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Welcome to the World, Jackson James Haguewood!!!

Its official, Baby Haguewood #2 has arrived and we are delighted to welcome a perfectly healthy little BOY into our growing family!!!

Welcome to the world Jackson James Haguewood!!!!

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Jackson James was born on May 26th at 7:21pm!!! He entered the world with a LOUD scream weighing in at 7lbs. 5oz. and is 20in. long.  Friday was his official due date, June 9th, and he is already two weeks old.  As with Reagan I delivered at exactly 38 weeks and i’ve taken some time to just soak up every second of cuddles and love from both my babies and my husband.  Sometimes blogging needs to take a backseat.  We are so grateful that he is here and we are slowly settling into a new routine and a new normal with our two wonderful children. We feel so fortunate to have one of each gender and are looking forward to learning who our new little man is.

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I had another incredibly easy and quick delivery and am so grateful for this perfect baby boy. He has simply worked his way into our hearts and having him as part of the family seems the most natural thing in the world.  He was always meant to be with us.  I wasn’t sure how the transition to two children would go, but everything has been completely seamless.  Reagan joined us at the hospital shortly after he arrived and was beyond delighted with her new baby brother.  We of course loved seeing her and missed her like crazy.

She, however, was more interested in the hospital room and playing with her Grandparents. I can’t wait till he is old enough to interact and play with her in return.  Seeing my two babies side-by-side is the most magical feeling in the world. I simply don’t know what I ever did to deserve this life and the love of this family…but I am eternally grateful.

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

At two weeks old Mr. Jackson is the calmest and most content baby i’ve personally ever met.  We got off to a wonderful start with nursing and he barely lost any weight while we waited for my milk to come in.  These first two weeks have been drastically different from our early days with Reagan.  I remember feeling major mommy blues and nursing was a huge challenge with her.  Everything about this little dude is calm and easy.  He does have the occasional fussy moment but that usually means he is a little gassy and it quickly passes.  Our first night home with the little man was crazy easy.  He only woke once to nurse and slept in five hour chunks.  I was shocked and a little worried about how sleepy and content he was. We didn’t know if something was wrong.  Turns out he is just super chill and loves to sleep and eat.  He loves cuddles and being patted on the bottom to fall asleep.  He is quite the grunter and makes the funniest newborn sounds.  I am obsessed with his long fingers and toes and we are convinced he will be tall and lean like my husband’s grandfather!  Basically he is PERFECT and we are so in love with him.

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

I will share his birth story soon and am so excited to continue blogging about my journey through motherhood and the adjustment to two children.  It has definitely been different but our home is so full of joy and love.  Seeing the HAPPINESS in my husband’s eyes at finally having a son is an indescribable feeling.  We would have loved another little girl, but having a baby boy has filled a gap in our hearts that we didn’t know existed.  He is here now and our family feels whole.  Reagan is just enamored with her baby brother and runs around the house yelling “Ba-by.”  Every time she wakes up from a nap she is calling for the baby and wants to go check on him.  She is constantly peeking into his bassinet and smiling down on him. She lights up every time she sees him and claps her hands and giggles.  I have yet to witness a single moment where she isn’t smiling around him or excited to see him.  We weren’t sure if she would even notice him, being that she is only 15 months old, but she just LOVES him.  I wasn’t expecting that and every time they are together my heart just explodes with happiness.  I can tell they are going to be extremely close siblings.  She is always gentle around him, helps me hunt for his pacifiers, and if we bottle feed him pumped milk she loves to bring us the bottle and help feed him.  She loves her “ba-ba,” code for bottle, and helps him with his.  It is so cute!!!!

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I always here stories from second time moms who say, “I didn’t know if there would be room in my heart for another child.” Or “I wasn’t sure I could love a second child the way I love my first.” I was absolutely positive that our baby would be loved beyond measure and there is no first child or second child, just children to be loved endlessly.  My heart expanded immediately when they first brought him to me and I know that love will continue to grow as we bring more children into the world.

He is so tiny and so sweet. I completely forgot how itty bitty newborns are. It was an amazing feeling to bring another sweet human into this world and my heart is so full of LOVE and GRATITUDE.  The journey is just beginning.  Raising babies into emotionally intelligent and resilient adults requires some serious Mommy kahunas.  I’ve always said that making and birthing babies is the easy part.  Molding these small humans and helping them to grow in love and strength is my true calling in motherhood, and that literally scares the crap out of me.  To do right by these beautiful little souls and be entrusted with their love is the greatest and most weighty journey I will ever undergo.  I pray for their health, wellbeing, and eternal happiness almost every second of every day.  My heart was simply made to love these children.

I will update shortly with more baby news, but my number one priority at the moment is simply getting to know our sweet baby Jackson and continuing to watch our Reagan Marie grow up!!! Thank you to everyone who has sent their love and well wishes. I promise I will get better at responding to phone calls and messages. Right now we are just loving being hunkered in as a family of four PLUS two golden retrievers and three kitty babies! We have one full house and it is just wonderful!

xo xo,

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Month Three Newborn Favorites aka “Playtime Essentials”

Whoa Nelly…I can’t believe it has taken me so long to write this post, and yet here we are.  In writing this, Reagan is almost 4 months old and time is flying by. I’m absolutely astonished at what she is capable of doing and she is surprising us and making us smile more than ever.

Month Three was a huge turning point because Reagan finally seemed to be enjoying the world around her.  Suddenly she had found her voice and and those little arms and legs of hers were always active and pumping.  I finally felt like we were able to introduce more activities, and in particular some FUN toys that she was actually able to enjoy.  During play time she is ALWAYS happy and smiling and I can really see the wheels turning in her little brain as she tries to learn and figure out what things are and do.  SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!

Our Month Three Favorites consist mostly of some fun toys and a few basics that we literally couldn’t live without.  Developmentally, we are all about the colors and tactile toys at the moment. I love putting different toys and objects in front of her to see how she responds.  My two favorites are the high contrast Art Cards and the cutest Alphabet Puzzle.  She will stare at the animal cards forever and we touch the letters and say them out loud. I know she can’t comprehend the meaning of the letters etc. but we are setting the stage for all the learning that is to come.  Plus she just loves it when we talk to her in general.

Month Three Newborn Favorites

Bumbo Floor Seat     Bumbo Play Tray     Gerber Cloth Diapers (used as burp rags)

Vulli Toy Blocks     Janod Alphabet Puzzle     Woombie Big Baby Swaddle

Mother’s Milk Tea     WeeGallery Art Cards

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Bumbo Floor Seat and Bumbo Play Tray:   Reagan was extremely weary of this in the beginning.  She really didn’t like being in it at all and would start screaming as soon as we put her in it.  I decided to ease her into using it.  That seems to be her learning MO.  She takes awhile to warm up to things but once she is comfortable with something she is super happy and won’t stop smiling.  So really, I probably pulled the trigger a little early on the Bumbo Seat and she wasn’t quite ready for it at the three month stage, but now we use it daily and she loves it.  The Bumbo Tray is an awesome addition because I can put toys directly on it and front of her at her level.  She is able to play and practice fine motor skills like hand eye coordination.  This particular seat seems to bring with it some controversy regarding whether or not it is hard on baby’s hips.  I have received personal accounts of why some Moms don’t use this product and why some Moms absolutely love it.  I think it comes down to what you feel is best for your child and for us, we weighed the cons but still felt like the Bumbo was a good fit for Reagan. We are extremely happy with it.

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Gerber Cloth Diapers (also known as the World’s Best Burp Rag):   These are the best non-traditional burp rags.  The hubby thought I was crazy when I first brought these home and then around 2 weeks into having a newborn at home he realized how invaluable they really are.  SO MUCH BABY SPIT-UP AND PUKE!!! By themselves they really are not very cute.  So I decided to jazz mine up a bit with some fun gender neutral fabric to match our nursery. Tutorial coming soon.  These are littered all over our house and we could still use about a dozen more.  They are going to be my GO TO new baby gift and the best part of my day is when I pull 5 or 6 fresh ones out of the dryer.

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Vulli Toy Blocks:   I got these for Reagan for Easter this year.  Read about it HERE. She was about 3 weeks old at the time but I knew we were going to love playing with them.  Well…she is finally enjoying them and they are the perfect soft small toy blocks to use with the Bumbo Play Tray above.  She can throw them without being destructive and the raised designs on each side are perfect for small hands and for developing her tactile senses.  These too are littered all around our home and are the perfect compliment to Sophie the Giraffe playtime.

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Janod Alphabet Puzzle:   This puzzle set just might be one of the cutest things i’ve ever seen. I am in LOVE with the bright colors and the natural safe wood.  The pieces are large enough that they cannot be swallowed and they are just the right size for little fingers and hands to grab onto.  We play a game where we sing the Alphabet all the way through R, and we say “R is for REAGAN,” and then keep going to the end. Next we give her each letter and say all the words we can think of that start with that particular letter. Its actually a lot harder to randomly think up words than you might think. And then we finish by signing the Alphabet song all the way through again.  She just loves our little game and is usually ready for a nap by the time we are finished. Bonus for Mommy.  Our latest addition is that we try and do Tummy Time as we play the whole game to continue building up core and neck strength.

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She is such a HAPPY little peanut!!! Those chubby cheeks give me all the heart eyes in the world!

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Woombie Big Baby Swaddle:   The Hubby was not a fan of this contraption when we initially got it.  Now i’m convinced this might be the key to getting Reagan to sleep through the night. We started off by doing good old regular swaddles.  Which worked great for the first few months.  Now little Miss is getting so coordinated that she can wiggle free within a few minutes and her feet in particular are poking out the bottom of her swaddle.  She gets herself so wrapped up that we were worried she might suffocate herself. WTF!!!!! Not on this Mommy’s watch.  By zipping her up in the Woombie she can’t break free and wake herself up AND we don’t worry about her getting blankets wrapped around her little self. Huge sigh of relief as a parent.

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Mother’s Milk Tea:   Ugh…the dreaded BreastMilk struggle continues friends.  About a month ago my milk supply suddenly dropped out of nowhere.  My pumping schedule was the same, my diet was still the same, and there was just no reason that I should suddenly stop making milk.  I decided to increase my pumping schedule and give this Mother’s Milk Tea a try.  I know a lot of Moms who swear by this stuff and so I have added it to my nightly routine in addition to pumping and drinking more water than humanly possible.

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WeeGallery Art Cards:   I bought these when Reagan was around two months old and we have been using them consistently for weeks now! It has been so much fun to see her progression of understanding and mental development take place before my eyes. We love the Garden collection because we have squirrels and birds right outside in our backyard.  And of course the Pet collection because of our the little zoo that we’ve got going on. I also got her the Woodland collection and the Jungle collection.

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Overall I would definitely say Month Three has been a complete success.  It can be emotionally hard at times to see your newborn become a full fledged “BABY” before your eyes, but seeing how happy and excited they are to learn and just be a part of your world totally makes up for the emotional mommy moments.

While I got a little behind in the blogging department, i’m ready to get caught up and so excited to be bringing some totally new stuff to the blog starting in August. Watch for some Reagan updates, cool new features, and an exciting announcement coming soon.

xoxo Friends,

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Month TWO Newborn Favorites…aka “we’re starting to get the hang of this”

So excited to be sharing some awesome products today that made month two with our baby girl a little sweeter and a WHOLE LOT easier. Here is my run down on our month 2 favorite newborn products and all the baby stuff that I sifted through to survive the first 8 weeks with our baby girl.

I don’t know what I’d do without all the awesome suggestions I’ve received from other mommas, and then of course there is just trial by fire and learning EVERYTHING as we go.  I tried to do as much prep as possible before little Miss Reagan arrived, but there truly is no substitute for being in the moment and figuring out what you need to raise your babies!

*NOTE – I did a TON of research when it came to finding the best-quality and cheapest prices on ALL of our baby gear. I HIGHLY recommend starting a Target Baby Registry! Everything that Target and Amazon have are bomb.com and often both have the cheapest prices.  I compared them with Babies R’ Us, Diapers.com, Costco, and Walmart and was surprised/excited to learn that they really do have the best deals.

month 2 newborn favorite products

Infantino Car Seat Chimes: Pink Owl Chime    BlueBird and Elephant Chime    Yellow Giraffe Chime

Enfamil Gentlease Formula:   20oz. Reusable Tub     (4-pack)  20oz. Reusable Tub

Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash     Boppy Noggin Nest Pillow     WubbaNub Pacifier

AngelCare Bath Support     Dr. Brown’s Bottles

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Infantino Car Seat Chimes:    I LOVE these little buggers. I happened upon them randomly one day at Target and was immediately obsessed. The bright colors and sweet chimes are absolutely perfect for catching Miss Reagan’s attention. The hubby built me a little mini baby gym, tutorial coming soon, and we dangle them from it while she sits in her Boppy and plays for hours. She gets those little arms moving and loves to play and grab them. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM then you have probably seen the sweetest little video of her playing with them. As a bonus, I love that I can easily remove them from the gym and take them on the go whenever we need them. The little Pink Owl and the Green Elephant are Reagan’s favorites.

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Enfamil Gentlease Formula:   I’ve mentioned this baby formula a few times now! But seriously, this might have truly saved me from losing my mind the first 8 weeks of Reagan’s life. We really struggled with breastfeeding and were originally given Enfamil Newborn Formula by our pediatrician. Well a few weeks later she was struggling with tummy troubles and we decided to give Gentlease a try. BABY…FORMULA…MAGIC!!! Reagan immediately took to it and now it is a huge part of our daily feeding routine. Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I am still expressing and pumping breast milk and we mix it with a few ounces of this Enfamil Gentlease. The end result is one Milk Drunk Happy Baby and two completely relieved parents. She is still gassy on occasion but she no longer screams or cries from tummy pain. I am so happy that we found this. It has been an absolute godsend!

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Johnson’s Baby Wash: Baby wash seems like a pretty basic baby necessity, but I was shocked at how many different washes and shampoos are on the market today.  Its confusing as a parent to know what brands to trust and what brands are “over-the -top.” We were given Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash by the hospital and have really loved it.  We started using bath time as a precursor to bedtime in our daily routine, and needed a baby wash that was super gentle on Miss Reagan’s sensitive skin.  Most websites will also recommended that you don’t bathe your newborn daily, but with the blessing of our pediatrician we were given the go ahead as long as the wash was gentle enough. Johnson’s Baby Wash allows us to keep Reagan “nice and clean” and as a bonus she gets “nice and tired” from playing in the bath. Bring on bedtime, aka Mommy & Daddy relaxation time!!!!

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Boppy Nest Noggin’ Support Pillow: Awwww…the dreaded flat head syndrome. Strangely this issue caused me more “mommy stress” then anything else during month two. We were officially out of the early newborn days and were feeling more and more confident in everything we were doing as parents. Then little Miss Reagan started sleeping a little longer and that meant she was on her back for longer periods of time while swaddled and sleeping. I was so terrified that she would develop a flattened head that wouldn’t correct itself with tummy time etc.

Are there any other mommas out there who stressed and worried about completely ruining your child because you weren’t able to hold/carry/wear your baby 24/7???

I truly felt like I was “damaging” my child every single time I put her down for a nap or bedtime. Enter the Nest Noggin’ Pillow. This has been a lifesaver. We tried a few different strategies prior to purchasing the pillow which included: side sleeping, rotating her head from side to side, propping her up in the Boppy to sleep and countless other things. But ultimately we got the Noggin’ Pillow and now I simply don’t stress about her having a physical deformity or requiring a shaping helmet at any point in her infancy.  She has a beautiful, perfectly shaped, round little head. 🙂

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Wubba Nub Pacifier: Love Love Love the WubbaNub Pacifier. I had initially heard mixed reviews about it but ultimately we received it as a gift and have absolutely loved having it as our dedicated car seat pacifier. If you read my Month One Newborn Favorites post, then you know how much we LOVE the Avent Soothie Pacifiers and the WubbaNub comes with one attached to the sweetest little stuffy animal.  I use this paci for the car when Reagan is fussy. While driving or riding in the passenger seat it is almost impossible to reach back and hunt for a pacifier while still being a responsible driver.  The stuffed animal on this bad boy is fantastic because it is easy to find, grab, and shove back in quickly.  The end result is a smooth and quiet car ride for everyone. Parenting WIN!!!!!

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AngelCare Bath Support: This is by far my FAVORITE item that I discovered during month two. We use the AngelCare Bath Support EVERY SINGLE DAY, and it has made bath time so enjoyable for all of us.  Reagan is so happy because just like the name implies she is fully supported and can be in the bath splashing and looking around at us instead of being awkwardly held.  Bathing an infant is tricky because they get so slippery in the water and you are left with only one free hand for washing.  I am so happy with the AngelCare because Reagan is propped up and can look around but remains safely secured in the anti-slip rubber base. The AngelCare comes in both Pink and Blue.

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Dr. Brown’s Vented Bottles:  Everyone has their own preference on baby bottles, for us, these have made a huge difference in the feeding arena.  We originally tried breastfeeding as long as possible but to keep it short and sweet, it just wasn’t working for us.  We moved to exclusive pumping and bottle feeding and never looked back.  Reagan is a healthy, happy, and lovely little girl, and part of that is because we have been able to give her breast milk mixed with a little bit of formula via these amazing Dr. Brown Vented Bottles. We originally used a basic slow-flow nipple on the standard Medela bottles that came with my Medela Pump.  Reagan was having some major tummy troubles and so after a little research I learned about these vented bottles.  No air comes in contact with the milk and Reagan isn’t sucking down a bunch of air with her milk which would cause her to be fussy and spit up all the time.  Once we switched over to this type of bottle and got her on the Enfamil Gentlease Formula, feeding time was fantastic and enjoyable once again.

xo xo Friends,

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Month ONE Newborn Favorites…aka “Survival Gear”

Ok friends, I by NO means claim to be a pro at this “mommy” thing yet, but its funny how quickly I picked up exactly what needed to be done, how to do it, and the best gear for the job at hand.  I did a ton of research on different products during my pregnancy. I really tried to prepare myself when it came to what we were going to “need” for our little one and what would be considered “fluff” stuff.  I know there are dozens of posts out there with gear ranging from a completely minimalistic approach to fully stocked nurseries. I like to think we are somewhere in the middle. So… if you are looking for a good mix, here are a few month one newborn favorites that I would consider must-haves, nice-to-haves, and splurges!!!

I started my breakdown with “Month One” because we successfully survived the first 4 weeks with Reagan without any major hiccups. I’ve included links for all the items in the cheapest places I could find them. *NOTE – I did a TON of research when it came to finding the best-quality and cheapest prices on ALL of our baby gear. I HIGHLY recommend starting a Target Baby Registry! I also found that Target and Amazon often have the cheapest prices when it comes to baby supplies and gear.  I compared them with Babies R’ Us, Diapers.com, Costco, and Walmart and was surprised/excited to learn that they really do have the best deals. ENJOY and let me know if you have any questions! Again, not an expert, but I will give my honest opinion and thoughts on the products we use on a daily basis. I found that reading about other mommies and their experiences was SOOOOOO incredibly helpful in preparing for my first baby.

month one newborn favorites

Medela InStyle Advanced Breast Pump     Avent Soothie Pacifiers     Aden+Anais Swaddles

Bare Naked Boppy Pillow     Boon Lawn Drying Rack     Aquaphor Diaper Cream

Mist Wipe Warmer     Babyganics On-the-Go Mini Pump

Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Wipes     Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads     Medela Hydrogel Pads

“MUST HAVES”

Breast Pump – This one is an absolute “must have” in my book.  If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know we intended to do breastfeeding for as long as possible and then supplement with pumped breast milk. Well, long story short, things didn’t really work out that way and we ended up doing exclusive pumping.  It works for us but I wouldn’t have survived without my amazing Medela InStyle Advanced Breast Pump. I did quite a bit of research on the different models available and concluded that this is one of the best ones on the market. There are definitely some cheaper models available and some pretty spendy ones also. I love that the Medela is durable and its motor will last for thousands of pumping sessions.  We considered it to be an investment for multiple babies down the road. And the quality is fantastic for the money you’re spending on it. I opted for the tote bag option and am sooooooo glad I did. Easy access, easy maneuverability, and a quit motor for night sessions were all the features I was looking for in my pump and the Medela has all of them.  I am very HAPPY with my pump and consider it to be a “must have” item for sure even if you’re not exclusively pumping like me! I bought mine at Target HERE but it is also available at Amazon for a great price HERE.

Avent Soothie Pacifiers – Pacifiers are another “must have” in my opinion and our use of a pacifier started by accident.  Originally we received advice from our lactation consultant, while still in the hospital, to not use a pacifier as they can sometimes cause nipple confusion.  So…like many NEW and completely unaware parents we decided to take her advice and forgo the use of a pacifier. Well, like most brand new babies, Miss Reagan did great for our first night in the hospital but really let us have it during night two, which also happened to be our first night home with her.  She was crying and screaming and no matter what we attempted to do, she was inconsolable. After the fact, I hear that this is actual quite common because babies finally realize they are not in their mommy’s tummy anymore. In the wee hours of the morning, my fantastic mother-in-law came into our bedroom and offered up some help by using a pacifier. We tried it and she immediately calmed down, thank the Lord, and soon fell into a peaceful sleep. We haven’t looked back and LOVE using a pacifier to soothe and calm her. She has NO nipple or bottle confusion and truly does great with a pacifier. Originally, I started using Natursutten Pacifiers because they were all the rage, all natural, organic blah blah blah. You know the drill with this mommy stuff. Honest opinion, I was super unimpressed and so was Reagan. She hated these pacifiers and at $9 a pop I won’t use them again. We had received a WubbaNub Pacifier as a gift and Reagan immediately took to this type of pacifier. The shape is similar to the type of bottle nipple we use so I think the consistency helps calm her.  I immediately went out and bought some Avent Soothie Pacifiers  and completely LOVE THEM!!!!! I of course bought the purple and pink ones but the Avent Soothies in teal are also a favorite because they match Reagan’s nursery.

Swaddle Blankets – If you’ve ever been on Pinterest or a Mommy website you’ve probably read about swaddle blankets. Well when we first started talking about having a baby I had absolutely NO idea what a freakin’ swaddle was.  No clue what that meant or why you would need one. How quickly things change once you become a parent. Swaddling is probably one of the most amazing and necessary skills we could have learned as new parents. Swaddling up our little Reagan girl was a complete game changer. She instantly becomes quiet. She does turn her head a lot while swaddled because she is so curious about everything happening around her, but overall being swaddled is so calming to her.  She loves it and so do we.  We received these Aden+Anais Swaddles as a baby gift and just loved them. I love that they have a bit of texture to them so they really stay in place and the little Miss can’t break free. I also purchased some Little Remi Swaddles and we really love them too. While browsing Target.com I completely fell in love with these butterfly and ladybug Aden+Anais Swaddles. So cute!

Boppy Nursing Pillow – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Boppy Nursing Pillow. A hands-down “must have” for anyone!!! It is the number one baby gift for showers and it can be used for everything! We use it multiple times a day and are almost ready to buy another one for my office just to have around as a spare! We use it for naps, tummy time, lounging around, playtime, and for feeding! It is meant to be used as a nursing pillow but we love it for everything. As long as baby is being supervised it is a great hands-free aid for new moms who are still recovering from labor and as a comfortable place for baby to chill in while other “non-baby” life stuff happens. If you haven’t received one as a gift then please go out and buy one today! Your life as a new parent will be so much easier. You can thank me later! I recommend the Bare Naked Boppy Pillow because I really wanted to make my own covers but there are some really cute ones available. For little girls I love the Pink Dots Cover and for little boys the Blue Dots Cover.  Since we didn’t know what our baby’s gender was I needed to have all my basis covered!!!!

“NICE TO HAVES”

Boon Lawn Bottle Drying Rack – This product is so cute and so functional…definitely “nice-to-have.”  My husband hates clutter of any kind and I knew we were going to need something simple to contain all the hundreds of thousands of bottle and pumping parts that are endlessly floating around our kitchen.  Voila… the Boon Lawn Drying Rack is the answer. I could’ve easily got a cheap-looking plastic drying rack but I love the way this one looks in our kitchen and it is great for containing all the tiny parts and pieces of everything.  Having this also helped us establish a “bottle station” for all our feeding supplies and now we have our go-to spot when its time for Miss Reagan to eat.

Aquaphor Diaper Cream – I am so thankful that I had this Aquaphor Diaper Cream on hand in our first few weeks as parents. One thing I had read about but was hoping to avoid was the dreaded diaper rash.  We had a few weeks of some pretty acidic poops and we first tried Triple Paste but found that the zinc oxide in it irritated Reagan’s bottom even more. Next we tried the Aquaphor brand and it was fantastic.  Her little bottom cleared up within hours.

Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer – We received the Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer as a baby gift and I must say…it is definitely “nice-to-have.”  I originally heard about this product from my sister who has twin boys.  She recommended it because no one wants a nice, quiet, sleepy baby to wake up from an ice-cold wet wipe being put on their ass during a 3am feeding. That just sounds absolutely awful. Definitely not a “must-have” but this really helps to keep things flowing smoothly during the midnight feeding sessions. I am so thankful that we have this product.  They make one that has just the Wipe Warmer and one that has a Mist Wipe Warmer feature that is just awesome.

“TOTAL SPLURGES”

Babyganics Hand Sanitizers –  I have completely fallen in love with the Babyganics brand.  We have numerous products from their line and are so happy with ALL of them.  As far as hand sanitizers go, this is a total splurge because hand sanitizers are pretty basic.  I really loved the convenience of the mini bottles and have them in our diaper bag, my purse, and the car for quick access.  The bottle pump was great for the hospital when visitors came and we love having a bottle next to our changing table for a quick cleanup after a messy blowout.  The refill packs are convenient and really cut down on the overall price of this product. I know once Reagan becomes mobile and starts to get into everything I will be so thankful to have these on hand.

Babyganics Bottle Pump     Babyganics On-the-Go Mini Pump     Babyganics Refill Packs

      Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Wipes I had read reviews about how awesome these wipes are but I must admit that I was quite skeptical at first. There are so many baby products on the market that are absolute garbage and i’ve already had my fair share of regretful purchases. This one surprised me.  I almost put them in my “must haves” because I love this product that much. It is still a splurge because they are a little spendy, but these babies are so amazing for cleaning up baby spit-up and baby boogers.  My husband often says, “just use a regular wipe OR why not a burp cloth?” Yes, I could use these items, but the Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Wipes SMELL SOOOOOOOO GOOD! They have the freshest smell and I want to kiss Miss Reagan’s cheeks all the time because she smells so sweet.

Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads Ahhhhh the comfort of having something cool and soothing on your poor, cracked, overworked and bleeding tatas. The joys of nursing your brand new baby. I wasn’t prepared for the “pain” that nursing can bring and these Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads were an absolute godsend. They are crazy expensive but well worth the money if you want to splurge on yourself.  I bought THIS 4-PACK  and tried my best to take care of them so they would last longer. After nursing for the first few weeks your poor boobies will be so tired and these are AMAZING!!! I also used their TheraPearl Hot/Cold Pack and Lansinoh Lanolin and was so grateful for them.  I recommend the 3-pack because I kept lanolin everywhere around our house and was constantly putting it on. You really can’t have enough of the stuff. My tatas LOVED IT!!!!

Medela Hydrogel Pads – These are very similar to the Soothie Pads above but I received a whole stack of them FREE from our lactation consultant.  They were great to have on hand once my soothies were all gone. Medela Hydrogel Pads will give you the same cooling sensation along with protecting and shielding your nipples from any further irritation. I really love both products. I felt like the soothies stayed on better compared to the hydrogels BUT the hydrogels are a little larger for better coverage.

I hope this is helpful to any first time mommy’s out there.  Learning to balance life with a newborn is much harder than I originally thought and it takes lots of patience and the right “tools” to get through the day-to-day grind with your new little bundle of love.  I found all these items to be so incredibly helpful and even now in month 3, we still use most of these products daily.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help. Us Mommas gotta stick together!

  xo xo Friends,

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Welcome to the World, Reagan Marie Haguewood!!!

Reagan Marie

At 7:44am on Wednesday, March 2nd we officially welcomed a BEAUTIFUL and SWEET little girl named Reagan Marie Haguewood into this world.  We are so incredibly in love with this little angel and I cannot believe that I am a mommy to a wonderful little baby girl.  Every moment with her so far has been an adventure and a half… complete with little baby smiles, mommy blues, and hours of staring at her sweet little face in the wee hours of the morning.  Today is her official due date, March 13th 2016, but she decided she was ready to come early and is already 11 Days Old!!!!!! I can’t imagine a world without her in it.

Reagan Marie

I plan on doing a whole post about my Labor and Delivery but for now i’ll share that things went beautifully.  I feel so blessed to have had a completely uncomplicated labor and a very easy delivery.  I know there are many different experiences and choices when it comes to Labor and Delivery so I’m not going to get into the details too much because I don’t want to offend any other mommas out there.  Any way you choose to deliver your baby means you are a major rockstar in my book.  That “s**t” ain’t easy and I definitely wasn’t prepared for “real” labor contractions.  I have tremendous respect for every mother out there regardless of her delivery circumstances.

Reagan Marie

We’ve been soaking up every moment of our new life as a family of 3 + 2 golden retrievers + 3 kitty babies.  Mommy & Daddy have been working very hard to assure that everyone is getting the attention and love they need.  Our family is everything to me and I love the idea that we just grew by one sweet little girl.  So far the girly puppies are semi-interested and curious about Reagan.  Our oldest golden, Jovie, immediately fell in love with the little babe and is her protector.  Roxie, our youngest golden, was a bit more timid and felt quite a bit of anxiety about this small creature who was taking up all of mommy’s time.  I’m happy to say we’ve finally struck a good balance and everyone is settling into our new life with a newborn…and this includes Mommy and Daddy.

Reagan Marie

Adjusting to our new life has been HUGE!!! To say this is a life change is the biggest understatement in the world. Reagan was 2 weeks early, still considered full term, but early nonetheless.  I only had our hospital bags 80% packed which meant our exit from the house and car ride to the hospital was less than glamorous and calm.  Everything with her nursery and any necessary baby supplies were ready to go however. I am so happy that I was a bit OCD about completing the “Baby To Do List” prior to being 37 weeks pregnant.  We made it though and only had to spend one night in the hospital.  I was eager to go home and ready to begin our new life with Miss Reagan. The first couple of days as new parents were NUTS, but completely wonderful.  We were so fortunate to have had both our families involved and very supportive in those first couple of days.  I had no idea the trauma my body would go through and how exhausting it would be so it was nice to sleep and rest without having to worry about taking care of her.

 I quickly learned my first “Mommy Lesson” and had to let go of my fears about something happening to her while we slept.  I was WIDE awake for the first 72 hours with the occasional nap sprinkled in.  I was told by everyone that when she sleeps, I need to sleep, but as a new mom I COULDN’T sleep AND didn’t really want to sleep.  I wanted to sit and stare at her, love on her, and make sure she was still breathing every second.  All very normal.  But I finally realized that I can’t take care of her, me, or our family if i’m dead to the world with exhaustion.  We had a minor episode with her that night where she was spitting up blood from my breastmilk, again relatively normal and not harmful to her.  We were struggling a bit with her latch and things got quite raw and sore.  I was extremely worried and was ready to pack up and head to the ER at 3am.  I was sure my new 3-day old newborn was having internal bleeding.  SCARY!!!!! Turns out she is perfectly fine, nothing was hurting her, and she is now latching on great.  I would probably throw up too if I had ingested some blood.  But its funny how that was the night, when the SHIT HIT THE FAN so to say, that I finally crashed for 4 hours straight and had to trust and pray that she would be fine.  I’ve been sleeping hard and intense ever sense without worry or fretting.  THANK GOODNESS!!! I was getting really pooped.

The families left on Tuesday and we had our first official day and night ALONE with our new daughter.  Things have been so smooth and easy.  I feel a little jaded by the experience in that everything has been so perfect and wonderful with her. She is such a good baby and I’m already worried that our second won’t go so smoothly. But for now I am going to focus on her and getting this “motherhood” thing down.  Sleep deprivation is kicking my butt but i’m the luckiest mommy alive in that my husband works from home and is willing to help out.  I get an afternoon nap most days which makes the evenings tolerable.  We call the evenings “Mommy Witching Hour” in that my hormones hit the peek for the day and exhaustion sets in hard.  I get super super emotional and often will cry for no reason at all.  I know things will pass as we get set in a routine and my body finally relaxes from birthing a child.  I am constantly being reminded “to give myself plenty of GRACE in these early days.” I’ve never been a mom before and I have no idea what i’m doing.  But things are starting to click and Jeffrey and I are going off of instinct and what feels right.

Reagan Marie

This little angel is a TRUE gift from heaven and we could not be more in love with her.  That sweet little face and her adorable baby personality have my heart bursting at the seams with LOVE!!! I am already sad at how big she is getting and she is literally changing and growing before our eyes.  But it is so fun to see all the new little skills she is learning.  She can already turn her head, big shocker to me, and really loves tummy time and mornings with mom.  We sing and read to her and she loves listening to us.  Her eyes get so BIG like we are rocking her world or something. So FUN!!!!!! Every minute has been exhausting and wonderful just like everyone said it would be.  We are just so happy and so in love with our little Rae Rae. Reagan Marie

Time for another feeding, diaper change, and burp rotation!!!!! I’m loving being a mommy so much…my heart is full beyond measure.

xo xo,

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