We have partnered with Gymboree and their One Big Happy Hello campaign to talk about first moments with our babe! As a second time parent, I got to compare for the arrival of our baby girl way more than I prepared for Jackson. Which normally it’s the other way around, but as you know, our story goes a little differently, and Jackson was a little surprise… but the best one of our lives! Part of my preparation for having two babies was more mental this time rather than actual things. We already had everything we needed except for all the pink that I plan on infiltrating our house with for the next 18 years… I’m kidding… kind of. So as far as clothes, I love being able to dress them in cute but quality outfits, and Gymboree is one of the softest brands that I truly love. I prefer to put my kids in 100% cotton, so they have that covered for sure, and you can find so many adorable styles. Elston is wearing part of their newborn collection, which has really soft and thick options to choose from. I LOVE her little socks, and as you probably know, little animal faces are all the rage in babyland. I love that they plan the styles so that you can incorporate a few items for more outfits, as opposed to just one pattern only going with one other thing. They also make sure their clothes can grow with baby, like cuffs that can be rolled then unrolled. Jackson is so obsessed with his bear sweater, he keeps saying ‘Roar’! His little bear socks did not last as long since he’s in a new phase where he likes to go barefoot anywhere (I hope this doesn’t last long).
As far as mentally preparing for our new addition, it really involved making sure each one had enough time with me, and planning out how I can do that. That is challenging when they are so little and each need me for completely different reasons and in different ways. I can’t do the same activity with them both together all the time like I will be able to in a few years. Now as Jackson is getting older, he is really growing into his role as the big brother and it’s amazing to watch. I still have to referee but there are more and more sweet moments between them. Today marked a big one and a first for our family. The weather is finally cool and breezy out so this mommy
isn’t irritable is ecstatic to be outside with the babes and we had our first little picnic today! Elston is old enough to now eat a few table foods, and they both share a love for avocado (too messy for a picnic, or in my opinion for anyone under 4) and puffs. So today, under a breezy grand oak tree, I watched them share a snack of Puffs and a few laughs that I was not in on and just could watch with admiration as an outsider. It was one of the greatest moments that makes me so excited for what is to come as a parent, and the beginning of a sibling relationship.
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