ELOISE IS FIVE MONTHS OLD!

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Happy May! Another month has truly flown by. Sweet girl is officially 5 months old! I’m still trying to have that sink in. She has found her voice; she loves to yell, scream, squeal, and shout. I love that she is learning to express herself, but I won’t lie- her doing this for 15 minutes straight can start to make my head hurt. She has also learned how to whine. She whines when she is tired, or just to whine… that can also drive me crazy. (and so it begins)

I just cannot believe how much she has developed within this past month. Eloise is still doing tummy time, and can roll over multiple times! Her neck strength has always been amazing, and she can hold herself up completely with her arms/elbows. She can also sit up by herself (with help!) She loves to baby babble, and suck her fingers for comfort. I’m so in love with her, and still pinching myself that I’m her mom.

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She is smiling and laughing so much now. It brings me SO much joy to hear her giggles. We went to SF last weekend, hung out in Japantown and Golden Gate Park. We are going to SoCal this weekend, to see family. I’m not worried about her being in the car anymore, because she’s such a good girl. I know she’ll sleep for most of it. I’m so glad I don’t experience that anxiety anymore.

Ellie is 13-14 pounds, and officially fits 6 month clothing. She still loves her milk, and we are actually going to introduce her to food this month. I want to start with puréed green beans or sweet potato. She’s shown great interest in seeing us eat, and will even open her mouth! I think she’s ready.

Here are some photos over the past month:

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I have so many other photos of Eloise, it’s so hard to choose which ones are my favorite. Make sure to follow me on instagram! Mother’s Day is coming up, do you have any special plans?

xo

ELOISE IS TWO MONTHS OLD!

I’ve been so busy being a new mom, blogging has taken the backseat. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my time! Since Eloise is still so small, she isn’t on a set “schedule” yet, so she sleeps when she sleeps! I try and get housework done, eat or catch up on some of my favorite shows when I have some downtime .

Anyhow, Eloise is officially TWO MONTHS OLD! Holy moly. She’s 10lbs 6oz, and is getting her first set of shots tomorrow! I’m so not looking forward to my baby girl crying & being in pain! It’s going to be the saddest thing ever.

Ellie went on her first road trip to Southern California & did amazing! I’m so proud of her! She didn’t cry at all, and slept most of the way. She met her great-grandma for the first time, and it was so special. I am so grateful that my grandma is around for this chapter in my life.

Ellie also got to spend time with her cousin, Adelaide! I love seeing my niece. She is 5 months old, and is smiling so much. She reaches and grabs for Eloise, and it’s the cutest thing ever. I can’t believe our babies are growing up so fast!

Here are some pictures of Eloise Audrey Colette:

It’s been a fun and tiring month, and we just love watching this little girl grow! I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing her smile more & hopefully laugh very soon!

BABY NURSERY ITEMS: WISH LIST

Planning a baby’s nursery is something I’ve dreamt about for a long time. What color theme will it be? Where should I put the crib? I hope to have some nice bookshelves in his/her room! These are all things I’ve thought about, but sometimes that’s not reality. We live in an apartment & I made a decision not to get an extra room for her. By the time our lease ends, she will only be 6 months old and she wouldn’t have used the extra room because I plan to have her in our room sleeping in her bassinet for the first 6 months.

So no decorating a baby nursery this moment, but we will when our lease is up & we move into a house! I’m definitely looking forward to that, but I think we made the right decision to save some money and not waste it on a room she wasn’t going to sleep in/use!

I’ll probably do a nursery post when the time comes, but for now I want to show you a few things on my wish list!

THIS ADORABLE NIGHTLIGHT.

 

THESE SHELVES FOR BOOKS.

 

THESE GOLD BOW KNOBS.

 

THIS FLOOR LENGTH MIRROR.

 

TASSELED DREAM CATCHER.

 

AUDREY CONVERTIBLE CRIB.

CRIB SHEETS.

 

I love gold accents, if you couldn’t tell. I want her room to feel light & airy, but also whimsical! It’ll be fun to see if my mind will change about any of these pieces a year from now! Regardless, I look forward to decorating her nursery next year. It’ll give me time to save money and spend it on the expensive pieces, like the crib!

Hope you all have a lovely week! I’m currently in Southern California hanging out with my twin sister, since she is due the 13th of August… just waiting for baby Addie to make her grand appearance 😉

xo

TOP BABY REGISTRY ITEMS:

So I’ve made my baby registry with Target and Buy Buy Baby… and it was a very overwhelming process! I did mine all online, and there was so many baby products to choose from. I’ll share some favorites on my list:

STROLLER: UPPAbaby Vista Stroller in Emmet

This stroller is VERY pricey, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things! I definitely don’t expect anyone to purchase this stroller for me, but it’s worth putting on the registry! I love the pink “Sabrina” color, but I want something gender neutral, the green color is gorgeous! I’m also obsessed with the bassinet & how it’s perfect for up to 3 children! I think it’s a good investment.

CARSEAT: UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat

Since I want the UPPAbaby stroller, getting the Mesa carseat just makes sense. It has some incredible reviews!

BABY CARRIER: Tula Free to Grow Carrier in Blossom

Everyone seems to really enjoy this baby carrier. I also would love to add a wrap/baby sling on my list, but haven’t picked which brand. If you have any baby carriers that you absolutely love, feel free to leave them down in the comments! I would really appreciate it.

BABY SAFETY: Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

This is something that’s on the top of my wish list. It’s a monitor that you put on your baby’s foot to track their heart rate and oxygen levels. It’s something for you to have peace of mind because SIDS is a real concern for newborns. I’m gifting my sister one!

DIAPER BAG: Ju-ju-be Rose BFF Diaper Bag in Whimsical Watercolor

It was so hard to narrow down & pick a diaper bag! I haven’t seen this one in person… yet. But I love how this can be worn as a backpack, it has a lot of pockets (even insulated pockets for bottles), and I’m obsessed with the print! A few people mentioned they love this diaper bag & recommended it to me, so for now this is my top choice!

NURSING PILLOW: Boppy Nursing Pillow in Gray

I just love this fun print! It’s so cute. I want to breastfeed, so I heard this will really come in handy.

 

I have a ton of other things on our registry: diapers, muslin swaddle blankets, burp cloths, a humidifier, an air purifier, a baby monitor, car seat cover, baby bath, sound machine, bottles, breast pump, etc. If you have any favorite baby items, share them with me! I’d love to know.

xo

20 WEEKS PREGNANT: HALFWAY THERE!

I’m officially 20 weeks pregnant! Oh boy, we are halfway there. I don’t feel prepared at all, but I think that has a lot to do with all of the unknowns and this being my first rodeo!

I had my 20 week anatomy scan done yesterday, so I’m hoping everything turns out fine with the baby’s growth & progress. It’s always nerve-wrecking to wonder if everything is measuring accordingly, and that her heart and every other organ is fine. Dexter was in the room with me the whole time, so it was so great seeing baby E for 40 minutes! She was tossing and turning a lot, and when it was time to make sure she was a girl (since we already did a gender scan at 14 weeks, I wanted a second confirmation)… she was NOT having it. Her legs were crossed the entire time & did not undo her ankles. She’s a stubborn one, just like her mama. The technician said she didn’t see anything “poking out” but couldn’t give us a definite answer, so she’s still a girl until further notice. Hah! I think at my next DR visit, I’ll ask for a blood test to confirm the gender if they don’t want to do another ultrasound.

Yesterday I also found out I have anterior placenta… meaning my placenta is positioned on the front side of my womb, or my stomach side. This makes sense as to why I haven’t felt the baby kick/move at ALL! I was starting to worry, but it’s basically a cushion or barrier between me and the baby, so I should start feeling movement in a few more weeks. I’m so ready to start feeling her move!!

WEIGHT GAIN:

My midwife said I’m right on track with my weight gain. I’ve gained a total of 9 lbs so far. I’m trying my hardest not to gain too much! I started pregnancy already not being my “ideal” weight, so I don’t realistically need to gain more than 20-25 lbs — I started off being too heavy for my height!

CRAVINGS:

I haven’t had any weird cravings. This whole pregnancy I’ve enjoyed eating (and will crave) fresh fruit, smoothies, and the occassional fast food items like french fries & soda! I only enjoy drinking really cold drinks (but this isn’t anything new, because I’ve always preferred cold to hot).

HOW AM I FEELING?

I’ve been feeling great. My energy is back, BUT I can’t do too much or I will get tired quickly. I never had morning sickness or nausea, so I’ve always had an appetite! The only complaints I have thus far is round ligament pain. Oh boy, is that uncomfortable! I can’t walk or stand for long periods of time, or where my bikini line/pelvis is, will start to hurt. It’s the weirdest feeling ever! So I try to take things slow, and sit down when my body tells me to rest My uterus feels heavy, and it’s just amazing how fast my body is making changes and room for this baby to grow! My ligaments are stretching, and it has been uncomfortable.

SLEEP:

I thought I’d add this because sleeping has been so UNCOMFORTABLE. I know I’m only 20 weeks along (I can’t imagine being 8-9 months pregnant, ugh) but it’s been a struggle to try and find a comfortable sleeping position. I’m a huge belly sleeper, and that’s just not an option anymore. Dexter did buy me a pregnancy pillow, but it’s not enough for me to sleep soundly through the night, I toss & turn A LOT! Not to mention, I’m getting up to pee 2-3 times a night. Haha!

Next post I want to talk baby related items: diaper bags, strollers, car seats, etc. I already have my eye on a few things I want, and have created a registry, so I don’t mind sharing what’s on my list!

xo