Starting Solids with Nuby

Hi all! Remi turns 6 months on Saturday (what?!), so starting her on solids has been on my mind the last few weeks. We choose to skip cereals and just introduce her around 6 months. I had been looking for a few things to make feeding her easier, and I am here to share a few of my favorite things that I have found!

        

First is this E-Z Squee-z. I have loved this. It is a soft, squeezable silicon bottle that promotes self feeding and is easy for little hands to hold. I simply pour a small amount of pureed food in it and let Remi figure it out. We have used it a few times and it is cute to see her figure out bringing it to her mouth and chewing/sucking on it.

       

My older daughter Saylor has liked using this silicone placemat lately. It sticks to flat surfaces, is dishwasher safe, and she really likes the different sections. Once Remi starts eating more/different foods I will use this for her as well. It is really cute and convenient.

       

Last thing that is perfect for teething and introducing foods is this Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Tray. I love these! They are brilliantly designed. The handle that you hold is the perfect size, and they have a ring catcher thing around the actual popsicle part that is design to catch the drips as it melts. Such a good idea.

Starting foods with you baby is sort of bittersweet, it means they are growing, but it is also fun to have them try new things and learn. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @robynmeacham and enter my giveaway with Nuby!

xo,

Robyn

 

Baby Shower Gift Idea’s for the New Mom

Hi all! I am sure we have all felt the pressure of finding a great gift for a new mom. Especially if you don’t have kids, it can be hard to know what is really needed and useful. Well I am here to let you in on a few products that are a sure hit.

   (this face can be deceiving LOL)

I know when I was a new mom, creating my first baby registry, I didn’t think about putting things like diaper rash creams on it. There are many choices, and I didn’t even think about my baby getting a diaper rash, nonetheless what I would even do for it! After Saylor came, I quickly realized I needed something! Newborns poop literally all the time and their skin is so sensitive, it is pretty much inevitable. I so wish I had some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® to help with my littles sore bum.

   (sore bum= grumpy baby)

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® comes in 2, 4, and 16oz which is perfect for various situations. A large tub for the bathroom, or a small bottle for your diaper bag. It starts healing on contact, and protects the skin by forming an instant barrier. They have an Original and Maximum Strength, which is nice to always have options. All these products are available at Target which is just so, very convenient.

 

Be sure to head to my Instagram to enter my giveaway! Thank you to Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® for sponsoring this post.

xo,

Robyn

Photos by Freckled Photo

Remi’s Nursery Reveal

Well everyone, here it is! Remi’s room is still a work in progress, and at 4 months old, she still isn’t sleeping in there yet. Oh well! Seeing how Saylor never had a “real” nursery (we were in an apartment), I was excited to give Remi her own cute little space. I love girly, classic things and I think that shows in her room. I also wanted to find pieces that I could use for years, and possibly in other rooms down the road, not just as nursery decor.

Let Love Grow sign from August and April, floral headpiece from Mason & Harlow, moccs from Freshly Picked, crib sheet from Copper Pearl, crib from Wayfair, pouf from Target, and gorgeous wallpaper from Milton & King.

  

Acrylic shelves from Amazon, basket from Target, and mirror from Target.

  

Jute rug from Serena & Lily, shag rug and dresser from Ikea.

I can’t wait until Remi starts sleeping in her room and we get use out of her cute crib. I can’t believe how cheap I was able to find such a cute crib! I am also so, so obsessed with the wallpaper accent wall and how it turned out. We ended up hiring someone to put it up for us because it is classic wallpaper that needed to be pasted to the wall, and I wasn’t about to attempt that myself. Her room also gets the best natural light, it really is just a happy, light, and airy room. What do you guys like most about the room? Eventually I will hang the wooden sign up, once I find a few more things I want to commit to hanging up! What are some ideas I could add? Let me know!

xo,

Robyn

Double Stroller Fun with Evenflo

Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

I was so excited to partner with Evenflo on their Minno Twin Double Stroller. Remi hates her car seat, so I was on the hunt for a functional double stroller. What I liked about this Evenflo stroller, is that the girls could be side by side, so Saylor could help Remi, and Remi could see her. I was also looking for something that would be lightweight and easy to fold up. Ain’t nobody got time to lug a big, chunky stroller around with 2 kids.

What I also love about the Minno Twin stroller is how far back the seats recline. Remi doesn’t sit up by herself yet, but I can lay the seat all the way back and she can relax and lay comfortably. It also has rear locking wheels, and a cup holder! Yes please. It is a good looking stroller and easy to push, and will definitely be getting a good amount of use with my 2 girls.

  

I also thought that the side by side strollers were too wide to use, or go through doorways, but that isn’t the case. I was pleasantly surprised that I don’t feel like a “wide load” walking around with this stroller, haha. If you are on the market for a double stroller (or even a single), I highly recommend checking out Evenflo.

Safe Sleep with Halo

Does anyone else’s kid love to be swaddled? Remi will not sleep without being all wrapped up tight. Otherwise her arms always flail around and she’ll wake herself up, it is pretty funny.  Saylor never liked being swaddled, so I have been on the hunt for the perfect swaddle that keeps Remi tight and that she can’t escape out of!

What I love about this Halo Sleepsack Swaddle is that you can swaddle them 3 different ways. As your baby grows, so does this swaddle. It is a soft, breathable material and comes in super cute patterns. I also love that it zips from the bottom up, so you don’t have to unswaddle them completely for diaper changes! I appreciate that Halo is passionate about Safe Sleep situations, and tries to educate us. Their swaddles are made so our babes don’t need any extra blankets…it really gives me peace of mind that Remi is comfortable, warm enough, and not needing anything extra! We need to do our very best to keep our littles safe, and that can start from where and how they sleep. You can find out more about sleep safety HERE.

 

Halo also makes sleep sacks for older kids…and Saylor loves hers! To be honest, I would love one for myself haha. It basically is like a big blanket that you can’t kick off at night. It is such nice material, and you can either tuck their feet in, or keep them out. Saylor has THIS one.

If your baby loves being swaddled, I recommend trying out Halo! What has been your experience with them and their products if you have tried them? Let me know!

xo,

Robyn

Nursing Faves with Bamboobies

I have talked about my love for Bamboobies before, and now that I have been nursing for a month, I’m here to tell you my favorites products and why! I am blessed that nursing has come easy for me, but really great products make it even easier. Since the hospital, I have lived, and I mean lived 24/7, in these nursing tanks. They are soft, so comfortable (not too tight or too loose), and the perfect amount of support. I don’t want to put anything else on.

Their nursing pads are also my favorite. The reusable ones are SO SOFT and “cutesy”, not that it matters, but it helps! And the disposable ones are the perfect size and don’t get all gross after 2 seconds.

The last product that is a must have for me is their boob ease nipple balm. I don’t use it as much as I did my first 2 weeks postpartum, but it is something all nursing mama’s need! I love that it isn’t thick and sticky, and it really helps ease the pain.

Bamboobies totally has us nursing mom’s covered, and they know what they are doing! They can be found at your local Target, and online. You should follow them on IG too, because they always post little sales they are having that you wouldn’t otherwise know about! Go you nursing mama, go!

xo,

Robyn

Parasol Co Diaper & Wipe Subscriptions

Calling all mama’s! I mean honestly, does anyone that isn’t a mom actually read this? Haha…I’m here to introduce you to your new favorite diapers and wipes. I mean this 100% sincerely. I found Parasol Co on Instagram and their cute patterns caught my eye. Click on the image below to find out more!

Having a monthly subscription for diapers and wipes is pretty genius when you’re a busy mom. Not having to think about one less thing, sign me up. The diaper sizing is spot on and I can honestly say that their wipes are my favorite that I have ever used! And I have used most brands. They aren’t too wet, they are large and don’t rip, and have a light, fresh scent. Click on the image below to get information on their subscriptions 🙂 You can also try it for free!

 

Check them out and let me know what you think!

xo,

Robyn

 

As Seen On Shark Tank…Tranquilo Mat!

Shark Tank products are just my favorite. Especially baby gear! When I saw the episode with Tranquilo Mat, I knew I had to have it! The Tranquilo Mat is a soothing mat that mimics the sounds and motions of a mother’s womb. So cool and innovative, and USEFUL! There is actual science behind this product, and was invented by a “crying baby” specialist, who saw a need.

 Saylor loved to use the mat before her baby sis came, haha.

 

Remi likes being held and the mat held against her back. It really is soothing and comforting, I wish they came in adult size, haha! I saw on their social media the other day that they are coming out with cute patterned covers (!!!), so be on the look out for those! I highly recommend this mat, especially for our little babes that have trouble adjusting to the outside world!

Shop and learn about the Tranquilo Mat HERE.

Happy almost weekend!

xo,

Robyn

On The Night You Were Born

As Remi gets close to 2 weeks old, I figured I better sit down and write out her birth story before #mombrain enters full effect. It seems so long ago already, and I can’t believe it has already came and went. I was beyond ready to not be pregnant, and I still can’t believe that I am not anymore! This post is for my own documenting purposes, and I hope that I don’t upset or offend anyone with my story.

So, rewind to about a month ago at my 38 week appointment. I was 3cm dilated and DONE. So uncomfortable, not sleeping, swollen, just ready to have this baby. I asked the midwife casually how long they would let me go over before they would induce me, and she says, “Oh…you have rights you know. Since this isn’t your first baby we can induce you a week early if you would like.” SAY WHAT?! That was music to my ears and just what I wanted to hear. I told her I would talk to my husband and see what he thought, and possibly even pick a day to be induced! What a dream! Lol. So I call Troy and we decide on Thursday, May 25th. That’s a good date. My half birthday, even. So they call me the night before and let me know that I am “on call” (whatever that means) until 10am, and if I don’t hear from them by then to call the hospital. 9:30am rolls around and I get the call! Be here at 10:30! It still didn’t feel real, even as we were walking up to the hospital it didn’t seem real that I was going to have a baby soon.

So by 11:30am I am checked into my room and speaking with the midwives. Pitocin was about to be started, and I chose to hold off on the epidural until things started progressing. I delivered at Mountain Point for those who live in Utah, and I HIGHLY recommend it. I had the best experience there, the hospital is beautiful, the nurses were amazing, and my midwives were awesome. I couldn’t have planned out a better experience. Anyways! Pitocin gets started and it’s pretty uneventful for a 2 hours or so. I think I progressed to a 4, maybe 5, and I was having a good rhythm of contractions, they just weren’t super painful. 3pm hits and I decide to get my epidural so they can break my water. I did not want to feel that! That all goes well, and then about 30 minutes later my blood pressure drops super low. Like 70’s over something. I wasn’t showing any symptoms thankfully, but they wanted to wait to break my water until that came up.

They break my water (they had to do it twice), and it was nothing like I expected. My water broke naturally with Saylor, so that is what I had to compare it to, but I didn’t even know they broke it haha. Epidurals are amazing. Highly recommend. I’m still not progressing as quickly as they’d like, so I’m rolling around and laying with things between my legs to try and get this baby to drop the last little bit.

Then probably around 8:30pm or so, I started getting the feeling! You know, the feeling like you need to poop, haha. I was trying so hard to hold it in because you feel like you have no control over your body and I was nervous about what is was doing. Luckily I didn’t poop, but that meant it was go time! The rest of the time and events are kind of a blur. The midwives and nurse came in and got everything ready to go, were talking to me about what I needed to do and whatnot. Troy was able to put gloves on and actually help deliver the baby which was really cool. Remi Rowe was born at 9:19pm after pushing through only a few contractions. She was able to lay on my chest for a good chunk of time before they took her and cleaned her off, and they delayed the cord clamping. I had such a wonderful experience with my midwives, I would highly recommend looking into having one if you haven’t before! Remi was healthy, so cute, and came out ready to nurse.

 

She was born COVERED in that white stuff…so weird! Saylor had hardly any so it was new to us.

She seemed so much smaller than Saylor was, even though it was only a few ounces. She wasn’t as swollen as Saylor and didn’t have as much hair. Her features are also smaller. She’s so cute!

Saylor coming to meet Remi is something I’ll never forget. She has been so excited to have a baby sister and was so excited that she was finally “out of my tummy”! She’s been so gentle and loving with her, it is so sweet.

We stayed 2 days in the hospital and went home around lunchtime on Saturday. I was anxious to get home and be in my own bed and space, but I almost didn’t want to leave the hospital, haha.

I am so glad sweet Remi has joined our family, and that Saylor has a sister. I love my little family and am so thankful for my happy and healthy girls!

xo,

Robyn

First Week Favorites

Holy cow I can’t believe it has already been a week since our sweet Remi has joined our family. The days and nights have sort of blurred together, and I’m starting to remember what it is like to function on little to no sleep. But I wouldn’t change her being here for anything! I am so grateful to have had a smooth labor and delivery, and the recovery has been fairly good considering what my body just went through, haha. I’m always hesitant to say I’m doing good, because “good” is a broad term and no one really wants to hear what is going on! One day soon I will sit down and write out my birth story. Until then, here are a few products I have enjoyed using this past week.

  

 Nursing tank and boob ease nipple balm from Bamboobies. Life savers.

 Swaddle blanket from Copper Pearl. It’s the perfect size, and stretchy so it keeps Remi tight and cozy!

 Tranquilo Mat…so amazing! It vibrates and soothes Remi and it is just really cool and handy. It was on Shark Tank…definitely check them out.

 This MomSense breastfeeding meter. It really is helpful and so cool. It listens to your baby swallow and can let you know how much your baby is eating. It’s been especially comforting to use in the beginning, when you are worried about if your baby is getting enough!

Also, a nursing reminder bracelet from NursElet. It has proven to be helpful in reminding me which side I last nursed on, especially in the middle of the night when I don’t know what is going on, haha!

MAJOR points go to Parasol Co for their amazing diapers and wipes. Their wipes are slightly larger than most, and don’t tear! I love them. We haven’t had any blowouts in the diapers and they come in the cutest prints.

Let me know some of your favorite products that you found yourself using or your newborns! Talk soon…

xo,

Robyn