Reese at Four Months Old

Four Months Old

Reese babe is four months old and she is the sweetest thing ever. I loved this age with Finn, and I love it with Reese, too. She is interactive, chatty, and starting to get in a rhythm. I’m so lucky I get to spend my days with her!

Physical Growth

Reese is almost 15 pounds and 25 inches long. She’s landing in the 60th percentile for her growth. She holds up her head like a champ and loves to gnaw on her hands. She has started kicking, too, and has shown more and more interest in being propped upright.

Brain Growth

Our little chatty girl loves to smile at Daddy and Finn. She loves to tell stories and watch us walk around the room. She looooves to stare at Juneau and can’t quite understand what he is doing most of the time – but then again, none of us can! She is attached to mom and dad for the most part, but has started allowing other people to hold her as she’s gotten older.

Sleeping

This girl is the best napper ever. I remember fighting with Finn to the death to get him to nap when he was little. Reese is a sweetheart. I lay her in her crib, she coos for a bit and is off to dreamland in about 10 minutes. She currently naps 3-4 times a day.

At night, we’ve gotten so much better in the past month. I’ve gotten her on more of an eating routine and I truly believe that’s made her a better sleeper. She goes down between 6:30 and 7pm. I then dream feed her at 10pm before David and I go to bed. In the past week she has consistently stretched out the length of time she stays asleep and this morning she made it until 5am! I fed her and she fell back asleep until 7:15am. By consistently waking her up at the same time each morning and putting her to bed at the same time each night, she’s become such a better baby.

Eating

Girlfriend still won’t take a bottle. We’ve been more consistent about getting her to take one, but she just doesn’t want anything to do with it. I’ve tried different bottles, different nipples, even a sippy cup – nothing. We’ve tried every trick that the internet has suggested, but she is just not having it.

In the past month I’ve gotten her on a three hour feeding schedule, so even though she isn’t taking a bottle, her eating times are predictable and it really hasn’t been so bad.

Things I Donā€™t Want to Forget

  • Her goofy little smile when I pick her up from her crib after she wakes up.
  • Her cooing stories she has started telling us on the regular.
  • The way she catches Finn’s eye and doesn’t look away. He loves to give her kisses and is the best brother ever.
  • Her curious eyes poking out from under her carrier in her carseat. She’s a very serious baby and loves to take in the world.



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Nursing Friendly Dresses For Spring and Summer

If you’re a nursing mama like me, then you know how important it is to wear clothes that give you quick and comfortable access to the goods šŸ™‚ . Today I rounded up six affordable and adorable nursing friendly dresses you can purchase this season.

J.Crew Stripe Tie-Waist Shirt Dress

Madewell Button Front Easy Dress

Aerie Smocked Button Down Dress

Old Navy Waist Defined Button Down

Old Navy Chambray Shirt Dress

Abercrombie Button-Up Cami Midi Dress

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Creating A Toddler Sleep Schedule

Finn has been a fantastic sleeper since about nine weeks old. It was around that time that I went back to work and getting on a normal schedule certainly helped him start sleeping through the night. As Finn got older, he continued to be a great sleeper. As crazy and unpredictable as he can get throughout the day, I can always depend on an afternoon nap and an 8pm bedtime.

Routine Is Key

I get asked a lot about how we got Finn to stick with this routine, and honestly, I think we just got lucky! Of course we don’t really make nap time or bedtime an option, it’s just something he knows is going to happen.

About an hour before he goes to sleep, we remind him that it’s almost time for a nap or for bed. We continue to remind him by saying things like, “After you eat lunch, we are going to take a nap” or “We’re going to bed after this show.” We get him changed into his jammies around this time and put on a movie for him to unwind to.

Of course there are moments when Finn fights us, but ultimately, he does give in. Now that he’s a bit older, we’ve given him some autonomy. He likes to put the toothpaste on the toothbrush by himself and he likes to climb into bed alone. This gives him the independence he craves and gets him excited about going to bed.

We still give Finn milk before bed. Just a little bit in his sippy cup, solely for comfort. We’ve started not giving it to him unless he asks for it, but he usually does. I know this will have to end at some point, but for now, it works.

David and I both tell him stories or read him books before bed. We don’t make it drag on, usually only about five minutes apiece. Then we kiss him and say our goodnights. If he is fussy or tries to fight it, we give him something to look forward to the next morning. We will say, “Do you want to see your friends at school in the morning? Then you have to sleep so we can wake up and see them!” This usually does the trick.

Timing Is Everything

It’s been difficult to stay regimented at times, but we do our best to have Finn in bed before 8pm every night. This has creeped later into the evening as he gets older, but we will likely keep it there for a while.

This means that our dinner is eaten early, baths are taken before seven, and we get to watch cartoons for a bit before bed. If we are out and about, we make it a priority to be home before his bedtime. We’ve stuck to this rule so strongly, I believe it makes bedtimes easier. Since it rarely fluctuates, he knows it’s coming.

We also do the same thing with naps. For the two years or so, Finn has napped every afternoon. We usually get him down between 12:30 and 1pm, and his naps are typically two hours long. This means our days are broken in half, but we are usually needing a break from parenting around the same time, so it works out well šŸ˜‰ .

Avoid Bad Habits

I made the mistake ONE time in my almost three years as a mom, and I won’t do it again. Finn woke up early one morning, around 4am. I was pregnant with Reese at the time, and so exhausted I just scooped him up and brought him into our bed. BAD IDEA! He kicked and squirmed and asked to watch movies, and eventually I gave up, made a pot of coffee and decided to start my day.

That night, bedtime was awful. He screamed and fought us the whole way, wanting to “sleep in Mommy and Daddy’s bed.” We finally got him down and I swore he’d never sleep with us again. Yes, it was easier than trying to get him back to sleep in his own bed, but in the end, it created an expectation that we had to break.

Transitions

Over the last two years, Finn has been a rockstar when it comes to change. I know not every kid is like this, but he is totally a go with the flow type of kid.

We transitioned him into a big boy bed the very same night we moved into our new house. We never set up the crib, so he didn’t ever think to ask where it had gone. We set up his bedroom, got him excited and he has slept in that bed every night since.

I’m a firm believer in going cold turkey with kids. We did the same thing when we switched from bottle to sippy cup – he got whole milk in it instead of formula, and he drank it without any fuss.

I realize that this is just our experience with our one child. Already, things are so different with Reese. However, I wanted to put it out there since I get asked about it! Toddlers are crazy little monsters, but getting them on a schedule has been a game changer when it comes to sleep!

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Reese at Three Months Old

My sweet little baby girl is already three months old… really three and a half. It’s insane how slowly time goes by the last twelve weeks of pregnancy, but once baby gets here, time whips on by.

I recorded each month of growth for Finn starting at three months old, and I want to do the same with Reese. I just read through my blog post from Finn’s three month update, and boy are things different with Reese!

Parenting

I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel like an entirely different person this go round. Going from zero baby to one was a huge adjustment. This time, we knew what to expect and rolled with it. I feel like a seasoned pro some days, and on other days I still question how the hell I’m old enough to have two children.

David and I have tried to carve out some time for just the two of us, but admittedly it’s tougher with two. However, Reese is a good little babe and will go along with anything, so dates now just include another girl as well.

Physical Growth

Reese was almost 12lbs at her two month checkup. Since we haven’t been to the doctor since, I’m not sure on her exact weight. She is holding her head up quite well and I did witness two rolls from belly to back just this week! She is swatting at toys, and loves to chew on her hands. She’s a solid little babe just like her brother was.

Brain Growth

Reese loves to coo and tell us stories. She definitely recognizes me and her dad, and absolutely loves to stare at her brother. She is tracking things through the room and is starting to respond to noises. She is smiley, but she makes you work for it!

Sleeping

Where Finn was a great night time sleeper and sucked at naps, Reese is the opposite. And I can’t even complain that much, because although she wakes up once or twice a night to nurse, she eats and goes right back down, and has done this since about a month old.

Currently, I put her down around 6:30-7pm each night. She usually wakes up around 2-3am and then for the day around 6:30am. However, she’s been teething a bit and has started waking up around 11pm and then again at 2-3am.

Reese is a solid napper, though. She currently has about an hour of awake time and then goes down for a nap that lasts about 90 minutes. We just cycle through this routine all day. She naps and sleeps in her crib at night, and has been since about six weeks old.

Eating

Reese is exclusively breastfed. Those are words I never thought I’d say. After the struggle I had nursing Finn, I never thought my second baby would only eat from the boob!

Reese hasn’t taken a bottle yet, and I’m to blame. Here’s the thing – I pumped exclusively for Finn for eight long months. The thought of pumping milk is literally a nightmare for me. I haven’t taken my pump out in about two or three weeks, and I don’t intend to anytime soon. I know Reese needs to take a bottle, but right now, I love breastfeeding her! One, it’s so easy – there’s nothing to clean, nothing to carry around, nothing to measure. Second, it has created such a bond between her and I. And third, I kinda want her to stay my baby forever.

Things I Donā€™t Want to Forget

  • The way Reese looks at her daddy is absolutely heartwarming. She is attached to my hip, but when David is around, she smiles so big.
  • The way Finn likes to help with Reese. He “changes her diaper”, gives her kisses when she cries, and brings her his toys.
  • The way Reese scrunches her nose and sticks out her tongue when she wakes up and sees me over her crib. I’m one lucky mama.
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The Story Behind Reese’s Name

Before we even got pregnant with Finn, he was named. We even had a backup boys name, just in case. When we found out we were expecting a girl, we were completely unprepared. David and I could never agree on a baby girl name, and when it was time to actually choose one, it became even more difficult.

We decided that we didn’t need to put the pressure on and that we would fall in love with a name with plenty of time. It was a completely different feeling than with Finn. Naming our baby was becoming stressful!

At one point we downloaded the “Kinder”, an app that literally has you swipe right or left on names that you like. It links with your partner’s app and gives you a list of names that you both swiped “yes” on!

Before she was Reese, she was Lila, Nell and Quinn. I wanted Scout – howĀ freakingĀ cuteĀ isĀ theĀ nameĀ ScoutĀ forĀ aĀ littleĀ girl?–Ā but I couldn’t convince David. He loves the name Abigail, but I have a cousin with that name. Lila stuck around for a month or so, until we both admitted that we weren’t in love with it. Nell hung around for a few weeks, but it never felt quite right. When we couldn’t think of anything else, we said her name would be Quinn and our kids would have rhyming names and we’d be okay with that.

It wasn’t until the night before my due date that we chose Reese. I had brought up the name several times before, but David didn’t latch on. I brought it up again that night and for some reason it stuck. He said it aloud several times and that was it! We loved that it was short and sweet, just like Finn’s, and it was a name that would fit her through all the stages of her life.

When she was born, she looked like a Reese. And when Finn started calling her “My Reese”, we knew it was perfect. (He never really said Lila and couldn’t say Nell. Her middle name is Catherine, after my mom.

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