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Our Favorite Things: Toddler Stuff

Monday, October 6th, 2014


Laugh and Learn House


Music Set 


Push Toys


Various sized Balls



Spoons and Forks




Sippy Cups 








Moral stories



Bedtime story 





Favorite things!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Oxo Seedling 

This highchair is AWESOME! It is easy to put together, easy to use and easy to clean! Here is a link to a demo video.


bumGenius Freetime 

This diaper has been our “go to” because it doesn’t leak, it doesn’t need to be stuffed and because it is velcro it is easy to put on a wiggly baby!


Baby Jogger City Mini GT 

We LOVE this stroller! It has a one handed fold and is light enough for me to toss in the trunk. It rides smoothly. The seat and canopy are generously sized! Only complaint… the basket is a little small but we make do.



These have been GREAT for teething!


Razberry Teether 

Jenson love to chew on this teether!



Our Favorite Things: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Phil and Teds Lobster


Playtex Lil’ Gripper Sippy Cup

little gripper

Playtex VentAire Bottle


Gap Socks




Robeez Slip On


Zutano Fleece Booties


Charlie Banana Small Cloth Diapers





Natural Cold Supplies:

Maty’s Chest Rub


Hyland’s Tiny Colds Tablets


Hyland’s Baby Cough Medicine





Our Favorite Things: this, that, and the other

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

As we continue on our parenting journey we find more items that we really like! Here are a few of those items:

Best Bottoms Diaper


This diaper is our new favorite!! The main reason why we love it is because it doesn’t leak!!! The leg gussets help hold everything in and give a snug fit around Jenson’s skinny little legs.



This toy is awesome!! It is the easiest toy for Jenson to grab and play with.

Bath Sling 


Our little guy loves bath time! He kicks and wiggles and giggles! We use this chair to keep his head out of the water and it works well.

Doorway Jumper 


Jenson has very strong legs and LOVES to jump so this is perfect for him! It is also great to use while I take a shower or bath. I hang it in the doorway and he can play and I can keep an eye on him.

Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat


This carseat is GREAT!!! It is nice and sturdy and very easy to clip in and out. The fabric is also top quality and easy to clean. The latch system on this seat is the easiest I have ever used!



Our Favorite things: Newborn cloth diapers

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We are very thankful to my sister for lending us all her newborn cloth diapers to use for Jenson!

Of the 4 brands she gave us, we really like these 3:


TotsBots Tini Fit 

This diaper is a combo of all in one and pocket. It has a nice trim fit with a very soft liner and insert. It has good stretchy elastic and only comes in aplix which allows for a very customizable fit. This diaper dries quickly. Only downside is it requires stuffing.


FuzziBunz Perfect Size (XS)

This pocket diaper has a very trim fit and has adjustable sizing using snaps wait and leg snaps. This diaper dries very quickly. The 3 things that aren’t great are the waist can gap a little on a smaller baby, it only comes in snap and it requires stuffing.


Thirsties Duo All In One (Size 1)

This all in one diaper is our favorite! It comes in snap or aplix. The aplix allows for overlapping to get a nice perfect fit in the waist. It has a snap rise to grow with the baby but it isn’t overly bulky. This diaper requires the least amount of work (no stuffing!) and the aplix version is very husband friendly as it is very similar to a disposable to put on. I have ordered several of these to start our own collection! The 2 cons: to big for very little babies;  this diaper can take a little longer to dry.


Our favorite things: newborn toys

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Jenson can’t talk yet but we already have a pretty good idea of what he does and doesn’t like!

Here is a list of his favorite toys:

Skip Hop Ocean Pals play mat 

This play mat is SOOOO cute!!! Jenson loves to lay on it and kick his little legs! He reaches for the toys and enjoys all the bright colors. We bought an extra starfish toy that goes with this theme to add to the fun!


Infantino Pop & Swap Gym 

We didn’t register for this, but we are so glad we received it as a gift! Jenson LOVES this toy!! He smiles so big and flails his little arms when I lay him under it! He bats at all the toys too!



My sister gave us this toy to use in the car to calm a crying baby. She discovered that if she shook it while driving the noise calmed her fussy daughter down. Lo and behold… it works for us too!! If Jenson is upset in the car I shake the rainmaker for a little while and he settles down and sometimes falls asleep! Miracle!!



Soothe & Glow Seahorse 

My sister also got us this cute little guy! We use it for naps and bedtime. It is very soothing and Jenson relaxes to the music while I rock him to sleep.


Brica Firefly car mirror 

This mirror is great!! It has lights and music to entertain Jenson in the car. It comes with a remote that is helpful to use from the front seat while driving.


Crawl Along Snail 

I usually lay this cute snail next to Jenson and whenever he taps it lights and music start! He also enjoys looking at himself in the mirror!





Our Favorite things… Hawaii edition! (Plus travel tips!)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Here is a list of our favorite baby things that were helpful on our recent trip to Hawaii.

1) Fisher Price backpack diaper bag 

This bag is perfect for running through an airport (or anywhere!) and fits perfectly under the seat! The wipes case on the outside of the bag is helpful for quick diaper changes on the go. There is PLENTY of space for all necessary baby items! We LOVE this bag! And it is husband friendly =)



2) OXO travel drying rack with bottle brush

It’s pretty self explanatory, but this rack folds up compactly and fits nicely in any bag.


3) Maya Wrap ring sling

I have been using this wrap since we adopted Jenson, so I don’t know why I didn’t include it in my first “Favorite Things” post. I LOVE this wrap! It is very adjustable so that you get a sung fit every time and the pocket is helpful for carrying a few small essentials. I have this pretty rainbow one which is a great functional accessary to any outfit! I also have it in green. I will say, all the weight is on one shoulder so it isn’t ideal for all day baby wearing and obviously the bigger the baby the heavier the weight 😉


4) Boba baby carrier

We LOVE this carrier! It is very similar to the Ergo, if you are familiar with that, but has a few different features that made me pick this one over the Ergo. The big thing that is different is the Boba is less bulky so it is ideal for smaller body frames. It is easy to sit while wearing it too. We used this every day on our trip! Jenson liked it too… he fell asleep every time he was in it!


5) Tommee Tippee bib 

This isn’t really a travel item but it is a favorite and we used them on our trip so I share them here 😉



6) Infantino stay cool bottle bag

This bag is great! We packed 6 frozen bags of breast milk in it and after 12 hours of traveling they were still frozen in the middle when we arrived in Hawaii. It’s cute too!





There are a few items we wish that we had with us:

Our infant carseat and possibly a snap and go type stroller.

We didn’t take our carseat or stroller because we wanted to travel as “light” as possible even with a baby! And we also didn’t want them to get beat up during the travel process. We planned to just carry Jenson in the carriers we had and use an infant carseat provided by our rental car company. Well the carseat we were given was stinky and dirty as well as HUGE and unsafe for Jenson. (I made it safer by using hotel towels for head support!) Lesson learned! Won’t do that again! As far as the stroller… our arms and backs got quite the workout carrying Jenson everywhere so a little snap and go kind would have been helpful.


Travel tips

TSA and breast milk:

First I will say that it is going to vary from airport to airport. On our way out we took 6 full bags of frozen breast milk and there was no issue. We also took 8 bottles of thawed breast milk. 2 were 3 oz bottles and the rest were 4 oz bottles. No issues with the 3 oz bottles but the 4 oz bottles had to be put in a machine that used a light to shine through… I guess to make sure there weren’t any explosives in it 😉 On the way home the we took 5 bottles of thawed breast milk only. I made them only 3 oz bottles since we had issues with the 4 oz bottles on the way out. Well it didn’t matter… the agent said we had “a lot” of milk and even though I pointed out that they were only 3 oz bottles she still ran them in the light machine. I find it frustrating that there isn’t any consistency from airport to airport but I’m glad they didn’t have to “dip it.” I did ask about that and they said they don’t do that anyway.


TSA and a baby:

I had no issue with carrying Jenson through security in the Boba. They sent me through the metal detector and swabbed my hands to make sure I didn’t handle explosives and that was it! I was so glad I didn’t have to take him off since he was sleeping.


Seating choice:

If you have the option, ALWAYS pick an aisle seat! On our flights out I had a window seat and if Jenson needed to be change or be rocked I had to climb out over people. On the way home I sat on the aisle and it was so nice to get up with him anytime he squeaked or needed a change without bothering people! Much more relaxing for me!!



A few of our favorite things

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Over the first 5 weeks as parents we have come to appreciate various baby items. Here is our list, in no particular order.

Rock and Play Sleeper 


Sleep Sack 


Carter’s diaper bag 


Avent Soothie pacifier 


Cradle N’ Swing 


Black and White books


Black and White toys 


Sleep Sheep 


Aden and Anais Bamboo Swaddle Blankets


Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper


Jenson’s story (in a nutshell!)

Monday, September 9th, 2013


A little over a month ago, on August 6th we found out about a baby boy in West Virginia that needed a home.  A friend of mine contacted me to tell me that he was born on August 4th and was due to be discharged from the hospital. She talked with his birth family about us and they were excited to meet us! Peter was in Texas on business and I was home in Virginia and our future son was in West Virginia! That night, after he was discharged, he spent the night at our friend’s house until we could get to him the next day. On August 7th Peter traveled back home from Texas and then we drove to meet our son in West Virginia! We met with his birth family and Jenson at a Bethany Christian Services office. That first meeting with his birth family was perfect! We really hit it off and they were so thankful and relieved that we were going to be raising their son. The whole moment was surreal! Holding Jenson for the first time took my breath away and I couldn’t help but let the tears fall. After many hugs and pictures we left with our new baby boy! That first night was a sleepless night for this momma… not because Jenson kept me up, but because I couldn’t believe all that had taken place in those 24 hrs! We went from a family of 2 to a family of 3 in the blink of an eye! We spent 9 days in West Virginia waiting for the interstate paperwork to be completed. During that time we enjoyed getting to know our son, falling in love with this sweet baby the Lord provided, and adjusting quickly to being parents! Finally, on our 5th wedding anniversary (8/16), we were able to bring our new baby home!


Common questions:


-What type of adoption will we have?

Open. We are going to keep in touch with Jenson’s birth family. Over time we plan to develop a relationship with them and will send them letters and pictures and have visits together throughout the year.

-What are the birth parents like?

They are WONDERFUL people and we now consider them a part of our family. For their privacy and for the protection of Jenson’s story, that is all we will share for now.

-Can he be taken away?

Nope! He is ours forever!

-When will the adoption be finalized?

We will start the process for finalization in December and hope to have everything finalize by the time Jenson is 6 months old.



Back by popular demand!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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We have decided to relaunch our ADOPT t-shirt fundraiser due to the interest we are still getting! We are thankful for the financial assistance this provides for us in our effort to adopt a little one, but we are also very excited that the blessing of adoption is being widely proclaimed through this t-shirt!

We have made a few changes this time around:

– a ladies shirt is now available

– a toddler shirt is now available

-the toddler and youth styles will be navy


Like last time, the campaign will be open for 3 weeks only. It will end on August 13th!! Shirt reservations will only be filled if our goal of 100 sales is met, so if we do not sell 100 shirts, any payments will be reimbursed.

Adult shirts are $25 each and kid shirts are $16 each. About half of the procedes will go toward our adoption fund.

Please feel free to email this information to any of your friends, family members, coworkers, or church members if you think they would be interested in supporting adoption and assisting us in Bringing Home “Baby B!”

Here is the link to our fundraiser:

Ladies style

Ladies crew style

Original crew style

Original crew style