Saturday, June 14, 2014

Baby Wearing

One thing I have become obsessed with after having Keller is baby wearing. I honestly have no idea how I ever got anything done without it. Having two young children who haven't learned patience yet, baby wearing is a life saver. Keller naps so much longer while being held, so the only way I get dinner on the table, the house cleaned and time to play with Kilian is wearing my little man. I have mentioned before about my Solly Wrap, which is great in the newborn phase. But my newest love is my ring sling from Lily & Mama Market.
I was sent this beautiful gold ring sling from their wonderful shop and I couldn't be more happy with the quality, color and fit.
How amazing is that tag?!
All of their slings are hand dyed and hand sewn. Pictured above is their gold color amongst many other wonderful colors, you will have a tough time choosing  You can absolutely tell how much time and detail is put into one sling. They are double lined for extra support but are still extremely breathable. They offer a classic length and a long length for all of their slings and use only rings tested to hold up to 250lbs. For more information on their slings and fabric used, visit their Etsy site.
They also sell two tone slings and baby blankets. To see more of their products and to keep up with more shop info follow them on Instagram . Their products are amazing and you will thank me for the relief they bring!
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Last Wednesday, my little boys and I ventured into Dallas to pick up my mom and niece. The entire way there, Kilian kept calling for his nana and his JJ. He was just as excited as I was. We have been on the go since they have arrived and have been having so much fun.
These two have been inseparable ever since.  


Friday, June 6, 2014

The Ollie Swaddle

Exhausted... That is among the many words most parents of a newborn use to describe the first few weeks. And we couldn't agree more. The past few weeks have been a little challenging to say the least. Keller has gone through some ups and downs with sleeping. From being worn in my Solly Wrap consistently throughout the day so I could get even the smallest household chore done to the never ending shushing, swaddling, and swaying. Keller just didn't want to calm down or put down. Like any mom at the end of her rope, I turned to the internet. What do I do? Give me some magic formula, some secret, something that will suddenly change the path we were on.
Everything I read lead back to the swaddle. The magical swaddle. We have countless swaddles, different brands, different materials, different blankets. He somehow always broke free, one arm out, scratching his face and waking him up after I would spend an hour plus trying to get him to sleep.
Back to the internet we go. While cruising Instagram one day, I came across The Ollie World. I instantly messaged them and after we talked, I knew I had to try it. That was honestly, one of the best choices I have made in the last 8 weeks.
The Ollie Swaddle has changed our family. The first night we put Keller in his Ollie Swaddle, he slept in his crib for 4 1/2 hours straight. For Keller, who had only slept in a moving sleeper for the first 6 weeks, this was a huge accomplishment. And an even bigger relief for us. We have been using the Ollie Swaddle for a week now, and Keller is so happy, so content, and sleeps peacefully for hours at a time. Keller is now sleeping 7 1/2 hours straight. At night, he wakes to feed and instantly is lulled back to sleep by the comfort of the form fitting but breathable material of the swaddle.
The Ollie Swaddle is so easy to use, with three velcro patches, it will conform to any baby. It has an opening at the end that can be left open or closed with an elastic band. If you are pregnant, going to a baby shower, or feeling lost in the newborn haze, do yourselves a favor and head over to The Ollie World website, and order one. I stand behind this product 100%, it is hands down on my top must have list for a newborn. It is the best gift anyone can give to a new parent.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Night on the Town

This handsome man and I got to go out and let loose a little last night. It could not have come at a better time. The newborn craziness is starting to settle down a little more each day, and it was time for Eric and I to re-connect. Through the newborn stage, you are doing everything you can to stay above water, and better yet, to stay awake. It's easy to drift apart a little while everyone adjusts to the new roles in the family.
We were honored to receive an invitation to a beautiful couples wedding and after locking down our baby sitters, Grandma and Grandpa came into town, we started a countdown. It had been quite a while since we have gotten out on our own and we were both so excited to get a little breathing room. More importantly, I was excited to get dressed up, put makeup on, and actually wash and style my hair.
It is so unbelievable that in just 4 months, Eric and I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage. It seems like just yesterday we were standing face to face making promises to each other. Promises that we have upheld and cherish dearly. I just sat in the church pew in awe, reminiscing about the last 5 years. How far we have come, what we have accomplished and how full of joy our life is. We are incredibly blessed to have 2 healthy children, a roof over our head, food on the table and endless love. At times thing have been tough, but we always bring it back together and are stronger than ever. It's amazing to be a witness to the beginning of another couples journey. To have been where they are and where they are heading. My wish to all new couples is a lifetime of happiness, and the ability to take things lightly. One thing that the Pastor said that will stick with me forever is, "you need to be able to forgive your spouse. In forgiving your spouse, you open yourself up to a whole other level of vulnerability." Those words couldn't be more true. Being able to forgive and move on will keep your marriage strong, and healthy. Obviously, I am no expert, but I do know that as long as you are a team, you can conquer anything.  
(dress from Forever 21)
We laughed, we danced, we ate! We were surrounded by great people and had an amazing time. The next countdown has begun and on July 4th, we will be in Eric's brothers wedding and ready to dance the night away again, but this time with our boys :)
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