Growing like a weed

Fussiness, excessive hunger, additional bathroom breaks – sounds like me when I was pregnant with Hadley! This lovely set of symptoms, however is not coming from me, but from the teeny tiny version of me!

The past week and a half, or so, it’s been seemingly endless feedings, countless diaper changes and So. Many. Tantrums. At first, I was worried that she was coming down with a cold that’s been making its way around town. To my delight, it turns out that she was in fact going through yet ANOTHER growth spurt. Don’t get me wrong, I love how she’s growing and becoming more alert and interactive, but we barely made it through the last growth spurt with all of our sanity!

My normally docile babe usually awakes between the hours of 6-7am, sleeping through my husband’s alarms, eats a small bottle of about 6oz and dozes back off until 10-11am. We had gotten pretty good at a feeding “schedule” where she was eating every 3ish hours or so, having a diaper change before every feeding and maybe one or two messy diapers in between feedings. She’s been the most easy-going, happy-go-lucky baby thus far, so when she starts getting cranky and her “normal” routine starts shifting, I know something is up!

At just about 17 weeks old, Hadley has grown so much! We’re now in 3-6 month clothing, which is a huge step from the itty bitty newborn clothes I feel like I was just putting her in yesterday. I find myself looking over at her every night and wondering just when she got so big and how the past weeks have gone by so fast. Maybe it’s the postpartum hormones. Maybe it’s the fact that my maternity leave ends in 4 days. Whichever it is tho, it’s kicking my butt just as much as this growth spurt is kicking hers.

All I know, is that my beautiful little baby is growing into a smart, strong-willed, sassy little girl. If only time would slow down just a bit so that I can catch my breath.

Goodnight, Sleep Tight…

Bedtime routines can be tough! It’s taken 4 months for us to get the “as-close-to-perfect-as-we’re-gonna-get” routine down with Hadley and we’re still tweaking things every single week.

The hardest thing about setting a routine is knowing that what works for one baby, might not work for another and how that’s perfectly normal! Another thing we’re learning is that what might work one day might not work the next, for the exact. Same. Baby. That’s the frustrating part!

Luckily, we’ve gotten pretty good at tiring Hadley out during the day enough so that she’s one sleepy baby come bedtime. It’s also a plus that since we brought her home from the hospital she’s been a rockstar at sleeping through the night and I’m so thankful for that!

We start our routine with a bottle mixed with baby cereal. Once she’s finished that, we move on to bath time! This is Hadley’s favorite part. She’s such a water baby and loves kicking her feet and splashing! After bath-time, I put her favorite calming baby lotion on and we get into our warm and comfy jammies! At this point, Hadley is already starting to drift off to sleep. There are some nights she’s hungrier than others or she’ll just want to comfort nurse before dozing off to dreamland, and that’s where the constant tweaking comes in!

We’ve tried so many brands of diapers, but the ones that we’ve found work the best for sleeping through the night are the Honest Company diapers! Not only are the prints super cute, but they absorb SO much better than the other popular brands we’ve tried and they also don’t leak up her back like others have. Before trying the Honest Co. diapers, we’d be waking up in the middle of the night every single night to change her because she had soaked through EVERYTHING. I would definitely check the Honest Co. diapers out if you’re experiencing any of the same problems we were!

I love that we have this whole bedtime thing down to a sort of science, and that Hadley is so great at keeping a routine! It’s getting late on this side of the world, so we’re off to start our bedtime routine for this hectic Monday!

Sweet dreams to you and yours! 🥰

And Then There Were Three

When relatives and mom-friends told me the ever popular line, “having a baby changes EVERYTHING”, they weren’t kidding. Sleepless nights, missed meals, more chores, and the emotional mood storms that occur postpartum build up stress in everyone, especially in a marriage.

My husband and I are best friends first; we have been since the beginning of our relationship. We started out as friends our junior year in high school, but we didn’t start dating until a few years later. We’ve been through so much together, and it’s only brought us closer. My husband always knows how to make me smile and laugh and I love his love for life. He makes it easy to love him and being able to just be our goofy selves together is one of the best feelings.

Fast forward a few years later, and we were thrilled to find out we were expecting our perfect little bundle of joy! My entire pregnancy, my husband was an incredible partner. He was there for every doctor appointment he could come to, holding my hand and making sure I wasn’t anxious or scared. I had some complications during my pregnancy that made everyday activities difficult or impossible for me to do and he was there every step of the way. I couldn’t be more appreciative of all of the love and support he showed me during those 9 months. Still, with a 4 month old in tow, he’s still as supportive sharing in the household responsibilities and doing everything he can to make things easier for me and our family.

As much as having a baby has changed our lives completely, I am beyond lucky to have such an amazing man by my side through all of the laughs and the meltdowns.

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice 🎃

The past couple of days have been a lot cooler in my neck of the woods (60*F give or take a few degrees) so naturally, that means it’s time to pull out the sweaters and start sipping that pumpkin spice latte! Fall is my favorite season so when the leaves start turning, I get so excited!

Yesterday was a very busy day for us! We started off the morning like any other – changing diapers and feeding the hungry babe, and then we went into the city for a little while, just the three of us! Later that night we went to our nephew’s high school football game. As a freshman, he’s starting varsity and we’re so proud of him! Seeing my husband cheer him on and watch him play brings him back to his high school football days and I love to watch his face light up after a great play. It’s no surprise that Hadley has inherited our love for football, so she was definitely having a good time. We ended the night with roast beef sandwiches and some cuddles!

Today, we’re off to do some shopping and then to our niece’s soccer game for more family fun! In the meantime, let’s just hope the weather stays cool so I don’t overheat in my sweater and Ugg boots!

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

So today’s adventure was bananas! Baby food, bananas that is!

This little miss has taken to solids like a champ. We’ve been slowly introducing cereal and a couple different age-appropriate baby foods over the past couple of weeks since Hadley is able to sit supported. We started with adding a bit of baby oatmeal to her bottle and she was LOVING it! Adding the oatmeal also keeps Hadley fuller for a little longer, so we cut back on her little “hanger fits” she likes to throw the second her belly starts to rumble! (and this mama can get some housework done!)

The oatmeal and baby food we got is perfect because it says right on the bottom corner which milestone-level the specific food is safe for (Gerber is my new best friend lately!). In addition to the baby oatmeal, we also tried baby food bananas and they’re officially a new fave! Hadley could not get enough of them!

Today is also a special day, because Hadley is 16 weeks old! I find myself looking over at my perfect baby girl a lot today and wondering where the time is going and how she’s growing so fast. Today is definitely an emotional one for me, as I am scheduled to go back to work in a week and I am not yet ready to be apart from my babe for so many hours of the day. I want to be there for all of the milestones and the firsts, cheering her on and taking all of the pictures and having those memories etched into my mind, but I know she is in good hands while her dad and I are working to ensure she has the best life possible and a bright future full of every opportunity she can dream up.

That’s all for today! If you need me, I’ll be ugly crying at pictures from the day Hadley was born and taking in all of the extra cuddles I can get tonight!

P.S. Shout out to the super cute bib Hadley’s auntie got her in Las Vegas! Spit definitely does happen!

Hangry, Hangry Hadley

Hadley and I started our day extremely early this morning! Awakened by the tiny babe before the birds were even up, we were changed, dressed, and out the door at 4:30am. Something that has been a major help for me in these postpartum days while on maternity leave is the plan of getting up and dressed in the morning and having somewhere to go and a schedule to keep. Every so often, one of these plans is to drive with my husband to work. He works about an hour away from where we live, so it’s a nice drive to take as a family and allows us to have adult conversations uninterrupted (always a plus!).

Once we arrived back at home at the end of the day, Hadley was definitely ready for dinner! We’ve been having some issues with her spitting up (more like projectile vomiting all over me, the floor, wall, bedspread – really anything within a 2 foot distance of us). After buying out and trying every brand of bottle available at our local Target, we landed on the Dr. Brown’s Anti-Colic bottles (which have helped tremendously).

Still having some *ahem* gassy situations, we decided to see if switching her formula would provide any sort of relief. I breastfeed during the day (and pump at night) but we supplement with formula at night so the hubby can help out with feedings and get to bond with our baby girl as well. We had been using the Similac ProAdvance and all was well and good, but at $37.99/container it was getting a bit pricey. On a whim, (and a little nudge from a coupon I stumbled upon) we decided to try the Up & Up Advantage infant formula with iron, (Target’s off brand) and we are pleasantly surprised with the outcome! We’ve been having less tummy troubles and it’s almost half the price per container (about the same size as the one we were buying before) which earns bonus points for this “broad on a budget”!

My tiny gremlin is fed, burped, and changed which makes for a much less hangry girl!

Now, to get all of that laundry folded before we’re doing it all again!

My name’s Meghan and I’m a new mom! “Hi Meghan…”

Now that you know my name, let me tell ya a little about myself!

Hi! My name is Meghan (yes I know we already went over this, I’m just awkward and have no idea how else to start this blog – bear with me, we’ll make it through this stage together, I promise)

I’m a first-time mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend and sometimes a hot mess (just ask my husband!).

I have a three month old daughter named Hadley, and I’ve been married to my amazing husband for almost three years! Motherhood has been an adjustment for sure, and it has been the hardest, most amazing, emotional, heart-warming experience of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing.

This blog will be about all of my adventures as a new mom, a loving wife, and everything in-between. I’ll have the low down on all of the latest mom-hacks that I come upon (call my mom and mom-friends for), stories of all of the lessons I learn (most likely learned the hard way, because according to everyone who knows me personally I’m “stubborn”), recommendations on things I love (and things I wish to set on fire), and much more.

I can’t wait to start this new journey and have you read along as I take on motherhood one meltdown at a time! #TheLittleMama