Fighting Flu Season with Nosiboo


Fighting Flu Season with Nosiboo

This years Flu Season has been the worst! Its been lasting way too long, and its taken too many lives in the down syndrome community. Our little ones with the extra chromosome tend to have a compromised immune system, so its a lot more scary for us and them when they get sick. And because of their facial anatomy, their smaller nasal passages make it a lot harder for them to breathe when they are congested. During the summer, Adaline got sick with croup and then was congested for months. She would throw up because the post nasal drip. She couldn't sleep because she couldn't breathe. We had to constantly aspirate her nose and those dumb bulbs were the worst. She would just scream and kick and cry. It probably looked like we were torturing her. 


Brian would have to hold her arms and legs down while I would have to keep her head still and try to get all the gunk out super quick. It broke my mama heart each time we had to do this. She seemed so scared and sad/mad at us. 

When I saw Nosiboo on instagram I knew right away I had to have this amazing machine. Everyone was raving about it, and how quickly it got all the boogers out of their LO's noses. So I was so excited to try it out. 

Im not going to lie, Adaline still had a hard time getting her nose aspirated with the Nosiboo. But it was more of the fact that she was mad that something was in her nose, rather than being in pain or scared. But it helped that we no longer had to hold her down for so long to get everything out. A quick few seconds and her nasal passages were clear. 

There is a clear part of the machine that holds all the nastiness. And let me tell you, it was absolutely disgusting to see all of the snot that had been stuck in there. I swear after maybe 3-5 days of using the Nosiboo, Adaline hasn't been congested since. And that is a MIRACLE, given the California air, her genetic makeup, and the sinus issues she inherited from both sides of her family. For a while I thought we were going to have some sort of surgery to help he breathe and sleep better, but it hasn't been an issue since. You all need a Nosiboo in your life. 

I recommend introducing it to your child as a fun toy, while its unplugged of course. Have them hold it to your nose, and switch off. Or even having them practice on their baby doll like Adaline is doing here. This helped Adaline know it wasn't scary and when it came time to turn it on, i would have her hold the bulb part to my nose so she could feel and hear it and see that it wasn't hurting me. She became way more calm when it was her turn, because she wasn't stressed out and neither was I. Now if only they cold come up with a way to have an on the go Nosiboo ;) 

If you're looking for other holistic alternative ways to help clear up some cold symptoms or congestion, these are what have worked for us. 

  • Essential Oils. I swear by them now. There are a few different companies I like to use. YoungLiving or Doterra. Specifically breathe by Doterra works great for congestion. But there are a lot of other mixtures that work wonderful too. If you're looking to buy any essential oils, let me know and I'll hook you up with someone from either YL or Doterra. 
  • Boiling Bay Leaves- Once you've brought your water to a boil add some bay leaves and let them boil. Holding your baby against your chest and safely away from the stove waft the steam from the pot towards you both, breathing it in. I swear this works!. I also ended up using the water in the pot after it cooled in our humidifier and running that during the night. 
  • If you don't have a humidifier, try sitting in the bathroom and letting the steam from the shower fill the bathroom. This should help break up the congestion in your little ones chest. Even adding essential oils to the shower will help. 
  • Now I haven't tried this one, but I  read about it and my friend tried it. If your child is sick, cut a 1.5 inch round of a potato and stick it in the bottom of your babies socks while they sleep. The potato will pull out the toxins in their bodies from their feet. This should help with the congestion. My friend said it worked, id be interested to hear if it works for any of you. Im going to try this next time one of the girls are congested. 
  • We have also used a saline nasal spray to help break up the mucus so it is easier to bring out. And a light pressured facial massage will also help to break up the congestion. But make sure you or your child is staying hydrated after doing a facial massage. 

And for those of you who follow me on instagram, you have seen this new piece of furniture we welcomed into our family. Its from Burrow. This couch was so fun to put together, and it was easy. It also charges your phone (or anything with a usb outlet), is stain proof, and so comfy! You can add on pieces as your family grows too. I can't wait to add on another seat. Check them out here

As always, though some of these blogs are sponsored, all opinions and words are my own. I don't share products with you that I don't believe in or stand by. If Im not comfortable using them on my littles, I wouldn't suggest you do. 


New Born Must Haves - A Baby Bee Box


New Born Must Haves - A Baby Bee Box

Alright mamas, I am REALLY REALLY excited about this. A few months back Adaline and I were asked to do some modeling for Burt's Bees Baby new spring line of baby Pjs. Heres a sneak peak from the shoot and some of their outfits. You are seeing it here first! This Photo Shoot was soo fun! Adaline was loving being in front of the camera. Im really thinking about getting her back in contact with an agent and doing some shoots. Ill hold these photos so close to my heart because one baby girl is in my arms, and one is in my belly. What's really cool is that my mom used Burts Bees Baby on all of us kids. I had such sensitive skin and would break out to everything and she only trusted Burts Bees. And now we've come full circle. PS. This house in Joshua Tree was AMAZING!! Im totally going to find it on AirBNB and try to link it here or in my insta stories. 

We got to keep all the new spring pj and they are freaking adorable. Keep an eye out for when they launch and follow them on IG. &&&& now... Burts Bees Baby is launching their first baby box. And its perfect for any mom. Its completely gender neutral and contains everything you'll need. Check out their website here. They cover everything you need from Mealtime to bed time. Here is everything thats included in the box! It was like a Mary Poppins box. It was never ending! 

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I can't wait to use the bibs when Claramae starts eating solids. The bibs are so cool. They look like shirts the way they are designed and just slip over their head. My favorite thing about this box is that its so gender neutral. Dont get me wrong, I love my pinks but If you're one of those patient parents who can wait to find out the gender of your baby then this is perfect. Its like the best baby shower gift. I can't wait to gift it at the next baby shower I go to. 

On top of being completely safe to use on your little love ones, you can rest easy trusting these products and also know you are helping out families in need. Because with the purchase of each box, one is donated to a family through Save The Children. 


Being a mom is hard work. Knowing which products to trust and use on your precious babes shouldn't be hard. And with this baby bee box you've got everything you need. And you can rest easy and just snuggle your babies. We have enough to worry about. There are so many things out there its hard to know what to use or what to trust. These products are what work for us. And while this blog was sponsored, all words and thoughts are my own and I don't share products with you that I won't use myself or on my babies. I even got the soap in Claramae's eye when I was bathing her and while I felt terrible, she didn't even know what happened. No pain, no tears, no infection. Just mom guilt. 

Go get your hands on one of these boxes for your self or your mama friend whose currently expecting.  



Claramae Rose: A Birth Story

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Claramae Rose: A Birth Story

Thursday November 30th, 2017 at 12:06 PM


While the delivery was quick, the labor was long. A lot of you might remember I was in the hospital for a week back in October for preterm labor. They put me on magnesium and shortly after my contractions stopped and my cervix wasn't progressing. SO I was very surprised I made it to full term. You also might remember back in May I was admitted in the ER while on vacation in Indiana for what the doctors thought was a PE (pulmonary embolism). After tests upon tests they were still convinced, but I needed to have a CT to confirm, which would expose the baby to radiation which could cause cells to mutate. I had just gotten our genetic tests back and was given the "all clear", so exposing her to something was very hard for me to do. We did the CT but the results came back negative for a PE. A Few weeks later I was diagnosed with Prental Depression ( or late/onset PPD from my pregnancy and birth with Adaline). They had me on antidepressants for a few weeks, which helped but I found something holistic that helped more so I got off the antidepressants. All of these things could have caused some risks to the baby, but we are happy to announce that Claramae is perfectly healthy. Gods hand were on her through out this whole pregnancy. 

On November 26 I actually went into the hospital in the morning because I thought I was in labor. I have never felt contractions before, (not during labor with adaline) So because these were semi painful and close together I for sure thought things were happening. I was checked into labor and delivery and examined. To my surprise my cervix was dilated to a 3 at the bottom, but the top was only a 1. So they sent me home. Brian and I walked 4 miles, I bounced on a ball, ate spicy food, consummated, nothing was happening. The next few days my mom and I spent out on the town, pounding the pavement. Walking, shopping, eating. I wanted to get through Wednesday so Adaline could go to PT. I was hoping she would start walking after the last one we had before labor. She is so close. So November 29th, after PT, we went to the mall and walked for hours. around 8 pm, the contractions were much stronger and very close. Sometimes a minute apart, sometimes 3 minutes apart. And then they would stop for 20 min, and pick back up. But again because I didn't feel contractions with Adaline until I was 7cm, I was worried I was going to start crowning.

So we headed to the hospital. 10 PM I checked into L&D. They checked me and I was still only a 3, so they checked me again in 2 hours and I was a 5. From there the contractions were getting much stronger and closer. I chose to have the epidural, which took about another hour or so to get after they moved me into a delivery room and got me hooked up to everything. It took 2 nurses and 5 tries to get an IV in me, and even then the IV infiltrated and filled my arm with the fluids rather than my vein. So my whole left arm, from my fingers to my elbow was one big swollen ballon. Even to the touch. It literally felt like it was going to burst. Then came time for the Epidrual. This was about 2am. The anesthesiologist couldn't get the needle in my first vertebra so he had to do it again in a different one. All the while Im having contractions and not able to move, or you know you could be paralyzed. He finally got it in, and then 30 min later i was starting to feel better. 


My body reacts very weird to anesthesia. I instantly feel loopy and completely checked out. Which in the moment feels great. I can sleep and nothing or no one bothers me. But once I got the epidural I stopped progressing. I was a 7 cm for 8 hours!! So eventually they gave me pitocin to speed things along. Well... Eventually the pitocin overrode the epidural and I could feel everything in my right side. And apparently pitocin contractions are worse than normal contractions? Because I wanted to kill someone. It took another hour, and rotating from side to side to get the epidural to take over in my right side. Once everything was numb again I was good to go, still only 7 cm, so I decided to FaceTime my Bestie who was about to head to the hospital to be induced to have her first baby. (Claramae's future husband). We face-timed for about 20 minutes and then all the sudden I could feel everything again. The nurse came in and checked my cervix. My water had broken and I was a 9. It took about another 30 min for the epidural to kick in ( Kaiser gives you a button to push to administer more, but it locks out after each dose for 15 min). So once I was numb again, I fell asleep for the remaining time and then at about 12 the nurse came in and told me it was time to start pushing. She said it could take an hour or more so she wanted me to give a practice push. So I did, and she yelled at me to stop. She called the doctor in and from the time the doctor scrubbed in, and I pushed (1 Big push and 2 small pushes) Claramae took her first breath at 12:06. Brian cried, I cried. And Oceans by Hillsong was playing while the doctor sang along. It was beautiful. 


There honestly aren't words to describe the moment you meet that person you've dreamt about, and wondered about for so long. I guess its similar to the ground opening up from an earthquake. This strong burst of emotion floods through your body, cracking open the strongest part of your self. Your heart. Exposing all sides of you. Vulnerability, love, joy, fear. You're completely exposed. Fragile, yet still strong. Your heart will never be the same. Another being holds a piece of you. Just walking about this earth. Another being is capable of breaking your heart. The worry for every day after their first breath. The wonder of whats to come. Soooo many emotions. You are solely responsible for another life. And that is frighteningly beautiful. changes you. 

Family trickled in after we had our hour of skin to skin. Claramae latched right away. Eats like a champ, sleeps like a champ. The moment Brian brought Adaline in the room, my heart was completely full. I worried Adaline would be angry and jealous. But she locked on to her sister the moment she saw her. Saying and signing baby, smothering her in kisses. Pointing to her eyes, nose, lips. And when family came in, she was too protective of her sister. Theres one picture where my mom is holding her and Adaline is reaching out to grab her sister. And then the following picture she's next to her again with this look of love all over her face. Their bond is something I can't wait to watch grow. 




The next day was supposed to be discharge day. They had prepped me for discharge. Filled out all the paper work, met with Social workers for her birth certificate and SS. But... i was unable to pee. Because of the epidural they measure your pee and I was completely unable to pee. They gave me all day and night, but I was still unable to pee. So the only options was to be sent home with a catheter and to come back in 4 days to have it removed. First off, let me tell you... having a bag of piss attached to your leg along with the healing and bleeding of child birth is sooooo degrading. There is nothing more sexy than your husband having to help you carry your pee bag around and drain it for you. This was a struggle. Brian came home after Adalines birth, and I had lost all the baby weight and was in better shape than when we got married. And this time he was there to see it all. All the ugly nasty things that come with childbirth. And I was not having it. I didn't want help, I didn't want him to see me at all. I wanted to be up and moving the next day. But this was not going to happen. I wasn't going to be able to do things without him. I needed him, and that was a hard pill to swallow. Because if you know me on a personal level, you know that I don't need anyone. Or I don't like to need anyone. Even living in my parents back house so we can save and pay off debt and get ahead is a low blow to my pride. Not being able to pick up Adaline, or go to her therapies broke a piece of my heart. It took 7 catheters, a week of no bladder control, lots of humility, and two pee tests to get that dang thing removed. I even had to learn how to self catheterize my self. HUMILIATING. Everyone was asking me about my peeing habits. Ill probably need some sort of bladder therapy because the nerves are still very much damaged. I don't know I have to pee until my bladder is super full. And if I ever need Anesthesia again my bladder probably won't ever wake up. So no more kids for me, because I'm not superwoman who can do it without an epidural. 

As for my PPD I had after Adaline, during this last pregnancy I am happy to report that I have never felt more control over my emotions than I do now. I suffered from so much anxiety and worry after Adaline. Panic attacks over the smallest things. Nightmares of falling down the stairs holding her and slipping and landing on her. Car rides were the worst. When any man other than Brian would hold her, I just had to hold my breath and bit my tongue. I believed she wasn't safe until she was in my arms. Never went out without her really, solely because I don't desire time away from my children, but also because I would just worry about her the whole time. I still don't think I will ever leave my kids with anyone just to go out and have fun. I don't desire time away from them. I want to be part of their every day.

I was on antidepressants in the beginning of my pregnancy with parental depression, so the doctors were worried thinking I would have PPD again, but I can honestly say that I don't feel anything but excitement and sometimes overwhelmed for this new chapter of my life. Dont get me wrong, There are times when I'm like about to hit my limit, like when Adaline pooped all though her clothes and we were in a restaurant and I didn't have a change of clothes for her, or when both babies are screaming in the car, but thats nothing some ice cream and a hot shower can't fix ;) I remembering feeling like the Post Partum hormones were way worse than pregnancy hormones and I was so worried how I would handle a new born and Adalines demanding schedule. And the nursing, my goodness. So different this time around. It took me so long to get Adaline to nurse. Then I had a "Milk Crisis" where i lost all my milk for a week. And this time around I have so much milk that Claramae can't even eat it all. I have to pump after each feeding. So I'm giving Adaline some in a sippy cup every once in a while. 

I don't want to try to sell you Anything, but I can honestly attribute all of these differences to Plexus. I started diligently taking Plexus once I was on anti depressants in the beginning of this pregnancy and wanted to get off the meds. And my depression seriously went away. I stopped loosing so much weight and started achieving healthy pregnancy weight gain, and my milk supply is insane. Plus it helps so much with your gut health and really everything else. Plexus is a plant based supplement so its not chemicals or anything. If you're interested please email me and Ill get you some information. Here are some pictures of my postpartum journey.  The first picture is my last bump picture... sadly i don't have a cuter one where I look happy. haha. I was 38 weeks here. The next picture is the morning after delivery... The following picture is 6 days after delivery. And the last picture is 2 weeks PostPartum. Im no where near my goal, but I know that I can get there. I truly believe in these products and what they have done for my health and even Adalines. Ill post some pictures below of the products I take daily.  

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My Darling First Born


My Darling First Born

From the moment the strip turned pink, I knew I could never love anything else as much as I did you. I had prayed for you since I was a little girl. I fought for your life, and will continue to do so for the rest of mine. You reached down into the debs of my heart and pulled out the person I was always meant to be. Your mother. And now our time alone together has come to an end. Your sister is here and my heart is fuller than its ever been, but also feels divided. You've changed so much in this last week. Your independent, and funnier than ever. I hate thinking that you might possibly feel like we've replaced you with another little girl. But that is not true. As I learn to adjust my time and spread my love for you both, please be patient with me and I will with you. You will always be my first born, the one who made me a mama. And you'll always be my baby.

So thankful for Alyssa and her capturing these last magical moments of just the two of us. Follow her at @alyssaricole on instagram.  

And Thank you to my sweet mama friend Jessica Klein for doing my makeup! Follow her on instagram @j_Klein21 She as the most beautiful family. Her son is a freaking stud, and her daughter is a dream! 

As I walk along holding your 2-year-old hand, basking in the glow of our magical relationship. Suddenly I feel a kick from within, as if to remind me that our time alone is limited. And I wonder: How could I ever love another child as I love you?

Then she is born, and I watch you. I watch the pain you feel at having to share me as you’ve never shared me before. I hear you telling me in your own way, “Please love only me” And I hear myself telling you in mine,”I can’t,” knowing, in fact, that I never can again.

You cry. I cry with you. I almost see our new baby as an intruder on the precious relationship we once shared. A relationship we can never quite have again.

But then, barely noticing, I find myself attached to that new being, and feeling almost guilty. I’m afraid to let you see me enjoying her — as though I am betraying you.

But then I notice your resentment change, first to curiosity, then to protectiveness, finally to genuine affection.

More days pass, and we are settling into a new routine. The memory of days with just the two of us is fading fast. But something else is replacing those wonderful times we shared, just we two.

There are new times — only now, we are three. I watch the love between you grow, the way you look at each other, touch each other. I watch how she adores you — as I have for so long. I see how excited you are by each of her new accomplishments.

And I begin to realize that I haven’t taken something from you, I’ve given something to you. I notice that I am no longer afraid to share my love openly with both of you. I find that my love for each of you is as different as you are, but equally strong.

And my question is finally answered, to my amazement. Yes, I can love another child as much as I love you — only differently.

And although I realize that you may have to share my time, I now know you’ll never share my love. There’s enough of that for both of you — you each have your own supply.

I love you — both. And I thank you both for blessing my life.


Whats In My Hospital Bag

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Whats In My Hospital Bag

So today is November 26. I was woken up at 2 am by some mild pain in my pelvis area. I started timing them and some tightness in my stomach as well. Since I don't feel normal contractions, I have to pay attention to everything I'm feeling. SO I got up and started cleaning up the room and doing some laundry. At about 4:30 I went back to bed, and woke up again at 6 with a little stronger contractions lasting a minute and 3-4 min apart. So we got up and got ready, fed adaline and dropped her off with my parents and headed to the hospital. At about 8 am we got there and I was taken in to the admission/triage room. They monitored my contractions and saw that they were pretty close together, but because I have a posterior cervix the nurse told me that the monitor can't pick up the contractions intensity. So she checked me, which hurts more than any contraction Ive ever felt, and found out that the end of my cervix is dilated to a 3 but the top of it was only dilated to a 1 maybe a 2. So after speaking with a mid wife they decided to send me home. Cue all the frustration. Thankfully all the cervix checking caused some more intense contractions, but Im not about to go in again and be sent home. So ill just be chilling waiting until the pain is unbearable and pray I don't deliver in the car or at home. So while Im wasting time I decided to put up this blog about whats in my hospital bag. Maybe then she will decided to come.  


Diaper Bag/Hospital Bag: By ItzyRitzy 

I am really excited to use this backpack as a diaper bag, but for now its packed for the hospital. You don't really need much for the baby in your hospital bag since the hospital provides the diapers and everything else. The only baby items you need are the clothes or swaddles, bows, beanies, props you want for pictures (Most hospitals take new born pictures for you if you aren't having your own taken.) So in my hospital bag I have a swaddle, a layette for her to sleep in, a coming home outfit, and possibly an additional outfit for those first newborn blow outs. 



Mommy items: 

  • Nursing Bra - Mine is from the Dairy Fairy. Its the Ayala Style. Click here to shop 
  • Earth Mama Organics- Milkmaid Tea- I drank this right away with Adaline because she was taken to the NICU. You can just add for some hot water and add the tea bags to it and start helping your milk production right away. 
  • Earth Mama Organics- Nipple Butter
  • BelleFit Girdle- Im so excited to try this! I didn't have a good one last time, and was really uncomfortable in my pre pregnancy pants without something to hold in the flabby tummy skin. You can shop their Postpartum Girdles here and use my cone Hannah20 for $20 of your order
  • Monat Dry Shampoo 
  • Make up bag 
  • Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads
  • Warm fuzzy socks 
  • Cozy PJs to wear after you can get rid of the nasty hospital gowns. Something comfortable to sleep in but cute enough to wear for when your visitors stop by. 
  • Shower Sandals 
  • Toiletries (travel size)
  • Phone Charger 
  • Your own pillow 
  • Blanket 
  • Hair Brush 
  • Deodorant 
  • Makeup (if you want) 

Claramae's Items: 


Brian also has a hospital bag packed with clothes for him to change into, toiletries, a phone charger, some snacks, shower shoes (incase he's coming straight from work) and a jacket because its always so cold in the hospital. I think he even has a book or something to read to kill time so that he's not pacing and snooping in the hospital cabinets. I get anxiety and stressed when I feel like I need to entertain people who are waiting on me so I need him to be very entertained and taken care of. 

Thats all for now, if you have any questions or i forgot to link something, just comment below and ill try to remember where it was from. 

* If you're having a birth photographer I suggest getting together a little snack bag for them. Maybe some candy, trail mix, energy drinks*

I hope this helped you figure out what to pack for your hospital bag, and good luck with the delivery of your sweet babe! 

Hannah Lorain

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