33 Week Bumpdate

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This is week 33 of my pregnancy! Where is the time going? In 7 weeks (because I have convinced myself that I will make it to 40 weeks) our sweet baby girl will be here!!

According to all the apps, she is the size of a honeydew melon. It still makes me laugh that they compare the baby to food. Seems appropriate. She is estimated at 19 in and 4.5 lbs. That is almost the same size as one of the twins when they were born. So, I am currently carrying a Carley (Baby B). Crazy!

Overall, I’m feeling really good. Yes, I’m tired and have a few aches and pains, but I can’t complain. Hopefully the next 7 weeks are just as uneventful as the first 33!

Here is my 33 week Bumpdate!

Weight Gain: 20 lbs. (I only gained 30 lbs with the twins, so I’m interested to see how the weight gains compare at the end.)

Cravings: Wendy’s All-Natural Lemonade. Clearly way more sugar than I need or would usually have, but dang it’s refreshing! I crave it daily but may indulge once a week, if that.

Sleep: What’s sleep? If I’m not waking up to go pee, I’m waking up just because. Every hour on the hour. I wish my body would get with the program. I don’t need to prepare for a newborn. I have twin toddlers. LET THIS MAMA SLEEP!

Mood: Happy mostly, but dang these hormones will throw me for a loop. You know it’s bad when your husband just laughs at the absolute absurd things that come out of your mouth or when he sees your kicking a plastic cup across the kitchen floor because it won’t stay put in the cabinet.

Movement: This baby is a gymnast for sure! I’m talking Olympian. Perhaps the girls stretched my body just enough to give this little lady so much more room for activities, but she is wild! And I do love it, even when I’m convinced she’s trying to escape my body.

Nesting: Well, I was a nesting machine the last 2 weeks. This week, nothing. I have no desire to do anything. A big sorry to my husband who has really taken one for the team this week and did so much for me. I need to get back to nesting mode ASAP because I still have so much left on my to-do list.

Maternity clothes: I have not purchased anything during this pregnancy. Heck, it’s been so freaking hot that I have no desire to wear much of anything. I’ve been living in yoga shorts and sports bras. Quite the sight to be seen for sure. This weekend, I’m biting the bullet and getting so comfy shorts. They still make Soffe cheer shorts right?!

It has occurred to me that I really need to get my hospital bag together soon, so that is at the top of my to-do list.

Stay tuned to my next blog post. I will share with you all my list and even provide a printable for those of you that need to get your things together to!

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Cajun Shrimp Mac & Cheese

The heat in Southern Indiana this Summer has been insane! Add in being in my 3rd trimester of pregnancy, and I am not always the most pleasant person to be around. I refuse to go outside and have been living in the house with the air conditioner wearing nothing but a sports bra and shorts. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Normally, I only want salads in the summer time; however, pregnancy cravings are a real thing. Baby wants what baby wants, am I right?

I made a post on Facebook recently asking about favorite cheat meals and one friend responded mac & cheese. It was as simple as that. I needed mac & cheese. Not the box kind. I try to stay away from box food of any kind. I wanted real, homemade, delicious mac & cheese.

I had already told my husband we would have shrimp for dinner, so why not combine the two? Enter Cajun Shrimp Mac & Cheese. You’re welcome!

Now this is NOT my normal, healthy eating, but, hey, it’s totally okay to give into cravings from time to time, right? It’s called balance.

What is your favorite cheat meal? I’d love for you to share in the comments!

Top Baby Registry Must haves

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I am now 32 weeks pregnant! This pregnancy is flying by. I can’t believe that in 8 weeks, our new, sweet little girl will be here.

As I am prepping for her arrival, I have been going through baby things that I had with the twins and taking inventory of what I need and what I don’t need. I thought I would take this opportunity to make a list of all the “must have baby items” because I know so many expecting Moms that are rattling their brains trying to decided what to register for.

Below is my list of must haves. Some of these do contain affiliate links so I may get a little tip if you decide to purchase any of them.

 

  • Hot/cold breast padsLansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Hot or Cold Breast Therapy, 2 Count for breastfeeding moms. These were a lifesaver in those first days and weeks of breastfeeding. I would put them in the freezer and they helped relieve that discomfort from engorgement and from the littles learning to latch correctly. These are also great for hot therapy to relieve the pain of clogged ducts or mastitis.

 

  •   Breastfeeding salve. This Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve is another breastfeeding must have. This helped so much with soreness in the early days.

 

  • Diaper rash ointment. We were very lucky with the girls, and they didn’t get too many diaper rashes, but the ones that they did get were pretty bad. Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant, 14 Ounce was the only thing that saved their little bottoms and healed them quickly. This ointment isn’t just good for diaper rashes for so many different skin irritations. Multi-purpose is always a win!

 

  • I love multi purpose pads so much! I can’t remember what fabulous mom told me about these but she deserves a huge THANK YOU! I would lay these under the girls when they were in their beds or pack and plays. All of the spit up would land on the pad, so I didn’t have to change sheets all the time. I had more of these pads than I had sheets. I even used them a few months ago under the sheets of their big girl bed while we were nighttime potty training. These are very similar to the ones I’ve used in the past.

  • Crib. Pretty obvious, I know. I love the idea of a convertible crib, so you get more bang for your buck. Also extra crib sheets. I think 3 is a great number to have on hand.

 

  • Pack and play. My twins slept in these for the first 4 months or so. They were so small that they didn’t exceed the weight limit for the top until then. After, they were great for play time and wrangling those littles so I could get a shower.

 

  • Swaddles. These aden and anais Swaddle Blankets are THE BEST! So soft. So breathable. My favorite blankets by far. They are great for swaddling, nursing (when I cared to cover), and anything in between. I can’t say enough good things about these. You will not be disappointed.

 

  • Nursing Pillow. I loved the Boppy. Definitely helpful, especially in the beginning when the girls were so small and needed lots of propping up to nurse.

 

  • Nasal Aspirator. I was so skeptical of the NoseFrida FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator , but it is the real deal. Sounds gross, but works like a charm! Trust me.

 

  • Breast Pump. Obviously, if you are not planning to breastfeed, this is a necessity, but if you are, then get one. You can purchase, but I would recommend going through your insurance company first. Many companies will cover the pump 100%. It’s totally worth checking into.

 

  • Diapers. Duh, right? Something that I learned along the way is that not all diapers fit all babies equally. Try out some different brands to find the best fit for your little one.

 

  • Diaper wipes. Another no brainer. You will use these for literally everything.

 

  • Car seat. You can’t leave the hospital without one. Make sure you study up on the dos and don’ts of car seat safety! I can’t stress this enough. Check out the Car Seat Lady at http://thecarseatlady.com/top10/

 

  • Sound Machine. I did not have one of these with the twins, but I babysat a sweet little boy during the winter and his mom brought one over. Her little man slept so well once we started using the sound machine at our house. I will definitely be getting one for the new baby!

 

  • Diaper Bag. With the girls, I had a traditional diaper bag. With the new baby, I plan on purchasing a back pack style diaper bag. The other bag was too bulky and I constantly felt like I was bumping into everything when I was out and about. How stinkin’ cute is this one?
  • My favorite nursing tank ever! All the others I tried didn’t fit well with my rather large chest. This one gives great support and after wearing it 1 plus years, it’s still in great shape!

 

 

  • I love The Honest Company products. With all the baby products on the market, it’s difficult to find products that you feel safe using on your baby!

 

Just making this list has me so EXCITED about our little lady joining our family soon! I hope you find these suggestions helpful. I would love to hear what is your “must have” baby item! Share with me and feel free to share this post for all your new momma friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for newlyweds

A little advice for Newlyweds

Advice for newlyweds

Advice for newlyweds

Today, we are attending my niece’s wedding in beautiful Kentucky.

Weddings always make me reflect on our own. It’s been 4 years since we said “I do” and what a 4 years it has been. Marriage is not all rainbows and butterflies. It is work. It takes teamwork.

There have been a few things I have learned since our big day and want to share that with you.

(Disclaimer: I am not a marriage counselor. These are just some things I’ve learned along the way.)

When we were planning our wedding, I was working for a retinal specialist and our patients were predominantly 60 and above.

I loved seeing couples come in and I would often ask them for marital advice. The most popular answer was “marry your best friend”. Yes, I’m aware that it sounds clique, but I totally agree with that answer. Steve is my best friend. I enjoy being with him, even if it’s sitting quietly next to each other on the couch. He has seen me at my best and my worst. We were friends for 8 years before our first date so we had time to really get to know each other.

Our romance may have been whirlwind (2 weeks after our first date, he told me that he loved me and asked me to move it), but our friendship had already been cemented.

I believe you should marry someone who you can go on adventures with, be silent with, cry with and laugh with.

LAUGH! I think sometimes people have a false idea of what marriage will be like. It is not perfect. Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s work. But it’s also a lot of fun.

Things will get tough. That’s a guarantee but I think it’s so important to enjoy life and laugh with each other.

Talk. To each other. Communication is so important.

I think it’s so important to communicate with each other when there is an issue. Don’t take those issues to your friends, or family, or coworkers. Obviously, there are exceptions to this if you are in danger, but I am referring to the every day annoyances. Don’t complain about your partner to other people. “Oh, she’s such a nag” or “He is such a jerk”. This affects how others view your partner and it’s also downright disrespectful to your partner.

We want to know that our heart is safe with our spouse. When you say unkind things to others about them, it makes them feel unsafe, even unloved.

Make time for each other. This can be so tough once you have children. I know. Our first year with the twins was so crazy. We had one date night and that was just before their first birthday.

It doesn’t have to be a night out on the town. It can simply be sitting down after the kids are asleep or when they are off playing and just talking and reconnecting.

Remember why you fell in love with your spouse. Remember the first kiss, the butterflies, the late night talks in the kitchen.

Marriage is not 50-50. It’s 100-100. Both partners have to give it all they’ve got. Divorce is 50-50. Remember that.

What is the best advice you’ve received or have for newlyweds?

 

 

Pregnancy Causes What?!

Oh Pregnancy! What a crazy roller-coaster ride it can be. There were several things I expected, like weight gain and some nausea, but nothing could have prepared me for the things I experienced that no one warned me about it. I mean, seriously, help a girl out! I knew I would be emotional, crying at commercials and such, but I didn’t realize that it wouldn’t stop at the tears.

1) Sass Overload! Hormones are a crazy thing, am I right?! I remember the scene from “Knocked Up” where they are in the doctor’s office and Seth Rogen gives an honest attack on the hormones! SPOT ON! When I was pregnant with the twins, I worked at a doctor’s. One afternoon, I waddled after a woman out of the office, to her car to retrieve my ink pen that she walked off with. Seriously?! Who does that?

2) The dreaded H word….Hemorrhoids! Yes, I said it. TMI? Of course. But it’s a reality of pregnancy. Modesty pretty much goes out the window during those 9 months. I wouldn’t be being honest if I left this lovely gem out. Luckily, I only dealt with it once with the twins, but I was TERRIFIED! I called my mom crying convinced that I was dying and asking what in the world is going on with my body? Thankfully, she didn’t laugh at me, at least not while we were on the phone. Tucks pads were a lifesaver, along with a lot of negotiating with God.

3) Carpal Tunnel. I had heard of it, but didn’t know that I would end up with it. That annoying numbness and tingling drove me CRAZY! Driving, sleeping, even blow drying my hair would make my entire hand go numb. Thankfully, a sweet co worker gave me her brace to help alleviate the annoyance, but it wasn’t until after the girls were born, that I could feel my hand again.

4) Skin Tags. Yep, I said it. I wish I had been warned. Do I need to elaborate? I think not.

5) Congestion. I was so stopped up with the girls and I occassionally experience it with this pregnancy. As a result of the nasal congestion with the twins, I became a mouth breather. I remember having dinner with my husband and I could feel him staring at me. I didn’t realize but I became that super annoying eater that would eat with her mouth wide open because I couldn’t breath. I’m so glad that isn’t happening this time around. So is my husband.

6) Bleeding Gums. What the heck? Thanks progesterone.

7) Emotional Roller-coaster! The flood gates have opened and the tears are rolling. I knew that I may be a little more emotional, but I was not prepared to cry at the drop of a hat. Game shows were my Achilles heel. I cried like a baby every time someone won a prize. This pregnancy, I have avoided such shows, but I still cry randomly and my ‘tude is on display on the daily!

8) Round ligament pain. I had no clue this was a thing. Sharp, stabbing pains that would make me double over. OMG! The first time I experienced that, I was pretty sure I was dying.

9) Sciatica and groin pain. The pain was so bad towards the end of my twin pregnancy that my sweet, strong husband would have to lift me into our vehicles and carry me from room to room. Did I mention how strong he was?

10) Bloating. I was so bloated with the girls that I couldn’t wear my regular pants by 7 weeks. Granted, I was pregnant with twins, but holy cow! Thank you to who ever invented leggings. Genius!

 

Ok, I get it, looking over this list, I notice that all these things are not things to be excited about, but they are all totally worth it! Growing a human or humans, is the coolest thing EVER! I am one of those annoying women who absolutely love being pregnant, so I can overlook all the craziness that I have experienced throughout the process. I still can’t wrap my mind around the miracle that is carrying a child. Feeling those first sweet flutters to watching my belly roll to see baby B kick baby A in the head during ultrasounds. I try and cherish every single moment of this journey. It’s hard. It’s exhausting. It’s also so worth it.

What are some crazy things that you experienced during pregnancy that you were not prepared for?

Letter To My Daughters

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Dear Daughters,

Where to begin? I have to admit that I was a bit terrified when I found out that I was having girls. It wasn’t that long ago when I was a little girl. Yes, I was once your age. I remember how mean girls could be and I know that hasn’t changed. The whispering, the gossiping, the fair weather friends, the picture perfect girls in the magazines. I remember it all so well. I wanted to right this letter to all of you and give you some advice on growing up in this crazy world, a world that is so different, yet so similar to the one I grew up in .

First of all, BE KIND! I want you to have a good heart and be kind to others, even when they aren’t so kind to you. It can be so easy to stoop to the level of the mean ones, but keep your heads up. People will probably say unkind things to you. Often it is out of jealousy and insecurities. The things people say about you say more about them than it does you. I know that doesn’t make it hurt any less, but never return their negativity with negativity.

You are BEAUTIFUL! Not just on the outside, but the inside as well. Stay that way. You will be bombarded with images. You and your friends will probably want to grow up way too fast. You are only young for so long, please enjoy it and don’t rush it. Your looks do not determine your self worth. I remember looking through magazines and wishing I was tan like this girl, thin like that girl, pretty like the other. Comparison is a dangerous game. I had so many issues with insecurities growing up, well into my late 20’s. It took me so long to truly love myself and with that came a lot of mistakes that I know could have been avoided if I only loved and respected myself. Trust me. Keep your kind hearts and know that your empathy is a wonderful thing.

RESPECT yourself. If you don’t respect yourself, it’s hard to ask someone else to respect you.

USE YOUR MANNERS. Say please and thank you. Sounds simple? Well, it is.

Know that you will make mistakes. It’s okay. Learn from them, move on, and know that your Dad and I will always love you and be there for you.

And lastly, THANK YOU for being YOU! It is such a blessing to be your mom and to see the world through your eyes. You bring so much sunshine to our lives and I can not imagine a world without your little smiles and giggles.

Love,
Mommy

 

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new resolution.”

~ Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

 

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Cookies and Celebrations

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I love all holidays and birthdays! I love celebrating loved ones on their special days. Today, is Father’s Day. I have been blessed with an awesome Dad and an amazing husband who is the best dad to our little girls. I can’t spend the day with my Dad today, but am spending it with my husband and we are doing whatever he wants. It just so happens to be a rainy, dreary day so we are having a lazy, relaxing day. What better excuse do I need to make warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies??

We are currently doing a dairy restricted diet because one of our daughters has had a pretty rotten eczema outbreak. I thought it would be super easy to eliminate all dairy but I had forgotten about some things like COOKIES! I went to trusty Pinterest to search for a yummy dairy free chocolate chip cookie recipe and found the perfect recipe on “Truffles and Trends” . I was very happy to find dairy free chocolate chips at our local grocery store too and surprisingly, they are SO GOOD! I love dark chocolate. Here’s the link for the chocolate chips for all you Amazon shoppers . I added some peanut butter chips to the recipe too just because. These cookies were everything I wanted and the family approved.

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I’ll Never Be That Mom

I remember having so many opinions prior to becoming a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t one to vocally express those opinions, but they were in my head. I’d share with my mom and my husband, “When I become a mom, I will NEVER….” It’s pretty funny to think back at how much I knew when I clearly knew nothing! Here are the top 5 things I swore I would never do when I became a mom.

  1. Let myself go. There are still times, almost 3 years after the birth of our twin daughters, that I still question the last shower I took. Before I became a mom, I never understood how a human could go days without a shower. Seriously, it’s 5, 10 minutes tops, right?! I know there are some moms that will think I’m totally gross, but I’m just being real. Dry shampoo was invented for a reason and for that person, I am grateful. Baby spit up all over my clothes, no make up, messy hair, no showers…that was my first year of parenthood.
  2. Co-sleeping. This topic drove me crazy! I never wanted our bed to become a family bed. I like sleeping and snuggling with my husband. I swore I would never let our children in our bed consistently. The first 3 months after the twins were born, I slept on the living room couch and had each girl in the room with me in their separate pack n play. I was actually much more comfortable post C-section on the couch and I wanted to make sure my husband could get as much uninterrupted sleep as he could. After that, we moved the pack n plays to our bedroom and then at 6 months, we tried to transition to their cribs in their bedrooms. I assumed this would be a breeze. WRONG! After getting up every hour, sometimes more frequently, I decided to bring one of the girls into our bed. By 1 year, they were both co-sleeping. I justified this and called it survival. I could actually sleep in longer increments, wake to nurse and then go back to sleep. Yes, I am still sleeping with the girls, but that’s a whole different blog.  I remember sleeping with my mom as kid. I can’t remember if I did it consistently every night, but I remember having bad dreams and not wanting to sleep alone. I turned out just fine, relatively speaking.
  3. Breastfeeding past 1 year. This one I wasn’t dead set on, but for a very long time I let other people’s opinions of the topic bother me. I remember sitting at the girls’ 12 month check up and crying because I felt so much pressure to stop. The pediatrician was amazing and said that was a choice to be made between the girls and I. My husband was very supportive of my decision and so I said, I’ll start weaning at 18 months. That age came and went. 2 years came and went. Now, here we are at almost 34 months and one girl is still nursing to sleep. I’m 27.5 weeks pregnant, so I will have her weaned before the baby comes. Breastfeeding is such a personal decision. Whether you choose to do it or not, the time you choose to do so, all are the decision of the mother and child. I have learned that we all do what we believe is best for our families and we should support each other in those decisions.
  4. NO SWEETS except for special occasions. “My child will only eat a cupcake or ice cream at birthday parties or holidays.” Yea…that didn’t happen. I actually try to avoid these types of treats as much as possible but I don’t freak out over some cookies anymore. I really do enjoy finding yummy treats that don’t contain artificial things. I have learned too much about artificial sweeteners to ignore the facts, but I do realize now that treats happen and it’s okay.
  5. NO SCREEN TIME! TVs, tablets, iPhones, oh my…”I will not let my kids watch TV before the age of 3.” Guess what? Mommy finally decided to take a shower or work out and realized sometimes the only way I can get that “me time” was to put on Little Einsteins or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I don’t believe that their little minds are being rotted by 30 minutes of TV here and there.

One of the biggest things that Mommyhood has taught me is to judge less and love more. Being a parent is tough work. You are trying to find what works best for your family. We often feel judged and shamed for things that we do. It’s exhausting. I’ve been shamed and judged for the way I choose to take care of my family before and frankly it sucks. I never want to make another mom or dad feel that way, so I try so hard to spread kindness and encourage others to do the same.

What are some of the things that you said you would never do as a parent? I’d love to hear your opinions!

True Life: I’m a Parent

Let’s talk parenthood. Real. Raw. Parenthood. Thanks to social media, we are bombarded by picture perfect family photos. I’m guilty of this myself. The pretty, posed pictures of happy children and well rested parents all wearing clean, pressed clothes (or fresh from the dryer in our case because who has time for an iron?!).

But, I think it’s important that we are honest with one another. Not every moment is picturesque. Most of the moments in our family are far from it. Laundry piled up. Toys scattered all over the floor. A mom bun with entirely too much dry shampoo because  when was the last time I took a shower??

I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant and I stay at home with soon to be 3 year old twin girls. I’m a hot mess most of the time and God bless my sweet, understanding husband. I’m not the mom who gets up every day, fixes her hair and does her make up, and puts on a nice pair of jeans or dress. I sometimes wish I were, but at the moment that’s just not me. I’m the “wake up, brush my teeth, fix my mom bun and put on a pair of yoga pants because that’s all that fits this body at the moment kind of mom”. And I’m totally okay with that. That’s our reality right now and I refuse to feel bad about it anymore,  nor should you if that’s you too. Nor should you feel bad if you’re the mom that dresses to the nines and doesn’t feel complete without that lipstick. Rock it mama!

This journey that we are all on is tough. It’s like nothing I could have ever imagined prior to becoming a mom. It’s exhausting and sometimes (okay, more like often) stinky, but it is so AMAZING! Being a mom is such a rewarding job. To know that God trusts us with these little lives is truly remarkable and something that I never want to take for granted.

Above, is one of my favorite pictures and it is, to me, a raw example of parenthood. My husband came in to check on us and captured this picture without me noticing. I was exhausted after a long, chaotic day. We finally got everyone settled in bed and I was just about to fall asleep. At 10:00, Sophie decided she needed to potty, so hand in hand we trotted to the bathroom. Seeing her sleepy little face being held by her little hands, modeling her worn out, pregnant mama, melts my heart. This is real life. No posing. Just a sweet moment between mommy and daughter that I will treasure forever. I’ve heard it time and time again, but it’s so true: “the days are long, but the years are short.” So here’s to all you parents, grandparents and guardians that are spending late nights with little people. Let us try and enjoy these moments and give ourselves grace when we need it. We are doing important work and we are in this together.

Going Out In Public With Toddlers

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I have twin daughters that will be 3 in August. I love being a twin mom. I really think that twins are the coolest. Of course, it has come with its share of challenges.

The main challenge that I have noticed is the sharing. They have shared with one another since they were womb mates. They’ve shared a womb, a bed, clothes, shoes, food, attention, etc. I even noticed them sharing the last sucker today. They are pros! However, I’ve always felt guilty that there hasn’t been enough of me to go around. Now, with a new baby sister on the way, I wonder and sometimes worry how they will adapt…

I have decided to spend as much time with just them as I can when the opportunity presents itself. I’m going to take them for treats or to the grocery (their favorite adventure) or to a restaurant for their favorite burger and fries.  Maybe I’ll be brave enough to take them to a park alone! And yes, I waited until they were almost 3 years old to take them to a restaurant by myself. Seriously? Why didn’t I do this before? Because I was totally terrified! What if they have a tantrum? What if they took off running in different directions? What if they escaped my grasp and ran off in a busy parking lot?  What if people judge me? What if I lose my temper and become “that mom”. What if someone makes the dreaded comment after looking at my 2 toddlers and pregnant belly: “Whoa, you have your hands full don’t ya?!” or “Better you than me!”  What if they whisper and stare like we are a circus act? I finally decided to stop worrying about what other people say or might say and just do it.  And you know what,  we are a freakin’ circus act (minus the creepy clowns of course). But it’s our freakin’ circus! And those are our monkeys.

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Why do we let the fear of what other’s (mainly strangers at that) think keep us from doing things?

Why am I letting those possible situations keep me from making memories with this sweet duo before their baby sister arrives?

What a waste of time! So, I have decided to stop worrying about that and take the girls out. Maybe it ends it total chaos. Who cares? We are making memories regardless, right? Do we get stared at? Yes. Do people make comments? Yes. Do people help and open doors? Yes!

Today, we went to Wendy’s for burgers and fries. They did amazing! Then we went to the grocery pharmacy, and since it was an in and out trip, I let them walk since the shopping carts aren’t equipped for more than one child. This one was tricky. I kid you not, there were obstacles EVERYWHERE! Minnie Mouse balloons, a huge cage full of assorted bouncy balls, stuffed animals, toy cars. I thought I walked into a toy store instead of the grocery. (Why do grocery stores have toys?) Each girl was going in a different direction and reaching for everything they could get their fingertips on. I could just see them grabbing one ball and all the others come tumbling out into the aisle! How would I deal with that?! I’m 28 weeks pregnant and knew it was impossible for me to run away with the girls over my shoulders if total chaos broke out. Enter a kind pharmacy tech and the magical dum dum suckers! LIFESAVER! We managed to pick up my prescription and exit the store completely unscathed.

The moral of this story is to just take the kiddos out. Enjoy this season of life. Will there be meltdowns? Of course. Toddlers are the most unpredictable creatures. But sometimes, just sometimes, you will find a kind employee with candy to distract your child just long enough to make it back to the car.

(Disclaimer: I do not encourage taking candy from strangers lol)