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20 Things Before Pregnancy #2

While I’m not pregnant yet, it dawned on me that the end of our cozy three-some might be drawing to a close.

That’s why I came up with a list: 20 things to do before pregnancy #2.

As long as I’m planning this, I might as well get all of my to-dos done before my brain is occupied with eating habits, fetus growth and sleep, sleep, sleep.

One of the things on this list is to do more one-on-one activities like baking and crafting with my son — to enjoy these teaching moments, just the two of us. Luckily Pillsbury agreed to foot the bill for our bonding moment, below:

My 2 year old always loves helping out in the kitchen — but it’s so messy. And distracting. Typically my cooking is done in a get-something-on-the-table frenzy that doesn’t leave much time for mess or distractions (which is where I thank my TV and those Yo Gabba Gabba folks), and baking? I used to love nothing more than breaking out my Kitchenaid and making cookies from scratch, but who has the time?

So when Pillsbury offered their cake mixes, cookie batters and instant frostings, it seemed like the perfect way to kick off my 20 Things list. First up: Spending some quality time in the kitchen, baking with love.


  • Gathering the Ingredients 1 of 11
    Gathering the Ingredients
    Noah memorized what we needed and loved telling me what to get next.
  • Helping to Measure 2 of 11
    Helping to Measure
    I told him which line we needed to fill the oil to, and he told me when to stop.
  • Self-Help Skills 3 of 11
    Self-Help Skills
    I had Noah do as much as he could, from dumping in the ingredients to mixing them up.
  • Counting 4 of 11
    Counting
    1 egg, 2 eggs, 3 eggs!
  • Mix, Mix, Mix 5 of 11
    Mix, Mix, Mix
    We have a little song we sing: "mix, mix, mix the batter!"
  • Too Loud! 6 of 11
    Too Loud!
    I used a hand mixer so that he could help, but that didn't go as planned!
  • Sneaking a Taste 7 of 11
    Sneaking a Taste
    I pretended I didn't see him eating raw egg. Sometimes you just have to let kids be kids, no matter how much I wanted to stop him.
  • Finishing Up 8 of 11
    Finishing Up
    Noah helped separate the batter into two cake pans.
  • Time to Bake! 9 of 11
    Time to Bake!
    I can't believe his batter didn't end up on the floor.
  • The Best Part 10 of 11
    The Best Part
    Noah's favorite part, by far, was decorating the cake. Quite meticulous for a 2 year old! We counted the sprinkles, called out different colors and even made a rainbow.
  • The Best BEST Part 11 of 11
    The Best BEST Part
    I turned my back for one second, and this is what happens.

To see my entire list, click here. And tell me what you’d put on your list!

Thanks very much to Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with. Check out more posts in this campaign.

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