What Nobody Told you About Breastfeeding || Featuring Latched Mama

You hear a lot about breastfeeding before you have kids. I remember hearing how hard it is. 

You hear a lot of discussion on how long people breastfeed, jokes on kids nursing for too long, or bicker about breastfeeding in public. You hear about the best pumps, bottles, nursing covers, nursing pads and nursing bras. But here are some things they don’t tell you…..

Nursing Top // Latched Mama

1.) It can be incredibly peaceful. Once you get through the hard part. You get hours out of your day, snuggled with your little one. 

Nursing Sweatshirt // Latched Mama
2.) It’s a pretty good time to binge watch a TV show. I mean it’s a good time to bond, but sometimes Netflix will call your name. 

3.) It is so much more than just food. It’s comfort, it’s soothing, it’s a familiar place.

4.) The saying “squirt some breastmilk on it” – its true, it’s good for everything.

5.) Speaking of that saying…. if you’re anything like me and have over supple issues…. it’s more like “spray some breastmilk on it”

Nursing Top // Latched Mama
6.) It eventually becomes second nature. What once was totally awkward to do in front of anyone, it becomes a completely natural instinct. (This may not happen until your second or third child)

Nursing Scarf & Cover // Sweet Jays Place

7.) There may come a day you find yourself wondering if your child is going to nurse his/her way through college.

8.) You’ll feel incredibly powerful, knowing that all your baby needs is you. It doesn’t matter if you leave the house with nothing but the baby, because everything that little one needs is you. 

9.) If you had pregnancy cravings, they hold nothing on breast feeding cravings. 

10.) Eventually that baby will drink that last drop of mommy milk. It’s the most bitter sweet moment. You finally have your body back, but your baby is onto a new stage. You’ll hold onto those sweet memories, and watch them become more and more independent. 


Disney On Ice

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Disney On Ice!

WHEN: October 20 – 23, 2016
Thursday, October 20 7:00 PM
Friday, October 21 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 22 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 23 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
WHERE: Moda Center – One Center Court, Portland Ore. 97227

Graydon had a blast at Disney on Ice! He had been talking about it all week, and was most excited to see Cars and Lightning McQueen. Once the show started though, he thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing. 
The first part of the show was Toy Story. It was so neat seeing the story played out on ice. The actors are so talented and made the show so fun!! After Toy Story we went under the sea for The Little Mermaid. Graydon loved seeing the fish!

After intermission out came Tow Mater, Lightning McQueen and the rest of the Cars gang. 

After the excitement of Cars came Frozen! Graydon was getting sleepy by this part, but was so excited to see Frozen and hear is favorite song! 

As we left Graydon said his favorite part was seeing Olaf! 
This kid slept the whole time, with ears protected in his Banz!! We had Graydon’s with us as well just in case, but he ended up not needing them. These headphones are perfect to carry to protect their little ears in times of need! 

The Hardest Stage, A Letter to First Time Parents

Rompers // Rags to Raches

Becoming a parent is challenging. There is no doubt about that. That moment you find out you’re expecting, you realize you are responsible for something so precious. You are expected to care for another human. A tiny, beautiful blessing.

If you are anything like me, the firs thing you want to do is read, ask for advice, and soak in all of the information you possibly can. You start planning, decorating, and buying all sorts of good stuff.

And then, the baby is born, and that first “stage” begins. It’s a tough one, no doubt about that. Sleepless nights, unexpected sounds, spit up, poop, and the list goes on. Somehow god blesses you with enough energy and love to make even the most difficult times, special. Then you eventually move onto the next stage. A roller coaster of events getting you through those first 1, 2, 3 years, leading you into more stages for the next 15 years.

You might find yourself thinking about what the hardest stage was, or asking your parenting friends what the hardest stage will be. Some may say teething, some may say the first month, some may say the terrible twos, or potty training, maybe even those teenage years.

The truth is, the hardest stage is – its all just a stage. 

All of it, every single leap, struggle, fear, attitude, it’s all just a stage, and that is the hardest part.

If you’re looking for easy, well there isn’t easy. Once those stages are over, your baby is grown up. Each stage leads to more independence. It leads to your child growing up, becoming their own individual person. A person who will no longer need you.

I know it’s hard, parenting isn’t easy. I don’t think it’s meant to be. Each stage comes with new challenges, and sometimes it feels like it never ends. Just remember that each stage comes the opportunity to bond, teach and grow with your child.

Cherish every moment, count your blessings, and snuggle that baby every chance you get. 


PNW Shop Round Up

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Blanket: Minted Method Shop // Modern Burlap

I love supporting small shops and brands and I especially love when they are local!
Here is a round up of some of my favorites!
Minted Method – One of my favorite online boutiques created by a Seattle mama. You’ll find the greatest collection of modern baby products and clothes here! This shop is especially great for boy moms looking for great modern looks! Shown below is a Modern Burlap blanket purchased from their shop!

Lumber Gypsy – This mama and her husband make the cutest handmade stuff for families. Her style is edgy and woodsy and everything I love about the PNW.  I love her turbands, skirts, leggings and tees!
Sweet Jays – Sweet Ashley from Sweet Jays started her shop after the loss of her first baby. She now stays at home making beautiful things for babies and mamas with her two children and husband who suffered a severe brain injury. Seen below is her Nursing Cover/ Scarf. Unlike the usual multi-use covers, hers has two holes allowing mom to have more movement while nursing!

Burp Necessity – Kathy, a mother of two created and designed the perfect burp cloth for mamas. Burping a baby is messy, and these are a serious life saver!

Some other PNW shops I love include, Marsh Mueller, Puj, Rad Revolution, and Goumi Baby. 


ergoPouch Winter Swaddle

 Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

ergoCocoon Winter Swaddle and Sleep Bag 

ergoPouch products have received acknowledgement from The International Hip Dysplasia Institute for being “hip-healthy” products.

As the weather has cooled down here in the PNW, I’ve found the ergoCocoon winter swaddle to be my go to for night time. 
This Swaddle is incredibly soft, and warm. It makes keeping your little one warm, without any extra blankets incredibly easy. 
Beckett is so comfortable in this swaddle and sleeps sound. 
Why I love this Swaddle:
  • It’s made with Organic Cotton
  • The two way zipper allows for easy diaper changes
  • Breathable fibers
  • Easy to use and impossible to escape from (this is the only swaddle he hasn’t escaped)
  • Arm holes when little one is ready to transition 
Be sure to go checkout all of the great swaddle options they offer on the ergoPouch website!

A Babywearing Halloween || Round 2

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A couple of years ago, I did a Harry Potter themed Halloween costume using our Lillebaby carrier with Graydon. You can find the post here.

This year we decided to do another baby wearing themed costume with both of the boys.

So here it is…..

The Peavey Star Wars Family Costume:

Greg is Luke with the Lillebaby Organic in Green Meadow carrying the cutest little Yoda I have ever seen (I am a bit biased).

& I am Princess Leia carrying the cutest, most uncooperative (equally as cute) Ewok in the Lillebaby Embossed in Pewter. 
Baby wearing is such a fun way to take the littles out for Halloween, allowing them to be held – or not. It’s especially great if you have older kiddos and still want to bring the littles along!
The great thing about having a Lillebaby for Halloween – It works for small babies, as well as toddlers, plus it allows for back carries, front carries, and forward facing to accommodate any costume!
Do you have plans for Halloween? What are you dressing up your littles as??

Master Bedroom Makeover || Part 3: Overview

My Pajamas // BEDHEAD
Boys Pajamas // Finn & Emma

Disclaimer: This blog post is brought to you by Ingenuity and Bedhead Pajamas.

After almost two months into this whole, room sharing with two boys thing, I’d say we have a pretty good set up!

If you haven’t been following along, you can find my other posts here:

Master Bedroom Makeover || Part 1: Beddy’s
Master Bedroom Makeover || Part 2: Lorena Canal

The Beddy’s Bedding has been such a great thing to have. It has really made mornings easier, just zipping the bed up! The Lorena Canal rug has made for a great area for the boys to play as well.

Since then we have added in the Ingenuity Travel Playard. With the zip in infant sleeper, it has given Beckett such a cozy place to sleep. I also appreciate that it gives him a place to sleep near us, but in his own space. Plus, as he grow he can still use it as a Playard and a place to sleep!

This Playard is great for travel, and it’s also the perfect size to keep in your room, or living room without taking up too much space.

To end this makeover, I’d like to wrap up adding in the best pajamas…..

For the boys, it doesn’t get cozier than Finn and Emma organic pajamas. For myself, I am in love with Bedhead Pajamas. They are so comfortable, and they are perfect for nighttime nursing. The button up top makes those middle of the night feeds so much easier! Plus, these pajamas are adorable! They have such great prints to choose from.