Lincoln’s Three Month Update

I am well aware that this is far past due, I mean Lincoln turned 3 months old way back in February. However, I still want to catch up and post his monthly updates so I can look back on them in the future like I do for Brynlee’s.

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Lincoln is still proving to be such a wonderful, happy baby! We just adore him and his little personality and I really can’t wait to see how it develops as he grows. I can already tell that he is going to be happy, kind and fun loving.

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Health: We have been so fortunate that Lincoln has been so healthy these last few months. Having a baby during cold and flu season can be a little worrisome, especially when you have an older sibling that is in school, bringing home who knows how many germs and doesn’t necessarily follow the “always wash your hands before you touch the baby” rule. Plus, I think we are still a little scarred from how sick Brynlee always was, so this has been a pleasant surprise for us this go around. We will find out his exact weight at his 4 month check up next month, but right now, if I had to guess, I would say he is probably around 11-12 lbs or so.

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Sleep: Oh my sweet baby Lincoln, you are a wonderful sleeper, bless you! I usually put him down around 8:30-9 and he sleeps through most nights, until 5-5:30, when he does wake in the night it is usually only once for a quick feeding, then right back to bed. I am so, so thankful for this! I don’t know how I would manage wrangling a toddler all day on severe lack of sleep. He still isn’t a great napper when not in his car seat or being worn in the baby carrier, but to be honest, I really don’t mind having him sleep on me while carrying him. I am still able to get quite a few things done while keeping my baby close and I just love that!

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Social: Lincoln is a very social baby! He loves when anyone will pay him attention and reward them with endless smiles, giggles and coos. I will never tire of hearing his giggles! Big Sis can get the most out of him with Daddy coming in at a close second.

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Diet: Lincoln is still exclusively nursing and it has been going really well for us. I still pump here and there for a reserve, but not on any real schedule. I’ve found it hard to find the time in between his nursing sessions and all the running around I have to do for Brynlee. So I just try to squeeze in a quick pumping session whenever I find myself with a spare 10-15 minutes. I do use this hands free pumping bra to make it a little easier on myself. And he still will not take a pacifier. I’m sure I will be grateful for this when he is older and I’m not having to deal with weaning him from it, but there are times when I just really wish he would take one if you know what I mean…

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Clothes: I have finally went ahead and switched out all of his newborn clothes for 0-3 months. I always find the switching out of sizes to be bittersweet. I am so, so thankful for a healthy, growing baby, but as I pack away those tiny clothes I can’t help but feel a bit said that my baby will never be that small again. I know all you other moms out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Crying: Lincoln is such a sweet baby and really doesn’t cry much at all. As long as his needs are met, he is fed, has a clean diaper and is being held (yes, to him that is a need), he is a pretty content baby. When he does cry, it’s more of a whimper and at a far lower volume than we were previously used to (ahem, Brynlee, ahem… we love you, but you were a loud cryer).

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Likes: Baby boy loves his mama! Lincoln is such a mama’s boy and I absolutely love it!! He also adores his sister and loves when she pays attention to him. I received this lovey blanket as a baby shower gift and Lincoln has really taken to it. He loves to cuddle it in his car seat. He is very curious and likes to be held up and able to survey his surroundings and he loves our dog Lola!

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Milestones: He is becoming more interested in things and really observing what’s going on around him. He is getting better at tummy time, but still doesn’t really enjoy it for more than a few minutes. He tries to grab at toys and things, but still has pretty wonky hand eye coordination, so while it’s sheer luck when he is able to grab an object, it’s still pretty fun to watch him try. I love this stage and all the learning and growing that is happening… I just wouldn’t mind if it happened at a little slower rate #saideverymomever #butitsnolesstrue

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Sweet Lincoln, we love you so much. You have been the perfect little addition to our family and watching you grow and your little personality come to life is one of our life’s greatest joys. Love you baby!

 

xoxo, Mama

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DIY Pom Pom Apple Garland

We have Meet the Teacher today at Brynlee’s Pre-School. I can’t believe how quickly summer passed by and now my baby girl is starting Pre-K on Thursday!

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Since school starts for us this week, I thought I’d share this fun little DIY that Brynlee and I made a couple of weeks ago to decorate for Back to School. Brynlee loves when we decorate the house for different holidays or celebrations, so I’m really making more of an effort to do more decorating outside of the Christmas season. We made this garland with things already in my craft closet and Brynlee had so much fun learning how to make pom poms.

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I bought these pom pom makers a couple of years ago and they really make making pom pom so much easier! Even Brynlee got the hang of it after a few tries and now wants to make ALL. THE. POM POMS.

My finished garland is 6 feet and I spaced my apples every 6 inches so I made 11 pom pom total. Make sure to leave your tails long so you can attached your apples to your garland string.

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Once my poms were all made, I grabbed some green felt, cut it in strips, then cut out leaf shapes. I just free handed it and really like that no two leaves are the same.

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I made 22 leaves total, 2 for each apple.

(There are only 20 pictured here because I had to go back and make one more apple once I decided on my spacing)

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I used hot glue to attach my leaves to each apple.

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I wanted my garland string to be a little thicker than regular yarn and I love the rustic feel this jute twine adds to the garland.

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Using the tails of my pom poms, I measured my spacing and tied on each apple, clipping the tails after.

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I love how this cute little DIY turned out, especially since it was kid-friendly! Brynlee loves to craft and was so excited to be able to help with this project.

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After we hung it, Brynlee asked if we were going to have an apple party. She’s still not quite sure what apples have to do with school starting, but its still a fun little addition to our home decor. I also found a lighted apple garland in the Target dollar bins and I think some DIY vintage inspired flash cards might be next on our to-do list.

Do you decorate for school? Let me know if you make a Pom Pom Apple Garland (tag me on Instagram @blissfullymadeblog #blissfullymadeblog)

Happy Crafting!!

xo, Cassidi

Butterfly Wings

Whew!! What a weekend!! We were super busy and it just flew by! We spent Saturday up north celebrating Easter early with my family, then on Sunday we headed down south to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of our dear friend’s daughter.
Today I wanted to share the gift Brynlee and I made for her, I really think it is the perfect, whimsical gift that any little girl would love!


I purchased the Wife-Made butterfly wing pattern back in October when I made Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume and have wanted to make the butterfly wings ever since. And a gift for a 3rd birthday party was the perfect time to try them out! I found the super colorful fabric at Joann’s and decided to just use solids for the wing’s appliqué since the main fabric is so busy.


I also used silver glitter elastic to make the wings even more whimsical. Brynlee loved them so much that I will be making a second pair very soon, she’s been begging for some ever since I had her try these on to make sure they would fit well.


I also decided to make a flower crown to go with the wings so the birthday girl could be a butterfly princess. I got Brynlee involved by letting her help me choose the flowers and their placement and to help me add the jewels. I also found a blue butterfly to add to the crown since the birthday girl’s favorite colors are pink and blue.


And to finish off the gift, Brynlee and I made a magical wand to match the wings. Brynlee thought it was so fun to pick out the beads and help string them on the ribbons.

I love giving handmade gifts and I especially love when I can get Brynlee involved in helping me. She’s been asking me to teach her to sew lately, I already have her step on the pedal for me when I sew, but I’m not sure what age is appropriate to actually let her use my machine. I also don’t know if I have the patience for it yet, but I do really want her to learn. I wish I would have been taught when I was young and I’m so excited that she wants to learn too! I love sharing my hobbies with her.

So, if any of you have any recommendations on teaching a child to sew and what is a good age to start them, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

Spring Old Navy Picks

Old Navy has been having a ton of great sales recently! So when I saw their 40% with free shipping offer a couple of weeks ago, I took advantage and ordered some things for Brynlee.

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1. This tutu dress is so fun! It’s super comfortable and Brynlee has deemed it her princess dress!

2. I love this little floral dress, it’s only $8 right now and is perfect for when Brynlee needs to be a little dressier, like a birthday party or when we go out to dinner.

3. The perfect, casual summer dress, I ordered it in two colors! It’s super comfy and perfect for school, the park or even to thrown on over her swimsuit after a day at the pool or splash pad.

4. These shorts are currently on sale for $6! And the floral print is super fun!

5. I have Brynlee wear these shorts under her dresses, they are light weight and allow her to still be her active/rambunctious self while still keeping her modest.

6. This swimsuit is so adorable!! I love the print and it has a cutout on the back that is perfection! Between pool days, going to the splash pad and swim lessons, we get a lot of use out of our swim wear and this one is less than $10!

7. I was planning on getting Brynlee a pair of Native’s this summer, but when I saw these for less than half the price I had to try them out! Plus the heart cutouts are the cutest! Brynlee has already gotten a ton of wear out of them. They are easy for her to slip on and have great traction for when we are at the pool or the splash pad so she doesn’t slip and fall.

8. I used to love Jellies as a kid, so when I saw these I had to get them for Brynlee. They are super similar to these mini melissa shoes for a fraction of the price. And Brynlee calls them her jelly bean shoes, which is pretty much the cutest thing ever!

Happy Shopping!

xo, Cassidi

The Grace Dress

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Brynlee had her Spring picture day a few weeks ago, so I decided to make her a dress that could double as her Easter Dress. And with Easter just a few short weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it.

Violette Field Threads is one of my favorite pattern makers for girls, I have almost all of their patterns at this point and am slowly making my way through all of them. They recently came out with a stuffed doll line that I am dying to make, I think they would make the perfect gift, especially with all the outfits you can make to go with them!

For Brynlee’s Easter dress, I knew I wanted to make the Grace Dress. I love the scalloped edge option and thought it was the perfect feminine detail for Easter. The floral fabric I used to make it is from Hobby Lobby, it has sparkly gold accents that I love! To dress it up a bit for Easter, I decided to make the bottom of the dress from tulle, I used 4 layers of aqua tulle and one layer of aqua cotton for the lining.  It is perfectly puffy and makes a great twirling skirt, which Brynlee has absolutely taken advantage of!

This dress is a pretty quick and easy sew, just go slowly over the scallops to make sure they turn out perfect.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

Spring Refresh

Spring is on the horizon, well actually, here it is pretty much in full swing and we are loving every minute of this beautiful weather. With the changing of the seasons, it got me thinking about giving a little update to our most used room in our house, the living room. We spend about 75% of our time as a family in our living room right now and I am ready to lighten things up a bit.

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For spring I like to stick to lighter neutrals with lots of texture and a few pops color to brighten things up.

Sofa – The sofa is a staple in any living room and this sofa has slip covers that are machine washable! As a mom of two kids, I would love to have the option to wash them whenever sticky hands or a spill occurs. Check out Arhaus’ Living Room page for more colors and some non-slip cover options.

 Ottoman – We have an ottoman very similar to this, it is easy to clean and perfect for corralling/ hiding toys. Plus the padding is very beneficial when you have a new walker in the midst.

 Rug – I love this light grey rug, make it extra plush by adding a rug pad underneath.

 Cream Floral Pillow / Watercolor Pillow / Basketweave Pillow–  I love utilizing throw pillows to add texture and extra color because you have so many different options and no matter what you choose, its never overwhelming since they are on a smaller scale, so have fun with it!

Brass Picture Frame – Spring is a great time to update your pictures, these brass picture frames are my current favorite.

Table Lamp– With the days starting to get longer also consider updating your lighting. I love this gold table lamp that would create a little more ambiance in the evenings, instead of always having overhead lighting which can sometimes be a bit harsh.

Tray – A must have with a padded “coffee table” to hold my mug full of cold coffee…

 Gold Pineapple Candle –  Also perfect to set on the tray, a spring scented candle. My favorite (and what is currently burning right now) is Violet and Freesia, but I also love Lavender for spring.

Throw Blanket– Even though the days are warming up, nights can still be a bit chilly so a lightweight throw is perfect for cuddling up in on those crisp evenings. I especially love the ruffling on this one.

What are some of your favorite ways to update your home for Spring?

xoxo, Cassidi

Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant with Brynlee I bought/ registered for a lot of unnecessary items. I thought I needed all the things with all the bells and whistle. What actually happened was a lot of clutter and a lot of things going unused. This time I tried to be smarter and only got or kept the items we truly needed. Below is a list of what I couldn’t live without for baby #2.

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Ergo Baby Nursing Pillow– if you are a nursing mama, this pillow is a must! It makes nursing much more comfortable. You are able to position your baby perfectly to nurse so your arms wont get tired from holding them at the right height. I’ve tried other nursing pillows before and this is by far the best one I have used!

Mamaroo– We used this with Brynlee and love it this time around too! Lincoln sleeps so well in it and I love that you can position it at a slight incline when needed. If you read this post you know he has had some congestion and the Mamaroo really helped him to be able to sleep at night without having breathing issues. It’s light enough to move from room to room if needed, but solid enough that if Brynlee or someone bumps into it he isn’t disturb.

Blooming Bath – This bath is so wonderful, especially for newborns. You can position the petals to provide the correct support for your baby and it’s so soft for them to lay on. To dry it after each bath you just have to wring it out and throw it in the dryer for about 20 minutes. We love this bath wash and lotion too!

Cat and Jack Sleepers– I’ve talked about these multiple times, but they truly are my favorite sleeper for Lincoln to wear. With Brynlee, I always preferred the snap sleepers. Even though they were a pain to get all the snaps correct in the dark, middle of the night feedings, I loved that I didn’t have to open the whole sleeper making, her cold and start to cry then having a hard time going back to sleep. These zip from the bottom up so you only have to undo them half way, keeping the top of your baby covered and warm. So amazing and at a great price point, I don’t know why someone didn’t think of these sooner!

Convertible Diaper Bag- A diaper bag that can turn into a backpack is a must for a mama of two. I can’t tell you how many times it has saved me have two free hands at any given time. I have this one in brandy and love it, but would also like to get this one in black.

Travel System with Stroller Board– We love our Britax and used it with Brynlee too. When we had Lincoln we were gifted the stroller board and Brynlee loves it! It makes going places so much easier! If we have to do a lot of walking, Brynlee just jumps on and is a happy camper. She hasn’t liked riding in strollers for about 2 years now, so I didn’t want to buy a double stroller just to have her refuse to ride in it, this was the perfect solution!

Breast Pump and Bra– If you plan on breast feeding or pump and feeding, investing in a good breast pump is so worthwhile. Most insurance companies cover breast pumps now, so make sure to call yours to see what your options are. I was able to get this Medela and love it! I pretty much nurse exclusively, but still pump to build up a reserve, just in case, and also so Landon can have the opportunity to feed Lincoln. I would also recommend getting a hands-free pumping bra, it makes pumping much more convenient. Since I nurse too, I was having a hard time finding the time to nurse and pump throughout the day, now I pump while I’m getting ready, working on blog posts or any other time that I can stay in one spot, but still have the use of my hands. When we do bottle feed we use these bottles, which conveniently attach to the Medela pump and these washable nursing pads are my favorite and much more comfortable than the throw away kind.

Solly Baby Wrap– This is pretty much the only way I get anything done these days. Lincoln loves to be held and protests quite loudly whenever I lay him down for too long. If I put him in the wrap, he is as happy as can be and will often fall right to sleep. I love it because I allows me to keep my baby close whenever I have other things I have to get done. I wouldn’t mind spending all day cuddling my sweet boy, but for some reason my family thinks they need clean laundry and food to eat (wink, wink). This is also the only way I get any sewing done, standing at my kitchen island with Lincoln wrapped to my chest. I’ve actually gotten quite good at sewing standing up lol!

Nursing Cover (not pictured)- I love having a full coverage nursing cover. Since it completely surrounds me I’m never worried about flashing anyone. It makes nursing in public much more comfortable for me. Make one here or buy one here.

Car Seat Canopy Cover (not pictured)- I made one of these when I had Brynlee and have since made countless others as gifts. This is definitely a must have! It keeps the light out when your baby is napping and protects against people touching or putting their face right up to your newborn when closed. Make one here or buy one here.