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why i decided to have my kids share a room…and how i made the transition

I’m not sure why I never thought to have the boys share a room before, because it has honestly been a dream. We just hit one month of two boys in one room, and no complaints. Clearly, I’m not an expert, nor do I know what I’m doing 100% 50% of the time. I try to play it cool for Jason during big transitions and milestones, but truth be told, I was scared shitless for this one, curated nightmare scenarios in my head and almost talked myself out of doing it at all. Although I had only heard good things from those who had kids that shared a room, you never know what is actually going to happen when you change your kids routine. The boys are rocking it though, and I’m casually high-fiving myself.

Why the sudden change? Although many have guessed that I am pregnant, I’m bummed to announce that this is not the case. (Jason is a jerk and still won’t agree to babe #3. I’m working on it though. Believe that.) My reasoning, I suppose, was that our bedtime routine had become about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. Lincoln was refusing to stay asleep in his own bed, and Wyatt was straight up refusing to go to sleep all together. I figured they could both use a change, and that’s how I made the ultimate decision.

What did we do? Normally, I would completely avoid making a big deal about any transition that is happening, unless your child would benefit from it. For Lincoln’s sake, I did explain that mommy and daddy were going to move his brothers crib in his room, and they would be having sleep overs from now on. Lincoln does not do well with change (like father, like son) and I wanted to avoid any meltdowns.  But overall, I try not to share too much with the boys. Lincoln seemed really excited about it, and with that, we moved Wyatt’s crib into his room. We made the change in the morning. We figured we could test it out at nap time, and revert back to ‘normal’ if all hell broke loose. I’d rather f*ck up nap time, than bed time. Just my personal opinion.  To my surprise, Lincoln did not mention a thing, rather Wyatt was a little upset. It took a few “it’s okay, this is your new room. It’s time to take a nap…” for Wyatt to calm down. But, after about 20 minutes, they were both snoring, and I was doing a happy dance.

Bed time that first night, went better than I could have imagined. Wyatt was so excited to finally be able to join Lincoln with his bed time stories and prayers. I knew he was feeling left out, and perhaps I was continuing with his ‘baby’ bedtime routine because I wasn’t ready to let it go. I miss rocking my baby to sleep, but seeing the boys share their bedtime routine, melts my friggen heart.

Here is a little glimpse at our new normal…

Nap: If Wyatt is extremely tired, there are days where he will go down for a nap around 1 or 1:30. Lincoln cannot nap before 2. I don’t even try anymore. So on the days that Wyatt goes to sleep earlier, Lincoln knows he needs to be very quiet. Neither of the boys really have a “routine” at nap time. I’ve always just put them in bed, given them a kiss, and walked out. I didn’t change any of that when they moved into the same room. On days where they go down at the same time, sometimes there are little noises + giggles. But they are both usually asleep within 5-10 minutes.

Bed: We decided that when we moved the boys in together, we would also push bedtime back. 7pm just wasn’t working for us anymore, and it was too much of a struggle. We both knew that a later bedtime was coming, but we were avoiding it like the plague. (We enjoy our evenings together, judge us. I dare you.) The boys now go to bed at 8pm, and although we lost an hour of quiet time, we gained a (mostly) stress free bedtime routine. Bath is around 7:15. By 8pm, we have two boys who are tired enough, but not too tired. Because, trying to get an overly tired kid to sleep, is harder than sneaking past your parents when you get home drunk your junior year of high school. And that is no easy task. Trust me on this one.

In the near future, Wyatt will be throwing deuces to his crib, and using a big boy bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly when that will happen, or what the layout of the room will look like. But, my initial thought is that we will move the boys back into Wyatt’s room (it’s bigger and has a huge closet) and purchase a trundle-bed. Bunk beds scare the crap out of me, at least for now. Right now, I’m just enjoying the fact that Wyatt adores his crib, and I’m certainly not pushing for that to change. I love the current situation, and  I only wish I had done it sooner!!

 

the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you need!

Sometimes you just need to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is super easy, and perfect if you have little helpers. I make it anytime I’m attending a holiday party or get together. These cookies are crunchy on the outside, ooey-gooey on the inside, and basically the size of my hand. It doesn’t get much better than that! I have tried too many cookie recipes to count, and this one is my absolute favorite. It’s a great base cookie recipe as well, and would do just fine with some flavor changes. You could add nuts + butterscotch chips to it for a little twist, or cranberries + white chocolate chips. Yum. I know what I’ll be trying next! For now, here’s how to make these killer cookies.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of salted butter (make sure it’s room temp)

1 egg

1/2 cup of brown sugar

6 tablespoons of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of AP flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate Ghirardelli chips. They’re huge + delish)

First, preheat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit. Add butter and sugars to a large bowl. Mix on medium until they are creamed together. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. In a separate bowl, soft flour, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do your best to not over mix. Add chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, scoop roughly 4 tablespoon size portions of dough and place on baking sheet. This next step is very important, cool your dough!! It helps to ensure big, moist cookies, rather than flat pathetic ones. Once your dough has cooled a bit, place your baking sheet in the oven and cook for roughly 14 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, so be sure to keep an eye on these suckers! If you make smaller cookies, they most likely will need less time to cook. One baked, remove from oven and allow to set and cool.

My favorite is to devour these as soon as they’re cool enough to pick up. I hope you enjoy them as much as my little family does!

 

playroom style | feat. lorena canals rugs

I’ve been working hard on the boys’ playroom ever since we moved into our house {last August!} It’s been a work in progress, to say the least. I have had such a specific {basically unrealistic} vision engrained in my mind, and it’s all finally starting to fall into place. Continue reading playroom style | feat. lorena canals rugs

accessorizing this holiday season | feat. jord watches

While winter in Chicago isn’t always ideal, I can’t deny my love for the fashion. Chunky sweaters, knee-high boots accompanied by the
coziest socks, gorgeous scarves, and the perfect accessory to it all; a stylish JORD watch. Continue reading accessorizing this holiday season | feat. jord watches

a sleeping toddler | feat. dock-a-tot

If you are preggo, or know someone who is expecting, you need to get your hands on a Dock-A-Tot. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Dock-A-Tot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger. It’s perfect for diaper changes, nap time, and even tummy time! They come in two sizes; Deluxe + Grand. The Deluxe is appropriate for babies 0-8 months while the Grand is ideal for your 9-36 month olds. I was skeptical of the Dock-A-Tot obsession. Not going to lie. BUT, they were kind enough to send me my very own Dock-A-Tot Grand to try out. I never thought it would be so helpful with Lincoln’s transition into his toddler bed, but I’m so glad we have it now! Continue reading a sleeping toddler | feat. dock-a-tot

The Perfect Hostess Gyft

With the holidays quickly approaching, shopping is on my brain. I promised myself that this year, I would not wait until the last minute. {We’ll see if that actually happens. I just can’t get away from the annual “Christmas is in three days” trip to Target!} BUT, I do know one small shop that is going to make my holiday shopping that much easier this year!

Gyftia Co., and their stunning hand crafted gift boxes, caught my eye a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to get my hands on their “Fall Gratitude” box, and was completely blown away! If fall isn’t your jam, don’t fret! Gyftia has a box for everyone; from the avid coffee drinker, to your bestie with the green thumb! Trust me, not even your impossible to shop for mother, {love ya, ma!} will be able to refuse the luxurious charm of a Gyftia box!

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When you choose the “Fall Gratitude” box, you will be dazzled with a high quality Spanish olive oil, two scrumptious Ritual handcrafted chocolate bars, an adorable box of brightly tipped matches, a Holiday Citrus soy candle that will make your house smell divine, a bundle of blue sagebrush, that is guaranteed to turn your every day shower into a relaxing spa like experience, and the most perfect cherry wood spoon, that you’re bound to reach for over and over again, during your Thanksgiving meal prep!

You cannot deny the beauty of these boxes. The perfect surprise for the annual Friendsgiving hostess…the picture perfect secret santa present, for your holiday work party! The possibilities are endless!

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Be sure to follow Gyftia over on Instagram to see more beautiful curated gift boxes! Or, visit their website https://www.gyftia.co! Get a head start on your holiday shopping, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

*This post was made possible by Gyftia Co. But, as always, opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Story of a Boy Mom possible. 

Nectar Sleep Mattress Review

I’ve wanted a new mattress for a while, a loooong while. Jason, like a typical husband, thought I was crazy for thinking the old, queen sized mattress we had, was anything but perfect. Let me tell you though, it was horrible; uncomfortable, too small, and loud. {Dont’t read into that. I literally mean, when I’d get in and out of bed, it made noise.} Continue reading Nectar Sleep Mattress Review

Spiral Femoral Fracture & How To Deal…

A little over eight months ago, Lincoln broke his femur. To think it’s been 8 months, blows my mind! I never thought we’d survive that 6 weeks of recovery {on top of the arrival of Wyatt} but, we did it! Huge shout out to my parents, in-laws, siblings, friends, God, etc., for all of the help. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Continue reading Spiral Femoral Fracture & How To Deal…

Our Experience with Febrile Seizures

With this past weekend being the six month mark since Lincoln’s seizure, I wanted to share our story. I apologize if some moments seem overly detailed, while others are lacking, but these are the memories I play over and over again in my head, the ones I wish I could erase, but fail to. If this post helps one person, then it was worth it. Continue reading Our Experience with Febrile Seizures

Five Mom Friends Every Mom Needs

Since I was on the topic of mom friends, I figured I’d roll with it…My last post sort of insinuated that I didn’t have any mom friends. That, couldn’t be further from the truth. I have some marvelous mommy friends, ones I wouldn’t trade for the world. And since I love them all so much, I thought, why not label them and share them with the world! {Don’t worry, I’m sure they won’t mind.} Continue reading Five Mom Friends Every Mom Needs