OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE — (or lack there of)


I like to think I’m a pretty laid back parent and don’t get too worked up over our schedules, although I’ll admit it didn’t always used to be this way. It just seemed like once I stopped worrying so much about what time he napped or went to bed, we were all a lot happier.

It’s very rare that I look forward to putting him to bed and getting my “free” time because he’s usually in a good mood and generally fun to be around. There are THOSE DAYS though where I’m just done come 7pm but again, it’s rare. That could all change though once we have another crazy little boy running around!

One thing I never leave out is brushing his teeth before bed. I’ve even woken him up just to brush his teeth. I had such bad teeth as a child that anything I can do to prevent hours in a dentist chair, I’ll do. Heredity is not on my side though.

But let me be clear when I say — it’s TORTURE! Pure torture and I dread doing it every single night. And I’ve tried every trick in the book (er, on the internet) to change that. Nothing works.

I give him “his turn” first, which means playing with the toothbrush and sucking off all the fruity toothpaste, but when it comes to “mommy’s turn” he screams at the top of his lungs and I literally have to hold him down on my lap for the grueling 30 seconds it takes to brush his teeth. I feel terrible about it, but I’d feel even worse if he had to get a filling. It takes all my strength to do an even half way decent job because he’s flailing so much.

And when it comes to flossing – HA! I straight up told the dentist the truth. I never do it.

Until these came along…
IMG_4349 Cooper LOVES the adorable flosser holder (he calls it a monster) and lights up every time he sees it.
IMG_4391 He likes to make the mouth talk and it only takes him a good 10 minutes to pick which color he wants to use.

Besides being brightly colored, the flossers taste like fruit smoothie so there’s no harsh mint flavor to deal with. I also like that there’s a little fluoride since his toothpaste doesn’t have any and neither does the water we drink.

The first time I used the flossers, I honestly didn’t have high hopes because of how torturous brushing his teeth is every night. I literally get kicked and punched every night (he’s also cutting two molars so I’m hoping it gets a little better) but look!


It’s a miracle!

I almost can’t wait to take him to the dentist next week to say I finally floss his teeth every night. Almost.

Now, if anyone has any ideas for how to make brushing more fun… I’m all ears!

*This post is sponsored by Plackers Flossers, but they really are the best thing that’s ever happened to our bedtime routine and we are so happy about it. Seriously, get some!



Cooper has been OBSESSED with dinosaurs lately, so when I heard about the dino exhibit from my friend’s Instagram at the West Palm Science Museum and Aquarium (and that we’d get in free with our Bank of America cards) I knew we needed to take him.

But, I made this mistake of showing him pictures and telling him about in a few days in advance and every day afterwards he would ask me, “go see dinos now?” and was completely pissed when I told him we weren’t going today. Lesson learned!

When the day finally came and I told him today was the day, he ran around the house and screamed “DINO DAY” at the top of his little lungs for a good 15 minutes. My heart nearly exploded seeing how excited he was.

My mom and Hailey came with us, which only added to the excitement. It was an overall successful day, except that we did manage to loose Cooper for about 5 seconds and I think I may have suffered a mild heart attack. Corey thought he was standing next to me and vice versa, so when I asked “where’s Cooper?” a look of sheer terror washed over our faces. We all split up and luckily he didn’t get too far, but it was the scariest few seconds of my life. I always looked down on those people who put the backpack leashes on their kids but I GET IT NOW! I am now sporting at least 2 fresh worry lines on my face.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to get too many good pictures, so I compiled a little video which Cooper has made me watch at least 3 times daily since our trip. It really was such a cool exhibit and I’m glad we were able to make his toddler dreams come true.

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Easter weekend was so much fun. We started the festivities at my mom’s for Coopers first real ‘I know what I’m doing’ egg hunt, and it didn’t take him long to fill his basket. As one point it was so full that he has just dragging it through the grass but refused to let any of us hold it for him an kept saying “No, Coopy do it!”

I just love being able to experience these holidays with family, and of course with Cooper. Seeing him get excited about something as simple as an egg hunt is the best feeling. He kept grabbing an egg and would look up to show me with the biggest smile on his face, almost as big as when he realized there were jelly beans in all of them 😉 IMG_3858 IMG_3866
Then we dyed Easter eggs. Well, I actually only dyed ONE egg but it was a good one IMG_3902
Later that night the Easter Bunny stopped by our house, but he forgot the 6 AA batteries for the bubble maker. Cooper has actually been asking for a bubble maker for a few weeks now and I have no idea where he saw or heard about one. But when my kid asks for something, I deliver.  IMG_3969 There’s nothing like Easter morning in your Christmas jammies! He’s been waving that pinwheel around saying “bippy, boppy, boo!” and it’s the cutest thing ever.  IMG_3974
Then it was off to Aunt Danielle’s house

This kid really lucked out because a few years ago there was at least 10 kids participating in the annual egg hunt but they’re all too-cool teenagers now, so he had the entire thing to himself. It took for-ever though since there was 70+ eggs and he wanted to open every one as soon as he found it. Luckily, these were all filled with tiny dinosaurs, trains and matchbox cars, so each one was more exciting than the last.
IMG_4032 IMG_4016 IMG_1897 IMG_4014 This Easter is going to be hard to beat, but I keep thinking about what next year will look like when we’ll have TWO SONS! CRAZY!

Easter 2015 // Easter 2014


I forgot to include this short little video with yesterday’s post.

We finally told Hailey I was pregnant and we didn’t expect her to be excited (she didn’t like Cooper until he was 17 months and could walk and was done drooling), so we made sure to have the camera ready.

Afterwards, she continued to drill Corey asking, “but did you want to have two babies?”. When I told her I wanted to have like 3 babies she threw her hands in the air like she was just done with me.

And when it was time to leave, my mom told her to say bye to the baby and she wouldn’t.

“I don’t like it.”

This should be interesting! 😉



babynumber2 That’s right — baby BOY number 2 is on the way and growing fast!

It’s beyond true what they say about things happening faster the second time around. I feel like I hardly had any kind of bump with Cooper at this point, and two weeks ago I woke up and BAM! There it was. But I have to admit, I do love it.

We actually found out we were expecting on Christmas day. I’d been really tired for a few weeks and my face was breaking out and Corey kept telling me “it’s because you’re pregnant”. But I brushed it off because I was still taking my pills (although I did miss two, but it wasn’t the first time). But he just kept saying it and I had to make sure he wasn’t right. After a long day of him nagging me about it, I found myself wandering around Walgreens at 9pm.

An employee passed by and asked “Do you need help with anything?”, then realized which aisle we were on and blushed. “I guess not” she said. I lied and said the test was for my sister-in-law’s stocking who was coming down the next day.

“She’s trying to get pregnant, so I thought it would be funny.”
“Well, tell her she doesn’t need the test. When you’re pregnant, you just KNOW.” She said, laughing.
“Oh, I know. I have a two year old at home.”

I went home and sure enough, those two little lines showed up almost immediately. For once, I have to say — my husband was right. And trust me, he made me repeat it multiple times that night.

So while it was a complete surprise, it was the happiest kind. After unexpectedly being in the NICU with Cooper, I don’t know when I would have been really ready to try again. But now we couldn’t be more excited. I love to imagine my two boys playing together and (hopefully) being the best of friends.

The first few months of this pregnancy were rough though. I was beyond nauseous and survived on ramen and bagels alone (just like last time) and could hardly keep my eyes open past 7pm. That last part is still a problem, but I blame it on chasing a rowdy 2 year old around all day.

I made Corey take a few pictures yesterday (actually I made him go back outside with me three times because I hated every single one the first two times. Thanks babe!) to commemorate my newest accessory.

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