Nap time piece of mind with VTech

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I'm so excited to be getting back into blogging. I took some time off at the end of my pregnancy and of course after my baby boy was born. We welcomed Theo Thomas into our family on July 25th. The labor didn't go as planned, but does it really ever?

vtech baby monitor

Unfortunately, I had a pretty scary emergency C Section but thanks to my doctors, Theo got here safe and sound.

Since being home I've been trying to adjust to being a mom of two. Getting on some sort of schedule will take a while but its going pretty well so far. I will say that I definitely forgot how demanding newborns were. Trying to balance giving him what he needs plus making sure I am including my toddler is really important to me.

Baila's nap time has always been something I looked forward to. I know I'm not alone here, right moms? Now more than ever nap time is something I really need. I've actually always been a pretty "bad napper" and rarely spent it sleeping. I usually use nap time as a time for me focus on things that I need to do or enjoy doing. Eating, cleaning, blogging, catching up on shows etc...

vtech baby monitor

Call me paranoid, my husband definitely does, but I MUST have a video baby monitor in my toddler's room. Even at 2 1/2, I need to keep an eye on that crazy kid. Eventually, Theo will be in his own room and we'll for sure have a monitor in there as well. I recently started using the VTech Safe And Sound VM342 Digital Video Monitor with Wide-Angle Lens and Standard Lens and I can honestly say it is the best monitor I've tried. Since Baila was born we've had a total of three different monitors, the VTech Digital Video Monitor with Wide-Angle Lens being one of them.

Other monitors we have owned before this one had either broke or failed to charge.  What I love about the VTech Digital Video Monitor is the Wide-Angle Lens. I can see Baila's entire room in one shot without having to scan around and look for her. I also love that I can speak to her with the two way, talk back intercom. You know, when she's up playing and instead of napping I'll give her a nice little reminder to get back in bed. #momlife.

vtech baby monitor

One other feature that I love and didn't have on previous monitors is the temperature sensor. This came in really handy one very hot day during nap time. I took a look at the monitor and got a warning that Baila's room was too hot, I believe it was over 87 degrees. I went to check her room and she had accidentally knocked the plug to the air conditioner out of the outlet. If the monitor didn't have that sensor my poor kid would have been sweating her little tush off during nap time.

Notice the pile of stuffed animals on the floor and not the bed. That's where my kid is sleeping these days. Kids are strange.

Notice the pile of stuffed animals on the floor and not the bed. That's where my kid is sleeping these days. Kids are strange.

There are so many other awesome features and I really do highly suggest this monitor. We plan on getting a second camera when Theo moves to his room since this monitor can support up to 4 different cameras.

This camera really does give me piece of mind and I'm not kidding when I say I might keep a monitor in my kids rooms until they move out. OK, I'm kidding. But really, sounds like a pretty awesome idea to me.

What do you do when your kids are napping?

Thank you for reading,

Kari

 

 

 

Five Ways To Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

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Five Ways To Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

So, as you might know, I am two and a half weeks away from my due date. TWO AND A HALF!!! It honestly cant come soon enough though. This pregnancy kicked my butt in ways I never expected and I am very ready to get this kiddo out of me and start feeling somewhat like myself again. I'll spare you all the details but lately I am just very uncomfortable, exhausted, and hot. Really hot. Normally, I am the type of person thats always cold but being pregnant, especially during the summer months, has me sweating in places I didn't even know I had. TMI. Sorry. 

There have been a few small things I've been doing to survive pregnancy in the summer and since I love helping my fellow mamas out, I though't I'd share those ways with you all.

Five Ways To Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

1) Keep Cool In The Shade: This sounds like an obvious, and I bet it is, but its been super helpful in keeping me cool. I spend a lot of my days in the backyard with my daughter watching her play in her pool. We are lucky enough to have a large awning and a lounging set underneath so thats where I sit my booty and relax while she does her thing. I tried the whole "laying out" thing while she was in the pool and I lasted about 4 minutes. It's hard work laying in the sun when you're this big. Guess I'll work on my tan after labor. If you don't have an awning, sit under a tree or even set up a beach umbrella in the backyard. 

2) Wear Light Colored, Breathable Clothing: I'm normally a lover of dark, tight clothing all throughout the year but lately, thats not cutting it. I've found that flowy, light colored clothing makes a huge difference when I'm trying to stay cool. Try fabrics like linen and cotton and turn your maxi dresses into midi dresses by knotting them at the bottom.

3) Take A Dip In The Kiddie Pool: We don't have a backyard big enough for a tradition pool so we stick to the old fashioned kiddie pool. Baila loves it so thats all that really matters anyway. You can pick them up pretty much anywhere and they make them large enough for mama to sit in and cool off. It's a nice way to take in a little sun while still staying cool enough at the same time.

Five Ways To Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

4) Stay Hydrated: I used to be so bad when it came to staying hydrated but I finally realized how important it is during pregnancy, especially during the summertime. Many Americans are chronically dehydrated and don't even know it. Some warning signs of dehydration are headaches, dry hair and early wrinkles. One easy way I remember to drink enough is to always have a bottle of water or Iced Tea with me on the go. If I have it in front of me, I'm more likely to drink it. I love that I can run into any CVS Health store and pick up a smartwater or an Honest Tea and have it with me when I'm out running errands. Beat the heat. Stay hydrated.

Five Ways To Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

 

5) Take Naps (in the air conditioner): Naps are so important during pregnancy. It's definitely wise to take them whenever you're able to, especially during the first and third trimester. They are a great re-fresh and a great way to get a little rest in before labor and before you have kids and never sleep again ;). I love being able to take a nap on a hot day in the air conditioning while Baila naps. Now, what are the odd's that both kids will nap at the same time when the baby comes? Hmmmmm.

 

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Thank you for reading,

Kari

Quick Blog Update

36 weeks pregnant

Hey guys,

Just a little update. I wanted to let you all know that I will be taking the next few weeks off. I have about four weeks left of my pregnancy and this mama is T I R E D. This little boy sure is kicking my butt.

I hope to be back to blogging more regularly by early/mid august.

Feel free to send any topic ideas or questions my way.

Thanks again for all your support.

-Kari