The Momma Diaries

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Transitioning Avery to a Big Boy Bed!

No matter how much I try to deny it, my sweet Avery bug is growing before my eyes. I will fully admit that I do my best to keep every last of his babyness for as long as I can. He is my last baby, so yes, he is a bit spoiled, and I do treasure each one of his baby cuddles. He still gets a bottle before naps and bedtime, and honestly, I'm in no rush to fight him on it. Unfortunately, there are some things I just cannot control -- and my littlest getting bigger is one of them.

We recently made the decision to transition Avery from his crib to a toddler bed. Because I'm still recovering from our accident last January, I am unable to lift Avery in and out of his crib. The more I thought about it, I realized that by the time I am able to lift him in and out, he probably won't be in a crib any longer. I figured it made more sense to start the transition a bit earlier than I had originally planned. 

First thing we had to do was decide on the perfect toddler bed for Avery. He absolutely adores Paw Patrol, or "puppies," as he calls it. It was all too perfect when Delta Children offered to send Avery his very own Paw Patrol 3D Toddler Bed!

As you can tell, he was super excited about his new bed. He didn't really understand what it was at first, but he sure was excited to see those puppies!!

It only took my husband around 20 minutes to assemble the bed...and that was with two little eager kids "helping" him. 

Here is some general info about the Paw Patrol 3D Toddler Bed:

  • Recommended for children ages 15 months+
  • Holds up to 50 pounds
  • Features your child's favorite Paw Patrol characters
  • Low bed height for easy access
  • Two attached guardrails
  • Uses a standard crib mattress (not included)
  • Easy assembly
  • Sturdy steel and plastic frame
  • Meets or exceeds all safety standards 
We weren't exactly sure how Avery would react when he saw his new bed. We disassembled his crib, and moved his little bed right in. Then, we brought Avery into the room...

Can you find Avery? He sort of blends in with his Paw Patrol jammies!! Needless to say, he was so so happy about his new bed. He knew exactly what it was, and laid right down -- after he did the most adorable celebratory dance. 

We picked up a matching bedding set to coordinate with his new bed. Although the pillow is there, he still doesn't get it when it's bedtime. 

So, how is Avery adjusting to his new setup? Actually, better than I had anticipated! He is still waking up in the middle of the night, however, he usually will just sit up in his bed and call for me. I still have the video monitor hooked up, so I can peek on him at any time.

I am very glad we decided to make this transition sooner. Now I'm thinking I need to redo Avery's room. I'm thinking a Paw Patrol theme would be super adorable!! I already picked him up a Chase bank for Christmas. I'll have to work on some more ideas after the holidays. 

Disclosure: I was sent this adorable toddler bed complimentary in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday, Lincoln!


November 23, 2009 at 8:43 AM. That day, that moment, my life changed forever. You, my sweet boy, made me a Mommy. I will never forget your Daddy placing you into my arms for the first time. You were crying, but as soon as I held you, you rested your head on my chest, and calmed right down. You knew I was your Momma.

How quickly the time has passed. Today, you are 6 years old! This year you have really grown. It's been a very trying year for our family, however, you never fail to amaze me. 

I feel so incredibly blessed to have such a genuinely kindhearted, sweet son. Your little personality is infectious, and brightens everyone's day. You have a gift of making people smile. You make me so very, very proud. 

You are 100% a complete mommy's boy, and I cannot tell you how much I love that. You're my best buddy, and my goodness you are FUN!! You can always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face.

I always tell you to never change. You are such a very special boy. I hope you always have such a zest for life. The world is a better place because of you. I know you're going to do great things in your already have. You never cease to amaze me. I always say, "you're going to move mountains." I'm just lucky you chose me to be your Mommy. Thank you. 

Thank you for being my sweet boy. Thank you for being my Lincoln. Thank you for being you. 

Happy 6th Birthday, sweet boy. I love you forever,


Thursday, November 19, 2015

12 Days of Romance this Holiday Season

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Most of you are well aware of how unbelievably crazy our lives have been since our car accident last January. I'd like to say we're back to our regular routine, but that's not true. In fact, I'm not sure when things will be "normal" again. I still have a ways to go with my recovery. I have frequent doctors' appointments, and I go to therapy three times per week. 

Throughout this whole ordeal, my husband has been by my side, every step of the way. This event certainly has brought a whole new meaning to, "in sickness and in health." 

It's pretty safe to say that romance has been a bit on the back burner. With the holiday season approaching, I thought what better time to reconnect with each other. Although our schedules are still insane, I thought of 12 simple ways to spark the romance this holiday season! 

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1.  Coffee date -- I love all the holiday flavors of coffee. A great low-key date to a local coffee shop would be fun...and delicious!

2.  Romantic notes -- There's nothing like an old-fashioned handwritten love note! It's such a simple gesture to let your loved one know you are thinking of him.

3.  Sweet text messages -- We live in a digital age!! A quick, romantic text will surely brighten your partner's day! (insert kiss emoji).

4.  Game night -- I don't know about you, but my husband and I love playing board games!! 

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5.  Late night Christmas shopping -- The stores are always open later during the holiday season. When the kids go to bed, get a sitter and do some late night shopping!! It's always way less crowded, and the two of you can tackle it together!!

6.  Prepare a meal together -- Working together to create a yummy dinner (or dessert!) is a great way to spend time together.

7. Go to a Holiday party or wedding -- It seems like there's always one special occasion during the holiday season where you have the opportunity to get all dressed up. Use that as an opportunity to have a date night!!

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8.  Go to the movies -- Take a few hours out of your day and catch a quick movie!

9.  Look at your wedding photo album together -- Take a trip down memory lane and revisit your special day.

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10. Bake Christmas cookies together -- Whip up a batch (or 2) of your favorites!

11. Take silly selfies -- Life's too short to not have fun!!

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12. Plan a romantic night in -- My favorite nights are quiet nights at home with my husband, after the kids have gone to bed. Chocolates, our favorite beverage, a movie, and K-Y® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricants®

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How will you spice up your romance this holiday season?