I can not believe that Evander is already 5 months old and Gemma is 19 months! It has been a whirlwind getting used to being not only a family of four but a mother to two under two. (That’s a mouthful!) I decided to give everyone a quick update and list out my favorite baby essentials for these ages!
As a former teacher, education is so, SO important to me! I cannot WAIT to really do “school time” with Gemma. Because she is only one year old we do not have any overly structured or planned schooling. However, she is a sponge and I want to take advantage of that! Gemma, along with all one year olds, is constantly learning and trying to figure things out. This is such an important time and I am doing my best to lay down a good foundation for her to build her education upon. So here are the things that I am currently teaching my one year old.
My most popular post on the blog is when I wrote about my || failure to breastfeed Gemma ||. I opened up a little bit during the World Breastfeeding Week, about my breastfeeding journey with Evander but I wanted to go into a little more detail here. In all honesty, I hope this post will either encourage someone going through the same thing or just be another story out there exclaiming that FED is BEST.
It’s all the rage to capture a monthly baby photo of your growing baby during the first year of their life. Pinterest is filled with the cutest collages of professional looking photographs. It feels hard to keep up, especially with two under two.
I thought I would show you how I have been taking Evander’s monthly photos. It takes less than 10 minutes and I only use my iPhone. Honestly it’s the only way to get it done. My house is a mess, Gemma is getting into everything. But I get those pictures!
Evander is now three months old which means a few different things. First, he is no longer a newborn. Secondly, I have been caring for two babies under two years old for three months now. That’s a quarter of a year! This postpartum journey has been a whirlwind. Seriously I’ve felt it all. At times it seemed too easy, effortless and joyful. Other times I have called Dallas at 2 pm begging him to get off on time and take the kids on an adventure because I cannot handle them anymore and just need an hour of silence. Some days everything is jiving and I’m daydreaming about homeschooling so I can keep my babies home with me forever. The next day I’m buzzed on coffee and thinking about going back to work so I can get out of the house and interact with adults.
Like every good birth story, we’ve got to start at the beginning. Thursday the 17th, one week before Van made his appearance I opted to have a cervical check and found out I was 2cm dilated and 60% effaced. I tried not to get my hopes up just in case Bubba decided not to come a week early like his sister. But I was still really hoping for a Memorial Weekend Birthday!
Okay you guys it is getting real! We are officially TWO days away from our “Baby Window” (more on that in a minute) and SIXTEEN days away from our actual due date. I am beyond ready to finally hold our precious Bubs. So I have decided to talk about my hospital bag which is now completely packed and ready to go.
Mother’s Day is in just a few days. I can not believe I am about to celebrate my SECOND Mother’s Day just weeks before welcoming my SECOND child. Life is crazy and definitely has a way of catching you off guard! I am a really horrible gift giver so instead of listing out super awesome gift ideas, I am just going to show you my own personal Mother’s Day wish list. Feel free to take any ideas and run with them for yourself or your own mom.
I am deciding to use a midwife for my second pregnancy. It is NOT because I want a home birth. It is NOT because I want a water birth, or even because I want to labor and deliver with out medication. However, after doing my research I have decided that using a midwife is still the best route for me. Let me tell you why.
Hello Third Trimester! The countdown to baby Evander is getting real. We have exactly 53 days until we hit our “baby window”. Gemma was born at 39 weeks and 0 days, so I’m predicting Evander’s arrival to fall somewhere in between 38-41 weeks. I am in full on nesting mode and I wanted to share a little bit about what I am doing this time around to prepare.