Katie Elizabeth

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Three Months of Haddie


It's kind of scary how fast three months have gone by.  Next week she's probably going to head off to college already!  I've had a love/hate relationship with time since Haddie came into the world.  As she gets older, things are getting more fun and (a tad) easier, but I already miss those crazy newborn days.    When she needed to be held around the clock, I didn't have time to take a shower and we just stared in amazement at her all day long.  That was a beautiful time, but also a rough time and I plan on sharing more soon about my postpartum experience in full.  For now though, here's what we've been up to over the past month!

Stats: 11 pounds, 7 ounces (17%) and 24.5 inches long (87%). Still our long and lean girl!

Eating:  We've had some major struggles with eating this month.  Very distracted, eating way less than normal, etc.  It started while we were on vacation last month and I figured it was just because we were in a new place with lots going on.  However it continued and kept getting worse once we got home.  At some points I couldn't even get her to take 2 ounces at a time!  We had quite a few trips to the pediatrician for weight checks since she fell from the 49th percentile down to the 17th, but after changing her formula and a couple of other things to minimize distractions, I think we're finally headed in the right direction.  We were at the pediatrician yesterday and they were very happy with her weight gain so we don't have to go back until her 4 month check up - what a relief!  It's scary when your baby doesn't want to eat and therefore isn't gaining weight.  The month was filled with frustration and tears (from both of us), but I'm so thankful that we're coming out the other side of it now.  I hope. ;)

Sleeping:  The eating struggle definitely affected her sleep as she wasn't getting enough calories during the day, so she would make up for them at night.  Reverse cycling they called it.  She went from sleeping 8 hours straight at night, to maybe 5 or 6 with a couple of wake ups to eat.  It was strange because she did her best eating at night in terms of ounces, so we just had to roll with it.  Hoping to get back to better sleeping habits now that she seems to be eating better because we know she can do it!

As for naps, she has become a napping champ!  She's come such a long way from needing to be held to sleep and I can only attribute that to my persistence of putting her in her bassinet and probably just her getting older.  She takes 4 naps a day right now - the best one is in the morning in which she'll sleep up to three hours!  The rest are usually 45 minute catnaps.  

Schedule:  I was following the Moms On Call (and loving it), until the feeding issues began.  I'm a total schedule person and I honestly just had to let all of that go because she doesn't/won't eat on a schedule, she eats when she's hungry which is generally every 3-4 hours.  I do try my best to follow the EASY routine: eat, awake, sleep, you, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  The one type of 'scheduling' thing I try to stay consistent with is her wake times.  She goes down for a nap 90 minutes after she wakes up and that seems to prevent the overtired meltdowns.

Likes:  Smiling, cooing and making high pitched squeals (we call her baby pterodactyl!), grabbing her feet, hanging out on her playmat, 'standing', doing tummy time on her boppy pillow, listening to music (specifically Justin Bieber because I listened to him nonstop while pregnant), riding in the car, going for walks. bath time.

Dislikes:  Eating ha! and being overtired, but that's really about it.  She's a super happy baby.  She has had a little stranger danger going on with people other than Nick and I, which always makes me feel bad when others want to hold her.  Any idea how to help with that?

Milestones:  Her first laugh was literally the sweetest thing I've ever heard!  I cried it was so adorable!  Also this month was the first time that we left her with a babysitter and while it was hard, it was good to have a little time away.  She loves her sitter, so that really helps :) She has come such a long way during tummy time.  She holds her neck and chest up super well and has also rolled over from her tummy to her back a few times - it surprises her every time she does it!

Funny Stories:  This isn't quite a funny story, but a night I won't forget.  It was a Saturday evening and Nick and I were wanting to go out to dinner, so I was feeding her and getting her changed and ready to go when she started literally screaming.  I've never heard her cry like that and it honestly kind of scared me.  Gas was the only thing I could think of, so we gave her gas drops and tons of burps came up, but she still just wasn't a happy camper so we decided to stay home.  About an hour and a half later, she had FINALLY calmed down enough that I went to put her in her Mamaroo which she loves... and then I clipped her skin in the buckle.  The tears started again (from me too - I felt awful) and she couldn't be consoled, so we just put the poor girl to bed.  Not a good night!

Postpartum:  I want to devote an entire post to this, but this third month has been the first month that I've felt like I'm living again and not just in survival mode.  I'm finally starting to feel more like myself.  It's been so very needed to have time to myself during the day while she naps and I've been able to devote time to my hobbies again, like blogging and I even changed up some decor around our house.  It's just really nice and a relief to realize that I can still be myself while being a mom, which is something I really struggled with at the beginning.
 
Cheers to month 3!  It was a beautiful one and I can't wait to see what this next month has in store for us. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Busy Weekending

Busy busy weekend, but such a great one!  Filled with beautiful weather, friends, good food and even a nap... doesn't get much better than that!  I had high hopes of getting this post up last night, but sleep won out, as it usually does these days.

We kicked things off with a big dinner out with 12 of my Junior League friends and their husbands on Friday night.  We went to a restaurant downtown that serves small plates and fancy drinks.  It was our second time leaving Haddie and I felt so bad that our leaving timing coincided with her need for a last nap of the day and she was screaming her head off, ha! But she did great the rest of the night and we were able to have a fun parents night out.

Nick and I shared cheddar bay biscuits, spicy roasted broccoli and for our main dishes, I had the trout while he had the steak.  All of the food was delicious and the drinks were so fun (and super strong).  One of mine even included raw egg whites in it!  I was a little leery of that, but it made for a great foamy layer on top and was delicious. And I didn't wake up with salmonella poisoning the next morning so it was a successful evening!


You know who doesn't care that you had a little too much fun and too many drinks the night before?  Your baby.  She was up at 7am and ready to go for the day!  Nick had to head into work so Haddie and I cuddled in bed for a while, ate and played, and then I was able to put her down at 9 for a SUPER long nap.  She slept until noon!  It was very much needed for me though - I was so lazy on the couch, cuddling with Brady and binge watching Real Housewives of NYC (so behind).  And then of course I was super excited to wake her up because I'm crazy and miss her while she's upstairs napping!


Later that evening, we decided to attempt to take her tailgating at our alma mater, Western Michigan University.  We timed leaving right after (another) nap and feeding and crossed all of our fingers for a happy baby.  I broke out the Solly wrap - don't mind the terrible wrap job going on in these pictures - and I'm happy to report that she had the best time!  Everyone loved seeing her and talking to her and she was wide awake and bright eyed the whole time, just taking everything in.  We hung out for a couple of hours and then took off when the game started - I wasn't quite ready to brave that yet!

It's always such a relief when we take her somewhere new and she is content just observing the world around her.  I'll be the first to admit that I have some anxiety with doing new things with her because I don't know what's in store for us, but the older she gets, the easier it seems to be.  Although, we can only handle a couple hours out at a time because the girl has FOMO and won't take a nap when she's out in public (can't miss a thing, reminds me of someone else I know...).  Anyone have any tips for that?  I was hoping she would pass out in the wrap, but no such luck.


Sunday was another busy day with a Junior League event.  We were helping out with our local Children's Hospital 5k Run through downtown, so we met up at one of the girls city apartments for brunch beforehand. Quiches, donuts, mimosas, bloody Mary's... great way to spend a Sunday morning!  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the day because my phone's camera storage is out. of. control. right now because I take approximately 95 pictures of Haddie every day.  Organizing those are on my must do asap list.

And speaking of Haddie... girlfriend turned 3 months old yesterday!  I don't know how that's possible because I feel like we just got home from the hospital, but we are loving every day with her.  Update coming this week!  Happy Monday!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Confessions


This is how I feel about this week, too... TGIF.

It's been a long one over here!  I've had a cold that just won't quit so between that keeping me up at night and middle of the night feedings, I am beat.  Looking forward to the weekend where we won't get any rest because it's jammed pack full of activities, haha!  But all good stuff - dinner out tonight with friends, taking Haddie to her first college football tailgate on Saturday, and I have a Junior League event on Sunday!  I'm also hoping to squeeze in some TV time... anyone watch any of the new fall premieres this week?  I have heard great things about This Is Us - the previews remind me so much of Parenthood!

I figured the best way to kick this Friday was with a few confessions since it's been a while...

I confess that Brady has been picking at his paws since we got back from vacation (a month ago) and I just kind of ignored it.  Not in a mean way, I just figured it was normal dog behavior or something.  That was until I took him to the groomer this week and she said they looked really bad and that I should take him to the vet to get them checked out... cue me feeling like a terrible person.  I took him in literally the next day and the poor pup has allergies.  He's on pills now for them and fingers crossed that they work!

I confess that I just got these flats in the nude leather and now I want to buy all of the colors.  They are SO comfortable and really well made.  I'm leaning towards the black leather next (because I'm boring and love neutrals).

I confess that we had out of town friends over for dinner on Wednesday night... and I got a take and bake pizza.  Ugh, so lame.  I had all of these visions of grilling and making risotto (haha) and roasted veggies which I would have been all over 3 months prior to this, but cooking like that on a Wednesday night just isn't working out with a baby right now!  Thankfully our friends didn't seem to mind and it was a nice night.

I confess that I am just not on the fall bandwagon yet.  I haven't had anything pumpkin, I'm still wearing my shorts (it was 85 degrees here yesterday!), and I haven't watched a single football game.  Long live summer.

I confess that while I packed away all of my maternity clothes, I left my maternity tank tops and pajama pants in my closet.  The tanks are so long which I love and the pants are SO COMFY how could I not wear them (every day)?!?

I confess that I'm on the hunt for a high chair... and my #1 criteria is that it fits in with my decor.  Ha! I'm leaning towards the 4Moms one or the Boon Flair.  Anyone have recommendations either way?

Have a great weekend!  
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Top 10 Newborn Essentials


Hadley will be 3 months old on Sunday (what?!) and I feel like we're finally beginning to emerge from that 'newborn fog'.  We're getting into a routine, real naps are happening, there's less crying, we're getting out and about, and things are just getting easier in general.  The last 3 months are a bit of a blur (especially that first month) and there are quite a few things we couldn't have survived without.  Okay, maybe an exaggeration, but these are the things that made life feel just a little bit easier when I had no idea what I was doing!

SWADDLE BLANKETS
Before Haddie was born, I wondered if I had bought too many swaddle blankets.  After Haddie was born, I realized there is no such thing as too many swaddle blankets!  I would grab a new one every morning and use it all day for all kinds of things: keeping her warm, wiping up spit up, wrapping her up for daytime naps (we didn't use these at night), letting her lay on it, etc.  You can't go wrong with anything by Aden + Anais and these bamboo blankets from Amazon and so super soft.

HALO BASSINEST
I love love love the Halo Bassinest.  It's a bassinet that sits right up next to your bed and can even swivel over your bed.  One side bends down to easily pick baby up and all of the sides are completely mesh so it feels like you're cosleeping.  We literally sleep face to face and I love it.  She's probably going to stay in there till she outgrows it, ha!

MIRACLE BLANKET
We tried tons of different swaddle blankets for at night, but the Miracle Blanket worked the best for us.  I like that it keeps baby contained by the weight of their own body, so she couldn't wriggle out easily (although she can now).  We have two of them and while they're pricey, we have found them to be totally worth it.

NOISE MACHINE
A must have to help baby sleep at night!  They're used to coming from your belly, hearing random noises all day, and so they hate to be in the quiet.  This definitely rang true for Haddie and we have to have the noise machine on for her to sleep at all.  We use the Dohm and I like it - it's a neutral color that blends in with our decor and it's small enough that we can travel with it.

GAS DROPS
Babies are gassy little creatures - I had no idea!  We got lucky with Haddie and she doesn't seem to have too many problems in that area, but when she does - gas drops to the rescue.  I don't know if I ever mentioned it on the blog, but the first night we were home from the hospital, she screamed from 10pm-4am.  We finally had to wake Nick's mom up to help us and immediately she realized that Haddie had gas!  I didn't feel comfortable giving her gas drops at 3 days old, but we started using them when she was 2 weeks as approved by our pediatrician.  Another one many swear by is gripe water.

MAM PACIFIERS
Mam's were the best pacifiers at the newborn stage because they are super tiny.  We had a bunch of them scattered around the house and they really did help calm her down.

CAR SEAT WITH CANOPY
So, obviously you need a car seat - they won't let you leave the hospital without one - but can I just say that I seriously love ours, the Nuna Pipa, because of the canopy?  It has a little shade that comes down from the handle and magnets that hold it down by her feet so she's completely covered.  (Here is a picture because that was a terrible description haha).  It's perfect for bringing newborns out and about so you don't have strangers reaching in to touch them with all their germs.  Other pro's for the Pipa: the most lightweight carseat out there, very easy to install, it's gorgeous and well made, and is very highly rated in the safety department.

BATH SPONGE
I've mentioned this before, but we picked up this super cheap bath sponge to put in her bathtub when she was so tiny at the beginning.  Of course we didn't do real baths until her cord fell off, but once we started, this thing was a must have.

SIDE SNAP SHIRTS
This was what our hospital provided for the babies to wear and as soon as we got home, we went out and bought a bunch of them.  In fact she still wears them to bed most nights!  They are long sleeve shirts that button on the sides which make alllll of those diaper changes you're doing at the beginning just a little bit easier.  (This may not be the best, warmest choice if you have a winter baby though.)

A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
If you splurge on one thing, make it the chair/glider in your babies room.  You will spend so. much. time in that chair that you better love it!  Make sure to test them out.  I was so set on one from Pottery Barn Kids and when we visited the store, I just didn't love sitting in any of them.  We went with this glider from Babies R Us and it's perfect for me and matches with our decor (scotch guard is always a great idea, too).  

And for formula moms, a couple of must haves.  We love the Dr. Browns bottles.  We used Avent at first and I just wasn't a big fan, so we switched over in the second week and have never looked back.  Yes they have SO MANY PARTS (and washing them sucks - won't lie), but the parts are there to keep gas at bay and I truly believe that's why Haddie hasn't had very many problems.  And second, the Baby Brezza also known the best thing ever.  It makes perfect bottles in 3 seconds.  No bubbles, perfect temp, no work required on your part.  It's amazing, especially in the middle of the night.  Nick didn't think that we needed one before she was born, and after she was here he wanted to get one for upstairs, too ha!

The thing I was most shocked that Haddie didn't like was the Rock N Play. I KNOW!  Everyone swears up and down by this, but every time I would put her in it, she was not a happy camper.  I gave up on it after the first month and just packed it away.

Whew, sorry that was so long.  I devoured this kind of stuff when I was pregnant though, so I tried to give as much detail as I possibly could!  Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to share your favorites - I've already got a list going for the next baby (#1 on it is a Dock A Tot), so I love to hear what others couldn't live without!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lessons Learned After 3 Years Of Blogging

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Three years ago yesterday I hit 'publish' on my first ever post.  Time flies when you're having fun!

I never would have guessed what this blog would become to me.  A place to store fun memories, a place to connect with friends all over the world, a place to share things I'm loving and a place to document my life.  I treasure the fact that I can go back and read about my wedding day, my honeymoon, my pregnancy, the birth of my daughter and all those little days in between.  Not many people can say that and it's a special thing!

Over the past three years, there have been ups and downs, but I've learned a few lessons through blogging that I thought I'd share today...

Write about things you truly love and your personality will shine through.

Respond to all the comments you get!  Even if it's just a quick 'thank you' - your readers will appreciate it and keep coming back for more.

Don't commit yourself to a schedule.  I used to do 'Meal Monday' way back when and would get so stressed over trying new recipes on Sundays because I had to have something to share (and because I'm a procrastinator).

Pick up a white poster board.  We all love the white flat lay photos ;)

Be honest.

Don't publish a post you don't believe in/totally agree with just because you're getting paid for it.  Not worth it.  But on the other hand, don't work for free.  Those companies that want you to work on a post for them just so they can *possibly* share it on social media?  Not worth your time.

Invest in a nice, clean blog design from the start.  You don't have to spend a lot - there are plenty of cheap, pretty options out there.

And while we're on that, if you're starting a blog - do it on Wordpress!  I do use and love Blogger, but  Wordpress offers so many more options and I'm now too lazy to switch everything over.

Take time off when you're not feeling it.  I promise the world won't end if you don't post for a few days ;)

Always give credit where credit is due.

Ignore the haters.  Not everyone is going to like everyone and that's okay.  Don't stoop to their level.  Delete and move on.

Get out from in front of the computer and live your life.  That's where the best posts come from.

And finally, have FUN with it!  Blogging has changed a lot over the past few years and sometimes it can feel like we're constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses, but you just do you.  Share the things you love, what makes you happy, the little memories you want to remember.  I promise you'll never regret starting a blog!  

As for me, I plan to keep on going with this ol' blog.  I know my posts have been sporadic this summer, but holy cow does having a baby throw your life and routine for a loop!  I thank you all for stopping by here while things are all over the place and for your kind words over these last few months.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

On My Radar

Happy Friday!

I have finally gotten Haddie to take naps in her bassinet during the day (yay!), so I'm hoping to get back into blogging more regularly.  She took a two hour nap yesterday and I was able to finally sit down to my computer and order a few things that my wardrobe is missing for the fall.  (And a couple things that I just wanted for fun :))


This Lush twist front shirt is perfect for work, date night, running errands, drinks with friends - pretty much anything.  I bought it in the navy, but I also want the sphinx color!

I'm intrigued by this Bobbi Brown brightening face powder.  I love my shimmer brick, but this one you use as a finishing powder over your entire face for that nice little glow.

Also from the makeup aisle, this Charlotte Tilbury 'Mini Miracle' eye concealer.  Because we're still doing a middle of the night feeding and so Lord knows I need all the help in the concealing arena.

I was super proud of myself when I realized that my FAVORITE Banana Republic jeans fit again this week!  I seriously haven't worn jeans since December because I never found a maternity pair that I liked.  So so happy to be back in them, but that's also the only pair that fits so I needed to order a couple of more.  I finally bit the bullet on a designer pair, ahh!  These AG Legging jeans come very highly recommended and I'm hoping they live up to the hype.  I also got these black jeans.

How perfect is this BP faux leather backpack for running out with the baby?  I love my diaper bag, but sometimes it would be nice to have something that is completely 100% hands free.  Great price, too.

As soon as this Kate Spade initial necklace comes back in stock in the H, it will be mine :)

I also picked up these nude leather flats that aren't pictured.  Hope you all have fun plans for the weekend.  Ours include friends staying the night tonight, a football party tomorrow and NOTHING to do on Sunday - just how I like it!

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