Hailey’s 1 Month Update

I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! I’m starting to understand why my parents would always say it seems like just yesterday they brought me home from the hospital. This month really flew by, and while I’m loving that she’s awake more, I miss how teeny tiny she was. I really wanted to do a fun, themed photo shoot each month with a number made out of items or something, but there just wasn't time. I took her first set of photos on Halloween in her costume with the sign, then did another photoshoot when she was looking cute a couple days later. It turns out, I accidentally did a theme because they’re both unicorns! So, I guess I can do something like this for the other months.

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

At one month old, Hailey is 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches tall. She’s still wearing newborn size clothes. She loves to wear sleeper pajamas, although her fashion item of choice is a diaper and nothing else!

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

Sleeping Beauty

The first few weeks were pretty interesting. Hailey was a really sleepy baby, and didn’t really want to eat. She would often cluster feed then sleep for long periods of time. She’s a night owl, so we took care of her in shifts. John got the overnight shift and I took the early morning one. We basically slept on the couch, because Hailey didn’t like her bassinet and preferred to be in our arms. We’d watch tv or movies and every couple of hours I’d feed her. 

Trying to get her to wake up was pretty comical. We’d strip her down to a diaper, change her, poke her, sing to her, “yell” at her to wake up, put our cold hands on her... basically anything we could to wake her up. It usually didn’t work. She’s open one eye, or look like she might wake up, but she’d just fall right back asleep again as if nothing happened. She reminds everyone of me when they try to wake me up! I’m a very heavy sleeper haha. 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.
 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

Jaundice 

Because Hailey had a different blood type than I did, and because she didn’t really eat very often, she ended up becoming jaundice. We had to take her to the doctor every few days to track it, including a lab where they had to take blood work. It was so sad seeing her get pricked when she was so so tiny. We also had to make sure we woke her up every few hours to feed her, because that’s the best way to flush it out.  Luckily, within a couple of weeks it went away and she’s perfectly healthy now. 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.
 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

Snack Time

She loves mommy’s boobies, but isn’t a fan of the formula we’re supplementing. She’s an aggressive little eater, but it’s the cutest thing watching her. I have scratch marks from her nails and a big bruise on my nipple but hey, as long as she’s fed! Breastfeeding was a struggle at first (blog post coming soon!) but we’ve gotten the hang of it and we have a rhythm now. Hailey eats more than I can provide, so we supplement formula. At first she didn’t care either way, but she’s definitely preferring the “boobie” over the formula now. She even prefers it fresh from the boobie over getting it from a bottle of pumped milk. 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.
 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

Smiles

Hailey’s only given us a few short smiles, and we get so excited to see them! She smiles in her sleep mostly (a reflex) so if you watch her you can catch one! (There’s also a video of it on my Instagram stories LINK). 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

Songs

I like to sing “Row Your Boat” and “the wheels on the bus” to Hailey. I also looove Disney songs, so I sing them to her as lullabied, or I play a Disney playlist while doing bicycle legs with her. 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

My Favorite Things

Like most babies, Hailey likes ceiling fans- she spends a lot of time laying down, and they’re the only thing up there. She likes car rides and mommy and daddy. She loves to snuggle and obviously, sleeping! Her very favorite thing is probably mommy’s boobies- they do feed her, after all! 

 I can’t believe it- Hailey is already a month old!! Click through for the full update.

All in all, we love our little Hailey and we are so excited to see her grow even more!

Last-Minute Colorful Thanksgiving Ideas

As you probably know, I had a baby this year and things have gotten super hectic! I don’t really have tons of time for Thanksgiving blog posts (or projects!) which makes me super sad. However, snuggling this little baby takes some of that pain away ;) Since I’ve been blogging for a few years now, I’ve accumulated quite a few Thanksgiving blog posts, so I figured this year I can do a roundup for you with some great colorful Thanksgiving ideas! You can go back in time to the very first Thanksgiving (or… back to 2016 to Party HarDIY’s first Thanksgiving) and see some really fun ideas to take your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) to the next level!

 Last-Minute Colorful Thanksgiving Ideas

Plan a Glam Friendsgiving Dinner

If you like colorful pumpkins, sequins, and flowers, you’re going to love this glam friendsgiving dinner post! It’s full of simple advice so you can get your dinner all glammed up without too much effort on your part. You can also see my… unique… photos from 2 years ago! I’ve definitely improved since then (thank goodness!) but hey, we all start somewhere right?! If you’re interested in improving your photos too, check out these blog posts.


Roundup: The Best Colorful Thanksgiving Printables

Once you’ve got your table set up, you need to add some cute printables! These are all free, and include items like food labels, a menu, placemats and even games! They’re sourced from some of my favorite bloggers, so go on and snag some freebies for your table!


9 Tutorials to Help You Build the Best Thanksgiving

With this post, we’ve got some really fun and colorful Thanksgiving ideas so you can have a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dinner!


DIY Pretty Floral Pumpkin

Dress up your table with a centerpiece featuring this floral pumpkin! You can purchase the supplies with a quick trip to Michael’s. Your guests are sure to love it!



Easy Colorful Thanksgiving Placecards

Give everyone a seat at the table with these easy placecards! There’s 3 awesome mix-and-match designs to choose from, and they can be customized in any color!



DIY Colorful Leaf Garland

Take your decor to the next level with this fun and colorful garland! It’s super easy to make. For a last-minute edition, swap out the fabric leaves for real leaves so you don’t have to wait for shipping!

 Last-Minute Colorful Thanksgiving Ideas

DIY Fall Faux Leather Drink Markers

The newest DIY to join the bunch! These DIY drink markers are SO easy to make, and they’re super cute! They’d make a great keepsake for your guests, so they can always mark their drinks in style.

DIY Mini Faux Pinatas

Perfect for the kids table, these faux pinatas can be filled with candy or prompts for the kiddos to say what they’re thankful for.

Colorful Fall Pumpkin Wreath

If something quirky is what you’re after, check out this colorful wreath! It’s got pumpkins, yard AND pom poms for a fun and colorful pop to any door.

Looking for more ideas? Be sure to follow my Fall and Thanksgiving Pinterest board!

DIY Fall Faux Leather Drink Markers

Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and it seemed like the perfect time to debut these faux leather drink markers on the Pinhole Press blog! They’re perfect for preventing a very sad reality at crowded events- abandoned half-filled wine glasses, unsure of who their owners are. Don’t let this happen to you! Especially when the solution is so simple- and adorable.

 Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and it seemed like the perfect time to debut these faux leather drink markers! They’re perfect for preventing a very sad reality at crowded events- abandoned half-filled wine glasses, unsure of who their owners are. Don’t let this happen to you! Click for the DIY.
 Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and it seemed like the perfect time to debut these faux leather drink markers! They’re perfect for preventing a very sad reality at crowded events- abandoned half-filled wine glasses, unsure of who their owners are. Don’t let this happen to you! Click for the DIY.

Within a matter of a few minutes, you can whip up a set of these drink markers for everyone in the family. They’re also great as seating cards when looped on a pumpkin stem!

 Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and it seemed like the perfect time to debut these faux leather drink markers! They’re perfect for preventing a very sad reality at crowded events- abandoned half-filled wine glasses, unsure of who their owners are. Don’t let this happen to you! Click for the DIY.
 Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and it seemed like the perfect time to debut these faux leather drink markers! They’re perfect for preventing a very sad reality at crowded events- abandoned half-filled wine glasses, unsure of who their owners are. Don’t let this happen to you! Click for the DIY.

Dying to make a set for yourself? Head on over to the Pinhole Press blog to see the full post!

The Babe With The Power Halloween Onesie

It's no secret I love Halloween, but this year I had newborn Hailey and she made me slow WAY down. I could barely get anything done once she arrived, but I am not complaining! I love just sitting watching tv while she sleeps in my arms. But hey, the show must go on and Halloween wasn't going to wait for anyone! If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. You literally just need an iron and some iron-on paper!

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 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!

So, truth time- I had no idea where this quote even came from. Turns out, its from a David Bowie song but I thought it was super appropriate for a newborn at Halloween. Because let’s face it, babies call ALL the shots, and Halloween is all about spooky magic. So, snag your FREE printable, and make this cute onesie for your babe! It’s a perfect last minute costume, especially if you add a tiny witch hat and a tutu.

 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!

You will need:

White onesies (here)
Iron-on paper (here)
Iron
Printer (I have this one and love it!)
Free Printable

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!
 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!
 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!
 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!

So I’m not at all biased, but I gotta say that Hailey makes the very cutest little model. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though- she cried a lot at first, then she spit up all over the backdrop, then wouldn’t stay in position. BUT I think these pics came out super cute! Plus I got some funny gems like this one.

 If you're a fellow newborn momma like me, or even just have kids, you may be looking for something super easy to get into the spooky season like I am. Lucky for you, these onesies are SO easy to make. Click for the DIY & free printable!

Poor thing was NOT a fan at first. Hailey is so tiny here- less than 4 weeks old! If you want to create this super easy onesie for your little baby, get the free printable and get crackin’!

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

DIY Heartburn Dragon Maternity Costume

When I realized I’d be pregnant just before Halloween, I knew I had to do a costume blog post! I was kinda hoping for a whole set of them, but sadly I didn’t leave enough time for brainstorming and I ended up racing against the clock just to do this one. It was completed less than a week before my due date, and baby came a day early! I got the idea when I woke up one night with terrible heartburn. It feels like you’re breathing fire and that’s when it hit me- a dragon costume! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right?

 It’s a fire-breathing heartburn momma dragon!! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right? This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. DIY is on the blog!

This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. You can also add it to a maternity dress without ruining it by using safety pins, which makes it perfect for being frugal. Plus, you can use any color dress you have or even a t-shirt and pants, or a hoodie. Really, whatever you have at home would work! Plus it’s actually pretty funny and super comfortable.

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You will need:

Green Dress (similar here)
Felt (similar here)
Ribbon (similar here)
Colored cardstock (similar here)
Wooden skewer (similar here)
Glue gun (similar here)
Scissors (similar here)
Safety pins (optional)

Directions- Dress

 It’s a fire-breathing heartburn momma dragon!! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right? This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. DIY is on the blog!
  1. Measure a piece of ribbon going down the back of your dress. It can go all the way down, or only to a certain point. The choice is yours. I went with just above my booty so it would be comfy to sit in!

  2. Start cutting triangles out of your felt. You’ll want 2 of each piece. You can either randomly cut triangles, then trace the same shape to make a copy, or fold your felt in half and cut the triangle so you end up with 2 identical pieces.

  3. Line up your triangles on either side of your ribbon. Make sure all your spikes are facing the same way! What we’re going to do is glue them down so that they stick up on the ribbon.

  4. Starting at either the top or the bottom of your ribbon, take your triangle and add a line of glue to the “bottom” edge, aka the one facing the ribbon.

  5. Place the triangle down to glue it onto the ribbon. You want it to be laying down across the ribbon, over to the other side. Once it’s cooled, fold it back over to the side and add another line of glue, then press the other side of the next triangle onto the ribbon. You should now have two flaps facing each other.

  6. Glue the flaps shut, and repeat all the way up the ribbon for all your spikes.

  7. Once you’re done, you can either glue these spikes to your dress or safety pin them on so you can wear the dress again normally!

Directions- Fire

 It’s a fire-breathing heartburn momma dragon!! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right? This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. DIY is on the blog!
  1. Pick out the colors for your fire. I used red and 2 shades of orange.

  2. Draw a flame shape on your first piece of cardstock. In retrospect, I kinda wish it was a little thinner so it looked more like I was breathing it out, but you can do whatever you like for the shape!

  3. Cut out the shape you drew, then place it on the next paper. You want to be sure the pencil edge is facing up (so you have a good side and a bad side that both match), then trace a larger version of your fire onto the next paper. Cut it out, and repeat again. Then, flip them all over and stack them in size order.

  4. Glue your layers together, trimming as needed so they fit well together. I added glue to the bottom edge and left the flame side unglued so it would dance and look like it was moving when I waved it!

  5. Glue your flames onto a wooden skewer. For safety, I cut off the pointy edge with some scissors.

 It’s a fire-breathing heartburn momma dragon!! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right? This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. DIY is on the blog!
 It’s a fire-breathing heartburn momma dragon!! Might as well put those terrible side effects to good use, right? This costume is super easy and cheap to make, which is perfect for any expectant momma. DIY is on the blog!

Hah don’t mind these silly posed photos- 39 weeks preggo and had to have my husband help with the pics. He was pleased as punch and I was pretty much ready to plop my butt back on the couch. But, now that I don’t have this bump anymore I’m missing it- go figure!

What do you think of this costume idea?! Is it super clever and perfect for your heartburn? Or, did you have a different symptom you’d rather “show off”? Let me know in the comments below!