Wednesday, July 25

Nursery Reveal

I really wanted to create a space that would transition well into toddler years and beyond. I have a love for navy and for stripes, and I definitely used both in Jack's room. I hope he enjoys the room as much as I do!
















Crib: Jenny Lind via Amazon
Mobile: BlaBlaKids
Bumper & Crib Skirt: Pottery Barn Kids
Sheet, Pillow, Changing Pad: Dot fabric & Seersucker fabric from; sewn by Angel Wings
Dresser & Side Table: already owned. Painted Valspar Apple 6 from Lowe's
Glider/Recliner: Best Chairs Tryp Recliner from Buy Buy Baby; I LOVE this chair!
Lamp: Lowe's; Mini pom pom trim from
Nesting Suitcases: Land of Nod
Sunshine Print: made by me; available for download here.
Crocodile: Jelly Cats
Jack canvas: Designed by me
Chalkboard: gift
Dots Piggy Bank: Buy Buy Baby
Curtains: made by my mom and me using blackout liner from and navy sheets
Ottoman: One Kings Lane
Changing Table baskets: Pottery Barn Kids

Tuesday, July 17

two weeks

I can't believe you are two weeks old. The days just fly by so fast. We are settling into a routine of just me and you. Your dad was home with us for a week and it was so nice. We definitely miss having him around, and I know he misses you.

You are a content baby, but don't hesitate to let us know when you are hungry. I think you get that from me. :) You are such a tiny thing and we don't have much that actually fits you. We bought a few preemie outfits, but you are too long for the ones with feet. I mostly leave you in a diaper. It is much easier since you are a messy eater and are swaddled for the most part. Oh that swaddle. You love to be swaddled. We call you a little Houdini and are amazed at how you can get your hands out of those tight swaddles. Your dad and I get so excited when we can keep you in it and have gotten much better at getting it just right. The pacifier is your other favorite thing. It is very soothing for you.

So far, we think you look like your dad. We looked at his baby pictures and there was no denying you are his child. You also have his long fingers, skinny legs and feet.


You love to grab at things with your hands and we try to keep you from clawing at your face. When you eat you grab onto your ear and just pull. There is no stopping you and we are amazed at how strong you are. You are sleeping in your crib at night and waking up every 3 hours to eat. You do have some moments at night where you are wide awake. Thank goodness, we invested in a nice recliner/glider. I have taken a few naps in there at night with you in my arms. You also love to nap in your dad's arms on the couch and Nuts enjoys this time with you both too.

I am enjoying my time with you and don't want to think about how fast my leave is going to go by. I treasure the sweet, quiet moments with you in my arms. There is also something so special about watching your dad with you. We love you, sweet boy.






All above pictures are when he was one week old.

Before Jack's first Sunday morning at church at two weeks old.

necklace deal

GroopDealz is featuring the famous bubble necklace today for $19.99. There are 12 great colors to choose from and looks so similar to the turquoise J.Crew necklace that I already own.

GroopDealz is providing me with a necklace and I can't decide which color to choose! They are all great! What color would you choose?!

p.s. Shipping is only $2.50. I hate purchasing from "deal of the day" sites and paying a big amount for shipping.

Thursday, July 12

Bumpdate: 37 weeks--the final week

At the end of week 36 I was put on bed rest due to high blood pressure. Two days later I was experiencing headaches and blurry vision. My follow up doctor's appointment wasn't scheduled for another week. Ty was concerned and wanted me to call the office to see if I could get in earlier, instead of waiting an entire week. The nurse told me with those symptoms that I needed to come in that day and my doctor would work me in. She told me to pack a bag, because it was a possibility that I wouldn't come back home. I immediately called Ty and started crying. It was a very overwhelming feeling. I finished getting ready and packed a few random things. I had no idea what to pack and just threw a bunch of stuff in a suitcase. I stopped at Sonic for a BLT, since I didn't know how long I would have to sit at the doctor's office before being seen. I'm glad I did, because I wasn't able to eat for quite a while after my 10:30 a.m. lunch. My doctor was pretty concerned with my blood pressure levels in combination with the headache I had. The main concern was preeclampsia. He sent me to the hospital, which is located on the other side of the parking garage from his office. I was monitored in the labor and delivery triage room for several hours. Jack was doing good, but my blood pressure was still high. Ty was 45 minutes away at the VA hospital and really not able to leave. He also had to drive back here and be at his main hospital to do a 24 hr shift that night. My doctor came by and determined that I would stay in the hospital all weekend and possibly induce Monday morning. He asked for Ty's cell number, and gave him a call to explain the situation. I greatly appreciated him doing that. Chesley was kind enough to delay leaving town to come sit with me while I was in the triage area. Several hours later I was moved to what would be my room for the next five days. My mom volunteered to come up and stay with me, since Ty wasn't able to be with me. I didn't want her to make the trip. It was my nephew's birthday party that weekend and she had family staying at their house. I wanted her to be here after he was born more than I wanted her here before. Luckily, I had an outpouring of help from friends. I had people bringing me food while I was in the hospital, doing some shopping at Target for last minute items, taking care of Nuts, etc. I am so thankful for these people and for everyone who texted, called, etc. Ty's 24 hour shift turned into a 34 hour shift, so it was really nice to have other people around taking care of things for us. Ty came to the hospital early Saturday evening after his shift. It was so nice to finally have him around. I know that he hated not being with me. I actually ended up sending him home to sleep, because he was so tired. I think the combination of a 34 hour shift and me being in the hospital completely drained him. It was best for him to get a good nights sleep. I wanted him to be rested if we did in fact have this baby on Monday. The rest of the story to follow in another post...

37 weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 27 lbs.

Size of Baby: Watermelon (19 to 22 in, 6.5 lbs) all according to WTE. At my doctor's appointment  they estimated him at 5 lbs, 14 oz.

Maternity Clothes: I spent my 37th week in a hospital gown. Oh so lovely. I wish that I would have ordered a cute hospital gown. The ones at the hospital were huge on me and hard to move around in, especially with the combination of pulling my IV around. This was especially difficult when doing my 24 hour urine test. I had to do this at home after being put on bed rest at the end of week 36, but the lab lost my urine. How does that happen?! So, I had to do it again my first day/night in the hospital.

Stretch Marks: I somehow avoided stretch marks! I do have a faint linea nigra.

Gender: Baby boy!

Movement: Jack enjoyed being in the hospital over the weekend and moved like crazy.

Sleep: Not too great, but that is par for sleeping in a hospital bed and being woken up constantly for vitals.

What I miss: My house. Unrestricted movement--bed rest is not fun, especially in the hospital. 
Cravings: Fruit--watermelon. Sushi! Jane was nice enough to bring me some in the hospital.

Other crazy symptoms: I did not feel bad while in the hospital or even before going in. I did have a headache and a little bit of blurry vision, but I felt so much better than I had been feeling in weeks 34 and 35, when Jack was sitting really high in my belly. I did notice a little bit of swelling in my hands, feet and even in my face due to all the IV fluids that were being pumped into my body all weekend.

Best Moment this week: The possibility of meeting my little boy!

Friday, July 6


I feel like so much has happened in the last week that I don't even know where to begin on here. Let's start with some firsts. I know we will have a lot of firsts happening around here, so I'm sure this will be the first of these kinds of posts. Like what I did there?

First Family Photo

First car ride & first present from Daddy

First moments at home...Happy Fourth of July to my Cracker Jack!

First night in his crib (on his 2nd night home)

First bath


First doctor's appointment (My mom drove us to the appt.)
He weighed in at 5lbs, 2oz at his appt.

And just because my boys are cute!


Tuesday, July 3

Welcome Jack!

We welcomed Jack William to the world on July 2nd at 12:36 pm. He is 5 lbs, 9 oz and 19.5 inches.
Such a sweet, little thing!

He was 18 days early and doing great. Ty and I are in love!
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