Eighteen Months With Natalie!

Friday, August 9, 2019





It's Natalie's half birthday today! Seriously though, how have 18 months flown by since she was my tiny little newborn?! She's absolutely huge now, and so much fun. Her little personality comes out more each day, and I have been loving learning more about my tiny and who she is. :)



Age: 18 months
    
Weight: 23 lbs


Height: 31.5 inches


Clothing size: 18 months


Teeth: 10 total! She has 4 up top, 3 on the bottom, and 3 molars so far. She's finally catching up! Also, I'm 99% sure she is missing a front bottom tooth, which is apparently perfectly normal for baby teeth.


Favorite foods: Still completely obsessed with bananas and all fruit really. She also loves chicken, cheese, turkey dogs, green beans, cooked carrots, and pasta of any sort.


Words: She's a little talking machine now and I love it! She's a little shy and soft spoken, but times when its just her and me she's an absolute jibber jabber. Her favorite things to say are: "Mommy, up please!" "Go bye bye" and pointing out animals that she recognizes "ho-see" (horsie) "'cow", and "dog".


Favorite activities: going to gymnastics (so cute), going "side" (outside) to play, baths, all meals/snack times, and going ni-night (this kid adores her crib and sleeping...she's mama's girl for sure!)

Least favorite activities: She's actually been fairly easy going lately, but she still gets grumpy for some diaper changes. Other than that, she pretty much goes with the flow and it's lovely.


Favorite toys: ALL the books, baby dolls, little people, and the play kitchen


Signature moves: brings me a book and asks me to "ribbit" (read it), pretends to change Kennedy's diaper, hits the couch or other objects when she's mad or frustrated, asks for a banana the moment we walk in to Target, and wants to "walk!!!" wherever we go instead of being in a stroller


Since they are so active, my sister and I decided to put Natalie and my niece Kennedy in gymnastics once a week, and it has been amazing for them. They giggle the whole time, and it's been so much fun to see what they're capable of learning already at such young ages! 



Natalie is the sweetest girl with a heart of gold, but her inner diva is definitely breaking through the closer she gets to 2. Her opinions are solid, and she is starting to make it known when she thinks something is unfair! I love it though, and I'm proud to be raising yet another strong little lady! 


Happy half birthday, my Natalie Louise Faith! In 6 short months you will be 2 and I can't even handle it!
 Mommy loves you to the moon and back! 








The More That You Read...

Friday, August 2, 2019

"The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go."
-Dr. Seuss
From the time Baylee was a tiny baby, Brian and I have made a huge effort to read to her daily. I truly believe that by starting so young, we instilled a deep love of books and reading in her. When she was tiny, we started with short board books like "Goodnight Moon" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear". As a toddler she started to like books that were a little more involved like "Room On the Broom" and "Pinkalicious". Now that she is 5, we still read all her old favorites, but I recently introduced "chapter books" in to her world and she is absolutely loving it!

I got the idea to start reading chapter books to her, when author Kirsty Lee Hutton reached out to me about her children's book series called "The Kingsley Kids". I couldn't wait to get my hands on the first book: "The Kingsley Kids and the Invisible Spray." It is the cutest book about three 10-year-old friends tackling regular school-aged life events with some extraordinary events thrown in as they discover a magic spray that can turn things (and people) invisible. It is a wonderfully written book that teaches a few life lessons easy enough for a young child to understand. 

Baylee has loved being able to close her eyes and imagine all the lovable characters in her head. After each chapter, we take some time so she can ask questions or add in her opinion, and it has been a fun bonding experience for us! If you would like to read this wonderful book, you can purchase a copy here, or visit my Instagram where I am giving away 5 copies!

What were your favorite chapter books to read as a child?

Baylee's Pirate Parrrr-ty!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

About 5 months ago, Baylee and I were pretending to sword fight with some swirly straws (you know everyday happenings in the Tibbetts' house) and she gasped and said, "Mama! I want a pirate party for my 5-year-old birthday!" Of course I was stoked and immediately started buying all the pirate flags! ;) So, yesterday we finally got to have her long-awaited pirate party, and it was the best day! 


As per the usual, I went all out with a themed dessert table. I kept the rest of the decor simple, though, which I thought worked out so well! Not pictured were the "tattoo parlor" where we did temporary tattoos for all the little scallywags, and the "pick yer poison" station for our adult buccaneers. ;) 












With Baylee's birthday being in the middle of July, it's always crazy hot at her parties. So, this year, we let the kids cool off with a bounce house water slide, and they had a BLAST! Seriously, I barely saw my own child the entire party because she was so busy having the time of her life with all her best friends and cousins! 


The little ones also had a blast getting dressed up and playing with their own little pirate kiddie pool!


  
We went simple with food, and decided to BBQ hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner with classic sides. We got our cake from our usual Target bakery, but there must have been something lost in the communication of what I wanted because it turned out an epic fail! SMH...it was hideous. We just laughed it off, though, and I cut and served it as quick as I could!


After cake, we let the kiddos hit a pinata and play in the water slide some more. As they left, each one was sent home with a bag of Pirate's Booty and a cannon ball cup!  



It was so fun to spend time with our family and friends; I only wish we had stopped to get a family picture! I'll never forget what a special day it was for Baylee, though! 
One last happy birthday to you, my love. 
I hope 5 is your best year yet! :)





Happy 5th Birthday, Baylee!

Monday, July 15, 2019


 

My big girl is 5! This has been such a fun year watching Baylee grow and really become her own little person! She is one smart cookie, and can already write all her letters and numbers from memory and can sound out words to read. She is obsessed with dinosaurs, My Little Pony, Disney Princesses & L.O.L. Dolls. But my favorite thing, by far, about Baylee has to be her imagination. She comes up with the greatest stories and games, and her pretend play is so entertaining to watch! She's also the best big sister and big cousin, always keeping Natalie and Kennedy under her wing and teaching them what she knows. :) And keeping in tradition, here is her birthday interview:

Baylee's 5th Birthday Interview

Favorite color?: pink & blue
Favorite toy?: my pinkie pie pony
Favorite food?: chicken nuggets
Favorite TV show?: Octonauts
Favorite game?: Pretty Pretty Princess
Favorite snack?: spinach (its true the kid eats spinach and lettuce in baggies like they're chips!)
Favorite animal?: dog
Favorite song?: “H.O.L.Y” -Florida Georgia Line
Favorite book?: “Goodnight, Marines"
Best Friend?: Sophie, Kassidy, & Maci
Favorite Cereal?: Frosted Mini Wheats
Favorite thing to do outside?: ride my bike
Favorite drink?: lemonade
Favorite holiday?: Halloween & Christmas
What toy do you take to bed with you at night?: Kitty Cat
Favorite movie?: Hercules
Favorite place to go?: Disneyland 




As I am writing this, my girl is at her very first day of Kindergarten! I can't wait to pick her up and hear all about her day!
 Happy Birthday, my Baylee! 
I love you to the moon and back!

I Am An Ava Woman

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


  

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my latest post raving about how much I love the Ava Women Fertility tracker that I have been using for a few months now. I thought I would make a blog post, though, just so I can elaborate on what an amazing product it is!

If you are trying to conceive, already pregnant, or just want a better way to track your cycles, then you need the Ava bracelet in your life. You only have to wear it at night, and then every morning when you wake up you can log in to your handy app to sync the overnight data. In time, the data collected will help you learn things like your most fertile days and when you should be expecting your cycle to start.


As a woman with PCOS, my cycles have always ranged from 24-56 days and I've even had one or two that were in the 60 day range. It can be very frustrating to not know what to expect, and temping and using ovulation predictor kits can be super time and money consuming. The Ava bracelet is wonderful because it takes out all the guesswork. The app shows me everything I need to know by using 5 key physical signals to track my cycle and detect my 5 most fertile days. Are we trying to conceive naturally after going through IVF to have Natalie? Not necessarily, but how neat would it be if it did happen?? :)


If you think the Ava bracelet might be for you, I'm here to tell you, do not hesitate, just do it! I promise you will not be disappointed! Now is the time, just click here to purchase your Ava bracelet and use the code: ANDGRACE to save $20 Then, you too can be an Ava Woman with the rest of us!
 
 

Mama, You're Doing Great!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


I read an article recently about why today's moms are so exhausted all the time, and it pointed out the fact that we are all just plain overflowing with too much information. I thought about it, and I really couldn't agree more. We have Google and Pinterest at our fingertips at all times, and it becomes hard to decipher truth from opinion when it comes to getting parenting advice from the Internet.
No matter what, someone always has something to say about every parenting choice that exists. It's getting to the point where we are being encouraged to not trust licensed physicians' recommendations regarding care for our kids both long and short term. We are warned to be terrified of SIDS, autism, car seat safety, allergies, cancer, poisoning, and accidental drownings, and first hand accounts of families being affected by these terrible things keep us up at night. Worst of all, we are a generation of "mom shamers" where no matter what decision you choose to make for your own child, other moms have no problem putting you on blast explaining why they think you're wrong in front of all of social media.

Well, I'm not here to do that. I just want to tell you that, Mama, you're doing a great job!

It shouldn't matter whether we breastfeed, formula feed, baby wear, or push our babies in a stroller. I truly believe that the choices someone makes for their child are theirs alone, and that unless they are putting their child in flat out danger or breaking a law, then everyone else should just bite their tongue. In my (almost) five years of being a mom, I have heard my share of unsolicited advice. At first, I was eager for knowledge, so I would nod my head and soak in every word,  but at a certain point it became overwhelming and conflicting. It started to put me in a parenting slump. I had to teach myself to take it with a grain of salt, and then roll my eyes later on at how ridiculous people can be. While you may mean well, giving another mom advice, the truth is that no one knows her child the way she does. What works for one may not work for another, and we need to respect that.

Now, this doesn't go to say that we shouldn't have our own opinions or have advice ready for those who seek it from us. I, myself, love to give advice to the lost mama who can't get her baby to sleep on their own or who has questions about anything parenting related at all. I also have some strong opinions about certain parenting methods, but I would never shame other mamas for disagreeing with me or doing it differently. Everyone has their own parenting style, and really, I think we need to give each other a break. We are all in the same boat trying to be the best mamas that we possibly can. The very least we could do is build each other up instead of breaking each other down!

So, here's to you...the working mamas, the stay-at-home moms, the breastfeeders, the formula feeders, the baby-wearers, the stroller pushers, the moms with singletons, and the moms with multiple kids, every mama out there, no matter what you choose...YOU ARE AMAZING! You deserve a pat on the back and a glass of wine, because at the end of the day all our kids are fed and happy, and it doesn't matter how they got there; just that they are.
 So, give yourself a break, Mama, and don't use Dr. Google this time. Talk to your doctor, your co-parent, or just plain go with your gut. Let's make a pact to simplify this parenting gig! After all, they were doing it long before Pinterest, right? ;)

 

Girl Mom Photo Shoot

Thursday, June 6, 2019

When Brian asked what I wanted for Mother's Day this year, I told him I just wanted pictures with my girls because they will never be this little again. The amazing Jamie D. Photography took all my "mommy & me" photo shoot dreams and made them a reality. I am so glad I had these pictures taken! I will definitely cherish them forever. :)































Oh, how I love being a "girl mom"! :)