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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)

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MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day this year was like a dream.

We hardly did anything, which is one of my favorite things to do! I didn’t have to change a single diaper or get any snacks. I didn’t cook anything, wash anything or lift a finger all day. Mother’s day should definitely be more than once a year.

We did do a little painting for the Grandmas: DSC00027 DSC00023 And I got to take a long, uninterrupted shower and came out to breakfast waiting for me. As soon as I opened the bathroom door, Cooper ran down the hallway screaming, “Mimi! Let’s eat!” <3
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This boy! Ah! 2.5 is so much fun. Every time I look at his perfect little face I think about how lucky I am to be his mama. And how crazy it’s going to be when there’s two of them here in a few months!
DSC00054 Then we went over to Corey’s mom’s and the cousins tried their best to get a picture with Cooper, but just ended up following him around the yard posing behind him.
DSC00064 DSC00071 DSC00120 We did manage to get a decent one of the three four of us, even if the sun was blinding me, AND I got to have pizza from my favorite place (Joe’s) with my favorite toppings (green pepper an onions) while Cooper tired himself out running around with Hailey.

I’d call that a pretty successful day!

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LIFE LATELY

IMG_3734 IMG_4226 A few weeks ago Cooper’s cousin Luca was visiting from Texas and he was in pure heaven. Every day he’d wake up and ask “Go see Wuca now?”. She’ll be back in a June with all the other cousins and we can’t wait. I’m so glad my babies get to grow up surrounded by such a huge family. IMG_4267 IMG_4340 IMG_4344 IMG_4254 A 20 week bump! Halfway! IMG_4328 IMG_4413 Coop’s notoriously hated his costumes the last two Halloweens but has been randomly asking to wear them lately and it’s the cutest thing ever…for all of about 5 minutes until he’s taking them off again. But still…progress! IMG_4425 We’ve also been trying to work on potty training over here. It’s not going well but at least he’s not crying when he’s sitting on the potty anymore. Hopefully he’ll get the hang of it sometime before he goes to kindergarten.  IMG_4402 IMG_4432 IMG_4439 IMG_4478 Probably my favorite picture ever. I’ll surely be embarrassing him with this one for the rest of my life.
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OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE — (or lack there of)

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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!

NO TEARS!
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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!