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Reflections on My First Mother’s Day

cadence-easter-8Yesterday morning I woke up to my squishy 3 month old infant smiling and cooing after her 6am feeding and I literally began to cry. As tears rolled down my face, one after the other, Cadence reached her little tiny hands and touched my face as if to say “What’s wrong mommy?” I then proceeded to cry even harder, thankful that only an infant (who probably would forget I was crying in about 30 seconds) was there to witness my emotional reaction to the beginning of a very special day.

Yesterday I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day as a mother. Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamed about one day being on the receiving end of love and hugs and adoration for giving life to a human and doing my best to nurture it. I say this all the time, but becoming a mother has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date. As I opened my blinds and let the morning sunlight in, I started to really reflect on what this new undertaking meant for my life.

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BBS Review: Freshly Picked Moccasins + GIVEAWAY

freshly-picked-moccasinsWhen I first heard of Freshly Picked, it was via some fellow moms that I follow on Instagram. Immediately I fell in love. Cute little leather moccasins in all different colors of the rainbow – for BABIES! Not only did I think they were absolutely adorable, I read their backstory and as a fellow mompreneur I think the founder Susan Petersen should be applauded for creating such a cute and fashion forward trend for kids, while balancing her duties as a mother of two. Here’s my review:

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BBS Chic: Cadence’s First Easter

baby-first-easterThis past weekend was Easter weekend and Cadence’s first big holiday since Valentine’s Day. Back then she was just a little teeny thing. Now she’s nearly three months old and still so full of personality. Here’s what baby girl wore on Easter Sunday:

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The week before, we went through a few different outfits and ended up settling on this little floral number.

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It’s originally from Children’s Place and I snagged it at my new favorite store Once Upon a Child. More about my obsession with this store in an upcoming post!

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For her church outfit, we paired the dress with a matching cardigan, a pink flower headband and white Mary Janes. She looked absolutely adorable.

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Of course her look wasn’t complete without her new “Baby’s First Easter” stuffed toy.

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Nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile! I just MELT.

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Cadence took a few pictures with mommy too! Took forever to get her to look at the camera.

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This is me trying to negotiate with Cadence. “If you look at the camera, I promise I won’t make you take a nap.”

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Eventually it worked! On Sunday, we had family come to visit, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and gave thanks for all our blessings. Most of all, I was thankful to spend my first Easter with Cadence. Looking forward to many more!

How did you spend your Easter weekend?

Link Love: MommieKnowsFresh Tips for Relieving Mommy Guilt

mkfWhile perusing Facebook earlier this morning I stumbled on this wonderful post by blogger friend and fellow mom Caprece of MommieKnowsFresh.com. We’ve featured Caprece here on BabyBrownSugar before. Caprece hilariously captures what all us first-time moms are thinking. Shrug off that mommy guilt with Caprece’s thoughtful and encouraging life lessons below:

There have been times when I’ve felt completely overwhelmed by motherhood. Like pull my hair out burst into tears kind of overwhelmed. She won’t eat, she won’t sleep, and she’s got a cold….again. At these times I become a tears time bomb ready to explode at any moment. So you know what I do? I let the tears fall. I go into to my bathroom and I cry out my frustrations. I let it out and let it go, realizing that my emotions are out of love. Remember, you’re doing a better job than you think. Matter of a fact you’re awesome. Here’s so other things I’ve learned along the way:

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Winner! Shea Moisture BABY Giveaway

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Shea Moisure BABY (Fragrance Free) product giveaway! If you haven’t already, check out my Product Review HERE.

And the Shea Moisture giveaway goes to….

Shauni Drake-Reid! Congratulations! Please email christina(at)babybrownsugar(dot)com to claim your prize!

Thanks again to all who participated. We’ll be doing tons more this month so stay tuned.

C is for Cadence: How I Named My Baby

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The Name Game

I can remember playing with my dolls as a little girl and calling them my “babies”. I gave them all different names and got comfortable with the idea that one day I too would have a real baby to name. I’ve had baby girl names picked out since Jr. High School. What can I say? I’ve always been the type to plan ahead. I would add a few to my approved list every few years or so but for the most part, my list was solid. Fast forward 15 years when I find out I’m pregnant and all those names were out the door. Instead I went with the flow and picked a name that had great meaning and that I thought was unique.

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Link Love: MommyNoire’s 15 Things Every Mom Should Know

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I stumbled on this article on Mommy Noire last October and have been referring back to it every now and then as a quick reminder and pick-me-up. As a new mom, you automatically assume you have to do everything “perfect” or the world will come to an end. Here are some important things to keep in mind so you don’t drive yourself crazy:

1) Dad’s got this. I know it’s hard when the kids are eating junk and their clothes don’t match (sorry, dads), but that stuff won’t kill your kids. Just let dad do his thing and relax. You have to trust him to do things his way.

2) Your kids want to workout with you. Believe it or not, your kids would love to do yoga, take a walk, or play Wii boxing with you. Get in shape and bond with them while doing it.

3) Family dinners make a difference. People bond over food. Eat with your family as often as possible and you will notice a difference in how connected everyone is.

4) Trying to cook after work is never a good idea. Sure, we want our kids to eat healthy meals, but cooking every night is hard, whether you work outside of the home or not. Try to prep a few meals on Sundays, freeze as much as you can, and remember that a grilled cheese sandwich with some warm tomato soup (could be homemade and frozen) is definitely a meal.

5) Laugh at yourself as much as you can. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You will mess up. Just laugh as much as you can about it. It also teaches your kids to accept their mistakes with grace, which leads to a less stressful life.

Click HERE to read the other 10 tips at Mommy Noire

BabyBrownSugar Update: Two Months

cadence-at-2-monthsI cannot believe how quickly time flies when you have a baby. When they said “enjoy it while it lasts”, they weren’t kidding. I mean just 8 weeks ago, my little squishy came home looking like this:

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And now her little face is getting more defined, she has a sassy personality and she giggles on demand like this:

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Cadence is officially two months today. She was born on February 4th, 2014 and since her birth she has grown into the most adorable, smart and happy little infant. She is fascinated with everything up above – especially the ceiling fan. She likes The Chica Show on Sprout, Elmo’s World during Sesame Street and she still loathes when mommy watches Scandal on Thursday night (did I tell you guys about that time I went into pre-term labor after watching that episode of Scandal when we found out that Mama Pope was alive? Yeah, she’s not a fan of Scandal – too much suspense!)

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 She also enjoys taking selfies with mommy for Instagram (Follow us @BabyBrownSugarBlog).

Here’s what Cadence can do now:

- she lifts up her head and holds it steady

- she pushes her upper body up using both arms

- she knows the difference between day and night

- she is almost completely out of her Size 1 diapers (chunky little legs!)

- she laughs ALOT, especially after she eats

- she is now sleeping “through the night” at 6-7 hours (hallelujah!)

Man, this motherhood thing is like the gift that keeps on giving. It’s hard work but my little sweet pea makes it all worth it.

What about you guys? Any fun kid updates this month? Share them below!