Thursday, August 18, 2016

Caroline | Six Months

How have 6 months already passed with you in our lives? When you were first born, time crawled by we felt every hour slowly pass caring and worrying for you in the hospital. Now, you blink and weeks have flown by. With each day, you discover something new. It is amazing seeing the world through your eyes. 

Here are a few little things about you from your sixth month:

Nicknames: Little Bit, Sweet Girl 

Weight: 15 lbs, 12 oz - you have jumped from the 15th to the 42nd percentile for weight now! 

Height: 25 inches- still growing at the15th percentile for length 

Looks:  We get comments everywhere we go on your bright blue shining eyes. Your hair is starting to grow back in a light shade of blonde. 

Personality: You are our happy, easygoing girl. You thing Charlie and Chloe are the funniest and love to watch and laugh at them playing. Very curious about everything going on around you. When we get to a new place you have such a serious face of curiosity. 

Eating: 4 oz of formula every 3.5-4 hours during the day. You take a big bottle before bed and we dream feed at 11pm. Then your up for a bottle around 5-6am. I stopped pumping and have some milk stored in the freezer but saving it for when you get sick. 

Sleeping: I really dug in and worked on sleep training before our trip early this month. You consistently take 2 mid day and afternoon naps a day in your crib. Your early morning nap is typically on the go or while I'm at the gym.  Bedtime is around 6:30 and you will sleep until 5 am with a dream feed at 11pm. 

Wearing:  3-6 month clothes and size three diapers. Size two still fit but I did not want to buy a pack for you to quickly grow out of them!

Favorite Things: Laughing at puppies, playing in your jumper, chewing on anything and everything you can get your hands on. The funniest thing listening to classical music calms you right down when you start to get tired and fussy. 

Least Favorite Things: Naptime and being tired, getting your face wiped 

Big things happening within your sixth month: 
You can sit up independently for several seconds!
Quite aware of the world around you and ca figure out how to scoot to things you can't quite reach. 
You love to imitate sounds and faces.
Enjoyed a few days with grandma and grandpa while mom and dad went on vacation to St. Lucia. 
Can roll over from stomach to back consistently. 
You are constantly sticking your young out and licking everything! 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Five

Happy Friday y'all! I hope you have a great weekend ahead. We are planning on wrapping up a few errands and getting ready for our vacation next week. Today I am popping in to share some of my favorite things from the week. 

{One} Beauty Hack. Two of my favorite beauty products are Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes and Benefit's Gimme Brow. I use both as part of my daily makeup routine and have noticed that hey dry out quite quickly. I remember reading this hack were a drop of contact solution would revive mascara. It really did the trick for both products and now I am happy to keep using them for another month or so! 

{Two} Cleaning Schedule. In stay at home mom news, I should not be excited about a cleaning schedule but yet I am. While Caroline naps I try and check one thing off the list each day.  I still despise laundry but I ease the pain with a bit of Netflix which helps. :) 

{Three} New Old Love. Hopefully you heard the news that Netflix is releasing their new 4 part series on Gilmore Girls. Then I read yesterday there is going to be a Hills 10 year follow up special. High school Ashley is oh so excited!  

{Four} Favorite Recipe. My go to salad is a bagged kit featuring broccoli slaw, cranberries, sesame seeds and poppyseed dressing. This recipe is a great way to make it at home!

{Five} Happy Friday!! I can't say it enough. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend!!

Linking up with ClareKarliAmanda & April .
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Island Vacation

This time next week, Joe and I will be boarding a plane and headed to St. Lucia with 4 of our college friends. This trip is something Joe has talked about doing for years and I am thrilled that is is happening. We are staying at Sandals Regency La Toc for a long weekend of relaxing and exploring St. Lucia.

When Joe brought up the idea for a trip 6 months ago, I thought there was no way I would be ready to leave our baby. While I still may not be 100% ready to leave Caroline, I know it is good for us to have some adult time. Caroline will be staying with my parents and I know it will be good for them to spend quality time together.

For this trip, we are only bringing carry-on luggage. We haven't flown since our cruise 3 years ago when they lost our luggage for several days. Needless to say, it had a huge impact on how I approach traveling and am not going to make the same mistake twice.

A sneak peak into what will be in my carry-on this trip.

My secret weapons are a light cardigan which can be used as a blanket on chilly planes and under-eye serum to hide the travel induced puffiness. This Scout bag has been the best purchase. It has so many uses. It is perfect for a carry on and then doubles as a beach bag.

You really have to prioritize liquids when planning to do only a carry-on. The must have products for me are sunscreen, spf moisturizer, hair conditioner, after sun body lotion and flex hold hairspray. I always save samples of mascara and fragrances to not take up much space. I'll pack powder foundation, makeup and solid primer. I always take advantage of hotel shampoo and body wash. Conditioner is what I won't skimp on as it always effects the quality of my hair. This infographic is perfect to make sure you don't forget a thing!

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