Rooney 1 Month

Whoa whoa, time flies by. I knew this would happen, but sitting here with a month old is really just showing me how fast it goes. This past month has been amazing and full of so many changes. I have not worked the past month other then editing, I have been able to focus on being home, and it has been pretty incredible, I wish I could do it all the time. More about that to come. 

Rooney was born 5 pounds 3 oz. She was 19 inches long, and has the skinniest little body and legs. It took her about a week or so to even grow into her skin. She has been wearing preemie clothes from the get go, and is barely getting to long for them. Newborn clothes are huge on her still though so we will see how we transition into those or when for that matter. 

She was born July 23 at Alta View Hospital in Utah. We spent a week in the hospital due to an infection she had, and were released July 30. We loved being home and starting our life with our little lady. She has been the light of our lives. As for sleeping she has done good! Still not consistent but every couple of days we will get 5 hour stretches. We spend a lot of our day eating, changing diapers, and snuggling and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

We had an appointment 2 weeks after she was born and she was 6 pounds and still 19 inches long. She has had a little bit of reflux and spitting up but overall is doing great. We give her a colic relief medicine that has been helping her quite a bit. 


I love her coos, her yawns and sounds she makes when she yawns. She is so loud all the time, which isn't shocking coming from me, but I call her a baby pterodactyl. She has a full head of hear and doesn't love the baths because she still has her umbilical cord and so she can't get fully immersed still! She loves her Dock a Tot and her Snoo which I will be talking about soon. She loves to be swaddled, and is pretty dang alert if I don't swaddle her. We can't wait to wear all our cute clothes once we finally can fit in Newborn! 

Rooney for one day when you read this, I hope you know that I love you. You truly have changed my life and you are the best thing to happen to me and your dad. We don't get nearly as much sleep, but I've never seen your dad happier, or seen his love for both of us grow so much. We went through some battles to get you, and I thank God everyday that he gifted me with you. I will never be able to show my appreciation for you, so instead I will love you with all my heart your whole life. Thank you for giving us the best month of our lives, we can't wait to raise you! 



Best bra ever ๐Ÿ’› Nursing and Pregnancy Boobs :)

I have always been a small small boobed girl, we are talking A 32 pretty much my whole life. When I got pregnant with Rooney I jumped up to a 32 DD. Talk about a huge change. While I was loving the change I was hoping it would make it easier to breastfeed with these additions! 

When Roo was born, they were huge. I wore these sport bra nursing bras and Iโ€™d leak through them so fast and they werenโ€™t super supportive but it was all I knew, so it was working at the time. My milk came in on day 3 which, if you are a woman and have had your milk come in, you know that means you got even bigger!

When we got home I was looking around for a decent bra. Something that would still make me feel normal and a little sexy/pretty.

Then I found Third Love. Cue the music. It was amazing. It snaps in front, they have the most amazing customer service, and it just feels like a normal bra so you donโ€™t feel like a grandma. When my first bra came, we had to send it back for a new size and they had that done within about 2-3 days. I was so pleased with their response time and turnaround time.

So to my mamas about to have a baby and hope to nurse, check them out. If you are not nursing, check them out! They are so comfy and made from heaven. I will say for nursing moms I really prefer the wireless bra.

Make sure to check out their program where you can try the bra out before actually buying. You have 30 days to try it on and then if you donโ€™t mail it back within that time you are charged but otherwise it gives you a chance to try it out and see if it works for you!

If you have any questions please leave them below. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› let me know if you get one! 

Images by Tracy Layne 


Welcoming the fall with friends

With fall rolling in and the brisk breeze outside we wanted a big welcome for my favorite time of year. I teamed up with my friend Erica Patten and we had a cozy lovely dinner in my back yard. We pulled inspiration from the colors of the leaves and something that felt warm and cozy. The weather was beginning to drop so we all bundled up in blankets and enjoyed the evening with friends all around us. We ate the yummiest Chicken Parmesan Pot pie, something my mama makes and is perfect for our welcome to fall. The name plates were done by Flora Calligraphy, and florals were done by Rachel Osguthorpe. The whole table scape was done by Emmy Lowe, Erica Patten and Rachel Osguthorpe, adding in a few copper details to set the fall tones. Such a great way to end Summer and begin Fall! 





First family trip ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

We took our first family trip two weekends ago and it was perfect!  

I had to go out to California for some work, and we were super busy on our 8th anniversary, so we decided Trent and Roo would come with me and we would just make a vacation out of it!  

We flew in Friday afternoon (more info about flying here), and stayed at the San Diego Hilton Resort and Spa. It was seriously 10 minutes from the airport and tucked away in this quiet little part. We've done San Diego area before but never in the actual city! 

When we arrived they were so kind and helpful! They got us checked in, we had a whole pack of treats, and a fridge full of drinks! They left us a fire making kit and items for sโ€™mores to go with our porch fire pit. It was by far Trentโ€™s favorite part of the trip.  

Saturday we woke up and went to the pool. They have a big pool and kiddie pool, and Rooney dipped her feet in for the first time that day! They have an awesome water fountain as well that Rooney just loved staring at. 

Sunday we went on a walk, had room service, and really got to just have some one on one time. It was so nice to be with the family and take some time for just us. The boardwalk was so close to our room so we took the stroller out and enjoyed the nice breeze a few times a day! 

That night we had sโ€™mores by the fire and it was the perfect ending. Snuggling by the fire with my love.  

If you are headed for a little getaway, itโ€™s the perfect spot and best service! So glad we were able to stay there! 






Iโ€™m up nursing and blogging. This might become a regular thing who knows! This trip was over a year ago. I was coming off of the busiest and hardest year of my life. My mom wanted to go Iceland and I really wanted to go again so we booked a trip with some of our best friends. We stayed in a camper the whole time and drove all around the country. It was amazing. No bathrooms or showers but still amazing. I miss this trip so much and canโ€™t wait til I can take one again with my mom! ย 

Side note, I actually found out I was pregnant on the flight home and miscarried about a week later and was pregnant with Rooney within a month. Kinda crazy how everything works but it just makes me laugh I found out I was pregnant on the plane! ๐Ÿ’›ย 

Rooโ€™s first Halloween

Halloween has come and gone sadly! It was so fun to dress up together this year and have her first costume!  

I had bought the bonnet right after she was born just to have for fun and then when Halloween rolled around it was perfect! I got her cute onesie from Loved Baby and the bonnet from Briar Handmade. Both 2 of my favorite companies!  

I wanted a costume this year that didnโ€™t look like a full blown costume but was more cute, and Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll do it again in years to come. My sweater was from Free People and my pants were from American Apparel that I borrowed from a girlfriend. Jill did my makeup of course, and then on Halloween night I attempted it on my own and I feel like did a pretty good job! I really really loved the makeup. Then mane I wore was actually a fur hood from a winter coat that I safety pinned together. Who would have thought Iโ€™d have pretty much a whole lion costume just lying around. 

For Halloween day, we actually had a dog ๐Ÿฆ  costume. So Jack was a lion and Trent was our safari guide, lion tamer! Heโ€™s such a good sport to just roll with it. Iโ€™m so lucky to have him. 

I also came up with a few more fun little costumes for her and loved getting to just place dress up! She was a beach babe, a spider, a pilgrim, and an ice cream sundae! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› 

thanks for taking these Courtney!!! ๐Ÿ’›ย 

I hope everyone had a good holiday!!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ



SNOO love

I have been sooooo excited to share this post because I stand behind it so much.  


When we brought Roo home, she was tiny. We are talking 5 pounds tiny. So we slept with her in our bed with the Dock-a-Tot for the first few weeks. Once she got a little bigger, we finally were ready to try out the SNOO.  

I want to start by saying that I know itโ€™s pricey. But it is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.


Roo loves to be swaddled, and what baby doesnโ€™t love to be rocked, am I right? So the SNOO comes with a body sack that velcros (is that a verb?) their hands down and has their legs zipped in. It is breathable and lightweight. 


I read in an article some time ago to put your baby to bed awake because then they help themselves fall asleep, so we have been trying that method with the SNOO. We lay her down with just a kimono top on (because she kicks out of her footies and wakes herself up) and turn on the SNOO, which has a built in relaxing sound as well the rocking motion. If she cries, it will pick up speed in hopes to calm them, but most the time she just falls asleep. She has consistently slept 6-8 hours a night and I truly think it is because of the SNOO. 

Iโ€™ve asked Trent to give his opinion below also, so that you can see it is not just me blowing smoke! 


Trent here: Emโ€™s only saying these things because sheโ€™s getting paid! Jokes. The SNOO has been a life-saver because it puts Rooney to sleep and keeps her asleep. The biggest thing for me is that itโ€™s connected to an app that allows us to control the rocking speed based on her mood, so we donโ€™t have to wake her up to rock her. Two thumbs up from this guy.

Feel free to ask questions if you have any!!!