Mother’s Day is this weekend

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Mother’s Day is this weekend!

There are 2 types of moms, moms who are “in the thick of it” meaning kids living at home, pure chaos, and flying by the seat of their pants, the moms who forget to brush their teeth and who call a “good day” one where they have time to run a comb through the rat’s nest on top of their head.

Then there are the seasoned moms, older children but lord knows their job as mom is NEVER done! These moms have put in their time, sacrificed so much, and maybe slowly starting to see glimpses of their “own” life at times.

Whoever the moms are in your life, here’s what they want:
1. Time with family and the people who made her a mother
2. To be left alone
I realize these are two opposite things so good luck! Ha

I think it’s important to remember, it’s not about the gifts it’s about the gestures (although, the gifts never hurt).

Here are a few ideas:

1. Send her for a manicure
2. Wake up with the baby and go pick up breakfast (or cook it 😊)
3. Hire a baby sitter and take mom to brunch or dinner
4. Get her flowers!
5. Run a bubble bath for her
6. Clean the house
7. Family meal together
For the long distance mom:

1. Send her flowers
2. Send a nice card
3. Send her something edible (Chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate, cupcakes)
4. Call her!!
Whatever you decide to do, just show her that you see what she does and you appreciate it. If you’re separated by distance, just pick up the phone, call her, and tell her how much you love and appreciate her! That’s all moms really want to hear. (I have literally called her to thank her for changing my dirty diapers and staying up all night to get me to sleep.)

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother! And to all you mom as out there! We’d all be lost without y’all!

Xo

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My mom, mother in law and her mom, and my Aunt Tola…some truly amazing women, mothers, and wives!

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On a more personal note…

 

imageSo here we are, 25.2 weeks pregnant, slowly approaching the 3rd trimester…aka the home stretch. Today, I’m lying in bed sick sick sick with a virus and broken foot, and on the verge of moving houses. Oh the joy! They say every pregnancy is different but geeze I had no clue! This is the third time I’ve been sick this pregnancy (not including the 2 months of morning sickness).

This broken foot is really cramping my style. Ha but seriously, I can’t bend down to pick up my little sweetie when she’s tugging on my pants and looking up at me with those big blue eyes, it kills me. But I’m more then half way through the healing process and can’t wait to be walking on 2 legs again. (I have to admit, I forgot how creative I can get, figuring out how to get food on a plate from the kitchen counter to a table while using crutches has reminded me!)

On top of the physically taxing stuff going on, we’re moving houses in 2 weeks! Hubby and I have spent the last couple weekends house hunting and meeting with realtors. We’re hoping to know where our next home will be in a couple days. Beach house here we come (fingers crossed)!

Luckily I have one incredible man of a husband who, without any complaints, stepped up big time during all of this. He’s Mr. Mom and Dad right now, wearing about 20 different hats between taking care of business and running a household, dealing with moronic realtors, and also he’s been sick as a dog! And I can’t forget to mention our families who have been so incredibly helpful during all of this, too. They say it takes a village to raise a baby and we’re so grateful to have the village we do helping us on every level! I would have lost my s*** by now if it weren’t for these people.

On a very positive note, Baby Kayleigh is growing like a weed and I feel and see her moving so much every day! There’s really nothing quite like feeling another life moving around inside of you. I wonder how she’s doing through all of this? One things for sure, she’s going to be one tough cookie! Mmm…cookies….

Well that’s it for now, just a little update on the Parkers!

 

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Traveling with a baby

 

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By the time Maddie turned one, she had been on about three trips to Texas, one trip to Mexico, and one road trip (8 hours going and 12 hours coming home…YIKES!). Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tidbits that can help make flying with a baby a little smoother.

The two most important rules to remember:

  1. ORGANIZATION is key
  2. MINIMIZATION – take only the essentials!

Let’s start with organization! (one of my favorite things…although you’d never know by the look of my house haha)

I carry baby in a baby carrier until we get into our seats on the plane (even through security), my carrier has a small zipper pocket in the front where I keep Maddie’s passport (or birth certificate if you don’t have a passport for baby yet), my driver’s license, boarding passes, and an extra pacifier. I also clip a pacifier to baby so I’m not scrambling for something to help her fall asleep or ears pop on the plane.

My carry-on bag is organized based on accessibility and necessity.

  • Thin baby blanket (use as a changing pad, if plane is cold, or even as a napkin when baby spills drinks all over you and hubby)
  • 5-6 diapers and a pack of wipes (seriously no need to go overboard! They take up a lot of room. Calculate how long you will be traveling – from the time you leave your house to the time you’re in your hotel room, diapers need to be changed about every 2 hours, plus 1 or 2 extra diapers for the oh so fun blowout you may experience or flight delays)
  • 2 clean bottles
  • Formula, if that’s what you’re using (enough for 2 or 3 bottles – plan on feeding baby at take off and landing, however if baby is sleeping at landing DO NOT wake…Maddie used to sleep through the landings…made life real easy!)
  • Nursing cover if breastfeeding
  • Change of clothes for baby and extra shirt for myself
  • Depending on age, Snacks (raisins, squeezable fruit and veggie pouches, Cheerios or Chex cereal, and string cheese are all good options)
  • Small quite toys (coloring book, baby reading book, stuffed animal…that sort of thing, even a baby tooth-brush keeps them entertained and helps with teething)
  • 2 Plastic grocery bags – for diaper disposal if needed, vomit, trash, dirty clothes, or whatever
  • Infant Tylenol….JUST in case! (and Tylenol for yourself for that matter)
  • Book or magazine for me (but that’s wishful thinking)

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What is considered a baby “essential” is different for everyone. I debated adding a list but I know I will inevitable forget quite a few items on the list. I’ll just say use your best judgement. Ask yourself “do we REALLY need to take this?” (baby will survive without his bumbo chair and play mat for a few days)

Things I would tell my future self NOT to bring unless absolutely necessary:

  • Changing pad (the hotel bed will work just fine…what was I thinking?!)
  • Pack n play – call ahead, most hotels will provide you with a crib (if you’re staying with relatives and have a newborn you can always use a laundry basket…just sayin’)
  • Stroller –unless you know you’ll be doing a lot of walking and exploring. We were with family and doing meals together and hanging around the house, in Mexico we stayed at the resort mostly. If you can, save yourself the trouble and just bring a good baby carrier. I LOVE our Ergo carrier! If you must take a stroller keep in mind a few things when flying with a stroller:
    • You can take it up to the gate and have it checked there OR you can check it with your luggage (in which case, I would recommend then taking your car seat to the gate….this way both big items get checked without having to pay for “extra” luggage)
    • It must be all one piece when collapsed (uppa baby and baby jogger city select are out…also they weigh too much. This also means your stroller with car seat adapter and infant seat cannot go up to the gate to be checked there)
    • Must weigh less than 20lb
    • I recommend a baby jogger city mini stroller, its light weight and can collapse with one hand, and weighs less than 20lbs (I believe it clocks in around 16lbs) or a Chicco stroller. Of course the cheap-o umbrella strollers ($20 at target) are always an option, I think they’re too flimsy but to each their own.

Looking back, traveling with a newborn was much easier than traveling with a toddler. Don’t be intimidated flying with a baby. You will survive, and to the people who give you dirty looks when your sweet angel is screaming on a level that only dogs can hear, just apologize and maybe offer to buy them a drink if it’s really bad.

 

Happy traveling!

 

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Coconut Oil

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Nowadays I find myself reaching for the coconut oil more and more. It is seriously one of the most versatile and natural tools in the kitchen.

A couple of properties in coconut oil that make it so multipurpose are*:

  • Fights fatigue
  • Antioxidant and anti-aging properties
  • Dandruff
  • Fights inflammation
  • Boosts immunity
  • Fights acne
  • Balances hormones
  • Supports digestion
  • Eczema treatment
  • All natural
  • Gentle on skin

 

With that said, here are some of the everyday uses I find for this wonder oil:

  • Diaper rash
  • Cloth wipes (microwave a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil until melted and add to water, soak cloth wipes or Viola paper towels in this mixture for safe cleaning of baby bums!)
  • Baby eczema
    • Put some in the bath
    • Rub directly eczema prone areas
    • Give baby a teaspoon or 2 by mouth (our little one tries to eat it by the fist fulls!)
  • Nipple cream (for nursing mommas)
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Hair mask (apply liberally all over, rinse out after 15 minutes)
  • Chap stick
  • Nail cuticles (use this along with vitamin E oil…I swear you will have stronger nails and less hang nails!)
  • Removing tape in hair extensions (video of this to come)
  • Cooking (use instead of cooking spray…I don’t use it as a substitute for all oil because I’ve found that it does leave a slight coconut flavor on everything)

*source: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/properties-of-coconut-oil.html