Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nap Time Chit-Chat

Aww.. See my sweet Instagram Husband in the window of this pic? ;)
Carseat/Stroller Set: Graco (similar)

Always sucking on her fingers.
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie | Top: Tobi | Leggings: Old Navy (sold out, but similar) | Shoes: DSW (similar)

Necklace: Hey June | Top: Tobi | Leggings: Target | Shoes: Old Navy
Currently Ruby is taking a nap which seems to be the only time I can get anything done lately. Not that I'm complaining. I love hanging out with her. Sometimes though, I have a list of a million things to do (such as clean my house.. ugh, the constant struggle) & I feel like I never get anything done. Seriously, I think every day when Andrew gets home I tell him, "Well, I was going to get more done today BUT..."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ruby's Favorite Children's Books


Top: Tobi | Jeans: American Eagle | Teething Necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop (sold out, but found here) |
R's bodysuit: Carters | Pants: Carters (sold out, but found here) | Headband: Boutique | Moccasins: Classic Dot
I love children's books. I've pretty much always had an obsession with them. So when Ruby came along, I already had quite a collection, but I received so many more at baby showers! Every day, I try to make it a habit to read with Ruby (& when I say "with" I mean, she really does "read" along with me!). I'm a big fan of the Read Aloud campaign which believes you should read to your child at least 15 minutes every day. And what do you know, March is Read Aloud Month! So today, Ruby & I decided to share with you our favorite children's books right now.

Side note: These books are board books which are perfect for those eager babies who want to put everything in their mouths! :)

Llama Llama Red Pajama
We've fallen in love with the Llama Llama series. I'm so sad that the author, Anna Dewdney, passed away recently but I hear her final book is going to be released soon. Seriously guys, these books are so fun & catchy, I have a blast reading it with Ruby!

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
I actually starting "singing" this all the time when I was changing Ruby's diaper & she always giggled! Now she loves reading the book & thinks I'm hilarious when I say, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus
Pete the Cat has always been a favorite of mine, so this is a great one for Ruby's age group. It's a little bit of a remake of the classic "Wheels on the Bus." It's definitely a fun one!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
I remember reading this one as a kid! Ruby loves when the caterpillar eats through all of the "junk food" because she can flip through those little flaps easily! Eric Carle is one of my favorite children's book authors. Anything he writes is great.

I've always had this book, but it didn't really get to me like it does now that I'm a mom. When Mama Raccoon kisses Chester's palm of his hand, it melts my heart. Ruby loves it when I kiss her hand too while reading it!

What are you & your kids' favorite children's books?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Five Months With Ruby!

R's dress: Old Navy (sold out but similar HERE) | R's tights: Old Navy (sold out but similar HERE) | R's shoes: Classic Dot | R's 5 months sticker: Sticky Bellies 
Five months already?! I seriously can't believe it. I feel like I just had Ruby a few weeks ago. I know she's still only a few months old, but I'm loving this stage right now. Ruby is pretty chill for the most part-- except recently at restaurants & when she's hungry or sleepy. She is recognizing faces now so she likes to hang around "Mom" &"Dad" more than others sometimes ha! Ruby is also rolling over more & more everyday. She's only rolled from back to tummy in her crib a couple of times, but she rolls almost daily from her tummy to back. Ruby is starting to hold toys in her hands & reach for stuff more. She has a new love for her teething ring & tries to put anything & everything in her mouth.

This past month we started cereal & she eats it like a champ! Although, most of it gets all over her hands & her face! :) She has the habit of sticking her hands in her mouth right after I give her a bite.. It gets everywhere! It's usually easiest just to let her eat only in her diaper so then we can wipe her off or bathe her. She really is doing well with it & we're probably going to introduce veggies & fruits sometime soon!

Ruby LOVES "petting" Murphy! He's super soft so I think she loves that about him. Today she grabbed his paw & was trying to put it in her mouth (ha!), but don't worry guys, I caught her in time. Murph was looking at me like, "Mom, make her stop." He likes her (we think) but he's not so sure about her sometimes & he gets this annoyed look on his face when she cries. It's pretty humorous because it's like he's telling us, "Is there a fee to ship her back? I'll cover it for you guys."

Ruby smiles all the time. She really is a happy baby. She has her moments where she screams & cries, but she's seriously such a joy to have in our lives. I can be having the worst day ever & she'll smile or laugh at me & it's impossible not to light right up. She's the best.

We love you, Ruby June! Happy 5 months of life!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Transition to Motherhood

I'm almost 5 months postpartum & I finally feel like I'm starting to get the hang of things. I'm not completely oblivious to know that tomorrow, "things" may be totally different, but as I'm writing this today, I'd like to think that Ruby & I are starting to get into the groove of mother/daughter-hood.

My undergraduate degree is in Child Development. So basically when I got pregnant last year I thought to myself, "This is what I spent four years in college for. I'm totally prepared for this." Ha! Everything I "thought" I knew about raising a child went out the window at 3:43 PM on October 5, 2016.

I soon realized I had no idea about breastfeeding, diaper rashes, what each cry meant & so much more. I really tried to prepare myself before Ruby came by reading books, taking classes, etc., but after she got here & we came home from the hospital, I had one thing on my mind... SLEEP. Everyone tells you before you have a baby, "You better sleep while you can!" And while I understand what they're trying to say, I still had the mentality that sleep doesn't carry over. Man, I wish it did. (Of course, I'd like to meet the woman out there who has slept amazingly the last few weeks of pregnancy, because I was miserable & even if I wanted to carry over "extra" sleep before having Ruby, I couldn't.)

The first month of Ruby's life was the absolute hardest month of my life so far. I was determined to breastfeed & thought I was doing spectacular until we took Ruby to her first doctor appointment when they told us she had lost more weight than they wanted her to after leaving the hospital. So we went home & stuck to a strict two hour feeding schedule. Convinced that she "felt heavier," two days later we went for a weight check where she had lost a pound. I tried to keep my cool for both of those appointments, but the moment we got in the car, I lost it. It's amazing all of the hormones your body throws at you right after you have a baby! I'm also pretty confident I cried continuously throughout the first month... Fun stuff, those hormones!

So, we continued a strict two hour feeding schedule (& when I say strict, I mean, I was pretty crazy about it) plus we supplemented with some formula each time. Even though I was determined to breastfeed, I was totally okay with supplementing as long as it meant that Ruby was healthy.

And therefore, THAT began the longest month of my life.

Once Ruby finally hit birth weight though, we stopped using formula. I fully understand why people don't breastfeed. I was considering stopping when Ruby just wasn't gaining weight. Andrew said to me multiple times, "Do you want to stop? It's okay to stop." And I'm so grateful that I had a person in my life that told me it was okay to stop. Because it is. But I told myself I was going to keep trying, & I'm proud to say, I stuck with it. There have been so many moments where I'm crying because she won't eat & she's crying because she's mad at me for trying to "make her." It's been a journey to say the least. I know so many women who absolutely love it, & for me personally, there's only been a handful of moments when I'm feeding her & I think, "Okay, this is pretty great." I will say though, how awesome it is that God designed our bodies to be able to feed our babies. It's pretty amazing.

The transition to motherhood hasn't been as easy as I pictured in my mind. Google HAS TO know I'm a new mom because I literally Google everything. Motherhood is something completely new for me. Daughterhood is something completely new for Ruby. It's a daily learning experience. We find out what works like reading books & singing before nap time, & what doesn't work like trying to give her a bath without Andrew here (let's just say we were both in tears the other night).

I have my moments, Ruby has hers. Some days I get things accomplished, other days I'm lucky if I brush my teeth. Okay, just kidding, I always have to brush my teeth. Having a kid changes everything. Your marriage changes. Your friendships change. Your hobbies change. Your free time changes. YOU change. But I'm starting to learn how to adapt to these changes.

The bottom line is this: I absolutely love being a mom. I tell Andrew all the time that I feel like I was made for this. It's really, really hard work (like I think I should be getting paid more ha!) but for today, at this moment in time, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

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