Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mommy Moments #161


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 
Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Kristy from Rejoice and Repeat and her post Witching Hour Worship! Kristy writes about the infamous "witching hour" or hourS that many babies go through in the evenings and how she has learned to use that difficult time to worship! She is taking difficult circumstances and praising God in the middle of them. What a great encouragement!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mommy Moments #160


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 
Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Amanda from Tickled Pink and her post Three Months Old! Amanda shares the joys of being a mama to two as well as how quickly her little guy is growing! He looks like such a sweetheart, and we are blessed to have so many cute new babies here at Mommy Moments to keep up with! Thank you for sharing Amanda!

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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mommy Moments #159


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 
Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Happy Mama Tales and her post 4 Reasons NOT to use the Babywise Theory. Every mama is looking for the "best" way to help their baby adjust to life once they are born, and I couldn't agree with Britni more that it's easy to start following a method rather than relying on the more reliable intuition mother's have been blessed with! This post was a great reminder that mom knows best!
All mom's {especially of newborns} should throw out the Babywise theory!!!  Check out these 4 reasons why!




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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries

I have turned down many opportunities to review and give away books these days as I have had my hands full with pregnancy and my two year old. However, when I was contacted about reviewing the book Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries, the title caught my attention. Boundaries are something that two year old's like to test, and fully aware of my shortcomings as a mother, I knew that I could use some encouragement and Biblical insight in the area of boundaries!

I constantly question if I'm doing this parenting thing right, knowing full well that there is not necessarily a "right" way and in spite of my best efforts, I will make mistakes in raising my children. However, I do know that there is a Biblical way to parent and I love reading what godly men and women who have been through this parenting journey have to say about training children.

And that's how I found myself reading Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries by June Hunt and PeggySue Wells. I brought the book to our beach vacation with me having this fantasy that I was going to read it on the beach. Ha. Realistically, I took a picture of the cover of the book, read the first page and then played with my 2 year old in the sand and waves for the remainder of the time. No regrets.

 So since then, I have spent a few nap times and evenings working my way through this book and am excited to share my thoughts on it as well as offer you a chance to win your own FREE copy of Hunt's book at the end of this post!


Hunt begins her book by explaining why boundaries are so valuable for our kids. It's not about protecting our homes, making our lives easier, or just establishing our authority. It goes much deeper than that. "External boundaries are designed to develop internal character," says Hunt. "Kids with character do the right things-not to impress the world but because they have been transformed from the inside out." Kids not only need boundaries, but they actually want them which is why they test where they are so often. It has been proven time and time again that kids with boundaries feel secure as opposed to kids who are left without them.

After establishing the importance of boundaries, I love the practical tips and ideas for maintaining the boundaries once they are set. Not just focusing on discipline, Hunt stresses the equal importance of rewarding good behavior. This is something that I tend to forget over time. It is just as important to positively reward a child for staying within his/her boundaries as it is to negatively reward a child who is testing the boundaries or stepping outside of them. She gives some great "reward system" examples to test with your child which I loved!

The second section of this book dealt with almost every specific parenting issue you can think of, including but not limited to balk talking, car etiquette, cheating, chores, bedtime, cliques, school behavior, tattling, lying, bad habits, peer pressure, sibling rivalry, stealing, whining and more! Hunt includes practical conversations to have with your child about each of these issues as well as offers wisdom from God's word, and getting to the heart of the matter!

I found this book to be extremely encouraging and challenging as a mother and I know that others will too! I would love to hear from the other mothers out there seeking to raise children with more than just good behavior, but godly character! What do you feel is the most important area to set boundaries in for your children? Leave me a comment below as an extra entry into the giveaway and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below!


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Week 33 Pregnancy Update!


How Far Along? 33 Weeks
Weight: Of course the doctors can only guess based on their measurements, but it's looking like we have a big boy weighing nearly 5 pounds already! 
Heartbeat: 141

Health update: I shared a more recent health update in my post When God Knits, We Trust. At this point, it is a matter of waiting until our boy is born to see what health concerns there may be. He is still breech, unfortunately, so that may throw a wrench into my natural labor plans if he doesn't turn soon! I didn't realize that most babies turn head down by 28-30 weeks and by 32 weeks, they are usually in the position they will stay in for the rest of the pregnancy. My doctor may try to turn him at my next appointment, so we will see! Meanwhile, I have been doing some exercises and things to encourage this baby to get his head down!

Movement: Still feeling a lot of movement! His kicks are extremely painful as they are aimed towards some sensitive nerves in my legs and hips. His head is crowding in my ribs a bit which makes it hard to breathe sometimes so I'm hoping he gets in the proper position soon!

Morning Sickness: My nausea and fatigue has gotten progressively worse the past few weeks but I know that's to be expected in these final weeks! It's still manageable taking half of a Unisom tablet and b6 vitamin twice daily! 

Weight Gain: I have been gaining around a pound a week for the past few weeks totaling about 23 pounds now. I can definitely feel myself carrying the extra weight these days!

Clothes: I have been resorting to comfort over fashion these days which means I prefer dresses or longer tops with leggings! It's been such a different experience being pregnant in the summer this time around. I love not having to wear heavy jeans and make sweaters fit over my belly! I may not even have to get out my winter maternity clothes this time around if the weather stays as warm as it has been!

Best Moments: I love watching my belly move all over the place with this little guy's kicks, punches and hiccups. Since his legs are facing down, his kicks can hit some pretty sensitive nerves that send tingles down my legs, however. I'm not such a fan of those kicks! This pregnancy, I love that I can more easily tell where my baby is positioned, maybe because his head is always bulging out somewhere by my ribs. 

Hard moments: It's no secret that pregnancy is rough on my body. My ankles are starting to swell from the extra weight and I have to wear compression socks or an ace bandage around my right leg if I'm walking a lot because of my awful varicose veins. I seriously would take a picture, but it's so bad I don't even want to! It's hard, but I know it's but for a season and so so worth it in the end! 

Sleep: It's been up and down with sleep success lately. Some nights I have really bad insomnia and others I'm able to sleep just fine! That's pregnancy for you!

Miss Anything: I miss being able to physically play with my two year old. She wants to wrestle with me and play chase and I just don't have it in me! I will be excited to have my physical ability back in a few months!

Cravings: popcorn, fresh fruit, popsicles, ice cream

Aversions: Mexican spices, raw garlic and onion, and I found out the hard way that Mediterranean food makes me feel awful. 

Mood: Tired. I have been in the "nesting" phase where I want to get everything cleaned out and organized.. The problem is that I have absolutely no energy to accomplish anything! It's a frustrating combination!

What Big Sister Thinks: Yesterday, she was looking at the cute little yawning baby on the Pamper's newborn diapers box, and she said to me really excitedly "mom, I'm going to have one of those! I'm going to have a yawning baby brother." It was so sweet how excited she was! She has also been coloring him pictures and writing him letters and then asking me to put them in the mailbox for "bubby". I am glad that she is excited to love on her baby brother!

Looking Forward: Now I'm simply looking forward to holding my sweet baby boy! The last months of pregnancy are pretty uncomfortable and exhausting so I'm just counting down the weeks! I am also trying to get my hospital bags packed this week. Since little guy is in the breech position, we won't have time to spare if I go into early labor. Plus, it just feels nice to be prepared! If you have a post, or link to ideas for packing your hospital bag, I would love for you to share it below as well as any packing tips you want to add!
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