Physical therapy + doTERRA DIY + I’m making another blog!

Hello, world! I have finished physical therapy! A little background information: I started physical therapy in March after my doctor (finally) accepted the fact that my postpartum pain wasn’t going to resolve itself and recommended me to a physical therapist. It turns out that my hips were staying misaligned and a nerve was getting pinched. After several sessions with at home exercises and deep muscle massages (oh my goodness <3), my hips are staying where they are meant to be and I am PAIN FREE! Thank goodness, I can finally sleep! Eric rubs my hip once a week with doTERRA Deep Blue rub which helps immensely as well.


This doTERRA DIY is.. Razor Burn Relief! Now the story behind this is simple and one many moms can understand… I just don’t have time to shave anymore. It is a happy day when I get my calves done but my thighs… I don’t think they had been shaved in the year 2015 until the other day. Well, I finally got the time + dedication to weed whack and, of course, I broke out in some bad razor burn. I decided to look up how to get rid of razor bumps with essential oils and stumbled across Atwood Avenue’s post which suggested using lavender and melaleuca. I sprayed my Owie Spray on my legs as it contains both oils plus frankincense which is pretty much a miracle in a bottle for anything you need and.. tadah! My bumps are GONE! I am so happy because I also do not have a thigh gap so my puppies get even more irritated from rubbing against each other.


Finally, I’m making another blog! I want to be more active online since Lilyian is now 6 months old (tomorrow!) so I have a bit more freedom as she likes doing things on her own now. This new blog will be a daily news blog where I post information and links to kid-friendly news. I always liked hearing about the world as a child but it was hard to sift through the negative to find the positive stories and I know we don’t want to spend 20 minutes sorting through age-inappropriate articles before we find one that we can share with our children. This blog will encourage us as parents to connect with our children through what is happening around the world and who doesn’t want that?! Leave a comment on what kind of news you would be interested in hearing about + the age of your child/children. Thanks so much!!


And a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers around the world!



Another month passes

Lilyian is FIVE MONTHS OLD as of the 22nd of May. Whoa! She’s growing too fast. This kid is a champ too. She hates sitting because all the cool kids are standing, didn’t ya hear, so MOM STAND ME UP! She hugs if you ask her to, squeals when I say “nom nom nom” because she knows I’m about to nibble on her legs and stomach, she loves to play Up Fall which is where I stand her on my collarbone aaaaaand let her fall (with my arms constantly right behind her because I’m not insane enough to let her fall on her own) then I catch her before she hits the ground! She squeals and giggles and her eyes light up. Lily goes nuts when Daddy comes home, she thinks her puppy is the bees knees, and she really really wants to pet the kitties but mean old Mama and Daddy won’t let her. Everything in the entire world belongs to her. Everything. I belong to her. You belong to her. She discovered her toes a few weeks ago and now they are a constant play toy! Which is not fun for me at bedtime because “TOES WILL KEEP ME AWAKE!” yay. Lilyian has started to grab her crinkle books and “read” them to herself. She holds it above her, looks intently at the pages, and tries to turn the pages on her own (which only works when she is on her belly). I’m so proud of her! It is AMAZING to watch her grow up. Absolutely astounding.


Oh hey by the way! I have decided to challenge myself to post a photo to Instagram every day so come follow me and the daily adventures of Mom and Baby!

Here we are!


I promise I’m still kicking over here!

PHEW! I haven’t written anything in over a month! Where has the time gone? Well, Lilyian would know since she hogged all of it. I don’t mind, I love spending my time with her. However this now means I have a LOT to post about! I’ll be working on these posts over the weekend but here’s what we have to look forward to:

  • The Little Bee Co. diapers review
  • Lily turn 5 months old!
  • My mom visiting (Grandmama Lisa + Lily = perfect)
  • Physical therapy overview
  • Packing and cleaning and Army oh my!

While I have you here. Does anyone have any fox nursery decorations they can point me to? I’ll post pictures of what we have but I want to actually decorate Lilyian’s room when we finally move and I would love any suggestions you have!


I don’t know how to be a mother

My daughter is 10 weeks old and I have no idea how to be a mom. What am I doing? What do I do next? I ask questions and no one seems able to give me a good answer because they just knew what to do and I feel like I’m failing when I’ve just barely begun.


My husband is on 24 hour duty (more like 26 and that’s if his replacement shows up on time) so this is the first time I’m taking care of Lilyian completely by myself. I can’t have him come home and help for twenty minutes. I can’t pass her to him for night shift and she’s sobbing. I’ll be getting up at 1am/4am (depending on her last feed) to pull her out of the crib and get myself situated for feeding and change her diaper then put her back to sleep. All by myself. And this is possibly the worst day for that to be happening.

First off, she’s feeling off or something because she’s barely eaten all day. She’s probably spent about half the time at the breast than she usually does. She’s cranky, she’s fussy, she.. SMILES FOR MAMA!!!.. cries. She napped this morning (thank god) but its been a rollercoaster since 10am onward (7pm at the moment for reference). All of this I could deal with even though it’d be frustrating.. but I’m also sick and it decided to fully hit today. I ache, my neck and shoulder blades are killing me, I’m nauseated, and I have a killer headache. So I’m bending over to soothe a screaming baby while holding her to my chest. Everything is getting hit at the same time and I feel like crying. Because I feel like crap. Because I feel like a bad mom. Because I feel like I’m failing her….

But then I strap her to my chest, I hum her sleep songs (Lullaby and Goodnight + Hush Little Baby), and I turn on her rain app… and she falls sleep against my chest. A little arm sticks out of the carrier and she holds my finger while she sighs in her sleep. And I remember that I’m the one who got her to fall asleep last night when she refused to have anything to do with Eric. I’m the one she gives her first big smile of the day to every morning, whether or not someone else is there. I figured out what her favorite sleep position is (mind you, it didn’t work for this last nap but I also have a stubborn daughter so….). I don’t know how to be a mother… but I know how to be her mother and that’s enough.

mama's little teddy bear

mama’s little teddy bear