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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. 

A DINO-RIFFIC BIRTHDAY PARTY

After deciding on a dinosaur Halloween costume, the young price quickly proclaimed also wanted a “dino pawty”. Done and done.

Getting it all done with a fussy 3 month old was no easy feat, but tissue paper garlands and balloons go a long way in creating a festive atmosphere. The tiny party hats on the plastic dinosaurs (plucked right from Cooper’s toy box) helped too.

I had big plans to make his cake, but gave in to the power of Publix at the last minute. It’s a good thing though because his cake turned out way better than any Pinterest creation I would have put together at 2am. I’m always torn on doing the goodie bags. On one hand, I just really want to put them together but then again I feel like the party and food are enough, especially when it’s just family. So I put together a few activities instead.

I found a great deal on 100 pre-filled dinosaur eggs, so we spread them out in the yard and let the kids loose. After they collected their eggs (and carefully inspected/traded/sorted the tiny dinosaurs in each one), it was on to the dino dig site — aka the sand box. I bought a dinosaur mold from Oriental Trading that was designed to use with clay, but I had Corey use cement instead. We buried the bones in the sand and gave each kid a hat, bucket, shovel and paint brush to dig them out. It easily kept them occupied for a good 20 minutes, which in parentese is like an eternity.
This is Cooper’s “hurry up and take the picture so I can eat this cupcake already” face.

What the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets.

AND THEN YOU TURNED 3

Two came and went so quickly. And now you’re three.

You’re the boy who made me a mama and are the light of my entire life. Nothing I write here will ever do the love I have for you an ounce of justice.

This birthday feels like a big one. You’re on the edge between toddler and big kid and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

You have such a great sense of humor and find joy in the smallest things, like bubbles and powdered sugar donuts. I hope it sticks with you throughout your life and gets you through the inevitable hard days you’ll face.

You’re so tough and lately when you fall down, you’re quick to “shake it off” and it’s been a long time since you asked for me to “kiss it better”. While it does make me sad, I hope you always bounce back this quickly and never stop getting up to try again.

You still sleep in our bed and I snuggle you to sleep each and every night. It definitely wasn’t the planned sleeping arrangement, but I’m so glad your dad and I have had 3 solid years of snuggles. I hope you always find comfort in our arms and know you can always come to us.

You love your brother so much and it is my greatest joy to see you two together. You’re unbelievably gentle with him and always the first one to check on him when he cries. No one can make him laugh like you do either. His eyes light up when he looks at you and you can almost see the love radiating between the two of you. I hope you guys always stick together even when you hate each others guts. It’s important.

I want to bottle up your laugh, the way you throw your head back and let the sound erupt from your throat, and pull it out when I’m old and gray. I want to keep the sweet smell of your strawberry cheeks and the way your head feels on my chest. I don’t want you to grow another ounce. Not even a smidge.

But I know that even if I try to hold on, you’ll just keep on growing and I don’t want to miss a second of it.

So I guess I have to let you.

Here’s to my big three year old. We love you so much, Coop.

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

TYLER PARTY OF 4 DOES THANKSGIVING // 2016

I have a lot to be thankful for these days.

So much so that I can’t think about it most of the time because it scares me half to death.

It was a crazy day and we hardly took any pictures, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’ll take hectic, exhausting and messy any day.