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[ad] Today I am dreaming of Christmas parties. Anyone else? We’re only halfway through the month and we’ve already had more family gatherings than I can count with so many more to go. And Christmas parties in the Bartlett household means photos…lots of photos. But I just didn't feel very photo-ready thanks to my grays (and yes, I had A LOT of grays). So I picked up @zotosprofessional hair color at @sallybeauty and these days I'm feeling gorgeous, confident, and ready to take on the holiday photos. Today on the blog, I'm sharing how I get myself photo-ready as well as what I plan to wear to this year's Christmas party! #MyAgeBeautiful #sponsored #linkinbio
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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

Allie’s 2 Month Update

Allie At 2 Months | MainelyKeating.com

As of this past Friday, this beautiful little girl is officially two months old! It’s so crazy how much they grow in just a short month. Where she is now is so different from where she was a month ago. I literally don’t even feel like she’s only two months old right now. She feels so much older some days. Like currently she’s sitting on my lap watching me type this. She’s not even wobbling or falling over. She’ll be sitting up on her own before we know it! I’m super excited to share these updates with you all so here’s how she’s doing!…

Weight:

She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces at birth and at her two week appointment, she weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. She now weighs 11 pounds, 2 ounces. This puts her in the 61 percentile.

Height:

She’s almost 24 inches long now so she’s grown about 3 inches since birth. For height she’s in the 93 percentile. I feel like she’s going to be a tall one. I already feel like I’m holding a one year old sometimes. She just doesn’t feel like a two month old!

Eating:

She’s now eating 6 ounces of formula every 2 to 4 hours during the daytime. Nighttime she’s eating about 6 ounces before she goes to bed and another 7-8 ounces when she wakes up in the morning (this varies depending on how long she sleeps).

Allie At 2 Months | KeatingBartlett.com

Sleep:

This child is sleeping through the night! Well, by my standards she is. Apparently sleeping 6 straight hours is considered “through the night” so if we went by that, then she’s been sleeping “through the night” since she was like 4 weeks old or something. She’s always been an excellent sleeper and has never woken up more than twice in once night but she’s been sleeping 9-12 hours now! So we greatly luck out in the sleep department. I think that’s why I haven’t been so stressed with this transition into motherhood. I’m sleeping better as a mom than I did when I was pregnant. So it makes it a hell of a lot easier to handle her during the day when I’m well-rested. We must be the only parents out there who aren’t sleep deprived one bit.

Milestones:

Gosh, I feel like she’s grown so much this past month! First off she’s holding her head up like nobody’s business. We never had a typical wobbly baby. She’s always hated laying down and would much rather be in an upright position. She’ll sit on my lap and quietly watch me work for hours without flopping over or getting fussy.

She’s also much more responsive now. She started smiling back at me at 5 weeks and as of this past week, she’s starting to laugh. This has been my absolute favorite thing ever. That first month they’re really just taking it all in and don’t do a whole lot when you talk to them. They kind of just stare at you awkwardly. Now, she actually smiles back at me when I’m talking to her and I’m able to play with her and make her giggle. It’s amazing! She’s starting to “talk” a bit as well which is super exciting.

Like I mentioned above, Allie is also sleeping through the night now. I know sleep training doesn’t usually start until 4-6 months of age or so but she was sleeping so well already that I decided to just go with it. She’s very good about letting me know when she needs something, especially food, so if she needs it, I know she’ll wake up and tell me. So I’m not too concerned there. I’ll probably do a whole post on this at some point so I can go over what exactly it is we do around here to help her sleep longer.

Allie At 2 Months | KeatingBartlett.comBest moments:

Like I mentioned before, I’m LOVING that Allie smiles and laughs now. It’s my favorite thing in the whole world. Even just the way she looks at me makes me happy. I’ll be responding to a text message and look down at her and she’s just staring at me in amazement with the biggest smile on her face. It makes my heart melt every time.

We also took her out a lot this past month. She went to her very first baseball game a couple weekends ago along with the zoo earlier this month. She slept through both so both trips went very smoothly! She actually does much better during the day when we’re out doing things than she does at home when it’s quiet and “boring”. I think she just likes and needs that extra stimulation throughout the day. So knowing that she loves being out makes it so much less stressful to bring her out places.

Quick story on our baseball trip, though: so we drove up to Anaheim to see the Red Sox play and the entire trip went super smoothly (I’ll be doing a whole post on this later). The only “issue” was after we left the stadium. Although it wasn’t even a real problem. I totally broke down laughing. But I decided to change her diaper and outfit in the car before we headed home so I laid her down on the backset. Totally distracted and talking to Zack, I made the mistake of removing her dirty diaper before having her clean one opened up and ready so in the maybe 5 seconds it took to grab her new diaper, she decided to pee all over the back seat of my brand new Jeep…like a whole puddle of it. And she smiled the entire time. I know she planned that. Thankfully I had stain remover and shampoo in the trunk so I got it all cleaned up and we were on our way! Still a great trip nonetheless.

Allie At 2 Months | KeatingBartlett.com

Challenging moments:

Honestly there really aren’t any challenging moments that stand out to me. She’s sleeping and eating great and she’s growing like a weed. She doesn’t break down crying for no reason or anything like that either. We have a pretty good schedule down throughout the day as well so there aren’t too many complications there. We’ve taken her out a lot this past month and she still does excellent on all outings. I think the only “challenging” moment was driving up to Anaheim for the Red Sox/Angels game when she broke down crying. But I’m not sure I’d really consider that a challenging moment. She needed a diaper change and we were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. So it wasn’t ideal, but it was only for about 10-15 minutes and then we were able to pull over and get her changed and situated. She was much better after that.

RelatedMy Everyday Routine As A Work-At-Home Mom

I think my only real challenging moment from this past month is finding ways to balance my day and everything in it. I just did a whole post last week on our everyday routine, but that routine is SO challenging some days. Some days Allie is very clingy and needs to be held all. day. long. She’s not typically fussy, but she just likes being held sometimes. So sometimes work just doesn’t get done or schoolwork wasn’t getting done or the house would be a mess all day. And it gets stressful sometimes because it makes me feel like a complete bum being home all day and not actually getting anything done. So that’s super frustrating sometimes, but we’re working on it.

I actually ended up completely dropping out of graduate school this past month. Partially because I just didn’t have time for it and partially because I had zero desire to earn my master’s degree anymore. Or at least not right now. I’m not sure if I’ll end up going back to it or not. We’ll see. But it’s nice to not have to stress over schoolwork throughout the day on top of everything else that I’m stressing over.

Related: Why I Dropped Out Of Graduate School

Allie At 2 Months | KeatingBartlett.com

Thoughts on motherhood: 

I’m still loving it SO much. But I’m also still finding it hard to connect with people. I mentioned it a couple times during my pregnancy. I found it hard to connect with other pregnant moms simply because my pregnancy was nothing like theirs. Yeah, I was growing a little human and I was tired some days and things like that, but that was honestly the only thing I had in common with them. So I’d go to my prenatal yoga classes and they’re all talking about how tired and sore they are or asking for recommendations for easing certain pregnancy symptoms and I really couldn’t even join in the discussion because I just wasn’t experiencing those things. My instructor would ask me how I was feeling and I’m sitting there feeling perky and energetic and amazing. Mentally, it was hard on me, but physically it was like I wasn’t even pregnant.

Now I’m having that same issue as a mom. I’m finding it hard to connect with others. First off, I have zero mom friends here in San Diego. None. It completely sucks and makes me feel really lonely some days. The only person I’m really interacting with that’s an adult is Zack. We have a couple friends here, but they’re not in the same place in life that we’re in. So it makes it hard to make that connection. We’ll go out to dinner and they’re all talking about work and I’m off to the side with a two month old, feeding and entertaining her. Which I totally don’t mind doing. I love being a mom so much. But it would be nice to be at a table of other parents who are also taking care of their little ones. I hope that makes sense. It just makes me feel isolated I guess. I love all of our friends so much, but I just need mommy friends right now so bad. So if you’re in the San Diego area and need a new friend, connect with me! Seriously! Reach out!

Other than the lack of friends and having a hard time connecting with people, I’m still really loving motherhood so much. Allie is changing every single day and it’s been so fun to watch her grow and discover the world and everything around her. I see her having another super big month this month in terms of growth and development so I’m already super excited to share her 3 month update with you all! Stay tuned!

Check Out Allie’s Past Updates!

1 Month Update

3 Month Update

4 Month Update

*no 5 or 6 month updates*

7 Month Update

8 Month Update

9 Month Update

*no 10 month update*

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