Things they don't tell you about having your second child

February 12, 2016

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Things they don't tell you about having your second child.....

1. You will become a walking vending machine. Except no one gives you any money.

2. You will also start to be called the bag lady by your husband. Because you will carry a GIANT bag with you filled with ALL THE THINGS at all times. My mom made fun of me for having an extra pair of Hudson's undies AND an extra headband for Sadie in my bag yesterday. But I needed both of them so who's laughing now? My motto is always be prepared....I'm like a boy scout or something. 

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3. When you just had one child, going to Target alone was a little slice of heaven. But now? Going to Target with just one kid instead of two has you leisurely browsing the aisles because YOU ONLY HAVE ONE KID WITH YOU. It's almost as good as being alone. Almost.

4. Your second child will eat all kinds of things you never let your first child eat. Mostly because they will steal them from their older sibling as soon as you turn your back.

5. Your new baby will be the easy child. Late night feedings, teething, and blow outs are easy compared to rationalizing with a 3 year old.

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6. Nap schedule? What's that? You planned your life around your first baby's naps. But your second baby will have to go with the flow and nap whenever they can....because life still revolves around your first baby and all their activities. So when they do nap in their bed you REALLY learn to enjoy it!

7. Remember how you documented your first born's every move with weekly updates? And how you wrote detailed notes in their baby book? Well. Your poor second child will turn 8 months old and their baby book will still be empty. If you still haven't ordered your child's baby book I feel for you. You are my people.

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8. Your heart isn't yours anymore. It's been toddling around in your toddler's body for years....which was hard enough. But now all of a sudden your heart is in two little bodies. And that pretty much put's you on the verge of ALL THE FEELINGS all the time.

9. Those Olympics commercials where the moms are taking care of their kids who turn out to be star athletes will make you cry every time you see it.

10. You'll never sleep the same way again. Everyone tells you that you won't get much sleep when you become a mom. But what they don't tell you is that once you have two kids your children will conspire against you to keep you up all night. In our house, if one kid decides to sleep through the night it is almost guaranteed that the other one will be up all night long. 

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You will, however, get some peace of mind knowing your child is safe while they sleep thanks to the most awesome baby monitor ever. Trust me on this. We recently started using the VTech VM343 baby monitor and it has been a game changer! The screen is large and the quality of the picture is amazing! The monitor's remote pan and tilt camera (with a zoom!!!!) allows me to see all of Sadie's crib while she sleeps. The VM343 pans up to 270 degrees side-to-side and tilts as many as 120 degrees up and no matter where my little wiggle worm scoots around I can see her. 

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The VTech VM343 monitor's digital transmission ensures all videos are private and secure, which makes me feel safer using it. It also has so many features that allow you to cut down on background noise, so the only sounds I hear are Sadie's. And I can control the sensitivity of the sounds it picks up, which is great if you have a noisy sleeper like I do! I can program the monitor to filter out all the little noises she makes while sleeping but still pick up her cries. 

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11. Once you have a second child, you will constantly be pulled in 7 different directions. The VTech VM343 has a 1,000 foot range, so I can play outside with Hudson and still keep an eye on Sadie. I love that I'm not missing out on anything. 

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12. A second child means you know the power of a good nigh's rest. You just never actually get one.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Sadie Mae: 8 Months

February 10, 2016

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Oh my goodness, my baby is 8 months old! Time needs to slow down asap. Know who else needs to slow down? This girl. Sadie's been crawling for over a month now and nothing is going to get in her way. She's also doing this one leg sticking out thing.....which is probably less of a 90's cheerleading move and more of a "I want to stand up NOW" kind of move. See what I mean about her needing to slow down?

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Sadie's biggest developments this month have been perfecting the speed crawl, lots of babbling, and eating puffs. Girlfriend is either starving and wants to eat all the food or could absolutely care less. I think she gets that from me. When she's in the mood she likes puffs, oatmeal, peas, applesauce, bananas, and prunes. Sadie's still breastfeed on demand. She loves her some milk.

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Oh, and she loves to clap. And we love to watch her do it.

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She typically sleeps 8pm-7am and is up once during the night to nurse. Sometimes she sleeps all night without waking! And I'm happy to report that naps have finally improved...mostly. If we are home and I can distract Hudson long enough to get her to sleep, she'll nap in her crib for 1-2 hours, two times a day. But since she's a second child, we are rarely home all day. It's funny, because I remember scheduling EVERYTHING around Hudson's nap schedule. This poor girl just has to go with the flow as we hustle around town for her big brother's activities. She's perfected the nap in the car.

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Sadie's a mama's girl for sure and is happiest when I'm holding her. But she has major heart eyes for her daddy and her brother. I love the way she loves Hudson. Her eyes light up when he talks to her and he is such a big helper, especially when Sadie's upset. Hudson can cheer her up and make her smile like no one else can.

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Sadie has a cold and runny nose right now, which means she only wants to nap while I'm holding her. I would happily oblige and hold her all day long....except Hudson wouldn't be too happy about that. The "Babies Don't Keep" poem usually makes me cry, but right now I just have to laugh at the "so quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep" should really read, "so quiet down toddlers"...because he just can't seem to be quiet when I'm rocking her ever.

I have no clue of her height and weight.......but I have a feeling she's right on track with her big brother at this age.

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Hudson calls her "baby Sadie" or "Sadie Mae" and it's just about the cutest thing ever. We just love this girl to pieces. She's the perfect fit to our little family. Happy 8 months Sadie girl!

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The Force is strong with this one

February 8, 2016

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There's no doubt about it....Hudson is Star Wars obsessed. He isn't old enough to watch the movies but he plays with the toys and is constantly on the look out for any thing Star Wars related.

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So of course he flipped out over the new Star Wars decals in some of his favorite cereals! 

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Right now General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Cheerios and Cheerios Multi Grain include one of six exclusive decals. With cameos from both the light and dark sides, the decals feature character appearances from: R2-D2 & C-3PO, Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and a Stormtrooper.

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Of course Hudson was thrilled.

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We used the decals from the boxes along with some glow in the dark stars to create a little space scene backdrop. And we plan to use the decals again in Hudson's new room after we move in this weekend! He can't wait. 

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The way to Hudson's heart is through food and Star Wars. 

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To make things even more fun, we made some stick puppets out of the decals too. They are re-useable so I know we will have lots of fun with these for a long time. 

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If you ask him, Hudson will tell you his favorite Star Wars characters are R2-D2, C-3PO, and Chewbacca.

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He calls the new droid, BB-8 "Silly D2" for whatever reason. And if someone corrects him I'll loose it. It's just so stinkin' cute. So of course Silly D2 is his favorite. I think Hudson is going to LOVE finally watching the Star Wars movies with us some day. But for now we'll enjoy making up our own stories!

Compensation was provided by General Mills via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of General Mills or Momtrends.

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7 Things I can't do that other moms probably can

February 3, 2016

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1. Fold a fitted sheet. My mom has shown me over and over again...and I just can't get it. 

2. Cut my baby's fingernails. I am SO bad at this. And it's crazy stressful! I'm always worried I'm going to cut Sadie's finger off, or cut her nail too short and make her bleed. Plus she's usually flailing  around like a banshee and won't sit still. If I could pay someone to come and clip her nails every week, I totally would.

3. Use a rectal thermometer on my child. I. Just. Can't. Do. It.

4. Watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. That show drives me up the wall. We don't have cable right now which means I've gotten a nice little break from Mickey and the gang. Whenever we watch it I find myself wishing the mystery mousketool could be wine.

5. Go grocery shopping with two kids. Unless I'm desperate, you won't catch me grocery shopping with both kids in tow. I just find it too stressful. I'll run to Target or Costco with both kids but for some reason the grocery store is just way out of my league.

6. Make a pot of coffee. Seriously I have no idea. I don't know how to use a keurig either. If we want coffee (which is very rare) we head to Starbucks.

7. Not shave my legs. I may go a week without washing my hair, but I rarely skip shaving my legs. I can't stand a little stubble....especially when I'm trying to sleep. It drives me up the wall!

Now it's your turn...what can't you do?

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Hey There Friday

January 29, 2016

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{one} Clap your hands if you love Fridays! We sure do! Sadie has started clapping her hands and it is just about the cutest thing that I have ever seen.

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She thinks she's pretty cool. She can clap. Crawl. Pull her self up. SLOW DOWN sweet girl. Mama's heart can't handle this speediness. 

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{two} Sometimes I just stare at my children and it takes my breath away. I still can't believe they're mine. Like what did I do to deserve such a great gift? Does anyone else do that? I don't mean to be sappy but they give me ALL THE FEELS.

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{three} Our house is almost done. We have final walk throughs next week! If all goes well the house will be ours. Yay! It doesn't really feel real at this point. I guess I should start packing (again!) right? Also, side note, I do NOT recommend building a house when you are super pregnant/have a newborn baby. We picked out everything months ago and I totally couldn't remember our selections. Things started coming in and I was like "wow! I picked that? I LOVE IT!" and sometimes "um...what was I thinking?" Luckily, mistakes were very few (toilet I hated, Sadie's paint color was awful etc.) and they weren't too hard to fix. I have a few more building a house blog posts to share with all of you and I'll be sure to let  you know what I would have done differently, now that the house is done!

{four} I've been having marathon Scandal watching parties (by myself, in my pajamas, staying up way past my bedtime) and I'm almost done with season 4. I'm obsessed with this show and I hope I can find season 5 online because otherwise I'll go through withdrawal! Hulu has it but not all of the episodes are on there and I don't think I can wait for it to be on Netflix. #firstworldproblems Also, what should I watch once I'm caught up? I need some good recommendations! (besides Gilmore Girls and Parenthood which I know are fan favorites....I have already watched those both live and loved them!)

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{five} I promise I'm not going to just blog once or twice a week. At least I'll try. Working from home + caring for two kids + building the house has all kind of kicked my booty. I'm ready for things to calm down a little bit, even though I know that's probably months and months away. Thank you for sticking around. My goal is to catch up on blogs today, so you might see me popping in and commenting!

Have a great weekend!
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My bag....also know as my life

January 26, 2016

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Everything is in my bag. My whole life is in my bag. Can anyone relate? I'm sure if you are mom you can. Every time my husband picks up my bag he remarks at how heavy it is. But really, I NEED everything that's in there. I would be lost without it.

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When I had Hudson I searched and searched for the perfect bag, but never found it. I didn't like any of the typical "diaper bags" because they just weren't me. I usually ended up just buying a giant purse and stuffing all of my junk in it and calling it good. 

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But then I discovered the most perfect diaper bag ever by Lily Jade. When I went to California for work, my boss Alissa had the Meggan and it was so lovely....I seriously sat in the back of her car and held it in my lap and just was in awe. I knew I needed some Lily Jade in my life asap.
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On a daily basis I carry around the following items:
change of clothes for Sadie
change of clothes + undies + socks for Hudson
changing pad
burp cloth
baby wipes
Covered Goods nursing/carseat/shopping cart cover
baby toy
hand sanitizer
make-up and chapstick
snacks: apple sauce pouches, granola bar, fruit snacks
candy....for bribes
phone charger + portable battery
...and at any given time random coupons, receipts, grocery lists. 

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So basically I'm obsessed with my Meggan diaper bag by Lily Jade. I love all of the compartments....there's a spot for everything I need to carry around as a mom. And I mean everything. No more digging around in my bag for a snack for Hudson...I now know exactly where it is. And the insert is I can take all of the baby stuff out of my bag for a fun night out.....or even put the insert in a different bag. I LOVE that it doesn't look like a diaper bag! And it's so soft and well made...I know I will use it for a long time.

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Fun fact about me: I use baby wipes for basically everything. Wipe up spit up? Clean tables when we go to dinner? Wipe sticky hands? Clean the dashboard of my car? Check, check, check. Anyone with me?

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Sadie loves her a cute bag....she's always getting in to it. Stinker.

What's your favorite diaper bag?

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