Gross Motor Delay has nothing on SuperJoa

Wheel to Walk

As most of you know, my son Joaquin has some developmental delays – mainly gross motor delay.  A few months ago Joaquin’s physical therapist suggested some medical equipment to help get him mobile.  I was all for it! The process of getting the equipment wasn’t quite as easy as I’d hoped. We found the right piece of equipment, a Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer, but got some disappointing news from our insurance. Yes, medical equipment was covered but only AFTER we met the deductible and after that 80/20. Our high deductible ($2,000)  was basically the price of the gait trainer! We couldn’t believe it! We’re a one-income family of 5 and Joaquin’s medical bills have been piling high, we really didn’t know what to do. Joaquin’s occupational Read More

Lactation Cookies

Healthy Lactation Cookies

All of us nursing mamas know that supply is everything! Some of us (gasp) want to get in shape and lose the baby weight but it can be a struggle to maintain supply while doing that. I was having a little trouble with supply and I started looking up ways to increase it. Lactation Cookies kept popping up but one thing I noticed was that I couldn’t find any healthy lactation cookies recipes. I tried a recipe that I loved, I played with it a bit and I adjusted it to make me feel better about incorporating them into my diet. Are they extremely healthy? Well, no. But they are healthier than what I was making and I think they are a good start! **affiliate links Read More

What they don't tell you about having a baby.

What They Don’t Tell You About Having a Baby

There’s a lot of things you’re mentally prepared for before bringing your precious bundle of joy into the world and mainly it’s the pain of giving birth. Yes, giving birth is no walk in the park, it hurts! I had an epidural with my first pregnancy but this time it all happened so quickly that I chose to go all natural. And yes, it really does hurt. But there are other things that happen during labor and after giving birth that you may not hear about. So here you go, what they don’t tell you about having a baby: The bleeding afterward! Holy cow! How do I still have that much blood left?! Where is it coming from? Am I dying? Tummy Massage. Don’t get it Read More

Grace Not Perfection

Some Grace at 38 Weeks Pregnant

As you may have guessed I’m pretty tired right now and things are getting very awkward. Dilated to 5 and baby girl is extra low which is really no fun at all. On top of things being physically hard, I’ve also been really hard on myself this last week or so, more than I usually am. I’m in full nesting mode without the ability to actual “nest” my house is cluttered and unorganized and things are just too bulky for me to move around. It’s frustrating. I want to do it all, I want it all done yesterday and I just can’t. Plain and simple, I can’t. In this type of situation I would normally just call my mom and she’d have everything taken care Read More

Ultrasound

Dilated at 35 Weeks, this is not a drill 🚨

I had a routine checkup today with my doctor and while I was there also had my Group B Strep Test, my doctor asked if I’d like to go ahead and have my cervix examined. Sure, why not? Come to find out I’m dilated at 3 cm 😲 wait, what? What does that mean? My doctor said it basically meant that I was off to a good start and if I have signs of labor “just head on over to labor and delivery”. Oh my gosh. This is not a drill. I’m not ready! I’ll admit I panicked quite a bit right away, I mean we are still 5 weeks away, I’m supposed to have more time! After the hubby and I went to lunch and Read More

2017 Goal Crushin

Goal Crushin! Making 2017 My Best Year Yet!

It’s that time of year….people are starting to think about the New Year: what lies ahead for them, thinking about all the things they want to accomplish, maybe setting a new goal or two. New Years Resolutions may seem cliche but you have to admit there’s something about a fresh new calendar year that just makes you reevaluate and makes you believe that things can, in fact, be different. The problem I’ve had with New Years Resolutions (and the reason I rarely make any) is that they are just so hard to stick with. Just like the majority of people I start off strong then life gets in the way and I slowly start making excuses to not follow through. My fitness and health has Read More

Role Model

Monkey See 👀, Monkey Do 🐒. Why organization is so important to me now, more than ever!

Finding out that I’m having a daughter has really had a strange effect on me. I was NOT expecting to have daughter, for some reason I had it in my head that I was going to have a little army of boys – my very own personal bodyguards! I was already planning all the things my boys would do together, what their rooms would look like, the sports they’d play together…it was just obvious to me, I’d have boys only. But then I heard the ultrasound tech say “It’s a girl” and I was completely floored. It took me a few days to process and probably an entire week to even let myself get excited. But in that week I started thinking “what can I Read More

Ultimate MOMpreneur Gift Guide

Today Was Tough

Since my son was born we’ve had our share of doctor appointments, ER visits, I mean we spent 13 days in the NICU. But today, today was tough. As I mentioned in a previous blog post I kept hearing a click in my little mans hips and our pediatrician referred us to an Orthopedic Specialist. I was really nervous going in to that appointment, I didn’t want to hear what they were going to tell me and I didn’t want to see any x-rays. Turns out my guy has some hip problems. Hip Dysplasia, well super early hip dysplasia. Basically if we don’t take steps to actively help him now he could have full on hip dysplasia when he gets older. His sockets are shallow, his Read More

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Don’t Stress, Just Don’t Stress

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that in the past couple of months. I really couldn’t count. I know, I know everyone means well and everyone just truly doesn’t want me to stress. Not so much for my well being (although I’m sure they care a little about that too) but because of this little baby in my belly. Pregnancy is no time to stress but you know what, life happens and sometimes things cause you to stress…especially when you are already prone to stressing out. So what’s up? Why the stress? Why can’t I just chill out? If you follow me on Facebook you’ll have seen that my little guy had a little bout of Bronchiolitis about a month ago and we Read More

Kid's Cushion doubled sided Play Mat

Play Time!

One of the things I love about my house, the hardwood floors!! One thing I dislike, having my son play (and fall) on those hardwood floors. I’ve been using blankets, usually 2-3 depending on the thickness,  so that he can be comfortable on the floor and it seemed to solve the problem. Finally I started using an old down comforter folded lengthwise and an old queen size duvet also folded lengthwise and that was really perfect for his playtime. What wasn’t so perfect was the hassle of setting it out every morning, putting it away every night (that duvet is freakin heavy!) and if he spit up or spilled juice on it then guess what I had to clean the whole thing. I was getting Read More