“This post is sponsored by Carters; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”
First holidays are always so emotional for me but knowing that this is our last first Easter is really making it special. I am excited to partner with Carters for Ellie’s first Easter to make it that much more special! Whether you sit at home as a family or go fly kites at your husband’s aunt’s house like we do, there is just something about that first holiday. Every baby has just been a wave of emotions watching them during the day, even though they have no idea what is going on haha. It is just so magical.
Our days start off pretty casual. My husband always lets me sleep in on holidays and Ellie loves her sleep so we snuggle and wake up to breakfast! I love and have loved their onesie packs for all my kids. The are super simple and perfect for hanging around the house.
Whether you are looking for a casual or dressy look Carters has it all! You never know the weather you are going to get here in Utah on Easter so I love that they have a ton of options to layer so you can enjoy the little bit of sun and cool breeze these spring days in Utah have to offer.
This little white dress and these cute little flats really stole my heart. Nothing like seeing your little girl all dressed up to make you cry. You guys I am just an emotional wreck! She’s like a little angel, that has a wild personality haha.
Carters is definitely your one stop shop for all your babes needs. From dresses, to shoes, to bows, you will have no problem finding the perfect first Easter outfit! See coupon code below to get 25% off your order.
I am so excited to team up with Ola Baby. They have some amazing products that make every parents life easier. Their Trimmo is every moms dream come true! I remember being a new mom and clipping Bentleigh’s nails. It was one of the most stressful things I had to do for sure. This does it for you! It’s a spinning file with a light attached for those late night nail filing sessions….. because let’s be real I am doing it when Ellie is passed out! Super easy to recharge with their wall plug-in too!
Their newest product, their SteamBowl, is an all in one bowl! You can steam your veggies or fruits right in there and transfer the bowl to the high chair for meal time! It is made of BPA-free, toxin-free, food-grade silicone. Super easy prep and clean up! Steaming your babies food is so great! It retains all the nutritional value in their food.
Their training spoon pack, I can not say enough good thing about it! Flexible, soft, and easy for baby to use. I pack one in our bag every time we go out because it is Ellie’s favorite thing to chew on. Baby approved. It is also made from food-grade silicon, free of BPA and Toxins.
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Yay for Sunday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. What better way to shake off the Monday blues than by shopping. And every mama needs to treat herself!
I love this Mama Bear tee from Loved By Hannah and Eli. It’s super comfy and the perfect mom tee. I love pairing it with leggings and a cardigan.
I have loved following Sarah since she started Loved By Hannah and Eli, back when she was still doing hand-stamped leggings! It is so great to see how much she has grown!
She is so amazing she is giving all my followers a discount with code “BAHLBABIES15”. They have items for every member of your family so of course get something for yourself and then knock out some gifts for Christmas!
Another amazing item that every girl needs is Bela Bracelets. When I first saw them I first thought, well that’s genius, then of course I thought well why didn’t I think of that.
I ALWAYS have a hair tie around my wrist just in case. Being a mom, you never know when your going to have throw your hair up. But Bela Bracelets allows me to still have my hair tie and stay fashionable. Seriously you guys, genius!
Of course they are giving you guys a discount too! See what I did there…. a tee and bracelet and you have the perfect gift! Use code “HAPPYHOLIDAYS” for 20% off! The only exclusion is gift sets of 8+. Snag some for you and all the gals on your list!
I recently had a chance to test out a Nested Bean zen sack. Ellie has always been an amazing sleeper but she definitely sleeps better when I am around. And honestly I was totally skeptical. I thought there was no way that this zen sack was going to help my little mamas girl.
So how does the zen sack help us? That cute little egg on her chest is actually a lightly weighted pad that mimics your touch and give her a sense of security. So instead of having to sit next to her with my hand always on her, I just put her in her zen sack and she sleeps so perfectly.
It’s super light weight so perfect for warm summer nights or layering in the cool winter months. Plus it takes away the need for a blanket, which has always freaked me out because my kids are either kicking them off and are freezing in the morning or pulling it up over their faces.
Nested Bean not only carries the zen sleep sack but they also carry the zen swaddle for all those babes that like to be wrapped up tight. The sack features two sets of snaps at the shoulder for adjustment as your child grows and a double zipper to make diaper changes super easy!
I definitely will be recommending Nested Bean to all my mama friends!
I’ve teamed up with The Baby Cubby to give you my list of must haves for our third baby! It was super hard not to go overboard this time, but I honestly knew that I did not need a lot. Clothes are a must. I mean naked babies are cute and all but probably not the best 100% of the time haha. Diapers. Because well ya know poop.
A must in our house is a swing. Especially baby #3, without one I would get nothing done. The Mamaroo has by far been my favorite swing I have ever had. And Ellie of course loves it!
I have always co-slept with all my babes. It’s not for everyone, but for my sanity and all the late night nursing sessions that is the route we go. The dockatot is really as great as everyone makes it out to be. She sleeps great, which means mama sleeps great. Plus I get that added comfort knowing she has her own little spot.
I needed a great changing pad. Something that was not an eyesore and versatile. This Gathre micro mat is so perfect. So easy to keep clean and small enough to throw in any bag.
I do not have a baby book from when I was little so I knew that I wanted to do one for all of my children. I absolutely love this simplicity and style of this Lucy Darling Memory Book. They are so perfect and keep all the important details for them to have as they get older.
Muslin blankets are a must in our house. They are super breathable and can be used from infant to toddler age. Little Unicorn has some amazingly soft and gorgeous options available. Perfect for those Utah days and nights. Saranoni has become my go to for super soft blankets. Their minky colors and texture are perfect for your little ones to grow with.
A good soap and lotion, a total must. Both of my boys and I have sensitive skin so I knew I wanted something the would be gentle on her skin. And I smells AMAZEBALLS! Just try it. You won’t be disappointed.
Okay, not a MUST HAVE must have lol but all my kids had a first pair of shoes so she had to as well. We are big supporters of FP so of course she needed some Moccs to start out her collection. They are great for little feet all the way into their toddler years.
All these things are available from The Baby Cubby! They are a one stop shop from all your baby needs. They really stood out to me, always engaging with their customers and making sure they have the best to offer. From pregnancy and beyond they are there for you. You can go to them knowing that they have been there and they understand how frustrating and hard it can be to find the best for your littles. They’ve tested out these products for you so they can tell you exactly what you are getting. Plus, they price match! Your not going to see that too often if ever! You can get out more about them here.
Sorry for the delay! We have just been so crazy busy over here. Between our newest edition, we are also moving into a house and Bentleigh is got his tonsils out and starting school. August is crazy to say the least.
It all start basically Sunday, July 17th. I had been having a ton of contractions the week before. Having steady contractions was a normal occurance for me. I started having contractions when I was 13 weeks this go around. I could tell that they were starting to get stronger and more intense though that week. Saturday night I was having a ton but I refused to go in just to sit for a few hours and go home. Sunday I woke up and had a ton of pressure. So I went in, only after my husband pressured me and told me I was going to end up having the baby at home. When I got there my contractions picked up and were every 3-5 minutes apart. I was only at 1.5 cm though but because of my history of preterm labor I had to stay. Well to my surprise, my contractions got stronger and stronger. Even the shot they gave me to stop them only worked for about 20 minutes until they picked up again. They finally gave my a shot for pain around 8 at night. Between 8 and midnight I progressed to a 4, which of course meant I got to stay over night. At that point I was just happy the pain was being managed because the back labor was miserable and being stuck in that bed didn’t make it any better. When I woke up at 8 in the morning I was still at 4 cm so thankfully I got to go home! I slept pretty much that whole Monday. Back labor is no joke people! Tuesday I had my weekly appointment and my midwife told me not to be surprised if she was not here by the end of the week.
Fast forward to Thursday. I had an appointment to go get checked that morning so I sent the boys to a sitter so we could go and then spend some last minute time together. We went shopping and got lunch. After that we hung out at families with the boys for a little bit. And bam, water breaks at like 4:30. Seriously the strangest feeling in the world. My water has always been broken in the hospital. Shaeson was laughing hysterically because I was so concerned about getting fluid everywhere and every time I laughed it gushed out. Basically stand in one spot and don’t move and you will not gush fluid every where.
We got up to the hospital and got settled. The nurse checked me and I was 6 cm. At that point I decided I was going to get an epidural after Sunday’s back labor even though I was terrified after my last epidural, but my guy was amazing and made the process as easy and painless as possible. After I settled down and got cleaned up she checked me and I was only at 7 cm. My contractions had not picked up yet so they were still only every 7-10 minutes apart. We decided to start pitocin.
Not too long after thing got intense. I started to feel my contractions all in my back even with the epidural. Nothing to crazy but definitely had to stop and take a breath. My nurse checked me and sure enough, not only was I ready but she was basically coming out. My midwife luckily was at the hospital and he came in and him and Shaeson gowned up. I got ready, Shaeson got into catching position, and my midwife watched very carefully while giving him instructions on what to do. People always joke that she must have just slid out, but no really she basically did haha. My first contraction I pushed and my midwife yelled “Whoa stop pushing.” And she was here at 7:50 PM! Having Shaeson deliver her was such an amazing experience. We made her together and brought her into this world together. I can’t thank my midwife enough for allowing that special moment. Although now he thinks he’s a pro and ready to deliver any baby that may need it haha. All of this excitement happened in 3 hours and 20 minutes!
Our 35 week 5 day rainbow baby came into this world so quietly. Honestly I was worried because she just was not crying, just laying there looking around. We did immediate skin to skin and waited for the cord to stop pulsing before we clamped it. They only took her for a quick second to check her out. She nursed within her first 30 minutes of life like a pro. Our smallest baby at 5 lbs 7 oz and 18 in long. She is the perfect addition to our family. We are so grateful for her and the boys are just smitten. I can’t imagine a better labor and birthing experience for my last baby. It was literally a dream come true.