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Shopping For A New Ride

What are the most important things you look for and take into consideration when buying a stroller? Affordability, design, look, size, weight, convenience? I have owned seven different strollers since I became a mom twelve years ago. Three of them have been UPPAbaby because once I find a brand I know, trust and love they’ve got me as a loyal customer for life.

We first purchased the UPPAbaby G-LUXE when Joey was a toddler. Then the UPPAbaby CRUZ when we had Cruz. What kid doesn’t want a custom ride with his name on it? Kidding! That’s totally not why we got it. I wanted a stroller that was smaller than my old jogging stroller, that could be used from newborn – toddlerhood, and didn’t cost 1.5K without sacrificing style. What completely sold us on the CRUZ  was the piggy back attachment for Joey. It was a total lifesaver to and from school for all those preschool and kg pick ups/drop offs.

Fast forward to now, we are currently obsessing over our new UPPAbaby MINU. It’s like the hybrid of our other two strollers. The MINU is the perfect portable lightweight stroller and here is why…

What I Love About The MINU

It took me all of one MINUte [see what I did there ;)] to fall in love with this stroller. First of all, the only assembly required when unboxing the stroller was popping 2 wheels on and clipping the canopy in. Clearly they were thinking about moms who a) have to ask our husbands umm one thousand times to put something together or b) have our hands full with another thousand things we need to be doing during the day and during nap time.

The MINU collapses with one smooth motion using only one hand so you can use the other to hold onto those kiddos trying to make a run for it the second they are free. Trunk space is a major factor for me with 3 boys, car seats and sports equipment or shopping bags. A girls got to have space and the MINU ‘s compact design when folded is like a dream come true. Check this out.

It’s easy access large basket can store all of your everyday on the go items and more. I had no problem fitting my diaper bag, camera, tripod, gathre mat and blanket under the stroller leaving me completely hands free! We also have the Carry-All Parent Organizer which I love for outings because it stores my phone, cash or cards, keys, drinks and more and can be transferred to whichever one of my strollers I’m using.

If you’ve ever seen an UPPAbaby you probably noticed their oversized extendable canopy and pop out UPF 50+ sunshade to protect your babes from harmful UV rays allowing you and your babes to stay outside longer and enjoy the sunshine. Knowing my kids are safe is obviously a huge one for me, as I’m sure it is for all parents. The MINU has a spacious multi reclining seat with adjustable 5 point safety harness. Your child will always be comfortable whether they want to lay back for a nap or sit upright to take in every second of your adventures.

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The UPPAbaby MINU can be used from 3 months until your child is 50lbs. MINU has add on features specifically designed for newborns safety and comfort. This stroller can be used from birth with a From Birth Kit. With adapters you can also take baby from drive to stroll with no transfer needed in the MESA and select other infant safety seats.

Available in 4 signature UPPAbaby fashions:

  • Jake (Black Melange/Carbon/Black Leather)
  • Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Denny (Red Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Ryan (Teal Melange/Silver/Saddle Leather)

Comes with UbXtend 3 YEAR WARRANTY with online registration [linked here] making it as easy as a few click click clicks and you’re covered! Another amazing program UPPAbaby offers is their Travel Safe Program that guarantees gear during air travel. This came in handy on our trip to California and is included with the purchase of the appropriate Travel Bag for your stroller. MINU weighs in at under 15lbs making it an amazing travel stroller and even comes with a carrying strap attached. It’s lightweight design and all wheel suspension make sure your baby is smooth sailing.

If you’re on the market for a stroller I hope this was helpful for you. If you’re already an UPPAbaby owner, what do you love most about your ride? Drop me a comment below!



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Cruz’s Birth Story

The day we welcomed our third handsome little man, Cruz Tommaso Japuncic, into the world. I wanted to write his birth story down before I forget it all in the big blur that is labor. So here it goes. . .

Sunday, June 12, being 9 days past my due date I was getting cranky and anxious for baby to arrive. Even though my first two boys were 10 & 7 days past their due dates and I was expecting this one to be too, it truly felt like he was going to stay in there forever.

At this point I had been having braxton hicks contractions more often and a couple random contractions here and there for weeks. Mike and I had been trying just about everything (walking, spicy food, pineapple, sex, birth ball) to encourage labor to begin. Two days ago at our 41 week appointment our midwives suggested drinking the induction cocktail. My first thought was YUCK and not again but since I was ready for baby to be here, I did it!

First thing in the morning I drank the cocktail around 10:00am and then we waited and waited some more. Nothing was happening, not even a twitch. At 1:00 Linda, one of our midwives called to check in and see if anything was happening. She recommended taking a second dose of the cocktail around 2:00. The waiting game continued after the second cocktail. Mike and I went for a walk around the neighborhood and waited some more. Linda had said if nothing happened to take the cocktail again around 7:00pm for the final time. Around 6:30 my parents invited us for dinner at their place and since nothing was happening we walked over. While my mom was putting dinner on the table I started to not feel very good. I laid on the couch and paced in the bathroom for a few minutes and quietly told mike I thought he should eat… Fast! With no appetite I stood at the door while Mike tried to enhale his dinner.

We walked back home pausing a couple times on the way. As soon as we got home I felt my first real surge. Mike ask what he could do and immediatly I asked him to fill the birth pool. Two minutes after the first surge came another. I went from zero to 100 and knew this was it! After the third surge around 6:50pm I paged Linda and told her I thought she should come now. After one more surge she was in my bedroom. As Mike filled the pool I swayed back and forth in the bathroom using my surge breathing while listening to my birth affirmations. Linda checked baby’s heartrate inbetween surges a coulpe times. I was very focused, relaxed and in my own zone at this point, I couldnt tell you what time it was anymore. As soon as the water was the right tempurature I got in the pool immediatly. Once I was in the water I allowed Linda to do an internal check to see where I was at, 6-7cm and fully efaced! She called Rachel to come and assist.

Being in the water took the edge off the surges. Inbetween surges I felt like I was floating with waves swirling around me. It was such an amazing way to experience birth. Mike was by my side the entire time offering me support. I held his hand the entire time in the pool through each surge. Rachel and Linda were very encouraging and told me to listen to my body and helped me breathe baby out instead of pushing. My water ruptured right before baby’s head came out. Birth breathing & the very few pushes only took a few minutes.

Then finally our baby, Cruz, was here. Born at home in the water at 8:33pm, 9lbs 8oz 21in and just perfect. He was so calm when Linda pulled him out of the water and put him directly on my chest and in my arms. Mike saw gender right then but held in the excitement until I looked for myself, a BOY! Mike cut the cord after it stopped pulsing. Shortly after that I handed off the baby while I got out of the pool to deliver the placenta. Rachel and Linda helped me onto our bed to get cleaned up and examined. Baby was dried up from the water and given back to me as soon as I was on the bed for more skin to skin. Newborn instincts are incredible, within 15 minutes of being born he crawled and wiggled his way to the breast immediatly and started nursing right away! Linda heard him suckling and seemed completely blown away when she asked if he was already nursing. There we were, Mike, me and our little baby boy in complete awe of this amazing little man we brought into the world. In the moments after he finshed nursing he had this adorable tough guy look and was throwing little jabs and hooks with his little fists, like a little boxer. By 10:30 the house was cleaned up and we were alone to spend time with our new baby.

Cruz’s birth was everything I hoped it would be. I had the water birth at home that I wanted. Only 1.5 hours of labor (fastest one yet!), and I felt like I managed the surges really well and maintained control throughout my entire birth. My support team was wonderful, especially my amazing husband. He rushed around to get the pool set up and make it the right temperature. He was there the whole time for me to lean on and squeeze his hands. They all kept me motivated, hydrated and made sure I ate after giving birth.

Noah & Joey met Cruz the following day and were incredibly proud big brothers right away. Everyone has adjusted really well so far and we are really enjoying this newborn stage since it goes by way too fast.

Welcome to the world, Cruz! You are the perfect addition to our family and our hearts are so full of love for you.


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