March 30, 2012

Less Than Two Weeks!!

Pictures taken Monday at 36 weeks!  And yes - my belly button officially
popped - I am not a fan at all.

I cannot believe we have less than two weeks until we meet our little man!  I also cannot believe I am 9 months pregnant!  A part of me feels like it was ages ago when we found out we were expecting however, a much bigger part of me feels like this pregnancy has flown by!  I guess that's what happens when you are busy helping your daughter fight for her life!

I had a great appointment on Tuesday and everything is set for Will's birth as far as scheduling goes.  We had a few changes in plans and the date was moved up a bit.  My wonderful in-laws, who will be here taking care of Kate while I am in the hospital, were able to change their flights!  I'm so thankful that they were willing to rearrange their work schedules to accommodate the new date! 

We are still waiting to hear back about my blood work.  It should be back next week and hopefully a decision will be made regarding general anesthesia or spinal by the end of the week.  While I would love to be awake for Will's birth, I know that I will be ok if I have to go under since that's what happened with Kate's birth.  It's nice to be at peace with either decision.

Look at those squishy cheeks!  He also has rolls on his arms!

I had a growth scan at my appointment and Will is quite a big boy!  He was already measuring 7.5 pounds which is about 1.5 pounds more than Kate was at birth!  My doctor is guessing he will be well over 8 pounds by the time we deliver!  We will take measurements a few days before my c-section to get a better idea!  I know many people don't trust ultrasound measurements but, my perinatologist does all of the measurements herself and she was 2 ounces off when calculating Kate's weight a few days before I delivered so I trust the she is pretty darn close with these estimates!

As far as the pregnancy goes - I'm just dealing with normal issues that come with being 9 months pregnant.  I'm exhausted, starving all the time, and generally uncomfortable all day.  However, I'm trying to ignore my discomfort so I can enjoy my last few days as a mom to just Kate.  We've been spending our days at the park enjoying the (hot - hello 90+ degrees) weather!

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about adding a newborn into the mix.  I feel like Kate and I finally have a good routine down now that we can get out more.  She has a fairly predictable schedule and life has been pretty easy - especially compared to our fall and winter.  I know it will take time to find our new normal, I just hope Kate has an easy adjustment. 

We have yet another busy weekend filled with getting ready for Will, hanging out with a few of our friends, and of course enjoying time with Kate! 

Moms of 2 or more - how long did it take you to feel like you had things under control after adding a new baby into the mix?  Anything that helped make the adjustment smoother?  I'd love to hear your thoughts/ opinions!

March 28, 2012

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

Two precious miracles! Kate and her sweet fellow BMT survivor Colt had a play date today and loved the park! Watching these two play is so amazing! Seeing our miracles run, play, and love life will never get old!

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March 27, 2012

Aquarium Fun!

Alex and I have been trying our best to do fun things with Kate since our days as a family of three are numbered (we have just a little over 2 weeks left before baby boy arrives).  Kate is loving getting out and about after being in isolation for so long and the freedom is so refreshing!

We decided to take her to the Downtown Aquarium Saturday morning.  We got there as soon as they opened which turned out to be a great decision - by the time we were leaving, an hour later, it was really filling up.  The aquarium itself is pretty tiny in relation to most aquariums but is the perfect size for a toddler's attention span.  It also has things outside - train, ferris wheel, carousel, carnival games, etc. 

We did the inside first and Kate loved the fish! 

After quickly seeing everything inside, we headed out to have some mask- free fun!

Waiting on the train to the shark tank!  Contrary to what these pictures show, Kate really enjoyed the train ride! She just didn't want to smile for the camera!

We headed to the ferris wheel after the train and I think Kate enjoyed it the most!  She said "weee" a few times and really liked looking at downtown and the cars driving on I-10.

Lately, if Kate is unsure of something, or trying to process something, she puts her finger on her cheek and says "hmm".  I have no clue where she picked this up from but I find it hilarious.  She wasn't quite sure of everything she could see from the top of the ferris wheel and decided the situation deserved a nice "hmm". 

The carousel was pretty much a bust.  She didn't cry but she definitely was not into it at all.  I don't think she smiled a single time while on it - just looked around or at us like we were crazy for putting her on a spinning thing.  I'm hoping she likes the carousel at Disney a bit more when we are there this fall!

I really love that we have so many awesome attractions minutes from our house!  I think it is one of the biggest perks of city living!  Yes it would be nice to have a {much bigger} backyard or more storage space but, living 5 minutes from an awesome zoo (that Kate will be able to go to again in a month!), museums, parks, and aquariums is amazing!

March 23, 2012

iPhone picture dump!

We have had an insanely busy week! Two playdates, four doctors appointments (2 for me, two for Kate), a tour of the brand new facility we will be delivering Will at, and tons of errands! I'm exhausted from being on the go so much so an iPhone picture dump is the best I've got today!

Kate has really started to love our dogs! She pets them so sweetly and loves to bring them toys! Earlier this week she climbed up on the couch, brought Sadie her favorite ball, and pet her for a solid 10 minutes! So sweet!

I had an early appointment Wednesday and had to wake Kate up so we could leave on time. She was in the best mood despite being woken up!

I love this Easter outfit! It's SheShe made (of course!) and precious! SheShe isn't taking anymore appliqué orders for Easter but they still have several cute smocked items available! Head over to their site (link) and pick up some goodies for your sweeties!!

Who knew keys were so much fun?!? Kate and I went outside to check the mail and she asked for my keys. She literally stood at our gate, trying to unlock it, for 15 minutes!

I'm feeling large and in charge. I totally forgot just how hard the last few weeks of pregnancy are. I'm about 35.5 weeks and we have less than a month until Will's arrival!

Yesterday I took a picture of Kate and remembered I had a similar picture from earlier this year. I found it on my phone and was totally shocked by how much Kate's hair has grown! I mean, I know it's been growing but seeing her every day makes the changes so subtle - this comparison really shows how much of her hair has come back! These pictures were taken two months apart!

Will's bedding came in yesterday and I love it! My mom did such a great job on it! It still needs to be ironed but I just had to put it on as soon as it arrived! We will hang the drapes this weekend and hopefully get more of the nursery put together soon!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I've got plans to see Hunger Games with one of my good friends! I'm way too excited about it!!

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March 21, 2012


Red cheeks and sweaty hair after an afternoon outside!

Yesterday Kate had her first clinic appointment in three weeks!  I was eager to see her lab work but so nervous about the appointment.  Since Kate's central lines were taken out, I knew Kate would have to be poked for her blood draw.  She hasn't been poked in nearly 8 months and now that she is older, she is so much more aware of pain and such.  I packed a post blood draw prize (Elmo stickers - her current obsession) in hopes of cheering her up once things were done.

Kate was so brave and did so well with the poke!  Holly and Jessica (two amazing nurses that have taken such wonderful care of Kate from the very beginning) helped this big, pregnant momma hold Kate in place and Holly got a good vein on the first attempt!  Kate cried a little bit but as soon as it was over, she was happy and handing out stickers to anyone that would take one! 

I am constantly in awe of how brave, strong, and resilient Kate is.  She is such an inspiration to me.  She's been through so much yet is still such joy - telling everyone hi, flashing her sweet smile to anyone she sees, and has such a precious spirit!  I am so blessed that I was trusted to be her mom - she has made me a better person!

Now to the title of this post - Normal.  A word that we don't associate with often.  However, yesterday, for the first time since she was 6 weeks old, all of Kate's lab work came back normal. 

Nothing was flagged. 

Nothing was too high. 

Nothing was too low.

Everything was normal.  Hemoglobin, ANC, white count, platelets. 


I know we still have a long way to go before Kate can act like a normal toddler free of all restrictions.  But, normal blood counts are HUGE.  This is a milestone I have often felt was completely unattainable. 

My sweet friend Trisha, another BMT momma, has always told me "slow and steady wins the race".  She reminded me of this when it was taking forever for Kate to engraft, when Kate's platelets were not increasing, when Kate's hemoglobin was low.  I'll be honest, sometimes I wanted to shake her and say "I don't want to hear that.  I want things to be better RIGHT NOW." 

But, now that we have finally made it to this point, I have to admit, she is right.  It may have been a slow, grueling journey to have Kate's blood counts return to normal, but all that matters is that Kate made it!

Normal has never felt so amazing!

March 20, 2012

Say Goodbye to Lotion - Olay Mousturizing Body Wash Review!

I have a dirty little secret ... I hate lotion.

Like, despise lotion with a passion.

I hate the way it feels.

How sticky it gets.

How it literally melts off in the Houston heat. Basically I hate everything about it.

However I was cursed blessed with dry skin, especially on my legs and arms, making lotion a necessity in order to look presentable. Add in the crazy Houston weather (hello 80 degrees one day and 40 the next this winter) and my skin craves a great moisturizer.

When the lovely ladies at BlogHer and Olay contacted me to review an awesome new moisturizing body wash I couldn't say yes quickly enough! I'll admit, I was apprehensive at first. Could a body wash really moisturize enough? I've tried so many other moisturizing soaps and body washes only to find that I still needed to apply my enemy, lotion, post-shower.

But, I was eager to give this body wash a try! And I'm so glad I did! Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is now a staple in my shower. Not only does it smell amazing, it actually works! I know, right? A product doing what it claims to do? Shocking these days!

After using Olay's moisturizing body wash for the first time, I noticed that my normally dry flaky legs were smooth, clean and moisturized! My skin felt amazing! I was able to skip the dreaded post shower lotion, which thrilled this lotion-hater! I've been using Olay's Ultra Moisture Body Wash for over a week now, and the results really are amazing! My skin feels healthier, is smoother, and looks so much better!

Olay's moisturizing body wash allows me to skip extra moisturizers, giving me more time to focus on my crazy toddler-filled life! I know every mom out there can appreciate saving some time! I am so glad I have finally found a great moisturizing body wash!

Thank you BlogHer and Olay for introducing me to such a wonderful product!

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March 13, 2012

34 Weeks and a Birthday!

Apparently I've stolen a basketball!

I feel like my belly finally exploded and is so much bigger this week! I can also tell Will is growing because my belly is heavy and his movement literally hurts me. So much different than little petite Kate!

Things are pretty typical on the pregnancy front - I'm getting more and more tired every day, sleep is not something that happens easily, my feet get puffy if I'm on them too long - all normal! I have been packing on the pounds and am officially up 19 pounds total. Like most women that are 8.5 months pregnant, I'm getting to the point where I am sick of being pregnant and just want an outside baby!

I know Kate doesn't really understand what is about to happen but, she does know where the baby is (in my belly) and will give my belly kisses if you ask her to kiss the baby! She also knows where bubba's room is and loves to help me organize things in there!

My mom finished Will's bedding this weekend and I should have it by next week! I also have been working with one of Alex's friends from high school about several canvases for the room! Maybe, just maybe, nursery #2 will start coming together at some point!

I had a quick appointment today and everything looks good. I start weekly appointments now and we will take full measurement next week! We talked about delivery and officially set Will's birthday! I'm glad to know that I officially have less than 5 weeks before becoming a mom of two!

We also talked about some of my health issues. If you weren't a reader when I was pregnant with Kate you probably don't know that I have a heart condition (had surgery in the 90s to correct an issue with one of my valves) as well as a blood condition. My heart checked out great during my pregnancy with Kate but some of my blood counts were a bit off which resulted in the need for general anesthesia for my c-section (link to blog post back in 2010 about that).

I've had several follow ups with my hematologist since delivering Kate and my lab work all checked out normal. However, just to be safe, my perinatologist wants to re-run tests just to verify a few levels. As long as everything looks ok, I'll be allowed to have a spinal and be awake for Will's birth. We are praying that this happens but, I realize I have no control over what my blood work looks like. I know from my first delivery that I will be just fine if I have to go under again but I'd really like to experience the joys of hearing your baby's first cry, seeing them before family, and just being "normal" for once! We should have answers in the next week or two so prayers for normal levels are greatly appreciated!

I can't believe we have less than 34 days until we meet our son!

March 10, 2012

A Girl and her Sunnies!

We've had beautiful weather here in Houston (except this weekend - it's rainy and chilly) so I've been trying to take advantage of it and get Kate and I out of the house! Tuesday we got in the car and headed to an outdoor shopping area just a few minutes from the house. We walked around for a while enjoying the weather and then, after noticing Gap was empty, ran in to do some shopping!

I was looking at the girls clothes when Kate started freaking out and pointing at something. After a few minutes I realized that she'd spotted a huge thing of sunglasses. Kate is really into sunglasses these days and I've given her several of my old pairs to play with but of course they are big and fall off her face.

We strolled over to the glasses and I showed Kate each of the styles. She put each pair on her face until she decided on the pair she liked (by throwing all of the others on the ground - we still have things to work on)!

Ever since we purchased those glasses, and a few new hats for outside time, Kate has been obsessed. Any time she wants to go outside she puts on her sunnies and a hat and drags you to the door! It is so funny!

She keeps them on the entire time we are outside and as soon as we head in, she takes her hat off and pushes her sunglasses on top of her head. I wonder who she's seen do that on a regular basis?! ;)

This child has so much personality and it is such a joy to watch her explore, experience new things, and turn into her own little person! We are definitely at a super fun stage!

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March 8, 2012

Becoming a Better Me - Part 1: My Struggles

This isn't something that I've talked openly about here on the blog (or really at all) but, I've felt very convicted about sharing my story, getting it out there, and being honest with some major struggles I've personally dealt with over the past 18 months.

I hope that being open about postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as situational depression, will help women be more open about such a taboo subject.  No one needs to suffer in silence - I know I did for far to long and I hope and pray that women can tackle this nasty disease, watch out for our friends/ family, and help each other work through something that is easy to ignore.

I also hope that being open about my struggles, which began when I gave birth to Kate, will allow my family and friends to hold me accountable as I experience the birth of another child.  I never want to feel like I did again and the more open and honest I am, the better I am preparing myself to never suffer in silence again. 

As most everyone knows, Alex and I struggled for years to get, and stay, pregnant.  Our second round of in-vitro fertilization finally lead to a successful, albeit complicated, pregnancy.  While I had anxiety about my pregnancy, I never once gave thought to how difficult my life might be post delivery.  We were finally going to have a baby - in our arms - that we could bring home!  Life would be perfect!  Our hopes, dreams, and prayers were coming true!

Boy was I mistaken.

Yes, Kate's birth can go down as the best day of my life, however the weeks and months that followed were not sunshine and roses.  Yes I love being a mother, yes I love motherhood.  But, I struggled with many things as I made the transition to "mom".

The first few weeks post birth I just assumed the weepy, blah feelings that consumed me were typical baby blues.  Several of my friends prepared me for that so I just kept going.  Add in the fact that Kate had terrible reflux, colic, and wasn't gaining weight and I assumed my emotions were just your typical "surviving the first few weeks" feelings.

When Kate was around three or four weeks old, my parents suddenly and unexpectedly separated and ultimately divorced.  This shocking change did nothing to help with how I was doing.  This was supposed to be the happiest time in my life - my family should be doting over the new baby - not completely divided attempting to survive a not so nice at the time divorce.  I tend to be the family peace maker and the stress of trying to reconcile family members, dealing with extremely stressful situations, and witnessing my family unit fall apart was too much for me to handle.

I didn't say anything.  Didn't do anything to help myself.  Just trapped it all inside.

I told myself the divorce was causing me to feel down.  That I would feel better as soon as things settled down.  I didn't mention my feelings to anyone - just keep trucking along, feeling miserable, not being the most pleasant person to be around, completely exhausted from dealing with family drama and a baby that was up every 2-3 hours during the night.

When Kate was six weeks we discovered that her blood counts were "off" and started down the long, exhausting path to diagnosing her.  As you know, this took almost 9 months.  I stopped worrying about me and put everything I had into doctor's appointments, lab visits, Dr. Google, etc.  Deep down I always knew something major was wrong - maybe I was preparing myself for the worst - maybe it was a mother's intuition - either way, I knew. I was researching pediatric bone marrow transplants long before we got the official word that Kate would need a BMT to survive.  I was totally consumed with fear of losing my child.

However, I didn't say anything.  I didn't do anything to help myself.  Just trapped it all inside.

I told myself that having a sick, undiagnosed child was stressful.  That admitting my feelings, admitting that I knew I was depressed, that I knew I needed help would just make me look weak.  I suffered in silence - hardly ever "letting it out" and venting/ unwinding to anyone about how stressful and scary Kate's medical issues were.  I was quick to get snippy, quick to push people away, quick to snap.  All to avoid anyone realizing just how bad things were on the inside.

I'd always heard, or thought, that postpartum depression manifested in ill feelings towards your new baby and/ or life.  I never felt this way, never had a single ill feeling towards Kate.  All of my negative thoughts were projected back onto myself.  I wasn't a good enough mother and that was why Kate didn't ever sleep.  I did something, or didn't do something, while pregnant that ultimately caused her mysterious medical issues.  I couldn't get pregnant without help so that must mean I shouldn't have sought infertility treatment in the first place.  Basically, I felt like I was failing Kate, failing at motherhood.  I was extremely hard on myself.

Bottling up all of my emotions, and blaming myself for anything that might not be "perfect", lead to extreme anxiety and really brought out my type A, control freak personality.  This resulted in me being extremely possessive of Kate and controlling every aspect of her life/ schedule I could.  I would nearly have a panic attack if someone other than myself or Alex fed her a bottle, changed her diaper, held her, put her down for a nap.  Basically I had to do everything myself in order to remain calm and feel like I was in control on the outside since I was so far from in control on the inside.

I did have many, many good days, even weeks.  I think feeling good every so often was one of the major reasons why I didn't seek help sooner.  I just told myself that a bad doctor's appointment or extra family drama was causing the anxiety and depression.  I convinced myself I wasn't really depressed but rather I had a lot on my plate.  I wasn't really suffering from anxiety - I was simply a touch over protective because I had a high needs/ special needs baby. 

I could go on and on but I'm sure you get the picture.

A few weeks after Kate was diagnosed with CAMT I had a routine appointment with my OBGyn.  I hadn't seen her in a while since we used a fertility specialist to get pregnant and then I saw a high risk doctor for my entire pregnancy.  When she came in the room, she simply said "so catch me up on what's been going on". 

And I completely lost it. 

I'm sure the woman thought I was crazy (and by that point I probably was a bit crazy).  After calming down I completely unloaded on her - went through everything - got it all out.  It was much easier for me to be completely open and honest with a "stranger" verses my friends or family. 

My wonderful doctor sat in the room and talked with me about everything for nearly an hour.  She reassured me that all of the situations in my life (divorce, sick child, going back to work, etc) were extremely stressful and would have most people responding the way I was.

Most importantly, she told me that getting help for my struggles didn't make me weak - rather it made me strong. 

A strong woman that realized she was in over her head and needed help to get through. 

A strong woman that was doing everything in her power to get better so that she could be the best wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend possible.

That day, I made the decision to no longer suffer in silence.  I made the decision that I was going to finally make sure I was taking care of myself - I was going to work on becoming a better me.  Because let's be honest, we can't be wonderful wives, mothers, sisters, or friends if we aren't confident and comfortable with ourselves to begin with.

March 7, 2012

Calling All Mommas of 2+

I need your help!!

We are officially under the 40 day mark until Will is here!  And I still have so many things floating around in my head.  I need "been there, done that" input from you moms of 2+ on a few things!  So, here is my random list of things that I need to hear opinions on! 

Video Monitor
We currently have a Summer Infant video monitor for Kate.  I know for a fact that I still want/ need a video monitor in Kate's room.  Our current model allows us to link up another video camera (which would be in Will's room) and I would only have one receiver for both kids.  I'm not sure I'm keen on this idea.  All I can think of is being totally exhausted, hearing someone on the monitor, and not being able to flip through the different cameras to realize which kid is awake/ stirring/ needs me.  Because of this, I'm leaning towards getting an entirely different video monitor for Will and having two different receivers so I will better know who is causing the monitor to go off.

Am I crazy for having two separate monitors?  Be honest please!

Also, after tons of research, I'm leaning towards a Motorola monitor if we get a new one.  I'm specifically looking at this model.  I'd love to hear reviews/ feedback if you have this monitor!

Living Room Gear
I know we will spend a good bit of time in the living room since we don't have a separate play room.  I also know that with #2 you can't just lounge on the couch with a sleeping newborn all day!  I'm going to have to put Will down for extended periods of time so I can play with Kate, cook dinner, pick up, etc.

I have this fear of Kate sitting on him in the bouncer or trying to tip him out of a swing.  I'm leaning towards getting the Snugabunny Rock n Play Sleeper since it is a bit higher off the ground than a bouncer but doesn't seem as potentially dangerous as a swing + toddler! 
What did you keep the baby in?  Am I way over thinking this?
We plan to formula feed Will from the get go - just like we did with Kate.  I think I probably need a few new bottles but I'm wondering what most do with bottle nipples.  Just sterilize and reuse?  I'd love to not have to buy all new bottle nipples but will if there is a good reason to do so.  Also, did your younger child take the same bottles as your older child or did you have to find a new type of bottle for them?
Hospital Visits
I'm having a scheduled c-section that will most likely be first thing in the morning.  I know I don't want Kate waiting in a germy hospital and I also want to see how I'm doing post surgery before having her come up to meet her brother (don't want to chance having her there and getting scared if I am sick or something).  When did you have your older child(ren) come meet the new baby - keep in mind Kate will be 19 months?  How often did they visit?  Based on how things went, do you regret having them come up to the hospital?  I've heard such mixed things on older siblings coming to the hospital and just want to hear from y'all to help Alex and I make our decision!
If you had a c-section, how long was it before you were picking up your toddler (Kate weighs about 22 pounds now)?  Able to lift them in/out of their crib? Able to drive?  I know a lot will depend on how my c-section goes but I'm pretty sure I have unrealistic expectations about how quickly I will return to life as normal.  I've honestly forgotten what my restrictions were after I had Kate!
Family Help
How long did you have, or feel like you needed, help at home?  As of right now, it looks like we will have 3 weeks of help (MIL, my mom, and my sister) and then any time Alex takes off (which will probably be a week or two but not at once - more "filler" days between our family and then a week once everyone leaves).  Did you need the help?  Feel smothered by help?  I'm assuming I'll want our family to help the most with Kate so she can still do "normal" things while I just try to survive those first few weeks but again, I may be way off here!  Any advice, tips, etc is greatly appreciated.
Did you bring your older child to the new baby's pediatrician visits?  We practically lived at the pediatrician with Kate due to her lack of weight gain and tummy issues so I have no clue what a "normal" newborn schedule is like, or if Will will be a "normal" newborn given his health issues.  Again, I have no clue why this is something I am thinking about - so random!
Just how hard was the transition from one to two?  Be honest people!
Thank you in advance to anyone who is willing to answer my possibly crazy questions and give insight to the world of two children!  I think a big part of me is unrealistic in how easy the transition is going to go so I am trying to bring myself back to reality!

March 5, 2012

Splish Splash!

Thank you so much for all of the thoughts and prayers on Friday.  Kate's surgery was successful and she is finally free of her central lines!  She had a very hard time coming out of anesthesia though and we had to administer several additional medications to calm her down.  After nearly an hour of complete hysteria, Kate finally "came to" and was back to her normal self - waving at everyone and telling them hi in a sweet little southern voice!  She was very groggy this weekend and extra tired which I'm guessing was still from the anesthesia. 

Alex's parents were in town this weekend which was wonderful!  I was so thankful to have some extra help so I could rest and Kate absolutely loved having her grandparents around!  Kate played outside with her Bebe and had a blast!  She is currently quite the fan of collecting leaves and especially loves big ones that have a big stem (is that what it's called?) to hold on to!

The most exciting part of the weekend was witnessing Kate's first bubble bath in 7 months!  We've mastered the art of sponge baths since we had to keep Kate's central line dressing dry so it was very exciting for Kate to have unlimited time to splash in the bath!  She had a blast Saturday evening and by then time she finally got out of the tub her fingers and toes looked like prunes!  I am so glad that we can officially add nightly bath time back into our routine. 

Bubbles everywhere!

Sweet smiles!

I hope everyone has a great Monday and a great week!  We have beautiful weather in the forecast so I'm hoping to spend lots of time outside which I'm sure will mean lots of pictures to share!

March 1, 2012

Product of the Week - iGuy iPad case

I'm linking up with Tiffanie for her Product of the Week link-up! 

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I've gotten tons of comments, tweets, and emails asking about the iPad case we use for Kate's iPad.  I guess I've posted pictures of her playing with it but never commented on the actual case. 

We have an iGuy and I love it!

It is very easy for Alex and I to put the iPad in and out of this case which makes it nice for storage purposes.  We can ensure the iPad is nice and protected from our rambunctious toddler yet don't have to worry with carrying around the bulky kid friendly case all the time!
Kate is very hard on the iPad and this case has protected it for 7 months - it's been dropped out of the stroller multiple times and is still in perfect condition!  The arms make it very easy for her to hold on to it while watching a movie and the "feet" allow the iPad to stand up on a flat surface which is nice too! 
I have been very impressed with this case and it's on my "must have" list for anyone that has an iPad that a toddler will use! 
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