{Month 8} + Posts coming to RwS this Fall

We’re officially in month 8 and I’m LATE! Technically Calvin was 8 months back on Tuesday. He is getting HUGE and turning into quite the crazy guy. The words I would use to describe him now are: determined, independent, outgoing, extroverted, observant, energetic, silly & CUTE!!! Duh.
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Calvin has 1 tooth, he is learning to crawl but instead of pushing off his knees/feet he likes to go up into a plank/downward facing dog position. I told Craig I think he might go from army crawling to walking. He can say many words and is very vocal, although he probably doesn’t know he is saying them (mama, dada, hi.)
He is in getting very heavy so we bought a larger convertible carseat for my car and we keep the infant carrier in Dad’s since it’s almost impossible to carry him in the seat any longer. He is in size 4 diapers, and he has to wear overnight diapers during the night because this child. pees. so. much. He kept waking up with pee all down his front. TMI. He is in 9month+ clothing and is making my arms very strong – at least that’s what I tell myself!
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He gives the sweetest hugs, “kisses”, and lunges into my arms when he sees me after work. Lastly, no, we are still not sleeping through the night. He is hit or miss – some nights are 8pm-630am and others he’s up at 12pm, 3am, 5am, etc. As soon as we were going to start sleep training, he started teething hard core …SO TBD on this. We keep hoping he’ll magically start sleeping through consistently, but we’ll see. Who has done sleep training?
Tonight we are heading to a Halloween party and Calvin is staying with his first babysitter outside of daycare & family – let’s hope he decides to be a little angel
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Stay tuned this fall for …
The winner of my $10 starbucks giveaway (head to my instagram to enter)
My Game day Recipe
More accessory & clothing giveaways
Our take on how daycare is going & the benefits
A day in the life of a Working mom
A Wedding planning update
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Family Pumpkin Patching (in Free People!)

 We finally made it to the pumpkin patch yesterday – which means it officially feels like fall! The past two weekends have been rainy and dreary here, so this was the first weekend we’ve had in a while where we could even make it outside. We took full advantage….I think all of central NJ was at this same orchard!
I said we were going to get Calvin’s first pumpkin, but I really wanted to go for the apple cider and donuts…duh! We waited in line 45 min for a bag of donuts, but there was no way I was leaving without them. Craig had never had warm, orchard made, cider donuts (aka he has never lived) and he said the wait was #worthit.
I wasn’t originally going to do a post on our pumpkin patch adventure but we ended up getting some great photos that I wanted to share in one spot. I can’t get over Calvin in his plaid and jeans. I also realized that both the top and jeans I wore are some of my favorite ‘Free People’ items that I own, so I linked below and left some tips on where and when to find this brand on sale.



I LOVE Free People clothing – the material is so soft, quality, and comfy! BUT I never buy full price…watch for this brand at Nordstrom Rack and in the sale sections of Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom. You can absolutely get items discounted year round! The shirt I am wearing is originally $98 and I got for 54% off at Nordstrom Rack. The jeans are originally $78 and I got for $25 at Nordstrom Rack. The cheapest I found online right now is at Macy’s for $32 (but they have 25% off sitewide!) I highly recommend sizing down (this is a Small and it’s big!) & Free People as a brand in general, but do not recommend paying full price 🙂
Free People Purple Hi-Lo Blouse – Purple
Free People Hi-Lo Blouse – Black (54% off!)
Free People Purple Top – Similar (40% off)
Free People Relaxed Skinny Jeans (on sale!)
Large ‘K’ Pendant Necklace 
Kayla Sunglasses
Craig’s Plaid Flannel
What are some other fall family activities we could do with an infant? Any ideas!? I loveee seeing all of your fall family pics, keep them coming friends!
PS – I am also still loving Snapchat (as opposed to instastories) and I need some new friends! Follow us @greenskm:
We are off to meet our friends’ new baby today, get some blog shots for upcoming posts (some exciting partnerships!) and I want to make some chili for football! Have a great Sunday…talk soon!

The Challenge & Reward of {Month Four}

How did we get here?! This little Koala is 4 months already! He has grown and learned so so much in just a few short months. I have no idea what we did before he came into our lives!
This month was unique in the fact that I’m back to what you could call “reality.” No more maternity leave or days where we spend all day cuddling & playing. Some friends asked me in month one, two and three, how I liked being a Mom and I said “ask me in a few months.” Not because I didn’t know if I liked being a mom yet (I did!), but because I knew that my current situation wasn’t what motherhood would be to me in the future. I’m learning how to balance my work responsibilities with the responsibility of raising a child. I’m learning to mix my ‘real’ life with Calvin’s and soak up as much of the infancy stage as possible. Can someone teach me how to both juggle, and freeze time, please?!
Month Four has by far been the most challenging, but most rewarding month yet. I think that those two (challenge & reward) will probably continue to go hand & hand through motherhood, much like many things in life.
We really wish we were closer to family this month, yet we love creating memories as a family of our own. I went back to work this month, yet my Mom got to come and stay with him for a full week during that time. We started daycare this month, yet Calvin is full of smiles every single time we drop him off and pick him up. Calvin caught his first bad cold & cough this week, yet our workplaces are flexible enough to let us work at home to care for our sick child as needed. We are busy all day, yet we get to come home to the sweetest little dude every night and weekend.
I’m learning that the toughest things we have encountered this month and will encounter in the future – all have a positive. This parenting thing pulls at your heartstrings and is honestly hard as shit, but it’s also the best thing we’ve ever done.
This cute face keeps us going and makes us want to be better – don’t you just want to squeeze him?!
We have a check-up on Tuesday, but we are guessing Calvin is around 17 lbs, as he is wearing 6-9 months clothing and size 3 diapers. He loves standing & sitting up (assisted), eating his hands, and anything else he can put in his mouth, and taking baths in his tub. Strangely, his favorite place to lay is on his changing table, and he is now sleeping in his crib, in his room at night. We think he might be starting to teethe, and we hope to start giving him baby food and/or cereal this week!
Here is his 4 month pic update 🐨
Thanks for checking in with our fam – I hope you have a great week and go after the dreams & goals you have set for yourself! That sounded super cheesy, but I’m so serious! Love you all.
💕 Kayla

What makes Parenthood “All Worth It?” [from Dad’s Perspective!]

Hello, hello, how is everyone’s week going? It’s almost Friday again! What are the big weekend plans!?
I’m so excited to be working with Gerber on their #growingupgerber campaign to talk about what makes being a parent all worth it. Gerber products have quickly become some of our favorite go-to’s that Calvin will continue to grow up with, and it’s truly an honor to work with such a classic household brand name.
^Calvin chillin in his favorite white Gerber onesie^ #gerberbaby!
Before I had a baby, I would watch other parents do things and think how unappealing it all looked. I remember seeing a co-worker wash all of her pump parts in the sink at work (multiple times a day) and think, “what a pain in the ass.” I remember hearing how parents typically need to add an hour to their before-work routine and think, “I can barely wake up in enough time to get myself ready,” or how parents are sometimes up literally all night with a sick child and think how I can only function on 7+ hours of sleep a night. My favorite is hearing how most families fork over a 2nd mortgage payment for childcare and I wondered how I would ever afford the 1st.
I saw and heard everything that the parents I knew did for their children and it seemed overwhelming, like such unnecessary hard work. I think that’s why there is so much anxiety tied to pregnancy. You are trying to imagine doing all of these things before the little one is even here. Then they get here, and most of the stuff you worried about doing is irrelevant – you do it because you want to, without thinking twice. Each smile, laugh, and hug we receive, reminds us of our why. The happy, content baby Calvin has become, makes it all worth it.

In celebration of Father’s Day, I’ve asked Craig to share his moments that make it worth it for him. I think we spend a lot of time talking about Motherhood….but Parenthood includes Fatherhood and I think it’s so important to appreciate both sides of the spectrum – because it’s no secret they are very different. No more of me rambling…here’s my boo, Craig:


“When we first found out we were having a baby and announced it to the world, we heard a ton of “Congratulations, so happy for you” and “that’s so exciting.” These positive reactions were soon followed by “kiss your life goodbye” and “prepare to be tired for the rest of your life.” All in good fun of course, and I’m sure our friends and family meant nothing negative in these comments but still, the prospect was slightly daunting.
Fast forward and Calvin William Cantor was born February 18th 2016, so I’ve been a father for about 4 months now. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, being a parent is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Some sleepless nights, crying/fits that don’t stop, lifestyle sacrifices, these are just a few things I’ve experienced so far and you know what, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Because with these negative instances (which with Cal we have been extremely fortunate to have very few) come endless positives including baby laughter and smiles, numerous “firsts”, and pictures that are so cute I want to claw my eyes out.

I love being a Father, so I wanted to write down some of the perks to celebrate & remember on my first special day. Here’s a list that make all those blown out diapers and times being peed on totally worth it:
NEW YEAR, NEW ME
 The phrase New Year, New Me has never been more accurate. Not only do I have a new baby but I have a new life. This means new experiences, new goals, heck new everything! I’ve got new responsibilities, I’ve got a new daily routine, and through Calvin, Kayla and I met new friends. Each day brings something new and to me, this element of parenthood is beyond exciting. Instead of going out on weekends and staying out until 3am planning to sleep the next day away, I’m at home watching Netflix and in bed by 11pm. This is definitely new, but to quote one of my favorite shows and sitcom characters:

Life is what you make it, and I choose this new life every time.
NEW LOVE
I wasn’t aware I could love something as much I love Calvin. When you hear someone say this it sounds totally cliché, but then you look into your new baby’s eyes for the first time and you finally understand that Stevie Wonder song. I watch my Mom snatch him up when we arrive for a long vacation with our families and it makes me unbelievably happy. You can feel the love in the room as my sisters complain about how short of a turn they got holding him and my Dad constantly comments on how cute he is. Kayla’s mom just spent a week with us to help out the first week that Kayla headed back to work (delaying the inevitable daycare drop-off as long as possible.) Watching her play with Calvin or putting him through his bedtime routine, it breaks my heart that we aren’t closer. The fact that she took that time to help us like that makes me love and appreciate Kayla’s family more and more every day. They say “love makes the world go round;” well it sure as hell gets me through the day.

NEW GROWTH
Every little thing Calvin does amazes me. I can’t tell you how many times Kayla has heard “Kayla look, look, OH MY GOD LOOK.” Sure he’s grabbing my finger super tightly for the one hundred and fifty third time or giving me one of his 100 megawatt smiles, but to me these are incredible. Soon he’s going to have teeth, soon he’s going to be walking, and soon he’s going to be beating me at one on one basketball. You can totally tell he’s learning on a daily basis. His newest thing is to rub his hands and face on my beard. He continues to develop and surprise us but I am very thankful for him as he facilitates my growth as a father and as a person. I have physical growth to look forward to from him while I deal with my emotional growth. He was the first baby I had ever held, looking back I’m like “HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF ONE OF THESE?!?” And now I have my answer, because I have grown that much in these four short months. I’ll ask my Mom to confirm but I believe I’m a better person now that he is here.

AN EXCITING FUTURE
This is my number one PRO of fatherhood, above the others mentioned, only because this can cover everything in one category. Kayla and I have started our own little family; I am now responsible for a tiny human’s life and well-being. Are we going to eventually move again? Are we going to buy a house then? How many kids do we want?
 I am no longer thinking in the “I or Me” frame of mind, now it’s “Our and We and Us.” It is immensely rewarding going to work every day, being the best I can be, knowing I have people at home who depend on me. I hope I can be half the Father to Calvin that my Dad was to me and same goes for teaching him to be a good person, right from wrong, all that jazz. I tell my parents “I love you” every chance I get and I count the days until I can hear one from Calvin because when I do, I will know I have truly succeeded as Calvin’s father.

It is almost impossible to describe the joy that comes with being a new Father, but I gave it my best shot. Sure it’s not all sunshine and rainbows but that comes with the job, the ups and downs, and I definitely enjoy the ride.
Don’t let these veterans of parenthood scare you with their tales of chaos and shambles, it’s like they can’t help themselves. It almost seems like an initiation into the club that is being a parent, they talk this way because it’s basically assumed that the benefits and rewards of being a parent are beyond any combination of disasters you can possibly imagine.
Every child is different; every parent is different, what works for me might not work for you. This is what I love about being a Father and I wish you well on your journey to figure out what makes it worth it for you.”
-CC


How good of a writer is Craig? He’s seriously the best Dad, too. I think I’ll have him write my heartfelt posts from now on…
With Mother’s Day just passing and Father’s Day approaching, we encourage you to think about what makes it worth it for you. Keep them in mind when the going gets tough….I know we do.
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❤ Kayla & Craig