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:

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 ❤ ❤

“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.

TOL #12: Fall Lovin’

Can I just say that I absolutely love that the fall weather is approaching?21731035_10103161174697430_1035773052349818311_nSweater weather, apple picking, Fall decor and all things pumpkin are my favorite!20170904_105734Hello Pumpkin Spice coffee. 21740304_10103161391443070_6959236446386423957_nThis little section below I like to call “ours.”

I updated it with a pumpkin (Dollar Tree) and the wood-ish card my husband got me for our one year wedding anniversary (which was a couple of weeks ago). 20170912_103017I also added a cream/ orange colored flower (from the one in our living room) and some rafia in a mason jar (both from our wedding decor).

My desk has been my favorite space at night. 21743327_10103159454524670_5916058923240103407_nAfter de-cluttering it, I can relax once the toddler is in bed, read or watch some YouTube videos before the husband comes home from work.

Fall weather means more time outside… for us anyways. My husband and I are just not a fans of the heat. Anything low 70’s and below (til 50’s) is perfect. 20170909_105437It makes outdoor activities more enjoyable for all of us like our trip to Davis Farmland last week (my daughter loves chickens)…21462618_10103156248509550_3471313312387558914_nOr reading outside during my break at work.IMG_20170908_142332_980Fall things have been on my mind  lately so I’m linking up with Amanda for “thinking out LOUD” Thursday.Thinking-Out-LoudHave a wonderful rest of you week! 

TOL #11: De-cluttering The Home & Toddler Room

Hello friends!

If you read my post last week on de-cluttering, you’ll know that this post was coming.

I’ll be sharing with you a few things I did with our home and the toddler’s room to minimize clutter plus make the space more enjoyable.

I’ve done all this over the past two weeks (if I wasn’t pregnant it probably would have taken me a few days). I’ve gone through all the closets and drawers and was able to get rid of things that we no longer used, were stained, broken, etc. In total, I was able to trash or donate 8 bags. Three of those bags were just “paper things.” 

Now, on to the rooms!

I’ve rearranged Sammy’s room a few times since we moved here earlier this year, but this way I love the most.20170903_081009Storage: She has a big toy chest and I decided to store toys that she doesn’t play with. Some of are either too “baby” or too “big” for her to use.20170901_092143I have plenty of these baggies bed sheets or curtains that I saved for storage. I like this better then containers because you can puzzle in items to fit better.20170901_092150Labels aren’t really necessary since you can see through the bag, but I think it just makes it look neater or could be my OCD.

Kitchen: This one is great for small spaces/ storing. It comes with it’s own accessories, plus she received a couple sets of play food/ kitchen items. I stored half of them in her toy chest and kept a few items out. 20170903_081032Once she get’s a bit older, I can take out other items for her to play with.

Activities Basket: I showed this in the previous post, but I use to store ALL of her activities stuff in one of her clothing drawers in the closet (aka her “junk drawer). She loves to dig and take them apart when I opened them; it was getting frustrated. 20170829_082143I decided to just take out what she uses the most. There are still things stored in that drawer but they are for when she’s older.20170903_081032Books: I kept a few out that she currently likes and every few weeks I rotate these or store ones that I know are more for infants and I’ll save those for the twins.20170905_130526 Main Entrance: The first space when you enter is the living room and I absolutely hated the way it looked. I thought it was super cluttered with toys and my desk was always a mess (I found the end table at Goodwill for ONLY $1.50)20170905_171817I put her ball pit and mini basketball hoop behind the couch and other toys she plays with in the TV stand (it was empty). 20170905_160532Now the whole space looks much neater. 20170905_130526To the right side of the entrance is THIS stand. It had a ton of toys was collecting dust at the bottom, now I just leave a bit of decor, a couple of books and shoes.20170905_171817Our Bedroom: This room was neglected the most. I found the night stand for $2.50 (Goodwill) and was able to put a lamp near our bed and the remotes, diapers and wipes in the drawer instead of just on the floor.

I also found some pretty fall flowers at Rite Aid and put up a couple more pictures (frames from Dollar Tree).

Now I think it feels simple and cozy and you can probably tell that I am pretty simple when it comes to decor or items to have in the house.

I’m really enjoying reading this tidying book by Marie Kondo. I enjoy the minimalist lifestyle for myself, but it helps you put it into a more home perspective.

There are things I don’t totally agree with in the book (like doing all your de-cluttering in one sitting) but a lot of the information is very useful. I think if you’re looking for ways to minimize clutter and make a more enjoyable space, definitely give it a read.

I’m linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursday!Thinking-Out-LoudMy next book is the Joy of Less. Can’t wait. 😀

 

Friday Favorites #5: De-Cluttering & Toddler Favorites

I’ve come to terms with a couple of the MILLION things that are causing my depression/ anxiety; organization and clutter.

I know, I know sounds odd. Before I left college, I needed to pack my room up and head back home. Problem was I had a WHOLE ROOM of stuff. I was not planning on storing or making multiple trips. I sold and discarded items plus organized that entire room and made it fit in my Pontiac Grand Am.

I had never felt so “free of stuff.” It was from that moment at 20 years old I realized I wanted to live a bit of minimalist lifestyle. If you asked me right now to fit MY possessions solely in a car, it would.

As a wife and mom, this isn’t the case; more people = more possessions… ESPECIALLY KIDS and I’ve been fearing more clutter to come.

Taking a deep breath and getting some fresh air is step one.20170826_162235Now that Fall is approaching, I can get out more and enjoy the crisp air. Summer is too hot for me, pregnant or not.

This is my absolute favorite time of year and it gives me more of a  ‘positive mindset.’

I am an organization freak and with these twins (who are currently breached) nothing is known until 34 weeks as to what the “plan” might be. BUT I can de-clutter, organize and stock up now for the family on what is ultimately necessary20170829_082143This is my new favorite thing in Sammy’s room; an activity basket!

We had diapers, wipes and other things but we have a diaper changing table now for the twins. I moved everything there and collected things for her basket. We have coloring books, reading books, flash cards and such in it. 

Since Sammy’s birthday party, she’s received a ton of new stuff.

I reorganized her toys/ books over the passed couple of weeks and she now even has has some new favoritesJust Like Home Cupcake Set: She is obsessed!20170820_115616We have other Just Like Home sets two that she got last year for Christmas that I whipped out (not to mention, cleaned out the storage closet at the same time).20170819_171518It’s fun to see her able to play with certain toys in different ways as she grows! If you noticed from my “day in the life of” post, I moved the yellow table into her bedroom and she definitely has utilized it more.

I know how to live as a minimalist for myself, but not for a “home” or family.21106377_10103143563176060_6097022615110715095_nSo far upon only reading the first 10 pages of this book, I’ve thrown out 3 bags worth of stuff. I can see space we haven’t seen since we moved to the two bedroom. It feels good and I can feel my mind slowly easing.

Of course, this isn’t going to “fix” my antepartum depression, but finding some of its’ roots and tackling them little by little has made me find some more light each day. With less clutter, I have more energy to spend elsewhere.
20170829_232339The toddler is always going to be there making some kind of mess, but it’s just toys that can be put away at night and organized together.

Hooray for the clean up song. ❤

I’m linking up with Heather over a Life In Leggings for “Friday Favorites.” Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2Hope everyone has a fabulous Labor Day weekend!