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…)

 
 

Gift Guide // Father’s Day 2016

1934631_10102886780735139_2934083092081567113_nFather’s Day is less than two weeks away and I have two dads to shop for this year: my dad and Harper’s dad! My dad is super easy to shop for – all he ever asks for is golf gear. Sam, on the other hand, is a little harder because he always claims that he doesn’t want or need anything. I spent a lot of time online shopping yesterday and I wanted to share what I found in case anyone else needed a little help. I think I’ve picked something for every dad on your shopping list!


 
 

Musings on Motherhood // The Thing That Surprised Me The Most

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I like to think that I was prepared for motherhood. I read books on pregnancy, newborn care, and infant sleep. I took a pregnancy class. I listened to a natural birth podcast. I talked to nearly every mother I know. I was prepared for (but terrified of) the exhaustion. I was expecting the nursing pain. I had an idea of how deeply I would fall in love with my baby the minute I heard her cry. I knew what to expect. I was ready.

Two weeks ago, in a moment of frustration when my baby decided that she would no longer take a bottle, making it impossible for me to leave her for longer than three hours, I had a breakthrough (instead of a breakdown, thankfully). I realized that the thing that surprises me the most about motherhood is the amount of responsibility that falls solely on me as Harper’s mother.

I have an amazing husband. He has the ultimate responsibility of taking care of and providing for everyone in our household. That’s a pressure I will probably never feel and I am so grateful to him for taking it on every single day. On top of that, he is always there for me. He comes home every evening asking what he can do to help and Harper lights up and gives her biggest smiles as soon as he walks into the room. We are so blessed to have him. But, like he always says, when it comes to the baby, I’m in charge. (more…)

 
 

Highlights // 6.3.16

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Even though this was a short week, I am so happy to see the weekend. Last weekend, while visiting my family for Memorial Day, I started to feel sick, but I figured it was just my allergies coming back since the weather had finally cleared up. I felt a little achy, but I chalked it up to being more active. Then, on Monday night, Harper woke up about 30 minutes after she had fallen asleep screaming her head off. I noticed that her nose was congested so I cleaned it out, nursed her a bit to calm her down and put her back to bed. The next morning, she woke up with a runny nose and a slight fever and I woke up with a ton of guilt for not realizing that I had a cold and not allergies.

When Harper was born (six weeks early), the doctors and nurses warned us about how dangerous it could be if she got sick within the first 3 months of her life. I worried every time I heard her sneeze (not an exaggeration). I’m so thankful that her first cold didn’t come until she was 5 months old and I’m even more thankful that it was pretty mild. 90% of the time she was her normal, happy self and the other times I could calm her down pretty quickly by holding or nursing her. Her nighttime sleep included a few more wakeups, but her naps actually got better so I’m not complaining. But I’m definitely happy that Sam will be here this weekend to help me get a little more sleep.

Here are the highlights from this week and weekend…

// aden + anais is on Zulily this weekend! They have super cute Summer styles for up to 50% off. I’m trying to decide between this romper or this top and these bloomers. They also have a few of the towel and washcloth sets I talked about on Wednesday and a few sets of washcloths.

// These 2-year-old triplets are in love with their garbage collectors and it is the sweetest thing ever.

// I shared this blogpost about #MomLife on my personal Facebook page last month and I had to share it here too. You’ll definitely want to bookmark it to come back to on the hard days.

// I have a question for my mommy readers: what is the best baby food maker on the market? Harper will be starting solids in a few weeks and I’m starting to get prepared. I’d also love to know what tools you used when feeding your babies, as well as what brands of store-bought food you reccomend. Tell me everything!

// Old Navy had a Super Cash event that ended 5/30 and I shop there so much that I have three $10 coupons to use starting tomorrow. I’m thinking about using them to buy Harper a few 6-9 and 6-12 month items since her 3-6 month clothing fits perfectly right now. But even if you don’t have any coupons, you can get 30% off your entire order today for National Donut Day! You can see the items I have in my cart (plus a few I’ve already purchased) below.


 
 

Newborn Essentials // Bathtime & Skincare


I’m back with the second post in my Newborn Essentials series and today we’re talking about something that caused me a great deal of anxiety when Harper was a newborn: bathtime. The first time I gave Harper a bath was in the NICU a few days before she came home from the hospital. A nurse walked me through every single step and Harper loved every second of it, especially getting her hair shampooed. So you can imagine how surprised I was when we bathed her at home for the first time and she screamed through the entire thing. She kept screaming through every bath for probably the first month of her life. Thankfully, she grew out of it, or we finally figured out what we were doing, and now bathtime is one of our favorite times of the day. These are the products that were invaluable to us during the first three months and we still use many of them now.

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