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ONE Month of Jackson James

Our little dude Jackson is officially one-month-old. Summer has arrived and we are just so dang busy with our sweet children.  Reagan is officially on a toddler tear of wanting to do a new activity every five minutes and Jackson wants to eat ALL THE TIME!!! But you know what they say, “Hands FULL, Hearts FULL,” and we definitely have our hands full.

I am so excited to do monthly pics of our little man. Watching him grow, change, and capturing each little smile and baby roll is just AMAZING!!!! It was a lot of work to capture 12 months worth of photos of Miss Reagan, but now I look back on all the tiny changes and am simply blown away by how much she has grown. I’m so thankful I took the time to do them.  Again, time is passing much too quickly and I want to enjoy these little moments and capture who our little dude is in this moment!!!

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK UP & GROWTH: The little dude went in for his one month check-up and we were just blown away at the weight this man is putting on. He came into this world starving and literally hasn’t stopped eating since.  He is almost a whole pound and a half bigger then Miss Reagan Marie was at this age. He currently weighs 9lbs. 6oz. and is 21in. long.  Our pediatrician was very pleased with his progress.  Its been so nice to feel comfortable breastfeeding this time around and to not stress over being able to produce enough milk for him. We nurse when we want to, I’m pumping 3-4 times a day, and then we supplement with formula if we need to.  With Reagan I was so worried and freaked out about being able to breastfeed.  I never could tell if I was making enough milk and then there was the PAIN. Breastfeeding Reagan hurt like a “B.” Social media and “the PERFECT Mommas” out there put so much pressure on new moms to breastfeed exclusively.  I stressed and stressed over doing the best thing for her at the time.  Now, I just let it go and do what is best for me and  the little man on whatever particular day we are trying to get through. He is gaining plenty of weight and we are both HAPPY!

EYE COLOR, HAIR LOSS, & GOOFY FACES:  I see so much of Reagan in him and yet they are both so different.  Sometimes he’ll make a face or turn his head a certain way and I swear I’m looking at my baby Reagan.  His sweet face and soft eyes just melt my heart.  He definitely has Reagan’s nose but the face shape and eyes are a little different.  Reagan is very round, like her Mommy, and our little dude is long and lean with an angular face like his Daddy. I have big round eyes and when he is nice and awake, doing tummy time, or playing he’ll open his eyes nice and big as well.  They are so bright and beautiful and I can just see him working on things and trying to make out different dark or light shapes.  I absolutely ADORE his awake face and can see so much life in his bright eyes. They are super dark blue and haven’t really changed much since birth.  We are so excited to see if they stay blue like his sister, or go hazel or green like his parents.

He came into this world with the softest dark newborn hair that had a slight auburn tint.  I remember sitting in the hospital stroking his tiny head and just loving the soft feel of his hair. When i’m flipping through his newborn photos, which can be seen HERE, I can see so much RED in his hair.  Right around three weeks he started losing all his newborn hair.  Reagan came out of the womb bald and stayed that way until almost her first birthday. I had no idea what to expect and after doing a little Mommy research, aka, I googled newborn hair loss, I learned this is completely normal.  As you can see in his monthly photos, he looks like a typical bald newborn baby. But he has kept all his hair in the back.  So weird.  I think he may have a mild case of cradle cap which is also extremely common in newborn babies.  I first noticed the faintest dryness on his scalp and that was coupled with the hair loss.  Hair will always grow back so I’m not super worried.  We’ll check in with our Pediatrician at his two month appointment and until then I’m not going to stress about it. He is still the cutest and sweetest little dude I’ve ever seen. Such a handsome boy.

He has a very expressive face and the sweetest eyes. He purses his lips, opens his eyes big and wide, and extends his neck out. It is by far my favorite expression of his so far and we are calling it his signature pose. He has given me a few small smiles and my all time favorite, sleepy newborn dream giggles.  Reagan used to do it as well and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

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SLEEP: On night one Jeffrey and I were sitting in the hospital counting our blessings on the birth of our new baby boy, but secretly we were thinking WE TOTALLY SCORED. Jackson was sleeping in five hour stretches consistently and we simply couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t get over how awesome and chill he was. The first three days of his life we slept so good and I almost felt fully rested and recharged after giving birth.  Well, reality hit us both pretty quickly and he soon settled into a steady 3-4 hour pattern of eating and sleeping.  He was still an extremely content, peaceful, and easy baby but was definitely waking up on a normal schedule now. Other then a handful of days, mostly triggered by us breaking his routine, he has stuck to the same nighttime feeding and sleeping schedule.

We learned our lesson with Reagan and only swaddle him up tight when its bedtime.  He gets a bath, fresh jammies and a hat, and a fresh swaddle blanket every evening right after we put Reagan down at 7pm.  He eats, sometimes we nurse and sometimes he gets a bottle, and then after some burping and LOTS of rocking he’ll settle into his big sleep stretch for the night. With Reagan we were waking up almost every 2 to 3 hours and would switch the night shift feedings. Jeffrey would stay up late and do a late shift and then I would wake up in the wee hours of the morning and do the remaining nighttime feedings.  He goes down around 8pm and will pretty consistently sleep until 1:30am or 2am.  If we are off schedule then he’ll wake up around midnight. He has a rough patch every morning from 4am to 5am and is usually working on gas.  He is still asleep but is so noisy and loud grunting and farting every few minutes.  Such a little BOY!!!! It always wakes me up and then after 5am he is all good again and will stay asleep until 7am.  Jeffrey does the 1am to 2am night feeding and I am up at 4am everyday listening to him work on his gassy tummy or rocking him, burping him, or trying my darnedest to help him get comfortable and back to sleep. Sometimes I try and go back to sleep or I just stay awake and PUMP. Always always pumping.  It never ends.

We are still working on a daytime napping routine and haven’t found our grove yet.  I keep trying to remind myself that he is still brand new and I need to lower my expectations on getting him to nap consistently.  I do feel confident that we are slowly falling into a routine and I know we will get there eventually. I literally winged it with Reagan and she is an absolute PRO at sleeping through the night and going down for naps. She never makes a fuss and she is almost always on cue for when naptime or bedtime rolls around. We used the “cry it out” method, after a few months with Reagan and she started sleeping and napping pretty quickly. We found that keeping them on a consistent schedule, helping them learn to self soothe, and keeping their little bellies full are the keys to getting them to sleep and nap.

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SCHEDULE:  I don’t really have a set schedule at the moment. I really wanted to give myself some leeway in the early days and working on staying focused on being happy, loving the babies, and sleeping as much as possible.  I also LOVE having a clean house and cleaning is a major stress reducer for me, so I’m making this a priority as well.  Other then that, we are shooting for a few daily activities for Reagan, lots of tummy time for Jackson, maybe a walk for mommy and the dogs #byebyebabyweight, and naps sprinkled in. This is the base schedule that we fell into for month one. We have lots of Summer activities coming up so I know this schedule won’t last for long. But for now, this is what we are rocking.

4:00AM to 6:00AM – Wake up with Jackson. His morning is really unpredictable and he will wake up anytime during this window. Reagan is still sleeping at this point and my main goal is to get the little dude nice and content before she wakes up and starts going a million miles an hour.  I feed the baby, change his diaper, we cuddle, and then I pump to get my supply up.  This has really paid off big time and my supply is picking up. As long as I can get this first morning pump out of the way then I don’t feel quite so stressed in the morning.

7:30AM – Reagan wakes up. I get Jackson settled in the bassinet or a boppy on the floor and then go get little Miss out of her crib in the spare bedroom.  Eventually we will have the kids bunk together, but for now we added a second crib in another bedroom for her to sleep and nap in.  This allows us to feed the little dude at night without waking each other up.  Jackson still sleeps next to our bed in the bassinet and I’m hoping to get him transitioned into his crib soon.

8:00AM to 9:30AM – Coffee, breakfast, and morning playtime for Reagan.  Reagan eats breakfast while I make coffee in the morning. Jackson is such a little cat napper and is still really sleepy all the time. I’m taking full advantage and letting him sleep whenever he wants.  Month two we are really going to try and get him napping on a regular schedule. Reagan loves eggs and goofs off in her high chair while I sip my coffee.  The weather outside has been beautiful but I am struggling with getting outside with both kids. We are slowly finding our grounding and venturing outside.  We got a double stroller which is AMAZING! Now I can walk with both the babies. Its been in the high 80’s to 90’s where we live so wearing Jackson in my wrap hasn’t been an option. Jeffrey will sometimes walk with us in the evening after Crossfit. I can push Jackson in the stroller and he wears Reagan in a hiking backpack. He says its like working out with a 20lb. weight vest so it totally counts as extra cardio. We only do evening walks sometimes because bedtime and dinner get pushed back and we ALL need to be hitting the hay early these days.

10:00AM – Reagan goes down for her first nap of the day.  Jackson is either awake, eating, or sleeping! Sometimes I can sneak in a  quick workout or a shower during this time. Sometimes I just sit in peace and quiet and mentally get my bearings. I love to use this time to make another coffee, work on a blog post, checkout social media, and basically just pretend like I’m not bound by two tiny humans.

11:30AM – Reagan will usually sleep for an hour to an hour and a half. When she wakes up, if I haven’t showered already, we’ll take a quick shower and read books and play some more. Finding activities to keep her busy these days is getting tricky. Normally we would go outside and play and just goof off but having a newborn is a complete game changer. We are slowly baby proofing and toddler proofing our backyard and I am getting more and more comfortable taking Jackson outside. I worry about the heat, about Reagan falling or eating something in the backyard, does she have sunscreen on, Jackson is crying in the background because he is hungry, and now my boobs are leaking because he is crying. So…we just give up on going outside altogether and shoot for having some cheddar bunnies and feeding the baby.  Then we sit on the floor in the living room and sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” for the 826th time until its time to eat lunch.

12:30AM to 1:00PM – LUNCH!!! YAY!!! We are officially halfway through the day and its almost nap time again.  I’ve been up since 4am and if only one of the kids are crying at this point…then its a good day!!! Reagan gets corralled into her high chair and Jackson does tummy time on a blanket in the kitchen while a figure out something for lunch.  These days I’m just eating whatever I can get my hands on and that is usually whatever Reagan is eating.  We make it work. If I stock the fridge with only healthy fresh foods then we both end up eating healthy. She is also getting more teeth so our options are slowly expanding. Jackson is just along for the ride.

2:00PM to 2:30PM – Reagan goes down for her second nap of the day and Jackson and I take a nap as well. He loves to sleep on my chest and this is one of my absolute favorite parts of the day.  I love snuggling with this tiny newborn baby and if I didn’t have a toddler running around he might be glued to my chest all day long!!!! I already miss his tiny newborn little self and feeling him close and snuggly reminds me that he is still my sweet baby boy.  I know soon enough he’ll be running around and maybe even out pacing Reagan. I’m literally clinging to every moment I can get with him. I want him to feel important and loved just like Miss Reagan.

4:30PM – Reagan wakes up from her nap and that means Jackson and I must get up too. We play a little more and then start prepping dinner while Daddy is at CrossFit. I’ve been trying to keep Jackson awake from this point until his bedtime to ensure he is nice and tired.  Sometimes he takes a mini nap but mostly we practice tummy time, look at black and white art cards, and track objects while Reagan runs around yelling at the top of her lungs.

5:30PM – Daddy is HOME!!! Yay. This means I finally have backup and someone to wrangle Reagan or feed Jackson. Sometimes we go on a long family walk and then come home and have dinner. Jeffrey and I are usually running on fumes by this point and Jackson is getting hungry. Reagan is usually throwing food on the floor yelling “DDDOOOGGG” at the top of her lungs.  She thinks its just hilarious that the dogs come running as soon as she is in her highchair with food on her plate.  Quite the coincidence.

7:00PM – Bathtime for both the kids. Jeffrey gives Reagan a bath and then I give one to Jackson.  He hated bathtime at first but now he loves it.  He is always kicking and moving his little arms.  His eyes are nice and big taking in all the sensations and stimulation.  We alternate with just water baths and washing baths were we use the basic Johnson’s baby wash from the hospital.  His skin is so delicate that we don’t need to wash him every night.  We want to establish a routine and get him used to the idea that bathtime is always followed by bedtime. We read books and get fresh jammies. Reagan goes down and then we feed Jackson and swaddle him up tight. He fights going to sleep almost every night but eventually falls conks out.

12:30AM – 2:00AM – Every night is a little different and we are still working on getting him on a consistent night schedule.  He usually wakes up betweens 1AM and 2AM but will occasional wake early around midnight. Jeffrey wakes up for this first night feeding.  He usually takes about 5oz. to 6oz. of either pumped milk or formula, gets burped by Daddy followed by a fresh diaper. Then we re-swaddle the little dude and he will fall back asleep within 15 minutes or so. He’ll sometimes fight going back to sleep but after a few toots he is out again.

That takes us full circle back to the 4am mark were he is either awake and ready to start his day or we eat again and then go back to sleep for a little longer.  Tough for me to say which I prefer. I love when he goes back to sleep until 7am or so, the extra sleep is glorious. But I love the feeling of being up with him when the rest of the house is so peaceful and quiet. We cuddle, watch the news, and sip coffee. I really feel like I get a head start on my days when we are up early, but then I pay for it in the afternoons when exhaustion hits hard.

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FEEDINGS: This kid LOVE to eat. He is literally eating all the time as evident by his weight gain.  I feel like I’m barely making enough milk for him.  We have no issues supplementing with formula if I can’t keep up with him. I started doing whats called “power pumping” once a day.  After he is nice and full I pump for as long as I can until milk stops flowing.  Then I rest for 10 minutes, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, and then pump again for 10 minutes.  After about 3 days of doing this routine once a day my supply picked up by about 10 ounces.  I highly recommend it along with drinking about a gallon of water each day. He is still out eating my production but at least we are giving it everything we’ve got. In the early newborn days we were exclusively breastfeeding, love that yummy golden colostrum, and then once my milk came in I started pumping to get ahead of my supply.  He quickly became ravenous and now we are just rolling with whatever works. I struggled making enough milk with Reagan as well and quickly gave up on breastfeeding and pumping altogether.  My supply is steady enough to really get him some good breastmilk and then we bottle feed him formula the rest of the time.

MILESTONES, PERSONALITY, & SIBLING LOVE: He has a very calm demeanor like his Daddy. His favorite activity is sleeping on Mommy’s chest, he loves to eat, and when he isn’t swaddled he loves to nap with his arms up by his head.  He is also a big fan of falling asleep during tummy time, hates the boppy so far, loves to look from side to side and is always sneezing.  Dang pollen in the air. We are still learning who he is and what his little personality will be.  He was calm and steady in the womb, wasn’t a big kicker, and always had a low heartbeat. He has been that way since he was born as well. He loves to just hang out with us and hates being left alone in a room.  He is happiest while being held and immedieyly stops crying once he is picked up. He just wants to be a part of the family and loves to be included in whatever we are doing.

We’ve had lots of outdoor time, walks, and he does pretty good in the carseat. He doesn’t seem to know Reagan yet but eventually I’m sure she will be crazy entertainment for him. He loves his paci and will fall asleep almost immediately once swaddled. He is a loud sleeper always cooing, grunting, farting, and doing his newborn giggles.  I’m such a light sleeper that I hear everything. It really is time to transition him to his crib.

I’m loving my Letter Board from Amazon and am so excited to use it for all his monthly photos and updates.  I also love that I can use it in our house for holidays and events etc.  I wanted to do something different for him and all the Pinterest ideas seemed overdone these days.  I can’t wait to make a big photo book with his and Reagan’s monthly pics.  It will be so cute.

Happy ONE MONTH little dude!! You are our precious baby boy and we love you so very very much!

xo xo,

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Read about Reagan’s first month and to see her monthly photos click here… “One Month of Reagan Marie.”

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Categories BABY

Eleven Months of Reagan Marie

Holy Cow, how in the heck is Miss Reagan Marie 11 months old???

The big ol’ FIRST BIRTHDAY is creeping up on us.  I am so flipping excited for her.  I know parents always talk about how they don’t want their children to grow up and how they should stay little forever…BLAH BLAH.  But, what a cool gig to grow up in this world and I am simply so excited for her to experience everything this life has to offer. She is getting so BIG and so smart.  I love seeing her little brain work out new things and she is getting so vocal and active.

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Reagan is officially 11 months old and will go in for her check-up later this month for her 12 month shots. What a milestone.  I am guessing she is almost 25lbs. now and is the sweetest chubbiest little baby.  She has thigh rolls and chubby baby wrists for days.  She is such a healthy little girl, Thank Goodness.  We’ve actually been taking her out more because we want her to get exposed to all the germs that exist in this world.  Since we don’t do daycare, she really isn’t around other children much and therefore never gets sick.  She is growing every day and seems to change before my eyes. I can’t wait until her check-up to find out where she sits percentile wise.  I know its not super important, but people always comment on what a big, fat, healthy baby she is and I want to be able to say back, “Damn Straight, 90th percentile bitches.” Classy, I know.

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 EYE COLOR, HAIR COLOR, & DIMPLES FOR DAYS: Baby girl is FINALLY getting some hair.  WooHoo! I love long hair and have extensions that I adore!!!! I can’t wait to do cute toddler top knots and braids! Right now, we’ve got a little more then peach fuzz going on, but enough that I can play with it when we snuggle together.  I love stroking her sweet little head and just loving her up.  I know the baby stage will be gone before I know it and I am just soaking up every second of her being tiny and sweet still.  She is a strawberry blonde little gummy bear and I am just obsessed.  I am a natural red head and was carrot orange as a baby.  She is definitely more blonde and we’ll see how it changes as she gets older.  I have a sneaking suspicion that she will keep a reddish tint and might go darker like her daddy.  I don’t see any super red “ginger” jokes in her future but we’ll see.

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SLEEP: Baby girl sleeps like a champ and is totally set in her routine.  I don’t even need to set an alarm for myself anymore because she is up and ready to go by 7am everyday.  I usually hear her at 7am, almost down to the minute, every morning.  I leave her in her crib until 7:30am while I wake up and wrap my head around starting the day.  She plays and talks to herself in her crib.  I love watching her wiggle around and jabber away through the baby monitor.  It really is the best way to start your day.  Her happiness and excited energy are contagious and I can’t help but SMILE every morning when I go in and see her.  She is usually standing up in her crib and gets the biggest smile on her face. Then she lets out a big scream with happy excitement at seeing me.  To be loved and wanted that much by a child is a wonderful feeling. We do a quick diaper change followed by fresh jammies because she often pees through her jam jams from sleeping so hard. Then we head downstairs to start our day.

Reagan is a good napper but the times often fluctuate.  She always takes an early morning nap around 9am and will sleep for 45min to an hour.  Her afternoon naps are all over the place but somewhere from 12pm to 3pm she’ll go down for a 2 hour nap consistently.  When she goes down is totally up in the air and changes daily.  We’ve tried getting her on a schedule but she just isn’t interested.  She sleeps on her tummy with butt up in the air and it is the cutest thing ever.  I’ve tried dozen of times to sneak in there and snap photos but she always seems to wake up. I know i’ll get it one of these days.

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FEEDINGS: Miss Reagan is fully transitioned to table food and pretty much eats whatever we are eating.  And BABY GIRL can eat!!!! She is not shy when it comes to food and literally gobbles down anything we give her.  So far she isn’t picky about anything and loves playing with her food.  At this stage, we are just rolling with it, but eventually we’ll start enforcing that “food is for eating, not playing.”  She loves to throw her sippy cup and knock food on the floor for the dogs. At first it was a big deal and I absolutely hated cleaning up the floor a thousand times a day.  We also don’t feed our dogs people food and were concerned about their health.  But they are fine, Reagan does her thing, and its not worth the battle to observe every single piece of flying food that hits the floor and try and clean it up before the dogs get to it.  Now, they do it for me and I don’t stress about it.  We have remained firm on her feeding the dogs from her high chair though.  They totally take advantage and she doesn’t understand that they can’t eat her food.  She thinks its so fun to hold out her hand full of food, and they come running and give her lots of licks and kisses.  My husband calls her a little drug lord and that she has a Reagan food cartel going on.  Even the cats are getting in on the action and it can get out of hand pretty quickly.  She is slowing beginning to understand the concept of NO and will shake her head “no” at us, but then she does it anyway and doesn’t understand whats really being communicated. Or does she??? I need to start reading up on basic early childhood positive discipline and am fully open to any advice or book recommendations from other parents.  Its a tough GIG and knowing whats normal or expected behavior is totally out of my comfort zone.  I know my child fully and her behavior patterns, but educating and curbing unwanted behavior is new territory for me.

She still takes 3 bottles a day, before naps and bedtime, and we do a mixture of 4oz. Plum Organics Formula and 4oz. organic whole milk.  She is doing great on the transition and will be ready to wean off of formula all together by her first birthday.  I stopped nursing and pumping after a few months so she has had a cows milk based formula for awhile now.  I didn’t want to shock her system so we slowly introduced whole milk in 1 oz. increments and will continue to do so until she is fully off of formula.  I am so EXCITED to not have to mix bottles on a regular basis anymore!

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SCHEDULE: I feel like i’ve already covered a lot of her schedule but here is our basic breakdown…

7am – Wake up and play in crib until Mommy gets her ass out of bed!

7:30am – Head downstairs for cheerios and coffee.  She doesn’t eat a ton right in the morning and this is more for me to get my act together and make some coffee.  Sometimes she will eat half a banana at the same time.

8am – We PLAY!!!! I sip coffee and watch my favorite Fox News channel show and she crawls around on top of me. We read books and play with colored blocks and just ease into our morning.

9am – Down for nap #1. Mom cleans up the cheerio mess and picks up toys.  I am generally feeling awake by this time and get out my to do list to start tackling my day.  I plan everything out, maybe do a load of laundry, make the bed, and scrub my face and teeth.

10am to 10:30am – Reagan wakes up and we kick off the active part of our day.  We run errands, do grocery shopping if needed, go to my favorite Pure Barre Mommy & Me class on Wednesdays, and Thursdays we do story time at the library.

12pm to 3pm – Depending on our schedule and how long we are out of the house will dictate when Reagan goes down for her second nap.  We just roll with it and I put her down as soon as we get home.

3pm to 5pm – Wakey Wakey little peanut.  She always sleeps hard, and I mean hard, for her second nap.  She wakes up disoriented and cranky most days.  She sometimes is shaky and hates being around people at this time.  After 3omin. or so she is back to her normal happy little self and we play, read, and practice walking.  Sometimes we’ll take the puppies for an afternoon walk with daddy.

6:30pm – Dinner time for Reagan.  She loves eating and will sit and eat her food with us as a family. She tends to get extremely goofy as she gets tired and has normal toddler behavior.  Things get goofy and more wild and thats are cue for bed time.  We alternate who does dishes vs bath time.  She plays in the bath and gets those last bits of energy out.  We put her down immediately after and she is out by 7:30pm every night.  Very rarely she’ll fuss for a few minutes in the middle of the night.  We let her self soothe and she goes back to sleep almost right away.

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MILESTONES & PLAY: Playtime and her new active lifestyle really have me going on all cylinders.  When she isn’t sleeping, she is going 100% full force all the time. She is sooooooo BUSY crawling all over the place, is always up and down on furniture, has learned how to dance, and rolls around everywhere giggling constantly and kicking her chubby feet. It is so much FUN, but so much WORK!!! We have been doing Montessori type activities and she loves it.  We do colors and play with wooden blocks, she does letters and we practice making sounds and words.  She is extremely drawn to small objects or the smallest details on something, so we practice touching and finding them.  She loves reading books and can turn the pages on board books.  So I read, she turns the pages, and we touch all the small details on the pages and learn what they are. She sets the pace and when we’re done, we’re done!

As far as milestones go, she has officially mastered crawling, pulling herself up, can walk with assistance although we are working on keeping her heels down, she can clap her little hands and is imitating our sounds and movements.  She had her first dance session and crushed it to “Staying Alive” by the BeeGees. I actually got the whole thing on video and couldn’t believe my eyes. It was FANTASTIC.  We do table food, sleep through the night, are down to 3 bottles a day, and she is pretty good at independent play.

ONE is right around the corner baby girl and we are so proud of your little self!!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories BABY

Seven & Eight Months of Reagan Marie

I decided to group these two months into one blog post because not only did they just fly by, but they felt somewhat the same in terms of development and growth. Months 7 and 8 were full of fall festivities, Reagan’s first NFL football season, and our first  ever Halloween as a family.  So many firsts and highlights wrapped up into one season.  I officially maxed out my phone photo storage and am already anticipating Christmas and the holiday season. I’m going to have to brainstorm a new baby photo storage game plan.

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Miss Reagan Marie won’t go into the pediatrician until her 9 month check-up and shots, but i’ll be sure to update as soon as that happens.  She is such a healthy little baby and I say a prayer of thankfulness EVERY SINGLE DAY for that.  She has outgrown most of her 6 month baby clothes and I have been on the lookout for “fall and winter” baby clothes.  We suddenly hit this point and I realized I didn’t have any warm clothes for her to wear. WHOOPS and PARENTING FAIL on my part. I can always count on Carters.com for a good selection and a 60% OFF sale.  Reagan has been growing and growing and keeps getting chunkier and chunkier.  I was super sad to pack away most of her tiny baby clothes, but its kinda fun to look at the larger selection of baby clothes in bigger sizes.  Newborn to 6 months is mostly colored onesies and we are so ready for skinny jeans and dresses! She did rock some super cute Halloween outfits and of course our first Family Halloween Costume was epic.  I will forever remember it.

Reagan 7 months

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EYE COLOR, HAIR COLOR, & THE BIGGEST BABY SMILES:  Nothing has really changed in this department. Eyes are still blue, hair is still sparse, and the thigh rolls are still rolling! When she stops growing I feel like I can breathe for a second and just take in all the cuteness.  It doesn’t last long though and we are quickly onto the next big milestone etc. She has been all smiles lately and is seriously one of the happiest babies I have ever seen.

SLEEP: Aww the sleeping situation.  This is ever changing and never consistent.  We seem to have hit the dreaded 8 month sleep regression and Reagan is waking up several times a night.  We have been mixing it up and trying a few different sleep techniques and strategies. We eventually just gave up and decided to ride the wave with patience and love.  She wakes up a few times a night but will go back to sleep with a pacifier and a hug.  Its really not too bad at all and we are counting our blessings on what a good baby she is.

Reagan 7 months

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FEEDINGS: Reagan has been such a big girl and eating in her high chair for a few months now.  She takes mostly formula but we do solids 3 times a day still. So far she likes pretty much everything we give her.  We do mostly Oatmeal and Plum Food Pouches.  She doesn’t have any teeth yet, so i’m waiting to start giving her real food until I feel she is ready. She has become a pro at throwing things from her high chair, including food and her bottle.  She is a quick little lightening bug and will put her hands in whatever we are serving her, loves to bang her hands on the tray with Daddy, and isn’t quite sure what to think of the sippy cup we keeping giving her. Mostly she plays with it and chews on the rubber nipple. With patience, I know we will get there.  She is very independent and doesn’t like to do things until she is ready.  We have already experienced the “stink eye” several times.

SCHEDULE: With me deciding to head back to work, we worked to really simplify our schedules and it has been working for us.  Jeffrey takes Reagan on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  And i’ve got her during the week while he is busy working from home.  Jeffrey and Reagan have their own special “Daddy Daycare” schedule that usually involves lots of playing, reading, CrossFit box visits, walking the dogs, and doing projects around the house.  He keeps her nice and busy and she is always ready to take a long afternoon nap by the time noon rolls around. Our days together are a little more low key.  We ease into the day with a bottle, a little news and some election coverage, do a few projects around the house, eat some food, maybe run to Target or the grocery store, work on our Halloween costumes, and then make some dinner and relax while we wait for Daddy to get home from CrossFit.

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MILESTONES & PLAY: I have really enjoyed this phase of having a baby. Suddenly Reagan is her own little person and she is growing into her personality and mannerisms.  She loves to play and be goofy like all little babies, but she is especially talkative and sweet around us. We just love her to pieces.

She isn’t sure what to think about strangers and has the sweetest little habit of sticking her lower lip out when she isn’t sure about someone.  She is extremely comfortable around us and women in general. Anytime there is a man around that she doesn’t know, or even DOES know, that little lip comes out. She doesn’t cry, she just looks for Mommy or Daddy and won’t relax until the culprit is gone. I think its safe to say her “stranger danger” meter is definitely working.  I don’t want her to be afraid of people, but its definitely a good thing to embrace your child’s sense of caution. I want her to be able to trust her instincts, and if something or someone isn’t quite jiving, I want her to know its ok to let us know that she is uncomfortable.  We will always do our best to protect her and I know overtime she will learn who she can be around and who is a stranger.

She loves to sit and has officially started to roll around on the floor. No crawling yet but she did finally master the art of rolling on both sides.  She will roll across an entire room and literally disappear before our eyes.  She smacks her hands when she is happy and has learned how to scream. She loves to experiment with her voice and is always making all kinds of funny sounds. She puts everything in her mouth and has learned how to scoot backwards.  We joke that she can’t crawl because she is “high-centered.” That little belly of hers is always getting in the way.  She will stand on her own if she has something to hang onto and will take the occasional baby step if we are propping her up under her armpits.  She loves to be independent and wants whatever we have.  She loves it when we sing to her, the ABC’s are her favorite. No matter how fussy she is, a couple of corases will calm her instantly and put a BIG smile on that little face.  She hates to be left alone anywhere but is perfectly content playing by herself in a room where she can see us.

She loves going “out and about” with us and is a very good traveling baby. She is never fussy in public, thank goodness. We love the grocery store and Target.  We walk through the aisles and I tell her what everything is and what ingredients you use in certain dishes etc. We do colors and touch different objects. It is so fun. She does get pretty excited sometimes and will let out the biggest happy scream. Its embarrassing, funny, and adorable all at the same time. We take the puppies to the park and touch leaves and pumpkins.  She loves animals and is always excited when another dog walks by.  We swing at the park and meet other little kids and babies. This is such a fun age because she is actually interested in the world around her and wants to interact with everything,

Reagan 7 months

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We went to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard for family pictures and dressed up as lions and lion tamers for Halloween. She loved greeting the trick or treaters but got really scared by a few of the costumes.  We watched football games with Daddy and helped Mommy make a “practice” turkey for Thanksgiving. Overall, we had a wonderful Fall and are ready to kick-off the Holidays with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bring on all things festive!!!!!!michelle signature

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Six Months of Reagan Marie

How is our baby girl 6 months old??? Our Little Baby Haguewood isn’t quite so little anymore. On September 2nd we celebrated Miss Reagan Marie’s half birthday.  Now, anyone who follows my blog knows i’ll snag any opportunity to celebrate pretty much anything.  Half-birthdays have never been something on my list.  But when you’re 6 months old, it seems like way too BIG a milestone not to celebrate.  So we gave it a run and celebrated Reagan’s first and only half-birthday.

Pink dress, pink crown, and some chubby baby legs and cheeks for the WIN!!! I did get some cupcakes which was fun and beyond entertaining. We of course didn’t let her have any of them, but seeing the look on her face was priceless. She is such a happy and smiley little girl.  That little face of hers is always lit up and she is delighted by pretty much everything around her.

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I recently had a fellow mom ask me WHY I spend the time writing these baby updates and taking so many pictures of my baby.  She wanted to know if I was trying to impress other moms and be a “pinterst queen or something?” Her words not mine.

The answer is NO! I love our sweet baby girl more than anything and one of my favorite things is being able to watch her grow and change before my eyes.  Other moms out there can attest to the reality of “mom brain.” In other words a sleep deprived, emotionally exhausted, taped out, physically drained MOM ZOMBIE who is just making it through to the next nap time so she can have twenty minutes to collect herself and maybe get her shit together long enough to make it through the rest of the day.  DAMN.

Each day passes by so quickly and yet feels like an eternity as you go through the motions day-in and day-out.  If I can take an hour to capture our beautiful child and write down some thoughts about her development and what the days are like with her, then I will always have these memories to look back on.  She will only have one childhood and everyday I wake up with the best intentions of living in the present and soaking up every second of her life.  The reality is a little closer to “mom zombie” mode and I love being able to pull out my phone and read past posts about where she was a few months ago and remind myself how far we have BOTH come.  In the difficult moments, being able to see the growth and progress we are making along with the happiness in her eyes is the biggest blessing and joy of my life so far. This blog has always been and will always be for me and my family first.  If other moms happen to find some humor and validation in my experiences, then I simply believe i’ve used my journey as a mother to help someone else find balance.

And with that here are some 6 month baby updates…

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: Miss Reagan went in for her 6 month check-up and shots and is doing sooooooooo GOOD!!!! She weighed in at almost 17lbs. and 26.5″ long.  She is looking chunkier and chunkier by the day but is also getting longer which blows my mind. She did really well with her shots this time and only screamed for a few seconds until they were done and I could pick her up.  She is really starting to “know” her parents and is officially a clinger.  I’m secretly totally ok with this.  Having my baby want me and no one else is such an arrow to the heart.  I love that she is beginning to LOVE us and is slowly beginning to express that love in her own way.  Going from endless caregiver “aka MOMMY” to some form of reciprocated love is the best feeling in the world! Plus, I love it when she wraps those chubby baby arms and legs around me to be held.

EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND ROUND BABY CHEEKS: We are still pretty sparse in the hair department but it is slowly filling in.  I keep reminding myself to just love that tiny bald baby head for as long as I can. I know she will be a little girl sooner rather than later and I will have the extra chore of doing “hair” every morning.  I kinda LOVE that her little round face and bald baby head make her look like the picture perfect Gerber baby. Pretty cute!!!!!! Her baby blues are still BLUE!!! I have heard so many tales of them changing and staying the same at this stage in the game. Not sure what direction we are going to end up going.  But right now they are still the same dark blue gray color.  I swear I saw a tint of green in them the other day which would make her Daddy SOOOOOO HAPPY.  His eyes are green and he would love to have something to connect them appearance wise. She looks so much like me that we often joke about her being some form of an immaculate conception or something. Totally a JOKE, not trying to offend anyone out there.  I see so much of her Daddy in her but everyone else says she got ALL of my genes. HAHA.

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SLEEP: Six months seems to be somewhat of a sweet spot for us.  Reagan is actually sleeping through the night…”ish.” She still has her moments and each night is a little different. She is by no means sleeping 12-13 hours straight, but we have officially quit night feedings, THANK GOD!!! Most nights she needs a quick cuddle and a pacifier and then is back to dream land.  If she is really awake or just fussy then we will give her a bottle to help her go back to sleep.  I have never been more rested and am finally feeling like a “normal” human again. We did go on vacation at the beginning of the month and that threw her sleep schedule OFF quite a bit. As soon as we settled into a new routine she was totally good.

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FEEDINGS: I love feeding baby Reagan and she loves to eat.  Starting baby food and introducing solids has been a total game changer.  At six months we officially introduced a high chair and she has been doing pretty darn good so far.  She doesn’t really fuss when we put her in it, which is fantastic. I set a time limit on how long we actually sit down to eat. And if she doesn’t want to cooperate and eat, then we move onto the next thing.  I don’t want her to learn that we can sit here all day just playing with our food and eating as we get hungry etc.  We don’t let her put her fingers in her mouth while we are feeding her because she just pulls all the food out and smears it everywhere.  She also tries to grab the spoon and play with that as well.

We usually do 2-3 solids a day. Our pediatrician recommended that formula remain her main source of nutrition and then we can supplement with baby food if she is still hungry.  So we always start with a full bottle and then do solids until she is done and most likely throwing the spoon in our face. Its actually kinda cute. She takes a bottle every few hours still and then we do solids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to get her used to being on our eating schedule.  Having a high chair in the kitchen is absolutely wonderful for cooking and doing chores. We are so blessed to have received our high chair as a gift from my parents and we absolutely LOVE IT.  We went with the Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair. At first my husband wasn’t a fan because it is pretty big and heavy. I on the other hand love that I can put Reagan in it and then wheel her around the kitchen and dining room with me. It has a locking mechanism on the base which prevents the chair from moving.  It has a pneumatic lift that goes up and down, but I found that it really doesn’t work that well and we never use it anyway.  The height is exactly where we want it to be and we just leave it alone.  It is a little spendy but I love the functionality and durability.  It will be our high chair through all our babies for sure.

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SCHEDULE: I have to begin by saying I have almost officially given up on creating any form of baby schedule.  Reagan does her thing and we have an incredibly basic and easy schedule that we follow through the day.

At six months I made the courageous decision to go back to work.  Me heading back to work was the original plan all along throughout my pregnancy and then once our little gummy bear actually arrived, life changed and it wasn’t quite in the cards anymore for our family or schedule.  Well an opportunity came along for me and I snatched it up. I know there are so many opinions about Mom’s working OR not working and i’m not here to judge or critique anyone else’s life.

I was fortunate enough to be home with Reagan for the first 6 months of her life and it was fantastic.  Once I did make the decision to g back to work, life changed for me in the best possible way.  I know everyone finds value and joy in different things, and for me, I truly did love being home with Reagan.  But I felt FLAT. I felt bored. I felt like my days were filled with all the joys that a beautiful little child brings but there was no other purpose to my existence other than raising our daughter. For ME, I believe God gave me more talents and potential than just doing that alone.  Don’t get me wrong, Reagan and our family will ALWAYS be my first job, true purpose in life, and what I value more than anything else. But I am multifaceted and can definitely juggle more than just being a mom. I am that person who functions best when my schedule is full and I can have a defined schedule with purpose in every facet of my life. I love it. I also love my job and find so much purpose and value in what I do.  I bring massive joy and balance to women as they navigate an incredibly emotional and tricky job in planning their weddings. Again, I love it.  I also love coming home from work to Reagan’s smiling face and treasure every moment I have with her so much more.  I no longer feel like a mom zombie, most days at least, and am fulfilling my potential in every area of my life again.

Its tough to admit, but our purpose as parents is to raise and love our children to the best of our abilities and then launch them into the world.  My job is to give her all the knowledge and lessons i’ve learned, let her stumble and fall down multiple times, and then let her go live her own life and explore all the possibilities this world has to offer.  If I hold onto her forever and am selfish by not letting her go, she won’t learn what she needs to know to survive and live this life to the fullest.  At some point she will grow up, she will go to school, she will meet someone who makes her heart skip a beat, and she might even move away.  Insert SAD crying face here. I want to hold onto all the joys and passion that have made me who I am up to this point so I can continue to go on once she does launch her cute little self into the world.  Its tough to think about because she is so little, but she isn’t going to be little forever.

So….due to the BIG change we’ve had to simplify pretty much everything.  Jeff and I broke out our calendars and moved everything around to accommodate each others work schedules.  My mom is so great and is also willing to take Miss Reagan quite often if needed. Simplify, simplify, simplify!

MILESTONES & PLAY: Oh boy is 6 months a major turning point for milestones.  At the beginning of six months Miss Reagan was still a little wobbly in the sitting department.  She could sorta hold herself up and would often tumble backwards or forwards after a few seconds.  By the end of six months, little Miss had sitting up down like a champ.  Seeing the strength in her core change over such a small period of time reminded me how quickly she is growing and developing.  And suddenly the girl can just prop herself up with tummy time or hold the sitting position and hangout with Mommy. Game Changer friends!!! Being able to sit her down and put some toys in front of her is AMAZING!!! She loves just looking around and hanging out with me in the kitchen while I cook or clean.  She has a whole new perspective on the world around her and it is so much fun!

We also got her a bouncer that hangs from the door frame and she loves to sit in it and push off with her chubby baby legs. She also spins and will sit there and just babble and coo at us.  Bouncing is quickly becoming one of her favorite activities.  Self entertainment is the best.  She has fully mastered tummy time and wants to crawl and move desperately. No such luck yet though.  She has learned to scoot and inch her way backwards from the tummy time position though.  It is really funny to watch and we always joke that she is “stuck in reverse.”

Toys are still the best entertainment and she has mastered the pincer grasp and throwing things.  Awesome. She loves waving her arms back and forth and will bang her toys around for hours out of sheer joy and excitement. She is obsessed with crinkle books and loves to practice turning the pages.  Mostly she just shoves them in her mouth or as stated above, bangs them around everywhere.  We propped her up one day on her feet just to see what she would do. And there was zero hesitation, the girl just grabbed on and was standing on her own out of nowhere.  She is pretty unsteady on her feet and can’t quite figure out how to put her heels on the ground but we are getting there. Everyone says she is going to walk before she actually crawls, or we might just skip crawling all together. Who knows. But everyday with her is so much fun and endlessly entertaining.

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These posts continue to get later and later. But, what the the heck. I’m still doing them and I suppose thats what really matters.

We love you Reagan Marie.  Thank You for being our sweet baby girl.

xo xo,

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Five Months of Reagan Marie

Oh sweet little Baby Girl, you are growing up so fast and my heart can’t handle it.  It seems like overnight you went from a newborn to a little baby who can sit up by herself and is eating solids. Month five of your life has been full of transition for us as a family with huge leaps and bounds forward.

Mommy and Daddy left you for the first time for a wedding in Salt Lake City, a major milestone for sure, and you did so good during your first long weekend with Grandma. We missed you more than we ever thought possible and you looked so tiny and itty bitty when we came home to your smiling face. I hugged you solid for about ten minutes and didn’t want you to go to bed so we could stay up and play. Mommy and Daddy missed you so much.

We also went on our first vacation as a family of three, plus 2 dogs, as we visited Grandma and Grandpa on the west side for our annual lake vacation. Little miss is already a pro at living the lake life and makes “doing nothing” look easy.  We were so proud of her. Being out of her normal routine and constantly on the go is difficult for anyone, adults included, and she handled it like a champ.

God, she’s CUTE!!!!

She is such a little doll, and we just love to love her!

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: No five month check-up for Reagan this month, but she will be going in next month for her six month checkup and shots.  Time is just flying by.  I swear she has gained a couple of pounds and just feels bigger and more grown up with each passing day. That little tummy of hers is getting rounder by the second and not to mention those little chubby cheeks.  Girls got thigh rolls for days and I LOVE IT!!! Embrace it little one. Its the only time in your life its social acceptable to rock thigh rolls. #awesome

EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND BABY GIBBERISH: We seriously laugh all day long at the sounds and snorts this little peanut makes.  We even convinced ourselves at one point that she was ACTUALLY saying “I love you.” Most likely not even close but the verdict is still out. 🙂  Her baby blues are still in fact BLUE, and i’m not sure her hair will ever come in.  My stash of baby headbands continues to grow by the day and I can’t wait to actually brush or put a legit bow in her hair someday.  The time will come and then i’ll probably miss her tiny bald head.

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SLEEP: Due to all our recent activities Reagan’s sleep schedule has been way off lately. We are trying our best to keep her on schedule with naps and bedtime but vacation always throws everything off.  She gave up sleeping on her tummy during nap time and sorta just stopped napping all together.  Mommy and Daddy had to get creative and come up with some new routine for nap time.  We opted to use her spaceship, our 4moms Mamaroo rocker, for nap time again and magically she started sleeping for 2 to 3 hours again.  She takes a short morning nap, a long mid-morning nap, and a long afternoon nap and is one happy little baby again.  Every once in awhile she goes through a growth spurt and will just sleep all the time OR she won’t sleep at all.  Each day is a new adventure with her.

Her bedtime routine is still the same and she is a pretty good night sleeper.  She still takes one night bottle and usually sleeps the rest of the night without waking up or fussing. We are slowly trying to wean her off the swaddle and have been unsuccessful so far.  She still really needs that wrapped up sensation and feeling of security.  We will get there eventually.  We did up her bedtime bottle to a full 8oz. and she sleeps much better.  I know 6 months is really the turning point for babies sleeping through the night and not requiring a nighttime bottle so… fingers crossed and maybe we will get there next month.

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FEEDINGS: Starting solids has been an adventure and a half.  Unknown to me, a freakin hazmat suit is almost required when learning to feed your baby.  I have never seen so much food go EVERYWHERE, except in my baby’s mouth, in my life.  But at the same time it is beyond adorable and seeing her little face light up as we try new foods is just AWESOME! I always thought I would be sad watching her grow up and secretly, maybe not so secretly, want her to stay tiny and little forever.  But, watching her experience the world around her and seeing the connections being made in her little developing brain is the BEST THING EVER.

We started her on a little organic oatmeal cereal once a day.  She wasn’t sure what to think about it at first but after awhile she really enjoyed it.  We opted to go with oatmeal rather than rice cereal and she took to it almost immediately.  The first couple of weeks of solids were just getting her used to eating off a spoon and learning to swallow something other than milk.  We did mix in some formula instead of water to ease the transition.  After a couple of weeks of eating cereal we slowly started introducing some fruits and veggies mixed in with her cereal and then also by themselves.

I researched and read some reviews on different brands and we ended up going with Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal and Plum Formula.  For fruits and veggies we ended up going with Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food in stage 1. Basically one day, I went to Target, thats were we buy most of our baby stuff, and spent about an hour in the baby aisle comparing the ingredients listed on all the different brands.  This was the only brand that I found that used whole foods, not just partially broken down purees, as its base ingredient and then no added preservatives, sugar, or water.  We started with cereal, then did sweet potatoes, apples, pears, green beans (which she hated at first but now loves) and mangos.  The sweet potatoes and mangos were her favorite but now she really eats anything we put in front of her.  We eventually added more veggies.

We up’d her feedings to twice a day and do oatmeal + fruit in the morning and oatmeal + veggies in the evening.  Sometimes we mix them in with her oatmeal and sometimes she takes both separately. I truly had every intention of researching the best feeding practices and how to introduce solids.  Oh, and I was going to be that awesome mom who made her own baby food…HA HA HA . Yea right, who has time for that crap. Life got too busy and one day it just felt right, so we jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back.  We let her take the lead on what tasted good and she set the pace on when she ate solids and how much she took.  Her sleep habits DID NOT change with introducing solids but she did go longer between feedings during the day.  I totally winged starting solids and made a conscience choice not to worry, or but any energy into worrying, about food allergies.  We just watched her closely and let her set the pace on solids and she is doing GREAT!!!

Feeding her is so much FUN and sooooooo messy.  But its a whole new way of interacting with her and teaching her about the different foods she is eating.  We go over the names of each food and what colors they are and how they are grown.  So fun!

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SCHEDULE: Our day to day playbook is slowly becoming more productive. Baby girl is becoming more self-sufficient and independent which means Mommy has a little more time to get things done around the house.  Dishes, laundry, and endless vacuuming are all calling my name.  Right now our day-to-day routine looks like this…

7am – Wake Up and snuggle in bed with Mommy.  Daddy usually wakes up around 6:30am and after getting ready will bring Reagan to me in bed.  She takes her first bottle of the day in bed with me and then we read and play or snuggle with the puppies.

8am – Tummy time in front of the mirror in our bedroom while Mommy makes the bed and cleans up the bedroom.  We are working on getting her to crawl eventually and we practice standing.  Then we head downstairs for coffee and breakfast.  We play with the puppies in the living room or head outside to watch them run around the backyard.

10am – Mommy starts some chores and gets ready to go to Pure Barre.  Reagan usually takes her 2nd bottle of the day and then goes down for nap number one.  We have been using her spaceship for nap time and after she finishes bottle #2 she goes down awake for her nap.  She usually falls asleep within 20min. or so and will nap for about 1 to 2 hours.

11:30am – Mommy heads to Pure Barre and Reagan hangs with Daddy for some father-daughter bonding time.  After class I run some errands or just enjoy some peace and quiet and then head home to finish wrapping up our day.  While i’m gone Reagan will sometimes take another bottle.

2pm – Mommy is home.  I shower and eat some lunch. Reagan will usually take her first round of solids while i’m eating lunch.  We talk about her day so far and play peek-a-boo.

3pm – We try and get out of the house for a walk or some fresh air every afternoon.  We walk around the neighborhood or play fetch with the puppies in the backyard. Baby girl is sitting up like a champ these days so i’ll put a blanket down on the grass for her to sit on and she loves to watch the dogs run around and chase the ball.

4:30pm – Nap time again and another bottle. I start prepping for dinner and Reagan chills in her walker or plays on the floor in the kitchen with her toys. If Reagan gets fussy around this time sometimes I put her down for another mini nap or we do more solids.  She usually takes oatmeal and fruit in the am and oatmeal and veggies in the evening.

7pm – Daddy gets home from Crossfit and does bath time, reads her a book, and then she has her last bottle of the day. We try our best to keep her awake to finish the whole bottle but she often falls asleep about half way through.  We kiss her goodnight and then put her to bed swaddled with one or both arms out.

MILESTONES & PLAY: Month Five has been huge when it comes to baby milestones. Reagan can officially sit up by herself with the occasional tumble backwards, which is of course followed by lots of tears.  She is reaching and grabbing for anything that is front of her and absolutely EVERYTHING is going in her mouth these days. She went swimming for the first time at the lake and did so GOOD. We weren’t sure what to expect but she didn’t fuss once.  She of course wore a lifejacket and seemed to enjoy floating and kicking her little legs. She officially started solids and is almost sleeping though the night.  She is very attentive to everything we are doing and will just watch us and smile endlessly. She loves to babble and coo back to us and will have full blown baby conversations with herself.  She also loves her puppies and will imitate us petting them.  She gets so excited whenever they come into the room and she waves and pumps her little arms to show us she is excited.  The dogs tolerate her at this point and are somewhat interested in her.  They love to lay next to her and sleep on the sheepskin rug at the base of her crib.

Reagan loves to play and wants whatever we have.  She loves her stuffed animals, colorful blocks, and anything that makes noise.  We dance and sing to her and she is just so happy.  We are even that goofy family who has dance parties in our kitchen with our baby and dogs.  She loves it though and it so good for her to see us having fun and playing with each other and the dogs.  She officially gets bored of certain toys and so we are always on the move from room to room and introducing new toys to keep her occupied.  She hates being alone and will scream every time one of us leaves the room.  With her sitting up we can put her on the floor and get things done while still talking and interacting with her.  She is almost rolling over from back to tummy and watching her kick her little legs and sway back and forth is one of the highlights of my day.

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Summer is almost over and we are so excited for Reagan’s first Fall and all the awesome activities we will get to do as a family!

Happy Five Months baby girl we LOVE you to the moon and back!!!!

xo xo,

Mommy & Daddy

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Four Months of Reagan Marie

WHOAAAAA…guess who has officially graduated from the “newborn” phase into the “infant” stage?!?!? Sweet Reagan Marie is four months old and I can’t believe how “cool” and “happy” this little girl is.  I’ve always loved kids and while I was never a baby/infant person, I could still appreciate the extreme cuteness of a newborn baby or smiley infant! Well Miss Reagan takes it to a whole new level and my heart is just so full of gratitude that her spirit is so joyful!!!

I have never seen a more happy or smiley baby in my life and I could cry happy tears thinking about how she is all ours!!! I just love her so much and love that her little soul is elated like 95% of the day. HAHA! The rest of the day, hold on to your ears friends, because this little angel can scream! The girl definitely has a sassy side to her as well. Pretty sure my mind just flashed forward 16 years to Jeffrey and I sitting on the edge of our seats, holding on for dear life…*with or without a bottle of wine in our hands. I think we’ll take it one day at a time for now. 🙂

Here we are, well into our fourth month of being parents, and I think I can finally say that things have gotten easier. Life feels normal (and wonderful) again, we have established routines that make everyone happy & things are good. Its just crazy to think about how challenging, both physically and mentally, those first few months were. And yet when I think back, I can’t even really remember the pain and struggles of the early days. I just remember that it was HARD as hell but we made it through as a family.

Here are Little Reagan’s Month 4 Photos and Updates…

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: Miss Reagan went in for her 4 month wellness checkup at the beginning of July.  She is doing sooooo GOOD! All the nurses and doctors just love her little smile and she is always so vocal when we go in for a visit.  It cracks me up how she is always smiling and giggling at strangers and basically anyone who smiles in her general direction.  She babbles, blows bubbles (more like spit & drool), and loves being the center of attention. She continues to remain a petite little thing weighing in at 13lbs. and generally stays in the 25th percentile for weight.  She is in the 50th percentile for height at 24″ and the 50th percentile for head circumferance at 40cm.

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EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND ONE TUMMY TIME FANATIC:  Her eyes are continuing to remain a beautiful blue color with the lightest hint of gray mixed in.  I’m still waiting for them to change at some point but the older she gets the more I think they might stay blue.  Her hair doesn’t seem to want to grow at all, but it has become a shade darker over the past month. When we are outside the true strawberry blonde color really comes out.  I always expected her to be a strong red head like me but her hair is much darker then mine.

Reagan’s BIG DEVELOPMENT this month is her new love for tummy time.  She has always tolerated tummy time but is much happier when being held or cuddled.  Then one day I walked into this…

“Oh Hey Mom, look I can prop myself up…and guess what, I like tummy time now.” 

tummy time baby

SLEEP: The magic formula for a good nights sleep continues to remain elusive.  We have tried so many different things from extending her bedtime, more milk before bed, and every “effin” sound/music machine on the baby market.  ITS JUST A “NO GO” FRIENDS!!! Right now, she goes through phases of sleeping well and being up most of the night.  Some nights I get up once or twice and other nights its 6+ waking episodes.  Even though I have heard that you sleep less as a parent as your children get older.  Something about high school, boys (gulp), and actually letting your children grow up and all that nonsense. I’m resolved to just let it be what it is, and I know when we are in our 40’s we might actually sleep through the night again. That being said, if anyone has any tips or tricks on getting a new baby to sleep though the night I would love some suggestions. BUT…if one more person tells me to just be patient I might straight up smack you across the face…consider that a fair warning.

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FEEDINGS: Can I just take a minute to gush over my chubby baby.  There is seriously nothing better (or cuter) than a happy FAT baby.  This girl LOVES to eat and I love to feed her.  I am getting so excited and antsy to begin feeding her solids.  Another BIG development for Month 4 is that I officially kicked my pump to the curb. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!!!! I’m so much happier now and Reagan is doing fantastic on formula.  Once I had officially committed to exclusively formula feeding I really dug into researching the best options and brands.  I felt a little twinge of mommy guilt at not being a “breastfeeding” mommy and wanted to make sure that she was getting the BEST as a result of my choice to quit pumping.  I’m going to include the NEW formula breakdown in my Month 4 Favorites coming soon but for now HERE is a link to the brand we are using now.

SCHEDULE: Month 4 was a little bit of a “shake up” schedule wise for us.  July has been an insanely BUSY month and any consistency we had went out the door rather quickly.  We had weddings almost every weekend and Baby Girl was up way past her bedtime most nights.  We spent the weekdays trying to recover and regain some semblance of our regular schedule, only to reach Friday and gear up to start all over again. She loved it and has been sleeping well most nights from sheer exhaustion.  She no longer likes to nap on her tummy and I am desperately doing everything I can to get her to stay asleep for longer than 5 minutes during the day.  The weather has been crazy hot lately so we’ve been holding off on walks and staying put in the air conditioning trying not to go stir crazy.  Summertime is just so wonderful though and I hate to waste it.  Reagan is still a bit too young for sunscreen according to our Pediatrician, something about the chemicals etc., and I don’t want to have to drape her in blankets all the time because of the heat.  I’m already so excited for next summer when she will be walking and playing all day long in the sunshine.

Reagan 4 Month Photos #5

MILESTONES & PLAY: Milestones are AWESOME!!! As soon as I think we might never get to a certain phase, then BOOM, we wake up the next day and suddenly little miss is giggling, holding her own bottle, or rolling from tummy to back.

She has learned to lock her chubby little legs and loves standing up while we hold her.  I would not be shocked if she started walking before she crawled.  Like I said earlier, she is a tummy time fanatic now! She loves propping herself up and looking around everywhere.  She is smiling, laughing (baby giggles are the sweetest), and has officially learned to YELL. Not sure that is a positive one but it is beyond funny.  She likes to explore all the possible pitches and Jeffrey and I cannot stop laughing when she is screaming her little head off. She is sitting up like a champ in her bumbo, rolling from front to back, and loves grabbing her toes to pull to her mouth. One of the cutest baby milestones for sure.

Playtime with Reagan is my absolute favorite part of our day together (except maybe bedtime for obvious reasons) and baby girl sure does love to play.  She is completely smitten by the golden girls, Jovie and Roxie, and watches their every move with curiosity and joy.  She busts out the biggest smiles for them and loves to talk (or scream/yell) at them.  She has started putting everything in her mouth, including their puppy ears, and loves to pet and cuddle with them.

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Happy 4 Months Reagan Marie!!!

You are a true gift to this world and I pray that you never stop smiling!!!

xo xo,

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Three Months of Reagan Marie

Oh my goodness, this beautiful baby girl is already three months old. She is just so much FUN!!! The past three months of Reagan Marie have been an amazing adventure. I know things will only get better, and at times a bit more challenging as she continues to grow into her own little person.

On a recent walk with a fellow mommy friend, we were chatting about how being a mom is the best/worst thing ever!!! Thinking back to life “pre-Reagan” makes me feel almost guilty at how selfish I was. My time and love expenditure were extremely conditional and to a certain extent that was totally ok.  NOW, my whole world is our little family and I love being a mommy. There has been a huge learning curve when it comes to selflessness and basically I wasn’t ready to be a mommy until the day I became one.  Once that sweet little girl was born, my world and priorities shifted in a way that I can’t describe.  It can’t be explained, only experienced. Although i’m sure there are several mommas out there who can accurately capture the essence of motherhood through words.  I will leave mine as a “feeling” that exists between me and Miss Reagan and any other future babies we have!!!!

On that note…look at how BIG and stinking ADORABLE this little lady is!!! Here is Miss Reagan Marie at three months old!

P.S. LOVE her in green!!! Lime Green is my favorite color so this momma is in heaven!!!!!!

three months of Reagan Marie

PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: We are all set to go to the pediatrician for her four month appointment and shots in a few weeks, so we will have lots of updates and new stats for her four month post.  For now, I simply can’t believe how long she is getting.  I picked her up the other day and couldn’t believe how long and big she felt in my arms. I’m so excited to get some official updates and see where she is falling percentile wise.  It really doesn’t matter because she will be who/what she is, but its still fun to see the progress she is making as the months pass. Her chubby cheeks and that round little belly get me everytime.

EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND BABY GIGGLES: Miss Reagan is developing into such a beautiful little girl and my favorite feature are her eyes! They are so big and bright.  She can look at you and you just know she is soaking up every bit of light and happiness around you.  She has the sweetest smile but she is really going to be one of those individuals who “smiles” through her eyes.  So beautiful and so lovely!!!!

She has strawberry blonde hair just like me and round cheeks that go on for days! She has my exact nose, face shape, fair skin, and little mouth too!!! Cracks me up.  She is such a darling little baby! I am so excited to watch her grow up and evolve into a sweet little girl and then a young adult. GULP!!!!

Her eyes are still a dark gray/blue color but I swear I saw a tint of green in them the other day.  This would make her daddy so happy because he often wonders what traits of “his” she received. It just might be the green eyes baby!!!  Everyone says she is a mini-me or little “Michelle clone.”  She does look a lot like me and its so fun!!!  Here is a photo of me as a baby at 3 months next to Reagan at 3 months…think she is my baby or what?!?!?!?

three months of Reagan Marie

three months of Reagan Marie

SLEEP: Schedule wise, we’ve got a good thing going right now… “knock on wood.” Its funny though, by even making that statement I feel a bit guilty because I know there are quite a few mommas who are seriously struggling to get their babies to be on a schedule or sleep in general. I feel ya sisters!!! And trust me, Reagan doesn’t real sleep that well.  We are cruising right now because she has been relatively consistent over the past month and that in itself is the “good thing we’ve got going on.”  I can count on when she is going to wake up and how long she is going to sleep.  This has allowed me to keep myself on more of a schedule and has positively impacted my life and attitude!

We actually tried to tweak her schedule a bit to see if she would sleep longer through the night and it backfired in a BIG way. We didn’t sleep for about four days and finally pulled the plug on our new plan. The next night, she slept like a champ back in her old routine and we pretended the last four nights hadn’t happened. Lesson learned Miss Reagan, lesson learned. Consistency is key.

She is becoming a fantastic napper during the day.  We tried a new strategy and let her sleep on her tummy, 100% supervised by one of us at all times, during nap time ONLY! It has been the biggest transformation ever.  We originally listened to all the advice out there and only put her on her back to sleep. I still agree with this and we do “back to sleep” for night time sleeping when we aren’t able to be in the room with her.  But when we put her on her tummy she will nap for 2-3 hours in a row and not make a peep. This has been so nice because it allows us to get our normal work stuff done throughout the day and I can count on those hours of free time during the week.

*Please NOTE – I am not a medical professional and don’t encourage or endorse you putting your baby on their tummy to sleep. Please check with you child’s pediatrician or health care provider and make the best decision for you and your family.  This strategy is something that has worked for us and we feel comfortable because we know our baby is being watched 100% of the time. 

SCHEDULE: Baby Girl is rocking the schedule and consistency like I mentioned above. So fun to really be getting into our rhythm and this includes me finally not feeling so “out-of-sorts” by having a baby.

In the beginning, I felt like my life was no longer mine and would go through periods of not recognizing my day-to-day life at all. I’m finally feeling confident and embracing the freedom that comes with having a little one at home.  Pre-Reagan, my life was very structured and I lived off of my to-do-list and consistent routine.  Once Reagan was born, our life was total chaos and everything was unpredictable, as is typical with a newborn in the house.  I no longer got up and went to work and my time was filled with sleepless nights, a crying baby, and way too many dirty diapers. WTF!!! I feel as though I have finally rounded the corner and truly embraced being “The Mommy.” I still LOVE my neat and organized to-do-list, I try and get out of the house to workout or walk once a day, and am really stepping up the “blogging” game in anticipation of some fun new goals. I still have my schedule and structured routine, its just filled with different things now. And honestly, these things make me a much happier and joyous person AND I get to be home with my baby girl!

three months of Reagan Marie

FEEDINGS: Reagan is a fantastic eater.  We are still doing our normal feeding routine that we established in Month 1 and Month 2. Feel free to read about our challenges and victories and learn from our mistakes. Nowadays, baby girl just eats and eats.  She is taking more milk in a sitting and I upgraded our 4oz. Dr. Brown’s Vented Bottles for the 8oz. bottles. Its been so nice having extra bottles and bottle parts in the house.  Reagan takes 4oz.-6oz. at 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5:30pm so we still get good use out of the smaller 4oz. bottles. Then she takes 6oz.-8oz. during night feedings at 7:30pm, 12:3oam, and 4:30am so we LOVE having the larger 8oz.bottles for those times.

MILESTONES & PLAY: Baby Girl is crushing it when it comes to playtime, activity, and milestones!!! We received a milestone reminder card from the state this past week and it was so fun to go through and CHECK OFF all the milestones she has already hit at a mere 3 months old.  She is ahead of the curve and rocking most of the 6 month old activities! Go Baby Go!!!!

Reagan is a mover and a shaker.  She is always wiggling and kicking those chubby baby legs and her arms are always pumping.  She is becoming a pro at holding her head up and she can sit up but only with our assistance.  We can do normal things around the house and she will just sit on our laps and hang out with us.  If we try and hold her facing us she tends to get fussy because she loves to face out to the world.  She is extremely curious about everything around her and is really beginning to take in her surroundings.

She loves to talk to us and will mimic our sounds and movements as best she can.  She coos and recently discovered her tongue. Everything is going to her mouth these days and I think she might be cutting teeth early because she is such a drooly little mess most of the time.  She is getting good at grasping objects and is always reaching out for whatever we place in front of her.  They immediately go to her mouth but its fun to see her working out problems and movements in her little baby brain.

She really is as “tart” as a LIME sometimes though!!!! She can be full of the sweetest smilies imaginable and then when that little scowl comes out I can’t help but laugh because she is just so darn cute!!!!

three months of Reagan Marie

Every single day with her is becoming better and better!!!! When I look into her eyes I can tell that she is truly looking back at me and she knows that i’m her Momma. She just lights up and that BIG smile of hers makes my heart skip a beat.

Cheers to three months with our beautiful Reagan Marie!!!!

xo xo Friends,

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Two Months of Reagan Marie

On May 2nd, Little Miss Reagan Marie turned two months old. Time with this sweet angel has simply flown by.  When I was around 35 weeks pregnant, EVERYONE told me to just soak up every moment because it goes by so fast. NO KIDDING.  I can’t believe Reagan is already two months old; she no longer seems like a newborn at all. She is just the sweetest little smiley baby imaginable and we are so in love with her. Watching her grow and change is simply the most wonderful and difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. So bitter sweet watching your newborn become a baby before your eyes.

Two Months of Reagan Marie

PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Reagan went in last week for her two month check-up and her first round of immunizations. Baby Girl is in the 50th percentile for height at 22in. and the 25th percentile for weight at 10lbs. 2oz.  She had a nice growth spurt and our pediatrician was very pleased.

Its been so fun to watch her grow and develop.  She is officially too big for her newborn onesies and we finally made the switch out of newborn diapers into size ones. I can still squeeze her into some onesies on a occasion and I saved the very last newborn diaper for her memory box. YES, I AM that mom that saves everything important. Time to go through Baby Girl’s wardrobe and pack up all the itty bitty newborn clothes. I love that she is healthy and growing big and strong, but part of me wants her to stay tiny forever. Her little face has already changed so much compared to her early chubby newborn face. Those little cheeks are very kissable. She is such a pretty little girl and I love that sweet face so much.

EYE COLOR, HAIR, & BABY SMILES: This adorable little lady has officially mastered the art of smiling.  It is her favorite thing to do nowadays. She is a bit of a ham and a totally goofball when it comes to interacting with us. Her personality it just so sweet and funny. We think her eyes are going to remain a beautiful dark blue gray color and her hair is filling in a bit here and there.  It is so thick in the back and then she has the standard baby bald spot.  We are working on lots of tummy time to ensure her little head stays nice and round AND then hopefully her hair will start filling in.  I recently bought her a Bumbo Chair and am so excited for her to start using it.  We are still working on neck strength but we are almost there.  Once she can hold her little head up; in the Bumbo Chair she will go for lots of fun!!!

Two Months of Reagan Marie

SLEEP: Awww the very elusive and deeply coveted “full nights sleep.”  It no longer exists. I’ve reconciled with that demon and yet things are getting better for us. Much much better. Reagan has really responded to the sleep training we started doing with her and it has been a beautiful transition for all of us.  She is still a light sleeper during the daytime often dozing in and out when we play and eat. She does take two solid naps everyday; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These have been an absolute blessing for me. For nighttime, we are down to waking up only twice a night and Jeffrey and I alternate shifts.  At 5 weeks we started doing a couple of things differently that I believe have contributed to her “better” sleep situation…

#1 – We gave up trying to get Reagan on a sleep schedule. I heard a great piece of advice shortly after she was born; “sleep begets sleeps” especially when it comes to babies.  This could not be more true for my little girl. In other words, the more she sleeps in general, the better and longer she will sleep throughout the day and night. Music to a new mom’s ears.  A sleeping baby is a wonderful thing.  I can breathe and take a step back to focus on other things for 20 to 30 minutes.  Once I stopped trying to get her on a schedule with controlled sleep and awake periods, she MAGICAL turned a corner and started sleeping great at night.  Basically, once I let her sleep whenever she wanted during the day she slept better and more often which was wonderful for ME and for HER.  She was finally getting the rest she needed AND I was getting the daytime “mommy” breaks I needed.

#2 – We implemented a bedtime routine. The first night we did a bedtime routine little miss slept almost 5 straight hours. We were SHOCKED!! The second night she slept 4 straight hours. Every night since we have hit anywhere from 4-6 hours. We do a Bath, Book, Bottle, Bed, and of course lots of Hugs & Kisses!!!! She goes to bed at 7:30pm every night and we put her down sleepy but still awake. We want her to be able to “self soothe” and learn to fall asleep on her own.  I love to hold and cuddle her and would do that FOREVER in a heartbeat…BUT I know better as a parent and want her to grow in her independence.  As a BONUS this opens up our evenings and Mommy and Daddy get some time to relax and have dinner together!!!! Every week that passes she is sleeping a little longer for this first stretch of the night.  I’m hoping that eventually this will just transition into the whole night.  I think we are on the right track when it comes to sleep. Fingers Crossed.

#3 – We transitioned her to her CRIB. This was a tough one for me but we have all been better off for it.  I really loved the newborn phase and having my teeny tiny little baby two feet from me throughout the night was incredibly reassuring.  But once we started putting her down in her crib everything shifted and we haven’t looked back. We use the baby monitor so I can hear when she does wake and our model has a video component which is great. We can just leave her alone if she is lightly stirring and then she puts herself back to sleep. On a Mommy note…I am sleeping again at night, like actually SLEEPING…it is amazing! I really wasn’t prepared for the sleep deprivation and moving her out of our room has been the best change. We all sleep better. I used to wake up at every single sound she made and would literally JUMP out of bed in 3 seconds to be at her side. Now I don’t get up unless she is really crying and needs something from us. She is gaining independence and I get a better nights sleep. It seems like a WIN WIN to me. 🙂

SCHEDULE: Her schedule seems to evolve and change in spurts. Something shifts, Mommy and Daddy adapt, and everyone is better off for the change.  Patience has been a huge component and we are doing our best to not feel frustrated when it seems like we are going backwards. Everyday is a fresh start and a new chance to see what she can do!

Two Months of Reagan Marie

FEEDINGS: Our attack plan on feeding hasn’t really changed much. I am still pumping three times a day to keep my milk supply up and she is taking a mix of breast milk and formula via a bottle.  Once we switched her formula to the Enfamil Gentlease everything about the feeding process suddenly became so much easier and she was a much happier baby. On average she is taking 2oz. of breastmilk mixed with 2oz. of formula every 2.5 to 3 hours, give or take a feeding or extra hour here and there.  She goes a little longer between feedings at night and we’ve been giving her an extra ounce of formula at bedtime to really fill her up. So far our strategy seems to be working so we are going to keep rolling with it.

Two Months of Reagan Marie

MILESTONES & PLAY: The biggest milestone that we’ve hit in month 2 is her new desire to Smile. Her little smile lights up the whole room and you can tell she is giving it everything she’s got.  She has really started to respond to us when we talk to her. She gets very attentive and smiles and coos.  She is trying so hard to talk back to us in her little baby gibberish language. It is the sweetest thing.  She is much more interested in us talking to her then in toys or games at this point. I would love to continue to stimulate her development without TV or modern methods for as long as possible.  Really, just getting down on the floor with her and talking, laughing, and playing is the most wonderful part of our day together. She can recognize her mommy and daddy which makes my heart SOOOOO HAPPY!!! Having my child start to reciprocate LOVE is the most heartfelt thing i’ve ever experienced next to the LOVE I receive from my husband.  We have a little family and it is so wonderful.

We continue to walk almost daily with the golden puppies and I recently started putting her seat cover down so she can experience the outdoors a bit more.  The last few weeks have been so beautiful and sunny in the Pacific Northwest and I love taking her outdoors to experience everything.  I talk to her while we walk, telling her all about the houses and parks in our neighborhood.  She is beginning to look around more and seems curious about things other than just our faces that are right in front of her.

Her dexterity is getting better, she has rolled over a few times, and she is learning to grasp objects. Also, I try and expose her to all kinds of textures and new items.  I love that her little brain is growing like crazy at this age and want to take full advantage! With exposure to new sensations, sights, and sounds her brain is laying the pathways for learning and synapse growth. So bring on PLAYTIME!!!!

Happy Two Months my sweet Reagan Marie! We love you so much!!!

Happy Monday Friends and thanks for reading!

xo xo,

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One Month of Reagan Marie

Our little Reagan Marie is officially one-month-old. I simply cannot believe how seamlessly she has entered our world and our hearts.  I feel like she has been a part of our family forever and yet it seems like we just brought her home from the hospital. General confusion and fuzziness seem to be a way of life these days, probably due to the lack of shut eye and the fact that a good nights sleep no longer exists. I am currently living on iced coffee, LOVE, and lots of help from my hubby. We are just so completely in LOVE with this little girl. Here is a snapshot of our sweet one-month-old baby girl.

One Month of Reagan Marie

PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH:  Baby Reagan went in earlier this month for her 1-month pediatrician checkup and i’m excited to report that she is doing fantastic.  Baby girl looks completely perfect and wonderful. She is still a tiny little thing weighing in at only 8lbs. 2oz. but considering she was 6lbs. 3oz. when we left the hospital, we were simply thrilled with her weight gain.  She is a strong eater and is hitting the oz.-a-day goal like a champ.  She was 19″ at birth and 20″ at her 1-month appointment.  She is a petite little thing, but given that i’m a whopping 5’2″ we weren’t expecting a future WNBA star by any means.  She lost her cord stump at 2.5 weeks and is looking like she might have an outtie for a belly button.  Her little stump began smelling super rank towards the end and was a bit oozy, so our pediatrician used some silver nitrate on it at her 2-week checkup. By her 1-month appt. she had a normal looking little bellybutton that is cuter than ever. I love giving her belly kisses and she just goes bananas. I can tell she is ready to start smiling and giggling any day now.  She is growing and changing by the second and my heart is having a hard time handling it.

EYE COLOR, HAIR, & THE SWEETEST BABY ROLLS: I love her newly acquired baby rolls and those sweet cheeks are getting rounder by the day…just like her momma. She currently has DARK blue-gray eyes and is a fair skinned little angel, again like her momma, and is growing the funniest little patches of strawberry blonde hair.  We joked when she was born that she looked just like me, its the round face that does it, but I think she will get darker thicker hair as she grows from a newborn.  My natural color is strawberry blonde and I was carrot orange as a little kid.  Her hair is so fine and quite a bit darker than mine.  But when she is in the sunlight the “red” really comes out.  Jeffrey and I are both guessing a lighter auburn color will be the final result and she will most likely get darker as she gets older.

One Month of Reagan Marie

SLEEP:  We are working on getting her to sleep a little longer between feedings.  Since birth she has been waking consistently every 2-3 hours to eat.  At three and a half weeks she had a few nights where she slept 4 hours in a row and we were down to one night feeding.  This was glorious but she quickly went back to her 2-3 hour eating schedule a few days later.  Most days she is such a consistent sleeper and a great napper.  She sleeps hard at night and is a light sleeper during the day. She doesn’t “cat nap” which is great but really likes to be held while snoozing.  When we were in the hospital during the early days we got the best piece of advice ever from a night nurse.  We only swaddle her at night, from 8pm to 8am.  This has been fantastic for day/night confusion and as soon as daddy swaddles her up tight, she is out. Our goal for month two is to try and get her to sleep in 4 hour stretches at night. She currently goes around 3-3.5 hours at night which means we are getting closer. My personal “sleep” goal is to stop sleep stalking her and maybe catch some shut eye myself. She is always making little grunting sounds, whimpers, and a hilarious horse neghing sound that I just can’t get enough of.  I could stare at her and watch her all flipping day. I’m officially an obsessed mommy.

SCHEDULE: We have tried to get her on a schedule as best we can. She still runs the show but we have noticed some patterns in her day and we tweak and make adjustments as best we can.  Jeffrey does the early morning feeding around 5:30am to 6am and then she goes back to sleep for a short period.  She usually wakes up and starts her day around 7:30am to 8am. Jeff brings her into our bedroom and we do morning snuggles in bed.  She is ALWAYS super awake and alert in the morning and we play and read and cuddle until she falls asleep or its time to eat again.  She eats around 9am and then usually drifts off to sleep for a nap until 11am.  I recently started doing PureBarre, the most amazing workout for a postpartum mommy body, and head out for class around 11:30am. She stays with daddy while i’m working out. I try and feed her, change her, and put her down for another nap before I leave for class.  She sometimes stays in her crib and dad watches her with the baby monitor OR she hangs out with him in his office and helps him “work.” Our afternoons are really up in the air these days.  I love it if we can get out of the house at least once of twice even if its just for a quick walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store. I keep our afternoons open for any activities, appointments, or necessary down time either of us might require. She has one more super awake period in the late afternoon/early evening and we play and do lots of tummy time. She gets a bath around 7pm every night with daddy. We feed her around 7:30pm and then she gets burped and swaddled by 8pm. She sleeps in her MamaRoo or bouncer for 2-3 hours while we make dinner, relax, or catch up on work. She eats again around 10pm to 10:30pm and then we go to bed.  Sometimes I go to bed and she stays with daddy but we would really like to start transitioning her to her crib. Our month two goal is to work on some “sleep training.”  This will be beneficial now but also later when she enters the early toddler years. Everything I keep reading stresses establishing “good habits” as BEST you can and as EARLY as you can.  Obviously I know my newborn isn’t going to understand what we are doing, but the routines we establish now will hopefully make things easier for all of us in the future.

One Month of Reagan Marie

FEEDINGS: And then there is breastfeeding. I think this might be the toughest topic to talk about for me because there are so many expectations and “Rights vs Wrongs” when it comes to nursing your wee baby. I fully respect the rights of any mother to make whatever decision is best for HER and her BABY! As moms we need to support and lift each other up, not criticize and judge.

Let me start by saying Breastfeeding is REALLY HARD, at least it was for me. Reagan and I started off doing great and she had a fantastic latch. My milk came in about a week or so after giving birth and we met with a lactation consultant prior to leaving the hospital.  I wanted to ensure that we got off on the right foot when it came to breastfeeding.  Baby girl was in fact such a STRONG eater that my poor “tatas” got absolutely torn to shreds.  Reagan was unintentionally ingesting some blood from my breastmilk which caused her to vomit up blood on occasion. We were struggling and I was hurting…BAD.  We met with another lactation consultant who advised me to just keep nursing.  My girls would heal up in a few days and I could pump in the mean time to keep my supply up.  I cried on the daily because I was in so much pain. And my girls DID NOT HEAL up.  Continuing to nurse made it so much worse.  Our pediatrician informed us that Reagan had an incredibly strong tongue thrust for a newborn which is why I was struggling so much with healing.  I was still dead set on breastfeeding as much as possible OR at the very least ensuring she was getting my breastmilk. Our pediatrician is so amazing.  She actually purchased her wedding gown from me a few years back and we really trust her completely.  She advised us to start by nursing for 10 minutes on each breast, if I was feeling up to it, followed by 2oz. of formula to help get her weight up. As soon as we introduced the formula she was a completely different baby.  Extremely happy, content, and a good sleeper again.  This new plan allowed me to heal up and I was able to continue pumping.  She was getting a mix of breastmilk and formula which brought her weight up and she had exceeded her birth weight by her two week appointment.  Breastfeeding continued to hurt and gradually over a few weeks I was down to 2-3 nursing sessions a day and pumping the rest of the time.  We were able to get off the formula completely and she was getting only my milk. I introduced a nipple shield which completely changed the breastfeeding game.  I actually started enjoying it and it no longer hurt to feed my sweet girl.  I was already in such a good rhythm with pumping that I continued to feed her in the mornings and pump the rest of the day.  I was pumping every 2-3 hours right along with her feeding schedule. I think we never really got off on the right foot with breastfeeding and as a result it just wasn’t clicking for us.  She was thriving off of my pumped milk, had no nipple/bottle confusion, and was taking a pacifier like a champ.  Whatever we were doing seemed to be working…FOR US.  We had to adapt and go with the flow.  I had to adjust my views on exclusively breastfeeding and be open to other means of feeding her.  I actually don’t mind pumping now and my supply is up enough that I am now pumping around 4-6 times a day only.  At our 1-month appointment our pediatrician advised us to reintroduce a little formula because it will help her sleep longer between feedings.  I know some individuals are completely against this and thats OK. We had to dig down deep, ignore the ridicule and endless commentary, and make the right decision for US and our girl.  She now gets 2oz. of breastmilk mixed with 1oz. of Gentlease Enfamil Formula every 2-3 hours. She goes a little longer at night, at least every 3 hours since introducing formula and is now getting the sleep she needs. Sometimes she even goes 4 hours and those nights are glorious.

Breastfeeding vs. Pumping, Pumping vs. Formula, Nipple Shield vs. No Nipple Shield…”F” it all. My best advise for a new mom is to do what feels right for YOU. We got so much “advice” in the early days and were honestly trying to do what everyone recommended, that it actually set us back with the feeding situation.  I kept having “mommy instincts” those first few weeks and I wish I had listened more to my gut and less to everyone else.  But there are so many adjustments and lessons taking place in the early days that you sorta have to just “experience it” and figure it all out as you go.  I recall well intentioned moms advising me and telling me what it would be like, but it is SO DIFFERENT from what they described.  Its not even something you can really explain, you have to experience it for yourself…same goes for labor and delivery. I thought I knew what I was in for…I was very very wrong.

One Month of Reagan Marie

MILESTONES, PLAY, & DEVELOPMENT: Oh sweet baby girl, you’ve changed and hit so many milestones already. My mind is officially blown at what your already able to do compared to when you first arrived.

Reagan is an incredibly sweet baby.  Her little personality is slowly beginning to develop and I am just obsessed. She has been extremely alert since the moment she was born.  When awake, her eyes are always huge and open, taking in her tiny world. She loves making eye contact with whomever is in front of her.  She especially likes staring at her Daddy for long periods of time.  I think its that his beard is very dark and she is drawn to the contrast. Well that and the fact that its her Daddy of course!!! She has become a pro at lifting and turning her tiny head.  We have been doing as much tummy time as her schedule allows. Most of the time I prop her up on the Boppy for support but sometimes if she is wide awake we’ll lay on the floor together and stare at the sights around us.  I love playing Disney songs for her on Pandora and we play and talk and make faces at one another.  She has learned to respond to our voices and perks up when we talk to her. I love placing objects in front of her and we are working with her to track the objects with her eyes. We do baby massage and play peek-a-boo for brain stimulation.  And sometimes the best thing for her is to just lay there, very calm, and she gradually moves her eyes around whatever room she is in absorbing all the sights and sounds.  We have made sure to have the animals around Reagan constantly since Day One. We wanted everyone to get used to each other from the start and now we don’t think twice about the dogs or cats being around her.  They are very gentle with her and are actually quite protective of our newest family member.  I’m continually researching and finding new ways to play and interact with Miss Reagan.  We are looking forward to her becoming more interactive and learning about her world right before our eyes.

LOVES & HATES: There are so many things that I can think of that she totally loves and very few that I would say she “hates.”  She is such a good baby in that she just “takes” whatever we dish out.  As parents in the early stages of having a newborn we had to make a conscious decision to stay as positive as possible. Survival mode at its finest friends. Because of this, I can’t think of a single thing that I would interpret as her “disliking or hating.” We tend to focus on only the good because we need the positivity and upbeat attitude to get through the day, but more importantly to survive the night feedings. Some of her current favorites are…tummy time, bath time with Daddy, staring out the windows, checking out bright lights, being held and cuddled, receiving kisses from our girl dogs, and bouncing and playing with Daddy!

Happy One Month Baby Girl!!!!!

We love you so much that our hearts might burst with JOY!!!!

– Mommy & Daddy