01/19/2018

Savannah’s Three and Four Month Update

My precious girl is already 4 1/2 months old! I am a little behind on this update (she turned four months on January 1!), but I wanted to make sure I documented her changes over the last couple months. The time has flown!

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Savannah James is an absolute dream baby. She is as sweet as, pie and truly a joyful little girl. All day she is smiling and squealing, and as long as she is being fed or held, she is pretty much perfectly content. I couldn’t ask for a more cuddly baby with a happy persona. She’s truly a light and we already can’t imagine our lives without her. She brings a sweetness to our family that we didn’t know was missing!

She went to the doctor the second week of January and weighed 14 lb. 2 oz and measured 24 1/2 inches long. This puts her in both the 75th percentile for height and weight. I looked up Jack’s stats from his own four month update to see how she sizes up, and they had the same length and head circumference (both 16 3/4 inches), but Jack weighed a full 1 lb. 2 oz. more than Savannah currently does. We couldn’t help but laugh! My boy loved to eat then and still does today!

With that being said – my girl certainly loves her food too! I think the big difference between the two is that Jack ate more, less frequent, and Savannah eats less, more frequent. She still eats about once every couple hours during the day, and then about every 3-4 hours at night. There are some nights I am still needing to feed her two or three times. This is certainly difficult and I’m pretty much constantly tired because of it. I’m definitely not someone who functions well on little sleep, but I’m working on accepting that this is just where we are right now. I think with your second child that you do realize phases come-and-go. As soon as you don’t think you can take another sleepless night, you finally get some rest. I am looking forward to the nights when I get a full nights sleep, but I also know how fast this time of nursing and late night cuddles goes. I am trying my best to just roll with it, and that looks different each morning.

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Savannah is not a huge fan of tummy time, but we’ve definitely been working on it the past couple months. She is also getting too big for her swing and the co-sleeper we use, so once we get in the new house we will get out the exercauser and playmat (both in storage!) and start thinking about transitioning her to the crib.ย  We didn’t move Jack to his crib until he was almost five months old as well. I totally understand wanting to get your baby on a sleep schedule on their own quickly, but personally for me, it is much easier to have them next to me while still breastfeeding. I don’t even have to get out of bed at night to feed her! I’m excited to finally set-up her nursery though and give her a room of her own. I can’t wait to have all of her clothes and stuff in one space. Yay for organization! I have already began filling a container with clothes that are too small for her and it’s just another reminder how quickly babies grow. That sleepy newborn phase is so, so short and I miss it already. Each stage is fun and exciting to enter, but it’s pretty much always bittersweet to say goodbye to the one before.

Savannah and Jack are the sweetest little buddies, and Jack LOVES his baby sissy. We started saying ‘Savannah is a good girl!’ when she was first born, and now Jack says ‘Sissy good girl!’ all the time. It’s so cute! Now that she is able to start interacting with Jack a bit more, he gets so excited. The majority of my day has to do with refereeing the difference between a tackle and a hug from Jack. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a feeling these two are going to log many hours of playtime through their life. I am hopeful too that they will always look out for and protect one another. Knowing my children have each other puts a little extra bit of security in my heart when it comes to them going to school and making friends. At least, I pray, they will always have each other no matter what.

I’m still breastfeeding, which in itself feels like a true accomplishment. I wrote about what I’m doing differently this time around in this post, and I am still doing much of the same today. It has definitely gotten easier though as the weeks have gone on, and we finally have a nice routine and I think my milk is pretty regulated. Still taking it each day at a time, but I’m happy to have made it this long no matter what. We are waiting until Savannah is six months to introduce solid foods – just like we did with Jack – so we still have at least another six weeks of exclusively breastfeeding.

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Savannah Loves:

  • Being held and cuddled (What baby doesn’t?)
  • Watching Jack run around and play!
  • Laying on her back and watching the ceiling fan
  • Snuggling next to a warm fire
  • Bathtime
  • Singing Songs and music

Three and Four Month Must-Haves:

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01/12/2018

A Recipe for the Perfect Spa Night at Home

During the month of January, I’m focusing on self-care and how a little bit each day can go a long way. When we were designing the master bathroom in our new home, I wanted the focus and feel to be coastal and spa-like. Because going to the spa can cost an arm and a leg, I thought it would be wonderful and worth the investment to create a spa environment at home. The master bathroom can be such a retreat, especially for a tired mom at the end of a long day. I can’t wait to put our freestanding tub to good use the second we move in!

A Recipe for the Perfect Spa Night at Home

Here are my picks for creating the perfect zen, spa night in the comforts of your own home:

Sonoma Lavender Neck Pillow – This same lavender scented neck pillow is used at the Woodhouse Day Spa and it is so relaxing. It definitely gets you into a spa-like vibe and calms your body and mind. In fact, I use my own neck pillow nightly. I just pop it into the microwave for about a minute fifteen and wear it while I wash my face, brush my teeth and get ready for bed.

The Woodhouse Escape Diffusion Blend – The Woodhouse Day Spa is my very favorite spa! They have all the special touches (a lot of which you will see in this list) and the attention to details is what keeps me coming back for more. Who wouldn’t want their own bathroom at home to smell like this amazing spa?

Marble Essential Oil Diffuser – Some oil diffusers are not very appealing to the eye, but this one is sleek and pretty! Perfect to diffuse your Woodhouse Escape blend above!

Ugg Ana Robe – I received this robe for my birthday in 2016 and have literally worn it every day since. It is so incredibly soft and comfortable. It’s definitely an investment, but one that is well worth it in my opinion. You’re going to want to wear it each night before going to bed! I spotted this style on Nordstrom’s website and have it on my wish list for the next robe purchase.

Beautycounter Spa Sets – I love these Spa Sets from Beautycounter! Each Set includes a face mask, mist, and a face oil. There are three collections to choose from – the Brightening, Plumping, or Balancing. When I am asked what Spa Set to get, I usually suggest that Brightening is great for those who have normal or oily skin (not dry), Plumping for those with dry or mature skin, and Balancing for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin. Throughout pregnancy I loved the Brightening line and still do as someone who needs her skin awakened and fresh while running on little sleep. I follow the treatment twice a week.

Soaking Tub – The tub I linked to is the exact one we purchased for our master bathroom. A soaker tub is definitely a want, and not necessarily a need, but it was important to me when I envisioned our bathroom plans coming to life. I have always wanted a freestanding soaker and I can’t wait to put this one to good use. Of course, you don’t have to invest in a tub like this to have a beautiful spa night. Any tub will do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pure Epsom Salt – If you’re going to indulge in a hot bath, add Epsom Salt to the tub. Epsom Salt baths can help relax the body and ease stress and muscles, help eliminate toxins, and alleviate cramping and bloating.

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea – The absolute best tea I have ever had, and another Woodhouse staple. I actually buy this bag of 50 sachets and store them in my original tin. I just love the smell and the taste, and to me, it’s the epitome of the perfect cinnamon tea.

Savannah Small White Mug – I have to be honest, the name of this mug totally did it for me! How nice would it be to sip the Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea in one of these tiny mugs? Add a matching saucer for even more of an authentic tea experience.

Rewined Blanc Collection (Zinfandel) Candle – I have purchased these Rewined candles for so many friends and just love them! The candle is poured into repurposed wine bottles and made in Charleston, SC.

White Matchstick Jar – Who knew matches could be so adorable? Would look great next to your favorite candle.

Along with creating the ambiance of a spa night, I would suggest leading into the night with healthy decision making. For example, if you can sneak away for a quick workout or run – do it! Maybe choose a healthier dinner like a salad. And remember, salads don’t have to be bland or boring. Jazz it up by adding roasted vegetables, dried or fresh fruit, a little good cheese, toasted nuts and a light vinaigrette. Follow your spa-like experience with a good book and and early night of sleep (if possible)!

01/09/2018

My Favorite Blogs

Before I was a blog writer, I was an avid blog follower. The same holds true for today. When I get a few minutes of downtime, I still love to scroll through my Bloglovin feed (follow Happy Wife Healthy Life HERE) and catch up on some of my favorite writers and their latest posts.

I have been reading blogs since 2007, when the idea of a blog was so new and fresh. In that time I’ve seen blogs come and go, and my taste and interests have changed as well. I began my blog in 2011 right after Tim and I got married, and the focus of this blog has certainly adapted with each season of life. And, hopefully my writing has continued to improve along the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of the blogs that are currently on my reading list:

HWHL My Favorite Blogs 2018

Lifestyle / Fashion / Motherhood

Recipes

Home Design / Renovation

 

I would love to hear what some of your favorite blogs are. Tell me which ones I should add to my reading list!