Treat Yourself With a Special Gift

Treat Yourself With a Special Gift

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Celebrated my first Mother’s Day this past Sunday and it was such a special day! What a blessing is to be Atticus mom.  Can’t believe seven months have gone by so fast in front of us.  It’s such a privilege that I am able to stay at home raising him and seeing him grow.  Still, it is not as easy as I’m sure so many people think it is.  I was one of those people.  Imagine trying to figure out what’s wrong with your baby when they are whiny or crying after you’ve done everything it could be.  They don’t just tell you, in any form of language.  It’s so overwhelming not knowing how to make them feel better.  It is heartbreaking seeing them hurt when they are sick or teething.  When they bump their heads when they are learning to sit and stand.  This is a real job that shouldn’t be taken for granted.  They positives outweigh the negatives.  Like him learning how to say mama, or laughing so loud when you’re tickling them, when they fall asleep next to you, when they give you the biggest smile when you go to their room in the morning, when they know exactly who you are and only want to be comforted by only you.  Something I have learned since I have become a mom is that it is very important to treat yourself and to know you are still your own person.  This will help you be a better mom to your baby and improve your mental health as well.

With that being said, I have teamed up with JORD Watches to introduce you to this amazing high quality wood watches.  I know Mother’s Day have passed, but to be honest, motherhood should be celebrated every day.  YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT!  My watch is made with Zebrawood, native to West Africa, with beautiful grain contrast and finish.  They offer women’s watches and men’s watches (Hint hint…. Father’s Day is coming soon!) with different great quality hardwoods.   Also, you can engraved them making it such a special engraved gift.

We are not done yet!  JORD and I are offering a great GIVEAWAY for one lucky of you to win $100 credit to use on the JORD site! But don’t worry, everyone will receive a consolation code worth $50 once the contest ends! Giveaway end on 5/21.

Enter the giveaway here! —–> www.jordwatches.com/g/curiousnatalia

Love,

Natalia

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

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Happy Monday! So excited about this month’s Let’s Be Honest Mamas!  This post is in collaborations with aden + anais and we are talking all about how are babies sleep during naps and bedtime.  Like always I am so grateful for Hannah from Hannah Renee for putting this together.  I have had the privilege of getting to know these mamas in the last couple of months and I truly love this little group of ours! It is always so fun reading all the different posts and seeing how different or likely we all are!  So make sure to check the other collaborating ladies on the links at the end of this post 🙂

ALSO! Stay tuned for a great giveaway on our Instagram later today!  Clue: the softest sleeping bags and dream blankets in the whole wide world!

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1. How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉

So far, Atticus has been a good sleeper (knock on wood!).  He started sleeping most of the night around 3-4 months.  Right now he sleeps from around 8pm until 6-7am. He might get up once in the middle of the night looking for his missing paci, haha.  He is also a good napper!  He has to nap, he demands to nap lol.  He takes at least 3 naps a day.  The morning nap is the longest one, around 1-1.5 hours after he gets up in the morning.  His afternoon nap, around 2pm, is a little longer too.  And little naps in between.  Prayer: Dear God, please let him be a good napper for like… the rest of his life.  Amen.

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2. Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?

I never really “sleep trained” Atticus.  I just used a couple of schedules or routines I found online to help me better understand and plan days.  Things I did to help him sleep through the nights was dream feeding which I did until he was like 4-5 months.  Reducing his night feeding by letting him fall back asleep instead of going making a bottle right away.  I feel they get up sometimes just to play or talk, so by not giving them the bottle they would not associate getting up at 3am every night to get that bottle.  Swaddles were my best friend, but I knew one day I had to stop swaddling.  I started early on this by leaving one arm out and then one night I just left both out and knew it was going to be a long night.  It took like a week to get used to.  He still sleeps in sleeping sacks most nights.

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3. Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

I start bedtime around 6:30pm when I feed him some baby food.  Then at 7pm I give him a bath and let him play for like 10-15mins.  I start at 7pm because daddy gets off work at 7pm, so I tried for him to be awake by the time daddy gets home.  Then lotion, brush hair,PJs and Snuza. We then put him in our midnight silky soft sleeping bag by aden + anais.  Guys, this sleeping bag is sooooo soft! By 7:30pm (when daddy gets home), he reads him a couple of books and gives him the last bottle of the day.  He is not wanting to drink his bottle when we carry him lately, so we put him in the crib and let him hold the bottle and when he is done we take it away.  Right now we are putting one of our pillows inside of the crib so he can fall asleep faster (we take it away when we go to sleep *do not worry mom* lol).  We do this because he was used to sleeping in our bed and the smell helps him and he loves putting his face against it too, which we then move the pillow a little bit.

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4. Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

He used to be in a better schedule and one day he didn’t want to drink his whole bottles or eat at the same times.  So now is all by waiting for his signals.  I base it on the time he gets up and go from there.  He eats every 3-4 hours and if he has been awake for like 2 hours he starts getting cranky and I know it’s because of that. My goal right now is to make sure he gets a morning nap around 8-10am and an afternoon nap around 2-4pm. Still, it’s not perfect because some days he wants to take a longer nap right before 12pm again and then a shorter nap at 2pm. I never know anymore haha.  I depend on his signals, that helps me so much!

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5. How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

I love co sleeping, I really don’t see a problem with it if you take some safety steps when they are tiny.  We had a little co sleeper from Swaddle Me that we put in between us.  I really does help for the first few months when they get up so much.  He outgrew that around 5-6 months.  Still, I didn’t want to let go!  He slept in between us for a little bit.  We have a king bed and he is a BIG baby, we put him on top of the comforter so we can definitely feel his weight.  Never put him underneath the sheets with us or on lay on top of the pillows or around our arms.  Then at 6 months is when the transitioning started.  We opened the pack and play and put it at the end of our bed and let him sleep there for over a week.  We started putting him in the crib after.  He would get up more often in the night and I don’t blame him!  I was too!  So if he got up at 2pm I would bring him back to our room.   I am guilty for this and my husband too!  We are more than ok sleeping with him.  We love him next to us and we feel more at peace when he is with us.  But we know we have to break this, so he is in the crib all night unless necessary.

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Check the rest of the beautiful mamas:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Mary Salas honeywild.co // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com //

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Love,

Natalia

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Marble and Pine Local Flower Shop

Marble and Pine Local Flower Shop

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I am a sucker for beautiful local spaces you can come in and get inspired.  I am always on the lookout for new places to visit in my own city.  I know it’s something we love to do when we go out of town, finding local coffee shops, boutiques and shops that are unique and aesthetically beautiful.  But, we don’t go out of town all of the time, so we have to find our own inspirations in our own city.  When I heard Marble and Pine was opening a shop right here in Jacksonville I was so excited! I knew it was going to be an awesome space and when they opened I couldn’t wait to visit.  And yes, when they open it was just the perfect little flower shop you can come in and get floral bouquets or make your own bouquet from an assortment of fresh blooms.  They also have a boutique section where you can buy a card to add to your bouquet to gift someone, a selection of candles, pots and baskets, succulents and cactus! The people there are so nice and inviting, making the whole experience so lovely.  I met owner, Chandler, and I just loved her! She is so talented and creates the most beautiful floral creations for weddings and events, it made me want to do my whole wedding all over again!  I definitely need a vowel renewal…

One thing I am most excited for is their Easter Wreath workshop on April 15th!  Give me all the Eucalyptus and flowers!!  I would love for you to join me this day and have a great time while creating beautiful wreaths (with the help of Chandler!).  You can buy your ticket here and get a 10% discount with code Natalia10.  Hope to see you there!

Love,

Natalia

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