Baby Bath Time

I love giving my son baths. For the first several weeks of The Captains life he absolutely despised bath time but thankfully throughout the last couple weeks he is coming around and is at least tolerating bath time, now. Next step, enjoying bath time! (fingers crossed)

At one of my baby showers my mom and sisters gave me one of my all time favorite baby products I’ve used thus far – the Puj tub. If you’re looking for a great baby bath tub, look no further. Go buy this now – thank me later.

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This tub fits into your sink, making it an incredible back saver. It stores flat but when it comes time to use it, it easily folds into its tub shape and props in your sink. Its slide proof, squishy, comfortable and it doesn’t absorb water so your babies warm bath water stays inside the tub for the whole duration of bath time.

I swear by this product. Its absolutely worth the money and I think you’ll think so too.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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Newborn & Mommy Must-Haves

I haven’t been a mommy a super long time, but I’ve been a mommy ever since my son was born and therefore, I have had to figure out what works and doesn’t work for the Little Captain and myself. We are still in our first several weeks here, but we have been able to find some things we really like and I thought I’d share a few so some of you can try out our favorites – and if you have newborn/baby and mommy must-haves different than mine – please share!! We are always looking for new things to try! After all, neither of us have done this before..

CeeCee’s Mommy Must-Haves

  • Nursing Camisole. You bet this is the first thing on the list. My cute momma found me this nursing camisole (find it here) at Target and I love it. It has an easy to use clasp, its comfy and it gives my funny-shaped tummy a little more structure. (don’t mistake that for thinking i’m feeling pity for my ‘new’ body – I am PROUD of my body and what its done!)
  • Boppy. This is one of those life savers. It looks like half of an inner tube that you wear around the front of your waist when you breastfeed. But Wild Man and I will use this just to help us hold the Captain up when our arms are getting tired. It can also be used when babies get bigger to prop them up in, help them sit in, etc. They come in all sorts of different cute fabrics, too, which makes them that much more fun.
  • Wrap. I have the Moby Wrap in grey. This is fabulous and I know once the Little Captain and I get out of the house more I will use it even more frequently. The few times I’ve used it so far have given me so much piece of mind. Its nice to keep my little guy close to me and know he’s being kept away from a lot of germs (i’m a germaphobic momma), wandering hands and coughs, sneezes and other scary things. Plus, its just really sweet to look down and see your cute little bundle snuggled against your chest.
  • Hand Sanitizer. Or as my cousin calls it, hanitizer. I just said I was a germaphobic momma, so I feel like this one is just super self explanatory. I don’t want germs on my baby!
  • Water Bottle. Its emphasized all the time how important it is to stay hydrated while you’re breast feeding. I’ve found that if I have a water bottle (or sometimes a big cup of water) that is easy to carry around with me throughout the house, I am much more likely to drink all the water I need.
  • Lanolin. Oh chapped, sore, owie nipples (pardon my language). They hurt 98% of the time, but the lanolin helps take the sting out. It doesn’t take the pain away – just makes it better – and for that I am thankful.
  • Naps. Its not something you can buy and unfortunately sometimes its not even something you can make time for, but they make a world of difference. I’m always so grateful for the times when I can squeeze a nap in during my mom duties.

The Little Captain’s Newborn Must-Haves

  • Rock-a-Roo. I’m pretty sure there are millions of different kinds of rockers/swings/etc there are to buy. I bought the Rock-a-Roo (kind of the step down from the MamaRoo but still awesome) and the Captain adores it. It rocks back and fourth at different speeds and it is exactly what the Little Captain needs sometimes to calm him down or put him to sleep. It also has a plug in so you can play music through it. We haven’t really used this, but its probably a really neat feature to some of you, right?
  • Wubbanub. Ok so when I first saw these I thought they were ridiculous. Why the heck would you want your child to have a binky with a weird stuffed animal hanging off of it? Silly. But then I read a little more about them, read other mommy-bloggers opinions of them and…I bought the Captain two before he was born (the giraffe and the reindeer) and Santa was kind enough to bring us him the dog! They’re the only binkys he will use, now. The animal on the end helps keep the binky in his mouth and I’m assuming as he gets older, it will also provide him some entertainment. I love them and so does he.
  • Mittens. The Captain has razor sharp little fingernails no matter their length and if he ever gets the chance, for whatever reason he chooses to take all ten nails and drag them down his poor little face! When he’s mad and has no protection over his hands, his face is 100% guaranteed to get clawed. I love the little mittens you can buy to stick over their hands and protect the babies precious face. On this same note, I love the outfits that have the flaps over the end of the sleeves that also work as nail-protection.
  • Sleeping Gowns. Originally I thought nope – no way was I putting my SON in a DRESS. But guys… Its not a dress. Its a genius design. Most nights the Captain sleeps in one of these nifty outfits. It makes nighttime diaper changes so much quicker and easier – and he just looks really cute and perfect in them.
  • Fuzzy, Warm Blanket. Babies need blankets, obvs. The Little Captain has a vast variety of blankets, but one we particularly love is a fuzzy, warm blanket that he uses daily (when it isn’t being washed). We use it to keep him warm in our house and we use it as a top, warm layer when we load him into his carseat and into the car. And snuggling with his little body when he’s bundled in this fuzzy blanket is wonderful.
  • Wipe Warmer. I didn’t think we’d need one of these. Ok, we don’t need it, but its sure a nice item to have. I keep our wipe warmer next to my bed for nighttime diaper changes. I figure when its the middle of the night and someones stripping you down and wiping you, the least they could do is make sure the wipe is warm, right?
  • Swaddle Blankets. My favorite swaddles are the Swaddle Design swaddles. They are huge and are great for swaddling the Captain up tight or just loosely wrapping him in. Plus the designs on them are adorable.
  • Beanies. For obvious reasons these come in handy, especially when you have a baby in the colder months.
  • Burp Cloths. However many burp cloths you think you need… take that number and double it. Seriously. I keep burp clothes all over the house and even then I feel like there aren’t enough. You just never know when you’ll need one – and need it quick!
  • Play Mat. I didn’t think this would be something I’d already have my son using, but I use it all the time. He loves laying on his back and looking up at the hanging toys and the musical mobile and the pattern on the mat makes tummy time a little more bearable for him.
  • Baskets/Containers. In our living room we have two basket/containers I got for cheap at Target. One holds a bunch of books. I’ve made it a goal to read to Captain at least one book a day so I need them easily accessible. The other holds lots of diapers, wipes and some ointment, should he need it. I like having these things so readily available and having them in cute containers makes me less embarrassed about having them ‘displayed’ in my living room.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Spiritual Sunday: Our Personal Search

During the Christmas Season after family scripture study, Wild Man brought this quote out to read from the Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, Thomas S. Monson. I really loved it and wanted to share it with you guys!

“As we undertake our personal search for Jesus, aided and guided by the principle of prayer, it is fundamental that we have a clear concept of Him whom we seek.

The shepherds of old sought Jesus the child. But we seek Jesus the Christ, our Older Brother, our Mediator with the Father, our Redeemer, the Author of our salvation; He who was in the beginning with the Father; He who took upon Himself the sins of the world and so willingly died that we might forever live. This is the Jesus whom we seek.

And when we find Him, will we be prepared as were the wise men of old to provide gifts from our many treasures? They presented gold, frankincense and myrrh. These are not the gifts Jesus asks of us. From the treasure of our hearts Jesus asks that we give of ourselves: “Behold, the Lord requiter the heart and a willing mind” (D&C 64:34).

In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are souls to be saved.”

Have a happy Sunday!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Our Morning Playlist

The Little Captain is a big fan of music. He has been since he was growing in my stomach. My very favorite was when we were in church and hymns would be sung and he would wiggle the entire song – happy as a clam. It was the cutest thing. He just barely hit 8 weeks (ack!!) and during those 8 weeks the two of us have been exploring a lot of music and you may think I’m crazy saying my newborn son has songs he loves and songs he doesn’t care for, but I will stand by that statement no matter how silly it sounds.

In the mornings when the two of us are lounging in bed in and out of sleep, getting up, getting dressed then lounging on the couch, we listen to a lot of music. There are certain songs he wiggles and smiles to the entire time. It melts my heart and it clearly makes his very happy, so we finally made a playlist compiled of The Captain’s current favorites – and some of his moms favorites, too, because she’s a tad bit selfish.

The playlist is pretty long, but I wanted to share a bunch, but not all. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share. We’re open to anything that doesn’t include profanity, drug/sex/crime references and I’m feeling like he’s probably too young to be introduced to rap music right now.

Captain & CeeCee’s Morning Playlist

Splash Mountain Medley (from Disneyland’s Splash Mountain): Because, duh. We are a Disney family so obviously some Disney songs have to make it on our playlist. Captain really loves to wiggle and listen intently to this song.

Once Upon a Dream (from Disneyland’s King Arthur Carrousel): Again, a Disney song. There are actually several Disney Park songs, but I’ll just list these two, as I think they’re his two favorites that fall under the Disney category.

Perfect (by One Direction): Okay, I kind of forced this one into the playlist because its my guilty pleasure, but he seems to be liking it more and more every time we listen to it.

Hello (by Adele): Who doesn’t love this song? Its a no brainer..

Sorry (by Justin Bieber): Another one I forced into our playlist, but in all honesty I think The Captain likes the part in the chorus with all the ‘ooooo-ooooo’s’ ….if you know what I’m talking about props to you.

Brave (by Josh Groban): I’m so proud of my son for also loving Josh Groban. Man there is something about his voice..

Sweet Caroline (by Neil Diamond): I played this for Captain one time because Wild Man is a huge Neil Diamond fan and I wanted to see if our baby was too. The answer was yes.

I’m Trying to be Like Jesus (by Mormon Tabernacle Choir): The boy loves church music! Also, this song usually makes me cry. (we have several church songs on our playlist)

Drowning (by Backstreet Boys): This song is timeless. So, so stinkin’ good and I will make sure my son and all my children will always agree with this.

Shut Up and Fish (by Maddie & Tae): This song is catchy and he thinks so too. Yes, its a country song – not everyones cup of tea, but Wild Man and I have always been a fan.

I Got the Boy (by Jana Kramer): Mom added this one to the list. I like it. (I love it. I want some more of it…)

Hide Away (by Daya): Another mom added one. Whenever I hear this song I hope the girls who listen to it feel inspired to look for ‘good boys’…

Tearin’ Up My Heart (by Nsync): I felt it was important to teach my son about my music roots – besides Disney tunes. I forgot how much I love this song.

God Gave Me You (by Blake Shelton): This is me and Wild Man’s wedding song. I’m pretty sure its necessary it makes the list.

Love Train (by The O’Jays): Feel good music for humans of all ages.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Spiritual Sunday: Hymn #224

“I have work enough to do, ere the sun goes down. For myself and kindred too, ere the sun goes down. Ev’ry idle whisper stilling with a purpose firm and willing, all my daily tasks fulfilling, ere the sun goes down.

I must speak the loving word, ere the sun goes down. I must let my voice be heard, ere the sun goes down. Ev’ry cry of pity heeding for the injured interceding, to the light and lost ones leading, ere the sun goes down.

As I journey on my way, ere the sun goes down. God’s commands I must obey, ere the sun goes down. There are sins that need confessing, there are wrongs that need redressing. If I would obtain the blessing, ere the sun goes. down.”

-I Have Work Enough to Do (Hymn #224 in the LDS Hymnal)

Several weeks ago in Relief Society this song was our closing hymn. I don’t feel like this is a widely well-known church hymn, yet I know I’ve sang it so many times before. But this day as I sang it, it really struck something in me. I’ve never paid attention to the words before like I did this time, and guys? This is a really good song.

Particular lines that really stood out to me:

“I have work enough to do…for myself and kindred too…”

“I must speak the loving word”

“As I journey on my way…God’s commands I must obey…”

“There are sins that need confessing, there are wrongs that need redressing”

I love when you’re singing a hymn and the words really mean something to you. I felt like as I listened to these words I was able to set a few new goals for myself. I need to spend my days working for me and my family and spend a lot less time in front of the tv or mindlessly doing things that really don’t matter. I need to make sure I am speaking kindly and lovingly to everyone – not just those who are easy to speak that way to. I need to obey the council we are given and always be mindful of heeding to the Commandments. Every night I want to use the atonement in my life and repent of the sins I’ve committed no matter how big or small and strive to be a better person.

This is a short post here, but I strongly encourage you to read through some hymns or really pay attention next time hymns are sung – those words are powerful and pack some powerful messages.

Have a  happy Sunday!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Provo City Center Temple

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On Sunday, January 3rd (still weird to me that we are in January 2016 now), my family and I were invited to get an early, private tour of the Provo City Center Temple before the tour becomes open to the public. We had this same incredible opportunity with the Payson Temple last year as well and it truly was unforgettable, so when the invitation was offered for this new temple, there was no way we could say no.

My aunts (my mommas little sister) husbands dad is Elder Kent F. Richards of the Quorum on the Seventy – he is primarily over temples (i’m sure thats a very vague, poor description of his duties) so he is able to give his family private tours of the new temples and we’ve been lucky enough that two have been built in the last two years. My family has been so lucky to have also been invited – THANK YOU RICHARDS FAMILY! We always said the tour of the Payson temple was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but then we were invited to the new Provo one so we were feeling even more grateful. It isn’t everyday you get a private tour of a temple with a member of the Seventy.

Want to know what made the tour of the Provo City Center Temple even more amazing? Not only was it a private tour with Elder Richards, but guess who else was on the tour with us? ELDER BEDNAR! The apostle! It. Was. Amazing. He is a spiritual man. He didn’t even have to say anything and he just overflowed with the spirit so strongly.

Two things happened inside of the temple that I’ll absolutely never forget:
1) When we were in the children waiting room inside of the temple, Elder Richards decided he wanted us all to sing a song. Together our group sang ‘I Love to See the Temple.’ There was an amazing spirit as we sang the song and knowing we were singing alongside an Apostle of the Lord.
2) When we were in the endowment room Elder Richards asked Elder Bednar if he would like to share anything. Elder Bednar was standing in the back, he took a step forward and told us that too often people go to the temple and get so caught up in striving to remember what we see and what we hear. He told us he wished we would all focus more on what we FEEL. Because if we focus on the way we feel, we will see and hear a whole lot more. Council from an Apostle inside an endowment room. It doesn’t get more amazing than that.

…I also gave Elder Bednar a flat tire inside the Brides Room – unfortunately I don’t think I’ll forget that either..

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

2016: New Years Resolutions

Well hello, 2016. You sure came fast!

I’m not going to lie, 2015 was BY. FAR. the best year of my life thus far. I guess having the cutest, sweetest, most perfect angel baby in the whole wide world will do that to your year. In March we got the positive sign on our pregnancy test and in November we welcomed The Little Captain into the world and BOOM – life is perfect. A small piece of me is sad to say goodbye to such a great, miraculous year, but I also love coming into a new year full of new possibilities, adventures and memories to make.

One of my favorite parts of welcoming the new year is making my list of resolutions for myself. I don’t ever finish them all and I forget about them 50% of the time, but I love myself a good list and I really have grand intentions of doing better (but not perfect) at them this year. I want Captain to see that his mom finishes things – so I’m trying hard to be a better example to him this year.

My list is kind of lengthy this year (stressed out emoji face inserted here) but I am determined to be a better version of myself this year and these resolutions will help mea achieve that goal.

Without further ado…

CEECEE’S 2016 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

  • Finish What I Start: Another stressed out emoji face should be placed here. I start a lot of things and I finish very few things – I’m going to change that this year.
  • Learn to Play ‘Let It Go’ (from Frozen) on the Piano: I was watching The Mindy Project and Danny plays this song on the piano in an episode and for some reason I totally loved it and want to be able to just sit at a piano and bust out the worlds best known song. I also picture legions of little girls flocking towards me singing the song and thinking I’m totally the coolest person ever because I can play it.
  • Weekly Family Pictures: On my personal instagram I posted a family picture every Sunday of all last year (one of my few resolutions from 2015 I actually accomplished!) and I loved it so much that I’m doing it again this year. It’ll be really fun to see Captain grow in them!
  • Up My Blog Game (& its corresponding social media platforms): I just want to be better and more impressive with all of this.
  • Daily Prayer and Scripture Study: I read somewhere to stay away from setting goals you need to do daily because they’re typically unattainable. But prayers and scriptures are important enough I feel like I need to try my very best to do them daily.
  • Work Out at Least 3 Times a Week: Because I need to tone up this post pregnancy body and it really wouldn’t kill me to be in better shape.
  • Read (at least) One Book to Captain Every Day: I want books to be important to my children. I want my baby to be a smarty-pants and I feel like books will help him with that. And its fun bonding time!
  • Attend the Temple: Originally I put attend the temple once a month, but I admit that goal seemed a little lofty to me because I basically still have a newborn and I know plans like that get a lot more tricky once a baby is in the picture. So I just want to make the temple a goal. I need to go as often as possible. I need those temple blessings in my life and I want to be able to experience the amazing calming, peaceful feeling you receive in the temple many times throughout the year.
  • Love More, Judge Less: I have been trying for the past few months to not be judgmental. Whenever judgmental thoughts enter my mind I’ve set a goal to block that thought out and instead say three things I like/love/admire about the person weather they’re a stranger or someone I know well. Sometimes its hard but man, it makes me feel a lot better.
  • Drink More Water: Because I want to be healthy.
  • Do Daily Yoga: Even if its only 5 minutes. Before I was pregnant and banned from exercise, I did yoga allllllll the time and I miss it like crazy. I’m super excited to incorporate it back into my life!
  • Be a Better Hostess: Why I’m setting this goal for myself, I don’t know. But I just love the idea of being that cute housewife who makes yummy meals for visitors, has a clean, inviting house and is really awesome with making conversation and leaving her guests wanting to come back all the time.
  • Have Better Posture: I don’t know if it was pregnancy or what, but I’ve found I slouch a lot lately. If you ever catch me slouching please call me out on it. I want, no need better, prettier posture.
  • Read and Finish 5 Books: It shouldn’t be so hard to read 5 books, but it is for me for some reason. This will be the year I work hard on that. Maybe (hopefully) I’ll actually read several more.
  • Start a YouTube Channel: This is the goal that terrifies me. I’ve had several people approach me telling me I should start a channel for tutorials, reviews, vlogs, etc. While I’m not entirely sure yet what I would include in this channel, I’m going to start one this year and we’ll just see where that takes me. Eek..
  • Learn CPR & Rescue Breathing (for babies & adults): Because as much as I hate thinking about it – scary things can happen and I want to be prepared.
  • Have Check-Ins with Wild Man: I want to periodically check in with my husband and together, have the two of us evaluate our lives as husband and wife, as parents, as siblings/children, etc. It will be like our way to make sure we are doing well, doing right and on the right track.
  • Celebrate My Family: This year I am going to love and cherish my family 100% more. My cute family is eternal, special and the most important thing to me and it needs to be celebrated. We are talking my immediate family of Wild Man and Captain, and also my family and Wild Man’s family. I’m going to say ‘I love you’ and ‘thank you’ more. I’m going to write more cards, be more helpful and always be a good, good friend to my whole family. Its kind of like my way of saying Thank You to these incredible individuals.

Ok, so that list is really long now that I’m looking at it. But I’m excited to set out on this journey and see what I can do to accomplish these goals!

Happy 2016, everyone! I hope you have an awesome, safe, happy, healthy year!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles