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Baby Juliza: Month 6

Ummm. Apparently, I blinked and wound up with a 6-month-old baby on my hands.

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I feel like I suddenly woke up to a child with tons of personality who can sit up and is interested in real food and who has hair I have to detangle. I’m amazed at how much her hair has grown. I amazed at how much SHE has grown. We haven’t had her 6 month appointment yet, but let me just give you an overview:

  1. She’s currently wearing 9 months size clothes. And they’re very close to being too small. I’ll give her another week or two before I have to switch to 12 months.
  2. My nieces call her “fat baby.” I’m perfectly OK with that.
  3. She’s heavy. To stand with her in your arms for 15 minutes means to switch dominant arms several times.
  4. I’m pretty sure she has nearly quadrupled her birth weight.

This breast milk stuff — I tell you what. It’s like magic juice. (In marginally related news, I have a new post about that coming soon).

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She’s hit some great milestones too.

As evidenced by the video above (and my entirely too happy voice), she can sit up on her own. That’s why this month’s picture deviates from all the others. I thought we’d celebrate her achievement by taking the photo outside in the grass. That was a challenge, though. This was one of only a few times we’ve had a hard time getting her to smile. The texture of grass, the trees, the wind, the birds chirping. All much more interesting than mom and her camera.

Still, I got this great shot, and I kind of love it. She looks so…grown up :)

And speaking of smiles. This child lives with a smile on her face. She’s happy all the time. She wakes up smiling. She smiles when she eats. She smiles when she passes gas. Need evidence? Here you go.

Does that paint the picture?

The sole exception to all this happy is when she’s overstimulated and sleepy. Then, she’s a chubby ball of fuss and tears. We’re working on it. Mama has become her comfort at bedtime, so I’ve really got to work on getting her to fall asleep on her own.

The good news? She’s still sleeping peacefully in her own crib, and soon she’ll be in her own room. That’s right! We’re moving in a few weeks! Still renting, but we’ll be in an almost brand new house with a backyard and a bedroom for everyone. So we’ll be able to work on her bedtime routine without disturbing her big sister.

We’re really proud of our little jellybean and how far she has come. Now we have to prepare for teeth. And crawling. And all manner of new skills that will challenge us both. And potentially drive me a little bit crazy. I can’t wait.

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Baby Juliza: Month 5

This baby of mine. The one who was just born yesterday. She is five months old! Already.

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I promise you, it feels like I just announced my pregnancy, and now all of a sudden, I have this chunky, spunky baby to love and squeeze and kiss. She has a ton of personality, and I love every minute of it. Check out her growth thus far:

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This month’s milestones are aplenty, too:

  • She took her first trip to California, and proved once again that she is an awesome travel buddy.
  • She’s gained better control of her hands and neck. She’s grabbed things out of my hands unexpectedly more than once. Including my phone.
  • She took her first dip in the pool and handled the water like a champ.

Plus, there’s her swimsuit and matching hat. Can we all just agree that this is the cutest photo in the history of EVER?

  • She has started vocalizing more, including more syllables that are recognizable (like “da” and “hi”).
  • She learned how to blow raspberries! She gets me really good, too.
  • She went to her first Atlanta Caribbean Carnival and hung out with the family.
  • I twisted her hair for the first time.
  • She ate food for the first time.

I know this is such a cliche, but I fall more in love with her every day.  She’s already living up to the meaning of her name:

JULIZA: Free spirited and beautiful in one’s own way

This child only cries when she’s hungry, gassy or sleepy. And occasionally when she wants attention, though there’s no shortage of that. She wakes up every single morning with a huge smile, and she’s just happy all the time. And as you can imagine, we can’t get enough of kissing her, squeezing her and taking in that new baby smell. Having her has really made our family more complete, and I can’t imagine life without her.

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If you’ve never heard of it, Bet On Your Baby is quite possibly the cutest show on television. It is hosted by actress and comedienne Melissa Peterman, and in it, parents try to predict their kids’ behavior in various challenges to win money for their child’s future education.

As most parents know, trying to guess how a small child will respond in any given situation is a crapshoot, at best. So it is genuinely hilarious to watch grown folks sweat about whether their kid will be able to blow enough bubbles or hold onto a beach ball long enough to win.

The show, sponsored by Walmart and Luvs, returns for its second season tomorrow night, May 31, and Walmart challenged a few of us moms to come up with some challenges just for fun with our kids at home.

Baby Juliza, it’s time for your turn in the spotlight!

She’s not yet 5 months old, so the challenges had to relatively simple and in keeping with her current development. She’s at the age where she’s just starting to roll over consistently, laugh when things are funny, and grab things that are placed in front of her. So we picked up some toys at Walmart to see if we could get her to do what we wanted.

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Challenge 1

My older daughter and stepson went head to head. Ja’Naya held a ball rattle in front of baby Juliza, and my stepson bet that she would grab it within 15 seconds. Ja’Naya, however, bet that she wouldn’t grab it at all — or at least not within that time frame. The loser would have to put away the dishes from the dishwasher.

This is not as simple as it sounds. You see, Juliza’s favorite pastime is putting her fingers — her whole hands, really — directly in her mouth. Even in the face of something that seems to be more interesting.

Challenge 2

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This time, my hubby and I sparred. The challenge? Whether baby Juliza would roll over within 60 seconds. Knowing my child, who will completely ignore us when she wants, I bet that she wouldn’t. My husband, ever the optimist, bet that she would. The loser had to fold and put away all the clean laundry — easily one of our least favorite chores.

She can and does roll over, lest you believe this was a stacked contest. But typically she only does it when she feels like it.

So what are the results? See for yourself!

I did have a bit of an advantage over my hubby. I know from experience that Juliza has a knack for performing as soon as you STOP recording. And sure enough…

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She started to roll shortly after I cut the video. She looked at the ball — thought, sure I’ll roll over (albeit the wrong way) — then changed her mind and sucked her finger instead. Lmao!

Our prizes weren’t quite as life-changing as college funds, but I don’t know…I think Juliza will be a great contestant for Bet on Your Baby in a few years.

You can check it out on Saturdays starting tomorrow night at 8/7 central on ABC. And you can find all of the toys you see featured on the show at your local Walmart.

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may have been used.

Baby Juliza: Month 4

I can’t believe that my little ladybug is already 4 months old!

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And I realized as I typed that that I will probably say the same thing every month. Honestly though, it feels like the time is just flying by, and she’s getting bigger and stronger every day.

The past month has been filled with milestones.

  • She’s started sleeping through the night consistently.
  • As a result, she’s now sleeping in her crib every night — except for last night when she flat-out refused to sleep at all, much less in the crib.
  • Her head and neck are really strong now, so we’re pretty much past the bobblehead phase.
  • She can reach out and grab things with purpose now.
  • She’s getting a lot better at sitting up straight, as the photo indicates.
  • She had her first two airplane rides and flew like a champ!
  • She’s decided she’s really not a fan of the pacifier. She prefers her own fingers instead.

Tomorrow, we go to the doctor for her 4-month checkup and we’ll find out just how much she has grown. My guess? A lot, seeing how my barely 4-month-old baby is already sizing out of 3-6 month clothes and already wearing 6-9 month stuff. And it fits really well, at that. It doesn’t even look too big. I don’t think I realized just how big she was until I saw her next to another baby who was about a month older than she is. She dwarfed him. It was a real-world demonstration of what her 98th percentile height and weight (at her 2-month checkup) actually mean.

For comparison sake, here are her photos from the previous 3 months:

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I think her roundness has evened out a bit this month, but what can I say? My ladybug loves mama’s milk, and it shows! She’s chunky, and cheeky and happy, and I love every bit of it!

I regularly post photos of her on Instagram, including the one above of her epic lashes, so feel free to follow me on IG for more cute than you can stand!

My daughter loves crafting. What can I say? She is a child after my own heart. More than anything else though, she is obsessed with making bracelets. Over the years, she’s received no fewer than 5 kits for this purpose, and she always dives into them with abandon, obsessing over them for days. Well, for the past few weeks, she’s been obsessed with a new product Walmart asked us to try: the Monster Tail by Rainbow Loom. (aff)

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The kit comes with hundreds of colorful rubberbands, and the loom allows you to weave them together in sophisticated patterns.

From the outside looking in, I think this is the best kit she’s received. Given that she’s already made half-a-dozen bracelets and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, I’d say she feels the same.

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The loom did come with a learning curve, though. The instructions are pretty complicated. The loom has prongs around which you attach the rubber bands. The order in which you move and re-loop them determines the pattern you get. While my daughter was able to easily follow the first set of instructions, neither one of us could figure out how to get from the first row to the second, and subsequent rows.

It took her watching a few videos on the Rainbow Loom YouTube channel to realize that she could just keep going, and she’d begin to form a chain. Once she understood that part of the process, it was on!

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She made bracelets for my husband and I, herself and even baby Juliza. She’s making some for friends and her teacher even now. It came with 600+ rubber bands, and I can already tell I’m going to have to buy more really soon.

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She said that she likes this kit because it makes chunkier, more substantial bracelets than other looms. It does require precision, because it’s easy to miss a loop and have one rubber band hanging loose in a finished bracelet. She wound up taking one apart because of this problem. Still, it’s small enough to fit in her pocket or a small bag, so she has been taking it everywhere and keeping herself occupied. She genuinely loves it, and I’d absolutely recommend it for any kid who likes making things with their hands, boy or girl. You really can’t go wrong given the awesome price: just $6.88.

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Baby Juliza: Month 3

I’ve been taking monthly photos of little Miss Juliza, and she’s 3 months old today! I realized I hadn’t been sharing these photos on the blog, though I did share them in black and white on my breastfeeding story. Anyway, I’ll be sharing them here from now on. Here’s my three month old jellybean:

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Her expression is just priceless! My little lady loves to laugh, but I was lucky to capture this one because it’s hard to get her to do it on command. Of course. That’s also why the photo is a bit blurry. I had to hurry to lift the camera and capture this one before she stopped laughing. I like to think I have cat-like reflexes.

Still, I confess, I cheated a bit this month. I couldn’t decide between two photos, so I’m using both of them.

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I love the look on her face and her fingers. It looks like she’s saying “You talking to me?” Like she’s grown or something.

At three months, she’s not quite sitting up on her own, but she does really well when propped up, and she does try to pull herself into a seated position when she’s on her back. During tummy time, she can lift her head and chest and hold it for quite some time. But the biggest milestone is that she can already roll from her stomach to her back! She doesn’t do it all the time, but she can definitely do it when left to her own devices.

I can’t believe she’s getting so big and grown already!

Because I didn’t share them previously, here are her 2- and 1-month photos, so you can see just how big she has really gotten:

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Considering that she started as a tiny 6 lb. 12 oz. newborn, it really feels like she’s come a long way :)

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I knew the moment I found out I was pregnant that I wanted to breastfeed this time. I stated as much publicly a few months ago. Having tried, and given up, with my first daughter, I thought of it as a do-over.

I prepared myself and did a lot of reading on the subject, but putting it into practice is a lot different from thinking about it conceptually. Thankfully, one of my labor and delivery nurses helped baby Juliza latch on right after she was born, and we’ve been going strong ever since. By strong, I mean that we’re still doing it 11 weeks in. Not that there weren’t challenges. Because there absolutely were. There were triumphs too, though, and I thought I’d share both here in hopes of helping other first time breastfeeding moms.

Triumph 1: Juliza Latched On Well

This is honestly due to absolutely no help from me, because I had no idea what I was doing. The L&D nurse positioned newborn Juliza on my chest, and she immediately found my nipple and did her thing. In in the following days, I did do a little reading about the best positions for feeding, but without my assistance, she always latched well.

I know because nursing never hurt. Yes, the sensation was unfamiliar and a little uncomfortable at first, but I had very sensitive nipples long before I had any babies. Still, this time around, feeding was never painful. It just took some getting used to.

The hospital’s lactation consultant came to see us the day after Juliza was born seemed really pleased with our progress. I could hear baby swallowing from the very beginning, and she had more than a couple of wet and dirty diapers in the first 24 hours. The consultant did correct her bottom lip, because Juliza had a tendency to curl it inward. After correcting her a few times, she latched on that way naturally.

Challenge 1: Engorgement is a B!&$%

Like most women, my milk didn’t “come in” until a few days after birth. I expected that. But when it did come in, it came in strong.  I mean, wow. I was incredibly engorged and my breasts were hard and painful. Juliza was still feeding like a champ, but I was suffering.

I tried pumping for relief, but it was fruitless. Because my let-down reflex had not yet become — well, reflex — I’d pump and pump and nothing would come out. I tried expressing milk with my hands, in the shower, etc. Nothing worked. Finally, I resorted to laying a cold towel on top of my boobs to relieve some of the pain. Thankfully, that helped quite a bit. Plus, it’s a lot easier to keep a towel cold than it is to keep one warm.

Juliza never really ate enough to empty my breasts, but feeding did give me some relief, at least for a little while. But patience was my friend. Within about a week, the constant engorgement subsided. I’d still feel “full” sometimes, but not all day and night.

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Challenge 2: Overproduction & Hyperactive Letdown

However, shortly after the engorgement subsided, Juliza started to get really gassy. As in crying for an hour straight at 2 am because her tummy hurt. This was easily the most frustrating part of the breastfeeding process.

We gave her gripe water and gas drops, both of which would help, but only for very short periods of time. Her stomach was hard and distended a lot of the time. We starting praying for her to pass gas and stool, because that was the only thing that gave her relief. I’d do bicycle legs, massage her tummy, and let her take naps on my chest skin to skin because the warmth seemed to make her belly feel better.

I finally figured out, though, that overproduction was the likely culprit. Also, I was feeding her religiously on both breasts, even if she didn’t finish with the first. Everything I read had recommended that I feed her on one side for a few minutes, then feed her on the other. But in my case, doing this meant she was getting a ton of foremilk, which is full of lactose, and not very much of the fattier hindmilk. Her delicate newborn tummy couldn’t handle all the lactose, and it made her gassy and miserable. If she was awake (and wouldn’t you know, that was mostly late at night), we were trying to comfort her. It was exhausting. This was probably the only time I considered quitting. I really thought my milk was hurting her, and I beat myself up about it. Add to that the fact that the lactation consultant was unavailable for a few days, and I was really pulling my hair out.

But once I figured out the issue, I did what I do best: I read everything I could find on the subject. I started nursing her on only one breast per session, known as block feeding. I was producing so much milk that she still never really emptied the breast, but she got a better balance of fore- and hindmilk. Except there was another issue: When my letdown reflex finally kicked in, it was really strong. She actually started choking when it happened because the milk flow was just too much for her. So I started taking her off the breast when I felt a letdown coming and letting it flow into a towel. I also tried the football hold and feeding her in a more upright, almost seated position propped against a pillow, because gravity helped her handle the milk flow better as well.

It took a few weeks, but these few interventions finally started working. Her digestive system soon was better able to handle the milk and she grew into my letdown. She’s still a really gassy baby, but now, she doesn’t cry when she goes. In fact, her favorite time to poop and pass gas is when she’s nursing, perhaps because the suckling comforts her.

Triumph 2: Nursing = Bonding

This is what everyone says, but you never really know what they mean until you try it. Now that we’ve gotten past the biggest challenges, I genuinely love breastfeeding. It’s my special time with Juliza, and I feel like a superhero knowing that I am nourishing my baby. The fact that she’s been growing by leaps and bounds only makes me feel better.  Look at the difference between her size at 1 month and 2 months:

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She was 6 lbs. 12 oz. at birth, and by 2 months, she was 13 lbs. 3 oz. Really.

I love the fact that she knows what it means when I pull up my shirt, and I talk and sometimes sing to her when she’s eating. Mushy, but true. I’ve recently started feeding her while we both lay on our sides, and it’s amazing. Especially during her 3 or 4 a.m. feeding.

Lastly, I tend to get hyperfocused when I sit down to work, so having to feed her every 2-3 hours means I’m forced to get up and stretch every so often and give her 100% of my attention. That has proven to be good for my creativity, because I step away from a project and come back to it with fresh ideas.

Of course, there’s a flip side to every coin…

Challenge 3: Nursing is Demanding

Every time I take Juliza to the doctor, they ask if I’m breastfeeding exclusively (as in not supplementing with formula), then sound surprised when I say yes and lavish me with congratulations. Don’t misunderstand: I love the praise! What mom wouldn’t, right? But after they did it a few times, I couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. Until I realized just how demanding it is to nurse exclusively.

The vast majority of the time, I am the only one who can feed my baby. So when she’s screaming, I have to be the one to soothe her. This is both empowering and exhausting. This means I’m up with her at night, pretty much every night. Though, praise be to God, she’s FINALLY started going to bed at a decent hour — 10 p.m. Her previous preferred bedtime was 2 a.m.

I could pump, but honestly — pumping sucks. I only have a single pump, and it’s not nearly as effective at getting milk out as Juliza. I have to pump for 20-40 minutes to get a few ounces.

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Also, my boobs are almost always sore after I pump. It’s just not my idea of a good time. Still, I do pump at least a few times a week just so I’ll have some milk frozen in case of an emergency or in case I want to escape for a couple of hours or even go to the grocery store without worrying that Juliza will starve in the meantime. And she will take a bottle, so at least I have that option sometimes.

But for the most part, I am the physical source of all her meals. I’d gotten used to the fact that my 8-year-old is capable of feeding herself and has been for a while. She even cooks — usually breakfast or things that can just go in the oven, but still. This is…new.

I’m not complaining though. I’m learning to work with it and around it. In fact, I’m taking Juliza with me on a few work trips, and I’m just thankful that the companies I’m working with are flexible enough to let me do that.

Triumph 3: Breast Milk is Free & Always Ready

We spent a small fortune buying formula for my oldest daughter, and we switched brands more than a few times trying to find one that didn’t upset her stomach and break out her skin. That was 8 years ago. I can’t even imagine how much formula must cost now. I do not miss the expense. At all. Plus, I know breast milk is the best food I can give my baby, even if we did have to work through some challenges in the process.

And did I mention it’s free? Yeah? Well, it’s worth mentioning again. ‘Cause formula ain’t cheap.

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The other part of this is that I never have to fix a bottle. When she wakes up for her nighttime feeding between 3 and 4 a.m., I just pick her up from her co-sleeper that’s attached to my bed (thanks again for that, Renee!), feed her, and put her back down to sleep. She roots around or cries, and I pop out a boob. Simple as that. No waiting for a bottle warmer or anything else. My sleep deprivation would’ve been considerably worse than it already was during the first few weeks of her life if I had to get up to prepare a bottle every time. And it was plenty bad. Whatever extra sleep breastfeeding afforded me was well worth it.

Triumph 4: Breast Milk Burns Calories

Within a few weeks of giving birth, thanks to breastfeeding, I was just a few pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I can honestly say I’m not super concerned about that and got on the scale only out of slight curiosity. I was genuinely surprised that I’d lost so much so soon, because it didn’t exactly happen that way with my first pregnancy.  I was also back in a most of my pre-pregnancy clothes within a few weeks. But notice I say was.

I admit, I fell back into bad habits about eating, and I’ve been eating pretty much whatever I want. Which means I’ve gained back a few of those pounds. But frankly, I’m giving myself a break for a while and I’m not sweating it. I’ll get back on the wagon soon, enjoy my body in the meantime and just be thankful that breastfeeding is burning some of those extra calories I’ve been eating (and drinking. Smoothie, anyone?)

The Unknowns

One of things I was most worried about when I was pregnant was how I would feel about nursing in public. To be honest, I don’t have a lot of experience with that yet, even after all these weeks. I work from home, so most of the time, that’s where she eats. A lot of other times, she gets hungry while we’re in the car on the way somewhere, so I just feed her in the car when we’re stopped. I also try really hard to feed her right before we leave the house (or more accurately, we try to leave the house right after she has eaten), so we often make it back home before she needs to eat again. I’ve only fed her in other situations a couple of times: At my niece’s basketball game, and at my brother-in-law’s house during my niece’s birthday party.

At the basketball game, I tried to cover with a blanket. That made both Juliza and I hot and uncomfortable. We were already struggling to find a comfy position to nurse, because we were sitting on hard bleachers with zero back support, and I didn’t have a pillow or anything else to prop her up. The blanket kept slipping, and in general, it wasn’t worth the trouble. I made myself more conspicuous trying to hold on to the blanket than I wouldn’t been if I’d just nursed her discreetly without it.

So the next time, at the birthday party, I just sat in a corner faced away from the little kids and fed Juliza without a cover. I also was armed with a blanket that I folded and used to prop her up. Much easier, much less fuss and noone even realized what was happening. I’m fairly certain I’ll just forgo a cover in the future. And hope that I won’t have to read (ie. cuss out) any person who tries to check me about feeding my baby. Fingers crossed it never comes to that, because I’m not sure how I’d react.

For my upcoming travels, I have invested in a breastfeeding diaper bag from a company called Warm Milk that comes with a built in nursing pillow. (aff)

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Soon, when Juliza is better able to hold herself up, I probably won’t need it, and when that time comes, I can remove the pillow and just use the extra pocket for storage. But it will be nice to have for nursing in the airport or in flight. During the trips, a lot of feedings will be done while we’re out and about, so we shall see how it goes. I’ll let you know what I think of the bag once I receive it.

However, a friend of mine recently clued me in to a magical idea: Nursing while babywearing! What?! I didn’t even realize that could be done! Juliza and I love her Moby wraps (including the Moby wrap clone I DIY’ed), and I’ve been told that once she has better muscle control, it is entirely possible to feed her while wrapped or in a sling. I am determined to learn how to do this!

OK. I’m done sharing. For now. I hope that this will help another mama who is breastfeeding for the first (or perhaps second or third) time. The overall takeaway is this:

Breastfeeding is worth it.

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The photo above is my happy, laughing baby a few minutes after eating. This is a regular occurrence. She either falls asleep at the breast, or turns into happy, giggly JuJu. Both are fine with me.

Of course, I will never judge any woman who is unable to breastfeed or who just chooses not to. Do you, boo. Really. No judgement from me. But I can honestly say it was the right choice for my jellybean and I, and I hope more women will give it a chance.

Spring Break means one thing around here. Well, it means a couple of things, but the most important one is that warm weather is finally returning. Which means that we can go outside! My daughter has been itching to ride her bike since mid-January, and now that that temps have been creeping up into the 70s some days, she’s determined. When Walmart challenged me to share a spring break project, I thought it’d be a great time to break out the bike. Even better, we’re going to make it all fancy like :) Hat tip to Sophie’s World for some great ideas.

Decorating a Bike

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Really, you’re limited only by your imagination! But here are a couple of ways you can go about it with a few inexpensive supplies from Walmart, including:

  • Ponytail holders or rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Streamers
  • Tape

Make Ribbon Streamers

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All you need is two elastic bands and some colorful ribbon. We used ponytail holders, but rubber bands would work great as well. Cut about 24 pieces of ribbon, 14″ in length, in various colors.

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Simply attach the elastic band to something that will anchor it. We used a bottle of olive oil, but it could be a bottle of water, or even the wrist of a helpful assistant.With the elastic band around the bottle, tie each piece of ribbon securely to it, alternating colors. You should have 12 pieces of ribbon tied to each band.

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When you’re done, remove the ponytail holders from the bottles.

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Then simply secure the elastic band to the end of your the bike handles, doubling the elastic if you must.

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I personally think this looks worlds better than the cheap plastic streamers that usually come on kids’ bikes, and they’ll no doubt last a whole lot longer!

Deck Out the Spokes

For a splash of colors when riding, decorate the spokes of the bike wheels. And all it takes is some pipe cleaners.

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Literally, all you have to do is wrap colorful pipe cleaners around a few spokes.

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I wouldn’t do every single one, because it can be time consuming. So we did every fourth spoke, and that pattern both saved us time and looked amazing when we were done.

Wrap the Frame

We thought the bike looked great after that, but we wanted to do something extra. The solution? We wrapped the frame in simple streamers. You know the kind you’d use to decorate for a birthday party? Yeah. Those.

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My daughter wrapped the middle of the bike frame in a couple of colors to coordinate with her bike’s paint job.

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These three simple projects left us with a bike that my daughter couldn’t wait to ride. Want to see the difference? Check out the before:

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Not bad at all, but the basket was hanging on by a thread, and you can always make something more colorful, right?

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So of course, I had to let her take it for a quick spin :)

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If these ideas don’t tickle your fancy, I can think of a handful of other ways you could spruce up your bike with items from Walmart‘s craft or bike departments:

  • Weave ribbon through the spokes
  • Add new reflectors
  • Switch out the seat
  • Add a basket
  • Give the frame a new paint job
  • Paint colorful stripes on the tires

Are you planning to fancify your bike or your kids’ bikes for the spring? I’d love to see them if you do!

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.