Amazon Prime Deal Picks

HAPPY AMAZON PRIME DEAL DAYS! June 15th and 16th Amazon is running so awesome deals on all things from electronics,home, fashion, health and beauty, and everything in between. Since there is SO many great deals I have gone through and laid out some of my favorite picks. I focused mainly on items for baby, because this is a great time to stick up on basics, especially if you are preparing for a new baby! I have categorized items into toys, diapering, clothes, feeding and food. The prices are listed under the picture. If you just click on the picture it should take you to the link on Amazon if you want to purchase any items. I hope you find this list helpful as you embark on your Amazon Deal Days journey!

*this is for Prime Members.*

Toys

$15.99.

$18.99

$10.29
$24.99
$10.54
$19.99 Amazon Exclusive
$29.99
$8.74

Diapering

$46.61
$49.99
$29.61
$9.98
Diaper and Wipes combo- $45.00

$20.99

$9.64
$59.99- this is the diaper bag I have
$29.99

Baby clothes

$22.99
$22.99

$29.99

$34.99

$15.99

$15.00

$15.50

$21.99

$21.99
$30.00
$13.96

$19.26

Feeding

$10.39
$29.99
$14.39
$11.99
$29.99
$30.42

Food

Pack of 6- $20.49
Pack of 8- $18.78

$12.06

$22.47
$23.99
$22.78

To My Postpartum Body

A love letter to my postpartum body:

There are so many things that I want to say to you. I want to say Thank You, I’m Sorry and I love you. I watched you preform the most magical act I have ever seen. You transformed into a strong cocoon, blossomed and released a beautiful butterfly, made from your own flesh. And for that I am forever grateful.

So I say Thank You. Thank you for bringing heaven to earth, in the form a sweet little angel named Elliott Grace. I used to believe that miracles rarely ever happened, and that I would never experience one of my own. And then I watched a miracle unfold right before my eyes. It was not always easy, and some days I wished it all was over, but I would never trade this precious gift for anything in the world.

I’m sorry, I am sorry for wasting so much time wishing you looked different. I am sorry for all of the horrible things I said about you, while you were transforming in order to grow my baby girl. I am sorry for not appreciating you more. When I look at you, I see a beautiful road map, with evidence of the amazing journeys you have gone on. Stretching and moving, changing to fit my little angel.

I love you. Even with all of the “flaws” , I love you. You have amazed me for months now. You have done some of the most incredible acts and you took it all in strides. You have shown me just how strong you are, and how strong I am. You have given me grace in my times of change. When I felt like I couldn’t go on, you proved to me that I can. You stood firm and protected me from not one, but two falls. I never appreciated you as much as I do now. I promise to take better care of you, and allow you the grace you have shown me. You will never be the same way you were before this amazing journey, but I am so grateful for you now.

When I run my fingers over you, I can feel every mark, every stretch and it takes me back to those first days. The first time I felt that little bump. The first time I heard my little girls racing heartbeat. The first time I felt my baby move inside of me. You are my constant reminder of where you have been, and while these marks may fade, my memory of your selflessness will not.

To my postpartum body,

Thank you, I am Sorry, I love you 💕

My Top 5 Must Have Baby Registry Items

Picture this: You have just found out that you are having a baby. You are standing at the store with one of those registry guns. You look upon the aisles and aisles of baby items. You feel like an alien looking around, in a foreign land, with foreign objects. That is exactly how I felt while standing in Buy Buy Baby, preparing to start my registry. So, for the mothers to be out there, I am here to lend some advice. Below are my top five “must have” baby registry items. These are the things that my husband and I use EVERY SINGLE DAY, and probably wouldn’t survive without. The link to find each item is under each picture for your convenience!

1. Project Nursery Dreamweaver Smart Nightlight

This is the PERFECT three in one device! It is a nightlight, sound machine, and Bluetooth speaker. We have been using the Dreamweaver from the day that we brought Elliott home. The nightlight is just bright enough that I can see Elliott in her side crib at night, and the ocean sounds are the perfect sound to sooth her to sleep. The Bluetooth is simple to connect to all devices, including Elliott’s record player. I could rave about how much I love this machine ALL DAY LONG! I highly recommend.

2. Graco Duet Sway Swing/Rocker

We bought this swing/ rocker at Babies R Us during their big closing sale. It has been one of the best baby purchases we made. Elliott loved sitting in the swing and staring at the Christmas tree until she falls asleep. The swing has many settings to help comfort baby. The seat comes off VERY easily and Elliott can sit on the kitchen island while I do the dishes, make bottles, or prepare dinner. She LOVES it, and because it is a 2-in-1, the living room has remained uncluttered (for now).

3. Graco Pack and Play

So far, because Elliott is only two months old, the only features we have used of this pack and play, are the changing table and bassinet. My husband and I LOVE how convenient the changing table is because we do not have to risk an accident on the couch or rug when changing Elliott’s diaper. The bassinet is perfect for laying Elliott in when she is sleeping, and I can get in a quick shower! We plan to utilize the higher mattress setting when we travel and need somewhere for Elliott to sleep.

4. Even-Flo Modular Travel System

Can you tell how much I love multi use devices? I mean I’ll take whatever makes mom life just a little bit easier. You can use this stroller system six different ways. As a carriage, toddler seat or with the infant car seat. I love how the infant seat fits right into the base, so getting in and out of the car is quick. The base is light and snaps close easily. I leave the carriage/ toddler seat in the garage and use it when I want to take Elliott for a walk around the neighborhood. There is also a cup holder attachment for but parent and child. AND I love the classic Sandstone color, but that is just preference.

5. Boppy Pillow

My final must have is a Boppy pillow. Are you surprised to know that there are multiple uses for a Boppy? I use it when feeding Elliott, it wraps comfortable around my waist and I can lay Elliott on it while feeding. It helps save my from aching. I lay it on the couch next to me while I pump. Elliott can also lay with her belly across the top for tummy time. It also makes a great seat under different fabrics for photo shoots 😉 I have the adorable mermaid slip cover you see in the picture as well. Someone asked me if I really needed a specific pillow for the baby and my answer was YES! It is a MUST!

The main things I looked for when registering for items, especially the big items, were convenience and multi use capabilities. Babies transition a lot during their first year of life, so why not have items that grow with your child? I hope that you have found this list helpful, especially if you are just as lost as I was! Happy registering momma!

Why I Decided to Exclusively Pump

Alternative Options to Breastfeeding

When I found out that I was going to be a mother, I was faced with a thousand and one decisions. Each decision harder than the next. The biggest choice a mother has to make is whether to breastfeed or formula feed. Each choice is 100% valid, and we as a society need to stop shaming mothers who formula feed! Instead, let’s lift each other up, support each mother’s feeding decisions and move on with our lives. Mothering is hard enough, without feeling guilty for each decision you make.


“Each choice is 100% valid, and we as a society need to stop shaming mothers who formula feed! “

There were so many benefits of breast milk, that deciding to breast feed was the easiest choice I made. Even though the decision was easy, actually breastfeeding was not. My mother did not breastfeed, and I did not grow up around babies that were breastfeed, so I was under a very naive belief that it was going to come naturally. I mean isn’t that what society tells a mother, breastfeeding is easy and if it isn’t, you aren’t trying hard enough. First of all, let’s just crush that misconception right here and now, breastfeeding IS HARD. No matter what some mothers do, it just doesn’t happen, and they end up deciding to formula feed. A lot of mothers feel unnecessarily guilty when they decide to quit breast feeding. I am here to tell any mother out there, you are doing great and you are making the right thing for YOUR child!

In my last few months of pregnancy I attended birthing classes, and a Breastfeeding 101 class at the hospital I was delivering at. At that 101 class, the Doula was very adamant that we all try to nurse as soon as our babies were born. So when my daughter, Elliott, was born that is exactly what I did. I was very excited to start nursing and create that bond with Elliott. However, my enthusiasm was met with disappointment. Elliott was unable to latch properly and I had to use a nipple shield in order to help draw out my nipple. For the next two days in the hospital, even with the assistance of the nipple shield, my little one still had trouble latching. The hospital lactation consultant (LC) taught me how to hand express so that I could give my daughter that coveted “liquid gold” or colostrum.


“First of all let’s just crush that misconception right here and now, breastfeeding IS HARD. No matter what some mothers do, it just doesn’t happen, and they end up deciding to formula feed. “

By the time we left the hospital, my daughter had lost more than 10% of her birth weight. We left the hospital on a Friday and had to return to the pediatrician the next day. On our way to the doctor, I realized that my breasts were engorged, which is extremely painful if you have never experienced the feeling. Again, the lactation consultant at the office showed my different ways to position my baby to assist her in latching. She also instructed me to pump when we got home, even though they do not recommend pumping that soon after giving birth. Most LC tell moms to wait until nursing is established before pumping, as to not create nipple confusion in their babies.

This was the first time that I realized how much easier pumping was for me and my daughter. My first pump I got about 4 oz of milk, but my daughter was only drinking 2 oz a feeding. I was shocked that my body was producing so much extra milk. Even though pumping was easier, I stayed determined to nurse. A week went by and latching was still an issue, I was becoming engorged but this time I had developed chapped nipples. I called the pediatrician in a panic because I feared my baby was not getting any milk. The on call nurse reassured me that because she was still going to the bathroom that she was okay, and to continue to work on latching. I went into the doctors the next day to have a weight check, and Elliott was still not gaining weight. Again, I was encouraged to keep on trying to nurse. That night, while trying to feed Elliott, I looked down and she had blood coming out of the corners of her mouth. When I pulled her off the nipple, there was blood pooled in the nipple shield. At that moment I decided to pump and feed her.

The next day I posted in a mommy Facebook group, asking for advice on what to do. Oddly enough, my old sorority advisor, told me that she had the same issues and she EP or Exclusively Pumped. I quickly jumped on the internet to research everything I could about exclusive pumping. There was very little information on the internet, most things I found were other blog posts, or mom chat groups. Most of the things I learned about Exclusive Pumping came from an Instagram account – pump_momma_pump , you have to check them out if you do or are considering EP. After all my research, I made the decision that I was going to exclusively pump, and feeding my baby has never been the same.

So how does exclusive pumping work for me? Well, I bottle feed Elliott from reserved milk I previously pumped. Then once she is done feeding, I pump until I am completely empty. It is very important that I pump each time she feeds, in order to help up build my supply. I put the pumped milk into bottles and store the extra in the fridge. Once I have a large reserve, I freeze the extra. Within a week, my supply has been established, I have six 4 oz bottles in the fridge at all times, and I am building my frozen reserve milk. The great thing about exclusive pumping is that for nightly feeding, my husband is able to feed Elliott while I pump. That way, we’re only up for about half an hour, as opposed to an hour to an hour and a half. It truly makes parenting a 50/50 effort, and we are able to get more sleep than before. I should preface this by saying that out baby girl is a pretty good sleeper during the night, so I would not say that EP made her a better sleeper, but just helped to expedite the midnight feedings. Like most moms, I often worry that my little one is not getting enough milk, but with EP, I am able to measure out each bottle with the proper amount, and I can visually see that Elliott is getting enough milk. Exclusive pumping is what has worked for my family and I am so grateful of the support I have gotten not only from my husband, but our daughter’s pediatrician as well. At first, I thought that the pediatrician would not support my decision, but instead, she told me that she exclusively pumped for her son, and that she will EP for her little one on the way!

So, if you are a mother who is trying to make breastfeeding work, and it is just not happening, consider exclusively pumping. It is a great option if you still want to give your baby the benefits of breast milk! Just make sure you invest in a good breast pump because it is going to be your new best friend for the next several months. Happy Pumping Momma! 🙂

Keep an out for a blog post where I discuss some tips and tricks for Exclusive Pumping mommas, and how exclusive pumping works once I go back to work!