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23.5 Week Checkup!

So back at 19 weeks I had my anatomy ultrasound but this little buddy in my tummy was NOT wanting to cooperate and wouldn’t let us get pictures of his heart and of his face, so we had to go back today! In my mind being the little man a second time, and double checking that our boy really is a boy worked great for me.

Well today I crossed my fingers, drank a giant orange juice, and couldn’t wait to see the little guy. When I scheduled they said it would only need to be a quick 20 minute ultrasound because they had such a small amount of things they needed to get pictures of…

Well with all the orange juice, me doing squats and leg lifts in the ultrasound room, as well as partaking in some cat/cow yoga pose on the ultrasound table… I was in the room for an hour because my sweet Wyatt wanted to clearly stay nudged face down into my hips.

Eventually they were able to get the pictures, AFTER the radiologist came down to see if she could get the picture she needed as well. (Buddy was just as stubborn for her as he was for the ultrasound tech.)  We did get a very nice profile shot, and he is for sure bigger than he was a couple weeks ago!

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After all of the ultrasound fiasco, I had my quick checkup. After that we got to schedule our next three appointments! Bonus: The next appointment is the last of the monthly appointments, then we are down to every two weeks! Whaaaaat?! Where did time go?! I still have to get so much done! Well… at least it feels that way.

Alright, just thought I would pop on and share my sweet Wyatt’s picture and give a quick update! Have a fantastic weekend ladies and gents!

XO, Me

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Toddler, Twos, Tantrums

Hello Friends, 

Last week was our daughters second birthday. So many tears, emotions, feelings, and excitement. Two may not seem like such a big deal to some people but for me it felt like a big milestone. Maybe because I know this is the last birthday she will have as an only child, or maybe its because Im just proud of this little girl who no longer is a little babe? Not totally sure…

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Anyhow, two seems like a big deal to me. Well THIS week we went to her two year checkup with our doctor and it was sure perfect timing because I was needing some input about our newest stage as of lately that comes along with TWO… The tantrum stage.

Lately this cutie above has been..

98% PERFECT + 2% TERROR

It is absolutely terrifying to see my sweet little daughter flip a switch and turn into a flailing-on-the-floor crazed monkey. I was starting to feel a little letdown and like I wasn’t doing a good job parenting. Call it the hormones, or call it mom-guilt but I may have literally sat down and cried a couple times telling my husband that I “must be doing a terrible job, why is she acting like this…” to which he would tell me that she is just going through something and trying to communicate and that it was “SIMPLY NORMAL.”

I didn’t know what was worse, the fact that it was most likely true, or that a normal two year old was simply scary. Well talking to the doctor, we told her all about our little girls gigantic tantrums and through half-laughs we told her we didn’t know what we should be trying because we felt like we have been trying everything. And then… she simply chuckled. And then we laughed. And she made us feel so much better just by telling us a few simple things.

Let me preface this with the fact that we really like our doctor, she is smart, and funny, relatable, and when we see her she actually remembers our previous visits and conversations we have spoken about. So needless to say, we feel like she knows us pretty well and we trust her and have since we picked her as our babes doctor. So here is what she said to us regarding Toddlers, Twos, and Tantrums…

  1. This IS normal, our daughter is just intuitive and strong-willed. As a child this will be a hard thing for parents because naturally you want your children to listen and do what is appropriate and “right” and well-behaved in your eyes; as a young adult/adult this is a powerful thing because this smart strong-willed child will demand what she knows she needs instead of just being “agreeable.” That alone is a skill that is worth harboring, not dampening.
  2. The best thing you can do during a throw-yourself-on-the-floor tantrum is simply make sure that she is in a safe situation, state what the correct behavior is, and calmly wait until the tantrum subsides. I know this sounds easier than it really is. And in the midst of a tantrum its very hard to remain calm and not get emotional. However, if you react with more than this, you open up a trap. The trap is a mixture of you arguing, fanning the fire, and raising the emotional state. A toddler throws a tantrum because they want something or dislike something, they do not understand why they cant get what they want, and they want you to know that they are upset they cant do what they want. Let them know “We aren’t standing on the counter, that is not safe, and when you are ready to continue playing I would love to play with you.” This lets them know the behavior isn’t ok, you aren’t feeding into it and giving them the attention, and that you are ready to have fun when they are finished with their tantrum. Eventually they will stop kicking the ground and want to play with you.
  3. Just do the best you can, and know that your 98% amazing child is still an amazing child the other 2%. This alone is great to hear, because in the moment when you are wanting to rip your hair out because you think its only your child that does this, its good to know you still have a sweetheart inside. Being a parent is tough, and there are so many ways to do things. As long as you are doing your best, your child will benefit and at the end of the day that is really all that matters.

These things are all things I needed to hear. My child is normal, my child is still wonderful, and all my child needs it me to remain patient. Parenting is hard. And its all OK. 

So, I can tell that this year is going to be filled with many new things. I can also see MANY new tantrums, but I have to just remember that my child is a good kid, Im a good parent, Im doing my best, and all is ok… then I have to keep that in my back-pocket for a rainy afternoon when I want to lock myself in a closet because my child is crying on the floor of the doctors office because I said they couldn’t lick the door. 🙂

Also some good books that have helped me and given me lightbulb moments…

AS always, see you soon friends!

XO, Me

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Toddlerhood.

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So can I say this is so true? It was a rough one today…

Well today was pretty much a fuck-it day. Pretty much had a lot of plans for the day and this is how many things got completed ==> ZERO. And you know what, thats ok. Between toddlerhood and pregnancy I pretty much decided that today would be a do-over tomorrow.

On a side-note… its good to know that at the end of the day I can still say I know I am a good mom, even though today I may or may not have sat in my car and cried to myself twice. Yep.

To all you other mamas who need to hear they they’re still a good mom after today. You rock. You are doing great. Its ok to have a bad day. You are still a good mom. XO

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Blog Reconstruction

Hey friends!

So I had a hard time with this blog initially. I wanted it to be an outlet for me, but also wanted to use it alongside my LuLaRoe business. Well I decided to that that isn’t the way I wanted this direction to go so I am reconstructing this site.

From here on out, you can read Mommyhood stories, Gossip rants, Product reviews, and whatever the heck else I might feel like writing about.

Anyhow, just wanted it to be an update. Will talk soon!

 

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Ipsy Bag Review!

Hey ladies and gents!

I wanted to review my IPSY bad for you today! For only $10 a month you review 5 products in a cute little makeup bag, all packed up in a pink bubble mailer and sent to you! Its super cute, and lets be real… who doesn’t like receiving mail that isn’t a bill?

Girlllllll, lets get started 🙂

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First off is the cute little (totally fall themed) little yellow and gold makeup bag. Super soft cotton, and perfect sized to throw a few things in.

Then I pulled out the Mannakadar HD Perfecting Powder. It was a really nice size, larger than some eye shadow rounds, listed on the back as .09oz. It is a translucent powder that appears white when you put it on your skin until you blend it in. It feels really nice and not cakey. You don’t feel like you have a pound of makeup on your face with it, plus it seems to tone down and soften any problem skin areas. This was a win in my book.

Next was the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Idol. I have used Tart cosmetics in the past and really enjoyed them, they seem to go on nice and stick around for awhile so I was really excited about this addition to my bag. From looking at it, the color looks really gold/bronzey. It didn’t seem like a blush so much but a bronzer, and then when I actually used it I felt like it was more of a highlighter. Mind you, I am no makeup expert, but I really liked it. it made me feel like Kim Kardashian with the ability to highlight and contour my cheekbones and other spots! I would say this was a win also!

Then I pulled the Benefit Cosmetics “they’re real!” mascara. For those of you who know me, mascara is literally one of my favorite things on the planet. I was really excited about this one. I really like benefit products and have tried some of their other mascaras but hadn’t yet tried this one. I loved the wand, and they give you a nice size tube (not full size but bigger than a sample .1 oz) which is always exciting. I tried it on and it went on so nice, and really accented my eyes well! This was a big score for me!

Next, I tried out the Touch In Sol Liquid Foundation in Natural Beige. I haven’t used any of their products so I was really excited to try this one out. The color was a pretty perfect match for my skin and blended in really well. I didn’t have to use a ton of it to make it go far, and when applied it seemed to dry quickly and not look dewy which I always dislike. I would probably buy this as a full size product honestly. Even this tube should last me a long time (it is .33oz)(I would compare it to the size of the Younique Concealer which is .34oz) This was a score for me too!! 🙂

Last in the bag was the Oribe brand Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. it was .9oz and was in an aerosol cute black little spray can. It did not shoot gold but a nice weightless dry shampoo that really didn’t leave any residue, didn’t even spray a powder, and just left my hair feeling soft and airy. I didn’t try it on major oily areas but I did like the way it made my hair feel and it didn’t smell like some of the dry shampoos that bother me, it was very airy and light as well. This was nice and I can’t wait to use more.

So there you have it folks! My review of this months ipsy bag 🙂 If you want to check it out, do so: HERE! You can cancel anytime, but I am pretty sure you won’t want to. And hey, $10 is like 2 coffees… instead you could have all this and more! 🙂 These will last way longer than two drinks will!

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Grove Collaborative

OMG I love Grove Collaborative so much! I thought I would give them a shot after seeing an ad they had out for some free products when you spend $20. Then I got hooked!

This is my second shipment from them!

With a VIP membership you can have products automatically shipped to your home, or you can just order monthly!

There are the benefits though from their website of becoming a VIP. (They currently are offering free memberships on their sites for a trial period, and then a discounted membership after that! Plus you get free shipping on all your orders, and free full size gifts! Its awesome!

This is my second order with them! IMG_0341

First of ALL: Meyers products are my favorite things ever. The scents they have are amazing! In this order alone, I scored Iowa Pine, Orange Clove, Radish, Lemon Verbena, and Rosemary. My other personal faves are Basil and Geranium!! Then we have the dish towels which are actually really nice thick dish towels. They didn’t skimp on these puppies! Plus I love the colors, and they’re 100%cotton 🙂

Anyhow, if you were wanting to try Grove, try it out HERE and you will receive $10 off your order! 🙂

XoXo friends, Katie

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Holiday Capsule LuLaRoe!

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Um thats right, you are seeing it here! LuLaRoe’s holiday capsule launched today! AND, Your girl Katie has some coming! Leggings and Classic T’s are going to be so cute! I have done launches in different ways in the past. This time, I am going to put everything into an album sale and do a quick mini-LIVE beforehand! Who doesn’t need holiday clothes for the holiday season?!

Make sure you go to my VIP group to check it out and get ready for updates regarding the sale! Weer Wearing LLR with Katie VIP group

 

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