It Called Me

There’s that moment when you sit down to write a blog post and try six different passwords before you get the right one. And then you realize it’s been a really long time since you posted.  There have been plenty of recipes made and plenty of updates to share, but the timing wasn’t right.  Until today.  When it called me (cue Moana soundtrack…because if you’re a mom it’s been on repeat in your car for months).

I don’t have a recipe to share and I don’t know what the future holds, but I did want to say hello.  And let you know that I’m still here after over a year of relative silence.

Last time I posted, I had a baby boy who was and is programmed to move in every fiber of his being but who had not yet figured out how to do it.  He was frustrated and a little grumpy and hated being confined.  He didn’t want to sleep, he wouldn’t sit in the stroller and he wasn’t thrilled to be in a carrier.  If I’m being honest, I was a little lost.  I couldn’t quite figure him out.  And I certainly didn’t have time to photograph our dinner, jot down a recipe, edit, and write something interesting whilst dealing with him and a particularly precocious two year old.  It was hard.  No one tells you how hard being a mommy can be.  It’s beautiful and it’s heart warming and I love them more than words can express but mom-ing is just hard sometimes.  And yet, I still want more.  So there’s got to be something to it.

So what did I do instead of writing?  I made something for him that he loved.  A blanket.  And then made one for a friend.  And then another friend wanted a bib.  And then a different friend wanted a headband and another wanted a car seat cover and Snuggle Up Buttercups became my creative outlet and I left my poor blog here in silence.  Snuggle Up Buttercups is my third baby and it’s getting bigger and stronger and more awesome every day.  But I’m a writer in my heart and here I am.  Because it called me.

Now the little one can not only move but he can run and climb and jump (kind of) and giggle and play and he is a joy.  And the big girl is growing and learning and becoming a little person before my eyes and she’s going to be four soon and I’m sitting here like *how did that happen already?*  Every day they make me smile and laugh and want to squeeze them tight and tell them to never grow up.  But many days they also make me want to scream and cry and pull my hair out.  Some days I feel like the best mom ever, and many I feel like a total failure.  Because, like I said, mom-ing is hard.

Oh and on top of all of that nonsense we moved.  To this beautiful house on a perfect cul de sac in a wonderful neighborhood which was everything I wanted and dreamed of.  Except it needed some updating.  Like the kitchen, which had blue countertops and mickey mouse hand drawer pulls (I kid you not my friends).  So on top of my babies and my shop baby, we’ve also been working on this big baby of a house.  And those blue countertops were not horribly photogenic for my food photos, so we recently swapped them out for white.  And it called me.

Have I sufficiently explained myself?  Are all of my excuses good enough?  I’m sorry I’ve been gone, but friends, it does feel good to be here now.  We’ll see if clicking to publish is quite as easy because there’s a lot of truth here and it’s not pretty or easy but there’s something cathartic about getting it out.

So maybe some recipes soon.  Or workout ideas.  Or DIY.  Or something more than nothing.  But in the mean time, Facebook and Instagram are way easier to update so follow along there if you want to be in the loop (especially if you happen to be planning a mermaid themed party…there will be a lot of crafting going down in the next few weeks).  And thank you to those who have hung around waiting.  I promise, I’ll be cooking up something soon.

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Guys, I’m so excited to be sharing this today.  There have been big things going on behind the scenes here.  And they involved stacks of cuddly fabric, lots of hours behind the sewing machine, and one tiny product tester getting a whole lot of snuggles.

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I temporarily closed my Etsy shop before little man was born.  I was still selling wine decor and signs, which had started to feel very much like something from my past.  There was no passion left in it for me.  And with a second baby on the way, I decided to take a break.  For months, I didn’t have the time, the energy or the desire to create.

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And then, one day, this second time mama discovered a problem.  And no amount of googling produced an answer or a product that could fix it.  So I decided to create one myself.

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Snuggle Up Buttercups was born.  It’s an innovative line of new blankets that are perfectly sized, simply designed, totally snuggly, mom-made and kiddo-approved.  Super soft and cozy blankets in patterns that moms love, that actually fit on carseats and in strollers without falling onto dirty floors, security blankets in darling patterns without random animal heads, and toddler blankets in chic prints that fit their laps in the stroller.

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We just opened and new items are being added regularly!  You can follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more fun.  Or shop today with code OPENED for free shipping this week only!

Hello, 2016

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Well hello there 2016.  Good to meet you.  Once we hit September I always know the New Year will be just a blink away and with baby boy {getting bigger every day} it went even faster than I could have imagined.  Between all of the spectacular celebrations, joyful moments and exciting “firsts” it has been an incredible last few months of 2015.  I can say without a doubt that this was the best Christmas I have ever experienced.  I know it’s been said, but watching Christmas through your children’s eyes is positively magical, and it becomes more and more special as my sweet girl grows.

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And now that the holidays have past {tear}, we can look back with so much joy {and a few fun photos through this post} but also look forward to all the things coming up in the future.

Like my first half marathon in a few months {what was I thinking??}.
Planning more fun recipes for the blog {my top nine posts from instagram above!}, but also hoping to add more fitness tips and more about this crazy life as a mama of two {what else would you like to see??}.
A DIY extravaganza as I’m contemplating my first {and probably second, third, fourth…} adventure with chalk paint and a total revamp of my dining set.
Maybe some new handmade adventures that I’ve been dabbling with {secretive much?}.

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But for now I’m taking a big beautiful sigh and just saying hello to 2016 and all of the possibilities that it offers.

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Baby Boy’s Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery

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You’ve watched it come together over the last few months, but this is it.  The official reveal of our sweet baby boy’s nursery {and two months after his birth…#newmom #lazy blogger}!  It was such a labor of love to put together this sweet little room for baby C.  As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I started thinking and planning.  I wanted it to be sweet and “baby” but still a masculine, with a touch of a beachy vibe, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  While he’s not in his room yet, it’s still so fun to use it every day now for diaper and clothes changes, rocking and just hanging out.

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As with little S’s room, I didn’t really want a “theme” as much as a color scheme and an overall feel.  I love the way the light blue, grey and white came together…the colors and the subtle beachy-ness are so calming and I just feel relaxed every time I walk in to change him or sit down in the rocking chair.

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If you’ve been following along, you know that most of the furniture is old or garage sale refurbished pieces {see below for the list of tutorials}.  The crib is from Costco and all bedding and other linens are from Target, but we salvaged and re-did almost everything else!  It was so nice to have a backyard and a garage to do projects in this time around {we were in an apartment for most of my pregnancy with S}.

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I know I’ve said this before but I love the Target linens and I honestly wanted to take and shoot all of the different sheets on the crib because they’re so sweet.  We bought Pottery Barn for little S and I couldn’t tell the difference between the quality of those sheets and the backups we bought for her at Target, so we went Target all the way this time around {not sponsored by them…although I would love to be!  Target?  You in??}.

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Want to try one of the projects yourself?  Check out the links below to each of the tutorials.
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print | DIY Pallet Shelves | Free Printable Gallery Wall

Happy Halloween + October Recap

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I was kind of hoping to come on here today and share some fantastic last minute Halloween party recipe.  And while my favorite semi-homemade ghost brownie recipe from last year still a great option for those of you looking for a tasty treat to bring along to your parties Saturday night, this year I just didn’t have the time to put anything new together. Except for some rad mandarin oranges that I drew jack o lantern faces on and posted on facebook.  Does that count?  At least you got my semi-homemade post-Halloween easy leftover candy brownie recipe earlier this week.  #lazynewmom

I have, however, been raising two darling little munchkins since the beginning of the month, which I count as an accomplishment in itself.  We’re slowly getting into a groove and trying to keep up with as many of big sister’s activities as we can to keep life normal for her.  The little guy has been so sweet and easy (knock on wood) and is mostly just along for the ride.  He’s been to about a billion pumpkin patches in his first month of life.  Sorry kiddo.

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I have to admit that most of the time that I would have normally spent cooking, editing, and writing has been taken up by baby snuggles, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.  I forgot what it was like to have a baby that’s so little and smooshy, and I really know now that it doesn’t last long so I’m soaking it up while I can.  This is probably our second and last baby so I gotta take advantage of all of this lovieness.

So in lieu of a recipe post, I will simply wish you all a very happy and safe Halloween celebration and share some of my favorite photos from this first month as a mama of two, and one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s been pretty incredible.

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Cowgirl Second Birthday Party

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Secondary title:
That Time I Posted About My Daughter’s Cowgirl Birthday Party Months After It Happened

So remember when I was posting about all of those fun projects that I was doing for my toddler’s birthday party?  You know, back in June?  You don’t remember?  Yea it’s cool, I don’t blame you.

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I had such good intentions to write this fabulous post about her fabulous party and how much I love her and how I can’t believe that my sweet tiny baby girl is now two.  Which is all true.  The party was held at a local farm and was totally incredible and we all had the best time.  It was pink and cowgirl themed…and had cupcakes and ponies and that’s all she really cared about.

And now she’s two.  Perfectly, and sometimes terribly, two.  And even on our rough days I wouldn’t trade being her full time mama for the world.  Her smile lights up my life and walking into her bedroom to be greeted with a “good morning Mama!” each day is just everything to me.  She’s my little best friend and I love her to pieces.

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But back to the party.  It was awesome.  And I came back with 2,340,309 photos to look through and edit and put together for this post.  Which was overwhelming.  So I just didn’t.  But eventually I got my butt in gear and got through them all.  So here ya go!

The party was in the morning because most of our kids still get good afternoon naps in, so we did a very simple and casual brunch menu.  I started with a whole bunch of ideas for some fancy pants parfait bar before realizing that everyone would just want to grab and go enjoy the farm and then come back for dessert at the end.  And most of the dessert was from boxed mixes or the recipes on the back of the package.  Because, pregnant and lazy.  And it was just perfect.  Other than the fact that we had way too much food.  But that’s the usual for me.

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Interested in hosting a similar party?  Here are the details:

DIY Projects
Rope Letter Name Pallet Sign
Rustic Mason Jar Vases
Polaroid Toddler Photo Booth
Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth
Giant Chalkboard
Horse Head on a Stick Favors
Yarn Wrapped Monogram
Most printables were from this free suite from The Little Umbrella

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Menu
Brunch
Assorted Muffins
Assorted Bagels and Cream Cheese
Watermelon Slices
Chex Mix “Chicken Feed”
Basket of Whole “Fresh Picked Fruit”
Veggie Platter of “Fresh Picked Veggies”

Dessert 
S’mores Pops
“Cowgirl” Cupcakes
Rice Crispy Treat “Hay Bales”
Brownie “Cow Pies” {yes, we went there}
Licorice “Lasso Ropes”

At “The Watering Hole” we just had a simple assortment of waters and sodas.

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He’s Here!

I’m so excited to announce that our baby boy has arrived and he’s oh so sweet and smooshy!!  We’re all in love, including his big sister who likes to rock him and give him kisses on the head.

I was lucky enough to have an easy labor and delivery (especially compared to big sister’s two plus hours of pushing) and everyone is happy, healthy and spending time together as a family.  It’s still crazy to me how tiny he is and how big the toddler seems in comparison now.  She looked exactly like him as an infant, so sometimes when I look at him it’s like looking back in time at a littler her.

While we’re settling into our new life as a family of four, I have some scheduled posts ready to continue the fun here.  And keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook for more little tidbits and baby love.

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Hospital Bag Essentials from a Second Time Mom

Holy smokes my due date is sneaking up fast!  Life always feels like it’s on fast forward in September to me, and with this baby on the way, it’s even quicker than usual.  Summer slowly draws to a close and all of a sudden you’re thinking about pumpkins and Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving dinner and then it’s Christmas.  I’m going to be taking lots of pictures this year because I have a feeling baby boy’s first holiday celebrations are going to come and go quickly, especially with his big sister starting to really understand them this year.

Ok, focus.  Hospital bag.

Guys, I look back on when I checked into the hospital with the princess and it was honestly a little comical.  I had a carry on size rolling bag, a pillow or two, and a birthing ball stored in the car.  And that was just my stuff.  I also had a huge, packed to the brim diaper bag and Hubby had a backpack of his own {as much as I’m a chronic overpacker, he is a chronically light packer, thank goodness}.

I researched and researched and packed every little thing I might need for labor, delivery and recovery for me and my sweet new baby.  And you know what?  I opened that rolling bag once.  And I used nothing out of the diaper bag until we really started getting out of the house days later.

So this time around, I’m doing things a little differently.  Here are the essentials that I’ll be bringing with me to the hospital.  And by the way, this bag is getting packed when I go into labor, not two weeks ahead of time.

I should mention that our plan is to get out of the hospital and home to the princess and the pug as soon as possible.  Hospital beds are the worst and everyone sleeps better at home in our family.

Also, on the first go round, I stuck with the hospital issued gown and all because I just didn’t want to ruin my stuff and I was too tired and overwhelmed to think about putting other clothes on.  If you’re really passionate about these things, you may want to bring some comfy, loose fitting clothes too.  But in the utterly exhausting first moments of parenthood, it might all go out the window.

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Hospital Bag Essentials 

1) My Going Home Outfit  Depending on the weather I’ll either have maternity leggings and a nursing tank or a big ol’ maxi dress with a built in bra.  I’m also planning to wear shower friendly sandals to and from the hospital that I can use to walk around the room in, and in the shower if necessary.  No panties?  No problem.  Hospital provides them and you’re not going to want to ruin yours.

2) Baby’s Going Home Outfit  We haven’t picked it out yet, but it’ll probably be some kind of comfy, cute sleeper with a zipper closure and a little hat.  Because snaps or anything too fancy are the enemy with a newborn.

3) Toiletries  I’m planning to bring my toiletries bag with contacts, glasses, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, and prenatal vitamins.  I may also fit in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion and a little makeup if I’m feeling ambitious.  But honestly, I’d like to get out of there as soon as possible so I’m ditching the shower stuff if I can help it.

4) Other Essentials  I’ve got a little clutch that I’ll pack with my phone, charger, keys, insurance card, drivers license and credit cards.  Also a copy of our {very loosely put together} birth plan.  We may or may not bring our fancy camera.

5) Snacks  Labor and nursing made me ravenously hungry so I’m packing some healthy and splurge-worthy snacks to get me through between those nasty hospital meals.

6) Bonus!  Things to Leave in the Car  Most of the above will fit in a small tote that I’ll bring when I check in.  I’m planning to leave a few bigger things in the car for Hubby to bring in once the baby is here and we’re in the recovery room.  These essentials include my nursing pillow {the Brest Friend is the only way to go people.  Bad name, excellent product}, my pillow from home and the sibling gift for big sister.  Also, make sure that infant carseat {we loved the Chicco Keyfit 30 for our little girl and will be using it again for #2} is there and installed!

Hospital Bag Essentials from a Second Time Mom

PS a couple of the above links are Amazon affiliates, so I make a small amount of money if you click and purchase.  The rest are just the links to the image of the product that I use or love if you want to go shopping!

Essentials for Baby #2 | Different Gender

Last week I shared some ideas for my essentials for our second baby.  We’re so thrilled to have a son joining our family and for our little princess to be a big sister.

Soon after finding out that we were having a boy thought, reality set in.  We were totally excited for either gender, and then I was totally excited to get to decorate a whole new nursery instead of reusing our daughter’s things for this little guy.  And the clothes!  Some of you may have been wise enough to stick with gender neutral options for your kiddos, but we went all out with pink and frills and bows for our princess, so we were basically starting over with a lot of things.  Plus I love some of that little man clothes.  It kills me.

So I dug deep with a boy themed Pinterest board {follow me here} and lots of shopping {it was rough} {it was actually awesome}.

Fun story….after the princess was born, my mom picked up some extra sheets at Target to supplement the ones from Pottery Barn Kids that we had registered for.  There has not been one person who can correctly guess which of the pink and white chevron crib sheets is from PBK and which is from Target.  So, love ya Pottery Barn, but we’re keeping it on the cheap this time around.

I mentioned before that my princess isn’t quite potty trained yet, so we doubled up on some of the diaper essentials.  If you’re older kiddo is potty trained, just ignore.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any ideas to add!!

 

Essentials for Baby #2 | Different Gender

Different Gender!
1) Crib & Pack and Play Sheets  I’m not going to lie, one of the things I was most excited about purchasing for a little boy was bedding.  I love bedding.  We’re going with mostly light blue and light grey and it’s such a fun feel.  Unless you stayed gender neutral {kicking myself for not doing the light grey chevron in the princess’s room}, you’re probably going to want to get at least two crib sheets for your new addition.  We also plan to primarily have the little guy sleep in the pack n play in our room for the first few months, so you’ll need sheets for that one too.

2) Changing Pad Cover  More linens!  Yay! {there is absolutely no sarcasm intended here people}  Again, if you stayed neutral, good for you, but otherwise the pink polka dots aren’t going to cut it in a little guy’s room.

3) Aden + Anais Swaddles  These were the best thing ever the first time around and, although a little pricey for me, are a total essential.  They’re perfect for covering the carseat, using as a nursing cover in times of need, or just for a good ol’ swaddle.  I know I keep saying it, but kudos to those of you who stuck with whites, yellows and greys the first time around.  The pinks will be replaced with blues over here.

4) Clothes!!  Yes, it’s obvious, but you’re going to need something different.  This goes if your kiddos are the same gender and were born in different seasons too.  My favorites for this fall baby are the long sleeve footie outfit/pj’s, long sleeve onsies and comfy pants, and cozy zip ups.  But, let’s be honest, if you’re a second time mom you probably have a friend or two who’s willing to hand me down a pile of them.  Write a nice thank you, give them a bottle of wine and say hallelujah.

5) Summer Infant SwaddleMe  These were the only swaddles that our little Houdini didn’t get out of, and of course they’re all pink, so we’re back to the drawing board.  But regardless of gender, these swaddles have tight velcro closures and keep them all “burrito’ed” up without coming undone or risking a jailbreak in the middle of the night.  And, with some exceptions, a swaddled baby is a happy baby.

6) Towels and Washcloths  Again, we’re keeping it to the essentials, but you’re probably going to want a set of appropriately colored linens for the newest member of the family.  Plus, I don’t know about you guys, but we’re still using them a lot for our big girl and the whole sharing thing is going to be interesting enough as is…

7) Lovie, Paci, WubbaNubs or Soothing Device  My princess is a lovie girl.  I honestly think she loves her lovie more than me and my husband combined.  Sleep and soothing aids, whether they be pacifiers or loves, are so important and if you can get your kiddo to attach to one early on, you’re golden.  From what I’ve read {and I’m no expert} these sleep aids can help to calm them in between sleep cycles {which are only about 45 minutes long} and help them to self soothe back to sleep instead of needing mom and dad.  I’ll throw anything and everything at this kid to learn this technique because mama needs her rest.

That’s all for now!  What did I miss???

 

Planning for a little guy too?  Check out the work we’ve done on our baby boy’s nursery:
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

 

PS some links in this post are Amazon affiliate links so I do get paid a small amount if you purchase, but they’re mostly just there to help you with your shopping list!  Target links are just because I love it.

 

Essentials for Baby #2 | Same Gender

Finding out that we were pregnant with our second baby was such an exciting moment.  It took a little longer than we expected, so there was so much joy to it.  I know that our sweet girl is going to be such an amazing sister to this little boy and I can’t wait for him to get here.

Our daughter will be getting towards 2 1/2 when her brother arrives, and she’s started the potty training process, but I’m not ready to bank on her giving up things like her changing pad and diaper pail come the fall.  Plus I’ve heard that there are some regressions in that area when baby #2 arrives, so to play it safe, we’re keeping the potty training low key and planning to double up on some of those essentials.

With all of this fun and excitement came many a Pinterest board {follow me here} and lots of shopping around.  So I thought it might be helpful for the newly pregnant soon to be second time mamas to have a list of essentials just for you.  I broke it down into things that you’ll probably need if you have a kiddo who’s the same gender, and a few more things that you’ll want if the new baby is going to be a different gender, which I’ll share next week {the next few weeks will have a few more mommy and baby related posts as we ramp up for this kiddo to join our fam}.

These are the serious essentials people.  There are a lot of other things that you can buy {and I have bought} but these are what you’re really going to need!  Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any ideas to add!!

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Same Gender!
1) BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller This was my first and biggest purchase for baby #2 and I’m already using it on the regular.  If you’re a runner or plan to be working out with baby, the BOB is the way to go. We bought a single when the princess was 2 months old and I haven’t used any other stroller since.  It may be a little bulky, but it can turn on a dime and it practically pushes itself.  I’m almost 8 months pregnant and I can still jog pushing two toddlers in it with no problem.

2) HoMedics Sound Machine  We have this exact sound machine for our daughter and so we grabbed another for our little guy’s room.  It’s cheap, easy to use, has a few different sounds that she likes {we started with white noise and changed to ocean waves after a while} and can be used on a timer if that’s your jam {she listens to it alllll night long…and we do too through the monitor so I’ve gotten used to the calming noise as well!}

3) Boon Lawn Drying Rack  I have the grass {which is basically a smaller version of the lawn} right now and can’t live without it.  I started with one of those standard bottle driers and realized after a few months that they just don’t cut it.  You can stick anything from bottles to nipples to pacis to straws in anywhere or just lay it on top to dry and it’s so much cuter than anything else that I’ve found.  So there will be a huge lawn of baby bottles and toddler sippies drying on my counter.  But at least it’ll look decent.

4) Crane Cool Mist Humidifier  As much as I hate to get this, I have to.  Because as much as I’d love to think that both kids won’t get sick at the same time, it’s wishful thinking.  The princess has an extra sensitive airway and gets a really bad cough with even the slightest cold, so the humidifier is an absolute must.

5) Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers  These were my absolute favorite diapers for when the girl was tiny.  They’re soft, sensitive and also hold any of those blow outs that I’m so looking forward to {ugh…}.  And they have the wetness indicator which is clutch when they’re straight home from the hospital and you’re trying to figure out if they’re eating and peeing enough {TMI?  Such is motherhood.  If you’re a second time mom, you get it}.

6) Summer Infant Dual View Baby Monitor  We actually purchased this one several months ago after our Motorola gave out after less than two years of use.  I love it a million times more than the Motorola, plus it’s one of the only monitors on the market that will allow for a split view on the monitor so you can watch both of your kids at once, or you can have it swap between rooms.  For a slightly paranoid mama like me, it’s perfect.

7-9 are essentials only if you’re going to still have two in diapers.  Otherwise, lucky you.

7) Summer Infant Changing Pad  It’s a pretty obvious one, but you gotta get it.  Big, contoured, and you can throw it on anything without needed a dedicated “changing table.”  Both of these kids are going to have them on top of long, low dressers, and they can be chucked afterwards and the dresser stays.

8) Ubbi Diaper Pail  We started off with a regular trash can in our little girl’s room and after about six months, realized we needed something more…how can I put this…hardcore.  And the dog managed to get her way into said trash can which was a total disaster.  So locking was a key point too.  I love the Ubbi because it’s sleek and attractive, keeps the smells inside, and has a nice little lock to keep dogs {and now toddlers} out.

9) Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer  My little one loves warm wipes.  And it may be because I totally spoiled her with them.  But I figure, why not?  I feel like some people may debate me on this one, but I think it’s totally necessary.

Essentials for Baby #2 | Same Gender

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