The First of Many Firsts

One of the things that I look forward to is the chance to experience all of Hannah's "firsts" with her. To see her reactions to new things and to watch her smile, learn, and have fun is just priceless. A few weeks ago (I know, I'm so behind on putting it on the blog), we went apple picking as a family of 3 for the first time and it did not disappoint!

Little girl loved being able to pull at the leaves, pull on the grass, touch all the apples, and eat/suck on the apples. She was having a ball. And we loved watching her do it all. 

We went to a local farm that had a giant apple orchard, with over 10 different kinds of apples to pick from, a pumpkin patch, a big playground for kids, a little farm animal section, a kitchen with homemade baked goods, and snack bar with yummy things like apple cider donuts. It was a day of pure fun for our family... and for my belly. We can't wait for next year!

The Mommy Comparisons

We've all been there. Comparing ourselves to others.. whether it's about our clothes or if we have the "it" bag of the season, or perhaps it was our houses or our jobs. If you're a blogger I'm sure you've been through the number-of-followers comparison game at some point. 

And now that I've entered motherhood, a whole new comparison begins. Is my child reaching her milestones at the same time as her child? Is my child wearing the trendiest new kids clothes out there (silly, but true)? Am I getting dressed in cute clothes and putting on a full face of makeup with my hair perfectly done AND taking my child out in public so that she gets her daily dose of fresh air and worldly stimulation like that mom is? Is my child's party going to be as great as they are on Pinterest!? Seriously, I've decided that Pinterest is both awesome and evil all at the same time.

It's natural. We compare ourselves to others. So many moms seem to have it all. The perfect husband, the perfect home, the perfect outfit, the perfect hair that seems to fall perfectly on her perfectly powdered face, and the perfect child that never cries and sleeps through the night. New mommy bloggers especially fascinate me. How they can find time to get dressed, look amazing, take photos, blog, and care for a newborn is beyond me. Seriously, how do these women do it? 

Well, I don't have the answer but I know for sure that I don't do it. And I'm ok with it. Do I wear sweatpants more often than I'd like to admit? Yes. Do I go a day too long without washing my hair sometimes? Yes. Do I even remember how to put on makeup?? Hardly. Does my baby sleep through the night? Not even close. But it's ok.

When little girl and I go out to run errands or do some shopping, it's a miracle we both even make it out by the time I wanted. Most of the time, my shirt either has drool, baby food, or milk mushed in somewhere... my hair has been pulled in all directions by a freakishly strong baby... and I probably only put mascara on one eye because I got distracted at some point and then forgot. 

And you know what? I'm ok with that. I pat myself on the back for even making it out into the world. I pat myself on the back that my baby got fed and dressed. I pat myself on the back that my baby is happy and healthy. With my disheveled hair and half made up face, I look at her and she gives me the biggest smile and I realize, I'm doing just fine.

6 Months, What!

Can you believe baby girl is now 6 months old.. halfway to 1 year!? Where did the time go? I look at her and I can hardly believe she was ever the little, tiny, 6 lb newborn that was in my belly.

This last month, she has learned and grown so much. She is so curious about everything and studies everything new that she sees or hears. She's now rolling like a champ too. She can practically sit up from a laying position on her own and she's THIS close to crawling -- she can scoot backwards and make turns, but hasn't quite mastered going forward just yet. We think it's going to be within this next month or so! Time to start baby proofing!

At 6 months, Hannah loves:
+ Eating everything she can get her hands on, especially things she knows she's not supposed to eat like her shoes, the remote, my pants, a diaper, the couch. 
+ Eating/chewing on really cold things. 
+ Eating her baby food. We've tried oatmeal cereal, bananas, peaches, sweet potatoes, squash, and apples (all purees) and she loves them all. 
+ Rolling around on the floor.
+ Touching our faces.
+ Playing peek-a-boo.
+ Bath time.
+ Watching us sing or dance.

She does not love:
+ Going to bed. Yet she doesn't like being tired either.
+ Being hungry.
+ Being bored or doing the same thing for too long.
+ Strangers.
+ Getting dressed/undressed, especially if she's tired.

And yes, that's her trying to eat her shoe! And her in her bunny pajamas trying to crawl!

Favorite Baby Products

Now that baby girl is heading into her 6th month (gasp, I know), I have a pretty good handle on what products work and don't work, at least for us. I'm by no means an expert on anything, but I wanted to share my personal experience, in case it helps any of you soon to be parents out there.

There are SO many baby products. So many. Enough to make your head spin. So many different brands and so many different types of everything. How do you even decide? Being a first time mom, I did a lot of research before buying anything. And I ended up with some things that I didn't really need and some other needs that I just can't live without.

Here are our 5 favorite baby products*:

1. Baby activity gym. We love this. When she was younger, she would just stare up at the various toys and swing her arms around. Now she really goes after the toys, even yanking a few down at times. It really helped with her coordination. She can lay on this and play for quite some time, which is really great for when mommy needs to get things done... or go to the bathroom. Now she rolls around on it so I can't leave her unattended much anymore, but for a while, it really helped keep me sane. We got this as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, so thanks guys, for allowing me time to pee in the last 5 months!

2. Baby Einstein Jumper. She loves this thing. She is completely fascinated with the little bird on it and she loves the music and the fact that she can bounce around. She started using this around 4 months and it's been a life saver. We plop her into it when we eat dinner and it's great. Finally, we're able to eat at the same time!

3. Rock N' Play. This saved our lives, and our arms. We had so much trouble with sleep (it's still a constant struggle) and found that this is the place, besides our arms, where she sleeps best. I think it's because of the slight incline and the snugness. It makes her feel like she's being cuddled. If I could cuddle her all day every day, I would, but mommy needs a break too.

4. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. Ok, a lot of people will say, just throw the diaper in the trash can and be done with it. Why waste money on a special trash can with special trash bags? Well, this one deposits baking soda every time you close it so it really keeps the smell at bay. And the bag clips shut when you need to throw it out, which also helps with the smell. Honestly I don't smell dirty diapers in her room ever. The bags hold a ton of diapers - I bought a package of these trash bags from amazon and have yet needed to purchase another one since she's been born.  And quite frankly, I just don't like the thought of an open trash can in her room. Keep the trash in another room, you say? Seriously, who has time for that.

5. Oball Rattle. I randomly bought this ball from Target one day and I'm so glad I did. The way that it's designed makes it perfect for little fingers to grasp. I gave her this ball when she was around 3 months old and she started learning how to hold it on her own. Not long after she was able to take her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in all by herself! Best part: it's $5 at Target.

Hope you guys found this helpful! I leave you with this little girl and her favorite bird.

*I was not paid for any of these reviews, these are really the products that I've found most useful in the past 5 months!

Ready for Fall + White Plum Giveaway {Closed}

I'm not quite sure where this summer went, but I'm pretty sure I missed the whole thing. Nonetheless, it's time to get ready for fall and who better to help me than White Plum, an online boutique that sells cute and affordable clothing, accessories, and more. Start shopping with the coupon code MAYLEE20 for 20% the entire site*!

This adorable anchor dress can take me into fall with an easy addition of a denim jacket, blazer, or cardigan. I can hold on to those nautical summer days while transitioning into cooler weather.

{Dress: c/o White Plum, Necklace: c/o White Plum, Shoes: Cole Haan, Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Denim Jacket: Nordstrom}

I am not exaggerating when I tell you these printed leggings are amazing. They are seriously the softest things ever. Makes me want to get more so that I can wear them every day.

{Leggings: c/o White Plum, Shirt: Old Navy, Vest: Old Navy, Necklace: c/o White Plum, Booties: Madden Girl}

Last but not least let me talk about this necklace. Yes the necklaces you see in these 2 outfits are actually from one original necklace. WHAT?! A necklace that turns into 3 necklaces? And the lengths of the necklace can be changed so you're really looking at 5 different options from just one necklace. Awesome.

Now it's time for you to get ready for fall by picking up something cute for yourself with this $50 White Plum giveaway!

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Good luck everyone and happy fall shopping!

*Coupon code is valid from 9/2-9/12.
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