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    Ultimate Cyber Monday Sales Guide

    Cyber Monday is where it’s at! You don’t have to leave your house, you don’t have to get dressed (or wear pants if you don’t want), and you don’t have to deal with those obnoxious lines. You can shop from he comfort of your home, while sipping something. For me it’s wine, sometimes a latte, but mostly it’s wine! So sit back, have your wine ready, and check out these awesome cyber Monday deals! Read more

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    Can I Be The Mom I Really Want To Be?

    Here’s a real mom moment

    It’s only Wednesday and I’ve lost my shit every day this week. I know I’m not proud of it but I’m human. Being a parent is hard. Like really hard. Especially when you’re raising little versions of yourself.  Read more

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    All-In-One Cover Review

    I know it’s Tuesday and I’m just getting this up because well….I don’t even know where Monday went! It’s like I blinked and woke up this morning and it’s now Tuesday!  So for this Mom Monday/Tuesday this sweet mama of 3 sent me this 5-in-1 multi-use infant carseat cover and I love it! You can follow her IG here to see what other things she has going on! Read more

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    Maternity Monday | 32 Week Bump Update

    First and foremost, it’s very important I bring this to everyone attention!! Today is National Ice Cream Day! That is all! I can’t believe we’re coming into the tail end of this pregnancy. The thought of actually having a newborn all over again is getting me excited/extremely scared. I don’t know how I’m going to handle the newborn stage again with now two little ones.  Three kids three and under! Read more

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    Birth Story | Kellan Cole

    Three years ago today, is the day that I officially was given the title, mom. It’s a job that I hold higher than anything I’ve ever before and I am so unbelievably thankful and extremely blessed that this beautiful little boy changed me forever.

    Leading up to his birth, I was so nervous, excited, and scared shitless about giving birth to another human being. Like, I was absolutely terrified of having a baby! The thought of it made me cringe inside and I would sometimes out of no where just start crying because I was so scared of what was going to happen. A little side note, just so you  know how scared I was, in high school we have to take a health class. I was 15 at the time and I remember we went over pregnancy and labor and delivery. They played a video of a women giving birth and I remember the baby wasn’t out yet and the mom was just pushing and pushing, finally the baby was crowing. At that moment I started to get light headed and I laid my head down on my desk and as the mother was screaming pushing that baby out I passed out and fell on the floor!!! My teacher had to stop the movie, turn the lights on, and call the nurse to come wheel me back to office so I could take a breather….THATS HOW SCARED OF GIVING BIRTH I WAS.

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    April 12th, 2014

    It was a Saturday. I signed Ethan and I up for a free birthing class at the hospital just so we would have an idea of what was going to happen. I was 38 weeks pregnant and only 2cm dilated at the time. At the birthing class we learned a lot and saw some techniques to help labor move along at home. After the class we went to a local store and bought a yoga ball to help with labor. When we got home we just relaxed and hung out. Little did we know this would be our last night together at home just the two of us.

    April 13th, 2014

    The whole month of April I told Ethan we can’t go out of town, especially now because we were so close to my due date that we could have the baby at any time. Well Ethan left early that morning to go pre-ride a trail (mountain biking terms) that was 2 1/2 hours away. When I woke up that morning I wasn’t feeling well. Ethan was already gone and I wasn’t sure if I was having Braxton Hicks contractions or if they were real labor contractions. For some reason my pregnancy with Kellan I was obsessed with….Jack in The Box tacos! I know, so gross but I was seriously obsessed. So at 8 in the morning I left my house, drove to JITB, and order my tacos! I came home and ate, still not sure if I was having contractions or not, I laid around watching movies most of the morning. By afternoon my mom called me to see how I was doing. I told her I wasn’t feeling too well. I had an upset stomach and couldn’t tell if my body was getting ready for labor. She came over with my dad and my brother. I packed my hospital bag just in case today was the day! Nothing like waiting until the last minute to do these things. I went with my family to run some errands they dropped me back off at home. It was now mid afternoon. I was still laying around watching movies and having contractions. One of my girlfriends, who was also pregnant, had called me to see what I was doing. In the middle of our conversation I was having contractions and because I was home alone she came over in case I needed a ride to the hospital because Ethan was still out of town.

    While she was here she took good care of me, timing my contractions, and just helping me with everything in general. We had a friend living in our casita at the time. He came in and was hanging out while I was having contractions and then we had couple other friends stop by because they needed to pick things up and they ended up hanging out too. It turned into a big labor party! haha. My contractions were not 4-5 minutes apart and Ethan finally got home! He loaded up the car and we drove to the hospital at 9:30pm. We checked in through the ER and they wheeled me up to labor and delivery. I thought because I labored at home all day long that I was for sure going to be dilated to 5cm. The nurse comes in and checks me and says I’m only at 2cm!!! I was dying! She told me I would stay an hour and if I didn’t change any they would send me home! An hour went by and I was now at 3cm. She said the same thing, if I didn’t change in an hour they would send me home. Another hour went by and she checked me again, I thankfully was now dilated to 5cm that they could admit me and got me a dang epidural!

    I was now almost 1am and the anesthesiologist finally made it to the hospital to give me an epidural. I was so thankful because I was having such horrible pain. After a couple of hours and slowly dilating my nurse realized that the baby was facing the wrong way. His spine was facing my back and not my tummy. Because of this I was having so much back labor and that explained why I was in so much pain. I had to do everything I could to help rotate the baby otherwise we would have had to use forceps for delivery. So for the next 6-7 hours I was trying to rest while I could and do these crazy moves to help rotate baby around.

    April 14, 2014

    Finally in the morning when all of the new nurses came on shift we finally got the baby turned around and at 9:30Am I was finally ready to start pushing! Ethan, my mom, and dad ended up being in the room. I was so exhausted from the whole night that I pushed for 45 minutes. In between pushes I would fall asleep. They were having to wake me up to push. And at 10:15am, my little Kellan Cole was born. Weighing 6 lbs 7 oz and 19 1/2 in long.

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    Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

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    So You’re Ready To Potty Train

    To some parents the thought of potty training is a nightmare they’re not ready to face and to others they are excited and ready to start their potty training journey together.  For me, I was the first one.  When I tell people that I had Kellan day and night potty trained before he was 2 some didn’t believe it. Kellan had just passed the 1 1/2 year mark and we were going on 20 months. I finally said January 1st that I needed to get my butt in gear and get this potty training thing going because baby #2 was going to be here mid March and I didn’t have the time to waste.

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    So like the mom I am, I hit Pinterest pretty hard trying to find out tips and tricks to potty training. I always seemed to come across the, “Potty train your kid in 3 days” or “Have them potty trained over the weekend.” Well I am calling a big BS on that! Maybe it does work more for older kids, I’m not sure, but it definitely didn’t work for us. It took a whole month for me to get him mostly day potty trained. Nap and night potty training didn’t come until the next month.

     

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    So I came up with a little guide of things that worked for us. Some things I found online and others we figured out along the way. If you’re getting ready or already potty training or maybe need a different tactic hopefully these will help.

     

    • Have LOTS of underwear on hand. I would say no less than 10 pairs. I remember we went through 7 pairs of underwear in one day!  Which leads me into my next one..
    • Be ready to wash a lot of stuff. We potty trained in the winter so we just bought extra pants.
    • Sweatpants or stretchy pants work best. They were easy to change and the band was easy to pull up and down when we needed to hit the bathroom fast. Jeans can be a pain sometimes.
    • Personally I didn’t want to clean out a little potty (poop just grosses me out) so we bought a new seat from Home Depot that has a detachable little seat that is magnetic to the lid. You can find it here. I love this thing. I found this to be easier for him to use the bathroom outside of the home too.
    • Speaking of cleaning..when they have their accidents, which they will, we bought kid and pet spray to clean up with. We have carpet in the bedrooms so it helped clean up the mess. We bought it here.
    • We did treats for going in the potty. 1 chocolate chip for going pee and 2 chocolate chips for going poop. I noticed he started to pee a lot more to get more chocolate chips. Whatever works though right!
    • CONSISTANCY IS KEY! That is a huge one. When you start you need to commit because doing it one day and not the next and starting again in a couple of days will confuse them. I tried this a couple of times before I fully committed and he would get frustrated when he’d pee his pants because he thought he had a diaper on and it was just a mess for both of us!
    • Go easy on yourself. Like I said it took us a month to get him potty trained with little to no accidents during the day. It can be so frustrating at times because some days they will be so good and go to the bathroom in the toilet/potty and the next they forget that they knew how.
    • Always have wine on hand. No seriously, for the days that things didn’t go well it can be frustrating and a good glass of wine will help you forget..at least until tomorrow. I didn’t get to participate in it but for the next one I will!

     

    I hoped you found some of this helpful! We’re going to be doing the same thing here soon with our little Knox. Have you potty trained before? What are something you found helpful or worked for you? Remember stay strong mama

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    Toddler Update

    My little Kellan is 2 1/2 years old. Where the time went I seriously have no idea.  I feel like I was just pregnant with him and here he is growing into this little person that I love. He has his own thoughts, ideas, and an imagination I would die to have. I have some questions I asked him. I’m not sure if he’ll understand but we’ll see what he comes up with.

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    What is your favorite color?

    Kellan: “I no favorite color”

    How old are you?

    Kellan: “2”

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    When is your birthday?

    Kellan: “It’s not my birthday. My Birthday in April.”

    What is baby brothers name?

    Kellan: “His name two”

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    What is your favorite toy to play with?

    Kellan: No comment

    Who is your best friend?

    Kellan: “No, you me best friend.”

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    Do you have any pets?

    Kellan: “Doggy name Illy”

    What’s your favorite food?

    Kellan: “Eggs”

    That actually went a whole lot better than I had thought it would! I had to stop him from playing so I think he was a little distracted but he did good. I’m excited to ask him these questions again when he turns 3 to see how these answers have changed. Thanks for reading hope you enjoyed and learned a little more about my toddler.

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