Just like me

This morning when getting ready both MB and I are in my bathroom doing our hair.

It is silent.

Until she says “You look just like me, we look so much alike”.

Yes we do honey. Yes we do.

And as my mom mentioned…it won’t be long before she is as tall as me.

Sometimes I just wish I could keep her small forever, but I also love the wonderful person she is becoming!

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Today’s Happy

  • That moment in front of the mirror this morning…started the day off with smiles
  • Taking a long walk with all of my girls this evening- the weather was gorgeous, the conversation was wonderful
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100 Happy Days- Part 1

So awhile back when I was up in Flagstaff with a girlfriend she shared the 100 Happy Days movement (check it out here http://100happydays.com) and we decided to give it a whirl.

Finding happy in each day and capturing it in a photo.

I love the idea and have plenty of happy in my life but some days you have to look a little bit harder than others.

I am a third of the way through and looking back at the photos some great moments to remember.

I do have to laugh that lots of the happy are around food 🙂 and then of course family and my home (both the house and Arizona!)

I am enjoying seeing my friends happy moments too!!! Just another fun benefit of social media…sharing happy and smiles!

I challenge you to join in!

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34 Weeks…go to newborn item?

4 weeks and 2 days to go….or less or maybe more.

This weekend’s to do is to make sure we have everything we need for bringing home a newborn.

I ordered diapers and wipes to be sent to MN…excited to try out the new Honest Diaper bundle service. Their designs are so cute!!! Baby B will have the cutest lovebug tush!

The blankets & clothes have been washed and are ready to be worn.

Bottles and pacifiers have been acquired.

A carseat and pack-n-play in MN have been arranged and ours is ready to get hooked up in the car.

The nursery is 95% of the way there.

I am pretty sure the only last thing to buy is formula…..and to make sure we get as much sleep as possible for the next 4 weeks so we have some in reserves ready for those long nights!

It’s been a long time…what is everyone’s favorite or most used newborn item?

 

 

We are back!!!

Well it has been a little while since I have visited the old blog but as we get ready to turn our family of 4 into a family of 5 I am finding my voice again.

While the blog has been quiet life sure hasn’t been.

We now have a darling little 4th grader who is a bit of a tomboy, loves her futbol & football, Downtown Abbey, claims to be the #1 Colts fan in the world, and is sweet as sugar with a little sass.IMG_4823

TB and I celebrated our first year of marriage and it was just as wonderful as it should have been. To keep it exciting we jumped right into expanding our family (1st dr apt two days after our wedding!) and are now a little more than 4 weeks away from meeting baby B.

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You can catch up on the latest here at AZBabyMNOven. This has truly been such an amazing experience, each day I really do need to pinch myself that this is happening. And this gift from the Ks has come with such fun extra bonuses…like extra visits with their family both here and while our paths crossed in OH. We only had one miss when MK and I passed each other in MN as one plane landed and the other one took off!

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We spent the summer traveling, relaxing, watching lots of World Cup, and preparing for Baby B. Baby B prep required a full remodel of MB and my office but it is coming together and I just love it. A fun and modern room for a fun and modern baby!

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In living with our theme, lovebug adventures….TB is starting another adventure at work and so it seemed just fitting that we spent our summer getaway in San Fran where the city just seeps innovation. I really cherish these little time-outs we take….no schedule, lots of great food, good wines, and being together. We stayed at the St. Regis San Francisco which is such a wonderful hotel…I absolutely love it and can’t wait for our return trip!

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That about does it…not much for just a few months uh 🙂

Now we are washing baby clothes, finishing up the last touches on the nursery and reviewing the newborn checklist to make sure we have everything we need!

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A great big heart #kindness

It’s a normal Saturday.

We are out running errands and we run across a homeless man on the corner.

MB is so disappointed we don’t have our blessing bags with us in the car. (A girl scout community project that has been really rewarding). Right after we see the man we pass by a Chick-fil-A. MB immediately says “mommy, can we get him some food?”.

I will admit my first reaction was too look at the clock and think about adding another stop to our errands, but it was fleeting, and we pulled right into the drive thru to get a chicken sandwich and some water.

We then went back the way we had come and pulled up next to the man.

MB got out of the car and ran over to him and said “Excuse me sir, I got you some lunch. I hope you have a great day.”….he leans down and takes the food and with a big smile says “God Bless you”…MB comes back to the car and her eyes are filled with tears as are mine.

She looks at me and says “mom, that felt amazing. I am sad for that man, but happy that I could make his day better”. And then there was silence and reflection.

She later recited what she hears from TB every morning before school, “Make someone else’s day better” – mission accomplished!

She is a special girl. I am so proud and my heart is full.

The sweetness and happiness of that moment continued on all day. We are already thinking about our next act of kindness….

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Nursery Decisions

We are few weeks away from demo…waiting until after our next round of company leaves 🙂 but the planning is coming together.

This one wasn’t as easy as the other bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, or basically this was probably the toughest one we have tackled so far. Coming up with colors and patterns that made everyone happy was a challenge.

I am so thankful we have H helping again! She stopped by last week and dropped off lots of choices for us to review.

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Belly buds and 22 weeks

I can’t believe how fast it is going!

22 weeks. Our little girl is pretty active in MKs belly and last week the rest of the Ks got to feel her kick! Can’t wait to feel it ourselves in a few weeks.

Baby B has also got her hearing now! Since we can’t be around her we had to great creative.

That’s where belly buds come in…

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…a pretty cool invention for surrogate pregnancies if you ask me!

We just record messages and send them via their VoiceShare software to MK and she can play them to her belly buddy!

And if MK listens to them she is probably going to get a good laugh too 🙂

Our first trial was at bedtime and it didn’t process right- which is probably a good thing since most of the time we were “yelling” so the recorder could hear us!

The 2nd time we recorded we got it right. I just put the laptop on the table at breakfast and hit play. We all had a little fun and then just did our regular routine- signing off by calling Baby B by 3 different names…the poor girl might have a little confusion in the name department if this keeps up 🙂

It was great to hear from MK later that night that Baby B had heard from her family 4 times that evening.

Happy days!!!

How baby registries have changed

I will repeat myself over and over again for a while I imagine…10 years changes a lot.

Baby gear is just one of those changes.

Here are the top 5 things I learned when registering for Baby B.

1. The bottles I used with MB are no longer in production and of course TB in true form was quick to say oh yeah they were taken off the market for being so dangerous for babies…its a good thing you survived MB…who looked at me pleading please tell me daddy is kidding. He was and and we have now scanned our first baby item, Tommee Tippee bottles. Bet this gives you a little insight into how the first family registry event went!

2. There is a new store on the baby market and at least in my area gets 5 stars. After not seeing some strollers I wanted to check out the clerk told me to go check out BuyBuyBaby, who I learned are part of Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Not only were the displays so much better but we had a sales rep that was amazing..he walked us through each item we wanted in the store and gave demos and pros/cons along with his recommendations on all products. LIFESAVER!!!! From what I have heard this isn’t a unique experience and when I went back yesterday I got the same kind of help…I am in love!

3. You can now pick a carseat and pick a stroller and just get the adapter that makes the 2 work together. No more need for one travel system and then another rugged stroller to handle the soccer fields…I got the stroller we needed with the safest car seat we wanted. Score.

4. 10 years did not change my favorite diaper bag. Still love the style and design of Petunia Pickle Bottom. Have I mentioned I love the name too!!!!

5. I learned that you don’t really need as much stuff as you think. No more jumperoo for the 4 times MB really jumped in it. No more swing/rocker/chair- going with one piece of equipment that does it all. Yes all the stuff is cute and fun to have but do we really need all those choices. Less means less to pick-up and find a home for!

And on top of all that I learned that MB really doesn’t want much pink in the house…no pink pacifiers, no pink nail clippers, every once in a while she gave in when the obvious other choice was very boyish but other than that she preferred clear over pink! I also learned that 30 min is about the full attn span I can get from my love bugs combined…after that we had MB testing out mobiles, and TB saying we can’t get this one I can’t figure it out (note mobiles were not on our list to look at) and then TB sitting in strollers and MB pushing him around on test drives. Yep time to get them out of the store!!!

 

 

 

Growing up

My 2 little girls are growing up.

One is 20 weeks and doing great in the MN belly. You can read the latest update here on the blog http://azbabymnoven.com/ if you haven’t already seen it.

The other one is 9 and preparing for her little sister.

One of our first projects is to clean our our shared office as it will soon become the nursery. So I made MB a deal. We never fully finished up her room because it was really in between little girl and big girl. If she helped me clean it up we would get new bedding and wall art to complete the “look”.

She jumped right in and I have to say I was really impressed at the amount of stuff she weeded through and filled trunkloads for goodwill…I am also a little in shock where everything came from 🙂

But as she gave away older dolls saving one for she really liked for her baby sister..I realized she is really growing up. Not quite a tween but not a little girl anymore…especially when I think about her going away for her first away summer camp!!!!! She is totally ready…but that is a big step.

We were really proud of her and TB decided to give her $20 over and beyond the bedding for doing such an awesome job…I really have to admit that even after moving in 2 more pieces of furniture the room looks amazing and different, can’t wait for the bedding and art to arrive. She also came behind me and wiped down everything with the magic eraser and Clorox cloths to make it extra clean…rearranging her favorite books series on the bookshelf. (photos to come) But I digress. She took the $20 and with a big smile said I think I am going to buy my baby sister something with this money. Melting our hearts just a little more!

So Saturday we went shopping. We went first to pick out some baby clothes, the first ones we have actually bought minus the required colts jersey onesie.

MB picked out a cute little sister outfit. Daddy’s little princess, she couldn’t do Daddy’s favorite girl and was a little disappointed they didn’t have daddy’s 2nd favorite girl outfits :P, and she even chose a sweet as grandma outfit and one that said I love my Uncle…

Then we proceeded to BuyBuybaby to finish off our registry there and MB really wanted to buy a pacifier…not really for her sister I found out but to try it out herself…she wanted to know what it tasted like…but she didn’t bite when I said if I bought one she would have to use it for 3 hours straight ;P. Anyway we started pointing out all the toys that she would love to get so she can play with too!!! I believe baby B is going to have her own stylist and toy selector covered for the first few years!

It was a fun special day filled with giggles and laughs and love. She is going to be such an amazing big sister and I love seeing how excited she is….we all are!!!!

 

 

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