Friday, February 20, 2015

Baby Harrell [2 months old]

Where has the time gone?!  I can hardly believe our little guy is two months old already!

This past month was a busy one, filled with both Zack and I’s birthdays, cousin Harper’s first birthday party, and Valentine’s Day.  JJ is forming quite the personality and it is such a joy to watch him grow!  Being his mama is my favorite job. :)

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We went to the doctor yesterday and he was measured at 23.6 inches, he is in the 77th percentile!  He might be tall like his dad!

He weighed 11.11 lbs, which is in the 35th percentile.  Long and skinny!

This past month JJ got his first cold. :(  It wasn’t too bad, thank goodness, but he was super congested.  My parents bought us a nose frida, which is disgusting… but it works SO well.  I gag every time Zack uses it, but it helps JJ so much so I’m not complaining. 

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JJ is still a big fan of sleep, which is really lucky for us. :)  He also loves to eat, (no surprise there) and he is such a happy guy in the mornings!  He likes laying on his play mat (see below) and is still loving mirrors and his own reflection.  He hated the bathtub so we tried taking him in the shower and he likes it a lot better!


JJ overall is a very happy guy… but he still hates being fussed with when he is asleep!  He also is not a huge fan of his crib… whenever we try to move him there (right now just for naps) he cries a lot.  I’m still going to try to work on having him sleep there for naps, hopefully it will get better and things will go smoothly when we choose to transition him to sleeping there at night.  He also dislikes tummy time a lot… Also something to work on. :)

He is growing out of his newborn clothes!! :(  There’s still a few shirts that fit, but his pants don’t stand a chance.  This long, skinny, guy mostly fits in 0-3 month or 3 month clothes… but even then sometimes the arms and legs are too short!  I have a feeling this may be a lifelong problem.  We also transitioned to the small sized cloth diapers (out of the newborn size) so those made his pants a bit more snug too.

He is still nursing like a champ. He is eating every 3-4 hours during the day but goes longer stretches at night.  He is also cutting his eating time down a lot too… he used to eat around 20 minutes and now it’s closer to 14.


Still a great sleeper… he has been going to sleep around 10pm-ish and usually sleeps until 5 or 6am.  After he eats then he usually sleeps a bit longer.

Our Favorite Things This Month:
-Fisher Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym: JJ has started to love this play mat!  There are lights and animals, and rainforest sounds or music.  He loves to lay under it and talk to all the animals. :)
-Gaiam Eco Total Body Balance Ball: If you read this post, you’d remember that while I was pregnant I received this yoga ball for free from  While laboring at home it was really helpful, and now that JJ is here we still love it!  During his fussy tired times, JJ loves to be held while bouncing on the ball!  It is almost a sure way to stop his crying.
-Pacifier:  We learned after a month of constant feeding and one sore mama, that JJ is a baby that constantly likes to suck on something.  He was becoming pretty fussy at night and nothing seemed to help except nursing—even though he was not hungry.  We were leaning towards trying to not use a pacifier, but now it is one of our favorite things.  It brings him a lot of comfort (and me too!) and it has kept him one happy guy.
-Wet Bag: We are cloth diapering, and we have found that a big wet bag is essential for keeping our dirty diapers contained on the go.  This is the one we have… and we love the Disney print! We also love that it has 2 separate pockets, one for dirty diapers and one for wet clothes.


-Baby Harper turned one and JJ went to his first birthday party!
-He is starting to really smile—not just when he is pooping. :)  Knowing that he sees and recognizes us is really the best feeling!  When he is being held by someone else and he hears my voice, he will turn to find me… such a special feeling!
-He is getting really great at tracking things with his eyes.  He will watch you move around a lot!
-He got his first set of shots yesterday… not fun for any of us!  Poor guy, but it is worth it in the long run, of course.
-JJ is starting to “talk” a lot more.  He coos and makes little high pitched squeals.  Our favorite is after he sneezes he will let out a little, “ahhh.”  So cute!  He also says, “Hi!”  Obviously he doesn’t mean to, it’s a coincidence… but it’s very audible and pretty crazy to hear.


We just love him so much! We could not feel more blessed to be his parents.  I think I ended last month’s post saying the same thing… but it’s just the truth!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#FrostyVoxBox Review

Right before I had JJ I received an awesome VoxBox in the mail from Influenster.  I was a little preoccupied for a few weeks so I wasn’t able to dig into the goodies until recently… Here are my thoughts on the things I was sent.

In full disclosure, I did receive these items at no cost in exchange for my honest review… All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: I don’t wear a lot of makeup, especially now that my time is limited with a newborn.  However, when I do wear makeup, I normally remove it at night with these Kirkland Signature facial tissues.  I am a big fan of the convenience factor with the wipes, so I have not really tried any other kinds.  This Rimmel brand makeup remover worked really well!  Overall it removed the makeup better than the wipes, but I still enjoy the convenience factor of the wipes more.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: I received the black color, and I liked it!  I am not a makeup expert so I’m really not picky when it comes to eyeliner.  This one worked well and never smudged.  Thumbs up.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color: The color I received was “Sugar Plum” which is a lighter shimmery pink color.  I don’t really wear lip color, but this shade was ok… not too bold, good for a more daily use.  I probably wouldn’t purchase it on my own, but I will wear it since I have it.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea:  I have wanted to try this flavor of tea for a long time.  I have seen it around but haven’t wanted to spend money on buying a whole box when I didn’t know if I liked it.    I have a lot of tea at home already, but I don’t drink it very often… but I liked this one a lot!  My mom used to make me tea with fresh mint and honey when I was sick, and it reminded me of this!

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED & Intense: I received two little samples of this serum—and used them… but to be honest, I didn’t really notice any differences in my skin.  Maybe it’s just because my skin doesn’t have many issues, but supposedly it is supposed to make your skin look “younger.”  It seems to have great reviews overall, so I am sure if you are into that sort of product it works great.

McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme: This thyme was great!  I used it when making this recipe.  Zack and I both liked it a lot.

Fruit Vines Bites Strawberry:  I was thinking the flavor of these would be comparable to Twizzlers, and I was right.  I think they are a delicious snack that I would purchase again!  I got the strawberry flavor which was good, but I would like to try the cherry.  It definitely has that Twizzler-esque, fake cough syrupy type taste… which I am weirdly a fan of, so if you don’t like that you should not try these.

EcoTools Full Volume Styler: One thing my hair does not need, is more volume.  Naturally my hair is pretty full of volume, curly, frizzy, and unruly.  I was scared that this brush would get stuck in my hair… Maybe I will try it once my hair is straightened?  Give a little volume to my straight hair?  Maybe… but overall, this brush was not made for me.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Harrell [one month old]

I know I have not updated this little space in awhile—life has been chaotic and filled with lots of highs and lows…But I’m back today to document a big milestone…

My baby boy is ONE MONTH OLD today!!

I can hardly believe it, and I can cry thinking about how big he’s getting already!  The first month has flown by, I am a mess. :)  So without further adieu, here’s an update on our little guy…








He was 21 inches long when he was born, (97th percentile) and I definitely feel like he has grown since then.  Our little guy is long and skinny like his dad, and now that he’s starting to stretch out more and not scrunch up, he seems a lot bigger!  We will know how much he has actually grown at his 2 month appointment.

When JJ was born he weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. (75th percentile) and at his 2 week appointment he grew to 8 lbs. 10 oz. (51st percentile) He has for sure gained some weight since then too—he is filling out nicely and loves to eat.

His health is great!  No serious issues (PTL!!).  The only concerns he faces are his hiccups, he gets them at least 2-3 times a day.  This is funny because he got them a lot when I was pregnant too.  They are definitely annoying and he is not a fan… but there’s not much we can do about that. :)  The only other issue are his chapped lips.  I’m told this is from eating, and eventually they will peel off and he will get used to it, but I just feel so bad for him!

Sleeping… he lovessss to sleep!  Eating, typical baby there I guess. :)  

Bath time—Not a fan!  Hiccups, [hotoshoots… we have tried a couple times and he is just not into them, and being fussed with while he is sleeping.  This boy (like his dad) values his sleep big time! 

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He is still mostly in newborn clothes, but fits into a few 0-3 month things.

He is breastfeeding like a champ.  I am thrilled that we are able to do this successfully because I know it’s not always easy for people.  He eats every 2-3 hours during the day and has been waking up every 4ish hours at night. 

Like I said, we are seriously lucky with this guy.  He (*knock on wood*) sleeps so well.  He is waking every 4ish hours at night to eat, but he usually goes right back to sleep afterwards.  He is sleeping in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, and we have not had too many issues overall.

Our Favorite Things:
These are a few things this past month that we have loved/have been really helpful:
Rock ‘n Play Sleeper (see above)
Puj Tub—This has been pretty helpful for me specifically because I wasn’t able to lean over the bathtub to give JJ baths in the other little contraption we have.  This little tub fits right in the sink.
Baby Starters Blankets—We have 2 different blankets of this brand and they are the perfect size for the car seat, and to carry around.  We have a couple big handmade blankets that we love at home, but these are great for travel.
Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat—This was a hand-me-down that we love!  It’s perfect to set JJ down in while we are doing things around the house.

-His umbilical cord stump fell off when he was 3 weeks old—which I think is a long time?!  A lot of other babies that I know had theirs fall off within 7-10 days.
-Had a newborn photoshoot done just after 3 weeks old… my cousin and Jessie decided we could try and do it but JJ hated it!  Granted he was in the car the entire day before and was in a fussy mood. (See a few below!)
-He celebrated his first Christmas and New Year’s.
-He met a lot of extended family from my side on Christmas Eve, and then we spent some time down South where he got to meet Zack’s side of the family too!  He is one very loved boy.
-He smiles a lot—he is probably just passing gas, but I like to think he does it on purpose. :)
-His hair is brown but is starting to look a bit reddish—and there is a lot of it!  His hair is usually the first thing people comment on when they meet him.  He also still has his dark blue eyes.  I’m hoping they stay blue!


We are so in love with this little guy… we are blessed to be his parents.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

12-20-14 -Welcome Baby JJ!-

On December 20, 2014 we welcomed our sweet baby boy into the world!


It was a long, long, journey… (almost 45 hours of contractions and labor!) But we could not be more thrilled that he is finally here!


He was the perfect little Christmas present, and we have loved getting to know him!


We love you baby JJ, our hearts could not be more full. :)

In case you missed it:
Our pregnancy announcement.
Telling our families.
Our gender reveal party.
His name and the meaning behind it.
All of my pregnancy “bumpdates.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Baby Harrell [weeks 35-38]

38 weeks

In case you missed it:
Our pregnancy announcement.
Telling our families.
Our gender reveal party.
His name and the meaning behind it.

Baby is the size of…  a leek! [38 weeks!]  He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long.

Big Developments… He has a firm grasp and his organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. (!!!)

Cravings? None really… still mostly just sweets and other things that are not good for me. :)

Aversions? Still nauseous most of the time.  Zack just chooses what to eat for dinner and doesn’t consult me anymore… he’s learned finally that truly nothing ever sounds good and I end up eating whatever is set in front of me despite how it sounds.

Sleep?  Definitely feeling more tired these days.  Not sure if that’s because I’m tossing and turning all night or up and down going to the bathroom… but I am usually ready to sleep at any point throughout the day. 

Other Symptoms? Lots of heartburn.  I keep the Tums beside the bed so that when I wake up in the middle of the night I can just eat one and go back to sleep—which usually works.  Still feeling lots of little kicks up in my ribs, but my midwife says his head is nice and low which is good!  Also, I am starting to get a little swelling in my hands and feet, but not too much.

Big Events?  We attended the Beach Boys concert, which JJ either loved or hated—he was dancing around in my belly through the whole thing!  We also attempted (& failed mostly) at a few maternity pictures…


I can’t believe that I am at 39 weeks today!  My due date is in ONE week!  I simply cannot believe it.  I am equally terrified and excited for labor and to meet this little guy… we are just hoping he makes his big debut before Christmas. :)