September 17, 2014

Making the Switch: Toddler Bed Transition

Over the weekend we made a huge step in the world of toddlerhood- the switch from a crib to a toddler bed! As soon as we found out we're expecting our second child, my mind whirled with all the things I want to do before baby #2 arrives. We have three goals: potty training, toddler bed, and taking away the pacifier (she still uses it at night to sleep). Tackling the transition to a toddler bed seemed like the easiest, and most exciting, goal to start with first. I had a feeling she was ready to make the switch, especially since she loves hoping into our bed, pulling up the covers, making herself comfortable on a pillow, and pretending to go to sleep.

I talked to a cousin of mine, who has two girls, less than two years a part, for advice on how to go about getting Miss A a toddler bed. Her best piece of advice- keep her involved in the process, the WHOLE TIME. That's exactly what I did, from explaining she would soon get a new bed, showing her different ones online and in the store, allowing her to choose which one she wanted, and showing her different bedding options. As soon as she saw Minnie it was hands down the winner and she wanted nothing else! We ordered her bed and bedding set from Amazon and were surprised at how quickly both arrived, as we don't have Amazon Prime. 

When my husband put it together (which was pretty easy for him, we highly recommend it), she was there the whole time, handing him the screwdriver and pretending to screw thing in herself. :) She couldn't WAIT to get on it, even before we put the sheets on. We had to take down her crib in order to get it out of her room, and when this happened, it suddenly felt so real to me and I couldn't help but break down in tears. 

I cried as every piece was taken out and put into the guest room (which will become baby #2's room) and as I sat next to her on her new bed, reading her books. She was ready to throw us out once we were done, saying, "Bye Mama, goodnight!" I couldn't believe it, she really does surprise me every single day! I know how fortunate we are she took to this so well, but boy, did that break my Mama heart!

She slept the whole night, didn't make a peep, despite my checking on her several times throughout the night. In the morning she woke up happy and excited, refusing to go downstairs for breakfast. It was only after I promised her we'd come right back upstairs that she reluctantly agreed to leave.

So my tips for making the switch- Keep your child involved, the entire time. Be excited about it, chalk it up as the greatest thing in the world. I also think having something she absolutely loves- Minnie- as her bedding set was the key. If you can pick out something together that they're excited about, hopefully it will go easier!

Oh and if you're wondering about naps, so far nothing has changed there. She's still not napping, and she is having quiet time, except now I find her with tons of toys on her bed. :)

September 15, 2014

A Real Weekend Review!

Monday morning, I'm actually not happy to see you, because this means the weekend has ended. A real weekend. A weekend where the hubby was not off for just ONE day, but TWO! I think this is the only time it'll happen this month, so we were so excited to have two whole days together as a family. 

Saturday morning we were up and ready to make pancakes, per Miss A's request. She would eat pancakes (with chocolate chips) every day for breakfast if I let her. Since it was a special day, I granted her request and she sat on the counter with me as I whipped up pancakes. Hubby was still sleeping (not for much longer, as we can hardly wait to wake him up when he's home) as I fired up the griddle and started cooking the pancakes.

There were several festivals/celebrations going on in town and our only hesitation was the weather. It seemed like it was going to rain, all day, so at first I was a little disappointed. It can't rain on our only few days together! Luckily, it didn't end up raining, and we were able to make it out to a new part of the area we had not been to. 

There were lots of shops and restaurants with booths and little tents set up outside. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy and see everything. We visited some cute shopsMiss A had her very own cotton candy, which she gobbled down so fast, I didn't have a taste! 

She really wanted to go into one of the bounce houses, but we figured she's still way too young for them, especially with kids twice her size bouncing around in there. So at the end of the festival we walked by one that was deflating and she ran over, hopped on, happy as a calm. :) 

As if she didn't have enough sugar, I had to stop in to Kilwin's once I saw their sign for pumpkin pie ice cream! It was delicious and just what this pregnant mama needed. Of course I didn't have it all to myself, Miss A grabbed her own spoon and dug right in. 

Later that evening the hubby insisted on putting together Miss A's big girl, or I should say, "Minnie bed!" He's wanted to put it together for weeks now but hasn't had the time. I was a little hesitant about it, as I wasn't sure if was ready for this step yet, but we did it! More details on how it went in a future post. :)

On Sunday we hung around the house, I did some cleaning, then went out to do some errands on my own. I'm looking for some Minnie decor for her room- some wall art, possibly a wall decal, and a new lamp. If you've seen anything please let me know! I had no luck at Babies R Us and will be trying Target soon, as well as looking online.

The rest of this week is looking pretty good for us- a great schedule for the hubby, a baby appointment for me, and possibly some play dates. Have a wonderful week!

September 12, 2014

Baby #2- 10-12 Weeks

First I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to leave me a comment here, on IG, or Facebook congratulating us on our pregnancy! It means the world to hear from so many of you and share in the excitement!

I'm due late March and I'm currently 12 weeks. We found out at 8 weeks but wanted to wait until I had my first ultrasound to start telling family and friends (besides our parents). I really wasn't sure how far long I was and was very surprised to hear that I was already 10 weeks when we had our ultrasound!

I have been feeling very sick to my stomach most days, very similar to how I felt with Miss A. That was a dead giveaway that I was pregnant! Thankfully I haven't actually gotten sick, just queasy most days and food wasn't appealing to me at all for awhile. I still have yucky days, but they are starting to subside. Instead I'm dealing with exhaustion, which isn't easy with a busy toddler running around!

I'm not really showing yet (unless you count the bloat tummy by the end of the day) but I have started taking belly pics! I took this one on the day of our ultrasound, my first "belly" pic so far! I did them with my first pregnancy and loved watching how my body changed. I probably won't be doing weekly updates- let's be real here, I barely have time to write one blog post some weeks, so realistically I don't think I could keep up with weekly posts. I'm thinking I'll probably group them together, whether it be two weeks at a time or once a month, we'll see.

I'm so excited to share this experience with you all and hopefully a new blog look in the coming weeks, along with a new blog name. I don't really see myself as "this woman cooks" anymore, because let's face it, I haven't talked about food or shared a recipe in a very loooong time. So I feel like it's time for a change, as I'm a Mommy now more than anything else! I hope you'll all still follow along when I make the change.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all your words of congratulations!

September 11, 2014

I've Got a Secret...

...that I just can't keep anymore!

That's right- Miss A is going to be a BIG SISTER!!!!

We could not be more excited, overwhelmed, happy, blessed, and freaked out at the same time!

Her only child status is expiring- baby number #2 is expected to arrive in late March 2015!

September 9, 2014


I'm popping in to participate in one of my favorite linkups, Currently.

A Mama Collective

Thinking about: going back to work. But not really. At least, not for another four or five years. I've been at this SAHM gig for two years and you know what, if I'm being perfectly honest- I miss working. Not everyday. And not all the sucky parts that come with having a job- getting up early, looking presentable everyday (can't say I do that now), and you know...job responsibilities. But I do miss working with kids, getting to know a classroom, having co-workers (and adult conversation), and getting a paycheck! I will go back to work one day, whether or not it's teaching, I don't know. Definitely something within education and working with kids. That's my field, that's what I loved.

Reading: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. I've had it on my Kindle forever. I'm not much of a Kindle person, I prefer holding the book in my actual hands and turning the pages, but sometimes I struck out at the library and have nothing to read. So I'll scroll through my Kindle to see what I've got and I completely forgot about this novel. It's an easy read, reminiscent of a romance novel in a sense, but it's a good story.

Watching: Ugh...nothing! I absolutely can not wait for fall TV to start. Mistresses ended and so have all my other trashy summer shows. There is nothing to watch on TV right now. I'm most excited for Parenthood to start, which is in a few weeks. Hands down my favorite show on TV. I'm so sad it's the last season. I'm also excited to see a couple of new shows- The Affair (Hello, Pacey), Gotham, How to Get Away With Murder, and I can't wait for Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead to start again. 

Thankful for: a good week ahead. We have a few play dates scheduled, hubby will be home for dinner three nights out of the week, and he'll have the whole weekend off- the only one he'll get this month. It's also not in the 90s this week, a welcome change to the heat we've been having.