Her First is My Last

Just this week Alice got a tooth.

Ok, it’s not all the way through yet, but the little ridged top is. When she laughs, I can see it. Her first tooth.

She rolls like a mad-woman these days too. If I lay her down on her back, she rolls onto her tummy and kicks. Last night, she planted her feet and pushed. Cortney called it “snow plowing.” She was clearly trying to move from one end of her play mat to the other to reach a toy. She pushed her face to the floor and shoved herself with her feet and knees! I was shocked!

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Lately we find her not at all in the same place we laid her in her crib. At night we place her on her back in the middle. In the morning, she wakes up on her tummy all the way to one end. This morning she was reaching her arms through the slats.

As with the boys, all these firsts are bittersweet. It’s so exciting to watch kids grow and change and learn, and yet our momma hearts mourn the loss of the baby things too.

I knew Alice’s firsts would be harder on me because, even though I am 100% cool with our decision to be done, each of her firsts marks the end of something.

I know, that sounds morbid. And I promise I am not walking around depressed all the time because she can roll over. I really love watching her figure things out and become her own person.

And yet…

Once that little tooth pushed through, our days of gummy baby grins was swept into the past.

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It seems like every day there is a new change, she’s just a little bigger, she can do one more thing.

I notice that when I set her in her car seat or bounce seat, she tries to lean forward…to bend at the waist…as if she wants to sit up. While she still technically fits in her rock n play, swing, and bounce seat, I can tell the days are numbered. She humors me though, and actually plays with the toys on her swing (the boys couldn’t have cared less about the swing, let along those toys), bounces herself in her bounce seat, and snoozes in her rock n play during the day.

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Why can’t they be babies just a little longer?

Why does it have to go so fast?

Sometimes when I think about her getting bigger, I have to literally catch my breath.

With each child, I have loved the baby phase more. I am not sure if it’s because she’s third, a girl, or just Alice that this time around has been the sweetest.

Last night I made her giggle so hard she did that silent laugh thing and ended up with the hiccups. I laid down next to her and she turned her face to mine. I put my nose against hers so I could smell her baby-ness and I whispered, “let’s always love each other like this, ok?”

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We have two weeks left to snuggle on each other as much as possible. For me to try not to miss any minutes of her growing and changing and smiling.

Because these are also my last two weeks of a summer with a baby in tow.

Five Reasons to Love Cloud B

When Charlie was just two, we were gifted a Tranquil Turtle from cloud b. We were trying to have another baby at the time and we thought if he liked it, we could keep it in the nursery for the new baby.

He liked it so much that it moved downstairs when he did.  Ok then.

Recently, cloud b reached out again, and sent Alice a Glow Cuddles Bear. We were so excited because we have fallen pretty hard for cloud b products. And the great news is that one of YOU will win the cloud b Glow Cuddles Bear too! But why would you want one? Read on for the Top Five reasons to shop cloud b!

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1. Sights and Sounds are Soothers

One of the greatest things as a parent is when your child can finally put him/herself to sleep. Eddie was terrible at it, but Charlie was good. As a baby, he had a glow worm whom he called Glowy, and then he got his Tranquil Turtle. The way the Tranquil Turtle played soothing water sounds and made glowing “waves” on his walls mesmerizes him and helps him to quietly fall asleep without needing someone in the room.

2. They have actual Sleep Specialists

It’s true. Cloud b has pediatricians and parents constantly researching and giving input. I am guess that is why Alice already seems to love her Glow Cuddles Bear and it’s heart beat sound.

3. The toys are just cute

I mean…awww!!! And so soft!

glo_cuddle_bear_frnt4. It’s on a timer

Yes, these cuddly lovies turn themselves off.  That may not seem like a big deal because, hey, you aren’t in the room, right? However turning themselves off means saving on batteries AND it means if you sleep in the same room with your child for whatever reason? The light beat of the bear’s “heart beat” or the soothing sounds of the turtle’s sea sounds will not go on and on all night.

5. They make great gifts!

You don’t have a baby? That is fine! Give a Cloud b animal as a gift!  Alice agrees.

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To enter to win a Glow Cuddles Bear, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest closes midnight of March 24 and is open to US shipping addresses.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Cloud b sent us a Glow Cuddles Bear and is providing the spoils for this giveaway. I was in no other way compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Confession: I’m Not Convinced

Yesterday my mom and I went shopping for Black Friday. We don’t get up super early or go on Thanksgiving or anything. No, we get up when we feel like it and are usually at the mall around 10am, give or take a few minutes depending on how slowly I am moving.

Anyway, we were in the infant/toddler section at Younkers’ yesterday looking at tiny clothes for tiny people. My mom wanted to buy Alice a little something for Christmas. I have wanted to try to pick out a jammy for her too–something that can be her coming home from the hospital jammy.

Something has held me back, though.

My mom had no problem digging through all the pink and purple searching for a cute little something for her second granddaughter. I looked, but I also looked through the boy things thinking about how I will miss the tiny man clothes. My mom told me to get over it.

But really? I think I am just not convinced I’m having a girl. Or I am skeptical. Or I just can’t wrap my mind around it. Or I have a mom “feeling”. Or I am paranoid.

I am something all right.

Both boys had unmistakable ultrasounds. There were most definitely boy bits on the black and white screen.

Alice was different. She didn’t cooperate at first and when she did, there wasn’t anything there, but I kept thinking maybe we just missed them? Is that possible?

I love looking at little girl stuff. It’s a whole new world to me to be fascinated by.

Yet I’m not convinced it’s my new world. I can’t imagine being handed a girl baby. I can’t imagine having another female in the house. I can’t imagine girl diaper changes and hair “pretties” (OMG the hair pretties).

Maybe I am just scared.

Last night I told Cortney I wasn’t 100% on board the girl train like I was with the boys. He said, “well we better talk about a boy name then, just in case.”

I love that guy.

He didn’t tell me to quit worrying or to accept that it’s a girl.

Nope. He said, “well, let’s be ready either way.”

And that is what we will be: ready either way. Because like we said before, it truly does not matter whether this is a boy or a girl, we are so SO excited to meet this new baby and complete our family.

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When Eddie was smaller and before we had Netflix, he was very into every commercial that had an “order now” at the end of it.

“I want that!” was frequently heard around our house. When he started earning quarters for the extra chores he does around the house, he even stated that he was saving for one of those Stuff It things that you can supposedly clean up your whole room with and it will look like a fluffy animal when you’re done.

Right.

But the thing he was obsessed with the most was this blue turtle that lit up and played music. He wanted that thing so badly, but he already had a humidifier that had a little light “show” and we weren’t going to just buy him a new thing.

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Then, just a month or so ago cloud b, the makers of the turtle that Eddie had wanted years ago, contacted me about trying out one of their products for our nursery.  Of COURSE I chose the Tranquil Turtle. I knew Eddie would probably be too old, but he might remember how he wanted it.

When the package arrived, Eddie did not let me down. He took it out of the box and exclaimed, “MOM! Remember how I always wanted one of these?? Is this for the new baby??”

I told him yes, but that we should probably try it out for the new baby and would he like to have it in his room to see how it works. I wanted to give him first dibs since he was so in love with it.

“Nah. I’m too big for it and I already have a night light. Maybe Charlie would like to try it out.”

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Eddie sure does know his brother.

When Charlie got home from daycare that day, the boys took the new turtle into the dark bathroom and played with the lights that make it look like the entire room is underwater. They were mesmerized.

That night we put the turtle in Charlie’s room (the current nursery), and turned it on. After books, he said what he always says, “I lay in my bed, you sit here (the rocking chair).” While he shuffled around getting comfy in his crib, I rocked and waited like I always do. After he settled in, I left the room.

The lovely thing about the Tranquil Turtle is that it turns itself off after 24 minutes.

The horrible thing about the Tranquil Turtle is that it turns itself off after 24 minutes.

I had just settled onto the couch with a pile of jelly bellies and a book, when Charlie started crying.  What the heck? He never cried out after putting him to bed.  When I walked in he was lying there pointing at the turtle, which had turned itself off.

“MINE TUTTLE IS BROKEN!”

So I turned it back on, and that was that. He went to sleep.

Every night, if it turns off before he falls asleep he will let us know.  If he wakes up early in the morning and can’t fall back to sleep, he will walk into our room holding his turtle.

To say he loves it is a bit of an understatement. In fact, when he moves out of the nursery and the baby moves in, I’m not sure he’ll be able to give up the turtle so easily…if at all.

The good thing is cloud b has lots of other great nursery options, so we may be doing some shopping before March.

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Cloud b sent me the Tranquil Turtle to try out, but the opinions here are all my own. Well, and Eddie and Charlie’s.

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