Last year around this time I posted my Five Personal Goals for 2014. Well as crazy as it seems, 2014 has come and gone (almost). We are in the final weeks of the year and as I reflect it’s been a really great one. There have been ups and downs but there’s been so much to be grateful for. I wanted to make this post to share what goals from 2014 I accomplished and what’s ahead (hopefully) for 2015!
When I was younger there aren’t many Holiday traditions that I remember our family partaking in. The only one that truly sticks out is that we would go and pick out a real tree at a tree farm, cut it down and bring it home. Holiday traditions are some of the most important memories for a child and their family. Some children will even carry those traditions over into their own families (when it’s that time). I was inspired by Patience Brewster to write about our holiday traditions. Patience Brewster is a small one artist company that creates unique handmade ornaments and holiday gifts.
Today I am sharing my ’top 10 newborn essentials’ with you. I found real mommy recommendations like these to be very helpful when I was planning for Caleb's arrival. For the first few months of life, we found these top 10 newborn essentials to be must-have’s:
How is this little man one month old already? It doesn't feel like he's been here that long but then again it feels like he's always been apart of our family. I took some time the other day with the help of Hannah (she's such a great big sister) to get some pictures of my dude. I'm hoping I can keep up with these monthly pictures. It will be such a great way to monitor and view how much he grows and changes over his first year! Already since posting this he's put on 12 oz (yeah, almost a pound in a couple days!).
Everyone has something they want to change. It could be that freckle in a weird spot or you’d rather have curly than straight hair, be blonde rather than brunette. The list can go on and on. One of my ‘wish it was different’ things was my smile. Not the way I smiled, but my teeth and how white they are. It’s no secret that soda, tea and our diets can change the whiteness in our enamel and we all need some help time to time to restore that.
I’ve had dental cleanings, brushed twice a day and even tried the whitening strips from the store. Nothing resulted in much of a change. My dentist told me, “That’s just the color of your teeth.” I didn’t like that answer. Then Smile Brilliant sent me their newest at home kit and asked me to give it a try.
I’ve always tried to officially breast feed or pump for my babies when they were born. My body however, has had other plans for me. I get about three weeks into a rhythm of pumping and then BOOM…gone. Dried up. No more milk for momma to pump. I’ve also noticed that with each new baby we bring into the world it is harder and harder to try to pump and breast feed.