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Baby Spotlight – Binxy Baby

Did you miss baby Cruz and baby Henry?!  Well they’re back to share another amazing baby product!  Binxy Baby makes shopping much easier for us mommies, and especially easy with multiple kiddos.  It’s a shopping cart hammock for baby to sit in and be comfy while mommy gets her errands done.  Both Leah and I have been using ours and loving them!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Ariane Moshayedi

**Side note, please excuse Court stuffing his face with oranges!!

If you’re like us and most of the time hate the idea of going to the grocery store with kids, then Binxy Baby is the answer to your prayers.  Running errands is already a pain in itself, but when you add two or three crazy kiddos running around it gets even worse!  Being able to have your baby safely tucked away and have your hands free is a life saver!  I wish I would have invented it myself!

I unfortunately had a lot of back pain with both of my pregnancies and still do after Cruz.  I love to wear him but sometimes it gets hard, so this is a really nice break to for me.  I also think Cruz likes being able to look around and especially watch his brother being silly in the store.

Leah is the busiest of us all with 3 little ones, I don’t know what I’m complaining about!  But even when she gets the random chance of going to the store with just baby Henry she likes the convenience of Binxy Baby!  Look at little Henry peaking out of the grocery cart, sweetest little guy!

Binxy Baby has some really cute prints to choose from as well!  Leah went with the modern triangle print and I went for a basic black.  They also have girly prints and a brand new indigo print that is real cute for boys!  It really is great to see how happy the babies are in their little slings, and how cute they look too!

We both wish we had discovered Binxy Baby for our first babies, so we had to spread the word to you now.  They would make for a really amazing shower gift as well!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 21, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT

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Beijos Babies turn 6 Months

Can you believe the Beijos babies turn 6 months this month?!  Henry turned 6 months on the 9th and Cruz will be 6 months on the 22nd.  We recently shot some snuggly photos of them in the cutest brand – Cheerily.  We love how soft these tees are and the adorable sayings on them.  Keep reading to find out what’s going on from Mama Jacquelyn and Mama Leah…

Photos of Cruz by Meg Perotti

Cruz

Wow, time really flies when you have a baby on your hip!  I can’t believe my little Cruz is almost 6 months old.  This time has gone by so much faster than it did with Court.  I’m really trying to not take it for granted.  I love the 6 month stage so much, you really see their personality and they are nice and chunky!

Court was in a lot bigger of a hurry to grow and try new things, which at the time I loved.  Cruz however is taking his time a bit more, and I’m really ok with it.  In comparison, Court was nearly crawling at 6 months, Cruz is close to sitting up but still not there.  I’m so glad he has decided to slow things down because it forces me to do so as well.

Having a second child puts things into perspective.  The first you are just trying to survive and make it through.  With the second you can actually enjoy things as you’re more confident and at ease.  Cruz is such a happy baby, which doesn’t hurt either.  Currently he loves being tickled, watching his big brother, being outside and playing in his bouncer.  He is also dying to try food!  He keeps reaching for ours so we are going to try that really soon!

The hardest thing we’ve gone through in his first 6 months was having him get sick with croup.  He was around 4 1/2 months and we had to take him to the ER!  It was pretty scary but he is doing much better now.  Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing!

I’m excited for him to keep growing and changing, but also sentimental and not wanting to rush it.  This could be my last baby!  We aren’t quite 100% sure on that yet, but you never know!

xx

Jacquelyn

Henry

Since my Henry boy is my last babe, I know how fast this time files, it did with Edie and even faster with Isla.  I mean it whizes by…With this one I’m crazy busy but I have to take time to stop and smell his roses.  He is different because he’s my boy and yes mama’s it’s different when you have a boy, I can’t put my finger on it but it’s pretty special.  My husband teases me and tells me I have a favorite. I can see how he could think that, but it’s not true.  All my kids are my favorite, they are all so special in their own quirky ways, but anyway back to the boy of the hour…

He’s half a year now and a bruiser, he’s really living up to the name Hank the tank! He’s a big boy and working hard to sit up, grab anything in sight and he’s always hungry!!  He’s had the sweetest disposition since he was born and that still holds true, he loves when his big sisters stop and play with him, nothing makes him happier.

These days I’m noticing how different baby boys are than baby girls.  Henry is so rough and gruff when he plays, talks, even down to his manly little cry haha! My girls were more gentle I guess….

I’m enjoying his age so much, I want him to stay a little baby holding on to the months that turn into years….although It would be nice if he slept through the night, haha.  Since I’m definitely not having any more babies because we are beyond busy in this house, there is something inside of me that is sad that he is my last…must be the crazy mama in me, who knows why I get that feeling?? I can only attribute it to how fast this time goes by!!

Love you Henry Grant…Stop growing!!

Xx Leah

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By on February 16, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE

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Real Talk – Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has become a hot topic, and today we are doing some real talk on it.  As a mother you hear many different opinions on many different things but breastfeeding is always one of them.  Every mama has their own experience and way of doing things and Leah and I are perfect examples of that.  We each have had completely different experiences with breastfeeding and we wanted to share them with you.

 The funny thing is, we both have felt pressured or ridiculed for our experiences.  This is something that moms face day in and day out.  Leah and I wanted to share our own experience and say that no matter what you do, as long as you’re trying your best, you’re doing ok!  Us moms need to stick together and support each other because let’s face it, our job isn’t easy and it’s probably the most scrutinized.

So here are each of our stories and some great breastfeeding products we recommend along the way!  We’d love to keep this conversation going and hear what you have to say on the subject and your experience.

Photos of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker


Jacquelyn

I remember being pregnant with Court and being nervous if I would be able to breastfeed.  I already felt the pressure then with my first baby on the way.  My friends had varied experiences and I remember thinking, I just want to try and get to 6 months!  That was my goal!!  Some of my friends had to supplement and I had a few friends of friends who nursed for a really long time. At the time I thought, ok, that’s weird…  I remember another friend saying “if they can ask for it, then you’ve gotta stop”, haha…  Little did I know how my breastfeeding experience would go.

– Jacquelyn is wearing a nursing sweater by BOOB

When I had Court I found that I sort of had a gift for this breastfeeding thing!  I produced A LOT of milk, like a lot a lot!!  I was able to pump and store a good amount of milk, and was even able to donate it to a friend who couldn’t nurse her baby and to my local hospital.  But best of all, I was able to nurse Court and feed him without having to supplement.  Court grew and grew, and I still find it amazing that he was completely nourished by me!

Another fun fact… I loved to breastfeed!  That was something I had always heard mixed feelings on from other friends.  But I personally loved it.  It was my special time with my baby and the time I felt the most connected with him.  When we had company over I loved sneaking away for some quiet time with Court.  And the way your baby touches your face while you breastfeed them, is there really anything better?!

– Jacquelyn’ favorite nursing bra is by Bravado Designs and you can find it here

Time passed and I surpassed my 6 month goal.  Then a year hit, my doctor was so proud of me for continuing to breastfeed for that long.  I thought I would stop then, but Court still wanted to nurse!  Who was I to deny my son this amazing super food if I had the capability to give it to him?  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t always easy.  As many of you know breastfeeding can be hard and it’s a selfless act.  We give up our bodies for 9 long months being pregnant and continue to do so when we breastfeed.  But in a completely selfish way, I still loved having this connection so we kept it up.

– Jacquelyn is using a nursing pillow cover by Woolf with Me

I breastfed Court till I became pregnant with Cruz.  So for 21 long months I fed that little guy and don’t regret it one bit.  There were good times; like how he barely ever got sick and still hardly ever gets sick which I credit to breastfeeding and our amazing bonding time.  And there were bad times; don’t get me started on the biting phase, and weaning wasn’t easy and broke my heart.  My dad even joked sometimes “are you going to be breastfeeding him at his high school graduation” haha!

Speaking of the jokes, I heard a lot different opinions about my breastfeeding… Some positive but a lot negative.  Luckily I can say that I’m the type of person that doesn’t really care what others think… Don’t get me wrong, I definitely can be sensitive, but in this case I was so confident in my decision that it didn’t matter.  But I did get my fair share of eye rolls and looks of complete shock.  Lots of jokes were made about it from family, friends and strangers.

But in the end I’m really proud of myself for nursing Court that long.  Yes, he was almost 2, and yes he could ask for it, yes he would even pick which boob he wanted, but in my heart and my mind he needed it.

– Jacquelyn is wearing a nursing tank and leggings by BOOB

When I became pregnant with Cruz I again worried, would it be as easy this time?  Would Cruz latch quickly and feed as well?  Would I produce as much?  Did Court suck me dry?  Haha… Lots of questions popped into my mind.  Luckily we haven’t had any hiccups and Cruz is nursing well and my milk is still coming in strong again.  Ultimately I did what worked for me and what was best for my situation.  I have no judgements if someone can’t nurse as long or can’t nurse at all!  Everyone has to do what is best for them, their family and their baby.

Breastfeeding is such a personal part of being a mom and it’s such a short part of it too.  Why set judgement or have stress on something that in the long run only defines such a short time of your journey as a mom?  My advice is to see how it goes and make any adjustments as needed but don’t stress yourself out over not having enough or having too much.  As long as you give that baby love and nourish them however you need to it will all work out!


Leah Carriger

When I first got prego with my first Edie back in 2011, I knew I wanted to breastfeed…hands down that’s what was happening.  I never really thought about the struggles that came with it for some reason.  She was born almost 6 weeks early and that’s when the ball dropped on me.  Her birth was traumatic and very stressful.  I had her at 10:15 in the evening and was so sick after I had her.  I remember them wheeling me back up to my room and her staying in her little incubator down in the NICU.  The next thing I remember is waking up in my room and telling my hubby we needed to go down so I could breastfeed her!!  I was frantic.  When I got down there the nurses had already fed her formula and I was upset that they didn’t ask me first. I get it… there was a lot going on and at the moment they were doing what was best for her, but again, it wasn’t part of the plan.  I nursed her as much as could the next 10 days, but it was so difficult because she was in the NICU and I had to pump, which was also depressing.  I could see the amount of milk I was producing and it was such a little amount.  Now I look back I think about how hard I was on myself.  I was a brand new mom, learning it all for the very first time and super stressed that my new little babe was in the NICU.  Stressed I wasn’t producing enough milk for her, and pumping never helped the situation.  After about 2 months of what seemed like killing myself over it, breast feeding her for so long and then supplementing because she was still hungry, I literally felt like I was feeding her 24/7!!  I finally threw in the towel, and after I did I felt so much better.  I was harboring so much guilt for not being able to feed her, I felt like I failed.  But I finally felt like it was ok…I was still a good mommy and I was doing the best I could.

– Leah’s pajamas are by BOOB

Fast forward to my second and It was a little better since I knew what I was getting into, although I still had high hopes for myself.  A similar situation happened with Isla and she had to be in the NICU as well, but only for 3 days. This time around I was a little better prepared with the pumping and making sure I woke up every 3 hours to make a trip down to the NICU so I could feed her.  This time I also got a lactation nurse, which was a good refresher.  Then we got home and that night she wouldn’t stop screaming.  My husband suggested that she was probably hungry and I didn’t even think about that because I had been feeding her a lot!  But sure enough, I made her a bottle and she calmed down.  Cue the mom guilt again, but this time it wasn’t as intense.  I was still determined to go longer than I did with Edie.  I was definitely more relaxed and not as hard on myself.

– Leah’s nursing essential is this nursing tank by Bravado Designs you can layer under anything –

Then my experience with this little guy was different because fortunately he didn’t have to be in the NICU and it made a world of difference having him in my room with me.  He nursed for the first four days and we bonded perfectly.  On the 4th day though, the nurse suggested I give him formula because he was losing so much weight.  It was definitely disheartening, but it was ok.  Supplementing was all I knew.  I was still going to breastfeed him as much as I could and I was ok with that and so was he.

– Leah is wearing leggings by BOOB

For me it wasn’t so much the judgement, as it was me being hard on myself.  I couldn’t help it at first.  I needed to experience the struggle for me to be able to look back and see the bigger picture.  I did the best that I could and I was proud of myself.  I still bonded beautifully with each of my littles even though it was more through bottle feeding than breastfeeding.

My advise it just to relax.  It’s so hard when you have a baby and the pressure is intense, but just slow down and take in the moment of the miracle that was just created.  That is by far one of the best things life can offer.

Hope you got something out of this personal post… As parents we are all trying to do our best and none of us want to feel stressed or judged at such a special time.  Breastfeeding or feeding your baby can be amazing no matter what.  We wish all of you mamas and mamas to be the best experience that is perfect for you.

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 16, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, MATERNITY, PREGNANCY, REAL TALK

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Baby Spotlight – 4 Moms

To end the first complete week of 2017 we are celebrating the amazing company 4 Moms.  Now we’ve been mama’s for some time now and we have to say that we love this brand.  Over the last 5 years we have seen it grow from the mamaRoo into a perfect collection that makes up an innovative and elegant group of products very helpful to parents everywhere!  From the mamaRoo, we experienced breeze, and infant tub and we are happy to report these are some of our favorite baby gear products. Since we’ve been blessed with the newest additions to our families this past year, Jacquelyn and I couldn’t wait to try the next best thing from 4 moms.

The bounceRoo

The 4moms bounceRoo is the only bouncer with 3 unique vibration modes (heartbeat, wave and bee) and 3 intensity settings to help calm and soothe your baby.

Henry loves his bounceRoo.  I put him in it and he loves the vibration and the looking at the mobile up above.  It soothe’s him when he’s fussy and helps him nod off for a bit.

The bounceRoo is available in the classic seat fabric (dark grey) and has a smooth, woven surface. Machine washable.

Here is cutie pie Cruz on his bounceRoo

The bounceRoo also entertains with a fun, natural bouncing motion created by your baby’s movement. The lightweight and compact design is easy to move around the house or take on the go.

Cruz loves his bounceRoo too! He lounges in it when mama needs to have some fun with older brother Court! He loves watching them play from his bounceRoo.

Hope you guys love this bounceRoo as much as we do!

All photos by Megan Welker 

Xx Leah

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By on January 13, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS

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Baby Spotlight – Finn & Emma

Today I want to introduce you to a baby brand called Finn & Emma.  It’s rare to find a brand that is both ecologically conscious and stylish.  Finn & Emma takes pride in being both!  Only the finest organic cotton, eco friendly dyes and all natural wood is used.  They were recently voted one of the “10 Best Sustainable Baby Brands” by Vogue Magazine.  Purchasing organic clothing is a trend towards sustainability as 20% of water pollution occurs through the making of non-organic clothing.   With both clothing and toys in their collection, they have everything you need for your little one.

Let’s start with their cute clothing!  For boys they have 3 different collections and the same for girls… For boys they have the Sailor, the Robot and the Totem.  Here’s my little Cruz in some of their adorable items.  Their sizes range from 3/6M to 4T, so an older sibling can wear them too!  I got Court a pair of pajamas to match Cruz, but he was being a little camera shy this day :)

Here’s Cruz in the Robot Coverall

Now we’re moving on to the Totem collection… Cruz is wearing the Totem Romper and he’s pretty happy about it!

Last but not least Cruz is back in the Robot collection wearing this cute little Romper!

Now Henry was more in the mood for playtime then shopping for clothes, and he took care of showing off the Sailor collection!

Lucky Henry got himself a play gym that he loves to play with in his nursery!  This is the perfect gift or toy for a little babe.  Not only is it good for them to practice their mobile skills but it also buys you some time and keeps them busy for a bit… And that’s what we need as mamas!!

The birch wood frame has non toxic stains and lacquers while the wooden toys are all natural untreated indian hardwood buffed with vegetable seed wax.  The knit dolls were made with phthalate-free rattles inside and hand knit from organic cotton.

This gym was made for hours of play time for our little ones!  Another plus, all of Finn & Emma’s play gyms are interchangeable, so you can change the look and fun for your babe.  Their gyms range from a boho Feather gym to a cute Woodland theme or even a fun Hipster one!  The possibilities are endless and you can have lots of fun finding the perfect one for your baby and nursery.

Now head on over to Finn  & Emma and shop your little heart out!

xx

Jacquelyn

All Photos by Megan Welker

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By on January 12, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT

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