Hooked on the Joovy Nook

Disclaimer: I have no judgement on any other mother for the highchair they use; however, my personal style has always been very anti highchair. They’re unattractive, they’re bulky, they’re heavy, they get stained & stinky, and they ruin basic ambiance of your home. With twins I imagined double the disaster until I was introduced to the NEW & IMPROVED Joovy Nook. 

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We’re huge fans of Joovy at this house. We’ve got the Joovy Boob glass bottles, the Joovy Moon Room playpen, the Joovy Spoon walkers, and now the Joovy Nook High Chairs! Joovy, in general, is known for it’s clean, modern lines, and functional designs. Well, they obviously did their homework before creating the Nook!

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The Nook we chose has a white frame and a black “leatherette” chair. I believe classic black and white combos can pull everything in a room together and I have a pop of black and white in every room of my house. So, the chairs don’t distract from the aesthetics in my otherwise pulled together home. I love that these chairs aren’t mind-numbingly colorful. Why do most baby gear manufacturers use neons and primary colors as though every new parent wants their home to look like the Big Top Circus? Bleh!

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Big, bulky, heavy high chair times two?! No, thank you! I don’t have room in my kitchen OR dining room for high chairs. But, the Joovy Nook is SUPER DUPER lightweight and it folds up, and unfolds with one hand! I literally can be bouncing a twenty-pound baby boy on my hip while unfolding my Nook with the other hand to get ready for feeding. It’s pretty legit! I pull them out for feeding, wipe them off, and fold them back down to store away next to my buffet. When guests come over, I store them in the pantry.

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Another thing I’ve always been queasy over regarding high chairs is the number of falls and head injuries. Many new parents mistakenly position the high chair next to the table not realizing that babies can push off the side of the table with their feet. Well, not only does the Nook have a 5-point harness, but the backs of the chair are high enough that even IF the babies could push off the side of the table (although I never position them that way) the backs of the chair and the padding would protect their precious heads. Plus, the base of the frame is super sturdy and sticks to the floor for added protection.

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Traditional highchairs get oogy stains and stinky super fast. Imagine yogurt, carrots, bananas, and spit up bits and pieces sitting overnight? Gross! Either you’d have to wash the cover every meal or at least every day. The leather of the Nook is similar to a high end luxury vehicle and it’s not only designed for comfort; it’s designed to be easy to clean, I wet a sponge and wipe down the seats (after my dog licks all the crumbs out). The straps became messy pretty fast from the boys teething on them with food still in their mouth, but my mother suggested a toothbrush in the grooves and that’s worked like a charm. I only have to do that every week or so.

The only problem with the Joovy Nook is that it can’t fit in my car to take with me to friend’s houses, restaurants, and grandma’s. The boys love their highchairs and I have so much fun feeding them knowing that their safe & comfortable during feeding time.

Get your Joovy Nook at Joovy.com

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Be Prepared with JuJuBe

http://ebbandflowdesigns.com/?ruioed=rencontre-extraterrestre-wiki&a16=37 Before I became a mom I had somewhat decided that diaper bags weren’t really my scene. There’s nothing sexy or chic about toting a sticky, stained bag around that’s stuffed with diapers, bottles, formula, snack foods, and likely covered in dancing monkeys or giraffes riding choo-choo trains (insert gagging sound here). I’m just not that kind of mom. I preferred carrying my Louis Vuitton Artsy purse and imagined I’d just use that to tote what I needed. 

Enter twins.

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Yikes! I didn’t know at that time I’d be a mom to twins! This requires much more gear than even my LV artsy could hold and I’ll be damned if I let that bag become stained or ratty. So, my first few months as a mom I carried a diaper bag I’d been given as a nanny. It wasn’t the Prada diaper bag carried by the mom, but it got the job done. Even though that bag worked just fine for my one child client, it was NOT working for me and my twins.

My first outing was to their two week pediatrician appointment. My mother was with me. We stocked the bag full of pacifiers, clth diapers, wet bags, nursing cover, changing pad cover, wipes, bottles, breastmilk , blankets, coats, baby wrap, and rattles. Heavy, much? If you think that’s too much stuff to pack for one outing you obviously don’t have twins. Trust. It’s WAY more necessary to have “stuff” when there’s two.

Sure enough, one baby starts fussing while the other is being examed so I start nursing. Then the other one starts screaming. I needed the pacifier, but it had gotten lost in the abyss of a diaper bag I used to carry. I was getting frustrated so I told my mom just to fix a bottle. Now, where did we put the bottle? Breastmilk? There was zero organization! No pockets?

Not only was it difficult to find anything I needed with the former bag, it wasn’t stylish. I never wanted to wear it or even carry it. I always stuffed it under the seats of the stroller and most of the time I didn’t even do that. I left it in the car instead and decided I’d would rather walk back out to the car to get what I needed than carry that bag.

source Enter the Jujube First Lady! Total game changer!

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It’s super go to site chic and goes with my style…classic black and white striped!

It’s made from a http://www.hasresearch.com/pizdabolt/1024 wipeable material so there’s no need to worry about sippy cups leaking or bottles spilling over.

There’s an opening in the bottom of the bag to dump crumbs. Yep…that exists!

Wear it as a satchel/sidebody, a purse, a handbag, OR a backpack! Plus, the strap is padded for shoulder support.

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Leave your purse in the car or at home. This baby has a front pockets for license, rings for keys, and a place for your phone and essentials.

There’s tons of pockets, compartments, and nets to contain EVERYthing you could ever need, or want, for baby.

My favorite part is the matching changing pad trifold that can be pulled out for changing babies in the back of the car or sketchy changing tables in public. Did I mention all of this stuff is wipeable AND machine washable?

Zippers! I didn’t realize how much the zippers matter but my other bag buttoned closed, which means things go flying out in betweek the bottons and the buttons were a pain to snap.

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Before I was a mom, I’d overhear other moms saying, “I love my JujuBe.” I had no idea what they were talking about, but now, that’s me! I love my Jujube! I tell everyone how much I love my Jujube because I don’t think there’s anything like it out there. Jujube or bust.

Stay gold, 

That Girl

The Baby Cubby: Make Your Own!

You know when you were a kid how you’d stash your favorite toys somewhere special? You had your own little cubby of favorite stuff, right? Or, when you were in school how you’d store your favorite supplies, lip balm, books, or crayons in your “cubby”? Well, that’s the inspiration behind The Baby Cubby! They know how mind boggling it can be to search hundreds of products across multiple websites, so they did the leg work for us and stashed the best baby gear (everyone’s favorites) in one little cubby; thebabycubby.com

When I read they claimed to have the “best”, I thought, “Yeah, I’ll be the judge of that”, because I’m a bit of a baby gear nazi (shocker, right?), and I know what the “best” actually means. But, as I perused their website, I was pleasantly surprised they actually DO have the best. And, they don’t have the best stuff mixed in with a bunch of crap like so many stores and websites do. They have just the best and that’s it, which makes navigating the site a dream! Here’s an example: the Ubbi Diaper Pail is THE best diaper pail on the market for both disposables AND cloth diapers (a steel trap for odors). The Baby Cubby sells the Ubbi Diaper Pail and that’s the only diaper pail on the site…because it’s the best.

So, no more hounding your friends for their recommendations only to realize they’re only recommending what they used that didn’t suck. Go to thebabycubby.com and build your registry all in one place, feeling confident that what you’re registering for is the best.

Here’s my dream registry on thebabycubby.com (most of which I have and LOVE!):

Oeuf Crib or Babyletto 3-in-1

Oeuf Gray Sparrow

Oeuf Gray Sparrow

Ouef Changer/Dresser

Boon Flair High Chair (super modern and easy to wipe down)

Mamaroo or Nuna Leaf are MUST haves! Use these as swings, bouncers, even chairs, for the first six months of life!

Get the Baby Jogger if you’re an urban mom who likes to get easily in and out of places and only plans on having one kiddo. I’d recommend the Uppababy Vista or Cruz if you aren’t done building your family, are expecting multiples, or just like a chicer look. The Baby Jogger can conquer more terrain and has a one handed close option, but the Uppababy folds up pretty compact as well, and even though youneed both hands to close it, it’s still a cakewalk (I use this all day err day with my twins). Also, the Cruz can grow with your family with seat adaptors and down the road you can even attach pedal board for older kiddos.

Little Unicorn Quilt (I die over the cobalt blue)

The 4Moms Breeze Playyard is the bomb.com, but get a Dock-aTot too if you travel often or want one at grandma’s house (or both grandma’s!). Both allow you to have baby sleeping in the room near you until you transition to cribs, pop up easily for travel, and can be taken to friends or family’s houses easily for naptime away from home.

Be sure to add the Boon Patch bottle drying rack. I also dry my Kiinde pouches here and my baby food jars…and my wine glasses!

Ubbi Diaper Pail (get one for every place in the house where a diaper might be!) It traps odors, it’s super sleek, and it’s lightweight.

Lorena Canals Machine washable Rug for playrooms, nursery and even the living room. My goobers use their’s everyday for tummy time, play time, storytime, and even changing!

Lorena Canals Dark Grey Ombre

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Owlet Vital Signs Baby Monitor…safer sleep, happier parents.

The Nursery Art by Petal Lane and Petit had me swoonin’. Take a look here

I’m a HUGE fan of the Happy Baby Wrap and wear mine around the house, at the store, at the park, and even when we’re out to eat and one of my boys gets fussy; however, if wrapping your baby to your body is a little too scary for you, the Ergo Baby carrier with infant insert is a dream. Trust me, you’ll want a baby carrier! Worn babies cry less, eat better, are more adaptable and even have better head and trunk control.

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Covered Goods Nursing Cover as a sunshield

With all the nursing covers on the market, why go for anything less than the Covered Goods? It’s not just a nursing cover. It’s also a stroller/carseat cover, sunshield and infinity scarf…but, in my diaper bag it’s also a changing mat, a burp cloth, a blanket, a face wiper, a baby hat, an umbrella…

The Little Unicorn Bibs stole the show in the bib category for those sleek, modern prints; however, Billy Bibs came in a close second, and Aden & Anais burpcloths are a must have due to their over the shoulders design and comfy fabrics.

The Comotomo Bottle is a best-next-to-breast choice. Even if you plan on breastfeeding exclusively, you’ll want bottles for dad to give every now and then, babysiters, and you’ll want bottles when you’re out and about as some babies don’t nurse well in public.

Boon Snug spout cover for bath…trust me! The moment your kiddo starts being mobile in the tub, you’ll want this rubber whale protecting flailing limbs and thrashing heads.

Wean Green glass storage containers are another must have. First you’ll use them to store easy grab-n-go snacks when you’re postpartum and are only eating things you can grab in a driveby situation from kitchen to nursery. Then, you’ll start storing fruits and veggies because you’ll want to start getting your shape back, but before you know it, these will be storing pureed combinations for your growing bambino.

Teething sucks! Say it with me, “teething sucks!” The Baby Cubby crew obviously knows this because they’ve got all you need when your little joy is in a fit of rage trying to pop out those pearly whites! Don’t skimp on the teething toys or you’ll find yourself handing a remote control with rubber buttons to your child to chew on just for a moment of peace. Get the Calmie teething toy, the Banana Toothbrush (get 3-5), Amber Necklaces, and the Comotomo teether.

Also, don’t forget to get yourself a NoseFrida! “Is that the thing that sucks snot from their nose?” Yes, it is, but it has a filter on it so get over yourself and get one. The first time you hear your baby struggling to breathe, you’ll do whatever it takes to clear their nasal passageways and you’d use a straw and suck the snot directly into your mouth if you thought your baby couldn’t breathe. Trust.

Toys! I got a mommy hard-on for the toys on thebabycubby.com (if that’s even a thing). They have buckoos of wooden toys and open-ended toys from Plan Toys and Skip Hop. I also loved the stuffed lovies from Mary Meyer! A must have toy to register for is the Oball! We have one in the car, the nursery, and usually in the diaper bag. It’s cool to them everytime they see it.

The Little Unicorn Towel (adorbs)! Add several of these to your list.

I love the Boon Naked collapsable tub for at home, but do you travel a lot? Will you be at grandma’s often? Road trips? Hotels? I’d also recommen a Puj tub, too, then because it folds up nice for a suitcase and is super easy to use on the go.

The Clothes on thebabycubby.com include the newest craze, Rags to Riches, the very haught Tea Collection, Kickee Pants, and the super modern brand Lulu & Roo. Register for a variety of sizes in everything. And, you’ll like have favorite pieces which baby will outgrow quickly so get one of your favorites in every size so you can enjoy them longer!

Petal Pushers Labor Gown (very Rachel Zoe of you to turn down the paper hospital gown, (just sayin’)

TheBabyCubby.com does NOT disappoint. Don’t send friends and family on a wild goose chase to BuyBuyBaby, Babies R Us and Target, which are essentially the Wal-Mart’s of baby gear. Go to TheBabyCubby.com and know that you’ve got all the best stuff in one place.

If you want a custom registry completed by That Girl, go to MaternityConciergeAustin.com or book a registry completion and I’ll help you out!

That Girl

 

The Tranquilizing Tranquilo Mat

I won’t lie. I’ve totally been guilty of jiggling a stroller, or bouncy chair, to calm a baby with one hand while quickly trying to jam half a sandwich in my mouth with the other hand. I’m the mom running  around HEB wearing a baby and bouncing while pushing the other in the stroller, refusing to stop as I grab groceries and toss them into my cart. I probably look like I’m auditioning for Supermarket Sweep circa 1993. And, my phone battery is almost always drained since I toss it into the carseat next to my babies with a white noise app on. Whatever works, right? Wrong.

I’m desperate for a Tranquilo Mat!

I first spotted this unicorn at the baby gear expo I attend every year in Vegas and everyone was buzzing about it. In fact, after returning from the expo and contacting the designer, I learned they were so hot they couldn’t keep up with production at that time. But now (FINALLY), they’re available to desperate mamas like you and me who get lady boners for products that calm fussy babies quickly.

Here’s why the Tranquilo Mat is my jam!

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  1. Vibration

Most parents find themselves gently jiggling babies instinctively to keep them calm, but did you ever wonder why that works? When babies are inutero, being toted around day and night, they’re being gently jostled and vibrated when mom walks, climbs stairs, drinks water, eats, breathes, etc. The Tranquilo Mat gently vibrates to mimic the feeling of the womb, which sends baby instantly into a hypnotic state, triggering the calming reflex.

2. White Noise

I’m a bit of a white noise nut! I have THE Cadillac of white noise machines in my bedroom (curtesy of my best friend who knows me well), a white noise machine in the nursery, white noise apps on my phone and I’ll be damned if I’m caught traveling without a machine as well. I’ve always slept better when background noises are drowned out and babies are no different. Ever notice how they can sleep in a noisy restaurant with no problem, but a dog barking or car horn can wake them up instantly? White noise tends to drown out those startling, sudden sounds, but also mimics the womb, which is super comforting for the first three months of life especially.

3. Flexible & Portable

A mat like this is worthless if it can only be used one way because, let’s be honest, babies are unpredictable and moms need multipurpose devices cause our diaper bags be overflowin’ as it is. If it’s goin’ in my bag, it better play many roles. The Tranquilo Mat is super duper thin, folds up easy and can be thrown into a diaper bag or purse without taking up coveted space. It’s flexible too so you could wrap it around your babies lap in a carseat or stroller, or wrap it around baby’s back while they’re in a carrier or sling. Does your baby need tummy time, but fuss constantly throughout? Try sliding the Tranquilo Mat underneath the activity mat or blanket you’re using and watch baby calm with the push of a button.

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4. Machine Washable

The cover on the outside can be tossed into your washer/dryer for convenient cleaning and sanitizing and the inner cover is water resistant and wipeable so your baby’s spit up or accidents won’t leak through!

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Use the Tranquilo Mat for:

  • car rides
  • strollers
  • tummy time
  • bouncers/rockers
  • reading
  • sleep/naps
  • babywearing
  • visits to the doctor
  • colic/gas
  • fussiness for who the hell knows why

Get your Tranquilo Mat here and tell us why you love it.

Stay gold, 

That Girl

Baby Vida Monitor: Healthy Sleep for All

In my Newborn Care class, parents are ALWAYS curious about SIDS & healthy sleep habits, and they want to know about the best monitors on the market. Parents need sleep. Babies need sleep. But crib death is real. Parents want to rest easy at night knowing their baby is breathing healthily.

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First and foremost, reduce your SIDS risks by following these simple rules:

  • Place baby on their back
  • No crib bumpers, stuffed animals or loose blankets
  • Use a swaddle sack such as a Woombie or try the Baby Merlin Sleepsuit
  • No smoking in the home or around baby
  • Keep temperature around 68-72 degrees in the home, don’t let baby get too hot or cold
  • Do NOT fall asleep holding baby on the couch, in a chair, or in bed
  • Breastfeed
  • Use a humidifer to keep baby’s nasal passageways clean and moist

A breastfed baby, swaddled tightly on it’s back has a greatly reduced chance of SIDS, but perhaps that video monitor just isn’t cutting it for you because you’d like to know baby is breathing normally all night long and getting enough oxygen. I had a girlfriend who only dressed her newborn in pjs that had shapes or animals on them so she could watch to be sure the animals were moving up and down with each breath. Crazy? Nope, just a mama in love!

The Baby Vida monitor was designed by a mama in love like my friend. When Mollie and her husband, Jeff, found out Mollie was pregnant with their first child, they were excited to start preparations immediately. They immersed themselves in reading materials, attended classes, and educated themselves on how to be a good mom and dad.

As prepared as they were they also began to understand everything that could go wrong with a new baby. Mollie quickly realized that many of the scary scenarios that could happen were connected to a baby’s poor oxygen level or heart rate. Even more unsettling, there was no way for parents to know if either of these vitals were at an unsafe level.

When Mollie and Jeff’s healthy baby boy arrived, she did what most mothers do and checked on him constantly to ensure that he was still breathing. She had an audio and video monitor, but realized it wouldn’t alert her if anything was wrong. She began to have a reoccurring thought…

“What would it sound like if my baby stopped breathing?”

Mollie scoured the internet and went to all the stores looking for a device that would monitor her son’s oxygen level and heart rate. She couldn’t find anything for home use and devices used by professionals were thousands of dollars. Mollie began to talk to other parents and quickly found out that she was not alone in her worries—she was actually exactly like most new moms. Everyone she talked to was also in and out of their nursery, experiencing sleepless nights of constant worry.

Mollie knew she had to do something about this. Not just for her own baby, but for moms all over the world. With this thought, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor was born. Mollie, now a mother of four, concepted the device out of love for her children, and the Monitor became her new passion.

Mollie and Jeff went on a worldwide search to find an engineering firm who could create the Monitor. They found firms right here in the United States, who made this dream a reality. The engineers worked tirelessly for more than 2 1/2 years to develop this sophisticated, yet easy to use Monitor.

The Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor helps bring parents vital peace of mind.

Using a new form of pulse oximetry, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor constantly monitors your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate. Place sensor directly on your baby’s heel. Use the Support Strap to secure the Oxygen Monitor in place. The Support Sock easily slips over your baby’s foot and helps to keep the monitor in place. The Monitor and Support Sock can be worn alone or in combination with infant socks or footed pajamas. Your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate readings are delivered wirelessly to you on your own smart phone or tablet. An alarm will sound if either of these readings are outside of the predetermined range. The Baby Vida App is free to download from the App Store.

The Baby Vida Monitor is available at Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Baby Stuff I Despise

I’m a pretty chill person for the most part- mellow, go with the flow, pick my battles. I eat clean as often as I can, but I have never said “no” to pizza or Taco Bell. I prefer organic products on my skin, but if I’m traveling I’ll use whatever lotion or body soap is available. And, I try to keep environmental toxins to a minimum, but I’ve been known to use diffusers in my home that are everything BUT organic.

This being said, there are things made for babies that I REFUSE to budge on and will NEVER, under any circumstances, use with my own children.

Non-organic ‘Sposies

Disposable diapers are bad for our wallets and Mother Earth, but they are downright POISONOUS to babies. Sodium polyacrylate, dioxins (found in agent orange), chlorine, dyes, phthalates, bisphenyl A (BPA), toluene, dipentene, styrene, etc etc etc. These toxins have been scientifically proven to cause endocrine disruptions, hormonal imbalances, exacerabate asthma and allergies, cause respiratory infections, and suggested as culprits for the rise in childhood cancers and infertility. I cannot, in good faith, pull a plastic, chemical laden diaper, out of a plastic bag, and place it against my baby’s skin (his largest organ). Knowing these things are leaking into his bloddstream for the first few years of life gives me the heeby jeebies. I’m packing newborn cloth diapers for the hospital and organic ‘sposies just in case my boys have to spend some time in the NICU. This is a non-negotiable.

Plastic Bottles

I cringe when I’m doing a family consult, or caring for a newborn, and have to insert a plastic bottle into their mouth. I don’t judge the family, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel guilty the ENTIRE time I was feeding the baby. The bottle will have been heated in either a warmer, or a mug of hot water, which releases the bisphenyl A into the formula or milk. Blech! BPAs can have negative effects on the bran and human behavior, increase the risk of cancer in later life, cause heart problems, and many experts are looking into the correlation between BPAs and obesity, ADHD, diabetes, and early onset puberty. Even BPA free plastics are being made with BPAs cousin, a chemical that has not yet been proven safe using longitudinal studies. Eek! For me, it’s glass all the way!

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“Mainstream” Toys

This is one of my no-nos that my mother has a hard time with. Whenever we’re in a store like Target or Buy Buy Baby and she’s ooing and ahhing over some of the toys, I just shake my head and tell her, “You know my babies won’t be playing with those, right?” I can hear my readers (especially my friends) now going, “Chelsea, c’mon! Toys are too toxic?!” Yes and no. I imagine I’ll budge when it comes to toys from time to time and let a few non-organics into the home. Toys that have been used, washed, played with before tend to be aired out and the toxins from the plastics, dyes, paints, and fabrics are less; however, I’m really not into toys with batteries or requiring electricity. You won’t see an activity gym that lights up, spins, or sings songs in my nursery. You won’t see that “left foot, right foot” bear in my toy box, and I guarantee my playroom won’t smell like a Sears or toy store because that “new toy smell” is toxic. Not only do I want nontoxic toys, but I want classic toys that are open ended and encourage creativity, imagination, and free play. I don’t want my child’s play to be limited and their imagination to only be able to go as far as the manufacturer of the toy allows.

Whatever happened to lincoln logs, cardboard bricks, wooden toys, dolls, dress up boxes full of vintage clothes, pretend food (that isn’t scented), puzzles, art, clay, and musical instruments?!

Here’s a sneak peak at the registry I’ve put together for my boys. Hopefully, by viewing this you’ll see that there’s alot of really cool, modern, and CLEAN options out there for babies!

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I could also add to this list how much I hate boy’s clothing with duckies, trains, polar bears in party hats, or dinosaurs. Oooh, or how ’bout cliche phrases like “mommy loves me” or “daddy’s MVP”?! Finger in my throat gag! Am I being a bitch or can I play the pregnancy hormone card?

Let me know your thoughts. I LOVE to hear from you!

That Girl