Gather ‘round the teat babes it’s story time.
As you all know I took my stroller for it’s inaugural outing to the zoo.
Things were going pretty smoothly and it was time for the baby to eat so we rolled up into the giraffe house. I felt oddly comfortable nursing coverless among the beasts.
Big girl ran around and shouted things to her bff as they pointed at the giraffes.
My sweet friend thankfully wrangled them both while I nursed.
I packed myself away and got the baby strapped back in, started getting the big one back in the front of the stroller and it happened...
@kamajalundh and her sweet babe exited the building and I thought we would be right behind...but...my toddler decided this was an opportune time to turn her body into linguini.
Linguini can not be strapped into a stroller.
Cue the poor old man who didn’t know what was about to hit him.
“Ma’am do you need some help what can I do should I hold the stroller for you?”
Guys I didn’t mean to but, I was sweating, milk covered, in a heightened state of anxiety in public with two kids.
“No, no I’m fine.”
Would you believe he persisted!? So, I HAD TO, I let him have it.
“SIR I DO NOT NEED HELP THE STROLLER IS LOCKED WE ARE FINE!”
Yes I am well aware I am a mom-ster. But, at that point I had to commit and do it alone. Eventually I got my little Italian carb dish into the stroller. And off we went to the dairy facility (how perfect right?). I started to feel bad for the old man. But, when I got outside and told the story to my girlfriend she said
“What the heck? What does he think you do when he isn’t around?”
I almost pissed my pants. How fucking true is that? Old man how would I get through life without your help? Now, don’t get me wrong yes, sometimes I wish someone would save me when I’m drowning in children. Unfortunately, for that fine gentlemen, on this particular day, I was on a mission with a point to prove and this lady didn’t need no help! Not from him! Maybe from my friend, but not from that strange man judging a hot mess momma.
He didn’t know this was no where close to worst case scenario. I consider that little episode an successful, even easy day. A win for momma. Barely a scene that raised a need for a life vest. It’s ok to not take help too. You know what you can handle, and I knew my girl would be there in a heartbeat with a preserver if the tides rose! But, some people don’t know a monsoon from a sprinkle, everyone’s perception is different.
I hope that poor old man still offers to help someone whose drowning. Just not me. Ha!
Hello 2018! This year has been insane already, I feel like I have been going 100 miles a minute in a millions direction, how about you!
I can’t believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day already and I want to help you out with your gifting, because what are friends for? I am sure you have seen the GORGEOUS JORD Watch my husband has been wearing featured on my feed. It’s drool worthy y’all! I can't even believe I gave it to him I should have kept it for myself! I will have to add one to my wish list *cough cough* if you are reading this Chris.
If you want to nab one for you or your special someone you are in luck! I am hosting my first giveaway of the year with JORD. All you have to do is follow the link and enter for your chance to win $100 off your order! Don’t worry though if you don’t win, they are going to give you 10% off just for entering.
My husband can definitely be considered a watch enthusiast and he couldn’t wait to get this on his wrist. Honestly, after 10 years of gift buying this watch was definitely one of my favorites to give. Not to be “punny” but, it’s honestly a timeless look and unique gift to give, or get for yourself!
Here's a closer look, this is such a unique men’s watch. This style is called the
Dover in the color Zebrawood & Dark Sandlawood.
They give you a conditioning oil with the watch that beings out the natural wood tones and really makes it pop. The case, face, has a big presence at 41mm, personally my favorite part of the watch is that the skeleton feature that allows you to see the inner mechanics working. The band is a stunner with a thickness of 24mm, made of zebrawood and dark sandalwood, the body is treated with tung oils, to bring out the delicious natural wood tones. It honestly just effortlessly adds some class and style to even the simplest outfit.
Hurry and enter that giveaway there is just a few days left!
Thanks for following along and best of luck in the giveaway! Stay tuned for more awesome products that I love coming in 2018.
Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers!
So much baby gear so little time! I have researched and researched and asked for advice and bought and sold and switched out baby gear. Here are the five things that I would say helped me through this first 2 months with two under 3! If you would have asked me last time around I know for a fact I would have had different answers I just don't think I every got around to writing that blog! Ok, here we go. Five faves from a second time momma.
I have had a love affair with this pump since my first time nursing. It is powerful, portable (enough), and super simple to use. There are tons of accessories you can get for it to make your life even easier. I has a pretty standard price point for a pump I would say in the $200 range. But, you may be able to get it covered by your insurance, see my blog about that here. I even used it to pump on a road trip with the battery adaptor when we thought it was a good idea to take a 9 month old on a 18 hour car trip. That I do not recommend.
Double the poops double the stink. I had pretty much given up on my diaper genie before my second was born because I was so freakin sick of buying those special bags. How freakin’ annoying! Then I discovered this adapter which is amazing, you can use their 7 layer bags, or ANY bag, yes any bag!!! No more of pressing that last diaper in just to have the bag go flying into the bottom of the pail! Because we’re friends you can use the code SHAUNA30 for 30% off of your order. Boom!
We rotated through all of the brands of swaddles that we had on hand in the first few nights being home with the new baby. This one did the trick and it's super easy to use, no snaps or zippers, you can practically do it with your eyes closed in the middle of the night...
This has been the preferred seat for relaxing and napping for both of my girls. I think that it is at just the right angle and snuggly enough to comfort them, it also has a vibration option. Super simple, easy to clean, light weight to take from room to room. It is also important that it keeps the baby high enough off of the ground so that the dog can't reach her.
I can not say enough about this sling! I am just really wishing I would have used a ring sling the first time around. I have no idea how I would have survived these first two months without it, I think I probably would have never left the house at all! With my oldest I was a little intimidated by baby carriers to be honest I am so glad that I got over that fear, I think you kind of have to wear your second to survive.
I hope this is helpful for you mommas! Of course I could go on and on about baby gear, just feel free to ask!
Shauna Hyler, mommy of two beautiful girls! Working, blogging, and adventuring with the hubby and my sweet girls.