One Month with Olivia + Our Baby Favorites

Never has a month flown by faster than the past four weeks. Olivia turned one month old on Friday and I swear I feel like we were just bringing her home for the hospital a few days ago. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine life without her now. The past month has been filled with interrupted sleep, slower mornings, realizing it takes twice as long to do anything but most importantly feeling blessed beyond belief that God choose us to be this precious little girl’s parents. Not a day goes by that we don’t say to each other how much we love her. Our hearts are full in a way I never knew existed before.

We’ve been finding our groove as new parents and feeling more and more comfortable with braving meals out and getting back into our routine with this little love by our side. Not to say we haven’t had a mini meltdown at Target… but we’re figuring out her queues and what works. She typically eats every three hours and we’re working on getting a (laid-back) schedule with the eat-play-sleep mentality.  Olivia loves being held, riding in the car and being outside. On the other hand, she hates being strapped into the carseat (but is getting better each time), baths are a work in progress and diaper changes/getting dressed aren’t her favorite.

Clothing wise we’re still in newborn and finally getting into a few 0-3 month pieces that don’t swallow her whole. Words of advice- make sure you have newborn clothes. Lots of people told me not to bother with newborn clothes since most babies go straight to 0-3, so I had to go out and get more once she was born. The convertible gowns are ideal in the beginning and honestly is there anything sweeter than a little baby in a gown?

Favorite Products:

+ Keekaroo Peanut Changer: I know when I first purchased this Brian was rolling his eyes at the price for a changing pad. Fast forward a month and it only took two blowouts and getting peed on while changing a diaper to realize the value in it. It’s so easy to quickly wipe down and clean without having to start another load of laundry multiple times a week. It would probably be my #1 favorite baby purchase so far.

+ Dockatot:  Worth the hype that you’ve no doubt heard about it. Olivia will nap a solid two hours when lounging in this! I love that it’s easily portable and we just move it from room to room. We’re heading to Charleston for Labor Day and will definitely be bringing this with us!

+ Comotomo Bottles: Our pediatrician recommended adding 1 bottle feeding a day to get her used to taking one and she’s been a champ with these bottles! They’re made to closely mimic natural breastfeeding and we haven’t had any issues with nipple confusion or any pushback from her drinking from these. Major bonus that it’s only 3 parts to clean!

+ Swaddles: We rotate between 3 swaddles – Ollie, Woombie and Love to Dream.  At night we use either the Ollie or Woombie since her startle reflex easily wakes her up. The tight wrapping that these two give are perfect for keeping her snug all night. For naps during the day I alternate between the Ollie/Woombie and the Love to Dream. I love that all 3 swaddle options have an opening at the bottom for easy middle of the night diaper changes.

+ Uppababy Stroller and Carseat: For sure a splurge, but a stroller option that will work for up to three kids and is a breeze to open/close. It’s such a smooth ride when pushing it too! We opted for the Mesa carseat since it easily clipped into the stroller and didn’t require an extra adapter. When it’s just her and I out running errands the last thing I want to fumble with is an adapter while trying to juggle everything else. We also used the sleep approved bassinet that came with the stroller for her first few weeks at home and just kept it next to my side of the bed for easy nighttime feedings.

+ Rock and Play: another baby item that has been a lifesaver. The incline and snug feeling when she’s in there are probably key to keeping a baby happy when you have things to get done and they just want to be held. Love that this one can be plugged in and a timer can be set for the rocking motion.

xx

 

15 Comments

  1. August 28, 2017 / 6:34 am

    Olivia is so sweet! Sounds like you’ve definitely found your footing & are doing an awesome job!

  2. August 28, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Oh my gosh – how is this little nugget already one month?! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  3. August 28, 2017 / 8:13 am

    She is just such a beautiful baby and I’m sure y’all are just smitten!! Glad you’re starting to get back into more of a normal routine!

    Rosy Outlook

  4. August 28, 2017 / 8:23 am

    how cute is she?! a month really has flown by right? so glad you’re enjoying all these new moments. happy week chica!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. susyqstyles
    August 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Love the little smirk!!! Can’t wait to see Olivia this coming weekend!!!!

  6. August 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Could she be any cuter?? I can’t believe she is already one month! She is gonna be a teenager before you know it. Time needs to slow down. Glad to hear that you are adjusting well. The first few weeks are always tough.

  7. August 28, 2017 / 11:31 am

    She is SO Sweet! Also, I really love the name Olivia. <3

  8. August 28, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    O. M. G!!! I can not take her cuteness!!! So crazy how fast time flies… seems like she was still in your tummy like yesterday! Soak in all these moments.. I took mine to Kinder last week and still slightly depressed lol

    Brittany 🙂
    http://www.kingdomofsequins.com

  9. August 28, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    That month flew by!! I keep going back and forth on the Dock a Tot but I think I just need to get one!

  10. August 28, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I can’t believe Olivia is already one month old!!! I’ve loved following along on your new adventure as a mom and all the adorable photos you’ve shared!

  11. August 28, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    She is beautiful!! Can’t believe it has already been a month!

  12. August 28, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    That’s good to know about clothes, I always give people with clothes that are bigger in size! So glad all is well, she’s beautiful!

  13. jillian
    August 29, 2017 / 8:50 am

    happy one month!! she is so cute! and 2.5 yrs later we STILL love our keekaroo! it’s the BEST! xo jillian

  14. August 29, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Your favorites list is so similar to mine! lol we love the Love 2 Dream swaddle, Uppababy, rock n play, como tomo, and so much more too 😉

    It’s funny too because my little girl hates the same things…but some are getting better! Car seat and getting dressed is still 50/50 but bath time is fun now (she’s 3 months old) when it used to be a screaming fit the entire time haha! xx