Babies and sleep

My daughter is 10 months now and I have worked very hard to make sure all of her needs are met. (Even if that means mine are not)

I started very early on creating a sleep schedule for her and have been very protective over her schedule and well being. I sometimes hear a lot of criticism when it comes to it as well. I’ve gotten really good at letting it go.

Naps are essential for cognitive learning.

A study by “The national Academy of Sciences” found that infants that sleep through the night and nap during the day, demonstrated higher levels of learning and memory.

http://m.pnas.org/content/112/5/1625.abstract

Not only do babies need sleep for learning but for growth. The body demands extra sleep during those growth spurts and there are a ton of growth spurts in the first year alone!

I also hear quite often about parents ditching naps so the baby sleeps through the night but that’s a huge myth. Studies have found that babies who nap during the day SLEEP BETTER at night.

It is recommended that infants sleep as much as they want.

  • 3-8 months recommend 3 naps
  • 9-12 months recommend 2 naps

 

 

So for all the mommies out there, when you think “maybe the nap isn’t that important,” think again!

 

How to get rid of stretch marks naturally

I got some pretty good warrior stripes on my belly from my pregnancy but I found a natural way to reduce the appearance and it actually works.

COFFEE GROUNDS

I use the coffee grounds straight out of my Keurig and I put them in a plastic container in my shower and exfoliate!!!

It’s really really works.

Here is an excellent exfoliant brush I use with the coffee scrub, for easier exfoliating.

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Lose 50lbs in 8 months

BEFORE&AFTER (less then 8 months apart)

I know everyone wants an extra boost in their weight loss journey!

I have lost over 50lbs in 8 months. Here are a few things that have worked for me.

1 Change your eating lifestyle

2 Rid processed foods/tons of salt

3 Less alcohol

4 Exercise routine

5 Water!!!!

6 Green tea!!!! (Link for my favorite below)

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^^^^ serious fat burner! Try it out ❤️

Did motherhood change you?

This is one of the questions I receive quite often from friends who are about to have children. When I heard the question for the first time, I immediately said of course! At that moment, I couldn’t really pin-point what has changed but then I thought about it.

My personality is tidy, a bit obsessive, and some might say impatient by nature.

My daughter has taught me to slow down and play with her. (The dishes can wait)

My daughter has taught me to stare up at the stars and not down at my feet. (Or phone)

My daughter has reminded me there is so much to discover and all of the time in the world to do so.

My daughter has taught me there is so much beauty in simplicity.

When I became a mother, I didn’t just want to be a “mom” I wanted to do my very best at being her mom, even when my very best doesn’t look that great. I know I need to be her role model. In my eyes that means, take care of my self, my body, exercise, eat well, care greatly for others, and love those close.

So yes, being a mother has changed the crap out of me. I very carefully make decisions as opposed to going on a whim. I consciously think about my actions now. I don’t just live for myself anymore. My daughter will one day look to me as an example and I hope to be that for her.

Truthfully, being a mother is really the most incredible and rewarding blessing you could possibly receive. I know that’s what they say but I swear it’s all true.

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Got energy?

I’m writing this because I found this incredible natural supplement that I’m losing my sh*t over. IT ACTUALLY WORKS. I’m a huge coffee drinker and I hate having to drink so much to keep my energy levels up so I did some research and found these babies. I gave it a try, because you have 60 DAYS money back guarantee if you don’t like the product. But I’m not returning them. They’re incredible. Caffeine free, all natural and they really do give you energy.

It’s called Neuroignite. It gives me an energy that I don’t crash from. I don’t feel foggy at all and I can actually focus.

You’re welcome!

HERE IS THE LINK

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Co-sleeping vs crib sleeping

This is a topic a lot of parents are sensitive about. I am writing on the subject because I have co-slept with my daughter for the first three months of her life. I didn’t co-sleep because I had this overwhelming want to sleep next to my daughter. I co-slept because it was easier for me. She slept soundly in my arms vs me having to get up every 20-30 min to calm her down. My daughter preferred to be held and screamed if I put her down to sleep anywhere else. It was just plain easier for me. I realized when I was co-sleeping I was taking the easy was out. (From my perspective) After three months of co-sleeping, I knew I needed to do something differently. I spoke with her pediatrician and she gave me great support/advice in my decisions.

I knew for my own sanity and for my daughters development AND SAFETY she needed to know how to self soothe and feel comfortable in her own crib. It was a lot of tireless nights, sleeping next to her crib, holding her hand, and talking to her. Finally she became a sleeper. She was sleeping in her crib, by herself, all night long! She goes to sleep at 7:30 p.m and wakes up at 8:00 a.m. She has never “cried it out” she lays right down to sleep. It is so wonderful and I am beyond happy that I made the transition from co-sleeping to crib sleeping. I am a firm believer that a mother needs to be well rested and taken care of, in order to put forth all of the energy we do into parenting.

I know a lot of mothers love to co-sleep but I’m telling you it’s pretty awesome to be able to have time for you and your significant other.

I might add, there is no right or wrong way for parenting techniques. This is my experience.

LIFE IS A BALANCE BEAM

I just watched a video of Jada Pinkett-smith touching on a subject about being a wife and a mother.

This video really hit home for me because I truly connected with what she was talking about. In the video she discusses a message a lot of women in this country are being told. The message is that women should sacrifice everything in order to be a good wife or mother. In doing this we lose our own way, we lose how to make ourselves happy, and then we look to others for our own happiness. Which is a disaster! I believe we need to re-write the message.

 

“When you stop taking care of yourself you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others.” -Jada pinkett-smith

 

I can tell you there is no RIGHT or WRONG way to be a parent or a wife, but you absolutely need to take care of you, first and foremost.

(VIDEO LINK BELOW) Must watch!!!!!

I keep a journal as a reminder to myself. It’s simple, it’s efficient, and I love it.

Below is a link to the one I use.

 

JOURNAL:

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If you don’t have one already, get yourself a kindle. READ READ READ! I’m in love with all of the self love book options on the kindle. And right now they’re having great deals.

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Date nights

I still date my fiancé. It’s so important to remember your relationship needs watering to flourish and remain healthy. I know how easy it is to put yourself on the back burner when you have children or are just plain busy. You get caught up in everyday needs. There is dirty laundry to be done, dinner to be made, errands to be run, and work to do. But you must always have time for yourself. To me, my fiancé is a big part of who I am. He supports me in every aspect of my life, he listens, he helps out when he can and he is always my rock in a time of stress.

As a mother, a sahm, date nights are our way to catch up and have things to talk about other then our child.

Let’s face it, we just want to get out of the house, eat crappy bar food, drink beer and watch a game.

❤️Make time for each other❤️

Pregnancy weight gain and how to LOSE it!

Dec 30 2016——————————now

That’s me on the left, a month after I had my daughter and that’s me on the right now. I easily gained 65 pounds when I became pregnant and I couldn’t really tell you how or why. I didn’t over eat. I actually didn’t have much of an appetite for a few months because of my morning sickness. The truth is, weight gain is inevitable when you’re growing a tiny human and I’m not ashamed. I housed a human. I grew and nourished a baby! I’m proud! But I wanted to get healthy again. I wanted to feel good about the way I looked.

Since Feb of 2017 I have LOST OVER 50 pounds and still counting.

Here’s how:

Life style changes

• Less sugar or none at all

• Exercise/Work out routine

• Water!

I have changed my lifestyle almost entirely. I am much more consciousnesses about my eating choices. I won’t eat anything processed and I check labels. CHECK THOSE LABELS, I tell ya! You would be surprised how much salt and sugar and junk you’re putting into your body. I’m not just telling you this for weight loss but for your health in general. My grocery cart looks like a vegetable garden when I shop! (You’re doing it right) Most of my groceries are produce. I love produce. It’s CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP too!

In the beginning of my journey I counted calories, I literally counted them. I didn’t go over 1,200 a day. I soon realized how difficult it was to obtain with a workout routine and a newborn. I started portion control instead. You know how much you’re eating and you should know what isn’t good for you. Be mindful. I work out at least 5 times a week for at least an hour every time. My workouts are a combination of cardio and weight training. Anything to keep the heart rate up is the key to a successful workout.

Here are a few things that helped boost my weight loss journey:

Coffee bean extract (for metabolism and energy) ALL NATURAL

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Fitbit (I can’t believe I ever lived without one)

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SCALE -best scale I ever had, it is customized to your body type

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions or advice regarding your own personal journey ❤️❤️❤️❤️


The organic not really organic mom

Okay so the title is confusing but the truth is before I had a daughter I would scoff at organic mothers. I didn’t get what all the fuss was about, spending extra money for organic food. I’d say what’s wrong with all of this other food?? Yeah… but now I’m totally an organic mom. I’ll tell you why. When my daughter had her 4 month check up, her pediatrician said ITS TIME for some solids! She said this very enthusiastically. I too was very excited. I ventured out for the very first time going to buy baby food. I searched high and low through the grocery aisles, with angst and confusion. I am a label checker! GUILTY. I do, I check labels. I like to know what I’m eating and I couldn’t believe my eyes. All of this baby food that wasn’t organic had so much sugar and salt!!! I knew how unnecessary it was. If I wouldn’t eat it, I wasn’t going to feed it to my baby. That’s what went through my head. So listen, organic baby food or making your own baby food (organic) may cost a few extra cents but I feel much better about my decisions in feeding my daughter the way I do. Plus, I get incredible deals on amazon for food in bulk.


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