Raising 2 Kids Under 2

I always wanted to have kids close in age and I was lucky enough that our first child was very calm and easy going as a baby that we could try for our second. Our son was just 15 months old when our daughter was born. With the exception of my pregnancy symptoms and getting a few illnesses at the end of my pregnancy, raising my son had been a breeze. Suddenly we became a family of four with "2 kids under 2." So what did we go through being parents of two so close in age? Well here's how…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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Nursing/BF Essentials

If you plan on breastfeeding your milk supply will be with you at all times, however, you'll need a few extra things to make things a little more comfortable for you and baby.For starters you'll need accessible clothing, like nursing bras and tops or dresses that make your breasts easily accessible. Secondly, you will need a breast pump, bottles, and a milk storage system. Thirdly you will need more particular things for your breasts, to protect from leakage or for healing and therapy. And lastly, you may need a nursing pillow and some swaddles/burping cloths. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links…

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Managing Sensitive Baby Skin

My daughter has always had that baby soft skin. To this day, at a year and a half, she still does. She's got that soft and fair skin that can easily be irritated. When she was a few months old she started developing some rash-like patches around her chest, arms and back of her thighs and suspected a food allergy or Eczema. Turns out she just has fair and sensitive skin, dodged a bullet! However, I do take similar precautions and use soaps and lotions meant for Eczema as well. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post.…

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Baby Bump Photo Sequence

When you're expecting a child everything is very exciting and you cannot wait to meet your child and start a new journey of life. It takes a long time to grow a child but its also a beautiful process. Most parents like to take professional photoshoots at the beginning and end of the pregnancy as well as after the baby is born. My husband and I aren't much for professional photography but with our first I did try to do my own baby bump photo sequence throughout the whole process. I got into the same outfit each time (I made…

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Toddler Birthday Parties

My little guy (our oldest) is turning 3 soon and I’ve been reminiscing. I just came across some pictures from his birthday last year and figured I’d put it together in a post.Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.His birthday falls in July, which is when the weather is the most random because its horribly hot and randomly rainy. I had intended to throw him a casual playground party to keep to a minimum budget but with the…

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Car Seats & Strollers

There are tons of carseats and strollers out there, and honestly there is no "best" for either category. Parents are looking for different things depending on their needs and their family size. I can't tell you which double stroller is the best out there, for example, because I haven't taken my kids out in all of them but I can recommend the one I have and the same goes for our car seats. I could add the carrier I used with my children but I will omit that since I did not love it for more than 6 months and…

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Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles

My personal review of Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles.I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. My Review I have two sets of both of these mats in these exact colors in my kids' rooms and I love them. We have hard floors at our house…

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Baby & Toddler Water Gear

It's Summertime, which means most of us are trying to survive this heat by spending time by the pool or water. Here are some Baby and Toddler Essentials for pool and water activities. Swimwear You can find baby & toddler sizes for swimwear anywhere you buy children's clothing, however I personally prefer ones with more coverage so I opt for rash guards. My daughter has very white and sensitive skin so her first bathing suit covered from her neck to her ankles. You can still find these, with our without hoods, for toddlers and young children but they also sell…

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Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Owl Soother

My personal review of Skip Hop's Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Owl Soother. I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This is a great baby product! It's a nightlight, sound monitor, and a star projector all in one. My daughter loves this thing! I got…

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Nest Indoor Camera- Great as Baby Monitor

My personal review of Nest Indoor Camera. I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Looking for a security camera or a great Baby Monitor Camera that you can view from your phone? This one comes highly recommended!! And it's currently on sale! Find the…

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The Birth of My Second Child via Planned C-Section

This is my personal story about the birth of my daughter, who was born via planned c-section just 15 months after my emergency c-seciton of our son. Our firstborn came to us via emergency c-section and 15 months later we were having baby number two! My doctor highly recommended a planned c-section this time around for me because the risk factors would be a little higher for having a vaginal birth while still in the healing period from the first surgery. So we picked a date and planned around that. It was great! No more worrying about going into labor…

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DIY Non-Slip Socks

When our babies start to stand up, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue.I didn't like the idea of my kids being barefoot all the time so I adapted their socks to be non-slip.I expected to only do this for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it.Toddlers are runners, and they're always distracted. Non-slip socks make our lives a little easier, especially if you have slippery floors.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Every time I buy my toddlers new socks I cover my counter for a…

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Multilingual Parenting – Benefits of Raising Bilingual Children

My husband and I come from mixed backgrounds and both migrated to the United States. as young children. Our children were born here but we're raising them to be multilingual with the combined three languages we speak on a regular basis. People have warned us against teaching our children more than one language at first but we didn't listen, and thank goodness for that. Even though they're still very young, they're pretty good at speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish.We never doubted wanting to raise our children to learn our languages. My husband and I were both raised bilingual and we love…

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Homemade Baby Food Hacks

Baby stores will try to sell you mini appliances for steaming, pureeing, and storing homemade baby food. If you have a blender or food processor you can steam on the stove or microwave and puree them without buying new appliances that will take up space and become useless after a few months. And better yet, if you take the extra time to do several different kinds at a time you can be set for weeks or months at a time by freezing. Blenders and ice cubes will soon become your best friend!I figured out this trick with a little Pinterest research a little…

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Grocery Shopping with my Babies

As a parent of two young toddlers, I've faced some struggles when it comes to grocery shopping. I'll admit they weren't as disastrous as some stories I've heard over the years. But with two kids the logistics of it got a little complicated for a while, and some days one or both kids drove me nuts, especially with the way my worried mind works. Main Struggles Here were some of the issues I've encountered shopping with two kids so far: How do I seat an infant (in a carseat) and a toddler into a shopping cart? Where do I put…

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WubbaNub Infant Pacifier

My personal review of WubbaNub Infant Pacifiers. I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I also recommend the pacifier without plush animal: Philips Avent Soothie WubbaNub offers various different plush animals for these pacifiers within each of their collections. I got one of these…

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Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack

Men tend to carry very little big always have enough space in their pockets, while women love to carry a lot of things in a wonderfully heavy bag or purse. Women as mothers have a hard time making their regular purses work for them and baby, that's where Diaper Bags come in handy. A purse for mom and baby. But what's even better is a Diaper Bag that even dad can wear, because let's face it, we're in the 21st Century where Dad's will often be carrying the essentials. Any parent will need a great bag to carry their essentials.…

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Toddler Screen/TV Time

Hi, I'm Paula. I'm a stay at home mom of two children and I abuse screen time. If you do too, welcome to Screen Time's Anonymous! * This post includes Affiliate Links. Mom's Addiction to Toddler Screen Time For me, the addiction started when my second child was born. I started putting the TV on for my 1 year old to keep him distracted so that I could keep an eye on him while I nursed the baby. Since then I've put it for him when he starts getting too grumpy or jealous, while I cook or clean, or when his sister is…

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Mom Groups

When you're a stay at home parent with a child (or children) you start to get lonely even though you're not physically alone at all. I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that I've fallen into depression a couple of times because I was living in a cocoon. Home Alone And Miserable I was helping out part-time with the family business, just shadowing and learning the ropes, when I got pregnant with our first child. The "morning" sickness hit me real hard, I was throwing up all day and worried I wasn't keeping anything inside for months. I…

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4moms Breeze Playard

My personal review of 4moms Breeze Playard. I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. We purchased this playard a few years ago when we were expecting our first son, recently the 4moms company released new versions of their playards that are a bit smaller.…

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OXO Tot Silicone Roll Up Bibs

My personal review of OXO's Tot Silicone Roll Up Bibs. I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I'm IN LOVE with these bibs! I was struggling with the kinds I had originally purchased for my child. He would pull on the bib and it…

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

If you're worried about packing your hospital bag, don't. It should be very simple and doesn't need a ton of planning. If you're like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable. And then when you get to the hospital you'll realize you barely needed a lot of those things and you ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they goes home for a shower, to eat, or to nap. The hospital provides a lot of essential things so you…

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The Birth of My First Child & Emergency C-Section

I'm currently a mother of two toddlers and have already had my fair share of parenting experiences. Thinking back to the beginning of when it all happened feels like an eternity ago already but it was an amazing experience on so many levels. Being a first time parent is so difficult, I was for sure clueless! Hopefully my stories and experiences can help you or at least entertain you. Here's the story of my son's birth. Late and a Paranoid Nervous Wreck I was 6 days past my due date with no dilation in my previous doctor visits and my…

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What You Really Need for Baby Shopping

Congrats, you're expecting a baby! So you're bringing a child into this world and everyone is telling you what you need for the baby. If you're a first time parent you're finding lists from magazines, stores, and online and guess what? A lot of it is just marketing!Companies benefit from advising toward specific items or category of things that most people may not even need. They take advantage of first time parents who are overwhelmed and don't know what to expect. Here's a typical list from Babylist.com I'm a mommy of two, of both sexes no less, and I can tell you…

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