Four Month Favorties | Charlee

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Four Months have flown by and although we have been through a few bumps in the road our life is forever changed for the better. Charlee is the best baby ever and changing developmental everyday. Now that we are about a week away from five months I am gonna share a few of our favorite things right now. 

Fisher-Price Kick 'n Play Piano Gym: This gym seriously is one of her favorite things for the past few months. She just loves to be on the floor playing and moving around lately. Home girl puts her arms up and gets those feet under her but she can't fully get the crawling thing down. Thank god we still have some baby proofing to do. 

Graco 4Ever All in One Carseat: We are in the process of changing Charlee over to this car seat. She hates her newborn car seat because of how far back she sits. She likes to sit up and be able to see out the window and move around a little. I read a few articles about how newborn car seats can also make babies made because it increases there reflux. Something about how they sit in it can make it worse. 

Graco Blossom 4 in 1 Highchair: Charlee is now eating cereal and pureed fruit and veggies. I love how secure she is in this highchair. Every time I put her in this highchair I feel like she is safe and it is so eat to clean up so far.  It grows with her like the carseat too. That is awesome when you don't want to buy multiple different things. We just thought it would be smarter to buy one things than multiples. 

Baby Brezza Formula Pro: This has honestly been a life saver during the middle of the night feedings. I can wake up in my half asleep stumble to the kitchen hit the button and bam the bottle is ready. 

Evenflo ExerSaucer: We got this for Charlee on her First Easter and guys home girl loves this so much. She will sit and play with her Mickey on for a long time. Which is awesome for me to get dinner done or clothes washed. I love this thing!!


I can't believe that we are knocking on Five months doors.....

Friday Favs

Friday, May 26, 2017

Yay It is finally Friday and a three day weekend is among us!! Here are my favorites for Memorial Day Weekend!

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Happy Memorial Day!



Thursday Confessions

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Thursday Everyone! I know that I was MIA this week.. Sorry! It has been so super busy lately. I am glad that I finally have time to breath and can catch you guys up on what has been going on lately. 

* My dad had a hip replacement yesterday and he is doing fantastic. I am so glad that he is doing well and already out of bed moving around. Now to get him to take it easy is another story. 
* I am so glad that it is a three day weekend this week and next week. #lovemystatejob

* I am addicted to Matilda Jane clothes for my child. They had a 50-70% off sale this week and I may have ordered 13 outfits... (insert emoji covering eyes) I can't help it the clothes are adorable and you could beat those prices. FYI I need some work clothes but I am to bust buying clothes for my child that I don't have the effort to look for me clothes.

* I am trying to decide if I want to cut my hair off or not... what do you guys think? I love when my hair is a shorter stack but that hair style went out like 5 years ago....

* I am in love with Southern Charm but still am not sure if I like the new one? I mean can you really replace Charleston?!?

* I had to cancel my girly doctor's appointment this week due to a scheduling conflict but I may have done the happy dance. Listen I love love my doctor but something about that appointment makes me have the bubbleguts.... I act like she didn't try to pull a baby out of it four months ago but still....


Anyway see you tomorrow for my Friday Favs.
 

Thursdays Confessions

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Friday Eve. I am so ready for the weekend. I am apart of a ladies ball group and this weekend is our spring party. Which means Charlee is going to grandma's for the night and mama is planning to be in bed at 8pm and sleep until 9am. Now if that actually happens who knows but it sounds like a good plan. Here are my weekly confessions.....

* My child slept from 9:30p to 5:45a this morning. Can I get a amen! I woke up a few times to make sure that she was still breathing but she did much better now that she can roll belly to back and back to belly she is able to move and get comfortable.

* I want another tattoo so bad it's killing me. I have no idea what I want  but I can just tell you that I want another one.

* Work is getting so crazy right now and I kinda wish that it would just chill. One of the older paralegals will be retiring soon so I know that I won't be able to relax but a girl can dream.

* My husband spent 300 dollars on a cooler this week (insert eye  roll) 300 on a cooler. That is ridiculous.

* I went to Target to get a bathing suit and almost threw up when I saw my postpartum body in the mirror. Not summer ready at all.

* I decided to back off on feeding Charlee solids. I feel like we just need her to get more calories and formula gives her more than solids do....

* I am addicted to Southern Charm tv show on Bravo and I am not quite sure why.... I think it makes me feel good about my life and how together I think that I have it.

Have a great Thursday!

Dear Baby on my First Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dearest Charlee,

There’s so many feelings to be felt, all beautiful feelings. This day is different than any other days celebrating me: it’s celebrating you AND me. It’s celebrating the fact that I am your mama and you are my baby. That is something no one can ever take away from us. One day I won't be here but I will forever be your mama. It’s celebrating the best thing I’ve ever been called:  a mama.

Last year on Mother’s Day, you were still in my belly. We had just found out that we were pregnant. While we celebrated that day, this day this year is different. While I held you in my belly last year, this year, I held you in my arms. I’ve never held anything better. Nothing is ever made me as happy as seeing your sweet gummy smiles and belly laughs.

On this day, I  definitely shed some tears, shared a few laughs, and smiled the biggest of smiles. On this day, all of those tears, laughs, and smiles will be shared with you. My baby, my sweet precious little girl.

This day is supposed to be a day to celebrate me, but I know that it is a day that I will celebrate you, a day that I will be celebrating the greatest blessing: being your mama.

I will hold you close to me, and kiss your sweet face. Because, my love, you are the reason for today and every other day. I watch the clock while at work waiting for 5 to be able to see your face and find out how your day went. 

And I couldn’t be happier.

I love you, my sweet baby.

love, mama.

Friday Favs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Friday. I am so ready for the weekend you guys have no idea. The stomach virus hit our house over the weekend and slowly passed through all three of us. It was completely miserable and I am glad that we are on the up and up. 

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My First Mother's Day. Last year we announced to family that I was pregnant on Mother's Day weekend but it wasn't real like it is now. Our sweet girl is here and I feel like I celebrate being her mommy. To me mother's day is more about celebrating her than it is me. That may be the infertility and how long it took us to conceive her talking but I am more thankful that I can be called a mother than I am worried about celebrating what I do everyday. 

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I had a skin biopsy done a few weeks ago and I can finally announce that I am cancer free. I was super nervous since my mother and her mother have both had skin cancer. They both had to have it removed. I am hoping that I can stay cancer free.

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My child slept EIGHT whole hours last night. Can we say thank you jesus!!! Maybe there is a light at the end of the sleepless night tunnel!!

Four. 
Speaking of Charlee girlfriend has her four month shots today with her new ped and I am a nervous wreck. I am excited about the new doctor but hate that we have to meet her on a shots day.

Five.
This smoothie recipe is now my favorite go toooo. So yum!
Have a great weekend.

Friday Favs

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Friday. I am so glad that another week has passed and a new weekend is ahead. 

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Happy Cinco De Mayo... We will celebrating at a local restaurant. They have a party in the parking lot with food and drink specials. It is a lot of fun and we won't be far from home so we can still get home in time for bath and bed time. 

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Yall I need this bathing suit in my life like right now!! How adorable is it. 

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Hello Brown hair. I am so glad to have my brown hair back and have no grey.... Guys I have no idea what happen but I went from a few grey hair hairs to holy hell. 

Four. Speaking of hair I am going to get mine cut today. I am thinking about getting it cut shoulder length to be able to keep up with it more. I wanted to grow it out for the ball in September but the more I thought about it that is just one day this is everyday.

Five. 
Yes please!! This recipe!

Thursday Confessions

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Here are my weekly confessions and though.....

* I went a little over board this week for Teacher's Appreciation Week since they take care of my sweet CharBear everyday. Plus if a mom buys them goodies they may love on that child more.... Or at least that is what I would do...#fatkid

* I am dying my hair tonight because my grey is out of control. Hello brown hair! I am also getting it cute tomorrow and I have no idea what I want to do with it. It needs to be more manageable but I don't know how to do that without getting it cut shorter. 

* I felt like a my child hated me this morning. She cried the whole way to daycare and I handed her to her teacher and nothing but smiles. #wtfkid

* We are going to a crawfish boil this weekend and I am so pumped. Not because the crawfish but because I bought the cutest smocked outfit with a crawfish on it for Charlee to wear. I swear my kid dresses better than I do. Speaking of I need second job to support my Matilda Jane wants. I thought about selling it but the start up so expensive.

* I had a skin cancer check this morning and they did a biopsy on a spot so now I am kinda freckin out. 

* I am so stressed about finding a balance with my job, the baby, my life, and my husband. Things already get rocky when you bring a baby home but life takes over and you get so busy and TIRED! If anyone had tips please tell me!

* Love bug will be four months next week and that makes me sad and glad all at the same time. I can't wait to be able to give her cereal and reach all the new milestones but she is a baby still.

* I am obsessed with James Arthur's music. That's it. 


Friday Favs

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Friday! I am living on coffee and thoughts of the weekend today. I am so ready to sleep in a little tomorrow. I think that really means sleep 30 more minutes until Charlee realizes it is past her normal wake up time. 

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This weekend is our local Taco Festival and it is heaven rolled up in a taco shell. They have everything from chicken to cheesecake tacos and it is amazing. I seriously can live off Mexican food so this is a dream come true.

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We are so excited for our little home town hero OJ Howard to get drafted to the Tampa Buccaneers'. OJ will do great in his NFL and I am excited to see him stay a little closer to home. Congrats OJ! 

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Ya'll I roll in daycare yesterday to pick up my babe and find out that she held her own bottle and rolled over yesterday. This mama was inches away from tears. My baby girl is growing up way to fast. I am not prepared for this!!!

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I am currently in the process of relearning how to be happy with myself. So many life changes happen daily and I want to be happy with where I am at in live. Yes, I would like to make a lot more money and have a better relationship with people in my life but I don't. Part of life is being able to adapt and change and that's something I need to work on.

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This recipe is on my to do list for this weekend. I love sweet summer salads around this time of the year. When you want to shed a few pounds and still have something yummy.

Have a great weekend...

Friday Favs

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Friday Everyone, 

I am thankful that another week has passed and it is time for another weekend. The weekends seem to go by way to fast and I hoping we can slow down and spend the weekend in our jammies relaxing. Monday is a holiday at my work so I hope to get a few extra snuggles with my Char Bear. 

One. This week has been a pretty rough one. Charlee had her first cold and ear infection. She has been pitiful and it breaks this mama's heart. She went to the doctor and was put on antibiotics and steroids so hopefully she will be feeling better by the end of the weekend. She has passed it on to me now and I am hoping to get some sleep in and kick my cold.

Two. Easter Candy!!! Enough said.... damn you easter bunny for bringing all this candy. I keep trying to get rid of it and more shows up.....



Three. I have about 50 emails in my inbox at work and I am just not feeling checking them... maybe they can wait until Tuesday...



Four. I need some ideas on what to do with my hair. I have wavy thick hair and it takes me forever to fix. Well with a three month old that is not possible anymore. So what to do.....


Five.  I need this shirt please!!

Have a super fantastic weekend.

3 Month Family Pictures

Monday, April 17, 2017

Yall this past Friday we took some three month family pictures of my love bug. She had a long day including going to the doctor for a weight check (more on that in a different post) and her first visit to the zoo. Here are the sneak peaks that we got back.... I am in love!












Aren't these the best!?!?

Easter Bunny 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter has a whole new meaning this year. In previous year we did the normal go to church then visit with family. This year we will of course do the same things but now it is more. We have a sweet baby in tow and she has a basket that is filled with teething toys and bowls for her upcoming cereal exploring next month. Ekk where has the time gone. Charlee already had her picture with the Easter bunny a few weeks ago. 




This sweet angel didn't even make a pep... and she was hungry!! I can not wait until next year when she can hunt eggs and play with her Easter basket!! 

New Blog

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Welcome to the new blog design. I decided that it was time for a change since we really aren't Waiting for Three anymore. I am excited about the changes with life and I can't wait to share more with you guys on the blog now that life is getting semi normal again.

charlee margaret | three months

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

THREE.
It seems time has passed even quicker now than before.
 I wish harder and harder for time to slow down or stop it altogether but it somehow seems to speed up. Charlee continues to develop an change almost on a daily basis. 
One of my biggest focuses going into the newborn stage with Charlee
 was to cherish every moment as much as possible.
As a first time mom I felt like my main goal was just to survive. To be honest.. those early months are kind of blurry. Between the sleepless nights and colicky days I don't know how I did survive.   Now my goal is to enjoy each day & each night. To watch her grow and change daily.


We didn't have a well visit this month with her doctor but they  encourage  free weight checks if I wanted to just drop by.  We did this so we could watch her weight since she is a tiny babe.

Charlee at THREE months
Weight: 9 pounds 10 ounces
Birth: 7 lbs 7 oz

She is still a tiny baby but growing at a rapid rate.
This sweet one is filing out her 0-3 month clothes and still wearing size 1 diapers.

 
W H A T ' S N E W

We are all finally a happy baby.   Last month we were still working out the colic and reflux issues. This month she has completely mastered her baby grins and gummy smiles.  She smiles in response to anyone saying hello and talking to her in a sweet voice.   She also has started to respond to actions that she enjoys.
She LOVES to suck her wubba..and will grab her ears/hair now when she sucks her paci. 


LOVES
her mamaroo - she naps in this swing at least once a day.  I am thankful for this love because it makes it easy to get things done around the house or taking care of work issues when she will sit contently in the swing // her wubba - the greatest form of self soothing ever.  // her hanging toys - this girl loves her play mat and to just be on the floor with toys above her to grab // her Mickey Mouse and My Little Pony - she loves to watch the colors and shapes on the screenr // bathtime, but hates the after bath rub down with lotion  // ergobaby holder - i just changed her from the wrap to the holder and she loves both of them. She like to snuggle and be close to me. 

HATES
her carseat - I don't see a end to this in the future. She hates sitting in her carseat and will cry until she realizes that it isn't getting her anywhere // being alone - she is the most social baby on the planet.

E A T 

Charlee remains on a pretty consistent schedule.  She sleeps, eats, and plays around the same time every day.  3-4 hours is normal, eating  7 times every day.  The usual 'scheduled' feedings: 6:30 -7:00  every morning when she wakes and then 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm,  6:30pm, 9pmish before going down for the night, then between 2-3am. Charlee got her first cold and ear infection this month which led to her not wanting to eat much. She is slowly getting her appetite back and we are hoping she will be back to normal soon. Big girl is trying to hold her own bottle.  Time slow down. 

 P L A Y / D E V E L O P M E N T


Charlee has gotten SO good at tummy time this month even though she absolutely hates it!  She will hold her head up and tolerate tummy time for longer than about a minute these days.  She will actually lay on her tummy for about 5-10 minutes before she's totally over it. Eye contact and focus has been another huge change this month.  She seems to be very aware of her surroundings and intently observes and takes in what she sees.  She follows whatever has her attention with her eyes and then proceeds to move her head to seek her interest after it has gotten out of her line of sight.  Her teachers at school say she is so noisy wanting to know who is always talking. She had become VERY vocal.  Anytime that I am sitting with Charlee in my lap and she is cooing, screeching, and cawing as I type.  She become pretty active and I have found her completely turned over on her activity mat several times! Speaking of turning over.. Charlee rolled over this month!  She rolled from back to tummy.. like it was no big deal!  I was SO excited about this! She hasn't rolled from her tummy to her back yet but that will be only a matter of time. 

Other developments..
She's basically stuffing her entire fist in her mouth.  I am pretty sure we are at the early stages of teething.  Her thrashing while she eating sometimes, the way she sucks hard on her thumb and pulls it out wincing in what seems like pain.. DROOL.  Often she will stop eating and stick her hand straight in her mouth. I am not totally convinced that we will see a tooth soon but at least the process has started.

-Blowing spit bubbles and playing with her tongue!  Did you know that spit bubbles is a developmental milestone?  I didn't either until I read it on my Wonder Weeks app.  She blows spit bubbles ALL the time. 

-She gets SO excited when she observes something she likes.  She flaps her arms and squeals with delight.  Its probably among my favorite moments of the day.  

-She bats at the hanging toys and will even shake her toys that make noise.  She has gotten really good at holding and grabbing toys. 


S L E E P
This girl is an okay sleeper. Sometimes her naps are 2 hours and other times they are 30 minutes. She naps about three of four times during the day/ night. She sleeps from about 9pm to about 3am. She wakes up to eat then goes right back asleep until about 6:30. I am totally okay with her getting up to eat since she is still a tiny baby. She is still sleeping in her crib unless she is super snotty the doctor said to let her sleep in the rock n sleep inclined up. She seems to sleep better in her own space but I feel better when she is sick knowing that she is right next to me. 


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Friday Favs

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday.

Oh sweet Friday how I long for this day. 
This morning we were on the struggle bus for real. 
Charlee is still working out her sleeping schedule and it changes by the day. Last night sweet girl wasn't feeling well so she napped for several hours before I put her to bed for the night. Slept most of the night only waking up a few times for a bottle and comfort. Since it is Friday here are my favs for the week.

One. Char Bear is going to her first tailgate/ Football game. In the SEC we are all about football and part of that is when the team breaks into two teams and plays each other. Well that game is Saturday and I can hardly wait to get that sweet baby ready for her first football game. Her daddy is lucky that his teams game is before mine.

Two. J's sister and her little boy are coming into town this weekend to see Charlee and we can't wait to take them to Auburn for football and lemonade. 

Three. I need some Easter ideas for Charlee's class. I mean what the hell do you get a bunch of infants 6 months and under. I don't want to give them something that they won't be able to use like candy. I need help people.....

Four. Ya'll the Thunderbird's are coming to our local Air Force base and we are so pumped to go to the show on Sunday. We purchase some infant ear muffs for Charlee that I can't wait to put on her. 

Five. Last November we did the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky as a getaway... well I of course had the best time ever getting to sample all the Bourbons and the views..... So we were talking about my 30th Birthday next year and of course I was quick to tell J that I wanted to relive this trip that we had a blast on. So if you have been to Kentucky please let me know your recommendations on place to go and things to see.

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