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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. 

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!

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!

LIFE LATELY

IMG_3734 IMG_4226A 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_4254A 20 week bump! Halfway!IMG_4328 IMG_4413Coop’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_4425We’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_4478Probably my favorite picture ever. I’ll surely be embarrassing him with this one for the rest of my life.
IMG_4485 IMG_4494 IMG_4508 IMG_4513My boys <3 Let’s just hope I can get them to nap together when baby #2 is on the outside.

OOPS, WE DID IT AGAIN

babynumber2That’s right — baby BOY number 2 is on the way and growing fast!

It’s beyond true what they say about things happening faster the second time around. I feel like I hardly had any kind of bump with Cooper at this point, and two weeks ago I woke up and BAM! There it was. But I have to admit, I do love it.

We actually found out we were expecting on Christmas day. I’d been really tired for a few weeks and my face was breaking out and Corey kept telling me “it’s because you’re pregnant”. But I brushed it off because I was still taking my pills (although I did miss two, but it wasn’t the first time). But he just kept saying it and I had to make sure he wasn’t right. After a long day of him nagging me about it, I found myself wandering around Walgreens at 9pm.

An employee passed by and asked “Do you need help with anything?”, then realized which aisle we were on and blushed. “I guess not” she said. I lied and said the test was for my sister-in-law’s stocking who was coming down the next day.

“She’s trying to get pregnant, so I thought it would be funny.”
“Well, tell her she doesn’t need the test. When you’re pregnant, you just KNOW.” She said, laughing.
“Oh, I know. I have a two year old at home.”

I went home and sure enough, those two little lines showed up almost immediately. For once, I have to say — my husband was right. And trust me, he made me repeat it multiple times that night.

So while it was a complete surprise, it was the happiest kind. After unexpectedly being in the NICU with Cooper, I don’t know when I would have been really ready to try again. But now we couldn’t be more excited. I love to imagine my two boys playing together and (hopefully) being the best of friends.

The first few months of this pregnancy were rough though. I was beyond nauseous and survived on ramen and bagels alone (just like last time) and could hardly keep my eyes open past 7pm. That last part is still a problem, but I blame it on chasing a rowdy 2 year old around all day.

I made Corey take a few pictures yesterday (actually I made him go back outside with me three times because I hated every single one the first two times. Thanks babe!) to commemorate my newest accessory.

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