Friday Finds and Favorite Hop #2

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great week! Thank you to everyone who linked up for our first hop last week. :) I'm looking forward to see what everyone links up this weekend. I need all the distractions I can get from being nearly 9 months pregnant, lol!

One of my favorite finds this week would have to be Tom's of Maine deodorant. I've been trying a lot of aluminum free deodorants and none of them really work. This is the first natural deodorant I've tried that works, which is great because I've been reading a lot of scary stuff they're coming out with about aluminum!

During this pregnancy, I've had terrible RLS. My midwife recommended a magnesium supplement, which has helped, but not fully. So I decided to try these Hyland's Restful Legs tablets and they've been working surprisingly well! They don't seem to last very long, but they work pretty much immediately, and really help me get to sleep at night.

My top favorite thing of the week would have to be this chalkboard Steven put up for the kids in the play room. It's been entertaining them for long periods of time, and at this point in my pregnancy I absolutely adore anything that will do that!!!

Link up your favorite finds for this week, or just your favorite post of the week! Please pay a visit to my awesome co-host, Anna, and feel free to grab a button (optional). Have a great weekend, everyone!!

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Mommy & Me Monday

Morning silliness.

Steven got a pic of us all wiping our noses at the same time, lol.

Still my baby. <3

At Kay's Kindergarten graduation!!

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Friday Finds and Favorite Hop #1

Hi everyone. :)

Wow, Anna and I are having some bad luck with getting this blog hop running! Today I woke up with cramps and a headache, probably because I hadn't been drinking enough water. Then when I started feeling better, the kids started acting up of course! But here is the first Friday Finds and Favorite Blog Hop, finally!! It will hopefully be up Friday morning from now on, and will run all weekend. I think it will be a lot of fun. :)

My favorite find this week would have to be gfJules™ Gluten Free Flour. Definitely the best gluten free flour I've tried by far. I've used it in place of regular flour in a few recipes now and they've all turned out great. The website has a bunch of recipes you can try with it too. :)

Please link up your favorite finds for this week, or just your favorite post of the week! Feel free to grab a button (optional). Have a great weekend!!

2 and a Half :)

I can't believe Brynna is 2 and a half! The past 6 months have gone by so fast, and she's grown up so much in that time. She is still as sweet as ever, even in spite of "the terrible twos" and wanting to exert her independence.

She's wearing 3T clothes. At her latest checkup which was a month ago, she was 36 inches and 30 pounds (around the 50th percentile for both). I was kind of concerned that she's been growing in height but not weight, but the doctor said it was fine and that she's perfectly healthy.

She says her favorite color is orange, her favorite food is popsicles, her favorite thing to do is draw, and her favorite animals are dogs and cats. :)

She's been trying to get her 2 year molars in this past month, and on some days it has made her extremely cranky. Definitely some of the worst teething I remember either of my kiddos ever going through. Only 1 has popped through so far, I hope the rest come in soon so she can go back to her happy self!!

She still adores animals and bugs. She actually thinks bugs are cute, she says "aww" when she finds one. I have to be careful to make sure she doesn't try to pet or pick up something that might bite/sting her!

I love how she's getting a real sense of humor. She understands jokes and makes up silly stories. She also imitates my warning tone of voice when I am telling her not to do something, which I know I shouldn't encourage but it's pretty hilarious.

She's been weaned for months now but did nurse a few times recently when she was sick.

She's been potty-trained since she turned 2, and has only had a few accidents since then. :) As long as we remind her to go potty before bed and before we go out, she's good.

She's going to bed at 8 and waking up at 8:30, and sleeping really well. She still wakes up during the night sometimes, but does sleep through the night most of the time. (Yay!) I gave up trying to get her to nap during the day, but sometimes she does take one if she's in the mood.

She still uses a pacifier at times, though usually just at bedtime and spits it out sometime during the night.

She has been getting a little pickier lately. Each week she will have a new favorite food and just want to eat that all day long. It's frustrating but I think it's just a normal toddler stage.

She is not very excited about becoming a big sister. Whenever the subject comes up, she says SHE is the baby and wants me to rock her in my arms. She also said that there wasn't a baby in my belly, just a very big poop, lol. So yeah, we might be in for a bit of a rough transition next month!

She's getting so smart. She knows her shapes and colors, and is even starting to learn her letters. She likes to practice writing whenever Kaylee is doing her homework.

She loves stuffed animals and dolls, and can never have too many. She collects them in her bed, and I have to sneak some away periodically so her collection doesn't get too big, lol.

Her favorite shows/movies right now are Signing Time, Lala Loopsy, Little Princess, Ponyo, Totoro, Tarzan, and of course Frozen. If you ask her who her favorite princess is, she says "Anna!"

She likes picking out her own clothes now, and getting dressed all by herself. She's definitely in the "do it myself" stage, and if you try to help her when she doesn't want it she throws a giant tantrum.

She is totally a girly girl, just like her big sister. They both love wearing dresses, the "twirlier" the better. I swear everything in our house is pink and sparkly, lol.

They also both love hats and boots, they even wear them in the house, lol.

She still loves drawing, and I may be biased but I think she's a really talented artist! This is the itsy bisty spider, lol.

She started gymnastics class a couple months ago. She saw Kaylee go to her class every week and was jealous, but when we signed Brynn up, she was too shy to participate. Now she is warming up to it, and gets excited to go. I think it's been really good for her, both for the exercise and the social aspect.

Shortly after she turned 2, we felt like she had a speech delay. She had always preferred signing to talking, but by this time we were starting to suspect there was a reason behind it. So we ended up starting speech therapy and she was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. From what I understand, it is a neurological disorder that affects motor planning. Basically, she is saying a lot of single words but struggling to string together multiple sounds. Her brain knows what she wants to say, but it takes a lot of  planning to form the words. For kids with Apraxia, trying to say a simple sentence feels like a tongue twister to them. It's kind of like saying "toy boat" over and over; by the fifth time it's really hard to say and you have to really try to say it properly. Or have you ever tried to say the Peter Piper rhyme really fast? I think it's a bit like that. But with a lot of practice and repetition, she is making steady progress. :) And luckily she doesn't seem to have any other challenges or delays that can often accompany Apraxia.

There are just so many things about this stage that I want to remember forever. Like the way she covers her mouth when she laughs, and taps her chin when she's thinking, lol. It is so amazing watching her personality develop. This is such a fun age, where she is really becoming less of a toddler every day, and more a little girl. Can't wait to keep watching her grow up, and I hope the transition of becoming a big sister isn't too hard on her!

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