That’s a Wrap

I hope that this little space called Mama Reorganized has helped you navigate through newborn life, life with 2 under 2, getting your groove back, or whatever it is that you came here to find.

As baby C is no longer a baby and is now becoming a toddler, I don’t have quite as much to report.  At this age, their schedules are relatively consistent and don’t change much, they begin to be able to communicate more, and those feelings of confusion as a new mom seem to drift away a bit.

So, I won’t be posting any more monthly schedules or updates – I will however, make sure to stop by here and add new thoughts or ideas as I experience them.  Now I am raising a 1 year old and a 2.5 year old, and there are many new things that we will face (we are sort of in the middle of potty training A so if I figure that out, I’ll make sure to update you!) and if I find a way to navigate it, this is the spot I will return to to share.

I think I mentioned before that I also sort of started this little side thing as an independent LipSense distributor and it has sort of taken off!  I write over on that website more frequently these days, and it has been an awesome experience for me to have something that is my own without taking time away from my kids.  Check it out!

Thank you so much for letting me share my life with you.

11 and 12 Months!

I cannot believe that baby C is a year old today!!!!  He had a camp themed birthday party and it was so fun.  He has changed so much – he takes one nap now, drinks milk, walks EVERYWHERE, points, says a handful of words, and is the most playful joyful little guy there is.

Around 11.5 months he dropped his morning nap (if we are driving sometimes he will fall asleep for a short bit, but otherwise he doesn’t really take a morning nap anymore), so I put him and A down around noon instead.  He takes a solid 2 hour nap and wakes recharged for afternoon play.

I ran out of formula at around 11.5 months as well, so we didn’t really transition to milk – we just gave him milk and thankfully he liked it and it all worked out.

This is what I wrote on Facebook today about my sweet, sweet 1 year old:

I cannot believe my baby is 1!!!! Oh Curren…..after an easy labor the nurse put him on my chest and I kid you not, he lifted his head and looked right up at me. I almost dropped him I was so startled, and he has been keeping me on my toes ever since.

Curren liked to sleep in 2 hour increments the first 2 months of his life. I have never been so tired, but during the day when Austin was at pre-school, Curren would fall asleep on my chest and there was no place I’d rather be than snuggling him. Baby sleep bootcamp at 3 months got our sleep back on track, but you know how they say you just forget how tired you were when you have a newborn? I WILL NEVER FORGET LOL.

Curren didn’t seem like a little baby for very long….he was sitting up and crawling and trying to stand by 6 months, probably because he has major FOMO. Whatever Austin is doing, he is right next to him doing it too. They have played together every day since that age and I’m so grateful for their special bond. He wakes up every morning asking for Austin, and vice versa.

Part of him seeming to have always been a toddler baby was my fault. The days I go to work are a mad dash trying to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door so John and I somehow stopped spoon feeding Curren food around 6 months as well and sort of left him to it. The poor kid has 2 teeth but we hand him grown up food like it’s no big deal. He complies, and I truly don’t know what I did to deserve such a special son. He has just always fit right in with our family. Whenever we go somewhere, Austin says “Come on Curren!!!” and Curren just scampers along to catch up with us.

Curren started cruising around 9 months, around the time he got his helmet to correct a flat spot on his head. His daycare teachers were actually grateful for this since they nicknamed him Evel Knievel. He is pretty much a stunt baby and is non-stop physical lol. They also call him Leonardo Dicaprio because he is the cutest dreamboat ever. Most of Curren’s pacifiers are pink (Target never has boy colors) so one of my fave questions someone asked me about him (while wearing him helmet) was if “she has seizures”. John often gives the boys baths or showers and I can’t even be around because it is the most aggressive thing I’ve ever seen!

Curren lights up when he sees me or John and says Mama and Dada all day long. He can also say outside, hi, bye, he can wave, he says Austin, he likes to point at things, and he signs for all done. I love when he says Austin’s name and Austin lights up and tells me, “He said Austin!!!!” He loves to play independently, he loves to wrestle and laugh with his brother (they totally do that sibling thing where you just look at each other and laugh for no reason), he loves to eat, sleep, and nap like a champ, and when I tell him not to do something, he likes to do it anyway, look me directly in the eyes, and laugh.

No matter where I take Curren (the zoo, Target, out to eat, the mall, Sea World) he is always stoked and loves to look around and flirt with everyone. (Except pretty sure he ruined a bunch of people’s dinners at Paradise Point on Christmas – that was one dinner he despised).

Since Curren is my second, I had the experience to know how fleeting the first year is and I’ve soaked in every single part of it. I have wanted everything to slow down and this will always have been one of the most magical years of my life. Curren has such a fun, spirited, and unique personality, the kind that is clearly a gift from God. I love everything about him – Happy 1st birthday Cur Cur.

9 and 10 Months!

I forgot to post a 9 month update because our schedule is still the same, and it is the same at 10 months as well.  I imagine it will stay this way until 1 year, when he will switch to 1 nap.  I’ll have some figuring out to do then because at daycare his nap will be at 11:30, but I still like to have both kids nap at the same time so I might try to get them both as close to 12 as I can – we will see!

The last 2 months have been awesome.  C’s personality is growing each day, and I love watching him play with A, play with toys, say “mama” all day, and be the cutest!  We are happy with 2 kids and feel our family is complete, but it is definitely this age when I’m like, “I want all the babies!!”

At 10 months I threw away C’s bottles and he now uses sippy cups.  I find the transition earlier helps because they aren’t super attached to the bottle like they are later on.  Not that there is a problem with bottles, I just find drinking out of a cup is easier, especially at restaurants and on the go 🙂  Here is our schedule for 9 and 10 months….copied and pasted from 8 months with the only difference being a slightly later morning nap.

Time Activity
6:30am Wake, new diaper and clothes, 6-8 ounce bottle, cereal, playtime
9:00/9:30am Nap 1
10:30am 6-8 ounce bottle, new diaper, fruit or veggie (trying new foods every few days), playtime
12:30pm Nap 2
2:30pm 6-8 ounce bottle, new diaper, playtime
5:00pm Dinner (fruit or veggie)
6:00 to 6:30pm Bedtime routine: 8 ounce bottle, bath, night diaper, pajamas and pacifier, snuggle and story, sound machine on, lights off, kisses and crib


8 Months Old!

Not a lot has changed again since last month, which is really nice for this organized mama.  The boys and I have a great routine down which makes each day so fun for all of us.  Baby C finally got 2 teeth, and can sit like a champ.  One day I looked over at A and C playing together and C was just sitting there all proud!  Yesterday he even pulled up to stand by himself.  He is sooo motivated to be like his big bro.

He got a helmet to reshape the flat part of his head (6 months of occupational therapy helped his neck tilt but there was not much we could do about the flat spot).  He has been a trooper and will likely have to wear it for a couple of months.

Overall C is doing awesome and it is such a blessing to watch him grow and to see his silly personality continue to emerge.  He loves to be held, to play with his brother, and to be in the mix 🙂  Posted schedule below but it is exactly the same as last month!

Time Activity
6:30am Wake, new diaper and clothes, 6-8 ounce bottle, cereal, playtime
8:30am/9:00am Nap 1
10:30am 6-8 ounce bottle, new diaper, fruit or veggie (trying new foods every few days), playtime
12:30pm Nap 2
2:30pm 6-8 ounce bottle, new diaper, playtime
5:00pm Dinner (fruit or veggie)
6:00 to 6:30pm Bedtime routine: 8 ounce bottle, bath, night diaper, pajamas and pacifier, snuggle and story, sound machine on, lights off, kisses and crib

2 Years Old and 4 Months Old


Last week my sweet boys turned 2 years old, and 4 months old.  Both ages are pretty special right now – they laugh and smile at each other all the time!  It is so cute.  A likes to push C around while C lays in his Rock and Play, and C likes to watch A play while C does tummy time.

I don’t get to say I have #2under2 anymore, and I will miss that – I can’t believe how fast they are growing!  Raising two little ones close in age has been a blessing to me.

Here are a few of my favorite things about my 2 year old 🙂

Every morning during breakfast he looks outside and says “outside, ball” – if he could play outside from sun up until sun down, he would.

He moves non stop during the day, but always finds time to give me hugs and kisses, and to sit on my lap so that we can read books.

When I tell him it is naptime or bedtime, he happily runs up the stairs, turns on his sound machine, and gets ready for storytime.

When J drinks a beer, A gets excited because that means they get to go hang out in the backyard together.

Whether it has been 5 minutes or 5 hours of being away from me, when he sees me he immediately lights up and says “mama”!

He makes running errands easy – whether it is the doctor, the dentist, a haircut, Sephora, my little buddy is always such a good boy and makes friends with everyone he sees.

J is a superhero to him – they are best pals and A copies everything he does; they workout together, go in the jacuzzi or the ocean together, kick the soccer ball together…It is the cutest.

He loves his brother and always asks to see him first thing in the morning.

When he wakes up, he grabs his book and sits in his crib reading.

He eats man-sized portions of food.  When we go out to sushi, he eats all the edamame before anyone else can get some, and then proceeds to shove spicy tuna rolls, philadelphia rolls, he doesn’t care…anything, in his mouth.  When other people see him eat a giant portion of mac and cheese, I can’t tell if they are amused or horrified.  At home, all he asks for are healthy foods – he loves blueberries, apples, bananas, brussel sprouts, avocado, and eggs the most.

When I tell him it is time to go on an adventure (ie anywhere) he grabs a truck and is ready to go.
He loves to learn new words, play with trucks, kick the soccer ball, and look at books.


Our Newborn Experience


I can’t believe my little baby turns 3 months old tomorrow.  I was so nervous about what our newborn experience would be like – would I have baby blues again?  Would A get used to becoming a big brother?  Will I be able to figure things out, a second time?  Baby C had his days and nights confused for weeks, most of the things I used to do to comfort A didn’t work for him, and sleep deprivation with a newborn and a toddler in the house was a whole new level of exhaustion for me.  But I didn’t have baby blues, A adjusted pretty fast to his new role, I got to know sweet baby C, and we all figured out how to sleep again.  All four of us are healthy, well taken care of, and most importantly – so loved.  J is the most incredible husband and dad, A is our little bff, and C – C is the sweetest, most perfect addition to our family.  We are complete, and I thank God over and over every day for this life.

Writing my silly daily notes of our newborn time together was very cathartic!  I hope that someone one day can benefit from my craziness, and read that part of my blog and see that it is okay to be confused, overwhelmed, sad, happy, and excited all at the same time.  It is bittersweet to watch my little baby sleep in his crib in his big boy pajamas and to see his special personality emerging.  I will cherish the memories of our first 3 months, and am excited to see what the future brings us.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff


C broke out of his swaddle at 4 and it kept happening until 6.  A is a little sick and contagious and we needed to cancel a few of our weekend plans involving other kids, including a holiday get together. The house cleaning service called to raise their rates, and our air conditioner isn’t working.  Since these things all were going on before 9am, I started to feel upset and then I stopped and asked myself, “Are any of these issues big things, or are they all just little things?”  I immediately felt better, even though nothing was resolved at that moment.  These are like the tiniest non-issues in the world!  I was at the zoo with the boys when I had this moment, and I actually turned the stroller around to go back to the exhibits that I was not present for because my mind was elsewhere and this time I was THERE and took the time to talk to A about the animals like we usually do, and to soak in the awe in his eyes and his sweet little smile.

It is amazing how easy it can be to let things get to us, especially if annoying stuff all seems to happen at once.  Taking a step back however and really thinking about a “problem” helps me to see it in a new light.  Yes, C broke out of his swaddle at 4 – but hello! He slept until 4!!!!  Yes, A is a little sick, but he is in good spirits and going to recover quickly.  Yes, we need to re-arrange some plans this weekend but I would hope others would give me the same courtesy if their child was sick, and someone actually came over and fixed the air conditioner so we are going to be nice and cool tonight 🙂

Transitioning to the Crib


**Please scroll to bottom of page for my update on DockaTot** There are so many different ways of going about this, but if you don’t start your baby in the crib from Day 1 (I did not) there is going to be a transition period.  My babies at least weren’t born loving their cribs – why would they enjoy a large flat cage when they could be snuggled in the swing or better yet, cuddling with me?!  I have let both kids sleep pretty much wherever they want at some point or another, but there comes a time where I make the crib happen – the sleep is more restful in there after a certain point, it is safe, and it becomes a space they love.  Well, at least A loves his – C is yet to be determined 🙂

With A, we started with nights at about 10 weeks.  I remember working on crib naps for a couple of months, but it wasn’t until about 6 months that he started really napping in the crib.  As a newborn at night he slept in the Rock and Play next to my bed and we both loved that thing.  But I was going back to work and felt like it would be better for him to have his own space so that I wouldn’t disturb him as I got up and got myself ready, so off to his room he went.  For about a week he didn’t sleep quite as long stretches in his crib, but he got used it and I will never forget at about 4 or 5 months, if you tried to rock him near his crib he would arch his little body away from you trying to get in his crib – once you put him down he would roll over and pass out and even now if you say it’s nap or bed time he sprints to his crib.

I made a little “nest” in his crib to transition him, which when describing this to a friend recently I realize there are actually products that do this for you, I don’t know why I decided to create a makeshift one myself!  Anyway, I put towels under the mattress so that it was at a bit of an incline, then I rolled towels tightly under the sheet into a “U” shape that sort of snuggled his feet.  After a few days, I took the “nest” away – A also started to roll to his side, and then his belly, and he loved to sleep like that so I think he rather started to enjoy the flat expansive surface!

Sweet baby C is the noisiest, gruntiest little guy and J and I decided to move him to his own room at 7 weeks old; I was sad and it felt too soon but at the same time, the 3 of us were barely sleeping and sure enough once he was in his own room we all started sleeping better, so moving to the crib does not necessary mean less sleep.  This time around I have a fancy thing called the DockaTot – it is like a tiny little snuggly bed for baby, and I put it right in is crib.  I will probably keep it in there for a few more weeks until he starts rolling.  C requires help settling down for the night in his crib, but he is getting more used to it each night and once he is asleep for the night, he gives us a good 6 hour stretch usually before his next feeding.  I’ll update once the DockaTot is gone to let you know the final results of the crib transition!

**Update: So the DockaTot website states that it shouldn’t be used in the crib, however I figured it would be fine since you can use the DockaTot for cosleeping in your own bed, so I didn’t see the difference between putting it in the crib, especially when C was too young to roll.  However, one night I was reading online about how babies might get too hot in the DockaTot and that overheating is a SIDS risk and I just didn’t want him sleeping in it anymore so I went to his room right then and there, took it out from under him, and that was that.  He didn’t wake up, and he slept clear until 6:20am so at 13 weeks, bye DockaTot.


Whim Dec 008

I almost deleted this entire blog today thinking about how spoiled and ridiculous I must sound.  My biggest worry has been getting enough sleep for me and my family – lack of sleep is not an actual problem in the big scheme of things.  I talk about hiring doulas to go get your hair done.  I write about must-have baby products that you “just can’t live without.”

I was up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t stop thinking about a little boy I read about a while ago, so I found his story again on Facebook.  When he as 2, he was severely injured when a tree fell on him at daycare in a freak accident.  On their website, his mom writes “When I dropped my happy, perfect boy off at daycare that morning, it might of been the last time I saw his smile or his eyes open or him awake. I will never take another day with my baby for granted.”

This article goes into more detail about this incredible family, and I am in awe of his mother’s strength and perseverance to give her son a beautiful life.  I don’t know what compelled me to re-read this story in the middle of the night, but I needed it.  I ran into both of my babies’ rooms to watch them sleep and to thank God for their health.

I know everything is relative, but I hope the next time I begin to fret about something un-important that I choose to be grateful in that moment instead.