justbellablog Leo and Ruby sitting in a tree 2d

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justbellablog I bought some marshmallow cereal as a treat for the on the airplane. Now that we're home Alice isn't that into it (??), so of course I'm making it my duty to take care of the rest. Thanks for busting me @andreahanki with a #widn tag ;) #whatsfordessert What are you up to @mywildthree @morgan.loves @caitharper? 4d

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justbellablog Happy Friday!! #fridayiminlove 7d

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justbellablog I know vacation sunset pics get kinda old, but this one was too good not to share. The sun seemed to set so fast but I love how vacation allows you to just stop and take it all in. #takemeback #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 1w

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justbellablog I love going on vacation but I also LOVE coming home. Time to get back into the swing of things and hopefully get that little guy sleeping again. Let the sleep training commence. #sotired #sleeptraining #sendcoffee #zoomoutmovement 1w
  •   yve_s_ Thank you, Christine! I appreciate you checking! (If/when you have time...I know that's a rarity! ) Thank you to your friends, too! Hearing from other moms (like @dmfinlayson @freckleschick4 @sarahlnantel @joasiartf ) and knowing that I'm not alone definitely helps a lot! 1w
  •   justbellablog @sarahlnantel @yve_s_ ok, I looked and alice was about 6/7 months when she put her soother in herself. And yes, I totally agree @yve_s_ , I want you all to sleep too but it's nice to know I'm not alone! 1w
  •   justbellablog @dmfinlayson oh Danielle, that's so good to hear. I'm glad carter is sleepjng for you and glad to hear there is a light at the end of this tunnel!!! I've started trying to be more structured with naps lately, fingers crossed that works for me too!! I think he's overtired from not sleeping enough during the day. We're BOTH so tired! 😴 And heck no, it's pretty much toy explosion around here everyday! 1w
  •   sarahlnantel Thanks for checking!!! There's hope!! And @yve_s_ I agree. It's nice to know someone else is going through the same thing. Our doctor mentioned sleep training today and letting Isla cry it out and honestly I don't know if I can do it. A little rocking before Bed isn't THAT bad is it?! 1w
  •   justbellablog @sarahlnantel honestly, I really don't think it is! Haha. I rocked alice and eventually she didn't want it anymore. We'd rock/cuddle and read books in the chair and then she was like, ok, put me in my crib. She was probably closer to a year though... oy, these kids just like to keep us on our toes trying to figure them out. 1w
  •   yve_s_ Thank you, Christine!! That gives me hope!!!! @sarahlnantel I know there are a million and one books and articles and pieces of advice out there, but I came across a book that was just released a few weeks ago. (In fact, when I learned about it it was so new I could only order the digital version, as it wasn't even in stores yet and was quoted to have a 1-2 month wait! ! I think that's since changed. ) Anyway, it is called "The Healthy Sleeper" and is written be a pair of ladies whom I believe are psychologists who are sleep consultants. I can't actually sing their praises YET, as I haven't actually done the sleep training - although ironically they don't call it sleep training, as they say it's the opposite... Anyway, I personally think the book has a lot of merit and seemed to make a big difference in my little guy's naps the past couple of weeks since reading it...He literally wasn't napping, which I think made him so overtired, just as Christine said. (To be fair, there's been a regression again the past 2 days.) Anyway, definitely worth checking out, in my opinion, ladies! 1w
  •   yve_s_ PS Oh, and all of that is because of your cry it out comment, @sarahlnantel . The authors start by saying there is a great divide in the schools of thought between the cry it out vs. over helping, but that that kind of thinking is outdated and unnecessary! Check out www.thehappysleeper.com if you're curious. :) 1w
  •   plumintdesign Good luck! Best thing we ever did. I lose my mind when I don't get sleep. 4d

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justbellablog Me and my beach babe cause there needs to be evidence I was on vacation too. #alwaysbehindthecam #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 2w

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justbellablog We've had quite a few of these little monkey visitors to our pool! (these ones are cute but the howler monkeys are a bit terrifying). #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 2w

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justbellablog I think we took half the beach home with us today. She is definitely not afraid to get dirty. #ispybabycheeks #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 2w

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justbellablog Look at me zip lining through the jungle! So glad we did this, it was crazy fun. #andonlyalittlebitscary #costarica #canopytour #shankfamilyvacay #joiedevivre 2w

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justbellablog My little fishy. I'm amazed how much her swim skills have improved this trip. #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 2w
  •   sharstinm So sweet! And take me there! Im freezing here 2w
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog P.S. Worst news here this week C -- the Roxy theatre burned down AND Target is closing all of its Canadian stores. Please bring back some sunshine. We need it! 2w
  •   _emilymontgomery Love this shot! 2w
  •   justinemadesign Cutest little fish! 2w
  •   justbellablog @allkindsoflovelyblog I heard!! Such devastating news all around. Alice will be sad too, "the red store" was her fav place to go and wander the aisles. 2w
  •   justbellablog @carolynleroux it's from Joe last summer! I have a size 3 one Charlotte can have if you want. We inherited Everleigh's size 4 (thanks @michellefriesen!) so I need to pass on the love. It fits small. 2w
  •   carolynleroux @justbellablog Oh yes! That would be awesome! I'll trade you for a box of Safeway donuts. :) 2w
  •   andreahanki this photo says summer all over it!! 2w

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justbellablog We sorta love it here. Also, traveling with grandparents (and aunties and uncles) is pretty awesome. #highlyrecommend #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 2w
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  •   rjhouston02 You are so lucky they are so hands on!! We travel so much with our girls on our own now but hoping when they get older and have kids that they still love to travel with us! 2w
  •   justbellablog @minaseville I just googled it and we're about 8hrs from there :( We're on the other side near Liberia. 2w
  •   justbellablog @katgill_ I so agree!! Especially when traveling. 2w
  •   justbellablog @nessb84 ah, so exciting! A whole month, that sounds amazing. What areas are you going to? 2w
  •   justbellablog @rjhouston02 I hope that too, Jenn! 2w
  •   minaseville An excuse to go back! Hope you're having the best time away from that Canadian winter. 2w
  •   andreahanki gorgeous! 2w

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justbellablog Beach nap success!! Now, someone tell that babe we're on vacation and he might want to consider sleeping through the night. 😴 #justathought #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 3w

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justbellablog Sending some warmth and sunshine back home... is it working?? #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 3w

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justbellablog Table for one. This place is about a million times nicer than my house. #thosebeams #thatchandelier #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 3w

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justbellablog Seriously, babies in sunglasses just kill me. #beachbabe #costarica #shankfamilyvacay 3w

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justbellablog I can't say a 16 hour travel day was exactly fun, but it definitely was worth it. Morning from Costa Rica! #havekidswilltravel #costarica 3w

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justbellablog I had some pretty good looking lunch dates today (my lady friends included too ). Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes, I'm feeling pretty loved today. 32 has been pretty good to me so far! 3w
  •   kelseyweigl Happy birthday! 3w
  •   sliceofbrie Happy birthday!! 3w
  •   patinajewelry Happy Birthday babe! 3w
  •   toaprettylife Good to know 32 isn't so bad...I will be there in a few months. Happy Birthday! (And welcome to my 'hood. I live really close to Ikea ;-) ) 3w
  •   mywildthree Glad to hear you had a lovely birthday:) 3w
  •   joanne_alison adorable boys and happiest of birthdays to you! 3w
  •   pixelpaperhearts lady say what! happiest birthday dear friend! cheers to the best year yet!, xx 3w
  •   andreahanki oh my goodness i love them (and you!) so much. thanks for including the boys and i in your day! xoxoxo. 3w

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justbellablog You know it was one of those days when you find your morning coffee in the microwave at 9pm. #stepasideforpopcornplease 4w

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justbellablog I was told these flowers were foolproof... #blackthumb #paperwhites #itsbeenamonth #byebye 4w

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