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Room to Move (Diapers, Evening Walks, and a Giveaway)

July 23, 2013

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Groupยฎ and Huggies, but all my opinions are my own. #HuggiesSlipOn #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Can I just say, first off, how happy I am that the only moving going on at this point is by my little children and doesn’t include any moving trucks, unloading of furniture or unpacking of boxes?

We drove in on Monday evening of last week and our girls didn’t get back in the car until Wednesday morning. It seemed safer that way – I feared a full-scale baby rebellion.

Obviously, we drove to Target. (By the way, I spent YEARS thinking, “Why is everyone so into Target? I don’t get it.” Then I had children. And I totally, totally get it.)

We stocked up on all the essentials. By which I mean diapers. Huggies Slip On diapers, in this case. 

And hangers (how is it possible that you never can have enough hangers? Did we leave a trail of hangers all the way from Austin to Durham?). We had a coupon for the diapers ($2 off!), but sadly, no coupons for the hangers.

Ani seems to have embraced the extra room in our house by becoming, overnight, an extremely wiggly baby. For a baby who can’t crawl yet, she is all over the place. Diaper changes are the absolute worst, because I keep all the diapers in a basket, and she seems CONVINCED that there is something amazing hiding in that basket (it’s just diapers! I promise!)

With regular diapers, I end up with a diaper that is SUPER tight on one side and crazy loose on the other side (tell me I’m not the only one who does this). These ones? Way easier. They slip right on and then, when it’s time for a diaper change, the sides tear right off.

When Ella saw these diapers she said, “These diapers are AWESOME. Are they like underwear?” She was beside herself with joy when I let her wear one to bed (she’s toilet-trained, but I’m still too much of a wimp to let her wear underwear through the night and, yes, both my three-year-old (her birthday is today!) and my seven-month-old wear the same size of diapers. Not a leak from either of them). 

Ani says, “My older sister is kind of crazy.”
 
 “Oh well. I’ve resigned myself.”

We’re keeping the wiggling at bay by getting outside a lot. This neighborhood is beautiful – there’s a great little park just around the corner, and there are plenty of dogs out for walks in the evening, which makes Ella super happy. Plus, the weather isn’t quite as hot as Texas.

This is the prettiest place I’ve ever lived (I know you’re shocked Vegas doesn’t win that prize)

I think we’re all pretty happy to be here.

I’m also giving away a $25 Target gift card (you can use it to try out some Huggies SlipOn diapers or to buy yourself a new pair of shoes. Or both). Go forth and win. Open to US residents only.

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90 Comments

  • Reply Elaine July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Looks like a beautiful neighborhood. A very Happy Birthday to you, Ella:-)!

  • Reply RA July 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Happy birthday, Ella!

    And blarg, Rafflecopter. I can't do these at work, so I flag them in Feedly to do later, and then I never do. Not that this is your fault, I'm just saying: blarg, Rafflecopter.

  • Reply Lauro July 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    The flapping stage is the funniest stage of baby mobility!! Baby wants to crawl so badly, but all she can do is fly in place on the ground! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Andrea Smith July 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Seriously, I don't know if I would want to move. That is seriously such gorgeous scenery! Fall is going to be absolutely beautiful! Happy Birthday to that little girl today, I can't believe she is 3!

  • Reply Sweetened Style July 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Ani's little facial expressions are so cute! I don't have kids, but the baby I nanny just started to sit up on her own and it's pretty darn cute.

  • Reply Jenn July 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    My baby is 4.5 months old and I'm loving this stage. She's just put together rolling so she has figured out how to roll to things and her arms are flailing around when she gets excited. It's super cute!

    Happy Birthday to Ella!

  • Reply preethi July 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, Target, my home-away-from-home. Happy birthday, Ella!

    • Reply preethi July 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Oops – hit publish before sharing my favorite stage. I love the clapping and reaching out, but also adore the arm flapping, as someone else mentioned.

  • Reply Jessica July 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I love the first stages of walking, SOO funny with all the bum falling.

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  • Reply The Maughan-sters July 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I hate diaper changing! Lol I love when they first start to vocalize things. its adorable!

  • Reply Katie July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The neighborhood looks lovely! My daughter is potty-trained, but we still put her in a diaper at night. I started out using pull-ups, but she had a bad allergic reaction. Then I found Huggies slip on diapers, and they work great. I just wish they came in a size 6!

  • Reply Mami2jcn July 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I love the crawling stage.

  • Reply Juliana July 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love the walking stage, they are teetering all over like they are going to crash at any moment!

  • Reply Leslie July 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ella! I'm no good at favorites, but I sometimes miss the pre-mobility days.

  • Reply Angiegirl July 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite stage is scooting (if it happens). My daughter scooted everywhere as quick as greased lightning. Never did crawl, just stood up and walked when she was ready. I still miss the scooting. And all the worn out seats of her pants . . .

  • Reply Shelby Meyer July 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Does the early running stage count? My daughter has been starting to run, and it is hilarious! Her arms go everywhere and I'm pretty sure she bounces up in the air higher than she goes forward. Thankfully she isn't fast enough to be a problem…yet.

  • Reply Brynn July 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I'm not a mom yet, but I have spent tons of time with babies (my mom did daycare in our home and I worked at a childcare center for four years). My absolute favorite stage is right when they start walking and are all wobbly and tentative about their footing. The way their little arms flap around is adorable!!

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  • Reply Tessa W July 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    No babies around here yet (or anytime soon) but I think it is adorable when they first start scooting around on the floor

  • Reply heidikins July 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my, your street is just lovely!

    xox

  • Reply Jessica Pieper July 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Is it weird that I feel obligated to love the current stage of my toddler for fear of cheating on him? So of course my favorite stage is the "running everywhere, especially away from mom" stage. So fun!

    Also, thanks for the heads up about Vegas. I'm moving there in a few weeks and now I will be prepared for the lack of prettiness.

  • Reply Stephanie July 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I love the stage of pulling up to furniture and walking along it. They can get themselves vertical and seeing everyone, which makes them happy, but they can't move fast enough to get into something before you move it (well…most of the time, anyway).

  • Reply Melanie July 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The neighborhood looks so lovely! I just love Ani's face in that second picture.

  • Reply Emily July 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love watching toddlers run. They're so free and entertaining (kind of like Phoebe on Friends).

    Love the neighborhood shot too–enjoy!

  • Reply Kara July 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Your girls are too adorable! Every picture you post just makes me smile all over, kind of like Ani in that last photo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Erica July 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    have i mentioned how much i love ani's red hair? and that you are on the east coast? woo-hoo for tall, green trees!

    • Reply Erica July 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      oh, and i love it when babies first learn to walk and they stick their bums out and have little t-rex arms as they toddle about. too precious!

  • Reply Caitlyn July 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I love when they first learn to walk!

  • Reply Alyssa July 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I love the pictures of your daughters together. Too cute!

  • Reply alli July 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Yes, Target is my happy place (but it was before I had kids too).

    I have two favorite stages: the pre-crawling, lift themselves off the ground in push-up position stage and when they're first learning to walk and have the wide-legged stance.

  • Reply Wren July 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I am also moving closer to a Target within two weeks. Diaper palace!

    My baby is too young to be crawling just yet, but I like watching her face concentrate when she tries to move forward.

    Glad you like your new home!

  • Reply Michael and Tasha July 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    She and my three-month-old have identical adorable hairlines. We call our favorite stage the seal stage – when they can push up really well on their upper bodies, and then rock down on their tummies. Chubby, rocking babies make me squeal.

  • Reply joelleseldon July 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    My little one hasn't shown up yet (early September) so I think I'm going to go with the crazy flips that this kid is performing in my stomach.

  • Reply Jenn July 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    North Carolina is by far the prettiest place I've lived, too. Love it there! I love the Utah mountains, but for some reason, whenever I go back to visit, I think "hmm…this is much browner than I remember."

  • Reply Chrissie July 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I thought I was supposed to comment in the rafflecopter thing…don't know if it went through. Just wanted to say I love the stage my 15-month-old is at. Walking, but not fast enough to escape me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Cathy July 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I don't know either if I was supposed to comment on the rafflecopter either, but my favorite stage is when my babies roll all over the place, but aren't big enough to crawl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply G July 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    That neighborhood does look gorgeous! Good luck to you. If you want my brutal honesty, my favorite stage of baby mobility is the stage when they mobilize themselves right out of being babies and into being interesting little people that talk and wipe their own butts.

  • Reply kristi July 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    A very happy birthday to Ella! And welcome to NC!

  • Reply Elena July 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I like the first steps stage

  • Reply Heather Panjon July 24, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I Love The Learning To Walk Stage, Adventure And Exploring!:)
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  • Reply KT July 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

    My bug just started "running" and I have to say watching his whole body shake has he tries to hustle somewhere never fails to make me smile. Pretty much every stage of his mobility has been my favorite though.

    I love Ani's red hair, so pretty! Have fun exploring NC. It looks gorgeous

  • Reply Kristin Reichert July 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I love every stage for their own reasons, but for some reason I really love the rolling over because it marks the beginning of the new and big changes. My daughter was also just DYING of boredom until she finally started rolling and could explore a bit more. Miss you guys!

  • Reply Elizabeth W July 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I total understand the wiggy stage. My son just turned 7 mo and just started doing that every time we change his diaper.

  • Reply JC July 24, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I like walking stage among all.

  • Reply Clearbluewater3 July 24, 2013 at 4:23 am

    i love the wiggly stage. just love me a wiggle worm!

  • Reply Elaine July 24, 2013 at 4:27 am

    right now, i like his mumbling and smiling stage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Janelle July 24, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I love the scooting phase, before they figure out the whole forward motion. You can tell they want to move forward, but they just can't quite figure it out. And they get themselves stuck in some pretty adorable places.

  • Reply S July 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    My daughter is two months, so I love following Ani's development and getting excited about what my little girl might be like soon :).

    I love it when babies are just starting to toddle around. Super adorable as they wobble around!

    -Sandy

  • Reply C July 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love it when babies start to sit up! Then they start to be more engaged with everyone around them, and it is so great!

  • Reply runtspickins July 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hm… I am due in January and maybe I will give these slip on diapers a try! =]

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  • Reply Laura Crowther July 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love it when they start to crawl – mostly because mine can't move and whines constantly!!

  • Reply Sarah July 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Sitting up. They're just so happy to be doing something new. It's adorable.

  • Reply rachel July 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Babies are so cute when they desperately want to crawl or walk…but just can't quite yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sarah S. July 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Does hugging count ๐Ÿ™‚
    And BTW… didn't I tell you how GORGEOUS it is there, your neighborhood looks amazing.

  • Reply Jenny July 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    i love EVERY age… babies, three year olds and 22 year olds. Each age brings something new to marvel at.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Aubrey Laine July 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I love the wobbly stage!

  • Reply jpetroroy July 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Yay! So glad you're happy. I love where we are now, starting to run all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Magdalena July 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I don't have any kids of my own yet, but I really enjoyed it when my friend's little boy was at the crawling/almost walking stage. Except that he never actually crawled. Instead he just sat on his butt and scooted around using his heels as propulsion before progressing straight to walking. Cutest thing ever watching him scoot around my kitchen trying to pet my cat who kept moving away.

  • Reply independent mami July 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    My daughter is a runner. She is 20 months now. She thinks she is going on 20 yrs old. She has no care if she falls or is gonna get hurt. She is a tomboy.

  • Reply Becca July 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Ani's pouty face. I die.

    So, so happy that you guys are loving your new place.

  • Reply Becca July 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Also, Target? We go weekly (occasionally bi-weekly). T has started saying, "No Target" when I tell him where we're going.

  • Reply Mrs Gray July 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I love when they glide around the room stretching between each piece of furniture.

  • Reply SS July 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I love when they can walk without holding on to anything but it's still so wobbly and cautious. I also love when babies discover their feet.

  • Reply kellyr78 July 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    My favorite stage is when they can finally crawl to toys they want.
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  • Reply Pointe Dancing Mama July 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I love when they first start to walk and their legs are wiggly. So cute and so exciting!

  • Reply ccr in MA July 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I kind of like the pre-mobile stage the best. I'm a fan of the first few months most of all!

  • Reply Tabathia July 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I love it when they start crawling and unsure if they should scoot, crawl on hands and knees or use their hands and feet

  • Reply Bookworm1919 July 25, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I love when they start being able to sit by themselves. That sort of wide-eyed swaying before they topple over cracks me up!

  • Reply Tacy July 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I don't actually have a baby myself…but my favorite state with my niece was when she started to walk and her chubby little legs were toddling around the house. So cute!

  • Reply Amanda July 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I don't have any kids, but I do love Target! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like to hold brand-new babies, though. It's easier for me to hold them when they're super still and don't need to be constantly entertained.

  • Reply Amy Johnson July 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Ha! I was going to say I prefer for them not to be mobile, but I guess that's not really true. It does make life harder though. I do like it when they can navigate stairs on their own.

    I'm glad your move went well!

  • Reply Kimberly July 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    My favorite stage of mobility is two- does that still count as baby? She's finally stable enough that I don't worry about her going up or down the stairs on her own, and we have finally packed away the baby gate. Such a relief! Congrats on moving to Durham- we live nearby in Hillsborough. It's a great area!!

  • Reply heather July 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    My youngest just started taking his first steps… but my favorite way he gets around is his bear crawl. He is super fast and get where he wants to go without toching his arms or legs on the cold ground or prickly grass.

  • Reply kimmie July 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I don't know if I have a favortie stage of baby mobility. I liked when I could just lay her down and then leave the room and come back to her being in the exact same spot!

    But lately, I've been loving that my 1 year old can walk around by herself and she's aware of her surroundings and where she can go and where she can't go, so I don't have to constantly supervise her (we don't have a baby gate on our stairs, tsk tsk, and her room and the playroom are literally right at the top of the stairs, no falls down the stairs yet for either kid though, knock on wood). She has been trying to test her limits though, such as standing while holding the stair railing in one hand and hovering her foot over the open space above the stair (she has yet to try to take a step down), and climbing on the couch and onto the low tables (with other toys as step stools) so I'm guessing that she's going to be one adventurous little girl. My favorite though, is when the babies can learn to safely go down the stairs by themselves so I don't have to constantly worry. I guess I could just install a baby gate but they've gone so long without one anyway.

  • Reply Erin G. July 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I don't have any kids of my own but I love brand new babies- just perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply polly July 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I love when they first start to walk…it is the cutest to watch!

  • Reply Brit July 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Just recently had my second child and totally understand the lopsidedness of putting a diaper on. I am apparently out of practice (oldest is potty-trained) and have had a couple accidents already and he is only a week old!

  • Reply Mandy July 26, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I don't know if it was really my favorite since once they start moving nothing is ever the same, but I liked the scooting. My daughter would scoot herself backwards. It was funny seeing where she would end up!

  • Reply Krissy July 26, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Ah, Target! My home away from home! Also, your girls are just darling!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply mel July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Best wishes for your new home!

  • Reply Jen B. July 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    You're asking at a terrible 3s time.. so I would say newborn. When they let me cuddle with them and not go running around slamming every door they can ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply LauraJJ July 27, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Oh my favorite stage is when they learn to crawl! So precious how they rock back and forth as they learn! My favorite time!

  • Reply โ™กโ™ฅโ™ฌ Carolsue โ™กโ™ฅโ™ฌ July 27, 2013 at 7:39 am

    My favorite time is when they take their first unsteady steps. So cute.
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  • Reply Cheryl July 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I love when they stand there rocking to get going when they first learn to walk.

  • Reply J. July 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Looking back on it, the days where they couldn't move were the easiest!! But I love that my daughter can now walk around and explore the world. It's so much fun to see her learn and grow.

  • Reply Teresa Young July 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    My favorite stage of baby mobility is when they can sit up – it's so fun to get down on the floor & play with them, usually by handing toys back & forth.

  • Reply RA July 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Uh, just coming back to do the Rafflecopter part of this and noticed that there was a prompt for the comment… oops. I guess I prefer when babies are nice, still newborns. Is that awful? It's so much less stress-inducing!

  • Reply Annastacia July 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I love it when they learn to run, my son was so excited and happy and still is every time he runs fast ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rhi July 30, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I love the newly mobile baby. Slightly wobbly and not scaling the sofa yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Melinda July 31, 2013 at 3:24 am

    What the heck J?!!? I'm melting with these pics of your darlings!!!!

  • Reply Meghan August 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

    NC is pretty. I remember when Matt interviewed there for medical school andhe came home saying "everything is sooo green." Having grown up on the east coast it never dawned on me how green everything is and how that would see so different to people from the west. Ani is getting so big. Cute girls!

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