Friday, March 7, 2014
My husbands breathing, well you see, I've had eleven years to memorize those breaths. I know every single thing there is to know about him, including how he breaths. Laying there beside him makes me think about how thankful I am that we met so early on in life. We have grown and changed so much in the past eleven years, but we have done it together. I'm so thankful that I have my best friend laying beside me. There is nobody else I would rather navigate life with than him.
Then there is my puppy. They say there is no love like the love you have for your children. And I completely agree. However, my love for my dog has not changed a bit since having Charlotte. Brutus has given us so much over the past four years. So much love we have received from this little tiny dog. I swear he gave us the best practice ever in preparation of having a child. I cannot wait for Charlie to love Brutus as much as we do.
Lastly, I listen to my daughter taking her breaths. Everytime I pick her up from her naps and she lay half alseep on me, I try and memorize her breathing right then and there. There is something about it that makes me close my eyes and smile. It may be the way she breaths deeper or faster or louder. I'm not sure. But just like everything about her, it's perfect and I want to savor everything about our beautiful angel. It's amazing how this kind of love makes you speechless and yet filled to the brim with things you want to say all at the same time.
Tonight, I lay here so blissfully thankful and in a state of peace.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Well, it came time to get out the 3-6 months clothes. At this point, I put away all her newborn and smaller 3 month clothes. I have to admit, this was a little sad! It was like a huge punch in the face that my little girl is growing faster than what I’m prepared for. She is getting so big! So anyway, to answer the question…some 3 month clothing but 3-6 month pjs.
It appears her right eye has completely cleared up this month, yay! Charlie had a rash this month, which we first thought was a diaper rash. Thank goodness for pharmacist Daddy, because he soon realized it was a yeast infection and brought home some medication for her. She has also been drooling so much more (if you can imagine!) this past month.
I’ve been exclusively pumping this past month. Whoa, it is a lot of work! I also noticed a drop in my supply when I returned back to work. A couple weeks ago I was going crazy trying to get my supply up…oatmeal in the morning, mother’s milk 2 cups a day, gatorade in the evening, pumping an extra 5-10 minutes each session, adding 1-2 sessions per day. Basically, I burnt myself out. If I continued at that rate, I would be ready to hang up the pump any day now. So, I relaxed and went back to pumping the normal 5 times a day. This I think I can sustain for much longer now that I’m not going crazy! Charlie takes 5 bottles a day and we have been continuing adding Similac Supplementation to any bottle needing a little extra. She takes two 5.5 ounce bottles, two 5 ounce, and her last bottle is 7 ounces.
We are so thankful for our little sleeper. This month marked a huge milestone of all naps in the crib, yay! This month she has been going to bed earlier and earlier. Her last bottle is always at 7:30 and in the past couple of weeks she is asleep by 7:45-8:00. Her day always starts at 7:30am, which 6 out of 7 mornings I wake her. With the help of our Nanny, we have been putting Charlotte asleep for naps and bedtime completely awake! We made huge progress the first part of the month. Now, within the past few weeks, we’ve ran into a bit of a roadblock. I don’t know if it is related to the 4 month sleep regression or what, but Charlie has started screaming before naps, mostly afternoon naps (first morning nap and bedtime she is super happy to go to bed fully awake). We are hoping this is just a phase and she will go back to her happy self when putting her down for naps.
Besides running into the crying before a few of her naps, Charlie is such a good little girl!
Play mat, security blanket with doll, and Pandora Baby Einstein station
Music (LOVES music!), being held, laying on her stomach, bath time, people singing to her, dancing with her dad, diaper changes, watching Brutus
Afternoon naps and being hot
This first part of the month held big sleeping improvements. All naps in the crib, long naps, putting down awake, and going to bed earlier. Charlie is the most smiley little girl ever. And for the biggest milestone, she rolled over right around 15 weeks. It was actually in the middle of the night. Derek and I were shocked to see that she had rolled over when going in to get her one morning. Now, I've seen her roll over a handful of times. Derek has yet to see it with his own eyes though! We’ve also noticed how much she watches what is going on around her. She is definitely way more interested in looking around. We brought her upstairs in our bathroom one evening while we were getting ready. She was an absolute doll the whole 20 minutes because it was a new room to look at. She had to look at every detail! This month also marked the use of a nanny and babysitter. With this, we have noticed that you are able to differentiate between strangers and familiar faces. We have to be a little timid when handing you off to new people. You only take about 5 minutes, and then you warm right up.
Charlie, you are the love of our lives! This month has brought so many smiles and laughs. Your laugh, oh my goodness, I smile just thinking about it. It is the most chill laugh I’ve ever heard. It is complete opposite compared to your huge smile. You continue to have the most expressive eyebrows ever. In fact, this is one of the first things people notice about you. Your daddy swears you get your expressiveness from me.
You have grown so much this month. From putting you into larger clothes to noticing how much more you take things and people in, we love watching you develop. It is easiest the best thing I’ve ever experienced to watch you develop every day. You are so much fun to be around and so predictable. We are so thankful that you have started to go to bed earlier this month. It has given me and your daddy a couple of extra hours each night to ourselves. One of our favorite times with you is getting you up from naps. You snuggle in so hard to us. On the days that me and your dad are both home, we fight over who gets to go up and get you. We cannot get enough of your snuggles! We are looking forward to what the next month will bring!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Hope you have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I received an email that inspired me to explore tiny prints new collection of mommy contact cards. I was super excited to check them out! Here are some of my favorites:
And my favorite that I customized…
Now I just need to find some mommy groups, play groups, etc. to meet these new moms! Any suggestions for this?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I thought I would share a few things that Charlotte and I are loving lately….
One: Security blanket with doll- This is Charlotte’s first little dolly and she loves it. She reaches for it now and will just stare at it. Too cute! And it gets me so excited to think about all the barbies and dolls to come in our future!
Two: House of Cards Season Two- So, so, SO sad this season is over for us. This was hands down THE best season ever of series on Netflix. We could not stop watching it #bingewatching
Three: A+D- Only a diaper rash prevention cream would be on a new mommy’s what I’m loving post. Luckily we have been good to go in the diaper rash department; however, little Charlie had a yeast infection. This cream may smell like the elderly (seriously, our hospitals use this stuff for prevention of bed sores), but it is the bomb!
Four: L’Oreal Voluminous mascara- After hearing about this from Nancy J, I was super excited to try it. You see, I’m a pretty big mascara snob. I have never found a drugstore mascara that I remotely liked. However, I have to say that I’m super surprised with how much I love this stuff. Definitely will be my every day go to!
Five: Samoas- So, this isn’t an official what I’m loving right-now-kind-of-a-thing because we do not have any YET. But the girl scouts will be at our local grocery store starting Monday. And you better believe I’ll be there buying
Six: Rockabye Baby! Journey- We quite frequently listen to the Baby Einstein Pandora station in our house. Music time happens every single night from 6:30-7:15 so this station helps us switch it up a bit. Anyway, when a song from Rockabye Baby! Aerosmith came on the station, I immediately googled the brand. Turns out there are all sorts of bands. I bought the Michael Jackson CD which is pretty good. BUT, the Journey one is amazing. And how cool is it that Charlotte will be able to recognize Journey songs when she is a couple years old :)
Seven: Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub from B&BW- Confession, I’ve never exfoliated before. I KNOW, how is this possible?! Anyway, I feel in love with this line when I bought the bubble bath. I thought it could be a good idea to try the sugar scrub and now I’m hooked. I can already see so many benefits from exfoliation!
Eight: Quack Quack- Lastly, we have been reading a ton around here these days. Charlotte loves when we read to her. I’ve been loving this book and I think it will be even better once she gets older to feel the different textures throughout the book.
Monday, February 17, 2014
….Weekend Recap, say what?! It’s been forever since I’ve done a weekend recap. Yay, I’m excited that we have done something exciting enough to have a recap, ha!
Friday was Valentine’s Day and I spent it with Brutus and Charlie. You see, Derek had this day off but decided it would be a great idea to pick up an extra shift at work. Can you believe him?! Ok, we didn’t have any plans, but still! Luckily, it was a short shift and he got home at 9:15. There was a little time to spend with him watching House of Cards. Can we please talk about how freaking good this season is.
Saturday, we went to BeerFest! We had this planned for an entire year. Last year when we went, we had such a great time that we all planned on going back. Everybody made it again this year and it did not disappoint! AND not to mention it was the first night that Derek and I did not put Charlie to bed. When Derek and I have been doing date night, we either do a really early one or a really late one after Charlie goes to bed. Luckily it was such a crazy and hectic time to get out of the house on-time that I didn’t get a chance to freak out about leaving her. Of course she was just fine without mom & dad. And I have to say that we really enjoyed ourselves!
I also had a little photo shoot with miss Charlotte this weekend. The little blue dress pictured below is actually Derek’s dad’s. He was photographed in it when he was a little baby and then Derek’s parents got a picture of Derek in it. When we received the little dress from his parents we knew we wanted to keep the tradition. I have to say that I’ve added the color blue to my “favorite-colors-on-Charlotte” list
We are loving all the smiles these days!
We also finalized our summer beach vacations this weekend! Yay!! We (and the grandparents) are going to Amelia Island. Anybody vacation there?
Hope you had a great weekend.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Everything is 3 Months and fits perfectly. We will probably have to get out the next size up soon for pjs…it will be crazy to put away all those tiny clothes!
So far so good. Her right eye is still watery. We are hoping this will stop eventually. Also, she started talking so much more this month. In fact, one day she made herself go hoarse! It was the saddest thing to hear her little voice so scratchy. Thank goodness that cleared up in a day. Also, Charlie is officially a spitter-upper. We keep a bib on during her awake-time to try and salvage outfits. She doesn’t seem bothered at all by it.
We have been exclusively bottle feeding since 10 weeks (with an occasional breast feed here and there). She seems to be much happier with the bottle! She gets her full meal and then she is good to go until the next feeding 3 hours later. It is a lot more work for me with pumping, bottles, emptying the dishwasher a couple times every day, etc. However, I’m totally committed if it makes Charlie a happier baby. She takes about 5 ounces every 3 hours and her last bottle at night has around 6. We continue to use the formula anytime we need a little extra in her bottles.
As I mentioned last month, the first week of “month 3” was very rough. She was completely off her schedule. However, after that week, she jumped right back on her sleeping routine. We started bath time/bed time about an hour earlier this month and she could not love it more! We also dropped the swaddle and moved from the rock n’play to her crib at 11 weeks. Derek and I were terrified that it would cause her to wake up in the middle of night for a couple nights, but she surprised the heck of us! She slept through the night the first night without it! She was definitely telling us that she was ready to be out of that swaddle…you could just tell she wasn’t comfortable anymore. Now she falls sleep anywhere from 9:00-9:15 and then I wake her up at 7:30.
We are so thankful for our happy little girl! As I mentioned previously, she is a vocal little thing and I swear she loves to hear herself yell.
The play mat was a huge hit this month. Also, we listen to our Baby Einstein CDs every single night about 30 minutes before bath time. Charlie loves her music/play time!
Music (LOVES music!), being held, laying on her stomach, bath time, people singing to her, dancing with her dad, diaper changes
Being hot…she is such a temperature sensitive little girl
Baby girl, Sweet Pea, Charlie, Chuck, Chuckles, Chuckleberryfin
This month was filled with smiles. We also got a solid routine down this month. We know to sit her up for about 15 minutes after eating, then it is play time on her back for 45 minutes. She usually lets us know by fussing or yawning that it is time for a nap. We pick her up, but in a pacifier, and she is out usually within 5 minutes. Switching to the crib and dropping the swaddle was also a huge milestone! I am so proud of her for sleeping in her crib no problems!
This month Charlie grew and changed so much. This was the last month I got to spend with Charlie before heading back to work. I am incredibly thankful for the time I got to spend with my little girl. She was so much fun to hang out with during the day. AND so much more predictable. We enjoy each and every smile we receive from her. She is also the most expressive baby I’ve ever seen. We just stare at her all the time and laugh from the faces she makes. We cannot wait to see what the next month brings!