Mommy and Me, my Obsession, and a Giveaway!!

I'm not sure when it occurred to me that I could dress to match my daughter.  I think maybe when I was looking back in old photo albums and remembered that my mom had sewed matching dresses for us to wear.  I am not as handy with a sewing machine, so that was not an option.

However, the day that I saw such a thing as matching Mommy and Me leggings on a friend, that was the day that a monster was created.  That monster is my obsession with matching clothes for me and Evie.

In case anyone else has a Mini Me (and this doesn't apply just to daughters!), here are some good sources of matching clothes:

Jane.com
Jane.com regularly has specials on matching leggings, and usually for something like $7.99 per pair.  They have really cute prints.  I started with leggings, but then saw matching skirts and got those.  Then I saw that they had matching Daddy ties and Daughter dresses, which I thought was adorable, but didn't get to them before they were sold out.

The Ritz Boutique
My first few pairs of matching leggings was through The Ritz Boutique.  They have a cute selection of prints that seem to change by the season.  They also have other cute baby accessories.  Ritz Boutique sometimes has special deals on jane.com.



Sporting the Aztec print from The Ritz Boutique

Old Navy
If you're on top of it and check frequently on the website, Old Navy often has matching or similar prints when they come out with the choices for the new season.  They have an actual Mommy and Me site: http://www.oldnavy.com/products/mommy-and-me-outfits.jsp I still haven't found the perfect match, but they definitely have coordinating pieces.

Lularoe
This is where I essentially became obsessed.  You can't beat the buttery softness of the Lularoe leggings.  I was willing to overlook that and not spend the money, but then I found out I could get a matching pair for Evie, and I couldn't say no. (Thanks, Jennie!) The thing that makes you obsessed is that they only make several thousand of each print, and then you can't get it anymore.  So when you see a print that you want, you just HAVE to buy it, because you may never have the chance again!  These leggings are only sold by private consultants through Facebook or pop-up shops.

Valentine's Day matching leggings!




And now I'm not just looking for the leggings.  Now I've discovered that Lularoe has matching dresses for mommies and daughters, and I they also sell shirts for boys with complimentary patterns!
The best part is, if you buy a Scarlett, which is the new dress model for girls (2T-12), they donate $1 to the National Down Syndrome Society because the owner of Lularoe has a granddaughter who's rocking the extra copy of the 21st chromosome!
Squinting in the sun, but showing off our matching Mommy and Me Scarlett and Nicole dresses!

Evie wearing an Adeline and I'm wearing a coordinating Carly dress at the MA Down Syndrome Congress New Family Social!

One more thing about Lularoe.  I'm happy to spend the money, because it helps to empower women (and some men) who want to have a small business (There is such a thing as a Lulabro!).  In addition, I want to highlight a DressWell GiveWell, which is run by a friend in Austin, TX (Thanks for the intro, Julie!).  DressWell GiveWell's vision is to partner with outstanding organizations who strategically give to those who come from abuse, neglect, or poverty, whether it's locally or internationally.   If you are on Facebook, check out the Lularoe business for DressWell GiveWell!   Please check out their website at www.dresswellgivewell.com to learn more about their business and mission.

Gymboree
I have not found these yet, but apparently Gymboree makes Mommy and Me pajamas!

Macys
This takes some hunting, but it's possible to find some cute matching patterns!  I was determined to find Evie and Erick a matching Easter outfit!  I found Erick a nice Easter tie to match her dress.  What do you think of this combo?
My favorite people in the whole world
I want to say that no matter what clothes Evie wears, she is beautiful!  I am thankful for the friends and family around us who constantly tell us that they agree.  I can't believe that when we first found out that she had Down Syndrome, that I was worried about whether or not she would be cute.  She is even more perfect than I ever imagined.

Ok, GIVEAWAY TIME!
DressWell GiveWell has generously offered to do a giveaway with us!
Grand Prize: 1 matching set that will be either matching leggings or matching Mommy and me dresses, depending on size availability to match the winner.  (This is optimally for a mommy-daughter set, not for mommy-son set.)
Second Prize: 1 pair of surprise adult leggings
Third Prize: 1 pair of surprise kids leggings
To enter, please comment on the blog (not on my Facebook wall) where you would wear your matching outfits!  Entries will not be taken after midnight on Saturday, May 6. Winner will be picked on Saturday, May 6 by 10 pm!  (Be sure to include contact info!)

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From Starfish to Flying Squirrel, and Evie's Book of the Month!

The time has come. Evie is too long to be a starfish anymore.  I tried to keep her as one for as long as possible, because as a starfish, she wouldn't be able to grab her g-tube extension tube at night very easily.  But as she gets more active and grows taller, it's time to transition to a flying squirrel.

If you caught my blog almost 2 years ago about starfish, you will know what I'm talking about.  The Zipadee Zip made by sleepingbaby.com has been so life-changing for us, as it kept Evie sleeping longer and also contained her arms so that she wouldn't grab her g-tube as much. Most kids would transition to just wearing pajamas now, but because Evie is still on her feeding tube (until she decides to eat more), we need something in-between.

Enter in the Flying Squirrel, also made by sleepingbaby.com.  This sleeping suit allows legs to be legs and arms to be arms, but the cuffs on the hands and the feet allow for either freedom or slight restriction by folding the cuffs back over the hands/feet like mittens and socks.  I want to add that the Zipadee Zip comes in bigger sizes, and we could do this, but Evie has taken to pulling her arms in and playing with them inside the Zipadee Zip, so that makes her higher risk for grabbing her g-tube button right out of her stomach if she's bored.  The Flying Squirrel allows her to have her arms, but keeps her g-tube nicely covered.

Here is a photo comparison:
Little baby Evie in a Zipadee Zip way back when
Big girl Evie in a Flying Squirrel!


Evie ROLLS.  She rolls so much when she sleeps.  She also kicks me in the face and other sensitive areas while she sleeps, if she happens to be with me in bed.  So I'm still trying to figure out if it's better to keep her in a Zipadee Zip or Flying Squirrel.  We alternate between the two, and I would say that she "might" roll a little further in a Flying Squirrel because she can use her legs unhindered for more momentum.   For a kid who is 2 and not walking yet, it won't make too much of a difference, but once she can walk (please God, let her walk by the end of this year--my back is killing me)....Flying Squirrels all the way!

(I received a Flying Squirrel to review, and am so thankful for the opportunity to review them. I've already stocked up on my favorite prints for when Evie is taller and walking!)
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Update on Evie's eyes: She is having less of an eye turn, but I can already tell that she is going to need at least another touchup surgery.  We're making progress though!

Update on Evie's ears:  No real change noticed by having ear tubes...in fact, ironically she had a lot of pain on the airplane with the change in cabin pressure, which is the opposite of what usually happens! *shoulder shrug*

And....drumroll please....Evie's Book of the Month is:

She makes us read this book and "Click Clack Moo" over and over again. I can recite them in my sleep.  Thankfully, these authors are actually kind of witty.

Oh, what the heck, I'll throw in Evie's Food of the Month, since it has taken me about 3 months to get this blog post up!
Evie's Food of the Month is:
Siggi's 9% Yogurt.  9 percent!!!

This yogurt has extra fattening good stuff in it, as opposed to the usual Siggi's 4% yogurt.  A typical breakfast for Evie has been a 100-calorie pouch like  Happy Tots' spinach, mango, and kale, + Siggi's yogurt + avocado oil + a scoop of Duocal.   She's still doing Pediasure by feeding tube, but we are making gradual progress by reducing her overnight feeds bit by bit.  Yay for progress!

Thanks for reading!

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