Six Months with P

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WEIGHT: 17 LBS 5 OZ HEIGHT: 26.5 IN

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What she’s wearing: Baby Gucci (gift, sold here)

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Clothing Size: 6-9 months,  9 months still run a little big on her.
Diaper Size: 2/3. Using the 2’s we have left (again, she uses cloth most of the time).
Milestones: For her 6 month birthday, she got cereal! I gave her oatmeal made with my milk so she likes that (for obvious reasons). I bought two kinds, but she seems to like Earth’s Best more. I also give her a DHA supplement (Honest) and give her Vitamin D drops. Since I’ve gone back to work I used all my back up milk and now I have to supplement with formula (around 4-6 oz on the days I work). For formula, I bought Honest formula. I did research and it’s just a trustworthy company that I’m willing to give all my money to, ha.
Teeth: No teeth (but we found a nub somewhere between 6-7 months). I was told at my 6 month Dr. appt. to brush her teeth with fluoride toothpaste, but I’m not sure how I feel about that since ALL baby toothpastes are fluoride free and there’s pros/cons for both sides that leaves me somewhere in the middle, for now I brush 2x a day with a natural toothpaste (that she can swallow if she does).
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Routine:  She goes to bed around 7/8, I aim for 7 but depending on the night (and if she has a bath), she’s usually going to bed closer to 8. I wake her up around 6:45 to get her ready because I leave for work sometime early 7. She naps around 10 and again in the afternoon. She’s pretty consistent (as I type she has yet to take her second nap, ha).
Sleeping: She has yet to sleep through the night, and not in the nursery yet..
Eating/Feeding: She has tried cereal (oatmeal) and some veggies for now.

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Fun Moments: Pres went swimming for the first time, she’s also graduated to real baths where she likes to splash a lot. She spends a lot of time with her godmother (grandmother) and chews about everything. She grows so quickly, she’s like a new baby every day.

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5 months with P

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What she’s wearing: Carter’s Collection (here) on sale! 

Clothing Size: 6 months, but I’ve been shopping lately so I’ve been getting her a lot of 9 months so she can grow in to them rather than grow out of them. I’ve officially tossed aside all of her 3 months clothes.
Diaper Size: 2, but she’s using cloth 90% of the time. We only use disposable when I take her out, since it’s easier on me but I imagine I’ll be using disposable less & less. Cloth is super easy, I’m still trying to figure out which brand I like the best.
Milestones: Gosh, she’s developing a BIG personality. She is getting to know familiar faces, she really loves her dad (not going to lie, I’m sort of jealous).She loves her exersaucer and is just learning that she can jump on it for more fun. She loves her fur brother, Ace and is always reaching out for him when he’s close and laughing at him, while our other pup is still boycotting the baby, ha. She loves being outside (as long as she’s out of the sun), and loves to have conversations. She can roll over back to tummy, but has yet to roll back. She can sit up fine with her bumba but it still not 100% at sitting up by herself.
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Teeth: No teeth, but you can tell she’s bothered by them shifting around underneath her gums and she’s always wanting to chew on a finger (hers or yours)
Routine:  Our routine is a little out of whack right now, I go back to work next week so we’re trying to find a schedule we can stick to once I start.
Sleeping: She has yet to sleep through the night, and not in the nursery yet. I’m working on it!
Eating/Feeding: She is still breastfeeding exclusively. I think we’ll introduce foods next month, what should I give her for her birthday?? Judging by how easily she takes probiotic/vitamin D supplements/infant Tylenol/gripe water, I think she’s going to LOVE food.

Fun Moments: We went to a day game (albeit it was a little too warm), but she got to see the Giants play. She’s also gotten to go a lot of places, since she’s a super easy wing-woman for me. I’m trying to squeeze in as much play dates before I go back to work.

 

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4 Months with P

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Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz Height: 25 in

What she’s wearing: Peek Kids: Spring Training Jersey (here) and Baby Cozy Pant (here) Headband (here)
Clothing Size: She is definitely 6 months, but I’m in total denial as I continue to squeeze her in 0-3 clothes where her pants look like capris and her tops look like crops.
Diaper Size: 2, but we’re switching to cloth (or trying to) next week. Don’t fret, there will be a post to follow my success or absolute failure on making the switch.
Milestones: She has rolled over 3 times now, but mostly she just looks like she’s exercising demons as her neck goes one way and her body another. She hits things (me) a lot, and has a super strong grip (especially when she grabs my hair–ouch) but it’s the coolest thing to watch her as she discovers the world.
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Teeth: No teeth, just lotsssssss of drool & by lots, I mean A LOT of drool, oh & there’s chewing on her or my fingers—so they’re definitely making a debut in the next couple months.
Routine:  She wakes up anywhere from 7:30 to 9:30, and will want to nap within an hour of waking. She’ll nap around 10-11 and again once or twice in the afternoon. She falls asleep around 9 to 11 pm, but it seems to be getting earlier. I call her toy story because everything major she does is when no one is watching, or when a camera is out of reach.
Sleeping: She has yet to sleep through the night, but I think we’re finally ready to put her to sleep in the nursery.
Eating/Feeding: She is still breastfeeding exclusively and feeds around 4-5 times a day but I think my supply is dropping. I guess this is a normal thing at 4 months, but gah–it still feels like defeat.

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Fun Moments: It’s never a dull moment when you have a baby! Family comes and visits you all the time, it makes me wish I had done this whole baby thing sooner, ha. Last week, my family from Canada came to visit & little one met her cousin who was born just hours after her. They got their ears pierced together, since my sis and I both felt guilty getting it done, we needed the push from each other. P also went to her first Phoenix Suns game, it was definitely awesome running around town with them! The week before she got to meet her aunt, playing tourists in Old Town Scottsdale.

I can now say that I have finally become a pro taking her places & my diaper bag is officially ready for any given scenario.

 

Can we be Breast Friends?

When I found out I was pregnant, I pretty much knew what I was in for. Since I said sayonara to my teens, I have been exposed to pregnancy culture from various friends, family, film & reality television shows . I knew there was a possibility I could gain 100 lbs., get stretch marks all over my stomach, or any random thing that happened to a friend of a friend that conjured a fear & sort of stuck in my mind only to resurface once I saw that small second line on my pregnancy test.

Oh man, but boy does pregnancy take on a new life (pun intended). Once you begin to show (around 5 months or so), suddenly you’re an epicenter for unsolicited birth & baby advice. “Did you watch the Business of Being Born?” Yes. “Are you having an epidural, you know it drugs the baby, right?” Probably. The mommy advice never stops. So at some point, you’re spinning around in circles praying for it to stop, then suddenly you find yourself in my position.

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Why doesn’t anyone talk about how hard it is to breastfeed?

Obviously I knew the first couple of weeks would be tough while your nips get accustomed to a newborn feeding on them every two hours, that’s common knowledge. But what happens if your baby, like mine, wants to feed for five hours straight? FIVE HOURS. I thought it was a joke the first time it happened. Nope, P was a cluster feeder and she continued this pattern for 2 months straight.  Imagine feeding her at seven pm and sitting on the couch for five hours with just enough time to change and burp her, and maybe she’d end up taking a nap or two–but she’s asleep in your arms. Your day will fly by, and you won’t accomplish a single thing.

Oh, and food allergies? Your baby has them. Their sweet sterile stomach isn’t capable of breaking down certain foods, so currently I’m on a dairy (especially cheese), chocolate, caffeine, peanut and alcohol free diet. Jealous? Thought so.

Then there’s the whole nipple confusion/milk supply dilemma. You can’t introduce a bottle too soon otherwise you’ll confuse the little one on how to latch properly so your breastfeeding her every time. Oh and two hours? Lies. I have a snacker. Girlfriend feeds every hour or so, still pretty consistent at snacking hourly even at 3 months. “She’ll start to go longer between feeding” they say.

Oh, & you have to constantly worry about your milk supply. I worry more about this on a regular basis then I do about the recent measles outbreak, Russian politics, American Sniper celebrated as a war hero, and my finances COMBINED. As if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, I’m probably losing more sleep on it. Oh, if you pump too much before your milk stabilizes then you’ll over produce which you’ll a) have to keep up with (pump and store–but who has time for that?) or b) you’ll lose your supply because he/she won’t eat enough. For the first month & half, I was her bottle and had to stop, drop and feed at her command & I can’t tell you how many hours I spent feeding her in the backseat of my car because she wanted to be fed at the most inopportune times (like a graduation ceremony).

So then, praise Jesus, you begin to pump. Now you have to introduce the bottle. “If your baby is hungry enough, she’ll eat.” Lies. The first time we tried the bottle at home, she took it like a champ. So for my boyfriend’s 30th, we went out to a nice restaurant & after I had my first glass of wine postpartum it was like she never saw a bottle in her lifetime as she screamed her head off in hunger pains. We went through over $100 in various bottle systems and suffice to say we’ve finally gotten that down (ILY, Dr. Brown). But even so, it’s still a pain–like you are on this endless search for hot water (to warm the bottle), or  you accidentally pack the wrong nipple flow, or you forget to refridge the bottle when you get home therefore you throw out a full bottle.

No matter how many ounces, it hurts me to waste breastmilk.

So then comes the “Is she sleeping through the night?” questions that haunt me every day, and it’s like “no, she breastfeeds and it metabolizes at lightening speed.” Hell,  I’m happy with 4 hour intervals. Leave me alone, judger.

So am I bitter? Probably. It’s like everyone told me how their sister’s birth was the WORST ever, or that if I got stretch marks as a teen I’d get them again during pregnancy making me inspect every indent from clothing under a microscope to make sure it wasn’t one, or tell me I’ll never wear my beloved shoes again because my feet grow with pregnancy, BUT did anyone tell me that breastfeeding was going to be the hardest thing ever?!? No, and I could have used the unsolicited advice.

But here I am. 3 months postpartum and things are finally getting easier & I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

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3 Months with P

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Weight:  12.15 lbs     Height: 23.5 in

What She’s Wearing: Tucker + Tate Empire Shirt (similar here)

Clothing Size: On the cusp of 0-3m & 3-6m, she’s definitely tall enough for 3-6m but she’s still barely at the weight so I am struggling to dress her in her 0-3 clothes one last time. She’s wearing a 6m dress in the picture, but I rolled up the sleeves since they were a little too long.

Diaper Size:  1. Invest in good diapers. We’re lucky in the sense we haven’t had to buy a lot of diapers since we were given tons at our shower, but some brands we’ve had maaaaaybe one or two blowouts for the entire box while other brands we seem to have one on the daily. So far, Pampers and Seventh Generation for the #win. I’ve heard amazing things about Honest but I haven’t had to buy any diapers yet, so I’ll get back to you on the diaper review.

Milestones: She can finally hold her head up without support! She’s just starting to grab other things other than herself (& her shirt). I just bought this toy which is perfect for her milestones right now & I’m definitely more excited than she is about it.

Sleeping:  She fights sleep, which obvs she didn’t get from me. She goes to bed around 9 pm and will wake up anytime between 7:30 and 10 am. She’ll wake up to feed, but will sleep through it or fall asleep quickly after.

Teeth:  No teeth & just small amounts of drool so I don’t think any are coming.

Talking:  More like singing & she loooooves to sing. I love her songs.

Favorite Activities:  She’s starting to hate tummy time less, we read and sing a lot. Her dad takes her on a ton of walks and she loves to hear funny voices. Also, she seemed to really like the Seahawks when they played the Packers last week, so go Seattle?

What’s it like for us: Leading up to this point, I had to hold her for what felt like 23.5 hours a day. She didn’t take to a swing, wrap, carrier or MamaRoo–so needless to say it made motherhood overwhelming. It was a constant balance of having white noise playing, a swaddle on demand and having a bottle sitting nearby (If I couldn’t feed her). So now that she’s discovering everything, we’re finally sort of getting our groove as parents. I’m now able to shower, do my hair AND makeup (sometimes) and I’m confidently able to run errands with her, take her places without fearing a total meltdown. New Parents, it gets easier (for now).

A Note to Her: When you were born, you made my heart so full–I loved you even if I knew that love couldn’t be returned. Now that you’re turning in to a mini-human, it’s brought me more happiness than I could describe. You smile, you sing and laugh (even though it sounds like a hiccup) and I just can’t wait to discover the world with you little one.

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Nursery for Le Baby.

DSC_0016I thought I would share with you the nursery for little pip. My boyfriend was not in to the all pink everything so I had to get creative. When we moved in together, I couldn’t part with my shabby chic decor so I knew I had to incorporate some of my favorite things in her room–and if you read my baby shower post, I needed that sunburst mirror set from target..so I started there. Gold and Shabby Chic.

From there, it was dark wood (the bedroom set is from Target and was under $500, but as you can see the dresser and crib don’t match wood so pay attention to the color wood when purchasing, turns out there’s espresso and dark espresso..something we didn’t catch until we already assembled the dresser). This bothers me literally every time I walk in the room. Don’t be me.

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All of the frames/boards are from Home Goods and Hobby Lobby–you could assemble a similar wall for less than a hundred dollars easily. Make sure to go to Hobby Lobby on a day frames/metals are on sale!

The book shelf is from Target with the Shabby Chic collection, and the mannequin is from Home Goods.

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The polkadot decals can be found here on etsy, it’s such a small detail that truly makes the room!

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The knobs, again, Hobby Lobby. I live like 3 minutes away from one (don’t judge).
Also, buying books can be expensive. Trust me, when I go to Barnes and Noble that I just want buy every single book, but I actually got most of secondhand from children who outgrew their books.

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The glider chair is so freaking comfortable. If you’re an expecting mom, trust me on this. I almost got a sofa chair and ottoman so we could reuse it when she got older, but this thing–I’m never parting with it. Thank you, Danielle, for saving my tush all those late night feeding sessions. Although they’re sold pretty much everywhere, the best deal can be found on Amazon and according to my boyfriend it’s easy to assemble.

DSC_0002 DSC_0001When you’re expecting, you receive a ton of stuffed animals, The lamb stuffed animal was mine from my childhood, the big teddy bear is from Costco. I think the version sold in stores is even bigger!

Welp, that’s my nursery for the coolest girl on the planet. This was such a fun project, I hope you enjoyed. If you have any questions, leave them behind in the comments!