3 month favorites

Thursday, July 24, 2014

1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 67 | 8 | 9

1 | The rock n play has been amazing; with moving and staying in a hotel and my mother in laws it is so easy to fold up and put away or transfer to other rooms. She sleeps in it for the first part of the night (6-7 hours) and it is pretty amazing!

2 | The bouncer was more fun this month because she has started to notice the toys attached and she loves the harder vibration (compared to the rock n play).

3 | I was amazed that Walmart had any nursing items and love these tank tops. They are for 1. AFFORDABLE compared to other places. (why is it nursing clothing have to be so damn expensive!!)

4 | Mila won't take paci's until recently I changed to this Dr. Brown brand and MAM (see item 7). She didn't like the soothies any more and the basically round long paci's. She liked the more flat ones and has been recently taking them like a champ. She needs to be soothed more than her brother did and she's been sucking her fingers but now the paci's are helping her soothe herself lately. (mommy lifesaver)

5 | I got two of these cool toys from Target. You can pull these and they crinkle back up, she can later teethe on the wood when she is getting her teeth, and they are just so darn cute to add to her car seat.

6 | The iPad has been great for multiple things. The most important and cutest thing is she loves to look at herself on the iPad. I'll let her look at herself in the camera function and she just coo's and smiles and loves it. I think it has to do with the light because she doesn't do this while looking into a mirror. Another thing is I found some videos that stimulates babies on YouTube and she is just fascinated with it. It also helps when mommy needs her hands to put her make up on in the morning.

7 | See # 4

8 | I won this awesome SkipHop bag and I already had a diaper bag and a purse I used as a diaper bag but wanted to give this a go and I love this one the most! Due to all the pockets I get a lot more use out of this bag and it doesn't feel as bulky. I can fit lots of things and it feels lighter than my other bags did. Also, I can hang it on the stroller so I don't weigh my shoulder down.

9 | I've been going out more and traveling so this changing pad has been put to use and I love how soft and cushy it is because I've had to change Mila in some not so baby friendly places and felt okay with her on it! 

Until next time. . . 

what's happin.

Huge update.

3 year old and an almost 3 month old, house packed up....

Baby girl napped on me 3 times and little guy played iPad and ate in our own little corner while our life got packed up for 8 hours.

Last picture in our Texas home.

Mila sitting up in the hotel after the first leg of the trip.

Another huge thing that changed this month is that I drove from the middle of no where Texas to the Panhandle of Florida (aka home) all by my self with a 3 year old that totally kicked ass and an almost 3 month old that totally hated the car seat. I endured tears, traffic, rain, and screaming. It is something I never want to do again but a huge sigh of relief to have it done with. Hubby will be joining us with the dogs this weekend thank goodness. I feel bad because he has worked his butt off (over 12 hours of kicking ass) and then comes home to clean the house so we can get our deposit back. ANYWAYS. We also got a house! It isn't everything I want but it will do for a year. That is all I will need to live it for. We will find out where hubby's next base is while he is on his tour and I will either buy a house here (if he gets the base he wants) or I will look online at our choices at our follow on. Here is a sneak peek at our new home.

My baby girl Mila got to meet my best friends daughter Gabby and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Another thing that has been different lately is the weather. We moved from dry heat to humid heat and baby girl already gets hot and warm quickly and she is pretty cute when sleeping. 

I'll update later about our new home and other things later.

Until next time. . . 

2 Month Update

Friday, June 27, 2014


1 | was a (frequently often) type of a day that I couldn't do anything without holding her and when I did she gave me this face
2 | is the cutest about to cry during sleep faces


3 | Louis learned how to take a picture on my iPad and Mila started smiling
4 | She's been gnawing on her hands lately and I caught her sucking on her thumb [cutie]

5 | This [boys] outfit I bought BEFORE I was even pregnant (while we were TTC) and I told my self I had a boy perfect, if I had a girl I'd just put a bow on her and she is rocking this outfit!
6 | My babies

7 | Boy, 2 months goes by fast!!!


8 | Cutest little cupcake outfit from Gymboree my dad got for her
9 | Poor baby got her 2 month shots and she only wanted to lay on me when she slept

10 | Passed out Mila this morning and reminded me of a dog picture (couldn't find the one I was thinking of but this is basically the same thing) and just giggled and had to share. 


Clothing- YOU ARE IN 0-3 MONTHS! You can never guess how fast your baby is going to grow. Louis was mostly on formula (breastfeeding issues) therefore he gained a lot of weight fast and before I knew it he was always in the next size or sizes. Mila has taken her time since she is mostly breastfed and supplemented also because she wasn't gaining much weight. But she is now 11 lbs and 5 oz and she can be off of supplements!! :) Which is awesome because I had a really bad time dealing with not bfing Louis. She is doing great with bfing and I'm so happy.


You are perfect. 11 lbs 5 oz, 21 inches (so they measured but not the best because she apparently "lost half an inch" at one appt.) Putting her in the 50th percentile for weight and 10th percentile for height. You are gassy a lot so we do a lot of bicycling; mommy doesn't know what she should cut out. I already cut out milk because it made my tummy upset (first time in forever).


You feed pretty normal through out the day (after nap/before nap), but at night you cluster feed so much!


It still varies, usually it's 4-6.5 hours, eat, then 2-3 hours, eat, and another 2-3 hours or 4 hours, eat, 4 hours, eat, and then 2-3 hours, but before you even sleep you cluster feed then finally pass out around 11-12 which lately you've been going to sleep at 11 but I wish it was 9 or 10.


  • You've been sleeping longer
  • You still love your baths
  • You are cooing a lot more
  • You are smiling a little more
  • You love your new bouncer (I know not a milestone but it's something new)
  • Still in size 1 diapers

Until next time. . .

One and Two Month Favorites

Saturday, June 14, 2014

one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

six  |  seven |  eight  |  nine

 ten  |  eleven

one  |  ten  - We are currently residing in Texas and moving to Florida next month and the tank tops during the day work so well since it is so hot already. It is also hot at night and baby girl gets warm fast so I've been letting her sleep in a plain onesie and blanket/swaddled.

two - I love this thing even though it is bulky. It keeps her safe and comfortable. She loves bath time so much and takes a nice sleep afterwards.

four  -  This is where she sleeps. We are moving next month and besides that I am not ready for her to be in a crib just yet. This is easy because she is secure and sleeping right next to me. Which makes it easy for those late night/early morning feeds.

three  |  five - I love the aden + anais brand because they are so soft and versatile. The swaddle wraps I've used for burp cloths, swaddling, light blanket, wipe up leaking milk (if you know what I mean), and many other scenarios.

six  |  eleven - We originally bought this car seat so we wouldn't have to switch later, but honestly it wasn't ideal for us. Mila was so small and it didn't sit well with me, her little self in this huge seat (even though she meets the requirements). So, I gave in and bought an infant car seat and I love it and can feel safe with her in it. I also bought these attachments, so I can put her new car seat in with my favorite stroller. This stroller glides like butter and is so easy to break down with one hand.

seven  - This machine is a life saver and milk saver! Mila wasn't fond and sometimes still isn't of nursing on the right side and I wanted to keep my milk supply up, so I have had to pump mainly on the right and it has helped me out so much! I love this pump and this is my second round of using it and it still has much life to it!

eight  - I love this little play mat because sometimes she just wants to lay down and she stretches and plays on this semi-quietly. 

nine  -  I wanted to stick with glass bottles as much as possible and I love these Life Factory bottles because I can use these later as sippy bottles.

These were all bought by us (except the stroller I won last year or given by family/friends for Mila) and our all our own 100% opinions.

Until next time. . .

Spring Fling VoxBox by Influenster

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

[From the site]: Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where members receive complimentary products to test and review. In exchange, we ask our members to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media.


Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: $5.99
It wasn't the worst mascara but it was not the best either. I have so many mascaras so I most likely won't rebuy this one.

Kiss Everlasting French Nails: $6.49
I haven't used these yet due to having my nails done already but I have used this brand before and I love the short nails. It is perfect if you don't want to get a full set but want to have nice nails for a short period of time. I love it.

Peach Pie Car Freshener from the Labor Day Movie
It smelled good but it didn't last long at all.

Playtex Sports Fresh Balance: around $4-5
I just had a baby a month and half ago so I have no need to use these yet and I have never tried this brand before; I usually use Kotex so I'll give these a try when I ... need them.

Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Lotion: $2.50 for small one $11 for the big bottle
I don't know if it really firms but it does it's job for moisturizing. Although, it seems with EVERY Nivea product I have ever tried has a smell to it I particularly do not like.

Bonus Item:
Softlips Cube: $3.50
I was surprised that I liked this item. I have tried the Softlips stick products and felt like it didn't do anything for me but this cube really seems to moisturize my lips.

Thank you Influenster for sending me this box! 

Until next time. . . 

1 Month Update

Friday, May 30, 2014


Little baby girl.


First dress.

First day daddy leaves for work and they both nap at the same time.

12 days new.

May 25 2014 - 1 month old

Proud big brother.


Clothing- still newborn since you are only 7 lbs 15 oz. You have finally gained more than your birth weight but not too much seeing as you are in the 10th percentile for height and weight. You are standing tall at 20.25 inches. I keep thinking you'll fit into some 0-3 month clothing but you never fill it out. 


You dropped normal 10% birth weight after you were born but you weren't gaining enough back in the normal time period so we have been adding preemie (more calories) supplement formula to my expressed milk. It seems to be working but too fast (which is okay because it made your brother get chunky a little too fast). Also, you had a small case of jaundice that was taken care of quickly. 


You love to have some milk! Mostly its every 2-4 hours, it just depends. You can drink up to 4 oz now!!! Usually it's between 2-3 but if you are really hungry you will down 4. Although, when you get expressed milk and supplement formula you spit up from time to time.


It honestly varies. I try to keep you awake before bed time, then feed you a big "meal", have you bundled up (either swaddled or tucked in your rock n play), and hold you until I know you are "knocked out" and then put you down and HOPE you will stay asleep for 3-4 hours. If I get lucky I wake up before you awake and get to pump (lately morning pumps are 5 oz!!!) and then you'll wake and I change you, feed you, hold you till you are sleeping, then put you down, then I sleep for how many more hours you'll let me, then it is usually up for the day by then. 


  • You are pretty good at rolling belly to back/side already.
  • We can tell you have a sturdier neck/spine by how much longer and how further you can hold your head up.
  • You tend to like to flick mommy and daddy off.... I don't think by accident.
  • You LOVE the sound of your brothers voice, weather talking or singing.
  • You usually only smile while sleeping.
  • You love bath time. You hear the water and you just stop and listen. You love everything about bath time except getting out.
  • You also love the baby K'tan. I can take you anywhere and you just fall asleep in it.
  • Every time we drive to base you always get hungry and cry most of the way.
  • You have started to drool more and gnaw on your hands more often.

I tend to stare down at you (especially while nursing) and just admire how much you've changed, and how much I just love you!!! 

Until next time. . .

Birth Story of Mila.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Photo Credit: Graper Photography

April 25th, 2014

Let me rewind to the night before labor and birthday. I had some minor cramping and my son snuck into our bed which has been happening recently. But his birthday was the next day so what the heck. The 25th started off with opening birthday presents before daddy had to go into work. (it was also Job Drop day which meant we found out his next assignment so it was a big day already being Louis' birthday and job drop day). Later at 9:58 like the past 3 years, Louis got his own cake to go to town on. I took the same picture I've taken the past three years (will upload later when I get around to editing photos on my camera). Then we got cleaned up, dropped my mom off at the base gym, and met his grammy (my mother in law) at Target to do some birthday shopping. While at Target I felt like I had to squeeze my legs together while walking and I made two trips to the bathroom because I could tell my plug was coming out heav-iler than usual.  Then we went to McAllister's for a quick lunch. We waited in the long lunch line, we were waiting on our food and I snickered/laughed and realized my water broke (at 1 p.m.). It wasn't like Louis' birth but it wasn't a mass amount but I knew it was my water. I said something along the lines of, "oh shit!" excused my self to the bathroom, realizes yeah this is my water, put a wad of toilet paper in my underwear, went back out and told my mother in law lets get this food to go that was my water. She pretty much freaked out but kept it calm as she could. She told them we needed to go so change the order for take out. I dialed the number to reach my husband and had my mother in law tell the person on the phone that his wife's water broke and he needs to leave now. I texted him (so when he got to the car he would see that he would need to pick up my mom on the way home). I got in the car drove home with my Louis, all while sitting on a reusable bag so my seat wouldn't get ....gross. I got out of the car (unbuckled my son of course and got him out), and booked it to the bathroom, I was wearing a dress so I changed to a tank top, shorts, and put a towel in my underwear. Ate half a sandwich (first meal of the day because we all know you can't eat anything at the hospital while laboring). Had some quick words and kisses with Louis. 

Last photo as an only child (right before I went to the hospital).

Hubby drops me off at the L&D door at 2 p.m. and I go in and see my OB right then and just blurted out, "well my water broke". Then I check in, tell them my water broke and they say, "k we'll check". I go to a room, get changed into a fabulous gown and get checked and DUH it's my water. So it starts. I need to get an IV started because I had tested positive for Strep B so I needed to get antibiotics. I told the nurse please don't poke me 4 times like I had done to me with Louis. She tried once, didn't work, second time, hit something, called another nurse, she got it but put it basically in my wrist. (you'll hear why that place wasn't ideal for me). They wanted to start me on pitocin but I really did not want pitocin again but I knew it was a possibility because I was at risk for two infections already (Strep B and my water breaking), so they gave me an hour and I did not dilate. So at 3 p.m. they put me on pitocin. Which looking back it totally kicked my ass compared to Louis' labor and birth. I started feeling contractions (FYI I did have a nonmedicated besides pitocin birth with Louis and planned to do the same again) around a 5 cm which was earlier than expected compared to being around a 6 or 7 with Louis. The contractions were much stronger than expected. I did labor on the birthing ball some, and I wanted to stand, both didn't feel that great. 




1) waiting on Mila 2) laboring, but first let me take a selfie
3) laboring watching Ellen 4) started feeling contractions
5) break in between contractions on birthing ball 6) on birthing ball and contracting

So here is where shit gets real. I am at an 8. I tell the nurse I feel her, she's like you are still an 8. But that is where it all begin, I got the feeling to push (like I did with Louis) and when you need to push, YOU NEED TO PUSH. Thank goodness my nurse stayed with me, because the OB wasn't there, they didn't even have the stir ups ..up. The nurse and what I am guessing another nurse delivered Miss Mila. They called the OB at 8:41 p.m. and Mila arrived at 8:43, minutes later the OB walks in hearing Mila cry... wondering what just happened. The OB delivered my placenta which hurt this time around and I couldn't feel during Louis'. Mila basically shot out (not even joking), I asked the nurse how many pushes did I have to do, and she said, "none, she just shot out". They were surprised, and I am so happy that I didn't tear, especially since she made such a fast appearance. She also didn't have a cone shaped head since she didn't spend much time in the canal. I was extremely shakey this time around and was asked numerous times if I wanted to hold her or feed her but I said, "I can't, I'd drop her." I didn't want to risk anything so I had to wait a couple minutes to hold her since my hands were shaking so bad. But she is so perfect and lighter than I or anyone thought. She nurses well and I am happy to be breast feeding (since it was hard with Louis). She doesn't like the right side so I have been pumping and reintroducing it to her when it's calm around us. Since I did have Strep B Mila had to stay 48 hours and I wasn't going to leave her so we stayed longer than expected. The hospital treated us pretty well and didn't bother us as much as the last hospital I delivered at. 

Right after delivery.

Louis meeting Mila for the first time.

Oh...she's coming home with us?


After her shower.

Big yawn.

The hospital does a dinner for the parents.

My little pumpkin.

Mila Ellen
6 lbs. 7 oz.
April 25, 8:43 p.m.

Photo Credit: Graper Photography

Until next time. . .