21 July 2017

Isla Rose Grows, 2 months with our sweet girl.

I was so good about Sawyer's updates, because I only had one kid ;)

What is it about 2 that makes you feel like you didn't add one person to your family, but an entire army? Not only do the days feel like they're going ten times faster than they did the first time around (how is that even possible) but I find Isla's "newbornness" fading so quickly it sort of breaks my heart!

She is so different from Sawyer in so many ways. For some reason, I really thought that they would be the same kid, but they're polar opposite. Sawyer loved to be worn, Isla screams bloody murder if you put her in any sort of carrier. Sawyer would.not.sleep, Isla started sleeping through the night at 2 weeks old (praise!)

She is our easy going, happy as can be baby girl. From the day Isla was born, she has just been the most content little thing. We call her cry pathetic because it almost sounds like a little squeal, and it's so darn easy to get her to calm down again. She is such a dream baby!

At her 2 month check up, she weighed 11.9 pounds, 23 inches long, our petite little girl! Now, I recognize that is a perfectly normal size for a baby her age, but compared to her tow-truck of a brother, she still seems so tiny in our arms.

Isla is still EBF and due to a craaazy oversupply this time, I have almost 1000 ounces of stored milk in our deep freezer for when I return to work. I really struggled with supply once I wasn't nursing Sawyer on demand when I returned to work, so I know i'll be grateful for the stash to fall back on.

We aren't quite sure what color our girl's eyes will be. They almost look like they could be green! She has the most insane eyelashes for such a little lady! They curl around her eyebrows and mama is certainly jealous.

I have got to say, as Isla grows up I want her to be told how smart she is, how funny she is, how kind she is. But there is no denying it...this girl is GORGEOUS. I don't think you're supposed to say that about your own child, but I can't even try to be humble. I stare at her in awe of that perfect button nose and those sweet lips that I kiss 400 times a day! If I had a dollar for every time someone has commented on her olive skin, we could pay for her to go to college-inflation included. She really is strikingly beautiful, and she has the most beautiful little personality to match.

We call her SMILE-A because she is always full of these precious grins! She opens her eyes in the morning with a smile on her face and is content as can be all throughout the day.

She has been so alert from the day she was born, and she absolutely hates to be held like a baby. She wants to be up on your shoulder at all times so she can see what's going on. I have no doubts she will be keeping up with big brother in no time. :)

Speaking of big brother, he absolutely adores her. Sawyer could not be any sweeter with his baby sis. He gives her kisses 100 times a day, and always wants to hold her hand when she is in my lap. Toddlers are something else. Sour as all get-out and then they do something like hold their sister's hand and i'm in a puddle on the floor.

Isla is a rockstar sleeper, she really always has been. She started sleeping through the night at around 2 weeks old, and I thought she was some sort of unicorn baby, because Sawyer woke up every 2 hours until 7 months old!

She goes down for the night about 9:30, and will wake up between 4:00-5:00 for her first feeding. From there, she nurses every 2 hours-ish through the day until bedtime. She is still sleeping in our room so I can't report out on how the shared situation between her and Sawyer is going yet...i'm just not ready to move her downstairs!


This month I just don't want to forget her "newness" She is moving from newborn into baby, and developing a little personality that is so exciting to witness, but also a bit sad to see her newborn self fade away. The time really just zips by. I don't want to forget that first morning smile she gives us, and the way she sticks her little behind out like a stinkbug when she wakes up. I hope to always hold onto those little cooing conversations we have, and the way she looks like a little monkey perched up on Jake's shoulder looking around.

 I took an extended maternity leave this time, and I am so grateful for the extra 4 weeks with my kids. I'll be headed back in 6 weeks and my heart already aches thinking of leaving them. I am soo not ready. I will be soaking it in, that's for sure!

Isla Jane, you're a missing puzzle piece to our family, we just love you so!

Until Next Time,

19 July 2017

Baby Products I Wish I Knew About the First Time Around

I was gifted the below products in exchange for my honest review. I will never share something I don't truly love! As a thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog, please enjoy the discounts the companies have provided! xo

I've had 2 babies in 2 years, so you would think I would know just about every baby product known to man. But there are a few things we have been absolutely HOOKED on this time around, and I can't believe I didn't know they existed with Sawyer!

1) Binxy Baby

Ya'll have seen this on facebook, i'm sure of it. It's a rad baby sling that hooks onto your shopping cart so you can still load it up with groceries, while your little one snoozes away! I've found that it fits just about every standard size shopping cart, and since it holds up to 50 pounds, you'll be able to use it all the way up until your baby is sitting up. Since Sawyer usually takes up the front of the cart, our Binxy has been perfect for Isla to lounge in while we load up! As an added bonus, my friends at Binxy are giving you 10% off if you use my link above!

2) The Ollie World Swaddle

Sawyer literally wouldn't sleep unless he was swaddled, and naturally I assumed the same for Isla girl. We stocked up on Swaddles and Swaddle sacks only to find out that the only thing she would sleep in was her Ollie Swaddle! It's known as the smarter swaddle and I know why. Jake calls it her mermaid suit because it wraps around snug and ties at the bottom as if she had a little mermaid tail. It's made from moisture wicking material and so incredibly soft, so it keeps her at a perfect temperature. I love that it ties at the bottom because it makes for super easy diaper changes without having to unswaddle her completely. Good news! You can take 10% off your Ollie Swaddle as well using my link above!

3) Milestone Baby

This one really is a MUST for 2nd time moms. With Sawyer, we had a coordinated photoshoot each month and I diligently wrote a blog post and filled out his baby book with every little thing he did that month. Ain't nobody got time for that the 2nd time around!! Milestone cards have made it easy for me to snap a quick photo of Isla through her weeks and months, and they include really fun milestones like sleeping throught the night, trying your first food, and smiling as well!

4) Finn & Emma Clothing

Alright, this one is a little special just because shopping for baby girls is SO DARN FUN! I love just about everything in the Finn & Emma shop. Jake even asked me if this Zebra blanket was weighted or something because the material is so darn hearty and it's made so well. I love how everything is Organic and you can feel good about putting it on your babe, but it's also neutral and cute, something you want them to wear. You can take 15% off your order of $50 or more using my link above!

These are just some of my favorites. As Isla grows, I know we'll find others, and the crazy thing is if we have baby #3 one day, i'm sure there will be 100 new products I am eager to try! What are some of your mom must haves? I am the consumer of all consumer's so I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until Next Time,

17 July 2017

Kitchen Update

You know you've been the worlds worst DIY blogger when your kitchen is 90% complete, and you haven't given a single update on the progress!

Ya'll, I took these progress photos about 3 weeks ago and never got around to uploading them,  so our kitchen has already made leaps and bounds, but I wanted to check in to share where we are at!

If you remember from our first home tour last year, our kitchen was plenty functional, but the exact opposite of our style. So we saved our pennies and finally began the DIY remodel in February of this year. I know what you're thinking-it's freaking July. 5 months later and you're not done?!

To be fair, that was the day we paid for the countertops, and it was a whole host of little things before we could get those in. We had to have a sink retrofitted and installed, our countertops templated, we needed to go through about 3 different contractors before Lowes finally got their act together and sent out the installation team.

If we had to do it again, we would never go through Lowes as we had an absolute nightmare of a time, but we did end up saving quite a bit of money so I guess you could call it a wash.

Other than the installation of the countertops and our 200 pound farm sink, this remodel has been 100% DIY, so it's been pretty slow going. I was heavily pregnant, and then we had a baby, so the only real work has been on weekends and some very late nights, but i'm happy to say it is soooo close to complete now! I'm aiming to share the finally reveal by the end of the month if all goes well.

Because none of my decorations are up, the kitchen looks pretty white and sterile, but with some of the finishes we've chosen it should start to actually look like people live in it soon.

I should mention that I didn't clean up at all for these photos, so you're really getting the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with a DIY remodel- dust pans and all ;)

As of today, we've officially painted all of the cabinets, installed all of the hardware, completed the backsplash, and purchased the paint + trim for our kitchen island. It's come a long way from the olive green countertops of yesteryear ;)

I don't think i'll have another update until I post the reveal (which I promise not to drag out another 5 months!) but follow me on instagram (@roseandcoblog) and you'll be sure to see all of the real-time progress on my story. If you have any questions on sources or materials used, just comment them down below and ill be sure to get back to you.

Until Next Time,