It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post that wasn’t sponsored or a review. That has been on my mind a lot. I started this blog to write about my pregnancy journey, and then my experiences as a mom – and so – here I am writing about something that happened yesterday that I want to remember, and also share with you – because that’s what this blog is for. 🙂

Yesterday when I went to pick up the kids from my mom’s house after work I found them both sleeping on her couch so I hung out for a little while until Owen woke up.

Emma hasn’t been feeling great, so I felt bad about waking her up and decided to leave her with my mom until she woke up. I packed up their things, put Owen in the car and went home.

When I got home I was unloading the car and couldn’t help but notice how nice the weather was. This is very rare as we live in South Florida – it’s always disgustingly hot, even at 6PM! I went to get Owen out of his car seat and his happy face and adorable smile made me smile. Instead of taking him inside I popped my car trunk open, took out his stroller and sat him down.

We live right next to a park and there were a bunch of kids there. Some playing soccer, a little boy throwing a football with his dad, a mom pushing her daughter on the swing, etc so I decided to walk over there with Owen and just stroll him around for a bit.

On our walk I kept looking over to see his face and see if it looked like he was enjoying the walk. He looked curious! He was looking around, mostly just chillin’ haha, but I could tell that he was enjoying it.

I started to think about how nice it was to have a little alone time with him. Then out of nowhere I started to cry because I realized that I never have alone time with him.

When Emma was his age we had done multiple Mommy & Me classes, gone on fun little baby play dates and even to the zoo! With Owen unless we are doing something for Emma or as a family, he doesn’t really do much.

I realize that things were different because Emma was my one and only child, but I also realized that even now that Owen’s here I make sure to make special time for Emma!

I leave Owen with my mom or Jaime and take her to the museum, to gymnastics, to a friend’s house to play or to the park. I have even left Owen with my mom before when friends were coming over to play with Emma.

I felt so guilty. I FEEL so guilty.

Guilty because Owen is 8 months old and it took me this long to realize that I haven’t done anything with just him. He has never had alone time with me.

I’m always worried about Emma feeling jealous or sad since Owen is with me most of the time, and how I often have to tell her to wait a minute, or be patient if she wants me to play but I’m nursing Owen, or putting Owen to sleep.

But then I thought about it, and those are really the only times when Owen gets “special” attention – if I’m nursing him or putting him to sleep, and that’s not very special at all! It’s not special because it’s routine, it’s things that I NEED to do, things that I HAVE to do, and he’s not having any fun!

So between my tears and my guilt I just stopped and stared at my sweet boy.

 

He is such a happy guy. If he’s fed, rested and clean – he’s happy. He doesn’t need more than that, and I know that to him I’m the best mommy ever, but as his mommy I feel so bad.

And so I decided to make sure that I plan fun things to do with my baby boy, just me and him.

All it took was just a walk in the park.

The Munch Mitt Teether is a teething mitten that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys! It’s our favorite teething product because it protects Owen’s hands from irritation due to chewing.

The Munch Mitt has a textured flexible silicone surface that provides soothing teething relief and it has a super easy hand to mouth access for baby.

The Munch Mitt is interchangeable, it can be worn on whichever hand baby prefers. 🙂

If you have a baby you know how they love to throw things, and how they are always dropping everything! The Munch Mitt has a secure adjustable strap to keep it from falling on the floor, this is definitely one of my favorite features!

The Munch Mitt will keep your baby entertained with its crinkle noise, black and white pattern and bright, colorful enhancements.

We love The Munch Mitt! I wish I had purchased this for Emma when she was teething.

Is your baby teething? You need to get them The Munch Mitt!

What are your favorite teething items? Let me know in the comments below! ♥


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I am very vocal about how I have to pump at work, and because of that I get a lot of questions about what products I use, what are my favorites and what are my MUST HAVES for pumping so I figured it was time I shared those with you!

The breast pump I use is the Spectra S2. I love this breast pump because I have a lot of control over the suction and power. It is also light weight so it’s super easy to carry around.

When I nursed Emma I never dealt with any problems, this time around with Owen not only was it harder in the beginning, but I dealt – and still do sometimes – with so many issues! One of them was getting clogged ducts. 🙁 I was so excited to find the LaVie Lactation Massager!

The LaVie Lactation Massager is a milk expression tool that helps with plugged ducts and it also helps improve milk flow and ease engorgement. It has multiple vibration modes and a step-by-step care plan. This Lactation Massager has come in handy so many times! I make sure to always keep it in my pump bag.

I cannot live without my hands free pumping bra! Oh my gosh, this is one of my favorite things in the world and I hate pumping without it! This product does exactly what the name says – HANDS FREE! I love it! I get to multitask while pumping since I don’t need to sit holding the bottles. If you pump and don’t use a hands free pumping bra – you are welcome in advance! Trust me, it’s something you never knew you needed while pumping!

I feel like I’m always talking about the Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags, but they are seriously the best milk storage bags I have used, and so I continue to buy them and use them to store my milk. 🙂

I have been so lucky this time around with my milk output, on a regular day I pump more than what Owen needs, so I am always freezing milk (hooray!) and these bags are my go-to.

I have had this cooler from Medela for years, and I like that both the Medela bottles and the NeneSupply bottles fit since I use both brands while pumping. This cooler is a must have when transporting your breastmilk around like I do.

And finally, definitely always have hand sanitizer and wipes ready! It is sooooo important to be clean while pumping – it’s your baby’s food! I love this set from Purel because it comes with mini travel bottles that you can keep hanging on your pump bag, regular pump bottles to keep around and wipes to sanitize the area where you will be pumping.

Pumping is HARD! There is nothing fun about it, but we do it for our babies and so I am sending you all pumping mamas a big virtual hug and telling you that you can do it! ♥

Do you have any other pumping must haves to share with me? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂

I have been a huge fan of PinkBlush since I was pregnant with Emma.
I have worn their pretty dresses for most special events in my life.
My pregnancy photos, baby showers, baby announcements, you name it!

We recently took family pictures for Owen’s 6 months grow with me and I love the way I looked wearing my beautiful floral PinkBlush dress.

I had been eyeing this floral dress for MONTHS and I was so excited to get it! The colors are even prettier in person and look great in pictures!

I tried to get some cute Mommy & Me shots with Emma, but as you can see she was feeling extra silly!

Emma kept saying “Mommy is Princess”, I guess the dress made me look like one haha, I’ll take it! 🙂

I love how flowy this dress is! I’m short, so it a little long on me, but that’s not a problem since it moves with you when you walk.

I am growing quite the PinkBlush floral dress collection! These dresses are my favorite!

There are so many different styles and types of clothes to choose from, but every time I get something from PinkBlush, I ALWAYS get a floral dress!

PinkBlush‘s floral dresses are perfect for any occasion, whether you want to dress up, or just look casual, these dresses are my go-to.

Do you own any PinkBlush clothing? If not, you definitely need to get yourself something, I promise you will love it! 🙂

I am a Boppy fan! When I was making my baby registry the Boppy Pillow was one of the first things I added to my list.

Emma had a Boppy Pillow and it was such a great product to have during the first few weeks while I was getting adjusted to breastfeeding for the first time. Visitors (and I) loved having it so they could hold her and keep her close for a long time without their arms getting tired.

I never realized how many different and amazing products Boppy had! The Original Boppy® Slipcovered Pillow is the famous Boppy Nursing Pillow with a Boppy® Classic Slipcover. Boppy Slipcovers are removable for easy washing, which is basically a must for any baby item! The Boppy Pillow and Boppy Slipcover are both machine washable and nowadays they have so many adorable additional slipcovers to choose from!

One of my favorite pregnancy items, that helped me get comfortable was their Pregnancy Wedge. I get extremely hot, especially during the night! So I never wanted a whole entire body pillow, but wanted some support for my growing belly and the Pregnancy Wedge was amazing!

Camelia, one of my best friends got a Boppy Lounger for her daughter and I fell in love with it! When it came time to register for Owen, I quickly added one to my registry too!

I also own a Nursing Cover, but neither of my kids liked being covered while nursing!

In addition to breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding, the Boppy Pillow transitions to the perfect support pillow for different stages of development including propping, tummy time and learning to sit.

Boppy sent this adorable Jungle Themed Boppy Pillow for Owen to try out and he loved the colorful and fun slip cover. Owen does not like tummy time, but he doesn’t complain half as much if he’s on his super cute and fun Boppy Pillow!

The Boppy Pillow supports babies as they grow and develops and this multi-use pillow can be used for babies up to one year old.

Owen loves to hang out (and chew) on his Boppy Pillow!

Have you tried any Boppy products? Which one is your favorite?
Let me know below! 🙂

We survived Hurricane Irma!

Oh my gosh, what a stressful, scary experience this dumb hurricane was!

Hurricane Irma was supposed to hit us as a Category 4 Hurricane.
The news was super scary, telling everyone to prepare themselves and constantly reminding us of how serious this hurricane was going to be.

Grocery stores were empty, gas stations were insane, people were going crazy – it was chaos! If you follow me on Instagram you saw the ridiculousness unfolding day by day!

I can’t even explain how awful it is trying to prepare for a hurricane as a parent and as a home owner. The last hurricane I experienced was Hurricane Wilma and that was nothing!  I think it hit us as a category 2.
We lost power for 2 days, had no school for 2 weeks – to me that was vacation lol!
Getting to hang out with all my best friends who lived in my neighborhood was great!

This time around was very different! I had my own house and 2 babies to worry about.

We were not prepared. We moved into our new home less than 1 year ago – we had no shutters, no extra water bottles and our cars’ gas tanks definitely weren’t full.

I wanted to evacuate. I didn’t want to be home when a category 4 hurricane was going to hit us! I was scared that our house was going to get destroyed and I didn’t want to be inside with my family when/if that did happen. Traffic to get out of Florida was INSANE. We had friends that evacuated and they were stuck in the road with their cars barely moving, bumper to bumper. I was scared of running out of gas in the middle of the highway and I also didn’t want to be stuck with two little kids in the car…

So we were staying.

Thankfully I was able to get a bunch of food and supplies to last us a few days in case we did get hit badly.

 

I separated everything in different bins to keep it all organized, plus I also wanted a quick way to be able to grab and go everything in case we were told to evacuate or if we wanted to go somewhere last minute.

I had the different types of food separated, I had a bin for the kids’ food and a bin of supplies like a ton of extra batteries, candles, first aid kit, etc.

We ended up being able to get some shutters thanks to friends, and we were able to put them up with the help of my dad and our friend Jorge.

It was amazing to see people come together to help other people, specially nowadays when it’s hard to see that.

From our neighbors offering their friends’ extra panels, to an old high school friend reaching out on Facebook, to my mom’s friend offering her old shutters, and my best friend giving us her extra plywood – I am so thankful!

After DAYS of stress and preparing, we had shutters up on most of our windows and everything was moved inside.

We decided that the kids would sleep with us that night. I was excited for some extra Emma cuddles!

 

I couldn’t sleep through the night of the hurricane. The wind outside sounded horrible, it sounded like all our windows were going to break.

We set up camp in the living room when we lost power, we pushed the couches together and just laid together waiting for the storm to pass. Emma kept saying “Hurricane Party! Hurricane Party!” because it kinda did feel like a party haha! The house was a mess, we had junk food and snacks all over the place, lights were off.. Sounds like a “party” to me!

 

We kept getting tornado warnings which was the worst part because there had been reports of tornadoes touching down by us.

I wanted to keep the kids close to me in case we had to run to hide and take cover so I wore Emma and Owen for a long long time.

 

As the weather got worse and the tornado warnings kept popping up in our phones, we made the bathtub into a bed and hid in the bathroom every time we got a warning! That was the only room in the house with no windows or outside doors.

 

We were able to watch the storm outside through our bedroom doors. I was freaking out about not having shutters for those doors, but at the same time I was thankful. Thankful because being able to see outside calmed me down.

Like I mentioned above, the sounds were really terrible, it definitely sounded worse than it looked outside. So to be able to SEE what was going on gave me a little peace of mind.

We were able to watch the wind knock down our backyard fences and see all the leaves and trees falling.

 

We did our best to keep the kids entertained. Having no AC in South Florida is no joke! Even with the weather being a little cooler than usual because of the storm, the temperature in the house was almost 90 degrees. I couldn’t wait to run outside and get some fresh air! Owen and Daddy hung out with their shirts off, and Emma and I wore short shorts and tank tops haha.

 

The storm quickly passed, we ended up not getting a direct hit, but we still lost power for a day. And we were extremely lucky for that! Some friends lost power for over a week!

I am so thankful that while annoying and stressful, our Hurricane Irma experience wasn’t bad. I am thankful that the only type of damage to our home was losing our backyard fences and some trees. I am thankful that our power was quickly restored. I am thankful all around!

Did you get scared by Hurricane Irma, or any hurricane ever?
Let me know below!

I’m the type of person who loves a good pun, clever sayings, and BABIES!

Put them all together and there’s Fayfaire. 🙂

I first found out about Fayfaire when I was browsing Amazon, looking for funny baby onesies. Their Party At My Crib Bodysuit was quickly one of my favorite finds. I loved the pretty aqua color and the cute graphic.

I was so excited when I got contacted by them to try out some of their clothing! I just HAD to get that Party At My Crib style for Emma and Owen to match!

Party at Owen’s Crib is exactly all they do in that crib around here. Owen refuses to sleep in his crib! We had it SO easy with Emma, that of course, we would “suffer” with the second kid, lol!

How stinkin’ cute are these two though? It’s so hard to not just laugh and smile along with them! 🙂 The Party At My Crib onesie and shirt are even cuter in person! The aqua color is GORGEOUS and I love how the disco ball is a pretty metallic and the dots on the letters too! They print their designs using gold standard techniques that won’t fade, crack, or feel scratchy, which is so perfect for baby’s soft skin!

The quality of both the onesie and shirt are great! They are thicker than your “typical” onesie, and not see through at all! Their bodysuits are 30% thicker than most, and made with 100% cotton.

Fayfaire also sent Owen the super funny I Drink Until I Pass Out onesie! Which is super true! Mama’s Milk puts him right to sleep! 🙂

Again, the quality of this I Drink Until I Pass Out onesie from Fayfaire is amazing! It’s so soft and stretchy. If your babe is a little chunker like mine, I would suggest you size up! I got a size 0-6 for Owen, and although it fits him at 6 months, he will sadly outgrow it quickly, so I would suggest sizing up to make the onesies last longer!

Is it just me or does everyone agree that there is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby?

I love our Fayfaire clothes and I can’t wait to get some more goodies for the kids as they grow!

What are your favorite Fayfaire designs? I already have some more favorites in mind to get for the kids next.


Emma had the chance to model some adorable mermaid rompers for The Pickled Beet Boutique.

I was so excited to not only get some beautiful shots of my girl at the beach, but also happy that we got to enjoy the beach for a little while too!

Check out The Pickled Beet Boutique and enjoy our pictures below.

Pink Mermaid Romper | Green Mermaid Romper | Mermaid Head Wrap

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