Caroline Grace {1 month}!

Our sweet little Caroline Grace is officially one month old today!! There is literally nothing I love more than being Caroline’s mama. 

Yes, I spend most of my sleeping hours awake, I am sucked on, pooped on and spit up on all before lunch (if I even get lunch), I haven’t had a moment alone or a cup of hot coffee that hasn’t been reheated a million times in over 4 weeks and I still look and feel about 5 months pregnant. On top of that, most days the house is a complete
disaster, I haven’t showered until daddy is home, a million errands need

to be run, meals need to be cooked and dirty clothes are spilling out of
the laundry room.

 Being a mama is hard work but she makes it so worth it all. All day long she snuggles and loves on me. I cherish her little smiles, her “cheerio” and “frownie face” expressions. And although she’s
growing so fast and changes a little more each day I don’t feel like the
weeks have flown by because I am intentional about savoring every

One of my greatest joys is watching Caroline with her daddy. I love them both so dang much. It is amazing how a baby has changed my relationship with Matt. I know it sounds cheesy, but I really do love him so much more than ever before. I love hearing them in the next room reading, watching them snuggle and catching Caroline’s expression the second her daddy walks into the house from work. She is well on her way to becoming a “daddy’s girl” and I don’t mind one bit.


I don’t think we could have survived the first 2 weeks without my mom.
She took such amazing care of Matt and I so we could take care of
Caroline. Without having to ask, she worked around the clock to cook,
vacuum, do all the laundry, grocery shop, water the plants, walk Charlie
twice a day, attend our doctor’s appointments with us, run errands,
bake lactation cookies and lots of other treats, cook and freeze meals
for later and help us take care of the baby so I could take time
to shower and put on makeup. Without her I’d probably forget to eat
lunch, my fridge would be empty, our plants would be dead, Charlie would
hate me and we’d be sleeping on the same sheets from before we left for
the hospital. Not to mention, she was there to encourage me through the
long days, breastfeeding challenges and Caroline melt downs. And with the
confidence of having her with me, I was able to get out of the house
quite a bit once Matt went back to work too which really helped me to
feel “normal” despite being incredibly exhausted and sore.

Breastfeeding has been quite a journey. A few days after we left the
hospital we attended our first pediatric appointment and found out that
Caroline’s weight was down from 6.11 lbs to 6.4 (totally normal for
newborns during the first week). It wasn’t until our follow up
appointment 3 days later that we became worried when she was down
another ounce and the doctor recommended that I start pumping and
feeding the milk back to Caroline to increase her intake during
feedings. Pumping was pretty discouraging. I would pump for an hour only
to bottle about mere .5 ounces of milk. We decided to go see a
lactation consultant the following week and I began using Fenugreek and
Brewers Yeast supplements, Mother’s Milk tea, upped my daily water
intake drastically, started eating oatmeal with extra flax seed for
breakfast, increased our skin-to-skin time, got a prescription for
Reglan (a breast milk enhancing drug) from my OB and snacked on
lactation cookies
in hopes to increase my production. Our LC also instructed us to supplement small amounts of formula too once I’d run out of breast milk. The following week we were
overjoyed to learn all of our hard work was paying off when Caroline
weighed in at 6 pounds, 15.93 ounces (exceeding her birth weight)! It’s
been a uphill battle, but I refuse to give up!

One Month Highlights:


  •  You weighed in last week at 6 pounds, 15.93 ounces and we were so happy you exceeded your birth weight!
  •  You love to be
    held…all the time. If I even think about putting you down you get
    upset. You also love to be worn in the K’tan wrap.
  • You wear newborn
    clothes and diapers but they are getting more snug every day, and that
    makes me sad. I want you to stay little forever but I’m also excited to
    watch you grow.
  • You are so strong and constantly
    lift your little legs all the time. You can also hold your head up pretty
    good and roll to your side by yourself often.
  • Daddy gives you your baths and you love them, until it’s time to dry you off.
  • You love the paci, most of the time.
  • You prefer tummy time on Daddy’s chest.
  • We still can’t decide if your hair is coming in thicker or falling out each day. Sometimes we think you have my auburn hair. Other days we think you have daddy’s brown hair.
  •  Charlie has warmed up
    to you quite a bit this month. Even though he ignored you the first two
    weeks, it’s been so sweet watching him grow more concerned and
    protective of you recently.
  •  You love our morning walks and so does Charlie.
  • We haven’t decided who you look like, but most people are quick to say you look like daddy.
  • You’ve been held by so many friends and family members. People have flown in from all over just to see you and bring you little presents (and meals for mommy and daddy). 

And now, picture overload…

– One Week Old – 

First Bath

– Two Weeks Old –

The “Cheerio” face!

A growing friendship

– Three Weeks Old –  

  You are so loved, my darling. You fit into our little family so perfectly. 

Happy 1 Month, Caroline Grace!




  1. Laura @ Simply Lowcountry
    June 4, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Oh Christina, what a beautiful post! I am just so happy for you and Matt and your little family. You are all so precious!!

  2. A Life Without Mofongo
    June 4, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    She is just too beautiful God bless her.

  3. Colleen Sullivan
    June 4, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    She is just lovely! You are a great mommy πŸ™‚ And what a huge help to have had your mom there. We would not have survived without the help of our family either. A baby changes everything πŸ™‚

  4. Kate
    June 4, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    I love your honesty in this post. Motherhood is not a cake walk, but as you know, it's so rewarding and worth it. Just wait 'til she see's you, her Mommy, and smiles… cue the tears of happiness and joy!! She's beautiful, Christina. You seem so fulfilled!

  5. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    June 4, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Love these! So happy for your family!

  6. Jacque Pinol
    June 4, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    All of her outfits and bows are so cute!! But her little legs in that front pack??!!! Adorable!!!

  7. Laura Marie Keenan
    June 4, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    You are such a wonderful Mom for working so hard on your breastfeeding relationship! It will get easier! Caroline is a lucky (and beautiful) little girl.

  8. My Life as A Plate
    June 4, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    She is gorgeous!! Love all her big bows!

  9. SLH
    June 4, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Your daughter is a doll!!And where oh where did you get that sweet elephant with the personalized ear? I think have to get one (once I can decide on a name for my babe!). πŸ™‚

  10. Dee Stephens
    June 4, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    She's beautiful Christina. I admire you breastfeeding mamas. It's hard work and I'm not sure I would have been cut out for it.

  11. Tawnya Faust
    June 4, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    She is absolute perfection! Happy one month, sweet girl! xo

  12. Katie
    June 4, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Post like these are encouraging and raw. It's nice to read the truth from new moms especially for those of us that are about to take the same exhausting but rewarding journey in just a couple weeks. Thank you for sharing. I keep making note of post like these for when I am completely exhausted and feeling defeated to know I am not alone, but with amazing help and baby smiles things will get better!!! Sounds like you are dong an awesome job of taking care of your little girl. The amount of hard work and dedication you put into getting her weight back up is truly amazing. You weren't willing to give up and go to strictly formula (not that there is ANYTHING wrong with formula). I love that you kept on breastfeeding and pumping. I hope to be as strong as you with breastfeeding.

  13. Mess of Beautiful Chaos β™₯
    June 4, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    Oh my goodness she is precious! Her outfits are too cute!

  14. BLovedBoston
    June 4, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    She is so darn cute!! It's so wonderful the help you've had from your mom and continued support from Matt!! It's clear you were made to be a mama!!

  15. Sue Jones
    June 4, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    She is so lovely….and it will get easier Christina….the first few months are so hard.

  16. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    June 4, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    She's such a beauty. Congrats on one month of parenthood πŸ™‚ xo

  17. Timsha Coleman
    June 4, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Love all the pictures of your sweet Caroline! And you husband is precious, those flowers were so sweet!!

  18. megan
    June 4, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    omg matt's card and flowers make me want to ugly cry – too sweet! keep the pics and stories of caroline coming! πŸ™‚

  19. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    June 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    She is absolutely precious!! How darling!! Congrats chicka!!

  20. Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
    June 4, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    Such a sweet little princess!! Happy first month of parenthood, mommy!

  21. Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog
    June 4, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    She is just precious!

  22. Jillian Manesh
    June 4, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    she is SO beautiful!! happy first month! you (and dad) seem to be doing so well! and hoooray for grandmas who are lifesavers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ so happy for you and your family! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  23. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    June 4, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    A month???!!! Whaaaat? haha Wow- you two are so very blessed!! xoxo

  24. Brandi
    June 4, 2014 / 4:35 pm


  25. Annie {Home of Malones}
    June 4, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    She is absolutely scrumptious! That first month is such a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, but I'm so glad to hear you are taking it all in. It makes such a difference to have an amazing support system like you have and to get your husband involved early! Having an extra set of hands around during the day makes it so much easier too to help with dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc …. Congrats on your little doll baby!

  26. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    June 4, 2014 / 4:59 pm

    She is just gorgeous…and the bows…those bows! Bless!!!! :)xx

  27. Brianne Bracco
    June 4, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Absolutely precious! Happy one month baby girl!

  28. Paige Viollt
    June 4, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    She is so so precious! And her little outfits and bows – to die for! I love watching how protective dogs are over new babies! So sweet!

  29. glitzglamglutenfree
    June 4, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    She is absolutely precious!! It sounds like you and Matt are doing a wonderful job as new parents!! Where did you get those sweet bows and the elephant?? I'm about to be an Aunt for the first time and would love to get them!

  30. Rachel
    June 4, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    She is so beautiful. You are such a good mom I can tell! πŸ™‚

  31. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    June 4, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    What a doll! So glad to hear Charlie is warming up to her!

  32. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    June 4, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    She is just so perfect my friend, and well done on being such an amazing mama. You can be so proud of the natural that you are and all that you are doing to provide the best for your baby girl. May our Lord give you strength and for things to get easier day by day x

  33. Channing Childers
    June 4, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    She is just beautiful! I know you and Matt are such wonderful parents.

  34. A Simple Southern Life
    June 4, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    She is just darling. So happy for you and Matt!

  35. Traci
    June 4, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes to everything you said! It's the hardest and best thing ever, all rolled into one. I loved my husband more after we had our daughter, as well; it's the greatest. She is so precious and that Cheerio face is to die for. Love it!

  36. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    June 4, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    She's precious and you're doing a wonderful job, mama!!!

  37. Laura Lewis
    June 5, 2014 / 1:11 am

    Please beware of Reglan! It really should be avoided if at all possible and taken as little as possible! It is a considered a black label drug (meant only to be used when all else fails) and has many very serious side effects. I was prescribed it for heart burn when pregnant, took it for about 5 weeks, and still suffer consequences from it 2 1/2 years later. Here is some basic information about it: to use some formula is better for your baby than a mother who is suffering ramifications from an unnecessary dangerous medication!

  38. thestreetspartyof2
    June 5, 2014 / 1:13 am

    This is such a beautiful post. She is a darling.

  39. Sara Elizabeth
    June 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    1. I love your hubs sweet note to you!!!2. She's beautiful!!3. You are doing an amazing job!!

  40. Kelly Crusenberry
    June 5, 2014 / 11:28 am

    oh friend, she looks so beautiful! keep doing what you're doing. and for the breastfeeding, a tip I learned from a friend, pump on one side, while feeding on the other, she said for her it worked like a charm!

  41. ~ Lisa ~
    June 5, 2014 / 11:52 am

    This post made me tear up. So happy for you and your husband, children bring so much joy to us. Love how Charlie is part of the family too.

  42. Jo
    June 5, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Oh this is all so familiar! hah This new mama business is a bit tricky, huh?! Glad to see you're doing well, Caroline is precious!

  43. Ashlee
    June 5, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    Oh she's just so so sweet – I love that picture of her and Charlie! You're doing such a great job all that work to get your milk supply up I'm glad it paid off! I'd love to know where you got the personalized elephant, I think it needs to go into my new baby present round up!!

  44. Lisa Loves John
    June 5, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    Such beautiful pictures!!! She sure is one sweet baby girl!

  45. Amanda
    June 5, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Christina, this pictures are absolutely adorable. Congrats to you and Matt on the birth of your sweet baby girl!

  46. Morgan
    June 5, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Aww, the pics with Charlie are absolutely presh! And I love the picture of your husband wearing Caroline in the carrier and all you can see of her are the hat and feet. Adorable!

  47. Sarah Walters
    June 5, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    She couldn't be more perfect mama! You're doing an amazing job! Your posts are so encouraging and something I will look back on in four short months when I'm filling those new mama shoes. Thank you for your honesty! Charlie also looks to be the best big brother around. πŸ™‚

  48. Alyssa Triviski
    June 5, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    She is just so precious! Enjoy every second – the laundry can wait. It goes by so fast – snuggle her as much as you can!!!

  49. Liz Brown
    June 5, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Congratulations! Time has gone by so fast she's already a month old! Thank you for always sharing your experiences with us. I have 21 more days to go πŸ™‚ do u have any first month favorites?

  50. Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos}
    June 6, 2014 / 2:23 am

    Congratulations on a successful first month, mama! She is too, too precious <3

  51. rachel
    June 6, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Oh goodness, she is just precious!!! Enjoy each minute, mama! It goes by fast. πŸ™‚

  52. Jenny @
    June 8, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    She is just perfect!

  53. Ashleigh
    June 9, 2014 / 1:53 am

    She is so adorable! I however cannot believe that she is already 1 month old.. Goodness where has the time gone?

  54. Leah McIntyre
    June 10, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    She is so precious!!

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