It seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant with you, and all of a sudden you are almost 4 months old! Here is a recap of your first three months.

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Tatum says “YAYYY one month!”

The first month has definitely been a blur – from post-partum recovery, to sleep loss, to adjusting to life with an addition to our family, getting Wrigley to accept you, crazy hormones, a new post-partum body to get used to, the list goes on and on. Not to mention being born in the middle of a worldwide pandemic!

But I wouldn’t change it for the world. Your first month was filled with lots of snuggles, baths, outfits, and trying to figure out why you were crying. You started holding your head up for tummy time on our chests at 2 weeks. We also did lots of quarantining, and our own in-home newborn photoshoots; and in the blink of an eye you were 1 month old. You also grew out of size newborn diapers.

The thing we used and are MUST-HAVES for us for month 1 were:

  1. Owlet Sock: This gives us so much ease during the night, and is fun to track your sleep patterns.
  2. Design Dua Moses Pod – We used this religiously. We also have a Snuggle Me and a Dock-a-Tot, but the Moses Pod was her favorite because it hugged her better. It’s also less bulky so we would have it on the couch with us so she could nap on it.
  3. Swaddle 1 and Swaddle 2: These two swaddles were our FAV for month 1 because she was such a little houdini she would wiggle her arms out of any velcro one.
  4. Angelcare bath: Love that the water goes through this and is easy to use for the bath. The one con is that it doesn’t suction to the tub so it can slide around.
  5. Milestone blocks: I have taken weekly pictures with these and it is so fun to see her grow!
  6. UppaBaby Stroller: A godsend, and I know it’s expensive but it is SO worth it with how much you will use it with your baby. So easy to travel, the car seat clicks right in, and it comes with a bassinet. Not to mention it expands for if you have a second child so you will get ALOT of use out of it!
  7. Halo Bassinet: We are lucky that my sister gave us hers to borrow. It has been such a peace of mind having Tatum in our room especially in these early nights where she has 2 hour sleep windows.
  8. 4 Moms Pack-n-Play: This has been handy because it looks so nice, clean, and modern in our living room, and it doubles for when my nephew comes over and needs to nap.
  9. Rohm Noise Machine: Tate sleeps next to it every night. We have the hatch in her nursery, and this is good for travel as well (in the stroller, car seat, etc.)
  10. Bjorn Bouncer: This has saved our life! She will sit in this alllllllll day! She loves being bounced, but sometimes when we first put her in she is content just sitting in it!
  11. Piano Gym: We started her on this very early, but she loves to stare at the lights and the toys dangling above her! She will get so much use out of this as she grows as well.
  12. Hatch Changing Station: You can use any diaper changing pad, but this is nice because at night it doesn’t freak her out since it doesn’t get cold, and it doubles in that it can weigh her! I also like that it comes with straps so you can buckle them in if you need to leave them for a minute while you pick out clothes or something.

 

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Tatum says “So what guys, i’m 2 months now”

Month two has gone by just as fast as the first. It has been so exciting to watch you grow, I just want time to slow down! We have started to get on a somewhat “normal” schedule with you, and we can kind of figure out why you are crying now! 😉 You love being held, coddled, given attention to, and bounced. You love the up and down movement, NOT the side to side (goodbye 4moms momaroo swing!), and you love to suck on your hands!

Your second month was filled with meeting some of our close friends (not all because we are still quarantined) lots of outside time – you love fresh air, smiling in your sleep, kicking, and getting better at holding your head up! You did your first smile (on purpose!), and you said your first words (I believe they were I love you) and to make it even better you said them on Mother’s Day before we went to bed! You have grown out of size newborn clothing (onesies are the only thing that still fit you), and you are in size 1 diapers.

Our new MUST HAVE’S for month two have been:

  1. The Ollie swaddle: Now that you are somewhat used to having your arms down, this one has been a favorite. So easy to put on at night, the material is breathable, and it grows with you since it scrunches at the end.
  2. Boppy pillow: You have started to be able to hold your head up when we sit you up in it.
  3. Prop-a-pillar: Has made tummy time so much better for you!

And just like that I blinked and you were 3 months.

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“I know i’m cuuute”

Month three is a little slower .. or am I just saying that because we are still in it (for another week and a half). You get more fun and understandable as you grow, but I also get sad when I think about how I miss and cherish the memories of the last 16 weeks, but I try to live in the moment as much as I can because I know there are so many more fun memories to make with you. I am SO lucky I have had this summer off to spend all of my time with you. I will go to Target and be roaming the baby aisles because I miss you. Boy will it be hard to go back to work in the fall!

In your third month you have had your first pool day (didn’t dig the cold water TOO much), You are definitely a pro at tummy time, and have started pushing your legs into the crawl position – although I know you are very far away from that. You also talk like crazy and we love it!

Our MUST HAVES for month 3 have been:

  1. Mobile: She LOVES to stare at this and definitely gets her to fall asleep when we play the music.
  2. Swing: She likes the motion and it’s nice that we can switch it to where she can see us better.
  3. Books: Now that she can see we love to read books and point things out to her.

 

I CANNOT believe that you are almost 4 months old! I will do a 4 month update with what you have been up to these last few weeks, my favorite are your giggles, but that is for another time. I love you Tate!

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How cute is Tatum holding her own bottle? I love the Nanobébé bottle! It is shaped like “mom” aka me and it is easy to clean! You wouldn’t think it holds a lot, but it does! I fit a whole 5 ounces in here, even though Tatum usually only drinks 4 ounces per feeding. I also love how easy it is to hold, it looks effortless, doesn’t it?? I definitely plan on getting more because these stack in your cabinets also, so you don’t have to have them laid out all next to each other taking up space like most of my other bottles. If you open one of our cupboards it is definitely allllll baby bottles and storage lol!

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They were also so sweet to send me their new Duet Diaper Bag! I love the colors of this, because Tom is always wanting “gender neutral” diaper bags and this is perfect for him and I both! As you can see there is dual level storage with the zipper on top, and then storage slots when you unzip the bottom. The straps are heavy duty (they have already lasted through my cat knawing on them), and can easily hang from your stroller with a clip. It also comes with a bottle cooler for those picnic dates AND a diaper changing pad, which I like because I hate having to switch necessities between diaper bags! This one fits more than my other ones, and keeps things organized with the lower compartments, so I plan to make this one our “car” diaper bag – that way it’s always ready when we need to hop in and go somewhere! 🙂

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I want to start off by saying that this may not be the same for your baby – but for us, we have tried out so many different swaddles because our baby girl is a Houdini! We’ve tried swaddling her with an arm out and she startles herself, tried swaddling with arms up but tucked in and she gets them out to put her arms over her head, and we’ve tried swaddling them down and she will wiggle around until she can get one of her arms free, then startles herself and cries. It has been a process! So I thought i’d share which swaddles we love and in which order in case any other mamas or mamas-to-be need help or are looking for a review! I started with our most favorite all the way down to our least favorite. 🙂

(Also, if you noticed the spit up to her left she did that RIGHT when I laid her down / of course, but I wanted to use this blanket sooooooo whoops! Lol!)

 

Nested Bean Swaddle

This is our favorite swaddle (obviously being at number 1). The light weighted area on the chest, and the two on the sides make your baby feel hugged and secure. This has worked WONDERS for her! We were a little weary because the velcro doesn’t really work for her, but once we flip up the part with the weights she doesn’t wiggle at all! We also have this in the sleep sack so it will be a perfect transition for her. I definitely suggest investing in these!

 

Embe Swaddle

This swaddle was the first one we discovered that she would sleep longer than an hour with because it zips her arms in snug, whereas the velcro ones she is strong enough to get loose. It has plenty of wiggle room in the hips so that she can move her legs, but is tight up top. We use this one when we are washing the Nested Bean one.

 

Straight Jacket Swaddle

We got these off of Amazon when we realized she liked the zipper ones more. We call them straight jacket ones because she can’t move and she loves it! Cheap and are a god send! They keep her feeling snug.

 

Love to Dream Swaddle

We love to use this one during the day for her naps. She can sleep with her arms up which she likes, and if she startles herself awake then we keep her entertained so that she will hopefully soon let us sleep through the night! This one she usually sleeps around 2-3 hours in which is perfect for nap time!

 

Ollie Swaddle

I was hesitant to list this one because it hasn’t worked for her, but I am hoping it will once she stops trying to wiggle her arms out. I am listing it because I love the moisture-wicking material – super breathable, and I love that the bottom of the swaddle ties so you can make it as long as you want it to be as your babe grows.

 

Velcro Swaddles

These are also good for naps, but they won’t last us during night time because she is able to get her arms free.

I have heard good things about the SwaddleMe swaddles, but don’t have any so I can’t say anything about them.

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Today I wanted to talk to you guys about Tatum’s baby box book. I looked long and hard for a baby book that I wanted that is more “modern”. I came across this one from Stash + Story and it grabbed my attention right away because I love the hardcover box look to it. I also love that you can take pages out, put them in, and rearrange them if you want. I reached out to Stash + Story for a collaboration and am so lucky to partner with them. They mailed it out to me the next day since it was so close to baby girls due date and I was able to bring it to the hospital to do her footprints and handprints (her left hand went a little crazy) just in time!

I filled out other pages this past week, once everything calmed down a little around here, and I am so happy I will have these memories to look back on, and that Tatum will be able to look back on. It’s so easy to say “i’ll remember those details”, but you won’t! I barely did when I was writing them into her book!

The variety of pages are so much fun, I took a few pictures to show you guys what they are like, and they are VERY organized! They offer an option for a package of “firsts” such as First Easter, First Halloween, First Christmas, etc. that I will be able to fill out for her for each holiday and glue or tape in a picture of her on them. There are also pages for each year for her birthday, that has a drawing for her to color on each of her birthdays – which I also will love to see how her coloring evolves from year to year.

I know baby books can be a lot to keep up with, but this one is simplistic yet has everything you would want to record. I’m not sure if Tom and I are going to have more kids (he wants more already lol), but if we do – I am definitely going to get a Stash + Story book for each one of them! You can even choose the insert accent color – blush, navy, or gray. I went with gray for her (very tempted to do the blush), but I wanted more of the clean, modern look.

Here is the LINK to the baby book box that I have, and a LINK to the package of firsts pages. You need to go check them out if you have a young babe that needs a baby book, or are expecting! I can’t wait to have it be part of her bookshelf for years to come! 🙂

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It has been a long time coming but our nursery is finally complete! I will do another post with closet and dresser organization once I get all of her stuff completely washed. I am about 75% done with that! When we first moved into our house in July this room was baby pink. I think Tom was SO relieved that I didn’t want a pink nursery lol! The vibe/theme I was going for is gray and dreamy?!?! I wanted it to be calm and clean looking, with a hint of girly. I have tried to link everything on the widget below, but if there is something else you’d like the link for just leave a comment or message me on Instagram! 🙂