Happy Friday, friends! I hope it’s been a great week for you all. It’s been an extra busy one around here with barely any nice weather. I hate to complain about the weather, or really talk about it in general, but it seems like the older I get the more I notice it. Maybe it’s because I have to worry about things like the dog’s muddy paws, the kids tracking in dirt, and everyone gets in a cranky mood when they can’t go outside having a little something to do with it. We had maybe two decent days and the rest were chilly and overcast. Anyway, weather aside, it was a good week and there’s always something to be thankful for.
Let’s get into my favorites, shall we?
Baby C Update:
I cannot thank you all enough for your prayers and support when I mentioned last week they wanted to admit baby C into the hospital to be put on a feeding tube. I shared more on my instagram (@beautifully_candid) about the amazing news we received. I’ll try to make a long story short (try is the keyword here). Last week we met with our team of feeding specialists and they felt that his lack of gaining weight was alarming. We knew it has been a real struggle for him to gain (as it is with most cleft babies) but he was really having a hard time showing any type of major improvements. They wanted to admit us right then and there. I completely broke down you guys. Like all out ugly cry. My eyes were so red and puffy the rest of the day that I tried to pawn it off on allergies. Of course we would do whatever is necessary for him, and a feeding tube isn’t the worst thing in the world, but, we just felt like if we didn’t have to have him go through something else, then of course we want to try and prevent that. I told them I needed to make arrangements for my other boys and I wasn’t prepared for this. They told me we could be in the hospital for up to 4 days and it was fine to wait a few days and I could bring him back this week. They also told me to pack my bag and bring a pillow because we would be there for some time.
You guys, we prayed so hard over this baby boy. We had so many people that rallied around us and just spoke so many amazing things over his little life. I even sat him down and told him, if you don’t want to go into the hospital you need to start eating better. I get chills even thinking about this, but after all that, he has eaten better than he has ever eaten before. We all felt so at peace and knew at that point if it did come down to a feeding tube then we have done all that we could. I showed up at his appointment with so much hope but also was still a little nervous. I got him undressed and placed him on the scale and I think I was even shaking at that point. He hung his little arm over the side, like ma, I got this, and smiled back at me. When I saw the number on the scale I was soooo happy! He gained 9 ounces in less than a week which is huge for him! They sent us home and told us that whatever we were doing to keep doing it. They were so surprised and not expecting that at all. He will continue to be monitored but we are so hopeful that this is going to be an upward trend for him.
I know I’ve shared this a lot in my recent favorites but we are all having fun with A playing t-ball. The funny thing is, they don’t even really hit off the tee. The rule is, they get three pitches and if they don’t hit it within those three, then they bring it out. It’s been a fun family time for us to disconnect and focus on the boys. Little nugget has fun watching and being extra silly when his big brother is out on the field. The baby usually naps so it’s been great to have that dedicated time to our older boys.
Master Closet Reveal:
I was so excited to share earlier this week our master closet reveal. It turned out even better than I imagined and I am so thankful to have a space like this to get ready in every morning and have a place for all of my things.
España Here We Come:
If you caught my instagram (if I’m not on here then I post a lot over there) we shared that we’re headed to Spain! We’re so excited for our first family vacation of five. Our big trip last year was to Italy and we had so much fun with the boys! They are so excited to visit Barcelona and also spend some time at the beach. What I’ve come to realize is that some people just don’t read insta captions. I didn’t even put two and two together but I posted this on Sunday night (which happened to be cinco de mayo) and instead of some people commenting anything that was related to my caption (announcing we were traveling), they were saying, you all look so cute, happy cinco de mayo. Ha! Gotta love those quick browsing readers. I mean, I guess I could also see the confusion there. But anyway, we leave next week and are really looking forward to having some much needed away time with everything we’ve had going on. If you’ve been to Barcelona and have any recommendations for places to visit or to check out, send them my way!
I was in Target this week picking up a few things for our trip and came across a jumpsuit I wasn’t exactly sure about. You know, one of those let me walk around and think about it for a minute (or an hour because Target is very rarely a quick trip). I thought about it and then decided to try it on and I fell in love! Well wouldn’t you know it was 20% off with the cartwheel app so it was a no brainer at that point. Little did I know it’s now sold out online and at most stores. Womp, womp, I don’t have a direct link for you, but I’m sure I’ll take a picture in it at some point. It’s by Wild Fable and they have so many cute jumpsuits out right now. I picked up a few more basic tees to wear under it (currently on sale 3 for $20). Of course I couldn’t pass up on getting the baby a romper (that 20% is enticing) and some tanks for the boys. This is a little random but I wanted to share a rubber bottle brush that has been working out really well for us. I’m not even talking just for baby bottles, but for bottles in general. Both of my older boys use long stainless steal water bottles and it can be so hard to get in there to clean properly. I came across this rubber brush with an extra long handle that really gets down in there. It got one bad review online but I don’t have any problems with what they mentioned. I put a little water in the there to lather it up and I do make sure I rub the brush around the bottom and the sides of the bottle. It’s a slimmer design, so you need to be mindful of that. I also love the long straw brush that it comes with because those can be so hard to clean. If you’re looking for a bottle brush it might be worth checking out.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing moms, aunts, and those that impact our lives. A mother’s work is never done and a mother’s love is unlike anything else.