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Bump Date :: 25 weeks

Week 25 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Cucumber!!

total weight gain :: 10 pounds

gender :: Baby girl!

maternity clothes :: I have officially stopped purchasing clothes. I didn’t feel like I needed much when I started out this time, and then.. well, I’m a sucker for clearance. 🙂

movement :: Nonstop. We’re going to have a soccer player, seriously.

sleep :: Not the greatest, but living through.

missing :: Nothing really.

craving :: Not a whole lot this week.

symptoms :: The acid reflux is bad. It was a sad week when it started being a regular thing.

duston is :: Still hanging out in the basement. Hopefully, we are making some progress and working towards a end date.

looking forward to :: The holidays!

best moments :: I have had some great days working through my Powersheets this week while many of my coworkers are at a end-of-the-year meeting. It’s been quiet and highly productive.

Bump Date :: 24 weeks

Week 24 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Zucchini!

total weight gain :: 8 pounds, I’ll take that!

gender :: Girl

maternity clothes :: I feel like this entire pregnancy I am going to live in oversized sweaters and wished they were cuter on me than they actually are. I miss normal styled clothes…

movement :: She constantly moves!

sleep :: eh.. It’s overrated, right?

missing :: Nothing really this week.

craving :: Everything. Haha. I’m really going to try to stick straight with my diet through the holidays, but man it’s hard.

symptoms :: Just lack of sleep… but that could be the toddler just as much as the baby.

duston is :: He has worked a ton this past week! On to sheet rocking in the basement and hopefully getting some progress down there soon!

looking forward to :: Matt & Michelle’s wedding! We have a semi-full weekend which just honestly means, a full Saturday with wedding, friends, and fun times to come!

best moments :: We really had a great past weekend with our holiday parties. It was busy but fun.

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories

Thank you, Moms Meet, for sponsoring this post, National Geographic Kids Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature’s Nursery. I was selected for this opportunity by Moms Meet; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

National Geographic Kids Hey Baby

As many of you already know, reading is important around the Bahorich home. We have invested in more books than I am willing to admit and have bookshelves upon bookshelves of things to read at all times. One thing that I will always say yes to for baby Ollie is a book, which is why we are doing an “Advent” calendar of books this year.

I look for books that will hopefully interest Ollie (and us). Ones that will be durable, have a great story line and message, and ones that will be educational. I also tend to draw near the ones that have beautiful drawings or images and ones that not only meet our needs right now, but also a book we can “grow into”. This year, our books are a complete mix. Some are seasonal and others are inspirational or biblical. Others are just random picks.

I recently discovered that National Geographic Kids has some really beautiful books. I’m not sure if you have any in your collection, yet, but they are just what you would expect from this iconic brand of news media and full of educational material without the bore. National Geographic Kids Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature’s Nursery is a beautiful hard cover book that I can’t wait to share with the Ollie this season. This is the perfect book for his learning mind and will continue to live with us for years to come.

National Geographic Kids Hey Baby

National Geographic Kids Hey Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories

National Geographic Kids Hey Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories

Hey, Baby! features beautiful photographs, stories, and poems, plus factual information about animals and nature. The book is organized by habitat. Each section opens with a poem and ends with a precious photo gallery of “more itty bitty babies” called a Tot Lot. In between are profiles and pictures of each animal, along with special stories of unusual animal frienships, animal rescue, and global folktales.

Hey, Baby! introduces your kids to the cutest, cuddliest, and cleverest baby animals of land, air, and sea—each with its own extraordinary life story. From the teensiest turtle hatchling to the biggest baby whales, you will ooh and aah all over the place as you discover the sweet wee ones of the animal planet. The book featuring stunning color photographs, fact-filled profiles, whimsical poems, and more. I know it will quickly be a favorite in our home. I plan on keep it around for reading to our sleepy little Ollie at bedtime, but also helping him learn the names and sounds of the animals during our play! He personally loves making a monkey sound right now!

I’m learning so many things just from reading it myself. Like did you know that baby porcupines are called porcupettes? Or sea otters sometimes hold each others hands while sleeping? How neat is that? I also didn’t know that baby koalas and baby kangaroos are both called joeys, and meerkats are great babysitters. So funny!!

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature’s Nursery is available to purchase wherever books are sold, including traditional bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, as well as local independent stores, and mass merchants like Target, Costco, Walmart, and Plus, purchases of National Geographic Kids books supports the exploration, research, and conservation efforts of the National Geographic Society, which is a win-win in my book. This gorgeous, hardcover book is a great value ($24.99) and the perfect keepsake gift for families, new parents, and moms-to-be.

You can learn more about this book by connecting with National Geographic online, on Facebook, and Twitter!

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National Geographic Kids Hey Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories

National Geographic Kids Hey Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories

Bump Date :: 23 weeks

Week 23 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Ear of Corn

total weight gain :: 8 pounds — Thanksgiving got me rolling. 🙂

gender :: Girl!

maternity clothes :: I panicked with Black Friday sales and splurged a bit on some belly support and postpartum gear. Mainly still in maternity jeans and normal tops on a day-to-day.

movement :: Lots. Especially at night.

sleep :: It’s really hit and miss. I didn’t do well most of the week, but then had a great day.. and then another bad one… and another good one.

missing :: Regular clothes. Target is killing me once again. I have decided as much as I dislike winter attire in general, maternity winter attire is much worse. I find a shirt I like, and realize I like it because the girl doesn’t look pregnant in the stock photo. Sigh…

craving :: Mexican. I could eat it everyday.

symptoms :: I went for a walk on Monday and had some major hip pains. They quit after awhile but have flared up here and there since then. I have been sporting my Bao Bei Maternity sports wrap on most day to help with this and working through my Expecting and Empowered workout guides but still hurting quite a bit.

duston is :: Working hard for that money. Ha! In all seriousness, we did spend quite a bit of time prepping in the basement this weekend for some wall repairs and saved a ton of money on lights during a Black Friday sale.

looking forward to :: Holiday season is in full swing — which means there are tons of parties and gatherings. Although I like the hustle and bustle, I find the colder it gets and the more pregnant I get, I just want to be a homebody. Good thing I work from home…

best moments :: We really enjoyed the holidays with our family. We visited and shopped and relaxed. It was really a great time.

Bump Date :: 22 weeks

Week 22 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Papaya!

total weight gain :: 5 pounds

gender :: It’s gonna be a soccer player (female soccer player that is)!

maternity clothes :: I keep buying maternity things. Things I do not need. This Black Friday is getting my entire pocket book. Lol.

movement :: More and more every day. I LOVE it! It helps me feel secure that she’s doing okay in there.

sleep :: Pretty good for a pregnant gal with a toddler.

missing :: Deli meat…

craving :: Chocolate milk, for sure.

symptoms :: I feel like in general I have been more emotional this pregnancy. Not the ups and downs as much as I normally would get with hormones but once I start crying, man… it does not stop. I may have to take a “This is Us” pause until postpartum do to the use of Kleenexes on Tuesday nights.

duston is :: Working on the basement and Christmas decor. We have a Christmas tree, Christmas lights up outside, presents wrapped, and pending an estimate for more basement work. Basement, then nursery so we have to keep it going…

looking forward to :: We have a non-alcoholic brewery tasting tonight that we are pretty stoked about and then the Thanksgiving weekend!

best moments :: We had such a relaxing weekend this past one. We got stuff done around the house, but still enjoyed “downtime”. It was the perfect mix.

Shop Small :: Red Barn Collective

Thank you, Red Barn Collective, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Red Barn Collective; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Red Barn Collective

Guys, I am a sucker for little children’s furniture. I don’t know if you saw over on my Instagram story this week, but I just bought another piece of wooden furniture for little Lillie’s room, a doll house book case. There is something about a solid wooden creation that steals my heart. Knowing that it is of good quality and typically, is handmade with someone’s love, I just cannot get enough of it. I walked around my garage earlier this week and found three different sets of little wooden chairs waiting to be sanded and painted for Ollie and Lillie over the next few days. That’s six chairs?! I have a problem…

Thankfully, there are places like Red Barn Collective that benefits from my love for all things wooden for my littles. From wooden learning towers to step stools, busy boards, lego boards, I am dying over each and every piece in their shop. They sell the peg boards just like we have for Ollie’s nursery to the most adorable little wooden baby gym that I am currently eyeing.

This holiday season, for us, we are all about Legos. Dusty and I have been working on a Lego table for Ollie and asking all of the family members for Legos of our little man. He loves building things and of course, knocking them right back down. My big “ah-ha” moment was our first night at Walt Disney World this past month. Ollie (and Dusty) couldn’t care less if we were at the happiest place on Earth, because we had wondered into the Lego store at Disney Spring and he was in heaven.

We sat and played and played with those Legos for nearly an hour. I thought the longer we stayed, the less interested he would become and the less likelihood for a meltdown. I was wrong. He interested just grew and the meltdown of leaving the Lego store was inevitable. Thankfully, I found Red Barn Collective and their amazingly built Lego board.

I know the moment we introduce Legos throughout our home, they are going to be a hit. The Lego table that we are building is headed to the new playroom in our basement, but honestly, with an addition to the family coming soon, we needed something that Ollie could sit in the living room floor or his sister’s room and play with Legos in a manageable area. Enter this great Lego board.

These mini lego trays that Red Barn Collective makes are bound to be a huge hit in your home as well! Their trays are designed with our littles in mind specifically: sturdy, practical, and handy. The trays are a great size so Ollie can move his Lego creations freely throughout the house. It also makes for an easy pick-up when guests are coming over and have a landing spot.

My biggest fear with introducing Legos into the house is the stepping-on-Lego nightmare; however, thankfully, these trays help designate where Legos can be in the house, you know, and not under your feet at night… The best part about ordering from Red Barn Collective is that you have full creative control when designing the board: choose your board color, and either paint or stain for the frame. Not seeing a color you like exactly for your style? also, not a problem! Choose any Valspar paint and get exactly the style you want for your home! How awesome is it that they are that flexible!?

Like I mentioned, Red Barn Collective is packed full of goodies for your littles this Christmas. I also know a few baby showers and birthdays coming up that this shop would be amazing to partner with for my future gift buying. The best part is Red Barn Collective is offering y’all 10% off your entire order when you use the coupon code “BAHORICHABODE10” this holiday season. Thanks Red Barn Collective!!

Red Barn Collective

Red Barn Collective

Here is a little bit more about The Leeman Family, owners of Red Barn Collective:

How did you get your shop started?
Red Barn Collective began as an expression of love. The more we created these gifts for family and friends, the more we realized how much we enjoy handcrafting timeless, heirloom-quality pieces. What began as a husband and wife team has bloomed into a family adventure. We pride ourselves in our unique talents and skills, knowing that what we create will be passed on for generations to come.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Definitely the hardest part of owning a shop is time management. Between homeschooling, church, and our growing business, we are constantly striving for a balanced home/work life. We love being able to incorporate our business with our homeschool curriculum, but we still spend many after-school and weekend hours working on orders and perfecting our craft!

What is one thing unique about you?
I think one unique thing about our shop is how we involve our children in the design and production process. With a large family, every penny counts, and the purchases made from our shop directly support our children! Not only do our children learn valuable lessons on how to save and invest their money, but that lego tray you just purchased? Those proceeds are going towards someone’s first car, their college tuition, their next mission trip, etc.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Our favorite part of owning a shop would be the positive reviews and feedback we get from our customers. We take pride in our work and it is always such a blessing to receive thank-you messages and pictures from happy customers.

How did you get your shop name?
Our shop name, Red Barn Collective, is named after our 150+ year old barn that sits on our family’s property. We wanted to find a way to honor our family history and there is so much charm in a beautiful, old barn.

What is one way that you keep organized?
If we could start another business, it may be in organization. With a large family and a busy business, you absolutely have to stay organized. After some trial and error, we have found a system that works best for us to keep track of all of our orders and day-to-day family activities. The secret? Old school calendars and printed out invoices.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I think the most effective way to keep a balanced family life and work life is to work smart and think ahead. Over summer break we put in extra hours to build up inventory for all our holiday markets coming up- it gives Christmas in July a whole new meaning for us! It’s also worth mentioning how easy it is to get sucked into work, work, work. Family life and our church community are extremely important to us and we have to be very intentional with our time and energy so we don’t burn ourselves out spending too much time in our workshop.

Red Barn Collectie

Red Barn Collectie

Shop Small :: Hazy Dell Press

Thank you, Hazy Dell Press, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Hazy Dell Press; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Derek Sullivan

Reading is so important in our home. Yes, we want to encourage multiple skills (including sports) for Ollie’s growth and development; however, being a lover of reading myself, I have been super adamant around having books on hand throughout the house for Ollie to pick up and read. There are many nights throughout the week that Ollie, at 16 months old, will sit in the living room floor and flip through book after book on his own. He also loves for us to read to him, which just melts my heart.

I like to think that he was born with this curious wonder around literature, but honestly I know that it has been the values and time commitment from Dusty and I that has instilled his current love for reading. We model reading ourselves as he sees us reading to one another and on our own. We also have established a guideline in our home that we will stop what we are doing at pretty much any time of day if Ollie brings us a book to read.

In 2014, The American Academy of Pediatrics states that literacy promotion in the household is an essential component of primary pediatric care and advocates for reading to newborns.

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

So there are plenty of reasons why we read often and always to Ollie. If you are looking for some great tips on how to incorporate reading into your little ones lives, I wrote a bit more about it last winter here.

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

One of the biggest things that shocked me as a parent is the fact that Ollie has his favorite books already. He loves stories about monsters, tractors, and funny mythical characters (along with many farm animals and puppies), which makes him more “boy” than I would have imagined. So when I stumbled upon the writings by Derek and Kyle Sullivan, I knew Ollie would just love these books. From Banshee, Krampus, and Sasquatch to ABCs presented by monsters, Ollie is loving these cute little stories so much!

Each book is a commercial-quality, 7×6″, 30 pages, full color, 40 pt matte-laminated paper board book that explores the life of the character.

In Hush Now, Banshee, everyone is enjoying quiet time, but little Banshee just wants to have fun the only way she knows how: Loudly. In Goodnight Krampus, not a creature was stirring…except the mischievous Krampus who’s too excited to sleep! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has a lot on his plate, but his biggest challenge is convincing little Krampus to go to bed. Brimming with holiday cheer, this is one bedtime story that’s good for goodness sake. And in Get Dressed, Sasquatch, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Finally, in Monster ABC, from Alien to Zombie, these gorgeously quirky monsters and silly verses will prove there’s nothing to fear.

We have been loving them all so much these past few weeks. The artwork is adorable and each story is unique and easy to read. The stories create fun-oriented and imagination-driven tales for children, adults and wereturtles of all ages, and they are the perfect gift for a baby shower, little ones birthday or a Christmas gift for a little that you may know!

Plus, use the discount code, “BAHORICH” for 15% off orders over $20! It’s good through December 15, 2017, so hurry to get your discount today!

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Here is a little bit more about Derek and Kyle, the authors of the books of Hazy Dell Press:

How did you get your shop started?
My twin brother Kyle and I started our independent publishing company, Hazy Dell Press, in 2015. We got started with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing costs of our first children’s board book: Monster ABC. Since then, we’ve been able to keep the ball rolling with three subsequent books: Goodnight Krampus, Get Dressed Sasquatch and Hush Now Banshee. We were delighted with the positive response we received for Monster ABC, so we’ve continued making books featuring the same gently subversive humor, thoughtful characters and detailed illustrations that made Monster ABC more engaging and memorable than most mass-produced board books.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest thing is that we have so many ideas and books in mind that we’d love to create, but time is very limited. We put a lot of work into each book, so they take us about 5 months to create each one. That said, we would never hasten the process and cut corners, so although we’re not pumping out 10 titles per year, we’re still very happy and can stand behind every title with the Hazy Dell Press name on it.

What is one thing unique about you?
Having an identical twin is not “unique” per se, but it is rare, and having an identical twin as your creative partner even more so. Kyle writes all of our books and I illustrate them, so we have a pretty nice division of labor. We both concept and storyboard the books together, so it’s a very immersive and collaborative process. Having a writer with a very similar taste and style is very helpful, but “identical” is definitely a misnomer. We both bring a unique perspective and skillset to the table which is very much to the benefit of our end product.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The response we get from customers is by far the best part. Hearing from parents that their child insists on reading Goodnight Krampus every night before bed, or hearing that “Chupacabra” is one their baby’s first words because of Monster ABC, makes everything worthwhile and lets us know that we’re on the right track. Having a positive, fun impact on children and their parents during such a formative time period is one of the deepest joys of our careers.

How did you get your shop name?
We grew up in a neighborhood in Vancouver, Wash., called Hazel Dell. One of the first stories we created together was set in a fictional version of Hazel Dell we called “Hazy Dell.” One of the stars of that story (“It’s Witching Hour in Hazy Dell”) was the Cyclops Witch, which became our publishing company’s logo and mascot.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I use sticky notes for everything. From storyboarding to grocery lists, if I have something I need to do and it’s not on a sticky note attached to my monitor, it’s probably not going to get done. As I’m saying this, I’m realizing that I should probably figure out a better way to stay organized!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Although my cat is fairly demanding, I don’t have any children so balancing work and family life is not as challenging as it could be. We have a lot going on and projects on every burner, but since we’re ultimately in charge of our schedules, we’re able to make sure that we have enough time for the important people in our lives as much as we make time for our work.

Bump Date :: 21 weeks

Hmmm... well I’m definitely past 21 weeks but at least I took the photo on time. Too bad I forgot to post it. #pregnancybrain

Week 21 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Pomegranate

total weight gain :: 5 pounds

gender :: Little miss

maternity clothes :: I am still mixing in some more maternity tops to my outfits. I am also living in my Bao Bei Maternity cool air mesh sport band. I’m in love still with my Bao Bei band from my first pregnancy. It really has helped my core support and hip pain.

movement :: She’s definitely a routine gal. Kicking at night and midday like clockwork.

sleep :: Pretty decent. I have had less hours than the past few weeks. Maybe that means I’m sleeping better?

missing :: Busyness means less sleep, so I am definitely missing the extra caffeine this week.

craving :: Avocado? Which is random I feel like.

symptoms :: Nothing really this week.

duston is :: Being such a great dad. He honestly has had to and will continue to have to pick up my slack this entire week. With parties and work outings, I am just not able to be around in the evenings as much and he has been doing great!

looking forward to :: A weekend home full of rest!

best moments :: We have had such a busy part week! We spent the weekend hanging out with the family, a Noonday party celebrating women leadership and empowerment, and a really great planning/finance meeting for our next few months!

The Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks and Beyond with Citi Babies

Thank you, Citi Babies, for sponsoring this post, The Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks and Beyond. I was selected for this opportunity by Citi Babies; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

It has been nearly a month since we have gotten back from Walt Disney World and I miss it each and every day. It was such a great time for our family to get away for a few days prior to the chaos that the holidays always brings with travel, family and friends.

One of my biggest stressors prior to our trip was our diaper bag. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have been on the hunt for a new diaper bag since the announcement of baby number two. I enjoyed my Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Carry All Travel Diaper Bag Tote but honestly, it is already starting to look a bit worn. Additionally, I really knew that a backpack style would work far better on the go. I wanted a diaper bag that had a bit of a designer feel for times that I left my purse at home; however, I know Dusty, like many husbands out there, wanted something that did not look like a purse for him to carry around.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Enter Citi Babies.

Citi Babies is exactly what I needed for this trip and beyond! This bag is functional, simple, doesn’t scream “hey, there’s diapers in here!” and will not break the bank with its price! It’s backpack bag that has a removable shoulder/messenger bag strap. It also can be carried by the handles or clipped to your stroller handlebar with a built-in clip, which is super functional and nice.

When you open the bag, a metal frame keeps it open. It doesn’t collapse which allows it easy to peek inside. The placement of the pockets makes it easy to have access for diapers, toys, and many other on-the-go essentials. It has 2 pockets on the inside front, one on each side, and a zipper compartment on the back inside. This allows you to remained organized, yet not forget which pocket you put the nail clippers in or another smaller item. The outside pockets are stretchy and perfect for a sippy cup or water bottle. It fits our Ollie’s toddler CamelBak perfectly and it did not fall out once during the whole trip. One of the these pockets even have a wipes opening to always have easy access to wipes.

The front pocket has 2 pockets for bottles that are insulated and one stretchy strap for a bottle/cup. This is perfect for breastfeeding mommas wanting to keep milk cold on-the-go or keeping fruit or snacks cold. It also has a little mesh pouch, an area for snacks or those pesky little toys that always seem to disappear. The back of the backpack has a zipper compartment that I love to my phone, keys, and wallet in.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Now to the best part, I know hard to get better than everything else I’ve already mentioned, but the inside of the this bag is HUGE! It is 17 inches tall! Yep, you read that right! It will even fit a laptop when you aren’t using it for kids! It measures 17in x 11in x 3in.! I love slipping in my Travelon Packing Squares to help keep things even extra organized in it’s big space.

Overall, this bag hits the nail on the head in every category I needed. It’s gender neutral, so my husband doesn’t mind carrying it one bit. It’s functional for one baby or multiple kids. It’s easy to clip on and off of the stroller, as well as it was easy to loosen or tighten the straps based on if my husband and I was carrying it.

It has now travelled with us to the apple orchard, flown to Disney World for the week, and may be our new permanent diaper bag. I know that it is going to fit all of Ollie’s essentials as we venture into toddlerhood together and add another addition to the family with Lillie. It will fit all of their necessities and then some.

This bag comes in gray or black, and the company is releasing a leather version in Black and Tan for just $89 in a couple weeks! The leather version is absolutely gorgeous and 100% wipeable with 10 pockets! I’m dying to have the tan one already!

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Here’s a bit more about Citi Babies ::

How did you get your shop started?
After our first son was born, my husband Todd and I struggled to find quality, minimalist baby goods at affordable prices. We seemed to be faced with two choices: Beautifully designed, elegant goods with an eye-popping price, or cheaply made goods with busy patterns in garish colors. So we set out to design a line of quality baby goods that were modern, minimal and functional at prices that left some money for college savings. After months of design work and establishing trusted makers, Citi Babies was born.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Trying not to execute all of my ideas at once. I have exciting ideas for additional products, marketing, connecting with customers, and social media but I have to keep focused and prioritize my goals so Citi Babies can grow.

What is one thing unique about you?
I read this question first and answered it last because I struggled to think of something truly unique about me. I think two fairly unique things about me are that I’ve had two home births in water and enjoy giving birth. Crazy, I know! The second thing would be that I love Crossfit and pushing myself physically. It’s a great stress reliever and helps me have the strength to overcome challenges in other areas of life.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Interacting my customers! We love selling our bags but hearing and seeing how people are using them and how they love them is the best part of this business.

How did you get your shop name?
We had recently moved from Washington, DC to a small town right outside Raleigh, NC. We were talking about the future for our boys and whether we wanted them to be “city babies” or not. It wasn’t until a few days later, and throwing out countless other brand name ideas, that we came back to the conversation and Citi Babies got it’s name.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Ha! You make the assumption I am organized? Caffeine and luck. Besides those two things, I let my OCD and type A personality take over and prioritize my tasks by day and week over making a long to-do list.

How do you balance family life and work life?
It isn’t always balanced; more like a roller coaster. When we are balanced, it’s because I planned and organized well and focused on what need to be done at that specific time. Learning to ask for help has also greatly benefitted my entire family and helped us remain more balanced.

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies is a family-owned company using their experience as parents to create functional, modern and beautifully-designed baby goods. The company is based in North Carolina and they pride themselves on customer service. The Citi Babies Traveler backpack diaper bag embodies the new age of diaper bags and has some fantastic features:

  • Convenient Diaper Bag Backpack Design: This bag stays securely on your back without slipping off and keeps your hands free to hold baby or that much needed latte.
  • Removable Shoulder Strap: The removable and adjustable strap perfectly allows you to wear the Traveler messenger style or over your shoulder.
  • Wide Mouth Opening: The wide mouth stays open so you have easy access to pacifiers, diapers, wipes, and so much more without having to hold the bag open.
  • Changing Pad Included: The Traveler includes a changing pad that wipes clean easily.
  • Pockets Everywhere: Staying organized with kids is tough but with perfectly-placed pockets, this is one organized diaper bag.
  • Built-in Stroller Clip / Pram Clip: We love this clip. Hang the bag on your stroller or pram with the easy to use built-in clip.
  • Unisex Design: The Traveler makes a great diaper bag for Dad and Mom.
  • Trendy, Modern Design: The versatile design means you can also use it a weekender bag, laptop case or carry on.
  • Inside and Outside Wipes Clean Easily: Low-maintenance, easy to clean fabric is a must have for any parent.

Not only is it a great diaper bag, each and every diaper bag comes with a complimentary Citi Babies multi-use, stretchy car seat canopy and nursing cover, making this the perfect baby shower gift. The diaper bag is great for moms and dads alike and will love receiving The Traveler as a baby shower, thank you, or Christmas gift, and Citi Babies comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If their diaper bag doesn’t meet your standards (which I know it will), please let them know and they will do whatever it takes to make it right. Your happiness is their ultimate goal!

Bump Date :: 20 weeks

Week 20 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Banana

total weight gain :: 4 pounds

gender :: Little gal

maternity clothes :: I keep wanting to buy clothes… but let’s be honest. I have plenty. It is just getting cold outside and really my maternity tops still feel too big and my regular sweater make me look more chubby than pregnant. It’s just a phase, I know.

movement :: Every night like clockwork she is kicking up a storm.

sleep :: This week has been okay. Sleep is still not great, but it’s better than last week.

missing :: Not really anything this week!

craving :: Nothing really.

symptoms :: Not true symptoms… however, the stomach flu has made it through our house this week and caused a few hiccups in our normal routine. We canceled a holiday trunk show at our house and moved our small group to another house. I ended up getting it twice and it hit me far harder than the rest of the house because of the pregnancy.

duston is :: Still recovering from the flu himself!

looking forward to :: Getting back to normal. A few days of laying around this house and I feel like we have been cooped in too long. We needed the rest but I just do not sit still very well.

best moments :: We had a great family day on Saturday before the flu storm. We had some good quality times with friends, neighbors, and time just for ourselves as well!