Probiotics for infants

Evivo probiotic healthy baby smartasamother

Evivo probiotic healthy baby smartasamother

As hard as breastfeeding is, because come on ladies lets face it breastfeeding can be a really hard journey, I was looking forward to it so much with my second.  I missed those tender moments of just the two of you cuddled up quiet somewhere while you provided life for this child once again.  Having them look up at you with this look (you know the one)  is so tender it just melts your heart. I missed those moments so much with Olivia and couldn’t wait to experience them once again with Ryan.

This journey has been completely different though.  Right from the start something just seemed off with Ryan.  She attached wonderfully and my milk came in great- that wasn’t the issue- but she was spitting up a lot.  The nurses kept telling me I wasn’t burping her hard enough which I probably wasn’t but I knew that wasn’t it.  Ended up she had to have her stomach suctioned out from possibly swallowing some fluid during birth.

So I thought everything would be ok after that, but it wasn’t.  The spitting up continued- which I know is normal for some kids but I just knew it wasn’t normal for us.  This calm and snuggly baby would start to get extremely stiff and get very upset.  We would have rough nights where she would just scream and the only thing that would calm her was to nurse her but than it was a vicious cycle all over again.  I started to notice that the spit up smelt acidic to me as well.

After the doctor finally realizing that something was probably wrong I was recommended to cut out dairy and to put Ryan on a probiotic.  I had never thought of putting my baby on a probiotic before.  I’ve heard of so many adults starting to take probiotics but for some reason you think infants should stick to breastmilk or formula and nothing else.  After looking into probiotics more I was contacted by Evivo to try out their probiotic.  These are some things that I have learned about their product after looking into it more.

  1. 97% of North American babies are born with out B. infantis- which are the good bacteria. 
    why is it important to have this B. infantis in your babies gut- when present your babies gut is in its best most natural original state.  They help to keep harmful bacteria from growing.  With this high rate of babies not having it present they believe that is why there has been an increase with eczema, allergies, obesity, and diabetes in babies.
  2. Evivo is the first and only product of its kind, clinically proven to restore a healthy gut.
    Evivo is a daily probiotic powder with activated B. infantis- once mixed with breastmilk and given to baby- helps to release nutrients in the breastmilk creating an internal environment in your babies gut, developing the immune system and creating a foundation for good health for life.
  3. Maximize every bit of your breastmilk
    Evivo captures all the special carbohydrates from your breastmilk which are called HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides) that might be otherwise lost.  Evivo consumes these HMOs in a unique and superior way to grow and protect your babies gut microbiome.  Evivo than converts the HMOs into important nutrients that feed your baby and enriching gut microbiome.  This significantly reduces the potentially harmful bacteria in your baby.


Evivo probiotic healthy baby smartasamother

After finding all of this out I wish I would have discovered this product sooner.  What parent wouldn’t want to support a healthy gut environment setting their child up for a long and healthy life.  I highly encourage you to at least go to Evivo’s website and read about it for yourself.  Educating ourselves will only benefit our children one way or another.  If you are interested and want a promo code for $10 off your starters kit copy and paste ev7-d68aft59 exp: on 9/30 or after first 50 readers

Evivo probiotic healthy baby smartasamother

Why Hire a Birth Photographer


I had written all about Olivia’s birth story about a year ago. It was a beautiful story but it was very personal to me. There might have been a few people that were interested in reading it but the more I read it the more I realized how important it was to me & pretty person. I am so glad I wrote it, it was a journal piece that I will treasure forever. But a whole year later and restarting up a blog I decided to talk about why you should hire a birth photographer.

I love photographs. To me nothing is better than a frozen piece of time Yes a lot of photos are staged but when you look at a photo it brings you right back to that very moment. People hire a photographer for huge moments in their lives. Since I am still under 5 years of this stage I will mention a moment that everyone thinks is the most important day of their lives, your wedding day. You take engagements, bridals, and the actual wedding by a professional photographer, this is a huge day and you want beautiful photos. You think this is the most important day of your life. Trust me up to this point it is, unless you have already become a parent. Becoming a parent trumps becoming a spouse any day, at least it did for me. So I looked at this moment as why not have a professional come in and capture moments of this special day that I can cherish forever.

This takes me to the first reason on my top 5 list why to hire a professional.

1. Biggest day of your life
 Becoming a parent is a huge day in anyones life. Nothing will ever be the same after you become a parent. You hire a professional photographer for huge events happening in your life. You also hire a professional usually once a year to take photos for christmas/New Years cards and just so you have a photo of your entire family every year. Why wouldn’t you hire a professional to capture moments that change your life so drastically.

2. Moments you never saw

 My photographer captured things that I never got to see with my own eyes.  My husband was next to me when we heard our beautiful little girls first cries.  I was focused on myself at the time, what I was feeling, what I was doing. I wasn’t caring to look around and see what my husband was experiencing.  But my photographer did.  She took several pictures of his reaction which was beautiful.  I have only seen my husband cry once before. I guess I technically didn’t see this one either but while looking at all the photos and seeing him wipe away tears was so beautiful to me. I didn’t know his reaction until the photographer told and showed me. I am so glad she captured it and I will forever cherish that photo. I think if I saw a photo of my father reacting the same way when I was born that photo would be cherished by me as well.

3. Moments you don’t want to forget

 I’ve got complete mom brain. I thought it was bad when I was pregnant but a year after O’s birth and I realize this mom brain might be here to stay.  I have forgotten small things about that day that I thought I never would. How could you ever forget the best day of your life. Well you can and you do.  I love looking back at photos of that day and reliving it.  You don’t relive the painful stuff either ladies. Nature has a wonderful way of making you forget any of the pain so we want to redo this whole process over again.

4. Takes pressure off everyone

I take the photos in this family, not my husband. I know all families aren’t this way and there are a lot of you lucky ladies that have wonderful husbands that are amazing with the camera. We aren’t one of those families.  There was no way I was going to trust my husband to take beautiful photos of what was going on. Plus I wanted him in a lot of the photos as well.  I’ll refer back to reason #2–getting his reaction to the birth.  I also didn’t want a whole audience in the room while delivering.  Even if you do want a lot of people in there, how great is it to have someone there to capture everyone participating.  It took the pressure off family, my husband and me.  I just delivered a baby, I would have wanted to be up there taking photos of her getting weighed & measured.  There was no way I would have been able too. I was still in surgery myself. Yes I got stitches, yeah me. So there was no pressure for anyone to man up and take beautiful photos because I knew the photographer was already doing that.

5. Relax

All the reasons listed above will help you relax on this big day.  You don’t want to feel even more stressed than you already will be and maybe you wouldn’t. I personally would feel stressed if I didn’t capture certain moments. I’m already kicking myself about certain photos I didn’t take throughout her first year. Having a professional there to capture this beautiful moment helped me to relax.

Now lets show you some photos

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Birth Story, rose to life, baby girl, surprise gender,

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Photos taken by April at New Elements Films