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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!

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August 28, 2019

3 Tips to Pump on the Go

Thank you Medela for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and options are my own.

Breastfeeding is tough, now insert to that,  pumping. I have read so many stories about pumping and why moms do it, and I never fully understood it until I had to pump.

In both my journeys with breastfeeding pumping to me was just an added thing, something I chose to do but never needed to since I stayed home.

A few weeks into our journey with Cami we discovered Cami does not empty my breast, better said she can’t. She has a tongue-tie or something of that matter and she is unable to empty them and that’s when pumping became a necessity. The rule of breastfeeding has always been supply and demand and if Cami was not demanding more I was not going to make more.

If I wanted to have some sort of supply I had to pump, as many times as I could as often as possible which literally meant being attached to a pump 24/7, to try to make more of a demand, but that was never enough.

We supplemented with Cam since day 2 Cami but I try my best to get a few pumping sessions a day. This is an easy task if I’m home but when I’m out and about is quite hard, until I heard about the Madela Sonata.

Let me begin by saying I have only had Medela Pumps.

A friend of mine let me borrow her In Style Advance Pump and I had to go out and buy one because it was that good. Back then insurances did not cover Medela so it was all out of pocket, and I have never looked back. With Cami, we are way busier and we have a toddler, preschooler-OMG, that doesn’t want to stay endless hours at home watching TV so we get out as much as we possibly can which made us find something that works for us and our schedule.

So here’s what I learned so far.

1. Have a system in place

Have a cover, cooler, extra bottles, and for easy cleaning, the Medela wipes or Spray. I put all of this and my pump in my pump bag. The wipes and spray have been a game-changer for me personally and I use my cooler from Clever Made to store my pumped milk. It may seem like a lot but it really isn’t.

2. Pump Everywhere.

I use to be embarrassed to pump, honestly very silly but I didn’t pump.  Then I realized, that with the little I was pumping I was supporting my baby girl. Every drop was one drop in her tummy and I’m all about that.

 

3. Have a great pump.

This is easier said than done, most pumps cost an eye and a leg, but always always always check your insurance first. Most insurances now cover Medela and it’s a great plus for us moms. My Sonata works wonderfully and so does my oldie but goodie, In Style Advance. Here are a few of my favorite things from it.

  •  I love the settings, easy to figure out. I don’t have to feel like I’m in calculus again.
  • The huge timer. No more going nuts trying to figure out how long I’ve been pumping
  •  The Letdown button, just like my In Style advance is probably my favorite from Medela.
  • Rechargeable. I charge mine every night and it’s ready for a brand new day.

Lastly, for an added bonus, have a pumping schedule. I save mine on my phone and it rings constantly but I help me maintain a schedule. There are days I stick to and others I simply don’t have the time and I just serve myself a huge plate of grace.

Grace is key whether you are pumping or breastfeeding. It’s very hard and many times people will not understand the pressure we are in but give yourself grace. You are a great mom!! Be sure to always contact a lactation consultant, Medela has one as well,  if you have any questions and I’m away open to give you a huge virtual hug!

Tell me about yourself, do you pump? What’s your number 1 tip?

 

 

 

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June 26, 2019

Hospital bag: Second time Around and What I Really Used.

I wrote this post before our hospital stay and wanted to share it still, with a fun twist of the thing we actually used.

What I pack will be in black and what we actually used in red.

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We are quickly approaching our due date for baby sissy and we honestly cant wait to hold her. Bella made her entrance a few weeks early so we want to be ready just in case sissy follows suit. That being said, if this is your first time or your 3rd time around nothing beats being prepared.

I have compiled a list of things I believe every mom should take and some items you will not need.

In full disclosure, we did have an unplanned C-section with Bella and will be having a second C-section with baby sissy, so my list may look completely different than yous, but as someone who overpacks for everything I really believe this list should be fine for natural birth or C-sections.

I packed 3 bags the first time around (see I told, I over pack) and this time we will have 3 bags as well. Why 3? Because it saved my life to know that I could have anyone help me find anything and everything in each of the bags. Daddy has his bag, I have mine and baby has his/her own bag, usually the diaper bag.

Let’s start with daddy:

I will be honest, last time I didn’t pack his bag until the last minute, like water leaking down my pants last minute. He had said he was going to do it (he always packs his own things) but I wanted to make sure he had everything instead of 1 pant and 2 shirts type of bag. I packed so much for him, much of it he did not use, but the second time around we will be packing this.

-Toiletries

-Change of clothes (x3) for C-section (2) for a natural birth

-Snacks

-Chargers

-Camera

-A baggie full of change

Since this time around we will have Bella, we are a bit unsure if daddy will stay the entire hospital stay as we want to make sure Bella feels ok sleeping with someone else for the first time ever. More likely than not, daddy will be staying home and my mama will be going to the hospital at nights.

Daddy, in fact, did stay home with her for two of the nights, the last night we all slept at the hospital, not perfect but I loved waking up that morning with all my people in the same room. We end up not packing a bag for Lester since we decided it to play it by ear! Bella did not do good leaving the hospital, I cried more than her, but my MIL came home with her and daddy and had a sleepover. She loved it. I stayed in the hospital with my mama.

Mommy’s Bag: This is where I went completely overboard last time. Don’t get me wrong I read many posts but all of them had a million things so I packed those millions and even took a bit of daddy’s bag too because it didn’t all fit in mine. So this time around I’m not making the same mistake! I know what I will really use and what will make me feel comfortable, and it’s all about that.

-Toiletries and make-up bag (yes)

-Dry Shampoo (double YES)

-Face Spray ( I have this water spray which I love) Perfect for a quick refresh. (Didn’t use it as much as I thought I would)

– Flip Flops (to shower) (1000%)

– Extra socks or slippers  (Yes, I ended up losing one of them the first night and was glad I had an extra pair)

-Robe (the hospital will provide you with one, I wore theirs the first time but it was the most uncomfortable thing in the universe. (Totally recommend)

-2-3 Outfits

  • A dress to be comfortable while breastfeeding and during the hospital stay (OMG YES)
  • A going home outfit. In my case another dress. I’m also including these BLANQI leggings for some tummy support if I’m able to get them up.( I didn’t get to wear them until I was home, but I did wear this PJ set from Walmart)

-Nipple cream (I usually use organic natural coconut oil and never had an issue)

-Depend underwear. Believe me, this is great! I read this somewhere and I thought it was genius. (Used these at home)

-Towel. This goes with making you feel as comfortable as possible. (Forgot mine)

-Snacks: I didn’t have much appetite for food but snacks are always a good idea. (YES)

-Hair ties: I’m one of those people that cant live, sleep without a hair tie. (Took a few and yes)

-Tummy Binder: The hospital provides one but I will take my own just in case I’m brave enough to put it on and Dr okays it. (It saved me)

Baby’s Bag

Swaddle blankets, hats and new outfits: (3) The hospital will also provide you with this, but there is nothing better than finally seeing your baby in the clothes we bought with the biggest joy! (I had my hubby take a few gowns instead of outfits)

-Pacifier: If you want your baby to wear one.(yes)

-Coming home outfit

-Carseat

-Boopy Nursing Pillow

 

Our hospital stay was amazing. We stayed in one of the suites and God blessed us with a great set of nurses. Changed ny whole outlook on C-sections! More about that later, but hope this post helps you minimize what you actually need and all the stuff you dont!

What did you take? 

 

 

 

 

Things I don’t take:

New Underwear: I don’t see the need to take some since they will get ruined.

Hair dryer: I don’t ever see myself having time to dry my long hair or even attempting to stand up long enough to wash my hair.

Straighteners: Read above.

Computer/books: As much as I would love to catch up on some work, I doubt there is enough time for such things, instead, I’ll be cuddling my new baby girl!

Pads: Most hospitals  will give you enough for your stay and extra to go home

Diapers: Same rule applies. The hospital will give you enough.

Pillow: I can honestly sleep anywhere so I don’t take my pillow. I guess it just goes with the fact that I don’t want to have my stuff touch the floor and have that hospital smell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 18, 2019

How to Make a Full Time Income From Home

I have been wanting to write this post for the longest time and something will always held me back. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact this is probably the only part of my life I have kept private for the past two years but it’s my hope to help each mom out there trying to live a more comfortable life and spend more of our days with our babies and this post can help you do that.

Even before becoming a mom I have always love the idea of working from home, and let’s be honest I had one too many bosses that pushed me and made that decision a whole lot easier. Once Bella came I knew I had made the right choice and it has been the best thing for our family. I won’t go on about all the details but I’m happy to say that this, unlike many scams you’ll see online is something that everyone can do with very little money in. You won’t be paying it to me or some scammy organization but it will be the first step to your new life.

So what is it?

A home daycare.

In 2012 after having what I believed was the worst boss ever, I decided that I wanted to open a home daycare. I prayed for a little bit over a month and God opened all the doors. I did the required training and 1 month later I was opening my own daycare. We were able to do so much in our home and even started a saving account. In 2015 when Bella was born things were already settled and I was at full capacity and had a waiting list.  I had the best parents in my house, had an assistant and had everything I could wish for.

In 2017 I had a car accident which forced me to close my doors but till this day my daycare has been the biggest blessing ever, but let’s get down to business.

I will list the main steps for you to achieve this and feel free to email me or DM in any of my channels for extra help.

  1. Contact your state. Your state will give you the main standards and training required. In Texas all of it is free.
  2. File your license. This is also done with your state. Depending on your education your state will grant you a license or a permit. With a permit, you’ll have few limits here and there mainly on the number of kids, while a license allows you to have more kids, which means more income.
  3. License. Once your license is filed you’ll get an inspection from the state approving your home as a daycare. I can stress enough that you look at the manual the state gives you and follow it the to T. This will allow you to pass with flying colors and get your business on track.
  4. Paperwork. This is the business part. Many people take a home daycare as a joke or as a nanny business. It’s plain wrong! Having a home daycare is a business and as a business owner, you need to have a contract, Employer Tax ID and very organized database.
  5. Set a price. As a business owner, you need to set your prices. Don’t go off with what people want to pay you. This is the biggest mistake I see people making. Go around your local daycares and do the research! How much are they charging, what do they offer, what would you like to implement in your business and pay close attention to their fails. A little secret, when I did my research I pretended I had a 16-month-old, 3-year-old and one on the way. This allowed me to see everything they had and offered.
  6. Contact a food program. Most states offer this. A food program will allow you to claim your daily food and they give you a nice little check at the end of the month. You have to use the list of food they give you, again follow their rules to the T and lastly and most importantly you’ll have monthly inspections. They will come to your house at any time of the day and make sure you are following their rules. (State also does this)
  7. Love those kids. This is my most important tip. Love those kids with your whole heart. Most will be with you more time in their days than with their parents. You have the power to change their everyday. Make it amazing. Pray over them. Teach them respect. I can stress this enough. What I would do to give each of my kids a hug and a huge kiss again.

This is it guys! Short and to the point. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at withloveclaudia@outlook.com  or leave a comment below!

 

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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.