My Little Star-Spangled Baby.

Marina22Marina will be 3 months old tomorrow. It is hard to believe how quickly she is growing and how fast time flies.  I have learned quite a bit in the past three months.

I am and will always be on her sleep schedule O.O She has good days and bad days when it comes to sleeping at night and I have found that she is a little night owl. I am hoping to get that schedule rearranged before I start classes in August. I have some early morning classes that I need so sleep at night is going to become necessary. I hope she agrees with me O.O

Make sure you have clothes in different sizes. I’m glad my mother told me to do that instead of buying all that cute newborn or 0-3mth clothing. It does not last long. Even with us being careful with sizes, Marina still had a few outfits she might have worn once or in the case of newborn sizes not at all. She was most comfortable in onsies and I love that they stretch and you can get more use out of them.

You can never have enough receiving blankets! Marina really hated being swaddled after we brought her home. She prefers having her arms and legs free and sleeps better that way. Instead of Marina23using them to swaddle her, I use them as burp cloths.

All diapers are not created equal! I haven’t picked a particular brand to use all of the time because I try to purchase when there are sales and I have coupons, but I have found that sometimes you really get what you pay for and blowouts do happen!

I really have a love-hate relationship with Dr. Brown’s bottles. I love how well they work to reduce air but I really hate the fact that if you make a full 4oz bottle they tend to leak. They are also time consuming to clean. I am using both the Dr. Brown’s and the Latch bottles I received from Munchkin now.

Being a mom is not an easy job. there are long nights and sometimes even longer days. Everything revolves around the needs of the child. I have learned very quickly that time to myself for something as simple as taking a shower is a commodity. But the highlight of my day is holding my daughter, seeing her beautiful smiles and watching her grow and learn. She holds my heart in her tiny little hand and no matter how tough this can be, I love her unconditionally. She is the center of my world.

Review – Munchkin Latch Bottle

 ***Munchkin was nice enough to send me 3 8 oz Latch bottles and a 2 pack of replacement nipples to reviewMarina-Latch.***

When Marina was born, she was having trouble sucking. I had to sit her forward in my lap and hold her in a way that my fingers helped keep her mouth closed around the nipple. The hospital staff recommended I use the disposable nipples provided by them instead of the Dr. Brown’s bottles I had for her. It was very uncomfortable for us both. She had no trouble sucking the soothie provided by the hospital but the disposable nipples were longer than the soothie. When I brought her home from the hospital, I immediately changed to her bottles because the nipples were close to the size of the soothie. She hasn’t had any trouble with them and has been growing like a weed.

What attracted my attention to the Latch bottle was the size and length of the nipple and the way it vents to reduce air and colic. Marina hesitated to latch on the bottle at first because the size and LatchBottlesshape of the nipple is different from her normal bottle, but once she got used to the feel of the nipple, she had no trouble latching on and sucking. The way the nipple moves is awesome. She turns her head a lot to see the things around her while she is eating, so the nipple moving with her is perfect. She has had no trouble with air, nor has she had any colic while using the Latch bottles.

I love that the Latch bottle is easy to clean and put together. The instructions are simple to follow and you can have a bottle made and ready to feed in just a couple of simple steps. The pricing of these bottle is right on par with other anti colic bottles. I definitely would recommend the Latch bottles. They are just as good as the Dr. Brown’s at reducing air and they are so much easier to clean.

 

Check out this cool video on the Latch Bottle features!

You can find out more about the Latch Bottles and other Munchkin products on their website.  Be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up to date on their contests and promotions. If you sign up for emails from Munchkin you will receive a coupon for 10% of your first order.

 

First Shots :(

Marina had her 2 month well baby check up today.  She was 23.5 inches long and her weight was 13 lbs 3 oz, at about the 92nd percentile, so the pediatrician decided to have me start solids. She is more than ready for them. She suggested baby oatmeal and 1st stage fruits and vegetables. Marina had oatmeal and bananas for lunch and loved them. She did very well with the spoon and enjoyed the change in flavor and texture. Poor baby also had to get her first immunizations. Her little legs are sore but she is finally napping in her swing after a dose of Tylenol. I have a feeling it is going to be a long night.  I just wish I could take away her pain :/

 

I Did It!!

CarmenGrad1I am now a high school graduate! I can’t believe I am finally finished. It was a long eventful week. My grandparents came in to town on Wednesday. I had to pick up my report card on Thursday, practice was Friday and my graduation was on Saturday morning. It was hot and crowded so I was a bit worried about both my grandma  and grandpa spending all that time in the heat. We had a cookout at the house to celebrate. Mom and dad made lots of good food. It was great spending the time with my family. My aunt babysat Marina during the graduation so both my parents could attend. Most of the people I trusted to watch her attended the graduation so I was very thankful she offered to watch her :)

Marina is doing very well and has her 2 month appointment next week. She is getting so big. She is now sleeping in her crib instead of the bassinet because she has outgrown it. She really likes the mobile I got her. She loved spending time with her great grandparents. She was all smiles the whole week. She is starting to sleep better some nights but others she still likes to stay awake and just spend time with me. I’m so sleepy all of the time but Mom and Dad are great. They continue to let me get a nap in the mornings so I do get a little catch up sleep.

The next couple of months are going to be busy. I have to finish my college registration and choose classes. I still don’t know what I want to do but I know this is a big step in finding out. I just want to make sure when I am finished with college, that I have a job that will support both Marina and I. It’s a long road but with my supportive family, I know I can do it.