Babywearing with Baby #2

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You know what’s awesome? Babywearing.

You know what helps so much when you have two kids under 2, OR when your little one has reflux?

Babywearing.

Soothe Shirt by Lalabu

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You know what makes babywearing even more easy and convenient?

A soothe shirt by Lalabu.

 

Isn’t it awesome? It’s a stylish shirt with a pocket for baby!! It’s so perfect, especially when babies are still at the newborn age. I love the feeling of having a newborn snuggled up against you, all safe and secure.

Full disclosure: Lalabu sent this soothe shirt to me for free

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Ain Levi: 21 months

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Dear Ain,

There is so much going on in your life right now!! You are a busy, busy boy. I really wish I had kept up with the monthly, or at least semi-monthly updates with you. The time has sped by since your 1st birthday and now we are getting closer to your 2nd birthday. Don’t grow up so fast. I’m sad you are not my baby anymore.

Since I haven’t really recorded on this blog how you’ve been doing, I want to sum up as much as I can before more time gets away.

July (12-13 months)

2nd – you started climbing the stairs!

3rd – pulled up to standing by the couch – all on your own

5th – climbed up 15

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Ebron Asher's First Two Weeks

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It has been an adjustment getting used to 2 kids, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting. I think it helps that we still have a newborn who still sleeps a lot during the day. So, we do still get to have one on one time with Ain. We’ll see how that changes as Ebron gets older.

I even survived a day with both kids on my own!! It worked perfectly – Ebron slept soundly while I was getting Ain up for the day and getting breakfast ready. (It helped that he was snuggled warmly against me in this wonderful shirt carrier – the Soothe Shirt.)

 

 

Then, while Ain ate, I fed Ebron. Later on, I

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Welcome to the World Ebron Asher!

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Ebron Asher Pool was born Monday, March 2nd at 11:22pm – 2 weeks before his due date. I had NO idea Monday morning that by the end of the day we would have a newborn (even though, during week 33 I had a night of regular, consistent contractions. It continued the next day and I had to be put on medication until week 37 to relax my body). But the Sunday before he was born I had told everyone that I really didn’t think the baby would be here before March 10th, at 39 weeks.

 

WARNING: This is a birth story. If reading about childbirth isn’t your thing, you might want to skip this post.  

A few days into my 37th week I

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Pregnancy #2: Week 35

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I’ve made it to 35 weeks!! Crazy – I never thought I would be doubtful about keeping the baby inside at this point in the pregnancy (with Ain I went into labor at 41 weeks, 2 days and no sign of labor or dilation before that point)!!

How I feel

Now that we are settled into our new home, I’m definitely feeling the need to get the newborn baby things in order. And….we had a little scare at 33 1/2 weeks that gave us the extra push to get the pack ‘n play set up, carseat out, and the “to go” birth bags packed. (If you are curious what we packed for our first – this is the pdf I made.

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Minimalist Lifestyle: Clothing

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How did you do on decluttering your clothing? I wrote a minimalist mindset post last week to give you some ideas on where to start.

I was not able to declutter as much as I wanted, mainly because I’m currently 7 1/2 months pregnant. I don’t know what will fit me, or what I will wear this summer. So here’s what I did:

Pairing down your wardrobe while pregnant

1) Get rid of clothes that are too small. I mean really small. I’ve been holding onto some clothes that didn’t even fit me between the last pregnancy and this one.

2) Get rid of clothes that you don’t love. Even if you can’t currently try an item of clothing on (because you are pregnant,

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Minimalist Mindset: Clothing

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Having a minimalist wardrobe

I want to keep only the clothes that I love and wear. Right? Minimalism is living with what you need and what you love.

The steps to getting more clothes that I actually wear is:

1. Declutter my clothes. Be ruthless and get rid of everything that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look awesome on me. I only want to keep what I actually love!

2. Hanger trick. Put all the hanging clothes on hangers backwards and once I wear it, turn the hanger around the right way. That way I’ll REALLY know what I’m not wearing.

3. Declutter again. After a season or two has gone by, I’ll look at my clothes and again evaluate. This time I’ll get rid

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Minimalist Lifestyle: Kitchen

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As you may or may not know, we moved into a 3-bedroom townhome last weekend. It’s SO nice to have extra space in the living room, basement, and kitchen. However, that did NOT translate to having more cabinet space – just more floor space. I’m not saying I have a tiny kitchen. It’s a nice size, it’s just hard to fit everything you want into a kitchen (especially when you cook from scratch often). My mom helped me unpack kitchen items the day before we moved all the furniture in. Which was so nice – EXCEPT the day we moved in we found 7 more boxes labeled kitchen. Ahh!

So much stuff!!

I knew a LOT had to go.

Here is a picture of the

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Minimalist Mindset: Kitchen

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Hello everyone!! Your assignment for the weekend is to declutter your kitchen! Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Well, I hope to help!!

How to Get Started

Wednesday I gave you a list of 20 + things you can get rid of without even missing. This is a great place to start. Think about these kitchen items. Do you have too many:

glasses/mugs (even if they are sentimental?) tupperware/containers pots and pans vases knives ladles wooden spoons/utensils pitchers measuring spoons and cups wine glasses single purpose appliances (ice cream maker, juicers, deep fryers, etc.) rarely used items (we are getting rid of our George Foreman grill)

After you have though through these items and pulled them out, then go through

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5 Week Jump Start to living a minimalist lifestyle!

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How to Create a Minimalist Home

Monday I mentioned 5 ways you could get started living a minimalist lifestyle. Did you start googling minimalism after my post? There are a lot of great articles out there and examples of people you have really cut back on stuff in their life.

One example is Joshua and Ryan who write at The Minimalists. They packed everything up and started on their journey to minimalism with that method. They also have an excellent Start Here page to check out!

If you want to just knock out a bunch of stuff at once, check out Tico and Tina’s blog Make Room for Greatness. They have a great list of 20 + Things you can get

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