The Right Breast Pump for You!

pump_03Deciding on a breast pump is tough. I felt overwhelmed while researching breast pumps when I was new mommy-to-be. I was geared toward prices and wasn’t sure if that was due to quality or production. Once I discovered that my insurance will cover a hospital grade breast pump, I was able to pick the right breast pump for me. With my first son I choose the Ameda “Purely Yours,” which was a double electric pump. The pump included an electric adapter with battery option (for on the go) base, tubing, bottles, and suction accessories. It didn’t come with a carrying bag but was given the option to upgrade. The size of the pump was good for any small over the shoulder bag pump_02so that was a plus. Even though I could have used my Ameda again, the time in-between my first and second son was long enough to change pumps especially  with constant technology growth. So I decided to try the Medela  “Pump in Style” double electric pump. I really enjoyed using this pump and felt it had more options for stronger suction. The pump included only an electric adapter on the base, tubing, suction cups, bottles, and a carrying bag. I did have the option with my insurance to pump_01upgrade to a backback for a little more but was happy to use the bag. When I was out of town while breastfeeding and had forgotten my pump, I made a quick purchase that made me the owner of a Medela “Harmony.” The pump was a single manuel breast pump and while it was a little work out, it did the job! I’d advise to keep one of these handy. Some hosptials do give you a manual hand pump when you deliver your baby. Ask your doctor if that is something yours will do.

I wish I never stressed the first time around but that was because I didn’t know my pump could be covered by health insurance. Once I knew I could pick out a hospital grade quality pump with no or little cost was such a relief! A company that I always go to and fully recommend is the “Breastfeeding Store.” They are a family owned business which specializes in working with Military Moms and Tricare Insurance. Even if you’re not a military family, you are welcome to fill out their form and they will work with your insurance company. Their process is so simple and they make sure that Moms are able to get the right breast pump so that breastfeeding is simplified and enjoyable.

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Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks Review

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I was excited when Baby Mum-Mum reached out to Pray Run Live Love because their baby rice rusks were next on my list while shopping for the boys. We are always looking for different snacks, especially ones that offer a healthier alternative. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that when I first introduced solids into Baby Baby’s diet, I made all his food. I really enjoyed knowing everything that went into his body. Of course over time and “grandma” visits, his diet isn’t always restricted to what I can make. So doing research and purchasing items that reflect a good diet is what I strive to do.BabyMumMum2

Now that I’ve begun the same process of making food for Little Little, I’m starting to introduce more healthier pre made snacks into his diet as well. We love Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks! Not only does Baby Baby eat them with peanut butter, Little little enjoys them too on their own. This past month I started adding snacks to his diet that he can feed himself with.  I was sent four flavors: original, original “fruit juice sweetened, no salt added,” banana, and carrot. Little Little liked all of them but favored “carrot” the most. The packaging is great and allows us to throw a few 2-pack mum-mums in the diaper bag for out ‘n’ about snacks. I could have seen Baby Baby really loving these snacks when we first introduced him to solids. They are lightly flavored and practically weightless. Since they quickly disolve while in your mouth, I’m not worried about the boys choking or eating too much. They are perfect for teething and introducing solid foods. I recommend Baby Mum-Mum to any child 3 and under.

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PROS:

  • lightweight
  • no mess
  • several flavors
  • naturally sweetened
  • made free of all 10 common allegies
  • individually wrapped 2-packs

 

CONS:

  • quick to snap apart

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The Second Year Review 

 

What a Year!! So, many new adventures!

What a Year!! So Much Love, My Heart Could Explode <3

I still can’t believe I’m blogging about the second year already. I reported a strong and healthy 2 year old during the two year checkup post but, didn’t add to some experiences.

 

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

This year has been amazing. Watching Baby Baby grow, learn and develop into an adventous toddler. As the year started out with our big move, it only has gone up from there. While my most exciting part of being back in California is familiar roads. The ability to share all the adventures that I grew up with along with so much more has been very rewarding.

 

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

I was able to introduce a few new products that helped our journey into the toddler world. I hope to share more as we enter the third year. I also ventured into vlogging which I enjoy a whole lot but, with family first and other priorities have slacked a bit =\ maybe that’s something I can add to my New Years resolutions.

During the Second Year, I weaned Baby Baby off from breastfeeding at 15 months. Which was a hard transition but, went smoothly with persistence and patience. It was great to see Baby Baby still have the connection with me that he did while breastfeeding but, also enjoying new liquids and foods.

 

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Overall, this year has allowed Baby Baby to adapt to creativity, connect his first year discoveries with his second and look forward to the Parks as a weekly adventure.

The Two-Year Checkup

Today was Baby Baby’s two-year checkup. It’s crazy to think he’s almost two and it feels like yesterday, I was just blogging away for his first year review! As I mentioned before, I wanted to find a better fit for us since his 18-month checkup. So, I had to do a little research and work with our insurance to find a new pediatrician. I think his new pedi is great and she’s a lot closer to us as well. New surroundings kept Baby Baby preoccupied as we entered the medical center however, once we were in the office…even with toys, he had an idea of what was coming next =/ A fussy toddler was quickly weighed and marked for height. Drum roll please…..weighing in at 25 lbs and 35.5 inches tall, my silly goose is such a big boy now!!! Only a 1/2 inch more and he’s tall enough for some of the big kid rides at the Parks ;p

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy!

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy! When you get shots…you can have fried chicken ;p

He received two shots today that follows his vaccine schedule as well as some immediate blood work, that came back good. I think as a Mommy this check-up was a little harder than others. The last six months my schedule has changed drastically from where I was at all his other check-ups. I took it a little hard when I didn’t have all the answers for the pediatrician, even though my husband did. During the first year and a bit into the second, I was the one that would chart everything. I knew what made Baby Baby fussy while breastfeeding and exactly to the ounce how much he would drink. I really never thought I would find myself balancing so much. I guess what’s important is that he is always surrounded by family and loved ones and because of this, he is a very strong, bright, and independent toddler. I guess all I can do moving forward is get back on those spreadsheets, lol.

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

After his visit,  we ventured around the corner to the Mission Viejo Mall. Where we took advantage of grabbing an early dinner and letting Baby Baby run around. It’s some of our small adventures I cherish the most. Looking back at this year, if anything I’m happy to live somewhere my husband can be home every night, where we have the Parks ;p and of course, loved ones.

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015

Peter Pan, John Darling, and Wendy Darling <3

Peter Pan, John Darling, and Wendy Darling <3

Our favorite time of the year at the Parks is Halloween Time. What makes it better is the Annual Mickey’s “Not So Scary” Halloween Party, which is hosted select nights during September and October at Disneyland. This year we opted to go to one of the later dates as the party is our main “trick or treating” event for the family this Halloween. Last year’s party theme was hard to top as Baby Baby, Daddy, and Mommy did a Star Wars theme; Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. This Year we decided to go with Peter Pan and since you have to purchase tickets early as the event sells out. I started planning in August =X hahaha. Which gave enough time to get all our costumes together.

Trick or Treating Peter Pan!

Trick or Treating Peter Pan!

Baby Baby, Daddy, and Mommy were Peter Pan, John, and Wendy Darling. This time around Baby Baby had a lot fun, at 23 months he’s fully aware of when we are at the Parks and even more excited about candy, hahaha. Since the night was special, we also introduced him to his first Mickey “Pumpkin” Cake Pop and we couldn’t leave the event without a orange light up Mickey Balloon! The “Trick or Treating” sections at the Park left us with a lot of candy and what’s fun about being Annual Passholders is the section they set up in Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. For the 60th Anniversary they gave out little 60th Anniversary backpacks and cake rice pops! It makes for a fun perk to being a passholder. From the decorations to the haunted harmony….everything about the event is spooky fun (how could not be when it’s Disney, lol.) Also, seeing all the costumes people come up with is a great sight! We couldn’t have been more excited about this year’s party and we can’t wait to plan again for 2016!

Cake Pop Time!!!

Cake Pop Time!!!


Peter being more interested in his candy than taking a pic ;p

Peter being more interested in his candy than taking a pic ;p

Car Shopping

The time has come to start shopping to replace “single” car car. I’ve waited awhile but I feel we’re at a point where Mav and I each need our own family vehicle. I have a few different vehicles I’ve been looking at. My first priority is safety, and then comes what is comfortable. SUVs have been my go-to. However, some vehicles don’t even categorize themselves as SUVs but still give the same options. My current vehicle selection has many key points I enjoy and I think we may just go with another Subaru…. I love our current model and it has everything we need. Adding another to our family would be great and I could really see us having it until Baby Baby gets his license. Some other Makes on my list are Volvo and Jeep. All are within the same price point for the options I want; the XC60 is one of my favorite SUVs right now. I love the features, the way it drives, and it did make KBB’s top 25-safety list. It wasn’t until I got behind of the wheel of the 60 that I appreciated its value. As a previous Jeep owner, I’m always curious to see what features and changes as well as different models Jeep transitions into. The last few years they’ve had some trial and errors that drive me crazy. A go-to is a wrangler; I’m a huge fan of the Sahara. I know what most of you are thinking…. didn’t she say, “Safety is the top priority??!!!” I did, I don’t plan on going to far off the map of a stock Sahara, and the options available are enough to make a family vehicle.

With my three choices, Mav had to introduce another idea today and that is the Q5. I’m not a huge Audi fan but I do like it’s ratings and would have to go test-drive it to see if it’s something I’d enjoy. It’s in the ballpark range so, there’s a forth option. One of the biggest things I love about my SUV choices is I want one that a mark can tell a story and not something to freak out over. I loved when I had a Jeep because a scratch here and there wasn’t the end of the world. There are some cars that are flawless and they’re meant to stay that way. Being realistic, I have a soon to be 19 month old and I need something that can handle our silly adventures ;p

All and all, car shopping is fun yet it becomes annoying quickly. So, I’m starting my research early and hopefully within the next few months I can decide on what would be the best option for our family. I love the emails and support, if anyone has any suggestions. Please email me via my contact page. Also, I do review comments as well. I’ll approve if relevant and appropriate.

I started filming my Father’s Day gift review and I’m really excited on how it’s turning out. Of course, I have to wait until Father’s Day to get the reaction and review of how the child seat, helmet, and bike works. I think vlogs will be a fun way to share more of our adventures and introduce new products to my readers =)

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

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we made it!!!

A little late but, better then never. With the MIL in town, Mav and I were able to make plans Friday night. Wooo, date night =) We decided to do a late night trip to the Parks for the 24 hour Diamond Celebration. A little adventurous but, we were up for the challenge. We both took naps Friday evening and left for the Parks around midnight. Baby Baby stayed with Grandma, we didn’t want to brave the crowds during the day and didn’t feel like it was appropriate to take him late at night. The 24 hour event kicked off Disneyland’s 60th Year Anniversary, which also included new shows and a parade. We got into the Parks around 1 AM and only DCA was open. Disneyland hit capacity earlier the previous day and had to stop letting people in. I really couldn’t believe I was up so late, It’s been awhile since I willingly was up during the wee hours of the night.

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5 min wait for Dumbo….what??!!

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The castle glowing bright in late night hours =)

At 3 AM they reopened Disneyland, which strangely enough didn’t have a whole lot of people in it. After a few rides, a little pin trading, and of course, dancing…. we ended our night watching the sun come up over sleeping beauty’s castle and waved goodnight/good morning to all the characters on our way out.

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6 AM at the Parks!

Overall, It was a fun experience. Would I do it again? Most likely not. Even with Grandma to watch Baby Baby and the morning sleep in, I don’t advise any parent to willingly stay up until the sun rises. Hahaha. Unless, you’re being swept of your feet or feeding a newborn…watching the sun come up as a full grown adult is strange. It gave me more of a appreciation for the mom life I live and realizing how precious sleep is ;p All and all, it was a perfect date night. Of course, you can never go wrong with Disney, your love, and awesome friends =)