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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Nights

Austin randomly happened upon an empty lot in our neighborhood the other day that had really pretty light, so when Emma was being cranky one afternoon we drove around a little to get her to chill out and ended up taking some pictures!  This girl loves to be doing things.  All the time!  Right now she's loving playing all night long too, haha!  I think we are officially in the 8 month sleep regression, but I really do think it's from her just learning and growing so much.

The dress I'm wearing is from PinkBlush!  I originally found them for maternity clothing when I was pregnant but they have super cute non-maternity clothes also!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Emma | Seven Months Old

I cannot believe Emma is 7 months old.  It feels like this weird age that I didn't imagine us actually getting to.  It's the same feeling of when I turned 26, like wait... this is going to keep going?  It's hard to think that one day she's not going to be a baby anymore, but at the same time I am loving her little personality as she grows and changes.  Being a colic baby, she seems to get happier and happier as she becomes more independent.  She still gets bored easily and is happiest when we are constantly doing new things, which translates to us trying to get out of the house at least once a day to do something or go somewhere.  For a self-employed homebody this has been a change, but honestly I think it's a good one.  

Emma's outfit and the blankets she's laying on are all from TJ Maxx.  Bow is from Bling Baby Bows.   Stuffed animal from Bunnies By The Bay.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day | Emma's First Pool Day

Emma had her first pool day at her Mimi and Papaw's house over Memorial Day!  I was curious to see how she would do in the sun and in the pool (especially since the water was a little chilly) but she loved it!  We popped her in this pool float and she was happy as can be.  Looks like it's going to be a fun summer!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pregnancy Throwback | Project Nursery

This week Project Nursery shared Emma's Nursery on their blog!   It was super cool to get to talk with them about the design process and relive it all!  It's my favorite room in our house and it was so much fun.  When I was getting photos together for the post I found these photos that Austin took of me when I was pregnant that I never got around to sharing.  This was the night of my baby shower when I was 33 weeks pregnant.  My belly was already big and I can't believe that it got even bigger than this, ha!  Thanks so much to Project Nursery for talking to me!  See the blog post here!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day | Daisy Field

Growing up, when I saw daisies beginning to bloom I knew that Mother's Day was close.  I have always had a love for wildflowers.  When the daffodils began blooming I knew that it was almost Easter, and when I saw daisies I would go out and pick as many as I could for my Mom for Mother's Day.  So I thought it was only fitting that I take Emma out to this field of daisies for our first mother's day together.  My sweet parents came along with us and it was so much fun!  Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mom and all the mommas out there!  I hope it's wonderful!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Emma | Six Months Old!

I can't believe Emma is half of a year old! Every day she is growing and changing so much. Her colic has improved drastically and she is such a sweet little girl. She's always laughing and talking to us. She's super into growling right now so it sounds like we've got a little monster in our house!  She loves it when I take pictures of her so we have a lot of fun with these little monthly shots.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dairy Free Donuts

I love donuts.  I could just leave this post with that.  Since having Emma, I have had to eliminate dairy from my diet because when the milk protein gets in my breastmilk, it makes her sick.  Cows' milk is in SOOO many things and one of those things is donuts and I really miss them (boo hoo, right?).  My sweet husband surprised me yesterday by making me these really delicious dairy free donuts and I thought I might as well share the recipe he used!  We changed up the icing part a teeny tiny bit so our adaptation is below, but you can see the original here by The Purposeful Mom!

    • 3  eggs
    • 6  cups flour
    • 2  cups warm water
    • 1  tablespoon salt
    • 4  tablespoons yeast
    • 1/2  cup sugar
    • 1/2  cup shortening
    • 4     teaspoons white corn syrup
    • 1  teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 5-6    tablespoons hot water (or more if you prefer a thinner glaze)

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups of warm water.
2. Add eggs, flour, salt, sugar and lard to yeast mixture.

3. Mix well.
4. Cover and let rise until doubled (about one hour).
5. Roll out to 1/2″ thick, cutting with a doughnut cutter.
6. Let rise again, 30-45 minutes.  The donuts will be “fragile” after they rise the second time and the original poster of the recipe says to allow them to rise on something that you have sprayed with cooking oil and dusted with flour.  If not, their shape distorts when trying to get them picked up.
7. Fry until golden on one side then flip and do the other side. This takes just a few minutes per side. We used cast iron skillet with about 3/4 of an inch of shortening in it to fry the donuts.
8. Drain on paper towels and dip in glaze (flip for both sides) while donuts are still warm.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

(And here is Emz because she's cute and worth going dairy free for!)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nap Training | Our cure for "Colic"

Emma has not been an easy baby from the very beginning.  There are so many things I could talk about (and may some other time) but for now I will just talk about one thing.  Colic.  The thing about colic that is so maddening (at least to Austin and me) is that there is no cure.  There is nothing that can be done to fix it.  You try a gazillion things and yet your baby still cries at the drop of a hat.  Or the second that you stop bouncing, singing, and basically doing everything possible to distract her (in our case.)  We read that the colic should be gone sometime between 3-6 months.  3 months hit and she was still very collicky.  4 months hit and things got really bad.  Emma got to where she was impossible to keep happy.  I can't tell you how many times we were literally dancing in front of her like crazy people just to keep her from crying for that moment.  It was hard.  Like really hard. And then about two weeks ago everything changed for us.  So why not talk about it, right?  

We started nap training.  We had to gain back some sanity and the first step was to teach her how to nap without us holding her.  This quickly turned into her sleeping for much longer periods of time and then all of the sudden she was a HAPPY BABY!  She now smiles and laughs and then will lay and look at things.  Or play with a toy.  Or do something that is just normal and not cry.  For us this has literally been life changing.  I know that it could be a weird timing thing or some sort of coincidence that she grew out of her colic at the same time we started this, but the difference started at the first day of nap training so I can't help but think this is the main thing that has helped us. (Disclaimer: obviously I'm not a doctor or anything of the sort, but I can't help but share because I wish I had done this earlier.)

Here is our process: 

-At the first sign of crankiness, it's time for a nap.  
It doesn't matter if she's only been up for 30 minutes or if it's been an hour and a half.  If she gets to the point where nothing is making her happy except for going to extreme lengths to keep her entertained, it's time for a nap.

-Take her back into her room, turn her noisemaker on, let her have her paci, and change her diaper. 
This is the routine that we are trying to keep so that she knows it's time for a nap.

-See if she wants to eat any more, then lay her down.  
We make sure that she has had a good amount of milk recently so she is full and happy and will hopefully sleep for a while.

-Let her have her paci again, pat her and give her a kiss and tell her goodnight.  
At the beginning we didn't even make it this far before she was screaming.  Now after doing this for a while she sometimes just goes to sleep and sometimes she still cries.

-Leave the room, but make sure to come back and check on her.  
I know a lot of people only check on their babies every 15 minutes or so when nap training, but we are softies and check on her every 2-3 minutes.  When you come back to check on them you are letting them know that you still exist, which is a good thing for a baby to know!  I set a timer because those 3 minutes can seriously feel like an hour when your baby is freaking out.  After the timer goes off, I go to check on her but the second she ramps up again I give her another kiss and leave the room.

-Repeat!  Until she's fully asleep.  

The first time Emma did cry super hard, and still does sometimes.  That part is absolutely heartbreaking, but she is always better after so I know that we are doing the right thing in our case.  What we thought of as colic this whole time seemed to be mostly an overtired, overstimulated baby.  Now that she is learning how to sleep we are living in a new world. 

To all the colic mommas (and other mommas, because being a parent is HARD) keep fighting the good fight!  And know it's not forever, even when it seems like it.