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Having a second baby is a big transition for a family! It's so different than having your first - while that is completely life-changing, everything is so focused on that first new little baby, that not much else has to be worried about. I've found with baby #2, the biggest thing is that we are still ON THE MOVE all the time (hello, 2 year old ball of energy), so we need to find ways to adapt and bring new baby along for the ride! When you add another little one to the bunch, you usually don't need too many new things, especially if it's the same gender, but there are a few things that can make life a whole lot easier.
Now honestly - if this were my dream must-have list it would include a house cleaner, a professional chef and a lawn guy. But let's be real. I've got it down to 4 must-haves for baby #2!
1. Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover
Ok - this thing is THE.BEST.THING.EVER. I've gotten so many compliments on it and I really don't know how I lived without it the first time around. This Covered Goods cover is not just a must-have for baby #2 - it's a must have for ANY mama! We are on the go a lot, and luckily, breastfeeding is portable. BUT - I always hated how I was struggling with those apron covers - flashing side-boob, bare back, tangling up trying to see the baby...really I felt like I was drawing more attention to myself trying to nurse with one of those than if I just whipped it out uncovered! Covered Goods changed all of that. It's so easy (and comfy!) to slip on, everything is covered, baby has plenty of room and I can easily peek at her from above. The fabric is so comfy and not hot, so it's perfect for this South Texas mama! In less than 2 months I've used it at the beach, in coffee shops, at football games, at friend's houses and more!
While I absolutely LOVE this as a nursing cover, I've probably gotten even more use out of it as a carseat cover. It keeps the sun off of little Hallie without it getting super hot in there, and keeps curious eyes and hands off of her in public (I know, protective parent!). Miss Mak loves peeking at her when she rides in the back of the cart and narrating whether she's awake or asleep.
The other way I've gotten to use this cover is as a cart cover! Carts are NASTY y'all - so when Miss Mak is riding in front and Hallie is in the Ergo, it's the perfect way to keep the germs at bay. My old bulky cart cover somehow vanished in the past 2 months so this has been great to have on hand!
I love how lightweight and small this is to keep with me all the time. I can easily throw it in my diaper bag and have it on hand everywhere we go! If you have little ones...you need this cover!
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2. BOB Revolution Duallie
When I found out I was pregnant, I think the first thing I did was start searching for used BOB Revolution Duallies. I knew how important and awesome my single was for us, and it was definitely a must-have for baby #2! My dad found and gifted us with this awesome used Duallie and we've already gotten a lot of use out of it! Unfortunately, Hallie isn't a big fan of carseats or strollers (or anything but mama's arms, really...) so a lot of our walks and runs are serenaded by her crying. I'm hoping that as she gets a little older she'll learn to love runs in the BOB as much as me and her big sister do! I still call this a must-have for any mom who is hoping to run with her 2 littles. It's great for walks, the beach and groomed hiking trails too. It's bulky, but totally worth the size for the comfort and ease of pushing! I've gotta share something off of my wish-list here too...if you're needing to haul your double BOB around in the car, this Scout carrier hitch is awesome! I really want to get one to clear out our trunk again!
I totally recommend checking your local resale sites for used BOBs, because they are expensive! But you can also find them on Amazon!
3. A Baby Carrier
I don't know how moms of more than 1 kid live without some sort of baby carrier. When you just have one, it's totally acceptable to just sit in a chair and cuddle and rock them all day. If you have a toddler in the house, you know that's not really an option! For us, Miss Hallie really hates sitting in all-of-the-things (ie: bouncer, swing, carseat, stroller...) so this is a total lifesaver. She loves being snug up with mama, and mama can still play with big sister, clean the house, go for walks, workout, cook dinner and more!). I have both the Boba Wrap (like this) and the Ergo carrier with an infant insert. (like this one). The Boba is super cozy and she's really cuddled up in there, but it can be a little more cumbersome to wrap up on the go (lots of material!), and can get really hot when we are outside. I use the Ergo a lot more, it's easy to slip on and it breathes better for both of us! We switch them up though. There are tons of great wraps and carriers out there so just find one that works for you!
Apparently I still always have 2 hands full even with a kiddo on the carrier!
4. Backpack Diaper Bag
I knew when I got pregnant with #2 that I HAD to upgrade from my SkipHop diaper bag. I was resistant to the backpack thing with Miss Mak because I thought I would be "that mom"...but then reality sinks in and you realize that backpacks RULE! And hey - I still don't wear fanny packs or drive a mini-van so I still have a little cool left...right? Plus, there are a lot of really cool backpacks out there these days! I found all of these super expensive backpack diaper bags out there but knew that wasn't in the budget. I had 2 requirements: a waterbottle holder, a strap to hook over a stroller, and lots of pockets. Randomly on Amazon one day this one popped up (how do they know me so well!?) and I was sold! There are seriously a zillion pockets, an insulated water bottle holder, it's comfortable to wear and has an extra strap for wearing over your shoulder or hooking on a stroller. Plus it's not super girly so I can make my hubby carry it too!
That's it! My 4 Must-Haves! I've loved keeping things simple with baby #2! What would you add to the list? Anything I've missed or will need down the road?
Woohoo! Book review time! I'm not sure if I've actually ever done a full book review here on the blog so I guess today is the day! I had mixed emotions when I received the book "Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe" by Becky Wade to read and review. First, I was super excited! I've been dying to dig into a good book, and one about running, traveling and an Olympic hopeful? Sounded good to me! I was a bit skeptical too. I've often found in books written by runners that they are either a.) poorly written or b.) a brag-fest, mostly talking about their own accomplishments, race times and awards. I'm happy to announce that Run the World is NEITHER OF THESE THINGS! Yes!
Becky Wade has chronicled her year spent traveling the world, immersing herself in running cultures in countries from Ethiopia to Australia to Finland, and numerous stops in between! I was quickly engrossed in her stories, and anxiously awaited reading about her next stops around the globe. It was the perfect mix of running history, cultural tidbits (and lots about FOOD!), training observations and experimentations and Becky's personal stories. I love running wherever I travel, and she took this concept to a whole new level. I especially loved her insight into recreational and competitive running in each country, and gleaned bits and pieces from everywhere to incorporate into her own running regimen. By the end of the book not only was I inspired as a runner, I felt like I knew Becky Wade, and maybe even for a few minutes forgot that she would kick my booty if we ever went out for a run together!
With the Rio Olympics less than 2 weeks away (yippee!!!) this book was a perfect read to help me pass the time until they begin! I've been waiting pretty much 3.9 years for August 5th to roll around, so getting to know the story behind an athlete as well as about athletic cultures across the world was so timely! I only wish that I could be cheering Becky on in the Olympics but unfortunately, she didn't make the U.S. team this time around. Needless to say, I'll have a new perspective when watching the running events in Rio, and will be on the look-out for athletes from the countries that I now feel so much more connected to! If you love running, traveling or the Olympics, you should totally check out this book. It was just released earlier this month and is available on Amazon!
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A few weeks ago I took off for 2 days on a much need girls getaway weekend in Austin, TX! I met up with two of my favorite people and we packed as much as we could into a day and half. First I have to say - I freaking love Austin. I wish I lived a little closer - I think I would be there constantly if it were a more reasonable day trip. I can't wait to take my family back to enjoy all of the kid friendly stuff sometime soon! But back to girls weekend. I thought I would share what 3 fitness loving, gluten free eating hard working girls did for their weekend away!
First I have to mention that this was the first overnight (let alone 2 night!) trip I have taken away from Miss Mak. She of course was in good hands with some friends and her Daddy but it still wasn't easy to leave! When she was crying when I left my heart just broke! She did wonderfully though, and her mama came back refreshed and excited to see her!
We got in Friday evening and spent a few hours out at The Domain. This is a really nice, upscale outdoor shopping center that totally made me feel like I was a country girl in the big city. But it was fun to window shop and check out H&M and eat some yummy food! We had dinner at Gloria's. There were a lot of GF options (as most Mexican restaurants have) and I settled on some enchiladas! I've been totally living it up while I can tolerate dairy during pregnancy! The other girls got chicken and shrimp tacos. Everything was yummy - but the atmosphere was crazy loud! Apparently we're getting old and cranky. We really just wanted to talk and we could barely hear each other across the table!
We woke up Saturday morning and made a quick breakfast at the apartment. It's so funny when you get 3 health-conscious/allergic girls together....we all brought food! We had eggs and oats and GF toast! Then we busted out the workout clothes (and found some long sleeves because it was chilly in the morning!) and headed out!
Amanda is mid-half marathon training (she's doing Yellowstone!) so she had a long run to complete, so Lindsey and I decided to head to the lake with her and get a long walk in! It was seriously the PERFECT morning. Even though I spent YEARS in Colorado, I couldn't get over the beautiful sunshine, peaceful water and THOUSANDS of fit people out for their morning workout! I don't think I've ever seen so many BOB Strollers or dogs in once place ever! We walked for over an hour and a half and soon after we began were peeling off our long sleeves. I even got a little sunburned...oops! It was so fun to get out and move and watch rowers and kayakers and dodge runners and cyclists! If I could spend every Saturday morning doing that, I would! We checked out the bat bridge (of course there was nothing to see at that time of day) and found some bathrooms (hello preggo girl along!) at a little cafe.
After Amanda finished her run we headed through this beautiful neighborhood and up to a little trail overlooking the city. Basically - we looked down at the river and I picked the house I'm going to live in when The Coach gets a job at UT (#goals). It was beautiful up there! We were all pretty wiped out AND HUNGRY after our workouts so we ventured out to find some food!
We discovered Wildwood Bakehouse and YOU GUYS. If you're gluten free this place is a MUST STOP in Austin. We were all ridiculously giddy and crazy looking over the massive menu that was 100% GLUTEN FREE. And it was normal stuff like sandwiches and burgers and onion rings and salads and pizza....I got a BLT on french bread with sweet potato chips. It was delicious, but nothing compared to what we found in the bakery inside after our meal. I may have taken a few things to go (aka practically one of everything). They had cakes and muffins and cupcakes and cookies and bars....wow. All were labeled if they were dairy free as well. We got our second wind (aka plenty of sugar and caffeine) and were on our way!
We hit up Congress Street next. Mostly, we were on a mural painting hunt and we found quite a few! We only went in a few touristy shops. It was way fun finding murals and walking around - it was definitely the most tourist part of our trip. We drove by the Capital too - I'm a Texan now so it was cool to see!
I found a great list of murals in Austin on the Austin City Moms Blog.
Can you believe we still had time to go lay out by the pool when we got back to the apartment? It's amazing what you can accomplish in a day without littles around! I haven't laid by a pool and closed my eyes in approximately 21 months and 2 days (but who's counting?) so I took full advantage of the kid free pool time!
We were planning to go to a Texas country concert that evening, because what's a trip to Austin without some live country? But we ended up nixing those plans in exchange for Thai takeout and chick flicks. I think watching The Longest Ride counts for some country lovin', doesn't it?
The next morning we made our quick and easy breakfasts again (I may have had leftover Thai...) and then packed up. On our way out of town we stopped at the flagship Whole Foods downtown because - we're nerds. It was fun, but it made me remember that I actually don't really like Whole Foods at all! It was huge and expensive and their coffee sucks. Sorry WF! We found a few things and got kombucha for the road and then headed home!
The drive home was beautiful - it's blue bonnet season and all of the other wild flowers lining the highway were awesome too! It was an awesome whirlwind trip but getting a huge hug from my baby when I got home made me happy to be back! Don't get me wrong, I've got a whole list of things I want to do next time I get to Austin!
how about you?
Who has been to Austin? Any locals?
What are your top spots for my next trip?
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