Friday, July 30, 2010

We've Got Spirit!


Yes we do!

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We've got spirit! How 'bout you?!

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Only 36 days until Longhorn football...

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And we've been practicing.




Hook 'em Horns, baby!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Coming Soon...

Remember my friends at CSN Stores? They have zillions of amazing items like le creuset cookware and baby furniture galore.

I've done some giveaways in the past, and I will again soon.

But just this once I have to be selfish...

They are giving me credit toward a video baby monitor... and all I have to do is tell you guys what I think!

I didn't register for one of these doo-hickies because I thought they seemed useless... made for over-protective moms. But I'm changing my tune and I want, I want!

So coming soon... my honest opinion about the SVAT Levana Interference Free Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor. {phew, that's a mouthful!}

Then you'll know if you need one your own self!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Letters to Kherington


KherBear,

I cannot believe you have been in my life for half a year.


Sometimes it feels like you were just born yesterday. But mostly it feels like we have known each other forever.

I cherish how intimately I know you. I anticipate your needs. I understand your cries, your expressions, and your squeals. I can conjure up your sweet milky breath, regardless of where I am.

I know that the moment I put your right arm into your pajamas, you are going to put it in your mouth. I know that you will sneeze after we walk into the sun.

I know I could pick out your diaper amongst 20 others. I know that my sniffle will wake you from a nap, but that you will slumber on through the smoke alarm.

I know the beautiful sensation of your mouth and your chubby hands on my breast like a bull horn.


I know about the stork bite under your hair that nobody else knows about and only I get to kiss.

I know you. I adore you.

My world is better with you in it. My smile is wider, my heart fuller, my eyes brighter. You and your father have undoubtedly made me the happiest woman on earth.
I am happy as your Mama.

I love myself more for having carried you.

I love your Daddy more because our love created you.

I love you more than I can ever express. You were worth the wait.

These short, sweet, six months will one day be a blur in our life story. But please know, Kherington, that I savored each and every minute. Not a moment went by that I didn’t thank God for you. Nor will one ever.

You are just beginning to explore our world and find delight in the simple complexities of God’s creation. It’s a blast, exploring with you.

I want to introduce you to butterflies and explain the magic of rainbows. I want to see warm summer rain kiss your cheeks and giggle at your first dance moves. I want to show you the inherent good in people and teach you how to pray.

I want to read your creative writing, take you on your first roller coaster, and watch your puppet shows. I want to play hop-scotch and see the ocean in your eyes. Oh, to see the ocean sparkle in your deep blue eyes…

Kid, we are going to have a ball, you and I.

Love Always,
Mommy





Dear Kherington,

Happy 6 month birthday! You have grown so much in this short amount of time. I am so impressed that you are sitting up on your own and have developed such an amazing and happy personality.

Your growth has been in leaps and bounds to me since I have been gone for training for my new Allstate office. It seems every week that I come back home you have learned or discovered something new.

I can’t wait to watch you learn to crawl, walk and talk. I look forward to introducing you to many firsts in your life and watching those big beautiful eyes that are filled with so much emotion and wonder light up as you discover all that the world has to offer.

Your first fishing trip, the first time you go horseback riding with me, and your first sport, all of these will be special moments in my life and I hope yours too.

With all the good, I know there will also be some bad times as well. When your first boyfriend breaks your heart, when a pet dies, or any other time that you feel hurt in this world, I want you to know that Daddy is here. I may not be able to take the pain completely away, but hopefully I can help you deal with it and learn from each situation.

I can’t imagine that I could love you more than I do right now, but I thought that about your mother as well and I love her more today than I did yesterday.

Happy half birthday again, and remember that I love you and I am here for whatever you need, just bat those pretty eyelashes at me and I will give you the world!

Love,
Your Daddy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

6 Months

Baby Girl, you are SIX months old today! WOW!

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Look at you at 1 week, 3 months, and now!

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KherBear, at six months old...

You weigh 19 pounds! (97th percentile!)

You are 25.75 inches long.

You find your puppies hilarious. Kissing, petting, squealing, and pulling hair.

You look more and more like your father. (luckily he is adorable)

You sit up on your own.

You drink eagerly from a real cup, and now even a sippy cup. Who needs bottles?!

You sleep every time we get in the car.

You just discovered your feet.

You aren’t digging the solid foods yet. So far you only like avocado.

You nap at the office with a blanket over your carseat and my phone playing ocean waves.

You love screaming just for fun.

You have stayed overnight with both sets of grandparents.

You love cold teethers and sucking frozen peaches and ice from your feeder bag. (but no teeth are peeking out yet)

You are curious and inquisitive.

You wear size 3 diapers.

You have started to notice when Mommy leaves the room.

You can scooch and roll to get something you want.

You love 'My First Doll' by Carters, VTech Spin’n’Learn Top, and Sassy Sensation Station spinner.

You are still a happy, easy baby.

You make our world go ‘round.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baby Carrier and Sling Reviews

I adore baby wearing.

I started because I was obsessed with my precious baby and didn’t want to put her down. Oh, and for the bonding.

I still do it because it makes her happy, it allows me some freedom, it’s cute, and it beats pushing a stroller.

It is handy when you don’t want a hundred people to ask to hold your baby, or when being close to you is the only thing that soothes your babe.

There are many, many benefits and I plan to do it as long as she’ll let me. {and then I’ll start in on her brother(s)/sister(s)}

But like most anything in the baby product industry, the selection out there is overwhelming.

I’m certainly no seasoned expert, but I AM opinionated. So I’ve reviewed every carrier I’ve tried.

Furthermore, I’ve asked my real life friend Kristin over at iDocument, who is a mama to three handsome boys to review her carriers.

Hope our babywearin’ can give you some useful guidance...


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Carrier- Moby Wrap
Approximate Cost- $40
One Place to Buy- Full Circle Baby (New Braunfels!)
Weight Limits- preemie-35 pounds (even twins!)
Carry Options-8 holds including front, back, and hip
Pros- This wrap is extremely soft and customizable. It comes in a bunch of great colors and is affordable. It seems to be the most comfortable for baby since you can adjust so many different aspects of it. The instruction book shows countless tying/positioning options. Feels very secure while moving about.
Cons- It is a lot of fabric and takes a little practice to get good at tying it. In the summer, it is just too hot for Texas. The Baby Daddy won’t wear it. (even though I got burnt orange!)
My Take- Great for winter as it keeps both of you warm. It never hurts my back because the weight is evenly spread and can be adjusted. Also, you can spread the fabric to cover up post-baby blubber. When I wear it at church I tie it on the side so the knot doesn’t dig into my back while sitting. You can put the baby on your back alone, but it is much easier with help. I adored the breastfeeding hold when Kherington was younger because I could walk around buying groceries while she discreetly nursed and then nodded off. I can still breastfeed in it, but it isn’t hands-free. A-


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Carrier- Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling by Dr. Sears
Approximate Cost- $60
One Place to Buy- Target.com
Weight Limits- 6-25 pounds
Carry Options- 4 holds including front and hip
Pros- Adorable patterns. Well padded shoulder strap, adjustable ring. Comfortable to sit, stand, or move while wearing. There is a pocket on the outside for keys, phone, etc. The Baby Daddy doesn’t mind wearing it. No spare fabric in the way, like some ring slings.
Cons- You only wear it on one shoulder at a time, putting more strain on your back. Only goes to 25 pounds.
My Take- This is my “go-to” sling because it is so easy to throw on. Kherington loves the hip hold, and it allows me to use both hands and get things done. I wear her in this sling for hours and get loads of compliments. I breastfeed in it, too. A



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Carrier- Infantino Wrap & Tie
Approximate Cost- $30
One Place to Buy- Amazon.com
Weight Limits- 8-35 pounds
Carry Options- 3 holds, front and back
Pros- Shows tying instructions on the inside, so even Baby Daddies can figure it out. No adjustments, clips, or rings to worry about.
Cons- It says babies can face outwards, but I have found it too uncomfortable for Kherington because the fabric is so wide that she is doing the splits. Only two color/pattern options. Knot can only be tied in the back, which hurts if you sit down. Also, the straps make back fat and love handles more noticeable.
My Take- This is fairly comfortable and ideal for 3-4 month olds (front) and then for 8-10 month olds (back). I got this as a free replacement for the recalled Infantino Sling (which I loved). I’ll use it since I have it, but probably wouldn’t buy it again. B-


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Carrier- Hotslings Pouch-Style Baby Carrier
Approximate Cost- $40
One Place to Buy- All Modern Baby
Weight Limits- 8-35 pounds
Carry Options- 3 holds including front and hip
Pros- Simple. Instructional DVD and demonstration card.
Cons- Fabric feels cheap. It is not soft or stretchy. The padding is minimal.
My Take- I hated this sling and returned it right away. To be fair, mine was too large, even though I used the sizing chart on the back of the box. Still, this sling was not comfortable for me. C


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Carrier- Ergobaby
Approximate Cost- $100 - $150
One Place to Buy- Ergobaby.com
Weight Limits- birth (with insert) to 40 lbs.
Carry Options- 3 holds including front, back, and hip
Pros- Very comfortable and can be worn for an extended amount of time. Easy to get on and off (very!). Child is very secure while in the carrier. It has a hood for sleeping baby, or to shade the baby. Can be worn by moms or dads without purchasing 2 carriers. Babies can comfortably sleep in this carrier. Truly handsfree.
Cons- Hard to sit while wearing the carrier/baby. It gets a bit hot when wearing your baby in the summer for long periods of time. Baby cannot face out while being worn in the front. The waist strap accentuates back fat. It's a bit pricey, but honestly you can get this carrier and purchase no stroller!
Kristin’s Take- This carrier is a lifesaver! I wear my 9 month old daily and on occassion my 2 year old and it is so comfortable . I highly recommend the Ergobaby. It is simple to use (with no help from others) and is very comfortable. To me this carrier has been priceless. A++


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Carrier- Zolowear (ring sling) Solstice
Approximate Cost- $90
One Place to Buy- Zolowear.com
Weight Limits- birth (with caution) to 35 lbs.
Carry Options- 4 holds, including front and hip
Pros- It's great for sitting or standing. It's easy to use (once you get the hang of it). It is stylish and looks good with most outfits. It has a handy pocket for a pacifier, wipes or even a diaper. It's flattering (no back fat being squished!). It comes with an instructional DVD for ease of use. It's made in Texas! This carrier allows you to discreetly breastfeed.
Cons- Not so cute on men. It hurts your shoulders if worn for long periods of time. It's tough for older babies to sleep in this carrier.
Kristin’s Take- I love my sling, but I wear it only when I know it won't be an extended period of time. I usually wear this one when I'm more dressed up and when I know I'll be both sitting and standing. B


Others I would like to try: Babyhawk, Kozy Karrier, Karma Baby, Ergobaby (maybe I should just try Kristin’s on!)

UPDATE: I was given an Ergo Baby by a friend and it is now my fave! (especially for 5 months and older) It really is an A+!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Videos Galore!

Because sometimes you need more than a photo...







Monday, July 12, 2010

What Not To Do

This is the perfect example of expressed breastmilk that should not be fed to your baby.*


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*Disclaimer: The baby was spending the night with the in-laws, so Mommy had a few beers with friends. The milk this MilkScreen test strip was dipped in went down the drain.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Work of Heart

I have always been one to wear my heart on my sleeve.



Lately I've been wearing my heart snuggled in a sling across my body.



And now...

Now I can wear my heart around my neck.



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I adore my new necklace from Little Windows.

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It makes me happy.

I can show off my beautiful daughter anytime, anywhere.

It is Kherington and it is a photo... does it get any better than that?!

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I think you should go shop Little Windows.

Everyone needs one of these.

Are they not the perfect gift idea?

Or you can buy yourself something because let's face it, you deserve it.

I know I did.

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They have all sorts of cool options.

Necklaces, bracelets, key chains, stickers.

Design options, galore!

You can even make your own at home!

If you buy something {and I know you'll want to}, please enter "Chelsea Lietz" as your source.

If I get enough referral credits, I'll do a giveaway! Win-Win!

What are you waiting for?

Wear your heart for all to see.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Um, I invented Post-Its"

Last weekend was my ten year high school reunion. Romy & Michele reminded me how cool Post-Its are.

And today just happens to be Post-It Note Tuesday over at WannaBe SupahMommy's.




So here goes nothin'...








Friday, July 2, 2010

Flower Girl

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Oh, Sunflower!

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The sunflower... it lifts its face to the sun.

Even on a cloudy day, a sunflower faithfully follows the sun.
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Shouldn't we do the same?


Always turn toward the light?

Follow the Son, no matter what kind of day?

Trust Christ to show us the way and make us bloom?


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Kherington has the right idea...


I want to be a Sonflower.

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