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October 18, 2019

Eating Schedule for a 7 Month Old

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Heart. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands I love!

It’s hard to believe we are already here, at 7 months, but my smallest is no longer a newborn and guys she loves to eat. Ever since turning 4 months Cami would just drool over our food so she was more than ready and when we got the okay from the doctor we made it happen.

Which is why I am SO happy we found the NEW Nature’s Heart baby food at my local HEB! This line is certified USDA organic, non GMO Project Verified, has no added sugar or artificial colors or flavors. The carefully selected organic fruits and veggies come together to make a delicious homemade taste!  PLUS beginning November, the Nature’s Heart pouches will be 100% recyclable through TerraCycle!

As a mom, I want to give my baby the best. With the NEW Nature’s Heart I feel all the confidence that I am giving her something that is not only great tasting, but also good for her!

Also HEB is offering a deal! SAVE $.75 off ANY TWO (2) Nature’s Heart® Organic Baby Food Items! For this offer you will need to download the coupon from 10/7-12/4! This coupon expires 12/31/19. Download that coupon and get to saving, yay!!

 I have shared a lot of recipes and foods that we give Cami, so today I will be sharing our schedule as a 7-month-old. I will say this, Cami just turned 7 months on 9/15 so it’s a work in progress.

6:30-7:00 Wakes up

7:30 Eats breakfast

8:00-8:30 Playing- We let her crawl around with a few toys to entertain herself.

8:30- Nurses or takes a bottle- Currently doing 4-6oz

8:30-10:00 Morning nap

10:00-11:00 Playing- She tends to either crawl all over the house, play in her playpen or jump in her bouncy.

11:00 Snack (of course, the NEW Nature’s Heart pouches have been our go-to lately) and nursing session

11:00-12:00 More playing

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 1:30 Nurses or takes a bottle

1:45-4:00 Afternoon nap

4;00-4:30 Afternoon snack

5:00-5:30 Nurses or takes a bottle

5:30- 6:15 Plays. Again she is pretty much all over the house. We also add a bath in this time.

6:15-6:45 Dinner

7:00-7:30 Small nap. This nap helps us if we go to church that evening.

7:30-9:00 Family time. Playing and being carried.

9:00-9:15 Bedtime. If we go to church it’s pushed a little but she falls asleep on the way home.

She will usually wake up anywhere from 11-2am nurses or takes a bottle and back to sleep until 6-7.

Cami is a busy girl so when she is up she is moving and all over the place so keeping her fed and strong is very important. Nature’s Heart has made this so easy!

I tend to make her food from scratch but I make it in batches. I cook one time a week and that will last me 3-4 days. Some weeks I just don’t have the time, so on those days, I count on Nature’s Heart baby food to keep her going! Knowing these wholesome organic baby purees are made from the best, make my mom heart so happy! Plus Cami loves the taste so it’s a win-win! Pick up yours today at your local HEB!

 

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October 4, 2019

How to get Over Hand Foot and Mouth

You see that spot on her cheek? That’s one of them!

As a parent, having a sick child is the worst.
No matter the age, it breaks your heart into a million pieces and even more when nothing can be done about it.

Last December Bella got hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), and I would probably go ahead and say this is the worst sickness known to a healthy child.
Everything hurts, itches and eating normal food is not an option yet you are healthy and no medicine is prescribed.
Bella got it right in between Christmas and New Years and it was the worst for both her and us.

The thing with HFM is that no medicine is actually given. It’s one of those things where you just have to let it run its course, meanwhile, this disease gets worse before it gets better.

It appears as innocent spots and before you know your child is completely covered.
Now, there are cases where the child doesn’t even seem to bother by it and others where it gets very bad.
With Bella, it began with a fever, a fever that seemed to have no limit (104.9). We took her to the ER and after waiting 3 hours without seeing a doctor we took her to the next best thing, an Urgent Care clinic. Once the doctor saw her and spotted 3 red dots on her stomach she knew right off the bat.

*There is a misconception that these spots will only appear on the hand, feet, and mouth, going by it name, but in reality, they can show up anywhere on the body*

Within a few hours, she was completely covered and the worst part began. Her fever continued, the crying started and she began to feel very, very uncomfortable. The worst part was that every time we touched her it seemed to bother her more and more, yet she wanted to be carried and held tightly.

After 3 days the worst seemed to be behind us and Bella began acting normal, but her spots continued to appear and did so for about 4 more days. She was able to eat a little better and the itching stopped. Her spots started disappearing 2 weeks in and by 4 weeks they were completely gone, and to say I was relieved doesn’t come close to reality.

As the season of HFM circles back around we are taking every precaution possible to avoid it happening again, and I want to share with you how we are doing it and also a few tips that can help if your child already has it.

To prevent it is pretty simple, yet even more simple to catch.
– Wash hands after being in any public setting, especially splash pads and parks. Remember that germs reproduce in hot areas. This may be anywhere! Our daughter caught it from her cousins at my mom’s house.
– Use a lot of disinfectants. We carry a bottle of this in the car and always have Baby Ganics in our diaper bag. Bella loves this one as is a foam.

When your child has it:
– Ask your doctor for a prescription mix of Benadryl and Maalox.
This was our saving grace. This allowed Bella to sleep, eat and be a bit happier for a while. I was honestly afraid to give it to her since is does have Benadryl, but according to our doctor  (and the web of doctors, if you know what I mean), the amount of Benadryl is lower than the recommended dose going by your child’s’ age.
– Pick up at your local pharmacy (or you can always order it online here) Calamine Lotion and feel free to spread it as much as possible. This helped Bella with the healing, scarring, and ITCHING!
– This is the time to spoil them! Give them lots of TLC. Like I stated above, doctors don’t give medicine for this so only our love can make them feel better.
– To avoid any scratching we used cotton these PJs.
– Squeezy pops, Outshine fruit bars anything and everything cold.

Hope these tips help, but as always if you have any further questions feel free to email me!

 *This post contains some affiliate links. With a purchase from these links a small commission can be made, which helps keep this blog running. Thank you for your support*

 

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June 6, 2019

The Ultimate breastfeeding supplement List

Some of the products listed were gifted but as always all opinions are my own.

Breastfeeding is the hardest thing I have ever done. I know it comes so easy for many but the rest of us are stuck in a very ugly place.  In my case, I have never produced enough. I had the same issue with Bella and I promised myself to not stress about it with Cami. Fast forward a few months I did stress about it and I looked everywhere to remedy my issue. As I searched for products or tips I also found a whole group on moms looking for the same thing. We all asked each other what worked and as I tried a thousand and one things I’m sure they all did too.

The thing with breastfeeding is that we all want it so bad. We all want to produce and to have enough for our little people.

This took me on a wild goose chase looking for every product and food that would increase my supply.

I honestly wish this post had a happier ending but I will tell you now, it doesnt, but it does have a list of products I used, and many of them I still continue using. Many of them were gifted by the brand and others I bought just to give you all a good outlook at all the products out there.

That being said, there are so many products out there still if any of you know about them please let me know and I will add them to the list.

 

Let’s start with the basics;

Brewers Yeast: Work amazingly well. When I take it gives me a good .75-1.5 oz extra. Still adding to my shakes

Flax Seed: I add this to my shakes or yogurt. Really good as well.

#breastfeeding

brewers yeast and flax seed

Mother’s Milk Tea: This worked really good with Bella and now with Cami not as good. Will def. give it another chance.

Mrs Patel’s Milk Water Tea: I didnt get an increase with this tea. I still have some left. Will try again in a few weeks.

Mrs Pastel Treats: No increase.

Milk Flow Drink Mix: One of my fav mixes. You can find them at your local Target and very delicious. Did get a little increase from this. The most I got was .5 oz extra combined.

Milk Machine (Euphoric Herbals): This worked great with Bella and many of the moms I know but did nothing to me.

Lush Leche (Euphoric Herbals): Nothing either, but my milk had more fat content, so that’s a plus.

Dairy Diva (Euphoric Herbals): Nothing Either.

Lechita (Legendary Milk): I didn’t finish taking this supplement. Every time I took it I would fall asleep so fast.

Liquid Gold (Legendary Milk): Nothing with this.

Lactavist (Legendary Milk): Nothing

Pump Princess (Legendary Milk): Nothing

Sunflower Lecithin (Legendary Milk): This is a must for me. Take it daily. It keeps clogged ducts away and it helps with the milk flow.

Tea-tas tea: Tried a few times and didn’t see an increase. Will try again in a few weeks.

Milkflow cookies: Delicious. Loved them and did get a very small increase from them.

Kaimade cookies: So so good! My supply also went up with these. .25-.75 oz. Great mama company as well.

Miracle Milkookies: Probably my favorite cookies. Super sweet mama too. These cookies come gluten-free too!

I also tried Liquid IV and Nuun tablets to keep my hydration up in the early days. Will try again now that summer is approaching. I prefer Nuun tablets as they are not as sweet.

The famous pink drink from Starbucks: Yes, it’s very sugary but it works and is delish.

Oatmilk: I honestly can tell on this one. Nonetheless, I do add it to my oatmeal. I want to try the chocolate oat milk next.

Coconut water: No. As much as I love coconut I have not seen an increase with this. Still, I drink it because I love it.

Something to keep in mind is that every “body” is different and every product will have different results on different people. I will give most of these products a second round as we continue our breastfeeding journey as short or long as it may be.

Other info: I did see a Lactation Consulted and we were told that Cami’s latch was not deep which didn’t help our process. We have continued trying to get a good latch and I end up pumping most of the times due to this. I gave each of the supplements 7-12 days to work and of course, added a whole lot of water. Also, don’t forget your pre-natal!

I recommend everyone to go see an LC if possible and do your research, there are many places that do it for free.

If you are in the midst of all of this, do remember your baby needs a healthy mom and that’s really all it matters. If you chose to stop breastfeeding, that is perfectly fine just as if you chose to continue. These words don’t do it justice, your baby needs you healthy.

 

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January 3, 2019

How to Make Toddler Meal time Easier

 

This post was sponsored by Yummy Spoonfuls as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

If you have a toddler you know how difficult meal time is, especially dinner time.

In our house, we have tried everything we no results. Bella refuses to eat anything and everything that doesn’t come in the form of milk. It was acceptable at 1 and a half but now at almost four, I’ve had enough. Some days are worse than others and those worse days are multiplied by the fact that I’m pregnant and now in my third trimester. So how have we solved it?

We haven’t, to be completely honest, but recently we found 3 ways to help us at through this time.

  1. Smoothies. I know it’s not the best option for everyone but I have given it a try a few times and it worked. She had all of it. The only con is not having a full sit down meal with the entire family.
  2. Hide everything in a sauce. Again not helpful in every meal but if I make spaghetti with lots of sauce or soup I can guarantee she’ll eat it. Con, not everything can be hidden in a sauce.
  3. Yummy Spoonfuls. Yummy Spoonfuls is an actual meal containing veggies and all. I love that’s organic and made by 2 moms who just like you and I that wanted better meals for their kids. They even have chicken nuggets which every parent knows is the gateway to any kid. I love reading the ingredients list and knowing everything inside the meals. Bella is getting use to it and slowly but surely getting to love them. She picks the nuggets over anything (Chicken Sweet Potato bites). They have high protein, not that she needs more energy, but it helps her with her muscle development.

Now, tell me what do you make for your kids?

If you are interested in learning more about  Yummy Spoonfuls, here is a bit more information about the company.

  • USDA Organic and Non-GMO
  • Provides a balanced meal specifically for toddlers
  • Clean Label Certified
  • Provides more than 65% daily required protein for growing toddlers
  • High protein content for strong muscle development – an essential for growing toddlers

You can find them at your local Walmart and as promised your Ibotta coupon.

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October 31, 2018

Why we choose not to celebrate Halloween

 

Hey guys,

Today, being October 31st I wanted to share our reasoning for not celebrating Halloween. I know many will pull out the religious card and it’s true, but every year I get asked why we don’t partake in this “holiday” and today I wanted to take the time to explain as to why.

I came from Cuba almost 20 years ago and we come to find many new traditions and Halloween was one of them. In Cuba, we don’t have Halloween, Thanksgiving and we do Christmas a whole lot different. I will go into details on another post but I have teamed up with a close friend to share our view on Halloween.

As a 9 year in a new country, where candy was so good and different my first Halloween was hard. I saw my friends dressing up, talking about where they were going and kids ring the doorbell a lot, as I stayed inside. It was hard and I didn’t quite understand it so when I asked my mom why we didn’t celebrate it she answered honestly, or in her view.

She said we didn’t celebrate the devil.

I didn’t quite understand it until I was older and our church started showing us why. Is not what my mom said entirely, but it is, as a matter of fact, a day where people with very bad intentions take advantage of. I won’t go into the history of Halloween but I invite all of you on the other side of the screen to read it. Take a few minutes and look at the story of Halloween and how it started but more than anything this post is to answer the many questions.

So let’s gets started…

I have never in my 28 years of life celebrated a Halloween. We use to sit at home watch TV and turn our porch light off. People still rang the doorbell but we ignored it.

I have never gotten dressed.

I have never gone out to trick -or -treating.

My husband and I are both on the same page.

Our daughter, while a minor, will also follow this.

When Bella and baby sissy get older, Lester and I will sit down with them and explain what we were taught and why we choose for our family not to be involved. I won’t lie, at times this year it has been hard since most of the shows Bella watches have episodes of Halloween and it’s hard to teach a 3-year-old about it.

We decided to tell her we don’t like it and we don’t watch it. She is not interested in dressing up or anything related to it as she has never been involved.

I get it, this may not be for many people and to each their own. For us, this is how we do it.

Our church makes it a lot easier since today we have a Jesus Festival. We don’t bash Halloween, our kids don’t get dressed up and we don’t give candy out. It’s a day where we celebrate our life and our God.

We have games, rides, and food for all our kids.

The kids enjoy a beautiful play, bouncy houses and if it doesn’t rain we even have a petting zoo. I wish I would have had this growing up and that’s one of the many reasons I love my church. I want Bella and sissy to enjoy every day because it is a day the Lord created. And when they are older, who knows maybe we will make October 31st a family day and skip school.

Like everything in life, this is our alternative way.

This is not to say you are doing wrong or that I’m doing it wrong, but just like anything in else parenting, we each have our own style and this is ours.

This is how we have chosen to raise our children.

Thank you for reading this and feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

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