Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What I Wore: October/November Review

I was never so ready to get back into my normal clothes again!  I happily packed away maternity items until we decide if there will be a baby #3 in our family.  

Because I am a nursing Momma, dresses are not convenient to wear much yet.  These are some of my favorites from October & November.
^ boots, gojane | denim pencil skirt, old navy | tee, january & june | cardigan, target
^ boots, go jane | skirt, f21 | gingham shirt and sweater, target
 ^ red textured pencil skirt, new york & co | sparkle top, kohls
patterned tights, new york & co | booties, gojane | clutch, target
^ boots, gojane | red denim skirt, old navy | quilted sweatshirt, costco | scarf, walmart
^ booties, maurices | denim skirt, banana republic (thrifted) | cardigan and top, target

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Not so terrible twos!

Chase is now 2 1/2 years old.  The past few months have been a big adjustment for him, but he is doing so well with his new baby sister!

* You are such a good eater (when you will sit still in your chair) and you love healthy food.  For instance, I asked you what you wanted for lunch the other day and you said, "just cucumbers".  You normally eat all of your vegetables first and even ask for more before you will move on to the other items on your plate.

* At Zoey's first doctor's appointment she just cried and cried when we put her back in her car seat. You tried to hold in the tears, but they came out anyhow and you cried and yelled, "Momma!".  I think her loud cries made you sad and scared all at the same time.

* You are very independent.  We hear, "I do it myself" several times throughout the day!

* You like for someone to lay down with you for your naps and at night - but we are trying to wean you from that.  You end up in our bed half way through the night sometimes, but you prefer to move all around or sleep sideways, so I try to take you back into your bed. (when I'm alert enough to remember!)

* You are still working on potty training

* You love to watch Paw Patrol and Veggie Tales.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Thomas will do sometimes as well.

* You are best buddies with Wyat.  You are normally pretty laid back until you get with him and then you both are WILD!  You also love playing with Graham.  The 3 of you boys together is just mass chaos.

* You still ask for your cup and blanket (key-key) when you get in the car or are going down for a nap.  I think you are getting more attached to your blanket the older you get.
* I got you a portable DVD player for the car and you call it your stereo.  You really think your special when I will let you watch movies on my iPad or phone.

* You are still shy/scared around people you don't know.
...because of this, getting your hair cut is a nightmare.  And yes, we've tried Cookie Cutters!  Last time it needed done, Daddy decided he would cut it himself and you would have thought we were torturing you.  I think the trimmers both tickle and scare you - scissors coming at your head don't seem to be any more reassuring.

* You still love to be cuddled when you wake up in the morning or when you get up from your nap.

* You wear 3T shirts and 2T pants.

* You have had a hard time listening & obeying since Zoey was born.  I don't know if it has any connection to her or if it is simply that you are 2 years old and still testing us and learning.

* You are so fun at this stage. (I say that at every stage so far!)  You make me cry big 'ole happy Momma tears one minute and 'my nerves are shot' tears the next :)

* You still take an afternoon nap every day - normally around 2 hours

* You are a Daddy's boy and love building, watching TV, playing hide-n-seek or wrestling with Daddy every evening!
Funny things you have said recently:
  • (As I mutter doing things around the house) What you say?
  • (As Zoey cries when you're holding her) It's ok, it's ok - I got you!
  • (When she wakes up from her nap) Hi baby girl, it's Chase!
  • (Responding to Zoey crying) Momma, feed her!
  • (After I told you not to bother her) Momma, can I pet her?
  • (When you saw a real donkey at our live nativity) He real!
  • (Introducing yourself to the goats) Hi goat, I Chase!
  • (Using manners) Thank you vmery much!
  • (Your meal prayer) Thank you, God, for this food.  Amen!
  • (Driving by Christmas light displays) Cool lights!
  • (As we try to pull your shirt up over your head when dressing you) That tickles!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Zoey is 2 months old!

Whew!  I am so behind in documenting Zoey's first two months of life!
So much going on during this season and this two kid thing is keeping me busy :)

5 days old
Height: 20 inches (50%)
Weight: 7 pounds 6 ounces (50%)
Sleep: in Momma's bed and specifically in Momma's arms

1 month
Height: 22 1/4 inches (90%)
Weight: 9 pounds 12 ounces (75%)
Schedule: eat, sleep, cry, poop, eat, sleep, cry...
Sleep: go to sleep around 10:30 pm.
belly sleeper.  you sleep in your crib.
aren't consistent yet, but you normally give me 4-5 hours before you wake up and then it is every 2-3 hours after that.
Clothes: 0-3 months
Diapers: size 1

* you love your bath time.
* of an evening, you want me to take you back to the quiet bedroom and rock you to sleep
* you do not like your car seat!

2 months
Height: 23 1/2 inches (75%)
Weight: 11 pounds 8 ounces (75%)
Schedule: eat, sleep, awake, cry, poop, eat, sleep, cry...
you give us an hour or so of awake time before you are ready for another nap.
Sleep: belly sleeper.  still in your crib.
not consistent with how long you sleep at night, but have given me up to 10 hours straight already.  Norm is for sure 5-6 hours.
Clothes: mostly 0-3 months, some one piece outfits you can wear 3-6 months already
Diapers: size 2

* you have become more social this past month
you coo and smile and really enjoy when we talk or interact with you
* your brother adores you and you almost always respond to his voice
* you're a Momma's girl for now and enjoy lots of cuddles
* I started back to work on 12/8 and your Grandmas watch you Monday-Thursday while I work in the office.  you are certainly ready to nurse and spend time with Momma when I get home from work, but you are doing well with Grandma too
* you are mostly on formula now but we are nursing of an evening and at night as long as we can
* you have tons of dark hair that just sticks straight up
you started getting cradle cap this past month
* you love your bath time
* you love laying on your changing pad and talking or looking around your room
* you are starting to go to bed for the night a little earlier
you still like for me to take you back to the quiet bedroom and rock or nurse you to sleep
* you still do not like your car seat
you cry all the way home from Grandma's house unless we are lucky enough to "shhhh shhhhh shhhh" you to sleep :)

We are enjoying you and love learning all your little quirks already.  We love you so much, baby Zoey!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Zoey's Nursery

When I first finished Zoey's nursery, I knew it was done, but I just didn't feel in love with it.  We had everything from Chase so I wasn't about to put out a lot of money for a complete overhaul, but I guess I just didn't have a picture in my head of what the outcome was supposed to be.
With us getting a king size bed this summer, we moved our bed into this room.  I figured the functionality of having an extra bed and especially in the nursery might prove helpful down the road.
 I was given my Grandmother's 'hope chest' after she passed and it now resides in Zoey's room.  Seems like the perfect spot!

I also have in here the beloved map I had framed for Chase's nursery :)  I still love it just as much!

Now that Zoey is here it does feel like the perfect place for her.  I would like to add a rocking chair where her swing is now if I can find the right fit.

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Sprinkle for our Baby Girl

Even though this wasn't my first baby, my sweet friends decided to have a baby shower for me.  Kristin handled the decor and Carla provided the space.  Several of my other friends helped with food and preparation and every detail was perfect!  

 I have been so blessed with lifelong friendships and since I don't have biological sisters, these girls fill that role for me.
 I am so thankful for my Momma - she has become my rock and provided me so much support & encouragement.  My mother-in-law is so gracious with her time and helps us however she can as well.  I am very aware of how blessed I am with these two ladies in my life! 
Not only was the fellowship & food enjoyed, we got so many nice gifts for baby Zoey!
Thank you to all who came & celebrated with me!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Zoey's Birth Story

<<< Zoey's Birth Story >>>

I had my 39 week (& 3 days) doctor appointment on Wednesday, 10/7.  I still wasn't having steady contractions, but had lost my mucus plug almost a week prior and was dilated a full 3 at my appointment.  The doctor said I had been in labor all week but things were just progressing slowly.  He said he didn't think I would go any further without actually being in active labor. Seeing how miserable I was, he chose to induce me the next morning. 
 We had to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM.  Because the induction wasn't pre-planned, we rushed around all evening getting errands done and rearranging work schedules to make sure everything was covered.  I didn't figure I would sleep a wink, but ended up sleeping like a rock.  Nathan said I was snoring and my throat was making popping sounds so in order to get any sleep, he got up and went to the guest bed :)
Chase ended up spending the night at his Grandma Randall's house so we didn't have to drag him out of bed so early. When we got to the hospital, they asked us if there was a full moon because they were already so busy with women in active labor.  Because of that, we sat in the delivery room for over 2 hours before they broke my water or started the pitocin.  Mom arrived and was able to give us some additional support & comic relief.  

Once they broke my water and started pumping that pitocin in me, things progressed quickly.  Our pastor came to pray with us and after prayer I was having hard contractions.  Mid sentence he said you're hurting - I'm outta here! lol

I got my epidural and felt ok for a little while, but it didn't seem to hold or take like the one I had with Chase.  The intense pressure turned into pain and they came in to give me more.  That only lasted a short amount of time as well and I ended up in tears with each hard contraction.  Finally close to 12:45 the nurse checked me and said the baby was in position.  When the doctor came in, I was crying and told him I needed more epidural.  He asked me if I trusted him and asked if we could just go ahead and push because she was ready to come out.  Zoey was born @ 1:19 pm after nearly 15 minutes of pushing.  Once again, Mom & Nathan were the perfect support for me!
Zoey Claire born on 10/8/15
7 pounds & 10 ounces
20 inches long
w/ tons of dark hair 
 I had a bit of anxiety shortly before her birth and then right after.  I couldn't stop shaking and turned white and just felt like I was going to vomit.  Thankfully it was short lived.  

Zoey was so good natured immedately - we had time in the delivery room to cuddle & nurse and she seemed like a natural from the beginning.
 Chase kind of ignored her the 1st time he saw her but by that evening, he was asking to hold her and giving her kisses.  He's been so good with her ever since.  He's always worried about why she's crying and wants to make sure we don't forget to take her with us wherever we go!

Everyone commented on her beautiful hair.  It looked/looks like it has frosted tips.  It is so pretty and just stands straight up in places :) 
 Although my pregnancy and labor were not as easy this time around, recovery has been a complete breeze compared to my experience with Chase.  I am so thankful!  She was born quickly, I didn't tear as much, didn't have to be sent home with any narcotics - it's just been good.  I feel like since I knew what to expect a little more this time, I even feel better emotionally.  Less overwhelmed and able to relax a bit.

One funny thing (now it's funny) that happened while we were at the hospital.  We had great nursing staff, but the 2nd night Zoey's tummy seemed to be upset and she had been nursing forever and just crying uncontrollably.  I finally wanted the nurse to come in because Zoey was just so upset and I didn't know what to do with her.  Our nurse was busy so another came in when we had just put Zoey in her bassinet to check her diaper.  I explained what was going on and the first thing she said was, "Do you not want to hold your baby?  Maybe she just doesn't like her bassinet!"  I was almost in tears already and her dumb question didn't make me feel any better!  Zoey wouldn't know if she didn't like her bassinet 'cause she hadn't been in it since birth.  All we'd done is hold her!  I'm sure they deal with all kinds of people but trust me, we were giving her plenty of attention - that wasn't the issue!

We were able to rest quite a bit on Saturday before we were released from the hospital and that was so nice.  Zoey hated being put in her seat but then ended up sleeping all the way home! 
We are so thankful for our healthy baby girl, for a great doctor, for how well I'm feeling and just an overall wonderful experience.  We are home and adjusting to life as a family of blessed!