Citrus Lane August 2014 Box Review

Thanks to some great deals in the last month, I signed both kids up for the August Citrus Lane box. The first one arrived last week. As usual, I was pretty pleased with what was in the box and feel like it was a great value.

Citrus Lane August 2014 Box

Petit Collage Woodland Friends Growth Chart. This growth chart is so cute and so very perfect for Anders’ nursery. It was designed exclusively for Citrus Lane. You can get different, but equally cute, growth charts from Petit Collage, like this Tree Friends one (Amazon, $18.22). This particular chart comes with a sheet of leaf stickers that you can write the date on and stick on the chart as you measure your little one.

ABC 123 Blocks from Melissa and Doug (Amazon, $20.54). These are very nice blocks, and they come with a storage pouch with a velco closure. Alexis already had a set of Melissa and Doug ABC 123 blocks, but it was a smaller number of blocks that came in a little wooden wagon. With this new set, she’ll be able to create bigger towers and spell more words. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many letters and numbers.

Cool It Buddy instant cold packs from Me4Kidz (Diapers.com, $3.73). The box describes these as “targeted relief for bumps and bruises on the go.” Toddlerhood certain comes with a lot of bumps and bruises. We haven’t needed to try these yet, but I’m glad to have them on hand for when we do. Alexis loves the Me4Kidz bandaids she got in another Citrus Lane box, so seeing the familiar penguin might make her more amenable to trying an ice pack, too.

Yum-a-roo’s from Nurtureme (Amazon, 12 pack for $30.46; $2.53 for 1). Freeze-dried fruit and veggies, with no added sugar. Freeze dried broccoli is actually tastier than it sounds. This one is Alexis approved.

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim ($11.99). We haven’t actually tried this one out yet, but I suspect it will be hit, given how much she loves sign language and Signing Time.

The box also included coupon codes for some of the brands included, and a card to save 25% off a membership at Care.com (which now owns Citrus Lane). Everything in the box added up to $57.01. With the coupon code, I paid $7.00 for this box and got free shipping. I love getting a deal, especially when it’s on something that we’ll actually use and is of high quality.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins!

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2 Months Old

2 Months Old

2 months old already! In the blink of an eye, Anders has almost doubled his birth weight and grown a couple inches taller. He’s still the most mellow, happy little guy you could imagine. I think we’ll keep him.

2 Months Old

Also, siblings. How great are they?

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24 Months Old

24 Months Old

And just like that, she’s 2. Nobody told me when I started this parenting journey that every special milestone would be so bittersweet. I’m so excited for my growing girl. Every day she amazes me with some new thing, some little change. Each day, she’s just a little more incredible than the day before. I love seeing the person she’s becoming. But at the same time, every change is a little loss, one step further away from my baby. I love who she is, but I loved who she was yesterday, too. I miss the tiny baby that would sleep in my arms, and I delight in the toddler who turns to me with a big smile and exclaims, “I did it!”

This two-year old of mine, she is wonderful. Independent and strong-willed, kind and generous. An observer, she studies the world around her before she acts. Incredibly smart, creative, and funny. It is such a gift to be her mama.

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One Month Old

One Month Old

Time moves faster when you add a second child to your family. I can’t believe how quickly we’ve come to Anders first monthly photo, but here we are. In the last month, Anders has gained over two pounds and has started to turn into quite the chubby little guy. He is mellow and laid back, and has started to smile at us. It is, of course, one of the cutest smiles ever. Every day, I feel lucky that such a delightful baby has joined our family.

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23 Months Old

23 Months Old

This was a big month for Alexis! She became a big sister, and is doing a great job helping out with the new baby. She comforts him when he cries, saying, “It’s ok, baby,” and “I know, I know,” and she likes to practice taking care of her dolls the same way she sees mommy and daddy taking care of her brother. Her grandma was visiting all month, and her grandpa came to visit, too! Alexis loved spending time with her grandparents.

The First Year

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Another Birthday

We have one more birthday to celebrate in our little family! Welcome, Anders. 6 days old and sweet as can be. It is so nice to have a tiny baby to snuggle again.

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22 Months Old

22 Months Old

22 months old and signing “more!” Every month, I think it isn’t possible for her to get cuter and more funny, smart, and all-around wonderful. And every month, I am wrong.

This was Alexis’ last month as an only child. She is excited about her new baby, and likes to tell him, “Baby, get out!” And soon, he will. But until then, Alexis is soaking up the love from mommy and daddy, and grandma, who came to visit for a whole month.

The First Year

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21 Months Old

21 Months Old

Alexis is 21 months old! I keep thinking of her as my “almost 2-year old.” As she does every month, she’s grown so much. She has started using three word sentences, and tries to do everything by herself. She loves to help me with the laundry, and is a pro at sorting things and switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer. She knows you need to shut the door, fiddle with the dial, and push the button the triangle on it to start the washer, although she doesn’t quite grasp why we adjust the dial yet. When it’s snack time, Alexis knows where we keep her snacks and her dishes, and is able to get what we need to prepare a snack for her.

The First Year

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33 Weeks

33 Weeks

Dear #2,

I’m sorry that my blogging of your imminent arrival has been so spotty, and that with just six weeks to go you still don’t have a name. I promise that despite these lapses, we are very excited about your arrival and have been hard at work preparing for it. Your big sister is eager to meet you. She gives you kisses through my belly and says, “Come out baby!” Mommy and Daddy have a serious case of nesting, and have painted, carpeted, and bought furniture all with an eye towards bringing you home to a place that’s ready for you. We’ve still got work to do, and you still have some important growing to do, so take your time getting to your birth day. And if you could, please, stop sticking your feet up in my ribs. Thanks.

Love, Mommy

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20 Months Old

20 Months Old

Alexis was actually excited to get her picture taken this month! She wanted to sit in the white rocker, and said “Picture! Picture!” Her daddy asked her to demonstrate different signs she knows, and she was happy to oblige. Here, she’s signing “kitty.”

In the last month, she’s had another round of strep, but she handled it like a champion. She is still enjoying signing and saying different letters of the alphabet, identifying letters, and now identifying “words” she sees in her books. (She can’t read, she just knows when she’s looking at a “word.”) And she still loves practicing counting. Alexis’ also finished her second sign language class. She loves going to class and signing, and even likes to sign the words she knows when she’s reading her books.

Signing "snow."

Alexis signing “snow.”

Alexis’ memory is amazing. She seems to know every page of every book she owns. She memorizes the stories we read to her, so she can “read” them to herself, saying the right words with the right pages. Grandma sent her a set of bird flash cards recently. When she saw the woodpecker card, she asked her daddy what it was. He told her, and she said “Gruffalo!” We found her Gruffalo book, and she went right to the page with a small woodpecker in a tree, not even an actual character in the story, pointed to it and said, “woodpecker!” How does she remember all these little details?

One of the sweetest developments this month was a little game Alexis invented, called “Kiss.” She’ll get behind something with a hole, like the bookshelf or a table leg, and call out “kiss!” All adults in the vicinity are expected to immediately come and give her a kiss. If we can’t fit our head through the bookshelf, she’ll come running around the side, saying “too far!” and give us a kiss. She’s become more affectionate all around, freely offering kisses and hugs, and occasionally saying, “I love you.” She has mom and dad wrapped around her finger, competing for the most love.

Every day, it seems like she gets a little cuter and just a little more hilarious. Don’t stop, little one.

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