I might have a slight obsession for cozy mom tees. I added this new beauty to my collection this week and let me tell you the fabric will not disappoint! Over the past few weeks my kiddos have really tested my patience. It’s hard trying not to lose it some days, but we keep trucking through these difficult stages. Cali is now fighting her sleep, so pretty much every naptime/bedtime we go to war. Last night after a solid hour I finally had baby girl asleep, only for her to shortly wake up after I finally was all snuggled up and cozy in bed. Sleep training is in the works, but man she has been tougher than Lilah! I’ve recently started watching Supernanny, and wow I think I’ll take Lilah’s fits over any of those kids. I’m pretty sure though it always looks way worse when it’s not your own kid. Just when you think someone’s child is being a turd, and yours would never pull that stunt, then they do. Womp.. Womp.. Who would have thought raising angels would be so challenging?
This month has been one of the most physically and mentally exhausting months of my life. Little Cali has actually finally made it out of Mommy and Daddy’s room and is officially in her own room! Why did we wait so long? That spare bedroom was a life saver! Andy works crazy hours so it was very convenient for him to come home and have a semi-quiet place to rest. Although Cali isn’t sleeping through the night anymore, I still think it’s time for her to relocate. We are ready to finally stop tip-toeing into the bedroom every night trying not to wake our little sleeping beauty. Maybe catch up on watching the ‘stros in our bedroom like old times? I’m not sure why she stopped sleeping through the night but we have a feeding around 4:00 a.m every morning now. So by the time I finally fall back asleep Lilah typically wakes up. This is why I feel like a major zombie this month. Lilah is almost two and the girl has a serious attitude she is developing. I think the whining is what gets to me the most, and throwing herself on the floor. I just casually walk over her and ignore these moments. She usually shortly gets up and realizes, “hmm no one cares,” and goes back to watching, Lilo and Stitch. It has been a pretty crazy month, but I know this will all pass and before we know it we will all be sleeping through the night.
I’m so in love with my new @branchtonature shampoo and body wash for the kiddos! I am hosting a giveaway on my Instagram page @cozylittlenook for all my followers to have a chance to win their very own bottle of Whaley Clean Scented and Unscented Shampoo and Body Wash. Just follow the directions below to enter!
1. Follow @branchtonature and @cozylittlenook on Instagram
2. Like the photo titled, “Giveaway”
3. Tag three friends
Winner will be announced Fiday!
Pj’s (Colored Organics)
One of my favorite things Lilah does is mimic all the little things I do for Cali to her own baby doll. The other day she actually put her baby in Cali’s car seat and pretended to tighten the straps yelling, “bye, bye!” It was seriously so cute! Someone has definitely been watching Mommy and I guess now is the time to really start working on those role model skills. I think we all can picture in our heads the mom we want our kids to see. You know the mom that is sugar and spice and everything nice. The one that doesn’t slip a curse word in ever, has a tremendous amount of patience, and remembers mommy and daddy arguments are always behind closed doors. That’s the gal we all want to be. What I’ve learned though is that it really takes time to train old ways. Maybe that is why we can’t remember anything from the first few years of our life. I think God knew that new parents need a little grace period to figure out how to control what comes out of our mouths. Any tips from moms and dads that have older kiddos? What helped you form better habits?
Last night was rough. I actually hopped in bed with Andy super early, but found myself tossing and turning until about 10:30 p.m. Must have been the dang cup of coffee I had to have at 4 in the afternoon. F.Y.I coffee should be a no-go after 2:30 p.m. Meh, I really needed it yesterday though. Around 11:30 p.m. Lilah was up with a 101 fever and after trying to feed her Tylenol (gag) she threw up all over me and her. Somehow it ended up all in my hair, so a midnight shower with my little peach was necessary. Surprisingly she laid in bed with me and snuggled #neverhappens, but it seriously felt like I was sleeping next to a furnace. I checked her temp again and it was up to 103. Yep, I freaked a little bit. For one it’s never been that high and two I really didn’t know what to do. I cry when I panic, not proud of this, but luckily Andy is always there to calm the situation. After a nice pep talk from him I was able to luckily get ahold of our pediatrician’s clinic, thank goodness they have someone to call for after hours! After a huge questionnaire we chalked it up as probably a stomach virus, but to keep monitoring the fever. I’m super glad we went ahead and took her in to see her pediatrician this morning, because come to find out poor baby had an ear infection! You just never know what all can be going on with your little one. Lilah is a tough little cookie and showed no signs of her ear hurting. This is just a great example why you should always get them checked out after a high fever. On a side note – I have some new denim I added to my collection and I am seriously in love with these, One Teaspoon denim shorts! I somehow scored these babies for under thirty bucks during their massive mid-year sale!! #winning
This girl, one minute she has me smiling so hard that my cheeks hurt and then the next I’m asking myself is 2:00 p.m. too early for wine? Toddlers are something else. The other day while Cali was bouncing happily away in her bouncer, Lilah walked by her with a strong grip on her Cheetos bowl and yelled, “MINE!” I couldn’t help but laugh because she actually thought Cali was going to take her Cheetos. Seriously? Where did you even here that word? Cali is just looking at her like, “yep don’t care.” I think it’s time to introduce her to being around other kids a little more regular. Not sure if this will intensify the attitude or help. I’m pretty excited now that Cali is a little bit older we can actually get out more without worrying so much that she might get sick. Andy and I are actually planning to venture to church the first time since Lilah has been born. Hopefully Lilah will enjoy the nursery. I hate not being the one getting to watch my kids, but I think it’s time I let her experience a room full of kids and other people watching her other than her ShuShu and Nana. Wish us luck and hopefully we won’t get called back into the nursery after fifteen minutes!
Some days I wake up and I feel like super mom. Feeding babies, changing diapers, and wiping away tears are my specialty. I have to admit though the past 3 weeks have been ROUGH. I’ve seriously had to have a pep talk from Andy on the daily. Lilah is cutting two teeth right now on top of approaching two, so it is basically tantrum central at my house. Everyone is a stage 5 clinger at the moment. I’m not sure what happened to Miss Independent Lilah, but she is definitely nowhere to be found now. Maybe this whole big sister thing is finally getting to her and now she wants to be held 24/7 like baby sister. All this baby holding has my back in a serious knot. I’m pretty sure I’m due for a Mama and Daddy’s day out away from kiddos at least once a week at this point. I hate being away from my kids, but man it is therapy getting to take a full day off. I encourage all moms to make a point to do this. Get a sitter once a week so you can step away from hearing the theme song to, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. When you work out you have to take a rest day in order for the body to repair the muscle. Kids are a work out that is no secret. TAKE A REST DAY.
I am a little obsessed with the beachy un-done look. On wet hair I added the, “get glossed! hair serum.” This product is so great to help give your hair some extra shine without weighing it down. After evenly distributing this product, I then braid two french braids and let it air-dry over night. The next morning I take down the braids and I am left with these awesome beachy waves. I usually take a 1 inch curling iron to touch up a few pieces and then as a finish spray I add the, “surf’s up! texture spray.” This helps hold my curls while also adding the beachy look that I love so much!
Hello loves! I have teamed up with Sunny Days Boutique and I am hosting a giveaway for each of you to have a chance to win three bows of your choice! Follow the directions below to enter! Friday a winner will be announced and tagged on this photo on my Instagram @cozylittenook
1. Follow @sunnydaysboutique and @cozylittlenook on Instagram
2. Like the photo above on Instagram
3. Comment on this photo and tag a friend
Top (Carly D Design) // Bottoms (Aerie)
I feel like 18-22 was such a molding period for me. When I look back at myself through this time I see a lot of guilt, embarrassment, and self-destruction. I wasn’t the best friend to have, person to date, or the best employee. Some of our mistakes are very easy to forget. A simple apology is sometimes a quick fix. Some of our mistakes we are still paying for and some of them hurt more than just ourselves, they hurt others along the way. The bible may appear like a set of rules, but what I see is actually a bunch of warning signs. The things God is saying don’t do, are all the things that could bring the feelings of guilt and shame. When I tell Lilah, “No” it’s not because I’m trying to keep her from having fun, it’s because I’m trying to protect her from getting hurt or possibly turning into a person that no one wants to be around. Being a parent requires a lot of patience and grace. Thankfully just like we have patience and grace for our children, God has the same patience and grace for us.