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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 month photos!

I am still trying to convince myself that, yes, Hallie is in fact 3 months old already and I am not in a dream! She is just getting too big, too fast! But these cute photos did a great job helping me come to this realization! I hope you enjoy, and again, many thanks to Purple Moments Photography

Hope you enjoyed! Happy Tuesday! 
<3 Kelly

Monday, September 29, 2014

Must Have Monday 0-3 months

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Ours was awesome! Hallie's pictures went GREAT despite the crazy morning before them! I can't wait to share them with you! We should get them on Tuesday, so be looking for them later in the week! Also I may have a new snazzy Blog Cover photo too! Many thanks again to Larissa with Purple Moments Photography! We also got to spend a TON of time with Christopher's Mom/Memi! Here are some cute pics of Hallie with Memi and Pop.

























Now on to Monday! For today's Must Have Monday, I thought now that we have reached the 3 month mark, I would share with you some of the products that we couldn't live with out in our first 3 months! Some of these products I have shared with you before, but they are just THAT important guys!

For Baby
 1.) The Fisher Price Rock n' Play Sleeper- This sleeper is awesome! It is the perfect height to put by the bed while they are small AND it vibrates and rocks! Now that Hallie is in her crib, we don't use it for sleeping, but FUN FACT...she is happily kicking away in it next to me, RIGHT NOW!

2.) Carters Newborn and Preemie sized onesies.  If your little one is long and skinny like mine...these will be the ONLY ones that fit just right!

3.) Pampers Sensitive diapers- These have been great because Hallie has always been a great sleeper, and I don't have to worry about her getting a rash from staying in the same diaper while she sleeps for a long time.

4.) Board Books...any and all board books! Room on the Broom is a favorite right now, but Hallie just LOVES to be read to! She stares at the pictures and has recently started cooing back! So cute!
5.) Dr. Brown Bottles- This brand it great! Especially for gassy babies!
 6.) Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant seat- LOVE our carseat! I especially love how padded the infant cushion is because of how little Hallie was in the beginning! 
7.) Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle- OKAY I'll admit, I was pretty skeptical of this contraption at first, and I still think it's kind of ugly and HATE covering up Hallie's cute PJs, BUT IT WORKS! She can't kick out of it, and sleeps infinitely better with it on! 
 8.) Skip Hop Owl Activity Gym- It makes tummy time a little better for a baby who hates it.  It has mirrors and a lot of cute toys and places to attach rings!
9.)   Avent Soothie Pacifier- These dumb things were the ONLY pacis Hallie would take FOREVER! They are ugly and cover her whole face, but she loves them!
10) Kate Quinn organics receiving blanket- This blanket is so soft! And Hallie loves it!
For Mommy
1.) Coffee! I really don't care what brand for the most part, but Dunkin Donuts is my FAVE...and trust me..I bleed coffee..especially now!
2.) My planner!! I know, I know! I've told you before, but seriously this brand! It has a grid system, so I can keep work separate from my personal life, separate from Christopher's schedule and Hallie's schedule! AMAZING! 
3) High Rise Leggings from Forever 21- I love how these stretched with my baby belly before and after pregnancy while I worked on getting back into jeans! 
4.) Gilligan O'Malley nursing bras- These were comfy and functional while I was pumping (THANK THE LORD I AM DONE)
5.) A phone with a great camera to capture those smiles and cute faces for friends and family! I have the Samsung S5, sorry guys, not an                                                                                                                               Apple user here...
6.) High Low shirts to go over said leggings. Especially ones that open in the front for...ahem...easy access,,,
7.)Thermos Intak water bottle- I love how there is a dial on the side that counts how many times I have filled it up, so I can make sure to drink plenty of water, while nursing, and now while I am still attempting to lose that baby weight!
 8.) Ouchless hair ties- Love these from Goody because they are cute and people might not notice that you have spit up in your hair...ha! Just kidding, but seriously, these are great! Best part..they dont leave creases! 
9.) Coach Diaper Bag- LOVE THE POCKETS!
10.) Motorola Video Monitor- This one is cool because you can move the camera around on the handheld device in case baby moves in the crib.  It also has a microphone so you can talk to baby from another room! 

What were your must- haves in the first few months?
<3 Kelly  
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Oh hey, Friday! 5 Things that have me excited today!

Hello readers and Happy Friday!!! Are you as ecstatic for the weekend as me?! Good!
I seem to be extra bouncy today! I don't know if it's because it's Friday, and we have so many fun things to look forward to today and into the weekend, or if it's the weather, or the fact that my adorable daughter is giggling and cooing at me more and more and it melts this mommy's heart clear to the floor! Whatever the reason, here are 5 things that have me excited today!


1.)  We got Hallie's Halloween costume in the mail yesterday!!!! Wahooo!!! I cannot wait to reveal it to you in October, but just know 2 things! 1. It is FREAKING ADORABLE and 2. I will be writing a review on maker of said costume sometime in October, so be looking out for that!


2.)  Today we are having lunch with Joyce...or Tia Joyce to Hallie! Ever had a friend who could finish your thoughts, is ALWAYS there for you no matter what, you can have giggle fits like you are first graders again with? Yep, that's Joyce! It's been about a week since we have seen each other (yes, that's a LONG TIME) and even longer since we've had a good 'ol bestie lunch, so this sh'all be fun (Joyce...see what I did there?...Sh'all!...Ha!) 
3.) My Mother In Law (Don't you hate that term! It always sounds like it has a negative connotation even though mine is a saint!) is coming in tonight for the weekend! I REALLY hit the jackpot of Mother's In Law you guys! She is so sweet, thoughtful and always so helpful, and definitely where my wonderful husband got his sense of humor from! Ps. She did an amazing job raising him! Hallie cannot wait to spend some time with her Memi, and I am looking forward to it just as much!
4) Hallie's 3 month pictures are in the morning! I still cannot believe 3 months have flown by! It still feels like yesterday that I was sitting in my hospital bed with a basketball for a belly imagining what she would look like...I never imagined she would be this perfect! I can't wait to share these photos with you once we get them! As I mentioned before, one of the sweet Moms from our playgroup is going to do them for us! If you are in the Dallas area, you should check her out.  She is an aspiring photographer and offering a really REALLY good introductory rate! And she took this awesome picture of my baby girl! 
https://www.facebook.com/purplemomentsphotos
5.) On Sunday I get to catch up with my cousin Karley! Love this kid! We are going to grab some lunch and chat, I've missed her so much! Aaaand since it is Flashback Friday...here is a picture of us from way back when....
I hope everyone has a great weekend planned! Can't wait to follow up on Monday!!!!
X's and O's and all that!
<3 Kelly 
Linking up with September Farm



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Carousel Play Date

Yesterday Hallie and I met up for a play date with my friend Parisa and her adorable little girl Darya!

 Before we left Daddy snapped a few pictures of his girls!

First we met up at the carousel in the mall so that the girls could have a ride.  Darya was so cute! She had her BIG brown eyes set on the pony she wanted to ride on as soon as she arrived! 
I am still undecided on how Hallie felt about riding the carousel.  At times she seemed happy and was smiling, then other times her eyes bugged out scared as if to say "Mom, what crazy contraption have you got me on!" 

After our fun ride, we went to the Barnes and Noble cafe and had coffee and lunch. (So actually funny story, that's where Parisa and I met.  We both worked their in college.  Even funnier story....our husbands went to Elementary school together!) So anyway, while we chatted over coffee, Darya happily colored and Hallie took a little nap.  It is so nice to have friends with kiddos! Parisa is also putting together a book club that I cannot wait to join! a) I love reading and b) As much as I hate being away from my baby, it will be nice to get some Mommy time every now and then! So thank you Parisa for giving me the opportunity to get out every now and then! I am thrilled to be joining! 
This is the best pic we could get of both kids

 That face...really!?
So in other randomness...because that is how this post has felt....
This little one taught herself how to go to bed on her own yesterday! We put her in her crib awake around 8pm after a bath,and by 8:15, she was out! She didn't even wake up until 6am!
I feel half...no 98% blessed and 2% scared that she is going to stop being the angel she is at any minute and get tough...oh terrible twos..I am sure will hit us hard!
But for now I will enjoy the good sleeper we have and live it up by giving myself Jamicures, drinking wine and enjoying the Parenthood premiere tonight! 
How was your Tuesday? 
<3 Kelly
P.S. Latest Jamicure! What do you think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Many Faces of Hallie: Call Me Maybe

I can just see our phone bill now! We are in trouble if she's already making calls now!


Hey, while I have you here: Check out my Mom's new blog about her journey with colon cancer.  She has been so strong and would love the support! 
Have a happy Wednesday!
<3 Kelly 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3 months of Hallie Anne

Hallie Anne turned 3 months old this weekend! I cannot believe it has been 3 months already! Though still in her newborn clothes, she has grown SO much! I pulled out one of her preemie onesies that was too big for her when we brought her home and held it up to her the other day.  It looks like dolly clothes and is hard to believe that it ever fit on her, let alone that it was baggy!

Here are a few of her older pictures first:






And now some of my BIG 3 month old girl! It's insane to see how much she has changed from that wrinkly little newborn to now!







Here is a little more about Hallie Anne:
  • Age- 3 months!
  • Weight- When I made her chalkboard I was going off her weight a few weeks ago! I took her in yesterday...girlfriend is 9 lb 4 oz! Granted that was with clothes on, but still! I bet she is definitely over 9 for sure!
  • Length- We didn't measure length yesterday, but last we checked she was 21 1/2, so my guess is 22 1/2! 
  • Size- We are still in newborn diapers and onesies.  Even the 0-3 month ones swim on this girl! She is just sooo skinny! Now with her PJs, I just pulled out a lot of the 0-3 month for her length! She is so LONG! 
  • Eyes- Still blue! I am holding out hope that they stay that way! She just melts my heart when she stares up at me with those HUGE blue eyes! Even if they do change I will never forget the way they are today! 
  • Hair- Brown, but seems to be getting lighter. She also has a HUGE cowlick that stands straight up like Alfalfa! (AGAIN with the Little Rascals! Sorry y'all their a fave over here!)  
  • Sleeping- This chick loves her sleep! We got the crib thing down! I usually put her in her crib between 7-8pm and she doesn't make a peep until 5-6am! We go about 10 hours! I actually start to miss her! During the day- She also will want to go down for a 1 hour nap about an hour after her first morning bottle..clearly 10 hours isn't enough y'all! I can also expect short naps throughout the day with a long one some time in the afternoon.  
  • Eating- Aside from the night we still eat every 3 hours.  She is on formula and takes 3-4 ounces at a time...I have tried to push 4 every time, but then we have huge spit up issues...like projectile spitting up that gets all over her, me, the couch, the neighbors dog...you get the picture...
  • Milestones- She can hold in her paci, recognize mommy and daddy from a distance (when she sees us, she smiles so big!), She giggles a little more now...still waiting for her to roll over...Mommies, when did your little ones do this?  
  • Memorable outings- Trip to Houston to meet Daddy's family, Balloon Festival, Play group and story time!
  • Favorite toys/activities- Do ceiling fans and mirrors count?! Lol She loves looking at "the baby in the mirror" and could stare at a ceiling fan ALL DAY! She also likes her zebra toy and rings! LOVES to be read to!
  • Words/sounds- She is kind of starting to imitate sounds and if you haven't seen this video, go watch it now! She just cracks me up!
  • Nicknames- I call her sweet pea, sweet girl or Hal...Daddy likes to call her Daniel son when I put headbands on her...but other than that sticks to a generic sweetie or cutie!
  • Funny moments- This video y'all I seriously can't get enough of it!
  • Looking forward to- watching her learn new things and spending the upcoming holidays with her! So much more magical with a baby! 
We have 3 month pictures this weekend with a Mommy from our Play group! She is an aspiring photographer and offering a really good deal...otherwise I probably wouldn't get them done, but I can't say no to pictures of this girl! Can't wait to share them with you! 
Happy Tuesday.
<3 Kelly 



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