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Mommy & Me Style // Valentine’s Day

Photo Feb 15Last year on Valentine’s Day, Harper was still a tiny peanut and couldn’t really leave the house. Still, I couldn’t resist picking up a few Valentine’s Day outfits for her, including the adorable sleeper above (which I found at Old Navy – I love this year’s version). I also picked up a few other outfits (see photo below), but she ended up not fitting into them until the Spring (#PreemieProblems). It worked out though because babies can get away with hearts any time of year!

Everett & Elizabeth :: Valentine's DayThis year, I started buying Valentine’s Day clothing (and candy – let’s be honest), just a few days after Christmas. Target is notorious for not wasting any time between holidays and I’m notorious for falling for it. I know there’s only a week left before Valentine’s Day, but that’s plenty of time to pick up a cute outfit for your little one and maybe even a treat for yourself.


Click the black icon to shop each item and shop the rest of my valentine’s day picks below!


 

 

 

Harper Elizabeth // 12 Month Update

BABIES_CHRISTMAS-201I cannot believe that my baby is already a year (13 months actually) old! I also can’t believe I haven’t posted anything on my blog since June! This year was a lot harder than I thought and it honestly took me a loooong time to figure out my new normal. I spent the bulk of the year focusing only on Harper and not enough on my husband or myself. But I finally snapped out of it and I’m happy to report that we’re all thriving now that I’ve figured out the balance. But let’s get back to Harper…

In case you forgot or are new to my blog, Harper was born six weeks early on December 27, 2015. She was a little less than 5 pounds and spent the first week of her life in the NICU. When my labor started, I had no idea about premature birth or what to expect and the only information I got while I was in the hospital was terrifying. Thankfully, Harper forgot that she was a preemie the moment we walked out of the hospital doors and today people are shocked when I tell them her story. I could literally write for days about Harper, but I’ll try to hit all of the main points without making this too long.

Weight: 20lbs 13 oz (35th Percentile) – 4lbs 14.9oz at birth

Length: 30.25 inches (71st Percentile) – 19.25 inches at birth

Teeth: 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom and FOUR more coming in right now

Diaper Size: 4

Clothing Size: 12-18 months (but mostly 18 months) (more…)

 

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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Harper Elizabeth // Two Month Update

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Somehow two months have passed since this beautiful girl was born. I cannot believe how quickly time has passed and how much she has changed. This last month was tough for so many reasons (mainly lack of sleep), but she smiled for the first time just last week so it was all worth it! We have to work really hard for the smiles, but when she lets one slip, it is the best thing ever! Last weekend, Sam and I took her on her first public outing – we did a little shopping and had an early dinner. While we were out, people kept commenting about how tiny she was. Someone even asked if she was 2 weeks old (she was eight weeks old at the time). Sam and I were both surprised because she seems huge to us! I kept having to explain that she was born six weeks early which I hate doing because I don’t want people to see her as a preemie. She is technically a preemie, but I bet if we could ask her, she would say she wasn’t. She has done nothing but prove to us that she’s just a normal, albeit small, newborn. When Shakespeare wrote “and though she be but little, she is fierce” he was talking about Harper.

Harper Elizabeth // Month Two

Weight: 8lbs 9oz – she’s in the 5th percentile for weight, (she’s the same size as my niece was when she was born!), but she has almost doubled her birth weight (4lbs 14.9oz)! I’m so proud of her and myself.

Height: 23 inches – girlfriend is long and lean! She’s somewhere between the 50th and 75th percentile for height which is crazy considering how tiny she is.

Diaper Size: Size 1! We’re currently using Honest diapers and we switch between Honest and Pampers Sensitive wipes.

Clothing Size: Her legs are cramped in her newborn clothing, but her 0-3 month clothes are still a bit too big. I packed away a ton of her newborn onesies and sleepers last week and I had to stop myself from crying. Motherhood is so emotional!

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Eating: Harper and I have finally hit our breastfeeding stride and she is now nursing 95% of the time. Sam gives her a bottle (of pumped breastmilk) every night and she’ll sometimes get another bottle if he comes home for lunch so that I can take a quick break. When she takes a bottle, she drinks 4 ounces of milk and I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to move to 4.5 ounces soon. This girl loves to eat! Breastfeeding is so exhausting and still a little painful at times, but I absolutely love it and I’m so thankful that I’m able to do it.

Sleeping: I always knew that having a baby would seriously affect my sleep, but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer exhaustion I have felt this last two months. Overall, Harper is a good sleeper and I know other people have it so much worse so I hate to complain, but I seriously miss nights of uninterrupted sleep. In the past few weeks, Harper has really “woken up” so her wake times are lengthening and her naps are getting shorter and shorter. She has passed that newborn phase where she could sleep through anything so I have to be more strategic about when and where I lay her down, if she lets me lay her down at all. Typically, I get two naps during the day where I can lay her down and get a few things done and the rest are taken on me. Eventually I’m going to be more structured about her naps, but for now I’m happy to hold her. She’s only going to be this little for a short while longer!

Nighttime sleep was going really well until about six weeks. She still gives us a four or five hour stretch of sleep at night, but that’s only after she fights sleep for at least an hour or two. She gets super fussy at bedtime. Right now, our bedtime routine is usually bath around 8, followed by a book and a bottle with daddy and then I rock her for a bit and put her down. Then we usually have to keep rocking her or giving her a pacifier for the next hour or so until she either passes out or I feed her again (usually around 11 or 12). It’s exhausting. After that, she’ll usually wake up around 4am for a feeding and diaper change (she always has her worst diapers in the middle of the night) and then go back down until 7:30am. I know it could be worse so I don’t want to complain, but I would love for her to go down easier. It’s hard to hear your baby cry anytime of day, but it’s especially hard when you are exhausted and ready for bed (or when you’ve just fallen asleep and your baby wakes up crying because her pacifier fell out – ugh!). I’ve been reading tons of books and blogs trying to figure out how to help her fall asleep (and stay asleep) at night so hopefully I’ll have a solution soon. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Likes: Laying on her back when she’s awake, staring at any light or bright window she can find, playtime on her activity mat, listening to bedtime stories, and bath time (finally!).

Dislikes: Dirty diapers, diaper changes, tummy time and her bouncer.

 

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