100 days Korean baby tradition, and hello RUBY layout featuring My Mind’s Eye

Hello friends!

Today is Ruby’s 100th day, and oh what a whirlwind it has been!  Time sure does fly!

It is a Korean custom/tradition to celebrate a baby’s first 100 days, or “back-il.”  A long time ago, survival rates for babies were very low (due to childhood diseases, no easy access to healthcare, etc), so babies were kept at home for the first 100 days.  My parents told me that “back then,” baby’s births weren’t even recorded until they reached 100 days old.  Making it to 100 days signified that the baby would survive, so families celebrated with food, and baby was introduced to friends and neighbors.

It is a tradition to eat rice cakes for the 100th day, so we will eat rice cakes today!

Here is Miss Ruby on her 100th day:

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And here is all 3 of my girls on their 100th day:

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I also have a scrapbook layout to share.  Isn’t it fitting that on Ruby’s 100th day, I am sharing a layout featuring a photo of our family of 5 in the hospital on Ruby’s birthday?!

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For this layout, I used the My Mind’s Eye’s Sugar Plum Collection.  Even though this line is a holiday collection, you can use a lot of the products on non-holiday layouts.  I love how this layout turned out, and I’m so glad that I have a layout for Ruby’s baby album!

Thanks for dropping by friends, and

Happy Tuesday!

Baby products I love: Finn + Emma

Hey guys!

I’m back with another blog post in my series: baby products I love.  Today, I am featuring Finn + Emma organic baby clothes and toys.  I am by no means fully organic, but I do like to choose the organic route when I can; I like to think that it’s better for baby and the environment.  I had the opportunity to try out a few items from Finn + Emma, so I chose the dreamcatcher coverall, fairytale bandana bib, and amelia and piper stroller toy set.

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I ordered the 0-3 month size one-piece, so baby girl has some room for growth.  She is now already 1 month old…{sigh} time sure flies!  The organic material is super soft, the outfit is well made, and it washes really well.  I love the soft colors too!

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How cute is that wooden elephant?!  It is so smooth, with no hard edges, and I can imagine sweet girl gnawing on it when she eventually starts teething.  The other animal toy is made from organic yarn and is a rattle…great for her car seat.

I hope you have been enjoying my favorite baby products series!

Happy Monday!

P.S. you can get 15% off your Finn + Emma order of $50 or more using this link.

Baby products I love: DockATot

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing another favorite baby product.  This is definitely one I wish I had with my other two girls!  It’s a DockATot!  This product has made nighttimes so much easier!

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I chose a DockATot Deluxe, which is perfect size for babies 0-8 months old, in the silver lining (chevron) cover.

I was so excited when the box was delivered!  It came perfectly packaged in a clear storage bag with handles.

My girls have sensitive skin, so the first thing I did was was remove the cover and washed it.  I was so impressed with how easy it was to remove the cover.  The bottom cushion has it’s own zippered compartment, and I love how the zipper goes all the way around the bumper section.  I let it air dry, and then easily put the cover back on.

I couldn’t wait to try it out!  I am exclusively nursing my newborn, and we have been using a bassinet that I keep by the bed, so she could be close to us.  I was excited to try the DockATot out for cosleeping.

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At night, after nursing, I put her in the DockATot between my husband’s and my pillow, and she sleeps great…even better when I swaddle her too!  I love how the unique bumper shape keeps her feeling snug and helps her with the startle reflex.  It’s also comforting to look over at her with any little noise she makes.  Cosleeping is not for everyone, but it definitely works for us.

The DockATot is great for naps, and when she gets a little older, it’ll be great for tummy time as well.

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(Look at those baby toes!)

While on the pricey side, we absolutely love the DockATot!  It is worth every penny!  It comes in two sizes, and there are many covers to choose from.

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Happy Monday friends!

Baby products I love: Milkmaid Goods Nursing Poncho & Car Seat Cover

Hello everyone!

Baby girl is here!!!  Friends, meet Ruby!

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She came 2 weeks early, weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs 11 oz.  She’s now just a little over 2 weeks old, and we love her so so much!

Since we have a baby in the house, I thought I would share a few of my favorite baby products, and products that I wish I had with my other two girls, through a series of blog posts.  Hopefully, you guys will find these posts helpful or interesting.

Today, I’ll be talking about my Milkmaid nursing poncho and car seat cover.  I love my black and white stripes…this is the one that I got.

This product is genius!  I love that it’s a 2 in 1 product.  The poncho is made out of stretchy, breathable, jersey fabric, and it covers our carseat beautifully!  I love that it protects our newborn from germs when we’re out in public.

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As it turns out, the poncho is perfect for keeping bugs (specifically mosquitos) away from our baby too.  I wanted to get some air the other day, so we took the baby for a walk around the block.  I seem to be a magnet to mosquitos, and I got bit a few times…baby was safe though!

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I can already see that this will be perfect for keeping out the wind and cold air when we Texans finally get cooler weather.

I also love that the poncho serves as a nursing cover.  I like that it covers me all the way around, and not just the front like most nursing covers.  I don’t need anyone catching a glimpse of my muffin top, lol!

If not already on the car seat, the poncho folds/rolls up easily and I can toss it into the diaper bag.

Yep, loving this product, and I wish I had it with my other girls!  You can check out the nursing ponchos on the Milkmaid Goods website.  They have lots of gorgeous prints!

That’s it for me today!  Gonna go take a nap while baby’s still sleeping.

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

Today layout, featuring Scrapbook Circle

Hey guys!  Today, I’m on the Scrapbook Circle blog with a layout documenting our trip to Inner Space Caverns using the October The Weekender kit.

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Recently, my younger daughter was looking through an older scrapbook album, and came across a layout I did of the last time we went to Inner Space caverns 6 years ago.  She sadly pointed at the picture, and said “Where am I?”  I pointed at the baby carrier strapped to my husband, and you can see a tiny bit of her legs poking out.  I told her we went there when she was a baby.

 

Here’s a quick iPhone shot of the layout:

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Since then, she has been begging to go to the cave.  We finally took a trip out there, and of course I bought the over-priced, low quality souvenir photo.  I’m so glad I did though, since they told us to avoid flash photography (because of the bats), and I didn’t get any good photos.

This is why I love scrapbooking.  I’m sure the next baby girl will come across the new layout and wonder where she is.  Then, I’ll point to my belly in the picture and say that she was growing in my tummy.

Happy Saturday y’all!

baby quilt for girl #3

Hey guys!  I just wanted to pop in real quick to share the quilt I made for baby girl #3!

I finally finished it at 35 weeks pregnant!  First, I couldn’t decide on a color scheme, then I couldn’t decide on a quilt pattern…so I decided to keep it simple and chose colors I have been loving lately, and chose simple, classic squares.

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I go into more detail on quilts in this blog post if you’re interested, as well as photos of a few other quilts I have made.

Here are a few process photos:

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I bought the fabric for my quilt from Hobby Lobby and JoAnn fabrics.

I love making baby quilts, and it’s extra special when I get to make one for my own baby!  I am super happy with how this quilt turned out!

Happy Monday friends!

 

baby bump #3 Maternity photos

Hey all!  I am officially 35 weeks…time has just flown by!  This pregnancy has by far been the hardest on my body.  I have seen so many different kinds of Doctors and specialists…probably more than I ever will in my lifetime.  Even so, we had been hoping and praying for baby #3 for a few years now, so we feel truly blessed, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

At my most recent appointment, our Dr told us to be prepared as the baby could be here any time between now and 40 weeks.  Without sharing too much info, I’m already showing signs that I’m getting ready for labor & delivery!  I would definitely prefer to cook this baby for a few more weeks, but we are frantically preparing for baby to arrive, just in case.  We made a much needed trip to Target today, and went on a little shopping spree!  (I love Target’s baby registry!  You get a one time use 15% off completion coupon for anything left on your baby registry about 6 weeks before your due date!  You better believe I used that bad boy today!)  I think we picked up all the necessities, although it’s been 6+ years since we’ve had a newborn in the house!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few maternity photos.  It was extremely hot out, and the mosquitos were relentless, even though I doused myself in bug spray, but I loved how the images turned out!  Since this will most likely be my last pregnancy, I really wanted to take maternity photos.  I dragged my girls and hubby out at golden hour, as photogs like to say, and handed my big girl camera over.  I adjusted all the camera settings for hubby, gave him a quick camera lesson, and instructed him on which poses I wanted and what I wanted him to see in the view finder.  It was definitely hard being in front of the camera, lol!  “Do I have a double chin?”  “Is the red square (focus point) on my face?”  “Can you see my sweat?”  “Do I look awkward?”  I would have loved to have a few pics with hubby, but at least I got a couple with my girls.

I edited a few of my favorite images, and here they are:

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That’s it for me!

Happy Sunday y’all!