Amiliana ; 1 Month



{yes she decided to pee as I took these last few pictures}


4 Weeks ; 01.17.15
9lbs 14.5 oz
22 inches

Beautiful & fabulous! She looks like me of course! 
Baby acne
Still wearing a few newborn pieces but for the most part in 0-3 months
We went up to size 1 at about 2.5 weeks old
Acid Reflux

Eating
She usually nurses every hour and half during the day and every 3-4 hours during the night for about 10-20 minutes. She was spitting up after most feedings, we assumed it was acid reflux. This started at 2 weeks. Now we have medicine and I'm hoping that by the end of this month, it will work fully.

Sleeping 
Right now she is doing nothing but sleeping! When we got home from the hospital we had her sleep in a bassinet but that wasn't working. So we (as in, my mom and I) sleep with her on our chest or next to us. Yes I want to co-sleep until she stops the choking and spitting up completely!

Usually when she is napping during the day I swaddle her because she always startles herself and wakes up when she moves her hands. I either use a Swaddle Me or even a stretchy Burp cloth.


Milestones
Smiling
Cooing
Gripping things in her hand


Likes
Car rides
White noise {vacuums, and loud heaters}
Being held
Bath time


Dislikes
The pacifier unless she is tired
Being over tired
Cold wipes
Medicine




DIY Peppermint Whipped Body Butter


What you'll need; 

1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
30-40 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil



First put everything together in a microwave safe measuring bowl. Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil just a little bit in the microwave.




Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator until it’s almost solid. About 20 minutes....



Once it looks like it's mostly solid again, whip the mixture with a stand mixer (or hand mixer) until its light and fluffy.




I added whatever chunks I had left over in my cocoa butter tub near the end. I love the chunks of cocoa butter <3 

Once whipped for a total of about 8 minutes, you can then store your body butter in a air tight container.

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My Top Winter Essentials


Winter Essentials


1. Pea-coat, gloves and a hot cup of coffee!

2. Boots!

3. Infinity Scarves!

4. Carmex!

5. Leggings!


I said I wasn't going to where leggings everyday, but when I'm in the house with my baby this is my essential!!! LOL When I do go out, they are so easy and comfy to put on. Plus I don't feel like trying on jeans and realizing they don't fit! :P 

Introducing....

Amiliana Christin Bynom



What started off as an ordinary day, became the day that changed my life... again!

Here is my story! 

At 8 am, I woke up to some cramps in my lower stomach, but I didn't think anything of it.. So I went back to sleep until 30 minutes later I felt it again. I went down stairs for my normal day.

Josiah had a school Christmas play that he was in and I was determined to not miss it. I was on the couch having my cup of coffee getting Josiah ready and as I got up I felt the pain again. 

I didn't think it was normal but I didn't think I was in labor either. So I go upstairs to get dressed. I kept feeling the cramps. I started playing with my mom that I was in labor and today was the day... My mom said she was going to take Josiah across the street and we were going to the doctor. I told her no we are going to the play, that I didn't want Josiah to miss it. 

As the cramps starting getting closer, about 15 minutes apart at this point, I leaned over with my knees on the couch and felt so much relief. I knew then... I might really be in labor. BUT I still was determined to go to his play...LOL I was in denial. Until my mom finally just took Josiah across the street to the neighbors and told me to get in her truck. still in disbelief, I got all my hospital bags together, adding a few things, and got in my mom's truck. 

As we were on our way to the hospital my friend, Lindsey, said that we should go to the doctors first because if I wasn't dilated, the hospital would just turn me away.So we turned around and we went to the doctor office to get my dilation checked. But come to find out my doctor wasn't even there to check me! We had no choice but to go to the hospital. About half way to the hospital, I knew this was the real deal.. The pain was so bad! Contractions were about 5 minutes apart. At this point I get on the phone and call Joe to come to the hospital. 

When I got to the hospital at 10:30, the contractions were probably about 3 minutes apart. I tell them I'm in pain and that I need to pee. They get me a wheel chair and I think I peed my pants. Still feeling like I have to pee, they immediately wheel me to the back into a room that was like a waiting delivery room until a real delivery room became available. It was actually the room we looked at during the hospital tour. 

The nurse took me to the bathroom, and I sat down to pee... but instead I felt like I had to push. I saw blood and really started freaking out... She quickly helped me get up and laid me down on the bed. She called everyone, telling them it was time. In a matter of minutes, like 15 nurses and other people came into the room, and the nurse checked my dilation (which hurt like hell) She told me I was 8 cm. and there was no time for an epidural. Joe isn't here and my mom had to move the truck because she had parked in the front of the hospital. I was just like... "wait no one is going to be here to see this?!" As I said that my mom walked back in. 

Everyone cheered, "There's mom!". It was pretty relieving...
She stood beside my bed and it was THAT time. Joe was still on his way. And there wasn't even time to update my status on facebook, that it was time! I was waiting to say that the whole nine months I was pregnant! lol 

Since I was too late for an epidural, I had to sign a waiver. The nurse checked me again because the doctor hadn't come in yet. I'm still screaming "I need to push", but trying to wait for Joe to get there. She told me I could still get an epidural because I was still at 8cm. Right when she said that the doctor walked in, and said "No, If you can push through three contractions, she will be here."

I couldn't wait any longer, I had to push. I pushed about three times when in my ear, I hear a nurse coaching me to breathe and then push from the bottom. I knew I was doing it all wrong until I finally stopped screaming and listened to the nurse in my ear. 

At 11:14 I was done. She was here. In this crazy world just crying her pretty little eyes out.




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My Year in Review 2014

So this will be a very long photo recap of my Year 2014!! 

JANUARY




I didn't start off my New Years the way I wanted. I wrote my second post about my miscarriage... It is graphic, weak stomachs do not click on this POST



I wrote a post about how much I loved food and how I will never try another diet again. 





I did a photo post for Wordless Wednesday. Yeah that was about 12 inches of snow, so i got stuck at work for a few days. 



I started a giveaway of some of my Nail Polish Stash!

FEBRUARY






I LOVE February! I love doing all the lovie dovie crafts, and Josiah loved it too!



We made Valentines. I will make these again this year if I have time! Or maybe I'll just search my Pinterest board for some different Ideas LOL



I did start a new Link up, but no EVER joined. So I stopped it after the first month. LOL



I found an easy DIY to fix your make up! 


MARCH



I started really hitting the gym, because I knew I had a trip to Miami coming up. I got addicted to doing Zumba and I can't wait to start up again. 



I wrote about my food/DRINK experience in Miami. 



I tried to eat healthy....



I did a link-up called "Whats in your bag?"


I got new nail polish that I love!!! 



I reposted about the BEST #DIY Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener






I bought a new Mazda 3! Then the next weekend Joe and I took a trip to see Katt Williams on a mini vacation to NC!

APRIL




Josiah loves this recipe of Foaming Hand Soap. He plays with it less, so guess what... mommy loves it too! 






We did crafts of course because of Easter! The weekend shenanigans post will tell you all about the crafts and our Easter weekend. Also you'll get a better view of Josiah calling the Easter Bunny broke!! LOL



I revamped my post about DIY Crayons!!!

April is also when I found out I was expecting again after the miscarriage.

MAY



Mother's day is around the corner so I revamped my DIY Body Scrub



And also Hand Print Flower pots!! JUNE



I made my version of Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta. It was amazing!!!

JULY 




I had to work Fourth of July weekend, but I still made time to make this craft! Josiah and I made DIY 4th of July Rockets.



My family came down from Tennessee and I totally enjoyed them being around. I miss being around my aunt everyday. Our little weekend can be found in this post right here



I finally came out to ya'll about my little secret, that I was expecting!!! 



I made Homemade Cronuts for the first time. They are so easy you'll never go back to regular donuts (Or maybe you will LOL)






I got a HUGE NAIL MAIL. And I still have yet to try them ALL LOL Can we say addicted much?!



Josiah loves these Homemade Bubbles, they were the best bubbles I have ever came across. I suggest you definitely give them a try!!!! 





We had a gender reveal and found out that we were having a little GIRL! 



My little boy is still so ecstatic about having a little sister. This was us at 18 weeks pregnant


AUGUST




I started off my birthday month with these sweet and salty Cucumber Lime Pops





For Labor day, we also made DIY Poppersand also Fried Pickles!!!



I made an easy Chalkboard Sign

SEPTEMBER


I started selling Thirty-One!
You can see the new spring/summer catalog here!

OCTOBER



I made a Round up of all the Halloween DIY's I made!


I made an easy & beautiful & yummy Wine Bottle Centerpiece




We went to a Festival!

NOVEMBER




The kids made this Handprint Turkey Craft


I made a Christmas List
because your never too old for one of these! 


I wrote What's in My Hospital Bags


DECEMBER





I did a weekly write up about what our #ElfOnTheShelf did! 



I had my baby girl! Amiliana Christin Bynom!



What did you do this year?! 

I have been on a blogging break for most of December. Hopefully I can get back into it soon, because I miss writing everything and doing all my crafts. I got my sewing machine for Christmas so hopefully I can go to a sewing class and start sewing! 

Happy New Year everyone!!! 

Much love-
Christin, Josiah & Amiliana 







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