"Daddy, your breath stinks. It smells like fish... fish sticks! Brush your teeth daddy."

"I'm good Mommy. Don't want anymore milk."

"Relax Mommy – Calm down!"

The things kids say... I needed to write them down somewhere, so I can look back and smile (and laugh) at them someday.


 
 
I don't know what Mama isn't obsessed with baby moccassins! I've always been a fan and Tristan and I own the same pair of brown, suede ones. Now I've been dying to get a new pair of gold moccassins for baby #2 from Freshly Picked but just couldn't justify paying $60+ for such tiny, tiny shoes. So I did some researching and found a very similar shoe for half the price, that's handmade, made with the same materials and with very similar craftsmanship! I jumped on these right away and can't wait for them to arrive. Plus, for every pair sold, $5 will go to African orphans.
 

COUNTDOWN

07/30/2013

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I have exactly 8 work days left before I officially go out on Maternity Leave! Kinda crazy, but boy am I looking foward to it. I'll be taking about 6 months off this time and I'm so excited that it will fall during my favorite holidays, Halloween and Christmas. Just to think I'll have both my boys with me, is so exciting. I'm already planning all these fun, family activities for us. But before all that happens, I still got myself quite a to-do list before baby arrives:

1. Get hospital bag ready.
2. Organize Tristan's clothing and shoe storage bins. Gotta save all the good ones for Baby!
3. Laundry, laundry, laundry! Wash all of baby's clothes, blankets and gear. I also need to wash all house drapes, sofa slip-covers and linens.
4. Take care of some exchanges, returns and make a trip to store for misc. baby needs.
5. Sanitize all of Tristan's and Baby's toys.
6. Assemble Co-Sleeper.
7. Set up Infant Car seat.
8. Get real serious with Tristan's Potty Training. Wish us luck!

Photo Credit: Taken from Pinterest



 
 
Yesterday, marked my 32nd birthday and boy did we feast all weekend long. I'm still drooling over all the roasted crab and garlic noodles we had on Saturday night! Wow, so 32 years old... it's really not so bad, if anything I feel much more confidant in my own skin. I know myself more and I know what I want in life, and life is as wonderful as ever.

My little family is growing and they are the center of my universe. I have a loving husband as my partner, who I've known since I was 15 years old, a beautiful son and new baby on the way. I've been blessed with such an amazing career that has given me so much opportunities for success and has recently allowed me to climb up the ladder once more into management. I've also been so blessed with such a supportive family and with life's little pleasures. I'm not saying my life is
perfect – its far from it. But what I am saying is, I am very content at this very moment and I count my blessings every single day. I thank God for the 32 years and pray for another blessed year full of happiness, success, good health and most of all a life full of LOVE.
 
 
Hi all,
here's another goody I wanted to share with you all. I've been lusting for these Hermés Bracelets from afar, but just couldn't justify and afford paying that much for a bracelet. So I was happy to find a similar style from C Wonder with the option of picking your own personal initial for way cheaper! I know its no Hermés, but it still has the same look and feel, plus you get the option of a wider or thinner bangle.

I first discovered C Wonder while on my trip to New York last year. Their pretty popular in the East Coast. They have super-cute accessory pieces and home decor. The founder is actually the ex-husband of Tory Burch, so you will see some similar pieces between the two.

Hers  |  Mine


 
 
So last night, at around 2am, Tristan wakes up, climbs into our bed and says: "Mama, Red (what he actually meant to say was the color Purple) Aliens (Minions) are bad. Yellow, good." And I knew right away he was talking about the movie Despicable Me 2, haha. We took him to see the movie last week and I guess its still been on his mind.... What a silly kid!
 
 
As of today, I am now 31 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I all of a sudden started panicking a little bit and started to feel a little overwhelmed about my to-do list before baby comes. I eventually calmed down though because the reality is there's still plenty of time left, but boy is it going by really fast!

I'm feeling excited to have a newborn again and looking forward to breastfeeding. I can't wait to dress baby in his tiny, itty bitty clothes, hats and mittens and can't wait to wrap him up like a burrito. I'm also preparing myself mentally for those sleepless nights – how can I forget! Those first
3 months were pretty brutal when I had Tristan, but so worth it!

Tristan turned 29 months yesterday and everyday I swear he becomes more of big boy little by little. He's learning and picking up new things daily and it just amazes me every time. Yesterday, on our drive back home, we hit a red light, and as I'm waiting, he yells out "RED" and puts his hands out and then yells "WAIT!" I can't help but smile when I think about that moment.

One of the things I look forward to doing while I go on my early 4 week Maternity Leave, is spending lots of one-on-one time with Tristan. I just want to soak up all that time we will have together before baby. Even though he can be so demanding and impatient sometimes, he is just the most sweetest and thoughtful son I could ever ask for. He always wants to be near me, spoils me with hugs and kisses, loves to cuddle and is always on the look out for me. He always wants me involved in anything he does. He truly makes me feel so loved, needed and wanted. Its kinda crazy that a 2 year old can make you feel that way. I'm just trying to soak this all in, as I know he will eventually get older and maybe grow out of it. I'm just so happy we were blessed with Tristan and that we're having another baby boy on the way.
Tristan @ 7 Months

 
 
Yay, thank goodness for this short week. Today is my Friday and I can't wait to start my long weekend! So I've been on the hunt for a new pair of summer sandals and fell in love with these. Their quite popular actually, and I'm sure some of you have seen them around. So anyway, I was this close to purchasing the Dolce Vita's from Zappos when I found an even cheaper version from Target. So this got me all excited and who doesn't love a good deal?! Inspired by Sarah over at "Note to Self" I thought it would be fun to share this find with everyone. Every now and then I'll come across a pretty good knock-off and cheaper version of something, so I'll make sure to share my finds with you all.

I provided a link below. Enjoy and hope you have a great 4th of July!

Hers  |  Mine
 
 
My little guy is live on the PotteryBarnKids website! He has a little video cameo debuting their new "My First Backpack" Collection. Just in case your wondering, he's the one wearing the Blue "Jack" Puppy Backpack. I'm so proud of him!

Here's the link:
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/my-first-backpack-puppy/?pkey=e|my%2Bfirst%2Bbackpack%2Bpuppy|1|best|0|viewall|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

 
 
This week, Baby is the size of a: Butternut Squash

How far along? 29 Weeks, 4 Days

Due date: September 8, 2013

Total weight gain/loss: About 20 pounds gained

Maternity clothes? Dresses, Maxi Skirts – and my all time fave Maternity Jeans from H&M

Sleep: Sleep hasn't been so great. I usually get up around 2-3am to use the bathroom, then I stay up for about 20 min. or sometimes up to an hour. Its hard for me to fall right back asleep!

Food cravings: Nothing that lasts too long. I'm always up for some frozen yogurt or ice cream though!

Symptoms: Heartburn! Lower back pain, rib pain, swollen feet by the end of the day.

Labor Signs: Nothing yet, except for the occasional Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Stretch Marks? None (hope this sticks!)

Wedding rings on or off? Off :(

Feeling toward Pregnancy: Over all its been good. I just get tired very easily.

What I miss: A nice glass of wine and a cold beer :)

What I am looking forward to: Maternity Leave! I'm officially off work on August 12th. I'm excited to be on leave during my favorite holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But most of all, I'm looking forward to meeting our little guy and seeing Tristan and him together.

Milestones: All the movement. I love feeling the little kicks, punches, twirls!