Archives for August 2016

08.19.16

Easing into transition+Milestone Baby

Awwwe….transition, adjustment, life changes..we all go through them as adults and children as well. Today I’m sharing straight from the heart on helping your toddler transition into the role of “big sister” or “big brother.” 

Welcoming sweet Elouise has been the best gift our family has been given this year along with my husband finishing flight school, but that does not come with some hard days and extra cuddles for our first born daughter Beatrice. For those of you getting ready to welcome another bundle into the family I have jotted down a few helpful ways to make the transition for your toddler a little easier and manageable for the whole family! 
Just know Momma that the first week will be the hardest and there’s not much you can do to get around that! There little emotions have a lot to process and sometimes the best recipe is time and extra snuggles and lots of praise. Here are few tips we have found successful so far:) 

•ROUTINE: Your newborn baby will take some time to find a routine but your toddler most likely already has one in place. Stick with it! This helps give them a sense of security and stability for their changing emotions. 

•GIFTS: Have a few special presents for your toddler to open the first week to let them know you are thinking of them and wanting them to feel special and supported. 

•TASKS: Give you toddler tasks each day that don’t always involve the baby itself. Ask them kindly to get you a glass of water, or help you throw clothes in the washer and dryer. Help them feel capable of helping and feeling needed by including them in small tasks.

•ATTENTION: Having a newborn full time job around the clock, but try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there where your attention is on the toddler. Make eye contact and show that you care about what their building or playing with. 

•PRAISE: Praise them as much as you can! Having a new sibling is such a big change, and when they are loving on the new baby make sure to give them praise for that! Remind them how important and special they are to you when you tuck them in at night. 

•GRACE: Lastly give your self grace upon grace to not always have a perfect day or clean house. Love your babies hard, do your best, honor who your children are and that will always be enough for them. They see you and they see how hard your trying. 

These cute milestone cards can be found at http://shop.milestone-world.com/ or follow their Instagram page @milestonebaby. I find it really fun having a cute photo card to document milestones in your children’s life. Beatrice loves to go through these cards and read them and tell me which ones she can and cannot do! Today she couldn’t just pick just one so we picked four things she can now do on her own. She’s becoming such a big girl and I’m so proud of her and love having these cards to document her growth! 

 Natural travel mat can be found @naturalmatusa and these orange pocodot rompers can be found @radrevolutionkids.


Xo,

Sophia, Elouise, and Beatrice ?

08.15.16

Just the three of us+Lorena Canals Rugs

Well it was my first morning on my own with my two baby girls…and I have to say we survived;) my momma left early for the airport after being here for ten days and being the biggest help ever. Isn’t help the best when your going through a major life transition? I’m so thankful. 

Waking up to my grunting babe and feeding her in bed is just the best. Every morning my daughter Beatrice comes into my room and says “where is my Elouise” and kisses her forehead while she watches a couple shows and baby Elioise doses off to sleep once again. We’re all in newborn bliss over here with a mix of sleep deprivation 😉

This morning I took these photos of my girls after we got dressed and thought to myself “Seeing these two loving on each other makes my heart explode with gratitude and teaches me more about compassion each passing day.” Motherhood is truly stretching, yet magnificent at the same time. Each day I get to love on these girls and call them mine! 

Today I am sharing about our current favorite rug from Lorena Canals rugs. These rugs are machine washable making it such a great option for messy toddlers and dirty feet! I also can easily run a vacuum over it to fluff it up or throw it in the wash for a quick clean! I love the styles and colors Lorena Canals Rugs come in and will be sure to have many more in our new house come fall! These are must have rugs if your in the season of raising babies and kids! Incredibly soft on the feet, functional, and beautiful to look at. Visit their website athttp://lorenacanals.us/ or their Instagram page at @lorenacanalsrugs
Xo,

Sophia 

•Blue shoes shown on my daughter Bea can be found @pediped, stuffed bunny @cuddleandkind, pacifier clip @ryanandrose •

08.13.16

Birthing Elouise Lucille


Dear baby girl,

On the day you were born heaven rejoiced with great joy, love was bestowed and you, my child, were set apart; unique  from the rest and welcomed with some fierce and wild love. 

My sweet girl,  you were certainly comfortable in my womb and had no plans of arriving anytime soon and boy does that fit your personality now that you are earth side – Content, peaceful, sweet, and loving your sleep.

Daddy and I came to the hospital at about 6am ready for a gentle induction to help welcome you into this brave new world. Our doula, Jennifer, was by my side the entire birth. Our room was filled with hints of lavender and peppermint and all my favorite songs playing softly. My closest friend and my strong momma sat next to me. My labor was done using yogic breath, deep inhales through the nose, deep exhales out the mouth and lots of quiet moaning. I rocked back and forth on the birthing ball, I walked and walked, and often repeated these words in my head “My body is not broken, I am capable and strong, my baby is coming.”

I had planned on doing a natural birth for you and had done quite a bit a preparation mentally using meditation and speaking out my birth affirmations on a daily basis. Momma had taped those positive words on our refrigerator at home months ago.  

There came a point in labor when my body needed water and so that is where I spent my time..in the warm tub. Then transition came and it was time to push.  I had heard so much about “transition” and how that’s the hardest part of the birth, the part where I would give up and say it’s too much. Boy, were they right. Everything was very peaceful up until this point. My body was tired, my emotions were getting the best of me, and I yelled out many times ” I can’t do this, I just can’t do this.” I’ll never forget sweet girl the way your daddy got me through. I remember seeing his face through the glass as I labored in the tub. He hung my birth affirmations in front of me with tears streaming down his face, and pointing aggressively to these water- colored pictures I had created. I looked deep into his eyes wanting nothing more than to be done, to quit, but I knew he believed in me. I knew I could do it. I knew this is what I wanted. My doula got me through the hardest contractions, she always kept eye contact with me and always made me feel powerful and capable of this task. Once I got out of the tub, you, my love, came so incredibly fast, three swift pushes that felt like I was birthing fire, and there you were on my chest, all of you and everything we could have dreamed of. Crying and searching for me. Incredibly soft, incredibly worth the fight, worth the pain, worth it all. 

To all the Mommas who have given birth or will… believe in the power house YOU are. No matter how your birth goes, cesarean, epidural, pitocin, whatever expectations are lost, or how hard it gets, you are a warrior, a strong mother. My first birth was incredibly different from this one. I did not get to do a natural birth, I did not have an easy labor, and I had a lot of healing to do. But you, sweet girl, came how you wanted, with a lot of peace, pure surrender and a whole lotta faith in myself and my body. 



My hospital gown can be found at http://www.della-b.com/  insta page @dellabgowns. Not only did this gown make me feel beautiful, it’s functionality is so cool! It zips down the center for easy access to breastfeed, snaps all the way down the back and sides and comes in so many beautiful colors/designs. It was truly such a sweet gift and I loved being able to wear this instead of the scratchy, uncomfortable gowns the hospital offers. 

These photos were taken by a very close friend, Rachel.  I can’t thank her enough for capturing this life changing day. After birth photos taken by April White: ttp://aprilwhitephotography.blogspot.com/?m=0

Xo,

Love momma

08.11.16

Sister cuddles+Dockatot


Welcoming home our sweet Elouise Lucille has been a big adjustment for our sweet Beatrice. Everyday she is balancing out a bit and loving on her sister a little more. I love the connection I already see between them and the love and compassion that radiates from Beatrice towards Eluoise. Elouise has been a great sleeper so far, which is different for us as Bea was not 😉 


A lot of you have asked how we are liking our dockatot for co-sleeping with Eluoise and I can say we like it/love it so much. Not only does she feel held tight and secure, but it’s made breastfeeding so handy as she’s right next to me in arms reach. 


The dockatot comes in two sizes the deluxe for babies up to 8 months and the grand for toddlers! We really love the material, quality, and functionality of this bed for little babes and feel so thankful this was sent our way! I love that when she’s not sleeping on my chest (which is my favorite thing ever) my babe feels snug and tight as she lies in her dockatot swaddled. 


You can find the direct link to purchase your dockatot below:
http://dockatot.com/
Xoxo,

Sophia ❤️