Life saver

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One thing that every new mom should purchase are a few good swaddling blankets!!! For naps and nighttime feedings there is nothing better. It helps to keep them for startling awake and recreates the soothing feeling of the womb.

There are tons of brands to pick from, but a few things I kept in mind before buying were the cost and the length of time she will be swaddled. I didn’t want a super expensive blanket because quiet frankly Lorelei hates being swaddled. She’s a regular Houdini when it comes to getting out of these things (although once I have her all wrapped up she’s out like a light), so spending a lot of money wasn’t an option for me. I also couldn’t bring myself to buy a high end swaddle blanket because normally you can stop swaddling by 3 months. Of course I’m no expert so I’ve posted some resource links below.

5 Reasons to Swaddle Your Baby

Swaddling your baby

What are the dos and don’ts of swaddling

In the end after a lot of thought and research I purchased the Summer Infant SwaddeMe and the Just Born Simple Swaddle and we love them. I’ll let you choose which one is right for you and your baby.

Now comes the buttons

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I absolutely love to knit cute things for my little girl, but I hate sewing on buttons! You have to find ones that match, pray you have enough in your stash, and then sew them on to the sweater/cardigan and it just all to much.

These two have been knitted up for a long time before Lorelei was born. All they needed were the dreaded buttons to be added. Yes, if you do the math, Lorelei is now 5 weeks old and I’m just now adding them. So what.. I procrastinate a lot.

Knitting again

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during the last two trimesters of my pregnancy I had problems with my hands and was unable to knit very often and for very long. Now that Lorelei is here and I have a few minutes here and there I’ve been trying to finish this lovely blanket for her. I’m on a role and hopefully will be done by the end of the week. Now I’m just worried it might not be big enough. I’ll have to block it very aggressively to make sure I get it the size I want.

One Month

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WOW! Has it really been a whole month that you’ve been in our lives? It’s been amazing to see you grow bigger and start to see your personality coming out. I’m enjoying this momma gig more and more each day.

  • you’re already up to 10lbs
  • you’re over 22 inches long now
  • you still prefer me to all others, which is both a blessing and a curse sometimes
  • you’re not sleeping as much anymore
  • you want to be held all the time
  • you have auburn highlights in your hair (we think you get this from your father)
  • you still prefer to be just in your diaper
  • you make the cutest noises
  • you have the hiccups at least once a day
  • you love to play the kissy face game
  • we’re still guessing what color your eyes will be

DIY – butt balm

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The minute Darryl and I found out we were expecting a bundle of joy we decided to go as all natural as possible when it comes to the products that we use on our little girl. Not only for her health, but also for economical reasons. I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase those wipes and cream from the store for all the money every week.  So, I did a lot of research on butt balms, diaper wipes, cloth diapers etc and lawd have mercy was it all a little overwhelming!!

After talking to my sister in law and combing through the sites I decided on the recipe below as a good starter (most of these recipes have only three ingredients as the base). I only made one change and left out the chamomile, but that’s only because I didn’t have any handy. :)

So far we absolutely love it and so does Lorelei. I’ll tell you the truth I don’t use it just for her bum, I put it on her head to toe.

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  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Shea butter
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pebbles/shavings
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 30 drops chamomile essential oil
  1. In a double boiler (I use a Pyrex measuring cup set inside of a pan with about an inch of water in it) melt the beeswax, then add the Shea butter and coconut oil, stirring frequently to keep the temperature low. (I wait until the wax is melted to add the Shea butter because Shea butter will get a grainy texture if it is heated too high for any length of time.) When all the oil/butter/wax has been melted, remove from heat.
  2. Mix in the essential oils and pour into a recycled container or mason jar. Store in a cool dry place, and use on baby’s butt when you see a rash coming on or dab a little bit onto an owie before bandaging it up!

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