Traveling & Hiking With A Gtube + Free Packing Printable!

If you told me 6 months ago I would travel ten hours, sleep in a remote cabin, and go hiking in the Smokey Mountains with a 9-month-old, let alone one with a feeding tube, I would give you the “you’re insane!” look. But guess what?! It’s totally possible because I did just that and it was amazing! Don’t get me wrong I was a nervous wreck before we left and spent days packing and preparing. But I wouldn’t trade the experience my family had for anything! Here’s how I handled the logistics:  I used VBRO.com to find a rental home.  We…

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Lessons In Motherhood

  Motherhood is something that has changed for me with each child.  I’m not the same person I was after my last child or the child before that. Though my children are still young they’ve already made me wise beyond my years.  At least I’d like to think so. You see when most of my friends were celebrating finishing their first year of college, I was giving birth to my first son and wondering how I was going to continue my education with a newborn. He was a surprise but one I welcomed with open arms. He taught me maturity…

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G-Tube Must Have Items

gtube must haves

*This post contains affiliate links, but I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t tried and loved!  Baby E received his Gtube a few months ago.  He received it on a Monday and by Wednesday we were sent home to figure the rest out.  It has been a crazy ride.  I’ll never forget how unprepared I felt the first time the tube fell out into my hands while replacing his pad. I remember googling what I needed for bringing him home and what to expect and surprisingly my search results came up empty.  I thought I’d throw together a quick list of…

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Keeping Kids Safe Online: For Busy Families

Kids Online Safety

*This post contains affiliate links,  however, I personally use and love this product.  Our oldest son is in the Second grade.  Like most kids he LOVES electronics.  They even have laptops in the classroom! My husband and I have struggled with limiting his time online.  We are busy, we get home, make dinner, get the house picked up, take care of the baby and before we know it, we realize that our oldest has just spent 2 hours playing on his tablet. We went out in search of a program where we could set time limits on all of his…

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Message To The Stranger Asking About My Preemie

  Walking through the grocery store with my preemie in my ring sling avoiding eye contact. It never fails some lady will walk up and in that baby voice ask, “Aw, how old is he?? He’s so tiny!” They may even try to get in our bubble and touch him. I struggle with this and always begin to over-explain myself, as I back up and create space. Sometimes they’ll even chime in with their story about their 6lb 37-week preemie and how they understand. Because you know 6lbs is close to 3lbs. I know it’s ultimately innocent but… STOP JUST…

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DIY Coffee Bar

I wanted to share how I created my own DIY Coffee Bar.  My family is in love with it!  We are Keurig and tea obsessed.  Even the seven-year-old is well versed in how to make a nice cup of hot chocolate. My inspiration started with my chalkboard I found at Ikea a while back, but I also found many similar ones on Amazon.  I love the hooks to hang our favorite coffee mugs and the chalkboard saying is the icing on the cake. My husband went all out when purchasing the Keurig.  I thought he went a bit overboard but…

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A Letter To The New Tubie Mom

The first time the nurse walked me through venting and feeding my little boy I saw stars.  I had to take a minute to sit down.  I get grossed out and queasy easily and I can’t say feeding him was the most pleasant experience at first take. Becoming a tubie mom was overwhelming.  I muddled through it again and again, until I was confident feeding him on my own like it was no big deal.  When the time came I assured the nurses I was ready to head home and walked out of the hospital with my head held high.…

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Toys For The New Mom Trying To Keep Her Sanity

This Post Contains Affiliate Links  VTech Sort & Discover Activity Cube–  With activities on each side, you child will never get bored of discovering new things on this activity cube.  Perfect for the babe learning to sit or to keep the crawler entertained for a bit while you sip your wine. Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys– This octopus keeps bathtime fun, with bright colors and small rings.  If you play your cards right you can persuade dad to take charge of bathtime while he works on his ring toss skills. Infant Toy Massaging Teethers Set Of Three– These colorful teethers are…

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Why We Chose To Have A Small Wedding And A Big Honeymoon

  Since my husband and I began dating, he always swore his honeymoon would involve a trip to Costa Rica.  I always brushed it off, never thinking we’d actually get married, let alone be able to afford a wedding and a honeymoon.  Sure enough 2 years later I found myself getting ready to board the plane to Costa Rica with a wedding band on my left finger. I have never been one for being the center of attention.  When we got engaged and starting looking into what it took to plan a wedding I quickly became overwhelmed.  I vividly remember…

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Surviving Preemie’s First Cold

I knew it was bound to happen, and I knew I’d be a mess. However I didn’t expect his first cold to come one week after an ENT diagnosed him with and airway defect and informed me a cold could lead to hospitalization. My seven week adjusted, eleven pound babe woke up four days later with a fever of 101 and an awful cough. I panicked and called the on call doctor at 2 am.  He assured me unless the baby was blue we were OK.  I stayed up for the next 6 hours staring at him sleeping trying to…

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