SOL: A Little Moment of Joy at Daycare Drop Off

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My daughter went back to daycare today for the first time in like almost 3 weeks! I was terrified. Especially since Grandma is here and she didn’t go to school yesterday… I was worried!

I thought we were looking at dragging out of Grandma’s room…. crying on the floor….. screaming the whole way to daycare…crying when walking in…. clinging to me not to leave her….

All legit fears!!!

However, none of this happened! I was in shock.

Actually the opposite happened.

She wanted to wear a dress, she packed her backpack and jumped in the car! She got to daycare and all the girls were SO excited to see her. When she walked in the classroom, the kids all surrounded her and hugged her. My daughter had the biggest smile on her face.

It was definitely a wonderful mom win moment knowing that my daughter has friends there and the kids were happy to see her.

See?

 

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Helping Mommies Go Grocery Shopping 

There are so many things that new mommies have a hard time with. One of them is grocery shopping, or going to any type of store. I pretty much never went. I hated going anywhere that I had to drag that huge car seat in and then usually it took up the entire cart so then I had to get another cart, and seriously, I would be strolling around two carts somehow, (hoping my husband would just feel bad for me and come with me). I always find myself now that I blog, research, read, ask questions, & search for new products, asking myself why did I not know about this before?

Here is another one of those products that I ask myself about this because it would have changed how I viewed leaving the house and getting things done. It would have made my life so much easier. As a new mommy, life is seriously difficult, so anything or anyone  that can make life easier, is a savior. Hence Binxy Baby.

I know it’s harder to picture what it would look like with a baby in it (see below) (check out website) but I wanted you to see how much easier it would be to bring you older child and now 6-8 month old child into a store together. That right now would make me never want to enter a store by myself ever again! But the Binxy Baby, you can see below, how much room it still gives you, even with two kids now in the cart. The great part about the Binxy Baby hammock is that you can strap in your baby so they cannot move around. This hammock is used for babies approximately 6-8 moths until they sit up on their own. It can also hold a car seat and support up to 50 pounds of weight.

The hammock took me about 3 seconds to attach to both sides of the cart and it stretched to fit the grocery cart and it fits most standard grocery carts. It hangs on each side and then has velcro to strap it securely to the bar of the cart. So neat. I put it in my bag to come into the store, it really was no extra weight or space at all.

The hammock also comes in a few different colors/patterns. This was my favorite, but there other ones are super cute as well! The Binxy Baby hammock has also been safety tested and it breaks it down for you on how safe it is here.

Mommies, I am telling you, this is a MUST HAVE!! Here is your referral code, use this link and you will get 10% off all products because you used it from me 🙂  http://binxybaby.refr.cc/jenniferoshea

Picking a Car Seat

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Ever since my daughter has had her car seat turned facing forward because she turned 2 and had super long legs, we have struggled with finding a great car seat. We had a few second hand ones, we bought a few cheaper versions so that my parents could have one too when we went to visit them, but overall, we just never had a good car seat after she grew out of her infant seat.

Shopping around for a car seat is also very hard! There are literally so many choices and who knows which is the best choice?! I didn’t and no one else really did either. After reading reviews, and knowing what I was looking for, the choices became easier.

We decided to go forth with a car seat that she could use now going into age 3 and then, when we had a 2nd child, this car seat starts at 5lbs and goes to 85lbs and comes with adjustments for infants. Perfect for our scenario. The Pria 85 Max has many great features.
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Even before putting the car seat in the car, I had to see if Hailey thought it was comfortable. She loved it so much she had us put it in the car. She was also very excited about the cup holder. I was also very excited as well. Do you know how many times I have to reach back there to get whatever it is that she is finished eating or drinking?!

One of my least favorite things about putting a car seat into the car is anchoring it into the seat. I always break my nails, I start to sweat, and then I get very frustrated! Well with the Pria 85 Max, I was able to do it without any of those things happening. They have a red clamp that is easy to release and clip onto the hooks under the seat. This is a mommy win.

Another mommy win is the magnetic chest clip that is super easy to open and close, and after a few tries, opening it with one hand to get Hailey out of the car. At first I struggled because I was pressing really hard since the other car seats I had needed extreme force, but not this car seat buckle. This buckle, I was actually pressing too hard! Once I figured that out, it was like a dream and I know how much time this will save me without struggling to unstrap and strap her in.

The Pria 85 Max is very easily adjustable so you can move the straps up and down based on tightness. So as Hailey gets bigger, the straps can adjust to her. I had an older version of a car seat at my mom’s house that you phyiscally had to move the straps in the back of the seat when she got bigger. I am not a car seat expert and I had no idea if I had done it correctly or not, it just seemed super dangerous and I was not a fan. This carseat has none of that nonsense and even my parents, who have a hard time tightening the straps, can get it done easily. Grandparent win!

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to car seats, my daughter is gross. She is always finding some food in there that she had eaten or she spills her juice, her yogurt, her pop tart, her breakfast… You name it ? She has spilled it! But she only spills it in her car seat. Go figure! Now, with the car seat that we had, it was nearly impossible to take that seat out of my car and put it back in, so anything that had to relate to taking it out, I avoided! The Pria 85 Max does not make you take the seat out to clean the fabric and it is machine washable (none of that hand washing business) and it is dryer safe. I have yet to have her throw up in the car seat, (knock on wood!) but if she did, the last thing you would want to worry about would how do you take a car seat out covered without getting it all over the car!? This would help mom’s out in so many ways.

Lastly, another selling point is that it has a safer side impact protection with Air Protect: Advanced air cushion system. It would protect her head if we were to be hit by another car. This makes me feel good about putting her in a car seat like this. I love anything that tells me my daughter will be safer in their product. But you know how sometimes a product will tell  you something is safe, yet you are never able to see how it is actually safe? Well that is not the case with this car seat. You can visually see the head rest that will help protect your child.

I stick with the quote I have been saying since I have found all of these wonderful products and am wishing I would have found them when I first had Hailey! If you are looking for a car seat to add to your registry, this is it!

It’s Jogging Stroller Season! 

I always thought about getting a jogging stroller but I never saw the benefit in it. I always went with the cheap stroller that had no benefits but the fact that it was cheap. Last year we walked in a race called Bloomsday. Here in Spokane so many people show up to run and walk Bloomsday. It is a 7.46 mile run/walk and it is loads of fun! My husband and I walked it last year with our daughter and we used one of those umbrella strollers to push our daughter in it and after mile 5, she was not a happy camper. It was not comfortable. This year, we were starting to worry about how she was going to make it through the 7 miles!

I knew that our umbrella stroller wouldn’t make it. It didn’t even have a cup holder! I mean we had no places to even store a thing! I lost her sweater along the way because I had to tie it to the handle and it fell off. So that stroller wasn’t going to work for either of us.

After doing some research, I discovered the Schwinn Interval Jogger. In comparison to my stroller, this is like the Mercedes of strollers. It is so incredible!!!  I can’t believe for the past couple of years we were suffering with a regular stroller.

I had no idea how amazing jogging strollers were. I would always see them when we would bike ride on the trails and wish I had one but I never thought I would use it. This year being that we are 100% into fitness and working out as much as we can, it only made sense to get a jogging stroller so that we could go places outside of the smooth floor in the mall with the stroller.

After choosing the Schwinn, I wanted to tell you some of the benefits I noticed from the minute we put it together. Firstly, my husband put it together, and if you know anything about how my husband puts things together, you would know that he doesn’t use the directions. Well, he was able to do it quickly and efficiently without the directions, which is an A+ in my book, so that I did not have to go back and fix it for him (like I did with Doc McStuffins X-Ray Machine!)

After putting it together, just look at the pictures! I mean, the basket!  The cup holder!!! The container next to the cup holder that has a lid that I can put my phone and music in! AMAZING!

Ok – enough about me. The stroller seat adjusts to your babies height and it can even adjust to have a car seat in added in there. That right there is a selling point for me, because I don’t want to have to purchase another stroller just to add a car seat in. Great idea there.

Now look at the part for my daughter. She gets her own cup holder too! This is amazing because usually, my cup holder turns into hers! Also there is a place where if she had some snacks or toys she wanted to put on the little shelf next to the cup holder, she has room to do that as well. In my other stroller, there was no front part like that, she was just strapped in. The canopy that goes over her head which is so nice especially when we are running in the sun or a 7 mile race!

One of the best features is that it runs so smoothly. Hailey hated going over bumps because she would get all thrown around in the carriage and not be able to get comfortable. This stroller is so smooth that you don’t even really feel any bumps at all. We do a lot of trail jogging and walking so especially the parts of the trail where the street is jagged, it won’t even be felt anymore to Hailey. Perfect.

I honestly cannot believe it took me this many years to get a jogging stroller. But I will never go back! Part of being a fit mom and enjoying the outdoors comfortably is to have one of these strollers

After having to register for my baby registry as a first time mom and having no clue what to put on it, I wish someone had suggested this Schwinn Interval Jogger. I hope that after reading this and looking at the amazing pictures that you’ll consider putting it on your registry like I wish I would have!

Nursing Covers Multiple Uses = Mommy Win

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How pretty is this!?

When I had Hailey, I never felt comfortable about breast feeding in public. I also had nothing to cover her up when I was breast feeding only one of her blankets, it was only me having to go into another room where no one was around to do it. It wasn’t until recently that i started realizing that there were so many things out there to help mom’s like me in this situation where you really have nothing to help you awkwardly lift up your shirt and try to get everything situated most likely with a child in your hands!

I recently discovered a company called Covered Goods™. Along with finding them, I found their amazing multi-use nursing cover that gives you all the benefits that the traditional covers do… and more!

Some of the features that the nursing cover includes are:

  • also functions as a car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover
  • provides true ALL OVER COVERAGE front and back
  • made of comfortable, stretchy fabric
  • takes seconds to put on and take off
  • it is fashionable
  • And more!

There are so many colors and designs: Solid designPrints, Stripes, and Mismatch. This is seriously so amazing. I remember just using an infant blanket to cover up myself in the bathroom or in a public place and there are so many things that can go wrong with a blanket – wind, child, people, movement, dropping bottle, blanket falling, and the list goes on. With the Covered Goods Nursing cover it is almost like a scarf where you can cover yourself and be fashionable at the same time and since it is round, there would be no way for it to blow off or fall off. I find myself always asking this question, but why did I not know about this when I was pregnant?! 

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Not only is this fashion piece helpful to breastfeeding moms, but one of the best parts is that this piece does not need to go back in your “pregnancy clothes” box (I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has something like this!). You can wear it any time. I have been wearing it as a scarf and because it is round, it almost is exactly like the infinity scarf. That was one thing I was worried about when pregnant was buying too many clothes because they were just going to go back in that dreadful box of my big clothes and they would stay there until the next child!


This will not be going in my pregnancy box and I will continue to wear this until jacket season is gone!

They are a good investment – there are so many uses for it and even when you are done breast feeding, you can still use it. For us mom’s, this is huge, you can’t say that for many other products.

 

WubbaNub Saved My New Mommy Sanity


Isn’t he the cutest little thing you ever did see ?! 

Well my daughter thought so too but she had a lamby. She also had a giraffe one but only her one true love was lamby. 

Lamby was a WubbaNub that I saw at Buy Buy Baby one day when I was shopping to get ready for my first girl.  It was so cute and right in the front of the store next to the cash register just staring at you calling you name since they were so cute! 


I picked it up because it as so cute I figured we could use it at some point, not knowing to what extent of use it really would be ! 


The WubbaNub is meant for 0-6 month old infants with no teeth. It is a soothing Binkie and it is easy for them to grab, nearly impossible to lost (even In a crazy messy bag like mine) and it is the babies first friend. 

Hailey love, love, loved her WubbaNub binkie. She held onto it with her death grip and it was at some points if we didn’t have it with us wherever we were going, we had to go back. This caused us to buy two, just in case, but like I said, she loved the lamby and there was nothing else like it. 

Isn’t that funny how kids become attached to something way before they are even able to say any words at all?

By the time she outgrew the WubbaNub because the binkie part was really meant for babies with no teeth and she had started to get some in, she’s insisted it stay in her toys. If I went searching now, I can guess it would be in her toy box but she would never let me get rid of it.

What a life saver this was I tell you, trying to get her to fall asleep, it has little beads inside of the feet and it is slightly weighted so leaving it on her while she falls asleep was soothing but then taking it out as she is asleep. It really helped soothe her. Another instance was in the car, she was able to hold onto it and it made her feel safe. 


If you have not purchased one for your new born and are missing your sanity, order one right now. I would not steer you wrong! If you are going to be a mommy, I suggest you get them, they are so, so adorable and really helpful. You will see !!! 

Sick Daddy + Sick Baby = Crazy Mommy

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This weekend has been exactly like this. Along with the fact that its winter and there is not much to do here during the winter weekends unless you ski, which I don’t.

Husband has been sick, daughter has had stomach issues, and then here I am cleaning the house, and trying to go to the gym to get out of the house -it’s just been not a lot of fun.

Maybe it’s just me but sometimes these weekends happen – where there is just nothing fun to do. And I am not meaning like super exciting things, just like stuck in the house and the house is getting old from being inside of it every single weekend! It’s kind of like inside recess for the kids as teacher. Seriously gets old!  I just want to go outside! And not freeze to death.

It doesn’t help that everyone is sick and there is nothing to do! Maybe this is what winter depression is. Being stuck inside for months where you go to the gym for fun to get out of the house and have someone else watch your kid for one hour. Winter sucks. I know I am just complaining now, but I feel like I am probably not the only person that feels this way. There have to be plenty of mom’s who feel the same way I do and maybe even more so for stay at home moms.

All the odds pointing to a crazy mommy!!

How much longer is winter?!