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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's a......

Yep... another little girl in the house. My husband is now severely outnumber, especially because our dog happens to be female too. Sisters are kind of a foreign concept for us because Joe comes from a family of four boys and I only have a brother. Regardless, we are super excited to have two girls running around. Now we just have to agree on a name- yikes! Photobucket Photobucket

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Heathy Eats

I've been trying to eat a lot of healthy fresh foods lately. Not that you shouldn't eat healthy all the time but I think it is especially important when you are pregnant. My main drive for doing this is my energy levels. They have been super low lately and since I can't just pop open a redbull, I need to find other sources to give myself more energy. I find that when I eat fresh food and drink tons of water my energy always goes up. So, I thought I'd share my favorite lunch and breakfast meal with you in case you need a little healthy inspiration.

Green Smoothie


2 big handfuls of baby spinach
1 frozen banana (I wait until mine start to go brown and then peel them and freeze them in sandwich bags)
1-2 tbsp of Better N' Peanut Butter
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup of almond milk

If you don't have a frozen banana you can use a fresh one but throw a couple of ice cubes in with the mix. Also I think it's important to put your spinach on the bottom so the rest of the ingredients weigh the spinach down so that it chops finer.

Veggie Lunch Plate


This lunch is easy fresh and delicious. Just get a bunch of your favorite raw veggies and sprinkle with salt, pepper & balsamic vinegar. On this plate I have tomatoes, baby spinach and bell peppers. Then get a few pieces of sesame Melba Toast and spread on some hummus and top with sliced cucumbers. Sooo good- even Aubs approves but then again she will eat pretty much anything that I put balsamic vinegar on.

Make sure you stop by tomorrow for my big gender reveal! The baby was a little shy at first but then started to show off towards the end so we got a pretty clear shot of his/her goods.

Friday, March 23, 2012

He or She


So what will "it" be? Well, we have a 50/50 shot of it being a boy or a girl, obviously. Tomorrow we are going for a gender scan because I am super impatient and I figure why not take advantage of modern technology. This time around I really have no idea what is growing in my belly. When I was pregnant with Aubs I would have bet anyone big money that I was having a girl. I was so incredibly sure of it and so was Joe. I even took one of those at home gender tests and it said it was a boy but I quickly ruled that out as being wrong. As all of you know I was right on that one, it was a girl.

This time around, I am not so sure. I don't have a gut feeling either way. Some days I think boy and then other days I think girl. Last night I actually had a dream that I was telling Aubs to be nice to her sister, so maybe that's a sign?!? I just don't know. Joe is again convinced that it is another girl. Since I am so anxious about finding out what the little one is I have looked into a few of the old wive's tales and myths. Here's the rundown:

Chinese Gender Chart: Girl
Heart Rate: Girl
Baking Soda Test: Girl
Craving Fruit: Yes, Girl
Time of Conception: Boy

So almost all signs point to girl, but who knows. A girl would be nice because we already have so many adorable clothes to dress her in. It would also be cool for Aubs to have a sister, I don't have a sister and have always wanted one. A boy would be great too because well- we don't have one of those already. Joe is also a sports nut so it would be nice for him to have a little guy to share that with. Either way we will be happy as long as the baby is healthy. Hopefully the little one isn't modest and cooperates when we try to check out it's goods.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Potty Training & Big Girl Beds


As you know, we are expecting a new little ankle biter in the house in the beginning of September. Aubrey will be exactly two and a half when the new little one arrives, assuming I go full term which I'm pretty sure I will and then some. Ideally I would like Aubs potty trained and sleeping in a bed by then. If you don't want to do the math, this means that I have approximately 5 months to work all of this out.

So let's talk potty training first. Before I had my own kid I thought potty training was all about how well the parents did it. Boy was I wrong. Even though she is two, Aubrey doesn't really seem ready to go down this path. My only indication that she may be capable is that she can keep her diaper dry for 2 plus hours a day. That's about it. I ask her where she goes pee pee and poo poo and she will tell me, "On the potty" but she doesn't actually do it. She doesn't even tell me when she goes or when she has to go. Sadly she would sit in a poopy diaper for hours if I let her. So far she has peed on the potty once. A few times a day she will sit on the potty and I read her books. This has basically done nothing expect for changing our story time location to the bathroom instead of the couch. I have even tried the naked from the waist down or underwear thing when we are at home. I will follow her around like a hawk and then as soon as I turn my back she is peeing(or pooping-yuck) all over the floor. So yeah, it's not going too well. Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.

Now how about that big girl bed? Aubs is awesome in her crib. She sleeps 11-12 hours a night, doesn't climb out and usually naps pretty well. The thing is that it is a really nice Pottery Barn crib and I would like to use it for the new baby. The new baby will sleep in our room for the first 3 to 4 months or so but I don't want to "steal" Aubs crib after the baby is here and give it to here brother or sister. I think that would be sort of cruel. What do you think I should do? Go for the big girl bed and risk messing her wonderful sleep habits up or just buy a cheaper crib for the new baby?

If you haven't figured it out yet, this is a "pretty pretty please help this first time mom out" kind of post.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I've been a pretty bad blogger lately. I just have been spending more time doing other things like getting my house in order, getting my yard in order and just hanging outside. The first trimester of my pregnancy kicked my butt. I wasn't that sick but I was exhausted. Like napping when the baby napped, going to bed at 9:30 and not waking up until the baby woke up kind of exhausted. Because of all my slumber, my household duties got pushed aside a little bit. Actually they were got almost completely pushed aside. I'm not completely satisfied with how it is now but it's better than before. We still have about half a dozen cluttered closets and a disorganized garage that we will get to sooner or later. We have 5 months to get it all together- I hope we can do it!

Here are some pictures from my phone of our life lately.

Afternoon stroll ~ Water table ~ Baby bump
Drinking hose water ~ At the park ~ More backyard water play
Dolphins swimming with our boat ~ Boating babe ~ More dolphins

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Friday, March 16, 2012

From Above

It's been awhile since I have done one of the photo challenges at The Paper Mama
I figured I'd give this week a shot

This is of Aubs enjoying one of her favorite things in life- ice pops


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bad Date

Aubrey has been the dinner date from hell lately.
We use to go out kind of a lot
Usually breakfast one day a weekend, dinner with my parents on Wednesday and maybe one more dinner during the weekend
Aubs was always pretty good for her age and sometimes she was even great
I was actually going to write a post about dining out with toddlers but that seems a little silly now

Aubrey had turned into a complete nightmare when we dine out
She tries to climb out of her seat, screams and worst of all...throws stuff
None of the old tricks work anymore- snacks, crayons, songs- none of them matter

So we will be taking a break from restaurants for a little bit
These pictures are from when we had dinner at our hotel on our trip
Luckily she wasn't as bad as usual but she still wasn't great

mean muggin




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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Disney Birthday Getaway

This year for Aubrey's birthday we decided to spend the money on a short trip to Disney instead of having a birthday party for her. I figured this might be the last year that I can get away with not having a party and Disney was having really great deals for Florida residents, $99 for 3 days at any Disney park.

It wasn't a complete success but we did get away for a few days and Aubs had fun at Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom was pretty much a bust. I wouldn't recommend going there unless your kids are older, like 6 or 7. I actually wouldn't recommend going there at all if you have ever been to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Animal Kingdom just seemed like a down grade from Busch Gardens for us. It also didn't help that Aubrey had a meltdown every 20 minutes while we were there and we ended up leaving and checking into our hotel early.

Magic Kingdom was much better, although it was super busy. It was a stampede to get onto the trolley to get from the parking lot to the ticket area. Joe and I were shoved on and got separated a couple of rows apart. It wasn't a big deal but you'd think that people wouldn't be so pushy at "the happiest place on earth". We took Aubrey on Small World and she loved it. She also loved the parade where they invite you at the end to dance in the street with the characters. If you didn't know already, Aubs can be a bit of a dancing machine.

We decided to skip going to the park on the 3rd day because it was a Saturday and we figured that if it was that busy on a Friday then it was going to be twice as busy on Saturday. We can use our pass until the end of May so we are going to go back on a weekday at the end of April or beginning of May when Spring Break is over and school isn't out yet. I will probably be able to get more pictures then too because I won't be pushing a stroller through huge crowds.

Birthday Wake Up Call


I was going to do the whole fill her bedroom with balloons thing but then I decided I would just blow up a few and put them in the living room so she could find them when she came out in the morning.

Animal Kingdom



Out before we could get to the hotel

Magic Kingdom

She climbed up there because there was music playing from a big speaker and she wanted to dance.



small world


Trying to get in on some Mickey action




Her favorite part of the trip was dancing in the street during the parade.

A rare sweet face



I wanted her to get the Minnie hat but she insisted on Mickey

Watching the show on Daddy's shoulders

Light parade

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Doodle


This sweet little thing turns 2 today. I can't believe that it has been 2 years since I pushed a 7 lb 10 oz human out of my body who is now a 28 lb toddler. These past couple of years have been crazy and wonderful. They have been harder and easier than I had ever dreamed and I love my little girl more and more with each passing day.

I will be a little MIA for the next few days because we are celebrating at Disney World. I decided that instead of having a birthday party we would use the money to spend 3 days at Disney World. Today we are kicking off our trip at Animal Kingdom and then heading to Magic Kingdom on Friday and we are still up in the air on what we will do on Saturday. So basically there are going to be a ton of Disney World pictures on this blog next week. I will also try to post some cute pictures on instagram during our trip, my user name is Malliety if you'd like to follow along.

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