Life with an infant and toddler means staying home a LOT. Like, pretty much 24/7. Jude is active from six in the morning until 8pm (not even joking, he is a wild man, ha!), so we spend loads of time in our backyard! Honestly, what sold us on our new house was the backyard…we knew we’d want to have space for the boys to run around, play and get all their energy out. It was the best decision we’ve ever made…we basically live back here from sunrise to sunset! And like most folks in the time of Covid, spending more time at home has simply been a must. As the weather changes and temperatures drop, I’m reaching for cozy layers and weather-proof shoes to keep me warm – and to keep up with my lil man as I chase him all over the yard!
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I think every nursing journey has its ups and downs. I am thankful to be able to breastfeed, but it comes with its own set of challenges, both mental and physical. With Jude, I ended up getting Thrush nine months in and had to stop nursing cold turkey. With Ezra, we’re six weeks in and already down to one boob (he’s like Jude, he prefers a side and sticks to it, ha). With a toddler to care for and a newborn, I am trying my absolute best to make sure I eat three healthy meals a day that provide quality nutrition to me and Ezra – but it’s definitely hard to keep up being this busy! Since I’m on the move 90% of my day (did I mention we have a toddler?), reaching for quick snacks like the Happy Organics Happy Mama Lactation Cookies between meals is a nice way to add an extra nutrient boost to help support breastfeeding throughout the day!
Our little dude is on the MOVE! Not sure Jude has it in him to stop for a photo anymore, ha! We love watching him grow and feel out his coordination…it’s amazing how quickly he went from walking to climbing to running…and we are all for him getting those wiggles out. Now that Ezra has joined the fam, our morning wakeup call is around 6:30am. While at first it was a struggle (more coffee, please!), now we make a point to seize the day and take advantage of getting out while the rest of the city is still waking up. Zilker Park is usually packed with dogs, workout groups and people in general…so getting there before the rest of the city has its perks, like a good parking spot and the lawn all to ourselves! read more
Let the fall and Halloween festivities begin! With a newborn attached to my body (literally!) and a very busy toddler, I’ll be the first to tell you that my time is more limited than ever. Add the current pandemic into the mix and it’s safe to say I’m appreciating delivery services like never before! Which is why I am so thankful that Walmart has launched their new Walmart+ membership, to help save me time and money with their new offerings! …And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that? I’m excited to share how my new Walmart+ membership is making my life (er…and parents lives everywhere, ha!) a lot easier…
Does your city have fall weather yet? We have been so lucky in Austin lately…75 degree days and cool, crisp mornings have started early this year – which is rare considering I usually don’t consider September to be “fall” at all here (generally, we’re still out swimming to cool off until Halloween!). This drop in temperature has us spending so much more time outside (goodbye, pesky mosquitoes!) which means stocking up on cozy sweatshirts, leggings and all weather boots (and maybe a cute pair of ankle booties for that weekly grocery store run, ha!). Sharing a handful of my latest favorites to kick your at-home fall wardrobe up a notch! XO
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It’s Car Seat Safety Awareness Week (perfect timing to have a baby, ha!) and we are loving our new Britax Travel System with the B-Lively Stroller and B-Safe Ultra Infant Car Seat. It’s an infant car seat and stroller combo, which is perfect for when Blake has Jude and I need to run errands with Ezra. Fear not, I’m still in my newborn mama cave, but for my sanity I need to get out every now and then – but with Ezra nursing, it’s a lot easier for him to tag along! Excited to share the details with y’all today…
Two weeks ago, our world changed – we have second son and Jude has a brother! Isn’t it crazy how you walk into the hospital as one person (Olivia: very miserably pregnant, missing my other little guy already, nervous that my contractions are three minutes apart and we haven’t checked in, feeling pretty certain we forgot our bag of toiletries…spoiler: we did, anxious and mentally preparing for labor) and you walk out as another person (Olivia: mother of two, heart expanded to infinity, running on adrenaline and Tylenol, dying to pick up Jude from my moms house, feeling strong and tired and happy – oh so happy! Our lives are forever changed).
On August 26th, my due date, I’d given up hope that mr Ezra was going to make his appearance. As soon as I hit 38 weeks I felt so sure he’d come early. Then we hit 39 weeks and then 40 weeks and I succumbed to the thought that I would be eternally pregnant. I was a miserable bowling ball, moving slow and barely sleeping…bouts of tears here and there as the discomfort heightened each day (ohh pregnancy, so glamorous, right?).
Popping in quickly to give you some fantastic news! No no I didn’t have the baby just yet… 😉 Although that would be fantastic x 1000…ha! It’s been pretty exciting to online shop for my future non-pregnant body (!!) and thus, I discovered some lovely sales I want to share here. I’m talkin’ like 70%+ off at Madewell (seriously, these prices will make your jaw drop), up to half off select styles at Backcountry (stock up on your Patagonia!), 50% off favorites at Urban Outfitters (their daily deal is REALLY good today!) and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale must-haves (in my opinion). As always, I hope you save some $$ and find something that brings some joy during this really strange time we’re all living in!
I can finally say it: we’re in the home stretch! Currently 38 weeks over here doing my best to stay calm, comfortable and as active as I possibly can. Two days ago the word to describe this stage of pregnancy would have been “miserable” haha ah! (Hey, when you’ve reached the stuffed sausage feeling of pregnancy, I give full complaining rights, ha!). But today is a new day and after a morning walk on a nearby neighborhood trail, I am feeling energized, less achy and overall, content. I know I’m a broken record with this mindset, but getting outside and breaking a sweat (even if waddling at snail pace, like me) really can do wonders on your mental and physical state. Pregnancy is not easy, but something as simple as a daily walk can make a HUGE difference in how your feel!
Nothing like time outside (…and near water, it’s HOT in Austin!) to help revive my soul during the monotony of quarantine life. The days seem to blend together when we are doing the same thing day in and day out, which is why a morning at the lake was exactly what we needed this week. Plus, it felt SO good to throw on a bikini (this one is seriously amazing) and just let my belly soak up some much needed sunshine…and probably the rest of my body, too, ha! Anyone notice that shorts tan? 😉