Friday, May 23, 2014

Abram Eats: Round Two

Whenever Lexi was a baby I decided that I was going to make all of her food for her. I really enjoyed doing it, it was cheaper, and I knew exactly what was going into it! It was a win all the way around for me. So when we started talking solids for Abram I knew that I would make his food also. Lexi was a great eater but AR? Puts her to shame. That boy can eat! Lexi kindly nicknamed him 'Pickle Fish' and it fits him because of his love for food. When Lexi turned about a year old I discovered the ease and convenience of baby food pouches. They were easy with a capital E! I loved just being able to grab them and go. And they had some really great combinations that Lexi really seemed to enjoy. In fact, that may have been my favorite part of them. Those little pouches can get pretty pricey when they are running you $1-2!! I shopped around and would never get them unless I could get them for $1 or under, which happened pretty frequently. With so many brands out there someone was constantly having a sale on them. You can't beat that! When I heard about the Infantino Squeeze Station even before I was pregnant with AR I knew I just had to have it! I stalked it for months. Researched it for months. I just could never pull the plug for some reason. For Mother's Day this year this is what I asked for. I have really been looking forward to making pouches for AR and Lexi so it seemed like the perfect gift. My mom said she would get it for me so she just sent me the check- she isn't tech savvy and for some reason it was really hard to find!
I went to go buy it and then I stumbled upon this one. I hadn't heard of it until it was on but it is also a breastfeeding system- which is genius!! If I would have known it existed, I may have gone with it. Talk about time saving. Well, they also make a food system Kiinde Foodii Starter Kit. After researching it a good bit I found that it was about the same price but seems to have better reviews. I was sold. Bonus? sells it so free shipping and returns, yeah buddy! I was excited! I ordered it last Wednesday and it arrived exactly a week later. Kind of a long wait but that is what you get for free shipping, and two of those days were a weekend, so no complaints here. When I opened it, this is what all it had:

The starter kit has the Squeeze bottle to fill the pouches, 2 spouts, 1 spoon, and 10 pouches to get you started. I bought 40 additional pouches to fill to go with the starter kit.  Any questions for me?? Feel free to ask away! I would love to help if I can!!

I filled the initial ten on Monday and here are some of my thoughts. I like how easy to figure out it was, it was basically self explanatory- fill the squeeze bottle with food, insert top into pouches, and fill. However, it was a pain to fill the pouches! I had to take it apart a couple times just to get them filled to a decent amount of food. I am definitely going to keep buying and filling them because they are cheaper and they aren't awful to fill. However, I don't know if I would buy it again. I am interested in the Infantino Squeeze station!! I wonder how it compares.

*I was not compensated for this post, just looking to help other moms interested in making their own pouches!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mom's Night Out: The Movie

From the moment the commercials hit the internet I knew that seeing Mom's Night Out was a must!! It just looked like such a great faith based movie that encourages. Lately, I have been in the trenches with mothering. I am having a hard time finding a balance between kids, work, marriage, life, cleaning, and everything else going on. Lexi has been having a rough time transitioning to being with a  sitter two days a week and it has been rough. She is going through separation anxiety bad. Also, I think she is experiencing some jealousy over her baby brother. It seems kind of late to me, I mean he is almost 7 months old, but she never had any problems until as of late. She has also just been acting out in general. Trying threes to blame? I am sure they don't help. With so much change going on in her life, her world being completely rocked, could I blame her? Heck no. But it has been tough! Daily I go to bed wondering if I am enough for her. If I am screwing my kids up. If someone else would be a better mother than me. I am SO BLESSED to have these beautiful babies. I can't even imagine screwing them up- that would be my fault! God entrusted these children to me. He chose ME to be their mom. And most days? I don't feel worthy. God knew what he was doing though and I trust him.

This movie was probably the best movie I have ever seen. EVER. Maybe it is because it was exactly what I needed? Maybe it was because I haven't had a night out with friends since Abram was born? Maybe it is just because this is the season of life I am in? Maybe because I could relate to every word Alison (Sarah Drew) said. All I know is that I laughed so hard that I cried and I cried because I felt like Bones (Trace Atkins) was speaking right to my heart. He told me exactly what I needed to hear. Seriously, if you do nothing else for yourself- go see this movie. You will not regret it. I am trying to convince Ryan to go see it with me this weekend. It was that good!! I wish I had unlimited funds to buy all of my mom friends tickets to see this movie. I can not stress enough just how good it was.