Arlo Beck arrived on Nov 27th weighing 6lbs 14oz and is 19 inches in length.
Sorry it took me so long to get you all updated. It’s been a little busy transitioning to 4 kiddos.
Arlo arrived safely and perfectly healthy after a day of early labor and then about 12ish hours of active labor. He is perfect and looks a lot like his big brother. The kids are all doing really good with him and adore him. Even Josie, I was a bit worried about her but she loves him and is so happy to have him here. Finley and Ezra want to love on him and hold him constantly so that gets a little overwhelming at times for him. He has been great though, very quiet sleepy baby. Loves to nurse and sleeps great. Hates having his diaper changed and bathtime.
When we first learned we were expecting baby #4 we weren’t really sure what we were going to do about a nursery. If you would design one, just have baby in our room at first, move Josie in with Finley? We had a ton of options to think about, and finally we decided to do a nursery, but also keep a small space in the same room for Josie. I certainly did not want to kick her out of her room and move her in with Finley where there wasn’t really any space for her right now and try to transition her to a big girl bed at the same time. I figured that would be way too much change on her and could definitely be way too difficult for all of us.
We decided to paint Josie’s room once we realized the bedding we chose for the new bub did not match the wall colors. So I turned to Lullaby Paints to find the perfect color. Lullaby paints are made from the finest ingredients available, and are 100% safe to use in a nursery. In fact they are so safe they include food grade safe ingredients. The vibrant and beautiful pigments are imported from Europe. And they also meet the highest environmental and safety standards.
Lullaby Paints sent us this beautiful paint to adorn the walls of the nursery. We chose the color Thatch and love it! It couldn’t have been a more perfect match to the vintage airplane fabric we chose.
We removed and put up all new trim and closet doors.
I love the way the Nursery turned out, there are a few more photos I will share later once he is born, as his name will be revealed after he is born and we have a few wall décor items with his name. I also have a few little things I will be adding as well as new curtains. So stay tuned for more nursery photos!
Lullaby Paints was super easy to use and apply. The paints come in eco friendly packaging and they also offer all in one kits to make things easier on you! Their customer service was also amazing and so helpful. I would definitely purchase from them to update other rooms in our house.
Stokke is one of my favorite companies for children’s furniture and baby gear. I love their Scandinavian style they offer and the quality is unbeatable.
The Stokke® Scoot™ is an urban compact stroller ready for the bustling city, traveling, narrow doorways and store aisles as well as city transit! It is easy to fold and easy to carry and also oh so beautiful! The scoot also comes in a an array of beautiful colors. Stokke sent us the Scoot in the Black Melange and I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance and the beautiful greyish black color.
The Low down on the Stokke® Scoot™:
MULTI-USE & COMFORT:
|2 way rear and front facing seat
|4 recline to upright positions
|Suitable for café or high chair substitute.
|Easy one hand folding.
|Height adjustable handle.
|Compact & easy to carry.
|Stable footrest , easy step access for toddlers.
|Superior seat ergonomics for compact category.
|Extra roomy cargo basket.
I’m excited to use this Stroller with the new babe, but I also loved using it with Josephine. We ventured to the mall to do a little shopping and she actually stayed in it for the majority of the time, which is rare for her since she loves run and if generally pretty active no matter where we go. She must have been pretty comfy in it. I also was able to fit all my bags and then some in the roomy cargo basket. We were also sent the Soft bag, which we have yet to use, but since little guy should be here soon and we have snow already it will definitely be put to good use and probably sooner than later!
Stokke is giving away one of these beauties to one of my beautiful readers, All you need to do is head over to Stokke, check out the Scoot. Come back here and tell me your favorite feature and the color you would choose.
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Giveaway starts November 18th and runs until the 25th.
For the next couple of weeks I will be posting a few of my all time favorite products and gifts for the expecting mama! First up on that list is the Combi USA Cosmo Stroller.
The Cosmo stroller is a great light weight stroller that is also great on the eye. This sleek stroller is perfect for the mama on the go, easy to fold, pack and carry this stroller is a wonderful gift at a great and reasonable price! It is also compatible with the Combi Shuttle car seat. The Cosmo also has a multi position seat and 3-5 point harness, fitting children of a range of ages.
We really love this stroller, It’s so nice for being out and about, downtown or in the mall. Easy to move around throughout stores and on the side walks. The lower basket is also great and does fit a good amount of bags and what not. It is also super easy to clean and wipe down, cause we all know it won’t stay clean when you have a snacking toddler along for the ride!
This is definitely a stroller that would be on my wish list for the holidays. Expecting a new baby really makes you research products but also expecting your 4th baby and purchasing and using a ton of different products makes you really know what you need and want in products. The Combi Cosmo really does fit our needs as well as our wants! Check it and many other amazing products out at Combiusa.
Hapy Halloween from my cute bunch. Have a fun and safe night out there!
Wow, I can’t believe I only have 35 days left! (Or less…yeah right?!) I’m getting pretty anxious to meet this little feller. However I’m full of all different emotions as this pregnancy is nearing the end. I can’t wait to meet my new son, but I also cannot believe that this is the very last time I will ever be pregnant. Last time I will ever feel hiccups and kicks within, watch my belly shake like an earthquake or guess with Aaron about what he might be like or look like. Even though it’s exciting I get to have this perfect little miracle in my arms very soon and as miserable as the last weeks of pregnancy are, it is a little bit sad. Pregnancy is such a wonderful time in life. I often think back on my very first pregnancy and miss those days. Full of excitement and wonder and firsts. Ending pregnancy as a part of my life all together definitely has it’s emotional moments. Which then leads me to the thought that this will be the last time I will be nursing a baby as well, and my mind immediately goes to
“Oh crap, I have so much to get and do still, like nursing tanks and bras!”
(ps. the nursing bras and tanks don’t even compare to the longer list I still need to complete)
I have been looking at Bravado Designs bras and nursing tanks. I hate spending a ton of money on something I will only be using for a little over a year, but having 3 kids helps you learn about what products you should have had and should have invested in and why not get all new now? I mean the ones I have are years old and I definitely need new ones and comfortable good quality ones at that.
And I leave with a bump photo,
35 weeks! Excuse the messy hair, I’m baking today for Finley’s Harvest Party tomorrow!
Prince Lionheart is a family owned and operated business offering some of the best products for children and baby, From toys to potty chairs, feeding and safety products. Prince Lionheart has it all. They definitely offer a great selection of adorable and quality made toys.
Prince Lionheart’s whirl balance SCOOTER will teach your child how to balance. Which is a much needed skill to learn how to ride a pedal bike. This balance scooter is nice to help build confidence and let your child learn at their own pace. Now we don’t have any smooth surface outdoors yet for this scooter but we let the kids use it indoors on our hard floors and it worked beautifully. So now that the weather is starting to cool down and the snow will begin to fall, this scooter still serves a purpose and is perfect for indoor use as well.
A few little details on the scooter:
• Solid rubber handgrips.
• Height adjustable, padded seat
15in – 18.5in.
• 12in rubber tires.
• 100% birch frame from an FSC certified forest.
• 2-5 years.
I love being able to give my kids good quality toys that they will can actually learn a skill from and help them develop other important skills like patience and confidence.
Now for the giveaway! Yay! Yes you can totally win this, and I hope you do It would make an awesome Holiday gift for that little one in your life, whether it be your child, a friend’s child or your niece or nephew. I don’t know any child that wouldn’t love this scooter. Trying the rafflecopter widget this time, so make sure to read all the directions carefully.
It has come to my attention that the actual widget will not show up in the blog post, so to enter you will have to use the link. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. We won’t do this again. But since there are already entries I need you to enter through the link onto the widget. Just this one time. Thanks.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner is #4
rebecca misel-newpher who said: We love the dragon umbrella! Rebecca Please email me at jhil2626 (at) yahoo dot com to claim your prize. You have 48grs to do so or a new winner will be chosen.
I’m thinking of starting to use raffle copter as a giveaway option, what are your thoughts on this? Would you rather leave comments or use the widget? Or is there another method you like better? Please leave comments letting me know which you prefer.
Rain, rain go away come back another day? Not so much when you have Kidorable boots! What’s the fun in rain boots without the rain? I know my kids LOVE to splash in puddles and mud and it takes everything they have not to when they spot the perfect puddle to stomp into. That murky, brown, cool water just waiting there to be thrown all about in the air, onto your clothes and maybe even on your mom!
Kidorable offers a wonderful line of children’s products ranging from rain gear to bath time fun. I love Kidorable, the products they offer are well made, colorful, and comfortable.
Each of the kids were sent a pair of boots of their choice. Ezra choose the Fireman and chose the Fairy boots for Finley (In which when she found out he picked them for her, there may have been a HUGE hug and kiss and thank you to her little brother.) And Miss Josie was a big girl and had to choose a pair for herself, it was a tough choice for her but she went with the Lucky Cat Boots. And I have never seen her so into something for so long in my life. Aaron and I were laughing so hard, I don’t think she took them off for 2 days and if she did she was carrying them along with her wherever she went. She even tried to wear them in the bath!
Kidorable is offering one of my readers a chance to win an Umbrella of their choice. Please visit Kidorable and come back here to leave a comment telling me what your choice of umbrella would be. For an extra entry (leave a separate comment) please like Kidorable on FB. Giveaway Ends Tuesday 10/22 winner will be announced that morning.
Well I guess I really haven’t talked much about this pregnancy. It’s my fourth pregnancy so I feel like I’m not quite sure if there is anything I can add that I haven’t already said about my previous 3 pregnancies. This one has been slightly different. I definitely have had a few different and pretty awful symptoms that I have never experienced before. Amazing how each pregnancy can be different. I have had all the normal pregnancy symptoms. Nausea in the first trimester, heartburn in the second, cramping legs in the third. Yep, check, check and check. All have been slightly worse than any of the other pregnancies. Especially the heartburn. Oh the heartburn, has been awful acid reflux burning radiating through my back into my chest. AWFUL! So awful, that I can truly say “I’m happy we are done.” This is definitely our last baby, my last pregnancy ever. (Unless I ever live in a state that allows surrogacy, I would love to give someone this gift.) There was one point where I loved being pregnant, up until my fourth pregnancy. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it. It’s really not that bad. For me anyway. Yeah I have some shitty and painful symptoms that make me want to cry and sometimes gross me out. But I can make humans and not everyone gets to do that, I have been blessed with a beautiful amazing gift and I’m pretty darn good at it. I mean look at the three I have already made, I’m pretty proud to say they are mine. Gorgeous, healthy, happy. God has truly blessed us and I’m so thankful for that and everyday I get to spend with them, (even when I want to run away or lock myself in the bathroom) and I get to have one more! Another beautiful child, who I can only hope and pray is as perfect and healthy as my first three. So yes, I’m a little sad I will never experience this again, never have a little one just to myself, feeling all his kicks and movements and hiccups. But to be honest I’m not sure how much more my body or sanity could handle!
I’m just starting to get into maternity clothes, Yes I know. I’m tiny. Wow, haven’t heard that one before! To be completely honest it’s pretty annoying when people ask if the baby is okay, unhealthy or if my doctor is concerned. Yes baby is great, no not unhealthy but thanks for making me think this could be a possibility, and no my doctor is not concerned. This is my fourth child, every pregnancy has been the same size wise for me and my doctor also measures me each pregnancy and guess what? I measure right now at 30 weeks and some days. And that’s exactly how far along I am. Anyhow, end rant on people talking about my size! Begin, I HATE maternity clothes. I have always had a hard time finding jeans normally so maternity jeans are a pain in the butt to find. They are more comfortable at times. But pulling them up all day because the bum is saggy or finding a pair long enough for my legs is no fun. And the fact that I will only be in them for 10 weeks at the most is ridiculous given the cost of maternity clothing is outrageous. I will say though, I love the shirts with nice little ruche action on the sides that do hide my love handles, cause even though my belly is small I have gained like 21 pounds already and I do have a little love handlage going on there so I’m down with those tops. And thank goodness it’s fall cause oversize sweaters that are not maternity are so nice to wear and I don’t feel as bad dropping money on clothes I can actually wear later.
So all that being said, I will have a baby in about 10 weeks or less! YAY, I cannot wait to see this kid and hold him and snuggle him up! I also love nursing, it’s such an amazing bond and I’m really looking forward to snuggling and nurturing my baby boy.