Life with Three Kiddos! 

It is crazy to think how fast the past two months have gone by. Baby Jasmine is coming up to her two month Birthday. We have all had our highs and lows with the transitioning of adding a new family member within the past two months.

My oldest son has adjusted the easiest since he knew what to expect from Jordan’s arrival. My almost three year old on the other hand has had the toughest time adjusting. I find the two to three year old stage to be one of the toughest without adding the extras like realizing you are no longer the baby, sharing the attention he once received, and having to wait for things a bit longer upon his requests. However, with all that said Jordan has made huge strides and takes being a big brother very seriously. He is almost fully potty trained, dresses himself every morning (clothes are almost always backwards and inside out, but he gets an A for effort in my book), and helps me get baby sister’s diapers. He will even put her pacifier back in her mouth when it falls out. Which just melts my heart!

Everyone has had days where we all cry together, laugh together, and most importantly are there for one another when we see one family member struggling. My oldest son has really taken his younger brother under his wing and taught him to be a great big brother so far. I couldn’t be prouder of him and his efforts. My husband is a stud of course and just handles business. Taking the boys to the park or on a fun outing so me and baby can have some alone time and rest. He is an excellent provider, father, and husband. I seriously couldn’t handle what feels like a traveling circus without him!


As for myself, the transition from caring for two kiddos to now three is well exhausting, but so rewarding. I have been tested to new heights, failed at times, but am trying to learn from my shortcomings, exhibit more patience, while soaking up every minute of this precious time. My days are so long and wearing, but the weeks, months, and years are flying by. The hardest thing about adding a new family member in my opionion is just the lack of time in the day. I want to snuggle Jordan longer when he wakes up from his naps, build legos longer with Jonathan, hold baby Jasmine more, and let’s not forget my marriage. Spending any alone time with my husband is almost non-existent, but creating time before bedtime to just check-in with one another or send caring texts messages when we are not together during the day are important in staying connected with the lack of time.

One thing that has really helped my family in this transitioning period is online grocery shopping. I mean let’s face it when you have a newborn the thought of going anyplace is overwhelming let alone the grocery store. And please tell me where the groceries go when you have a car seat, almost three year old (who must be contained or else you will be chasing him throughout the store)??!!! So when I found out our local Raley’s offered ecart shopping online it had me at, you don’t even have to get out of the car. Say what??!! Yes, please! So basically I have been doing my weekly grocery shopping online. The produce, bread, and meat selections have been excellent so far. It also has allowed me to meal plan better, stay on budget, and not forget items. I will add my items throughout the week and can check to see what I am running low on all from the convenience of my home while holding my baby. It’s a huge time saver and gives me more time on the weekends to enjoy my family!

Overall our family is now complete and I know we will have rough days maybe even weeks, but it is all worth it and my heart couldn’t be any fuller!

 Fall Bucket List 

Have I mentioned how much I love Fall??!! Me and the kiddos wanted to make a Fall Bucket List of all the things we wanted to do. It will give us something to look forward to and make the busy school/weekdays go a little quicker. 
                         

                             Fall Bucket List 

  • Pick out pumpkins at our local stores to decorate our front porch.
  • Take walks in the evenings and gather leaves to make a leaf garland or fun leaf art project.
  • Make Pumpkin soup.
  • Go to Pumpkin patch.
  • Go to an Apple Orchard  for the day to pick apples.
  • Make an Apple Pie from our picked apples.
  • Paint, carve, and/ or decorate pumpkins. 
  • Read all of our favorite Fall and Halloween books while wearing cozy pajamas.
  • Have a movie night watching either The Worst Witch, Hocus Pocus, and/or Icabod. 
  • Make a Fall inspired homemade Snack Mix.
  • Go to our local Fall Festival.
  • Make caramel Apples! 
  • Decorate inside house for Halloween.

We did get a jumpstart on our list and made this yummy snack mix. I used Kettlecorn Popcorn or you can use lightly salted whatever your preference. Added pretzels, Chex mix cereal, chocolate graham crackers, and a package of Autumn candy corn mix. I didn’t measure anything I just tossed in. These receipes are so versatile, next time I will probably add mini marshmallows and drizzle melted white chocolate!  

    I really hope to accomplish everything on this list, but if all we do are a few things that will be fine as well. I would love to hear what’s on your Fall Bucket List this year. 

      Fall Books / Daily Toddler Schedule 

      With School in full swing for my oldest son (who is in the 2nd grade) my almost 3 year old feels a bit left out when we walk big brother to School each morning and say our goodbyes. Jordan will pack his backpack and inform me he is going to School as well. Jordan loves to follow his big brother’s every move so after our goodbyes each morning we journey home. I try to implement a School like atmosphere at home for him. We will sing our ABC’s while he is playing with his wooden ABC puzzle. Then we will read stories for at least 30 minutes or more (current books we are reading are below). Festive books are the best!!

      Top Ledge

      Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3

      Bottom Ledge

      Book 4 / Book 5 / Book 6

      Book Ledge

      We also, will review numbers etc. and discuss pictures in his One Thousand Things Book. Jordan really enjoys this book and loves pointing at all the pictures and will go get similar things around the house depending upon the page he is looking at. Jordan also, loves to paint and color! He will spend hours at the kitchen table painting. Art time is his favorite! He will paint several times throughout the day sometimes. It allows me to get things done in the kitchen or prep lunch/dinner which is a big Win!!!

      We haven’t decided yet when Jordan will attend preschool and I am hoping to table that conversation for as long as possible. I love having him at home all day and getting to see him grow and develop into an amazing little kiddo. This is just what a few hours of our day looks like once we drop Jonathan off, not to mention snack/lunch time, nap time, outside playtime, and of course taking care of baby sister in between. Overall we can’t wait until 3:30 rolls around to pick Jonathan up and have all the kiddos reunited!

      I would love to hear how you spend your day with your toddlers while their older siblings are at School.

      Weekend Overview 

      We had a very relaxing three day weekend. First, my husband had to work a swing shift which meant I had all three kiddos all by myself (insert panic here)!!! However, we survived and accomplished three trips to the park, ran through the sprinklers, grocery shopping (online, but hey that still counts), and baked some yummy pumpkin bars (recipe here)!!! 

      It was extremely hot over the weekend so we soaked up the heat and got a lot of outside time. My boys are very active and get stir crazy when they have to be cooped inside. We hit the park early in the morning and headed to our backyard for the evening romp!  In between, my oldest son and I baked some pumpkin bars. My mother would make them while I was growing up so they are definitely a childhood favorite of mine. A Fall treat for sure! 

      Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the short week ahead! 


      Baby Jasmine’s 6 weeks old 

      It seems like yesterday that we were heading to the hospital for Jasmine Eve to make her presence. My water broke slowly around 8:30 pm on July 16. I immediately started walking around the house gathering things and my level headed husband suggested that I just relax a bit and wait it out at home as long as I can. As my contractions got closer and stronger we woke our two boys up and headed to the hospital at 12:30 am on July 17, 2017. Our two boys were excited, unsure, and couldn’t figure out why we had to wake them up at this hour to go to the hospital. Once they admitted me and we got settled into the delivery room I waited patiently for my epidural. I received that around 2:30 am and at 3:44 our sweet Baby Jasmine Eve arrived. She weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 20 in long. I got to hold her immediately for skin to skin bonding. She was and is perfect and completes our family.

      Now fast forward 6 weeks and here we are. The newborn stage is so bitter sweet. The days and nights are so long and you wonder will I survive this. The answer is, Yes!!! Each day things get a little bit easier and everyone starts to adjust to all the changes. It is a period of time that you really need all hands on deck and accept the fact that you will be sleep deprived for years to come so stock up on the coffee ladies!

      Jasmine now weighs 10 lbs 10 oz and eats like a champ. We are breastfeeding every two to three hours around the clock still. She is the noisiest eater and sleeper. She loves to watch her big brothers play and they are in love with her and are very protective of her already. She enjoys sitting in her Rockaroo, floor activity mat, her pacifier, stroller rides, and being held. She really is the sweetest and loved so much.

      Milestone cards/ Doll / Onsie 

      Rockaroo

      Floor Activity Gym

      Double Stroller

       

      Pacifier Happy 6 weeks baby girl!

      Hello September 

      How is it September already?!! I feel like Summer flew by way too quickly. Certainly not enough pool days, cookouts, and carefree days. However, September means cooler weather, leaves changing, pumpkin flavored everything, Flannel shirts, beanies, Season 2 This Is Us, my list could go on and on because Fall is my favorite Season by far. We live in a region that we truly get to experience each Season (sometimes all in one day) and Fall never disappoints. One of my favorite things about Fall is taking my oldest son, Jonathan to soccer practice twice a week. There is something about the open grass fields, how the lighting of the sun starts to change, and crispness in the air that I thoroughly enjoy and all while watching him practice. 

      Fall inspires me in so many ways. I want to dive into a few good books. I just started Class Mom and so far it is very entertaining and a light and easy read which is the only read I can handle with a newborn, 2 1/2 year old, and 7 year old. I also want to try a few new soup recipes, craft with my kiddos, and decorate our front porch with pumpkins and mums. So many fun and festive things to look forward to. 


      Candle / Twinkle Fall lights I bought at our local grocery store similiar here.   

      I hope you have a wonderful Holiday weekend! 

      Back to School Keepsake Binder 

      With back to School in full swing I find myself still digging through worksheets, crafts, Report cards, and other miscellaneous papers from Jonathan’s 1st grade year. I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time throwing away any work my children complete. With that said the papers sent home from either daycare, pre-K, and/or grade school can become overwhelming and an eye sore. My children’s stack of papers were completely taking over our fridge and counter space. I stumbled across this template and have implemented a “filing system” for my children’s important or non-important doodles (which I love to hang on too as well). 


      At the beginning of each school year I purchase a 3 ring binder and paper protectors. My son and I will determine what goes in and what gets tossed out throughout the year. 

      I love the idea of keeping a binder for each school year so that they can look back and see the progress they have made each year. Also, it’s a great place to keep report cards, student ID cards, school pictures from that year, etc. I like to get my son’s input on what he wants to keep and am surprised sometimes by his decisions. However, I can tell he always wants to keep what he worked on the hardest or what he enjoyed the most. I will love looking back at these for years to come! 

      Before


      After

      I would love to hear how you organize your kiddos school work throughout the year! 

      Three P’s for Potty Training

       

      We are currently in the midst of potty training our 2 1/2 year old Jordan. Once Jasmine arrived I was literally changing a diaper every 20 min or less and was determined to get Jordan out of diapers. I have found and resorted to the three  P’s which have been working well so far.

      Preparation 

      Preparing my toddler for the transition of not peeing or pooping in his diaper was key. We started by simply introducing the potty chair and talking about going on the potty (which by the way he had no interest in at first). Luckily he has an older brother who he would watch use the big boy potty and he began to get curious. I must admit we tried to push him using the potty chair when he was not ready and it didn’t end well, WAIT!!!

      We stopped all potty talk and planned on reevaluating when we witnessed a few more “ready signs”. Shortly, after no potty talk he wanted to be changed immediately after pooping or peeing so we took that opportunity to  reintroduce the potty. Preparing for this big, scary change was important for both him and us to making the diaper free transition. I suggest getting a few age appropriate, fun potty books and training pants for the preparation stage.

      Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3

      Patience

      I can’t stress the importance of patience when beginning to potty train. I remember looking at my watch and realizing I had spent nearly 3 hours in the bathroom one morning. I reverted back to I do not want to be changing diapers every 20 minutes between my newborn and toddler boy so the 3 hours was well worth the time to invest. I could see some frustration when Jordan would try to go to the bathroom and nothing happened immediate for him and this is where the sit and wait notion comes to play. Get some magazines, books, or iPod for music and camp out!! Patience is a virtue.

      Potty Chair / Storage Basket

      Persistence 

      Once Jordan was well on his way using the potty continuing to ask him every hour or so was necessary for both of us to continue the diaper free process. I admit there has been a few times where I got busy and forgot to ask him and we had a few accidents. Also, making sure we went to the bathroom before leaving the house and even taking a potty chair with us and having him use his own potty was comforting for him. Persistence and not giving up once there are a few set backs is what is getting us through this transition.

      Preparation, patience, and persistence is what I found to work for us. There are so many great resources available to research when you have reached this exciting transition for your toddler so please do what works for you.

      I also, found it does not hurt to reward my big boy with a skittle or two. Celebrating is also a great way to continue reaching the diaper free world! Having a few skittles for yourself to doesn’t hurt! It can be exhausting at times, but we got through it and to see the excitement my Jordan is coming into and a new found independence is so rewarding. Hope this was helpful and would love to hear your potty training tips and stories!

      Introduction 

      Hello! I’m Sidney. I’m a wife and mother to three brown eyed kiddos. My oldest son Jonathan is 7 years old, my middle son Jordan is 2 1/2 and our newest edition ( baby girl) Jasmine is 1 month old. My main purpose of this blog is to document my children’s childhoods. I have recently left the corporate workplace to fully dedicate myself as a  stay at home mom. I will be sharing the highs and lows of our journey and will welcome the input and advise of all the other amazing women who are on the same journey.