06 November, 2017

Poppy Monroe: Nursery Tour

I'm pretty sure it goes without saying that the hardest thing about being a working mom of 2 is finding time for myself. Whether it be working out, getting my roots touched up, or blogging, it's incredibly hard to balance the kiddos needs and my own. Between the constant breastfeeding/pumping, diaper changes, cuddles, potty training, meal time battles, playing and bedtime routines, I sometimes feel like I'm stretched so thin.

 Luckily I have the most supportive husband ever who backs me up literally anytime we need him. (Also, have I mentioned before that HE cooks? I hit the jackpot, trust me, I know.)

Okay, so why the tangent on how busy and chaotic life is? Well, basically it's my excuse for how the blog has taken a backseat. But I'm back and ready to commit to a more regular blogging schedule.  

Without further ado, I give you a much overdue tour of Poppy's nursery. I describe it as bohemian meets botanical meets whimsical. 

For those wondering, the crib, the shelves, the stacked ottomans, and the dresser are all IKEA. The dresser is the same one that we have in Hayes' room too, although we didn't paint or stain this time. We added a matte polyeurethane sealer to the top to make it wipeable.

The rocker was from Hayes' nursery and I still love it. It's the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker and you can find it in all sorts of colors her

I picked up faux greenery and plants everywhere I went. Michael's, Joann (where I also got the macrame hanging basket), and even IKEA all have them. I made the garland that drapes on Poppy's name sign. Justin made the sign and B is for Bess did the custom calligraphy for me. She's super talented!

The baskets on the wall are thrifted and the AMAZING macrame on the wall behind the crib is from Maria Angela Forioso on Etsy.

The rug is sooo good. No shedding whatsoever. It's from Rugs USA., where I get most of our rugs. 

Her precious Rifle Paper Co. bedding is from Lullabies & Lollipops and we even have a matching Boppy cover.

And of COURSE, the beautiful photography is by none other than the wondeful Stephanie Rose Photography.

Comment me if you need sources to anything else in her nursery. I'm glad to share!

19 October, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Costumes


I am so excited for Halloween this year! It’s always been a favorite “holiday” of mine because I love coming up with costumes and seeing what everyone else dresses up as. I love that the costume photos are already appearing on Instagram! 
 For Hayes' 1st birthday last year, we had a Where the Wild Things Are party and I loved the theme so much, I dressed Hayes up as the main character, Max, for Halloween.

Hayes' "Where the Wild Things Are" themed smash cake session.

Justin and I wore faux fur trapper hats with felt horns glue onto them to portray the "Wild Things". I'm not endorsed in any way by Amazon, but you can find hats similar to ours here, here and here. Unfortunately the hats I originally purchased are no longer available.
I can't part with Hayes' past Halloween costumes because I'm just that sentimental, but I hate that they won't be worn again. So this year I plan to keep our costumes very simple and use mostly clothing that can be re-worn.

I'm loving the animal ear bonnet trend and I think it could be really cute paired with a simple
romper or even solid color sweatpants and hoodie depending on the weather. This might be the route we go this year. I recently ordered bonnets from Ivyandwild on Etsy. As for me and Justin, I plan to coordinate us with the kids but shop from our own closets to save money.

I can’t wait to see what costumes everyone comes up with this year!

26 September, 2017

Poppy Monroe: Newborn Photo Session

Disclaimer: This post was written a month ago and never posted! I am the worst!

Now that Poppy is almost 2 months old, I'm actually getting around to posting her newborn photos. I thought maternity leave would give me so much free time, but I still feel like there are never enough hours in the day. I'm sure it has to do with all of the laying around we do together (plus nursing + pumping + taking care of a toddler).

Back to the photo session... we can try to pretend that she was the star of the show, but let's face it, big brother Hayes made sure all eyes were on him.

Let's just say he didn't make the photo shoot easy. Between the squirming, running, whining, and refusal to put down his dinosaurs, poor Stephanie had her work cut out for her. Luckily, she's amazing!

I'll just leave you with my favorites from the session.

Poppy Monroe Dunaway   |   7/7/17   |   10:36AM   |   7lbs 4oz

31 August, 2017

Poppy Monroe: Month One Update

Considering the fact that Poppy is 8 weeks old when I'm writing this, my memory might be a little foggy and my facts might be a little skewed. But I'll do my best to remember everything as accurately as possible! 

I got her a baby book from the same shop I got Hayes' baby and toddler books from. It's called Polka Dot Print Shop and this is my 4th book from them. I also have a Bump Book where I recorded my pregnancy this time around. Anyway, luckily I have this book to refer back to because the 1st month is already a blur.

During Poppy's 2nd & 3rd week, she became super fussy and refused to sleep at night. I think she had her days and nights mixed up. It was awful. We (yes, Justin would wake up with me) would be awake sometimes from midnight to 4am because she wouldn't sleep between her feedings and cry anytime we put her down. 

The days were great, because she slept through them. I was starting to DREAD evenings because I knew the awful nighttime routine was coming. Thank the Lord that Hayes stayed such a good sleeper through all of this. I don't know what I would do if I had two awake all night.

Suddenly as she approached 1 month old, she started staying awake for longer periods during the day and started sleeping at night. This, however, meant she was crying and screaming during the day instead. Unless she was being held and rocked and patted on the butt, of course. It was exhausting. Especially because this was around the time Justin went back to work and I was on my own with a crazy fussy baby. I was beginning to feel carpal tunnel symptoms in my hands/wrists/arms from the constant patting/bouncing/rocking. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I'm so not kidding!

Meanwhile, she was eating great, but spitting up HUGE amounts after and between every feeding. I thought we just got lucky with Hayes, because he slept well and never spit up. While this girl was pretty much puking half her meal up 10 times a day.

Between the crying (really, screaming) and spitting up (really, puking) I decided it was time to get her pediatrician involved. At her last check up I had mentioned the spitting up, but the doc wasn't concerned, as it's normal for babies to spit up and Poppy never seemed like she was in pain after it happened. 

At about 5 weeks old, I took her in to see her pediatrician. Long story short, they ran a test on the poop in her diaper and it was discovered that she had blood in her stool, caused by an inflamed gut. Her doctor explained that this is usually caused by a milk protein sensitivity. The milk proteins come from any dairy product that I consume, since she's exclusively breastfed. She explained how Poppy's inflamed gut would be the reason she's crying out in such pain all of the time. 

I was upset that I didn't realize her cries were those of pain.

I was told that it's not lactose intolerance, or even an allergy YET, and if I stop feeding her anything with the milk protein in it, she should grow out of this sensitivity. So there's hope that she will know the miracle that is Blue Bell Ice Cream one day!!!

In the meantime, I have gone to the extreme and cut everything that contains milk in it from my diet. You'd really be surprised what kind of foods contain milk. Basically all the good ones. Haha.

But I'm happy to report that her temperament has changed COMPLETELY and for the better. I'll go into how she's done since then in my 2 month post.

More Poppy Month One tidbits:

She still has blue eyes. I know they can still change, but I'm really hoping they stay this pretty denim blue color forever. The photos below don't do them justice.

We packed up the Newborn sized clothes and diapers right at 1 month old.

Her feet are huge. I know that's subjective, but Justin and I both feel like they're giant. He's convinced Poppy will take after his PawPaw and be super tall.

I've been asked, and I will say it again. I LOVE love love the DockATot. I wish we had it when Hayes was a baby. It makes life with a newborn just a little easier! She naps in it and sleeps the second part of the night between Justin and I. It's more of a convenience thing for me so I don't have to get up again in the middle of the night to put her in the bassinet.

With a big brother and two big boy cousins, this little girl had been toughen up and get ready to play rough!

I ordered birth announcements recently and I'm still waiting on them to arrive in the mail. Once I get them out, (hoping to do so before her first birthday!!) I'll post our newborn photo shoot pictures. I'm really excited to share them.

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