Essentials for traveling with a baby

Hey y’all! So I’m posting this in the hopes that other parents are spared from the minor chaos that we had the last time traveling with Millie! Also since we have a trip to Dublin coming up I will be able to remember what not to do!

So rewind -> We were traveling to Colorado for Millie’s Baptism last month and I started getting things set aside like two weeks in advance. Little lesson I have learned so far as a Mommy just take it one step at a time + you can only plan so much. This was Millie’s first plane ride and I think we were a little over prepared (which, hey you live you learn right? Haha). We basically brought all of Millie’s nursery, her stroller, car seat, pack n’ play, 20 diff outfits, too many toys and all the diapers and wipes we could fit in her diaper bag. I’m almost surprised I didn’t try and bring her crib -_-

Ok, this is what not to do lol. Unless you are PCSing (military term for moving) or fleeing the country (hopefully not) you do not have to bring every item your child has. Because no one wants to have to use their stroller as a shopping cart lugging all of your pounds of unnecessary baggage.

Lesson #1

Just pack enough diapers and wipes to get you to your location.

I kid you not we had a whole extra bag dedicated to diapers and wipes. Thank God that Delta waves active duty military baggage fees because I’m pretty sure ours would have been totaling around $200. But guess what we learned? There is this thing called a Grocery store pretty much everywhere where you can buy diapers lol.

Lesson #2

Don’t bring the car seat, car seat base and jogging stroller

So yeah.. this was so much trouble to drag around the airport. We found out when we were renting the car in CO that rental cars come with car seats if needed! Like woah. So much better than bringing your (what feels like) 40 lb car seat/ car seat base through the check in line. Ighhht let’s talk strollers. Chances are when you get to your vaca you’re most likely not going to go hike/jog through the jungle with your baby soooo prob don’t need to bring the huge BOB jogging stroller. Joovy has a really easy to carry stroller that is lightweight. We are definitely gonna snag that for our trip to Dublin!

Lesson #3

Your baby is going to cry

I remember before I had a baby of my own I would sigh at babies crying/screaming on airplanes. Little did I know right? So when we first flew I was a nervous wreck with a paci in one hand and a bottle in the other trying to quiet Millie as to not disturb the passengers. I have come to terms with the fact that she’s gonna most likely cry at some point or another, as do all babies. So my sis in all her greatness recommended this adorable idea! I know it takes a little time but trust me it will be appreciated! Make a few little goodie bags for the people directly around you. As in behind you and to your left and right. Inside put a card saying “Hi, I’m (baby’s name) I am probably going to cry through this trip here are a few goodies to help you cope.” You can put like so little ear plugs, a mini shot of alcohol, maybe some gum. Just a little something to let people around you know you know it’s annoying but you’re doing the best you can, plus it’s cute!

So these are just a few little things I have learned that I hope helps other people traveling with infants!

Xx,

Ash

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Incredibundles Baby Gifts

Life has been crazy with a teething baby and a hub that is gone more than he’s home so this gift from Incredibundles couldn’t have come at a better time! Their site has so many cute toys and books to choose from. Not to mention, the gift comes in an adorable gift wrapped box that Millie had way too much fun opening!

One thing that I absolutely love about this site is that they have different bundles you can choose from or you can customize your own bundle, which is what we decided to do. The gift box is wrapped with care and the box can double as a place to store toys (which Lord knows we cannot get enough storage for toys).

Right now my main focus is sticking to a pretty strict bed time routine for Millie. We do bath, put PJs on, read a story, do night time bottle while listening to lullabies. I’m not joking it’s literally the same thing every night haha! So reading the same eight books we had was getting a bit old. I’m pretty sure she has the Brown Bear book embedded in her subconscious! So we chose some new night time books from Incredibundles as well as this adorable lamb the has a built in noice machine.

This site has lots of different bundle options with all top rated toys to chose from. If you don’t chose to customize your own you can chose from some of the bundles available on the site, some of which include:

The Eric Carle Book Bundle – Gifts

The Sleep Bundle Premium – Blue

The Bedtime Book Bundle – Standard – Gift

There are also bigger gifts like the year long supple of diapers or toys! Which is a pretty good deal, if you ask me!

I would recommend Incredibundles for a great gift for you little bit! It could be an awesome baby shower gift. It’s just so nice to not have to go to the store and scramble through the baby section and buy gift wrapping materials, it’s already don’t for you when you order from the Incredibundles site!

You can find Incredibundles on their Website InstagramTwitter

Be sure to follow them for fun giveaways 🙂

Xx,

Ashlyn

Pupcake for my pupcake

Growing up my mom always made each birthday so special for our family dogs! They got new toys a puppy treat of some sort and so much extra love! So when we got our boy Waffles I followed the family tradition in making birthdays an event! This year I wanted to make him a tasty pupcake! I looked around online to see if there was a cute one to order but I’m so careful with what I feed him I wanted to make sure I knew what was going in the cake. I found this recipe for a peanut butter carrot cake on Pinterest it’s very basic ingredients and Waffles loved it!

PUP-CAKE RECIPE

  • 1 cup white or wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey

Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 container of baby food bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together flour and baking soda
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well
  4. Pour into 4 separate 4 inch round pans and bake 10-12 minutes
  5. Mix frosting ingredients together (I used an electric mixer)
  6. Let cake cool stack cakes with layering with frosting then use remaining frosting to frost the cake

I will be using this recipe again for sure! Waffles loved this cake so much and it didn’t bother his stomach or anything! Also you can alter the recipe if you have a smaller pup! The cake can also be frozen if you want to save it for later! I hope y’alls little pups enjoy this cake as much as our little guy did!

Amelia’s Nursery

Amelia’s nursery was so fun to decorate! I remember before she was born I had two pictures from Pinterest of room decor inspo! Greys/whites with giraffes & elephants if we had a boy and garden shabby chic if we had a girl! So once we found out Amelia was a girl I began slowly collecting! This was the before photo of her room!

The first step was changing the room color. I wanted a soft pinkish beige that would lighten up the room! We chose a this color you can find at Home Depot.

Next, I needed a different light fixture, less masculine than the one that came with the house. I went back and forth with a few fixtures but I knew I wanted a chandelier and ended up going with the White Lydia Chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids! The chandelier was one of the bigger purchases for her nursery so I waited until they had a sale (which they have frequently). The curtains were from Restoration Hardware. If you want a cheaper option that looks similar you can find similar ones at Target. I was just so picky with the shade of pink that I was going for lol. The side table is a repainted end table from Marshals and the lamp was from Ross. Both don’t have links but it’s kind of just a hit or miss in those types of places. The monogram was from Etsy I had painted white.

The curtain rod was from Walmart I couldn’t find the exact one but here is a similar one. Also the mirrors were another Walmart find! I put one on either side of her window. I wanted to keep the bedding white and found that adorable ruffled crib skirt from Target.

The crib was a gift from my parents it is the Kendall crib from Pottery Barn. The best part about this crib is that it’s a convertible crib so you can adjust it to a toddler bed!

The changing table was another gift, from my sissy! It’s the Sorrelle Montgomery dresser in white from Babies-R-Us with matching changing topper. I made those paper flowers using a YouTube tutorial.

Lastly, the rug and chair! The rug was a 3×5 Desa bordered wool rug from Pottery Barn Kids, this was another big expenditure I used a promo code I got from having a Pottery Barn baby registry! The chair is the Epic Swivel Glider from Wayfair! The pillow is from Target as well! I couldn’t find the exact one but I’ll link this one which is similar!

I hope this helps all you Mommys out there feeling overwhelmed with finding nursery items! A lot of the furniture can work for a boys nursery as well! Enjoy!

Lots of love,

Ashlyn

Bedrock Balm

This winter has been pretty brutal on my skin! I have had such dry arms/legs/face! I have tried lots of different lotions and face washes/creams but nothing was really getting rid of it! I was really excited when Bedrock Balm reached out to me and sent me a sample of their all purpose barrier balm!

The balm is mainly for dry and itchy skin and can be used from your face to your toes. It is made with all natural ingredients and you only need a small amount for the dryness to go away. The real reason I was so interested in this product is because it’s 100% baby safe! No petrolatum, parabens, sulfates, artificial dyes, nothing harmful to baby skin! Poor Amelia has been getting little dry patches on her “fat folds” (as I like to call them), basically her wrist, thighs and arms. Bedrock Balm seems to clear it up and I’m so grateful because I don’t want her skin to chaff. I used it on my face yesterday as well and this morning I hardly noticed the dryness I had on my forehead!

Oh! One more added bonus is that it has 21% zinc oxide so it helps keep our skin safe from the suns harmful rays. Which is awesome because I don’t want face wrinkles and Amelia is the color of paper so she needs all the help she can get. Y’all should seriously go check them out on their Instagram!

Lots of love,

Ashlyn

Amelia’s Birth Story

I wanted to share Amelia’s birth story with you all! One, because if I don’t write it down now I know I will forget it and two, hopefully it will give new moms an idea of what to expect. **Side note it’s kinda lengthy

So rewinding back to 40 weeks pregnant me. My mom came to visit hoping that Amelia would be born close to her birth day on 10/22 (spoiler alert: she was). My husband was on no fly, thank you Air Force for giving him two weeks prior to be home after a regular 7-4:30 day at work. I was getting so impatient! I was trying everything to spur on labor the raspberry leaf tea, walking, bouncing, praying..but as Mom’s know, there really is no way of knowing exactly when baby will make their arrival.

October 22, 2017

Amelia’s due date of 10/18 had come and gone. Ian and I got up and had a big Birthday breakfast for my Mom hoping that her and Amelia would be Birthday twins! At this point, I was having contractions or Braxton Hicks, all over the place like 4 min apart and then 20 min apart. I remember sitting at our kitchen island with the contraction counting app just waiting. We jokingly kept calling her arrival “fake news” because I had gone into L&D like 28464903 times swearing it was the real thing. Towards the middle of the day I felt like they were getting a little more consistent. So I called L&D and they said give it a few more hours and if the contractions keep coming, come on in.

Here is the kicker, at a military hospital labor and delivery, you have to be a whopping 6 cm dilated before they will admit you. Yes, you read that right 6 cm. After I got off the phone with L&D I felt like okay this is it, I have my bags, I have my delivery playlist, I have my breathing techniques, I’m ready. Let’s do this! Come to find I was only 3 cm. I looked at the doc and was like “No, you need to check again..” They gave us the option to stay the night and walk the hospital (to help me dilate) or go home and wait. We chose to stay and walk it out. I was in so much pain and I swear Ian was my rock he popped open some Red Bull and was ready for a long night. I have never become SO familiar with the layout of a hospital until that night when we walked the hospital for four hours.

October 23, 2017

The next morning they checked me again…4 cm. The doc on call sent us home to wait. Looking back this was actually great because Ian was able to get a few hours of sleep, we ate, I was able to rest. My contractions were coming sporadically and then they just stopped for a whole hour and a half so I took a nap. We just figured I would have to be induced that following Monday. Then Lord help me, the storm hit, I woke up from my nap around 5pm and Ian and I were gonna try to go on yet another walk. I went upstairs to get shoes and I had the worst contraction yet. Ian ran upstairs and helped count in between and then I had another one, they were about 4 min apart. My mom came in and goes “We need to go”.

Looking back, it’s so funny because I totally thought it would be like the movies, like me walking in the store and “oh look my water broke better get on over to the hospital” *big smile on face* No. It happens so fast it’s like BAM wave of excruciating pain and the rest is a blur. The part that was like the movies though was Ian weaving in and out of traffic, me screaming in pain, my mom holding on to dear life in the back seat.

We had to park in the ER entrance and Ian ran in to get a wheelchair to wheel me in. We got into ER, I’m screaming in pain and Ian tells the lady behind the desk. “We called ahead, my wife’s having a baby” The lady gets up walks, slow as molasses over to the nurse to verify and I may have screamed some obscenities (not one of my prouder moments). FINALLY we got up to L&D. 7cm

So I don’t know about y’all but I had everything planned out how I wanted it to go. I wanted 100% natural birth, no meds, no nothing. But something happens to you when you are in that much pain for so long, 48 hours to be exact, that you feel like you’re going to die and you just say “Give me the epidural!” I wish I could have stuck it through without the epidural but I wouldn’t change it because it was the way God intended. I will tell you that after they got that epidural going, mannn did it feel good. Ian says I was a new person. We just waited, I took another nap, we watched Fever Pitch, all while my body was dilating to the size of a grapefruit! We had just put in the Dodgeball DVD when I started feeling things again, like before. I called for the anesthesiologist, telling him I didn’t think the epidural was working but he assured me it was. Apparently epidurals are different for everyone and I could definitely feel a lot towards the end. The doc came in a broke my water with this thing that looks like a kabob skewer. All I remember after that is watching the Dodgeball Menu play on a continuous loop, while Ian held one leg and the nurse held the other and I pushed as hard as I possibly could. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch the movie Dodgeball the same again.

October 24, 2017

It was around 2am and I had been pushing for about 20 min and the anesthesiologist gave me some medicine to help me rest in between contractions because I was exhausted. Finally at 2:49 Amelia Grace made her debut! 7lbs 1oz she was perfect! So after the baby comes out so many things are going on, you have nurses everywhere, someone rubbing your stomach (which is exactly what you want after you shoved a human out of you), people stitching you up. It’s chaos. But after all of that you get to hold your little baby and it’s the sweetest thing you can ever imagine and all the crazy was worth it!

Oliver + Kit Swaddle Blanket

There are two things I cannot get enough of and that is dogs and babies, lucky for me, this swaddle blanket has both! And I’m not the only fan, Amelia loves how soft the high quality fabric is on her delicate skin!

The blankets come in the cutest little packaging and are wrapped up nicely for its journey in the mail! This specific swaddle is called the “Three Dog Night” and can be found on their website Oliver + Kit.

Waffles, our golden, and Amelia both were so cozy and snuggled up! I love the bright colors that the swaddles come in along with really unique designs! Most importantly the blanket is made of breathable material to help reduce the risks of SIDs. In addition to their swaddles they also have bibs, lovies and cuddle blankets!

I really recommend these muslins for little ones! You can really see and feel the difference in quality of blanket and that is definitely something you want for a newborn! Go check them out on their Instagram and Oliver + Kit 🙂

Happy Shopping Mommas,

Xx,

Ashlyn