Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wyatt & Grayson: 5 Months Old & a Giveaway with Little Standout

The boys are changing so much!!!! They are both super close to rolling over. We've found both of them on their sides in the rock n plays. Hence project transition to cribs started last Friday. Last nite (Friday) was the first time they slept through from 11-6:30 without me having to get up and put a binky in mulitiple times. The daily schedule usually looks approx like this: 
Bottles at 6:30a 
Nap 7a-8:30a
9:30a 
Nap 10:30a-12p 
Bottle 12:30 
Nap 2p-4p 
Bottle 7p 
Bed  
Dream feed around 10pm.
At their appointment Wyatt (L) weighed 14.11 lbs and is 25.5 in. Grayson (R) is 14.3 lbs & 25 in. Their heads grew quite a bit making the growth curve a little wonky. The doctor said she wasn't super concerned bc their heads had been very small since birth (normal for twins) so she thinks they are just catching up with their bodies. She also pointed out that Grayson has a Simian Crease, which I had NEVER heard of? Have you? Any thoughts? If you Google, it seems a little scary being linked to some chromosomal abnormalities. The doctor didn't mention anything we should worry about but I've even read it can be linked to autism. Or it could mean absolutely nothing. Trying not to worry and love on these perfect beauties every minute I can!
They are both grasping like crazy and are putting everything in their mouths.I've been obsessed with these Little Standout teethers since I saw them on my friend Planning For Paris Erin's blog!! Not only are the stinking adorable but they are also non-toxic, made of 100% silicone and are free of BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead, Cadmium, Metals and all that other yucky stuff you don’t want to see your baby putting into their mouths. I reached out to Little Standout & she sent the twins each a  teether and offered to gift a reader the teether of their choice. Head to my instagram, follow me & leave a comment!! I'll announce the winner Tuesday nite!!!
These chunky monkeys are still getting 3 bottles of breast milk and 3 bottles of formula/day. We switched from regular Enfamil to the Sam's Club generic version and they tolerated it perfectly. Holy savings Batman, its HALF the price! It's funny bc with Mia I NEVER would have even thought about buying generic formula. With Wesley I tried to buy fancy organic formula, but it made him fussy. Baby 3 & 4???? A DIFFERENT STORY FOR SURE!!!
The joy & smiles these two bring to our family is off the charts. The open mouth, gummy baby smiles are golden rays of sunshine that can brighten any day. How, how, how did we get SO LUCKY???

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School Shopping

It's back to school time in full force over here. Mia did two years of pre-k, but Kindergarten just seems so much BIGGER!!!  Maybe it's the bus, which I'm too nervous to let her ride. Or with Wes starting pre-k, maybe it's the logistics of getting everyone to & from, that has me feeling all sorts of overwhelmed. Whatever it is,  I'm officially a hot mess, overwhelmed mom of school aged children. Help US!
Now the fun part is OBVIOUSLY the back to school shopping. The new backpack, unicorn Lisa Frank folders, fresh hair cut and new shoes were my favorite parts of back to school!!!  See Kai Run gifted Mia & Wes each a pair of shoes for back to school. Usually Damon takes the kids shoe shopping & they always come back with the most expensive, GREAT for their feet shoes, that are NOT CUTE!! The are big, clunky & look terrible with dresses & shorts.  I want GREAT for their feet AND adorably stylish,  like any instamom would!
See Kai Run saved us because they are adorable annnnd promote healthy foot development. More info on their Best in Fit program here. A win for mom & dad  The kids actually went on their website and picked out the shoes themselves. Mia wanted "fancy, fashion shoes and jumped for joy when her Carli's came!!! I'm just super pumped they don't pinch or rub her heels like some of her other "fashion shoes." She has been running and jumping in them like they are tennis shoes! Bonus points to Wes' Sammi shoes for being wide enough for him to slip them on himself!! He has several pairs of Converse that he never wears because he can't slip his foot in. Since I am almost always holding a twin (why wasn't I born with four arms?), this is seriously helpful for getting us out the door on time. Or only ten minutes late instead of the standard thirty.
This post is in partnership with See Kai Run

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Give Me Yo Hand Bro

These adorable dudes had their 4 month shots today. We are behind from when I was sick. So really they are almost 5 months. I've been waiting for them to interact and notice and each other. Just this week Wyatt has been obsessed with grabbing Gray's hand, staring at it & eventually trying to chew on it.  Poor peanuts were perfect while I took these pictures and then lost their minds 2 minutes after. Darn shots. I love these guys so much my heart could explode.
Wyatt: Peas & Gray: Lemons
These adorable "Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy" onesies are from a local friend of mine, Kelly @twinzzshop on IG. Her Etsy shop is here. She specializes in handmade twin sets, and of course has adorable singleton onesies as well!  Support local!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Goldfish Swim School

When Goldfish swim school contacted me to ask if I might be interested in putting the kids in swimming lessons. I honestly balked a little. Not because I didn't want the kiddos to learn to swim but because, HELLO we are so DANG BUSY!!!  I have four kids five & under, my husband works full time, I work three days/week, he's been picking up extra shifts, the kids have have lots of doctors appoints, Mia has dance class & wellll the list goes on!!!! In the end I couldn't say "No." My kids have limited experience in the water and are soooo timid I need them to become more strong and confident in the pool.
I'm pretty sure Goldfish realizes that 99.9%of families are just like mine. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. They've done so many things to make it easy and rewarding for you to bring the kiddos to swim lessons. First off the school itself is BEAUTIFUL!! Seriously the outer viewing area looks like a cabana at a Sandals resort. If you want, you can walk the kids into class come back out, put your feet up and whip out your Kindle for the next 30 minutes. Only downside, you've got to bring your own smoothie! If you're worried about not being close to the kiddos in the outer viewing area don't be. Not only does Goldfish have the teachers in the water with only 4 students, there are also life guards posted all around the pool encouraging the students to keep their heads up so the guards can see their eyes! If you forgot your Kindle and want to be closer you can absolutely use the viewing area right next to the pool. Be warned it's extremely HOT in there!!! Your little kiddos certainly won't be cold in the water but parents may want to wear shorts!!
Scheduling the kids lessons took a few minutes because Mia & Wes are in different level classes but I wanted to get them in the water at the same time. The availability of classes changes frequently as students join the school or advance to a new level. This is a benefit to members because it allows your schedule to be flexible. During the summer, Tuesday's might be your best day. Then school starts and Saturdays may be better. You can change your schedule easily just by calling! I even had a hard time making the first class. I called and said I was running behind and the staff was able to bump me to the 6pm class so I was NOT late and flustered!! Let's be honest, I was still so flustered I forgot the kids towels. One of the guards let us borrow hers. There are suits, goggles & towels available for sale if you ever need them!
Wesley always wants to come to Mia's dance class. Honestly it's a big pain because I spend the whole time chasing him, attempting to keep him out of everything he isn't supposed to be touching or climbing. Goldfish recognizes siblings may not be swimming and need some entertainment. The have a whole area filled with toys, books and even a coloring station. Wes was instantly in heaven playing with his beloved tractors and Mia couldn't wait to color Bubbles the Goldfish!! Goldfish offers free family swim sessions at scheduled times, check with your locations for availability!  Don't reschedule your class just because you have another event the same day. Goldfish has showers and the cutest hair drying station so you can get ready for that birthday party or doctors appoint you have next on your To Do list!!!
Goldfish swim school offers lessons to kiddos 4 months-12 years.  For some serious cuteness check out Girl About Columbus' daughter Ava splashing at Goldfish a few months ago. It seriously makes me want to take the twins! So stinking adorable! They have two locations, Westerville &  Dublin. For more info on Goldfish check out their site here or follow them on Facebook or IG.

This post is in partnership with Goldfish Swim Schools.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pool Day

We crossed off another Summer Bucket List item with our play date at the Hilliard pool this week!! Neither of my kiddos has much water experience and Wes especially is very timid. We love this pool bc it has this huge play area that is only about a 2 feet deep. No deeper then you see in these pics!!  It even has two little water slides. Mia loved them, Wes wasn't having it. It was a little more challenging this summer bc Mia wants to float in the lazy river (with her puddle jumper) but Wes was terrified. Luckily my friend Meredith took the girls and I hung w little boy. Sometimes the mamas don't even get to talk on playdates #momlife. As chance would have it Goldfish Swim School reached out this week and I'm so pumped to be working with them. Both kids are going to get some swim lessons and I can't wait to see them waaaaay more confident in the water!! NO more crying when they get the tiniest drop of water on their faces:/

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Raised Garden for the Bigs

The kiddos have been ecstatic to see the seeds they planted last week at the Fountainside sprout!! Damon loves gardening and  has been wanting to do a giant garden out back but caring for he twins threw a wrench in his plans. So this weekend he threw together a raised garden out of some scrap wood and an old table he ripped the top off. He bought paints for the kids to decorate with and helped them transplant their beloved seeds into the soil. I know nothing about gardening and have the blackest thumb ever. I'm so glad the kids will have green thumbs all thanks daddy.  I love that as parents we each have different skills and hobbies to pass on to our babies. It's exciting to see them have a passion for things that we love too!!
Holy toddler smiles!!
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