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{GIVEAWAY} Baby Bubbles Customizable Onesies

We were graciously given onesies for review. All opinions are that of the blog contributor. Don’t forget to visit the end of the post for the giveaway!

Inspired by the premature birth of her niece in 2013 Ruby, Teresa Skrepenski was inspired to create Baby Bubbles, a clothing line of onesies and interchangeable Velcro patches with traditional and cute messages like “Baby Trucker” or “Daddy’s Girl.” Baby Ruby weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was 14.5 inches long at birth and her early start even inspired the name. The name Baby Bubbles is a take on how preemie babies begin their lives. Skrepenski said, “When preemies are born they begin their lives in an incubator (bubble), where their environment is controlled and sterile.” [Read more]

{Book Review} Peanut: A Storybook for Mighty Preemie Babies

Sometimes preemie parents take their traumatic NICU experiences and turn them into something positive. Preemie mom, Lindsay Nolan, is one of these parents.

Lindsay never expected to become a preemie parent. “I come from a family of nine girls,” said Lindsay, “so I figured if my mother could handle pregnancy that many times, my first pregnancy would hopefully go nice and smooth.”

Unfortunately, Lindsay developed preeclampsia early in her pregnancy and her son Henry arrived at 32 weeks gestation weighing 2 pounds 15 ounces. He quickly dropped to 2 pounds, 5 ounces.

“My NICU experience had its ups and downs.” said Nolan. “I was so in love with my child. It was rare that I left the hospital in the two months I was there, only to grab a few necessities from home and return.”

To cope with the stress of having her only child in the hospital, Lindsay began writing a “love story” to her preemie son. “It was my way of documenting what happened for when he was older.” Eventually, the private love story transformed into a way to offer other preemie parents hope. [Read more]

Little & Mighty Clothing

My kids all love new clothes but can sometimes be picky with what they want to wear. When asked to write this review for Little & Mighty, I thought about which of my children would be a little picky, to see their thoughts on the design and fit. I went with my 4-year-old son. Before I get to my review, let me share a little about the company and their products.

Little and Mighty was started by three moms who live in and around Austin, TX. They wanted to start a child’s clothing line to fill a void they saw in all other clothing lines. When asked why they started the company, this answer stood out: “We want people to celebrate childhood with us. We want them to go adventuring, be faced with a challenge to overcome and discover new things about themselves along the way. We want to get back to pure and simple childhood. It’s so magical. We want to fill those kiddos with wonder and allow them to question the world around them.” [Read more]