So Waverly’s first four months have literally flown by, and I am really starting to understand what people mean when they ALWAYS tell to cherish each moment (Top comment I have gotten ever since my expanding belly was obvious enough to be a baby bump, and still get at least once daily!).  I  have definitely taken the advice and am cherishing each second with my baby girl.  And as much as I want all ths growing to slow down so she stays my snugly little baby bean forever … I can’t help but love each milestone and watching her grow & develop each day. 
With all these changes that my budding little baby has had lately, we are constantly in need of new products and adapting our daily routine (It still amazes me how much “stuff” a tiny human can require … But I admit I love all that “stuff!”).  Here are our FOUR MONTH FAVORITES!

1 – Taggies Blanket ($9.99; Bed, Bath & Beyond). Waverly is officially a curious, active ball of energy these days … So in other words, we have officially entered the toy stage.  The taggies blanket has loops completely around it so that you can hook a variety of toys on each one.  That way, when she gets bored with one (short attention span), I can turn the blanket and give her another.  It also helps keep her toys in one place. And it’s super soft & comfy!

2 – Bright Starts Lots of Links ($ 4.04; Target).   In keeping with the toy theme, these links are perfect.  They allow you to hook all of those toys around the taggie, and you can also use them to hang toys from your stroller, bassinet, or crib (if she was actually willing to lay in that crib, they would be even better.  But that’s another blog post … ).

3 – Sophie the Giraffe ($21.99; Babies’R’Us).  Ok, so I know I’ve posted about Sophie once before, but we love her so much that she completely deserves a second shout-out.  I don’t know what it is about that little giraffe, but Waverly just loves her …. Loves to eat her, squeeze her, and just hold on to her.  Thank goodness for Sophie.

4 – Wub Nub Pacifier ($13; Amazon).  I admit it … We have given Waverly a pacifier pretty much since she was a week old.  (I realize some don’t agree, but my pediatrician gave me the go and it has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion; I’m definitely not turning back now!).  Since she has gotten older, and is able to grasp on better, she likes it more and more. The Wub Nub combines the pacifier with a soft, cuddly stuffed animal that gives her something to play with and snuggle up to.  She LOVES it, and looks so cute with it, too!

5 – Fenugreek Pills ($9.98; Amazon).  Random, I know, but this one has been a life-changer. Since going back to work, my milk supply has slowly been dwindling … Almost to the point that we had to supplement with formula. But after my doctor suggested these pills, my supply has gone up considerably with each pumping session.  I take two pills each morning and night, and have noticed a significant difference.

Anyone who knows me would probably agree that to say I am a shopaholic is a bit of an understatement.  It’s not my best trait, but I most likely do have a slight shopping addiction.  Ever seen the movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic?” – the main character is eerily similar to me, complete with the red hair & all.  And of course, since having my daughter this past July, my love of shopping at Forever 21 for printed sweaters & skinny jeans is now shared with one for bows & striped onsies at Old Navy or Baby Gap.
So for those reasons, among many others, Black Friday definitely ranks in one of my favorite days of the year.  Along with my mom and sister, I have been attending the festivities for at least four years now.  Other than the obvious bargains, doorbusters and more … I thoroughly enjoy the excitement of the day, including the running through stores, hunting for special finds, and even the people watching everywhere we go.  We have been known to start our adventure just past midnight Thanksgiving evening and last until late that night.
This year brought a challenge as sleep is currently at quite the premium for me, yet with Waverly’s fashion needs and my own … It wasn’t an option to sit this one out (And obviously, I didn’t want to!). So we set our alarms for midnight once again, and set out for Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Old Navy.  Waverly even joined in for the fun, during Round Two at Target, TJ Maxx, and Micheals.  Here are the best deals we scored throughout the day …….
Baby Gap!!!  Well actually, the sale at Baby Gap started on Tuesday, so we knocked this one out before we even started cooking the Thanksgiving turkey.  Tons of deals on baby girl clothes I drool over but would never pay full price!
Kohls!!!  Always our first stop; this year, I went straight to the baby department.  Waverly is definitely at that age that she is getting more curious with her toys by the day, so Santa will be bringing lots of Fisher Price – at a discount.

http://www.kohls.com/catalog/toys-baby-toys.jsp?CN=3000001496

Micheals!  So this one was for me … in an effort to deck the halls in my home and create the festive Christmas atmosphere.  Like usual, Micheals is my go-to for anything decorative, and with amazing deals that continue past Black Friday, I always end up with something.

http://www.michaels.com/Seasons-Celebrations/departments-seasonsandcelebrations,default,sc.html

And one picture of Waverly from the day … a memorable day for any budding shopper.  It was also the first day Waverly went out in her PJs & and she looked quite cute in them!

 

Without a doubt, I am thankful this year.  My entire life has changed and been given new meaning by the birth of my healthy, beautiful baby girl, and now looking back … I don’t think I even understand what thankful was before this past July.  So needless to say, I could certainly write an entire post on how blessed I am because of her, and all the reasons why, but it would most likely turn into a small novel rather than simply a blog post.
So for the sake of time, sanity, and my realization that no one wants to read the million reasons why I am thankful for my Waverly Maye … I will instead write on the superficial reasons why I am thankful.  In other words, my current obsessions, favorite things, products I love, esc. – especially because they are definitely always changing.  Here goes …
  1. I am thankful for Pinterest.  Really, who isn’t?  I have found more baby ideas, craft projects, products that I never knew existed and never thought I needed, recipes, fashion inspiration … and then some.  We (Pinterest & I) actually have a love/hate relationship as it sometimes can uncessarily stress me out when I realize how much more organization I could have in my home, how much creativity I lack in my gift-wrapping, or generally how many hours of life I lose to searching endless ideas.  But at the end of the day, I am forever grateful for its presence in my life, and would be even more grateful if Virginia Beach City Schools would allow me to use it at school and unblock it from its server.
  2. I am thankful for my Camera.  Speaking of lost time in life, I am embarrased to admit how many hours of my day are devoted to taking pictures of my baby girl.  To say I am obsessed would be an understatement.  I seriously get nervous and don’t feel complete when I am without it.  The chances of missing a candid moment, new facial expression, or stand-out outfit are too high.  (Specifially, I am thankful for the new, upgraded camera that I currently purchased … which takes perfectly clear, high-quality shots.  It is the Sony Powershot.  More to come later.)
  3. I am thankful for Gap.  Specifically, Baby Gap.  This is one of those current obsessions of mine that I wish I hadn’t discovered.  Baby Gap has seriously the cutest baby girl clothes EVER!  I have spent more hours drooling over their website than I am willing to admit, and although I have had the will-power to not buy anything full price as of yet … I am not sure how long that can last.  My GAP fashion tip … wait for the sales!  Like them on Facebook & sign up to recieve coupons online!
  4. I am thankful for Etsy.  OK, so I realize most of these are technology-driven, but so is my life.  My love of Etsy began when I was planning my wedding, and as a result, the majority of the details on my special day were purchased there.  The amount of absolutely adorable baby items on Etsy.com can be overwhelming, and like many of the latter, I spend many of hours searching through them a day.  Many of Waverly’s headbands, blankets, and bloomers are a result of a special Etsy find.
  5. I am thankful for a Thanksgiving break; thus, time off with my baby girl.  So I realize this one is sentimental … but I had to at least have one.  I have been back at work for a little over a month now, and while I still enjoy my career, I miss my baby girl like crazy.  I realize I should not complain, as I am lucky enough to be able to be home by 3 everyday … but simply, sometimes that is just not enough.  So the opportunity to spend an entire four dayuninterrupted with my little family just overjoys me.
Our Thanksgiving celebration will consist of a “double-header,” as we will be visiting with both sides of our family throughout the day.  I can hardly wait … love, love a celebration and love one even more when it involves Miss Waverly Maye (and is her first!).

Waverly Maye’s Most Recent Picture …

It’s less than one week until Thanksgiving, and my house is starting to feel more festive by the minute.  This is definitely the earliest I have had Christmas decorations out, but I love the season so much that I figure the longer they are out, the better.  And furthermore, (1) now that I am a mom, I feel more of a sense of urgency to create the entire holiday experience (even though I know she won’t remember it this year) and (2) now that I am a mom, I am entirely more busy and have found that I have to take an opportunity when I have it.    
In addition to beginning to deck the halls in our home, we have also started the first of many celebrations.  I love a tradition, as well as any excuse for a friendly gathering … so I always look forward to our *Friendsgiving each year.  This year marked our third, and Waverly’s first.  And for us,  this year was extra special as it was during this same gathering last year that we shared the news that we were expecting.  In fact, we told them specifically during a photo – we set the timer and just as the flash went off, my husband shouted that I was pregnant.  What a difference a year makes.

Last year’s Photo – We’re Pregnant! 
(I don’t think anyone … except my sister … really got it!)
This year’s photo (with Waverly Maye!). 
Waverly is wearing a Onsie from Carter’s, Shorts/leggings Set from Gymboree, and a Headband from Etsy. The polka dot bow was added to the headband.

*Friendsgiving = A Pre-Thanksgiving celebration with friends, in which each person brings a dish to share.

Is anyone else slowly getting more & more excited for the upcoming holiday season? 
Other than Thanksgiving being one of the best holidays ever (who doesn’t like a day of eating?), today marks officially one week until BLACK FRIDAY.  My mother, sister, and I have been celebrating this monumental holiday (it is a holiday, right?) for the past four years now.  And that certainly won’t change this year.  We have been finalizing our plans and overall strategy for the last few days, and I look forward to posting more about this significant American celebration soon. 🙂
Other than the obvious anticipation of one of my favorite times of the year, the other big news in our house this week is Waverly Maye’s four month birthday.   After much discussion over whether our calculations were right (Side Note:  Are you supposed to go by weeks or months?  We still aren’t sure.), we decided to go with it and therefore conduct her monthly photo shoot, schedule her four month check-up, and of course, sing her Happy Birthday that morning. 
Waverly hadn’t seen our pediatrician since her two month check-up, which felt like a lifetime after we had been there so often early on.  I was really looking forward to getting an update on her height & weight, and even made a bet with my husband over what the final results would be.  Of course (Mommy Know’s Best!), I was right, and our little peanut is still right at 23 inches (5%) and under 13lbs. (30%).  We were given the green light to start with rice cereal, and I admit that it’s weird … but I am ridiculously excited to watch her facial reactions when we give it to her this weekend.  
The obvious downside to the appointment were the shots.  We opted to have only half, and are going back next week for the rest.  Other than the “no sound” cry (you know the one … ) immediatly after the two sticks, Waverly was perfectly fine and reacted better than I did.  We gave her a dose of Baby Tylenol one hour before the appointment, as recommended by the doctor.  And of course, I put her straight to breastfeeding immediately after the shots and she calmed down so quickly I think she forgot about the whole thing. (I swear, that child can be calmed down from anything by breastfeeding!!  Love it!).
BEFORE shots …

After shots … (And after being fed & forgetting about the shots!) …

And after the shots, being fed, getting dressed again … and totally ready for home & a nap!