It’s a…

GIRL!!!

And yes, Baby Girl already has her first pair of shoes.

Can you even stand how cute these little Robeez are???

I have to confess…  I actually bought these over 3 years ago, when I was just barely pregnant with my first boy.

Needless to say, they’ve been sitting in my closet for a while, and they are ready for some use!

Also, I kind of feel like I am starting all over with this parenting thing.

Boys, I can handle.  I was prepared for another boy.  This whole girl thing has thrown off my whole game.

Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you…  just a crazy, fun new adjustment!

Any tips for me on raising girls? 

Oh, and in case you were wondering what Baby Girl’s next pair of shoes will be?

Well, these tiny TOMS of course…  to match her mama’s!  

Eek!!

postpartum belly binding

Yep, you heard right.  I am going to talk to you about postpartum belly binding!  (If you are not pregnant, not going to be pregnant, or don’t know anyone who is or may be pregnant someday, please feel free to ignore this post and scroll down for some yummy recipes!)

Right now, I am pregnant with my 3rd child.  I used postpartum belly binding in the form of a Belly Bandit after both of my last pregnancies and will be happily doing so again after this baby gets here.

After baby #1, I had the Belly Bandit on by the 2nd day I was home (after all the water-weight was gone from my IV-fluids).  After baby #2, I had the Belly Bandit on within minutes of getting out of the tub where he was born!

One thing I can tell you for sure…  these things feel amazing.

Besides the claims that they bring back your shape faster (which they do, by the way… as long as you use them exactly how they are intended!), they are incredibly supportive and comfortable when your back and ab muscles are so sore and weak after a long pregnancy!

New moms in countries all around the world have been using belly binding postpartum as a cultural norm for centuries…  I think they’re pretty smart and I’m glad I found this little treasure before I had my first child!

In case you’re wondering, because I know you are, yes, belly binding will help you tremendously even if this is not your first pregnancy.  Any time you have given birth is a great time to support and tone your back and stomach muscles and bring your core back together quicker and easier!

Have you tried, or thought about trying, Postpartum Belly Binding?  Do you have any specific questions for me?

I’m very passionate about this topic, and I’d love to chat with you more about it!

*Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I love Belly Bandit, found them on my own, have used them twice, soon to be 3 times and wanted to share how much I’ve learned with you!

cinnamon roll frosting & preggo ramblings at their finest…

My brain is officially Out of Order.  I can’t seem to do anything right these days and I can hardly remember the beginning of my thought once I get to the end.

It’s a miracle that I can even get dressed these days…  really, it is!

Pregnancy gives me this great and at the same time frustrating burst of creative energy in the kitchen.

Great because for some reason most of my fears and worries disappear and I try things I would normally shy away from for fear of failure.

Frustrating because I can hardly remember my own name these days, let alone whether I just put sugar in a recipe, or was that salt?  And did I just count out 2 cups?  Or was that 3?!

Case in point…  I wanted to make some homemade cinnamon rolls yesterday.  I had a craving, and we all know preggo cravings cannot go ignored for long.

I found a recipe that looked good, copied it down on a piece of scrap paper and got to work.  But when I started kneading the dough, something just wasn’t right.  It was way too dry and I knew I had put the right amount of flour in.

So, I remedied the best I could, kneading water into the dough bit by bit (fun fact: kneading water into a too-dry dough is much harder than kneading flour into a too-wet dough!).  I finally got the dough to a point where I knew it would at least be edible, so I proceeded with the recipe.

And then all of a sudden it hit me.  I knew what I had done wrong!

I completely forgot to put the butter into the dough.  Basically, I just made fat-free cinnamon roll dough.  (Yuck.)

I was so annoyed at myself and almost threw away the dough, but I decided to go ahead anyways.  At least I would be able to enjoy licking the frosting off if the cinnamon rolls were as bad as I imagined!

But you know what??  They weren’t bad at all!!

Now, I’m not saying I would ever intentionally leave the butter out of the dough next time I make this recipe, and these were definitely not fat-free cinnamon rolls, but they were more than edible…  they were delicious!

You know what else?  I think that’s the sign of a pretty-darn-good recipe if I can screw it up that bad and still end up with good results!  :o)

I will definitely be making these again (the right way hopefully!) and I wholeheartedly recommend them to you!

The frosting alone is amazing.  Exactly what I was looking for and will probably be my go-to cinnamon roll frosting from now on!

Enjoy!

Perfect Cinnamon Roll Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
adapted from Tasty Kitchen
frosts 12 or more large cinnamon rolls
Ingredients:
6 oz cream cheese*
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:
*You can eyeball this…  just use about 3/4 of a regular 8oz brick of cream cheese!
In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Beat in the extract and salt, and then the powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy.
Spread over your favorite warm cinnamon rolls!