Surprise: Pip 3.0!

We are excited to announce that Pip3.0 will be here in March 2018!!I found out I was pregnant shortly after returning from Iceland. Something about those international waters, I tell ya 😉

This pregnancy has been so different from my last two! Actually, they’ve all been pretty different. The first trimester I was always cold. Which is so weird for me because as most of you know, I’m usually a heat box, and I have been since becoming pregnant with Preston 4 years ago. I’ve also had a huge meat aversion. I cannot eat hardly any meat, and when I do, it has to be very little. So we’ve been cooking a lot of vegetarian meals around here. Which is a nice change, I’m just always trying to find ways to get any extra protein I can (eggs, pistachios, peanut butter, etc)

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Thankfully, I haven’t been sick like I was with Jack. The first trimester I was just so darn tired all the time!! I was napping with the boys every day and we had to stay inside for a few weeks because the heat (100’s) didn’t help. Now that it’s cooled off outside and I’m in my second trimester, things have been going well! Today I am 17w3d pregnant.

We had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. It’s crazy how each doctor does things differently. With Preston I had a bunch of ultrasounds (9 weeks, 14 weeks, 19 weeks, and around 32 weeks). With Jack I just had 2 ultrasounds (12 weeks and 21 weeks). I’ll have my next ultrasound for Pip3 at 19 weeks.

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A lot of the time I forget I’m even pregnant!! Which has actually been really nice! There are the times that I get winded super easily, or the times my stomach gets in the way when I’m trying to lay Jack in his crib, but otherwise, it hasn’t been bad at all!

We are excited for this little bundle to arrive (but please baby, cook as long as you’d like–I made it 41 weeks with Jack). It may be crazy adding another one to the bunch. Jack and Pip3 will only be 14 months apart. Thankfully Jack is a pretty easy going baby these days and Preston is such a good helper around the house!!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

Jack – 9 months

It’s Jack’s first September! The beginning of one of my favorite times of year. (okay,  so I promise I wrote this in September and just didn’t get around to posting until October 😛 ) It’s too bad it’s been SO hot out! I’m talking like 90 degrees. 😮 We had a 7 day stretch of 100 degree weather.

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He’s been up to so much lately! He can sign milk (which he actually started signing last month, but I forgot to mention it!) We have been working on ‘more’ now. He can also sign ‘all done’.

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He is just starting to enjoy food. He hasn’t really been to into it until recently. Which I suppose is good. Food before 1 is just for fun, right? We’ve still made sure to introduce a wide variety, helping his palate out while he’s young!! He loves hummus, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado.  Last night we had him eating peas and carrots, which he seemed to enjoy!

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Jack has been so good at balancing on his own for a few months and he took his first step on September 20th!! I couldn’t hardly believe it! He was only 8 months old! He loves to crawl over to me, grab my fingers to pull himself up, and then he will wiggle his hands off of my fingers to balance. He will either take a step or practice sitting down from standing! This little dude is going to be walking before we know it!!

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He has 2 teeth on the bottom still. I’m pretty sure he’s cutting more teeth though because he has been pretty miserable. Thankfully he still is sleeping pretty well at night. He usually wakes up once. Last night he woke up to eat at 5am and then went back to sleep until 6:40am. It hasn’t been bad at all!!

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I started sleep training him last month. It’s been such a huge help. Nothing crazy, but better for all of us! It used to be we would get him to sleep and he would wake up crying the second we laid him down, or he would nap for 30 minutes on the dot and be up! Now that we have him ‘sort of’ put himself to sleep, he naps longer and better. Really it’s just been for naps because sleeping at night has never really been a problem for him.

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Jack loves his big brother. He just lights up every time he sees him. They love chasing each other around, playing peekaboo, and playing in the mulch outside. Jack can even drive cars with Preston and even the other day they were hiding out under our dining room table running from monsters. 🙂

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Jack can wave, he can give kisses, and he can high five!! High fiving is really the only new thing out of those three. But he gets better and better each day!!

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Here is Jack over the months!! Jack is 23 pounds (92%) and 28 inches long.

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Jack and Preston side by side!!

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Well, that’s all for now! I’ll leave you with a few more cute photos!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

 

Jack – 8 months!

Time just needs to slow down!! Our little Bear is 8 months old!!

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He has been changing so much everyday! At the start of the month he was just crawling a few crawls and then dropping. Or doing his little monkey crawl!!

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Now he is crawling all over the place!! It’s really been quite nice because he doesn’t want me to carry him all day, everyday now! He’s so heavy my back and arms have been killing me. He can chase after big brother and take his toys. 😆

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Jack is able to stand by himself dor for a few seconds!!

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He loves standing.

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He can also pull himself up on things! Actually, this morning when we went in to get him from his crib, he was standing!!

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He has 2 teeth he’s had for a couple weeks now, cutting those 2 bottom teeth have been rough. He’s regressed on sleeping a bit because of it. For awhile he was waking up at 1am and 4am to eat. Thankfully he’s back to just waking up around 4:30 to eat. It’s a little hard to get him back to bed after that, but we do, and he will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30. I do think he has more teeth about ready to come through. Fussy, drooling, chewing on his fingers constantly… I forgot how much work teething was.. for mom and baby!!

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He eats some solid foods. He really isn’t a huge fan of them yet. He loves hummus and cottage cheese!! We are trying to broaden his palate. He’s had spinach, fish, and so much more!! We always give him bits of what we are eating. I think that’s what helped with Preston when he was young. Now that kid will eat anything!!! We obviously don’t give him anything sugary, no need to become an addict alreasy! Lol. He has had puffs, but isn’t a huge fan. He’s not a huge fan of any baby food, really!! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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He had his first night over with his Grandma Eileen this past weekend. I think he was a little hard on her. Haha! He woke up a few times at night and was up bright and early in the morning. Im just glad we did it, it’s hard leaving them the first time!! Especially since he’s been EBF. However, my hubby gives him a bottle of breastmilk (8oz!) every night before bed. I really didn’t want Jack to rely on me to go to bed, like Preston used to. It made it so hard on me whenever I needed to be away for a bit. Preston never took a bottle either. 😱 So I’m just sooo happy our little Jack Bear can survive without his mama for a few hours, and even over night, if needed!!!

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jack usually goes up to bed at 6:30 and then will be up for the day about 5:30-6:30ish. Waking one time to eat. Which is great for a teething baby, I think!! Naptime is a different story. Jack will take two 30 min naps a day. That’s it!! And it’s sooo hard to get him to take a nap, too. It’s exhausting. Big brother still takes a 2-3 hour nap each day. I’m hoping he will sleep longer once I cut him down to one nap, but right now, he needs its morning nap, otherwise he gets so tired! For awhile with his afternoon nap, once he’d wake, I would go grab him and rock him so he would sleep longer (since it was during Prestons nap and I wanted to relax a bit longer). I’ve stopped doing that though, I’m not sure if that’s why Jack would wake up after exactly 30 minutes of sleep, knowing I’d come rock him then. Honestly, I’ll miss it, but I can’t get him used to napping while I rock him. I won’t be able to do that soon enough, so I don’t want to instill poor sleeping habits!! It’s a work in progress, we are both tired and exhausted during the day, but I’m hoping one day something will give! Until then, I’ll enjoy my MAYBE 20 minutes of alone/down time each day.

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I think that’s about it for our little Bear!

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He is a joy, and so sweet.

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He’s going through a tiny rough patch with teething and napping, but otherwise developing awesome!!

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Oh yeah, he also says mama and dada!

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And he waves!!!!! He’s just changing so much! 🙂

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One last family picture to end it 🙂

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…until next time!! xoxo ❤

 

 

Jack – 7 months!

Our little Jack Bear is 7 months old!!

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He’s got such a happy soul. He answers to the names Jack, Bear, Bear Claw, and Quaffy. 😂 (Because of his cute hair quaff. 😜)

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he isn’t crawling yet, he can scoot backwards and roll all around. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks, but won’t go forward!

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Hes got one tooth through the bottom gums! He may be teething more because he has started waking up around 4am every morning. I will go in and feed him and he’ll go back down until anywhere from 5:30-7 am!

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He still enjoys his 2 powers naps each day. Usually 30-45 minutes each unless I hold him. Haha. The good news is even with lack of sleep, he’s still our happy, happy boy!!! Since the day he was born we’ve always joked that he’s such an awesome baby, he gives us baby fever!! It may not be a joke tho… haha

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He eats food usually once per day, but he is starting to enjoy it more. He usually wants to eat what we eat, so we usually will give him some to munch on! He loves hummus and yogurt!! Sweet corn and string cheese are also favorites.

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He’s slowed down on his weight gain! He is 22.9 pounds and thick as ever. He’s wearing size 6 diapers at night. 🙂

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That’s about it for our little sweetie!!

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…until next time! Xoxo ❤️

Jack – 6 months

Happy half birthday to our little Bear!!

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Jack is such a little sweetie. He’s our chill – go with the flow – happy baby.

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He has been trying SO hard to crawl lately!! He gets those arms up and will push his legs forward, but he just hasn’t figured out how to get the to work together! haha. He isn’t able to get up on his knees yet!

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he does so well sitting up without falling over.

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He enjoys sitting up to play with his toys!

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He loves looking in the mirror and is always smiling at himself and when you talk to him and hold him up in the air!! That always makes him giggle. He’s still our smiley boy.

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(below is a picture of the boys in Iceland)

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When I was at Meijer this morning I had him facing forward in my infantino baby carrier and every single person we passed made a comment about how happy of a baby he was. Aparently he was flashing gummy smiles at everyone!! I lost count of how many people mentioned his smile at 20. 😳👏🏼

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Jack gets some baby food around dinner time. His favorite is peas so far. I did give him a few scrambled eggs the other day, he wasn’t too sure about that! He also had a mini bagel last weekend. Oops! He was in the carrier and wanted something to play with and we were at a pot luck so I saw a mini bagel for him to hold. The next thing I knew he has a tiny soggy piece left in the palm of his hand. Haha 🤣

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I give Jack a bottle every day at 5pm. I really want Jack to take a bottle since Preston never did. So I make sure to give him one everyday. He will drink anywhere from 3-5 oz which is great for an EBF baby!

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Jack went on his first campout last weekend. We slept in a tent and the temps got down into the 40’s. So in order to keep warm we threw the book out the window and coslept and snuggled with lots of blankets and pillows. Brr!! He did really well and slept through the night! Woohoo!

speaking of sleeping through the night, jack has regressed a bit since we’ve returned from Iceland. Before we left, he slept a good 11 hours without waking. Now he will wake 1-2 times per night. Sometimes a binky will put him back down and sometimes I have to feed him. I’m hoping it’s a short lived stage and he’s just adjusting to being back!! Funny thing is that he slept through the night the entire 2 weeks we were in Iceland!!

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jack still doesn’t nap well. I can usually get him to take a nap first thing in the morning. The next nap all depends on what we have going on. Usually he will only nap 2 times a day (45 min each). If I’m lucky I can get him to nap for 1.5 hrs on days that Preston has school!

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jack weighs 23 pounds! He’s actually slowed down on the weight gain. He’s only gained one pound since last month! He still feels like carrying a sack of cement around. haha! my poor back!

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This weekend we are celebrating Jack with a nice long weekend at home!!! We will have 5 days with nothing to do. I can’t wait. It’ll be glorious!! Our first weekend home in over a month. We are hoping to get in a few bike rides, a picnic, maybe a couple trips to the library, aquatic center, and even the zoo! It should be a good time.

oh, and he loves his big Bro!! SO MUCH!!! Preston can get Jack to laugh like no one else! 🙂

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well that’s about it for our little Jack Bear!

…until next time! xoxo ❤

 

Traveling Internationally with Kids (must haves!)

We just got back from spending 2 weeks in Iceland! We had our kids (ages 3 and 5 months) in tow.

Here are a few items that made our trip a success:

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  1. Portable sound machine. I kid you not, this is the best invention ever! It is $10, it can clip onto a stroller, carseat, baby carrier, etc! It runs off batteries (perfect for going international) and you can choose to have it run for 15, 30, and 45 minutes OR you can let it run forever. 🙂 This really helped with getting our kids to nap on the go, plus we used it in our sons crib at night. You can get it at Target or Amazon. (myBaby sound spa on-the-go sound machine) IMG_4767You can spy it hanging on the stroller and laying in the crib.   IMG_4336IMG_1818
  2. A baby Carrier. We brought along our Ergo for our 3 year old and our Infantino for our 5 month old. The Ergo was perfect for our 3 year old because it’s like getting a piggy back ride without having to use your arms! haha. The Infantino was perfect for our 5 month old because he loves to face forward and look out at the world. Both works so well for napping on the go and hiking! Both of these can be purchased on Amazon or target as well!IMG_2568(okay so this photo makes me laugh! My 3 year old wouldn’t put his arms under the straps and then fell asleep and was just flopping. 🙂 It was pretty funny!IMG_4066IMG_4170

  3. Headphones for the toddler. I got these completely adorable headphones on Amazon! Its a little headband with speaker by the ears. It stays on and if your kiddo  falls asleep it’s still comfortable! (CozyPhones kids headphones)IMG_4768
  4. Hust Hat. This bad boy can block out the loud noises when you’re trying to get the little ones to nap! It was a life saver for the plane, restaurants, and just being out and about! The plus side, it keeps the babe warm!! You can get it at Target or Amazon as well. IMG_4769

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5. Pacifier Clips and a Wubanub. If you have a little baby like we do, that pacifier clip will come in so handy! You can clip it onto the baby carrier, clothes, carseat, etc! That way you don’t have to worry about losing it.

6. Stroller with a rain cover. This last one really all depends on the age of your kids and whether or not you’re expecting to be around rain. We went to Iceland and the weather there is so crazy. Luckily it was nice most of the time, but it would randomly rain throughout our whole trip. The stroller and rain cover were a life saver when it was raining. It helped keep our kids warm and dry, we also were happy to stick everything else under there (shopping bags, diaper bag, camera, etc!

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Well there you have it! That is my list of MUST HAVES. Stay tuned for my next post on what to pack in your child’s carry on bag.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

…until next time! xoxo ❤

Jack – 5 months

Our little Bear is 5 months old!!!

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The time is just flying by. He is so sweet and continues to amaze us with his personality. He’s our happy – go – lucky babe.

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We are heading to Iceland in a few days and are a little nervous about the flight + time change, but i’m hoping that little Jack will be a trooper, as per usual.

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So far jack can sit, he can roll from tummy to back, and from back to tummy!! He’s already starting to try and grab things from a far and is *trying* to get up on his knees!

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He can pick up his binky and put it into his mouth, which is so great when we are in the car!!

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He doesn’t need to nap though, I mean he does, but he doesn’t. haha! He can go all day with napping less than our 3 year old and you wouldn’t even notice!!! Not until bedtime anyway, as soon as we get his jimmies on he ‘falls of a cliff’. He is so ready for bed!! At least he will sleep 12 hours each night! Most of the time, he will take a 30 minute nap after he’s been awake for 2 hours. Then he will take another hour long nap from about 10 to 11. If I’m lucky, i can get him down for about 30 minutes during preston nap. However, sometimes that doesn’t work! Ever. haha! and if it doesn’t , he will want a power nap (like 15 minutes) from 3:45 to 4. 🙂

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Today we were out all day running errands. He took a 15 minute nap. that was it!! He did nap again when Preston napped. But was up around 2:30 pm and stayed awake until bedtime. I mean, really???

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Little (big?) jack is 22 pounds. Crazy to believe he was only 7 pounds at birth. I have to wear him in the baby carrier all the time because he’s so heavy i can hardly carry him around otherwise.

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okay so when I started this post ^^ that was like 3 weeks ago. Haha! Life happens, I guess!

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But i’m here to finish and i’m happy to say we just got back from our trip to Iceland and Jack was amazing!!!!

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The time change, napping on the go, staying up late, etc, didn’t even bother him! Oh he is just too sweet!!!!

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While we were gone he started saying ‘Dada’ and it just happened to be on father’s day!! (June 18th).

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Well that’s all for now! I’ll be back with more updates about our trip! I’ll try to blog about each day trip we made from Reykjavik.

…until next time! xoxo ❤