Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hello World!

I'd like to welcome to the world our little man Maxwell.

Isn't he the cutest?! And so much hair! ๐Ÿ˜  Can you believe it? We are parents! A whopping 8lbs 4oz and approximately 19 inches long. (They measured him at 21 1/4 inches but a few days later at his pediatrician appointment they measured 19?? So we aren't quite sure how long he really was at birth. Maybe he had a really bad cone head and it went back to normal in a few days...)

He is such a bundle of joy and the best baby we could have ever hoped for! <3


I started noticing what I was 75% sure were contractions around 9pm on Tuesday night. Max was my first, so I had absolutely no idea what anything was supposed to feel like, and my water didn't break at home, sooooo, yeah. I was texting my girlfriends during this time and they were pretty sure it was contractions. I tried to go to sleep but I just could not get comfortable! And I'm not used to going to sleep before 11, ha! Getting closer to 1am, Scott is starting to get ready for bed and I'm like...I think we need to go to the hospital... (I feel terrible mostly leaving him in the dark, but next baby I will be more prepared and know what's going on!) I call my Dr and he basically tells me to go to the hospital and the worst they can tell me is to go home. 

BTW, for me, contractions felt almost like menstrual cramps in the lower uterus area. More of an annoying pain than anything (at least at that point in time), especially since you can't really shove your fist in your stomach to make it feel a little better...

We get to the hospital around 3am. **If you are planning on delivering a baby and it's your first, I highly suggest you get some food on the way to the hospital! The only thing they will let you eat is ice chips and they are terrible after awhile! Just don't eat a full meal or anything too heavy, in the off chance you need a C-Section.** Luckily for us, I was 6cm dilated, which means we were staying! ๐Ÿ™Œ

It took FOREVER to get out of Triage. I think somewhere around 2 hours. It was terrible and boring. You do lots of waiting and baby monitoring there. Finally, around 5 ish we got to our delivery room. I was debating going natural but then decided against it. And glad I did because it was so much more enjoyable! I was getting super irritable before the epidural. Scott probably wouldn't enjoy dealing with a monster during such a special moment. 

I was not comfortable in the hospital bed AT ALL. I'm almost certain I was having some back labor or my lower back was just hurting because I couldn't sit/lay in a way for it not to. And I had to wait for the anesthesiologist, since the mom with 3+ babies was a higher priority than me...who would have thought? Good thing the best one was on the clock that morning! Totally couldn't feel any contractions with 10 minutes. Life was great! And I wasn't a monster anymore so Scott was now allowed to rub my back or my feet. I couldn't feel any contractions but I could still kind of feel my legs/feet, which probably made changing my dressings easier for the nurses. My water broke within the next 45 minutes. 

My nurse had me use the peanut ball and kept rotating me every 1-1.5 hours. It wasn't very exciting. She also kept asking me if I felt any pressure, which I never did. My Dr FINALLY got there around 9 and guess what, fully dilated! Boom! If he would have stayed, I probably could have delivered Max within the hour, but my doc had one last patient that morning and his office is literally 5 minutes from the hospital, so I didn't object. Besides, I couldn't feel anything anyway. 

Once the nurses got the call that my doctor was going to be there soon, they started prepping me for some pre pushing. Basically to get the baby in position so the doctor can deliver him. And guess what? Max was already crowning! That chunky monkey just slid right down my birth canal! Once my doctor got there, we got the show on the road! I pushed 4 times during each contraction and 4 contractions later...we had a baby! It was such a weird feeling having my belly huge and hard and then all of a sudden it was gone! I could see my belly button! And my belly was so squishy! Hahaha

He was perfect. <3 And still is perfect. We love him so much! And I'm so grateful for my good friend Annie who was able to capture the moment! The stars aligned and everything worked out perfect for her to be there! God is good! And my amazing husband. I love him so much! I couldn't have asked for a better man to be by my side. Our little forever family is growing!! 


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Birthday Surprise!

Ladies and gents, it's time to introduce the newest member of our family! So a little back story first. Scott and I are remodeling our house. We still have quite some time before it's finished. I've been bringing up the puppy idea to Scott off and on for quite a few months. Also, every so often we would go to the pet store to get our puppy fix! It was great. We also decided that once we finish the house, we would get a puppy. Like a little reward!

So my birthday was earlier this month. On one of our weekend excursions to HomeDepot or Lowe's, Scott tells me that... my birthday is coming up and he wanted it to be a surprise....but I should be the one to pick it out. Honestly, I had no idea what he was talking about! I mean, he totally could have been talking about fabric! (Since we all know that I need more!) And then he said I could get a little puppy! So with that, the search began!

It didn't take all too long since I found one that same day. Ha! She's perfect! Her name is Bella. A cute little ball of fluff. She was also meant to be since her birthday happens to fall on our wedding anniversary! (Fate!) She's a cute little Cockapoo (cocker spaniel/ poodle mix). It's said that she will grow up to be between 15-20 lbs, which is perfect for me! Not to tiny, but not huge either. And her coat is apricot, which is just the color I wanted in a pup! <3

House training is super fun though...Bleh! If she leaves the room you are in, she's probably looking for a place to pee. She's 12 weeks old right now though and approximately 5 lbs. Good news is, she is sleeping through the night! Cries all the time when I put her down in her kennel when I have to leave but good news! She hasn't had any accidents! (Knock on wood!!) For being so tiny, she's great at holding her little bladder. Just not so much when she can roam around the house. We make sure all the doors to carpet stay closed!

It's a fun little adventure and she should be with us for quite some time! Enjoy a few pictures of our little furbaby. This also means that it's already time to update our family photos!! Though I'm not so sure how well that would be with a kitty and a pup... <3

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Family Photos 2016 plus Updates!

I really love pictures but I am really bad at taking them with my hubby and me. Mainly, selfies get really old (and pretty awkward!) and I don't always care to ask a stranger to take our picture... (When I strike it rich, I'll just hire a forever photographer!) 

So with that, I plan on getting family photos done once a year, around our anniversary. It works out pretty perfect since it's right around the start of the new year! We just had our 2 year the end of December, which means picture time! This year we decided to include the entire family! ;)

My beautiful friend Annie did our pictures. She is fabulous! Check out her FB page here!

Since this is sort of the start of the new year, I might as well give an update on what has been going on in our lives!

In August of 2015, Scott and I bought a house! We have been hard at work remodeling and renovating. We finally are to the point where we have an almost kitchen! It's really fun to watch it transform, it just takes so darn long. So far we have done all the work ourselves with the help of my dad. So grateful for all his help! I'll be sure to expound more on this in another post with our progress photos!

One of the best things about our house (in my opinion) is the garden! It came with  a really nice sized garden with irrigation already installed. Last year was my first time gardening for real and I had great success! I was a little late in the planting season but this year we will be ready! I'll be sure to update on this years awesome gardening adventure!

We've also been on a few trips recently, Utah over Christmas and we just recently went to California to spend some time at the happiest place on earth! (Disneyland) Hopefully we will start doing a little more traveling together! <3

Work is going well for the both of us, which is always a plus! 

I've also been sewing quite a bit and Scott got me a coverstitch machine for Christmas! (Yay!) Soon I will show you all the things I've been making! I'm also debating if I want to start selling some handmade clothing...

That's basically the jist for now. :)

Anyway, please enjoy some family photos!

Family photos with miss Peanut! <3 Love her to pieces! She was a little but of a turd though...she just wanted to run around and explore, which doesn't work too well when trying to take pictures! Maybe she will be better at taking pictures when she's a little older...


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Favorite Sewing Patterns

Hey guys! The last little while that I've been MIA, I've basically been a busy bee sewing and just having way too much fun! (Okay, let's be real...I haven't been sewing all the time. Maybe in my dreams! <3) My hubby and I also recently bought a house (hooray!) and we have been doing all sorts of remodeling and renovating. (A little intense for house number one...) That basically has been taking up all of our Saturday's. Bless my father's heart for coming up and helping us almost every Saturday for the last few months! Scott and I are really looking forward to it being done though...and having a kitchen again. But more on that later...I'll have tons of pictures to share! I've also been working full time and taking some online classes, so it's been a bit busy over here.

think it's about time that I share some of my favorite sewing patterns. :) These are definitely my go to's. Also, stay tuned because I'll be going a little in depth for each of my favorites! 

1. Layer Me Up - by Patterns for Pirates
2. Peglegs - by Patterns for Pirates
3. Women's Henley - by Patterns for Pirates
4. Bonny Leggings - by Made for Mermaids
5. Raglan - by Patterns for Pirates
6. Raglan add on pack! (The hood seems a little too small for my preference though. I'm going to mash it with the Halifax Hood since it has a great hood size!)
7. Halifax - by Hey June
8. Ginger Jeans - by Closet Case Files
9. Boundless Dress - by Patterns for Pirates 
10. Day Tripper Top - by Shwin Designs

I have a huge handful of other patterns that I have...I just haven't tried them yet. PDF patterns take a lot of time and effort before you can even start sewing! Print the pattern, tape or glue the pattern together, cut out your size, cut out fabric and then we get to sew it all together! Once our house is a little more put together and the dining room table is accessible, I can use that to take some of these patterns together...once I print them...

Also, Made for Mermaids has a bunch of free patterns that were released during 12 Days of Christmas, so head over to their shop and check them out! 

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