2 for 2!

Whoever said that you can’t have two easy babies?! All you expecting mamas of your second, there is hope people. I am two for two over here although, so far my toddlers are rough! This little guy knew that I needed an easy one, because of our little crazy toddler running around. Kanon is such a good baby. I am blessed! He has thrown at as many smiles, sleeps SO well, and is such a good eater. In the past month he has gone on a road trip, taken a bottle, and had his first night in a hotel. He is adjusting to the traveling life quite well. haha. Making our lives easier is the Dock A Tot. Seriously SO convenient. This multi-functional lounger used for 0-8 months has been perfect for us. We have used it for co-sleeping, and moving around the house so mom can get stuff done. The DockATot is breathable all natural lounger. Dekker has even tried to steal it multiple times, so I think we better get him the DockATot grand for ages 9-36 months. We would reccommend this to every expecting mama out there!

 

 

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BABY BOY

I remember like it was yesterday when my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our sweet little Kanon. We were living in Lancaster, and we had previously talked about baby #2 but decided that even though we both had major baby fever that we wanted to wait. Fast forward two months later after multiple people coming to me telling me they had dreams I was pregnant and me telling them they were crazy; I went to the gynecologist to change my birth control ( yes I was on birth control) and found out I was in fact pregnant. After writing out a million texts to my husband and then deleting them before sending I decided to wait until he got home from work to tell him. I found an old amazon box and put the test and a little note saying ” I can’t wait to meet you daddy” in the box. I told him he got something from Amazon and he was so confused looking at this already opened amazon box. haha( I guess I could have put more effort into taping it back up, but I thought it was funny). Looking back on that stressful and exciting night, oh my gosh, I would not have wanted it to go any other way. We are soaking up these first few weeks with this little nugget and his big brother. Life with Kanon is an adventure, it is crazy, and so so sweet. We got blessed with a very mellow baby, thank goodness. He sleeps at night already with only waking up twice to eat and I LOVE him for that right now. haha. He grunts like crazy. ( so did Dekker Drew). He loves to be swaddled at night. Kanon is a traveling trooper, but definitely likes to be held. We could not imagine life with out this sweet boy.

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Kanon’s Birth Story!

We welcomed the most perfect little boy into the world on January 30th, and we could not be happier! I always love to read birth stories, so I thought I would share this little ones. If you know me or have been following me for a while you know that we live ” on the road”. When I found out I was pregnant I was really nervous, and had to figure out how I was going to make all these doctors appointments when we are constantly moving. We decided it was easiest to deliver in our home town where both our families live. Thank goodness for my doctor being okay with me missing a few appointments.I decided for the second time to be induced because it was easier with our lifestyle. If you read Dekker’s birth story you know it took over 24 hours before I was even in labor :O.  So fast forward over two years and here we are again! In the same hospital my husband, myself, and Dekker were born in. (Side note:Dekker was born in the same room as I, and Kanon was born in the same room Cody was born in.) We went in at 8 am on January 30th to get things going and I was dilated to a 2. We put bets on when this boy was coming the night before and I thought for sure it was going to take a while, and we would be well into January 31st. We had a few visitors that morning and played a card game similar to cards against humanity. haha. (with my Nana) At about 1 pm my doctor came in to check me and I was at a 4, and he decided to break my water. Right when I heard him say that I freaked out and asked him If I could get an epidural. I think he thought I was crazy because I was having contractions but not in pain. I remember him breaking my water with Dekker and I was in a lot of pain RIGHT after that, and I had Dekker so fast that I was scared there would be no time. He convinced me to wait and I think I told my nurses every time I saw them that eventually I wanted an epidural before I was in a lot of pain. oops. I was feeling okay but starting to feel my contractions more and more. At 4:25 pm I was dilated to a 6 and was beyond ready for my epidural. Once I decided to get my epidural I sent everyone out, and knew he was coming soon. hooray! Wait I take that back I wanted the epidural before I was ready haha. At 6 pm I was dialed to 9.5 and they were getting ready to have me push. At 6:12 pm I started pushing and after 3 pushes Kanon’s heart rate went down drastically, and the doctor grabbed the vaccum.  All I heard was him mention having a cesarean, and then the nurses told him there were no surgical teams available. Naturally I freaked out and could sense the fear in my husband as well. I think this really kicked myself into pushing gear because I did not want a cesarean or anything to go “wrong”. And there he was after 1 more push at 6:32 pm, Kanon Gane Smith. Our hearts are so full.

Go check out our video of Kanon Gane being welcomed into this world, and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel: HERE!!!!

 

 

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We are officially TEN days out until we go into the hospital to have our second baby boy! So many exciting, scary, and anxious feelings flowing through my body. Every mom I have talked to deals with having this fear of how can you love another one as much as the first, and that is definitely a real fear happening around here. But hey everyone also says YOU CAN, IT IS POSSIBLE so that feeling of my heart loving another little sweet nugget just as much is going to be the best. Or the fear of how my first born is going to do with a new baby in the house. (This will be something I will keep you guys up to date on because I know so many mamas wonder about these things.) I have been preparing Dekker with a lot of baby time with his new baby cousins, and he is such a LOVER to them. It melts my dang heart, so can not imagine it being my own and his new baby brother. I enjoy the messy, the complicated, the challenging, and the unknown of motherhood so I am ready to take on the task of two little boys. Call me crazy! Now for my pregnancy I can not wait to no longer get nauseous or have that terrible acid reflux I have been dealing with. Bring on the no sleep, as long as I have a healthy little boy in my arms. These next ten days are going to be spent relaxing, and preparing since I still do not have my hospital bag even packed.. oops.. and babies car seat is still sitting inside. Oh and of course I will be snuggling my first born way too much. Enjoy a few of my maternity pictures with Angela Nunnink Photography.

 

 

 

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Holidays with the Smiths!

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over we can all enjoy slowing things down a bit. We had such a great but mellow Christmas this year, and I loved being surrounded by both of our families. It makes things so much easier that both of our parents live in the same town! We get to hop from house to house with out feeling too overwhelmed. The older your kids get I think the better Christmas gets. Dekker loved Christmas, but definitely didn’t care too much about the opening part of presents. I think his favorite part is being surrounded by so many people. He is such a people person that he gets so excited whenever we are visiting our families: no time to eat, cuddle, or sit for more than five seconds. My busy busy little two year old. Now that things are slowing down it is time for New Years! I am really not a huge New Years person, but I LOVE going back and reminiscing on the year. In 2016 we have lived in two different cities, had our one year wedding anniversary, began the terrible twos, and MADE A BABY! Bring on 2017; as we get to open it up in a few weeks with another little blessing!

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Last minute gift for him!


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img_0328img_0360We are less than two weeks away from Christmas, and if you are anything like me this year than you probably STILL haven’t finished shopping. Wait I think this is every year not just this one..eek! I have no idea why I do this to myself, because it seriously stresses me out!! haha. Maybe it is the thrill of trying to get everything done last minute, or maybe I just can’t seem to think about Christmas before Thanksgiving so I always feel rushed. Also the men in my life are always a challenge. There are only so many gadgets and tools in the world(my husband may beg to differ). Girls are easy because hello CLOTHES, ACCESSORIES, SHOES… the list is end list and we can never have too many of any of these things. I’ve teamed up with JORD wood watches to share an awesome gift idea for the men(or women) in your life. My husband does not dress up very often, and he loves his early Christmas present from JORD. He is able to wear this cool unique watch during the holidays. They are great quality wooden watches which are so cool, and I think they look pretty dang good on my hubby as you can see. I have a $25 instant gift code for all of my followers if you click on this >>$25 GIFTCODE<< use it while it lasts! It will expire on 2/28/2017.  They have a big variety of colors and different shapes and prices, so you have to go check them out! My husband is wearing the watch linked HERE! These watches do not disappoint , and are the perfect gift for you to shop from the comfort of your own couch! Enjoy!

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

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TWO!

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I know everyone always says that when their babies become a year older they just can’t believe it, but really I CAN NOT! Once I have baby #2 I am sure it will seem more real that I have a two year old, but until then it is just so crazy to me. A TWO year old!!! He is such a big boy. He is definitely always on the go, but in all the right moments this one is such a sweetheart. He still snuggles with me daily, and always makes sure to give his mama hugs and kisses. And with that said, a second later he is all about playing ninja turtles, running around and always wanting to go on a walk, and of course making a big mess of everything! He is particular about pretty much everything and I find it so funny because his dad is definitely this way too. We have a book in that we write in about whats going on with Dekker, but I always like to write on here as well. And honestly I write on here WAY more than in his book.. I really need to write in that more often. haha. So this morning he decided to climb in his dresser drawer and get baby Vicks vapor rub and paint my walls.. it was lovely! Sometimes you just laugh at this moments though and I love my crazy boy. Happy number 2 Dekker Drew, we love you!

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Maternity Wear!

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I am almost 28 weeks with my baby boy! YAY! I finally have started shopping for my little man which is always so exciting getting those teeny tiny clothes. Also great news.. I don’t get sick every day. Occasionally I do but for the most part I am feeling so much better. As for my wardrobe, my pants are definitely snug! So who needs pants when you can find cute maternity dresses that are SO comfy and cute. I personally think dresses are more comfy when you are pregnant over yoga pants, and I wear a lot of yoga pants. haha. My first pregnancy I never bought one maternity item, but this time I am caving! PinkBlush has the cutest maternity clothes for a good price, and every item I have received I have loved. The holidays are coming up, and this dress is so perfect for that. Oh wait it gets even better… PinkBlush also has non maternity wear that is just as cute. I have linked a few cute items perfect for the holidays and fall wear below!

Plaid Maternity Tunic : Cute with some leggings and booties!

Accent knit Dress : Love this simple dress!

Non Maternity olive green suede elbow top: For you non pregos!

Head over to my Instagram for a GIVEAWAY with Pink Blush!

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ORAL CARE SET

So I remember when we first started Dekker on brushing his teeth, and he did not necessarily love it, but he has grown to loving it. This makes it SO much easier for Cody and I, so we don’t have a screaming melt down to deal with every time. I know as a kid it was not necessarily my favorite thing to do, but it has to be done. Those dental bills can creep up on you really fast. haha. And since Dekker’s initials are DDS and my grandfather was a Dentist, people always joke about him being a Dentist when he is older. What really made things easier for us was having our tooth brush out as well, and we would brush with him. I always brush his first and then let him do it on his own, because every toddler wants to do everything on there own. I sit him on the counter which works for us, and let him put his tooth brush in the water and in his mouth. It is pretty cute to watch too 🙂  We received this oral care set just recently from #Nuby, but I so wish we would have had it when he was younger because of all the four stages. He loves to try every stage out even now and it is the perfect size for him. I am doing a giveaway over on my instagram: blakeashlyn Check it out!
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Traveling with a Toddler

It is pretty much essentially when traveling with a toddler to always have food with you, and that even goes for those short trips to the parks or grocery store. I can not tell you how many times some yogurt covered raisins, a bar, or a sand which have saved my sanity. haha. I travel a lot with my toddler by myself, and I think the only time he ever sits still is when he is shoveling food in his mouth. I received these snack keepers from Nuby, and they are so great! Spill free( thank you), and my son loves putting his hand in there to get a snack out. You can get these snack keepers at Amazon or Babies R Us.

I also received this insulated stainless steel cup, and if your toddler is anything like mine he drinks SO much water. He calls it his “pop” which I think is so cute. I have no idea where he got the name from, but it works 🙂  We love the insulated cup so that his drink stays cold, and we love the handle feature for a my busy boy.( Also comes with different straw types, and no handles) We are going on vacation tomorrow YAY, and you betcha’ I have these packed in my bag for the plane ride. Stainless steel cup is sold at Babies R Us.
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