And Then There Were Four, Part 3 of 3 – 3rd Trimester

This is the third and final installment of “And Then There Were Four – 3rd Trimester.” We checked back in at 39 weeks. We talk about our trip to the emergency room when we thought we were going to meet our little Guy. Flick and I talked about our anxieties and anticipations that go along with having a baby, even though it was our second.

We question the common practice of Midwives and Obstetricians only being available to deliver when they are on call. We LOVE our midwife and if we are blessed with another pregnancy, she will be our midwife again. However, we had a scheduled induction with Bell so we didn’t have the experience of having to call our doctor and rushing to the hospital. Please don’t misinterpret our questioning and frustrations for disrespect in any way. Our midwife is a very hard working, dedicated medical professional who helped us make a wonderful birth story that we will forever cherish.

After the hospital visit and being sent home to progress more, I became very impatient. In this episode I talked about my struggle with whether or not I should walk to progress or rest to progress. We talk about bursts of energy and waves of emotion.

You’ll notice lots of yawning when you listen to this episode. I was a very tired 39 week pregnant momma. So I apologize in advance.

Momstracted Podcast #6 – And Then There Were Four, Part 3 of 3 – 3rd Trimester

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-Momstracted Momma

And Then There Were Four, Part 2 of 3 – 2nd Trimester

Between chasing a toddler and fatigue, we took a long time to record another episode.

Flick and I were able to record this podcast and talk about what I was feeling and what was different for the second trimester of the second pregnancy. Transitioning from a family of three to a family of four was a big topic for us and we expressed our anxieties of how we expected to feel when that change happens.

A big announcement was made when we told the gender of baby #2 and how we’ll refer to he or she on the podcast. We also talk about transitioning Bell into a toddler bed and how she’s responding to the idea of becoming a big sister.

Anyone have a second baby shower? Were you hesitant? Well, so were we. We express our concern and appreciation of a “second baby” shower.

We had high hopes for a dramatic rush to the hospital. In this episode you can listen to our hopes and desires for our labor and delivery.

While this is the second in a series of old episodes that were never aired, we are excited to share with you the experiences of our pregnancy with baby #2. We hope you enjoy listening and find some helpful tidbits in the podcast episode.

Momstracted Podcast #6 – And Then There Were Four, Part 2 of 3 – 2nd Trimester

-Momstracted Momma

And Then There Were Four, Part 1 of 3 – 1st 11 Weeks

We’ve been gone from the Momstracted world for a while but here’s what happened while we were gone. In episode 5 of the Momstraced podcast we made our big pregnancy announcement. We talk about trying and the multiple tests I took while “impatiently” waiting to find out if we were going to have another baby.

We touch on the differences in symptoms that I’ve experienced with the second pregnancy compared to our first. We also ponder the idea of whether or not people even care about your second pregnancy. Later, we discuss all of the changes that I’ve gone through between conception up until 11 weeks and give the listeners a special treat and play a recording of the heartbeat from the at-home fetal doppler.

Also in this episode we update you on Bell and how introducing potty training went. Our hopes were that she’d be potty trained before Baby #2 got here…Keep listening and you’ll see how that went…or didn’t…

Besides potty training we also talk about Bell’s reaction and our expectations for her as a big sister.

Flick and I make our predictions of whether we thought Baby #2 was a boy or girl. Since this is an old episode you probably already know. 😉

While this is an old episode that was never aired we are excited to share with you the experiences of our pregnancy with baby #2. We hope you enjoy listening and find some helpful tidbits in the following podcast episodes.

Episode number 5

-Momstracted Momma

Guess Who’s Back…

Yes, I’ve been gone quite a while but I’m back and our family is bigger than ever. We’ve added a new little man to our family and we can’t wait to tell you all about our little Guy. No, his name isn’t Guy, but that’s how we’ll be referring to him on Momstracted.

We’re gonna play catch up on the first few podcast episodes that are released. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Similarly, my ambitions are always bigger than my reality. ha! I had hoped to keep up with entries and podcasting along my pregnancy journey but it didn’t happen. Flick and I did record a couple of podcasts during the pregnancy but that’s as far as we got. Guy is now six months old. Yep, we have a lot of catching up to do. So, we’ll post the two pregnancy episodes and then we’ll do a long “Catching up” episode where we will fill you in on the birth and everything that has happened in the past six months since the birth.  It’ll be a two-parter.

While there are still some major life changes going on in our world, I’m happier than ever and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Please, tell your friends, share our posts and comment on the blog. We love to hear from anyone that’s listening and encourage feedback.

More to come,

Momstracted Momma

Is This Real Life? – Adventures at MommyCon Chicago

We are still recovering from what was a long, but VERY exciting weekend at MommyCon Chicago! Flick, Baby Bell, and I attended the full-day convention on Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

After registering, we promptly went to get our give-away bags. Flick had to wait to get his because he was volunteering. I think a “give-away bag” is an understatement.  This thing was loaded! There was everything in there from baby wipes, to nursing pads, and even a baby shade cover. Not to mention everyone with general admission got a Kiinde Starter Kit. I chose the Foodii system and Flick got the Twist Starter Kit (breast milk storage system).

The day really got started with shopping in the exhibit hall. There were some familiar brands, and some I had never heard of before. There were so many wonderful vendors, but some of our favorites were Chompy Chic Chewelry, Innobaby, Nicki’s Diapers, Crane, Grovia, Babyganics, and our new friends at Miss Jamie’s Farm.

Besides fun places to shop, there were also some great exhibitors that gave helpful information. One of those being the child seat safety techs. We had several questions on whether it was time to transition Baby Bell from her infant carrier to a convertible seat.

There were so many options for carriers. We weren’t really in the market for a new carrier. I have a Tula and Flick has a Lillibaby. However, if we had been, there were quite a few resources we could have taken advantage of at the convention.

We got some helpful advice from past attendees to pack a lunch, as opposed to eating there because the food prices were high, and they didn’t have many healthy options. So we laid our blanket out in one of halls, along with many other families, and had a nice little picnic lunch. By this point, Baby Bell was way past nap time and getting very fussy. Flick had the Papa’s Perspective workshop to get to, so I decided to walk with Baby Bell to help her fall asleep. That is when I stumbled upon one of my favorite parts of the convention.

I mean, only a mom would think of a quiet room. It was exactly that. It was a separate room with dimmed lights where moms could go and nurse and get their little ones to sleep. It was perfect. Baby Bell fell fast asleep within 10-15 minutes of me bouncing and rocking her. Then she and I relaxed in a chair and she napped for about half an hour. A half an hour doesn’t seem like a long time, typically she naps for much longer, but it was a perfect way to re-energize her for our next workshop: Miss Jamie’s Farm kids music show.

If you haven’t heard of Miss Jamie’s Farm, you have to go to her website and check out her fun farm-themed children’s songs. We’ve been playing the CD and shaking our shaker egg ever since. Miss Jamie was kind enough to give us a CD to give away to one of our readers. Check out the Momstracted Facebook page for your chance to win this awesome CD for your little farmhand.

We had some extra time before our next workshop, so we ventured back into the exhibit hall and talked to some of the vendors we missed earlier in the day. We also took Baby Bell to create some hand and foot print art. We created a cute little whale from her hand print and a blue bird from her foot print.

Our next workshop was Potty Training with Potty Schmotty. She presents a very simple but effective way of potty training your child in 3 easy steps. To learn more about her process, check out her website.

We finished the day with none other than the The Baby Guy NYC, Jamie Grayson. Let me tell you, this guy knows his baby gear. And he is quite entertaining, to say the least.

After car seat safety, Jamie and the fabulous people from MommyCon gave away some AMAZING items. Everything from travel systems, to co-sleepers, to Tekhni woven wraps. Unfortunately, we didn’t come home with any of these gifts, but there is always next year!

So, that sums up our first ever MommyCon experience. We have some exiting news for all of you. We will be recording our debut Momstracted Podcast. Stay tuned for more of our MommyCon adventures when we roll out our podcast.

Until then, keep following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Oh, and don’t forget to check out Facebook for the Miss Jamie’s Farm CD giveaway!

~Momstracted Momma

It’s Kind of a Big Deal…

So part of being momstracted is being completely invested in learning all I can about anything and everything “parenting.” It honestly never leaves my mind. So, one day I decided a good way for me to learn more was through parenting/mommy conventions and expos. There are a few in our area, but not a ton. I found Family Fest, but wanted more. That’s when I stumbled upon MommyCon in Chicago. I sent Flick a link to the page and mentioned that I would like to go. I was so excited when he said yes! Well, a few days went by and I mentioned to him that we needed to buy our tickets. Turns out, MommyCon is kind of a big deal and they were already sold out. Flick felt terrible and being the wonderful husband he is, went straight to social media to try for tickets. Let me just tell you, he didn’t rest until we both had full-day general admission tickets. He is even volunteering at the convention in order to get the second ticket. Now you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Me too! I’ve never been but I’m expecting big things at MommyCon Chicago. They have 8 different MommyCon conventions happening in different cities across the country.

From the MommyCon FAQ page:

“MommyCon is a boutique style natural parenting convention focused on bringing modern families together to discuss, learn and grow. A day at MommyCon features over a dozen speakers, workshops, shopping and more! The focus at MommyCon is education about parenting choices, and whether you choose to cloth diaper, babywear or breastfeed is up to you! We just like to provide you resources and information to make the best decisions for your family.”

What I’m excited about:

Shopping – They’ve announced over 35 exhibitors. I can’t wait to get in there and learn all about the latest gadgets, toys, and products.

Activities for the kids – It’s kid friendly. I am so excited for Baby Bell to participate in the activities they have planned for the little ones. How fun do these sound?!?!

-Baby Drive-Thru Art Studio
-Drop in Crafting: Sew Sew Sew your Boat
-Finger Painting
-Wise Disguise Mask & Prop Making

Speakers – The guest speaker list is pretty impressive. Here are just a few from that list that I’m especially looking forward to hearing from:

Jamie Grayson – Baby Gear Expert
Kim Rosas – Dirty Diaper Laundry
-Laura Brown – Ergobaby and Babywearing Educator

Workshops – We plan on attending:

-Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
-Papa’s Perspective: Navigating the Crunchy Mother
-Miss Jamie’s Farm Music Show
-Becoming a Babywearing Educator presented by Ergobaby
-Car Seat Safety with The Baby Guy NYC

The SWAG BAG and Giveaways! – Who doesn’t love a goodie bag?!?! According to past attendees on the Facebook group page, they don’t skimp on the freebies.

Flick, Baby Bell, and I are super excited to see what the MommyCon hype is all about. We will find out this weekend! Can’t wait to share it with all of you when we get back. If you are too intrigued to wait, then check out the upcoming MommyCon events.

~Momstracted Momma

Snot, Snuggles, and Sleepless Nights

First of all I have to apologize for the missed post and all-together silence. I’ve been…what you would call…momstracted. Baby Bell has been sick and Flick and I have taken turns being home with her. It wasn’t anything serious, a viral thing, but boy has it taken a toll on the Momstracted household. I’m convinced there is this “lever” and whenever you brag about your kid not having the latest bug, it gets switched from healthy to sick. She went to the babysitter one day this week. We just feel blessed that our employers are so thoughtful and flexible with our schedules.

It all started with a cough. Isn’t that how they all start, a little cough? Then there was the sneeze and the runny nose, followed by the fever. We, once again, jumped the gun. It’s like the one thing we can’t get the hang of as new parents. Any time Baby Bell gets sick, we are so quick to go to the doctor. We were up with her for about 4 hours on Monday night. She was coughing hard and very uncomfortable. Flick took her to the doctor on Tuesday. Of course they told us, “it’s probably just a viral thing.” At this point, she wasn’t running a fever. Well, we should have waited to visit the doctor because she got much worse that night. It was probably the worst night of sleep since we brought her home from the hospital. She was truly inconsolable. Oh and she started running a fever.

Wednesday and Thursday were my days to stay home with her. I was armed with an arsenal of Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Vapor Rub, Delsym, Coconut Oil, Boogie Wipes, Boogie Mist, Nose Frida, and a humidifier. We gave her Benadryl at night with Delsym for the cough. The Delsym didn’t control her cough at all. She had a humidifier going in her room and Vicks on her chest and feet. I’ve heard putting Vicks on the bottom of their feet before socks can help with coughing. I couldn’t really tell a difference but maybe that was because I was so sleep deprived. We gave her Ibuprofen as a fever reducer and I patted her head with a cool washcloth. I felt so bad because her whole body was hot to the touch. She really liked it when I rubbed her head with the cool washcloth. I cannot speak highly enough of the Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist. Her nose was constantly running. I’m talking “snot faucet.” Using the Boogie Wipes instead of a dry tissue helped keep her nose from getting raw. This in turn made her less combative when I was repeatedly wiping her nose. Oh and the Boogie Mist kept her nose nice and moist during the night, helping her to breathe better. I didn’t include it on my Ten Products Post but the Nose Frida is AWESOME! Well, it’s awesome if you get excited about the amount of snot you get out of your child’s nose. It’s not as gross as it sounds. I was hesitant at first. You have to go here and check it out. We love our Nose Frida and I recommend it to anyone with a snotty nosed kid. So, I have started using Coconut oil on Baby Bell’s cheeks because they have been so chapped from the cold, windy winter. I also put some under her nose at bedtime while she was sick to help prevent the dry crusty boogies. It definitely seemed to help and it’s much better for her than Vaseline if she gets it in her mouth.

Okay so let me take this time to rant for a second. I HATE every one of the thermometers we have ever bought. I honestly cannot find one that I like. They either take too long, or give three completely different readings. When my kid is sick and is burning up with a fever, I want a fast and accurate result. We have tried at least six different brands and 3 different types. I’ve had the urge to throw each of them across the room and actually did a couple. So, if anyone out there has a recommendation of a good thermometer that doesn’t cost $50, PLEASE let me know. Okay, rant over.

After another sleepless night we called the doctor. Since she had the fever for a couple days, the doctor called in an antibiotic and cough syrup. Let me just take this time to say how much we love our pediatrician. She is amazing. The staff is amazing, they are always quick to return our calls, we’ve never had to reschedule and our doctor seems to genuinely care. A good Pediatrician is so important. Get recommendations and don’t settle for just anyone. Flick stayed home with her on Friday because she still had a bit of a fever and needed one more day of cuddles. I remember being sick as a kid and nothing made me feel better quite like cuddles. I think Baby Bell has discovered the same thing. Oh, and ice cream. Ice cream can fix anything.

So, she’s finally getting back to her happy, energetic self and mommy and daddy are finally getting some sleep. Mommy, Daddy, and Baby Bell – 1, Virus – 0

While my arsenal of medications and snot sucking gadgets seem like a perfect combination, I’m not a professional. You should always check with your pediatrician before giving your child any medication.

Until our next snot sucking adventure we’ll just keep cuddling and eating ice cream.

~Momstracted Momma

Mischief Managed

This weekend I found myself in a situation that I’ve been in more than I’d like to admit. We were spending some time at home and my rambunctious toddler was “exploring.” She was literally into anything and everything she could get her hands on. When this happens, I usually try to find something to occupy. I assume she is bored and just trying to find something to play with.

Here’s my situation. She’s running around like a mad woman, pulling things out of drawers. And I’m on my iPad frantically looking at Pinterest ideas of how to entertain a one-year-old. Poor timing, I know. This usually ends in a time-out for Baby Bell and me feeling defeated. I never have the supplies or ingredients needed to create a fun and entertaining activity. The other problem is that she wants to taste everything. YES, I have that typical “put everything in my mouth” kid. UGH!!! This is so frustrating. I honestly can’t trust her with anything.

Well, this time was a little different because I had Flick with me to help distract her while I searched Pinterest. It was like a dark thunder cloud opened up and the angels began to sing. I found it: the perfect non-toxic, edible, play dough. Not to mention, it’s good for your skin.

Baby Bell and I sat in the floor and mixed together the ingredients as Flick handed them to us. She had a blast mixing everything together. After we had it all mixed, we proceeded to play. The three of us played with the dough for at least half an hour, using cookie cutters, plastic cutlery, and straws.

We used a long, shallow plastic storage tub to control the mess. If you don’t have one of these, you need to get one. They are great for sensory play. We use it all the time.

I found the recipe on a blog post by Learn, Play, Imagine which listed a variety of different sensory dough recipes. It was originally posted on a blog called No Twiddle Twaddle.

Besides water, beans, and dough, what are your favorite sensory activities? We’d love to hear ideas of how you entertain your little one.

~Momstracted Momma

Ten Products We Never Thought We’d Need:

When you find out you’re expecting you go through stages of emotion. One thought that can send a pregnant woman into a whirlwind of emotion is the BABY REGISTRY. The thought of getting so many cute clothes, fuzzy toys, and fun gadgets and gizmos is very exciting. When you look at the books, the magazines, and the Pinterest posts, reality sets in and you have your first real “pregnant lady meltdown.” How in the world will you ever get all of the stuff you need to care for this tiny, helpless human being? And God help us all if you forget to put something on the registry. Oh, the REGISTRY. Now that’s meltdown #2 waiting to happen. The sales associate follows you around the store asking you what bottles you are going to use, if you will be breast-feeding, if your car has a car seat harness, and a million other questions that have nothing to do with cute clothes, fuzzy toys, and fun gadgets and gizmos. The truth is, you might not get everything you need right away, but it’s okay. What you don’t get from showers and generous friends and family, you’ll get later on down the road. Save your receipts, to everything, and buy what you need as you need it.

There were several things we bought after the fact. Several things we had no idea we would need. Some of the things we had never even heard of. The truth is, even if we had heard of it, I’m not sure we would have purchased it right away anyway. You’ll hear everyone say it and you’ll get tired of hearing everyone say it, “ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT.” It’s so true though. We might have had to make late night runs to the baby store or plan a shopping trip while on vacation but Baby Bell is happy and healthy.

Now back to the fun stuff. Like I said, there were things we never thought we would need. My husband, Flick, will tell you I love listening to podcasts, reading mom blogs, and following mom groups on social media. He will also tell you that is where I learn the best ways to empty the bank account. It’s true; I’m a sucker for “new” baby products. However, Flick is pretty good at making me justify the purchase before spending the money.

I compiled a list of 10 different products that we never thought we’d need but later learned they made life a lot easier. I won’t go into great detail as some of these will be posts all of their own later down the line. Certain items, like baby carriers, required a lot of research to determine what was best for us. These are only recommendations. I am not a certified baby product expert in any way. Please do some research of your own before making the purchase.

Baby Carrier

Our favorite: Tula

We actually registered for a baby carrier and got one as a gift at our shower. However, we hadn’t done any research. We basically registered for the most popular brand and the middle-grade priced carrier. I later learned there are different types of carriers and many different brands.  This is a topic I’ve done a lot of research on and will discuss in more detail in a later post but for now this is why we love our Tula baby carrier:

-It’s comfortable for Baby Bell. She loves being worn (carrying your baby in a carrier is referred to as babywearing) in the Tula. She’s even been known to fall asleep in it.

-It’s quick and convenient for grocery shopping, walking around at fairs and festivals, etc.

-It’s so much better for my back than some other types and brands of carriers.

-I’ve learned a lot about parenthood in these very quick 16 months. One being, I’m not a fashionista. Let’s face it, I’m lucky to get out of the house in jeans and a t-shirt with my ponytail straight. With that being said, I like to look nice and I like nice things. I would consider Tula to be the fashionista of babycarriers. The prints are amazing. They are rather pricey but you can find great second hand carriers on social media babywearing groups. That’s what we did!


Breast Shells/Milk Collectors

Our favorite: Avent Breast Shells

Let’s face it. Breastfeeding is a task within itself. If you are lucky enough to be able to breastfeed, you’ll learn that EVERY…DROP…COUNTS. I was extremely blessed with more milk than I knew what to do with. That was both a blessing and a curse. I will say that these weren’t helpful when I was engorged and my milk production was at an all-time high, but when I was more regulated and feeding/pumping on a schedule they were great! It was wonderful when I ran across the Avent breast shells and here’s why I love them:

-They are reusable (which means they are a one-time cost). Just wash/sanitize with the baby bottles and pump parts when you are done.

-It fits right into your bra and catches all of the dripping milk from your non-feeding/non-pumping side. That’s a whole ounce that doesn’t soak into your bra and through your shirt. That’s a whole ounce you get to pour into the bottle for baby’s next feeding.

-Don’t hate me for saying this but I never really experienced the sore nipples from breast feeding. I can’t really speak to the benefits of the product in that nature. I can see how they would prevent any rubbing and help keep lanolin from being rubbed off and promote healing.


Swaddle/Sleep Sack

Our favorite(s): Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle, Just Born Wear-a-Blanket, and Halo Early Walker Sleep Sack

Most of you have probably heard of these and will purchase one. You might even be given one in the hospital when you have the baby. I was not. I was, however, lucky enough to be given one by a dear friend from when she had her first baby. There is a funny and memorable story behind why we love it so much.

To begin you need to know that I will be talking about three different products here. While they all serve the same purpose, they are different. The first is the HALO SleepSack Swaddle (we used this particular style until she was able to roll over and move about more).

-Baby Bell spent several days in the hospital being held while tightly swaddled in her Aiden and Anais swaddling blankets we brought with us. Our first night home, I unswaddled her blanket and laid her down safely on her back in the Pack n’ Play beside our bed. She slept for a bit and then began screaming. I picked her up and she was fine. We soon learned she wanted to be swaddled but we didn’t feel safe with her sleeping swaddled in the blanket. I remembered that we had the sleep sack swaddle our friend gave us. Once Flick, in his slumberless state of exhaustion, finally found it, she was immediately quiet. This would soon become our most prized possession, besides our new precious baby girl, of course.

-As I stated before they come in different brands. We particularly like the Halo brand because they come in a variety of different fabrics for the changing seasons.

-It allows for arms in or out swaddling.

The next is the regular sleep sack. While we do have several brands (Aiden and Anais, Halo, Summer Infant, etc.) of the regular sleep sack our favorite is Just Born Wear-a-Blanket that we found at Babies R’ Us. I’m not sure they carry this particular style anymore but you can find it on Amazon. She wore this until she was too long for it and started crawling around in her crib.  And this is why we like it:

-We ran across it by mistake….okay maybe not a mistake. It was on sale. But when we bought it we didn’t realize it had the interior swaddle straps. Instead of the Velcro wrap being around the outside it was on the inside and wasn’t as bulky as the previous I discussed. It was just enough to make her feel “hugged”. Many sleep sacks won’t have the “swaddle band.” This was a gem.

-It has the breathable mesh vents to help keep baby cool.

Lastly is the HALO SleepSack Early Walker. We got this as she started crawling and moving around. She is now 16 months and still wears this every night and even at nap time on occasion. We had to buy this online because we couldn’t find it in the stores. We love it because:

-It’s lightweight and has the open feet so that she can move around freely but is still warm without having blankets in her crib.


White Noise Machine/Soundtrack

Our favorite: 120 Nature Sounds

We live in a small apartment so we didn’t want to buy anything that would unnecessarily take up space. Baby stuff takes up enough space as it is. So, instead of buying a sound machine we bought the 120 Nature Sounds album to put on our digital devices. This is why we love it:

-With a normal sound machine you have about 6 or so sounds to choose from to calm the baby. With this album we had 120 to choose from. The Wild Loon Call is Flick’s favorite. 🙂 Baby Bell particularly likes track number 59, Powerful Waterfall.

-You can download it to all of your devices. That means you can take it on vacation with you, you will have it when she is screaming in the grocery store, or even in line at the bank.

-It can be placed on repeat for continuous play. No sneaking in the room to turn it back on in the middle of the night. We all know what a risk that is.


Saline Nasal Spray

Our favorite: Boogie Wipes Saline Nasal Spray

It’s gonna happen. Your baby will get a nasty cold eventually. If it’s not bad enough that your perfect little angel is sick, you can’t give them any medicine to make them better. The best thing you can do is keep their nose clear and moisturized. We tried the saline nasal drops…that was a bust. By the time we got her pinned down to drop it in, we had more drop on us and in her face than up her nose. This is why we love the Boogie Wipes Saline Nasal Spray:

-It’s in a can with a misting nozzle. That means no drops; just a quick spritz and you’re good to go.

-It smells yummy. The cap is scented. It’s a great tool for getting the little one to let you put it up to their nose.


Diaper Balm

Our favorite: Grovia Magic Stick

-Babies butts will get red and sometimes they will get a rash. It happens. What you do to prevent and treat it is important. There are so many products out there for diaper rash but have you seen the list of ingredients? I’m typically not an ingredient checker but when it comes to my Baby Bell, I try to be more aware of what is going in and on her body. I also don’t have a choice because she is super sensitive and has allergies to a lot of stuff. This is why we love Grovia’s Magic Stick:

In my intro I mentioned that we cloth diaper. We only cloth part-time. I’m still trying to figure out what works best for us and Baby Bell. However, you can’t use just any old diaper rash cream on a cloth diaper. The Magic Stick is cloth diaper safe.

-It’s all natural.

-It’s great for sensitive skin.

-It works on other rashes too, not just butt rashes.

-It helps prevent rashes not just treat them.

-One stick lasts forever.

-Best part of all….it’s not messy.


Travel Booster Seat

Our favorite: Summer Infant Travel Booster Seat

Have you ever gone into a restaurant and had the waitress bring you a high-chair that is sticky and covered in cheese from the last kid? Yeah, it happens all the time and it’s disgusting. Sure, they make those fancy highchair covers but what about when the safety belt is broken? A fancy highchair cover won’t fix that situation. Or how about when the highchair is shorter than the table and your baby smacks their face on the edge? Baby Bell got one too many busted lips for me to deal with that happening. That’s why we decided to get a travel booster seat and here is why we love the one we got:

-It’s easy to clean plastic.

-It folds up for easy travel and storage.

-There is a tray that can be used or you can fold that down and just use it as a booster. The tray is nice when sitting in some booths. Often times the bench of the booth sits too far away from the table and can’t be scooted. That’s when we just put the tray up and she has her own little table.

-The adjustable straps fit almost any chair or it can be used in a booth.


Baby Food Dispensing Spoon:

Our favorite: Boon, Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon

So I’ve read too many horror stories about people finding mold in their kids “pouched” food and drinks. If I can’t see through the container I’m not buying it. I also made all of Baby Bell’s baby food purees. It was super easy, much cheaper and a whole lot healthier than buying it out of the jar. I’m not discrediting anyone that does buy jar or pouched food. We just decided to go a different route. Either way, homemade or store bought, we need convenience when it comes to feeding the babies. We also need less stuff in our diaper bags. This is why we love the baby food dispensing spoon:

-It’s easy to use and clean. Just fill the spoon with any (almost any, some things get stuck in the dispensing hole and we had to use a toothpick to dislodge them) puree, snap on the cap and throw it in the bag. I typically would pack a container of the food and would fill it when we got to our destination but if it’s a quick trip, you can skip this step.

-It cuts down on dishes.

-It’s less messy.

-No bowl for the baby to grab and dump on the floor.


Something that Smells like Mommy:

Our favorite: Get One, Give One Blanket

-Going back to work after maternity leave was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It was especially hard because Baby Bell wouldn’t drink out of a bottle. She wanted the milk from mommy. We did have some issues with the flow of the bottle we were using but even after we found one she liked, she would still only drink from it with me holding her. I did some research and found that scent plays a big role in feeding time. Our church gave Baby Bell this little security blanket, a Get One, Give One blanket, when we had her dedicated. I slept with that thing every night for a few weeks and then we would put it across Flick’s chest when he would feed her. After a while, he was able to feed her the whole bottle without feeling defeated. I was still super emotional about going back to work, but at least I didn’t have to worry about her starving while I was away from her. Here are a few more reasons why we love the Get One, Give One blanket:

-Every time you purchase a blanket for yourself or as a gift, another blanket just like yours is made and sent to Kenya, Africa for a child in need.

-They are made with several different types of fabric and have high contrasting colors. This is perfect for sensory development.

-They are small enough (only about 11″x15″) for the baby to grasp and carry around as they get older.

-It helps to support a wonderful organization.


Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Our favorite: Momma Goose Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

No, it’s not a necklace for the baby to chew on. It’s something they wear. And I had never heard of it before Baby Bell started teething. Paranoid as I am, I looked into the best options for soothing her sore gums. I read that Orajel is actually bad for them because it can cause rare diseases and is also a potential choking hazard. Yes, I know. My parents used it on me as a kid and I am fine but if there was a safer alternative out there, I wanted to find it. Why not, right? So, I heard about the teething tablets and we started giving those to her. Wouldn’t you know as soon as we did this there was a news report about how they were causing seizures in some kids. Well, I went to my most trusted resource…other moms…specifically on social media. I got lots of good non-medicinal recommendations but the one that I got more than any was the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace…..huh?

It’s a necklace made of Baltic Amber (fossil resin) beads. It is said that the amber releases minuscule amounts of healing oils from the amber when in contact with the warmth of the baby’s skin which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. These oils have anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties that ease the symptoms of teething. Yep, sounds like a load of bull doo-doo to me. But you know what? It’s natural and drug free and I was willing to try anything to keep from dosing her with Tylenol. There are two different kinds, raw and polished. We got polished. I’m not sure if there is a big difference. Supposedly there are different levels of succinct acid (the pain relieving component). After buying the necklace we didn’t give her anymore Tylenol. Actually, I didn’t even realize she was teething when the rest of her teeth came in. It could have been coincidence but I’m okay with that. Here is why we like the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace:

-It has a safety clasp to keep them from strangling themselves. We only allowed her to wear it when she was being supervised and not while sleeping.

-The beads are small enough to not be a choking hazard.

-They come in various lengths. You want to get one that is just short enough that they can’t chew on it.

-They are all natural.


There you have it. Our ten products we never thought we would need. They aren’t necessities but boy did they make life a whole lot easier. As always, I am not an expert on any of these items. Actually, I’m not really an expert of anything. Do your research and ask questions…that’s how you learn.

Thanks for reading and I would love any feedback you have for me. I just ask that you keep it positive.


~Momstracted Momma


Welcome to the world of being MomStracted.

Since we set out on the journey to become parents, my husband, we’ll call him Flick (a nickname I’ve created that is inspired by Harry Potter but originates from his love of Ultimate Frisbee), has been pushing me to start a blog. I was, and still am, hesitant. My grammar is sub-par and I tend to ramble. Finally, 16 months after having my daughter, we’ll call her Baby Bell, I’m taking the leap, not to mention, it’s a new year so why the heck not?!

You’re probably wondering what “momstracted” means. It’s a phrase I often use to describe those moments when your overworked mind wonders from what you are currently doing to a million other places. It’s like that moment when you simply get up to get a glass of water but see the dirty dish towel on the counter and realize that you need to get a clean one. That takes you into the bathroom where you see the hamper of dirty diapers (that’s right, we cloth) and then remember you don’t have any clean clothes for work tomorrow and you need to do laundry. Well, 3 hours pass and you are folding clothes with your eyes half shut and blowing powder because you are still very thirsty for that glass of water. That’s being momstracted!

But that’s not the only definition of being momstracted. I think it’s also that thing that happens when you become a mom and you absorb yourself into anything and everything that has to do with your baby and making both of your lives better. There is rarely a time, whether I’m at work, at home, or just out and about that I’m not thinking of my daughter or anything that has to do with being a parent. That’s also being momstracted.

My goal is to share stories of my momstracted moments and also share insights I get from other moms. I’ll share tips, tricks, and info about all things mommy.

My hopes are that you’ll read, say “hmm…. that’s interesting”, laugh, and share with other mommies.

Welcome to the world of being momstracted!

~ Momstracted Momma