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A Helping Hand When Nursing Triplets #ForBetterBeginnings #PlaytexMoms

When our triplets were born, I knew one of the biggest challenges was going to be feeding. Not only did we have three little babies to feed, but they would all be feeding at the same time. As only one mom with two “built-in bottles,” I needed that third bottle to help feed all three at the same time. Luckily we had the experience with Emily to help us in our decision-making when it came to choosing a bottle. Now that they are older and transitioning out of bottles we need a sippy cup that would work for everyone, including Emily, that is simple and enticing to use. Thank you once again to PlaytexBaby for sponsoring this post and helping us share our experience and review of the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups. As always, the thoughts and reviews throughout this post are 100% my own and I am thrilled to share with you my genuine experience with both the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups.

For the first 2 months of Jackson, Olivia and Levi’s lives I relied on the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottles for every feeding. Although I was breastfeeding and had supplemented with formula for the first few weeks, I would pump beforehand, then divide the milk by three. I did this to make sure everyone was getting an equal amount and to keep track as to how much each baby was having. I like the fact that the VentAire® bottles have such large and easy to read numbers and indicators on the side, which makes it very easy to accurately measure how much milk is going in each bottle. During those 5am feedings, I could still pour the milk out equally, even if my eyes could barely stay open!

Around the 2 month mark, the triplets were gaining weight and growing, so I was ready to start nursing them. I was worried that they would have a hard time nursing, since they were using bottles from the start, but The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple made the transition very easy. I was so happy when all three successfully nursed for the first time, even after 2 months of bottle feeding. Knowing that I now had the option to switch between nursing and bottle feeding was great. This allowed me to utilize the extra help I had when family and friends would visit, because it was easy for them to grab a bottle knowing there would be no confusion between bottle and breast for the triplets.

Another key part of the Playtex™ Ventaire® Bottle is the anti-colic vent. The anti-colic vent prevents air from mixing with the milk and over the course of 2 months of bottle feeding, we did not experience any gas, spit-up or fussiness from Jackson, Olivia and Levi. Emily had really bad gas at some points and for the first 2 weeks of her life, she was very fussy and hard to settle. It wasn’t until after trying the Playtex™ Ventaire® bottle that the gas and fussiness went away. I was so glad I used the Playtex™ Ventaire® bottles right away with the triplets because I couldn’t imagine having to comfort 3 babies with gas and spitting up, all at the same time.

I do have to add in, that I really do like the new designs of the Ventaire® bottles. The new design is a wider bottle and the lid to the bottle has a spot for the top of the nipple to sit in when you put the lid on. This may seem like such a small feature, but after travelling with bottles in a cooler bag or diaper bag and having the milk leak because the nipple bent, this is a great new feature. I also have to say the Anti-Colic vent has been given a great improvement. The older design still did exactly what it was meant to do, but the new one looks and feels a lot more durable and secure in the bottom of the bottle. I think some may say there are a lot of parts to clean, but I actually like the ability to remove the top and bottom of the bottle. It makes it easier to clean and to get to the bottom of the bottle if milk gets stuck or sits there for a day, because let’s face it; we don’t always clean the bottle right when baby is done eating!

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Now that Jackson, Olivia and Levi are almost two, we are in the process of fully transitioning from bottle to sippy cup. I do still like to give them a bottle before bed, but they are now in the fun chewing stage. I am starting to notice holes in some of the nipples from their constant chewing, so I think it is time for the final switch from bottle to sippy cup.

We have been using The Playtex® Sipsters® Cups for a little while now and they are great. They range from Stages 1 to 4, with the option to choose from a spout cup, a straw cup or a spoutless cup. They are very easy to use and everyone has been enjoying them. We are currently using stages 2 and 3 of the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups and they have made the transition very easy for a few different reasons. The first being the fun characters on the cup that I am sure every child is familiar with. Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are obsessed with Peppa Pig and they all recognized her on the cup right away. Emily has also started to really like My Little Pony, so the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 3 My Little Pony™ has become her special one. Levi has also taken over the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 3 Thomas & Friends™ one we have and it is pretty funny to watch them all hand over the right Sipsters® that they each use.

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Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi just don’t stop. When I hand them their Sipsters® Cups, they take them and go. They don’t just sit nicely until they are done; they need to be running around, continuously playing and drinking throughout their activities. The insulation keeps their drink fresh and allows them to play that much longer.

The fact that Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi don’t sit still, even with their Sipsters® in hand, may be worrisome, but The Playtex® Sipsters® Cups are 100% spill-proof, break-proof and leak-proof and PlaytexBaby even guarantees that! I have watched first hand these Sipsters® Cups get thrown around, dropped and banged and not once has anyone of them broken or leaked. I do have to mention though, that it is important to make sure the spill-proof valve is secured and tightly in place or they will leak. I handed Olivia a Sipsters® and just watched all the milk pour out because I forgot to make sure the leak-proof valve was in correctly. It is very simple and easy to make sure the leak-proof valve is properly secured; it was just my carelessness in the moment that made it happen.

The last part, that I really like about the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups is the ease of cleaning. It’s not the fact that all parts are dishwasher safe, but the fact that the leak-proof valves are so easy to clean and they transparent. You always hear of stories of parents opening a valve or part of the sippy cups to find mold that has built up because they couldn’t clean inside. The leak-proof valve doesn’t have an inside part and it can easily be removed from the spout of the Sipsters® Cup to be cleaned. This was one of the first things I noticed right away and it is nice to not worry about the potential of hidden mold.

I sometimes cannot believe how fast the time has gone and how big Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are getting. It blows me away thinking back to the days when I held them all, feeding them a bottle, to now calling them over and handing them their own drink to drink. I hope that you have found my review of the Playtex™ VentAire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups helpful and have also gained a little insight into what our experience was and is like for using both while feeding our triplets and toddler.

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To find out more information about both products you can visit playtexbaby.ca for the VentAire Bottle and playtextbaby.ca for the Sipsters® Cups

You can also purchase the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle online through Walmart, Babies”R”Us, Amazon.ca and PlaytexBaby.ca and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups online through Walmart, Babies”R”Us, Amazon.ca and Playtexbaby.ca.

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More Babies, Co-Sleeping with Triplets and So Much More…Our first Q & A!

We have been wanting to do a Q & A video for some time now and we finally made it happen!

A Q & A, is a great way to get to know us more and for us to share our thoughts, insights and experiences in a different way. We created a Q & A post over on our Facebook page and hoped to get some fun questions we could answer. The questioned asked were great and just what we hoped for!

We answered quite a few of them, but know we will have to do another Q & A, very soon to answer all the remaining ones and any new ones that come up!

Dan and I always love to share our lives, experiences and thoughts on many different topics relating to our lifestyle, kids, parenting and hobbies or interests. The two of us are just two regular people who are making our way through everyday life with 4 kids, including a three-year old toddler and almost 2-year-old triplets. Nothing is ever perfect and we know we are not perfect either, but we have a great outlook on life and the life we live with our kids. We are genuinely happy people who love to smile and have fun and we want to share some of that happiness with everyone around us!

Thank you for all of the great questions asked the first time around! We are looking forward to the next one! In the meantime, if you have any questions always feel free to send us a message on any of our social media platforms and we try our best to get to them and answer them for you!!

Here is our first Q & A!

 

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3 Easy Ways to Get Ready for Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait! After the few days of nice weather we have been having here and there, I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips and ways I am getting ready for spring. They are very easy to do and will help make the countdown to spring a little easier!

I am also excited to announce that we have partnered with Schick® and over the next several months we will be sharing their new look and redesigned packaging of razors as well as some brand new products!

The winter can be very hard for many reasons, such as being cooped up inside all the time, dry skin, dry hair and the little to no sunshine. Spring is the perfect time to bring some life back into your everyday and to take some time to focus on you and self-care. Here are my 3 simple ways to get ready for spring.

Smell

Find smells you can associate with spring, such as flowers, fresh air, fruity smells and even fresh cleaned laundry. I think smell can trigger memories and certain feelings. Picture yourself sitting outside with the wind blowing, the sun shining and flowers blooming. Think of what you would smell sitting there, then try to find that through a candle or body spray.

Color

Bright colors tend to cheer me up and give off a positive mood. After a dark and gloomy winter, to have a pop of color really helps to brighten your mood. Think of colors you associate with spring; a light pink, bright yellow or a pale green. Whether it’s a new shirt, a bright nail polish or painting, seeing those colors help to take away the darkness from winter.

Moisturize and Refresh Dry Skin

Winter is hard on the skin with the dry cold air, so it’s important to repair your skin, since you will be starting to show it off once spring arrives. The Schick® Intuition® razor, Schick Hydro Silk® razorSchick Quattro YOU™ Exotic Violet Blooms razor and Schick Quattro YOU™ Peace of Mind razor are perfect razors to help refresh your skin when you shave. All three razors have unique features to help sooth and moisturize your skin, while providing a close shave with their blades.

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Check out our video below to learn more about these three amazing razors and their unique features and find out what else I plan to do to get ready for spring!

Are you excited for spring and have you started to prepare?! If so, what are some ways you get ready?!

 

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How We Finally Eliminated That Awful Smell #ForBetterBeginnings

One of the many things I do, first thing in the morning and right before everyone goes to bed, is changing diapers. As a mom of 4 kids, who are all in diapers and training underwear, I sometimes feel as though half my day is spent changing diapers. I knew what I was in for and have prepared myself for a few more years, but until then I need somewhere to dispose of the diapers. Thank you to PlaytexBaby, who has sponsored this post and partnered with us to bring you my very own review of their Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite . The thoughts and reviews throughout this post are 100% my own, as a #PlaytexMom, and I am excited to share my genuine experience with the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite .

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a diaper pail, designed to give you a convenient and easy way to dispose of your babies used diapers. The double air-tight clamps and the carbon filter lock in the odours from those dirty diapers, helping to eliminate the smell in your house and we all know how far that smell can travel! The 7 layer refill also locks in odour and locks in germs with its barrier technology. 

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When I first opened the box, I was surprised to see there were only 3 parts to assemble; the lid, the base and the front panel. There was also an owner’s manual booklet, with easy to follow instructions for assembly, how to start and refill, use of the diaper genie and how to empty. I set it up fairly quickly, although it was a little tricky with 4 sets of little hands wanting to grab and see everything! I wish I had taken a picture to show the 3 parts to assemble too, but I was so eager to start using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite , it totally slipped my mind.

 

Once I had it all set up, I installed the refill and again the instructions were very easy to follow. I was now ready to use our new Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and it was perfect timing because it was time for another bum change for everyone!

We have been using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite for the past month and it has truly been amazing! It really does lock in the smell and I don’t have to worry about the smell of dirty diapers lingering around if we have visitors. The smell from diapers is one thing I always worry about and the first thing I ask or say to someone if they come over is “Can you smell that?” and “Sorry about the poop smell.” Now I know they cannot smell anything and I can also walk into the kitchen and passed the garbage without smelling those stinky diapers.

emilyEmily has also been enjoying the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and with the easy to use foot pedal, she can collect all the diapers and dispose of them herself. From the time the triplets were born, Emily has always been my little helper, picking up the diapers and throwing them in the garbage or at least over the gate from the living room. Now she can still help me and I think it is so cute how excited she gets when it’s time to dispose of the diapers. From the moment we set it up, Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi were just so fascinated with the foot pedal and popping open the lid. I think they all stood around taking turns opening it, while laughing, for a good 10 minutes.

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When it was time to empty the pail, all you have to do is cut the top of the bag with the little cutter inside the pail. At first, I found it a little tricky, but after emptying it a couple of times, I can get the bag cut in one go. After you removed the filled part of the bag, you have to pull down the refill and tie a knot at the end. That is one thing you want to make sure you don’t forget or you won’t have much fun when you are ready to empty the pail and find all the diapers, not in the bag! I also found it was best to pull out a little extra out of the refill, which will make your life a lot easier when trying to tie the knot at the bottom of the bag.

Lastly, I should mention the style and design of the Diaper Genie. It is a very sleek design and can easily be placed anywhere in your home. I love that you can now choose from a few different designs and colors to meet the decor in your home and the pail can also be placed flush against the wall, which makes it very handy when setting it out.

Overall, I think the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a great product and it does what it was designed to do. It has been a huge help for myself and for my family and we have really noticed how well the odour locking system works. The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is perfect for any family and I would say a must item for new, expecting and experienced parents!

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is available Canada wide and for more information and facts please visit these online retailers Toysrus.ca, Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca.

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Yummy Banana Bread – 2 Ways

I love to bake and one of my favorite things to bake, as well as eat, is banana bread!

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When I was younger, I remember my mom always making banana bread and it was just the best thing in the world. The smell of the banana bread baking would fill the house and as soon as the timer went off we were sitting at the table eagerly waiting to gobble it up. The banana bread smell is easily recognizable and it is one of those smells that reminds me of my childhood.

I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t like banana bread, although I am sure they are out there! There are so many ways to make banana bread, not to mention the endless amounts of add-ins and toppings you can include. You can even make a banana bread cake! Whatever way you choose to customize your banana bread, it is such a simple and easy recipe to make.

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It is also a great recipe to start off with when you want to introduce your little ones to baking and getting them in the kitchen to help you. I am so excited to have Emily join me in the kitchen, now that she is older and I am patiently waiting for the day when Jackson, Olivia and Levi can join us as well! I hope they find the same enjoyment as I do when I am cooking and are just as excited to be in the kitchen cooking or baking with me.

I am always trying to find, fun, easy and of course healthy snacks for Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to eat, which is also another reason as to why I enjoy making my own banana bread. I can control what ingredients I add and also make adjustments to the recipe. Don’t get me wrong, the banana bread from the store is just as tasty and I have bought it for pure convenience, but I know there is more sugar and added ingredients in it that I would prefer to cut from the recipe. And like I said, banana bread is so simple to make, why not make it if I can.

The recipe that I found online is very straight forward and after making it several times, I have adjusted it in a way that works for everyone. Emily has a milk allergy, which means I have to substitute both the butter and milk that are typically found in a banana bread recipe. The recipe I found uses vegetable oil instead of butter, but still calls for milk. To replace the milk I use one 100 gram container of vanilla yogurt. For some reason Emily is fine with yogurt and other things such as cheese, but will break out in a rash and itchy body if she has direct forms of milk from butter or plain milk. It seems strange, but it works.

I also wanted to cut back on the amount of sugar. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, so I cut it down to 1/2 a cup and switch to brown sugar. To be honest, I don’t really know if brown sugar is better than white sugar, since they are both sugars, but I like the flavor of the brown sugar in the recipe and I am taking away one whole cup. To make up for less sugar I simply add an extra banana to the recipe. After adding everything together in the bowl, mixing it and baking it, you would never know the difference or the fact that two-thirds of the sugar is cut out.

Another variation to the banana bread that I have done, was adding some cocoa powder. We always like to add some chocolate chips, either semi-sweet or milk chocolate, but only recently did I think to add the cocoa powder. The banana bread without the cocoa powder is great, but when you want a chocolate fix and don’t want to eat a chocolate cake, this is a good alternative. I add 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder to the recipe and if I am in a chocolate mood I also add in some chocolate chips, because you can never have too much chocolate!

It is so much fun to change-up a recipe and to customize it in a way you know yourself and everyone will love. Banana bread is a great recipe to try out and the variations you can create are endless. I encourage you to try it out and see what new flavors you can come up with. I know both banana bread recipes don’t last long in our house and we will be making banana bread for a very long time!

I have started a new series on our YouTube Channel called In The Kitchen With Emily & Mummy and I am excited to start doing more baking a cooking with Emily. The recipe for our first episode is of course banana bread! It was a lot of fun and we also had 3 little special guests join us. We made the 2 variations that I talked about and you can find the first episode down below!

 

BANANA BREAD RECIPE

Here is the full recipe! This is my altered recipe from the original that I used for the kiddies.

You can find the original recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/moist-and-delicious-banana-bread-252449

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WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

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We are starting off the new year with some very exciting news. We are happy to announce that we have officially teamed up and partnered with PlaytexBaby!

Our partnership with PlaytexBaby is going to include a lot of fun aspects, such as product reviews, sharing our experiences through lifestyle posts and giveaways on our Blog and social media outlets! We have trusted Playtex from the beginning with our babies and genuinely love the products, so this is a perfect partnership for us!

As parents we are always asking questions, seeking answers and hoping we have made the right choices and decisions for our kids. When you become a parent for the first time you are constantly learning what works, what doesn’t work and at times it can become completely overwhelming. You look for that one thing you know will make your life a little bit easier and what can help take away some of that stress and anxiety being a first time parent brings.

To me, For Better Beginnings, means exactly that, a better beginning. Taking away that worry at the beginning of your journey as new parents and allowing you to enjoy those first precious moments with your newborn baby is what I think of when I hear For Better Beginnings.

I remember shopping for baby items and creating our registry before Emily arrived, looking around at all the products available and just thinking to myself “What do I choose?” There are so many products out there and you want to make sure you buy the right ones that will be perfect for your little baby. To know that PlaytexBaby has created products specifically designed for a mother and her baby is very reassuring and helps to alleviate some of that worry right from the start. It gives you the chance as a mother and new parents to concentrate and place your focus on your new little baby to give everyone a better beginning.

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I am overjoyed to say that I am a #PlaytexMom and to have the ability to share my knowledge and experiences with many other moms out there. As a mom myself, I know the kinds of questions we ask on a daily basis, the various concerns that are always running through our minds and the expectations we have for ourselves. I understand the struggle to want the best for your little ones and the desire for perfection, but also the fact that no matter how much you try, everything may never be perfect.

I spent a lot of time reading product reviews, seeking out advice from friends and family and hoping to gain some insight into what to buy and what to do during the many stages that come along with having a baby. Although we are still learning and going through new stages, we have experienced many with our four children. I now have my own personal experiences to share, as well as things I have learned along the way. As a #PlaytexMom, I hope to provide insight to new moms who are entering into motherhood for the first time, on baby products that will help right from the start.

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PlaytexBaby has taken on a new look and feel, in order to connect with the new generation of moms. It is very exciting to see this change and to know they are eager to learn, understand and work with moms and what we are looking for. It is great to see PlaytexBaby designing products specifically with new moms and babies in mind, which then allows them to achieve their goal of providing everyone the tools for better beginnings!

We hope you are just as excited about this partnership as we are and we encourage you to follow along with our blog so you don’t miss out on the awesome giveaways, product reviews and lifestyle posts. You can subscribe to our blog by email or with your WordPress account!

For more information about PlaytexBaby and all of their products, please visit their website Playtexbaby.ca

 

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Our first family science experiment!

We took advantage of a nice cold day to conduct our first ever Baby Gang science experiment!

With 4 young children who take up just about every minute of our time, we are a family who loves fun and adventure. What makes that special is doing it together, as a family. That is what family is all about.

Watching the kids grow has both Corrie and myself in such amazement to see how a developing mind works. Their curious little minds like little sponges absorbing all types of information makes me wonder how they see the world around them and what they are thinking about!

Recently on a cold day we took advantage to come up with a fun science experiment with the kids. It was -12 degrees Celsius (not including the windchill) and we wondered if water could evaporate in this freezing cold water. It had the kids super excited!

Makes for a great parenting win!  Watch below 🙂

Be on the look out for more fun with the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye To The Baby Stage

It was a Sunday night and as I sat on our bed, rocking our daughter Olivia to sleep, I looked around our room and noticed the baby swing leaning up against the bookcase. My initial thought was, I should move that to the basement and it would clear up so much room. Then as I sat there a little longer, it occurred to me, we hadn’t used that swing in almost 2 months.

We had 2 swings, one in the kitchen and one upstairs in the bedroom. That swing was the life saver of all life savers when it came to putting our triplets to bed and to getting them back to sleep if they woke up during the night. It was my go to method of putting them to sleep, especially Olivia. Looking back I don’t think I would have survived some nights without it. As crazy as it sounds, it was essentially our third set of arms, which was highly needed when putting triplets to bed.

Now I look at it, just sitting there, just taking up space and then it hit me. When did we stop using the swing? Could I tell you the exact date or moment we didn’t put them back in? Why did we stop using it?

I couldn’t think of the answers to any of those questions, but while I continued to rock Olivia, waiting for her to fall asleep in my arms, I looked down at her and realized, we had said goodbye to the baby stage. It was in that moment I had come to realize that my three little babies weren’t babies anymore, but 17 month old toddlers. It brought tears to my eyes to look down, see her sleeping and remembering the time only a few short months ago she was just a tiny little newborn baby.

It felt like over night they just became three little walking, talking toddlers and were no longer my little babies who needed me to get them things or move them around the room. They can now hold their bottles, feed themselves, decide which toy they want to play with and go and get it, they can talk and understand directions and things I tell them to do. These were the small changes that happened over time and eventually  became their everyday actions, which made them the independent toddlers (to some extent) they are today.

When do we really say goodbye to that baby stage? What changes a baby to a toddler?

I sat there continuing to think of how we moved from one stage to the next and I guess it was gradually and over a period of time. We no longer have any of the baby items. We sold, gave away or threw out all of those items that tied us to the baby stage. The bassinet, the bumbo chairs, the exersaucer, the second swing, all gone.

Now I know the items you use for a baby doesn’t indicate that you are still in the baby stage, heck our triplets were 15 months and still sleeping in a swing, but they do give you a sense of where you are. To look at the swing, knowing it is really our last piece of baby equipment sitting in our house is very sad and made the knowledge that our babies are not so little anymore very real.

I couldn’t help but give Olivia a little extra squeeze that night, knowing that the time will come where I won’t be holding her or rocking any of the 3 to sleep anymore. I know with our oldest daughter Emily, that time has passed and we no longer rock her to sleep. Sure we still bring her to bed and we could lay with her until she falls asleep, but she doesn’t need us to rock her or hold her anymore and that fact in and of it self is heartbreaking.

I knew having a baby was going to be hard, but I didn’t know watching them grow up would be just as hard. I spent so many days thinking, okay tomorrow will be easier and I will get the hang of this, but now I look back and think what I wouldn’t do just to get one day again when they are little just laying in my arms. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them and I really just want them to be my little babies forever.

The baby stage, no matter how long it lasts, will always be a special stage, filled with so much love, tears (good and bad), joy and memories that will last a lifetime. Although you may not be able to pin point the exact time you move from one stage to another, when you get there you will know.

You have probably heard this many times, but enjoy the moment when you are in it because it wont be like that forever. Enjoy the fact that they still want to cuddle, that they need you and they can still fit perfectly in your arms. Enjoy the time you have with your little one because time goes by too fast and before you know it, they will be putting themselves to bed.

If you have the extra time, stop and hold them a little longer, give them an extra hug before laying them down and stop and stare at them one extra time before you leave the room because you never know when it will be your last time to enjoy the baby stage.
After sitting there in the dark, rocking Olivia to sleep, thinking about all the time I spent putting our babies to bed, it made me really appreciate all that motherhood has to give. There really is no other experience like it and I truly wouldn’t change it for the world.

The last 3 years with Emily and the last 18 months with Jackson, Olivia and Levi, have gone by in the blink of an eye and I can only imagine how fast the next few years will go. They will soon transition from the toddler stage to the next stage and whenever that may be, I hope I will be able to look back and say I experienced and enjoyed all that I could. I want to cherish every moment possible and know I haven’t missed a thing!

 

HOW I TURNED MY CAR INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE

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Having multiple children at once (we have triplets) is something you can never expect to happen or plan for. We had a unique situation, we were planning for our second when Emily was 10 months old and 3 days before her first birthday we discovered we would be expecting…TRIPLETS!

To this day it still fascinates and shocks me that in 2015 we were going to have 4 kids under the age of two, but the thought of having our kids close in age was really cool! After spreading the news about our expecting multiples we had various friends and family tag us in specific baby products that could help make our lives easier or that we could use given our situation. Beds, cribs and car seats.. you name it and if it had the ability to fall under the multiples category you can guarantee that we would been tagged in it!

One product that always popped up and our friends were sure to tag us in was the Diono Radian RXT car seat. We were literally tagged to use this product 1000+ times as it had a very sleek design, reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, extended rear facing and a five point harness system… Basically it was super safe and looked very cool with 3 seats together!  – But how did that differ from other car seats?

We had the recent opportunity to partner and team up with the our friends the Parent Life Network and they were so great to inform me that I could turn my sedan vehicle into a family vehicle using these Diono Radian RXT car seats… What excited me most is after seeing this product multiple times, it was time to make it a reality!

WATCH HERE AS I TURN MY SEDAN INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE!

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The result!?

After testing out this product, and going on multiple adventures with my triplets; Jackson, Olivia and Levi + plus Emily on separate occasions, I was in awe! I was impressed with how easy they were to install and how awesome it was to transform my sedan car into a complete family vehicle!

Given my situation of having 4 kids I had to take it to the next step in upgrading one of my cars to a mini van [and the Diono car seats have proved to be a huge space saver in the van]! But it goes to show that if you are expecting to have 1 – 3 babies, that you do not have to go out and pay all this money to purchase a mini van/SUV – you can actually save money by purchasing a diono car seat and to safely and comfortably fit your kids in your car! the Radian RxT is a great space saver with a very unique design that has a very extensive set of safety features and I highly recommend them for any family big or small!

The Diono Radian RxT car seat is a game changer!

Things dad find cool = certified impressed!

 

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK