Maternity/Baby Questions & Fav baby products

Do you have a baby name picked out yet?

We do!! Just like with Asher, we want to keep this between just Adam and I until after little man is born. You will all find out soon enough:)

Favorite pregnancy foods this second time around?

When I was pregnant with Asher and even after he was born I was obsessed with pull and peel twizzlers (super random I know!). Now I don’t crave candy as much (still crave sour patch once in a while) but I’m more into bagels, pizza… pretty much anything with carbs lol!

Where do you find cute maternity clothes?

Nordstrom, Motherhood Maternity, and Target are my go tos…otherwise just oversized sweatshirts or Adam’s clothes (which are the most comfy;)!

What differences have you noticed between your first and last pregnancy?

I definitely have gotten bigger sooner! It’s also just more tiring because I now have a two year old to chase around all day. With Asher I could nap or relax whenever I wanted and now I find it harder to do!

What is your favorite exercises while pregnant?

I honestly still try and do my pre pregnancy workouts while I’m pregnant. Obviously as you get bigger you have to lessen the weight, use more body weight, and not do sprints as fast etc. With Asher I ran 4 miles up until like 36 weeks. I still am now at 24 weeks but I definitely don’t think I’ll make it that long this time around (which is ok..need to listen to my body). I also sill try and do yoga 1 to 2 times a week. It’s so good for opening up the body and stretching muscles (and relaxing/less straining than lifting weights).

Have you gotten morning sickness with this pregnancy?

I was pretty nauseous for about two weeks during the first trimester. I got sick maybe 2 or 3 times. With Asher I got sick one morning and that was it. I’ve been fortunate both pregnancies not to get too sick like I know some women have. I can’t imagine going through my whole 9 months or even half that of pregnancy being sick every day… especially while you have a two year old to watch (women who do are just plain rockstars)! What I think helped me get through those couple nauseous weeks was to try and go about my day as normal as possible. I had to get out of bed every morning and get Asher ready/do activities with him and I tried to eat regular meals and continue to workout (less intense obviously). I think trying to stay as normal as possible helped me feel better as the day went on.

How do you think Asher will do with baby #2?

I think he will be such a good big brother! He is a good listener for his age and so good at helping mom ad dad. He is so caring, and such a sweet boy. I think it will be really hard for him at first (and hard on all of us adjusting)… especially not getting as much attention from me or Adam. I think he will be kind of confused but I know as baby T #2 gets older they will be best buds and have so much fun together playing with balls, legos, trucks, etc!

Will you get induced so Adam can be at the delivery?

So the plan is for Adam to still be playing in early January (finger crossed)! If for some reason they do not make the playoffs then no I will not be induced and just deliver when the baby is ready to come out. If they are in the playoffs we will most likely try and get induced on his day off the week of my due date (Tuesday). My due date is a Thursday so if I am dilated enough and my cervix is soft enough my doctor will set a date, likely either Monday afternoon or Tuesday…that way Adam can be at the delivery! I’m just praying I don’t go into labor during game day!!!!

I feel like I need to tell a little about my delivery story with Asher since it was mid season that I had him. (Oct. 11th). My due date for him was October 13th. When the football schedule came out Adam and I were both shocked because his due date was during their bye week (how crazy is that!!!). We were both pumped. I had a plan to get induced that Monday instead of on my due date (Thursday) just so that Adam would be around most of the week to help/ get adjusted. I got a call around 5:30am the morning I was to be induced and they said I couldn’t come that day because too many woman were in labor. We were so bummed! Butttt later that day around noon my water broke on it’s own. Guess I was supposed to go in that day after all…and luckily Adam was there for the delivery:)

Did you have anyone else besides Adam in the delivery room when having Asher?

When I initially thought about this I always said I wanted just Adam in the room and for him and I to welcome Asher into the world. As I thought about it more I decided I wanted my mom in the room as well. She has always been a comfort to me and big support. I knew she would help me in the room..especially if I got annoyed with Adam (which I did because he was more worried about watching MNF). Slightly kidding lol…but no Adam did help me a lot but I was also so glad my mom could be there to comfort me as well and she’s been through before so she knows more of what to expect. I also loved it because she got some really cool pictures right when Asher was born of him and of the three of us on her phone…such great memories to look back on!

What's the nursery decor theme for the new baby?

So we are actually switching Asher into the room down the hall and baby #2 will get Ashers room! It is sports themed of course. We are doing this because it will be right across the hall from Adam and I’s room (closer and easier for those nightly feedings). Asher’s room will also be sports themed and the boys will have a conjoined Jack n Jill bath:) I am not very creative when it comes to nursery decorating so sports was the easiest for Adam and I to chose lol! They can chose what theme they want their room to be when they are old enough to decide!

 

Favorite baby products

 It's awesome we are having another boy because honestly we don't need too many new things for baby #2! At the top of the list is a new convertible crib, a double stroller, and some new bottles. Otherwise we already have a playmate, a swing, and I have about 5 boxes of Asher's clothes saved that baby T can wear.

My fav spots to shop for my boys would have to be Target, Adidas (sweatsuits are everything!), Nordstrom (they especially have some cute fall jackets, boots), and also Etsy has some super cute stuff (especially custom Vikings gear-if you want a certain number or style).

Baby carriers

Lillebaby Complete All seasons baby carrier

LILLEbaby Active— 6 in 1 carrier made from performance fabrics, so it feels like comfy workout gear (which is a plus in my book)! It has 7 pockets, including a water bottle storage on the lumbar support and a phone pocket on the shoulder pads

These are the only two carriers I have and love them both. Asher went to Vikings games starting at three weeks old and he slept through the whole game in my Complete all season carrier.

Stroller/ Double stroller: 

BOB Revolution Pro Single Stroller- We got this stroller for Asher and absolutely love it! It’s the only stroller we bought for him and it glides so smoothly. I would highly recommend especially if you like to go for walks, runs, or trips to zoos, etc (lots of storage at the bottom)!

Uppababy Vista Double Stroller - We just got this stroller for the new baby and to use with both boys! I have heard so many great things and am so excited to test it out. (BuyBuyBaby is always handing out those 20 percent off coupons so that’s a plus too:))

(We also have a cheaper and light weight stroller I got off amazon for quick plane/travel trips..it’s kept at my parents for when Asher’s over and they go for walks!)

MISC: 

  • Winter infant car seat cover- JJ Cole Car set cover —So great for infant car seats to help baby stay warm..especially in these MN winters!

  • Snuggle Me Organic— I just got this and am so excited to try with baby boy! I never got the Dockatot with Asher but have heard great things about these types of loungers. And then I found the Snuggle me lounger and was pumped because it is a MN made company (which I love to support) and they are made out of all organic fabrics.

  • This is kind of random but I love the Norwex baby wash clothes. They are so soft and gentle on baby/toddler skin.

  • After going through about 3 baby monitors already, Adam and I can both say that we love the Nest. It’s so nice how it connects right to your phone, iPad etc. It detects motion and notifies you right away. It also shows a great picture and a has good microphone.

A few more items I loved having when Asher was a newborn and that I’ll be using again…

  • Boppy nursing pillow, Boppy lounger, Dr Brown bottles, Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bustier (came in super clutch for hands free pumping…if you’re planning on breastfeeding), and the Fisher-PriceCradle 'n Swing.

Hope this answered some of your questions and maybe even helped some of you moms to be out there! There are just so many products out there for newborns/ moms to be and it can be overwhelming. I try and get as minimum as I can but I’m human and I still like to get recommendation and try new things that other moms have used/liked:) Have a great week everyone!

xoxo,

MRS T

Life lately

Hey you guys! So it's been awhile since I've posted anything on my blog. Life has been busy lately...a good busy but busy...from morning sickness to off season traveling and just the business of everyday life. Since it's now almost officially August ahhh where has the summer gone!!! I thought I'd catch you up on what's been happening in our life lately. 

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Most of you probably saw but...Adam and I are soooo happy the news is finally out and that we can share with everyone that our family will be welcoming baby number 2 sometime in the New Year (early January..maybe even a New Years baby?;). What a blessing from God!!!! We cannot wait to add another member to our family and give even more love to another beautiful child. In this post I'm going to share a little bit about how we found out we were pregnant and catch you up on some of the trips we've taken this offseason. I can't even believe it but off season is practically over...Adam starts his 6th training camp with the Vikings on FRIDAY?!? Definitely bitter sweet...we are excited for football season to return but that means getting back in the swing of it. Off season goes way too fast!

Adam and I have both been ready to add to our family since about last winter but we were trying to wait for the right time (if that's even a thing when your talking about getting pregnant lol). We decided to wait until April to start trying. That way if we got pregnant right away we'd have the child towards the end of football season and if it took a few months, then even better during the offseason. God willing it happened right away again just like with Asher. We were a little shocked how quick it happened but so thrilled and thankful to the good Lord. The new baby's due date is January 11th so depending on how far Adam and the Vikings make it, it could be tough timing (playoffs- we obviously hope he's still playing). It's definitely harder having a baby during the heat of the football season, especially with Adam being so busy and so emotional, mentally, and physically drained. As long as Adam makes it to the delivery room I will be happy. So please be praying that I do not have this baby during a Sunday afternoon game:) We are so pumped and excited to welcome baby #2 into our growing fam and we can't wait to see Asher become a big brother. He's so loving even to random strangers so I can only picture how he'll be with his new sibling. I'm nervous on how to handle two crazy kids but I know a lot of you mommas do it and with even more kids... so I know I can do it too! Any advice on handling two would be greatly appreciated:) Some days are so hard even just with Asher but it helps when I actually stop and breath and remind myself how awesome and lucky I am to be able to stay home with my kids and watch them grow!

This off season has been busy from different activities, to traveling, and spending time with family. We traveled to LA and back in one day for an Adidas shoot that Adam had...would not recommend bringing a 1 1/2 year old with to something like that, lol. We also had my whole family in town for a surprise retirement party for my dad. It was so fun having my two brothers, their wives and my little niece home...even if it was just for a weekend. Adam was also invited to play in a State Farm Showdown golf tournament hosted by Aaron Rodgers this off season. Just Adam and I flew out to Connecticut for two days. That was a really cool event where about 7 NFL players played against 7 NBA players...NFL won of course. We then flew from there to Detroit Lakes (Adam's hometown). We spent about 5 days there with Adam's whole family, which was a lot of fun. His two older sisters and there kids were there so Asher had a blast playing in the lake and enjoying the outdoors! We then were home for about 6 days and just got back a couple weeks ago from Lake Tahoe. This was Adam's second year playing in the ACC celebrity golf championship and we just love going there. Adam and I just went by ourselves for 6 days. Asher stayed with my parents for half the days and Adam's sister and nephews for a couple days as well. It was important for Adam and I to get away just us two before the crazy football starts (it was also our baby moon since we won't have time to take one during the season;). We had a blast...it was a lot of walking, a lot of eating (especially for this pregnant girl), and a lot of creeping on celebrities by me haha!

We now have just a few more days until training camp starts for Adam and then our family is on football season lock down for about 6 months. It was so fun traveling and doing so many fun things this off season as a family. Our family loves football season but it can be a grind at times...I am praying for a healthy and great season for our guys! I hope you all have had and continue to have a great summer! 

 

xoxo,

 

MRS T

Father's Day/ gift ideas

I am very blessed to have three great examples of what it means to be a great father in my life and Father's Day is a great day to stop and think about all the things your dad or father-like figure has done for you and all the great memories you've shared. It always helps to get a gift or two for them, but to me it is more about reflecting on their importance in you and your family's life! 

Growing up my dad was very hands on... especially when it came to sports! From him coaching me to playing in the backyard with me and my two older brothers, we have had plenty of great times. I appreciate him and all that he has done for our family growing up. He worked so hard for our family so that we could play the sports we wanted and get a good education. Adam's dad is another example of a great father who has always been a great role model for Adam to follow. He has worked so hard all his life to provide for Adam and his mom and siblings. Without him Adam would have never been able to play four sports in high school, do other things he wanted to do, or try out in the NFL! We are so grateful for both of them and all that they have done for us and continue to do! With two great examples already, it has been so much fun to see Adam as a father and how great of a dad he has been to Asher over the past year and a half. He truly is the best dad and is so hands on (like my dad!), wants to be around as much as he can, and provide as much as he can to Asher. You can tell he loves Asher so much and I love seeing them together. I can't wait to see all the new things Asher does with his dad over the years. 

Back to the gift idea! If you are looking for something for a special father or father figure, or if it's your husband who is a great dad to your children, I think you ought to get them something special this Fathers day. ;)  Hammer Made has so many great gift ideas to choose for your dad this Father's Day (I just stopped in last week to pick up a few things). We love Hammer Made, especially with it being founded here in Minnesota! Adam loves everything from their nice dress shirts to the funky socks! They offer a wide variety of items such as belts, ties, cotton t shirts, and cufflinks. The material is nice, comfortable, and appealing. Everything is at an affordable price for the quality material you get. 

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More importantly though...I think every son/ father needs a matching dress shirt! Hammer Made has the cutest father son shirt collection right now! This is what Adam and Asher are in to the right...how cute are they!!! Hammer Made also offers matching father-son socks, which is less then $20 bucks! 

Click this to shop the Hammer Made father son shirt collection and shop around online.

You still have time to stop into a Hammer Made before Sunday and pick something up for that special dad in your life! They have locations at the Galleria in Edina, MOA, Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, and the airport. I hope you all have a great weekend and Father's Day. Remember to thank your husbands/ dads in your life for all that they have done...you probably don't tell them enough and I'm sure it would mean the world to them!

xoxo,

 

MRS T