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As of today, I am 31 weeks and only have about 7-8 weeks to go. My doctor and I made the decision that another c-section would be best and we’ll be scheduling it for about the first week of April. It’s gone by SO fast! The next coming weeks will be filled with hopefully a lot of shopping and maintaining a tight schedule with Olivia and Joseph, so that when the new baby arrives we can continue it smoothly. I like to focus on making reading time fun & part of our daily routine. It’s one of our favorite ways to unwind, and is a big part of our afternoon and evening routine. During the afternoon we combine snack times with reading and gather up a few books while Joseph has his new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, Olivia her bottle, and we lay out and read books together. Sometimes even my older boys will walk by and grab a snack and sit for a few minutes.

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

It’s snacks like these that are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate (we love our chocolate) that make this busy mama happy! TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks (Located in Walmart’s cookie/cracker aisle and have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, or artificial colors) loveable bear-shape give these snacks a special homemade look (and delicious taste in two different flavors Chocolate and Vanilla) without the hassle. I believe in developing routines that are fun, and also something the kids look forward to. Reading for us has always been our way of unwinding and snacks only make it that time more enjoyable!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

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Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Having a large family and being a working mom is a lot of work. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for things like baking or even cooking meals from scratch, but making the time we do have together is special and that’s what counts, I can’t wait to add another little girl to our reading/snack time in just a few more weeks!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

What’s your favorite way to unwind with your kids?

Only four more days until Valentine’s Day! I don’t normally go all out for Valentine’s Day but I do want to make Olivia’s first Valentine’s Day special and I’ve been trying to buy her little things I know she’ll enjoy and actually use. Below are a few of the items I’ve picked up for her that are perfect for baby’s First Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

Olivia loves carry around little buckets full of toys that she collects from around the house. I bought her this red Valentine’s Day basket just for that!

Joseph and Olivia both love rubber duckies and I know she’ll definitely love this princess duck! I also picked this small Valentine’s Day ducks for Joseph.

A bouncy red ball to throw around the house and drive her big brothers crazy. 🙂

We have a pretty big collection of books and we read them all the time together! For Valentines Day I was sent the new DK Baby Touch and Feel I Love You book. The perfect book to share with your baby and celebrate how much you love them on Valentine’s Day and every day. It’s not only a adorable book to read  it’s also interactive and allows babies to explore the different textures and expand their senses as they discover this padded board book’s tactile elements. Olivia was immediately touching and feeling the fuzzy teddy bears and sparkly hearts, even Joseph loved it!

I also got her a baby purse complete with a teething handle and when you open it up it has a mirror and little toys attached.

Do you guys have any baby’s first Valentine’s Day gift ideas to add?

In exactly four weeks we will be celebrating Olivia’s first birthday (click here to read her birth story! Time has flown by and I couldn’t imagine life without her, she’s everything I was hoping for in a little girl and so much more! We’re having a low key birthday at home and we’ve tossed around the idea of celebrating Olivia’s and Joseph’s birthday together but I want her 1st birthday themes for girls to be over the top girly and just for her.

20 1st Birthday Themes For Girls

I’ve been gathering 1st Birthday themes for girls for some inspiration and there’s a lot out there! Below are 20 1st birthday themes for girls that I love!

Mermaid Party

Teddy Bears Picnic

Carnival Theme

BumbleBee Party

Pink Lemonade and Pinwheels

Fairy Party

Sparkling 1st Birthday

Rainbow 1st Birthday

Picnic Party

Pink and Orange Party

Abby and Elmo Birthday

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Garden Party

Princess Party

One Is Fun 

Secret Garden 

Flamingo Fiesta

Watermelon Party

Alice In Wonderland

Nursery Rhyme Party

These are all gorgeous themes! I want Olivia’s theme to be magical and sparkly just like her personality! What theme did you pick for your babies 1st Birthday?

Every time I head out to buy some Christmas gifts I’m distracted by anything girly for Olivia. It can be stuffed animal, dolls or these girls Christmas outfits at T.J. Maxx. I can barely keep my focus and always end up spending way more on her first Christmas gifts than I intended to. After five boys can you blame me? I just can’t believe in a few months I’ll have another girl and I know she’ll get some good use out of all of the outfits I’m buying now.

Girls Christmas Outfits  at T.J. Maxx

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

A little burgundy can easily be used as Christmas outfit too!

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

The selection of girls Christmas outfits at T.J. Maxx where so cute but they also had outfits that were a little dressier and would be perfect for the holidays as well. If want to make them more festive you can add a pop of red with a headband like this one or shoes like these.

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

This outfit was on clearance for about $7 and it does look a little summery but I bet it would look great with a dressy jacket like this one that I bought at Target.

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

This sweater dress looks way better in person and the crown would make it perfect for pictures!

Girls Christmas Outfits at T.J. Maxx

I got ended up buying Olivia an all beige dress with a fur trim collar (not shown here because I want to take pictures of her in it), beige opaque tights and silver ballerina shoes. For Christmas Eve she’ll wear a My First Christmas outfit or pajama that will match with Joseph (if I can manage to find a matching pair). I’m not to fussy about their Christmas Eve outfit because I want them to be comfy and able to play with their gifts. These girls Christmas outfits at T.J. Maxx have the perfect balance!

Where are you guys shopping for Christmas outfits?