Thursday, February 27, 2014

Premie Favorites

When we brought Ellia home from the hospital, she was 4 lbs 11 oz... Teeny Tiny!  None of her socks fit, all of her hats drooped over her eyes, basically, she was SWIMMING in all of her NB clothing.  We had no choice but to go out and find some little pieces for her to wear until she put on some weight.

For those that don't know, our OB knew Ellia was going to small.  The high risk assessed that she was considered below the 3rd percentile for her gestational age.  Knowing this, I did a little research before her birth so we would have something for her to wear in the hospital.  I settled on this outfit:

I would recommend this Kickee Pants Gown to anyone!  The fabric is so soft, you won't regret choosing it as your newborns first outfit :)  I chose it because reviews stated that this brand runs a little small.  I would call it true to size.  NB sizing typically means up to 7 lbs, if not longer.   Needless to say, it was my favorite first outfit for her.

Here are my other staples for our teeny girls first 2 months :)

I considered each one of these a MUST during the first month!  They were the only outfits that didn't seem to swallow her up!
Side Snap Shirt
Socks I chose these over other socks because they're skinnier (if that makes sense).  While every other NB sized sock we tried fell off E's foot, these stayed on :)
Hat This was the only brand that didn't slump down and cover Ellia's face.  The last thing you want is a hat drooping down so low it covers your NB's nose!

I put this together because I could have used to some outfit advice when our high risk doctor first told us Ellia was going to be a small baby!  I hope this helps all you mama's with premie's or just teeny little babes :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ellia is 3 months old!

Weight: Guessing about 9 1/2 lbs :)

Height: Not sure

Clothing size: We are officially fitting into 0-3 outfits!  We are slowly fazing out her NB outfits... for a while, it seemed like you'd never grow out of them lol 

Diaper size: 1

Feeding: You are now strictly bottle fed during the day (mostly formula) & nurse for night feedings.  I pump a few times a day & I'm about reading to drive over my damn pump with the car.  Your fussiness and gas seem to be letting up a bit! 


-Similar to last month, you are smiling up a storm!  It is just the sweetest!
-You are very talkative and your sweet little voice might just be the cutest I've ever heard :)
-You are holding your head up like a CHAMP and I think it's time to pull out the bumbo to practice sitting up.
-You're sleeping through the night!  9-5ish & I LOVE it.  You're also napping better during the day.  I'm actually starting to feel human again :)

Loves: If you're being held, you're one happy little girl :)  You love watching your brother and I can just tell you two are going to be best friends!  

Dislikes: You love to be held!  If you're nice and cozied up in someone's arms you're a happy, simple as that :) 

Adventures: Your first Valentine's Day! 

Mommy and Daddy could not get through the month without: Gripe water & our new baby swing (which has increased your sleep immensely) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

For My Son

saddest sad face I ever did see.


You are the most kind hearted little boy I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.  On days like today, when you test every ounce of my patience and I do everything in my power to keep my cool, to keep a level head, it helps me to think of your heart.

One morning we were out of milk & had to go pick some up at the store.  Ellia was strapped into her carseat crying and you were whining out of impatience.  I ran upstairs to grab a blanket & while I was gone everything silenced.  As I walked down the stairs, there you were, bent over the carseat rocking your baby sister.  Consoling her.

Another day, I was so exhausted & so drained that I couldn't help but burst into tears while Ellia cried through her tummy pain.  You, my sweet love, walked up to me, melted me with your beautiful big eyes, smiled and grabbed my hand.  As if to show me everything was okay.

There are no words to describe what these moments mean to me, how much you mean to me.

So on days like to today, when you're not feeling your best & fight me through every step of the day, all I need to do is remember these moments that I'm so incredibly thankful for.  Beckett, through our highs and our lows, I am forever thankful that I get to be your mama, that I get the pleasure of raising you to be the little gentleman you'll without a doubt be.  I love you sweet boy.