Hazel: Five Months Old

Hazel turned five months old yesterday! No height and weight stats to report since she doesn’t need to go back to the doctor until she’s 6 months old. She’s sleeping pretty well at night; sometimes she goes all night, and sometimes she wakes once, around 4am. She’s also one of the happiest babies I’ve ever met- especially first thing in the morning. We are so blessed to have her in our lives.

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She still has little to no patience for long car trips, although traveling during her bedtime seems to work out pretty well.
– She can now rotate while on the floor.
– She has also started to scoot- a sort of modified army crawl. She can actually make it across the room, though it takes a lot of time and effort!
– She hates napping at daycare
– When she’s overtired and cranky in the evening (due to the lack of nap), she loves to be held. This pretty much calms her instantly.
– She loves jumping in the bouncer.
– She LOVES her brother.

Hazel: Four Months Old

Hazel turned four months old yesterday! She had her checkup today, and I’m excited to say she’s growing well! She’s still eating well and doing great at daycare.  Unfortunately our “sleeping through the night” run has ended, but she’s only waking up once (except for maybe once a week, when she wakes up more than that), and then she’s normally back to bed quickly.  We are fortunate that she goes down to sleep with relative ease- it’s not an hour long process like it was with Ian!

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Hazel, 4 months. 14lb 3oz, 25in.

Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She is really just a super happy baby.
– Except when she’s in the car seat for a long trip. Then she is NOT happy.
– She has officially busted the capacity of a size 1 diaper. Even though it fits her, it cannot contain her messes, especially overnight.
– She found her giggle- and it’s adorable!
– She loves to sit and stand (obviously with support).
– She is a rolling pro. Put her on her back and she’s on her belly in no time flat. Incidentally, she’s also now a belly sleeper.

{DIY} Hazel’s Nursery Name Art

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You might remember that I was making things to personalize Hazel’s nursery. It used to belong to Ian, so I switched out a few things (the navy blue colors with deep purple) and added a few unique touches just for Hazel.

One of those is the name art I put on the wall. For Ian, I designed his in photoshop, printed it out at the Walmart photo center, and had it custom matted in a stock frame I picked up. I absolutely adored how it turned out, and it moved with him when he got his “big boy” room.

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I was planning to do pretty much the same thing for Hazel. But then, I was on Pinterest (dangerous, I know!), and I saw something that caught my eye. It was wall art for a nursery- not even name art- but I got an idea that I could use that as inspiration for Hazel’s name art!

Fortunately, my husband and I recently finished a slew of home improvement projects, so we had a lot of leftover wood in the garage just taking up space. It’s like it was meant to be!

Armed with a vision in my head, I quickly took some measurements in the nursery and made a sketch. And then, since I’m a visual person, I drew my design on the computer (with the appropriate colors). That part was totally unnecessary, but I found it fun!

Anyway, next I had the fun job of selecting pieces of wood and using power tools!  Hooray for saws!  In the end, I had my 5 pieces of wood and 2 backing/support pieces all cut and ready to be primed and painted.  I admit, that painting is not my favorite, but I took my time with it, and everything turned out so well!

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Next, I had to make letter stencils. My freehand paint skills are non-existent…Silhouette Cameo to the rescue! I measured how tall I wanted each letter and then cut them out on craft vinyl. Then I stuck them to the pieces of wood.

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Next it was time to paint! I couldn’t find the exact shade of purple I wanted, so I mixed some purple and black together to get a nice, deep plum. Then I just kept adding coats until the white was sufficiently covered!

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After letting it dry, I peeled off the vinyl, and ta-da!! We have name art.

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I absolutely love how it turned out. And it was actually pretty simple! Time consuming, to make sure it ended up looking great, but not hard.

Do you have your child’s name displayed in their room/nursery? How did you chose to show it?

Hazel: Three Months Old

Hazel is three months old today! She has her checkup on Monday, but I feel confident she’ll ace it!  She’s eating well, doing great at daycare, and sleeps like a champ.  I think we’ll see some serious growing when they bust out those growth curves!

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She is still super smiley and is happy 90% of the time.
– She really hates a wet and/or poopy diaper.
– She gets HANGRY (sorry, honey- you get that from me!).
– She is an amazing sleeper.  She has been sleeping through the night for the past month.  She goes to bed between 7 and 8, and she doesn’t wake up until after 8am on the weekends (weekdays, I wake her up at 6:10am and feed her so we can get ready for work and daycare).  It’s utterly amazing.
– She loves to sit and stand (obviously with support).
– She coos a lot!
– When she gets cranky (which is rare), she quiets down when Ian sits next to her and starts singing her a song (so adorable to watch!).

Hazel: Two Months Old

It’s hard to believe it, but Hazel is officially two months old today! She had her checkup and did great- she’s growing so well… 80th percentile for height and weight. Good job, little one!

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She smiles ALL the time, especially in response to me or Jon smiling at her and saying hi.
– She loves to wiggle and squirm on her play mat.
– She’s gotten good at holding her head up- she is REALLY strong!
– She coos a lot, and you can sort of have conversations with her.
– She has decided she likes to be swaddled, and now she settles to bed every night with the swaddle.
– She likes to sleep! Most nights she sleeps from 8pm until 5am!
– We are all still completely smitten with her.

Hazel: One Month Old

Our baby girl turned one month old last week.  It’s hard to believe she’s been here that long already!  Her first month sped by pretty quickly thanks in part to the distraction of visiting family and the needs of her two year old brother.

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She has found her smile.  She even sometimes laughs to herself.
– Her face is very expressive and rapidly flits through a number of emotions in a short time span.
– She grunts… a lot. It’s sometimes cute, but mostly just really funny.
– She loves to watch Ian run around the room and play with his toys.
– If she’s overtired or inconsolably upset, she takes well to the swaddle and it quickly calms her; otherwise, you’d better not even say the word swaddle in her presence.
– She hates pacifiers…don’t even try it.
– She’s a champion sleeper- she will sleep through just about anything.
– She does not give up food easily- she tries her best to choke back spit up before it can make it out of her mouth.
– She’s amazing at filling a brand new diaper right after she’s been changed.
– We are all completely smitten with her.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

I’m sure you’ve noticed I have been a bit absent lately.  That’s because our amazing little girl decided to arrive on the 15th at 9am! 

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She weighed 8 lb 3 oz, and measured 21.75 inches long. About the same length as her brother, but 6 ounces lighter (I wasn’t expecting that…I thought for sure she’d weigh more than Ian)! She has a perfect button nose and round face, and we are completely smitten.

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Welcome, Hazel Rose, we are so blessed to have you in our lives!!

40 Weeks…. and No Baby

Well my due date (May 9) has come and gone, and baby girl seems content to continue to just hang out.  I had a feeling (or maybe it was just a wish?) that she wouldn’t be late like her older brother, but apparently I was wrong.  My only hope now is that she won’t be QUITE as late as Ian.  He was 10 days overdue, and after going into the hospital to be induced he decided he’d rather do things on his own timetable than be forcibly evicted.  Oh what foreshadowing to his future personality!

If she doesn’t arrive before Thursday, we head back to the doctor for an ultrasound and check up just to make sure everything looks OK and then we start talking induction (probably to be scheduled for early next week).  While I’m certainly hoping we don’t have to wait ANOTHER week to meet this little girl, there are some fringe benefits to being induced.  It takes the element of uncertainty out of the whole thing- we know when exactly we’ll be going to the hospital, which will definitely help with the Ian watch situation.  My parents will be able to come into town early enough that we won’t have to inconvenience one of my incredibly generous and caring friends by dumping him off on them (even though they’ve said they are more than happy to help).

All that said, though, I’d be perfectly happy if she would make her arrival sooner rather than wait.  We are SO ready to meet her!  So, come on, baby girl!

Family Pictures

Through my work at the Cincinnati Mom’s Blog, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience a mini photo session with a local mom and photography business owner (Allie t. Photography)!  I was super excited to get pictures done since our last set of family photos were about 6 months old (and Ian has changed A LOT since then). I was also excited because we’d get some maternity pictures. This was something I didn’t do when I was pregnant with Ian, but I wish I had! But since I haven’t been diligent about taking belly photos with this baby, I was glad to at least have some nice, professional pictures taken to commemorate my second pregnancy.

I really thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot. It lasted about 45 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time. And the weather was gorgeous so we managed to do the shoot outside; we ended up with some fantastic pictures!

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I am so glad we did this photo session! Now the hard part is figuring out which ones to get printed and where to hang them. But that at least is a GOOD problem to have! I’ll never be sorry that I have too many wonderful photos from this time in our lives!

Barefoot Books Facebook Party Recap

Last night’s Barefoot Books Facebook party was a lot of fun! I was so glad to have so many folks join me- some new friends, as well as some old ones. The party page is still open and available for folks who want to browse through the posts and conversation. And anyone is welcome to get in on the party order- just make sure you contact me before April 18th since that’s when I’ll be finalizing everything.

You’ll have to go to the Facebook party page for all the conversation and reading-together tips that we discussed, but here’s a look at the books I highlighted last night.  I still can’t get enough of our new releases…

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