“Day In The Life” – Mommy of THREE Under THREE!

It took me six months to produce this post… why?

Oh you know because #momlife!33961285_10103427946429740_741801454007746560_nInitially I had planned to write it out when the twins turned three months old, but things just got hectic as I mentioned in my previous post.

Everyday is NOT like this by any means, but it gives you an idea of what we do!

My husband has 3 very long days where I am where the kiddos between 10-13 hours solo. For today I am sharing you a sample of that day… bear with me, it’s a long one!

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5:45am: Harry wakes up!

6:00am: Ally wakes up! Once both twins are up, the husband and I get them changed, fed and ready for the day.

6:30am: Sammy wakes up and hops into bed with us.

She’ll bring her rag doll and snuggle into out bed anywhere from about 10-20 minutes depending on her [toddler] mood.

7:00am: Make coffee…33867813_10103426852566850_7569210248028749824_n.jpg7:45am: Breakfast for the toddler. Breakfast has become quick and simple; sometimes it’s peanut butter and fruit, other times a small bowl of cereal with berries.

Some days this mom has cereal, other times it has been into oats, berries, sunflower and chia seeds. Delish!IMG_20180105_091022_398 - Copy 8:15am: Once we are done with breakfast, I get Sammy cleaned up and ready for the day.

8:30am: The twins will usually take their first nap at around 8:30-8:45am. They hang in the kitchen with Sammy and I while we eat breakfast.

9:00am: Toddler Independent Play. 33710707_10103426852851280_4696664686567882752_nI set my phone timer for about 30 minutes minutes and I’ll use this time to usually get the kitchen cleaned up, get some bottles prepped and start the laundry.34037556_10103426852656670_1396123933253566464_n9:30am: Toddler Structured Activity: This can be anything; whether it’s practicing counting, a craft or learning [outside] through nature.

As long as it’s something we are both doing the activity together

.10:00amSnack and Play. The twins get up between 9:45 and 10:00 from their first nap, so I like to let Sammy eat a snack while I get the twins changed and fed.

10:30am: Once everyone is up (or sometimes a bit before, if we had an earlier start to the day), we play outside in the yard before lunch.33940791_10103427890382060_4905422486817996800_n12:30pm: Twins Second Nap. 33574477_10103425293850530_165597841396334592_oIn general, the twins have managed to nap before Sammy’s nap which is great!33780757_10103426852786410_1252215642342293504_n12:45pm: Lunch time for the toddler! This day she did a PB sandwich + crackers with blackberries, raisins and some Snapea Crisps.20180109_155034After lunch, we’ll usually watch a show to unwind after playing all morning.

1:45pmNaptime for Sammy.34069030_10103427967737040_1726531846029705216_nI get the kitchen cleaned up [post lunch], switch the laundry and try to sneak a workout in (I used Pure Barre on Demand). 33965481_10103427908875000_4725409107383681024_n If there is still time before Sammy wakes up, I’ll watch something on Netflix, blog or catch up on YouTube videos while I have a post-workout snack!34137616_10103427890581660_6952416291072245760_n2:30-3:00pm: Twins wake up from nap.

3:30pmSammy is up!

The twins have been on a Mother Goose Club kick, but Sammy requested to watch Cars while we did some potty training (joy).33866553_10103426852616750_5872482425606504448_n3:45pm: Sammy is usually hungry after her nap, so I give her a quick snack. These are actually pretty delicious.34029284_10103427890651520_8708483935706808320_n 5:00pm: I clean up the living room, get any laundry folded while the twins play on the rug and Sammy in her room.33816537_10103426853000980_310251395032809472_nAfter Sammy plays for a bit, I’ll have her help me clean her room up before dinner.33962109_10103426852936110_1732429720890376192_n6:30pm: I was exhausted by the time dinner came around this night. We ate outside had eggs plus some Good Food Made Simple waffles.

7:00pm: Bedtime for the twins! We alternate who gets a bath between twins and Sammy. We uses THESE wipes for quick “showers.”

I wanted to get the twins to bed before Sammy so we could enjoy some one on one time. Sometimes they are up til 8 but most times, they are down by 7:30pm.

7:15pmBath time for Sammy. 🙂

7:30pm: Quiet time begins (this is her old bed!).20180107_183003 - Copy8:15-8:45pmBedtime for the toddler!

I’ll spruce up the house then relax for the rest of the evening while I wait for Pat to come home from work.

11:00pmBedtime for mama… there are plenty of days that I fall asleep around 9:00pm. Being a mom of three UNDER three is way more EXHAUSTING then being pregnant with a toddler. 

That’s a wrap on this “day in the life of” of mom of THREE under THREE. Our schedule* is not always perfect, but we try to have a routine of some sort to get us through the day.

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*Note: we don’t follow a particular “schedule” on Saturdays (aka family days) or Playschool days.

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Why Hello There! [Twins Six Months Update]

Having twins has definitely kept me busy; throw in a toddler to the in mix and it’s like a double full time job. 20180403_112834I don’t know how the mamas of 4+ kids do it, seriously you guys rock. And all moms of course; mom life ain’t easy!HomeCan you believe the twins are six months old? It feels like forever but at the same time, it feels like it’s going slow (which I’m sure is due to the long winter we had).Ally6MSo let me update y’all on life…

My last post was on February 15th for the three month update of the twins!

Since that time, the twins have doubled [in age], the toddler has learned a ton of new words and we bought a house!houseThat was another reason for my hiatus. Buying a house is not fun in… there is so much paperwork and “technical” stuff to take care of. But once it was done, it was a HUGE relief.

It was exhausting and on top of that add the twins AND the toddler.32116420_10103410079510190_8835974838683172864_nOnce we bought the house, we started working on the floors since there was carpeting from the previous owners that was old and dusty. 32785072_10103417917847100_8541890894553415680_nWe got these “wood like” tiles from Lowe’s and they came out great!32890921_10103417918016760_9124033527812194304_nI didn’t want the kiddos, nor my hubs and I, breathing in all that dust and mold we found. in the rugs.

We plan to do this flooring (hopefully) for all the rooms at some point. For now we did the bedrooms and living room.32769724_10103417917926940_2827526079336415232_nBoth babies are over 12lbs and have become so curious of the world around them in the passed few weeks.

They are grabbing things [and putting everything in their mouth] and have started eating a tiny bit of solids. Ally6MsAlly seems a bit more interested then Harry, but Harry seems closer to sitting up and crawling on his own very soon.Harry6MI enjoy seeing them grow at different paces [and comparing them to where Sammy was at for their age]. The were born a month early, so I know they are going to be where they need to be at their pace.sammy6mSammy at six months was eating a ton of solids and sitting up on her own, but she was born a smidge over 40 weeks vs. the twins at 35.

I’m so exited to continue to see them grow and learn each day. As they get older, Sammy gets more interactive with them with is so fun to watch. ❤

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for most posts. 🙂

Three Month Twin Update!

Where has the time gone?

The twin babies are a little over three months old now. I have to be honest, month two was HARD. I mean so hard that it made me want to run away from life.

At first I felt ashamed. “How can I feel so miserable when I’m so blessed?”27657381_10103326578556770_2458561099769854742_nI like to think of myself as a spiritual person and I knew that God gave me these babies for a reason. I just didn’t feel like I was worthy or capable of being a great mom to three.

“How was I going to divide my attention and love into three for them?”27971885_10103329976612040_4971429300675574455_nHarrison was also having some acid reflux issues. At first we didn’t know what was going on; he would just cry and cry for hours on end. But after a couple of doctor’s visit, it was ruled that he had acid reflux.28056769_10103329954576200_465738938058024088_nHe’s been taking Zantac as well as Mommy’s Bliss probiotics. Let me tell you it has done wonders. He is just the sweetest and happiest little boy now. ❤28166406_10103329954860630_4562871698156404806_nThey say the moment your kids are born you just feel love and it comes naturally. That totally didn’t happen for me. I felt like I had failed as a mom, as it took time for me to find joy in the chaos.

Being waken up every 1.5-2hrs every night for almost two months WRECKS complete havok on the mind and body. 28055971_10103329954815720_3608371551165790933_nAt the start of month three and I am in LOVE.

They are smiling more, sleeping more and starting to “talk.” Harry is weighing 10.5lbs while Ally is a little under 10lbs. Harrison wakes up twice in the night, but Ally can sleep 6-8hrs straight before waking up. It has been A-MAZING!27972557_10103329955110130_3474306872964429096_nSammy can even interact more with them now as they are more alert.

She’ll play music for them, read stories next to them or show them her toys. They even will all sit still to watch a movie… well enough time for me to cook dinner or do the dishes. Trolls and Finding Dory are their current favorite. 28058699_10103329955209930_3064867345125820290_nThe twins have started teething in the past couple of weeks so that has brought another challenge but they are now at the point where they can handle a bit of Tylenol and enjoy teethers. Harry loves this corn one that was given to us at our mini baby sprinkle.

Ally had a terrible cough last week and I was glad that she could take this Zarbee’s cough syrup. I actually got the wrong one by mistake but I do like that these are pre-portioned and I can keep them in the diaper bag.28055848_10103329955165020_6151993848019771388_nShe’s all better now.27857805_10103329976307650_4470509916835566543_n
Although every day is not perfect, I’m learning to balance everything out.  From what I hear it takes six months to really adjust to twin mom life… I believe it.27867590_10103329954915520_7901076750974953172_nIf anyone tells you a toddler and newborn twins are easy… they are either delusional or a celebrity. 😉

Friday Favs #7: Grove Collaborative + New Household Favorites!

Hello blog world! 🙂

In my last post, I shared some of our current products for our twins. If you haven’t checked that one out, click here.

Today I’ll be sharing with you my first Grove Collaborative order and some new favorite cleaning and household products of mine.20180109_143617 - CopyWhat is Grove Collaborative? It’s a website that has a bunch of awesome natural and non-toxic products for your family and home. 20180109_112736When you place your first order, you get a free gift plus free shipping (a 60 day trial) with a minimum $20 purchase.

The free gift varies, but for my order I received 3 Mrs. Meyers products (the Basil scent), walnut scrubbers and a bamboo prep board.20180109_113233I’ve bought the Seventh Generation wipes before and love them!

Out of the new products, I’ve only tried the Mrs. Meyers all purpose cleaner. The basil scent smells absolutely fresh… like spring and has no “basil” aroma at all. 20180108_085604Bonus points for being safe for my kiddies. 20180108_161633I’m waiting for my Honest Company dish soap in lavender to run out first before I open up the Basil Mrs. Meyers one.IMG_20171231_165222_912Next product on the list is Seventh Generation disinfectant spray in eucalyptus, spearmint and time from Target. 20180111_083435I tell you… this season between all five of us, at least two have been sick at the same time. I started disinfecting everything in the house and used this spray.

I love that it has a pleasant scent and doesn’t just smell like chemicals. So far we’ve been feeling way better in the Gendron household.

Speaking of disinfecting, I recently found this Purell Naturals hand sanitizer at Target as well. 20180105_155912I like to have the Babyganics hand sanitizer handy at the diaper changing table for us, but this works just as well to keep our hands nice and clean.

Not to mention it’s cheaper. 😉

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That wraps up this edition of Friday favorites. Definitely give any of these products a try if you haven’t already. I wouldn’t share something with y’all if I didn’t absolutely love it!

Thanks to Life in Leggings for hosting this favorites shin-dig!

 

 

Current Baby Favorites [Twins One Month Old]

Good morning y’all.

We’ve reach the one month mark with the twins!25152394_10103263227363070_5991542190137973480_nIt seems as if it’s been way more than three months… but that’s what happens with kids.

Time flies. ❤

Today, I’m swinging by to share with you some of my current favorite products that we’ve been using for our twin babies this past month.

Babyganics Eczema Cream20171204_141525I came across this cream on sale during the summer for under $4.00. I took the chance since Sammy had baby eczema when she was born and I figured one of two might [since it runs in the family and if anything its cream].

Alexandra is the only one with it and this cream has been fantastic at keeping her eczema at bay. I notice a difference in her skin if I don’t use it for a day or two. I highly recommend it if you have any little ones with eczema.

Honest Company Apricot Lotion20171203_105609Harrison on the other hand has very dry skin. This lotion (I’ve reviewed before), I’m not too particular on the smell but it does work wonders for his skin. I also use it for myself or Sammy, especially now during the winter season.

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water25158324_10103263227313170_2590627264689166997_nSpeaking of Harrison, he has has been extremely colicky since coming home. We were using some gas drops on him (like we did with Samantha), but they didn’t do much.

As a last resort, we turned to gripe water, which is mostly fennel and ginger. It seemed to work almost instantly for him and he has been so much better.

Just an FYI, baby must be at least two weeks old, but we gave it to Harrison at almost four weeks of age to be safe.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying20171130_142121I had a basic drying rack for when Sammy was using bottles.

However, once I babysat a little boy who’s mom had this “grass” drying rack, I knew I had to get it. You can fit so many more bottles and such compared to the other I had. This rack is the actually smaller size, but it’s perfect enough.

Grab Green Dishwashing Pods20171130_141707For those moments when I don’t feel like washing all the baby things by hand (like every other day), I found these dish pods.

You get 24 pods for under $7.00, which is a steal. Plus, they clean very well and are free of phosphates and dyes!

Dapple Pure ‘N’ Clean Everything Wipes
20171130_141737_001Lastly, I’ve been using these wipes to clean our kitchen table, Sammy’s eating chair, her toys and anything else she will get her hands on.

 I normally use this multi-purpose spray, but I had a $2.00 off coupon for dapple. It comes with 75 wipes and is also free of dyes and “yucky” stuff, which is great for the kiddies.

Oh and please check out Anna and Layla over at My Baby Care for some other baby essentials you may forget to add to your registry, but are definitely needed!

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It’s been a crazy adventure so far with the twins home (they were in the NICU for the first two weeks) and having a toddler.25152399_10103263227512770_9001783999303221680_nNevertheless, our home is filled with tons of love. ❤

 

Our 5 Favorite Toddler Learning Toys

When I hit my 30 week mark of pregnancy, doing active or outdoor activities with Sammy became extremely difficult.

I always had “learning time” planned in her day but it was definitely increased since it was easier to sit with her on the floor or table and do activities.I went through various toys and such that she had for learning ABC’s, 123’s, etc. and wanted to share with you guys my favorite ones!

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  1. Leapfrog Lappup: I have mentioned this “laptop” before (there is a actually a newer model) but she use to play with it to listen to the songs setting. Now she likes the ABC setting and repeats the letters. Some letters she will even associate the word such as “F is for Fish.”22730048_10103208240582020_7401522389758979835_n
  2. ABC Magnetic Letters: My mom gave us these letters but you can purchased them anywhere (Walmart sells them cheap).
    • On the fridge I have the letters that she knows (except for E, she will say D or F). She already had ABCD down, so I added a letter every couple of days.
    • We’ll repeat and go over them in order or I will pick and choose a letter out of order to make sure she does know it.
  3. Melissa & Doug Puzzles: These puzzles have been great for Sammy to learn her numbers and ABCs. However, I found the magnetic letters have worked better for her ABC learning but I do like using the puzzle to change it up.Sam
    • Her numbers is a different story. She knows them quite well (though 6, 8 & 9 she’ll mix up sometimes) and this puzzle has been the reason! I will do the same concept as the letters of going in or out of order. abc
    • I also like to use some of her favorite things such as her mini Trolls or french fries to practice counting.
  4. Melissa & Doug Shape Sorter: Not only is this one portable, it has been a favorite for quite a while (maybe since she was 10-12 months old). At first she was using it to learn colors, but now we use it to practice shapes and, of course, sorting.toy
    • She pretty much knew all the shapes except for oval, diamond and semi-circle so we’ve been able to work on those!
  5.  Flash Cards: There are so many kinds of flash cards ranging from $1 to over $10. We use ones from Dollar Tree; they always have some kind in numbers, letters, shapes, first words and so forth20170912_153340We also have ALEX Toys ones that she got for her birthday but they are still a tad too advanced for her, but we will use them here and there.
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Sammy is two years old (and few months). As I mentioned, some of items toys she’s had since she was around 12/18 months old but now plays with them in different ways.

I always looked for toys that had a wide range because I knew it was something that would last. Be sure to check out some previous toddler posts:

Welcome to the World Harrison & Alexandra!

Good morning friends!

Mama went into labor last week at 35 weeks and we now welcome the twins, Harrison and Alexandra! They were born on Sunday, November 12th. 20171114_114210Harrison came at 3:28pm at 5lbs, 4oz and Alexandra arrived at 3:33pm at 5lbs, 11oz.

Both are still at the hospital in the special care nursery but are doing great! Working on getting all food by mouth (and not needing a feeding tube).Harrison and Alexandra November182017-31It’s so hard to imagine to TWO babies were inside of mama this whole time. We are over the moon in love with our new editions.Harrison and Alexandra November182017-32Birth story to come.