Thanksgiving 2016

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A Thanksgiving recap, two weeks later!!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has everything, family, food, football and pie! So much pie! Jordan and I have had a busy four months and we were looking forward to relaxing with family. The eight hour drive to Chicago was our first trip with Phoenix. We learned a lot. Such as, driving through the night only works if you leave on time. Otherwise, you’ll need to spend the night in a small town in Central Illinois. ūüėČ

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Five Essentials | A Holiday Wish List for Baby

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Organizing my baby registry was stressful. It was a challenge to know both what I would need and what my baby would like. Once I narrowed in on the specific items, I then had to decide on brands. Do I go with the basic and practical baby bathtub or the one with lots of bells and, probably unnecessary, whistles?

Having options is both a blessing and a curse.¬†I’ve teamed up with the Baby Cubby today to share five essential items to add to your registry or holiday wish list. I wish I would have known about Baby Cubby when I was first purchasing baby items!

“The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent.

[Baby Cubby finds]¬†the best and safest baby gear and provides it to parents in a fun shopping experience where they do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday – even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.”

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Phoenix | Month Four

Month Four Update

Phoenix is four months old as of November 27th! I wrote a two and three-month update, but never posted it. To be quite honest, those were hard months. Phoenix was F U S S Y with a capital F. He slept poorly and generally was a challenge, despite being perfectly healthy. On top of juggling my fussy baby, I was packing for our move! I am very glad that season is behind me.

Here is a peak into month four of Phoenix’s life!

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Preparing for a Baby in a Small Space

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Jordan and I were living in a one bedroom apartment when I got pregnant. Purchasing a home has always been a goal, but the time was never right. I spent my nesting period researching how to manage living in a small space.¬†I had no idea we’d end up purchasing a home so soon after Phoenix was born!¬†

Adding another human to a humble abode requires a lot of rearranging. Even though we now live in a three-bedroom home, I wanted to share how I nested without an actual nest. I hope this gives you ideas for creating a one bedroom apartment nursery!

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Dressing with Happiness

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I gained a total of 35 pounds during my pregnancy with Phoenix. Plus or minus five pounds, I have remained the same weight my entire adult life. So, it was interesting to watch the scale tip higher and higher with each passing month. I continued to wear maternity clothes for the first few weeks after delivery. Loose dresses allowed Phoenix easy nursing access and were gentle over my c-section scar.

There comes a day though when you don’t want to wear maternity clothes anymore! You want to start feeling more yourself.

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On Motherhood and Comparison

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I’ve been thinking a lot about mothering in the age of social media. There are benefits to having a vast pool of practical advice and opinion available at the quick stroke¬†of the keyboard.

Even though there are helpful elements, I often¬†feel that too much information can be debilitating, especially when it leads to comparison. When my mother was raising my brothers and I in the 80s and 90s she didn’t have sleep-training websites¬†or smart phone apps. She relied on instinct and her pediatrician. She also didn’t worry about creating a¬†Pinterest worthy home.

While researching feeding and sleep schedules, I started to feel pressure. Pressure to magically have Phoenix assimilate into our lives without a fuss. And of course the pressure for him to sleep through the night. What happens when our babies don’t adhere to a certain philosophy? Have we failed? What happens when we don’t meet¬†societal expectations?

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Weekend Links / / Skipped a Weekend

Perfect Weekend

I unintentionally skipped posting a Weekend Links last Friday. My week was rather taxing and is just now on the up-swing. Phoenix was fussy and irritable (I blame the six-week growth spurt/developmental leap) and to top it all off¬†I had a three-day sinus headache.¬†Of course not everyday was difficult.¬†We had a great¬†weekend visiting with friends — both in town and out-of-town guests!

My six-week follow-up postpartum appointment was last week and my doctor gave me the all-clear to lift more than 10 pounds. And to work out. HAHA. Who has time for working out? I carry a baby around all day that must count for something. ūüėČ

Onto the Links!

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Phoenix David | A Birth Story 

Birth Story Phoenix David

While pregnant, I wasn’t sure I would share the birth story of Phoenix. I wanted to allow myself privacy if necessary as the postpartum emotional state isn’t predictable. Phoenix’s birth involved a couple twists and turns but overall I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

This story is¬†a little long, so¬†let’s get comfortable!

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This is 30

Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday. I am 30 years old. It feels odd typing that sentence out. I thought I would have something profound to say about entering a new decade. But honestly, Phoenix turning six weeks today is far more interesting!

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On Being One Month Old

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Last Saturday, my baby¬†turned one month old. I stare at Phoenix daily¬†and recognize how much he’s grown while reminding myself he’s still my little baby. He’ll always be my baby. On the eve of him turning one month, I thought about the baggage an entire month used to carry. When trying to conceive, for nearly three years, hope and pain continued to cycle through each month.

Now months are filled with milestones, both big and small!

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