Thursday, December 3, 2009

What Age Should I Start Back Carrying My Baby?



I cannot believe it, but Kiley is almost 5 months old!!! In the blink of an eye...

About two weeks ago, I was making a really complex, gourmet meal (hot dogs, mac and cheese and pineapples) and I had a lot going on...no really, I had to chop up the pineapple and I was making the mac and cheese from scratch! Seriously! Kaelin was occupied, but Kiley was SO over the bouncy seat. I tried wearing her in my ERGO Baby Carrier on my front, but then it was really hard (and unsafe) to use my arms in the kitchen.

I thought it over for about a minute and decided that her head control was good enough to attempt a back carry. The girl still wants her legs "froggied" but here we were doing a back carry! I really thought that I wouldn't be doing this until about 8 months, but I needed my full range of motion. Wearing your baby on your back is SO freeing!! Kiley did OK in her first back carry. I think I will end up waiting a couple of more weeks before trying it again, because my hubby said she did look a little freaked out at one point, but she didn't fuss! Wearing your baby on your back (unless using a mei tai with a high back carry or a woven wrap) shouldn't be attempted until your baby has stable head control.

Please excuse the frazzled look I'm sporting (can I still claim "new mom" as my excuse?). In the pictures, I'm wearing my new Organic Sienna Sunset ERGO that has some really gorgeous embroidery on it and it's super soft! I love it!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cyber Monday Deals!!

If you're shopping online this year, here are some great deals including one from my shop, Heavenly Hold!

Gifts for Baby and Kids
Something About Baby:
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Dreamscapes Baby: Designer baby products.
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Heavenly Hold: Baby carriers, nursing pads and more:
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Milos Creations: Adorable Costumes for baby girls, boys, toddler girls and boys , big kids and adults.
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See Cyber Monday link
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Shop Baby Tree:
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The Pitter Patter Boutique: Baby Travel Gear, Gifts for Mom and more.
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Lollipop Book Club: Children's book of the club month:
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Shabby Bebe: Designer Children's products
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Clothing, Hand Bags and Accessories for Men or Women
Get Dolled Up Boutique: Personalized and Monogrammed handbags, diaper bags, garment bags and
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Hair Accessories
Little Miss Julia: Hair bows, barrettes and more.
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Jewelry
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Lemon Tree Cards:
Deal: 15% discount expiring 12/25/09
Coupon Code: Please use coupon code: LEMONADE
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Word


Loving these fall days,
Loving my Savior.

Reveling in the scent of my baby's hair.
Praising my God.

Soaking up the songs my sweet girl sings,
Singing a song of worship in my heart.

Thanking my God for all my blessings,
Keeping faith of more to come...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Boba Organic Toddler Carrier




The newest baby carrier on the market is the "Boba" (short for "Boulder Baby") which is made in Boulder, CO by the makers of the Sleepy Wrap.

The Boba is 100% organic and is a soft structured carrier designed for toddlers ages 1-4 years. This carrier is sleek in design and comes with special health benefits that no other baby carrier can boast. This carrier has special foot rests for the child to use which ensure that his or her knees are kept at a 90 degree angle thereby increasing blood circulation while being worn.

Boba comes in 6 different color combinations all which reflect colors found in nature. Wear the Boba on your front or your back and feel the comfort of having your child's weight be evenly distributed throughout your back. The Boba is offered with FREE shipping at Heavenly Hold.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Which Baby Carrier Is For You?



Many mamas (and papas) are overwhelmed by the different types and many choices in the babywearing world. Because of the many different brands and types of carriers, babywearers can end up with a carrier that doesn't work well for them or their child. I'm going to try to demystify the many carriers out there on the market today by giving a short description or definition of each type.



A SLING can come in two forms: a pouch sling or a ring sling. A pouch sling is a carrier that must be fitted specifically to the babywearer's body. It is a very simple type of carrier that drapes over one shoulder and it folds up very small to fit in a diaper bag easily. Babies can be worn in five different positions in a pouch sling. A ring sling is an adjustable sling that adjusts with a ring at the babywearer's shoulder. This carrier is much easier to fit different types of bodies. Wear your baby in the same positions that the pouches offer. Wear newborns through toddlers in a sling. Brand examples: Slinglings and Taylormade



A MEI TAI is an Asian style baby carrier that has ties that go around your waist and over your shoulders. This carrier can be worn on your front, back or hip and is good for newborns through toddlers. Some mei tais even allow babywearers to wear their babies in the front facing out position. Mei tai baby carriers are lightweight and are adjustable so that more than one person can wear them. Brand examples: Freehand, Babyhawk



A WRAP is simply a piece of fabric that wraps around your upper body to support the baby in place. Wear your baby or child in several different position with a wrap. Depending on the type of fabric used, a wrap can be one of, if not the most supportive type of baby carrier. Wraps can be used with newborns through toddlers. Brand examples: Sleepy Wrap, Didymos



A SOFT STRUCTURED CARRIER is a buckle carrier that can be worn on the front, back or hip. It is adjustable to more than one babywearer. Many have sleeping hoods that give support to baby's heads while sleeping in a carrier. A soft structured carrier keeps the baby in a natural seated position and gives their hips and spine support while being worn. Brand examples: ERGO Baby Carrier, Action Baby Carrier



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Saturday, September 19, 2009

bumGenius Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent


Woo-hoo! It's here! I'm excited to announce that Heavenly Hold is now carrying bumGenius Diaper Detergent!

bumGenius Diaper Detergent was developed to work specifically with bumGenius diapers, but it also works great for other diapering systems as well. The detergent is free of dyes, optical brighteners, fragrances, enzymes and phosphates which is all good news for your cloth diapers. They'll come out of the washer smelling clean!

Each box will do 66 loads of diapers and the detergent is even HE washer certified! bumGenius Diaper Detergent is available at Heavenly Hold for $11.95.

Moving and Grooving!


We're in the process of repurposing our "extra" room. It's currently filled with some really outdated bunk beds that belong to my stepson, but we want to make it more of a multipurpose room that would function for guests as well as Jordan.

I found these and think that they would work much better than what we currently have. I found lots of other bunk beds that would work well for our room as well.

If we had bunk beds with a full bed on the bottom, this would be great for guests. We'd even have a place for my parents to stay other than the pullout in the living room! Plus, the room would still work for my stepson when he is here.

Now, we just need to "de-junkify" the room and repurpose it!

Friday, September 18, 2009

New ERGO Baby Carrier Designs




Yay! New ERGO Baby Carrier designs are available for preorder from Heavenly Hold until September 23rd. Check out the new designs here. There are some spectacular, gorgeous new carriers to choose from and most have matching front backs and back packs available too!

There's even the cutest little doll carrier in one of the new prints which is a perfect Christmas gift for the littlest babywearer!

When you preorder a new ERGO, you'll pay half now and half before it ships. You will receive free shipping as well as a special gift with your order!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Babywearing With a Bad Back



"Oh, my aching back!" This mantra can be heard from many mamas around the world with their very own little "velcro babies" otherwise referred to as babies that want to be held and carried all the time.

I have my own set of little babies like that and until I discovered babywearing, I was complaining of a stiff back, aching neck and pain in my shoulders as well!

Babywearing will help alleviate pain in your back, neck and shoulders because instead of carrying your baby on one side of your body and only using one set of muscles, you'll be better distributing the weight of the baby throughout your back, neck and shoulders.

A classic pouch sling or ring sling (ex. Slinglings, TaylorMade Ring Slings) does this by spreading a piece of fabric across your back and distributing the baby's weight throughout this piece of fabric. A pouch sling can be great for quick carries for older babies or wearing newborns in the cradle carry position. However, for longer periods of babywearing it may not be super comfy because it's only using one shoulder.

For longer periods of babywearing, or for someone with a history of back problems, a two shouldered carry will be much better! Two shouldered carries include: wraps, mei tais (asian style baby carriers) and soft structured carriers (buckle carriers). Two shouldered carriers do a fabulous job of equally distributing the weight of the child to both shoulders and throughout your back. Soft Structured Carriers (ex. ERGO Baby Carrier, Action Baby Carrier) do an even better job of making your child feel weightless because they have structured waists. Structured waists transfer the weight of the baby to your most powerful muscle...your quadriceps.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The Sleepy Bear has arrived at Heavenly Hold! As a lover of babywearing, I enjoy wearing my children in carriers whenever I can. My daughter is now mimicking me in many of my "motherly acts" as I care for my newest little one. She has been wearing her own dolls in her own carriers for quite some time though...it's so sweet! Just last week she asked me if she could put Kiley in her carrier! Ha!

The maker of Sleepy Wrap has just come out with a new babywearing product, the Sleepy Bear! He is 100% organic and oh, so soft! He helps show little ones what babywearing is all about and they are able to take out and put in the little bear in his carrier!

Use the code: SLEEPY5 to save $5 on a Sleepy Bear or a Sleepy Wrap at Heavenly Hold!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Kiley's Birth Story







I had an emergency C-Section with Kaelin...she had a prolapsed cord. I had a really tough recovery from the surgery and was not excited about another C Section especially with a toddler to take care of at home!! Also, nine days after I had Kaelin, I got a DVT in my leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis--aka. blood clot). The recovery from that was about as bad as the C Section was!

I got OK'd to try a VBAC from my doctor and I was excited to try laboring again and have a (hopefully) easier recovery!

I thought for sure I would go into labor before my due date since Kaelin was early, but no, I did not. I had a C Section scheduled for my due date (July 9th) if I didn't go into labor.

The day before my due date I was really bummed but gave it over to the Lord with the help of my husband. However at around 1am I woke up with contractions! I waited before getting up to try to figure out what was going on and if they were sticking around. They were! 3-4 minutes apart! I was really excited. The doctor told me to come in and check in to the delivery floor! Yeah!

I was still only 1 cm dilated and no epidural was possible because I'd taken my shot of heparin (to prevent another blood clot) just a few hours earlier. Hubby told me to just try to get some sleep (yeah right!) but it was not do-able...I labored all night and then they checked me again in the morning...still only 1-1.5 cm! I was really discouraged after that awful night I'd had. at 10:30 am when I still hadn't progressed (and couldn't have potossin due to it being a VBAC), I decided to go ahead with the C Section.

The surgery was much different for me this time around since it was emergent. The dr thought that this baby (didn't know the gender at this point) would be as tiny as Kaelin was so he just used the same size incision, but she was bigger! I could hear him and the nurses referred to "her" so I knew it was a girl at that point! The dr. told me that there was NO WAY I would have delivered this little girl vaginally b/c she had one of her feet up by her ear and the other foot down...doing the splits! He had a hard time getting her out because of this!

Kiley Renae was born at 12:53 pm on July 9, 2009 and weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long. She came out squalling and crying...which was different for me to hear because Kaelin was quiet! It was a wonderful experience this time and I experienced so much more JOY at Kiley's birth! I was so happy to be the mother to TWO girls now!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kiley Renae is here!


I'll post more about the birth and arrival and adjustment of Kiley but for now, here's a picture!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Little Babywearer

I think babywearing her dolls (and Mrs. Potato Head) is great for her because she can be a little mother to them while I am mothering and babywearing baby #2!

Kaelin has a couple of carriers...one made by me and one purchased on FSOT of thebabywearer.com by me! Here she is wearing her soft structured carrier...she also loves to do back carries! This week, on TUESDAY, 7/7/09, the theme is A FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH. Post up one of your favorite photographs and a caption that tells the audience about it. Here is a sample: http://mcklinky.blogspot.com/2009/07/mcklinky-photo-blog-on-tuesday-sample.html Do not change any part of this snippet of code except for this paragraph only.... replace the text that falls between (and includes) the opening and closing asterisks. Be sure to enter your own link to your own blog hop post as soon as the blog hop starts!***

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Monday, July 6, 2009

"Not Me" Monday


I'm joining up with MckMama this week for my first "Not Me" Monday...so, here we go!

I did not go down the waterslide with my daughter at the waterpark and "lose" her on the way down and then not be able to get my 9 month pregnant self up again! Not me! (It was really even more embarassing when the 16 year old lifeguards came to help me).

I did not throw away my daughter's beloved Dora swimsuit this week when DH noticed that the elastic was shot in the legs and her 'cheeks' were exposed. I told DD that her Dora suit had to go bye bye!

I did not have ice cream twice in one day (plus a few other treats the same day). Nope, not me!

I did not let Kaelin eat grapes out of the bag in the grocery cart to keep her quiet...not me!

I did not tell DD "not to worry about" a daddy long legs spider that she found in a dust bunny infested corner of the kitchen because I didn't feel like getting up and handling it myself...not me!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

12 more days to go!!

I only have 12 more days until my EDD!! I'm hoping that the baby will come close to his or her due date to give me a chance to have a VBAC, but I have to say I'm a little nervous about it, too!

As the days tick by, I'm getting more and more excited to meet this new little boy or girl...very different from how I was feeling when I was pregnant with Kaelin. Now, I know how great being a mom is and I'm excited to do it all over again!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WW

Here's a pic of the "Blackberry" K and I made for Father's Day...cute! I got the idea from "No Time for Flashcards". Thanks, Danielle for sending me there!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Instilling Discipline

I am beginning to think that I need to instill more discipline in Kaelin. I was just going along thinking that she was so easy, so compliant and amenable...but at times, I see that changing....and this change isn't a good one...especially with a new baby coming soon.

This morning during our normal Monday morning grocery store jaunt, Kaelin needs to use the potty, then she doesn't, then she wants water, screams when she doesn't get it, then she does need to use the potty, screams when I try to put her in the cart. What gives? So I try to let her walk along side us as we shop. She dilly dallies and I try to give her some leeway, but it just gets ridiculous. I try to shop and carry her (I'm basically 9 mos preggo!). Then she wants back in the cart! Ugh! Can a mom get a break?

I need her to know when it's time to play and when it's time to get down to business. Many times, I've just told myself that an argument or a tantrum from her isn't worth it and I give in and now I think I'm starting to see the results. I'm praying for disciplinary wisdom from the Lord...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Scootababy in Review!


Heavenly Hold had one of my favorite products recently reviewed by Upscale Baby....the Scootababy! It's a carrier that I will still use with K even now that I am 8 1/2 mos preggo if she wants to be held at an inopportune time!

It is such a luxurious, comfy and supportive carrier. Unfortunatley, mine isn't one of the cute prints that are out now, but a plain jane sample, but I still feel the Scootababy luv with it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

I Love Being a Girl.....

I am having a week where I'm just really enjoying being a girl!! Yesterday I was soooo happy to be inside while DH and DSS were working in the yard and today I decided to attempt something other than our normal pigtails!

I have to have a show on the TV for Kaelin in order to get her hair done at all b/c it takes daily detangling and lots of spray conditioner each day...it's not a super quick process!

Today I tried a couple of braids and love the result. I'm sure that with some practice my part will get better and my braids will get tighter, but I'm happy with my first attempt!

Baby Carrier Specials for June!


I just added a new page to Heavenly Hold and it's called Special Deals! Each month, I'll post a new item or items from the shop that will be on sale.

This month, the deal is great! When you spend $100 at Heavenly Hold, you will get a free Teething Bling donut pendant (and FREE shipping!). Please indicate your preferred color choices in the notes/message section at checkout. I can't guarantee the colors, but I'll try.

This means that if you buy a Scootababy, ERGO Baby Carrier, bumGenius package, or just spend over $100, you can take advantage of this deal! It's like you're getting these carriers on sale, but getting a special attachment parenting bonus!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Almost WW

This is Kaelin on our way home from Whitewater Park this afternoon...thought there was a break in the storm...but it was short lived and we were shivering in the rain!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

In the Kitchen...


I really love to bake....I prefer baking something over cooking something any ol' day! Maybe that's because I have a strong sweet tooth!

I have been eating more than my fair share of sweets in this last month of my pregnancy. I was really not craving much until about a month ago...now, in the last week alone, I've had a donut, a milkshake, and now brownies and ice cream!

Kaelin's big brother is here until after the baby is born and she is entralled with him. She asked for him first thing this morning when she woke up!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

An Email From My Hubby!!


A few days ago, this was in my inbox from my hubby:

I was just thinking about our trip to Tn.  Not so much the trip, but more so about how
much I love spending time with. I know I work a great deal and it's not always ideal.
Just know I do what I do for you and our children. The Lord says I am to sacrifice
myself for you, as he does for me. It is me passion to please him and in turn please
you. You, your love, and your commitment to our family is not taken for granted. The
day I let go of myself and grabbed on to Christ was the moment you walked into my life.
Although I did not see each step, my faith in the Lord allowed me to know they were
being made towards me. My words will never truly express how deep my love is for you
. My actions my fall short at times too. My heart, on the other hand, will always
hold the truth. I promise to always meet you at Christ, so you can know my heart,
feel my love, and most importantly: know HIM.

Thank you for being you!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Water Baby!

Kaelin LOVES the water! We are having her first swim lesson on Tuesday and I'm really excited to see how she does and if she seems like she'll learn quickly!

This weekend we've spent a lot of time outside because we're still naked potty training (which is still going great!). I've filled her pool up a couple of times and she splashes and plays and jumps all around in it making happy, Kaelin noises.

We also got season passes to our local Six Flags water park, Whitewater. It's literally two miles down the road from us, so its a great thing to do with Kaelin. Today, DH and I took her and we spent a couple of hours at the "Little Squirts" area and had a blast! Because we have season passes and are so close, it's nice to be able to just pop down there for a couple of hours and not feel like we have to spend the whole day there to get our money's worth!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Potty Training SOS


I'm trying to potty train Kaelin and I'd love to have her daytime trained by the time the new baby is here! EDD 7-9-09...not sure if that will happen or not.

We started out with Pull Up like diapers and quickly switched to Gerber cloth trainers. I thought these would be more economical and word work better to train her...and they do! I quickly learned that Kaelin wouldn't tell me AT ALL if she went pee pee in her Pull Ups...it probably felt just like a diaper to her and keep her dry. When she went pee pee in her cloth trainers, she would come and tell me, "Mommy pee pee!" At first I got excited because I thought she was telling me that she had to go potty...but no, she was telling me that she already went.

She seems to do best when we are out, shockingly enough...I have been taking her out in cloth and she stays dry. It's when we're home that she has accidents (on a good day, 2).

One problem I seem to have is getting her to empty her bladder. Sometimes she is in such a rush to finish and please me, that the second she gets any pee in the potty, she stops peeing and jumps up saying, "I went pee pee!" I try to get her to sit back down and go some more, but she always insists that she is done and thats all she has. It's often after these teeny, tiny amounts of pee pee in the potty, that we will have an accident.

ANY and all potty training helps and hints are appreciated! I'm thinking of trying the 3 day naked method, but am not sure I can last three days straight at home!

Late WW

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gro Baby Grow!!


I have been interested in these dipes since they were preselling! My friend Tara told me about them and they looked intriguing!

Another friend, Steph, told me about the Facebook contest to get a free Gro Baby! I love that the inside of the diapers has mesh...it seems like it would be so much more breathable than other cloth diapers. I also like the idea of having the inner shells and less "covers".

To become a fan of Gro Baby on FB click here.
To find out more about Gro Baby's, click here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New ERGO Sport Review!


ERGO Baby Carrier has come out with a new carrier and it's perfect for summertime babywearing. This new carrier was designed to give the babywearer the same support as the New Generation ERGO, but there are some differences that may even be considered improvements to some!

The ERGO Sport
is much lighter weight than the NG ERGO. The original ERGO baby carrier is almost 4 pounds in weight, but the Sport comes in at only around 2 pounds. Lighterweight fabric and less of it means less ways for heat to be trapped in. Plus, the ERGO Sport has an air vent on the back underneath the pocket (see the small slit in the picture above) to allow for some air flow between the baby and the carrier. This is an awesome feature as many babywearers worry that their little ones will get too hot in a baby carrier. The fabric on the ERGO Sport is very soft and smooth which is unlike the thick canvas of the NG....options!

At 32 weeks pregnant, I still wear my two year old on my back in my original ERGO and it's very comfortable, BUT I do use nearly all of the strap to make it around me (and I'm not that big!). The ERGO Sport is designed to fit a wider range of body types and the waist straps and should straps are longer! Waist strap extends an additional 5 inches (total of 48 inches) and the shoulder straps extend an additional 4 inches.

Lastly, the ERGO Sport is a lower price point than the original ERGO. It is $94 and is shipped for FREE from Heavenly Hold!

Zoom, Zoom!

Kaelin has been asking and asking for a "bike." She sees our bikes hanging on the wall of the garage and always comments on them. Then she found a bike helmet and loves to wear it around the house. Soooooo, here she is on her new tricycle! We got her a Radio Flyer Fold 'n Go that has a little compartment to store stuff in the back. So far she is just scooting on it, but her legs are long enough to pedal. Our neighborhood is not a trike friendly neighborhood because of all the hills, but I plan to take her to a flat area with it soon!