Tuesday, September 19, 2017

three across / our favorite car seat

The question I get asked most now that I have three kids to tow around is, "what car seats do you  use to get three across?" When I was pregnant with Jackson I only had my Mercedes ml 350 for a year. It was my dream car and I was determined to make it work. I tried at least, but more about that later. I searched high and low for car seats that would fit three across. My top three must have features were,  saftey, comfort and style. I was able to find all three with Clek Foonf's! Jason and I were sold when we came across all it's safety features (see them all here) especially the extended rear facing instillation. We like to rear face our kids for as long as possible so that was a big plus. We had also never had a carseat with an anti-rebound bar or steel and magnesium sub-structure. When we saw these seats in person we were impressed at how strong and sturdy they were. It also has a 50lb weight max for rear facing and a 65lb max for forward facing, this was another big selling feature. Our girls are small so we knew we would get great use out of the seats. Another big plus was the sleek, modern look of the seat and all the color options available. We decided to do convertible car seats for all three kids including our newborn, all we had to do was add the infant thingy to his seat. (you can read more about our decision to take that route here)

*headrests were removed for the photo only*

I was able to work closely with Julie, from Clek and learned so much on not only three across but carseat safety in general. Here are some very important tips you should know when going the three across route: 

1. Each car seat should be installed independently tight (meaning that when one seat is removed from the three across the other two are still tightly installed without it in place), with less than an inch of movement side-to-side and front to back at the belt path. 

2. Place forward-facing seat in a seating position with a tether anchor. 

3. Booster seats need more space on the buckle side to allow the child to buckle and unbuckle.

4. Educate booster riders about making sure they are unbuckling their seat belt each time, and not accidentally unbuckling a harnessed seat installed next to them.

5. Contact a local Child Passenger Technician for assistance when having trouble.

Here are some more helpful car seat reminders:

For reference Julianne is 4, weighs 34 lbs and is just under 40 inches. Kourtney is 2, weighs 25lbs and is 34 inches. Jackson is 3 months, 15lbs and around 24 inches.

I'm not going to lie, I was shocked at how perfectly they fit in my Mercedes. I was just a little nervous since my back seat seemed so small. Jules and Kourtney were happy to sit together and hold hands and Jules was super excited to get to sit next to her baby brother and help mommy! My goal to keep my car lasted about two weeks after Jackson was born. I quickly realized my teeny tiny trunk area was not going to cut it with my boat of a stroller, the diaper bag, the kids toys, the extra clothes, all the extra baby stuff. I know you mommies know what I'm talking about. We ended tup rading in my Mercedes, what I thought was my dream car, for a Honda Odyssey, the dreamiest car ever! Yes, I became that mom and I love it! We still do three across the middle seat because it's so convenient. I love that I'm able to slide the doors open (guys, sliding doors) and let the girls get in on their own. Jules still doesn't know how to fully buckle herself so I am able to just turn from the front seat to tighten her straps. She is seriously such a great help with both Kourtney and Jackson. When the baby cries, she is able to reach over and give him his paci and she loves keeping Kourt entertained on long rides. We love this seat and will eventually transition Jules into their booster seat once that time comes. For now we will continue to enjoy our seats knowing our precious cargo is safe.

p u r c h a s e  h e r e 

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Back to school breakfast

Well, Jules officially had her first day of school and it was a success. I had been stressing, like all us  first time preschool/kindergarten mommies do. I had been making a conscious effort to make things run as smoothly as possible during this very big transition for the both of us. I made sure to include her in everything from shopping to getting to pick out her very own first day of school outfit. She made sure, about 100 times, that she would not be staying at school for lunch and requested over and over that I plan a surprise for her when she woke up for her first day of TK. Done, anything to make her first day extra special. She is in the half day program so the no lunch thing was easy. As for the surprise request, that made my day. I love that she is my mini me and enjoys celebrating anything and everything. I knew I had to do a fun breakfast, it's kinda tradition to have a themed breakfast for any and all special days around here. See some of our fun breakfast's here, here & here.

My husbands favorite book to read to her since she was a baby is, Oh, the Places You'll Go! I knew I had to include a quote on our letter board. As for the decor, I saw a pencil banner on Pinterest and pulled the color scheme from there. I asked one of my favorite handmade banner shops, Jules and Kenna, to help out. She made the banner, the bag decor and the pancake toppers. It all came out better than I expected. Our sweet friend from, Little Paper Farm, surprised us the day before school with the alphabet banner. I fell in love and had to incorporate it! The woolie ball garland is from our favorite, Hooray Everyday.  As far as the rest of the decor, it's all from Target including the table and chairs.

p i n  m e 
pencil banner c/o Jules and Kenna / alphabet banner c/o Little Paper Farm / letter boards c/o Lowell&co

s h o p   t h e   b r e a k f a s t   b e l o w :

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

stylish backpacks for mini boys + girls

Jules was a little hesitant about the whole going to school thing. This will be her first time away from me, other than going to grandmas & cousins houses for the day. She was pretty worried about the idea at first. She made sure she wasn't going to be taking naps, and definitely didn't want to eat lunch without us. Luckily, she is just starting with t-k so she won't be doing any of that. I've tried my best to include her in all things school to get her a little excited and comfortable with this new adventure. We sat down together and picked our favorite backpacks for boys and girls. She ended up picking the lavender, Fjallraven Kanken, because it's her "faydit' color.  I desperately tried to convince her to get the camo or that gray, but she's such a girly girl, just look at her picks. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to put together some boy picks that I would choose for Jacks, just for you boy moms! I Like what we selected and think we came up with a good variety that can work for either boys or girls.

camo / gray / Star Wars / hunter / Mickey / black / football / rock / green

m o r e   p i c k s 

Friday, August 25, 2017

freshly picked giveaway

Freshly Picked holds a special place in my heart. Jules, Kourt, and Jacks' first pair of shoes were FP. Kourt came home for the hospital wearing hers. The girls took their first steps in them (those tiny footprints on the bottom will always bring a smile to my face). I can't wait to watch Jacks hit all his milestones while wearing his. You all know I'm a sentimental schmuck, so I obviously stored their first pairs safely in memory boxes. I'm excited to have teamed up with Freshly Picked to giveaway $250 to FP + $250 to Target. Just click here to enter!


here are some of my favorites

g o o d  l u c k !

Thursday, August 24, 2017

mini back to school style

Fun Fact, I went to private Catholic school & an all girls high school. Yup, I wore a plaid school uniform from 1st-12th grade. I never really hated it but definitely missed it once I went off to college and had to put together outfits everyday. So I'm living vicariously through Jules and having the absolute best time picking out school clothes for her. We live in Southern California and have great sunny weather all year long so we can get away with cute dresses and skirts, Jules' favorites. I've stick to cute layering pieces that we can get lots of use of once it cools down. Love that we are able to throw on some tights and a sweater to keep warm and still look cute! 
polka dot skirt / gold shoes / jacket / ruffle top / Adidas / socks / sweater / headband / overalls /  leggings / dress / backpack

m o r e  b a c k  t o  s c h o o l  p i c k s 



Friday, August 18, 2017

Jackson Jett / two month update

g r o w t h 
weight: 13lbs 2oz (+6lbs since birth)
length: 24in 
clothing size: 3 months
diaper size: 2

e a t i n g 
He is still nursing like a champ, every 3 ours during the day and doing 4-5 hour stretches at night. Since month one we have discovered that he has an allergy to dairy. I first noticed it the day after I had frozen yogurt. He was extremely fussy, didn't sleep the whole night and was screaming his head off right before each poop. I just knew something wasn't right especially once his poop turned green, then we found blood in one of his diaper changes. His doctor confirmed it once we described all his symptoms. She let us know that green poop and/or blood is a sign of allergy and wanted me to eliminate all dairy and soy to see if there were any improvements. It has been three weeks now since I changed my diet and we are finally seeing a huge difference in Jacks. Just after a few days his poops were back to normal, he was having a few fussy moments here and there but he is pretty much back to his normal happy self. I'm not going to lie, giving up dairy was not easy at first. It's literally in everything. But I've been adjusting well and would do anything for my little boyfriend. Remember all that milk I told you I had saved up? Well, we can no longer use it since I had pumped it when I had dairy in my system. I'm hoping to donate it to someone that needs it instead of throwing all that liquid gold away. If you have any recommendations I'd love the link below. I haven't pumped since we started eliminating dairy. The doctor told me it would take about a month for it to all be out of my system so Ive put it on hold until then.

s l e e p 
He is still a great sleeper. I found that wrapping all my babies early on helps them associate that with bedtime. I have never had any issues with any of them getting their days and nights mixed up. Jacks is 9 weeks now and with the help of our nightly routine he is already on his own schedule. He starts fussing to get wrapped around 7:30 every night. The second he is wrapped he is so happy, nurses and is out for the next 4 hours. He wakes up around midnight then again around 5am. He's the best and is spoiling the heck out of me at night. Daytime we have a little bit of an issue. I have noticed that he likes to fight his sleep, and is only happy when he is in my arms. whoops.

f i r s t s 
Jacks has been making us swoon with all those smiles. He smiles the most with mommy and even gave me his very first coo.

He's blessed with three great grandmas and got to meet all of them this month. Theres something special about seeing your grandma with your babies. Here he is meeting both of mine...

First story with daddy.

First sports gear

f u n . f a c t s 
He was born with a head full of super dark hair that turned light brown then it all fell. He's now bald, so so bald.

He smiles and talked to mommy first. He smiles here and there for others but seeing him give me the good smiles makes me so happy.

s i b l i n g s
Not much has changed here. The girls LOVE him. My favorite thing to hear is when they refer to him as "my baby". They just love this guy and can't get enough of him. Jules is already planning her wedding to him. She insists that she is going to marry her baby brother. They are going to have McDonalds for dinner, candies, she's wearing a purple dress and I am going to carry him at the alter because he is still a baby. I think it is the cutest thing ever and won't be correcting her anytime soon.

p a r e n t i n g
I'm officially out of zombie mode. YAY! I am not going to lie, it's hectic. There are kids screaming and laughing and crying all day long. It's overwhelming sometimes when all the babies are sad and crying but I  wouldn't have it any other way. My mom took the girls a few weekends ago and Jason and I were so unbelievably bored and it was way too quiet. We missed the crazy. I'm going to enjoy it all now and look forward to when they get a little older and can all play together because this parenting thing goes way too fast. I hate to think about this but I'm going to be so sad when this house  really is quiet and all these kids are gone. What they heck will Jason and I do with ourselves? ha

o n e . m o n t h . p h o t o . d u m p

my growing, jackson jett