May 2016 archive

Harper Elizabeth // Five Month Update

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I am so excited to be writing Harper’s five month update! I missed two updates while I was on my blogging break and SO much has changed in the last three months. During that time, Harper was introduced to the world outside of our house, she went on her first family vacation and her first plane ride, she went to Disney World, she more than doubled her birth weight, and she started showing off her amazing personality. She is what I like to call a “spirited” baby. She is super sweet and happy…until she isn’t. If you do something she doesn’t like, or take too long to figure out what she wants, she will let you know as loudly as she possibly can. She has also unfortunately inherited my weak vocal chords (I am constantly losing my voice!) and always sounds like she’s hoarse which is sad and hilarious at the same time. She is just such a joy and I am so blessed to be her mother. Here’s what she’s up to at five months old…

Harper Elizabeth // Month Five

Weight: 14lbs, 13oz as of this morning on our home baby scale. That means she has almost tripled her birth weight (she was just under 5 pounds at birth)!

Height: She was 25 inches at her 4 month appointment.

Diaper Size: Size 3 Honest diapers. She can technically still fit into size 2 diapers, but we started experiencing tons of leaks and blowouts so we had to move her up early. We switch back and forth between Honest wipes and WaterWipes.

Clothing Size: 3-6 months in most brands and 6 months in Carter’s. She can still squeeze into some 3 month bodysuits and tops, but definitely not pants. She’s got long, thick legs!

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Eating: Harper is still exclusively breastfed. And I do mean “exclusively.” I’ve gotten so lazy about pumping and giving her bottles, but I need to start doing both of those things again so that I can leave her without having to worry that she’ll refuse to take a bottle from Sam. She typically eats 5-6 times during the day and once at night. She has gone through a bunch of different eating schedules, but for now she eats every time she wakes up, unless it has been less than 2 hours. If she’s having one of those days when she won’t nap, or if it’s later in the day when she only catnaps, her feedings are typically 2.5-3 hours apart. I’m planning to wait until next month to start solids.

Sleeping: Long gone are the days of waking up every 2-3 hours. Currently, Harper goes to bed between 8 and 8:30pm, wakes up around 4am for a quick feeding, and then goes right back down until 8am. Of course, not every night is perfect, but it’s so much better than it was. We recently started “sleep training” her a little bit just so that she could learn how to soothe herself to sleep instead of me having to nurse/rock her for 1-2 hours before she would finally go down. Now, after implementing a consistent bedtime routine, I put her down once she’s drowsy, but awake and she usually cries for a bit before falling asleep. Some nights she cries off and on for 5-10 minutes, other nights she’s out within a minute or two. If she’s screaming, I will always go in and make sure she doesn’t have gas or a dirty diaper, and I always feed her if she’s hungry, but usually it’s just a whiney “I’m-so-tired” cry. I agonized about sleep training for weeks, and read literally every book about sleep I could find, and finally came up with a system that works for us. Now she’s sleeping for 10-12 hours at night, Sam and I finally have time to eat dinner and watch tv together before bed, I’m no longer a zombie and Harper greets me with a huge smile every single morning. It’s wonderful!

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Milestones: Harper can roll from her tummy to her back. She isn’t really interested in rolling from back to tummy yet, but if I give her a little help, she can do it. She can now sit up with support and is starting to pull her weight forward and hold herself up with her hands when she’s sitting up. She also loves to stand when you hold her up. It is really difficult to get a laugh out of her, but she will literally “squeal with delight” when she’s happy. She is grabbing everything and putting it all into her mouth. She doesn’t have any teeth yet, but she is definitely teething. I can actually see the imprint of her two bottom teeth as clear as day so I’m just waiting for the morning when I get her out of bed and see two little teeth in her mouth. She also “talks” all day long.

Likes: Baths, Fifi the Firefly, laying on her activity mat, playing in her exersaucer, being held by anyone and everyone, smiling at her daddy, praise and worship at church, Rockabye Baby! lullabies, and snapchat.

Dislikes: Being held in a cradle position when she’s not nursing, being overtired, poopy diapers, her carseat, and long car rides.

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Newborn Essentials // Eating & Sleeping


Now that we are almost two months out of the newborn stage, I’ve been packing up a lot of the items we depended on during Harper’s first three months of life and purchasing new things for the fun, interactive stage that we’re in now. While doing so, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I used on a daily basis during the first three months. I read so many blog posts about newborn baby products while I was pregnant and now that I’ve survived my own newborn phase, I wanted to create my own in hopes that it may help another new mama. It will also be helpful to look back on when I’m preparing for our future children.

I’m breaking this series up into categories because there are SO many products that I want to talk about. I decided to begin with eating and sleeping because that is all newborns do during those first few months. Below you’ll find a short review on each product as well as a link to purchase each item (most can be purchased at Target or on Amazon). You can also click directly on each item in the collage above to shop this post. If there are any products you would like me to do a full review on, just let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to! Grab some coffee because this is a long one…

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#treatyoself tuesday


Ever since I found out I was having a baby girl last Fall, I have found it impossible to shop without buying something for Harper. Just yesterday, I went into Old Navy looking for a Memorial Day outfit for myself and came out with three outfits for her. Granted, baby clothes are (usually) much cheaper than the items on my wishlist, but every now and then I should be able to get something new for myself, right? These are the five things on my wishlist this week!

1 // LuMee iPhone 6 Plus Case — I actually bought myself this case (in rose gold) last week when Good Morning America had a discount code for 50% off. This case has LED lights on both sides of it, creating the perfect lighting for selfies. So unnecessary and yet totally worth it.

2 // Ivy Park Linear Print V-Waistband Leggings – I am slowly, but surely trying to get back into a workout routine now that the weather is starting to cooperate and Harper has started liking her stroller again. I’m always looking for workout clothes that are cute enough for me to wear all day since I never know when I’ll actually be able to squeeze a workout in. These are perfect for that.

3 // GlamGlow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – I have had combination/oily skin for as long as I can remember and never had to deal with dry/dehydrated skin until I gave birth. I don’t know if it’s the hormones (that are still out of whack five months later) or what, but my skin is super dry and the pregnancy glow has definitely left the building. I have always loved GlamGlow products so I’m sure this moisturizer could help bring some life back to my skin.

4 // Soludos Wraparound Tassel Tie Flat Sandal – This sandal is an absolute must-have for Summer. I love the colors, I love the simplicity of it and I love that it’s under $100!

5 // Kate Spade New York ‘State of Mind” Pendant Necklace – Although I grew up not too far outside of Washington, D.C., I currently live in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. I could write a million words about why I want to move back to Northern Virginia, but I’m forcing myself learning to love the small town life. This necklace might help me love it just a little bit more.

What are you treating yourself to this week?

 

The End of “Maternity Leave”

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Happy Monday friends! I have finally emerged from my impromptu maternity leave. I didn’t plan to take such a long break (or any break at all), but being a mom is hard y’all! I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my sweet baby girl, but I was totally unprepared for how exhausting motherhood is. It can also be extremely isolating. She will be five months old on Friday and I’m finally ready to rejoin the world and get back to doing the things I love again. I started cooking and baking again a few weeks ago. I’m waiting for her to wake up from a nap now so that we can go on a walk — momma needs to get back in shape (the baking probably isn’t helping)! And I’m back to writing as of today! This blog will continue to be more of a lifestyle + mommy blog because that’s the season of life that I’m in. I have a bunch of posts planned about life with a newborn, giving birth to a preemie, baby gear essentials (and non-essentials), and, of course, an update on my Chicky Girl! But I will still write about fashion, beauty, and all of the other things I love too. Today though, I wanted to start the week with a quote by one of my favorite writers, Jen Hatmaker. I want to paint this on the wall of the nursery so I can read it when she’s fighting sleep and I’m nursing her for what feels like the 100th time that day. Have a fantastic week everyone!

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(via Humble Home Studios)