Owen is about to be 1 (where has the time gone?) and I realized that I never shared his Gender Reveal pictures!

We found out that Owen was a boy on our 12 week ultrasound check up! He was not shy and showed the tech, Jaime and I that he was a HE! Lol! He was rolling around with his legs wide open and there it was.. BOY!

So although Jaime and I knew that he was a boy right away, we kept it a secret and did our baby announcement photoshoot a little differently, we also made it a gender reveal shoot!

For our gender reveal we chose to do smoke bombs! We got the idea from our friend and photographer Amanda and loved it! I knew right away that that’s how I wanted to announce that I was having a baby boy!

Check out my favorite pictures from our photoshoot below. <3

We were so excited to be adding a little guy to the family!!! Our little party of 3 was becoming a party of 4 in the best way possible!

Big Sister looking less than thrilled, lol! I’m pretty sure she just didn’t care to smile at the camera, because at this point she had NO IDEA how much her life would be changing!

It’s so funny, looking back at these pictures because she still makes that same face and side eye when she does not want to deal with whatever is going on at the moment!

So in love with my little family! ♥ One of each!
A princess and now a prince!

Can you say cutest Big Sister EVER?! I miss her big blue eyes!
Still sad that they got darker!

Proud Mommy & Daddy!

Did you have a Gender Reveal Photoshoot? If not, would you?
I think they are a super cute way to not only announce your baby’s gender to the world, but also to have as a beautiful memory! IF we ever decide on a third baby I want to keep their gender a secret since I already have a girl and a boy. 🙂

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Ugh! So it looks like The Terrible Two’s are here! Man and is it HARD!

Emma has always been a super sweet girl, she has been calm and an all around happy child. Polite, respectful and fun, but oh my gosh the tantrums have begun!

Now, I’m not saying that Emma isn’t sweet or happy anymore, that’s not it at all! When she is in a good mood she’s herself, but lately when she doesn’t get her way she LOSES IT!

I’m not saying little cries, or talking back, she completely loses her mind and just throws a fit sometimes!!! Don’t you dare say no to her, she will “argue” with you and while sometimes it’s cute and funny to watch, it’s mostly frustrating!

I’m sure a lot of you can relate with toddler tantrums, but I’m having a really hard time trying to work with her.

I’m human, so I will admit that I often lose my cool after trying to talk her down. She is screaming and crying, and fighting me and I end up frustrated and yelling back. Ugh! It’s SO HARD!

Yesterday when I picked her up from my parents’ house after work she did not want to get in the car. She cried, and yelled at me, and refused to sit still so I could clip her in. That was a tough one because in order to get her home, I obviously NEED to have her safely strapped in her car seat. Have you ever tried to clip a screaming toddler in their car seat while not only are they losing their sh*t, but they are throwing themselves off the car seat, pushing your hands off, taking their arms out of the straps… Ahhhh!!!

I ended up being able to strap her in, she complained all the way home (8 minute drive LOL) and on the way home I told her that she was going to go to time out.

She went to time out, still extremely upset. As smart as she is, I honestly don’t think she understands time out yet. I kept asking her if she was going to be nice and she kept saying no. She was upset and whining, she just wanted to get out of time out.

I needed a time out too! I needed the time to cool off, let her cry it out and just walk away for a few minutes.

After time out was done, I calmly explained to her that she can’t scream at Mommy, and that she needs to be safe in the car and let me strap her in her car seat. Again, I don’t think she understood much of what I was saying, but she was glad to be out of time out.

I sat on the couch with her and she climbed on top of me and just laid on me sniffling. I told her I loved her very much, and that she needs to be a good listener and nice to Mommy.

After a few minutes she got up as if nothing happened and went to play with Owen. LOL!

I know that there will be plenty more tantrums, so I wanted to know..
How do YOU deal with tantrums?
What to do you to calm your kid(s) down?
What seems to work best?
What did NOT work for you?!

Please help me out and give me suggestions below!!!

Today I am sharing one of my all time favorite baby products, the Sleep ‘N Feed!

I just found out about the Sleep ‘N Feed a little over a month ago and it has become an everyday item for Owen and I! And Emma too whenever she sneaks it away haha.

The Sleep ‘N Feed is a multi-functional Baby Nesting System, serving as a nursing pillow and traveling bassinet all in one! With the ability to transform for different feeding positions and accommodates your baby from birth to one-year, this is a great investment for a growing family.

 

 

The Sleep ‘N Feed has both the interior and exterior cushions in place attached to the base. This position would lie on a flat secure surface, and the cushions can be removed or altered to fit the size of a newborn all the way up to a 1-year-old. But Emma is 2 and she LOVES to sneak Owen’s Sleep ‘N Feed for herself haha! And she definitely fits comfortably!

 

 

When all the pillows are fastened to the base, you create a safe snuggled environment for the baby. In this position, you can place the Sleep ‘N Feed in the bed for nesting and breastfeeding or on the floor for baby lounging.

The Sleep ‘N Feed has so many different configurations, and you can even make up your own to accommodate your baby! As you can see in the pictures above, that’s the configuration Owen likes the most!

 

 

 I love to use our Sleep ‘N Feed for breastfeeding because it makes it comfortable for both Owen and I. To create a nursing pillow, take the two end pillows and place them in the nursing cover that comes with the Sleep ‘N Feed. So easy! When you’re sitting in an upright position on the couch or in a recliner, you can take your transformed nursing pillow and place it on your lap to nurse your baby. For non-nursing mothers, you can place the transformed pillow on your lap for support or bottle time.

 

 

We also use our Sleep ‘N Feed for some cuddle time, or to get Owen comfy before nap time or bed time! I like to position him in my arms with the help of the Sleep ‘N Feed pillows and just rock him in his glider.

 

When you’re done using the Sleep ‘N Feed, it can be easily transported. By folding the two ends and snapping them together by the buckle, the Sleep ‘N Feed is ready for travel. Can you say DISNEY WORLD?! We already have 3 trips planned for this year and the Sleep ‘N Feed is definitely coming with us! The Sleep ‘N Feed  is lightweight and effortlessly able to be transferred.

The Sleep ‘N Feed is made of an advanced high-technical soft fabric called Dintex. This fabric features the ability to not only be waterproof, stain proof, and antimicrobial, but it is also breathable and temperature regulating. It is comprised of 3 layers: the soft, matte side of the fabric is strong and has the ability to stretch, the middle layer blocks the stains and other liquids entirely while still allowing the skin to breathe (this layer is called Dintex), and the lightweight soft side of the fabric is comfortable and warm against the skin.

Another thing I really love about the Sleep ‘N Feed is that part of their proceeds are donated to the American SIDS foundation (sids.org) to fight against SIDS.

I am SO happy that I have a  Sleep ‘N Feed to use with Owen, it has seriously made feeding time and bed time much easier!

Make sure to check them out. 🙂

 

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This year Emma is finally able to tell us what she wants for Christmas! 🙂
She told Santa that she wants a “bunny toy” lol! I have no idea what a “bunny toy” is! I tried asking her what color it is, what it does and she couldn’t give me details, so I ended up just finding a cute, realistic looking bunny on Amazon and got it for her. Hopefully she will like it! 🙂

Besides the “bunny toy“, here are a few of my favorite things for Christmas this year:

Number 1 on the list HAD to be the Cinemood! This little gadget is amazing and Emma & Owen are definitely NOT the only ones using it, haha! Mom and Dad love it too! 🙂 The Cinemood is a 3 inch portable Smart Projector that is kid-friendly with their easy directional button controls. It projects images over 12-feet, from HD 1080p resolution. No connection to computer or wall outlet is needed, so you can literally take it anywhere! You can even connect Netflix to it! Hello!! Best gift ever?!

I fell in love with the dollhouse from the Hearth & Hand Collection when I saw it online. Seeing it in person made me like it even more, and as soon as the line went live I rushed to buy it online, worried that it would sell out! This dollhouse is gorgeous! I love that it has a classic look and nice colors, definitely not an eyesore, haha!

Emma is such a “mommy”! She loves baby dolls, and loves to take care of them. She “feeds” them and puts them to sleep, it’s adorable! I have been wanting to get her a Baby Alive for a long time, and I can’t wait to see her reaction when she has to change the baby’s diaper hahahaha! To go along with her love for baby dolls, I added a doll high chair and cradle to her list too! I love the ones I found from KidKraft!

This Stuffed Animal Bean Bag Storage is one of the coolest kid things I have ever found!!! Not only do the kids get to have a bean bag to lounge on, it also stores all of their stuffed animals! Now, I will admit that I am not a fan of stuffed animals, at all! Emma and Owen barely have any! But the stuffed animals they do have usually end up all over the house or thrown on the floor.. I seriously LOVE this bean bag and I can’t wait to put it to use on Christmas Day!

 Emma is building quite the dress up clothes collection, so I wanted something cute and practical to store it all. I found this adorable “organizer” (?) to keep everything nice and neat together! It has a mirror on the side and space for shoes or boxes. I love it!

When Emma went to her friend Gracie’s house she fell in LOVE with these Water Wow coloring pads. Emma loves to color! She has a bunch of Color Wonder books and markers, but she was in awe of these Water Wow books! You fill the little brush with water, and the water makes the pages come “to life” with colors! Then when the pages dry, the colors go away, and you can color all over again! So awesome, and super cheap! These keep Emma busy for a long time!

I got Emma a cow Farm Hopper as an early gift and she is all over it, lol! She loves to hop on it and already told me that she wants the pink pig and the gray bunny too! 🙂

What did you get your toddler for Christmas? Did you get any of the same things I did?
Let me know below! 🙂

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So my friend Kari showed me this amazing little gadget she got called the STEVA and I immediately fell in love with it! The nugeni STEVA is an interchangeable cleaning appliance that functions as a cordless high efficiency vacuum or a powerful steam cleaner. Both the handheld steamer and the handheld vacuum snap into the universal mop stock, creating an upright cordless vacuum or an upright steam mop in seconds. It’s so easy to use, and it works sooooo well! The interchangeability allows you to be able to clean almost every room and surface! I use the STEVA every day, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that! I love having this awesome gadget!

Emma and Owen each have their own Baby Keepsakes Savor Box, so when they came out with a wedding one I just had to have it! I love being able to keep all of our babies’ keepsakes organized in one place, and now I am super excited to have my own Wedding Keepsakes Box too since I literally have kept everything from my wedding lol! You can use code “LAURA20” to save on your order of any box!

I have loved Templeton Silver since Emma was 3 months old! Nikki approached me to start repping for them, and now 2 years later I consider her a great friend! Nikki is amazingly talented and just started offering more goodies in her shop, besides the best pacifier clips in the world! She surprised me and made me a gorgeous necklace with Emma and Owen’s monogram, each in beautiful silver discs. I love that I get to keep my babies close to my heart with this pretty monogram necklace. You can use code “EMMA” for a discount on anything in their shop!

I love Mom tees! I feel like I only wear mom tees nowadays haha! My friends from Charlotte + Ezra have awesome mom shirts, and I own a bunch! One shirt everyone seems to love is this Mother HOOD is so Gangster shirt! It’s so funny and I always get compliments when I wear it, followed by WHERE DID YOU GET THAT AWESOME SHIRT?! You can use code “BUMPTOBABY” for a discount on anything in their shop!

I am so mad that Upbra hasn’t been a part of my life forever haha! These bras are perfection and I can’t even describe how great they are in words, you just have to try them for yourself! Their Convertible Bra is a game changer, especially when you have nursed two babies, OMG you need allll the help you can get! I have been looking for a strapless bra that stays up for ages! No more pulling up on your bra, the Upbra is it!

Besides those 5 gifts, the iPhone X is on top of my list haha! That and a desktop computer! 🙂

What’s on YOUR Christmas List this year? Let me know below!

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