Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

I wish every weekend was 3 days long! One whole extra day and it still flew by! Having Michael around for that one extra day was really awesome. We finally got to spend some good quality time together as a family. Even though we really didn't do too much exciting and I definitely didn't get to catch up on my to do list, sleep, or put my feet up much (actually I was on my feet more and logged way more steps than I normally do in a day!) it was still a nice long weekend and we got a lot of vitamin D!

Friday Remi and I went on a little shopping adventure to search for some new summer shoes for her. As I mentioned on her summer wishlist, there were a few I had in mind. Of course I wasn't having any luck at the stores I went to. So I had to settle for these. Which isn't really what I wanted, but they seem to be working out okay. I'd like to buy more shoes for her, but hot damn, they are expensive! Just as expensive (if not more) than adult shoes!

Friday eventing consisted of nothing other than the normal nightly routine. Michael got out of work early  yet he still didn't make it back to the camper until 7pm. Remington fought sleep (the usual lately) and Michael and I didn't make it to bed until almost 11. That's late for me. Ha!

Saturday we got up bright and early (or at least tried) and headed to the Detroit Zoo! It was Remi's first trip to the zoo. We weren't sure how she would react, but she did great! It was very humid and hot so there were some animals we didn't get to see out in their cages, but when she did see something she would point and "oohh/ahh". Plus she almost always says woof woof to every animal. She stayed awake as long as she could and then she crashed. By that time we had been there for about 3 hours and we had seen almost everything, so we headed out. Which I was definitely ready for too. I was pretty tired and sore from all the walking. Michael could have probably rolled me out of there. I waddled instead. ;)

She took a decent nap on our way home and was ready for round two of playing outside once we got home. Brian brought us over their extra pool to use at Nana and Papa Furtah's so that was really nice! We thought maybe with all the interaction and time outside in the fresh air that she would be ready for bed at a decent time (for once)... but no that definitely was not the case. This Mama, on the other hand, was exhausted and ready for sleep!

Sunday we had a slightly late start to the day due to someone being up crying multiple times all night.   The rest of the day we had to catch up on some laundry, refill the water in the camper, and Michael wanted to wash the camper while we had it hooked up. All of these things can't be done where we are staying at, so it was a long day of running around. We did sneak in a walk by the river, weeded Nana's flower beds, played in the pool, cooked out on the grill, and got some delicious ice cream cones in between the rain storms!

Monday was finally our day to relax! We were going to head up to our house to cut the grass and check on things (because things have changed and we now still own it - ugh), but we decided it could wait and we would just stick around the camper. So that's what we did! And just like that, the weekend is over!

I was slightly bummed I didn't have a cute outfit for Remi and we didn't participate in any fun holiday festivities. But.. I'll be the first to admit I'm not prepared for anything these days! There's always next year, right?! Here's a little throwback to last year when tiny babe was only a couple months old. Heart  eyes galore!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 
God bless those who have sacrificed their lives 

Linking up with Biana for a Weekending Recap!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunscreen Tips + Remi's Summer Wishlist

The warm weather has finally arrived and I think {knock on wood} it's here to stay! Remi loves being outside and I have mixed feelings about that... it's great fun, yet it's exhausting to chase her around being nearly 30 weeks pregnant! Phew, if that doesn't count as exercise, I don't know what does! ;)

With this being our first summer to truly enjoy outside activities with a little one, I've got a never ending wish list for Remi. (If she could talk, she would tell me she wants these things too, obviously).    So here are a few things that we're loving and wishing for! Hopefully Dada will let us get a few of them soon! ;)

Also, with the summer upon us and beginning to spend lots of time outdoors, it's a given that we need to protect our skin - especially the little ones! I recently read an informative article in Parents Magazine (by Dr. Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital) regarding sunscreen tips that I thought would be worth sharing...

+ Look for the term "broad spectrum" on the label. That means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA (skin damaging) and UVB (burning) rays

+ SPF 30 will do. Sunscreens with higher SPF don't increase protection

+ Mineral Sunscreen - active ingredient should be zinc ocide or titanium dioxide. These are physical barriers that are less likely to be absorbed into the skin

+ Avoid sunscreen for babies under 6 months. Instead, keep them out of the sun completely and use a hat, sunglasses, and clothing to protect them

+ Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 1-2 hours as well

+ Avoid spray sunscreens - It's hard to know how thick it's being applied and research is still needed on the possible risks of inhalation

Now onto the fun stuff, I never realized how many options for outdoor toys/entertainment there was for kiddos! Although Remi does seem to stay quite entertained with sticks and stones, I'd still like to get some kids activities for her to enjoy! ;)

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike (or in red) - How cool is this thing?! It can be used for years! Which definitely makes it worth the money!

Inflatable Pool Float (option 1 or option 2) - This summer we are staying in our camper in Nana and Papa Furtah's backyard and they have a pool, so I definitely foresee some pool time fun and one of these floats would be great! Not to mention the price point is less than $13 and of course free shipping with Prime!

Inflatable Pool or Plastic Pool - I'm torn between the inflatable or plastic due to the dogs ruining an inflatable. But I really like the canopy option on the inflatable ones! I also like the idea of inflatable for storage/traveling purposes! For less than $20 I found this or this option.

Waterpark Play Table - More toys for playing in the water and keeping cool! I've heard great things about this and I know Remington would love it!

Reusable Swim Diaper - An alternative to buying disposable swim diapers, I've seen these in Target and liked the "green" initiative to them. Plus, I've heard they work better than disposable. I'm not sure on the sizing. There are plain white ones as well as lots of boy/girl designs offered at both Target and on Amazon.

13 Piece Sand Toys Set or Seaside Sand Baking Set or Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Set - For the beach! Or even the pool! There are so many options for different sand toys both online and in local stores, but all of these Melissa & Doug ones are just too cute!

Sun Protection Hat - We have one that is speedo brand with built in SPF and of course lots of fun ones. There are so many options out there! For all the time spent outdoors, a sun hat with built in sun protection would be great!

Shoes - Miss Sassy Pants won't wear flip flops because of the piece that goes in between her toe. She has some crocs, however they just don't stay on her feet well and she trips a lot. When she wears her tennis shoes with socks, her feet sweat and then she gets mad and tries to take them off. Yet she refuses to walk around barefoot. Talk about high maintenance! I've heard Natives shoes are great (not so much the price). I'm on the lookout for a durable yet universal sandal that will allow her feet to breathe like these or these. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Gazillion Bubble Machine - Even though we have some cheap bubbles from the dollar store, who wouldn't want Gazillion Bubble Machine awesome bubble machine?!

Flamingo Dress - For a coverup over her cute little Flamingo Swimsuit of course!

Do you have any recommendations for summer necessities for toddlers?! A few of these items I had saved from fellow bloggers, it's so helpful to share and learn with each other on this motherhood journey! 

Linking up with my fav southern gal, Jessi for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Full Time RV Living + Lately

Life has certainly been a little busy tying up some loose ends with moving, yet at the same time, not very exciting. So here's some random things that's been happening in our neck of the woods...

+ I've decided to jump on the Snapchat train! I know nothing about it, so any help is appreciated! Ha! Add me: justjuliejoy 

+ We've officially started a new chapter! We are full time living in our RV since Sunday, however the closing on our house has been pushed back yet again and we are starting to get nervous. But, on the BRIGHT side, we are all together living full time as a family for the first time EVER

Fun Fact: Since Michael have been dating/engaged/married we have never physically lived together more than 2-3 days week due to work travel. Ought to be interesting, right?! 

+ We have yet to find a house that we would like to invest in... praying we find something before baby #2 arrives!

+ Remi is getting 2 more molars and has been quite miserable most days. As well as not sleeping well. We've had some nights where we were up for 3 straight hours of screaming. Nothing like making Mama feel completely helpless! To top the crabbiness off, she was due for her 12 month shots that I forgot about! Poor girl.

+ We are continuing to have some difficulty with one of our dogs (Sandy) behavior towards Remi. Thankfully, at least Jack has been doing much better with her and they enjoy playing together which is great and cute. But I'm at a complete loss for what to do with the other one... Especially with living in a small space, she can't be trusted around the baby so I'm constantly on edge and/or yelling at her. 

+ I am 28w5d with baby #2 - time is FLYING! We are now in the third trimester (what?!) and appointments are now bi-weekly! At this week's appointment we discussed my doctors concerns regarding a VBAC vs. scheduled cesarean. After experiencing the long labor + emergency c-section for Remi, I'm honestly a bit nervous and scared either way (I could write a whole post on this topic). I am trying to be open minded and definitely putting my trust in the Dr. for making the best decision for me and the baby. Regardless, I can't believe in 11 weeks we will get to meet our newest bundle of Joy and find out if it's a boy or girl!!! So exciting!!

+ In addition to the excitement for Baby #2 to arrive, I have many additional emotions. Being a Mom to  ONE baby is hard. And soon I'll have TWO?! Insert 3724892374 thoughts and emotions. How am I going to survive?! Honest to goodness, some days have been a complete struggle. Being a Mom is a constant learning experience and I am definitely "owning it" by acknowledging and accepting the tough times, learning from them, and finding joy through it all (or at least trying!).

 A friend shared this article and it's a worthy read. Even if your not a Mom, it's a good read to help support the Mama's in your life. "Motherhood is not a journey meant to be solo, but should be a beautiful connection of women who desire to embrace, love, and support each other."

Lastly, with the weather slowly starting to give us a taste of summer, I'm dreaming of dresses and all the summer wear! Such as this maxi dress + free shipping!

Rem hanging out in her room the first night in our temporary home!

These two are obsessed with rocks & sticks!

Monday feels - Baby bump + afternoon nap time battle 

A peek at our humble abode

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday Linkup (for the first time ever, yay!) with Jessi!

Happy Wednesday! Looking forward to the warm weather in the upcoming forecast this week/weekend! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Remington's Nursery + Emotions

I've mentioned a lot lately about how we are in the process of moving... with moving comes packing.... and with packing comes some emotions. To be expected right? Well, besides a few emotions of frustration, stress, and being overwhelmed, I hadn't been very emotional to the fact that we are leaving this house. Our first house. That is until I had to start packing up Remington's room. And then it hit me. This is where we brought our first baby home to. This was her first only nursery (that I never finished taking pictures of once it was complete). This is my favorite room in the entire house. 

So, here I am, over a year after this room became such a special part of our home, taking pictures and sharing some tidbits about Remi Roo's first nursery. This tiny room will forever have a special place in my heart and I want her to be able to look back on it some day, even if she'll never remember the times we shared here. 

Some pictures are from a year ago, and some are recent. I've definitely changed things around multiple times over the past year as far as things we use, don't use, new items, easier access, different organization, etc. 

Things I've learned for the nursery:

- A changing pad on a dresser works great and takes up less space than a changing table. TIP: Put some shelf liner underneath the changing pad to minimize sliding. TIP #2: Use waterproof changing pad liners to minimize accident cleanup!

- Splurge on a 4 in 1 convertible bed set. The conversion kit was only $100 which we used gift cards from our registry to purchase. Now we know she will forever have a nice bedroom set and we don't ever have to invest in another toddler bed. 

- The ottoman that came with the glider had an option slide out nursing stool which made it so nice to prop your feet up onto and not have to rock! Similar here

- A folding TV tray worked great for a side table in the room since the room was too small for a permanent side table. 

- Sizing dividers for clothes in the closet - Yes! 

- Velvet hangers for the win! I recently learned how much I loved velvet hangers for myself (no slip + space saving) so I definitely splurged with velvet hangers for the mini, but well worth it!

- Baskets/Bins/Organizer of any kind makes your life a lot easier! 

- Command hook/picture hangers are great for avoiding putting holes in the walls since you know the room will most likely change as the baby gets older. The mirror and deer mount is the only things we had to put nails in the wall for. The canvas', floating shelves, and hook behind her door are all hung with command strips! 

- White noise, vaporizer, diffuser, night light are must haves in my opinion! We started out with this white noise + light and wound up switching to THIS awesome humidifier + oils diffuser + 7 color night light. Love it!

- Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother or Fisher-Price Rainforest Soother helped us with sleep training and still entertains her when she wakes up and I don't go get her right away. TIP: Put a burp cloth between the soother and the crib to avoid scratching and rubbing on the crib. 

- A bedding set is really just a waste of money. They don't sleep with blankets for a while anyways so really all you need is crib sheets and bumpers if you prefer. A crib skirt is cute until you have to lower the crib and may not be seen anymore anyways (depending on your style crib). 

- Bumpers: Get them. Don't get them. Only get breathable ones. Never mind, get them. Geez, the "rules" on these things change so often. In my opinion, once the baby is old enough, get them. The breathable ones are pretty much useless because they don't provide any cushion and the baby is banging their head through them anyways. The downfall of a solid back crib is how do you attach a bumper to the back wall? I just gave up on the bumpers and Remington learned to go back to sleep after she beat herself up rolling around. Mean Mom, I know. 

The big white stuffed animal was mine when I was a baby 

Non slip shelf liner for the win!

Easy access for some of the books

Canvas on left: Jasmine stayed up until the wee hours of the morning the night that I had Remington so that she could make this canvas and bring it to the hospital the next day. So sweet. 

Canvas on right: Thumb print guest book from one of our baby showers

The inside of the closet has changed so many times! I originally wanted to put up more shelves for books and another rod to hang clothes, but that never happened. I had three baskets on the shelf in the  middle and then took one down for putting books in on the floor for easy access for Remington. The baskets on the very top shelf worked great for less needed items, old items/clothes to be packed away, or bigger sized clothes I would need soon. 

Since Michael wouldn't allow a girly pink room, I did my best to incorporate some pink touches by painting one wall and the inside of the closet pink, as well as the accents on the gallery wall and the door knobs on the closet. 

I think that sums up this tiny little room that has brought so much Joy to our home!

Items or similar items can be found here:

Valspar Oyster Shoal & Pink Cocoa paint
Glider & Ottoman Set with slide out nursing stool (similar)
Mirror: Hobby Lobby Clearance & Repainted with Pink Cocoa
Deer Mount: Michael's craft store - paper mache section
"R", pink glasses, sign, & miniature roses: Hobby Lobby
Picture frame & Piggy Bank: Unknown - gifts
Bedding (discontinued): Target
Mobile: DIY
Closet dividers: Etsy
Canvas': DIY by Jasmine & Baby Shower Guestbook