Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our 3 Month Old Baby Routine

If you've been following my blog for long, you know I'm all about organization, schedules, and routines.  It's just the way I'm wired and my Mom tells me I've been that way since I was a toddler, organizing all my toys and books from an early age.  I haven't purposefully tried to put our newborn, Jordan, on a schedule but since she's been born, I've tracked her feedings and sleep times on this tracker, and after a couple months, recognized her pattern.  I'm glad I did because having some expectation of when she'll be napping and eating helps me know when I can eat or get some things done during the day!

I think whenever you have a young baby, you're always wanting to know when they are going to nap and how to get them to sleep at night.  Lack of sleep (for parents) is no joke!  I'm lucky Jordan is a good sleeper, but she still wakes to eat in the night, so of course that means I'm up too. 

Jordan is actually 4 months old now and the routine has changed slightly from this 3-month post, but I wanted to start closer to the beginning, so this is what her routine looked like at 3 months. From what I've researched, this seems to be a pretty typical 3-month baby schedule.

 3-Month Old Baby Routine 

We basically follow the EASY routine: Eat, Awake, Sleep, You.  That means, she eats when she wakes up, except for when she goes to bed for the night.  While baby is sleeping is supposed to be the 'you' time.  I'm still exclusively breastfeeding. 

5:00 a.m. - eat and back to bed

7:00 a.m. - wake up, eat (she usually eats only a little here, then I pump)

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - play, tummy time, sit/stand "exercise"

8:30 - 9:30 or 10 a.m. - nap.  I swaddle her and put her in her Mamaroo with a pacifier.  For the rest of the naps, I either do the same, OR me or my Mom are holding her while she sleeps.  That might be called a bad habit, but we do it anyway.  


10:00 a.m. - eat

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - awake, play time

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - nap

2:00 - eat

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - awake, play time

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - nap  
Figuring this one out has been huge.  That time from 3 - 6 p.m. has been known as the "witching hour" or hours, when you are so tired from taking care of baby all day and you really feel like you need a break. Now I realize that Jordan needs one more 45 minute to 1 hour nap and I can put a quick meal together at this time.  When she wakes up, we can spend that last 1 1/2 -2 hours playing and enjoying her with the whole family around.  That's the perfect time for stepping outside and getting some fresh air after dinner.  A change of scenery is always good, especially if you've been cooped up inside all day.

I always watch for the first signs of sleepiness; a yawn, she starts becoming (even more) uncoordinated, she becomes fussy, she starts looking away when we try to engage her.  Even if it's only 6:00 p.m. at that time, I'll start the bedtime routine and she will go to sleep early.

5:00 p.m. - eat

6:30 - 6:45 p.m. - bath time & pajamas.  I know that by this time, she's done for the day, so we start the bedtime routine, which means I take her into her nursery, undress her and get her ready for her bath (which she loves).  I keep the lights low and talk quietly to her to signal that it's time to wind down.

7:00 p.m. -  Bedtime
After bathtime, I put her in her pajamas, and lately that's a long sleeve onesie because she's been pulling her arms out of her swaddle and I don't want her to get cold.  Then I take her into my room, swaddle her loosely so she can pull her arms out.  I've found that she likes to suck on her hands or put them near her mouth and I'm all for that self-soothing.  We walk over to close blinds together, getting the room all nice and dark, and I say, "night night sunshine, nigh night daytime, etc." every time we close another set of blinds.  I've heard these kind of repetitive things help baby learn to expect what comes next. 

She is still sleeping in my room, and I plan to transition her to her crib soon.  Once she starts sleeping at night in her crib, I'm hoping put her down for naps in there too.

7:00 p.m. - I was breastfeeding her to sleep, but I wasn't feeling like she was getting enough milk, so now I feed her a 3 or 4 oz bottle (then go pump).  Her eyes are usually droopy and falling asleep by the time she finishes the bottle.  I usually lay with her for a few minutes and pray over her while she initially drifts off to sleep. 

9:30 or 10 p.m. - Pump 

2:00 a.m.ish - Feed
Jordan still wakes up around 2am to eat, but I'm going to try giving her a 'dream feed' where you feed your baby in their sleep around 10 or 11 pm and see if that'll help keep her satisfied so she'll sleep through the night.

We actually have her 4 month old check up today, so I'm curious to see how much our little chunk weighs now!

You can read Jordan's birth story here or check in on my body after baby posts here

keep in touch! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

5 Tips for Getting Started Running

Here we go with the 3rd fitness post for June!  We started with a healthy weekly meal prep, followed up with a good full body weight workout you can do at home, and now it's time to talk cardio and get our booties moving!

sports bra (on sale) | shorts (small) | shoes | socks | similar visor 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekend Steals | Outfits Lately

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!!  I think we're really settling into our summer groove now and I'm excited to share some cheap or FREE things you can do with your kiddos this summer next week.  I was nervous about being home alone with two kids (one a baby!) this summer, but my friend Melissa (with three kids and one a little younger than Jordan!) has given me new confidence about how much fun you can have with two! I was talking to her about all the things they'd been doing and I was all, if they can do it, I bet we could too. Sure, you have to make adjustments and plan ahead for baby's feeding and nap schedule, but babies can go with the flow more than we sometimes realize!  We don't have to stay home all day (unless we want to)!  So far, we've brought Jordan along to tennis camp, the pool, pool birthday party, the movies, and the splash pad!

outfits lately

Here's a look at outfits lately, I'm mixing and matching pieces from my closet so not everything is currently in stock, but I linked similar options and I hope you find inspiration for your summer wardrobe here!  My dark wash ripped skinnys and white skinny jeans are both available and on repeat over and over!  And don't miss LOFT's sale - 40% off everything with code JUICY.  

This red cold shoulder top is a little sexy, especially with a red lip ('brave red').  And bonus that you can wear a regular bra with it! I wore it to a  Parents Night Out our friends organized.  Since school's been out, we haven't seen our friends and parents need a get-together too!  It was perfect how they did it- just picked a Wednesday evening at 6:30 and sent an evite.  We arranged Grandma to babysit since we've still never left Jordan with anyone else and she's happy to do it!

top similar here & here | necklace jeans

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Men & Babies

Remember when I told you a few weeks ago that I was wishing my husband would be more involved with the baby?  Well, I've just been handing her off more lately, . . . here you go!  :) I've captured some snaps of when he is holding her and there's probably nothing sweeter than a little baby girl and her Daddy!

I think I'm also way less resentful that he's getting to enjoy all the fun stuff with James and I'm just on baby duty because now James is home with me for the summer and we've been having such a good time together that it's taken the edge off.  I missed that boy!  Isn't it awesome when you enjoy your kids?!  You can follow us on Instagram or even better Snapchat (@honeywerehome) because there's live video over there!  I told Courtney she needs to get on Snap too, so I'm giving her a tutorial today- might be like the blind leading the blind, but once she's on, you can follow her too!

So, back to little baby and daddy!  Doesn't she seem to enjoy being in this guy's arms?!  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Office Updates

It's only been a couple months since my home office makeover was finished, but even at the time of the final reveal, there was still one thing missing - the chairs for my table, which hadn't arrived yet. In the final reveal post, I just kept the black chairs I had originally, and they actually went pretty well with the space, tying in with the black mirror over the chest.  

Even though my desk is pretty large, it's still great to have another flat surface to spread out on and work from.  I'll often do flat lay photos there or spread open my planner and stickers or wrap gifts or whatever, so the table definitely needed to stay in the design plan.  If James wants to color or draw, I just put a piece of posterboard down or a tablecloth so the table stays white.  #sofarsogood 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Seared Pork Chops & Miso-Glazed Chicken Wings with Blue Apron

I hope y'all had a great Father's Day weekend! We're in full swing summer mode and it's getting hotter and hotter! Houston summers are brutal with the heat and humidity, so there's lots of pool time and looking for activities we can do inside with AC.  We get outside for early mornings or evenings, but unless there's water involved, it's too hot to be outside in the daytime for long!  #heatstroke

Our weekly meal prep is still in full effect, but after trying Blue Apron a couple months ago, we (my husband especially) were looking forward to doing it again.  Thank you Blue Apron for sponsoring this post!  We genuinely enjoy this service! As a courtesy to you, Blue Apron is also offering the first 25 readers 3 free meals on their first order!  Click here for the offer. :)

Having fresh ingredients delivered right to our door (no added grocery store trip) with 3 different chef-designed recipes is a fun surprise and feels like a gift to not have to think about what to cook.  For us, it's exciting to eat something new and different than our same old meals and we don't have to haul the baby to a restaurant to do it.  It's still most convenient for us to cook at home instead of going out and we like cooking!  

We opted for the 2-Person plan as opposed to the family plan because our son is such a picky eater.   The portions are perfect for us and there's no wasted food.  This time, we got three meals that were all winners!  1) Seared Pork Chops with Sauteed Kale & Farro Salad; 2) Spicy Miso-Glazed Chicken Wings with Purple Rice & Zucchini Salad; and 3) Steakhouse Salmon with Thyme-Seasoned Potatoes, Green Beans and Mushrooms. 

Last Friday afternoon, after a trip to the pool with my mom and nieces and while James was at basketball camp, we made one of the meals.  I thought cooking together would be a fun thing for the girls and I to do together and since my husband was working from home that day, he got to eat the food too.

I let the girls choose which meal we made and thought for sure they'd go for the chicken wings, but they both said they love pork chops!  

Seared Pork Chops & Fig Compote
with Sauteed Kale & Farro Salad

I know I'm biased, but my nieces are the cutest!!  They were eager to help, so I got them each a cutting board (but I did any necessary chopping) and a stool so they could reach the counter. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Weekend Steals | Mix & Match Summer Outfit Inspo

What's on your weekend agenda?! Only a friend's birthday pool party here, and of course, celebrating Dad, which is A-Ok by me!  I hope y'all have a wonderful Father's Day!

This Mix & Match summer outfit inspiration post is like the wardrobe version of round robin. One thing goes with the next, that goes with the next to end up with several different outfits from just a few things.  I had fun putting this post together, let me know if you like it and I'll do more of these! 

I started with my summer go-to, these cutoff jean shorts that by now the price per wear is probably negative 0.  The plaid top I'm wearing it with below is now 40% off! This blue one is pretty too ($38), and it's crop length, so you don't have to worry about it being longer than your shorty shorts.  But a half tuck looks casual chic. ;) 

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