Mommyhood Times Two

For me, being pregnant is one of the best feelings in the world. I loved every minute of my pregnancy with Meyer and so far am loving every minute of my second pregnancy as well. And this time around, I know what to expect at the end (pain wise) so I am not as anxious as I was the first time. But there are still all kinds of emotions circling through my head. I’m in my second trimester. I’m on baby number two. I have a soon to be two-year old. There are so many twos happening right now! Am I going to remember everything about having a newborn? How am I going to balance my life with two little ones? And most importantly how am I going to love the new baby as much as I love Meyer? My friend defined that question for me…It’s not like you have to sacrifice other things in your life to make room for that love, or diminish any love you have for your first-born, your ‘jar’ of love just gets bigger and you have more love to give. Bingo! That was the answer that I needed to calm any nerves I had about baby number two…

And now to the physical attributes of pregnancy. I am now starting to show my baby bump after the many weeks of waking up and saying, ‘”wow, my stomach is still flat!” But I am in that awkward stage where people look at me thinking “is she expecting or did she just splurge on too many donuts?” I have to constantly rub my tummy or walk with one hand on top of it so that people know that I am carrying a baby, not a few extra Double Doubles in my gut. I am almost to the point of the maternity pants stage but as of now, I can get away with just wearing the waist extender in my own pants or leaving the top button undone. Hail to stretch pants!  But the one thing that I am struggling with (I did with Meyer too) are the constant nose bleeds…I mean, come on!

When I was pregnant with Meyer, I took a weekly photo of my bump chronicling the week by week progress. Do you think I did so with the second one? Nope! Have you seen those commercials when the mom cleans everything the first-born touches and then just wipes off the second child’s pacifier on her shirt after it falls on the ground? Yup, those stereotypes are already ringing true. So I figured I would try to take a few nice pictures of Meyer and I, featuring the baby bump. But most of them turned into awkward shots of her trying to kiss my belly while laughing or me telling her over and over again to just come here for a minute or to JUST STOP MOVING!….Oh the bribes you use while doing a photo shoot! At least I got a few that showcased our mother daughter bond and the love that she has for her new brother or sister (so far).

More Faves

When compiling a list of my favorite things,  I look at items that I use daily and things that simply make me (or someone I love) extremely happy. There are a few items that I use so often, they are always on my shopping list and there are some things that I know Meyer just adores. I took a look around my closet, our kitchen and Meyer’s room and made my next ‘cannot live without’ list. Here are some more of my favorite things:

1. Ecco Aimee Shoes. Besides going barefoot, these are the best things that I have ever worn on my feet. They are so comfortable, are super cute and can be worn with basically everything in my wardrobe.

2. Floradix Iron and Herbs. I am a huge fan of herbs and vitamins, especially now that I am pregnant. I make sure to take this liquid magic daily to give my body (and my baby) all the iron and vitamins that we need. It isn’t the best tasting concoction out there (think licorice with a hint of copper) but hey, it does a body good!

3. Illume Winter White candle. This is probably the best smelling candle I have ever sniffed and it even looks pretty to boot. It looks more like a conversation piece than a candle and smells like you are running through the woods with a tray of sugar cookies and an Abercrombie model.

4. Better Life cleaning products. There are a ton of ‘natural’ products on the market that may be all the rage right now but they still contain a few bad ingredients that Better Life does not. The number one offender that I see way too often is phenoxyethanol. Although I feel like no product can really be 100% natural unless you bust out the vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, these products are pretty close to it.

5. Minnie’s Happy Helpers Brunch Cafe. Available at Toys R Us and Walmart to name a few, this toy is just as much fun for the adults as it is for kids! I have two words for you…Cereal Dispenser! And not only can you get a bowl of cereal on the go (the ‘cereal’ is actually plastic bows and Minnie faces) but you can ‘pour’ a cup of coffee, make some scrambled eggs (with a real sizzling sound) and flip your waffle in the waffle maker. Meyer could play with this thing for hours and she is delighted to help whenever I order a cup of coffee from her. It is darling.

6. Leslie Patricelli books. Call me simple and right to the point but these books do just that. With titles like Toot, Potty, Blankie, Tickle and No No Yes Yes to name a few, these books are cute, vibrant and informative for your kids. I love them and Meyer can’t get enough of them. She lingers on all the pages, she laughs and points at the pictures and she always says ‘again!’ when I am finished.

7. Kiddopotamus Tinydiner Placemat. This is the one product that I always get asked about when I am out in public. It is a simple, waterproof and handy mat that you stick to the table to eliminate any mess (if you can imagine) and make cleanup easy. Yes, if you are st a restaurant, you can just wash the table and use a plate, but with this product, you just whip it out of the baby bag, stick it to the table and know your baby is eating off a clean surface. Once they are done, you just wipe it clean, roll it up and put it back in the baby bag for next time. Genius!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

You know when you find a product that you absolutely cannot live without? Well, I have a few that I would like to tell you about. Products for me, products for Meyer and my favorite thing from Trader Joe’s that I use almost weekly. I am by no means Oprah, but I would like to share a few of my favorite things.

  1. Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Herbal Wipes. We have searched high and low for the best, most natural baby wipes for Meyer and I think we found ourselves a gem. I know, I know, a baby wipe is a baby wipe, right? But sometimes they aren’t! Baby’s bums are very sensitive and a lot of products can irritate your little one’s booty. But not Kinder by Nature wipes. These are the best that we have ever used.
  2. Melissa and Doug Water Wow. My friend introduced me to this fun and different coloring book last month. There are about 5 pictures in each book, with a puzzle asking kids to find different items in the pictures. But the best part about these coloring books is that there are no crayons or markers needed. Just water! So no breaking, losing, or dried out tools to go along with this book. You simply fill up the brush with water and color away on the page to ‘reveal’ a beautifully colored photo. No mess, no stress!
  3. Shills Purifying Black Peel Off Charcoal Mask. There are a lot of mixed reviews for this product but I absolutely love it! I use it about once a month on my (sensitive) skin and it keeps my face fresh, my pores minimized and my skin so soft. It does hurt a bit when you peel it off but I’ve had a baby, I can take the pain! You can get this product at Amazon, or at
  4. Trader Joe’s Trader Giotti’s Bruschetta. Hands down, the best jar of anything you can buy. I add this product to pretty much everything. Chicken, quinoa, rice, spaghetti squash, lentils…the list goes on. You can find it near the pasta sauce at your local Trader Joe’s.
  5. Tiny Captain Toddler Socks. These non-skid, colorful and adorable socks are the best toddler socks on the market. I had never even heard of Tiny Captain until my sister bought a pack for Meyer last year. She loves them, I love them and her feet love them! She wears them everyday. They stay on her feet, keep her from not slipping on the hard wood floors and are breathable so she can wear them to bed.
  6. Milkbarn Organic Stroller Blanket. Our friends bought us this blanket for our baby shower (along with a few other Milkbarn items) and we had no idea at the time how much it would be a part of our lives. Meyer absolutely loves her blankie, wants to take it everywhere with her and sleeps with it every night. It is so pretty, soft and the perfect size for her.
  7. Shea Moisture Lotions and Body Wash. Not only does Meyer love Shea moisture products, but my husband and I do too. The assortment of natural lotions, body wash, bubble bath, face masks and hair products are available at Target and CVS. They have so many different products for every skin type, that you can easily find a match for you.



What’s In A Name?

Choosing a name for your little one is quite the challenge, but if you have to pick a name that they will identify with for their whole life, make it a good one! Sorry parents but the pressure is on! When we chose Meyer as our daughter’s name, not only did we love it because it was unique (but not too unique that it would raise eyebrows), we thought that it would be fun to brand her as our own little Meyer lemon. Hence, we bought everything lemon, painted her room yellow and prayed she wouldn’t disagree with our choices. So far so good. But she is only 21 months…just wait until she is 16 and demands that I stop throwing her lemon themed parties or forcing her to work in the front yard lemonade stand every summer! So for now, I intend to take full advantage of it and buy up all the lemon apparel that I can get! What’s the fun of having a name like Meyer if you can’t dress her in lemon themed everything, right? And I’m not alone…I am willing to bet that Gwyneth Paltrow had various apple themed items for her daughter, Apple, Brie Bella went ‘tweet-y’ for her daughter, Birdie and Alicia Silverstone had a GRRReat time buying clothes for her son, Bear. My new motto? When life gives you a lemon, dress like one!

Fall Photoshoot

Thank you so much to Nichole James Photography for the fun fall photoshoot of my cute little family. Even though Meyer was not having it that day, we still managed to get some good shots of us. Happy holidays!


Drink Your Greens

IMG_2284As many of you moms probably know, getting your toddlers to eat greens is almost as hard as finding the time to clean out your junk drawer. Meyer will eat pretty much anything (pickles, lamb, olives, tomatoes) but greens. Even if I try and sneak a piece of spinach on her spoon under the rice and turkey, she will fish it out of her mouth immediately. As frustrating as it is, I am thankful she has always liked the green shakes that I make for myself, so anytime I make one, I give her a cup as well. Sneaky way to get those greens in her belly, huh? Needless to say, she loves her green shake and gets so excited when I get out the Magic Bullet to whip it up. You can add anything you would like to your green shake but we have our own favorite recipe:

Handful of spinach

Handful of kale

1 Orange

1 Apple

1/2 Lemon (with the rind)

Sprinkle of Chia Seeds

2 scoops of Standard Process SP Complete powder




Add all of the ingredients to your blender and enjoy!



Clingy Toddler?

FullSizeRenderI am not sure if it is a phase or some sort of toddler regression, but Meyer has been so clingy lately! Anytime I leave her side or am out of her view, it is like she is never going to see me again and she just cries until I pick her up. I’m starting to refer to her as my little shadow or Velcro because she is attached at my hip 24/7. Last Friday when I was cleaning the house, she couldn’t even bear for me to put her down while I vacuumed. So I had to compromise with her….I busted out the Baby Bjorn, strapped her in and went about my business. I used to do that all the time when she was a baby but now that she is almost 2 years old, it’s a crazy workout! She is almost 30 lbs. I have a two-story house. My back hurts.


Bumble Mama Profile

Such a pleasure to introduce you to Bumble Mama Erin and her beautiful little one, Baby Meyer. This gorgeous Bumble Mama’s candid look at motherhood will have you smiling and laughing learning that you weren’t alone in those Google searches on baby’s stool colors. Her honest experience at motherhood in those first few weeks are comical, fun and will leave you wanting to shout “Welcome to the Club!” To read even more of Erin’s stories, you should visit her hilariously named blog “Who Else But Erin?” One of our personal favorites is “Beware of the Pregnant Lady in Row 12!“.


Eleven weeks ago, I gave birth to my first child, a daughter named Meyer London. And while I thought I had been somewhat prepped for motherhood by my friends, my family and that handy What To Expect When You’re Expecting book, there were some things that no one could have told me. Things that I would simply have to experience to know true motherhood.

For the first few days once she was home, Meyer was not pooping at all. When I took her to the pediatrician for her first appointment that week, I voiced my concern to the doctor. She told me that if she didn’t poop that day then I could try using a rectal thermometer to speed things along. I was all ready to utilize the thermometer that night when the inevitable happened. Meyer pooped! I cheerfully changed her diaper, got her dressed again and before I could bring her into the other room, I heard that unmistakable gush of a poop. Wow, she was on a roll! I carefully removed her diaper and reached for the wipes when- WHOOSH! She had projectile pooped all over me, the changing table and that poor pink teddy bear bystander while her legs were in the air. I called for my mom as I tried to compose myself. “Is this normal?” I asked her, as she bent over laughing. “I’ve never seen a baby projectile poop!” she confessed. But funny enough, she saw Meyer do it three more times that week.

I always thought that I wouldn’t be one of those moms who never had time to herself to either get a few lunges in while the baby was napping or paint my nails quickly while my husband was giving her a bath. But I soon realized that nothing else mattered than that baby. I don’t think I brushed my hair or even looked in the mirror that first week that I brought her home. I would rather lie on the couch and stare at her little face all day than drag my butt in the shower.

I thought that I met my Google search quota in my twenties looking up every single fact that I could about a boy that I was obsessed with but I was wrong! Motherhood has completely changed my Googling game! I have Googled everything from ‘baby belly button goop’ to ‘is my baby’s poop supposed to look like mustard?’ (And yes, mustard poop is completely normal).

I never knew how many baby products there were out there until I ran out of wipes and found myself in Target, overwhelmed by nasal aspirators, thermometers and swaddling blankets. Did I really need all of these products? Would I be a bad mom if I didn’t get that certain brand of diapers? The answer? No and no. You’ll figure out what products your baby needs and realize that a diaper is a diaper and you go through them so fast that it doesn’t matter how cute those little monkeys on the front are when it is saturated with pee.

I thought I was emotional before I gave birth but nothing compares to those post pregnancy hormones. Every day I felt like I was in a glass case of emotion, crying while just looking at Meyer’s beautiful face. I cried because I didn’t want to ever bring her on a plane, send her to Kindergarten or let her drive once she turned sixteen. Why was I even thinking about this now? But I never want to let my baby out of my sight! Uh-oh, here come those tears again!

Modesty completely goes out the window once you give birth. I had about sixteen nurses and doctors staring at my lady parts along with my husband, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and mom. But did I care? Nope! And as much as you try to be discreet while breastfeeding in public with those cute nursing scarves, when the baby is hungry, she needs to eat now! And if there is an accidental nipple flashing while trying to nurse at the Peterson Automotive Museum (true story) then those tourists will just have to deal with it!

The most amazing feeling that no one can describe to you is the love that overcomes your body the minute you lock eyes with your newborn for the first time. It is an incredible feeling that I hope everyone will get to experience one day. And it doesn’t stop there. The second I saw my husband with Meyer, my heart melted. Motherhood is the most amazing, challenging, exhausting and joyful experience that I have ever felt. And as much as I hope all of you will have that feeling one day, no one will ever be able to describe it for you and like me, you will have to experience it yourself to understand.

Happy Halloween!

IMG_1931Ever since I can remember, Halloween has been my favorite holiday. I’m not sure if it was the overabundance of candy or the costumes that sealed the deal for me, but either way, I am obsessed with everything Halloween! I can still remember the feeling I got when I returned home from Trick or Treating and dumped the entire contents of that magical, orange, pumpkin bucket onto the living room floor. It was like I was the richest kid in the world! And most of my costumes were hand-made as a kid so watching my mom bring my idea for a costume to life was amazing! And I wasn’t a typical ‘I want to be a witch’ kind of kid. Oh no! My ideas were very specific, and they still are.  In Kindergarten, I wanted to be Cinderella but my dress had to be as ruffle-y as they come! And when I was about 10 years old, I had to be Lydia from Beetlejuice fully equipped with her spider web cape. (That same year, my little sister was Wedding Day Midge. That’s right. Not just simple ol’ Barbie, but her red-headed side kick, Midge. ON HER WEDDING DAY!) I’m pretty sure every single house we went to looked at us, cocked their heads and questioned who we were supposed to be. And my love for Halloween has been strong ever since. I even had my first kiss with my now husband on Halloween…. dressed as a Honey Badger!
image3I love to get very creative with my costumes and most of the time it’s straight up OVER ambitious. I find these things on Pinterest that look so easy and amazing, buy all the items I need, and then find myself up to my neck in tulle, sequins, fabric glue, glitter, a needle and thread, a towel for the sweat pouring down my face and a cocktail or two the night before Halloween, racing to get it done in time! I usually pull it off but sometimes I wish I could just buy a costume in a bag and be over it. But there’s no fun in that! I like to creative my costume and really become the character I am supposed to be. One year I was a peacock (with a tail that I ended up losing in a cab), a few years ago I was Miss Argentina from Beetlejuice (I got an eye infection from the teal makeup that I had smeared over my entire body) and when I was pregnant I had to incorporate my belly and dressed up as Juno.

image4I hope to pass on my love of Halloween to my daughter and so far, she seems to enjoy it as much as me! Before I had Meyer, Halloween used to be a night to dress up in skimpy clothes and go out with my friends and party. Now, it’s a family filled holiday that is full of carving pumpkins, decorating the house, baking pumpkin everything, trick-or-treating and family themed costumes! Since Meyer was born, I have had two Halloween costumes per year, because I know the time is limited before she gets to choose what she wants to be. Right now, she is only 19 months old so I get to pick what she dresses up as but there will come a day (next year maybe?) when she will be telling me what she wants to be. Will I be able to suggest other costumes or just dress up as her sidekick? (Cut to next Halloween when I am dressed up as Mickey Mouse standing next to a beaming Minnie Mouse).

image2Last year, she was a fluffy white chicken and I was her farmer and this year she is going to be E.T., my husband is going at Elliott (all he has to do is wear a red hooded sweatshirt) and I will be Gertie. Sounds simple, right? Our second family themed costume is where I am putting all my energy…. we are going to New Orleans for the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience and we are all going as Will Ferrell characters. Pictures will follow, I promise!  Meyer’s costume is simple yet hilarious (she is dressing up with her cousin, Bailey) and mine involves a lot of gold. I am still trying to vacuum the glitter out of my rug and am finding it everywhere all over the house. Happy Halloween everyone!