Week 9

Rowan is turning into the sweetest little baby! She is all smiles and I can tell she is on the verge of giving us her first little laugh. I can’t wait for it. I am so excited. I try every day hoping that I will be able to get her to laugh. Today she is actually 10 weeks but we will get to that post this week sometime.

We have had a little trouble with sleeping this past week. Daylight savings really thru everything for a loop with her and it just got worse from there, but we are back to a pretty good schedule as of the last 2 nights so I am hoping it sticks. We have switched her from her tiny little bassinet to the Pram now. She has way more room and I think she likes it.

We have been using our cloth diapers for about a month now and we could not be happier with them. I love them so much. I am working on a post about cloth diapers. We have gotten our routine down with them and it seems to be working out great. I am still nursing and I am enjoying it more, but we do about 50-50 nursing and bottles. It has made us all happier.

Kev has start spending a lot of time with Rowan at our piano. He plays her songs and lets her bang on the keys (with his help). She loves it. She stares and smiles like crazy as the music plays. We have also found that she loves TV. If you set her swing up in front of it and put on a cartoon or something with music and bright colors (barney) she will sit and watch for like 30 mins. It has been a life saver for me to be able to get a few things done around the house. We are totally going to go get some of those Baby Einstein videos. Does anyone have those? Do they work good?

We love cuddling and kissing her. I seriously think she is the most precious little baby ever. I mean look at her cute little face? Is it not the most perfect little face? haha I know I am a bias mommy, but we just love her so much!!

p.s. Thank you to Mrs. Towner and Robyn for a beautiful box of goodies for little miss Rowan. We loved everything. I can’t wait till the pretty hat fits her! We loved these sweet Owl shoes!!

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  1. Melissa Fiske •

    i say skip the baby einstein dvds and go for Praise Baby dvds- we LOVE them and such a great way to introduce Rowan to worship music! so many people are against any tv but it is a lifesaver at times!

  2. Rowan looks so happy! I can definitely say that the Baby Einstein DVDs are amazing! I used them all the time when I was a nanny for a 6 year old, 4 year old and a 6 month old. The youngest adored them and I could put him in his bouncy chair in front of a DVD for 30 min (sometimes more) after his nap and let him giggle and coo as the colors and sounds entertained him. This was a great aid when I was prepping the kids’ snack or tidying up since he would be so content! Amazing, I definitely think you should invest in some!

  3. She is so adorable! Glad to hear everything is going well and I can’t wait to read the cloth diapering post.
    I also love those Owl Shoes. May I ask where you got them from?

  4. She is SO adorable.

  5. Isn’t it amazing how fast they grow! My guy is 5 now, but that first year was precious (ok, they are all precious!).
    I did the Baby Einstein dvds and my son would kind of go back and forth with his attention. I’m absolutely not one of those anti TV people (just ask my son, he can tell you the plot to every Scooby Doo cartoon that exisits) but the Baby Einstein dvds were part of a big study a few years back and the researchers found a decrease in vocabulary for kids who watched them. It was such a PR nightmare for Disney that they offered refunds to people who bought them! But, that being said, my son watched them and his vocabulary is just fine. Get what you like and what your daughter likes. Every mom needs a little break, and should take one whenever she is lucky enough to get one!

  6. Cadence loves Baby Einstein!!!! We put it on when she is in her high chair ( after she finishes lunch ) and she iwll sit in there until the DVD is over. I say go for it!

  7. She is so precious!

  8. Hi Jen
    I loooooooooooooooooooooove Rowan in her owl shoes. She is just too cute!
    Thanks for including us on your blog. Mom and I are feeling a little like celebrities 🙂

    Jazmyn – I purchased them at a craft and art show. They are from a company called Little Green Bag. She used to be on etsy but I can’t find her. Does shoes and bibs and then snack and lunch reusable bags. I know her sister and will have to see how to get in touch.

  9. Oh my! She is beautiful. My little one is 15 months old now, and it seems like just yesterday he was Rowan’s size. I’m sure you already know it, but time is going to start flying by! You have so much to look forward to with your little sweetie!

  10. Get “Your baby can read” for Rowan. My little sister has it and I swear she is brilliant because of it!

  11. oh man, i love this age. my husband left for 6 months of military training when my daughter, quinn, was 10 weeks. it was such a hard time, but her sweet smiles are literally what got me through that separation. it’s amazing what a baby smile can do!!! and, yes, those shoes are so adorable.

  12. She is adorable!

  13. It’s official. Rowan has better style than me. I need to step up my game to keep up with such a fantastically fashionable cutie ;D

  14. I am glad to hear you love the diapers, and can’t wait to read that post! I am still in the research phase.

    As for Baby Einstein, you need to make sure to get one that is not going to drive you bonkers listening to it over and over and over again. My niece, now 7, LOVED the “Old McDonald” one. Definitely repeat worthy. You won’t need more than one DVD.

  15. She is so cute! Try getting the DVDs out of the library first maybe? We did that and found my daughter didn’t like them at all. She does love the wiggles, which I felt were actually more educational as far as tv goes (but super annoying!)–they are good for a ten minute break though!

  16. I’m really not a fan of the Baby Einstein. I know it’s controversial, but a lot of research has found recently that babies seem “transfixed” to the TV programming not because they like it, but because they are pulled in by the flashing lights. It’s postulated that they become used to the rapid progression of images they see on the TV, and by becoming used to this they have a harder time paying attention non-tv activities down the road. I’m not one to think a parent has keep their baby out of any room playing a TV until they are 2, but I don’t know if I buy into targeted infant programming. Just my 2 cents, you can read more about it online if you care to. But then again, my parents put my in front of Sesame Street for about 1/2 of my childhood, so I think it might also depend on the child and other home factors, such as amount of nurturing, and I’m sure you aren’t hurting there 🙂

  17. she honestly is the cutest thing 🙂
    i mean, come on, those cheeks! !
    and i love those owl shoes too – super cute.
    Can’t wait for the cloth diaper post!

  18. You got my vote! Good luck!
    As for the Baby Einstien my son really didn’t show much of an interest in watching TV until he was about 1or so. Then we introduced one of of the DVDs and he liked it. To this day (and he’s 3) he still likes to pull it out and ask for his baby video! I think the DVDs that were under scrutiny the most were the ones teaching sign language. At least, that is what I heard. I’m not an expert on this by any means! But an educational DVD is sometimes the saving grace for needing to take a shower or brush your teeth or anything that you might need to do while they are snug in their baby bouncer. I think a healthy balance between education DVDs, play time, tummy time, music and reading to them and all other activities that they get to interact with you or your husband is spectacular. My son watched them and he has no problems with attention, learning or staying engaged with an activity. Actually he is starting to write his letters and he is only 3. I am so excited!
    Good Luck! It seems like you are already doing an amazing job as a mommy already!

  19. Jen, I just love your posts about Rowan. My daughter Wynne is a couple weeks behind her and it is so awesome to get a glimpse into what she might be doing two weeks from now. I also can’t wait for the cloth diapering post- I was planning to wait til Wynne is 2 months old to start, and several of our family members give us the stinkeye when we talk about switching over, so I’m anxious to hear how y’all like it and what system you’ve worked out. I’m biased toward my baby, but I’m not blind- Rowan is totally dreamy. : ) Hope y’all have a fabulous vacation! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  20. I know a few parents who swear by Baby Einstein, and since I myself don’t have kids I don’t think it’s entirely fair for me to judge. I would just do some research about Baby Einstein first, because I know that there has been some controversy about using the DVDs at certain points in development and how it affects attention span, vocabulary, etc. The controversy shouldn’t necessarily stop you if you think it’s right for your family, but maybe just look into some of the claims first to see what they have to say.

  21. She’s ADORABLE!!
    The perfect baby eyes and little nose!

  22. I love your blog! I’ve never commented before but my friend who is also a fashion blogger turned me onto your site and I love checking back from time to time to see your outfits and adorable Miss Rowan!
    One of my good friends has a 1 year old and she is a super hippy, earthy mama and gave me the joy (sarcasm here) one day of a 30 minute long lecture about babies and TV and how it’s so bad, blah blah blah. That being said, I think that 30 minutes of distraction so you can have some sanity and get things done isn’t going to melt your baby’s brain, and I agree with the commenter above about factoring in home life, parenting skills, etc. into what the outcome is going to be for your kid who maybe got some TV in before they were “supposed” to. I think if children were that dang fragile/sensitive we’d all be screwed up big time. Anyways. Just my 2 cents (coming from a non-mom). And yes, she has a super cute face. 🙂

  23. Rowan is adorable. Can’t wait for the diaper post either!

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