Monthly Archives: August 2016

{Milkmaid Goods} : The Perfect Nursing Poncho

    DSC_0238*This is a sponsored post by Milkmaid Goods. All opinions are my own.

As we began counting down the days to the arrival of our second daughter, thoughts of having to nurse in public filled my mind. My oldest is set to start preschool in the Fall and logistically it would make the most sense if I stayed in town for those few hours rather than driving back home. So, I would become a nursing mama on the go! This was a whole new ballgame for me!

I don’t have a nursing cover!

Instantly I was in a panic, with one question consuming my every thought. Where could I find a nursing cover that would provide me with enough coverage to feel comfortable nursing in public?? The only nursing covers I had ever seen were the ones that tied around the neck like a bib. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being exposed on the sides, especially since I was still getting the hang of nursing.

{Milkmaid Goods}

Milkmaid Goods is an amazing company that creates the most beautiful and functional nursing covers ever! I was gifted their {Sweet Pea} Nursing Cover and it was LOVE at first sight!

Why?

First of all, these are nursing ponchos, not covers! Needless to say Milkmaid Goods provided me with the full coverage I deeply desired! My fears of having a nursing cover fall off in public were quickly dispelled once I put on this gorgeous poncho!

These amazing ponchos were created with comfort in mind for the nursing mom on the go!   They are made of a cotton/spandex jersey knit. It’s a lightweight, stretchy, soft, and breathable fabric designed to make nursing your baby a comfortable experience. I love how easy it is to slip on and I don’t feel weighted down by another layer of clothing. Seriously, this poncho is so lightweight and breathable, that it makes nursing on the go a breeze!

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The opening at the neck is wide enough that I can peek in on my sweet baby girl to make sure she has latched properly without exposing anything. These nursing ponchos measure approximately 42″ from sleeve to sleeve and 42″ from top to bottom.

Milkmaid Goods created these ponchos with moms in mind, as they are multi functional. They can also be used as a carseat cover when your out and about on those beautiful days and you little one needs a bit more coverage from the Sun.

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Forgot a blanket and there is a chill in the air? No problem! Just pull out your nursing poncho and use it as a blanket for your sweet babe.

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Who doesn’t love a good poncho!? It’s my go-to item from Fall through Spring. Milkmaid Goods put fashion in mind when creating these beauties. So much so, that I can wear this beauty out for date night with the hubby or girls night out and no one would ever know that I also use it to nurse! I get so many compliments when I am out and about! I feel like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias when she says,

“Pink is my signature color.”

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Not only are these nursing poncho comfortable and easy to use, but they are also super easy to clean! Just throw it in the washing machine using cold water and lay flat to dry. Making life for this busy mama super easy!

So, if you know someone expecting or you just haven’t found the right nursing cover, then I encourage you to check out Milkmaid Goods! I cannot say enough good things about their nursing ponchos! They are truly amazing and have become one of my MUST-HAVE items in the diaper bag!

What are your MUST-HAVE items in the diaper bag?

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{Fresh 48} : A First Look : {12 Days New}

My blog has been rather quiet the last few weeks, as my family and I welcomed the newest addition into our family. I have been spending much of my time soaking in all this newborn deliciousness! Its such a small window of time that seems to be drawing to a close by the second…

While I now have enough post ideas to span the course of the next several months. Everything from product reviews, to preparing toddler for baby, to birth plans, parenting hacks, and everything in between. I am going to take it slow. These precious new moments as a family of four are so fleeting, that I never want to forget a minute of it.

So, I want this post to highlight some of the most beautiful, funny, and messy memories of my daughters first 12 days of life.

{Born} 11:38am

{Stats} 8 lbs. 5 oz.  20.25 in.

You were born with a head full of dark hair. I actually had a baby with HAIR! When they laid you on my chest I didn’t realize it at first. There was so much commotion in the room that it wasn’t until I overheard a doctor say, “Look at all that hair!”, that I finally zeroed in on your head. I was completely taken by surprise.

You love to be cuddled! You curl up like a little spider monkey on my chest to sleep. You would rather sleep on me than in your bassinet. So needless to say, I spend many nights sitting up in bed, holding you, while the frame of the window seal digs into my back through the pillow. But I’m not complaining. Your snuggles are the best part of my day and night!

Within your first few days home, you managed to pee on our comforter while Daddy was changing you in the middle of the night. You were 4 days fresh for your first outing. I took you to your newborn doctors appointment, while Daddy and big sister stayed home. You were perfect!

6 Days fresh you experienced your biggest outing. First up, your newborn photo session. The photographs were true perfection, but getting there was quite a challenge baby girl! You did not want to sleep and I had to feed you twice during the session, but somehow she managed to get four different setups and family photos. After a long session we visited my parents for a brief period in the afternoon. You had no trouble sleeping there! Finally, it was off to your Dad’s parents. I was hoping to take some of my own newborn poses of you out on the farm. By the time we reached their home, daylight was fading fast. I managed to get the one purple setup I wanted in front of the corn fields, before grabbing your big sister for her preschool photos. Despite the busyness of the day, it was pretty great!

9 Days fresh the outer portion of your umbilical cord came off. The doctor spray the inner portion to help protect it, while we wait for it to dry up and fall out.

10 Days fresh we took your big sister to toddler time at the library in the small town next to us. I felt like it was the perfect outing! Small town library, little parking lot – making it easier to keep hold of your big sister and you, and good friends to help if I needed extra hands! It was also my first time changing you out in public. They have nice, clean restrooms, which made the process go smoothly.

12 Days fresh you had your second doctors appointment to make sure you were gaining weight appropriately. No problems there! {9 lbs. 1 oz.} After that we headed to a small play space, so your sister could burn off some of that energy. It’s a great little space run by a couple of moms! This was also the place you had your very first blow out! After I changed you and your outfit, you then proceeded to punk all over me. You were two for two that day, as I noticed another blow out in your car seat as soon as we got back home. Needless to say, I spent the better part of your nap time cleaning the car seat, as per the instruction manual.

These past few weeks have been a little crazy to say the least, but we love every minute of it baby girl. We love every minute with you! All the poopy diapers and sleepless nights are so worth it, because {It Won’t Be Like This For Long.} So, I am going to spend my time soaking up every moment of you, of us, as a family of four!

Love,

Mama

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Compact Baby Gear : A Baby Swing

Today as I was preparing lunch, the door bell rang. My toddler rushed to the window with excitement, proclaiming a package had arrived! She was indeed correct. In these last few weeks the UPS truck has not been a stranger to our door. In fact, I would hazard to guess the driver knows our address by heart!

It’s no secret that babies come with a lot of stuff! After we had our first daughter, I remember saying how surprised I was by how much stuff one tiny human could accumulate. And that was just filling up the diaper bag so we could leave the house. Now, as we prepare for the arrival of our second daughter one of the questions I am frequently asked is, you probably already have everything from your first child, right?

I’m sure for most people the answer would be yes. For us, that isn’t the case. As I mentioned in previous post, we lived in a small two bedroom apartment until our daughter was just shy of two years old. So when it came to our baby registry we had to be very selective with the items we placed on the list.

One of those key pieces of baby gear was a swing. Obviously there’s no way to know whether your baby is going to prefer a swing, jumper, or a bouncer. Then of course, there’s always the possibility the baby will resist all of those things. So, it’s really kind of a crapshoot. And with the limited space we had available, we could only choose one.

So, I began my search for the most compact baby swing. I wanted something small, that sat low to the ground and did not take up too much space while in use. It needed to fold up easily and be very compact to stowaway. Especially because our measly 600 square-foot apartment provided little storage.

As I began my search, I came across a few  2 in 1 bouncer/swings. Many of them even sat low to the ground and had a compact fold. At first, I thought this would be a great addition to our registry! Who doesn’t like the idea of having two items in one!? Plus, I felt like it would feed my mother’s obsession with wanting to purchase every piece of baby gear in sight. As we constantly had to remind her that we lacked the space for all the typical gear most couples would register for.

Unfortunately, as I begin reading the reviews for the 2 in 1, I realized this item would not be a good fit for us. Many of the reviews stated they were not able to do both activities efficiently. Often the swing would run very slowly, if it all and the bouncer barely moved.  For an item that was double the price because it has both features, it should be able to perform both well. So, it was for this reason we chose not to go with a 2 in 1.

I stuck with my gut and chose to register for a swing. We found one that met all of our needs at Babies R’ Us. It sat low to the ground, had a compact fold, took up little space while in use,  ran both efficiently and quietly.

This little beauty was my saving grace those first few months!  She would often nap in her swing, so I could get a few things done! We used the swing so often, I’m surprised we didn’t wear out the mechanism! My daughter used this swing as long as she possibly could. When it came time to put it away, we simply folded it up and set it behind her dresser.

Now, with the arrival of our second daughter we pulled the swing out of storage and set it up downstairs. It still works perfectly, just like it did on day one! I cannot wait to use this item again!

So, if you or someone you know is living somewhere with limited space and can’t decide what gear is most important – I highly recommend a swing! I love how comfortable it is for baby and how compact it is for small spaces!

What is your favorite piece of baby gear and why?

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