Category Archives: Motherhood

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!

BEING THE MAMA MEANS…

IMG_4635-Sacrificing your sleep (and your super comfortable pregnancy pillow) for cartoons on the couch at 1am with your fevery toddler
-Getting dressed and driving to Walgreens at 4am when Tylenol is just not doing the trick and you realize you’re all out of Advil
-Trying your hardest not to go off on the all too chipper cashier who’s taking her sweet time and making small talk because going to Walgreens at 4am is obviously your favorite thing to do
-Grabbing a Minions blind bag at the register in hopes that it will appease the sick, crying toddler you left in the bed with your husband who has to be at work in 2 hours
-Hearing your toddler quietly say “thank you” as you give him said medicine which puts him right to sleep, but not without clutching that plastic minion in his tiny hand.

23 WEEK UPDATE // BABY #2

DSC00113DSC00082DSC00107We 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!

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 DSC00023And 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!
DSC00054Then 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 DSC00120We 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!

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_4349Cooper LOVES the adorable flosser holder (he calls it a monster) and lights up every time he sees it.
IMG_4391He 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!