10 Daddy-Child Date Ideas

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As we know, it can be a bit harder for our men to bond with our precious ones. That’s why it’s especially important to give them as much opportunity to bond with our children as possible. Here are 10 date ideas for daddy and child (or children).

  1. Go out for lunch and/or ice cream. This gives them the opportunity to talk and bond. Also, what child doesn’t love ice cream?
  2. Go to the park. What’s more special than daddy and child playing together? Tag, ball, swinging, etc… They’re both bound to have tons of fun.
  3. Color and craft. Gather all the art supplies in the house. Sit at the table and enjoy some quality time while creating art together!
  4. Cook together. There’s nothing I loved more as a kid than helping to cook and bake. My nieces and nephew currently LOVE helping my parents cook. It’s a great bonding experience AND can be super educational!
  5. Go fishing. Right now my niece loves going fishing with my dad. Again. Bonding time and educational!
  6. Walk around the mall. This was a tradition for me and my dad. We would go to the mall and the first thing we would do is go to the pet store to see the puppies. Then we’d get pretzels or smoothies. I always looked forward to going to the mall with him.
  7. Go on a walk. Going for a walk, especially at night, is so relaxing and gives them a great chance to talk and bond. Me and my dad would walk up to the top of the hill at our house and just look at the view. So peaceful.
  8. Watch a movie. Whether at home or at the movie theater; grab some popcorn, candy, and drinks; and settle down together to watch a movie.
  9. Have a tea party. It always melts my heart to see fathers having tea parties with their little princesses. It’s another great chance to talk too!
  10. Go pick apples or strawberries. I did this once and it was one of the most fun things we ever did! You can also make it a bit educational by talking about how it grows!

It’s so important for fathers to have some alone time with their children. I hope these ideas helped inspire you!

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Reflecting on Baby’s First Three Months

3 Months

Jannah has turned 3 months. We have survived the fourth trimester. I have spent the day just reflecting on the past 3 months and thought I’d share with you guys.

February 22, 2017… the day my princess was born into this world. My doctor and nurses went entirely opposite of my birth plan. Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) the delivery still went well… just not how I wanted it to. She was taken to NICU for a breathing problem which was quickly resolved. She ended up staying there until the 25th because the stupid nurses forced her to take formula and wouldn’t let her leave until she finished a whole bottle. I was refused breastfeeding (Yes… still salty).

We spent the first 3 weeks trying to transition her to breastfeeding. Alhamdulillah we were successful. Other than that, life was pretty great. The house was getting a bit messy, but that was ok. So much cluster feeding happened. There were many sleepless nights.

Onto month 2. She started smiling and began to respond more. She became such a happy little girl. Her two bottom teeth developed as the teething process began at 6 weeks. She became a lot more fussy too. Again… there were many sleepless nights, but I definitely took more advantage of bed-sharing. She was also much more awake and alert… which meant more play time and talking to her! She had her first vaccines which was heartbreaking, but just another excuse for cuddles!

Month 3. Man. A lot happened. She’s become so vocal (even started to giggle a little). She plays with toys a bit. Her monkey is her favorite. She’s starting to get into size 0-3mo clothing. Her teeth are just about ready to cut which means this mama hasn’t been getting sleep. She’s been super clingy and needing to sleep in my arms (which I’m totally ok with… snuggles!). She’s developing such a personality and I love it. I’ve started on depression and anxiety pills.

These 3 months have passed in the blink of an eye. Just like that, her newborn days are over. The 4th trimester is over. Jannah is continuously growing. These are emotional times and I’m embracing every moment of it. This is just the beginning, darling.

Quick & Easy 5 Bean Chili

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Sorry, Dad… I’m spilling the beans (pun intended). This is a dish that my dad taught me and it’s one of my favorite dishes. It’s super quick and easy to make! The great thing is… this recipe isn’t one that you need to follow exact ingredients or measurements (makes it all the more easier)!

All you need are 5 types of beans and ground beef. I use red kidney beans, black beans, pink beans, pinto beans, and black eyed peas. Depending on how much meat I want, I use 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef.

To start, put your beans (and the liquid) into a pot. Add the seasonings you would like. I use Adobo All Purpose seasoning and a little bit of cayenne powder. Put the heat on medium. Then, cook the ground beef in a pan. Add your desired seasonings to the meat while there is still some pink left. Once the beef is thoroughly cooked, add it to the beans. Turn the heat to high and cook for an additional minute or two. That’s all it takes! This makes a lot too; about 6-8 servings. One pot of this lasts my husband and I for 2 to 3 days.

This is my go-to dish when I don’t have much time to cook. It’s perfect for new parents who can’t or don’t want to do a lot of cooking!

Chili Recipe

 

How to Clean Baby Clothes with Poo Stains

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One of the worst things about being a parent… having to clean up the aftermath of a blowout. Isn’t is lovely when little one goes poo and next thing you know it’s all up her back and tummy? For baby, it’s simple. Put in the tub and wash up. As for the poor, cute outfits… well they require more work and attention.

We live in an apartment in NYC, so we don’t have our own washer and dryer which makes it that much harder to quickly clean her clothing. Until we take it out, I just hand wash her clothes. I fill her little baby tub with COLD water (warm/hot water will set any stains), add detergent, and soak and scrub the clothes in there. Then, I rinse them out in the sink with COLD water. After wringing the clothes out I hang them up in our apartment to air dry.

If outfits have been pooped in, I just soak the clothes in the soapy water and then scrub, wash, and rinse in the sink. Also, any pooped outfits I’ll dowse with Dreft stain remover and leave it for a couple hours. Then I rinse them out again before drying.

This usually does the trick, but sometimes it doesn’t completely come out. I have seen multiple people suggest 1/3 to 1/2 cup of OxiClean powder to each load. I plan to try this out and will make an updated laundry post in the future.

What do you do to combat those tough poo stains? Leave a comment (I could use some extra advice)!

My Thoughts on the Haakaa

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The haakaa, for those of you that don’t know, is a silicone milk catcher. All you do is suction it on to the opposite breast that baby isn’t nursing from and it catches the letdown!

I just started using mine today and I’m a bit unsure about it. Mainly just because I got my hopes up on how much I’d get with each use. I get about 1 oz. with each use. Other than that, I love it!

It doesn’t hurt to use. However, it is a bit of a struggle to keep on. I don’t know if it’s just of the size and shape of my chest or if it just takes practice. I’m trying to build up a supply to give to my friend who is struggling to produce enough for her baby, so this is a very easy way to collect milk. If you plan to only give a bottle on occasion, then the haakaa is great. You can save up a bit of milk for a bottle when needed. To boost the amount, I might try to manual pump after.

I wouldn’t suggest using only the haakaa if you are EP (exclusively pumping) since it only catches the foremilk. That could cause foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. The haakaa is just to make sure you aren’t wasting any milk that normally would just go into the nursing pad. There are many different brands that run for different prices. I got mine off of Wish for only $5. I suggest giving the haakaa a try!