Life Lately. Really Lately.

It's been a minute since I did a little life recap, so here goes...

Over the Mardi Gras break I got the chance to donate my milk to a mother who had just adopted. If you're nursing, on FB, and have a stash that will go bad before you get to it... consider getting in the Human Milk 4 Human Babies group. I honestly can't remember if I said this here or just on Insta. So if it's a repeat... sorry about that. 

Mom brain has been awful lately. 


Stickers to your infant brother's head are essential the same as all of us writing "X was here" every random place as kids right?

"For a turtle sticker call Harrison at 555-5555"


While roughly 900 years old, barely hearing, blind as a bat, and her teeth falling out left and right Ellie can still spot potential food from a mile away. 

I've started setting Elliot up in the high chair (depending on his mood) when we are eating dinner. He gets practice sitting, playing, and hopefully is entertained enough to let m eat peacefully. Ellie on the other hand see that elevated white chair and is praying something good falls. Cheerios aren't good by the way. Chicken nuggets are preferred. 

The list of things this snotty dachshund won't eat are ridiculous. I tried giving her gummy melatonin the other night. She snubbed it. Wrapped it in turkey, she nearly took my finger off. 

That's the other issue. In her old age her ability to "nicely" or "gently" take items from you has vanished. 


Jeremy goes to breakfast on Thursdays with some guys from church. This past week I made him bring me a coffee, so I could have two coffees. This might have to be a regular thing. 

Year one with a kid is just flat exhausting. 


Anyone else use laundry baskets full of clothing as a momentary baby drop spot? 

I should probably reconsider this though, when Harrison was this age I left my phone in the basket (his room was upstairs and I was toting everything down stairs) and ended up washing the phone. The baby managed to survive. Just not the phone. 


There are also momentary bursts of sibling jealousy. 

Like the laundry basket. 

After I snapped a pic of giggling Elliot I heard someone saying "Mama cheese" to find this >>>


He also only says "dada dada" at random.

I'm assuming it's when he feels I've given too much attention to the small fry and needs mama.

Like this morning, I kept telling him to go to the bathroom. (while holding the baby) Once I put the baby down and went with him he was fine. He tinkled. Life was good. I even trimmed his bangs while he was sitting and then combed his hair. But while a baby is in tow... not so much. He isn't mean to the baby or does any big jealous moves you see kids do. It's just the "dada" comments that make me think that's his way of expressing that he needs some mama attention.

Sans baby.

All the Trashy Celebrity News You Don't Actually Need.

Y'all.

Life these days. I think I say it often but, who all is finding themselves paying more attention to parody news accounts and celebrity news?


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My husband doesn't care to hear about this, so prepare your heart.

I'm a day late and a dollar short... but this college admissions scandal is hilarious to me. You know you're dumb as a sack of rocks if your mama is paying major money to Photoshop your cute little face on some athlete's body.



But while this appears to be an option, why not? Maybe I would have walked out of college with less student loans.

I heard one podcaster, wait that was on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell me from NPR this weekend, mention that his mama could have been asked for $48 dollars to get into Yale and she would have turned that mess down.

Same. Same.

Lisa wouldn't be doing the college scam for me either buddy.

Then...

THEN.

Wendy Williams comes out that she's living in a sober house and basically only allowed to leave with her 24 hour coach for Pilates and to tape her live show?!?!?


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Possibly the saddest news of the week.

But at least they're letting her workout. I feel ya Wendy. I'm kinda needing a Pure Barre moment and haven't had one all week.

UPDATE: Supposedly her husband is behind this and made her go. But he also has a long standing girlfriend that he knocked up and bought a house for. Some insider from the show said she seems frail and under his control. #ShockedNotShocked

There's also a podcast that recaps all the Bravo shows that is basically the most hilarious thing ever.

I won't link to it [language riddled] and I won't technically admit that I listen. But it's hilarious and you need to check it out.

**If you're looking for inspiration, how to be a good mother, a bible study... this is not your podcast. This is simply some trash that makes you spit your coffee laughing on the way to work while there are zero children present and no husbands around because you are just trying to make it to Spring Break alive.


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Now for Meghan Markle. I won't refer to her as a Duchess... because girlfriend is not on par with Kate.

Did y'all see that her maternity wardrobe is worth half a million bucks?

Prince Charles has been making it rain cash on that girl. She would have blown basically 1/3 of her personal net worth with that and Harry didn't get that much cash from the Queen Mother.

Speaking of Charles... he's pretty ticked off at the moment that photos were released of him and Camilla headed to the beach in Barbados. They're worth a look though. I say he's kept pretty fit for his age. But he has also been super strict with his diet/lifestyle for ages. Camilla, looking good for a long time smoker.

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Let me also say I admire Kate's ability to rewear outfits and mix in cheaper items... no one can compete with custom Gucci Markle. I would just like to see her tone it down a touch.

Also... who is betting she delivers in London vs. the rumor she does some water birth at Frogmore House?

My money is on the Lindo Wing. Not because they won't allow for some hippie birth, but for security reasons. The Queen delivered at B-Palace, and Ann was really the first one (maybe Margaret) to have a hospital birth in the family. So that's not a big deal.

But the media would descend on them wherever they are. # SafetyConcerns

Now for the every forgotten true princess in the family...


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Princess Eugenie is rumored to be pregnant because she posted to IG that it has been a whirlwind of a year. Let's be honest though, she's not super young and they've dated 7 years. If she is pregnant then
it's about time.

 
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By the way...

Did y'all see that there is a tell-all style book coming out about The View?

Jenny McCarthy was quoted this week bashing Barbara and Whoopie for how they treated her on the show. Apparently the ladies are pretty nasty backstage. But let's be honest, no one believes that they are super sweet off air after seeing how they ripe each other to shreds on air every day. I personally wouldn't be your bestie after you yelled at me for a whole 30 minute Hot Topics segment.

The best part of it is when she mentioned hearing Walter's feet shuffling down the hall to come after her.

All I can picture is some gremlins running down the hall.


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Honestly, I can't say I watch the show. It isn't even in my YouTube suggestions these days. They've just gotten so political that I could care less. But a tell-all about how nasty they all are? That could be some good car listening.

Thoughts? Feelings? What do y'all think about what's been going on lately?

And thanks for hanging around, if you made it this far, through my scattered brain celebrity gossip ramblings. 👏

Meal Ideas to Deliver in a Crisis

Things in life happen, but the good thing about living in the South is that everyone will quickly rally around you. 
The best, no one ever shows up empty handed. 

I recently shared my favorite meals to drop off to a friend in need, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read meals myself our entire team love to send to friends in a crisis  (and I'd love it if you left a comment).

Meal Planning Monday

If we survive this week it will be by sheer miracle. The smallest person is proving to be much more diva than the oldest. When Harrison would get sick he'd just sleep through it, he still does. Elliot on the other hand, screamed every 30 minutes from 11:55 until he got in the car to leave the house and fell asleep on the way to the sitter... all because he is congested.

Jesus please send more coffee. Like, literally rain down coffee into my poor empty mug.


Monday | Chicken Caesar Salad (bag salad for the win)

Tuesday | Mozzarella Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions, Spinach in a skillet concoction

Wednesday | Kodiak Cake Pancakes & Bacon

Thursday | Attempting to make Grillades in the Instant Pot

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, & Lentil Pasta

Sunday | Jambalaya Girl Gumbo with Potato Salad

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Korean Chicken, Jasamine Rice, & Asian Slaw

Snacks | turkey sticks & cheese or Lara Bar

An Ode to the Top Knot, the New Beehive

Motherhood has done strange things to me. I was once the girl that washed her hair daily, but after having my first baby, I realized I could skip a day. 
Then I dyed my hair for the first time and started skipping two days. 
Next thing you know, I had figured out the top knot and learned how to stretch that hair-do. I went from every other day washing to washing only twice a week! 
Which, after looking in the mirror one morning at what was clearly more Dry Bar dry shampoo and hair spray than actual hair, I realized that I had turned into all our grandmothers circa 1965. 
I recently shared how I love a good top knot, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about my hair obsession and how it saves me time (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

I Use to Obsess over What My Kid Ate, and Then I Gave Up

Don’t let the title of this post make you think I don’t try to feed him anything I consider healthy. 
No, I have found alternatives that I sneak in. 
But let’s start at the beginning. 
When I was pregnant with my first, I read that they could taste certain flavors in your amniotic fluid … so I ate a variety of things to expose the baby to flavor. 

I recently shared how I let go of the food obsession with a toddler, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about how I've given it my best and realize he won't eat like this forever (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .
** Side note: he recently started eating more foods. I presented him with yogurt one day... ate it. Apples, cheese sticks, the lot. It's not a ton but it is something different (or back to what he use to eat) and that's what matters. 

Currently | March

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Scheming | A little bit of everything. I'm still thinking about what we want to do in Austin. There is also the upcoming summer camping trip to the Buffalo River... I've got to book that and decide on a campsite. There's also the fact that Jeremy will be gone to Brazil on a mission trip in the beginning of July, so I'll probably take the kids to my parents and visit friends and what not for a few days. But let's be really real, I'm mainly just planning how to use a Starbucks gift card a student gave me. Follow Macro Barista on IG, it's where your coffee macro dreams come true.

Reading | I haven't been so great at reading lately. I've got a huge queue in my library account though. Right now I'm finishing up The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries book 1, and I'm waiting to finish Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret when I get it back from the holds. If you were to know anything about me it is that I love a good British murder mystery that is narrated in a British accent when I'm falling asleep at night. I also just checked out Magnolia Table, I'm by no means a Fixer Upper fan but I am up for a good recipe.

Buying | In in the market for a new protein powder. I ditched my beloved Paleo Double Chocolate Protein because of the $$$ and opted for Garden of Life Spot Chocolate. The only issue is the digestive effect. It's bad y'all.  I want a good chocolate with green type of protein and might try Vega Protein & Greens this month. Send suggestions please!

Making | I haven't cooked in my traditional Meal Planning Monday fashion in some time but Mardi Gras break is where it is at. Meatballs, enchiladas, pancakes, and I'll probably toss in a dessert or cinnamon rolls or something just for good measure. I haven't had the extra time to cook in months. And I don't mean old George grilling. Now I feel like I should also make some bread too.

Accomplishing | I've changed my workouts to doing Pure Barre On Demand recently and am really loving it. I seriously was beyond excited to workout every time I went this past summer (that month I had won a free month of Pure Barre). There are just two issues with going in-studio for me 1) the $$$ and 2) the time. So On Demand is giving me a workout I enjoy (classes) in a time frame I can do (classes from 5-45 minutes each). This way I can do at the very least SOMETHING every night. I'm still following the Faster Way to Fat Loss eating plan but just needed a new workout.

Elliot at 4 Months

I've come to realize I take more photos of this child in the bathtub than anywhere else. So instead of pretty posed photos until he is old enough to sit up... I'm not fighting it anymore. This kid is going to have a monthly Puj Tub photo.

Plus it's an easier way to watch his neck disappear.

Elliot's Current Stats:


❊ Age – 4 months old
❊ Weight & Height – 14.4 lbs and no clue on the height. He goes to the doctor this month for his baby well visit. 



❊ Eat – He is still nursing well. My supply has been much better with this second baby. I've been putting back about two days worth of milk per week... which I don't know what to do with because I have very little need for a freezer stash. Anyone want a ton of breast-milk? 
❊ Sleep – He's been doing well. I finally moved him back to the Pack n' Play after a few weeks of being congested. That dumb Rock n' Play is the devil, I can't stand breaking babies of that habit... but it works so well for a baby that spits up or is congested. Dang it! Anyway, we are on the verge of the 4 month regression so I know this waking once at night (actually mama waking him once at night) to eat is going to end soon. I had to change when he was eating at night (30 minutes earlier) because the baby who rarely cries decided to scream bloody murder for 30 minutes two days in a row. It made bedtime a nightmare... luckily I think changing the feed time has fixed the bedtime problem. 




❊ Recent Milestones – He is laughing more, smiling more, and holds his head up better in tummy time. Elliot has started getting distracted during a nursing session or two and wants to chat with me about everything. Mainly he thinks Harrison is funny and giggles while nursing whenever something is happening in the room. 
❊ Special Moments – This month seemed kinda mundane. I can't think of something that really stood out. 




❊ Mama’s Experience – The Wonder Weeks Leap 3 is going to be the death of us. I don't have to baby free time I had previously because he is much more fussy in the evenings. He also wants to be held more where before he wanted to play on his mat. It'll pass though, all nutty Wonder Weeks eventually pass. 
❊ Comparison – Chunky chunk. 

And a Harry/Elliot comparison, because they look nothing alike. 


And big brother because it was his birthday & he brought me the camera :)



Meal Planning Monday

It's Mardi Gras break and that mean I have time to actually cook! 

All the praise hands people. All. Of. Them. 


Monday | Zucchini with Peppers, Sausage, and Goat Cheese

Tuesday | Breakfast - Making Kodiak Pancakes

Wednesday | Homemade Meatballs with Sunday Sauce and Salad

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Grilled Round Steak with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Birds Eye Veggie Pasta

Saturday | Eating out

Sunday | Enchiladas with Chuy's Jalapeno Ranch Dip (enchiladas are filled with cheese, topped with [this] sauce and topped with ground beef as per the husband's liking)

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Low Carb Wraps with turkey, ham, mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and bacon with Kettle Salt & Vinegar Chips

Snacks | turkey sticks & cheese or veggies and ranch

Things I Bought & Liked | Feb

It's been another month and I've done my best to keep Amazon Prime in business.

Here's what I've bought::


Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep | I've been using this for quite some time and just bought another bottle. I swear to you diffusing this in our rooms has helped with calming everyone for sleep. The aromatherapy makes a difference with Harrison, he falls asleep much faster now. Bonus points, it smells amazing.

Glass Meal Prep Containers | I've been over my old plastic containers for quite some time. These are a great size for lunch, sturdy, and heat up without burning your hands when you take them from the microwave.

Amazon Basics Stylus | This. Because everyone needs a good stylus for writing on your Insta Stories.

Bamboobies Yoga Nursing Bra | Regular sports bras are out of the question right now, the boobies need to be a tad free for milk production. This one is really comfy and did not disappoint. But it's a yoga bra so don't expect super constriction.

Revly Digestive Enzyme Complex | Postpartum mixed with a protein powder I was really liking is what I've discovered to be the root cause of some digestive issues. This makes a big difference. A friend said that her nutritionist suggested she take a digestive enzyme, and y'all know I'm always up for a good supplement.

Amazon Essentials Packable Puffer Jacket Womens & Mens | Get. You. One. This was a nice, inexpensive replacement to our old winter coats and they're super warm. Not Colorado warm, but freezing cold Louisiana warm.

Vanicream | One of my Insta mom friends suggested this for Elliot's dry skin. This cured his dry red patchy spots in two days flat. Plus it doesn't contain lanolin, parabens, fragrance, and all the bad junk.

Medela Nursing Comfort Bra | I needed to replace my bras from when I nursed Harry and this is a great, well made option. Bonus points, it's made by a brand that makes a 50 dollar bra and it's the same exact bra people. Save your money and buy this dupe.


Returns


Essential Oil Roller Bottles | I was sent these twice with missing parts, avoid them at all cost.

Zammex Collagen Peptides | The flavor of this has just gotten worse, I use to be able to mask it with coffee or a smoothie. Not anymore, now it is all beef Ramen all the time.

icyzone Workout Tanks | They ran small and the fabric wasn't my favorite. It showed every flaw you ever thought you had.



Happy 4th Birthday Harry!

This year Jeremy wanted to go all out, since it is very possible that we will move before he turns 5. So we threw the goofy little thing a party at The Little Gym, and he absolutely loved it. 


He adored the balloons, the turtle cake he kept asking for, and ran around like a wild man. My favorite part though has to be how much he loved everyone singing to him. He sat there so patiently waiting to blow out his candles. 

Being a kid who cried every time someone sang "Happy Birthday" I really like living through him on this. 


3 was a fun age, granted it was full of a terribly independent child who wants to have his way. But he is incredibly sweet and loving. 

We even started making headway on potty training this fall. 

His favorite things at the moment are slime, Legos, play food, and playdoh. He loves to read and is obsessed with The Gruffalo series and We're Going on a Bear Hunt. At night Harry makes his Daddy play "bear hunt" with him. Some nights he still works in his game of "Big Bad Wolf." 


His favorite foods are definitely pizza and ice cream. 

But I can get him to eat a snack plate with apples and cheese, he will also eat rice and gravy, grilled cheese, green beans, and basically whatever his beloved Mrs. Tammy makes him. 

This boy has a delicate little heart and it makes fussing at him so hard. For instance, I (in the nicest voice ever) got onto him for pouring water out of the tub and told him not to do it again. His eyes immediately welled up with tears and said "I sorry Mama." 


 Really though, he is a funny, spirited kid. He has boundless energy and as long as he's well fed he is happy and outgoing.

After telling everyone at his party "thank you for coming" he continued it and then told everyone at church the next day.

But what more can you ask for, a naturally sweet child. There can't be more than that.

Your Labor Bag Essentials for Beating Discomfort

For anyone who’s had a baby, it’s a well known fact that it isn’t a walk in the park. 
Laboring naturally for as long as possible was a biggie for me.
I had to be induced for high blood pressure and my little ornery child was posterior. All the more fun for labor.
Luckily I had read up about comfort techniques and talked to a few veteran mamas about ways to decrease labor discomfort. 


I’m sharing all my favorite products for that lovely labor and delivery room, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read what I pack, how it's helped me out, and why you need it too (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

Tis the Season, to Scale Back

With a large extended family and heck, even a not so large family on my side, the holidays can get expensive quickly. 
That doesn’t appeal to me at all, and in fact, I’ve found it taints my view or the holiday in general. As soon as I start having to buy for every Tom, Dick, and Harry, I get real sour. I don’t mind spending time with extended family, but when I start to feel that what we could do for our own children is stretched thin because Uncle Bob’s cousin’s sister’s kid wants a gift … nope. My attitude for Christmas shifts from joyfully reading the Christmas story and celebrating Jesus as a family to just a flat our Grinch. 


I'm a bit late sharing this post, but it applies to all year for us. Not just Christmas. To read more about how we keep gifts to the essentials and not go bananas, head over to the Lafayette Moms Blog. (I'd love it if you also left a comment.) Hint. I incorporated that 4 gifts rule... and for V-Day and Easter it's even less stuff. (for Valentines I will give a small candy and Easter is a basket with just a few fun things.) 

Meal Planning Monday

New resolution... cook one thing a week that is remotely fun and not just basic meat and veg. 

This week I picked, it's the best Poppyseed Chicken on earth. 


Monday | Leftover Prime Rib from V-Day (Ina Garten is the best recipe on earth)

Tuesday | Asian Beef and Stir-fry Veggies

Wednesday | Chicken, Potatoes, Broccoli

Thursday | Grilled Chicken, Birdseye Alfredo Veggie Pasta and Green Beans

Friday | Beef, Asparagus, Potatoes

Saturday | Eating out

Sunday | I'm on my own so there's a hot chance I'm driving to Chicken Salad Chick for my birthday... alone. And yes I'm salty about this. (my birthday is Monday and who has time to celebrate during the week.)

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Bird's Eye Steamable Veggie Pasta

Snacks | Atkin's Peanut Butter Cup (for low carb days)

Things I Bought and Liked || January

I'm constantly trying new products, so I decided... why not share them. So here ya go, round one is basically everything from November through January!



The Ordinary Buffet | If you're looking for a serum from The Ordinary and don't know what to do, this is the one to choose. It's exactly what it says, a buffet. It a touch of all the good stuff they have. This is another I've reordered about 3 times over the years. But pay attention to their website, I got them half off over Black Friday this year.

Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil | I've used this day and night for a year. I love it. I put this under my moisturizer and can tell a major difference in how dry my skin is when I don't use it.

Dr. Pedicure Foot Exfoliation Peeling Mask | It works, but not as well as the Korean Baby Foot I found a few years ago that wasn't even in English. It peeled the skin off, but it could have done more.

Amazon Essentials Electric Kettle | We use this multiple times a day after ditching our coffee pot. I (as the every loving Anglophile) wanted to go a more European route with my tea and coffee since my tea kettle is 10 years old and needed replacing. This did the trick. It heats up water in under a minute, I swear.

Turkish Delight | I bought this for my class when we were reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... it is insanely yummy.

YETI Rambler 14oz | I would be exaggerating if I said I used this less than every single day. I make my coffee at 6am and it's the prefect temperature when I sit down at my desk to take roll at 8am. This mug has saved me from cold coffee since November 1.

Garden of Life Sport Protein Powder Chocolate | I abandoned my beloved Paleo protein powder for this one. There's nothing funky in it and the big bonus is that it contains pre/probiotics and BCAAs.

Nalgene Kids Grip-and-Gulp | We were having an issue with Harrison chewing on the spout of his Contigo cups, this cup solved that. The Nalgene is a hard spout so he can't gnaw it off. I know he should probably use a regular cup at some point, but I don't even use one.

George Foreman 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill | This is my lifesaving dinner purchase! I can get dinner done in under 30 minutes and then pop off the plates and toss them in the dishwasher and that makes this mother of two small people with a full time job very happy.

Amazon Basics Packing Cubes | I've been needing a better packing option. With Elliot new to the clan he is taking over a whole seat we once used to hold the 3 drawer thing for camping clothing. My new goal is to get us all in one bag and this is the way... the previous way being gallon baggies. But that way costs more in the long run. I got myself and the kids in a duffel bag at Christmas this way.

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste | A hair dresser use this on me at LAFMB Moms Night Out and I was impressed. It's somewhere between a texture paste and dry shampoo, but I wouldn't recommend it on day two. It's something to be used on day one when you're styling and just makes your style last longer and appear less dirty the next day. This is great for flat or fine hair.

Amazon Essentials Packable Puffer Jacket | I'm kind of shocked at how great this jacket is. I've now worn in it pretty chilly Louisiana conditions (it got down to the 30s once lol) and it blocks the cold and wind very well!

Ulgoo Weekend Duffle Bag | Large, waterproof, seems made well enough, it was everything I was looking for.


Another Whole30

I love a good food detox and Whole30 is one of my favorite ways to do a good reset. 
I’ve followed Melissa Hartwig since about 2011 and have done a few Whole30s, a few Whole15s, even a Whole Week. It just depended on what I needed at that time. After having my first child, I was having a few issues myself plus a cranky baby. My immediate solution was to complete a Whole30 and SHOCKER … I suddenly had a less cranky baby and several postpartum issues cleared up.


I recently shared all about my beloved Whole30, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about my favorite recipes for surviving and thriving on a strict 30 days of clean eating (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

Currently.

I use to do these every month and somehow forgot about them. Then I saw a blogger friend post hers and had to jump back onto the wagon. There's nothing more fun for a blogger than an old school link up.

To join the link head on over to in residence



ANTICIPATING | I'm seriously looking forward to our camping trips this year. In April we are headed to Austin to camp at McKinny Falls State Park. This is in essence our 10th anniversary trip, but with kids in tow. Send me all your food recs, I'm hoping to hit up a BBQ, Mexican, and then of course Voodoo Doughnuts. Maybe even a coffee shop in there too. We've only got two full days so only one of them will be in town, and we will be as fat as cows by the evening.

GOING | To the grocery store? Yeah we aren't doing all that much between now and Easter.

MAKING | I made Euna Mae's Poppy Seed Chicken this week, it's a fam favorite. This is one of those for the recipe box.

WATCHING | Victoria on PBS. It's my favorite period drama since Downton ended, gotta love Masterpiece. Hint... since we cancelled cable and I'm just not down with paying $60 for a PBS subscription for the year for one show... you can pay per month (like 5 bucks) on Amazon Prime for a subscription to Masterpiece.

WEARING | Old Navy Compression Leggings. Nothing, I repeat nothing, has come between me and this legging. Seriously. I've tried others and nothing compares. I even sported their maternity version all though pregnancy. They're soft, they hold everything on earth in, and they are thick as can be.

Baby Essentials - Second Kid Edition

This is something that I think is an ever evolving list for most mothers.

New baby items come out, you see what would make life easier, you get them. At the same time you are getting rid of baby items as well. (I'll make a list of what we got rid of when we moved at the bottom of the post.)



What I've got below is a list of the items I added to our arsenal of baby things this time, as well as the oldie but goodies we are still using from the days of baby Harry.

2nd Baby Essentials


KeaBabies Infinity Nursing Cover | With Harrison I used the free cover you could order and only pay shipping. He spent all his free time pushing it out of the way. This time I found a much cheaper version of the Milk Maid infinity nursing cover and car seat canopy and am in love. It's made nursing in public much more comfortable and it's insanely soft. Seriously, I nurse in Sunday School, a mixed gender class, every single week. I even nursed while eating lunch with friends last weekend. At no point was I worried Elliot would kick free.

Moby Wrap | I've gone back and forth with this one. Initially I was using it in place of my Baby Bjorn. I quickly found out that I'm not a soft carrier gal in public. They're just too hard to get back on. Instead what I've started doing is wearing Elliot in the evenings (at that time they need a nap and won't lay down) while I cook so he can cat nap before bath time. He will nap much better in this than in the Bjorn because it's much more cozy and snug. I think he rattles around too much with my cooking to sleep in the Bjorn, honestly.

Taking Cara Babies Sleep Courses | I followed Baby Wise with Harrison and was stressed. I had a schedule but felt I was missing some magic key. Then I read Moms on Call with Elliot. Before maternity leave was over I knew I was still missing something. Somehow I came across TCB and bought her course. Y'all she gave the actual advice I was looking for. I can schedule. Schedules are easy. In fact, the Moms on Call app is great for a schedule. But tips to get a baby to sleep, soothe himself, and get through a fussy period... that's what I need and Cara gave me that information.



RHOM Travel Sound Machine | Cara from Taking Cara Babies gave this advice and I think I could have saved a lot of car crying with Harry if I had it... get a travel sound machine. This particular one charges and I'm not wasting money on batteries. I only have to pop this into his car seat, cover him with the car seat cover, "car swaddle" and he's sound asleep.

Haaka Manual Breast Pump | This is a great way to 1) gather what would be lost into a breast pad during letdown and 2) increase your supply. It puts just enough pressure on you that your body wants to make more milk. I use it a few times a week depending on my supply and generally get between 1-2 ounces.

Mam Anti-Colic Bottles | I was shocked at how easy the baby took a bottle this time. I don't know if it is these or luck of the draw, but he took to them like a champ the very first time.

Lavender Castile Soap | Hello sensitive skin baby. He is a crusty little thing and I moved to using castile soap with him to have something less harsh. Plus it's much cheaper than items like Noodle & Boo or Tubby Todd that are usually recommended. Also... less ingredients and better EWG rating.

Silicone Loofah | This loofah is life. I got one for the kids bathroom as well as ours and love it. This is a much more hygienic option to the usual mesh loofah.

Probiotic Drops | I started the colic fight much earlier with baby number two. There was no way I was going to deal with the newborn gas any longer than I had to. On top of gas drop and my beloved Dupois Colic Remedy, I started giving Elliot these at bedtime and the irritated baby tummy really subsided.

LaVie Lactation Massager | This. Mamas THIS is makes pumping so much more fulfilling, rewarding, better output, heck I don't know the word. With Harry I did hand massage while pumping to try and hit those ducts that had more milk but weren't releasing easily with just the pump. Using this massager has honestly caused me to have 1-2 days worth of pumped milk stashed into the freezer every week. I just keep it on the constant high vibrate and move it around my boobs while I pump, when I find a duct that has more I just leave it there a bit with a bit more pressure.


Oldies But Goodies:


Puj Tub | We use this for baths up until 5 months. After that I'm moving Elliot to THIS bath seat so I can still bath both kids at the same time.

Ergo Original Baby Carrier | Nothing beast a structured carrier that distributes the weight to your hips.

Baby Bjorn | Honestly I thought I wouldn't use it this time. I really thought I'd use the Moby and then go to the Ergo... nope. Turns out this is easier in public than the Moby.



Rock n' Play Sleeper | The devil of infant products itself. This will cause an amazing newborn sleeper until the day come that you must wean the baby into an actual bed. Then all hell breaks loose. I'll try to remember next time to not sleep in this again.

DOHM Sound Machine | I've bought cheaper versions. Don't buy cheaper versions, they just break easily. I now own two, one in each room. When the kids are in the same room my plan in to place the second machine between their beds to cut the noise they each make and hopefully not disturb each other.

Ikea Antilop High Chair | Cheap, easy to clean, you just can't beat it. I've bought this as baby gifts for friends. Seriously, don't waste your money on a traditional high chair. If you're doing Baby Led Weaning, this is a dream at clean up.

Graco Jogger/Travel System | This is a great singleton jogger, it move smoothly and is priced well. We are now using it with number two until he is big enough for the Britax double stroller (because .

Honest Company Nipple Balm | I try to avoid lanolin and this balm ticks all the boxes for me. I just can't wrap my head around putting something on me that would end up in the baby's mouth and isn't really food safe. The HC Nipple Balm is organic and doesn't have any funky ingredients, plus it really speeds up the healing process.

Honest Company All Purpose Balm | Previously Healing Balm, this is the nipple balm on crack. I can put this on any scratch and it heals much faster. It even helps with little baby eczema patches.

Dupois Colic Remedy | Everyone swore this was the holy grail of baby gas solutions, and after two newborns I can tell you it is. And worth every penny of that $30 bottle. In fact this reminded me that I needed more and placed a order for it just now. I give 1/2 tsp of this after his last feed at bedtime and it's a world of difference in how well we does... the alternative being fighting baby gas all night.

Bright Stars Activity Gym | This is something I don't spend much on (or hey grandma has bought one for Christmas). I'd love something that has a really pretty look, but whatever. It gets the job done and doesn't need to be ultra nice. Especially since the dog and big brother mess with it... and the dog messed with Harrison's as well. Honestly the dog also messed with Joshua's (my sister's son) 10 years ago) You just can't win with our dogs.


Items we ditched:


Bouncer Seat - I am going to sit him up in the Ikea High Chair in the kitchen with us. I've even used the Rock n' Play in the kitchen while I'm cleaning to entertain him.

Baby Activity Center - bulky, massive, no room for it. He has a brother to entertain him and I might buy a door bouncer eventually. Our sitter has one of these so he can play in that there.

Bumbo - it was borrowed but I'm good without it.




Life Lately

It's been a fun week. Mainly because Mardi Gras here is the same, if not more party involved than Christmas. 

This past week the Laffy Moms Blog ladies got together for a King Cake party. If you haven't had one might I suggest you do it. My favorites were Keller's (always, they are the most traditional cake texture), Pouparts (traditional French King Cake was really good), and surprisingly the Great Harvest Bread Co (their Turtle fill was amazing, they are more of the cinnamon roll dough bread). 


The aftermath... I'm not diabetic. 


Every month I pull up Harrison's monthly photo when I take Elliot's, and every month they look less and less alike. Harry is clearly Jeremy's head shape on me with some combo of our eye shape. Elliot is straight up Jeremy from top to bottom with my head shape as a baby. I was changing the little sucker today and noticed just now much his fat baby body looks like the photos of fat baby Jeremy.

Both kids though, very unfortunate head shapes. Sadly rocking a bald head in adulthood won't be in their future.


Ignore the fact that I look like an exhausted train wreck with my greasy bun, but we had a good laugh this week when my teacher friend in the class next door and I showed up in the exact same outfit. Minus shoes. Mine is a touch more wrinkled though, blame breastfeeding before work. 


I'm only going to say this 100 more times this year, but the LaVie has been a lifesaver for pumping. As it stands today (Thursday) I only need about an ounce to get the rest of the bottles Elliot needs for the week. And I still have to pump 4 more times. During the work day, when sleep hasn't been an issue, I am managing to pump 3 bottles from 2 pump sessions. 

If you've ever breastfed before you realize how major this is. Nothing gets a nursing mama excited like an abundance of milk. 

But I'll carry on about that more in my baby essentials post next week. 


Elliot - 3 Months Old

Who finally got their child's monthly photo taken? This mama! 

Never mind that he's propped up in a Mamaroo because flat laying 3 month olds don't photograph well. 


Elliot's Current Stats:
❊ Age – 3 months old
❊ Weight & Height – I'll update after his next appointment!  
❊ Eat – He eats well and clearly well enough that he will nap and sleep at night. However I am thinking about starting to pump during the day, when I normally pump at work.I find he makes my supply drop on the weekends. I never would have done that with Harrison... but I really want to keep my supply as high as it's been without having to down supplements. 
❊ Sleep – He started trying to push his night feeding back to 4am instead of 3am. Actually (as I type this) last night I woke him up at 4:14am. It doesn't bother me that he is waking up once at night simply because I'd rather nurse then than pump. Now, he's been in the Rock n' Play, we had a minor stint in the bassinet that was interrupted by a Wonder Week Leap, but as soon as the leap is over it's back to the bassinet. I'm wanting to make a baby nest and wean him from the RNP that way.


❊ Recent Milestones – Elliot has started blowing bubbles and making more sounds when he coos. He also holds his head up just a bit higher when he does tummy time. He is also Curious George, a friend called him this a few weeks ago and it has become quite evident that he is into seeing what everyone is doing. The silly little thing will go out of his way to make eye contact with you and then smile and giggle his heart out once you talk to him. He's a flirt. 
❊ Special Moments – I heard cackling the other day while Elliot was in the swing, he was laughing at Harrison who was talking to him through some voice changer toy he got for Christmas. Harrison also spends a lot of time saying "how cute" Elliot is. Poor child will be called Baby Elliot most of his life.


❊ Mama’s Experience – This was a great month minus the WW Leap. He cried a bit more and was harder to comfort... but that was considered a good day for Harrison. If I can just get him weaned from the RNP I'll be a happy woman. He can't very well go to college in this thing. Lucky for me he gets practice sleeping flat at the sitter.
❊ Comparison – Well things have surely changed... they don't look anything alike.