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A Few of my Favorite Things – Baby Edition

Happy Monday y’all!

Today is a bittersweet day for me. It’s my last day of maternity leave! (Cue the ugly crying 😭) While I am excited to get back to work and have real adult conversations, I’m dreading leaving my babies. I have loved getting to stay home with them the last two months, and I’m so thankful I was able to do so!

Over the past couple months my Facebook and Instagram have been flooded with pregnancy announcements, and I absolutely love it! It makes me think about when we first found out I was pregnant with my son, and how excited I was to buy ALL the baby stuff!

You don’t realize just how much stuff there is for babies until you’re making a baby registry. I spent weeks carefully picking out everything on my first baby registry, only to sell half of it because it was never used. This time around, I had a better idea of what we needed, what I wanted, and what we would actually use. Here are a few of my tried and true favorites!

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Halo SleepSack Swaddle

The Halo SleepSack Swaddle is my new must have baby item! I didn’t have it with my son, but oh how I wish I would have. I was a rookie swaddler, and he was constantly breaking out of my sad attempt at a baby straight jacket. The best thing about the Halo SleepSack Swaddle is the Velcro arms, which make swaddling a breeze! It also has an inverted zipper so you don’t even have to un-swaddle for diaper changes. The swaddle sleep sack comes in two sizes; newborn and small. I love the variety of fabrics they offer like warm minky dot and fleece for cold nights, and breathable muslin for warm days. Halo also offers the SleepSack adjustable swaddling pouch for a tighter budget, and the original SleepSack for when your little one outgrows swaddling. For big kids, they offer the SleepSack early walker, and SleepSack big kids.

Baby K’tan

The Baby K’tan is the only baby carrier I’ve ever used. It’s just so great I’ve never felt the need to try any others! It’s a fabric baby wrap/sling/carrier with multiple carry positions that fits newborns to toddlers.

As a first time mom I wanted to baby wear, but all the options, as well as the complicated wrapping techniques, were really intimidating. The baby K’tan was perfect, because it has no wrapping, buckles, or rings! You just slip it on, put the baby in, and adjust it for comfort. I also like that it’s sized like clothing for a custom fit.

This time around, I trust my Baby K’tan to safely and comfortably hold my daughter while I’m grocery shopping, cleaning, or chasing down her brother at the playground.

If your new to baby wearing and want something that will last, this is definitely a great option.


Infantino Grow-with-Me Activity Gym and Ball Pit

This was Brex’s favorite toy up until his first birthday, and has already become Brinley’s favorite, too! I can lay her on the mat with her feet close to one of the green support things so she can kick at it and make the toys move! When your little one starts scooting around, the sides pop up to offer a little containment. The hanging toys can be removed and the activity mat turns into a ball pit for little ones who can sit up on their own. This is a great quality toy that can be used for multiple children, and adapts to entertain your child through multiple developmental phases. You can also purchase extra balls for it here!


Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing

My son HATED his swing. I’m just going to go ahead and throw that out there. After a few months, I ended up selling it. We never used it, and it was just taking up room.

Even knowing this, I still put one on my registry for my daughter. All babies are different, and have different likes and dislikes. I prayed she would like it. I had wonderful visions of her contently rocking in her swing while I played with her brother or got stuff done around the house. And thank you sweet baby Jesus, she likes her swing!! It’s hit or miss, but most of the time I can swaddle her and sit her in her swing for at least 30-45 minutes.

The Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing has six swing speeds, two vibration speeds, music and nature sounds with volume controls, and mobile with soft toys for visual stimulation. It also has a wide base, which I love because it’s more sturdy so I don’t have to worry about my son knocking it over. The wider base does mean a bigger footprint, which may not work in smaller spaces. My favorite feature is the option to use batteries or with the wall plug-in. The vibrator is not powered by the plug-in and does require batteries.

If you’re a first time mom, I’d definitely say this is a registry staple. Your baby may absolutely hate it like my son did, but it’s worth having if he or she does like it! If you do end up with an unused swing, keep it. Keep it until you are DONE having kids. Your next baby may love it like my daughter. Learn from my mistakes!


I’ll be honest. When I first saw this my thought was not no, but hell no. It was the most disgusting thing I’d ever seen. Then my son caught a bad cold at three months old, and I got desperate. The bulb syringe was great for saline rinses, but it just wasn’t cutting it when it came to actually sucking out the snot. So I finally broke down and spent $20 on a snot straw. Does it look gross? Yep. Does it work? LIKE A FREAKING CHARM!! It’s like a snot vacuum for your kid’s nose!

I know it looks gross, but buy it. Seriously, just buy it. You won’t regret it.

Car Seat Cover/Nursing Scarf

I never used a car seat cover with my son. If it was raining, I would toss a blanket over his car seat to get from point A to point B.

Now we live in Texas, and it is WINDY. Like knock you down, blow you away, windy. The first time we left the house with our daughter after bringing her home, I realized how much of an issue this was going to be. I tried a blanket, but it just kept falling in on her, and trying to blow away. I ordered a carseat cover while we were sitting in the waiting room of her doctor, and I’m so glad I did. I ordered this one off of amazon, and it’s absolutely perfect! Soft, stretchy, and the pattern is beautiful! It can also be used as a cover while nursing, and to cover high chairs!

Ingenuity Soothe Me Softly Washable Playard- Piper

My biggest worry while preparing for my daughters arrival was sleep. Specifically, where she was going to sleep. While I don’t mind her napping in the bed with me during the day, co-sleeping at night makes me nervous, because it’s dark, which means I can’t see her. I also knew her sleeping in the room with her brother wasn’t going to work, because she would be waking up so often. I didn’t want to mess up the sleep schedule we had worked so hard on.

I had tried a bassinet with my son, but it was another thing we never used and ended up selling before he turned six months old. So this time around, I wanted something that she could sleep in, but I would also be able to use long term. The playards with removable newborn bassinets and changing tables, and full size bassinets were the perfect answer!

The Ingenuity is great because the fabric is removable for easy cleaning, the mattress doesn’t have to be removed before folding, and the print is just adorable! My daughter is just over two months old, and we’re about to transition from the newborn bassinet to the full size bassinet. So far we this playard has been absolutely perfect, and we’ll be able to use it for years to come!

Cloud Island Sleep N Play

When I was pregnant with my son, I spent hundreds of dollars of cute little baby outfits. I bought all of the adorable little sets with matching onesies, pants, socks, hats, and mittens. Then he was born, and I quickly learned that all those cute little baby outfits were just a pain in the butt. He lived footie pajamas unless we were actually leaving the house, and sometime even then. I mean why go through all the hassle of onesies, pants, and socks when he was just going to spit up all over it. Plus most the newborn sizes even have built in mittens!

This time around I was a little more prepared for what my daughter would actually wear for the first few months and shopped for zip up footie jammies accordingly. I also received a set of Cloud Island Sleep N Play from Target at my baby shower for my daughter, and y’all. THEY HAVE INVERTED ZIPPERS! This is the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously, why did it take so long for someone to come up with this?

I still use her jammies from Carters and Children’s Place during the day, but for bedtime I consistently find myself reaching for the super soft jammies with built in mittens AND inverted zippers by Cloud Island. They just make nighttime diaper changes so much easier, especially coupled with the inverted zipper on her Halo SleepSack.

Boppy Pillow

Thisis definitely another registry staple. It’s one of my personal favorites, because of its quality and versatility. Our Boppy Pillow is a hand-me-down from my best friend that she used with her son, I used with my son, and I’m using again with my daughter. Three kids, one pillow!

With my son we used the Boppy Pillow until he weaned at around 18 months old, but it’s not just for breastfeeding. We used it for tummy time, propping up after nursing, and sitting up, too!

The pillow itself is plain white, but you can buy really cute covers for it from places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, or Boppy’s website. You can also get handmade and custom made covers from shops like Ritzy Baby Designs on Etsy.

nūborn Silicone Breast Pump

The nūhborn silicone breast pump is quickly becoming one of my new favorite items. It’s a soft silicone pump that suctions on to your breast and gently draws out milk. I love to use it on one side while my daughter nurses on the other to catch leaks. I normally use it in the morning, and most of the time I get one to two ounces! The nūhborn comes in pink and clear, is made of FDA approved food safe silicone, and comes with a dust cover and cotton carry bag.

Learning which baby products will work for your family is a trial and error process, and what works for one baby may not work for another. Just relax and remember that YOU are what your baby wants most!

What is your favorite baby item? What do you recommended for first time moms? I’d love to hear from you about your experiences. Drop me a message below!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5



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The Mommyhood

Breastfeeding is HARD

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.

What? Are you on crack?? I’m 99% sure whoever said this never actually breastfed a baby. Ok so maybe it IS the natural way for your body to feed your baby, but it definitely doesn’t come naturally to everyone. There’s a serious learning curve for mama AND baby. I’m sure a lot of people are thinking, “What’s so hard? You just stick your nipple in the baby’s mouth and the baby sucks!” HA.


Let me inform you, my woefully ignorant friend, if you do THAT your nipple will be SHREDDED TO PIECES. I talked to a mama who’s nipple had to grow back on one side due to a poor latch. You read that right, GROW BACK! The horror!!

It takes serious patience to get a good latch. Especially when your working with a tiny human who’s screaming because they’re STARVING (they think) and has no idea what you’re doing. I always think of it like trying to help an injured animal, who tries to eat your face off because it doesn’t know you’re trying to help.

Some people will even say that breastfeeding is EASY. These are people I’d like to punch in the throat. Engorgement, mastitis, thrush, cracked nipples, bleeding nipples, BLISTERS ON YOUR NIPPLES. What part of that sounds easy??!

Anyways, breastfeeding isn’t easy. Wether you nurse, pump, or a combination, it’s serious work.

My own breastfeeding journey started off pretty rocky, then got worse. B was born 3 weeks early and was on an IV and oxygen for the first 4 days. Because of his breathing problems I didn’t get to try to nurse until day 3. Being early and on the IV made him super sleepy and not interested in nursing AT ALL. Couple that with inverted nipples, C-Section pain, trying to nurse IN the nursery, AND two different lactation consultants telling me totally opposite things, I felt like we were doomed to fail.


Our first time trying to nurse

Thankfully I started pumping as soon as I got into the recovery room and my milk came in fairly fast. I wasn’t giving up on nursing though. I waddled my big swollen butt down to the nursery every 2 hours to try to nurse. By the third day I was exhausted, hurting, and miserable. A week later we were getting ready to leave the hospital. B was all snug in his new cars eat, everything was packed, and we were about to walk out the door when he got hungry. After being stuck in the hospital for a week I was beyond ready to get home with my baby, and I just couldn’t bring myself to take him back out and spend another hour trying to nurse. I broke down and gave him a bottle of milk I had pumped. He CHUGGED it down and immediately passed out. It was such a relief to see my baby happy and full! We kept trying to nurse for a few days after getting home, but eventually I ended up exclusively pumping.

I exclusively pumped for the first 8 weeks of my son’s life. I can tell you right now, it SUCKED.  I was pumping every 2-3 hours, and just getting enough to stay ahead of B by a few feedings. I started to feel like a complete failure. I felt like all I did was lay him down to cry while I tried desperately to pump enough milk for his next feeding. At around 8 weeks, my supply started to suffer because I stopped pumping as often. I was so close to giving up. I tried nursing again a few times, and while I could now get him to latch on, it hurt so bad I was almost in tears and could only stand to try it once a day.

I finally called and made an appointment with a pediatrician who specializes in lactation medicine (aka angel sent from heaven), and we went to see her the next day. It took her about 3 seconds to see that B had a severe posterior tongue tie. He literally couldn’t lift his tongue from the bottom of his mouth. One small clip and a pissed off scream later, I put B to my breast and nursed him without pain for the first time EVER.


Nursing after getting his tongue tie clipped

I had a whole new baby! We sat their and he nursed for about 20 minutes while I asked the angel doctor questions about nursing. Then we sat in her nursing room and he nursed on the other side, too! I couldn’t believe it. It was kind of bumpy at first as we both learned what we were doing, but after a few days we were exclusively nursing!!!

Just when I thought it was smooth sailing, BAM!!! We got thrush. Thrush is evil, plain and simple. Imagine your boobs being filled with hydrochloric acid, your nipples being sliced with jaded glass, and then letting a 2 month old suck on them. I just knew my boobs were going to fall off. We went back to our angel doctor who called in medicine for us both, and two weeks later we were finally on the mend.

Now I don’t want you to get the wrong idea here, there is a reason I’ve tried to hard to be able to nurse. It’s AMAZING. I know that I am truly blessed that I’m finally able to do it, because a lot of women can’t. I would go through all of this all over again for the chance to do this. My goal is to make it to a year breastfeeding!

If you’re breastfeeding, I strongly encourage you to joint your local La Leche League group on Facebook. I couldn’t have done this without all the support from the wonderful women in my area!  
PS: FED is best! No matter how that happens!