Claire Elizabeth!

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Claire Elizabeth joined our family on May 31st at 11:06 a.m. after a quick delivery!  I started contractions naturally at 3 a.m. (we were scheduled for an induction at 7!). We showed up at 6:30 and were unexpectedly ready to push at 10!  The doctor had to rush to the hospital it all happened so fast!  She weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces…exactly the same as her sister and only .25 inches longer at 20.75 inches.

She is just the perfect little baby and Eleanor is so far adjusting beautifully.  We have had lots of help over the last two weeks and we couldn’t be more thankful or feel more blessed.  We appreciate all of your love and support that you’ve shown our little family!

Hope you all have a great day!
Erin

xo swaddle/hair bow

Life Lately…

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This month I partnered up with Lorena Canals Rugs to finish up E’s Big Girl Room!  We are so excited about the final result!  It is just perfect for our sweet girl!
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One night, about three weeks ago, we asked E if she wanted to sleep in her big girl room and she just went in, crawled into her bed and we haven’t really looked back since.  She has been sleeping a solid 12 hours a night and it is 100% because of her Dockatot.  It cradles her in (and all 47 of her binks) without her feeling trapped I think.  Read more on her sleep transition here!
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My sister is just the best.  She knows when I post a gift guide, It is really just a wish list.  This mug and coconut body polish are my new favorite things!
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We went out to dinner at Kona Grill to celebrate being full term!  Head over to see the full post and there’s still time to get a free appetizer here!
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We are loving the warm weather!  I mean, who doesn’t love a good pair of jellies?!
Also:  E’s sunglasses (similar) and shorts
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For mother’s day we headed out to Old Hilliard to check out their new splash pad and grab some dinner!  Be sure to check out the post-there’s still time to get entered to win a gift card to Local Cantina!
E’s outfit: shirt ($3.82!), shortsshoesnecklace (similar)
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It’s getting warmer and E loves to be outside!  It’s always a huge struggle to get her back inside.  Also, it looks like they restocked E’s swimsuit!  For $10 it is perfect for summer!
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We packed up the hospital bag and are on the official countdown!
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Gah, how is she already 17 months??  Time is moving way too fast!!
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And just like that, it is time for baby sister to be here!  We are scheduled to meet her next Wednesday if she doesn’t arrive sooner!  So this will probably be my last post until baby arrives!  Be sure to follow along on Instagram for updates!  EEEEKK!!

I hope you all have a great long weekend with your families!!
Happy Friday!
Erin

A Family Adventure in Hilliard + Giveaway!

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Good morning,  I am so excited to be partnering up again with listings in Columbus to get out and explore Columbus as a family (see our family-friendly day in Grandview here)!  One spot we’ve been dying to check out is Old Hilliard and more specifically, the new splash pad at Hilliard’s Station Park!  So, on Mother’s Day we loaded up and headed out to explore!

First, we stopped by Hilliard Municipal Park to see some duckies and just the pond in general.  It’s a really nice pond area that would be perfect for a picnic this summer!

Just a few blocks away is Hilliard’s Station Park in Old Hilliard…it’s a little stretch of restaurants and shops and the all new splash pad!  We opted to play for a bit (it turned out to be way warmer than we thought!  Lots of kids already in suits playing!!) and then head to dinner.  They have tables around the splash pad so you could grab lunch at Local Catina or coffee at Coffee Connections and sit outside with the kiddos while they come and go playing!

Afterwards, we decided to grab dinner on the patio at Otie’s Tavern!  The evening turned out just perfect!

We will definitely be heading back to Old Hilliard soon!! Such a fun little area!!  And now for the really fun part!  Below is your chance to get out and explore the area a bit with a $25 gift card to Local Cantina (they actually have several locations around Columbus)!!  And if you’re interested in checking out a few other local places Breakfast with Nick has a great Clintonville round-up and It’s a Hero has a post all about Cuyahoga Falls which would be a great little getaway once baby gets here!

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Hope you all have a great weekend and have a chance to get out and explore!
Erin

P.S.

*This post was sponsored by Nakturnal, but all opinions, as always, are my own!

Packing the Hospital Bag!

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Good morning!!  We are officially under two weeks away from baby!!  The bag is packed and next to the door just in case.  I went full term with E, but ya never know!  Here are some of the essentials we are packin’:

Fawn Design Backpack and Weekender (similar)
A Nice Camera and your phone/cord
Nursing Pillow (Cover) So many purposes.  Sleeping, comfort, etc…

Clothing
A New Robe
  A Couple of Nightgowns
Leggings
Loose fitting tees/shirts
Slippers (similar) especially for trips to the bathroom
Flip Flops for shower
Socks (similar) I was freezing so I really liked having these during delivery
Stuff for Hubby

Products
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
Face Wipes
Dry Shampoo
Hair Ties
Blush and Brush
Eyeliner
Mascara
Lip Treatment
Deodorant
Shampoo/Conditioner
Toothbrush/Toothpaste

For Baby
Onesie they will provide you with everything for baby (including diapers and wipes) in the hospital, but we liked to have a few meaningful things to put on her for pictures and for taking her home!
Swaddle same goes here!
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Extras
Journal (similar)/Pen  Matt kept a log of the delivery and it’s pretty much the sweetest thing ever.  So glad we have it–it was really fun to read at her first birthday!
Baby Book to put the footprint/handprint in!
I am going to bring a blanket of Eleanor’s because I just feel like I am going to miss her while I’m at the hospital (especially during delivery) and it will help me to feel like both of my babies are with me.
Snacks.  You can’t have them while you labor, but you can have them as soon as you get to your new room.  I remember looking forward to my snacks while I was laboring.  I packed the big box this time.
Last time we also brought movies–it was Christmas time so we brought lots of our favorites…it helped to have some background noise.
Extra Bags to take home things from the hospital that they give you! And do take it all!

Anything else you all would recommend??

Hope you all have a great day!  Stay tuned tomorrow for another local adventure and giveaway!!
Erin

Party of Three at Kona Grill!

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Good morning!!  Well, baby girl is officially full term!! We decided to head out to dinner to celebrate at Kona Grill both that baby girl is healthy, but also that this could be our very last dinner out as a party of three!  Crazy!!

We whooped it up and ordered the calamari appetizer which we got for free for signing up for the Konavore program!  For dinner, I got the pad thai and Matt got the swordfish with brussel sprouts and a handcrafted old fashioned.  Matt was obviously the healthy eater of the evening as Eleanor went with grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and fries (Ok, I ordered it–I just wanted all of it).  These dishes were so good and go beyond the traditional sushi menu which was great for me since I can’t have it for three more weeks!  And they have over 40 different sauces that you can mix and match to create your perfect dish!  Gotta love options!

Kona also seriously has the best dining out ambiance with pretty much every option for experience you could imagine with an outdoor patio, indoor bar, sushi bar, and regular table seating.  PLUS, they have a fish tank that at least kept my little entertained!  They also had tons of stuff (markers, wax sticks, etc..) to keep her busy at the table!  Very much appreciated by all.

To find a location near you and get signed up to receive a free appetizer, just head here!

I hope you all have a GREAT weekend and to all the mamas out there–HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!  You are amazing.

Erin

*This post was sponsored by Kona Grill, but all opinion, as always, are my own!