6 Months with Maxi

*Peaches thinking, “Hmm! You only speak Frenchie, huh?!*

Maxi Frenchie Shirt: Nordstrom |

Frenchie Skort: Nordstrom | Bow: Nordstrom | My Sweater: Nordstrom | Unicorn Pajamas: Nordstrom, Short-Sleeve Version, Zip-Up Version | Shoes: Nordstrom | Unicorn: Similar

Photography by: Madison Katlin

This weekend I officially felt initiated into the mom club. We were driving to a bridal shower and Maxi was acting totally normal. I got her out of the car, got the gift, grabbed the diaper bag and within 2 seconds the poor girl vomited all over me. Then I stopped, checked to see if she was okay and she threw up 3 more times. How does a little one hold that much fluid?! So we drove back home with vomit all over our clothing and I was worried she felt miserable. I think that was our first *true* stomach bug she had as she didn’t feel too well the rest of the day. And then Paul got sick, too! It broke my heart that both of them felt miserable and I cuddled Maxi for hours. But thankfully, by Sunday morning she was all smiles and I was bleaching everything like mad! Then on Sunday evening I was feeding her and noticed that her 2 bottom teeth had popped through her gums! They still have to come up, but I started jumping up and down and showing my parents.

Talk about an unplanned weekend! But little miss is still sweet as can be even while teething and not feeling too hot. We stayed in our pajamas and cuddled up on the couch reading books and snuggling. But speaking of pajamas, my child is in size 9-12 month clothing! She is growing like a little weed and all her pajamas looked ridiculous on her, so I placed a big Nordstrom order. Today we partnered with them to share some of the looks I bought and I thought it coincided perfectly with her 6-month update as you can see how much she has grown! One reason I love Nordstrom [other than my points, and triple points days, and free shipping/returns, and free alterations with my level and the sale] is the fact that they carry NUMEROUS seasons for children’s clothing. We ran around to some boutiques yesterday and I was getting so frustrated that everything was fall and out came the corduroy. That’s great if you live in Chicago and you’ll have chillier weather sooner, but in Texas it’s going to be breaking 100 until Halloween. You might as well just slap me silly if I dress her in corduroy before December. It was nice that I was able to get her a few Lilly dresses for our beach trip, this little Frenchie top [thought it was hilarious with Peaches! 😉 ] and plenty of pajamas. Anyways, off my soapbox- but if you live in a warm climate you get it. You walk in a store and think, “Oh lovely! Sweaters. Can’t wear these for another 6 months. What a blessing.”

Favorite Moments

  • I’ve definitely loved that we have had the opportunity to live with my parents. Normally, I’d be all anxious about this temporary living arrangement and how I don’t know where any of our items are. But it’s been so nice to step outside of my comfort zone and be really laid back about it all. I enjoy waking up in the morning and carrying Maxi downstairs so she gets to see her Gigi. I think the biggest thing she has loved is swimming each day in their backyard. One of her swimsuits barely fit the other day and my mom goes, “Oh just cut it so it will work!” She grabbed scissors, cut the sleeves and it was hilarious seeing Maxi in it. We took a picture of her and I’ll have to give her a hard time when she is older. She was growing too fast for me to keep up with her closet.
  • It’s been fun to see her try new foods! We use this to make all of her meals and it’s been super easy. However, when we were moving I was like, “Okay! Forget this! I’m going to the grocery store for baby food.” She may or may not have liked that baby food more than the food I make her. I’m not bitter about that or anything… 😉
  • This month she has started to pet Peaches. Before there were a few hair pulls and me saying, “No! No! Be gentle!” Thankfully, Peaches is a SAINT about it all. But this month she has started to reach out and pet Peaches. I’m sure she just thinks Peaches’ fur is really soft, but I love the little bond they have going on.

Favorite Products

  • She’s nearly grown out of all her clothes. As I said earlier, she is in 9-12 clothing. I placed a big order at Nordstrom about 2 weeks ago so we could prepare for our trip to Palm Beach and get her fall clothing. I got her this swimsuit and this dress for the trip. I loved this Frenchie tee she is in in this shoot! My favorite brands for her are Kate Spade, Peek, Tucker + Tate and Freshly Picked. How cute is this leopard cardigan for fall?!
  • I get a lot of e-mails about the bows she wears and these are the most often-worn bows she has.
  • We sized up to the Stage 2 DockaTot because she is SO long! She is still towards the 95th percentile for height. While we haven’t used this product for sleep [she sleeps in her crib] I can’t even express how much I’ve loved both of our DockATots! Before Paul goes to work he puts the DockATot in our bed and when Maxi wakes up she cuddles in there. She will play with her board books. I just feel more comfortable knowing she isn’t going to roll off the bed or move if I have to turn my back to pick Peaches up. These are definitely a splurge and I recommend registering for them! The reason we decided to get the second size was because my mom kept wanting Maxi around her when she had her first wrist surgery. However, my mom couldn’t hold her and so we knew this would be best for her to be right by her. My mom has her second wrist surgery [the other hand] next week so I’m glad we have this! I didn’t have a c-section but I can only imagine how helpful they are if you do.
  • Jellycat books are still my favorite for her! My mom got us this one and it’s so sweet!
  • This is what we use to make her food.
  • Paul got this for Maxi for Christmas! Well technically he got this for me but told me he knew I’d want Maxi to have this. She’s just now getting into it and she loves to teeth on the wood! haha!
  • We are still using this boppy lounger daily! She doesn’t sit up quite yet, so I take it with us room to room during the day.
  • My mom got us this pacifier to dispense medicine! Maxi hates liquid medicine when she has had Tylenol. I squeeze her cheeks like the nurse told me to and she still spits it back out! My mom has found this online and this is the only way she will take it.


Now Maxi isn’t exact on her schedule, so I have her wake-up times, naps and bedtime within 30-minute grace increments.

6:30-7: Maxi is up for the day and she takes a bottle. We cuddle in bed right now and this is when we use the DockATot. We read and will sometimes sit on the back porch with my mom. If it’s cooler we will go on a walk!

8:30-9: Down for a nap, Maxi’s morning nap is about 45 minutes.

10: Because she takes a morning nap closer to when she wakes up, we do her breakfast food right now! We are currently eating apples, pears, bananas, avocados and sweet potatoes. After she eats, she plays in her excersaucer.

11: Bottle

11:30-12: Down for a nap. Her afternoon nap is usually a little longer. Some days she could nap for 3 or 4 hours, but generally it’s about 2 hours!

2: Up & Feed. We will usually run errands at this point in the day since she is super happy after her afternoon nap.

4:30: This is usually her quick little nap of the day! It’s about 30 minutes and I let her nap on me. I still love the cuddles and she won’t do this forever so I’ve got to soak it up while I can.

5: Bottle and play. She will normally play on her activity mat while I get dinner ready.

6: Food. Before we eat dinner I’ll feed her food and then I quickly eat or wait until she goes to bed.

6:30 Bath

7: Bottle & Books. She’ll feed and then we read books in her nursery. Paul usually is home from work around this time so we get to have some family time before bed.

7:30-8: Bed

She generally gets up once at night around 1:55 to feed. Right now with her teething she is up around twice.

Thank you all so much for reading, I love getting to chronicle [no pun intended!] these updates and save them for the future. I know it may not be the most interesting for everyone, but hey! Who doesn’t want to see a baby in unicorn pajamas?!

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  1. Awww, Maxi is adorable, those big eyes!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  2. Maxi knows how to rock the bow like nobody’s business! I can’t believe she is 6 months already and so funny about your mom cutting her swimsuit- I could totally see my mom doing the same thing LOL
    xxTess |Sequins are the New Black

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  3. Maxi is just too cute!! Lincoln turned 6 months yesterday. I feel like it’s such an emotional milestone! Now that my sister in law had a little girl a few months ago I get so many cute ideas from your posts (totally getting her that makeup set ????). Because #boymom

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  4. Kate wrote:

    It’s fun to see her grow, my little boy is about a week younger than her so it’s fun to read. You are one of my favorite mom bloggers to read about, because you keep it real and don’t pretend like everything is perfect and that you don’t have hard days. Thank you for sharing

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  5. Ellie wrote:

    Maxi is so cute ahhhh I’m dying. Also, I live in Chicago and am already depressed about the fall clothing that’s coming out. Meh, why can’t it be summer forever?!

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  6. Danielle wrote:

    Love your updates! Did you always have Maxi sleeping in the crib since she was a newborn? My baby is 11days old and we are having a hard time figuring out what he likes to sleep best in. Any suggestions based on what you guys did? Thanks!

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Danielle! We moved her to her crib at 4 months! She went through a sleep regression at that point so we just thought it would be easiest then to do it. She did great! xo

      Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  7. Ashley wrote:

    The picture of you and her reading is absolutely adorable! My daughter is 16 months old and I like reading your updates to refresh my memory about what to do with a little baby!

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  8. Can’t believe she is six months already! I love seeing all the photos, snaps, and insta stories of her! She is so precious! Thank you for sharing!!

    Published 15 Aug 17Reply
  9. Ashley wrote:

    Oh my gosh I was dying at the part about corduroy! I was doing school clothes shopping and so frustrated that all they carry are pants. Where are the shorts… it’s still the middle of August people?!? I am from Houston and the heat is even worse! We’re lucky if it’s cold for Christmas! 🙂

    Published 16 Aug 17Reply
  10. Pam wrote:

    Her little hand on your leg kills me!! Maxi is precious!!

    Published 16 Aug 17Reply
  11. Katie wrote:

    I can´t believe how big she already is. Such a cute little bug.

    Greetings Katie

    Published 23 Aug 17Reply
  12. Jessie wrote:

    Hi katie! I have a 4 month old and have been using the schedule from moms-on-call. Do you follow a specific book for scheduling Maxi??

    Published 14 Mar 18Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Jessie! Congratulations on your sweet little one! I just used the moms on call schedule and that was it! xo

      Published 15 Mar 18Reply