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Sweetie Pie Organics Giveaway

Sweetie Pie Organics Giveaway

I can’t seem to find much time these days to blog because I’m busy with three kids (duh!) and working on Daily Mom, but I did want to stop by and let you know about an awesome giveaway right now over on Daily Mom for two variety packs (12 boxes total!) of these delicious and wholesome fruit snacks from Sweetie Pie OrganicsThese snacks are perfect for toddlers, school aged kids, picky eaters and everything in between. They are absolutely perfect for school lunches or snacks! (Agh, that reminds me that my girl will be starting kindergarten in just a few weeks! Noooooo!)

Want to enter to win some for your brood? Scoot on over to Daily Mom and enter to win this prize pack that’s valued at $70! Your kids will thank you.

This giveaway ends on August 26th at midnight eastern time so don’t delay!

Little Mommy

The other night my daughter had a sleepover with her cousin, so it was just me and the boys. Needless to say, I missed her desperately. When her daddy went to work the next day, I was left with my two little guys and I got a taste of what it will be like when Leila Jade starts kindergarten in just a few weeks. You’d think that being down one kid would make life a bit easier, but in my case this couldn’t be further from the truth. Leila is my best friend, my helper, and a little mommy to her baby brothers.

When she’s gone it’s “where’s diddy?” (aka “sissy”) every five minutes from Landon. That kid just adores his big sis. In fact, between having a newborn and Landon’s complete disregard for anything I ask him to do, potty training just wasn’t happening with him… until my angel-child-daughter swooped in and took him under her wing. Yes, my just-turned-5-year-old daughter potty trained her brother. That in itself deserves its own blog post.

This kid is amazing. She is seriously wise beyond her years, yet such a silly goofball! She is the most caring, nurturing, loving, kind-hearted person I know. I can’t believe I created her! I highly recommend having a daughter like her before you have any more kids. It’s seriously like having a second mom around the house. Ha! I need to start paying this kid an allowance for how much of my sanity she saves me.

Tonight I found myself in the kitchen tidying up with the baby strapped in the ergo and Landon watching Mickey Mouse. Out the kitchen window was my beautiful daughter digging in the dirt. It was in that moment of calm that I was struck with just how lucky I am. It wasn’t an easy day. It wasn’t a clean day. But thanks to my little miss, it was a better day.

1 month.

My little Roman is one month old already! It’s amazing how it feels like just yesterday we were checking into the hospital to have him, but at the same time, it seems like a distant blurry dream. I already can’t imagine life without this little one… although I do have a faint memory of it being easier. ;)

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Things I never want to forget about Roman at 1 month old…

  • He was 8 lbs at his last weigh in at 18 days old and had already grown over an inch in length.
  • I refer to him frequently as an “angry baby” – he has this siren of a cry that he likes to use frequently throughout the day. He just seems mad a lot of the time.
  • Despite being angry, he is an angel at night. He does wake up every 2-4 hours to eat, but he doesn’t cry throughout the night (just starts fussing when he’s hungry) and only wakes for a brief feeding. I’m not complaining!
  • Every day he is having longer periods of awake time… some of it spent screaming, but also a good portion just wide-eyed and taking it all in.
  • Since 2 weeks old he has been smiling purposefully on occasion. They are getting more and more frequent and soon enough I’m sure we’ll get them all the time. I can’t wait!
  • I have yet to get peed on during a diaper change!!! This may be one of the only “pros” of his kidney reflux situation. With Landon I was peed on almost daily.
  • Roman loves, loves, loves to be worn in the ergo carrier. He’d live in that thing if he could. (Too bad it’s pretty miserable to wear him in our 100 degree weather lately.)
  • He looks like a little old man. He has this crazy receding hairline and wrinkly forehead that just cracks me up!
  • My heart is complete because of this little guy.

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Angry baby! HA HA HA!

Along with Roman’s 1 month birthday came a pleasant gift… I feel like myself once again! Seriously, I woke up yesterday and it felt like the fog had lifted. All of a sudden my positive outlook on life is back and I feel like I have energy and motivation again. Love it! I was a little bit worried there for a while.

Also, I’ve already survived my first 3 days home alone with the kiddos and I’m happy to report that they were better than expected! Somehow I managed to keep them alive and fed while also keeping up with the laundry and preventing the house from looking like a tornado struck. I’m amazed by myself! I even cooked real dinners for my hubby! Now I know I won’t always be that on top of things, but I’m off to a good start. :)

And now some more 1 month pics of my little man…

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Harder & Easier

I’ve been a mom of three for nearly a month now (SO CRAZY!) and the verdict on how I’m feeling about this new role is still up in the air. In a lot of ways things are so much easier this time around. In round three I’ve learned that you just have to roll with the punches – that no good comes from fretting over the small things. This time around I’m enjoying the quiet moments nursing a newborn in the wee hours of the morning instead of wishing for the future when I’ll sleep once again. I no longer even flinch over messy “blow-out” diapers. My heart rate doesn’t increase when the baby cries and I don’t stress out when he’s having an “off” day. I’m happier in the sense that it all feels “easier” and I’m really soaking up the newborn stage and not taking a second of it for granted.

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On the flip side, everything is 10 times harder. Emotionally, I’m pretty much a mess. I don’t want to say I’m suffering from postpartum depression because I don’t really think I am. But, I’m definitely having a much harder time with my emotions this time. I find myself crying for what feels like no reason at all when I get a second to myself. My husband looks at me strangely when I return with puffy eyes and a stuffy nose. I just don’t feel like myself, I guess. I have a feeling it’s going to take a while before I really do. I’m giving myself over to three little ones indefinitely. I’m sacrificing a bit of myself to be their mom. It’s the most rewarding job in the world, but it’s tough.

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I think it’s going to take me a while to get the hang of things in my new life. It’s a balancing act that I haven’t mastered yet. I’m the clown who just can’t seem to figure out how to juggle. Next week Andy returns to work and the roller coaster ride will really get going. I’m actually excited to be forced to figure things out on my own and terrified at the same time. Everything about this new adventure as a mom of three has been a contradiction of emotions. I can’t wait to look back on this season of my life in like 10 years and see how I come out.

The Ultimate Swaddle

I’m struggling with the realization that my newborn is 3 weeks old today. It feels like only yesterday I was packing my bag for the hospital and trying to wrap my head around the reality of bringing a new baby home. At the same time, it feels like I’ve already known him forever. Time, sometimes I despise you.

I could not have survived these past three weeks without one key baby item: the swaddling blanket. Roman does not like to feel “exposed” – he hates getting his diaper changed and is rather fussy when he’s not wrapped up like a burrito. To master a proper swaddle, you don’t need anything fancy. Any thin, large blanket will do. However, nowadays there are tons of great blankets designed for quick and easy newborn swaddling. One of my favorite swaddling blankets to use with Roman is the Cocooi Babywrap Merino Swaddle Blanket.

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If you’ve read my blog for a while you may remember when I reviewed the Merino Sleep Sack. Well, the Cocooi Merino Babywrap is made from the same super fine and soft 100% merino wool that helps to regulate your baby’s body temperature, making it perfect for use in warm and cool climates. This is my favorite thing about this blanket because I tend to always worry whether my babies are too hot or too cold.

Let’s take a look at the Cocooi Babywrap in action shall we?

EXHIBIT 1: Place fussy baby in the little pocket at the center of the diagonal wing design of the blanket. Baby will continue to fuss as you tuck the right wing over baby and wrap the left wing all the way around baby, creating a snuggly little burrito.

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EXHIBIT 2: Watch as baby slowly calms and falls asleep in the cozy cocoon of merino wool.

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EXHIBIT 3: Add the bonus matching wool hat that comes with the swaddling blanket for the ultimate in cozy comfort (and cuteness).

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This is a simple, no fuss blanket that contains no polyesters, velcro, zippers, or other cumbersome details. I would definitely consider it on the spendy end of the price spectrum, but you’re paying for the high quality materials here. If you plan on having more than one kiddo, I’d say it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

Babysleepbags.com is offering a 5% discount when you purchase 2 or more Merino Kids, Safe T Sleep, or Poppet items from their website. Just use coupon code VO5DD2RR.

Disclaimer: I was sent this blanket in exchange for a review. I choose to only work with brands and products that I truly believe in. All opinions are honest and my own.

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