we are moving

25 Mar

so, I decided to change the blog name, if you want to keep following us –

http://www.raisingoandm.wordpress.com

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shop Etsy & help Japan

18 Mar

there are so many great sellers on Etsy that are contributing a percentage of sales to earthquake relief.
if you are as obsessed with Etsy as I am, there are some great items for sale. here are a few i have my eye on. (just click the image to link to the etsy shop)

Dear Marco and Olivia…….

7 Mar

I have been writing this letter to you both in my head since before you were born. All the things I wish and hope for you. It’s funny how I would daydream about what you would be like, what you would look like. The two of you just blow me away. In every way possible you have enriched our life more than you know. I love our little family. Watching your dad with you, listening to him read to you and the way you laugh with him. Every morning is such a blessing, walking into your room and seeing you both with such smiles on your face, it makes me melt every time. I never knew that my heart could be filled with such pure happiness and love.

I love the twinkle in your eyes when you both smile, I hope you never lose it. Marco Bello the way you have discovered your voice, it cracks me up. You love to “chat” and you mean it. You have the sweetest smile and the way you look at your sister is just too precious. I love to see you snuggle with your cobija, the way you bury your hole face in it, it’s exactly how you would be in the ultrasounds!

Olivia Jade you are such a little actress! The way you scream until you are RED and then in a flash you are smiling and laughing. It’s like you are just making sure we are paying attention. You have turned into such a little giggler and I love it! I love the way you reach for Marco when you are in the crib together just to rub his head and the way you are always reaching for each other’s hand. I love that you are buddies and I hope you always will be.

Everyday is a new adventure for you and I am just so blessed beyond words to be your mother.

I still have to get this framed for your room but I hope you both always remember:

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

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Sassy Baby Pack Give Away

2 Feb

I just recently bought a few Sassy toys and found this great giveway to share.

Enter the give away at Babyrazzi.

One (1) lucky BabyRazzi reader will receive a “Sassy Baby Pack” valued at $100 including:

  • Rock Star Developmental Gym: 15 developmental activities in one emphasizing gross and fine motor skills.
  • Rock Star Guitar: Inspire touch with through familiar children’s songs with a rock twist to help baby discover cause & effect.
  • Rock and Roll Ring Stacker: Baby is challenged to learn how to crawl.
  • Teething Feeder (2-pk): Perfect for home or travel, the Teething Feeder is a great way to give your baby whole, fresh, age appropriate foods while reducing the risk of choking.
  • Stay-Clean™ Silly Squirts™: Winner of the 2010 JPMA Innovation Award, these bath toys have a unique 2-piece design that helps prevent mold growth.

http://www.babyrazzi.com/2011/02/01/enter-to-win-sassy-baby-pack-2/

Favorite Things

6 Jan

I have been meaning to sit down and write this for awhile but of course just haven’t had a minute to do it. The days just fly by with the babies! Some days I am lucky if I get to finish my morning coffee or eat! I have to get better about making the time to do eat though.

Now that’s it’s been two months, I wanted to share some of the things that we love. I would roll my eyes when my mom’s friends would laugh at my long-ass registry and now I can see why. There were so many things that I thought would be a necessity and wound up never even using. I am learning that less is definitely the way to go.

  1. Amazon Mom/Subscribe & Save – Hands down the best thing ever. It’s such a huge relief to just have diapers, wipes and formula shipped home. 30% off and 2 Day-Free Shipping, can’t beat it.
  2. Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher – I have 4 of these pitchers and it’s such a time-saver. Having bottles and formula ready to go at all times makes my life easier. If only they could make the pitchers a little bigger to reduce the spilling.
  3. The First Years Babypro Quick Serve Bottle Warmer – At first I didn’t think we needed a bottle warmer, I just kept warming them up in a bowl of hot water. I had the Tommee Tippee warmer and hated it. We had to switch Olivia’s formula and it was so thick it wasn’t warming up as fast. This is quick, cheap and I love the handy water dropper.
  4. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack – I have 2 of these on my counter and love them. They don’t take up too much space, look nice and I can pile it up with bottles and their million pieces. \
  5. Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant-to-Toddler Comfort Rocker, Alpha Fun – Originally we had the Bright Starts Comfort Bouncer but the mobile never snapped in and as they got older I knew that 1) they would pull on the mobile and 2) would get bored. This one goes up to a higher weight and they love all the colors.
  6. Seventh Generation Diapers & Wipes – We switched to these pretty quickly after Olivia developed a burn from the Dry Max diapers. They have been great, no more diaper rash issues.
  7. Munchkin – seriously everything I have purchased I love.

I have a few more things to add when I have time.

How did we get so lucky….

6 Jan

The holiday craze is finally over, literally just finished taking down the tree. This Christmas was such a special one to have O & M here with us. I just kept thinking back to last Christmas and how we were struggling with the decision to do IVF or not. I think at the time, we were close to losing hope that we would ever be parents. It’s true that little quote, “We were praying for a miracle and we were BLESSED with two”.

Here are a few pictures that Photographer Tatiana Breslow did and we used for our Holiday card. I love the one of Martino and I holding the babies. Maybe it’s all the leftover hormones but it makes me tear up every time. 🙂

The B&W and the pics in the pack n’ play are when we were snowed in at great-grandma’s house.

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Favorite Things…LittleLittleMissMatched

13 Dec

I had never heard of this brand until the babies were gifted with a few outfits and I L.O.V.E. the LittleMissMatched collection at Babies R’ US. First off the the clothes are just so soft and the patterns are just too cute. I love the mix of stripes, polka-dots and the colors. Just too cute! I have to add a few more pics of the babies in their outfits as they wear them. I don’t know why  BRU doesn’t have the collection online. I did make it into the store and the entire collection was on clearance for under $5 each. SCORE!!