Dealing with Food Sensitivities

Today I am sharing over at Kindred Motherhood, a motherhood collaboration I am honored to be a part of.

I’ve mentioned it here and there and if you see us on a regular basis, you might know that we have dealt with food sensitivities with Emmett for a year now.  It was a huge transition initially but now has become second nature to us.


Here is a snippet from today’s essay:

I could start a tangent here about our old pediatrician and how he suggested my son was not eating enough and to feed him butter to “fatten him up” but I will refrain. Instead I will tell you about a healthier, happier lifestyle and note that our new pediatrician resembles Dustin Hoffman.

Initially it started with gluten and then we gradually realized dairy and egg were part of the situation. My husband has some lactose intolerance issues, but aside from that there is nothing else between the two of us. We were a little surprised to hear the results of the testing, but knew there was an issue that needed resolving. I refused to accept the news for a while, I’ll be the first to admit.

To continue reading, head on over to Dealing with Food Sensitivities on Kindred Motherhood!


xo, bethany rose



Registry Roundup for Baby #2

I use the word registry lightly. We did not sign up or “register” anywhere this time. What you see below is as far as I will get other than my scrappy notes that are hidden somewhere on the dining room table.

When we learned we were pregnant this time around, no freak out moment happened down the line when trying to put together a registry like it did with Emmett. I remember full well standing in the middle of Babies R Us and my husband asking me which stroller I wanted to register for. I was overwhelmed. I had absolutely no idea and proceeded to leave him in charge of it. Of course, five minutes later, a stroller snagged by eye merely because it was this beautiful shade of mint and I said, That one. 

IMG_2486[a little throwback from a year ago. aren’t they darling!?]

Ironically, it ended up being a decent stroller and my husband liked it, so we registered for it and that is how Emmett maneuvered life for the longest time.

This time around we have already accumulated pretty much everything we need thanks to Emmett. Except, of course, if we have a girl, we will need clothes.

Aside from that obvious tidbit, I started collecting a couple ideas of things I wanted this time around that I either did not have last time and want/need this time, some items that help having multiple children or items that we need to replace. Unfortunately, a bunch of these things are expensive and I have no expectation of being gifted them. I have my eye out on FSOT pages and figure we can collect some of these items along the way.

Here is my roundup for Baby #2

Summer style guide

1. Double stroller
Someone gave us *for free* a double umbrella stroller. We won’t be able to use it this summer sadly since the baby will still be so small, but at least we have it for next year! I honestly don’t know exactly which stroller we want and can’t be too picky if we are garage saling. I found this post to be helpful though and it gave a lot of tips I never thought about in regards to choosing one!

2. Milk Snob Cover
 I might just be slightly obsessed with the patterns and prints on these and the fact that they brand their item very well. But I love the idea of nursing under a poncho instead of something being slung around my neck. I am all for breastfeeding in public but I am a pretty private person in terms of something like that and prefer to be as covered as possible. If we have a girl I am totally eyeing the French Floral or Peony. (My wise side is saying get the black print but the white is just so pretty!!!) For a boy I like all of their striped ones and the arrow one.  However, of course I looked again and found more I like >.<


3. Heart monitor
I came across the Owlet monitor between pregnancies and decided I really wanted one this time. I realized that as much of a laid back mom as I might be, I was not at night when Emmett was sleeping. I was always worried he was going to stop breathing. Just being honest here!! So I decided that I really wanted a device that would alert me if he were to ever stop breathing.

However, after looking at the price tag  for the Owlet I decided to keep looking for something similar and less expensive. This search did not go very well. There is a similar item at Target, but if you search thoroughly, you will find absolutely terrible reviews of their version.

I found the MonBaby Monitor, but am not sold on this product yet as reviews state you need to use Bluetooth for this device to work. A couple reviews continued saying that their Bluetooth would disconnect. However, I like the fact that this monitor just pins to your baby’s clothes and doesn’t seem to move.

I honestly did not find anything else that I liked. So I am not sure what I am going to do for this item!

4. Co-Sleeper
I was talking to a friend recently who said “if you want to sleep, just co-sleep.” This was not her stance the first go around and it was not mine either, but since she beat me to number two, I am thinking about taking her advice. I started looking into different co-sleepers and like the idea of something attaching to my bed and being able to easily access the baby for MOTN feedings.  I will say that I LOVED our Rock n Play with Emmett and was looking forward to using it again. We’ll see. Here is the style co-sleeper I am drawn to, however.

Style by Buy Buy Baby


5. Baby Monitor
Ours literally just bit the dust last week. In our new home it is especially nice to have one with Emmett because I can’t hear him downstairs during his nap time to know when he wakes! We were talking about getting a second camera for the baby anyway, but now we just need a new system entirely. This site has a couple geared for just what we need (two cameras and one base system) and some are definitely not too crazy of a price either!

6. Backpack Diaper Bag
This is definitely a want. Jake and I each have a diaper bag that we will (and still do) continue to use when we take Emmett out. Mine is from Pottery Barn and I got it on clearance just before Emmett was born. It is stylish and black. What more could you want? Well, that’s just it. With two kiddos, I am thinking a backpack style diaper bag would be a lot more efficient and helpful as I am holding Emmett’s hand and carrying a baby in the other. I like the idea of something on my back and totally out of the way and nothing being able to slide across me as I am caring for two.  I did a little research and did not find very many of this style. The ones I did find either were not what I was looking for or came with a hefty price tag.

edited to add: I met a woman at the park today who had a backpack diaper bag and I loved the style. She said it was Petunia Pickle Bottom. Of course, that brand can run close to $200 a bag. But if you check sites like Poshmark, you can find them in the $50 range!

(top left) Skip Hop Chelsea sold at Target  (right) Fawn Design (bottom left) CreolBags found on Etsy


What did you decide you needed for your second baby?

xo, bethany rose

4 Ways to Help Your Child Get Better (without heading to the drugstore)

This week the cold monster headed to our home and hit Emmett on Tuesday. He got a pretty throaty cough for two days, followed by throwing up his breakfast and then cue the green snot and sneezing.  Of course he is feeling better today and now I can feel it sneaking up on me!


Our sunny, summer, warm weather turned somewhat bleak this week and we had rain and even a tornado warning! (I’m thinking the weather might have something to do with us getting sick.) The day of the tornado watch we had rain come down in sheets. Our new yard is full of trees and I was concerned one of them was going to blow over. Now I know I did not overreact because that night after the storm I noticed that a tree had ripped in half and fallen on a neighbor’s house! It is currently still sitting on their house four days later!

OK, back on track.

I felt pretty bad for Emmett. We watched TV. We baked (only for our family). We snuggled. We took naps. We stayed home. We caught some pretty bad cabin fever while we were at it. It was so sad to hear this big cough out of a little body and he hated getting his nose wiped (I may or may not have given up at one point).

So I ran to our closet and pulled out my “go-to’s” for sickness in our family. Please note, this post it not to say that we never use drugstore remedies or Tylenol. I simply choose to use other things first usually in hopes that they will help alleviate discomfort and aid in the healing process of our bodies. If something were to stick around for a while, I would have no problem bringing Emmett to the doctor. Thankfully, this has not happened yet but I anticipate it will eventually!

4 Ways to Help Your Child get Better without going to the drugstore

1. Elderberry Syrup. I cannot stress my love for this enough. It is probably one of the only perks of being sick because this stuff tastes SO good and is SO beneficial for you. I will not drone on and on about its benefits, but if you are curious, please feel free to check them out here.  I buy mine at GNC but I know people will make this in bulk as well and you can order the berries on amazon.

2. Hyland’s  Cold ‘n Cough Day and Night. I feel like this is the more homeopathic form of Dayquil and Nyquil but can be used on younger kids. Emmett does not mind the taste of this either and actually asks for it.  Again, I bought mine at GNC but you can also get it at Target .

3. Vitamin C spray. If you look at the ingredient list on this particular spray  you will find a long list of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. I give Emmett just one spray at a time and he also likes the taste of this. We use it as adults too, but just give ourselves a higher dose of sprays.

4. Essential Oils. OK, you had to know it was coming! This is one of my favorite parts though. For your reference, I have become a recent lover of the brand Plant Therapy Essential Oils. I did my research and can’t say enough wonderful things about this company. From the quality, purity and price to the synergies and kid friendly line, I just love it! I recently bought a 3 pack of oils from their kid friendly line and used that this week. I diffused Immune Boom in Emmett’s room, rubbed it on his back with coconut oil (don’t forget your carrier oil, please!!) and placed a couple drops in his baths too. I also diffused Sniffle Stopper and mixed a couple drops with coconut oil to rub under his nose to help him breathe easier. I also diffused some lavender and lemon together when he just had the cough initially.

4 Ways to Help Your Child get Better without going to the drugstore

I am happy to say today (Friday) that he is definitely on the mend. His cough is practically gone, his nose is not running nearly as much and we went on a nice long walk together today.

What are you go-to remedies? I’d love to hear what you use!

xo, bethany rose