Day 162

Kensie went with us to a friend’s birthday dinner tonight so she got to stay out late and party. I just laid her in her crib (where she’s currently scooting around talking to herself) and thought about her vibrating mattress wedge and how all of my pregnant friends (seriously so many of them right now. Yay for babies!!!) ask what they actually need/don’t need. I remember feeling the same exact way so I figured I’ll make a list!

Here are 12 things that have saved us these last 23 weeks: 

Boppy. We’ve used it since day one and its been used for many different things every day since! 3000% necessary investment. 

A vacuum. Most of you know it used to be the only way to calm my child down. But in all seriousness, a white noise app will save your life (and sanity) at some point, I promise. 

Ergo baby. Or some sort of carrier you can wear. Hands-free life for mom and comfort for the baby all in one. My only regret is not thinking of using it more often when she was smaller! 

Mattress wedge that vibrates. I didn’t know this existed until Kensie was about 3.5-4 months, but I think it would have been amazing from day 1. She’s always slept better propped up and she used to only sleep in her vibrating chair. Best of both worlds. 

Binxy baby. This might be the best baby invention, ever. No more trying to push a stroller and drag a cart around like a crazy person. It holds her up so I still have room in the cart. The hammock holds her car seat  if I want and I can transition her directly into it! 

Disclaimer: this isn’t Kensie. It’s from their ad for demo purposes, lol

Introducing a bottle early. Even if you want to exclusively breastfeed. We gave her one by week 3 and never had any issues, even when we switched brands. Many of my friends that waited longer had a lot of trouble getting their babies to take them at all. 

Chiropractor. And not just any. If you’re in Orlando, Dr Christina at Revival Chiropractic is the best! I know this is controversial for many people. We had very mixed feelings and I was hesitant to bring her at first, but it’s something I’ll start with our second baby immediately! We saw drastic improvements with her gas issues, sleeping and crying when she started going. We’ve also noticed she seemed to dodge the cold that Chris and I kept passing back and forth!

Baby bath. Our sink is too small so it only worked for about a week for sponge baths. I loved the hammock part when she was smaller and now there’s a lump that blocks sliding down but allows her to be IN the water!

Baby Einstein. Because she loves it and it’s how I’m able to make my breakfast and coffee in the mornings! 

Oxi clean. Because shit happens. Literally. And it’s saved all of her outfits!

A car seat. Mainly because you can’t leave the hospital without one. And it might be illegal not to. 

Really, and I mean REALLY good friends. Especially if you don’t have family down the street. You’ll need the support in every single way. Having people around that are understanding and love your baby too, is a life saver! It truly takes a village so I suggest having the best possible one. There’s not a day I go to bed without thanking God for the amazing people in Kensie’s life! 

There’s others not pictured, but you get the jist. We are pretty dang lucky to have this crew in our corner!

Day 161: The Food Saga

KENSIE HAD HER FIRST FOOD TODAY! Completely unintentionally…and no, it wasn’t her foot. Also I know she isn’t wearing a bow in this photo but it was too good not to share. 

As I was eating lunch, Kensie kept trying to grab my sandwich from me. Finally I just let her to see what she’d do. She just slobbered on the bread. 

But it gets better. As I was eating my fruit she wanted that too. I figured she’d do the same thing. I let her grab the strawberry and she started sucking on it. K LOVED the juice. 

Then I took it out of her mouth to find she actually took out a whole chunk and swallowed it! 

I let her do it twice so she really got 2 small chunks not a big one. She’s fine I promise…

So, a strawberry is officially her first food. Whoops! 

K’s “I put every single thing” in my mouth phase has gone from a level 6 to a level 10 in the last few days. 

We’ve graduated from fingers to toes.

Kensie rocking her new moccasin sandals!

Just kidding. Kensie EATING her new moccasin sandals.

Rubber ducky, you’re the one!

Books are also for eating.

All of these photos are from today, I promise. And last but not least, I caught this gold on video tonight. It speaks for itself. πŸ˜‚


Day 160

You know how good it feels to get back from a trip and sleep in your own bed? If so, please let me know what it feels like because Kensie wanted to party at 2am again instead of let me find out.
Luckily it only lasted until about 4:30 this time. Homegirl just had so much to talk about that she couldn’t wait until the sun came up. 

Kensie also decided she didn’t want her picture taken today. I sat her up on the bed and she threw herself down and started yelling at me. 

When Kensie doesn’t want to smile…

Fail. So blurry. But she cute.

We were back to normal life today and this girl was good with it and so was momma! 

Morning Naps. Sponsored by Baby Einsteins.

Kens decided to turn her headband into a bow tie…

After K got in a nap and I got some work done, I went to get a much needed pedicure and this chunk was happy as could be the whole time! (thank you Kens!) 

Now it’s this momma’s bedtime – really hoping Kens wants to stay asleep tonight! 

Looks who’s sleeping sitting up again!

In unrelated news: For anyone who’s read this far…do you happen to know where the heck can I get plain pastel colored onesies?? Please and thanks!!

Day 159

The little goober had her second plane ride today! It wasn’t quite as flawless as the first, but great nonetheless. 

Plane ride: Round 2

Kensie started fussing because she did NOT want to sit still or play with any of her toys while we taxied on the runway. I fed her and she finished while we were still waiting. As soon as we took off, she got quiet and looked out the window and dozed off. I guess the altitude doesn’t bother her ears one bit! 

Kens was quite the happy camper when she woke up. She chatted the whole way through the airport and ate her toes while we waited on our luggage. 

This is her conversation face.
I get it K, momma was hungry too!

When we got home, we went to get Jack and then ran to the grocery store. Kensie was super tired and dozed off right before we got there. I got a new breastfeeding cover (it is the BEST) that doubles as a car seat cover so I tried to use it thinking she’d sleep in the store. Nope. 

Oh hey there, party animal. #FOMO

It lasted for all of 20 seconds. 

The cover is from Milkmaid Goods and I’m obsessed! A friend of mine had one and fed her baby while we were at lunch and I was amazed at how well it covered. I hadn’t  fed Kensie in public (until this trip on the plane) because the scarf cover I had NEVER stayed on or covered anything and while breastfeeding is normal, I still prefer the privacy. This cover is a game changer!! I highly recommend for all momma’s and momma-to-bes! 

Happy to be home!

Day 157 & 158

How does this baby girl keep growing up overnight?! Kensington had a great weekend in North Carolina and has a new favorite hobby: sitting up on her own!

Also, Kensie fell asleep on me upright for the first time since she was maybe a week old. Anytime I hold her like this she keeps her head up to look around and only goes to sleep if I lie her down in my arms. 

It was killing my lower back and arms but I couldn’t put her down because it was the sweetest thing ever. 

Kensie was so happy all weekend and only cried a little when she got tired and her FOMO kicked in. 

We missed daddy while he was at his cert during the day, but we enjoyed hanging out in the gorgeous weather and K took her first walk in her stroller (without being in her carset)! 

Morning selfies on the patio

She’s still practicing.

Big girl in her stroller for the first time!

Should’ve brought my shades…

Oh, oh, oh!!! I’ve also found a solution for K’s blowouts! I tried the Seventh Generation diapers out and they are PERFECT. If any other momma’s have this issue – try them out! As you guys have seen, when Kens is sitting down and poops it always goes up her back. These are a lot taller so the business stays in the diaper. They’re also all natural so she doesn’t get rashes. Win, win! 

Outfit Savers

Annnddddd…I thought this was really funny. K has decided that sleeping on her side is the best – like momma, like daughter! 

Day 156: First Plane Ride!

Well, we were definitely not the people with the crying baby on the plane! 

Sweet snuggles for momma!

K was slamming her head into me while we were waiting for them to finish boarding (she was hungry) and started to fuss because it was way past naptime. So, I took a chance and it WORKED! I fed her before we ever took off and she passed out immediately after. Homegirl slept from before takeoff to after we landed! 

I’ll assume she enjoys the noises since she was passed out the whole time. What I do know she loved was all the people watching at the airport. Kensie was such a ham staring and smiling at everyone that called her cute. 

All aboard!

Thanks for carrying everything, K!

All the “stuff” that comes with traveling with a baby turned out not to be too bad. 

We checked our luggage and the car seat base and took her stroller and car seat straight to the gate and gate checked it! I considered checking all of it and wearing her, but my lower back was thankful for the extra time she got to sit in her car seat. 

Security check-in

Also, I saw these little cubes for breastfeeding at the airport and I thought it was pretty awesome! I don’t know if they’re new or I just never noticed them before.

Kensie’s nose is still super runny and making her cough a lot. πŸ˜ͺ It seems to be bothering me more than her, though! We’re looking forward to a fun, relaxing weekend hanging out with friends! 

Day 155

Yes, Kensington. You ARE the Boss Lady. When you decided sleep wasn’t happening last night, you were most definitely the boss. 

I just wanna party!

We are pretty sure someone is about to cut their first tooth! KB woke up AGAIN last night when I got home from the movie and then again at 2:20a. And that time she wouldn’t go back to sleep. So, for the first time in the 155 days of her life, we stayed up and partied until 6:30am. Woof. 

But how can you be mad at that face?!

Starbucks saved this momma’s life today! 

K has the full teething package going on: drool, chomping, tugging on her ear, and now the super runny nose and no sleep. Luckily she was happy as could be. She just preferred talking and playing with her feet over going to bed. 

Looks like she’s having a rough time huh?

Sam came over to hang with Kens so I could pack for our trip tomorrow. Must be nice to get some solid naps in since you were up all night, huh? πŸ™„

She only opened her eyes for this photo…it’s like she knew.

Tomorrow Kensie is going on a plane for the first time!!! I’m not looking forward to the million things we have to tote around, but I think she’ll do great. 

Now I just hope she does great at sleeping tonight because this momma is exhausted!!

Day 154

The vacuum is BACK! Oh what a night. Also, Kens would like for you all to see her feet. 

Pure talent.

I cleaned the floors at the gym this morning and I wore Kensie. Naturally, the noise put her right to sleep. 


K had a fun day hanging with B (grandma) and then we ran some errands! I struck gold at our favorite: TARGET! 

All the BOWS!

Next mission: count update on K’s bows. She has to be pushing close to that 300 by now! I also got iron-on vinyls for my new Cricut so I can start working on Kensie’s Easter onsie! Woohoo!!!

Oh oh oh! Side note for all my girl momma friends (or anyone that buys clothes for little girls), Bailey’s Blossoms is doing a $50 giveaway on their Facebook page! Just like and comment on their post and they’re picking winners this weekend. Their stuff is adorable and K wears their rompers and bows all of the time! 

Back when she was a wee little nugget.

In the meantime, you can use code KENSINGTON10 for 10% off until March 31!

After her day of playing, I put her to bed early so I could go see Beauty and the Beast with the girls! (It was AMAZING). Unfortunately, she woke up and gave daddy quite the show. πŸ™„ I came home to this (photo below) and couldn’t stop laughing. 

They were both alive and the baby was asleep, so it’s a win in my book! 

Day 153

(Long post ahead…) Oh, the power of a fart. K was happy all morning and after her afternoon nap she woke up crying and had a fussy afternoon. She’d fuss, fart, then smile. It was the mantra of her day. 



Since K’s day was pretty uneventful other than the normal eat, sleep, party, poop, there’s something else I wanted to share! 

The last few days I’ve come across multiple articles on Facebook about “crying it out” and cosleeping. I’ve mentioned before that we do cosleep and that I am not a fan of cry it out. 

When I was pregnant, I did a lot of research on the cry it out method so I could understand A.) what it was and B.) if it was something I’d do. We decided not to, and while everyone has their reasons one way or the other – here’s ours:

  • Leaving a baby to cry it out creates high blood pressure and unnecessary stress.
  • Responding to their cry creates trust that you’ll meet their needs. (This comes into play a lot with the “Fourth Trimester” I posted about a while back!)
  • You cannot spoil a baby. They’re crying for a reason, and sometimes that reason may just be that they want to be held. They’re carry mammals. 
  • Babies that were not left to cry it out were found to be more intelligent, confident and independent later in life. (Independent is a surprising one, huh?)
  • And the most simple answer, I can’t deal with listening to her cry and not responding. My body was not wired for that one! I know I usually seem like I have my shit together, but that’s one thing that used to put me straight into anxiety mode.  

While I have put her down while she cried just for my sanity, I’ve never left her there more than a couple of minutes. (And for those that have only seen happy Kens and don’t think she cries, check months 1-3 on the blog. My child loved to CRY!)

Most people have been very kind and supportive to me as a first time mom, but I’ve also had a handful of smart ass comments along the way. I usually brush them off with a “yeah, ok” and carry on doing what I choose to do. Kens is at the gym for hours at a time each day and I’ve gotten a few of the “you know it’s ok if she cries” and “you can let her cry you don’t have to pick her up every time.” I won’t go into my reasons because that could be a separate blog post itself; but, if you’re considering saying that to me, save your breath. 

We’re only 5 months in, and as long as she’s not tired or hungry, Kensie will entertain herself for 30-45 minutes at a time before she needs a change of scenery. When she’s being held she tries to get down or reach for things on her own. She becomes more and more independent every single day. Sure,when she’s tired she wants to be held or at least a hand to hold while she falls asleep, but give her a break. She was IN ME for 10 months! 

Co-sleeping is an issue that I have a similar response to. Before I had a baby, I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d do because all I heard were the dangers of it. What I didn’t know was all the benefits to it, if done safely! This is something we naturally started when Kensie came home from the hospital. She’d sleep in her crib for a little, and when she woke to eat she’d fall asleep in my arms. If I set her back in the crib, she’d cry. 

My options were hold her and sleep, or stay up all night attempting to make this little human that just came out of my warm belly, sleep alone in a large, cold “box” all alone. I went with cosleeping immediately. When she was really little, I kept her in her boppy next to me so we wouldn’t roll over on her. Now that she’s bigger, she sleeps on my arm. 

Something about being right next to me visibly calms her down and keeps her relaxed. Now that she’ll go back to her crib if I want her to, some nights I put her back after she eats. However, she’s always slept longer if I let her come in bed with us.  (And again, this made a lot of sense to me once I learned about the 4th trimester!)

A few months ago I sent a SnapChat to a friend of Kensie still asleep at 9a and she was in my arm. She asked if we coslept and I told her in the middle of the night when she wakes up to eat, I move her to our bed and she sleeps in later than I do! Her baby was 6-7 months at the time and she’d never tried it. Sure enough, her baby slept through the night!! There’s legitimate research on it if your interested, but cosleeping is the norm in other countries and their infant mortality rate is way lower than ours! 

The reality is, regardless of the facts, it’s what I’m comfortable with and no mom should be ashamed of what they choose or scared to admit it.

Speaking of sleeping, Kensie can officially put her own pacifier in her mouth now as well. When she feels like it at least…if she’s cranky she fusses and closes her eyes and holds her mouth open like she’s Stevie Wonder. πŸ™„Last night she threw it across her crib, unswaddled herself, took her blanket off and slept on her side. Ok girl. You do you. 

Β Day 152: 5 months old!

What a day to celebrate! The first day of Spring and Miss Kensington Brooke is 5 months old! AH! K celebrated with all of her favorite things…photo shoots, naps and drooling. 

A friend of ours set up an adorable Easter back drop and invited us over for a photo shoot! Of course we were in. There was even a live bunny! Kensie was so good and let me get lots of precious photos of her today. 

Bunny to the face. I think Kens thought it was Lucy

Easter Bunny Photo bomb.

K brought her own bunny, too!

I think all the photos have her well trained. πŸ˜‰

I can’t believe how quickly this girl is growing. I was surprised she fit in that crate! She just grew out of her 3 mo clothes and it’s not seeming like she’s going to be in the 6mo ones for long! Especially her sleepers. This girl has legs for days. 

The last month has been a big (and great) one in the learning leaps of KB! She’s put herself on a schedule (for the most part), loves Baby Einstein, naps in her chair, attention of any sort from any one, being held, talking, kicking and eating her toes. 

Favorite pose. Feet up.

Kensie started playing with all of her toys and can almost sit up on her own. She doesn’t mind dirty diapers and she goes to bed in her crib all by herself! 

I can do it all by myself, momma!

Kensie is still going strong and 100% breastfed! We started practicing eating with some rice cereal at night and she still spits it all over herself but she likes the spoon in her mouth. 

K loves snuggles and kisses and laughs at puppies, raspberries, “boo!” and pulling people’s fingers. For now she’s still a momma’s girl…cherishing that everyday while it lasts!

Happy 5 months Kensie Brooke!!!