One of my guilty pleasures since becoming a mom, is hearing all about bedtime routines! When we were in survival mode and working through Lucy’s terrible sleeping habits (you can read more about that right here), one thing that everyone told me was that I needed a solid bedtime routine! A bedtime routine, could it really be that simple?! NOPE, not that simple for us, but it definitely improved her quality of sleep and it helped her understand when it was time for her to go to sleep. Since we’ve been sticking to it for about a month now, Lucy is sleeping approximately 100000% better at night, and we are all happier! So here it is, our six month old’s bedtime routine:READ MORE »
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I have seen so much negativity on social media recently, and it compelled me to share one of my favorite quotes! “People often forget that kindness is free.” At the beginning of this year, I decided to make a goal to go above and beyond and be kind to everyone that I meet. Lucy is getting older; she is going to see our actions, and hear our words….I want her to know words of affirmation and love, not of negativity and hate. Our goal is to raise our children to be kind and courteous, and to always be considerate of others feelings.
I have a long way to go before I am anywhere close to where I want to be, but I am making the conscious effort to be better every day. I think that we could all work a little harder at being kind and considerate, because we truly never know what everyone else is going through. Just a little food for thought:) I hope you are all having a wonderful evening! Xo.
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant with a baby girl, I dreamed of matching every single thing we ever wore. Clearly that would be excessive and way too expensive, but I love to match whenever we get the chance! Mama and mini style really is just the best thing ever in my book;) I was so excited that Amy from Pine and Poppy Shop sent us these matching beanies, and I can not get ENOUGH. Seriously, just look at them. Obsessed. You can use the code ILOVELUCY for 15% off your purchase with Pine & Poppy and support another hard working mama! The best part about her shop is that everything is completely customizable! You choose the color of the hat, any accent colors, and the color of the pom pom…What’s better than that?! Make sure you are following me on Instagram (@maryssaalbert) because I will be sharing a giveaway tomorrow night with them and you aren’t going to want to miss out;)
Our fresh, tiny 6 lb 12 oz 20 inch newborn is now our 14 lb, 10 oz 25 inch six month old! I can’t believe we have already had six months with Lucy! Time is a cruel, cruel thief. She is learning so many new things right now, and this is definitely my favorite age yet! She loves to jump around in her bouncer, homegirl LOVES apples, and she boycotts sleep at all costs.
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With the exception of Lucy’s less than perfect delivery, (you can read about that here) I would like to think that I have had a relatively easy transition into motherhood. Lucy is overall, an AMAZING baby. She is so happy, healthy, and stinkin’ adorable. We are spoiled, really. I live for spending my days with her and I am so beyond grateful that Shane works as hard as he does so I get to stay at home and watch her grow. One thing that has not been the easiest thing to deal with though, is her sleeping habits. She is the best when it comes to bedtime, I can lay her down awake and she will usually pass right out….But staying asleep….ohhh man, home girl does not like to stay asleep.
She was an amazing sleeper for maybe a month, one glooorious month she slept through the night. Then she stopped. She was like, “ma I’m giving up sleeping through the night, COLD TURKEY”. We were dealing fine, she was only waking up one extra time…No big deal, I can do that. Until last week. Last week, Lucy started waking up anywhere from three to SIX times a night. Willy nilly, no time off limits for this girl. Everyone keeps drilling sleep training into my brain, but I am such a softy. I know she’s teething and just wants her mama. I run in her room as soon as she starts whimpering, and she has absolutely no concept of self-soothing. 100% my fault completely; but now here I am, almost six months in, trying to remember what it was like to ever sleep more than three hours straight.
2016, you were so, so good to us! It was hands down, 100% the most life-changing year I have EVER experienced. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, I grew a baby, gave birth to our sweet Lucy, and we became PARENTS. We packed a whole bunch of firsts and a ton of happiness into 2016, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! I have plenty of goals that I want to accomplish this year, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! I couldn’t thank you all enough for following along on our journey, and I hope you have a blessed and healthy new year:) Bring it on 2017, xo.
I sat down to blog today and thought, oh…wow it’s probably been two weeks since I’ve sat down and written something. WRONG. It’s been a month!!!! I have never done that, ever! I could sit here and make excuses like, “blah blah motherhood babies four month sleep regression breastfeeding laundry” OR I can just say whoops and move right along. So, WHOOPS.
Speaking of sleep regressions, (not an excuse just an update) Lucy gave us a serious run for our money for a couple weeks. She was waking up four or five times a night every night and she was waking up at 5 am for the day. FIVE. A. M. Lord help us all. Luckily she figured it out on her own, and we are back to a regular sleeping schedule of waking up one or two time a night. Phew. That may or may not have had a large impact of my lack of blog posts, but once again…..I’m not here to make excuses;)
There really is not a ton to update you all on, we are just starting to find our groove as a family & we are enjoying the holiday season! There really is nothing better than having a baby to share these fun times with. I can only imagine how much better it gets every year! Lucy is obsessed with staring at the lights on the tree and grabbing the ornaments, she’s not sure what to think about the snow, and she really prefers being in a warm pair of footies hanging out on the couch (same, girl).
I have been spending my entire Sunday brainstorming and making a list of things to improve my blog, so I will be sharing those things soon! Don’t give up on me yet, better things are ahead! Thank you all for following along and reading about my super exciting whirlwind of a life*, I appreciate you. Really.
*really aggressive sarcasm
Now here are some really cute pictures of my baby. Have a good night!
I have had so much fun putting together Lucy’s nursery, I’m actually a little sad that I’m done! She doesn’t actually sleep in her room yet, but I hope once she does she loves it as much as I do. This room started out covered in old Packer’s wallpaper, and it. was. terrible. I knew that I wanted it to be neutral with little pops of color, but it turned out completely different than I originally planned…and I love it! Can I move in?;)
October is a crazy month around here. We have soooo much going on, and I feel like we are always on the go! Luckily Lucy loves her carseat, and my car gets 35 mpg;) If I’m not updating my blog, I can promise you that I am on Instagram…Follow me @maryssaalbert to stay up to date on my #momlife. Cubs Hat | Lucy’s Bow | MAC Impassioned Lipstick READ MORE »
We seriously love bath time in our house, and I wanted to share our favorite baby bath products! Lucy is just like her mama, she loves to kick back and relax in a nice warm bubble bath, and she has some favorite products she likes to use;) I swear, she told me. After some trial and error with many different products, we finally figured out what works best!
Shampoo/Body Wash: I switch off between the Shea Moisture Head to Toe Wash (HERE) and the Tubby Todd Hair & Body Wash (HERE). I love the smell of both, and there is really no reason why I switch between them, I just get bored of smells really easily;) They are both natural and perfect for Lucy’s super-sensitive skin!
Lotion: Tubby Todd’s Everyday lotion is our must-have (HERE)! It is so gentle, and the smell is subtle yet soooo yummy! I have tried Cetaphil Baby and Aveeno Baby, and they both made Lucy break out in a pretty aggressive rash. This is the only lotion yet that works for her, so we are hooked!
Diaper Rash: At the first sign of a diaper rash, I put coconut oil on her bum at every diaper change…and that usually does the trick by the end of the day! If the rash looks a little more severe, I use Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment (HERE). Can you tell I’m obsessed with their products? This isn’t sponsored, I just absolutely love what they do for my baby’s skin! This stuff is MAGIC. You need it, trust me.
Cradle Cap/Baby Acne/Scratches: All Over Ointment! Remember when I said that it’s magic? It really is…I don’t know why or how, but it heals everything! I even put it on my blemishes before bed and when I wake up they are gone! It’s worth every single penny.
Man, these babies of ours are high maintenance;) I wouldn’t have it any other way! What are your favorite baby products? These work best for us, but I am always open to trying something new!