense final few weeks of pregnancy (you can read about that here, if you missed it), my induction was scheduled for October 8th, which was exactly 1 week from my original due date (October 15th). I was already dilating and thinning out on my own, just slowly, so my OB wanted me to check in to the hospital the night before to start the induction slowly. She was confident my body would respond quickly, but it is hard to tell how you’ll respond with your first delivery. She knew that I was aiming for a vaginal delivery and that I wanted to avoid a c-section if at all possible. The entire day before seemed to creep by. I tried to enjoy my last day of this pregnancy, but it was hard to do anything else. I knew that I would not be able to eat once I checked into the hospital until after I delivered, so we went to Chili’s and I tried to eat but basically failed. We arrived at the hospital at 10pm on Friday (10/07), had to wait […]

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Overdue Update: The End of My Pregancy and Prodromal Labor

Obviously, an embarrassingly long amount of time has passed since I last posted. I’ve actually attempted to write something several times, but I forgot to save the draft so they all disappeared. I also lacked motivation to do much of anything other than my number one priority: motherhood. I have so many things to say about my labor & delivery, life with a newborn, product reviews, and on and on. But first, let’s catch up on the end of my pregnancy. When I last posted, I was around 35 weeks pregnant, and my body was just starting to prepare for labor. At my 36 week appointment, I had progressed a little more, and that day I had started feeling more regular contractions. They continued throughout my OBGYN visit and my doctor let me know that if they continued and I wanted to be checked out, just to go to L&D at the hospital. The contractions stuck around for several more hours, increasing in intensity and consistency, eventually getting to 4-5 minutes apart. They weren’t Braxton Hicks, since they were consistent, became closer together, and grew in intensity. I ended up going to L&D, getting monitored for a few hours, and sent […]

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Absentee

Well, clearly I went MIA again. So many things have happened and this third trimester has just been flying by! I want to do a proper post on my beautiful baby shower(s), so hopefully I get around to doing that soon. For now, here is a much needed pregnancy update!How far along: 35 weeks, 2 days. So close! Gender: Boy! Weight gain: Somewhere around 13 lbs. I don’t know how it’s happened, since I feel so big, but I’m just counting it as a blessing! Maternity clothes: Most definitely. Nothing else fits! Stretch marks: Only a few on my left thigh, nothing too bad and I’m not too worried about it. I’ve been using stretch mark cream about 4-5 times a week (sometimes I forget and sometimes I just don’t feel like applying it), but I’m convinced it’s just genetic. No big deal! Belly button in or out: In, but it is so weird looking! Don’t think it’ll pop out at all. Sleep: I wake up about every hour to reposition myself and/or go to the bathroom. I’m used to it by now! I also feel very sore all over when I wake up in the morning. I’m sure some […]

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Figuring it Out

I have always struggled with anxiety, specifically OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Not in the cute way that is portrayed within society these days but in the I washed my hands so many times a day that they were bleeding way. My struggle with this disorder has put a damper on my relationship with God because I have often found myself feeling that I needed to “fix” this “issue” before God and I could really connect. Fortunately, throughout the last 6-7 years, I have realized how absolutely absurd that way of thinking is. And I’ve been able to fix that incredibly broken way of thinking. Unfortunately, I do some backsliding on this and find myself having the same epiphany each and every time. The funny thing about mental health is that just when you think you’re “cured”, something happens and you feel like you’re back at square one. Over the past week or so I’ve experienced on of those setbacks. I blame it on hormones and entering the third trimester, plus what woman isn’t at least a little bit anxious knowing she’s about to be responsible for another life? This is uncharted territory, I think I’d be an anomaly if I was completely calm. But, […]

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Finally Updating!

It’s crazy how fast the last few weeks have flown by. I cannot believe I’m almost in my 3rd trimester and that this little guy will be here in less than 100 days. What in the world? Where does the time go? I’ve been flaky and distracted with the billion other things going on, but finally forced myself to sit down and update. How far along: Twenty-six weeks and 5 days. Gender: Boy! Weight gain: About 8-9 lbs. Maternity clothes: Yes! Stretch marks: So far none that I can see. Belly button in or out: In. Sleep: Finally found a system that sort of works, but requires a lot of setup. I basically have two pregnancy wedges, one under my belly and one under my back. I’ve also added a pillow between my legs, which helps with some of the more recent pains I’ve been dealing with. Even with this, I’m getting up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, and waking up almost every hour to switch sides. I guess this is just my body preparing me for the future! Best moment this week: Even though it was an impromptu visit, getting to see the baby on […]

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Do What You Gotta Do

Once you become pregnant, you suddenly become the recipient of so much advice. Of course, it’s well intended, and (for me) well received. But sometimes the advice you get sucks. Often times, the sucky advice I received was from various blogs and people on the internet, and usually the words that irritated me the most were about eating. So, let’s talk about that. I was one of the fortunate women that had “morning” sickness, which was really all-dang-day sickness. Shortly after the nausea turned to sickness, I was put on Diclegis, which is essentially a mix of an antihistamine and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately, this only helped sometimes, and at around 6-8 weeks I was battling a cold with congestion and this just made the nausea/vomiting even worse. For those 2 weeks I had a hard time keeping most meals down, which absolutely sucked. When I did eat, it certainly wasn’t healthy. So, imagine how great I felt about myself when I read blogs, emails, tweets, Instagram posts, etc all about eating for baby and how important nutrition was during pregnancy. I felt like a failure. I couldn’t keep much down and what I was keeping down was macaroni and cheese, frozen chicken nuggets, […]

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Whirlwind

This week has been full of ups and downs.  Down: I had some spotting (last) Sunday night that freaked me out. I called my OBGYN’s office after hours and spoke with a nurse, who said it was probably nothing. To just relax and call in the morning to schedule an ultrasound for that day. Right, relax, I’m great at that.  Up: The spotting did end up being nothing serious. Baby boy is doing great, looks awesome, and even gave us a sweet little profile picture to take home with us. Also, he likes looking at my back and is really sprawled out in there.  Down: I found out that I had an infection in an unmentionable place that was causing the spotting and had to take some gross medication in a gross way. We won’t get into that.  Up: Ever since last Monday, baby boy has been more active and moving around a bunch. He especially likes to move around when I really have to pee. No complaints here, I’m really enjoying it.  Down: I realized, once again, how sucky I am with scheduling, planning, and just overall being organized. I have about 18 weeks to improve these life skills […]

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Halfway There

Another week down, time for a check-in! Really trying to stick to my new Tuesday/Thursday blog post schedule, so even though this one is a little late, I’m getting better. How far along: Twenty weeks, 3 days. Halfway there! Gender: Boy! Weight gain: Not sure, guessing around 4-5 lbs, but I try not to weigh myself. Otherwise, I obsess over whether it’s enough… Maternity clothes: Yes, I even went and bought a maternity swim suit. Stretch marks: None, yet. I was having a lot of issues with the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter not absorbing into my skin until I applied it straight out of the shower, so I’m alternating between that and the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. So far, so good. Belly button in or out: In. Sleep: I would probably sleep better sans two dogs, especially when a certain Doberman likes to sleep in my back. So, overall, sleep isn’t as enjoyable these days. Best moment this week: Wearing my maternity swimsuit and looking pregnant. I love looking pregnant, at least for now! Worst moment this week: Every time we get closer to doctor’s appointment’s I get anxious. I know it’s because of our past experiences, but I hate getting so stressed out and feeling negative. Miss anything: Still […]

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