TOL: #14: PTL, Coffee, Toddler Fun & More!

Hello friends!

I’m dropping by to share some things on my mind.

For those who don’t follow me on Instagram, this mama went into Preterm labor (PTL) on Friday morning. Of course it just HAD to be Friday the 13th.

I went from 0 to 3.5cm dilated within 10 hours.

Once I hit 2cm, I was transferred to another hospital because my hospital only deals with preemies that are 32+ weeks and I was only 31 weeks pregnant. I was in the hospital for over 48 hours and was given a couple of different medications to stop contractions. hospitalfoodThey were able to stop labor, which was fantastic and I was sent home on partial bed rest.

The next day I had an appointment with my high risk doctor and my regular Obstetrician. Both said the babies are doing well and measuring almost 4lbs a piece. With the steroid injection they gave me for their lungs, babies should be okay if I were to deliver early.31 weeksMy OB said it would be a miracle if I made it to 35 weeks, so it’s all a waiting game.

However, I’ve been is so much more pain since Friday which has made things difficult, especially caring for the toddler. SambutterflyI am so thankful to have my family who has helped us during this whole time; between watching our daughter, getting us groceries and just being there if needed.

I’m so glad I picked up a box of Green Mountain pumpkin spice K-cups a couple of weeks ago. Hot coffee is a definite must during the Fall and Winter. 22406051_10103193580920100_6933838994826272983_nI also picked up more of these Late July peanut butter crackers that Sammy loves.22049800_10103182410979750_6086182310672712345_nThey have been great to use as a “snacky” lunch since I don’t have much energy to make something “fancy and hot” every day for us.

FYI… if you send the company an email requesting coupons, they will send you some! #moneysavingmomhack

The library has been one of our favorites as well. library playBeing almost 32 weeks pregnant with twins makes it difficult to chase a toddler around. The library is contained and Sammy loves playing with the doll house. libraryWe purchased one for her as her “present” from her siblings using Toys R’ Us giftcards from her birthday. We ended up getting one by Kidcraft.

I liked that it was similar to the one at the library and is of good quality. Plus all the kiddies will be able to enjoy it at some point.

I’m linking up with Amanda over at Running With Spoons for thinking out LOUD Thursday. Thinking-Out-LoudHope everyone is having a wonderful week and cross your fingers that I AT LEAST make it to 34 weeks. #wishfulthinking ❤

 

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TOL #13: Mom Life: “Weekly Routine”

lyOne day away from Friday… Friday the 13th to be exact!

*Cue spooky music*

Any who, as I mentioned before, my work schedule has dwindled down more to avoid too much pressure on my leg. With my hours shortened, it’s been on my mind to share with y’all my new weekly “routine” since I am now at home more then at work.

This routine is what working two days a week looks like as a “part-time” stay at home mom. Getting into a routine helps build good habits and keeps mama sane.

Mondays aka family day: My husband and I don’t do any crazy cleaning on this day (or Saturdays) besides the basics. We do breakfast or something simple with what ever is left over in the fridge for dinner since grocery shopping is done on Tuesdays.21753271_10103171653328170_5183275201569820216_oTuesdays: In the mornings, I usually (last week was my last!) go work out at Pure Barre [5:30am] and enjoy some coffee and “me time” after. I head back home in time for the hubs to leave for work [7:30am].listI break down the cleaning between three days so I’m not doing it all in one shot. Plus I’m eight months pregnant and only have SO much energy. 😉

Regardless of what day it is, I’ll do any dishes (with this soap) and clean the kitchen after Sammy eats breakfast. I then make a list of anything that needs to get done. Tuesdays is laundry (one load) and grocery shopping day.21686365_10103171116154670_2535651322312839546_nTuesdays is also pizza night. A spot near us has a “beat the clock between 5-8pm.” The time you call is the price you pay. Obviously, mama doesn’t cook on this day. 😉

Wednesdays: Mom goes to work until 8:00pm. During my break, I usually blog, read or run errands if we need anything. Dad will cook and get any household things done.

Thursdays: Sammy and I go to story time at the library at 10:30am, so the morning is “busy.” During the afternoon, I’ll sweep and cook early. I also vacuum the living room and Sammy’s bedroom [as those are the only two places with a rug].21762325_10103169342299490_8282209215757452896_oFridays: Mom and dad both work while Sammy goes to playschool! Depending on the day, Pat or myself will take her in the morning. I usually get out of work before 3:00pm then head to get Sammy.

Once we are home, we take it easy. Dinner is usually something easy like a rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes or stir-fry steak in a wrap.

Saturdays is another family day and was also my second day to get a Pure Barre class in (too pregnant now). I would go to the 7:00am class, grab Starbucks and head home to relax with the family.

We’d either go fruit-picking, farmer’s market, the park, visiting my in-laws, have a date night… you get the idea. 😉parkNow we are getting festival and doing various fall activities at our local library!

Sundays I call my “deep clean-meal prep-cook” day. I tackle the kitchen, fridge, bathroom and living room (using this cleaner). For deep cleaning in the kitchen, I scrub down the stove, microwave and cabinets.21618019_10103171116124730_2642515715086589343_nFor the fridge, I toss any “bad/ expired food (rarely any),” see what we have and give it a good scrub down. In the bathroom, I tackle the toilet, floor and sink. My husband takes care of the bath tub when he comes home from work.

We only do two loads of laundry a week (lights and darks using this detergent), so this is my next day to get the other half done while I clean our home. The “meal planning” I do while Sammy is napping. I’ll check what we already have, plan dinner and my grocery list for the week.21765279_10103171116069840_5854505582740454933_nNow this may seem like I am cleaning forever, but trust me I am not. In total, my Tuesday and Thursday cleaning takes about 45 minutes (not including the laundry time washing/ drying or shopping).

Sundays about an hour (again not including laundry time).listI used to try to tackle everything in one day… that’s just not realistic. As a mom you have to cut yourself some slack, especially when you don’t finish your entire “to do” list!

Life goes on… 😉

Today, I’m linking up with Amanda over at Running With Spoons for thinking out LOUD Thursdays. Thinking-Out-LoudThanks for hosting!

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If you want to check out more on the toddler’s routine check out the links below:

Friday Favorites #7: Iced Maple Pecan Lattes, Good Books and More!

Happy, Happy Friday!

It’s finally Friday and it’s the first Friday of October. #HelloFall

Dropping in for another Friday Favorites brought to you by Heather over at Life In Leggings. Thank you for hosting!Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2***

Pumpkin Picking: This was the first time we’ve done pumpkin picking together. It didn’t last too long because it was a hot day but it we had fun!

My daughter is obsessed with pumpkins so she had an absolute blast! #pumpkinEVERYTHING.21768068_10103178006127110_8637768685823792315_nNew Reading Material: I placed a couple of books on hold at my local library after I finished reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “The Joy of Less” (a must read) within a month. 21994204_10103178149689410_7352027230232734180_oI couldn’t wait the three weeks, so I went to Barnes & Nobles and picked up “Life Is What You Make It.” So far [70 pages in] it’s pretty good. 22089150_10103178192423770_7097824838174877909_nThis day we were able to enjoy the sun early before it got too hot. 

Starbucks Iced Maple Pecan Latte: Oh. My. GOSH. This is going to be the death of my wallet. I love anything pecan flavored, but with maple in the mix it’s heaven. listI only add a pump or two depending on the size because it is super sweet (but really delicious). Give it a try if you are a fan of either flavor or both!

Happy Squeeze Twists: I’ve picked these up a very long time ago for my daughter and she loved them. Found them on sale last week and had to get them! toddler favsThese are my favorite “applesauce” pouch because it has a bit of fiber and vitamin C, as most I’ve have no nutrients at all. 

Homemade Waffles: I’ve been on a waffle making kick lately [using this similar maker].barMy husband got us this Honey Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Mix by Maple Grove Farms of Vermont. waff.jpgFor my batter, I add one teaspoon of vanilla extract, only 1/2 tablespoon of oil, almond milk instead of water plus a dash of cinnamon to the batterwafflesIt comes out way more delicious.

Any that are left over, I’ll freeze and toast when I’m ready to eat them. 

That wraps up this edition of Friday favorites.

Hope everyone has a great week! 😀

 

What’s In Our [Toddler] Diaper Bag?

Hello, hello. 🙂

I love watching videos or reading vlogs of “what’s in my bag.” whether it’s a diaper bag or gym bag. I gives me the opportunity to see different products that others like and may want to try myself!

I’m enjoying the time that I have with a lighter diaper bag until the twins come (a baby diaper bag post will come some point next year).

On to what’s inside…

First off, the bag we use (we got from a friend, it’s at least 6-8 years old) is by Graco. I love beige/ neutral colors and the simplicity of this bag.22041953_10103176912284180_7869412417752424068_oFor diapering products we use Target’s Up & Up diapers and wipes, Johnson’s baby powder (with Aloe) and Aquaphor in case of a diaper rash. diapersOther “tolietires” we have are Babyganics hand sanitizer and wipes, plus some Shout Wipe & Go cleaner in case of ice creams stains. I absolutely love the hand sanitizer.babyganicOne goes a long way… talking 6-10 months long!

Snacks: These vary depending what we have on hand but a juice box, raisins and some type of pouch is a must for us. snacksSammy has been into peanut butter crackers these days and this pouch is her new favorite. Plus is has a full serving of veggies! #winwin

Treats and other things: I like to have a book and stickers in her bag in case we head to a restaurant or she needs entertainment; also a bib and lollipops.treatsBecause bribery. 😉

Lastly, something for mom. I get the munchies too, ya know? I either do a Power Crunch bar, Quest bar or a bag filled with Snapea Crisps. bar“Honorable” Mentions

Extra Clothes: I do keep a change of clothes for the toddler in my car, plus some extra diapers and wipes.

Car Activities, Etc.: I also have more books, snacks and other activities for the toddler as well. I found this awesome car organization tip from Do It On A Dime a few months ago. Check her out for awesome [and cheap] organization tips!18664670_2046182092074654_2414241680044462569_nDo you have any special go-to’s for your diaper bag?

Third Trimester [Twin Pregnancy]

We made it to the third trimester… HOME STRETCH!20170901_224450{27 Weeks}

Weight: My pre-pregnancy weight was 155lbs, now I’m at 178lbs for a total of 23lbs gained. So far I weigh a bit less in the third trimester then I did with Samantha.

Mental Health: Zoloft has been a blessing. I have been able to think clearer and have less anxiety about becoming a mom of three [under three].

I didn’t know how my body would react to it but for me it’s a peace of mind. IMG_20170908_142332_980I can analyze things better, plus not to mention read again without having my mind racing.

Fitness: Still managing to get in 2-3 workouts a week!

My current “goal” is to do Barre 1-2 times a week (I now teach 1-2 Barre classes a week) and try to take at least 1 Pure Barre class, plus teach my Tabata class (modified for me, of course).

Barre has been awesome because it focuses somewhat on calf strength building. My leg has felt much better (plus the compression stocking is super helpful).27 weeks{29 Weeks}

Here’s what my current fitness routine looks like during the week:

  • Monday: Active Rest Day (or Pure Barre)
  • Tuesday: Pure Barre (or Active Rest Day)
  • Wednesday: Barre & Sculpt Class [I teach]
  • Thursday: Rest Day (usually go for walks with Sammy/ Supermarket)
  • Friday: HIIT or Circuit Workout
  • Saturday: Pure Barre
  • Sunday: Rest Day

I try to keep moving regardless if I don’t make it to a class or get to workout. I’m still trying to focus on eating as healthy as I can.

Food: Still craving cookies like mad!21768013_10103178192358900_6419514306492671448_nBut now with the fall upon us, the body craves pumpkin EVERYTHING. #DontJudge 😉haloRing: Still able to wear my wedding band! Some days my fingers are a tad swollen, so I’ll put on my pearl engagement ring which is a tad loser than my wedding band.

Clothing: I finally needed to get a couple of large and XL tank tops and moved into my medium sized leggings from smalls.21762826_10103169413007790_8740627558854539078_oI’m not as big as I thought it would be compared to other twin moms. That makes me feel better entering winter, clothing wise. So far my coat still zips, I’m sure that will change by next week. 😉

I can tell my energy level is going down a tiny bit each week, which I was told would happen past 28 weeks. For now, I am enjoying the energy that I do have hanging out with the family and giving Sammy that special “only child” one on one time.20170813_200252***

Twin Pregnancy Updates:

First Trimester

Second Trimester ❤ ❤

Friday Favorites #6: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Deals & More!

Happy Friday!

My mom is coming to visit today with my grandmother for the weeknd. I’m super excited to see them both. ❤

Let me share with you some favorites from this past week!

My mother-in-law recently gave us some Kohls cash and I purchased this striped tank top on sale for $9.99 (plus a 15% off coupon). 21615995_10103169295543190_2595937048196080740_nI have a few cardigan sweaters, so tank tops is something that can be used for summer and fall! #multipurposelady 😉

Deals & Coupons: Besides the tank top find, I found a deal at Target where it was “spend $100 and get a $25 giftcard.”21686274_10103169295662950_8089200871035752970_nNot only that, I had $5.00 left on a giftcard from Swagbucks AND a 15% off coupon from my registry. I stocked up on baby wipes, diapers and some other baby toiletries we needed.  s-l300I used the $25 giftcard for Sammy’s beanies and other groceries at Target. A good deal [+ savings] is one of my favorite things!

Pumpkin Pie Halo Top: Can we say pumpkin heaven? I finally found the pumpkin Halo Top flavor at my supermarket. halo.jpgIt tastes so similar to a delicious pumpkin ice cream and is super creamy! Not too crazy about the graham cracker pieces but overall a new favorite.

Speaking of Fall flavors, this caramel apple pie yogurt is divine! 21761891_10103169295573130_7519493646233807705_nBath Bombs: I never really used a bath bomb before and I had this one from a basket I won from a Whole Foods Grand Opening near me. 21559019_10103169295628020_1589670430856826791_nThe lavender scent was very nice and subtle, as I am not a fan of strong lavender scents. I would definitely purchase on in the future to enjoy a nice bath here and there.

Dollar Tree Finds: I love finding cute stuff at Dollar Tree!pics.jpgThey had these new “beach themed” frames that I thought would be perfect for Sammy’s room. She loves our room so I decided to fix up some of her decor this week and make it some what “similar” to ours. 21762325_10103169342299490_8282209215757452896_oI also gave her our sheer curtains and took off her rail because she was having difficulty sleeping in her bed… she just wanted to be in our room.

Now she is sleeping WAY better in her own room. Phew!Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2That wraps up this edition of Friday favorites. I’m linking up with Heather over a Life In Leggings!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 😀

“Day In The Life” – Mommy & Toddler Edition

It’s that time of the week… “hump”day!

Many of you guys enjoyed my previous “day in the life of post with my toddler during the summer, that I decided to do a “fall edition.”

My schedule has drastically changed from then to now. I am down to working mainly two days a week. I’ll also be sharing my routine a bit more, AS WELL AS Sammy’s.

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5:30am: Mommy went to workout early! I sipped some coffee after at Starbucks, did some blog work and reading.20170905_0610297:00am: Good morning Sammy 🙂

After a few minutes of “good mornings” and cuddles, it’s time for a quick diaper change. We let her run around and play for a bit before she gets her breakfast.

7:15am: Breakfast! She requested the fruit so I added half of a sprouted grain bagel w/ almond butter and milk on the side. 21427192_10103152394323370_8143052536964800754_o7:30am: Dada says goodbye and leaves for work.

7:45am: Once Sammy is done with breakfast, I get her cleaned up, her teeth brush and change her outfit depending on where we plan to head out for the day; today is an errand day!

8:00am: Independent Play. I swapped the independent and structured play; it just seemed to work better this way. [I set the stove timer for 30 minutes.]

During this time, I’ll clean the kitchen, open all the windows, make a to-do list and get myself ready for the day.window fall8:30am: Structured Activity: This can be anything; whether it’s a craft, flash cards (Dollar Tree) or stickers. As long as it’s something we are both doing together.20170912_1533409:30am: Mini Snack and Play. I cut her snack size mid-morning so she eats more lunch (it’s been helping). It’s usually a piece of fruit or some crackers. 20170912_153340I snacked on some Snapea crisps [and put the laundry in] before we headed to the supermarket; I’m obsessed!

11:45am: Lunchtime! I make sure to come back home around this time to get Sammy some lunch and some for myself too (I had a veggie burger).snacky lunchWe did a “snack-y” lunch with Late July peanut butter crackers, apple, Snapeas, raisins and a Stonyfield yogurt pouch.

12:45pm: Naptime!

During her naps, I’ll check on the laundry and get the living and bedroom cleaned up. I try to be productive for half of her nap, then get rest; either reading or watch some “DIY” YouTube videos.

2:45pm: And she’s up… she usually needs a diaper change and I’ll get her a light snack to hold her until dinner. She’ll then play or read after.

3:45pm: It was so nice out later in the day that we went to the park. Mom had a snack while the toddler played. I’ve been in love with these bars; they satisfy my cookie cravings.21370890_10103154542373660_4503748709850265844_n5:00pm: After the park, we headed back home. I washed up her hands and got her comfy. She watched Trolls for about half an hour while I got dinner ready.

5:45pm: Dinner is usually the toughest meal of the day. It’s hit or miss! 20170903_134429Today she had a couple of potato smiles, nuggets, apple slices (rest of the apple from snack she didn’t finish), carrots and raisins. Once she is done with dinner, I let her play for a bit before her bath.

6:30pm: Bath time!20170905_1729027:00pm: Quiet time begins.21751662_10103159454569580_9061532470658895494_nI’ll let her read some of her books [plus we’ll read one together] and she’ll have some warm milk. We do a quick teeth brushing after before “officially” tucking into bed.

7:45pm: Bedtime! I’ll spruce up the home then relax for the rest of the evening while I wait for Pat to come home from work. 21743327_10103159454524670_5916058923240103407_nI absolutely love my desk after de-cluttering it and jazzing it up for Fall.

11:00pmBedtime for mama… oome days I fall asleep earlier just because being pregnant with a toddler is quite exhausting!

That’s a wrap on this “day in the life of” of mommy and toddler! Her 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 Mondays, Saturdays (aka family days) or Playschool days.