Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Playing the Day Away

 Oh my, where has the time gone? Little Harper is already two months old & it is so hard to believe! In the beginning, I wanted time to stand still so she would never grow out of being a newborn. I felt like the drive home from the hospital changed her immediately from a newborn to a baby & it was so hard to handle. I must admit, I had a bit of the baby blues for the first two weeks. With the overwhelming new responsibilities & the fact that she was literally growing before my eyes. It was hard to handle! Eventually, time & lots of sleep made it better and I began to LOVE watching her grow.

Now she is smiling & totally interacting with me while we play, and I couldn't love it more! At two months old, she is a happy baby (other than the occasional spitting up which she is not a fan of) and sleeps (noisily) through the night! The only time she really cries is when she decides that she was hungry five minutes ago and wants that bottle right away. Hungry Hungry Harpo!

Here is a look into our typical day.

 
4:00 am is when she first wakes up for her early morning feeding. Throughout the night she makes horse noises & grunts randomly to wake us up, but she is still asleep. She is currently sleeping in our room swaddled in the Nap Nanny, which has been AMAZING for her spitting up. Being in the propped up position helps her sleep.  We are very aware of the recall & the dangers, but we follow the instructions so that she cannot tip out of it. As soon as she is able to start rolling around we will need to explore other options or hope that she can sleep flat on her back by then. I feed her at 4 & she immediately falls back asleep at 4:30.

8:30 am is when she wakes up for the day. I feed her again & we play in bed for about an hour. She does tummy time either on the bed or propped up on her boppy. We play with her Skip Hop Sheep and I read "Goodnight Moon" but we either read it from back to front or say "Good Morning" instead.

She gets sleepy pretty quick & I put her down for her morning nap at 10:00. I usually just put her in her swing and tuck the blanket around her tight, not swaddled, but tight enough to help her startle reflex from waking her up. Those hands of hers have a mind of their own!!

Noon is when she wakes up typically & I feed her again. After that we sing the whole Jack Johnson playlist on my ipod, which she loves and gives me the biggest smiles. Sometimes I play along with my Ukulele, which she isn't quite sure what to think of yet.. but she is the exact same size as it right now! We hang out in her room where she lays on her play mat or sits in her bumbo for a bit & we read a bunch of her other books.

My husband tells me that I look like I have duck feet because my feet are short and really wide, so I saw this book at Buy Buy Baby & just had to buy it. It is SO cute! And Harper definitely has my feet! The Sneetches was Brandon's favorite book as a kid, so we had to buy that as well. All of the short stories in the back crack me up, we love them!


 Harper loves to look at this hilarious little creature during tummy time. We named him Bug.

She takes another nap around 2 until about 3:30. Then I feed her again & she hangs out in her bouncer. I hang all sorts of different toys from the bar, Jacques the Peacock is one of her favorites, along with all of those multicolored links that she loves to swat at. We also play dress up at this time & send lots of pictures to daddy! I usually cook dinner (ish) while she swings or bounces and then I feed her again at 6:15 right before Brandon comes home from work. She sits in her bouncer while we eat dinner & then she spends lots of quality time with daddy afterwards. This usually consists of singing funny songs (Harpie the Baby to the tune of Frosty the Snowman.... wow my husband has spent way too much time with me!) and holding her in the airplane hold across his arm and walking her around the house looking out the windows.

I love reading her this book called You Are My Cupcake too because she recently started realizing that she can touch things, and all of the pages are textured. It's also just plain adorable!


She usually takes a little cat nap from about 8-9 in her bouncer and then it's bath time!! She loves to be a nakey baby! My friend gave me great advice that her son slept best when they started giving him a bath every night, so we tested it out and it worked!! I haven't skipped one since. We give her another bottle at 9:30 and read "Goodnight Moon" again in the rocking chair...and tell her a million bazillion times how much we love her. Then off to sleep! 
I know, that is one heck of a schedule. I didn't really try to set this and I definitely don't live by it, but it just seems to repeat each day and it works well for us. I would LOVE to hear any fun ideas & activities that you all have for entertaining your little ones!

Side note, I have a super obsession with kids toys & seeking out the cutest stuff. So much that I have recently sketched out some things and am obsessing over DESIGNING kids toys!! After seeing the things that catch her eye and entertain her, I wish I could just make some toys for her myself with fun colors & patterns that looked cute as well. I wish I knew the right people to make this happen! Jessica Alba just whips up a baby company out of no where... can't I do the same?! :)

48 comments:

  1. Sure you can create kids toys. You can do anything you put your mind to.

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  2. So I have a question.. are you still pumping for all these feedings or supplementing also? Im having to pump and trying to figure out what works. THANKS!! she is adorable!!

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  3. Might I suggest keeping "Oh the places you will go" as a souvenir? I have a copy which I have been asking my son's teachers to write in over the years. It will be a nice gift on his highschool graduation, messages from all of his teachers. It is a common book on this occasion, as that I get many requests for it from my school library in June. Love taht you are an avid reader to your child. i advocate this to all new Mums who come in my library. It aids in maternal bonding, language development. Bravo to you!

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  4. Might I suggest keeping "Oh the places you will go" as a souvenir? I have a copy which I have been asking my son's teachers to write in over the years. It will be a nice gift on his highschool graduation, messages from all of his teachers. It is a common book on this occasion, as that I get many requests for it from my school library in June. Love taht you are an avid reader to your child. i advocate this to all new Mums who come in my library. It aids in maternal bonding, language development. Bravo to you!

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  5. Beautiful pics! Are you using a 50mm? What kind of camera do you have?

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  6. I LOVE WHEN YOU DO LONG POSTS LIKE THIS! They are the best! I rush to the computer every single day after school to see if you put anything up, and today was one of those days! I know she isn't big enough for outdoor swings yet, but if you have a branch on a tree that would be strong enough and that can hold a swing flat, i totally advise you to get one! The babies totally LOVE them! I am a crazy babysitter, i babysit usually about 2-3 times a week AT LEAST! And i love doing crafts with the kiddos and just squeeze them and love them to death! The most popular activity that i do with them is put paint in a zip lock bag, and they can move the paint and mix it together, and the paint doesn't go everywhere and it's mess free that's the kiddos i babysit around 2 and up, favorite thing to do! During the summer i babysit like a wild woman! Usually at least 5 times a week, AT LEAST! I skipped out on the whole sports thing and realized how fun kids are to hang out with! Seriously, the things that come out of their mouths CRACK ME UP! They are so entertaining, and i just love them :) Harper is the sweetest thing ever! She is absolutely adorable! Can;t wait for the next post! :)

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  7. I loved this post! It's absolutely so stinkin' adorable!
    I love how much of a bond you and your husband have developed with Harper in such a short amount of time!
    I only hope one day I'll be as good of a mommy as you :)

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  8. ok i can totally relate to you on the baby blues-ish feeling that first two weeks. i can remember day 3 and even blogged about time standing still. i remember crying holding wyatt when he was three days old wishing time would just stay still and that he'd stay little forever. i remember thinking, "why did nobody tell me i'd feel this way? or am i just the crazy mama that can't accept the fact that there are several stages that i'll look forward to!?!?!" my best friend told me that every stage is so much fun and now that wyatt is 5 months old, i am so in love with each of the stages we've experienced together. the laughing, giggles, squealing, and constant mama smiles melt me to my core. just you wait. it DOES get better and you'll find yourself saying, "can i please just bottle this up!?" then you realize that each stage builds off the last and their growth and development is so amazing to watch first hand. to know you created this amazing life never gets old. so happy you are on a schedule. we aren't. enough said. :)

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  9. Hi! Ive been reading your blog ever since you were first pregos! I was due 2 days before you, February 20th, but ended up having my baby boy Ryder ONE month early! :) he was healthy, & I thanked God for that. I love all the cute things you write and ive gotten so many ideas from u! I found and requested to follow you on instagram...im Britney Saldana :) You can follow me too!

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  10. hi! Ive been reading your blogs ever since you were first pregos. I was due 2 days before you, but ended up having my baby boy Ryder ONE month early. He was healthy, Thank God for that! You post so many cute things and ive gotten so many ideas from you. I found and requested to follow you on instagram, im Britney Saldana @bnicolesal. You can follow me too! :)

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  11. I love reading your posts! You totally give me baby fever. I love that you and your husband sing to Harper. That's so sweet!

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  12. Harper is such a cutie! I have loved following your blog from almost the beginning of your pregnancy and I can't wait until my own little one is here in about 7 weeks eek!! There's a blog that I found that has some amazing ideas for activities that you can do with baby. The address is intellidance.ca and she has a ton of great ideas! Keep the updates coming, I love seeing how Harper is growing and how you're doing with her!

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  13. I am SOOO referencing this when Baby Schue gets here! Love your little schedule and how much fun you two have together! So so fun! :)

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  14. ahhh, what you said about designing kid toys really rings true for me! i'm in love with unique toys and even opened a rag doll shop on etsy. can't get enough of collecting (and making!) sweet things for my future babes!

    harper is the cutest! this post makes me extra excited to be a mom one day.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecinnamonbears

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  15. Love this post! My 3rd daugter is almost 6 weeks old and your schedule is much different than mine, ha! I have a 3 and 1 year old so I don't have much time like I used to :( I can't believe H is swatting at things already? That usually comes much later... You may have your hands full! As far as entertaining her, she LOVES to be outside! We go on walks and play outside as much as possible and she loves it! She isn't a fan of tummy time but we've been trying atleast once a day and she typically still sleeps most of the day!

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  16. I would totally buy your baby toys for Olivia! :)

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  17. Great post! Sounds like you are on much more of a schedule than we ever were a few months ago!! I always just let Tucker decide when we did everything. Looking back, I wish we had started scheduling him sooner -- but we were flying by the seat of our pants at the time!!

    p.s. AREN'T TOYS FUN!!! I love playing with Tuck. And I find that his toys do something different or new every day (e.g. oh, there's a switch that turns this song to Spanish!!?? WHO KNEW!?)

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  18. LOVE your latest post! Love it! Love to hear about your routine and little Harpy! :)

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  19. I love you blog and Harper is so beautiful! I'm due in September, and definitely love seeing what products/things you've found that you love! Where did you get her baby toys? They look so great, and I'm interesting in purchasing some now!

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  20. I also had the baby blues (anxiety esp at night) for about 2 weeks as well. What helped me the most was that even though I might not have left the house I always made sure to shower and put on makeup. I personally thought things got easer right at around 2-3 months with Elle. Elle also had a spitting up issue so night time feedings were not always so smooth.

    We also read every night. Elle has the Olivia books as right now Brown Bear Brown Bear is her favorite along with Madeline. I see Harper and her have some good taste when it comes to books! I think the cupcake books looks adorable! Just might have to hop on Amazon and order it.

    PS: Go for it with the toys! I think that would be so cool.

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  21. I've been reading your blog forever, first time commenting. I had a baby girl in December; Gabriella Madeline she is my whole world, you remind me so much of myself!! Anyways, just wanted to say to keep up all these awesome blogs. I tell all my girlfriends about you and we just love ya!!
    You keep moms like me sane on super crazy days!!

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  22. I absolutely love your blog, have been following for quite awhile. Harper is so adorable, and one of my favourite girls names! I wanted to do something special to document my pregnancy and when I came across your chalkboards I just had to make my own. Hope you don't mind that I borrowed your idea, mine won't be as awesome as yours but it's so fun :) I also added you to Instagram, natspencer, I looove IG!

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  23. I absolutely love your blog, have been following for quite awhile. Harper is so adorable, and one of my favourite girls names! I wanted to do something special to document my pregnancy and when I came across your chalkboards I just had to make my own. Hope you don't mind that I borrowed your idea, mine won't be as awesome as yours but it's so fun :) I also added you to Instagram, natspencer, I looove IG!

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  24. So happy to hear you love the Nap Nanny! The triplets I nanny for just turned 7 months on Sunday and they still use them! They take their naps in them on the the living room floor every day and they love to play with their toys and watch their little baby shows in them. The older they get the cuter they are in them, they start to look like they are just lounging around in little recliners...so cute!! Harper is beautiful! I follow you on instagram and all your pictures are absolutely adorable!!

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  25. It's hard not to feel like your baby is growing so fast at this time. Just remember that the crazy growth spurts and milestones will slow down. Plus there's so many wonderful things to look forward to! My 20 month old learned how to blow bubbles by herself outside today. Proud mama moment :-) when my daughter was that age, I started taking her outside. She responded to it immediately and has loved being outdoors ever since. Tummy time outside was always a nice change of scenery.

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  26. Yay I love reading your posts, This is so nice to read as I am preparing to be a mama in August. Sounds like a fun life!

    http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh how cute is "Bug"!?!?

    Marissa
    www.thesimpleswan.blogspot.com
    A Fashion, Beauty, and Maternity blog

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  28. Curious as to what you are feeding as well! Are your breastfeeding, pumping or supplementing ? I feel like I am a slave to my pump!!!

    Also how was your Csection recovery ? Tell us the nitty gritty !

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  29. Hi! I love to read your blog. I wanted to provide some advice on Harper moving to a crib. I work in the infant wing of a day care center, have had lots of professional development on the matter, and see lots of little ones with very unique, amazing personalities! It becomes very easy to adapt in such a situation to help all the little ones' needs.

    Anyway, after reading about your concern with the nap nanny, I just wanted to suggest this. Put a Boppy underneath her crib mattress. Lay her head there so that the Boppy works to elevate her just enough. It's a safer alternative that we use for one of our little ones, and it works wonders for her spitting up! This might also help you to slowly adjust the height of the elevation so that you can slowly "ween" her down to laying flat.

    Thanks for all your wonderful updates!

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  30. What do you do to get her to sleep most of the night? My little girl is 10 days younger then Harper and eats every 2-2 1/2 hours.

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  31. Your routine sounds amazing! I think it is great how you are documenting everything. One day you will look back at it and have nothing but smiles! :)

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  32. We used the nap nanny for our son who had terrible reflux. It was great. I think they have fixed the issues that caused the recall, so no worries.

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  33. Designing toys!! How awesome is that!? Sound like an awesome and fun job!

    I know that how you feed your baby is a completely personal decision and there really is no right or wrong way, but the way that works best for your family. That said I don't want to be nosy about your choice, but wanted to share a post I read that I wish I would have read in the early months of trying to breastfeed. It was one of those things that no one ever told you how HARD it was going to be. So whether I help you or one of your readers, I wanted to share this:

    http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2012/04/breastfeeding-anniversary/

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  34. I know that how you feed your baby is a completely personal decision and there really is no right or wrong way, but the way that works best for your family. That said I don't want to be nosy about your choice, but wanted to share a post I read that I wish I would have read in the early months of trying to breastfeed. It was one of those things that no one ever told you how HARD it was going to be. So whether I help you or one of your readers, I wanted to share this:

    http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2012/04/breastfeeding-anniversary/

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  35. how did you snap out of your post partume ?

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  36. Love all your posts! One suggestion I have for dealing with her reflux at night is letting her sleep in her car seat. My friend did that with her son & it helped him a lot to be somewhat upright & gave her peace of mind. :)

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  37. Love all the baby books :) I am 11 weeks and seriously looking forward to the presence of baby books in our home in the near future. Harper is adorbs!

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  38. I am OBSESSED with your blog!! :) I love it! I'm currently pregnant, and you inspired me to create my own!!! (And your little girl is adorable!!)

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  39. Great post! I have so many books it's not even funny, you have a great start to Harper's library!

    I just did a post today about children's books and a book exchange on how to start your little one's library, it's a lot of fun!


    Rachael
    thesweetandthesalty.blogspot.com

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  40. Hi. I am not sure how this works and maybe you have seen it before, but there is a site called Childs Own where you can create toys based on child drawings. It would assume that an adult could also draw something and have it turned into a toy for their child. Just an idea. The website is http://www.childsown.com/. Good luck. Your daughter is adorable!

    Ashley
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

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  41. I was in need of a little gift for a baby present - the sheep is perfect!! You find the cutest things! Thanks for that one :)

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  42. Books & music are the BEST for babies and children! Hearing rhythm, patterns, beats, tones, etc. helps with brain and language development! Even though she's a lil young one, she's taking it all in!! You'll be amazed when she starts to move her body to a beat one day out of no where! Sounds like y'alls day is super fun & packed with love! (As it should be.... ;) ) I'm sure you are already doing this.....but go out for strolls and talk to her about what is outside....sights, sounds, smells, etc. to enhance her environmental awareness. A little sunshine does a lot of good!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your posts!!! :)

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  43. I'm loving "bug" anyone find a link to purchasing him? I checked the sites listed in her next post but I'm not having any luck.

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  44. Anyone know where "bug" was purchased? thx!

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  45. "Bug" is from Diapers.com! :)
    http://www.diapers.com/p/zolo-by-kushies-fuzzi-poofi-black-white-115363

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    1. Can you post where you found the cute stick rattles? Been looking for that baby cow all over!!!

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  46. Love the stick rattles! What brand are they?

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  47. Where did you find the cupcake book???

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