Lexi’s First Easter Basket Preparation

Happy Friday!!

I am very excited about this being Lexi’ first Easter so I HAD to show you all the preparation of her first Easter basket. I didn’t go overboard considering she is an 8 month old, but I feel that I got all the necessities for her. I am very much looking forward to giving this to her.

What all did you momma’s include in your little one’s Easter basket?


Easter Grass: Target | Easter Basket: Target


Onesie: Target


Book: Target






Transition to the Crib


As a first time mom I can’t describe how hard it was to move Lexi from her bassinet to her crib in her own room. I do have to state that her room is all the way across the house. I also have to tell you that Lexi did better than I did. I was so sad to not have her in our room, but it was time for her to move out.

Below are three tips that made this transition easy on Lexi:

  1. Hang out in her room for a bit. Make her feel like you are there. I can’t begin to tell you all how much this helped Lexi. I only did it for almost two weeks and thankful that this helped so quickly.
  2. Do the switch in stages. I started off having her nap in there and then moved her in her room for bedtime.
  3. Create a routine. I always have some bonding time with Lexi in my room and then we go to her room for story time before I put her down for the night.


These three things really helped her transition and I hope they can help you mommas as well.


Photo by: Hannah Decossas Photography

From Colic, To Reflux, To A Nissen



Witching hour. When Lexi was about two months old she would cry and cry from about 9:00pm to 10:30pmish every night. That time frame was officially called witching hour in our house. This literally lasted for about a month or so. I thought this was her just being a bay since I am a first time mom, but it was colic.

After a few months she started spitting up from her mouth and out her nose a few times a day. in the course of a week it got worse. I was afraid to lay her down and leaving the room because I was scared that she may spit up and choke.

One day we were at her cardiologist’s office and he noticed her contorting her body and spitting up/refluxing bad and he admitted us to GHS. This was our third hospital visit with her, but I never knew you could get hospitalized for reflux problems. Once we were admitted they did tests for eight or nine days just to rule out anything else and to be sure in fact that it was reflux and that is what it was. They tried feeding her through A NG Tube that went to her stomach and that didn’t help. Then they tried an NJ Tube, that past the stomach into her small intestine and it helped a tiny bit. Eventually the doctors decided she needed to get a Nissen done, which they tie the upper stomach to her esophagus. Things can go down but nothing can come up.

They performed the surgery and it worked. She now has her Nissen. She doesn’t spit up anymore and she is on three medications to help her motility and heartburn. I am so thankful for the Nissen. It really has done wonders for Lexi and I am so thankful for the doctors at GHS.


Photos by: Hannah Decossas Photography

Frankincense Oil


Recently I was talking with a fellow mommy blogger and she was telling me about how she started using Frankincense essential oil on her little girl. She was explaining to me about all the wonderful uses for it and since I have a special needs little girl I thought it would be great to start using on her. So when Belinda, a Young Living Silver Leader reached out to me about working together I immediately told her about my interest in the Frankincense Oil and why that one in particular. Belinda was so kind and sent me over a bottle of it and I instantly started using it on Lexi.

The benefits that got me excited about Frankincense are: ingest to support healthy cellular function, the aroma promotes a relaxation feeling, and supports healthy immune, nervous, and digestive function.

I highly recommend this oil and Belinda has been kind enough to offer a reader the chance to win a bottle of the Frankincense. If you are not interested in that one in particular you can always choose from Lemon, Theives, Lavender, and Copaiba. All you need to do is go to my Instagram page to enter.


*Thank you Belinda for sponsoring today’s post*


Lexi’s First Christmas

Hey dolls!

I am so happy to share our Christmas pictures with you all today. I know it is February, but we didn’t we a chance to shoot these until January since we were at MUSC until five days before Christmas. It was the best present to be able to get her well and back home and I am so grateful for that. I hope you all enjoy these pictures as much as I do.







Photos by: Hannah Decossas Photography

Six Months

First off I have to say that I can’t believe that six months has gone by since becoming a mommy. It is the best thing ever. I never knew I could love someone so much and honestly you really don’t know the feeling until it happens.

As you know Lexi was hospitalized for almost three months and now we have been home for a month and it has been amazing. She is a little behind but that is expected due to her chromosome deletion and because she was in fact in the hospital for so long. She is now starting to reach some of her milestones such as turning her head from side to side and following things. She is kicking a lot and loves to put her hands together. Also, sometimes she hold things with both hands and still loves her carrot rattle.

I am absolutely in love with this girl and so happy to have her home and see her grow.



Dress: Burberry ( Love this one and this one ) | Hairband: Carter’s

Photos by: Hannah Decossas Photography

Lexi’s Heart Journey: Part 2

I am sorry that it has been so long since the last blog post, but as you read in the previous post Lexi has been in MUSC for heart surgery. It was a long road and a few weeks of recovery but we are finally home! She first got admitted into the hospital on October 10th and discharged on December 20th. It has been such a long 72 days, but we got through it as a family. The best part was that we were home in time for Christmas. On another note we recently took her for a follow up with her cardiologist and he is so happy with how her heart is looking. His exact words were “her heart is working like yours and mine”. You have no idea how happy I was to hear that!

I also want to take the time to thank you all for your kind words and prayers. It has meant a lot to our family. Thank you for following along on this journey.



Lexi’s Heart Journey: Part 1

As you all may know by now my daughter is a Special Needs child. She was born with a Chromosome 5 deletion and a large VSD in heart. She has been hospitalized now for 2 months and is now recovering from heart surgery.

She was first admitted into GHS for reflux issues and had a surgery done called a Nisen (wrapping stomach to the esophagus) to correct that. After 2 days she had trouble breathing and the doctors had to put a breathing tube down her windpipe to keep her breathing. After a CT, they saw that her heart had enlarged and was compressing her left lung. That is when it was decided that she would be going to MUSC for heart surgery.

It is tough as a mom to see my baby go through all of that but it needed to be done. She had her surgery on November 29th and is recovering very well! A post about that is coming soon! Thank you to everyone for following along on our journey.


7 Children’s Christmas Books

Christmas was and is my favorite time. I always loved the decor, the atmosphere, and as a kid always the stories. I remember reading so many Christmas books growing up and I can’t wait to do the same for Lexi. Here are some that would be great for your little ones and you to enjoy.



All I Want for Christmas Is You | A Very New York Christmas | How the Grinch Stole Christmas | The Christmas ABC | Madeline’s Christmas | Dream Snow | How to Catch Santa

3 Benefits of Reading to Your Baby

I absolutely love reading to Lexi. I have been reading to her when she was still in the womb. Some people think that they do not comprehend  what you are reading   at such a young age, but they sense your tone,  mood, and get to hear their mommy and daddy’s voice. There are many benefits to reading to your little one and I would love to share those with you.

  1. Bonding Time: It’s an activity that turns into a special time with your little. The baby is exposed to the sound of your voice and of course that is soothing for them.
  2. Emotions Come into Play: Your baby is exposed to feelings through the different sounds you use when reading. Every parent does a voice for a specific character at times and they detect that. Also, when you describe the book to them they hear the emotion you are using to describe it to them.
  3. Showing Them Reading is Fun: Making it a part of your daily routine can teach them that reading can be something that they enjoy. That will help them not dread it when they start school.

Here are a few books we LOVE to read to Lexi:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | The Poky Little Puppy | Madeline | Daddy Hugs



Photo by: Hannah Decossas Photography