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    Oliver’s Birth Story

    I should’ve written this post ages ago. But with his NICU stay followed immediately by us moving, I haven’t had a second to gather my thoughts and emotions on Oliver’s birth. Now, I have.

    Today is his due date. It boggles my mind to think I should have still been pregnant all this time. It’s crazy to think about and hard to wrap my mind around. I think because he was always meant to come when he did. The Lord knew we needed him here.

    On June 24th, we threw Sawyer a birthday party. This was probably a mistake because I was supposed to be on modified bed rest and staying off my feet but the invites had already gone out, decor bought, cupcakes baked, etc. so I refused to cancel, I wanted to give my son a birthday party. The party was probably too much for me and being on my feet all day hanging decorations could possibly be one of the reasons I went into labor early.

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    Preparing Your Car for Kids

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    When you have children, the car can be a big to-do. Not only is there safety to think about, but also adequate space, amenities, and preparation for any situation life could throw at you! Driving with kids is hard. When I drove Oliver home from the NICU, I was so nervous and driving so slow that people were honking and passing me all over the highway. But I didn’t care! There was precious cargo in the backseat and I needed to keep him safe.

    Eventually, I became more comfortable in the car. And it was with the help of some safety precautions and preparedness!

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    Solving the Shopping Cart Dilemma with Binxy Baby

    Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Binxy Baby. All opinions are my own. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    Sometimes, I feel like the world is out to get parents.

    It’s almost as if society knows what we could be doing better to make simple aspects of parenting easier, and we decide to do the opposite. Take shopping carts, for example.

    There are quite a few problems with shopping carts for parents. The first being, even if you only have one infant child, there is nowhere to put the dang car seat. It is considered dangerous and against safety regulations to place your car seat on top of the child seat (even though this is how most people do it). There’s even a warning on the child’s seat stating it is not for car seats because they can not be secured. So where should you put the car seat? Well, the next logical answer would be inside the cart but then…WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR GROCERIES? This defeats the purpose of even going to the store entirely.

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    Toddler Bed Transition with Dockatot

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    We decided it was time to transition Sawyer to a toddler bed around the same time we brought Oliver home. Because we’re crazy, of course.

    But, it was so easy. The very first night he did not get out of bed once. Not once. And he slept all the way through the night! We thought it might be a crazy fluke but since then, he still never gets out of bed at night! It’s amazing, I thought it was going to be such a battle, but it wasn’t at all. Our secret?

    The DockATot Grand.

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    “Oh, Two-dles!” Sawyer’s Second Birthday Party

    Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    I had such big plans for Sawyer’s second birthday. There was a whole pinterest board dedicated to fun ideas and DIYs. I was going to make all the snacks and decorations myself. There was going to be tons of fun activities, all his friends and our friends were going to be there and it was going to be the perfect summer afternoon.

    Then, reality set in. I started having some complications with my pregnancy and had to start modified bed rest. Meaning all of the snacks and DIYs would have to be put on the back burner.

    We ended up ordering all the decor from Oriental Trading, only inviting family and very few close friends, we got snack trays from Wal Mart, and I made Funfetti cupcakes from a boxed mix. I was bummed I couldn’t give Sawyer the pinterest-worthy party I had envisioned, but you know what, it didn’t matter.

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    What The Lord Taught Me During our NICU Stay

    Murphy’s Law- Anything that can go wrong, will.

    It started with Oliver coming into this world. When my water broke at 2am on June 25th I practically lost my mind. I’ll save most of the details for when I write Oliver’s full birth story but after I realized what was happening I started sobbing and hyperventilating and I couldn’t stop. It was too early. It was too close to Sawyer’s birthday. He was still breech. I would need another c-section. It was way too early. Still, 3 weeks later, when I think about the feeling of waking up to warm water gushing down my legs, it makes my skin crawl and sends a shiver up my spine.

    By the grace of God, Oliver turned on his own after I was admitted to the hospital and I was able to have a VBAC. Trial #1 turned to miracle #1.

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    The Benefits of Cord Blood Banking

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Americord. All opinions are my own. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    Our babies are so special.

    I look at my two sons and I know I would do anything for them! There is no cost I would spare, nothing I wouldn’t do, to make sure they were safe, healthy, and happy. We always want what’s best for our children, don’t we?

    Something I wish I was more educated on before my babies were born is Cord Blood Banking. And I’m not alone. Approximately 33% of all expectant parents are unaware of the option of Cord Blood Banking, and even of those who are aware, 74% of them consider themselves to be minimally informed.

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