*** This post was written before I gave birth to my son, I just didn’t get a chance to post it on here before he arrived. Enjoy!
I did such a good job of posting updates during my son’s pregnancy, but I feel like I have sort of failed in that department this time around, and the whole blogging department in general, since COVID hit in March. Juggling two toddlers at home, working part-time, having my husband work from home and most recently homeschooling our daughter, has really increased the amount of chaos around here. Finding time to myself and doing things related to self-care has been more challenging, hence the disappearance of blogging. I was supposed to start my maternity leave for this pregnancy at 38 weeks and 1 day, but I decided that between the way I was feeling physically (more on that right away) combined with the mental exhaustion of doing it all during COVID, I should move it up to 37 weeks and 1 day. My daughter arrived at 38 weeks and 2 days and I was worried that if I didn’t move it up, I wouldn’t get any time to catch up on things around the house, prep for baby (do baby laundry, get out the needed items and pack my hospital bag etc), as well as set up the Christmas decorations! Getting the Christmas decor up was a big goal of mine since I didn’t think we would have more time to get it done once baby arrived! I also wanted to pack in some one-on-one time with the kids before we added another nugget to our group. So with that in mind we have had a couple of individual sleepovers (where dad takes one and I take one), a night of Christmas shopping as a family at the mall (before it closed down), and a picnic movie night! I’ve also been able to do some focused learning during school time that has increased my time with them, such as baking and sewing with big sis! So far, it’s worked out well! I originally wanted the baby to come November 14, which would have been 38 weeks and 2 days just like big sister’s arrival, but now that I am here, I am happy to wait a couple more days. My husband and my wedding anniversary is on November 19, so I have a feeling this little babe is going to come that day and steal the show!
I really wanted to do a quick pregnancy update and pregnancy comparison to my first two, mostly because I can’t remember the details afterwards and I enjoy reading it later on. I also want to include these updates in the kid’s baby books so they have this info as well down the road! So here it goes!
Back in December I shared my toddler friendly Hershey Kiss Rudolph Christmas cards with you guys, so I figured I’d share my Valentine’s Day cards too! These are a little less appropriate for the older aged toddlers but my son who is two is currently in a play group for one and two year olds, so I designed these with that age group in mind!
Over the past couple of years I have learned that as I get excited for the change of seasons from fall to winter and all the good things that come with that (mainly Christmas!), I also have to embrace the fact that it means we are entering cold and flu season yet again with our young kiddos. This year baby brother joined a preschool program for one and two years olds, which has meant that we have had a hard time avoiding germs. My daughter’s immunity has definitely been building over the years, but with baby brother still being so young (and germ filled haha), she seems to have no chance against not getting his colds and flus! No matter how many times I tell her to give him space when he’s sick, she’s still right on top of him. I eventually give up reminding her, because it’s honestly pretty adorable how much they want to be near each other! All I find I can do, is make them the most comfortable when they are sick, by using all my mom tools! Continue reading
Just in time for the new year we made a refresh to our kitchen area! If you read my previous post on our kitchen lighting refresh ideas, you’ll know that I wanted to swap out my pendant lights for something larger than what we already had. I also really wanted to get some new counter stools that were more child friendly!
I love being inspired by other mommas on Instagram so thought I would do a quick post on this cute, little gift my kids are handing out to their toddler friends at preschool this year for Christmas.
Although I have enjoyed helping my daughter pick out her birthday themes so far, it is even better having her tell me what type of party she would like to have so I can help maker her dreams come true! When she requested an Ariel, Little Mermaid party this year, I didn’t hesitate to run with it! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know my little girl has been obsessed with Ariel since early this year. I too, have been an Ariel fan since I was young and have to say I LOVED every minute of planning this party for her! To make decorating and finding items a little easier, I suggested to Miss Lace that we do a mermaid theme with a splash of Ariel (pun intended :)) and she agreed! Continue reading
I remember the instant we found out we were pregnant; I couldn’t wait to get going on shopping for all the wonderful items that I thought I needed before our daughter arrived. Nine months spent preparing for the little bundle of joy that would later join us; picking out items for her, which turned out to be even more fun than I had expected it to be! I was spending money on all the cute things that caught my eye for her and it didn’t take long to quickly fill up her closet and dresser with all the stuff that I thought she needed.
I’m finally sharing all the pictures and details from my daughter’s nursery turned ‘big girl room’! It actually turns out that I snapped these pics late last August with plans to post them last fall on the blog, but with the whirlwind of life (going back to work, celebrating my son’s first birthday, going away on vacation, etc. which you can read about here) I completely forgot about sharing them… whoops! Continue reading