Sunday, December 7, 2014

Big sister gift

Emmy had been talking about giving her baby brother a rattle, so a few weeks before he was born we went to Target and she picked him out a rattle and a little teether. I had her bring it up the hospital with her and she was so proud to have picked out a little gift for him. She really has the sweetest heart.

I also wanted to make sure she had a little something, too. She loved getting a little something at the hospital and I wanted to make sure it was themed to being a big sister. (I am only sharing because it is super cute and would make a great big sister gift!)

She got her own Baby Holden!

And what she was really excited about was her big sister diaper bag. It came with burp cloths, wipes, diapers, bibs, blanket and bag. She has had so much fun playing with it.

The seller threw in a free baby carrier too due to a shipping issue, but I don’t have a picture of it. It is equally adorable!

I had the fabrics made to be a little more boyish, but thought I would share because this would make a great gift for any little momma you know!

Here is the link to the etsy shop!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holden’s Birth Story

My doctor recommended an induction for Holden to be done about three days before his due date if he didn’t come on his own.  I asked why just out of curiosity and was given some statistics on women over 35 having babies, blah, blah. But I trust his judgment and went with it. I truly thought I would go into labor on my own since Emmy came a week early on her own. The induction was originally set for Monday at 5 a.m., but I was able to finagle that being moved until 6 a.m. because any time before then seemed inhumane!

Here I am the morning of the induction:

We got to the hospital and checked in, I got into my gown, got my iv, etc. and then was checked for my baseline and was dilated to a 3 and 75% effaced. They started my pitocin around 7ish. I started feeling contractions soon on, but they were manageable. My doctor got to the room to check on me around 8:30 and broke my water and I asked for my epidural then.

I had to have the bag of fluids before the epidural could be administered and was decently uncomfortable, but got my epidural about 30 minutes later. Honestly, afterward, I felt so calm and good. (It was like this too with Emmy.) I could have napped or just relaxed. I felt 1000 times better.

Ann came up to visit before her doctor appointment at 10:30 and I was dilated to about a 6. (Our sweet girls share their birthday!)

About 20 minutes later I was at a 7. (It was so blissful to not feel any of this!)

My sister came up around 11:30 to bring Tommy coffee and the nurse asked her if she was going to stay for the delivery because I was that close. Ha!

At 11:45 the nurse came in to check me, had me push once and then told me I was ready to have this baby and would be meeting him in about 30 minutes! I seriously thought she must be out of her mind since Emmy took FOREVER to push out. She called my doctor and he got there around noon and I pushed like 3 times and the little guy was out by 12:17.

I seriously cannot tell you how night and day the difference was between Emmy’s birth and this one. It was amazingly easy. I felt so much better (probably because I got a decent night’s sleep the night before and didn’t feel a thing) and was able to hold my little guy after he was born. (Emmy’s birth story is here.) Reflecting on this, I think I was a little traumatized after her birth.

Of course, I cannot have tiny babies…he was 8 pounds, 14 ounces and let’s just say it’s probably a good thing he didn’t have another 3 days to gain weight. He might have had a hard time getting out!

Big sister came up to meet Holden that night. She was sooo proud!

We really couldn’t have asked for a better day or experience and we are so in love with our little man and best big sister!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Welcome to the world, Holden Thomas!

 
Our sweet little man was born Monday, December 1st at 12:17 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long!

We are all in love! Big sister couldn't be more proud or sweet with him!

Birth story to come later, but in a nutshell it was a cake walk compared to Emmy's! (Let's give a shout out to a working epidural this time!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bumpdate Week 39

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How far along: 39 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: 25 pounds. I have decided no more counting at this point! (Can you see my partial outie belly button? OMG – I hate for it to touch anything. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Ugh!!!!)

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and flowy regular shirts

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He has a little place where he kicks and I can totally feel his foot! He is positioned a lot differently than Emmy was. He is head down with his face in the correct position as of my ultrasound on Wednesday.

Sleep: I have Braxton Hicks contractions that wake me every hour and a half to two hours, which make me need to go to the restroom asap.  So, sleep isn’t the best. The one upside is I am usually able to fall right back to sleep.

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls. Sweets. I have a problem.

Symptoms: The only symptoms I have are Braxton Hicks contractions. Frankly, I thought he would come on Thanksgiving Day, but clearly that is not the case.  I have been dilated between a 2-3 since 37 weeks and Emmy was 6 days early, so I was certain he would be at least 6 days or more early. Clearly I am not good at guessing delivery dates!

Looking forward to: Meeting him!

Best moments: We are pretty much ready go to with everything that needs to be taken care of!

Big sister: She makes me laugh daily. This week we were at dinner talking about how he would be here next week. She was kind of on the periphery of the conversation and she said, “I’m ready.” Ha!

She is also a full blown baby hog! She loves to hold her cousin Luke and when she met my friend Mindy’s 5 month old baby, she couldn’t get enough of holding her either. I am looking forward to seeing my little helper in action!

Giving hugs to baby Luke:

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Last picture as a family of three!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cute Gift Idea

For Emmy’s birthday, I got her a really cute book from I See Me! I am in no way being compensated for this post, but thought I would share because it really is darling and would make a great holiday gift for your own child or someone you know!

I got the Farm Friends book because it included both her name and picture on each page. Here is a peak at the whole book:

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The illustrations are super cute and I got a $10 off coupon from Plum District. They don’t currently have the deal, but I did find several coupons on Retail Me Not in case you are interested in ordering. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 37 & 38

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How far along: 38 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: My scale at home shows 22 and the one at the doctor says 24.  Hoping this stays constant!

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and flowy regular shirts

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He definitely has his active times of day! It is so funny because I have had ultrasounds at my last two doctor appointment to make sure he is breathing and to check for movement. He will be moving.like.crazy and then as soon as the ultrasound starts and I lay down, he falls fast asleep. He is just like his daddy! Ha! He is also, thankfully, not under a rib, so when he stretches it is much more comfortable than it was with Emmy. I also have noticed that he reacts to the sound of my voice.  If he is moving like crazy and I tell someone to look, he will immediately stop. Stinker!

Sleep: I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions at night. They aren’t painful, but the immediate need to go to the restroom wakes me up. I have been getting up at least every two hours to go to the bathroom, so sleep is not the best.  One night I was up three times within one hour because every time I fell asleep, I would need to go again. Le sigh.

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls, anything sweet.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, the inability to climb stairs without shortness of breath, overall, I feel pretty good, though. I have made some progress at the doctor and an induction date has been set if he doesn’t come on his own. Not sure how I feel about an induction, but my doctor made a comment about how nothing pretty was going to happen after the scheduled date and I didn’t ask….I don’t know if I want to know! I am still holding out for him to come on his own!

Looking forward to: Seeing Emmy and her brother together.  I hope she loves him as much as she loves other babies!. 

Best moments: It has been fun seeing him at the ultrasounds the past two weeks.  We finished his room, got the car seat installed, his bags packed and all of the little last minute things done.  I am supposed to have a massage, mani and pedi tomorrow, so I am hoping he holds out for me to get some pampering in.  Mama needs some love!

Big sister: One of the funniest things Emmy asked is if baby brother was going to pop out and scare her! Ha! I wish it was that easy, sister!  She also loves to rub my belly and tickle it saying “tickle, tickle, tickle.” It is super cute.  Emmy also is very into getting into Holden’s bed to hang out. She can climb into it a little too easily! 

Not entirely baby related, we also put up our Christmas tree this past weekend so I wouldn’t have to mess with it when he arrived and she was mesmerized with it and her own little tree. I love seeing the little things through her eyes. It really is fun to see the magic! Oh, and she LOVES Christmas music – just like her mama, which I am totally in love with!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby Boy’s Room and His Name

We have finally finished baby boy’s room (minus putting his monitor up and his sound machine in the room), but it is pretty much marked off our “to-do” list!

I decided to keep the walls the same tan that they were and just paint a stripe on the wall and place his name in the middle. (And when I say “paint,” I totally mean my mom. Thanks, mom!)

So, his name, should we not change it between now and him being born, is Holden Thomas. There is no real significance to the first name except that we both liked it (which was a feat in and of itself) and no one else has a kid with the same name! Thomas is a family name that Tommy, his dad and grandfather all share.

So, as for the room…the bedding is bumperless and kind of hard to see in these pictures, but I was super pleased with how it turned out. I had it made locally by Spiffy Monkey. She also made the chair pillow, the changing pad covers, and skirt. I especially love the skirt because it is adjustable, so as I drop the crib, it can be moved up without issues!  The fabric on the top is a green and navy hexagon and the side is a chevron. I have another sheet that is reversed, so the hexagon is on the side and chevron on the top. My sister was nice enough to let me borrow her chair. Yay!

My friend Iris’ mother-in-law made this custom ABC print for me and I am in love with it! The lamp is from Target, the bookshelf was a raw wood one that my mom painted (thanks, mom!) and the bins are from Pottery Barn Kids.

My mom also repainted this piece of furniture that I have had since I was a child.  My friend Janie gifted me with the sweet Dream Big artwork that she purchased off Etsy and it goes perfectly in the room!

The vintage truck was my dad’s when he was little. I got the adorable fox print off a sale on Jane.com. I am obsessed with it!

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These blackout curtains were an amazing bargain from Amazon. I paid $45 and they feel amazing, block the light and are really well made. I definitely recommend them!

My mom and I made this artwork that was going to hang above the bookcase, but they weren’t absolutely perfect, so my OCD didn’t allow me to have them be a focal point. Instead they are as you walk in the room and placed around here and there.

We just bought canvases and scrapbook paper, then I printed some silhouettes of animals online. Cut the silhouettes and scrapbook paper out together and then used modge podge to adhere them to the painted canvases. It was a simple enough project, but some of them bubbled a little and I knew it would bother me to look at them daily :). (I may have issues!)

Now, we can’t wait to welcome baby to his new room!

Also, I can’t thank my father-in-law enough for his help in this room – he and a friend put the very large piece of furniture together, screwed it and the bookshelf into the wall so that they wouldn’t topple, hung all my artwork and curtains and put the crib together! So, thank you, Bop! We love you!

 
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