The Twins – Two (and a Half) Year Update

The twins are two and a half, and as I write that, I am in disbelief. I’m caught between missing their adorable newborn yawns and awaiting the age of full fledged conversation. I miss their constant snuggles, which have now been replaced with the occasional “go way mommy.” I long for them to eat a meal as contently as they took a bottle, and for fewer messes under the dining room table. Continue reading

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Baby Essentials for the First Year

As soon as I sat down to write this, I realized I felt like I could write a novel about my first year as a first time mom. I feel like I have gained more knowledge in the first year of having a child than I did in my 27 years living. I also have never felt more lost in direction at times too. I’m sure all first time moms & dads can relate ?!

I can’t wait to share some of our must-haves for our first & I only put them on this list if I plan on using them for baby #2 whenever that may be. Let’s dive into our favorites!

DOCK-A-TOT

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I’ll start with the most expensive one & get it out of the way. It is an investment piece, but for us, it was one that was well worth it & we will use it for each baby we have.  Tucker slept in the Dock a Tot with us from birth to the transition to crib in our room until he outgrew it around 5 months . We think it, as it is designed to do, gave him the comfort of closeness with the way it is structured and made him feel safe as a newborn. It is great for co-sleeping as well. One of our favorites things about the dock-a-tot is how easy it was to travel around with him.We traveled a lot his first 6 months and it was basically like a portable crib we carried everywhere and he slept great wherever we were.

Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle

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I know some parents opt out on swaddling and their baby sleeps find without it, but for us that was not the case. It was necessary for decent sleep for the first 4 months. We tried a few different swaddle sacks that were given to us as shower gifts, but we finally narrowed in on our and Tucker’s favorite. The Halo Swaddle Sleepsack was easily his favorite and he rarely every broke out of it which was nice. It is a regular sleep sack, but has velcro flaps that allow you to swaddle the baby so snug. Between his swaddle & the dock-a-tot, he was so comfortable every night for bed!

Graco DuoConnect Swing & Bouncer

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Honestly- I am sure all swings have the same effect on babies, but I am just going to share the one we have because it was my saving grace for some many reasons. Ours is the Graco DuoConnect Swing & Bouncer. It was gifted to us at our baby shower & we love it . It has multiple settings for speed, different music options & can easily be converted to a bouncer by quickly disconnecting the seat. Tucker used to love napping in the swing as a baby and it was a break for mama as well.  You have to have a swing & bouncer, it doesn’t have to be this one- but it is a must-have for the first 6 months. This one offered both options in one!

Boba Wrap

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Tucker was very picky about carriers. We got every different carrier out there for his baby showers and the only one he took to at all is the Boba wrap.  This doesn’t mean that this is the one that will work for you and your baby, but a carrier is a must. It changes the game for being on the go with your baby and allows you to hold him/her close while still getting the chores done around the house or grocery shopping and not having to carry around a bulky car seat.  We tried a few different wraps and this was by far my favorite . Once Tucker turned 7 months old, he prefer a carrier instead.

Hush Sound Machine

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This sound machine- literally bowing down as I type this. Its a $30 machine called the Hush Sound Machine that fits in the palm of my hand. The sound is so incredible for this little machine and once charged, it can last I know personally for 12 hours straight on battery power alone. It has 3 different sound options. Honestly- probably one of my favorite purchases to date for Tucker. He still uses it to this day every night. If for some reason the machine cuts off or gets unplugged from the wall, he immediately wakes up. I believe we have created a monster.

To finish this up, I know some of these are investment pieces, but after the first 6 months, these were the pieces I walked away knowing they were necessities for both the parents and the baby. I hope this guide is helpful to you if you are pregnant with your first and need some guidance!

 

Love,

Andrea

Five Newborn Necessities – 0 to 6 months

If there is one thing I remember about the first 6 months with my twins, it is that I had WAY TO MUCH STUFF. If I truly boiled it down, the five items I’m sharing here were all I really needed, and they derived from the idea of the 4 “S”es for newborns. I actually think there is a whole book dedicated to this idea, but I never read it. I remember someone telling me to just follow the 4 “S”es – suck, shush, swaddle, sway – to sooth newborns, and it just stuck. Since this got us through naps and bedtimes with the twins, and help keep both parents on the same page, I thought I’d share some of the items that kept us sane for the first 6 months of parenthood.

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Lumberjack Themed Birthday Party Inspiration

Tucker’s first birthday has come and gone. It was such a fun day with family and friends celebrating our little man. We live away from all of our family, so it was great to have everyone drive in and have all of us in the same home celebrating a little boy we love very much.

We went with a Lumberjack themed 1st Birthday and although I bought a lot of the items, this party like everything else we do for the most part, was very budget friendly. He had a blast & was the cutest lumberjack I have ever seen. Here are some of decor from his big day!

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You will see a theme with these decorations. I got the majority of them at Hobby Lobby at a great price. Here are all the lumberjack decorations that Hobby Lobby Offers.

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Layla & Marie’s Nursery Tour

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Here’s the hubs holding little Layla in the biggest, comfiest rocking chair we could find. The bookshelves are actually spice racks from Ikeaand we simply stained them with a natural oak stain. It was a Pinterest hack that actually worked! Photo Cred: Kathleen Bowie Photography.

We took newborn photos in the girls nursery when they were just 14 days old! It was the perfect backdrop! Photo Cred: Kathleen Bowie Photography.

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Tucker Levi’s Birth Story

 

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I love reading birth stories, especially in the time leading up to the birth of our son I was reading SO many of them. It was so inspiring to me to see how each story was so different, but still so beautiful and emotional.

In reality, nothing can really prepare you for this day and how your birth story will play out. It will go how it goes and every mom’s story will be totally different.

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