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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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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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Allie’s 4 Month Update

Allie's 4 Month Update | MainelyKeating.com

As of yesterday, we officially have a 4 month old! This child is getting way too big way too fast. We’re already a 1/3 of the way to her first birthday. It kills me. But onto her update!

Weight:

Allie is now 15 pounds, 6 ounces. At birth she was 7 pounds, 11 ounces so she’s getting SO big so fast! She was literally just 13 pounds, 6 ounces maybe two or three weeks ago so she’s growing like crazy!

Height:

She’s now 26.7 inches long. At birth she was 21 inches long so she’s getting big in this department as well. This girl literally went from 3-6 month clothing to 6-9 month clothing overnight. And she’s only 4 months old…

Eating:

She’s eating about 3-5 ounces of formula every 2ish hours during the daytime. So no change there! She’s still averaging around 30 ounces a day so I’m not sure how she’s grown so drastically in such a short amount of time!

Sleep:

Still sleeping through the night! Currently she’s going to bed around 9 o’clock at night and waking up somewhere between 7 and 8 in the morning. We did have a slight regression when she was about 13/14 weeks old or so which totally scared me at first that we were going to lose our good sleeper. Everyone talks about the four month sleep regression and they all say it’s the worst regression babies tend to go through. So when she had a couple nights in a row where she just refused to sleep, I got a little worried.

It was important to me that she be able to go back to her normal sleeping so I made sure to stay super consistent with her bedtime routines and habits throughout her little regression and thankfully she went right back to normal after a week or so. I’m hoping to continue the good sleeping into this next month so keep your fingers crossed for us!

Allie At 4 Months | KeatingBartlett.com

Personality:

This child is literally one of the happiest kids I’ve ever met. We experienced her first cold this past month (more on this later) and “conveniently” I had a ton of errands and appointments to go to on that first day. She had been up all night the night before with a slight fever and a horribly stuffed up nose and didn’t wake up feeling any better. So I felt horrible that I had to drag her out of the house. We went to Target (twice), Walmart, an eye appointment, and then to our old apartment so I could get it cleaned up and turn in our keys. She either napped or smiled at every stop. Her very first cold and she was smiling at everyone who talked to her. I see her being a very sweet and happy little girl.

She’s also still pretty laid back most times. She has her moments of course, but unless she needs something, she just hangs out in the living room with me all day. When we run errands, she sleeps in the car and then silently observes her surroundings when we’re out walking around. She’s very chatty too so she spends a good majority of the day “talking” to me. And she loves when people talk to her as well.  She’s slightly shy at first when strangers approach her, but she warms up pretty quickly.

Milestones:

She rolls over! Allie is now able to roll from back to front. Which is kind of weird because I always heard babies learn to go from front to back first. But I think her issue there is that she likes laying on her tummy so she tends to just lay down and think it’s nap time. But she taught herself how to roll from back to front and now I’m terrified! She sleeps in her DockATot in her pack n play at night so she’s not trying to roll over at night yet but for nap times she sleeps in just her crib and she rolls almost immediately after I put her down. So like any new mom, I now worry that she’s going to suffocate or something in her sleep. But so far so good!

She’s also still horribly close to being able to sit up on her own. Currently all she needs is a little support at her base. For example, placing my hand(s) on her butt. And even then, I’m not holding her in place or anything so I’m not even sure what having my hand there does for her. But it helps somehow. I help her practice sitting every single day and I cannot wait until she’s able to do it. It’s so exciting watching her sit there for a couple seconds before slowly falling forward or to the side. By our next update, I know I’ll be telling you all she’s sitting up!

She’s also starting to be a little more interested in the things around her. She reaches for anything that’s in front of her and is checking out Jack more and more. At her appointment yesterday, she spent a lot of time checking out the other people in the waiting room. It’s fun to watch her explore and discover the world around her. Everything is still so new to her!

Best Moments:

We had so many good moments this past month. This little girl has just grown and developed so much in such a short amount of time. We started the month at her very first Padres game (second baseball game in her short 4 months of life). We all had a blast! We also survived our first move with a baby. We didn’t go too far. Just a few miles down the road from our last apartment. But man was it stressful adding a baby to a move! Thankfully, we all survived!

This girl is also developing so much more of a personality which is so much fun to watch. She absolutely adores Zack and smiles the moment he gets home from work. She could be super moody with me and all he has to do is smile at her and she completely melts. It’s so adorable.

Challenging Moments: 

We had a few “challenging” moments this month. The first was her sleep regression right after she hit three months old. That week made me SO grateful to have a daughter who sleeps so well. I don’t know how some of you moms do it. I was completely exhausted that week. Thankfully she wasn’t cranky or anything, but she was just awake ALL. THE. TIME. It was rough.

Another challenging moment was her first cold. I felt so horrible for her. She seemed fine all day aside from a coughing/choking fit she had with Zack when I was out doing a photoshoot. He had texted me super concerned and not sure what do because she was screaming bloody murder and acting like she was choking on something. This subsided after 45 minutes or so and she was just fine by the time I arrived home. Then that night she had a bit of a stuffed up nose. I didn’t think anything of it until she woke up around 1:30, having a hard time breathing.

I ended up taking her out of bed and holding her and she completely broke down crying. I took her into her nursery to try clearing her nose and that’s when she started throwing up. I felt so horrible for her. The two of us ended up sleeping on the couch because Zack was about to have a VERY long and stressful week at work with the air show and needed as much rest as he could get. It was overall just one super long week between Zack not being home and Allie not feeling well.

In addition to Allie having her first cold, she also experienced her first small sunburn which I felt SO guilty about. Like I mentioned above, we took her to her first Padres game this past month and the poor girl got a little sunburn on her cheeks. The ONLY place I didn’t put sunscreen on her. She wore a sunhat and we kept her shaded and she still got burnt. Poor child.

How I’m Doing 4 Months Postpartum:

At this point, I’m overall still doing very well. I had a few challenging days due to the move and talking about our plans for next year but nothing concerning or out of the ordinary. Now that we’re more settled in our new home, we’ve been talking a lot about our plans for next year when Zack gets out of the military  and there’s still so much that’s up in the air right now. So life is getting more and more stressful the closer we get to Zack’s contract being up.

From a motherhood perspective though I’m obsessed. It’s not easy being home with Allie all day and I would love to contribute financially as much as Zack does but I couldn’t possibly give up this time with her. I love being there for every smile and every laugh. I love watching her discover and explore the world around her and witnessing every milestone she hits. I can barely even remember what life was like before her. She fits in so well in our home that it feels like she’s just always been here with us. This little girl is my whole world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check Out Allie’s Past Updates!

1 Month Update

2 Month Update

3 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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