Those Last Firsts

When J and I got married we knew we wanted to start trying for a baby right away. We wanted a family but we weren’t sure how many children we wanted yet. I was pretty set on having a large family while J was set on just two or three. I think it’s evident who won that battle!

I was excited about first seeing those red lines pop up on that first positive pregnancy test. And hear our baby’s heartbeat for the very first time. Feel the soft kicks and nudges in the second trimester, and the harder more pronounced movements in the third. Holding that sweet baby for the first time and taking in every smell, yawn and adorable face she made…. so on and so forth. What I didn’t anticipate was how I would feel experiencing our last firsts.

Baby Bear will be our last baby, with that comes a lot of last firsts. The last time I would tear up seeing those red lines pop up on the first test I took. The last time I would hear his heartbeat for the first time. The last time I would feel his first kicks and nudges. The last time I would have a pronounced bump for the first time. I didn’t realize how excited and how devastated all of those things would make me feel. Bear is going to be the last baby I hold for the first time, the last baby I smell and touch and kiss for the first time. He will be the last baby I see smile for the first time, hear giggle for the first time, crawl and walk and talk for the first time.

There will continue to be firsts, some that I have yet to experience. But in this period of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to the pregnancy first, and soon after the new baby firsts, then the toddler firsts. I’m not sure where life is going to lead us, or what crazy adventures we’ll have as these babies grow and mature… all I know is that I will always look back and treasure all of the firsts from these stages.

Something I’ve learned after having several babies is that you become so busy with the mundane day to day, the cooking and the cleaning, the kissing boo-boos and reading board books that you don’t realize how fast the time goes by. You don’t realize how quickly those firsts will fly by and you learn to appreciate them just a bit more. So mommas, take a moment to treasure those moments, even if you have to take a trip down memory lane to reminisce those magical moments.

Baby Banana Brush Review

Baby Banana Brush Review

This is a product I wish I had discovered sooner. This is the Baby Banana Brush – or technically the one Bird is gnawing on is the Baby Banana Toddler Training Brush. Bird has several teeth and has been getting in some molars and canines this past month, so when I contacted the Baby Banana Brush company they asked me a few questions about Bird to get a better idea of what brushes we would need. They sent me the brush you see in the above picture and the Elefriend Toddler Toothbrush.

The Baby Banana Toddler Training Brush is for toddlers who still need the gentleness of a teething brush but are also old enough to start teeth brushing. This allows Bird to massage those sore gums and practice her teeth brushing skills!

The Elefriend Toddler Toothbrush is a good next step, or really you could introduce this soon after letting your toddler use the Banana brush. This brush has a normal toothbrush bristle end, but the handle is a flexible rubber that makes it a safe way for your toddler to learn to brush. We haven’t pulled this one out of the package yet, so I don’t have any photos of it as of yet.

The other products they carry are the regular and pink Baby Banana Brushes which have handles for your baby to easily grasp and the same soft flexible bristle end to gnaw on, very similar to the toddler training brush. They also have an octopus brush, a shark brush and a corn brush that are all great for little teethers! Baby Banana also carry a tooth gel for brushing, and a hippo grippo (these are used for high chairs to keep your little ones from sliding everywhere – genius!).

If you have a teething baby or a child ready to start brushing regularly, I highly recommend the Baby Banana Brush company! You’ll be seeing this company again in our giveaway tomorrow!

Mint 2 Sew Review

When I started contacting companies to find sponsors for my giveaway I wanted to include small work at home mom businesses. A friend of mine recommended a few different WAHMs and I’m so excited to share Mint 2 Sew with you!

Lindsey, the owner of Mint 2 Sew, specializes in customized cloth diapers, baby/kid clothing (including maxaloones, romperloones, bandana bibs, booties, undies, dresses, leggings, and more!), and momma clothing. The possibilities are endless and you will find an array of fun fabrics to choose from in her Facebook Group.

I wasn’t sure what I would receive to review but I was excited to receive anything as I had already been browsing and loving every item I saw posted on Mint 2 Sew’s facebook page and group. When I opened my package… y’all, I squealed with delight. Two words. LISA. FRANK.

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I don’t know about you, but like millions of other little girls in the 90’s, I was obsessed with Lisa Frank. I had to have Lisa Frank EVERYTHING. Talk about nostalgia! Bird could care less what prints we put on her tush, but Boogie was so excited to see the bright colors and critters on this cloth diaper. She hasn’t really discovered the awesome neon colors and creativity of Lisa Frank, but after seeing her reaction to this diaper, I may have to introduce her to more!

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Lindsey’s craftmanship is stellar, the stitching is impeccable, the design of this pocket diaper is pretty cool as well. I like the way she has placed the opening a little more inside the diaper than what a typical pocket is. This helps cover the inserts a little better, we seem to have issues with inserts wanting to pop out the back of Bird’s diapers sometimes. Drives me crazy!

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The fit is fantastic, I was able to get a snug fit without feeling like the elastics were too snug on her chunky legs. The inner fabric is nice and soft, no worries of irritation or rubbing on her delicate skin. And obviously I’m in love with the print, you just can’t go wrong with Lisa Frank!

We’ve had no leaks from this diaper as of yet, I’ve been using a basic microfiber insert inside of it, I’m looking forward to using it more often in rotation with the rest of our diapers! Unfortunately I was so excited to put this dipe on Bird that she soiled it before I could take inner pictures, so keep an eye on this post for photos of the inside of this diaper sometime in the next week! Be sure to like Mint 2 Sew’s facebook page and join the Group to see all the wonderful products Lindsey makes! And, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the BIG giveaway going live in just a few short weeks! There will be a little something from Mint 2 Sew included!

Beau & Belle Little Swim Diaper Review

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You may remember a few months back when I posted a review for these amazing bamboo wash cloths, they are the softest most gentle wash cloths you could hope for for your little ones. Well, Beau & Belle Little are back for review, but this time I’m reviewing their adorable washable swim diapers!

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They sent me both prints to review, and if you keep an eye on the blog in the next month or so you might just see these again for our big giveaway!!!!

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I think the prints are adorable, and I love that they are gender neutral. Bird’s favorite was the turtles, so I let her play with that one while she modeled the one with fish and octopuses (octopi?).

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These are a one size diaper (6-40lbs), so you can snap down the rises so that they will fit smaller or larger babies. I have Bird’s set on the medium rise in these photos.

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A really cool feature on this diaper are the side snaps, instead of your typical closure that comes around the front and velcros or snaps, these go around to the side and snap. I’m not sure if you can tell in the above picture, but it is a really neat way to get a good fit on these diapers. IMG_2610

The lining is very soft, so no worries about your child’s skin becoming irritated or sore. I know our kids have sensitive skin and those disposable swim diapers always seem to irritate them, especially after playing in the water.

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You don’t find this feature on many swim diapers – a double gusset! You won’t have to worry about those poops going anywhere when you’re playing in the pool. These diapers will keep it contained! Just remember that while these diapers will contain poo, they will not contain urine… that’s not what swim diapers are for! I told Bird she better not pee on my bed while I took these photos, ha!

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I’m a big fan of this company, they only carry these swim diapers and the wash cloths I reviewed before, but these products are super high quality and ones we will continue to use for years. You can find more information on Beau & Belle Littles HERE and you can purchase their swim diapers from Amazon HERE. (Affiliate link)

A Little Bit of Crazy

I thought we might be past due for a classic family update, I haven’t been doing many of those lately and while I have said over and over again that I was going to get back to writing about our family I just haven’t! There are many reasons for that but most importantly I’ve been spending more time with my kids and less time blogging. Anyways, I have big plans for this little blog of mine this year. You’ll learn more throughout the next few months, including seeing many reviews for some awesome products, and a big giveaway to celebrate my 8 year blogiversary in April!

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Anyways, things in the Mustard Seed house have been crazy and LOUD and adventurous to say the least. J has been working a lot (including staying over at work for a few days this past weekend and a few weeks ago due to poor weather) and he started his second semester of school a few weeks ago. He’s doing great, he’s tired, but I’m so proud of all the hard work he’s putting into this job and education. We are working on some projects together as well, we have really gotten into wood working since building our king sized bed last spring. We made some monogrammed ornaments for our family for Christmas, some picture holder signs for our mom’s, a coffee table, and we are currently working on loft beds for our kids! It’s so fun and a great way for us to bond when we otherwise don’t have the time or energy to do much of anything, including going out.

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Boogie has been working on some kindergarten curriculum this semester, she finished her Big Preschool Workbook last semester so we moved on to other things. We are halfway through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she LOVES it. She’s already able to read a lot of her favorite books, with some help with the bigger words, seeing her face light up when she realized that she could read was AMAZING. Homeschool for the win! We are also using Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics that I purchased from a friend a while back, it’s no longer in print, so I’m hoping to find more similar to this as Boogie really enjoys this particular book. She flies through her school work and is hungry to learn more and more. I will have to find some easy ways to teach her all the fun things she wants to learn – she’s super interested in the human body, animals, and baking/cooking…. so I’m planning to include those in our studies these next few months.

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Bubby is growing up so fast, I was astounded to discover that he is now in a size 4T pants when we were trying on clothes for this coming year last week. His 3T pants weren’t too short yet, but I guess I’ve been in denial because the 4T fit him perfectly! We are trying out different ways to handle Bubby’s behaviors, I haven’t really posted about this much, but our sweet boy is quite a handful. Our hope is that we can help him learn to handle his emotions a little better, that’s all I really want to say about that for the moment. Bubby loves being a “big boy”, he’s officially potty trained, though he does need to wear a pull up at night as he doesn’t wake up to go potty. But he’s done a great job being independent about changing back into undies the next morning. He is super into everything super heroes, so that includes being wild and crazy all the time as well! I’ve tried some preschool/tot school stuff with him, but I’m going to have to be more creative with how I go about teaching him. That child can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes unless he’s got something to munch on or his favorite movie is on! He wants to be like his big sister and sit for school, but he just can’t handle it. Any suggestions would be great! 😀

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Bird has been the perfect addition to our family, she is a breath of fresh air. She’s definitely a toddler now (I will not cry…. I will not cry…) and is showing her desire for independence but is also very much a clingy, mommy milk loving baby still. She loves to run around with her siblings and “try” to play with them, she is not afraid to let them know she wants to play or when she doesn’t like something they are doing. She loves playing with her babies, Bubby’s super hero action figures and anything that rolls. She loves being outside and still sticks EVERYTHING in her mouth. So that’s super fun. We are still bedsharing with this sweet girl, but she’s learning to sleep in her own bed as well. As of right now she sleeps the first few hours of bedtime in her own bed and then wakes up around 1-2am and sleeps the rest of the night with us. It works for us, so we don’t mind! And let me tell you, that baby likes to sleep. If she could sleep in in the morning, she’d probably sleep until 10!

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As for me, I’m planning some fun things for Mustard Seed Mommy and I have some dreams I would like to pursue in the next year… if I can save up the money to do so I would love to sell Lularoe. If you haven’t heard about Lularoe you’re missing out. Two words…. butter pants. Check it out, you won’t regret it!

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Anyways, that’s it for now. Life is crazy and hectic for us, we are always busy and I can’t believe how big my babies are. Having a 5, 3 and 1 year old all at once is an adventurous journey. I wouldn’t want it any other way! God bless!