Having babies, we've realized that having a routine is everything, and babies live off that. The first couple weeks I had Cece I was so worried about creating a routine for her, but its like you don't even know where to start. I tried keeping her awake during the day so she would sleep through the night. That didn't work.. I tried putting her down for naps at certain times everyday so I would know when I could get a break. That didn't work either.. They fall asleep when they want to, they eat when they want to, and they cry when everything isn't the exact way they want it. I remember feeling completely hopeless when there was nothing I could predict from her, and I thought it would never get better. I talked with some friends and family members who had babies and they all told me not to worry, and that eventually they would create their own routine and everything would get better. Thats the phrase I kept hearing.. "Everything will get better" I waited for 6 months until that finally became true, and it really did get better! Cece finally started falling asleep at the same times every day, and getting her on a more predictable schedule became easier and easier. Now I know exactly when she will eat, take her naps, and go to sleep for the night. I couldn't ask for anything better!
One part of our daily routines that we all look forward to are our walks. With summer just behind us, and fall beginning, it has been the best part of our day! I don't know about you guys, but it seems like our babies get sick of being in the house all day and just want to get out no matter where we go! One of our favorite products that we've used as being new moms have been our Tula Baby Carriers. They are perfect for walks, and they are so easy to put on with the baby, and they are super comfortable to wear! We've tried the $20 carriers, and the $150 carriers and it really does make a difference when you are comparing quality. We are all about substituting an expensive product with a cheaper version if you get pretty much the same results, but in this case it is definitely worth it to spend the extra money. The problem with the cheaper carriers is that they really are not made as well, and they don't hold up the same way some as the more expensive carriers do. When you are carrying a 20lb baby on your chest you need as much support as possible, and the Tula baby carrier really provides that! The other thing to keep in mind too is that you will get a lot of use out of this carrier. It can be used with newborns all the way up to 45lbs! All you ladies who can carry around your 45lb baby on you get a round of applause! We will be using our husbands for that.. We carried them around for 9 months so its the least they can do, right!?
Fall always comes and goes too fast, so take advantage of all the fun fashion and don't forget to be bold this season! Here are the looks we wore for the fashion show, and some of our favorite looks we saw!
Favorite Looks From The Night
I was talking to my mom the other day about all of the "high tech gadgets", as she calls them, I have for Reign. We were talking about the items that I couldn't live without this past month, and as I was thinking about it, I really do use a lot of "high tech" items that I am so blessed to have! My mom basically just had her breasts, and arms as her gadgets. Lol. We are so lucky to have baby monitors, carriers, bouncy swings, dock a tots, bottle warmers and mama roos (just to name a few) to help make motherhood a little easier! Seriously though, how did the pioneers and people back then do it?! Let alone having a baby without an epidural! Yikes. I feel super blessed to have so much help from modern technology.
My heart breaks a little thinking about when I have to put Reign in her crib. It is coming closer than I think! Right now she sleeps in bed with us in her DockAtot and has a bassinet by my bedside that I will put her in sometimes as well. Even when she is 5 inches from my face in her DockAtot, I check on her every couple minutes. I can't help it!
I love putting the lollipop camera on her bassinet or sitting it up on on the nightstand while she is swinging in her mama roo. I put the camera on while she is sleeping or when I need to get some work done or cleaning around the house.
There is an app that connects over wifi to the camera, it is great, easy and efficient. I love being able to access the camera through my phone, since my phone is always on me. I am still easing into letting other people other then my husband watch Reign while I go out for errands and leave the house. But it is great, because I can watch her through my app while I am out and about! The app has many features other then just watching live video feed. If Reign starts to cry, fuss or move, it will automatically detect that something is wrong and make a 30 second video of the event which is saved on the app. One of my favorite things about the app is that I can invite family or friends to watch or share live videos/pictures of Reign. My mom lives in California, so I can invite her on the app and she can watch Reign sleep or hanging out via live stream! So it's like she isn't missing out on anything :)
My other FAVORITE thing about this camera is the design. Isn't this camera just the cutest?! It comes in three different colors, cotton candy pink, turquoise, and pistachio. The pink color goes perfectly with Reign's nursery, so i obviously had to go with that one :) The sleekness and ease of transferring the camera to different parts of the house is easily the best part about the camera. The handle is flexible and will twist and turn to any shape you need for wrapping around a crib, wall mount or sitting it down by itself.
I feel like every mom is going to need a camera at some point! It helps ease anxiety while your away from your baby, and it can help bring family together through live streaming :) I love it because while my husband is out of town, he can drop/spy in on Reign while she is sleeping and talk to her through the camera :)
You can check out more information about the lollipop baby monitor on their website here and you can buy it through Amazon .
Hope you all have a great weekend! Baby Reign and I are back in New Orleans until next week, then we will be back in Utah for good! Hurricane Harvey is on its way to Texas right now, crossing our fingers and saying prayers it doesn't hit us here in New Orleans!
You hear a lot of pregnancy horror stories, tips, tricks, and unwanted advice from a lot of people, but the one thing Ash and I were really hoping was all a myth was all the hair you should prepare to lose after having your baby. Unfortunately for us, its true! Sigh.... It literally felt like days after having our babies we started to lose our hair and there was nothing we could do about it. After a few months of trying everything to keep our hair as healthy as possible, we both finally found what works for us! We both have very different hair. Ashlyn was blessed with very thick, luscious, locks and I unfortunately got the shorter end of the stick with thin, brittle hair. Although my hair is on the thinner side, I have grown to love it so much more now that I can see how healthy and strong it has become! So for all of you with hair on the thinner side, take a look at my hair regimen, and some of my favorite products. For the rest of you already blessed with thick, luscious hair, scroll down to Ashlyn's regimen!
SARAH'S TOP 3 HAIR PRODUCTS FOR THIN HAIR:
#1: Rosarco Milk
I absolutely love this product! I got this product in a fit Fab Fun box and tried it out for a few weeks, and now Im completely hooked! I spray this in my hair every time I wash it, and sometimes in between washes when I feel like I need a little extra conditioning. I love this product because it is so lightweight, and it doesn't feel like I have loads of product in my hair. After using this Rosarco milk for a few months now, I have noticed my hair is smoother, thicker, and feels healthier! It also smells amazing!
#2: Marula Oil
Typically I don't like using oils on my hair because I feel like it leaves it greasy, and too shiny. I also feel like when I put oils in my hair, especially the hair that touches my face, it makes my face more sensitive and I hate it! This Marula Oil is seriously the first oil that I have found that I like! I use this oil on the ends of my hair every night before I go to bed, and it has helped tremendously with my split ends! I have a nasty habit of picking them and breaking them every chance I get. It is also super lightweight, and I don't feel like it irritates my skin. This product gets two thumbs up!
#3: Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue
This product is a must for anyone that uses any sort of heating tools. Any time I blow dry, curl, straighten, crimp, whatever, to my hair I always start with this product and spray the crap out of my hair. It protects hair from the damage that extreme heat can have, and it also protect colored hair. It leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth, and manageable without feeling like I have a build up of product. This one also smells AMAZING!
ASHLYN'S FAVORITE PRODUCTS:
#1: Biolage Keratindose Renewal Spray
I have been using biolage renewal spray product for 7 months now, and SWEAR by it. I love it because I can use it on dry or wet hair. I have really thick, tangly hair so I spray it after the shower and use my wet brush (which is easily my favorite hair brush because it cuts my brushing time in half)
#2: Prenatal pills or Biotin
I have been taking supplements for 5 years now, and this is easily the best and simplest way to getting your hair strong and long. I have come to find that a prenantal works better for me, and I have seen the most difference in my hair since taking it. I get mine from Costco, Nature Made brand, because I get a lot!
#3: Hairfinity & Moroccan Oil Serum
I use a serum every time I wash my hair and when I am styling because it helps smooth and nourish my dry hair. Living in Utah with the dry heat has taken a toll on my hair so giving it as much thirst as I can has been the best way to keep it strong and healthy. I have used the Moroccan oil for years and years. And just came across this hairfinity one that I really like too!
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