Friday Favorites: Things My Two Year Old Says

I’ve been wanting to write down all of the cute/funny stuff Ashton is doing and saying lately, and that time is now.  I want to remember it, and if I wait any longer I will forget.  He is 2 years and 3 months, and time is flying!

Yesterday we went trick-or-treating, and it was so much fun.  It’s really the first year that Ashton has been able to participate and be aware (a little) of what’s going on.  He wore the same costume as last year, and it just barely fit.



He would go up to houses, knock on doors, say a jumbled “trick-or-treat” and say thank you at every house.  He was so polite!  He also wanted to either go inside or stay with the people on every front porch, especially if they had a dog.  It was really the cutest thing to watch.

A couple weeks ago we were down in Florida visiting family and here are some things that Ashton said and did down there:

  • He had NO FEAR of the ocean.  By the end it was a struggle to get him to leave the water.

    Surfer Dude.

    Surfer Dude.

  • We were near Daytona Beach and it was “Biketober Fest.”  There were so many motorcycles, and Ashton started calling them “mycles” (pronounced like the name Michael).  Two syllables are much easier than four 🙂
  • He called our Aunt Anne “Onie,” and loved throwing shells into the ocean with her.
  • He got to meet his Aunt Jan, and asked about her everyday for a while.
  • He met his Nana and Grandad’s dog (he and Gemma both loved her).IMG_9532
  • Hotel was called “tell.”

Other things he’s saying:

  • “Bulls” for vegetables.  Which he loves now, especially peas.
  • He used to say “key” for Mickey, but this week he actually started to say it correctly, and he was so proud of himself.
  • He calls Aunt Lori “WahhhhWeeeee” and asks about her pretty much all day long.
  • When Dada is gone, he says “Dada airport!”  And he tells anyone who will listen (i.e. the random older couple we passed on our walk today).
  • He pronounces cars “Cah-eees.”
  • Trash day is an exciting day for him, he loves the truck.  He yells “tash!”
  • The other day he wanted to go into the garage to play with his cars, and he said “pweeeease” and had his hands in a prayer position.  I don’t know where he picked that up!
  • He’s been addicted to fries and whenever he sees Mcdonald’s he yells out “fwiiiiies!”  But after eating way too many fries on vacation, we started telling him no fries.  So now he won’t eat them, and anytime he sees them he says “no fwies.”
  • He loves yogurt (especially the drinkable kind he can use a straw with) and calls it “ahtoot.”
  • He knows my coffee mugs and k-cups I drink, and he points to it and says “fahfee.”


I know I am missing stuff, but I will keep adding to the lists.  He pretty much doesn’t stop talking until he sleeps, so there’s a lot of material.  I love watching him discover things, this age is SO MUCH FUN!



Friday Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

1. I went to Costco the other day by myself (what???) and had a chance to browse around.  I found these edamame noodles that have turned out to be AMAZING!

Edamame noodles for the win!

Edamame noodles for the win!

 They cook in 4-5 minutes, and even my picky toddler ate them (with earth balance (basically butter) on them).


2. I tried “just mayo” and it is “just” incredible.  No eggs.  No dairy.  Just quality ingredients and quality taste.  You won’t know the difference between this and regular mayo.  (and they sell it at some Target stores now).

Get in my belly.

Get in my belly.


3. Love cauliflower but hate chopping it?  Here’s an answer to your prayers: pre-washed, pre-chopped cauliflower for the price of buying a head of it in the produce section.  You’re welcome.

It doesn't get easier than this.

It doesn’t get easier than this.


4. This book:

This book will make you laugh, cry, and feel like Jen Hatmaker is your BFF.  Whatever season of life you are in, you will love it.  Actually, get the audiobook if you are into audiobooks (that’s how I am reading it).  She reads it herself and it feels like you are just sitting across the table talking to her.  She is the best.


5. The Zipadee-Zip.IMG_9028  This has been amazing for moving Gemma out of the swaddle without any problems.  If you are a fan of Shark Tank, it was featured on that show.  Gemma sleeps 11-13.5 hours at night, so I don’t think the zipadee hurts!


6. My cousin Mandy KILLING it.IMG_9026

She wrote an amazing 10 PAGE ARTICLE for TIME, and I couldn’t be prouder.  She is an amazing writer and an even more amazing person.  This article is so good and SO important.  Click the link and READ IT.


Friday Favorites (On Saturday) (Again)


Happy Saturday!  I wanted to put up a few favorites, and Friday got away from me again 🙂  So here ya go!

1.  National Siblings Day.  When did that start?  I think this is the first year I actually saw it as a “thing.”  Since I have such an AWESOME sibling, I didn’t want to skip it.  My brother pretty much rocks the house when it comes to siblings.  He is one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters and greatest friends.  He is also the coolest Uncle to Ashton and Gemma.  We sure do love him!IMG_7489

2.  These vegan/gluten-free “cookies.”  Oh She Glows is this great blog I have followed for years, and is great for vegans and non-vegans alike.  It is also really fun to read about her life as a new mom too.  But back to these cookies.  I have made them pretty much every week since right before I had Gemma.  I freeze them and have one almost every morning.  Yum!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at  Visit her site and make these ASAP!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at Visit her site and make these ASAP!

3.  I just found this Aquage product, and it is the most amazing volume-giving hair product I have come across.  I am getting ready for my hair to start shedding around four months postpartum again, and this will probably be my best friend. I found it on The Small Things blog where Kate has some really great tips/tricks, etc.  Oh, and she also just became a mom for the second time.IMG_7500

4.  This week I had my postpartum checkup and took Gemma with me.  It was great and she travelled great.  Win win!

Elevator snoozing.

Elevator snoozing.

5.  The spring weather.  It has pretty much arrived now, and it is SOOOOO nice to get out of the house and go walking again.  This was our view yesterday on the beautiful spring Friday.  What a great way to end the week! IMG_7492

Friday Favorites: Randomness Lately

It’s been two weeks,  but I’m back with some random favorites from the last two weeks!IMG_7035

Two weeks ago when my mom was helping me out, she gave Gemma bottles during the night and gave me a few nights of solid sleep… I cannot remember the last time I was able to sleep eight hours without waking up!  This was the documentation via my UP24 band: 

On top of that good sleep, I showered and did my hair.  What??  It was like a spa day 😉

That is me headed out to run errands.  Showered and rested. Four weeks postpartum.  It needed to be documented.

Speaking of four weeks postpartum, Miss Gemma turned ONE MONTH!

1 Month New

1 Month New

In the last couple weeks I have started walking again.  Nothing too strenuous, but it’s felt great to get out and moving.  Here is Ashton enjoying the “new ride” (aka a BOB Dualie):



Gemma has had some diaper rash that wouldn’t go away, so after little success of trying to treat it with the cream we had, I called the pediatrician.  The nurse said it sounded like a diaper rash of the “yeast” variety and to try this combo:

Lotrimin and Mylanta mixed with Aquaphor.

Lotrimin and Mylanta mixed with Aquaphor.

Such random ingredients, but they worked like a charm!  Who knew?!

Also from weeks 4-6 for Gemma, she started getting a big ‘ol fussy time in the evening from about 8pm to 11pm or so.  It. Was. Rough.  A few of the nights she wouldn’t sleep well after that, so we were struggling.  Honestly, I don’t mind the nighttime feedings, but the evening stretches of fussiness are what get me.  So a couple nights ago I started giving her a bath at night, and look who has overcome “fussy time!”



On top of beating fussy time, she has been sleeping for six hour stretches each night!  Hallelujah!

And then another favorite from lately is this photo I captured of my hubby and Gemma taking a nap ❤

He spoils her.

He spoils her.

So much to love about it… Ruffle butt, local shirt, Ohio, music…

And then lastly is this picture with the Ohio State bow that Aunt Wendy sent up with a bunch of other adorable bows:

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Have a fabulous Friday!  xoxo

Friday Favorites (on Saturday): The Postpartum/Newborn Helpers Edition


A Saturday edition of Friday Favorites 🙂IMG_7035This Friday Favorites is dedicated to all the help I have had after having Gemma.  I know I will forget to mention some, but that is because I have major MOMMY BRAIN!IMG_7253

It’s been four weeks since I had Gemma.  It’s been an amazing month of getting to know her and the new family dynamic.  But none of it would be possible without the help from so many people.  Well, it would be possible, but it wouldn’t be as “easy.”

This time around, I am making more of an effort to let people help me and seek out the help when I need it.  It’s not always easy, because after becoming a mom I became someone who tried (still tries?) to do it all.  Maybe that is just what happens to all of us when we have kids.  But this time, I was (am?) determined to relax and let others help more.  Everyone knows I just had a baby and have a toddler, there is no reason to try and make things perfect.  So, I have been doing my best at letting go and letting others in.

And you know what?  This postpartum/newborn time has been MUCH more enjoyable and manageable.

Here are some (definitely not all) of the helpers I have had lately:

1.  The hospital.  This time around instead of trying to get the heck out of there as soon as they let me, I wanted to stay as long as our health insurance would allow (ummm, hello?!  The cost of c-sections?  I was going to get every last ounce out of the stay as I could!).  I stayed four nights, asked for all the help I needed and sent the baby to the nursery (which I barely did for Ashton) to get some stretches of sleep and showers.  When it was finally time to leave, I felt ready and a little rested (unlike the first time around).  This was soooo helpful going home to a house with a toddler.

2.  My husband.  He was able to take three weeks off, and this was wonderful!  He was on total Ashton-duty: getting him up, putting him to bed, putting him down for naps, keeping him from climbing on me and Gemma, etc.  He also cooked, cleaned, and much more.  He knocked it out of the park, and I am so incredibly grateful for such an awesome hubby. ❤

Vacuum buddies.  Start him early!

Vacuum buddies. Start him early!

3.  Friends and my MOPs group for bringing meals over for our family.  I joined a moms’ group about a year ago, and recently met one of the moms in the group at a birthday party.  She offered to create a meal-train for us, and actually did it!  Sometimes people have great intentions, but life gets in the way of actually doing things (I know I am guilty of this).  But this sweet girl set it up and it was a HUGE blessing.

On top of some of the moms from that group signing up to bring meals, sweet girls from my MOPs group table organized a week of bringing meals, gift cards and presents for Gemma too.  MOPs is an incredible organization for moms of little kids, and I found out about it last summer via a blogger I adore.  After she spoke so highly of it, I found a local group and signed up (this took a lot of courage as I didn’t know anyone there.  And I am not one to venture out of my comfort zone too frequently).  Joining this group has been so awesome and I have made some great friends through it.  The theme of MOPs this year is “Be You Bravely.”  Coincidence?  I think not.IMG_7272

4.  Family.  From the Friday I went to the hospital to have Gemma until now, our family has done TONS.  From cooking and cleaning to babysitting and carrying Ashton to bed while I can’t.  And the gifts for both Gemma and Ashton… our family has really spoiled them.  And us.  So thankful for them ALL!IMG_7132IMG_7136

5.  Last but not least, my mom.  She falls into the family category too, but she deserves her own category 🙂  She is the most selfless giving person I know, and I don’t know what I would do without her, her help and the love she pours out on all of us.  She took a ton of time off from work to help us out before and after Gemma was born, and there is no way to thank her enough.  She puts up with me when I am grumpy and tired (sorry mom), has been amazing with helping us get into a little bit of a routine and she even let me get eight hour stretches of sleep a few nights in a row (priceless).  I am so sad that she will have to go back to work this next week, it has been so nice and so fun having her around so much.  Our kiddos are definitely blessed with the best Granny in town!



What have I learned?  Help is good.  Ask for it (the worst that can happen is they say no).  It takes a village. Enjoy the people who help, they are good, precious people.



Friday Favorites: My Posts on Pregnancy With Ulcerative Colitis


My attempt at a last-minute graphic, haha!

I am linking up with Andrea, Narci and Erika again for Friday Favorites!

Friday FavoritesToday I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to share my Friday Favorites, because it is something I have been wanting to share for a long time.  I finally made myself sit down and write it out before I have my new baby girl next week.

What are my favorites, you ask?

My two posts about my journey through both of my pregnancies with Ulcerative Colitis.  I am hoping that through these posts (and more that I plan on writing in the future) can help give somebody hope and shed some light on the topic.  I know I felt great comfort when I would find others going through the same ordeal when I was in the thick of it.

Here is where you can read PART 1

Here is where you can read PART 2

I hope you have a wonderful Friday!!!


Friday Favorites And Second Pregnancy – Weeks 34 & 35


Has it been a week already?  I totally meant to post earlier this week, but I guess I am back to another Friday Favorite already! Erika, Narci & Andrea are the blogs listed in the picture below, check out their fun blogs… I sure love them!Friday Favorites
After a decent week of sleep during week 34, the insomnia is back for week 35.  Ugh!!!  Ashton has been sleeping really late, so this makes me extra frustrated that I can’t enjoy that.  Wahhhhhh!!!!😭😭😭😭  This morning instead of just laying there in bed, I got up and did some yoga… I’ll get back to you and let you know how that made me feel the rest of the day.  So far, it has helped wake up my muscles and bring a little ease into my breathing.

Week 34

Week 34 Bump

Week 34 I had my weekly NST and also an appointment with the nurse.  The practice I go to rotates every other visit with my actual doctor and a nurse.  I have seen the same nurse a few times, and she is super-nice.  Everything sounded, measured, looked great!  The baby measured a week ahead, but the nurse said a week or two off isn’t out of the ordinary.  I was able to do one prenatal yoga class that week and a couple walks.  Less than I would like, but better than nothing.  I am trying my hardest to stay active during these remaining weeks.  It is really easy to forgo a workout in the cold/dreary weather we have been having.

Week 35

Week 35 Bump

Week 35 (this week) has started with the insomnia monster.  I miss you, endless coffee…

This week I only had my NST, and it was quick & easy since baby girl was having quite the party and hiccups the entire time.  They monitor her for at least 20 minutes and need to see enough movement before letting me go.  Some weeks it takes longer than 20 minutes, but not this week!  Ashton always chose to take naps during the NSTs when I was pregnant with him, so the appointments would draaaaaaagggg on and on.

This week, baby girl is about 19-20 inches long and weighs about 5.5 pounds.  It’s incredible to think there is a human that size in my body right now.  Well it’s hard to believe until evening comes around and I feel every ounce of the weight 🙂  She can really pack a punch (or kick) nowadays!

I am sooooo out of breath all the time.  I feel like I have had a hard workout just by doing little things.  Some days/times are worse than others.  This morning was one where even if I sit a bunch I am still worn out.  I’m sure it has to do with the amount of sleep I get, but even on days when I have gotten decent sleep I can still feel this way from time to time.

My belly button is pretty much non-existent. I have scar tissue from an old umbilical hernia surgery, and that pokes out and looks like I have an outtie through my shirts.  And speaking of outtie, I have “outtie” grown my regular winter coat.  If I am lucky I can wear it with a thin shirt, but with any sort of thicker layer, it’s a no-go.  I am actually surprised it lasted this long.  This brings me to one of my favorites this week:

I looooove my coat I got on sale to wear for my big belly.  It is a regular oversized coat from Gap, just in a bigger size.IMG_6405

Another favorite this week is this “Love” shirt from Target I am wearing in my 35 week bump pic.



It is a comfy, non-maternity shirt (I think in the junior section) that I love now and I know I will still love and be able to wear after the baby arrives.  The colors make me happy, and I may have already worn it more than I should’ve this week!

My appetite seems to be dwindling with the baby taking up more space.  I find it hard to eat first thing in the morning too.  I wouldn’t quite call it nausea, but it’s just a blah feeling.  I eat a lot of the gluten-free Luna bars, my favorite flavor right now being S’mores.IMG_6407

So, pretty much getting bigger and more tired sums up weeks 34 and 35 🙂  Nothing too exciting.  Next week start weekly appointments and cervical checks (oh, fun)!

Happy Friday!!!