Pampers Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips & Giveaway!!!..

As you may know Daylight Savings time is approaching on Sunday morning and that leads to nervousness and anxiety for many moms regarding their baby’s sleep patterns.  It leaves moms wondering, how will the baby adjust to the time change?  Will that mean an earlier wake up time for both little ones and their parents?

I was selected by Double Duty Divas to participate in Pampers Daylight Savings Time Campaign.  I was provided with a coupon to try Pampers diapers and wipes.   I was also asked to provide my own sleep tips in order to prepare your baby for the time change.

1.) Create a normal bedtime routine so your baby knows when it’s time for bed.  Our routine for Brielle is changing her diaper in her room.  While doing so, I usually talk to her and sing her a song to help her wind down.  Then we bring her into our bedroom and keep the lights dim and Mike will give her a bottle.  Once she is done her bottle, we sing her a song or read her a book.  We swaddle her and place her in the pack and play in our bedroom and turn out the lights.  When the lights go out, we go to bed at the same time as she does and that is what we have been doing since she was born.  So she knows that it’s time to go to bed.

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2.) Between naps expose your baby to sound and lights so they know the difference of play time and bedtime.  This is a huge thing.  I always make sure that Brielle is exposed to different sounds and light during hours when she is not sleeping.  I play with her a lot.  So she knows that when it is time to go to bed or nap, the room is darkened.  I think it helps her realize the difference between night and day.

A 2013 survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night.  Moms instinctively understand the importance of sleep – and research proves her right!  Sleep contributes to well-being in many ways, from physical and cognitive development to sociability and day-to-day mood.  That’s why Pampers is so committed to keeping baby dry during the most important parts of their day: love, play, and sleep.  Through Pampers’ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet.  Unlike other diapers that offer two layers, Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection.  It’s Pampers hope to minimize sleep disruptions so that little ones get the sweet slumber they deserve and need!

Brielle has been wearing Pampers since she was born.  Those were the diapers and wipes that our hospital used and we continued using them.

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I am a big fan of the Pampers Swaddlers diapers because they have a wetness indicator and they are soft and gentle on Brielle’s skin.  The wipes are gentle on her sensitive skin as well.  I can rest assured that she is in good hands while wearing her Pampers Swaddlers.  I highly recommend them!  If you want more information, you can check out Pampers Facebook page and their Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, Double Duty Divas and Pampers are hosting a Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 29th at 9pm EST.  If you are interested in joining the party you may join and RSVP here.  To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:

  • Prize 1Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.
  • Prize 2 – Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
  • Prize 3 – A gift card to The $125 Children’s Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampers diapers/wipes
  • Prize 4 – A Kindle Fire so parents can purchase baby bedtime books, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.

If you are unable to join the Twitter party but still would like a chance to win something then definitely enter my giveaway!!  Double Duty Divas is offering to send one of my readers: one coupon for free Pampers Wipes and one coupon for free Pampers diapers!!!  If you would like to enter please do the following:

One entry – comment below telling me why you would like to win the coupons

One additional entry – follow me on Twitter @withasideofhope and leave a comment telling me you did

The giveaway will end on November 4th!  You have one week to enter!  Good luck!  I will select a winner on the following day!

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

 

 

I have the opportunity to offer a fellow blog reader a chance to receive a coupon for free Pampers wipes and free Pampers Diapers!

Time Flies By!…

Hey there!  I had all intentions of posting more frequently but last week time just escaped me.  I knew what I wanted to blog about and then I just didn’t have the time to sit down and write it.  So this post is just going to be a brief update of what has been going on and then I will be back and post about some other things.

Since I’ve posted last, Brielle turned 2 months old!  I can hardly believe that she is two months already.  Time really does fly by.  So many things about her change daily and I really enjoy taking in each moment, good or bad and seeing what she is going to do next.  I will absolutely do a two month post and talk about some of her favorite things and show pictures of her.  I am thankful that I am able to cherish these moments with her.

Last Saturday was the first time that I had to leave her for longer than one hour since she has been born.  We had Mike’s cousin’s wedding and we left Brielle with Melissa and my mom.  I wasn’t worried about them taking care of her one bit.  I was just nervous being away from her for such a long time.  The worst part was saying goodbye to her as tears streamed down my face.  I want her to be independent and strive without me.  It’s just very hard being away from her.  I’m trying to be strong and to do it more often but it’s hard.  It’s something that I need to learn to cope with.

The wedding was in Philly at a hotel.  It was the first time that I got really dressed up since having Brielle.  I was pretty self-conscious of how I looked but it felt good to dress up.  I have been wearing my hair natural for the past few months now.  I’ve taken a break from straightening my hair and I have to say, I’m enjoying wearing my hair curly.  The picture below is how my hair is naturally.  It made getting ready for this wedding a breeze knowing that I didn’t need to spend a ton of time curling my hair.

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I was glad that we were able to share in the moment of watching Mike’s cousin get married.  Her and I have become pretty close over the past few years and she actually lives around the corner from us.  So I was really happy to watch her get married.  Funny thing is she married a guy that I graduated high-school with.  It’s such a small world!  We have Mike’s other cousins wedding in May which I am also looking forward to.

Last Monday, I was able to spend time with my friend Courtney.  She came over and hung out with Brielle and I for a while.  Yesterday, we were able to get together with our friend’s Russ and Kristen.  They had their second baby in June and we haven’t had a chance to meet him yet.  It was great to see them again and meet their son and also see their daughter.  I can hardly believe that she is almost 4 years old.  I remember when Kristen was pregnant with her.  It’s just crazy how quickly time flies by and that is why I try to savor each moment.

So that is what has been going on in our lives lately.  I will be back tomorrow with a baby giveaway and then Brielle’s 2 month favorites another day this week!  Stay tuned!

Brielle’s One Month Favorites!..

I can hardly believe that next week Brielle will be two months old already!  Time really does fly.  It’s incredible to see how much she has grown since she was born.  She is changing so much and I love being able to witness everything.  I wanted to share her one month favorites since I wasn’t able to when she first turned one month.  Let’s get started!

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Aden & Anais

Aden and Anais sent me a few products to try while I was pregnant and to use once Brielle was born.  They sent me their Ultra Gentle Lotion Skin Care:

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This lotion is safe enough to be used for both myself and for Brielle.  The lotion is light and has a slight fragrance to it which I like.  I use it on myself and I’ll use some on Brielle’s legs which tend to have dry skin.  They also sent me their Stretch Mark Reducing Cream Skin Care:

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I love this cream and I still use it today.  It’s not greasy at all and feels light on your skin.  I used this throughout my pregnancy on my belly to prevent stretch marks.  It really helped.  The only time I noticed a few stretch marks is after I delivered Brielle.  I have some on the lower portion of my stomach and I use this cream to help minimize it everyday.  The last item they sent us was a package of their Jungle Jam Classic Swaddle Blankets:

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Brielle loves these swaddle blankets.  We use them all the time and wrap her in them while she is sleeping.  We also use them to cover her or for her to lay on.  They are VERY soft which I like and it’s gentle on Brielle’s skin.  I cannot say enough things about these swaddle blankets.  I sometime use them to cover her when she is in the car seat and I’ve had people stop me in stores to tell me how much they love Aden and Anais blankets.  I couldn’t agree more.

Dr. Brown’s Standard Bottles, Bottle Warmer and Sanitizer

Fits ALL Dr. Brown's® baby bottles, and most other brands, too!

I had mentioned that Brielle has some digestive issues and acid reflux.  It’s been a process trying to find bottles which work for her and don’t allow her to suck down as much air.  We’ve tried numerous bottles and we finally found one that works.  We love Dr. Brown’s products.  These bottles contain a vent system inside of them which eliminates air and allows the baby to feed comfortably.  Brielle loves these bottles and I couldn’t recommend them enough.  I really like the bottle warmer too because you can program the unit for the exact amount of time that you need it to warm for and it will beep when it’s ready.  The sterilizer is great and it makes for getting the bottles completely clean and safe for the baby to use.  It holds 6 bottles and you can also put pacifiers or any other baby item that you might need to be sterilized in the machine.

Fisher Price My Little Lamb Platinum Edition Cradle ‘n Swing

This swing is one of the best baby items that we own.  Brielle loves to lay in the swing and fall asleep.  It has a few different swing settings, plays music, has lights and a mobile.  It’s very soft and plush.  This past week, Brielle realized that there is a mobile above her that lights up.  She absolutely loves it.  Her face lights up and she smiles and coo’s when she see’s it.  I love it.  If you are going to purchase one baby item, I would recommend this swing.  I can’t say enough great things about it.

Graco Minnie Mouse Pack ‘N Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat

This pack ‘n play has been in our room since Brielle was born.  She sleeps in this next to my side of our bed.  It was difficult to put together but it is completely worth it.  The bassinet is removable and is great for transporting her around the house if she is sleeping in it.  I love the print on it since it is Minnie Mouse.  The changing table was a lifesaver when she was born.  She was able to sleep in it and we could change her on the changing table and then put her back to sleep.  It made things really easy.  This pack ‘n play has so many settings on it too.  The unit plays music, has a light, and vibrates.  The best part is that you can take it apart and bring it with you.

Boppy Heirloom Pillow – Giraffe

This boppy pillow is great!  It is perfect to use when feeding.  The baby can also be propped up on it and it can be used for tummy time.  I have this exact pillow with the giraffe print on it.  The cover is very soft to lean on and the print is super cute.

Carters

I LOVE love love Carters baby clothes!  They are by far my favorite.  Brielle is a small baby.  She is long but tiny.  Carters clothing fits her the best out of the clothing brands that I have tried.  Their clothes are super cute and they always have coupons that you can use on your purchases.  I have found Carters clothing at Kohl’s and Target in addition to the actual Carters clothing store.  Kohl’s sends a lot of coupons and I have bought Brielle numerous Carters clothing items for next to nothing pairing with sales and coupons.  I am always looking for great deals on Carters because they fit her so well.  If your baby is on the small size, I recommend trying Carters.

So those are some of Brielle’s one month favorites.  I’m looking forward to sharing her favorites for each month.  I know when I was pregnant, I was always on the search for items that I could use for Brielle once she was here so I think this will be helpful for those who are interested.  Feel free to let me know of any good items that I should try out too!

Have a great day!

A Story I Waited 9 Months to Tell….

Hey there!  This post is a story that I have been waiting nine months to tell.  It’s the first time that I am going to put my experience into words and tell the story of the best day of my life.  It is a day that has forever changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to share the details with all of you.  I’m going to go into some TMI details so if you aren’t interested, skip over them.  Just warning you now.

As I mentioned numerous times, I was under a lot of stress and anxiety with my job.  It only got worse leading up to me leaving for maternity leave and I am still going through a lot.  I decided that I was going to take the week before I was due off just so I could decompress and get some last-minute things done in the nursery.  We did the maternity pictures on the Saturday after my last day and then that Monday, August 11th, started my first week of leave.

I remember watching the Today Show that Monday and seeing that it was the anchor Savannah’s last day before her baby was due.  It was a coincidence that it was her last day and that was my first day of maternity leave.  She was due at the end of August just like I was but ended up delivering that Wednesday.  I wondered to myself if that would happen to me.  I had quite a few things that I needed to get done that week which included a trip to Ikea.  Ikea is pretty far from my house but I wanted to go there to get something for the nursery.  I ended up going and did a lot of walking while I was there.  I was glad I didn’t go into labor while I was there.

The whole week, I wasn’t feeling all that great.  That Wednesday night, Mike and I took a baby basics class where they taught you basic baby care.  I was the furthest along in the class but I was really glad that we decided to take it.  It gave us some tips that we didn’t know and made us feel more prepared.

On Thursday, August 14th, for some reason I finally decided to do something that I had been waiting my whole pregnancy to do.  I wanted to record a video of myself pregnant talking to my daughter and just telling her a few things so that years from now she can go back and watch it and see when I was pregnant with her.  I did that in the morning and took a picture of myself.  Little did I know that it would be one of the last pictures of myself pregnant.

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I had my OB appointment in the afternoon and Melissa came with me and waited in the waiting room.  The midwife said that there was no progress being made and I made an appointment for the following week on my due date for an ultrasound and a non-stress test.  I walked into the waiting room and told Melissa the news.  We went upon our day and spent the rest of the afternoon together.  I got home and Mike and I had dinner together.  After dinner, Mike’s cousin who just so happens to live around the corner from us asked if she could stop by to see us and see the nursery.  She was at our house for a little while and then Mike and I got settled and watched Big Brother.

The entire time we were watching Big Brother, it felt like the baby was doing somersaults in my belly and was kicking me really hard.  She was extremely active and Mike and I watched her from the outside of my belly because she was moving so much.  I went to the bathroom during a commercial which was around 9:50pm.  I walked outside of the bathroom towards the sofa and all of a sudden I said “oh my god.”  I went back into the bathroom and saw and felt that I was losing the mucus plug.  I didn’t think too much of this because I know that most of the time when you lose it, it doesn’t mean you are going into labor.  It could be days/weeks before you give birth.  So I told Mike and then we decided to start getting ready for bed.  Well, it didn’t end there.  I started to feel leaking that wasn’t stopping, in addition to the mucus.  I couldn’t believe this was happening!

I called the midwife on call.  This was around 11pm.  She said that it sounded like I was just losing the mucus plug.  If I soaked through an entire pad then to call her back because that meant my water was breaking.  So I told Mike, let’s try getting some sleep and seeing what happens.  I laid down and fell asleep for an hour.  I woke up to a completely soaked pad with no end of the leaking in sight.  I started to feel cramping which felt like contractions.  I woke Mike up and called the midwife again.  She said to call back when my contractions were 5 minutes apart.  So in the meantime, I started packing my hospital bag.  Yes, I know, I should have been packed way ahead of time but I wasn’t.  I had everything together for the baby but not myself.  So Mike and I started running around the house like two idiots trying to get everything together.  I still kept thinking that we were going to get sent home from the hospital and this wasn’t going to happen yet.  I started freaking out and getting really nervous.  Was I ready to become a mom now?  I thought I was going to have more time to get things together.  The nursery wasn’t complete yet either.

Finally the contractions were 5 minutes apart and we headed to the hospital.  We got there around 4am and I decided that I was going to walk from the car to the front of the hospital.  Don’t ask me why I thought I should do this when I was having contractions and in pain.  By the time I walked into the maternity triage, my pants were completely soaked from the amniotic fluid.  I was so embarrassed but at that point it all went out the door because I knew giving birth everyone was going to see embarrassing things the entire time.  I might as well get started now.  A nurse came into the bathroom with me and did a test on the pad to see if the liquid was amniotic fluid.  That it was!  She told me that I would be having a baby today.  I was nervous and excited at the same time.  I couldn’t believe this was actually happening, exactly one week early.  I turned 39 Weeks on Friday, August 15th.  The nurse told me that it’s very rare for you to lose your mucus plug and have your water break at the same time.  It only happens in about 30% of women and she congratulated me for being in that 30%.

They brought us to the labor and delivery room and we made ourselves comfortable.  Well as comfortable as I could possibly get at this point.  I changed out of my clothes and put on a hospital gown.  My contractions were becoming more intense at this point but I was determined to labor naturally for as long as I possibly could.  The amniotic fluid just kept leaking and leaking like a leaky faucet.  I was told that is what happens up until you give birth.  It just keeps leaking.  I thought it comes out and then that is it.  Apparently that is not the case.  I was given a lot of IV fluids because I was pretty dehydrated.

Mike and I let our families know that I was in labor and to be on call for when to come to the hospital.  I also let my friend, Courtney’s mom know that we were at the hospital because she works there and wanted to know when we were there.

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I was in a ton of pain at this point and the nurses were telling me different things to try with each contraction.  Mike would watch the machine and let me know when a contraction was coming.  I can’t even put into words how intense contractions feel and how to get through them when you are having one.  It was the worst pain that I had ever felt in my life.  I decided that I was going to walk around the hallways to see if it would help me during the contractions.  I found myself collapsing on Mike during each contraction.  They were REALLY intense.  I tried the rocking chair in the room which helped a little bit.  Courtney’s mom came in to see us and it was so hard to have a conversation with someone when in this intense amount of pain.  Luckily, she understood and left after a few minutes after checking on us.

The nurses kept checking for progress and I was stuck around 1-2 cm dilated for a while.  I was so happy when the midwife walked in because it was my favorite one from the practice who just so happened to be on call that day.  I was so happy to see her and knew that we were going to be in good hands with her taking care of me.  She let me see if I could progress more by myself before giving drugs but that wasn’t happening.  I finally decided to take some pain medicine in the meantime.  The pain medicine made me feel so loopy and tired.  I can’t even remember what I was saying to people at that point and I fell asleep for an hour or two.  When I woke, the contractions were extremely intense to the point that I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I felt disappointed in myself that I couldn’t do the labor naturally and finally decided to take the epidural.  I was upset and scared about the epidural but the anesthesiologist calmed me down and made me realize that I was still having a natural birth.  I was just getting rid of the pain so that I’d be able to push when I needed to.

I was started on Pitocin to move things along and then was given the epidural.  I felt immediate relief but I could feel the catheter.  They need to insert a catheter because you are not allowed to get up to use the bathroom.  That was the most uncomfortable part of all.  I was feeling the catheter because the epidural wasn’t strong enough.  So they came back and gave me more.  All I felt at this point was pressure during a contraction.  I didn’t feel all of the pain.

At this point, it was around 5-5:30pm and I was getting restless feeling like we were never going to have our baby.  I had been in labor for over 20 some hours at this point and I was exhausted.  When I was getting ready to give up, I started feeling a ton of pressure on my bottom.  I told the nurse that it felt like I had to poop.  Gross, I know but that is what it felt like.  The nurse grabbed the midwife to check me and she yelled, I see the head!!  It’s time to have your baby!  I literally couldn’t believe what I just heard.  Everyone started rushing around like crazy in the room to get things together.

Mike and I looked at each other and realized that this was the moment we had both been waiting for.  I couldn’t believe that my dream of becoming a mother and holding our baby in my arms was actually going to happen.  I started getting really nervous and hyperventilating.  The midwife put oxygen on me so it would be easier for me to breathe.  Then it was time to push.  Pushing was so intense and took a LOT out of me.  I was already tired for laboring naturally for as long as I did.  Looking back on things, I should have taken the epidural early on so I would have had more energy to push.

There were 2 nurses in the room, my midwife and Mike.  All of them were coaching me along and cheering me on.  If it wasn’t for them saying the things that they did to me and helping me along, I don’t think I would have been able to push for as long as I did.  Mike was helping me the entire time and was completely involved.  I kept hearing the midwife say that she has a ton of brown hair, just like me.  I wanted to see her so badly!  I kept getting so frustrated throughout pushing because it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.  I don’t know what came over me but I suddenly got a burst of energy and she finally came out!  It took an hour of solid pushing before our baby was born.  She didn’t cry when she was born and I started getting upset because I thought that is what babies are supposed to do.  They assured me that not all babies cry when they are born.  Trust me, she definitely has a nice set of lungs that she uses daily.

They put her on my chest and I instantly fell in love.  After everything that I was told my whole life about possibly not being able to ever have a baby and having that miscarriage, my dream finally came true and I was holding her in my arms.

Meet Brielle Madelyn

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She was born at 6:37pm on August 15th, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 20.5″ long.  I never knew that I could feel so much love instantly.  She looked directly into my eyes and at that moment I knew that I was meant to be a mom.  After her birth, I was feeling pretty rough.  She ended up giving me a 1st degree tear so I had to be stitched.  That was extremely unpleasant and made for a LONG recovery.  I was grateful that it was only a 1st degree but it was still intense and very painful.  It was a lengthy process when wanting to use the bathroom.  I am finally just starting to feel better from the tear.  Am I still wearing maternity clothes?  Unfortunately yes.  I’m hoping to get back into my normal clothing soon.  Brielle is worth it though and I would go through all of it again just to have her in my arms.

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After I delivered, our families came to meet their new family member.  At that point, I started feeling very strange like I was going to pass out.  I have never felt like that before.  I couldn’t see straight, I felt loopy, nauseous and in pain.  It made for a really rough night.  I couldn’t even manage to make it out of bed and felt disappointed in the fact that I could barely take care of Brielle the first night of us having her in our life.  Luckily, Mike did everything that first night and gave me time the next morning to be alone with her and have the moments with her that I didn’t get to when she was born because of how I was feeling.

We stayed at the hospital until Sunday, which just so happened to be our 2nd wedding anniversary!  Talk about an exciting weekend.  It felt surreal being able to celebrate our wedding anniversary as a family of three.  Now each year for her birthday, we will be able to celebrate our anniversary only a few days later.  She was definitely the best anniversary present anyone could ask for.

It’s been a huge adjustment to having a baby and she has had some digestive issues which have been really scary and hard to handle.  I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.  Watching your newborn baby projectile vomiting is a sight that you hope you never have to see.  It’s even worse watching a baby lay in a hospital bed having an ultrasound and thinking the worst.  I am glad that she just has a milk allergy, acid reflux and bad gas but it was a long road to get to that diagnosis.  If I could take away any pain from her, I would in a heartbeat.  She means everything to us.

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies but when she looks me directly in the eyes and now gives me a huge gummy smile, I know that everything is going to be okay.  The worst part of everything is dealing with the work situation that I have mentioned.  There is a lot going on and it is extremely stressful and gives me anxiety.  It’s going to be process to handle what is happening and I am hopeful that it will all work out for the best.  In the meantime, I am home and learning how to take care of this little girl who has us wrapped around her fingers.

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I wanted to say thank you for following along during my pregnancy journey.  It has meant a lot to me.  I am planning on focusing my blog more on being a mom, baby related things, and my everyday life.  This is who I am now and I am proud to be a mom and want to share with other moms and help as much as I can.

I am going to share some of Brielle’s newborn photos, along with her 1st month recap.  It’s hard to believe that she will be 2 months old soon.  Being a mom is definitely a learning process and I am learning as much as I possibly can.  It is probably the hardest thing that I have ever done.  There are a lot of really hard moments but there are also some really rewarding ones. Brielle has forever changed my life and I couldn’t imagine it without her.

“A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.”

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and hardest thing”

“A baby makes love stronger, the days shorter, the nights longer, savings smaller and a home happier”

My Maternity Shoot!…

Hey there!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I really didn’t mean to take such a long break from blogging but as you can imagine my life has gone through a change and I needed some time to adjust.  It’s not the fact of just having a new baby in our life but I am having major problems with my job.  I’m not going to get into any specific details.  I have mentioned in the past that my job was causing issues.  It was multiplied and made worse for me.  It has caused tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety for me.  So I am dealing with all of that in addition to adjusting to life with our new little one.  I’m hopeful that I will figure things out and will eventually be happy with a job and my career path.

Enough about that, let’s talk about something a little happier.  I know I owe a birth story and I want to share pictures and details about our little one but I want to first show some pictures from my maternity shoot.  Instead of hiring a photographer, I decided to ask my friend Bob if he would take maternity pictures of Mike and I.  He takes photographs as a hobby and I thought this would give him the opportunity to do something that he enjoys plus it would give us time to hang out and talk since I don’t see him as often anymore.  I used to work with him at my other job where I went from seeing and talking to him everyday to not seeing him nearly as much anymore.  I also thought it would be more comfortable to take pictures with my friend than a complete stranger.

I ended up putting the pictures off for so long that we finally had a chance to take them the weekend that I turned 38 Weeks.  This is perfect because I didn’t get a chance to post a 38 Week picture so these maternity pictures will give you a chance to see how I looked at 38 Weeks.  I am very thankful that we took the pictures when we did because that coming week, I ended up giving birth to our daughter.  She was a week early.  I’m really glad that we took the pictures when we did because otherwise I might not have had the chance to have these photographs to remember my pregnancy by.

My friend took a ton of pictures and I am just going to share a few with you.  I am so pleased with how these turned out.  He did exactly what I was looking for.   Every time I look at these pictures and then look at my daughter, it feels surreal that I carried her and took care of her for 9 months and now I finally have the chance to hold her in my arms.

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Those are just a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot.  The entire time we were taking the pictures, our daughter was very active in my belly.  It was as almost she knew we would be taking our final pictures with her in my belly.  We took the pictures on Saturday and then on Monday, August 11th, started my first week of maternity leave.  I took the week before my due date as a chance to relax and get last-minute things together before she was born.  Little did I know that she had other plans for us…

I’ll leave you with that and then I will finally post her birth story.  I look forward to sharing her story with you because everyone’s birth story is different and everyone has a completely different experience.  I’ve loved reading other bloggers birth stories and seeing how unique and different they are.  It definitely was an experience that I will never forget and I look forward to sharing the story of our little girl.  Be back soon!

Well Beginnings from Walgreens…

Hey there!  It’s been a while.  I know I owe a birth story post and some of our maternity photographs.  I will most definitely get to that.  In the meantime, I received a few products that I neglected to post about since I’ve been very busy getting adjusted to life as a mom with a newborn.  So I am going to post about these products first and then I will get to posting about my new life as a mom.

I am a member of Mom’s Meet and they graciously selected me to try a few of Well Beginnings products exclusively sold at Walgreens.

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I was sent samples of Well Beginnings pack of size 4 diapers, wipes, baby wash and Walgreens Pediatric Electrolyte solutions.  The entire Well Beginnings line of products is sold exclusively at Walgreens.  The diapers that I received obviously are way too big for my daughter to try at this point.  She is currently in newborn diapers.  So I didn’t get a chance to try the diapers.

The Size 4 Jumbo Diapers (31 count) have a stretchable waist and side panels that wrap around the baby and offers leakage protection.  The soft inner layer contains natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe to soothe the baby’s bottom.  The price for the Size 4 Jumbo Diapers is $8.99.  These diapers are available in Newborn to Size 6 and they are satisfaction guaranteed.

The Newborn, Size 1, and Size 2 diapers contain a wetness indicator which turns blue when wet.  As a new mom, I can say that I really like this feature of diapers.  The wetness indicator immediately lets you know that it is in fact time to change the baby, which since being a new mom is a great feature to have in a diaper.  Since I was unable to try the Size 4 diaper, I went to purchase the Newborn diaper.  I have to say that I was impressed by the fact that these diapers contained vitamin E and aloe.  I notice that my daughter was getting irritated from other diapers and when she tried these, they did not irritate her sensitive skin.  I like that it is gentle on baby’s skin.

The Baby Body Wash, is made in the USA which I should have mentioned that the Diapers are made in the USA as well.  The wash can be used all over the baby’s body.  The body wash is not drying because it’s 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced.  It is milder than baby soap.  The tear-free formula is tested hypoallergenic and is dermatologist- and allergy-tested as well as paraben- and phthalate-free.  The cost for the baby body wash is $2.99.

Mike and I used the baby body wash on our daughter when bathing her.  We are very conscious of what we use on her skin because it is quite sensitive and has been very dry.  This body wash did not irritate or dry her skin out which we both liked.  I like that the body was has been tested by dermatologist and is allergy-tested.  I feel safe using this product on my baby and know that it is not irritating to her gentle skin.

I also enjoyed the Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes that I was sent.  As I mentioned, our daughter’s skin is quite sensitive so I am always looking for products that won’t irritate it or make it worse.  The wipes are made with Tri-Form, a unique 3-layer fabric, specially designed with 2 quilted cottony soft outer layers for superior and gentle cleansing.  The inner layer is strong and thick to prevent tearing or stretching, keeping your hands clean.  The wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, dermatologist-approved, and made in the U.S.A.  For a 72 count of these sensitive wipes, the cost is $2.39.  I keep these wipes in her diaper bag so that I have them on the go.  They do not irritate her skin and I know that they keep her clean.

The last item that I was sent that I was unable to test out was the Pediatric Electrolyte solution.  This solution restores fluid & electrolytes lost during diarrhea & vomiting to help prevent hydration.  I have experience using electrolyte solutions for myself when I was a child due to my stomach problems.  I’m hoping that I won’t ever have to use this for my daughter but I feel confident in knowing that it is a trusted product and that I have it just in case I ever need it.

Overall, I was highly impressed by Walgreens line of baby products.  I use their Ology laundry detergent all the time and I now enjoy using these Well Beginnings products as well.  If you are looking for a new baby product to try, I highly suggest trying out these.

Have you ever tried Walgreens Well Beginnings products?  What is your favorite baby product?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

SURPRISE!!…

Surprise is an understatement!  It certainly has been a crazy couple of days.  You might be wondering why I haven’t posted my 38 Week Recap.  Well that is because our little girl had her own set of plans of when she was going to arrive.  I ended up going into labor last Thursday night unexpectedly.  After 20 hours of labor, our beautiful baby girl was born on August 15th (exactly one week from her expected due date and I was 39 weeks) at 6:37pm, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 20.5″ long and I officially became a mother.  I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions these past few days and have fallen in love with this little girl who has literally wrapped Mike and I around her fingers.

I never thought it was possible to love someone as much as I love our little girl.  I have so much that I want to talk about and discuss about her birth story and how everything happened and how I am feeling now.  I can’t wait to share that with you.

I am so thankful that we were able to take maternity photographs so that we have those memories to look back on especially since she came early.  I am also happy to say that I was healthy and over my sinus infection.  I don’t think I would have been able to go through everything that I did being sick.  So I’m really thankful the medicine made me feel better so quickly.

I will most definitely be back once I gather all of my thoughts to share her birth story with you.  I am still debating on whether or not I am going to share pictures of her on here or her name.  I still need some time to think about that and discuss with Mike whether or not we want to share that information about her.  I do definitely want to share some maternity photographs, her birth story and post about how I am feeling postpartum.

In the meantime, thank you for following along during our pregnancy journey.  It truly was an experience that I will never forget and I will cherish each and every moment that I had while I was pregnant and cherish these moments with our daughter now that she is here even more.

Talk to you soon!