Thursday, May 10, 2012

18 Month Photoshoot

Once I upload the rest to my computer I will share some more, but here is one of my favs!
Oh goodness I can't get enough of her little smile! :) Photobucket

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Half Birthday Baby Girl!

Can't believe my sweet girl is already 18 months old! Crazy how fast time flies and how much love one little girl has brought into my world. Happy half-birthday Layla Anne, you are my sunshine!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mommy Advice Needed, Please :)

Just wanted to get a little feedback from other moms on vitamins and/or supplements. Do you give your kiddos any? If so what? And at what age did you start doing so? If not, any specific reason?

The reason I ask is because I feel like my LO is sick all the freaking time. Nothing serious, just a runny nose and such. I breastfed her until almost 6 months and in that time she had one cold. Once we transitioned to 100% formula I was worried that she would get sick more often, plus she started going to daycare shortly after. She went to daycare three times a week during the period from 7 months to 11 months. She had about two colds in that period of time. When we moved in to our new house my mom starting watching her two days a week again and she went to daycare one day a week. At 12 months we transitioned from formula to whole milk. Since she has been 12 months (she is almost 16 mos now) she has had NINE! colds. It is driving me crazy and I feel horrible for her because I feel like she is always sick. I know that part of it is that she only goes to daycare one day a week so she isn't building up as much immunity. But what I also wonder is if it has more to do with the fact that her formula had vitamins and minerals in it. The formula she was on has something called nutriprotect on the label. She is a great eater and loves her fruits and veggies so I thought that from her food and drinking milk she should be getting enough nutrients. Now I am not sure. I am considering now maybe giving her some sort of vitamin or something. I plan to talk to her pediatrician as well, but sometimes the best advice comes from other mommies ya know?

And it wouldn't be an acceptable Layla post without a pic of her of course. :)


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A New Adventure: Kelly's Kids

When I was pregnant and we were on vacation in Destin. FL we met a mom and her two sweet little girls. She is from Louisiana and they all had the cutest accents. Besides their accents, one thing I noticed right away was the clothes that her two daughters wore. They were adorable and not just the "oh that is a cute outfit" adorable, but the "seriously I HAVE to have some of these ridiculously cute clothes for my unborn daughter" adorable! I finally asked her where did she shop for her daughters' clothes and she told me about Kelly's Kids. At the time they really didn't have a line for infants so I knew I would wait till she was a bit older. (Now that they have infants clothes too!)

Fast forward to now and I finally decided to act on this and check out Kelly's Kids. I found out that they don't have a store anywhere near me (their only actual physical store is in MS) and that really Kelly's Kids is more of a party type sales company. After some research and discussing it with my husband I decided that I wanted to be a Kelly's Kids sales rep. So this will be my first season and I am not sure how much time I can put in to it since I have a big girl, but I am going to give this a good shot.

Here is my shameless plug. :) Check out my Kelly's Kids website, you will love their stuff, for both girls and boys! The awesome thing is that if you see stuff that you love you can always have an e-party through me and get 10% of the sales towards free clothes! Easy peasy!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Layla the Mommy

We received Layla's (see Baby on the way post) baby and stroller in the mail and she is in LOVE! It is so sweet watching her walk her baby and giggling the whole time! She gives her kisses, hugs, pats her head, puts her binky in her mouth, and her favorite thing to do is feed her baby.

Here is she is feeding her baby, melt my heart!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Doctor's Visit Blues

Monday we had Layla's 15 mo. checkup and I swear each time we go it gets worse! Don't get me wrong I love her doctor, but Layla is terrified of everything about the doctor's office even though everyone is super friendly and the place is definitely decorated to appeal to kids. The doctor assures me that this is very common in kiddos her age and she will grow out of it. I sure hope so.

Our visit looked a little like this:

We walk in, check in, and take a seat. Layla sits on my lap for a minute or so until she warms up and decides to play with the toy thing next to us. She gets a little more brave and wanders over to check out the fish tank. About that time the nurse calls her name so I pick her up and we head back to one of the patient rooms. As soon as we enter the doorway, it was like a light bulb went off in her head and she starts screaming.

The whole time I am undressing her down to her diaper she is screaming.

As the nurse measures her length, she is screaming.

When I sit her on the scale, she is still screaming and holding out her arms for me. :(

After that we sit and wait for the doctor. She calms down after a few minutes and I think to myself "So glad that is over."

Guess again! As soon as the doctor steps in the door, she starts crying again. He senses my mommy panic and assures me this is normal for her age. Since she is still upset he said it is probably best to keep his distance and do the Q&A part first and then he will do his checkup. She screams the whole time we are talking. Once he starts listening to her heart, lungs, eyes, and ears she really starts screaming. She is literally pushing him and his instruments away from her. He is so patient and sweet with her, but Layla doesn't notice one bit. He is her mortal enemy at this point, yikes. After we get a clean bill health, he exits and says the nurse will be back to give Layla her shots.

She gets two shots and is equally upset as she has been the rest of the visit (not that I blame her).

Finally we can leave and she gets back to her usual happy self.

Can you you say super stressed mommy!? I hated seeing her so upset and feeling helpless to boot.

Any tips from you other mommies that worked for your kiddos and their doctor visit fears?

Here is an after pic of Layla, red faced and soaked with tears. I had to take a pic to show my hubs. Her little sad face just breaks my heart. :(

15 MO. Stats: 27lb 3 oz and 33 in tall :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Baby on the way.......

.....NOT so fast, by baby I mean, baby DOLL!

Ha, don't be too mad that I had you going oh yay!

Layla has really started to take an interest in one of her baby dolls that she has had for a long time. She loves to give her hugs and kisses. She is beginning to enter the stage where she expresses motherly type nuturing and I want to help her with that. I saw a little girl with a baby doll that I know Layla would love so I had to get it for her. This baby has a pacifier (Layla can totally relate as she is a paci baby) and also has a bottle. Layla no longer takes a bottle and I know she will love feeding her baby. When you lay the baby doll down her eyes close and the baby is the perfect size for Layla and looks so real. I was sold when I found out that it was also Phtalate BPA Free. I am so excited to for this doll to arrive. I searched online and this is where I found it the cheapest.

I also ordered the stroller that is a part of the Les Classiques line that the baby doll is in. I cannot wait to see Layla pushing her baby all around!