Life Update // February 2017

Ruth 3:18

via She Reads Truth

Isn’t it amazing how the Bible always has a verse that perfectly sums up our situation? A lot happened in the 8 month (unplanned) break I took from blogging. My little family moved from Harrisonburg, Virginia to Ashburn, Virginia (my hometown) in August. We moved here with the plans that I would sit for the Virginia Bar Exam this month, my husband would start a new career and we would plant our roots near my family so that Harper could be closer to her cousins. There are five granddaughters on my side of the family plus one on the way (!) and we all live within 10 minutes of each other so Harper has so many little people to play with and grow up with.

In November, we enrolled Harper in a Montessori School and I started studying for the bar. It was going well until the holidays rolled around followed by Harper’s birthday. I was so distracted! On top of all of that, Harper has been sick pretty much every other week since the Fall. Needless to say, I wasn’t getting much studying done. After much deliberation, prayer and seeking counsel from Sam and my family, I decided to delay the bar exam until I can focus better. I’m hoping I can sit for the exam in July, but I don’t want to lock myself into it just yet. I spoke to a prominent DC lawyer and former law professor when I was trying to make the decision and he reminded me that the bar exam will always be there, but Harper won’t always be a baby. Since I don’t have a law firm job waiting for me, there’s really no need to rush to take it. (more…)

 
 

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!


 

 

 
 

Mom & Baby Favorites // 13 Months Old

Mom and Baby Favorites // 13 Months OldI know people say that babies don’t need a lot, and maybe that’s true, but I’m a bit of a product junkie so we have a lot of stuff. I love trying new things and I’m a slight shopaholic. Thankfully, this expensive habit allows me to share our favorite baby products with all of you! Now that Harper is a year old, I’ve been able to pare things down a bit to the things that we actually use and love. I cleared out her cabinet of all of the sippy cups she hates, I cleared out all of the skincare products that made her break out and we’re left with a list of things that we use every single day and love. Today I wanted to share our current favorites. I have a slideshow (with a quick description) of the products below and then I’ll go into more detail on each product below that. So if you don’t have time to read my “why we love this” blurb, just flip through the slideshow and click the product to buy it if you’d like to try it yourself!


1. Zoli Bot Sippy Cup // Once your baby turns one, if not earlier, your pediatrician will start strongly encouraging you to wean your baby off of the bottle and teach them how to use a straw. There are tons of spout sippy cups on the market, but from what I’ve read, a straw cup is the best for your baby’s teeth. It’s also convenient because you don’t have to worry about your baby being thirsty if you forget your cup at home. This straw cup has a flexible and weighted straw so Harper can get water no matter what position she’s drinking from. It also rarely leaks. She throws it all over the place and we never have a problem with leaking. A tiny bit of liquid pops out when you flip the top open, but I usually only put water in it so it doesn’t really bother me. The straw is a bit annoying to clean, but I bought the OXO Tot Straw and Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set and I’ve never had any problems. We have this cup in 4 different colors and Ive pretty much cleaned out all other cups in favor of this one. Honorable Mention: We like this Tommee Tippee insulated straw cup (on sale now at Target!) when we’re giving her milk out of a cup. She doesn’t love it as much as the Zoli Bot though. (more…)

 
 

#MomLife: 10 Tips for New Moms

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one month into motherhood and tired as hell.

When you’re pregnant, you get a ton of advice. Some of it is good, some of it is terrible (and outdated) and most of it you will forget the minute the baby comes. But keep listening because there is no greater resource for a new mom than other moms. If you talk to enough moms, at least one of them has gone through the same situation as you. Your baby wants to nurse for an hour before bed? Been there. Your baby’s poop is mucus-y and weird? Been there. Your baby went through 10 sippy cups before she finally found one she liked? Been there and I’ve got the empty wallet to prove it.

I’ve only been a mother for 13 months so I’m obviously no expert, but I definitely learned some valuable lessons this year. Some were taught to me by other great moms and some I learned on my own. So take them or leave them, but they’re here when you’re up for a middle of the night feeding.

1. Remember that every baby is different. // You will hear this 1,000 times, but it bears repeating. Do not assume that because you’re best friend’s baby slept through the night at 5 weeks old that yours will too. Don’t assume that your baby will love the most popular baby products or the “best” formula on the market. Your baby is unique and so are you. Advice is great and reading books and mom blogs is super important, but always be flexible. I’m a big reader and researcher so I read a ton of books and blogs in the first few months of Harper’s life (when I was constantly breastfeeding and had time to read). In the end, I took bits and pieces of everything I had read, and everything I had heard from other moms, and came up with my own system. (more…)

 
 

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…)

 
 

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