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What I Wish I Had Known #5

>> Monday, February 27, 2012

So, you know how you hear about things that happen during pregnancy, but when you experience them you don't connect the two and you wonder what in the heck is going on and if you are ok? (No? Just me?) I felt that way about the baby having hiccups. So many people mentioned babies having hiccups in the womb, and I just assumed that I'd know it when I felt it. Or that it just wouldn't happen.

I remember SO clearly being pregnant the first time and feeling the baby have hiccups, but having NO idea what was going on! I don't remember how far along I was, but I know it was before the 20 week ultrasound. I wasn't showing much at all, and I remember feeling this slight pressure really low in my stomach that kept coming and going quickly. I was freaking out, but embarrassed by it for some reason, so I never asked anyone what it might be. I wish I had known it was the baby having hiccups so I didn't have to worry! It was such a weird feeling and being pregnant for the first time, I of course worried about everything. But as the baby got bigger, I soon realized there was no denying it was hiccups and that everything was all well. Why didn't anyone explain to me how it would feel!?


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Don't worry, you're not alone!

>> Friday, February 24, 2012


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A trick of the trade #3

>> Monday, February 20, 2012

I think one of the best baby inventions was the bumbo! I absolutely loved having them for my babies, but it turns out that they have a great use beyond babyhood.

When our son started sitting at the table with us instead of the high chair, inspite of him being big for his age, he was still a little too short. So it's a good thing we still had the bumbo around because it is making a great booster seat. It puts him at just the right level at the table.
So if you are thinking it's time to get rid of your bumbo because your baby is too big and doesn't need it anymore, perhaps you should hold on to it a little longer to really ensure you get your moneys worth out of it!


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Just a little heart attack.

>> Thursday, February 16, 2012

This video absolutely cracks me up. BUT it's sad but true that we sometimes give our families so much attention we forget/neglect to take care of ourselves. February is American Heart Month. This should be something us women pay extra special attention to since heart disease is the #1 killer of American women. As funny as the video is, I think it's important that we take it seriously!

Visit www.goredforwomen.com for more information. I especially found this myth vs. reality information eye opening.


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All about potty training

>> Monday, February 13, 2012

I potty trained my first child 3 weeks ago, so I am obviously an expert (at nothing, but I like to pretend).

Here are my thoughts and opinions on the matter. (Really, they are simply thoughts and opinions...take it for what it's worth)

--Thanks to the influence of my mother (who successfully potty trained 7 children) and seeing other people struggle through trying to potty train their child multiple times, I knew it would be key to wait until he was ready to be potty trained. I think that sometimes as parents we try to "keep up with the Jones' " in the parental sense and think that if someone else has potty trained their child that is the same age, we need to potty train ours as well. Every child is different and what one child is ready to do, another may not be.

--Now that's not to say that I didn't try to gently nudge him in the right direction. Once he turned 3, I made it a point to point out other children that he knew that were potty trained. I would say things like "Did you know that she uses the big potty?" or "Do you see he's wearing big boy underwear?" I'd also take him by the underwear sometimes at the store and show him all the cool ones he'd get to wear once he started using the potty. Most of the time he'd just say "Oh." and that was that, but he was still taking notice. In fact, him seeing that one of his good friends was potty training was what made him decide on his own. He said "I want to wear underwear, I don't want to wear a diaper. I want to use the potty." all on his own. And he was very adamant about it.

--If that is the route you choose to go, be prepared! Like I said, I had no set time in mind, and was waiting for him to give the go-ahead, and he gave the go-ahead way before I expected him to. So on a Saturday, I was stuck at home with my husband gone and really nasty weather outside and my son insisting I put underwear on him. So very luckily, I happened to have some that my sister gave me for him a long time ago. Who knows what would have happened if he'd been ready then and I wasn't prepared for it. The moment could have passed, and I might have had to wait even longer.

--Because I waited until he was ready, I have to say, potty training went quite smoothly. The first day was rough, but that was mostly because he was upset my husband wasn't around on a Saturday and he thought he needed to keep throwing tantrums. There were a few accidents the first few days but after that, we were pretty much good to go. But like I said, the first day was rough...very rough. I soooo wanted to give up and wait until I had time to really "get ready" for this, but we'd started, and I knew once we started, we had to follow through! I knew that if I gave up, we'd have to start from square one (back to waiting until he was ready to be potty trained) and I didn't want to take that chance because I didn't know when he might possibly be excited about it again. And I'm so glad I didn't give up because after the first few days, it was so much better!

--I think most people know that when it comes to potty training you have to reward, reward, reward. Know your child, though. I made the mistake of telling him about the sticker chart and getting a prize at the end, and then showing him the prize. He decided the prize wasn't worth it. Luckily, I had a better prize up my sleeve. I told him about it, but wouldn't show it to him. So consider your child and know if it would be better to keep them in suspense or show them what they are working towards. So every time he went in the potty he got to put a sticker on his chart, and get 2 m&m's. He filled up the sticker chart in a little less than a week, and was really excited about getting his guitar!

--After I'd been potty training for almost 2 days, I read that you aren't supposed to ask "Do you need to go potty?" but rather say "Make sure you tell me when you need to go potty." about a million times a day. He responded to this much better than me asking if he needed to go. And it really did work. When he needs to go, he tells me, and although do ask sometimes, like before we are leaving the house, I will still remind him every now and again to let me know when he needs to go.

--I think training toilets are over-rated. I didn't want to get my son one, but my husband ended up getting him a "Cars" one that he was super excited about...for about 2 hours. I guess maybe it helped in the excitement, but I mostly feel like it was a huge waste of $25 when he ended up being more interested in using the toilet anyways.

--As some of you may have seen on the Milan Maternity facebook page, I was having the internal pull ups/no pull ups debate. Everything I read was saying NO PULL UPS!! When it came down to it, thanks to the advice of everyone, I decided pull ups are ok. He only wears them at night, and sometimes during nap time, depending on if he goes potty before I put him down for a nap or not. I never put him in pull ups any other time, and he has been able to grasp the concept pretty well. Sometimes in the morning it can be a little bit of a struggle to get him back in underwear, but I just distract him and let him know he can't have his morning orange juice until he gets them on, and we are good to go. It's definitely one of those "Do what's best for you." situations.

--Stay positive! Not just for you, but for the potty trainee. Reprimanding a child for not using the potty never goes over well. It will probably be a rough road, but it will get better. And if you are happy and positive about it, it will help them be happy and positive about it.

--When it comes to poop, I really have no room to give advice. I also mentioned on the facebook page that my son has issues in this department. Over a year before potty training, he started holding in his poop, and it's still a major issue that we are working on. The only thing I can say with a certainty is that everyone I've talked to that has potty trained has mentioned that their child does great with potty training, except when it comes to pooping. Rewarding, consistency, distraction, encouragement....all those things are needed, and will probably be hard to do when frustrated, but I know it will pay off eventually.

**Photo from google images.


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Picture perfect hospital gowns

>> Thursday, February 9, 2012

Who says you can't be cute while you're at the hospital giving birth? Yes, the hospital gowns are hideous, but guess what?? There are maternity hospital gown options! Look how cute these are!

This flower print one is super cute, for $34.99.

I'm sucker for polka dots, so I love this one for $29.99.

I absolutely adore paisley prints, so this is a definite favorite, for $49.99

This damask print gown looks way too pretty to be a maternity hospital gown. (For $54.)

Or perhaps you want to feel like an animal when you give birth. In which case, this zebra print would be perfect. On sale for $44.
But basically, what I'm saying is...You CAN look cute in those childbirth photos, and there are TONS of options of hospital gowns to choose from!


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It may work for you.

>> Monday, February 6, 2012

After having my second child, it didn't take long to realize she was having some major gas issues. She would suddenly wake up from a sound sleep crying, only to have some gas. I was worried she was having a problem with me having dairy, since I was nursing her. The thought of that made me impossibly sad because if there's anything I love it's milk, cheese, sour cream, ice cream...you get the picture.

After talking to the pediatrician, she said that some people swear that going off dairy helps with the problem, but she wouldn't recommend it because milk has so many nutrients we need. She did say that if I decided to try, that it would take about a week before there would be a difference if there was an issue.

I decided to do a little experiment and tried out lactose free milk instead of going off dairy completely. It still had all of the nutrients, just not the lactose that can be difficult for some to digest. After about a week, I noticed a huge difference. Then I thought maybe it was all in my head so a I drank regular milk again, and she definitely started having gas issues again. The rest of the time I nursed her I continued to drink lactose free milk, but still had other dairy products and she did just fine. She also does fine drinking regular whole milk now that she's 1.

So if you are having the same problem, that one little change may work for you, too! Just remember to give it a week if you test it out.


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The perfect pair?

>> Thursday, February 2, 2012

I have a little secret. My ears aren't pierced. I know, I'm probably one of the last females on this earth to not have pierced ears. I could be the president of the "My Ears Aren't Pierced Club". But I have another secret. I love earrings. In fact, I find myself looking at them often. I just don't think I'll be getting over my fear of needles anytime soon, so I don't think I can convince myself to take the plunge. But that doesn't stop me from helping you find the perfect earrings for some Milan Maternity clothes!

As I've said before, accessorizing is one of the best and simplest things to do to spice of any outfit.

How perfect are these earrings for the Vittoria dress?

One of my favorite things to do is wear black, and have a little pop of color elsewhere. I think these sunflower earrings would go perfectly with the Julianna dress.

And I think that these pretty red dahlia earrings would be a great color addition for the Elisabetta top.

I love these leaf earrings, and I think they would be perfectly paired with the Lauretta top.

And last, but not least, one of my favorite tops, the Niccola in seafoam green goes perfectly with these cute matching linen ruffle earrings.
So when you're trying to pull together the perfect outfit but can't seem to fit into your perfectly paired shoes anymore, just go for the perfectly paired earrings. (I'm pretty sure your ears are safe from swelling.)


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