Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 month update for Alana

My baby is a half of a year old already!  Time sure does fly. Alana is such a relaxed little doll and I just cannot get enough of her. She is a total Momma's girl and is still nursing like a champ.

She had her 6 month checkup this morning!  Alana weighs 15lbs 2oz (27%), is 25.5 inches (28%) and her head circumference is 17.25 inches (87%). She is a little peanut just like I was as a baby. She has inherited her Daddy's large head, but is still managing to sit up all on her own perfectly!

Alana loves grabbing for toys and is such a cuddle bug. She loves being held and is very smiley. She really only cries when she's hungry and when she wants to be held. Ava loves feeding her sis! Alana has tried apples, pears, bananas and prunes. She still hasn't had a tooth break through yet, but I can feel that it's very close. She's still wearing size 2 diapers makes the cutest squinty faces. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The first half of Alana's first year has been such a joy. I love my calm and loving girl so much. Her and Ava are so different in so many ways, and I think they will compliment each other well as they get older!  I can't wait to see Alana continue to grow into a beautiful and smart little baby. I am so proud of her and her sweetness.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

4 month update for Alana

Alana turned 4 months old on Christmas Day!  She had her 4 month check up yesterday and is measuring at 23 3/4 inches (17%), 12 lbs 12 oz (18%) and her head circumference is 16.5 inches (83%). It looks like she is going to be petite, but takes after her Daddy's big head!

Alana is seriously such a chill baby. She is still eating on 3 hour intervals. She typically takes a bath at 7:30 to begin the bed time routine and falls asleep at 9pm and then wakes up at 7am. She normally wakes up once to eat and goes right back to bed. She was actually sleeping longer stretches before I went back to work!  Alana is still breastfed and had a very hard time transitioning to a bottle when I went back to work. It took atleast 3 weeks for her to finally warm up to a bottle. That was definitely the most stressful time for all of us.

My baby girl is always smiling and has already rolled over a few times. She loves chewing on her hands, blowing bubbles and is super ticklish. I feel such a special bond with my baby girl. It's so funny to see how different your children's personalities can be!

We had such a great Christmas with our babies. I can't believe it was just this time last year that I found out I was pregnant with Alana. She is my greatest gift in 2016. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Alana's Nursery

I'm finally sharing the details about Alana's nursery!  I tend to go crazy with pink and really didn't want Alana's nursery to look too similar to Ava's, so I decided to go with a gold and cream theme.  I really like for my girl's rooms to feel soft and peaceful, and I feel like I accomplished that with Alana's room.

The color of the walls is called Divine White. The first item we purchased was our crib from Bratt Decor. Her bedding is from Carousel Designs and is so soft and pretty!  The next piece I purchased was her dresser which I turned into a changing table.  I spent a little more than I would've liked to, but let me tell you, the price was worth the quality. It is so heavy and will last many years as she transitions to a big girl room one day. 

I took the glider from Ava's room and moved it to Alana's. I plan on turning that corner in Ava's room into a reading corner (my next project!) and felt a glider would be of better use in Alana's room.  We love hanging out in Alana's room and Ava is always snooping around and tearing apart her sister's closet and dresser.  She is constantly trying to climb up into her sister's crib!  I hope Alana will love playing in her room one day :)

I'll list direct links to some of the items from her nursery below!

Crib (Bratt Decor) | Dresser (Wayfair) | Chandelier (Wayfair) | Curtains (Target) | Curtain Rod (Target) | Glider (BabiesRUS) | Bookshelf (Joss & Main) | Mirror (Home Goods) | Gold Frames (Ross) |

Always playing with sissy's bow collection.

This bed crown was a gift from my Mom.  Both of my girls have one above their beds, well, because they are both Princesses of course :)

Ava thought it'd be funny to disguise her sister in a pile of stuffed my girls so much!  I hope you enjoy this post.  Comment on what your favorite part of her nursery is - I'd love to hear!



Sleeping Soundly with Nested Bean

One of the biggest questions I get from friends, family and followers, is how do you get your baby to sleep through the night?  It's one of those hot topics between Moms and I am definitely no expert. I do however know what has worked for my girls and I'm excited to share a sleep slack from Nested Bean!

Both of my girls were sleeping 6 hour stretches by 6 weeks.  I may be lucky, but I do attribute it also to some of the tricks I've used.  I've always been an advocate of the Baby Wise sleep, eat, play, sleep cycle and have worked hard with both girls to develop a solid sleep routine.  Let's face it, routines and schedules are not always practical with a newborn.  Between growth spurts, cluster feeding and their inability to develop routine at such a young age, a Mom needs whatever tools she can use to get some well needed rest!  In those instances where my daughter would not seem to settle on her own, I have found swaddling to be a huge help.

Nested Bean is different from other swaddles I've previously used.  It mimics your touch with lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides.  One thing I've hated about other velcro swaddles, is how coarse the velcro pads were.  They would easily get stuck to my clothing when rocking my babies to sleep.  The velcro strips on the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Premier is much smoother and still does a fantastic job at snuggling Alana in and keeping her in comfort.  At 11 weeks old, she has slept 9.5-10 hours straight through the night for the last week.  I've also noticed her naps have been longer when using her new swaddle.  The different prints offered are also so adorable!

I'm heading back to work in a few days so it's time to start transitioning Alana into her crib from her rock and play. I've tried a few naps with the zen swaddle premier and I am hoping to have her fully in the crib soon!  I'm so excited to offer a coupon code for my followers. Use code BREE15 to get 15% off and there is free shipping too!

Wishing you and your babes a good nights rest :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Perfect Tee

I have been practically living in this everyday tee from Target. It was on clearance for only $6 and I have it in 7 different colors. It is so comfortable and keeps its shape so well, even after washing!

I love the fit of this tee and the Fall colors that it comes in. It is perfect for wearing under a comfy cardigan and can also be dressed up with a statement necklace or a hat like I am wearing here. 

You can't beat the price!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend xoxo. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

2 month update for Alana

Alana turned 2 months old on Tuesday!  I wanted to wait for her checkup to post an update. Alana weighs 10lbs 9oz (26%), is 22 1/4 inches long (34%) and her head circumference is 15.4 inches (73%). My little peanut is just a little tinier than Ava was at this age.

Alana is still exclusively breastfed and loves snuggling with Mommy. She is very attached to me and is always following my voice. The biggest struggle we have is trying to get Alana to take a bottle. We've tried 6 different brands and still haven't had too much luck. I am hopeful that she'll adapt just fine when I go back to work in less than 3 weeks.

Alana is such a smiley little baby. She loves relaxing in the bath and cuddling with Mommy after eating. She makes the sweetest cooing sounds and has found her hands. She has taken a few naps in her crib but still prefers her rock and play. On average, Alana sleeps 6-7 hours a night. She just so happened to sleep from 9-6:30 last night and I'm hoping that's a habit she keeps!!  Alana loves being held and does very well in her car seat. She doesn't like when you set her down for too long and prefers hanging with her sis or being held.  She also hates having her diaper changed!

My babygirl was baptized this past Sunday and it was such a beautiful experience to see my baby become a part of the Church. She was such a good girl and looked like an angel.

I am soaking up every second with my love before I go back to work. I love you Alana Anne!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Nursing in style with Loyal Hana

I've seriously missed my wardrobe since Alana has been born. There is nothing worse than knowing you can fit into your old clothes, but feeling restricted because of the lack of accessibility to nurse. I've been stuck wearing tshirts and tanks with a cardigan if I have to leave the house. I was so excited when I found Loyal Hana's nursing friendly apparel. Their clothing can also be warn as maternity and I wish I would have known about them sooner!

Loyal Hana tops have hidden zippers for easy access when nursing. I no longer have to lift my shirt up or down to feed Alana. We've all been there: you're walking around Target with your Starbucks and suddenly, your newborn decides it's time to eat. You can 1. Run to the changing room and feed your baby (while trying to stop your toddler from picking up her Cheerios off of the floor) or 2. Run out to your car and sit in the front seat without worrying about your boob being exposed to the whole parking lot!  I'd prefer option 2...this top does a great job at covering yourself up while keeping your baby happy and fed.

I'm so exited to share a promo code with my followers. You can receive a 15% discount by using code breeisforbeauty15. Happy shopping and good luck to those Mommas on their nursing journey or who are expecting!

Monday, September 26, 2016

1 Month Update for Alana

Alana had her 1 month check up today and is weighing 8 lbs 13 oz (36%), measuring 20.75" (29%) and her head circumference is 14.75" (78%)!  She is growing perfectly. 

It will always amaze me how quickly time flies when you have a newborn. It's helpful knowing there's an end in sight when experiencing the tough aspects like sleep deprivation, cluster feeding and growth spurts!

Alana has developed a great schedule and has slept a 6 hour stretch through the night for the last week. She eats every 3 hours and will play for a little bit and then is back to sleep. She is so much more alert now and will smile and make the cutest faces. 

The hardest time of the day is from 6pm-9pm. The last week or two, she is awake that entire time and only wants to be feeding. She will only let me hold her at that time and I can get virtually nothing done. I feel so exhausted by the time she falls asleep that I am usually going to bed at the same time. She then only wakes up once, usually between 3-4am to eat and then wakes up between 8-9am to eat again!  

Ava loves trying to pick her sister up, putting a blanky on her, rocking her and giving her little sis lots of kisses :)

I'm happy that I've made it through the first month breastfeeding and feel so much more confident this time. I'm going to continue to take it day by day!

I can't wait to watch my baby girl continue to grow. Alana is such a sweet baby and I just dream and imagine what she'll be like one day. Happy 1 month, Alana๐Ÿ’—

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Nursing in comfort

I received some products from Bravado Designs and let me just say, I am in love.  Coming home from the hospital after having Alana, comfort was something so important on the road to recovery after delivery.  I made nursing a major focus and goal of mine during my entire pregnancy and was determined to have a better nursing experience this time around.

On day two in the hospital, I felt ready to quit.  My milk hadn't come in yet and Alana was nursing for up to an hour every 2 hours.  I was in so much pain and felt like I couldn't handle another nursing session.  I broke down in tears at 3 in the morning and told the nurse I didn't want to be a failure and that the pain was too much to handle.  She assured me that I could do it and that maybe if I pumped and gave myself a small break, I'd feel better once my milk came in.  I was able to syringe feed Alana and push through the pain at the next feeding.

Fast forward to my second day home and Alana's relentless ability to nurse had paid off because my milk had finally come in!  I felt so relieved and proud that I pushed through the moments of discomfort.

The very next day, a package arrived with the Bravado Design's Body Silk Seamless Nursing Cami and Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra.   Both products are extremely comfortable and very flattering.  I had older nursing bras from my last pregnancy and they do not compare in the level of comfort and quality of the Bravado products.  My older bras lost their shape easily and the Bravado Designs maintains a sleekness while still offering comfort.

I'm so glad I can look and feel good while nourishing my baby girl!  You can visit their website here or check them out on Instagram here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Birth Story {Alana Anne Davis}

Being a Mom is my best accomplishment ever.  After having Ava, my heart yearned to have another baby!  On December 16th, 2015, I had a funny feeling and decided to take a pregnancy test. Ryan wasn't even home and I wasn't expecting it to actually come out positive.

Ava and I were in the middle of getting ready for the day and low and behold, a "pregnant" popped up on the test! I literally screamed and jumped up and down while Ava looked up at me while playing on the floor at only 8 months old.  I was in shock. I wanted to have another baby, but we didn't plan on trying until after the summer.  I called Ryan right away and he answered while standing in line at the post office. We were so excited for our new blessing!

Right after Ava's first birthday, we found out we were having another girl.  Ryan guessed it from the beginning, and I was very surprised. I love having a daughter and was super happy that we would be adding another girl to our family!

Just like with Ava, I had another low risk pregnancy and everything went very well at all of my check ups.  My initial due date was August 16th and was pushed back to August 24th at our first ultrasound, so I was so curious my entire pregnancy wondering when she would actually arrive.

At my 40 week check up, I had my membranes swept and I was measuring at 3 cm. The Dr. scheduled me to come back for a stress test the following Monday, but said she'd be shocked to see me. She was surprised I hadn't given birth yet since I was 3 cm at my 39 week check up.  I called my Mom on my way into work that morning to let her know how my appointment went. She convinced me to just go home and give myself time to relax. I decided that day would be my last day of work.  Once I got home, I schedule a prenatal massage for that night.  A prenatal massage is what helped jumpstart my last labor and I ended up being 6 days late with Ava. I really didn't want to waste my maternity leave time without having my baby, so I was hoping a massage would get things started.

After getting my massage that night, contractions started and I didn't get any sleep that night.  Ava also unexpectedly woke up that night and was so attached to me. She didn't want to leave my side.  She hadn't woken up in the middle of the night in months.  I swear she knew something was happening!  My contractions were varying from 6-15 minutes apart and I knew I'd have to wait until they were 5 minutes apart for an hour before calling my Doctor.

The next morning, I decided to take a shower and eat something.  After showering, my contractions stopped and I was able to nap for a few hours.  I woke up in the early afternoon and decided to call my Mom to let her know that contractions were happening so that her and my sister could get ready to come over. I called the Doctor around 4pm and she suggested I get to the hospital since they didn't have any appointments at the office at that time.

I decided to stay home as long as I could, since I wanted to have another natural birth.  My Mom and sister arrived and we went for a walk and I started to feel very frustrated. My contractions had slowed down again and Ava wasn't acting like herself.  She whined the entire day and was clinging to me.  It was like she knew I would be leaving her.  Around 7:30pm, I got Ava ready for bed and my contractions started coming very strong. My water still hadn't broke and I didn't want to go to the hospital only to be sent home.  Before I knew it, they were 2-3 minutes apart and I just knew it was time to go.

We arrived at the hospital around 8:30pm.  I was measuring at 5cm when arriving to triage and was then taken up to labor and delivery.  They notified me that they would have to break my water if it didn't break on it's own soon.  I felt so much more fear this time because I had to leave my baby girl at home and knowing what kind of pain I was soon going to endure.

Once we got up to labor and delivery, I fought through contractions for about an hour and the Doctor came in to break my water.  Contractions were getting more and more unbearable and I remember thinking, "I can't do this."  My Husband kept me breathing and my Mom reminded me to keep my movements as I fought through each contraction.  The anesthesiologist came in to ask me questions and I literally wanted to scream at him. He was affecting my energy and I wanted nothing to do with an epidural. It felt like he was trying to tempt me and even had said, "I know you want to do this naturally, but most people change their minds."  I wanted to punch him!!!!  He quickly ran through his questions and I think he finally got the sense that I was not in the mood to speak with him.

Once my water was broke, I knew I'd be meeting her soon.  "Welcome Baby Alana" was written on a board right in front of me and I focused on that through each contraction. All I kept thinking about was holding my baby girl. I envisioned having my two daughters together and it helped me stay calm.

I knew something more was happening so I told Ryan to grab the Doctor.  I didn't feel like I was monitored as close this time around and found myself just in the room with Ryan and my Mom most of the time.  Once the Nurse came in, a few others followed behind and I suddenly felt an oxygen mask being put on my face. The tone in the room changed and my Husband and Mom had panicked looks on their faces. I was so busy fighting through my contractions that I didn't even realize what was going on around me.

Alana's heart rate had dropped drastically and they were having me move in all types of positions to get a better reading on her heart. I kept moving through my contractions to help deal with the pain which made it very hard for them to get a good reading with the monitor.  I ended up being on my hands and knees on my hospital bed and I remember looking over at Ryan and having a fear that something was seriously wrong.  What if they'd try to talk me into a c-section? That was the last thing I remember thinking and I finally blurted out, "is everything ok? Is my baby ok?" No one was really saying what was going on and I was so scared. I felt like I couldn't breath and before I knew it, the Doctor checked me and said it was time to push. I rolled back over onto my back and she told me to push and I replied, "No"!  She said I was 10cm and it was time.  I didn't believe that I went from being 8cm a few minutes before to being ready to push.  I held onto my knees and gave 3 good pushes, and out she came!  On push #2, my Mom yelled, "she's a pepper!" (meaning she had dark hair) and it gave me such an adrenaline rush.  I pushed her out in less than a minute and was so relieved it happened so fast, since I pushed for a half an hour with my first which was so utterly exhausting.

On August 25th, at 11:29pm, Alana Anne Davis was born.  She was 19 inches long and weighed 6lbs 13oz.   They placed her on my chest and she looked like the smallest little peanut with dark brown hair. She was the quietest baby and was so calm.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her.  I saw traces of Ava and realized she looked a lot like me.  After being stitched up, Alana was cleaned up and latched right on.  I prayed that we'd have a better breastfeeding experience then I did with Ava and luckily Alana had no problem.  My Mom played Salt n' Pepa's "Push It" on her laptop and I remember thinking that the medical staff probably thought we are nuts - lol.  My little sister has blonde hair and I'm a brunette, so we've always been known as "Salt n Pepa" and I couldn't believe I had my own little Salt n Pepa.

Seeing Ryan hold my dark haired little baby made me giggle.  Ava looks so much like her Daddy and it was funny to see how different each child can be.  Although there were a ton of similarities between my first and second pregnancy, many memories are so different.  I felt the pain was worse this time but the pushing was so much easier.  I had so many fears of being able to love another child like I love Ava, and the second I met Alana, I fell so in love with her.  "Love doesn't divide, it multiplies."

Going through childbirth is so empowering.  It took me a few days to be able to sleep again because my adrenaline was so high. My husband jokes that he has post traumatic stress disorder from experiencing my childbirth and I'm sure that really happens to people.  It such a whirlwind of emotions and I just couldn't be happier to have such a beautiful and healthy baby girl.

Alana Anne, I love you so much my beautiful little girl.  You are already so sweet and add such a peace to our home.  Thank you Jesus for blessing me with another angel baby who has already made my heart grow more, which I didn't believe possible.