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Summer Break!

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I am off work for the next two months and am so excited for this summer break.  3 summers ago I was planning a wedding and got married, 2 summers ago A was a bitty newborn, and last summer I was pregnant, we bought a house, and moved (A was the best helper).  This summer is my first with both my boys and I am excited to go to the beach, the zoo, the playground, swim class, and on family vacation!

We are going to be staying at a beach house for almost a week and we actually haven’t traveled with both kids yet; when A was a baby we went on vacation a lot.  C was born in the middle of winter and we didn’t really plan any getaways.  So I’m going to do what I’ve always done, which is bring pretty much everything and try to make the rental as comfortable as I can, and hope for the best!  One of my main goals is (obviously) to make sure both boys can sleep comfortably – we have found that bringing a sound machine, familiar books, etc. help a lot. We will keep our mid-day nap at the house since they will definitely need their rest during the day in between beach time, but some of C’s other naps will be more on the go.  My other main goal is safety – I’ll make the rental as safe as I can, and will likely utilize pack and play/pop-up play yard to keep the kiddies contained when I need to.  Overall though, I am just excited to get away from chores and spend time relaxing with my family in the sunshine.  We are taking family pictures with J’s extended family, my sister is staying with us, and it’s going to be awesome!

I love to print out my packing list so that I can pack over the course of a couple of days when I have extra time.  Below is a sample of my packing list for the kids (also if you want to check out baby C’s 5 month schedule, click here!)

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  • 7 night diapers
  • 25 day diapers
  • 7 swim diapers
  • Pack of wipes
  • Sleep sack
  • 4 pajamas
  • 1 Shoes
  • 3 socks
  • 4 shorts
  • 7 shirts
  • 2 swim trunks
  • 1 jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Monitor
  • Sound machine
  • 2 bedtime books
  • Stuffed animal
  • Owl light
  • Blanket
  • Comb
  • Toys/books
  • 7 night diapers
  • 30 day diapers
  • 7 swim diapers
  • Pack of wipes
  • 4 pajamas
  • 7 onesies/shirts
  • 3 shorts
  • 2 swim trunks
  • 1 jacket
  • 4 bottles
  • Box of formula
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 pacifiers
  • Monitor
  • Sound machine
  • Toys
  • Fox lovey
  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol
  • Baby oragel
  • Nail clippers
  • 2 pack and plays
  • 3 sets of sheets
  • Packed diaper bag
  • Monitor/charger
  • Double stroller
  • Carrier
  • Rock and Play
  • Car seats

Update: The first 2 days of vacation went great – both kids napped and slept well at night in their pack and plays, and we were able to stick close to our regular schedule while still getting out of the house and enjoying the beach.  Unfortunately though baby C got sick for the first time ever, and he was in a lot of pain.  I have never seen him so upset 😦  It was chaotic the rest of the trip, but such is life.  Overall though I feel more confident in traveling with our #2andunder and am super glad I packed that Tylenol!!

 

 

5 Piece French Wardrobe

5 Piece French Wardrobe

Over the last few weeks, I have been on a mission to streamline my wardrobe.  I have a huge closet filled with clothes that I have had for years and don’t really like.  It pains me to spend money on clothes for some reason, so I tend to hoard whatever I have for years, and then get a bunch more cheap stuff when I get bored with those items and the cycle continues.

I found myself wearing the same basic outfits that I loved over and over again and started to research online to get some advice about how to create a sort of “uniform” for myself.  I wanted my wardrobe to consist of basic neutrals that I can mix and match and during my search I stumbled across this article: How to Create a 5-Piece French Wardrobe and Change Your Life.

The basic gist is to get rid of everything in your closet that you don’t love, doesn’t fit, or you simply don’t wear.  Then, get some high quality basics that you can mix and match.  Finally, only purchase 5 non-basic items a season to keep up with trends and add some personality to your wardrobe.  As a result, you will have a capsule wardrobe, will spend less time figuring out what to wear each day, and you will spend less money overall because you will be more thoughtful in your limited purchases.

I went through my closet probably 4 times and kept putting more and more clothes in a pile to donate.  It was hard at first, but then I got on a roll.  I already had some basics that I loved and set out to purchase some other essentials.  Pinterest has sooo many great ideas, and the image above is actually my own creation with (mostly) items that I actually own.  (See below for links to my favorite items)

So after spending the last 3 years in either maternity clothes, or bigger post-partum clothes, I’m pretty excited to build a closet I absolutely love.  If you have done something similar, leave me a comment and tell me about your experience!

Black heels: Franco Sarto

Flats: Toms

Booties: Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry

Shorts: Charlotte Russe

Everyday Jeans: Hudson

Bootcut Jeans: Paige

Black distressed jeans: Express

White jeans: Vici Collection

Blazers: Macy’s

Neutral tees: Victoria’s Secret

Neutral tanks: Vici Collection

 

Back to Work Schedule

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Now that I have been back at work for about 2 weeks, I kind of have a schedule for myself down.  I don’t like to feel stressed, and this schedule has allowed that freedom for me.  As for Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays – I don’t really do a lot!  Those days are for fun times, going to the zoo, mall, or Sea World, and for just having a good time together.

Time Activity
5:30am Get up and get ready

Make everyone breakfast

Pack car

Eat my breakfast

Use any extra time to straighten, blog, or relax with some coffee!

6:30am Get kids up, changed, dressed

A breakfast, C bottle

A sunscreen

Playtime

7:15am Leave for daycare
8:00am-3:00pm Kids at daycare, me at work
3:15pm Pick kids up and drive home
4:00pm-5:30pm Playtime!!!

Wash bottles

5:30pm Family dinner
6/6:15pm C bedtime routine

A playtime

7/7:15pm A bedtime routine
7:30pm Pack lunch, shower, lay out clothes

Put toys away

Dishes

Quick straighten of house

8:00pm Free time!!!! Hang out with J 🙂
9:30pm Bed for mama!!!!!!!!

Sample Schedule for 2 Under 2

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Okay so I don’t know how, but we somehow have a schedule down two and a half months in.  This will obviously change over time (A’s nap will get later, C will eventually have 2 naps, etc.) but this is what has been working for us.  I sort of forced a 4 hour schedule on C but he took to it really well and we have all been doing great so it all worked out.  A’s timing is pretty consistent, C’s varies 30 minutes but sometimes more.  Here is what our typical day with 2 Under 2 looks like!

Time Activity
6:30/7am Wake up, both boys get new diapers and dressed and fed
8/8:30am C nap #1, play with A – this is a good time for an outing!
10:30am C bottle, watch A play
10:45/11am A lunch while C hangs out
11am Play with both boys 🙂
11:30am A nap (new diaper, sound machine on, lights off) – put C somewhere safe (crib, playpen, swing)
12pm C nap #2 (new diaper, sound machine on, lights off and swaddle if in crib, or you can put him in swing, pacifier)
1:30/2pm Both boys up from naps (sometimes earlier than 1:30, but try to help them nap until then) – new diapers and everyone comes downstairs
2/2:15pm A snack, C hangs out
2:30pm C bottle, A plays
3/3:30pm C nap #3, play with A – this is a good time for an outing!
5:30pm A dinner while C hangs out
6/6:15pm C bedtime routine (put A in his crib with toys, or in playpen and let him watch Frozen or YouTube video) – bath, night diaper, onesie, swaddle, bottle in rocking chair, pacifier, sound machine on, lights off, kiss and say night night, crib
6:30-7pm Play with A
7:15pm A bedtime routine – bath, pajamas, brush teeth, night diaper, 2 stories in rocking chair, kiss and say night night, crib with blanket

How to Keep your Tasks Organized

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I used to hand-write my to-do lists because I absolutely love using a pen and paper.  However, I realized that I often think of something I need to do when I am on the go, and typing it out on my phone has become much easier.  Instead of keeping one running list though, I break it up into chunks  This technique to organize my to-do list has been life-changing; I am not exaggerating.  I told my husband about it and he started doing it to and loves it – here is how!

  1. Download a to-do list type app, such as Color Note (that is the one I use).
  2. Create daily, weekly, and monthly lists.  I like to call mine “today”, “this week”, and then I name the next 2 months.
  3. Add tasks to each list.  Things that I really either need or want to get done right away go on the “today” list (pay a bill, fold laundry, etc.).  Things that aren’t super pressing but I should get to soon go on “this week” (make dentist appointment, send out invites, etc.) And then things that are a bit farther out go on the monthly lists (monthly donation, work on Shutterfly album, plan party, etc.).
  4. As you think of a task, immediately add it to your list.  I would forget probably 80% of things I need to do if I didn’t write them down.  For example, you are in the shower and notice you are low on shampoo.  When you are done with your shower, bust out that phone and write down to get more shampoo!
  5. When you have a minute (I do this several times a day), glance at your lists.  Did you get through everything on your “today” list and have some extra time?  Take a look at what you want to do this week and see if you can move any tasks over to today.

Once you get in the habit of looking at your list and adding to it and re-arranging, it becomes second nature 🙂

Getting Re-Organized

LIS_Curren_Lincoln_Family-60-ZF-0958-96726-1-001-018.jpgWhen A was born, it was like a shock to my system.  On one hand, I was filled with love for this precious baby and felt a huge need to protect him.  I worried constantly about him and he became my main focus. On the other hand, I wondered – what about me?  I was so used to being independent, going to work out class on a whim, doing my girly things like getting my hair done, etc.  Suddenly, I had a little buddy attached to me.  To make it to workout class, I needed to make sure I had enough pumped milk and coordinate with J.  To get my hair done, I needed to ask my mother-in-law what her schedule was like.  Little things like getting through a pile of laundry seemed impossible all of a sudden.

It took me a while, but I found my new normal and suddenly I preferred my new life to my old one.  I got used to relying on others to help me get my “me” time.  For day to day life, one of the things that helped me the most was figuring out what was stressful or challenging and creating a system to address it.  For example, washing bottles after coming home from work to get ready for the next day really got to me for some reason.  After weeks my coworker was like, why don’t you just buy extra bottles?  Um, duh.  I have no idea why that never occurred to me, but problem solved!  Over months this evolved into creating a schedule for chores, meal planning, and pre-making A’s lunches.

Now that baby #2 is here, I am re-organizing my life again but this time I already have my toolbox: figure out what is stressful, and make a plan for it. I I noticed that A sometimes has a hard time transitioning from daycare to getting home for the afternoon, so I have a snack and his water ready to go now and that helps him.  This week C has been needing a supplemental bottle in the middle of the night after nursing (that is a whole other story) so after a few nights of running downstairs and fumbling around with bottles and formula, I started pre-making small bottles and putting them in the fridge ready to go.  I’m finding another new normal now, and I know that just like before, this will be the best “normal” yet.