I’m a little bit behind in this post given the little one is almost 4 months old.  Time just keeps getting away from me – it’s crazy!  Sadly I officially turned in my stay-at-home-mommy hat and put on my bringing-home-the-bacon-mommy hat this month.  It has definitely been an adjustment for baby and mama, but probably harder on me than my  little one.  Being separated during the day has gotten easier though I would be lying if I said I didn’t still miss her terribly.  It would have been nice to put my career on hold for a couple more months (or even a year), however that just wasn’t in cards for us.  I feel fortunate to have been able to stay home for 12 weeks … I bow down to you mamas who go back to work after just 6 weeks!

I had a lot of fun doing Jellybean’s 3 month photo shoot, but I also learned some valuable lessons on the photography side of things.  Although I thought it would be easier to do the photo shoot with help it was actually more complicated.  JB kept looking at my husband and mother-in-law instead of at the camera.  For her four month photos I will probably go back to doing it solo like the one and two month shoots.

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Sleeping

Jellybean is sleeping anywhere from 3 to 7 hours in a row during the night, which I redefined as 7pm to 8am.  She will wake 1-2 time during the night to eat and go back to bed fairly easily.  I am looking forward to the days of consistent sleep, but I will take those nights of 7 hours of sleep in a row with no questions asked!  =)

We have her on a pretty good night time routine of playing, bath, book (sometimes if she isn’t too tired) followed by a bottle/rocking and then directly to bed.  It’s been working pretty well for us so far.  I’m ever so hopeful of some sort of daytime routine in the near future.

Eating

She eats about 3-4 oz at each of her 6-7 feedings per day.  We had to increase her ounces per serving from the 2-3 we were originally offering.  The doctor explained she should eat approximately 2 to 2.5 times her body weight per day.  Ever since we’ve increased how much we offer her she has been able to wait longer between feedings, which is really nice!

Wearing

She’s wearing all of her 0-3 and 3 month clothing.  A few of her 6 month clothes are starting to fit.  The 6 month clothes mainly fit her in length and are still quite large in the belly area.  I’m not really sure how she’s pulling it off, but she’s tall … unlike her mum and dad!

Milestones

Smiles and “giggles”/coos more frequently.  Though you still have to work for it, she’s handing out more smiles by the day.

Rolling over from back to tummy.  She rolled for the first time on  a Saturday morning.  The husband, my mother-in-law and I were all sitting around and JB was on her play mat.  Out of no where she slowly started to roll.  I started screaming for my husband and MIL to pay attention.  Then she was on her belly with one arm stuck under her body … poor kiddo couldn’t figure out how to get it out at first.  I was beyond excited her first time was when I was around and not while she was with the nanny!!

Goodbye pacifier and HELLO hands.  She’s totally over her pacifiers.  She will briefly suck on them, spit it out and shove not one, but BOTH of her hands into her mouth.

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What is your favorite tidbit from your baby’s third month?

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A couple of weekends ago I took off my mommy hat and put on my ‘adult’ pants for my oldest friend’s bachelorette party!!  My family and friends were joking that I would be calling it a night around 11pm, however I am happy to report I stayed out dancing with my friends until 2am … sometimes I really do surprise myself!  As I’ve gotten older I have become more into going out to dinner than a going out clubbing or to a bar, but once in a while it is definitely fun to let loose and have a late night.  And lucky for me, my husband was kind enough to handle baby duty for the whole evening and the next morning so I could get some sleep.

As the bridesmaids and I started to brainstorm for the bachelorette party I took to Pinterst (obviously) to see what ideas were out there.  First I checked out my Fling Before the Ring board to see what I previously pinned and I immediately found something that triggered an idea.  For my bachelorette, my maid of honor had put together little goodie bags for each girl.  I loved the idea and wanted to do something similar.  Enter the badass bachlorette survival kit inspiration, which can be found here.

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It took us a little while to determine what should go in each bag.  In the end each survival kit included:

  • Penis Straw {not pictured}
  • Altoids
  • Chocolate
  • Party Beads
  • Bangles
  • Red Lipstick
  • Scratch a Dare
  • Advil

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Originally, I had intended to print everyone’s names on the front of the bags and ‘Badass Bachelorette Survival Kit’ on the other side, however the printer and the bags didn’t get along well.  Hand writing everything on the bags would have been a possibility if I had nice hand writing.  Overall I am really happy with how the survival kits came out.  I think the bride-to-be and her possy put the kits to good use!! =)

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Bachelorette Survival Kit - DIY FREE Printable | Wedding | Life's Tidbits

FREE Badass Bachelorette Printable can be downloaded here.  I have uploaded the MS Word version so you can add/remove survival kit items as needed.  I really get bummed out when I find a fabulous printable and then can’t use it because it’s un-editable.  You will need to download two free fonts for this printable:  Pottery Barn and FangSong.  I purchased 4×6 Cardstock to print the survival kit message on.

 

Did you do bachelorette party favors or survival kits?  If so, what did you include in the bags?

 

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Happy Friday! It has been a busy week around here and blogging took a backseat due to taking on the role of Mom AND Dad this week.  The husband has been traveling for work, which meant I got all the late night feedings as well as chores around the house.  I am pooped!!  Luckily the husband will be back at some point today and the weekend is almost here.  The weather is FINALLY turning and cherry blossom season is DC in upon us.  I think a walk down to the tidal basin might be in order this weekend.

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Highlights from the past week (or so) …

ONE – Bonding time with my dad.  Like I mentioned about my husband has been traveling for work this week.  And although I did do all the late night feedings I was fortunate to have some help with taking care of the baby.  My dad flew in from Massachusetts and stayed the week.  After getting the little one to sleep each night we had dinner and chatted.  It made me realize it has been a while since we’ve spent time just the two of us.  It was really nice for him to get some alone time with Jellybean as well.

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TWO – Rolling Over!  Jellybean started rolling from her front to her back about two weeks ago.  This week I’ve seen her roll from her tummy to her back a few times.  Though she certainly hasn’t mastered rolling over she is getting pretty darn good at it.  Unfortunately I missed it, but my dad saw her do a 360 (back to tummy and then tummy to back).

THREE – Successful Bridal Shower / Bachelorette Weekend.  Last weekend we (the bridesmaids and myself) threw a bridal shower and bachelorette party for my oldest friend.  We’ve been friends literally our entire lives — I’m talking all the way to when we were both in our mum’s tummies!  It took a lot of effort and planning, but the weekend was a total success.  Plus a bonus was my sister flew into town for the weekend so I got to see her too.

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FOUR – Getting Chores Done.  I  know it’s lame, however sometimes getting the small things done around the house make me so happy.  The headlight on my car was out so my dad purchased a new bulbs and had them installed for me.  Apparently you should replace both not just the one that is out according to him.  I also cleaned for the cleaning person, which my father finds amusing.  How can the cleaning person clean if there is stuff everywhere?! I think it’s a valid point, but in any case our house is finally clean again!

FIVE – Husband comes home today.  Despite the week flying by and having a blast with my dad I am super excited for the hubby to return tonight.  Things just aren’t the same around here without him. =)

Happy Friday folks!  I hope you have a great weekend!! What’s your high five moment(s) of the week?

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