On Weaning Baby #2 / Stopping Nursing the Second Time Around


So I posted a few days ago on Instagram that I am in the process of weaning Graham – I received a bunch of questions and request for a post, so thought it would be a good time to do that on the blog today!

Here’s the deal -> Charles and I booked a trip to San Francisco {wooohoo! recommendations welcome!} next month. Neither of us have been there and we are going with another couple – I’m so excited! We were deciding on a trip because we wanted to get away to celebrate Charles birthday, which is at the end of this month, and just have a few days kid free – since it’s been a crazy few months. I decided this would be the perfect time and excuse to wean Graham.

I stopped nursing Brooks at 14 months  – Check out my Weaning at One + On Stopping Nursing posts for more info on how it all went down with B! It was relatively easy – he was such a good baby and is still such an awesome kid. He’s the most mellow and go with the flow kind of guy. Back then, I just dropped the feedings down to one each week until we went away on a trip and then that was it.

All good.trees

Graham is a little different – he has much more of a ‘tude and is a little more ‘attached’ to the nursing I would say. He has been known to have little baby tantrums where he flings himself on the floor and kicks and cry if he doesn’t get his way. It’s kind of hilarious, except for when he has a little attitude about nursing. I’m not into that. But if he doesn’t get nursed first thing in the morning – he starts to freak a little bit. And with Brooks and Graham I did what they told me not too do – I would nurse each of them down to sleep at night and for naps. It worked out so easily with Brooks, I didn’t think it would be hard – but different personalities can cause different issues –  learned that quick!baby-cheeks

Once we booked our trip to San Fran, it was a little more than a month out and I decided that was it. With Brooks, I had lots of pain nursing on one side from the beginning and it eventually went away, over a looooong period of time. With Graham, it started out super easy and over the past few months, I’ve been having that pain again. Not sure if his latch is different with his new teeth or what, but leaves me sore and in pain a lot – another reason I was looking for an excuse to call it quits. It hurts.

Listen, I’m on the nursing team. I’m all for it! But you have to do what’s best for you, your body, your child, your family – everyone! I nursed both my boys 13 months + and I have been nursing and/or pregnant for the better part of almost 4 years since I was pregnant with Graham when Brooks was not even a year old. I’m ready to have my body back to myself. Not sure if we will have more kids, we are taking time to enjoy our little ones right now before figuring all that out, but I’m ready to not nurse and have my body for me again.the-look

We had a good run, it was an amazing bonding experience, I gave my boys the best nutrition, we saved TONS of money not having to buy formula  {money to spend on this trip, one might say ! Ha !}  I even donated some of my breast milk to a local family in need. Breastfeeding, nursing and pumping were all good things for me and my family. Even through the pain.

But I’m ready to call it quits.

So I decided last week to cut out the nap time nursing sessions, one by one – since he still takes 2 naps a day and was nursing first thing in the morning and last thing at night, we were about at 4 nursing sessions a day. And I need to cut that down to one by mid-November.

Graham has regular cow’s milk during meals sometimes and I still have a large supply of frozen breastmilk in the fridge – which is what my parents will use when we go away on our trip. {I’m also a little excited to have my freezer back too!} Last week I started a new nap routine: diaper change, book, twinkle twinkle little star song, a kiss and goodnight. At first, little man wasn’t having it and it was a little rough. He was fed, full and tired, but just wanted the comfort of it all – which I get. But he wasn’t even nursing, he would have a “sip” or two and then be done. He would rarely nurse to sleep, just nurse and I would put him in the crib and he would roll over and put himself to sleep.

Which is the goal, right?story

It’s all about getting the little to comfort and put themselves to sleep on their own, which I know he can do.  He does it all the time as he sleeps through the night but does get up in between sleep cycles and then puts himself back down. Also the past few weeks, he’s just been wanting to nurse for a second and then pushing me away, which I would then put him in the crib, wide awake to get himself down. I’m not saying there aren’t some tears involved when he does that, but after a few minutes, he does get himself to sleep.

Which, again, is the goal, right ?!us-love

So last week was a little touch and go with missed naps, a cranky babe and his two front teeth coming through didn’t help either. But I kept on sticking with our schedule, which I know works for him, and eventually I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I did Monday – Thursday cutting down the morning nap and then on Friday we randomly ended cutting out the second nap time nurse session. Haven’t looked back since.

We are still going the morning one this week along with the bedtime – I might attempt at stopping the morning one next week and see how that goes. Again, he gets a little feisty in the morning without it, but I think doing the bedtime nursing last and cutting that one out at the end, before we leave for our trip makes the most sense. At least it did with Brooks so we shall see.

Again, that’s the plan – we will see what the next month brings – it’s crazy to have a countdown and I have some mom guilt about it as well, but I know it’s what makes sense for us and I’m excited for what’s next!

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how it all goes ! Wish me luck !


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Bullock Farms + Screamin’ Hill Brewery – Cream Ridge, NJ

This weekend we did our first Fall fun family event! We went to Bullock Farms in Cream Ridge, New Jersey – about an hour outside of Philadelphia.  Our amazing neighbors had planned to check it out as none of us had been before but upon some online research, heard really good things about it! So we decided to tag along and have some fun. Charles was extra excited to go pumpkin picking {this time!} because there was promise of a brewery attached at the end – a little something for everyone for sure!


Ok – Bullock Farms was SO adorable! I feel like it was a bit of a diamond in the ruff because we got there early and had the place literally to ourselves. Not sure if too many people know about it – another reason why I wanted to post about it, because it was lovely and I want to spread the love!

They had EVERYTHING the littles and the Fall lovin’ adults could want.

scarecrow pick-a-pump

// reversible scarf 


First up – while everyone was in a good mood, we went for a few fall photo ops. The boys were not really into it, sadly. But at least they were #twinning so I was happy about that. bg

Another Fall favorite at Bullock Farms – who doesn’t love the wooden painted decorations you can stick your face through for a photo? Oh, yes please! Brooks was a little more into these, even though the pictures don’t really show it – ha!

Anyone else do these at every Fall pumpkin picking of the season as a kid?

I know I totally did!


Oh Graham, you are worth every bit of that $11


Another part of the fun for Brooks was this giant hay mountain which had some fun slides to ride down. Pretty cute if I do say so myself – and he was OBSESSED.


He climbed up and down, and up and down for at least 30 minutes. We had to tear him away to do something else!


Did I mention there was a barnyard too? These goats were really cute!


I think I was most entertained by watching Brooks in the mazes! There were 3 different ones to choose from – the Mini Maze:


The Kidz Maze:

kidz mazer

And the super large maze for adults:


I had no idea how big this thing actually was until we were in it for about 20 minutes and seemingly lost. I sort of got a little anxious. Charles asked me if I looked at it before we went in, which I didn’t – apparently you could see it going all the way up this massive hill..


Oh yea, see the Farm WAYYYYYYYY back there. We were only halfway through at this point! It was HUGE!


Pretty, but HUGE.

Pretty huge.


After we made it out of the maze alive, thank goodness, we headed out on a hayride to pick some pumpkins!


Brooks is at the perfect age for all this. He’s been on hayrides before, but this was a moment he could really enjoy it and be “on his own” while Graham still has to be carried around a bit, which I don’t think he minds at all – maybe I will get a cute photo of him walking in the pumpkins within the month, he’s so close to walking – but not this time! Also, I forgot to bring him shoes #momfail

trio hayride pumpkins

This wasn’t a pumpkin patch where there were a bunch of pumpkins tossed in a field – they were all still attached. We had large cutters to cut the stem off when we picked ours!


Brooks was excited when he found a mini pumpkin that was “just his size” as well as a gourd which he used as a microphone and sang into the rest of the day. #toddlerlife


It was a chilly, overcast day, but perfect temperature for enjoying a day at the Farm.

patch-life pumps

We picked a pumpkin!


Brooks was pumped, obviously.

hmm patch

Have I mentioned how hard it is to get a photo with both the boys looking at all or even smiling? Damn near impossible. But here’s one of our little fam bam <3 and our new pumpkin

After pumpkin picking it was time for some hot cider


And a cider donut. Yum!

donut ootd

outfit details: duster cardigan / chambray / scarf / jeans / boots / sunglasses


The most fun part of the day, for the adults – was the Screamin’ Hill Brewery that is attached to the Farm. Such an amazing idea for the “big kids” to enjoy after a morning playing with the littles in the pumpkin patch!

farm-fresh screamin-hill

We did a sampler and got to try out 4 Screamin’ Hill beers – Rye Bullock IPA, Barn Burnin’ Ale, Pumpkin Pickin’ Ale + Chocolate Porter. I love visiting breweries and trying out new beers – such a great way to enjoy an afternoon, and the beers were good too!



What’s your favorite Fall activity?

Please share!


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Fall Must Haves + A Chapstick® Giveaway


Now that the leaves have officially fallen on the ground and the weather has cooled a bit, I’m super excited for Fall. I’m even more pumped because we did some Fall Family things today – we hit up an awesome farm, pumpkin patch + brewery {more on that next week} so I’m really into the season now.

It’s officially official.

I feel like it always goes by so fast – Winter and Summer seem to drag on and on {and on} when you least like them too and then Fall + Spring come and go too quick, you can barely enjoy them!  So I’ve decided we are really going to enjoy and milk this season for as long as it’s here! I’m hoping that since the Summer was so hot we are going to have a long, drawn out fall and a mild winter. Here’s hoping!


So now my list of Fall Must Have’s – for your wardrobe – 


  • a solid jean jacket or neutral colored one
  • plaid – just embrace the fact that it’s awesome, because it is!
  • a fabulous pair of sunglasses, because even when you look crazy, they make you look normal. Or they at least hide the crazy. Ha.


  • a versatile scarf – this one is Amaze with the colors + tassels
  • a nice pop of color on your lips – been loving the Finale color lately
  • some color in your wardrobe – Fall is more than just neutrals
  • statement jewels – I can help you with those! {seriously, message me for specials!}


And another must-have for Fall and any season really is my beloved ChapStick®. I’ve been a fan of ChapStick® for as long as I can remember. I have a million different bags that I use and rotate on a consistent basis, and you can bet that each one is always packed with a ChapStick® – for emergencies! My new thing is trying to wear more color on my lips, but even when I do keep them moisturized, they end up dry.

ChapStick® is a skincare staple that helps keep lips smooth and silky for the school year and beyond. It’s perfect for students, teachers and parents alike, ChapStick® is the backpack or diaper-bag must-have!

My favorite flavor is the Original Moisturizer – always feels so good on my lips! I also very much enjoy the Classic Cherry too! Who doesn’t love that?!


Up for grabs in today’s giveaway is a special ChapStick® lunchbox tin including:

3 ChapStick® Classic Original + 1 ChapStick® Moisturizer Original Bonus Stick
3 ChapStick® Classic Cherry + 1 ChapStick® Moisturizer Original Bonus Stick
3 ChapStick® Moisturizer Original + 1 ChapStick® Aloha Coconut Bonus Stick

Leave a comment letting me know your favorite Fall Must-Have AND enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Giveaway ends Monday, October 10th / Winner will be notified via email


“The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.”


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Make Safe Happen – Home Fire Drill Day

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.”


Fire safety is a serious concern now that I have two little ones and we are living in the city with tons of houses, restaurants and businesses around us. People practice fire drills at work and children practice at school, but many families don’t practice fire drills at home where most fires actually occur. Something that is changing in our home immediately!

When Brooks was a little tiny tot, making a fire safety plan might not have made much sense, but now that he is in school himself this is really something we can easily plan for at home to make everyone a little more aware of what we would do in case of a fire. It’s not something you really think about, unless you’ve been directly affected by a fire – but communicating with your kids to get out of the house and not hide inside is a serious concern. Something everyone should do – because I could easily see a 2-3 year old hiding in a moment of panic, instead of make his or her way out of the house.


While home fires can happen at any time, they are generally more common during the fall and winter months. Now that we are officially in that season, I was excited to be a part of spreading the word and inspiring other families to be safe and to be prepared in the event of a fire-related emergency in their home.

In terms of an at home fire drill -> You should practice regularly, try to do it at least two times each year to be the most prepared. Try practicing during the day and at night. And be sure to test your smoke alarm once a month. This will not only ensure that it’s working properly, but will help familiarize children with it, and remind them of the sound. Replace the batteries of each smoke alarm once a year. If your alarm comes with a 10-year battery, you won’t have to change the battery each year, but you still need to test it every month.

A little fun fact I just learned -> Smoke alarms do expire. Install a new one every 10 years, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Never unplug the smoke alarm or remove the batteries. If you hear the “chirp” that warns of a low battery, replace it immediately.


With Brooks and Graham, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to keep them safe and make them feel safe at all times. I think its important to have fun and laugh with your kids, but also instill in them at a young age that some things are no laughing mater and are meant to be taking seriously. Fire and Water safety are top on that list for me for sure – so I’m excited about the Nationwide Make Safe Happen initiative to help keep more kids and families in the Safe Zone!

Next Saturday, October 15, 2016, Nationwide Make Safe Happen, with members of the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council will launch a new national observance day: Home Fire Drill Day. Families across the country are encouraged to practice their home fire drills, ensuring that American families – especially children – know the escape plan and are prepared in the event of a home fire.

And for a little more fun, be sure to check out the “Promises” Video


And take the Home Fire Drill Day Pledge  www.homefiredrillday.com



Do you have a Fire Drill plan in your home?


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