Rosalyn 1 month 2

Our sweet little Rosalyn turned one month last week. As most parents say about the first month (and all months, all years), it absolutely flew by. And it was wonderful. The night feedings, the diaper changes even because they come with the sweetest newborn snuggles, the breastfeeding, those little baby coos. Rosie is a very easy baby, similar to Juliet at this age. She rarely cries or fusses…nights aren’t awesome, but I know they aren’t really supposed to be this early on. She’s up every 2-4 hours at night (a 4 hour stretch is rare). I am a bit tired, but nothing my coffee in the morning can’t fix.

Juliet has been so great with her sister. She clearly loves “her baby Rosie” and while she did have some regression in the first few weeks we brought Rosie home (including a couple instances where she politely asked me to “put the baby back in my tummy)” she’s been doing so well in the past few days. She is always asking “how is my baby”? It’s really sweet. I’m so ridiculously happy and thankful to have my two sweet little girls.

Rosalyn has pretty much the same likes and dislikes as Juliet did around one month:

Likes:

Breastfeeding (we do this on-demand and I really love it. She has been a champion breastfeeder and has basically never had a single issue). She just got it right away. I’m sure it helped that I have 2 years of experience with Juliet. I couldn’t be more grateful that breastfeeding her has been easy because it was difficult with Juliet the first few weeks and that’s really stressful).

Snuggling on momma’s chest

Being held

Being wrapped in a warm blanket

Sleeping in bed with momma

The rock ‘n play (but only for naps, not night sleeping unfortunately)

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Dislikes:

Being cold

Baths

Sleeping in the rock ‘n play or co-sleeper at night

Being put down

Maternity leave is freaking awesome. It’s like the best vacation ever. I mean…obviously I know it’s no all-inclusive stay in Mexico. But there is just something really nice about having 3 months from work…away from that type of stress and taking time to really slow down with your new baby. And I actually really like my job. A lot. But I still really love having this time off. I have 7 weeks remaining and I am savoring each second. And being a second time mom is really great. I have so much more confidence and much less anxiety.

I worried about not liking having my leave over the winter, but it’s been totally fine. I’ve had so many fun dates with friends, meeting for brunch, meeting at the Mall of America (I live literally 15 minutes away and I usually am not a fan, but for walking around and grabbing coffee/lunch it’s great. Very family friendly). Two of my good friends have had maternity leave at the same time as me and we have been taking full advantage to spend time together with our babies.

The first month is really special. From coming home from the hospital and such a big life change and transition…to being off work and learning to relax and enjoy your only plans being the couch, the Today Show and a baby on your chest. It goes so fast. Newborns change literally before your eyes. Rosalyn has already gained a couple pounds and almost out of newborn clothes and diapers. She is sporting a double chin and is the most adorable thing.

I just love her so much. Happy one month my sweet Rosie-girl.

 

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I made these little cutie donuts weeks ago, about a week before I had Rosalyn. So getting them on the blog has been on my mind but not a huge priority. Today I had some down time and finally uploaded the photos I took. They turned out so well (if I do say so myself)…and not only are these donuts adorable, but they were delicious. I sort of have a thing for mini baked donuts, I’m sure they would be amazing fried as well, but since baked is healthier and easier, I went that route.

The original recipe calls for dunking these bad boys in butter and then dipping them in cinnamon and sugar but instead I frosted them with (store-bought) vanilla frosting and then added festive sprinkles. Juliet definitely appreciated this departure from the original recipe.

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This post has been in my drafts for a while and I was just never able to get around to finishing it. Well now Rosalyn is here and we are enjoying her nursery so much. I love how light, simple and sweet it is.

I thought I’d post the inspiration first, and then do a follow-up post with the actual nursery. If you’ve been following on Instagram you’ve seen a few peeks at her nursery there.

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m not really into home décor/design. The rest of my house is pretty drab. I hate spending money on furniture and décor because I never know exactly what I want and when it comes to the family room, living room, dining room, etc…I just lack vision. The exception in my house is with my girls’ rooms. When I begin dreaming of their rooms I definitely have a vision, and I find it pretty easy to bring it to life and also keep it pretty budget friendly. So their rooms are pretty much the only rooms in our home that I am proud of and really love. The rest is fine, but just not designed/styled very well.

Rosalyn is 2 weeks old, and has continued being an easy, sweet baby. I plan to do monthly posts for her just as I did for Juliet, it wouldn’t be fair to her if I didn’t, would it?!

So back to her nursery…I fell in love with the idea of painting a mint accent wall. Once it was painted I loved the color so much I wanted to paint the entire room mint. But that got vetoed by Erik so we stuck with just one wall. I wanted the room to be really light, so we kept the rest of the color on her walls the soft tan that was in Juliet’s nursery. Juliet’s nursery was very feminine and shabby chic inspired, so I wanted to go a completely different route for my Rosie-girl. I went with a whimsical look, with a few main touches like the gold hearts and the tassel garland. They made a big impact and made the room Rosie’s own. The rest of the furniture was hand-me-down from Juliet. This helped keep the budget down by repurposing those elements.

The nursery came together exactly as I imagined it would, and like I mentioned, I really love it. I plan to do a full post with photos of her nursery in the next week.

Sources:

1. Cloud mobile (I haven’t bought this and am debating whether or not I need it. I’m not sure where it would go…)

2. Wood pendant light (quite possibly my favorite element of the room)

3. Love print

4. Let Her Sleep print

5. Gold mirror

6. Tassel banner

7. Cloud pillow (Even though this didn’t break the bank, I still considered it a bit of a splurge because it was totally unnecessary, but it adds to the whimsical nature of the room and I’m glad I got it).

8. Heart decals (admittedly a big project to take on, about 6-8 hours worth…but totally worth it)

9. Glider

10. Jenny Lind crib 

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Rosalyn (Rosie) Nora was born on January 10th. She was exactly 38 weeks and for whatever reason, I was surprised as I thought she was going to go right until her due date, if not longer. But my water broke out at brunch with friends and she was ready to arrive.

I’m so glad she’s here. She’s just the sweetest thing and I am in newborn heaven. I really do love this age, even with the sleep deprivation, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Breastfeeding again is so awesome…and this time around, it’s been easy! Well, as easy as it can be despite the amount of time it takes over the course of one day. Juliet was born at 36 weeks and we definitely struggled with breastfeeding among other things.

But Rosie’s first week and a half with us has been pretty easy. Erik agrees. We are in a bit of shock with the ease of it, actually. It feels like she’s been a part of our family all along.

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Like with Juliet, our labor experience was really great. I’ll tell the whole story another day.

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Seeing Juliet meet her baby sister was adorable. She instantly loved her sister and was very sweet with her. She has been great with Rosie since we brought her home from the hospital.

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Erik was a wonderful partner during labor and he adores his new little girl. Now if only I could get him to take on a few more diaper changes at night…

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I can’t stop staring at her sweet face, especially when she sleeps. I really should be sleeping instead because, let’s be honest, I am tired as hell!

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Yay for sisters!!!

I am so thankful for my new little girl and for our family of four. Now that I’m on maternity leave for the next 11 weeks I’d really love to get back cranking on the blog…but something has shifted in the past few months and I’ve seemingly lost the desire to share on the blog. I’ve turned most of my attention to sharing on instagram, it’s more effortless and I enjoy the conversation that takes place there. So I’m not sure what that means…I’m going to wait and see over the next couple months to determine if I can get my blogging mojo back.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram here, but fair warning that the photos consist of a cute baby, a cute, but sometimes grumpy toddler and occasional sweet treats.

 

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Our holiday has been really great, and I’m happy that we still have the tree up for another week or so. The ladies in my family had our annual holiday cookie baking party in mid-December. I typically host at my house, we make tons of cookies, and everyone brings something to eat for brunch or appetizers. Usually I have some type of champagne cocktail drink but this year we passed since I can’t enjoy it anyway.

I’m 36 weeks pregnant, this is the week that Juliet was born. She surprised the hell out of us by arriving a full month early and I’m really hoping that this pregnancy goes full term, at least 39 weeks. Fortunately, I feel pretty great, so even though Erik and I had an extremely busy week hosting house guests both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I barely noticed I was pregnant (except for the fact that I couldn’t drink wine).

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On Wednesday my younger sister, Katie, turned 30. We celebrated with my family at my place, with holiday-inspired decor, good wine and awesome Italian food.

We a lot of cake at this party. That was a priority of the day, since my sister has a massive sweet tooth and wanted “lots of cakes”. So her husband picked up 3 delicious cakes from Whole Foods and one from CUB (because Whole Foods didn’t have chocolate chocolate, what?!) and we devoured them. I mean…seriously, I ate two slices of the three cakes and would have gone for a third, but I forced myself to have a little self control.

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