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Harper Elizabeth // 18 Month Update

IMG_2411It is finally time for another Harper update! She will be 19 months old next week and she has changed SO much since my last update at 12/13 months. We are deep into the baby to toddler transition over here and mommy is TIRED. Raising a toddler is tough enough, but adding pregnancy into the mix is no joke! Whenever I see a fellow pregnant mama out and about with her toddler(s), I mentally give her a fist bump because we are rockstars. (ALL moms are rockstars, by the way!) But as difficult as this phase has been, it has also been the most fun. Harper is so sweet and funny and smart and she learns new things everyday which is so exciting and rewarding for me. But before I go on and on about how awesome she is, let’s get into the update.

Stats

Weight: 24lbs 4oz (75th Percentile) – 4lbs 14.9oz at birth

Height: 33 inches (75th Percentile) – 19.75 inches at birth

Teeth: A new one pops up everyday lately! And her teeth are far too sharp for me to investigate so I’m not even really sure how many she has or which ones we’re waiting on.

Diaper Size: She can still fit a 4, but I changed our Honest bundle to 5s because I noticed that we were dealing with more frequent leaks.

Clothing Size: 18 months (12 months in dresses and shorts)

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Eating

Harper is a fantastic eater except for one tiny thing; she hates meat. She loves to eat so she’ll ask for meat if she sees you eating it and then, once she realizes what it is, she will either hand it back to you (already chewed up, of course) or throw it on the floor. Ugh. This has really forced me to get creative with her meals because I have to make sure she’s still getting protein and iron. Fruit, cheese and veggies can get pretty boring pretty quickly. So I’m on Pinterest constantly looking up toddler meal ideas to keep things interesting for both of us. Thankfully, she loves veggies. She’s obsessed with broccoli and cauliflower, but I honestly haven’t found a veggie she won’t eat. My current goal is to get all of us eating one meal so I’m not scrambling trying to get two dinners ready every night.

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Sleeping

Sleep has been rough for us for the past few months. Harper had a viral infection in May that turned into croup and the combination of the two completely wrecked her sleep. Then we moved in the middle of June and she got a bunch of new teeth and things went from bad to worse. There were a few weeks where she was in bed with us every single night. I’ve never been completely opposed to co-sleeping, and even enjoy it on occasion, but I can’t do it on a regular basis. For one thing, pregnancy sleep is rough enough without having to shield your belly from your toddler’s foot. And the other reason is that I need my nighttime breaks from parenting. My nights are sacred to me. I clean the kitchen while watching tv and hanging out with Sam. I take the longest, hottest shower possible. And then I do my stuff: blog, read, watch Golden Girls, enjoy the quiet. Needless to say, I am desperate to get her back to her normal sleeping routine so that I can have my nights back. Thankfully, we seem to be headed in the right direction this week and I’m praying that she’s completely back to normal before the baby arrives.

IMG_2124Milestones & Development

Harper started walking regularly around 14 months. Now, she’s a climber and spends her days giving me mini heart attacks (see first photo). She’s not super verbal yet. She babbles all day and says a handful of words (Dada, Hi, Bye, Please, Thank You, Oh Toodles, Elsa, All Done, Agua, and Baby), but she usually has to be prompted to say things. She understands nearly everything I say though, so I’m not too worried about it. She imitates everything which is hilarious. I’m not sure if this falls into the development category, but she’s also extremely friendly and outgoing. She says “Hi!” to everyone she passes, especially teenaged girls, and she loves meeting new people and making new friends. We went to musical storytime at the library for the first time yesterday. We were late and it was packed so I took her to the back of the room and tried to get her to sit in my lap, but she wriggled away, walked to the middle of the room and plopped down like she’d been going all her life. That is one of my favorite things about her.

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Likes: music, dancing, eating, going for walks in her stroller, bath time, FaceTime, spending time with her family (especially her cousins), watching movies in her new playroom, and Goldfish!

Dislikes: meat, being put down in her crib while still awake, getting her hair done (which is why it always looks so crazy!), and sitting in shopping carts.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this (long) update on our sweet girl! She is seriously the busiest baby I’ve ever known, and she definitely has “selective toddler hearing,” but she makes up for it by being so dang sweet. I cannot wait to see her become a big sister in the Fall!

 

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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