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TWINKLE TWINKLE // A QUICK BABY SHOWER DINNER

A few (3) weeks ago most of Corey’s side of the family was already going to be in town for another party, so we thought it was the perfect time to host a small baby shower dinner at our place since that doesn’t happen often. We don’t actually need anything for this baby since we still have all of Cooper’s stuff, besides diapers (obviously), but it was so nice to have everyone in one place to celebrate our new addition.

I whipped up a little graphic to set the tone for the party, made a few decorations and just kept things really simple. Even though I usually love throwing parties and going ‘all out’, being 30 weeks pregnant made me realize I needed to take a step back and just let it all go. And I must say, it was really nice!

We ordered catering from Pollo Tropical, bought all the desserts the day before and it turned out great. OK, so we did run out of paper plates towards the end and it was literally about 100 degrees outside, but it was just the kind of small party I wanted.

And now for a few pictures… shower DSC00149 DSC00153 DSC00151 I love that Cooper’s little train snuck its way into the picture. There is always a car or a monster truck nearby these days.  DSC00161 DSC00165 We tried to get a picture of all three four of us, but Cooper was more intent on digging his cars and dinos out of the sandbox. Typical.  DSC00166 DSC00173 A big thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us!

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ADVENTURES IN BABY WEARING….TO BE CONTINUED

When Cooper was little, I didn’t wear him much. There just wasn’t a need for it. I had two perfectly good free hands and a hip to rest him on. I loved carrying him around and thought spending money on a carrier seemed like a waste.

Still, I eventually ended up buying a ring sling when he was about 10 months old to make quick trips into the store a little easier. And we both loved it. It was easy to put on/take off and he always felt secure.  

I KNOW I’ll be wearing his brother a whole lot more, just out of necessity alone. How else am I supposed to manage grocery shopping and trips to the park alone? As excited as I am to have a new baby, it makes me cringe just thinking about juggling them both solo.

I’ve been looking into what kind of carrier I want to get for the new babe, since I probably won’t use the ring sling again until he can sit up (which Cooper didn’t do until almost 7-8 months). I eventually want to invest in a Tula, but it just doesn’t look comfortable for a newborn. Then there’s wraps like the Happy Baby Wrap, which seems like it would be easiest for the first few months, but is it a waste of money to ultimately buy both? Anyone have experience using the Tula with a brand-newborn? If this new baby is anything like Cooper he’s going to be a pipsqueak for quite a while.

The guys over at Wrapy sent me one of their wraps to try out (I’ll spare you the pictures of me trying it on with one of Cooper’s stuffed animals at 30 weeks pregnant) and while I don’t love it, it at least gave me a little insight on the whole wrap game.

The material is so soft and stretchy, but the problem is that (unlike the Happy Baby Wrap), you have the fold the super long length of fabric in half before putting it on. So by the time I get it on, the fabric is all bunched and bulky. I thought it was just user error at first since they have pretty good reviews on Amazon, but I tried a few times to no avail. I just can’t imagine trying to do that in the parking lot with a newborn and toddler that is “ready to roll!”. I’m tempted to try and cut the fabric in half, but I’m not sure.

Does anyone have experience wearing a newborn and having a toddler around at the same time? Did you use a structured carrier like the Tula right away? Or should I go with a soft wrap? Please help!

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BEING THE MAMA MEANS…

IMG_4635 -Sacrificing your sleep (and your super comfortable pregnancy pillow) for cartoons on the couch at 1am with your fevery toddler
-Getting dressed and driving to Walgreens at 4am when Tylenol is just not doing the trick and you realize you’re all out of Advil
-Trying your hardest not to go off on the all too chipper cashier who’s taking her sweet time and making small talk because going to Walgreens at 4am is obviously your favorite thing to do
-Grabbing a Minions blind bag at the register in hopes that it will appease the sick, crying toddler you left in the bed with your husband who has to be at work in 2 hours
-Hearing your toddler quietly say “thank you” as you give him said medicine which puts him right to sleep, but not without clutching that plastic minion in his tiny hand.

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23 WEEK UPDATE // BABY #2

DSC00113 DSC00082 DSC00107 We actually took these pictures on Mother’s Day and I thought I better hurry up and get them up before it’s time to deliver this baby, because the weeks are flying by!

When I was pregnant with Cooper, I meticulously marked the days off on my calendar and could tell you exactly how pregnant I was at any given moment. These days, if it wasn’t for my What To Expect app alerting me every week, I’d be completely clueless. It’s insane how fast the time goes by when you have a crazy 2.5 year old to chase around all day.

So far I’ve felt pretty good, albeit exhausted but that’s to be expected. The doctors are keeping an extra close eye on me this time around to try an avoid another NICU stay with this baby and there is nothing I want more than to actually be able to have the baby in my room and to leave the hospital at the same time. Really though, I’m just trying not to think about it too much because I’m a worrier and don’t want to get my hopes up.

They’ve got me on loads of progesterone and Corey is getting pretty good at giving me my weekly injections every Monday, even if they are (literally) a total pain in the butt. I’ve been guzzling as much water as I can stand and drinking an Emergen-C every day too since I read a bunch of stuff online about it helping prevent your water from breaking early, which is what happened with Cooper. Who knows if it’s doing anything, but it can’t hurt!

The nesting is in full swing around here, but instead of focusing on a nursery this time around (because who are we kidding? Cooper is still in our bed and we plan on switching rooms and having the boys share the master eventually) I’m trying to tackle as many house projects as I can since I know I won’t have the energy to accomplish anything for a whileeee. I currently have a dresser sitting in my living room that needs a little lovin’ and my bathroom is 3/4 painted.

Bring it on month 6!

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I <3 BAGELS

It’s no secret that I absolutely love bagels. They’re basically all I could stomach for the first 3 months of both pregnancies and I’d still eat them every day if I could. But I TRY to limit myself to once a week. It doesn’t always happen though.

Saturday mornings have become our bagel day and it’s the one I look forward to the most. We usually get up, down a cup of coffee, I throw on some eyebrows (#priorities) and drive the 5 minutes down the street to Einsteins. I may have a Dunkin’ at the end of my block, but their bagels are  as hard as rocks. They just won’t do. Their iced caramel macchiato on the other hand…..

Anyways, when Einsteins reached out and asked if we wanted to try their new Twist N’ Dip bagel I couldn’t reply fast enough. We’re constantly there as it is anyways, so it was the least I could do.

DSC00005 It’s basically a pillowy soft plain bagel with little perforations so you can easily twist it apart and dip it in the cream cheese. It comes with two extremely generous amounts of cream cheese of your choosing. I got honey almond and chive/onion but next time I think I’ll try the strawberry and the garden veggie, for research purposes of course.

This would be a great snack to bring on a morning play date in the park or for sharing with your toddler. Watch out though, they are notorious double-dippers.

DSC00015 ALSO, if you’ve never had a slice of tomato (and/or cucumber) on your bagel, you are sorely missing out.   DSC00019 DSC00022

Try out the new Twist N’ Dip bagel for yourself and share your best moves on Facebook or Instagram (now through July 31st, 2016) using #twistndip for a chance to win super cool stuff like Six Flags prize packs, summer swag bags and even free bagels for a year(!!!).

AND here’s a coupon for a buy one get one free Twist N Dip: www.einsteinbros.com/twistndip. I know what I’m ordering this Saturday (x2!).

This delicious post is sponsored by Einsteins, but all opinions are my own (and my belly’s)