Peter and Thomas GROW — 2 months!

My sweet little boys are growing so quickly and if I don’t write down the details they will get lost in my mommy brain, never to be remembered again!

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At 2 months, Peter and Thomas:

  • Nurse every 3-4 hours during the day and usually give me a 5 hour sleep stretch the first half of the night
  • They started having a ‘witching hour’ between 7-9pm at night.  Luckily Addilyn is in bed while this happens…but unluckily, Scott is working so it leaves me by myself with two crying(sometimes screaming) babies.  And sometimes I cry right along with them.  I feel like I could handle it if it was just one baby…but two? It’s really overwhelming at times
  • They smile and coo at us occasionally.  They definitely aren’t as smiley and playful as Addilyn was at their age, but I blame it on the fact that they are 1.) the 2nd and 3rd child which means we have another child to care for, therefore they get less attention and 2.) they are twins which means they spend even more time outside of Mommy and Daddy’s arms
  • If I had to guess right now, I would say Thomas is the more laid back and Peter is a bit more high maintenance
  • I’m not sure what they weigh, but their 2 month appointment needs to be scheduled soon!
  • Peter is wearing 0-3 month and 3 month clothes.  Thomas can only fit in 3 month at this point
  • They love their big sister and will crane their necks in any direction they can in order to see her.  In fact, the very first smile we saw out of Peter was at Addilyn *insert heart eyes emoji here*

So there it is, hard to believe they are already 2 months when we waited so long for them to get here.  Time sure does fly when you are busier than you can handle 😉 I love those little boys more than I ever thought was possible.

MIA Explanation… ;-)

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SURPRISE!  We are expecting TWINS!  Are you as shocked as we were? ha!  So this is *mostly* why I’ve been missing in action lately.  Right about the time I decided I was going to make blogging a priority in my day(read: during naptime), we got the surprise of our lives!

I started feeling funny mid January, so I got up the guts to take a test and it was negative.  Relief.  Addilyn was still nursing every 2-4 hours around the clock…yes, all. night. long.  So we definitely weren’t planning on adding a newborn to the mix any time soon.  But God’s plans are far better than our own.

Still feeling funny, took a test on February 2nd, which also happens to be our engagement anniversary and it was….positive.  We were shocked.  So shocked.  But really happy and excited.  2 days later I started bleeding and things really weren’t looking good.  Went in for some tests and my progesterone levels were low, which can be a sign of miscarriage….but my beta levels were crazy high and more than doubling every 2 days.  When I got off the phone with the nurse regarding the beta results, I jokingly said to Scott “Maybe it’s twins?!”, mostly trying to lighten the mood because it surely seemed the outcome wasn’t going to be what we wanted it to be.  I started supplementing with progesterone(which looking back, is most likely what saved the babies, because my levels were not high enough to support a pregnancy) and continued to bleed for 2 weeks.  We went in for our ultrasound around what we thought was 7 weeks, but we didn’t actually know.

I had been praying and speaking life over the baby in the 2 weeks I had to wait for the ultrasound.  Praying God would protect him/her and that everything would be fine.

I was so nervous.  Scott and I lost our first baby so I know what an empty gestational sac looks like and I was so not ready to see that on the ultrasound screen again.  I really don’t like attention and I really don’t like people feeling sorry for me(dumb, I know), so when we went into the room, I told the ultrasound tech that I had been having problems and wasn’t expecting a good outcome.  I just didn’t want her to be super apologetic or something and make me feel even worse.

As soon as she began the ultrasound, I was thrilled that I could see ‘something’ in that dark space called a gestational sac.  That gave me comfort, and after just a few moments of her poking around, I knew exactly what we were looking at.  The ultrasound tech says….”that’s interesting….do you see anything different?” and I said “well, it looks like there two!” and she says “yep, and they both have heartbeats!!!!”  I can’t even really explain how I felt.  I was expecting bad news, but not only did the baby we were hoping to see, have a heartbeat, we got a bonus baby with a strong heartbeat too!  I think I just said “oh my gosh….” and Scott and I were looking at each other in total shock.

We went on to talk about how the babies are diamniotic/dichorionic which is basically the best/safest kind of twins you can have.  It means they have their own sac and placenta.  Praise the Lord for that!

Here I am 13 weeks pregnant with twins and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have moments where I feel overwhelmed at the thought of caring for two newborns while still taking care of Addilyn, alone.  But I know I can do it and we will figure it out as we go 🙂

And no, this is NOT an april fools joke 😉 But today is Addilyn’s birthday!  I will post more about her birthday party soon!

How we are warding off illness this cold/flu season!

how to stay wellThe million dollar question, right?!  How can we avoid catching every cough, cold and flu this winter season?  I feel like people are dropping like flies around us and I am doing my best to keep our immune systems boosted over here!  I wanted to share what we are doing, in hopes to help some of you stay well this winter too!  So far, Scott and Addilyn have only gotten a slight cold and I think that is pretty good.  I declare  the sickness stops there! 🙂

Everyone knows we need to ‘boost the immune system’.  But not many people actually know how to do it.  I didn’t.  But I have done a lot of research and now I know.  So here are a few things we are doing:

  1. Eat a diet that is packed with whole foods. This is a must.  The processed, prepackaged stuff just isn’t going to cut it.  We can’t expect our bodies to be firing on all cylinders if we ‘nourish’ it with things that aren’t nourishing!  Plain and simple.  Our bodies weren’t designed to be able to process and use those foreign, man-made ingredients.  Throw out that box and grab the fruits and veggies, folks!
  2. Use immune boosting supplements.  In a perfect world, we would all eat nothing but fruits and veggies, but let’s be real, it’s probably not going to happen, at least not everyday.  So to make up for the times when we do eat a boxed meal, we supplement:
  • Quality Multi-vitamin.  We use Shaklee because they are the best whole foods vitamin there is, period.  Don’t believe me?  Do some research.  You will quickly learn that even the vitamin your doctor prescribes you for prenatals is synthetically manufactured in a lab.  Yuck.
  • Vitamin D3.  Again, we use Shaklee for the same reasons as previously mentioned.  We don’t take this vitamin in the spring and summer when we are outside soaking up the rays, but in the winter months, most people need it and it is a great immune booster. (Addilyn takes the Carlson’s brand D drops)
  • Elderberry Syrup.  I seriously don’t know how I have gone so long without knowing about this magical stuff!  I discovered it early in 2013 and I have not been sick since.  It is a natural immune booster and we take it daily as a preventative in the winter months and then up the dose if we “feel something coming on”.  Addilyn takes the version that is safe for kiddos and one of these days I am going to make my own!
  • High quality probiotic.  A healthy, and balanced gut is essential to staying well.  Probiotics help support the good bacteria that fight off illness in your body.
  • Essential Oils.  There are a lot of oils that help with illness.  But Doterra’s On Guard is one of my favorites.  We diffuse it in our home to kill bacteria’s that cause illness and we also mix it with coconut oil and rub it on the soles of our feet before we go out and when we “feel something coming on”.  I made wipes with it and used it as a disinfectant on the plane rides to and from Texas in November.  I was getting a sore throat a couple weeks ago and I took a teaspoon of Elderberry syrup and rubbed On Guard on my feet and within an hour my sore throat was gone and I never got sick.  I love it.
  1. Wash your hands.  Kind of a no-brainer, but this is important.  Hand sanitizer is great for when you are out and need a quick clean.  But hand sanitizer is so harsh, it actually kills the good bacteria on your hands and may actually leave you even more susceptible to germs.  So whenever we get home from being out, we wash our hands with good ol’ soap and water.  When Scott gets home from work, the first thing he does is wash his hands.  Important stuff 😉

So there you have it!  Those are just a few of the things we are doing this year to hopefully keep from dealing with the flu or other viruses.  I hope you found this helpful and thanks for reading! 🙂

Hopping back on the blogging train, ya’ll!

Has it been a while or what?! I can’t believe I haven’t carved out some time in my busy schedule to blog.  It’s always on my list of things to do, but quickly gets shoved to the back burner with a teething baby clinging to me at all hours of the day and night, ha!  Mostly kidding, Addilyn is wonderful, but teething?  Teething is for the birds!

I really miss blogging.  I miss writing about things that interest me.  And not just Mommy-related things, but things like DIY projects, natural/crunchy things, food and makeup!  I am even tossing around the idea of making some video tutorials this year.  I’m excited about picking this blogging thing back up and I’m excited that you are here to join me!

So expect some new things from my little corner of the interwebs.  Fun posts, real life posts, information posts and maybe even a few videos this year 🙂

Here’s to a fun, productive, happy and healthy new year!!

Addilyn Grows – 5 Months!

How it is possible, I’m not sure…but Addilyn is just a day away from being 6 months old!

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At 5 months, Addilyn:

  • can roll over exceptionally well!  She uses it as her main method of maneuvering around the floor.
  • loves playing on the floor!  We spread toys and tupperware containers all over the floor and she has a ball!
  • her favorite toy right now is a tupperware container filled with large plastic ‘coins’ that go to another toy.  She shakes the container for hours…haha!
  • has two teeth on the bottom, they popped through her gums just a couple days before she turned 5 months.
  • loves to ‘dance’, especially with Daddy.  She lays on the floor and Daddy stands at her feet and dances and she wiggles and kicks her legs and swings her arms while giggling, it’s the cutest thing!
  • is very playful and goofy, she will do almost anything to get us to laugh at her.  And when we laugh, she laughs, I love it!
  • visited Bergey’s dairy for the first time
  • went to the pumpkin patch and pet piglets and goats
  • went to the zoo for the first time, though she was more interested in the kids we were with than the animals!
  • sitting up really well, we can’t leave her because she does tip over, but for the most part she can hold herself steady
  • suddenly isn’t interested in books.  She gets really frustrated that she can’t eat the book the entire time we are reading it…so we are taking a little break from books, but will keep trying!
  • won’t fall asleep on her own, in a crib.  I have to walk her around, wear her in a wrap or sling or nurse her to sleep.  We are working on it though…
  • had her first injury 😦 We were eating lunch while Addilyn was scooting around the floor and somehow she scooted her way over to the bookshelf, we were watching her, but she lunged forward right into the edge of it and once she discovered that it hurt, she kept pushing her head into it trying to scoot backwards, so she ended up hitting her head several times before I could RUN over to pick her up.  Once I got to her, she was already in the crying-so-hard-I-can’t-breathe stage and let out quite the holler when she caught her breath 😦 I felt HORRIBLE!  She had a tiny little red mark for a few hours and then it went away.  I can’t even describe how fast my heart sank when I saw she was hurt.  Poor baby.
  • wakes 2 times at night to nurse, usually around 2am and 5am.  Then goes back to sleep until 7:30ish
  • nurses every 2-3 hours during the day
  • has recently learned how to squeal the highest pitch squeal I have ever heard, lol!  It’s really funny
  • is definitely showing interest in crawling.  She scoots forwards and backwards, but hasn’t quite figured it out just yet.
  • has decided naps are not neccesary…ha!  Seriously, she is taking two 10-20 minute naps during the day.  Not cool in my book.  I’m hoping this improves.  I’m going to start working on trying to get her to sleep in her crib for naps, rather than the pack n play downstairs.  Today was our first try and it didn’t work :-/  I’m not in to the cry it out thing, so I have to find another way

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Happy 5 months Addilyn Murray!  You light up our world with your endless giggles and contagious grins!  We love, love, love you Addi!

Trendy Tot Tuesday

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!  I’m so excited to be hosting Trendy Tot Tuesday with Megan, Lindsay and Kelly!

This weekend, my husband and I took our sweet Addilyn to the pumpkin patch and petting farm.  We are so fortunate to live in such a great city with tons of fun activities and things to do!

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I am a lover of all things fall(who isn’t?!), so it’s not surprise that I’m obsessed with Addilyn’s fall baby clothes!

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Addilyn’s outfit for the day at the pumpkin patch was a super cute Gymboree cardigan, love the fall colors and that it’s so easy to match!  She had an orange oshkosh onesie underneath, she is sporting my favorite baby jeggings from Carters, adorable suede brown shoes from George(walmart), and of course a wool felt bow in ‘fuchsia’ from my very own AddiBug Designs 🙂

I love baby jeggings, do you?! It’s all the adorableness of jeans, without the higher price tag!  Plus they go with ANYTHING!  They look super comfy too, which is a must in baby clothes!

IMG_9886Another super cute fall outfit Addilyn sported recently, was this Gymboree corduroy jumper, orange onesie and gymboree tights.  Same brown suede shoes and the bow is also from AddiBug Designs in “pumpkin spice’.

I just love fall!

Lastly, are these adorable crochet turbans that I make.  It’s not cold enough for them yet, but let me tell you..when it is, Addilyn is going to be wearing one all winter!  I just love how they frame her cute little face and the interchangeable bows and blooms mean there will always be a color to match her outfit.  I can’t wait for the cooler weather!!!

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Megan over at Table for Three is hosting a giveaway for my etsy shop!  Head on over to her blog to enter to win a 3 pack clip set of adorable bows for your little one!!!

Happy Fall!

A New Business

I wanted to take a minute to introduce you guys to my new business venture…

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I opened an Etsy shop featuring wool felt bows, clips, headbands and even some crocheted goodies!  All handmade, all adorable!  The best part?  They are incredibly affordable, because being a new stay at home Mom, I totally get how important affordability is!  The next best part is that I absolutely LOVE designing and creating these adorable accessories.  It’s a fun hobby for me and I’m excited to see that people really like what I have to offer.

I have several features coming up on a few boutique websites and I’m looking forward to growing and expanding this little business of mine.

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So go check out my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/AddiBugDesigns01!

Here are few pictures of the items I am offering right now:

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Baby-Wearing 101

One of my favorite things to do and talk about these days…baby-wearing.   (thanks for those of you that asked me to write about it!  You must know I love it:))

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Basic wearing/wrapping fabrics and devices(least expensive to most expensive):

Moby(or other ‘stretchy wraps’)

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It’s very long and made of a thick material. I bought one and only used it a couple times before I realized it was way too hot for us. The thick material traps in our body heat and Addilyn and I would sweat in it…no fun. It’s also not very supportive and as your baby grows it will start to become unsafe.  You can NOT do back carries with a stretchy wrap, it is not safe for your little one.  You can find these used for really cheap, I got mine brand new on CL for $10.  I think they retail for $45+

Ring Sling

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These are wonderful! I made mine out of 100% linen. The ease of use is unmatched. You just toss it over your shoulder, tighten it up a little and pop baby right in! Easy as can be, I love it for quick trips to the store. I would suggest purchasing from sleepingbaby.net if you choose this option. She makes awesome slings, I have friends with them.  Depending on the fabric used, these will run you $50+  Or if you make your own-$20 🙂

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goofy picture, but you can see the RS in action…I’m vacuuming, minding my own business when I look up and see a camera in my face! lol!

Soft Structured Carriers

We have an ergo, mostly for Scott, as I’m not a fan of it.  It’s too bulky for me. The trick with these are being sure that they have a nice wide seat. You want the fabric to stretch from knee to knee, otherwise it doesn’t properly support the baby’s hips and impedes development(yikes!). Also, you never want to carry your baby forward facing, in a carrier or a wrap for the same reason. Ergo and Boba are two really great ones and are made properly. The Bjorn and Infantino are notoriously rotten for the baby’s hips, you will want to avoid those.  These are  around $100+

Woven Wrap

(my personal favorite!)

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These are so versatile and come in many different fabrics and lengths. I like them because they are super soft.  I have woven cotton which is breathable and light. These wraps are made for wearing infants all the way through toddlerhood. From front carries to hip carries to back carries. These come with a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of wrapping, but I just watched a bunch of youtube videos to learn how.  Most people suggest starting with a size 6, which is a lot of fabric–15 feet I think. But it gives you the options to do a LOT of different carries to figure out which are your favorite.  Depending on the size, brand and fabric, these will easily cost $100+  (the really cool thing about wovens, is that they sometimes sell used for more than you pay for a brand new one.  a broken-in wrap is more sought after than a brand new stiff one, so you can make your money back easily if you end up not liking your wrap).

I love wrapping with my cotton wovens because it feels like I’m just giving her a big hug!  The fabric is so soft and Addilyn loves it.  She gets excited and starts kicking her feet and squealing when I pull out one of my wraps–I love it!  Besides the fact that they are soft…they are gorgeous!  There are hundreds and hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from–there is something out there for everyone!

The rainbow woven above is a ‘girasol rainbow springs’ and the wrap below is a ‘kokadi erna im wunderland’

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The list of reasons I love ‘wearing’ Addilyn is long.  But the gist is that I can still hold my girl close, just like she needs, but also get things done around the house and go grocery shopping with two free hands.  It’s a no-brainer and I honestly don’t know how Mom’s do without ‘wearing’ their babies, especially once you have a toddler and new baby!

Yes, wraps are kind of expensive.  But the woven wraps are specifically made and tested to be really safe and that is so worth the extra money!  Whenever I want to purchase something expensive that isn’t necessary, I sell something that I have and don’t use anymore.  To get my Erna, I sold 3 coach bags on ebay and came out with an extra $30…score!

I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures.  I seriously look at it everyday because I can’t get over how much Addilyn has changed and grown.  I love it and I love wearing my sweet girl!

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A few helpful links:

Want to join your local BWI Chapter?  http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/chapters.php

Confused about the different sizes of the wraps? http://paxbaby.com/paxbabys-woven-wrap-guide/

Want to learn about all the different carries?  Youtube it!  There are hundreds of instructional videos!  My favorite carries are ‘front wrap cross carry’, ‘kangaroo carry’, ‘front cross carry’, ‘poppins hip carry’ and ‘robins hip carry’, all in a woven wrap 🙂

Happy Baby-Wearing!

Addilyn’s Baby Dedication

Addilyn was dedicated yesterday, July 14, 2013.  We are really blessed to have an amazing church and we couldn’t wait for this special day!IMG_8641

We believe the bible instructs us as Christians to dedicate our children to the Lord.  Basically committing to doing everything in our power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully until the child is old enough to make the decision to follow God for herself.

I loved our church’s explanation:

“The ‘act of dedicating a child to the Lord’ is presenting the parents before the congregation as Christians who are committing themselves to live Godly lives before that child and are indicating a wholehearted willingness to rear that child to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior.”

I was dedicated as a child and it is a really important day.  Scott and I have been looking forward to this special day for a long time and were so happy we had 25+ friends and family members there to celebrate with us!

Ps. Sharon greeting Addilyn. There were 2 other families dedicating baby’s the same day!

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Addi on the big screen!

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Praying over Addilyn as a young life and Scott and I as parents…

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It was beautiful.  They gave Addilyn a bible and framed certificate and I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers ❤

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Proud Daddy!

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I’ve never had to take Addilyn out of a church service because of her crying or ‘talking’.  For some reason, I thought today was going to be the day because she didn’t nap before we came and since we had to arrive to church early to prep for dedication, she ate at 9:00am and I just knew she would get hungry and fussy during service.  WRONG.  She was an angel.  She was great through the whole worship service just looking around and grinning at everyone in sight.  Then we did the dedication and she was perfect, we sat back down and she fell asleep on me and didn’t wake up until the closing prayer!  I don’t know why I ever doubt her.  She is seriously perfect and has never been a cranky-pants at a bad time.  I feel like I’m living a dream.

After service we snapped a few photos of us.  We color-coordinated 🙂 Mint and White!  Scott wasn’t on board at first, but then he went to Kohls and came back with a mint shirt…haha, I guess I convinced him!

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After that, Scott ran to go pick up the firehouse subs platter and I ran home to change and feed Addilyn.  Everyone else headed to the local park hoping to find some picnic tables in the shade.  I was praying the whole drive that the rain would hold off and that we would find a nice shady spot.  We had great-grandparents coming and I didn’t want them sitting in the hot sun!

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Scott’s Dad found the perfect spot with plenty of shade, picnic tables and BREEZE!  It was glorious!IMG_8580 IMG_8581

It worked out so perfectly, especially considering Scott and I came up with the “after party” idea the night before!

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I was so glad Josh and his wife, Amanda were able to come.  Their sweet little Aubrey was born in May, right after Addilyn.  I’ve known Josh and Amanda for 18 years!

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SIL Brittany and her son Jacob…she is pregnant with baby #2 and we all are curious if it will be a boy or girl!

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Addilyn with her ‘stepuncle’ Jordan.  We call him the ‘stepuncle’, said as one word 🙂

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She also got to spend time with her Great-Grandparents.  I think she looks like me in the picture below 😀  I feel like I make that face..ha!IMG_8602 IMG_8603 IMG_8604 IMG_8609

This is a special picture.  4 generations.  Addilyn’s great-grandma Murray is 85 years old.  Still lives on her own and just stopped driving a couple months ago.  She is still sharp as can be too!

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I secretly was happy she was getting a little fussy and tired, because that meant I was able to steal her away and cuddle with her!  The amount of love I have for her is not even explainable.  As much as I’d love to have more kids and be able to experience pregnancy, birth and bring a new life into this world again…Addilyn is so perfect, that if she was the only child God blessed me with, I would be very happy. ❤IMG_8637 IMG_8640

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Addilyn is so loved and we are so thankful we have such amazing family surrounding us.  What an amazing day!