Amelia Grace: Three Month Update

People told me that time goes by so much faster with a baby, and I’m finding that it’s true. Amelia turned three months old on Thanksgiving, and I don’t know where the time has gone. In just another three months she’ll most likely be sitting up and eating food — it’s crazy to me! She adds more joy to our lives everyday, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Length:      Weight: 13 lb. (?)     Head: ?

Amelia’s next well checkup isn’t until January, so I’m not exactly sure of her weight, length or head circumference. According to the somewhat inaccurate trick of weighing her with someone on the scale, she’s 13 pounds. She’s still nice and long — if it keeps up, she’s going to have a difficult time finding jeans long enough when she’s older, just like her mommy! She wears size 1 diapers and can still wear most of her 0-3 month and 3 month outfits, but her long legs have outgrown her sleepers and she’s now wearing 3-6 month pajamas. I just washed a handful of her 3-6 month outfits because I know she’ll be wearing those soon too!


- Being outside

- Going for walks in the stroller and BabyBjorn

- Lying on her changing table

- Her swing (it’s so funny how this used to be one of her dislikes!)

- Chewing on her hands

- Sleeping in her crib

- Being held over Daddy’s shoulder

- Sucking on her pacifier

- Looking all around, especially at lights


- Loud noises

- Being cold

- Getting out of the bathtub (see above)

- Eating, at times — because she’s so much more alert now, she gets distracted when eating and would rather be looking all around!

- Being tired

- Being away from Mommy and Daddy — she’s starting to get slightly more apprehensive when being held by people she’s not as familiar with

Places she visited:

- Michigan

- Mommy’s work

- Daddy’s work

- A couple of different restaurants

- The mall

- Target

- Church

Baby Update:

This month was really fun. Amelia’s personality is starting to show, and Jordan and I have enjoyed getting to know her!

She’s still sleeping well, 12 to 13 hours at night, with 3 naps during the day. This is the month where I saw some of the Babywise techniques paying off. It’s really hard to schedule a baby during the first two months, but this month she naturally started to follow an “eat, play, sleep” routine. She’s eating well, typically 5 – 6 ounces, four to five times during the day.

This was a big month for Amelia — she took her first road trip to Michigan! I was dreading the car ride because she’s never loved her car seat, but everything ended up going great. My mom and Jordan went with us, so someone was able to entertain her in the backseat the whole time. She didn’t have a meltdown until the very end of the trip, when she was already overtired. She slept really well in her pack n’ play too, so it’s encouraging to know that we’ll be able to travel with her in the future!

Another big thing is that she’s starting to show some early signs of teething. She’s drooling a lot, constantly chewing on her fingers and hands, and slightly whiny (I can tell it’s an “I’m uncomfortable” whine).

Mommy/Daddy Update:

I feel like this is the month where things started to click. We’re no longer questioning every decision that we make, and we feel more comfortable and confident in our parenting skills!

I ended up seeking treatment for postpartum anxiety this month. Did you know that they’ve changed the name from “postpartum depression” to “postpartum mood disorders”? They’re realizing that changes in mood vary, and not everyone gets depressed. I found that I was worried all of the time, to the point where I wasn’t enjoying motherhood even though I desperately wanted to. I’m starting to feel better now, and I’m glad that I decided to get help. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, so if you have any questions about this, please email me! My doctor assured me that it affects more people than you’d expect.

Other than that, things are going well. This next month will include lots of holiday celebrations, and I’m so excited for that!

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Currently (November 2015)

Long time no talk (write?), huh? Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Currently reading:

Nothing new! It took me a long time to get through the last book that I read, only because I didn’t devote much time to reading. If if you have any suggestions for me, particularly something lighthearted, I’ll take them!

Currently listening to:

Christmas music. We traveled to Michigan over the weekend and one of their radio stations is already playing Christmas music 24/7, so of course I wanted to listen. I know some people like to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I feel like that time always goes so quickly!

Currently watching:

Hallmark Christmas movies. They’re cheesy, but I like them.

Currently eating:

Cranberry English muffins. Breakfast is one meal I’ve had a hard time sitting down for since having a baby, so my days of making oatmeal and pancakes in the morning are few and far between. English muffins aren’t the most nutritional choice, but I really like the cranberry ones at this time of year!

Currently drinking:

Lots and lots of water. Also, green tea. I’m trying to avoid coffee because it makes me more anxious than I already am, so green tea has been a good substitute!

Currently needing:

New clothes for the fall and winter. I cleaned out my closet last winter and got rid of a bunch of things that were worn out and outdated, but I never replaced them since I was pregnant at the time.

Currently loving:

The start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, but I’m really looking forward to Christmas too!

Currently not loving:

The state of our world. I’m working on focusing on the good, because I know that worrying isn’t going to help anything.

Currently craving:

Jet’s pizza. We had it over the weekend while we were in Michigan, and it makes me wish that we had one closer to home!

Currently putting off:

Working out and getting ready for the day. Amelia is napping right now, so I could be doing both of those things, but I’m choosing to blog instead!

Currently praying for:

Peace on Earth (aren’t we all, though?)

Currently smiling at:

Pictures from the weekend. Amelia got to meet her cousin Brooklyn for the first time, and when we put them in their great grandpa’s chair, they both immediately calmed down — you wouldn’t even know that they were both fussy just seconds before. We know that Grandpa was there in spirit!

Looking forward to:

The holiday season! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

What are you currently smiling at?

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Workout Log (11.1.15 – 11.7.15)

I’d intended to do more strength training this week, but when it’s 70 degrees in November, you take advantage of the weather and get outside every chance that you can! Amelia and I took a lot of walks this week, including one with two of my co-workers. We formed our little lunchtime walking group when I was pregnant, so it was fun to meet up with them and introduce them to the baby. After our walk, I introduced Amelia to the majority of people in the office — it was a fun outing!

Sunday, November 1

1 hour walk

Monday, November 2

85 minute walk

Tuesday, November 3

1 hour walk

Wednesday, November 4

45 minute walk

Thursday, November 5

55 minute walk

Friday, November 6


Saturday, November 7

Prenatal Barre – Upper Body & Core

45 minute walk

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5 New Mommy Myths

Several weeks ago, I was talking to my sister about the weight of motherhood. I’m sure I was rambling in a hormone-induced state of feeling-all-of-the-emotions, when she stopped me by saying, “People always tell you the bad things.”

It’s true. The moment you announce your pregnancy (or heck, announce that you’d like to start a family someday), people give you a million different warnings of what’s to come. While they think they’re being helpful, they’re really only adding to the fear of the unknown. And here I was, doing the same thing to my sister who would like to have kids someday. In my defense, I was still in that new mom fog that dissipated somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks. Never listen to someone in that fog — they’re being irrational.

I’m out of that fog now, though, and ready to share what I’ve learned. These are all of the things I have not found to be true. Don’t let others scare you!

1. Postpartum recovery is gory and gross. I‘m not sure why people say this. I’d read that I needed to “stock up on Depends” and get ready to “move slowly for six weeks.” Granted, I had an easy delivery with little tearing (I’d imagine that recovering from a c-section would be much more difficult!), and I’m so thankful for that, but I didn’t think that the physical aspect of postpartum recovery was bad at all. Do not let people scare you into thinking that it will be.

2. You’ll never get your body back. Okay, so this one is sort of true. You carried a human in your body and that fact won’t change. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight, jean size, or fitness level. Don’t let people discourage you. It is possible to feel good in your body again!

3. You will never have free time again. When I was pregnant, I was told to “Enjoy your free time now!” because I wouldn’t be able to bake, cook, take a shower, exercise, (insert anything else here) with a newborn around. Unless your baby has colic and will not let you put them down, I don’t think this has to be true. Newborns sleep a lot, especially in the first two months. It is possible to take advantage of nap times and get things done, even if it’s only one thing! 

4. Your relationship with your spouse will suffer. When I was pregnant, I saw an article on Yahoo stating that couples with kids are less happy than couples without them. I don’t know who does these studies or determines how happy people are (isn’t happiness a a relative term?), but it wasn’t an encouraging study. While life with a new baby does create new challenges in a marriage, it doesn’t mean that you will be unhappy. You might have to work a little bit harder to communicate and get quality time together, but that’s to be expected. And when your baby starts doing new things, even as simple as smiling or cooing, you get to relish those moments together. It’s the best.

5. You will never sleep again. Those first few weeks can feel like months when you’re living in three hour increments, but it does get better. The first time your baby sleeps for eight hours straight, you will feel like a new person. And even if you’re still getting up at night, your body will adapt and you will look forward to feeding, changing and comforting your baby in the early hours of the morning. And when she finally sleeps through the night, you will wake up in a panic and then lie in bed awake while she peacefully sleeps — you will wonder why you can’t sleep when you finally have the chance to sleep! It’s a funny thing. But you will sleep again!

Mommies, can you think of any other myths?

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Baby’s 1st Halloween

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I only like it because it means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are a little bit closer!

But with kids, things change. I’ve realized that I will probably come to enjoy Halloween in the coming years. While we’re still a couple of years away from trick-or-treating, we had fun dressing Amelia up in some festive outfits and hanging out at home!

She’s still not a huge fan of hats, but she looks so cute in them!

I did take advantage of Carter’s big clearance sale and bought a Halloween costume for next year. Anything for a photo opp, right :) ?

What did you do for Halloween?

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