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My 6-9 Month Must-Haves

Blogging right now has been a real struggle, between balancing being a new mommy, all of the craziness in the world, and so much of it weighing on my heart, I just haven’t been feeling inspired.

Despite being inspired, I realized I have some mama’s following me that need all the tips and recommendations they can get as their little one grows.

Brave has hit a growth spurt, as he develops, the items I use every day for him have changed. I wanted to share some of my go-to baby items during his 6-9 month leap!

First up: this Oribel high chair. It is absolutely AMAZING! Seriously, I shared a review on it when we first got it. He’s been using it since he came home from the hospital since it can recline in a laying position. But now that he’s trying solid foods, we’ve been using it for feedings. It’s perfect! The height changes to fit whatever chair I am using, the position reclines for easy access and it’s extremely easy to clean! You won’t regret this high chair. Click the link to shop it HERE

Now that Brave can officially sit without toppling over –well he still topples from time to time; but now that he’s more stable we’ve brought a play mat into our space. It’s perfect for independent play so that mama and daddy can get some work done! The bright colors draw him in and he hangs out on his mat for long stretches at a time! This mat is thick enough to not phase him when he bumps his head and the perfect size for a small space (approx 5×7 area). Trust me, you need this mat –and Target allows same day drive up pickup so you don’t have to wait on a long shipping time. Click HERE to shop!

When Brave was learning to sit up on his own, we started him out in this Sit Me Up Floor Seat by Fisher Price. He was only about 4 months old then, I truly think it got him ready for sitting early on. It gave him the proper position to really engage his core and sit up assisted. Now that he’s 7 months old we use it often for moments when we need him to sit without distractions, when he’s eating, when we are doing learning activities, or when I’m in an area of the house that isn’t baby friendly (my craft space etc). This seat is perfect for that! Click the link here to shop it: Sit Me Up Floor Seat

A few months ago Brave began to refuse bottles and pacifiers, he only wanted milk from my breast. I knew I had to figure out a solution QUICK because I’m not home 100% of the time, and he needed to drink while I was away. That’s when I introduced this LATCH Sippy Cup. It’s perfect for transitioning from bottle / breastfed baby to cup. It has a slow flow spot with a gentle touch to avoid nipple confusion. Brave now drinks from his sippy cup when I’m away. He understands that the cup is for water, only and he actually enjoys drinking from it like a big boy. Mama’s transitioning your baby to sippy cups –trust me you want this! Click the link HERE to shop.

Everyone LOVED the Brave’s new walker! I mean, the Jeep is pretty freakin’ cool! Aside from being cool, it grows with him! He can use it as a walker, once he begins to stand and push he can use to push around the house, and as a toddler he can use it as a full Jeep toy! We knew the small investment would take us through a few years of good use! To shop the walker click HERE.

With Brave trying new foods –I didn’t want to have to eliminate yummy fruits because of seeds. So I knew we needed a fruit feeder. It’s perfect because he can use the pacifier-like feeder to practice hand-to-mouth, and he can try yummy fruits like watermelon and cherries without choking on seeds! This is probably Brave’s favorite baby item right now lol! Click the link HERE to shop!

And the last thing I would say is a must is definitely this Evenflo door-way jumper! This baby comes in handy so much! It travels easy, it’s inexpensive and most of all it tires baby out! We use this jumper twice a day to burn energy! Once before Brave’s mid-day nap and once before Brave’s bedtime. A good 15-minutes bouncing can easily burn any built up energy out of baby for a great night’s rest. Plus, this thing is less than $25! You can’t beat that! Click the link to shop, HERE!

That’s it mamas! Click those links and shop those items. Tell me all about what you think, or if you have any recommendations for me! I’m always looking for new baby items!

How Oribel High Chair Saved My Life

If you know Brave you know he’s an extreme arm baby. He loves to feel snuggled, like he’s being held. So for the first 12 weeks of his little life, he only wanted to be in the arms of someone.

While I was pregnant and finding all of the items on my must-have list, I knew I would need a high chair. I was looking for something that was functional enough to come in handy for multiple uses and that’s when I discovered Oribel.

What I love about this Macaroon colored Cocoon High Chair from Oribel is that it has multi-functions. Most high chairs can’t be used until the baby is sitting up right with head support, but Oribel’s high chair was designed to go through all stages of baby’s first year and beyond. You can easily recline the chair to lay back like a lounger, and when baby is being enough with stronger neck support you can increase the incline to an up-right position. It’s totally worth it!

While Brave my not be on solids just yet, we’ve been using his high chair since the first day he came home. I mostly use it when I’m in the kitchen cooking. He loves to watch me waltz around the kitchen, and stare out of the window on to our patio deck.

Click HERE for the link to shop Brave’s super-cool multifunctional high chair! Any new mama ABSOLUTELY needs this!

How I Found Out I was Pregnant

Hey guys! I’m really going to try my best to document my entire pregnancy for you all, just how I did my engagement, wedding planning and the first few months of marriage.

So if you don’t know by now, I’m expecting! I’m 16 weeks and feeling like a burst of energy these days. This wasn’t always the case. The first 12 weeks were long and exhausting! So how did I know I was pregnant …

As cliche as it sounds, I knew something was ‘different’ about my body. The first signs that I noticed was my unexplainable exhaustion. No really! I had never been so tired consecutively in my life. Around the beginning of February, I found myself sleeping from 8pm until 8am the next morning, and I would even have to sneak out of my job to take a nap in the car. It was that bad! I was EXHAUSTED. On the weekends I could easily wake up at 12 noon and still take 2 naps in one day. I’ve never slept so much in my life.

The second thing that startled me was I just felt unsettled and not like my usual self. My body felt heavier than normal, I felt bloated, almost like I had period-like symptoms but it wasn’t quite time for my cycle just yet. So I basically blamed it on PMS, when it was actually implantation of our little bean happening in my womb.

If that wasn’t enough to alert me, it’s as simple as… I just knew! I’ve always been really in sync with my body. I know or can predict when things are about to happen, my cycle is very normal, so I just felt it, honestly. As a matter of fact, when I took my first test and calculated my prediction of a due date, I was literally 3 DAYS OFF from what my doctor predicted at my first ultrasound. She was even shocked to see how close I was able to get to the due date.

It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. It all happened during Valentine’s Weekend. After being exhausted the entire week of V-day, I decided to take a pregnancy test. Why? Well because my sister kept poking fun at me, suggesting that I was probably pregnant due to my new hobby of marathon sleeping. I finally gave in an peed on a stick the Saturday morning before my husband came back in town. Sure enough (NOT EXPECTING THIS BY THE WAY) … there were TWO positive lines on the test. It was 8am, I vividly remember. I screamed and boo hoo cried like a baby. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. My entire life flashed before my eyes. I called my sister immediately sobbing on the phone (I’m sure she thought someone was trying to harm me). We were both crying on the phone by now! She was excited and overjoyed, I was … shocked, scared, nervous, overwhelmed, slightly excited, terrified, unsure, a little joyous, did I say shocked?!

Honestly, I couldn’t believe I could get pregnant so easily. We weren’t trying, but we weren’t preventing either. For some reason I just assumed with me being 30, and having never been pregnant before, I would actually have to “try” to conceive. Well … Gods Plans are better than mine because here we are today with a strong heart beat and a healthy baby growing in my womb.

From there I planned the surprise of telling HD, and the rest of our immediate family. I’ll have to share all of the cute videos of how it went down for you all. It was MAGICAL.

I’ll be sharing the details on my first trimester with you really soon, I can’t wait to take this journey with you all. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Xx, Triena

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