Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cal's Feeding Journey

Hi guys! It's been a while since I've posted an update on Cal. He's 9 months now (SO crazy to think he'll be ONE in less than 3 months!?!).  He is such a little love.  So full of joy and he has the sweetest, easy-tempered personality.

His followups with doctors and specialists have slowed down, which is good! We were able to cross off a couple of things we were worried about when he was born, and are now just following up with those doctors every 6 months to a year (his kidneys, and blood counts look good!).  He still sees cardiology every couple of months, but things with his little heart have stayed stable.  When he was born his cardiologist thought he would for sure need a valve replacement within the first year of his life.  Now he's saying he thinks we may be able to wait a couple more years because things are looking okay.  More time for Cal to get bigger and stronger and that's what we want!

We still work with a physical therapist quite often since Cal is definitely behind in hitting a lot of his milestones.  He just barely learned to sit up on his own, and we are SO proud of his progress, but still have a long way to go. 

He also has an occupational therapist come work with him because he still has his g-tube. Getting him off the g-tube is currently our biggest goal for him.  He is such a happy, content little boy, but his g-tube seems to be the one thing that bothers him and even causes him pain, I think, sometimes.  If it accidentally gets pulled or rubbed the wrong way, or even when I clean around it sometimes, he gets upset and I just so badly wish he could get it out.  On the bright side, it's helping him get all of the nutrients he needs to grow and develop, and for that, I am grateful.

When he was in the NICU we was only taking about 30% of his full feedings by mouth (bottles with my pumped milk), and the rest was given through his ng tube. We worked with some amazing occupational therapists in the hospital on his feeding.  Both of the therapists we worked with swore by Dr. Brown's Baby bottles.  Not only are Dr. Brown's bottles known for reducing colic, spit-up, burping and gas, they also have different sized nipples for different baby stages to control the flow of the milk. We started Cal out with a premie sized nipple, and moved up to a level two.

Cal never progressed to the point where he was drinking enough to come home from the NICU, so after two months living in a hospital, he ended up getting the g-tube placed so he could come home. 



We've been able to work on feeding him in the comfort of our own home, and still supplement what he needs through his g-tube.  He never really learned to master drinking his full feedings from the bottle, but Dr. Brown's also has some great transitional products for going from bottle to a cup, and  also products for solid food feeding.  Cal has done much better with smooth pureed food than he did with a drinking a bottle, and has learned to drink from the Dr. Brown's Soft Spout Cup.

We are so blessed to have so many amazing baby products out there to help with Cal's feeding journey. Now Cal just needs to learn to love food as much as his mama does so he can get that dang tube out ;)



Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions on Dr. Brown's baby products or if you have or know anyone who has a baby with a g-tube and have questions about that.


Thanks you Dr. Brown's Baby for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Girl's Trip Guide to Nashville

Ladies! I (Paige) just got back from the BEST girl's trip to Nashville, and I had so much fun that I wanted to share with "ya'll" my favorite things from the trip! If any of you are thinking about visiting Nashville, I highly recommend it! There's so much to do, and it's an especially good location for a girls trip for a number of different reasons I'll go over below :)



Obviously the first reason is the amazing wall above that's perfect for an Instagram photo haha. Women just appreciate this stuff more, you know? The wall is located at the Gulch which is a fun shopping area downtown. So basically, check check ;)



Honkey Tonk Row (pictured above) is another awesome area downtown that's so fun to hit up with the girls at night! They have line dancing, karaoke, and a ton of amazing live music! We line danced at Wildhorse Saloon (so fun), and sang karaoke at Lonnie's (equal parts fun and embarrassing). Singing karaoke in Nashville is just more fun with women because nobody cares too much about how you look/sound up there, AND you can pump out all the badass female country music songs like Before He Cheats and Gunpowder and Lead. Go Carrie and Miranda! Woohoo!
  


Ok so everything else on my list isn't really specific to girls trips, unless you're one of those women who doesn't like to eat too much in front of men then I guess this next one applies to you :) The food was AMAZING! So good. And fattening. The picture above is of some classic country grub that I figured I had to try when in Nashville. Chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy did not disappoint! I recommend getting this at Sinema at their Sunday brunch. The place is filled with lots of other yummy food too!



Two of my other favorite places we ate were Hattie B's chicken and Martin's BBQ.  Hattie B's has the best fried chicken (although it's HOT so watch out), and Martin's BBQ has great food and a great atmosphere! The picture above is outside of Martin's BBQ, but it's basically just an excuse to post one of my cute outfits from the trip haha. I also heard Biscuit Love is AH-mazing, but the line was way too long when we tried to go there so we had to pass :(



The picture above is from the night we went to the Grand Ole Opry! So much fun and a great show! I highly recommend.



Another fun place to visit in Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame! They have lots of fun history, famous costumes etc and stories from famous country music stars.



Ok this last picture is from our RCA Studio B tour! Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs here and famous country singers still record here today! It was awesome to learn the history and hear some of the songs recorded right where we were sitting!

ANYWAYS, if you're not already planning your next girls trip to Nashville, get on that would you?! Haha. It really was such a fun time and the perfect location for a girl's trip! Also, I wish I could take some of the credit for planning mine, but it was really all my mother-in-law! She plans the best girls trips every year, and I just get to share all of my favorite parts with you guys! Hope you enjoyed!

All of my outfits that are available are linked below :)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Friendly Reminder and Cute Outfit Post

Hey guys! Just a simple outfit post coming at ya today :) As we've mentioned in a couple of our instagrams, we took pictures in a bunch of our current favorite outfits recently and are excited to share them with you guys! Fall fashion is the best :) That being said, we kind of feel like outfit posts are so "fake" and we feel kind of annoying doing them at the same time haha.


Liiiike in the picture above for example! Just casually laughing at nothing at all while obviously trying to still pose and look skinny for a picture (insert eye roll emoji).


Sometimes we get annoyed with girls on Instagram trying so hard to look cute, while pushing clothes/products/services on us, and pretending like their lives are perfect. Then we're like...wait, that's kind of us! Oh no!


We're all just trying to feel cute, and be happy aren't we? Nobody is perfect, everybody has problems! It's important to rememeber that COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY! We hope to inspire you with cute outfit ideas, fun recipes and other things that make us happy :) We DON'T want to try to come off as perfect and we don't want to be annoying, but we also don't want to post pictures of us in real life looking looking like a hot mess! Ha


ANYWAYS, we just thought we'd put that out there because we really needed a reminder for OURSELVES when scrolling through blogs and pretty Instagram accounts. It's hard sometimes to remember to just be inspired by what you see on social media, and not to start comparing yourself to WHO you see on there. We all have trials for a reason to help us learn, grow and be shaped into the person we're meant to be. Although it's so HARD sometimes, let's try to be grateful and look for the meaning, lessons and sometimes even BLESSINGS in our trials instead of feeling down, jealous, and comparing our lives to others. 

Hope you're all having a great week!