Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Life with 2

First of all, thank you for your comments on my last post, announcing Charlotte's arrival,  To say things have been hectic around here would be an understatement.  Between managing a 2.5 year old and a newborn, I haven't really had time to crack open my laptop, but I finally feel like I'm getting a hold on things (sort of).

Life with 2 little kids has definitely been an adjustment, that's for sure.  I haven't decided if going from no kids to 1, or 1 to 2 is harder.  Thankfully, Reese LOVES her little sister, so we haven't had any issues there.  Reese has handled the change fairly well, all things considering.  We've had a few moments of acting out (hitting, not listening, etc), but overall, nothing too terrible.  

Charlotte is doing really well so far - she was back up to her birth weight at her 1 week checkup, so that made this mama happy.  Breastfeeding started out rocky (latching issues) with lots of pain for me, but thankfully that is going better now also.  She's also a pretty good sleeper; she sleeps about 3 hour stretches at night, so we're only up about twice.  Reese didn't want to be put down when she was this age, so I'm thankful we seem to have a better sleeper this time around :)

Scott is back to work and went back after about a week, so the first few days of handling 2 kids by myself was HARD.  The hardest thing for me to manage is nursing Charlotte while trying to interact and play with Reese.  That, and getting Charlotte to sleep so I can put Reese down for a nap.  I've managed to take both kids shopping a few times, which isn't as daunting as I thought it would be.  I'm hoping as the days go on, that it will get a little bit easier.  

I have definitely missed blogging and reading all of my favorite blogs, so I'm hoping I can get back on somewhat of a normal schedule again soon.  

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

She's here!

Liana Charlotte came into the world on September 22, at 11:57 pm and we couldn't be happier!  Her official stats were 8 lbs, 4 oz, and 21 inches long.  Very close to her sister, who was 8 lbs, 8 oz at birth, and 22 inches.  She also happens to look a whole lot like her :)

I hope to get some updates on here soon!

{For personal reasons, I will be referring to her as Charlotte on the blog going forward}
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Ramblings

For those wondering, nope, still no baby. :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and sadly, it's already over.  We didn't do anything super exciting, but did get some cleaning and other stuff around the house done.  I was kind of drawing a blank on what to post this week since I'm in full-on baby waiting mode, so here's some of my random thoughts, bullet-point style.

  • I'm currently 39 weeks this week and like I mentioned above, just waiting for baby to get here.  I've been making progress every week since 36 weeks (yay!), which is very similar to how I was with Reese.  I think I was 4 cm before I went into labor with her, so I'm hoping that it rings true for this one too.  Everyone keeps telling me I look like I'm carrying a basketball, and it definitely feels like it.  I am SO ready for this little one to get here, so give me your best natural labor starters!

  • Reese has been a non-stop talker for a while now, but holy cow is she a little chatterbox.  From the time she gets up in the morning "Hi Mommy, what are you doing?" to the time she goes to bed (often singing to herself), this girl can talk.  It's super fun and cute, but sometimes can get a little exhausting with all of her questions.  Especially when she asks us the same question, multiple times.  I love when she asks about "the sister" though - "Will the sister build blocks with me?" or one of my favorites, "When the baby comes, I'm going to give her this rattle, so she can rattle it, like this" (then proceeding to shake the rattle).  Such a funny kid, and I can't wait to see how she interacts with her sibling.

  • I came across this shirt the other day, and I LOVE it!  I saw this company on Shark Tank and thought it was a cool idea, but never really considered buying one until I saw the castle one.  Definitely going to get one of these before our Disney trip next year!

  • The weather has started cooling off again, and it's been so nice!  This past weekend was in the 60s/low 70s and I loved being able to open the windows and get a nice cool breeze in the house.  Fall candles are out and I plan on putting the rest of my fall decorations out this week.  I am definitely excited for this season!
  • Don't forget to enter the giveaway from last week, for some adorable burp cloths!  It ends in a couple days, so make sure you enter before then!
  • That's all I have for today... hope you have a great week!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's the Little Things: Storytime {+ A Giveaway!}

Over the past few weeks, we've started taking Reese to storytime at the library after work.  It started with an item on our summer bucket list, and we've been going ever since.  She LOVES it, and I like that it's an activity we can all do together.  

The majority of their story times fall during the day, which make it impossible to go since Scott and I work, so I'm glad they offer an option in the evening.  She's even made a friend with a little boy in our neighborhood, and likes to sit near him when we go. :)  

Soon, we'll be a family of 4 attending story time!

Speaking of babies... I have a giveaway for you all!

One of my friends from high school and college has an Etsy shop, and she makes the most adorable burp cloths and bibs.  She sent me some a little while ago, and I love them so much!  The chenille backing is sooo soft and I love the fabric she used.  I cannot wait to use them when baby girl comes!

I'm so excited that she will be giving away something from her store to one lucky winner!  These would make great gifts, so even if you aren't expecting, make sure you enter!

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Friday, September 11, 2015


Another week gone, another week closer to meeting baby!

So very happy it's Friday and the weekend is here again.  Thanks to Labor Day, it was a short week, which is always a good thing!

1. Fall is just around the corner, and you know what that means... the return of some of the best TV shows!  I am so excited to watch Scandal and Once Upon a Time, especially since I'll be on maternity leave. :)  What shows are you looking forward to watching?

2. How cute is this little girl?  Bath time is one of her favorite things, and she recently got this super cute Just Born towel with fishies on it.  I love that it's bigger than most hooded towels I've seen and it's also really really soft!  (They should make these in adult sizes!)  We actually used this on our mini vacation while at the water park, but I failed to get a picture.  It was perfect for wrapping her up in after we got out of the water, and she loves that she gets to use it for baths too.  Definitely will be getting more of these when baby comes.
{Disclosure: I received this item in exchange for my honest opinion and review.}

3. I came across this on Facebook the other day, but this is a cool feature of the iPhone I didn't know about.  You can set up a medical ID that's viewable under the Emergency area on the main lock screen.  Someone who works in an ER had posted about it, and it's a great way to set notify medical personnel if something ever happens to you.  They can identify you and see other info like allergies, any medical conditions you may have, and even an emergency contact.  I like that it's a little bit hidden too, so this info isn't readily seen.

4. Since baby will be here soon, I've been going back through all of our baby gear, and just started washing all of my pump parts and bottles.  I came across this system on Amazon, and I have to say, it is genius!  If I am able to breastfeed again this time around, I am definitely going to get this.  We used Dr. Brown bottles with Reese, and while they worked great, washing all the parts of them was not so great.  I love that the Kiinde system eliminates the need to transfer milk from bottle to bag and back to bottle again.  Too bad this wasn't around 3 years ago!

5. This.  JT and Jimmy Fallon are amazing and I love when Justin is on the Tonight Show.  Their videos are the BEST!

Happy Weekend!

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