October 12th Newsletter
What a month it’s been! I know I’ve been MIA lately, but I have a couple of great excuses. Let’s start with the happy news first: baby Kaia is here!!! Kaia was born on September 17th @ 2:31pm. She weighed 7lbs 1oz and was 20 inches long. She has stolen the hearts of everyone who meets her – with my two kids being the most obsessed (besides me, of course ;).
This seemed like the longest pregnancy in history! Not only was she born just 1 day prior to her due date (my other kids were 1 and 2 weeks early), it was also almost 1 ½ years after finding out I was pregnant with my angel baby (who we lost at 12 weeks via a Missed Miscarriage). What a blessing though – and now I am more appreciative than I would have ever imagined of the sleepless nights and long days – because my rainbow baby is finally here!! [I’ll get around to writing my full on birth story eventually, but until then, feel free to check out my daily posts and stories on Instagram to see how baby Kaia is progressing + making our family burst with pride J ].
On a similar note, and something I haven’t really talked about: just short of a week before Kaia’s birth I lost my grandma. We were extremely close, so it hasn’t been easy. Thankfully, she lived to the wonderful age of 93, and was able to peacefully pass in her sleep, although she had been dealing with cancer and many other ailments for several years now. While we all knew this was coming, I was sooo hopeful that she would at least live to see sweet Kaia’s birth. She, more than anyone, was so overjoyed that my Baby Boy #3 was actually Baby Girl #3 (since she had 3 girls of her own: my mom included), and before this one, my daughter Kenzley was her only great-granddaughter (between my brothers and I we have 5 boys)!
Thankfully, my mom had just arrived here in Dallas before her death so we were able to grieve together and let the hardship of her passing be overshadowed by the joy of my soon-to-be baby, which made the past few weeks more bearable and less gloomy: because when one life is lost, a new one is born.
Now enough of that – because I’m getting too emotional over here… haha.
Although I am sleep deprived and have had sick toddlers and been sick myself, plus have had a husband who has had to resume his weekly travels, besides dealing with a newborn and all of that, I have been able to slip in time for a few reviews – because you all know that I’m not good at resting very much! Lol.
So let’s just get down to it:
- NoJo: With a goal of delivering fashion-forward infant and toddler bedding, blankets, and accessories designed for today’s lifestyle, and a promise to provide “only the best for baby,” NoJo wraps quality, style, softness and comfort into every product they make. In fact, a lot of Kaia’s room décor is from their line, including several of her Unicorn stuffed animals, Tummy Time Mat and Rug, Chair, Light-up Moon, and Plush “Mommy” Blanket.
- Vermont Village: I did this review a couple weeks back, but didn’t get a chance to mention it yet, so here you go… Vermont Village literally makes the best tasting Apple Cider Vinegar Shots an Drinking Vinegars I have ever tasted! Drink them straight-up or mix them with some Sparkling Water, and you no longer have to cringe at getting your daily dose of ACV!
- I also had a guest post recently about National Child Passenger Safety Week. The post was written by Laurence Banville Esq. and went into some great info about child car seat and safety laws. Did you know: The number one killer of children is car crashes?! According to Traffic Safety Marketing, an average of two children under the age of 13 per day are killed in crashes involving cars, SUVs, vans and pickup trucks. That’s a staggering number that every driver needs to work to reduce. Most of these deaths could be prevented if the children had been properly restrained either in a car seat, booster seat or properly wearing a seat belt. Ensuring children are properly secured in the car can increase the chances of survival in the event of an accident.
- Britax B-Safe Ultra Infant Car Seat: Speaking of NCPSW (above), this car seat by Britax is definitely my all time favorite infant/rear facing car seat that I’ve tried! With the ultimate in safety features, as well as being breathable, lightweight and fashionable, you truly can’t go wrong with Britax!
- Good Karma Flaxseed Milks & Yogurts: With so many dairy-free milk options available these days, it can be hard to decipher between them all, and to know which one is going to work best for you and your dietary needs and tastes. One of the newest to the market: Flaxseed Milk. It may sound a bit odd, but I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy it!
- Dr. Tung’s: Dr. Tung’s makes some of the simplest, yet innovative, mouth cleaning products I have ever seen! And while everything I have tried is great, my absolute favorite is their Ionic Toothbrush! They also have many other products for kids and adults alike, so you don’t have to worry if you’re getting a good clean with Dr. Tung’s – because there is no way you can avoid it when using their stuff!
Well that’sGiving Birth, Losing Life and Being Grateful all I’ve got for now – baby is calling! But stay tuned for more insights into my life as a mom of 3 and all things health and baby related!
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