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 just wanted to slap her quite honestly.  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!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A little curb appeal...

...and a little inside appeal as well!
Part of my nesting has been to clean out things @ home and organize!!!
My Mom came over a couple weeks ago to help me clean and while she cleaned, I organized & got out my Fall decor.  I love doing stuff like this!
< my junk drawer in the kitchen > 
I don't decorate heavily for any given holiday so I enjoy the subtle touches I have here and there for Fall. 
I've been teasing my husband because while I was "nesting", he's been busying himself with outside projects we've put off since purchasing this out back in 2010.  Do guys "nest" too???

At that time, we got a super cheap front door and with settling and such, it just hasn't held up.  I've really wanted a door like this and I'm so glad we held out and were able to get it.  I love the light it lets in on the inside and I think it dresses up the outside as well.

Next, he finally installed a door bell & garage door opener for me.  Little things, but I've been so thankful to have them working finally! 
In our efforts to dress up the outside of the house, we went to order shutters and realized our windows were not standard size and that would require a custom order.  Well, of course!  So, we found a design we liked and Nathan built them himself and saved us a substantial amount of  money. 
When we purchased the home back in 2010, it had these flimsy columns (2 or 3 maybe) across the front.  They looked pathetic and weren't attached securely anyhow, so we ripped them out.  
...that was 5 years ago
Nathan ended up building new columns and staining them to match the shutters.  I can't believe how much these items have changed the outside of the house.  
Chase keeps saying, "new house?"  lol
I feel that way too, buddy!  I'm so thankful for a husband that knows how to do projects like this and doesn't mind doing things around the house to make me happy.

Secretly, I think with football & hunting season coming up, he's just trying to build up brownie points! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What I Wore: August/September Review

Oh goodness - I am OVER wearing maternity clothes!  
I went through and organized my closet the other night and now am so anxious to wear all of my other clothes!
Hopefully I can make a lot of my normal clothes work pretty quick : /
brown booties > kohls | gold watch > target | coral maxi skirt > old navy
striped maternity tshirt > gap (thrifted) 
red flats > old navy | navy striped maternity dress > target
gold watch > target | cream cardigan > target 
cream wedges > target | denim maternity pencil skirt > old navy
gold watch > target | tunic > online boutique 
brown booties > kohls | navy striped maternity dress > target | navy cardigan > H&M
gold watch > target | scarf > old navy
cream wedges > Clothes Mentor (resale) | handbag > Fossil (gift) 
navy cotton skirt > New York & Company | green patterned shell > target 
cream cardigan > thrifted 
black maxi skirt > target | maternity striped tee > target | sandals > old navy 
navy maternity dress > target |  gold watch > target | cream cardigan > thrifted
cream wedges > Clothes Mentor (resale) 
black wedgnes > Payless | black maternity dress > Target | cardigan > H&M
leopard wedges > payless | black maternity pencil skirt > motherhood maternity
striped lace maternity tee > IGresale
scarf > walmart | booties > kohls | maternity dress > pink blush maternity 
wedges > clothes mentor | handbag > simply chic | gold watch > target
maxi dress > pink blush maternity 
maternity t-shirt > pink blush | maxi skirt > kohls 
gray booties > maurices | patterned pencil skirt > kohls | black blouse >

Another positive thing about this time of year - I look so forward to cardigans and boots!  I hate being cold, but can handle 55*- 70* days again!