Aug 27

My Dearest Harlan on Your First Day of Kindergarten

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My Dearest Daughter,

Tonight I tucked you into bed for the last time as a preschooler. Tomorrow you will officially start kindergarten. In the blink of an eye, you have gone from the tiny baby that I held in my arms to a little girl that I love to wrap my arms around.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in the past five years. You are the little girl that started me on this path of motherhood. I’ll admit that I was scared at first. Scared of what kind of mom I would be.

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Aug 26

Macks: Month 6

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This is a little late, but MacKay’s been off of work for the past two weeks, so I’ve been trying to limit my time on the computer to that we can spend time together as a family.

I know I say this every month, but I cannot believe how fast this year is passing. Macks is officially closer to being one year old than he is to being born (does anyone else think of it that way?) He’s rolling like crazy, putting his feet directly on the ground to lift his butt up and scoot backwards (just like he’s doing in this photo,) and he’s on the verge of crawling (crazy scary.)

We’ve officially moved him into his own room and he’s sleeping there for both naps and at night. Month six brought better sleep than before and he’s been sleeping through the night most of the time. He’s definitely on a more predictable schedule now which is nice for planning our days together.

We visited our new pediatrician this month here in Connecticut. As you can see from the photo, it looks like Macks lost two ounces from last month. We aren’t sure if that is completely accurate or if it is because of the difference in scales from our old pediatrician to now. He’s in the 10th percentile for weight and the 50th for both height and head (although he didn’t grow in height this month either.) The doctor doesn’t seem worried, but we will go back for a weight check next month to compare his weight on their scale.

Although he’s not gaining weight, he’s meeting all of his milestones and is thriving, which I am grateful for!

{Month One :: Month Two :: Month Three :: Month Four :: Month Five}

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Aug 25

The Bottle Transition

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I’ve spent the entire summer with all three kids. While it was incredibly challenging, it is by far our best summer yet. We’ve played in our backyard, made trips to the beach, the museum, and the sprinkler park. I’ve watched as Harlan and Avery have become the best of friends and as Macks has grown to love his big sisters dearly.

But this Thursday starts an entirely new routine for our family. Harlan starts kindergarten and Avery will start preschool next week. That leaves Macks and I at home together. I’m excited for our time alone together and that it’s also freeing up some time for me to get more things done (because getting things done with just one seems like a dream compared to having three around.)

I’ve started to look for a sitter for a couple days a week so that I can help get Macks accustomed to others while giving me alone time to work. Macks has been having separation issues lately, so the more time that he gets with someone other than me, the better. With the girls in school, it leaves less stress on both me and the sitter with just Macks. Macks is 99% brestfed, but there are those moments that he does take a bottle while I am not around. His transition to a bottle hasn’t been an easy one, but thankfully he’s slowly getting used to it and will let others feed him without a problem. He’s tried several bottles and is very particular about the one that he takes. Playtex bottles are ones on his list.

Playtex keeps both moms and babies in mind when creating their bottles. And their newest bottle innovations prove just that.

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The Playtex VentAire Bottle is uniquely designed to reduce colic through the venting system that is at the bottom of the bottle. The venting system helps reduce air ingestion. Harlan suffered from colic for months so I know how awful it can be for baby and for parents. The VentAire is angled to promote an upright position when feeding. This not only helps reduce colic, but will also help prevent ear infections. The VentAire Bottle is compatible with all new Playtex nipples to match baby’s unique preferences.

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Macks loves the bottle because of the wide mouth design that is more similar to that of the breast. It helps make it worry free when I leave him knowing that he will get a full meal without any problems.

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Playtex has also released the the Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners. As a mom of three always on the go, these bottles are amazing. The Disposable Drop-Ins Liners make it super easy to use and less hassle. Once I’m done with a feeding I can simply throw the liner away making for minimal clean up.

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The liners gently collapse as your baby feeds so you don’t have to worry about air getting in and into your little one’s belly. I absolutely love the adjustable bottle angles which allows you to feed baby in a semi-upright position. And like the VentAire Bottle, the Nurser Bottle is compatible with all new Playtex nipples.

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Both bottles have a unique lid with triangles so that you can line them up to make sure that the nipples are on tight and secure to prevent leaking. As a mom who pumps, this is such a great detail. As we all know, breast milk is like liquid gold and any drop that spills can be devastating.

This is a time of transition for all of us in our family. But something new in our lives always brings a lesson along with it. I can’t wait to see what we discover.

{Disclosure: I am working with Playtex as a proud member of the Playtex Baby Mom Trust program, a virtual network where moms can find common ground and support each other through sharing stories, tips, product reviews, insights and unique experiences of motherhood. As always, all opinions are my own.}

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Aug 18

Back to School with Boden

The girls are starting school soon, which means that it’s time for a new back to school wardrobe. Check out their picks from Boden and enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card! Pin It

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Aug 11

Doing What’s Easy

Macks’ weight is starting to drop in the charts, but thankfully we’ve found a doctor who trusts the way I’ve chosen to feed him.

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Aug 4

World Breastfeeding Week: Looking Back

Tweet This week is World Breastfeeding Week and while I feel that it is completely up to you on how you choose to feed your child, I am very lucky to have been able to breastfeed all three of my children. I never thought that I’d be so proud to celebrate this week, but I’ve… View Article

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