Katie Elizabeth

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Day In The Life (With a 16 Week Old)

Good morning! I'm so excited because I've finally gotten my act together for a 'day in the life' post! These are my absolute FAVORITE to read. I love seeing how others spend their days and manage their time. I've been trying to do one since Haddie girl was 8 weeks old, but I wanted to document just a regular day and it seemed like something would always come up on the days I had planned to do it. But! On Wednesday, October 19th, everything aligned and I was able (and actually remembered) to document an entire day of our new life. I'd say it was a pretty typical day with Haddie. Some good times, some cry fests, you know just a little bit of everything. So here we go! A day in the life with a 16 week old.

5:15am: Haddie is up and crying in her bassinet right next to our bed, ready for her first feed of the day. She's been sleeping since 8:30pm and we are amazed because she hasn't really gone that long before without eating! I change her and feed her and we're back in bed within 30 minutes. I'm actually able to fall back asleep easily for once (it always seems to take me forever).

7am: Nick is getting ready for work and Haddie is stirring, but thankfully puts herself back to sleep.

8am: Nick comes in our room before we leave for work and Brady gets so excited he starts snorting (haha) and wakes up Haddie and I.  She's not a happy camper to be woken up so I run downstairs to get her a bottle and then all is right in the world. After she's done eating, I change her and then her Brady and I head back downstairs. I let Brady out, feed him breakfast, and pour myself a bowl of cereal and a big glass of cold water.  Haddie happily hangs out in her mamaroo while I eat.

9am: We had back upstairs to Haddie's room where we 'read' the Black & White book - basically we just look at the pictures and she bangs her fists against it. I have been trying to read right before naptime because I find it helps her unwind. Right after, I wrap her up in her Halo sleep sack and put her down for a nap. She falls asleep super quickly.

9:30am: I head back downstairs and get going on my chores. I wash all of the bottles so we're set for the day, pay a few bills and respond to blog emails + catch up on my favorite blogs.

10:15am: Haddie is awake, so I go grab her and we head to her playmat to hang out and do tummy time. I try and follow the sleep, eat, play routine, but lately she's been taking shorter naps so it doesn't work out. It's more important to me to keep her feeds spaced out to 3 hours (unless she's super fussy) so it usually ends up being more like sleep, play, eat, play.

10:50am: Feed.

11:05am: She's done eating and I'm dying to take a shower. I usually take them at night after she's asleep because it's my favorite way to relax before bed, but last night I was out for a Junior League event and was too tired when I got home. I put Haddie in this little bouncy seat we keep upstairs and she's happy to chill out in there for a little bit right outside the shower. I quickly rinse off, make the bed and then get changed. It's beautiful outside today and I plan on going out for a walk, so I throw on athletic clothes - although let's be honest, 90% of the time now that's what you'll find me wearing.

My new favorite leggings!

11:30am: Haddie is starting to fuss, so I know it's about nap time again. We do a diaper change and then read a book. She's pretty cranky when I try and put her down and I have to rock her for a little bit.

12pm: She's finally sleeping! Nick usually gets home for lunch around this time and it's nice to be able to hang out for a little bit during the day. I have a toasted turkey/swiss/avocado open faced sandwich with chips and a pear. I eat some sort of turkey sandwiches like every day - easily the hardest thing I had to give up while pregnant!

12:45pm: Nick is back to work. I let Brady out and prep dinner (having stuffed peppers) while I wait for Haddie to wake up. Her naps are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour lately.

1pm: Haddie shows no signs of stirring so I sit down at my computer and work on this blog post.

2:10pm: I am SHOCKED Haddie is still sleeping. We're going on over 2 hours! I want to keep her on her eating schedule though, so I go and wake her up to feed her. 

2:25pm: She's done eating and I get her dressed for the day. Easily one of the most fun parts - picking out her cute clothes! My friend texts me and wonders if we want to stop over for a walk in a little bit (yes).

2:45pm: We're out the door to head to Babies R Us to pick up Haddie's Halloween costume (!!) and I throw the stroller in the trunk so we can walk with our friends on our way back home.

Apparently someone didn't want to wear her shoes, ha!

3:30pm: We're leaving Babies R Us and stop to walk with our friends. Haddie is getting fussy and I can tell she's ready for another nap, so we make it a short walk today. We try and walk a couple times a week, but this will probably one of our last times as the weather is really going downhill. Blah.

4:15pm: Back home and Haddie is down for another nap. Brady and I head outside so he can burn off some energy by playing frisbee and chewing on sticks and we end up meeting a new neighbor from down the street. This pretty much makes Brady's day - friendliest dog in the world.

5pm: I wake Haddie up for her dinner feed. She's super sleepy so I'm thinking she'll go back to sleep right after she's finished eating for her final nap of the day (this one can be a struggle).

5:20pm: She's done and is fighting sleep, but keeps yawning and fussing. She finally falls asleep after some rocking, but when I go to set her down in her bassinet, eyes WIDE open. She starts crying so I pick her back up to calm her down. Within minutes she's asleep again. I set her down and exact same thing happens. But now she's wailing. After a few minutes, she's calm again and I attempt to put her down a third time - WHAT WAS I THINKING. At this point she starts screaming her head off. I wonder if she's still hungry so I make her a two ounce bottle. She eats one ounce and is still crying. I feel like she is maybe overtired? But who knows sometimes!

6pm: Nick is home, so I pass her off hoping that he can get her to fall asleep and I can get dinner in the oven (thank goodness I did all the prep work earlier).

6:20pm: We give up. Apparently she's not going to nap right now. We take her downstairs so we can eat dinner, put her in her mamaroo and she's as happy as a clam haha.

Recipe here!

7pm: Cleaning up dinner and the three of us (plus Brady) head up to Haddie's room to hang out. We try on her Halloween costume, she plays on her playmat and we attempt to get Brady to like her (he hates her). 

7:30pm: Bath time! This is Haddie's favorite time of the day! She loves the bath and so we do one every single night.

Nursery post here

7:45pm: Girly's got her PJs on and we head to our bedroom to feed her. I keep the lights low so she'll hopefully get sleepy, but she eats and then is super cranky. It takes an hour of Nick and I going on and off to settle her and get her to fall asleep. Exactly why she shouldn't skip that evening nap! Also, she just started rolling over and when we set her down (we try to put her down drowsy, but awake) she rolls right over and is all upset and can't roll back. No idea how to stop this.

8:45pm: She's finally asleep. Nick and I are on the couch. I'm trying to finish up After You since I promised to lend it to a friend this weekend. I've also been reading it since August soooo it's about time.

9pm: We watch the final Presidential debate. That's all I'm going to say about that ;)

10:15pm: We let Brady out and head upstairs. I jump in the shower and then we're in bed by 10:45pm. Totally exhausted, but it was a good day. Probably a pretty typical day with a 3 month old!

Whew, major props if you made it all the way through that! So long, but I really wanted to document every little thing about our day. I know I'll LOVE looking back and reading these in the future and hope to do them more often now. Happy Friday! We're off to Chicago this weekend - Haddie's first time! - so be sure to follow along on Instagram :)


Thursday, October 20, 2016


First of all, thank you SO MUCH for the amazing, thoughtful and supportive comments from my post on Monday. They meant so much to me. It was one of those that I was pretty nervous to hit publish on, but as usual you guys are the best and I'm so glad I shared. Real life posts are my favorite (here's another great one from Erin Gates) and I loved hearing your stories and experiences in the comments.  However, I thought I'd go in a lighter direction for today - ha! - with three things that I'm totally obsessed with right now. 

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer: I received a sample of this from Sephora and fell in l-o-v-e. I have a lot of redness in my skin and usually go with a green primer (this one is my favorite), so I was a little leery of one that was pink. But somehow, this stuff actually evens out my skin tone so much better than anything else I've ever tried?! I don't even wear foundation with it because I don't need anything more than concealer + powder. It really makes your skin glow (but not in a shiny, glittery kind of way) and smoothes fine lines and the little wrinkles I have around my eyes. It is pricey, but totally worth it - I didn't even think twice purchasing the full size.

Threshold Marble & Wood Coasters: Target does it again. How cute are these coasters? I picked some up for a friends housewarming gift (along with this candle, yum) and I plan on buying a few more for the upcoming holiday season. They are really well made and the price is crazy reasonable for marble!

J. Crew Wool Cashmere Toggle Cape: DROOLING. This is number one on my lust list. I love that it's made out of super warm material so that I could get more wear out of it once winter hits (plus it has a hood!). And the wooden toggles just make it even cuter. I have been wanting a cape, but being 5'3", I kind of drown in them. My favorite thing about J. Crew is how small their sizes go and this one goes down to an XXSmall, so I think I could pull it off. 25% off right now, but sizes seem to be going quickly so get it while you still can!

What are you obsessed with right now? Make sure to stop back tomorrow- I'm sharing a day in the life post!


Monday, October 17, 2016

My Postpartum Experience

I've been working on this post for a while. Of course it's hard to find the time with a 3 month old, but also because I feel like I'm still processing some of this postpartum stuff. I had a pretty easy, healthy pregnancy and just about a picture perfect labor and delivery, so I guess something had to be tough for me, right?! Postpartum rocked my world. And it still is some days. But I wanted to share my experience for myself, for anyone that's currently going through the baby blues and for my pregnant friends that just want to be educated. Because that was my thing - I didn't really realize that these 'baby blues' feelings were normal and I think that made it so much harder for me to get through them. 

I was all about studying up on post baby life in those last few weeks of pregnancy and I had read everything on what to expect after giving birth. I had the pads and hemorrhoid cream ready, I was familiar with how to do a sitz bath, I was ready to ask for stool softeners at the hospital (so glamorous, I know), but I didn't really come across anything that did much more than acknowledge how out of touch you will feel with your new life and how nasty those little hormones can be. I wish I had read something like this so I knew it was OKAY! The hardest part was how hard I was on myself for feeling this way, the guilt... like I was the only terrible mother out there that was having a hard time accepting this new life I was living... but that is so not true and I should have given myself way more grace than I did. Lots of women struggle with the baby blues and it is completely 100% normal!

It all started the day we got home from the hospital. I think I was going on pure adrenalin and a natural high when we were there, not to mention the help and care of the nurses and my doctor. But then we got home. And real life set in. Within an hour of being home, Nick was out mowing the lawn, his mom who stayed with us for a few days was out grocery shopping, and I was alone with my sweet, sleeping baby. And when I say alone, I have never, ever felt so alone. Everyone else started to go back about their normal business, but not me. My world had just been completely rocked and I didn't even know what to do with myself.

I have always sucked at dealing with change, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me that this was going to be tough, but it did. You hear everyone say it's the best time in your life! soak it all up! aren't you so happy?! and while yes, all of those things were so true, it was also so. freaking. hard. and I felt like a terrible person for not just being the happiest person on the planet with my beautiful, healthy new baby girl. I was overwhelmed, scared, tired, my body felt like it had been run over by a pick up truck, anxious and had to make sure she was still breathing 500 times a day, and did I mention exhausted?

Of course it was okay that I was feeling all those things, but when you're dealing with an epic hormonal crash (and going on no sleep for like 3 days with no end in sight), it's hard to be rational and realize this. You can't think straight and every emotion is felt at the extreme. My overwhelming emotion was of sadness those first couple of weeks. I was so in love with Haddie and I felt like Nick and I had never been closer after bringing her into the world, but I just couldn't shake the sadness. I was sad because I missed my old life - the quiet evenings of relaxing, being able to get together with friends, having time to even just take a shower ha! - I felt awful that Brady was acting up out of desperation for the attention he was so used to getting, I sobbed so so hard at 7:16pm that next Saturday when she turned one week old, extreme guilt over not being able to breastfeed... I just couldn't get it together guys. 

I would sit next to Nick on the couch and just cry because I felt so alone. I honestly hadn't spent much time around babies before having my own, so I thought this inconsolable crying/no sleeping/not leaving the house was how the rest of my life was going to be and I was having a hard time processing this. And then on top of that, I would feel terrible for wondering why I just couldn't be happy?! I had a healthy, happy baby, a beautiful home to take her back to, an understanding husband, so many friends and family that were excited for us. Why couldn't I enjoy it? (Hint: hormones)

Having a new baby is so hard and there is literally no way to prepare yourself for the changes thrown at you. All you can do is buckle down and get through it. I don't know if I've ever prayed more than in that first month of her life. Take it one day at a time. Rely on your support system and TALK EVERYTHING OUT. This helped me so much. Evenings were the worst - I would get anxiety about the night to come - and I think I cried through dinner for at least 3 weeks straight. But Nick was amazing. He knew all the right things to say and would remind me that we could get through this and we could do this and it would be okay. 'Everything is a phase' has become my life motto and oh, that is true when it comes to motherhood!

My hormones and emotions did start to level out after about 4 weeks, slowly at first. I would realize I had made it through a whole day without crying and that was a huge accomplishment. I started to feel more like myself again, we would get a little more sleep each night and we started to get into a little routine (well, as much of a routine as you can with a newborn!). Haddie began having more alert periods and it was so much to be able to interact with her. And those smiles! They make everything worth it. 

It was a really rough first month - so much harder than I could have ever imagined it would be - but it wasn't all bad. For every bad moment, there were twenty great ones. I realized how many amazing and supportive people I have in my life, Nick and I grew even closer throughout all of this (we would just stare at her and be like we did this! we made this!) and of course, my sweet girl. I can't even begin to describe how she has completely made my life. I didn't even know I could love anything this much, but she's truly opened my eyes to what's important in this world. We may have had a bit of a tough start, but I wouldn't have changed a thing.

I don't know if there was any point in writing this, other than to get these feelings out and hopefully it'll help anyone that's going through this to know these feelings are normal, and totally understandable. A lot of this is also for myself because I'm sure I'll go through this with my next baby, but next time I'll have this post to come back on and remind myself that it's going to be okay and I will get through this. If you're going through the baby blues right now, take comfort in the fact that they WILL pass! You will get into a routine, you will sleep again :) Feel free to email me if you ever want to chat, because that makes all the difference in the world - being able to talk through your feelings. I'm here for you mama and you've got this!


Friday, October 14, 2016

A Little Bit Of Everything

Thanks so much to everyone that participated in my Roll Call post on Tuesday! It was so fun to hear from so many of you and has definitely given me new blogging inspiration. More lifestyle/motherhood and shopping posts coming right up! This week went so fast. I had all these grand plans for blogging and they just kind of got away from me. I'm looking forward to a weekend at home with nothing to do - just catching up on a few things and hanging out with my little family! And maybe sneaking in a couple of the 10 best Halloween movies to watch on Netflix. But for today's post, a little bit of everything...

In case you've been living under a rock... Shopbop is having a sale! Most of their stuff is a little over my price range, but there is a lot of goodness around the $50-100 mark and it doesn't hurt quite as much when you're taking 25% off. This dress that I wore to a wedding last weekend and my new favorite flats are both included and the initial necklace I've been drooling over is on its way to me. If I could really splurge, I would get this cashmere wrap scarf in gray. GAH. It's gorgeous. (Use code MAINEVENT16 at checkout.) 

I have the best recipe for you (the picture doesn't do it justice). This chicken and mushroom dish is to die for. Nick's mom made it for us as our first meal home with Haddie and it was the most delicious thing ever after hospital food. I finally decided to make it myself this past weekend and then proceeded to eat it for 4 days straight. The prep time took me a little longer than the recipe states, but worth it to do on a Sunday!

Speaking of Haddie... girlfriend slept through the ENTIRE night for the first time this week! She fell asleep about 8:45pm and didn't wake up until 4:30am - which is usually close to her middle of the night feeding time - so I laid there waiting for her to start crying, but she was just chatting to herself and then fell back asleep all on her own! And then proceeded to sleep until 7:50am! I couldn't believe it, it was like the most amazing thing ever.  We have been really struggling with sleep the past couple of weeks (can the 4 month sleep regression happen early?), so a full nights rest was seriously needed.

I need a new mascara. Suggestions? I've long been a fan of They're Real, but it's just not doing it for me right now. Drugstore or more expensive, I don't care - just something that works! Happy Friday, friends!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roll Call!

I've been seeing this post on a few of my favorite blogs and I LOVE the idea!  It's a great way to get to know readers better and to interact more (just make sure you're not a 'no reply commenter' so that I can respond by email).  My favorite thing is hearing from you guys and it's one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place, so leave me a comment today and tell me a little bit about yourself!

I want to know... your name, where you live, if you have any pets, AND - bonus if you don't mind, pretty please - your one or two favorite topics to read about on the blog.

Categories include: Motherhood & Baby, Beauty, Links I Love, Recipes, Loving Lately and/or On My Radar, General Lifestyle Randomness, Blogging Tips, Home Decor, Shopping Guides, or Travel.

Since Haddie was born,  I've struggled a bit with blogging.  Of course it's hard to find the time, but I also sit down many nights after she goes to bed to write something and the words don't come.  I'm sure this is just one of those lovely blogging phases, but in the mean time I'd love to hear what posts keep you coming back for more - maybe it'll give me a little motivational boost.  I know at the end of the day I have to write about the things that mean the most to me, but it's important to me to take into account what you guys like as well so we can all enjoy this space!  Cheers to Tuesday and let me hear it in those comments!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Fall Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has been a week. Nick has been in San Diego (lucky, lucky guy) and I've been holding down the fort here at home. Which is no joke with a 3 month old and a wild dog. This was my first time home alone with the baby and of course the first time was for an entire week! Haddie also decided this was the week to roll over (yay!), but that meant dropping the swaddle and leaving her arms out in her sleepsack. She did better than expected, but wanted to stay up and party after her middle of the night feedings so I am tired! Thankfully Nick is coming home tonight and I can't wait. Can you believe we're already a third of the way through October? Now that we're officially into the fall swing of things, here are a few of my favorites for this season!

I've been obsessed with this Joules rain coat ever since Ally shared it. It's perfect for fall & spring and would look so cute with my Hunter boots. My all time favorite dark polish is Essie's After School Boy Blazer, I have it on right now! I'm super intrigued by this Arcona Pumpkin body lotion. I'm a huge Arcona fan (love their toner pads), so I think I need to try this. It has great reviews. Nothing says fall like a cozy blanket, a cup full of a warm beverage, and snuggling on the couch with a good book. The Year of Cozy is full of recipes, crafts and activities - yes please that sounds perfect.

This weekend we're off to a good friends wedding which will be so fun, but it's also my first night away from Haddie so I'm a little sad/anxious/all the feelings (so many feelings since becoming a mom!). But I know it will be good for us and she'll get some great grandparent time in. And hopefully on Sunday we can get to decorating our porch and getting some apple cider and donuts! Easily the best part of fall anyway ;)

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