Nursery Necessities Waterproof Crib Mattress Cover Review + Giveaway

Medi-Pals Medication Dispenser Giveaway


Welcome to the Favorite Amazon Finds for Kids Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals!
Last month, Thrifty Nifty Mommy introduced us to a fantastic kid-friendly medication dispenser called Medi-Pals. Available in 3 fun characters, Medi-Pals dispensers are familiar and fun for the infant, easy for the caregiver to use, and they always ensure that the child is getting the accurate dosage of medicine.

Step 2 The Play Up Gym Set Giveaway

It's freezing pretty much everywhere, even here in Virginia. We got snow. Snow. And not just once either, multiple times! I'm ready for spring to get here. My kids are dying to get outside and play in the yard with their toys. As we dream of warmer weather, how about a giveaway for a playset to welcome spring?

Thursday Giveaway Link Up 2/26 Edition

Apologies for the delay, we've been distracted by a lot more snow than usual here in Virginia! As usual, here are giveaways you can find here followed by a link up to other giveaways. If you have any to add, feel free!

Nighttime Trouble with the Littles

Life is busy right now.

No, that's an understatement. Life is a hectic, frustrating mess. That's to be expected when you have a newborn, after all. My youngest, Evelyn, is only 3 1/2 weeks old. She is a beautiful mix of cluster feeding, comfort nursing, hold-me-forever-and-don't-let-go. My son is 18 months and every day is an attempt to either destroy the house or kill himself. I am convinced that baby-proofing was invented for my child, even though he's smart and finds a way around everything. My 4 year old, not new to the younger sibling game, is demanding attention all the same. Loudly. And constantly.

So life is busy.

Night time is the worst. Not bedtime, because getting them all in bed isn't terribly difficult. It's making it through the night that is killing me. By 2am I'll still be awake.

Why? Because no matter how hard I try someone is always awake. The 4 year old and 18 month old go to bed easily enough...with minor temper tantrums and begging to stay up for "one more show/game/snack".

Bedtime starts at 7pm, but I will spend the next 2 hours trying to get the little one to sleep. Nurse, burp, rock, swaddle, sing, repeat. It doesn't matter. She's going through a growth spurt, or a wonder week. Or she's just too happy being held to suffer through sleep alone. Whatever the reason, she is awake and keeping me company during hours I was hoping to be relaxing, unwinding, and maybe even sleeping.

Eventually her little body will fail her - she will fall asleep on me against her will. I then attempt the delicate move to transition her off of me and into her bassinet.

I fail.

She's awake again, and angry. Dammit.

By midnight I've given up hope that she will sleep without me and allow me and my husband some "us" time (which will mostly be cuddling before passing out because, let's face it, we're tired). I bring my sweet newborn to bed with me, mentally cursing out the people who would tell me how dangerous it is. I nurse her, she gives in to sleep, and I start to as well.

But, lo and behold, as I close my eyes and begin to drift off into sweet slumber, I hear it. One of the other children starts to cry. It's the 18 month old, waking for some mysterious reason. A nightmare perhaps, I can't be sure. What I do know is that he needs comfort now as well. I get up to check on him and the baby feels the loss of my presence and immediately wakes as well. I take her with me, not wanting to wake my husband. He's functioning on a frightening low amount of sleep and has work in a few hours.

I carry the baby into the other room, where the 18 month old is now screaming. He is easy enough to calm down - a soft song, rubbing his back, he is asleep again. The newborn is asleep in the carrier I grabbed as I left the bedroom. I debate sleeping sitting up on the couch just so I don't have to move her. Before I can decide what to do next, the other bedroom door opens.

It's nearly 1am, and the 4 year old is crying because she had an accident. I guide her to the bathroom and try to reign in my frustration as I tell her that it's OK, that accidents happen. I take off her soiled clothes and get her fresh underwear and pajamas. While she dresses I change her sheets and blankets. I turn on her bedtime clock so that it plays the music that helps her sleep. She crawls into bed, still upset about having an accident and worried that I'm mad.

I'm not mad, baby. I'm tired, I'm frustrated, but I'm not mad.

She eventually goes to sleep. I take the baby out to the living room and sit on the couch. I'm so tired at this point that I can barely see straight. It's only 2am, and I'm dead tired. My college-aged-self would laugh at me. The bars just closed, how could I be so tired?

Because this isn't just my night, but my day as well. With three children, all so young, there is always at least one who needs you at every moment. There is no downtime. I'd cry, but I don't have time for that.

It's OK though. Really. I need a break sometimes, but I would never give this up. One day my oldest will stop wetting the bed. Those nights are already a rarity. One day my son will wake from a nightmare or bad dream and roll over and go back to sleep. One day my youngest won't want to be so close to me.

With my oldest I couldn't wait for her to grow up a little, to stop needing me for every little thing. Now that she's capable of doing so much on her own I find that I miss it. I miss being needed. She still needs me, but it isn't the same.

One day they will all be past needing me, and I'll long for the nights where my house was loud and full and never slept. I'll miss holding a baby in my arms or comforting my child in the night.

It's the hormones, the post-pregnancy baby blues that makes everything seem so much more than it otherwise is, but that doesn't change the fact that no matter how tired I am, I love my kids. And it's the thought of them not needing me anymore that makes me want to cry.

bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad Giveaway!

Here's your chance to win a bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad for your baby, toddler or someone else you love! 

Baby Comfy Nose Nasal Aspirator Review and Giveaway!

Being a mom is awesome. Have a sick or uncomfortable baby is not, especially since all you want to do is make them feel better. Unfortunately, the smaller they are the less we can do. Medicine isn't always an option, even if we wish it was. When baby is congested you can't just give them a bit of DayQuil to help them through. And you can't exactly expect a baby to blow their own nose.