Ivy Jean – 3 Months

February 16, 2017

I cannot believe our sweet Ivy Jean is three months old today. She is our littlest love and greatest gift. If you are a newer reader, you can find more about our infertility journey and her birth story on my about page. Part of the reader survey revealed you all would like more personal/mom/lifestyle posts, so I thought I would share a little 3 month update on life with our sweet girl. Keep in mind, she arrived 6 weeks early. At 13 weeks of age, her gestational age is only 7 weeks.

Parenting is simultaneously the best and hardest thing I have ever done. It has exceeded my expectations in all ways. I have felt love stronger and faster than I imagined possible, been humbled more quickly and thoroughly than I care to admit, eaten my words more than a time or two, come face to face with the ugliness of my own impatience and selfishness, and more. As much in life, Ivy was never a guarantee for us. I have moments where I just marvel and thank God over and over for her life. I also have moments where I really miss not smelling like spit up. Just keeping it real. Being her mom is such a privilege.

3 months 8



Russ and I have loosely followed Baby Wise which has been really helpful for us. Creatures of habit doing this whole parenting thing for the first time, it helped us know what to expect and gave us a framework for our days. After spending time in the NICU, we also came home on an autopilot of sorts from our routine there. In the beginning, Ivy was so little we fed her every 2.5-3 hours like clockwork waking her up if she was sleeping. At 6 weeks we went longer stretches at night before transitioning to our current schedule. Below is of course our ideal schedule. Naps don’t always happen, feeding times adjust based on hunger, etc. We are not so rigid that we won’t throw the schedule out the window if she needs something different. I will say, this has worked so well for us. It helps me know how to anticipate her needs, know what might be wrong if she is upset, and know roughly how our day will go.

  • 5-5:30 am – Our day starts with the first feeding. She usually goes right back down and sleeps until 8.
  • 8 am – second feeding, wake time, nap
  • 11 – third feeding, wake time, nap
  • 1:30 pm – fourth feeding, wake time, nap
  • 4:00 – fifth feeding, wake time, nap
  • 7:00 – sixth feeding, wake time, nap
  • 9:30-10 – seventh and last feeding then bed for the night



As we anticipated Ivy’s arrival, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I didn’t know how hard it would be. I ended up having a personal issue I won’t go into here, but it made breastfeeding very painful. After struggling through for 12 weeks, Ivy is now exclusively bottle feeding with a combination of formula/breast milk before transiting to full formula.



I’m not sure I am really far enough in or feel qualified enough to share any products I think are must-haves that other moms wouldn’t be better qualified to share. I will say, the woombie swaddle has been something we really love and use all the time. It’s a zipper swaddle that makes things so easy in the middle of the night. She is also rarely in clothes like this (like never). We opt for easy zip up onesies.


Highs and Lows

There are too many highs to name! In recent days, Ivy Jean has started cooing and grinning (just a little), and it is simply the best ever. It’s really almost comical how excited it makes Russ and me. The hardest part has been that Ivy has acid reflux. She spits up all the time. We hate seeing her in pain, and it makes feedings difficult. It does seem to have gotten better with time, and she is on some medicine. I also go back to work next week. It’s neither a high or low, just something I am anticipating. I think it will be a good balance for me to be able to work part-time, and I am grateful I have the opportunity and flexibility to do it.



I have good and bad days. Days where I feel like I’ve got this mom thing and days where I feel like a total failure. I have been surprised at how connected my emotions are to how she does. Russ and I are going on our first real date night this weekend thanks to my parents. We’ve each snuck out while the other watches her. We also grabbed coffee once while his parents where here, but this will be our first true dinner date. I’m looking forward to it!

In regards to parenting and this post, my only thoughts are that every situation is different, every woman is different, and every baby is different. I sure never thought I’d go through IVF and then have a preemie baby. This mom thing is hard enough as it is. We all need to support each other regardless of how we feed, schedule, diaper, (insert anything else here), our babies. I have appreciated your love and support in this journey more than you know.

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  • Reply Liz H. February 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, she is such a doll! Time flies by so fast.


  • Reply Kathryn February 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    She is so beautiful! You’re definitely right – despite not being a mom myself, I think it’s important to support other women regardless of the specifics on how they do *insert anything here, haha*. I hope you have a wonderful date this weekend!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  • Reply Shauna C February 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    What a total sweetheart! I can’t get over those little hands! Thanks so much for sharing this update with us 🙂



  • Reply Heather Noire February 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    She’s adorable! I love her V-Day style she looks so chic 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/02/logo-statment.html

  • Reply jess z February 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Her valentine outfit is cute. My friend’s little girl had acid reflux when she was a newborn. It got better after a while.

  • Reply Angela Keeley-White February 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I loved reading more about her, she is seriously so cute!! Have fun on your date!


  • Reply Akaleistar February 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    She is so cute! Hope you guys enjoy your dinner date 🙂

  • Reply Dominica S. February 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    OMG can’t believe how beautiful she is! Her eyes are perfect! OMG! I feel so emotional right now! I’m one month and a half away from my due date, having a girl too, Christianna.. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this I hope to see you on my blog. xXx

  • Reply Mia- MakeMeUpMia February 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Goodness she is beautiful! Loved reading your experience with motherhood so far, you’re doing great Amy 🙂

  • Reply Stephylately February 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I love your little one’s name. Ivy Jean is such a cutie.x


  • Reply Jacquard Flower February 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    What a lovely post, I loved reading and Ivy Jean is just so cute and I love her little outfit. Have a lovely day! Gemma x

  • Reply Laura February 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    What a little sweetheart! I am jealous of her schedule! My daughter didn’t sleep through the night until 6 months old!

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo February 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Ohhhh, Amy! I loved reading this and want to thank you so much for sharing it! I really did laugh out loud when you said you miss not smelling like spit up!! But as my husband always says, “this too shall pass”, right? And you’ll wish for these days when she’s giving you the eye roll as a teenager!!

  • Reply districtofchic February 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Omigod PRECIOUS! I can’t believe she goes from 10 til 5:30 without eating – that’s amazing! I think it was at least 4 months before I could drop the night feeding with my little guy, but it’s all a blur now :-). But did I mention she’s precious – my god, that little face!

    District of Chic

  • Reply Beth Adams Mishoe February 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    This is such a great post! We used baby wise and I it was a good fall back for when things started to seem tough. When she sticks to a schedule I bet you see how much happier she is. Also yes, my little one was never in clothes, always onesies!
    She is such a cutie!!!


  • Reply Jessi February 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Omg she is soon precious!! Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us and being so open about motherhood!! <3

    XOXO, Jessi

  • Reply Izabela Nair February 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    She is so cute. Enjoy the motherhood.


  • Reply Treats and Trends February 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

    She is adorable, Amy Ann! Love that Valentine’s Day outfit.

    Treats and Trends

  • Reply Heidi D. February 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    She is such a little doll! And getting so big already. It sounds like you guys are on a really great schedule too. Love these updates and seeing your beautiful little girl!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Emma Engmark February 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    She looks so lovely!


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