Weekend Round Up

Another week has come and gone! Here is what we have been up too…

 

 

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Emersyn turned 6 months old! She is adorable, chubby, and the life of the party. I will do a 6 month update soon… but here is a sneak peak of her pictures! She also started trying solids… which she loved.

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Randsom upgraded to a big boy bed. I was worried about the transition at first, but he as adjusted without a problem. I guess that is one of the perks to keeping him in a crib until he was 3! haha Also, his bedding is my favorite. I think I’m more obsessed with it than he is.

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My stroller got a serious upgrade- I’m so excited about these stroller liners by DimplesMonkey on Etsy! They are beautiful, double sided, and machine washable. Perfect for when Emersyn has a blow out while on a walk… ask me about that one.

 

I hope you all had a great week, and are enjoying your weekend!

Mommy Little

 

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

 

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I have a Preschooler!

My son turned 3 this summer, and this year we have decided to start implementing a more diligent “education schedule”.  So in September we started doing Preschool 4 days a week.

I was homeschooled during late elementary and high-school, and had a wonderful experience. I firmly believe in the importance of being in control of your children’s education (whether that be homeschooling or just being involved in their public or private school education) and I will write another post on why I plan on homeschooling my children. But for now I thought I would share what we have planned for Randsom this year!

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I am blessed with a supportive family that is extremely knowledgeable about homeschooling (both my husband and I were homeschooled by our amazing mothers!). My mother in law blessed us with the main curriculum that I plan to use this year. It is a Lesson Book  by Memoria Press that uses popular children’s books to make teaching preschoolers easy and fun. If you purchase the set from Memoria Press, it comes with the work book and all of the children’s books, but you could easily just purchase the work book/teachers manual and borrow each book from your local library.

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This curriculum is broken down into weekly lesson plans. Every week you and your student go through one new book. Each day there is a new lesson that goes with the book of the week. The lessons start with a short prayer (which I think is important to teach from a young age!) and talking about the day/date/weather. You go on to Alphabet and Number lessons, which are provided for you in the work book. You also have sections for Oral, Language, Literature, Fine Motor, and Gross Motor skills. The best part is that each daily lesson only takes about 20 minutes! This is perfect for preschoolers who have a hard time doing one thing for very long. There are also lots of suggested activities for each week that you can add on your own to keep your child engaged and remembering back to the lessons.

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Ransom has loved participating in his Preschool work so far. I have also enjoyed watching him be more challenged through out the day. It has been wonderful that the program is only 4 days out of the week, which leaves room for outside activities, and makes it easier to keep up with if someone is having an off day. We have also implemented a few other books and activities to this curriculum. I have loved using these Star Wars Workbooks to add a little more to each day. And obviously, Randsom is obsessed with Star Wars and always willing to do these.

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I will report back after a few months on our experience and if I still love it as much as I do now.

What do you use to teach your Preschooler at home?

-Mommy Little

Confessions Of A Food Allergy Mommy

My son turned 3 years old this summer. We found out about his food allergies when he was just 6 months old, which means we have been living with his allergies for 2 and 1/2 years. Sometimes I can’t believe its been that long, and other times I don’t understand how I still haven’t gotten used to it.

Randsom is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He has other non-food related allergies as well, but those are less severe. We found out about his allergies the hard way. I was starting to give him solid foods, and one day I decided to make one of those “healthy pancakes” made from an egg and a banana. After just a few small bites his eyes were swelling up, and he had little red welts all around his mouth. I didn’t understand back then how lucky I was that he didn’t go in to anaphylactic shock. I gave him a dose of Benadryl and he was alright. It gives me a panic attack just thinking about how lucky we were that day.

I took him in to be tested for allergies just a few weeks later, and we were given the news. We would have to change our lifestyle completely. It was easy at first, because Randsom was still nursing most of the time. Now that he is older, it has become so much harder.


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Confession #1. 

Epi Pens suck. I’m sure you have seen all the articles circulating on social media lately about the cost of Epi Pens and how inflated it has become, which is causing huge financial strain on families who need them. It’s not an exaggeration, folks. These devices cost several hundred dollars, even after insurance! We were told that we should have 2 Epi- Pens per allergy… for us that would mean a  $2,400 dollar bill every time we purchased them. And keep in mind that they expire, so if you don’t use them (and we hope we never have to) we have to just throw them away after a few months.

They are also a pain to have to carry everywhere. I have a special bag with Epi Pens and Benadryl that I have to remember to bring with me every time we leave the house. It isn’t too big of a deal for me because I always have a diaper bag or a purse with me, but the trouble is that you can’t leave the medication in temperatures that are too cold or too hot. It makes it hard to go out and about during the summer when the weather is super hot and you are worried that the Epi Pens stashed in your bag are going to be ruined by the heat. I also can’t imagine my son remembering to carry them around all the time as he gets older… he is going to need a man bag or something.

I truly hope that someone will come up with a better solution for people with allergies. That another company will start making a product to compete with the Epi Pen and help drive costs back down. We need something smaller and easier to travel with. They day someone invents an epinephrine injector that fits in your pocket, and costs under $100 I will climb to the highest mountain and shout for joy. Seriously.

 

Confession #2.

It is absolutely terrifying to let your child with allergies go to a play group or nursery without your supervision. Not everyone will understand allergies, especially those who have never experienced them. It is almost impossible to explain to a caregiver the importance of keeping the allergens away from your child. Even just a little bit can be a huge problem, and that is hard for some people to understand. Unfortunately, we have had several bad experiences, where I thought I had made it very clear that my child can’t have snacks that I haven’t approved and that he shouldn’t be around other kids eating… and yet I get called back in to get him later because no one was watching and he ate someone else’s snacks. Obviously my child’s safety is my responsibility, but it’s so discouraging when this happens. It makes it so hard for me to want to attend events like Bible studies, play groups, or anything else where child care in involved. And if I do attend, I end up going to check on him every 10 minutes anyway.

 

Confession #3.

It’s impossible to go out to eat. Actually impossible. The last time we went out to dinner as a family, Randsom was 1 year old and we had even packed him his own food to eat- and he still ended up getting hives all over his body because there was residue on the table and high chair (which I had wiped down first). It was stressful, sad, and we haven’t done it since.

This is probably one of the hardest parts about his allergies, which probably sounds dumb, but I’m sure other allergy mommy’s can relate. We don’t get to go out and celebrate for birthdays, we can’t join other friends when they ask to go out, and you lose a sense of normalcy. It’s so hard to explain to my child that we can’t go certain places because he will get “sick”. I never want him to feel left out, but honestly that is what happens.

 

Confession #4

Sometimes you forget, and you feel like a terrible parent. No, I don’t mean you forget your child has allergies and let them eat peanut butter. But sometimes my husband and I do eat things that Randsom is allergic to. If we go and give him a hug and forget to wash our hands, or give him a kiss on the cheek, he will get hives all over where we touched him. Its awful knowing that you are the reason your child isn’t feeling well. Thankfully, we have gotten better about remembering to be careful and this is happening less and less often. But it still sucks not being about to love on your kid when you want to.


I know I am not the first Mommy to experience all these things, and sadly I won’t be the last. Allergies in children are popping up at an alarming rate. No one can really pin point why it’s happening, but I have my own ideas.

I also need to mention that I know it could be worse. It could always be worse. There are many people out there who are suffering more than I could ever imagine, and some Mommies who wish all their child had to deal with was food allergies. I respect and acknowledge that- I know I am SO blessed. With that said, are there any other allergy Mommies out there? How are you dealing with it? Any tips?

As always,

Mommy Little

 

One Year Update

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As of August 4th, we have been living in Washington for 1 year! Time seems to have flown by, and also dragged on all at the same time. I still remember crying my eyes out as I hugged my family goodbye before we left. I didn’t talk the whole first hour of our drive and I was sick to my stomach… but that last part was probably because I was pregnant and hadn’t realized it yet ;).

I thought it would be appropriate to give a family update, one year into our adventure. A lot has changed, and thankfully some things have stayed the same.

The biggest change has been adding a new member to our family! This last year I was pregnant while adjusting to our move. It was really hard being away from my family (especially my mom) while I was sick. I was afraid that my pregnancy would have complications like my last did, and I felt so alone. There were some hard days, and a few set backs (like having to have another c-section) but thankfully everything worked out, and Emersyn Claire is such a joy in our lives! I still can’t believe that she is here, and that just one year ago we weren’t even expecting her presence!

The second biggest adjustment was adjusting to how busy Grant was (and is!). I knew going into this that Grant would have to work hard, but it didn’t dawn on me just how hard it would be for me. Most days, Grant was at school (either in class, or studying) from 7 in the morning until 8 or 9 and night. Sometimes he would stop home for dinner, but he always left quickly to get back to studying. Randsom and I both missed him, and honestly I know it will be even harder when school starts again this year. Thankfully, Grant is loving school, so that makes it easier to get through the long days without him. I know that 3 years from now I will be writing about his graduation, and it will all have been worth it. Going into this next year, my expectations will be more managed, and I will have two kids to fill the lonely days.

We became members at our church this year, and we are slowly getting more and more connected. I’m thankful to be surrounded by such a strong community of believers! We have met so many great people, and I’m blessed to have made a few mommy friends. I can’t wait to start Bible Study again in the fall and reconnect after a summer away.

I am loving our home here, we are so blessed to be in a house and not an apartment. I’ve enjoyed decorating with the knowledge that things will stay for a few years. I’ve never been motivated to hang pictures or truly decorate before because we moved so many times. I’m excited to share some of my projects with you guys! I’ve already shared Randsom’s bedroom, which I LOVE. Our neighborhood is also wonderful, I love living a few blocks from an amazing park with a beautiful lake. We have really enjoyed the small town feel, and also the amazing local farmers market every weekend. Overall, Washington is really starting to grow on me. It will never be “home”, but it holds a special place in my heart. I even miss it a little bit when we travel.

I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

Blessings,
Mommy Little

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4 Reasons My 4 Month Old Won’t Sleep

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If you read my 4 month update for Emersyn, you would know that she hasn’t been the greatest sleeper as of late. Every night she wakes anywhere from 3 to 6 times… And that’s only between my bed time hours of 10 and 6.

Some nights I can handle the constant wakings… Other nights I cry as much as she does. Mama needs some sleep, ladies! So I thought I would share the top 4 reasons why I think Emersyn has woken up this week…


Someone slammed a door or was talking too loud. And by someone, I mean my 3 year old who likes to run to baby’s room and “check” on her when I’m not looking. This usually happens while I’m in the bathroom, go figure. Guess I should never pee again. But I’d have to give up all the coffee… And that’s just not an option.

Baby is gassy. This girl does some serious tooting, and it’s always a huge effort. Grunting, wailing, and waking from a dead sleep because the air needs out. I do what I can, like burping several times during feelings, and bicycling her legs… But it always seems to happen at night.

Baby knows I just got all snuggled under my covers. After spending the last 2 hours nursing, rocking, and singing I was finally able to lay her down without waking her up. I am just dozing off and she gets “the feeling”. She knows that I’m comfortable. She knows I’m not thinking about her. She knows I am ready to sleep. So she MUST wake up. Just in case I miss her. She is always looking out for me like that.

She thinks we might be doing something fun without her. I think she has FOMO. Apparently, in her mind, exciting things happen at night that she needs to be awake for them. Nothing is better than a wide eyed baby at 2:30 in the morning. She always makes sure to be extra cute and giggly so that I don’t completely lose my mind.


And those are the reasons my baby isn’t sleeping. I know this is just a phase, and 13 years from now I will be dragging her out of bed because she is sleeping in too late again… And let me tell you, I will enjoy every second of that sweet revenge.

I need a nap,

Mommy Little

Mommy Favorites: OOTD

This has been my go to “mommy” OOTD lately.
I’ve worn this exact outfit 3 times in the last two weeks!
I LOVE my Tory Burch Miller sandals, they are easily the most comfortable shoes I own. I have two pairs, but would have 100 if I could afford it. My favorite tops these days have buttons down the front for easy nursing- it feels so hard to find them! If you have any nursing friendly tops, please let me know, I’m always searching.
-Mommy Little
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Randsom Turns 3

Please forgive my lack of posts the last two weeks. We were on a family vacation back to the Midwest to visit family. It was so much fun and I will have lots to share about that another day. But today I want to share something that happened yesterday…

Randsom turned 3!

He woke up to balloons in his room, which he loved! It was hard to sneak those in after he fell asleep the evening before, but somehow I managed not to wake him up!

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He requested pancakes for breakfast, so obviously that is what he got! I included sprinkles, because its not really a birthday unless you have way to much sugar.

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We let him open a few of his presents in the morning because we had plans to be gone all day. He loved the Avengers wrapping paper so much that it took a little convincing to get him to rip open the paper. But once he did, he loved all his presents!

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Next we loaded up for a long drive to the big city! We headed to the Children’s Museum where we stayed and played for several hours!

 

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We stopped for a quick lunch before heading over to the park. We saw ducks and geese, ran around, and enjoyed playing on a huge slide. Randsom was getting pretty tired (he woke up extra early!) so we decided to head back home soon after that.

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When we arrived home, we played with his new birthday toys and I made pizza for dinner. We enjoyed birthday cake, which was followed by a much needed birthday bubble bath!

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Overall, I think Randsom had a very special day. It was hard for this mama not to be sad that I couldn’t throw him a birthday party, but we just don’t know that many people here yet. Maybe next year I will be coming at you with a big birthday bash.

We are so blessed to have this little man in our family! I can’t believe that 3 years ago he was born via emergency c-section, and we didn’t know what his future would be like. He has amazed us every day with his intelligence and gentle spirit. So thankful that I get to be his mama!

Blessings,

Mommy Little

 

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Emersyn Claire

Well I’m a little late announcing it here, but our daughter was born last week!

Emersyn Claire was born via Csection  on Tuesday, April 5th.
She was 9lbs 1oz and 22 inches long.
Perfect and healthy!

My end of things has been a little rough, but I’ll save that for when I get around to writing her birth story! For now, enjoy these adorable pictures of Emma.

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Blessings,

Mommylittle

Pregnancy Update

I’ve been putting this off.
No, nothing life changing and horrible has happened. Baby girl is healthy and doing well in my big ol’ belly. But this pregnancy hasn’t gone as smoothly as I was hoping, and I confess I’ve been putting of dealing with my feelings towards it. Which means I haven’t written any new pregnancy updates.
Now I’m nearing the end of this pregnancy, and I do want to look back and have some record of what was happening. So today is the day.
  • I am 34 weeks pregnant 
  • We had a second ultrasound which confirmed baby is still a girl. 
  • I have gained 28 lbs… so far. 
  • I have horrible acid reflux, especially after I eat anything with pasta sauce. (oh pizza, I thought we were friends!)
  • We still have no name picked out. She will probably be called baby girl forever.
  • I feel like an old man, my body audibly clicks and cracks every 10 minutes. 
  • At my last appointment, baby was measuring 3 weeks ahead and over 5lbs… and that was two weeks ago. Apparently I’m destined to have huge babies. 
  • And the kicker… I’m having blood pressure issues again.
So here is the thing… I developed postpartum pre-eclampsia with my last pregnancy (though its suspected I had it the whole time). I knew there was a possibility of it happening again, but I was told the chances were small and that I had a good shot at a normal pregnancy. I had high hopes for a vbac this go around, and everything was looking good until my 24 week appointment. I went in knowing something was off. I’d had a constant headache for several days and blurry vision. They took my blood pressure at the office, twice, and the doctor came in and told me I was to go right to the hospital to be monitored. Good times. 
I could go in to more detail about how hard that day was (being in a new place, alone with my toddler and no one to watch him because Grant was in class, and expected to go to the hospital…) but I don’t want to cry right now. I had to stay for 24 hours. My blood pressures leveled out and I was allowed to go home. But because I have protien in my urine and a history of pre- eclampsiam, I am being monitored closely. This also means I’m having a repeat c-section because no doctors in my area will let me attempt a vbac with high blood pressure (I live in a small town, hospital rules are pretty strict here I guess). 
So there you have it.
I am SO grateful that baby is healthy and doing well this pregnancy. I don’t want to take that for granted. And I know that having another c-section is not the worst thing in the world, but it still hurts my heart to know that I will never get to experience a vaginal birth. Not to mention I’m just not feeling well and I look like a balloon. I know God is in control, this is what He wants for me and I will work on having a better attitude about it.
Until then, enjoy a few bump pictures!
Blessings.
Mommy Little