Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Wrap Up

So the Easter Bunny made his way to our house on Saturday night, and the little dude woke up to a basket full of goodies on Sunday morning. This year was especially special as, for the first time ever, the hubs was home to spend it with us. We spent the day enjoying a yummy breakfast (cheesy eggs, toast and still, my prego heart), watching our little guy devour every jelly bean he could find (judge all you want about the's Easter.) and relaxing on the couch. It was wonderful. And so needed.

And no, the meaning of the holiday was not lost on us at all. We come from strong a Catholic backgrounds and the beauty, love and meaningfulness of Jesus' death and resurrection is something we most certainly acknowledge, celebrate and appreciate. Just to be clear there :)

Minus the copious amounts of jelly beans Conner consumed (seriously...I don't even know where he kept finding them), I tried to keep his basket relatively low and the candy. We don't really go super overboard here for Easter, just a few little trinkets and things, so I resorted to a theme for the things that would go in his cute little basket.

First, check out our baskets themselves. Aren't they cute?!?

The baskets themselves are from Michaels, and the liners were made by Collen who owns Cuddleboo. You can find some of her adorable creations on Etsy, and she's also got a Facebook page where you can see her latest creations and items to order. She does custom embroidery and makes some seriously cool stuff. Conner even has a few of her kid capes :)

Conner's basket was filled with fun stuff for the tub. The kid has a seriously awesome bathroom courtesy of yours truly, with an under-the-sea theme, so tub goodies seemed only appropriate. I loaded his basket with Mr. Bubble bath foams, Crayola Twistables bath crayons and Crayola Bath Color Dropz that change the color of the bath water (but won't stain the tub...or your kid!). So fun! And naturally, bath time was a blast last night. Fair warning: the crayons leave a little color residue on your tub walls where you've drawn, but a quick scrub with a Magic Eraser will take care of that. The color tablets were easily my favorite...we put a blue one and a yellow one in the tub and it turned the water a super pigmented, awesome shade of green! The dude loved it. The bath foam was super fun too...and it smells soooooooo yummy!

Needless to say we had a happy little camper...who crashed from his sugar rush and slept quite soundly last night :) Stinker.

Hope you all had a great weekend, and for those who celebrate a Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

First Trimester Woes and Retail Therapy

Yep! That's right. If you missed the announcement on Facebook and Instagram...

Woo hoo! 

Everyone and their mom has told me that every pregnancy is different. At first I thought "Psht. My pregnancy with Conner was great. The first trimester wasn't even that bad. This one will definitely be the same".

Lies. I told myself lies.

The first trimester hit me like a freight train going 250 miles per hour, non stop, around the world.
I was just sooooooo exhausted, missing so much of my energy and in a funk. Oh, and then there was that special gem called "morning sickness"...AKA knock me on my ass, make me gag at everything, all day every day pure unadulterated nausea to the max.

Never in my life had I spent so much time in a constant state of pure sea sickness. Not much helped, and I was riding the wave of laying out coloring books and Color Wonder markers all over the floor, with an episode of Team Umi Zoomi on the TV, so that I could lay on the couch sucking peppermints and praying for some relief.

Thankfully, as the nausea let up over the last days of the first trimester, I found myself happy to indulge in a little retail therapy. Because, really, sometimes it's just good medicine.

My first purchase for this sweet new little one was a new Moby Wrap :) Zulily had a great event with them and a scored a super awesome Phillies wrap. Because my babies are born Phillies Phans :)

I've also been doing a little online "window shopping", if you will. For this tot, I'm determined to own a super gorgeous Ergo and I was pretty thrilled when I found this gem exclusively at Nordstrom. It's part of Ergo's Petunia a Pickle Bottom collaboration and it's a beauty, though it's currently unavailable and might even be *gasp* discontinued. Mark my words, this will be in my collection of carriers, somehow....

I'm currently researching other baby items, like double strollers, so if anyone has a great suggestion for baby number two must haves, I am all ears!!

I'm so excited to share another pregnancy journey with you all :) But don't worry, there will be no shortage of crafting and recipes along the way!