#getyoursheettogether

Recently I received a gift in the mail from a company called QuickZip and I have never in my life been more excited about sheets!  These sheets are not your ordinary bedding.  The crib and twin sizes actually encase the whole mattress, when its time to change the sheet you quickly and easily just unzip the top portion and zip a new one on.  It literally takes 30 seconds or less!  Secretly…I can’t wait to have these on my bed also.  I hate changing sheets and can we not even get started on folding the fitted sheets.  They honestly just end up in a ball inside my closet.  When I pull them out to change the sheets I usually find those missing socks I’ve been looking for stuffed in the corners…come on I know I’m not the only one.

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I love that QuickZip is a woman and mama owned business.  Elizabeth Sopher, Caroline Portis and Tammy Buxman are the three genius mamas behind the sheets that save your knuckles and your sanity.  Not only are they easier to change but they are so much safer for your littles than regular sheets.  Regular sheets can pop off the mattress and your child can become entangled within them.  With QuickZip there is zero chance of your baby suffocating in the sheet and maybe just maybe as a new parent that will give you a little piece of mind as your little sleeps.  There are so many other things we as parents have to worry about on a daily basis, don’t you want your child’s bed to be a safe space you don’t have to worry about?

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So far this blue sheet I featured in my pictures is my favorite.  Its a super soft and cozy.  Perfect for our soon to be move to Minnesota!

Check out this video that gives you a behind the scenes look on just how easy these sheets are! #getyoursheettogether  You can find QuickZip on Instagram.

The baby care products featured in my pictures can be found at Dirty Girl Farm. These products are just one more way to put your mind at ease, as they are all hand-made and chemical free.  #chemicalfreebaby

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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.

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