I have to admit that being jealous of your partner is normal, and probably happens to most of us moms out there. It drives me crazy when Emma is so rambunctious all day long and then when daddy gets home, she is so willing to just sit and chill on the couch with him. Like what??? Another example that I hear the most is that little ones tend to say "dada" first. Like ew, why?! (all jokes aside) I love seeing the father Mark has become.
There have been many moments that I cannot calm their tears, and they prefer to be held by their daddy. These girls are in love with Mark, and I'm so glad that they have a special bond with him. I have watched Mark become a father by the love he shares, the sacrifices he makes, and the hard work he does daily to keep us afloat.
These little girls adore their dad, and Emma can count on a super adventurous day when daddy is home. They have their play time which includes Mark throwing and flipping her in the air. She absolutely loves it, all the while I'm having a severe panic attack in the background. My point is that these girls have an amazing daddy.
Yes, we can fall jealous to the small things that our kids may prefer sometimes, but we should be so grateful that our little ones can have a beautiful bond with their dad. Some kids aren't that lucky. A reminder to all, love your partner and encourage your little one(s) to build memories with their dad and help them understand that he will always be there for them. Give your partner the encouragement too that they are a great father and you appreciate the love they give to your kids.
Every day will bring new confrontations, thrilling victories, and absurd moments. Celebrities have made our lives tough to keep up with. When we only see the "perfect" side of life through social images, television shows, and product branding; it makes it hard to look at your life and not compare. Well fear not, there are many of us who also live the life that you do. Imperfection is NORMAL.
Yes we love to watch the extravagant lives of superficial people, but at the end of the day we need to stop comparing! Being a real mom is about the fussy baby, the messy kitchen, the laundry pile and the occasional argument. However it's not always hard. Mark and I have moments where we laugh uncontrollably, the girls sleep ALL night long, and the chores are all done! Life will bring us everything we can imagine, but with a good sense of humor, an amazing partner to stand by your side, and the health of your little ones; we should prevail.
Life should always bring you to moments where you can be thankful. Those pile of dishes mean you and your family enjoyed a meal together, the laundry that is piled up shows that your kids have clothes to wear, and the occasional arguments show that you are human. We all have faults, and imperfections but don't forget that these things make you normal.
The All-Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes from Nûby have me loving life again. Yes, I will be that dramatic about it. Because, Emma and Selena both have their moments where they think the floor is better for their stuff. Selena will spit out her pacifier and when we miss the catch we automatically have to grab a new one. Then when Emma decides to go play and she takes her toys, we know they are being dragged along everywhere with her. So these wipes have become my best friend, and such a life saver! They are vanilla milk flavored wipes, are alcohol free, non-toxic, and is a safe all-natural formula! You can clean pacifiers, teethers, bottles, cups and toys! A must have in our bag and at home!
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When the teething phase is here, we all face long nights, crying babies, and missing wood from the crib. Well at least that last one is for us. Emma is a little beaver nowadays, and so we have had to be very resourceful in finding ways to cover her crib rail. We have tried everything and nothing has effectively worked to stop her from chewing the crib. However we finally found some really great teether toys to give Emma the comfort that she needs and that have helped her stop chewing through the crib!
Vibe n' teeth wristband
This is a soft silicone wristband that has a small vibrating piece that is hidden inside the little textured bug. Emma's is a ladybug that has small bumps and curves to help massage her gums while she chews on it. The vibrating will only be activated when she puts pressure on the the ladybug. It's easy to remove out too if your little one prefers it out, but Emma really likes it and leaves the bracelet on throughout the day. They come in colorful options and are all BPA free.
This particular toy is shaped similar to a pacifier, but the entire toy is a resource for massaging sore gums. They all come in different colors and features to help soothe your little ones teeth. Emma has the light pink and green one, and it has two sides that are textured differently to give her gums a different sensation. This is an endorsed product by pediatric dentist Dr. Grace Yum. She is the founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, Illinois.
This teething ring is so great! Emma loves this because of all the shapes, colors and multi-textured surfaces. This is perfect for little ones who are back teeth teething. Emma has this in hand almost all the time. We take this when going out because we know it will keep her busy and help her gums get a little TLC (tender, love and care)! BPA free and available online and in select stores.
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My daily outfits are always far from cute sometimes. Being that I stay home with the babies, sometimes I don't try to look like the cute housewife that I know I can be. Slowly I have been challenging myself to make "ME" a priority. For me, finding confidence can be by doing my hair, makeup and choosing the perfect outfit. Why? Because when you feel like you look great, your overall attitude changes and feels more empowered to take on the day!
I myself have three "MUSTS" when choosing a look. They are being comfortable, effortless, and unique. My latest find has been with a brand called Fiesta Feet! They carry a selection of fine leather shoes that are all hand made in Mexico. The Founder, Susie who is also on her journey of becoming a mother, sent us a pair of the "Jolly Ranchera's". And I LOVE THEM! Thank you so much Susie!
The shoes are effortless to put on, the leather is soft and the colors are beautiful! The unique style it offers makes it a great stand out piece for any outfit! I felt so comfortable, and confident as we took a stroll around CityCentre here in Houston.
Our first born, Emma has a tendency to put everything in her mouth right now. It's a teething thing. To help me keep her mouth clean, and to introduce early stages of oral care; the Nûby Oral care Set has become a must have! This oral care set is a 4-stage system and comes with four brush heads. The first stage is for newborn gums, second stage is for newly erupted teeth, third stage is to help clean and massage teeth during the teething process, and the fourth stage is for new teeth.
Emma uses both the third and fourth stage brush head. She has new teeth coming in the back and so the third stage brush head works as a massager on her gums and helps her already baby teeth get clean. We then switch her to the bristle head on the fourth stage brush and practice brushing her teeth. She loves to just bite down so the third stage brush head is really good because of the massager, but she is learning as we show her how to care for her teeth so early on! Selena is using the first stage brush which is a finger glove that has the soft silicone brush head. The brush is really delicate for her gums, and super easy to use!
The set comes with a brush stand, and different colors for you to choose from. It is a great item to get because oral care is so important! It is suitable for all beginner ages, including newborns! Our little ones dive into just about everything, and especially while they are teething, so it's our job to provide them with the best tools.
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Being fashionable is every moms goal, but sometimes it's hard when your little one has a chewing problem. Nûby has yet again come up with a clever solution that is trendy and chewy. They created Teething Trends which is a pearl beaded style necklace that is made of soft silicone. The necklaces come in various colors like gray, teal, white, and my favorite BLACK.
The necklace is BPA free, and is a great option to have while your little one is teething! The first time I wore it, Emma was unaware of the chewing purpose it had. When she finally gave it a go, she was relieved and calm while I held her and walked around. It was an instant soother for her and gave me time to toss through her stuff and find another teether toy for her to enjoy as she sat in her stroller. The necklace is cute, wearable and serves a hidden purpose! I'd definitely recommend this to any mom!
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Bath time is promptly at 7 PM, warm water, fun splashes and best of all smiles from Emma! Emma loves bath time! She would splash all night long if we let her. Our newest obsession is the Hippo Spout Guard from Nûby. The spout offers a soft and protective cover for the faucet, and gives me huge peace of mind. It also gives your little one a fun interactive toy to enjoy during bath time. The hippo has a small mouth opening for the water to come out, but when you close it the water starts to spray out of the nostrils! It's so cute and Emma loves when the water sprays her. This is such a fun and cute accessory to add to your kids bath time!
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Having a toddler is a constant battle when it comes to containing a mess. However these snack holders are great for mess free snacking and will allow your little one to learn to independently eat.
They are the designer series Snack Keeper from Nûby. It is great for 12 months and up, and has a clever, super soft lid that allows your little one to stick their tiny hand in but allows nothing to slip out! Emma has fewer spills, and now doesn't need me handing her chip by chip. She runs around holding the snacker and will sit to eat when she is ready.
The bottom also has a protective scratch free bottom because they know that these kids will drop, tussle and probably kick these things around. So far Emma just gets mad when it's empty but other than that it allows me to finish up what I need to do while she plays and has some snacks to hold her over till lunch time!
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Does your little one tend to throw their cup down during breakfast, lunch or dinner time? If you answered yes to any of these time frames, then this is the next best thing that you need. The Nûby Keepeez Cup Strap, is another lifesaver. It adjusts to any size cup and keeps it from falling on the ground.
It has a sturdy buckle attachment and a button to fasten the grip around the cup. It can be put on a highchair strap, walker hook, car-seat strap and even the stroller strap! It is great because it's super easy for us to adjust but hard for a kid to figure out and unlock the grip. It is a great product for in the home and also on the go! It comes in bright colorful patterns that can be picked for a boy or girl.
We also have been trying out this new cup that is their 360 Insulated Wonder Cup! This cup is great for 12 months and up because it teaches them to start drinking like a big kid. The easy sip from any side of the cup makes it quick to teach your little one how to hold and drink out of their cup. This particular cup also keeps their drink cold up to 6 hours! Great to take on a nice walk around the block, or if your running errands. The cup comes in different colors, and is a great next step cup for your growing baby!
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