ImageLast Saturday (the 17th), we celebrated Madelyn’s 1 year birthday with family, friends and lots of food.  Instead of trying to manuver Madelyn to sit still and smile with the 12 month sticker, we decided to have one year pictures taken with an old friend of mine from high school who has started her own photography business.  We were really happy with how they turned out and I’m looking forward to having her take our family pictures in the future.  It’s nice to take professional pictures with someone you know on a personal level and are really comfortable with.
moschultzSo, we have a one year old.  Every stage that we’ve gone through with her has had its likes and dislikes, but regardless of what stage we’re in, it’s been amazing and so much fun watching her grow and discover the world around her.
Sleep.  We’re back to waking up a little later on the weekends (between 6-7am) and naps are becoming more consistent and routine so we plan our days around that-I have become that mom.  However, if we have something planned, like a playdate at the pool, and it’s during her naptime, I’ll wake her up, put her in the car and away we go.
Eat.  Within the month we have gone from whole milk to organic soy milk.  At her 1 year appointment her doctor recommended that we try no dairy for a month because she’s always had congestion in her nose.  We are hoping it’s no dairy so that we can avoid tubes, surgery or whatever else.  On Friday, I gave her her last bottle feeding.  We were in the process of weaning her off, but the doctor said to just cut it out all together for fluid in the ear reasons.  Monday night she cried for about 30 minutes on and off (torture for everyone involved) so I was nervous about daycare on Tuesday, but they said she went down for a nap with no problems.  Last night, we did bath, jammys and bedtime routine and she went down with no problems.  She’s eating all table foods and so far we haven’t had any problems with her not liking something.  We’ve been avoiding peanut butter up until this point, but I think we might try it out this weekend.  I’m a little nervous :-/
Play.  We are still walking with assistance over here.  She has gone from holding both of our hands, to walking with just holding one hand.  She got a few push toys for her birthday, so hopefully that will help her gain some confidence to go it alone.  She will notice that she’s standing on her own, get nervous and sit down.  I’m happy to say that she is starting to imitate sounds that I make.  I was starting to get nervous that all she was going to do was scream 🙂  She can now clearly say and identify, “Daddy”, “Duck”, “Hi”, and “Uh-Oh.”  When she imititates me saying “Uh-Oh”, she adds an extra “oh” at the end and she ends up saying “Uh-oh oh” kind of like she’s trying to sing Beyonce’s “Single ladies” 🙂 Very cute.  Today, she threw her first little tantrum in the car.  She was drinking water from her sippy cup and she let out a huge scream and threw it to the other side of the backseat and continued to arch her back and let out a few more screams.  Instead of turning around to see what was going on, I just kept driving and paid her zero attention.  I’m hoping she realizes that this sort of behavior will get her nowhere.
Now that we’ve reached the one year mark, I think the monthly Madelyn updates will come to an end and I’ll post toddler things as they come up.  I can’t get over how quickly time has gone and like I said with my pregnancy updates, I’m glad I have these posts to reference back to one day.
I’ll be back later to talk about the details on her birthday party including some DIY projects.

11 Months-Teetering Along

Late to the monthy update party yet again.  To say we’ve been busy in the corner of this universe would be an understatement.  Between being back to work, marathon training, gardening, planning birthday parties, and enjoying our summer I’m left with very little time for anything else.  We’re coming up on our last month of her being considered a “baby” in just a few short weeks, we’ll have a toddler in the house.  Cuh-razy!!

She’s definitely starting to develop a little personality and I’m sure she’ll be walking unassisted within the next few weeks-all signs that our little baby is growing up.  Her 11 month picture was the hardest one to take.  She did NOT want to sit still-this was the best I could do before finally just giving up.

11 months

Sleep.  We were BEYOND lucky in the sleep department with this little miss.  On average we’d get about 12 hours of sleep from her.  Within the past few weeks she’s decided that she wants to be an early riser and has been getting up between 5:30-6:30.  It took awhile to get used to, but it’s actually kind of nice-I get an early start on my day to get stuff done around the house.  And she’s finally starting to get into a napping routine.  Winning all around.


Eat. We are in the process of transitioning from formula to whole, organic milk and eating mainly table food.  It’s been fun to watch her play with and explore with real food.  It’s also been very messy & time consuming.  I try to make stuff for dinner that she can also eat too because I don’t have time to prepare 2 different meals during the week.  She loves to eat salmon, chicken, and vegetables.  There’s actually nothing so far that I’ve given her that she doesn’t like.  Now that Madelyn eats most of her meals in the high-chair, Oliver is right at our feet waiting for something to drop.  I don’t mind at all…he’s actually become a big help in the cleaning up department.

Play. This month Madelyn started standing on her own.  She’s not a huge fan-she can do it for a few seconds and then she slowly starts to lower herself to a sitting position on the ground.  On one hand, I’m really looking forward to the day where she doesn’t have to be carried everywhere but on the other, it’s already pretty exhausting just trying to keep up after her when she’s only crawling, so we’re really in no hurry over here.  She’s definitely  more interested in her cause-and-effect toys.  Still no real words.  I’ve been trying to get her to say “Mama”, but all I get is a blank stare and a smile.  She does understand words though.  I can say “Where’s Oliver? Where’s Daddy?” And she looks in their direction.  She also gets what “No!” means, but tries to push her luck with that one.  We’re still waiting on those top teeth to pop through.  I can tell they are bothering her-she’s been up crying 3 times tonight and she has a tiny bruise on her gums :-/ Madelyn also loves the water.  We took her to the pool for the first time last weekend and she LOVED it.  I’m happy to announce that we have a water baby on our hands and that the two of us will be taking some Mommy & Me swim classes this fall at our local YMCA.


Planning for Madelyn’s birthday is well underway.  There will be lots of Pinterest crafting/wine nights and Etsy purchases in my future.  My dear friend, Marrisa made all of the invitations.  She did an AWESOME job with them and I’m excited to share all the details for the party next month!

Madelyn-8 Months Old

Standing, waving, laughing, dancing her way into my heart every day.  I often sit and wonder what my life was like before her.  What did I do to fill my time?  How have I lived this long without that smile?

Long gone are the days were I could just put the monthly sticker on her onesie.  I now have to attachment on the chair or else it ends up as a snack 🙂


This month has gone by a lot more quickly than I would’ve liked.  I’m getting ready to leave for a long work trip and I’m having a pretty hard time with it.  The only thing getting me through it will be the location and the fact that my sister’s going with me.  Here’s to hoping that the next month just FLIES by.

Sleep. A dream as usual.  She’s been sleeping until about 7 am and is finally starting to get on a regular nap schedule.  We’ve become those people that plan our every day around her nap time.  Naps in the car just aren’t the same as naps in the crib.  Speaking of crib, we’ve had to lower it because someone has decided it was time to stand and see what was going on there in the world.


Eat.  Some new foods we’ve tried this month: Asparagus, brown rice, lentils, strawberries, sweet potato polenta, and mashed potatoes.  We went out to eat a few weeks ago and I brought along Madelyn’s baby food.  For my meal, I ordered shepherd’s pie and fed her some of my mashed potatoes.  Every time I fed her the baby food, she cried-she preferred the mashed potatoes 🙂 We also introduced her to puffs.  I’m trying to get her to learn to grasp food with her fingers and put them in her mouth.  Breastfeeding has come to a complete end and I’m both sad and relieved about this.  My goal was to continue breastfeeding until I left, but Madelyn had other plans.  One morning when I was feeding her, she kept turning away and fussing-she wanted her bottle instead.  I kept trying and she kept denying me.  So that was our last feeding.  I’m really happy that it happened the way that it did.  If I would’ve had to stop before she was ready, I would’ve felt even more guilty about leaving.


 Play.  She’s going to be crawling any day now and I’m scared that I’m going to miss it.  Madelyn can get up on her hands and knees, but when she tries to go forward she falls right on to her tummy.  She can crawl backward though.  I have off this week, so we will be spending lots of time playing on the floor.  The biggest development-she’s learned to wave “hi” and “bye”.  She will sit and wave to Oliver and her friends at daycare.

It’s crazy to think that when I get home, planning for her first birthday will be well under way.  Happy 8 months to my baby girl, who brings us joy every single day.

7 months…Where’s my baby?


Here I am again…tardy to the {Madelyn’s Monthly update} party.  Her 7 month B-Day fell on St. Pat’s day.  We celebrated in Chi-tizzle with the in-laws.  My MIL made corned beef & cabbage and Irish soda bread.  Everything was pretty tasty, but I got some grief for not having Madelyn in anything green.  Call me cheap, but I just didn’t see anything worth buying for one day.

To say that I love watching my baby girl grow and get more curious about the world around her is an understatement.  I can sit and stare and play with her all day long.  Every day that passes brings on new adventures and discoveries.  It’s pretty amazing to think that hubs and I created such a beautiful awesome little girl.

Sleep.  Sleep has been amazingly wonderful given the fact that we are living in a new house.  The only problem is, that our room is right next to Madelyn’s.  I can see her crib from our bed.  When she goes down around 7:30, I pretty much just hang out in the living room because she starts to stir at the sound of my voice…so no more laying in bed and chatting on the phone.  She’s been waking up around 5:30/6am-I usually change her, feed her and she’s back to bed until around 8:30.  Naps are still pretty all over the place and she no longer loves being rocked to sleep {sobs}.  The past few nights she wants to be put into her crib to sleep and I no longer have a sleeping baby on chest nightly.  I both love and hate this all at once.


Eat.   Over the past month, we have made the transition from BFing and pumping to a milk-based formula.  Breastfeeding came naturally for both Madelyn and me and if it weren’t for my trip coming up at the end of April, I would have continued on for the first year.  It’s easily accessible (no mixing formulas or warming bottles), it’s FREE, and it’s time for bonding between the two of us.  I’m no longer pumping and I’m down to two feedings a day (morning and evening) and will likely stay there until the end of April.  She’s now eating 3 solids a day and she will pretty much eat anything soft.  I can’t get avocados into her mouth fast enough.  Some new faves this months are squash, brown rice pasta, blood oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots.  I bought baby food for the first time this month-what a rip!  Because of moving and working, I didn’t have time to make my own.  Even with a coupon I couldn’t believe at how expensive it is compared to making homemade.  I’m hoping to make a few batches this weekend.  Right now, we’re sticking to mostly pureed foods until baby girl gets some teeth.  I have been biting off some of my food and feeding it to her.  So sometimes, she enjoys what we eat for dinner.


Play.  Madelyn’s a girl on the move!  I can put her down on the floor, turn my back for a few seconds and she’s completely turned the other way around.  She’s not crawling yet, but I feel like that will be happening very soon.  I’m hoping that it happens before I leave.  To coerce her to crawl, I bought a little ball that moves and lights up on its own so that she can chase that around-she loves it!  Even though she’s not really crawling yet, Madelyn loves to stand up on things and tries so hard to pull herself up when she’s toppled over.  Her crib is her favorite place to stand.  She continues to laugh and smile every single day.  I swear I gave birth to the happiest baby in the world.  She plays peek a boo with us now-she’ll take the blanket over her face and pull it away from herself and laugh hysterically when I say “Peek a boo!”


Onto month EIGHT!!! I will cherish the next month like no other.

6 Month Update

ImageOkay, so more like 6 months and a few days.  We’ve been very busy over here! I know I say this every month, and I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how fast time has gone by.  In another 6 months, we’ll be celebrating Madelyn’s first birthday and I will no longer have a baby, I’ll be the mother to a toddler!  CRAZY!  Speaking of birthdays…I’ve already started planning hers and I’m really excited for the theme.  To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about having a baby with an August birthday.  For one, being pregnant in the dead of summer is no fun.  Secondly, she’s going to be the youngest of her friends and I always thought it would be so much fun to host fall/pumpkin farm themed parties.  But now that I have an August baby, I’ve come to realize that summer really has an endless number of possibilities!  Pool parties, ice cream parties…with a planner of a mom, this girl is in for a treat!

The time between 5 and 6 months has been the biggest of them all.  Up until this point, she’s done little things and is developing right on schedule.  But this month we heard our first full-belly giggles, dabbled with solid foods, and have started to see a bit more of her personality shine through.  She is by far the happiest baby I know and I hope that she always maintains that.  She’s also a girl on the move!  I have a feeling we’ll need to start baby proofing soon.

Sleep.  We’ve had a few rough nights that I can blame on teething.  Baby girl had us spoiled from about 6 weeks on.  We truly lucked out in the sleep department so when she threw me a few surprises I was not the happiest mama on the block-but then I reminded myself that it could be a million times worse.  I usually give her a little bit of tylenol, nurse her and have her sleep with me until it’s time to get up in the morning.  Hubs works nights, so a lot of the time it’s just her and me in the bed.  I am a strong believer in co-sleeping and, if done right, studies have shown that it can be very beneficial to the baby.

Eat.  She realizes that the stuff I’m trying to give her on a spoon will actually satisfy her hunger.  It finally clicked with her like, “Hey I’m supposed to be eating this stuff!”  So far we’ve tried, bananas, cereal, peas, and refried beans.  She’s loved it all.  Hurray for no picky eaters! (So far anyway)  At her 6 month appointment, her doctor told us that he wants her to be eating solids 3 times a day.  So in the morning I will usually feed her cereal, daycare feeds her whatever solid I pack, and then she eats with us at dinner.  I’m on a mission to make all my own baby food.  I think the amount you pay for those tiny jars is ridiculous.  I was at Target and a jar of organic carrots was 88 cents.  I made 18 2oz jars of green beans for $2.39 total!  I steamed the green beans, put them in the vitamix, and blended them for about 30 seconds.  Voila!  I’m still nursing when I’m with her & pumping at work.  I’m giving myself until April and then I will slowly start the weaning process.  I was going to stop at 6 months, but with all the upcoming changes, stopping breastfeeding was advised against when I was doing the research on weaning.


Play.  I cannot believe how much she has changed in this area.  She’s constantly laughing, smiling and touching your face when you hold her.  She thinks Oliver and her dad are hysterical.  She loves to play peek a boo and to sit and listen to Larry and I have a conversation or read to her.  She enjoys reaching for things and scoots herself to get something she’s interested in.

Here’s a video of us playing Peek a Boo! Please forgive the annoying, shrill mom voice 🙂

Happy 6 months baby girl!  We are so thankful that you’re in our lives to brighten our day with laughter and smiles!

Rolly Polly

Happy 4 months of life to my blue-eyed beauty.  The girl LOVES to smile at her mama, but as soon as the camera is in front of her face, she does this:4 mo

Time seems to fly even faster when you have a child.  This past weekend, I was putting away all of her clothes that she’s outgrown and I couldn’t believe how small she started out.  When I look at her now, it’s hard to remember her as a 7 pounder.  We took her to her 4 month check up and all is well.  She’s in the 80th percentile for weight and 70th for height.

Sleep.  Since baby girl’s been 3 months she’s been averaging about 10 hours of sleep a night.  This is great, except the new bed time has moved from 9:30-10pm to 8 pm.  What does this mean for mama?  Getting up at about 6:30 am on my days off.  It’s hard to be mad about it when you’re waking up to the happiest baby ever.

Eat.   Two weeks ago, I gave her formula for the first time because I didn’t have enough breast milk stored up.  We gave her a milk-based formula and the daycare lady told me that she had been unusually gassy.  For the most part, I try to stay away from dairy because it’s pretty hard on my stomach, so she hasn’t gotten a lot of exposure to it.  I told the nurse about the gas and she said it could be the dairy in the formula.  I try to breastfeed and pump as much as I can on the weekends to help increase my supply for the week.  Even though she’s intrigued by the act of sitting down and eating dinner, our doctor told us to hold off giving her solids until she’s at least 6 months.  The longer I keep her on just milk, the better.  She said that if she’s sleeping fine and seems satisfied after eating, there’s no need to rush it.  I was happy to hear this.  On one hand, I’m really looking forward to that stage and watching her have fun with food, but on the other hand it’s just a reminder on how quickly she’s growing up.

Play.  Madelyn loves rolling over from her front to her back.  I’m still waiting for the feet in the mouth moment.  She knows that they’re there, but she hasn’t made the connection.  She’s a really good supported sitter and can hold herself up pretty well before she falls over. She prefers to stand and can pull herself up like a champ.  Madelyn is a little mover and a shaker.  When she is put on her stomach, she tries so hard to crawl and clearly gets frustrated when she doesn’t go anywhere.  I have a feeling that when she does start crawling we’re going to get a run for our money.

What she loves. She still can’t get enough of those fingers.  Her Winnie the Pooh activity bouncer-we put her in it for the first time yesterday and even though she’s still not tall enough (we prop her feet with a pillow), she has a blast in that thing.  She even knows how to turn herself around in it.

Another big love?  The Christmas tree lights!  Here’s a video of her babbling away when I laid her under the tree for a photo sesh 🙂 This is pretty much how she is every single day. My heart melts.

Happy 4 months to my baby girl! I love you more than you’ll ever know.


Happy Halloween


From our pumpkin patch to yours…

Madelyn’s been a sick little baby the past week. With starting daycare and getting her shots in the same week, it was bound to happen. She then passed it along to dad and then of course me. Being sick with a new baby is EXHAUSTING! I hope to be back on a regular blogging schedule by Friday.

Happy Halloween!

The 1st Month-We Survived

Time can slow down at any point now.  I honestly cannot believe that Madelyn is one month old already.  I know it sounds cliche, but it seems like just yesterday we were on our way to the hospital.  Even though this bundle has been in our lives for a very short period of time, it’s hard to remember what life was like before her.

 This month has been one of the toughest of my life-mentally, physically & emotionally.  The first day we brought her home from the hospital she cried and cried.  I thought maybe the hospital screwed up and gave us the wrong baby!  Trying to figure out what she wanted based on her cries was hard in the beginning, but once I listened to my gut instinct (and to Madelyn of course) it got easier.  Even though this is my first baby & I’ve had lots of helped from experienced moms, no one knows your baby better than you.

Sleep. One of the hardest parts about month 1 has been getting used to the sleep deprivation.  Newborn babies sleep a lot, but what I overlooked is that their sleep is broken up into short spurts.  One night, Madelyn woke up almost every single hour.  As we’re getting into routine over here, her sleep is getting better and ranges from about 3-4 hours at a time during the night.  Win.

Eat. I was one of the lucky ones that was born with a baby that latched on 10 minutes after birth.  The process of getting her to breastfeed has been a breeze.  The act of breastfeeding is a different story.  I thought it would be simple and it really is now that I’m past the first few weeks.  My milk didn’t come in right away, so she just fed on colostrum for a few days.  I didn’t have a strong let down either, so I couldn’t even pinpoint the exact time of when my milk did actually come in.  One problem I had (and still struggle with) is having Madelyn stay awake long enough to get what she needs.  She gets to the breast and within 10 minutes she’s falling asleep.  In the beginning, I would just stop and let her sleep only to have her wake up 45 minutes later crying and hungry.  I felt like I was feeding her all day.  It became exhausting but I pushed through it.  Now, I’ve got tricks up my sleep to help keep her awake and nursing on both sides.  I also pump after I nurse in the morning and at her last feeding at night.  Sometimes I leave it for LC to give her if I run out and do errands.  I try to store & freeze at least 1/2 of what I pump so that I have some on back up for when I go back to work or when someone watches her.  My doctor did tell me what formula would be best to use, but as long as breastfeeding is going well, I’d like to keep that as a last resort.

Emotionally.  The transition into motherhood can be a difficult one.  You’re sleep deprived.  Your hormones are completely out of whack.  Your body is just not at all what it was before.  I’ve read other new mom bloggers that just make it seem like a cake walk and that they’ve got it all together.  I’ve cried a handful of times.  Both out of happiness and frustration.  I’ve yelled at my husband when he was only trying to help.  I’ve sat and cried in the shower.  I questioned myself as to whether or not I am doing a good job.  But I’ve also cried because I can’t believe the that I’ve been blessed with this little girl who brings me so much joy-who smiles at the sound of my voice as she’s waking up, who laughs in her sleep and who seems so eager to learn about the world around her.

What She loves.   The other day while we were eating dinner, Madelyn sat calmly in her chair.  I looked over at her and said to hubs, “I can’t believe she’s actually here.”  Despite the trials and tribulations of the first month, I thank God every day that we’ve been given a healthy, happy baby to take care of and nurture.  It amazes me that someone so small has such a big personality and knows what she wants.

  • She loves to move around and be worn in the Moby wrap.
  • The large balance ball has been a lifesaver for both gassiness and soothing.
  • She prefers to fall asleep on your chest as opposed to on her back in your arms.
  • She LOVES her vibrating chair and up until today, cried every time I tried to put her in her swing. Today, she fell right asleep.
  • The laugh she does in her sleep makes me laugh.
  • The smile she gets when she hears me calling her name as she’s waking up melts my heart.
  • Bath time relaxes her.  We gave her a bath yesterday and she almost fell asleep in the tub. I think we have a little water baby on our hands.
  • Her funny expressions make my day.

  • She loves to cuddle with you and will take her little hands and rub them against your chest, almost like she’s trying to give you a massage.
  • She enjoys being read to and instead of looking at the book, she stares up at me with those big blue eyes and I read to her.

Happy 1 month of life baby girl!  You have brought us more joy than I ever thought possible.  I’m looking forward to watching you grown into a happy, loving little person 🙂

Fun Photo Friday-The Littlest Packer Fan

Last night in our house it was definitely the girls versus boy.  Despite how wonderful my husband is, his one major fault is that he’s a Chicago Bears’ fan.  We always have fun bantering back and forth about whose team is going to win.  When we found out we were pregnant, we went back and forth over what team our little one would cheer for.  I obviously won that argument 🙂

When I was in the hospital a few weeks ago, hubs had to leave for a little bit to go to his fantasy football draft party.  When he returned, he came back with the cutest Packer cheerleader outfit from some of our friends.  It looked so big for her, I thought for sure we’d have to wait until later in football season for her to fit into it but I put it on her and it fit perfectly.

So far, the Packers are off to a winning start against the Bears.  I’m just happy that I’m setting her up for success and not disappointment…

Happy Friday!

A hint of Fall

The past three and a half weeks have been spent doing a lot of this…

and this…

Staring at and cuddling all day long with my blue-eyed peanut.  Watching her change and grow the past few weeks has been truly amazing.  We’ve been doing tummy time almost on a daily basis and her head and neck control seems really advanced for such a young age.  A few hours after I delivered her, she was laying on my chest trying to lift her head and look around.  She loves to see what’s going on around her.

This past week, I’ve been slowly trying to get to somewhat of a normal routine pre-Madelyn.  I went for a few power walks and did a low intensity 20 Zumba sesh on the Xbox (although it did not feel like low intensity).  I also made dinner twice last week.  Hubs and take out were responsible for the other 5 days.

Night one was maple glazed salmon, parmesan risotto and asparagus.

The second meal was bacon parmesan brussels sprouts and maple apple pork chops.  Last week, we got a touch of fall weather in Wisconsin and I cooked accordingly.  The apple, maple syrup and brown sugar baked pork chops were a hit.  The  drive thru line outside of Starbucks was longer than usual.  I suspect everyone was getting their pumpkin spice latte on.  As much as I wanted one, I wasn’t quite ready to treat myself yet.  Not with 80 degree weather the following day.  As much as I love the coziness that the fall weather brings, I’m not quite ready to embrace the season yet.  Sometimes I feel like holidays come earlier and earlier each year.

This week my grandparents are here from Arkansas visiting us and the baby.  My grandma brought along some gluten free peanut butter cookies, gf sugar cookies with pecans and a gluten free apple pie!  So good but definitely on a sugar overload this week.  She also made us a Mexican fiesta yesterday with chicken enchiladas and mole sauce, rice and beans.  My uncle came over yesterday and stayed for most of the day.  He just can’t get enough of little Madelyn.  She was crying and being really fussy yesterday so my uncle took her from me and rocked her right to sleep.  I have nicknamed him the baby whisperer 🙂 I think she was just a little overstimulated from all the excitement yesterday because tonight it’s just LC and me here with her and she’s being the perfect little angel.

I’m off to enjoy some quality time with my husband and catch up with some of my favorite blogs!  I hope you’re enjoying your evening.