So, I’ve kept a pretty low profile for the past few months since I had Ellianna. It’s been so busy around here and I’m sure anyone who’s had 3 in less than 3 years can agree that it’s not easy. So, what’s changed? Everything and nothing! I was a mom before and I’m still a mom, but I’m busier and needed more. I feel like there are days when I’m screaming inside because I need a break and to be alone and other days I can’t get enough of these girls and want them all with me snuggling for the entire day.
As moms, there are so many things that we’re responsible for and have to be good at. I feel like I spend my days moderating my 3 year old and my 16 mo old because learning to share is HARD, and then there are the many tears that I wipe away because sometimes they need to be reminded that naps are important, I play nurse and remind the girls to love one another. On top of being a nurturer and a moderator, I’m also a personal chef for the girls and Ellianna’s only source of food and a house cleaner and educator. I am a storyteller and a singer. I spend time out shopping with all of the girls by myself and that for me is HARD – probably just as hard as it is for the girls to share. There are times when I have to convince myself to leave the house because honestly, to me it’s daunting to think that it’s 0˚ outside and I have to pack up the girls and put them into the carseats one by one – and then repeat that for every stop. . .and honestly sometimes I just don’t want to.
I try to spend late nights working on projects for me or cleaning. But honestly, I am so happy to snuggle with the girls at 8 o’clock and then have a few hours to just sit if I want because sitting is something I rarely get to do during the day. What type of projects? I’m usually designing something or sewing cute little outfits for the girls or doing their laundry.
I have survived 4 months with the three girls and honestly I love it! We get all kinds of comments from people who can’t help themselves when we’re out, but I’m at the point where I make my best effort to smile and think that I’m so lucky and they clearly have no clue what they’re talking about. I get to dance to the Moana soundtrack and sing all of the songs with the girls all day and play dress-up and have tea parties! I love that! I do miss getting out more, and so I’m hoping that once the weather warms up we can get out and take some walks and enjoy the fresh air.
At the end of the day my girls are so smart and amazing and they are my life. I love doing everything for them. Sometimes it’s hard, but everything in life is hard, right? And I feel like that’s what makes us better people and it’s how we learn and grow.
As for work, I am still working, but I’m only taking a very limited number of projects. I work late at night, after the girls are asleep and I don’t have as much time as I used to have, but I really love working, so I can’t stop completely. I have considered looking into teaching classes at a college because that’s why I went to graduate school in the first place. Even if things are quiet right now, the girls are only small once and I know that as they get bigger I can build and grow my business to be really full and busy again. . .but for now I want to be with my girls and help them learn and grow.
Here is my little family back in December – minus Madeline, who is away at school.
With baby girl coming this week, I was finalizing what I need for her and decided that with all my research, maybe you’d like some ideas for gifts or for yourself as you’re preparing for baby, too. So, let me share a few of my favorite new items with you – you would think that with 3 babies in under 3 years that I would have everything. . .but I don’t. I’m pretty conservative about what I buy for each baby and there are some items I’ve wanted since Penelope or some items that are new, as well as things I’ve found I can’t live without. So, let’s get started!
1. ErgoBaby Adapt – 3 Position Child Carrier
I love a good baby carrier and while my Uppababy Vista is an amazing stroller, I think this baby is going to need to get used to being in a carrier because that’s where I see her spending a lot of time. So, when I saw this amazing new carrier by Ergo, I knew I had to have it. You can put your newborn in it WITHOUT an infant insert. How amazing is that! It’s definitely going to replace some of my other carriers because that feature is exactly what I need. It’s a 3-position carrier, so you can carry baby facing out, but that’s okay. The ability to use it without an insert makes up for that!
2. Owlet Baby Vitals Monitor
This new baby monitor is a little sock that fits on your baby’s foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen. Piece of mind while my new baby is sleeping is exactly what I need. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up just to check to make sure my little one is still breathing – yes, I’m THAT mom! I LOVE that you can monitor baby right on your iphone using their app. I always have my phone with me, so for me this is a great fit!
3. Fridababy NoseFrida
Okay, so I already have the NoseFrida and I’ll admit that when I first saw it when Penelope was a baby I thought it was really gross. . .but I’ve since changed my mind. I will say that the girls haven’t loved it, but it gets so much junk out of their noses and with less effort and irritation. I think it’s a must have for every parent of babies. I promise it’s not gross.
4. Clek Foonf
The Clek Foonf is my go-to car seat for my toddlers. I move them to this seat as soon as they turn one. I love the fact that I can keep them rear-facing for an extended amount of time and that it has exceptional safety features. Installation is easy – whether it’s using the rigid-LATCH or the seatbelt with the lock-offs. The only downside is that it weighs a lot. For me, this is okay because I don’t move our seats around, so unless we’re traveling I don’t notice the weight.
This new baby lounger and sleep positioner is perfect for little ones. Because I have a one year old and a two year old, I’m constantly running from room to room and sometimes I’m looking for something comfy to put baby in. . .this is ideal because it’s lightweight and easy to move. I also love that it grows with your baby, so it works great for tummy time or diaper changes and the cover is removable, washable and replaceable, if needed.
6. Nuna PIPA Infant Seat
This is my favorite car seat when my babies are little. It’s the lightest seat on the market and I’ve used it for all of my girls. It comes with the newborn insert that helps keep them in place and safe when they’re itty bitty and it also has a privacy cover – which I love because it’s mesh, so you can see baby and baby can see you, but they’re safe from the elements or from other people who may mean well with their curiosity, but maybe it’s just a little too close for comfort for you! The base can be installed in seconds – literally! It also has a load leg on the base, which means the base is really heavy, but if you’re in an accident it helps keep the seat from moving. When we travel, we don’t bring the base, we just use a seatbelt and install the seat using that.
7. Uppababy Vista
3 under 3 means I need a stroller that can multi-task and this is the one. You can configure this stroller so many ways – you can use the regular seat and the rumble seat, or add the car seat or bassinet using the adapters and I can have Penelope stand in the back on the Piggyback. It has some accessories for baby and for you. I really like the snack tray for the seats, but I hope they improve the mom organizer because it’s not my favorite. The new 2016 Ub is gorgeous and while I won’t be upgrading my 2015, I sure would like to!
8. Ubbi Diaper Pail
We have 2 of these – one upstairs and one downstairs. There are a couple of things I love about this diaper pail and they’re the reason we went with this one over the others. First, you don’t have to use proprietary bags, so once you buy the pail, you don’t have to buy anything else. Second and most important, the pail is a powder coated steel and rubber seals you won’t have to worry about odors. If you ask my husband, there’s not much I dislike more than smells of any kind – especially diapers. I will say that yes, you do smell the diapers for just a minute when you open the lid to put your dirty diaper in, but this quickly dissipates.
9. Timi & Leslie Metro Diaper Bag
I have been on the hunt for a new diaper bag and I have a few things that I love about my current bag and definitely want in my new bag, but there are also some features that I would prefer to have, that don’t currently exist on my new bag. I organize my diaper bag using little bags inside my diaper bag (I’ll do a post on that because it helps so much when you need to find something), but I still love having pockets to hold sippy cups and bottles and other things. This bag has 6 inside pockets and 3 outside pockets! That’s a lot of pockets, and perfect for me. I really like that this bag has a flap to cover the top because my girls like to go through my bag and empty it all over. . .which is not good when I’m in a hurry. I also prefer to have a shoulder strap, which my bag has and this one does, as well. The Barcelona color is so pretty and it looks like it will hold up really well.
One of the first things we need before this baby comes this week was a new car seat, so I ordered another Clek Foonf from Baby Cubby a couple of weeks ago and let me just tell you that their website is so easy to navigate. I signed up for their email list and got an additional 10% off of my order and because it was over $49, I also got free shipping. It shipped that same day – I ordered on a Friday and it arrived the following Wednesday! That’s so fast.
I love finding new small businesses to support – especially since I’m also one. Finding one that understands my needs as a mom and the fact that I want quality products and exceptional service isn’t always easy. The big baby stores don’t seem to be able to explain much about their products and I’ve always struggled shopping there. I really prefer buying from a company who educates their employees and encourages and inspires parents – it’s HARD to be a parent – I’ll take all the encouragement I can get.
What makes Baby Cubby different? I know you can shop anywhere – even Amazon and you might even find a product for less, but I found out that they will price matches – yes, they’ll even match Amazon! I don’t know about you, but if I can get everything in one place without having to pay more, then that’s what I’ll do. They offer free shipping over $49 everyday and I really liked that my order shipped the same day! You can shop in their store (I totally wish we had a store in Massachusetts) and if you spend over $49 you get a free 10 minute massage – um YES! Oh and if you are in Utah and you shop in their store – they offer drive-up shopping where you can stay in your car and one of their associates will come to your car and you can order what you want and they bring it to you. Say what? I can go shopping, leave my kids in their car seats and have someone bring me what I need? Yes, yes, yes! You can obviously shop online and over the phone and they’ll also bring you your order. I’m obviously not local to them, but even online shopping was a breeze.
Check them out yourself. You can shop at http://www.babycubby.com or if you’re in Utah, you can shop their store in Lindon. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Happy Friday! Yes, you read that right, we’re going to have 3 little one under 3 years old. In just a few weeks we’ll be adding our last little addition to our family, making us a family of 6! I can’t even believe it.
The other day I was looking for new stockings to hang on the mantle for Christmas and realized that I need to buy six! We need a completely different style because, as much as I love our Rudolph ones, there aren’t enough designs for our family. So I’m on the hunt!
Madeline’s away at school, so it’s just me and the little girls all day. I won’t lie, I don’t think it’s going to be easy, but I hope they all become best friends as they grow up. The age differences are all really close. Penelope and Magnolia are 21 months apart and Magnolia and the new baby will be exactly 12 months. I do think that as they get older it will be a lot of fun as they’ll be similar ages and hopefully like some of the same activities and toys.
I worked really hard this year to make sure Penelope was potty trained and I also wanted Magnolia walking before the new baby comes and I can excitedly say that they have been made me so proud. Life will just be easier. . .and a lot less expensive without having to go through so many diapers. The girls of course have accomplished other things, as well, but those were the ones that were important to me.
I do love that I’ll be able to dress them all really cute. For Christmas we’re getting them a shared dress-up closet for all of the costumes that Penelope already has and I’m sure the other girls will soon have. Three little girls in tutus sounds quite adorable to me.
Like I said, I don’t expect this to be easy – I mean how am I supposed to get all three of them to the car at once? I’m pretty sure I only have 2 hands and I prefer to make fewer trips, so I think it’s just going to take me a little longer to get things done. I see a huge learning curve here.
I’ve really taken too long away from the blog and have had to think about what I wanted to achieve with it. I’ll still post design and stationery projects, as well as highlight some of my favorite items out there that are gorgeous. But also, because life has become so drastically changed over the past couple of years, I’m going to start to highlight a few of my favorite baby items that already make my life easy, as well as some new ones that I think will make my life easier this time around. I’ll also post some fun craft projects that you canDIY and maybe some fun kids craft projects, too. Hopefully this will make the blog more useful and fun and interactive, too.
So, I’m excited about this new adventure, as we add another little princess to our family. Thank you for joining us, as we learn the ropes and learn from our mistakes. I will continue to take on design projects, but I am taking a break from custom projects until after the new year. If you need monogrammed stationery or birthday invitations with a design that already exists, please feel free to send me an email. Happy Fall!