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.

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!

What I Learned When My Daughter Turned 5

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You learn a lot in your first journey of becoming a parent, and really you learn new things with each child because every kid is different. Looking back there a few things I learned with our oldest, so I thought it was fitting to write this post on Boogie’s 5th birthday.

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You learn to be silly, ridiculously silly. You drop the insecurities you may have had and you do anything and everything to make that child smile. Boogie has one of the most beautiful smiles so you better believe I still do silly things to see her pearly whites. Now though, you’ll find that sometimes Mommy’s silly antics entice some eye rolls and “Mooooommmy, stop it already!” Is she 5 or 15?

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You get used to not sleeping much. It’s true. I won’t say that it is easier with less sleep, but you definitely learn to live without as much. We’ve gotten super lucky this past year with Baby Bird, so we actually have enjoyed a lot more sleep than what we are used too…. but really, you get used to 5-6 or less hours of sleep. It becomes routine and you create survival modes. For instance, when I was pregnant with Bubby and I was more exhausted than usual, I would snuggle up with Boogie in the recliner and we’d watch Disney Princess movies (this is probably why she’s been princess obsessed ever since!) You do what you have to do to survive…. and you survive!

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You don’t realize how quickly time flies by until you blink and all of a sudden your sweet baby is FIVE. Seriously, how did that even happen? It truly goes by so fast, so slow down and savor every moment. I feel like I just posted my birth story after Boogie’s birth… and now here we are, and she’s FIVE. FIVE people… FIVE!

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You learn to laugh, you laugh when you feel like crying, you laugh when you feel like screaming in anger, you laugh when there is absolutely nothing to laugh about… because laughing gently lessens the hard moments when you have no idea what you’re doing. Laughing helps you focus on the task at hand instead of losing it when all hell breaks loose. So you laugh, and laugh so more… and when you laugh, she laughs, and her laughter is beautiful.

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You love harder than you ever knew possible when you become a mother. You love that child so much that the tiniest ounce of fear or hurt or discomfort makes you want to fall in a heap and cry, you want your child to know no pain, to never feel hurt or betrayal, to never face despair or heartbreak. You would take that pain on yourself if you could because you love her so much… it’s a love that is most magnificent and hurts like you cannot believe.

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Being a mommy to this beautiful girl is one of the most amazing gifts I’ve ever received, she was the first to call me mommy, the first to teach me what unconditional love and the first to fulfill the desire in my heart to be a mommy. Happy birthday Boogie, here’s hoping you’ll forever be the quirky, sassy, bubbly girl I’ve come to know and adore.

 

Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones Review

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We have been looking for a pair of headphones for Boogie to use while utilizing her Tag Reader (by the way, that thing is AWESOME… she has learned SO much using it!). I was given the opportunity to review these so I jumped on the chance, and Boogie was excited because there was a PURPLE pair!

These Snug Plug n Play headphones are designed with children in mind (recommended for ages 3+), they have an adjustable headband for a good fit and ear cushions to protect your little one’s ears. The cord is heavy and thick and only attached to one end of the headphones. These headphones fit any standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so basically any iPhone, iPad, iPod, mP3 player, etc will work with these.

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My only complaint with these headphones is that the cushions come off VERY easily. However they do NOT go back on as easily, frankly it’s kind of a pain. Other than that though, the sound is great, the fit Boogie’s head nicely and they seem to be pretty durable in my opinion. I noticed some reviews saying their children had broken these headphones shortly after the first use, but that hasn’t been the case for us. Though I will say that Boogie hasn’t been throwing them around, or dropping them or anything. She’s generally pretty careful with her Tag Reader and accessories.

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Disclaimer: I received a free pair of headphones in return for an honest and unbiased review. All statements and opinions are my own.

Girls Rash Guard Review

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Not only are we trying to teach our kids about modesty (and not just in the clothes we wear but in how we present ourselves!) but we are also trying to find ways to protect our babies’ skin from the harsh sun. My children are not as fair skinned as I am, they actually inherited a little bit of J’s darker skin (he has Cherokee in his blood of course, haha). Despite that trait from their father, it doesn’t take much sun to darken their skin and I worry about how much exposure they are getting.

The biggest problem is finding age appropriate bathing suits that cover their skin modestly AND doesn’t cost a FORTUNE! When I came across this rash guard for girls I knew it would be perfect! It’s super light weight, it’s airy, and the fit is fantastic. I actually bought it a size up so she can wear it next year as well.

These are made in the USA and are sewn with a state of the art double flat lock stitching that insures that these are the highest possible quality. They provide a UPF of 50 from the sun’s UV rays. AND if you buy this shirt and are not satisfied they provide a 100% money back guarantee, and a lifetime warranty program!

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We do have regular bathing suits (one piece) that she wears around the house, usually in the evenings when our yard is shaded. We also have a suit that my mother in law found at Gymboree that has a short sleeve rash guard and bikini bottoms. I’m still not crazy about the bottoms, but it’s still fairly modest. And if you ask my sweet Boogie, she’ll tell you that the shorts and rash guard shorts are more comfortable!

You can purchase one of these rash guards for girls in black (what we chose) or Carolina blue at Amazon for $18.97.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions and statements are my own!