Nap Time- How to get Things Done- Mental and Beneficial!

It’s that time of the day and you are literally drowning in all things; chores, work, play time, outside time, eating and feeding, and etc. The kid just won’t take a nap and you just can’t get anything done. This is a 6 month update with how far along I’ve made it with being a mom, (basically surviving) and also how I get crap done during nap time. (When he’s actually taking a nap anyway.)

My son still takes about 3 1/2 naps a day. I put the 1/2 on there because sometimes he takes one at 6/7 PM on days when he’s real tired *inserts shocked face here* in which he still manages to sleep through the night. What do I do during nap time? I feel like it can get super overwhelming because sometimes you simply just have a lot of s*** to do. Honestly.

He’s at that age now (6 Months) where I just chuck him into the high chair and stick a bunch of toys in front of him, and I just race the clock because I know in about 20 minutes he’s going to be ready to get down from there and do something else. So how do we moms do it?

Well prioritize for one, right? What REALLY needs to be done and what can REALLY WAIT till the next time he’s down for the count. I don’t know how you guys prioritize but I put stuff into categories by what is going to make MY life and time easier and more free. What is going to give me that extra 10-15 minutes by myself to do something I want to do or work on? Why would I start on a chore that is going to take up to much of a time window that is unnecessary to what I am trying to accomplish, I can do that at the next nap time window. Or better yet, maybe never? Here’s a little example on what I ALWAYS put first on my list and WHY.

  1. Dishes/Clean Bottles- If the baby doesn’t eat on time, the baby is not happy, (at least my child isn’t.) Why would I make it harder on myself, because I decided to put dishes last on my to do list. (Yes everyone hates them, but they are kind of crucial when you have a baby.) I try to keep his bottles clean as much as possible. In all honesty it only takes about 10 minutes to do the dishes, so just do it, plus when you see that clean sink it’s like a breath of fresh air. “You need clean bottles anyway!”
  2. If you are a formula mom, make it ahead of time!! I always make a pitcher that holds (6) 6 oz bottles. I literally take out and pour. I just base it off of how much my son drinks in a day. Formula is good in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Just pour and go. It is a hassle opening up that formula can and scooping, and then stirring and then if you are like me, you warm it up first so the formula doesn’t clump together. I just can’t, it’s the most aggravating to me.
  3. Okay, now don’t try to be super mom by any means, if the baby has formula made and clean bottles, like honestly you are set. If you want to add in a little spiffiness, you could pick up the toys they played with, but you will just have to get them back out again. Another thing I do is have Little Baby Bum waiting on pause on the TV for when he wakes up because he needs a few minutes to wake up before he gets going again. This sets me up for when he wakes up. It really only takes me about 20-25 minutes max to finish that up so I can do something I really like or need to do.
  4. Most of the time after I get him set up for when he wakes up, I will turn over some laundry or make me something to eat. DON’T FORGET TO EAT! It’s an easy thing to do, and I am not perfect at it by any means. It can even be something small, but you will feel so much better overall.
  5. Is this making sense yet? Basically I haven’t included any other chores because honestly, Those are the ones that are the most important. Now you have the rest of the nap to get done what you want or sometimes I even lay down with my son.
  6. Fast forward to the next nap; Around this time, I just cleaned out the one bottle I just fed him and now my dishes are still done and not piled up and at least I have dry/clean clothes, and I am not that hungry. Now I focus on one more unnecessary chore, like maybe sweeping or straightening up the bathroom. Then I focus on something I want to do.
  7. IT IS OKAY FOR THE HOUSE TO LOOK LIVED IN! Please keep this in mind mamas.

To keep sane you have really got to take care of yourself. This is something that I try to implement a lot! Especially during nap time. Eat something, cause then you don’t have to share it. Do something as simple as brushing your hair, it will make you feel neat again. Something that helps get my mind in order is cleaning my purse and organizing the baby bag when I have some free time. It makes my life run smoother. Take a bath or a shower, even at 10 minute shower can make a difference with a shower fizzy and a quick playlist. These are the things that help your mental health also!

My checklist above definitely plays off of prioritizing. Sometimes you JUST can’t get to it all. And that’s okay. Just do the important stuff. The rest will follow, especially when you get into a routine. And the result is more time to yourself!

My sweet boy taking his afternoon nap!

So update on how I’ve been holding it together with a 6 month old and getting stuff done that really needs to be done. I just take it one day at a time. Even if the days start to blur together. I LOVE being a mom, it still feels so unreal. I haven’t really blogged in a long time, the last 6 months have been focused on my son, my full time job, and now I have a new hobby that has turned into my second full time job, which new post coming on that also, it’s very exciting. 🙂

If you have any other tips on how to get things done during nap time PLEASE reach out to me. I would love to hear them, I’m constantly trying to improve on my time management. The biggest piece of advice I am going to give, that works for me, and just because it works for me doesn’t mean that it will work for someone else, but I hope it does, is to REALLY take time for yourself during nap time, and the prioritize the important stuff first. All that other stuff can wait, you got this!

Newborn Bedtime Routine- What we use to get a little more sleep!

I don’t know about you other moms, dads, babysitters, nannies, etc. out there but when I’m tired, all I want to do is sleep and newborns/babies/ even toddlers make that hard! It’s not their fault, it’s just what they do, which is totally fine. I love my son, but those 2 AM feedings and wake up times can be rough. 

I’m here to tell you guys about the 3 things that help my little one stay asleep a little longer and fall asleep a little faster so in return I can get a little more rest and sleep myself! 

Bath Time 

My first go to is a nice, warm bath. I’ve gotten into the habit to give E a bath at least every day during the week. Just a quick warm one, we wash his hair and just pour a little warm water on him a few times, and that normally does the trick and calms him down for the night. 

Rain Rain App 

So this one is one I have had for a few weeks now, and it has worked wonders in the middle of the night for us! Usually the sound of the tv is enough when he is just laying down to go to bed, but at 2 am when it’s quiet and all that’s running is the air conditioner, sometimes it’s just not enough! The rain rain app, is free, but they do have a premium version, (that I have caved and paid for) it’s only $9.99 for the premium version, but it really has worked for us and better than any other sound machine we have used. 

It has so many sounds to filter through! Our favorite is “rain on a tent” and “campfire”. You can mix different sounds and I just play it on my phone, and stick it in between his dock a tot and bassinet (the lounger sits in the bassinet) and within 2-3 minutes of him fussing he is normally really calm and just listening to the sound. I’m surprised by how well it worked and I’m so glad I found it and got the premium version! 

Hot Heart Massager

I’m a small business owner and we sell these heat packs that’s main use is massagers, but you pop the disc inside of it and it heats up to 139 degrees. It will stay that way for about an hour and 15 minutes. I wrap it up in his thick, fluffy, elephant lovey and place it on his belly. This also helps him when he has an upset stomach! That way he feels like he’s still laying on me, or in bed with us, because of the “heat transfer”. As soon as he’s asleep, I take it off of him. You can find it here!

A few other tips that seem to help in the middle of the night feedings, is leaving the lights off when you feed, and staying in one spot. My little one does not like to be bounced or walked with whole trying to sleep! Your little one might be different, but mine doesn’t like it. He goes from bassinet, to my bed and I feed him, and he immediately goes back into bassinet. We might cuddle for 1-3 minutes after he burps, but I never turn the light on or walk with him. 

I’ll also add in that the Ovia Parenting App is a life saver too. It helps me keep track of all his feedings, diaper outputs, and sleep! Because let’s face it, us moms brains aren’t as good as they use to be. It’s actually kind of alarming! It’s part of it though! 

These are just some things that help me and my E get a little more sleep at night! I hope this helps some other moms in the future. If there is something that works for you, I would definitely love to know!  

My Diaper Bag- What kind and what’s in it?

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A diaper bag is a VERY important item when you have a baby. It’s a crucial one! When I was picking out diaper bags I didn’t really know what kind I wanted or which one would work best for us. We were gifted 2 at my baby showers, which I’m extremely thankful for! I used them for the first 3-4 weeks, and they worked wonderfully. 

The two I had was the Eddie Bauer Backpack in grey and Ergo Baby brand diaper bag. Not sure what the name of the bag was. They are both great bags, but I wanted something a little more stylish and convenient. Like I said before, something that works for us! 

My Idea of a PERFECT diaper bag!

So I went on the hunt for the perfect diaper bag for us! When I was looking for one I made it a point to have a bucket like style because it’s so much easier to find items in it. Normally the bucket style has pockets that circle the inside, along with more pockets on the outside!  

I still wanted the backpack straps and the long strap in case my husband wanted to carry it in that form. 

Lastly, I wanted something really cute! Because let’s face it, I won’t be carrying a purse anymore. I’ll be putting my sons life and now, mine in this bag when we go out! 

My Diaper Bag

I bought two different ones. I made the mistake of not checking Amazon first, but the first buy was totally worth it! 

The first bag I bought was from Fawn Design. I LOVE their bags! I wanted to buy all of them. The bag I purchased was from the wildflower collection. The color is called bluebell and I bought the mini bag, instead of the original. The original is priced at $169.99. They are vegan leather, which is why I think they are priced so high. I bought the mini because me and E don’t go many places, so I needed just enough room for a bottle or two, diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes.

This bag has two side pockets, 1 open front pocket, 1 front zip pocket, and a large open pocket in the back. It is the bucket style backpack and also comes with a long strap! You can find the bag by clicking here.The inside has 4 open pockets, and a zip pocket! It’s completely convenient and it fits everything I need it too. The bag retails at $94.99! This was my Mother’s Day present to myself. I had a 15% coupon for signing up for the emails as a new customer, so it brought my price down to around $87. This bag was totally worth the buy. You can find this bag by clicking here!

The second bag I purchased was basically a dupe of the mini one I had purchased but it was the size of the original. It was $50.99 on Amazon. You can find it here! The only difference is it’s a honey brown color, and not vegan leather. It looks EXACTLY the same though. This one actually came with stroller straps, the long carry strap, and a changing pad! I purchased this one to have if we stay overnight somewhere or if we are going to be gone ALL day and with my husband. Cause we all know how husbands are, well mine always asks me to put all his junk in my bag. So. It now has to carry all three of our things. 

What’s in our diaper bag? 

So our daily bag consists of:

  • Pack of Wipes 
  • A few diapers, usually around 4-5
  • 2-3 Bottles (Pre-made)
  • A travel size baby powder
  • A travel size Aquaphor lotion. 
  • A reusable wet bag
  • One onesie (change of clothes Incase of a blowout)
  • Burp Cloth 

The back pocket I normally use for my iPad and I just clip my keys and hand sanitizer to the outside and my wallet fits perfectly on the inside! 

This is just my everyday items for if we are running to the store or the park or just around town! 

It’s not everyday we are packing up for out of town or overnights so my mini bag works just fine! 

I really hope other moms find this helpful, along with the review! I am still learning about all the other neat, cute items they have for moms and babies now days! Someone that isn’t even a mom can use this bag as a purse also! It could go both ways! You can find pictures of both bags below!

Gallbladder Disease- Everything you need to know!

Having a shitty gallbladder really did a number on me and altered a pretty big change in my life. I don’t really like to play a pity game on myself but the last 10 1/2 months have been hell on my body, and even before these last 10 months, I was still just learning how to cope with being a diabetic and losing all the weight I had packed on since high school almost 8 years ago until last year.

If you have read my past blog posts, then you would know that I had gallbladder disease and if you are just now reading this and finding out, now you know. I feel like this is one of those things that most people don’t hear or talk about. I forgot I had a gallbladder or one existed in my body until I was almost 4 months pregnant and they diagnosed me with gallstones. I can honestly tell you, from my experience that they are the worse pain I have ever felt in my 25 years of life. It even beat labor and delivery pain for me on my scale.

Gallbladder surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is so common you wouldn’t know it was one of the most common surgeries other than Appendicitis (appendix removal). Second most common to be exact. So I’m going to school you a little bit on what it means to have gallbladder disease, where the pain is normally felt, what kind of diet you should keep, surgery review, and post op surgery lifestyle.

What is your gallbladder?

The gallbladder sits under the liver and it stores bile produced by the liver. It will empty itself out after a meal. Bile is a combination of cholesterol, fats, and fluids. Bile helps break down the fat in foods.

When there is a problem in the gallbladder, it could be because the gallbladder doesn’t empty all the way or it contains to much cholesterol or bilirubin, and this can cause bile to harden and then turn into stones. Otherwise known as gallstones.

When you eat something fatty, the gallbladder can contract, therefore pushing a stone into the duct and this can cause a gallbladder attack.

How to recognize an attack:

When you first begin to have a gallstone attack the pain can start in the upper right region of the abdomen under or behind the right breast bone. This pain can also be referred and move to the left side, upper back between shoulder blades, mid back, mid abdomen near sternum, or in right shoulder/quadrant. Some symptoms these may include are:

  • Pain while breathing.
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Chills and Fever
  • Dehydration

When an attack starts there is NOTHING you can do to actually stop/or end it. Most can last up to 5-6 hours and usually after 5 hours, they want you to go to ER. I found that some things helped lessen the pain during an attack, which helped me stay away from the ER as much as possible.

Things That Helped Me

There is really only a few things that helped me, but I’ll give you a few others that I tried that might work for you. Like I said above, there is nothing you can really do for an attack other than to let it pass. There is also no such thing as healing it yourself, it always ends in surgery! (We will talk more about that later.)

  • A hot bath- This is the one thing that happened to help the pain A LOT! I mean the water has to be really hot, but just laying in that bath and practicing breathing helped a lot. And sometimes I would sit in there so long that I would have to drain the water and refill the tub again.
  • Heating pad- After the bath, I would IMMEDIATELY lay on the heating pad, I’d lay on it all night, I would even sleep on it. Screw my skin, the little skin burn was nothing compared to the relief it brought.
  • Grapes- For some odd reason, I found that this is the only food I could stomach after having an attack, or even during. The key is to NOT get dehydrated.
  • Diet Sodas- Since I am sugar free also, soda in general, (I drank diet), really did help. The carbonation in them helped me burp which in return made me think or feel like I was doing something to try to remove the stone from my duct.

That honestly is about it. Like I’ve stated before there is really nothing that you can do for these and it’s just really painful.

Diet and Lifestyle

As far as diet goes, they tell you to be low fat. I am here to tell you that it is a crock of shit and that you should avoid fat and sugar at all costs, and diet sodas really do help. When they tell you to be low fat they mean just keep the fat content down and avoid all fried, fatty, greasy, sugary foods.

When I landed in the ER back in February, my surgeon also mentioned to me that I shouldn’t be eating leafy greens, or green vegetables also. SAY WHAT?! That’s the crazy thing I have ever heard! This is because your gallbladder processes it as a fatty meal because it is high in fiber and protein. Who would have thought?

This really leaves me with not a lot to eat and choose from. Here are a few things I kept on my given menu daily, that helped somewhat keep them at bay:

– Tuna in WATER- I don’t know if I could stomach tuna again. I ate it those last few weeks of pregnancy religiously and it was light on the stomach and easy to make. Make sure you get the one in water and not oil. Oil is not good at all for gallstones.

– Grapes- as mentioned above. I snacked on these all day.

– Pretzels- plain pretzels have little to no fat, usually weighing in around 1-2 grams of fat, which is 1% of the daily value. I just ate plain, salty pretzels.

– Turkey Breast Cutlets- This is the only meat that I could really cook and eat. It is 99% fat free, and has no skin, or bones, and really no fat at all. I would cook a whole pack in a skillet with a little bit of seasoned salt and dip it in barbecue sauce, since barbecue sauce has no fat. Just be careful because some bbq sauces have sugar in them.

– Carrots- Carrots was about the only veggie that is fat and sugar free, and not a leafy or green vegetable. I would pair it with a little bit of honey and pepper and that definitely spruced it up some!

I did eat a few other things like complete whole wheat bread and English muffins that were whole wheat and had things like fat free cottage cheese, fat free cream cheese, and fat free cheese slices. A lot of this stuff was very hard to find the last few weeks with the pandemic going on but I managed. It is a vert slim menu and this is why I dropped 26 pounds during my pregnancy and the 3 weeks after leading up to my surgery.

Surgery Review

Gallbladder surgery is the second most common surgery to have next to having your Appendix out. Surgery was quite easy and so was recovery for the most part! I had my surgery on Friday, May 8th and was at Target 3 days later due to a blowout my 1 month old had all over my bed, and had to desperately get some new sheets. The surgery wasn’t long at all. We got there at 8 am, and I was home by 2:30. The whole process was quick.

There is two ways to take a gallbladder out, laparoscopically and open surgery. Mine was taken out laparoscopically. The recovery time for L surgery is 2 weeks. I will say that my shoulder was probably the most sore, but really my whole abdomen was sore. My shoulder was sore because they fill you with carbon dioxide to have room to work, and they made 4 incisions, one below my belly button, and then three under my sternum, my right breast, and more towards the right side. I was feeling so much better 4-5 days later. I was back to all my normal activities by day 3. By the time this post actually posts, I would have probably already seen my surgeon for my post op appointment.

I am SO RELIEVED to have this gallbladder out. I feel so free again, and it was really depressing me not eating what I want to eat. Or really just eating a REAL meal!

After Surgery Lifestyle

A lot of people don’t know but after gallbladder surgery you still have to keep a similar diet with the low fat and less sugar/sugar free. When they remove the gallbladder they pull it out through the duct and through the belly button. When they do that, it enlarges that duct. Which means more bile is now able to pass through there. So if you go back to eating greasy, fatty, fried, spicy foods, the more bile that creates, and flows through the duct. This can cause chronic diarrhea and other stomach problems/issues!


Overall I am so happy to have this gallbladder out, I really hope that this blog will help someone else that is now in my past situation. Gallstone pain is NO JOKE! I am all around a much happier person, and when this quarantine is over my first meal will be Mexican food!

Items That Saved my Life- Baby’s First Month

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Let’s face it, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies when you bring a newborn home. We are now 12 days in with our newborn being home and it has been amazing- and there have been parts where I am like, what the hell am I doing?

This will be fairly short, I am just going to compile a list of items that have helped me tremendously in the last 2 weeks. I really hope that they help some of you too! I think I’ll include some that haven’t been so helpful, also.

Life Saver Items

  • Boppy Pillow– This pillow can be used for literally so many different things. I’ve talked about this pillow in a previous post I believe. This thing can be used for nursing, propping the baby up, or just simply using it as a neck or cuddle pillow. I have also been using it to sit on with my broken tailbone! (Story of this coming later.)
  • Burp Cloths– Lord you will need a lot of these, and you can never have to many, so STOCK UP!
  • Wubbanub– Okay, so even if you don’t plan on using a pacifier, plan on people still getting you one. & If you do plan on using a pacifier, then we LOVE our wubbanub. My son loves to cuddle this thing, and it helps soothe him. We don’t push the pacifier, we only give it to him to hold him from crying while trying to make his bottle, and he sleeps with it, like a stuffed animal, except he never has the paci in his mouth. I think he just likes the stuffed animal attached to it more than anything!
  • A Plain Towel- Yes, I said it. Always have a plain bath towel near by. Not a wash cloth, but just a plain bath towel. I can’t tell you how many times I have used one in the last 14 days for diaper changes. My child has made it a point to poop on me or the furniture every time during a diaper change. This makes the clean up SO MUCH EASIER!

Items Not Needed

  • A Bottle Warmer- Honestly we have two of them and I have tried to use both, and maybe I am just dumb, but I have no idea how to use either of them, and I have put them back into the closet. When I need to warm a bottle up, especially in the middle of the night, I just use a glass bowl of water, and keep it in the microwave and hit the start button for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and then I put the bottle into the water to warm up after the bowl comes out, (you aren’t suppose to directly warm a bottle up (this could make the formula really hot) or breast milk in the microwave (this could kill all the nutrients in it.) While the bottle is warming up, I just change his diaper real quick, grab the bottle, feed him and WALA, done, we go back to sleep.
  • Bottle Cleaners- I got like 15 of those things, a sponge does just fine if you don’t let the bottle sit in the sink all day with gunked up formula and breast milk in it.
  • Mittens- Honestly, I filed my baby’s nails down the first week he was home. Those dang mittens always come off and end up hiding somewhere. It’s really aggravating.

So these are just some things that I found that have been super helpful and not helpful at all! To each their own, this is just my opinion.


These last few weeks have been so amazing with my little guy. It’s a learning experience for all of us. I really hope that this post will help some new and second/ multiple time moms in figuring out what they really need, or don’t need. It’s all a trial and error, and what works for someone else or for me might not work vice versa.

Thanks for reading!

Week 1 with Newborn & 7 Days Postpartum

Well here we are. 7 days PP. 

PP is short for Postpartum. – the period after birth. 

Every mom has been there. Sometimes it’s okay, sometimes it’s really good, and other times it’s not the greatest. The one thing we all have in common with PP is that we have an AMAZING baby, the light of your life at the end. How can one not be just satisfied with that? 

I definitely am! I’m not gonna write this post to school you on PP or PPD (Postpartum Depression). I’m not gathering the facts or laying it out there. Here’s how my first week with a newborn in PP is going. 

This is PP. 7 days in fact, my baby is a whole week old, and I can’t wrap my head around the fact that he’s already been alive and well fed and kept and loved, actually loved in our arms for 7 whole days. I really have developed a fear over the last week of him growing and getting older. I know there isn’t anything I can do, but it gives me such anxiety and I have to talk myself down from it. Being a mom is an AMAZING thing and opportunity and I now could never go back to my old self or the way I was.

PP is sitting in the bathtub with your legs to the side because you are scared to open or sit criss cross, talk about a tear after pushing a 7 pound baby out. PP is taking that first bathroom trip and thinking it was worse than the labor itself. PP for me this week is still getting the shakes, and nearly crying every time I laid my son in his bassinet next to our bed to go to sleep at night and wondering if he is going to be okay and checking on him, literally every 3 minutes. Just wearing myself out even more. PP for me is being tired already of wearing the mesh panties. My breasts hurt. I had clogged ducts by day 3. My baby broke my tailbone when I was pushing him out. No one talks about how excruciating a tailbone issue is. It has been a constant struggle.

You feel like you can’t catch a break. There is a fine line between PP and PPD. I am not depressed. I am overjoyed and overwhelmed by this child. I enjoy taking care of him. I wait for him to wake up. I could sit and stare at him all day! I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel left out. I don’t feel cooped up, or like I am drowning.

As far as my first week goes, yes I’ve been peed and pooped on, and spit up on. But we have cuddled and napped, and we have been eating to our hearts content! It feels amazing not to be pregnant, if I am being completely honest! That first moment I laid down in my bed without that extra weight was PURE relief. I laugh every time he stretches, grunts, whines, or smiles that milk drunk smile.

The Hardest Part

The hardest part by far is breastfeeding. This is the one area that I have felt like a failure. In the hospital I was breastfeeding and he watching latching on surprisingly well. There were a few problems with him latching toward the second day, but the nurses and everyone kept encouraging me. By the next morning after being at home, I just knew he wasn’t getting enough, so I started the bottle and started substituting with formula. I felt so bad. I couldn’t help myself. And no, I’m not bashing any other mom or dad for using formula. I have nothing against formula. It’s just, I was so excited to breast feed, and knowing he wasn’t getting enough just yet, or I felt like he wasn’t getting enough, I felt like a bad mom because in my head I feel/felt like he wasn’t getting what he needed.

Also, pumping is exhausting. My supply has been so low. Even when I build up enough, or not really enough, but just enough to give him 1-2 bottles of breast milk, (because I get excited), I end up running out and pumping like crazy even though I’m pumping around the clock, so then I once again have to substitute with formula.

So by far this has been the hardest thing for me to cope with. I did purchase a nipple shield, and it has helped tremendously, but we are still just practicing on latching on. He will latch and then get frustrated if he doesn’t get milk right away. It’s overwhelming! We are going to keep practicing though!

All the late nights are not that bad, yes I’m tired, but it’s totally worth it. I could never go back to my old ways or self. I will forever care for this little boy. By the time this post will actually post, cause let’s face it, I’m a new mom and I feel bad if I put him down for more than 10 minutes, I’ll be 10 days postpartum, but it’s all the same still! I just need to learn how to balance my blog life with my new mom life. I really do miss it! I’ll get the hang of it soon! I still can’t quite believe that this little guy came out of me, and is the result of my husband and I. He’s our mini. It’s a HUGE thing to wrap ones head around. I just know I love this little boy so much!

I would tell you my labor story but that’s for a different post and day. This mama can only handle one right now!