friday favorites #1

I love reading about other people's favorite things, so I finally decided to play along. This way, I can look back on each week to see a little snapshot of what life was like for our family in that moment, while at the same time sharing my favorite products and activities!

Yesterday and today have been the first 2 days I've truly been at home alone with the 2 bebés for long stretches of time. It's been manageable, mainly because newborns sleep a lot, but it has also been a lesson in prioritizing, realistic expectations, and giving myself grace. There's only so much you can do with one hand while holding or feeding a baby! Meanwhile, Pippa is awesome at entertaining herself, but she's still only 2 and 2 months. She needs help with a lot, and I'm still not cleared to lift her!

With that in mind, here are the things this week that are bringing ease and joy into our lives:

>> Summer Infant SwaddleMe 

These lightweight cotton swaddles are lifesavers when it comes to putting Teddy to sleep! When I see him getting restless or sleepy, I immediately swaddle him up, bounce him for a minute or two, and he's out like a light. I love that he can't startle himself awake with his newfound limbs, so we get nice long stretches of naps out of him. I'm not really sure how we got by with just one when Pippa was a baby. We have 3 of them for Teddy, and between spit up and diaper leaks, it feels like they are in constant rotation in the wash.

>> Tervis Tumblers

The need for coffee is great, and these babies are the perfect travel mugs when we're heading out the door for a doctor's appointment or errands. They can also serve as water bottles, and we've even used them for cocktails and mocktails while lounging outside. All purpose, durable, and super cute.
I'll take some coffee with my creamer, please.
>> Rejuvity Skincare Line

I have never been known for my clear skin, especially with the cocktail of hormones that comes with pregnancy and the postpartum weeks. Thankfully I started using this all natural cleanser, moisturizer, and night cream this spring, and have had nary a blemish to speak of since. Miracle! I'm saving up to invest in the whole line...eventually.

>> Fisher-Price Little People

Ok, not my favorite thing, but Pippa could play with her Little People for hours by herself. She names each of them after family members (Noah from the Noah's Ark set is named Granddad lol), and plays quietly while I feed Teddy or get chores done. Lifesaver.

>> Hydrate Daily App

Hunger and thirst while nursing a baby is no joke. While I'm playing zone defense on the kids, I sometimes forget to stay hydrated, so I've been playing around with different free apps to remind myself to drink more water. This is the one I'm currently using, but would take recommendations for your favorites!

>> M&Ms

So 85% of what I eat during the day is pretty healthy. Whole grains, fruits, veggies, green smoothies, protein shakes, Greek yogurt, and lean meats make up the majority of my food choices during the day. Cereal and M&Ms make up the remainder. I got a craving for M&Ms on our road trip when we moved down to Florida, and haven't been able to kick the habit since. I love having just a small handful of chocolate after dinner. Yes, there are healthier choices I could be making for a dessert. But also, it's dessert, so...whatever.

>> My Mom!

I can't believe it's been a week since we took my mom to the airport. She stayed with us from the day before Teddy's due date, all the way until last Friday. I didn't worry for one second about Pippa while I was at the hospital, because I knew she was comfortable, happy, and spoiled with her Nanny. I didn't feel one moment of guilt over taking afternoon naps after Teddy was born, because I knew my mom was around to help with chores, dinner, and Pippa. It's hard to accept help without feeling guilty, but I'm so glad we did! I do know how we would have managed the transition without her!

>> Baby snuggles

No explanation needed. Look at this cute little slugger!

And that's what we're loving around here lately!

Any other tips or favorites from parents of 2?

What are some of your favorite ways to beat the heat?

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