Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle is 5 Months Old!

*edit: We removed Elle’s pictures. I didn’t feel comfortable having so many online.

Dear Elle Belle,

Yaaaaaaay!!! You crack up every time I say that. I mean, EVERY TIME. If if weren’t for your pictures, I would hardly remember you being a 5 lb little peanut. You are 13 lbs of chunk and I love it. I have gotten over feeling bad for your small weight. Mommy guilt is something else. I blamed myself for your being born early. I blamed myself for you being so little. And I blamed myself for you not breasteeding. I’ve let it all go. I am more focused on the now and making sure that you are happy and healthy.

And you’re both. You have the best personality, Muffin. I mean, seriously…I look forward to you waking up in the morning. You pop your head up and give me the biggest smile. And you laugh. A lot. You laugh, you talk, you babble, you sing…it is all so beautiful to me. You tend to be quieter around different surroundings and people but when you are at home and in your element, you can talk nonstop. You’ve started screaming too. Long gone is your sweet whimper. Now when there’s something you want, you SCREAM. And you growl too. Daddy and I think it’s hilarious. How can you be so cute by growling?

And you want to touch everything. If it is anywhere near your reach, you’re grabbing it.

That includes Daddy’s beard and Mommy’s earrings. You know how to grab for your bottle to bring it to your mouth. You grab at any and everything. And the minute you get whatever it is you want, it’s going straight into your mouth. How your little mouth emits so much drool is beyond me. You go through at least 2-3 bibs a day.


You are still eating nothing but breast milk. Mama’s milk supply has decreased significantly but I still have enough to feed you and to donate. I am going to start stashing away milk so that by the time you turn 1, you’ll have enough milk until you’re at least 14-16 months old. No solids yet. We’ll wait until you’re 6 months. You are definitely interested though. You stare at Daddy and I when we eat and you love grabbing at our plates.


You’ve got one wonky sleep schedule but I stopped complained about it. You HAVE to be in bed by 7pm. If we don’t get you there, you are beyond fussy. You’ll get up for a bottle around 10pm and then you get up again at 3am. Each time you wake up, you go back to sleep after having your bottle. You take nice long naps throughout the day (at least 2) and on the weekends when you don’t nap, you’re still in good spirits. When it’s time for night-night, you pop your thumb in your mouth and go right to sleep. It is usually that easy.

You got your ears pierced and I adore them! You look even sweeter and you handled the piercing like a champ. Your eczema is clearing up beautifully. You wear cloth diapers every night and if I can come across more affordably, I want to start clothing you when you go to your sitter. Cloth diapering is surprisingly easy and it feels great not having to buy diapers every week. Oh…and that stroller? We don’t touch it. Mama wears you everywhere!

I never got why women were so passionate about baby wearing but I’ve seen the light. One day it was pouring down raining. I had to get you, groceries, my breast pump, your bottle bag and my purse out of the car. We waited for the rain to stop for 20 minutes. It didn’t stop. I popped you in a ring sling and grabbed the bags and an umbrella and made it to the door. I had never felt so powerful before. You? You just babbled the whole time mama dodged rain puddles.

Basically, you’re perfect. I know no one is perfect but you are, Muffin. You really are. You light up our lives and you give me purpose each and everyday. I work harder for you. I hate having to go to work and leave you but at the same time, I take pride in knowing that I am actively working hard to provide for our family. It’s not easy but I work long hours, come home to play and snuggle with you, clean the house, run a business and I do it everyday. It’s exhausting but so rewarding.

It is an honor being your mommy.

Elle Bits:
-You giggle uncontrollably when I try to clean your neck.
-You are now totally against your carseat. You cry every time we drive. You eventually soothe yourself.
-Your pediatrician says that you are healthy!
-You love nature.
-You are nosy. I mean, so nosy. You want to see EVERY thing.
-You love music. And you love being sung to.
-You smile. A lot! And at strangers too.

You rock. Thanks for being my baby.


  • This is a sweet letter! May I ask what brand your sling is? I plan to wear my little lady when she is born also.

    • Brittany

      Those are Girasol ring slings from The super rainbow-y wraps are woven wraps from Girasol and Easycare. Yay for your new baby!

  • Farrah

    She is beautiful, enjoy this time with her before you know it she will be walking and becoming independent. Her onesie is too cute!!!

    • Brittany

      Walking? Noooo! I’m not ready. 😛

  • My daughter has that same diaper that Elle is wearing in the second picture. I love those diapers!

    • Brittany

      Yay for Charlie Bananas!

  • Joanna

    She is so cute! Elle has the most mesmerizing eyes

  • normally I just lurk around here, but when you posted about woven wraps and babywearing I let out a giant SQUUUUEEEEEEE. rock on mama! and what a cute little Elle!

  • Liz

    She’s so cute!!! What a sweet baby. :-)

  • aisha

    Brit, I know you said that your milk is reducing. Have you tried MILKY? Its a herbal tea that increases your milk supply. Kinda looks like a 5 hr energy but it isn’t. It was created by Tia and Tamera Lowery. I’ve heard great reviews about it and the said it tastes great. Hope this helps you and Elle!!!!

    • Brittany

      I’ve heard of that! I’m not sure where to get it though.

  • Adeana

    Wow. You and your beau made a beautiful baby girl, your letter was so heartfelt and sincere it made me cry alittle ( ive been an emotional rollercoaster lately) with you as her mommie i i know shell grow to be just as if not more awsome and amazing as you keep being a fabulous woman

  • Sam

    I love this. I found your blog wilst searching for pictures of girasols.

    Elle’s so gorgeous and has such a fab mommy :)