I ran across this quote the other day and it really spoke to me. Another mom had posted it on Instagram and it was exactly what I needed to hear in that very moment.
“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot
I want to remind myself of this in the hard moments…when my baby is having a hard time falling asleep, when my toddler is acting out, and when my house is a total mess. I want to remember to cherish even the hard moments – to be in the moment and love on my babies in this beautiful mess.
I thought many of you mamas (and daddies) could relate to this feeling, when we’re distracted by work, or now when so many of us are overwhelmed with the state of our country. So, I created this free art printable for your home.
I hope it blesses your life and serves as a reminder to treasure life’s little moments. The Wherever You Are Be All There Printable is completely free for your personal use.
Free Art Printable: Wherever You Are Be All There
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I want to be real with you all for a minute and talk about how to deal with mommy guilt once baby #2 arrives. I dealt with some major mommy guilt when Nyah was born, especially after all of our company left. Liam is my world, and our lives revolved around him 24/7 for two years. We knew we wanted another baby, but we were all a little rocked by Nyah’s arrival, especially in dealing with her unknown milk allergy and colic-like symptoms for the first 2-3 months of her life.
There were plenty of nights where I just sat in the chair in Liam’s room during story-time and cried. I felt like I was missing out on my sweet boy because I was taking care of a screaming, crying baby all day long. I was sad, and Liam was sad too. Our relationship changed, he latched on to Daddy more, and that was hard for me.
Over the past four months, things have gotten much better. We’ve found our rhythm, and we are dancing together (for the most part). Yes, there are still days when there are tantrums, hitting, too many YouTube videos, and I lose my patience. I am not perfect.
I know so many of my friends are expecting their second baby any day now, or in the near future, and I wanted to share my thoughts on how to deal with mommy guilt.
How to Deal With Mommy Guilt:
1.Remind yourself of the incredible gift you are giving your child – a sibling – a best friend for life. Even though it seems hard in the moment, and your first-born may show signs of jealously or difficulty adjusting, in the long run they will love their brother or sister so much!
2.Repeat: My children are loved. Give yourself grace. Despite what you may be feeling, you are only one person and you can only do so much. Love on your children the best you can in the moment – they know you love them.
3. Breathe. Think about what you are grateful for. I am grateful that I am able to stay home with both of my babies – there are days where it is so hard & I second guess myself – but I know that it’s what is best for our family.
4. Take some time to yourself. This is really important, and something that I personally need to work on. As moms, we tend to put ourselves last, and lose ourselves somewhere between changing diapers and doing dishes. Take time out every week to do something for yourself so you don’t end up so completely worn out.
5.Not everyday needs to be perfect. When it was just Liam, we went on so many adventures: zoo trips, story-times, aquarium, park playdates, etc. We were always on the go and I know that Liam loved it! Now we are a family of 4, and Nyah is still napping every 1 – 1 1/2 hours, some days we don’t leave the house, and that’s ok. We’ve learned to be creative. We play with PlayDoh, pretend we are firemen, make a zoo with all of his animals, have tea parties, make crafts, etc. Some days I feel like an amazing mom, and some days I’m just a good-enough mom. And that’s fine.
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I saw this idea on Pinterest and saved it for myself, but wanted to share it with you as well! I think it would be such a sweet gift for a Daddy from his littles for the office or at home.
FIVE // Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish
As a mom of two, I don’t get to the nail salon much anymore. I received this polish as a gift for Christmas, and I love it! I’m not one to paint my fingernails usually, as it ends up chipping off in a couple of days, but this stays on for 1-2 weeks! No gel lamp required.
If you’re new to cloth diapering, I know one of the first questions you may have is “what are your favorite cloth diapers?” What brand, where do you purchase them, and how many should I buy?
I wanted to share some insight on our favorite cloth diapers after two years and two babies.
We started out with a stash of 6 Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers and 18 Coqui Baby Cloth Diapers. I would recommend starting with 24 diapers total, and you should be able to wash every 2-3 days. While we liked the Charlie Bananas, our babies grow big and they grow fast, and the diapers just didn’t end up being a good fit for us. However, if your babies are on the smaller side, they may work great for you! We LOVED the Coqui Baby diapers (for the fit and the price) and they made up a majority of our stash, but after daily use with our son, the elastic failed on all of them within a year or less. So we set out to find a better option.
I liked the idea of a less expensive diaper, just in case we ended up needing to replace them again. A friend suggested Alva baby diapers, and after trying those and a few other less expensive brands, here are our
Burt’s Bees Baby 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment – I’ve tried several different cloth diaper friendly creams, and I haven’t found anything that works as well as Burt’s Bees! Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag – We have at least two of these wet/dry bags. One we keep in the kids room and one hangs on the back of our bathroom door for soiled diapers. The dry pocket is awesome for storing clean diapers if you need to take your diapers with you for the day. Bumkins Cloth Diaper Sprayer– This is awesome for rinsing out your cloth diapers once your little ones are eating solids, and now that Liam is potty trained, it’s also great for rinsing out his little potty after he uses it. GroVia Cloth Wipes – These are the softest wipes that hold up to lots of use. We make our own wipes with an easy solution of 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon of baby soap, and 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Warm in microwave for 1 minute, and just pour over wipes. Muchkin Wipe Warmer– We store our cloth wipes in this wipe warmer. The GroVia wipes fit easily folded in half, and the warmer helps keep them feeling warm and fresh. Tide Powder– We use the Original Tide Powder for our cloth diaper laundry. We live in San Diego and have hard water, and it has always kept our diapers clean. I’ve never had any issues with stripping, etc. Drying Rack– This laundry drying rack has been awesome for drying all of our cloth diapers & inserts! I would buy the same one in a heartbeat!
Now that our little book worm is almost 2 1/2 years old, I wanted to share some of the best books for toddlers that are on repeat in this house. Most of these we’ve found on our weekly trip to the library, and went on to purchase because Liam loved them so much. I hope you find some new books that your toddler will love as well!
1. Anything Curious George! We have two different boxed sets, this one and this one, and these are a go-to in our house! Liam LOVES reading them, and putting himself in the stories with George. If you’re looking to add just a couple to your library, Liam can’t get enough of Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon, Curious George and the Puppies, Curious George Gets a Medal, and Curious George Flies a Kite.
2. Mother BruceI found this gem at the library, and it’s a favorite of both Collin and I. It’s cute and humorous for adults as well!
3. The Kissing Hand A perfect story for Valentine’s Day and little ones going away from Mom or Dad for the first time. A sweet reminder that we are always with our little ones even when we have to be apart.
I’m a little late in posting this, but a few weeks ago our sweet girl turned three months old! Three months feels like a huge milestone! We survived three months of being parents of two, survived weeks of colic-like crying, and toddler tantrums adjusting to being a big brother.
Nyah is changing every day and growing so fast! I’m really trying to savor these moments of her being a little baby, because I know it doesn’t last forever, and pretty soon I will look at her and she’ll be one!
I don’t have an official height or weight for her, as we haven’t taken her in to the Doctor recently, but she is eating great and I expect that she is close to her brother’s size at this age, maybe a little smaller. She is wearing 3-6 month clothes and has long arms & legs.
Since we’ve overcome “colic” for the most part (read more about that here), she has been such a happy and smiley little baby! She has the cutest little snorty laugh that makes you laugh too! Everyone says she looks like her mama, and I love it! She loves listening to stories with her brother, and goes crazy kicking whenever we put her in her bouncer or on her activity mat. She loves watching and talking to her dangling toys – her favorites are the noisy ones – anything that rattles or crinkles. Her current favorites are Mr. Whoozit and this Infantino stroller toy.
She is also loving warm baths – we’ve done family baths as well as baths in her little tub. She loves them all! She likes being carried around like a sack of potatoes, diaper changes, and doing bicycle legs.
At 3 months old, Nyah has already been to two new states: Missouri and Wisconsin. We spent Thanksgiving in St. Louis with Collin’s parents, and Christmas in Wisconsin with my side of the family. All of our flights went pretty well – there was a little crying, but for a majority of the flight she slept in the carrier with Daddy.
Sleep has been a challenge for us so far. She is still sleeping in this swing – that’s the only place she’s been able to get consistent rest. We are going to be working on taking at least one nap a day in the crib soon. Most of the time she sleeps for 40 minutes to an hour, sometimes we’ll get a longer nap. She has been waking up around 7:30/8am and goes to sleep at 7/8pm. She usually sleeps through the night or will wake up once to nurse then right back to sleep. The last couple of nights she has been waking up a lot, and we’re thinking she’s probably going through a growth spurt. I’m hoping her night sleep goes back to normal soon…mama is tired!
Nyah’s 3 Month Milestones:
Follows objects with her eyes and
Kicks with excitement
I am looking forward to spending time at home with my littles over the coming months. Nyah has been so cute, and I feel like I’m finally getting to know her. She is starting to smile and laugh at things Liam does as well, so every day is getting better and easier for everyone.
I’m feeling reflective today and wanted to share some thoughts on what we’ve been going through these past couple of months. First of all, I want to say that I am super thankful to have a beautiful healthy baby girl, and in writing this, I want to share with other parents that may be going through something similar. These past two months have been hard…REALLY hard. Our baby cries and won’t sleep during the day – our sweet girl is a handful.
The first 3 weeks of her life she was peaceful and slept pretty much anywhere. Around 4-5 weeks, it was like she woke up to the world and something changed. She has an extremely difficult time shutting things out when it’s time to rest. I’m not sure if it’s “colic” or something else, but she’s been crying all day long for close to 8 weeks. Her cries are loud and strong – her face turns red and her mouth is wide open, but sometimes she is crying so hard that no sound comes out.
She’s gone several hour stretches without sleeping, and would just cry and cry from over-tiredness. It became worse as the day went on. My husband had to take time off of work, because it was just too much to handle on my own, while also caring for our two year old. We’ve tried so many things to help our sweet baby girl sleep – we’ve reduced her awake time, perfected the “5 S’s”, bought almost every swing contraption to sleep in, carriers, etc.
She has always slept well at night from the time we brought her home from the hospital, waking up only 1-2 times, and for that I am extremely thankful. It’s been a time of solace and rest for all of us. But it’s also been confusing in trying to figure out what is wrong.
Around Thanksgiving a friend told us about a homeopathic remedy, Tummy Calm. We started giving it to her 3-4 times a day, and it seems to have helped her get the rest she needed. I truly believe that babies cry to communicate, and our sweet baby girl was trying to tell us that she was hurting.
Since using these things, Nyah has started to settle down, and we’ve seen her first smile, heard her first laugh, and she has started to enjoy playing with toys. It’s been beautiful to watch, and as her Mama I am finally able to relax a bit and enjoy just being with her and holding her.
We are all starting to see through the fog we’ve been in, and look forward to getting to know her even more over the coming weeks and months.
After writing this a couple of weeks ago, right before we were traveling for Christmas vacation, I tried cutting dairy out of my diet to see if it was causing Nyah pain and discomfort. Since then, she has been the happiest we’ve ever seen her – smiling, giggling, and so much easier to settle into sleep. Being a vegetarian (and from Wisconsin), I really didn’t want to stop eating dairy as it was such a huge part of my diet, but I am so glad that I gave it a try for the sake of our sweet girl and my sanity!
If you are breastfeeding, and your baby suffers from gas, is hard to settle, or has colic, it may be a reaction to something in your diet. I definitely recommend using the natural remedies I mentioned above, especially tummy calm, as you begin to eliminate some “sensitive foods” from your diet. Every baby is unique, and a majority do not have food sensitivities like our baby does. But, if you are suffering with an extremely fussy, crying baby who won’t sleep, you might want to consider eliminating Cow’s milk products from your diet – they are the most common problem foods and the only foods conclusively linked by research to fussiness/gassiness in babies.
If a breastfed baby is sensitive to a particular food, then he/she may be fussy after feedings, cry inconsolably for long periods, or sleep little and wake suddenly with obvious discomfort. This is exactly what Nyah would do – we would have to bounce her to sleep for 15-30 minutes for her to sleep for 7-15 minutes and suddenly wake up screaming. She also had signs of colic, and green stools (which I originally thought were due to an oversupply of breastmilk or her getting too much foremilk).
Breastfed babies who are sensitive to dairy in mom’s diet are sensitive to specific cow’s milk antibodies, in the form of proteins (not lactose), which pass into the mother’s milk. Cow’s milk (either in the mother’s diet or engineered into formula) is a common source of food sensitivity in babies. Cow’s milk sensitivity or allergy can cause colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), constipation, hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose.
If you think that your baby may be sensitive to dairy products in your diet, remember that it can take 10 days to 3 weeks to eliminate cow’s milk protein from your system—allow a full 2-3 weeks of dairy elimination before evaluating the results. – Kellymom.com
It’s now been 2 full weeks since I eliminated dairy products from my diet, and we’ve noticed a huge difference. I feel like we have a totally different baby. Her stools are mustard yellow, she seems to breathe easier, smiles, coos, and giggles when we talk to her. I am falling more in love with her every day and I hope the same for you if you are struggling with a fussy baby.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how soon Christmas will be here! I’ve been busy working on my shopping list, and thinking of all sorts of fun things that I’d love to get Liam and Nyah for Christmas.
We’ve already started listening to Christmas music and reading an average of 5 Christmas stories a day! haha Liam’s current favorite is The Polar Express, which is possibly where his recent interest in trains has come from!
With Thanksgiving next week, it is getting time to start those Christmas lists, so I thought I would share our 2 year old boy’s wish list & some of our favorite gift ideas for a two to three year old boy (or girl!). I will hopefully be sharing sweet baby Nyah’s wish list soon as well!
1. Excavators! – What little boy is not obsessed with construction vehicles at this age?! Liam and I were at the park the other day and ran across some pretty awesome construction vehicles by Bruder. Here are a couple that are on his Christmas wish list!
Bruder JCB Midi CX Loader Backhoe – a sweet little boy let Liam play with this for a good hour – all the parts are fully moving and an exact replica of the real thing! He loved it & Mama already has it ordered for under the Christmas tree!
I hope you find some fun gift ideas from our list – we do a lot of imaginative play in our house and I think Liam will have a lot of fun with these games and toys! What is on your little ones wish list?
From the day Liam could crawl he has been obsessed with all things that have wheels: skateboards, bikes, and scooters. After we saw a friend’s little boy riding the Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter, we knew we had to get one for Liam!
The hubs is also really into all things that have wheels, so he was a great teacher, but I am so impressed with how well our little guy can ride this scooter. He’s only two years old and can ride the 3 blocks to the boardwalk by himself and maneuver around people and strollers on the boardwalk. He knows how to turn, stop, and “bail” if he’s about to fall or run into something. You can see a couple of videos of him on his scooter if you visit our Instagram profile @krawllbaby.
Liam on his Micro Mini Scooter at 19 months
The Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter is a super cute scooter, available in several colors. The wheels are made of high quality polyurethane, not plastic like many other children’s bikes and scooters. Here’s the nitty gritty:
The wheels. There are 3 wheels – two in front and one in back. This provides more stability as young children are learning, and the wheels are soft enough that they go over bumps easily and provide the smoothest possible ride. This is huge for our uneven, less than ideal city sidewalks.
Lean-to-steer. The lean-to-steer mechanism is easier and smoother than having to turn handlebars.
Durable. It’s made of quality materials, and is also light enough for our little guy to carry on his own.
While we now love the lean-to-steer mechanism, it definitely has somewhat of a learning curve. At first Liam would get frustrated when he tried to ride on the sidewalk, because he would end up in the grass every time. We had to do quite a bit of practicing in a big parking lot across the street from our house before he got turning down.
The price is higher than some of the other junior or mini scooters on the market, but I do think the quality is much better. It is designed for children ages 2-5 and up to 44 lbs.
Overall, I have very little to complain about. The Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter has been a great little scooter for our son and the confidence it is instilling in him is priceless. He keeps up with my husband on his skateboard, and loves the attention from people watching him and telling him how well he scooters on the boardwalk. Liam loves the scooter, and I honestly have nothing but good things to say about it.
Well we are on to #2 of the nursery and children’s room printables. When we are building our little ones rooms it is important that it reflects their little personalities. Many of the decor items can cost a ton of money. We here at West Coast Sisters believe that everyone deserves designer decor. I will be periodically releasing free downloadable printables (8 x 10) for your kiddo’s rooms. Here is the 2nd in our series of free nursery art printable: Run Wild My Child is a labor of love and is completely free for your personal use!
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Stay tuned for new free printables in the coming months. I will trying to cover a wide range of themes while also trying to stay gender neutral so that everyone will be able to take advantage of our art. Next weeks printable will be for those adventurers out there…