Friday, April 26, 2013

Mommy Moments #41

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word! We love all of the great posts!

The most viewed link from last week's Mommy Moments belongs to Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection and her post titled, That Time I Failed As a Mom
For the days when you feel liked youve failed as a mother

What a great post Paula. I'm sure that it was encouraging to many moms who go through the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

This week we are welcoming Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough as our guest host!
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Rachael has a surprise announcement on her blog...stop by and find out!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #7

Hey everyone! We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #7! We had over 30 link ups again last week which is great! You all are awesome for linking up and spreading the word.

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
p.s. You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our guest host this week is Jessie from Then I Laughed
Then I Laughed
I love her motto, don't you?!

To link up, please follow the:
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Then I Laughed
 and then go ahead and link up your own Bloglovin' account and follow some of the other blogs linked up as well. It's gonna be a great party!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 30 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sweet Pea is 4 months!

 It seems like just yesterday I was writing your 3 month update. I'm amazed by how much you have grown in just a month. Will you stop that already? I want to keep you my sweet cuddly baby forever! I wish I could explain just how special you are to me and your daddy. We love you so much!

Happy 4 months Sweet Pea!
Age: 4 months old

 Weight: 14 pounds, 12 ounces
Height: 24.5 inches

Milestones: You are officially on the move! Not quite crawling, but you have started scooting pretty well. and can go from reclining to sitting up on your own. You are really good at rolling from your front to your back and are just about rolling the other way too. Mama's gotta keep an eye on you now!

When you were 13 weeks, you scared the crap out of your daddy. We had been laying you down on your back on the big rocking chair for your naps. Well, this particular evening, you had been sleeping for about 30 minutes and Jimmy decided to check on you. Thank God he did because you had worked your way off of the arm of the chair and your head was hanging over the edge. Yes that was a bad parenting moment but we are glad it ended well!

You found your toes a few weeks ago. You LOVE them. I think they may be your favorite thing to play with these days. You even stick them in your mouth sometimes!
Your toes are finally starting to touch in the excersaucer. I can't believe it! Seems like just yesterday they were inches from the floor.

You left mom and dad's room this month and started sleeping in your own room. I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it was but it didn't phase you one bit! You look so tiny in your big crib!

Sleep: You were sleeping great for about a week. You would go for an 8 hour stretch from 8P-4A. You stopped that though and are back to getting up anywhere from 4-5 hours at a time. You also like to wake up waaaaayyy before mom is ready to get up every morning. Sometimes as early as 5:30 or 6, you are up for the day! 
Your naps are not nearly as long or often as they used to be. You usually take about 4 naps a day anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. 
Your favorite place to sleep is still on mom!

Best Moments: 
You have been so much fun to interact with. You are so smiley and your little giggle is to die for!

You have had fun playing with your cousins Madison and Matthan this month!
Photo: Cousinly love❤e

One of your favorite parts of the day is when we get to go outside. We are pretty happy it's spring! You like to lay out in the back yard with me while we get some sun...so long as the sun stays out of your eyes!
But hey that's what those awesome shades are for right?

We had a great time visiting Matt and Nicole again this month. 
You even got to meet your friend Jake! I think he liked you:)

Health:
You had a bad cold for a couple of weeks and we had to use the bulb syringe on you every night. That is my least favorite thing to do to you and I think you feel the same way about it so we won't talk about it anymore.

Eating Habits:
During the day you eat about every 3 hours or so and at night you go about 4-5 hours in between. We are just breastfeeding right now and are waiting a bit on solids! You are starting to be a distracted eater and you hate when I use the cover in public because you can't see what's going on! I remember just a few months ago when you would just lay under there quietly and eat....not anymore!

Special Memories:
There are so many great memories from this month! 
We went for a walk as a family in the park one night when it was warm and showed you the ducks!

You were the cutest little Easter baby

You love taking walks in your stroller. Now that it is finally nice outside, we go on a lot of walks! You also love being around other people you little social butterfly!
Here's one of my favorite photos of you rocking your shades with Chelsea:)
Photo: Hanging with @chelshuber
I think you know you're cute!

This month you have become more of a daddy's girl (which he loves of course!)
 You love it when he gets home from work and plays with you. Your favorites are flying through the air, whooshing up in the air and pretty much anything that is thrilling. You just might be a danger seeker!


 Here's a video of you talking to him one night when he came home from work!

You love to be outside and have the wind blow in your face. It makes you laugh out loud!
You are a big fan of your toys too!
Your cow seems to be one of your favorites....that's just proof you really are my daughter!

The past couple of weeks you have been mimicking people when they are eating. You close your mouth all tight and move your jaw up and down like you are chewing. It's pretty adorable,  and it's even cuter when you chew on your hands! I barely ever see you without your fingers or toes in your mouth these days!
 You discovered your image in the mirror this month and find it absolutely fascinating. Sometimes you smile at it, try to claw at the mirror to find that other baby or just stare at it. It's hours of entertainment!
 

I love hearing you laugh and seeing your pretty smiles.
 I wish I could stop time and just keep you this way. You are so sweet, so much fun, and so adorable. You make being a mom the best job in the world!

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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mommy Moments #40

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word! We love all of the great posts!

The most viewed link from last week's Mommy Moments belongs to Taara from Dual Voltage and her pregnancy update. 30 weeks with TWINS! Congrats Taara! 

You look great:)

This week we are welcoming back Christa from After Hours Mama as our guest host!
 AfterHours Momma
I'm in love with Christa's adorable blog and her sweet baby girl. She has a new blessing on the way too! Stop by and check it out!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #6

Hey everyone! We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #6! We had over 30 link ups again last week which is great! You all are awesome for linking up and spreading the word.

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
p.s. You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

To link up, please follow me on Bloglovin' and then go ahead and link up your own Bloglovin' account and follow some of the other blogs linked up as well. It's gonna be a great party!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 30 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Date night after baby

I used to post pretty regularly about our date nights.
We set aside Thursday nights after we were married as the night we would spend just hanging out together.
I love my hubby and love spending time with him! No reason that dating needs to stop once the knot is tied right?

So many of you may wonder...is it possible to keep that fun dating life going after having a baby?

Well, I will admit, I was worried.
 The weeks leading up to sweet pea's birth, I acted like every date with my hubby would be our last.
I literally thought that my "fun" life would end and being a mom would keep me from enjoying a lot of the things that I loved to do. 

So I was looking forward to being a mom...but dreading it at the same time.

When sweet pea was born, it was flu season, so that did prevent us from getting out at first. But that didn't stop us from still spending time together doing something fun like playing a game, or having a movie night while sweet pea was napping!
Our first date out after she was born was when she was about 2 weeks old and we left her with my mom for about an hour to go get dinner together.
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Although I didn't really want to leave my baby, I can't tell you how refreshing it was to have that time away with my hubby!

After sweet pea was about a month old, we decided to brave it and start taking her out with us! We even got to go out on Valentines Day!
It was great at first until sweet pea started crying every time we went to a restaurant. At that point, it was tempting to give up. Date nights started to get a little stressful because we were both so worried about her crying and what we would do if she did. 

So for a couple of weeks, we had date nights in. I cooked a nice dinner and blew up the air mattress in the living room so we could stay up late watching movies. Slumber party!
It ended up being better than dinner out!

 Although we still have our occasional date night in, we have learned through trial and error that if we wait to go to the restaurant until our baby is asleep for the night (about 8PM) then we can enjoy our dinner just the two of us and we aren't just worried about her crying. This last Thursday we walked around at the mall till she fell asleep and then enjoyed a nice dinner at Cheddars outside on their patio! It was probably one of the best dates we've ever had...and no one would have guessed there was a snoozing baby under the table:)

Some dates just consist of walking around at the park, holding hands, talking, and enjoying life together! 
I think those might be the best kind:)

Give it a try! Even after you have a baby, take time to enjoy life with your spouse! Figure out what works the best for you and your hubby and stick with it. You won't regret it.

What are your tips for dating after having a baby?
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mommy Moments #39

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word! We love all of the great posts!

The most viewed link from last week's Mommy Moments belongs to Ella from The Adventures of Ella and Harry and her pregnancy Announcement Bun In The Oven!

Yay! Congrats Ella! Pregnancy announcements are always the best:)

This week we are welcoming back Holly from Curious Sprinkles as our guest host!
 Curious Sprinkles
Make sure you stop by and follow her cute blog!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lilla Rose Review and Giveaway!


I had never been much of a ponytail wearer. 
I liked to shower every morning, dry my hair and then straighten or curl it. 

And then I had a baby!
While I am still a firm believer in showering, there are days when straightening my hair just isn't an option and a ponytail or halfback becomes my go-to hairstyle. 

One of my wonderful sponsors Deborah from A Delightful Glow, sent me a flexi clip from her Lilla Rose business to try out.

I loved how pretty it made my ponytail look...like I had spent a lot of time doing it!
Bonus: it held all of my thick hair and didn't fall out!


I had a lot of fun with it and even had my friend model it for me with her hair half back:)
There are so many different styles you can use these clips for, it's amazing! 

You can even get flexis for fancier occasions with beautiful strands of beads coming from the bottom like this one. 
Or check out the Flexi of the Month. It could be yours if you win the giveaway!
This giveaway is for new customers or for existing customers of Deborah to avoid stealing clients from other consultants.
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Deborah is also offering a buy 3 Get 1 Free Offer for new customers this week. {Free item is up to $16.}
If you are a new customer and have three items you would like to purchase, simply follow these steps.
  • Place your three items in your cart and complete your purchase. Don’t include your fourth item.
  • Email Deborah at adelightfulglow at havilandtelco dot com with your order number and the name and item number of the flexi you’d like to receive. 
  • Your fourth item will then be sent to you, separately from the rest of your order.
  • Have lots of fun trying out your new Lilla Rose items!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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