Some of our favorite baby things + 10 week UPDATE!

Skye is now 10 weeks old so it’s time for another update (I’m trying to do these every two weeksish)!

*Skye has quite a lot of facial expressions that we get to see each day and here are a few of them…


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Pure joy:

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*Skye has a talent of needing a new diaper again within minutes of me changing her;)  I think she sees it as a game.

*Skye LOVES the morning.  It makes me even more excited for the morning because I know we have this to look forward to.  From the hours of about 5:30-7:30 pm is a different story though.

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*A lot of people say that Skye looks like Brooke and I see that but I also see Andrew in her too.

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*I overcame one of my fears.  Well, I was forced to overcome it ha.  After our car accident we were in the back of the ambulance for a while waiting for a bunch of stuff to be done before going to the hospital.  Skye was very hungry and not wanting the bottle that I had pumped for her.  So, I needed to breastfeed.  I’ve always wanted to be able to breastfeed in public but I was always terrified to try.  I saw women that did it and just wanted to go interview them for all of their tips on how to do it ha.  So, in the back of the ambulance with a few other people in there with me that I didn’t know, I fed Skye and overcame my fear.  I had a cover but I just have been nervous to do it in the past but not anymore.  I have since then fed her a few times with a cover out in public and it sure is much more convenient and nice to not plan every outing etc around when I need to be back home to feed her.

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*To go along with the above topic, not only in the ambulance would she not take a bottle from me but anytime I am in the room…  If it is just Andrew and her then she will take one but if I’m around (like one time when we were at a restaurant) she refuses because she knows I’m there to feed her.

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*A chin and cheek update:

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*I wore a real bra the other day (aka a non-nursing/clip one) and it felt really strange.

*I still have that dark line on my stomach (linea nigra)… if you had that too, when did that go away for you?

*She is growing out of her clothes at an alarming rate.  She is in the 60th percentile now for her height and weight according to her last doctor’s appointment.

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*Knox asked us if we can PLEASE have two boys next… he is ready for some brothers ha;)

*You know those long blinks that babies do right before they fall asleep.  I love watching Skye do those.  They are my favorite.  She fights falling asleep so much but soon she will be like me and welcome it with open arms at any opportunity that comes up.

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*I have now tried a few different types of pacifiers and Skye still wants nothing to do with them.  She does continue to try to suck on her hands so maybe she will be a thumb sucker.

*My back is feeling SO much better these days.  For a while it was hurting from holding Skye so much and from breastfeeding so I worked on strengthening it and having better posture when I am holding her and it is so much better.  I am doing yoga for a few minutes each day, doing many of these exercises and using a big blanket to position under Skye to hold her in the perfect position while breastfeeding at home so that I can maintain good posture.

*Her current sleeping at night schedule looks like this—>  I feed her anywhere between 9-10 pm and then she wakes up at around 3-4 and then again at about 6.  She will then sleep until about 8:30 and that is when she is awake and ready to party.  There were a few days after her 2 month shots where she was up SO many times each night.  Thank goodness that ended!

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*I’m really glad breastfeeding is going well.  Andrew said the other night, ‘remember how stressed and worried you were about breastfeeding before you had Skye and how you actually had nothing to worry about?”  Story of my life… worrying about things I don’t need to but after struggling with it so much with Brooke, I was worried!  Those first two weeks hurt SO BAD (I feared showers because my chest was so sore and I didn’t want the water touching me ha) but luckily that ended.   My weekly mileage is just under 40 right now and I am not seeing a dip in my supply at all and I think it is because I took the first 6 weeks off from running to establish a good supply (just my guess though)!

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*She always wins at staring contests.  It’s a talent of hers.

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*She is currently everyone’s #1 source of entertainment.

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*She is obsessed with Brooke and Knox.  She watches them closely and somehow naturally she just knows that they are her favorite playmates already.

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*I LOVE how alert she is lately!

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*People have requested some lowlights of parenting and this was one of them.  Don’t mind my bag of skittles;)  I made the picture black and white to make it less gross. There is plenty of spit up on me each day, crying and sometimes the diapers don’t do their jobs.  Yes, a baby is hard work and things are definitely not perfect but this has been so much easier than the last time I did this.  Brooke’s first year was SO hard (I could write a novel about how difficult it all was) not because she was any harder of a baby than other babies but all of my life was hard then which made that time super tough for me.  I am pretty sure I cried every day.  I have so much support/help this time around that it just feels so much easier.  To compare the situation to a running situation—>  It was like my first marathon was all UPHILL and then my second marathon is flat as a pancake… it’s still hard and a lot of work but it feels SO MUCH easier than the first time around.  Does that make sense?

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*Hannah sent this to me and this is exactly how I feel!!!

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I’ve had a few request for a post with our current favorite baby gear.  I think I’m kind of a minimalist (unless we are talking about t-shirts or food) but these things below are things we really love:

*Our carseat.  This might be my favorite piece of baby gear ever.   I bought the EXACT same one after our accident because I was so happy with how well it kept Skye safe and sound.

*This little holder for Skye when she takes a bath in our bathtub.  It keeps her perfectly supported and makes bath time really easy and enjoyable for her:)

*Owlet.  This thing allows me to sleep at night without waking up every five minutes to make sure she is breathing.  It is $$ but totally worth it in my opinion to know they are okay during the night.  If the baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels are abnormal, it alerts you!

*Blankets—>  Saranoni and aden + anais swaddle blankets!

*This carseat/breastfeeding cover!

*This diaper bag.

*The Rock ’n Play.  This has been by far one of Skye’s favorite things.  She would prefer being held at all times but she loves being in this too!

*It took us a few tries to find a swaddle that Skye was okay with ha (that girl just wants to be free but NEEDS to sleep;) and the Love To Dream Swaddle UP wins for us!  This one is great because she can keep her arms up still and the zipper makes things a lot easier for us too!

*Our Mutsy stroller.  I cannot say enough good things about this stroller.  I love it and we use it ALL of the time.

*These gel pads saved me for those first few weeks of breastfeeding.   I would put them in the fridge before putting them on and they helped with the pain so much.

*I ended up getting a new pump and this is the one I use.  It is simple, small and does the job really well.  I usually pump 1-2 times a day.

*Lovevery play gym!

*Baby clothes—>  we get pretty much everything from Target and Old Navy.

*Love these bows that EdenBEbows sent!  You can get 20% off if you want some using the code Skye20


What about you… what are some of your favorite baby gear items?     

Breastfeeding in public… something you do?  Was it hard for you at first?

When did your kids experience sleep regressions?  

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Breastfeeding in public was hard for me for a while because my kids always uncovered everything. But I got better at it. My sons refused to have a bottle or binki for ever. He finally learned a bottle but refused a binki always. Every kid is a new experience.


It really is so crazy how each kid is SO different!! I hope you are having a beautiful day and staying warm with all of this snow… hopefully spring will show up soon here:) Thanks Jenny!


For the most part, breastfeeding in public was not hard at all for me. Maybe it was just because I had grown up seeing my mom and then my aunt breastfeeding so it just seemed normal. The only weird thing was breastfeeding at work (sometimes my son would be at my office with me for a bit) – for some reason I felt self-conscious breastfeeding in front of my coworkers. I’m glad you were able to get past your fear of it!


Oh I can totally see how that would be hard!! Thanks so much Heather and I hope your Tuesday has been a great one so far!


I’m curious about the stroller! For whatever reason the link doesn’t work for me ?


OOPS!! Sorry about that! I fixed it, here you go:

Hope you have a beautiful day Hayley!


Thank you!! Also does your car seat need adaptors to fit the stroller??


HEY!! YES, they have an adaptor for that that we use and love! Let me know if you have ANY other questions.


Okay my last question I promise lol. It says only the maxi Cosi car seats work with the stroller, do those adaptors work with the evenflo car seat? Thank you so much for all your help, strollers are overwhelming!


Hey, sorry that took me forever, I just got home!!! They really are:) Yes, it does work with my car seat! Sometimes it takes a minute to get in and out but it definitely fits. Seriously, don’t feel bad about questions, this is a huge decision… I took forever to decide on this one and I LOVE it!


Favorite baby gear- boba air baby carrier. It packs up into a pouch so it can fit into a diaper bag, a glove compartment, etc. It was so easy to go through airports, farmers markets, and grocery stores and be able to collapse it down easily.

Breastfeeding in public was no fun. I did it, but boy, cover ups and swaddles are a pain. Great work!

Sleep regressions are real. I swear my kid hit every wonder week on the nose.


That sounds perfect Kathy, thanks for sharing! Sleepless nights are SO hard. Can’t wait for all of these future regressions haha! I hope you are having a great night!


My first son did not breastfeed well (he had a bad latch and poor suck) so we rarely nursed in public and didn’t breastfeed past 3 months. However, my second son was awesome at breastfeeding and I felt like I knew what I was doing that time. So much like you, we were very successful the second time. He only took bottles if I wasn’t home (I work full time) and I nursed him exclusively if we were together. I wasn’t really afraid to breastfeed in public. We used a nursing cover when he was small and needed assistance but when he got a little older I didn’t even need the cover because we were still able to be discrete and he just popped on and off with no delay or show. I loved being able to leave the house knowing I only needed diapers to truly survive (obviously I brought more, but if you had diapers and boobs you could live through anything….).


I was the same with breastfeeding, I never wanted to do it in public, I am glad you got over your fear! Excellent sleeping from her, hopefully it keeps up!


OMG the chin and cheek update just made my entire morning. Loved this post and all the photos of your sweet girl. Thanks for sharing your baby faves! :)


Well done, Janae! Skye is a doll. And isn’t fun that babies know who their siblings are? Our third is older now (2 1/2), but her older siblings are the most fun thing ever to her.
And well done on breastfeeding in public! With our first, we had a really hard time breastfeeding at first. She had a very hard time latching, so we dealt with nipple shields and it was really hard. It would also take me hours to feed her. I wouldn’t have been able to manage in public.
With the younger two, we had a much easier time. And feeding in public was easier too. I actually didn’t use a cover (except a burp cloth over their heads some time) as i found the babies cover most everything. I had these awesome nursing shirts that allowed you to stay covered around your belly too. I also found with more kids or getting older, I just didn’t care as much about what people thought. I was tired to retreating places (including restrooms!) to feed my baby.
I’m a huge supporter of nursing in public for women that want to. Nursing is fast food for babies! :-)


Honestly the nursing covers/wraps always made me feel 1000 times more awkward and uncomfortable nursing. The 2 shirt method (tank top to pull down, Flowy easy to lift shirt on top) is so much easier and more comfortable. I also feel like the nursing covers draw more attention to you. I once nursed my son in a restaurant at the table with tons of people there and no one even noticed I was nursing him. They thought I was simply holding him and rocking him to sleep.


I LOVE your comment… yes, I totally agree that the cover draws even more attention. I’m going to try your two shirt method.. thanks girl and have a great day!


Breastfeeding did not work well for me and I quit at 6 weeks so I can’t help you there. But I will say that I can totally relate to the times I did need to nurse in public and it was overwhelming. I know it shouldn’t be but I couldn’t help being intimidated… even with the cover!

BUT I had a pretty dark Linea Negra and it is STILL there 9 months later! It has faded a lot but I can still seat. Although it will probably be making an appearance soon because I just found out I am pregnant! Our babes will be 18 months apart. I am slightly scared but so excited at the same time.


I nursed in public with all of my boys. I used a nursing cover or blanket over the shoulder but I don’t think women should have to – only if they want to. I also nursed pretty much everywhere except Sacrament meeting – I think it’s generally okay there and I would never criticize other babies but my boys were always tossing/kicking/slurping/spitting up/burping really loud so I felt it was distracting.


CHIN & CHEEKS!! I am dying from the cuteness!! Skye is the best dressed baby! She always looks so cute :)

Standing and Kneeling Founder exercises (Dr. Eric Goodman) really help my back. Look them up on YouTube. They are easy and give quick relief.


Thank you so much Elizabeth! Looking up those exercises today, I appreciate you telling me about this so much! Have a great day!


I had the dark line on my belly with my first pregnancy, and then it came back immediately and really dark for the second. It faded gradually over the course of a year, I would guess. I’m glad you are starting to get more comfortable with breastfeeding in public. I will forever be fighting for women’s rights to feed their babies whenever/wherever they are hungry!

Off topic question that I’ve been wanting to ask: What color of paint do you have on your walls? We are in the middle of updating our 25 year old house, so paint colors, countertop types, light fixtures, etc. are on the brain. :)


HEY ELISSA!!! Thanks so much for your comment and yes, we need to feed these babies anywhere! Yay for painting your house… we used Behr’s white metal! Have a great day!


She does have so many facial expressions – how fun! I can see why breastfeeding in public is a fear if you’ve never done it before. I’m due in a month, and I’m already fearing that. But I hear it gets easier once you do it a couple times!


I would take nursing in public over washing bottles any time! We traveled a lot the first year of my daughter’s life. As if I already didn’t have enough to pack, I couldn’t be bothered with bottles. Feel confident and I swear you will notice that people don’t even take a second glance at what you’re doing.

Skye is precious. Chin and cheeks are the best but so are the dimples on their fingers.


Skye is so stinking cute. That is all. It had to be said. I will probably say it again tomorrow and every day from here on out.


I’m currently pregnant with my 4th but after my 3rd babe I had the line for 2 years…it got lighter but definitely still noticeable.


I looks like the link for the gel pads you mentioned in your post isn’t working. Could you tell me which ones you used?


Oh bummer! I am so sorry about that! Here is the link:

I hope you have a wonderful day!


I had little issue breastfeeding in public. Once my son was a little older I wore a cardigan or zippered sweatshirt or jacket and used that as a cover up b/c he pulled the cover up all the time! I didn’t worry about it. I took 3 months off from work and worked at home for a month after my son was born. I had to meet with a new female boss between the 3 and 4 months. Of COURSE he had to nurse in the middle of the meeting! I am SURE she was more uncomfortable than I was. She was like….well I’ve never had this happen before! LOL! Love Skye’s faces!


My first child I didn’t feed in public and always planned around his feedings to go out. The second child though, i nurses in public and it wasn’t so bad once I did it a few times and got the hang of the cover.
It’s normal for babies to not take a bottle from their nursing mamas. Mine wouldn’t either.


I remember still being able to see my linea nigra somewhat when we went on a beach trip 3 months after my daughter was born, but it faded entirely shortly thereafter.


I can’t get over how much Skye smiles so early. It’s probably not, it just seems early. I haven’t been around a baby for years…and her hair, I love the craziness of it. lol Love those expressions. Mine was always a decent sleeper, until the sleep schedule changed from eating less at night, or dropping a daytime nap, etc. Any change, made her schedule change, which played hell on all of us. But once she got it figured out, it was very routine…until the next change. Breastfeeding in public, for some reason, I had trouble with that. I never gave it a 2nd thought when other Mom’s did it, but even with a cover up, I always had a little trouble. But I’m a self conscious person with other things too, so it’s probably my own mind game that bothered me. And when she’d swing her arms and grab the edge of the cover up and flip it up so fast !! yeah, that bothered me too. lol


I got that same line on my stomach with my first baby. My doc told me it would go away with time and, while it did fade a bit, it never fully vanished. I had my fifth baby last year and that dang line is still there–it’s lasted through five kids! I don’t have any stretch marks though, so I guess I’ll have to be good stuck with my slightly crooked line on my stomach for the rest of my life.


I haven’t breastfed in public yet (baby is 16 weeks tomorrow!), but that’s because I haven’t taken him anywhere public yet. I’m a nurse and am absolutely PETRIFIED of him getting sick. So, if we need something at Wegman’s, it’s either being put off until my husband can go, or we just go without it. I know my fear is 50% justified/50% completely irrational, but I just can’t do it.
I still have the line on my belly!
Oh, and my baby has the same love of mornings, hatred of evenings. I think it’s very common :)
Skye is so precious! And, I agree that she looks so much like Brooke when she was a baby!


that chin and those cheeks are too much !! i’m so happy for you guys!

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