August 2018 | Balancing in High Heels

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Balancing in High Heels is a fashion + lifestyle blog written by Ryann Donahoe. This blog is a source for everyday, affordable style, the latest beauty finds and all things lifesyle with a touch on motherhood.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Peace of Mind With Owlet

In just six days we will have a five month old baby girl. Time is such a thief. It seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. As a third time mom I just want to say that things never get better when it comes to worrying about your babies. I know I'm not alone! I can't tell you how many times a night I go into the rooms of our children, put my hand on their chest and give them  a hundred and five kisses. I've caught Barrett doing this plenty of times too. 

Before bed every night I do the nightly routine of checking on babies, setting the house alarm and adjusting the thermostat. Every night I get in bed and ask, "Do you think it's too cold in here?" (This drives Barrett insane!) 

We have been using our Owlet Smart Sock for two weeks now. I wish I would have gotten one sooner but I am so thankful we got one when we did. We decided to move AP to her nursery A few weeks ago. Every time Barrett or myself would get up in the middle of the night it would wake her up. She has been sleeping through the night for so long  now. I can't remember exactly when she started but I do remember that we went on a beach trip when she was  eight weeks old. She was sleeping around ten hours at that time. 

With our other children in school full time I know they will be bringing home tons of germs that the baby will be exposed to. When she was two weeks old she caught a terrible cold and I didn't sleep a wink the entire time she had it! On top of that we have to deal with terrible reflux. So when we decided to move her to her own room I knew I wanted to be able to relax and sleep without worrying all night that she was ok.

With Owlet Smart Sock I'm able to have a peace of mind when it comes to her sleeping alone. The smart sock

"Tracks heart rate, 
oxygen levels and sleep."


"Notifies you if levels fall outside of preset ranges."

Reasons why it's never too late to use Owlet.
  • It makes sleep easier in those early months- We didn't get ours until four months with our fourth child but better late than never! If I could go back I would have it the day we came home from the hospital. 
  • The transition to the nursery is easier on mom and dad- Thankfully our master bedroom is connected to the nursery so she is still close. But having the reassurance that she is sleeping soundly in the next room makes Barrett and I get a good nights sleep. 
  • If something ever were to happen you could take action immediate. 
All parent's should be able to rest easy knowing their  baby is ok. If you are a new mom or an expecting mom I would suggest putting one on your baby's registry.

This post is sponsored by Owlet Baby Care. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Goodbye Summer! A Little Life Update

Wondering where we have been? Well life got very overwhleming ver fast. A couple of months ago i felt like I was dominating this whole mom of three thing but then life happened. Isn't that always the way is goes? Every time this happens I do what's best for myself. I take a step back and unplug. The end of July Barrett started football. Our summer was crazy. Barrett's schedule is as hectic as always which left me being am extremely busy mama. So I decided to just close my computer and spend the rest of the summer with my babies. 

It was a busy time and we were all ready for the routine of back to school time. AR and H both started school again a few days ago. AP and I are getting in our groove being at home during the day and things are feeling great. Now on to the life updates! 

AP had her four month checkup and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Let me start by saying she is perfectly healthy! With all three we started day one with breastfeeding and it always came easy for us. I know this isn't the case for everyone. I'm so thankful for that. AP has always been our tiniest baby since birth. As you can tell she looks perfect (Rolls for days!) but after going into the room and waiting to see her doctor the nurse wanted to re check her weight. Which I immediately thought, "Well something is clearly going on." 

When our pediatrician came in he showed us where AP was on the charts. Everything was right on track except for her weight. She hasn't gained nearly anything in two months. We go back in two weeks for a weight check. We would very much appreciate some prayers and good vibes our way. I will be sure to blog about this more as we continue to work on gaining weight and what our next steps are. 

(Ya'll already know I'm obsessed with all things Free People- this is one of my favorite tops to transition into fall! You can shop it here

Now Birthdays! FOUR out of six of our family members have August birthdays so you can imagine how busy that has kept us. AR's is next and then we are off the hook until Spring time.