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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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We received a gift card in exchange for our participation, but all opinions are our very own.
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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…showerDSC00149DSC00153DSC00151I love that Cooper’s little train snuck its way into the picture. There is always a car or a monster truck nearby these days. DSC00161DSC00165We 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. DSC00166DSC00173A big thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us!

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!