5 FAVES: These are a Few of My FAVORITE Things

Yes, I am a geek for The Sound of Music. So please, say that title with a tune in your head… But I’m also a geek for AWESOME STUFF!!! So I thought I would share 5 things I am currently loving – I’ve found them to be things I can no longer live without. And they’re not all for the kiddos! There is a MUST HAVE product for Mom on there too! Check them out, let me know your thoughts, and please share the things you are loving right now, too!!


CARES HARNESS

  1. TRAVELING WITH THE LITTLE ONES: FAA CARES HARNESS

I travel with my kid. Like a LOT. When he was tiny he traveled as a lap child (if you need some tips, check out my video on traveling with baby). When he got a little bigger, I panicked – we have the heaviest car seat ever. Now I LOVE this car seat, but part of what makes it safe is that it is steel-enforced and weights 30++ pounds. It would have been really interesting to see me trying to hoist that thing onto a plane WHILE carrying a child!

When I did a little research I found the most awesome thing: the FAA-approved Cares Harness. It’s the bomb (yes, sometimes I say the bomb). It’s about the size of a seatbelt, and turns any airplane seat into 5-point harness! It’s super easy to use – you just slip it over the back of the seat and then run it through the plane’s seat belt, and boom!

It works for kids who are at least one-year-old, weigh 22-44 pounds, and up to 40 inches….ideal for around ages 1-4, depending on your child’s size. Check out all the specs here.

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Only in Your Toddler Dreams

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It happened. The creepy moment I’d been anticipating since we switched to a big-boy bed….I awoke in the middle of the night to my 2-year-old standing still as a statue beside my bed, staring at me. He reached out his little hand, zombie-style, and said “kiss it.” I asked what happened and he said matter-of-factly “a horse bit it.” As I hugged him and led him back to his room, he forcefully stopped me and said “Mommy, I do NOT want that horse to come back.”

I recently learned that nightmares peak at age 2-4. It makes sense – at this age, everything is changing, from speaking in words instead of cries, to pooping in giant vats of spinning water instead of the much less scary diapers… not to mention sorting through which of your cute little cartoon friends are going to suddenly appear before you in massive-3D-real-life form (ie: Santa, Mickey, etc). It’s a lot.

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Toddler Songs: A 2-year-old makes up his own lyrics!

I’m a singer song-writer, so imagine my delight when my kiddo started matching pitches and making up his own lyrics to the songs he knows!! This is the first time I have captured the magic on camera…

For now, his songs all go to tune of the Spongebob Squarepants theme song, and include lyrics that give a nod to his potty-training-in-progress status… So, yeah, a lot of pee and poo. And a phone. Cause…phones. But I’d say it’s a solid start! #nailingit

 

 

My C-Section (Cesarean) at 41 weeks. A No Labor Baby Birth Story!

I asked my husband to sit down with me to talk about my birth story (it’s fun to have his perspective, too, right?)! I had a planned, but not elective, c-section at 41 weeks pregnant, due to ZERO labor!  No contractions, no dilation, no effacement, and a baby who refused to drop and was measuring BIG….

I feel like there is a lack of information out there about what to expect when you have a c-section – my birth classes simply talked about how to avoid them! I definitely appreciate that, but also feel like it’s nice to be prepared for anything….so I’ve opened up about my journey, and tried to include the most relevant information! (So that I didn’t have to subject you to a 45 minute video!!)

From the pregnancy and decision to have a c-section, to the procedure itself and recovery (including placenta encapsulation), here is the story of how our baby came out! 😉 He was born on June 21st, 2013 –  8lbs 2oz, 21 inches of perfection!

Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience, and we’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!

A Mother’s Day Message from a 2-year-old

As moms, all we really want is the love of our children!!! Okay, okay….if we’re being honest it would be nice if Mother’s Day included some of the things on my hubby’s list, at his brand new blog Hi My Name Is Dad!! At the moment, however, I’m setting the bar low, and just hoping my kiddo knows who I am… and with that, I give you: Happy Smother’s Day!

Also – what’s the consensus on the BEST Mother’s Day gift? (So that we can pass the intel on to Hi My Name is Dad!)

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What’s in My (Mommy) Bag!?

Remember the days of cute little clutch purses….they held a credit card, a $20 bill, some lipgloss and maybe, just maybe your cell. Once I became a mom that went out the window! I needed space for all kinds of thing I NEVER thought I would carry around on a daily basis! And not only that, what used to be organized to a ridiculous degree, is now a big blob of who knows what in the bottom of a cavernous pit that I call a purse – but let’s face it, it’s really just a glorified diaper bag.

A close friend called me out on the current state of my purse, and here are the results….

What’s in YOUR mom bag?