I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We certainly did with our little one. He obviously doesn't know what Christmas is yet but it was so fun to play Santa and start new family traditions with our sweet boy. I know every holiday from here forward will only be more fun. I had to work a half a day at the hospital on Christmas eve so when I got off I went straight to my sisters house where everyone was waiting for me. We ate and exchanged family gifts and then went home to set out our cookies and milk for Santa! Christmas was SO warm where we live, I'm talking 80 degree temps on Christmas day. It never really felt like Christmas so I feel like that made the time pass by even quicker, which is totally sad. I can't wait for all of the upcoming holidays in 2016 with Harrison. I hope when he is older he knows how hard I try to make sure every day is special and every holiday is magical! Here's what our Christmas looked like..
Happy hump day everyone! I have not had a second to wrist a post in so long, it's ridiculous. A big shout out to those bloggers who keep up with a blog post everyday, I have NO idea how you do it. Life has been crazier than usual lately. I went back to work last week, after being home with my little love bug for 12 weeks. And it sucked, majorly. I miss him so much during the day. I am so blessed that my moms keeps him so I know he is in great hands, but I so miss watching him all day. Still hoping to win the lottery one day. Harrison has grown so much! I feel like he grows during the day while I'm at work. He loves to "talk" to me and a refuses to lay back without doing his ab crunches, trying to sit up. He always has THE biggest smile in the morning when I look into his bassinet, it seriously melts my heart! He is the greatest thing in the world. On a completely unrelated note, we are EXPANDING. Not our family (woah, talk about too soon) but adding on a master closet and bathroom. I am SO excited! We currently have one bathroom and let me tell you, it can't be good for a marriage to share ONE bathroom. Here are a few of the ideas I'm using to design everything:
I love all of the white and neutral colors, so calm and relaxing. I am so excited to actually start seeing everything come together. The Foundation is done and the plumbing started today. I will start taking pictures as soon as there is something interesting to photograph. Hope you all have a wonderful week.
P.S. Obviously I couldn't post without a picture of this angel. Here he is as a Lion for his very first Halloween!
Happy October friends! This is my very favorite time of year and it's only going to be THAT much better now that I have my very own sweet, little pumpkin to take along with me in all of our fall adventures! I am sharing a few of my favorite October things.
Although Harrison doesn't understand yet, I love reading books to him. Anything with a holiday twist is a GO for us! Carter's Halloween BOOtique has the cutest, most affordable (and comfy) clothes for kids. My cauldron coffee mug, topped with pumpkin spice creamer has been in my hand for the last month! Katie creates the cutest and most comfortable holiday shirts! Most shirts come in adult and kids sizes so you and your little can match, obviously this is a MUST! I love all of Essie's fall colors, you can't go wrong with any of them. And last but not least Bath and Body works has the most delicious line of fall candles out, run don't walk to get them before they are gone! Hope you all have a great week, happy hump day! We are off to make our fall bucket list! Yippee!
We had Harrison's newborn session taken a few weeks ago by my friend and talented photographer Katie Myrick in our home. I love all of the pictures and I can't believe how little Harrison looks compared to today. He is growing so fast. I will cherish these photos forever.
It's so hard to believe 7 weeks have gone by so quickly. I love my little guy more and more every second of the day!
I knew as soon as I found out I was having a boy what direction I wanted to go in with the nursery. I love neutral colors in every room. I think white walls have the potential to become anything you want them to be. I am so pleased with the way the nursery turned out. I hope my sweet boy loves it when he gets a little older. Here was my inspiration for the nursery...
And of course I had to share some pictures of my sweet boy enjoying his new room..
Happy hump day! Hope the weather is as nice where you are as it is here! Happy (almost) Fall!
This has been the fastest month of my entire life. It makes me so sad to think about how quickly time will continue to fly by. I just wish I could freeze time for just a few months and soak up every minute of his tiny sweetness. Since I can't do that, I thought I would share a few things I have learned over the last month. First, don't set any expectations for your first month...or probably year for that matter. I think that puts too much pressure on you as a new mother, so go with the flow and when things go smoothly, take it as a win and if they don't go as you expected at least you wont feel defeated. A few things I think are must-haves for a the newborn life are: Gas drops, Gripe water, boppy, a LARGE water tumbler, a breast pump (if you are breast feeding), nipple cream (a prescription strength did wonders for me), breast soothies, nursing bras, hand sanitizer, Tommee Tippee bibs, more diapers than you can imagine and all the help that friends and family offer. We have already gone through a bottle and a half of gas drops and gripe water (I use Little Remedies brand) since we came home. Harrison gets the hiccup at least 3 times a day and gripe water takes them away within literally seconds, it's amazing. Breast feeding has been THE most challenging part of being a new mother but it has become so much easier during the last week. Everyone told me 2 weeks, don't expect to wake up on the morning of week 2 with relief, it took a little longer for me. I know this is a lot of rambling but I thought some of this information may be helpful for other new moms. I am always taking ALL of the advice I can get, I don't think we can be over prepared for life as a new mommy. It it truly the BEST thing in the entire world and I thank God everyday for my sweet boy. Since Labor day has come and gone, I can't wait to start dressing Harrison and myself in fall and Halloween outfits! Have a great Sunday!
I wanted to make time to share this story before I start forgetting all of the small details. I wanted to share it for people who are nervous about delivery, especially a c-section and I just want to reminisce the best day of my life, the day my sweet baby boy was born. My c-section was scheduled for 11:30 am on Monday, August 10th. I had never been so nervous in my life as I was the weeks and days leading up to the day I delivered. I woke up at 7:00 Monday morning took a shower, scrubbing with surgical scrub, probably 10 times longer than I needed to but wanted to make sure I was WELL prepared. I got ready like I would any other day, took my very last chalkboard picture and my husband and I packed the car and dropped our dog, Penny off at my parents house. We arrived at the hospital at 9:00am and quickly went up to labor and delivery where the awesome staff wasted no time getting things started. I got dressed in a hospital gown as soon as I got to our room and the nurses hooked me up to the monitor so we could hear Harrison's heartbeat and started my IV. They started me on my first bag of fluids and we waited for some of my family to arrive. At 11:00 I told a friend (and fellow labor and delivery nurse) that I didn't think we would start on time since we only had 30 minutes to go and no one had been in from the O.R. yet. Within 5 minutes everyone started coming by, my wonderful Doctor, the OR nurses, the anesthesiologist and I was walking down the hall by 11:25. I felt SO calm, I couldn't believe I wasn't crying or freaking out. I owe it all to God, there is no way I would have made it through the day without all of the praying I did. I walked into the OR and everyone was so friendly. They immediately asked me to sit on the bed so they could administer my spinal block, which was what I was the most nervous about. It went so smoothly and didn't hurt at ALL! I was so relieved, I started to feel my legs get warm and the staff moved me into position on the table. Then I waited, and waited and it felt like forever but was really only about 10 minutes. I began to feel extremely nauseous because my blood pressure was dropping and I started vomiting. It was the worst part of the whole experience since I was temporarily paralyzed and strapped to the table, flat on my back. The staff gave me something for nausea and the feeling quickly passed. Before I knew it my doctor walked in and started to prepare. I know I told the staff 100 times not to forget my husband. They want to make sure you are completely numb before bringing your spouse in. Soon my husband walked in and I immediately felt better. My doctor began the surgery and within about 5 minutes I asked what was taking so long and they just told me "he's almost here". The whole bed began to shake, apparently because he was so high (and breech) it took a few staff members pushing and pulling to get him out. At 12:03 pm I heard "he's here" but no cry, the room the silent. I LOST my mind for a second and started yelling "why isn't he crying" and the staff told me he was just looking around the room and within seconds I heard him cry for the first time. It was the most amazing moment of my life. I had never felt love like before.They held my little boy up for me to see and quickly took him away to recovery, where my husband followed with him. They finished stitching me up and I went to recovery with my baby and husband, It was such a surreal feeling, watching my husband hold our baby. It was an indescribable feeling that I will never forget. Our family was allowed back within the hour and our photographer came up to capture some of the most cherished moments of my life. I will love these pictures forever. I have never felt luckier than I did they day we brought our baby into this world and we couldn't love him more if we tried!