You may or may not know that before staying home with Turner I was a teacher. For 5 of those years of teaching I taught Fine Arts: Art, Music, Drama to Kindergarten through 5th graders. I absolutely loved it and it was something I was passionate about. One thing I always tried to do when teaching an art lesson was pair it with a piece of children’s literature. My mom discovered a Barney Saltzburg book called “Arlo Needs Glasses” quite a few years back and I started using it with one of my art lessons. This led me to purchasing some of his other books like “A Little Bit of Oomph” and “Beautiful Oops!” and incorporating them into my lessons in the classroom. 5th graders usually do not care much for read aloud but they would beg me to reread these books to them because of all the cool elements! I was recently gifted another copy of “Beautiful Oops!” from Workman Publishing (@workmanpub) and have been reading it to Turner. He is just beginning to be able to really see and recognize colors and shapes and he was mesmerized by the illustrations!
A cool feature of the book is that it has pop-outs, flaps to life, overlays and more! It really gets your attention and keeps it on each page. Even though Turner is only two months old literacy is something that is not only important to me as a former teacher but also now as his mom. I love stories that have a positive message and lesson behind them. Beautiful Oops! is all about taking mistakes and making them into something else thats positive. I love the creativity behind each mistake it uses as an example and how it really encourages readers to think outside the box.
I have seen first hand in the art room how hard kids can be on themselves when something does not turn out as they have visualized. I always tried to take those instances as an opportunity to teach about being gentle with ourselves and making their “mistake” into something else! We always also talked about not being perfect because no one is. Today, with social media and our constant need for our self image to look a certain way it is more important than ever to teach children to learn from mistakes and use them to create something positive. Want to get a copy of this book for your own children or classroom? “Beautiful Oops!” is on sale wherever books are sold. #beautifuloops #beautifuloopsbook
Turner is two months old today and time has certainly flown! His little personality is really starting to shine through. He’s usually pretty happy unless he wants to eat or has a wet diaper! Today, I am sharing our most used baby products for month two of his life. You can shopping all of these products by screenshooting the above photo and/or visiting my liketoknow.it!
We had a small bout of baby acne and completely banished it in about three days with Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment! I applied it to his face each night after bath at bedtime and saw improvements in the baby acne immediately. It can be used for a variety of things on babies so it is a great product to keep in your diaper caddy! A little goes a long way so it will last a long time.
I debated not adding this because it is kind of gross but cradle cap is very common in babies. It is basically a flakey scalp. Thankfully Turner had a very mild case of it but we got this Cradle Cap System from Fridababy and used it twice over the course of a few days and it completely went away. We just did it as a part of bath time. It has not come back yet but we will keep this on hand in case it does.
This may truly be my number 1 baby product of all time. No exaggeration. The Boppy Lounger is SO affordable and we use it every single day. It is not for sleeping but rather a place for baby to lounge when you need a hands free moment. The heavier Turner gets the more thankful I am for this! The fabric is easy to wipe down and the pillow itself is machine washable. It comes in several different prints. This would be a great baby gift if you do not know what to get someone because it will definitely get used!
This is one of those little things that actually makes a huge difference! The Baby Bump Brush is an easier and more sanitary way of applying diaper cream. We have not had a diaper rash yet but we do use Aquaphor at night where the diaper meets the skin on either side since it gets red and we want to keep it from getting irritated. We use this brush to apply it and it saves our hands from having to be coated in it. It is super easy to clean as well!
What do you do when you do not want to keep holding your baby or need your hands free? Wear them! The Ergo 360 Omni Carrier is so comfortable for adults and baby. As an infant you have them facing you until their neck control gets better and then they can face out and even ride on your back. It is a little tricky to get into without another person but it is doable since I have done it before. Turner goes right to sleep in this thing 99% of the time! Our friends all have these and love them too!
We have a couple of baby items that are 4 months and up only because they need better neck control. This Huggapod supports your baby so they can begin using things like this sit me up now! We only use it for about 15 minutes a day but Turner loves to sit up and watch us make dinner. It can be used in high chairs and really anything that your baby is not quite strong enough to sit in unsupported yet. The front and back pieces can eventually be used separately when they need less support.
If you have any questions about any products I have listed for this month comment below and let me know! I will be glad to answer.
36 weeks over here! Things are getting real. I packed my diaper bag for baby boy last week. I’m not planning on bringing it the hospital but wanted it to be ready for his first doctor’s appointment and anywhere else we may have to go soon after birth. I have been loving my Freshly Picked diaper bag. It’s so roomy and of course super cute! It can be worn as a backpack as pictured above which is most likely how I will wear it.
It can also be worn as a cross body as pictured above. My dogs loved helping me pack the diaper bag! They are good helpers. I also consulted my mom for suggestions on things I should add. I am a first time mom so this is what I am thinking I will need. Here’s what I packed:
*Premade Similac formula bottles + nipple
*Portable changing pad
*Cover for pad
I’m keeping it basic for now and will add more things in coming months when we actually leave the house for more than an hour. Can you think of anything else that should be added for short trips away from home? Please leave me a comment below if you think I am forgetting something!
Even with everything packed the bag is only halfway full at this point! Plenty of room to add more items as he gets older and we need more things with us. I love how sturdy the bag is and that it can grow with us!
My diaper bag comes in so many other great colors if you are not interested in camouflage and black. I love all the different compartments it contains which makes organization a snap! Everything is so easily accessible between the different pockets. Freshly Picked doesn’t often have sales but they have given me a code to share with you for 25% off your purchase: FPXMEGAN25 and you can shop the bag directly here. Have any questions about this Freshly Picked diaper bag? Leave them below and I’ll be glad to answer them!
I thought it would be fun to share some things that I didn’t expect about being pregnant.
You won’t necessarily be sick the whole trimester with morning sickness. In fact, I only had a week or two of mild nausea that was easily banished with eating crackers and drinking spite. It was mild enough that it didn’t effect my daily life at all. I never actually got sick once!
99% of your doctors visit only include a urine sample, weight check, blood pressure, and listening to baby’s heartbeat. Somehow I thought there would be more to it but ultrasounds are few and far between unless there are problems!
You might not get that burst of energy in the 2nd trimester everyone talks about. I feel like I was still so tired then but that it got better for me in the 3rd trimester.
Shopping for baby clothes, yes even boys, is so addicting! Pump the breaks though because you have no clue what size your babe will be plus people will gift you clothes. I bought some fun things I absolutely loved but tried to keep it within reason!
Feeling your baby move is truly the best thing on earth. It’s so special and magical but when your husband finally feels it too for the first time there’s no feeling like it!
6. The moment you find out you’re pregnant don’t necessarily rush out and buy all the maternity clothes. I’m glad I didn’t do this. Depending on what season you’re pregnant (especially 3rd trimester) and what your job is like you may not need much! I had planned to wear maxi dresses this spring at school but didn’t even need to worry about it because of COVID. I’ve mostly been able to work stretchy things I already had work. I did invest in a pair of maternity blue jean shorts and they’ve gotten their money’s worth.
7. Be prepared for people’s input. I’ve been cold my whole life but it got worse once I was pregnant. I kept my heat on on my classroom plus wore layers. People kept saying, “oh wait until 3rd trimester plus it’ll be summer. You’ll be burning up then!” Well, I’m 39 weeks and still keeping my house at 73 degrees with a sweatshirt on so apparently didn’t happen to me. Just take the input with a grain of salt and smile!
8. How your body grows and changes to develop your baby is unique to each person. I didn’t gain any weight first trimester and maybe 5-7 pounds second trimester. I’m up to 14 pounds now at the end. I didn’t truly show until I was in the third trimester. Despite eating plenty and never being sick during pregnancy. All of this is fine and normal. It’s also normal and healthy if the opposite happens to you and you gain more and show earlier. Your body is going to do what it needs to do so don’t stress too much about too little or too much weight gain!
9. You’re always going to find something to worry about whether it’s symptoms you’re having, what you’re eating or doing, labor/delivery and the health of your child. I highly suggest staying off doctor Google! Obviously ask your doctor anything you have concerns about but just know it’s okay to be a little anxious about things since it just means you want the best for your baby!
10. The most surreal moment is when you see your baby on the ultrasound and see that heart beating. The feeling is truly indescribable.
And here’s a bonus that I had heard before but until you’ve experienced it you really don’t get it: the last trimester speeds by until the final few weeks. Then it crawls and feels like years which is where I’m currently at! I’m going to be sharing more on that in a third trimester bump date post this week. What is something you didn’t expect about pregnancy? Leave me a comment about what it was!