Nightstands Flip

I found these night stands on the side of the road and decided to give them a makeover! I scuff sanded them down and sanded the drawers completely. I spray painted the drawer handles and painted the nightstands black and coated them with polyacrylic.

I found self adhesive wallpaper on Amazon and applied it to the inside of the drawers. Sold these for $80!

Furniture Flip (end table)

My first piece I flipped and sold. Materials total cost be about $20 and I sold for $50. This made me a profit of $30.

I’m Back!

After a very long hiatus, I am pleased to say that I am back to writing. My son will now be turning 2 next month on the 15th and we have added a new addition to the family. Little Esther is currently 7 weeks and is beautiful and healthy. I am very excited to announce that we had a homebirth with our little girl, and I would do it all over again. With all the regulations in hospitals due to Covid, it was an easy decision for my husband and I when we decided on having a homebirth.

Did the homebirth go as planned, you may wonder? I will be posting a separate blog post specifically on how my home birth went. So stay tuned for that!

I am now into restoring old wooden furniture, and am currently working on finishing an old, antique looking coffee table for our living room. I have decided that I want to experience with the Bohemian style. It is taking a lot of work and patience for me to finish it, as I still have a long way to go, but I will be sure to post the results!

My husband is working on finishing our basement for the kids, and I have so many ideas on what I would like it to be like, unique, fun, and exciting! Should I post a separate post on the before and after, as well as what thought process I had?

Let me know what your thoughts are! Or any questions you may have.

Here is the little guy giving me a hand!

I have so many exciting things that I want to write about, so stay tuned!

Why I stuck to breastfeeding

As many of you may have read one of my firsts post about my breastfeeding journey, you may have wondered why I stuck through it when I could have given up and gave my son formula. Yes it was a painful beginning to my breastfeeding journey, but as I stuck to it I figured out what works best for me. Although my son gave up taking my breast due to a heavy flow, I did not give up giving him my breast milk. From breastfeeding I went straight to pumping and feeding him from a bottle.

Yes, I was stubborn in the beginning and to start even giving him my milk in a bottle was for some reason heartbreaking. Not only heartbreaking, but I also felt like I was letting myself down or not being the mom I was “supposed” to be. Breaking the bond of skin to skin. I knew all the benefits of breastfeeding and could not drop that for the sake of my son. My goal was, and still is, is to have my son be the healthiest he can be. And the thought of dropping breast milk for the ease of myself came across as selfish to me. When I say I badly wanted to give up, I mean I really wanted to and almost did. I was crying for days contemplating what to do and trying to justify it if I was to convert to formula. My husband was being as supportive as he could, but seeing me in such a down state regarding this issue, he was also trying to justify formula so that I could have the ease of mind.

And I did, I said “tomorrow I’m dropping everything.” But then tomorrow came and I put my emotions aside as I looked down on my son and knew he deserved the best I could offer. And I did have milk. I had ALOT of milk. So for me to give up what I had, in my eyes was upsetting. Those that struggle with their milk supply, that’s another story, where definitely your child needs to eat and if they aren’t getting enough then yes supplementing with formula is an option. But to me, a woman who was producing more than enough milk, to get rid of that, was like getting rid of gold. And therefore I couldn’t.

My son is now 14 months old and although I have stopped pumping several weeks ago, I still had a frozen supply left. I am almost out but right now at 14 months my son has been getting the best I could offer him- my breast milk.

Breastfeeding isn’t easy if you have an oversupply. And pumping isn’t easy if you don’t have a portable pump. But I guess this is where we learn to sacrifice for our children, God’s creation. Whom He has entrusted us to look after and raise. I wouldn’t change my decision of breastfeeding. As I currently am a month pregnant now, breastfeeding is still my go to for our second child, and I can only hope it starts off better the second time since I am more experienced and well informed. I’ll keep you updated on my current pregnancy in future posts. 😉

The gift of being a stay at home mom

Last night I had a revelation of my role as a stay at home mom. I was listening to a sermon on YouTube by David Wilkerson called “The Healing of the Home.” My son is almost a year old, and I have come to realize that somewhere along the way I forgot how much of a treasure it is to be a stay at home mom. I started to miss work, and I still slightly do, but I got caught up in that feeling and sulked upon it. I started to envy the mothers who were able to go to work for a couple hours and help their husbands bring in an income. Ever since I was 16 I was already working. I was used to providing for myself, having come from a very low income family. I used my own money to buy myself my own cell phone and was already paying my own phone bill. At 19 I bought my first car and was paying for my own car insurance and gas. From my first job working for a cleaning company, to working at a grocery store, to working as a dietary aide at a nursing home, and then as an office manager at a chiropractic office. All of this I did in a couple of years. I was used to having a job.

So, when my son was born, and up until now, I was finding tough to deal with, not having a job that provides income. And I did belittle myself. I did not feel important. Until last night. Last night during David Wilkerson’s sermon he said:

“Now hold it just a minute, what I am against with all my heart and soul is the demeaning of one of the highest callings in the world, and that is to be a housewife and a mother. That’s the highest calling on earth.” “Don’t let ANYONE put you down for being “just a housewife.” or “just a mother.” “In the sight of God, listen who can find a virtuous woman whose price is above rubies. She rises early feeds her household.”

Once I heard him mention that, it really hit me, the importance of all my responsibilities. Even though I may not be earning an income, it is still my job and still my role to be a housewife and a stay at home mother. And I should be doing it with a grateful heart.

I no longer want to look down upon myself. To think I need to always be physically beautiful in the eyes of my husband, for that will make him happy. Yes, do look pretty, but what will really make a man happy is a woman who enjoys and treasures her role as a housewife and stay at home mom. (Not saying you can’t work) This is towards the women who have chosen or have been placed in the role of being a stay at home mom or housewife. To the women in similarity to me.

We don’t “just do laundry.” We help provide clean clothes that our husbands and children can put on every day and be comfortable in. We don’t “just do the dishes.” We provide clean plates and utensils that our family can have their meals on. We don’t “just make dinner.” We provide fresh, hot food, that the family can eat to grow stronger, be healthier, and not starve. We do not “just clean the house.” We vacuum, sweep, mop, dust, organize, and keep a welcoming environment that our family can feel safe and secure in. Comfy, cozy, and loved in. Our responsibilities are wrapped in love. We are not any less than our husbands or the wives who have gone back to work. Our role is just as important and just as meaningful.

So to the housewife or stay at home mom that is reading this. Your role is important. You are important for your role. Yes there will be many days where we will feel unappreciated, beaten up, exhausted, worn out, but do not let that forget who you really are. Once you start appreciating your role, your perspective starts to change and automatically from there your whole day starts to change for the better as well.

A Total Mom Day

Today I had a complete mom day. By that I mean everything that I had planned was totally destroyed. I had planned to meet with my friend and her daughter who is the same age as my son for a little picnic in the park. No I’m not quarantining or social distancing. Judge all you want, I don’t care. Any who, we planned to meet at 1:30, my son’s nap time. But I was thinking I’d put him to sleep in the stroller and we’ll be fine.

I decided to leave an hour early to stop by the grocery store thinking the lines won’t be there since it was about midday. Boy was I wrong. Thanks Coronavirus. So I decided not to go in and thought I’d arrive at the park a little earlier. As soon as I get there, my friend texts me asking if we could meet later since she just got home from waiting in line forever at Costco and her daughter just fell asleep…

Now picture this, I’m at the park with a cranky baby no longer meeting my friend and have to drive 20 minutes back home and put him to sleep. My picnic bag was all ready by the way. And once I got home I now had to put an overtired toddler to sleep which is harder than normal tired. And then my friend has to cancel completely because her mom was over.

From one plan going awry, I couldn’t go grocery shopping and didn’t have our play date. Total bust of a day.

Any body else have total mom days where EVERYTHING goes wrong??

Wooden Baby Walker

As my son is almost 9 months old, I can already see that he will be walking soon. There are so many different types of walkers out there. I personally prefer wooden toys when I can, so when I found this wooden walker on Amazon, I was thrilled! It is slightly difficult to assemble but once I was done with it, I was in love with the outcome. My son is still getting used to it but little by little I see him using it more.

Link Below

Baby Toys – Kids’ Activity Toy – Wooden Push and Pull Learning Walker for Boys and Girls – Multiple Activities Center – Assembly Required – Develops Motor Skills & Stimulates Creativity

Best Products for Mothers who Pump Exclusively

When I first started my journey with breast feeding, as in my other post, it did not turn out how I had planned and from starting off with exclusively breast feeding I started exclusively pumping.

In the beginning of my pumping days I started with a Spectra pump provided by the hospital I gave birth in. I must say I really did like it, other than the fact that pumping in general made me feel like a milk making machine or some sort of cow being milked. The Spectra was really easy to use and had minimal buttons to press, and included a little light so that you can see what you are doing in the dark, if you pump during the night.

If you know that you are pumping, definitely do some investing in a durable, rechargeable, portable pump. Pumping gets easier if you know you can travel with it and not worry about finding an outlet.

Two great options for that would be an Elvie pump and a Willow pump. Both are expensive but with the time you will be spending pumping, it makes it worth it. They fit snuggling right into your maternity bra and suction onto your breasts when turned on. If I had known about these pumps earlier, I could have saved on so much headaches, stress, and anxiety from the pressure of being home or finding a place to pump. Both come at around the same price, one pump for around $280 or double pumps for $500. The willow I believe only sells as a double.

I personally have the older version of the Willow Pump, the Willow 1.0 but right now they have a 2.0 that is out. With the 2.0 you can either pump straight into the bags that you can purchase from them, making it easier to pump and store during travel, or you can pump straight into the container and dump into a storage bag of your choice or bottle. The Willow 1.0 can only pump into their spill proof storage bags. From the research that I have done, a lot of people say that it is silent but from owning one I will say that you can hear it but it is definitely quieter than a normal pump.

Both the Willow and Elvie pumps connect to an app that keeps track of all your pumping sessions as well as the ounces pumped, whether the right breast or from the left breast and also stops pumping automatically once the bags or containers are filled. Both pumps are very easy to put together and also simple to clean.

My sister-in-law has the double Elvie pumps and she loves it as well. Being a new mom and knowing that she would be pumping, she got two right away to double pump and save on time. This also allows her to be able to pump while she is making dinner for her husband or is out on the road visiting friends or family, or if she is running late to an appointment, she can pump on the road, which I have also personally done. To be able to pump in the car is amazing and relieving.

They try to advertise them as being silent and unnoticeable but from my experience, they are not as silent as some say and you can notice them because they make your breasts look like they doubled in size. So, I would not be out at a restaurant with them in my bra but if that works for you then go right ahead! I just found it easy to go places as I could easily pump in the car every few hours or in any bathroom en route.

I got my portable Willow pumps too late, when my son was 7 months because I was so tired of dealing with pumping only at home or carrying around the big pump and trying to find an outlet wherever I went.

For my next pregnancy I will be investing in the Willow 2.0 to not have to deal with what I dealt with during the beginning few months of my pumping journey. I am choosing the Willow 2.0 because it can pump straight into the storage bags or the container made for it, giving me more options. If straight into their storage bags then there is less to clean as well. Although you need to keep buying their specific storage bags.

So, all you mothers, invest in your happiness! Because these pumps definitely make a difference. They have in mine and they will in yours too! And no I am not sponsored by them, just writing this from experience and hoping I can save some of you from doing the mistake that I did and got them too late.

Final Pros and Cons of Willow Pump

  • Saves time
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable
  • Easy to store
  • Can pump into storage bags
  • Can pump into container
  • Easy to clean
  • Better suction than Elvie
  • Can pump anywhere anytime
  • Expensive
  • Not completely silent
  • Still noticeable
  • Can only use their specific storage bags to pump into
  • Suction is less than Spectra or Medela

Final Pros and Cons of Elvie Pump

  • Saves Time
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable
  • Easy to store
  • Pumps into container
  • Easy to clean
  • Quieter than the Willow
  • Can pump anywhere anytime
  • Expensive
  • Can slightly hear it
  • Noticeable
  • Has a light on when in use that you can see through your shirt
  • Can’t pump into storage bags

I will add the links to their sites down below:

Willow Pump

https://shop.willowpump.com/

Elvie Pump

https://www.elvie.com/en-us/

Best Baby Registry/Baby Shower Gift Ideas

When it comes to creating a baby registry there are many things that should be considered. Can the product be multi-functional? Is it easy to clean? Is it reliable? Will it last? Can it be reused? Will it take up a lot of space? These are only a few questions that one needs to ask themselves.

When I was creating my baby registry for the first time I regretfully must say that I did not do enough research when it came to products that would save me time, space, and money. I sort of just plopped things onto it. Only after I had my first born son did I realize what I had wished I put on there. Here is a list I have put together after doing some research as well as trying out the products myself. Hope this helps!

Mushie Silicone Bib

This silicone bib is perfect for babies who are just starting solids and helps keep the mess to a limit. No longer will the drool and food find its way down your baby’s neck for this has the option to go up under the chin. Very easy to clean and wipe down. Great for when on the road as well. Only $12.99 on amazon. You can click on the image to be rerouted to the exact page.

Avocado Baby Smock/Bib Apron with sleeves

This baby smock is also perfect when starting your baby on solids. This also comes in various designs. I double up on this smock with the silicone bib. With the bib apron, it covers the arms up to the wrists, preventing any mushed up food to get onto the baby’s clothes. There are many different apron bibs out there, this is just the one I personally bought and liked, although I have not tried other brands. This is easy to clean and reusable.

Marpac Hushh/ Rohm Portable White Noise Machine

I personally have the Hushh but know of many who have the Rohm. Both are made by the same company, so there is not much of a difference other than the Hushh has a clip and the Rohm has a lanyard. Having a white noise machine has helped my son sleep so much better. Not only does he fall asleep faster with it but he also stays asleep longer, due to the white noise cancelling out any disruption.

Tommee Tippee Portable Baby Travel Bottle Warmer

This Tommee Tippee bottle warmer saved my life. After having complications breast feeding, as I explain in this post, (https://innerthoughtsofmotherhood.com/2019/12/11/my-breastfeeding-journey/) I decided that I still wanted to give my baby my breast milk so I started pumping. My baby was very picky with the temperature of his milk and at first it was very difficult to take cold milk with me until I found this on Amazon. You pour hot water into it and it stays warm for hours. It is a little heavy once the water is in it but it is what helped me give warm milk to my baby with out having to worry about going out. I use it every day. Only $13.82.

Baby Merlin Magic Sleep Suit

I have heard great things about this sleep suit. I personally got it too late when my son was already starting to roll over. This suit is great when the baby is transitioning from a swaddle but does not yet roll over and helps avoid having a blanket in the crib. This sleep suit is thick enough to keep your baby warm as well as gives your baby the comfort they need to sleep peacefully while still being snug. The material is extremely soft and the suit itself is easy to put on and take off. Many people who take classes for their newborns to sleep well use this suit and recommend it.

Baby Car Mirror

A baby car mirror is a must! I love being able to see my little one without having to risk turning around while driving. You can safely keep an eye on your baby while still looking foward. The baby mirror simply straps onto the seat where the car seat is. This also gives a way for the baby to entertain themselves while on the road, giving you a peace of mind. Afterall babies love mirror! It is a win win situation! This is the one I personally bought, but any baby car mirror will do.

Baby Teething Pacifier

This pacifier clips is perfect for teething babies. My son loves it and even started rubbing his gums on it before teething. We all know babies love to put things into their mouth and this is perfect for them. Not only does it look cute but is also multifunctional. Works as a teether, a toy and helps the pacifier not get lost.

Unisex Drool Bibs

A mother can never have enough drool bibs, especially when their baby is teething. Not only do they add to your babys outfit but they also keep the rest of their clothes from getting wet. Would you rather their onesie get wet and have to change their outfit, or simply change their bib? I also prefer to simply switch out their bibs.

DIAPERS DIAPERS DIAPERS

You can never go wrong with gifting diapers. Diapers get extremely expensive, so as many diapers as a mom can get, she will be extremely grateful! I personally buy the Kirkland from Costco, but Amazon has them as well so just found it easier to link through amazon. The Kirkland diapers are of good quality and are more affordable. Although in Costco they are cheaper than they are here on Amazon. I have also tried the Huggies and Pampers diapers. Personally I like the Huggies diapers more, as they seem softer than the others. Out of Pampers, I would suggest the Pure Pampers diapers as they are more natural.

Baby Wipes

My favorite wipes would have to be the Huggies Natural Care wipes. They are the perfect size, making it easy to store at home as well as put into a diaper bag. The are soft and easy to pull out. They are unscented, 99% water, as well as hypoallergenic. For the price Amazon has then, it’s hard not to get them as well. At 6 packs for only $9.48, that is a steal!

ENJOY

Hope this list helps or gives ideas to anyone looking for what to put onto their baby registry or is looking to buy a gift for a future mama. As I look into other products I will try to update this or will post another blog post with other products that I find useful! 🙂

Skip Hop Explore

Loving his skip hop explore 🙂

Skip Hop Explore makes for a wonderful gift for your little as well as helps strengthen their leg muscles for when they are ready to walk. My little boy could not be happier with it and uses it every single day. Will link it in the side bar, just click on it and you will be rerouted to the exact page on Amazon! Grab it while it is on sale for $45 off!!

Enjoy 🙂