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It’s the end of August, and I’m going to take a few days away from the blog to spend the Labor Day weekend with my family.

A few days from now, my little M will be two years old.. I still can’t believe it!

I’ll see you in a few!  Enjoy the holiday!

After watching a commercial about eHarmony.com that featured speed dating.

Me:  I never tried speed dating..
Hubby: Me neither.  We should do it.
Me:  Huh?!
Hubby:  Ya, we should do it and see who will get more numbers at the end of the night.
Me:  Ok.

Gotta love our competitive spirit…

These early years of a child’s life are probably the most fun a parent can have.

I’m only saying this because all I have is a small child.. and so far, it’s been really fun!

One main reason I love being the parent of a small child is that I get to choose her Halloween costume.

She’s too young to have a preference, so I can do what I want.

Last year, we were lucky to get a Minnie Mouse costume for her birthday.  That pretty much made our minds for us.  She was Minnie Mouse for her first Halloween.

This year, I didn’t want to go out and spend money on a costume that she probably won’t remember wearing anyway.

So, I decided to be resourceful.

Dora the Explorer!

Oh, it’s easy!  Orange shorts.  Purple/Pink top.  White shoes.

She already has a Dora backpack, thanks to my cousin!  That can also double as her candy holder.  And she’s got an inflatable Boots the Monkey, thanks to my mom!

So easy!

I decided to start early.  It never fails that whenever I’m in the rush to buy a specific article of clothing, I won’t be able to find it.  So starting early meant that I had time to look for it.. poof!  I found it!  I found it all at The Children’s Place.

So, I’m done.. I just have to wait another two months for Halloween to actually happen…

Have you started planning for Halloween?

 

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I love this wetbag. 

I don’t do cloth diapers, but I rely on this wetbag constantly when M and I are out and about.

This wetbag is lined with waterproof cloth and is perfect for when M decides to spill things on herself.  It’s also great to store outfits that unfortunately get wet due to a diaper leak.  A change of clothes and this wetbag are the two essentials when going out and running errands and such.

My friend owns the Etsy shop, Rosalie Jane’s Creation, and sews all these wetbags.  The quality of her work is absolutely exquisite.  The bag is very durable and big enough to fit a whole outfit, and more!  If you use cloth diapers, or just have a toddler, having one of these is a lifesaver!  Before I had this, I would go searching for a plastic bag if M decided to get something wet, or her diaper leaked.   Those weren’t always readily available, especially when I’m somewhere where plastic bags aren’t normally distributed. 

The bag is easy to clean.  I was told to just turn the bag inside out, then wash with the rest of your toddler’s laundry.  Then you can either pop it into the dryer, or hang dry it.

I highly recommend these bags to anyone and everyone!  She offers them in several different patterned fabrics and colors.  I do believe she also takes custom orders for these, and other items she sells.

Please visit her Etsy shop, Rosalie Jane’s Creation.
Also visit her FB page, Rosalie Jane’s Creation.
Lastly, visit her blog, Rosalie Jane’s Creation.

One month from today, I will be 33 years old.

When did I turn 33?!

There are days when I definitely feel my age..

There are days when I can’t believe that I’m in my thirties.

It’s weird when I see celebrities or people that I think are older than me, only to find that they are close to my age.

Weird.

Then, there are times where I totally KNOW I’m old.

Am I looking forward to turning 33?

I don’t know.

My thirties have definitely been good to me.. marriage, baby.. motherhood..

My thirties have definitely NOT disappointed, yet.

I think that I’m ok with turning a year older.

I just wish that time would move slower and allow me to really take in all the blessings that have been given to me.

I think that woud make me so much more comfortable about turning a year older.

I’ve got a month left… hmmmm.

I’m looking for any phone and/or tablet (preferably, iPhone and/or iPad) apps pertaining to parenting, toddlers, children, and life organization.

I’m looking to try out a few apps and post some reviews here.

I’d prefer for these apps to be free, but if I do have to pay, I don’t want to pay anything more than $1.99 for the app!

Please leave your recommendations in the comments on the blog, or on Facebook.

Then.. stay tuned!

With her birthday coming up so very soon, the new topic of conversation is if we are finally going to get M out of our bed and onto her own toddler bed.

If you didn’t know, M’s been in our bed since she was a newborn.  When she was born, we tried to get her to sleep in the bassinet next to us.  I had the hardest time falling asleep, and so did she.

I truly believe that we both were able to start sleeping through the night more comfortably because we slept together.  At first she’d sleep on my chest, then once she got too big for that, she slept next to me, between a bed rail and my body.

As she’s gotten older, she’s pretty much taken over the entire bed.  There are many mornings Hubby and I have woken up with a foot in our face, or an arm on our neck.  Many mornings I wake up to her cuddling up to me, hugging my arm as if I’m her teddy bear.  Those are the moments I love the most.

And honestly, I think I’m the one that’s the most attached to the idea of us co-sleeping.  I think I’m the one going through the separation anxiety, and we’re only THINKING of getting her into her own bed.

Our bedroom is big enough to have a toddler bed next to us.  So the initial thoughts are to set up the toddler bed next to our bed.  I can lie with her until she falls asleep, and we are still close enough that if she needs to come back to bed, she can.

I just don’t know… she’s my baby!  She’s my cuddle-partner.

She’s growing up and I need to start accepting that fact.. but can’t I just keep her with me a little longer?

How old did you stop co-sleeping with your child?

When people ask me, “how old is your child?” I always answer in months.  I get the same response from other parents.  It’s like “parent code.”

It’s always been wierd for me, especially since M is so close to 2, to say that she’s only one.  For some reason, saying her age in months just makes more sense.

This topic has been discussed in this blog post, click here.

Now that M is so much closer to two, when people ask her age, I say “Two next month.”

Ok.. it’s better than saying “twenty three months.”  That’s such a mouthful and by the time you hit the twenty months or so, math is pretty much involved in determining exactly how old the child is.

We all know that I hate math.. and if you didn’t know it before, you do now!

I think after a child hits 2 year old, the mindset changes.  I don’t usually hear other parents address their child’s age as “twenty-six months” or “twenty-nine months..”  Maybe I just don’t hear it.

Either way, I think once M turns two, I will probably addressing her as such.

What’s your take on this whole age thing?!

 

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I borrowed Dora The Explorer: Valentines for Everyone from the library.

Since M LOVES Dora, I figured that she would totally enjoy this book.

I was right!

This book is such a fun little treat. There are several flaps per page that your toddler can open and find a cute surpise. If your child is familiar with Dora and her friends, your child will enjoy opening a flap and finding Tico, Benny, or Issa hiding behind them!

The book is made for Valentines Day. The book goes through a little adventure to get to Abuela’s house to give her a Valentine.

My daughter loves to open the door to find Abuela hiding on the other side. She knocks on the door and tries to open the door by the knob, but since it’s just a picture, I had to teach her how to properly open the flap.

This is a board book that will endure the wear and tear of a toddler. However, the flaps are made of heavy paper, but can be easily ripped, so be careful.

I recommend this book for any Dora the Explorer lover!

Click the link above to be directed to the book’s Amazon page.

It’s been almost a week since I started this whole “preconception” thing.  For a refresher, click here.

I’ve had coffee twice.  Small cups.  No more venti sizes for me.  AND, I’ve stopped using all that fake sugar Splenda. 

I actually liked the Splenda and fake sugars.  For me, they made my coffee taste so much sweeter.  I know that those fake sugars are bad for me.  But, sheesh!  They were sweet!

When I caved the other day and purchased a tall coffee, I used Sugar In The Raw. 

My coffee did not taste sweet.  I’ve depended on the sweetness of fake sugars, like Splenda and Equal, for so long that I never enjoyed how real sugar made my stuff taste.

Oh well. 

I’ve been on my pre-natal vitamins for about a week too.  Everytime I take it, I feel yucky.  I totally remember feeling yucky the first time I was taking it too.  I started taking it a month before Hubby and I got married and I remember just feeling so gross for about a week or two.  I guess it takes a while for a body to adjust to the sudden influx of all these vitamins.

I have to admit that I don’t feel AS bad as I did the first time.  That’s a start, right?

I know I will be able to kick this coffee habit again.  I did it for M, I can do it for the next one.

But it’s so hard!  It’s difficult because I’m up late dealing with a toddler that isn’t sleepy during bedtime.  Then, I have to get up early to get to work.  I need that caffeine boost.

I can do it though.  I know I can. 

Oh coffee… why do I love you so??


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