BABY REGISTRY MUST HAVES

It’s how fast all the baby stuff changes. Cooper is only 3 and I already feel like it’s all different. Do you know they don’t even have you alcohol their belly button in the hospital anymore? The nurse looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for alcohol wipes. And where was the DocATot and Mama Roo when he was born?

Cameron is the classic second kid and we’re teaching him to get used to the hand-me-downs early on, although at the rate he’s growing, he’ll be giving Coop the hand-me-downs soon. With Cooper I kept literally everything. The closet in his room (and most of our shed and some of my mom’s) was full of baby stuff. After Cameron is done though, we’re finally going to get rid of it all. And yes, I’ll probably cry.

But that means if we ever have another baby, they’ll just have to get new stuff because I think the 6 year old Fisher Price swing has seen its final days (it actually used to be my little sister’s!). By then we’ll probably have some kind of hover swing. And then I’ll have to pour through review after review or….I could just go to The Baby Cubby.

They are great. Period. I found them through another blog and ordered this monkey backpack for Cooper and filled it with new little toys for when he spent the night with Grandma when it was time to have Cam. I’ve been back multiple times since then. They only sell the safest and most highly reviewed products, so you know you’re getting something good and don’t feel jipped when your package arrives. It doesn’t hurt that they price match (even with Amazon) and that there’s always free shipping over $49.

You know you’re a mom when you get excited about a price match.

Now that I’m doing this whole baby thing for the second time though, I realize how much stuff I had with Cooper that I didn’t need (bottle sterilizer anyone? Why is hot soapy water not enough?) and what was a total life saver. The brands and the bells and whistles may change over the years, but the basic idea of a good product is what sticks around. So while I may not have the same exact things here, I do have some variation and every one was something I was so glad I had at the time.

If I was doing it all again for the first time, this is what I’d register for…

1. Skip Hop Grab & Go Baby Food Storage Tower
2. DockATot Deluxe Dock Baby Lounger
3. Sakura Bloom Classic Sling
4. Baby Bandana Bibs
5. Nuna Sena Mini Playard
6. 4Moms MamaRoo
7. Medela Pump in Style Advanced
8. Miracle Blanket
9. Suede Pacifier Clip
10. Oball Classic Rattle
11. Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Backpack

|Disclaimer: I was compensated by The Baby Cubby for this post, but I already used (and love) their site before they contacted me. And (this goes without saying but…) thank you for supporting the brands that help support us. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN // 2016

Halloween is a tricky holiday for parents.

You tell your kids not to eat candy from strangers, except on the one day a year when we actually ask strangers for candy. And then there’s the costumes. Buy one too early and you risk having to return it once your kid changes his mind for the 5th time, wait too long and you’ll be stuff with the reject costumes.

You’re basically screwed either way.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off.

For the last two years Cooper cried when I put on his Halloween costume and begged me to take it off. This year he knew what he wanted to be (a T-Rex) 3 months early and talked about it on a daily basis to everyone. Anytime someone came in the house he’d blurt out “t-rex cosume!” and they’d instantly look at me, waiting for an explanation. He was the proudest dino I ever saw.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off. I initially felt bad about not getting him a real costume, but then I came to my senses because who has time for that, and put him in his dino pjs. Done and done!

Once the costumes were secured, we had some family over for a pumpkin carving party (which Cooper wanted nothing to do with). Then a few days later, we did a test run at the trunk-or-treat at my sister’s school. AND THEN was the real thing. Cooper was very much into it this year and was constantly at the head of the pack.

Pictures comin’ at cha in 3…2…1…

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When my stepdad saw my shorts he told my mom “man, those shorts are really unflattering!” like they were part of my regular wardrobe. Ha! What do you think? Can we get the mom shorts to make a comeback?dsc00500 dsc00508

OUR LAST DAY AS A FAMILY OF 3

Going to the movies is something Corey and I used to do almost every weekend before we had kids, so I have been waiting for the day I could take Cooper. Really, I just wanted an excuse to see all the new kid movies, but I digress…

Taking your kid to the movies is a nerve wracking experience though because you don’t know how it’s gonna go down. He could either sit still and get into the movies or act like a complete maniac running up and down the stairs trying to eat popcorn off the floor. Or both.

We’d been planning to take him to see Secret Life of Pets for a few weeks, but something else always got in the way. I was adamant about us doing something special together before baby brother arrived though. Cooper probably won’t remember this when he gets older, but I sure will.

So on a rainy Sunday afternoon we loaded up my purse with snacks and headed to the movies.

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And he did so good! Besides getting a little antsy during the incredibly long previews and the last 10 minutes of the movie, he just sat and ate his weight in popcorn. At one point another kid behind us started crying and Coop looked at me and said, “Why dat kid cwyin, mommy? He no wike da movie?”

It’s a good thing we went to the movies when we did though since my water ended up breaking in the middle of the night and I had Cameron the next morning. It’s crazy how things work out! Hopefully the next time is a little less eventful. We’re going to see SING soon, so fingers crossed it goes as well as the first time (ya know, without the whole delivering a baby part at the end)!

EINSTEINS, YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN

DSC00212We got the chance to partner with Einsteins again, and after how good their last promotion was (we were actually sad to see they don’t offer the twist and dip anymore. Bring that ish back guys!), I just couldn’t say no.

This time they are rolling out three new cracked egg breakfast sandwiches that you can try for FREE on August 16th with any purchase. For every egg sandwich they give away, No Kid Hungry will donate a meal to a kid in need. You can basically give and recieve for free all at the same time. It doesn’t get much better than that, except when you taste how good the sandwiches are.

We opted to try the french toast egg sandwich (applewood bacon, maple shmear and cheddar cheese on a fresh-baked french toast bagel) and just took off the bacon and it was so good. I’ll definitely be back on Tuesday for my free one because #preggoproblems. DSC00207Coop saw me taking pictures and had to get in on the action. That and he probably wanted me to hurry up so he could have “just one sip a juice. Ok, mommy?DSC00205Download your voucher for a free sandwich HERE, or go in before August 16th and a coupon will print right at the bottom of your receipt.

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