Thursday, May 26, 2016

Welcome, Fiona!

We welcomed Fiona Belle Rose to the world at 10:10PM on May 8, 2016. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long, with a head full of dark hair. She has perfectly completed our family, and her two big brothers, Henry and Will are so proud and take their new roles very seriously.
Brand New Fiona
(c) Tiny Bubbles Photography
This was my toughest labor yet, and while I was able to do it naturally, I was definitely begging every kind of God that exists in the universe to let it be over, with a few choice words thrown in. I was "stuck" at 9 centimeters for nearly two hours, and those were some pretty tough contractions to get through. That being said, I can now say I'm happy I stayed the natural course (I had an epidural with Henry's birth, and I really just didn't like it, which is why I went the natural route with William and Fiona. Plus I know it's a little out there, but a natural labor was sort of on my bucket list, I wanted to experience it as I was meant to experience it! And I'll be honest-- it is amazing.) 

My first wink of sleep in the hospital.
I'll remember forever being curled up like this and looking into Fi's little blinking eyes.
So far Fi is proving to be our most restless child, and while she's better in the sleep department than Henry was, she is still wearing us out! However, I'm soaking up every minute, every cuddle, and every outfit change. I can't wait for our Mother/Daughter relationship to grow.

Our growing family!
Proud big brothers-- and the best moment of my life!
So happy this man will have the experience of a Dad/Daughter relationship! 
Our little Fi-Bee.
(c) Tiny Bubbles Photography
Fiona, do the best you can with this life. Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. You are what you believe in, darling.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nursery Sneak Peek- Bring on the Girl!

In a world where we can Google questions and get answers in a split second, "When is the baby going to come?" is still a remaining unknown-- which is exciting, but I'm still ready to get this show on the road! I'm due May 5th, and while I actually feel better in this home stretch than I have in any of the my other pregnancies, I can't help but want to just have this little girl in my arms already. 

Of course there are some mixed feelings, giving birth is a little scary after all, but I'm mostly excited about it. If things go half as well as they did with William's birth-- I'll be happy. And he was a nine pounder! I love hearing different birth stories, and can't wait to see how this one will go!

We plan on this being our last baby, so I plan on being a sap and savoring every single stage. So even though I'm impatient, I'm also trying to enjoy the last kicks in this big belly of mine. 

Henry was my summer baby, William was my Fall baby, and this one is my Spring baby. I feel like I'm really in tune with nature this time around-- so far we've had two batches of bunnies, and baby geese hatch around the house. At the kids' preschool, the chicks have hatched. The question now is whether or not I beat our resident duck couple to the finish line.

Everything is ready. The nursery is ready, the baby clothes are washed, and the house is as clean as it's going to get with two tornadoes running around (I've given up bending over 1,000 times a day to pick up everything that winds up on the floor.)

Here's a peek at the nursery. It's pretty clear I need some training on taking quality pictures. Also you'll notice, after two boys... I went all out on the girly theme!
Obsessed with that pineapple lamp (Target) And I had to cover one of the canvases, which reveals her name. The other reads: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Brilliant. And the large gray one reads: She believed she could so she did. And a special thank you to my friend Susie for the adorable glider!

I made the ribbon garland. So much more ribbon than you'd think! Diaper Pad Cover "Flower Show" from Land of Nod (matching sheet in crib.) Back up set of diaper pad cover and crib sheet in "Marine Queen." (better images in those links!) Hamper and Lamp from Target. I'm still looking to add something to this wall...

Mark doesn't like hanging things above the crib, so we went with these gold circle decals which he REALLY ENJOYED putting up with me.

Ignore everything in the crib. Hospital bag and boppy are ready to go! This is probably also the best representation of the peach color on the walls-- which I give total credit to Mark for picking out. It's the perfect shade!
Did I mention I have a recent obsession with Pineapples? Pineapple Print from Urban Outfitters.
Rise and Shine print from The Wheatfield. 
Initial hint in this picture! And I love this bookshelf from Pottery Barn Kids. We put the mirror here to try and catch some of the light coming in from the only window in the room. The knobs are holding headbands for now, but I envision necklaces in the future :)
Wildflower Print from The Wheatfield. Floral Prints from Kristy Rice.
Dreamcatcher made by me with Hazel and Ruby Dreamcatcher Kit. (I plan on making more!)
Blanket Basket from Target.

This floral arrangement was a gift from my parents at our wedding (It matched our wedding flowers, but will last forever!) The candleholders were also from our wedding. I'm glad we could work these into the baby's room, because it's not really our style for the rest of the house!
So come on, baby girl! Come out to play!

In the meantime, dear readers... won't you distract me with your birth stories?