My little pumpkin is 5 months now. I just hope and pray I am making the most of every moment we have with this angel. Five months is a special time because their little personalities really develop. People keep telling me each phase gets better than the next, but I don't see how I could fall more in love than I already am. But, then tomorrow comes and my heart grows.

Hayden was two weeks old in the picture right above. I didn't sleep even an hour the night before that shot was taken. (For new moms: click here to read about that emotional time breastfeeding and adjusting). As I've said before, the days and nights were long, but the weeks and months (and years) are short. 

I've been trying to jot down something every day that Hayden does so I can add it to the baby book. Speaking of a baby book, I'm not in love with the one I have. Does anyone have a book that they love? I'd appreciate ideas, especially if it's easily found online! One thing that my friend Ali (Fedotowsky) has recommended and I implemented is the 10 year journal you can find HERE. I also just ordered this one: Mom's one line a day. 

My dear, creative friend Michele Bell (check out her holiday insta with elf on the shelf) gave us a great idea for keeping up with memories. She got each of her kids an email account when they were born with their name (which also is great for them to have in the future!). She sent the email address to her family so they could write a note or add pictures whenever it was convenient for them to do so. What an amazing way to keep up with letters from friends and family over the years! Then, she plans on making a book of them all to give to the kids when they are older. It's priceless, literally and figuratively!!

Do any of you have other ideas to share? Please do so! 

Sharing some of our favorite and useful items that Hayden loves (and Mommy & Daddy love, too).  The Merlin Sleep Suit has been one of our must haves. I received it as a hand me down before the baby was born. I had no idea what it was. I thought it was winter ski suit and figured we would not be going skiing anytime soon! Little did I know, it was one of the more useful tactics for sleeping. And the vibrating BounceRoo from 4Moms stays on our kitchen table a lot! It's perfect for Hayden to get to chill while I'm working in the part of the house. It's not heavy, so can easily be moved from room to room.  Scroll through to see a glimpse of some of our other favorites from toys to teething to decor to the activity bouncy gym (that he LOVES).