Liv’s ‘Big Girl’ Room

When I thought about my daughters bedroom I always knew I wanted Pottery Barn furniture and minimal pink. To me, Pottery Barn is quality furniture that is worth every dollar. Liv’s dresser is PB and was actually my dresser growing up – purchased in 1998! It has been in my parents house, my first apartment, first, second, third homes and is now in the fourth home – in my daughters room! The rocking horse was mine from when I was Olivia’s age that my mom had repainted to match Olivia’s furniture – she LOVES it.

Shelving: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/classic-shelving/?pkey=cdecor-shelving&&cdecor-shelving

Mirrors: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/moroccan-tile-mirror-white/

Lamp: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/ceramic-animal-bases/?pkey=e%7Celephant%2Blamp%7C100%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Bedding: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/monique-lhuillier-sateen-garden-floral-nursery-bedding/?pkey=e%7Crose%2Bmonique%2Bl%7C27%7Cbest%7C4294967258%7C1%7C24%7C%252Frose-monique-l%252Fbedding%7C18&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Bed Skirt: NOW 50% off! http://www.serenaandlily.com/fiona-crib-skirt/cornflower/37374.html

Diaper Caddy: No longer available but here are some similar choices http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/storage/nursery-storage/?cm_type=lnav

Bed: (NOW ON SALE) http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/larkin-4-in-1-crib/?pkey=bcribs&&bcribs

I’ve always been my ‘mother’s daughter’ but didn’t start to notice it until I became a mother, myself. I find peace in organization (thank you, Mom). Olivia’s room looks like this 99% of the time. (The 1% occurred today while taking these pictures when she pulled every diaper out of the bins in her closet and rearranged them… tried to put them back in but on top of each other.) While some Moms might read this and roll their eyes, roll away. Liv may only be 20 months old but she puts her stuffed animals in her bed or her basket every day, she puts her clothes in her laundry basket and loves to throw her diapers in the diaper genie. TEACH THEM YOUNG!  Thanks, Mom!

doTERRA Essential Oils for babies!

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Essential Oils for Newborns and Babies ~ doTERRA

It’s important to use nothing but the most pure and safe, therapeutic-grade essential oils because store-bought oils can have solvents, pesticides, synthetics and other chemicals. You cannot tell by looking at the label. Remember everything we put onto our skin also goes into our body. The doTERRA oils are thoroughly tested to be free of pesticides, fillers and contaminants. (I took this section from the following blog site: http://healinginourhomes.com/2014/08/essential-oils-for-newborns-and-babies.html)

Essential oils should be used minimally and only as needed for the first 3 months.

When using with newborns and babies, it is important to dilute the oils to avoid irritation or sensitization, to aid in absorption and also to expose the babies to a lower amount of the oils. While doTERRA’s oils are very safe, the liver can only process so much at a time, so there’s no reason to overdo or waste money by using them undiluted. For newborns/infants/babies dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, etc.

So what are the most gentle oils for your newborn or infant? (*Many other oils can be used safely. These are the oils blogging moms have found to be most gentle. Use all essential oils at your own discretion.)
 
Appropriately diluted these oils can be used from birth:
 
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Serenity blend
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil)
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Orange

Single oils to avoid until they are older :  Cassia, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Oregano, Thyme. These oils can all be extremely irritating to the skin and/or irritating for new and tiny respiratory systems. These oils are less of an issue as part of a blend but typically can be substituted with a more gentle oil from the list above. Always use your own discretion, experience and resources in making these choices for your child.

Common Baby Issues and Solutions: 

1. Calming: Dilute Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Serenity and apply the the feet and on your chest if you are holding them to promote relaxation. You can wipe extra on their blanket/clothes  (doTERRA oils and their Fractionated Coconut oil do not stain! yay!). Diffusing with an AromaLite is also very helpful as well as daily infant massage.

2. Digestive support : Dilute 1 drop each of lavender and orange in 2 TB carrier oil and rub baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction for at least 30 seconds for digestive support. Apply every 15-30 mins until their tummy is settled.

3. For owie’s and boo-boo’s: Frankincense promotes a healthy inflammatory response so its a great choice. 

4. Skin: Dilute 1 drop of each of Lavender and Melaleuca in unrefined or fractionated coconut oil or Lanolin (I love lanolin for rashes and dry skin!) to soothe the skin. Apply each time you change their diaper. I like to use a glass spray bottle for this. Use damp, soft paper towels to wipe or rinse your wipes well before using to avoid any further irritating the rash with chemicals.

5. Teething: Use diluted Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Serenity along the jawline as often as every 15-30 minutes to soothe. 

6. Ears: Dilute lavender and melaleuca and apply around the ear (never put oils IN the ear) frequently, massaging down towards the lymph nodes to encourage drainage.

7. Respiratory support: Dilute Melaleuca and Lemon and apply the chest, back and feet several times an hour. A combo of Frankincense and Lavender can be very helpful when the chest is tight and loud.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these oils visit my online shop! http://www.mydoterra.com/manleywellness/#/ 

Give it a rest

I went to Zoo Miami yesterday and while enjoying ‘my babies’ I ventured over to see the newest baby, Titan – he is a 6 foot tall 130 lb. giraffe…not big? How bout if I told you those were his measurements AT BIRTH — yes, the female in this video is the mother of Titan, she also gave birth to Marlee just a few months ago. After watching this gentleman try to ‘court’ Kita… I secretly yelled at him to leave her alone .. she has given birth twice in the past 4 months and probably wants her alone time… I spoke with a friend who is a keeper at Zoo Miami and she said that Kita in fact WANTS it, that giraffes go through a postpartum breeding period where they feel that they need to be doing it again. The animal kingdom is CRAY.

Here are a few more pictures from yesterdays much needed Zoo visit:

Check up

We are very happy to announce…Aside from the fear in his face in this photo…Marley lived through his vet appointment!! Unlike his usual clawing his way out the door he was a big boy and took his shot with no tears, no howling and no problems! WOOHOO to our growing boy!

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