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Our Week in Pictures (8 weeks)

Week 8 and we celebrated Shelby turning TWO months old! Lots of smiles and coos from Shelby! Not a whole lot has changed this week with Shelby except that she has grown! Clothes are getting smaller, headbands don’t slip and she is just so darn cute!

The girls are enjoying the warm spring weather and playing outside.

I have had lots of days where Shelby just doesn’t want to sleep, or she will cry unless you are walking around with her. It gets for an exhausted mommy and a very messy house!

Disneyland was a Blast

We love taking a yearly trip to Disneyland in the Spring time. The weather is beautiful and usually the lines are not too bad. This year we had a new addition with us and even with Shelby we really enjoyed our two days at the Parks.

We used the SoCal Resident 2-Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket. Which are $99.00 dollars for SoCal residents, and for non residents it is $146.00 for kids ages 3-9 and $159.00 for 10 and up.

I loved that we were able to visit one park per day, but some people might find park hopper tickets better. Especially if you are done with DCA (Disney California Adventure) and want to head back over to Disneyland.

I definitely recommend using a park map and talk about what you guys want to do first. we have always found that going to each land/town and doing everything there before moving onto the next is best. Disneyland is so big and the lines can get long that to do everything you almost need two full days, especially with younger kids who need to go to bed by a certain time.

We are also so excited for the new releases coming next month!

The Happiest Place on Earth will get even happier June 15, 2012, with the grand opening of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park. The exciting, new additions will complete the five-year expansion of Disneyland Resort, a premier, multi-day vacation destination in Southern California with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

With four new attractions opening at Disney California Adventure park, full day-to-night experiences at both parks, and the magical transformation of the Disneyland Hotel with new pools, themed suites and remodeled rooms, guests of all ages will enjoy more fun and adventure than ever before at the Disneyland Resort.

Check out some of our favorite pictures from our trip!

 

For more information head on over to disneyland.disney.go.com and book your stay today!
*Media Passes were provided at no cost. All opinions are my own.

COME SEE ME!!! Bath & Body Works Mother’s Day Event

This Saturday May 5th Bath & Body Works around the country are holding the Bath & Body Works Mother’s Day Event.  And guess what?! I’ll be attending the Bath & Body Works Store at Tyler Mall in Riverside CA!

In fact if you come and attend the event and take the Fragrance Finder quiz to find the perfect fragrance for mom and themselves, and write the secret word  GINGHAM on your quiz and you will get  a free gift!

Also for anyone who tweets about the event  and uploads a picture of the event to their Twitter page and tweet @Mommymandy using a special hashtag   #BBWGirl will be entered to win a Bath & Body Works VIP Mother’s Day Tote. (Winner will be selected after the event).

Join Bath & Body Works as we shower moms with love and fabulous fragrances at our Mother’s Day Party on Saturday, May 5th from 1pm-5pm! Whether she’s a fragrance devotee, a candle connoisseur, or a germ-conscious mom, this event will help you find the ultimate gift to celebrate every mom on your list. Honor the one you love during this fun, fragrance filled event.

  • WIN AN EXCLUSIVE MOTHER’S DAY TOTE: Enter to win an exclusive VIP Wild Garden Mother’s Day Tote before it is officially available for sale! Valued at over $100, this pampering perk is filled with must-haves from Signature Collection Wild Garden, Anti-Bacterial Wild Fusions and Home Fragrance Bloom collection.
  • PERSONALIZED SHOPPING WITH BBW GIFT GURU: Are you shopping for the mom who has everything or just don’t know how to express your gratitude with fragrance? Let our Gift Gurus help you take some of the guess work out of creating a gift that she is sure to love. Complimentary gift wrapping will be provided for those who make a purchase.
  • FREE MOTHER’S DAY TOTE: And for celebrating your special lady with us, you can get a limited edition Wild Garden Mother’s Day Tote Bag that includes a full sized Malibu Heat Body Lotion FREE with any full size Signature Collection purchase made during the event! Pick one up while supplies last.

At the event I will also share my Ten Minute Me-Time” Bath & Body Works Rituals. As you can imagine being a mom to three girls, and one being a newborn I barely will get 10 minutes to shower, but at least I can make those 10 minutes feel longer with my favorite bath & Body Works products.

My all time favorite Bath & Body Works scent is Cucumber Melon! But because we all like to try something new here are my top 5 product picks that I love using for my ten minute me-time!

To wake up, because lets face it being up all night with a newborn is exhausting and I need something to help get me awake.  I was using the shower gel was Paris Amour but recently switched to Wild Apple Daffodil.  I also found out that  shower gel is perfect to getting clean but you can use it with shaving as well!  I also like using the Wild Apple Daffodil Glowing Body Scrub, especially for the arms and elbows!
After showering (which I literally race through it I love using the Wild Apple Daffodil Body Lotion, I noticed I have dry elbows so the body lotion after the scrub makes them soft, and you smell great. A few squirts of the Wild Apple Daffodil Body Mist makes the clothes smell good.
Now, for the evening after a long day walking the True Blue Spa Super Rich Foot Cream used after the Effervescent Foot Soak helps my achy feet and calms me down.
I love the smell of the beach cabana candle as well.

Visit the Event Page at www.Facebook.com/BathandBodyWorks   or go to www.BathandBodyWorks.com/Event for details.

*A product was provided. I am a compensated Bath & Body Works Fragrance Ambassador.

Our Week in Pictures (7 weeks)

Today Shelby is 8 weeks old! Every day I have noticed something new with her. This week was also much harder with her, she hardly wanted to sleep during the day, and as soon as I would lay her down she would wake up right away. But at the same time she is trying to self soothe more.

She smiles and coos more. On Thursday (7weeks5days) I noticed that she has started to figure out she has hands and has been sucking more on her fists and trying to look at her hand.

Yesterday on Friday, she would try to focus on her hands and cross her eyes.

On Tuesday she was weighted at my last postpartum visit and was 12 pounds even. So in 2 months she has gained 3 pounds exactly!

My big girls are doing great and adjusting well. Sarah is back to her normal sweet self and Sam is a wonderful “biggest” sister. She has her own special way of soothing her baby sister and I love it!

I am in love with her smile, her smell and the way she touches my heart every second of the day.

Our Week in Pictures (week 6)

Well today Shelby is seven weeks old.  This week was wonderful! I see a huge change in Shelby this past week. From her sleeping more,to seeing an actual schedule starting I think she is finally adjusting to life outside the womb.

She also has started enjoying her baths. Instead of sitting through them screaming her head off she lays back and relaxes. She still does not like the top of her head washed but she tolerates her bath the best she can.

She now smiles a lot more and coos. As soon as she sees me in her sight she makes noises at me.

Monday and Tuesday we took the kids to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and we all had a blast!

On Thursday I took her to the pediatrician (who I just love), to have her baby acne checked out. It’s just baby acne and maybe a small case of a rash from possibly too much detergent and her clothes needing an extra rinse. I even started washing all my tops in dreft since she is in my arms all day.

She was weighed and at 7 weeks is 12 pounds! The nurse assistant tried to measure her and got 24 inches. I need to double check that still at home.

We are Headed to Disneyland Resorts in Southern California!


Later today the kids and I will be meeting up with Daddy to head out to Disneyland Resorts for a family vacation!

Monday we will spend the day at Disneyland, and Tuesday at Disney California Adventure.

Tuesday we have lunch reservations with the Disney Princesses at Ariel’s Grotto

Sarah is really excited about going on the The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure which is a new attraction that debuted last year in Disney California Adventure Park.

We are also so excited for the grand opening of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park. The exciting, new additions will complete the five-year expansion of Disneyland Resort, a premier, multi-day vacation destination in Southern California with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district. The grand opening will take place on June 15th, 2012!

With four new attractions opening at Disney California Adventure park, full day-to-night experiences at both parks, and the magical transformation of the Disneyland Hotel with new pools, themed suites and remodeled rooms, guests of all ages will enjoy more fun and adventure than ever before at the Disneyland Resort.

Cars Land expands Disney California Adventure by 12 acres and immerses guests in the thrilling world of the Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Cars.”  Guests will feel as if they have stepped into the town of Radiator Springs as they enjoy three family attractions showcasing characters and settings from the movie, plus “Cars”-themed dining and shopping locations such as Flo’s V8 Café, Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios.

One of the largest and most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney park, Radiator Springs Racers is a twisting, turning, high-speed adventure through Ornament Valley and the town of Radiator Springs. Luigi’s Flying Tires invites guests to glide on air aboard special tires, whirling around with their pals. At Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, guests will whip around behind a baby tractor and enjoy tunes from a giant jukebox built from Mater’s most prized possessions.

Starting June 15, guests will enter Disney California Adventure along Buena Vista Street, a place that transports them to an era when Walt Disney arrived in California with new dreams:   1920s Los Angeles. Buena Vista Street features Red Car Trolleys, inspired by the transportation system that once served Southern California, and the Carthay Circle Theatre, modeled after the site of the 1937 world premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Carthay Circle Theatre will include a lounge and the elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant, designed to be the premier dining location in Disney California Adventure.

Adding to the fun at Disney California Adventure this summer will be the new Mad T Party in Hollywood Land, the return of Pixar Play Parade, and the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Pacific Wharf.  Mad T Party will feature nighttime, family fun inspired by the wild and whimsical world of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

The summer debuts of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre complement previous additions to the park, including the 4D fun of Toy Story Mania; the spectacular after-dark “World of Color” show; The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure; Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill restaurants, plus the re-themed attractions Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings and Goofy’s Sky School.

*A product was provided. *We received complementary media passes to visit the parks from Disney Media Relations.

Our Week in Pictures (5 weeks)

This past week was so busy! I can not believe how fast it came and went.  Shelby enjoyed her first Easter with her big sisters and our friends.

She also gave daddy tons of smiles and coos. It’s much harder for me to get those big grins but I did catch one she gave daddy and it melted my heart!

One thing she does when she’s laying in my lap is touch my arm, when I look down at her she is staring and has a half smile. When I smile back at her she coos at me. It is amazing seeing her little personality starting to come through!

I also have started seeing a pattern at her night sleeping pattern. YAY! Usually around 10pm she goes to sleep and has her longest sleep until around 1am, wakes up to eat, sleeps until 3 am, wakes up to each, sleeps until 5:30 eats, and then up around 7:30 until I can get her to take a late morning nap.

The girls have lots planned this weekend with their grandparents, and Pat and I are taking them to Disneyland on Monday and Tuesday!

Ultimate Blog Party – MommyMandy #UBP12

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosHere we are, another year with the super fun Ultimate Blog Party with the gals from 5 Minutes for Mom. I met the twins wayyyyyyyy back when I started getting into the whole reviews and social media.

I am Amanda. I started blogging back in 2004 when trying toconceive our second baby. Since then I have really enjoyed blogging and getting to know everyone in the blogosphere.

I have three daughters! I still can not believe we have three amazing girls. Our youngest was born five weeks ago.

Sam is my oldest and is 9. She is outgoing and sassy. While Sarah (my 6 year old) is sweet and quiet. Shelby is only 5 weeks old and was born March 3rd. She is stubborn. Just read my posts the weeks leading up to her birth.

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are planning to move to Austin Texas this summer. A huge change from Southern California!

I also recently started my Doula Training to become certificated through CBI.

I am looking forward to getting to know others! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! If you grab my button let me know and I’ll get you added to our blog directory!

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Southern California Photographer: Jessica Warhol Photography Packages

In my other post about Jessica Warhol Photography I talked about our Newborn Photo shoot and how it went.

I wanted to give a little more detail about the packaging prices and the products. We did the Deluxe newborn Portrait Package plus two extra hours.

Within the week after doing the Photo Shot Jessica had our package ready. I was surprised at how fast she edited the pictures and have the “in hand products” ready.

Not only did the Portrait Session exceed my expectations but the actual package we received was amazing.

Here is the breakdown of the package we received.

Deluxe Portrait Package $295

  • Up to two and a half hours at your home ($25 Orange County Travel Fee)
  • Portrait session includes Mommy, Daddy, and Siblings!
  • Unlimited wardrobe changes within time constraints
  • 20-30 edited select photos will be available to view online within 10 days
  • 10% off your Next Portrait
  • Package Includes 2 – 8×10, 2 – 5×7, and 4- 4×6 metallic prints
  • Includes 25 digital high resolution images on disc!
  • ***One Brag Book (5.5×5.5, soft cover, 12 pages) Included in Deluxe Portrait Package, For a Limited Time Only!
  • ***Each additional hour $45.00
  • Each additional jpeg added to your disc $10.00

Each item was packaged with care, and showed me how much Jessica loves her work. She take pride in her photography (which she should, she rocks!) but to see her put just as much effort into the final product is great. I thought I was just going to get the images on a disc.

Jessica offers packages for any occasion. from newborn/babies, to High School Seniors, Engagement, Wedding, Maternity or just family portraits.

To contact Jessica you can send her an email, find her on Facebook, or just give her a call. for more information and to see her work head on over to www.jessicawarholphotography.com.

*A product was provided.

Southern California Photographer: Jessica Warhol Photography

When Shelby was six days old we had our awesome Newborn Photo Shoot with Jessica Warhol Photography. For the few weeks leading up to Shelby’s birth Jessica and I talked about what I would like in our newborn shoot.  I also let her know of Shelby’s birth so that she could schedule us an appointment within Shelby’s first week.

About a month before Shelby was born I decided I wanted one of those cute Newborn Photo Shoots with Shelby, but I also wanted to do sibling pictures. I wanted all three of the girls to have a photo done, and I wanted it as soon after Shelby was born for memories. Capturing those first few days of her life was something I really wanted.

Jessica and I discussed her packages and pricing. You can find this information on her website, but to create a custom package it’s really easy to get in contact with her.

I have to admit going into the Photo Shoot I was so nervous. How would the baby do, how would Jessica get good pictures of her? etc. Right away I was blown away with Jessica’s professionalism and her skills. I was also surprised at all the different props and backdrops she had. While Jessica unloaded her SUV full of adorable props I had the chance to go through things and pick out  different props I’d love to use. Of course being the etsy freak I am I already had quite a few things of our own to use.

We ended up doing the Newborn Deluxe Package which runs around 295 dollars. I have to say that for that price it is worth every penny. Jessica arrived around noon and was at my house until five o’clock.  We ended up with 2 extra hours, and that was because we had a hard time getting the older girls to cooperate and listen!

Jessica had suggestions to make the session run smoothly, which I was so grateful to have. Like having Shelby in a cloth diaper (this helps eliminate diaper lines in pictures) and to have her swaddled in nothing but her diaper. Also helpful because there is no disturbing the baby with taking off clothes. I love that Jessica takes safety a priority and makes sure all her newborns she photographs stays safe with mom (or dad) right next to the baby.

I thought about doing the naked baby photos but we decided to wrap her in a dark purple almost brown Muslim. I wish I had a picture of Jessica taking pictures of Shelby. I loved watching her do her “magic”

The final product of the pictures came out awesome. When I first saw the damask backdrop I wasn’t sure if I liked it. But I trusted Jessica and WOW. I was completely blown away.

While I sat there making sure Shelby didn’t move Jessica snapped away. To most people you would think she was taking the same photo over and over but with each little angle she captured so many different photos, different looks and different sweet features of Shelby.

When the girls got home we quickly re-did their hair and had them join in on some adorable sibling pictures.

Jessica also did a little re-touching on Samantha. (thank you!!!) Sam had a sore on her lip and since these photos would be treasured for a lifetime Jessica assured Sam she could take the owie out of the picture.

We literally could have taken pictures all day and night. It was something I am so glad I did and will do again in the future.

Now to plan a Spring/Summer family photo shoot outside with Jessica!

Jessica Warhol Photography offers photo sessions for everyone. From newborns/babies & kids, graduation (seniors), engagement, wedding, maternity. Whatever you need a photographer for Jessica is there. Her bubbly personality makes her a blast to work with.

Photographs connect you, not only visually, but emotionally to memorable moments of your life.

Jessica couldn’t be any more right.  Looking at our photos brings back the memories (yes, even though they were only a month ago) of Shelby’s first days, how she looked as a newborn and at how proud her big sisters are.

These photos hold a special place in my heart and will for always.

To contact Jessica you can send her an email, find her on Facebook, or just give her a call. for more information and to see her work head on over to www.jessicawarholphotography.com.

 

*A product was provided.

Our Week in Pictures (4 weeks old)

Another week has come and gone. Things are slowly getting into a pattern and easier. With the swing I am now able to get some things done around the house.

Shelby started cooing and giving us half smiles. This started on the 3rd  (Tuesday) when she turned one month.  She has started talking and I love it. I’ll be holding her and doing something and then hear her “coo” and I’ll look down at her and she is staring at me.

Yesterday I noticed she tracks me as well. I’ll be across the room and I’ll look at her and she is staring at me. When I walk towards her she stays focused on me and follows me with her eyes. It’s pretty awesome.

Next thing we need to figure out is baby wearing. I think if I could “wear” Shelby I’d be able to get more done around the house.

Here is our week in pictures!

 

Cloth Diaper 101

When I first started thinking about cloth diapering it was about a month before Sarah potty trained so I found no point in looking into it. So when I became pregnant with Shelby I started looking into cloth diapering. I didn’t make the decision to cloth diaper until I was in my second trimester. Below are some of the tips I used for cloth diapering.

Trust me, when you first think about cloth diapering it cam be so overwhelming. You have no idea which diapers to get, where to buy them, how to wash them. But I did do some research first and figured why not at least try. If it it works out then I’ll save us a lot of money!

First, think about what type of style you want to use. This is a loaded question. There are so many different styles out there and some are not for everyone! I liked the easiness of disposables. I liked I just had to strap them on the baby and go. I knew that with Cloth Diapering I would want something easy. We did have an entire newborn stash but Shelby was so big we hardly used them at all. For us we loved the newborn BumGenius AIO. Or you can wait until your baby is big enough for OS (one size) and not even deal with a newborn stash (what we will do next time around). Our favorites are definitely BumGenius OS. sure we have to stuff them with the inserts but I love how they look and to me are not bulky as other diapers. Also, depending on the diapers you get think about washing time. Pockets take no time at all to dry while AIO take much longer.

Second, what is your budget? Before you can set a budget you need to think of the style of diaper you want. Obviously if you go with prefolds and covers it will cost a lot less than going with AIO (all in ones) or pockets. I didn’t really set a budget but I knew wanted to keep my cost as low as possible. Depending on how often you want to wash your diapers depends on how many you need. We have about 12 right now we really like, and fit the baby nicely and 6 that are ones we like but because they are snaps we use them last. We are washing diapers every other day.

Next, I suggest purchasing a few different brands. Don’t go all out and buy one brand and one type of diaper. You don’t know what you or baby will like. I knew I wanted to use what would be easiest but I am glad I have a bunch of different brands to try out. We have both hook and loop (velcro) and snaps. Both have their ups and downs. velcro is easy for night time changes and you can get a really good wit with smaller babies. But velcro can be a pain when it comes to washing, and the diapers may not last all the way to potty training. Snaps, will last longer, are easier to wash but it’s harder to get that snug fit on smaller babies. so purchase a few different brands/styles. Once you know what you like buy in bulk, and you can always sell the diapers you don’t like. (yes, cloth diapers hold excellent resell value).

Lastly, detergent. I decided to buy BumGenius Diaper Detergent. But others use plain tide, or Rockin Green detergent. So be sure to research the detergent that will work for you. You will also want to read up on care and washing your diapers. Everyone will have different suggestions so be sure to read the brand’s website on the diapers you have for their care instructions.

Cloth Diapering is easy really. All you need to do is do a little research before hand on the diapers you want to try, and there are so many awesome blogs/sites out there.

Our favorites are: Bum Genius (velcro and snaps) OS, Kissaluvs newborn, osocozy size s, and Bummis OS. I think I would have our entire stash BumGenius and Bummis only.

Our favorite shops: www.cottonbabies.com, ebay and amazon. Of course there are tons of online stores, if you can find any stores that are local to you then of course that would be best. You can then get a chance to see the diapers in person, feel them and then decide which ones to try out.

I am a total newbie to cloth diapering, but this is what I have learned so far.

 

 

Must Have Breastfeeding Products (with a newborn)

The first few days of breastfeeding is hard. I will be the first to admit it. In fact in the hospital I spent a lot of time in tears because Shelby was having latching problems, I couldn’t get comfortable and I was exhausted still from the whole week before hand.

Once we got home on the Monday following her birth things were a little easier. I was able to relax which also helped Shelby to relax. I was able to use our nursing pillow and be comfortable.  Sure nursing takes up a good portion of your day but I love it. It makes me sit down, relax and enjoy some quiet time with the baby,

Below are some of my absolute favorite must have products for nursing. Of course every mom and baby is different, so while these products work for us, they may not work for everyone!

The first thing I absolutely love is our Boppy. We have a bare naked boppy and various covers for it.  For newborns I love using the Newborn Booster. Below is Shelby laying in my lap with both the boppy and the newborn booster on top. I love that the Booster gives a slight incline for her, and it’s comfortable for me to have her laying in my lap.

When it came to nursing tops I thought any kind would work. But for me, the ones by boob Designs is my favorite. Quite pricey, but so worth it. I have three different short sleeve tops and two tank tops from boob designs. What I love about them is that there is a flap that sits right below the breast that you pull up to nurse. You don’t show any kind of skin what so ever!

A good nursing bra. I love my Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra and my Sport Wire free Nursing Bra by Leading Lady. Having a good nursing bra is probably one of the most important products. I got them both a size larger than I wore pre-pregnancy and they fit great. Gave just enough room for when my breasts are full. I love wearing the sport wire free to bed.

While out and public I always use my Nursing Cover from Bebe au Lait. I have no problem nursing in public, but I also like to stay covered as to not annoy other people. A nursing cover is much better than throwing a blanket over you and baby. with a nursing cover they are specially designed with a patented RigiFlex™ neckline that allows you to look down and see the baby.

A breast pump. Yes, we are exclusively breastfeeding but I also like to pump so I can start a freezer stash. These pumping’s can be used during long road trips and for any emergency situations. We have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. This pump is great for moms who have gone back to work or are pumping a lot to bottle feed. I don’t think it’s a must have for moms who are exclusively breastfeeding but if you want to invest into a great pump then, Medela is the way to go. We are storing the breast milk in the Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags. We haven’t actually used a bottle yet so I have no idea which would work the best for us.

Nursing pads. While I don’t use them every day I love having them on hand and in the diaper bag. If I go out in public and will be out for more than an hour I will use them. My absolute favorite are my Nuk Washable Nursing Pads. I love that they are washable and I can reuse them. They are also much cheaper than disposable nursing pads. I have about ten pairs of reusable nursing pads and I think it is a perfect amount.

another item we use a lot is burp cloths. I really didn’t think we would need them since we are breastfeeding, but Shelby definitely needs to be burped after each feeding and sometimes spits up when she over eats. I made my own burp cloths that I love! They didn’t cost a whole lot to make either. for half a  yard I could make three burp cloths. I used Michael Miller fabric so for half a yard it was 4 dollars. The chenille was 12 dollars for a yard, and I was able to cut nine chenille pieces for burp cloths.

And a book that I love, and also reading for my Doula Training is The Nursing Mother’s Companion. I also like Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers.

Shelby is only a month old so I am sure there are tons of other must have nursing products but these are what we love and use.

*some products featured I received free of cost, but are my favorites and wanted to share them with my readers. No compensation was provided.

Has it really already been one month?

wow… first I can not believe my baby girl is a month old. The first month flew by! With the long 9 months of pregnancy and all the emotions and “what ifs” I truly never thought the day would come and she would be in my arms. I sit every day and stare at her perfect little body, her perfect fingers and toes and her adorable tiny nose.

Yesterday was bittersweet. While we celebrated her one month birthday we also experienced her learning to smile.

It was amazing to see her doing little half smiles at daddy and finally late last night I got a few of her little half smiles. I know it’s only a matter of time until she wakes up full of smiles.

In only one short month my entire life has changed. This perfect little person (all 21 inches of her) amazes me. She has brought so many emotions forward that I never knew I had.

My postpartum recovery has been… well different to say the least. Physically I healed very quickly except for my left hip hurting. But emotionally… I never knew I could be upset and sad like I was.

This month I also realized that my passion for helping women with pregnancy, L&D is something I really do want to do. I have always wanted to help women in the birth experience for 9 years now, and I have finally made the step to get into the medical field by starting out as a Birth Doula. Next I’ll do Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator. I am so excited to get my career going.

I also have that feeling that our little family is not complete yet. I think other moms can relate knowing that they just feel like a piece is still missing. I have no idea if that means we will have any more in the net few years, or if Shelby is our last little lady.

Now, onto Shelby. I can not gush over how much she brightens my day. Even those moments where she is crying and crying and I have no idea how to soothe her, she still amazes me and takes my breath away.

At two weeks Shelby was back up to birth weight, and at 3 weeks 3 days she was 9 pounds 14 ozes. My guess now at 4 weeks 4 days she is 10 pounds. I measured her (well tried to), and got her at 21 inches long and her head is 15 inches.  I know in some of my pictures she may look huge but she is not that big. She is a little peanut growing healthy and perfect.

Samantha (my oldest) adores her, and Shelby adores her too. When she is fussy and obviously needs a nap, Sam loves to sit by the swing and sing to Shelby. (I have to film this!). Sarah too loves to sing to her but I think she gets nervous easily where Sam has great patience. It’s amazing and I look forward to watching the three girls grow together.

It seems that music soothes her and seems to really enjoy Pink Floyd. I know that sounds crazy but some of the songs are so relaxing it helps put her to sleep.

So here we go, into month #2. I can’t wait to watch her grow.

Wordless Wednesday – One Month Old

I know this is a “wordless” post but oh my goodness I can not believe my baby is a MONTH old already.

I stare at her and thank God every day for making a mother to three amazing little girls.