Why Probiotics Are Essential in Pregnancy and Infancy!



Did you know that the first 6 months of a babies life is the crucial time for implementing good digestive health?

I won’t lie, I currently have to take an iron supplement because I am anemic which messes up the digestive system. Constipation from the overload of iron is unreal, which is why I take probiotics while pregnant. But did you know that probiotics can be passed onto the baby in the womb too? I HIGHLY recommend that ALL pregnant women take not only probiotics while pregnant but digestive enzymes as well, and continue to take them while nursing. They play a huge part in having a healthy baby!

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Why I Declined the Vitamin K Shot at Birth

This is one of those controversial posts no one likes to talk about but I think it’s important. Everyone wants to believe that their doctors have their best intentions when it comes to their child’s health and well-being. But, that doesn’t always mean they’ve done the research to the best of their knowledge. Now that I have a child, I am constantly researching and trying to make the best choices for me and my family.

I knew when I gave birth to my daughter that I was going to decline the Vitamin K shot because it’s 20,000 times more than what babies need and it can cause all sorts of problems for infections to occur. I got a shit ton of flack by the nurses when I told them I wasn’t doing the vitamin k shot, and they were acting like I was committing child abuse. I finally had to tell them I would do the oral vitamin k shot with our pediatrician. And they said, by the time I visit the pediatrician (because they don’t do the oral vitamin k at the hospital), she would no longer need it. Well, then I guess she is going without. Yes, I believe there may be instances where a newborn may need it if there are bleeding issues, but my daughter was completely healthy and normal with no visible signs of trauma after coming out of the birth canal. My mind may have changed IF there were issues, but there were not. I also believe the body is capable of doing what God intended it to do. The body is a powerful thing that can heal itself.

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Time flies by when you’re older, but even more so when you’re a mom.

I am so thankful for this little girl who’s helped brighten my days with her cheerfulness and quirks. Life would be dull without her, let’s just put it that way.

In the blink of an eye, she went from my chubby and cute, helpless baby to my sweet, cute, independent toddler who’s full of personality.

In celebration of her birth, I decided I would take her to a bakery or ice cream shop since she has a major sweet tooth like mom. Every day, she’ll be like “mommy, chocolate?” which is cute but kind of bad. I’ve got her hooked on chocolate peanut butter. I mean,  no one can resist that and if you can, well then, you’re a weirdo. LOL

I ended up meeting up with my mom and sister and had lunch at DQ. I declined the ice cream because well, we don’t want any of that soft serve nonsense! We want the good, real stuff from Ice Cream Renaissance in Downtown, Vancouver.

I selected the brownie sundae to share which was delicious of course.

Everyone says to be prepared for the “terrible two’s” but I feel like everything has been a joy so far. I enjoy watching her learn and pick up new words, seeing her recognize animals, shapes, and foods. She amazes me every day with how intelligent she is.

Random Facts at 2:

She thinks farts are funny like mommy.

She likes to hide, which consists of putting things over her face and saying “where’s Arya?” If I can’t see mommy and daddy, mommy and daddy can’t see me either!

She loves picking her boogies and handing them to me.

She loves her tablet, almost a little too much. My grandma was amazed at how well she can control it since she herself needs help turning hers on. LOL

She loves books and story time.

She loves singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Every morning I go into her room after I see her awake on the baby monitor, she says “Hi, Mommy!” first thing. Melts my heart.

She only wants mommy to lay in bed with her at bedtime.

She is a total mama’s girl.

Looks more like daddy with his blue eyes, but has mama’s hair color. Mine started out strawberry-blonde like hers and now it’s a bit darker.


Although I want her to slow down on growing, I can’t wait to see what this little lady becomes.

Happy Birthday my baby girl, mama loves you.

Different Ways to Soothe a Baby With Colic

Colic is not fun for any parent, whether new or experienced. My sister dealt with a semi-colicky baby, and I honestly don’t know how she managed. I’d go completely bonkers! I get so stressed when my 16-month-old cries or whines at me for more than an hour. When she does that, she is either tired and wants to be held, or have the ninny at times when I’m trying to finish cooking dinner. It’s definitely difficult to handle sometimes.

They say that colic is usually when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts around 2-3 weeks of life and may be worse in the evening or during the night.


Crying is a way for babies to express how they feel. All babies cry. It’s natural.

In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. This can happen even if they are not hungry, too cold or warm and everything seems well.

So if you’re a mom who’s dealing with a baby who has colic, I recommend trying these tips that my sister used in order to achieve less crying for babies, more smiling for all.

1. Swaddling:

Wrap that baby up like a tight little burrito just like the hospital showed you upon arrival. Babies love the feeling of tightness since they didn’t have much room in the womb.

2. Holding Position:

Hold baby face down on your arm so that their stomach has pressure which may alleviate some gas discomfort. More on this below.

3. White noise or Shhhing.

There was a lot of whooshing and noise going on in the womb, so having any type of background noise that resembles this may provide comfort. Get one of those sound machines or stick baby in a seat by the dishwasher.

4. Go for a stroll or car ride:

Sometimes babies just need a change of scenery. There are many times I’ve used this method myself when I couldn’t get my girl to settle down or take a nap, and it worked like a charm! Most of the time I’d go back to the house and sit in the driveway with the stereo on and the car off just so she’d stay asleep for a little while.

5. Try Gerber® Soothe products:

  • Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops is formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies.

Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.

Comforting probiotics are a great way to improve the good bacteria in baby’s digestive system, which helps promote digestive comfort. GERBER Soothe products (drops and powder formula) contain L. reuteri, a comforting probiotic that is safe for infants and similar to those found in breast milk.

My sister loves this formula and colic drops. She used both with her son and will use them for her daughter that she is about to have in October because of the probiotics.  She has issues with breastfeeding and not producing enough milk to feed her kiddos, so we love that Gerber® Soothe products have probiotics in them that are similar to what an infant would receive from us. This is a godsend for breastfeeding moms who struggle like ourselves!

What is your formula for happiness?

Thanks to Gerber® Soothe for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to speak about baby colic and excessive crying and the solution to the colic problem. Their promise is less crying means more smiling for all!

“I received a free sample of [Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula or Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops] from Gerber. My thoughts and opinions are my own.”


Transitioning: No More Sleeping in Mommy and Daddys Bed

If I had it my way, I’d still cosleep, but since daddy keeps complaining and friends and family make comments about how I need to get her out of our bed or it’ll only get harder, I figured I’d give transitioning a try with our 15-month-old.

Since she’s too tall for her crib, I decided to order these foam bed bumpers for our old queen bed that’s currently in our daughter’s room so that I know she’s safe from falling off of the bed. They came all rolled up like a sleeping bag in a box. I unrolled them and let them expand to their intended shape for a couple of hours.

After they fluffed up, I stuck them under the sheets and showed her her new bed.

She loved the security feeling of the padded bumpers. She was so excited and happy to be in her new big bed.

So 9 pm rolls around and I breastfed her in her room, but she was too amped up to sleep and wouldn’t settle down until around 11:30 which I then had to give the feeding another try. This time she was tired and decided to stop fighting it, so after she passed out, I put her in her bed and I quietly turned on the baby monitor and went to bed in my own bed with my husband.

I was too worried to sleep though, not knowing if these bumpers would actually work since she often wakes up every 2 hours with us and sits up and falls back asleep in a random position and spot on the bed. I figured she’d sit up, and then plop over the side and onto the floor. luckily it isn’t a huge fall since we don’t have the box spring and mattress on a frame ATM, but still.

I’m waking up every 30 minutes to an hour and glancing over at the baby monitor and she’ll be in a different position a couple times, but she did not fully wake or make one peep until morning, and I had the monitor on full blast so I could hear the slightest sounds over our AC.

I was amazed because she had constantly been waking me up every 2-6 hours to breastfeed since birth besides the occasional few times of sleeping through the night.


Getting her into her own bed to sleep was not difficult, as every kid and situation is different. The difficult task for us is going to be weaning, which I’ll try to do around the age of 2 since she’s showing no signs of giving it up yet.

Either way, this is what works for us and has been successful the past 4 nights. I’m thankful it’s been easy, now I can catch up on some much-needed sleep!


Now that she’s a toddler and weaned from the breast, we lay down with her in her bed until she falls asleep. I don’t like sleeping by myself either, so this is what we do and has actually worked well with our child.

When did you transition your child to their own bed?