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The newborn phase

Well we did it, This little Pickle is 3 months old and we're out of the "Forth Trimester". I learnt a lot in these past 3 months, more than i've ever learnt in 3 months time before. It was a crazy, tiring, amazing, life changing time. I didn't reallllyy know what to expect with a baby, but that didn't scare me. I knew that when I had my own I would just feel right and what I didn't know I would quickly learn. Here are a few of the things I found helpful... 

-You do not need as much as you think you do. It's really fun and exciting to get everything set up when your waiting for that little one to arrive, and I love having all the stuff we will eventually need. But in these first three months the essentials were


  • blankets
  • diapers (obviously)
  • sleepers
  • washcloths
  • bassinet
  • soother
  • swing
  • noise machine
  • Wrap


-Feed as much as you can during the day, If she showed interest I fed her. This ended being about every 2 hours (from the start of a feed). If she didn't wake up for it (in the first few weeks when they just sleep constantly) I would wake her up to feed, even if I had to put cold hands on her repeatedly for 40 minutes trying to keep her alert enough to eat. In the last three hours before bed I feed her every hour, This helps keep Poppy full until morning.

-The book Happiest Baby on the Block lists 5 S's: Swaddle, Swaying, Side, Sucking, Shushing. These truly help to sooth a baby. I still do this everytime I put her down for a nap. Swaddle her tight, put in her soother, hold her on her side, sway, and turn on the noise machine. It helps her go down quick and easy. 

-Establishing a schedule makes life happy. Eat, Wake, Sleep is the Baby Wise way, and It works for us so well. We do that in a 2 hour cycle from morning to night. She Eats, stays awake for an hour, then sleeps for an hour, repeat. As soon as she was old enough to stay awake long enough I started doing this and that is when she started sleep though the night. 

-Don't be afraid to ask for help. You've probably just gone through the most physically and emotionally exhausting time in your life and now you going to come home and work harder than you ever have trying to figure out this new human while you can barely seperate you legs far enough to take a full step. When someone offers to come and hold them while you sleep, or bring you a meal, take it! If they don't offer the ask. 

-For those nights when I was walking around the house in the middle of the night crying just as hard as my newborn, Gripe Water (all natural, alcohol free) usually worked. 


A few favourite products so far: 

-Woombie - I found swaddling to be a bit of a pain in the butt. I couldn't get the swaddles to stay tight enough without using two blankets, and then she was always getting to warm. So when a friend gave me this, It changed my life! With a newborn when your changing diapers a lot in the night you can just unzip the bottom half without having to unswaddle and wake them up everytime. 

-Sleep Sheep - Or any white noise machine really. 

-NoseFrida - for that tiny little stuffy nose.

-Solly Wrap - For the first 6 weeks Poppy spent the majority of her time on my chest. This brand is super light weight and breathable, Poppy would overheat really easily in a heavier one I had at first. Solly also has super cute colours. 

-Nature Charm Sleepers - The cutest and softest simple organic sleepers. 

 -Nipple Balm - They're gonna hurt. It gets better.

-The Baby Book - So much knowwwleddgeee.

-Ready, Set, Baby! App - super helpful, especially when your jut twiddling your thumbs waiting for that baby to come out. 




Poppy Darling - Two Months

Poppy Darling - 2 Months from Bethany Menzel on Vimeo.

At the one month mark I couldnt believe Poppy had been in our lives already for 1 whole month. Now at two months it feels like she has been here forever. 

It's crazy how much has been changing in these past few weeks. As soon as Poppy hit 6 weeks everyday was different! She starting sleeping 5 hours, then 6 hours the next, then 7, then 8. She usually sleeps from 11 to 6, eats, then sleeps until 9. Its been pretty wonderful lately (knock on wood). Every day she smiles more and more, which is the greatest thing! I love that when I bend down to see her she smiles and squirms her arms and legs with excitement. I feel like I'm getting to know her so much more now, her personality, her wants and needs. It's so nice to get to the stage when you know why your baby is whining and how to fix it, where as in the first few weeks I was always trying to guess what she wanted. Although I'm not too sure that she knew either. 

Poppy is such a delight, and brings me soo much joy. I love that I get to spend everyday with her, watching her learn and grow so quickly. I wouldn't want to miss any of that. 



Poppy Darling - Five Weeks

Today Poppy is 5 weeks, we woke to such a beautiful morning! Poppy woke me up around 6:45 and I was anxious to feed her and get back to sleep. But then Sid started begging to go to the bathroom so I strapped Poppy on to me and we walked Sid around the yard. It was soooo pretty watching the sun rise on the snowy trees. We ended up walking around the yard much longer than we needed to, until my boots were completely filled with snow. When we layed back in bed the sun started pouring into the windows and I couldn't help but take some photos and video. It ended up being such a lovely morning! 

Poppy Darling // 5 Weeks from Bethany Menzel on Vimeo.


Snow days

This weekend we got an insane amount of snow! Just when it had started to get a little warmer and sunny, we woke up the next morning to a completely white yard and it didn't stop for 3 days. I can't even remember the last time we got so much snow here, it's over a foot deep in our yard. Our backyard is full of big trees and they look so beautiful and magical all covered in white. But the snow has been so heavy that every couple hour we hear another tree snap, it's looking like a bit of a graveyard back there right now.. David had to drag a tree across out driveway just to get the car out this morning. 


Little Pop 1 month old

Every one told me this, but I can't believe already how quickly this month has gone! Poppy is already outgrowing her newborn sleepers, she has become so alert and is starting the interact with us which is so fun! This has been a busy month and she has already done a lot of firsts. Pops has gone to her first concert, church service, video shoot, engagement party, birthday party, the beach, a walk to the coffee shop every morning with papa & grandpa... I love doing life with her, it just makes everything more fun!