I just looked up at realized we're already more than halfway past this year! What a year it's been so far! Obviously, the biggest and best change around here is the addition of our bundle of joy, Ms. Jordan Nicole. She's already 5 months old and just growing by the day! I love how interactive she is and what a sweet ball of mushiness her little body feels like. She smiles often and her hair is a hot mess all the time. ;) She was born with a full head of dark hair, but rubbed the sides and back off and was left with only a giant tuft on top. The rest is growing back but hasn't quite caught up to the top. I often share little snippets of her on snapchat if you want to follow along (@honeywerehome).
And my son starts 1st grade in 2 1/2 weeks! Once that happens it will be only a hop, skip and a jump to Fall and the holidays! Which will be even that much sweeter with Jordan now, AND we'll have a new baby cousin at that time too. He's due on Friday! THIS Friday!!
I looked back and rounded up my most popular posts of 2016 so far, starting with all things BABY and then I'll do the best FITNESS posts, HOME DECOR and ORGANIZATION, and finally FASHION. I know many of you can't read everyday (and if you do, big fat smooches all over your face!!) so maybe you'll be able to get caught up on something you missed!
Click the title of each picture to read the entire post. Here's to the rest of 2016!!
Jordan's Birth Story
I'm so glad we captured some of these moments during labor and when Jordan was first born. She was born almost at noon and the sun was shining into the room and it just felt so beautiful and bright and glorious. I'll never forget meeting her for the first time.
These top 10 got so much use in the first 4 months of her life. We're not swaddling anymore, but those things were a lifesaver early on because she slept so much better swaddled. I still use the boppy, but Jordan isn't into pacifiers anymore.
New Mom Must Haves
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
If you breastfeed, you NEED a good nursing bra and tank for sure. These above were my favorite, but I've ended up using my Sakura Bloom baby sling much more than the baby carrier pictured. The one in the collage is very stretchy and I felt like I couldn't get it tight enough as Jordan got heavier.
Nesting - Getting Ready for Baby
This is the first time I've gotten to experience for myself all the seriously adorable baby girl clothes. I didn't buy her much at first, but so many friends and family gave her clothes and we've been blessed with lots of hand-me-downs from friends too! This little girl will be stylish for years to come! Getting everything all organized in preparation for her arrival was a fun part of pregnancy!
Pregnancy Update - 34 Weeks (The Sucky Parts)
And then there were the sucky parts! For me, it got a lot harder getting so big around the 30th week or so. She was born at 37 1/2 weeks, so I didn't have to suffer for long. This post was a mix of funny paired with some very real fears and I so appreciated hearing your comments that helped ease my mind before she was born.
A Day in the Life with a Newborn and Older Sibling
Our 3-Month Old Baby Routine
Before Jordan was born, our life with a 5 year old ran more or less like a well-oiled machine. Our son was pretty self-sufficient and he's (pretty) good at picking up after himself, but throw a baby in the mix and all hell breaks loose! Those first few months were all about making sure Jordan got fed round-the-clock, trying to get a few minutes with my son, and then trying to get sleep myself. I look back and don't really know how I kept writing blog posts! But I love it, so it's something I enjoy and get to do for me, so I'm sure that's how.
At about 3 months, I realized Jordan's routine, even though I wasn't specifically trying to put her on a schedule. She's about the same now, but she goes to bed closer to 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Transitioning Baby to Her Crib &
Getting Her to Sleep Through the Night (at 4 Months Old)
We started off co-sleeping, but that ended up not working out so well around 3 1/2 months, so I knew we needed to transition her to her crib. I am still amazed that we were able to do it within one week and even more amazed that we can put her down sleepy, but awake, and she can soothe herself to sleep. I shared the whole process in this long, detailed post.
I'll be the first to admit that it was definitely NOT all sunshine and roses here after Jordan was born. I felt like I was shouldering all of the baby responsibility and I really started to resent it. My snarky comments to my husband weren't the friendliest, but I wanted to be honest with you and share what it's really like. You guys definitely made me feel not alone in this and I read many of your comments repeatedly. It's hard for me to share those parts of my life here, especially when I know I'm saying something that could be judged harshly or very unpopular. But, my goal for 2016 was to be more vulnerable, so these types of posts (like the Sucky Parts of Pregnancy) have popped up more often.
Men & Babies
And then I realized my husband, along with many others (but not all) is just not that great with babies, but he has been trying more. Gotta give him props for that and just be thankful for how good he is once the baby turns into a toddler.
And we haven't forgotten the firstborn, whom I love and adore more than I can even put into words. He's huge into Star Wars and Minecraft and is actually quite impressive with all the things he's figured out and created with that game! He wanted a Star Wars birthday party this year and we made lightsabers out of pool noodles to give out as party favors. Just wait until the party ends and hand them out as the kids are leaving or you'll have an all out lightsaber battle with 25 kids like we did! :/
keep in touch!