Mother's Day

What an honor it is to be a MOTHER. God has given me the biggest blessing and responsibility in becoming a Mom. I was talking to a friend of mine and we kinda chuckled over the fact that we are mother's. It was a dream since childhood to have a family so the fact that God allowed it to happen still blows my mind sometimes. For me getting pregnant wasn't complicated, but as you know midway through my pregnancy complications began thus leading to my son being born prematurely. So I'll say that the road to motherhood wasn't completely "easy", but its all been worth it. I've learned so much about myself since carrying my son in my womb and thus being his mother everyday.

Pregnancy Announcement- Mother's Day 2015

Pregnancy Announcement- Mother's Day 2015

Celebrating this year was beautiful and amazing. I felt so grateful and happy to have the functioning role as Jaxson's Mom. On Mother's Day 2015, I was almost 12 weeks pregnant and pretty sick. I was struggling with hyperemisis graviderium but managed to have a good day with the assistance of anti-nausea medication. Because of my condition last year, and simply wanting to do something different, my husband and I decided to host a Mother's Day Brunch at our house for our families. We cooked a full spread, played games gushed over my little baby bump. On that day we also announced to the world that we were expecting!

Fast forward to 2016 and I was able to celebrate with my loved ones AND my little bundle of joy. We stuck with the same tradition and decided to host Mother's Day brunch at our home again. Hubby and I cooked a lovely spread which consisted of: Belgian waffles, fried chicken, eggs, smothered potatoes, and bacon! Yum! The food was amazing and the love I received was such a blessing.

After Church with Jaxson- Mother's Day 2016

After Church with Jaxson- Mother's Day 2016

Jaxson also enjoyed being the center of attention- he was surrounded by so much love and by the end of the night once he was bathed he was fast asleep until 10am the next morning!!! Family is an amazing blessing, one that I do not take for granted. Yes, being a mother is hard sometimes and exhausting but I don't take any of it for granted. I cherish all of the moments and every morning, even if its REALLY early, hearing my son laugh and babble is such a reward. Thinking back to where we started allows me to be grateful that we are living some of our best days, these are the days we prayed for and my heart is beyond full!

I hope you all had an enjoyable MOTHER'S DAY. My heart goes out to those that may be struggling on the journey to motherhood, Mommies to Angel babies, daughters who have lost their mothers and all of the NICU Mommy's who sit at their babies bedside daily, hoping and praying for a miracle. You are loved!

A Mother's Promise

When I think of a promise I think of a commitment. You are either pledging to someone or them to you. I knew once I became a mature adult that I wanted to have my own family. I even knew what type of of mother I wanted to be and I always wanted to raise a son. Once my husband and I found out we were pregnant with a baby boy we knew God had heard and answered our prayers! At 21 weeks pregnant, I unexpectedly started having complications with my pregnancy. I was hospitalized one week prior to delivering our son. It was very hard to wrap my mind around what we were going through. The Doctors flooded my husband and I with information a parent NEVER wants to hear. The statistics were a 20% chance of survival. We were given a choice- life or death. My OB sat at the foot of my bed and looked me directly in my eyes and said, "what do you want to do?" And with tears in my eyes I told him, "save my son, I don't care what happens to me just save him". From that moment forward I had a made the biggest promise of my life- I would fight even if it took me out, I just wanted my baby boy to have a chance. 

We had no idea that on July 18th I would deliver a 1lb 3oz and 11 inches long baby boy by the name of Jaxson. The days and nights were long as we journeyed back and forth to the NICU for 119 days. I promised Jaxson during that time, that I would always be there for him. I would do any and everything to make sure he had a great life. I promised to not let his early arrival hinder him from being great and breaking barriers. Though he may have delays down the road, I promise to encourage, love and challenge him to the best young man he can be. I promised that no matter how hard the road, or how dark the nights, I would share his story to be an inspiration to others, and tell of the amazing miracle that he is.

During our time in the NICU, I made a promise to myself- to never be ashamed of Jaxson and our story which has been a blessing to so many others. He was discharged on 4 medications, oxygen support and a pulse oximeter. Due to his gestational age things could've been a lot worse but by the grace of God they weren't. So when people ask about his oxygen while in public I proudly share how we have overcome. God brought us through our storm, and because He did, I have made it my mission to provide support and awareness for other preemie moms.

I am also thankful that I have the opportunity to provide quality essentials to Jaxson. We appreciate products like Pampers that offer a wide range of options when it comes to keeping him dry. By using Pampers Premium Care diapers I can honestly say that I trust Jaxson will be comfortable and remain dry throughout the day and night. Pampers Premium Care diapers are not only gentle, but hypoallergenic as well and helps maintain Jaxson soft skin. I love that they are lightweight yet very absorbent and as a mother it brings ease of mind that this is a product that I can 100% hands down trust!

In addition, I promise to be Jaxson’s best friend, his favorite cuddle buddy and praying mother. I promise to show Jaxson that there is beauty even in tough situations. He will know the true essence of perseverance and not giving up by watching me as an example. I had these canvas's created for his room to provide a constant reminder of the morals and values I want to instill in him. From the moment I found out I was carrying him I prayed for him and still do. With God's help and the support of our village, Jaxson will grow up to be a strong man of God and will know the love of Christ.

Top 15 Newborn Must Haves

Due to Jaxson's early arrival, we didn't have much time to prepare in getting some of the essential things we needed. There were baby list floating around on the web that were somewhat helpful when it came down to possibly knowing what we should get but it took some trial and error to really find out what would ultimately work for us. I decided to put together a list of 15 things that we highly recommend AND use regularly. We all know how overwhelming it can be to prepare for your little one- maybe this list will help you for your little ones arrival or coming home from the NICU.

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1. Eddie Bauer Alpine 4 Travel System - We love using this car seat and stroller system. Both are lightweight and manageable. Being able to easily handle a stroller was a big deciding factor in choosing. There is one latch to unfold the stroller and easily lifts to fold! The car seat snaps in easily to the base and onto the stroller. Comes in 3 cool colors.

2. Eddie Bauer Complete Care Playard - This is hands down one of our favorites. We use to as a bassinet and Jaxson enjoys it. This pack and play has a lot of cool features; a night light, soothing sounds, a removable changing table, pockets to hold diapers, wipes and babies accessories. It is also lightweight, easy to move around and will grow with baby.

3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Diaper Bag - Not only is this bag stylish, it is also quite roomy inside and comes with a removable changing pad. It can also be worn on the shoulder or as a backpack which my husband loves.

4. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion - Such a pleasing smell of Lavender & Vanilla, soft and smooth. Perfect after a bath to soothe and calm baby.

5. Johnson & Johnson - We love using this baby wash during bath time. It is lightly scented and relaxes Jaxson before bedtime.

6. Pampers Swaddlers - Hands down the best diapers! Provides up to 12 hours of overnight protection, and the color-changing wetness indicator is by far my favorite with these diapers. We love that sizes range from preemie-size 5! Our little one always stays dry with pampers and has had no adverse reactions (irritation, diaper rash, etc.)

7. Little Noses by Little Remedies Saline Drops - Perfect for easing congestion in babies nose. This non-medicated relief flushes and removes mucus from little noses. Best if used before suctioning babies nose.

8. Nose Frida - Hands down the best "snot-sucker"! It works better than a traditional bulb aspirator and is 100% effective. We use the Little Remedies Saline Drops before using which helps in loosening up the boogies and getting babies nose completely clear. MUST HAVE!

9. Little Tummys by Little Remedies Gripe Water - This is the #1 go to when Jaxson is fussy and may be having tummy trouble. It eases stomach discomfort (often associated with) colic and hiccups. This highly-effective herbal supplement includes ginger and fennel. He loves that taste!

10. Dr. Brown's Bottles - Great option for babies and helps to reduce colic, gas and spit up. The venting system is awesome and there are even options to purchase preemie nipples. 

11. Boon Grass Countertop Bottle Rack - Perfect drying rack for bottles and baby accessories. The sleek and stylish rack also allows for water to drain into the holding tray. The flexible grass blades help with air drying and it is easy to clean.

12.  Honest Hand Sanitizer - Protecting your baby from germs is a top priority. When you can't get to a sink and soap this hand sanitizer is PERFECT to kills 99% of germs and bacteria. This is one of the softest and smoothest hand sanitizers on the market. It has a light aloe scent and is naturally made with a plant based formula. 

13. Lala Bubaby Soothe Shirt - This is a new way to be stylish while baby wearing. This is an all in one baby wearing cute tank top that also has a cozy pouch for baby and also has a nursing bra. Who says moms can't be cute while still holding their baby AND getting things done! Love this top!

14. Infantino Go GaGa Baby Deluxe - This is such a cool play mat that your little one will be sure to love! It has a musical mobile, a head rest, plush toys with lots of textures and a baby mirror. Jaxson goes ga ga over this play mat!

15. Modern Burlap Swaddle Blanket - This ultra-soft muslin swaddle blanket with a powerful statement is perfect keeping your little one bundled up in style. It can also be used as a stroller cover, floor time play rug, nursing cover and so much more.