Category Archives: Baby

A May Birthday And A Dragonfly Nursery

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

If you have been with me from the start, then you know I am a planner by nature. I am always thinking ahead – to the next occasion, the next milestone. I spend months prepping and planning every detail to emulate the vision in my head.

Unfortunately, we can’t always plan ahead. We can’t always prepare ourselves for what is to come. Life is a journey, filled with both immense  joy and deep sorrow.

In 2012, I was pregnant with my first child. I was basking in the joy of this new chapter in our lives. This new journey I was about to embark on, when tragedy struck. I lost a very dear friend. A childhood friend. We had grown up together during those very awkward high school years. Although college lead us down separate paths, we were able to stay consistent in our friendship and when I married my husband in 2009, she was right there by my side.

I like to think that each friendship we have brings something different to the table. A unique social quality within our own inner circle that no one else could possess. She was a straight shooter. Meaning, she always told it like it was. No sugar coating or dancing around a hard topic. She wasn’t mean or harsh. She was incredibly thoughtful and wise. She was the perfect person to talk to when you were trying to sort through something. That’s what I tell people. That’s what she brought to the table.

Since her passing, I have never meet another person who possesses the same quality. Something that is both wonderful and extremely frustrating all at the same time.

Sometimes when I am driving somewhere by myself, I will talk to her about everything and nothing. Wheeling her to help me sort through things or give me a sign as to which path I should take next. Often times, just telling her how much I miss her…

So I thought, what better way to celebrate my dear friends birthday today, then by talking about the inspiration behind my second daughters nursery.

A Dragonfly Nursery

After her passing, I found a necklace she had given to me as a birthday gift one year. The stone was a lavender hue, with metal dragonflies surrounding the top. In that moment, it occurred to me that this would make the perfect nursery theme for a little girl.

While pink is my signature color and I had already settled on butterflies for my daughters nursery, I knew if I ever had a second daughter, this necklace would be the inspiration behind her nursery. And three years later, it was meant to be.

So as you make your way down the hall, you will find a small nursery donned in her signature color. Complete with lavender sheets, curtains, a changing cover, and crib quilt. Beyond the colorful accents of the room you will notice something else – dragonfly’s all a flutter.

Nursery Decor

  • Dragonfly mirrors I purchased from Amazon.
  • Purple and gray dragonflies cut out of card stock, so friends and family could write well-wishes to baby “A.”
  • Dragonfly digital art piece from ArtsyTypeShop on Etsy. She was wonderful about changing the font to a lavender color!
  • The most important piece of decor – The Dragonfly Necklace. 

**Frames, hook, and mirror purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Happy Birthday my friend. I have yet to meet anyone who can match your qualities. As you peek in on each of my girls, I hope your heart is full.

But most of all…

“I hope you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.”

Love always,

Nikki

Amara Organic Baby Food : {A Review}

*This is a sponsored post by Amara Organic Baby Food. All opinions are my own.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, then you know I love to be in the kitchen preparing food with my girls. Now that my youngest is over 6 months old, I have been able to see the excitement on her sweet, little face as she begins to explore a new taste of life. In a previous post, I wrote all about how I create my own nutritious baby food.

While I love preparing healthy food for my children on a daily basis, it’s not always a realistic option. In fact, we are constantly on the go! Sometimes being on the go means forfeiting those healthy options for a processed jar of baby food. Yep, that’s right. We always keep a few jars in our cupboards and the diaper bag. Those jars definitely aren’t my first choice, but are sometimes necessary.

Insert Amara 

Amara wanted to create an organic baby food without using any additives. In order to make that a possibility, Amara uses a drying technique. They dry their food using pressure instead of high heat. This technique allows their baby food to be preserved without losing key nutrients.

Amara Organic Baby Food is committed to creating a healthy product that is perfect for those busy parents on the go. So, when I learned I would have the opportunity to work with Amara and try out their baby food, I was thrilled! I was sent one pouch in every flavor for my sweet baby girl to try. There was nothing she didn’t enjoy!

Amara is –

  • ORGANIC
  • NON GMO
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • SIMPLE

As a mom, I couldn’t be happier. I can finally ditch the jars, for a healthier, on the go option. These pouches fit easily into the diaper bag and are quick to prepare. Pouring the contents of the pouch into a bowl, while stirring in 4 to 6 tablespoons of water. WALA! Instant, organic baby food!

Amara offers five flavorful options: Banana, Potato & Kale Mash, Tropical Mango, Apple-Maqui Berry, and Oats N’ Berries.

I love that these pouches have a long storage life and are small enough to throw in the diaper bag and take anywhere! More importantly, I can feed her something quick and simple without any of the guilty! Those jars of processed junk are officially in the trash. Amara baby food is now part of our daily routine!

What are your favorite baby foods?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

 

Update : {7 & 8 Months}

Oh sweet baby #2, here we are again. Doubling up on your monthly updates. Remember my darling, I love you more than you could possibly know. And I love making memories with you. Sometimes I get so caught up in the present moment, that I forget to jot everything down. But truthfully, it doesn’t bother me. I would much rather spend my time bonding with you and your sister, than doing anything else! So here it is baby girl, your highlight reel of months 7 & 8!

<3 Mama

Photo Cards – Milestone Baby Cards

Monthly Stickers – AppleEyeBabyShop

{Update 7 Months}

  • February 9th you had your first solid food – avocados. You didn’t seem thrilled, but food itself was a new concept to you. It took an additional two weeks to get the “eating concept” down.
  • February 10th the 3 of us went for a walk in the late afternoon. You and big sister enjoyed the stroller ride!
  • February 11 was your first library movie night! Once we arrived you had a bottle, then slept through a majority of trolls.
  • February 14th was not only your first Valentine’s Day, but also your six month check up. (Although you turned 7 months, these reviews are technically from the month prior.)
  • February 15th you slept hardcore on the living room floor. Falling asleep for nap in the afternoon and again in the evening close to bed time. Later in the evening, I held you for a while as you slept! Your rolls are adorable! <3
  • February 17th was one of your first six week baby story time sessions. At the end of the six weeks your were gifted two books “Yummy, Yucky” and
  • February 20th was your first time using the Boon Pulp to eat Bananas! Your expression said it all! <3
  • February 26th you started to army crawl! It’s your current mode of transportation and boy are you fast!
  • February 26th you tried carrots for the first time. You seem to really like them. Although you did finally warm up to avocados as well. Partly because you have the whole eating thing down now.

{Update 8 Months}

  • March 10th you and I hung out all night! After you threw up your bottle all over your sleep sack and me, you were bright eyed and bushed tailed until 3:30am. I loved the way your big eyes started happily up at me, as we caught up on the Ellen Show. It was a party of epic proportions!
  • March 12th was your first time having oranges. Holy Cow! You went to town on the Boon Pulp!
  • March 16th you hung out in your crib while I cleaned. Big sister kept you entertained, as she often does. 🙂
  • March 17th Boon Pulp and green grapes. You were in love! <3
  • March 18th you didn’t want to nap. So you got some one on one time with Mom and Dad!
  • March 20th was the start of napping in your crib on a daily basis and at the same time as your big sister.
  • March 24th was a blow out of epic proportions, which resulted in an immediate bath.
  • April 6th was your first “BABABABA” babble. I am desperately trying to turn that B to an M, while dad is pushing hard for D. Who will win the battle of the first word?

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Update : {Two Months Old}

Here we are baby girl, you and me in a little coffee shop while your big sister is burning off some energy at preschool. You are all wrapped up in the Solly, sleeping peaceful on my chest. What are you dreaming about little one? Are you dreaming about climbing the highest mountain? Are you flying high above the clouds, heading straight for a shooting star? Oh little one, how I wonder what your dreaming about.

As I still here, quietly tucked away in a corner, I can hear the soft sound of conversations buzzing all around us. Whenever I come here with you baby girl, you steal the show. So many compliments on your adorable little self. Your adorable little two month old self! Time is so bittersweet! You are constantly growing and changing. I just want to bottle it all up and keep it forever, but unfortunately, thats not how it works. Luckily, I can at least capture those memories through photographs, video, and writing.

So my sweet little babe, here is a

Baby Girl – {Two Month Update}

  • Friday night, September 16, you slept from 12:30am until 5:30am. This was the longest stretch you have ever slept! I woke up Saturday feeling great!
  • Sunday evening, September 18th was your first time in the 4moms infant tub. You loved it much more than the sponge baths!
  • Wednesday evening, September 28th you slept from about 11:30pm until I woke you about 8am the next morning. Since then, you have been sleeping long stretches through the night.
  • You often rustle in your bassinet throughout the evening. Its usually because your pacifier fell out.
  • Sunday evening, Oct 2nd was your first time on the play mat. You loved kicking the piano!
  • Tuesday evening, Oct 4th was your first tummy time experience! You have great head/neck strength!
  • I love when you get those little bubbles on your lips!
  • I love when your eyes widen and you give the big smiles when I pick you up!

{Monthly Stickers} : AppleEyeBabyShop

{Personalized Swaddle Blanket} : Audrey’s Bear

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{Evenflo Feeding} : Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

dsc_0509*This is a sponsored post by Evenflo Feeding. All opinions are my own.

A girl and her breast pump go together like peanut butter and jelly! When your a breastfeeding mama on the go, who needs to pump, its important to find the right one. With so many options available it can be hard to know what to look for.

Luckily this isn’t my first rodeo. 

That is not to say I am an expert. Far from it. The truth is breastfeeding is hard! Real hard! So I am always trying to read and watch as much as I can. When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I happened upon a Facebook Live Q & A Breastfeeding session with TheBabyGuyNYC (Jamie) and Shari Criso.

Knowledge is power!

I gained some helpful insight into the world of breastfeeding just from that first session. Especially as it pertained to pumping. Jamie and Shari were discussing the Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump. Immediately I was impressed by some of the features. So, I was pleased to learn I would have the opportunity to review one.

Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Pump : My favorite features…

1. Battery Operated

The Evenflo Breast Pump arrived just a few days before our week of road trips. So, with the busyness of packing, I opted to open the pump after our trips. Mistake. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the Evenflo pump has the ability to run on batteries. This would have saved me the headache of trying to figure out how and when I was going to be able to pump. During our trips I was at the mercy of the outlet. Bringing a pump with battery capabilities would have allowed me the freedom to pump whenever, wherever I needed.

2.  Bottle Holders

The pump unit has two cut outs to hold the bottles. This may seem insignificant, but trust me when I say it’s not. I don’t know how many times I have lost that precious liquid gold I worked so hard to pump because the bottles tipped over while I was attempting to unhook everything. Evenflo makes it so easy! Once I finish pumping they go right in the bottle holders!

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3. Flanges

My midwife explained the use of flanges and how they might make my pumping journey more successful this time.  Breast pumps are not a one size fits all. Using the correct size flanges while pumping can maximize the amount of milk extracted from the breast, while making it a more comfortable experience. Evenflo created this pump with nursing mothers in mind, as they include two sets of flanges with their pump.

4. Closed Pump

Evenflo is a closed pump. A closed pump means there is a barrier between the pumps motor and milk. Thus decreasing the risk of mold and bacteria within your pump, making it more hygiene friendly.

5. Suction and Speed 

Before using the Evenflo pump, I was only able to adjust both settings using one dial. Evenflo makes it better. While pumping I am able to control the speed and suction separately, customizing my pump experience each time.

6. Free Breastfeeding Class

Included with your pump is the option to watch two videos – “Simply Breastfeeding” and “Breast Pumps and Briefcases.” As a mom, the more I can learn the better. So, I find it wonderful that Evenflo has included some helpful videos to make the process easier.

What features do you look for in a breast pump?

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