Starting This Mom of Two Life



In case you didn't see on my Instagram post, our little Emma Claire was born on Friday morning! We're home and getting settled now, and already it has been such a wild ride of having Aiden meet Emma and figuring out what life with two kids will look like. We came home from the hospital Saturday afternoon, and here I am on a rainy, sleepy Sunday morning, seeing how quickly our lives have changed. As I'm writing this, Devin's taken Aiden with him to the pharmacy to grab a few things, which means baby girl and I are getting some time just us...which is a lovely, quiet break from the fun and mayhem of an active toddler trying to share his trucks with a sleeping newborn!

It hasn't been all wild moments of "wait, Aiden, let's not throw your mildly heavy toys in the bassinet while Emma's in there!" (Though there have already been a few moments like that 😉 ). Aiden has also gently stroked Emma's head, given her the sweetest kisses on her back, and even handed me her diaper while I was doing a diaper change.

Another huge part of this "having two kids under two" thing is alllll the diapers we're now changing. After trying a dollar-store-brand diaper rash cream on Aiden when he was an infant (it looked legit! Stop judging!), I have come to realize that splurging like $5 for Desitin is the way to go. We've been using it on Aiden for most of his life (after that failed experiment with the knock-off brand stuff), and we have already used it on little Emma because she came home from the hospital all red and inflamed down there. Trust me, it's the best treatment for diaper rash that there is.

I can't wait to share more pictures of Aiden and Emma here on the blog, but until then...here are a few I took the day I went into labor 😊 





What do you use to treat diaper rash? Make sure to follow along on Instagram for stories/snapshots of what life with two is looking like 😊 
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Fall Adventures at Morris Arboretum


I'm two days from my due date as I write this, and while I fold freshly washed newborn girl clothes and hope that today will be the day our little one arrives, I'm so grateful for these extra days Aiden and I have had together. He's my little adventuring buddy, excited about trains ("choo-choo's" of course, because who wants to say "trrraaaiiin"?? No one) and running through wide open spaces and watching swans float by. 

The other week, he and I headed to Morris Arboretum where he got to do all of those things. I watched his eyes light up at the trains they have set up, and I helped him search for the perfect rocks to toss in the creek that runs through the park. 

He's got an infectious joy, and I'll do the most ridiculous faces and voices just to hear his little toddler laugh. Everything is so new and exciting to him, and I want him to always be curious and excited about God's creation. 

Though I'm feeling pretty impatient about baby girl's arrival, I'm so thankful for these last few weeks when the days have been full of just Aiden and me, on our little adventures. 












What adventures have you been up to this fall? 
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Our First Camping Trip With a Baby


Some wonderful person gave me and Devin a tent as a wedding present (which I don't think we registered for...), and so we went camping a TON when we were first married! (I.e., this trip and this, too.) For $40, we camped at state parks and filled the days with hiking and the evenings with keeping a fire going.

However, since having Aiden a year and a half ago, we hadn't gone camping! We figured we better at least give it a try before having TWO kids, so with me 36 weeks pregnant, we went away to French Creek State Park.

I'm not going to lie, camping with a toddler can be mildly stressful. As we set up the tent, Aiden would run in circles around our car and so I'd look up and he'd be GONE, which made me panic...only to find out he was 4 steps away. Then, before his bedtime, we made a small fire at our campsite and spent the next half-hour making sure he didn't go near it. ALSO not the most relaxing thing ever.

Despite trying to keep him at our campsite/away from fire, we had a blast going for walks (definitely wouldn't call it a hike) around the park. We even found an amphitheater in the middle of the woods, which gave my big sweaty pregnant self a chance to sit on a real bench and gave Aiden the chance to run freely and explore the area.

Devin and I didn't take one single picture together the whole weekend, which is just a testament to how much fun we were having. The camera only was out once or twice, and the rest of the time was spent enjoying our time together. Sitting around the fire and talking to Devin (once Aiden had gone to bed!!!!!!) was a highlight of the trip. We talked about how unlikely it was that we started dating in high school, how perfect it was that he started following Jesus right before we met, what God's currently teaching us...it was perfect.







Also, make sure to check out why I think hiking is the best vacation activity and my tips for hiking with a baby.

Have you ever gone camping, with or without kids? What are some of your favorite weekend getaway memories? 
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Currently // October 2017



My due date is 8 days away and while I never put stock in the whole voodoo of "the baby should come by the due date!", I would REALLY like to have this baby before then. In an effort to take my mind off of the fact that it feels like she'll never come, I'm going to share a few non-pregnancy things that I've been up to recently. And those flowers were from Devin for my birthday...pretty fall-ish, right?

Styling: this top and I just got these ankle boots (I think there's a sale at DSW right now if you use code october2017 or something. Look it up!)

Saving: $5 by going to a Hair Cuttery for a trim & "subtle long layers" which turns out to be the world's worst hack job attempt at layers by a girl so young she's probably fresh out of beauty school (she asked if I knew what Instagram Live was........how old do I LOOK?!). Was it worth it to save $5 instead of going to a real salon? I'm gonna have to vote no on that one.

Searching: things at 2am when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep...like "emergency c-section recovery tips" and "headband and swaddle sets." Totally logical. I know.

Picking: pumpkins this weekend with Aiden (it was Devin's idea! They are the cutest father-son combo ever and here's more proof that I shared on Instagram). Last year when we picked apples, it was 80 degrees and we wore flannel. And we (Devin) pushed Aiden in a stroller up the bumpy hills of an orchard so that we could pay like $10/pound for some freaking apples. This year will be better ;)

Making: all the crockpot meals now that it's October....even though it's been 70s/80s each day, I'm feeling like some lazy "cooking" (and here's my crockpot chili recipe I posted last week). 

Today I'm linking up with Anne & Dana for the Currently link-up. 
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