Friday, July 25, 2014

Baby #2 must haves

Thankfully with all my research and help from friends I feel like I registered for and had the best items for baby #1. We knew Lord willing that we wanted more children in our future so we also tried to plan ahead for baby #2 and buy things that would make adding onto easy....here is my list of the essentials and things we needed to purchase for sweet Cayson's arrival. I can say they have all been purchased and he can arrive any day after Tuesday when Dr. T gets back in town:) But not a day before then ha! My full registry post can be found here. I plan to resuse all of the items on that list and these are my additional needs..
Baby#2 must haves
Summer Infant Baby Monitor- we bought this monitor knowing it would easy and convenient to just buy the additional camera...you can add up to 4 cameras on one monitor...I know I will be that mother with her kids on the monitor until they are old enough to care...probably when headed off to college...haha...I kid...we had a cracked screen so that was our full intention but we ended up having to buy a full new one with 2 cameras but if you were lucky it is so easy to spend less than $100 to add a camera onto your existing Summer Infant monitor....we love this monitor, it is touch screen, has night vision, a talk back mode so you can talk to your sweet baby from the other room, and a zoom in feature-to make sure your baby is moving/breathing-the crazy nervous mom that I am loves this feature:)

Mattress- This has been by far the best deal on an Organic mattress that I have found...it is the perfect firmness and even has a toddler size...we have the same one for Isabella and love it

Mattress pad-like the mattress this is the same one we had for Isabella and was the best deal on an Organic cover as I could find

Sound machine-Isabella loves, loves her Sleep sheep and lamb and when I saw this adorable owl I knew this is the one we needed for sweet boy...Isabella from very young learned how to turn it on and change the sounds...it also doesn't get too loud so I feel comfortable with it right in her bed

Wipes warmer- we have a primary diaper changing station downstairs that we use most often but we do change the little ones diapers upstairs on occasion so an extra wipes warmer and diaper genie have been purchased

Changing pad-like I said above 99% of the time I change Isabella's diaper downstairs but right before bed or when she first wakes up we will change diapers in her room...I think with baby #2 I will probably need to use their rooms more often for diapers/clothes etc rather than take over the office so we are preparing for that

Pack n play-we haven't actually purchased a second pack n play yet but are prepared to once I go back to work...we may need an extra for nap times etc...since when Isabella is not at home she still sleeps in hers but for now we will just use the one we have

Not pictured above is the Rock n Play...I know so many people who have sworn by them and we actually purchased one from a friend...I absolutely loved our swing, boppy lounger and rocker with Isabella but I think this will come in handy for quick traveling etc since I have a busy toddler on my hands and I'm sure short attention span and frequent room changes will continue;)


baby#2 must haves

City select- By far one of our best purchases ever....this stroller is a rock star...I can't tell you how many times I get stopped, complimented or asked about this stroller, especially if you plan on having more than one child this stroller is a must...all we have had to purchase was the additional seat and I also purchased the adorable skate board that attaches to it for when Isabella has her toddler moments and wants down at least she can easily hop on and ride when we need her to!

Bumbo-I needed a new bumbo since I refuse to force our son to sit in a pink one...same goes for our boppy lounger...both of these were life savers for me...I also fully expect Isabella to think she will need to sit in her bumbo, chair, etc after all they are "Mine" :) The boppy lounger is how I was able to shower when Isabella was an infant...she would sleep, play, etc in it happily (usually) while I showered...I made my self shower, get dressed and put on makeup everyday...its how I kept myself sane:)

Car seat-obviously while Cayson is little we will continue to use the Britax Chaperone we used for Isabella but already have this convertible one ready to go for when he is big enough...hopefully he will need it much sooner than our little Isabella. In the meantime it will be Isabella's extra seat in daddy's car where she never rides;) In my opinion Britax far exceeds all other car seats...its durability and safety ratings far exceed its competitors...


These are my anticipated needs so far...I'm sure I may come back with an updated list once brother arrives but I will update along the way...I know there are army men, cars, trucks, trains in our future as well:) All things boy that I must learn!

T-14 days or less!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jesus Loves Me

I absolutely love and adore all the small shops out there these days....I love getting to support other shops and mommas....I first purchased this adorable shirt below....it has so much meaning to me...I hand painted this verse on Isabella's wall and truly want her to know and believe this verse...I love what Tink and Key has created in all her shirts...they all have a special meaning...I bought her precious Miracle Baby shirt for a sweet patient/friend that has proven to be a complete Miracle...I've already bought sweet Cayson this shirt....based on the verse Hebrews 6:19 "We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure"- Cayson represents so much hope for us...you can read the story here....so when I saw this "Jesus loves me" shirt I knew we HAD to have it...I sing this song to Isabella every night...along with many others:)....she was quite precious running around after playing in the splash pad this weekend in this shirt...it's so adorable, soft and I loved watching her sheer joy, spreading all over the park as she ran around sharing this message...PERFECTION.....you must run over to Tink and Key's Etsy shop now:) 


















shirt: c/o Tink and Key 
Hair clip: Charlie Coco's


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

20 Months


20 whole months....where does the time go?? I can't believe you are only 4 months from being 2....ahhh!!

You have been so incredibly fun lately....you just talk, and talk, and talk....it is my favorite...half the time I have no idea what you are saying but I love it...you say "momma" probably 500x a day and it makes my heart smile every time....

You love, love your doggies still and Rose (Heather & Sasha's boxer)...you love to boss them around and say "mon" asking them to follow you...

You have started a new thing that every night when you head to bed you say good night to everything and everyone it usually starts like this "Nigh dada, nigh Zoe, nigh Diddie, nigh Wose, nigh boon, nigh Mimi, nigh Nana, nigh".....and so on and so on!! It is absolutely precious!!

You are still a great sleeper and strangely don't mind going "nigh, nigh"...I will tell you its time for nigh, night and you will grab lovie, Minnie and kiss dadda night, night and head for the stairs...we have our routine of brushing your teeth...you turn on the water and help me, read a few hundred books that you have named "Jesus, bebe, Lovu, Rawr, LaLaLa, Moo"....then we sing, rockie and you lay right down...so thankful for such a great sleeper..

Praying you are ready for our house to be rocked any day now with baby brother's arrival...we have tried to make the best of our last few weeks together and plan to have special date days with you so you always feel special....we love you more than you could ever imagine...

You love.... the pool, swimming, doggies, cherries, peas, going bye-bye, going to "pay"

You dislike... when mommy can't figure out what you want, not getting your way;), most veggies except peas and pouches


Schedule is still the same....

8:30-rise and shine, sippy cup + food
11:30-milk + food
12-2:30 nap
2:30-snack time
6:30-7-milk + food
7-bathtime/bedtime routine

7:30-bedtime








Though blurry I love this picture because this is one of your favorite things to do...you think everything is a trampoline and you should bounce on your bottom



Weight:  21 lbs  8 oz (6 %ile)
 on our home scale, I don't think you really lost weight just differences in scales
Height:  31.5 inches (25 %ile)
Head: 18 in  (25 %ile)

Diapers: Size 3 (I bought some size 4 and they just make you look like you have saggy britches)
Wipes packages: 116
Diaper genie refills: 28

Sleep: 7:30 pm-8:30 am

Shoe size: 5

Clothes size: 6-12 months and 12-18 months, shorts 9-12 months

Teeth: 16 (all but your 2 year molars)

Eating: Sippy cup of whole milk 3 times a day (`18oz), and eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 2 snacks in between

Milestones: nothing crazy new besides all the talking:)

New Words: Poo-Winnie the Pooh, Cackles-crackles, "Pay"-play, Pool, swim, car, Wose-Rose, Mon-come on, Boon-Balloon

"Where dit do," "Isabellella," Mimi, Holt, Chaille, button, apush-push, Mon-c'mon, bapples-apples, ano-milk, rahr-lion sound, Mininie"-Minnie, "Side"-outside, Zo-Zoe, "Pees"-Please, sock, Baa "what a sheep says," tato "thank you," shoes, "nack"-snack, momma, dadda, dog, Dixie, Uh-oh, Der it is (there it is), Ho, ho, ho (santa says), Whooo, Whoo (owl says), Woof woof (dog says..sounds more like whoo:), Maci, Baby, Cheese, More, Bailey (the Ellis' yorkie), paci, No, "Wa iz zat?"Abby (the Law's dog),  up, out, water, lion says "rawr," frog, potty

Shots today: None woo hoo!!

Happy 20 months baby girl!!













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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up

If you live in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and haven't ventured to the Perot Museum and Klyde Warren Park...you must go ASAP...don't know if it is just me being sentimental and trying to savor these last few weeks as a family of 3 but we had an exceptionally wonderful weekend around here...Friday we had a fun night with the Granberry's working on some crock pot meals (I will share the recipes later since I constantly get asked for more;)....then Saturday we headed downtown for some fam time at the Perot Museum and Klyde Warren Park....I'm not sure much makes me as a mommy beam more than seeing my sweet girl having the time of her life...soaking it all in, giggling, enjoying some delish food and having a blast....The Perot Museum has such a great little kids area and so many kid friendly interactive things to do in every room....and then there is Klyde Warren Park just down the street....we couldn't have asked for better weather....it was beautiful...not too hot, not to sunny...just perfect....with it's splash pads, playground, food trucks, grassy areas for running, ruff ruffs everywhere...PERFECTION for our sweet little toddler and us of course!!! I recommend grabbing your tickets online before arriving to the Perot museum to avoid the long lines...we purchased ours online right before we arrived and they just checked the tickets on my phone...and make sure you check the times for food trucks before heading to Klyde Warren Park...on the weekends they are typically open later but you don't want to miss them.

Helping prep the crock pot meals...my little helper




The dinosaur exhibit....

she was quite enthralled


Enjoying the kiddie area


Enjoying some yummy food

Splash pad time

If that doesn't scream joy I don't know what does


I wish I had caught her sheer excitement over her mini cupcake

I mean I told you she loved it



Be still my heart

Unwinding and helping with laundry in daddy's socks...

Some pool time on Sunday...


I have some pretty adorable pictures post splash pad fun I plan to post tomorrow:) Swoon...be still my heart...savoring these last moments together and enjoying watching this girl's face light up!













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Foto Friday

iPhone photo dump....because I just can't keep them all to myself...
She love to play "nigh, nigh"

Rubber ducks from her baby shower...if you gave her some just know they are quite a hit

Never realized how much seeing toys lined up would make me smile!!

Getting lovie and Minnie some exercise...

Taking shopping for headband fabric very seriously

You don't watch TV like this


Just doing some serious shopping before our friends arrive

Yep that one bag is full of paint...one of her faves to play with:)


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