With each passing day,Waverly is hitting new milestones and surprising & delighting us with how much she is progressing.  There are certainly quite a few of these progressions that I could write about, yet this major development is one of my own.  
It’s safe to say that I was pretty much ecstatic about the news that we were going to welcome a baby in 9 months after peeing on a stick last November.  The fact that my husband and I were creating a new life together and how much it was going to affect our own was all I could think about from that period on.  But other than being overjoyed for the miracle we were waiting for, I am probably no different from a lot of women in that I was really excited for the opportunity to indulge in some foods I previously hadn’t been, and also for a slight break in my daily workout sessions.  In fact, I was so enthusiastic about the temporary break from my healthy lifestyle that I am pretty sure I went though the Wendy’s drive-thru for the chicken sandwich combo the day after my pregnancy was confirmed by the blood test.  I most likely over indulged for my entire first trimester.  I gained pretty much half the weight I would gain the entire pregnancy in the first two months, while the suggested amount is merely 1-3 pounds.  My weight gain eventually leveled off after I realized that eating for two didn’t really mean Taco Bell burritos, Burger King fries, and marathon eating sessions throughout the day.  
So although I caught myself before I ended up in the same position as Jessica Simpson (I had to do it … ), I still had some weight to lose and certainly did not walk out of the hospital in my pre-pregnancy jeans.  And although I am not yet at my goal, (or most pairs of those pre-pregnancy jeans!) I am getting closer … As my sister welcomed me back to the club when I got back to the 120’s and a pair of Size 3 pants this week.  
What have I been doing?  It turns out there really is no magic formula – as I am back to that same
 lifestyle of healthy eating & exercising like before.  Specifically, I am trying
 to keep my metabolism up by eating every three hours, staying away from carbs at night, trying to keep within 1300 calories a day, and attempting (another blog post to come) to workout for at least thirty minutes four days a week. And the breastfeeding (the closest thing to a magic formula) certainly doesn’t hurt either.

It feels good to (almost) be back.  

Even though it was less than six months ago, if my memory serves me right … compiling the registry for Little Miss Brickner was quite the daunting task.  I am pretty sure that the “suggested items you will need” brochure provided at “Babies’R’Us had over 200 items on it.  And I am also sure that we were no different from other first-time expecting parents who had never even heard of most of the essential items before. 
Needless to say, we conquered the challenge and successfully registered for our baby girl, recieved many of the items from our sweet family & friends at our showers, and bought a majority of what we didn’t get before Waverly arrived in July.  We were locked & loaded, and even though we still didn’t know how to use or perhaps even pronounce many of the baby items we had on hand … the fact that we had them provided us some confidence. 
Now that Waverly Maye is three months old, I have a much better understanding of many of those items we were told we needed, and am thankful that we have them.  But just like people, every baby is different & Waverly (And Mommy!) definitely have preferences for some of the products more than others.  I have listed my top five “must-haves” for Waverly’s months two & three.
1 – Fisher Price Cradle Swing (Babies’R’Us; $140.00):  I had to put this on top, because Waverly has spent at least half of her first three months of life snuggled into this swing.  It is our “go-to” when she won’t fall asleep for naps and her current resting spot each night … so it is obviously super comfortable.  It also has straps to ease my mind that she is secure, plays music, and has a mobile for her to gaze at when she is awake.
2 – Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets (Target; $34.95 for 4):  I laughed at my mom for spending this much for some muslin blankets when she purchased these for me during my pregnancy, but she was convinced they were worth it based on the reviews. She was right.  Not only did they save our lives
for her first month when we swaddled her in them each night, but we still use at least 2 daily as burp cloths or to just wrap her in.  They wash well & the prints are adorable.
3 – Boppy Pillow (Target; $29.99):  For something I had never heard of or seen before, the Boppy has become my best friend. We use it each & every time we breastfeed at home, which is at least multiple times on a daily basis.  It makes breastfeeding soooo much more comfortable for us both.  We also use it to practice tummy time, to prop Waverly up for photos, and to occasionally hold her for a nap.
4 – Medela In Style Breast Pump (Babies’R’Us; $269.99):  I was lucky enough to have mine passed down from my sister-in-law, which was great since this is one of those expensive products that breastfeeding moms need but aren’t that glamorous to buy.  The pump is obviously essential, and the Medela is the best.  Since going back to work, I bring it (in the handy bag that is included) and use it
5 – White Onsies (Carter’s; $26 for a 5-Pack) – I was definitely more excited to get printed dresses, leggings, and cropped jackets rather than plain white onsies for my little girl … but have quickly learned that the basics were what I needed most.  It’s just like adult fashion, you need to build a good base for your wardrobe.  Waverly wears them under her outfits almost everyday, and as it gets colder, even under her sleepers at night.  She also goes through them quicker than I could have imagined, so I alway find myself stocking up on more.  Carter’s makes the best quality, and with a coupon (google for one!), you can get them for super cheap!

Aden & Anais Blankets

Boppy Pillow

Medela Breat Pump


Carter’s Onsies

I must say that our sweet Waverly Maye has always been a good sleeper.  I won’t even consider complaining about her waking up once a night, as she has pretty much been doing nightly for the past couple months.  And I won’t do that because I have been informed by various baby blogs, books, and conversations – that some babies wake way more than that.  Furthermore, after the first month of being a mother and trying to function after an average of three to four hours a night, a thirty-minute date with my daughter on the pink recliner in her room once a night hardly affects my energy on the following day.  I feel pretty lucky.
Specifically, this past week … I have felt even luckier.  Waverly must have empathy for my return to work & early start time (7 AM to arrive at school), as she slept completely through the night on Thursday night.  After I put her to bed (in her swing … I admit) at 7:30 the night before, she happily snoozed until 6:30 Friday morning.  There were several occasions that I walked over to her swing to ensure she was still sleeping happily in that swing … And indeed, she was.
Did I mention she was a sweet girl?  Love her.  Now on to getting her sleeping in the crib.  That’s a milestone we will have to cross next ….I don’t know that Mommy is fully prepared for that yet.

Waverly’s Place of Sleep As of Now …    

Waverly had one of those major moments this week.  It wasn’t a developmental milestone, but an important day in her life nonetheless … One that will most likely affect her daily fashion for years to come.  Yes, our Waverly Maye had her ears pierced.  As may be expected, it was planned by mom much to the disappointment of dad.  I made the appointment a few weeks ago (at the doctor, rather than at Claire’s or The Icing), and knew my husband wouldn’t share my excitement for the event. However, after some convincing … He didn’t argue my need to adorn our baby girl with a pair of studs in those precious ears.
Like mother, like daughter … As I also had my ears pierced as a baby.  However, times have certainly progressed as Waverly had lotion applied to her ears to numb them and she didn’t even feel a thing.  Our wiggleworm was hardly quiet when she had to sit still on my lap in order for the nurse to perform the piercing, yet she was smiling within minutes.  And those sparkly studs look rather adorable on that cute face.  In fact, they are so cute I think my husband secretly likes them himself.  He just won’t admit it. 

Side View the Next Day … With her “Aunt” Niki! 

As previously posted, our Waverly Maye has spent the last week with a few people other than Mommy, since this was my first week of work.  Truthfully, if it wasn’t for these few family members & close friends… I probably would have quit my job and become a stay-at-home mom rather than drop our sweet girl off at daycare.  But luckily, Waverly had her Li-Li watch her on Monday/Wednesday, a family friend on Tuesday/Thursday, and my grandparents this past Friday.  It was an eventful week, but our baby girl exceeded our expectations and adapted perfectly.  (Almost TOO perfectly … I was hoping she would need her Mommy a little more … 🙂 ).

Li-Li spends tons of time with Waverly and Taylor is a babysitter by profession at the moment, so if I was slighty nervous about any day – it was most likely Friday.  Not that my Momma & Papa aren’t two of my favorite people in the world, and not that they didn’t watch me quite often as a child … But our sweet Waverly can be a bit high-maintanence and certainly has her unique personality traits.  (She most likely takes after her mother, and therefore can have her dramatic moments.)

But, according to my grandmother, the day was not as high drama as I might have predicted.  I came to their house to find a peaceful, sleeping baby.  Of course, she was in Momma’s arms, as I assume she was all day … But you can’t spoil a baby, right?  Because all I want to do when I come home to that face is hold her tight all afternoon & evening long.

I am thankful for a successful first week and my happy baby girl … And those special people who are her happy when I can’t be there.