Hello Sweet Cheer: September 2016


A New Role, An Exciting Announcement!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

     I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as a contributor for the new Collin County Moms Blog! CCMB is a sister site of the national City Moms Blog Network. The mission and heart behind it is to unite, inspire and connect moms in our community! It is a place for advice, guides, friendship and encouragement. I am pumped to meet other moms through this network and share along the way!

     There will be events (some kid-friendly and some just for mamas) where we can connect with other Collin County Moms! I am among the group of contributors who will be writing for the blog, but all area moms are invited to be a part of this great community! I can't wait to get started as we launch on October 17th, 2016. I hope you'll follow along, come to our events, meet other mamas and kiddos, and check out the blog when my first post goes live!

     I am overjoyed about this new role as a contributor to such a great blogging network - focused specifically on motherhood! As a first-time mom, staying home with my babe, I'm looking forward taking on this new endeavor, spending time sharing with other mamas! I love blogging and I know it will be fun to expand that into a new area. I hope you'll continue to follow me as I write my little heart out!

xoxo || meredith

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Titus Matthew | 3 months

A G E: Three months!

W E I G H T: I haven't attempted to weigh him at home recently but at his 2 month appointment he was 13 pounds, 8 ounces! He is in the 65th percentile!

L E N G T H: 24 1/2 inches long as of his 2 month doctor visit. He's in the 92nd percentile! I don't know where this kid got his height! I suspect he got some of my mom's family's genes!

S I Z E: Titus moved up to size 2 diapers and into 6M onesies on the same day! Talk about emotions. I went to get him dressed one day and his diaper was just too small and the 3M onesie I put on him was too short! Now we are exclusively wearing size 2 and clothing is still a bit crazy. Are baby clothes sized so weird or what?! He is wearing mostly 6M, 6-9M, with a few 3-6M things in brands that run big! As far as shorts/pants he's definitely still in 0-3M and 3M.

E Y E S & H A I R: Dark brown! His hair is the sweetest, growing in more every day. I comb it to the side every night after his bath to encourage it that way! It's so much cuter to the side than the way it currently lays!

S L E E P I N G: We have finally gotten some consistency on the sleep side of things. We do bath time at 7:30pm, followed by his last feeding at 8pm and then he sleeps until about 4/4:30am. I feed him and then he goes back down until 7/7:30am and that's when we start our day! He is doing so well. I know not every kid sleeps well at night so I am a super thankful mama!

E A T I N G: Still only on breastmilk! BUT this month came with a HUGE change for us. I got him on a feeding schedule and it has been L I F E - C H A N G I N G. I know not everyone is down with schedules but it works for us! Titus is a MUCH happier baby and I am a much happier mama - which is just a bonus! It's not for everyone but here is what we do:

7:30am Wake up, FEED
Play time and morning snuggles
9:15-10am Run errands, nap in the car/stroller
10:30am FEED
Awake time
12-12:45pm Mid-day nap << This nap doesn't always happen! Just depends on the day!
1:30pm FEED
Awake time
3-3:45pm Afternoon nap
4:30 pm FEED
Awake time (usually hangs out in the Rock-a-Roo while Mama makes dinner)
Hangs with Daddy before bedtime routine
7:30pm Bath time/bed time routine
8pm FEED
4/4:30am FEED

I can almost always count on a morning nap and an afternoon nap. They only last 30-45 minutes but that works for me! His middle of the day nap is hit or miss depending on what we're doing that day. He is such a happy boy on his schedule! I can tell a difference if we get off of it for some reason. I love it and I will definitely implement it sooner with our next babe!

M I L E S T O N E S: Titus consistently sleeps 7-8 hours at night. He rolled from belly to back for the first time!! (check out this video to see that - we caught his very first roll on camera!) His two bottom teeth are making their appearance! They haven't broken through quite yet but we can feel and see them. It makes for some tough days but cuddles and infant tylenol do the trick! He also LOVES bath time! He splashes so much and has tons of fun!

O U T I N G S: We go anywhere and everywhere! Titus accompanies Mama to all the weekly errands, church with Mama and Daddy on Sundays, and usually shopping or something fun on Saturdays! The one thing he did for the first time was go to the oil change place with Mama! He loved the workers there. They are some really nice guys!

F A V  T O Y S/A C T I V I T I E S: Titus loves to lay on a blanket on the floor and have someone down there playing with him. He has a few favorite toys - his crinkly book, soft giraffe rattle, blue/green rattle, and his Foxy of course! He loves chewing Foxy's ears when he's in his carseat :)

W O R D S/S O U N D S: Coos, screams and cries! He has giggled a few times and has started singing! He is definitely finding his vocal chords!

N I C K N A M E S: Titus boy, Love bug, Bug, Lovie, Titus Almightus, Sweet boy, Tighter

F U N N Y  M O M E N T S: He laughs and smiles all the time! Especially when Daddy is being so silly! Loves when Mommy sings Patty Cake, Winnie the Pooh, and Itsy Bitsy Spider!

The last 3 months have been some of the best of our lives! To hear about how I'm adjusting to motherhood, check out this post!

xoxo || meredith


8 Helpful Habits of a SAHM

     Over the last three months I've learned so much. I've learned to live on small amounts of sleep, how to care for my sweet boy, how to be a stay-at-home mom, to communicate better with my husband and a lot more that my tired mind can't think of at the moment. Much respect to all moms - staying home and working alike - it is the most crazy, difficult, exhausting, joyful thing I've ever done!

     There are some things and routines I've gotten into that have helped me to be the best mom I can be! Some of these can apply to all moms and some of them are specific to the fact that I stay home. I hope they can be helpful to all mama's and mama's-to-be...whether they sound like something that would help you too or they help you decide what you definitely don't want to do!

O N E | Feeding Schedule

     The first thing that has allowed me to keep my sanity is having my baby eat on a schedule! For about the first two months I fed Titus mostly on demand keeping within about every 3-4 hours. That meant he slept and ate as he pleased, which made for a confused mama and a super fussy baby. Every baby and mama are different but without a doubt my baby needed consistency! Now I feed him every 3 hours at the same times each day. It has changed everything for us! He fusses a lot less now and when he does fuss I can figure out what he needs a lot quicker.

This is the face of a boy on a schedule! So happy!

T W O | Leave the House Once a Day

     THIS. When I started getting out of the house I began to feel like a human again. Those first few weeks can be super tough and when I stayed cooped up at home, it was even tougher! Sometimes I just take a drive around town, swing by Starbucks or Sonic, or even just walk around Target! Even leaving the house without getting out of the car is helpful sometimes. My boy loves to nap in the car so this gives him some guaranteed sleep time - especially helpful when he has fussier days.

T H R E E | Weekly Chore Schedule

     If you don't know already, schedules and organization is everything for me. I crave order! So having all my chores planned out makes my week so much nicer. I do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays, grocery shopping on Tuesdays, and gather the trash on Wednesdays! Otherwise, I have a few things I do daily but the chore schedule helps me get things done even with a baby to take care of.

F O U R | Stay Active

     Lately, I've been walking with my sweet friend Ashley three days a week! It helps me stay active and get outside. I am definitely looking forward to the weather continuing to cool off! This one is mostly important to feeling like my body is continuing to heal and recover from pregnancy - but it also helps me just to get fresh air sometimes.

F I V E | Playtime

     Sometimes I think we focus a little too much on the hard things about motherhood. One thing that has made me a better mom is spending time on the floor, playing with my baby! There are so many things I'm responsible for outside of taking care of Titus, and sometimes that can overwhelm me. Getting down on Titus' level, laughing with him, making him smile, singing him songs and holding his hands help me to remember who I am as a mother. I love these moments and they keep me going!

S I X | Snack Throughout the Day

     I can't even count how many times I've forgotten to eat breakfast or lunch since I've been a mom. My day is filled with feeding, changing, playing, rocking, snuggling, consoling.... And meals sometimes slip my mind. Having things in the pantry or fridge that I can grab quickly and easily keep me not only healthy but happy (instead of hangry :P)!

Okay so this is a picture of me drinking coffee, not eating 
a healthy snack. Sometimes coffee is all I have time for ;)

S E V E N | Mommy Time

     I think we all know that time to ourselves is hard to come by. When it does happen, I have found it so important and helpful to spend that time reading scripture, praying, listening to worship music, writing, chalk boarding...mainly doing anything that gives me rest or points me to my Savior. Without this time, I am not filled up and therefore I cannot be the mom, woman, person that I should be.

E I G H T | Use That Nursery ASAP

     This is one that differs greatly for so many. For Ryan and I, we started transitioning Titus out of our bedroom and into his crib around 5 weeks old. Some may think that is way too early and some may think we waited too long! That was just the time frame that worked for us. Having Titus in his crib in his own bedroom has helped Ryan and I to have good quality time to talk and debrief from our days before bed. It has also helped Titus to sleep more soundly and wake up less times at night!

     Being a mom and learning what works for me has been quite the journey. It's only just begun as my boy will be three months old tomorrow. I'm told to cherish these days...and I find that these eight things are helping me to do just that! I love being a mom. So much. It's all I've ever wanted to do. I love my husband more for the fact that he made me a mom. What a precious bond we have through our child. I can't wait to share with Titus one day how much his daddy means to me!

Let me know if you've done/still do any of these things as a mom of a young child! I'd love to hear what other helpful habits you have!

xoxo || meredith holguin