How I set my mornings up so they run as smoothly as possible.

I bought a clothing rack on Amazon last month and back in the day, I’m talking way over a decade ago when we lived in Canada, I used to do these daily OOTD pictures and post them up here on spiffykerms at the end of the week – anyone remember those?

Well I started to have to do them again but mom-edition. I pick out my clothes that I want to wear that week, including my bras, undies and even jackets. I put them on hangers and grab the first one in line to wear. I do the same with my boy’s clothes. I love putting together little outfits for them and with my eldest I also include his undies/socks. Each night I take an outfit from his basket and bring it into the “morning basket” is what I call it. Inside the morning basket is this: a water sprayer for his hair, a comb, a brush, sunscreen, and the two boy’s outfits. That way after breakfast clean-up the stuff to get ready for school is right there on the table and there’s no rushing around. It’s fantastic, and I think I’m a genius for coming up with it on my own, ha!

The nightly routine is a slower pace. As much as I reeeeeeally dislike doing it – I must tidy up the entire kitchen before going to bed. Such a dreaded chore. I load the dishwasher, clean the air fryer if used, and put it away in the cupboard because I dislike bulky things out taking up so much space even if it’s used daily. I fill up my sons water bottle, pop it in the fridge, and get his snacks ready for the day and add it to his backpack.

I kinda stick to my plan about 5-6 days out of the entire week with cleaning the kitchen before I head to bed. But it sets me up for success in the morning with a tidy counter-space to make breakfast and get it on the table by a certain time.

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How the 3rd pregnancy is going…

Well, third child ….hard to keep updates on this little beb.

So I’ve been meaning to write more blog posts but honestly at the end of the days I’m simply exhausted – at this point in my pregnancy especially. My little guy (I guess you can call him my middle child now) is a lot different to parent than my oldest, and requires absolute constant supervision or he’s literally into dangerous things regardless if you say stop it’s dangerous. He’ll do it over and over….and over. It’s tough because it’s easiest to parent outside of the house obviously – because nature, the outdoors, library storytimes all keep him occupied and happy and keep the house in order/less messy etc. But I can only get out of the house in the mornings these days since come the afternoon time, I am soooo tired. Oof!

Getting everyone onto a schedule has also taken a lot out of my boys and I since my eldest started kindergarten. Me getting up 3x to pee at night, my middle child being an early riser before my 6am alarm and my oldest staying in bed as long as he can….we’re all pretty tired come Thursday! It’s quite an adjustment for my kindergartener ’cause he loves to sleep, and not used to this school routine.

Since getting back from our Canada vacation back in July I said to myself I’ll start potty-training my middle fella, and stop giving him a pacifier. Well folks, we’re on day 4 of cold turkey of giving up his paci and the poor little boy is all out of sorts with zero naps and a complete personality change (joking. kinda) since he’s overtired he’s getting into kicking me, scratching me etc when he’s overtired, and it’s impossible to get him to relax enough for a nap. So that’s what’s going on.

As for the baby, well baby is giving me a run for my money and they’re not even born yet. I have had to head to the hospital twice last month, one for possible pre-term labour and the second time was for a low fetal heart rate which sounded super scary. I don’t want to get into details but honestly everything is totally fine so far, so that’s relieving.

I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant and at my latest growth scan baby is already measuring at 4lbs which means baby is greater than the 99th percentile for weight, and height. So, keeping on track with competing with the two older siblings who were both way over 10 pound babies at birth.

lol my mood about that….

This month, I switched OBGyns. Mainly because at the time my vehicle was out of commission for 5-6wks and I could only go to appointments when my husband was working from home two days a week. But that also meant I was working at my son’s school for half of one of those two days. Sooooo my schedule was tight and I could tell that my Obgyn staff was putting me in their bad books just due to that and was getting frustrated with me not being able to attend appointments on certain days.¬†And….I don’t want someone delivering my baby thinking I’m being an annoyance to them – right?

Clearly feeling a little overwhelmed lately, but I think I need to head to bed early tonight and get an extra long rest in.

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Baby items I’ve picked up

I’ve gathered up a few little goodies already for our third baby. I’ve gotten rid of pretty much everything newborn and also 0-12mths (whoops!) So starting from scratch again, at least for the first year.

This lovely sheep blanket is made from brushed cotton (SO much softer than regular cotton – perfect for a winter baby’s skin). It’s by the brand Darzzi, which is sold in stores like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn. Ontop is one of Feltman Brother’s beautiful knit sets (we received THREE sets/pieces for our new baby!) – they have heirloom quality pieces. My two boys have had so many gorgeous pieces from them in the past.
And if baby 3 is anything like my firstborn and myself, they may (or may not!) have sensitive skin. Just to be on the safe side we ended up getting some Earth Baby. You can view close ups of these better on my Instagram highlight reel called Baby # 3.
These items were gifted to me (I picked them out however!). So excited to use these in December!
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