Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Phoebe Rae 1 Month

Size (Diapers, Onesies, Etc.): 9 pounds 13 oz of yummy chubbiness! All newborn stuff, but that might be ending this week! Some are getting pretty dang tight! But I am having a hard time putting anything 0-3 on her! She’s growing way way to fast! But I love her chunkiness she’s getting! It is so bittersweet! 

Eyes: They are blue as of now!

Hair:  A super dark brown! And lots of it!!! It is the craziest, it has a mind of its own and sticks up in so many different directions! So far she hasn’t seemed to lose any! 

Sleeping: During the day she sleeps pretty much all the time! Just this past week I feel like she’s really started to wake up more! She’s awake for probably 45 minutes to an hour on average and then right before she goes down for bed at night she’s up for closer to 2 hours! She has been sleeping on average 10-5am, eats, then 5:30-8:30 and then is up for an hour or so. The first couple weeks weren’t that good because I was swaddling her and she would just fight it all night long, twist and turn-I thought it was gas. Then one night I decided to not swaddle her and we got a long stretch in! It just takes her awhile to fall asleep if she isn’t swaddled so I purchased the love to dream swaddle and its been amazing! It is kind of like the zipadeezip but tighter! She still gets to be mostly free but it does muffle some of her startle reflexes! 

Eating: I plan to do a whole post about our breastfeeding journey so far cause we just about threw in the towel, actually we did for about a week and she was being exclusively bottle fed while I pumped. This girl was having the hardest time latching and really the only time she ever cried was when I tried to nurse her. She hated it, which would frustrate me, which would then frustrate her even more. We kept trying obviously until she stopped having wet/poopy diapers for a couple days and lost way more than the okay 10%. I knew it wasn’t a supply issue because I was pumping 3 oz every 3 hours no problem. Okay anyways I can happily say she is back to 100% eating from the breast! Has been since 2 weeks old! We are giving her one bottle of pumped milk once a week to make sure she will take them but other than that she is exclusively on the breast! It’s something we had to really fight and work for this time around, it was definitely humbling and taught me a lot, I will hopefully be sharing what we did to make it work soon! You know as soon as I have time or energy to write up that post! 

Milestones: she was born;) haha 

being pat on the back

when the car hits a stop light

Honestly this girl is so go with the flow she doesn’t have a strong opinion about much at this point! She is so so so opposite from Milan  I think Milan's “hates” list was a mile long at 1 month old haha! She rarely rarely cries! Only if she’s hungry or we are driving and are sitting at a stop light too long-but she stops as soon as we start moving again! Her easy going temperament has made this transition to two kids much easier on me and on Milan because I am able to still give a lot of attention to Milan. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mommy Mailbox

I feel like I'm finally coming out of that newborn fog where you just want to lay in bed all day and cuddle your new baby! You don't really get that with a second baby when you have a toddler that is all go go go! We get our one on one snuggle during big sister's nap time and of course in the middle of the night! Phoebe has made this transition pretty easy on all of us, which I'm so so grateful for! 

This past weekend was Michael's first weekend on the road again so I was totally by myself for 4 days! It surprisingly went really smoothly! Except for the last day when we were seriously low on food so we had Top Ramen for every meal! Top Ramen never killed anybody...but I was questioning if taking the two babies to the grocery store by myself would kill me;)

There's been a few items that have made our transition that much easier! And you can get them all in one place! Mommy Mailbox's Born For This box

Our favorite items from the box are the solly baby wrap, the mom's one line a day journal, and the pacifier clip!

Almost every mom of 2+ kids I asked what were their saving grace items mentioned a good baby wrap! And almost all of them suggested the solly baby wrap! And it's true...you simply need more hands as a mom! Whether you have one baby or 5 there's times when you need to get something done but baby needs to be held for 8 hours straight or she is screaming...we've all been there...or will. And that's where the wrap comes in!

The mom's one line a day journal I think is genius. The idea is so so simple but perfect for moms! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only mom out there that just doesn't have the time or discipline to write a paragraph over my baby's first blow out. That's what's so smart about this little journal, one line-that's all you need! And it keeps the days right next to each other for 5 years so it is easy and special to see jus how much has changed every year!

Pacifier clip. Keys, bobby pins, and pacifiers. Where is this secret place they keep ending up?? I can never keep track of ours! Maybe that's thanks to my toddler that thinks they are her toys...who knows! But what I do know is that keeping them on a pacifier clip 1. lets me "lock" it in one spot and 2. makes it harder for my toddler to steal it so I have time to stop her! 

Anyways! I have partnered up with Mommy Mailbox to offer a promo code for you guys! $10 off their Born For This specialty box! (WHITNEY10 and will be valid April 4-15This box is the perfect baby shower gift! I might be the worst gift giver ever...for everything! Michael is the best gift giver so of course every birthday/holiday/anniversary I end up so embarrassed with what I got him. 

But this gift has it all. Thoughtfulness, simplicity, items that will actually be used, and the cuteness factor! Make this your go-to gift for baby showers...or for yourself:) cause we all deserve a little spoiling every now and then! Shop here!!