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Hospital Bag

6 February 2017 / 2 Comments

I thought I’d write a blog post about what I brought in my hospital bag when I was delivering Joey in hopes that it will give some of you expectant mothers a reference on what was very useful at least for me. There are many things your hospital can give you, so you don’t have to pack too much. My hospital gave me everything I needed including diapers, wipes, bed liners, witch hazel pads, and ice packs but here’s a list of things that I brought and was definitely useful.


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*A few of these images are not the exact items I brought to the hospital*

– Swaddle Blankets/Miracle Blanket:
I found our hospital blankets to be a little rough on the skin so it was helpful to have our own soft muslin swaddles
Newborn outfit:
For Joey, she came home in a beanie (by Krochet Kids), baby gloves, socks, a long-sleeved onesie and long bottoms.
– More onesies:
I brought a couple more onesies to have as a backup just in case of accidents
– A robe:
I wore this robe the entire time I was in the hospital.
Room slippers and shower slippers (if you’re planning on taking a shower at the hospital): Getting in and out of bed was so much easier having slippers. Bring something that you’re willing to throw out after you leave the hospital.
– Comfortable pajama type pants:
Comfort is key!
– Nursing top and bra:
Whoever invented these, I THANK YOU.
– Phone charger WITH A LONG CORD.
The long cord really helped as the power outlets were so far from the bed.
– Toiletries!
– Nipple balm
– “Adult diapers:”
Don’t laugh but these were awesome. It was so much easier using these rather than changing out pads frequently.

These were the items that helped me survive my stay at the hospital. I hope this list helps as you prepare for the most life-changing moment of your life!

Three.Two.One.

3 February 2017

THREE. TWO. ONE. Every Friday I’ll be writing about three random things that has been on my mind that week. It can be anything from what inspires me in music or film to recipes or activities I’m trying at home with the family or highlighting an organization or an article that I read and want to share about. Enjoy!

THREE. The Undoing by Steffany Gretzinger.

One of our fans wrote me a beautiful letter this week and included a reference to a song called “Morning Song” by Steffany Gretzinger.  I played the song while Joey woke up in the morning and I almost cried listening to the lyrics. I’ve been so blessed in the past by Steffany’s worship songs but I didn’t know she had her own album. It’s been playing throughout the house all week and it reminded me just how gifted songwriters are and how powerful music can be for the soul and spirit. This album absolutely healed me this week from a lot of things that were on my mind.  Check out “Cecie’s Lullaby” on the album. It’s a favorite of mine. 😉  Thank you so much Kristie for this recommendation.


TWO. 
IKEA will be selling textiles and rugs from made by Syrian refugees in 2019.

Isn’t that AMAZING? The limited run production will create jobs for 200 refugees, most of them women, currently living in Jordan. The products will be sold locally and in other Middle Eastern countries with free trade agreements with Jordan. More reasons to love IKEA. Wow, so inspired.

ONE. This video by TV 2.

Joey and Tot

1 February 2017

Hooray! We finally launched our Joey and Tot  clothing pop-up sale! Thank you so much to all the mamas and papas for offering to have your beautiful children model our clothes. It was so incredibly hard to choose from as we had almost 100 submissions! All your kiddos would’ve totally rocked Joey and Tot wear. Thank you for the bottom of our hearts!
We wanted to have a clothing line for babies that was more whimsical, playful and comfortable and a line for toddlers that were almost like adult styles but miniaturized and most importantly, comfortable and easy to play in! Click the image to be directed to the item.

Joey Eats Purees

4 January 2017 / 10 Comments

Wow I really need to get it together with blogging! Thought I’d start out the new year with a blog post about what Joey has been eating. Today’s post will cover all the veggie purees we started trying out with Joey. Thanks Sunny for helping me with this post! We began feeding Joey these purees when she was around 6 months. She had been really interested in eating foods especially when she would watch us eat at the dining table. I read somewhere that eating colorful veggies were very good for you so I looked into what our local grocery had available and came up with these five to start out with!

Hey, you want a peas of me? Joey really liked green peas so we ended up feeding her them quite often. Peas are packed with protein and has Vitamin A and C and a good source of iron and calcium. Vitamin A helps out in vision and bone growth as well as helps the body fight against infections. Vitamin C helps form and repair red blood cells, bones, and tissues. It helps with the gums to stay healthy and strengthens the blood vessels, minimizing bruising from falls and scrapes. In addition, it also helps the body absorb iron from food sources.

They’re orange but I don’t carrot all. Carrots are very high in beta carotene. What’s that? Beta carotene is a Carotenoid. Carotenoid are a set of darkly colored pigments called pro vitamin A carotenoids that can be converted to Vitamin A which is very important in a baby’s developing diet.

I think, therefore I yam. Purple yams! Or what my Filipino friends call Ube. One of my favorite snacks! These are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate. Vitamin E is good to fight against toxins and boosts the immune system to fight germs. Folate plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps your baby’s neural tube develop into her brain and spinal cord.

Turn up the beet! Beets are high in Fiber with a good amount of Vitamin A and Calcium. Pediatricians suggest introducing these at 8-10 months. I won’t lie, after we fed Joey some red beets it looks like she had blood all over her mouth because the red color went all over her face…but she loved it! Man, there isn’t anything this kid doesn’t like so far. 

 

For all of these purees, I use an immersion blender just like this one. It’s super easy to clean up and to store unlike the baby steam/puree makers which I heard were also good but not for us as we try to cut down on sink washing as much as possible!

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I store all my purees in these ready to freeze trays. Love these trays! All you need to do is flip them upside down and run some water over the backside of the cube for about 10 seconds and you can push them out so easily!

 

I’ll be posting more about some of the other foods Joey has been trying lately including home made broth with porridge. Stay tuned!

 

 

Mom Blogger

3 November 2016 / 50 Comments

It’s been a while since I took an interview and today a journalist asked me a round of questions, the same kind of questions I was asked just a few months ago when we first became “viral.” Even though I’ve answered the same questions over and over again, I don’t think I’ll ever be fully prepared to answer questions like, “How will Joey react when she sees all of this as a teenager?” or “What message do you want to tell the parents of the world?”  I mean, how do you really answer that? For me, I’m still trying to figure out how to time Joey for feedings and what to dress her up in when it’s cold out, let alone figure out a definitive message to “TELL THE WORLD.” It’s definitely been difficult at times processing all of the attention whilst in the middle of transitioning into motherhood. Joey was only 4 months old when our photos became viral and I had barely any time to sit down and realize what really happened to us. But when I reflect back I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to connect with so many people. The daily DMs and emails I receive from our loving fans (so weird to say we have “fans”) have been like precious gems to me. I feel so honored to be in a place where I can somehow bless strangers (new friends!) from all parts of the world. Hearing personal stories of how our silly photos and videos have touched their lives will never ever get old for us. I’m in no way some kind of “baby-whisperer” like I’ve heard some people mistakenly label me as but I’d like to be someone who is available and open to share my experiences with motherhood.

I’m still very knew at the blogging thing but I have a lot of cool posts coming up so stay tuned. Here are some photos of Joey this afternoon after her nap. Her expressions these days kill me!

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Onesie by Piccolini NY | Doll from Cuddle + Kind | Moses basket from RH Baby

Trick-or-Treat!

1 November 2016 / 1 Comment

I can’t believe Halloween is already over! But I guess it doesn’t mean the end of costumes for Joey haha. At least not yet. It was so fun dressing her up as Nacho Libre this year, thanks to one of our fans @littlenuggetrepublic who contacted me a while back and offered to make Joey a costume! Becci is seriously so talented. Please go check her out!

Treat or Treating was so fun. We started pretty early because Joey’s bedtime is around 7:30. We managed to get a handful of candy before we called it a night. Joey was clearly not understanding what was going on but it was fun using her to score free candy. I mean, that’s the point right parents?? Here’s some highlights of our little trick-or-treating trip with our friend Sunny and her adorable daughter Emma (dressed as a kangaroo with a joey!).

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Joey Marie!

8 October 2016 / 20 Comments

Throw the confetti and bring me some cake cuz the blog is finally live! YESSSSS. A very special thanks goes out to Madeleine over at The Daily Mark for setting this up for me. You are amazing Madeleine and congratulations on your babyyyy!

I’ve never really been the blogger-type but as I’ve been receiving so much mail from our fans, it’s been motivating me to get this going so I can connect with everyone. The blog will act as a journal with updates of what our family is up to as well as a place I can post about things I love and are inspired by. It’s been difficult keeping up with all of the fan mail everyday and replying back so I’ll be also using this blog to cover questions and topics that come up frequently.

So with that, here’s the first post! Like almost all mothers in America, I wanted to take Joey to a pumpkin patch this fall. Seriously though, what is it with mothers and pumpkin patches? UH EVERYTHING. After watching Joey get so excited about touching hay and feeling the different pumpkins around, I want to do this everyday! Man, I love October. I posted about the Miamily hipster carrier on Instagram the other day and I have to say, I love it. There was some concern about it being ergonomically safe and it totally is safe! It comes with a hip seat that supports the hips so that the legs aren’t just dangling. My favorite part about it is taking the top part off so that Joey can literally just sit on it like a chair and just explore her surroundings. We’ll most likely take it with us while trick-or-treating this year!

Joey’s Halloween costume is pretty much set but Allen and I still have to figure out ours! Stay tuned for pictures!

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Location: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch | Baby Carrier: Miamily Hipster Plus 3D Carrier | My hat: Wallaroo Hats | Joey’s bonnet: Petite Soul | Joey’s dress: H&M | Joey’s moccasins: Freshly Picked | My denim jacket: Forever 21 | My romper: Urban Outfitters | Booties: Madewell | Joey’s age: 6 months, 4 days