little bits & pieces

The "Pey" Times || Six Months

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Whelp, my little girl is half a year old and she has officially earned a new nickname. She is now my little beasty (yes, like in Maleficent). The nickname came about because she gets straight beasty when she's tired or sick and then is such a happy little beauty the rest of the time.

Ok guys, I'm really loving this 5 month and 6 month age range so far and I heard it gets better buuuuuut is anyone else's back killing them?!?! Have to say I love the mom arms that I'm starting to get though! During this month we've come across a few things that have really been hard, like her first cold and her almost ear infection.

As far as the cold goes, her little stuffy nose was so hard to hear but we did the best we could. I bought a cheapy warm humidifier from Walgreens and put a blend of DoTerra Breathe & Lavender drops. Next I elevated her bed mattress so that she was sleeping on an incline to help her breathe and of course last but not least, suctioned the crap out of her with saline drops and the nose frida. This seemed to go pretty well and hope she waits awhile before getting sick again!

Her ear infection or ear ache basically I found because she was constantly rubbing her ear and just her right one. One night she started crying and wouldn't stop for over an hour! So I used my witch doctor skills (as Rod calls it) and rubbed melaleuca, basil (or Purify) and lavender around her ear all diluted with coconut oil. I also stuck some on a cotton ball and taped it onto her ear, literally within minutes she stopped crying. I did this for several days and the symptoms seemed to fade. At her next check up though I will make sure!


S i x  M o n t h s 

Height: 26.5 in.
Weight: 18lbs 9oz

Milestones:

> Grabbing things with both hands
> Sitting up almost by herself
> Started to do the rocking back and forth when placed on all fours


Likes:


> Pulling her hair and rubbing her eyes when tired
> Putting EVERYTHING in her mouth
> Pulling out mommies hair and scratching faces (beware, and yes I do trim her nails)
> Sucking on chins
> Sleeping in the ergo, wish I would've learned earlier that she'll pass out for hours if I just feed her in it!
> The dogs, more so Lucy because she's a spaz
> Pig sounds
> Bouncing/ jumping like a mad woman in her Exersaucer
> Walking with assistance, this little woman is on the go


Dislikes:


> Over stimulation, she will shake her head side to side to calm herself down. Thinking she might get headaches!
> When I walk out of the room, sweet but problematic
> Watermelon, only my favorite fruit, her tummy doesn't agree so no more watermelon for mommy




Besides those couple things, the month went by fast as usual with no teethies in sight!! I'm thinking that's because I'm still exclusively breastfeeding with 1 bottle a week when rod watches her. To say that I've made it to 6 months is amazing to me, this was my goal but now I'm on to hopefully a year! Speaking of breastfeeding though...anyone else get freaked out by the seizure like shaking that they will sometimes do while feeding?? Ya that was fun the first time it happened!! Ah!

Growing with this little one is always full of laughs and definitely frustrations as I try to keep up with her need for attention and entertainment! Can't wait to post about her eating adventures this next month! On another note, wedding planning is kicking my butt with this little koala bear always needing love but hoping to find my wedding dress in the next month!! Crossing fingers!

Little Moments || January

Friday, February 19, 2016
Now that January has come and gone, we can really get into 2016. I totally feel like January is a buffer or just for practice before you get into the new year ;) At least that's what I told myself before inhaling the donuts below! 
The Grove is one of my happy places
Because you're suppose to start your diets in January...
Vroom Vroom, she loves this car so much I'm worried lol
Rain rain...come again soon. Love, my rain boots
Pey and her signature booties, Etsy

Family selfie in Vegas...never thought that would happen!


I love Lobster Rolls and Lobster Me in Planet Hollywood has a good one!


Walking around Planet Hollywood before the shops are open, snapchat was real that day! haha
Snapchat: lorinkellyblog

Yes...that is an Apple watch and yes... I have an inner geek :)


Peyton's first play date! 
I don't think the ergo is suppose to have stirrups buuut I just went with it!
annnnd there goes my heart :)
Just had to get a close up of how much my daughter does not look like me!! lol  Oh well, there's always the next one!

Cheers to a new month and new year!

| Diaper Bag Steez | The Essentials

Friday, February 5, 2016
Ok ladies, so enough time has passed to where I think I have the diaper bag game down to a science. I've had the moments of back to back blow outs that requires me to buy a new outfit while Pey is sitting in her carseat with just a diaper lol. Needless to say she is the blowout queen. Which brings me to my diaper bag and what I need to survive!! 

So I received this bag from my manager and I can't thank her enough!! It's spacious, it has zipper pouches and a removable pouch. Recently I finally figured out the straps on each end of the bag extend out and wrap around the handles of your stroller and clasp on to the rings inside the bag. Can I just say HOLY GAME CHANGER, I would stuff this thing under the stroller and wouldn't have room for anything else! Now everything is right there and I don't have to bend down searching for my wallet. Total mommy brain. 

Rosie Pope Maternity- Leather London Shopper Classic
Comes with:
- two changing mats (travel size and standard size)
- a fast access travel pouch
-a removable zip bag that snaps in

Portable Travel Pouch- I keep my diapers, wipes and changing pad/liner in this so I can just grab this when I need to change her on the go!



Inside:

- 2 outfits (onesie + pants) *during summer I would only carry 1 pair of pants in case it gets late or cold
- 1 pair of socks
- 1 receiving or swaddle blanket
- 2 pacifiers (regular paci + a wubbanub)
- 2 teething toys (for ages 4mo. + up)
- 2 entertaining toys (It used to be rattles, but now that she's older it's a fake cell phone and remote control that her Gamma gave her)
- 1 paci/toy clip (to keep the toy or pacifier from falling out of the stroller or carseat) // Etsy
- 4-6 diapers depending on how long I am staying out for
- 1 10-pack of travel wipes // Honest
- 1 waterproof liner (for changing diapers on, I put it on top of the changing pad just like at home because I already had a situation where I didn't use it and she peed and it rolled right of the slick pad and went everywhere!) // Target
- Honest healing balm ( one at home and one in the bag, for diaper rashes or any redness I see starting // Target
- Gas relief drops ( I needed this a lot when she was a newborn-2 months while I was getting adjusted to what I could and could not eat while breastfeeding) 
- Honest hand sanitizer spray (I'm obsessed with their new lavender scent!) // Buy Buy Baby
- Cleaning wipes ( for wiping off her toys and sanitizing the table which I'm using a lot now that she's reaching for everything) 
- Lastly, I always carry my portable charger now because between her watching baby Einstein and using it to entertain myself while she's feeding, I'm always in low power mode!

I also bought THIS for the back of my seat in the car to keep things organized. I keep toys/teethers, extra paci's, more wipes, more diapers and my extra changing pad with the waterproof liner folded into it. I LOVE it just because I don't want to have to reach into the diaper bag for toys and then forget them in the car ( I ride in the back with her a lot). I also travel a lot down to my parents or up to LA and I have been known to pull over and change her (because she tends to love pooping in her carseat), so having everything I need right there is SO nice for fast access. You can also zip it up and take it if you want, which is a nice option.

Unfortunately this bag is sold out and I couldn't find it anywhere to link but here are a few that I was looking at before she told me to hold off!

Honest Everything Tote $169.95- I'm in love with this bag, so many pockets and zippers and comes with your portable changing pad as well. I'm also a huge fan of bags that don't reallllly look like diaper bags.
Tory Burch 'Thea' Baby Bag Tote $550- Speaking of bags that don't look like diaper bags! This is a higher price point but loving it either way...especially the color.



Lily Jade- Elizabeth Bag $295 *on sale- This is was made by a mommy for mommies, I initially found her on IG and quickly loved that you could carry it 3 different ways, including a backpack style! 
Lily Jade Bag Organizer $49- I love this insert that they offer because you can add it to any diaper bag for more organization. Also comes in Khaki ;)

Hope this helped you mommies to be or mommies that were looking for another option! I also hope I didn't forget anything, which happens more and more lately. Anywho, I think we shouldn't have to lose the fashionable bag aspect just because we change diapers for a living now lol Am I right??

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