Teething Relief Essentials

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Teething Essentials

Teething Essentials

As you probably have heard, the FDA has recently issued a warning against the use of homeopathic teething gels and tablets as they were found linked to seizures, lethargy and muscle weakness. You can read it for your self directly from the source here. Our pediatrician informed us from the beginning that regular teething pain relieving gels such as Orajel were a big no-no. Companies such as Hyland’s dispute this however my concern and skepticism remained. Naturally as a new mom I found myself searching and researching for the best non medicated alternatives and these products  found my baby not only enjoyed but found relief of his teething pain and or assisted. Trust me, poor little man knows as he has 10 teeth now! And we have tried practically all teethers out on the market, lol.

Before we dive in I want to say that drooling is just plain crazy during teething so bibs are a must. I have bought and we’re gifted tons! However recently I found the cutest shop, Red Bunny Designs, where the owner makes adorable bibs and burp cloths among others. They are excellent quality. They are handmade with very soft materials. I love how thick it is unlike the thin ones you find at the large chain stores . I seriously am never getting another one from elsewhere. Check them out, I really recommend them. P.s. makes a great baby shower and holiday gift.

Red Bunny Designs Bib

Red Bunny Designs Bib

Now for teething products, first and foremost the cold is your friend, or I should say their friend. I have discovered in my research that you should always keep teething products in the fridge and not the freezer. Please always remember that.

My first ones are these really cute bear-shaped teethers. Why do I love them? Because of the crystals inside that are function so that they remain cold for a longer period of time after you have taken them out of the fridge. Best of all, it has a sleeve that you put on so that baby’s hands don’t get cold holding it. You can get it here. And YES $6 is worth it.

Next is Sophie the giraffe. Man on man does he love Sophie. She is one tough teether let me tell you. She’s taken a lot of abuse lol. Something about the texture and smell but it does wonders. I would buy her many times over. You can get her here. And no the imitations don’t work the same. Of you fancy her with a cute book, you can get that also here.

Up next is a silicone, non-toxin, BPA free teething necklace. It’s funny because my son only has an interest in it when I’m not wearing it. Silly boy. But he munches on it for a while. Due to him not caring for it worn, I opted for a basic yet stylish one like this one.

Last but not least his vibrating strawberry. The vibration is very soft and gentle on his gums. He still loves it and has been using it since he was 4 months old! You can get it here.

On a last mention, a cold wash cloth works wonders when they are smaller. Baby boy loved it until he was around 6 months.

What did not work for us? The munch mitt, the silicone keys, and the rings.

What does your baby love? Tell me in the comments below.

Love,

Angelica

Teething pain relief essentials

Teething pain relief essentials

5 Tips to Style a Black Tee

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How to style a black tee

5 Tips to Style a Black Tee

How to style a black tee

5 Tips to Style a Black Tee

How to Style a Black Tee

5 Tips to Style a Black Tee

Almost like a classic little black dress is a black tee. I must confess that I was never a T-Shirt kind of gal. I didn’t used to think they were very feminine. Well that’s because I hadn’t found one like the one from Be Still Clothing Company. Not only are their tees inspirational but they’re shape flattering and soft for a tee! So here are my tips to style one.

1. Go all black

All black is elegant and timeless when you do it correctly. In the picture I wore a black jacket and black booties. You obviously want to have a different hint of color and that is what the white letters in the tee provide.

2. Add leather goods.

I try to wear faux leather when I can. Sometimes I can’t avoid it. I am trying to get better at this I promise. The jacket photographed is not real leather thankfully. If you’re trying to achieve the all black look it’s a great way to go however you can go a route of color depending on the season and what other color the tee has.

3. Spice it up with leopard.

Leopard can be sexy. It’s feminine, flirty and fun. Nothing vanilla about leopard. The trick to not borderline into tacky (trust it, it happens) is to not over do it. Choice one garment or two tops! Whether it’s a scarf or the shoes, it can really make your black tee pop.

4. Wear a rich colored handbag.

Think metallics and deep colors. Be mindful of the seasons of course and pastel is not your friend here. And of course don’t mix the colorful handbag with leopard! Lol

5. Wear a killer lip color.

This one can really go without saying and honesty should be a staple in all of your outfits but it certainly can make a difference in styling a black tee. In the picture I chose a darker shade since it is autumn now.

Do you have a favorite black tee? Do you have an additional tips you go by when styling a black tee? Tell me in the comments below. You can also find this “Blessed Baby Mama” tee here.

Love,

Angelica

How to style a black tip

5 Tips to Style a Black Tee

Second parent adoption

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Second parent adoption hearing

My wife and I started to discuss having children very early into our relationship. Back then gay marriage wasn’t legal and same-sex adoptions were not easily granted. That did not deter us from dreaming but most importantly planning. We knew we needed stability first; a house, marriage and financial security. Well we became home owners in 2012. We married in 2014 and by 2015 we had just the right amount of money in the bank to feel ready and secure. We had accomplished enough luxury travel as a childless couple for over 5 years. We were as ready as we could and wanted to be.

In our journey to conceive, our fertility clinic required we see an attorney to be educated on the laws of our state and how it implicated us and our donor. Upon meeting this family law attorney, we were bombarded with all these scenarios on “what if.” What if something happens to you? What if you get divorced? What if you decide to go after your donor for child support? One thing was clear and that was that my state like MANY others are almost solely DNA based. Meaning whoever has the childs DNA, has parental rights. I knew then we were going to go forward with second parent adoption after our son was born.

Second parent adoption also known as step parent adoption is when the legal spouse of a biological parent adopts the child. Now it’s important to add that my wife was on our baby’s birth certificate from day one. The hospital only cared if we were legally married and placed her named as the parent as well. Many people think this is enough. Well it is for doctors offices. Our pediatrician requested a copy to allow my wife to make decisions in our child’s health care such as vaccination signatures. It is sufficient enough to be a “legal guardian” for a school. It’s enough for health insurance.  A passport for the child. Basically anything where a birth certificate proves you’re the parent.

Where is it not then you ask? Remember those scary what ifs? If God forbid something happened to me, before the adoption, the donor could have taken my wife to court and a simple DNA test would have ripped our child from her. If her and I divorced, I could have possibly prevented her from sharing custody, again with a simple DNA test. If for some insane reason, we decided we wanted child support, before the adoption we could have taken our donor to court and a simple DNA test could have taken 25% of his check. All cases vary and truly depends of the judge but we weren’t going to take that risk.

I must add we have a WONDERFUL friendship with our donor therefore in a million years we would never believe these scenarios would have become reality.

The process was VERY easy and simple. 1) First and foremost we hired a family attorney to represent us. Paid and signed contract up front. It was important for us to know everything was all-inclusive aandwe were not going to get random bills throughout the process. The original attorney from the fertility clinic wanted to charge $4,000 up front and depending on how many hours he spent on our case, he’d refund us some money back. How the heck do I know, much less verify how many hours was worked on our case! Yeah I looked elsewhere. Through my former company I located our attorney for much, MUCH less than that. 

2) Have donors parental rights severed. He has to sign this off in the presence of a notary.

3) Paralegal is hired by attorney to pretty much to do all paperwork and leg work. She was wonderful! Provided us with a CPS background check form required for both of us and a fingerprint clearance card for my wife.

4) She submitted everything on our behalf once we signed them along with copies of our marriage license, and our baby’s birth certificate. She also requested for the home study to be waived. You are eligible for this if you’ve been married over a year and the child has been living with the second parent for over 6 months.

5) You receive a court hearing date! We arrived two months later with the guest of honor, our son, and joined our attorney and our lovely paralegal. To be honest, I wasn’t really nervous. Since DOMA was struck down, and our marriage was recognized nationwide and not just in NY, there wasn’t much threat of being shut down because we were more than fit parents. Noah did amazing! He smiled and waved at the judge, lol. The judge was lovely. The whole thing took 15 minutes and just like that my wife became his legal parent world-wide. Thank you Jesus.

The entire process only took about 5 months and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Please note this was our personal journey and I am not a lawyer therefore please still seek legal counsel especially pertaining to your state.

Feel free to share with anyone you believe will benefit from this information and if you have any questions on second parent adoption or need any referrals send me a comment below or email me. Link is in the home page.

Love,

Angelica