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Shopping(and surviving) with a newborn and a toddler!

September 9, 2016

Shopping with a baby and toddler is rough and straight up not fun sometimes! Here are a few tips that might save some sanity when having to take the kiddos on your errand runs with you!

-Timing is key! Don’t you even think about going near a nap time or meal time! Right after breakfast always seems to be a good time for all in this family!

-Find the coffee! Find all the stores with a built in Starbucks. When a mom has a coffee in hand they must have it all together, right?!? 😂😂#haha

-Bribery always wins! Who else was stoked when their toddler finally understood a good bribe?? I was just waiting for the day! New toys for everyone who stays in their cart without having a melt down! Yes please!

-Bring snacks! Who wouldn’t want to chill in a cart, get a free ride and enjoy a nice snack?

Binxy Baby for the win! This thing is seriously awesome! SO many moms stop me when I’m using it! It frees up cart space, baby is super cozy, and toddler stays in the cart longer because they get to turn around and see their little brother or sister! Winning ALL around!

-Baby wearing! Equally as great as the Binxy Baby, just depends how your feeling that day!  Frees up hands, and especially perfect if baby needs to sleep!

-Emergency YouTube! YouTube has it all folks, from the Disney junior to those good ol’ Surprise Eggs. When it’s all hitting the fan at once, baby is crying and toddler is Lord knows where. Probably pulling who the heck knows what off the shelf. The time had come to stick them in the cart and hand them the phone, and don’t even feel guilty about it!

-Bring back up! THE absolute worst thing is when you are in the store with a cart full of groceries and out of no where baby starts screaming, toddler refuses to sit in the cart and you are about 2/3rds done shopping! That’s straight up panic! Bring whoever the heck is willing to help! Hey mom, need to go to Target?? BFF? Neighbor? Sister? Waitress at dinner last night? Your Uber driver? Justin Timberlake? I don’t even care…

-AND the number one trick to having a successful shopping trip is to leave the little angels home with daddy! (My personal favorite!) 😉

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XO Ashley

Hello baby Karis!

June 15, 2016

With another little baby coming in 35 DAYS! I repeat 35 DAYS! I thought I would share the birth story of my first little babe! Miss Karis Brynn just turned two, but hey, better late then never.

So here it goes, the big debut of our spunky miss Karis. Her due date was June 14th and I was convinced she would be late! May 28th rolls around and while getting ready for bed around 11 p.m., just like that, I thought I peed myself. Unfortunately at 8 months pregnant it’s more common then it might sound. Eric wasn’t phased at all and didn’t believe me, because he knows my bladder is about the size of a pea, but when it continued to leak I knew things just got real. So I called the doc and she told me to come on down! So we both took quick showers, speed cleaned the house (since we thought we still had two weeks!) packed the car up and headed to the hospital! They checked me in and I was right! Karis busted through my water like the Koolaid man bustin through a wall. By now it was probably around 1 in the morning and they told me to get some rest while I could. Um ok, I’m about to meet my baby and you want me to sleep! So Eric and I did our best to sleep, and by 5 in the morning we were letting our family know the exciting news!! Of course my family rushed down to be a part of the fun, scrambled eggs in hand. The nurses had me take a long walk around the hospital to see if things can get going a little faster. Fast forward to 5 something p.m. on May 29th, no epidural (I had back surgery in high school so a epidural wasn’t even a option for me) and 19 (or something like that) hours of labor, the nurse comes in to check me. Turns out Karis has ninja skills and flipped in the middle of a contraction. Meaning, she was no longer head down!! Say whaaaaaaaa!!! Five minutes later I’m in the O.R. about get get my c-section on. Blah blah blah no one needs to hear about the boring c-section details. (Side note, just because you don’t feel any pain during a c-section doesn’t mean you don’t feel the tugging and stretching and whatever on earth else is going on down there. Think about it…think about it….ok stop thinking about it now! Ahhhhh!) Everything went well and at 6:18 p.m. we had a 6 pound 5 ounce gorgeous little girl! Some of you wonder why I’m having a c-section this time around and that’s why! Not the most exciting birth story there ever was but I guess I can’t complain about that! I can’t wait to have another birth story in 5 short weeks!

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XOXO Ashley

A baby is coming!

June 2, 2016

Hello nostalgia! My Timehop app has brought me to mush this week. Seeing little tiny few days old Karis is making me o so excited for my now big girl 2 year old Karis to meet her little sister NEXT month (I repeat, NEXT month). Nesting is in full swing. Weekly target trips with cart loads of baskets and containers for organization. Cleaning all day everyday. Sorting out closets. Cleaning bathrooms. Organizing linen closets. Heck, I even cleaned the refrigerator out. The past 32 weeks have flown by, baby girl has kindly planted herself in my right rib and is somehow squashing my entire Blatter at the same time. Already looking out for her mama, thanks for that. All that’s left is a bit more cleaning, washing up all the baby clothes and then waiting for all the baby snuggles in the world! Bring it on July 19th! IMG_0284