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Rosie at 8 months

My Rosie girl is growing up at the speed of light. I can’t slow it down despite how much I try to take in each moment and study every inch of her adorable little face, down to her long lashes. I’m going to break up her posts into her 8 and 9 month updates and then will be back with a 10 and 11 month update. And before I know it, she will be one. I mean…I’m already pinning things on her secret first birthday board. Gah, I can’t handle that she’s almost one.

Months 8 and 9 got a bit crazy around here because it was around the time where we no longer had a nanny and Rosie went to daycare for the first time. I’ve been back to work since early April, but we were lucky enough to have my mom watch Rosie for 9 weeks until the summer when we got a nanny for both girls. We go to an amazing in-home daycare provider (who we LOVE and Juliet has been there since she was 6 months) and she closes each summer. She follows the school district calendar and has four kids of her own, so having the summer off allows her to be with her kiddos and also gives her a bit of a break so she’s refreshed to begin again each September. Luckily for the summer I found a wonderful nanny (my best friend’s cousin who I’ve known since she was a little girl) and she worked out awesome. The girls really loved her and she had a car so she was able to take them to play dates, the zoo, the park, picnics, etc. This made me super happy. And best part of all with a nanny is not having to do drop off and pick-up everyday. It was so, so amazing and made the transition back to work easier.

Fast forward to September and daycare started for both girls. Turns out drop-off and pick-up with two girlies is a bit harder than one. I mean…duh, of course it is. But honestly until early September when daycare began I really thought to myself often, two kids is a piece of cake!  Once the routine of daycare came into play and having to get two girls dressed, diapers bags packed, bottles poured, etc and get them both out of the house (while also getting myself ready) was when things hit me and I realized, whoa I have two kids and this is not easy! What made it harder was the fact that Erik and I switch off days for drop off and pick-up so the days I have drop-off Erik leaves super early for work so I’m alone. It’s not impossible, but some days are pretty hard. Those are the days when Rosie is a bit fussy in the mornings and Juliet is moving super slowly and not being the best listener. Add in being sleep deprived and once I get the girls dropped off and get to work I’m exhausted! Those days I need all the coffee!

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Rosie at 9 months  

But while some days were harder, of course we have awesome days too and overall, any day with my girls is a wonderful day. I just love them both so much. Despite the transition into daycare being a bit difficult in September, we really did have a lovely couple months.

And we had some really big milestones for Rosie too!

She got her two bottom teeth (at almost 9 months), which was a bit of a surprise for us because Juliet was a very late teeth grower. She didn’t get teeth until she was almost 11 months. And the differences don’t stop there. Rosie was a very fussy teether that week her teeth came in. I know this is pretty much the norm but most babies but Juliet was never bothered by teething so again I was a bit surprised. It was a tough week with teething and I think she had a cold that week as well. Oh my little Rosie. It’s so true what people say, each kiddo is different.

Rosie started crawling at 9 months. She never really did the worm/scoot thing like Juliet did, she just wait straight to crawling. Having a mobile baby all of the sudden was a game changer. We put the pack n play in our master bathroom so she hangs out in there when I shower and get ready. She doesn’t love that though, she wants to get out and about. She loves crawling and always has a big, proud smile on her face.

Solids went ok in months 8 and 9. Rosie ate pretty well but still got most of her nutrition from breastmilk. She did a lot of purees (a blend of store bought pouches and homemade purees stored in Little Green Pouches).  At about 8 months we started giving her puffs and then at 9 months we were giving her more variety of small pieces of table foods. She continued to eat fruit (like bananas and strawberries) with the baby led weaning approach picking the whole thing up and eating it. Her favorite foods during this time were strawberries, bananas, puffs, and peas. She likes breastfeeding the best though and so do I!

Sleep. Oh sleep. Where do I begin? Months 8 and 9, Rosie continued to be in our bed but as she became mobile and crawling it started getting hard. I still loved having my babe in bed right next to me, but none of us were getting great sleep. And I knew it needed to be a matter of time before we got really serious about crib boot camp. It didn’t happen during these months though. A typical night went like this:

Breastfed and laid Rosie down around 7. She would wake up 1-3 times until about 10pm when I would give up and bring her into bed with me.

She would sleep in bed with me until 6 when we woke up and would typically wake up to nurse anywhere from 2-4 times a night from 10-6. Whew. I was so damn tired for (what felt like) a long time. Typing this months later though…it is all so damn worth it. I’d give up sleep a million times over in exchange for those sweeet baby days.

Here are some of my favorite memories from these couple of months:

- the Pizza Farm in Prescott, WI

- having the day off work and taking my girls to the donut shop and zoo

- a fun adventure taking the train downtown to Smack Shack for lobster rolls (the train broke down and we had to be transferred to a bus, it was a long ride)

- a trip to the Apple Orchard

- walking around 50th/France and having pizza with my good friend Jill and her little boy

- having the girlies all to myself all Labor Day weekend when Erik was at a bachelor party. We went to a  splash pad on a hot day and had so much fun

- each and every breastfeeding session. I’ve loved breastfeeding this sweet girl just as much as I did her older sister.

Rosie was such a sweet love during these months. I enjoyed them to the very fullest. Momma loves you forever and ever my darling Rosie girl.

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I’ve been in a bit of denial that summer is just days away from being over. Fall is just around the corner, but it’s still in the 80′s here in Minnesota. And that to me still screams summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. It’s probably my favorite season. So I am taking the approach of savoring the last gorgeous days of summer while anticipating fall.

I’ve partnered with Blue Bunny to help spread the word of their Final Cone-Down contest, which is all about savoring summer to the very last cone. Now this is something my three year old can get really excited about. When she woke up from her nap  on Sunday (yes, my 3.5 year old still naps! Such a beautiful thing) she came downstairs to see an ice cream table set up and the promise of an ice cream cone with gold sprinkles.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you know that my daughter Juliet is an ice cream fanatic. I supposed most 3 year olds are. If it were up to her she would eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And while I do sometimes let her over-indulge I don’t quite let her enjoy her favorite treat that much.

This partnership was a perfect match and made my daughter a very happy little girl.

IMG_5843Because every little girls wants sprinkles on top of their ice cream cone. Besides sprinkles, Juliet is a purist when it comes to ice cream. She loves vanilla and strawberry best. 

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I invited my family over on Sunday afternoon to savor these last summer days and enjoy an ice cream buffet.

It included:

Gingersnap pumpkin spice ice cream sandwiches. What? Yes. You heard that correctly. Recipe below.

Pumpkin spice shakes

Pumpkin spice affogato

Mini apple pies with a scoop of pumpkin spice ice cream

Pumpkin coffee cake with streusel topping and a maple vanilla glaze  

Vanilla ice cream cones with gold sprinkles

It was all quite indulgent and delicious. Pumpkin spice ice cream!!! So easy to make using a really good vanilla ice cream.

One thing I learned the hard way, photographing ice cream is not easy! It melts. Like really fast.

My approach to most dessert tables is a mix of store-bought and homemade elements. Because I’m a working mom of two and I’m busy. I don’t have time to make everything homemade. Incorporating both is a good balance I think.

The star of the dessert table, and the base of most of the desserts was the pumpkin spice ice cream. The recipe is below and is super easy and super delicious. You know you all have cans of pumpkin in your pantry, here is another way to put it to good use that doesn’t include baking.

IMG_5814A pumpkin spice shake. Easy peasy. All you need is vanilla ice cream, pumpkin spice (if you don’t have it you can use cinnamon) and canned pumpkin puree. Recipe at bottom of the post. 

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IMG_5773Super easy gingersnap pumpkin ice cream sandwiches. Made with store-bought cookies. 

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IMG_5862Until September 22nd you can participate in the Blue Bunny Final Cone-Down to win prizes like personal electronics and other gear. Entering to win is super easy. Just take a photo enjoying the last days of summer and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #FinalConeDown and #BlueBunnyWinBig. Full details are available on the contest page.  

And the fun doesn’t stop here. I’m giving away 5 vouchers for Blue Bunny ice cream. Because everyone needs 5 quarts of ice cream in their freezer, am I right?

To enter simply leave a comment below with how you’re savoring these last days of summer. Be sure to leave your email address. Eligible to US residents only. Contest will end at midnight on 9/22/15.

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Blue Bunny. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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pumpkin spice vanilla ice cream
 
Ingredients
  • 1.75 quart of blue bunny premium vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until incorporated.
  2. Scoop into a cup for malts.
  3. Add between two cookies for a sandwich.
  4. Add coffee to a scoop in a mug for an affogato.
  5. Serve on top of apple pie.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

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Often times on a weekend morning you can find me making a quiche or egg bake or egg casserole. Glass pie plate, eggs, milk (or better yet cream) and cheese. 45 minutes later and I serve up a savory, delicious breakfast that fuels me (and my family) for the day. And usually on the weekends I need a hearty meal to start the day. Because I need to be on my A-game. I’ve got a whole day ahead with two little girls. And probably not a lot of sleep. So I need a good meal, like this sausage and egg casserole loaded with veggies. And coffee. Obvi. Lots of coffee.

This is my third post in my partnership with Lavazza coffee. Over the past 6 months my husband and I have not drank any other coffee at home. We’ve been spoiled. And I can honestly say we’re obsessed. Especially Erik, which is funny because he never used to be a huge coffee drinker. He’d drink it out of necessity but never for the pure and simple pleasure coffee brings. But since we’ve had Lavazza he is the first one to head downstairs in the morning and brews a big batch for us. By the time I head down with the kiddos he’s on his second cup. He loves it. The flavor is great and since we switched from using our one cup coffee maker to a slow drip machine, it tastes even better.

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This month, Lavazza is the official coffee of tennis lovers. They are an official promotional partner and exclusive coffee of the US Open Tennis Championship. I’m not actually a huge fan of tennis. Let’s face it. I don’t really exercise much these days (does carrying around a 3 year old and a baby count?). But if you’re a big fan, you can enter to win a trip to the Men’s Final at the US Open.

And while I don’t play tennis or even regularly exercise, I still need to eat healthy and fuel up for what is typically a busy day with two little kiddos. So I created this recipe with that in mind. It’s loaded with mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli…plus sausage and cheese to give it a savory, salty kick and of course bread, which is a staple for an egg casserole. To keep it on the healthy side I used multi-grain bread and swapped out heavy cream (which I usually use in my egg bakes) for milk.

 

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Juliet liked this a lot. And I am bringing leftovers to work for breakfast. Because I need to be on my A-Game on Monday mornings at work, too!

Don’t forget to serve this egg casserole with a big ol’ mug of Lavazza coffee. Because who can be on their A-Game without coffee?!

Be sure to check out Lavazza coffee, you can purchase it online or at select retail locations. You can also follow Lavazza on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

broccoli, cheddar, and sausage egg casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 package ground breakfast sausage (I like Jimmy Deans natural)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 4 slices of bread (I used whole wheat)
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Brown the breakfast sausage in a large skillet until fully cooked
  3. Add the mushrooms and spinach and cook for about 4 minutes
  4. Drain the excess liquid from the pan and set aside to cool to room temperature
  5. Slice the bread into cubes and add to a large bowl
  6. In a separate mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk and about a ½ teaspoon of pepper. Mix well
  7. Add the egg and milk mixture to the to the bread. Add the cooled sausage and veggie mixture and combine everything thoroughly
  8. Add in the cheese and broccoli and stir to combine
  9. Spray a pie dish with cooking spray and add the egg/sausage/veggie mixture.
  10. Place in oven for about 45 minutes. Begin checking at about 35 minutes and check every 5 minutes until top is lightly browned and center is firm to the touch.
  11. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  12. Optional: top with hot sauce

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Lavazza and is a part of an annual Lavazza Passionista partnership I have with them. All opinions are my own.

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6 months

Rosie girl 6 months

I’m so behind. No big surprise. So I thought I’d do a double posts that captures all things sweet Rosie as she is now 7 months now. So many milestones have occurred, so many smiles and giggles and so, so much joy.

Here is a rundown of all the exciting milestones over the past couple of months:

We started solids a little before Rosie turned 6 months. I wasn’t in a big hurry to start but she seemed very interested and ready to give some food a try. We have been doing it very slow and with no real plan. We’re doing a bit of homemade purees (can I get a hell yeah for my BlendTec?!) as well as Baby Led Weaning approach where we basically just put soft slices of food on her high chair and let her give them a try. The very first food Rosie tried with a mango slice. She was sitting on my lap and basically reached for it, so I let her suck on it. She seemed to like it. Since then she’s has many different fruits and veggies and a little oatmeal cereal. She eat bananas and strawberries and basically just squishes them in her sweet chubby hands and then brings them to her mouth and chews a bit. Sometimes she’ll hold onto a whole strawberry and take bites until it’s gone. On those strawberry days here little hands smell sweet after, sort of like cotton candy. The last time I noticed this and was kissing her hands over and over I thought to myself, I need to remember this. Here is a list of all the foods Rosie has had in the past month:

Oatmeal cereal
Prunes
Bananas
Strawberries
Peas
Sweet potatoes
Carrots

At 5 months and 2 weeks Rosie rolled over for the very first time. I don’t know if this is later than average but Juliet rolled over sooner I think. And then about a month later she began rolling front to back and vice versa. And now she rolls all over the room. She can move fast too. So for now, her mode of  mobility is rolling but I doubt it will be too long before she’s scooting and then crawling.

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Two days after Rosie turned 6 months (on July 12th), she started sitting up. One day she couldn’t sit and then the next she could. This was a bit earlier than Juliet but maybe only by a week or two. Chubby, sitting Rosie is just about one of the cutest things ever.

At 6.5 months Rosie went swimming for the first time. Wow did she love it. We were in North Dakota for Erik’s family reunion and we took the girls to the public pool because it was hot hot hot for a few days. Rosie absolutely loved the water (so does her big sister) and we had a blast splashing around. Unfortunately, shortly after we got home from North Dakota Rosie got hand, foot and mouth, presumably from the pool. EW. Luckily, she only had a mild fever for a few days and on the third day we took her to the doctor and they saw blisters on her tonsils. My poor babe. Luckily she had it very mildly and was pretty much better after day 4.

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Rosie babbles all the time and I think she’s said dadadada but she isn’t making any associations yet. I doubt it will be long. I can tell she’s smart like her sister.

When Juliet turned 7 months a couple weeks ago, we decided it’s time to transition her from bedsharing to the crib. I was dreading it, but very surprisingly the transition went well the first week. She woke up a few times each night, but after nursing quick she would go right back to sleep. Then abruptly, Rosie decided she didn’t want anything to do with the crib and the next week was terrible. She was waking up 5-10 times a night before I was just so exhausted I gave up and brought her into bed with us. So I know the inconsistently is terrible when it comes to bedtime routines. I really love bedsharing so I’m second guessing if putting her in the crib at night is right for us…we will continue to figure it out. In the meantime, I am sleep deprived. Like really really tired pretty much all the time. Last week at work was especially hard…sitting in meetings and forcing myself to concentrate meanwhile wondering if I was losing my mind from the lack of sleep. It’s been a bit better the past couple days. But regardless, the struggle at bedtime coupled with trying to go to bed at a decent times leaves me with absolutely no time for myself or time with Erik. Like none. I know it’s a phase so I try not to dwell too much because I know how quickly this sweet girl of mine is going to be a toddler. And I’m not ready for that. At all. Right now she is just this beautiful, chubby, sweet and happy baby. I am so, so in love with her. When I wake in the morning I pick her up and revel that it seems that she literally grew overnight. She’s getting so big that when she nurses I feel like she’s splayed so long across me. I remember when just a few short months ago she was a teeny tiny newborn that bit right on my chest.

Rosie still loves breastfeeding and it is our special time to connect after a long day a part. It’s our time together each weekend…like 10 times a day. I let her nurse and nurse and nurse and then nurse some more. During the day. At night. Anytime she wants. We love it. It’s such a special bond and I won’t be surprised when she’s 2 and still nursing. Especially if she is my last baby. But that’s still a debate that Erik and I continue to have.

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But when it comes to Rosie, I can’t even explain the immense joy she brings me simply by being Rosie. She is so damn happy, that girl. She is smiling almost 99% of the time. And often it’s a huge open-mouthed smile. Being around her just makes you feel happy. I know Erik feels it to. Juliet was such a sweet baby too, but she was nowhere near as smiley as Rosie. I can’t get enough. I just want to eat her up. Her sweet, chunky writs, her downy hair. Sigh. She is amazing.

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Happy 6 and 7 months my darling Rosie-girl.

 

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My family and I try to have a lot of little celebrations all summer long because let’s face it, we live in Minnesota and we need to celebrate every second that snow isn’t covering the ground. Summer doesn’t last long and little celebrations help us savor these precious days when the sun is warm, babies are slathered in sunscreen and the kiddie pool is filled to the brim.

Being parents of two, our summers sure aren’t what they used to be.

But I wouldn’t trade those days for what we have now for anything. I’m so glad we had that time in our twenties and early thirties to be carefree but I love what we have now with our little ones even more. Life is a different kind of fun. The splash pad and zoo and playdates kind of fun. Little ones love being outdoors so in the summer that’s where we spend our time. When evening rolls around we are tired and happy. We celebrate another wonderful weekend coming to a close by opening a bottle of wine on Sunday evening  and taking an extra hour to make a really good dinner.

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For our Sunday dinner, I decided to make shredded turkey tacos with queso fresco, farmers’ market tomatoes, queso fresco, cilantro and lettuce. It was HOT on Sunday and I didn’t want to be working in the kitchen with the oven or stove on so I made the turkey in the crockpot, which was easy and makes a very flavorful, moist, shredded turkey.

We paired the tacos with Middle Sister Wines Pinot Grigio. In the summer I switch exclusively to white wine, because it’s hot and I like my beverages chilled. Pinot Grigio paired well with these turkey tacos, especially with their spicy flavor against the crisp and light notes of the wine.

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I was hoping my sister Katie and her husband Drew would join us for dinner, but they had other plans. So yes Erik and I drank the whole bottle to ourselves. After the girls went to bed, of course.

A little about Middle Sister Wines

- Did you know that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? WE DID!!! And that is why we have dedicated a wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own, and steals the show. Not everyone has a wine named especially just for her…some people are just born lucky! Enjoy these sassy wines with your favorite family meals.
- Crafted by award-winning winemaker Nancy Walker (a middle sister herself), the portfolio includes a wide variety of delicious red, white and sparkling wines from California and Argentina.
- The Middle Sister brand is based on a series of quirky “middle sister” characters who each claim their own varietal and personality. – The various sisters are engaging and entertaining.
- Middle Sister just received a brand makeover and now features “Drops of Wisdom” which are a dose of inspiration right on the front label.

I’ve talked about my sister A LOT on the blog over the years. She and I are really close. I basically tell her everything. She lives a mile down the road from me. I am so grateful to have a sister. It makes me so happy that my girls have each other. Of course, when we were younger, we weren’t always the best of friends. She is 5 years younger than me and I always found her to be quite annoying. She was always stealing my diary and spying on my boyfriend and I (in high school). We actually didn’t become friends until we were well into our twenties. That’s just how it goes with sisters.

We are also both middle sisters. We have an older brother and a younger brother. Judging from the description of the middle sister above, I’m not sure it really describes either my sister or I, but definitely not my sister. Maybe me a little bit.

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Katie is notorious for buying wine based on how cute the label is, so it wouldn’t surprise me if she has picked up a bottle of Middle Sister Wines in the past. And this Drama Queen Pinot Grigio couldn’t be more relevant because when Katie was younger she demanded that everyone call her Queenie. No I’m not joking.

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A bottle of wine that would entice gals like my sister who purchase based on how cute the label is

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I was pretty proud of myself with this dinner. It was really freaking good. And now we have leftovers for days.

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Queso fresco brings tacos to a whole other level. Just trust me.

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IMG_5575Middle Sister Wine can be found at many liquor stores as well as in most Targets (where alcohol is sold). As if you needed another reason to love Target, right? You can also go to their website and type in your zip code and find a retailer near you.

shredded turkey tacos with queso fresco and radishes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package turkey breast tenderloin (I used Jennie-O, came with 2 breasts)
  • 1 bottle of beer (any kind, I used Corona Light, you can also use 2 cups of chicken broth)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
  • 1-2 medium sized ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
  • 1 package of queso fresco, (you will only need about ⅓ of it), crumbled
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • Optional: sour cream, hot sauce, salsa
Instructions
  1. Add the turkey breast tenderloin, bottle of beer (or chicken stock) and packet of taco seasoning to the crockpot. Stir to incorporate. Turn to low, cover and cook for about 5 hours, or until tender and done (should shred easily with a fork.)
  2. Transfer turkey to a large bowl and shred with two forks
  3. Warm the corn tortillas for about 30-45 seconds in the microwave.
  4. Assemble the tacos with the turkey, lettuce, radishes, queso fresco, tomatoes and cilantro.
  5. Enjoy!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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So I blinked and another month went by. Actually more than a month. Rosie turned 4 months on May 10. I’m just getting around to blogging about it now after a month hiatus from posting. It wasn’t intentional to take that much time away from the blog but holy crap the last 6 weeks have just absolutely flown by. And not really in a good way. Being back to work and being so busy makes time go by so fast. I try to stop and take everything in and enjoy these sweet baby moments with my girl. But the time keeps racing by.

The past month or so has been a bit stressful, if I’m being honest. Going back to work this time around might be even harder than the first. Going back right away I totally felt like “I got this”.  I had done the whole back to work after baby thing once before and I knew I’d be ok. And it was ok. It wasn’t awesome, but it was ok. I missed my baby of course…but what I wasn’t expecting was the awful mom brain that took over and the total sleep deprivation that I experienced (well and still have). I would be sitting in meetings and looking around willing myself to concentrate on what my colleagues were saying and my mind just felt foggy. It was hard to pay attention. And then I would think to myself, “what’s going on? Am I stupid? Why does it seem like everyone else is getting it and I have no clue what is going on?” Man, I was tired. Well and I still am. I think I’ve said that twice now. Yup, I’m damn tired.

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But Rosie…oh my sweet Rosie…she is just so wonderful. She is my little dream baby and I don’t for one second take for granted how lucky I am to have her. She smiles so much, like 1,000 times a day. She smiles for photos. It’s so fun. She coos and squeals and makes me so happy. She loves breastfeeding. She smiles so big for her big sister, Juliet. Seeing those two together literally make my life.

One huge challenge we unfortunately have is that Rosie doesn’t take a bottle. Ok, so she sometimes takes a bottle. But at the most we are talking 3ish ounces a day. We waste a lot of precious breastmilk around here and my mom (who takes care of her everyday) works with her all day long on the bottle. Sometimes it can take upwards of two hours to get Rosie to drink a couple ounces. I get the play by play via text while I’m at work and my heart races and my anxiety is through the roof. Why won’t she just eat?! She must be hungry! I worry all day long about my girl. I’m so thankful for every minute that my mom takes care of her. Because she’s the kind of grandma that has all the patience in the world and is loving and sweet to my baby and holds her for naps. Rosie also is not a great napper and definitely not a big fan of the crib.

So yeah…the not drinking bottles and not napping well are a bit challenging. It’s not all roses with Rosie. She makes up for not eating during the day while I’m at work by waking up a lot at night to eat. And or course I will feed her 1,000 times a night if she wants to because I worry about her not gaining enough weight. She was a good weight at her 4 month appointment though so she seems to still be gaining weight despite barely eating all day.  She eats most of her calories at night (this explains my total sleep deprivation).

But honestly, I get home from work and feed her right away and see her big smile and all those challenges go right out the window and I am seriously in baby bliss with her.

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I mean…look at her, she is just so adorable and yummy. I love her so.

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Rosie is still in our room at night, mostly in bed right beside me. It makes it easier to feed her all night long. I think she’ll probably be in our room for a while longer. By 5 months Juliet was already sleeping well in her crib. Each baby really is so different.

I’ve posted a bunch of times about Rosie’s bottle issues on Instagram and have gotten some good ideas. But trust me we’ve tried so many things. Different bottles and nipples. Different positions. Sleeping and awake. Distracted and cuddled close. Fresh milk and frozen milk (it’s not a lipase issue, I’ve tasted it). When she’s hungry and when she’s not too hungry. The one thing we try to be consistent with is to stop trying with the bottle as soon as she seems upset. Usually she just plays with the nipple and chews on it. She doesn’t get too upset or frantic about being given a bottle (like I’ve heard some babies do) but she rarely will latch and drink. And I want her to soo badly. I want her belly to be nice and full and happy while I’m at work. Plus I have like 600 ounces of frozen milk for her in my freezer that just keeps building up. So yeah…we are working through some big challenges here. But enough of that.

Other fun things about Rosie’s 4th month include:

- Giggles and laughing (the sweetest sound!)

- More hair and it still sticks straight up and we love it so much

- Grabbing and holding toys

- Loving bath time with her big sister

I know this post has been a bit all over the board. I know I’ve shared some challenges we’ve had but most importantly over everything, I love this girl so, so much. And I love having two kiddos. Two girls. My girls. How did I ever get so lucky?

Happy 4 months my sweet Rosie-girl! Now please take a bottle :)

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