Children

My Life With Kids: The Differences From 0 to 1… and 1 to 2

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2014 | 48 comments
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When I announced I was pregnant with baby #2, everyone told me the transition from 1-2 was WAY more challenging than the transition from 0-1. This naturally freaked me out since my transition from 0-1 was pretty traumatizing for me!

However, after 6 weeks, I can say that so far, the transition from 1-2 has been easier than 0-1. Thank goodness!

Simon @ 1 Month

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2014 | 26 comments
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Simon is a one month old today!

I’ve already shared several “Simon posts” this past month, so I don’t have a ton of new information… but I do have lots of pictures!

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2014 | 38 comments
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Almost immediately after Nora was born, I started getting asked if Dave and I would or would not set up a college fund for her and for future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision.

Simon’s Birth Story and Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2014 | 51 comments
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Can you believe Simon is 3 weeks old today!

As promised, I’m going to share Simon’s birth story today. Thankfully, it’s nothing crazy or super eventful — just a pretty normal (and pretty quick) labor and delivery.

DIY Travel Art Kit from a DVD Case

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2014 | 16 comments
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As I was planning ahead for when Nora would come visit Simon and me in the hospital, I realized she wouldn’t last 10 minutes without going stir-crazy in that hospital room.

Thankfully, I found a really neat idea on Pinterest for a travel art kit made out of an old DVD case. She LOVES it!!

The Story Behind Simon’s Name

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2014 | 29 comments
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Thanks so much for all your support after the birth of baby Simon. We were so excited to FINALLY share his birth announcement (and his name) with all of you!

Since many of you have asked, I promised I’d share the story behind Simon’s name — and today is the day :)

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments
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Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought process!

Free Pampers Diapers and Wipes for a Month!

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2014 | 9 comments
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Yay, baby Simon is here!

And what better way to celebrate a brand new baby than by giving out free diapers and wipes — just think of it as Simon’s gift to you :)

Welcome to the World, Simon John!

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2014 | 147 comments
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He’s here!

Dave, Nora, and I are ecstatic to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker family… Simon John!

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 29 comments
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Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of chatter about “sleep training” in my social media feeds — and while I honestly have nothing against sleep training, I know for a fact that it doesn’t work for everyone — even if you follow every single rule in those books.

If you’re a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent, you’ll want to read this post!

Nora’s Food Journey: My thoughts after 21 months of nursing!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2014 | 58 comments
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The whole feeding process has been a VERY long journey for Nora (and for me) — and one I promised I would talk more about.

So since I’ve gotten mass amounts of emails asking for more information about our “feeding journey”, I figure I better squeeze in this post before Baby #2 arrives and I need to start all over again!

Anxiety, Depression, Fear and Unconditional Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2014 | 127 comments
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Today is a day of love — and although I truly don’t buy into Hallmark Holidays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share a love story with you.

It’s not a traditional love story by any means — and it’s not even about Dave — but it’s definitely worth the read.

Baby Week Giveaway #12: Boba 4G Carrier

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 4 comments
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When it came to ‘baby wearing’ with Nora, I was totally against it — until I came to my senses and realized how amazing it actually was!

So today, I’m excited to give away the new 4G Carrier from Boba — it’s the cream-of-the-crop in terms of baby/toddler-wearing devices, and I can’t wait to use it with baby #2!

Baby Week Giveaway #11: $100 Pop & Lolli Shop Credit

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment
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Looking for a REALLY quick and simple way to completely transform a blank wall in your home?

Pop & Lolli is an amazing company that creates HUGE fabric wall decals — specifically for kids — and best of all, the decals are all 100% removable, reusable, and “restickable”!

Baby Week Giveaway #10: Angelcare Infant Bath Support

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment
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Can you believe we’ve made it through over 26 months of bathing a infant and toddler without a bath tub? It’s true, we’ve easily made due with infant tubs in the sink and Nora’s beloved blow-up bath tub!

Well today, I’m excited to give away the Angelcare Infant Bath Support — that just so happens to fit perfectly in our sink and inside Nora’s blow-up tub!

Baby Week Giveaway #8: Precious Little Tot Toy + Shop Credit

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment
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When we found out we were expecting baby #2, everyone told me we needed a gift for Nora from her new brother… and thanks to the Precious Little Tot Etsy shop, we now have that gift!

It’s an adorable plush elephant — and it’s so stinkin’ cute that we decided to give one away too!

Baby Week Giveaway #7: $100 MAM Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 6 comments
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Due to Nora’s sensory issues, feeding and oral care have been a struggle since the beginning.

Because of this, I’m thankful there are companies like MAM who specialize in high-quality oral care items for all stages of baby life — and I’m super excited to share a huge MAM gift basket with you today!

Baby Week Giveaway #6: Angelcare Video Monitor

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 7 comments
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Over the past 26 months, it’s safe to say that Nora has made good use out our Angelcare Monitor!

Dave and I love our Angelcare Monitor and are excited to have another one for baby #2. I’m also excited to be giving away their newest video monitor today!

Baby Week Giveaway #4: Svan Lyft Booster Seat

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 4 comments
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Even though everyone told me kids created clutter, it was still surprising to me just HOW MUCH STUFF kids bring into our homes!

I’m always on the lookout for space-saving kid-friendly items… and I’m loving this Lyft Booster Seat that folds down flat and is super easy to use!

Baby Week Giveaway #2: Kushies Zolo Activity Mat

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 5 comments
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The Kushies Zolo Activity Mat is one thing I wish we had for Nora — and I’m so excited to have one for Baby #2.

I’m also excited to share it with you, as any new baby you know is sure to LOVE this activity mat!