nursing {a one year old}

james turns one A whole year of nursing. A. WHOLE. YEAR. You know guys, I can't tell you how proud of myself I am that we made it to a whole year. Because it wasn't easy…it just wasn't. At 2 months I remember thinking what life would be like in 6 months from now? Would I have nursing down, or would I still be using that damn nipple shield. I'm sorry nipple shield because you were good to me and you helped us, but I just didn't want to use one. I wanted to be like every single instagram mom and have the easiest time ever. But the way I see it is, it doesn't matter how i got here I got here and my sweet James didn't need any formula and really, that's all I wanted. Now I am nursing a 1 year old…a one year old with TEETH! 6 teeth to be exact. When James' teeth first broke through all was well, but as soon as they grew a bit more my nipples started to take a beating. James seemed to be relearning how to latch and also trying to figure out what purpose his teeth would serve. Meanwhile, my nipples were getting bit and gnawed on they didn't appreciate very much. I had to learn to say HOLY SH*T in the softest voice because I really didn't want to scare him. All the stars were aligned perfectly because as I was going through this transition I was contacted by Milkies asking if I'd like to sample their Nipple Nurture Balm! YES PLEASE!! Milkies sent me their ointment and I immediately started using it. My nipples were instantly relieved. The balm was so soft and added a layer of protection. I was a little concerned James wouldn't like the taste of the balm because now that he's older he has a better sense of what he likes and what he doesn't like, but he had no problem. James didn't seem to notice anything.
I used my balm for 2 weeks straight after ever feeding, and since then I use every morning after my showers. James has seemed to have found his way back and rarely bites anymore but just in case I want to make sure I'm protecting James' breakfast snack midday snack and after dinner snack. :) james turns one As you can see how soft the balm looks, my room can be a little bit hotter so the balm can get even softer (if you can imagine that) and very soothing. james turns one We are big fans of milkies around here. I am so happy with their Nipple Nurture Balm, I'm also happy I've really been able to make it stretch and last me. james turns one A little park nursing session with my happy one year old and because of milkies amazing product, a happy mama. james turns one

Milkies sent me their product to review but all opinions are of course my own.


jamesys birthday

Last week was James' birthday…well okay about 2 weeks ago, but I'm trying to sneak in here. :) I mentioned that I just love the taking the kids to indoor playgrounds because the summer and I are not friends! I really really don't enjoy the heat. I had a birthday for James July 25th. His actual birthday is July 15, so on the 15th I really wanted to take him somewhere fun. I had heart about Pretend City awhile ago and decided that James' birthday was a perfect day to check it out. We packed up the car and headed to Irvine. My sisters joined me because they wanted to spend time with James on his birthday too.
I read about Pretend City before we went and I decided ahead of time I was going to let the kids just play. I often micro manage their playtime and I think I do because I want to make sure they are always sharing and always being fair and I just decided this time I was only going to say something if I absolutely needed too. james turns one We wanted to visit every exhibit they had. Post office was one for their favorite spots. I just wished these boys wanted to wear more costumes. james turns one I thought this exhibit smelled, but Ardo loved it. He loves everything with water…except baths sometimes, I always remind him of that. james turns one Then James became a dentist. james turns one james turns one They took the stage and performed. Ardo was eyeing the stage from the moment he saw it but Ardo can be very shy. He kept looking and looking and once the a few kids left and the stage was empty, Ardo made his move. Ardo absolutely positively loves music. He plays the drums and piano every chance he gets. james turns one and then he was needed at dispatch... james turns one then James had Ardo over for dinner and all was well. haha. Honestly tho we had such a great time. I'll definitely be taking the kids the back. james turns one Oh and I just wanted to put this in there because I'm proud of myself. I nursed James at Pretend City without a cover and I was really proud of myself. I figured there were so many moms there and he was hungry for a quick snack, so I sat on the nearest bench and fed him for 10 minutes and then all was well in the world again. It was his birthday after all. :)


one year

james turns one james turns one Happy Birthday my sweet boy. Today you are a year old. One whole year with you has been such an amazing blessing to our family. We love you so much. You surprised us with your birth. You've been mommy's little nursling and Ardo's best friend. You look just like your daddy. You were crawling before we knew it and now walking like a big boy. You are the most curious, sweetest little guy. You love giving us besitos and we love taking them. We love you so much Jamesy boy. james turns one james turns one


magical playground

magical playground Its been a little crazy around these parts. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share here on the blog but I figured this blog is about my life and a major change has happened in my life. I was laid off a few weeks ago. After 10 years with my company I was laid off. The company I worked for was amazing and always so supportive through my bed rest and pregnancies and after, but unfortunately the company is going through a bit of a change and I was laid off. So just like that … I'm a stay at home mom with two little kiddies. Life around here has been crazy, I honestly didn't realize the huge adjustment I'd have to staying at home. I thought, okay I got this, I'm home Thursdays and weekends, it's the same thing right? Everyone on instagram has 2-3-4 kids and their house is clean and kids look great…it'll be easy. NO. Not easy, barely instagram worthy, and when does anyone shower??? When? I've been trying to get us on some kind of schedule, and plan for James birthday and keep my sanity all at the same time. I'm just really grateful it cooled down for a little bit, 80's I can handle, anything else…no thank you. A couple days ago we went to an indoor playground around our area. It was so sweet seeing an almost one year old James. He was climbing everywhere and trying to ride the cars and throwing the balls around. Then he wanted in the jumper. He had a blast. I was happy to because it broke up our day a bit and they were able to play and get the wiggles out so we could get home for some dinner, bath and bedtime.
These boys are already tackling each other. magical playground magical playground I called this dino Sarah from land before time. The kids didn't know what I was talking about but I did. :) magical playground magical playground


happy 4th

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Just a couple of brothers wishing you and your family a Happy 4th of July!

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tiny cones

starbucks Ugh summer, I like you but why oh why do you have to reach 99 degrees? I'm so happy these past few days have also had humidity too…just kidding, I hate that! So guess what? I started taking a Zumba class! I've never tried Zumba before and I think I was a little intimated at first of not being able to follow along. I realized all I needed to do was to go to the back! Problem solved! I really want my sister to go with me but in a way I'm glad I was by myself cause when i did lose my place during the workout I just jumped back in, if my sister was there I would probably laugh. After Zumba one day when it was already 88 at 11 am, we all indulged in just a little ice cream cone. Really honestly, the tiny ice cream cones from Trader Joe's, aren't they the sweetest size. Just enough for a taste with no guilt afterwards! I've been really wanting to try the cauliflower rice from Trader Joe's but can you believe the 3 times I've gone to get it, its been sold out!! I feel like I'm gonna go to someone else's freezer and they'll have bags and bags. I'm not pictured in this post because I stayed a sweaty mess until maybe 2pm. I think I showered at that time but before that I was NOT picture ready. Whatever my sister and I look a lot alike. :) starbucks starbucks James is still to small right now for ice cream. I do plan on letting him have some sweets on his first birthday but for now we let him play with otter pops. He enjoys putting the outside in his mouth and that keeps him pretty satisfied. On a side note: you'll also be happy to know that my pile of laundry behind James is actually all washed and put away! starbucks starbucks starbucks



starbucks James has 6 teeth and is now 11 months old. I've started to give him some food that requires a little chewing. It's so funny because with Ardo I followed more guidelines, with James I've been using more intuition but when it comes to chewing food, I'm not sure how much intuition I have with solid food so I've started with soft solids and going from there. I use a food processor or the baby bullet to make most of James' food. I have a really hard time getting a consistency with blender types because I've wanted his food a little more chunky. Nuby sent me this Mash and Feed to try out and use when I prepare James' food. I immediately loved how I can prepared-store-feed all using the same bowl. That is a huge plus for me because I hate washing dishes! starbucks It has a nice easy grip to mash the food. I chose bananas because they are so easy and in the event James got a piece of banana a little too big he would be able to chew it and get it down easily. A few pieces of banana and then I got to mashing. I decided to add two strawberries too because James loves strawberries. starbucks After a only about 5 minutes I had the bananas and strawberries to exactly the consistency that would agree with James' boys teeth. starbucks And done. It was so easy and no need to take out any blenders and blades and cups. starbucks James finished most of his fresh breakfast but since he didn't finish the whole thing I just put the lid back on it and back into the fridge it goes. Easy to use and easy storage. Oh did I mention it also comes with a spoon? Ardo wants to help me make James' food too, he's my helper and he'll probably make a mashy mess!

*Nuby sent me this product to review but all opinions are my own.