Four Months With Evelyn

Tuesday, June 15, 2021




  My tiniest love is four months old, and I am so excited for all the fun that is ahead of us! If I’m being honest, months 3-5 are probably my least favorite of the first year because of the sleep regression and common fussiness of the age, but Evy has made it pretty dang tolerable so far! She was sleeping 12 hours straight at night for 4 weeks, but I knew it wouldn’t last and just recently she started waking up again at least once, but honestly I’ll take it over every 2-3 hours ANY NIGHT! 

She is a growing girl and weighs just over 12 pounds and is 23 inches long. She is in size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes now. This month she found her hands and started bringing toys up to her mouth to chew on them! Her pediatrician said she can feel teeth on the way, but my girls tend to spend months teething before a tooth finally erupts, so I’m curious to see how long it takes!        







Evelyn’s favorite things to do are: spend time with her sisters, wiggle around and play with her toys on her playmat, and practice sitting up! She hates the car with a passion, but I am hoping that changes soon, because taking her anywhere is miserable. Other than that though she’s a happy, smiley baby most of the time! She’s perfectly content hanging out in her swing watching everyone move about the house, which is so lovely. Also, just a few days ago she has started to truly giggle and it’s absolutely the sweetest sound!





This month Evy had her first dip in the pool and loved it so much! I know we will have plenty of pool days with her things summer. We also had her baptized in the Catholic Church along with her sister, Natalie, and it was just a perfect day! 





Mommy loves you so much, my Evy! Happy 4 months, beautiful girl!

Three Months With Evelyn

Friday, May 14, 2021




The fourth trimester is officially over, and my girl is 3 months old!  It has been, by far, the fastest 3 months of my life (though the days are long...I wont lie) My little chunka is weighing around 12 pounds now, in size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes. She’s full of smiles and giggles, and thinks her family is just so funny! She’s also currently more obsessed with sleep than any baby I’ve ever met. She takes 3-4 naps a day and sleeps 11-12 hours straight at night. Her big sisters did not start doing that until they were MUCH older, so I wait every day for her the flip the switch and start waking up again! I make a night bottle and stick it in the fridge every single night just in case she changes her mind.

 

Miss Evelyn is fully on formula now, and it’s been such a blessing to both of us. She no longer cries through every meal, and my mental health is so much better. I will definitely miss our breastfeeding days, but happy babies and happy mommies are way more important than breast milk! 


This lazy babe of mine hates having tummy time 95% of the time, so she still hasn’t rolled over, but her neck is getting stronger every day! She has two sit-me-up chairs (one upstairs and one downstairs) and they are her favorite thing ever. She just loves to sit up and see her world! She’s also still a big fan of her swing, but her favorite place to be is in any of our arms. I definitely think that’s a third baby thing, there’s always someone willing to give cuddles! :)






Evelyn ended her third month of life with her first Mother’s Day. It was so wonderful to get to celebrate with all 3 of my perfect girls! 



I love you to the moon and back, my sweet Evy! I can’t wait to see what the next 9 months has in store! Happy 3 months baby girl!

From Two Kids to Three

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


I get a lot of messages asking how the transition from two kids to three is, so I thought I would put it all in a blog post! My reality is that three is absolute chaos, I am constantly losing a war with my house, and I have never used the term “shit show” as much as I do now, but it’s also precious & wonderful, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! 

The truth of it, though, is that everyone’s experience is going to be different. I personally think I have handled the transition from two to three better than I handled one to two, but that was also a crazy season of my life. Brian was finishing up the fire academy, and he was only home 1-2 days a week until Natalie was 2 months old, and then he started doing 72-96 hour shifts as a probationary firefighter for the next year. Needless to say, I did that transition virtually on my own, and it broke me. This time around, I had Brian home for the first 7 weeks, and then when he went back to work it was for only 24 hour shifts. Evelyn will be 3 months old next week and he is just now starting back to 72 hour shifts, so I am VERY blessed.

Other than situational, however, I think a big part that makes it more bearable is low expectations. Once you experience the leap from one kid having all your time and attention to having to split it, that third split kind of comes naturally and you go in to it knowing it’s going to be great but it’s also going to suck a little. I knew the extent that I would be exhausted and worn thin, so I was able to prepare my brain better. I also knew how quickly the first few months go by, so I tried to really soak it in and enjoy it for what it is. 

Here are some tips I have for surviving the transition from two kids to three:

1. Tag team, especially in the early days. If you can have your significant other take over with the big kids that way you can focus on the baby it truly helps. I spent time with the girls but he took care of most of their basic needs like food, clothes, and bedtime routine while he was on paternity leave.

2. Get the baby on a routine sooner than later. The first few weeks are kind of all over the place, but as soon as you can get baby on a eat, play, sleep routine; it will change your life. Plus, babies truly love to know what comes next, so you will be benefitting them as well!

3. Spend one on one time with each child every day. Even if its for 15-20 minutes while the baby is napping, try to devote some face time where they don’t have to compete with a sibling. It can change jealous feelings and help their attitude so much!

4. Lower your standards. This is not the time for a spotless house and a home cooked meal every night. I am still taking advantage of Instacart and Door Dash, and the house is nowhere near sparkling all the time, and that’s okay! Also, the kids have way more screen time than they did before the baby was here, and that’s okay too! This is just the season we are in, and it will change before we know it.

5. Give yourself grace and self care. You don’t have to love and be happy every moment. I have had my share of “OMG what did we do???” thoughts, and I have learned to let myself feel them in the moment because they’re always fleeting. There’s not a single thing I would do different, and I feel so blessed to have my three wonderful girls, but I know now that it’s okay if I don’t feel like being the best mama I can be sometimes. When I get the opportunity, I take a nap or a nice long bubble bath for some “me” time. It also helps me reset if I get to go somewhere alone, like a Target and Starbs run. Self care is not selfish, so remind yourself that often!

Love to Dream

Thursday, April 22, 2021


Just recently, I started using the Swaddle Up from Love to Dream for Evelyn, and her and I are both big fans! I love how cute it is, and that it truly works to help her self soothe and stay asleep in both her crib and bassinet.

Unlike traditional swaddles, the Swaddle Up allows baby to keep their arms up by their head/face which is not only a more natural position, but it also allows them the opportunity to use self soothing techniques like sucking on their fists. The snug fit helps calm the startle reflex and helps baby feel secure so they can fall asleep faster and sleep for longer intervals. Also, one of my favorite features is the two-way zipper so that middle of the night diaper changes are fast and easy.

Love to Dream also makes a selection of transitional swaddles, sleep suits, and sleep bags for baby as they get older and bigger, and we are so excited to try the whole line! Click here to shop for the best and easiest swaddle ever, and as always please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

***This post was sponsored, but the opinions are all my own.***


 

Two Months With Evelyn

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Two months down with our little Evelyn, and I can’t even believe how fast time is flying! My little sweet potato is growing like crazy! She is 10 lbs 5 ounces, 20.25 inches long, and is wearing 3 month clothes and size 1 diapers. This month she has started to become way more aware of her world, and woke up one morning a few weeks ago greeting us with all the smiles! This is my third time, and I still get giddy over baby smiles, I think they’re just the sweetest!

A few days after turning 1 month Evy celebrated her 2nd first holiday, St. Patrick’s Day! We got her all dressed in her green, but she wasn’t very impressed...


The next day, we finally did some newborn pictures! (I like to wait to do pics at 1-month because my little Oompa Loompas always have jaundice, so by 4 weeks old they usually look a lot less yellow.)



We spent a lot of time just snuggling this month, and it was just the best! I know I will miss the cuddles when she’s too busy for me, so I am soaking it all in!


Miss Evy also decided to go on a nursing strike this month, so she is now almost completely bottle fed. I already miss nursing her, but she is thriving on bottles and finally going 2-3 hours between feeds instead of every hour, so I know it’s better for us both!


We ended the month with Evy’s first Easter! It was a wonderful, relaxing day, and we finally got our first picture as a party of 5! I love this little family of mine so much! :)



The day after Easter, Brian went back to work after being home for a glorious 7 weeks! I was so nervous to take on 24 hours of the girls by myself, but we made it through! Baylee has been the biggest help on days when Brian is on shift! I just love watching the bond between her and Evelyn grow every day!


Miss Evy you belong here more than you will ever know! I can’t imagine life without your sweet face! Mommy loves you my little 2 month old!


 

Evelyn’s Newborn Shoot

Thursday, April 8, 2021

We recently got Evelyn’s newborn pictures back, and the amazing Jamie D. Photography did such a wonderful job capturing all 3 of my little beauties! This blog post is just a sample of my favorites from all of the gorgeous photos she took for us! Thank you again, Jamie, I will cherish this shoot forever!