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Friday, January 23, 2015

My best friend is pregnant!

I am writing this post with the biggest smile on my face. One of my very best friends, someone I've known for...I'll just say forever, is having a BABY. I am so over the moon excited. It's almost all I can think about. I'm borderline stalking her with daily questions, tips and telling her things to add to the baby registry. I cry when I see Pampers commercials, I laugh when I think about her husband sitting in child birth class, I hold my breath when I think about how her life is going to change and how her heart will grow. Just 5 short years ago they met my daughter for the first time.

My heart hurts a little that I don't live closer. I want our kids to be best friends. I want them to go to the same school and eat at the same lunch table and complain about how LAME we are for not letting them to go a concert on a school night. My kids will be older so this is wishful thinking anyway, but I can't help myself. I'm already planning Thanksgiving play dates and trips to Monicals Pizza. I'll bring extra crayons so the kids can color on the place mats. I'll explain to her that it is perfectly normal to have to pick every piece of pepper off a pizza square for her toddler while I tell my kids to stop jumping up and down on the bouncy booth seats.

Early in her pregnancy, my friend and her sweet husband kept saying that they have no clue about anything baby. I want to hug her and tell her that NO ONE knows anything about babies. Every parent and baby is different but I will give her my best shot at helping her figure out nursing, get some sleep at night and out what that weird rash could be. I love how being a Mom has prepared me to be a better support for my friends having babies.

You know what else I love? Having Aunt status. There is nothing sweeter than having my niece and nephews in my life, loving them like they are my own and then handing them back to Ash W when they are screaming (haha LOVE YOU ASH!). I can't wait to snuggle my friend's baby, play and spoil him and then hand him over at bedtime. Being Mommy is the best, but being an "Auntie" is right up there with it.

There will be no more Barton babies in my house. It honestly doesn't make me sad. I am going to enjoy every second I have with the two kids I've got. And it makes my heart SO happy that I get to watch my best friend become a Mommy and her baby grow. I'll get to share my biggest accomplishments (potty training anyone?!) and biggest failures (basically everything else ha!) with her and help her be the best Mommy that I know she will be. 

PS- The only thing better than my best friend having a baby is the possibility that the baby could come on my BIRTHDAY. This may make her go a liiiiiiiiittle bit over due but I'm still secretly (or not so secretly) hoping I get a birthday buddy out of all this too. Icing on this already VERY sweet cake. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Annoucing a fablous new partnership

Good afternoon Mommas! 

Ashley and I are crazy excited about a new partnership we are entering with the good folks at Similac. Over the next few months you will be seeing us post info via social media and our blog about an amazing new program launch- "The Sisterhood of Motherhood". 

We could. not. love. this. more. The topic hits so close to home and is something every Mom can relate to. We've talked about the challenges and pressures of being a Mom today, but the toughest critics are our fellow Moms!

To kick off this program Similac has not only launched their first social media channels (please check them out on FaceBook and YouTube!) but they have also released this funny yet tear jerking video all about "Motherhood" and the pressure we put on ourselves and each other:

Pretty good, right?! Stay tuned for more great posts on this topic, we can't wait to share our personal stories (the good, bad and ugly as always!). 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MILKIES...Milk-Saver and Organizer: BREASTFEEDING moms, you don't want to miss this!

Breastfeeding Moms:  I have two new exciting products for you!

Let me introduce to you, Milkies.
They have a milk-saver product that saves you from having milk stains on your shirt and allows you to collect an average of 1-4 ounces of milk each time you feed your baby!!   I had NO idea that the average woman leaks that much milk every time she nurses!

I am not much of a leaker, but of course I had to try this product out myself.
Sure enough, I collected 1.5 ounces of milk in one day.  (Enough to mix in my baby's cereal!)

You just slip the milk saver into your bra or snug tank on the non-nursing side while breastfeeding and ~voila~!

The Milk-Saver comes with a container to store your collected milk in upright until you can get in a storage bag.

Now....onto my next product for you.   What happens with all your bags of breast milk??

My freezer looks something like this....
 (horrible picture...taking a pic inside your freezer is near impossible...unless you are a profession--which is the other Ashley...not me!) 
I am not the best at laying my bags flat to freeze and certainly have no system.
Until...Milkies introduced me to Milkies Freeze.

You can organize your milk so the oldest milk is used first and contamination is prevented.  It comes with a quick-freeze tray to help freeze your milk in a hurry.  It is convenient to use with any milk storage bag and comes as a compact design to store more milk in less space.

Now, my milk storage system looks like this...

I am basically saving a half a shelf of space!   (genius, right?!)

Interested in learning more??

Want to win a Milikies Freeze AND a Milkies Milk-Saver?!??

Enter HERE!

Prizing & samples courtesy of Milkies. 

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