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. 🙂

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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!

 

 

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.

Halloween Recap + Twin Prep!

Happy November friends!20171104_135336It’s been a week or so since I posted – I just have not been feeling too great on top of a million appointments for the twins.

Work had a Halloween party a couple of weeks ago that I was able to take Sammy too. After pre-term labor, I wasn’t sure what we would be able to do for Halloween.

Still pregnant 😉

We also were able to go to the library for an “Adopt A Kitten” party. They had Halloween crafts, treats and of course kittens! 20171028_105554I still wasn’t sure if Sammy was going to get to go Trick or Treating. 

The twins managed to hang on and Sammy was able to get some treats on her first Trick or Treating adventure! 23130589_10103216787468990_5154106919493751389_nShe was a fairy princess this year thanks to my mom. ❤

So as it gets closer to the twins coming, I’m trying to get a little better on meal prepping and doing some last minute “thangs.”

Something as simple as putting a serving of cereal in a container + the fixings makes it super easy in the morning. For cereal I do Special K Original or Red Berries with pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds.meal prepFor the oatmeal, it’s just a plain instant oatmeal packet + chia seeds, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, pumpkin seeds mixed with water. In the morning, I’ll add frozen berries and a bit of peanut butter after I heat it up.

I’ve even whipped up some “toddler” muffins for Sammy to have a quick breakfast/ snack on hand. 20171105_133359 #ToddlerApproved 😛23031403_10103216787798330_7280472273085227599_nI was able to finish up the baby corner decor now that these letters came in from Michael’s.23130769_10103216787763400_4214589896345462251_nI spent some time yesterday sprucing up the house and disinfecting since Sammy and the husband are sick.20171105_090501 I made some “blankets” with a piece of fabric for Sammy’s dollhouse beds. She loves the ones from the library [since they have blankets].23131647_10103216787733460_7510339298492420508_n.jpgA little glue [gun] goes a long way!

That about wraps up what’s been going on in the last couple of weeks. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for weekly randomness of Fit Coffee Mom. ❤

 

TOL #15: Nesting, Toddler Learning & More!

After my Preterm Labor scare, my mood has not been the greatest; mostly due to pain.

I’ve been able to get around the house better over the past few days and not need as much help. I’ve been in a ton of pain but it’s more on and off versus constant from almost a week ago.

Not being able to move much does allows me to crack down on learning/ structured activity time with Sammy. 22730048_10103208240582020_7401522389758979835_nWe’ve been working on letters using this laptop, magnetic letters and stickers!

As I mentioned before, I am super thankful that the library is a few minutes away. Saturday they had a “paint-a-pumpkin” event and Sammy had fun getting messy with some paint! 22688610_10103206110331060_1724585902745613814_nBetter messy somewhere else then at home. 😉

A few weeks ago, I rearranged our bedroom to make room for the twins. Still working on the wall decor since I’m waiting for these letters to come.

We decided we’ll be using pack and plays as opposed to cribs. 22815636_10103207770314440_2512595421112388318_nSammy only lasted 18 months in a crib, plus we don’t really have the space for two cribs. Once they are ready, we’ll switch them to toddler beds with crib rails.22814210_10103207770239590_5978492626034277431_nI moved the bookshelf out of Sammy’s room for us to have a diaper/ baby station. It was also moved because her “gift” from her siblings is going to be this dollhouse and I wanted her to have plenty of room for it.22788642_10103207908253010_2175402390418805393_n (1)For now, she has her Little People dollhouse with some Trolls and furniture to play with til we give her the other one.22688842_10103208235412380_1775036951061394033_nI also rearranged her play are too. I’ve been testing out different variations throughout the week to see which she seems to “like” the most. 22789133_10103207908158200_5493926332812258431_nThis arrangement so far is the winner…

Well, that wraps up this edition of thinking out LOUD! If you haven’t already, check out Amanda over a Running With Spoons for all the details.Thinking-Out-Loud

Have a great weekend y’all.

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