Moms And Babies–Emily




 

This week I’m featuring Emily from Live A Charmed Life!  Emily and I found each other in blogland last year before either of us was pregnant, and it’s been so fun to read about her pregnancy and her little girl!  Check out her interview to learn more.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi!  My name is Emily and I've been married to my husband, Jonathan for a little over 3 years now.  I'm a part time art teacher working two days a week and a full time mom.  I'm just taking this new mom business one day at a time and learning a lot along the way!

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What's your baby's name and how old is she?

My daughter's name is Georgia Emiline and she is 4.5 months old.

Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

Georgia wakes up and eats around 7:30 - 8:00

Breakfast is one hour after she wakes up

She typically takes a good morning nap anywhere from 2-3 hours

When she wakes up around 11:30 - 12ish she eats again

Then, she takes an afternoon nap for about 1.5 hours

Her third feeding is usually around 4:00

Dinner is at 5:30 with a bath following at about 6:30

The last bottle typically is around 7:00

Bedtime can be anywhere from 7:45 - 8:45 depending on how sleepy she is.

Any errands we need to run we tend to do so after her first nap or after her second nap.  We usually stay home before her first nap because she doesn't stay awake that long between when she wakes up and her first nap.  I like her to nap at home because she takes such good naps in her crib and not so good naps in her carseat.  I try to get a lot done during the day.  When she is playing on the floor or in her jumperoo I will play and talk to her while I fold laundry or I can talk to her from the kitchen if I'm doing dishes while she is in the living room but I do spend a lot of my day on the floor playing with her, reading, singing, and talking.  I work on Mondays and Wednesdays so clearly those days are different for me but my MIL keeps her on the same schedule.

If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Intense - Happy – Talkative

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What's your favorite part about being a mom?

The best part for me is seeing her light up when she is happy (like when she wakes up from a nap) or watching her develop new skills and then perfect them.  Seeing how much she has changed in just 4.5 months is amazing!

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Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

I'm not the best person to ask because I was below my pre pregnancy weight before Georgia hit her 2 week mark.  I did breastfeed for 2 months and I think that was part of it but I also have hypothyroidism and am still working on issues with that and it caused me to rapidly lose weight (at an unhealthy rate) but also caused me to have very low milk production and no appetite.  I wouldn't reccomend this method.  I currently am still about 10 pounds less than my pre pregnancy weight...and I was pretty slim before.  I would suggest staying active though during your entire pregnancy.  It seemed to help me and it also helped during my L&D.

What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?

First of all I pray for a strong marriage every morning and I think that makes a huge difference.  Also, we take time to actually talk once Georgia goes to bed, date nights we are horrible at...I think we've had 2 in the past 4.5 months (we really need to work on that!) but we also do a lot of fun things as a family and that really has helped.  Jonathan works a lot because he is a teacher and a coach (read: crazy hours!) but when we have time together we use it wisely.

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Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?

From about week 2 - 7 Georgia went through a really hard "colic" time.  She would cry off and on from 7-11 every night for no reason.  (Researches now say colic has nothing to do with gas)  I was totally ignorant to colic babies until I had one and it is HARD!  What worked for us then and still helps us now (even though she is a pretty easy baby now) was "Happiest Baby on the Block".  Every pregnant or new mom needs to read this book.  We also use a sound machine because when she was younger she needed white noise to calm her.  She doesn't need it now but it does block out our really annoying neighbor's dog who barks all the time next to her window.  Also, we use the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle and I have sewn the arm holes closed because I have a true escape artist.  She is starting to get where she doesn't need it (She can sleep up to an hour without it during naps but her morning nap is 3 hours and she can't last that long without it...we haven't tried her unswaddled at night.  She sleeps 11+ hours at night so I say if it isn't broken it doesn't need to be fixed! haha!)

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What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

I really can't pick just one.  I love our weekends together.  Family nature walks, a local market, eating cupcakes in the park...I just love it all :)

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Any advice for first-time mothers?

Well, this question is a bit hard since I am technically a "first-time mother" with only 4.5 months of experience under my belt but here is my 2 cents.  Don't do anything because other people are doing it.  Do what is best for you.  If you hate breastfeeding, like I did, then don't do it.  If you think cloth diapers are too much trouble, then use disposables.  If you don't want to put your child on an altered vaccine schedule, then don't.  If your child needs to stay swaddled well over 3 months (like mine), then keep it up.  If your worried that formula and disposable diapers will max out your grocery budget don't worry...they won't.  Our weekly grocery bill hasn't changed one bit with formula and diapers oddly enough.  Every family and every baby is different and that is OK.

Thanks Emily!  Stop by Emily’s blog to read more!

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Unknown said...

ummmm ahhhh dorable!!! and how did she lose the weight SO fast holy shmoly!

Emily Powell said...

thanks Callie :)

Jenni Lynn said...

ohhh the days of 1 child and multiply naps........ I miss that, but would change our crazy life for anything

Anonymous said...

I love this series, Callie! :) I hope one day I can be a part of it, too!

Oh, and as far as cloth diapers, one of my best friends has already started her daughter on them, and she's only 8 weeks old! She's using one from www.nickisdiapers.com. So far, so good!

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