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Happy Monday friends.  Dang if the weeks aren't just flying by.  Cole turns three months old later this week HOW?! (stay tuned for his monthly update later this week) AND Cole's first beach trip is right around the corner.  Gah..I love summer.


Last week I brought back this "weekly five" series where I'm sharing anything and everything our little family is up to.  And I'm still so excited about it.  So, lets get started.  

We celebrated Thomas' first father's day yesterday and it was a fun, chill, relaxing day.  We started by taking Cole to church for the first time (he did awesome!) and then went to my in-laws to hang out for the day.  Hanging by the pool -- and in the pool because HOTTTT -- eating good food and Cole laughed for the first time.  Ughh my hearttttt.  

I'm definitely going to have to share the recipe my SIL made for us.  It's another quick and easy healthy recipe like the brussel sprouts I shared last week.

T W O | SeneGence LIP BALM
So I've ranted on here and IG stories all about my love for the lipsense products and their CCTM.  BUT their lip balm is the bomb dot com.  It took me months of hearing about it before I finally purchased it but it's totally worth the $20.  And that's coming from a girl that used to keep chapstick in her desk, bathroom, car, purse, and bedside table.  

Seriously, I only have to put it on after I brush my teeth in the morning and at night and I'm good for the entire day.  Plus if you used lipsense it really makes a difference in how much flaking and dry feeling your lips are.

ps.  thinking of trying some senegence products?  tell Brittany I sent you and we'll both get 10% off.

If you're anything like me you're always on the search for cute but practical items for your little babe.  And especially as a boy mom, I'm searching for cute (but not girly) items because they're out there sometimes ya just gotta look a little harder.  

After someone in my "March Moms" Facebook group shared about Brixton Phoenix I knew I wanted to get Cole one of their paci clips.  I had been searching for a cute one since before he was born but found there was a fine line between what I wanted and something that was too girly.  I ended up getting the Piper Paci Clip in marble and love it.  Good price, quality and can be used as a teether soon.

This past weekend we took our first mini road trip (4 hours) with Cole and y'all he did so good in the car.  We went up to celebrate Father's Day with my dad a little early and so Cole could meet more great-grandparents.  This weekend was so good for my soul.  The mountain air.  The family time.  And seeing everyone's love for Cole.  I can't wait to go back!

meeting G.G. and Bubby for the first time

And speaking of the beach...we have two trips coming up within the month.  And while I'm excited to see Cole at the beach and spend a week with our families soaking up the sun I'm not as excited be putting this postpartum bod in a bathing suit.  BUT I'm doing my best to embrace it.  So here are four nursing friendly bathing suits I've ordered.  I'm still trying to decide which ones to keep.

I'm obviously keeping this one.  It's shapewear (thank you very much) and out in this color but there are two other colors.
"Shapewear Swimsuit" | H&M

Help me decide which of these three to keep.  I'm thinking the back one shoulder and maybe another?

"The Forest" | CUPSHE     Ruffle One Shoulder | Old Navy    Vintage Lace | CUPSHE

And that's it folks.  Another weekly roundup.  Are you going to the beach this summer?  Share your swimsuit choice in the comments.

May your Monday be strong and your coffee stronger.

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13 Pregnancy Must Haves

This may seem like a regular Thursday to most of y'all (hello Summer break!) BUT our little family is taking our first mini-road trip with baby boy on this side of my belly.  We're driving 4 hours to NC to visit my family for Father's pray for us!!  
BUT let's get to the real reason you're here.  Pregnancy Must Haves.

Now that I've been through it myself, I wanted to share what helped me those 9 (but really ten!) months.  I also asked y'all on Instagram and I asked my facebook March mommys group their must haves too.  So I feel like I'm really bringing you the best of the best that you'll need while your body is busy creating another human.  
Make sure to leave your must haves in the comments so other mamas-to-be won't miss out!


Pregnancy Pillow | Amazon -- game changer.  easily my #1 must. have.

 NURSING BRAS | Amazon -- trust me your regular bras won't be lasting long and I suggest nursing bras rather than bigger sized bras because they'll be useful once baby is here too.
PRENATAL VITAMINS | Walmart -- a lot of people have aversions to their vitamins and the first ones I tried grossed me out but these ones just taste like fruit snacks
TUMS -- hello, heartburn

SNACKS-- I was lucky enough to not have a lot of sickness and the hunger is real y'all.  But those first couple weeks (and the moms in my group that did experience a lot of nausea) snacks are crucial to fight off that sick feeling.
WATER -- Not only is it important to drink more water but towards the end drinking a lot of water avoids dehydration and therefore false contractions.  Also, while pregnant I could only handle ICE cold water (and I know I'm not alone) so I suggest either a lot of ice or something like a YETI that'll keep it nice and cold for you.
SUPPORT GROUP -- Its important to have people you feel comfortable asking questions too because trust me you'll have LOTS of questions.  Family and friends that have been through the same thing is helpful and comforting.  

FACEBOOK GROUP -- I also suggest joining a facebook group of moms due the same month.  That way you can talk about what you're going through each week of the pregnancy and it'll be filled with first time moms and moms that have been through it all before. 

I have heard that sometimes these groups can get crazy, dramatic and controversial, but if you're lucky like me you'll find a group where everyone is actually pretty chill and super helpful.  In fact, most of the mom's in my March group are all still in the group and we still talk and ask each other questions we've just moved onto baby stuff.  

Simply search "due in _____" and options are bound to pop up.

WORKOUT ROUTINE -- this is something I personally did not have this pregnancy, but several people mentioned it and I definitely want to stick to working out better next time around.
MATERNITY CLOTHES -- duh, right?  BUT one girl suggested using Le Tote which is a rental service where you can get maternity clothes you were them for a short period of time then you can send them back and get new ones.  So not only are you not spending a fortune on a ton of different maternity clothes, but you can adjust as your belly grows bigger.  GENIUS!!

Also Blanqi leggings were specifically suggested several times, and apparently worth the price.  I'm definitely considering getting a pair next time because leggings were a staple during my pregnancy.
side note: I bought these leggings from Amazon and while they don't pass the squat test they're a great buy & I wore them all pregnancy long.

PEPPERMINT OIL -- Another way to beat the nausea and it's a natural remedy too.  (several women suggested different medications too, so don't be afraid to consult your doctor)
HEATING PAD -- for when the back pain is just too much to handle
BONUS \\ not a "must have" BUT if you plan on doing chalkboard bumpdates like I did I suggest this chalkboard and these markers.

There you have it ladies.  13 must haves during pregnancy.  Anyone else just love pregnancy?  I know I was lucky, but just typing this post out makes me long for that baby bump again -- buttt not quite yet.  ;)
What was your #1 must have during pregnancy?

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A while back I used to do a post called FIVE ON FRIDAY where I would share five random things from that week.  And now that we have our little man in tow, I thought this would be the perfect time to bring back that post to recap our family's week.

After polling you guys on instagram y'all said you'd want me to share family happenings, recipes, products and basically any other random here we are.  Each week I'll be sharing a handfull of things.  

I gotta admit I'm oddly excited over this series I'm bringing back each week.

We took Cole to my in-laws pool for the first time this past week and he loved it.  And by loved it I mean he pretty much just chilled out and didn't cry.  ;)  Which means I'll be purchasing a baby float with a canopy ASAP so we can spend our days pool side and mama can soak up that sun!  

My MIL recently discovered this natural soda at Kroger and y'all its legit.  It tastes just like Diet Coke and without all the chemicals and aspartame.  Seriously try it.  I recommend the Cola and Blackcherry Sparkling Water.

Y'all know I love spending hours on Pinterest browsing all the recipes, home decor and all things baby - hey what else am I supposed to do during those middle of the night feedings.  So I thought I'd share a couple of things that caught my eye lately.
My Disney obsession lately is at an all time high! | see my Disney board here| & buy the tee here.

this donut cake is giving me all the feels and YES I've already started brainstorming ideas Cole's first birthday party | see the pin here

Donut Themed Milk Drip Cake from a Donut Shoppe Birthday Party on Kara's Party Ideas | (14)

And of course I'm pinning all the baby/mom life quotes & convinced I need this in Cole's nursery
see my #MomLife board here | & purchase the sign here
Baby Farmhouse | Farmhouse Nursery | Woodland Nursery | Cottage Wall Hanging | Framed Signs | Handcrafted Decor | Baby Love | Baby Décor, home décor, diy décor, rustic, farmhouse, love, wreath, letter décor, framed farmhouse, bedroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, bathroom, hallway, entry way, bedroom #afflink
When I was pregnant Thomas' sister shared a recipe with us for brussel sprouts (it was my first time trying them) that I'm obsessed with and it's so easy.  I took a poll on IG when we made it the other day and was truly surprised at how many of y'all like brussel sprouts too.  After discussing recipes with several of y'all I figured I'd share it on here.  It's real quick and easy and if your unsure about brussel sprouts I recommend trying this recipe before turning up your nose.

Ingredients: 1/2 onion, 4-6 slices of bacon, olive oil and about 1 lb of brussel sprouts.

+ preheat oven to 400
+ cut up the onion and halve the brussel sprouts
+ put onion and brussel sprouts into a 9x9 pan and drizzle with olive oil
+ top with slices of bacon  
+ cook for 30-45 minutes, until the brussel sprouts are softened and browned

I mentioned these four products on IG stories last week, BUT in cased you missed it.  These are four things we are loving lately -- two for Cole and two for myself.

+ Sit Me Up Chair - when I mentioned getting it so many people messaged me saying they loved it too.  Perfect for a baby that wants to look around at everything but you need your hands free.

+ Anna and Eve Swaddle - I got this for naptime swaddling.  That way I don't have to undress Cole for each nap (he's a pretty hot baby & summertime in SC ain't no joke) but he's still swaddled and therefore takes some pretty legit naps - as in 1-2.5 hours.

+ Loving Tan Self Tanner - this is my second bottle and I know summer is practically here but I ordered it anyways because 1. I'm not trying to avoid the sun a little bit and 2. I now have a sweet baby taking up a lot of my laying out time

+ Essie Nail Polish in "Fiji" - girly and perfect for summer, even if it only lasts a couple days

And thats it folks.  This post has combined two of my favorite posts I used to do and I think I'm already loving starting them back.  Be sure to leave a comment what other things you would like to see in these posts.

Comment below -- whats something you did this weekend?  Have you ever tried Brussel Sprouts?  What's your go-to summer nail polish color?

May your Monday be short and your coffee strong.

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Cole's Birth Story Part 2

[ if you missed Cole's Birth Story part I, go read it first >> here ]

Cole's Birth Story Part II

March 21st | Delivery Room Cont.

After I delivered Cole, all I remember is laying back on the bed and crying with relief, a while they held Cole upside down and suctioned him (I have pictures of him with his feet folded up at his head), he began to cry and Thomas cut his umbilical cord. 

They placed him on me and I've never felt more complete.  "Happy Birthday Cole" and y'all he stopped crying and looked straight up at me.  It was like he instantly knew I was his mom and I was the voice he'd been hearing for the last 9ish months. 

Meanwhile they wiped him off a little bit while he was on me and then we started skin to skin.  Next thing we know he had started sucking his thumb.  After about 10 minutes, he was crying and I asked if I could go ahead a breastfeed him.  I asked because 1. I was told they'd ask me if I wanted to breastfeed after he was born which they obviously didn't and 2. I had a fever, thankfully Cole didn't, and they started me on antibiotics or fluids and I didn't know if that would interfere.  This frustrated me a little just because I felt like I knew he was hungry, but had waited anyways.  

Lesson #1 in mamahood, always go with your gut.  

So anyways, I nursed him for the first time and he ate for almost 45 minutes which should've been a clue to what a chunky monkey we had on our hands..although I'm sure a lot of it was him trying to figure out what he was doing.  

Somewhere in here both grandparents came in to meet Cole real quick, my parents brought Blimpies because by this point I was starving, and then they all went to wait in our recovery room.

Afterwards, they weighed him, measured his length, did his footprints and have him a shot.  Y'all he was so ticked that he legit held his breath for a good 5 seconds (at least) before letting out the saddest cry.  And by sad I mean it broke my heart because it was in no way a cute, little cry.  Little man does not play around when he wants you to know something -- that scream was like bloody murder status.  

Cole was then placed in his little plastic box "bassinet" and we were off to my recovery/post-partum room BUT they were taking so long and Cole was still screaming his little head off.  So I started crying.  I just felt like I knew he was hungry but he was in that box and I was stuck in my bed and we were supposed to be moving rooms so I couldn't feed or get to him.  

BUT my sweet nurse noticed that I was crying and let me hold him on the way to our room and he calmed right down.  

side note: as we were wheeled down the hallway and go to the entrance of my new room my nurse ran me into the edge of the doorway..which was well painful considering giving birth AND stitches..but what can ya do?  

Once we got to the maternity room, we basically just hung out with our parents for the night until they left to go home.  Because of my 3rd degree tear, they set me up on strong prescription ibprofen and percocet, and ice for my lady parts that just went through a lot.


The doctors came in and check on me and Cole every couple of hours asking about my pain levels, giving me more meds, asking how much I peed last (yes, for real) and how long Cole was eating for, and his diaper count.  

And let me tell ya, NO ONE warned me how painful the recovery is.  I was SUPER worried about delivery because you hear about the pain of childbirth all. the. time.  BUT due to the God-sent epidural it was nothing compared to my recovery.  Y'all it literally hurt to re-situate in the bed AND so so bad to get out of the bed and walk like 10 feet to the bathroom.  And peeing became an entire adventure (if you've had a baby you know what I mean).

I'm adding this in here not to scare you but just because no one warned me about this.  

That night is pretty much a blur of feeding Cole, watching Jersey Shore reruns and trying to catch little naps here and there.  Cole was NOT content on sleeping in his little plastic box and so I put the boppy around me and had him rest on me.  It made me feel more comfortable if I dosed off and help me get what little sleep I got, haha.  

The ended up giving Cole his first bath at 11 that night.

March 22nd | day two

The next day was basically just more of the same.  They came and got Cole for his circumcision at 7am and warned me that he'd probably be sleepy for a while afterwards.  But the poor kid didn't eat for HOURS.  I mentioned it to the nurses when they would come it, but eventually it had been long enough I was super concerned and they started taking notice and we got the hospital lactation consultant to come in.  After them helping me try to breastfeed, they had me hand pump and we tried to use a syringe but Cole was not having it.  

FINALLY my nurse came back from lunch (around 2ish) and in to check on if he had ate, and about the same time my mom changed his diaper.  AND y'all he peed everywhere, haha.  On himself, my bed, my mom.  But it was the first time he had peed since being born (they want them to within the first 24hrs) and as soon as that fiasco was cleaned up he was ready to eat!  My nurse mentioned that sometimes they need to empty their bladder to make room to be hungry..either way I was happy he finally ate.  

Later Thomas' family came to visit and some of our friends brought us Cookout.  Let me tell ya, that post-birth Mint Oreo milkshake was heavenly.  

Our second night was much like the first.  Thomas held him for the first little bit so I could get some sleep and then it was just a lot of sleeping, peeing, feeding Cole and Jersey Shore reruns. 

MARCH 23rd | Going Home

Friday morning was relaxing as we were going home that day.  My doctor came in to check me out around 6:30, and the on-call pediatrician came by around 9 or 10 to release Cole.  

We realized Cole's left eye was closed shut early that morning and called in the nurse, but it turns out it was just a clogged tear duct and super common in babies.  It ended up going away by 2 weeks old.  But it did freak me out for a second.  

When it was time to leave, Thomas packed up the car and pulled it up front.  Some guy wheeled me and Cole down to meet him and we were off.  I'm not gonna lie I was so nervous (remember I have car anxiety) and excited all at the same time.  We were officially on our own and home bound.  

And we've been living in a blissful, chaotic, exhausted, newborn blur ever since... ;)

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