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    The Last Moments Before Birth

    Life got quite hectic the past few weeks. With Harley arriving 8 days early, I went into early preparation mode. I wanted to ensure I had everything packed in case I needed to make a mad rush to the hospital. As 8 days came and went, I questioned why I was still pregnant. Each day that passed was a confusion but I knew it meant the baby was growing still. I cherished each moment I could cuddle with my toddler and I enjoyed the 12 hour night sleeps. I enjoyed the time with my husband where we watched our daughter in awe. And I enjoyed the little kicks and movements…

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    Wet It

    Having a toddler, spills are just an every day, every moment part of life. Especially with our daughter. She will constantly throw her sippy cup on the floor just so she can use our glass. But the minute she brings our glass up to her lips, water spills to the floor. The Wet It is our perfect solution. Not only is it absolutely adorable, I love that they are more eco-friendly than paper towels. One Wet It towel is super absorbent and I love that I can mop up any liquids that our toddler may drop. And on top of a messy toddler, our dog loves to contribute to the…

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    To My Unborn Child

    To my unborn baby, We are getting close to the finish line. As my belly grows, and I get more uncomfortable, I know that in a few short weeks, we will finally be able to hold you. You are already so loved. Your sister finally has been showing an interest in my ever growing belly. She loves to rub lotion on the belly while saying di-do which in her language is baby. You were conceived because of the infinite love between your daddy and I. I promise to be the best mom that I can to you. I promise to be your biggest cheerleader. I promise to show you right…

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    The Best Bottle For Us

    Thank you to ihelpmoms and Nanobebe for sponsoring this post! With only a month and a half to go before finishing nursing school, and our newest addition being born within a couple of weeks, finding a bottle was highly important to me. With Harley, she was exclusively breast fed and I was lucky to be able to pump to satisfy her needs when I was away at school. But with Harley I didn’t start a bottle until 7 weeks of age, and so I never faced nipple confusion. This baby will be started on the bottle right away. I also want to keep the nursing bond as well. As I…

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    Hitting the Home Stretch

    Oh the 3rd trimester, how it feels like the longest few months of your life yet in a few short weeks, a newborn will be joining your family. I remember with Harley, the 3rd trimester wasn’t too bad. I did have Braxton Hicks contractions and I literally thought every little symptom could be labor. Now at 36 weeks with baby number 2, I have definitely seen a difference in what false and true labor are. I have implemented some tricks in this pregnancy to make the 3rd trimester just a little bit easier. Continue to Workout Through Your Pregnancy With Harley, the gym was the first thing I gave up.…

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    To My First Born

    To my first born child, As the days get closer to meeting your new sibling, I realized that I am cherishing these last few moments of us together. Just you and I. You made me a mother. How did I ever get so lucky to have you as my daughter? You are confident, sassy, smart and loving. You have shown me things in this world that I have forgotten to see for years at a time. I will never stop loving you and you will never not be my baby. There are a few things I want you to remember when this sibling arrived. Because of our success with you,…

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    It’s Not Easy

    Today was one of the hardest days I had as a mother. Harley hit a new level of temper tantrums. Anything we did, just resulted in ear shattering screams and tears. Asking her a question, she would respond no daddy no daddy no daddy. No one could get her to stop. The screams and meltdown kept coming. Today was a day I questioned my sanity. Why did this day happen on a day that I’ve only slept 5 hours? This was a day I felt like I could give up. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood makes me want to crawl into a little ball at times and sob my eyes out.…

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    An Important Tool

    Being an EMT in the ER for the past 4 years, I have faced many situations. Constantly children are shuttled in because they swallowed something and parents are worried that it will not pass. Other times we get children who are choking and the item couldn’t be cleared by the Heimlich maneuver. I am so glad to partner with Life Vac and ihelpmoms for this post. Life Vac gives me peace of mind at home. If the Heimlich doesn’t work, this tool steps in. With a quick suction to the face, and a pumping action, you can dislodge the object that is obstructing the airway! It comes with face masks…

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    Getting Closer

    As the days get closer to us welcoming a second little bundle joy into our family, I have been reflecting a lot. Reflecting on how lucky I am to be a mom to a healthy happy 19 month old, a wife to the most amazing and supportive husband around and a daughter/grand daughter to the best family I could ask for. As I grow larger and get more uncomfortable, I want to remember these moments. I want to remember the kicks I get after finally sitting down after a 12 hour shift. I want to remember the way Harley sits on top of my belly and laughs when her sibling…

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    The 3rd Trimester

    Oh boy! You have made it to the finish line! The third trimester is said to be full of magic and rainbows! In a few short weeks, a new baby will be in your arms. You will soon encounter the most pure love of your life. But is the third trimester really that great. Definitely not in my experience. The second trimester was a time where your energy came back. Even though your belly grew, you felt pretty normal. Life is peachy keen. You get ultrasounds, see the doctor every month and start to feel little flutters in your belly that turn into full blown kicks. Well the third trimester…

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