The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This was the best Christmas ever!! Having a little baby makes the magic come back! Our Christmas was pretty low key. We stayed in town and just spent it with family. Christmas Eve was at Nanny and Pops’ (my grandparents) house for supper. It was fun getting Turner all dressed up! Here are some photos from Christmas Eve! photoIMG_0030
Stew Me and my brother Jesse
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Christmas day was so nice! We starting the morning sitting in bed, drinking coffee, and playing. Turner is so happy in the mornings. He just smiles and laughs at anything! We had our Christmas music on, which he loves! Then, we got dressed to go for our daily walk. The weather was beautiful! Mid 60s and sunny. The perfect Christmas weather!! imageThen we had supper at my Mom’s house. It was so fun! We got there a little early to open presents.IMG_0044
And of course we had to take our first family picture on Christmas! Turner loves to stare at Stew. He must think he’s looking in a mirror! IMG_0050

Overall it was an amazing two days filled with lots of Christmas music, family, and GREAT food! I’m so thankful we had our little munchkin to make it even more special!

Life Lately

Turner is 6 weeks old!! He is really starting to get a personality. Mommy and Daddy are starting to feel well rested and can enjoy him so much more too! IMG_0693

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IMG_0035He has reached the point where he is pretty much on a predictable schedule. I started giving him a bottle before bedtime at 5 weeks (because we would fall asleep while eating and not get a full feed) so he sleeps until 4 or 5 in the morning! Stew changes him and I feed him and then back to bed. He wakes up at 7:30 for the day. We play in bed until he goes down for his first nap around 9. We started the babywise schedule around 3 weeks. Of course he was eating every 2 hours for a while so we had to modify it. Basically our daily schedule now looks like this:

7:30-9am wake, change diaper, feed  (wake time includes things like reading, tummy time, going for a walk, sitting in his swing, bouncy seat, play gym, etc)

9-10:30 nap

10:30 wake, change, feed

12:00-1:30 pm nap

1:30 wake, change, feed

3:00-4:30 nap

4:30 wake, change, feed

6:00-7:30 nap

7:30 wake, feed, bath, change into PJs

9:00-10:30 nap

10:30 change, bottle, bed

5am change, feed

7:30 am wake, change, feed

Sometimes he’ll fuss when we put him down for his naps but falls asleep after a few minutes. If he’s really crying we pick him up for a few seconds and then put him back in his bed. If he wakes up early from a nap, we’ll just go with it and start over for the next cycle. We’re not too rigid but it usually just ends up working! It was definitely hard to hear him cry at first, but that’s what babies do! Schedules aren’t for everyone, but this is very helpful for me since I work from home! 

Life has definitely calmed down since the first few weeks. I feel like we’re all getting to know each other and getting into a routine. Each week seems easier! Turner likes to throw us a curve ball every now and then (aka growth spurt) but we’re able to handle it better now! We are so in love with this little munchkin!!

First Month Favorites!

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Nursing TankThese are unbelievably comfortable! I’ve been wearing them every day for the past month…especially in the first two weeks when you might as well put on some good movies and not get off the couch because you’ll be nursing NON-STOP!

Medela Pump in Style
I started pumping from the beginning. I pump while he’s nursing so I can kill two birds with one stone! I’ve got lots of milk stored in the freezer. It’s a great feeling knowing that I won’t be held hostage forever! We’ve already given him a few bottles, and he takes them like a champ!

Naked 100% Juice
Sometimes I just don’t have time to eat, but I’m so hungry I could literally eat a cow! These are helpful to get calories and protein when I only have one arm free or am juggling a million things plus a newborn!

Laundry BinThis is the best thing I ever did. In Turner’s nursery, I have a bin right next to his changing table. I put a drop of laundry detergent and fill it about halfway with water. That way I drop dirty clothes or burp cloths into it and let them soak until I’m ready to do a load of his laundry. That way his clothes aren’t permanently stained, and I’m not doing laundry every 10 minutes! 

Heating PadWe put this in his bed so it’s nice and cozy. We turn it on while I nurse him in the middle of the night and turn it off before we put him back to bed. That way he goes from one warm and snuggly place to another!

Baby K’tan Baby Carrier
This is so perfect for carrying Turner around while I’m working, cleaning, cooking, etc. A must have for the little one!

And a little something for your enjoyment! Stew’s parents took a picture of us while they were here last weekend… Life as we now know it…_DSC6314

A Month of Firsts…

It’s hard to believe that Turner is a month old! I still go over our birth story in my mind. It’s amazing how we just became parents one day and it’s now the new “norm”. I’m loving it!

The first two weeks were rough. Turner was eating every hour! By the time I finished feeding him, he was hungry again in 30 or 40 minutes! I was getting pretty depressed and anxious about it. I didn’t want any visitors or to go anywhere for fear of him having a freak out and me needing to feed him right then and there! At around a week and a half, I called my friend Jill and she saved me! She said, “Emily, you’re not doing things for fear of what might happen” She also said that something happens at 2 weeks where you really just accept this as your new norm and you’re ok with it. Luckily, she was right!

Things started turning around at 3 weeks. After my friend Maribeth dropped off this amazing book on parenting, I was really working on giving Turner a full feeding each time instead of snacking here and there. Basically, he would fall asleep and I would just assume he was full which is why he’d want to eat 30 minutes later. Now we go 3 or 4 hour stretches between feedings! I guess we all are learning as we go.

Now for the fun stuff… A lot has happened in our first month together:

Our first family picturedscf0950 Turner’s first encounter with DexterIMG_0569

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Our first Thanksgiving feeling very exhausted

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Our first car ride followed by several trips to Starbucks and Whole Foods
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And decorating our first Christmas treeIMG_0389

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It’s been such an amazing month together. Stew and I have come to love and rely on each other in a way we never needed to before. I’m so excited to see what the future holds!