Thursday, March 8, 2012

3 Weeks of Harper

I can't believe our little Harpsicle is already three weeks old! We have been loving every minute of being parents. While it is tiring & demanding beyond belief, looking at her sweet face makes it all worth it. Here are a few snapshots from the last few days.

Harper loves being burped, she just chills out slumped over & wide eyed, just waiting for it. Her forehead wrinkles are my absolute favorite! She also loves lounging on daddy & staring at the windows when I open the blinds. Her other signature moves include sleeping with her legs straight up in the air, sneezing in sets of four & making loud, squeek sounds randomly throughout the day. I decided to try on a few different styles of baby carriers at the store & ultimately went with the K'Tan. It was so easy to put on myself & Harper actually loves being all cozied up in it! I plan on getting the ergo once she is a little bigger. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for your advice & opinions on carriers!


Pardon my no makeup, no sleep, saggy baggy eyed face & wet hair. Motherhood sure looks good on me. Ha!


If I can leave you all with a few words of wisdom to the soon-to-be mommy readers out there... here it is:
  • If you are planning on breastfeeding, there is a chance that you will need to pump to supplement or exclusively pump if things don't work out. Stock up on some additional breast pump parts or every free minute of your life will be spent doing dishes.
  • Baby mittens! If your baby is like mine, they will have their hands in/around their mouth all the time. Their milky mouth will make those mittens disgusting in no time so you will want to switch them out often. I recommend these Satsuma mittens from Amazon... they are the only ones that don't fall off OR look like giant oven mits on tiny baby hands.
  • Have some newborn size jammies.. even if you don't take the tags off right away so you can return them if necessary. Everyone says don't buy them because the baby will grow out of them so quick or wont fit in them to begin with. Wrong. Harper was 7lbs 11oz and she is still swimming in a lot of her newborn size clothes. With spit up & diapers, you'll change their clothes often and the little white onesies will just not cut it in terms of keeping them warm. I never thought I'd say it, but the fleece Carter's footie jammies are all she wears... even if they do have ridiculous kittens & butterflies on them. 
  • Buy a few different types of pacifiers (if you are going to use them). I initially thought we wouldn't but they are SO soothing for her. She has no nipple confusion so I have no issue with them while she is still young. I know, I'll probably kick myself in the ass later trying to wean her. But in the mean time, it will give you an additional 26 minutes of sleep when you need it most. We have Soothies, Gumdrop & Nuk brands. She likes the Soothie & Gumdrop the best, but they don't stay in her mouth. Nuk stays in but she doesn't like it as well. Still on the hunt for the perfect paci. Any suggestions? Also, hubby cleverly named them "The Silent Treatment". Hillarious.
  • Burping. It can be the answer to all your questions. Nobody told us this in the hospital & I really don't think it was stressed enough in the baby books. Burp them in between boobs. Burp them in between ounces. Burp them after they eat. When baby is squirmy, fussy or all around unhappy... burp them again! Who knew? :)
  • Get all the sleep you can before the baby comes! Nope. That doesn't work. Sleep doesn't work like a bank... you cannot stock up on it. You will not be able to borrow or dip into your savings. Bummer. But there is something about being a mama that will allow you to fully function on 5 sporadic hours of sleep per 24 hour period.

100 comments:

  1. Harper is precious. Thank you for all of these tips! I'm just 9 weeks along, but I love your blog and am soaking up all the advice I can get. Did you do any particular exercises or videos during your pregnancy?

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  2. Hey girl! Harper is just precious!!! Can you please tell me what store you tried your K'Tan on at? I would love to try one on before bying (their online sizing isn't super clear). Thanks so much!

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  3. I'm 4 weeks away from my due date, and have followed your blog from the beginning- so excited for you guys and Harper is just PRECIOUS! thanks for the advice, I'll def be taking notes! ;)

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  4. Great tips!! Harper is so adorable!

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  5. Thanks for all the helpful tips!! Trying to take in as much info now before baby gets here! She is just so darling!!

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  6. My boys loved the Natursutten pacifiers. I was having a hard time trying to find one the my older son would take because the pacifier he used first, they stopped making. So I had to find a replacement FAST. I bought mine online and they are great. Pricey but great! Good luck with finding the perfect one.

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  7. Parker is now 5wks and I agree with everything you said! Still haven't gotten around to buying extra breast pump parts, but I did invest in good hand lotion since my hands are so dry from all the washing! I also bout 3 different types of pacifiers. The soothies make him gag and don't stay in, he definitely prefers the nuk brand. I also bought tommy tippee brand and they stay in, but right now the plastic part (even though i bought the small size) covers his nostrils, which makes me nervous so we don't use them. And amen about the burping! The hospital actually told me breastfed babies don't even need to necessarily burp so the first couple weeks I wasn't even burping him and couldn't figure out why he always seemed uncomfortable. Duh! He is now a professional burber and spits up so much less. I also had to go out and buy more newborn pj's. He was born 7,6 and is now 9,2 and still fits best in newborn sizes. Although a couple are starting to be too short, but width wise stil perfect. Do younhave the My Brest Friend pillow? Its the favorite baby product i own. Makes nursing so much easier! Anyways, glad Harper is doing well, she is a cutie!

    Melissa
    familymattos.wordpress.com

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  8. Harper is precious! After trying quite a few, MAM newborn pacifiers (they are TINY) are what worked for us. They were the only ones my daughter liked and could keep in her mouth. She now uses the bigger ones, but mostly just for naps and at night!

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  9. Harper is precious--even if its in butterflies and kittens on them!! LOL.
    Thank you for all the advice throughout your pregnancy and now. I have definitely already taken it to heart!

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  10. Your site is so cute! The tips you have left are so great and will be helpful when its time for a baby in my life :) happy Paretning to you and your husband!

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  11. Harper is adorable. Keirasleot with her legs up & now at 15 months she'll sleep with he'd legs crossed & resting oover her privates like when she was first born

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  12. In giving advice about what worked for my child I always stress every child is different, so what worked for him may not work for everyone. That being said... My son loved the Avent pacis. Get the 0-3 months and they should be small enough for her. He stayed on the 0-3 months size until he was 2 years old. We tried to go up in size, but he could tell the difference. And let me tell you, my anxiety about getting rid of the paci was worse than the actual act. He took it like a champ and it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. Hope it works out that well for Harper as well!

    Oh, and I love your tips! My son is now 3 and I am expecting our second, a girl! I don't remember any of this newborn stuff! I am looking at clothes for her and can't remember what they wear or need. It's crazy! I'm sure that's hard for you to imagine. I thought I'd never forget because it becomes your whole existence, but I promise you do! Good thing you'll have this to refer to when your next one comes along!

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  13. She is so darling. You look happy and complete... and thanks for posting the tips. You've planted some seeds with the jammies and the breast pump stuff.
    Enjoy that babe!

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  14. So is TOO cute! Emmie (5 months) loves her MAM pacis ... they stay in really well. OR you could get a paci-plushie which is a tiny toy she can hold that holds the paci in her mouth. Emmie also lives in her Carter sleep-and-plays!

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  15. ummm how is your stomach already so flat?! JEALOUS! :)

    we had the soothie pacifiers and had the same problem with them falling out, once she got used to them more and developed a stronger "suck" they were our G-D send!! haha

    I agree about the NB pj's/sleepers! We went back and exchanged all the "snap" ones for zippers, SO much easier in the middle of the night!!

    You are SO right!! No one ever tells you about the burping! Here Olivia is 9 months later and it still happens from time-to-time!!

    Those pics of Harper are SO precious!!

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  16. You look beautiful as a mama. Harper is so so so adorable. I can't wait to meet my baby soon!

    Thank you for your advice! The last one made me giggle!

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  17. My son used the Tommy Tippee pacifier, they're the best, and very small. When you look at him when he wears it, it's not the only thing you see!!! Some of them are so big! Tommy Tippee and awesome!
    Andreanne

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  18. Harper is adorable. I'll be due in 7 short weeks and am a nervous wreck. As excited as I am, I still have scared momma look written all over my face! :)

    Glad to read about all the little things that are helping for you guys. I'll definitely keep them in mind.

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  19. I know, I so wish Carters wouldn't put all the cutesty stuff on their jammies because they really are the best. My daughter was only 6lbs4oz when she was born, and wore the newborn size until she was like 8 or 9 weeks. We kept holding off buying newborn stuff because we assumed she would just grow out of it. But man I wish I had just bought some right off the bat. It isn't like they are entirely too expensive :).

    Harper is a doll!

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  20. So precious. So sweet. And so right on with the tips. As far as pacifiers, we loved the Avent brand. We like the ones with the clear center just because they don't look so ridiculous (but maybe that's just me : )

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  21. Great advice! Lose the guilt, or potential guilt over the paci....research shows pacifiers in the first year, offered at sleep times, may reduce the chances of SIDS because it keeps them active during sleep and helps them not fall to sleep so hard that they have the potential to stop breathing. I have a one month (today) old and this helps me sleep better at night...or whenever I happen to be sleeping! The article I read was on MSNBC, and said don't force it, and don't re-insert after they drop it if they're asleep! I would love it if you did a post partum post! Congrats on Harper!!

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  22. Try the MAM pacifiers! I hope you find one that works just right!

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  23. I agree completely about the pacifiers (and everything else)! We tried all the ones you have, plus 5 more! The brand we liked the best was MAM, more specifically MAM Air because it was less plastic against her sensitive skin. I buy them from Babies R Us and Amazon. Good Luck

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  24. Adorable. Love her hair! New momma to a 6 month old and we love everything Dr. Browns, so naturally we went with those pacie and he lives them. And I suggest pumping every chance you get for when/if you go back to work, your supply becomes immune to her eating schedule, so stock up now while you are full!

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  25. MAMs are great (it's all my son will take), but if she likes the soothies, try a wubanub- it's a soothie attached to a stuffed animal that helps keep it in place. Lifesaver.

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  26. Harper is absolutely precious!! What a cutie! :)

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  27. We love Advent pacifiers, they are small and come in clear and light pink (they already ugly enough, so it's nice that they are so light). And I'm sure you get tons of advice but my favorite thing is j&j bed time bath and lotion, I swear it does help them sleep better!

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  28. She is precious! So very cute. I think one other reader mentioned MAM pacifiers already. They saved us with my son. He couldn't keep the soothies or gumdrops in his mouth either. The MAMs are squishy and so little, he had no problem keeping them in his mouth. Good luck!

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  29. She is just darling and you look GREAT!! My son only only ONLY used the Avent Orthodontic Silicone pacifiers. I have a gazillion of them. I was worried about weaning him, too but he just up and stopped liking them around 5 months and now doesn't take one... hopefully Harpscicle will do the same! (love that nickname, btw!) :)

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  30. I'm not sure how often you're washing your pump parts, but I think I read somewhere that you can store them in the fridge and use the same set all day long, so you're not washing them multiple times in one day. I have no idea if this is true or not (I'm pregnant with my first so I have absolutely no clue how pumping works...yet!) but it might be something you want to look into!

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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  31. little Harper is sooooo adorable!

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  32. i really think there should be a book about the shiz ppl don't tell you about having a baby.. like the detailed gross stuff lol... your baby is beautiful!

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  33. This is the most adorable blog!! Been following you from the start and you now have the most precious little girl! Happy parenting!

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  34. Try the MAM pacifiers (Babies R Us and Target sell them)...they worked great for both of my boys and they dont take up their whole face!!

    Congrats...she is a beauty....and great advice!

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  35. Ah, congrats on the adorable girl! I'm due in 8 weeks w/ #2 and its nice to read your tips. My first is almost 3 years old and I forget what having a newborn is like. The only pacifier he liked were those flat ugly green ones from the hospital (and we tried about 5 different kinds), they were our lifesaver and I thought for sure we'd have troubles weaning him from the paci, but at about 6-8 months he just didn't want/need one anymore so we tossed them all. Maybe we got lucky and maybe you will too! :)

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  36. i highly recommend the MAM pacifiers. Some of them even glow so it's easy to find in the middle of the night.

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  37. Love all the tips! I'm 6 weeks or so away from Baby Stanley making an appearance. My friend told me that she loved the button up/zip up sleepers with her newborn because they have no head control whatsoever and it's scary to pull the onesies over their heads. I stocked up on 5 or so of them in newborn size. :)

    I think I'm going to buy a Baby K'tan in addition to my Moby and see which one I like the most. I'm worried the Moby will be too hot once we are out and about with Baby Stanley (we live in Jacksonville, FL).

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  38. OMG she is so absolutely adorable! eeeek I can't wait to have some kids of my own some day! Awww what a precious little thing, also great tips since one day I'm sure I'll be back reading these tips when I'm pregnant or a new mom. Thanx for sharing!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  39. we used nuk for the longest time but then switched to mam's however we let him have one until he was almost two and it messed up his teeth a little. passies are great and i also breast fed him and had no issues going back and forth. just don't let her have one for too long and quitting cold turkey was the best way for us to stop. hope this helps..

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  40. You three are adorable, your family is precious. So many congrats to you.

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  41. Harper is adorable and you look great! Thanks for the tips and please keep them coming! I am due in May and need all the advice I can get!

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  42. we have 2 paci's in use. one stays home, one goes where we go. They are both a wubbanub (a giraffe and a blue dog). When he was a newborn, I tucked them under his blanket in his car seat and it never fell out but he could spit it out if he wanted. When sleeping, I could lay it on him and when it slipped out, it didnt go far. I ran into a time where he could yank it out himself but it was quickly resolved and he can now at 7 months put it back in himself. My son rubs the ears and legs for comfort too.
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_0_9?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wubbanub&sprefix=wubbanubb%2Caps%2C455

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  43. We like MAM pacifiers over here. My 8 week old refuses all others and I like that the mam ones are smaller. Congrats on motherhood!

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  44. I recommend the Avent pacifiers, my daughter is 4 months and loves this brand. She is also breastfeed and doesn't have any confusion what so ever. I would even recommend this type of bottle as well for those hours every now and then she may not be with you to feed.

    Another great thing about the Avent pacifiers and the main reason I choose them is because you can still see your baby's adorble cute button nose.

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  45. L was 7 lbs 11 oz at birth too. My doctor said "He'll make a good convience store manager"
    L was in newborn everything for 7 weeks. I wish I had had more!

    http://briananddawnfudge.blogspot.com/

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  46. Try MAM pacies! They worked for us after trying quite a few.

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  47. We used Soothie and Gumdrop binkies at first. I got some Tommee Tippee because they were cute and realized that my little boy didn't know what to do with the weird nipple shape. Around 5 months, he couldn't keep the Soothies or Gumdrops in his mouth, so I got out the other binkies... and he loved them! It's all about what they are used to!

    Love your blog! You are too cute and your baby is adorable!

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  48. We tried all types of paci's and the only ones my daughter likes are the MAM ones. They seemed to be the easiest for her to keep in her little mouth. Oh, and Harper is adorable!

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  49. Harper is such a doll!! Enjoy enjoy the infant newborn stage it goes way to quick! Totally agree about the newborn size! Also try Avent paci's both of my girls loved them and they also come with a cover for the paci that I like! Also I don't know which gumdrop brand your using but there are gumdrop paci's from Hawaii that are so much better than the first years brand FYI!! Love the blog

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  50. Hi! Love your blog and your baby is adorable!! I just had my son 5 weeks ago and was also on the hunt for the perfect carrier. I, like you, decided on the K'Tan for when he's little and the Ergo for when he's older. Just curious, did you buy the breeze or just the normal material? Do you like it? Thanks for the input!!
    Amanda

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  51. i have some advice for breastfeeding....my daughter didnt latch on at first...the nurses in the hospital tried to sneak her formula! but i said i needed to just try it my way...i had a breast shield and it changed our lives!! medela makes them...the bring your nipples out and also give a little extra for the baby to suck on...we used them for a few weeks and then she had the hang of it. just thought id share. your daughter is adorable and i love your blog! please continue as harper grows :)

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  52. Thanks for the tips. I've got 7 weeks left and I'm trying to get all the good advice I can before little guy comes. You two seem like such awesome parents, keep up the good work. She's a sweetie!

    Allyssa

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  53. Awesome tips! If I would've known that about the sleepers with our first it would've been a lifesaver!
    My daughter Rory was 6lbs 6oz and wore her newborn sleepers till she was 12 weeks old. Got a great deal of use out of them! Expecting our second in about 18 weeks and am going to be prepared this time with more newborn sleepers! :)

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  54. You're little Harper is devine :) I'm just 4 days from being induced and reading your blog has tremendously helped me on gettin prepared. Thank you :)

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  55. Harper is simply beautiful and I love your neickname - "Harpsicle" Congratulations!

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  56. Love following along...and I was JUST there not a few weeks ago! Hah!
    I read some of the other comments/suggestions - but MAMS pacis are the best hands down. Newborns love 'em. Also - they come in GLOW IN THE DARK! Definitely get those for night-time!!!

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  57. Love following along...and I was JUST there not a few weeks ago! Hah!
    I read some of the other comments/suggestions - but MAMS pacis are the best hands down. Newborns love 'em. Also - they come in GLOW IN THE DARK! Definitely get those for night-time!!!

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  58. Harper is so stinkin cute! She reminds me a lot of my daughter, I think it's the big eyes! I look forward to your new posts, keep em coming :) I laughed out loud about your "sleep while you can" comment - couldn't agree more! SO many people told me to get all the sleep while I could and I never understood the logic behind that. Our daughter was in sleepers almost all the time, they aren't the most fashionable but were definitely the most comfortable! You look great by the way :)

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  59. I have heard the pacimals huggable pacifiers work. The pacifer slips into the stuffed animal which may help it hold her binky in.

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  60. Our girls have always loved the Soothie and Gumdrop binkies. We "prop" them up by using a small burp cloth. When our baby sleeps, her head is to the side, I will put the small cloth below her chin just enough to keep her bink in her mouth so that it won't cover her face. Works like a charm. She does move around, but by the time she's asleep, we don't have to worry about proping her binky up! Hope that helps!

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  61. Haha I love how you call your baby girl Harpsicle - adorable! Glad to see you are all doing well! xo

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  62. I had the same issue with the paci, she still doesn't take one (@ 10 wks) but for a few minutes to help calm her down. I found that these were the only one that she would take, and I have only found them on amazon not in stores. http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-NaturalFlex-Silicone-Pacifier-Green/dp/B000S9RFWY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331323115&sr=8-2

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  63. MAMS MAMS MAMS! Best Paci out there! at least for my little guy and really they are the cutest paci too! Like a little button right on their mouths :)

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  64. Great choice and pretty much what I did. I forgot that another great thing about the Baby K'Tan is that is pretty good to use when breastfeeding in public too as it helps position and shield the baby. And when you get the ergo, you definitely should get the performance! We have the organic one which breathes well and is light but I heard the performance is even better.

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  65. Alexa loves Dr Browns pacis. Good luck!

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  66. I just love following your blog, and now that Harper is born it makes it even more exciting! She is just absolutely adorable! My little one only liked the hospital paci's in the beginning, and then at about a month old she found her thumb (yay no paci weaning) but boo to cracked/raw thumb now. So i went and bought a bunch of paci's...then she didn't even use them anymore at 2 months. My girlfriend's husband called them the 'shut up plug (SUP)' LOL so funny. Everyone try's to 'help' you out by telling you everything they think you should know, but they always leave out the most important stuff! You're doing great, and being a mother couldn't be more rewarding!

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  67. I have been reading your blog for a while and just wanted to say congratulations to your family! I have a monster who is 13 months and am expecting #2 in August, so I can relate to a lot of it! I did want to tell you some advice on a pacifier. We got a miracle gift at our shower called a Wubbanub. You can look up their site and they will list all the stores they are sold in. They are basically the soothie pacifier attached to a cute animal. It sounds kind of dumb, but the animal lays on the baby or to the side or wherever and it kind of keeps it in their mouth easier. Also, when Cael started to sleep on his side, we could kind of fold Froggie in half and it would stay in so he would fall asleep easier! Golden! I get one for every baby shower gift now.

    And on that note, he weaned himself from it at soon as he got teeth and realized he could find waaay cooler stuff to put in there and chomp on.

    Good luck! Best wishes to you guys!

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  68. For the paci issue, try a "Wubbanub". It's a little stuffed animal with a Soothie attached. Yes, it sounds silly, but i decided to try it out due to all the reviews and it is HEAVEN for things like car rides. My baby girl is now 10 weeks and she's even able to grab the animal and push it back into her mouth. Just a thought! Harper is beautiful! I promise it will get a lot easier very soon. :)

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  69. Check out the wubbanub. Sounds stupid I know, but it's a soothie pacifier sewn onto a little stuffed animal. The theory here is that the animal lies on their chest so the soothie paci doesn't fall out. Also as hey get older they can manipulate the pacifier back into their mouth by moving grabbng the stuffed animal. Last I checked you had to buy them online, but that was a couple of years ago! Good luck!

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  70. I'm so glad you mentioned burping, I feel like the only thing I need to know about babies is to burp them constantly! I had never heard from anyone about how miraculous burping could be until I listened to a podcast recently that said pretty much the same as you did, and it makes so much sense! I'll note down the NB PJs tip too... my little will be born at the beginning of the hot Australian summer and I have no idea what to dress it in to suit the weather! It is a crying shame that so many brands plaster random animals and loud designs all over their baby clothes... is it so hard to produce a nice plain zip up one bodysuit??

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  71. Mamm pacifiers are all we use. My son loved soothies as well, but he kept knocking them out of his mouth. Once we hit the 2 month mark (or so) we went exclusively to mamm and haven't looked back. They lay flat against his face and he loves them. Can't wait to wean him off of them... Arg. Keep up the good work!

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  72. I love her face! she is so cute! I'm having a boy and I'm due in about 4 weeks. I've been following your blog from about 18 weeks after finging your chalkboard picture on pinterest. I can't believe she's already here and how cute she is! :)

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  73. Try the wubanub pacifiers on amazon. They have an Animal attached and stay in babies mouth! We have the lion but they have tons of animals.

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  74. 2 things. Those stupid Carter's pjs ARE the best dangit. Ugh! And no one told us to burp our baby (w/ jagger), and I kid you not we didn't burp him for like 3 weeks. It solved everything when the lightening bulb went off!!! Sooooo funny u said that. Lovvve the pics. Lovin your updates. :)

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  75. The zip-up jammies from The Children's Place are also pretty great, especially if you have a long/skinny girl like we do. They're the only thing I buy in there, but they're frequently on a good sale and they wear really well.

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  76. We went through the same thing with my daughter (in regards to the pacifiers). Ultimately, the easiest for her was the Binky kind. I believe it's Playtex.
    For me, I planned on taking it from her before 1. However when that window of opportunity came it was also around the time she was all over the place & wanting everything in her mouth. So it came down to germs v. Binky in her mouth. I opted for the Binky as I'm not much of a fan of germs! Haha! But now at 17 months, we still have a big Binky fan! Ah well, she won't have it forever I'm sure (I hope?)
    Great advise with the pumping equipment. I planned on BFing only but that didn't work out for us. I pumped for 1 year straight (the longest year of my life!) so I totally agree on the additional pump parts!!
    My little bit of mommy advice is if you bottle feed at all, don't let her hold the bottle herself. Even if she can. Madden (my daughter) never held the bottle & because we introduced the sippy cup with water early she was already into that & didn't even notice when I never gave her her bottle again. I think because she wasn't used to laying down or sitting someplace with her bottle it wasn't something she needed & I chose to not start the habit.
    Good luck with the pacifiers hunt!!

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  77. We went through the same thing with my daughter (in regards to the pacifiers). Ultimately, the easiest for her was the Binky kind. I believe it's Playtex.
    For me, I planned on taking it from her before 1. However when that window of opportunity came it was also around the time she was all over the place & wanting everything in her mouth. So it came down to germs v. Binky in her mouth. I opted for the Binky as I'm not much of a fan of germs! Haha! But now at 17 months, we still have a big Binky fan! Ah well, she won't have it forever I'm sure (I hope?)
    Great advise with the pumping equipment. I planned on BFing only but that didn't work out for us. I pumped for 1 year straight (the longest year of my life!) so I totally agree on the additional pump parts!!
    My little bit of mommy advice is if you bottle feed at all, don't let her hold the bottle herself. Even if she can. Madden (my daughter) never held the bottle & because we introduced the sippy cup with water early she was already into that & didn't even notice when I never gave her her bottle again. I think because she wasn't used to laying down or sitting someplace with her bottle it wasn't something she needed & I chose to not start the habit.
    Good luck with the pacifiers hunt!!

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  78. I'm so glad things are going so well with little Harper! She is so cute! I'm currently stocking up on baby stuff for my sister in-law who is due June 5th, thank you for the tips!

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  79. Harper is beautiful! I love all your pictures & I love your blog. I am about 7 weeks along & I love reading all your tips & must haves for the mommies to be! I am so glad you continued blogging.

    Everyone check out my blog;
    www.sosborn12.blogspot.com :)

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  80. Great tips! We're due in August, and I never thought of the "extra pump parts"... Maybe I should add those to my registry!!

    She is as cute as a button... I just love all of her hair! And you look GREAT!

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  81. Thanks for these realistic tips! I'm due in 2 weeks ... and if one more person tells me to "sleep now" I might punch them ;-). I hope we have enough newborn jammies!

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  82. Yes! Store your pump parts in the fridge, you don't have to wash them as much and the cold is nice when you are sore! We had a horible time breastfeeding and then my supply went down and had to switch to formula. Did you have a hard time with Harper at first? I'm hoping this next one will be easier...

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  83. I absolutely hated wearing the same few nursing tops the few weeks I did breastfeed. Are you having any luck with regular shirts? If you have time, could you post your favorites for nursing?

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  84. My husband noticed the same thing about our newborn. He loves to be burped and will just sit there and look around and when he gets fussy, he just pretends to burp him and he will stop. So funny! And lil Harper is soo stinkin cute and love her name!

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  85. Harper is a doll. Love the hair!

    I totally agree with you on newborn clothes - I had a 9 lb. 13 oz. baby and he wore newborn dipes/clothes for a few weeks. We also love the gowns.

    And I agree with another commenter - you don't have to wash those parts every time! My lactation consultant told me that breastmilk is OK at room temp for 8 hours, so technically you could leave the parts out for that long. And it's good in the fridge for a few days. So at work, I don't wash the parts, since I only pump twice, about four hours apart. At home, I typically wash after work, then pump at night, put the parts in a tupperware in the fridge, and use the same one in the morning. Such a time-saver!

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  86. wubbanubs work awesome for us and he cuddles with the toy!

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  87. Hey! Your daughter is beautiful! :) My little ones are both paci babies - my daughter really liked the MUM pacis, they don't have the same lip as the nuk ones but they are a little more bulbous than the soothies. My other one is the same as Harper - LOVES the soothies but nuks stay ina little better. We bought a wubbanub - they are a little stuffed animal with a soothie sewed into it's mouth. They have a bunch of REALLY cute animals, and it helps keep the paci in their mouths. Definitely worth it's weight in gold, and my littlest is VERY attached even at 2 months!
    Good luck!

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  88. i found your blog recently, caught the tail end of your pregnancy and the birth of your adorable daughter. i am currently 22 weeks pregnant with a girl as well, my first :) i am so excited and appreciate your down-to-earth advice.

    you've probably been asked this a million times, but did you name your daughter after harper lee? if so, rad.

    i think you look pretty darn beautiful for having a newborn :)

    heather,
    moonshinejunkyard

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  89. I love everything about your blog! I just found it today and read the entire thing from end to beginning. Kind of went backwards... you got less pregnant as the hour went on. tee-hee.

    I'm 25, married, and way to chicken crap to have babies. You make it seem less terrifying. Maybe in a few years...

    But i'm bookmarking this for future reference. I wish you all the best with Harper and congratulations!!

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  90. I love that you made that comment about breastfeeding. I wish someone had told me ahead of time just how hard it was going to be at first! My little girl was born on February 22 and I had the hardest time (between being so uncomfortable/engorged at first and getting her to latch). I hated pumping and giving her a bottle, but thankfully she never got nipple confusion and breastfeeding is going well now. I hope it's going just as well for you!

    I just started using the soothie pacifier. I wanted to hold off as long as possible, but it really does keep me sane! :)

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  91. I 100% agree with the newborn clothing advice. My daughters were 7 lbs 7 oz and 6lbs 6 oz...and were each in newborn clothes/pajamas for at least 2 months. With all of the spit ups and blow outs, you need a good 3-4 outfits per day in the beginning!

    Chelsea of Jameson Monroe

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  92. My oldest is 23 and youngest is 14, but I love reading your blog. With a 16 month old grandson and another due in June; all of your tips are so helpful for someone who's been out of the baby world for a while. :) It's amazing the things you forget after 5 kids. There are so many awesome products out there now. Keep up the great work being such wonderful parents to your little blessing.

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  93. Congrats on your little girl! I highly recommend the Avent pacifiers. They are small (and clear) so they're not totally noticeable. Not that that is even a huge deal, but I like seeing my baby's cute little face and not just a huge pacifier! My little nephew started off using the Soothie pacifiers and my sister in law said the same thing you did, It won't stay in his mouth! She started using the Avent ones and he loved it!

    Good luck!

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  94. gumdrops never stayed in for my little brayden either... nuks are his fave. he spit them out at first, but then he liked them later... it just seemed like the gumdrops and advents were just too long for his mouth! hope this helps!

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  95. have you tried wubba nubbs? they are soothie pacifiers with a little stuffed animal on them so a baby can keep it in their mouth. the stuffed animal acts as a weight to keep it in. so cool!

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  96. Harper is super cute, and I love reading your posts, as they bring back all of our daughter's newborn days. She is now 14 months. We used the MAM pacifiers which stayed in her mouth and never really came our. She had no nipple confusion as well. They also made great glow in the dark ones for the middle of the night (worked wonders at 5am)

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  97. I have to know! What baby wrap/sling are you using in this picture? :)

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  99. Awww I just went back through your blog & Harper has changed so much!

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