ICELAND

I’m up nursing and blogging. This might become a regular thing who knows! This trip was over a year ago. I was coming off of the busiest and hardest year of my life. My mom wanted to go Iceland and I really wanted to go again so we booked a trip with some of our best friends. We stayed in a camper the whole time and drove all around the country. It was amazing. No bathrooms or showers but still amazing. I miss this trip so much and can’t wait til I can take one again with my mom!  

Side note, I actually found out I was pregnant on the flight home and miscarried about a week later and was pregnant with Rooney within a month. Kinda crazy how everything works but it just makes me laugh I found out I was pregnant on the plane! 💛 

Roo’s first Halloween

Halloween has come and gone sadly! It was so fun to dress up together this year and have her first costume!  

I had bought the bonnet right after she was born just to have for fun and then when Halloween rolled around it was perfect! I got her cute onesie from Loved Baby and the bonnet from Briar Handmade. Both 2 of my favorite companies!  

I wanted a costume this year that didn’t look like a full blown costume but was more cute, and I’m sure I’ll do it again in years to come. My sweater was from Free People and my pants were from American Apparel that I borrowed from a girlfriend. Jill did my makeup of course, and then on Halloween night I attempted it on my own and I feel like did a pretty good job! I really really loved the makeup. Then mane I wore was actually a fur hood from a winter coat that I safety pinned together. Who would have thought I’d have pretty much a whole lion costume just lying around. 

For Halloween day, we actually had a dog 🦁  costume. So Jack was a lion and Trent was our safari guide, lion tamer! He’s such a good sport to just roll with it. I’m so lucky to have him. 

I also came up with a few more fun little costumes for her and loved getting to just place dress up! She was a beach babe, a spider, a pilgrim, and an ice cream sundae! 💛💛 

thanks for taking these Courtney!!! 💛 

I hope everyone had a good holiday!!! 💛💛💛🦁

Emmy 

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SNOO love

I have been sooooo excited to share this post because I stand behind it so much.  

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When we brought Roo home, she was tiny. We are talking 5 pounds tiny. So we slept with her in our bed with the Dock-a-Tot for the first few weeks. Once she got a little bigger, we finally were ready to try out the SNOO.  

I want to start by saying that I know it’s pricey. But it is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.

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Roo loves to be swaddled, and what baby doesn’t love to be rocked, am I right? So the SNOO comes with a body sack that velcros (is that a verb?) their hands down and has their legs zipped in. It is breathable and lightweight. 

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I read in an article some time ago to put your baby to bed awake because then they help themselves fall asleep, so we have been trying that method with the SNOO. We lay her down with just a kimono top on (because she kicks out of her footies and wakes herself up) and turn on the SNOO, which has a built in relaxing sound as well the rocking motion. If she cries, it will pick up speed in hopes to calm them, but most the time she just falls asleep. She has consistently slept 6-8 hours a night and I truly think it is because of the SNOO. 

I’ve asked Trent to give his opinion below also, so that you can see it is not just me blowing smoke! 

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Trent here: Em’s only saying these things because she’s getting paid! Jokes. The SNOO has been a life-saver because it puts Rooney to sleep and keeps her asleep. The biggest thing for me is that it’s connected to an app that allows us to control the rocking speed based on her mood, so we don’t have to wake her up to rock her. Two thumbs up from this guy.

Feel free to ask questions if you have any!!! 

 

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How to help our children from bullying

When I saw Carissa's story, my heart broke. I couldn't imagine the pain a little girl felt from being bullied about her Eczema, something she couldn't prevent nor did she do anything to get it. From bullying about acne, skin deformations, or any deformation for that matter, our kids feel pain that they truly don't know how to navigate quite often.

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When I had Rooney all I could think was I want to raise you to be a kind young woman and I want you to feel the love and give love to others around you. In a world where it is so hard to live up to expectations the biggest thing I hope to teach my children is kinds and to have a soft approach to others who might be different from them. 

AVENE is teaming up to raise awareness about Eczema and showing through Carissa's story. I love the result they found for Carissa and how they are able to help her and give her the support and love we want to show as examples around us. Head over to AVENE to see the full story! https://www.aveneusa.com/hope

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I hope that as we raise the future generations we can focus on teaching them kindness and love to others around us. 

So right now what Avene is doing in an effort to help girls like Carissa, Avène is donating 100% of proceeds* from the “Kindness is Power” tote bag & kits to the Kind Campaign.

The kits are inspired by Carissa’s regimen of soothing essentials that helps her manage her eczema. The Kind Campaign’s mission is to bring awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying. To learn more about anti-bullying efforts, visit KindCampaign.com

The kit comes with their amazing Xera Calm Cream, Spring Water that is soft on your face, and a cleanser. This is great for anyone dealing with sensitive skin or eczema. It's also a great way to give back to an amazing campaign while getting an amazing product as well! 

xoxoox

Emmy

JONES FAMILY | Great Salt Lake

not working a ton lately but this family sessions gives me all the feels!!! Email me for info for this fall or winter!  

Dock a Tot love

I have had quite a few people ask about her sleeping patterns and what we have been doing. We felt like when we got home form the hospital she was to little to fit in the Snoo sleep sack, so we had her sleep on our bed, in her Dock a Tot. It also helped me when I had to get up with her because of her reflux. Now that we are figuring that out I feel much more comfortable with her in the Snoo. 

For the Dock a Tot we use it for naps, when she is hanging out, and we also use it for sleeping like I mentioned above. I plan to travel with it and I think it will be so nice because she will be used to the item she has already been sleeping in. 

I would totally recommend to get an extra cover if you can and the carrying bag for the Dock a Tot for travel and for when your other one is super dirty because that does happen for sure. 

The link is here for the Dock a Tot and I hope you love yours! I would love to hear your experience with it as well! 

The dress I am wearing in this post is from Roolee and I love love all their dresses! Make sure to check them out! 

Hospital Bag- Little Rooney Lowe

I had this all ready to go and then I went into labor 2 weeks early! Glad I had my bags packed and had done a lot of searching around for what to bring! Now I can tell you what I actually used an didn't! 

Keep in mind we spent a week in the hospital so we had more time there then normal. I will try to separate what additional items we brought.

Diaper Bags:

Fawn Design Diaper Bag: I love this bag. The only thing I would say to get in addition is some dividers for the inside to easily find items, but I bought one from a QVC line, and can't find the name now, but it has made a huge difference. They price around $160 but I will tell you they hold up, they are durable, rain proof, and they carry a lot of stuff. 

Freshly Picked: Since I wrote this I have also found a few other bags I love a lot also. I have been using the Freshly Picked Diaper bag for sometime now and it is great. It is so spacious and has great pocket space for items. This one also prices around $170 but it's very much worth it. 

Happ Diaper Bag: This is my favorite from this brand. I love love the backpack feature, and how deep it is and easy to organize as well. This one is also $170 ish and I am just as in love with it. 

BoppyI brought it thinking it would help but I felt way more comfortable just holding her in my arms.  (UPDATE) I love my boppy and use it all the time, I also use it for her to try to sit up in now. Totally recommend this. 

Stuffed animal: Her bunny is the stuffed animal we are using as her growth measurer and also as her best friend and sleep friend! :) This bunny is from Jelly Cat and they are so darling. We use it for a picture right after she was born! 

Binkie:  We are using the nature sutten binkie. It has been so good, she does prefer one of the nipple types, over the other so I can't use the round nipples. I am not sure if that is cause she started on one, or just likes the other cause it's easier to fit in her mouth! 

Bathing Items: We chose to wait to bathe her until day 5 because I wanted the vernix to really sink into her skin, but she had an IV in her head so they took it out and her hair needed to be washed. So we are use the Tubby Todd soap and lotion, which is organic and her skin has done great with. We are also using the dream cream, and I used it a tiny bit on her face and legs where she got a rash and it was gone a day later. I love love how gentle it is and helpful it has been. We also brought her towel, and they provided us with a scrubber to wash her hair. I also got some bamboo washcloths from Copper Pearl, I love love them. 

Onesies: We used Loved Baby for the first 4-5 weeks pretty exclusively, nothing else fit her. We also love Olivia Onesies   

We've worn tons of kimonos as well from Gerber, they fit her best right now as well. I do have another band Luvable that I got on Amazon but they are a tiny to big on her. 

We love our Top Knots turbans so much. It is just her thing :) She loves wearing them! Okay really, she looks so cute in them so we are rolling with it. She had an IV in her head for the first couple days of life so I had her in a turban a lot to help hide it. I knew people would freak out if they saw it, so it was a nice cover up! :) 

We also brought her Dock a Tot. She loved lounging in it, and I really loved having it at the hospital so that I didn't feel like I was always having to have her in my hands (which I did anyways for the most part ha), but it was nice for breaks for us. 

We brought tons of swaddles which was perfect because for the most part she lived in the swaddles and naked for the first week. We love our Copper Pearl, KB Cute Designs, and Mebie baby swaddles so much! They were so nice to have and different textures to see what worked best for her. 

We love love the brush we got for her hair! It is by Haakaa USA brush. We love love it. it's so soft and she loves to have her hair brushed! 

Now for the things I brought for me! Lets start with the the headphones. I brought these to labor with to help me stay focused. Well I had a baby within 5 hours of my water breaking so they weren't needed. But I think if you are going unmedicated it would be a great idea. 

My Promptly Journal to update things from her birth, which we totally ddid because we have so much time and I am so glad we did so we don't forget all those feelings. It's a journal that follows them til they are 18 years old. It has been a favorite of mine during my pregnancy to use. 

My robe is from a friend of mine Karim, she is the best and got this for me in Mexico. I brought 3 robes and used them all. I loved having them for feeding. 

Dwell and Slumber dresses were some of my favorites to have and wear while we were in the hospital. I wore one the night my milk came in and it totally made it so I couldn't wear it again but now that I am home and it's washed it's amazing. 

Tubby Todd Niple Salve, was a major favorite. It helped my nipples adapt the first few days and she didn't mind it at all. I will totally use that again

Frida Mom Cleaner was amazing as well! It kept me feeling refreshed  :) I won't go into detail! 

I got lots of questions about my bra I wore during labor and it was from Free People. I really liked it and it was the perfect amount of coverage but still let me not feel super hot with layers. 

The breast pads I got from amazon, and they are HEAVEN! They block my milk from leaking all over my clothes and my nursing bras. I am obsessed with them and already bought an extra pack. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask, but this gives you the gist of everything I brought. We of course had more but this is at least an idea! We did bring our own pillows which made a huge difference, so keep that in mind! 

xoxo

Emmy