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 Donโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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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Five Things I Do Daily To Stay Healthy

Being intentional about my health is one of my biggest goals for this year. I have a huge task at hand – building a business while caring for my family – and the only way I’m going to succeed is if I’m at my very best. Pregnancy takes its toll on your body and mind and I was at a very low point with both last year.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that my mental health is just as, if not more important than my physical health. In fact, the two are so intertwined that the word ‘health’ to me is so much greater than it was when I was younger.

I want to be a healthy mom and good example for my kids, so I have started doing these five simple things each day that have made a tremendous impact on my overall well-being.

Take a vitamin.

I started taking a prenatal vitamin right after I found out I was pregnant with Finn. I took one daily until I stopped breastfeeding him at around 8 months old. I didn’t take one for the year between that and when I got pregnant with Reese and I doubt I’ll stop taking them ever again.

Not only am I sick less often, but when I am sick, I’m not as sick and for a shorter amount of time. Even better? My skin, nails and hair are all so incredibly healthy, it’s insane. I’ve never had my hair longer than I do right now and I’m obsessed with it. It’s so strong and silky and I contribute all of this to taking a prenatal vitamin. I get comments on my hair a lot and when I do, I always mention that it’s the vitamins! I recommend any woman of child-bearing age, whether you are planning on getting pregnant or not, to take a prenatal vitamin. There is magic in those things.

Drink my weight in water.

I recently heard a stat that felt like something I could totally get on board with – my daily intake of water should equal, in ounces, half of my body weight in pounds. For example, if I weighed 100 pounds (which I promise I haven’t weighed since about sixth grade) then I should be drinking 50 ounces of water per day. Challenge accepted.

Since I’ve started doing this I can tell a positive difference in my energy level, in my mood, in my skin, and in mental clarity. I’m also eating less, which is awesome! It’s fairly easy for me to make this happen, too. I found a jug that was given to me in the hospital when I had Reese and if I drink about three full jugs per day, I’ve more than reached my goal.

Move.

Once upon a time I was a college athlete and was running six miles per day. Now, I’ve got absolutely zero time to myself, but I know how good I feel when I do get out and move. Since having Reese and quitting my job, I’ve made a habit of getting out of the house and walking four miles at least three times a week. For the days that I don’t go walking, I do a twenty minute YouTube workout.

I used to work out to be fit, but these days I work out for the mental benefits. I usually have an audiobook or podcast playing or completely let my mind wander. It’s in these moments that my creative juices get flowing and I feel the most energized.

Count my blessings. Literally.

I’ve fully accepted that the power of attraction is everything in life and whatever attitude you put out into the world is what you will get back. I have started making a habit of taking time out of every day to reflect on everything I have in life. However, I try not to get too big with my thankfulness. For example, of course I’m thankful for my healthy and happy family, but I try to find a single moment out of the day that made me smile.

  • Reese napped so well today and every time I went to get her out of her crib she had that goofy smile.
  • Finn told the funniest story about his friends at school. He is learning new words every day!
  • David brought me coffee in bed this morning and texted me out the blue to tell me he loves me. Gosh I’m lucky!

By focusing on the little things throughout the day, I find myself stopping in those moments to take them in. I go out looking for those small moments that I’m grateful for, which in turn creates more of those moments!

Rest.

I allow myself to rest. I have to. I need it. My body and my mind need to be completely distracted from motherhood and work and laundry and bills and every other aspect of crazy adult life. If I don’t rest, I burn out. It’s just a tendency I have. I become complacent and start to procrastinate and things start to fall to the wayside. I have been intentionally giving myself permission to take a break every single day. Nothing good was ever accomplished by forcing myself to do it.

How do I rest? Well, sadly I’m not a napper, because that would be my first choice. But I do love a good reality tv show. I watch way too much garbage tv to even care to admit, but by getting wrapped up into a world of ridiculousness, I’m so far away from my to-do list that I come back to it feeling fresh and ready.

If you are in some kind of rut in your life right now, I highly recommend taking a break from whatever it is that you have been doing and rest. It’s by far the best thing you could do for yourself.

What do you do to stay healthy?

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What Are Your Weaknesses?

Last week I wrote about knowing your core competency and why it’s so important to understand what you are good at. Today, we’re flipping the coin. It’s equally as important to know what you aren’t good at for plenty of reasons – most importantly, so you can give yourself a little grace when you find yourself struggling.

The Journey To Understanding Your Weaknesses

I’m going to start with a little story – in high school, I was one of those people who was pretty good at everything she did. I played sports, sang, did musicals, was in advanced placement classes, joined all the clubs, graduated seventh in my class and got along with mostly everyone. I don’t say this to brag, it was just my reality.

It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that it was only in my high school setting was that going to be the case. I went to a very, very small school and felt comfortable trying new things, or things I wasn’t great at, because I knew everyone involved. I also had a greater chance at being good at something comparatively just because there were less people going out for things. Had I gone to a bigger high school, I would have likely specialized in one thing or not even given it all a chance.

That being said, this situation didn’t exactly set me up for success. Once I went to college and became a small fish in a big pond, I could no longer be the jack-of-all-trades that I was in high school. I went from being above average in most things to just one of the masses. I had to start thinking about these things – what am I really good at? What am I really interested in? What am I really not that great at?

The first time I remember failing, hard, was in an accounting class in college. It was the first time I really struggled at understanding something. It was such a strange moment for me – I thought I was good at everything. I thought being “smart” would just be enough. It wasn’t until long after that class that I felt okay with the struggle and failure. I cannot and will not be good at everything, and only recently can I say I’m okay with that!

My Weaknesses

I struggled with accounting because I’m just not a numbers person. I was confused by this at first because I really, really enjoyed calculus, but looking back I can chalk that up to having an exceptional teacher! In my previous job, a lot of the work required reports and analytics. It was not that I couldn’t do or understand the work, but it took me twice as long to do those things as everyone else around me.

I’m also not great at detail. I’m a big picture type of person, so I’m the person throwing out big ideas in a brainstorm meeting, but when it gets to the nitty gritty about how we are going to accomplish those things, I shy away.

I have other weaknesses as well. I’m not very organized. I get overwhelmed with the thought of organization and putting things in order so usually I just choose not to. I also get incredibly awkward about meeting new people and would rather sit at home than go to a new place.

Weaknesses Are Just Opportunity

The good thing I’ve discovered about my weaknesses is that they are usually someone else’s strength and if you ask for help in understanding things, you are in a perfect opportunity to learn.

I have learned that I have a tendency to just duck and hide instead of facing my weaknesses head on. Because of this, I’ve made it a point this year to be intentional about learning about things I usually suck at! I’ve been reading, taking webinars and asking people I know excel in these areas for better explanations. I also recognize that when numbers or the “nitty gritty” have to get done, I need to truly focus. I know it’s going to take me longer because it doesn’t come naturally to me.

I also recognize that some of my weaknesses come out of insecurity or uncomfortable situations. I have to be intentional about getting uncomfortable, because it’s outside your comfort zone that you truly grow as a person.

By understanding your weaknesses, you are only setting yourself up for success. Not everything will come easily because we are all built differently. Do you know what your weaknesses are?

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Life Lately – March 22, 2019

My jaw just dropped as I wrote that date. OMG! Where has March gone? It certainly feels like my days are flying by even faster now that I am self-employed. I love that I can do what I want and what I need to do with my days, but now more than ever it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Life lately has been a bit transitional. I think it’s the weather to be honest. Some days are warm and bright and others are cold and gray. I have a feeling this is going to be my new normal in my journey as an entrepreneur as well. Some days I feel on top of the world and like I have my shit together, and other days I’m like what the hell am I doing?!

My New Work Life

I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago telling you all about Scout Creative, my digital marketing agency. My days are pretty full with work to get Scout Creative rolling. I’ve been attending networking events, taking webinars, writing content, reading about launching a business, etc.

I have been getting out of the house with Reese so my days don’t look the same. I’ve also been doing a lot of work on Simple & Inspired both on this blog and over on Instgram. (Go follow me!) Keeping my creative juices flowing with Simple & Inspired has kept me motivated with Scout Creative. It’s a new balance I’m trying to figure out and it’s been fun so far.

Family

Our little family of four (five with Juneau) has gotten into our groove the last month or so. We are at a point where we can’t really remember life before Reese. Finn and Reese are so cute together! Finn loves his sister and is so proud to show her off. I love being their mama!

Reese and Finn go to bed around the same time each night which gives David and I time to hang out together. We were even able to sneak out for our first date night since Reese was born a few weeks back (thanks Aunt Tori!) and it felt so good. David has been crazy busy with work – both in the office and traveling a bit. It’s only going to get crazier as spring continues, so I take whatever I can get with him!

Coming Up

Next month we are making the trek up to New York to visit my parents. It will be just me and the kids and I’m already gearing up for a looooong car ride! But these are the types of trips I wanted to be able to take with the freedom of owning my own company, and I’m so happy to be able to do this.

The whole family is headed to Colorado in May to celebrate my older sister’s graduation. She will finally her PhD! I’m excited to see my sisters and the rest of my family and see Finn and Natalie play together. Wish us luck flying with our crazy kids.

Our Life in iPhone Photos:

Bath time for my monkeys!
Nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby!
Hashtag Dad Life.
Crappy photo but the best date night with my love!

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