Monday, December 30, 2013

Day dates and a new favorite necklace



Sweater: H&M, Tube Scarf: H&M, Pants: Nordstrom, Boots: Cathy Jean, Handbag: Louis Vuitton, Necklace: ℅ Onecklace (On sale!)

This weekend and husband and I were able to get away for a few hours and leave Bryson at home with grandma. It was so nice to get out and spend some one-on-one time with my husband. As much as I love my little man, Mommy & Daddy need some alone time. Although we may have had lunch, done a little shopping and then hurried home to see our little man, we can't get enough of him! 

I think I'm going to make it a goal in 2014 to have 2 dates a month with my hubby and at least one girls night per month, any other Momma's out there successful with this?


I'm also so excited about my Onecklace that just arrived. I love that I'm able to keep my baby boy close to me even when we are apart with this personalized necklace. It's such a great gift idea for a new momma, new Mrs or anyone in love with the original "Carrie" style necklace, so chic! I'm also kinda smitten with this monogram version. 

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!



Monday, December 16, 2013

What's Under Bryson's Christmas Tree

First picture with Santa! Only 5 weeks old here and just woke up from a nap.

First off, hello again! 

It's been a little quiet over here these days and for good reason, newborn baby cuddles and kisses are the best and I couldn't miss out on any, can you blame me? Bryson will be 2 months old on Thursday (time can stop anyday now) and he is getting so big! It's so fun to see him growing, loving to play and his little personality coming out. I just love being his Momma. I will do a separate post with some fun pictures later, but for now I wanted to share what will be under our tree for his first Christmas. 
Since he is so little my husband and I agreed to just get a few small things for him this year. Something to learn from (books), something to wear (baby mocs) and something to play with (his new Bla Bla doll).







I just love shopping for my little guy, all things baby are so fun! Thankfully I'm nearly done with all my Christmas shopping, anyone still have all of their shipping to do? 




Friday, November 15, 2013

Nursery Reveal











I know there has been major static silence over here, do forgive me. Having a newborn has rocked this Momma's world and we are still trying to get the hang of things around here but it's nothing some morning snuggles and baby coo's & smiles can't fix. 

I'm so excited to finally share Bryson's nursery with you today. I worked hard on his nursery and absolutely love the way it turned out. I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest with lots of little DIY's and just searching for other nurseries with the orange and aqua blue theme. I didn't want a theme for his room and just wanted it to feel fun and bright, but not too babyish if that makes sense? 

I tried to link below where everything is from, please let me know if I forgot something. 

Crib mobile: DIY from D&B
Name above crib: DIY
Crib sheet: Target
Stuffed Puppy in crib: Target
Crib Skirt: DIY via Young House Love Blog fabric bought from here
Orange rocking Moose: Found at garage sale and spray painted it orange for less than $10. Buy here
Glider: Goodnight Room no longer available :(
Glider pillow: DIY via this tutorial
Floor Lamp: Ikea
Blue Dresser: Thrifted
Dresser/Changing Table: Ikea
Shelf above dresser: Ikea
Mirror: Ikea
Lamp: Target
Crate with liner: Target
Orange baby shoes: gifted from Gap
Changing pad cover: Tara's Cozy Creations via Etsy
Alphabet print: Bella Byte via etsy
Car & Train Prints: Art by Nataera via Etsy
Books/Knicks Knacks on shelves: Mostly gifts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Introducing...





My sweet baby boy Bryson Michael Patrick. 
We are so in love and can't get enough of our little man.
Our little guy finally made his arrival 2 weeks ago today on 10.24.13 at 6:41am via c-section. Momma and baby are doing well, but we've had a tough recovery and finally starting to feel a bit better. I'm in awe everyday of how amazing being a momma to my sweet boy is, I am so so blessed. 
As I'm learning how to be a momma I will be posting less often, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to spend with my little man so I'm taking in every moment I can. I will be back next week with his nursery reveal and then Bryson's birth story afterwards. 

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bumpdate Week 40


**Each bumpdate is from the previous week, I am currently 41 weeks 0 days**

How far along: 40 weeks...full term baby!

Total weight gain: 33 pounds

Stretch marks: Still no stretch marks and using my belly oil at least twice a day

Belly Button in or out?: Flat

Sleep: I've actually slept a little better this week which was much needed! Still waking up 3-4 times a night or more for potty breaks or to switch sides as my hips get sore quickly. 

Best moment this week: Spending some quality time with the hubby before we become a family of three. He's been such a great support throughout this entire pregnancy and I can't wait to see him in his best role yet, as a father.

Worst moment this week: Just being so uncomfortable and ready. Everything seems to hurt and take a lot of energy out of me. Plus, the constant calls and texts messages wondering where baby is. No news means theres no news people! haha

I bought this cute new tote from Old Navy last week when they were having a 40% off one item special and it's super cute, but now I can't decide what color I actually want. I ordered the tan which is on the way then went out and bought the teal, but maybe black would be better? Holy indecisive pregnant lady.

Miss Anything? My old body and being comfortable in my own skin again. I am trying to just enjoy these last few days though, it really is so amazing to feel your baby kicking and moving about. I will miss that. 

Movement: He's been pretty active lately, I think he's trying to find a comfortable spot since he's run out of room.

Food cravings: Sweets, always. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Baby BOY!

Symptoms: Pelvic pain, Braxton Hicks, heartburn, insomnia, back aches...you know all the fun stuff. I've also started swelling a bit and can barely get my rings on or off. 

I also can't wait to wear my Tom Designs Initial necklace via Very Jane oce baby boy is born. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I get to meet my son soon :)

What I'm reading: What To Expect The First Year. I've been reading all about newborn baby care and babies first month. Can't be too prepared.

Looking forward to: Having out baby boy here! I feel like we have been in anticipation of his arrival FOREVER! I'm being induced Wednesday evening (tomorrow) unless he comes before so this is officially my last bumpdate. It's baby time!

Monday, October 21, 2013

What's In Babies Hospital Bag

I have to admit I had much more fun packing my little man's hospital bag than mine. The tiny onesies, mittens, caps and blankets...I think my heart exploded. I'm just so excited for him to be here. So let's dig in, shall we?


First off his diaper bag and blanket. I'm in love with this diaper bag! It doesn't scream "I'm a diaper bag", it's washable, stylish and has 2 shoulder straps or a longer strap for more comfort/cross body style. I actually got it from eBay for a great price and it was never used, score! 


Now for the best part, look at all those precious little baby clothes...be still my heart.
Items on left in blue: New born size onesies, cap, socks & mittens (all from Target). 
In the middle:gerber white onesie with mitten cuffs size 0-3, grey knitted cap from etsy
On the right:  0-3 size onesies from Target, cap, socks & mittens. 
I included both newborn & size 0-3 as I'm not sure what he will fit in right away. He's estimated to be about 8 pounds right now so we will see. I also made sure to pack about 3 outfits of each size in case we are there for several days due to a c-section.


Left to right: Soft blanket for the car ride home, aden + anais burpy bib, sweet little lion security blanket (he obviously won't care about this yet but I had to pack it since it's so cute and a gift from family), 2  aden + anais swaddle blankets. I've heard the aden + anais swaddle blankets are the best and can used for just about anything so I'm excited to give these a try. 


Left to right: 3 different types of bottles (again due to my breast reduction it was recommended that I bring several different types of bottles in case I am unable to produce any colostrum/milk), 2 sterile soothie pacifierspacifier clip, 6 newborn size Pampers Swaddler diapers (most hospitals supply these, but I've heard most of them are size one and not newborn so I brought these just in case), and last but not least a few wipes in case we have a dirty dirty on the ride home. 

**Most people do not need to bring bottles and many books also recommend not introducing pacifiers until your breast milk supply has come in (nipple confusion issues can develop). Due to my breast reduction I added these items to his bag just in case. Hopefully I won't need them.**


Last but not least a few baby toiletries. 
Left to right: Diaper cream, baby lotion, vaseline, aspirator, nail clippers, brush & comb, make-up bag used for toiletry items from Forever 21, baby powder and hand sanitizer.
I'm sure I won't need the diaper cream, powder or baby lotion. Again, I overpacked here because I wanted to. The hospital should have these items, or you may not even really need them as babies don't have very many dirty diapers the first week. Vaseline was recommended for their first meconium stools though as it makes it much easier to clean their bottoms if they have some vaseline on beforehand. 

And that's it! 
Did I miss anything or what would you recommend I remove from the bag?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bumpdate Week 39


**Each bumpdate is from the previous week, I am currently 40 weeks 3 days...full term BABY!**

How far along: 39 weeks

Total weight gain: 32 pounds still. It's looking like my weight gain has tapered off. Can't complain about that!

Stretch marks: Still holding strong with no stretch marks

Belly Button in or out?: Flat currently, my skin is so tight right now.

Sleep: Still not sleeping very well. I'm usually up at 3am and sometimes if I'm lucky I can fall back asleep around 6am for another hour. Oh well, it's great training for when our little man gets here.

Best moment this week: Finishing the last of our to-do's before baby (putting together the pack n' play, bouncer & swing) felt pretty good. We also had our last date night on Sunday before baby comes. We went out to dinner and then a movie and saw Runner Runner, so good!

A hilarious gift we received from my mother in-laws friend. She found a baby picture of my husband and cut it out so we had our own baby Vince before our little nugget arrives! She's so creative,  she even stuffed the onesie with diapers that we can use later. 

Worst moment this week: This week I started having horrible pelvic pain It hurts so bad! Getting out of bed is super painful, walking...anything really. 

Miss Anything? Not being in pain and overall just feeling like a normal human being. Pregnancy is tough man, now if I can just get through this delivery I'll remember why it's all going to be worth it. :)

Movement: He's always movin' and a shakin' in there. Somedays he's more active than others, but he's definitly running out of room.

Food cravings: Nothing really, just the normal Mexican food and ice cream and cookies!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Baby BOY!

I've been looking for a good app to use to log our little guys feedings, diapers, weight, etc. Since had a breast reduction they recommend keeping track of all these things to make sure baby is getting enough breast milk. Anyone have any good apps they used and recommend? 


Symptoms: Pelvic pain, Braxton Hicks, heartburn, insomnia, back aches...you know all the fun stuff.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but getting soooo anxious! I have a feeling this little guy will be staying in well past his due date which means I'll probably be induced next Wednesday. Anyone else have a good induction story? Most of them I've heard haven't been the best (longer labors, more painful contractions from pitocin etc).

What I'm reading: I finally finished all the baby books on my list for before he was born, yeah! I just started reading What To Expect The First Year. Also reading The Never List. It's an interesting read about some girls that get abducted and their story to try and avenge one of the girls death that didn't make it out alive.

Looking forward to: Meeting our little nugget! Everyone is getting so excited as I'm usually fielding 4-5 check in calls from family/friends a day. We can't wait!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What's In My Hospital Bag

The bags are packed, the car seat is in the car and we're ready to have a baby!
But wait, what should you bring? 
I researched hospital bags on Pinterest, read blogs and talked to friends that already have children and I was able to finally come up with a hospital bag for myself, baby and my husband that makes sense for us. Now I'm sure I've overpacked a bit, but that's ok I'm first time mom so give me a break. 

Now before I begin and show the world all my lady stuff...there's going to be girly stuff in there. Maxi pads, nipple cream & pads, nursing bras you name it. I have no shame but you've been warned.
First up, my bag.


It's not anything pretty or girly for that matter...it's just plain ole practical. I started stuffing one of my cute overnight bags for my hospital bag and then thought of my poor hubby carrying my bag, babies and his bag running into the hospital. I thought I might as well make it a bag that is easy to carry with a shoulder strap.


Let's start with clothing items. From left to right: 2 sleep shirts, 1 nursing bra & 1 sports bra, 3 pairs of black panties, flip flops for the shower, flats for going home in, pair of comfy socks, yoga capris & 1 pair of loose pants, nursing tops and a sweater for going home in. 

Sleep shirts: Pantless jammies were recommeced for after the birth as they will be checking you often and anything with a pair of bottoms just seems silly.
Nursing bra & sports bra: Nursing bra because...well duh. The sports bra is in case I want to get into the tub while I'm in labor, I'd like to keep a little decency if I can.
3 pairs of panties: Buy black ladies and buy panties that you don't mind having to throw away afterwards. I know, scary. 
Flips flops & flats for going home: The flip flops were recommended for the shower because after all you are in a hospital and who knows what has gone on in the shower before you. A pair of comfy flats for going home because you really have no business in a pair of heels or wedges after birth.
Soft & comfy socks: To keep your tootsies warm of course. My feet are always cold so I'm sure I'll be wearing these a lot. I'll also bring a pair of rubber soled slippers for walking the halls during labor.
Yoga pants & loose pants: I brought the yoga pants in case I have a vaginal birth and the loose pants in case of c-section. I read that the last thing you want is anything tight or up against your incision after a c-section.
3 nursing tops & sweater: The nursing tops are an obvious choice, but the sweater is for my going home outfit. 



And here's that girly stuff I talked about. Left to right: maxi pads, lanolin nipple cream, nipple pads, lotion & back massager. 

Pads: I read that most hospitals supply these, however I wanted to buy some that were a super absorbency but not so thick that someone 50 feet away could see that you are indeed wearing a pad. Yup, that's sexy.
Lanolin nipple cream: Found it at Target and heard this is a lifesaver for those first few days of nursing.
Nipple pads: Again from Target. The last thing you want is leaky nipples while you have visitors admiring your new baby.
Lotion: This is mainly for after a shower, I hope it will help me feel human again along with a little make-up.
Back massager: I've had a lot of back pain and this or tennis balls have come in hand. I'm betting my hubby will be giving me a back massage or two while I'm in labor. 


Robe: For walking the halls in during labor or covering up while we have visitors. 


Left to right: baby book, phone charger, magazine & notebook, iPad & nook and my birth plan.
Baby book: I never would've thought of this, but put a sticky note on the page for babies foot & hand prints. 
Phone Charger: Duh
Magazine, notebook, ipad & nook: The magazine and nook are for some entertainment during early labor (I'll be induced so it could take a while), iPad with a movie ready on it to watch and the notebook is for taking notes for baby care instructions. As a first time Momma I have no idea what I'm doing and will be exhausted so taking notes will be helpful. 
Camera & camera charger: I would be devastated if I left these at home as I want tons of great pictures (not just from my iPhone) when baby boy arrives. 
Birth plan (4 copies for nurse shift changes): Some people laugh about the thought of a birth plan, but I decided there was no harm in jotting down some things I would like to happen during the labor & the birth of our son. I know obviously things don't always go as planned, but what could it hurt?


Toiletries in travel sizes from left to right: Cetaphil face wash, makeup remover wipes, toothpaste, facial moisturizer, soap, shampoo & conditioners and dry shampoo. I'm thinking I don't need to explain these items.

Now there are a few things that are missing from my bag as they are items that I'm currently using. I have a small list of last minute things to grab once I go into labor or for adding to my bag the day of my induction. 

Items Missing: 
Pilllow- Use a non-white pillow case so it's not snagged by nurses thinking it's a hospital pillow
Toothbrush
Hairbrush
Razor- In case I feel up to shaving
Make-up- I'm hoping a little make-up will make me feel human again after birthing one
Hair dryer/curling iron- I know, go ahead & judge. I plan on just being able to get by with my dry shampoo, but if I end up with a c-section we could be there 4 days...and thats just gross. 
Breast Pump- I was advised to bring this due to my breast reduction, it can help with getting milk supply stimulated. Will leave it in the car just in case we don't need it.
Boppy- We will leave this in the car, but have it just in case it would be helpful for nursing

This post got a little long so I'll be doing babies hospital bag next week. My husband also packed a small bag for himself and it includes:
Snacks: gatorade, juice, trail mix, granola bars, triscuts and mixed nuts
A couple changes of clothes for the hospital visit
Books
A movie to watch on the iPad
Toiletries & tooth brush
Pillow & blanket 

Did I miss anything that you had in your hospital bag and were really thankful for packing? Recommendations are welcome. :)


Nugget Update


Well here I am, still pregnant and 2 days past my due date. 
We snapped this picture at the hospital on my way to my 40 week appointment on Tuesday because I was sure the doctor was going to tell me things were progressing and I was at least dilated. 
Yeah, that didn't happen. Instead we set at date to be induced (next Wednesday 10/23). There were two things this entire pregnancy that I really wanted to avoid for my delivery:

1. Being induced
2. A c-section

At this point my body has not made any progress at all. Like, nada-zilch-zero. My obgyn actually said my cervix was "unfavorable" and really long, meaning we are not anywhere near baby coming. I know things can change quickly, but I really feel as if I'll still be pregnant without any progress on the 23rd and being induced. As disappointing as it is, I just want a healthy baby. She also mentioned that unless my body makes good strides towards some progress when I'm induced, theres a high chance I'm going to end up with a c-section (insert sad face emotion). Going through hours of labor just to need a c-section and be damaged down there and recovering from a major surgery....GEE sign me up. 

In the meantime I'm going to continue drinking my raspberry leaf tea, bouncing on my exercise ball, walking and eating spicy foods. I'm willing to try just about anything at this point. 
Maybe except for the castor oil. 

Does anyone have a positive induction story? I've only heard negatives about being induced, long labors, more painful contractions etc. Would love to hear a positive induction story.

Wish me luck!





Friday, October 11, 2013

Bumpdate Week 38

Baby is the size of a pumpkin this week!
**Each bumpdate is from the previous week, I am currently 39 weeks 3 days**

How far along: 38 weeks

Total weight gain: 32 pounds, really wishing I was one of the lucky Momma's that stopped gaining weight the last few weeks. 

Stretch marks: Still holding strong with no stretch marks, hoping it stays that way even after birth.

Belly Button in or out?: Flat, I don't think it will be doing any popping out which I am just fine with. 

Sleep: Sleep is rough these days. I'm usually awake most nights after 3am and don't go back to sleep. Too much peeing throughout the night and too much on my mind. I feel like I'm in baby training mode to prepare myself what all the sleepless nights will be like. 

Hubby finishing his 3rd full marathon in the black

Best moment this week: Watching my amazing husband finish his 3rd full marathon with his best time yet! I was honestly a little worried that he would get through it this year as he was having a lot of leg cramping etc, but he did great. Doctor said I'm 50% effaced, but not dilated. Really hoping to see some more progress next week, but I'm not holding my breath.

Worst moment this week: The constant Braxton Hicks contractions! Ugh, so annoying. Anytime I'm doing anything I feel like I'm having a contraction.  They aren't as bad when I'm resting, hoping they turn into the real thing soon.


Hubby putting together the pack n' play while I supervise. These things are harder to put together than they look!

Miss Anything? Feeling like myself again. I sound like a broken record, but I feel like this baby has taken over my body. I can't even put on rain boots without help these days, sleeping is horrible, nothing fits, I have heartburn all the time, I'm constantly contracting and uncomfortable. I don't want to sound ungrateful for being able to meet my little bundle of joy soon because I know we are so blessed, but I am so ready for him to be an outside baby now.

Movement: His movements are so different now. Sometimes I'll get paranoid because I can't remember the last time I felt him move so I'll give my belly a little shake and get a kick or roll from him. He's so cramped in there now that I'm sure he can't be comfortable. 

Food cravings: No cravings. I haven't been able to eat as much lately, probably because I don't have anywhere for it to go. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Baby BOY!

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, pelvic pain, leg cramps, heartburn, tire easily, difficulty sleeping...the list goes on.


Gorgeous fall leaves entering my neighborhood, love this time of year!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but tired. I'm ready for baby boy to be here. I can't say I'm not super anxious and nervous about the actual delivery but I'm just trying to keep in mind that millions of women have done this before and my body was made do birth a child...I can do this!

What I'm reading: I'm still reading "Defining Your Own Success: Brest Feeding After Breast Reduction Surgery" by Laura West. It's a slow read so hopefully I will be able to finish it before baby arrives. I also started reading What To Expect The First Year, trying to prepare myself! :)

Looking forward to: My doctors appointment on Tuesday October 15th (my due date!). Hoping for some serious dilation and progress. Otherwise I'll need to up my exercise ball bounding, walking and maybe hit the sheets with the hubby!