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Baby Girl Nursery

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9 Months of Hadley

Pretty much over these monthly pictures. You and me both, sister.

Niiiine months!

Time is flying by and we are loving life over here. We have one seriously happy baby - the girls at the gym actually call her Happy Hadley and it's only the most appropriate nickname for someone, ever.

Month nine was mostly awesome, with only one bad week thrown in. Teething sucks, especially getting four teeth in at one time. It also coincided with us coming home after being gone for a few days in Park City, so maybe that was a little to do with it, too? Thrown off the schedule? Either way, nighttime was pretty awful for a little bit there. It was like we reverted back to the newborn days with tons of wakeups, screaming, and just generally having to be held to stay asleep. Whew. But we survived, all thanks to coffee, and once we got past that, she graced us with her longest stretch ever of nights spent sleeping from 7pm-7am! That, I will most definitely take.

Other great things, like her crazy increased mobility. Girlfriend has got the army crawl DOWN and she has also started to discover pulling up on things (as evidenced by all the mini-bruises on her forehead from crashing into everything). Baby gates have made their appearance in a few areas around the house. Brady absolutely hates when they're closed. He sits on one side of it and whines to come through, so I let him, and then he does the same thing to go back as soon as I close it again. He's a weird guy, but Hadley loves him so much. She squeals every time she sees him - he can even make her stop crying - and he's her favorite jungle gym. Brady takes it like a champ and just lets her crawl all over him.

She finally dropped that third nap this month. One Saturday she was just over it. We put her down for her noon time nap and she was not having it - at all. She spent a good half hour playing and I was just waiting for her to fall asleep, but after some wailing and throwing pacifiers across the room, I knew it wasn't going to happen. So we got her out and went to Earth Fare for lunch to distract her and keep her happy (she loooves being out and about) and she went down for her next nap when we got home with no problems. 

I seriously heart the new nap schedule - 8/8:30am and 2:30pm - because she sleeps for longer amounts of time, and it allows us a larger window of time to be out of the house, without having to rush back for naps. Good stuff.

We also gave up on baby purees and moved more into baby led weaning (the book was super helpful). This is still a major work in progress - most food ends up ON her, not in her mouth - but so far she's been willing to try anything. Carrots or any fruits seem to be a fave, she doesn't seem to be that into carbs. What I would give for those taste buds. Now, the eating real food is one thing Brady is loving. She loves to drop food to him and he happily eats it up and I happily don't have to pick anything up off of the floor thanks to the pup.

Getting this chair cover this month was a game changer. I feel so much more comfortable letting her sit in shopping carts and we've started to go out to eat again more now that this allows her skinny little butt to fit better in a highchair! We went out to dinner on St. Patricks Day and she was so happy just waving to people and throwing menus on the ground, while mom and dad enjoyed some green beer.

Speaking of mom and dad! She's officially saying 'dada' - all that reading of this book paid off since that was her first word! - 'mama' - said for the first time while we were in Park City, killed me - and 'baba' - which we pretend means Brady :)

Other products we are loving: high chair // wean green glass containers (perfect for her little meals) // activity cube // stacking cups //  music set (obvi!) // Go to bed book // leggings // shampoo // baby gates // animals book // key set 

I have a couple more baby posts coming that I'm working on - where I love to shop for her, and our daily schedule of getting out and about!

Five Things

Are we ready for the weekend? HECK YES. And with temps in the 70's here in Michigan today, it's off to a great start.

1 | Mr. Shaggy, as we've been loving calling him, went to the groomer on Thursday and it was WAY over needed. Hence the name ;) How handsome does he look? More like how annoyed can he possibly be of me taking his picture...

2 | Hadley is officially over the pureed baby food and into real food! Which I'm pretty happy about, it's so nice being able to feed her what Nick and I are eating. I made this ramen veggie soup that we love last night - and guess what! She loved it, too!

3 | I've been practicing using my camera on manual mode a LOT this week. I'm definitely a work in progress, but I've made it my official goal for this summer to learn my camera inside and out. And then probably upgrade to one of these, because I'm hearing that lenses make all the difference in the world. I've found Amanda's photography tutorials super helpful, anyone have any others I should check out?

4 | During Nordstrom's mega-beauty sale last week, I picked up this bad boy (in nude) finally. It provides the perfect amount of glow over my matte foundation, while still looking natural. 

5 | Speaking of being on sale, I also snagged this Rifle Co. phone case and cannot wait for it to get here. It's so gorgeous and so perfectly springy!

Okay and maybe a sixth thing today since it's been so long that I've done one of these posts... I'm so glad some of you picked up the music toy from earlier this week! I promise it won't disappoint. Hadley has been independently playing with it for going on twenty minutes now - which has allowed me to eat lunch in peace and start this post. Oh yes, totally worth that money! And I'm off to go play with her - HAPPY FRIDAY!

Baby Approved

A couple of weeks ago, Hadley and I and a couple of our friends started taking music classes. It's an hour every Tuesday of us moms singing (making up words) and dancing (looking ridiculous), while the babies bang on the floor and attempt to crawl away from us. Good fun!

No, but it really is fun. The babes love it and smile and laugh through the whole thing. And it's great to have a regular activity that forces us to get out of the house for reasons other than going to Target. Plus, music classes are said to be great for development and I'm all about that. 

Hadley's favorite part of the class is the very end, when they drag out the big box of instruments and she gets to repeatedly whack the floor with things. So when we were at Target (I know) and I came across this music set, I HAD to get it for her. We love B. toys in this house (the keys are also a big hit) and it is seriously such a great price. It's basically six different musical toys for the price of $21.99. We've only had it a few days, but so far it's been money well spent...

...when she's not busy lounging around under her jumper anyway. No idea why she likes to hang out under there?!

The music set is also mom approved because this is how it cleans up. Amen. It can be put away nicely and I LOVE that.


Hey friends!

I've missed you all. I didn't mean to disappear for a couple weeks - I think this might be the first time I've stayed away this long for no real reason. We've just been busy bees... vacations, starting music classes, reading, friends visiting, finding the perfect maxi dress EVER. You know, checking off those important to-do's (because apparently summer is coming, despite the crazy snow Michigan has been getting for mid March).

And then unfortunately the not so fun stuff, too... Hadley getting in four painful teeth, me trying to kick these sinus problems once and for all, Brady throwing up socks, and Nick... having to go to work. Work is lame.

Now for what we're all here for. Cute baby and puppy pictures-

This girl is all over the place, all day long and I can barely keep up. She LOVES to explore and touch everything and put everything in her mouth and pull up on all the things. She wears me out - I've been ready for bed at about 4pm every day. (Don't worry, we have a real gate up there now!)

Because everyone needs a new pink lip gloss for spring! And I need a new manicure... But this one is Pink Smooch and I love it. It's the perfect pop of pink and the price is right. I think these are new by Baby Lips and I want every color.

Packing with a baby around, omg. Not for the faint of heart. As long as she wasn't climbing anything (she tries to scale the wire towel racks in our bathroom and it about gives me a heart attack) or swallowing anything, I literally just had to let her do her thing so I could get finish getting us ready to go the day we left for Park City. And do you know how long this roll of toilet paper kept her busy for? Like forever. Way longer than any actual toy - of course.

So Park City! This probably deserves its own post but #lazy. We had a good time, but my trip was kind of majorly brought down by sickness. I've been battling some sinus stuff since January and I think combined with the altitude, it was just no good. I felt terrible. I skied one morning and ended up in the urgent care for a breathing treatment and like 5 different antibiotic prescriptions. Dramatic, right?

We did have fun with our friends and it was good to get away for a little bit, but I just really wish I would have felt better. Such a bummer to spend most of a vaca in bed. I guess that just means we'll have to head back sometime (because I still need to get together with Laura!).

One of my fellow blog buddies is opening up a new BOW SHOP and I'm so excited for her! The Brave Bow Co is awesome. The bows are gorgeous and well made, but best of all, I love their heart for the community. For every bow purchased, a donation will be made to NICU's and pediatric cancer patients in childrens hospitals around the world. Their grand opening is March 31st so make sure to check them out!

Friends of ours that live in Chicago are getting married in Michigan this summer, so they were here wedding planning over the weekend. We got to watch their dog (!!) and it was so fun. Although I almost forgot how much work puppies are, but dang they're cute. Brady was in heaven with a buddy to chase around and I was in heaven since our friends paid us in Garrett's popcorn. My fave way to be paid.

First time riding in the cart! I don't know what took me so long to try this, but it's a game changer. So much more room for all the things. And a few seconds after this picture she tried to chew on the metal cart so this guy was promptly ordered.

Alright, well I'm off to finish making dinner. We're having this and my house smells amazing!

Shopbop Sale All Under $100

You know spring is coming when the Shopbop sale goes live! 

This is a great time to stock up on some warm weather goodies. We have fiiiive weddings this summer - along with bridal showers and bachelorette parties - so this mom was in need of a few new things. Shopbop is a more expensive site to shop, but there are still a lot of amazing finds under $100...

Okay, can we just start right smack dab in the middle? If you look at one thing in this sale, THIS MAXI DRESS. How gorgeous is this? I have a similar one (that I actually got from Shopbop as well a couple of years ago), but if I didn't, I'd scoop this bad boy up without a second thought.

What did I get? These fun tassel earrings, these flowy black shorts, this off the shoulder tie blouse, this gorgeous floral dress, and utility shirtdress. All versatile pieces that I can mix and match and get a lot of wear out of.

A couple of pieces that I already own that you've seen on the blog are included in the sale. This dress I wore to a wedding in the fall (shop here) and one of my all time favorite dresses, my baby shower dress (shop here). Speaking of showers, if you're a bride, get this dress! It's fabulous - and maybe only $1 over the $100 price point ;)

And now we're off to Park City for our ski trip, be sure to follow along on Instagram! Have a great rest of the week!
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