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Caity’s 5th Birthday

This past weekend we hosted our first celebration in the house. I absolutely love hosting and it definitely gave me the burst of energy I had been needing. Caity had a blast spending the day playing with her friends and eating ice cream sundaes.

We decided on an ice cream theme over the summer when Bullseye’s Playground at Target came out with an entire line of ice cream party items. Talk about easy!

Much to my surprise I ended up having some extra time the day of and decided to personalize some bubble wands for the kiddos. It’s such an inexpensive and easy favor but man do they put a smile on their faces!

Instead of fighting with a gallon of ice cream we bought the individual cups and then just transferred them to the ice cream bowls. It was the perfect portion size and not much mess. Sundae toppings included: whipped cream, caramel or chocolate sauce, crushed Oreo, mini M & M’s, sprinkles, nuts, and cherries.

16 Weeks With Baby #3

Weight gain: Still wavering around 0. I had a long conversation with my OB at my appointment this week about her expectations. She agreed the “recommended” gain of 15 pounds is pretty unrealistic. She said she is happy if I stay as active as possible and make smart food choices most of the time and I can live with that.

Miss anything: Second trimester has given me back most of what I have been missing. I’ve had so much more energy to get things done around the house and keep up with the kids. Once the weather cools off we will be able to start tackling our Fall Bucket List.

Cravings: Now that the nausea has subsided a bit we’ve been eating more meals at home including veggies. I definitely am not craving them, but I do feel better when I am able to eat some.

Favorite moments over the last few weeks: Big sister turned 5 today! She was very excited to become a “big girl”.

Looking forward to: Finishing my Fall/Halloween decorating. A few local festivals. Celebrating Caity’s birthday. And hopefully welcoming some cooler weather!

14 Weeks With Baby #3

 

Weight gain: Nothing yet, yippee!!!! Finally feeling my energy coming back so I hope to start back up with the Beach Body Prenatal workouts and walking.

Sleep: I’ve been getting up early to have a few moments before the kiddos wake up so I’m exhausted by 8:30 every night. Haven’t had any issues falling asleep but if I get up to pee anytime after 4 I often don’t fall back asleep.

Miss anything: Honestly, having my shit together. I have been so absent minded lately forgetting things and falling short of promises to people. It’s not typical of me and I am not really liking it. :/ Hoping with my regained energy, a good planner, and a consistent schedule I can get a bit more on track.

Current Struggles: Managing my emotions is gonna be a pretty typical response for me here over the next few months. I find myself getting upset or thinking someone is made at me and have to talk myself down.

Cravings: Costco pizza hands down.

Favorite moments over the last few weeks: Getting a new car! We needed something with a 3rd row that provided a comfortable ride for our frequent and long road trips. After test driving a Hyundai Palisade we were hooked! It’s everything they are hyped to be. She is beautiful and the safety/driving assist features are amazing. I’m definitely not a car expert but I was thinking of doing a review of my favorite features based on a Mom’s perspective. Another favorite moment was meeting our dula this past weekend. We clicked right away and is going to be the perfect support to helping me achieve another VBAC and *fingers crossed* an unmedicated birth.

Looking forward to: Decorating for Fall, especially if it brings the cooler weather! Monday I am also getting a prenatal massage which I am so looking forward to.

Parker’s Favorite Bentgo Combinations

We have been faced with a few challenges this school year around food allergies. Parker isn’t allowed to bring anything nut related, sea food, and both cooked eggs and anything made with egg. This eliminates some of his favorites; PB & J, egg salad, tuna salad, our normal go to bread, and even the school safe Bear Paws. Luckily Parker is a pretty good eater so we just had to spend some time in the store reading labels.

Sunday is usually our grocery shopping and prep day. I wash and cut all our fruit and veggies and store them in the Hutzler 3-in-1 Berry Boxes. We tend to eat more fruits and veggies and less goes to waste when I take time to prep them. We purchased a few of the Bentgo Lunch Boxes on Amazon when they were a lightning deal. They are the perfect size and it’s fun to fill each compartment with goodies for the kids.

Main Dishes
bagel with cream cheese & jelly  |  turkey & cheese roll ups  |  ham & cheese sandwiches
pepperoni, cheese & crackers  |  chicken salad on a croissant

Sides
tomatoes  |  cucumbers  |  cheese sticks  |  grapes  |  blueberries  |  gold fish  |  pickles  |  raisins
He also requests applesauce almost every day and use the Infantino Squeeze Pouches to eliminate waste. The other day he said kids were teasing him that it was for babies. I told him that we were saving the world <3

 

PS: You may notice there isn’t always a green insert in the green lunchbox. That would indicate I didn’t do the dishes the night before and hit the alarm 1 too many times that morning. Luckily we purchased 4 boxes and so there is always a spare ready for me!

You have to get creative if you want to put a whole sandwich in the box. If you stack them this way they all fit, they just get a little squished 🙂 Parker said he though it was funny but didn’t care cause it tasted the same!

He LOVES when I sneak pickles in there.

Mini hanburger roles also work perfectly in the main section.

This is a breakfast combination I put together when the kids come with me to the gym. I don’t normally give chocolate for breakfast but they caught me eating a few on the way out and it wasn’t worth the debate on why Mommy can have chocolate in the morning and they can’t. And while some may say I am the parent, they clearly have never heard my 5 year old debate something…

The boxes also seemed to be pretty popular this year so I used some of the labels from my label sheets to personalize it for him.

 

When your @bentgolunch meets your @silhouette.inc 👍🏻#backtoschool #personalized

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Favorite Halloween Books

One of my favorite parts about decorating for the holidays is pulling out all of the holiday themed books we have collected over the years. Some of our collection dates back to my high school years when I worked at Toys R Us and was able to score after holiday clearance deals.

Although we have quite a collection the kids have already found some of their favorites this year.

Plumply Dumply Pumpkin | The Night Before Halloween | Pumpkin Trouble | A Halloween Scare in Virginia

The top row are books I scored for $1 in the Target Dollar Spot. I am really impressed with the quality of the book and the story since it was such a good deal. My favorite is Itsy Bitsy Spider because the story continues past the childhood song I grew up singing.

 

 

Caity Turns Three.

Ah, September 19th…. Every year on the eve of her birthday I find myself looking back on Caity’s birth story and photos. This year though I seem to be particularly emotional since I recently became an Aunt (again!). Watching my sister cuddle a newborn is bringing back all the fuzzy feelings from Caity’s birth and denial that she is really turning THREE.

Looking back I found some of my favorite photos of her over the last few years.

 

I have loved watching this little girl take her first steps, speak her first words, and come into her own little personality. She has no fear and is not afraid to take risks no matter how likely they are to give me a heart attack.

These chalkboards have continued to be a favorite project to record all of her favorites and milestones for the previous year. You can also check out her unicorn themed birthday bash over on my craft blog!