November Favorites

Happy Sunday! I can’t believe November is already here; my maternity leave is going to be over before I know it, which makes me pretty sad. Moving on. While October is a hard month to beat, as I have gotten older I have grown to appreciate November more and more. Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday, I think- lots of food, friends, and family without any gifts to worry about buying and wrapping!

As the weather starts to change here are a few of the things I am loving!

November FavoritesWreath :: Nail Polish :: Onesie :: Pullover :: Turkey :: Scarf

I am also loving Baby Gap’s Holiday Stripes collection; I may have to scoop up that striped blanket for one of Sawyer’s Christmas gifts. Also, if you are looking for any cute Holiday accessories for your daughter (or yourself!), my etsy shop will reopen tomorrow at 9 AM EST with a small collection of Holiday pieces. I hope you all had a great weekend and a safe Halloween!

One week with Sawyer Grace!

S1She’s here! One week ago today, September 22, 2014 at 2:08PM Sawyer Grace was born. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20″.  S2I can’t begin to describe how enjoyable of an experience her birth was! It was so amazing to actually hold her right after she was born and to have her in the room with me during my hospital stay- neither of which I experienced with the twins.  My recovery was also completely different this round. I was up and walking the same day and felt great. S3

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S5I am in love with this girl’s dark hair and big eyes; I wonder where she gets them!

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S10Luckily our hospital stay was mostly uneventful- except for the second night when I was completely exhausted and in a dream-like state asked the night nurse where Charlie was. When she asked “who’s Charlie?” I pointed to Sawyer and explained that he was her twin brother- at which point she panicked thinking she had lost a baby. Fortunately, her panicked state woke me up within 20 seconds, and I realized I just really, really needed sleep!

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s12I arrived home during nap time. As soon as the twins woke up, my mother-in-law brought the twins into our room. Although they had come to visit us in the hospital, they only came the first night, so I really was not sure what to expect. Charlie  was so happy to see me that he threw his arms around both of us- no questions asked. Sloane patted Sawyer’s head and and said, “Aww”. I know we have only been home for a few days, but so far they seem to be more frustrated by the fact that I am unable to pick them up and less so with Sawyer herself. In fact, I think they actually like her quite a bit- Charlie especially.

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S17On Saturday my mother-in-law left to go home. She spent the week with the twins while I was in the hospital taking care of them and making lots of food for us to freeze. I honesly do not know what we would have done without her and really can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am that she was there for us! The twins were very sad to see her go; they are so well behaved for her!!! I told them to start calling me grandma in hopes that maybe they would be angels for me as well; so far this approach has not worked.

S18It also seems that Sawyer’s arrival has brought the twins closer together. They have been hugging and holding hands more in the last four days than I have ever seen them before. Hopefully it’s all for good reasons and not because they feel totally and completely neglected!  S19I love this picture of Sawyer because she is wrapped in one of my maternity cardigans that I wore all the time. I had been wearing it and took it off for a bit to nurse her. When I put her back in her boppy lounger it was beside her on the pillow and she immediately snuggled up agains it. She’s been wrapped up in it pretty much ever since!

IMG_3812Welcome to our crazy family, Sawyer Grace! We are so thankful for your laid back personality and could not love you more!

Still pregnant!

Believe it or not I am still alive- and pregnant! We have had such a busy summer, but now that I am off of work for the rest of the year and my etsy shop is closed for a few weeks, I am enjoying being able to actually make time for things that I used to enjoy (i.e. writing something other than work emails!)

I know at the beginning of this pregnancy I had high hopes of documenting it each week with cute photos of the baby’s size in fruit/veggies and corresponding recipes. I quickly realized that was just not going to happen. My plate was way too full this summer- mostly of salads, but that’s besides the point.

So here you go, weeks 19-37 of my pregnancy (i.e. my journey to my current chubby, sea monster state)

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I am actually 38 weeks now and still feeling great, and while I am so excited to meet our little lady three kids under the age of two sounds completely terrifying. I am not going to complain one bit about these last few days of being pregnant!!

And in case you are wondering (because what I eat and crave has got to be incredibly fascinating to everyone), I am still eating salads all day every day (give or take a slice of carrot cake here and there)!

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Hopefully I will have 1-2 more updates before this little lady makes her entrance into the world, and hopefully she is not comprised of leafy greens due to all of the salads I have consumed over the last 38 weeks!

Newborn Favorites

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was really rough unfortunately. Sloane, Christopher, and I are all sick. Charlie is probably next I assume. Sloane had a high fever (102+) most of the weekend off and on. It was NOT fun, but we survived.

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On an unrelated and hopefully happier note, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my newborn favorites. Keep in mind I have never actually brought a newborn home before, but I am no spring chicken this round! When Charlie and Sloane came home they were 9-10 weeks old. I did, however, use most of these items in the NICU and once they came home, and I definitely figured out that all baby items are NOT created equally!

When the twins were young I tried lots of different pajamas for them – in various price ranges. Polarn O. Pyret definitely makes some of of my favorites. I still have all of the onesies and pajamas for them that I am able to use for the new baby on the way. I can’t say the same for the less expensive ones I purchased! Also, their socks are my absolute favorite; I purchased a pack of Gerber socks for the twins and ended up throwing them out. They did not stay on and pilled immediately. Again, I have all of PO.P socks in perfect condition to use for our new baby.

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Diapers :: Clothing c/0 Polarn O. Pyret :: Blanket :: Diaper Cream :: Cold cream :: Milestone Baby Cards :: Mittens

I know all babies are different when it comes to diaper creams, but this has been my favorite of all the ones we have tried. It works very quickly. I also had to pick up the cute Milestone baby cards shown above. WIth Charlie and Sloane I SORT OF journaled, sort of blogged, and mostly just instagrammed the heck out of their milestones. Most parents say that the second child (in our case third) often gets less attention and fewer photos, etc. I thought these would be a fun way to force me to keep track of milestones- assuming I remember to fill them out!

What are some of your newborn favorites?!

Father’s Day Tea Party

I know, I know, Father’s day was almost a month ago. That’s just how we roll around here. On Father’s Day Charlie and Sloane decided to surprise their dad with the gift of waking up around 6:15 with a LOT of energy. We had both just come off really long weeks with late nights at work/the library, so we promised ourselves we would play outside with the twins as much as possible over the weekend. That included a little tea party on Father’s Day morning.

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It was all fun and games until Charlie stepped in a rogue pile of poo that we missed! All in all, it was a great Father’s day. We simply do not know what we would do without our Daddy Boy!

Craving Salads: all day every day

I realized that my blog is essentially on life support; I have about ten posts sitting in my draft file- including our Father’s day, Mother’s Day, several pregnancy updates. I am trying to actually finish writing a few of them before I lose all energy and turn into the Michelin tire man for the last few weeks of this pregnancy. This is one that I started several weeks ago. It’s no secret that I have been eating salads non-stop during this pregnancy. Other than breakfast I really would be totally fine eating salads for every meal. Granted, there may be times where I want to include Cheetos or chicken tenders on said salads…

I love to bake and cook, but I am not claiming to be great at it. In fact, if you ask my husband, he will tell you that I am the worst scrambled-egg maker to ever walk this earth; he claims they taste like fish! It’s true. How one is capabale of screwing up scrambled eggs still baffles me, but I somehow manage to do so quite effectively. Anyway, I am not as terrible at making other foods- thank goodness.

Here are a few of the salads I have been eating on repeat this pregnancy:

photo 1Grilled Romaine Salad: Sauteed onions with balsamic vinegar, bleu cheese (*I know some people say this is a no-no during pregnancy; my doctor instructed me to use the kind that is made from pasteurized milk) over a VERY-lightly grilled, halved romain heart.

photo 2Grilled chicken, sliced apples, bleu cheese over the Costco kale salad mix with oil and balsalmic vinegar. *If you have not tried the kale mix from Costco, run. It’s worth the membership. I have dreams about the stuff, but I HATE the dressing it comes with.

 photo 3Filet, grilled onions (deglazed the pan with balsalmic vinegar), bleu cheese, Costco kale mix

  photo 4Rotisserie Chicken, Strawberries, Blueberries, Costco kale mix, Honey mustard dressing

photo 5My personal favorite and the one I have been eating the last 8 days straight (no joke): CPK’s bbq chicken chopped salad. You can find a good recipe here!

photo 7Grilled salmon, goat cheese, Costco kale mix, Balsalmic vinegar and oil as dressing

And now I am craving…. another salad! I jokingly refer to our unborn daughter as baby Salad. In all honesty she has no other name at this point, so it may just stick!

July 4th weekend,thoughts on 29, and the Bar exam!

I can’t believe the Fourth of July holiday is already over! It’s one of my most favorite holidays. July 4th was my due date, so I grew up choosing to believe that all of the fireworks were just an early celebration for me… kidding, kind of.  I basically start celebrating my birthday around July 3rd all the way through July 6th; it’s really worked out quite well so far. In all seriousness it was so nice to have a four-day weekend. This summer has been a little rough, but in a few short weeks once the bar exam is over we can have a little bit of normalcy before baby #3 arrives and really shakes things up!  Agenda items will include: setting up the nursery (we have done absolutely nothing so far!), trips to the pool and zoo, and taking several deep breaths!

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I made cupcakes for Charlie and Sloane to have after their nap. I expected these to be a big hit, but they actually cried hysterically when I gave them each one. I was raised to never cry over cupcakes- or any dessert for that matter, but apparently the twins have not yet figured that out.

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After the cupcake fail the twins and I spent the afternoon at the splash park. Sloane spent over an hour collecting and emptying stones in and out of her sand bucket. Meanwhile, Charlie chased me from fountain to fountain trying to splash me with water.

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We did not actually make it to any fireworks on Friday. It sounded fun in theory, but Christopher thought better of it (smart man!). We opted for a babysitter instead and went out to dinner with my brother-in-law and his fiance who were in town. Whoever thought of babysitters is a genius. We have used one three times in the last few weeks- all during Charlie and Sloane’s naptime or after bedtime. Date nights and time for errands?! Yes, please!

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Decal via Olive and Birdie

On Saturday we went to Taste of Indy. I was a little nervous that it would end in sweaty tears, but we had a blast. There was a live band in a big open area, and the twins danced their hearts out and had their first shave ice.

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We finished off the weekend by celebrating my 29th birthday! I know 29 is a big year for some people- the last year of youth as some see it. Maybe I will feel that way on the night before I turn 30, but it’s not really something I have given much thought to yet. I am so happy with the life I have lived up to this point and the people I have shared it with. 29, 34, 76…. as long as I am having fun (and still allowed to wear sequins and tulle skirts whenever I please), I am happy to blow out more and more candles each year and consume unhealthy amounts of cake!

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I hope you had a great weekend! The countdown to the bar exam is ON!

Happy Summer!

Happy first day of Summer! This summer is particularly exciting and bittersweet for me. It will be our last summer as a family of four, and while I am obviously SO excited to meet our little girl, I want to enjoy these next three months as much as possible! Between being pregnant and our little lady being due the first day of Fall, having a husband studying for the bar exam, and work being a little crazy lately, it’s easy to just want to spend the weekend doing absolutely nothing. Christopher and I agreed, however, that we would make sure Charlie and Sloane have no idea how hectic things are right now. They probably would never notice (or remember) in reality, but it makes us feel better knowing that we plan to make as many trips to the pool and splash park as possible!

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I ordered these cute (read: slightly tacky) flamingos from amazon thinking that the twins would love them, and selfishly I wanted a photo of them with their flamingo shorts/bloomers. Sloane was more interested in trying to eat dirt….

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…and Charlie just wanted to rip them apart, of course.

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On a side note, I think perfectly mulched beds are a thing of the past for us. Charlie and Sloane LOVE to kick and throw handfuls of mulch onto the patio. At least Charlie offers to “mow” the flower beds afterward.

Happy Summer, friends!

 

The Kimono trend

Is anyone else loving the kimono trend lately?! Maybe it’s because my body is literally growing and expanding each week that flowy, silky clothes are the next best thing to be naked. TMI? Perhaps, but between having to try and dress appropriately at work and it being a hot summer, I have been on the hunt for cute, comfortable options that I can still wear after the baby is born. Here are a few of the ones I have either already ordered or hope to soon!

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Nursery Planning, round 2

Does it seem like deja vu to anyone else that I am putting together a nursery board again!? This time around seems a little easier because I am not trying to make this room work for boy boys and girls, but I am struggling with the crib situation. The twins will not be out of their cribs by the time #3 arrives. We also had planned to use the toddler rails for awhile to get the most use out of the cribs as possible; this all makes sense- except for having to buy a third crib. One thought I have is to just use a pack and play with a bassinet for a few months. I have also considered purchasing a mini crib until the twins transition out of their cribs and into regular beds. I would welcome any thoughts and suggestions!

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Art :: Deer Head :: Light :: Basket :: Crib :: Rug :: Curtains

This nursery board just represents some of the ideas I have in mind. Similar to my approach with the twins’ nursery, I would prefer to invest in furniture and decor (except for the crib) that can work in many rooms of the house and do not feel too baby-ish. It’s just my personal preference, but I would rather spend money on things that can transition to other rooms as our children grow! Really I should probably stop putting together silly design boards and start actually clearing out our spare bedroom and begging Mr. Frankel to start painting!