I’m so excited to share my review on the Mamapod carrier! It has been in use by us since the first part of July and is hands down Camilla’s very favorite to be carried in.
I have literally tried three separate carriers and this one has been a hit and the most comfortable, especially for her. I think one aspect she loves most is the foldable seat. It holds her in a very supportive position and the seat acts as an actual chair-like device, which leaves her feeling secure. She mostly enjoys sitting forward facing in it so she can observe the world around her and be apart of it all!
One unique aspect that the Mamapod offers versus other child carriers, is it comes with a detachable support pole. I’ll be honest and say I’ve only used the pole once to try it, and found it to be a little bit awkward. It’s something you’ll have to carry around while using for going short distances or it can be folded up in a pouch under the seat, which is my preference. It can even be held in your hand, or worn on your side until you’ve reached your destination to rest. I do think it would come in handy if you were to use it hiking or doing any type of strenuous activity. However, I don’t feel like it’s necessary for us, considering I use mine for short term activities but definitely think it would be helpful depending on your situation. It’s simply designed to assist in carrying for long periods of time to distribute weight. The support pole also is adjustable by height and is fully collapsable.
Overall, it’s both functional and stylish. It has shoulder and waist straps for comfort, adjustable leg openings, a mesh layer for those hot summer days that is extra breathable for your tot, and is a soft material that will keep your baby cozy whether facing inward or outward. It also comes in a couple of color options to satisfy your preference and holds newborn aged babies up to toddlers.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our Mamapod so far and are looking forward to watching our girl grow into it. It has been so handy y’all, that I actually keep it in my car at all times to grab and put the baby in during my every day errands. We genuinely love it and am so thankful to have been able to try it.
I would 100% suggest and encourage you to try it, buy it, add it to your registry and have linked it here for you to look into further.
A special thank you to Mamapod for gifting this amazing product to us and to Stills and Ink Photography for these images of baby squish and me. So thankful!
I’m so excited to FINALLY share my thoughts on our Halo DreamNest! We’ve been using it for about a month now after outgrowing our Halo bassinet and I have to say, we love it! Camilla sleeps so soundly in it and it gives me such peace of mind even though she’s still sleeping in our room. I’ve told y’all before that the Halo bassinet was one of my favorite purchases this time around! I loved the swivel affect, vibration settings and how tall is was, considering our bed is not an average height. I can confirm now, the DreamNest is right up there with my top favorite baby products!
The transition to the Halo DreamNest was incredibly smooth. Camilla took to it right away and it has surpassed my expectations in regards to safety and comfort. It has a breathable insert or “mattress” which allows the flow of oxygen at all times while your baby sleeps, through the mesh fabric and muslin crib sheet. It can also be stationary or if you prefer, has a rocking type attachment, which has been a great feature that our little girl loves. It also has wheels for the ease of transfer from room to room. We’re currently using the mattress in the bassinet or bassinest position which is great for up to 15 pounds. Soon, we will transition to the lower setting in which the mattress will sit on the bottom and this setting will be sufficient for up to 30 pounds.
I love that she can play/nap in it in the living room while I clean or do laundry and at night I can easily move it into my room for bedtime. It is much more versatile when it comes to mobility. We’ve even traveled with it this summer and once it’s set up is perfect! It is a great size and the bag that it fits in when folded can easily be loaded in a vehicle or if traveling by airplane can be safely checked. The only thing I haven’t mastered is having to collapse our DreamNest. It’s actually kind of difficult to tear down and set up, honestly. Conrad has had to help me on a couple of occasions where we’ve traveled out of town and taken it with us. The mattress will also fold down but has to be completely taken apart, so I just tend to carry it if we’re traveling by car and keep it at it’s full capacity. The frame after collapsing is a little bit more difficult to snap in place than our Pack n’ Play but I definitely like the DreamNest much better once it’s completely set up. I feel like it’s well made which is why it may be a little more trying to put together. Just my opinion! You may find it super easy to set up and collapse, just my opinion alone. Luckily, we don’t have to collapse it often and each time we’ve traveled, Conrad has been there to rescue me from setting it up.
We were also gifteda Halo SleepSack! If you’ve been around here for a hot second, you know I am a believer inwearable blankets for infants! I never used them for Corbin and feel he didn’t sleep as well or as long until he was quite a bit older. We’ve been using them on Camilla since about 6-8 weeks old and she sleeps like a rock for anywhere from 10-12 hours per night. I wish I would have tried them out our first time around, but hey, you live and learn right?! This one is one of our favorites! I love the zipper, how soft it is, and that it keeps her just the right temperature as she sleeps, with our home staying around 68 degrees. The HALO SleepSack grow with your baby – from newborn sizing for their SleepSack swaddle to toddler sized wearable blankets and everything size in between.I would highly, highlyrecommend trying the Halo SleepSack!It is a game changer, my friends and I’m so thankful they have allowed us to trythe HALO SleepSack easy transition which helps control the moro reflex for babies who no longer like to be swaddled, but still need a bit of security around their arms.
We are truly enjoying our DreamNest and if you’re on the fence, I would say definitely add it and a couple of Halo sleep sacks to your registry. Halo stands behind their products and I just feel they are the absolutely best for infancy and beyond in their product line. They have developed and designed state of the art products for every day use and have hit the big check marks every parent has when it comes to purchasing what will be both the most safe and effective.
Thank you to Halo for sponsoring this post and for allowing us to try the new DreamNest. I am a believer in every Halo purchase I’ve ever made and feel so honored to get to share my honest feedback with all of you! I hope you will consider the Dream Nest for your little one as well! If you have one, tell me what you think in the comments!!
Anyone else so happy the weekend is here? I don’t know about you but I’ve never met a Friday I didn’t love!
Camilla is a whole three months today! I can’t believe it, y’all! Part of me feels like we’ve had her here forever and the other feels like she was barely born. So crazy how infancy works. One minute they are sleeping 20 hours a day and the next you’re putting away those newborn clothes and listening to sweet giggles. Insert all the sad eyes regarding those cute newborn clothes. It really does fly by and gets a lot easier in the meantime, especially if you’re a first time mom following along. Soak it in, thats all I’ve got to say! You blink and they are a little bit older and need you a little less.
Okay, before I start crying, let’s get to the good stuff!
Holy moly there are some awesome inventions out there since even having Corbin! I figured I would share my top 10 favorites for you and products that I use every day and LOVE!
9. Baby Shusher– Just the best kept secret thats really no longer a secret. This portable sound machine is like a dream, literally. I turn this on and Camilla is asleep in minutes. It’s so good, I am nearly asleep in minutes too! You need this mama’s!
8. Mamaroo Swing– Still the best swing on the market IMO. It’s currently on sale too-BONUS!! It has 5 or 6 different movement settings, a dock for music from your phone or iPod, and is easy to clean. Corbin and Cam have lived in this thing! Always remember to buckle them up, especially when they are able to roll! **
7. Copper Pearl Car Seat Cover and swaddle blankets– Another product I didn’t have with Corbin that has changed my life. They are SO SOFT and the carseat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well. Such a good baby shower gift too! I have two covers I swap out and use the blankets daily!
6. Nose Frida– OMG I cannot believe I’m adding this to the list but it is a game changer. I refused to use this with Corbin but use it daily with Camilla. It’s 100 times better than the dreaded bulb sucker and I feel is much more sanitary. Once you get over the idea of sucking boogers out of your kids nose, it really isn’t so bad! 😉
5. Halo Bassinet– Camilla sleeps in this next to our bed every night. It has a few different settings for soothing, and makes me feel comfortable knowing she’s right next to us. Love how it also adjusts to the height of the bed and is convenient in that it swivels and the sides slide down to enable picking her up and laying her back down.
4. Haakaa Silicon Breast Pump– If you’re breastfeeding, this is life! Seriously, it helps maintain milk production, and keeps waste at bay. I use it on the opposite side when nursing during every feeding and its allowed me to store and freeze milk.
3. Dock-A-Tot– For co-sleeping or travel this is a must! Easy to maneuver and I actually carry it from room to room if Camilla is sleeping or wants to play under her gym. Also, she only wakes up once at night and a big part I believe is due to this product.
2. Owlet Monitor– Worth every penny IMO. It alerts you on your phone if something is wrong with baby by giving O2 levels and heart rate at your finger tips at all times and gives peace of mind when transitioning baby to crib at night or during nap time.
1. Doona– The greatest invention to date. A carseat/stroller combo. Pricey, but SO stinkin worth it. I LOVE this thing and would buy it again twice.
There are a few more products I could list that I swear by and love, but these are the most consistent in our every day routine. Hoping this is a helpful list if you’re in the market for baby items or gifts! Send me any questions regarding any of the above if you have them in the comments and have a lovely weekend, friends!
I can’t believe I’m finally sitting down to write a birth story and that Friday marked one whole month with our sweet little Camilla Kate. Yet, it honestly feels like she’s been with us this entire time; I don’t know what we ever did before her, as its truly been the sweetest four weeks with our girl.
Rewinding just a bit and going back to around week 34, I went in for a routine check up and found out my regular OB/GYN doctor who is wonderful and delivered Corbin would no longer be able to deliver Camilla because he was having to take medical leave. Eek, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the least bit concerned. Facing having to find a new doctor pretty late in the game that took our insurance and that I felt comfortable with had me a little panicked. Luckily, my doctor was able to accommodate us based on our circumstances, as well as his other patients’ and I was placed with a new OB I had heard nothing but amazing things about through friends who currently see him. He was thorough, had a wonderful staff, and his personality and bedside manner put my fears and “slight panic” at ease from the moment I met him. I feel strongly, regardless of your choice in choosing a physician, doula, or midwife, you should 100% feel comfortable and confident in their knowledge and ability to make your experience the best it can possibly be and he did just that.
During my first visit, we came up with a birth plan, if you will. I was induced with Corbin at 39 weeks and we decided due to my previous experience we would do the same. We talked about induction between the 14th of February up to my actual due date on the 21st and decided to see what availability the hospital had as my due date got closer.
Then, around 37 weeks I was awoken by what I thought were just mild contractions. They started as tightening in my stomach followed by shooting pains in my back then down into my legs. They got so intense that I ended up waking Conrad because I thought I was for sure in labor. He stayed home with me into that morning and took Corbin to school before leaving for work. Thankfully, the pain subsided before Conrad left and it never returned. So strange, I know, and I still don’t know what it was exactly but I’m so thankful she decided to stay put for a couple more weeks and that I was feeling back to normal again for the remainder of my pregnancy.
During my last appointment at week 39, my doctor confirmed our induction scheduled for February 15th and insisted that I go in the night before the induction to start Cervidil (cervical softening). I was already dilated but he felt it was necessary to go ahead with the Cervidil. Chlorophil/Borophil (name that movie). 🙂 Totally reminds me of that line for whatever reason. Ha! Let me just say, that with Corbin I wasn’t dilated or not much that I recall, didn’t have Cervidil at all, only Pitocin and he was born in 6 hours from start to finish. So, I was honestly surprised with having to go in early and remember thinking, “I hope this doctor lives close by because he may have to run up and catch this baby.” He was pretty adamant in his opinion of thinking we probably wouldn’t have a quick delivery this time around so I just went with it. I registered with the hospital to go in on the night of the 14th, (Happy Valentine’s Day to us) and start the labor process. I was so excited to have a date confirmed and that we would soon meet our precious baby! I called everyone to tell them “the date” after that appointment because I simply couldn’t contain myself.
Those next couple of days flew by and before we knew it, we were waking up to Valentine’s Day. I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of roses from my sweet boys, got Corbin up, fed, and dressed and gave him his little V-Day goodie bag before heading to school to attend all the parties. We had a fun day celebrating and I decided to take him out of school early so I could spend the day with just him before heading to the hospital that evening. My dad got to town around 2 p.m., as he, Tim, and Taylor would be in charge of Corbin for the night and into baby day. Corbin and I played, I stole lots of kisses, dad and Conrad grabbed some take-out and I showered while waiting on the call that they were ready for us to head to the hospital. Around 8 p.m. I decided to call and see if they were ready for us, as I had heard nothing, and the nurse told me to hang tight because they were completely full. She called me back around 10 p.m. and said she would call and let me know as soon as they had a room available. I’m truly so glad we were able to hold off for the night. Corbin came in our room and I got one last night of extra snuggles with just he and his daddy before becoming a family of four. It was so sweet and special to have that entire night with him. Then, around 4:30 a.m. the charge nurse called and said to be at the hospital around 6:30 a.m. It was go time!! I put some make up on, curled my hair and we threw our “bags” and everything but the kitchen sink in the car. I packed WAY too much this time, shocker I know! I snuck in and kissed my sleepy little C man one last time before heading out the door.
On the way to the hospital, Conrad and I were talking about how we couldn’t believe it was time to meet our girl and how at peace I felt this time around. It was such a change for me and I really just felt excited and so ready to meet her. When we went to have Corbin I’ll admit I was a little bit of a train wreck inside, if I’m being honest. It was all due to the fear of actual child birth, which sounds so silly now (thanks friends who had gone before me with all the horror stories) and I may have cried a little walking into the hospital holding my husbands hand. Haha! Let me say, I really was so excited to meet him and hold him but the thought of labor was so terrifying to me. Thinking back, I was little dramatic, especially having now been through it twice and having an amazing experience both times. I felt much more at ease this go round and my anxiety was gone. What I think I realized most after the first delivery is that God has us in the palm of his hand, his will be done and Conrad using bribery with the promise of Chick-Fil-A after delivery never hurt either. Haha! He clearly knows the way to my heart through nuggets and well done fries, y’all!
After arriving at the hospital, changing into my hospital gown and signing my life away, the nurse began my antibiotics and fluids. Shortly after, my doctor came in, gave the go-ahead to start the “half pill” of Cervidil and ensured me that this delivery would more than likely be much slower and that the other half of the Cervidil pill would be given to me after a couple hours of laboring. I started having some pretty intense contractions about an hour into the Cervidil. I have to say, I never really experienced labor pains with Corbin, as they gave me my epidural thirty minutes after starting the Pitocin. At this point though, the pain was intensifying and my contractions were getting closer together, so needless to say, I was ready for some meds! I was watching the monitor for when they would come on so I could prepare to breathe and not actually hold my breath. There were some mountains on that tiny screen and I was feeling all the things. Seriously though, kudos to you mama’s who take the all natural route, Whew! Y’all are rockstars!! Before the anesthesiologist could come in, my doctor decided it was time to break my water. That wasn’t terribly pleasant but I knew my relief was coming soon after so that made it bearable. The anesthesiologist came in and administered my epidural right after which was around 2-3 hours after my initial first round of Cervidil and once in place I enjoyed a couple of popsicles and some ice chips, all before taking a 30 minute power nap on the peanut. If you haven’t experienced a peanut, it is this huge peanut shaped contraption that acts somewhat as a body pillow. In my case, it was used to get Camilla to turn face down. She had been head down but sunny side up for weeks and they wanted to see if she would turn. Luckily, she did! After about an hour on the peanut, I was checked again and was dilated to about a 7. My doctor had a C-section to tend to and figured I still had some time to labor so he was making his way to the OR. By this time, Conrad and my mom were placing bets on how much longer it would be until we met our baby girl. Conrad said 1:30, I guessed 1:45 and my mom, thinking she was joking at first said 12:45. I thought she was a little ambitious, as it was only around noon by this point. Yet, fifteen minutes after this conversation and being at a 7, my nurse came in and checked me again, confirming I was ready to push. We’re talking 12:15ish! Say what?! To top it off, next door a mama was at the exact same stage of labor about to deliver, my doctor was in a C-section, and it had to feel a little chaotic for the nurses but they just handled it all so perfectly and with such grace. They were prepared and ready and had the room set up for when my doctor got out of surgery! By 12:30 my doctor was back in my room and ready to deliver. It was like bam, bam, bam.
At 12:35 I began pushing and by 12:39 our sweet Camilla Kate Henderson made her grand debut weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. was 20 inches long, with a head full of hair and was absolute perfection! She let out the sweetest cry as they laid her on my chest and she drifted off to sleep soon after. It was so incredibly special and that feeling of seeing your newborn baby for the first time is an emotion that can’t be explained or accurately described. It’s overwhelming, powerful and the greatest joy.
Around thirty minutes later, Corbin was brought up and Conrad and I got to introduce him to his little sister by ourselves as a family of four. It was a precious moment I’ll cherish forever and so perfect as I really wanted us to be able to have that time together. He loved her immediately and he’s been so sweet with her ever since. He holds her hand, sings to her, and is always checking on her and making sure she’s okay. He’s such an amazing helper and does so much for her, well besides changing diapers 😉 At first, the age difference kind of worried me a little, as it’s just been us with him for four years, but I’m so proud of how gentle he is with her and how smoothly he’s transitioned into his role as big brother. It’s almost like she’s been with us forever and I couldn’t have asked for it to go better. I just feel really blessed to have two precious, healthy babies.
As for our Camilla, she is seriously the sweetest and most laid back baby. She rarely cries, isn’t affected by the dogs barking or the boys rough-housing, loves to be held, and is extremely content. I can’t wait to see what her personality is like as she grows, but for now she just goes with the flow and even has her daddy wrapped around her finger. She constantly smiles, I’ve even witnessed a few giggles, and she completes us so perfectly. We are in love and adjusting to life so well together.
In typing this with one sleeping babe on my chest and the other lying next to me, I’m overcome with gratefulness. To be called mommy and to have such a loving and supportive family through these new and exciting changes, makes me so thankful. I’ve been soaking it all in lately, as I know with each passing day both of my babies grow a little more and need me a little less. I’ve been counting my blessings and praising Him for his unfailing love, for fulfilling my hearts desires and trusting me with such beautiful gifts.
Welcome to the world our sweet, beautiful Camilla Kate. We’re so happy you’re here and you are already so very loved.
We’ve made it to the weekend and today I thought I’d share few registry must-haves with you all, as we’re nearing the arrival of our baby girl and to switch it up from all the Christmas gifting.
I am so excited to use these items, some I’ve already used with Corbin and they were a complete game changer, and others that are newly out on the market or since he was a babe.
First, I found the cutest backpack on sale and think it will be amazing since it also has handles for the stroller so I feel it will be convenient for travel and everyday use. I honestly hardly used a diaper bag the first time around and I felt like I was such a disorganized mess so I figured I would give it a go this time around. I also love this option and how chic it looks. Freshly Picked backpack. I also love the idea of a backpack, simply because I can still carry my handbags and not feel over loaded. Just my opinion, as I tend to carry larger handbags and with all the baby gear don’t want to look or feel weighed down. Something to think about when choosing the right diaper bag for you.
Let’s talk strollers. I have a couple that I’m loving and will be the first to tell you that travel systems are worth EVERY penny. They will save you the hassle of buying individual pieces and will guarantee you less of a headache. The carseat converted stroller I’m loving is the Doona. It is a carseat and stroller in ONE. It will be so useful, not to mention handy especially with one child in pre-k and toting around an infant during school drop-off and pick-up. Check it out here. Also, here are a couple of other great travel system options that have wonderful reviews. Here and here. I have also heard great reviews on this brand and this as well if you’re just looking to find a carseat without the stroller.
When it comes to sleeping, or there lack of, and if you’ll be nursing for the first several months, I would suggest a bassinet. We have this one and didn’t have it with Corbin so I’m excited to see how she likes it and will hopefully get a restful sleep, if that even exists with a newborn. Haha! It has a vibration setting and sound as well, making it a dream in my mind. This Bassinet also has great reviews and is under $80. I’ve also heard amazing things about the SNOO but unless that’s all your child will be sleeping in long term, I think it’s a little pricey; my opinion only. We used this for Corbin as a newborn and it has its perks, but I was afraid of leaving him in the sleeper so never used that part of it. They play pen was awesome though for naps as he got older and it served its purpose during those late night diaper changes. For traveling is was also wonderful, as it folds up and is easy to tear down and set up. It’s a little bit of an investment but is a good one if you’re a traveler or just want something set up in your room for those first few months.
Baby wearing. Y’all, I never really did this with Corbin, because I was too dumb to figure out the Moby wrap. Ashamed a little to admit that but I was always afraid he’d slip right through. I’ve looked into possibly getting the Solly baby wrap, as I’ve heard great things or trying this one out. I was recently gifted a ring sling as well from Soul Slings and am anxious to use it as well. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and am excited to review it. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more once our little bundle arrives.
One of our most used products when we had Corbin was our Mamaroo. He literally loved it, slept in it, watched me as he got older do housework and it was a complete soothing tool for us during the teething phase. It also allowed me as a new mom to get things done for the first couple of months while he slept. I pray baby girl loves it as much as he did. Fingers crossed. It’s also an investment but We loved it, and literally took it on trips with us when we could. He sat in it until he was around 6 months or maybe a little older. Here is another great swing/sleeper option for under $50 that many of my friends swear by as well.
This binkie or pacifier is a little pricier than what I would normally spend, but I love that it pops in and out to keep the germs at bay. We didn’t have these either before, so I’m excited to try them out. Hope this baby likes a binkie! 🙂 She has a few colors and other kinds already, but I’ve tried to steer clear of the ugly massive ones. HA! Has anyone tried these? What was your experience?
Dock A Tot, yes please!! My mama gifted this to us and it’s another item I was hoping to receive, just because everyone I know who has use it, swears by it for sleep training and in general. It has so many good reviews and comes in a variety of color options to suit your needs. It can be found here.
Whether you plan on nursing or bottle feeding, Dr. Brown’s have been such a good choice for us in the past. They worked great for Corbin when he had a tummy ache or acid reflux so I’m hoping if baby girl has that, it will also help her. What bottles do you recommend? This is also a subject I am totally open to for any advice on, really anything I recommend is open to suggestions. Do you have a favorite brand that you like to use?
We got a new changing pad, and it’s awesome! It literally will track your babies weight and has a cool chic design plus an app that has other features. Check it out here.
Lastly, monitors. We splurged and bought the Owlet Baby Monitor. This monitor fits securely on your babies foot and reports your babies heart rate on an app on your phone. If your babies heart rate isn’t detected while sleeping, an alarm will alert you on your phone. It is reducing the risk of SIDS, which gives this mama peace of mind. I also like this option that includes a camera for over the crib. The Lollipop Cam is also neat and can be attached or wrapped around literally any surface. Another well reviewed product.
I hope this list of items was helpful if you’re an expectant mama. I am so excited to try these out and can’t wait to report back on some of the items I haven’t yet used once our sweet girl arrives.
Thank you for reading and for following along! Have a great weekend!!!
Do you ever have those weeks where you feel like you’re so busy and have SO much to do? This week has been one of those for me. Like there is just simply not enough time in the day lately.
Many of you may know this but some of you probably don’t and you may or may not think I’m completely crazy when I tell you. We don’t and have never had a babysitter for Corbin. I know! I need to get on the babysitter train, and it becomes even more evident when I have a list a mile long and he’s over my shenanigans. I just haven’t ever really found anyone I completely trust, and having my parents or Conrad’s Nana close by, we really haven’t found a need to have someone consistently. Until, he throws a fit in the aisle at Target, then I say to myself, we NEED to find a sitter. Haha! However, he does go to school 3 days a week so I really do my best to get all of my errands out of the way during those times, yet it doesn’t always get finished. I’ve had mom guilt about him sitting in the car so long and the amount of screen time he takes in, and then the energy we have to get out once home. He’s usually really good, but I’ve just felt bad that he doesn’t have something fun to do on these jaunts. Until now!
Recently, a company reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their travel trays. We’ve been trying it out all week and Corbin LOVES it! Usually he is one of those that will play with something for a short time and move on, but each day when we get in the car, he’s asked for his tray to draw or color while we’re on the go. I am highly impressed by his consistency and love the tray myself. It is such a great way to organize and has compartments in several areas for storing markers, crayons, paper to color on, and is even sturdy enough for an iPad or Kindle. If you know me, you know I love to stay organized and this allows organization effortlessly. Corbin has even had a snack on his tray and it holds up great, is super sturdy, plus I don’t have to worry about a mess in his car seat after. I just wipe down the tray and we’re good to go. It has been so convenient and is such a cool little contraption. It can buckle around the seat if you have a longer trip planned, so it stays in place, includes a cup holder and the markers included are dry-erase, so mess free. You can also collapse the tray when finished to store and it has velcro to create more of a table if you so choose. The tray also comes with Easy Xplorer paper that is learning friendly. There are letters and numbers to trace, a castle maze, a traceable dragon and unicorn. It will keep your kiddos entertained on those long road trips and even just around town on those busy days.
We are genuinely loving the Easy Xplorer tray and I think it would make an amazing gift with the holidays coming up. Especially since it’s also at a great price point as well, under $20. I’m considering them for my niece and nephews for Christmas, as I think they would all enjoy them so much! It just makes traveling easier, keeps your children occupied with something productive and keeps you organized with all of their colors and other materials they may need.
I think you are all going to love these as well, so I’ve added the link here so you can check them out! So happy to have been given the opportunity to try this tray out, as its such a hit and I appreciate Lucy from Easy Xplorer for allowing us to use and review her amazing product!
It feels like fall, y’all! Hooray!!! It’s so nice and sunny today after a few rainy and dreary days and I’m loving this 60 degree weather! It’s a win, if you are familiar with West Texas and has me digging out all my sweaters and flannels and heading to the pumpkin patch. Just so thankful to live in a world where there are Octobers!
I really love this season and all that comes with it! To be honest, I may have been taking it in almost a little too much. Besides it being fall, it’s also been a season in life where I’ve kind of taken a step back, and chosen to spend more time with my family than on social media. I think it’s hitting me that I only a have a few more months with just my little boy all to myself, so I’ve just put certain projects on the back burner if you will, just because these moments are important and ones I won’t get back. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blog life and working with brands and have things coming up as we roll into the holidays, but sometimes it just feels nice to unplug and live in the present. I feel like I’m also still learning balance between it all, even after a year. Structure is not one of my gifts or strong suits, so I’m simply embracing it and showing myself grace because, why not!? 😉 I love to be organized and have a streak of OCD, but not a specific daily routine, especially now since Corbin is older, I know its something I need to work on. Hoping to get back into the structured life once baby girl gets here.
I also wanted to update you guys. As some of you may know from my stories last week, we had our 20 week anatomy scan. I don’t know why, well yes I do, HORMONES, but was so anxious for this appointment. I think all of the technology and advancement is so amazing, yet can also cause unnecessary worry, totally my opinion, alone. I think too, when we had Corbin I was naive and our doctor had a sonography machine in office so we could see him at each appointment and it was honestly reassuring. Sadly, now (thanks insurance) we have to wait every 10 weeks for an ultrasound. We’ve chosen to forgo testing as well, and didn’t with either pregnancy, as we wouldn’t change a thing regardless and put our faith in the Lord that everything will be perfectly fine and that His will be done. So far our sweet little girl is doing well, is healthy and moving around like crazy. I am at peace now and feel so much better after our scan and am so thankful for this good news. Anyone else ever had that experience? Where you’re just anxious with absolutely no reason in particular making you feel that way? I’m just going to blame it on my crazy preggo hormones and continue to pray for health and all things good.
I am also still wanting meat and indulge on a snow cone every now and then. My cravings are so different this time around, but I’m staying hydrated and always have snacks on hand. 😉 I also feel huge haha but have only gained around 10 pounds. This belly doesn’t lie y’all, and by bedtime, she is sticking out proudly. I look like I’m 8 months along and may or may not waddle a little. I am blessed to not feel sick PTL, yet get a little light-headed (hypoglycemia) if I don’t have a snack between meals, which is why they are always on hand. One thing I love to snack on is frozen grapes. Y’all, if you have’t tried this trick, you must! It is so good!!! I just slice them in halves and stick them in a container in the freezer and a few hours later, delish!
We are in the beginning stages of starting the nursery and she has a few outfits hanging in the closet. Surprisingly, I haven’t gone completely nuts on shopping just yet, but I’m sure it’s coming! The few things I have purchased, I’ve made sure to send to the wrong address on accident! (Pregnancy brain is real.) Last week for instance, I ordered wallpaper for the nursery, a few baby gifts for friends and some Kickee Pants and sent it to my friend in Midland. Oops! Etsy can be tricky because sometimes it will ask where you want the item sent and other times, it auto ships to the first address listed. Thankfully, Conrad is there many days of the week so he gets to also pick up my purchases on his way home! He’s so lucky! Haha! I really am SO excited to see the nursery come together though and will share with you all once it’s complete! I love to decorate and have so many ideas in my head that I’m so excited to see come to life.
Corbin is so sweet lately, and has been calling her “his baby” which melts my mama heart! I can hardly wait to see him with her. It will be so sweet to witness their bond and to watch it grow and for him to finally have a sibling. I know my heart will grow also. It’s just been the three of us and just having Corbin for the past 4 years has been so special. I used to get upset that we didn’t have children closer together in age, but now I’m grateful. Realizing God’s perfect plan and that it is so much bigger that what I could ever imagine, gives me so much peace and that we’ve been given time with just Corbin makes me thankful. He will be such a great big brother and I know will love her so much. I’m sure he’ll teach her a few of his antics as well.
Conrad and I have yet to come to an agreement on a baby name at this point, lol as he is adamant that he will get to choose her name. Can’t lie, it’s a little scary to think about and I am pretty sure it was one of the hardest decisions when we named Corbin so I think it may take us a while. Both of us are about as stubborn as they come so compromise is tough for both of us, especially when we have our hearts set on something. I will say, we do have a few contenders at least! YAY! Then again, I’m not completely sure if we’ll share her name with everyone prior to her birth. We’re still trying to decide, but will keep you posted!
Being pregnant in the fall has been amazing so far! I am loving living in leggings, sweaters and booties and especially thankful I don’t have a food diversion toward pumpkin. I love pumpkin everything this time of year and enjoy a PSL just about daily. I am using that caffeine allowance wisely, my friends! I will update you all again soon!!
Lastly, I am loving comfy and cozy as mentioned above, therefore The Home T sent me the cutest tees in the mail and also gave me a discount for my followers so you can give them a try as well. Use the code CHELSI10 for 10% off your first order at The Home T website and enjoy!
We’ve been keeping a little secret… We’re PREGNANT!!!
Excited doesn’t even come close to describing our feelings about expecting our second baby! We’ve prayed and prayed and through tears, disappointment and then ultimately finding out we have been blessed with another sweet blessing has solidified my belief in how He has graciously given me the desires of my heart and our hearts as a family. What a great God we serve, y’all! We just feel so incredibly blessed and know that ultimately His timing is perfect. We are so thankful!
How we found out
I am one of those that knows pretty immediately that something is up. With every pregnancy (3) I have known super early, around 3-4 weeks. Which makes for a torturous couple of months since our doctor won’t see us until 8 weeks, unless there are signs of complications. So, I basically have to keep my mouth shut, and for those that know me, know that is HARD to do, and keeping the anticipation at bay as long as possible is near impossible. Also, I’m a horrible liar so keeping anything from my mom or my dearest friends is just not happening, especially if it’s something I am over the moon excited about! Anyways, I was feeling a little different and SUPER tired, so I thought, “I bet it’s nothing but I think I’ll take a test”. Three positive tests later and I was basically jumping up and down in the middle of the night and could hardly wait to tell Conrad. It was Father’s Day weekend so when Conrad FINALLY woke up and decided to grace us with his presence (it seemed like a lifetime til morning) I had a cute little sign and the test ( I know, gross) next to it so he wouldn’t know what the heck I was talking about! It was the sweetest and his reaction was the best! He was excited and to be honest he could have like ten kids, he really is the best daddy!! Moments like these are so amazing to share together and made me relive the moment we found out we were having Corbin. It’s indescribable and so special! Shortly there after, a few days later, because we couldn’t contain our excitement our families knew too, and Conrad may have spilled the beans to a few of our friends! 😉 It just couldn’t be kept!!
I seriously LOVED being pregnant with Corbin. I remember my doctor calling me and telling me he was going to induce me and I literally cried! Lol! I was so content (said no 9 month pregnant women ever HA!) but I truly was! One thing I don’t remember being was overly exhausted or maybe I’ve just forgotten in the past four years. This time around I will tell you, I am chronically exhausted. Which isn’t normal for me, as we’re always on the go around here! Like, I’m so tired that by about 4 p.m., I’m ready for bed, no joke! Corbin is very active so that may be part of it but I’m hoping my second trimester will give me more energy, and am actually praying on it. Ain’t nobody got time to be this tired with a busy toddler! I also tend to get nauseous from time to time and never experienced that before, so it’s definitely a little different.
Now, let’s talk food! I’m all about carbs, meat, and snow cones, and I want a huge coke from time to time! I don’t usually give in, but am led to wonder if I’m pregnant or just nursing a hangover! It feels like reliving my college days, y’all! So weird! I’m REALLY hoping the craving for fruit and veggies like I did with Corbin comes back ASAP or I’ll need to get on a more consistent work out regimen. 😉 I’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow, we’re due February 21st, so we are nearly done with trimester one and all is well with baby! PTL!!!
Lastly, I am SO excited about being preggo during the winter! Who doesn’t love oversized sweaters and leggings?! HOLLA! This mama is ready to style this bump in all things fall and winter! Last time I was pregnant during the summer, and I loved every minute of living in dresses, although I think this being completely opposite makes it so exciting too and will be a fun change! Not to mention, one of the silly upsides I know Conrad is thankful for is that my Nordstrom bill was MUCH lower this year during the #nsale!! AHHH! Only because I won’t be able to wear all that cuteness for very long. He totally lucked out! Stay tuned for all the maternity style, friends!! I am already planning!!! Lol!
How we told Corbin
We decided not to tell Corbin until my first doctors appointment. Talk about hard to keep a secret. Try keeping anything from a three year old, it’s not as easy as it seems. We went into the room with the sonography machine first and the nurse showed Corbin the baby. He looked a little confused at first, then the heartbeat sounded loudly, and Corbin’s response was “are those twins”? I probably had a look of confusion on my face after that question. So far it’s only one! He then proceeded to tell the nurse very matter of factly that I grew him in mamas tummy so I could grow another baby too, and that “his” baby wasn’t quite ready. He told her he was going to take care of “him” but wasn’t going to be changing any diapers. I believe it was a ‘No Way José” moment! Conrad got it all on video and it was the cutest! He also tells me daily that it’s a boy! 🙂 We shall see! It was so sweet and fun to tell him there and he’s so excited to have a playmate and friend! He got the very first picture and it’s on display on his message board in his room, which melts my heart. He is going to be the best big brother and we simply can’t wait to shortly be Henderson party of four!!
Thank you so much for reading!! I am so thankful for your love, support, and prayers in this new and changing season of life and can say our hearts feel so full already! I also hope you’ll stick around as we share what’s to come and what we’ll be having in the next few weeks!! Are you team boy or team girl? Tell me in the comments!
Wishing you a blessed week, friends!!
For this child I have prayed and the Lord has given me the desires of my heart. 1 Samuel 1:27
Thank you to Kimberly Correa for capturing this exciting and special time for our family!
Today, Corbin and I are sharing an adorable, interactive, and fun toy company with you all that we have absolutely fallen in LOVE with!!
Rose and Rex is a teacher-curated collection of unique and sophisticated toys that promote childhood development through imaginary play. They range from teethers and rattles to building blocks, dress-up kits and many options for children in infancy to age ten and even older. This distinctive toy collection is teaching children skill building and cultivating problem solving through learning and “playing” it forward. Plus, they have such amazing quality and potential to be passed down for generations to come.
One of my favorite things about Rose and Rex is that they give back. I absolutely love when companies have a heart for others, specifically those in need. Allison, the founder of Rose and Rex has made an intentional effort to support charities such as Second Chance Toys that refurbish and donate plastic toys to children in need to promote and give children an opportunity to learn, grow and play. Rose and Rex is also affiliated with 1% for the Planet. Meaning they are committed to giving 1% of their sales to assist in generating a healthier planet; protecting forests, oceans, rivers and so much more. This stands out to me as a customer as I know a portion of what I purchase is going to something good and that makes me eager to support their efforts so when they contacted me regarding a collaboration, besides the amazing selection of toys they provide, needless to say, there was NO hesitation in saying yes!
If you know Corbin well, you know his love for anything on wheels, specifically tractors and trucks. So we obviously HAD to have the Candylab Bad Emergency Truck. He literally takes it everywhere!! It’s made its debut in church, to the grocery store, the pool and unbelievably is still looking brand new. He also chose the Eco Sea Rock Crayons. These are SO cool, y’all! They literally look like rocks but color so smoothly and I already have several new masterpieces on my refrigerator that he’s proudly created. A perk is that they are $10 and would be such a great gift to pair with a coloring book or thinking even further down the road, stocking stuffer!! Holla!! Rose and Rex also has a broad selection of gift ideas, so if you’re stumped on what to give your favorite little, they have you covered and a full tab of great ideas specified under “gifting”.
Rose and Rex literally has so much to offer and I am SO glad to have connected with them and even more so, thankful to have been able to partner together. Check out their amazing site here. They offer free shipping on purchases of $150 or more, and are also able to ship internationally! You will love their broad selection of beautiful toys that your kids will enjoys for years to come.