Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Birth Story: Maximus

Maximus was born April 24, 2016 so that means I'm writing this on his one month birthday! This month has went by so fast, but I needed this time with him and our family to enjoy this special time in our lives. Things don't always go as planned and this past month {as well as his birth} can attest to that. 

April 14 was my 37 week check up where I had my first exam and was told I was 50% thinned out and 1cm dilated. Knowing that I could be pregnant for several more weeks, I didn't think much of the numbers and went about my way. 

I did seem to fill a bit of a shift in my body after my exam and I suddenly felt so much more pregnant. I didn't have much energy, I felt so heavy and worn out, and I had some Braxton Hix from time to time. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

"Summer Cloth Diaper" Giveaway Hop Sign Ups

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"Summer Cloth Diaper"

This is the 5th annual Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop!!!

 This giveaway is going to be prizes with the theme CLOTH DIAPER. Anything from cloth diapers to cloth wipes to cloth friendly clothing is acceptable for this giveaway hop. There are lots of options for finding a prize for this wonderful event. Your only mission is to find the perfect prize pack for your blog! 

 Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be a Minimum of $25. The Prize can be sponsored OR you can self sponsor. 

 Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $25 in prizes. 

 Joining this Blog Hop is FREE as long as you share the announcement in some way. It takes 2 seconds to do this!! Tweet, pin, or share on FB. 

 When: 6/21-7/4

 Who: Anybody with a blog can sign up for this one! 

 Sign ups close 6/14

 Add yourself to the Linky Below! You MUST share this announcement in order to participate in this hop. You can also join the Facebook Group for our events here

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Hey everyone, I wanted to pop on really quick and let you all know (and sponsors) that I had Max April 24 after three days of labor and he was two weeks early. I am behind on the blog as I was in the middle of writing and scheduling posts to go live during this time, so please bare with me as I get adjusted and gets things going again. I was to have our Welcome Little Man event giveaway start May 2 and that is moved to May 9 to allow me more time to prepare. 

Thank you all for understanding and be on the look out for Max's delivery story soon! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Pello Luxe Floor Pillows for Children

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Pello was started by Cindy, a mother who wanted comfort for her child on the floor and then branched out her business to give it life and help other kiddos around the world be safe, comfy, and stylish on a Pello floor pillow. 

Having sold or given away all our baby stuff thinking we were done in our journey of having children, God surprised us with little Maximus, so I felt like a first time parent all over again. Not only because he will be our first son and everything left over is pink, but also because I was trying to find new up to date baby items and there's a lot out there these days!! I stumbled across Pello one day on the internet and instantly fell in love with the idea of this product instead of baby items sitting all around my house that would only be used for a short period of time. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Getting Kids Ready for a New Baby w/ JC Toys

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Established in 1993, JC Toys is a family run and operated business that has continued to grow its product line to include many doll categories. Each doll and doll accessory is carefully designed to ensure that the end user is 100% happy. Our goal is to make all of our dolls loveable and to ensure that everyone, from a first time baby doll mommy to the most demanding doll collector are completely overjoyed with our quality and superior design.

Having four little girls, we have a lot of JC Toys baby dolls. From reviews to our purchases, they have probably half a dozen babies and love them all dearly with their "real" dolls being girls like they are. As soon as I found out we were adding a little boy to our family, I thought of JC Toys and knew whether review or purchase, they needed a "Real Boy" doll to get used to the idea of a brother and how different boys and girls are. While I have friends with little boys, they're not one to watch diaper changes and hover around so I know having a brother and seeing him bathe, change, and have diaper changes will be new and different. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Michelle's Pregnancy Journal: Week 38

There is only an estimated 2 weeks left of this pregnancy and I cannot believe it! My body and mind has been put through quite a bit, but as this home stretch closes in, I can't help but have mixed emotions about the next journey that's starting. It'll be a huge change for us all having a baby in the house again, especially a little boy, and I know we're all excited about this next step! I'm starting to picture what he'll look like or how the girls will react to seeing him for the first time and it just swells my heart with joy. 

I've been having some Braxton Hix contractions and his kicks and rolls are starting to hurt, but I try to still take it in knowing he's my last and I'll miss these feelings soon!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Dino Babies: Crochet Hat and Loafers

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Dino Babies is a SAHM based company ran by Alex. She has three children, two girls and one boy, and crochets from home for extra income. She's had her Dino Babies store on Etsy for several years now and it thrives from quality pieces and word of mouth. Today I'll show you a small sample of what she can do! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Totally Hooked Crochet: Handmade Teddy Bears

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Totally Hooked Crochet is owned by my best friend. She's a stay at home mother of a little boy, and she crochets in her spare time for extra income. She's been doing it for several years and makes so many different things besides what I'll be featuring today. 

I tend to randomly look around Pinterest (as does Angelina) and I stumbled upon a pattern for the bears you see above. I instantly fell in love with the look of the bears and Angelina decided she would gift us five bears to represent our children as a new gift for each of them when baby Maximus arrives. She made up her own pattern, hit trial and error as she went along, and came up with these five adorable bears in my choice of colors you see above. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Lakeon Paints Custom Name Plaques & Wall Decals

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Lakeon is a wife and stay at home mother to two children, Chloe and Brantley. She is also my amazing co-blogger here on Mama's Baby Cupcakes, and while she's always making things for us, I wanted to highlight with this post some great new items for Max's room! 

All Lakeon's orders are painted by hand in her spare time and come from a smoke free home. She can paint pretty much anything requested, and will also match colors/themes if requested by the purchaser. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Welcome Little Man: Belly Bandit "Thighs Disguise" Shaper

I received products/compensation in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Belly Bandit, is a company devoted to creating top of the line postpartum compression garments. As pioneers in the “body after baby” marketplace, the concept for the original Belly Bandit came from reinventing and modernizing the ancient practice of postpartum compression. In doing so Belly Bandit revolutionized today’s shape wear industry.

Thighs Disguise is a wardrobe essential that helps smooth your silhouette! With a light squeeze of the thigh and a lift of the tush, we’ve constructed an incomparable piece. It's also perfect for wearing under your dresses, skirts and pants.