Need something to quickly warm your milk? Or to sterilize some pacifiers? Look no further. I have recently tried the Nûby "One-touch Electric warmer & Sterilizer" and we love it! The warmer is super easy to set-up, use, and put away.
It sterilizes and warms in just minutes and it also comes with a measuring cup and water instructions for the sterilization process. It is small in size for easy counter placement and storage purposes. I love to use this for Selena's pacifiers when we are coming home from a small trip to the doctors office or grocery store. I can easily place them in and have them cleaned quickly! Selena loves her milk warmed now and we notice her to be more happy and calmed after feeding.
This is a great product, especially if you like to have additional help with getting things prepared while your getting the baby ready to feed. I always start it as I'm changing Selena and getting her bib and myself ready to sit and feed. It's a great product and is simple to use for any parent!
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We found the perfect stocking stuffers for little Selena. The first toy is a "Look at Me Mirror" toy from Nûby. This toy is perfect for Selena because it is colorful, soft, has textures, and allows her to see herself. It is BPA free, and will be great when she starts teething because, of the soothing surfaces.
The second toy is a "Squeeze n' Squeak" toy (also from Nûby) that is colorful, multi-textural, soft, has shapes, and squeaks! This toy is also BPA free and will allow Selena to have fun! She will learn more to hold, squeeze and feel different textures.
Being a preemie, Selena needs toys to help her grow, and develop her sensory skills more. These toys are small, affordable, and give my daughter a great way to learn and develop. My favorite part about these toys is that they can easily come with us on the go. I'm so excited for her to start playing with them!
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Emma has officially started to eat with a new plate and bowl. Prior to this we have been just putting her food on her high chair tray and she will just pick and eat at it. Now I want to introduce plates to show her that her food will be served on something.
The hardest part about using plates and bowls for a little one, is that they like to throw them off their trays. So for us the only way to start practicing with plates and bowls was to find some that would not move. Nûby has created a Sure Grip collection of plates, and bowls that stick to trays.
So far we have had great progress with her using them and not being able to throw it down and make a huge mess! Thank God! I love how I can just wipe them clean, and not have to worry about them getting thrown to the floor. They are so durable and soft that it makes it easy to serve and secure on Emma's tray. These are great for when you are transitioning your little ones to eat independently. By providing them with secure plates and bowls it will help make the process easier and less messy!
Christmas is always a time of happiness, family, and seeing little ones believe in a magical tradition. I remember going to my Grandmas house and spending the night then waking up to tons of family in the morning and opening presents. Those were the best Christmases!
Mark and I have started our own little tradition that he brought over from his family. I absolutely loved it when he showed me and it is now our new Aguilar tradition.
The Family Ornament
Each year we pick an ornament and have our names all put on, and yes we even include our fur babies. They are family too! This year we got to add our twins, Selena and Mark Anthony. It's never easy, remembering the loss, and all the details in his final moments. I believe that he waited for us, and felt no pain as he went to be with God. Our little angel is always going to be watching over us.
Seeing Selena grow is amazing. Mark had noticed in the NICU how her head had a line running across the top. We thought it was a IV or something, but then her nurse explained to us that it was her skull still forming. The bones were not fully expanded and so they slightly overlapped. Now seeing her you don't see that. We got to see her grow outside of the womb, and that alone is remarkable.
Emma and Selena both struggled with reflux. Thankfully after finding a good formula for Emma, her reflux settled out. Selena however has had to be switched to two different formulas, and still hasn't had any luck resolving her reflux. We sit her up, burp her, slowly feed her, and still no luck.
Thankfully Nûby has a Comfort 360 Plus + Starter Set available. This set is specifically anti-reflux and anti-colic. We started to use the bottles for Selena and since using the different bottle she has had better results in her reflux. This bottle is designed for upright feeding to reduce the reflux, and is BPA free. It is a bottle that she has adjusted to quickly and has enjoyed feeding from her new bottle. The advanced performance nipple to combat colic is a great feature.
I personally love the set too and everything that it includes! It comes with 2-5oz/150 ml bottles with slow flow nipples and a 360 straw, 2-9oz/ 270 ml bottles with medium flow nipples and 360 straw, and 2 naturalFlex pacifiers. It is a great set and I absolutely LOVE it and the benefits it gives my baby girl.
I chose to make a huge change and to do it all by myself. Now let me warn you, I am not a professional hairstylist and really had no clue what I was doing. My new look is so fun and flirty that I love it and so does the husband! (Extra points) The reason why I wanted to change up my hair was to give myself a fresh new look, and to take the risks of stepping out of my comfort zone!
Pushing ourselves to different comfort zone will allow us to become more confident in ourselves. By taking risks and doing things differently, we start to build trust within ourselves that shows "Hey, you can do this!" We all need to be our own cheerleaders at some point, if we are single parents, or if we have a partner, they can not always be there to cheer us on in every little moment. We have to find that inner strength to get through it and just GO FOR IT sometimes. So fear not, and if you do, only fear for a second. At the end of the day you will get through it and you will start to build more confidence in yourself. Best of luck!
Being a baby means you always need some new things to help you get through the beginning stages of your life. Cuddly, bright colored, and pretty things are just a plus!
The natural Citroganix pacifier wipes are Vanilla Milk scented and are exactly like the previous wipes that we have used before. I absolutely love these wipes! The rabbit is a plush character pacifinder! It is able to hold on to your little ones paci without it being a hassle to find. The plush toy allows your little one to have a soft toy at hand to grab and look at. So far these things have been a great addition to Selena's everyday routines.
Embrace the imperfections of your body. Those imperfections are merely the scars of endurance, and self perseverance. Our bodies age and with age comes new phases in our lives
The first scar is seen above, right below my belly button. This scar was from when I was two months old. My mom says that I kept vomiting, and nothing they fed me would stay down. As all parents do, we call our pediatricians and seek advice. They told my mom that it was probably just a stomach virus. When it was not getting any better my parents decided to get me checked, and that's when the doctors felt an obstruction in my stomach. I was instantly rushed into surgery. The doctors took x-rays and could see that my intestines were tangled, but because I was so small they couldn't see how much of the intestine was damaged. Which is why they had to start surgery right away. They told my parents that if the intestine was severely damaged, that I would have to be fed through a tube the rest of my life. After my surgery they estimated that I would be in the NICU for about two weeks before getting into another room before discharge. They gave me some type of medicine to help show the doctors that if my intestines started to work this medicine would show up in my stool. After 24 hours they saw the medicine and were shocked to see that my body was already starting to heal and function properly. My mom said that I was in the hospital for less than two weeks. I survived and pushed through odds, because of the love, prayers and support my parents gave me.
Mark and I were excited to learn about having twins, but then our pregnancy called for an emergency c-section at 25 weeks. We were scared, and didn't know what to expect for our twins, or how we would get through this. As they brought me into the operating room, my emotions just spilled out of me. I became so anxious, scared, and worried. Mark was brought in after I got my spinal shot block, and everything after that was just making sure our babies got out safe and alive. My OBGYN was supportive the entire time. She held my hands before Mark came in, and she talked to me during the procedure to give me peace of mind. When she started to call out "Baby A is out...Baby B is out" I began to cry. These tiny babies were now about to start their fight and we had to watch them on the sidelines.
I'm thankful for a life that I didn't need to be fed through a tube or worse and how I was able to carry my twins. Giving birth may not have been the way we would have wanted, but the fact is we were blessed to have twins. My scars carry stories, emotions, and pain. After 16 days our son passed away, and my c-section scar is a constant reminder of why that happened. The guilt I feel is always there, and I pray that God will free me from those chains. It's not an easy walk of life, and my scars aren't the same as yours. We all struggle to face reality and sometimes our body image is the one thing that prevents us to move forward and succeed.
We all have chains that bind us to different emotions and today I want to encourage you to start working on breaking through and finding yourself again. I have been able to accept mine more, and sharing this picture to the world isn't scary at all. It's breaking my silence and showing who I am. It shares the intimate moment with my baby, Selena and it shares the body that has been broken and shattered due to loosing her son. I believe in such a big GOD, and I know he has given me strength to push back and find my way. I'm not perfect and don't ever want to pretend to be, but I am truly thankful for the scars I carry and you should be too.
Today was a really hard and emotional day for me. Selena has been really difficult lately and she has now officially been announced that she is going through the "Purple Crying" phase. If you have never heard of this, join the club.
Mark and I watched a video over this right before we were able to bring Selena home from the hospital. The hospital is helping parents prepare for different scenarios and the "purple crying" video was one of them. I honestly didn't even take into consideration how real this was, because in my head I was thinking it was going to be a breeze like Emma. However I was so wrong. Selena is the complete opposite of what we went through with Emma.
I should have known, that every child is different but now it has officially set in that what we are dealing with is something hard to handle and cope with. Just imagine, your little one crying non-stop. Diaper is changed, you fed them, they are burped, you hold them, and absolutely NOTHING helps. She has gotten a lot better throughout the night but during the day, she is up all day crying. I have tried everything and nothing works. The only thing we are told is that it is just a phase that we have to ride out.
It's so hard when you are already tired, have another little one that you are watching, juggling the emotions of trying to help the baby stop crying but also not breaking down yourself. I get very frustrated because I want to do a good job, but I can't help her and so for me that means, I'm not being a good enough mother. It's hard to not loose my cool by just yelling and telling her to stop. It's hard to even admit that but I know I'm only human, and I have my downfalls as a mother. I know she doesn't understand and for all I know this time is confusing for her, and she is the one who is suffering. I pray so much. I ask God in the moment to give me peace, and help me help her. Purple crying is hard to hear, and hard to deal with, but I can't give up. Selena has a long way to go, and I know that she will hopefully get over this obstacle too, but until then I have to be strong for her.
When mark got home, I burst into tears. I felt like such a bad mom today. I knew that I needed to hold it together more, and I couldn't. Emma literally has no reactions to Selena. Even in the middle of Selena's worst crying, Emma will continue about her business as if nothing is wrong. I'm glad it doesn't because it would probably be ten times harder if Emma would start crying because of her sister. So thank you God we dodged a bullet on that one.
This was a hard topic to bring up, because it shows my flaws as a mother. I share my real emotions, and reactions because I know that I am not alone in this. I want to encourage the moms and the dads who deal with difficult kids to remember that we are their support, example, and always their go-to. We may not see that we are helping in the moment but I'm sure they feel comfort in not being alone. We have to love our kids daily, and by loving them we have to show them our patience, kindness, and ability to support them.
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