Gear | BOB Revolution Flex

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We tend to be a fairly active family or at least we try to be so when it came to gear that made our “must have” list for baby #2 a BOB Dualie was at the top of the list. You might be saying but don’t you have the Orbit double stroller as well? Well yes we do but this stroller is completely different and used for an entirely different purpose. The BOB is the stroller we take out for family walks on the bike path or nature paths and the stroller I take on a run – these are two things that our Orbit just isn’t great for.

Since we already owned a single BOB (you can read my post about that here) and loved it so we knew we would also love a double and we do. We chose to go with the BOB Revolution Flex Dualie because we love or single Revolution so it only seemed natural. One feature we didn’t love with our single though was that you couldn’t adjust the handle bar and that is where the Flex comes in – it has a 9-position adjustable handlebar which makes it customizable to both our heights and makes running with a double BOB easier.

So you might be wondering do you actually run with the BOB Dualie? Yes and No. When I am not taking a break from running due to minor knee pain (working with a physical therapist right now) I do run with it because otherwise I don’t have a lot of opportunities to get in a run. Neil doesn’t run with the BOB at all. I wish I could say that I love running with the Dualie just like I did with our single but I don’t. I don’t hate it but it is super hard; extra weight + postpartum running + needing to use two hands to push = super hard. While it is super hard I am still doing it and when I am not running we are getting out for almost daily walks with the Double – although right now we need a new tube for our tire. Side note we had the same issue with one of the tires on our single that it keeps losing air – anyone else experience this?

Overall thoughts: We love our BOB Revolution Flex Dualie and it is absolutely worth the investment. While it can be a challenge to run with that is really more about the weight of your children and fitness level as well as the course you are running. As for walking it’s a breeze and is actually really run to push. We purchased a carseat/snack tray add-on so that we could use the Dualie with both kids before Alder was big enough to ride in the seat and we also purchased a drink caddy <– a must have IMO. Side note did they change the drink caddy drink holder size? They seem to be significantly deeper than the one we have for our single and thumbs up to that!!  One down (about accessory only). I wish that carseat/snack tray adapter could be used without a carseat in it because Edith loves the snack tray but Alder is no longer using a carseat in the BOB so I guess we will try to sell it so we can buy a double snack tray.

Do you have a BOB? What do you think of it? Which model do you have and why? 

Wondering which model is right for you BOB has this nifty quiz you can take.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a BOB Revolution Flex for review purposes. (Side note we would have purchased this stroller ourselves if we had not been gifted one). We were not required to write a positive review and we did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. We purchased the carseat add-on and handle bar caddy ourselves.

Portland Sites | Dawson Park

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With Spring and Summer come busy weekends so we have been making an effort to pack up meals to take along with us while we are out. As much as we enjoying the occasional dining out we don’t want to make it too much of a habit. Two weekends ago now we packed up lunch and headed out for the morning to run a few errands and eventually we found ourselves at Dawson Park to have a picnic lunch. We had been to this park last Spring but they have completely overhauled the park and it is really great! Edith loved running around and trying out all of the play structures, Alder didn’t know what to think of the faux turf but grew to like it and we all enjoyed the swings. Check out more details here or under the PDX With Kids page.

Portland (Area) Festivals | Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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This past weekend we spent Sunday morning soaking up the sun with friends at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. This festival has been on our ‘to do’ list but the past two years we just haven’t made it down but finally we were able to this year and it was beautiful.

The tots had a great time running through the rows of tulips bending down to give them a sniff along with jumping in mud puddles and running their hands through the dirt. Everyone got in on the [rubber] duck races and of course who doesn’t love to try on giant wooden shoes? We ended the festival with a picnic lunch and some swing set time for the tots.

What are your favorite Spring & Summer festivals? If you live in Oregon any suggestions? 

Portland Sites | Westmoreland Park Nature Area

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Spring is officially here and we are back to visiting all the parks that the Portland area has to offer! I just finished up a feature on Westmoreland Park it’s the new Nature Play Area. If you haven’t been yet get down there and go because it is fantastic! Edith had a blast and we can’t wait to take her back. Click Here for the full feature or see above under the PDX Sites & Eats tab above.

Weekend Snapshots | Out of the House

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We have been stuck at home for the past week with the plague. Okay that’s a bit dramatic but yes we are going through the fun cycle of sickness. Edith was sick with something I am guess was viral and had a low grade fever for a few days and now is just showing cold symptoms. Of course that means the rest of us are now starting to get sick as well. I’d say Alder is sick because of all of the snotty kisses from Edith and Neil and I are sick from the snotty kisses and the fact that we have probably had a combined 20 hours of sleep in the past 7 days.

In spite of all the sickness we decided that we all needed to get out of the house this weekend and enjoy the sun and fresh air. For those few hours that we found ourselves out of the house we had a really nice time and we seemed to forget about the sickness, at least until Edith decided to wipe her nose on my arm. Now we are back in the sickness groove – one I hope we fall out of by the end of the week. I am hoping for clear skies, sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend so that we might once again spend it at the park.

A Day In The Life | 2.27.17 | Park, Coffee, Doc & More Coffee

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Friday started out a little chaotic as we ran to get ourselves together and out the door. The first stop was to drop Neil off at work and then the kids and I were off to the park. We were supposed to have a playdate but because I had to drop Neil off at work and then we had a doctors appointment later in the morning we decided to try again next week. We headed to a park near our old house (and hopefully one day where we return to) because I wanted to check out the new children’s play area. It was a bit of a gloomy morning but I love seeing signs of Spring everywhere! Being from Vermont Spring doesn’t really start until May whereas here it starts in late February/March. Anyways off the the park we went.

Edith spent a good hour playing in the sand and exploring the new park. Alder napped for awhile and then was bright eyed and smiling. We had a quick nursing break before packing Edith up and heading to our favorite coffee shop to warm up. Edith enjoyed a “coffee” (steam soy milk) and I had an americano. We both had a late snack of a bagel and Alder munched on styrofoam er…teething biscuits.

We had a few minutes before heading to the doctors so we popped in the children’s thrift store next door where I found a few new things for Alder and a few books for Edith (I’ll share them in a future post). After a toddler melt down, when I said we had to leave (I can’t blame her she was having fun with all the toys) we were finally on our way to the doctor for Alder to get a shot.

Shot done. Time for more coffee #oneofthosedays and off to drop a coffee off to Neil and to go for a lunch time walk. We walked the loop at Neil’s work and finally signed me up for the gym. Then it was time to head home for naps and lounge time after a busy morning.

Neil got a ride home from work and since it was date night we decided to head to the grocery store to pick up some day night provisions. We also picked up a noodle bowl for Edith since it would be way past her dinner time by the time we got home and made her something.

This isn’t our normal day at home but about once per month this is how our day seems to go. What does a day in your life look like?

 

The Future of Naturally Family | Reader Requests

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Hello Friends!

These breaks between blog posts are much longer than I would like and I can’t remember if I said this in a previous post or not but we are having some real sleep struggles over here which have resulted in Neil and I switching off nights that we hold Alder. It’s exhausting and time consuming but it’s what is working right now – well rather it’s the only thing that is working. This means blogging has taken a mini backseat and not because I don’t have anything to share but rather that I have a hard time typing with one hand.

Anyways this little break is actually not a terrible thing because it’s giving me chance to start thinking about giving Naturally Family a little more structure when it comes to posting. I’d like to share some regular monthly posts such as a regular toddler/baby meal or recipe, a glance at what we are reading, a day in the life style post and basically whatever else you might be interested in reading on a regular basis. On top of that I’ll be throwing in some additional posts here and there based on what we have been up to lately, anything of family related interest and I’m thinking I should share our unschooling journey that is just really starting to take shape.

That all being said I’d love to hear what you would like to see more of on NF whether it is a regular monthly or weekly post, specific questions you have or maybe a series of posts. Let me/us know below!

They Should Revoke My Library Card

Throwback to baby Edith and her books.

Throwback to baby Edith and her books.

I tell you this I have always been horrible when it comes to borrowing books from the library. I can’t even begin to tell you how much debt I have racked up in library fees but it’s not pretty. For a long time I just stopped taking books out from the library altogether but once Edith reached the age where she wanted to read books non-stop I thought let’s try this whole library thing again. Now I’m going to tell you that this was a terrible idea. I just returned three books today that were about 2 months overdue and I had received a restocking notice. I know that there are people reading this right now who are cursing me because they wanted to read Brownie & Pearl Go For Spin and we’ve been storing it the backseat of the car for months now. Side note who names their daughter Brownie and their cat Pearl? I mean seriously what’s next a book about a boy named Cookie and his dog named Frank? Anyways I finally returned the books today and I’ve decided to self-revoke my own library card.

That all being said I am trying to think of new ideas that doesn’t involve me going out to buy new to us books all the time because honestly I can only read about Sam and Pam going for ice cream* so many times before I’m ready to hide the book behind a cupboard we won’t move until the next time we move house. One idea I had is maybe doing a book swap. My idea would be to sign up to do the swap and then each person fills a medium or large flat rate box with books and mails it out and each person receives a new box of books. Thoughts? I also was thinking about participating in one of those book exchanges but honestly I find them to be super confusing so if someone can explain that whole thing to me maybe I’ll do that if no one else is interested in doing a swap. If you are interested in doing a book exchange let me know in the comments below.

Also please tell me that I’m not the only one who is terrible at returning library books. 

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The Dreaded Sleep Post

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I really thought that I would be able to get through these early months with Alder without blogging about his sleep because frankly the first 4.5 months were pretty amazing. I don’t know why it is but I only want to blog about sleep when we are going through a tough time but here we are. I tell you I am actually really surprised because from the moment Alder joined us Earth side he was a great sleeper. I mean he was up a few times at night to nurse but I would nurse and he would go back in his co-sleeper and just sleep. When it came to nap time he would just fall asleep on the couch or in his bouncy chair without me having to nurse him. There were actually a few times where I got myself already to nurse him because I knew he was tired and I look over and he is fast asleep. These days that’s just not the case.

During the day I used to put him down for his first nap upstairs. I’d lay down and nurse him to sleep and then get up and leave him on the bed. During his second nap I would nurse him downstairs because as many of you know we all share a room so during his second nap it is Edith’s nap time so he sleeps downstairs. Anyways I would nurse him to sleep and then he would either sleep next to me on the couch, in the bassinet or in the bouncy chair. These days I go through the same routine for morning nap but he doesn’t want me to leave. He will either wake up right when I start to get off the bed or he will wake up within 15 minutes of me leaving- which means the morning nap just isn’t really happening. As for the second nap he won’t let me put him down. I end up spending Edith’s entire nap with him in my arms and don’t get me wrong I love the snuggles but I also use nap time to get work things done and things around the house which means neither are happening right now.

As for evenings Alder usually stays downstairs with us while Edith goes to bed and again the problem is he has to sleep on one of us. Neil and I have actually taken to alternating “hands free” nights so that we can each have a chance to get things done in the evening. We have tried putting him down and he wakes right up and I have tired going upstairs with him and nursing him to sleep in bed but just like at nap time he wakes when I try to leave or within 15 minutes of me being gone.

Last night was terrible. I only slept from 3:30-7 and even that was interrupted by a nursing session. I tell you I’m exhausted and we are all out of coffee. I feel like we were here once before with Edith and I remember feeling exhausted but back then things were different. We only had one child to think about. With two and our sleeping arrangement (which won’t change right now because despite my complaining we love it) it makes it challenging to figure out this whole sleeping thing.

Okay venting done. Now any words of wisdom?