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Abel is 6 Months Old Already!

My little squishy, my last baby… it’s going so fast! It’s been an unexpected journey so far… We started out on formula and couldn’t get him happy, he had terrible gas pains, he reacted badly to Enfamil so we tried Similac Sensitive. He would only drink 1 ounce every few hours and the doctors were worried, turned out he couldn’t latch the bottles correctly. I switched to Mam Anti colic bottles and they worked great! He was still having tummy trouble with the formula so I decided to breastfeed.. he was 2 weeks old when I did it for the first time and my milk came back fairly easily. I realize I am very lucky. He took to the breast better than he ever did the bottle and started gaining like a champ.

Colic. He was gaining fine but crying like he was in pain almost all day long if not being actively soothed or fed. It was exhausting, we would make appointments to see the pediatrician and he would be mesmerized by the florescent lighting. I would feel so incompetent as a parent explaining how he’s always screaming as he’s being so good, then get home and he’s back to crying.

Finally at 16 weeks I was told to try going dairy free. 3 days later he ended up in the hospital with bronchiolitis (I think that’s the word!) and while in the hospital he was an angel.. the peds doctor that saw him gave me tons of advice on being dairy and soy free. I thought maybe he was being so good was he was too sick, but he was smiling and loving all the nurses. We were released at 17 weeks old and 17lbs due to fluids. The colic never returned!

By 5 months his potty symptoms hadn’t resolved and he was reacting to hidden dairy and soy so I decided to wean him off breastfeeding to formula full time again due to his doctors recommendation . I had no plans to breastfeed but this has been so heartbreaking for me. He was the easiest baby to breastfeed so far even with his latch issues. He just loved it. I got him on Similac Alimentum (so gross, yes I tried it) and he’s doing ok, but he still has the potty symptoms. He doesn’t get the issues from me messing up my diet so that’s the only plus. We will need another appointment to talk about trying the next step of formula.

As for milestones, he learned to roll the week he turned 6months, and now he’s all over! He’s not sitting or trying to crawl yet, but he’s so observant he’s happy to just take things in. I’m not stressing milestones like my older kids.. I’m on Abel time!

 

 

How to “Survive” a Hospital Stay with Your Little

I have had 4 out of 6 of these kids in the hospital at some point. Most of them were breathing related (RSV/pneumonia) so I wasn’t prepared, but when number 3 had a bunch of surgeries I knew what to bring!

I’ve never had to stay for more than a week in the hospital with one of my children, and I count myself lucky for that. (And so blessed they came back home with me)..But there are some things I don’t think I could have “survived” without.

1) Cell phone charger. If you’re like me, you like a charged cell phone all the time. And when your little love bug is sleeping and you’re awake stressed out there is only so much day time cable you can handle. Facebook and Amazon shopping to the rescue! Keep an extra charger in your glovebox or purse and only use it for emergencies, or pack one in your bag if it’s a planned stay.

2) Snacks. I like to eat, my kids like to eat (if they are allowed!) Nothing is worse than not wanting to leave the room where your precious child is hurt or sick, but you haven’t eaten since yesterday. I pack a bunch of trail mix if we are having a planned hospital stay. Tastes great and has the stuff to keep you going. Our hospitals provide drinks.

3) A new toy. On our last trip to children’s hospital we had no idea if it was going to be an overnight stay or just a consultation. We decided to stop at the dollar store and pick out a few things for our then 7 year old to keep busy with that didn’t require too much movement or noise 😉

4) Extra clothes. Make sure you have a full change of clothing for you and your SO if applicable. A one night stay can easily turn into a few days and Monday’s yoga pants might not feel so fresh after a couple nights.

5) A book or kindle. Because even the good ol’ internet gets old.

6) Your toothbrush. Yes, most hospitals will gladly give you one..but in the land of $7 Band-Aids..it might be better safe than sorry if you don’t have amazing coverage. Plus hospital toothpaste is really really gross.

7) Shampoo and a towel. I have made do with what the hospital has so far except for when I’m there having a baby. So if you are picky about what you use in the shower, bring your own!

 

Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream w/Recipe

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When I first heard about Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream, I’ll admit I was skeptical. Other brands add things to their condiments (example: mayo) to keep the consistency and then the flavor is off! Daisy delivered by only having pure sour cream! I love sour cream, and use it a lot when cooking and to top off meals, but I hate when you need a second scoop and someone gets food in with the sour cream! SO GROSS!! This squeezable Daisy sour cream eliminates the cross contamination aspect and makes my life easier! No more finding mold inside the lid because your kid set a spoon with hamburger meat on the lid. The squeezable package is also really easy to handle, you don’t accidentally get too much! The size is perfect for a few meals & would be great for bringing on a picnic where you will be barbecuing! I’m sold for life, and so glad the price is right!!! ($2.49 at my local Safeway).

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Recipe for the yummy potato burritos I made for breakfast this morning using Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream.

I was cooking for three adults and had already fed the kids cereal, so adjust amounts for what you will need for your family.

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Ingredients:

  • Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream
  • Salt, Pepper, Oregano flakes (or whatever you like to season with)
  • Potatoes cubed/chopped (I used about 8 of various sizes)
  • 1 can of nacho cheese (you can use regular shredded, I was lazy)
  • 1 large scallion chopped (easy sub would be green onions)
  • 1/2 large onion chopped (not shown)
  • minced garlic to taste
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • Salsa
  • Pack of tortillas

Heat some oil in a large skillet on medium/high. Chop the potatoes and add to skillet. Season potatoes I used salt, pepper, and oregano flakes. Flip/stir the potatoes for about 10 minutes making sure they are evenly coated and not sticking to the pan. Put the jalapeno and garlic into a food processor if wanted to make a nice finely chopped mixture and add to the skillet. Add the scallion and onions as well. Mix the potatoes well and lower food to a simmer, place lid on skillet and let simmer for 15 min flipping potatoes every few minutes to keep from sticking. Add cheese and some salsa and simmer for 5 more minutes making sure mixture is even. Test potatoes to make sure evenly cooked.

Spoon potato mixture onto a warmed tortilla, squeeze desired amount of Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream on top, fold into a burrito, add more sour cream on top. Salsa is great to have on the side to dip bites into.

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Cruz really enjoyed eating his burrito, he kept having us add more Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream on top of his, and we finally had to cut him off when we caught on he had stopped eating and was just licking the sour cream off the top!

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I was provided a coupon through Bzz Agent to try this product for free. This post is not sponsored by Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream, but the product was provided for the sole purpose of me providing an honest and unbiased review.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers- Meat Free

I saw a friends post about turkey stuffed poblanos, so I decided to make my own! It took some trial and error, but today I think I got it! Check it out and make your own recipe! It’s fun, and yummy 😉

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Preheat oven:

  • 375 degrees F.

Ingredients:

  • 2 poblano peppers (pasilla in some stores)
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 1/2 avocado
  • cilantro to taste- I used about 1/3 cup I think
  • cheddar cheese- I used 2 slices off a 1lb block
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Your favorite seasoning- I used Creole Cajun Seasoning its my favorite
  • 2oz cream cheese
  • Salsa to taste

Supplies:

  • Small baking dish
  • Food processor or similar
  • paring knife- lets be honest I just used a steak knife

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tops off the peppers leaving a “bowl” shape underneath, remove the stems and seeds.
  2. Place the peppers in the microwave (all 4 pieces) for 3 minutes to soften them.
  3. Chop up the top halves of the pepper, onions, cilantro, and softened cream cheese in a food processor. Once blended add the avocado (chopped), and seasoning.
  4. Shake the moisture off the bottom half of the peppers and place in baking dish. Place the cheddar cheese in the bottom.
  5. Spoon the blended mixture on top the the cheese until they are full.
  6. Add the optional salsa on top of the mixture if desired.
  7. Top it all off with shredded mozzarella, amount up to you!
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, longer if you like your cheese more melted.
  9. EAT IT ALL!!

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The Best Soup Everrrr! Chicken Pot Pie Soup!!

I like to give credit where credit is due! This is the link from Cooking Classy that was shared to me on Facebook, my life is forever changed!!! Seriously I have never made something that blew my mind like this…it is exactly what I have been craving for years, and nothing in a can comes close. It is so creamy and delicious, without being too rich IMO.

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I’m going to copy paste the recipe that is in the Cooking Classy link above, but change what I did different. I don’t have an enameled cast iron pot etc..so I’m making it a bit more basic. I will put ** for my input.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 4 – 6 servings **Was enough for me to have a few bowls, and 5 kids each had a bowl…poor hubby is coming home to half a bowl haha

Ingredients

  • 20 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded into bite size pieces**5 chicken breast tenders were perfect for me! I boiled them while doing my prep work. Then used the same pot to cook the soup in.
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 small onion)**I used half a large white
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)**4 stalks
  • 1 cup peeled and diced carrots (about 2 carrots)**I used baby carrots for ease, I just chopped until it matched the amount of celery.
  • 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth**I did 16oz (2 cups)
  • 2 cups (heaping) peeled and 1/2-inch diced russet potatoes (2 medium potatoes)**3 potatoes didn’t measure.
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream**I guess heavy whipping cream is heavy cream according to google, it worked out!
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice** I just squeezed a lemon over the pot lol

Directions:

**I boiled my chicken tenders while doing the prep work, once my prep work was done I removed the tenders and put them in a large bowl. I used seasoning salt to flavor the meat. I shredded the meat with two forks while waiting for the potatoes to be done.

 

 

  • In a large pot, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add in onion, carrot and celery and saute 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, potatoes, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, (press veggies down into broth) cover with lid, and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 15 – 25 minutes (**20 min was perfect for me!). Reduce heat to low and stir in chicken and peas.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter. Stir in flour and cook mixture, stirring constantly for 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat while stirring constantly, then remove from heat and stir in cream. Pour and stir milk mixture into mixture in pot. Stir in lemon juice.

 

Huge shout out to Cooking Classy for having an easy to understand delicious recipe! I am making this for Mother’s Day on Sunday and needed to make sure it was good before I served it! So glad I did! I am also just making normal biscuits with sea salt and rosemary instead of the yummy ones she posted! Be sure to check her page out for more cooking ideas!

I also prepped my veggies for a double batch for Sunday, and stuck them in the freezer 🙂

My pictures:

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I was so proud of my soup I shared this on Instagram:

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Mommy-Con Seattle Overview

Mommy-Con Seattle WA

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Mommy-Con Seattle was so fun! My friend Mindi went with me and we had way too much fun, and spent way too much on a simple lunch at the Marriott hotel.

IMG_0723We had a lot of fun walking through the vendor booths and we learned quite a lot! One of our favorite booths was the Barrier Blankets from Poppiez Love on Etsy. We ended up circling back quite a few times to rub the soft blankets, it was fun!  Babies’R’Us was there and had an epic drawing for a GB Pockit Stroller, Crane Humidifier, and a few other fun things. I was not lucky enough in that drawing but we both got lucky on a few things! The pockit stroller looks great because it folds to 12″x12″ and would be great for traveling.

imageI was slightly traumatized by the diva cup section, there was a ton of laughter as moms walked by and saw the selection of bags you could purchase for $7.50. P*ssy Plug, Clot Goblet, or Period Bucket. Totally funny, but not really kids appropriate in my opinion so I abstained haha, I don’t need more awkward questions but these are totally on my next white elephant list for Christmas!!!

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I went halfsies on a muslin blanket set with my friend. It was the SwaddleDesigns Set of 2 Muslin Swaddle Blankets, Hogs and Kisses! I can’t resist hedgehogs ever since I bought my sons first Gymboree outfit 8 year ago that had one on it! I didn’t need two blankets so luckily she wanted the other one!!

 

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We both came away with a good amount of loot, and had a much needed moms day out! It was totally worth it, and I even won an additional Crane humidifier 2 weeks ago from a drawing they did after the event! So now the owl is on the way to me as well. I won the BABYBJORN Bouncer in the last drawing of the night, that was epic! They gave away so much cool stuff! One mom won a breastpump just for cheering randomly! It was great! Other prizes were Orbit car seats, Evenflo Breastpumps (totally want one!!), Chicco booster & nextfit, gift sets, and a bunch more great stuff!

After the giveaways they gave out the extra goodie bags, so that was awesome, they loaded  us up with as much as we could carry! I will probably be giving away a Kiinde set soon 😉

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Happy 2nd Birthday Cruz!!

Cruz turned 2 in January, but we finally got around to his party. I thought I would share some pictures of his special day!

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Before the party he insisted on his superman cape and Santa hat, luckily I was able to lure him into a different outfit with a bath!

We had a Micky Mouse party, he is Micky obsessed right now. He is my first child to love Micky Mouse so I haven’t gone too insane yet from the theme song.

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His smash cake was delicious, I never eat cake unless it is really good, so I was glad he let me eat a corner of it! I was told his regular cake was really great too, but his smash cake had whipped cream frosting and that’s where it’s at for me haha. He had a great day even though only one family with kids came, that’s when us already having 5 kids in the family is really handy!

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Puppy Update! Zeus the bully..5 months old

IMG_20160114_124339Zeus has been Veterinarian free for a month! He needs to go in for one more leg casting I think, but we are waiting until income-tax so we can pay off our remaining bill and pre-pay the rest of his treatments. Zeus has grown by leaps and bounds and is over the 20lb mark now! Crazy considering he was 3lbs at 2.5 months old or so.

 

Life with a puppy is crazy..he has chewed up one of our support columns on the front porch..the husband is not too thrilled since we just bought this house in August…He has also swallowed one of my 5 year old’s mittens whole and then threw it up during breakfast. My son found of his lego characters heads in Zeus’s poop, he grabbed a glove and fished it out and sanitized it (hopefully). Seriously this puppy is giving me grey hair!

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He has overall changed so much! One of his ears now flops down, I think his dads ears were like this so I am not sure if its genetics or if one of the bigger dogs was too rough on him during play. It seemed to have happened over night, so who knows.

That is all I can think of to update right now, I hope you enjoy the puppy spam!!

PUPPY LOVE!!!

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Silicone Baby Bottles

Masmuki’s Breastfeeding Bottles:

These bottles are a great set to grow with your child. My main complaint about the bottles are that they came with no instructions. I boiled them before use since they came in a half opened bag and I didn’t want to take any risks. The “slow flow” nipple is actually fast flow in my case, my son can squeeze the bottle and soak himself in seconds. The sippy nipple is pretty nice, he will actually use it with no issues. The bottle set comes with what seems like a million pieces so you can change out the handles to a classic style bottle. I have attached a video on how to change those out. The little white pick things are for helping get the seal over the top of the rim, but I have found I can do it easily with just my hands. The set also came with what I assumed to be plastic rims to keep the seal closed, and it does the job so hopefully that’s what it was for! My son will be 2 in just under two months so he is not interested in the baby puree spoon attachment, so I am going to see if I can get another nipple to fit in there. I received this set free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Xtreme Canteen- 32oz Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated, 18/8 Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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I am not a good water drinker, as in AWFUL! I won’t drink water for a week at a time…so bad. Well this has made water so much better for me! I swear the water tastes better out of this, I have a thing about plastic..I won’t drink out of it, so this is amazing! Plus my water stays cold ALL DAY LONG. I did a test run and put ice in at 3:30 and kept adding new water as needed. When I went to bed at 11, my ice was still in there! It was melted when I woke up the next day, but the water was still colder than room temperature. The canteen is easily washed with soap and water, no need to put in the dishwasher. I love the Tiffani Blue color, it’s nice to look at. Overall I am just so happy to have gotten this canteen water bottle, it really has changed how I drink water, I’m thirsty just writing this now! I received this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Check this out on amazon HERE

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