Being Brickner : February 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seven Month Update

Age:  Seven Months

Height:  24 inches

Weight:  16 1/2 Pounds

Milestones:  Waverly Maye is getting ready to be mobile.  She is sturdy as ever sitting up now, and can even go from sitting to her belly in order to grab something (most often a remote, cell phone, or computer).  She continues to like tummy time more and more, which totally confirms my belief that she is getting ready to crawl.  And (at least for me!), the most exciting milestone of the month?  I am almost sure that she said her first word.  And yes, it was MOMMA!  Although my husband doesn't want to admit it, both my mom & sister-in-law confirmed my intuition.  Although I assume one day I may feel differently, I could seriously hear her utter those sweet syllables ALL.DAY.LONG.

Sleep:  When I write these monthly updates, I often look back on the month before to see how much Waverly has changed in just four short weeks.  Looking back on the 6 month update, I realize exactly why I am superstitious and hesitate to comment on how smooth our nights are going. As previously posted, our nights were anything but peaceful this past month.  Our "perfect sleeper" stopped sleeping on her own, and instead wanted to bunk up with us each night.  I am rather elated to report that at the moment, we are back to normal (although I am nervous to ...)  I will post soon on the details of how we got there.

Eating:  Our baby girl is growing up ... and eating more foods than ever.  We are now officially on a eating routine of oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal & a fruit for lunch, and oatmeal & a vegetable for dinner.  All of the oatmeal is mixed with breastmilk, and she has snacks of breastmilk in between each of her meals.  It does seem we have a picky eater on our hands, as the only vegetable she really seems to like is sweet potatoes (we tried green beans, peas, and avocado ... and all were a no-go).  She loves all of the fruits though, which totally makes me think she has a sweet tooth like her momma. :)   

Favorite Moments:  This month is no different from others, in that I pretty much love every minute with this spunky little sweetie.  She has made the most mundane, routine activities so much fun ... and I continue to drive home from work each day with butterflies at the thought of hanging out with my girl.  Our favorite place to be most likely is still the mall, and we also love her weekly classes at the Little Gym, spending time outside, and (a new destination) the pool at our recreation center.

Worst Moments:  Without a doubt, the (only) bad moments of this month all have to do with Waverly's sleep.  But as posted before, even the worst moments with her are better than any day I had before she was here.

Extra Comments:  Seven Months?  At times I can't believe she is already over half-a-year old, but when I think about it, I seriously can't fathom life before herI totally get why moms get sad as their babies grow, but for me, I really do enjoy every step as she gets older.  She gets more alert, fun, and I truly can't believe I am lucky enough to keep this girl forever. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Birthday Photos

No, these photos are not from Waverly's birthday, as we have until July to prepare for that.
And, by the way, "prepare" for her first birthday is obviously more than an understatement.  I will try to keep my desire to have a festive, themed entire day-long extravaganza (halfway) to a minimum.  But it's going to be hard.  Anyone who knows me could tell you that.
Thesse pictures, however, were taken for another reason ... and one reason only.  And that was to wish Waverly's Papa G a Happy, Happy Birthday!  Waverly Maye is the first grandchild on my side of the family, so needless to say, pictures of her are the perfect way to start my dad's celebatory day.  And even though we clearly do not have a lack of those, I have a hunch that a few more will bring a smile to my dad's face.


I get asked a lot about how we decided on Waverly Maye's name. 
Honestly, we didn't decide on her first name until the final moments in the delivery room.   
We went in with two names that we both liked, but each liked (a different one) a little more than the other.  Needless to say, after 48 hours in the hospital before meeting our baby girl, her name was Waverly ... the one I preferred. :)
Her middle name, however, was finalized as soon as we found out we were having a girl.  Maye was my maternal grandmother's middle name, and so ... Waverly Maye is named after her, in honor of my dad.  We love you more than you know, Papa G. Happy Birthday :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Facts

YAY for Friday! 
And the fact that this Friday marks the end to a really good week.  Last time I posted Friday Facts, I definitely wouldn't have considered that week the most positive one I had ever had. 
See post here.
In short, over the course of five days, I got a sinus infection, had two different sick babysitters, and lost my keys on a quick errand to Kroger ... all on approximately five hours of sleep TOTAL as my sweet girl decided to stop sleeping unless she was being held.  What I didn't include in that post because it happened later that Friday afternoon?  
Losing my cell phone and having to retrieve it (cracked) from a homeless man who found it on the side of the road.  
I won't even begin to defend myself on that one.

So yea, it's safe to say that this week has been a little bit better.  Life is back to normal around here as Waverly Maye is now sleeping again. 
On a side note, I am extremely superstitious, so fingers crossed I don't completely mess this up by proclaiming this major milestone.
Getting to this point was certainly not fun (a few nights of tears, both from Mommy & Waverly Maye), but now that we are here, everyone is much happier.  Even the dog.

This week's crest & crash?
Again, they are one in the same.  It's funny how that always seems to happen.  
I  believe that Waverly Maye is about to crawl.
That's right, people.  I said it.  My entire life, as I know it, is about to change drastically.  The days of setting our newborn down on her playmat to grab at the toys above her as we admire her calm, serene self are about to be OVER.
It's time to baby proof the house because something tells me this little lady is going to be a wild one.

Momma, this is one big world.  You really expect me to stay still?  How would I ever see it all?
Waverly's bunting is Northface; Hat is from Old Navy (No longer available).

Enjoy your weekend. We will be bracing for the craziness we are about to endure.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

She's in Scarves

If I am perfectly honest, my mind is most often in style overdrive.  Fashion is pretty much my obsession.  I would be embarassed to admit how many minutes of my day are spent thinking about potential outfits, current trends, and my favorite stores. 
Before having my daughter, I had always heard that after kids, style no longer matters.  Most moms could care less about it.  Unfortunately for my wallet, that didn't happen for me.  If anything, my desire to go to the mall has only gotten stronger.  Why?  For obvious reasons ... to dress that cute girl of mine.  And truthfully, I still like to look nice myself, too.  Maybe not as much as before, but the need is definitely still there.  Fashionable moms can be good moms, too, right?  I really don't think I need the "mom haircut" to be able to be effective at this new role.

So for all of the reasons listed above, and more, I am SUPER excited to link up with Kelly, Lindsay, and Megan next week for Trendy Tot Tuesday.  Babies AND fashion?  I'm not sure it gets any better than that.
I'm so anxious to get started that I have to talk "Waverly Wear" now.
Actually anyone who knows me is aware I could talk Waverly Wear everyday if that was socially acceptable.

Today's trendy topic?  Scarves for my baby girl.  It may not seem like scarves & a baby are a good match, and they certainly are not in high demand or taking over the racks at Carters.  However, we like a good accesory in this family, and furthermore, most of anything I wear, I feel like Waverly Maye can rock, too.  Here is my girl in some of her stylish scarves ...

Onsie; H&M, Pants; Baby Gap; Shoes; Zulily; Headband; Baby Gap;
Scarf; Etsy
Outfit; Zulily, Shoes; H&MScarf; H&M 
Dress; Zulily; Tights; Babies'R'Us, Blanket; Target, Hat & Scarf:  H&M
Overalls; OshKosh, Onesie; H&M, Shoes; Zulily; Hat/Scarf Combo; Etsy

 So there you have it.  We love a scarf.  And perhaps the best part?  Most of them she won't outgrow as quickly as her other clothes.
(Come on ladies ... you know the best part of an accesory is that they always fit!)
Looking forward to next week for my first official Trendy Tot Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Six Month Faves

 Since I will be a mom to a seven-month old in a week, I figured it was time to share our 6-month favorites.  This month has been eventful, with lots of highs & a couple of lows (a lack of sleep & the results of it).  So our favorites are pretty much all over the place. 
Here they are:

1; Baby Bullet Complete Care System;  I must be honest.  My super helpful and rock star husband makes most of Waverly's food with this product.  But from what I have witnessed and tried on my own, it is super easy to use.  It is a cheaper way to make healthy, organic baby food and we love it.
2; Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Magical Mirror; I don't know who loves this mirror more ... me or Waverly Maye?  It is so cute, and keeps Waverly entertained while I get ready right next to her.  It is so fun for both of us and pretty much fulfills one of my lifelong dreams.
3; WubbaNub Giraffe; The WubNub is a hot commodity in our home.  It is that comfort item for Waverly, without a doubt.  We get really nervous when we misplace it. 
4; Cloub B Sound Sheep;  Our other nightly must-have.  We would be lost without our sleep sheep, so much so that it makes me nervous for our future (Will Waverly be ten with her sleep sheep?  Is that a problem?).  The white noise it provides definitely helps our sweet girl sleep, and that certainly comes at a premium these days.
5; Trader Joe's Wine;  OK, so this one is obviously for me.  As previously posted, we have definitely had some sleep issues this month.  Ones that resulted in more than a few tears to get Waverly Maye to sleep on her crib on her own.  So with no further explanation, a glass of wine is certainly a favorite of the moment.  Actually, an essential.  And Trader Joe's cheap wine?  You can't beat that.

Waverly using her mirror, while Mommy uses hers.  Words can't describe how happy moments like these make me.  I love having a girl.  Times like these make up for all of those nights with no sleep.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Lowdown on our Love Day

Just like every other holiday since welcoming our daughter, Valentine's Day was way more special now that we have a child.
Let's be honest.  Every day has new meaning since we had Waverly Maye.
I (of course) still celebrated the day with the same Valentine that I have had for many years now.  But neither of us were complaining to add our third addition to our romantic day.  In fact, she was (like all other recent days) the "leading lady" of our Valentine's celebration.
I hated working & being away from my two Valentines during the day, but felt lucky that she was able to spend the morning/early afternoon with my mom.  And they spent their time in festive fashion by creating a Valentines-themed stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear.  I (like all other recent days) rushed home from work full of extreme anxiety to see my baby girl.  My heart was full of love (again, like all other recent days) and I couldn't wait for her to open her basket of V-Day goodies.
After some snuggling & cuddling (as much as she will let me these days) we reunited with the third member of our trio for an ice cream date.  Frozen yogurt AND my two favorites?  Not sure I can think of anything better in life.

 We continued the love theme into bath time ...

And then into dinner ...

 Ice Cube Hearts Made in a cupcake heart tray.  Cute idea?  Yes. 
Total mom fail?  Putting food coloring in them ... see below. 

That was completely enough for me, as I was completely content even before the yummy dinner my husband made me that evening. Yet, I am clearly a lucky girl, as I came home the following the day to ...

 He would have made my entire weekend with the clean house alone, so the fact that he bought me a dress (that I even liked!) and had planned for my parents to come and watch Waverly was just the sweetest move ever.  Even though I was sad to leave my baby girl, a romantic, grown-up dinner with my hubby was perfection.

 Valentines Day 2013?  Memorable, sweet, and lovely.  Can't wait to see what 2014 brings.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Shamrock Day Styles

Waverly Maye's first Valentines Day was a success. 
I truly can't think of a better Valentine or a more perfect way to spend a holiday than with my girl.  And that is just what I did.  Of course, I realize that she won't remember the details, so I'll post them soon.  (I have every intention of her reading each post from this blog one day, and hope that dream comes true.)  But in the meantime, I can't resist just one photo of my little silly sweetheart.  OK, two.  I mean three.

Waverly's outfit is from Baby Gap.
(No longer available)

Mom, seriously.  ANOTHER PICTURE?!
We are always looking ahead in this family, and love a celebration & a good holiday ...
so it's now officially time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day.  Even though we are not Irish, I look forward to this holiday every year.  Mostly because it conincides with the intital beginnings of Spring, but also because green is an ideal color for a redhead. Waverly Maye will agree one day. :)

1 - H&M Onesie; 2 - Printed Hoodie One-Piece; 3 - St. Patricks Day Headband; 4 - Pop Color Pants; 5 - Essentials Charmeuse Shirt; 6 - Earrings; 7 - Essential Textured Capris
 So it's pretty fair to say that me & my mini-me will definitely be dressing in the color of the month.  And most likely doing a few festive activities, too.  Obviously.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our Valentines Photos

I am fully aware that I have could have titled more than one recent post with "Our Valentines Photos."  I blame a combination of my obsession with my daughter, pictures, holidays & fashion with the fact that I have been including Waverly's Looks of Love for a couple of weeks now.

However, these pictures are the official ones.  The ones that I really planned for (not that I didn't plan the others).  The ones that I shopped for, bought a few props for, and had my mom come & help me with.  And the ones that I used for our 2013 Valentines Day card.  Although they are certainly not as professional-looking as if I had paid a photographer, I am pleased with the results.
Not that I have ever been less than pleased with a picture of my baby girl.  Like I said, I am obsessed with her.

Happy Valentines Day.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Looks of Love

With Valentine's Day only two days away, My Stylish Sweetheart has continued rocking some sweet ensembles.  Even though I think it's totally ok to wear hearts any day of the year, I have found it completely necassary to adorn her in (an overabundance of) pink, red, and hearts since February 1st. 

Here are some of Waverly Maye's most recent "Looks of Love" ...

My Heart Belongs to Daddy.
(Isn't that the truth?!  She loves her dad so much that it makes me jealous!)
Waverly's onsie is from Zulily, leggings from Carters, and BOW from Itty Bitty Bows.
PS - Can you believe I actually fit a bow in those little locks? 
Cupid's Little Helper. :)
Waverly's onsie is from the Gap Outlet, leggings are from H&M, and headband is from Etsy. 
My Valentine!
Waverly's onsie & hat are from Zulily, leggings & socks are from Old Navy.

A heart on that booty?  Not much cuter.
Wavery's entire outfit is from Zulily, and headband is from Little Hip Squeaks.

In other "heart" news ... even though Waverly Maye is a little young to partake in too many Valentine's Day activities this year, I just can't let the holiday go by without a little festive fun.  So I spent my Saturday with "Cupid's Little Helper."  We dressed in theme (obviously), ate lunch off a love day plate, and made our loved ones some Cupid's Crunch.  How sweet. :)  

Cupid's Crunch Recipe
YAY for two days until a reason to celebrate.  A holiday just for Hallmark?  I think not.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Waverly's Half-Birthday

Disclaimer:  I realize that a Half-Birthday party is ridiculous, over the top, and completely unnecassary.  But I must also say that in my defense, a celebration really isn't ever a bad thing.  Festive decorations, a matching outfit, and a get-together with loved ones? 
Sounds good to me.  I will take advantage every time.

I admit it,  I initially heard of the idea for a half-birthday party on Pinterest (where most of my ideas are born.)  It seemed like the perfect chance to get our families together while marking a milestone for our baby girl.  Of course, I had to promise my husband that I wouldn't go over the top.
In other words, I had to resist my temptation for invitations complete with Waverly's 6-month chalkboard photo.  It was hard, but I did it.  I had to settle for a (half) birthday cake with a cake-bunting on top.  And 3 (teal-colored) balloons.

Waverly Maye's Half-Birthday ensemble.  The entire outfit is GIGGLEMOON

Had to include one close-up.  That face.
Waverly's HALF-birthday cake.
(We literally cut it in half.)
To make the cake bunting ....
I cut the triangles out of scrapbook paper from Micheals, folded them over, then hot-glued them to the string and attached them to the dowels (also from Micheals.)  The letters were cut on my Cricut machine, and later hot-glued to the paper.
This child certainly doesn't lack for attention.  I feel fortunate to have family that doesn't think I'm completely nuts to want to celebrate such an occasion.  And who actually take part in the madness.  :)
YES ... we did sing Happy Birthday to our 6-month old.  I considered it practice for the real thing come this July.

With my girl.  It's true.  I dressed in the theme colors of the evening.  Just couldn't resist.

Happy Half-Birthday, Waverly Maye.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Facts

Friday is my favorite day of the week.
  It always has been, although now more than ever. Each Friday Eve (Thursday night), I tell Waverly Maye that I get to spend the following two days uninterupted with her.  I get to be the first face that she sees, share in her constant happy morning mood, and feed her cereal for the first time of the day.  I love it and look forward to it, with the only downside being realizing what I miss during the week.
This Friday definitely couldn't come soon enough, and honestly not for the best of reasons.  This hasn't been the easiest week for us.  As previously posted, we have had a bit of a sleep issue (actually, sleep as been pretty non-existent.)  Furthermore, I have come down with a sinus infection, my students have been driving me crazy, and we have had two sick babysitters.
And on a side note, my "quick run into" Kroger on Wednesday ended up lasting over an hour.  After dropping my cart & all the groceries into the parking lot, my keys were no where to be found.  After walking around Kroger at least five times and eventually resorting to digging out my hide-a-key, Kroger called to explain that the man who had helped me pick up my groceries had accidentally left with them.  Really?  We had to drive across the city to recover they keys.

So those are the obvious crashes of my week.  There were a few.  But rather than continuing my negative rant, it's on to the crest (high point of my week!).  Which, by the way, completely makes up for all the crashes.  Why?  As I was feeling rather overwhelmed and not at all like the savvy working-mom I sometimes feel I can be ... I looked down at my baby girl.  Waverly had the biggest smile, was laughing, and clearly had no idea how stressed I was feeling.  It was at that point that I realized that even on my worst day, I now have her.  And that makes that lack of sleep or bad luck at the grocery store simply trivial and even comical, when I really think about it.  How great is that?  Best CREST ever. :)

That face.  Waverly's PJs are from Zulily and headband is from JoAnne Fabrics.
She's ready for Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Our Love Notes

Valentine's Day is exactly one week away, and my heart can hardly contain all of the excitement.  It's pretty obvious that I love any excuse to celebrate, and I try to take advantage of every opportunity I get.  And now that Waverly Maye can partake in of all the fun, my need for "festiveness" is totally on another level.

My head has been in "Valentine's Day" planning mode ever since the day after Christmas.  Even though I know Waverly Maye won't remember this year's celebrations, it is her first, and I want it to be extra special (just like her.)  So I got lots of heart-adorned outfits & accesories, some pink & red decorations for the house, and purchased some cute little goodies for a V-Day themed basket.

1 - Peek-A-Boo Board Book; We are really trying to get Waverly into a good bedtime routine that includes reading books each night.  Yet since at this point, she still would rather eat them than anything. So the board books are definitely the way to go.  She will find two "love-themed" books in her basket on Valentine's Day.
2 - Red and Pink Hearts Ribbon Garland;  I love garland, and find a reason to hang it for pretty much every season.  Even though I could be really domestic and make it myself, buying it for $3.00 seemed to be the better option.
3 - Intarsia Heart One-Piece;  Baby Gap clothes seriously make my heart happy.  I try to contain my newfound NEED for them and only get them on sale, but I make an exception for holidays.  Waverly's First V-Day ensemble will be this sweet one-piece from Gap. 
4 - Heart Ruffle One-Piece; OK, so I made another exception to add to Waverly's basket.  I felt that it was ok since she is going to NEED bathing suits for this summer, and the hearts made it fitting for the occasion.  It was practically a no-brainer.
5 - Cupid's Crunch; Although I will admit that my husband definitely cooks WAY more than I do, I like to bake.  I think it's something about the creativity, sweetness, and making the final product look pretty.  So I (like always) turned to Pinterest for a pink treat we could bring to our loved ones.

So those are Our Love Notes - some of the special little details to our Valentine's Day this year.
And although our priority is certainly with our baby girl these days, we will definitely add a little romance into the mix, too.  In the meantime, a sweet dose of my little Valentine ...

Waverly's headband is from Gap, outfit from Zulily, and boots from Old Navy.

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Sleepless, Stylish Sweetheart

It's a good thing our Stylish Sweetheart is super cute (see below), because she sure is causing some sleepless nights in our house these days.  All of those books I read were definitely correct, as it seems that just when we have our routine down, Waverly Maye just isn't having it anymore. 
I'm pretty sure that she just likes to keep us on our toes ... she is just too animated & has too much personality to do anything but that.  Predictable?  One word I wouldn't use to decribe our baby girl.

I can't complain too much, as I've heard more than enough stories from moms who didn't sleep for the first year.   Waverly has pretty much slept like a rock star for the past couple of months.  Although I knew it was more by chance than anything, I felt like a pretty accomplished new mom each night as she laid in her own crib in a peaceful slumber.
It really did look like the movies for a few nights.  You know, I kissed her forehead as the lullabies from her sleep sheep played sweetly.

 These nights?  I certainly wouldn't describe them as calm.  In fact, the words turbulent or rather rambunctius would be a better fit.  Waverly does not seem to want to sleep in her crib, and although we can get her soundly sleeping while holding her, the minute we lay in her down, she makes it quite clear that she is not happy to be there.  We have tried everything.  The (magical) sleep suit, bigger meals before bed, extra pacifiers, repeats on the sleep sheep... We have let her cry (maybe the hardest moments of my life EVER), rocked her endlessly, and fed her.  And YES, I admit it.  I have snuck her into bed with me on more than one occasion, even though my husband was totally against the idea.

I knew being a mom wasn't going to be easy.  And this whole sleep situation is definitely proving to be one of the hardest parts.  But, when I look at that little face (again, see below), it is MORE than worth it
Even if I never sleep again. (Which, by the way, I am starting to think that actually be the case.) 

Onsie & Pants are from Carters, and headband is from Etsy.

Outfit is from Babies'R"Us, and headband from Etsy.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday

We obviously love any excuse to dress up, so our sweet girl is certainly decked out in "festive"
football wear for today's Super Bowl. 
I have to be honest ... and I'm sure my confession is of no surprise to anyone.  We don't follow NFL football, don't really care who wins, and furthermore, didn't know who was in the game until a couple of days ago.  But Super Bowl Sunday is practically a holiday, and we won't let any of those go by without dressing in theme.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday.  Good luck to both teams (who I do now know, by the way ... are the RAVENS & the 49ers.)  Waverly Maye will be watching in style.
Waverly's hat  is from Etsy (Enchanted Kraft Garden) & onsie is from Etsy (Klzart.)  Her shorts are from The Children's Place & tights are from H&M.

We will be back tomorrow with some more Stylish Valentine's looks from my little sweetheart.

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Stylish Sweetheart: Day One

Happy February!
I know I am not the only mom who has a new appreciation for holidays now that I have a child.  Each holiday since having Waverly has definitely taken on new meaning.  And even though I realize she won't remember much from the celebrations this year, I can't help but take advantage of every festive moment with my sweet girl.  

Valentine's Day will certainly be no exception.  I have already ordered a few lovable goodies for my little sweetie, decorated the house with red & pink touches, and (of course), created quite the collection of "heart" attire for Waverly Maye.  So much like my Chic Christmas Countdown - starting today, I will adorn my Stylish Sweetheart in Valentines-themed fashions.

For Day One, I couldn't help but join in on all the fun ...
My sweater is from Macy's. (Similar one here!)
Waverly's onsie is from H&M, her leggings are from Baby Gap, her headband is from Zulily, and her shoes are from Old Navy (No longer available.)