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    Baby’s First Foods

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    Now that Calvin has entered the world of solid foods (and seriously, how did we get here so fast!?) I’m rediscovering what it is like to make baby food and fit another feeding into the day. And the mess — Calvin is the messiest eater because he mostly insists on feeding himself. But it’s easier the second time around too. I have tried and true feeding tools that I love, favorite foods that I enjoy making him, and we are just having fun with it. So I thought I would share some of Calvin’s first foods with you.

    First up was mashed banana. I pureéd a little and mashed a little and he much preferred mashed. After a few bites he tried to take the infant spoon away from me and feed himself.

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    Next up, mashed avocado! This one is his favorite and works out well since we always have avocados on hand. The downside to avocado is the mess that starts out a pale green or yellow later turns a dark brown, much like an avocado does after much contact with air. So basically choosing the white chair pad (with white straps) was a bad idea (what was I thinking!?) Live and learn. But my Munchkin stay put suction bowls help minimize my mess because they have suction on the bottom, making it impossible for Calvin to grab and toss or spill his food. And he definitely tries. And if you serve your baby food right after making it and want to be sure the food isn’t too hot, they have a great set of bowls and spoons that change color and alert you if food is too hot to feed your baby.

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    Another favorite has been sweet potatoes. I pureé them and add a little bit of organic brown rice cereal or oatmeal to thicken the way Calvin likes it. I also do butternut squash this way. I make that too, but I buy the organic pre-chopped stuff from Trader Joes, because it is just as good and saves a ton of time. In fact, I often use frozen organic fruits or veggies and then steam and pureé those to make life easier.

    And Calvin loves to feed himself with the Munchkin fresh food feeder. I actually put frozen banana in it so he could both feed himself and soothe his teething gums at the same time. He loved it!

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    Pureéd carrots were not as loved as the other foods, but he definitely had the most fun making a mess with it. That’s why a good bib is so key and the one pictured above is my favorite because it is both long and wide, has a pouch to catch falling messes, and it has an on-the-go storage pouch to keep a food pouch and spoon contained for meals when you’re out and about. You can find it here.

    baby's first foods | Oh Lovely Day

    So far, Calvin is a good eater that pretty much tries anything I put in front of him. I hope he stays that way! Stay tuned for more fun feeding posts, including some healthy foods my picky eater Charlie has been trying — all because he likes them divided out on these cute plates! Mom tricks ;)

    This post is brought to you by Munchkin. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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    Embracing the Mess of Life with Kids

    Embracing the Mess | Oh Lovely Day

    As a mom to two little boys, things can get pretty messy. Toys strewn about, laundry piling up, dirt, fingerpaint, poop, spit-up… you get the idea. Before kids I liked things clean and tidy — I’m very type A. You’d think the mom of two boys would just give up on things being clean. But honestly, now that I have kids I almost depend on things to be clean and tidy to offset the chaos of having two little kids. When things are a mess, my mind is a mess. So balancing that need while enjoying two little boys and letting them enjoy being little can sometimes be hard. Here are some strategies I’ve developed for helping me to embrace the mess:

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    Clean up little bits as I go

    If I’m making breakfast or packing lunch, I find it much easier to clean up as I go. It takes about ten more seconds to throw the banana peel and yogurt container away and put the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. If I leave that mess out until I have more time to clean it later, our lunch and dinner messes get added and I find that the kitchen is a complete disaster at the end of the day. And at the end of the day, I’m tired and don’t feel like cleaning a huge mess.

    Don’t panic (take a breath)

    If I had a dollar for every time Charlie ran in from playing outside and jumped on our white couch I could buy a lot of new couches. Instead of cringing with every threat of dirtying that white couch, I try to remember it is a washable slipcovered sofa and it can be cleaned. I don’t panic each time the baby (inevitably) poops the second I lift him out of the bath tub and into his cozy white towel because I let him take an extra long bath since he was having so much fun. Or when he’s flinging food all over the floor and the nice high chair. I take a breath and remember that’s what Clorox® Regular-Bleach is for! I cannot tell you how many white things we have that look brand new thanks to Clorox® Regular-Bleach — all white towels, all white master bedding, and as I mentioned already, that bought-before-kids-all-white couch!

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    Try to live in the moment

    Sometimes you can spend so much time worrying about the never-ending pile of laundry waiting to be folded that you miss the dance party happening right in front of  you in your living room. Or you worry about the wet muddy mess that you forget how fun it is to jump in puddles (especially in LA where you almost never have puddles!) I try to remember that the laundry will still be there, the puddles may not be, and the kids — the kids are growing so fast. Those messy moments are the moments. They are what it is all about and what I will remember and miss when the boys are grown. Messy moments are bound to happen, so I might as well see the beauty in them, embrace them, and celebrate them.

     

     

    This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you find the joy in making a mess.

    (Sources) Calvin’s shirt | Charlie’s shirt | high chair | bib | bowl and spoon | rain jacket | rain boots | sunglasses

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    Adjusting to Being a Mom of 2

    Adjusting to life as a mom of two | Oh Lovely Day

    I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly I’m 5 months into my whole “mom of two” experience. I have to tell you, it is flying by! Adding a second baby definitely is a game changer in many ways. While there is chaos, a lot of juggling, and sometimes tears, there is also so much love and joy. And the moments when Charlie just wants to entertain or love on his baby brother, and I see Calvin look at him with so much wonder and love, my heart bursts and I stop and think “this! this is what it is all about!” Read More »

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    Green Smoothie Recipe to Start Your Day

    Green Smoothie Recipe | Oh Lovely Day

    Happy Friday! I wanted to send you into the weekend with my favorite green smoothie recipe – Charlie and I start our day with one most days lately. I used to make these all of the time and then had a total aversion to them when I was pregnant. So the smoothie is making a comeback in our house in 2015. I love using my Mason Jar Blender to make these, but probably any good blender would work fine. I just find that I’m more likely to make smoothies daily when I keep this little blender out on my countertop rather than getting out my bigger clunky blender. Read More »

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    Talking Postpartum Issues

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    Oh postpartum issues, why do you continue to plague me? I’ve still got 25 pounds to lose, I have baby hairs sprouting off my head in random places, my moods are all over the place, and now my skin is going nuts. The entire bottom half of my face is extremely dry. Like beyond dry. It has gotten itchy and is now breaking out all around my chin and around my mouth. I am starting to think that this is my body trying to protect itself from ever having the opportunity to get pregnant again, because it is making me the least desirable woman on earth. It’s a good thing they make babies so cute – instead of looking at myself in the mirror I look at his adorable face :)

    Since it is a new year, I’m trying to jumpstart some new healthier habits that will also hopefully help some of those postpartum issues. I’m trying to hike at least once a week and am tracking my steps with my fitbit again. I stopped drinking coca cola (my most favorite thing) and am drinking more water. I’m trying to put my work away early twice a week to spend an evening of tv or movie watching time with my husband without a laptop attached to me. And I’ve started paying attention to my skin again and taking some time for myself. After a couple of days of a new skin treatment, my dry skin has improved drastically. So I thought I would share what has been working for me to help you battle your own dry skin brought on by postpartum hormones, winter, environment, or whatever plagues you.

    • Put away the harsh products, especially the cleanser. While I typically use this regimen for my skin (and love it) it is too harsh for my postpartum dry skin. So I’ve switched to using this cleanser, while still using this moisturizer during the day, a DIY moisturizing treatment at night I’ll share below, and still using this eye cream.
    • Exfoliate, but not too much. I know that sounds weird, but trust me. Rather than using a gritty or harsh exfoliating cleanser daily, be gentle with your skin but exfoliate once a week. If you have a little money in your budget to treat yourself, buy this exfoliator and never look back. It is amazing. Using it for 5 minutes once a week will give you smoother, healthier, glowing skin that you didn’t realize you had because it was buried under a million dead skin cells. I haven’t needed a facial in two years since I bought it (except I got lazy while I was pregnant and after I had the baby and didn’t use it regularly)
    • Moisturize. I didn’t want to buy an expensive moisturizer to get me through this dry patch (pun intended) so I made my own and it is working so well. Want my DIY moisturizer recipe? It’s so simple:
      1. Fill a jelly jar with coconut oil.
      2. Pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
      3. Add 4 drops of Melalauca Essential oil
      4. Add 8 drops of Lavender Essential oil
      5. Stir well and let harden or pop in the fridge for 20 minutes or so if you need to use sooner.
      6. Coconut oil is a solid under 76 degrees F, and liquefies above that temp, so if you keep it in solid form just rub it between your palms to get it to liquefy and apply to your face where skin is super dry.

    Now if only I could find something that would help me lose the baby weight that easy…

    What are your biggest postpartum issues? Have any secrets to share to make postpartum life a little easier?

    PS – You read about my experience with postpartum depression after the birth of my first baby here. Luckily I don’t seem to have it the second time around.

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