Monday, November 10, 2014

I've Moved my Blog! www.themommyglow.net


On the off chance that anyone still follows my blog and would like to know where I blog now you can find me at


I have been in the process the last few months of making this blog purely personal, with updates on the girls and such. The Mommy Glow is more of a mommy help blog. I do a few personal posts but mostly blog about things I think would be helpful to other moms. I would love for you to check it out and follow along. You can find me on social media too! 


Would love for you to join me! 





-Tiffany

Alina: Month 8

Month 8

No updated weight or height this month

Feeding
She is doing great with bottle feedings. She drinks 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours. She is fine sitting anywhere to be fed. Finally! Even dad can feed her now.My milk production dropped even more and she is now 95% formula fed. I could have fought to keep my supply up but honestly I was just tired of pumping full time. It's like having another baby to take care of. I am proud that I made it 8 months with a baby who stopped nursing at 12 weeks. Very proud.

Solids
 This months she decided that she prefers to feed herself so I have mostly just been chopping up what we are eating (within reason) and letting her go for it. She loves it! I still try some spoon feeding every now and then but it's mostly met with resistance. I am more than fine with letting her feed herself. Very excited actually.Her favorites right now are cheerios, banana chunks, peas and shredded chicken. 

Sleeping
She goes to bed between 7-8pm and wakes up around 8am. She dropped that middle of the night feed completely on her own with no urging from me. It was the only time she would ever nurse so I was not in a hurry to drop it. Well she decided she was done. So that's it. My baby sleeps through the night now. She naps for around 1 hr 3x's per day.
Diapering
She is in a size 4 now! We are still using Luvs and target brand.

Bathing
She is taking a bath every other night. She sometimes takes a bath with Emma and sometimes in the whale tub. She goes crazy in the bathtub. I am so glad my babies love bathtime. She sits up so well but its so slippery I have hard time holding on to her.

Dressing
She wears 9 month clothes and some 12 month stuff if it runs a little smaller. Even a few pieces of 12-18 months stuff. 

Play Time
She loves to sit in the floor with toys. She loves to dump the basket of toys out and root around. She loves to go outside and go places in her car seat. She's just a happy baby. She's not crazy about the exersaucer as she prefers to be free and move around. So we're pretty much done with that.

Family Time
Family time is the best. She loves to be around Emma and Paris. She loves for you to get down there and play with her. She's trying to crawl but hasn't gone anywhere yet.She loves to stand up holding onto the ottoman. She can't pull up yet but she tries. Any day now she is going to take off crawling and I will have to hold onto my hat.


Firsts:
Pumpkin patch!
Jesup Arch fest
first table foods
 Family Beach trip








Alina: Month 7

Month 7

No updated weight or height this month

Feeding
She is doing great with bottle feedings. She drinks 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours. She is fine sitting anywhere to be fed. Finally! Even dad can feed her now.My milk production dropped drastically this month and she is now 50/50 formula and breast milk. She wakes to eat once at night usually around 3 am.

Solids
 This girl has started to love her food. I haven't gotten to crazy with the baby food making. I mostly make the same things but she loves them. Banana, apple, avocado, sweet potato, squash, blueberries..those types of things. She loves her cereal snacks too! She is doing so good with picking up food and getting it to her mouth.

Sleeping
She goes to bed between 7-8 and wakes up around 3-4 for a feeding then wakes for the day around 8:30 am. She has turned out to be such a good little sleeper. She pretty much only sleeps on her tummy, in her zippy. 

Diapering
She is in a size 4 now! We are still using Luvs and target brand.

Bathing
She is taking a bath every other night. She sometimes takes a bath with Emma and sometimes in the whale tub. She goes crazy in the bathtub. I am so glad my babies love bathtime. She sits up so well but its so slippery I have hard time holding on to her.

Dressing
She wears 9 month clothes and some 12 month stuff if it runs a little smaller. Even a few pieces of 12-18 months stuff. 

Play Time
She loves to sit in the floor with toys. She loves to dump the basket of toys out and root around. She loves to go outside and go places in her car seat. She's just a happy baby. She's not crazy about the exersaucer as she prefers to be free and move around. 

Family Time
Family time is the best. She loves to be around Emma and Paris. She loves for you to get down there and play with her. She's trying to crawl but hasn't gone anywhere yet.


Firsts:
First 2 teeth! Bottom middle.
-Stayed with Mimi and B-daddy while mom and dad went out for our anniversary
-Went to visit Papa and Grandmama in MS. We also visited Grandmother Hutto in the nursing home.She was so easy and perfect for that trip.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Mommy App, aka "Where I've been the last 6 months"


You may or may not be aware that my husband has been making mobile apps on the side for years. I've mentioned it a time or two. He's basically a genius in my eyes. He is so creative and thinks of these amazing ideas that would be so cool for an app. Then he spends every night he is not working at the hospital working on these apps. For the past few years his focus has been on games and medical apps with a few Christian apps thrown in there. However about 1 year ago he asked me what I thought about making an app for moms. He would need my help obviously since he's a dude. We tossed around ideas for a few months before we got serious about it. We hit a lot of road blocks and had set backs. We stressed and brainstormed and dreamed and cried (well I did) over this app. But you know what? We did it together! It was OUR app, a true joint effort. We made all the decisions together. I am so proud of the way it turned out. There's a lot of stuff we would love to include but couldn't at this time but we have big dreams for it. There is plenty more to come .

We released it last week for iPhone  and today for Android.
 And we both breathed a great sigh of relief! 

We even have a growing community of moms called The Mommy Glow and An Instagram community where we share all sorts of stuff mommy related. Twitter too!  It really has been so much fun and a great creative outlet for me. 

I would love for you to check it out! 











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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lately...



listening to: The sound of a baby and a toddler playing, the sound of little feet pitter pattering after me everywhere I go. The sound of the trains that go by 10 times a day. 
craving: A Thanksgiving meal
working on: decorating Alina's room  
loving: my hardworking husband, days at home with my girls,this house we are blessed to rent.
reading: Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
feeling: Hope
wearing: My mom uniform (yoga pants and a tshirt)
smelling: freshly washed baby head
watching: Curious George on repeat
thankful for: A baby that is happy and sleeping, a toddler that is sweet and teachable
wishing: for a cold winter, for BIG changes 








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Monday, September 15, 2014

Alina: Month 6

Month 6

Weight: 2l lbs 6.5 oz
Height: 26.5 inches

Feeding
Alina is doing wonderful with bottle feeding. She is really thriving. For the longest time she only wanted to be fed while she was laying in her swing but recently she has started being content being held while drinking a bottle. That makes me really happy because every mom wants to hold their baby while they eat. She drinks 4-6 ozs every 3-4 hours. We started supplementing with Similac and that has really helped take the pressure off of me trying to keep up with the little butter bean.

Solids
We are still doing baby food. So far she has tried sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, apples, pears, squash, carrots, and blueberries. She seems to be just lukewarm about the whole eating solids thing so I am taking it slow and not pushing her. I am also giving her chunks of banana and other soft food to try and pick up and eat. So far she hasn't swallowed any of it but it's fun for her and she's getting the hang of it. 

Sleeping
We have made leaps and HUGE strides in the sleeping department I am happy to say. She takes all naps and sleeps all night in her crib. She has been doing this for a few weeks now. Weaning her from the swaddle was a hard transition but once she got used to sleeping in her Zipadeezip instead of being swaddled she fell in love with sleeping on her tummy and has been a big girl ever since. She usually takes 4- 1 hour naps a day and goes to sleep at 8ish then sleeps until 5-6 then I feed her and she'll get up for the day around 8:30. It is magical. Now If I could just make myself go to bed at a decent hour I could actually catch up on some sleep. 

Diapering
She is in a size 4 now! We are still using Luvs. 

Bathing
She is taking a bath every other night. We are still using the whale tub and will continue using it until she is able to sit up a little better. Bath tubs are slippery things and she's so active in the tub I know she would flop right over. Every now and then I will throw her in there with Emma and let her play but only when I am able to get down there and keep both hands on her. 

Dressing
She wears 6-9 month clothes and some 12 month stuff if it runs a little smaller. 

Play Time
Her favorite play time activity these days is to sit in the middle of the floor surrounded by toys. She will sit there happily for 30 minutes or more just playing and watching her sister play. She likes the exersaucer and Jenny Jump up for shorter amounts of time. When she tolerates being on her tummy she is trying to scoot and crawl but usually gets aggravated and wants to sit up. 

Family Time
We are getting to the times I looked forward to when I first found out I was having another girl. I knew she and Emerald would be best friends. They are starting to play and interact with each other. Emma loves to make her laugh and talks to her like she can understand what she is saying. She likes to bounce her on the bed (supervised of course) because it makes them both squeal with laughter. Alina's countenance lights up when she see's Emma. She always trying to grab her and be near her. Of course there's the learning to share and not take toys from each other too. But for the most part it has been wonderful and I don't regret for 1 second having them close together.


Firsts:
Said "ma-ma"
Sits up on her own!
Slept through the night
Slept unswaddled












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Saturday, August 2, 2014

What Alina Loves: Toy Edition

At 5 months Alina is getting to the age where she is interested in toys, especially those she can easily grip and stuff in her mouth. She is so funny concentrating so hard to grab something, then she stares at it in wonder until her grip betrays her. I just love this age. Here are some things she loves right now. 

1.  Bugs and Hugs play gym. This is the same play mat I used with Emma. I really recommend it. She will lay on this thing for 30 minutes. Which is really nice. 


2. Baby Einstein Activity jumper . Her feet just touch the floor in this thing. But you better believe she is jumping like crazy. She will spend another 30 minutes happily banging on the toys and chewing on everything. 

3.  Car seat Hanging toy. This is similar to the one she has here. Hers is an owl and it's just long enough to get in her mouth. She would much rather chew on that than have a paci in the car. 


4. Teething Rings. Obviously. This is a no brainer but I love the kind she can grasp really well. Like these.


5.  Teething Book. Oh man, I love these things. I don't know what it is about these books that make babies love them but it's a fact. Crinkle noise + easy to hold + teething tabs = winner!










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