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Baby # 3, An Early Welcome to the World! Part 1.

If you follow me on social media, you were flooded with pictures of our tiny sweet princess last weekend, and I even did a quick post about her name. Now, that she's here and we've had our first pediatrician appointment, I thought i'd take a moment and share the story of her arrival.

I guess you could say the story of her earlier than expected birthday started at our anatomy ultrasound. During the ultrasound it was noted that our baby was measuring in the 25 percentile for gestational age. Even though I have a history of small babies, the doctor at the ultrasound place was concerned about her size so I was scheduled for monthly ultrasounds to check growth.

Pregnancy continued, baby was still measuring small but we were both growing. The weekend of September 17, we dropped the girls off with family and had a little #disneyside baby moon.  We stayed up late, watched movies, slept in, ate whenever and whatever we wanted... It was really a relaxing time. We also decided to go …

Welcome Baby # 3!

Just a short post to welcome Baby Risa to our family! 
I will give a more detailed update on the days leading up to her birth, how we prepared and her birth story once we are home and settled. 
But for now, I thought I'd share her name and the meaning behind it. 
Risa Belle
Risa is pronounced like Lisa only with an R and Belle. 
Risa is the Spanish word for "smile" or "laughter" and for all you Disney fans out there, you know it's no wonder that her name means beauty...
So, Laughter Beautiful or Beautiful Laughter. 
We are so excited to have her here with us, safe and sound and look forward to sharing more of her story soon. 
For now, we appreciate all the kind words, texts, hugs and prayers for our family. 
Little lady, obsessed with "Dede Risa" and her tiny feet. (Also, she thinks my dress is so pretty!) Love bug is not impressed with mommys dress, or hospital room... Looking forward to being home and bonding there.

Preparing for Baby # 3 - Week 37 Update

Today marks week 37 of my pregnancy, and let me tell you... last week was a whirlwind of appointments, cleaning, packing, snuggling and long chats with my toddlers about becoming a BIG SISTER!!!

For this weeks appointments (Biophysical Profile Ultrasound) and obstetrician appointment, I had my husband go with me. Between our ultrasound appointment and OB appointment we made a quick trip to Jamba Juice. It was almost like when we were anticipating our first daughter, we used to treat ourselves to Jamba quite often after those appointments!
Weekly StatsWeight Gain: 1 lb Pregnancy Total: 16 lbBlood Pressure: 90/60Baby's HR - 140's Cravings Granola Bars Ice-ICE-ICE cold water (!)Big Sister Update My oldest (2.5) never ceases to amaze me. She is so kind, and so loving, and I can't wait to see how to does with another little sister. This week she's spent a lot of time talking to her baby sister, and rubbing my belly. It's very sweet to feel the baby respond to …

Tips for a #disneyside Maternity Shoot

As promised, here are some of the photos from our #disneyside maternity shoot last Sunday. I will admit, I was pretty disappointed that I didn't get to take one more photo of my baby bump at Disney, but sometimes we just have to accept that plans need to change. 

Here are my tips for accomplishing a semi-non-cheesey #disneyside maternity shoot! 

1. Gather some Disney inspired props.

When I think about Disney world, and the Disney company, I think about attention to detail! From the sights, and smells at the theme parks, to the hidden similarities within the movies. The Disney company pays attention to detail. 

Why wouldn't you do the same for your Disney inspired shoot?  I was tempted to put on some Minnie mouse earrings, but I didn't think it would show up very well so I skipped it. Instead, my husband put on his Donald Duck shoes and Mickey watch. 

2. Don't have Disney accessories? Use your wedding bands to create a Mickey shape on your bump!  

3. Have FUN!  “Laughter is ti…

#disneyside Baby Moon

Since our plans to travel to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival were totally thrown out the window, we spent the weekend at home.

I had every intention of just going to Disney for the day, even though my OB didn't fully support the trip. However, on Thursday evening I started having some pretty strong contractions. It was enough to make me second guess our trip. So, we opted to have a #disneyside babymoon at home.

On Friday afternoon we dropped our girls off with their grandparents, and I went and got my eye brows waxed. After a little bit of pampering we had to go to the store and return an item. It's in the same shopping plaza as our FAVORITE Pizza place in Miami, so obviously, we had to treat ourselves to dinner.

Looking for great Italian food in Miami? Go to Marinos!

After dinner, the baby decided she wanted a coke slurpee. Since the Slurpee's are buy-one-get-one at 7-11 right now, we journeyed to 3 different 7-11's called 2 and ended up at Burger King for our frozen…

Crafting with Toddlers: DIY Onesies and Week 36 Update

Hello friends!

We are approaching the finish line, and thankfully our name reveal outfit has arrived! I will be doing a dedicated post on what's in my hospital bag very soon, so stay tuned! One of the things my husband and I feel very strongly about is making sure our girls (even at 2.5 and 16 months) are aware of the baby, and that the baby is coming to live with us very soon.  When we welcomed baby Zuzu, our older daughter was SO excited! She had spent the last 6 months or so reading to the baby, giving kisses to my stomach and just bonding with her. I'll never forget the moment she first saw her, I sat on my bed in amazement at the instant love they had for one another.

We've worked really hard to allow our girls opportunity to bond with their new sister, and one of the ways we decided to help them get excited for baby was to make a special gift for their sister.

Our girls are really into coloring right now, they just enjoy coloring so much. Since I had a 3 pack of whi…

Simple Spaghetti Bake

In the fall is 2013, I was anticipating the arrival of my first born daughter. I had NO idea what to expect, what to anticipate, how to prepare, nothing. Not.A.Clue. I had spent hours upon hours on pinterest trying to figure out how to prepare for life as a mom. One of the tips was to prepare meals for the freezer.

I think I got as far as a potential shopping list, and then got completely overwhelmed and didn't make a single dish. In fact, I didn't even have groceries in my house when I left for the hospital. Thankfully, my in laws lived down the street and were always stopping by with food. 
When baby number 2 arrived in the Spring of 2015 we were in the middle of a move to a new city, my husband was starting a new job, we were selling our condo, and life was a little chaotic. Needless to say, I did NOT have any meals prepared in advance.

So, here we are... Baby 3 will be here somewhere between now and mid October. I have two toddlers, running around, I'm potty training,…

Farewell to Travel? - Week 35 update

Yesterday I had another appointment that left me in tears. It seems to be a thing these days, I'm blaming hormones.

Here we are at week 35, my bump is growing quite large but it seems baby girl is just hanging out in the petite category. I'm still not concerned with her measurements, my other two girls were not very large and she seems to be hitting all other developmental milestones, so I don't have a reason to be concerned. 

Here's an update on the stats!

Total Weight Gain: 14 pounds
Blood Pressure: 90/60
Baby's heart rate: 160's

- Peanut Butter M&M's
- Peanut Butter and Apples
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milk

I can't seem to get control over this obsession with Peanut Butter!

Now that we are at week 35 I will start to have weekly appointments, and my doctor has not at this point cleared me to travel to Disney for our baby moon. I'm pretty disappointed, and will probably ask again at my next appointment. I felt like it was a blanke…

FAST FOOD: Breakfast Ideas

As a Mom of two young toddlers and a newborn on the way, I'm often asked "how do you, how will you..."

To be honest, one moment at a time. It's not easy, but it's our life and it's beautiful! 
So, for the busy human I thought I'd share one of my favorite breakfast ideas! 
This is something you can make for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and adults! It's simple and delicious! 
1. Cook Oats to taste  2. Slice Apples 3. Add a spoonful of peanut butter  4. Enjoy! 
With a baby you can easily skip the peanut butter and just mix in some apple sauce. 
I love the way peanut butter mixes in with oats, it gives it a cookie dough like consistency and makes you feel like you are eating a dessert! 
Question of the day: what's your favorite breakfast?