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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!

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Oils… diapers… life OH MY!

phew it has been super busy in this household lately. Where to even start… lets start with the weekend before Earth Day!

Lilyian decided to drop her fourth nap over that weekend and oh boy was it hell on wheels. She didn’t WANT that nap but her body sure did! It was Zero fun for about 4 days then she finally got into a rhythm:

8am – wake up

9:30ish – nap

10:30ish – wake up

1pm – nap

1:30pm – wake up

3:30pm – nap

4pm – wake up

7:30pm – bedtime

As you can see, we need to work this out a little because she’s up too long before going to bed-bed and by that time she’s fighting and cranky. We’re going to start her bedtime routine at 6:30pm instead of waiting until 7pm to try to even her out. And we’re trying to wean off the nightime feedings that the four month regression brought back. She can go 12 straight hours but this regression has had her up every four hours for the last couple weeks. We’re getting better though!

My friend, Leah, invited Lily and I to an Earth Day get together with her and her daughter. We decorated pots and planted a flower! Lily got her first lily flower.

11109147_10205798292252987_5313961923960102814_oThen followed the hilarious fails that prove I am not meant to be a photographer

Attempt 1 - my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 1 – my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 2 - meh better

Attempt 2 – meh betterish

My child is not photogenic.

My child is not photogenic.

and then I went a little.. Earth Day sale crazy. I ordered a bunch of diapers BUT THEY WERE SO CUTE, HOW COULD I RESIST? Some of the goodies:

I have a problem. I'm addicted to buying  cloth diapers.

I have a problem. I’m addicted to buying cloth diapers.

This has become my life….

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sorry for the blur.. only image I could find

because I ALSO placed an order with The Little Bee Co. who has an amazing amazing AMAZING promotion going on. This company usually does a Diaper Drop – for every diaper purchased, they send another to a baby in need. But they’re currently doing a Diaper Drop with a Twist where they send you TWO diapers – one you purchased and another free to give to someone interested in starting cloth diapers (like I will be) or someone in need of diapers. I am SO amazed by this company and I cannot wait to try their diapers out. I’ll definitely be writing a review once they arrive!

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Lily and I had a little mini bug over this past weekend so I’ve been running On Guard and Breathe blends in the diffuser. Our magical oil moments were as follows:

Eric had a HUGE migraine yesterday – Deep Blue on the temples + PastTense on the base of his skull + Frankincense under his tongue = gone in no time.

My allergies have been taken care of by the allergy bomb – lavender + peppermint + lemon on the bottom of my feet.

We’ve been running Serenity in the bedroom at night to help relax Lily and it has definitely been helping in calming her down. We give her a massage nightly with lavender and coconut oil but I really see a difference when we run the blend in the humidifier.

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and finally… BUG SPRAY! doTERRA has an oil blend called TerraShield that seriously has been keeping the bugs off of me. I am a mosquito magnet with my O+ blood.. I’ve only been bit twice so far this year and that is when I forgot to put a drop on my legs. Now, I’m really sensitive to the stuff so I have to dilute with coconut oil or else I get hives (everything gives me hives so.. I’m really not surprised) but I’ve just made up a 1:1 ratio of essential oil to coconut oil and spray it on and away I go!

My doTERRA link: mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 if you have any questions or if you just want to meander!

and finally… my baby turned 4 months old on the 22nd. She is AMAZING! We stood her in front of the mirror the other day and she just stepstepstep’ed right up to her reflection! She has been taking steps ever since, we can barely keep her in one spot for two minutes anymore. She rolls constantly, has suddenly become a tummy sleeper (which led to an order of nighttime diapers with tummy panels since she super leaked during a 13 hour sleep), and loooooooves when I “nibble” at her neck and belly. She talks all the time, just ahhhhhh ah ah ah AHHHHH, she blows angry bubbles when she fights naptime, and I am the happiest mama to ever live

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Cloth Diaper Review!

We’ve been using cloth diapers for two days now (we’re so experts, right?) so I figured I should write down what we like, what works best for us, our experiences, etc etc. Here we go!

Prepped: Hot water with extra rinse + all free and clear (military) + cold wash with extra rinse (no detergent) -> 4-6 times

My diapers were ready after 3 washes but I wanted to make sure we were GOOD. TO. GO.

Night time: Flip cover + Flip organic night time prefold -> Lily goes anywhere from 7-11 hours in this diaper without a wake up and if she does wake up, it is because she’s hungry but we go ahead and change her anyways. We haven’t had a leak yet (mind you, this is only night number 4 with cloth diapering)

Daytime: We prefer covers + prefolds! Pockets are a bit of a hassle and seem a lot bulkier when using prefolds. We’re using both though until we build up a great diaper cover stash (if anyone can point us to some super cute covers, leave a comment PLEASE!)

Inserts: Hands down the winner is Green Mountain Diapers unbleached prefolds. We are currently using the small (yellow) ones and they are perfect for my 13lb baby and her diapers which are on the smallest setting (unless it is the Thirsties covers, she’s on the biggest setting for the size 1 because I’m pretty sure they run smaller than advertised). We’re also using GM hemp doublers which are pretty darn awesome, we just lay them in the prefold then padfold! The SoftBums one size DryTouch pod with newborn insert are pretty nice, they can also snap into the AI2s. We also like the Bumkins contour soakers and Perfect Bum booster s/m.

Washing:

1. Thoroughly soak a towel and toss it + the diapers + the pail liner into the washer (HE front loader)

2. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, low speed, NO detergent : 57 minutes

3. Fill a kettle halfway with water and set it to boil

4. Once the washer is done, fill the kettle the rest of the way with cold water and pour into onto the towel and diapers IN the washer

5. Whites + extra rinse -> hot, high soil, high speed, detergent filled half way up to the 1 marker: 1hr 54 minutes

6. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, high speed, NO detergent: 57 minutes

7. Tumble dry on medium or hang dry. Stains automatically going into the sun

 

I am so beyond happy we switched to cloth diapers. They’re not nearly as hard as they seem on the surface and I just adore them.

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

 

 

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This mama is getting crunchy.

I am preeeeeetty darn excited to say that this household is about to start cloth diapering and essential oils! I will be keeping track of both adventures via this blog so keep an eye out :]

I am beyond excited to start essential oils for Lilyian. She’s been my problem child since the get go (did you know there are essential oils for jaundice?!?!?!) and I’m ready to jump into this! If anyone has any questions or you are interested in essential oils, leave a comment! I would absolutely love to start this journey with someone so we can bounce ideas, experiences, and ailments off one another.

I was first drawn into the oils for helping Lily sleep but wooooow there are a billion uses for them! Lavender alone can help with SO MUCH STUFF.  It helped with Lilyian’s contact dermatitis (we don’t react well to Papa Bear’s beard), and cleared up my allergies. Peppermint = headache aid (but don’t get it on your breasts if you are breastfeeding! Peppermint can decrease milk supply). Lemon? CLEANING!

the three biggies

the three biggies

If you’d like to start this journey with me, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 If you want to try a specific oil or some other products, my page is http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 and I am more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

Also! Eric and I are starting to eat clean. We are cutting out a lot of (delicious *sad face*) food and I’m going to start posting about that as well 🙂 get ready! This is about to be an active blog all around!

In closing, here is my little one in all her 3 month old glory!

one, two, three my lil baby!

one, two, three
my lil baby!

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Judging other moms is silly

I’ve said before that you shouldn’t judge other moms and then I stumbled across this amusing video. Watch, chuckle, embrace your motherhood, and enjoy your time with your child because they grow up way too fast.

Lilyian is already 3 months old (tomorrow but she hit 12 weeks on 3/16 so whatever). Where did the time go??? She’s currently coo’ing at Papa Bear while throwing her new rattle around. My baby isn’t going to stay a baby much longer and it makes me sad.. but also happy because she’s learning so much so fast. I feel privileged that I get to be part of her life.

 

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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

TWO. MONTHS. OLD.

TWO. MONTHS. OLD.