Evie and Cal: 8 Months

Monday, April 24, 2017

A little late on the twins 8 month update but better late than never!

Matt and I are seriously so smitten with these babies it's ridiculous. We ooooh and ahhhh over every little thing they do. "Do you see her?! She's sitting up. Oh my goodness she's so cute when she sits up." "Look at him. He's so cute when he's in his jumper. He's like jumping and stuff." It's like we are first time parents all over again! We are just cherishing every little thing since we plan on these babies being our last. We're excited to move out of the baby phase but we aren't trying to rush it like we did with Blair. I never want to forget this!

Here's what Evie and Cal are up to this month...

Evie has decided to eat solids now and prefers carbs and fruit. Clearly she takes after her mama. She likes to suck her thumb, jump in her jumper, smile, and watch Blair. She can sit up now and has started crawling. She's not on a mission to get where she's going but I'm sure that's coming. She doesn't like it when strangers get in her face especially when she is strapped in her car seat or stroller. She gets on all fours and peeks out over her crib when you lay her down to sleep. Then she watches you as you leave and smiles and coos. Heart melted.

Cal still loves to eat and will pretty much eat anything. He sucks his middle and ring fingers at the same time, loves his jumper, and getting kisses on his tummy. He gives the best open mouth kisses without prompting and has the cutest bashful grin. He gets crazy kicking legs whenever I change his diaper and also peeks over his crib to watch me leave at nap time. He can sit up but is not crawling yet. He likes drinking water from a straw but does not like it when strangers saw hi to him when he's in his stroller or car seat.

Both babies have been going to the nursery at church on Sunday nights. They seem to do pretty well but usually cry at drop off. We've got a great routine going on with two naps a day (9:15-11 and 1:30-3) and bedtime at 6:30. They wake up around 7 and we can't complain about that! They are generally happy but still needy from about 5-6:30 pm. They love going out and about and checking out new surroundings. People stop us all. the. time. I only mind when one of them is crying and it's cleat that I've got to go. ;)

We're doing it! But not without the help of many people. I've never been so grateful to have Matt working from home and family who live in town. Little breaks make all the difference in the world.

Twistshake Bottle Giveaway

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I recently posted over on my Instagram about some new bottles I'm loving by Twistshake. Their bottles are anti-colic and great for mixing formula or infusing fruit in your baby's water. They also come with a formula or snack container for easy on-the-go access. 

Here's the fun part... you have a chance to win one today! All you need to do is check out their bottles here and comment below with which color you would like to win (and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win). For those of you who cannot wait to see if you won you can use the code "natyouraveragegirl20" for a 20% off coupon. giveaway ends Tuesday evening. Good luck! 

Baby Registry Must-Haves (Updated)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I thought I would update this since having Blair (it's about time!). Having a baby can be so overwhelming so I thought that making a list of my favorite registry must-haves could help alleviate some of the stress of trying to figure out what the best products are. These are things that have helped us. Some items are worth the extra money in my opinion. Some items aren't chic (ahem, that ugly baby swing) but they really get the job done better than their expensive/attractive rival (the Mamaroo). I hope you find this helpful!

What are some items that you loved? Tell me below!

Easter 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Are you recovered from your candy coma? Peeps or no peeps? Blair is a big fan and I secretly don't hate them either although the older I get the fewer I can stomach. We split our holiday over the weekend to keep things manageable. The Easter bunny arrived a day early and we had my family over for brunch. That evening we went to church and the following morning we had brunch with M's family. Annnnnd my diet starts tomorrow. ;)

No idea what this face is but it made me laugh. 

Cousins! Blair's romper by ThirtyFive and Lime

Of course the holidays are so much more fun with the kiddos. I can't wait till they are all running around picking up eggs and stuffing chocolate into their mouths. For now Blair is in charge of that. ;)

Life Verses

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Bible verse my mom chose for me is Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." I love when I see it at random times...on coffee mugs, in a sermon, on a postcard etc. It brings me peace and reminds me to delight in Him first and that my desires will shift to be more like His.

Matt and I chose life verses for each of our kids and I thought it would be fun to share them here with you.

Blair: Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. When Blair was born we struggled with having peace while she was in the NICU. This verse brought us so much comfort in a time of uncertainty and I hope it does the same for her.

Everly: Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Everly's verse is a daily reminder of how I want to be...joyful, patient, and faithful. I pray she leans on this when she experiences a season of waiting like I did. This verse encouraged me to turn from my anger, doubt, and fear and to instead rest in him who loves me.

Calvin: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. We chose this verse specifically because of what it took to bring him into this world. We had to be confident in the Lord and turst in him even when things seemed hopeless. We want Cal to always remember that his hope remains in Jesus. We pray that he remains faithful even when his circumstances are hard. God always has a plan for us even though we don't always understand it. He is good all the time and cares for his children so much! 

Easter Basket Ideas

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ever since the twins were born it seems like the holidays creep up on me so fast! I'm always scrambling to get things together last minute. Below are some items that I picked out for my kiddos' Easter baskets this year. The twins won't care but Blair has some super cute and fun items. :)

hand puppets: meri meri, swim shorts: cotton on, shark hat: gap, bunny: blabla dolls, shoes: gap, bunny jumper: cat and jack

felt bunny clips: meri meri, swim suit: jcrew, bunny: blabla kids, necklace: meri meri, egg decorating family: meri meri 

Spring Break 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

We ventured out and took the babies to my parents beach house for the last few days and it went surprisingly well! Blair is on spring break so we decided to give it a whirl and we didn't regret it. It took a lot of work but it actually did feel like a vacation. We had lots of helpful hands and staring at the ocean all day long has a way of relaxing you. ;)

It was a lot of firsts for the babies...including their first swim! Poor Cal jumped so much he got blisters on the bottom of his toes. :( My suit: JCrew

Evie was lovin' life with her Lala in the hot tub! Laid back...

Blair was the cutest mermaid at the pool! Suit by Cat and Jack.

Babies first time seeing the ocean. Clearly I didn't think we would be taking a picture ha ha. PJs and workout clothes for the win! 

Our favorite coffee shop in San Clemente...Bear Coast! A picture of my triplets ;) 
This is becoming a regular expression of Cal's and I freaking love it. 
We're rounding out our spring break by hitting up Disneyland today. Corn dogs for all! ;)

Swaddle Designs

Monday, April 3, 2017

It's spring break! And we're attempting a beach trip...wish us luck! In the meantime check out these lightweight blankets by Swaddle Designs that are perfect for spring. You can grab yours at Target today! 

Babo Botanicals for Baby

Friday, March 31, 2017

Around here we change A LOT of diapers. With my first born, Blair, I was able to use cloth diapers but with twins nobody has time for that! We go through a lot of diapers, wipes, and diaper cream as well. I prefer to use organic when I can and lately I have been loving Babo Botanicals for the twins (and even Blair!). 

The oatmilk calendula soothing diaper cream smells divine and really gets the job done. I use it at every diaper change for Evie since she tends to get diaper rash easily. I use it on Cal at the first sign of redness and it soothes him immediately. And I actually have been using the cream on Blair when her skin gets irritated...sometimes five year olds aren't expert wipers yet! ;) 

I love that Babo Botanicals diaper cream is natural and has a ton of organic ingredients. It's also free of gross things like Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes, Sodium chloride, Formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA, or most common allergens. This makes me worry less which is always a good thing! Plus, omg how cute is their packaging?! Love that little bunny! 

Their wipes are great for sticky hands, bottoms, and messy mouths too. I like that they are a three in one product...makes my life easier! 

When companies send me products I don't always commit to buying them but I can honestly say I'll be switching over to Babo Botanicals. I really love their product and feel good about using them on my kids. Plus they sell on Amazon and can arrive right at my doorstep. Easy peasy! 


Now that I've had a taste of Babo Botanicals I'm dying to try out their other baby products like the shampoo and wash and the swim and sport shampoo and wash for Blair with all the swimming she does. They also have great sunscreen so I'll be grabbing some for summer.  In fact they are already in my cart ready for check out! Thanks Babo for introducing me to your great line of products! 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Does anyone else have tumbleweeds of hair blowing across their floors? As a mom of twins my post-partum hair loss is out of control. Twice the hormones, twice the hair loss I guess! I had been looking for something to help combat this and Hairburst offered to send over some of their vitamins that help prevent the loss of hair pre, post, and during pregnancy due to hormonal imbalances. 

I was excited to find out that my hair can still be beautiful and healthy after having twins! When I decide to actually style it, ha ha. Hairburst is full of vitamins such as biotin that help maintain healthy hair. As a mom it's important that I feel good about myself and having healthy hair certainly boosts my confidence. Thanks Hairburst! 

Easter PJs

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way! I'm swooning over the cute Easter pjs I've been seeing everywhere. And while I already have the kids pjs picked out for Easter (I always get them on clearance the year before) there are some super cute ones that I'll be adding to my cart for next year!

From top to bottom: Cotton On, Gap, Old Navy, Gap

I just die when they have matching boy girl ones for the twins! Gotta dress them alike while I can! 

Breast Feeding Diaries

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I wanted to take some time to share/document how we feed our twins. I'm always interested in hearing other people's stories about what worked for them and I like to share my story in hopes that it could help other mamas out.

All photos by Jen Wertman Photography

For the first 3-4 months I was feeding the twins my own breast milk. They were super tiny and not gaining weight (hello, they had to share!) so the doctor suggested supplementing them with formula. At the time my best friend happened to have a HUGE stash of  breast milk in her freezer since her baby refused to take a bottle and she only took one side at a time. She gave it all to me and I began giving the twins 2 ounces of extra breast milk before bed at night.

As the months went on she wasn't pumping as much and it was looking like we were going to need to start supplementing them with formula. This time around I told myself that I would do the best I could but if I needed to use formula it wouldn't be the end of the world. I was not that open minded with Blair. As it turned out I found another friend who was able to give me a TON of her breast milk and to this day we still supplement with both mamas milk! Talk about bosom buddies... ;)

Fast forward to now and the twins currently take 3 ounces of breast milk in a bottle (from my friends) at their 11:30 and 3:30 feedings and four ounces at their bedtime feeding. We make sure to give them the bottle before they breast feed from me so that they end their feeding session on me feeling full and satisfied. My lactation consultant said they will associate a fully belly with mama and this will prevent them from refusing to nurse and only bottle feeding. During their first feed of the day (7:30 am) they don't need a supplement because I'm so full from not nursing overnight. Each baby takes 10 ounces a day...20 total (on top of what I provide them). It's a miracle that we've been able to find friends who can, and are willing to, pump this much extra for us!

At this point I'm riding the gravy milk train as far as it will take me. I was hoping the twins could be solely on breast milk for six months and here they are still on breast milk at seven months! I'm thankful for this but not obsessing over when/if it will end. No matter what the twins will get fed whether it be from me, friends, formula or solids. I'm doing what works for us, and this set up happens to be best for our situation with twins.

It takes a village to raise kids and apparently 3 mamas to feed 2 babies. ;)