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4 Month Update and Photos

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Today my “not so little” boy is turning 4 months old. I’m definitely crying on the inside. Time has gone by like a blink of the eye. I want to go back in time to February 7th at 1:32a.m. The very second he was welcomed into the world. I want to go back to the very second I held him in my arms, and felt an instant love. I want to go back to our first night at home, the anxious feeling of whats to come. But I know I can’t go back. There are so many wonderful things ahead of us, and I wait with anticipation of what’s to come.

Weight: 13 LBS

Height: 24 IN

Rolling Over: Yes! From stomach to back and back to stomach. He’s master the stomach to back, and is working hard on back to stomach

Sleep: His sleep has gotten so much better, for the past week and a half he’s STTN. He goes to bed around 8am and wakes at 5-6am.                            Thanks God for his daddy, because I’m not a morning person, AT ALL! He’s moved into is his room. I thought I would be scared to                 have him be alone, but he sleeps so much better in there.  We still swaddle him, but plan on stopping soon.

Food: He’s been eating formula only for the past 2 months. The other day I wanted to see if he would take the boob again, perhaps for                     closure, but he screamed every time I tried. So there’s my closure I guess. He started solids  and loves it. He’s had bananas,                              butternut squash, rice, and oatmeal. I’ve made all of the baby food myself, which I plan to continue to do.I just use a grinder then               freeze it in ice-cube trays, and store it in dated containers. It’s so simple to just go warm it up and feed him. He’s eating 5oz every 3-             4hours, if we give him more he’ll end up spitting up.

Teeth: None yet, but he’s definitely teething. He’s a total drool-face, and eats his hands all day.

Likes: Staring in the mirror, Sophie, t.v, this fingers, his feet, being outside, his paci, he laughs when you stick your tongue out at him,                    being held, baths and the ABC song

Dislikes: Getting dressed, diaper changes, being put down, being the backseat alone (so driving alone has become a challenge), massages

Favorite toys: Teething book, Sophie, and his Wubby

Here are his 4 month photos we took today. Now I’m off to finish whiting my teeth with Crest White Strips and go to bed! This mama is tired!

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((CLOSED))Giveaway Time! $25 Target Gift Card plus MORE

This is my very first giveaway, and I’m so happy to do it. All this week I talked about products I love as a new mom. Now I want to share some of  them with you. You will have the chance to win:

*Johnson and Johnson First Touch Gift Set which includes: Baby Shampoo 7 FL OZ Head-To-Toe Baby Wash- 9 FL OZ Baby Lotion- 9 FL Oz Desitin Rapid Relief Diaper Rash Cream 2 FL OZ.

*The Happiest Baby on the Block By Harvey Karp, M.D.

*$25 Gift Card to Target.

The giveaway will end June 15, 2011 at 6pm EST

I will contact the winner via email June 16th. If I don’t hear back from you within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

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7 Days of Sensational Finds and a Giveaway?!?

Starting this week, everyday I will talk about 1 or 2 products I love as a new mom.  I’m by no means a mommy pro, but I do have a few items that I love and want to recommend for any new mom. I did so much research and reading on different baby products and the book “The girlfriends’ guide to baby gear” by Vicki Iovine really gave me a realistic ideas of what’s actually necessary. So definitely check that book out if your pregnant and want some pointers. Once the baby comes home you will see what works best for you and them but here’s a couple of things that I swear by, and still use at 4 months old.

:Side Note: Next Sunday I wanted to do a giveaway of some of the products I mention. I’m not sure if anyone would want to enter but if you would want to do please comment below so I can go out this week and purchase them. Then on Sunday I would post all the details. So, comment below if a giveaway is something your into! Now back to what I was talking about!

1. Pampers Swaddler diapers– I read that you should buy a few different brands just incase your Little One (LO) was allergic, but I didn’t know that some diapers just leak for the hell of it. Huggies is one brand for us that just leak! It happens often with boys. We had about 100 that I  had to give to my sister who’s having a baby girl. Pamper Swaddler  also comes in sensitive, and doesn’t have the Dry Max that can cause irritation for some. I just love the swaddlers. They have the wetness indicator on the front of the diaper so if they are wet you can tell with just looking and not have to do the “sniff test”. Pampers has a great program Gifts That Grow, almost all the products you buy have codes located on them.  You can redeem them online for points, once you accumulate different amounts of points you can get free things. I’m all about free things, so I love it. I definitely think Pampers Swaddlers’ are the way to go for boys.

2. The Soothie– This is the best pacifier. When Baby B was in the hospital they gave us this pacifier to use and he’s used it ever since. Of course I went out and brought all the cute pacifiers that say ” MY MOMS HOT”. He just won’t use them. They have a more round shaped nipple. The Soothie is more like mothers’ nipple, slim and long. The colors aren’t fun at all. Blue, Pink, and green is all you’re getting. One cool “accessory” sold for your soothie is a  Wubbanub Plush Pacifier Toys. It’s a Soothie attached to a stuffed animal, which is a genius idea. Baby B is constantly spitting out the pacifier in his sleep, I’ll have to go and put it back in his mouth once he starts to cry. The stuffed animal rests on your LO chest so they can’t lose the paci so easily.  You have to buy it already attached which kind of sucks, but they are just too cute not to have.These two are a must!

Here’s our daily pictures from yesterday (5/28) and today (5/29).

5/28 Hanging outside in his Bumbo

He loved eating ‘nanas! He did so well with them, but made a funny face when the flash went off.

Baby B and his cousin Gia. They kept staring at each other, looking really confused. They’re exactly 4 months apart.

My handsome boy enjoying a BBQ with family and friends.

Exfoliate 101

Some people have questions on why you should exfoliate and how often. I believe that exfoliation is a key part in any skin care routine. It doesn’t matter if you have dry, oily, sensitive, or mature skin there are different products out there for every skin type. Exfoliate means to remove a layer of skin in flakes or scales. The skin is the largest organ on the body, which means that new cells are always replacing old cells. The old dead cells get pushed up and flake off, which causes dry skin. By exfoliating you sloth off the dead skin cells and makes room for the new healthy skin cells. Over exfoliating is something that you don’t want to do because it can irradiate the skin and cause redness, premature wrinkles, and dryness.

Why should you exfoliate?

You should exfoliate to clear your pores of dirt and oil. When you wear make-up or even just go outside for a jog with no makeup, the chances of you getting dirt and oil into your pores is more than likely. If you was your face daily you are washing the dirt off, but you can’t always get in as deep to clean as well. This gives you more of a chance to get breakouts and blackheads even with daily face washing. Another reason to exfoliate is to give your skin a healthy glow. When you remove head skin cells you are allowing the new fresh cells to be exposed there for, making your skin glow. And who wouldn’t want that J-Lo glow?

How often should I exfoliate?

You should exfoliate 1-3 times per week depending on your skin and also the product. If you have sensitive skin you are going to use a gentler exfoliator and only use that 1-2 times per week. I myself have oily skin so I need to use one that is coarser. I use mine about 3 times per week depending on the season. In winter I exfoliate more often because my skin tends to be a little drier than summer. In the summer I tend to get oilier because it’s hotter and more humid, so I do it about twice a week. I suggest starting off 1 time per week and if your skin doesn’t become irritated than the following week add another day into your routine

Which product should I buy?

I can only speak for myself and what works well for me, but there are so many different brands that are great. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can find drugstore brands that work good and department stores that work even better. Here are just a few that I like and want to share with you; my personal favorite that I use is Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub, it’s for oily skin and costs about $28.00. Lancôme Exfoliance Confort is for all skin types and cost $32.00. St Ives Apricot Scrub for Oily Skin is a good drugstore brand that has the coarser granules and salicylic acid, the cost is about $5.00. Lastly Laura Mercier Face Polish is a gentle enough to use daily, works with all skin types, and costs $30.00




Adding an exfoliation into your skin care routine is something every women and man should try. I promise that you will be so happy once you find a product that works best with your type of skin. Make sure you really work the product into your skin and rinse thoroughly. If you don’t like it at first, give it another shot it may take a couple times for the results to really shine thru!! Now go out there and start slothing!!!

XoXo