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6 In Baby/ health/ parenting

How to boost your baby’s health with probiotics

This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Have you ever heard the saying it all starts in the gut”? It’s true.  Your gut health is responsible for your overall health and wellness. As moms, we want to give our babies only the very best and protect them from harm.  But have you ever thought about protecting your little one’s gut?  I know when I was planning for the birth of our baby, I was busy researching the safest cribs, carseats, you name it but I never thought about baby probiotics and gut health.

 

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The Importance of a Healthy Gut

Our bodies have a mix of tiny microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and yeast) which makes up our microbiome.  This microbiome contains healthy bacteria which helps to push out any of the harmful bacteria therefore strengthening our immune systems and aiding in a healthy gut.  More and more studies are showing that a healthy gut has been linked to fewer cases of allergies, eczema, obesity and diabetes.  But how does one acquire a healthy gut?

Babies acquire their gut health mainly from mom.  More specifically, babies acquire a healthy bacteria known as B. Infantis during birth as they pass through the vaginal canal and from breast milk.  However, today 9 out of 10 babies are missing this healthy bacteria.

How Evivo Can Help Restore Your Baby’s Microbiome

 

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Evivo is the only probiotic that’s clinically proven to restore baby’s gut and repopulate it with the good bacteria that are missing. During a clinical trial, babies who received Evivo mixed with breast milk had their gut 100% repopulated with healthy bacteria.

Once daily, just mix the contents of one packet with some breastmilk and feed to your baby in the syringe provided.

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I wish I had known about Evivo sooner.  For those who are new here and may not know our story, Maxwell was born via csection and we struggled with breastfeeding.  Had I known about it sooner, I definitely would have used Evivo to help replenish his gut flora.  But I must say, we are extremely lucky to have such a healthy, happy baby!

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 (This was his 1 month photo! How is he going to be 2 in October???)

 

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6 In Baby/ first birthday/ parties

Throw The Perfect WILD One First Birthday

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It doesn’t seem possible that a year has already come and gone since we brought our little Maxwell home.  He has grown into quite the little adventurer and it seemed only appropriate to have a “Wild One” themed birthday party. (And we are huge fans of the book “Where The Wild Things Are.”)

I had so much fun planning this party and the theme is super easy to recreate. We used the book “Where The Wild Things Are” as inspiration and threw in some rustic elements to give it a real
wild feel.  (Disclosure – this post contains some affiliate link where I will make a commission after clinking on my link and making a purchase)

First, the invitations. I used some of the scripting from the book and made these myself on Microsoft Word. I printed them out and just used some brown cardstock as a border. Incredibly easy and cheap!


Next was the decor.  I went with white, gold, black and of green for colors to keep it looking more earthy.  I used this white dropcloth as a background to give it a rustic look and use for pictures. We found these leaf streamers in the dollar bin at Target (seriously, there’s nothing you can’t find there!).

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  I love chalkboards and this is one of my favorite quotes from the book, we used it as a way to greet our guests at the front door.

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I found these cute crowns on Amazon and we had them out for all of our guests to wear in honor of our King of All Wild Things. 

I love the rustic look of a naked cake and made one for Maxwell’s smash cake. We found this cute “Wild One” cake topper on Amazon. And then I found this cute tree stump at Michaels and decided to use it as a prop.

My mom found this cute shirt at Buy Buy Baby and then I got my little man this crown from you guessed it, Amazon! It made the cutest little outfit!

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I also found this sweet Max costume on Amazon and we used it for his cake smash! Get one for your WILD THING

I really wanted to get my little wild one a teepee and found this super cute one on Amazon. It was easy peasy to put together too! You can get yours here

We had the best day celebrating our little wild one with all of our family and friends! And I’ve already started gathering ideas for birthday #2!

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9 In Baby/ Motherhood/ Support

Lessons learned the first year of motherhood

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I did it! I survived the first year (almost) of motherhood. I kept this tiny human alive for just about 365 days (he turns one next weekend). There were many tears, laughs, sleepless nights, large quantities of coffee consumed.  But here’s what I learned:

1.) Throw your plans and schedule to the wind, just go with the flow. 

2.) I never knew a turkey sub could taste so good!

3.) That first bowel movement after a c-section can make you feel like your insides are going to fall out. 

4.) I can function on very little to no sleep. 

5.) Breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks. 

6.) Speaking of breastfeeding, it doesn’t matter how you feed your baby.  

7.) Flexibility is key. 

8.) No one tells you that being a new mom can be depressing and somewhat isolating at first.

9.) But it does get better.

10.) “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is the biggest piece of BS advice. 

11.) But the laundry, dishes, cleaning and everything else can wait. 

12.) Just when you think you have something figured out, your baby will switch it up on you.

13.) Take lots and lots of photos and videos. Babies grow and change at an alarmingly fast speed.

14.) But don’t spend too much time with your face behind a screen. Be in the moment. 

15.) My body is amazing. 

16.) My husband is even more amazing! Not that I didn’t appreciate him before, but after being up at all hours of the night together and seeing him with my son, it’s a whole ‘nother kind of love.

17.) There’s nothing wrong with co-sleeping. Seriously when you just need sleep you’ll do whatever you have to do and I don’t regret a single snooze Maxwell has had on my chest, not a single one.

18.) Don’t sweat the small stuff- sh** literally happens, so does spit up for that matter. 

19.) You realize what’s really important. And everyone has their own priorities and that’s fine, I have my own too. 

20.) I’m more comfortable speaking up for myself and my family. 

21.) Everyone’s going to have something to say but you know what’s best for you and your baby.

22.) Whoever said daytime tv sucks was horribly wrong. I could watch Dateline for hours and hours. 

23.) But sitting at home for 24 hours a day gives me anxiety.

24.) I’m not meant to be a stay at home mom. I need a little adult interaction.

25.) A nice warm shower and brisk walk sometimes are the best medicine.  

26.) And when that fails, there’s nothing a solo trip to Target can’t fix.

27.) Speaking of solo trips to Target, I need my “me-time” and have learned to try to do one thing for myself each day because you can’t give from an empty cup.

28.) Whoever invented yoga pants is seriously the smartest person ever. #momuniform

29.) Sometimes you still just need your mom. 

30.) Leaving your child with someone else eventually does get easier.

31.) Your relationship with your partner will change, try to make time for each other even if it’s just a little date night at home.

32.) Your sex drive will change. Thanks hormones and exhaustion.

33.) It’s ok to cry.

34.) It’s also ok to ask for help.

35.) Find a good group of mom friends. 

36.) Every kid is different.

37.) There’s no “right way” to be a good parent.

38.) Comparison is a thief.

39.) If you feel like your sucking, you’re probably a good parent.

40.) Don’t buy so many toys. Babies can entertain themselves with boxes and containers for hours on end. 

41.) But do buy lots and lots of books.

42.) Baby smiles and belly laughs are better than any antidepressant.

43.) There is nothing quite like seeing your parents become grandparents.

44.) You can never be fully prepared to be a parent, you figure it out as you go.

45.) I can live with the shirt on my back and pasta every night as long as my kid is healthy and happy.

46.) There is no greater joy than watching your baby experience something new for the first time.

47.) But it is also bittersweet because you realize they are getting older.

48.) Mama bear syndrome is real – I’m getting better I think 😉

49.) I always felt bad for moms of boys but being a boy mom is pretty cool.

50.) Just when you think you can’t love your child anymore and your heart may explode, you love them even more.

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12 In Baby/ Motherhood/ Support

To the mother suffering from mom guilt let it go

 

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“Are you breastfeeding?” asked one of my friends who was over visiting me and my new baby. “No, not anymore”, I answered quietly. The judgemental stare on her face said it all, she didn’t have to say anything. “I tried though, it’s really hard”, I added. “I breastfed Sophia for the first year of her life” my friend said smugly. The feeling of guilt swept over me. Why does it matter how you feed your baby?  Or whether you had a c-section or an epidural, or countless other decisions we make as parents. And why do we feel so much guilt? Why are other moms so judgey?

I have to admit, I was one of those people. As a labor and delivery nurse, I thought I knew it all, knew what was best for moms and their babies.  A mom would whip out the bottle to feed her kid and I would secretly think “I wonder why she’s not breastfeeding?”.  Oh how becoming a mother changed all of that.  See when I became pregnant, I had this beautiful plan all laid out of how my birth would go and what kind of parent I would be. Boy was I naive.  The reality is nothing went as I thought it would. I ended up getting induced at 37 weeks and 2 days for preeclampsia, had every intervention under the sun to try and get me into labor, got an epidural and then was a crash c-section because Maxwell’s heart rate dropped after my epidural.  After two weeks of breastfeeding, pumping and supplementing to try and help Maxwell regain his birth weight, I was utterly exhausted, anxious and becoming distant towards my baby. Breastfeeding was becoming unhealthy for me mentally.  After two weeks I made the painful decision to “take the easy way out” and formula feed.  Maxwell started gaining weight, was satisfied after feedings and I was able to enjoy being with my baby again.

Why are we as a society creating unrealistic expectations with sayings like “breast is best” that can lead moms to feel like failures?  As if the postpartum period with all of the changing hormones and new way of life isn’t hard enough lets hold moms to this standard of being this “ideal, perfect” mother on top of everything else that she is going through.  And what makes other moms think that they know what’s best and give them the right to throw shade at other moms for the decisions they make? It’s hard being a mom in today’s culture. We are criticized for every decision we make.
Had a c-section? She took the easy way out.
Had a natural medication free vaginal delivery? Who does she think she is a martyr or something?
Going back to work and sending your kids to daycare? Selfish
Stay at home mom? Slacker
Homeschool your kids? Wierdo.
Oh your kids go to public school? They’re average.
Dress nice and look put together? She puts her own needs before her kids.
Wearing yoga pants and a baseball hat? Slob

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Who the hell cares?

The reality is, there is no right or wrong way to parent your kids.  We’re all just winging this parenthood thing. You try it all and then see what sticks. You know what’s best for you and your baby. Whether you breastfeed or formula feed, had a vaginal delivery or c-section, are a working mom or stay at home mom, the list goes on and on. It truly doesn’t matter. Cut yourself some slack. These babies grow so fast, don’t let comparison trip you up and steal you from relishing in the joys of motherhood.

The bottom line is my kid’s no different than yours.

Sincerely,
this epiduralized, c-section, formula feeding, co-sleeping mama

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