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My First Month Must Haves

We have survived the first month of parenthood! Woot! Woot! It has been a whirlwind of emotions and lots of sleep deprived days learning our new baby. But there have been a few things that has made this new lifestyle a bit easier.

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  1. Mamaroo – The mamaroo is a lifesaver when you need to do things around the house. Ada loves it and is perfectly content to lay in it while I cook dinner or do laundry. The built in speakers are great. We use an old iPhone that is dedicated to play music just for her – Rock-a-bye Baby.
  2. Recycled Glass Tumbler – Breastfeeding makes me super thirsty all the time. I just love this recycled glass tumbler to keep cold drinks with me all day.
  3. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets – Everyone registers for these blankets and now I see why. I use them everyday to keep Ada warm or as a car seat cover or as a burp cloth. They are light weight, breathable and come in adorable patterns.
  4. Nursing Top – I live in this nursing top from Gap. It’s super soft and so useful for breastfeeding. I wear it around the house and it is nice enough to wear out of the house as well.
  5. Como Tomo Bottles – You never know if you will need to bottle feed your newborn. I am so glad that I had one of these on hand when she came home. Ada used it when she was two weeks old and had no problem taking it after she had been exclusively breastfed. She can easily go back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding now.
  6. Drying Rack and Brush – I love this drying rack and brush from OXO. I looked into the Boon Grass drying rack, but it is not dishwasher safe. So I came across this one and love it. I have plenty of room for all my bottles and breast pump accessories and it is dishwasher safe! And the brush comes with its own stand to catch all the water that drips off it – no more messy counter tops!
  7. Button-Up Sleepers – Ada lives in these button-up sleepers. I prefer the button-up versus the zippered because the zippered kind exposes her whole body during a diaper change, which no one likes.
  8. Breast Pump – I’m glad I got a breast pump before Ada arrived. I started using mine during her second week home and have used it daily since. And I was able to get the pump through my insurance – so that saved us a lot of money.
  9. Pacifiers – Ada loves, loves, loves her pacifiers. I know people say not to use them if you are breastfeeding, but we haven’t had any trouble with her. We call the pacifiers, “The Susher,” after the movie Homeย (adorable movie, by the way!). They have been lifesavers for us all!
  10. Lanolin – This cream is great for soothing sore, dry nipples and I use it with my pump as well. I also made a nipple ointment that works wonders when they are cracked and bleeding.

Well, these are some things that have helped make this transition a little bit easier for us. What are some things that have helped you with a newborn?

And of course, a few pictures of my adorable little Ada! ๐Ÿ™‚


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One Month of Ada

Today Ada is officially one month old. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s hard to believe Ada is already a month old! It feels like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. Probably has something to do with fact the last month has felt like one big day because I haven’t had a full night sleep! But it has been totally worth every sleepless night.

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She has big beautiful, bright eyes and a head full of dark hair. I hope her hair doesn’t fall out but it is ok if it does. She is so beautiful and perfect to me! I love every little noise she makes. She squeaks and hiccups in the cutest way. But my absolute favorite is when after she sneezes she sighs – like the sneeze was so relieving. It is the sweetest, cutest thing ever!

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Ada loves when we talk to her. Every morning after I feed her, I take her to my bed to snuggle and talk to her. She studies my face and tries to talk back. It is my favorite time of day. I’m exhausted at this time, but I look forward to it every morning. And just like when she was in the womb, she still moves all the time. She is such a little wiggle worm!

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We love you sweet little Ada. You are perfect in every way and we couldn’t imagine life without you. This month has flown by and I am sure it will continue to do so as time goes by. I wish you could stay this little forever but at the same time I look forward to watching you grow up and see the little person you will become!

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Nursery Tour

As you all know, I have been planning my baby’s nursery long before I ever got pregnant. Seeing it all come together these past few months has been so much fun for me.

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I would love to change the letters to something a little prettier. But since we had not really decided on a name until she was born, I just got some cheap letters to hang up so we could arrange the flowers. I would like to put up something like this.

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She has just as much clothes as her mama.

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We installed a screen door to keep our animals out of the nursery. It has worked very well.

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Nursery Sources:

Crib: Jenny Linn Crib from Amazon

Crib Bedding: Gray Linen from Pottery Barn

Crib Sheet: Etsy

White and Gray Quilt: handmade from my aunt

Gray Owl: Pier One, similar

Doll: Candy Kirby Designs

Hello Sweetie Pillow: Live Sweet Shopย via Brickyard Buffalo

Wall Flowers: Target (only available in stores – sold out), similar

Ada’s Name: Kraft Paper Letters (painted gold) from Hobby Lobby

Corner Shelf: handmade from my grandfather

Black Lamb: handmade from a friend

“Though she be little” sign: Altr’d State, similar

All picture frames: TJMaxx

Round Wicker Basket: Target

Pink Glass Canister: Amazon

Storybook Flowers and Yellow Vase: from baby shower/from a friend (I believe she got it on Etsy)

Bookshelves: Spice Racks from Ikea (painted white)

Glider: Baby Furniture Plus

Quilt on glider: handmade from a friend

Changing pad: Keekaroo

Wire tray: TJMaxx

Blackout Gray Curtains: Amazon

Chest of Drawers and Dresser: Randy’s childhood furniture

Furniture Paint: Valspar Gray Palisade

Furniture Hardware: Etsy


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Ada’s Birth Story

Bringing Ada into this world was one of the best days of my life. It was a day filled with all kinds of emotions. I was nervous, scared, excited and overall elated. This was the day Randy and I have been praying about and dreaming about for some time and I couldn’t be happier on how it turned out.

It was a beautiful morning and I was lucky to get a room with a gorgeous view. I loved that I got to look at this while I labored.

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I labored for about 14 hours and had to push for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Those two hours were the longest two hours ever and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But it was worth every minute. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my loving husband and my mother. They encouraged me nonstop all day long. And when Ada came – I have never felt so relieved in all my life.

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Meeting our daughter for the first time was the most happiest moment of my life. I instantly fell in love with her – completely and whole-heartedly. As soon as they laid her on my chest, she had the most perfect pout. After seeing that pout my first thought was, “Oh noโ€ฆ she has already mastered the pout. We are in trouble.”

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The first thing Randy said to me, ” She looks like an Ada.” And that was when I started crying. It was a wonderful moment for me. Laying there with Randy by my side, staring at our little Ada – soaking up the first moments as a family of three.

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I will never ever forget those first precious moments of her life and I am so grateful for the Lord blessing us with this wonderful gift.

 


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Our First Week

I can hardly believe that our sweet little Ada is already a week old! People aren’t kidding when they say time flies. We have anticipated bringing Ada home for so long, it feels surreal that she is actually here now. Our first week home has been spent snuggling with Ada and watching all her funny facial expressions. And of course, getting use to no sleep! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s amazing how much love you feel towards your child; it is instant and fierce. And not only do I feel the overwhelming love for my daughter, but also for my husband. It has been so wonderful spending the week together as a new family of three, soaking up very moment together.

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I just love this little face!

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Happy one week Ada Marie! You are so very loved!