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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New Mom Gift Guide

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I have so many friends who are pregnant right now – including my youngest sister!! Wahoo – we are bump sisters! So, I thought I would put together a fun new mom gift guide. You can use this resource for picking up some quick Christmas gifts for you friend (or sister), or to make a list for their baby shower. As a mom who is prepping for baby #2, here are some things I would totally appreciate:

1. Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath or Bath Teas

Once that Momma has had her baby, she can enjoy soaking in luxurious hot baths once again!! These bath teas are a great aid to perineal and vaginal healing, as well as a c section incision (once cleared to get wet).

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Pregnancy #2: Week 27

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been craving sweet things lately, especially with all the Christmas cookies, etc. being pinned on Pinterest!! And, I’ve given in to the cravings and have been making sweet things a LOT. (Don’t worry, I’ve given some of it away, but we still have too much in our house.) My latest favorite was the Cranberry Christmas cake – it’s so good and not too sweet. I love the tangy-ness of the cranberries with the sweet cake!! It’s moist and amazing – check it out!!

 

Well, on to the pregnancy update:

Week 27

How I feel/slept – Getting pretty tired most days now. I’m definitely in my 3rd trimester now!! The past three nights

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Pregnancy #2: It's a... (week 24)

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Hello all – it’s been a bit of a quiet month here because we went on a CRUISE!! It was our babymoon before baby #2 comes. We left Ain behind with Grandparents, so it was a nice, relaxing, connecting time with the hubby! I would not do it pregnant again though – my ankles and hands were swollen so bad they were uncomfortable and I couldn’t spend that much time walking around in the heat of Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, and Jamaica. We did have incredible views, though and I LOVED eating all the time!! And we had a room with a balcony!!

 

Last time I updated you on this pregnancy was when I was 20 weeks along. I

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Why I'm doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it Looks Like

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Baby-led feeding is the practice of giving your baby soft, palatable whole foods and letting her feed herself her first ‘bites’, while continuing to breastfeed. The theory is that babies will experiment and discover food at their own pace, as well as develop new abilities including chewing and keen hand-eye coordination.

Most babies start their journey with solid food by being spoon-fed their first mouthfuls of pureed food on a date determined by their parents. Some babies are considered a “good eater”, for others it is a struggle to keep the food in their mouth. Often families settle for separate mealtimes and different foods for adults and children.

What happens if you don’t do this? What if you let them

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Ain's 1st Birthday - Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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Ain is now One! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books, and since Ain has had Very Hungry caterpillar toys since birth I thought it would be a great theme for his first birthday! If you are looking for some great ideas, check out my First Birthday Pinterest board – it’s full of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed ideas.

 

 

My sister Amy helped me design the cards I sent out to some family (others we just invited via facebook). Here was the inside of the inviation:

 

 

I didn’t get a picture taken, but on the drive up to the clubhouse I tied caterpillar balloons to posts, something like this

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Ain Levi - One year!!

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Dear Ain,

Your 1 year birthday has come and gone (post on that a little bit later)!! Crazy! I can’t believe how much has happened in one year – and now the start of your second year of life. I hope it is just as fun!!

Taken by Ad Astra Photography

Mobility: You are crawling like crazy, pulling up to standing, and are climbing the stairs easily (with encouragement).

Sleep: Because of your activity, sometimes you don’t want to slow down long enough for naps. You take one, sometimes two naps and then go to bed around 7:30pm.

Play: You are content

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Baby Boy: 11 months

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Dear Ain,

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Mobility: You are starting to get more mobile!! You are a rolling maniac now – rolling in both directions!! You can also scoot backwards on your tummy, but then get stuck since you can’t move forwards.

Sleep: Because of your activity – sleeping during the day is hard for you now. You just want to practice rolling and moving about. It takes you a long time to settle down. You have gotten your legs stuck between the bars on your crib several times.

At night you sleep well – except for that week and a

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