Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday!
Ours is a bit dreary here with rain and clouds--perfect sleeping weather haha

This weekend, like many, revolved around baby Ella but we still got out a bit--venturing out into the real world before MG goes back to work.

The highlights this weekend included:
~Fitting into my pre-pregnancy shorts/shirt for a trip to the outlets
~Picking up some super cute flamingo shorts for the summer!
~started doing tummy time (not just on my chest haha)--Cooper thinks this is play time and attempts to steal all of the toys on the mat lol
~Night time baby and puppy snuggles (the falling asleep on my chest at night is my favorite!)
~Visitors on Friday morning, Friday night (our best couple friends came with pizza, and for Ella snuggles and some catching up) Saturday morning and afternoon
~Daddy baby snuggles #allthehearteyes
~Started watching Friday Night Lights since neither of us had seen the show before--so good already!
~Cute baby outfits!
~Ran errands that quickly turned into this

 ~Tried out my baby carrier for a neighborhood BBQ which Ella loved and slept in for the whole time! Thanks Brittany for telling me about this easy carrier! #handsfree
 ~aaaaaaand more baby snuggles!!!!
That was basically our weekend in a nutshell--we got out some, got snuggles (and changed lots of diapers haha). 
Hoping your Monday is a little less rainy than ours is!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WHW {#93}: Currently

Happy Wednesday! Is it possible that I'm here two days in a row??? I'm shocked myself! #sleepingbabyblessings
Reading ...
I'll be real with you all, I haven't read anything since Ella was born so I've still got No Way Back by Andrew Gross loaded in my Kindle. Although at this point I kind of forgot what was happening in the story. Oops.

Watching ...
MG and I watched the new season of Catastrophe in about a day and a half because we're both home, and the season is only 6 episodes long. We've moved on to Aziz Ansari's Master of None which I love--I wish that the seasons came out more frequently and were longer because the show is just cute and funny.
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And because of late night feedings, I've been able to keep caught up on all of my Bravo shows, plus Married at First Sight. I suppose I could be reading, but at 2am, I'm lucky to keep my eyes open.

One show I can't get behind is Southern Charm Savannah. I stopped watching it midway through the first episode because I was so bored by the people. Anyone else feel the same way?
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Eating....
Friends and our neighbors have been so nice to drop off meals for us the last two weeks. And now we're getting back into cooking at home because we're beginning to figure out how to function like human beings again lol
On the menu this week:
Baked Queso Tacos
Shrimp and Feta Dip Pasta
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
Neighbor is bringing over tuscan chicken and artichokes--Yum!

And, yes, I've been enjoying my fair share of carbs and sweets since having Ella and it is GLORIOUS!!!!


Looking forward to ... 
getting our newborn photos back in the next week or so. We took them last Wednesday and they were adorable from what our photographer showed us. Here's a behind the scenes shot that I took:

Enjoying ...
how much weight falls off of you when you're breastfeeding. It's pretty damn incredible! I'm about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Given, there's a lot more squishy areas than there were before though haha


Drinking...
water water and more water! 


Loving....
that I'm not at work even though I check my work emails, and I see the stupid annoying things that are happening. I'm glad I'm not the one there dealing with them. I see those emails and I snuggle Ella a little bit closer.

Dreading....

when MG goes back to work after Memorial Day.

Wanting ... 
a massage and a pedicure. MG encouraged me to get both scheduled, so I have a massage schedule on Friday and I have plans to get a pedi this afternoon. Bless that man.

Wearing ...
all things comfy. And still wearing some maternity stuff because I don't quite fit back into my clothes the way I want to. Also....nursing boobs are a HUGE difference, too. Loose tops for the win!
I wore this during our newborn photos
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Grateful For...
MG. He's been beyond amazing through everything. He deals with my roller coaster of post baby emotions, he changes diapers without flinching (in fact, he changed all of the diapers when we were in the hospital and when we first got home), he makes food, cleans up around the house, and is always there when I need him for anything. I'm so glad he's had this time off from work because I'm not sure how I would have managed without him. We make quite a good team, and I thank God every day that he's my husband.

And just because I love her so much....
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Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Mother's Day Weekend

Gosh, as much as I plan on getting online and writing a blog post, real life happens, poopy diapers happen, crying and cuddling and sleeping and feeding happen....and all of a sudden it's been a week since I've posted.

One of these days I'll get back to normal posting. Sometime in the next 18 years I'd guess :)

Anyway, not only did baby girl turn 2 weeks old on Sunday, it was also my first mother's day weekend--a weekend I've longed to celebrate for a while and was so thankful I had my little muffin in time to celebrate mommy-hood!

Our days often look like this:
Morning coffee (sometimes with a side of puppy company)
 one of us has baby....
and the other has puppy in the lap haha

Our weekend started off with a trip to the lactation consultant because (get ready for real life), my nips have been destroyed by breast feeding. Ella was feeding so well and on a great schedule where we were sleeping a combination of 8 hours (interrupted) through the night. And then we introduced the nipple shield so mama could let her nippies heal and all hell broke loose. Apparently baby girl wasn't getting as much milk with the shield because she became super fussy, and was feeding every 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Needless to say, our next two nights were tough as I had to pump instead of breast feeding since I needed the time to heal, but I couldn't keep up with her demand, so we supplemented with some formula in the meantime.
We also had a baby who only wanted to fall asleep on us instead of in her swing
Sunday morning was Mother's Day and I had a pancake breakfast made for me by MG, and a card from Ella (which suspiciously looked like MG's handwriting ;) which totally made me cry.

My mom came over around lunch time and got in some Ella time--during which MG and I both took a much needed nap and then we got in all kinds of snuggles



We took an afternoon walk around the neighborhood and then grilled out since the weather was so gorgeous out.

And little miss gave us the best mother's day present by sleeping right after her feedings all night long Sunday night. Bless you, baby!
So thankful for this little girl...even on the nights we don't get as much sleep. Because, look at that face:
Hoping all of the mommies and mommies-to-be had a nice mother's day weekend. And for any of you out there struggling with infertility, I hope you made it through the weekend ok...I know it's tough, but there is hope. Keep your faith.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's a Girl!

You may have noticed that I've been a little MIA in blog land, and that's because....

our little Ella arrived early, on Sunday April 30th in the morning!
Today, May 9th, is actually her due date, which is crazy because we've already had her with us for 9 days, and we've already gotten to know and love this little girl so well, it's hard to imagine life without her. It still feels so surreal that she's actually here, and that she's ours. I find myself staring at her wondering how we got so lucky. And gosh was she worth the wait!

I'll share her birth story in a bit--it's kind of an entertaining lead up to our arrival at the hospital, but for now, I'm just gonna share a couple of pics from the day that our lives changed forever.
Proud daddy!
 Skin to skin time:
She looks so different 9 days later!
Happy Toes-day! :)
 
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