Friday, June 9, 2017

The Number One Baby Shower Gift You Need to Gift

the best baby shower gift you need to gift
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If you're my friend and pregnant (or will be soon) I'm sorry in advance to ruin the surprise because I'm going to tell you exactly what you'll be getting from me.

I generally don't advise straying from a registry because people tend to put the things they need on them, however, first time moms (and I say this with full confidence because I registered for a variety of unnecessary items) tend to not know what in the heck they really NEED.

I was gifted our Leachco Podster and in all honesty I thought I wouldn't use it but it ended up being a Godsend.  It's a sling style infant lounger and has a Velcro adjustment tab that can create a cozier feel for smaller infants, once your baby needs more room you can adjust the tab.
If you have a little one who suffers from acid reflux this will help keep their upper body elevated and aid in digestion and it also comes in handy when your baby has a cold as it keeps their head elevated.

I love this for nap time too (of course if your baby is rolling all over the place don't try this), I would put her in her pod and I'd lay down next to it and we'd both take a snooze. (Disclaimer: Leachco advises against using this for babies to sleep in but our daughter loved to take naps in it)
We still use it to this day and little B will be 1 year old in less than 2 weeks!

It's easy to move from room to room so you can keep your baby near you and because it's light weight you can take it with you on outings such as a friends house, park, beach. You name it.

It seriously was one of the best gifts we received, and the cover is completely washable, just remove and toss in the washer! So easy! I cannot stress enough how much your new mom friend will thank you.

Still don't believe me? Amazon has a 5 star rating on this! Get the podster! You can thank me later 😉

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tears, snot and ear infections // following mom intuition

signs of an ear infection, following your mom intuition

I've been fighting a cold this week and unfortunately passed it on to little B. I feel so sad for her, this is only her second cold, which for an almost 1 year old is pretty dang good! She's got my great immune system 😉. Read here for more tips on effective cold remedies.

She woke up yesterday congested and with lots of snot coming out of her little nose.
When I got home from work I noticed that her ear had some brown drainage, I'm lucky enough that I can reach out to my nurse friends when I have any medical questions. The doctor who was on call thought it could be a ruptured ear drum but advised us to monitor her through the night and bring her in the next day if she wasn't doing better.

It was a rough night. I was up at 4 am rocking little Bridget to sleep and then up again at 6 am to remove snot so she could breathe. We slept in our rocking chair for a few hours, she preferred to sleep upright right on my chest so she could breathe easier. BTW, I love this nasal aspirator! Bridget doesn't care for it too much but it gets so much gunk out, its simply amazing.

Part of me was thinking she just had a cold but she was so unusually sad this morning that I decided I'd better get a 2nd opinion and take her in to see our doctor. So glad that I followed my mom intuition and took her in! She was diagnosed with a partially ruptured ear drum and an ear infection. Poor baby!

If any mums out there need to know signs of an ear infection, here are a few to look for:
Unusual ear drainage (brown or extremely thick ear wax)
Child tugging on ear
Crying when laying flat (Tip: prop up baby's crib with a blanket underneath the mattress)

Some children may not even show much of a difference, Bridget was pretty happy, other than the random bouts of crying and snot you may not of known she was sick

Mom intuition is real! Don't let anyone make you feel silly for over reacting, Mr. Pepper thought I was being overly cautious in taking her in. I think he was surprised when I text him and said it was a ruptured ear drum. When we got home he immediately started cuddling little B and trying to make her feel better. Mom knows best 😊

Have a great weekend, we will be spending our weekend our trying to get out little bub to feel better,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Petite Pepper thoughts // Let me love you ....

let me love you a little bit more before you're not little anymore

With Bridget's 1st birthday a few weeks away I've been thinking at how fast time just swept by me.
I came across a quote a while back and it stuck with me. 
"Let me love you a little more before you're not little anymore"

Yesterday, at my dad's birthday BBQ Bridget was so cuddly and sweet, coming off a cupcake sugar high. She just snuggled up against my chest and fell asleep. It was so sweet and I just fell in love with her all over again.

I remember when I was pregnant, I attended my friend Kendra's daughters 1st birthday. I vividly remember her husband A.J talking with me about their daughter and telling me that the first couple weeks were rough and a lot of the care giving would fall on me at first. But it would all be worth it "just wait until they get their little personalities" he told me.

He was so right.

The first couple weeks were rough for us, but once we got the hang of having a baby around, things just sort of fell into place. And once her little personality started to peek in we were sold.
At almost one year old Bridget has us wrapped around her finger so tight, we couldn't let go if we wanted. She loves to "chat" with us, with the baby piano, with mom or dad. Whoever, she loves chatting.
She enjoys throwing things ,sometimes its my iPhone oops. Her favorite thing in the world is to stand and clap. She just claps at everyone and anything. It melts my heart every time. She even claps in her sleep. 

let me love you a little more, mother's thoughts

In the back of my mind I keep thinking she's growing up so fast, I'm afraid to blink and have her be a teenager when she won't let me hug her or cuddle her. 

For now, I will enjoy these moments, cherish them.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day thoughts

field of honor, american flag

Before we head off to a family BBQ I wanted to give a big Mahalo to those who have served, are currently serving, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. If you know me you, you know that I have some pretty close ties with the Navy. I have many family members that have served in our armed forces, including Mr. Pepper and my brother, and my family has also lost people. My grandma lost, not just her little brother in World War II but also a cousin on the USS Arizona battleship. Memorial Day is pretty important, remembering those who's lives were cut so short.

solemn pride that must be yours quote
Love this quote, comes from Abraham Lincoln written to Mrs. Bixby who lost all 5 of her sons during the American civil war, one of the most powerful lines in that letter.

So enjoy today, enjoy the great company you're with and take a moment to say a prayer of thanks to those who have lost their lives in order for us to live ours.

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