eloise {week 5}

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{romper: babyGap}

{week 5} this week seems to have been a big week for eloise & me as a few big changes happened. mostly this has come from the fact that eloise’s feedings have gone from over an hour {!} down to 30 or 40 minutes. this might not seem like a lot, but it makes such an enormous difference in the amount of time that i/we have during the day!

given our newly found time, I feel like I am finally in a groove & confident enough with nursing that I can actually get out of the house on my own. this is really nice in terms of getting some things done, like grocery shopping, for example.

e & I also started with our PEPS group on monday. PEPS is a locally-based new parent group where parents of newborns/infants/toddlers are grouped with other parents & their kiddos who live in the same neighborhood & are within a few weeks of each other. our group has 12 newborns & their moms, & we will meet every monday morning for two hours for the next 12 weeks. even after one meeting I am so thankful to be part of this group. it is great to get together with other mamas & chat about life as a new mom & newborn babies. e & I even joined three other mamas & babies on tuesday for a inaugural walk around greenlake! it was great to get out & be active {at least a little} though e slept the entire time!

eloise is much more awake these days, in between naps, & is so, so chatty still. she seems like she is smiling much more intentionally, rather than just when she has gas. sometimes I will be holding her & her face will light up with a huge grin & it is just the best!

our summer weather {at least a bit} has lasted into the early part of this week & I am trying to get e into as many of her summer outfits again before the weather gets too cold. she is still sporting a few of her newborn outfits, though she is too long for some of them. the rest is 0 to 3 months which ranges from fitting just right to being a little big.

I have been working on transitioning e into her crib & starting out the past few days having her nap in there instead of on me or in her rock-n-play. because the crib mattress is so flat, it has taken some getting used to for eloise since the rock-n-play cradles her & keeps her head a bit elevated. we also started using a halo sleep sack swaddler since e is strong enough to get her arms out of a blanket swaddle {& I am neurotic about any loose fabric near her face!} & the halo lets you swaddle just one arm. e loves to suck on at least one of her hands if possible {which is a great feeding cue for me!} & absolutely freaks out if both of her arms are swaddled. that said, she needs one arm swaddled or else she wakes herself up… even though she is a super noisy sleeper, I am not quite ready for her to be in her nursery all night! maybe in the next week or so… mamas – when did you transition baby into her own crib?

happy 5 weeks eloise!

M

eloise {newborn photos}

as you may have seen in the facebook post here, we had melissa {who also did our maternity photos} do a newborn shoot for eloise. she was 10 days old & looks so teeny tiny!

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even though I had worked with melissa to get this photoshoot set up before e was born {we couldn’t finalize the shoot date until she was born… obviously} I was really nervous to get them done. it meant getting out of the house with e at just 10 days post-partem & driving down to tacoma to melissa’s studio – about 45 minutes. it just seemed like a lot at the time & it was. but, aaron went with me & my mom met us at the studio, & I am so, so thankful that we did these. not only do we have the sweetest pictures of e as a squishy little newborn, but some great early family photos {not in the hospital!}.

did any of you mamas have newborn photos taken?

M

my weekend in pictures.

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{I panicked on friday afternoon when I looked on the back porch & saw all of these boxes since I thought maybe I was online shopping in my sleep! turns out most of them were for eloise… feeling blessed by everyone’s generosity!}

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{what a pretty birchbox this month!}

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{some day eloise will be bigger than her toys. thanks for the elephant grammie!}

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{we got out of the house on saturday afternoon to enjoy the great summer weather & good company. such a fun BBQ!}

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{sorting thru eloise’s clothes. between her grammie & her nana, this kid is set!}

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{first official nap in her crib this weekend. she looks so tiny in there!}

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{finally got some shelves & hanging rods in eloise’s closet. thanks to my husband!}

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{a new doormat since ours got trashed during the renovation. good day!}

holy cow this weekend went quickly! but really, the only reason I even know it’s the weekend is because aaron is home during the day… oh well! we had a gorgeous stretch of sunny, hot summer weather this weekend which looks like it will last thru at least the beginning of the week. hard to complain about a beautiful indian summer in the pnw! we got a lot of work done around the house this weekend, moving things around to where they really ought to be rather than in random places throughout the house. or at least close to where they should live! I am hoping to get some final house updates to share – soon I hope!

how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! after a summer hiatus, kendra & I are back at it sharing what we love on fridays! be sure to pop over to kendra’s blog too to see what she’s up to {& amanda periodically joins us as well}. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} unplugging.

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though my phone is stuck to my side in order to track feedings, diapers, etc. with eloise {we are using Baby Connect}, I have been making an effort to unplug when I have some downtime, especially while nursing. it is so easy to get lost in social media news feeds & random other things on my phone instead of being present in what is going on in my real life – like eloise!

{two} diy baby leggings.

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I still can’t get over some of e’s baby clothes – hello so teeny! I am hoping once I get into the swing of things with e {shorter feeding times & longer naps!}, I can diy a few pairs of leggings for her.

{three} fall & halloween.

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I love summer as much as the next person {probably more!} but as the weather is starting to turn in the PNW, I find that I am getting really excited for the fall. fall clothes, crisp air, & halloween! I am loving non-traditional pumpkins like these chalkboard ones above. now I just have to figure out what to dress up e as for her first halloween… such big decisions!

what are you loving this week?

M

eloise {month one}

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{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // top: crewcuts // pants: Baby Gap}

{month one} it’s hard to believe it has been an entire month with eloise! some days it feels like she was just born yesterday & some days it feels like it has been months – just depends on the day I guess. eloise is such a joy & we are so in love with her. she is constantly keeping us on our toes & we are loving {mostly} every minute of it. she squeaks & groans around the clock, & loves to move her arms & legs around, even while she is sleeping. there are lots of smiles these days & attention to who is holding her which makes our obsession at staring at her that much more exciting. I have even noticed what sounds like a giggle or laugh during her nighttime snoozes – it is the best thing I have ever heard! eloise looks a bit like mama & a bit like papa, mostly dependent on what face she is making!

eloise is growing so quickly & gained 14 ounces in just the past week – that is nearly a pound in a week kiddo! she is just starting to get a bit of chub, starting in her cheeks & tummy – it’s the sweetest. eloise can roll from one shoulder to the other, but nothing about her movements is coherent or purposeful. she hates traditional tummy time {face plant} but loves to be held against your chest & push away with her head & arms – she has quite a strong neck! we have started into the spit-up phase which is super fun. nothing like curdled milk all over! amazing that this kid even spits up since she is such a good eater, albeit very, very slow.

with aaron back at work during the day, eloise, sadie, & I hang out at the house on whatever schedule eloise sets. there is some consistency in her morning wake times {between 7 and 9} and bedtime {between 9 and 11} but everything in the middle is up in the air. once she  goes down for her first morning nap, I typically can figure out how the rest of the day is going to be {usually her feeding cycles are consistent thru-out an entire day, though vary from day to day}. we are working on getting out of the house at least once a day which is good for us all, even if it means a short walk around the block. we also have been enjoying visitors who catch us up on what’s going on in the real world – thanks to everyone who has stopped by to say hello & especially if you have come with dinner!

{weight} 9 lbs 15 oz
{hair} dark brown. e is sporting a bit of a faux hawk these days as the hair on the top of her head is much longer than the rest.
{teeth} none.
{eyes} dark grey with a hint of brown.
{clothes} newborn {but not the tiny 5 to 7 lb size}, some smaller 0 to 3 month {like baby Gap}, & size 3 in Carter’s {mostly bottoms, not tops}.
{diapers} wore size newborn until late last week & now wearing size 1 {both from the honest company}. gearing up to start with cloth as soon as eloise is big enough {& we buy a few more diapers!}.
{feeding} this little lady loves to eat! nursing during the day with a feeding schedule of 2.5 to 3 hours & takes just over an hour to feed. nursing at night {starting week 2} on a 4 to 6 hour schedule. I haven’t started pumping yet, but plan on starting in the coming weeks just as soon as we figure out a few on-going issues with eloise’s latch {I won’t give too many details, but ouch!}.
{likes} her hands, faces, quilt from amanda, mobile, head & face rubs, stretching, {attempting to} suck on her thumb, being held while napping, eating/nursing.
{dislikes} sponge baths, loud noises, car rides when the car stops moving, having gas, being naked.

{nicknames} E, Bug, Kiddo, Squeaks.

a few lot more photos to share {since we are obsessed with photographing this kid!}. some of these I have shared on instagram which is my go-to for photo sharing these days.

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happy one month eloise!

M

my weekend in pictures.

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[eloise was rooting on our huskies in their home opener against eastern washington. they barely squeaked out a win.}

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{lots of college football was watched on saturday.}

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{like father, like daughter. naptime at the lower house.}

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{this was my view almost all day on saturday. between all of the feeding sessions, eloise preferred to take naps on mama. did I mention it was over 90 degrees?}

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{thank you, thank you to our wonderful friends & neighbors who have brought over dinner & other goodies these past few weeks!}

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{eloise tried out her whale bathtub which she actually enjoyed {over her normal sponge bath}.}

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{we attempted to clip eloise’s fingernails during a nap since she has been clawing at her face so much. we got three nails in before we abandoned the mission. the nail file is here to stay…}

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{be still my heart – seeing aaron & eloise melts my heart! plus, a little factoid that eloise is three of aaron’s hands in length!}

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{our first family trip to target was a success. thank goodness aaron was with me or else I wouldn’t have been able to buy anything – we need someone to push the cart & someone to push the stroller! some day I will figure it out.}

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{we were rooting for the colts this evening, but alas peyton & the broncos were too good.}

we had another warm streak of summer weather sweep thru the pnw which made the upstairs almost unbearably warm – thank goodness for some good fans! we mostly hung out at the house & got very little done other than lots of feedings, naps, & watching of football games. eloise turned 4 weeks today which is so hard to believe – updates to come later in the week! some things are becoming more routine, but everything still feels a bit chaotic around the house. I guess that is life with a newborn, right? how was your weekend?

M