Tutu Cute!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Natalie’s 2nd birthday party was over the weekend, and the theme was tutu cute. It was one of the easiest and cutest parties I’ve ever thrown, so I just had to come on here and share with you all!

The dessert table was the true magic of the party. We made a balloon arch and hung this swan above the prettiest tutu tablecloth (which happens to be the tablecloth we got for my baby shower with Baylee!). I wanted to keep the desserts simple and pretty, so we dipped pirouettes and marshmallows in pink chocolate, drizzled it on some salted popcorn, and then put pink sugar sprinkles all over everything! We also made pink Rice Krispie treats, cupcakes with strawberry and vanilla frosting, and had store-bought sugar cookies and pink heart Reese’s peanut butter cups.

For the other blank wall in the room, we put up some tulle and a flower vine, and then had some pictures from Natalie’s photo shoot hanging on twine and clothespins. Brian made the cutest rose gold ballet barre to add to the theme, and we hung some of Baylee’s tutu’s and ballet slippers on it. Just for fun, we took the extra balloons that we didn’t need for the balloon arch and put them all over the floor.

For the actual party, we served meatball and pulled pork sliders, and Brian made his famous mac & cheese. We had a lot of kids show up, and thankfully the daytime was unseasonably warm, so we rented a bounce house for them to go crazy in! We also did a piƱata, which was an absolute blast (and SO much easier than making goodie bags). 

Natalie had so much fun running around with all of her little friends, stealing treats off the dessert table every 5 minutes, and having her beloved “Happy Birthday to You” sung to her.  It made my heart so full to see my girl so happy!

I can’t wait to experience the terrific two’s with this little munchkin!

Natalie’s Two Year Update!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

And just like that, my tiny little peanut is 2! It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown, but here we are! She has gotten to be so silly, so sassy, and so much fun! I don’t care what anyone says, give me ALL the two-year-olds! Natalie is so smart, and talks like a little parrot all day long. She is starting to learn her colors and numbers, and is learning to sing all her favorite songs. (“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” is her jam right now.) She can point out hearts and stars, knows animals and what sounds they make, and knows where most of her body parts are! She loves to dance and is already Disney obsessed like her mama and big sis. Her favorite characters are Olaf, Elsa, & Ariel.

Natalie has a heart of gold, and loves being surrounded by people. She hates goodbyes, loves to go places, and is usually a very friendly and happy girl! She’s a mama’s girl to a fault and wants me to hold her or to be as near to me as possible 75% of the time.

Age: 2
Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 33 inches
Clothing size: 24 months/2T
Teeth: She finally cut the rest, so we are just waiting on 2 year molars!
Favorite foods: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, apples, bananas, pasta, cheese, & chicken nuggets
Words: We’ve graduated to full sentences, and her little voice is just so cute! My favorite words that she says in a funny way, though are: “ducks”=stuck, “huss up”=get up/stand up, “soon”=spoon
Favorite activities: dancing, eating (90% of the time), playing outside, & going “bye bye in da carsss”
Least favorite activites: Natalie is honestly pretty chill, but she hates being told “no”. She often ignores being told not to do something, and then throws a tantrum when she gets a time-out or something taken away. She’s super easy to distract though, so I can’t help but laugh when she just changes the subject.
Favorite toys: Every toy in her sister’s room (haha), baby dolls, the play kitchen, mega blocks, Little People, and any kind of art supplies
Signature moves: walking in to a room where Baylee and Kennedy are and saying “Hi guys!”, shouting “Dis is fun!” when she is enjoying whatever we are doing, saying “No dank you...I don wanna...” anytime she is asked if she wants to go potty on the toilet.

I love this girl more than I could ever explain! She adds so much joy and light to our days! Happy Birthday, precious Natty Lou! I hope your day was as magical as you!

Gift Ideas For Two-Year-Olds!

Monday, February 3, 2020

My little peanut turns 2 on Sunday, and I honestly feel like we were just having her first birthday party! Time has flown, but I am so excited to celebrate her adorable little toddler self! As we prepare for her party this weekend, I thought it would be fun to share some of the gift ideas for two-year-olds that I added to her “wish list” this year.

1. This magnetic doodle board is perfect for toddler’s to practice drawing. There’s absolutely no mess, and you can take it in the car for entertainment!

2. Books are always a great go-to for two-year-olds! This year we have Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet, and Where’s Spot on her list, as well as a few others!

3. Baylee got a hippity hop ball for Christmas, and Natalie wants to ride it so bad, but she’s just not there yet. This bouncy unicorn is a perfect alternative for her age!

4. Kids love things that are “their sized” so we love our tiny tables over here. This kids table is great for a play room because of the bins underneath!

5. Natalie actually got this Mega Blocks Table for Christmas, so technically it’s not on her list, but I had to share it because she loves it so much. We haven’t even taken it up to the play room yet, because she plays with it every single day.

6. This is another item that Natalie already has, but it’s forever my favorite alphabet puzzle, and I just think all kids need it!

7. Dress up and pretend play are Natalie’s jam right now, so this little purse with accessories is perfect. I know she’s going to want to take it everywhere!

8. Puzzles are always a great gift for toddlers, and wooden ones are our favorite. This little wooden puzzle set even comes with a cute little storage box.

Those are some of the highlights, but if you need other ideas for the two-year-old in your life, you can view her full list here.

I am so excited to share Natalie’s second birthday celebration with you all! :)

FET Number 3!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Hi friends! For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@coffeeandgraceblog) you know that we just announced that we are going to transfer one of our remaining 13 embryos to try for baby #3 very soon! I know the IVF world can be so confusing, so I thought I would answer some questions to help you better understand what will be happening. But first, let’s back track a little...

So, my secondary infertility story in a nutshell is that we conceived Baylee naturally, without any struggle, and the month after we got married. It goes without saying that we had no clue anything was wrong, and we thought that once we decided to try for baby #2 that the same thing would happen. We wanted our babies close in age, so we starting trying again when Baylee was only 9 months old. Two years later, we still were not pregnant. 

We had been working closely with my OB and tried many cycles of clomid, but things were just not working out. After a lot of testing we found out I have PCOS and a heart shaped (bicornuate) uterus...both of which cause infertility. Basically, Baylee is an absolute miracle, because the odds of her being conceived were slim to none.

We were referred to our amazing Reproductive Endocrinologist, and after meeting and doing some tests with him, we all decided that IVF was our best bet. That’s when the whirlwind began...our meeting was in November, I started stim shots in December, and my egg retrieval was January 10th. So. Fast. We were able to harvest 27 eggs, and of those 27 that were fertilized, 15 embryos survived and were frozen! In the IVF world that’s positively amazing, and we felt so blessed. (You can read details on my stims and egg retrieval in this blog post.)

A couple months later, we transferred our first frozen embryo. I ended up pregnant, but at 7 weeks the baby’s heart stopped beating. It was absolutely crushing after all that we had been through, not to mention the money spent (not a dime was covered by insurance, we paid entirely out-of-pocket), but I kept my hopes high, and three months later we tried again. And thank goodness we did, because the result of that embryo transfer was my sweet Natty Lou!

With 13 embryos left, I truly wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. But now that I feel more adjusted in the world of being a mom to two and a fire wife, I definitely feel ready to take on a third (and last!!) babe. ;)

To answer some of the questions you guys have been asking:

No, we do not get to pick the gender. We opted not to do PGS (genetic) testing which finds out the sex and has to be done before the embryos are frozen. So, this baby’s gender will be a complete surprise to us all!

We will only be transferring one embryo because with my bicornuate uterus, carrying multiples would put me at extreme high risk. There is around an 8% chance of my embryo splitting in to identical twins, but we would just have to cross that road once we got there!

The odds of a frozen embryo transfer resulting in pregnancy is about 80%, but with already having two successful transfers, my odds are more like 90%. Anything can happen though, so we still need all the prayers and good vibes!

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask, I am an open book! I can’t thank you all enough for your love and support through this next journey!

Love List

Monday, January 6, 2020

Took me almost a week, but I am finally posting my first blog entry of 2020! Can we just talk about how is it already 2020?! I remember graduating high school in 2004, and feeling like 2020 was eons away, and now suddenly here we are! I am so excited, though, because 2018 was for survival, 2019 was for growth and learning, and now for 2020 the Tibbetts fam is going to LIVE LIFE! We have a lot of fun stuff planned, and I can’t wait to take you all on the journey! 

And now, before I continue rambling on and on about how old I am ;), here is a list of things I’m loving rn!

1. These storage trays from Target. Jess Oakes shared these in her stories, and I knew I had to have them. Right now I am doing the two week Declutter Like A Mother challenge, so I have been all about all the organizational things!

2. Starbucks Cups from Lauren Mackenzie Decals. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed these cups in my stories! They are absolutely adorable and completely customizable. During the holidays I used a hot cup that said “Cup of Cheer”, and I also have cold cups that say “Coffee & Grace” and “Fire Wife”. 

3. The Fawn Design wallet. I got this beauty in blush for Christmas and I am obsessed with it! I need all the colors! It’s the perfect size wallet, and I love that it has a wristlet attached when I don’t want to bring a whole purse or diaper bag somewhere.

4. This Target Sweatshirt. Get this and thank me later. It’s the most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever owned!

5. Ethos Leggings. My sister turned me on to these and I’m eternally grateful, because a good pair of leggings can change your life, amiright? Right now they have some colors on sale for $29, but keep an eye out because every now and then they have sales where every pair is only $25! Such an amazing deal.

6. Instant Pot. I know, I know, I’m one thousand years late to the Instant Pot party, but I finally got one for Christmas, and I am here to tell you that it 100% lives up to the hype. Last night, we made perfect parmesan chicken and red potatoes in 20 minutes...you just can’t beat that! So, send me all the recipes please! :)

That’s all for now, friends! I hope you all are having a great January so far! 

Christmas 2019 Recap!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

I’m still having trouble believing that Christmas 2019 is already over! I feel like it was the fastest season we have ever had, and I truly was not ready for it to end! 

Brian ended up finding out about a week before that he was getting force-hired for Christmas Day, so we decided to hold most of our festivities on Christmas Eve! That morning, we went to Brian’s parents mountain home for brunch. It was so nice to have a quiet visit, and I made Rudolph pancakes for my girls and nieces!

After we opened some presents, we headed back to our house to have our own little Christmas with just us 4. We had an early dinner, then we piled all the presents for the girls and each other in front of the fireplace, and let them take their time opening and enjoying each gift. It was the coziest Christmas celebration I think we have ever had! We put milk, cookies, & carrots out for Santa and his reindeer, and then we tucked the girls in. 

After a few hours of eggnog, gift assembly, & watching Home Alone, my sisters and their husbands and my niece Kennedy all came to the house. We all went to bed fairly early because we knew it wouldn’t be long before little girls would be waking us up to see if Santa came!

Brian left for work super early that morning, and I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to come down stairs to have my coffee and enjoy the quiet before the storm!

Baylee was the first one awake, so we got the little ones out of their cribs shortly after. Before long, paper was flying, and the girls had the time of their lives seeing what Santa brought! My dad also surprised them with a bike and a play house. 

We had our traditional cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs for breakfast and let the girls play with their toys until nap time. We missed our best guy, but we definitely made the most of the day! My sisters had to go to in-law houses for dinner, so I had a quiet dinner at home with my girls. I thought I would be sad, but it was actually very relaxing. There’s no doubt that being a mom during the holidays is pretty stressful, so having a quiet evening with my girls was a perfect way to end our Christmas! 

Even though Christmas was a little different this year, it was still an amazing one, and I’m already sad that it’s over! But this morning we woke up to 5 or 6 inches of snow, so I’m going to make the falalalala last as long as I can! ;)

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, friends!

Christmas Pictures 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Now that most of my Christmas cards have been sent out, I can finally share our Christmas photo shoot with all of you! We reunited with our photographer friends Randi & Chris from Genesis Imagery, and it was well worth the drive to San Diego! We hadn't had pictures done with them since my maternity shoot when I was pregnant with Natalie, so it was so great to finally do a shoot with them and have both my girls there! :)

I am so obsessed with the light & airy feel our pictures have this year! Even though it was a chilly evening, Randi and Chris managed to capture us and our girls with so much warmth. I will absolutely cherish this shoot forever!

They also snuck in some cousin shots!


I love my sweet little tribe so hard!

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