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I am guilty of Co-Sleeping with my child: 10 Things I Love and hate about co-sleeping  

While some moms refuse to let their child co-sleep with them and believe it is against all good-parenting habits, I know other moms out there can relate and will understand every reason in this post.  I know I’m not alone.  I am not the first and I can assure you I won’t be the last mom who co-sleeps with their child. Co-sleeping with my child is absolutely a bitter-sweet experience which is why I have compiled my top ten reasons why I love and hate co-sleeping with her.

 

Why I love co-sleeping with my child:

 

  1. FIRST TIME MOM FEARS: As a first time mom I don’t think I slept more than 15 minutes at time at least for the first 3 months (until she was bigger and I felt more secure bringing her to the bed) In fear that I wouldn’t hear her crying if she needed me. So I would startle myself every 15 minutes like a crazy woman to check on her and make sure she was breathing.

 

  1. BREASTFEEDING MADE EASY: My daughter breastfed constantly so if I ever wanted to get just a little bit of rest, laying her right next to me in bed to feed was the only way she could get her feeding every 2 hours and mommy could get some eye-shutting time.   Initially, I did try getting up every 2 hours and getting her from her crib, feeding her for 20-30min, putting her down, and doing it all over again within 1 ½ – 2 hrs.  It was exhausting, especially since I had to get up and go to work in the morning. If I wanted to function at work, this was my best option.  Happy child, happy mom!

 

  1. KNOWING SHE’S SAFE RIGHT NEXT TO ME:When she was a baby I would prop her up on a firm pillow so that I could be slightly lower than her and I would put the little dividers that go by the torso so that she wouldn’t roll over.  With daddy on the other side, I knew she was nice and perfectly cozy.  I could open my eyes and check on her right then and there.

 

  1. GETTING HUGS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT:  Now that she’s older she loves to cuddle with mommy or daddy and gives us hugs or kisses in the middle of the night or to wake us up.  They are the best!

 

  1. SEEING HER BEAUTIFUL FACE AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP: Seeing her tiny, gorgeous, peaceful little face right next to you as soon as you wake up totally makes my day.

Why I hate co-sleeping with my child:

 

  1. FEAR I WOULD CRUSH HER (WHEN SHE WAS A BABY) AND NOT SLEEPING NOW THAT SHE’S BIGGER: Although I made sure she was positioned in a way where she had her space and wouldn’t roll over and get crushed by us, there was still that little bit of fear that we could hurt her in any way, so I did put her in her crib most nights, even if I had to get up 3 or 4 times to put her back to sleep. Now that she’s bigger, although I love having her next to me, I can barely sleep through the night because she moves so much.

 

  1. MAKES IT REALLY HARD FOR THE HUBBY AND ME TO HAVE OUR ROMANTIC NIGHTS:  Love nights are essential for mommy and daddy, but making them happen is almost impossible. When you have accustomed your child to sleep with you it’s hard to get her to sleep in her own bed.  So on those miracle nights when she wants to be in her own bed, we definitely take advantage of the opportunity hahaha.

 

  1. GETTING KICKED IN FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT:No one likes to get kicked in the face while they are sleeping, but when you have a toddler sleeping next to you, you better be ready for it.

 

  1. BEING AWAKENED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ASKING FOR WATER OR MILK:  Every night I have to hear “mommy I want ‘leche’ (milk)” or “mommy I want ‘agua’ (water). I have to get up and go get her leche or agua.  I have recently started to ignore her and tell her to go back to sleep.  We need to break these bad habits! Anyone else’s child ask for water in the middle of the night, every single night?

 

  1. FEAR OF HER NEVER WANTING HER OWN BEDROOM, EVER!:  We will be moving soon and she will have her own bedroom.  Because we have created this habit of co-sleeping, we are definitely afraid she won’t stay in her own bedroom. I will probably do a follow-up blog post on how this transition goes.  Wish us luck!

 

So there you have it, my love-hate relationship with co-sleeping with my child.  I know some moms out there have gone through the same situation or are going through it.  I want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to make the transition into her own bedroom and bed a fun smooth one.

 

Xoxo

Karintia

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zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway


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zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway 

Moms should always be celebrated and that is exactly what zulily is doing this week, celebrating moms all around by hosting various Maternity Week sales and a fabulous Maternity Fashion Week GIVEAWAY.  Yes! I said GIVEAWAY…zulily is giving away a Rosie Pope Maternity London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag and you and I can win one!  

I know most moms out there would agree that having a stylish diaper bag is a big plus.  As a mom you want to be able properly store all of you baby’s needs and at the same time look fashionable. That is exactly what this gorgeous diaper gives you, practicality and style.  The Rosie Pope London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag is durable,  has a washable interior with ample pockets for bottles and diapers, discrete stroller straps and a stylish changing pad and it comes in a lightweight silky nylon fabric. This bag retails at $295 but you and I can win one for free!

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All you need to do is pick out your favorite zulily baby product and tell us all about it in the comments below by Friday, Sept. 19th. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

Happy Maternity Fashion Week and good luck to us both!

XOXO

Karintia

Contest Rules: US and Canadian residents 18+ are eligible to participate. Winning affiliate selected at random.

Be sure to check out these stylish events for mamas-to-be from zulily this week:

***zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events***

Monday, September 15th
zulily Maternity Fashion Week Rosie Pope Diaper Bag Giveaway

HOTMilk Intimates on sale at zulily

Tuesday, September 16th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Cognac

Madeleine Maternity on sale at zulily

Wednesday, September 17th
Soon Maternity on sale at zulily

Thursday, September 18th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Royal & Sangria

Michael Stars & LAMade on sale at zulily

Friday, September 19th
Maternal America on sale at zulily

WTH is Diastasis Recti?

IMG_9487Well, I’ve been sort of avoiding writing about this topic because I kept debating whether I should post pictures of my current belly. I decided what the heck, I might as well! I’m completely envious of all those mothers whose belly buttons never popped out or never have experienced this dreaded “diatasis recti” I have not been able to get rid of. To my belly’s defense however, I have not really put in the focus or work to get rid of it. It is possible to get rid of it and I’ve been motivated to write this post in order to challenge myself and perhaps challenge other mothers that may be wanting to correct this separation as well.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle. This muscle covers the front surface of the belly area. This condition is generally not harmful in any way, however some cases could be so severe that they require surgery to correct.

There are ways to check if you have diastasis recti. I know that overtime my separation has closed up a little and because I do exercise pretty regularly this has also helped, but I can still fit one to two fingers in there, especially in my belly button area. There is absolutely nothing supporting my belly button or holding it in place. You can visit this link for ways to check if you suffer from diastasis recti: http://www.befitmom.com/diastasis_recti.html

 

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Not correcting diastasis recti either through the proper exercises or surgery and cause the following according to diastasisrectirehab.com: The outermost muscles (rectus abdominis) support your back and organs. When they separate, the connective tissue then becomes your support system for your back and organs. Thin connective tissue, unlike thick muscles, is not a good support system for your back and organs. So it makes sense that the side effects from this ineffective support by the connective tissue would be back pain and displacement of your organs causing gastrointestinal disturbances such as bloating and constipation. This displacement of your organs will also cause poor posture. The lack of support of your belly button will cause your belly button to become an outie. This is known as an umbilical hernia. A diastasis may also cause pelvic floor problems such as incontinence and prolapses.

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In my case the condition isn’t too bad but definitely bad enough for me to feel embarrassed and a little apprehensive about wearing a bikini, although I have worn one post pregnancy as in the posted picture. It looks a lot better in the picture than it currently really is, the picture was taken about two years ago. What is worse though is when I’m full after a big meal, because my belly button is still a little herniated and due to this condition still pops out a bit. Also the skin right in that area is a little loose and has very slight stretch marks.

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The good news for me is that I’ve decided to close up the gap with the proper exercises and get into the best shape of my life. I’ve ignored my core for some time now and it’s obvious that doing so has caused other injuries on my body such as bursitis and tendonitis as the body will compensate by putting pressure in other parts of the body when the core is weak. My core has been weak for way too long and it’s time to strengthen it the right way.

I went on the befitmom website and will be purchasing their dvd to correct my diastasis recti. Many have sworn by this DVD, so we will see what it does for me. It states that these exercises are effective even years post-partum. Jaxson is already 5 years old. It’s been a long time with this current belly! I am hopeful and will keep you all posted with the “after” pictures. I will post the results by December 25, 2014 as I couldn’t think of a better gift to myself than being fit, strong and healthy from the core!

Much Love,

Belmax

I conquered hair washing

IMG_9459My daughter was born with a lot of hair so washing her hair has been part of bath-time since her first bath. I have gone a day or two here and there without washing her hair mainly because it is either too cold or too late and I don’t want her to go to bed with wet hair, but for the most part her hair has to be washed since there’s always some sort of food particle stuck in it.

Her hair never fell off like it sometimes happens in babies at around 4 months of age; it has just kept growing ever since she was born. With her hair now passed her mid-back at 2 years and 3 months, washing it was becoming a complete struggle. She totally freaks out when water falls on her face so tackling hair-washing on a two year old without getting water on her face while she’s freaking out and crying and keeping her head down is nearly impossible. I’m sure you get the idea, not fun.

IMG_9467Well I don’t have that problem anymore, I can honestly say I have conquered hair-washing my daughter’s hair…and all I did was talk to her. I showed her how mommy has to put her head back when washing her own hair and I asked her if she would try doing the same. I literally got down, grabbed her little face and said “you don’t have to cry mamita, all you need to do is put your head back for a little bit while mommy pours water on your head, can you try that – just for a little bit? I promise not to get water on your face” and almost crying she said in her little voice, “ok mommy.” So she put her head back and I poured the water; she only did it for like 5 seconds and said “all done mommy, all done”, but it worked! I was so happy! I congratulated her on doing a great job and gave her a high five.

The next time around I said, “now mamita we have to wash your hair, do you remember what mommy taught you about putting your head back?” she said yes and did it; this time a little longer. The same thing happened for the third time around.
I’m so happy and proud of my little girl and all it took was a little patience and talking to her.

As a parent it is easy to get frustrated when your little one isn’t listening or paying attention to your request. The funny thing is that they are listening; they just refuse to acknowledge you, especially if you are yelling or they feel forced. So next time you are having trouble getting your toddler to do or try something new, try talking to him/her and try listening to them as well, it might just work wonders.

Xoxo
Karintia