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It’s been a while since I posted some new goodies in my Etsy Shop and that is what I have been working on recently.  Lots of fun gifts that will be perfect for Christmas for your little ones (which will be here before we know it!).  Everything is handmade by me or my mom.  :)

Shop the goodies here.


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I shared pictures before of Tom and his new found love of the wave machine at the waterpark…  I decided to make a little mini album of some of the great photos we have gotten this summer.  I love mini albums because they don’t take long to complete and its a finished product that’s great to put in a basket and look at later.  I already had the mini album in my stash and just had to add the photos and embellishments. I’m not looking forward to summer ending, but I am looking forward to cooler temps for walks with our baby girl.  :)



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Contrary to these hilarious photos I captured, Lilly does LOVE her bath time! (Well, besides the getting out part) I will be hopefully putting together some blog posts about what’s been going on around here lately in the future.  2015-08-27_00012015-08-27_0002

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Sunday started off like every other weekend morning.  Waking up and still being pregnant.  Every night when I went to sleep I wondered if this would be the night I would be woken up with contractions starting.  Every morning I woke up and hadn’t felt anything.  I never really experienced many Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the pregnancy, so it really started to feel like nothing was going to ever happen when we watched our due date come and go.

It was hot so we walked to the pool that day.  We were in the middle of switching internet providers so we decided to lunch at Bellacino’s and bring our computers to get some work done.  We were there for about an hour and when we got ready to leave I had a strange feeling like my water might have just broke.  It wasn’t a movie-scene gushing or anything and I didn’t want to go to the hospital and be wrong. So we decided to pack up and head home to see if there was more water to come.  First I made Tom stop by someone’s house where I was suppose to buy a pair of tiny tom’s for the little miss.

We got home and started finishing up packing for the hospital.  Tom put a coat of paint on the back door and I got the car ready.  There still wasn’t a real sign of much more water but after an hour or so we decided to call the doctor.  It was an on call doctor from another office since it was the weekend. She decided to be safe, I should come in and get checked.  We are lucky to live a short drive from the hospital and the nurse seemed doubtful that I was ready to be admitted when we arrived.  Upon arriving to the hospital, there was more water so I was feeling more confident that my water had actually broken.

Another nurse greeted us and did a test to check if it was amniotic fluid.  It turns out it was and we would be admitted upstairs to the delivery room.  I didn’t have any contractions starting so I was hooked up to monitors for 15 minutes of every hour and encouraged to walk around for the next 45.  This continued all night as we were holding out from starting pitocin in hopes that contractions would start on their own.  It was 3 am when the nurse said we could wait until 7 when a new doctor came on or start now.  We decided there had been enough waiting and we would move ahead to start pitocin.  I thought this would have an immediate effect on me but really I was able to sleep and relax until contractions started getting painful around 6 am.

Once contractions started they were all in my back.  I was hoping to labor in the tub, but with the pitocin I had to be constantly hooked up to monitors.  I was allowed to get in the shower for ten minutes and that felt so good.  Contractions were about 2 minutes apart and lasting 30-45 seconds.  Tom would run to the sink and warm up a wash  cloth to hold on my back when the contractions came.  It felt so good. Around 9 am I decided to get an epidural as the nurse advised me that back labor is just so hard to do natural.  I had hopes of doing it without an epidural but looking back this was the best decision and I feel really good about it now.  It made this experience so much more positive.  It was so amazing how just seconds after getting the epidural I was in no more pain, the contractions kept coming and I felt nothing.  I still had pretty good movement in my legs and my toes felt tingly the whole time.  I do feel badly that the mom next door was also waiting on an epidural and I got mine first.  Her labor progressed very quickly and we could hear the screams as she could not get the drugs in time.  Again confirming in my mind that I had made the right decision to get the drugs.

For the next 7 hours we waiting for dilation and progression.  I couldn’t be checked that often since there was risk of infection with broken water.  I was at 3, 6, 9, and by 4 p.m. they said I was going to be ready to push soon.  Again, this felt so exciting and not very real since I was still in no pain at this point.  The doctor took a little while to get ready and come back so we began pushing by 4:45-5 and the doctors and nurses were so encouraging.  I was able to make a lot of progress with each push and by 5:31 p.m. our Lillian was born.  She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.  She took to nursing immediately and kept at it for almost an hour. Our hearts were just so full.  I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful experience with her birth and such great doctors, nurses, husband, and mom by my side through it all. 2015-07-23_00022015-07-23_00032015-07-23_00052015-07-23_00042015-07-23_00012015-07-23_00062015-07-23_00072015-07-23_00082015-07-23_00092015-07-23_00102015-07-23_00122015-07-23_00132015-07-23_00142015-07-23_00152015-07-23_00162015-07-23_00172015-07-23_00182015-07-23_00192015-07-23_00202015-07-23_00212015-07-23_00222015-07-23_00232015-07-23_00242015-07-23_00252015-07-23_00262015-07-23_00272015-07-23_00282015-07-23_00292015-07-23_00302015-07-23_00312015-07-23_00322015-07-23_00332015-07-23_00342015-07-23_00352015-07-23_00362015-07-23_00372015-07-23_00382015-07-23_00392015-07-23_0040

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We are transitioning to a new internet at our house so there has been a lull in posts, that is why.  New internet is scheduled to be set up on Friday (and by Friday we should also have a new member of our family to share!)  :)

enjoyed | our last month as a family of two

biked | to work. well, one of us did;)

transitioned | to my first month of “stay at home mom”

stained | our doors for the first time and it went well. we had been putting this task off

finished | the final touches on the nursery

grew | green beans by the bowl full

created | bows. I am obsessed with making headbands and bows, can’t wait to list some in my etsy shop soon!

captured | maternity photos in the river

swam | one of us found a new love at the waterpark


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