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Valentines Gift Ideas for Your 12-18 Month Old

 Happy Hump Day, ya'll!

Remember on Monday when I promised to bring you valentines gift ideas all week long? Well i'm here to share a few picks that you little one might love!

I tend to be a little one-sided here and only focus on boy must-haves, so I was super excited when my friend, Sarah at Sweet Miles wanted to collaborate to share some baby girl picks as well! Sarah had Adeline 5 days before Sawyer was born, so we're basically mom besties. We kept in touch throughout our entire pregnancies, and I would have lost it without our late night (and all day) text messages during our first year of motherhood! Head on over to her blog to get some awesome ideas for the baby girl in your life. :)

Does anyone else feel like they're still drowning in toys and stuff from the Holidays?? Sawyer's birthday is in October, and then 8 weeks later was Christmas, so he is literally set until college with all the gifts he could ever need. But who can resist putting a little festive something together for their little?!

I really tried to focus on some experience type gifts, as well as practical things I know he will really love rather than more toys to just add to the clutter. I should mention, this post is in no way sponsored, I just really like the products! I also made sure they were all available on Amazon Prime, free shipping for the win!

Sawyer has totally become Mr. Independent in the last few months, and he has to hold his own spoon or fork at every meal. I love that these come with a convenient little carrying case to throw into the diaper bag if we'll be out, and the plastic won't hurt his mouth when he inevitably bites down way too hard.

2)  Experience Gift Cards (Amazeum, Little Giggles)

This is my favorite and what we're telling any and all family members to get Sawyer for the next year. We have an incredible Childrens museum in our area, and a fun place called Little Giggles that we can take Sawyer when it's too cold to play outside, and gift cards give you no excuse but to get your booty out of the house and have some fun!

I'm not sure that this is the technical name for these things, but we don't take a bath without them! It's our favorite way to practice colors and Sawyer claps and squeals as they fizz up and change his bath water.

Any other mamas out there with kids obsessed with coloring? Sawyer wants to color EVERYTHING! (Including the couch, the walls, the table) The problem with regular crayons is that his chubby little baby fist breaks them almost immediately. I love how thick these crayons are, and ya'll they're seriously indestructible. He chews on them, tries to break them, and drags them all over the house and we haven't had one broken crayon yet. I also love the cute little carrying case they come in, it makes clean up much easier. (That is, when I can actually find where he hid the red crayon)

Speaking of coloring, these Melissa and Doug extra large coloring books are perfect for little toddler hands. He needs something nice and large he can scribble all over, and these fit the bill. The pictures are nice and big, and I love how darn affordable they are too. It makes it a little less painful when he rips a page to shreds. :)

Sawyer will drink water all day long if he has a big boy cup and straw. Most of the time he ends up stealing ours, but these are awesome because they come in a two pack (am I the only one always searching for a sippy?) and they're leak proof. 

Another thing our little guy is obsessed with is packing things away and toting around his treasures. This backpack is absolutely adorable, and toddler sized to boot! Sawyer will be starting part time Montessori school at the end of summer as well, so this little backpack will be perfect for packing up some things from home to make him feel comfortable. Bonus that you can pack up their entire Valentines gift inside, and let them unload one by one!

That's that! I can't believe our tiny Valentine is about to celebrate his second day of love. I mean, where did this little squishy baby go?! 

He will have my whole heart forever!

Don't forget to head over to Sarah's blog Sweet Miles to get even more toddler gift inspiration!

Until Next Time,

I love my husband and he loves JORD

Happy Monday, friends!

Today is going to be the first in a series of Valentines gift ideas i've got for you this week. Starting with my cute husband.

I have to give you a little back story. My husband doesn't own a lot of nice things. He is just a real simple guy, and takes care of the things he has, and never asks for much. For Valentines day this year I thought it would be so special for him to get a really, really nice watch that he can feel proud of and maybe feel a little fancy ;)

Because I am partnering with JORD Wood Watches on this post, Jake knew a special gift was coming, and he was over-the-top excited. I picked the KOA & Ash Watch for him and it is absolutely stunning. When the box arrived in the mail, he was so excited to open it he didn't even say hello to me when he walked in the door from work! I can see why though, it's a gorgeous, timeless design and it's basically the manliest men's watch you could ask for with the rich wood and unique face.

He only ever takes it off now when he is showering or sleeping, and his favorite feature was this gorgeous wood box it comes in, that actually acts as a humidor to keep the wood in tip-top shape.

I'm super jealous of this gorgeous timepiece, but lucky for me JORD also sells beautiful women's watches so if I have any fellas out there reading, it could also make a wonderful gift for your lady. :)

JORD has been such an awesome Rose & Co partner, and they've agreed to giveaway a $100.00 gift card to one lucky reader to splurge on their own unique watch. You can enter the giveaway HERE, but don't worry! If you didn't win, JORD is offering $25.00 off any cool watch on their site to Rose & Co readers. Just enter the giveaway above and your coupon code will be provided!

I could write an entire novel about how Jake deserves every nice thing in the world, but i'll spare you the mushy-gush (for today at least) :)

Until Next Time

Watch Gift Ideas

21 Weeks Pregnant with Baby Sister

It could not be any more true that the second time around documenting pregnancy is 1000 times more difficult. I truly don't even remember to take pictures, and before I know it another week has past. When I was pregnant with Sawyer, we broke out the big camera for almost every week, and I put on perfectly styled maternity outfits, and this time around, you're getting an iphone selfie after work ;)

How far along? 21 weeks 3 days.

Total weight gain: 6 pounds total. Which I think is less than 20 weeks with Sawyer. I thought I would gain so much more this time around (especially since I never completely lost what I gained with Sawyer) but i've been so busy I haven't had time to stuff my face. And I was sick as a dog for 20 straight weeks so that doesn't help either!

Maternity clothes? OOOH yeah. I really was exclusively in them from 11 weeks, but now my shirts are starting to become crop tops if I don't wear a maternity shirt. I got the best pajamas from my mother in law over Christmas (I seriously can't stop raving about them) and they're the only pajamas that fit so perfectly over this growing belly.

Stretch marks? No new ones, but plenty of old ones!

Sleep: It hasn't been great lately. I'm dead-tired by 8:30, and fall asleep pretty quickly, but I find myself waking all night with the nuttiest dreams! My bladder has also really ramped up production the past few weeks and i'm constantly having to pee. My middle-of-the-night waking is terrible for my pocketbook, however, because that's usually when I do my worst online shopping damage ;)

Best moment this week: Learning our little lady was still a little lady, and had all of her perfect organs and 4 chamber heart. For some reason, I was irrationally nervous for our anatomy scan. I think I lived in this blissful fairytale with Sawyer that everything would just be fine, and reality set in a little bit during this pregnancy. I was so worried something would be wrong with her, especially since we were pregnant so quickly, but everything is healthy as can be and I feel so incredibly relieved.

Miss Anything? I've been pretty good lately, actually. Pregnancy is not fun (for me at least) but I am able to keep food down, I haven't been too overly exhausted, and i'm not large enough yet to hate life. I would say this is definitely the sweet spot of pregnancy.

Movement: FINALLY! She has been a mover and groover from our very first ultrasound, but I was barely feeling anything until recently. Now I can count the kicks and Jake has been able to feel a few, and it's my favorite part of being pregnant! I already look forward to the giant flips and jabs and kicks that come in the next few weeks. There is nothing as special as feeling those little love taps.

Food cravings: Sweets. As usual. :) I have a terrible sweet tooth made even worse by the baby. I'm always incredibly thirsty too, but it has to be ice cold.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not nearly as bad as it was! Thank heavens! I still have an incredibly strong gag reflex so just about anything makes me gag, but I haven't thrown up in about 2 weeks, and i'm not even taking my diclegis anymore so that is a huge relief.

Gender: Our first sweet girl!

Labor Signs: Braxton hicks have totally started-and these ones feel so much more intense! Maybe it's because my body already knows the drill, but i've been getting BH contractions that literally take my breath away. It's not too often, I would say only 2-3 times a week max, and usually a tall glass of water and putting my feet up will send them packing.

Symptoms: I've had bronchitis the last 6 weeks, and the awful coughing caused a rib to fracture. That was It still hasn't completely healed, but now that my coughing is so much less it's on the mend. I'm so incredibly grateful not to be throwing up anymore, though!!

Belly Button in or out? You guys, I don't even know what to say about this belly button. It is out of control. I did find out at my 16 week appointment though that I have a pretty severe umbilical hernia which is what is causing it to protrude so much. It doesn't hurt at all, it just looks crazy!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Somewhere in the middle :) I'm so happy to be feeling better and on the mend, and we just had the most magical Holiday season ever so it's hard to be moody with all that going on. I will say, though, I am so much more hormonal with this little lady and it doesn't take much at all to send me into a tailspin! 

Looking forward to: Not being pregnant anymore? :) Ha! We're starting a bunch of home projects this month, a mini kitchen makeover, and of course, the NURSERY (!!) and I can't wait to start seeing pieces of that come together. Now that Christmas is over, I'm really looking forward to some warmer weather, but seeing as it's only January, I shouldn't get my hopes up!

You'll have to excuse the Christmas boxes in the background and the fact that this is a mirror selfie. You do what you can with baby #2. At least it's better than this:


Thank you so much for following along this pregnancy! I am going to desperately try to get some maternity looks shot this weekend. Since this is a winter pregnancy my style has been so much different than the never ending dresses I wore the first time around! If you're interested in maternity fashion, you can click HERE, if you'd like to follow along with my bumpdates, you can click HERE and you'll see the updates for both baby girl and Sawyer!

Until Next Time,