SEVEN MONTHS OLD!


It's true and I can't believe it! We're onto the second half of this little girl's first year and I'm speechless practically. Time goes by SO. FAST! We have been busy this past month, September flew by just as quick as it came! 😭

Blogging has been such an after thought, I feel so bad about not keeping up with it as much as I'd like but being a parent is the most exhausting and yet also rewarding thing I've ever done. I feel like the more kids you have, the more Mother's Days your awarded. Seriously, though I don't know how other moms do it but they are the real MVPs!




For Ellie's seven month update, she weighs about sixteen pounds and is growing chunkier by the day! I could literally eat those cheeks up all day long! 😍 She is working on cutting two teeth on her bottom gums. Its scary how sharp they are and it makes me forever thankful I am exclusively pumping still. I'd hate to be the victim of those chompers coming in. Along with teething, we're still boycotting baby food, and by we, I mean Ellie. I'm excited to see her eat real food because thats all she wants! 

Sleep is still mehhh. I've pretty much given up on crib transitioning. I don't care for any more advice and I've just thrown in the towel on pretty much every method of sleep training ever created. So it is what it is. Co-sleeping for the win I guess. Besides who wouldn't want to wake up to that sweet face every morning! I just keep telling myself to embrace the chaos and the middle of the night wake ups because one days she won't want to hang out with us and will no longer need her mama's cuddles to get her back to sleep. 💕




All in all we're doing just fine! Blessed beyond measures and living each day to its fullest. It was my birthday a few weeks ago and officially headed into my last years of my twenties. If that didn't feel like a kick in the gut waking up to, I'd be lying. I have to remind myself every so often that this is life and its happening right before my eyes. I get caught up on the 'next best thing' sometimes and its right here, right now. We didn't do anything special, which is what I requested. I had actually forgotten about it until almost a week beforehand so I scheduled myself to work, oops!  

My only regret is I wish I had thought about it and took off because I was super sad dropping Ellie off. I actually cried in the drive thru of Chick-fil-a. 😂 I didn't really want to do anything but be with her in that moment. Birthday or not, she's the best thing thats ever happened to Jimmy and I. I'm so excited to see her blossom into her personality in these up coming months and to see her first holidays through her eyes! 💝




SIX MONTHS OLD!


At times I feel like the last six months have been one longgggg blur, and at times the day feels like Groundhog Day, but most moments, I still can't believe I have this tiny being in my life that brings  such joy to our family! 💖

Ellie has turned six months old! Happy 1/2 Birthday baby girl! She continues to grow by the minute and its so bittersweet!

At her most recent checkup, she is 26 inches long and weighs 15 pounds 8 ounces. She is making her way into size 3 diapers and still continues to poop like a grown man. I'm still astounded by this talent. I'm still trying to squeeze her into some smaller outfits but for the most part she's growing out of 6 month clothing and working her way into 9 month outfits! 😭 If I could just bottle up these special days and replay them over and over I would!




Every day brings something new and it really is exciting to see the world through her eyes. Recently, we picked up this mini pool for two bucks at Marshalls. I'm mad I didn't think of buying one sooner because for a while there we were stuck indoors with nothing to do. Dang Florida heat! 🔥But she loves it! She splashes while she watches the dogs run around in our backyard and its nice to do something so simple yet so enjoyable with her.

Some of Ellie's other favorites also include baths, bouncing in her bouncer and spending time with her Dad. She is a total Daddy's girl! Her eyes light up anything he comes home from work or walks into the room. I'm so happy that she's so smitten with him and I'm so lucky with how involved he is when I need him to be. I'm going on a girl's trip later on this month and I'm super nervous! I know she's going to be in good hands, but I can't help but cringe at the exact moment I'm going to be leaving her for the weekend. 💔




Six months has also kind of brought us into a more scheduled routine. She's slowwwwlyyyy eating more. I was kinda scolded at her appointment for not dabbling too much into baby food purees but this girl wants real food! Her favorites have been waffles, toast and the teething biscuits. I wouldn't say she's technically 'eating' them, more so gnawing them into mush. 

She also drinks about 5 and 1/2 ounces for each bottle and loves to munch on frozen pops. I've been freezing pouch purees and purees I've made and she goes nuts over them! I like that they probably feel good on her teeth too. 

I'm still pumping. Exclusively pumping for six months was my first goal and I'm honestly so shocked I made it this far. It has been such a tedious process and I can't even count the amount of times I've put off pump times but its pretty cool to think that I've fed a human for six whole months. It's been worth it. I'm going to start weaning soon. I have about 2000 ounces frozen and I'm down to about four pumping sessions a day. But I think I'm just ready. As good as I've become at it, I'm tired of living life from pump to pump.

Her nap consistencies have also become more consistent over the last month. I try to time our playdates or errands around her sleep schedule because she becomes unruly if she doesn't get in at least one daytime nap. We have also embraced the co-sleeping life. Hate on it if you must. I had swore before I had kids I'd never co-sleep and my kids would sleep in their cribs, but unless you haven't slept longer than 4 hours at a time for months on end, you do what you have to do. In a weird way, we enjoy it. She's close to us and waking up to her babbling to herself or touching my face melts me every single morning. I wouldn't change it for anything! 😻




Ellie is growing so fast! Work has kept me busy and we have so much stuff going on with our house, it looks like a construction bomb has gone off. Jimmy has built us a garden, he's in the works of laying pavers, building a pergola and we're actually decorating the walls three years in. Better late than never! Bringing a whole new meaning to Labor Day! I'm also turning 29 this month. I have so many different emotions about it but I'll save that for later. 


I can't wait to see what this next month brings! Hopefully cooler weather and less rain! Here we go September! 😺







FIVE MONTHS OLD!


We have a five month old. How is that even possible? Time has slipped away from us and this little girl has grown by the second! I'm aware that we are almost two weeks late with this update but hey, I'm never on time for anything anymore. Between packing a diaper bag, feeding Ellie, & pumping, being 'on time' now falls last on my priority list these days. 😜




I would like to give you stats from two weeks ago but since I had my official first mom fail today, we found ourselves in Ellie's pediatrician's office, two weeks before her 6 month wellness checkup. Insert face palm here.

The past few days, I've noticed her touching her head and her left ear more so I just kept notice of it. The first few times I snapped a few pictures and sent them to Jimmy who is away on business like 'Awww cute, she found her ear.' Then as yesterday came and went, and last night ensued I woke up FOR SURE that my kid was getting an ear ache. She was pretty fussy but went down for naps easy and woke up in a good mood. She never had any fevers and was happy for most of the day but still kept tugging on that dang ear! So I called her ped's and left a message to see if we could get in today to be seen. Then I called again, and then I found myself calling pretty much every time I saw her touching her left ear.

I had officially crossed the line from 'Registered Nurse Mom who can surely handle her kid's ear pulling and fussiness' to 'Psycho Mom who needs to know right now whether or not her kid will go deaf by the end of the day'. I hope that we've all been there and its not just me! I just felt so bad for her, and my mind just kept running in circles. 😁 First kid problems!

We were thankfully able to get in to the office at 3, and low and behold after missing out on her afternoon nap then listening to Ellie scream her head off 20 minutes to her appointment and 20 minutes back home, her ears were perfectly fine. Mine on the other hand can still hear her pissed off in the back seat. 😑 If I could have taken a picture of my face the entire ride home, that would be it. Mother of the year here. It was a disaster. I was tired, Ellie was tired, my poor mom has never heard me complain so much in my life. Please, please, enlighten me and share the most embarrassing mom moment you've had. Please, tell me I'm not alone.

Better safe than sorry I guess!




Anyways, we got home, she took a much needed nap and we tried out the big girl seat to our stroller along with our new stroller fan. We needed some fresh air after today. It was nice enough that we walked around the block and came home and got ready for bed. She seemed more content, minus the Tylenol spit up. Note to self: never buy red Tylenol again. 😖 She's already woken up once while typing this out so fingers crossed she's down for a bit now.

Which brings us to her five month update! As of today, she weighed 15 pounds and 4 ounces. She still is a bottle grazer only eating 4 - 5 ounces at a time. We're experimenting with foods in a slightly non-traditional way; meaning whatever I'm eating at the moment I tend to shove in her direction. So far, so good. She hasn't had baby food yet and whatever foods she has eaten mashed up she tends to spit out. Some of her favorites include gnawing on toast, avocado slices and bananas. We've discovered rice cereal is a no go. I've never heard this kid fart so much in her life after a few nights of mixed bottles with breastmilk.

Also, rice cereal bottles are a total FLUKE! I remember I was so happy when she guzzled one down thinking in my head 'HA, you're going to sleep tonight!' Wrong! Guess who was up three hours later chugging down another five ounces? Eleanor Morgan, thats who! It was honestly a joke I just couldn't believe. Sleep overall is getting better though. She's going longer at night between night time bottles and taking more consistent naps which has been a relief. We are still a very tired household. I will never not volunteer to nap when she naps. 😂




I still can't believe at all the things she has discovered in such a short amount of time. She has found her voice and its the best thing in the world! Her laugh is utterly contagious and we can't get enough of it. 💞 It's such an awesome feeling waking up next to her and I can't help but laugh as she stretchers her arms nice and tall while slapping me in the face like a fish out of water. I call it her 'fish slap'. She does it when she going to bed too, she just whacks me right in the chin or nose or wherever until she's content. It's cute and I think it's one of those things I'm going to miss when she grows out of it another few months from now. 

Thats the beauty and the bittersweetness about being a parent. Every day is pretty much ground hog day, but every day is different. Ellie is so much more from yesterday to today and she'll surely be different tomorrow. 💔 It sucks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Goodnight you guys!