Year One.

So my last post talked about reeling it in a bit when it comes to spending on baby.  This one is all about those few key items I discovered that made our lives a little easier during the first year. First is the Fisher Price Rock N Play, this was the only thing that I could get Colton to sleep in other than on my chest.  I love the fact that it rocks on its own and you can control the speed, plus it has mesh sides so you don’t have to worry about baby rolling over.  Second, is the Skip Hop Pronto! Baby Changing Station.  Once I found this portable changing station, my life was changed forever!  It was so much easier than lugging the huge diaper bag into the bathroom every time he needed a change.  Also, it keeps all of the items you need to easily access together….including space for your wallet and phone.  Seriously, don’t have a child without this item ladies.  Mommys Bliss Gripe Water was honestly a life saver, my husband will tell you the same thing.  It literally got rid of Colton’s hiccups in an instant…like magic!  The last thing I would add to the list is The Antilop High Chair from Ikea.  We only recently just found this, but I wish that I had come across it MUCH sooner.  I would definitely recommend this over any highchair that has cloth or padding.  It is way easier to clean and I love the fact that it has a larger tray than most high chairs. Until next time.

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Reel it in Mamas

When you find out you’re pregnant excitement sets in and you go a little crazy…ok A LOT crazy insane even.  You by item after item because of course you’re so thrilled…. plus you have a baby shower, maybe even multiple showers!  You spend countless hours worrying about their room(I did) and getting it ready.  

Stop what you are doing!

 1. You don’t need all that stuff 

2. They don’t give a shit about their room.  Colton legit has never slept one night in it.

There were so many things that I bought before Colton arrived that we never used or never even needed.  When he was born and came home straight up this is what we needed: onesies, wipes, diapers and blankets.  I know each situation is different and every baby is VERY different.   However….REEL yourselves in Mamas! 

 Get out of that black hole they call Target and save some money!   Plus once they get a bit older it’s easier to figure out what kind swings and things they like.  We went through like six swings and chairs before we found one little man would use.✌🏻. Until next time.

Xoxo

Mamabeartribe

Hoppy Easter

This year was Colton’s first Easter where he actually understood what was going on.  It was so much fun to watch his face light up as he searched for the colorful eggs hidden in the grass.  I wanted him to have treats, but nothing too sugary so we used Annie’s Homegrown cheddar bunnies and fruit snacks.  They are better for him and kept with the theme of Easter.  Also, the individual pre-packed snacks are super quick and easy when we are on the run.

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When I was younger, my grandparents always put change in our eggs and after the Easter egg hunt we would always fill up our piggy banks.  We wanted to keep this tradition going with Colton.  We have been teaching Colton to “save money” lately so it was perfect.  His piggy bank is actually the same one I used when I was little.

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We buy all of this stuff every year for Easter and then are always left wondering what to do with the eggs after.  Check out What’s Up Moms facebook page for a great video on what to do with your left over eggs!

Leave me a comment below with some of your favorite Easter traditions.  Until next time.

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#mamabeartribe

 

 

Spoil That Mama.

We all know Mother’s day is fast approaching and I wanted to share some of my favorite items made from hard-working mamas.  What better way to help celebrate that special lady in your life (or pamper yourself) than with a gift made by another mama?!  Hello, win win.

»First, is my girl Danielle at Lsquared Jewelry.  I met Danielle on Instagram, she started Lsquared Jewelry herself!  She makes hand-stamped custom pieces.  Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key chains…you name it and she makes it.  She has sent me some amazing pieces in the past that are all unique and handmade.  Every time I receive my packages from Danielle, they are neatly wrapped and come with sweet little messages.
17842031_10155982343954046_741555136_nNot only does she come up with some cute and witty sayings for her pieces, but she will work with you and make the perfect piece.  She has been so amazing to work with and we have had a great friendship come out of this partnership!  I am in love with my brand new bracelet as you can see in the pictures.  This “mama needs a mother effing nap”.  True life.

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I always anticipate what  her newest piece is going to be and I look at her Instagram often.  Soooo check out her stuff, pick something cute or create your own piece.  Don’t forget to use my code Ava15 for 15% off of your purchase ($10 minimum).

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»Next up on my list of mompreneurs is Tory at MamaBirdAndCO.  I am obsessed with her shirts.  She hand prints everything.  Every.  Single.  One.  Tory has great customer service and uses my favorite brand of shirt, Bella!  If you’ve never worn Bella…you my friend are missing out.  They are so soft and comfortable.  Like that old worn t-shirt feel, in your brand new shirt.

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MamaBirdAndCo has a shirt out there for every mama.  My favorites are “Namaste the shit out of this day” & “Love your mama♥”.  Tory loves to post pictures of her customers reppin’ her shirts and shows videos of her screen printing on the reg.  Check her out and you can thank me later.

»Last, but not least are my “mom life” sweat pants from Ezra and Eli.  They are so beyond comfortable and cozy.  I could seriously live in these…and get this, they are also Bella brand.  Your welcome.

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Enjoy your awesome new goodies and don’t forget to shop local and support small as often as you can.  Until next time.

XoXo

MamaBearTribe

Cleft Strong

When my son was finally born, after days of labor, I noticed right away something was different about his nose and mouth.  If my brother had not been born with a cleft lip, I may not have really understood what was going on with my son.  I remember yelling repeatedly “is he okay?”, waiting for an answer from the doctor.  Child birth is already a scary thing, once you realize your child will need surgery your heart breaks.  Even though all the doctors tell you “if I had to pick an issue with my child, this is what I would pick” it doesn’t put you at ease.  As a mother, you never want your child to go through any pain.

This post is just to share a little bit about our story and experiences, as this has connected me with a lot of other moms.  Sometimes it is nice to talk to someone who knows what you are going through.  Normally they can tell from ultrasounds if your child has a cleft lip or not, but Colton was rotated the opposite way so his was a total surprise to us!  After he was born, we had to meet with many specialists including a plastic surgeon and dental surgeon.  Colton had to have Nasal Ovular Molding (NAM for you cleft mamas), which was a freaking nightmare, no lie.  The purpose of NAM is to widen and stretch out the skin of the nostril to prepare for surgery.  This involved wearing a mouth piece.  Now, if you think getting a mold taken of your mouth as an adult is uncomfortable….try doing this to a 3 week old.  Not to mention the dental doctor was a real let’s be honest asshole.  It is so important to make sure you find doctors you really like and that you can relate to.

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Fast forward to when Colton is 3.5 months old and it’s here…the day I’ve been dreading…the day I’ve been stressing.  Surgery day.  He had his surgery at the Children’s Hospital and his plastic surgeon Dr. Rozzelle was amazing.  Your mind runs wild all of the hours you are sitting there waiting for them to come get you.  Waiting to be able to see your child.  When I first saw him, my heart broke into a million pieces.  His face was bloody and bandaged.  He looked beyond miserable and his arms were tied down. (they have to wear something called no-nos on their arms for 2 weeks after surgery)  The doctor said he did great.  They repaired his lip, re-did his nose and tried to repair the split in his gum.

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Now, was healing time.  They kept telling me to nurse him like normal, however it kept splitting his stitches open so we syringe fed him for several days.  It’s times like this when  you know what is best for your child, no one knows what they need more than you.  He had silicone stints in his nose and they needed to stay in for 2 weeks straight!  This is definitely a difficult task with an active little one.  The worst part was having to flush out his nostrils with a long syringe every couple of hours.  He screamed bloody murder every time.  I couldn’t do it, I made my husband.  After 2 weeks the bandages came off and it was such a bittersweet moment.  We had come to love the split in our sons lip or the “cigarette holder” as my husband calls it and that sweet little smile that came along with it.  However, he looked so amazing!  Beyond amazing!  I almost didn’t recognize him, which as a mother is a strange feeling.  I’m not going to lie I totally balled my eyes out.  For 4 months after the surgery, he had to keep the stints taped in his nose.  It got to the point where we just said screw it because he ripped them out of his nose every 5 minutes.  All of his check ups have been great so far.  He still has quite a significant split in his gum, which will require surgery in the future but for now all is well and most people don’t even notice his scar.

I know how scary something like this can be especially if you don’t know anyone who has been through it before.  I thankfully had my mom to talk to, but it has been awesome connecting with other moms on their cleft journey.  I remember one day we were at the mall and some girl was snickering to her boyfriend about Coltons face and his bandages.  I remember being so angry and thinking how dare you talk about a helpless child like that.  Just remember you never know what someone else is going through or how your paths will cross.  Stay strong.  #cleftstrong.  Until next time.

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XoXo

MamaBearTribe

Here are a few items that really helped after Coltons surgery:

Dockatot is where we had Colton sleep at the hospital and at home.  It helped us keep him from rolling over onto his face and it was so easy for us to take anywhere.

LovedBaby is where I got organic cotton side snap onesies.  These were a HUGE help.  This made it so I didn’t have to try to take clothes off over Coltons head.  Life saver for sure.

Motherhood

Nothing anyone says can actually prepare you for your personal journey when you become a Mother.  Each persons journey is different and compiled of their own experiences.  This Sh*t is hard no joke, but totally worth it.  There are more sleepless nights than you can count, tears, laughter, kisses and smiles that melt your heart.  When you become a mother your whole life definitely changes and it is no longer about you.(Which I would hope everyone knows from the get.)

Lets be real motherhood turns you into a straight up mombie.  Topknot lovin, double shot drinkin, leggin wearin mombie.  It happens to the best of us, but you can’t lose yourself along the way.  Remember being you is what made you such a great mama in the first place.  So dig deep ladies, find your tribe and hang on for this wild ride ahead of you.  This will be one of your greatest adventures.  As I sit typing this my wild one is off and running!  Until next time.

XoXo

MamaBearTribe