July 31, 2014

Why "the girl in the red shoes"?

Ever wonder where I got my blog name?

Well....those are my feet. On my wedding day. Did I just blow your mind?

Now tell me....how did you come up with your blog name?

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July 30, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Some of my Favorites

I'm taking a little break this week from The Breastfeeding Diaries and thought I could take this time to highlight a few of my very favorite stories, in case you missed them!

If you would like to contribute your story to the series I would LOVE to have you. Please send and email to thegirlintheredshoes @ gmail I'm looking for all types of stories, so even if your breastfeeding journey didn't work out, or it didn't go how you had planned, I would still love to hear from you.

"We don’t need to judge or give advice, all we need to do is help and encourage, in whatever we decide is best for our babies. Because what you decide to do, as a mother, is best for your family, and I am here to support you in your decision. We are not alone, we are all in this together." You can find the rest of Allison's story here

"...you are already an amazing mom that just needs to follow your heart and your instincts.  Whatever you decide will be fine." You can find the rest of Sara's story here.

"You are about to embark on what I feel is one of the most wonderful and amazing journeys in a woman's life.  Embrace every minute that you can, it truly is one of the most special gifts." You can find the rest of Laura's story here

"...you see…breastfeeding was TEXTBOOK for me. would you like to know why it was textbook?

answer // everything went exactly as was NOT expected." You can find the rest of Karli's story here

"My advice to any new mom is to not let your breastfeeding experience define you as a mother. Breastfeeding is paradoxically both a sacrifice and a privilege, but your success with it is not indicative of your love for your child or your status as a mom." You can find the rest of Erica's story here

"Be kind to yourself. You are feeding your baby the best way you know how. We started supplementing at 8 weeks and I don’t feel bad about it. What were we going to do? Let him go without eating? Science is amazing and formula feeds your baby too." You can find the rest of Coco's story here

 "Being a new Mom to triplets has been the most rewarding and life-changing experience of my life. I’m proud of myself for continuing to pump so often to keep up my supply. I can’t wait to see what the ending to our breastfeeding journey will be." You can find the rest of Julie's story here

"Don't give up. Be patient. Listen to your body. Listen to your baby. And do what's best for you both. Don't be afraid to ask for help. And always trust your mama intuition." You can find Jess' story here

Love all of these mamas. 

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July 29, 2014

Bedtime Battles

Lately, someone has been putting up a fight when it's time for bedtime. And that someone isn't me. 

On a normal night, we give Hudson a bath around 6:30, then give him his milk while we read books or watch Winnie the Pooh, and then pop him in his bed and say goodnight. He usually reads a book or plays in his crib for 20 minutes or so and then is out. On a bad night, he plays/reads in his crib for an hour before falling asleep.

**Edited to add: The reason for the early bedtime (usually 7:30pm) is because he needs to be up by 6:30am the next day for my husband to take him to daycare.

But something changed two weeks ago and all of a sudden Hudson is anti-bedtime. He doesn't want to take a bath. Doesn't want to sit still to read books or watch a movie. He gets crazy hyper and just wants to jump on our bed or play with all his toys. And then when we put him to bed he screams and cries. 

I've tried moving bedtime up. I've tried moving bedtime. I've tried rocking him. I've tried singing songs. Nightlights. Laying down with him. Nothing works. I can tell Hudson is super tired and needs to sleep...he's just refusing it. And it has made our bedtime routine pretty miserable. Thankfully, he isn't fighting his nap and usually sleeps 2-2.5 hours. 

Has anyone else gone through this? I'm hoping it's just a stage that will quickly pass....any tips would be appreciated!

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July 28, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans

We had a nice little weekend over here. The kind that doesn't last long enough. But what weekend does? I vote three day weekends from here on out, don't you?

My in-laws watched Hudson on Friday and he gave them a run for their money...and thankfully they gave it right back to him and tired out my busy boy with all the fun! I also decided I would take advantage of nap time and put all of those $1 spot Target flash cards on binder rings because having the cards scattered all over my house was starting to make my eyes twitch. Well. You can guess how long that lasted. Here's a hint: it was under 60 seconds.

On Saturday Hudson and I made our way (for the second time this week) to the library to play. Our library has an amazing children's section complete with play house, grocery stand, kitchen, crayons, and more blocks, balls, ramps, and dress up clothes than we know what to do with! Oh...and BOOKS! It's seriously awesome. Hudson was a big boy and sat at this desk and colored for a while. And I tried not to hyper-ventilate picturing him going off to school one day. Oh my word, he looks so stinkin' big!

The rest of the weekend we hung out at home, watched Hudson's new favorite Winnie the Pooh, and even played in the rain (in July!!!) a little bit. It was a little slice of heaven.

Happy Monday!

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July 25, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

It's finally Friday! Let's do this!

 {one} Hudson has several trucks that used to be my husband's when he was a kid. We love watching him play with his daddy's toys...they tend to be his favorites!

{two} I finally broke down and bought these leggings on sale from Nordstrom after Sheaffer raved about them. And now I get it. They are the best leggings EVER. They have a wide band at the top to suck everything in, they are comfy, and they aren't see through. Run, don't walk, and get these leggings!

 {three} I finished reading Gone Girl this week and now I'm sad. It was soooo good and so scary at the same time. Now I get what all the hype was about! Can't wait to see the movie! Now...what should I read next?

{four} After Erinn posted about her love for Root mineral powder, I quickly clicked over and bought a sample pack. Oh my word, it was love at first swoosh.....I use #6 and it is the best powder ever. It goes on like a dream and it's only $15! I don't know what I would do without my blogger friends recommending products....I would be at a loss!

{five} Speaking of products I love, I recently used a facial from Rodan & Fields and it was so amazing! My skin is so soft! My consultant, Marcie, is offering PC Perks members 10% off all products, free shipping on all scheduled orders, direct access to lots of new insider information and products, and promotional deals all for a one-time fee of $19.95. You can email her at mcanty.randf@gmail.com if you are interested.

Today I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

And I'm also linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals


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July 24, 2014

Actual words that have come out of my mouth this week

"eat your popcorn" at 9:30 a.m.

"we don't throw trucks at people" 

  "nice boys share their cookies"
"don't touch the poo poo"

"we don't throw books at people"

Me: "green tomatoes are yucky...let's just pick the red ones"
Hudson: "yellow!!!!"
Me: "whatever"

"we don't throw spatulas at people"

"kitties do not like hugs"

Me: "Hudson, did you poo poo?"
Hudson: "NO"
Me: "then what smells so stinky?"
Hudson: "poo poo"

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