Clubfoot Baby Essentials

Friday, August 28, 2015

1. Babylegging2.5-Pack Short-Sleeve Bodysuits

3.French Terry Jumpsuit4.aden + anais Classic Swaddling Cloths (4-Pack)

5.Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather - Blue     6.  Solly Baby

7.  Beco Gemini  8.   Tylenol Pain Reliever and Fever Reducer Grape Drops for Infants - 1 oz

9.Philips Avent BPA Free Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Green, 2-Pack 10.

I've been wanting to do a post about the things I needed with Josiah that I didn't necessarily need with my other boys, being as Josiah is a  Clubfoot baby. 
  1. I've mentioned before that Baby Leggings are a must for all babies. They make diaper changing easier, protect baby's knees when crawling, and are just so dang cute! In Josiah's case they also cover the casts so they don't get too dirty, protect them from getting wet when bathing him and avoid everyone giving me the weird looks because my kid has casts. Don't get me wrong I don't care what people think, but I really don't feel like explaining the situation or what clubfoot is to everyone! When he hasn't worn the baby leggings and we are out people say, "What a cute baby! OH MY GOSH, how did he break his legs!!" It gets old. So if you're having a clubfoot baby and don't want to sound like a broken record, I'd suggest buying these. I have about 10 pairs and I love them!
  2. I absolutely love Carter's Bodysuits, yes you can buy any other bodysuits, but the fabric on these is my favorite and they have the cutest prints! Since clubfoot babies are in casts all the time for about 2 months, bodysuits are the easiest thing to put on, pick out and throw in the diaper bag in a hurry. Technically they can wear pants the next size up, but that was too much work maneuvering around the casts to change diapers. So bodysuits and baby leggings are my go to outfit.
  3. It was hot here this summer so Josiah didn't need more than the bodysuit, but on nights when it was cold I used the One-Piece Jumpsuits without the footies to keep Josiah warm. Most footy pj's won't work because the casts are too thick and the footie is so thin, but the jumpsuits normally can snap over the casts with no problem. 
  4. Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle Blankets are seriously the best swaddle blankets ever made! For my other boys I did not have these and once they were about 2 months I could no longer wrap them up because the boys got too big. Aden + Anais are very large so even though I don't swaddle Josiah anymore I can still wrap him up if needed, and because his casts are a bit bulky I need a big swaddle blankie. I can also use it as a play mat, a breastfeeding cover, a car seat cover, a burp rag -seriously these blankets are so useful. Last night Josiah had a fever, he's been teething, so I stripped him naked so he could cool off. I  wrapped him in one of these to sleep in and came back to check on him. His body was warm, but his temp had gone down. So the blanket can give a tight snuggle without over heating your baby! The fabric is awesome. 
  5. The Summer Deluxe Baby Bather is a must with all clubfoot babies. I can't submerge Josiah's body in water because of his casts, so this bather is useful as a supportive chair that can get wet. I get Josiah naked and sit him in it on top of the bathroom sink. I scrub his body with a washcloth and then rinse the washcloth and give him a scrub to take off the soap.This method is useful for bathing because his casts stay dry. The back of the chair is mesh so its soft on his back. Mine is older so it doesn't have the added pillow, but that is a nice feature. 
  6. I wish I had done baby wearing with Abram and Eli, it has been such a Godsend with Josiah. He got so fussy after casting days that he just wanted to be held. Clearly I can't hold him all day, I have 2 other kids to tend to. The Solly Baby Wrap is the best for a clubfoot newbie because you can keep the baby closely attached to you safely and securely, you don't need any added inserts like most baby carriers need when they are newborns. Plus with the casts, inserts and carriers are almost impossible to use. The fabric is lightweight so even though it's been hot around here I cant still wear him without feeling hot and sweaty. We both love it!
  7. Once the baby is bigger its easier to use a carrier if preferred. I have used the Ergo and it is a great, but once Josiah goes into his special shoes (boots and bar) the Ergo's base is too wide. I recently ordered the Beco Gemini and I love it, this site has it the cheapest. The Beco has snaps on the base where you can adjust the width so that once he goes into the Boots and Bar it will be comfortable for him and easy for me.
  8. As I mentioned above, Josiah used to get really fussy on casting days. The Dr. recommended us to use Baby Tylenol on those days for the pain and discomfort. Also on his surgery day he was taking this for the pain for about 2 days. 
  9. None of my boys ever used a pacifier, they really didn't like them. However during castings Josiah would cry a lot and the Dr would always ask if we had a pacifier to give him. Sometimes he would take this pacifier, if he was in the mood to soothe during those awful casting sessions.
  10. Finally, clubfoot babies need lots of love and cuddles! They go through so many changes at such a young age -castings, surgery, shoe adjustments, and all these are discomforting for their little body. Josiah cried a lot through all these changes and it took a lot of patience, love, hugs, and kisses as reassurance from Momma that he'll be okay. 
I hope this is useful information for any clubfoot parents. If you are a been there done that clubfoot parent, what items would you recommend? Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

Double Birthdays!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

6 years ago today I became a mother. Abram was born 7 lbs 6 oz  and 18 1/2 inches long at 10:04 am, on Luis' birthday! It was the most exhilarating and life altering day I had ever had. I held Abram for the first time and all I saw was perfection. I cried, like most first time moms do, and I remember thinking I wanted to give him all my love, all my attention, and bombard him with cuddles and kisses! I wanted time to stop and just be in that moment of pure bliss. I know it sounds sappy, but it really was such a beautiful day. I was so glad to give Luis his first born as a gift to him on his birthday, which was totally unplanned by the way. We became parents of a wonderful boy that day and his life has been such a blessing to us.

Luis and Abram quickly developed a special bond. Abram was such a daddy's boy from the beginning, and no matter how tired Luis is he always finds the time to play with Abram everyday.

Silly faces

He grew up so fast!
Preschool graduation
First day of Kindergarten
First day as a 1st grader
 I love Abram so much, he made me a mother. He makes me laugh everyday and hates to see any of us sad or upset, he makes it his mission to make us happy. He tells me he loves me at least 10 times a day, more if he needs something, Haha! He is such a good big brother and always willing to help. He is so smart, I am so proud of the young man he is becoming and can't wait to see the man he will become -so far he says he wants to be a Veterinarian! My daily prayer is for him to love God above all things and I know his life will continue to be blessed.

As I mentioned today is also Luis' birthday! (Sorry I stole your pictures honey!)

Luis' 8th grade graduation
Luis' Air Force academy graduation
Luis' dispatch inauguration
The day he asked my parents to marry me (This was so unexpected!)

I am so blessed to be his wife. He is such a genuine person. He shows me he loves me daily and is so supportive of my dreams. We are always laughing and having a great time. He truly is my best friend. I am so proud of the man he has become and all the things he has accomplished in his life. He is so driven and I love that about him. He faces any problem or setback with such a positive attitude and always sees the silver lining. He is a wonderful role model for our boys and I couldn't ask for more. I know God has many more blessings in store for him and I am so glad to be there to witness them.

Happy Birthday to 2 of my favorite people in the world. You both show me daily what love is all about. I strive to be a better person for you two. I couldn't imagine this world without the two of you. You are both so special. I love you with all my heart!

Thanks for reading my sappy post! 

End of Summer SALE!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

As sad as it is to admit it, summer is coming to an end. The kids have been back in school for a few weeks now and the summer travels have subsided. However the sales have not!

Target is having an awesome BOGO 50% off SALE!! I love these because I get extra stuff Abram needs for school. That kid goes through clothes like crazy! Just last week he got a hole in a brand new shirt! SMH! So it's nice to find deals like this online without having to trample over the people running a muck at the store. Besides I don't get out much with all 3 kids right now!

Boys' Button Down Shirt w/ Tie
Now if you have kids that started college and need a few extra home/ dorm items you can save an extra 10% with promo code BACK2SCHOOL
Surya Three Best Friends Pillow
If you're expecting and your looking to start your baby's new nursery, be sure to check this SALE to save up to $100 in the Buy more Save more event! I got so many items on a sale like this when Josiah was born. I love this rug, inspired by the Dr. Seuss book!
Oh The Places You‘ll Go Canvas Map 18x24
For all the ladies out there who enjoy great deals on jeans their  BOGO 50% off women's jeans has been extended this week! These Jeans are so comfy!

Boyfriend Crop Jean (Destroyed) Medium Blue - Mossimo

Men's jeans are also on sale online only using promo code JEANS30!
Men's Slim Fit Jeans - Mossimo Supply Co.

Don't miss out on this great sale, this week only. Have a happy Sunday everyone!!
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Random Pics

Saturday, August 22, 2015

We have had such a busy and crazy schedule I wanted to share some random snaps of our crazy clan! 

Josiah cracks up in the mirror!

I love smooching my baby!

Chill time after a play date

Chewy was begging while I was cooking

Abrams first day as a 1st grader

Josiah loves his sponge baths

Jack wearing a polo! HAHA

He makes me swoon

Josiah fell asleep during tummy time

Brother play time, they can play legos all day!

Backyard baseball

Jack and Chewy spending some quality time

Grandma and Grandpa are crazy about him

Hope everyone has a great weekend making memories with family and friends. There is nothing more important than time spent with those you love!

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