Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Style File for the Mini

Dressing my mini is much more fun than dressing myself these days. I love fall and the weather that (eventually) comes with it. When packing up AG's clothes in Texas, I realized she didn't have much for fall. She also didn't have much in the next size up, which she was quickly approaching. So, I've been saving my coupons, paying attention to sales and doing some shopping for little miss. Old Navy has some of the best sales on top of their already reasonable prices. Their fall line this year for toddler girls is adorable. Here are some of the pieces I've already purchased for the mini or things I have my eye on. 

Gap is a hit or miss when it comes to shopping for AG. I only shop Gap when I have Gap Cash or coupon codes. Their pajamas are my favorite on AG and lately, we've been loving their dresses for her.  Here are a few of the things I think would look adorable on her this fall.  

 Legging Jeans 

Have you done any fall shopping yet?  It's hard to think about when it's still in the upper 80's here in Floirda. Maybe all the shopping I've done will bring some cooler weather our way. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

{Baby #2} 9 Months of Belly Love

In just a few days, my second pregnancy will be coming to an end and my little boy will be in my arms.  I the beginning it seemed like this pregnancy was dragging on. I'm sure most of that was due to the fact that I was sick for the first 18 weeks.  Now that I look back, I can't believe how quickly it flew. I knew things would be different being pregnant with a toddler at home. That was definitely the case. This pregnancy was completely different. Chasing around a toddler definitely made the days and months pass by quickly. 

It's crazy to see how much my body changed again. I felt like I was showing so much in the beginning and felt so big. Now, I look back at the pictures and laugh. I'm ready to work hard to get that body back, even though it's going to be hard over the holiday season. 

Here's a look back at the belly (and growing baby) over the last 9 months. 

You can check out the AG's belly growth here

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Bump Date #2} 38 Weeks... Last Bump Date!

We are just five days away from meeting our baby boy. Five Days! On February 1st when that test showed a positive sign, this day seemed like so far away. So much has changed since that day. I feel extremely blessed right now. I cannot wait to meet my baby boy. I cannot wait to see his big sister love on him. I am ready for sweet newborn snuggles and sleepless nights. So ready. This weekend we're moving. Monday I'll be making freezer meals all day and Tuesday I have absolutely nothing planned. I'm hoping to get a pedicure before he comes and hubs and I plan on going on a date after we put AG to bed on Tuesday night. We have to be at the hospital at 5am on Wednesday and he will be here that morning. Eeeek! 

Week 38

Size: a PUMPKIN…how fitting. 

Gender: IT'S A BOY! 

Movement: This child is wild. Every dr.'s appt they comment on how much he's moving. I love it and am soaking it up these last few weeks. 

Sleep: Fabulous. The only complaint is staying up after I go to the bathroom for the second or third time in the morning, usually between 5-6am. 

Cravings:  Sweets, which I'm trying so hard to stay away from. This past appointment is one of the only ones where I didn't gain anything. Right now I'm about 38 lbs gained, same as with AG. 

Aversions: Fish. 

Symptoms: Sciatica is still there and no fun at all. I'm just grateful that it didn't come on until this late in the pregnancy. It usually doesn't get bad until noon so I try to get everything done in the mornings. I'm dizzy every now and again, just trying to take it easy. 

Exercise: Still walking three mornings with AG. I try to do some lunges while we're walking and am holding strong at 10 push ups. 

What I Miss: I'm at the point of needing to stop every now and then because I'm out of breath or having contractions. But I can't say I really MISS anything. 

What I'm Looking Forward To: Setting up everything at the new house for Luke.  The movers are here as I type, moving everything into the house. We're hoping to be unpacked enough by the end of the weekend for everything to be livable and most of Luke's things to be set up. I am just so excited that we're five days away from meeting our baby boy. I cry thinking about it. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AG's New Toy Obsession & A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Alright mamas, time for me to tell you about AG's new favorite toy. You all know that I am all about maximizing learning at home with AG. I always look for toys are not only fun for her to play with but provide a learning experience for her as well. When VTech sent us the  Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ I knew it would be a hit.  

AG said she wanted to play immediately, so my dad put it together for her. It took him about 30 minutes. A few of the pieces were tricky but once he figured everything out, it was a breeze.  AG immediately was obsessed with her new toy. She sat and played with it for a half hour straight the first day. I honestly thought after a few days the her excitement for the toy would wear off, but it hasn't happened.  It's been three weeks and it's still something she plays with daily. She sings with the SmartPoint™ panda and knows how to use all of the little gadgets in the playlet and as a mama I love to see what she's learning from it. I love the shape sorter at the top of the tree house that comes with coordinating shapes. Not only does it help teach shapes, it a great tool for teaching colors as well. This is a toy that provides interactive, multi sensory learning with imaginative play, a fabulous combination.  

The Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ is a part of a series of playsets by VTech. There is also Go! Go! Smart Animals and Go! Go! Smart Wheels. What I love is that they can all be connected and used together for an interactive playing experience. You can find information about the playsets here

Here is some more information about what the Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ provides your little one:
·         The ability to learn about animals, play sing-along songs and more with the included SmartPoint™ panda or other SmartPoint animals (sold separately).
·         A Tree House Hideaway Playset with five SmartPoint locations and six manipulative features including a shape sorter that can help develop hand/eye coordination. 
·         Unique features such as a crank basket elevator that goes to the top of the playset, a swing for the panda and a slide the panda can ride to the bottom.
·         Colorful tracks that can be connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.

Now for the fun part!  My friends at VTech are giving away a Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ to one of my readers! 

I was provided a Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ free of charge in return for my review, however all opinions are my own.